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Philippines Named ‘Most Stupid Country to Elect a 20-Year OJT as a Senator’ by Time Magazine

Posted in entertainment, internet news, politics by Fated Blue on May 14, 2013

Philippines Named ‘Most Stupid Country to Elect a 20-Year OJT as a Senator’ by Time Magazine.

Ugh. Just read the whole story. It’s a shame the country voted someone knowing she hasn’t the experience. The only good thing that will come out of this is that she’ll be forced to actually exceed what is expected of her. And what is expected of her but to fail the senate game.

Most of California’s Black Voters Backed Gay Marriage Ban

Posted in politics by Fated Blue on November 7, 2008

53% of Latinos Also Supported Proposition 8

Any notion that Tuesday’s election represented a liberal juggernaut must overcome a detail from the voting booths of California: The same voters who turned out strongest for Barack Obama also drove a stake through the heart of same-sex marriage.

Seven in 10 African Americans who went to the polls voted yes on Proposition 8, the ballot measure overruling a state Supreme Court judgment that legalized same-sex marriage and brought 18,000 gay and lesbian couples to Golden State courthouses in the past six months.

Similar measures passed easily in Florida and Arizona. It was closer in California, but no ethnic group anywhere rejected the sanctioning of same-sex unions as emphatically as the state’s black voters, according to exit polls. Fifty-three percent of Latinos also backed Proposition 8, overcoming the bare majority of white Californians who voted to let the court ruling stand.

The outcome that placed two pillars of the Democratic coalition — minorities and gays — at opposite ends of an emotional issue sparked street protests in Los Angeles and a candlelight vigil in San Francisco. To gay rights advocates, the issue was one of civil rights. Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. reworded the ballot language to state that a yes vote was a vote to “eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry.”

That appeal ran head-on into a well-funded and well-framed advertising campaign in favor of the ban — and the deeply ingrained religious beliefs of an African American community that largely declined to see the issue through a prism of equality.

“I think it’s mainly because of the way we were brought up in the church; we don’t agree with it,” said Jasmine Jones, 25, who is black. “I’m not really the type that I wanted to stop people’s rights. But I still have my beliefs, and if I can vote my beliefs that’s what I’m going to do.

“God doesn’t approve it, so I don’t approve it. And I approve of Him.”

The overwhelming rejection of same-sex marriage by black voters was surprising and disappointing to gay rights advocates who had hoped that African Americans would empathize with their struggle.

“I wasn’t surprised by the Latinos,” said Steve Smith, senior consultant for No on 8. “Basically, Latinos and the Anglo population were fairly close. The outlier of the proposition was African Americans. Many are churchgoing; many had ministers tell them to vote.”

Indeed, Proposition 8 promoters worked closely with black churches across the state, encouraging ministers to deliver sermons in favor of the ban.

“What the church does is give that perspective that this is a sacred issue as well as a social issue,” said Derek McCoy, African American outreach director for the Protect Marriage Campaign. “The reason I feel they came out so strong on the issue is one, for them, it’s not a civil rights issue, it’s a marriage issue. It’s about marriage being between a man and a woman and it doesn’t cut into the civil rights issue, about equality.

“The gay community was never considered a third of a person.”

Black residents agreed with that reasoning in interviews at a Culver City mall on Thursday. David Blannon, 73, who opposed the measure, said his wife summed up her yes vote in one sentence: ” ‘As far as I’m concerned, that’s not something I read in the Bible.’ And let it go at that,” he said.

But Kesha Young, 32, called religious arguments a cover for persistent prejudices rooted elsewhere. Taboos against homosexuality are exceptionally strong in Africa, McCoy acknowledged.

“I’m going to tell you something about the black race: We love to pass judgment. I think that’s just a smoke screen about the church thing,” said Young, a licensed vocational nurse.

Anthony Maurice-White, 31, who is gay, said he learned early in life to keep his sexual orientation to himself around fellow blacks as a matter of routine. “Closed minds,” he said in the mall parking lot. “And they’re afraid of change.”

His friend Ike Young, 21, nodded agreement. “I’m straight, but I think a lot of people are bi-curious but they’re afraid of what family members will think of them,” he said.

The Latino vote for the ban also appears rooted in culture.

“It’s our tradition,” said Flor Guardado, 38, who voted yes. “In Latino Central American culture, the gays aren’t accepted.”

Guardado said that in her native Honduras, she would not tell her mother if she had a lesbian friend. “If I had a lesbian friend, they’d think I was a lesbian, too,” she said.

But in Los Angeles, where she owns a hair salon, a different kind of diplomacy obtains. All eight of her employees are gay. When they asked how she voted, she tells them it’s a secret.

“I’m sorry for the gay people. They have feelings,” said the mother of two. “Legally, I don’t want that for the children. They will be confused and think it’s okay. They might think they’re gay, too.”

Television commercials supporting the ban skirted the issue of rights, and instead declared that schools would treat same-sex marriage as normal. Even opponents acknowledged the ads as powerful and positioned to influence minority voters, whose children account for a disproportionate share of the public school population.

Pablo Correa said his mind was made up by a TV spot in which a young girl comes home from school and tells her mother she learned how a prince could marry a prince.

“Before, I didn’t know about Proposition 8. When I saw the commercial, it opened my mind,” said Correa, 42, standing in his beauty supply story in Boyle Heights, in heavily Latino East Los Angeles.

“I don’t discriminate against people,” he said, with a wave at the rows of lipstick and makeup. “I have a lot of customers who are homosexuals, transsexuals and bisexuals. I’m not against these people.”

He added: “But I’m a traditionalist. I come from a traditional family. People can do whatever they want in their own life, but I have to protect my family.”

Still, strategists for neither major party saw the outcome on Proposition 8 as an opening for Republicans to corral minority voters who share a socially conservative agenda.

“I think it’s unclear that the social conservatism would trump economics,” said Arnold Steinberg, a Republican strategist in Los Angeles. “Certainly with Latino voters there have been opportunities to market themselves on a socially conservative level. But the Republican Party has been too bumbling and irresponsible to do anything with it.”

 

Barack Obama sweeps Iowa, Illinois to win Presidency

Posted in internet news, politics by Fated Blue on November 5, 2008

 At 9:58 PM CST, Barack Obama unexpectedly took the state of Virginia.  This turn of events put his total projected electoral votes to 284.  This total was above the 270 needed to win the nomination, and so  Barack Obama has been projected as the next President of the United States.

As of 11:40 PM, the total number of electoral votes were set at 338 Obama, 156 McCain.

Shortly after the winner was announced, Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain placed a call to congratulate Obama.  He then gave a very gracious speech to a crowd of fellow Republicans in Phoenix. 

In his speech, McCain again congratulated Obama to his followers, to which they responded with with boos and negative tones.  McCain spoke graciously of the importance of the election and how history has been made today.

Barack Obama gave his speech to his audience less than an hour after McCain, where he thanked his family, running mate, and all those involved in the election.  Obama praised McCain for McCain’s service to his country and his strong leadership.  In his speech, Obama reminded the nation that there are tough times ahead, but that he has full confidence that things will get better.

Obama Unaware of Status of Aunt, Campaign Says

Posted in politics by Fated Blue on November 2, 2008

Responding to a report that a Kenyan relative of Senator Barack Obama was living in the United States illegally, his campaign on Saturday said that he had no knowledge of her immigration status and that “any and all appropriate laws” should be followed.

 

The woman, Zeituni Onyango, referred to as “Auntie Zeituni” in a passage in Mr. Obama’s memoir, applied for political asylum in the United States in 2004, but a federal immigration judge rejected her request and instructed her to leave the country, said a government official with knowledge of the case who asked not to be identified because of its sensitive nature. Ms. Onyango’s legal status was first reported by The Associated Press on Friday.

Ms. Onyango is the half-sister of Mr. Obama’s father and is part of an extensive network of paternal relatives with whom Mr. Obama has had limited contact, his aides said. Mr. Obama, who was largely raised by his maternal grandparents in a modest apartment in Honolulu, first met Ms. Onyango when he traveled to Africa as an adult.

On Saturday, David Axelrod, the chief strategist for Mr. Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, characterized the senator and Ms. Onyango as having “not a real close relationship.” Mr. Axelrod said it had been “years, not months,” since the two had spoken.

Ms. Onyango attended the ceremony when Mr. Obama was sworn in to the United States Senate in 2004, but campaign officials said he had provided no assistance in getting her a tourist visa and did not know the details of her stay. At the time of the ceremony, Ms. Onyango and another relative said in interviews that they had flown to the United States from Kenya to witness the moment. Mr. Obama last heard from her about two years ago when she called to say she was in Boston, but he did not see her there, the campaign said.

The reports about Ms. Onyango came on the last weekend of the hard-fought presidential campaign. Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee, said his campaign had no comment.

Federal Election Commission records list a Zeituni Onyango on Orton Marotta Way in South Boston as making a series of contributions, totaling $265, to the Obama campaign, with the most recent contribution, $5, made on Sept. 19.

Mr. Obama’s campaign said the money was being refunded. It is illegal for foreign citizens and immigrants without green cards to make political donations. Aides said that the donations came through the normal channels, and that no one at the campaign knew that Ms. Onyango was related to Mr. Obama or of her immigration status.

The Times of London first reported on Thursday that Ms. Onyango lived in “modest circumstances” in public housing in Boston. On Friday, The A.P. reported that she was in the country illegally and that her case had led to an unusual nationwide directive from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement requiring that any deportations before Tuesday’s election be approved at least at the level of regional directors.

Kelly A. Nantel, press secretary for the agency, said she could not comment on whether a special hold had been put on any deportations related to the election because it was “law enforcement sensitive.”

Ms. Onyango lives in a disabled-access apartment in South Boston, and worked as a volunteer resident health advocate for the Boston Housing Authority from December 2007 and August of this year, the Times of London reported.

On Saturday, a police officer was stationed outside the low brick public housing complex where Ms. Onyango lives. The officer said she was not at home and told reporters not to enter the building.

Several neighbors interviewed said they did not know Ms. Onyango and were surprised by the sudden attention to their modest complex on a narrow street in a mostly working-class neighborhood.

 

Stevens guilty on 7 counts

Posted in politics by Fated Blue on October 28, 2008

Alaska senator maintains his innocence

Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, one of Congress’ most powerful Republicans, was convicted Monday of lying on financial disclosure forms to conceal his receipt of gifts and expensive renovations to his house, just eight days before he faces voters. 

The 84-year-old lawmaker, the first sitting U.S. senator to go on trial in more than two decades, sat quietly as a federal court jury foreman read the verdict after less than a day of deliberations: guilty on seven felony counts, each with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. 

The senator, who probably will face a less severe penalty under federal sentencing guidelines, left the courtroom without answering reporters’ questions.

In a statement, Stevens maintained his innocence, accused Justice Department lawyers of “repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct” and vowed to fight for re-election to a seventh full term.

“This verdict is the result of the unconscionable manner in which the Justice Department lawyers conducted this trial,” he said. “I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights.”

Known as “Uncle Ted” in Alaska, Stevens has been a major figure in his state for more than four decades and has brought home billions of dollars in federal aid during his career. 

It is not clear what role the conviction might play in contests involving other Senate Republicans who are trying to hold onto their seats. 

Within hours of the verdict, Democrats were sending out news releases seeking to link opponents to Stevens. 

“It’s a horrible year for Republicans, in a horrific fall, and this is yet another horrific event,” said Charlie Cook, editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report. 

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP‘s vice presidential candidate, has declined to endorse Stevens and issued a statement Monday night that said: “This is a sad day for Alaska and for Sen. Stevens and his family.”

“I’m confident Sen. Stevens will do what’s right for the people of Alaska,” she added, without elaborating.

Prosecutors declined to comment as they left the courtroom. 

They had alleged that Stevens was a miser who approached a close friend to help him remodel his house in Girdwood, Alaska. That friend, Bill Allen, chief executive of the now-defunct oil services company Veco, testified that his company financed extensive renovations to the house from 2000 through 2002.

Stevens contended that Veco played no role in the renovations, that Allen was only providing workers and that he had been paying the firm’s moonlighting employees. 

Stevens and his wife, Catherine, testified that they thought a residential contractor had been in charge of the remodeling work. They paid that firm about $132,000 in 2000 and 2001 and paid other workers about $30,000.

Stevens’ attorneys argued that the couple believed they had paid fair-market value for all of the work. 

They attacked the credibility of Allen, who previously pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in a wide-ranging investigation of corruption in Alaska politics. 

The judge chastised prosecutors several times for mishandling documents and struck some testimony and records because Justice Department attorneys did not turn over information to the defense.

Political videos put McCain, Obama in dancing roles

Posted in entertainment, politics, youtube shows by Fated Blue on October 27, 2008

John McCain and Barack Obama have argued about how to rescue the economy, expand health care and win the war on terrorism. But what the people really want to know is: Can the candidates dance?

Last week, Obama shook his groove thing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “I’m convinced I’m a better dancer than John McCain,” Obama boasted. No word yet as to whether a dance-off is planned.

But, to see the candidates bust a move, look no further than the television and Internet. Politicians and their look-alikes have recently gotten jiggy with it, proving that they’ll do anything—even dance in public—to win your vote.

Obama’s appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last Wednesday was the second time he had shown off his moves on the program. See the video: at YouTube. But Michelle Obama, in an appearance with DeGeneres in September, called-out her husband, saying, “I’m a better dancer.” Snap.

In a clever video, dancers dressed as Obama and McCain, with the candidates faces superimposed, engage in an energetic break dancing back-and-forth at Minimovie.com. The winner, though, is a surprise contender who rocks the house—aSarah Palin-faced dancer. (No Joe Biden anywhere in sight.)

The real Palin, although sitting, showed some decent moves during her appearance on Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 18. See the video at NBC.com. Take that, dancing Obamas!

An online spoof of “Dancing With the Stars” pits a McCain impersonator—”the maverick who’s a maniac on the dance floor”—against an Obama impostor—”heavy on rhetoric but light on his feet!” See it: Minimovie.com.

For the folks who’d like to join in at home, there are at least two pro-Obama dances making the rounds:here and here. Lyrics include: “Check your booty-booty-booty-booty-booty Obama.” Hardly poetry, but it has a good beat.

In a music video released Sunday for her song “Paris for President,” spoof-candidate Paris Hilton shimmies in a white bathing suit and delivers lines such as, “Your commander in bikini.”