Can’t talk now…

…Deadline! However, I’ll leave you with a bonbon, turned up in my searching the other night. (One of my search terms is “drug.”) It falls under the heading of Our Wonderful Democracy. Ahem:

A candidate against longtime Aspen-area Sheriff Bob Braudis, a drinking buddy of the late author Hunter S. Thompson, says a film he made of himself masturbating should not disqualify him from being sheriff.

He said it is a healthy example of performance art.

He goes on to call it “G-rated” and “less explicit than a beer commercial.”

I watched the last gubernatorial debate for my own civic duty last night. Performance art it wasn’t, and my agony was compounded by the B-movie weirdness of it all. Jennifer Granholm looked like a graduate of the Toastmasters Community College, where she earned a Certificate of Attendance and majored in Hand Gestures. Dick DeVos required me to explain to Kate just what “smarmy” means. At one point, he told a woman in the audience that “I grew up in a family business, too,” as though Amway = a plumbing supplier. Both came across as cheap, insincere hustlers, and I have to pull the lever for one of them in just a few weeks.

Then it rained all night and now it’s gray and gloomy. Matches the mood of pretty much everything.

Posted at 9:20 am in Current events, Popculch |

9 responses to “Can’t talk now…”

  1. brian stouder said on October 17, 2006 at 9:58 am

    A candidate against longtime Aspen-area Sheriff Bob Braudis, a drinking buddy of the late author Hunter S. Thompson, says a film he made of himself masturbating should not disqualify him from being sheriff.

    OK – my first question was whether the un-named candidate or the sheriff is the ‘drinking buddy of the late author Hunter S. Thompson’?

    So then I clicked the link, and the context clues seem to point to the challenger…but forget that – the piece is a hoot in general! For example, a little background on the challenger’s video –

    Rick Magnuson, the Aspen police department’s community safety representative, downplayed the film he made in the Mojave Desert a year ago after breaking up with his girlfriend, saying it been shown 27 times on the local public television station. He gave it to the station.

    a little background about the challenger –

    Magnuson previously made a film called “Blow Job,” about terrorism. He climbed to the top of an aspen tree with a leaf blower and blew the leaves off to show how humans terrorize nature. The audio was a clip of 911 calls from the 2002 sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area.

    OK – so we need no more evidence that this guy fried his brains, either in the Mojave, or on the stool next to HS Thompson…

    But then we have this about the incumbent County Sherriff

    Four months ago Braudis, 61, who has been Aspen-based Pitkin County sheriff since 1986, checked himself into an Arizona rehabilitation clinic. He told the Rocky Mountain News his decision to enter the clinic was private, and that he was not an alcoholic.

    His decision is “private”?!? If I were a voter there, I would disagree. But there is also this –

    The combined Aspen police-Pitkin sheriff’s dispatch center declined to contact Braudis for a comment on the video, saying he was only available for emergencies. Braudis told the Aspen Times: “I’ve seen it and I have no comment.”

    Sounds like “Sarah”* down at the switchboard is the real power in that county.

    See Nance – relatively speaking, your Michigan gubenatorial debate was akin to Lincoln/Douglas, compared to THAT farce!!

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  2. Danny said on October 17, 2006 at 11:44 am

    Our California gubenatorial is not so much a race as an utter embarrassment for the challenger, Angelides. But there have been some great sound bites.

    One was when Arnold said he could tell by the sparkle in Angelides’ eyes that he was excited and joyous about raising taxes.

    Another was when Arnold said that Angelides’ presence reminded him of being in the company of his “dear uncle Teddy.”

    Comedy gold.

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  3. mary said on October 17, 2006 at 11:47 am

    Heh heh.
    By the way, did you see that Steve Irwin’s daughter’s show will start next year? Her dad would have wanted it that way.

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  4. Maryo said on October 17, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    I like our governor of Maryland, Bobby “Haircut” Ehrlich, who actually admitted during a radio interview recently that he chose his running mate, a female state official, because she’s legally blind.

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  5. Danny said on October 17, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    Maryo, I still remember William Donald Schaeffer. That was one good governor (and mayor of Bal’more before that). The downtown renaissance is due in large part to his vision.

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  6. Maryo said on October 17, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    I remember him well. He once gave a State of the State address, or the Maryland equivalent thereof, wearing those weird funny eyeglasses that make you look like you’ve got bulging eyes.

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  7. Dorothy said on October 17, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    Did he really?! How funny!

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  8. Danny said on October 17, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    I told you he had vision.

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  9. MarkH said on October 18, 2006 at 9:28 am

    Unless all he had was cataract surgery, hence the new lenses…

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