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Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has told Democrat San Francisco assembly member Tom Ammiano just what he thinks of him and his "infrastructure financing districts" bill in a letter which explicity slams the latter, while firing a delicious acrostic broadside at its author: Schwarzenegger's letter to Tom Ammiano Arnie's …


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  1. Chris 67
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    What an absolute legend.

  2. Michael 77
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    How odd

    What an odd thing to have happened!

    Arnie will get into hot water this time, 'for sure.'

    Negative publicity isn't always good publicity.

    Knowing the American centre to be quite religious, it's not clever.

    Even allowing for it being California an' all.

    Really, he should check his letters more!

  3. ratfox
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    The governator gets less credits than he deserves. No matter what his ideas are, the California legislature ARE a bunch of morons.

  4. The Jon


    Surely the response should have been along the lines of:

    Certainly the wording of Mr Schwartzenegger's veto could be deemed as an

    unique and unfortunate coincidence. Strict and thorough proof reading of all

    notes passed between politicians should be undertaken in prevention of

    this occurring again any time in future.


  5. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
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    The dysfunctional and bankrupt Republic of California

    "Unfortunately, this humour came at the cost of the Port of San Francisco."

    Has it been nuked after a misplaced remark to a Russian? I didn't know about that.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I bow at your feet, Arnie.

    That took some chutzpah.

  7. Scott 19
    IT Angle


    Maybe he should of checked before sending

    You and me would

    He'll check his letters in the future though i'm sure

    Everyones allowed one error in working life

    Right i'm off to write an e-mail to my boss along the same lines

    Oh and thanks El Reg ;) If i see anymore i'll send 'em in.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    What the story missed...

    Ammaniano said more than "You lie" to The Governator... depending on your news source he also said "Kiss my gay ass" or "Kiss my f_____ ass".

    Who said Republicans have no sense of humor?

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm sure this was completely innocent

    Are they implying that the Governator would deliberately issue such a foul mouthed

    rant? It seems somewhat unlikely to me that anyone would go to all that trouble with

    no guarantee that the intended victim would every actually become aware of the

    other, hidden, message. Oh well, whether intentional or otherwise, you've got to

    love the irony. Of course, if he was going to be truly clever he'd have tried to do a

    dry quip from the terminator movies.

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  11. Jason Croghan
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    Viva Arnie

    He was a hero to me in childhood and it looks like he just made it right back up there again :)

  12. J 3


    Whatever the issues involved and sides taken, funny.

  13. Gilbo


    What the f**k has this got to do with IT?

  14. Anonymous Coward

    That is really good

    I think I'll nick that for use sometime later

    Nice one Arnie

  15. Anonymous Coward

    @AC 1647

    No, it's the talentless harpy Harriet Harmman who drops awful quotes. Though a longer letter with "F*** You, Asshole" would have been appropriate, a quote and a fantastic response.!

  16. James 55
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    Good man

    Sounds like he isn't your average politician.

  17. Andy Hards
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    Hey you guys

    Did you see WhAt you did there? IN a piece about hidden messages you Know managEd to put amusing little messages me youR own in. That'S really clever and totally suprising.

  18. Jason DePriest

    I don't get it

    What am I missing here?

    Also, what is the IT angle on this?

  19. Fazal Majid

    Couldn't have picked a better target

    Even my the lofty standards of the California legislature's windbaggery, Tom Ammiano stands out as a spectacular waste of oxygen. He was a dismal chariman of the SF board of Supervisors, elected and pandering the the shrillest and least representative special interests around.

  20. Anonymous Coward

    Worse than that

    If you follow the link to the Bill and then click the 'Twitter Dir', you'll see that half the California Government is on Twitter. Worrying that they have time to spout meaningless crap all day

  21. zshazz

    @The Jon

    I guess no one else noticed your hidden message yet. I do agree, though... if that were the response, the lolz would be epic.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Arnie for PM

    It's a good thing he's not in the midwest, they do nasty things to acrostics and non christians...

  23. GumboKing

    re: I'm sure this was competly innocent

    "It seems somewhat unlikely to me that anyone would go to all that trouble with no guarantee that the intended victim would every actually become aware of the other, hidden, message."

    I have gone to that trouble a number of times when having to respond in a civil manner to a particularly rude or ignorant complaint. True, most people will not see it, but there is always the hope that it will at least affect the target subliminally. The art of it is in making it appear like it was an 'accident'.

  24. paulc

    re: I'm sure this was completely innocent...

    nice one...

  25. Anonymous Coward
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    What a great story. You can't fault

    Arnie for style and spunk;

    Not that anyone else in politics is

    Known for their sense of humour,

    Except maybe the current president,

    Restrained as he has to be because

    So many of his peers are humourless...

  26. Marina

    Not impressed.

    I expect the governator's staff spent several days, at taxpayer's expense, to come up with that one. I really wish my fellow residents here in Bankruptistan would develop the intestinal fortitude to send the governator a big "FU" and replace him with somebody a bit less aligned with the rich minority up there in the hills.

  27. jake Silver badge

    @Michael 77

    "Knowing the American centre to be quite religious, it's not clever."

    No, we're not. That would be the right-wing-nuts. The left-wing-nuts are equally religious, but not in the traditional xtian manor. Us here in the middle, not so much.

    As a Californian, deep down I hope he did it on purpose. And does similar in the future. Might light a fire under the mindless self-serving mob posing as "the legeslature" in Sacramento.

  28. James Butler

    @Destroy All Monsters

    AB1176 is/was a bill targeted at funding infrastructure ... like the Port of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. Not a little ironic that the Bay Bridge is now closed due to a broken support cable ...

  29. Anonymous Coward

    Took me a while

    I feel old and slow. I read it three or four times before I saw it.

  30. VeganVegan
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    @ac 1641GMT: Not insult but assignation?

    If Ammanaiano really said "Kiss my gay ass", then the Governator's reply might be a proposal to move their relationship to the next level?

  31. Will Godfrey Silver badge
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    Well, well, well.

    In the past, his opponents often tried to portray him as an uneducated buffoon. This took real skill.

  32. Daniel B.

    I was totally expecting...

    the message to spell out "Fuck you, Asshole!". Arnie, you need to get more corny words for those letters!!!

  33. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge


    This is bootnotes, now f**k off.

  34. Private Citizen
    IT Angle

    Read more carefully for that personal touch

    If you include all lines in the correspondence actually says "I F*** You". You gotta respect the personal touch.

    IT relevance? He use to play a humanlike robot with schemes for gobal domination - funny how life imitates art.

    I use to work with a collegue who took great efforts to put additional meanings in his emails, by using the first letter of each paragraph. I suppose if you dont use email to send it you can get more into each message by using the first letter in each line as you control where the line breaks will occur regardless of the email system.

    What no governator icons anywhere?

  35. Tim Bates
    IT Angle

    The IT angle...

    Obviously the IT angle is that it was typed up on a computer... Der.

  36. Herby

    Remember that the object of the veto message...

    ...comes from the same city as the Botox Queen (Nancy Pelosi). Well deserved I might add from a nice distance about 40 miles to the south.

  37. Anonymous Coward

    I don't get it

    No REALLY - I just can't see it!!!

    I know what I'm SUPPOSED to be seeing... but I'm obvioulsy blind/stupid.

    How annoying.

  38. Anonymous Coward

    A title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

    How embarrassing...I just couldn't see it. Had to resort to Google, which pointed me at the daily mail, to see it.

    Anonymous, 'coz I feel really thick now.

  39. Anonymous Coward
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    @By Private Citizen

    Thank you for spelling it out. I was looking at the words with capital letters and stuff. I just couldn't see the obvious.

    What a silly bunt.


    AC@ 9:18

  40. Mr Larrington
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    That is all.

  41. Anonymous Coward
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    @Andy Hards

    Ooooooo, get her!

  42. Greg J Preece


    It might take you several days to come up with something like that, but judging by the comments here, not everyone else is that thick. Grow a sense of humour.

  43. Devilhat

    The only way this could be better...

    is if the letters at the end of the lines spelt "asshole".

  44. Wize
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    Took me a while to catch on

    If I was over there I'd vote for him just for that letter.

    Actually, I'd vote for him after seeing T2

  45. Fluffykins Silver badge

    @ By Scott 19

    "should of checked befoe sending"

    H'mm. Don'tt you mean:

    "Should HAVE checked."



    Certainly should have checked before sending!

  46. Richard 102

    @Arnie for PM

    Actually, the reaction to this here in a conservative city in the Midwest is that Arnie is getting appluaded. One conservative Christian I work with loved it.

    Don't judge us by media image and we won't judge you by Benny Hill, ok?

  47. Sly


    The folks around here really enjoyed it.

    It made them smile and laugh. I also

    thought it was great stuff and I'm one of

    several God fearing Christians here.

    Really, people need to get a life if they're

    offended by something like this. It just

    causes themselves to be bound and

    keeps them in chains to who offended them.

    /mines the one with the little birds and boulders on the back

  48. Richard 39

    @ Sly

    oh do they now? I'm an ass man personally

  49. serviceWithASmile


    the governator wins.

    actually gained some respect for him for this, i think he's doing the right thing by standing up for himself / his constituents. hes damn right that too much shit gets legislated while important stuff is waffled over for years and committees of people who's primary occupation are justifying their jobs are formed to waffle over it.

    go arnie \m/ \m/

    I hope the reply is suitably arranged so that vertical reading will spell "get in line", or a better comeback (but is there??)

  50. Wallyb132

    He "should've" signed it...

    Instead of signing it with Sincerely...

    He "should've"* signed it with Truly...

    That would've** ended it with Tom Ammiano's initials...

    *Should've is the usual spoken form of `should have', especially when `have' is an auxiliary verb.

    **Would've is a spoken form of `would have', when `have' is an auxiliary verb.

  51. Andus McCoatover

    Nope, I don't see it.

    Someone give me a pointer, please?

    Mine's the one with the cut-in-half Mensa membership card in the pocket. Or, maybe it's me who's half-cut....

  52. Andus McCoatover

    Forget it, I got it.

    Sodding hell, now I've gotta glue my Mensa card back together. With plasticine, because it'll not last till the next time.

    First letter of the first word of each line.

    Cupid Stunt, Andus.

  53. Jesthar


    Look at the first letter of each line of Arnie's missive from the top to the bottom - what do you see? ;)

    Would that more politicians had the guts to take this kind of common sense approach! Go Arnie!

    ~Jes :)

  54. Dane Pack

    @Andy Hards

    What is 'DWAINKRTS?'

  55. Jay Castle

    Hands-up everyone who.....

    ......had to put 'acrostic' into Google.

    *slowly raises hand*


  56. Boring Bob

    Sincerely ???

    Surely Arny should have signed that "faithfully".

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