• The state's Department of Health director on Friday released a statement verifying the legitimacy of Sen. Barack Obama birth certificate.

    The state has received multiple requests for a copy of Obama's birth certificate. State law does not allow officials to release the birth certificate of a person to someone outside of the family.

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    "Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai`i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai`i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama's original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures," Fukino said.

    http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/11/2/1032 5/5229

  • Because there are approximately 50% women in the general population, does not mean that there are exactly as many qualified women available to appoint to staff and cabinet positions as there are men.
    I would much rather see Obama appoint qualified men and women that are suited for their positions based on their background and their knowledge, than to appoint friends to positions they are not qualified for (we just went through 8 years of that- remember Harriet Miers?).
    Appointing someone (or choosing them as a running mate) simply because they have a vagina is sexist.
    When you learn what feminism really means, you might figure that out by yourself.
  • on a comment on California Not Always So Liberal over 5 years ago
    Yes, and if the married church going white people, and all the rest who voted against it had stayed home, it would have passed. There's no point in singling out a single minority for blame when Prop 8 was passed because of several factors.
    I think the loss needs to be blamed on the No on Prop 8 supporters who made a lot of assumptions without facts in evidence.
    They assumed that Democrats who turned out for Obama would vote against it, and they assumed that people on the ground didn't need training and they assumed that a tight and efficient volunteer force wasn't needed.
    Take responsibility and move on.
  • comment on a post Presidential elections of my life over 5 years ago
    It's always nice to put a history with a name.
    I was never politcally involved much growing up, my father never discussed politics or finances (republican, you know).
    Although I always voted, I was a registered independent until 2000, when Bush was elected and I moved to Kansas from North Carolina, then I simply felt the need to declare myself a Democrat (I had always voted Democrat).
    I never got involved in politics until 2004 when GWB was reelected, and I discovered blogs.
    Thank god, because it's the only thing that's kept me sane living out here.
  • comment on a post Black Voters Passed Prop 8!!!!! over 5 years ago
    You don't know what Obama thinks on the subject?
    Have you ever bothered to look it up?
    Obama feels the same way Hillary Clinton does, does that help?
    Why exactly did you come back here to spread hate and ignorance? Couldn't you do that over at whatever PUMA blog you're hanging out on?
  • on a comment on Open Thread over 5 years ago

    I don't think anything is going to happen until we get the economy started back up, but one of the things Obama said he would restore immediately is the SCHIP program.

  • comment on a post What's next? We need an answer. over 5 years ago
    I heard about something the Democratic party (or it may have been an activist group like Emily's List, I can't remember) wanted to start up an internet based program to train people how to get involved in local politics, or to nominate someone you thought would make a good candidate to run for local or state offices and was worthy of support.
    I heard about it on C-span a few months back, which is why I'm having a hard time remembering details, but that sounded pretty interesting.
  • comment on a post All Politics are local: Why Blacks voted for Prop 8 over 5 years ago

    I don't have to be literalistic to read the Bible and see the few stories where homosexuality is condemned. In the Bible it's a sin, just as premarital sex and adultery are sins. But homosexuality presents a unique challenge to society, because gays feel that they are not sinners.

    But there are lots of sins, it just seems you religious folk pick and choose them whenever it's convenient. Don't pay attention to the Old Testament, except if it pertains to something we don't like.
    And really, do people feel like they've sinned every time they get a divorce or eat shellfish?

    And honestly, your entire post strikes me as  written by someone too incurious to go beyond what the church teaches and find out for yourself that gay people are just like everyone else, they are human beings, and therefore deserving of the same rights as every other human being.

  • A huge number? I'm not sure I agree with that.
    Listen, the thing that had most to do with this defeat was a huge push by the churches, millions of dollars in ads and serious GOTV efforts.
    The No on Prop 8 campaign was (from what I've read) underfunded, the advertising was lackluster, and the ground effort positively sucked. By the time the apathy wore off and they realized that defeat was staring them in the face, it was too late to have much of an effect.
    IMO, of course.
  • Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans and Caucasians also voted against it in much larger numbers (blacks make up less than 10% of the total electorate in CA).
    Let's not turn a civil rights issue into a scapegoating of one race or creed.
  • comment on a post Who Fought Hillary Clinton? over 5 years ago
    Listen Nancy, unless you can prove that Michigan and Florida moved their primaries up to benefit Obama long before he was a serious candidate, you and all the other PUMAs' sour grapes about the DNC are nothing but hot air.
    Furthermore, trying to claim that the media was in the tank for Obama is even more of a joke- we spent weeks on Rev Wright, Bill Ayers and Rezko, we spent months discussing his present votes in Illinois and his inexperience and blah, blah, blah, blah.
    The primary turned out to be good for Obama and great for the Democratic party, as we are now blessed with an intelligent, thoughtful, and well educated president elect.
    It's time for you and your PUMA friends to move on, because this is simply irrelevant now.
  • comment on a post From Rev. McClurkin to Prop. 8 over 5 years ago

    Non-Black Votes in Favor of Proposition 8:

    White Men:  51% of 31% of 10,325,615 votes:  1,632,480 Yes
    White Women:  47% of 32% of 10,325,615 votes:  1,552,972 Yes
    Latino Men:  54% of 8% of 10,325,615 votes:  446,067 Yes
    Latino Women:  52% of 11% of 10,325,615 votes:   592,170 Yes
    Asian/Native:  51% of 9% of 10,325,615 votes:  473,946 Yes

    Total:  4,697,635 (9.3 times the maximum TOTAL number of Black votes in California.)

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/7/ 34645/1235

  • May I suggest that the real root of the problem lies in churches, not in racial stereotypes.
    This diary lays it out pretty succinctly:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/7/ 34645/1235

    Non-Black Votes in Favor of Proposition 8:

    White Men:  51% of 31% of 10,325,615 votes:  1,632,480 Yes
    White Women:  47% of 32% of 10,325,615 votes:  1,552,972 Yes
    Latino Men:  54% of 8% of 10,325,615 votes:  446,067 Yes
    Latino Women:  52% of 11% of 10,325,615 votes:   592,170 Yes
    Asian/Native:  51% of 9% of 10,325,615 votes:  473,946 Yes

    Total:  4,697,635 (9.3 times the maximum TOTAL number of Black votes in California.)

  • It  wasn't race that was a problem in this case, it was religion.

  • comment on a post What's next? We need an answer. over 5 years ago
    I really think starting out by reading different blogs is a good way to start.That's how I got started, after buying an XM radio and finding Al Franken and Sam Seder on AAR. Then I started reading Glenn Greenwald, Digby, Daily Kos, etc and I was hooked.  
    You see all the different issues that people are involved in, it's a good network to get to know other people involved with the Democratic party, and it's a an easy first step that's free and doesn't really commit you to anything that you might regret later.
    Introducing her to local people and politicians, getting involved in campaigns can start when she feels more educated on the issues.

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