To quote Jeff Foxworthy:

“Y’all ain’t gonna believe this shit.”

Yesterday, Gray Davis made fun of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s accent:

In his public remarks to about 300 members of the Los Angeles Ironworkers Local 433, Davis suggested Schwarzenegger — whom he referred to only as “the actor” — would repeal Davis-backed union gains such as daily overtime pay and family-leave benefits, reported the Sacramento Bee. . .

Whipped into an anti-Schwarzenegger frenzy at the picnic, one crowd member screamed, “He’s a foreigner!” as Davis criticized the Austrian-born Terminator, who hopes to take over his seat in the Oct. 7 recall election.

The man who made the foreigner comment later apologized to Davis for making the remark.

Davis told him not to worry, the Bee reported, and added with a smile, “You shouldn’t be governor unless you can pronounce the name of the state,” in an apparent reference to Schwarzenegger’s Austrian accent.

Am I the only one whose jaw is on the floor?

Usually Gray Davis has a better ear for politics than this. Usually Cruz Bustamante does, too, but these guys have been sticking their foot in it since Day 1, and I’m at a loss to explain it. Maybe Arnold is such an unusual candidate that he keeps breaking their flow chart.

Democrats typically present themselves as the champions of minorities, particularly those for whom English is not a first language. But man, you scratch the surface and they are racists to the bone. This other quote from the article is odd, too:

“He can’t even speak English well. How can he govern the state of California?” Sukhee Kang, who emigrated from South Korea in 1977, asked the crowd before Davis arrived, the Bee reported.

First of all, I challenge the premise that Arnold doesn’t speak English well. Yes, he has an accent. So do a huge number of people in the United States, even people who are native born and who trace their lineage here back many generations. Accents are relative. I, for example, am from Tennessee. When I moved to California in 1979, I spoke with a ferocious Tennessee accent, compared to others here. My father still has a trace of it. Does that mean I don’t speak English? Does it mean I’m a foreigner? Does it somehow affect my intelligence (all redneck jokes aside)?

But as for Arnold’s command of the English language, I cite this by way of example (from a recent interview regarding a shoot on the set of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines):

“Everything has gone extraordinarily well, except we took a little bit more time, I think, than anyone expected because there were so many visual effects shots. It’s going to be a real spectacle because we’ve never really seen a fight scene of two people, who are actually machines, one weighs two thousand pounds and one a thousand pounds. Every move you make towards any piece of wall or door or anything immediately breaks, so everything has to be rigged in such a way. For instance, there’s a scene where I grab her by the jaw, lift her up in the air and then just throw her down on the ground. As soon as I throw her down into the ground, the tiles on the ground just break. And then I lift my foot up really high and just step down on her head and that then makes her whole head crush into below the floor of the bathroom. You have to rig all that stuff, and then you have to cut, and then you have to put the dummy down because I can’t step on her head otherwise it breaks her nose. So you have to split it up, all those things.”

Does that sound to you like a man who can’t speak English?

All that aside, I haven’t heard Sukhee Kang actually talk, but I’d be curious to know if s/he (gender is unclear in the article) speaks with anything I might recognize as a South Korean accent.

Davis makes another idiotic statement:

“He just fights in movies,” Davis said, the Bee reported. “I served in a real war to defend this country and I’ve worked hard to advance the interests of Asian Pacific Californians.”

Somebody want to tell me how military service or lack thereof affects a person’s ability to be governor?

I did a little digging about Gray’s military service. Turns out he was in the Army in the Vietnam War (1968-69). He attained the rank of Captain, and was awarded the Bronze Star*. The draft was not implemented in Vietnam until 1969, so Gray was either already in the Army at the time, or he volunteered.

That’s fine. I appreciate his service on behalf of our nation, and I respect the willingness to lay down one’s life in this way.

But I still don’t see the connection. I mean, come on. Politicians with military service include Dick Gephardt, Tom Daschle, Al Gore (an Army journalist, so I’m not sure he counts), Ted Kennedy, John McCain, Gerald Ford, Strom Thurmond, and Oliver North. I wouldn’t really call any of these people fit candidates for leadership, regardless of their actual careers.

Conversely, politicians without military service include Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush (governor of Florida), Ronald Reagan (who had bad eyesight), Rudy Giuliani, and Clarence Thomas (Supreme Court Justice). I would argue that all these men have earned their leadership, and that their lack of military service does not mean they cannot do it well.

Jimmy Carter even has this unusual distinction:

“Except for his fellow service-academy graduate Dwight Eisenhower, no President of the twentieth century spent more years in uniform than Carter.”

And yet Carter was one of the worst presidents in the history of this nation, and is an all-around Goddamn fool when it comes to international politics even now that his political career is over. He really needs to keep his nose out of our country’s affairs and go back to building houses for the poor.

What was I originally talking about? Oh yeah, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Anyway, normally I would tell Gray Davis to shut the fuck up, except that I so dislike the man, and it’s amusing watching him continue to make himself look stupid.

* “The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Army of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.” Source

10 Responses to “Gray Davis Mocks Arnold's Accent”
  1. Greg says:

    When I was in the Army in Germany, I saw Arnold on a German talk show. His accent is exactly the same when speaking German. I think its more of a speech defect than anything else!

  2. Macker says:

    I don’t think German is a “speech defect”….rather, a very gutteral language. You use the mouth a lot. Klingons would love that.

    Oh, I didn’t see any point about Arnold’s serving in the AUSTRIAN Army! He went AWOL to win his first bodybuilding competition.

    Once again Gray-Out is showing his true colors…the dirty fighter that he is.

  3. john says:

    Not a complaint, just an FYI There is an error in your comment about the draft during the Vietnam era.. the draft was winding down in 1969 as we began pulling troops out. It was at its peak in 1966. Davis’ Bronze Star was for “meritorius” service, not connected with combat. It means he was a pretty good admin officer and thus knew when to apply for his medal given to officers who showed up to work.

  4. the smart one says:

    ANNE IT’S OBVIOUS YOUR STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. AFTER READING YOUR MONOTONOUS RACIALLY INSULTING ARTICLE(OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT) I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU DID NOT DO YOUR RESEARCH. I END MY COMMENT, BY SAYING AGAIN, THAT YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEARCH FOR IMMEADIATE PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY YOUR MENTALLITY IS NOT MENTALLITY, YOU IDIOTIC UNINTELLIGENT STUPID GIRL. I END THIS COMMENT BY THE SECOND TIME, BY ENJOYING MYSELF BY SAYING THAT YOU ARE MENTALLY INCAPABLE. IF YOU WISH TO FURTHER DEBATE YOUR STUPIDITY POST A COMMENT(TRY TO MAKE IT NON-IDIOTIC PLEASE)AND, I’LL ANSWER YOUR ALMOST TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE COMMENT, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND AGAIN(SINCE I KNOW MENTALLY RETARTED PEOPLE, LIKE YOU, HAVE SHORT TERM MEMORY) I MUST REMIND YOU OF YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY.

  5. the smart one says:

    ANNE IT’S OBVIOUS YOUR STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. AFTER READING YOUR MONOTONOUS RACIALLY INSULTING ARTICLE(OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT) I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU DID NOT DO YOUR RESEARCH. I END MY COMMENT, BY SAYING AGAIN, THAT YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEARCH FOR IMMEADIATE PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY YOUR MENTALLITY IS NOT MENTALLITY, YOU IDIOTIC UNINTELLIGENT STUPID GIRL. I END THIS COMMENT BY THE SECOND TIME, BY ENJOYING MYSELF BY SAYING THAT YOU ARE MENTALLY INCAPABLE. IF YOU WISH TO FURTHER DEBATE YOUR STUPIDITY POST A COMMENT(TRY TO MAKE IT NON-IDIOTIC PLEASE)AND, I’LL ANSWER YOUR ALMOST TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE COMMENT, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND AGAIN(SINCE I KNOW MENTALLY RETARTED PEOPLE, LIKE YOU, HAVE SHORT TERM MEMORY) I MUST REMIND YOU OF YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY.

  6. the smart one says:

    ANNE IT’S OBVIOUS YOUR STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. AFTER READING YOUR MONOTONOUS RACIALLY INSULTING ARTICLE(OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT) I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU DID NOT DO YOUR RESEARCH. I END MY COMMENT, BY SAYING AGAIN, THAT YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEARCH FOR IMMEADIATE PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY YOUR MENTALLITY IS NOT MENTALLITY, YOU IDIOTIC UNINTELLIGENT STUPID GIRL. I END THIS COMMENT BY THE SECOND TIME, BY ENJOYING MYSELF BY SAYING THAT YOU ARE MENTALLY INCAPABLE. IF YOU WISH TO FURTHER DEBATE YOUR STUPIDITY POST A COMMENT(TRY TO MAKE IT NON-IDIOTIC PLEASE)AND, I’LL ANSWER YOUR ALMOST TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE COMMENT, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND AGAIN(SINCE I KNOW MENTALLY RETARTED PEOPLE, LIKE YOU, HAVE SHORT TERM MEMORY) I MUST REMIND YOU OF YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY.

  7. the smart one says:

    ANNE IT’S OBVIOUS YOUR STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. AFTER READING YOUR MONOTONOUS RACIALLY INSULTING ARTICLE(OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT) I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU DID NOT DO YOUR RESEARCH. I END MY COMMENT, BY SAYING AGAIN, THAT YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEARCH FOR IMMEADIATE PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY YOUR MENTALLITY IS NOT MENTALLITY, YOU IDIOTIC UNINTELLIGENT STUPID GIRL. I END THIS COMMENT BY THE SECOND TIME, BY ENJOYING MYSELF BY SAYING THAT YOU ARE MENTALLY INCAPABLE. IF YOU WISH TO FURTHER DEBATE YOUR STUPIDITY POST A COMMENT(TRY TO MAKE IT NON-IDIOTIC PLEASE)AND, I’LL ANSWER YOUR ALMOST TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE COMMENT, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND AGAIN(SINCE I KNOW MENTALLY RETARTED PEOPLE, LIKE YOU, HAVE SHORT TERM MEMORY) I MUST REMIND YOU OF YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY.

  8. the smart one says:

    ANNE IT’S OBVIOUS YOUR STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. AFTER READING YOUR MONOTONOUS RACIALLY INSULTING ARTICLE(OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT) I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT YOU DID NOT DO YOUR RESEARCH. I END MY COMMENT, BY SAYING AGAIN, THAT YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY REACHES NO LIMIT. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEARCH FOR IMMEADIATE PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY YOUR MENTALLITY IS NOT MENTALLITY, YOU IDIOTIC UNINTELLIGENT STUPID GIRL. I END THIS COMMENT BY THE SECOND TIME, BY ENJOYING MYSELF BY SAYING THAT YOU ARE MENTALLY INCAPABLE. IF YOU WISH TO FURTHER DEBATE YOUR STUPIDITY POST A COMMENT(TRY TO MAKE IT NON-IDIOTIC PLEASE)AND, I’LL ANSWER YOUR ALMOST TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE COMMENT, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND AGAIN(SINCE I KNOW MENTALLY RETARTED PEOPLE, LIKE YOU, HAVE SHORT TERM MEMORY) I MUST REMIND YOU OF YOUR IDIOTIC STUPIDITY.

  9. Evie says:

    Oh “Smart One” (An oxymoron…in your case…emphasis on the moron…) when you can adequately express yourself without mangling the English language, your comments are welcomed. Otherwise, your insane vocal meanderings are nothing more than humorous fodder for the rest of the intellectuals on this board.

    You know, a smart man once said…”it is best to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.”

    Go DUBYA!! 4 MORE YEARS!!!!!

  10. Tom Tooker says:

    1- “The draft was not implemented in Vietnam until 1969″…?.. odd, in ’67 I had a low lottery (draft) number. Knew I would probably
    get it. Enlisted in May’67 so that I could get the training I wanted instead of being drafted and becoming a grunt. Two weeks into
    basic training at Ft. Polk La. , bingo, I receive my draft notice. I was RA (enlisted), all of the US (draftees) stayed at Polk to go to
    “TigerLand” jungle school, Vietnam…
    2- “He attained the rank of Captain,”….. if you have a college degree in anything, you are awarded, given the rank of 1st Lt, then Capt.
    ‘Attained’ makes it sound like he actually did something of significance…
    3- “was awarded the Bronze Star*. ” But no one can say WHY he was awarded the Star…What did he do..? I remember it well during
    his re-call campaign… Why Gray..? For What Gray..? NO ANSWER. Think John Kerry…..

    I served in Vietnam 19 months…mid-68 to early 70 ..and it occurred to me that we changed XO’s often.. So I asked the “Old Man” “Top
    Kick”…(The senior NCO) why the change?.. His reply…” They do 6 months and then cycle out.. build their military resum’e..” Looked it
    up one time..Davis and Kerry each had 6 months or less in Vietnam. Coincidence..? If I can find it again, and I will, one of them only had 5
    months… CO=Company Commander, XO=Executive Officer

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