Category Archives: Politics

SAN FRANCISCO TO SPEND MILLIONS TO REPAINT ALL ITS CROSSWALKS

pedsSan Francisco, California – First, it painted its bike lanes in green, then its MUNI train tracks in red.  Now, the City and County of San Francisco has entered into a multi-million contract with Sherwin-Williams, the third largest paint company in the world, for a total make-over of its thousands of pedestrian lanes.  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the County Board of Supervisors have jointly approved the project which is expected to start in September with a completion date slated sometime in January of next year.   The painting project will be implemented in several phases, starting with the entire stretch of Market Street – from Castro to the Embarcadero.  Lee and the gay members of the board of supervisors will participate in a ceremonial painting of the first crosswalk on Market and Castro Streets at 9am on September 1st.

red streetUnlike the boring, single color paint used for the bike lanes and MUNI train tracks, the new pedestrian lanes will be painted in a succession of the rainbow colors: ROYGBV ROYGBIV ROYGBIV and so on.bike

While admitting that the cost of the project will be a burden to the city’s coffers, the mayor and supervisors assured the public that the return on investment will be three-fold.  It will also seal San Francisco’s reputation as the “Gayest City in the World.”

IOC MANDATES OFFICIAL ATTIRE FOR 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

imageLausanne, Switzerland – Coming  under intense pressure from participating countries in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) today made a stunning announcement that no one had ever anticipated.

International sentiment has been growing each day since news of the Russian government’s crackdown on homosexuality in what was once part of the Sovet Union first broke out.  This government crackdown was prompted by recent draconian laws that make the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle within Russian borders not only illegal but subject to the persecutional whims of the police and military.

Concerned about potential boycotts by Olympic teams from a huge number of countries,  the IOC issued an unprecedented ruling that involves a mandatory attire for all athletes, delegates and media representatives attending the winter games.

The IOC ruling requires all athletes, delegates and media representatives to wear a special official jacket during the games’ opening and closing ceremonies, and throughout the 17-day competitions.  The official  jacket features the colors of the gay rainbow flag , emblazoned with the Olympic rings logo (see photo).

Russian president Vladimir Putin has not issued any statement in reaction to the IOC announcement.

ANOTHER PIG PROTEST IN THE PHILIPPINES

imagePasay City, Philippines – Each of the 24  Philippine Senators are allocated P200 million annually to spend on their pet public projects. The money comes from taxpayers and is part of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), more commonly known as pork barrel.

The PDAF hit the headlines yet again after an alleged scam involving the diversion of several lawmakers’ pork barrel funds was exposed in the media.  Funds, totalling P10 billion, were allegedly poured into phony Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), to the personal benefit of the senators and their cronies.

On Friday, a herd of pigs staged a peaceful protest in front of the Senate Building on Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City. Protest organizers said the pigs were tired of their reputation being tarnished by these pork barrel scams.  They also announced their support for a proposed resolution filed Wednesday by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago which would totally eliminate lawmaker pork barrels by 2016.

Friday’s protest is only the second such public disobedience staged by the country’s pigs. The first known pig protest was held a few months ago during the Parada Ng Lechon (Parade of Roasted Pork). See story here.