The New Texan

Why George Bush is scared of Ron Kirk:

“This is our Colin Powell,” says Rufus Shaw, who worried that Kirk was too conservative as mayor of Dallas. “This is as close as a black politician can come to being inoffensive to the Anglo community, without becoming a Republican. If Texas doesn’t vote for him, it’s going to say something about Texas, and it will not be very good.” The New Yorker

Life as a Blackman

‘Tired of Playing those same old boring Board Games? Well, the folks at Underground Games, Inc., a black owned game company, have come up with the most fun and interesting board game concept too ever hit the Market. Life As A BlackMan the Game is the first and only board game to depict life from the perspective of a minority. “This is the party game for the next millennium,” says Chuck Sawyer, C.E.O. Underground Games, Inc. ‘

Has the War on Iraq Already Begun?

Incredible speculation found at kuro5hin.org:

According to DEBKAfile :

“Tuesday August 6, at 0800 hours Middle East time, US and British air bombers went into action and destroyed the Iraqi air command and control center at al-Nukhaib in the desert between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.”

If that was all, I wouldn’t have given it a second glance, as stuff like that has been going on for a few years now. But the following is what caught my eye:

“Turkey Seizes Critical Bamerni Airport in North Iraq – Hurriyet. Strategic Airfield Now Occupied by Turkish 5,000-Strong Force With US Special Forces Troops”

Now, admittedly DEBKAfile is far from being impartial or unbiased, so read it with ‘a pinch of salt’, or a handful if you like. But their military analyses have proved to be mostly correct on a number of occasions in the past – they seem to have several excellect sources in the international intelligence community. Also their layout is rather counter-intuitive, but that’s besides the point.

Blogging for Dollars:

Meg Hourihan: Giving Rise to the Professional Blogger:

“During that weekend, I came to a realization that I’ve been mulling over ever since: a lack of money is hindering the growth and potential of blogging. Free–or personal–blogging can only take us so far.

Most financial discussions focus on blog content and explore donations, advertising, or some type of sponsorship/patronage model as the means to compensate bloggers. Very little progress has been made towards finding viable economic models because people still think of Weblogs as personal sites. If you aren’t Andrew Sullivan (who purportedly makes $6,000 per month on his site through donations), it’s hard to imagine how you’d get the traffic and donations to generate such revenue…

What I propose is slightly different: make it a commercial endeavor and hire an experienced blogger. Engage someone who’s already proven they can filter, condense, and write. Work with someone who can blog day in and day out for more than a month or two. The idea here is to find an enthusiast, empower them, and fund them, not to dump blogging onto someone’s day job, or it’s not likely to succeed.

Think of what some of the best bloggers could do if they were financially able to do focused, full-time blogging? Pick a topic you’re interested in, now imagine someone had 40 hours per week to cover everything related to that topic, and you get the idea. ” O’Reilly Network