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Dec 12, 2018

Southen Baptists & Slavery

"The first and oldest educational institution of the Southern Baptist Convention disclosed in a report Wednesday that its four founders together owned more than 50 slaves, part of a reckoning over racism in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
The 71-page report released by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is a recitation of decades of bigotry, directed first at African slaves and later at African-Americans. Beginning with the founding of the seminary in Greenville, S.C., in 1859, the report found that the school, with few exceptions, backed a white supremacist ideology."

                                                                         The N.Y. Times

The full N.Y. Times story is HERE (paywall).

Dec 11, 2018

Athlete Charged

From The Montgomery County Sheriff'a Office

    A two-time Montgomery Quarterback Club Player-of-The-Week nominee has been charged with murder. 

     Police say the 19 year old Carver High School Senior, Terrence Webster, fired the shots that caused a Carver freshman to run onto the West-South Boulevard where Keiauna Williams was hit by a car and killed about 11:00 PM on a Saturday, December 1, 2018.

     This is the incident that prompted a discussion on my Facebook page about parents tracking their children by cell phone.

What Moon Landing?

Stephen Curry doubts we landed on the Moon.

Asking Curry for aerospace analysis like asking a NASA scientist to set the odds for the NBA Final Four.

UA Professor on Sandy Hook


     A Connecticut newspaper has obtained a trove of writing by 20 year old Adam Lanza, who shot and killed himself after murdering 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary, including 20 kinder-gardeners in 2012.
     And a University of Alabama criminology professor says publishing the writings is a mistake.  

“Don’t turn these people into celebrities,” said Adam Lankford, a criminologist at the University of Alabama who studies mass shootings. Photos, videos and social media posts by a gunman, he said, “can inspire celebrity worship.”
“We’re not at a point where people are na├»ve to the risks anymore,” Professor Lankford said.
                                                                  Today's NY Times 

Dec 10, 2018

Alabama: Among The Most (or Least) Catholic Southern States?

"....the percentage of the adult population identifying as Catholic ranges from 44% in Rhode Island, the single most-Catholic state (by percentage), to 6% in Alabama. After Rhode Island, the most Catholic states are New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Other than Alabama, four Southern states -- Tennessee, Mississippi, West Virginia and Arkansas -- and Mormon-dominated Utah have single-digit Catholic populations."
                                          Gallup Report

But that's misleading. Other reports indicate there are a half-dozen Southern States with double digit Catholic populations (though none above 10%.....) 

Safe to say Alabama and the other Southern States have fewer Catholics than many of the Northern States. One contributing factor might be the anti-Catholic actions of the KKK for decades.

Klan audiences in the 1920s were routinely treated to speeches by women who claimed to be former nuns: they would often display leather bags in which, it was alleged, the newborn children of illicit liaisons between nuns and priests were carried to church furnaces to be cremated. Did people not realise, a Klan member in Sacramento asked, that “nearly all the bawdy houses, bootleg joints and other dives are owned or controlled by Romanists”?
 "The Klan War on Catholics"


From The Atlantic:

It's Almost Impossible to Be a Mom in Television News

For female television reporters, the decision to have kids can be a career-ending one.

HERE's the story.

Julianna Goldman is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. who has worked in TV news and print for the last 15 years.