Month: August 2008

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Celebrities Who Love President McCain

Atrios:

Daddy Yankee 

Celebrity!

ABC News’ Bret Hovell Reports: While making an appearance on Monday at the high school alma mater of his wife Cindy, John McCain received the endorsement of Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee.

Daddy Yankee, whose real name is Ramon Ayala, is a Latin Grammy winner. He is known mostly for his song “Gasolina,” which, according to several translations of the Spanish lyrics and interpretations of the Spanish slang, is not particularly family-friendly, and has absolutely nothing to do with energy independence.

And his other celebrity pals:

Meanwhile, the Web site Wilshire and Washington, published by Variety magazine, reported McCain will be paying a visit to some other celebrities when he travels to Los Angeles Monday for an appearance on “The Tonight Show.”

McCain will attend a fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton, an event Angie Harmon, David Zucker, Jon Cryer, Craig T. Nelson, Jon Voight, Craig Haffner and Robert Duvall are expected to attend, the Web site said.

…Some quick translated lyrics from Gasolina:

turn up the mambo so my pussies turn on their engines
turn up the mambo so my pussies turn on their engines
turn up the mambo so my pussies turn on their engines
so they can get ready for what’s coming to them (ass!)

…update: Apparently lyrics site had wrong lyrics for “gasolina,” and the word is “duro” (hard) not “culo” (ass) as listed above.

Gratitude: We Liberated Iraq So They’All Could Vote For Obama

Lost in the shuffle of convention news….

Iraqi Prime Minister Prime Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday that an agreement had been reached in negotiations on a security pact with the United States to end any foreign military presence in Iraq by the end of 2011.

“There is an agreement actually reached, reached between the two parties on a fixed date which is the end of 2011 to end any foreign presence on Iraqi soil,” Maliki said in a speech to tribal leaders in the Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

(Surely he’s excluding the zillions of troops on all our bases….)

Another Bank Fails, This One Apparently By Doing What Jesus Would Do….

Atrios:

“Christian-Centered Philosophy” 

Reading a bit more about the bank that the FDIC ate yesterday.

The Alpharetta-based bank, which opened its doors in 2000 with a Christian-centered philosophy, is the 10th U.S. bank to fail this year and the second Georgia institution to fail in the past 12 months.

Integrity’s employees regularly prayed before meetings or in branch lobbies with customers, while the bank gave 10 percent of its net income to charities.

“We felt if we prayed and obeyed God’s word and did what He asked, that He would help us be successful,” the bank’s founder, Steve Skow, told the Journal-Constitution in 2005.

And they were.

Centered around a Christian faith-based business model, Integrity Bank was a high-flying star of metro Atlanta’s housing boom, but industry experts said Integrity quickly became the poster-child for lending and compensation excesses.

…Senior executive salaries, the bank’s compensation discussion and analysis section states, relied heavily on lenders and executives growing the total loan portfolio, with few incentives for credit quality.

CEO Steve Skow earned $1.8 million that year, while senior lender and executive vice president Doug Ballard earned $847,222. A typical community bank CEO, banking consultants said, earn roughly $300,000 per year.

Encouraged by their leader:

Steven Skow, ceo of faith-based Integrity Bank, has been encouraged by President Bush’s emphasis on Christian values: “We’re starting to see faith become popular, right up to our leader, the President of the U.S.”

It’s all God’s Will:

“It’s not me–it’s the people and God’s will that have made this thing successful.”

Lovely discriminatory workplace practices.

Skow begins every business day praying with the top officers at his Integrity Bank.