We hate (yes, that is the word) it when people expand on their resume, their family history, or their military experience. It paints them as liars at best and cheats and provocateurs at worst. The latest in this merry bunch of men in a woman named Elizabeth Warren who is running for the US Senate from Massachusetts.
For over a decade, she has been telling all those who would listen that she was a Native American and was named a "woman of color" as part of this ruse. It turns out that she is not any percentage Native American.
She should be brought up on charges for misrepresenting herself in an effort to obtain benefits and credentials for which she did not qualify. We are sure that she received money and that should be enough to get her sent to jail for to falsehood she perpetuated.
Her Senate campaign should be dead in the water. If she cannot be relied upon to accurately present her paternity, how can anyone depend on her to be an honest Senator. (That is, if we have any of those around!) We hope that Scott Brown roundly tromps her into the dust.
WARREN: THE LEGEND OF FAUXCAHONTAS' LITTLE BIG LIE
It started when Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was said to have used tenuous claims of Native American heritage to further her career. The defense for listing herself as a minority in a directory of law professors for almost a decade rested on the roots of Warren's great-great-great-grandmother. If true, that would make Warren 1/32 Cherokee. It was not. Now, Warren relies on tales of "high cheekbones" and media outlets like the Boston Globe, which buried the news that she was 0.00 percent Cherokee. It's hard to see how Harvard's first blond-haired, blue-eyed "woman of color" will get her campaign back on track.
Here is the first signal that Greece is going to collapse, pull (or be forced) out of the Eurozone. Greeks no longer believe in their system. It is not going to be pretty and it WILL effect the 2012 elections as Obama, Bernacke and Geithner will be forced by world powers to back up the Euro.
Will the "emergency" in Greece for Obama to declare martial law? We don't think so, unless there is a move to restrict what Americans can take out of our banks. A panic would set up the government intervention.
Greece's financial crisis threatens to bring down the euro and return Greece to the drachma, the country's previous currency that would likely be worth far less than euros.Photo Credit:AP
Greeks withdrew more than $900 million Monday and another $600 million Tuesday, according to the Greek Central Bank. While deposits have been steadily leaving banks since the start of the country's debt problems in 2009, this week's outpouring of cash reflects a new level of panic, analysts say. ...
Some Greek fears the fight against austerity could force Greece out of the 17-member eurozone of nations that use the euro as currency and require the country to return to the drachma, the previous Greek currency that would likely be worth far less than euros.
"It's a game of chicken between the EU and Greece," says Raoul Ruparel, head of economic research at Open Europe, a London-based think tank.
Is an actor worth $50 million? If you would listen to the Occupy meat heads, they will tell you that no corporate executive is worth that much. In fact, most of these never-do-well-living-on-daddy's-paycheck types will say that no executive is worth $2 million per year, but actors are a different matter. They are artists and their art must be rewarded otherwise this would be a very dull world painted only in black, white and shades of grey.
Hey, these actors have to work a full six months, sometimes, to earn their money and the rest of the time is taken spending what they earned on new houses, cars, contributions to Democratic candidates and, yes don't forget, their drugs. Downey is an expert in that scene. But doesn't his dealer also need to make a living and doesn't he contribute to the economy? Of course, we cannot forget those little people, his hangers-on who need their piece of the pie.
You see an actor really is a small business, with his staff, his drivers, his caterers, his hairstylist, his lawyers and accountants. He is a small business and shouldn't they also be able to make a living? Shoot, if we cut him down to $500,000 per film, he would have to let go most of these people which would only increase the unemployment!
Would a film be less successful if we only paid him 1% of his current take? We doubt it! Yet, we hear no one on the left side of the political spectrum espousing the greed of the movie stars, because they know that is where their money comes from. For the most part, it does not come from the corporate executive who worked his or her way up to the top giving up family, friends and relationships to crawl their way to the upper echelons. Regardless of the company's successes, the CEO is told that he or she is greedy and only wants for themselves and not for the "little people." Such hypocrisy!
Our point is that most of us will never earn 3% of what Downey does in a short stint on a movie stage. He makes nothing and is only part of the machine that produces a movie. He does not write, direct or edit the movie, he pretends to be someone who is not real. And for this he gets paid outrageous amounts of money. Yet, the CEO who manages millions of employees and trillions of dollars of assets is slammed for getting a salary less than Downey. This is ridiculous.
This is not to mean that Downey is not deserving of the money that he gets. He obviously is a box office attraction who can make a movie successful. Bravo to him. However, we should also reward those men and women who make it to the top and lead their companies to better and better performance. They should be richly rewarded, also.
The US has always rewarded hard work and rising to the top. We will no longer be a world leader if we eliminate the opportunity to grasp of the "gold ring" in ANY field or venture.
Robert Downey Jr.'s 'Avengers' Pay To Reportedly Hit $50 Million
Robert Downey Jr. made a lot of money off "The Avengers."
Robert Downey Jr. is prone to making mathematical gestures on the red carpet, but he's going to need more than ten fingers to sift through his payout from "Marvel's The Avengers." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 47-year-old actor stands to make about $50 million from the film.
Downey's "Avengers" co-stars stand to make a fraction of his earnings, in part because of a savvy deal the "Iron Man" lead reportedly renegotiated, under which he would receive a portion of Marvel's revenue from any future film in which he plays Tony Stark. He allegedly rejiggered the deal when the first "Iron Man" film dialed up $585 million in 2008.
Though Downey's deal is not unheard of for the rarefied circle of Hollywood's biggest names, it's a great deal more than any of his "Avengers" cohorts. Sources say Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo will each ultimately make $2 million to $3 million from the film.
Marvel has a history of cutting sharp deals. Terrence Howard, who starred with Downey Jr. in the first "Iron Man" film, was reportedly faced with a 50 to 80 percent pay cut for the sequel after the studio learned director Jon Favreau planned to limit his role. Howard's agents smarted, and though it's unknown if he walked out or if Marvel decided to go a different direction, Don Cheadle replaced Howard for the sequel.
This might not be the straw that breaks the Obama Presidency's back, however, it comes very close. As we have told you before (Regretfully I Still Am A Birther--April 27, 2011),
we are "birthers" and believe that Obama was born in Kenya. We always have and will continue to think this way until we get the evidence that completely invalidates our thinking.
We still believe there is something nefarious in his college records that he will not release. If there is nothing to hide, release the information and stop the cat and mouse game!
Also questionable are the "birth certificate" that took three years to release. There is no reason it should have taken that long. Even if he had lost the certificate, one call to Hawaii would have made the issue go away. It just does not make sense.
Now we get the publishers bio of their clients which definitively says he was born in Kenya. Now we have to wonder, were the writers wrong or were they hyping their new author and lied? Obviously that will be the story the White House says but could it be different? We believe so
Most Americans would not have the problem producing the information that Obama has. We are not a third world country where records are helter skelter. Most records in 1961 have been scanned and now reside on computer drives. This charade would be comical if it did not involve the most powerful man in the world.
This brings me to the question of the night. If he will lie about his birth place, about his relationships (Ayers, Wright etal), secretly resign his law license, and purposely refuse to enforce the law of the land, what else will he do? My answer is anything else he desires.
We have said this before and will continue saying it until the cows come home--this is a dangerous man who will do anything in his power to remain in office, to live off the public trough, and to destroy his enemies and friends who get in his way. In this country, have NEVER seen a President act with such utter disregard for the rule of law and the principles that this country was found on. He must be defeated in the election, however, we fear that we will not get the chance.
THE VETTING - EXCLUSIVE - OBAMA'S LITERARY AGENT IN 1991 BOOKLET: 'BORN IN KENYA AND RAISED IN INDONESIA AND HAWAII'
Andrew Breitbart was never a "Birther," and Breitbart News is a site that has never advocated the narrative of "Birtherism." In fact, Andrew believed, as we do, that President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.
Yet Andrew also believed that the complicit mainstream media had refused to examine President Obama's ideological past, or the carefully crafted persona he and his advisers had constructed for him.
It is for that reason that we launched "The Vetting," an ongoing series in which we explore the ideological background of President Obama (and other presidential candidates)--not to re-litigate 2008, but because ideas and actions have consequences.
It is also in that spirit that we discovered, and now present, the booklet described below--one that includes a marketing pitch for a forthcoming book by a then-young, otherwise unknown former president of the Harvard Law Review.
It is evidence--not of the President's foreign origin, but that Barack Obama's public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.
Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."
The booklet, which was distributed to "business colleagues" in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel.
It also promotes Obama's anticipated first book, Journeys in Black and White--which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Father instead.
Obama’s biography in the booklet is as follows (image and text below):
Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.
The booklet, which is thirty-six pages long, is printed in blue ink (and, on the cover, silver/grey ink), using offset lithography. It purports to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Acton & Dystel, which was founded in 1976.
Front cover (outside) - note Barack Obama listed in alphabetical order
Front cover (inside)
Jay Acton no longer represents Obama. However, Jane Dystel stilllists Obama as a client on her agency's website.
According to the booklet itself, the text was edited by Miriam Goderich, who has since become Dystel's partner at Dystel & Goderich, an agency founded in 1994. Breitbart News attempted to reach Goderich by telephone several times over several days. Her calls are screened by an automated service that requires callers to state their name and company, which we did. She never answered.
The design of the booklet was undertaken by Richard Bellsey, who has since closed his business. Bellsey, reached by telephone, could not recall the exact details of the booklet, but told Breitbart News that it "sounds like one of our jobs, like I did for [Acton & Dystel] twenty years ago or more."
The parade of authors alongside Obama in the booklet includes politicians, such as former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill; sports legends, such as Joe Montana and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and numerous Hollywood celebrities.
The reverse side of the page that features Barack Obama includes former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader and early-1990s "boy band" pop sensation New Kids On the Block.
Acton, who spoke to Breitbart News by telephone, confirmed precise details of the booklet and said that it cost the agency tens of thousands of dollars to produce.
He indicated that while "almost nobody" wrote his or her own biography, the non-athletes in the booklet, whom "the agents deal[t] with on a daily basis," were "probably" approached to approve the text as presented.
Dystel did not respond to numerous requests for comment, via email and telephone. Her assistant told Breitbart News that Dystel "does not answer questions about Obama."
The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in Hawaii.
The biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama--or the people representing and supporting him--manipulate his public persona.
David Maraniss's forthcoming biography of Obama has reportedly confirmed, for example, that a girlfriend Obama described in Dreams from My Father was, in fact, an amalgam of several separate individuals.
In addition, Obama and his handlers have a history of redefining his identity when expedient. In March 2008, for example, he famouslydeclared: "I can no more disown [Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."
Several weeks later, Obama left Wright's church--and, according to Edward Klein's new biography, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, allegedly attempted to persuade Wright not to "do any more public speaking until after the November  election" (51).
Obama has been known frequently to fictionalize aspects of his own life. During his 2008 campaign, for instance, Obama claimed that his dying mother had fought with insurance companies over coverage for her cancer treatments.
That turned out to be untrue, but Obama has repeated the story--which even the Washington Post called "misleading"--in a campaign video for the 2012 election.
The Acton & Dystel biography could also reflect how Obama was seen by his associates, or transitions in his own identity. He is said, for instance, to have cultivated an "international" identity until well into his adulthood, according to Maraniss.
Regardless of the reason for Obama's odd biography, the Acton & Dystel booklet raises new questions as part of ongoing efforts to understand Barack Obama--who, despite four years in office remains a mystery to many Americans, thanks to the mainstream media.