Tag: election

Art ObamaNation

ObamaNation: Iconic Obama ‘Hope’ Image Infringes On Copyright of AP Photograph

The Warholesque picture of Barack Obama looking upwards with the word “hope” written across the bottom has appeared on everything from t-shirts, buttons and posters during last year’s presidential campaign and now the Associated Press has come forward to claim the copyright.

The iconic image of Obama was designed by Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey and has even inspired Obamicon.Me where indviduals can converts their personal photographs to the same red, white and blue stylized portrait.

Fairey has acknowledged that his painting is based on a photograph taken by the Associated Press. Mannie Garcia is the photographer who snapped the infamous picture at the National Press Club in Washington while on assignment for the AP in April 2006.

The AP wants credit and compensation for Fairey’s use of the photo, however Fairey’s lawyer Anthony Falzone claims “fair use protects Shepard’s right to do what he did here.”

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ObamaNation Politics

ObamaNation: In Less Than One Week We Can Elect Barack Obama as the Next President

Blindie hasn’t been coy about who we’re rooting for to lead us through these dark times, and in less than one week, we’ll have the chance to elect Senator Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.

Obama recently made a speech as to why we need to continue to fight harder as his supporters to elect him, ignoring the hype of poll numbers and pundits.

Whether it’s donating $25 or calling voters in battleground states, please support Obama at BarackObama.com.

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Politics Rosario Dawson

VIDEO: Rosario Dawson & Wilmer Valderrama’s New VotoLatino PSA

La Pasion De La Decision – Episode 5

VotoLatino founder Rosario Dawson has a new PSA starring Wilmer Valderrama, Jane Fonda and Perez Hilton.

In the fifth episode of their telenovela-esque voting series, La Pasion De La Decision, Dawson and Valderrama are married by blogger Hilton, as politically active screen legend Fonda sassily looks on (“I can’t believe she wore white!”).

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ObamaNation Politics Race Matters

ObamaNation: Poll Says One-Third of White Democrats See Blacks as ‘Lazy’ or ‘Violent’

If the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, Barack Obama could lose the race because one-third of white Democrats “harbor negative views toward blacks.”

Calling blacks “lazy,” “violent” or responsible for their own troubles, 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks.

“There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn’t mean there’s only a few bigots,” said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey.

Twenty percent of all whites felt the word “violent” strongly applied to blacks when present with a list of positive and negative adjectives. Among other words, 22 percent agreed with “boastful,” 29 percent “complaining,” 13 percent “lazy” and 11 percent “irresponsible.”

Although this prejudiced group isn’t as large as the non-prejudiced group, this percentage could still cost Obama the White House–and all we’ll have for the next four years is a flip-flopping, character-warping President and his gun-wielding, moose-hunting, inexperienced VP.

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Confessions of an ObamaVoter

Confessions of an ObamaVoter: From Hurricanes & Floods to Bailouts & Billions

The United States has encountered one of its worst weeks: Hurricane devastation, Midwestern flooding, a U.S. embassy bombed, L.A. train crash, upending of Wall Street giants Lehman Bros. and Merril Lynch, government bailout of insurance juggernaut AIG, and President Bush breaking the news of a $700 billion price tag to save our wilting economy.

These overwhelming events have altered the tone of the election, giving us a chance to see how Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain responded to the economic crisis.

Obama elevated the discourse, outlined his comprehensive economic proposal, and put partisanship aside with his call for both parties to stop the economic epidemic before it hits the middle class.

But McCain’s critical response was far less flattering. On Monday, he made the absurd statement about how the fundamentals of the economy are strong. He then backpedaled and said he meant the workers are strong, not the economy.

McCain transformed into Mr. Regulator after his entire career of being Mr. Deregulator. And as if he couldn’t debase himself enough, he went on to release a new slimy, disgraceful, and racially saturated ad that portrayed Obama in cahoots with an angry black man so they can both terrorize your poor white grandmother.

These are serious times that require a serious debate and what McCain is offering is an insult to the American people. When I hear disastrous news like this and watch Bush fumble around trying to pick up the pieces, I feel ashamed that he was elected.

This isn’t the America I know. This isn’t the country my parents sought to give opportunity to their children. Yet, as tumultuous and imperfect as this nation has been, it is able to bring us Obama.

There exists a limitless sum of obstacles that battle his candidacy. Yet here we are, at this moment, with him as our voice: A leader with reciprocity between the American people…who we desperately need as he desperately needs us. He’s our best hope!

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A Campaign of Change: Will America Choose A Black President or A Female VP?

It seems Senator John McCain flipped the switch on Friday, with his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate.

Calling her “the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington,” McCain is not only tapping into a fresher, younger demo (Palin’s 44, three years younger than Obama), but he’s selected a woman–a beautiful one, who was actually a former Miss Alaska runner-up!

“To have been chosen brings a great challenge,” Palin said. “I know that it will demand the best that I have to give and I promise nothing less.”

Blindie suspects McCain is hoping to win over disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters who feel shafted that their female messiah was “cheated” of her White House dream by a less-experienced man.

Regardless, the 2008 Presidential campaign will be a historic one of change–whether it’s Obama in the White House, or Palin in the Vice President’s Residence.

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