Oct. 4th, 2003

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If the California governor's race doesn't work out for Arnold Schwarzenegger, he can always run for president . . . of Austria. Although the country's most famous export became a U.S. citizen 20 years ago, he still holds dual citizenship, reports The Post's Roxanne Roberts.

"Yes, he has Austrian citizenship," confirmed Christoph Meran, director of the Austrian Press and Information Service. In general, Meran said, becoming citizen of another country requires giving up Austrian citizenship. But there are several exceptions that allow two passports, including extraordinary achievement in art, music, sports. Or, say, becoming a world-famous movie star.

The actor-turned-politician was born in Austria and immigrated to the United States in the late 1960s. As a naturalized U.S. citizen, Schwarzenegger cannot be president of the United States but could probably run for office in Austria if he were willing to reestablish residency there, Meran said.

I don't know that I wouldn't want a little more of a commitment from my governor.
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Andrew Sullivan makes the case for casual psychoactive drug abuse:

Here's an interesting take on Arnold Schwarzenegger's possible ascension to the governor's office in California: he'll be the first major political figure who has won an election, despite having said he long used a Schedule 3 controlled substance, i.e. steroids. AS's apparent good health and long years of a great-looking physique certainly suggest that the puritanical attempt to ban these substances is another example of the government over-stepping its limits. The evidence that responsible steroid use is bad for your health is, in fact, pretty flimsy. In some cases, testosterone is a godsend. My own doctor-monitored testosterone-use has shown absolutely no damage to any of my bodily functions, and helped reverse HIV-related fat-redistribution, wasting and exhaustion. But I'm not convinced that much higher doses of T do much harm either. To get to his previous size, Arnold must have done a lot, as he has conceded. And he seems fine (Gilson debunks some of the rumors about his health) and the public doesn't care. Another example of our anti-drug laws being more about hysteria than science, let alone the freedom of any adult to do what he wants with his own body. The public is right about this one. The laws should adjust.

I'm not completely certain how Mr. Sullivan's experience translates to someone who doesn't have a wasting disease, but I would say that there's enough information out there about the negative effects of steroid abuse that he's completely out to lunch here.

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However (I'm sure you'll be shocked to hear that) when I was looking for this quote, I came across something that makes a great deal of sense, except for the duh, what's racism? feint and the fact that, well, he felt compelled to weigh in on Ahnuld's prescription drug abuse:

I'm not commenting on the prescription drug stuff because no charges have been filed against Limbaugh and we don't know what the truth is yet. And I haven't commented on his ESPN firing because, well, when you know as little about football is I do, it's hard to judge whether Limbaugh's comments were valid or not. But a couple of things are worth saying: this isn't censorship. The government is not involved. Rush had freedom of speech a week ago and he still has today. His whining on this point was silly and worthy of Susan Sontag. Similarly, I don't have much sympathy for ESPN. They hired Rush Limbaugh, after all, not Jim Lehrer. Didn't they expect something like this? He's designed for controversy. And he has to quit the minute he causes some? Denial all round, if you ask me ...

I'm searching for the cracked assumptions here, and I'm afraid they aren't immediately apparent to me.

Creepy, really.

Nonetheless, I pretty much agree.


Oct. 4th, 2003 11:24 pm
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We spent today at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a former home for retired sailors and artist's colony, and home of the Staten Island Children's Museum and a chinese scholar's garden and a Secret Garden (ask the folks at the gift shop to let you in) with hedge mazes and a walled garden full of roses.

So, a nice day.

Still, we came through downtown first.

Try explaining this to a seven year old if you want to break your heart.


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