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Friday August 22, 2003
This is true: An AP headline yesterday read: "Gov. Davis Announce $53 Million In Environmental Grants"
The lead read: "Gov. Gray Davis was joined by Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday to announce the awarding of $53 million in grants to protect California's environment."
During the 2000 election a report was released indicating that Houston, Texas had won the annual competition for the most unhealthful air of any city in America.
Our friends on the Left fairly fell on the ground and twitched with emotion as they pointed out the Governor of Texas was none other than George W. Bush, candidate for President and friend of polluters everywhere who had done nothing - NOTHING! - to protect the good citizens of Harris County.
In April of 2000, the Texas chapter of the Sierra Club's spokesman said, "Governor Bush's failure to curb air pollution forces Texas families to breathe dirty, unhealthy air that burns their lungs."
Another AP headline from yesterday. This, too, is true: "Study: Calif. City Has Worst Air in U.S".
It topped a story about the American Lung Association's latest air quality rankings.
The number ONE dirtiest air in the entire nation is breathed by the citizens of Riverside. That would be Riverside, California. The Governor of California is Gray "I've-Got-$53-Million-Here" Davis.
By the way. The SECOND dirtiest air in the entire nation is breathed by the citizens of Fresno. That would also be in California. The Governor of California is Gray "Let-Them-Breath-Dirt" Davis.
By the way. The THIRD dirtiest air in the entire nation is breathed by the citizens of Bakersfield. That would also be in California. The Governor of California is Gray "And-Let-That-Be-The-Color-Of-The-Air-Around-Me" Davis.
Mr. Mullings: Are you making this up?
Nope. All true. You can see the story by clicking here on the Secret Decoder Ring page.
By the way. The FOURTH dirtiest air in the entire nation is breathed by the citizens of the Los Angeles/Long Beach basin. That would also be in California. The Governor of California is Gray "It's-Not-Easy-Being-Green" Davis.
By the way. The FIFTH dirtiest air in the entire nation is breathed by the citizens of Sacramento. That would also be in California. The Governor of California is Gray "The-American-Lung-Association-Must-Be-Part-Of-The-Right-Wing-Conspiracy-Trying-To-Undo-An-Election" Davis.
So, for the most part, the people of California - after about five years of Davis' environmental leadership - are breathing air which qualifies them to be characters in a Charles Dickens novel.
Legitimate questions are: Where are the squeals of outrage from the Greens generally and Ralph Nader in particular? Where are the thundering denunciations from the Left? Where are the media demands for answers?
In fairness, the $53 million which Davis released was for coastal protection, but don't you think that, while the Governor was casting tens of millions - heavy bread - upon the waters, someone in the press might have asked him how he managed to allow the air in his state to deteriorate so completely?
No. Would be the answer to that. No one did.
While all that was going on, a new poll showed that Davis' job approval was a remarkable 25 percent, that 58 percent of Californians said they would vote to recall him, and that Arnold now leads Bustamante by five percentage points: 23-18.
The Davis team got what they wanted out of Senator Feinstein which was an absolute statement that she was voting "no" on the recall and would not vote on the second half of the ballot for a replacement.
However, Davis did not get any help from the Democratic members of the California Congressional delegation. They held a conference call during which they pretended to be more-or-less against the recall but stated that, if the recall is successful, they were unanimously endorsing Cruz Bustamante.
According to the AP: "The move by California's 33 House Democrats reflects a growing pessimism about Davis' chances, with polls showing his popularity reaching one all-time low after another."
Defeat, around Gray Davis, is in the air.
On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the American Lung Association study, the Houston story from 2000, the AP story on the House Democrats, and the latest poll.
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