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September 29, 2008

Video proof Democrats are to blame for economic meltdown

Watch the following video and get mad about all the lies, obfuscation and parsing of words democrats have engaged in the last weeks to blame republicans for the economic mess democrats themselves created. But democrats now blame only the White house, speculators and lack of government regulation because it suits their political aspirations in an election year and are scared to death the truth will come out. They are right to blame Wall Street speculators and to an extent the Bush administration for lack of oversight but since 1992 they had been warned by the GOP that the monster they created during President Jimmy Carter’s presidency, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), was getting out of hand.

Keep in mind that for democrats Fannie Mae and Fredie Mac were cash cows from where they got hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations, cushy jobs once they left their government post and indirectly received funds to keep and grow their power base. Community organizer Barack Obama would understand, after all he worked for ACORN. An organization that received a lot of money thanks to democratic policies (the CRA) that provided hundreds of millions of dollars to “housing rights groups” to give loans to minorities that were not eligible for regular bank loans.

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List of Hollywood and music stars that support Obama

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UPDATE October 5, 2008: An updated and much longer list has been posted HERE.

The stars were chosen because they have either been recently in the news or were run across in my non-scientific Internet search. A short explanation is given about some of their comments or actions in favor of Obama but please take it with a large grain of salt as it is in no way complete. In case someone asks, of course there are a small number of stars that support the John McCain / Sarah Palin ticket like Sylvester Stallone, John Voight, Ted Nugent and Charlie Daniels.

It is no secret that most Hollywood and music stars are liberals and have become a reliable source of campaign cash for Democratic candidates. So far according to the Center for Responsive Politics the music and entertainment industry has given over $ 5.6 million to the Obama presidential effort and donated $ 3.4 million to the Hillary Clinton campaign. How did John McCain fare you ask? His campaign has received $ 885,000, total.

Not included are many rap and hip-hop stars like 50 Cent, Chamillionare, Scarface, etc., because around 95% of their community supports Obama’s candidacy. To list them all would take forever. They support Obama by using clothes with Obama’s image on them on stage, by putting up Obama or Obama/Biden banners at their concerts, etc. Almost all speak favorably of the candidate and hope the more outspoken members of their community tone down their support for fear of alienating voters that do not understand what their music is about. Some artists have said they support and will vote for Obama because he is one of them. Others say he is the most qualified for the job with race having nothing to do with their decision. To say that they are excited about this election is an understatement!

Below the stars, more or less in alphabetical order, listed by their last name. Looking for Oprah? She’s under W for Winfrey. How about Jay-Z? He’s under C for Shawn Carter. Linda Evans? Try E for Linda Evans.

Enjoy. Or not.

Jeffery Jacobs Abrams (J. J. Abrams): Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Yolanda Adams: September 22, 2008 her song “Hold On” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Ben Affleck: July 2004 the actor said he became an Obama supporter after meeting him at the DNC in Boston. March 16, 2008 he and his wife Jennifer Garner hosted an Obama fundraiser in Boston. August 2, 2008 he gave a speech at a fundraiser supporting Obama. Has donated the maximum possible, $ 4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Jessica Alba: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by the speech he gave in Chicago. August 2008 she was at the DNC in Denver.

Tatyana Ali: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Byron Allen: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Pamela Anderson: July 2008 she said, I love him.., I think he’s going to win. September 12, 2008 on her official website is information on how to help get Obama elected president.

Jennifer Aniston: February 20, 2007 she attended a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton. She has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Adam Arkin: Has donated at least $ 250 to the Obama campaign.

Tichina Arnold: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by the speech he gave in Chicago.

Patricia Arquette: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Rossana Arquette: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Kevin Bacon: Has donated at least $ 2,200 to the Obama campaign.

Eric Balfour: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser. February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Charles Barkley: 2007 he gives his full support to Obama saying, I support him wholeheartedly. August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver.

Jennifer Beals: June 24, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Sandra Bernhard: September 5, 2008 she said she favors Obama and really likes Joe Biden. September 2008, the comedian said that it’s better that Sarah Palin not go to Manhattan because Palin could get gang-raped by some of Bernhard’s big black brothers.

Chuck Berry: June 11, 2008 he endorsed Obama and said, It’s no question, myself being a man of color … Definitely a proud and successful moment for all the people of this country, not just black people, but Americans in general.

Halle Berry: September 8, 2007 she attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Jessica Biel: December 10, 2007 she attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser. 

Jon Bon Jovi: On September 5, 2008 the singer and his wife Dorothea hosted over 100 guests for a $ 30,800 per person fund raising diner in favor of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Obama campaign. Obama gave an very short speech, about 8 minutes long, to the guests before mingling.

Russel Brand: September 7, 2008 at the MTV Video Music Awards besides insulting President Bush said, Please….elect Barack Obama.

Zach Braff: February 20, 2007 he attended a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton.

Christopher Bridges (Ludacris): April 2008 in a concert the rapper said Obama had his unwavering support on his bid to become President of the USA. In July 2008 the Obama campaign has distanced themselves from Ludacris because of his song “Politics: Obama is Here” that contains some controversial material the campaign said was outrageously offensive, something akin to: President Bush is mentally handicapped, Vice President Cheney belongs in a wheel chair paralyzed, an Obama presidency is destiny, criticized Reverend Jessie Jackson, and called Hillary Clinton a b***h.

Mehcad Brooks: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Pierce Brosnan: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Jackson Browne: On August 14, 2008 he sued the Ohio Republican party (ORp) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) because the ORp used his 1977 song “Running on Empty” in a TV ad. The ad poked fun at Obama because of his comments to tune up cars and inflate their tires to make the US independent of foreign oil. Browne has been a liberal all his life and thought that if his music was used in Republican ads the public might think he endorses McCain. Since 2004 he has contributed at least $ 4,300 to Obama’s coffers. After the lawsuit was filed the ORp pulled the ad. Browne is asking for around $75,000 in damages. September 22, 2008 his song “Looking East” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Joy Bryant: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Nick Cannon: December 10, 2007 he hosted the Obama fundraiser the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert. February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Shawn Carter (Jay-Z): March 3, 2008 an audio only voice recording made by the rapper is put out asking voters to vote for Obama on the Mar 4 Ohio Democratic primaries. The rapper has said he supports Obama for president. April 2008 after the ABC debate with Hillary Clinton, in a speech a few days later, Obama used the the motion of brushing dirt off his shoulder to make a point. Most people outside of the hip-hop community missed the significance of the gesture but it quickly became controversial. In a mater of days after the controversy that a presidential candidate for the first time ever used hip-hop inspired gestures during a speech had reached a crescendo, it was learned that the gesture could be related to a song by Jay-Z called “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”. The gesture meant shaking those that hate you off or getting rid of negative energy. Obama and his campaign have said that in his iPod Obama has songs by Jay-Z….

Don Cheadle: June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles and said, He’s my candidate.

George Clooney: February 2007 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. February 2008 he said that he had been supporting Obama for a year and a half and was very excited about his campaign. August 2008 he attended the DNC in Denver. September 2, 2008 Clooney was the main attraction at an Obama fundraiser in Switzerland where around 170 US Citizens that donated $ 1,000 heard his speech. Later on that night the actor headlined at an intimate diner style Obama fundraiser where 75 donors gave $ 10,000 each for the campaign.

Glenn Close: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Cliff Collins: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Sean “Diddy” Combs: June 24, 2008 at the BET Awards show the rapper endorsed Obama for President saying that if everyone registered to vote Obama will be the first black president in the history of America, then chanted “Obama or Die”. On August 31, 2008 Diddy posted his video blog “Diddy Obama Blog # 16: Attention John McCain” saying he does not agree with McCain as he is making crazy decisions like choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate because, Diddy said, there are no crackheads, black people and not enough crime in Alaska. He added that instead of Palin, McCain should have chosen Michelle Obama as his running mate.

Cindy Crawford: September 8, 2007 she attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. June 24, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Sheryl Crow: August 25, 2008 she performed at the DNC in Denver. September 22, 2008 her song “Out of Our heads” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Alan Cumming: August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver.

Jamie Lee Curtis: September 16, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Timothy Daly: August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver.

Matt Damon: August 2, 2008 he gave a speech at a fundraiser supporting Obama. September 2008 in an interview the actor compared Sarah Palin’s candidacy to a bad Disney movie and would like to ask her if dinosaurs were alive 4,000 years ago.

Anna David: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Jonathan Davis (Q-Tip): February 4, 2008 he released a statement endorsing Barack Obama.

Rosario Dawson: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Antar Dayal: He is part of the group Artists for Obama who donate their work to the campaign so they can raise money and grow the Obama movement. His contribution is a print titled “Yes We Can”.

Robert De Niro: December 8, 2006 when asked whom he would like to see as president the actor responded Hillary or Obama, one of the two. February 4, 2008 De Niro appeared at an Obama rally.

Kate del Castillo: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Leonardo DiCaprio: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Taye Diggs: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Fran Drescher: August 22, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Jermaine Dupri: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Jesse Dylan: February 2, 2008 he worked on the pro Obama video “Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. February 29, 2008 he worked on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech given by Obama in Chicago.

Jenny-Bea Englishman (Esthero): February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Jennifer Esposito: December 10, 2007 she attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Melissa Etheridge: August 2008 she was in Denver for the DNC.

Linda Evans: September 8, 2007 she attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama.

Shepard Fairey: He is part of the group Artists for Obama who donate their work to the campaign so they can raise money and grow the Obama movement. His contribution is a print titled “Change”.

Vera Farmiga: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Will Ferrell: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Jodi Foster: September 16, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Has donated at least $ 1,000 to the Obama campaign.

Jamie Foxx: September 8, 2007 he attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. August 22, 2008 the actor attended a fundraiser for Obama in Beverly Hills with his daughter. August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver. September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Morgan Freeman: February 20, 2007 he attended a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton. 2007 he endorsed Obama but will not campaign with him. Freeman says he is an actor not a politician.

Troy Garity: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Jennifer Garner: March 16, 2008 she and husband Ben Affleck hosted an Obama fundraiser in Boston. August 2, 2008 she gave a speech at a fundraiser supporting Obama.

David Geffen: February 20, 2007 along with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg they hosted a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton. September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Jaime Luis Gomez (Taboo): February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a he gave in Chicago.

Fred Goldring: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Goo Goo Dolls: December 10, 2007 they performed at the Obama fundraiser the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert.

Bryan Greenberg: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser. February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Macy Gray: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Kathy Griffin: August 22, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Luis Guzman: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Tyrese Gybson: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by the speech he gave in Chicago.

Scott Hansen: He is part of the group Artists for Obama who donate their work to the campaign so they can raise money and grow the Obama movement. His contribution is a print titled “Progress”.

Dennis Haysbert: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Heart: On September 4, 2008 a ”cease-and-desist” letter was sent by singers Ann and Nancy Willson to the McCain campaign because they were using their 1970’s song “Barracuda” without their permission. The sisters added that if the McCain campaign had asked for permission it would have been denied. Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s nickname in High School was Sarah Barracuda thus the use of the song. The campaign says they have paid all necessary licenses to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the song is available for public performances as long as the licensing fees are paid.

Herbie Hancock: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Tom Hanks: February 2007 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. May 4, 2008 in a video he endorsed Obama for president. Has given money to both Hillary Clinton and Obama besides many other Democratic politicians. Has donated the maximum possible, $ 4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Frances E. Harper (Hill Harper): February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Susanna Hoffs: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Josh Howard: July 2008 at the Allen Iverson charity football game said, God d**m [the] national anthem. After someone said Obama 08 the player said, Obama and all that s***t.

Ron Howard: February 20, 2007 he attended a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton. September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Kelly Hu: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Samuel L. Jackson: February 24, 2008 the actor passed up an opportunity to present an Oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards because he was going to be at an Obama rally in Texas. June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. September 3, 2008 the actor and his wife La Tanya hosted guests at their home for a fundraiser in favor of the Obama Victory Fund, Michelle Obama was the headliner.

Cheryl James (Salt): February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired a speech he gave in Chicago.

Jay Jenkins (Young Jeezy): in July 2008 he said he is the Democratic party, he does not plan to vote for McCain and supports Barack Obama. He sometimes wears the message “My President is Black” during his appearances.

Scalett Johannson: December 10, 2007 she attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser. February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. September 3, 2008 she attended the fundraiser given by Samuel L. Jackson and his wife in favor of the Obama Victory Fund, Michelle Obama was the headliner.

Nasir Jones (Nas): June 2008 he was the first to come out with a song about Obama’s run for the presidency titled “Black President”. On July 24, 2008 Nas said he was not endorsing Obama but does believes in Obama and that Obama is hope, change and the smartest president[ial] [candidate] he’s heard speak ever since Jimmy Carter’s time when Nas started paying attention. On the other hand, he added that Conservatives are scared of young rappers and people like him who are changing the world with their music because they do not understand them.

Ashley Judd: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Jeffrey Katzenberg: February 20, 2007 along with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen they hosted a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton. September 16, 2008 he was present at an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Suai Kee: September 22, 2008 her song “Am I All Alone” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Ryan Key: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired a speech he gave in Chicago.

Alicia Keyes: June 24, 2008 at the BET Awards show said black people should erase the word can’t from their vocabulary, together we can do anything, and Obama y’all.

Anthony Kiedis: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Regina King: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Heidi Klum: June 24, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Ed Kowalczyk: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Zoe Kravitz: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Ashton Kutcher: September 27, 2008 the actor along with his wife Demi Moore spoke at an Obama Rally in Iowa State University. They called President Bush an Idiot. Take a look at the video by Bill O’Reilly from The O’Reilly Factor that aired on Fox News. September 30, 2008 he and his wife Demi Moore made a video in favor of Obama, look at the video below.

Segment from The O’Reilly Factor:

Pro Obama ad by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore:

Another Ashton/Demi video in favour of Obama:

Cyndi Lauper: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Shontelle Layne (Shontelle): September 22, 2008 her song “Battle Cry” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

John Legend: 2007 in an interview he said, [Obama] is the right man for right now. November 10, 2007 he performed at an Obama rally in Iowa. February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. April 14, 2008 Legend performed a song titled “If you’re Out There” in an Obama rally at Penn State. September 22, 2008 his song “Pride In The Name Of Love” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

John Leguizamo: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Sugar Ray Leonard: June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Andres Levin: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Adam Levine: September 22, 2008 his colaborative song with Kanye West and Malik Yusef “Promised Land” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Matthew Lillard: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Lindsay Lohan: September 14, 2008 she said, I believe Barack Obama is the best choice, in this election, for president. September 17, 2008 it seems the Obama campaign turned down the actresses offer to host events to get younger voters to vote for Obama because of her party girl image. September 18, 2008 Lohan’s dad, Michael Lohan, commented that Obama had done the same things his daughter has done when he was young and if Obama has gotten ahead he should give others the benefit of the doubt because if he could change his life so can others.

Nia Long: August 22, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Los Lonely Boys: September 22, 2008 their song “Make It Better” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

George Lopez: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Jennifer Lopez: August 2008 she was in Denver for the DNC.

Erick Mabius: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Tobey Maguire: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Taryn Manning: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Dave Matthews: August 25, 2008 he performed at the DNC in Denver.

John Mayer: September 22, 2008 his song “Waiting On The World To Change”” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroos Movemet” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet at $ 24.99.

Auden McCaw: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Benjamin McKenzie: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

John Cougar Mellencamp: February 4, 2008 the singer was annoyed that the McCain campaign was using his music at their rallies so his representatives asked the campaign to stop using his music. February 8, 2008 the McCain campaign said they will stop using Mellencamp’s music at their rallies. Mellencamp is a long-time liberal and has played at John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean and Barack Obama rallies.

Omar Benson Miller: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Buddy Miller: September 22, 2008 his song “Wide River” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Demi Moore: September 27, 2008 the actress along with her husband Ashton Kutcher spoke at an Obama Rally in Iowa State University. They called President Bush an Idiot. Take a look at the video by Bill O’Reilly from The O’Reilly Factor that aired on Fox News. September 30, 2008 she and her husband Ashton Kutcher made a video in favor of Obama, look at the video below.

Segment from The O’Reilly Factor:

Pro Obama ad by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore:

Another Ashton/Moore video in favour of Obama:

Kevin Moore (Keb’ Mo’): September 22, 2008 his song “America The Beautiful” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Anson Mount: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Enrique Murciano: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser. February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Eddie Murphy: February 20, 2007 he attended a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton.

Jeniffer Nettles: August 25, 2008 she performed at the DNC in Denver.

Paul Newman: Has donated the maximum, $4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Austin Nichols: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Amaury Nolasco: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel (Seal): June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Eric Christian Olsen: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Ozomatli: September 22, 2008 their song “Love & Hope” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Samuel Page: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Adrianne Palicki: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Nate Parker: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Mario Van Peebles: August 22, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Kal Penn: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Harold Perrineau, Jr.: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Ryan Phillippe: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Jesse Plemons: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Sidney Poitier: September 8, 2007 he attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama.

Dennis Quaid: June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles and said, [Obama is] the Superman for everyone.

Lonnie Rashied Lynn (Common): February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Ryan Reynolds: December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Alfonso Ribeiro: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Lionel Richie: September 22, 2008 his song “Eternity” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Jackson Roach: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Eric Roberts: August 22, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Chris Rock: September 8, 2007 he attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama funraiser in Beverly Hills.

Adam Rodriguez: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Freddy Rodriguez: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Tracee Ellis Ross: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Maya Rubin: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Johnathon Schaech: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Nicole Scherzinger: December 10, 2007 she attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser. February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Richard Schiff: August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver.

Jill Scott: September 22, 2008 her song “One Is The Magic #” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Noah Segan: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Sarah Silverman: September 16, 2008 she attended and Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills. September 2008 she made a video asking young people to travel to Florida and convince their parents to vote for Obama.

Tom Skerritt: Has donated at least $ 1,000 to the Obama campaign.

Shaffer Chimere Smith (Ne-Yo): December 10, 2007 he performed at the Obama fundraiser the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert.

Will Smith: September 8, 2007 he attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. August 2008 the actor was present at the DNC in Denver. Has donated the maximum, $ 4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Steven Spielberg: February 20, 2007 along with David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg they hosted a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton. September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Bruce Springsteen: April 2008 the Boss endorses Obama for president in a message to his fans.

Ken Stacey: September 22, 2008 his song “America” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Dave Stewart: September 22, 2008 his song “American Prayer” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Ben Stiller: February 20, 2007 he attended a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton.

Barbara Streisand: February 2007 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. July 1, 2008 the singer endorsed Obama for President. September 3, 2008 she attended the fundraiser given by Samuel L. Jackson and his wife in favor of the Obama Victory Fund, Michelle Obama was the headliner. September 16, 2008 Streisand sang at an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Christine Taylor: February 20, 2007 she attended a fundraiser for Obama at the Beverly Hilton.

Charlize Theron: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Kathleen Turner: September 21, 2008 she attended a women’s rally for Obama in New York.

Aisha Tyler: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Amber Valleta: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in News Hampshire.

Kate Walsh: October 20, 2007 she attended an Obama fundraiser at Hancock Park, California. December 10, 2007 she attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser. February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago. March 29, 2008 she helped Obama campaign in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Malcolm Jamal Warner: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Isaiah Washington: August 21 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Kerry Washington: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Dereck Watkins (Fonzworth Bentley): February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Kanye West: September 22, 2008 his colaborative song with Malik Yusef and Adam Levine “Promised Land” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Olivia Wilde: December 10, 2007 she attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser.

Gene Wilder: He has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

WILL.I.AM (Black Eyed Peas): December 10, 2007 he attended the Los Angeles Generation Obama Concert fundraiser. February 2, 2008 he makes a pro Obama video titled “Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.  February 29, 2008 he makes the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a line from an Obama speech given in Chicago after winning 14 states in Super Tuesday. The line was, We are the ones we are waiting for. June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. He has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaig.

Benjamin Winans (BeBe): September 22, 2008 his song “I Have A Dream” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Oprah Winfrey: On September 5, 2008 the Drudge Report said that the show is receiving a lot of emails asking that Sarah Palin be on. Half of the staff really wants Palin to appear but that Oprah and a couple of her people do not because it might hurt Obama. In 2007 continues the Drudge Report, conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was not allowed to go on when he was promoting his book. Later on September 5, 2008 Oprah stated to TMZ that she would love to have Palin on, after the election, as the staff had not discussed the Palin appearance and she had made the decision not have her show become a platform for candidates. Oprah has said about Obama: That would be my favorite guy, ….I know him well enough to believe in his moral authority. And that is the number one reason why I am supporting him, ..my Senator, my favorite Senator, and my choice. He appeared twice on Oprah, in January 2005 and October 2006, before she gave him her formal endorsement. On September 25, 2006 Oprah, on Larry King Live, said she hoped Obama ran for President. May 2007 Oprah formally endorses Obama for President. September 8, 2007 Oprah hosted an Obama fundraiser for 1,500 guests, each one donating $ 2,300 to his campaign. From November 2007 to February 2008 Oprah campaigned with Obama in Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire and in California. Many opine it was Oprah that introduced Obama to white American women and because of her active support suffered a huge backlash that continues to these days. August 2008 she was at the DNC in Denver praising Obama’s acceptance speech. September 2008 two University of Maryland economists say Oprah’s endorsement has given Obama approximately 1 million votes he would not have gotten otherwise. September 2008 she asked her viewers to support Senate bill 1738 proposed by Senator Joe Biden and endorsed by Senator Barack Obama. September 2008 Oprah again said her staff had not brought up having Sarah Palin on her show but would like to have her on after the election. She has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Steve Wonder: September 8, 2007 he performed at the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. August 28, 2008 he sang the song “Signed Sealed Delivered” at the DNC in Denver. September 22, 2008 his song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

Joanne Woodward: Has donated the maximum, $ 4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Sarah Wright: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Malik Yusef: September 22, 2008 his colaborative song with Kanye West and Adam Levine “Promised Land” forms part of the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement” the Obama/Biden campaign is selling over the Internet for $ 24.99.

September 27, 2008

Democrat boss Barack “Dapper” Obama crashes and burns

There was a 4:00pm meeting at the White House last Friday to discuss the $ 700 billion bailout of the US financial system or as Mainstreet calls it a bailout of Wall Street. President George Bush invited Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Barnett “Barney” Frank, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Chris Dodd, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr., John McCain, Barack Obama, etc, etc, etc. In other words a veritable Who’s Who of top US politicians from both political parties showed up to discuss and maybe come to a quick agreement on how to fix the financial mess.

From the very start there were problems with the bailout for different political reasons. On one hand Senate and House Democrats wanted a business as usual bill with provisions that a percentage of the money be put aside in a slush fund of their creation for their pet organizations like ACORN and La Raza. Instead of using all of the money made on the bailout, if any, to pay off national debt, Democrats wanted 20% to be given to organizations like those mentioned before. Never mind that the last “mini bailout” bill approved by Congress and signed into law last Wednesday by President Bush put into the slush fund close to $ 100 million to keep on giving out risky loans to minorities that would not qualify for a regular loan and have a high probability of defaulting. With the public blaming Republicans for the problems with the economy Obama was slowly pulling ahead in the polls.

On the other hand the Republican White House was in a real hurry to pass a blank check bill to stop the economic panic in Wall Street by injecting a huge amountof money to the financial system thus shoring it up and proving to voters they finally had things under control. Never mind that House Republicans were getting inundated by angry calls and emails from constituents voicing their strong opposition to any bailout of greedy Wall Street fat cats and to any money going to La Raza or ACORN. To make matters worse John McCain was slowly dropping in polls as voters blamed President Bush’s administration for the economic mess.

By Thursday an agreement was reached between Congressional Democrats, the White House and some Senate Republicans on a bailout bill. House Republicans refused to have anything to do with the agreement. Seeing the impasse Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on John McCain to go to Washington and get House Republicans to the table. McCain said he was needed in the Senate, stopped his campaign cold and left for Washington. This was seen as a gimmick by the Democrat friendly Mainstream Media. Before McCain even got to Washington, Democrats worried that it would bolster McCain in the polls if his presence helped craft a bill, immediately said his presence was not sought, needed nor wanted and that a bill had already been agreed to. False but that is why politics is politics. Of course the Mainstream News Media hurried to spin the truth and tell the whole world only the Democrats point of view.

The question arises, Democrats hold majorities in both the House and Senate and have the votes to pass any bill they want so why do they want Republican House support? Because if the bill does not work, if it is full of shameless pork, if it is lousy and full money for special interests, if it is a Christmas Tree full of earmarks, etc., they can share the blame with Republicans and no one gets a political advantage. Come election day the bill would be a non issue and could not be used by Republicans to bash them over the head and win votes. Democrats need Republican cover to give money to ACORN, La Raza, gay and lesbian groups, teacher unions, fund environmental groups, fund alternative energy concerns, etc. This time House Republicans after having agreed to the other “mini bailouts” in the last few months held firm so a meeting was called by President Bush between all parties.

Enter Democrat boss Barack “Dapper” Obama. When the meeting or negotiating session at the White House got under way President Bush turned the floor over to Congressional Democrats and they in turn gave the floor to Obama. This was the moment Obama had been waiting for to upstage John McCain in front of his peers, to act presidential in a White House setting, to put to rest once and for all any doubt that he lacks executive of experience, to be the saviour of the US economy. What did Harvard educated Senator Barack Obama do? Cause the meeting to blow up in his face. A minute or two after Obama started to speak most everyone sitting at the table was raising their voice and well on their way to shouting at each other.

The first words out of his mouth were something akin to saying the House Republican counter proposal bill was flawed, criticized Republicans, criticized their proposal and to finish his task of mending bridges asked Treasury Secretary Paulson what were his thoughts on the counter proposal. Paulson, a Democrat, whose old buddies at a Wall Street trading house had sent Obama the House Republican proposal, agreed with Obama. The meeting blew up as tempers flared with House Republicans realising they had been set up and ambushed not only by Democrats and Obama but by President Bush’s own Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson Jr. Way to go Barack!

Afterwards all President Bush could do was try to calm everyone down so the meeting could continue. By the time John McCain got the floor all he could do was say that those present should put aside their differences and work together. What else could he do after Obama’s impressive Academy Award winning lack of tact and diplomacy? Of course as soon as the negotiating session was over the Mainstream News Media ran with the Democrat’s talking points saying that McCain did not speak much, was ineffective and that Republicans were on the wrong side of the issues. Not for nothing did the Obama campaign send an email alert asking his supporters to watch the Presidential Debate on CNN. In my opinion to help raise their viewership and Nielsen ratings for the debate. Quid pro quo by reaming McCain a new one in the post debate commentary, right CNN?

What could have been a kumbaya moment, a coming together in time of crisis, a good faith bipartisan negotiation in favor of the American people was wasted, scuttled really, because of Obama’s lack of executive experience, judgement and common sense. Chicago thug politics and tactics do not work at high level White House meetings among equals. I guess Barack Hussein Obama never heard of smooth talking Dapper Dan also known as the Smiling Peacemaker.

September 26, 2008

Eco-nuts might take over Republic of Ecuador

What happens when left-wing politicians and left-wing eco-nuts get together and agree on policy can be frightening. I read an article yesterday that made me cringe and ponder how out of whack the world is these days. You can find a link to that article at the end of this blog. Imagine a country that will hold a referendum for a new Constitution this coming Sunday 28th of September which has a clause that would grant similar legal rights to rivers, forests and air as we human beings enjoy. Think I am kidding? Welcome to 21st Century eco-hysteria courtesy of a South American left-wing government.

For you not versed in South American politics outside of Venezuela’s antics please bear with me a minute or two while I set this up for you. Last year Ecuadorians elected a new President, Rafael Correa, and a new Congress dominated by Correa’s socialist party, Alianza PAIS (Alliance Proud and Sovereign Fatherland), in a landslide. Mr. Correa, I believe, is as left wing as Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Barack Obama. But unlike Obama who so beautifully parses his words so that no one has a clue as to what he says, Ecuadorians knew exactly whom they were electing. Locals were tired of the center-right and right-wing parties corruption and cronyism that had eroded their way of life. Since the late 1990’s three democratically elected governments have been ousted by the people of Ecuador because they could not stand them anymore.

Among the first things Alianza PAIS did when inaugurated was to finish taking over all three branches of Government, by decree if necessary, and then passing laws so that they could expropriate properties, close banks, close TV and radio stations (Fox News and other foreign channels were no longer available but it is my understanding one can get them now) that were against the government, fire people, increase taxes, etc., and convene a National Constituent Assembly to dissolve the opposition-controlled Congress and propose changes to Ecuador’s Constitution. All left-wing governments have a to-do list once they have obtained complete political power and this Correa government went down the list checking off each item.

In his defense Correa and his followers believe some of those companies defrauded the country of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax evation and banks associated with those companies “stole” from their customers hundreds of millions when they went bankrupt because of mismanagement several years back and on the most part were not held responsible. In my opinion Correa borrowed Hugo Chavez’ playbook and executed it flawlessly but unlike Chavez, Correa has said he will resign and re-install the ousted opposition-controlled Congress if the referendum is not approved.

Among the many changes to the Constitution proposed for the referendum are: the power of the President to dissolve Congress, the President can seek re-election for more terms, the President can set and control monetary policy, besides Spanish two native languages Quechua and Shuar we added as official languages, it now defines reproductive rights (seen as permitting abortions), protects transgender people, grants special protections to gays and lesbians, redistributes idle farmland, etc., and let’s not forget that it grants similar legal rights to “nature” as to human beings.

A Bill of Rights for Nature has apparently already been approved but for it to be enforceable the Constitution needs to be changed. Imagine going on a fishing trip and taking a number one in the river or lake, that might no longer be allowed and you could go to jail. How about if a poor farmhand near the jungles kills a snake that is eating his chickens? Might he go to jail and have his children taken away from him for being a bad example? If a bee lands on you, can you swat it off or would you be violating it’s rights? A more serious question, what can one eat? Will plants or animals and products made out of them be allowed as food? Can one be frog-marched to jail for eating? How about breathing air? Will that be allowed? Will anyone be allowed to have a car in Ecuador or walk over grass? Can airplanes land or fly over Ecuador? Will there be cementaries for plants and animals? How about using water to produce electricity, will hydroelectric dams be torn down? I am not being facetious. Look at what eco-nuts and politicians have done in the USA and Europe and the retarded policies they have enacted.

I can just imagine the unending lawsuits and the billions that might be made by left-wing eco-nuts suing everybody in the world because they affect what happens in Ecuador. Pass gas in Guatemala and it might affect the turtles or iguanas in the Galapagos Islands. Somebody should talk some sense to Ecuadorians and explain to them what they are getting into and how they are about to be, in my humble opinion, hoodwinked by left-wing politicians and left-wing eco-nuts. Someone send Sarah Palin to Ecuador.

Link to article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/24/equador.conservation

September 24, 2008

The peanut farmer, slick willy and the meltdown of the economy

Do you have the feeling Federal Government officials are running around in circles trying to figure out what to do with the economic meltdown while in turn covering their butts? You are not the only one. Millions of people around the world are wondering what went wrong as the value of their stock portfolio diminishes by the day. The answer, in my uninformed, self researched and conservative biased opinion, seems ludicrously simple: by Government mandate banks gave loans to people that should have never gotten loans and then failed to regulate and supervise what banks did with those loans. This in an of itself sounds too simple to have melted the economy right? Wrong. If only a few people had gotten loans they should never have gotten, the meltdown would have never occurred. Unfortunately a Government social experiment initiated the whole mess and in time, coupled with private sector speculators, made it worse.

Create the groundwork for the sub-prime market. It all got started In the late 1970’s with President Jimmy “peanut farmer” Carter, a Democrat, who came up with the Community Reinvestment Act. The CRA forced banks to give loans to people that were not credit worthy, based on race. People that would have never qualified under the old risk based banking system started receiving loans.

Jump in time to the 1990’s. Enter President Bill “slick willy” Clinton, another Democrat. During his tenure the CRA was put into high gear. In 1992, with warnings and resistance from the GOP, Congress gave it big fangs and huge claws. Banks that did not lend to unqualified minorities were going to be publicly labeled as racists, were not going to be allowed to merge with other companies or increase their lending portfolio or expand their number of branches. To top it off federal bank regulators would be checking up on banks to make sure they were giving out those questionable loans in the name of ending discrimination.

Enter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Congress also allowed both institutions to buy the Government mandated bad loans banks were making, bundle up those loans in “packages” consisting of some bad loans and some good loans, and then sell the “packages” in the open market meaning Wall Street. In other words Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were allowed to finance banks by laundering the bad loans they were giving out. That was the start of the so called sub-prime market, meaning below par, not Kosher, a little smelly. In 1994 the sub-prime market traded $ 34 billion. By 2008 when speculators had jumped in, it had grown to a $ 1 trillion marketplace.

In 1994 Wall Street traders picked up the sub-prime ball and ran with it. The packaged loans were now perceived to be backed by government sponsored mortgages from Fannie and Freddie. In reality there was no guarantee but as we have seen in the last few weeks the government did end up guaranteeing the mortages by bailing out both entities so as to prevent chaos in the financial markets. With the rule changes traders made out like bandits because besides there being almost no risk and making money by selling the loans they started making even more money betting on which loans would be defaulted. Greed took over as almost all business sense was thrown out the door and making money became the creed. Corporate as well as government policies are both to blame for the mess we are in right now.

Fannie, Freddie and others grew and grew and grew some more by selling an ever increasing number of mortgage-backed packaged loans as banks, by law, kept making more and more bad loans. Both entities were not always well managed and with behemoths of their size mistakes made tend to shake economies. For example some experts say that by early this year they had in cash and assets only $ 1 for every $ 30 they had loaned. In Wall Street speak they were over leveraged, in household speak they were drowning in debt and kept on lending money. Warning signs and alerts had begun surfacing as early as 1992 but by 2000 it had turned political.

Political, how? Both entities began investing in community development. Community development means giving money to  so called “housing rights groups” who then use that money to further their political agendas. Imagine giving loans to people in the inner cities or in rural areas to buy properties so they like you and will vote for your party when election time comes around. These groups know the loans will never get paid back in full but they don’t really care. If anyone with a different agenda stands in their way they are publicly called that career ending word: racist. Who would dare stand in the way of minorities owning their own houses? In exchange for their generosity members of the housing rights group get elected by the community to local, state and federal positions and make sure more money is sent the groups way to build up their power base. After a while it seemed that those loans began to be given to anyone that asked for one.

Why housing prices went up. All those people who got loans obviously began building houses or buying up existing houses and lots. The value of everything went up as people with good credit competed against those that got race based loans. Houses, lots, building materials, labor costs all appreciated in an artificial way and kept on appreciating as more and more people entered the property market. Politicians love this because they get to collect more property taxes and brag home ownership is the highest in history, Wall Street loves this because they get to trade loans and earn commissions, homeowners love this because the value of their property goes up and can get a big mortgage to buy that nice car, a second home or a trip to the Caribbean. Everyone makes out like a bandit. Or so it seems.

Eventually the time comes for every loan to get paid back and the great majority of prople do pay back their loans on time. When a few loans are not paid it’s no big deal as they are already factored into the business model, the system can handle it. When the price of oil went up, everything else went up and kept going up. Eventually people that borrowed money had to make tough decisons about how to spend what money they had: pay back loans (car, home, college, etc.), put food on the table, buy gas for the car, maybe cancel the cable subscription, or use last year’s school supplies instead of buying new ones. With no one buying houses demand went way down and with so many houses on sale and tens of thousands others being built prices started going down all over the country.

Early on defaulters made up about 2.5% of the market, worrying but not an economy killer. Even that small percentage of defaults drove some companies close to the brink of banrupcy and made the US as well as the world economy tremble because they were worth billions and billions of dollars. When the percentage of possible deafults rose to 10%+ companies that backed those loans worth trillions of dollars began going bankrupt or their stock value diminished drastically, specially with the price of houses dropping as much as 30% or more in some markets. With so many people possibly defaulting and the price of houses going down the holders of those mortgage-backed bad loans Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Wall Street banks and others could no longer back those bad loans because there was no more money coming in and their house of cards, built on values printed on paper instead of assets, blew up.

No one told Fannie, Freddie, Wall Street banks and others to approve so many bad loans, just to diversify their portfolio. That’s where greed came into play; as long as the price of real estate kept going up they were in hog heaven making billions hand over fist. If Federal regulators and company management had been doing their jobs and kept the amount of lending reasonable there would also be no crisis, the speculating would have been kept under control. With little or no oversight Wall Street companies began running wild taking riskier and riskier gambles knowing Freddie and Fannie had their backs.

Attempts to reign in the out of control sub-prime market were made in 2000, 2003, 2005 and early in 2008 but by then it was too late. In 2003 the White House asked Congress to step in and regulate the mess, Congress declined. In 2004 the head of Fannie Mae, Franklin Rines, was fired while other top executives resigned because of accounting shenanigans reminiscent of Enron style accounting book-cooking manipulation. In 2005 John McCain along with 2 co-sponsors presented a bill, S 190, that might have stopped the mess, again Congress took no action. Every single time it was mostly Democrats in Congress with a few Republicans that stood in the way of reforms. Some say it was because of the big campaign contributions received by mainly Democratic politicians from Freddie, Fannie and Wall Street banks and their employees while others say that those companies provided enough paperwork proving they were doing things right.

Now the Government is studying giving a $ 700 billion bailout to prevent an even deeper crisis. Add to the $ 700 billion being considered the hundreds of billions already paid out to shore up some Wall Street companies, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the world economy and the question becomes, how much more is needed to stop the bleeding? Can the US taxpayer support so much debt?

On a Fox News show this afternoon one of the guests said that the $ 54 trillion unregulated credit/debt-swap (I think that is what she said) market might be the next to go south. The FBI took too long to get involved and investigate what the hell is going on.

September 21, 2008

Buy 25 pounds of cocaine for $ 40 – $ 50

Ever wonder why so many people try smuggling cocaine from South America to the USA or Europe knowing it is a dangerous and highly illegal activity? The reasoning is simple, profits for drug smuggling cartels and the individual enterprenour are huge if they manage to get their product from where it is produced to where it is sold. How huge those profits can be is mind-boggling. In Peru, in one single coca leaf producing province, about 75,000 kilos or 83 tons of cocaine are produced every year. If all that cocaine made it to the USA it’s street value would be close to $ 4.5 billion. But for someone with the right connections they can purchase in the jungles of South America 25 pounds of uncut cocaine, in bulk, for around 40 to 50 bucks.

At the Plaza de Armas in Lima, according to our tour guide, tourists can purchase a gram of cut cocaine for $ 1. Yes, you read right, one dollar. Remember that those are tourist prices, locals who can haggle buy it at half that price but street kids sniff glue because it’s still less expensive than buying drugs. That same cut gram in New York City goes for $55 to $65 ($ 55,000 to $ 65,000 per kilo) according to the Big Apple’s newspapers. Just think, in the remote jungles of Peru the gram goes for $ 0.005 and one kilo for $ 4.40. Let’s not forget that the largest producer of cocaine in the world is Colombia, which accounts for 3/4 of all cocaine produced, and the price there is even lower than in Peru. Colombia does not grow enough coca leaves to produce that much cocaine but drug cartels import large quantities of cocaine base from Peru and Bolivia.  

If cocaine does not tickle your fancy then consider that at most restaurants in Lima and Cusco one can buy te de coca or Mate Cusqueno which are listed under teas. Te de coca is like regular tea except that the tea bags are full of finely cut up coca leaves and sold legally at most supermarkets under several different brands. Mate Cusqueno refers to the whole coca leaves served in hot water and drank just like a tea, but unlike cocaine sugar is optional. If one would like to buy the coca leaves just go to any market and you will find men and women selling them by the bagfulls for a song, legally.

Smugglers buy or rent airplanes, cars, ships, fishing boats, go-fast boats, submarines, semi-submersibles, helicopters, trucks, mopeds, ox carts and almost every type of vehicle invented by man, including children, women and men, to transport their drugs. Don’t forget pets. The market they cater to is big with demand, outside of the USA and Europe, in at least all major cities world wide. The US is the world’s largest consumer with about 325 metric tons of cocaine a year, followed by Europe with 175 metric tons and the rest of the world consumes another 175 metric tons. Cocaine in Europe is much more expensive than in the USA, up to 50% more in some places, but historically cocaine lags behind marijuana and heroin as the drug of choice. Its use in the US is flat as some users have switched to methamphetamines because they are less expensive and the effects they produce lasts longer. Even then some experts say Americans spend a hard to believe $ 70+ billion a year just on cocaine.

Who uses cocaine? People of all races, ages, and walks of life, in the four corners of the world. Middle to high income college students, professionals, single adults with lots of discretionary spending, machinery operators, housewives, high school students, party animals, and clubbers use cocaine in its powder form. Lower income inner-city dwellers tend to use crack cocaine.

In recent years it has become a lot more difficult to grow, cultivate, prepare and smuggle drugs due to new technology derived from innovations learned on the battlefield in Iraq and now in use by law enforcement agencies. The penalties for those caught are severe and possesion of cocaine, except for sanctioned medical or official use, is illegal in most parts of the world. But I am reminded of the 80’s song Smugglers Blues by Glenn Frey and the line from the song that says, “You be cool for 20 hours and I’ll pay you twenty grand”.  Why won’t a smuggler not pay someone 20k? For any smuggler the possible profit margin covers almost any expense imaginable. Even if 5 out of every ten shipments is intercepted the profits on the ones that get through still are astronomical enough to afford to pay a Spaniard € 4,000 to use his car to take the drugs from the beach where the boat docked to the other side of town where they are sold. That is why day in and day out someone, somewhere tries to smuggle cocaine from South America to the USA or Europe.

September 20, 2008

Proud to be called White Trash by a liberal elite

I was watching Greta Van Susteren’s show, On The Record on Fox News last night when one of her segments made me get off the couch, go to the icebox for a cold one, open it up and then chug it down in one gulp so I could start thinking. Of course I took the rest of the twelve pack back to the couch in case I needed to think really hard, red plastic bucket at my feet. I live in Mississippi in a two room wood and cinder block shack with the outhouse in back, uncut grass in front, shrubs growing wild all over the place. The woods start behind the chicken wire fenced-in backyard and a stream full of fish, with deep pools great for dynamite fishing, runs nearby. My mom, sister and pop share the tin roofed shack and since we can’t afford cable TV, I spliced into my Yankee neighbor’s service. Since he don’t know we also hooked-up to his electric service and lest he notice we only run the airconditioner during the day, so far he doesn’t mind. He don’t minds me doing his daughter in the woods by the stream neither, but my sister and first cousin get jealous sometimes because they can see our explicit videos on the Internet at school. They can only post our photographs.

I bet that to a lot of blue state elites the above satire rings as being close to the truth. After all what do they know about red states? What they read, hear and watch on Mainstream Media (MSM) outlets is put out by other elites with whom they share education and points of view. So they think that red states are fly-over territory with nothing to see or do, full of uneducated, uncouth incestuous savages and best not thought of while travelling from one coast to the other. Elites are getting a parody / satire of what life in middle America is all about….as big a parody / satire as middle America gets reading newspapers, watching videos, movies or TV put out by the MSM elites and believing that life in west or east coast states and cities is as glamorous, exciting, hip and fun as the MSM makes it out to be. Add to the mix comments and opinions coming from other elites from other parts of the world, like those from that paragon of liberalism from way up north, the CBC also known as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and you get so much anti middle America bias that those that blindly believe that what the MSM tells them is truthful believe that all people living there are white trash. You read right, white trash as CBC columnist Heather Mallick wrote in her column dated September 5, 2008.

Her column is titled “A Mighty Wind blows through Republican convention” and as a conservative I ask that if you have the time click on the link at the botton of this post read her column and laugh. It is the perfect example of both Palin and McCain Derangement Syndrome written by a lib elite. In it Heather says Republicans have the white trash (not to be confused with trailer trash) vote, Republican men are sexual inadequates, Sarah Palin is not a female but a type that also comes in male form, agrees that Palin is an Alaskan hillbilly, is very dishonest, has a toned down porn actress look, and in Mallick’s own words has “a sturdy body, clothes that are clinging yet boxy and a voice that could peel the plastic seal off your new microwave”. She belittles daughter Bristol Palin and her man Levi Johnson, husband Tod Palin and son Track Palin. She finishes her anti-Palin / McCain / Republican  hit piece by agreeing with Obama in the need to raise taxes on the rich, tying everything up with racism, and writing that Susan Eisenhower was right when during her speech at the DNC in Denver said all moderates in the GOP had already been consumed by the party. Meaning my fellow residents of middle America that any Republican left has to be a hardcore hick, a hillbilly and / or white trash.

As a proud member of the white trash class I completely disagree with her assessment although I might admit under torture, forced to read Heather Mallick’s snobbish columns nonstop would qualify, that deep fried Oreos might be a touch much.

If you want to read Mallick’s column and can handle the vitriol it can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/09/05/f-vp-mallick.html

September 18, 2008

Paying more taxes is patriotic! So says Joe Biden.

Barack Obama’s running mate, Senator Joe Biden who has been in the Senate since 1972, said today that paying more taxes is patriotic, it’s the right thing to do. Leave it to an out of touch Democratic Senator from a Blue State with high taxes to come up with this quasi communist idea more suited for the 1970’s Jimmy Carter era. Unfortunately for Biden since 5 or 6 years ago the Mainstream Media (MSM) was no longer able to control that only liberal biased news, thought and political opinion was disseminated by TV, cable, talk radio, newspapers, the Internet, etc. So today instead of Biden being painted by the MSM as a wise sage in touch with the country’s needs, he has been made into the political laughing stock of the day.

I am beginning to believe Rush Limbaugh is right on the money and that Obama’s running mate is a walking, talking, unstoppable gaff machine. In fact every time Biden makes a public appearance the Obama campaign should put a microphone in front of him, tape the event, charge a dollar to those that want to view the show live and sell the DVD over the Internet at $ 5 a pop plus $ 3 shipping and handling. Don’t forget to put the Obama logo on the cover. A few days ago Joe wanted a wheelchair-bound man to stand up before a crowd. I thought only the Messiah was able to do that type of miracles and so far Obama has claimed that the seas will stop rising but never said he can make the impaired walk. Imagine what Joe will say tomorrow.

The “pay more taxes is patriotic” comment and it’s justification was made by Biden today in an interview on Good Morning America. But it is not the first time Joe has made a similar comment. The question, in my opinion is, why raise taxes? I believe the answer to the economic dilema is very simple, the House and the Senate should immediately close the purse strings they control and stop thinking about new ways to take our hard earned money while the Federal Government has to learn to live within its means and start spending less of our money.

After listening to Biden’s comments a couple of questions come to mind about what he said. On one hand is Joe Biden trying to imply that America’s middle class is unpatriotic because it doesn’t pay much in taxes? I know he says he will take from the rich and give to the middle class but Barack Obama has voted favorably on bills that tax those with incomes as low as $ 42,000. Lack of consistency there. On the other hand is Biden saying that the top 1% of Americans that pay almost 50% of all taxes are unpatriotic? Joe says that raising the tax rates of the rich to the level they were during President Clinton’s period is about right but he forgets that since Clinton left office both local and state taxes have gone up. So his assertion that even if Federal taxes were raised they would be less than what they were during President Reagan’s term is not true. Another inconsistency. But here’s the kicker: this “patriotic” and “the right thing to do” BS comes from a Senator representing Delaware  that over the last few years has made over $ 2.5 million and donated less than $ 20,000 to charity. I guess it’s do what I say not what I do, right Joe?

Presently Barack Obama is the most liberal Senator in the USA Senate bar none. I now am beginning to understand why he chose Senator Biden to be his running mate: they both believe in higher taxes no matter what. The headlines scream: the country is in economic meltdown! Instead of saying how they are going to fix the problem their solution is: raise taxes. Both Obama and Biden will use any rhetoric to further their quasi communist cause including taking your money away from you, giving that money to the Federal Government so that it can give it away to whomever it wishes. All in the name of helping the poor. Both should move to Venezuela, Bolivia or Cuba because they would feel right at home among others that believe in Liberation Theology.

I have to give Senator Biden some credit though, at least he did not bash Sarah Palin while making his comments. Who knows, Sarah Barracuda might even be merciful with Ol’ Joe during the debate…until she gets fed up with the BS and decides to clean his clock.

List of Hollywood, music and sport stars for Obama

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UPDATE October 5, 2008: An updated and much longer list has been posted HERE.

The original list was posted September 8, 2008 and it can be found here.

The stars were chosen because they have either been recently in the news or were run across in my non-scientific Internet search. A short explanation is given about some of their comments or actions in favor of Obama but please take it with a large grain of salt as it is in no way complete. In case someone asks, of course there are a small number of stars that support the John McCain / Sarah Palin ticket like Sylvester Stallone, John Voight, Ted Nugent and Charlie Daniels.

It is no secret that most Hollywood and music stars are liberals and have become a reliable source of campaign cash for Democratic candidates. So far according to the Center for Responsive Politics the music and entertainment industry has given over $ 5.6 million to the Obama presidential effort and donated $ 3.4 million to the Clinton campaign. How did John McCain fare you ask? His campaign has received $ 885,000, total.

Not included are many rap and hip-hop stars like 50 Cent, Chamillionare, Scarface, etc., because around 95% of their community supports Obama’s candidacy. To list them all would take forever. They support Obama by using clothes with Obama’s image on them on stage, by putting up Obama or Obama/Biden banners at their concerts, etc. Almost all speak favorably of the candidate and hope the more outspoken members of their community tone down their support for fear of alienating voters that do not understand what their music is about. Some artists have said they support and will vote for Obama because he is one of them. Others say he is the most qualified for the job with race having nothing to do with their decision. To say that they are excited about this election is an understatement!

Below the stars, more or less in alphabetical order, listed by their last name. Looking for Oprah? She’s under W for Winfrey. How about Jay-Z? He’s under C for Shawn Carter. Linda Evans? Try E for Linda Evans.

Enjoy. Or not.

Jeffery Jacobs Abrams (J. J. Abrams): Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Ben Affleck: July 2004 the actor said he became an Obama supporter after meeting him at the DNC in Boston. March 16, 2008 he and his wife Jennifer Garner hosted an Obama fundraiser in Boston. August 2, 2008 he gave a speech at a fundraiser supporting Obama. Has donated the maximum possible, $ 4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Jessica Alba: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by the speech he gave in Chicago. August 2008 she was at the DNC in Denver.

Tatyana Ali: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Byron Allen: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Pamela Anderson: July 2008 she said, I love him.., I think he’s going to win. September 12, 2008 on her official website is information on how to help get Obama elected president.

Jennifer Aniston: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Adam Arkin: Has donated at least $ 250 to the Obama campaign.

Tichina Arnold: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by the speech he gave in Chicago.

Patricia Arquette: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Rossana Arquette: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Kevin Bacon: Has donated at least $ 2,200 to the Obama campaign.

Eric Balfour: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Jennifer Beals: June 24, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Sandra Bernhard: September 5, 2008 she said she favors Obama and really likes Joe Biden. September 2008, the comedian said that it’s better that Sarah Palin not go to Manhattan because Palin could get gang-raped by some of Bernhard’s big black brothers.

Halle Berry: September 8, 2007 she attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Jon Bon Jovi: On September 5, 2008 the singer and his wife Dorothea hosted over 100 guests for a $ 30,800 per person fund raising diner in favor of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Obama campaign. Obama gave an very short speech, about 8 minutes long, to the guests before mingling.

Russel Brand: September 7, 2008 at the MTV Video Music Awards besides insulting President Bush he said, Please….elect Barack Obama.

Christopher Bridges (Ludacris): April 2008 in a concert the rapper said Obama had his unwavering support on his bid to become President of the USA. In July 2008 the Obama campaign has distanced themselves from Ludacris because of his song “Politics: Obama is Here” that contains some controversial material the campaign said was outrageously offensive, something akin to: President Bush is mentally handicapped, Vice President Cheney belongs in a wheel chair paralyzed, an Obama presidency is destiny, criticized Reverend Jessie Jackson, and called Hillary Clinton a b***h.

Jackson Browne: On August 14, 2008 he sued the Ohio Republican party (ORp) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) because the ORp used his 1977 song “Running on Empty” in a TV ad. The ad poked fun at Obama because of his comments to tune up cars and inflate their tires to make the US independent of foreign oil. Browne has been a liberal all his life and thought that if his music was used in Republican ads the public might think he endorses McCain. Since 2004 he has contributed at least $ 4,300 to Obama’s coffers. After the lawsuit was filed the ORp pulled the ad. Browne is asking for around $75,000 in damages.

Pierce Brosnan: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Joy Bryant: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Nick Cannon: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Shawn Carter (Jay-Z): March 3, 2008 an audio only voice recording made by the rapper is put out asking voters to vote for Obama on the Mar 4 Ohio Democratic primaries. The rapper has said he supports Obama for president. April 2008 after the ABC debate with Hillary Clinton, in a speech a few days later, Obama used the the motion of brushing dirt off his shoulder to make a point. Most people outside of the hip-hop community missed the significance of the gesture but it quickly became controversial. In a mater of days after the controversy that a presidential candidate for the first time ever used hip-hop inspired gestures during a speech had reached a crescendo, it was learned that the gesture could be related to a song by Jay-Z called “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”. The gesture meant shaking those that hate you off or getting rid of negative energy. Obama and his campaign have said that in his iPod Obama has songs by Jay-Z….

Don Cheadle: June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles and said, He’s my candidate.

George Clooney: February 2007 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. February 2008 he said that he had been supporting Obama for a year and a half and was very excited about his campaign. August 2008 he attended the DNC in Denver. September 2, 2008 Clooney was the main attraction at an Obama fundraiser in Switzerland where around 170 US Citizens that donated $ 1,000 heard his speech. Later on that night the actor headlined at an intimate diner style Obama fundraiser where 75 donors gave $ 10,000 each for the campaign.

Glenn Close: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Cliff Collins: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Sean “Diddy” Combs: June 24, 2008 at the BET Awards show the rapper endorsed Obama for President saying that if everyone registered to vote Obama will be the first black president in the history of America, then chanted “Obama or Die”. On August 31, 2008 Diddy posted his video blog “Diddy Obama Blog # 16: Attention John McCain” saying he does not agree with McCain as he is making crazy decisions like choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate because, Diddy said, there are no crackheads, black people and not enough crime in Alaska. He added that instead of Palin, McCain should have chosen Michelle Obama as his running mate.

John Cougar Mellencamp: February 4, 2008 the singer was annoyed that the McCain campaign was using his music at their rallies so his representatives asked the campaign to stop using his music. February 8, 2008 the McCain campaign said they will stop using Mellencamp’s music at their rallies. Mellencamp is a long-time liberal and has played at John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Wesley Clark, Howard Dean and Barack Obama rallies.

Cindy Crawford: September 8, 2007 she attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. June 24, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Sheryl Crow: August 25, 2008 she performed at the DNC in Denver.

Alan Cumming: August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver.

Jamie Lee Curtis: September 16, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Matt Damon: August 2, 2008 he gave a speech at a fundraiser supporting Obama. September 2008 in an interview the actor compared Sarah Palin’s candidacy to a bad Disney movie and would like to ask her if dinosaurs were alive 4,000 years ago.

Anna David: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Jonathan Davis (Q-Tip): February 4, 2008 he released a statement endorsing Barack Obama.

Timothy Daly: August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver.

Rosario Dawson: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Robert De Niro: December 8, 2006 when asked whom he would like to see as president the actor responded Hillary or Obama, one of the two. February 4, 2008 De Niro appeared at an Obama rally.

Kate del Castillo: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Leonardo DiCaprio: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Fran Drescher: August 22, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Jesse Dylan: February 2, 2008 he worked on the pro Obama video “Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. February 29, 2008 he worked on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech given by Obama in Chicago.

Jenny-Bea Englishman (Esthero): February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Tracee Ellis Ross: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Melissa Etheridge: August 2008 she was in Denver for the DNC.

Linda Evans: September 8, 2007 she attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama.

Vera Farmiga: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Will Ferrell: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Jodi Foster: September 16, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Has donated at least $ 1,000 to the Obama campaign.

Jamie Foxx: September 8, 2007 he attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. August 22, 2008 the actor attended a fundraiser for Obama in Beverly Hills with his daughter. August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver. September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Morgan Freeman: 2007 he endorsed Obama but will not campaign with him. Freeman says he is an actor not a politician.

Troy Garity: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Jennifer Garner: March 16, 2008 she and husband Ben Affleck hosted an Obama fundraiser in Boston. August 2, 2008 she gave a speech at a fundraiser supporting Obama.

David Geffen: September 16, 2008 he attended and Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Jaime Luis Gomez (Taboo): February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a he gave in Chicago.

Fred Goldring: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Bryan Greenberg: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Macy Gray: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Kathy Griffin: August 22, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Luis Guzman: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Tyrese Gybson: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by the speech he gave in Chicago.

Dennis Haysbert: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Heart: On September 4, 2008 a ”cease-and-desist” letter was sent by singers Ann and Nancy Willson to the McCain campaign because they were using their 1970’s song “Barracuda” without their permission. The sisters added that if the McCain campaign had asked for permission it would have been denied. Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s nickname in High School was Sarah Barracuda thus the use of the song. The campaign says they have paid all necessary licenses to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the song is available for public performances as long as the licensing fees are paid.

Herbie Hancock: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Tom Hanks: February 2007 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. May 4, 2008 in a video he endorsed Obama for president. Has given money to both Hillary Clinton and Obama besides many other Democratic politicians. Has donated the maximum possible, $ 4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Frances E. Harper (Hill Harper): February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Susanna Hoffs: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Josh Howard: July 2008 at the Allen Iverson charity football game said, God d**m [the] national anthem. After someone said Obama 08 the player said, Obama and all that s***t.

Ron Howard: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Kelly Hu: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Samuel L. Jackson: February 24, 2008 the actor passed up an opportunity to present an Oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards because he was going to be at an Obama rally in Texas. June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. September 3, 2008 the actor and his wife La Tanya hosted guests at their home for a fundraiser in favor of the Obama Victory Fund, Michelle Obama was the headliner.

Cheryl James (Salt): February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired a speech he gave in Chicago.

Jay Jenkins (Young Jeezy): in July 2008 he said he is the Democratic party, he does not plan to vote for McCain and supports Barack Obama. He sometimes wears the message “My President is Black” during his appearances.

Scalett Johannson: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. September 3, 2008 she attended the fundraiser given by Samuel L. Jackson and his wife in favor of the Obama Victory Fund, Michelle Obama was the headliner.

Nasir Jones (Nas): June 2008 he was the first to come out with a song about Obama’s run for the presidency titled “Black President”. On July 24, 2008 Nas said he was not endorsing Obama but does believes in Obama and that Obama is hope, change and the smartest president[ial] [candidate] he’s heard speak ever since Jimmy Carter’s time when Nas started paying attention. On the other hand, he added that Conservatives are scared of young rappers and people like him who are changing the world with their music because they do not understand them.

Ashley Judd: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Jeffrey Katzenberg: September 16, 2008 he was present at an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Ryan Key: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired a speech he gave in Chicago.

Alicia Keyes: June 24, 2008 at the BET Awards show said black people should erase the word can’t from their vocabulary, together we can do anything, and Obama y’all.

Regina King: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Heidi Klum: June 24, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Ed Kowalczyk: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Zoe Kravitz: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Cyndi Lauper: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

John Legend: 2007 in an interview he said, [Obama] is the right man for right now. November 10, 2007 he performed at an Obama rally in Iowa. February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. April 14, 2008 Legend performed a song titled “If you’re Out There” in an Obama rally at Penn State.

John Leguizamo: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Andres Levin: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Lindsay Lohan: September 14, 2008 she said, I believe Barack Obama is the best choice, in this election, for president. September 17, 2008 it seems the Obama campaign turned down the actresses offer to host events to get younger voters to vote for Obama because of her party girl image. September 18, 2008 Lohan’s dad, Michael Lohan, commented that Obama had done the same things his daughter has done when he was young and if Obama has gotten ahead he should give others the benefit of the doubt because if he could change his life so can others.

Nia Long: August 22, 2008 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

George Lopez: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Jennifer Lopez: August 2008 she was in Denver for the DNC.

Erick Mabius: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Tobey Maguire: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Taryn Manning: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Dave Matthews: August 25, 2008 he performed at the DNC in Denver.

Auden McCaw: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Benjamin McKenzie: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Omar Benson Miller: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Anson Mount: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Enrique Murciano: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Jeniffer Nettles: August 25, 2008 she performed at the DNC in Denver.

Paul Newman: Has donated the maximum, $4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Austin Nichols: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Amaury Nolasco: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel (Seal): June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Eric Christian Olsen: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Samuel Page: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Adrianne Palicki: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Nate Parker: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Mario Van Peebles: August 22, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Harold Perrineau, Jr.: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Ryan Phillippe: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Jesse Plemons: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Sidney Poitier: September 8, 2007 he attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama.

Dennis Quaid: June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles and said, [Obama is] the Superman for everyone.

Lonnie Rashied Lynn (Common): February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Sugar Ray Leonard: June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Alfonso Ribeiro: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Jackson Roach: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Eric Roberts: August 22, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Chris Rock: September 8, 2007 he attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama funraiser in Beverly Hills.

Adam Rodriguez: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Freddy Rodriguez: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Maya Rubin: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Johnathon Schaech: February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Nicole Scherzinger: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Richard Schiff: August 2008 he was present at the DNC in Denver.

Noah Segan: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Sarah Silverman: September 16, 2008 she attended and Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Tom Skerritt: Has donated at least $ 1,000 to the Obama campaign.

Will Smith: September 8, 2007 he attended the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. August 2008 the actor was present at the DNC in Denver. Has donated the maximum, $ 4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Steven Spielberg: September 16, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Bruce Springsteen: April 2008 the Boss endorses Obama for president in a message to his fans.

Barbara Streisand: February 2007 she attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. July 1, 2008 the singer endorsed Obama for President. September 3, 2008 she attended the fundraiser given by Samuel L. Jackson and his wife in favor of the Obama Victory Fund, Michelle Obama was the headliner. September 16, 2008 Streisand sang at an Obama fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Charlize Theron: August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Aisha Tyler: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. August 2008 she was present at the DNC in Denver.

Amber Valleta: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in News Hampshire.

Kate Walsh: October 20, 2007 she attended an Obama fundraiser at Hancock Park, California. February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire. February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago. March 29, 2008 she helped Obama campaign in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Malcolm Jamal Warner: February 29, 2008 he appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by his speech given in Chicago.

Isaiah Washington: Has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Kerry Washington: February 29, 2008 she appears on the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a speech he gave in Chicago.

Dereck Watkins (Fonzworth Bentley): February 2, 2008 he appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

Gene Wilder: He has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

WILL.I.AM (Black Eyed Peas): February 2, 2008 he makes a pro Obama video titled “Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.  February 29, 2008 he makes the video tribute to Obama “We are The Ones” inspired by a line from an Obama speech given in Chicago after winning 14 states in Super Tuesday. The line was, We are the ones we are waiting for. June 24, 2008 he attended an Obama fundraiser in Los Angeles. He has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaig.

Oprah Winfrey: On September 5, 2008 the Drudge Report said that the show is receiving a lot of emails asking that Sarah Palin be on. Half of the staff really wants Palin to appear but that Oprah and a couple of her people do not because it might hurt Obama. In 2007 continues the Drudge Report, conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was not allowed to go on when he was promoting his book. Later on September 5, 2008 Oprah stated to TMZ that she would love to have Palin on, after the election, as the staff had not discussed the Palin appearance and she had made the decision not have her show become a platform for candidates. Oprah has said about Obama: That would be my favorite guy, ….I know him well enough to believe in his moral authority. And that is the number one reason why I am supporting him, ..my Senator, my favorite Senator, and my choice. He appeared twice on Oprah, in January 2005 and October 2006, before she gave him her formal endorsement. On September 25, 2006 Oprah, on Larry King Live, said she hoped Obama ran for President. May 2007 Oprah formally endorses Obama for President. September 8, 2007 Oprah hosted an Obama fundraiser for 1,500 guests, each one donating $ 2,300 to his campaign. From November 2007 to February 2008 Oprah campaigned with Obama in Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire and in California. Many opine it was Oprah that introduced Obama to white American women and because of her active support suffered a huge backlash that continues to these days. August 2008 she was at the DNC in Denver praising Obama’s acceptance speech. September 2008 two University of Maryland economists say Oprah’s endorsement has given Obama approximately 1 million votes he would not have gotten otherwise. September 2008 she asked her viewers to support Senate bill 1738 proposed by Senator Joe Biden and endorsed by Senator Barack Obama. She has donated at least $ 2,300 to the Obama campaign.

Steve Wonder: September 8, 2007 he performed at the fundraiser Oprah Winfrey hosted for Obama. August 28, 2008 he sang the song “Signed Sealed Delivered” at the DNC in Denver.

Joanne Woodward: Has donated the maximum, $ 4,600, to the Obama campaign.

Sarah Wright: February 2, 2008 she appears on the video ”Yes We Can” inspired by a speech given by Obama in New Hampshire.

September 15, 2008

Obama, it’s not the money, volunteers or entertainment stars stupid!

Barack Obama’s presidential bid is starting to get in trouble and a win come November is no longer a sure thing. According to recent polls his campaign has lost steam and most importantly ground against John McCain’s. In a year where historically the party out of power should have an advantage in winning the presidential election and picking up seats in both House and Senate elections Democrats are starting to waver. So, what’s going on?

Moneywise Obama’s campaign is doing great and rolling along. Last month they raised $ 66 million, more than any candidate in USA history, breaking his own $ 55 million record set in February, 2008. As impressive as that record was, last month 500,000 new donors signed up and Obama has had a total of 2.5 million people send his campaign money. Another record. Many political pundits predict Obama might raise another $ 90 million, give or take a few million, before the election.

Their information and propaganda apparatus is unrivaled because the staff working for his campaign is very tech savvy and well connected to a sympathetic Mainstream Media (MSM) that is favorably inclined in favor of Obama because it shares the Democratic worldview. The campaign’s press releases, ads, corrections, rebuttals and opinions make it to the all major newspapers, magazines, college newspapers, liberal web sites, liberal talk radio, to both social news and social bookmarking web sites, to both cable news and TV channels, etc., all over the world within minutes after being made public. The recipients most of the time immediately post the items on their websites while waiting, as is the case for printed media outlets for printing time to come around, or as is the case for radio, cable or TV opinion and news programs, for their time slots to come up.

Among volunteers, paid and unpaid, moral is high and they feel energized. Volunteers are out in droves knocking on doors, talking to likely and unlikely voters, asking permission for putting up lawn signs, handing out flyers and buttons, registering new voters, making phone calls, asking for donations to the campaign and always on the lookout for more volunteers to join them on their quest. Besides the traditional volunteers, Hollywood and music stars are promoting Obama in record numbers posting favorable music videos, giving their endorsements, wearing clothes with his face stamped on them during concerts, posting blogs, performing at campaign rallies, holding fundraisers, attending fundraisers where they are the headliners, performing under Obama/Biden banners, and of course giving money from their own pockets to the campaign.

Barack Obama seems to have all the media, volunteers and stars he needs besides being able to raise more than enough money to compete against McCain. The problem is, in my opinion, that less and less people who are not committed Democrats want to hear his message of change. After a while someone who is in the news 24/7 and 365 days a year gets boring, specially when all they offer is hope and change. The mystical bloom is off the Barack Obama Black Prince rose and, to many, has left him exposed as a human being, a mortal man running for office.

Imagine the following hypothetical conversation between a likely voter of center or a slight conservative leaning and Barack Obama:

A center or center-right uncommitted voter asks Obama, “You want to change things. Change from what?”

Obama answers, “Politics as usal.”

The voter says, “OK, I like that. So how are you going to change things?”

Obama says, “By changing how things are done in Washington.”

“Mr. Obama.” The voter asks again, “Please explain how you are going to change things in Washington.”

Obama retorts, “By changing how business is conducted in Washington.”

After almost 2 years of the same cat and mouse games people are tuning Obama out. After all imagine if Obama hypothetically had answered the last question with the following:

Obama, “I will change things in Washington by raising your taxes, by keeping unqualified union teachers in classrooms teaching your children, by teaching age appropriate sex-ed in kindergarten, by talking to our enemies without pre-conditions, by promoting abortion as a mistake erasing alternative, by running away from Iraq, by opposing to produce more conventional energy, by increasing welfare and social programs, by reducing the size of our military, by unilaterally re-negotiating signed Free Trade Agreements, by appointing liberal judges that interpret the Constitution instead of ruling by the Constitution, by giving Citizenship to illegal aliens, by investing billions in alternative energy projects that might or might not work, by signing the Kyoto Protocol without demanding that India and China do the same, by handling terrorism as a law-enforcement issue, by suppressing religious beliefs in favour of atheism in the name of the separation of Church and State, by equating the rights of foreigners with those enjoyed by USA Citizens, by teaching a more liberal curriculum from Kindergarten to twelfth grade, by getting the UN and the International Community more involved in USA affairs, by taking away from union members their right to keep their vote secret in union elections, by believing Global Warming is mostly caused by humans, and by adopting more European values.”

He would lose the election as no one besides his left-wing base would vote for a candidate that stands for all those values. I may be mistaken but I do believe the above is what Obama stands for.

With an energized Republican party on the warpath thanks to Sarah Palin being picked to be McCain’s running mate, the public perceiving a liberal bias in the Mainstream Media that no longer reports news objectively, young women starting to look at Sarah Palin as an alternative role model, and Obama starting to be viewed as a politics-as-usual-politician, Barack Obama is in trouble.

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