Showing posts with label power Player. Show all posts
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November 11, 2013

FR.PM Major’ “Shocking The Upper Echelons of Power” (No Difference in The US)

Former prime minister Sir John Major says the dominance of the privately educated and wealthy middle class is "truly shocking".
Former prime minister Sir John Major says the dominance of the privately educated and wealthy middle class is "truly shocking".
 Sir John Major has criticised the “truly shocking” dominance of the upper echelons of power in Britain by the privately educated and affluent middle class, it was reported.
In remarks that will sting Eton-educated David Cameron, his Conservative predecessor in 10 Downing Street is said to have called for more to be done to boost social mobility.
The Daily Telegraph said the state-educated former prime minister, who left school at 16, spoke out in a speech to party members at the South Norfolk constituency party.
“In every single sphere of British influence, the upper echelons of power in 2013 are held overwhelmingly by the privately educated or the affluent middle class,” he is reported to have said.
“To me, from my background, I find that truly shocking.”
Mr Cameron has faced claims he has surrounded himself with people from a similarly privileged family and educational background.
Sir John pinned the blame for a collapse in social mobility on Labour, which he said left a ” Victorian divide between stagnation and aspiration”.
“I remember enough of my past to be outraged on behalf of the people abandoned when social mobility is lost.
“Our education system should help children out of the circumstances in which they were born, not lock them into the circumstances in which they were born.
“We need them to fly as high as their luck, their ability and their sheer hard graft can actually take them. And it isn’t going to happen magically.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband’s adoption of the one nation party mantra was “absurd”, he suggested.
In an appeal for unity, Sir John said the party could win the 2015 general election “but only if we pull together” – saying internal criticism could be productive but should be kept private.
“Public criticism is destructive. Take it from me. Political parties who are divided and torn simply do not win general elections,” he said in a nod to the divisions which wracked his own premiership.
On one issue that has caused grass-roots dissent, gay marriage, he urged people to accept times had changed, warning it was “toxic”.
“We may be unsettled by them, but David Cameron and his colleagues have no choice but to deal with this new world. They cannot, Canute-like, order it to go away because it won’t,” he said.
And on another major area of concern, he recommended a less-confrontational approach to the threat of the UK Independence Party.
“We don’t need to make personal attacks on Ukip,” he said.
“Many of the Ukip supporters are patriotic Britons who fear their country is changing.
“It is far more productive to expose the follies in their policies.”
Norfolk South MP Richard Bacon, who hosted the dinner, said: “It was a superb speech which drew attention to the huge damage done to social mobility especially by the last Labour government.
“I think the coalition is acutely aware of this problem and is taking steps to address it such as cutting tax for the low paid and the pupil premium, but it is an enormous task.”

November 24, 2012

David Geffen from Mail Room to Mogul, Nurturing to His People

David Geffen, circa 1972, is the subject of an “American Masters” documentary. He founded Asylum Records with Elliot Roberts in 1970 and in 1972 sold it to Warner Communications.
David Geffen, circa 1972, is the subject of an “American Masters” documentary. He founded Asylum Records with Elliot Roberts in 1970 and in 1(972 sold it to Warner Communications.
From the artists that he managed and made rich and successful on their art;  I can’t think of anyone in this century that the LGTB community have been so lucky to have and have him  become a filthy :)  Billionaire. I am glad that he uses that power, that money and connections to become a conduit of good, both for the community and artists that he managed or and discovered.   Being honest and smart to recognized early that he was gay, in comparison to others in his age group that were (are) in denial. 

 He was born to be a king maker. 'King David’  he said his mom used to call him….she most have known that success had to be in his futrure. So glad that he comes from a poor background so he knew about what it is not to have money for something important you need, like food.. He is gay, a Democrat that cares about this country and the people that come in touch with him. He had a lot of saying on having Obama run and he was always on the Clinton’s corner when he was President.

As a gay man, we know none other as good as David Geffen. It was like nature or god or something decided enough of what this community is gone thru. We will give them King David.

When he abandoned his friends  the Clinton’s, to make Obama the first black Senator and then president of the USA. To Him that was the no.1 priority for the world to have and he had success in making it happen with both his money and support.  He rallied many times the LGTB  community by the political decisions he was making, People that knew something of David knew that if he was backing something or someone it was going to get materialized. 

When President Obama was taking too much time in evolving about gay marriage, he even talked about not giving money to any democrat particularly the president's re-election effort.,.  The President evolved!  President Obama announced his support for Gay Marriage which was a game changer!! I wish I would have met him (David) years back.  Im younger than him but know the baby boomers from that generation.  I would either be rich and a better person and smarter in my  business  dealings…. or just a better human being and either would have been super. 

He is not getting any younger and I think the community needs to use his talents more that they are in use now. I know some in the community think of him as un-apprachable when he is the opposite as long as things make sense to him.

If David Geffen is not the american dream, then there is no american dream! He built from nothing just by having the ear and the convictions that would get him to make the right choices.  I love David Geffen because his accomplishments in our community.   I hope he feels he is not done yet.

There are plenty of us that need protection, our youth, our elderly, our sick, our human rights.
There is so much David Geffen can still do.

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I have no talent,” David Geffen said when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, “except to be able to enjoy and recognize it in others.”
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I can’t say “Inventing David Geffen” made me like Geffen a lot — and that’s a good thing. There’s a small touch of hagiography in the mix, as those he helped along the way praise him; but the documentary, which airs Tuesday at 8 p.m., also supports his reputation as a shrewd and sometimes ruthless wheeler-dealer. Right from the start of his career, when he lied on his application to the William Morris Agency and then covered it up, the guy whose mother called him “King David” was not easily deterred from his ambitions. At one point, he sued his own record label’s artist, Neil Young, when Young, then in his anti-commercial phase with albums such as “Trans,” wasn’t courting popular success. As a number of interviewees note, when Geffen got angry with you, watch out. In 2007, after his friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton had soured, he made unflattering comments about Hillary to the New York Times and lent all of his clout to Barack Obama.

“Inventing David Geffen,” a new installment of PBS’s “American Masters” series, is an effort to show just exactly how influential Geffen’s ability to enjoy and recognize talent has been. To list just a few of the people who submitted to interviews for this documentary is to hint at the scope of his cultural imprint: Tom Hanks, Cher, Neil Young, Steven Spielberg, Rahm Emanuel, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Mike Nichols, David Crosby, Jackson Brown, Nora Ephron, Tim Burton, Steve Martin, Clive Davis, Jann Wenner, Robbie Robertson, and Yoko Ono. Now 69, Geffen has enabled the work of some of the most essential artists of the past five decades, as he worked his way up from the William Morris Agency mailroom to become a multi-billionaire entertainment mogul.
But then those same people point out that when Geffen likes you, he’ll move the earth for you. And the passion for and support of his artists that we see in the documentary is impressive, not least of all his creation of Asylum Records with Elliot Roberts in 1970. The idea behind the label was to give musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, and the Eagles a safe haven from the more corporate labels, so they could pursue their musical goals unhindered by industry concerns.
His first love, professionally, was Laura Nyro, and he devoted his career to managing her and getting people to appreciate her songwriting brilliance. “I thought she was the greatest artist on the planet,” he says, and when she wouldn’t promote her music he successfully pushed her songs on other artists — Barbra Streisand, the 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night, Blood, Sweat & Tears — to gain recognition for her. The Geffen-Nyro story doesn’t end well, after she signed with a label other than his — “I cried for days,” he says. But his nurturing of her remains inspiring. So, in a way, does his willingness to bring pot cross-country for David Crosby, which resulted in an airport drug bust. He wanted to give his acts whatever they needed to thrive creatively.

When Geffen sold Asylum to Warner Communications in 1972, and it was merged with Elektra Records, many of his artists were dismayed and disappointed with Geffen. Now their safe haven was owned by the kind of corporation they’d been avoiding. But Geffen was changing with the times, and tiring of giving without getting back. As Mitchell wrote in Geffen’s voice in her song “Free Man in Paris,” which is based on their trip with Robbie Robertson to France, Geffen was feeling overextended by his role as nurturer: “Everybody’s in it for their own gain / You can’t please them all / There’s always somebody calling you down.” In 1980 he founded the hugely successful Geffen Records, which eventually housed Nirvana, Aerosmith, and Elton John. Yoko Ono describes her and John Lennon’s decision to give “Double Fantasy” to Geffen, since he was willing to take her, and not just Lennon, seriously.

“Inventing David Geffen” provides a few highlights of Geffen’s personal life, most notably his unlikely 18-month relationship with Cher in the mid-1970s. He’d gotten out of serving in the military by admitting his homosexual tendencies, and, in her interview, Cher indicates that she knew he was gay when she met him. And yet they were together until she hooked up with Greg Allman, a breakup that landed Geffen in daily therapy for three years. “He was the most loving — I don’t care what you’ve heard of him — boyfriend in the world,” Cher says. The movie doesn’t mention any other of Geffen’s significant others, which could be an oversight or a comment on how much he has lived his work.

By Matthew Gilbert:
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November 4, 2011

How the rich created the Social Security “crisis”

The Bush tax cuts coupled with a decades-long smear campaign are the real threat to the successful program
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Now and then, George W. Bush told the unvarnished truth—most often in jest. Consider the GOP presidential nominee’s Oct. 20, 2000, speech at a high-society $800-a-plate fundraiser at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria. Resplendent in a black tailcoat, waistcoat and white bow tie, Bush greeted the swells with evident satisfaction.
“This is an impressive crowd,” he said. “The haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elites; I call you my base.”
Any questions?
Eight months later, President Bush delivered sweeping tax cuts to that patrician base. Given current hysteria over what a recent Washington Post article called “the runaway national debt,” it requires an act of historical memory to recall that the Bush administration rationalized reducing taxes on inherited wealth because paying down the debt too soon might roil financial markets.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner and co-author of "The Hunting of the President" (St. Martin's Press, 2000). You can e-mail Lyons at  More Gene Lyons

July 1, 2011

Im Introducing you to A Gay Rights Power Player

IF you are Brian Ellner, a tall, handsome, unrelentingly persistent New Yorker with an e-Rolodex that expands at every dinner party, you can always get through to someone impossible to reach.
Danny Ghitis for The New York Times
Brian Ellner makes no apologies for using connections to further a cause.


Julianne Moore, anyone?
Last July, her film “The Kids Are All Right,” about a longtime lesbian couple, had just been released. She would be perfect, Mr. Ellner thought, to make a video supporting the gay-marriage initiative in New York State. Mr. Ellner had recently been hired by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group based in Washington, to help get the bill passed in Albany.
So he happens to be chatting with an educational philanthropist. (His e-Rolodex includes boldface names from Wall Street, fashion, gay rights groups, educational activists, major law firms and major league sports.) The philanthropist mentions he knows the mother of Bart Freundlich, Ms. Moore’s husband.
The affable but intense Mr. Ellner, 41, is not shy about asking for introductions.
“I would have done it anyway,” Ms. Moore said, “but the fact that he got my mother-in-law to e-mail me and say, ‘Would you do this for them?’ didn’t hurt.”
The passage of New York’s same-sex marriage bill last week was a result of hard work by politicians, led by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, and a well-coordinated coalition of gay rights groups, of which Mr. Ellner’s was one. But by sheer dint of his dedication (snipers would say to himself), he has emerged among the most visible of the spokesmen. His videos, featuring celebrities from entertainment and fashion as well as unexpected figures from sports and even former opponents, drew attention to the issue.
On Tuesday, at a Chelsea diner, Mr. Ellner made no apologies. “I find connections, and I don’t let go until someone moves their position,” he said. “I’m sure there are a lot of people who have me on auto-delete on their e-mails.”
During the frenetic run-up to the vote, he would send embargoed statements to writers for several possible poll outcomes. However news might break, he wanted to make sure articles would include his positive spin.
His new prominence represents a personal success, from a bleak moment last May, after Mr. Ellner had been tapped to lead the Empire State Pride Agenda, a gay rights organization. At the time, Mr. Ellner, a Harvard Law School graduate who had done extensive pro-bono work in public education and gay rights, had been a senior adviser to Joel I. Klein, the then-schools chancellor. While Mr. Ellner received endorsements from state and city politicians, advocates in the gay community derided him because he worked for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who was seen as being too moderate on gay issues, and they threatened to cut ties with the organization if Mr. Ellner was appointed. He withdrew his candidacy.
“When someone calls someone else an opportunist, it’s because they’re jealous,” said Richard Socarides, a friend who was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton on gay rights.
THIS fall, Mr. Ellner helped raise money to target vulnerable candidates who had voted against the same-sex marriage bill in 2009. He quietly met with Republicans, seeking to change a few votes.
“He could have done a hard sell,” said Senator James S. Alesi, a Republican from the Rochester area who had voted against the 2009 bill. “But he was smart enough to know I would come to the decision on my own. His interpersonal capabilities are superb.”
Mr. Alesi ended up supporting the measure.
But Mr. Ellner also wanted to drum up popular momentum for the bill, to frame it as a moderate issue. So he called his friend from Dartmouth, Annie Sundberg, a filmmaker who co-directed “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” to make the videos, which rolled out on a steady basis: Whoopi Goldberg, Mayor Bloomberg, Anna Wintour, Russell Simmons.
But at a fund-raiser, a straight friend pulled him aside and said bluntly: “Brian! Hollywood? Gay. Fashion? Gay. Music? Gay. Usual suspects. I’m the guy you want to reach: get cops and athletes.”
By January, Barbara Bush, a daughter of George W. Bush, had made a video supporting the cause. Then William J. Bratton, the former New York City police commissioner. And finally, through his older brother who used to date the daughter of a New York sportscaster — connection, connection, connection — hello, Sean Avery, the New York Ranger.
“Brian made me feel comfortable and totally relaxed,” Mr. Avery said. “And we kept in contact afterwards. He was just persistent in not letting go.” Athletes like Steve Nash, the basketball star, and Michael Strahan, the former New York Giants defensive end, followed.
Although the impeccably dressed Mr. Ellner, with his Ivy League background and jobs at top-label law firms, would seem to radiate the easy confidence of privilege, he comes from neither.
He grew up in Queens, with middle-class parents, neither of whom attended college. When his parents divorced messily, he lived with his father, who had just lost his job, for two years and switched from private school to public school. Mr. Ellner describes that time as dark and scarring. Friendless and depressed, he put on weight. Eventually he moved to Manhattan to live with his mother, who was on her third marriage.
Perhaps, Mr. Ellner believes, he developed his remarkable networking skills out of need to create a support system. At Dartmouth, he became president of his freshman class, then president of his sophomore class. Typically, candidates for schoolwide leadership run as juniors, to hold office their senior year. But, said Mr. Ellner with a grin: “I saw there were three juniors running. I was a sophomore. I saw an opportunity to split the vote. And I did.”
In 2005, he adopted the same strategy as he considered the crowded field of Democratic candidates for Manhattan borough president. Though he did not win, it whetted his appetite, and he does not rule out a future in politics.
Because he was hired by the Human Rights Campaign to help get the job done in Albany — mission accomplished — he doesn’t yet know his next move.
Will Mr. Ellner now propose to someone? He is speechless. He would like to marry one day, he said.
“I’ve been dating someone for just over a year,” he said. “I move slowly.”
He went to his apartment to change for that evening’s victory party. He re-emerged in his conservative finery, dressed as Clark Kent to do Superman’s work. Ralph Lauren suit, wide tie, Church’s brogues. Is it true that his Turnbull & Asser shirts are custom-tailored?
“Off-the-rack doesn’t fit me,” Mr. Ellner said. “I have long arms.”

June 12, 2011

Another Legislator Caught with Pants Down> But 'He is Just a Young Good Kid'

It looks like getting caught with your pants down is an activity not exclusive to Anthony Weiner and politicians at the federal level. In Massachusetts, 26-year old Democratic state representative Mark Cusack is being investigated for a late night incident that involved “inappropriate behavior” with a female aide who worked for another legislator.
The Speaker of the Massachusetts House is investigating the circumstances, but unlike in the case of Weiner, Cusack actually has some people speaking out in his defense. One fellow official in the news report below suggests that Cusack is “a great kid . . . he’s young, he made a mistake, and I hope he survives this.” Another legislator however said, “this just makes everybody look bad. It’s Animal House all over again and makes us look like we’re a joke.” Given that Cusack is about twenty years younger than Weiner, might such immature behavior be more readily forgivable by his constituents?

See Weiner's Weiner New Photos& They'r Not About Real Sex>Then Should he Resign?

Weiner TMZ 300x300 Weiner Gym Photos Surface On TMZ

I've seen most of the photos, yet I still think that is all about cyber sex and no one, particularly someone that is elected by his constituents should quit or be driven from office or job because of it. He didn't have sex and he did not break any laws. Decency is on the eyes of the beholder and his/ her 'community standards (  the law on this one)'.

At least Clinton had bodily fluids all over "That Woman"  dress.
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