Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Jamie Foxx a Winner at NAACP Image Awards

Date: Monday, February 27, 2006

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Actor Jamie Foxx picked up the first major award for his musical endeavors during the 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards, taped Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The Oscar-winner for “Ray” was chosen as best male musical artist for his album “Unpredictable.” He summed up the honor backstage by stating that music was “what I always wanted to do.”

Alicia Keys won for best female artist, and also took home top song and video awards for “Unbreakable.” Mariah Carey, who just earned three Grammys earlier this month, received a best album award for “The Emancipation of Mimi.”

Posted by loni on 02/28 at 10:04 AM
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Stress, who has it, who deals with it?

Only half of worried Americans try to manage their stress.......When it comes to dealing with stress, a number of Americans turn to unhealthy behaviors such as overeating and smoking for relief and don’t exercise, according to a survey released today by the American Psychological Association (APA)............ 
http://news.yahoo.com
See if you are stressed. http://www.areyoustressedout.com/visionwealth

Posted by J. Swag. on 02/28 at 09:39 AM
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WE REMEMBER OCTAVIA BUTLER

Acclaimed science fiction writer died Sunday from injuries suffered after a fall.
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*Author Octavia E. Butler, renown as the first African American woman to receive notoriety as a science fiction writer, died Sunday at her home in the north Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park. She was 58.

Butler fell and hit her head on the walkway outside of her house, where her body was found Friday (Feb 24) according to Leslie Howle, a longtime friend and employee at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. Butler, who moved to Seattle in 1999 from her native Southern California, suffered from high blood pressure and heart trouble and could only take a few steps before having to stop and catch her breath, Howle told the Associated Press.

The reclusive Butler, who referred to herself as “a happy hermit,”was the first science fiction writer granted a ‘genius’ award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which paid the author $295,000 over five years beginning in 1995. The windfall carried Butler out of years of poverty and personal battles with shyness and self-confidence. 

Butler was 10-years-old when she began writing, inspired by a cheesy B-movie called ‘Devil Girl from Mars.’ After the screening, she thought, ‘I can write a better story than that.’ In 1970, she boarded a bus from her hometown of Pasadena, Calif., to attend a fantasy writers workshop in East Lansing, Mich. 

Butler’s work wasn’t did not consist of the stereotypical robots and ray guns associated with science fiction, Howle said. She employed traditional devices of the genre to explore race, poverty, politics, religion and human nature. 

Her first novel, ‘Kindred,’ followed a black woman who traveled back in time to the South to save a white man. Butler’s attempt to find a publisher for the book was a struggle, as publishers repeatedly rejected the manuscript. The time-travel novel that saw a black woman from 1976 Southern California transported back to the days of slavery didn’t seem to fit the science fiction mold followed by publishers.  However, Butler kept submitting the novel, and finally landed a publisher who paid her a $5,000 advance for the work. 

Published in 1979, “Kindred” became a popular staple of school and college courses and now has more than a quarter million copies in print.  Butler went on to write about a dozen books, plus numerous essays and short stories. Her most recent work, ‘Fledgling,’ an examination of the ‘Dracula’ legend, was published last fall. 

‘She stands alone for what she did,’ Howle told the Associated Press. ‘She was such a beacon and a light in that way.’

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/entertainment/index/main

Posted by loni on 02/28 at 09:39 AM
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Tyler Perry’s ‘Reunion’ tops box office

This was a good movie for those that have seen the plays he did do some combining of stories to make this one but all in all, it was still great!  I recommend you see it and it has some funny moments too.  Madea does not spare the rod!
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Date: Monday, February 27, 2006
By: DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer, APonline

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tyler Perry fans reunited at theaters for another tale of mad black women. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” a comic drama in which writer-director Perry also stars in three roles, debuted as the weekend’s No. 1 movie with $30.25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It was a second gold mine for Lionsgate Films, which also released Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” the movie that opened as No. 1 with $21.9 million on the same weekend last year.

Lionsgate hopes to have a third Perry movie out over the same weekend next year, said Steve Rothenberg, the company’s president of distribution.

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“It’s a time when we can really dominate the box office,” Rothenberg said. “If we were out at Christmas, we’d be competing with the big holiday and Oscar films, but late February with Black History Month and less competition is a great time period for us.”

This weekend’s other new wide releases flopped. The Weinstein Co. animated tale “Doogal,” a fairy-tale adventure with a voice cast that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Fallon, debuted at No. 8 with $3.6 million.

New Line’s crime thriller “Running Scared,” starring Paul Walker as a mobster scrambling to recover a gun used in the slaying of a cop, opened at No. 9 with $3.1 million.

Walker also stars in last weekend’s No. 1 movie, Disney’s dog tale “Eight Below,” which slipped to second place with $15.7 million. “Eight Below” grossed $45.1 million in 10 days.

Though “Madea’s Family Reunion” opened more strongly than “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” the overall weekend box office declined. The top 12 movies took in $99.8 million, down 4.4 percent from the same weekend last year.

Based on Perry’s stage play, “Madea’s Family Reunion” depicts a variety of domestic crises as a clan prepares for a reunion. Among the characters Perry plays is the heavyset, pistol-packing Grandma Madea, whom he also played in “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”

The film was shot for just $6 million.

Perry’s stories about empowerment of women set among Madea’s family have a built-in following among black audiences familiar with his plays and video versions of the tales. Black women 35 and older made up 52 percent of the movie’s audience, according to Lionsgate.

“The themes Tyler Perry presents resonate very strongly with the black community,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “It reminds me of ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ It has elements of comedy and drama and community that just definitely works.”

The South African film “Tsotsi,” a nominee for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards, opened strongly in limited release with $78,000 at six theaters, for a healthy $13,000 average.

By comparison, “Madea’s Family Reunion” averaged $13,788 in 2,194 theaters, “Doogal” did $1,557 in 2,318 cinemas, and “Running Scared” averaged $1,909 in 1,611 theaters.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” $30.25 million.

2. “Eight Below,” $15.7 million.

3. “The Pink Panther,” $11.3 million.

4. “Date Movie,” $9.2 million.

5. “Curious George,” $7 million.

6. “Firewall,” $6.3 million.

7. “Final Destination 3,” $5.35 million.

8. “Doogal,” $3.6 million.

9. “Running Scared,” $3.1 million.

10. “Freedomland,” $2.9 million.

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/entertainment/index/madea22706

Posted by loni on 02/28 at 09:31 AM
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Tyra Goes Undercover As a Stripper

Well this should make for an interesting show.

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2006
By: EURweb.com

T-Pain speaks for a number of men in his latest single “I’m In Love with a Stripper,” and now Tyra Banks wants to find out the reason behind the obsession. 
Although February sweeps is a done deal, tomorrow’s episode of “The Tyra Banks Show,” (March 1) will feature the host going undercover as a stripper in a topless club...as research. 

“So many women have emailed me and I’ve personally had so many conversations with my friends who are frustrated with the men in their lives spending so much time and so much money in strip clubs,” she explains. “I dated a guy that went to these places all the time, and he would say nothing was happening.  And I was like, ‘Yeah right.’”

On the episode, Banks will sport a wig, fake teeth, prosthetic nose, and gobs of makeup to transform herself into a dancer named “Chanel.”

“When I found out the majority of business is from males from married homes, I wanted to go inside the minds of the men who frequent these clubs,” she continues. “I wanted to see and hear why they went.  And the only way to do that was to go undercover and see for myself. One thing I wanted to do is actually go up on stage and dance.  I wanted to look into those men’s eyes and know what [they are] getting out of this.”

Black America Web

Posted by loni on 02/28 at 09:26 AM
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My site has been abused by the righteous!

Due to the abuse of a few visitors, I’ve had to remove the link at the top of the page to encourage new posters.  I have received so many emails from people asking to “register” for the site that really don’t want to register.  All they want to do is to read new posts.  Registration isn’t needed for that.  Registration IS needed for individuals to author content on the site.  Since none of the new “registrations” are for new authors, I’ve removed the link.  If someone wants to author content, they’ll have to do a little more research in order to contact me about that process.

I’ll not mention who the abusers are, but I’ll hint to it.  Take a look at the past few posts to see a common theme and you’ll know all about it.

Anyway, I still invite those of you that are interested in commenting to make your comments or objections in the post and NOT to send me a personal email about it.  I get too much SPAM now as it is.

Take care and above all “Practice what you preach”.

Posted by SPN on 02/28 at 08:37 AM
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Monday, February 27, 2006

And the stupidity continues…

I wish these people would stop blowing up my email with messages that would serve more people if they were posted in public.

Semper Fidelis

Yes, I will post this.

Take care,
SPN

On 2/27/06, Moss PN3 Lillian L (GCE RCT2 3/6 SEEBEAS ADMIN) wrote:
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
>
> No,
> I did not judge you to be a hypocrite--I stated facts.
> Nor did I confuse you as a journalist--that was malicious gossip--and there is a huge difference.
> Let me be clear, I was not interested in registering--I accomplished what I set out to do--on my, “did we jump the gun again and ASSUME"--appears so.
>
> As for this “Reply"--is it not a reply--it was a reaction and your “let me tell you one thing” words--went in one ear and out the other!!!
> See, you learn to take a pick and shovel, with you wherever you go.
> Pick up what you need and shovel out that you do not need.  The old cliché has to be true.  The Stone cold truth hurts.
>
> All my love in Christ
> Practice what you preach.
>
> Will you post this well?

Posted by SPN on 02/27 at 04:31 PM
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Yes Darla, there are religious extremists in the US of A.

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Don’t have a degree?  Don’t fret.  Remember the game of life?

If you’ve ever played the game of life, then stop playing it now and get serious and take a spin.  Degrees aren’t necessary.  The knowledge learned in college sometimes is.  I had lots of arguments with people in past that claimed that just because a person with a degree was entitled to more money than one who didn’t.  Hell, you can buy degrees online for $19.95 + tax!  And just because a person has a degree in show- shinign doesn’t mean that they can do a better job than someone that has years of experience shining shoes.  Give me my bootblack back!

20 great jobs that don’t require a degree
Four-year college not only path to well-paid work

From CareerBuilder.com
Friday, February 24, 2006; Posted: 7:30 a.m. EST (12:30 GMT)

What do Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and entertainment mogul David Geffen have in common? Besides being exceedingly rich, none of them has a college degree.

Though it was once conventional wisdom that you needed to have a four-year college degree to be successful, many employment experts believe that maxim has become myth.

While a college education increases a worker’s chances of earning more money, it’s certainly not the only reliable path to well-paid and rewarding work.

Even though good jobs increasingly require some post-high school training, many still don’t require a four-year degree. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, eight of the top 10 fastest-growing occupations through 2014 do not require a bachelor’s degree.

And these jobs, which include health technology, plumbing, firefighter and automotive repair, are less vulnerable to outsourcing. After all, if your car breaks down in Indiana, you’re not going to fly someone in from another country to help you.

Based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Census Bureau, career planning expert Michael Farr and statistician Laurence Shatkin recently published the second edition of their book “The 300 Best Jobs That Don’t Require a Four-Year Degree.”

Among the 25 top-paying occupations are jobs in sales, education, law enforcement, construction, administration and transportation, as well as management and supervisory jobs:

Here are 20 of the top-paying jobs that don’t require a degree according to Shatkin’s book:

# Air traffic controller

Annual income: $102,030

# Storage and distribution manager

Annual income: $66,600

# Transportation manager

Annual income: $66,600

# Police and detectives supervisor

Annual income: $64,430

# Non-retail sales manager

Annual income: $59,300

# Forest fire fighting and prevention supervisor

Annual income: $58,920

# Municipal fire fighting and prevention supervisor

Annual income: $58,902

# Real estate broker

Annual income: $58,720

# Elevator installers and repairer

Annual income: $58,710

# Sales representative

Annual income: $58,580

# Dental hygienist

Annual income: $58,350

# Radiation therapist

Annual income: $57,700

# Nuclear medicine technologist

Annual income: $56,450

# Child support, missing persons and unemployment insurance fraud investigator

Annual income: $53,900

# Criminal investigators and special agent

Annual income: $53,990

# Immigration and Customs inspector

Annual income: $53,990

# Police detective

Annual Income: $53,990

# Police identification and records officer

Annual income: $53,990

# Commercial pilot

Annual income: $53,870

# Talent director

Annual income: $52,840

Though a college degree is not a requirement for these positions, all require moderate to extensive on-the-job training or apprenticeship. In addition, dental hygienists, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and commercial pilots require an associate degree at a vocational or technical school.
Highest-demand, competitive-paying jobs

Competitive paying jobs for which there is high demand for workers include:

# Vocational education teachers at the post secondary level, with annual earnings of $40,740 and 216,000 openings each year;

# Registered nurses, with annual earnings of $52,330 and 215,000 openings each year;

# Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, with annual earnings of $45,400 and 160,000 openings annually; and

# Tractor trailer/truck drivers, with annual earnings of $33,520 and 300,000 annual openings.

“The thing to keep in mind is that there are something like 50 million jobs out there that don’t require a bachelor’s degree and pay upwards of $40,000 a year,” says Harlow Unger, author of “But What If I Don’t Want to Go to College? A Guide to Success Through Alternative Education.”

He goes on to say that according to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2010, almost two-thirds of all projected job openings will require only on-the-job training.

So while a college degree was de rigueur for the baby boom generation, that’s not necessarily the case now. In today’s highly technical and service-related market, workers are judged more on their skills than their sheepskins.

Posted by SPN on 02/27 at 02:10 PM
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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Look at what I have to deal with!

Why don’t people take the time to check themselves out before they start pointing fingers?  This is my response to an email I received about the first Hezekiah Walker post.  This also includes the original email above my response.

I wish people would get this worked up about issues that I consider more important like institutional racism and the continued erosion of our Freedom of Speech rights.

On 2/25/06, lmoss@deleted by SPN.mil wrote:
>
Name = Ms. Jones
> Email = lmoss@deleted by SPN.mil
> subject = Please register me.
> Commentbox = Why did you allow people to comment on a story that was YOU didn\’t research yourself?  Isn\’t that the first rule of journalism? The following quote, posted on your site, is by a true H Y P O C R I T E.
>
> \"It is all about the deceit and selfishness that is the worst part about this.  It would have been much easier and better for all parties involved if he had come clean about who he truly is a long time ago. Now, we are burdened to judge his misdeeds. I hate what he has done to us.
>
> Who is this person that they feel they can JUDGE someone--Are they GOD? Oh, I know they all live in unbreakable glass houses and have been sanctified and filled with the HOLY GHOST all of their lives.  I am sure there could not be ANY skeletons in ANY of these peoples lives--They have all lived SIN free and that word \"hate\" I saw must have been a typo-as the last time I checked--Scripture states, Love one another as I have loved you--I believe that is the GREATEST Commandment of all--
> People are so quick to JUDGE-however, JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED and I am sure you have enough BURDENS OF YOUR OWN TO BEAR without taking on someone else\’s.
>
> Signed:
> Practice what you preach

Ms. Practice what you preach, please don’t waste my time with your personal emails berating me and my weblog.  If you would like to discuss this issue, do it in public where the subject was first published.  I’ll do us all a favor and post your email and my response on the weblog.

Why did I allow people to comment on a story?  Well, you’ve taken your time to comment to me publicly.  I can’t stop you from sending me this message that was unsolicited nor can I stop people from posting what they feel is newsworthy.  As a matter of fact, I INVITE people to post what they feel is newsworthy.  You clicked on the link that says, “Email Admin to register” not “I don’t know how to make a public comment so I’ll try this”. 

I invite you to start your own weblog that deals only with facts that you’ve researched yourself.  I’m sure that you’ll find that fact checking isn’t as easy as finger-pointing is.  Besides ... I’m no journalist. Thanks for confusing me as one.

My comment of, “Now, we are burdened to judge his misdeeds. I hate what he has done to us.” was meant to be taken as an ironic statement.

I’ll even go so far and be flippant and say, “If you don’t like what is written, then YOU should take steps to castigate the original author and rumor-starter and not myself and the individuals that copied this and other stories on my weblog”.  If you are so concerned about facts, then I invite you to participate in the daily discussions on the site.

Why did you not comment on the post about Bill Bennet’s statement about aborting Black babies?  Why did you not comment on the reported death of Rosa Parks.  I don’t have first-hand knowledge of either of these events, but I feel that it is my duty to provide an area where myself and others may post on news that they read.  I also have provided an option for individuals llike yourself to comment on the post’s factual or fictitious nature. Please utilize the comment posting feature in the future.

Perhaps I am a little slow when it comes to understanding a few things, but I think I clearly understand that you are just as hypocritical as I am when you judged me to be a hypocrite.

Please don’t react to one post or one point of view before you, yourself, do some research.  You’ll notice if you take the time to read that I commented that the musicnewsweekly.com author invited me to edit the entry on my site that quoted an entry on his site.  I did that very same thing the following day.

I appreciate your views.

All the best.,
SPN

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

HEZEKIAH WALKER AND GAY AFFAIR STORY - FALSE

All it takes for an urban legend to spread is for someone to neglect to get their information first-hand.  Read on…

Music News Weekly (http://www.musicnewsweekly.com/)
HEZEKIAH WALKER AND GAY AFFAIR STORY - FALSE

By:  Tim Hunter, Founder

We at musicnewsweekly.com deeply apologize to the family, friends,
congregation and Pastor Hezekiah Walker, for allowing ourselves to be
pawns of a totally false story that was confirmed by mediatakeout.com.
As the founder, I am deeply hurt of the lack of integrity and respect I
have allowed to come through Music News Weekly against Pastor Walker.
I was given the opportunity to discuss this matter directly with Pastor
Walker and offer my sincere apologies for allowing such a terrible
thing to take place.  In doing so, it was clear to see the strength of
god in the middle of total evil. 

Pastor Walker, in total wholeness, accepted my apologies.  For those
that don’t understand how powerful that is, let me offer a deeper look
at what this man has suffered because of this story.  Pastor Walker is
man who built a reputation of solid integrity and respect, worked very
hard for all that he has, and inspires many through song and word.  A
man who speaks to uplift and does so with his own actions.  But, one
story, which was derived most likely from one sick individual, almost
caused destruction to all that he has built.  A great many people are
familiar with Pastor Walker in all that he truthfully represents.
Thanks to a young lady within his church named Nicollette, I was able
to dig deeper to find what everyone else already new.  Pastor Walker is
a HETEROSEXUAL MALE who was the chosen victim of total stupidity on
behalf of many. 

As for myself, through the shame that goes with the territory, express
the fact that I am very apologetic to all.  I find it very troubling
that this fictional story caught my attention and that of other media
outlets, but the Pastor Walker program dedicated to influencing gang
members from Bloods & Crips to turn in their guns went unheard.  I now
see this as a blessing and opportunity to actually tell the story of a
man and some of the great things about him.  We will do a profile story
on Pastor Hezekiah Walker and let the world read about his real life. 

Posted by Music News on 02/24 at 01:20 PM

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Should we be worried when our security is sold to other countries?

So, the loading operations at six US ports are in line to be sold to Dubai.  Does that worry me?  Yes and No.

It worries me that the Pres. and his cohorts didn’t seem to know anything about it before it was made public by the news.  I’m really thankful that we have a somewhat free press and that super conservative groups haven’t found a way to remove the right to free speech by those that criticize the government.  If we take the White House’s recent tight-lips as evidence, we would have never been told about this.

It worries me that Dubai was home for two of the 9/11 terrorists. But Saudia Arabia had more than any other country!  We still love to kiss their butts.

It bothers me because George Bush has stated more than a few times that things have changed since 9/11.  This is proof that the President nor his cabal have any clue of what is going on with regards to National Security.

It bothers me because I am close to some of those ports and the latest reports say that currently only about 5% of all containers are checked for hazardous materials.  To be fair, ALL containers are checked for radiation but, there are enough smoke detectors in landfills to make dozens of dirty bombs without needing to import any radioactive material.

I’m not so worried because I don’t feel that they will do any worse job than the current British owners are doing.

Why don’t American companies own this stuff?

Taste of the Future

By David Ignatius
Friday, February 24, 2006

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” The acidulous wisdom of Mark Twain speaks to us across the ages, and never more than this week during the great congressional mobilization to save America’s ports from the dreaded hand of Dubai.

The furor over Dubai is misplaced on so many levels, but let’s start with the supposed terrorist threat. Military and CIA officials will tell you privately that the United Arab Emirates is among the most effective intelligence partners the United States has today in the Arab world. Its operatives are risking their lives to help gather information about al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. They don’t advertise it, and when an operation goes bad—such as the U-2 spy plane that crashed last June returning from Afghanistan to al-Dhafra air base—they keep their mouths shut.

Certainly, al-Qaeda knows who the enemy is. Among the documents released last week by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point was a spring 2002 al-Qaeda warning to officials of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It accused the UAE leaders of working with the U.S. government “in order to appease the Americans’ wishes which include: spying, persecution and detainments.” Al-Qaeda claimed it has penetrated the UAE government, and the United States should certainly vet any UAE personnel working in the United States. But the idea that by purchasing the British company that has been managing six U.S. ports, Dubai Ports World is somehow opening the door to terrorism is, frankly, racist.

The hubbub over terrorism isn’t the biggest problem with the Dubai flap. In a sense, the Bush administration had it coming, after having beaten congressional opponents over the head with the terrorism club for four years. What goes around comes around, and while it may be comical to hear a legislator accuse President Bush of having a pre-Sept. 11 mind-set, the White House made itself a fat target.

The real absurdity here is that Congress doesn’t seem to realize that an Arab-owned company’s management of America’s ports is just a taste of what is coming. Greater foreign ownership of U.S. assets is an inevitable consequence of the reckless tax-cutting, deficit-ballooning fiscal policies that Congress and the White House have pursued. By encouraging the United States to consume more than it produces, these fiscal policies have sucked in imports so fast that the nation is nearing a trillion-dollar annual trade deficit. Those are IOUs on America’s future, issued by a spendthrift Congress.

The best quick analysis I’ve seen of the fiscal squeeze comes from New York University professor Nouriel Roubini, in his useful online survey of economic information, rgemonitor.com. He notes that with the U.S. current account deficit running at about $900 billion in 2006, “in a matter of a few years foreigners may end up owning most of the U.S. capital stocks: ports, factories, corporations, land, real estate and even our national parks.” Until recently, he writes, the United States has been financing its trade deficit through debt—namely, by selling U.S. Treasury securities to foreign central banks. That’s scary enough—as it has given big T-bill holders such as China and Saudi Arabia the ability to punish the U.S. dollar if they decide to unload their reserves.

But as Roubini says, foreigners may decide they would rather hold their dollars in equity investments than in U.S. Treasury debt. “If we continue with our current patterns of spending above our incomes, by 2013 the U.S. foreign liabilities could be as high as 75 percent of GDP and an increasing fraction of such liabilities will be in the form of equity,” he explains. “So, let us stop whining about the dangers of unfriendly foreigners owning our firms and assets and get used to it.”

Here’s how bad it is: The worst thing that could happen to the United States, paradoxically, would be for Arab and other foreign investors to take us at our xenophobic word and decide that America doesn’t really want foreign investment. If they pulled out their money, U.S. financial markets would plummet in a crash that might make 1929 look like a sleigh ride.

Let’s rashly assume that Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert, the Republican Senate and House leaders, are serious in their expressions of concern about foreign ownership of American assets. What they should do right now is begin changing the fiscal policies that are transforming the United States into a ward of the world.

I’m dreaming, of course. Such policies would mean financial sacrifice on the part of Congress and the American people. They would require political leadership instead of quick-hit news conferences. What a quaint idea, that members of Congress actually might want to solve problems rather than make headlines.

Posted by SPN on 02/25 at 10:25 AM
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Friday, February 24, 2006

Look what out I found out about Hezikiah Walker … Which is true?

Whichever story is true, I feel that our discussions and conclusions about the actions of a deceptive adult are true.  I wish HW and his family and fans a speedy recovery from errors of judgement from wherever they appear.

By:  Tim Hunter, Founder of musicnewsweekly.com

We at musicnewsweekly.com deeply apologize to the family, friends, congregation and Pastor Hezekiah Walker, for allowing ourselves to be pawns of a totally false story that was confirmed by mediatakeout.com.  As the founder, I am deeply hurt of the lack of integrity and respect I have allowed to come through Music News Weekly against Pastor Walker.  I was given the opportunity to discuss this matter directly with Pastor Walker and offer my sincere apologies for allowing such a terrible thing to take place.  In doing so, it was clear to see the strength of god in the middle of total evil.

Pastor Walker, in total wholeness, accepted my apologies.  For those that don’t understand how powerful that is, let me offer a deeper look at what this man has suffered because of this story.  Pastor Walker is man who built a reputation of solid integrity and respect, worked very hard for all that he has, and inspires many through song and word.  A man who speaks to uplift and does so with his own actions.  But, one story, which was derived most likely from one sick individual, almost caused destruction to all that he has built.  A great many people are familiar with Pastor Walker in all that he truthfully represents.  Thanks to a young lady within his church named Nicollette, I was able to dig deeper to find what everyone else already new.  Pastor Walker is a HETEROSEXUAL MALE who was the chosen victim of total stupidity on behalf of many.

As for myself, through the shame that goes with the territory, express the fact that I am very apologetic to all.  I find it very troubling that this fictional story caught my attention and that of other media outlets, but the Pastor Walker program dedicated to influencing gang members from Bloods & Crips to turn in their guns went unheard.  I now see this as a blessing and opportunity to actually tell the story of a man and some of the great things about him.  We will do a profile story on Pastor Hezekiah Walker and let the world read about his real life. 

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Jamaica Considers Banning “Brokeback Mountain”

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
By: EURweb.com

The Jamaican Cinematograph Authority was expected to decide Tuesday (Feb. 21) whether it will allow “Brokeback Mountain” to be played in theaters throughout the country. 
The critically-acclaimed love story between two cowboys played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal is scheduled to premiere today at a single theater in the Kingston suburb of Liguanea. But its screening on the island has been opposed by the country’s clergy. 

“We don’t want people to support the showing of this movie here because it would send the wrong message to the public,” an official of the Fellowship Tabernacle in Kingston, told the Jamaican Observer. 

Elder Allan Russell at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church said that the film represented an effort by Hollywood to “indoctrinate the world to a most sinful act” and warned that it should be barred “before any further damage can be done to the minds of our people.”

Posted by loni on 02/23 at 01:45 PM
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Kanye Does “Mission Impossible III” Theme

Grammy Award-winner Kanye West will interpret the theme to “Mission: Impossible III,” bringing his inventive, masterful, and dynamic style to the iconic song.  Dubbed “the smartest man in pop music” in an October ‘05 TIME Magazine cover story, West, who is also nominated for an additional eight GRAMMYs at the upcoming 48th annual ceremony, continues the tradition of groundbreaking and innovative artists performing the classic theme, as members of U2 did in 1996 for “Mission: Impossible,” followed by Limp Bizkit in 2000 for “M:I-2.”

Tom Cruise said, “As a fan of Kanye’s work, I was thrilled at the prospect
of him contributing his talents to ‘M:i:III.’ We wanted to take this
installment of ‘Mission’ to the next level and Kanye’s music definitely added to accomplishing that goal.  As we’ve done with the film, what he’s done with the ‘Mission’ theme is going to blow people away.”

Director J.J. Abrams said, “My goal is to take the ‘Mission’ franchise and
re-interpret it to make a movie that is familiar, but absolutely brand new.
Kanye has done just that with his version of the classic Lalo Schifrin theme, and we’re thrilled to be working with him.”
Producer Paula Wagner added, “With each ‘Mission’ installment, we have
always put a team together that was representative of the very best at their respective crafts.  With the addition of Kanye West’s music to ‘M:i:III,’ we continue that tradition.  His powerful, emotional style is the perfect complement for the mix of drama and action that is in this film.”

“Mission: Impossible III” stars Tom Cruise and is directed by J.J. Abrams.
The film also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup,
Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Laurence Fishburne.  The action thriller was shot on location in Shanghai, Rome, Berlin, and parts of the United States.  “Mission: Impossible III” is
scheduled for release on May 5, 2006.  Tom Cruise returns as Special Agent Ethan Hunt, who faces the mission of his life in “Mission: Impossible III.” Director J.J. Abrams ("Lost," “Alias")brings his unique blend of action and drama to the billion-dollar franchise.
Paramount Pictures presents a Cruise|Wagner production, “Mission:
Impossible III.” The film is directed by J.J. Abrams, from a screenplay
written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J.J. Abrams, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.  The film is produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner.

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