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By Tom Toles



Arnold Schwarzenegger came in to the Post last week to meet with the editorial board. Guess who he looks a lot like? (Answer in blog post of May 31). Except he isn't green. Except he is. More on that below.

What's he like in PERSON? Shorter than you might think, as is nearly everyone who has ever appeared in a movie. He has big hands, an amazingly large HEAD and a lot going on under that nice suit he was wearing, but it's hard to tell exactly what. Not a little charming. Apparently his poll numbers now are the lowest of any governor of any state in all of U.S. history and before that, too. I will leave it to readers in California to assess the justification for that, but he put on an impressive performance here. He's leaving office soon, and I'm guessing he WON'T BE BACK, but he's traveling around trying to save California's cap-and-trade law from an industry-backed referendum. He spoke persuasively about both the necessity and desirability of moving to a post-carbon era, talked about the implacable industry opposition and how that opposition must be and can be overcome with persistence and leadership. It was sane, sensible talk about a subject that has been twisted beyond insanity by the most peculiar American discourse I've ever seen. And from a REPUBLICAN. So a thank you to Arnold for that. --Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | June 14, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Or here is a challenge. Do a cartoon about the refusal of President Obama to lift the Jones Act. It is a sad situation when other countries have offered help to clean up the Gulf of Mexico but cannot use their ships intercoastally because they must have American Union crews because of the Jones Act. Sad indeed.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Please Mr. Toles, please do something on Congressman Bob Etheridge, pleeeeeaaaaaaase. If you will I promise to read the Huffington Post all the way through and not gag.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 14, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Schwarzenegger is doing slightly better than Coupe Deval Patrick.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | June 14, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I for one would be interested in learning – once and for all – what kind and what levels of complicity were at work during the Bush years that would have allowed (How about created?) the BP catastrophe. We have been told over and again about some secret dealings between D.C. (That would be the ever-slick Dick Cheney.) and his buddies, the petro-barons, evidently resulted in a U.S. oil policy which is now spewing environmental death and economic dispair. However, there was never the appearance of any blood-thirsty watchdogs (Don’t journalists live on “scoops” and Congresspersons die for the limelight?), neither on active duty, nor seeking out those notorious leakers known to show up for work at the White House. (Goodness knows that the Plame-Wilson-Kovaks-Russert scandal got everyone’s attention, all without a single image of broken fishermen, oil-soaked pelicans, or other of God's creatures panting for their lives.) I was recently reminded of this egregious lack of oversight while walking in the local cemetery, when I happened upon the headstone (It’s one of those Veterans’ Administration ones, with the brass letters: “US Navy 1940-46” and “CIA 1947-70.”) of an infamous Watergate intruder. Through the persistence of journalists and the follow-up by Congress, this man spent a nice-sized chunk of his life in prison (This part goes unmentioned on the headstone.) for his illegal activities and his part in a White House conspiracy to hoodwink the American public. Imagining that our system yet remains innately capable of unearthing scandals and bringing power moguls (Elected and otherwise) to justice, where were the watchdogs when the stage was being set (Goodness also knows that it was an obvious “open secret” at the time!) for the greatest ecological disaster in recorded history? Shame on us -- all of us -- for letting this Bush-stuff slip on by (The excuse and shield of executive privilege have become an outright mockery of this democracy.) without oversight, action, and justice for these conniving culprits.

Posted by: dudeupnorth | June 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone is taking Jonah seriously a comment about the *windy city*. Chicago was not named the windy city because of any atmospheric conditions. In the 19th century peole and politicians from Americas second city bragged about themselves so much it was dubbed the windy city. You might extrapolate from this the restof the reasoning in that comment may not have been sufficiently filtered through working neurons.

Posted by: sauerkraut | June 14, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Tom---Did Arnold invite you to the annual picnic at Bohemian Grove? I am sure you would fit right in.

Arnold is quite a story in American politics. He comes to America as a steroid freak Body Builder that can hardly speak English and eventually makes millions as a terrible actor who depends only upon his looks. Marries into the Kennedy clan. Becomes a Republican who is elected to the office of Governor in California. Then the state goes bankrupt. Is that a success story or what? ONLY IN AMERICA

Tom---Why is it the Republicans are the only ones blamed for pollution. Did Clinton create an energy program during his term? Has any of the past leadership in this country seriously had any future insights concerning the direction we need to take concerning improving our infrastructure? Like how we move goods across the country or allow undisclosed technologies and methods of propulsion to be used in the process. I do not see any Democrats seriously wanting to move in that direction either. You know Chicago, where our current President is from, is a very windy city. I do not see it surrounded by Wind Generators.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 14, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

And in case anyone happened to be listening. I never "blew" in a "cop's" ear.
I was being facetious.
I did however send a letter of thanks to an officer awhile ago via the WaPo...must have been deleted.

Posted by: bertzel | June 14, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

GaryEMasters, I don't understand your..

Got to destroy them for making a mistake. That way nobody ever gets a chance to learn and do better.

Remark. Could you please enlighten me?

Posted by: bertzel | June 14, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Ok astrous2, I'll bite.

Posted by: bertzel | June 14, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

"So far, nobody has asked me how!"

If we ask, does that make you a "consultant" too?

How convenient.

Just another "want to be."

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 14, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

BP = "Beatdown petroleum."

Got to destroy them for making a mistake. That way nobody ever gets a chance to learn and do better.

But we can barg about how "pure" we are.

"If they falter, we give up on them."

Especially Presidents.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 14, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

David, yeah that is true, major brands do give out free samples of their popular health products best place to check is send it to your friends

Posted by: shannonjo1 | June 14, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse


When facing a confusing situation, you can ignore it or convert it into a major event by releasing a cloud of “Blurred Statements” also known as BS!
Professor Ludlam

For over a month we have been exposed to that cloud mentioned by the good Professor. The oil spill is a catastrophe of a magnitude that, as yet, has not been accurately assessed. In few words, it affects science, technology, health care, employment and unemployment,
Food resources and conditioning, consulting, transportation, climate, standard of living, atmospheric quality, leisure, tourism, survival of species, large scale contamination and, worse of all, it has caused a non-stop stream of non-information delivered continuously by some Television systems.
The extent and variety of this catastrophe has revealed the existence of consultants of all types whose active presence and pitiful statements can be considered a national threat to sanity and security. The absurdity of the situation is noticed in the current fixation with the volume of oil being discharged into the sea from the well. Accusations, arguments and vague theories are continuously delivered, all of them properly orchestrated by the various news services.
Everyone seems to have forgotten that the number one measure is to stop the well from leaking its precious liquid. So far, nobody has asked me how!

Posted by: astrous2 | June 13, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Great name for BP, Mr. Toles. Now BP’s got a contract with the clean up company, Waste Management, who will be charged with disposing of the tar balls in the three states that are set up for it, (CA, AL, NY), they will first anal yze it. Hmm? Make sure it’s not hazardous? Let’s see all the oil ridden dolphins, fish and birds found it to be hazardous. "Let's dunk the BP Execs in the junk tank, three balls for a dollar." Or better yet, let’s the BP’s executives do a blind taste test and then put them in a glass dunk tank of this waste and let the states effected by this throw balls at the target and what them swim around in just in their sink trunks. Then we can get them tell us how it feels and tastes.

Posted by: fromthecheapseats | June 13, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Pernicious perfidy? You must be watching Predator reruns again. What a poseur and Arnold too.

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | June 13, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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