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Georgy Tells Why She Should Be California Gov

Roblimo posted more than 11 years ago | from the brains-beauty-leadership dept.

United States 1346

Candidates Arnold Shwarzenegger and Larry Flynt surely haven't been asked the vital "Vi or Emacs?" question, and would probably give you a blank stare in reply if it came up. That's why Slashdot sent your questions to candidate Georgy Russell, not them. Georgy has opinions on important matters like coding tools, SCO, and MP3 downloading, not just humdrum stuff like the economy -- although she's not afraid to tackle that issue head-on, too.

1) Do you think the recall is fair? - by mjmalone

Do you think the california recall election is fair? I understand that a lot of Californians are unhappy with Gray Davis' performance, but he WAS elected by the people, if people dislike him then they can vote him out of office when his term is up. It seems unfair that Davis needs a majority of votes to remain in office, but a replacement candidate could be selected by a plurality. It is possible, and quite likely, that Davis will be voted out with 60% or fewer votes. That would mean 40% or more voters essentially voted for Davis, but he would not be the winner, one of the 400+ other candidates on the ballot would and in all liklihood that candidate will have received far fewer than 40% of the votes.

This whole situation seems like a gross abuse of a recall system that relies on honesty and virtuous politicians. Unfortunately California is no such utopia. By running in the election you have shown your support for it, how do you justify this support given the evident problems?

Georgy:

The aspect of this recall that I find most disgustingly unfair is the influence of money in politics. Californians should find it frightening that a wealthy Republican can buy himself another election. And if that isn't enough, we end up with an election where a series of other millionaires are taken seriously when they tell us they will govern for "the people." Perhaps worse than individuals being legitimized as candidates solely because of wealth, is a political system so heavily influenced by campaign contributions that lawmakers can no longer use their own judgment. This is at all levels of the Government, with the White House/Enron shenanigans being the perfect example. We also see it with Davis and Bustamante - who are owned by Prison Guard's Union and Indian Gaming. And if we look at less publicized issues, for example the high cost of Worker's Compensation, lobbying efforts and campaign contributions are to blame for the lack of response on behalf of the Legislature.

Requiring 50% to keep Davis seems unfair, when a replacement candidate could be elected with only 15%. However, the replacement candidate election could be fairer with instant runoff voting. Unfortunately people don't understand, and therefore don't trust, the instant runoff voting algorithm. If IRV were used, voters could be sure that the candidate *most* people wanted to win would win. It's a system where Ralph Nader could have maximized his vote without being a spoiler candidate in the 2000 election. (I encourage people to find out more about IRV at www.fairvote.org)

As for my candidacy, I am running in this election because Californians deserve a candidate who is willing to speak candidly to them about issues, such as the budget, the economy, and the death penalty, that other politicians only dance around. We need someone to show courage and take risks to promote change. This recall provides a unique opportunity for an "honest and virtuous" candidate to enter the race, and I challenge people to lend their support and make the first step in taking back the political process.

2) questions about the campaign - by garcia

I would like to know if you fear that two of your more controversial issues (legalization of marijuana and gay marriages) will be detrimental to your campaign? While I believe that as more and more "young" people run for and are elected to office, these items might come to pass, don't you think that it is a little early to be attempting to make these strides?

Georgy:

The controversial issues define this campaign. Realize that these issues are in large part controversial because they're avoided like the plague by mainstream politicians. Lacking the courage to convince people of their true beliefs, poll-abiding politicians choose the easy road. There is anecdotal evidence many politicians believe in gay marriage and ending death penalty, but are too cowardly to fight for those views. Bill Clinton came out after his presidency and so much as said he thought marijuana shouldn't be illegal! Good thing for us he found his spine a year after leaving office.

I don't see these as wacky issues. I've laid out my arguments for why death penalty is bad policy (it's costly, unfairly applied, and imperfect). I've explained why gay marriage is superior to civil union (marriage promotes fidelity and family values, and it removes unfair tax advantages for people willing to file a couple forms ). As for legalized marijuana, why is marijuana criminal when alcohol and cigarettes profit the government? I believe that when people are presented with intelligent and logical arguments, they will turn around. The problem is few politicians take the time to have intelligent discussions on these issues. Education on "controversial" issues is necessary to convince the electorate to make up or change its mind. I truly believe all of these issues will be passed someday. Politicians are wasting our time and money not passing them now.

3) Content vs. Tech - by stylee

California is considered the capitol of the content industry (RIAA, MPAA) and the technology industry (Silicon Valley). These two industries are at odds with each other over intellectual propery rights issues. They are probably also a large chunk of California's huge economy. Do you think you can balance the needs/wants of both lobbying groups in a manner that will be beneficial to both industries? If so how? I realize that this is mostly a federal matter as far as the law and politics go but there are many that believe that California kind of sets the standard for the rest of the nation to follow(at least economically and politically) so I am intersted in your ideas on this matter.

Georgy:

This is a federal issue; however I think that the RIAA in its aggressive pursuit of young mp3 down loaders demonstrates its lack of creativity. Can't they find a new way to make a buck? Besides which, concert prices are typically $40 or more! I haven't seen the numbers on this, but digitized music and video have certainly fueled sales of technology used in association with them. Additionally, kids and adults understand technology better as a result of digital music boom.

The RIAA, with the support of the government, should have approached the situation proactively long ago, and embraced digital music. They should still do this. If they can provide a reasonably priced, easily accessible digital music alternative, I think people will go for it. Right now however, it's cumbersome for the under 18 crowd especially, to buy stuff online, and they haven't worked out all the kinks surrounding the "rules" (e.g. burnable tracks, how long you can keep them, etc) of proprietary downloads.

I believe the role of the government should be to encourage technology companies and the RIAA to work together on the issue, as well as taking a look at it in terms of intellectual property rights of the artists. To me it seems that the RIAA is mostly concerned with their $$$ and not the rights (or $$$) of the musicians. Again, politics is hit with same problem - special/self interest ruling the legislature. And, with the looks of this ballot, anyone who wants to prevent prosecution of down loaders might want to think twice about voting for Arnie.

4) Hope to win or shake things up? - by Dark Paladin

With the names of such heavyweights as Arnold and lightweights like Gary Coleman (no pun intended - well, all right, it was), do you honestly hope to win, or are you making a Ralph Nader like point in forcing certain issues and ideas into the public's eye?

Georgy:

I hope to both win AND shake things up. Obviously the odds are long (Vegas has them at 100 to 1 - bodog.com/sports-betting ), but they are not out of reach. We've only reached a small percentage of voters and already received an impressive amount of support. Howard Dean was considered a long shot just a few months ago, now he's a front runner. To think a Georgy for Governor victory is impossible is to succumb to the jaded view that money is the only victor, and in effect solidify its reality.

5) Technology - by chrisgeleven

Why does your blog and web site, from what I can tell, not mention any uses of technology that you would like to see? Can you describe any protential plans to use technology to reduce costs or provide more benefits for the same price?

Georgy:

Check back soon. Technology is key to improving the efficiency of government, and though the government has come a long way (you can file electronically for some things on the Secretary of State's website) there is still more that can be done. As for problem solving, I like to speak in specifics rather than generalities, so it takes a while.

I am currently looking into the role of visas in technology companies and its effects on California's labor market, and investigating how we can encourage more wide spread use of open source software (both in education and businesses). I'm also trying to get some volunteers to develop apps that will aid in the voting process (check the website for updates or email if you're interested in helping).

6) the most important question - by Mothra the III

Boxers or briefs?

Georgy:

Boxer-briefs! But seriously, boxers, and Georgy for Gov boxers at that!

6A) Re:the most important question - by markhb

vi or emacs?

Georgy:

I'm so glad you asked!! Both. vi for quick editing, emacs (NOT xemacs) for coding projects. :q!:q!:q!

7) Do you think this election is Real? - by Voltas

With all the "Star Power" and the number of candidates that obviously are looking for media attention (I.E. Gary Colemen ), do you really thing that the candidates or the office really going to be taken serious when its all said and done?

Won't this whole election fiasco cripple anyone who actually wins?

Georgy:

This election does seem like it was dreamt up by Hollywood reality TV executives, but it is a real election, and it will go down as one of the most, if not the most, historical elections. After October 7, the fun will be over, and I'm sure the media will be bored by the daily details of Sacramento bureaucracy. The only thing that will cripple anyone who wins is his/her inability to lead. A candidate like Gary Coleman, who said he didn't want to be Governor, won't win (I hope). The interesting thing about Coleman, though, is that he was actually a president on Buck Rogers! Perhaps this is a case of the line between reality and fantasy blurring. "Hieronymous Fox, an 11-year-old child genius from the 20th Century is kidnapped for ransom by the sinister Roderick Zale. The boy is the President of the planet Genesia and his bodyguard fears that he will be killed because they cannot meet the ransom demand. Buck, Wilma, and the bodyguard then make separate attempts to rescue the boy." Maybe things will pick back up for the media in 2006, when Arnold Drummond can take another shot at it, and Willis can run as Lt. Governor.

8) Did you pay SCO? - by sharkey

Did you pay for your Linux licenses?

8A) Re: Did you pay SCO? - by El_Ge_Ex

If not, would you support strategic military action against Utah?

Georgy:

Despite the fact that SCO has launched an attack on many Californians, I don't think California will be declaring war on Utah, let alone the cowards at SCO. I'm not sure if my company plans to pay SCO, but I certainly hope they won't. SCO seems like they're running scared, using a lawsuit to boost revenue (kind of like the RIAA). Asking for $700 per license is extremely high, and should send a warning single to people that they are doing this to boost revenue and not simply out of fairness. If you check SCO's insider trading, people are selling like crazy. I think the open source community needs to educate people about the SCO case, and keep SCO's scare tactics from bullying weary individuals or corporations into paying them.

9) Who's in your staff? - by zoneball

A good leader must surround him or herself with the best advisors and experts within their respective fields. Who will you be bringing in to your campaign and administration, and what are their qualifications?

Georgy:

My "staff" is all volunteers. Their experience varies from none to work with local and state campaigns. I also have a professional photographer helping me, and a few people working on the technical side of things - website and video editing.

As for my administration, I plan to bring in people who have first hand experience with the problems on which they'll be working, and I would like to see diversity, in terms of both professional background and demographics (ethnicity, age, sex, etc.).

10) Do you understand... - by niko9

Do you understand Dselect? That program scares the poop out me. But I figure if you can handle dselect, you can handle being governor.

Georgy:

I have not used dselect. Hopefully you can find another litmus test for me!

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Missed the BIG Question! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745243)

How much to have sex with her?

Re:Missed the BIG Question! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745313)

it's free!! she loooves cocks in her ass!

Rockin' Good (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745251)

First Post. Gotta get me some of that!

Halo 2 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745254)

OMFG have you seen the Halo 2 trailer it's like slow and it's telling you all the stuff you did in the first one then the music kicks in and and the chief comes out and gets a gun the earf is on fire and chief is like fuck this im jumping and HE JUMPS PUT OF TEH SPACESHIP with angels singing and he lands on the bad guys and that annoying ai lady is like GO GET EM TIGER! WILDCAT IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~`1 and theres less polys but rawkin bumb mappings you can view this on a special MICROSOFT xbox disk that comes with EB games store.

4y3 R0X0R! YU0 == T3H F4|L I7!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745492)

Firstus McPosteus, beeeeotchae!!!!

Kneel down and worship my polychromatic splediferousness!!!





pleeeeeease?!!!!

she didn't answer my question!? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745258)

I wanted to know if she'd have sex with my PoOpNoOdLe?pOoPnOoDlE!

Emacs (5, Funny)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745265)

Given the Terminator's capabilities it/he is clearly a derivative of Emacs, not Vi. Arnold would not give you a blank stay he'd simply delete your buffer with a quick C-x k you (that's Emacs-speak for "Hasta La Vista, Baby").

John.

Better reasons. . . (4, Funny)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745268)

How about because she's smarter and cuter than Arnold? I mean, priorities, people. :

Seriously, she's got my vote, for what it's worth.

Of course, I live in Chicago. . .

Re:Better reasons. . . (0)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745319)

To me she comes across as a naive college kid. What was that silliness about "wealthy Republicans" and millionaires not being able to represent the people.

Re:Better reasons. . . (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745379)

Fantastic!!! With your vote and all your dead friends' votes, then she'll win for sure!!!

AC - 'cause I'm too lazy to log in...

Re:Better reasons. . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745403)

If you live in Chicago, remember to vote early and often!

Re:Better reasons. . . (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745447)

Your from Chicago and not planning on somehow casting your vote? Must be from the burbs!

"Chicago where even the dead vote early and often!"

Damn! (5, Interesting)

Surak (18578) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745270)

Slogan (0, Troll)

w.p.richardson (218394) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745298)

Cutest lil' Commie in all of Cali!

Re:Slogan (4, Insightful)

bman08 (239376) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745489)

This calling people commie bullshit has to stop. It's the lamest, weakest, least creative attempt to marginalize liberal/progressive ideas ever. It's funny because the whole notion of a one-party system and with witch hunts, purges and calling people traitors, etc... is much more akin to what went wrong with marxism/leninism than single payer healthcare.

Re:Damn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745364)

because, yeah, being good looking is so important in a politician.

I'd also like to point out, just incase anyone missed it, that Arnold Schwartzenegger is an extreme right wing nutcase.

Not that I live in the US anyways, but whatwever supporters of bush get in power, the more bush is free to push his international imperialism.

Re:Damn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745392)

Schwatzhisnaggmer == TED KENNEDY, dumbass.

Re:Damn! (1)

polansky (197040) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745500)

Acutally, as much as most people would hate to admit it, I think being good looking IS so important to a politician. Politicians don't actually DO anything these days, so it is imperitive that they can do well on the PR side of things. When was the last time you saw an ugly dude/chick in a commercial?

Re:Damn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745414)

SHWING!

Re:Damn! (1)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745451)

she's got my vote and I do live in California.

ahh forget a human govenor (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745275)

just vote Tux!

Neither.... (0, Offtopic)

SnowDeath (157414) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745283)

I know everyone is gonna flame and call me a n00b, but I love my nano. Thank goodness Gentoo uses nano for installation rather than vi!

Whoa! - [Was:Neither....] (1)

Gzip Christ (683175) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745504)

Whoa - for a second there when I saw your subject line I thought you were talking about the "boxers or briefs" question. To bad Georgy didn't take that stance. That reminds me of the (porn-star) governor candidate Mary Cary's stance on global warming which is that people will just have to get used to wearing fewer clothes.

Seriously, though - he isn't off-topic moderators. He was refering to the vi vs. emacs question, even though it's not immediately obvious.

Just what California needs! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745285)

Another left wing liberal hack.

In Sovietr Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745408)

in Canada Liberals are right wing hacks.

IRV (2, Interesting)

deanj (519759) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745286)

The IRV thing seems to be rigged to circumvent the law that's on the books in California. The process of doing the recall is to get the person in office out of there, and to keep them out (as opposed to what Davis tried to do earlier in this process, which was to get himself onto the ballot too).

If they don't like the idea of having recalls, the recall law should be changed. They shouldn't be thinking of ways to circumvent it.

What crapola (2, Flamebait)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745287)

The aspect of this recall that I find most disgustingly unfair is the influence of money in politics. Californians should find it frightening that a wealthy Republican can buy himself another election.

I cannot believe the whining about this. They needed FREAKING EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY THOUSAND VALID SIGNATURES. And that means they need to get twice as many just to make sure.

People of both parties have been lining up for this recall election because of the amount of hatred for Gray Davis. The guy is an absolute idiot. I'll never forgive him for signing those absolutely stupid power contracts. My power bill was FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS last month.

To paint this as some sort of republican vendetta is absolutely idiotic, and if this guy doesn't understand that when he's actually running, then obviously he's too stupid to be governor.

Sorry for the rant, but I've heard this "buying a recall election" stupidity one too many times.

Not pro or con - recall here, but... (4, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745380)

They needed FREAKING EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY THOUSAND VALID SIGNATURES. And that means they need to get twice as many just to make sure.

You honestly think it's hard to find that many people in California, a state of 35+ million, who don't really have a clue, or are just bitter enough about Simon's defeat to take this shot at fscking their own state government? Get real.

If the early half of the 20th century should have taught us anything, it's that instability in goverment leads to chaos and populist leaders with dangerous agendas.

Too bad there's not a political IQ test people have to pass to vote.

Re:Not pro or con - recall here, but... (4, Insightful)

elefantstn (195873) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745481)

If it's so easy to get those signatures, why is this the first time in 90 years that it's happened? Every governor of California in the past 30 years has faced a recall petition drive, but only now has one been successful. Wonder why that could be.

Re:What crapola (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745460)

Get your head out of your ass.

This whole thing is being stage-managed by the puppetmasters at the White House. You're being sold a line of crap, and they're using smoke and mirrors to distract you from the strings being pulled.

You know, I always wondered how basically good and decent people could wind up supporting a Stalin or a Hitler. It seems so unlikely that evil regimes could pull the blatently evil things they do, and that the people of their country could let it happen. You always wind up suspecting some sort of implicit complicicy.

But after seeing the state of politics in this nation over the past 5 years... I wonder no longer. We're rushing headlong into something as bad as Nazi Germany ever cooked up, and we're all just falling in line, swallowing the shit and pronouncing it truth.

There's a political COUP going on in California, and you're outraged over your POWER BILL?

Yeesh.

Re:What crapola (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745493)

You are a moron. The people behind the recall used the correct legal procedure to get the issue before the people of the state. If you don't like that, well, you should favor changing the law, but you're a freakin' moron to think that it's a coup.

Re:What crapola (5, Informative)

rsborg (111459) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745488)

They needed FREAKING EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY THOUSAND VALID SIGNATURES. And that means they need to get twice as many just to make sure.

  1. Signatures can be bought [whittierdailynews.com] .
  2. 1.8 million signatures (ie, not valid votes) is MUCH less than the current total state population of ~30 Million, that makes LESS THAN THREE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL POPULACE that get to effectively push the redo button.

Re:What crapola (2, Informative)

Plutor (2994) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745495)

1) Those 890,000 signatures cost Issa $2M of his own fortune to collect. A Poor Republican wouldn't have been able to get them.

2) If a 40% approval rating is all it takes to vote a leader out of office with Repulicans' blessing, maybe we'll be seeing a Pataki recall campaign sometime soon?

3) Georgy is a she [georgyforgov.com] .

Re:What crapola (1)

epiphani (254981) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745516)

My power bill was FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS last month.

So blame your politician? How bout you use less power.

In ontario, electricity is capped at 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour. It often costs over ten times that to generate it. And we wonder why people have no problem using power to the point where the entire grid crashes.

Re:What crapola (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745530)

"My power bill was FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS last month."

And yet Gray complains that a recall election would cost Califonia 65 million dollars. That's like 1 can of Red Bull per person? Sure if I lived in California, I'd give up 1 Red Bull to recall someone who screwed me over like that.

Re:What crapola (1)

srussell (39342) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745533)

To paint this as some sort of republican vendetta is absolutely idiotic, and if this guy doesn't understand that when he's actually running, then obviously he's too stupid to be governor.

This would be more compelling if it came from someone who could tell the difference between a woman and a man.

Smart And She's Cute, Too! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745293)

Dang, it's tough being a geek.

Not only that, she's bitextual! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745429)

6A) Re:the most important question - by markhb

vi or emacs?

Georgy:

I'm so glad you asked!! Both. vi for quick editing, emacs (NOT xemacs) for coding projects. :q!:q!:q!

something's gonna pop (2, Funny)

billimad (629204) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745295)

although she's not afraid to tackle that issue head-on, too

georgy..head..georgy..head..stop it godammit.

Re:something's gonna pop (1)

Sexc0w (195116) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745383)


Whew, I'm glad it's not just me. At first glance, I read that line as "she's not afraid to tackle that hard-on, too."

Perhaps a better question to ask Georgy... (5, Interesting)

LinuxParanoid (64467) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745296)


Those were the 10 questions?

Sheesh, how about "How would you cut California's $35 billion budget deficit?" (i.e. spending cuts or tax increases or both, and in which areas?)

--LP

P.S. For the curious, dselect is the Debian package manager, documented here [debian.org] .

Re:Perhaps a better question to ask Georgy... (4, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745388)

you could look at the State of MN (where I currently reside)... They had an $8 billion deficit after good 'ol Jesse left (he was done when I got here).

The new governor is refusing (at this time) to raise taxes. Instead he is cutting funding all over the place. Higher education got the first hit (where I happen to work).

They want to limit benefits, end pay raises (in fact they want to give us two pay decreases), end new positions, drop funding for students, etc.

So instead of taxing everyone outright, they tax us in another way? What's the difference in the long run?

Re:Perhaps a better question to ask Georgy... (1)

twilson650 (697107) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745413)

Since she's not going to win, it doesn't matter how she would deal with the deficit, does it? We covered the important RU a girl? and vi or emacs? queries. 'Nuff said.

Re:Perhaps a better question to ask Georgy... (1)

bigjnsa500 (575392) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745450)

Easy, stop paying for illegal immigrants every need. They can get a job just like the rest of us

Re:Perhaps a better question to ask Georgy... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745467)

I know, It's a bunch of geeks with their first crack at talking to some chic who took a pretty photo of herself. For god's sakes, wake up people most of you can't vote in california and those that can should vote for a candiate that's going to do something other then get their two inch pecker stiff.

She does sound like a politician... (4, Insightful)

FurryFeet (562847) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745297)

I don't know about you all, but I don't hear a geek. I hear a politician telling geeks what they want to hear.
That's not a slam, just an opinion. On the other hand, Georgy would sure be a lot easier on the eyes than Arnold or Bustamante.
However, it's a moot point. Running as the "geek" candidate was silly anyway, like running as the "paraplejics" candidate, or the "millionaires" candidate. In a general election, any candidate aiming for a minority is going to lose.

Re:She does sound like a politician... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745333)

Parapalejic: Balkan paralysis victim.

Re:She does sound like a politician... (4, Interesting)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745462)

She does, and she definitely sounds like she's trying to get in good with the geeks. Her usage of "$$$" instead of writing "money" is a major turn-off for me. I'm curious if she writes "Micro$oft" as well?

I expect politicians to represent themselves professionally, and that includes their writing. If you wrote $$$ in English 101 at your local community college, you'd get a shitty grade on the paper. Why is it ok when you are running for governor?

How about you? (0, Troll)

SunPin (596554) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745548)

With the way you spell "paraplegic", perhaps California needs a "fucktard" candidate as well...

At least you spelled "lose" correctly.

wasting time? (5, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745303)

As for legalized marijuana, why is marijuana criminal when alcohol and cigarettes profit the government? I believe that when people are presented with intelligent and logical arguments, they will turn around. The problem is few politicians take the time to have intelligent discussions on these issues. Education on "controversial" issues is necessary to convince the electorate to make up or change its mind. I truly believe all of these issues will be passed someday. Politicians are wasting our time and money not passing them now.

While I see where you are coming from, I highly doubt that the legalization of marijuana is a necessary topic when there are many other topics which should be discussed.

Marijuana, my opinion on the subject is irrelevant, is not a priority in this country. It's still considered a drug, its prohibition "worked" and didn't cause a massive revolt like alcohol's did, and it's not terribly important (medical use is another thread totally).

You haven't really answered my question though. Of course the mainstream politicians avoid them like the plague, they know that they are possibly detrimental to their campgains. Why don't you think that they will be detrimental to yours?

Re:wasting time? (5, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745378)

It's still considered a drug, its prohibition "worked" and didn't cause a massive revolt like alcohol's did

Thats because drunks are irrational and prone to fits of extreme emotion, and potheads are mellow and apathetic.

Many (including myself) consider it a huge issue, not just the legal status of marijuana, but the sweeping powers given to the DEA and the whole concept of civil forfeiture. It's ruined a LOT of innocent lives over very trivial offenses.

The DEA can show up at your home, give your wife this choice "either you testify in court that your husband is a drug dealer, or we'll sieze your home and put your children with foster families". They have those powers regardless of any burden of evidence. Those powers have been abused countless times as law enforcement agencies started to see civil forfeiture as a means of funding.

Possession of any amount of marijuana (even hemp with no narcotic effects) in Nevada, for instance, results in a manditory 25 year jail term - FOR FIRST OFFENSES! There's something seriously wrong with that. Your life is over because some prick cop notices you're wearing a hemp necklace.

Re:wasting time? (0, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745442)

my opinion on marijuana is irrelevant

Don't smoke it then, don't deal it then, and don't have it in your system.

It's illegal and they are allowed to prosecute you for it.

It's only an issue for pot smokers.

Re:wasting time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745494)

I dont care about prosecution for smoking it.

I care about a corrupt official whos able to take all of my personal possessions with absolutely no evidence. With a handful of anonymous phone tips, I could watch it happen to you. Even if I am never convicted of any offense, the likelyhood of getting it back is slim to none.

It should be an issue for everyone, especially knee-jerk big-brother watching slashbots.

Maybe that's how she'll solve the deficit problem (1)

Mac73117 (122267) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745470)

All the taxes from the dubage adds up to alot of cabbage.

Seriously, we tax the hell out of tobacco and alcohol. Why not create another revenue stream.

my $.02

Re:wasting time? (1)

ahfoo (223186) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745520)

As you put it, that's your opinion. And that's fine. Many people base their votes on drug policy and prison reform issues only. I'm one of them. There are many others.
The drug war has always been and will always be, until it is over, the most important political issue in America. That's my opinion.
How can you say there was no revolt when they call it a war?

Re:wasting time? (5, Insightful)

BobRooney (602821) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745524)

Relevant because:

To help remediate some of the financial woes of california, additional "sin" taxes could add up to huge sums of money for the state to funnel into education, law enforcement, business incentives etc.

Scientifically speaking Marijuana is no more, and likely less addictive than other LEGAL regulated substances. (i.e. tobacco, alcohol, caffiene). That said, it is unlikely that government regulated, legal marijuana would spawn an outbreak of drug addiction, which is the unexpressed fear of some who oppose legalization.

Now, on to the $$. If a pack of 20 marijuana cigarettes cost, say 20 dollars its likely they would sell like hotcakes. If the government were to regulate their production and sale, including hefty taxes, there is ample room for tremendous profit for the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributers etc. as well as HUGE tax revenue.

Additionally law enforcement would save tons of money becuase no more marijuana related crime (i.e. sale/possesion) would have to be dealt with.

So, lots of extra tax $$$, more law enforcement resources and a stoned and happy populace makes some sense.

Re:wasting time? (1)

Hamfist (311248) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745546)

By legalizing marijuana, the Government of California could TAX it. The current estimated value of California's (only California's) marijuana crop is over 4 billion dollars. Take on the imports and it balloons to around 7 or 8 billion. If the same tax structure as cigarrettes were used, The Government of California could realise 3 Billion in extra revenue.

Now does that sound like wasting time?

A politician indeed! (4, Funny)

yebb (142883) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745304)

vi or emacs?

Georgy:

I'm so glad you asked!! Both. vi for quick editing, emacs (NOT xemacs) for coding projects. :q!:q!:q!

A very politically savey response, given the audience.

Re:A politician indeed! (1)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745397)

That's the kind of political speak that makes people from here want to vote. I say we need more geek candidates -- we may not make the right decisions, but hell, we can try better than these nincompoops.

Re:A politician indeed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745514)

HELL, she could have ducked the issue and said pico or some other alternative editor! Her answer makes sense to many programmers. vi is great for a quick edit on a shell script, but a little light weight for editing a 10K line, source file.

Boxers, Briefs and... (4, Funny)

terraformer (617565) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745309)

6) the most important question - by Mothra the III
Boxers or briefs?
Georgy:
Boxer-briefs! But seriously, boxers, and Georgy for Gov boxers at that!

Everyone seems to forget the third option...
Comando!

Re:Boxers, Briefs and... (2, Funny)

IIRCAFAIKIANAL (572786) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745352)

That's a good way to snarl your dangly bits. Only peoples wearing skirts (women, Scots) can get away with that.

Re:Boxers, Briefs and... (2, Funny)

arkanes (521690) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745358)

Or the fourth... she sells Georgy for Goc thongs on her website, too...

Another Joke Candidate Diluting the Race (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745327)

What the hell does she think she is accomplishing? The fundamental flaw in modern politics is the ability of joe-nobody to interfere in the process that is government. Just another opportunity to throw your vote away. Take those shoes off, get prenant, and get back in the kitchen where you belong Gordy.

Arnie vs emacs! (1)

Kickasso (210195) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745337)

Not yet, but he's showing some hope [businesswire.com] .

You are losers (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745346)

Pathetic that you would interview her because she is a girl and has boobs (d'oh and pussy too), and you like a fucking nerd shit face make her replies "news worthy" ? You are pathetic losers~

Yeah call me a troll, but that is true~

No wonder slashdot.com is just another fuckedcompany.com.

Re:You are losers (0, Troll)

sheptastic (604258) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745377)

"a fucking nerd shit face" I want to see YOU interviewed. Imagine the hilarity!

I don't understand her (1, Insightful)

The Old Burke (679901) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745350)

The aspect of this recall that I find most disgustingly unfair is the influence of money in politics. Californians should find it frightening that a wealthy Republican can buy himself another election. And if that isn't enough, we end up with an election where a series of other millionaires are taken seriously when they tell us they will govern for "the people." Perhaps worse than individuals being legitimized as candidates solely because of wealth, is a political system so heavily influenced by campaign contributions that lawmakers can no longer use their own judgment. This is at all levels of the Government,[...more text..]
Why is she dragging in money into the election?
Campaign contributions have allways been a natural part of our democracy. Contributions makes it possoble for the weak canditade that are not that well know to increase their name recognition by advertising.

This is not about wealty republicans vs. some poor democrates. The right to recive contributions is for everyone, whatever policy they have. The sad thing is that such a promising candidate fall to such populistic methods, trying to win some easy votes. Actually this tactic reminds me of some of the elections in the fifthies when democrates fell down to a almost comunist standard when it came to pre-electin statements.

Re:I don't understand her (4, Interesting)

forkboy (8644) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745452)

She's probably referring to large corporate campaign contributions, not private donations. The former is the problem with our elections today, where politicians loyalties can be bought for the average salary of an experienced engineer. It's a sad state of affairs.

Re:I don't understand her (4, Insightful)

Havokmon (89874) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745476)

Why is she dragging in money into the election?

Because when you don't HAVE a lot of money, you complain about those who do. OTOH, when you DO have a lot of money, you generally don't complain about those who have less..

Just wait until she makes some real money, then election funds will disappear from her agenda.

Re:I don't understand her (-1, Flamebait)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745509)

That whole statement she made was just lame. It revealed nothing except that she's a neophyte.

Re:I don't understand her (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745523)

Oh please. Campaign contributions are a mechanism for large corporations to buy elections. Look at how heavily corporate positions are supported since the change to campaign finance laws allowed corporations to contribute legally. Hollings in Disney's pocket, others' in the **AA's....

gov money (3, Insightful)

Councilor Hart (673770) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745545)

The right to receive contributions is for everyone, whatever policy they have.

If the government gives every candidate the same amount of money, and at the same time forbid the acceptance of contributions or use of personal money. Than every person - poor or rich - has the same means to get elected.
Campaign contributions are NOT a natural part of democracy. They are rather a threat for democracy, and should be avoided at all costs.

Glad to see (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745365)

Americans (and interested foreigners) still take democracy seriously...

I'm surprised... (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745371)

I'm surprised... that she didn't answer any of the "will u marry me/yer a hot-E" posts.

Seriously, i think she answered these very well. I'm a NYer though, so my opinion matters didley.

Re:I'm surprised... (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745399)

(yes this was sarcastic by the way - i forgot the "(/sarcasm>" line)

politician (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745376)

6A) Re:the most important question - by markhb

vi or emacs?

Georgy:

I'm so glad you asked!! Both. vi for quick editing, emacs (NOT xemacs) for coding projects. :q!:q!:q!

Enough of these fence-sitting politicians. We need someone who will take a stand on such an important issue.

Re:politician (1)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745426)

Yes, and if they don't answer VI, how can I trust them to run the government?

So the metaphor is true... (1)

ealar dlanvuli (523604) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745389)

It is a circus!

vi (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745394)

Georgy:


I'm so glad you asked!! Both. vi for quick editing, emacs (NOT xemacs) for coding projects. :q!:q!:q!

You can use 'ZZ' to quickly exit vi without saving anything.

Re:vi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745541)

'ZZ' does a save (it's a shortcut for :wq)

Open Source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745395)

The most important question is, if she become governor, would she covert the state government over to open source and make a big push to get Californian corporations and citizens to do likewise?

But given her general orientation, I guess it is obvious she would, so there really wasn't a need for a question on this.

One word: (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745418)

cute-fuckbunny.

Remember: Every vote cunts!

If I could, I'd ... (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745424)

short the whole state.

The Republican minority is going to shut down the whole state if either Davis or Bustamente wins and the Democratic majority is going to ignore anybody else (especially if they come in with 15% of the vote).

Republicans: Not winning elections is no longer an impediment

slashdot grammer. (1)

Kenny Austin (319525) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745433)

>and should send a warning _single_ to people

I think she is trying to win us over with slashdot grammar.

Re:slashdot grammer. (0)

Qwell (684661) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745463)

That would be a spelling error, not an issue with grammar.

Sorry, in true /. spirit, I had to point that out to you.(I was thinking it too when I read it though)

Better questions (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745439)

Will you give me head for my vote?

Do you like anal?

Cup size?

A/S/L?

I'd have much preferred a Gary Coleman interview.

I'm a Republican! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745448)

Oh, I'm a Republican
I got a small schling
I like to bomb niggahs
and make a lot o' bling

I got a bunch o' friends
in high up places
They helps me get dem
government graces.

Don't need no history
Don't need no schoolin'
I got my ideology
To keep me a shootin'

I fancy myself
A brilliant tactician
But neither me nor m'buddies
Could even pass basic trainin'

See, I'm above all that
A fightin' and shootin'
I just say "Sic em!"
Then run the other direction

Liberals! Faggots!
Commies and queers!
Socialist hippies
Full o' pussy tears!

You think I'm smart
I just know who's who
I couldn't run a fruit stand
without the red white & blue

I'll drop some crap
about Jesus the Christ
You'll buy it all
and vote for me twice

'Fact, Jesus is comin'!
Real soon, now!
So we gotta prop up Israel
That ol' sacred cow

Propaganda's m'friend
But I calls it "fact"
Even though I don't read
'Cept for Chick tracts

Facts? No! Don't need em here!
We're conservatives! We work on FEAR!
Don't like what we say?
Well FUCK YOU, bud!
We'll shove it down yer throat
and tell ya it's good!

She writes about as well as most /. editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745461)

Maybe she should be offered a job?

I would never vote for her (1, Troll)

xintegerx (557455) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745464)

Come on. Seriously, do you think she would really be a better governor than the current governor? She's a teenager. She probably wants to become the second pregnant governor (after gov. of Mass in 90's). And yeah, that really worked out well for her; she brought kids into office with her and had interns take care of them....

What politics has G done to know if she would like doing this sort of stuff? I guess she doesn't really think she's gonna be elected and is doing this for fun, but should she not have some experience? When one is a life-long politician, it shows at least some dedication. Or when someone is a self-made rich tycoon, that shows some dedication, people skills, and a "getting it done" track record. All the candidates the media takes seriously fall into those two categories. She doesn't.

I bet even I have way more experience than her, and I think I am younger. To be taken seriously, which she still has time to do, she should list her credentials on her WEB SITE!

Regardless of who wins (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745473)

I think they should push the city of Santa Cruz to take legal action against SCO to either get a new name or declare the new meaning of SCO, Shitty Caldera Organization.

Homosexual marriage (0, Flamebait)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745474)

Aw, well, nothing on illegal immigration, one of the more important problems facing California.

I'll comment on this, though:
I've explained why gay marriage is superior to civil union (marriage promotes fidelity and family values, and it removes unfair tax advantages for people willing to file a couple forms ).
Actually, marriage does not promote fidelity and family values. It is a government acknowledgment of a system of fidelity and family values which has existed in the Western world for thousands of years before Christianity. Homosexuals simply do not display the same pattern of behavior. Right now, homosexual marriage is being suggested as a social engineering project -- to make the gays act like everybody else. That is a bad and intolerant idea. There are detrimental consequences for homosexuals who will not conform to heterosexual type unions in any great numbers -- and there are detrimental consequences for the vast number of people engaged in heterosexual marriage which the government will treat differently when the legal status is extended.

Have you ever visited agricultural California? (4, Interesting)

Speare (84249) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745477)

Yeah, I missed the original questioning round, but I think the slashdork crowd missed some serious chances to highlight a serious candidate.

California may be famous for its cities, but it's the agribusiness which shapes much of the policy and possibilities. How much do you know about the seasonal migrant industry? How much do you know about toxic waste from dense livestock management? How much do you know about fair water rights and the unfair political agendas of the affected populations?

Taco!!!!! (1)

El_Ge_Ex (218107) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745499)

8A) Re: Did you pay SCO? - by El_Ge_Ex

If not, would you support strategic military action against Utah?

Damn you Taco!! It was a joke!!! :- P

Oh well, good thing Michigan didn't have out of those blackouts like California ...oh, right. :-\

Death penalty "costly?" (0)

ecloud (3022) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745519)

How is that? I think prisons are too costly. First they should let out the folks who are only in there because of marijuana, and then kill the ones who are in for murder. There goes half the cost of maintaining prisons.

Two Things. (2, Informative)

spirality (188417) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745527)


Concorcet's [electionmethods.org] method is much better than Instant run off.

And her preference for editing is the same as mine... exactly. :)

-Craig.

The question is - SCO or IBM? (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745529)

"the vital 'Vi or Emacs?' question" Huh? The question of today for anyone running for being a governor is - SCO or IBM?

I believe in full disclosure in politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6745537)

Do you think politicians, specifically certain canidates in the California Governor's race, in the interest of maintaining openness and integrity in our great nation's governments, should also pose nude in famous magazines?

typical politition! (1)

Captain Rotundo (165816) | more than 11 years ago | (#6745539)

Man all this about the "big" party candidates buygin elections, and being afraid to take a stand on real issues. and then she drops the "both" bomb on the vi/emacs question....

I swear talk about not taking a stand on important issues, whatthe hell kind of a geek is she if she can't choose vi or emacs and has to use both. I think it was a little too much of a token "bone" to pick GNU Emacs over XEmacs, especially after skirting the real issue.

Its like she said "I am both for and against the death penalty, but I am against wrongful convictions"
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