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Okay, So No Antonio-for-Governor Buttons -- but the Muscle Car May Be Back?

This just in!!

I always wanted to write that.

During the first hour today, we joined CNN to hear Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reveal that he is not running for governor in 2010. He had a lot of reasons for what he said was an ''agonizing decision,'' among them wanting to spend more time with his teenaged daughter, ''the apple of my eye.''

And then there's the fact that he just won re-election as mayor of a messed-up city, and intends to ''complete what I started out to do.'' He's taken it in the shorts in the past for not staying the course as a city council member, and this has been much on voters' minds, as an LA Times poll found. What astonished me is that not a single caller today had anything good to say about the prospect of the mayor as governor, and not much good to say about the mayor, period. So who, exactly, reelected him, hmmm?

KPCC's Frank Stoltze helped to analyze what this means for the governor's race, now with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and former governor and Attorney General Jerry Brown as the last Democrats standing -- so far.

Frank also decided to brag about his hot Ford Bronco, because he'd just heard us talking about muscle cars. The hubba-hubba Detroit mobiles of the past -- the Mustang, Firebird, Camaro and their brethren -- may have a future, even in a fuel-efficient and safety-minded world.

Joseph White of the Wall Street Journal [who drives a Subaru WRX] had written a love letter to American muscle cars as a ''nostalgia machines'' whose revival may be enough to rev up the engines of Detroit in their neo-retro incarnations.

Yeah, baby. And while we're at it, let's bring back drive-in movie theatres, too!

Oh, and that rocket that took off for the moon last Thursday to look for water on the dark side should be entering lunar orbit any time now. We heard from NASA about the big surface blast set for October 9. It's meant to blow enough lunar material into the atmosphere so the orbiter can analyze whether there's anything water-ish in it.

Considering that the backside of the moon has been out of reach of sunlight for, oh, about two billion years, there's hope at NASA that something like H20, perhaps left behind in one of those craters, could yet turn up. Who'll drink to that?

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