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Newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele plans an “off the hook” public relations offensive to attract younger voters, especially blacks and Hispanics, by applying the party’s principles to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings.”

The RNC’s first black chairman will “surprise everyone” when updating the party’s image using the Internet and advertisements on radio, on television and in print, he told The Washington Times.

Having been elected to the job that the Bush White House and its political guru, Karl Rove, once denied him, Mr. Steele is running the show his way. To those who claimed he can’t make the trains run on time, he has this message: “Stuff it.”

He stiff-armed an attempt to get him to elaborate on his public relations effort, saying he would be an idiot to give his opponents too much information, but indicated the Republican Party needs to break out of being considered a regional party.

”There was underlying concerns we had become too regionalized and the party needed to reach beyond our comfort” zones, he said, citing defeats in such states as Virginia and North Carolina. “We need messengers to really capture that region – young, Hispanic, black, a cross section … We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.”

But, he elaborated with a laugh, “we need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”

 

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Hmm.  Very Interesting.

Thoughts?

—Travers

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T-Pain can now add iPhone innovator to his list of career accomplishments. Antreas COO, Georganna Drayton, has confirmed with the L.A. Times that Antreas, an Auto-Tune manufacturer, is indeed in talks with the Tallahasse titan and Apple to develop an application for the iPhone dedicated to the Auto-Tune function.

The newly added application, which has yet been assigned a release date, will allow all iPhone users to utilize the company’s vocal transforming software which will alter the pitch in their voice via their iPhone, much like how T-Pain employ’s the software.

Drayton stated that the company is currently negotiating the logistics to the partnership, but also mentioned that software will conincide with T-Pain’s production. Aside from providing production, Drayton hasn’t elaborated on any additional roles delegated to T-Pain.

SOURCE: BET.com

Oh, Lord.  Here we go.  As if we don’t here enough auto-tune on the radio, now we have to here it when we call our friends?!?

But I’m not gonna lie—this sounds kinda cool.  What do you think? Yea or Nay?

—Travers

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originalOctuplet mom Nadya Suleman and her six oldest children have moved from their California home to a secret location after receiving death threats, Reuters reports. Suleman’s publicists said they and their client have been deluged with hostile messages following recent negative media coverage about the divorced mom’s inability to financially support her 14 children. Many attack the mother for “taking advantage of the system” and some threaten violence.

“There has been some really nasty stuff about wanting to physically harm Nadya, and outrageous statements about both her and her children,” the publicist said. He added that messages from well-wishers are beginning to catch up with the hostile ones, and that the family has received offers of furniture, clothing, food and even a place to live on a farm in Indiana.

SOURCE: Newser

The picture above is of Nadya Suleman just eight days before she gave birth to her octuplets.  Ouch.

But seriously, people have gone too far with this story.  You may not agree with this woman’s situation, but guess what—-it doesn’t matter if you do!  This is HER business, not the rest of America’s.  I know, i know: “but we’ll be supporting her and those kids with our tax dollars” and “she’s just pimping the system” and “she can’t possibly care for all of those kids.” Blah, blah, blah. 

1.)None of that justifies making violent threats against the woman. 

2.) There are MILLIONS of Americans on welfare—not just her. 

3.) The time that you spend bitching and moaning about this woman’s situation could be used in a much more productive manner—like, let’s say, making sure that you, your family, and your friends don’t end up on food stamps.  In this economy anything is possible.

This woman doesn’t need our judgments and certainly not our threats.  She needs our prayers, and our country as a whole needs for us to learn from this situation and do what we can to grow from it collectively.

Get YOUR house in order; Get YOUR life together.

—Travers

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First Lady Michelle Obama will be on the cover of the March issue of Vogue magazine.  Vogue’s Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley said that interviewing Mrs. Obama for the cover story was “one of the best experiences of my life.”  (CLICK HERE for the full cover story).

The First Lady will be only the 4th black woman to be on the cover of the women’s fashion magazine since it was founded in 1892.  Black women spend $20 billion a year on clothes alone.

Hmm. Discuss?

That’s MY First Lady!

—Travers

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img-author-photo-tina-brown_085547594280“Obama’s Strange Obsession”

By Tina Brown

The Daily Beast

The change he should give up on if he’s to be an effective president.

 

Obama’s going to win his stimulus package—but only after he’s gone through the political equivalent of a near-death experience. What has he learned from it?

I for one hope he dumps his obsession with “bipartisanship.” It’s time for him to recognize that overrated concept as what it was: a campaign theme designed to sharpen the contrast between his own reassuring serenity and the Republicans’ crazed, kill-’em-all negativity. It worked—but now the election’s over.

This president and his party received a full-throated mandate to promote a new political agenda. He knows that we all know that the country was run into the ground by his predecessor and his predecessor’s party. So why in these desperate times does he seem to care so much about being liked by the side he defeated? On inauguration eve, he bestowed on Sen. John McCain the very nice gesture of a dinner honoring his service. But McCain understood this as a mere pause in political combat, like that First World War Christmas truce when British and German troops played soccer and sang carols together for a few hours before returning to the slaughter.

This past week you could feel a dry-mouthed, stomach- knotted apprehension in the national perception of our brave new president.

Last week, a rejuvenated McCain headed right back to his Senate trench to machine-gun Obama’s stimulus package as if nothing had happened on November 4 or January 20. The Republicans, in a sudden resurgence of discipline, turned themselves back into the insurgents rather than the architects of the present chaos. And Obama himself seemed taken aback, as if he was really surprised that his friendly overtures didn’t get him a single Republican vote in the House and only three predictable ones in the Senate.

Obama has let everybody think that “bipartisanship” means that the party that just lost the election after screwing up the country and the world gets to have veto power over the party that won. Or that if the Republicans choose to vote against his program it must be his fault. Or that for a policy to be good it has to be supported by the very politicians who just got through spending a year denouncing it. Meanwhile, the economic avalanche that will bury us all ominously gathers force.

Obama should talk to Bill Clinton about the difficulties he had at the beginning, when he inherited an economic mess from a departing president named Bush. Clinton passed his first budget without a single Republican vote in either the House or the Senate. Before it led to the longest economic expansion in US history, it led to a Democratic defeat in the 1994 midterms. But Clinton’s problem was high interest rates, and he had to raise taxes and curb spending to cut the deficit. Now, interest rates are near zero, and Obama is cutting taxes and raising spending, neither of which is political poison. With the unemployment figures for January climbing to 7.5 percent and almost certainly going higher, elaborate rituals of “civility” are low on the list of things anyone cares about.

The strange thing is that Obama, famous for his stirring rhetoric, is only today boarding Air Force One for a manic few days of stimulus selling (though he’ll have more flak still when the financial rescue for ailing banks hits the fan on Tuesday).

Yet right after his thrilling assumption of office there would have been no better time to stand up for social programs in the package he presumably cared about. Instead, Democrats started acting as if the NEA had caught a STD. And if he didn’t really care about those programs, how come he exposed himself to easy ridicule that tarred the whole initiative?

For a solid week, the media noise was nothing but an echo chamber of Republican talking points about the Democrats having crammed in frivolous pork that had nothing to do with “real” recovery. Obama could have fought for more and given up less, arguing that his economic plan is a vision of how to rebuild America. The Bush tax cuts were social engineering, too, and they passed with Democratic votes. Bipartisanship indeed! There’s no such thing as a budget that isn’t social engineering. The only question is which end of society gets to drive the engine.

Click here for the full editorial: The Daily Beast

Agree or disagree?  Should President Obama give up on bipartisanship?

Discuss.

—Travers

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DC Comics have unveiled their first openly gay superhero – a sapphic socialite called Batwoman.

The flame-haired lesbian crime-fighter is taking over from Bruce Wayne, who suffered an untimely demise in a recent issue of Detective Comics’ longest-running series.

For over 60 years, Wayne has fronted the iconic Batman publication. His apparent passing has paved the way for Batwoman – who is described as a “lesbian socialite by night and a crime-fighter by later in the night” – to take over the reigns for at least 12 issues in a run that begins this June.

Writer Greg Rucka told the Comic Book Resources website that the introduction of a lesbian character into the DC roster was “long overdue”. “We have been waiting to unlock her,” he said. “Yes, she’s a lesbian. She’s also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character”.

He went on to dismiss fears of a possible backlash from fans. “If people are going to have problems with it, that’s their issue”, Rucka said. “That’s certainly not mine.”

SOURCE: The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Batwoman “kissed a girl and she liked it…”

Discuss.

—Travers

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