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Ouch!  'Terminator Salvation' only made roughly half of what 'Star Trek' or 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' did on their opening weekends (was it something I said?). 

The real tragedy, however, lies in Arnold Schwarzenegger's real-life role as Governor of California.  That state is broke.  I don't mean Brian-Mulroney-broke, I mean broke-broke!  

Among the budgets Schwarzenegger's slashing is $96 million for AIDS funding, a state program that helps 35,000 people.  Sure, people make killer robot jokes about him, but I'm beginning to think Schwarzenegger's office looks more like this: 


But California's always been a political circus — look at the whole Prop 8 nightmare that may, if you believe FOX News jackass Glenn Beck, blow up again tomorrow:

In response to still more bleating over the US gay marriage question, the mighty James Wolcott took notice from his perch on Mount Olympus (ie. Vanity Fair magazine) and amusingly cut the haters down to size.  I love his support; frankly, I don't know if I have the stamina to report on another three months of this issue — I'm exhausted!

I began training this weekend (142 km!) for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation Friends for Life Bike Rally (hint! hint!) but I fear I'm less Lance Armstrong and more Liza Minelli.  Sigh.

Still, it's got to be done — what would happen if our Harper government started taking budget tips from the Terminator?