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Why I’m Voting For Barack Obama

April 13, 2012 3 comments

Now that Rick Santorum has officially dropped out of the race for President, we can finally focus on the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in November.  (Yes, I’m aware that Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are still in the race but it’s been a long time since they’ve been considered contenders.)  Some elections are intriguing matchups between two good candidates that I’m torn between.  But this year is not one of them.  For me, the vote is easy – Barack Obama.

In some circles, Obama is villified.  His health care reform package, affectionately known as Obamacare, has drawn the ire of people who feel that the government shouldn’t force them to buy healthcare coverage (although in most cases it’s probably a good idea that they have at least some insurance coverage so the average taxpayer isn’t forced to foot the bill).  He’s taken a large chunk of the blame for the flailing economy (even though the table was already set for a recession when he took office) as well as for the bailouts of the auto and financial services industries.  OK, the auto bailout I can understand about being upset about but the bank bailout?  I know it was unpleasant but it was necessary.  Can you imagine what the economy would’ve been like had the whole financial sector completely collapsed?  Not nearly as pretty as it looks now.

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Pope Benedict XVI Kisses An Imam (And Other Famous Liplocks)

November 17, 2011 6 comments

This is the latest ad campaign for clothing store Benetton.  The campaign titled “Unhate” depicts several world leaders and global figures engaged in fake liplocks.  People depicted in the ads include President Barack Obama, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and French president Nicolas Sarkozy but the picture that’s drawing the most fire (that you can see above) is the one of Pope Benedict XVI kissing Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb of Cairo’s al-Azhar institute.

The Vatican protested the photo almost as soon as the ads were revealed and the photo was removed about an hour after the Vatican denounced it as an “unacceptable manipulation of the Pope’s likeness”.

I don’t really have an issue with the ad campaign as these photos are clearly not real but I can understand how some will get their undies in a bunch over this including the Vatican who I’d assume has no sense of humor when it comes to issues like this.

A gallery of the photos can be found here.