When President Obama paid tribute to Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old African-American woman who was forced to wait hours to cast her ballot last November, he was highlighting not only the Florida Republican Party's voter suppression efforts but the tortured history of race relations in America.
Others can and will profile Ayers' impressive public career as presented in his autobiography. What I want to do here is profile "Brandy" as a person, using excerpts from the book to more fully portray this complex man and his progressive mission.
There are numerous factors that have to be considered when compiling such a list -- everything from differences in police reporting standards, urban borders and demographics make for a very loaded and fluid lineup.
Let me start by saying I was wrong. As much as I believed Notre Dame was a team of destiny, it was supremely outclassed by an immensely talented Alabama team better in every phase.
This should be one for the ages -- two classic programs with great talent and great coaching staffs. It will come down to which quarterback can make more plays and smart money says to go with AJ McCarron over Notre Dame's Everett Golson.
For college football fans, it doesn't get much better than a tilt like this. Alabama is trying to win its third national title in four years -- and become the first program to do so since Nebraska in the mid '90s -- while Notre Dame has proved that painting gold on your helmets before every game isn't sacrilegious.
At best, Notre Dame is the fifth best team in the nation and, according to our projections, on a neutral field, would be an underdog to at least four teams in the SEC.
It all started with the idea of a Super Bowl commercial to promote the real Kentucky. "We wanted to put it on the biggest stage in the world," says Whit Hiler of ad agency Cornet IMS in Lexington.
While hard to determine which states are the most backwards with not allowing same-sex marriages, states are ranked in order from lowest to highest percent of voters' support in constitutional bans on same-sex marriages.
So here we sit, 11-1. "Eleven, and One!!" And nobody outside the state-wide intersections of Rome to Valdosta, or Albany to Tocoa wants to give us a c...
Georgia has been impressive, especially as of late with wins and covers in four straight games (the under has also covered in each of those blowouts). Expect all of those streaks to end in Atlanta on Saturday.
Widespread efforts to suppress voting by people of color and the poor through a rash of voter ID laws make it clear that we still need the landmark 1965 legislation today.
It is odd that for all this talk about cancer's effect, there is still so little coverage of toxic pollution -- which has been linked to cancer -- and how much more likely poor people and minorities are to be impacted by it.
I can understand that they were fearful of an outburst, although neither my friends or I had any intention of doing so. The real question is why were we not allowed to speak in the first place?
Though many don't realize it, "no man left behind" is much more than an expression. The U.S. military genuinely does all it can to recover soldiers from all conflicts, and for more than a decade, I've had the privilege of contributing to cases pertaining to WWI, WWII, Korea and Southeast Asia.
Make no mistake about it; this was a significant election result with legal, cultural and religious consequence. It serves as a reminder of why we need to pay attention to more than just the presidential and congressional electoral results, nationwide.