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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Why a President Obama will fail -- Look at Hollywood

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Senator Obama is going around telling the country he will fix the country after the past 8 years. Woo hoo. There might even be stronger Democratic majorities in Congress. Yet...if you want to see how Democrats are running things professionally in a major city, look at Hollywood and the Entertainment field.

A few months ago, the Writer's Guild [WGA] went on Strike. After the strike was over, New Line, Picturehouse and Warner Brothers Independent fell. During that time, most Above the Line and Executives went to the Senator Obama fundraiser -- 90% of Hollywood does equal lockstep.

When a Studio falls, it affects the three parts of the industry: Pre-production (funding and scripts), Production (what goes on on set) and Post production (Editing, marketing and selling the film). If a studio falls, none of those groups end up getting paid.

Now with the Screen Actors Guild [SAG] and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists [AFTRA] on the verge on striking and shooting done contracted deal, will people in Los Angeles work in this town again? AFTRA negotiated with the Producers to tie the next strike to be in joint conjunction with the Directors [DGA] and the WGA, three years from now.

SAG is trying to shoot down the deal for ego's sake. Los Angeles has three industries, Government, Transportation and Entertainment. If there are two work stoppages in one year, will people be willing to fund movies filmed in Los Angeles?

When the Guilds [WGA, SAG, AFTRA and DGA] and the Producers [AMPTP] sit at a table, there are no President Bush voters there. No one around that table voted for a Republican, even once. In Los Angeles, the whole City Council is Democrat. The Mayor is a Democrat. The State Assembly is Democratic. The State Senate is Democratic. The Governor is a nominal Republican (He hasn't argued for a Conservative position since 2005 -- but I discuss this in the California Encyclicals). With the Actor Guilds arguing among themselves, and arguing with the Producers, Democrats all, how can Senator Obama and the National Democrats even argue they can fix any country?

In my time away from work, I've found that if a Strike (or a de facto Strike) or a lockout (if the AFTRA contract fails) occurs, there is rumors of three Studios not surviving the next strike. Some big ones are fine, Disney, Universal, MGM and Sony; Medium sized and smaller? A lot of people around town are worried.

With at least 90% of Entertainment people are Democrats and they can't get together to make Movies and TV shows, how the hell can they run Government?




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Friday, July 04, 2008

July 4, 2008 -- Happy Birthday USA!

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Sorry for the radio silence. I've been working on some personal and professional issues these past few weeks. I'll be back to Blogging soon -- there is too much to talk about.

But every year, I read AJ Langguth's Patriots. This year is no different. Here is what he wrote:

"When members of the [Continental] Congress came to Jefferson's stirring conclusion, a majority thought it should include one last appeal to the power even greater then George III....They did not meddle with Jefferson's last oath, more solemn than anything they might devise:

"'And for support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortune and our sacred honor'"On July 4, 1776, independence was declared in language worthy of it.'"

-- Patriots, AJ Langguth, pg.362

Here is the Declaration of Independence.

Enjoy the fireworks wherever you are.




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