Not so long ago, the former California governor and "We the People" radio host Jerry Brown disdained computers. Now, in what could be interpreted as a clear leap of political opportunism, he's embraced technology with his brand new blog, which he used to defend a new curfew policy for paroled felons roaming the City of Oakland.
Someone should put a curfew on politicians writing blogs....don't they get to use up enough of the blathosphere via other media, such as print, TV, and radio?
Jerry must have got a heap of criticism (or "animadversion," as he would say), so he wrote a nice eulogy for Hunter Thompson, maybe to share the aura of the gonzo journalist's iconoclasm. Of course, he did take the author's death as an opportunity to mention that "as California’s secretary of state, I had to yank the notary public commission of Nixon’s personal lawyer. It seems that he notarized a backdated deed of Nixon’s papers so that the president could qualify for a charitable deduction—illegally. These were unusual times. "
Given Kevin Shelley's fudging financial records, the shenanigans going on with Halliburton and most of the Bush cabinet, I fail to see what was so unusual about Nixon's slippery accounting practices. Isn't it a little hypocritical to praise someone who would have blasted this statement about the Nixon era being an unusual time to shreds?