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Politics / Shirley Sherrod Sues Andrew Breitbart Over Video
« on: February 15, 2011, 01:13:55 PM »
Shirley Sherrod Sues Andrew Breitbart Over Video
First Posted: 02/14/11 04:48 AM Updated: 02/14/11 04:53 AM

Shirley Sherrod has filed a lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart over a video released by the conservative personality that lead to her ouster as an official at the USDA.

Breitbart was served on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), according to the New York Times: "In the suit, which was filed in Washington on Friday, Ms. Sherrod says the video has damaged her reputation and prevented her from continuing her work."


General Discussion Forum / Who Was Saint Valentine?
« on: February 14, 2011, 05:20:46 PM »
Who Was Saint Valentine?
by Mike Krumboltz

Over the past 24 hours, Web interest in Saint Valentine has soared like an errant arrow. Searches on Yahoo! for "saint valentine" and "who was saint valentine" each spiked over 300 percent.

So who was St. Valentine? Was he a great lover a la Casanova? Was he even a real person? According to Catholic Online, St. Valentine was very real, but he probably wasn't a smooth operator with the ladies.

"Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II." For his trouble, Valentine was beaten and then executed after authorities were unable to get him to renounce his faith. His death occurred on February 14.

As with many events that occurred so long ago, other theories abound. Indeed, there were several different Valentines, and nobody is 100 percent sure which one was which.  .....


New Federal Data Show Rising Student Loan Default Rates

by Charles Dervarics , February 14, 2011

The federal government’s new system to calculate student loan default rates – while highlighting the problems of many for-profit colleges – also may pose risks for some minority-serving institutions (MSIs) that are seeing their rates increase as well.

The 2008 renewal of the Higher Education Act changed the way the government measures defaults by calculating the number of students who fail to repay loans in the first three years of repayment period. Prior to that law, the rates were based solely on those who default during the first two years of repayment.



Civil Rights Activists Mark 1961 Freedom Rides
by Zinie Chen Sampson, The Associated Press , February 14, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. – Two former Freedom Riders are helping to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the trip through the Deep South that challenged racial segregation in public transportation systems.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and the Rev. Reginald Green appeared at the University of Mary Washington to honor the Freedom Rides and their organizer, the late James Farmer. Farmer was head of the Congress of Racial Equality during the civil rights era and later became a professor at the Fredericksburg school.


Politics / Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll; Mitt Romney Comes in Second
« on: February 13, 2011, 12:22:45 AM »
Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll; Mitt Romney Comes in Second

Carla Baranauckas
Copy Editor

For the second successive year, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the presidential straw poll conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, capturing 30 percent of the vote.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts was second in the straw poll with 23 percent of the vote, Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio announced at the conference in Washington held by the American Conservative Union. The others on the ballot finished far behind.

The unscientific straw poll is considered an indication of who has the support of conservatives heading into the campaign season for the presidential primaries. But it is not considered a strong indicator of who might win the Republican nomination for president. In 2007, Romney came in first, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York was second, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the eventual GOP presidential candidate in 2008, placed fifth.


It Took 84,000 Pennies, But Mom's Giant Coin Really Makes Cents
Feb 10, 2011 – 7:35 AM

Ben Muessig

Make a penny, leave a penny.

That's how one cash-strapped Michigan woman obtained the 84,000 pennies she used to construct a gigantic replica of a 1-cent coin, which won her artistic acclaim and allowed her to share her inspirational story.

Wander Martich says she only started building her massive coin after she was forced to pinch pennies when she went through a divorce, lost her home to foreclosure and lost her job in 2006.



Study: Public HBCUs Experience Increasing Enrollment
by Michelle J. Nealy , July 29, 2008

Despite nagging financial problems, accreditation troubles and relatively low graduation rates, historically Black colleges continue to remain an integral part of the educational equation for African-Americans and are growing in popularity, according to a comprehensive new study by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Although HBCUs only comprise 3 percent of American colleges and universities, they enroll nearly one in every four African-American college students. The annual report, “Thurgood Marshall College Fund Demographic Report,” is based on the 2005-06 academic year and reveals an enrollment growth trend at public HBCUs. In 2002, public HBCUs enrolled 206,000 students; that number increased significantly by 2006, totaling 235,000.


General Discussion Forum / The Civil War’s Enduring Legacy
« on: February 10, 2011, 03:58:35 PM »
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Special Report - The Civil War’s Enduring Legacy

About this Series

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine and have produced a special report, including features and multimedia content, to highlight the war’s legacy on contemporary U.S. society. Launched in February, the report will be updated with features on the commemoration of key Civil War events and other developments between 2011 and 2015.

General Discussion Forum / Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks
« on: February 10, 2011, 03:44:08 PM »
I did not realize that the anniversary of her birthday had passed.

I did not see a thread on this.


Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks
by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 02-04-2011

Rosa Parks would have been 98 years old this Friday, February 4, 2011. As I watch the people in Egypt march, my mind goes to her legacy. Years ago she said, ‎”I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”


Politics / South Sudan Votes Overwhelmingly For Independence
« on: February 08, 2011, 07:40:33 PM »
South Sudan Votes Overwhelmingly For Independence
First Posted: 02- 7-11 01:24 PM   |   Updated: 02- 8-11 03:05 PM

UBA, Sudan (AP) -- The mud-hut town of Juba has earned a promotion to world capital later this year. Only Southern Sudan needs far more than its own currency and a national anthem: Most of the roads here are dirt and even aid workers live in shipping containers.

In a little more than five months, Southern Sudan is slated to become the world's newest country. Final results from last month's independence referendum announced on Monday show that 98.8 percent of the ballots cast were for secession from Sudan's north.

Juba is oil-rich but lacks the embassies and skyscrapers of other world capitals. There was only a mile or two of pavement here just a year ago, and the local archives are stored in a tent. Many, though, see great potential, and are excitedly looking forward to controlling their own destiny.


I guess it is so much for a post racial society-whatever that is.


Republicans are exploring a new strategy - repealing the 1965 Voter Rights Act...
Submitted by louisehartmann on 4. February 2011 - 9:12

Who’s screwed? Voters.  Republicans are exploring a new strategy to win elections in the future – repealing the 1965 Voter Rights Act.  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recently said that his state has, “outgrown racism” and should be exempted from many of the requirements of the Voting Rights Act - which prevent state lawmakers from carving out congressional districts to suppress or isolate minority voters or use tactics to intimidate minorities.


Politics / Reagan’s Legacy
« on: February 03, 2011, 02:42:12 PM »
Reagan’s Legacy
by Jim Rice 02-03-2011

This Sunday would be Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, and the predictable tributes have come from across the political spectrum. President Barack Obama, for instance, wrote in USA Today, “No matter what political disagreements you may have had with President Reagan, and I certainly had my share, there is no denying his leadership in the world, or his gift for communicating his vision for America.” Mitt Romney called Reagan “a transformative president.”


Reagan’s most destructive legacy could very well be the mania for “deregulation” that he unleashed, starting with his declaration in his first Inaugural address that “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” Reagan’s intensive assault on checks and balances and the removal of reasonable constraints started a wave that washed up decades later as the tsunami that swamped Wall Street.


Queens neighborhood Addisleigh Park, home of Jackie Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, declared landmark
BY Nicholas Hirshon

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 4:00 AM

A tony Queens enclave once home to a host of black stars - including Jackie Robinson and James Brown - became a historic district Tuesday on the first day of Black History Month.

The designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission protects 422 buildings in the Addisleigh Park neighborhood from changes or demolition.

"They're great American stories," said Landmarks Commissioner Christopher Moore. "This is top shelf."

Robinson lived in Addisleigh Park from his 1949 MVP season with the Brooklyn Dodgers until 1955. Brown, the "Godfather of Soul," resided there from 1963 to 1968.

The neighborhood also includes the former homes of Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella, boxer Joe Louis and musicians Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Milt Hinton and Lena Horne.


Hundreds in California Protest Corporate Influence in Elections
By Miranda | January 31, 2011 - 12:54pm

In the year since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, there has been new scrutiny on the increasingly cozy relationship between corporate funders of elections and national policy makers. Exemplifying that relationship have been the Koch brothers, billionaires whose dollars have helped to fund right-wing organizations and campaigns for years, and who were behind one of the most powerful outside groups in the 2010 elections, Americans For Prosperity. The brothers also hold twice-yearly meetings of influential donors, pundits, and politicians—past guests have included Glenn Beck, Sens. Jim Demint and Tom Coburn, and even Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas (both of whom were in the Citizens United majority).


Politics / Mississippi Governor Juggles White House Hopes, State's Past
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:53:40 PM »
Mississippi Governor Juggles White House Hopes, State's Past
by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press , January 31, 2011

JACKSON Miss. – Haley Barbour's folksy style, savvy leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and success as a GOP strategist have made the two-term Mississippi governor a serious contender early in the wide-open contest for the Republican presidential nomination.

Yet the 63-year-old has shown a penchant for airbrushing his state's segregationist past, a period he's inclined to describe as more like Mayberry than "Mississippi Burning."

Critics have dogged him for such comments, and Barbour has recently attempted to make amends, a sign he's aware that if he is to carry his party's banner next year against the country's first African-American president, he will have to be more forthright about Mississippi's troubled history.


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