Posts Tagged ‘celebrity’

Obama Campaign Relies On Tax Cheating Millionaire Celebrity Marc Anthony To Lie About Mr. ‘The Private Sector’s Doing Fine’

June 11, 2012

It’s a darned shame that Obama already filled the job for his Secretary of the Treasury.  Marc Anthony certainly couldn’t do any worse of a job that Timothy Geithner, and he has the key qualification of being a man who doesn’t bother to pay his own taxes while supporting a man who demands everybody else pay more taxes.

Obama’s Marc Anthony Ad is Another Embarrassment for the Campaign
By Tara Dodrill | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

COMMENTARY |Yet another celebrity advertisement for President Barack Obama was unveiled earlier this week.

While Marc Anthony may be an attractive and accomplished singer, he likely does not have much in common with the typical Latino voter. Anthony’s impassioned plea that Obama needs another term to continue “making progress” and that he “has our backs” during the video clip republished on The Blaze neglects to mention that Anthony himself has proven he cares little about the nation’s debt.

According to document excerpts published by the Washington Free Beacon, Anthony is a “tax-dodger” who owed more than $3 million back taxes.

Obama staffers should check into the backgrounds of the celebrities they use in campaign commercials. Although Anthony negotiated a settlement with the government on his back taxes in 2010, it reflects poorly on Obama’s character that he would befriend the scofflaw singer.

Financial statistics republished by the Washington Free Beacon note that Anthony made more than $15 million during a five-year period. Apparently Obama’s goal of forcing wealthy Americans to pay their fair share does not apply to his pals.

Reaching out to the Latino community would be far more successful if Obama actually mingled with citizens struggling to find jobs, pay mortgages and put food on the table for their children. The Anthony fundraiser will offer “just a few” tickets for $44, according to the Miami Herald. If Obama was truly concerned with the voices of Latinos, he would rent a stadium, charge $20 a ticket and communicate directly to his alleged core group of supporters. But instead, he opts for sipping champagne with wealthy celebrities who help comprise the one-percent. The president has the back of his cool Hollywood friends far more than he does members of the low and middle class who have been crippled by his far-left spending policies.

President Obama’s celebrity endorsements garner media attention, even if it is just to poke fun at their misguided scripts and ineffective delivery. It is doubtful that even the most politically illiterate voters will be swayed by the famous faces behind the recent round of Hollywood commercials. The Obama campaign can put all the star power they can muster behind the president, but the conversation around American dinner tables will still focus on the economy and the deficit. Those will be the deciding factors in November and not the well-rehearsed words by a tax-dodging crooner.

I came across the following to explore Marc Anthony’s tax depravity a little more:

December 30th, 2010, 15:56 GMT · By Elena Gorgan
Marc Anthony Owes $3.4 Million in Unpaid Taxes

Tax evasion recently landed actor Wesley Snipes in prison, and Nicolas Cage in hot water. Still, the IRS doesn’t discriminate between actor, singer or reality star. Marc Anthony owes $3.4 million in back taxes, it has emerged.

He and wife Jennifer Lopez make an estimated $61+ million each year but, somehow, Marc still managed to get himself into some trouble – in fact, his management got him in this nasty situation.

Radar Online reports that the singer and actor has not paid his taxes for years and it’s eventually catching up with him. Marc, on the other hand, insists his recent troubles are not his doing, but a result of bad management.

“The husband of superstar Jennifer Lopez has been slapped with demands for $1.8 million in unpaid taxes, Radar Online has exclusively learned,” the e-zine says.

Still, this is just a fraction of the amount Marc owes to the IRS, since the total debt is over $3 million.

“What’s more, it’s the second straight year that New York authorities have hit Marc Anthony with a million-dollar-plus lien on a slice of Long Island real estate that he owns,” Radar writes.

“The latest demand was filed on March 29, 2010 in Nassau County. Just three months earlier, a federal tax lien for $1.6 million was placed on the same property,” Radar reports.

As of now, it’s not known whether Anthony has paid the back taxes he owes. His rep was not immediately available for comment, as neither were his attorney and manager.

Anthony’s former wife J-Lo is reportedly disgusted with the way Marc handled money and when he racked up $3.4 million in liens last year and told friends: “I’m not bailing him out.”

You’re bailing him out if you vote for Obama, honey.  Let’s just call it your tax dollors at work.

Yahoo News says that Marc Anthony is an embarrassment to the Obama campaign.  The biggest embarrassment to the Obama campaign has always been and continues to remain Barack Obama.

But one thing is true: “the private sector’s doing fine” for liberal hypocrites like Marc Anthony.

P.S. When I was typing this up, for some reason I kept mistakenly typing “Marx” instead of “Mark” and had to correct myself.  I think it was one of those Freudian slip things.

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The Life And Death Of Michael Jackson As A Lesson For Us All

June 28, 2009

Years ago, during the Bosnian War, I heard someone say something that I’ll never forget. U.S. troops were taking part in the U.N. effort to prevent more genocide, and desperate Bosnian people were scrounging through the huge garbage piles accumulated by the American forces looking for valuables they could see or food they could feed their families.

A reporter interviewed a man on the trash piles, who said, “We are living like animals. Is this all there is to our lives? Is there nothing more?”

It dawned on me that an incredibly poor, desperate Bosnian, or a hugely successful rock star, could be asking the same question. Because both could well be living equally meaningless, empty lives.

Michael Jackson’s life and untimely death – along with the deaths of so many other celebrities who seemed to have everything the world could offer, yet were so deeply unhappy – is an illustration of the truth of that reality.

By most accounts, Michael Jackson earned more than $500 million during his performing career, and some analysts believe that his music catalog holdings could be worth billions. Yet he spent so massively, on so many luxuries and trifles and distractions to satisfy his every whim, that he is apparently hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. And one gets the sense that he never did manage to find anything approaching happiness; just one quick addictive rush to some new toy or new frill after another.

And a once handsome man disfigured himself into some kind of freak due to an obviously profoundly ugly self-image.

Imagine having everything the world can offer: imagine being one of the beautiful people; having fame and adoration; and having a massive fortune that allows you to travel anywhere or do anything you desire.

And imagine being unhappy, and asking yourself, “Is this all there is to life? Is there nothing more?”

I would rather be that Bosnian man living off a giant trash heap than be a man who had pursued everything the world could offer, only to realize that the world was not enough even as I desperately clung to that world and its wealth.

I believe that many celebrities pursue bizarre religious experiences in a desperate search for some kind of meaning. But their world-distorted worldview has limited their search. So they pursue bizarre religions like Scientology or faddish ones like Kabbalah. Ultimately, they want to be able to eat their cake and have it too. They want to be the gods of their own worlds that they create for themselves, rather than bend the knee to a Creator God who demands that they be holy, as He is holy. But at the same time, they want to be part of something that is larger than they are. Essentially, they want the latter in a way that doesn’t cramp the former.

A psychiatrist, doing her own postmortem analysis of Michael Jackson’s life, said that he had never had a role model as a child, and there had never been anyone like himself to model himself after once he had grown up. By many accounts, his father and his older brothers shaped him like a marketing product and sold him like meat for mass culture. And during his childhood, he was sexually abused while whoever was supposed to love him and take care of him failed to do either.

When the psychiatrist said that Michael Jackson had no role models, no one to model his life after, I immediately thought of the one name that is above every name: the name of Jesus. Michael Jackson lived a life that was far outside the remotest experience of virtually anyone else. But Jesus remained as the quintessential role model: and how different Michael Jackson would have been had he sought to model his life after Christ’s, rather than after whatever caricature of himself he fabricated through bizarre behaviors and plastic surgeries.

Augustine, in the famous insight of his Confessions, wrote, “Our hearts were made for Thee, O Lord, and will not rest until they rest in Thee.”

Ambrose, and later Pascal, aptly referred to that restlessness, that God-shaped hole in the soul, as a vacuum. Apart from our Creator God who made us to find our peace and happiness in Himself, that hole in our soul has a force behind it and it will suck up anything to fill it. G.K. Chesterton explained that when we cease believing in God, we don’t believe in nothing; we will rather believe in anything. Human beings were created to be hungry for meaning. The problem arises when we reject true meaning; we will replace it with any substitute under the sun. And replace the truth of God for a lie.

As a Christian, I do not need great beauty, or great wealth, or great fame, or great celebrity, or great athleticism, or anything that any of those things can buy, to be happy. If I have Christ in my heart, and trust in Him to provide all my needs, I have the answer to the search for meaning. And I have more than the world can ever hope to provide.

Invesco Field ‘Temple Of Barack’ Reveals Pathological Pretension

August 28, 2008

“Senior Democratic officials are expressing serious concerns about the political risks posed by Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High tonight,” the Politico article begins.

There’s a bunch of reasons for the worries: potential weather issues at an open-air stadium, and the tendency of stadiums to produce echoes that may be great at a football game, but would render a speech a comic farce unless precisely controlled by technicians.

But the biggest worry is the presentation of the event itself.

At the Brandenburg Gate event, Obama spoke to tens of thousands of Germans.  But the event was a dud back home, and Obama began to see his poll numbers slide as the McCain event used footage from the event in a, “Here’s Paris Hilton, here’s Barack Obama” ad.  And, why yes, they both do seem to have that same haughty shake of the head.

And it turns out that the set designer who put together Obama’s “Mt. Olympus stage” actually put together Britney Spears’ stages, too.  And you thought that McCain ad was just spoofin’.

Cheering crowds and a rock-star aura aren’t necessary a good thing for a politician.  After all, Britney Spears garnered huge cheering crowds all the time, and who would really want her in the Oval Office, making life and death decisions for the nation?

The metaphor of the entire event tonight may be in the setting: a background of white Grecian columns.

According to the Obama camp, the Invesco Field setting was intended to allow “the common man” to be able to take part in the Democratic Convention even as they take part in the Obama phenomenon.  And the columns were supposed to allude to the columns of buildings in Washinghton, DC.

But…

“It’s likely that the campaign would do it differently if it had to do it again because the decision was made before the European trip,” said a senior Democratic elected officeholder who has worked closely with the Obama campaign.

The GOP narrative of Obama as celebrity took root during that trip, where the Illinois senator played to large crowds of adoring Europeans.

Obama campaign officials acknowledged the apprehension Wednesday.

But the event becomes yet another opportunity handing “Republicans a chance to drive home their message that the Democratic nominee is a narcissistic celebrity candidate,” the Politico story says.

[T]he Invesco Field speech, with its massive expected crowd and the celebrity-style imagery it could evoke, is already being teed up by Republicans eager to hammer home the celebrity theme.

The McCain campaign Wednesday released a memo mockingly titled, “Proper Attire for the Temple of Obama (The Barackopolis),” a reference to the classical stage design in place for his speech. The campaign is already prepared to pull the trigger on ads spun out of the Invesco Field event.

The problem is that Obama has played into the narcissistic celebrity narrative again and again.  Every new event merely serves to confirm the narrative.

Obama didn’t consciously intend to come across as a pompous rock star.  But it’s like a vain and pretentious woman who tries to do something nice for a friend but ends up tarnishing it with gaudiness that makes it all about her; pretension is such a part of her that she’s pretentious even when she doesn’t mean to be.  She simply can’t help herself.

It’s not that Obama wants to be pretentious; it’s simply who he is.

Barack Obama has been said to be reworking his speech to lower the profile, transforming it into more of a “workmanlike” speech that provides concrete policy steps and introduces who he really is to the American people.

The speech may be very good.  Obama is very good at reading canned speeches from teleprompters.

But in that giagantic stadium (even without the echoes), with all those pretentious columns in the background, and with all those cheering people, even a humble speech will come across with the aura of one of those vain but petty dictators talking to the people while wearing one of those fancy dress military uniforms with  the big shoulder board epaulettes.