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*Angelyne to run for proposed…

 Angelyne to run for proposed Hollywood City Council!

If you don’t live in L.A. you probably have no idea who Angelyne is.  Well, she is famous for being famous, for driving pink Corvettes, and for having her photo on billboards for no apparent reason.  We hope this clear things up.  

Now she is providing some badly needed absurdity to the Hollywood / Valley secession movements as
she is running for City Council for the proposed Hollywood City.  

In an interview, she insisted she is serious about making Hollywood better. “I’m Angelyne. I’m the image of Hollywood. I want Hollywood to rise to my occasion,” she said.

She said she had no trouble getting the 20 signatures needed to qualify for the Nov. 5 secession ballot. She stepped onto the sidewalk with her petition and was surrounded by fans eager to sign.

“I’ve never really thought about politics,” she said. “I had an overwhelming request from all sorts of committees and people to run.”  Asked whether Hollywood could use a makeover, the platinum-blond candidate said, “My answer to that is, ‘Duh.’ ” 

*Court upholds Vermont’s right to…

Court upholds Vermont’s right to limit campaign spending
Vermont, one of my favorite places, continues to quietly be perhaps the most progressive state in the country.

A federal appeals court panel upheld a Vermont campaign-spending law today in a ruling that lawyers said could reverberate far beyond the Green Mountain State and propel the issue of political spending back to the Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Manhattan, ruled 2 to 1 that Vermont lawmakers had a right to impose spending limits of $300,000 on candidates for governor and $100,000 on candidates for lieutenant governor.

The justification for the limits lay in “preventing the effective sale of time and access to public officials that results from the corrupting influence of excessive fund-raising and campaign spending,” Judge Chester J. Straub wrote.

Such limits, Judge Straub said, were “necessary to safeguard the democratic process and the public’s faith in its representatives.”

*This should be satire, but…

This should be satire, but it’s not
Game show prize:  A six month job

Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Other countries may have television programs that lure entrants with offers of a million dollars, a new car or a luxury holiday. But in this nation of broken finances and shattered dreams, contestants on a new game show compete for the precious prize of a paying job.

Five days a week Human Resources pits two unemployed people in a contest to win a six-month work contract. They tell their life stories and answer questions to test their ability to perform the job they are seeking.

*US puts its oil interests…

 US puts its oil interests ahead of human rights

The Bush Administration has thrown its weight behind a global oil corporation in a court battle against human rights claims.  The State Department has asked a federal court to dismiss a human rights lawsuit by Indonesian villagers against Exxon Mobil.  

It claims a trial could harm American economic and political interests in Asia, including the struggle against terrorism.

Wow, I had no idea Exxon Mobil was so crucial to “American economic and political” interests.