Letter Rip

The Phoenix discovers secret messages in Hollywood-connected political correspondence
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 12, 2009


Hollywood celebrities who fancy themselves pols and pundits don’t just bring impassioned everyman views to the legislative banquet. As Americans recently witnessed in barbarian-turned–California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cryptic open letter to members of his State Assembly — which, oddly, spelled “FUCK YOU” down the left-hand margin — Tinsel Town giants also inject into the political process a creative acumen that ordinary bureaucrats are incapable of matching. Curious, the Phoenix filed several public-information requests, and discovered that screen stars have been coding messages for friends and foes alike since Ronald Reagan surreptitiously spelled “YOU’RE ALL A BUNCH OF HOMOS” in his 1982 State of the Union address. Here are the sneakiest communications that we found.

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  • Article aided big oil
    Nothing helps big oil, and big coal, more than a piece like "What's Wrong With Wind Power?" (by Deirdre Fulton, August 21).
  • Diamon Flip-Flops
    If Al Diamon wants to break down the political and other mistakes of the 21st century, he could include a few of his own.
  • Letters to the Portland Editor: July 10, 2009
    A recent EqualityMaine campaign letter claimed that gay marriage is "the fight for our lives." I wonder whose lives they are talking about, when AIDS service organizations and community health/reproductive clinics across the state have been tightening their belts and desperately trying to crunch numbers.
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