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They’re Moms to Black America

These women offer the type of large-scale love and guidance that calls for celebration this Mother’s Day. Consider this their card from the black community.

Every May we take a Sunday to honor our individual moms. But what about the women who, whether or not they have children of their own, offer the spirit of motherhood to all of us? They use their platforms to deliver a steady stream of love (sometimes tough), guidance and care. They're nurturers, providers and sources of plenty of inspiration. Whether or not they know it, these individuals are moms to black America in a spiritual and emotional sense, and it's about time we wished them a happy Mother's Day.

Toni Morrison
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Oprah Winfrey
bell hooks
Maya Angelou
Jada Pinkett Smith
Iyanla Vanzant
Estella Pyfrom
Jaspen Boothe
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Angeles Echols-Brown
Michelle Obama
Shirlee Smith
Sherrilyn Ifill
Wanda Butts

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/05/mother_s_day_african_american_mother_figures.html

Record Number of African Americans, Latinos Matriculate (Harvard)

Roughly 82 percent of the 2,023 students admitted to the Class of 2018 have decided to matriculate—a figure that represents the College’s highest yield in 45 years. Due to the high rate of matriculation, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid expects to only admit around 15 to 20 students from the waitlist.

The Class of 2017’s yield rate was also close to 82 percent, even as the College had to cancel Visitas, its admitted students visiting weekend, in light of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.

Among those who committed to the Class of 2018, the Office of Admissions saw a record number of African American and Latino students—177 and 185—respectively. Three-hundred fifty-one Asian American students, the second highest number of students in College history, accepted offers of admissions. Twenty-seven students of Native American or Native Hawaiian descent decided to matriculate, as well. The totals mean that roughly 21 percent of the class will be Asian American, 10.5 percent African American, 11 percent Latino, and 1.5 percent Native American or Native Hawaiian.

The yield rate for African-American students went up by nearly 6 percent this year, to 73 percent, according to Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67. The yields for Latino and Native American or Pacific Islander applicants were about 70 and 71 percent, respectively. The Asian American yield was nearly 88 percent.

“We are very grateful to the many involved in the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program who worked toward these results throughout the year, and especially during the crucial month of April,” said Roger Banks, director of recruitment, in a statement.

According to Fitzsimmons, the gender breakdown of the matriculating class reflects that of the admitted pool, which was 55 percent male and 45 percent female.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/5/9/record-number-matriculate-2018/

Columbia man, among first African American U.S. Marines, receives congressional honor

COLUMBIA, SC — Two years ago, Congress honored the first African Americans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1940s for their role in desegregating that military branch.

But Columbia's William Ramseur, among the 330 honored, could not make the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia, presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Ramseur at the congressman's office on Lady Street.

Ramseur was a Montford Point Marine. More than 20,000 blacks enlisted in the Marines from 1942-49 at Montford Point Camp in Jacksonville, NC. Ramseur moved in Columbia in 1957. Clyburn presented Ramseur with the award after meeting with media.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/14/3446236/columbia-man-among-first-african.html#storylink=cpy

Gabby Giffords sighting in Egypt...

https://twitter.com/GabbyGiffords/status/464472919586766848/photo/1

Greenwald Says Supporting the Effort to Find 270 Kidnapped Nigerian Girls is “Horrifying”

In response to an op/ed in The Guardian that calls for feminists in the west to support the effort to find 270 teenage Nigerian girls kidnapped by Islamic jahadists known as Boko Haram, Glenn Greenwald tweeted the following:



So according to Greenwald supporting the effort to find these girls whom the terrorist abductors plan to sell into slavery is ignorant, “horrifying” and “The Next Western Intervention.”

Okay. Awful.

The kidnappings weren’t horrifying — but standing “in solidarity with these girls, their mothers, and their fathers,” the point of the op/ed, is “horrifying” to Greenwald. Perhaps if it was 270 Edward Snowdens who were abducted, Greenwald wouldn’t be so heartless. Meal ticket, etc.

http://thedailybanter.com/2014/05/quote-of-the-day-greenwald-says-supporting-the-effort-to-find-270-kidnapped-nigerian-girls-is-horrifying/

I should have been keeping a "greatest hits" archive of Glenn's tweets...I think many of his fans would be shocked at how much screechy bullshit their white knight spews on an hourly basis...


U.S. Navy SEAL Smuggled 10 Kilos Of Cocaine Into Miami

A Navy SEAL who served in the military for 14 years and worked on covert anti-drug operations has admitted to smuggling 10 kilos of cocaine into the United States, according to records from the federal district court in Miami and a source familiar with his service.

The SEAL, Angel Martinez-Ramos, left active duty in 2010 but continued to deploy on missions as a reservist, court papers say. He had drug paraphernalia, including a money-counting machine and drug-testing equipment, at home, the documents say. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import cocaine and is currently in custody in Miami awaiting sentencing.

His case comes in the wake of another embarrassment for the elite SEALs, the commandos famous for killing Osama bin Laden. Earlier this year, two former members of the group died after consuming heroin and alcohol on a commercial ship they had been hired to protect from pirates.

Martinez-Ramos, 36, was arrested in December as he returned to the U.S. from a short trip to Aruba. Before his arrest, the Drug Enforcement Administration had received a tip that a U.S. service member would be arriving with a load of narcotics, documents show. Ironically, Martinez-Ramos had occasionally worked closely with the DEA on sensitive counter-narcotics missions in Latin America, a source familiar with his service record told BuzzFeed.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/exclusive-us-navy-seal-smuggled-10-kilos-of-cocaine-into-mia

It will be interesting to see if there is something bigger waiting to be revealed...

At least hang up the phone first...



Eye on the ball: Kerry shows off his soccer skills
http://blogs.afp.com/correspondent/?post/Eye-on-the-ball%3A-Kerry-shows-off-his-soccer-skills

First female submariners in Royal Navy's 110-year history

Three women have become the first female submariners in the 110-year history of the Submarine Service.

Lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alexandra Olsson and Penny Thackray earned their "Dolphins" after months of training, including operations on HMS Vigilant.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond hailed their "huge personal achievement" and said it was "an historic moment for the Royal Navy and our armed forces".

A ban on women submariners based on health fears was lifted in 2011.

A review of concerns that submarines' higher levels of carbon dioxide could carry risks to female health decided the fears were unfounded.

Lt Olsson, 26, from Tranmere, the Wirral, described joining the 165 male fellow crew members of HMS Vigilant as like living "as a very strange family".

"I felt like a little sister to 165 brothers," she said. "At the end of the day manpower is a big thing for the navy - as long as you can do the job, it doesn't matter."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27278588

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27281416

Electronic Frontier Foundation Praises the Tea Party, FreedomWorks and Klayman

Yesterday, tax day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted an article titled “Tea Party, Taxes and Why the Original Patriots Would’ve Revolted Against the Surveillance State,” and it wouldn’t surprise me if the authors were wearing tri-corner hats with hand-written “Rand Paul 4 Prez” placards stacked up on their desks while they hammered out the post.

The EFF is, in its own words, “the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world,” and has stationed itself on the front lines in the battle against the National Security Agency and the intelligence community. It’s best known recently for pursuing NSA to release an 85-page opinion from the FISA Court detailing an operation a FISA judge had ruled unconstitutional.

Believe it or not, I admired the EFF’s strategy on this FISA matter. Rather than clandestinely horking documents from an inside source, it pursued NSA through perfectly legitimate means, specifically the Freedom of Information Act. That said, this article and its irresponsible lionization of the tea party is a huge red flag, as well as a further indication of an emerging and ill-advised alliance between the libertarian far-right and the far-left.

It’s difficult to find a more ridiculous whitewashing of the tea party outside of the tea party itself. The legacy of the founders? Wow. First of all, the tea party doesn’t even understand the actual Boston Tea Party, much less the intent of the founders. Yet the heretofore respected EFF has bedazzled the tea party with the gilded legacy of the almighty founders. As for the leaders the tea party has elected, is there one — just one — who’s not completely nuts or totally unqualified for the post?

It gets worse...


http://thedailybanter.com/2014/04/electronic-frontier-foundation-praises-the-tea-party-freedomworks-and-birther-larry-klayman/

Illinois man hacked U.S. Navy, others

TULSA, OKLA. • A Salem, Ill., community college student and an enlisted man on an aircraft carrier hacked into U.S. Navy computer systems and those belonging to more than 30 other government entities, schools and corporations, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Daniel Trenton Krueger, 20, of Salem, and Nicholas Paul Knight, 27, of Chantilly, Va., were accused of conspiring “to hack computers and computer systems as part of a plan to steal identities, obstruct justice, and damage a protected computer” from April 2012 to June 2013, court documents and prosecutors said.

Knight, a former systems administrator in the nuclear reactor department of the USS Harry S. Truman, was the self-proclaimed leader and publicist of “Team Digi7al,” prosecutors said. He used the names Inertia, Iner7ia, Logic and Solo and has been a hacker since the age of 16, charging documents say. He was discharged from the Navy after he was caught trying to hack a Navy database while at sea, documents claim.

In an interview with a reporter for the website Softpedia, parts of which are quoted in charging documents, "Iner7ia" said that he was originally a "white hat" hacker, who found and reported security vulnerabilities. But he became bored and said "the people I did work for were ungrateful and sometimes they wouldn’t take me seriously."

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/illinois-man-hacked-u-s-navy-others/article_d0814849-dee9-50d8-9450-fc11632c07f8.html

Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/07/us_navy_sysadmin_accused_of_hacking_220k_sailors_details/
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