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Governor Arnold Postage Stamp to be Issued!

Austria issues Schwarzenegger stamp
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VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger can expect a €1 ($1.25) birthday gift from the postal service in his home country.

A stamp of that denomination honoring the Austrian-born movie star-turned-politician will be released July 30, Schwarzenegger's 57th birthday, the postal service said in a statement on its Web site.

The stamp features a portrait of a serious-looking Schwarzenegger in a suit and tie in front of the U.S. and Austrian flags. It also bears his name, the word Austria in English and the number 100, signifying that it is worth 100 cents.

Designed by Hannes Margreiter, the Schwarzenegger stamp is part of a collectors' series called "Austrians living abroad" and will be printed in 600,000 copies, the postal service said.

Originally from the village of Thal, Schwarzenegger made his first visit to Austria as California governor last weekend, when he represented the United States at the state funeral of President Thomas Klestil.

Schwarzenegger also met privately with Simon Wiesenthal, the Austrian Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter. The Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal center, which has an office in Vienna, helped Schwarzenegger research his father's past as a Nazi storm trooper.

Schwarzenegger remains hugely popular in his home country, and a sports stadium in the southern city of Graz -- near his birth village -- has been named after him.

homepage: homepage: http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/07/17/austria.schwarzenegger.ap/index.html

Globalization 18.Jul.2004 11:04


Does this mean the Austrian stamp can be used in the U$ postal system?

In any case, if the Austrians have built out the marketing program, the state coffers should get a nice boost from the California trade. An issue of 600,000 suggests that they are going to miss maximum economic benefit, though. This can surely be worth more than €600,000 in Palm Beach, Orange and San Diego counties alone.

Anyone have any clues as to who the other "Austrians 'living abroad'" might be in this series of stamps?

Will the first day cover have a Hollywood or Sacramento postmark?

Could Be a Hot Collector's Item 18.Jul.2004 11:34

Dog Man

No, the stamp cannot be used on mail posted in the United States.

However you can order the stamp for your own collection from the Austrian Postal Service website at  http://www.post.at/english/. You will need to use a credit card.

I recommend purchasing this stamp. It will not be sold by the US Postal Service. In the United States almost immediately it will have greater collector market value than face value, especially in California. This could be a hot item.

Full disclosure: I ordered Arnie stamps, myself.

Hasta la Visa, Mastercard, et al., Baby! 18.Jul.2004 12:01


The timing might be critical.

In the full flush of holy week for the passing of The Great Charlatan, an aquaintance mentioned having a copy of a crusty paperback dating from the 80's giving play to the Gipper's gaffs and malapropisms. She was wondering if it was time to get it out on eBay. She missed the window, as it's now back to worthless.

The Austrian/Republican connection controls the market. If the first issue of 600,000 fly off the shelves, won't they just print more?

Conservatives (the flaming fundamentalist base, anyway) are notorious cheapskates--they want you to pay. They will want to wait for the market bottom to fall out and get then them for ¢ on the $.

I suppose putting in ads in the back of gun and adventure magazines would be a place to start.

Goosestamps 18.Jul.2004 19:36


Hmmm, well Hitler was an Austrian living abroad in Germany.

Cashing In 19.Jul.2004 00:31


Perusing the on-line catalog of Austrian postage stamps (see Dog Man's link, above), I come away with the impression that the "oh just another Famous Austrian Living Abroad" series appears more recent than older. In fact it looks like an attempt to soften the appearnace of cravenly rushing to cash in on Der Arnoldt's latest role.

That is, it appears to be a contrived backward looking fiction, and der Gröpenfuehrer might just be the first (or only) in the "series." If there has been a "Famous Austrians Living Abroad" series ongoing, the stamps of personalities in that series are indistinguishable from other stamps in the whole category of people's faces on postage stamps in the catalog. Certainly no others are similar in using the two-flag motif, for instance--or achieving the haunting spector of the Herr Gov. in that weird, waxy-looking skin from Mme. Tussaud's Museum.

Der Arnoldt Cribs From SNL Muscle Nut Skit Into His Political Harangue. 19.Jul.2004 12:10


Schwarzenegger's 'girlie men' line under fire

California governor mocks some Democrats

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Democrats aren't amused by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's use of the mocking term "girlie men" to describe some lawmakers, although a spokesman for the governor said no apology would be forthcoming.

Schwarzenegger dished out the insult at a rally Saturday as he claimed Democrats were delaying the budget by catering to special interests. Democrats protested that the remark was sexist and homophobic.

"If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers ... if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men," Schwarzenegger said to the cheering crowd at a mall food court in Ontario.

The governor lifted the term from a long-running "Saturday Night Live" skit in which two pompous, Schwarzenegger-worshipping weightlifters repeatedly use it to mock those who don't meet their standards of physical perfection.

Democrats said Schwarzenegger's remarks were insulting to women and gays and distracted from budget negotiations. State Sen. Sheila Kuehl said the governor had resorted to "blatant homophobia."

"It uses an image that is associated with gay men in an insulting way, and it was supposed to be an insult. That's very troubling that he would use such a homophobic way of trying to put down legislative leadership," said Kuehl, one of five members of the Legislature's five-member Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus.

Schwarzenegger's criticism of Democrats stems in part from their support of one bill prohibiting schools from contracting services with private companies, and another giving workers authority to sue their employers to enforce labor laws. Each side accuses the other of caving in to special interests.

At a rally Sunday in Stockton, the governor gave a speech almost identical to the one he delivered in Ontario but without the "girlie men" remark. Spokesman Rob Stutzman said the line was dropped because Schwarzenegger had already sent the message he wanted to send, not because he regretted his remarks.

"It's a forceful way of making the point to regular Californians that legislators are wimps when they let special interests push them around," Stutzman said. "If they complain too much about this, I guess they're making the governor's point."

Assemblyman Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat who is chairman of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus, said he was glad Schwarzenegger didn't repeat the "girlie men" remark Sunday, saying it was "as misogynist as it is anti-gay."

"To disparage a group of law abiding tax paying citizens is just wrong," Leno said.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, a Democrat, said that while he wasn't upset by the remark, his 13-year-old daughter was.

"She's a young girl who knows the governor and really likes him a lot and didn't find the term to be a positive term, and finds it to be derogatory," Nunez said. "It was no question a very, very insensitive comment to make. I personally am not intimidated or threatened by it, but I think it really is beneath Gov. Schwarzenegger."

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press

Some Lawmakers are Women - Women Can't Be "Girly-Men" 19.Jul.2004 16:48


Since, conceivably, some of these Democratic lawmakers are women, the "Gropenaters" remarks are not only insensitive, they just plain don't make sense. I haven't heard anybody bring this point up yet.

Socially and sexually, Arnold is a relic and a dinosaur . . . a throwback to a sexist and misanthropic era.

It Doesn't Make Sense 19.Jul.2004 17:42

North Portlander

Why doesn't the stamp use the California State flag and the Austrian flag?

Der Röve Effekt 19.Jul.2004 19:43


The U$ flag is, well...more presidential.

During the primary campaign for a replacement for the recalled Gray Davis, last Fall, a debate was held on September 24th, between the candidates (Ariana Huffington, Peter Camejo, Cruz Bustamante, der Gropencandidate and Tom McClintock) was set up by the California Broadcasters Assn, and moderated by its president. The video clips are still up on Democracy Now!--running about 20 minutes, with breaks. Here is the link to the 128k or 256k downloads:


The event was held in a sort an auditorium before a live audience, with a uniform, amorphous putty colored background screen. As the camera zoomed in to the head shot for each candidate while speaking, the effect was that they were in a very neutral, almost unearthly place--some warehouse out in the valley, or some airplane hangar in S. Dakota. The candidates were in no "atmosphere". Except--

Curiously, the head shot camera was positioned in such a fashion, that the angle toward der Arnoldt always caught him in front of an american flag! Suddenly, he's the only candidate who, wearing a crisp shirt, subtle toned suit, technicolor tie looks like he's seated behind a power desk in an executive office--looking very in charge and miles away from the others. Even the lighting for der Grabbenmeister is more dramatic, compared to the DMV license photo ambience for the others.

Was this accidental?