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Nepotism more Rampant than Affirmative Action

I often smile when I hear people say they are against affirmative action. I often wonder: what exactly it is they are against? Over the years, affirmative action has meant different things to different people. Next year, the Supreme Court will make what I’m sure will be a landmark ruling on this issue as they have agreed to hear two cases involving rejected applicants to my alma mater, the University of Michigan. I’ll go on the record and say that I’m in favor of affirmative action. As I define it, affirmative action is a way for this country to try […]

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He Really is a “Dead Man Walking”

Last week, Slate.com called Senator Lott a “Dead Man Walking.” They were right. The embattled Senator, finally put the Republic party and country before himself and his huge ego and resigned from the Senate leadership position. It looks like Bill Frist, the junior Senator from Tennesse is the front runner. FRIST FACTS: Hometown: Nashville Born: February 22, 1952; Nashville, Tenn. Religion: Presbyterian Family: Wife, Karyn Frist; three children Education: Princeton U., B.A. 1974; Harvard U., M.D. 1978 Military Service: None Career: Surgeon Elected: 1994 (2nd term) 107th Congress Committees: Budget, Foreign Relations (African Affairs – ranking member; International Operations; Near […]

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Bushism of the Day

President George W. Bush sure has a way with words. Thus, couldn’t help but share this latest Bushism: “There’s only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I’ve got an additional responsibility to hug and that’s me and I know what it’s like.”—Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2002. For more Bushisms, go to: Slate. These are just classic! Btw, if you want to get your hands on a talking Dubya, check out TalkingPresidents.com. It may be too late to get […]

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Pandering Politicians

So Senator Lott went on Black Entertainment Television (BET) last night to beg forgiveness. Give me a break! Why couldn’t he have gotten his apology right the first time? Better yet, why didn’t he keep his racist thoughts to himself? And does he really think that we believe he was referring to “Thurmond’s strong anti-communist, pro-defense and fiscally conservative positions” when he talked about the problems that could have been avoided if the country had voted like Mississippi did in 1948 presidential election? And to top it off, he now “absolutely” supports affirmative action. Whatever! He needs to resign from […]

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Should I have Asked Senator Paul Simon about Senator Lott?

At the Messiah event, sitting 2 Boxes away from us was former Illinois Senator Paul Simon. He is now a professor at Southern Illinois University. As I saw him in the hallway after the event, I wanted to go up and introduce myself. More importantly, I wanted to ask him what he thought of Senator Trent Lott’s recent comments at Senator Strom Thurmond’s 100 birthday party. But I resisted the temptation. After taking part in such a festive event, I didn’t want to ruin it by talking about politics. But I still can’t believe Senator Lott made those bigoted comments. […]

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