Published: August 15, 2012
"Today, we're delivering information packets on the Earned Sick Time initiative requested by the County Commission for their review at their August 28th meeting," said Marlon Washington, chair of Citizens for a Greater Orange County, in an Aug. 13 press release. "We look forward to sharing with commissioners this data on the benefits Earned Sick Time will provide for Orange County's economy, business owners and hardworking families." Just hold off on getting sick for now, OK?
Speaking of election hijinks, Paul Ryan's boyfriend Mitt Romney may not have been a big hit in London. But he is, apparently, big in Myanmar. At least among the troubled country's young actors, actresses and teeny-bopper musicians.
For the past month, Ms. Chit Thu Wai, a Myanmar pop singer, model, actress, activist and pediatrician (!), has been emailing us at Happytown HQ requesting that "the voters from the Florida state, the independent voters from the Republican Party and the voters from the Democratic party vote for Mr. Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential election in Florida on 6th November 2012." (The email also requests that everyone vote for Connie Mack in the Republican Senate primary on Aug. 14, but that race will be long done by the time this issue hits the streets.) The email is signed by 86 Myanmar celebs, including Chit Thu Wai, her sister Chit Suu Wai, actress Soe Myat Thuzar, "Myanmar hunks" like Phyo Ngway Soe and socially conscious actor Pyay Ti Oo, who founded a nonprofit organization to help poor Burmese kids get into medical school.
It's tough to say what a group of Myanmar pop-culture icons sees in Romney, who really hasn't had much to say about the country. Myanmar (aka Burma) has been subject to trade sanctions by the U.S. until recently when President Barack Obama declared the nation open for business, despite concerns raised by the nation's opposition leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who warns that international investors proceed cautiously – Myanmar is, after all, still a minefield of human-rights abuses. The nation's Rohingya Muslims are among the most persecuted minorities in the world and routinely suffer slaughter at the hands of the nation's Buddhist majority. Yep, Buddhists kill, too.
Anyway, we emailed Chit Thu Wai back, to ask what gives – is it that the story finally made it back to Myanmar that when Romney was CEO of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, the U.S. team's uniforms were manufactured in Myanmar? Do they relate to the fact that in public appearances, Romney's curious manner of speaking often makes it sound like maybe his words were translated from Burmese, then back into English? Maybe they like his hair?
Unfortunately, the actress did not respond to repeated requests for explanation. Fortunately, Romney has another hot celeb on his side these days who is speaking up about her support for R-Money. Porn star Jenna Jameson endorsed Romney on Aug. 2 during an appearance at a San Francisco strip club.
"When you're rich, you want a Republican in office," she was quoted by website morallowground.com as saying while sipping Champagne in the club's VIP room.
And if you're poor, you're fucked no matter what. Burmese days for everyone!
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