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This Is What Gets You An “A-” At The University Of North Carolina

Rosa Parks My Story University of North Carolina

It’s well known that college athletes get special treatment to maintain their academic eligibility, but the University of North Carolina has taken it to the next level by awarding an athlete an A- for his horribly written 146-word essay on Rosa Parks.

Fresh off their February scandal for allowing its athletes to enroll in fake courses for easy credit, the University of North Carolina (UNC) is back in the spotlight after a whistleblower unveiled a riveting Rosa Parks paper during an interview with ESPN.

Mary Willingham, the University of North Carolina whistleblower who spent a decade tutoring and advising UNC’s jocks, explained to ESPN that “academically challenged” UNC athletes were encouraged to sign up for “paper classes”—classes that involved no class work except for a single paper. These classes allowed UNC’s functionally illiterate football players to boost their GPAs, satisfying the NCAA’s eligibility requirements and allowing UNC to keep  winning championships.

Willingham only revealed one essay, which was written (at a sixth grade level…) for an introductory class and received a grade of A-.

The paper, a summary called “Rosa Parks: My Story”, goes as follows:

“On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the  white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.”

Ok… maybe a fourth grade level. But considering Willingham says some students are reading at a second and third grade level, which is considered “illiterate” for an adult, a fourth grade isn’t bad! A well deserved A-!

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School Bans 9-Year-Old Boy’s My Little Pony Backpack, Calling It A “Bully Trigger”

My Little Pony Boy

A 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was physically and verbally bullied by classmates after he brought a “My Little Pony” backpack to school, has been told by school officials to bring his belongings in something else – something a little less homosexual.

According to the school, the bag – not the bullying – is the problem. Buncombe County Schools released a statement defending its dick move (and you know it’s a dick move when even Glenn Beck is on the boy’s side), saying “an initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom.”

Perhaps, but if you’re carrying a My Little Pony backpack to school everyday, I’m pretty sure banning the bag isn’t going to stop the bullying. This kid is in for a rough ride until college unless something is done about the bullying – not just the bag. 

But 9-year-old Grayson Bruce, the ultimate brony, just wants his My Little Pony bag back. While Grayson acknowledges that his favorite cartoon is targeted toward girls, he likes the show’s message of friendship and feels that boys should be encouraged to watch it too – without the threat of being bullied.

“They’re taking it a little too far with, you know, punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names,” Grayson said. “Stuff that really shouldn’t happen.”

Grayson’s mom, Noreen, is sticking up for her son, calling the school out for banning the bag rather than banning the bullying.

“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense,” she said.

Horrified that her son has been told to “go kill yourself” and worried that he will end up like 11-year-old Michael Morones, another boy from North Carolina who was a fan of My Little Pony and tried to hang himself after being bullied at school, Noreen has decided to homeschool Grayson – at least until she can find a more Brony friendly school in the area.

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So How Did North Carolina Weather the Storm?

North Carolina Winter Snowstorm

Last time we checked in (yesterday afternoon), North Carolina was gearing up for a huge blast of winter weather (by North Carolina standards).

Charlotte residents were warned they could see up to a foot of snow in addition to ice and powerful gusts of winds. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory cautioned his constituents to be prepared the storm:

‘‘Stay smart. Don’t put your stupid hat on at this point in time. Protect yourself. Protect your family. Protect your neighbors,’’ the Gov. said.

The storm turned out to be a big one (again, by North Carolina standards). The brutal snowstorm left power lines snapped, reduced highways to gridlocked chaos, and rendered albinos virtually invisible.

Now let’s see how well North Carolina residents handled it: 

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 Oh no…. They put their stupid hats on…

Did they learn nothing from Atlanta? The exact same thing happened two weeks ago! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I’m from the South.

Despite the advance warning, drivers in North Carolina clearly fell victim to the 2.5 inches of snow that ended up falling, which ended up causing a nightmare of a commute. Many drivers ended up abandoning their vehicles in the middle of the road and walking home, while one decided to (accidentally?) start a car fire to keep everyone warm.

“It’s really, really bad, and it got so bad so quickly that people just weren’t ready. Even though we were warned, it just happened more quickly than you would think possible.” said Christina Martinson, who was stuck in snowbound traffic with her husband and son for hours in Durham, North Carolina.

“We saw so many people … cars piled up and left on the side of the road, and wrecks.”

Meanwhile, Atlanta appears to have learned its lesson the second time around. After being nationally shamed for their snow induced pileups two weeks ago, few Atlanta drivers ventured out on Wednesday. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal applauded residents who kept the roads clear, calling it “a good starting point.”

The winter storm is currently pounding Washington DC and will likely leave 15 inches of snow in New York by the end of Thursday. Something tells me New York will be better prepared for this kind of weather. They couldn’t prepare for a hurricane, but snow – snow they know.

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Clay Aiken for Congress? Not On My Watch

Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken, best known for not being America’s Idol, is “actively considering” running for Congress.

The runner-up in the second season of American Idol is considering a challenge to Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district. Secret sources claim Aiken has contacted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to gauge their interest in his potential run and has been making some calls to assess support in the district.

But Ellmers, who narrowly won the North Carolina seat from a Democrat in the 2010 midterms, is currently favored to win no matter who the Democratic candidate is. But it is considered a potentially “winnable seat” because it was held by Democrats prior to 2010.

So how will Clay Aiken win over North Carolina? By touting gay marriage of course!

The 35-year-old singer, who surprised no one by coming out of the closet in September 2008, is an advocate for LGBT issues. In 2012, he appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation to talk about North Carolina’s Amendment One, which defined marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman.

“The polls in North Carolina show that over 60 percent of North Carolinians actually support some recognition for same-sex couples, be it civil unions or domestic partnerships,” Aiken said. “As North Carolinians see what it’s done, and what it will do, I think they will support the fact that President Obama did speak out on principle… I think we’d like to see politicians speak out on principle a little bit more.”

LGBT issues aside, Aiken’s time on American Idol will undoubtedly come in useful during the congressional race. He’s dealt with his fair share of blunt criticism (Simon…) and he’s used to coming in second place.

Via: The Huffington Post

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Daily Show Interview Costs Racist GOP Chair His Job

Yelton The Daily Show

If you’re a racist Republican from North Carolina, it’s probably not the best idea to agree to an interview with The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, but sadly Buncombe County Republican precinct chair Don Yelton didn’t know any better.

The conservative activist, once described as “the Rush Limbaugh of Western North Carolina,” appeared on Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show to talk about voter suppression, North Carolina’s voter I.D. laws, and lazy blacks.

Needless to say, the interview did not go well. In fact, it went so badly that on Thursday, Don Yelton was asked to step down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party.

But what could he have possibly said that would force a resignation?

When discussing North Carolina’s new voter ID law, over which the Justice Department has sued the state, Yelton argued that the law isn’t racist… but he has “been called a bigot before.”

And then the quotes just came pouring out:

“Matter of fact, one of my best friends is black.”

“I had a picture one time of Obama sittin’ on a stump as a witch doctor and I posted that on Facebook. I was making fun of the white half of Obama, not the black half.”

“When I was a young man, you didn’t call a black a black, you called him a negro.”

“If [the law] hurts the whites so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

“Now you have a black person using the term n***** this and n***** that and it’s okay for them to do it.”

It was at this point that a nearly speechless Aasif Mandvi responded, “You know that we can hear you, right?”

Even Republicans from Buncombe County, North Carolina thought Yelton’s comments were “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”

“Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,” Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell stated. “This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”

But Yelton, who did not seek GOP permission to give The Daily Show interview, is sticking by his answers and was pleased with the edited version of the interview.

“The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them,” he said.

In fact, he thinks The Daily Show went easy on him:

“To tell you the truth, there were a lot of things I said that they could’ve made sound worse than what they put up.”

At least he’s honest!

Via: The Huffington Post

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Hot New Trend Alert: Guns in Bars

Guns in Bars

Guns? Check. Alcohol? Check. Confined space filled with drunks? Check. Guns in bars. What could go wrong?

The Republican-led North Carolina state legislature has just passed a measure expanding the state’s concealed-weapons-carry laws to include the right for permit holders to bring guns into restaurants and bars. However, the bar/restaurant owners have to be OK with it – otherwise, no guns in bars. And by “OK with it”, I mean they don’t expressly forbid it.

The Republican-backed measure will also allow concealed-carry permit holders to store weapons in locked cars on the campus of any public school or university. Guns will also now be allowed on greenways, playgrounds and other public recreation areas. There’s nothing like a gun on a playground to spice up an otherwise dull playdate.

But the gun lovers didn’t get their way on everything. The final bill did not include the controversial provision that would have repealed the long-standing law requiring a background check and permit issued by county sheriffs for handgun purchases.

The bill now awaits Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s signature. But given that it’s North Carolina, I’m pretty sure he’s going to sign it…

Via: The Associated Press 

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