Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Can Asian-Americans Swing the Vote?

Now that we're in the last few days, talk of swinging the vote is getting more notice, and it looks like the often overlooked "model minority"; the Asian-Americans, may hold the swing vote.

As an Asian-American, I can tell you that culturally, Obama doesn't seem like the likely candidate for our demographic. Why? Because most traditional Asian families don't find much comfort in "change", instead generally opting for safety and reliability. Even moreso, Asian Americans are generally passively impartial to voting in general. In fact, according to the NAAS Survey, 43% of Asians who were polled were still undecided.

But Obama's got the Asian vote.

Sen. Barack Obama leads Sen. John McCain 42 to 20 percent in New York and 37 to 18 percent in New Jersey, according to a recent poll of Asian Americans.
source: Asian Journal


If McCain wants to scrape in any remaining votes, he better start going after the 43% undecided Asian-American demographic, who are generally not affiliated with any particular party. It may very well be a pivotal difference.

Now let me rant for a second: Everyone talks about slavery in the states, but who are the Chinese Railroad workers? We all know tons about the Holocaust but who here is taught about the Rape of Nanking in school? Did anyone hear about when the biggest hip-hop station in New York made a "humorous song" about tsunami victims with lyrics that include "swim, chink, swim"?

Didn't think so.
And now, Asian Americans matter all of the sudden.



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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Collin Powell Flips The Script

Collin Powell annocunced today that he will be supporting Senator Barrack Obama for this upcoming election.

So does this really mean anything? Eh, not really. Collin Powell is was a long time republican serving under Reagan, George Bush Sr. and George Bush stupid. Seeing him switch parties is weird, but can you blame him for choosing the better candidate?
I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change and that's why I'm supporting Barack Obama - AP



Political commentator Pat Buchanan can. He blames Collin Powell's decision on race.


This coming from a guy who publicly expresses white dominance.

“What I would like is — I’d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.”- TP

A guy who stated that Martin Luther King Jr. was a "divisive figure".





Obama-Biden Tax Calculator vs. "Rhetoric vs. Record"

The day is getting closer, and both parties have launched new web 'resources' for us little people to tinker with.
This is pretty ingenious

If you earn over $200,000 a year, you get no tax cut. The lower your income, the greater the tax cut.
Check out McCain's allegeations of Obama's "Rhetoric vs. Record".

It's very straightforward and easy to understand.

I can see how McCain's "Rhetoric vs. Record" can work, but in terms of visual appeal, Obama's camp once again beats out McCain's use of media. The calculator displays tax cuts from both McCain and Obama, with Obama's tax cuts up to 10 times more than McCain's. This isn't the most 'educated' response, but after using the calculator I don't really care about what Obama can't do right now.

The biggest blow from this calculator is not shown: when you enter $20k, you get $0 dollars in tax cuts, but what's crazy is that if you do over $200k, you get a
"You will probably not get a tax cut under the Obama-Biden plan"

What you don't see is how much you get from McCain if you make over $200k. Ouch.

The biggest issue here is accountability. McCain's site attempts this by providing proof as to how Obama contradicts himself. But Obama's camp takes a bold punch by sticking this calculator here, so that even if Obama contradicts himself, he will be held accountable to the T, the tax cut that you just found out that you will get.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Free Buck$!!!

Someone thought that it would be just HILARIOUS to to stick Obama's face on(get this) a ten dollar US food stamp WITH: a rack of ribs, a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Watermelon, and The Kool Aid Guy! Actually that someone was Diane Fedele. President of a womens GOP group called the Chaffey Community Republican Women. Check out her reponse to this bs:


"I didn't see it the way that it's being taken. I never connected," she said. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else." - The Press Enterprise

So I guess she randomly selected some items and put it on a bill? So this means she's innocent. She's the victim now right? Wrong. Why would someone KNOWINGLY resort to such dirty tactics as to racial stereotyping to promote their opinions on why they think a candidate is inferior? Just more American ignorance for you.


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Obama & McCain Roast The Sh*t Outta Each Other!

Not really, their writers came up with some funny jokes for the candidates to tell at Alfred E. Smith's Memorial Foundation Dinner. Nonetheless, some of the jokes were quite funny.

Obama getting at McCain.



McCain getting at Obama.


Ha Ha Ha. Good ole jokes from one of our future presidents. They sure do have some excellent joke writers. Lets not worry about the about messed up economy when you can just laugh off your worries with one of our future leaders.



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Who Won The Fianl Presidential Debate of 08'?


Last night was the last presidential debate for McCain and Obama. If you missed it you can check it out here on Youtube. There were quite a few things I found interesting about last nights debate(you can check that out on my twitter) but mainly the fact that ...
McCain was getting at that ass. He was trying to get Obama cornered with quick one-liners(Senator Government?) and witty statements about the economy. The Pundits are ate it all up saying that McCain "won" last nights debate. But, really who looked more presidential? That's what really matters, especially for the undecided voters. McCain sure didn't win with all that damn blinking and heavy ass breathing. Obama looked just as calm, cool, and collected as he has ever been. Hell, I'm pretty sure if you look it up somewhere you'll see that Obama must have graduated from Cooley High, cause that guy is too cool to look like a fool. But, honestly we all know that America doesn't vote solely on soundbites. This isn't 1988, were Newspapers and TV dominated mainstream media . We have Youtube! Anybody can watch and re-watch AND watch remixed versions of how a candidate FAILS to look presidential, 24/7. We vote based on
appearance(Which is sad but true). Kinda like American Idol. The vote always goes to the singer who looks good in front of the American People. McCain did not look good in last nights debate. Obama was clearly the victor in terms of visual style and apperance.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Live Blogging On Twitter!


You can catch me live blogging the debate on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/SlumPolitics_LA!

"When you got a Negro running for president..."

Check out this short news report from Al Jazeera( English).


Honestly, where do these people get their information from. "He's a terrrorist ", "He's related to terrorist", "He thinks us white people are trash". Pure example of American ignorance created not only by manipulative comments made by McCain and Palin but by racist connotations expressed throughout American society. The people in the video are as human as it gets. What they do not know they fear. They fear a man they know nothing about. But why do they not know about a man who has announced his candidacy for president since February? Why do they not know about a man who is deemed, by the McCain Palin Party, the Biggest Celebrity In The World?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dirty Tactic From McCain-Palin Party EXPOSED

In a recent article from Factcheck.org, there is a detailed analysis of a recent McCain ad which attacks Obama's integrity as a truthful president. Throughout the article they argue and disprove the merit of which McCain attacks Obama. One of the major claims of misrepresentation was the case of Infanticide.


"Infanticide"
The second Obama quote comes from an interview that he did with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, and it was not directed at either the McCain campaign or the National Journal. Obama was attempting to clarify his position on "born alive" legislation in Illinois. This is how that part of the conversation went:
David Brody, CBN News (Aug. 16): Real quick, the born alive infant protection act. I gotta tell you that's the one thing I get a lot of emails about and it's just not just from Evangelicals, it about Catholics, Protestants, main they're trying to understand it because there was some literature put out by the National Right to Life Committee. And they're basically saying they felt like you misrepresented your position on that bill.

Obama: Let me clarify this right now.

Brody: Because it's getting a lot of play.

Obama: Well and because they have not been telling the truth. And I hate to say that people are lying, but here's a situation where folks are lying. I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported
which was to say that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born even if it was as a consequence of an induced abortion.
For the record, we wrote about the back and forth between the National Right to Life Committee and Obama, regarding his votes against "born alive" legislation during his time in the Illinois state Senate.




The thing that I find most interesting is the fact that when you go to the link for the press-release about the ad and then click on the so-call official youtube link for the political ad, you will notice that the video has been removed.
"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc."

Now why would Youtube remove an official ad from the McCain-Palin party? Did McCain-Palin not get permission from The Christian Broadcasting Network to use exclusive footage of Obama's interview or was the McCain-Palin caught red handed by CBN using their footage to misrepresent Obama? Not only does this hurts the McCain-Palin campaign but it shows that they're on a mission to win the presidency by any means necessary.


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Monday, October 13, 2008

FIGHT!!!

The NavBar Tells All

McCain

Obama

Fight or Learn?

My Obama or McCain and Me?


Ownership.
Yeah, I love tearing apart Obama and McCain's websites. Obama has stated that he's here for the people :
But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. What the naysayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me; it's about you.
Likewise, McCain has stated his committment to serving the country:

My friends, I've been an imperfect servant of my country for many years. But I've been her servant first, last, and always.
Maybe I'm reading into this too much, but there's something to be said about the difference between "MY Barack Obama" vs. "MCCAIN and you". It's funny how McCain calls himself the servant and Obama the a self-proclaimed savior- but the word choice he uses just doesn't reflect that. Which catch-phrase seems to give you more ownership?

Good Ole American Ignorance :-)

Found this video while doing some late night twittering.



Although some sources say that Barack Obama is winning over Pennsylvania, he sure isn't winning over these characters in Johnstown, PA. I see ya up there in Johnstown, PA holding it down for true American Ignorance >:- ) <-- evil smiley face .It's no wounder why Sarah Palin and John McCain must correct or shut up their audience! Because they not only emit a profound lack of knowledge but they display the mentality of a modern day Lynching Mob. We see a black man with a name that isnt Jack ,Billy, Sarah or John then he must be unAmerican muslim extremist whose sole purose is to kill babies and support communism.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

'Crazy Conservatives' = Good for McCain



With all the fighting, distrustful and scathing rhetoric aimed at Obama, it's no wonder that McCain supporters vehemently hate Obama. In this video, you see the weirdly polar reactions to what McCain says. There's the initial 'boo' followed immediately with some enthusiastically supportive clapping.

I have a theory; McCain has been purposely fanning the flame of animosity into a blazing inferno, so that he can, in contrast, seem respectful. What better way to "Be a Maverick" than to stick it (at least to the public) to your own Republican supporters?
(Obama thanked McCain for defending him later)


After watching this clip, it makes you wonder: whose rhetoric is more powerful? McCain has criticized Obama's overly charismatic rhetoric, but with everything McCain says in this video, he can change the very reaction and 'thoughts' of the mob with anything he says. Maybe, it's not that McCain is persuasive, but that he has, at his disposal, a mob of completely pliable minds who will violently agree with whatever he says.

To be fair, McCain could be honestly defending Obama- I would believe it. It just seems
a bit too convenient.


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Fear The Ads...

With political ads being one of the biggest weapons a politician has to subdue voters, its surprising how many people neglect to notice the practice of fear. Implicitly or explicitly both political parties have used fear as a conative force to gain voter support.
One of the most famous political ads that used the tactic of fear to catch voters was this 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson ad.


Scary huh? The innocent little girl, plucking a white flower and erroneously counting her way into incomprehensible doom. The nuclear explosions in the wake of what was an arms race with Russia.The powerfull yet fearsome statement by LBJ "We must either love each other, or we must die". Whats even more frightening about this ad is how easily this classical ad could be renovated into an ad for this new political era. Imagine if you replaced the nuclear explosion with distressful footage of Sept 11, when the twin towers fell.
Nowadays political ads are not created in such a way where the tactic of fear is overtly obvious. Poltical ads
Here's an example of how McCain subtly uses the tactic of fear to get voters.


The idea around this ad is that we should fear a man in office who is not ready to answer to handle or answer call of duty. Having an unprepared man in office would lead to rouge nations and terrorist organizations disturbing our late night slumber, and shooting rockets at us.
Fear is not the main strategy used in today's ad campaigns. This could be due to the fact that using fear to win voters stirs up controversy in the media and threatens a candidates persona.


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Monday, October 6, 2008

How to Catch the Swing Vote



With less than 30 days left, Obama is ahead in the polls due mostly to his successes in the debates. The fight for the swing vote is heating up with both candidates pulling all cards and going on the offensive. Based on the aftermath of the debates, it seems that all Obama has to do is to just keep cool, like LA says, but both candidates are at each other's throats.

Obama's bringing out the skeletons in McCain's closet.
Obama walked away from reporters when asked about his campaign’s new multimedia attack on McCain and his involvement with political donor Charles Keating, convicted of aiding in the collapse of Lincoln Savings and Loan Association in 1989. In 1991 the Senate Ethics Committee cleared McCain of acting improperly but said he exercised “poor judgment.”
He's got to play down his associations with former ties like Bill Ayers, Sharpton and Wright, so that he can downplay the slew of attacks.

With less than 30 days left, McCain HAS to make attacks on Obama if he is to make any case to swing the vote to his favor.
McCain, at an event in Albuquerque asked the same question that he's now featuring in commercials: "Who is the real Barack Obama?"
The goal is to sow doubts about the Democratic nominee, ostensibly about where he stands on policy issues. But such a question also has considerable resonance given Obama's newness to the national scene and the viral campaign taking aim at his race, religion and patriotism that has been flourishing online for a year now.

McCain has been trying to divorce himself from Bush, but elaborating on what LA said, McCain has to also show that he is not mimicking Obama. There's a balance that needs to be achieved between being agreeable enough with voter's desires for change, and separating himself distinctively from Obama. Unfortunately his rhetoric is not as eloquent nor as focused as Obama as made evident by the debates. Even if he has good policies and promises, those alone won't get him that swing vote.
The divide between the two candidates are seemingly wider if only because of the increasing attacks against each other. Frankly, if either one wants to get that swing vote, they have to say why we should vote for them, rather than why NOT to vote for the other.



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Sunday, October 5, 2008

My Advice For The Candidates


With thirty days left till election day both candidates still have much work ahead of them. Both sides still have a few crowds to woo over. My advice for Obama and his campaign is simple. DONT F**K UP! It's that simple. As of today Obama is leading the polls and has many toss up states leaning his way.

Obama now has a solid lead in states that account for 189 electoral votes, and he is well positioned in states representing 71 more electoral votes, for a total of 260, according to a tally by The New York Times, based on polls and interviews with officials from both campaigns and outside analysts. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. McCain has solid leads in states with 160 electoral votes and is well positioned in states with another 40 electoral votes, according to The New York Times tally, for a total of 200. Just six states representing 78 electoral votes — Florida, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, Nevada and Colorado — are tossups.

Obama appears to have significantly more options to reach the 270 threshold, particularly if McCain fails to win any states that Democrats won in 2004, like Pennsylvania, where the Republican ticket has been competing especially vigorously. -Chron.com

Many political journalist and columnist say that if the election were today Obama would win(by a small margin).However, since the elections are not today and there is thirty long days left till Nov. 4, Obama needs make damn sure he does not mess up. A small mistake on his part could be more detrimental to him than the McCain camp.However, with dubious attacks from the McCain party, Obama can just sit back, relax, and watch McCain and Palin make themselves look silly.


On the other side of the situation McCain seems to be loosing his cool. The number one thing I think McCain should do is stay calm. America already views this guy as an angry old man, no need to fuel it even more. One thing that we have seen Barack Obama do really well is keep his composure under pressure. Another aspect John McCain should do is establish himself with the middle class and mention what he would do to fix the economy. Sarah Palin isn't helping McCain win over the middle class right now, although she is winning over more viewers for SNL. In the next upcoming debate, McCain should state how he himself would help reestablish the middle class. Everyone's focus is on this terrible econmony. If McCain can somehow prove that he a better choice than obama in fixing the economy than he could have a chance. The final thing McCain needs to do in order to be a fighting condender in this race is to disassociate himself from the status-quo. Many people think that having McCain in office would be the Bush administration all over again. If John McCain can genuinely show undecided voters that he's a maverick and not a mimic then he has a shot at presidency.








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30 Days Left...

Here's a teaser pic for the upcoming elections.
30 Days left till Nov 4



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Friday, October 3, 2008

Which VP Won The Depate??

PalinBiden

After watching the debates its hard to really tell who won or if there was actually a winner. Many news outlets, such as FOX, CNN, or MSNBC, seemed to claim either Joe Bidden or Sarah Palin won. Both candidates seemed to have their moments. Joe Biden showed emotion when briefly speaking about his role as a single parent. Sarah Palin demonstrated how she would ease the polarization in Washington. Yet, at the end of the night both candidates seemed to have passed the test national debate test(Which is to look good on TV and impress undecided voters).


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Sarah Palin's Facebook HACKED!

Check out this interesting screenshot of Sarah Palin's facebook page.
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Now obvioulsy we know that this screenshot was forged, but none the less it is still interesting.