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"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened." - Winston Churchill


Clinton to dedicate life to redistributing world's wealth
He started by taking the gifts that the rich people gave to the White House, he is just holding them until a later time. How much of his book deal did he give away? Did he accept payment for this speech?
It is always easier to spend other people's money, to make yourself feel good.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:41 PM |

How Enron was created
Why is Congress even involved in these issues?
"The four regional Bell telephone companies, capping a two-year lobbying and advertising blitz, won a House vote Wednesday in their battle to offer unregulated high-speed Internet services nationwide...According to the Center for Responsible Politics, the four Bell companies have contributed at total of $19.4 million to House and Senate candidates since 1999. Opponents such as AT&T, Sprint and Worldcom have contributed a total of $12.6 million to candidates over the same period."
This is an example of why companies spend millions to support politicians. The problem is not deregulation, the problem is that there is regulations already in place that limit a businesses' ability to compete in the marketplace. The companies have to pay the politicians to allow them to compete in the market place. The politicians in return pass laws that favor some companies, not the consumer. When the effect on the marketplace is not real deregulation, which would be more competition and lower prices, the consumer blames the deregulation laws. Then the whole cycle begins again. The only loser is the consumer.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:05 PM |

Holla Back
Movable Type: How hard or easy is it to install and use?

posted by Sean McCray | 3:26 PM |

Poll: Muslims have low opinion of US
Like we really care. These backward illiterate nations have a low opinion of America. Stop asking for our help, and stop taking our money since we are so evil. Kuwait even has the nerve to say bad things about the US. How about we allow Saddam to take over Kuwait, in return for freeing the Iraqi people?

posted by Sean McCray | 2:26 PM |

Insight on the News Things like this and the Enron "investigation" are why people do not like politicians. They need to get a real job.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:14 PM |


The 2002 Grammy Awards
Congrats to Alicia Keys for winning five awards:
Song of the Year: "Fallin", New Artist, R&B Album,
Female R&B Vocal Performance, R&B Song: "Fallin"
She is one of the few young performers with real talent.

Here are some others that mattered to me:
Male R&B Vocal Performance: "U Remind Me," Usher.
Rap Album: "Stankonia," OutKast.
R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "Survivor," Destiny's Child.
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: "Ms. Jackson," OutKast.
Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani
Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: "The Experience," Yolanda Adams

posted by Sean McCray | 11:53 PM |

Remains Of Child Found In East County What a sick twisted SOB.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:27 PM |

Holla Back
Just want to throw an idea out here to blogdom, and get some feedback.
There are so many new blogs being added daily, and most bloggers are already too busy to keep up with their favorites. I was thinking of a blog-a-thon (yes, its corny, but all the good blog names are taken.)
I have not really worked out the details. But here are the basics for now:
One day during the week I will look at only blogs that I have not looked at before. I will actually read them, and note the interesting ones.
This is where its gets fuzzy. Others can participate by doing the same thing. Then e-mail me when you find a blog that you feel others should read.
I was also thinking of like a viral/relay type group thing. (what?)
For example. Each person commits to reading 5-10 new blogs during the week. Here is the catch. If you find a blog that is worth being looked at, then you e-mail the blogmaster. Once a blogmaster has been "hit", they then have to do the same thing.
I am not sure about the details, like if a blog has already been hit, then maybe it can't be hit again.
Let me know if this sounds completely insane, or any suggestions.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:52 PM |

A Pro American Rally!"Under a hot morning sun, nearly 2,000 residents turned out - grandmothers, students, government employees, the unemployed. They sang and prayed, waving Philippine and American flags and placards. It was the largest rally here in many years"
Lets see how often this item gets run on the news channels. It is a NY Times article, so anything is possible.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:41 PM |

Michael Kelly nails Carter.
In the opinion of the man who presided over 400-plus days of "America Held Hostage," George W. Bush's description of Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of evil" was "overly simplistic and counterproductive." Added the man who was once attacked by a rabbit, "I think it will take years before we can repair the damage done by that statement."

posted by Sean McCray | 2:38 PM |

Illinois awaits Jackson tax form
The Rev. Jesse Jackson's premier tax-exempt organization has not filed a state tax return for 2000 and is in danger of losing its legal authority to raise money, an official with the Illinois attorney general's office said.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:35 PM |

Fox News is on a roll.For the second month in a row they have beaten CNN and MSNBC. FNC was the No. 1 rated news network in both total-day and prime-time.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:34 PM |

Gore returns to S. Florida, political arena
Gore is raising the money for his own political action committee, which he recently formed. The losing Democratic candidate for president in 2000 said he doesn't yet know if he will run again in 2004. He has formed a PAC, is raising money and taking a higher media profile. He is going to run again.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:30 PM |


Jonah on The Corner
Goldberg hits the nail on the head. He exposes the baseless rhetoric used by Tavis Smiley.
Smiley discussed how previous wars--namely the Civil War, WWII, Vietnam--had also been turning points and "defining moments" for America. Then he asked rhetorically, and I’m paraphrasing, "but what did these wars do to improve the situation for Blacks in America? To foster greater awareness in our community and in the larger society?" Tavis’s answer: "Not much." Call me crazy, but the Civil War seems to have been a big step forward for black folks (WWII and Vietnam were big deals for black America too, by the way).

posted by Sean McCray | 7:04 PM |

Why Blacks Support Vouchers
"A 1999 survey by Public Agenda, a nonpartisan research group, found that 68 percent of blacks favor vouchers. A similar poll by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a nonpartisan think tank, showed that the percentage of blacks supporting school vouchers rose to 60 percent in 1999 from 48 percent in 1996...Amazingly, almost three-fifths of black politicians rate their local public schools as excellent or good, while by nearly the same percentage other black adults rate their public schools as poor to fair. (Most politicians do not send their children to public schools.)...Our support for vouchers is essentially a critique of politicians' ineffectiveness... For a limited number of children, they may make a crucial difference. That possibility is enough for black parents to take a chance."

posted by Sean McCray | 6:46 PM |

For the Industry, Less to Celebrate at the Grammys
"Music sales are plummeting. Performers are rebelling against the business tactics of the five major recording companies. About the only issue many executives and artists agree on, in fact, is that the industry's music simply is not as good as it used to be...the plunge in music sales appears to be accelerating. In dollar terms, sales were $13.7 billion in 2001, down 4.7 percent from a year earlier. The top 10 albums sold 60 million copies in the United States in 2000, according to the association; last year, that number fell to 40 million."
Greed. No Talent.
That sums up what is wrong with the music industry. They assume their customer is stupid. It does not take a genius to realize that if they can buy a blank CD for .20, then a music CD is not worth $16-$18. The CD single, a rarity to even get released, is selling for $4-$5. Most music has the same sound, the same producers and songwriters. I love music, but rarely buy a CD. It just is not worth the price. I have downloaded some mp3 songs, mostly to see if I want the CD. The problem is not the CD, the problem is the price and lack of distribution channels. The artists need to take control of their works, and use these new digital distribution channels. People assumed that shareware would destroy the software industry, but it helped the industry. Video and DVD rentals helped the sales of those products. The music industry is operating on a very outdated business model. I do not see why any CD should cost more than $10. The record companies need to offer mp3 songs for free. These would be the equivalent of promo CD's. This would also allow people to develop a relationship with the record label and the artist. The consumer would get legal, high quality versions of their favorite songs. This could be very effective, especially in distributing remixes of songs.
Ken Layne, on Fox Views, does a good job grilling the industry. He gives a real world example of why the music industry is out of touch with its customers:

"Before my wedding last year, my bride and I didn't have time to collect and compile special music for the DJ. Three couples - all in their thirties, all law-abiding professionals - quickly assembled all the music we needed, from Web file-sharing services. Sure, we had the records at home. But it was easier for our pals to just grab the stuff off the Net. And now we've got the soundtrack to our wedding party on four CDs. Arrest us!"

posted by Sean McCray | 6:41 PM |

Sharpton's on point by Michael Eric Dyson
"On a panel broadcast by C-SPAN from Philadelphia's 5,000-seat Sharon Baptist Church, the Rev. Al Sharpton showed why he would be a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States."
Dyson looses credibility with every word he writes. Al Sharpton is not a credible candidate for President. It is disgusting; to pretend that Sharpton is the best black America has to offer. What has he done? What are his accomplishments, other than learning how to get in front of a camera?
"On the other hand, we are asked to be silent in detailing the denial of the rights and privileges that citizens should be able to assume. In fact, we are deemed un-American if we dare tell the truth about the infractions we endure."
I was on the phone with a friend of mine, who is not a conservative, while watching the C-SPAN broadcast. We were both disappointed because there were no solutions offered. They just kept screaming about how bad the government is treating them. The amazing thing, my friend and I noted, is that everybody on the panel was probably earning at least a six-figure income. Nobody saw the irony in claiming to be victims while living under the freedom of this country. These people were wealthy, in positions of leadership, on a public cable network, having their opinions against the government aired.

posted by Sean McCray | 6:36 PM |

Swiss Right fights UN 'threat' to neutrality I hope they keep their neutrality.

posted by Sean McCray | 6:30 PM |

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac faulted over minority lending
Private mortgage companies are doing a better job getting minorities home financing, than the government backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
"FM Watch said its analysis of HUD data showed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still fell short of the private market in financing for black home buyers in 97 out of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. In New York, funding for blacks made up 9.2 percent of the companies' financing but 11 percent of private mortgage funding, the group said...The mortgage companies lagged the private market in financing loans to Hispanics in 87 out of the largest 100 U.S. cities, FM Watch said. In Los Angeles, 19.1 percent of loans funded by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went to Hispanics, while 22.2 percent of private market loans reached that group."

posted by Sean McCray | 6:29 PM |

The Ethical Philosphy Survey
I finally took the test. Here are the results:
1. Rand (100%)
2. Nietzsche (76%)
3. Hume (70%)
4. Sartre (70%)
5. Hobbes (64%)
6. Stoics (60%)
7. Cynics (58%)
8. Aristotle (52%)
9. Mill (50%)
10. Epicureans (43%)
11. Plato (43%)
12. Bentham (43%)
13. Augustine (43%)
14. Kant (41%)
15. Spinoza (41%)
16. Aquinas (40%)
17. Prescriptivism (31%)
18. Noddings (27%)
19. Ockham (22%)

posted by Sean McCray | 4:23 PM |

US HIV cases 'on the rise'
Nearly a million people in the United States are HIV-positive and a quarter of them are unaware they have the virus, a report by the Centers for Disease Control suggests.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:24 PM |

Blair angers Germans by backing Iraq strikes
Giving warning of a rift in Europe over the war on terrorism, Joschka Fischer, the German foreign minister, also appeared to have Mr Blair in mind when he spoke of the need for European Union partners to stick to the same policy.
"Only when Europe has a common foreign and security policy, as we have a single market and single currency, will we be taken seriously," he said. EU nations would be as powerful as America only if they were united.
This guy is living in the land of make believe.

posted by Sean McCray | 3:01 AM |

What Happened to Chandra Levy?
Dominick Dunne puts forth an interesting theory about her dissapearance.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:55 AM |


Greenspan to affirm recession's end
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan gives his semi-annual state of the economy report to Congress Wednesday morning. When he speaks, markets around the world listen. His message this week will largely affirm the chorus of analysts who uniformly agree that the recession is over and a recovery is starting, if not already well under way.

posted by Sean McCray | 10:46 PM |

Settlers use pigskin to foil the martyrs

posted by Sean McCray | 9:15 PM |

Bad Move by Bush
While we were all sleeping last week, President Bush lifted the export restrictions on microprocessor speeds for computers for countries like China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Israel -- basically, most of the countries security experts say regularly engage in cyber-espionage on the US. This is a bit like giving a gun to a burglar who you know has been casing your house. I also wonder how this fits into the war on terrorism?

posted by Sean McCray | 9:00 PM |

Where does your state rank in education?

posted by Sean McCray | 8:57 PM |

Jayson Williams manslaughter documents

posted by Sean McCray | 8:53 PM |

Why the Muslims Misjudged Us
The latest from Victor Davis Hanson, what else needs to be said?

posted by Sean McCray | 4:10 PM |

War on Terror: How Britain Ended Slavery Unilaterally
I was looking up more info on slavery in Brazil, when I came across this nugget. Unilateral use of military force was used by the British Empire to end slavery. I saw some parallels with our war on terrorism.

Confronted with the continuation of the slave trade some 20 years after it should have been abolished under the 1826 treaty, Britain acted unilaterally. Slaving had already been declared piracy, giving British ships the right to hoard and seize suspected vessels on the high seas. In 1850, British warships entered Brazilian ports and seized and burned a number of ships that were suspected of engaging in the transport of slaves. During these operations the British were fired upon from Brazilian forts. It is difficult to imagine a less ambiguous violation of the norm of non-intervention. These pressures were effective. Confronted with British naval power and the antipathy of other advanced states, Brazil passed and enforced legislation to end the slave trade. One Brazilian leader, speaking to the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies in 1850, recognized that Brazil was the only country actively resisting the anti-slave regime. He stated that:
"With the whole of the civilized world now opposed to the slave trade, and with a powerful nation like Britain intent on ending it once and for all, can we resist the torrent? I think not."
Brazil was the most important defector from this system, failing to enforce its own treaty obligations. Britain used naval power - including entry into Brazilian territorial waters and the destruction of Brazilian ships - to compel Brazil to change its policies. Britain's commitment to ending international commerce in human beings triumphed over non-intervention.

posted by Sean McCray | 4:04 PM |

U.S. drops pledge on nukes
The Bush administration is no longer standing by a 24-year-old U.S. pledge not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, a senior administration official said yesterday.
Our enemies do not understand who they are dealing with.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:38 PM |

The Airborne Laser Home Page
The Airborne Laser (ABL) weapon system will operate at altitudes above the clouds where it can acquire and track missiles in boost flight, and then accurately point and fire the laser with such energy that the missile is destroyed before it can do any harm.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:25 PM |


Reborn in the USA :February 2002 O Magazine
Oprah's magazine has some very good stories about immigrants that came to America, and were able to experience freedom. It is a reminder of the freedoms that we are born with. Oprah: "What I know for sure is that we all need to cherish that gift-to revel in it rather than take it for granted. After the hundreds of stories I've heard of atrocities around the globe, I know that if you're a woman born in the United States, you're one of the luckiest women in the world. Take your good fortune and lift your life to its highest calling. Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility."
There is also an interview with Condaleeza Rice. The website has a video of the interview.
"In all my years of interviewing, I have never been prouder to spell my name w-o-m-a-n than after spending time with Condoleezza Rice." — Oprah

There is also the full text from the Statue of Liberty:
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

posted by Sean McCray | 6:00 PM |

My 2 Cents:
I know I am a little late with this, but I do not read People magazine on a regular basis. I looked at the cover with the 31 widows and their newborn babies. The short stories about the now deceased fathers really hit me hard. The age of these men was mostly late 20's to mid 30's. This is my age group, these were my co-workers, my brother, my sister. This attack was personal, even if I did not know them personally.
The other thing that struck me about the cover, was the diversity. It was truly a reflection of America's diversity.

posted by Sean McCray | 3:09 AM |


Blacks thriving economically
This is a very good article. It speaks with many middle class African-Americans, from different backgrounds. The common factor is their success. "But many in the black community are beginning to resent its conventional image as oppressed and economically disadvantaged...As consumers, blacks are one of the most targeted markets today. They spend $571 billion annually on consumer goods — $270 billion more than a decade ago."

posted by Sean McCray | 9:15 PM |

Brandy Expecting Child In July

posted by Sean McCray | 3:03 AM |

Carter Rips Bush on 'Axis' Label
Credibility. That is the word that came to mind when reading this. Carter has none in this area.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:33 AM |

The subject of reparations for African-Americans will remain on the political landscape for a long time. People need to stop throwing rhetoric back and forth, and actually attempt to look at the issue.
The proof of a debt owed has never been established. The idea that slavery was extremely profitable has never been proven. It is the biggest flaw in the reparations argument. They just assume this to be a fact.
There is objective evidence that slavery had a negative economic impact, especially long term. The Caribbean Islands were full of slaves, and are still very poor countries. More slaves were taken to Brazil than the US. It becomes obvious that slavery is not the cause of America’s wealth. Brazil had more slaves, and kept slavery longer. According to the idea that slavery gives people an economic advantage, then Brazil should be an economic powerhouse. A person could also argue that America just used slavery to keep up, not get ahead.
The idea is also missed, that the slaves were treated as property by Africans. The Africans were PAID for the slaves. There has already been a transfer of money from one country to another. If they sold it cheaply, that is their fault.
The social programs in the sixties were specifically designed to have a disproportionate effect on helping blacks. Would you subtract for the money given to black colleges?
I am having a hard time seeing how it could be done in a moral and practical manner.
Who would get what?
Mixed people?
People on both sides want to make it a simple issue. It is not. The burden of proof is on the side of reparations supporters. If you are going to make a case, you will have to prove damages.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:23 AM |


Students protest UCLA's invitation of Laura Bush to speak at commencement
Can we give China California for Taiwan?
"Despite being 3,000 miles away, Laura Bush fueled debate between administrators and students who objected to the possibility of having the first lady speak at this year's University of California-Los Angeles commencement ceremony. Students in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies met with Dean Aimee Dorr on Friday to demand that she rescind the invitation to Bush. Critics cited Bush's "shallow credentials" and complained they were not allowed to participate in the selection of their commencement speaker."

posted by Sean McCray | 11:30 PM |

Oil Drips With Money for Alaska
"Who wants to drill for oil in the far north of Alaska? Alaskans do. And do they ever...Without new oil, goodness, Alaskans might be asked to pay taxes.
For a generation now, Alaskans have been living high off public lands and the royalties from free-flowing petroleum. Instead of having to pay state taxes, Alaskans get a juicy cash kickback every year from their government...For instance, you'll hear plenty about national energy independence in the debate over the Arctic refuge. But the real fight is Alaska's fight for money."
So what? The writer acts as if it is wrong for Alaskans to want to benefit from Alaska. It is their state; they should be able to decide how the land is used. This is the typical left wing slander. They try to insinuate that greed and money are at the heart of the issue. This desire for money somehow lessens a persons right to stake their claim. The writer fails to mention the very high cost of living in Alaska. The six months of darkness, and extremely cold weather.

"Funny, too, but if you look close, you don't see much in the way of oil company lobbying to drill in the disputed coastal section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. To the disappointment of many Alaskans, the giant oil companies are preoccupied elsewhere--in Russia, in Africa, in Latin America, in the Gulf of Mexico and in Central Asia."
This assertion, contradicts what all the other drilling opponents are saying. Big oil is not behind this, there are easier and cheaper places to drill. ANWR is not a national treasure it is a wasteland. This is not Yellowstone National Park. This is the federal government reaching too far into the domain of states.
True states rights will not be restored without a Constitutional Amendment.

posted by Sean McCray | 11:25 PM |

British university students protest tuition fees
The greatness of mixing socialism and education. Maybe if their parents had lower taxes, they could afford $1500 a year for college.
The National Union of Blair's government has betrayed students by ending means-tested living allowances in favor of loans and introducing fees of up to $1,500 a year for university courses.
The student union says students now graduate with an average debt of $14,300 and in college must survive on $40 a week after paying rent, meaning they would be better off claiming unemployment benefits.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:51 PM |

Farmer testifies against Milosevic in war crimes trial
This trial is such a joke. It is a feel good procedure that will solve nothing. Does anyone really feel he has a chance of not being found guilty?

posted by Sean McCray | 7:47 PM |

Order to double gas price?
"The price of California's gasoline will double at the pump if Gov. Gray Davis keeps his order to eliminate the environmentally troublesome MTBE additive by the end of this year, a consultant reported Tuesday."
OK, maybe we can just give California back to Mexico. I will take Bush and Cheney on energy over Davis, any day of the week.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:43 PM | ditches the OS in new PCs

posted by Sean McCray | 7:25 PM |

Daniel Pearl has been confirmed dead.
This really makes me angry. It feels very personal.
God Bless his family.
God have mercy on his killers.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:12 PM |

The recession may already be over. Key Economic Gauge Sees Strong Recovery "The U.S. economy might already be out of recession and its recovery could be much stronger than expected, a private research firm said on Thursday, as its economic forecasting gauge rose for the fourth consecutive month in January"

posted by Sean McCray | 6:40 PM |

Insurance firms issued slave policies Various documents link modern companies to antebellum slavery.

posted by Sean McCray | 5:04 PM |

The peaceful and democratic China
This article points out that Taiwan is the democratic China. "This China is the Republic of China on Taiwan. It is peaceful and democratic, respects human rights and wants good relations with America's eighth-largest trading partner. Among the nations of the world, it ranks 21st in per capita gross national product. Freedom House puts it on par with Japan as the freest country in Asia."
The article ends with one of the best lines I have read: "If Beijing tries to swallow the other China on Bush's watch, it will choke."

posted by Sean McCray | 4:42 PM |

Borking Judge Pickering
This is about the elite feeling they know more than the average person. The blacks that live with Pickering have nothing but good things to say about him.
"Judge Pickering, currently a federal district judge in nearby Hattiesburg, "was praised by black city officials for helping to set up after-school youth programs here, and for directing federal money to low-income areas when he was a state senator. Black business leaders say he was influential in persuading white-owned banks to lend money to black entrepreneurs, helping to strengthen the city's black middle class." Thaddeus Edmonson, a former local president of the NAACP who currently serves as president of Laurel's city council, said of Judge Pickering that "I can't believe the man they're describing in Washington is the same one I've known for years." Four of the five blacks on the seven-member city council want Judge Pickering elevated to the appeals court."

Rep. Bennie Thompson, a CBC member and Democrat, just responds with a typical slander for people that dont agree with her: She calls Judge Pickering's black supporters "Judases."

Even if you don't feel he should be appointed, this campaign of false smears is out of bounds. This country will never be able to have judges that actually think if we dont do something about the process. Both parties play these games, somebody needs to be bold enough to stop.

posted by Sean McCray | 4:17 PM |

Ann Coulter proposes a lock box for the tax cut. Now thats a lock box I could support.

posted by Sean McCray | 4:07 PM |

Bush's words have made the S. Koreans nervous
The Institute for Public Accuracy features two scholars:
"There is a great deal of consternation in South Korea because of Bush's bellicose language and how it has undercut President Kim Dae Jung's efforts to reconcile with North Korea. Bush is using language that North Korea has interpreted as a virtual declaration of war and has set back a peace process that seemed so promising in 2000, when the leaders of North and South Korea met for the first time. A year ago, the Clinton administration was close to an agreement that would have ended North Korea's ballistic missile program, but the Bush administration scuttled the talks. Many Koreans are convinced that Bush is so bent on building an anti-missile system he is willing to undermine the peace process in Korea."

"Many fear the dark cloud of war is again coming to Korea because of Bush's threats. Eighty percent of South Koreans are against the U.S. administration's stance on North Korea; it is putting obstacles in the way of cooperation and reconciliation between North and South."

Anybody bother telling these people that the two nations are at war? This is the type of thanks the US gets for protecting S.Korea.

posted by Sean McCray | 3:57 PM |

The first African-American to ever win a gold medal at the Winter Games, the women's bobsled team also ended a 46 year drought for the US in Olympic bobsleding.

posted by Sean McCray | 3:32 PM |

The Brothers Judd Good Books and Recommended Readings
This is another website I meant to add to my links. Great site, with some of the best book reviews you can find. During Black History Month they are featuring a different black book each day on their website. Go check it out.

posted by Sean McCray | 3:41 AM |

"Stupid White Men" is Michael Moore's new book.
Is it an autobiography?
This guy is the Jerry Springer version of Noam Chomsky.What am I doing wrong? If a complete idiot like him can make a living being stupid, why do I still have to work?

posted by Sean McCray | 12:46 AM |

Are you ready to pay your UN taxes?
This is scary, because it seems so plausable.
"One of these days, if the United Nations' potentates have their way, I am going to receive a tax bill that will include a portion of my earnings allocated to the UN. Their taxation powers will have been imposed as a new layer on top of those paid to the United States.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:09 AM |


The illegal alien Pander-lympics.
Michelle Malkin is calling both parties out for their irresponsible views on immigration.
"More spending equals less illegal immigration, right? Don't be fooled. While Washington creates the illusion of buying more and better homeland defense, public officials continue to sell out to ethnic special interests - namely, to liberal Hispanic lobbyists who are doing everything in their power to exempt illegal aliens from Mexico from immigration reform."

posted by Sean McCray | 10:35 PM |

I love good speeches, and Bush being in S. Korea reminded me of a classic:
Ronald Reagan-Tear Down this Wall
Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate
West Berlin, Germany
June 12, 1987
This speech was delivered to the people of West Berlin, yet it was also audible on the East side of the Berlin wall.
Here are a few excerpts:

"Yet it is here in Berlin where the wall emerges most clearly; here, cutting across your city, where the news photo and the television screen have imprinted this brutal division of a continent upon the mind of the world. Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, every man is a German, separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar."

" Yet I do not come here to lament. For I find in Berlin a message of hope, even in the shadow of this wall, a message of triumph. "

"In the 1950s, Khrushchev predicted: "We will bury you." But in the West today, we see a free world that has achieved a level of prosperity and well-being unprecedented in all human history. In the Communist world, we see failure, technological backwardness, declining standards of health, even want of the most basic kind--too little food. Even today, the Soviet Union still cannot feed itself. After these four decades, then, there stands before the entire world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor."

"There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

"...this gets to the root of the matter, to the most fundamental distinction of all between East and West. The totalitarian world produces backwardness because it does such violence to the spirit, thwarting the human impulse to create, to enjoy, to worship. The totalitarian world finds even symbols of love and of worship an affront."

" Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.
And I would like, before I close, to say one word. I have read, and I have been questioned since I've been here about certain demonstrations against my coming. And I would like to say just one thing, and to those who demonstrate so. I wonder if they have ever asked themselves that if they should have the kind of government they apparently seek, no one would ever be able to do what they're doing again.
Thank you and God bless you all."

posted by Sean McCray | 5:47 PM |

Black Libertarian: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston had this interesting article about Zora Neale Hurston.
" Hurston and other writers of Harlem Renaissance completely rejected this vision as "the sobbing school of Negrohood." and accordingly wrote stories that celebrated black community and individualism."
" In 1950 she wrote an article for American Legion entitled "I saw the Negro Vote Peddled" complaining how leftist groups and labor unions consistently would try to see blacks as one homogeneous voting block. In 1951 she wrote another article for American Legion called "Why the Negro Won’t Buy Communism" where she attacked Communists who tried to make blacks as a new proletariat."
" Hurston thought that many blacks had been tricked into believing that anyone who was a liberal was a friend to the blacks"
"Hurston was criticized for not addressing racial issues, but she hardly ignored them. She criticized Jim Crow laws, and was well aware of the many racial problems that existed. However, she thought that these issues could be addressed by local communities and within the states, rather than through white northern liberals, the Federal government, and unconstitutional laws."

posted by Sean McCray | 5:42 PM |

If You’re Tired of Jesse and Al, Get Involved
This Newsweek article asks where are the black leaders under the age of fifty?
"I won’t deny Jackson’s sizable ego, but he would have a hard time finding a nationally recognized African-American political activist under 50 to take his place. There are exceptions— human-rights advocate Martin Luther King III, litigator Constance Rice and Rep. J. C. Watts—but it would be difficult to name five more. By contrast, Martin Luther King Jr. was in his mid-20s when he organized the Montgomery bus boycott, and Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman and John Lewis have been activists since their college days."
There are many people working in their local communities. The problem is that the media likes to focus on one person that can create controversy. Al Sharpton is a creation of the liberal media, and its desire to keep the race issue stuck in the civil rights era. Younger blacks do not want to take anyone’s place; they want to forge their own place. Things have changed greatly since 1968, and people have different needs.
The media listens to boycott threats and accusations of racism, but not to the stories that portray a positive side. This is frustrating for me personally. I know people that are trying to be the next Jesse Jackson, and they get the attention. They only have to learn PR skills, not give real sacrifice or service.

" We shielded them ( the younger generation) from the brutal details of slavery, lynching and Jim Crow, but we also failed to show them how political activism helped to end these atrocities."
Exactly! They have ended. This is the reason; people had no choice but to protest before. They could not get jobs, or buy the house they wanted and this led to the protests. This generation has grown up with a world of options. It is hard to make a person rebel against a system that allows them the freedom that America does. The actions speak louder than the victimology rhetoric.

" They will continue to focus on that one fleeting moment in Memphis on April 4, 1968, when King was assassinated, rather than the years of struggle against racism and oppression that made his life “worthy of the gods.”
It was a turning point. The enemy within is now greater than the enemy outside.

"Leadership shouldn’t be the lifetime responsibility of just a handful of men and women. Even the most revered activists will want to retire at some point. I hope that members of the younger generation will step forward even before that happens. Then Jesse and Al won’t have to carry the burden alone."
These older people will not get out of the way. How can anyone get any press when Jesse and Al are trying to outdo each other for attention? I wish one of these companies would challenge Jackson and Sharpton when they make boycott threats. They would learn that most people would not respond. The media also likes to promote the victimologists, because they create controversy. I have seen members of The New Black Panther Party on TV many times. Why? These people only have credibility in their own eyes, and when the cameras point at them. African-Americans are not looking to them for leadership. The white liberal establishment is looking at these people to carry their banner. They lose their socialist agenda if they lose their victims.

posted by Sean McCray | 5:36 PM |

BlogSnob now has stats for their text ads.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:08 PM |

Two Great Blogs that were left out of my links update:
the Kolkata Libertarian
USS Clueless
It will be corrected asap.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:46 PM |

Axis of Evil
Have the critics of Bush's "axis of evil" comment looked at the countries in the WW2 Axis?
The main Axis powers were Japan, Germany and Italy.
The main allies were US, USSR, Britian, China.
How much in commom did these countries have?
The US and Britian had the most in common, and Germany and Italy had similar facist leaders. Look at the other countries, and the commonalities are hard to find.
A common enemy, that is what the Axis was built on.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:13 PM |

Bush Names Advisory Panel on HBCUs
The advisory board will be comprised of 21 members of the HBCU’s sitting presidents, private foundation representatives, educational institutions, business and financial leaders.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:00 PM |

Sharpton, in N.H., talks like a candidate
The Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday unofficially launched his presidential campaign, promising a candidacy that would move the Democratic Party back to its liberal roots
The best campaign news for a Bush, since Reno decided to run for Florida Gov.

posted by Sean McCray | 11:55 AM |

Mohammed says try to understand bin Laden
The leader of the nation's largest Islamic organization says the actions of Osama bin Laden were criminal, but the world should try to understand his cause.
OK. We will turn his body over to science.

posted by Sean McCray | 11:47 AM |


Finally updated my links and changed my Archives format

posted by Sean McCray | 11:38 PM |

Blogger has been hard to get on all night. Then when I do get on, they say they will be down at 8:55PM .

posted by Sean McCray | 11:35 PM |

Voluntary Taxes in VA
The Tax Me More idea is spreading!
Virginians who want to pay more taxes soon will be able to contribute as much as they want — and get their names posted on the Department of Taxation Web site, to boot.

posted by Sean McCray | 8:16 PM |

British troops invade Spain...OOOPS wrong place!
I saw this on Fox News, but have not found a link to a story.
20 British soldiers landed on a beach in Spain, in full military gear. They were off course, and were suppose to be landing on Gibralter.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:12 AM |

Skating Chief Proposes Replacing Judging Scale
Its too confusing to understand. Maybe they feel if no one understands how it works, then no one can abuse it.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:09 AM |

Louis Farrakhan condemns U.S. war on terrorism
Is this really news? I was looking for a full transcript of the speech and could not find one. The Nation of Islam website does have a streaming video of the speech. I was not about to watch a 2 hour speech online. He just says what all the other anti-American, anti-Jewish people say. America-bad, Jews-bad, Arabs-victims,, yada-yada-yada.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:47 AM |


"Punditwatch" has decided to recognize blogs. Will Vehrs of Punditwatch has made it to the big show.

posted by Sean McCray | 9:12 PM |

My 2 Cents:
The Pickering Nomination
The heart of the Pickering nomination comes down to if the past should be left in the past. If the consistent present actions of a person show that there has been a conversion of beliefs, then the past should be left buried. If a person continues to show that their present beliefs would create similar bad acts that were committed in the past, then it is very relevant.
This nomination has opened up the wound of the legacy of the Civil War and segregation. Sen. Byrd is a perfect example, a former Klansman that is now a Democratic Senator. The African-Americans that live in Pickering's community, and know him best, support him fully.
The biggest problem I have is with how the Republicans have handled the nomination. They have thrown it out to the wolves, with no preparation. I do not feel Bush should be using his political capital at this time on a judicial nomination. This brings the Bush administration down into the quagmire of domestic policy. It is an unneeded distraction.
Pickering should not be opposed for the false racial ghosts that have been thrown at him. Byron York has done a good job of exposing what really happened in the 1994 case that has caused so much trouble.
I question whether he was the most appropriate nominee at this time, but to disqualify based on a few incident from his college days is wrong. It is amazing how Clinton defenders, can so easily attack others with even broader and more slanderous accusations, that have even less evidence.
His nomination will not survive the Judicial Committee, even though there are no good reasons. The White House should have nominated a different person, which would be less distracting. This is politics, and sometimes it is about timing.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:14 PM |

Stronger Nigeria, Israeli Ties

posted by Sean McCray | 2:04 PM |

BTW: I have only seen one episode of "Sex in the City". I know this is a late response, but I am out of touch with culture.
I do listen to some Rap, lots of R&B, and I love "The Practice" and "Will & Grace"
I have recently discovered the great Louis Armstrong.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:51 PM |

The Pickering Nomination
I have purposely waited to comment on the issue of Pickering's nomination. I wanted to step away from the immediate reactions, and come to a well thought out opinion. I will be posting that opinion later on today...
Just wanted to let everybody know I am not ignoring the issue.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:12 PM |

Scientists may find space warps in 3 years
Scientists said they expect to discover so-called space warps -- hidden extra dimensions of existence other than space and time -- within the next three years by making energy apparently vanish into thin air.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:06 PM |

"Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan"
There are, in fact, two Palestinian States in existence by any definition. One is called Israel, the other is called Jordan.
Without the Palestinians, Jordan is a State without a people. "
As a matter of law, Jordan/ Palestine has a "law of return" which applies to any Palestinian living on the west bank who is not a Jew. Many Palestinians on the west bank of the Jordan are presently Jordanian/Palestinian citizens. Before 1967, the portion of the west bank in dispute was controlled by Jordan and was considered at the time to be as intrinsic a part of Jordan as the east bank.
The more people learn about the "palestenian problem", the more they see the PLO is the problem.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:59 PM |

Andrew G. Biggs on NRO - Social Security is already "Enron-ed."
Enron used the same "off balance sheet" accounting that Congress uses with the Social Security trust fund.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:56 PM |

What if the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre were attacked by terrorists?
This is what Victor Davis Hanson asks in his hilarious parody. It is a must read.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:49 PM |


Chinese official eyed in bugging of plane

posted by Sean McCray | 6:41 PM |

America's laser of death cleared for take-off
AMERICA'S enemies will soon face a weapon, once confined to the Star Wars films, that can bring death at the speed of light.
The lasers will be placed on the next generation AC-130 planes.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:11 AM |


European officials warn U.S. not to attack Iraq
Or else?
Mr. Aznar, who holds the European Union's rotating presidency, told Der Spiegel that the international coalition must not be allowed to split."But striking out at so-called rogue states believed to be dangerous is not the same as fighting terrorism." Mr. Aznar added: "We shall have to discuss the new vision of American foreign policy. We are experiencing a historic moment, in which Europeans and North Americans must redefine their alliance."

posted by Sean McCray | 11:53 PM |

Senator says National Guard Troops Will Be Guarding Nation's Borders Soon
More than 1,500 troops could help with security at ports of entry, intelligence operations and cargo or vehicle inspections, among other tasks.
This being used as a temporary solution, they will be replaced with INS agents.

posted by Sean McCray | 11:42 PM |

Daily on domestic problems plaguing world's sole superpower
This article in a Middle Eastern paper, argues that America has huge racial problems that are causing internal turmoil. I have always said that racial issues are what foreigners like to grab onto to create division. They usually ignore their own ethnic problems, which are much greater than any that America has. The reality in America, is that ethnic minorities are wealthier and more educated here than anywhere else in the world.

posted by Sean McCray | 8:03 PM |

Lebanon’s Christians Seek Equality
"Council of Maronite Bishops, which called for equality for Lebanese Christians. The statement said, according to the Star, “that the nation’s economic and social crises would not be solved as long as certain people remain marginalized and prohibited from participating in political life.”
If they were in Camp X Ray, then the worlds liberal elite might actually care.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:59 PM |

Sports giant Nike has been selling Michael Jordan jerseys printed on T-shirts made in Syria - a nation on the State Department's "terror list," The Post has learned.
The marketing gurus at Nike messed up on this one.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:55 PM |

More Money for Spare Tires and Thirsty Soldiers
Most of the military budget increase does not go to weapons, but to the soldiers in the field.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:48 PM |

How to Cut $1.2 Trillion in Waste
543 recommendations throughout the government that if enacted, could save taxpayers $159 billion in fiscal 2002 and $1.27 trillion over the next five years.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:55 PM |

Democracy in the Middle East
"Bahrain's Sheik Hamad, now 51, announced: amnesty for the exiles, including some former Marxists; freedom for the political prisoners; municipal elections in 2002; and parliamentary elections in 2003."
These countries may have to transition through constitutional monarchies first, before becoming true democratic republics.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:23 AM |

Federal control near for airport security
"Airport security lines probably won't look much different Sunday, even though screeners will be under federal control"
Same screeners, same companies doing background checks, with a huge dose of government incompetence. Feel any safer?

posted by Sean McCray | 1:08 AM |

Shut Up!
This is why the military suffered under his reign
Former President Bill Clinton suggested that a modern-day ``Marshall Plan'' program that increases U.S. foreign aid would help stem the threat of global terrorism.
``It would be a mistake in my judgment to spend all that we have to spend in the war against terror on defense and homeland defense, and spend nothing the way General Marshall spent it to build a world with more partners and fewer terrorists,'' Clinton said of the post-World War II recovery program.
These idiots really believe that poverty causes terrorism. They have to find some way to blame America.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:02 AM |


Bush offers plan to curb emissions
Big mistake by Bush. This is an issue that he cannot win in the media. He also allows for those attacking him to have a justifiable domestic reason. He needs to stay focused on what he does best- Keeping it simple and clear.

posted by Sean McCray | 11:50 PM |

China Deepens Assault on Faith
"...a 141-page report outlining the results of an unusually extensive study on Christians in China. The committee said it identified more than 23,000 people arrested since 1983 for unauthorized religious activity and collected statements from 5,000 victims of torture and persecution in 22 provinces and 200 cities."
Our friends the Chinese prove that the legacy of the Taliban will be kept alive.

posted by Sean McCray | 11:46 PM |

Black Cowboys
Great photos by photographer Tarver, for National Geographic's website.

posted by Sean McCray | 11:42 PM |

Powell on MTV
I am watching Powell on MTV. Maybe it is just me, but didn't the Brazilian questioners seem to have a really bad attitude?
Let's send the French to help them.

posted by Sean McCray | 9:18 PM |

I started a new job, and do not have PC access during work hours, for now. I am adjusting to the new schedule, and posting later than usual.

posted by Sean McCray | 6:12 PM |

Terry McAuliffe' and Money- Enough Said
This guy is an indictment waiting to happen.

posted by Sean McCray | 6:11 PM |

Many whites in Zimbabwe lose right to vote
Significant numbers of white Zimbabweans are receiving letters from the registrar-general telling them they cannot vote in next month's presidential elections because they have renounced their citizenship.
Human rights groups, I can't hear you!

posted by Sean McCray | 6:08 PM |


News Shorts

Congress has gone to the birds The Senate approved legislation that would ban the interstate transfer of birds for cockfighting.

It is not the responsibility of America to solve the world's problems. The Bush administration defended its budget for fighting AIDS across the globe Wednesday in the face of critics who say the United States is not doing enough.

Do they still get the virgins if no one else dies? Al Qaeda suspect in Yemen blows himself up

posted by Sean McCray | 11:52 PM |

Hannibal Comes to Atlanta
For $10 and no aggravation, Mike Tyson is licensed to box in Georgia, paving the way for him to fight heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis on June 8 at the 80,000-seat Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

posted by Sean McCray | 6:55 PM |


The great open islamic country of Saudi Arabia..LOL
Conversion by a Muslim to another religion is considered apostasy, punishable by death if the accused does not recant. Non-Muslim worshipers who engage in overt religious activity that attracts official attention risk arrest, lashing and deportation.
In describing Saudi Arabia in its 2001 report on religious freedom, the State Department was unusually blunt: "Freedom of religion," it stated, "does not exist."

posted by Sean McCray | 8:58 PM |

EPA Gives $2B to Nonprofits
I want more tax cuts !
"The EPA has given more than $2 billion to nonprofit groups since 1993, often without competitive bidding, an Associated Press computer analysis found. The agency's internal watchdog says some groups may have received favored treatment."
This is where the surplus went. There would be no deficit if just this spending was eliminated. "The number of EPA grants to nonprofits more than doubled from $167.8 million in the first year of the Clinton administration in 1993 to nearly $350 million in 2001, George W. Bush's first year, the AP analysis found."

posted by Sean McCray | 8:54 PM |

Arafat pulls gun on Rajoub
"Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat aimed a handgun at West Bank Preventive Security Service chief Jabril Rajoub during a tense meeting on Monday, Palestinian sources reported yesterday."
He cant control myself, how do you expect him to control "his" people.

posted by Sean McCray | 8:48 PM |

NATO- Love 'em, or Leave 'em?
I agree with Stephen Green, of VodkaPundit, that NATO is still marginally useful, but there needs to be radical reform. I do feel that the purpose of NATO needs to be redefined. The EU is calling for a united military response from EU members alone. At this time, our goals are very different from the other NATO countries. There needs to be a time period, where these nations are allowed to build up their military forces. NATO needs to require a certain amount of spending from all members, around 1-2% of GDP. During this unspoken of transition period, we will deal mostly with Britain. There would be a vacuum if we left now, and the French just love bending over for dictators. I never will understand this European desire to create a super leader.
Strategically the US has no choice but to look at building stronger ties with other nations. Japan and Taiwan would be fully supportive of a missile defense system. They would also help contribute to the expense. Japan would also like to be a player on the world stage again, and would offer a great balance to China and Russia. Japans’ economy needs to be stabilized and we can help do that. The GDP of Japan is still $4 trillion, so if we can get them to commit 1-2% towards military self defense, that would be $40-$80 Billion that would go mostly to American companies.
Another area where we are hurt by our allies’ lack of military spending, is that it allows American companies to become complacent. They don’t have to create new products in order to grow; they just have to fill the budget needs of Washington. If Britian, Germany and Japan would also develop a military industry, then it would infuse competition back into the arms market. This would help America in long run, because we know how to compete. It would force faster production times, and better manufacturing quality and lower prices. Look at what the Japanese and Germans did to the Big Three in cars, they could do the same for Boeing and Lockheed-Martin.
So, I would agree that we should not disband NATO immediately, but they need to be put on notice. Does anyone believe France will actually build a military if they are not forced to?
The UN, that is a different thing altogether. VodkaPundit’s example of the nosy neighbor is one of the best analogies I have read. (You have to go read it). Only a strong second term President could consider removing the US from the UN. The US has used the UN for its purposes when it suited us; this is why there is so much ambiguity regarding the UN. I think we need to demand greater focus from the UN, and need to suggest that the US is considering following in Switzerland footsteps by becoming a neutral nation. I know people will scream about our leadership, and all those great things. It will be the first time many had anything partially good to say. I saw where Gov. Reagan called then Pres. Nixon and advised him to have the US Ambassador to the UN abstain from voting. He advised that we would not withdraw, we would just abstain from voting. That idea could be a good start. Let’s expose who is really voting on these things. The US should also demand that the UN comes up with workable solutions to starvation in some countries, and then hold them accountable. We have to demand more focus, Bush has started this by his response to some of these stupid world conferences. I think we should freeze the amount we give the UN, since we are under budget constraints. The Red Cross has more credibility than the UN on human rights issues. We can continue to work with other NGO's to keep the UN in check.
So, I think we are not as far apart as it first appeared. I would agree that we should keep both NATO and the UN intact for now. They must also be put on notice with the rest of the world. The time has come to change or die.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:47 PM |


Al Who? Gore's Uphill Road
Jack W. Germond's article is too pessimistic about Gore's future. Gore can still claim to have gotten more votes than Bush, and more votes than Clinton. The Dems will have a hard time claiming the election was stolen, and claiming Gore does not deserve another shot. Who is going to be better than Gore? Daschle? Gephardt? Kerry?

posted by Sean McCray | 8:33 PM |

Advice to a Superpower
This is a must read article. Margaret Thatcher shows that she still thinks clearly. She has no problems placing N. Korea, Iraq and Iran in the same boat.
She compares the present battle with early Communism:
"Islamic extremism today, like Bolshevism in the past, is an armed doctrine. It is an aggressive ideology promoted by fanatical, well-armed devotees. And, like Communism, it requires an all-embracing long-term strategy to defeat it."
It is clear that force must be used, and the results are not always pretty. "The second phase of the war against terrorism should be to strike at other centers of Islamic terror that have taken root in Africa, Southeast Asia and elsewhere. This will require first- rate intelligence, shrewd diplomacy and a continued extensive military commitment. Our enemies have had years to entrench themselves, and they will not be dislodged without fierce and bloody resistance."

Iraq must be taken care of, and she makes it very clear that US military power is the only way to do this.
My favorite part is this quote :
"We have harbored those who hated us, tolerated those who threatened us and indulged those who weakened us."
The Iron Lady still stands strong, and gives Americans hope that the British will not abandon America.

posted by Sean McCray | 4:02 PM |

WTO Boss Urges End to Subsidies
"Developing countries stand to earn at least three times more in exports than the international aid they currently receive if developed countries drop domestic agricultural subsidies, the World Trade Organisation's top official said yesterday."
I am no fan of the WTO, but they have a valid point here. It is also another reason why we should end agricultural subsidies. More waisted money that could be returned to working people.

posted by Sean McCray | 3:32 PM |

Shatter AIDS Taboo, Blacks Told
"Accurate information and ruthless honesty are the only choice, they said. Black churches and community groups uneasy with the subject must overcome their queasiness and spread understanding of HIV and AIDS with frank talk, said Derrick Harkins, the Northwest church's pastor."

posted by Sean McCray | 3:25 PM |

Bush says budget will increase aid to black colleges
President Bush said Saturday that his new budget is on track to include a 30 percent increase in federal aid to black institutions of higher learning over four years.
I can hear some of the complaints already. So:
Historically Black Colleges and Universities do not discriminate in the admissions process. There has actually been a growing trend of whites enrolling at many of these schools. Lincoln University's graduate students are 40% white.

posted by Sean McCray | 2:01 PM |

Alliance for the Separation of School and State
Interesting website I stumbled across today. Their goal is "the end of federal, state, and local involvement with schooling. We believe government has no role in financing, operating, or defining schooling, or even compelling attendance."

posted by Sean McCray | 1:19 PM |


NATO Allies?
Chris Patten, the EU commissioner in charge of Europe's international relations, has launched a scathing attack on American foreign policy - accusing the Bush administration of a dangerously "absolutist and simplistic" stance towards the rest of the world...Mr Bush's "axis of evil" speech appears to have been the last straw for EU policymakers.
They criticize Bush for using the phrase "axis of evil", but are silent about Arafats "million-martyr march" comments.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:26 PM |

Members of foreign media frown on patriotic ceremony

posted by Sean McCray | 7:20 PM |

China admits jobs crisis
"An article in the state-run China Daily put the urban unemployed at around 12 million people and said 120 million rural dwellers were without work. The official number of jobless among the country's 1.26 billion people is around three million."
China's economy is still very unknown. It is a risky gamble to believe that size alone will make it a valuable market.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:17 PM |

My 2 Cents
I am amazed at people who consider America weak. The shock is multiplied when these pessimist are Americans. I had a conversation with a group of co-workers about China. Everyone said that the US could not win a military conflict with China. Two of the people stating that position the strongest were military people. The myth of China's military capabilities is based on two assumptions: the Chinese people are technologically more advanced than America, and the size of their force alone would create victory.
The first assumption that the Chinese are technologically advanced, is based on racial stereotypes. Asians are smarter in science and math; therefore their countries are technologically more advanced than America. No one stops to look at why many scientists, of all ethnic backgrounds, are here in America. The reality of our military sophistication is lost on the average person, because we have incorporated so much technology into our everyday lives. The Chinese military is made of mostly 40-year-old Russian style tanks and equipment. America is the home of technology: IBM, Intel, Dell, Compaq, HP, Microsoft, Sun, Boeing, EDS are just some of the names that can be mentioned.
The size of their military is a huge myth. Their force is made up of only 2.5 million active duty soldiers. This is actually one of the smallest militaries on a per capita basis. The size of their force is actually slowing down the attempts to modernize the military. It is expensive to clothe and feed a large force. The US military has 1.4 million active duty soldiers. China has one aircraft carrier, and an air force only capable of minimum defense. American pilots receive twice the amount of training than Chinese pilots. It becomes obvious that the US is not at a size disadvantage, when combined with our modern equipment. We can project our force around the world, China is still trying to project its power across the straits to Taiwan.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:11 PM |

NBA All-Star Weekend
The NBA has gotten boring. The slam dunk contest was horrible. They added a spin the wheel part, to get people to copy great dunks of the past. Boring!

The NBA is suffering from the same thing that government suffers from- too much B.S. The people running the show have no idea what average people want.

They keep making rules to make the game better. Instead of eliminating rules that don't work, they add new ones. If they eliminated the rules that have slowed the game, that would be admitting fault.

$50 for NBA tickets? Hell, I would not pay more than $10, and that would be for the Lakers.

posted by Sean McCray | 6:38 PM |


Time to end NATO?
The Europeans consider the US barbaric and unilateralist. Lets just disband NATO, and prove them right. If they become more responsible for their own defense, then maybe they would have a better perspective on war. The economic advantages from NATO are shrinking daily. With friends like this, who needs enemies.
We should reorganize our military based on American interests. Japan, India and Russia offer the US greater military and economic advantages over the EU. Japan should be encouraged to build their military, and defend themselves. This would relieve the US of having to defend the Asia-Pacific area. We could work in partnership with Japan. Japan would also help counter any moves by China.
India is the worlds largest democracy. They also have a growing middle class, and greater economic stability would help them maintain the secular government. There is already a strong cultural bond between America and India. The high tech companies that have bases in both countries could lead the way. The size of their market is growing at a fast rate, and will likely be larger than China. India has not instituted the "One Child" rule, which means their population will grow at a faster.
Russia still has the military hardware to cause the US problems, by selling it to other nations. The economic conditions appear to making a permanent turn towards capitalism, and American products and know-how will be a great help.
These three also would in-effect contain China militarily. It will also limit the impact of China on the world markets.
This is not an in-depth analysis, just a quick look at where I feel America needs to refocus its resources.

posted by Sean McCray | 6:03 PM |

A new role for Clinton
The editorial staff at this paper is offering their advice on how to bring paece to the Middle East.
"Here's one option that might break the impasse: President Bush should appoint his predecessor, Bill Clinton, as his special Mideast envoy and mediator."
LOL! Proof that many Clintonites are mentally unstable. This would be a disaster. Would he take orders from Bush? Would he leak info to the press? Clinton and Bush have two completely different perspectives on the Middle East.
It is over! Clinton's Presidency is over! You cannot resucitate his failures. It is over!
It's time to move on.

posted by Sean McCray | 3:47 PM |


Vandal's Dad sues store over blaze
"The father of a teen who helped spark the fatal Father's Day blaze has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the store where the fire started." Two teens knocked over a gallon of gas while spraying graffit on the store. The father of one of the teens, is now claiming the store 'carelessly and negligently permitted the building to explode,'
His son got injured, so he wants money.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:46 PM |

Private Lenders Criticize Fannie Mae
The government is doing worse than the private sector at providing home loans to minorities. Another example of the governments inability to address problems better than the market place.
"Blacks got 14 percent of Atlanta primary mortgage lenders' business in 2000, but represented just 11 percent of the portfolios of the giant government-sponsored mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a private analysis of lending data says....In all, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac trailed private lenders in making home loan financing available to black borrowers in 97 of the 100 metropolitan areas with the largest black populations and in 89 of the top 100 Hispanic markets, the study by FM Watch concluded."

posted by Sean McCray | 7:17 PM |

What Digital Divide
From 1998 to 2001, Internet use among blacks grew at an annual rate of 31 percent, while use among whites grew by 19 percent.
Damn the facts. This is their issue (the left), and they will be sure you hear them. Increase! It can't be true!
The government should not be spending any money to close the mythical digital divide. I dont know of anybody that bought a computer with the help of the government. These programs are a form of pork, and are given out to political loyalists.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:12 PM |

Blacks for Profiling
Robert Levy points out, what most liberals do not want to accept. There are different types of profiling, and some are needed. Since 9-11 I have not had a single conversation with a black person, that did not support profiling terrorists. The only objections have come from white liberals.
"According to the Gallup Organization, 71 percent of African Americans approve of profiling Arabs to combat terrorism. Yet an overwhelming percentage of African Americans condemn racial profiling in the war against crime."
This may seem hypocritical, but Levy then asks that we "consider these three questions: How important is the objective that the profile seeks to accomplish? How effective is the profile in advancing that objective? What is the potential for abuse?"

It is really common sense. To exclude ethnicity and national origin from the profiling of terrorists is counterproductive. It will only waste time, and provide less safety.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:03 PM |

Bush in his own words.
I decided to look back at the speech Bush gave at the RNC, in accepting his nomination. It is a very powerful speech. It could have been given on Sept 12, and would have been relevant. You must read it. Here are a few excerpts:

But times of plenty like times of crises are tests of American character.
Prosperity can be a tool in our hands used to build and better our country, or it can be a drug in our system dulling our sense of urgency, of empathy, of duty. Our opportunities are too great, our lives too short, to waste this moment.
So tonight, we vow to our nation we will seize this moment of American promise. We will use these good times for great goals.
We will confront the hard issues, threats to our national security, threats to our health and retirement security, before the challenges of our time become crises for our children....
And we will extend the promise of prosperity to every forgotten corner of this country: to every man and woman, a chance to succeed; to every child, a chance to learn; and to every family, a chance to live with dignity and hope...
For eight years the Clinton-Gore administration has coasted through prosperity. The path of least resistance is always downhill. But America's way is the rising road. This nation is daring and decent and ready for change.
Our current president embodied the potential of a generation -- so many talents, so much charm, such great skill. But in the end, to what end? So much promise to no great purpose...
Little more than a -- little more than a decade ago, the Cold War thawed, and with the leadership of President's Reagan and Bush, that wall came down.
But instead of seizing this moment, the Clinton-Gore administration has squandered it. We have seen a steady erosion of American power and an unsteady exercise of American influence. Our military is low on parts, pay and morale. If called on by the commander-in-chief today, two entire divisions of the Army would have to report, "Not ready for duty, sir."
This administration had its moment, they had their chance, they have not led. We will.

...Our generation has a chance to reclaim some essential values, to show we have grown up before we grow old. But when the moment for leadership came, this administration did not teach our children, it disillusioned them.
The rising generations of this country have our own appointment with greatness. It does not rise or fall with the stock market. It cannot be bought with our wealth. Greatness is found when American character and American courage overcome American challenges.
The world needs America's strength and leadership. And America's armed forces need better equipment, better training and better pay.
We will give our military the means to keep the peace, and we will give it one thing more: a commander-in-chief who respects our men and women in uniform and a commander-in-chief who earns their respect.
A generation shaped by Vietnam must remember the lessons of Vietnam: When America uses force in the world, the cause must be just, the goal must be clear, and the victory must be overwhelming...

If you give me your trust, I will honor it. Grant me a mandate, I will use it. Give me the opportunity to lead this nation, and I will lead...
Behind every goal I've talked about tonight is a great hope for our country. A hundred years from now this must not be remembered as an age rich in possession and poor in ideals.
Instead, we must usher in an era of responsibility.
We discovered that who we are is more than important than what we have. And we know we must renew our values to restore our country.
This is the vision of America's founders. They never saw our nation's greatness in rising wealth or in advancing armies, but in small, unnumbered acts of caring and courage and self-denial.
Their highest hope, as Robert Frost described it, was to occupy the land with character. And that, 13 generations later, is still our goal, to occupy the land with character....
And our nation's leaders are responsible to confront problems, not pass them onto others.
And to lead this nation to a responsibility era, that president himself must be responsible.
...When I act, you will know my reasons. And when I speak, you will know my heart.
My fellow citizens, we can begin again.
After all of the shouting and all of the scandal, after all the bitterness and broken faith, we can begin again.
The wait has been long, but it won't be long now.
A prosperous nation is ready to renew its purpose and unite behind great goals, and it won't be long now.
Our country is ready for high standards and new leaders, and it won't be long now.
An era of tarnished ideals is giving way to a responsibility era, and it won't be long now.
I know how serious the task is before me. I know the presidency is an office that turns pride into prayer. But I am eager to start on the work ahead, and I believe America is ready for a new beginning.

posted by Sean McCray | 6:41 PM |

FL Sec of State Katherine Harris is headed to DC

posted by Sean McCray | 6:29 PM |


Happy 91st Birthday Ronald Reagan!

posted by Sean McCray | 8:10 PM |

DeKalb judge enters congressional Democratic primary against McKinney
I would support almost anyone opposing McKinney. Someone with class and intellect is what that district deserves.
Denise Majette, who ended a nine-year career as a State Court judge to run for Congress, formally announced Tuesday her bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.).

posted by Sean McCray | 7:55 PM |

Condi Rice is in the Feb issue of Essence
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson delves into the mind and life of the most powerful woman in the world-Condoleezza Rice-whose name is inspired by the Italian word Con Dolcezza which means "with sweetness." In her portrayal, Wilkerson offers the readers a glimpse of what lies beneath Rice's staunch exterior. Rice speaks on her position as national security advisor, those she looks to for advice and the lessons she's learned in life, which include being self-confident and behaving properly. "I think you just go about your life, and if you're somehow inspiring to others, that's a good thing."

posted by Sean McCray | 7:49 PM |


News Quick Takes
Subsidizing illegal residents California Governor Gray Davis, members of the California Legislature, and the regents of the University of California system, would like to thank illegal aliens with a tuition discount.

Americans told to cut the patriotism
Now I have a really good reason to not watch the winter Olympics. No overt shows of partriotism, and no honoring the victims of 9-11. That is what the International Olympic Committee has advised the organisers of the 2002 winter games.

Studies Raise Questions about Climate Change
More evidence that current climate models are faulty, and contain more uncertainty.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:34 PM |

Clinton at the World Economic Forum
In a crowded conference room at the Waldorf, 300 world leaders in politics, industry and finance were listening to former President Bill Clinton. William Jefferson Clinton held forth on North Korea, the Middle East, Enron and health care. At one point, he welcomed a guest star, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel, who declared, "I wish we'd had just a few more months, then we'd have peace in the Middle East." Eight years just was not long enough. Considering this was the main focus of his foreign policy, why did he accomplish so little? Carter can claim more success in his four years.

Inevitably, a questioner pressed Mr. Clinton for his thoughts about President Bush's "axis of evil," the nuclear-eager combination of Iran, Iraq and North Korea. "We have to take these countries each in turn," he warned. "They may all be trouble, but they are different." Support for sanctions against Iraq in the United Nations had eroded, he said. Iran, he said, "has two governments now," progressive elements that the United States can work with and hard-liners whose every move must be watched. When did they get two governments? I believe that is called a non-answer answer, or in modern vernacular, a “Clintonian” answer. Notice also he used the words “united nations” more in this answer, than Bush has in two national addresses.

"On North Korea, I have a totally different take," he said, recounting how close he believed he was to a deal with Pyongyang to end its missile program in December 2000. He nearly went to the Stalinist nation to seal it, he said, but he had to stay in Washington working on a last-minute Middle East peace initiative that, he noted ruefully, fell apart. There goes that word again, “close”, another “we almost did it.” Why didn’t he seal the deal? Is he saying that the only reason there is no deal with N. Korea is because he placed a higher priority on the Middle East peace initiative. Sounds like two failures and bad management skills.

With North Korea, he said, "I figure I left the next administration with a big foreign policy win, " one that he hinted Mr. Bush had squandered with unnecessarily hard language early last year. What was squandered? N. Korea is more dangerous today than they were in 1992 when he took office.

When asked later about what advice he gave his successors after Sept. 11, he talked about calling the White House to alert them to a vulnerability in the way American computer databases are searched, but he refused to get more specific. When a questioner quizzed him, he snapped: "Are you with the press? That's none of your business." Was this the same glitch that was used to hide subpoenaed White House e-mails? (Just a thought.)

He was equally reticent about what he thought the next steps in seeking Middle East peace should be, saying, "I think the less the rest of us all say about this publicly the better." If only he would take his own advice, and shut up!

But by the evening's end…the former president summed up by saying, "I did the best I could and had a good time trying."
“I tried my best,…I almost,… I came close.” This is the ethic of the nineties that is now being seen as bankrupt.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:29 PM |

My 2 Cents on Super Bowl 36
I am an AFC man, and like an underdog story as much as the next guy.
One question: Why didn’t Marshall Faulk run the ball more? It wasn’t the Pats defense. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which is great for any running back. Against Philly when the Rams ran into similar problems with their passing game, they ran 7 straight run plays, and changed the entire momentum of the game. Suddenly these coaches forget???
And the high number of penalties, not just in the Super Bowl, but all the playoff games that the Pats have been in. Convienently dismissed as “lucky breaks”.
Brady as MVP? One of the lowest productions from a quarterback in Super Bowl history. What about Ty Law, he was responsible for as many TD’s as Brady.It will be interesting to see what happens next year. They have a chance to get better, depending on how they handle Bledsoe. I just think we are looking at a one year thing here.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:15 PM |

Blog Spots
(Blogs worth checking out)
Sophismata He states : With this blog, I want to take on sloppy thinking, especially with regards to math and junk science. I especially want to deflate people who say things that sound intelligent by using technical terms.

Happy Fun Pundit Sub-titled: Standing athwart history, yelling “yee-haw!”. "Like Kryptonite to the stupid", and a self proclaimed centrist.

posted by Sean McCray | 4:59 PM |

My 2 Cents:
Somebody tell me why Gray Davis, CA Governor, deserves a second term?
What has he done right?

posted by Sean McCray | 4:51 PM |

Stocks Sink on Accounting Skepticism
The free market will respond quicker than any regulations. The congressional hearings are a circus.

posted by Sean McCray | 4:47 PM |

Bush Unveils Management Scorecards
"President Bush, the first U.S. president to hold a master's degree in business, yesterday launched his attempt to bring corporate efficiency to the federal bureaucracy, unveiling a management scorecard that grades agencies' performance.
Using a traffic-light system of green for success, yellow for mixed results and red for unsatisfactory"

posted by Sean McCray | 4:43 PM |

Last Words of Executed Offenders
From the Texas Dept of Criminal Justice website, you can read the last words of people who have been executed.
Includes other info like age and race. The item that stood out to me was the large amount of whites executed. This gives a different picture than the mass media gives.

The story of Odell Barnes, Jr., caught my attention :
Here is an excerpt from his last words:
“I'd like to send great love to all my family members, my supporters, my attorneys. They have all supported me throughout this. I thank you for proving my innocence, although it has not been acknowledged by the courts. May you continue in the struggle and may you change all that's being done here today and in the past. Life has not been that good to me,…” Before you shed any tears for this “victim”, consider his record: In 1987, at the age of 19, he was sentenced to 8 years for robbery. After less than 3 months in jail he was released on shock probation. Then 4 months after being released, he was back in jail convicted of robbery and given a 10 year sentence. After serving 19 months he was released on parole. 1 month later he was convicted of the robbery and murder of Helen Bass. The details get worse. This is why he was sentenced to death.

posted by Sean McCray | 1:11 PM |

How the Departments Fare Under the Bush Budget
Summaries of the budget by department

posted by Sean McCray | 12:52 PM |

Budget of the United States Government - Fiscal Year 2003
Read the budget yourself.

posted by Sean McCray | 12:49 PM |

Glenn Reynolds of InstaPundit.Com, says it best: "For a guy who's so concerned about his legacy, Clinton just can't seem to do the one thing that would help most -- keep his mouth shut."

posted by Sean McCray | 12:30 PM |

Sheila Jackson Lee, Limousine Liberal
"Jackson Lee is routinely chauffeured the one short block to work — in a government car, by a member of her staff, at the taxpayers' expense. And apparently in violation of House rules...According to the Congressional Handbook, the bible of dos and don'ts for House offices, 'commuting expenses are not reimbursable.'
Walk! How dare you ask her to walk one whole block!

posted by Sean McCray | 12:23 PM |


P. Diddy Spreads the Wealth
Money's tight for most folks these days, but not for Sean Combs. We've learned that Combs is spending a staggering $1 million to put on his Sean John fashion show on February 9 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The invitations alone cost $60,000 (that's 1,000 invitations at $60 apiece). Each invitation -- an embroidered white linen pocket square -- comes in a black felt box along with a pair of silk cuff links.

posted by Sean McCray | 10:59 PM |

Maya Angelou Voices Ode to Bush
She actually likes W. "I liked him a lot while he was down there at ground zero, when he said, 'We hear you. The world hears you,'...that is what America needed at that moment. We needed to know that we had some protection. People who felt so suddenly vulnerable and fearful were strengthened by his ardor, by his fervor.He is not the president that I voted for . . . but he may be a man for his time."

posted by Sean McCray | 10:58 PM |

Bush, Blair nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
"Harald Tom Nesvik, a member of parliament from the right-wing Party of Progress, said he has nominated the two leaders who have been at the forefront of the war in Afghanistan.
"The background for my nomination is their decisive action against terrorism, something I believe in the future will be the greatest threat to peace," Nesvik said. "Unfortunately, sometimes ... you have to use force to secure peace."
I second that!!!!

posted by Sean McCray | 10:48 PM |

Beijing continues anti-satellite work
Real life star wars....
"the Chinese military plans to use "counteroffensive" techniques employing a range of new weapons, "including laser weapons, microwave weapons and particle beam weapons," to "destroy satellite equipment or the body."
Can China afford the military buildup that they are undertaking? I looked at some basic numbers and reallly question their financial stability.
If the US economy stopped growing, and the Chinese economy grew at a rate of 10% annually, it would take until 2023 for the Chinese GDP to equal the US GDP.
China as an economic giant is a myth. They can make some gains, just like the USSR did, but in the long run, they will not be able to sustain their economy.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:12 PM |

Bush Civil Rights Appointee Blocked
Seems a Judge has sided with "Queen" Mary Berry, to allow her to play with the USCCR rules. They are upholding that Bush cannot apoint a new member, saying that the other persons term has not ended.

posted by Sean McCray | 7:02 PM |

A crumbling promise in China: access to school
Socialism does not work in education, even in a Socialist country.
" With the onslaught of the market economy, China's iron rice bowl - its socialist guarantees of employment, housing, schooling, and medical care - is shattered. Beijing has been reducing education subsidies during the past few years, even as schools enroll more and more students.
Today, China spends less than 3 percent of GDP on education, meaning that it is trying to educate one-quarter of the world's students with 1 percent of the world's education budget."

posted by Sean McCray | 3:06 PM |

A modest bourgeoisie buds in Russia
Just wait until they get credit cards!
"Snapshots from several surveys show that a typical middle-class Russian is in his or her 30s or 40s, as likely to be male as female, has a college degree, and has an apartment and a car. What's missing are mortgages and car loans, since most Russians live in apartments they inherited for free from Soviet times - and since credit, the currency of choice in middle-class America, is only in its infancy in Russia."
This gives hope that capitalism in Russia is reaching a point of no return. In the near future, could Russia become more capitalistic than America?

posted by Sean McCray | 2:53 PM |

New signs that Russia will end OPEC agreement in March
New signs emerged that the cooperation of Russia that allowed OPEC to impose its latest oil-production cutback will end after March. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told the World Economic Forum in New York over the weekend that the Kremlin soon will announce a strategy to "increase Russia's presence in the energy markets."
This can't be good new for the global warming activists. How much cheaper can gas get?

posted by Sean McCray | 2:46 PM |
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