Daily Archive: January 8, 2013

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    Boehner: Intemperate, Ignorant and Out of Control

    Congressman John Boehner was re-elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a narrow vote. Needing 218 votes, he barely clinched it with 220. His narrow vote reflects the fact that no Democrat would vote for him and that many Republicans are disillusioned of him. Perhaps it also reflects the fact that he has so poorly comported himself that he does not deserve reelection. Most folks who curse do it behind closed doors. In deference to their position, they attempt to parse their public statements to reflect the dignity of the office they hold. Not Mr. Boehner, who dropped the “f” bomb at Senator Harry Reid not once, but twice, in the middle of fiscal cliff negotiations. To his credit, Senator Reid did not respond, but behaved as if he perhaps did not hear the out-of-control Boehner. The Speaker of the House of Representatives comported himself as intemperate, ignorant and out of control.

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    Family, Friends and Fellow Civil Rights Leaders Remember Lillian Miles Lewis

    On Monday the late Lillian Miles Lewis, wife of District 5 Congressman John Lewis, was laid to rest at funeral services inside the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Mrs. Lewis died last week at the age of 73. Lewis was a powerful force in her own right, encouraging her husband to enter the political arena in the late 1970s. She remained one of his closest advisors throughout their 44 years of marriage. At the funeral, family, friends and Atlantans from across the city, honored Lewis’ life at the church.

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    Atlanta Pastor, Evers’ Widow Named to Speak at Inauguration

    (CNN) — An Atlanta pastor and the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers will deliver the invocation and benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration January 21, two inauguration officials confirmed to CNN Tuesday. The officials, who requested anonymity because the details were not yet public, said that Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Megar Evers, was an example for the nation. “Following her husband’s murder she worked tirelessly not only for justice for his murder but for justice for the nation as well,” one source said. Louie Giglio, a pastor and the leader of the Passion Movement, was chosen because he’s a “powerful voice for ending human trafficking and global sex slavery” and due to his work in mobilizing young people for that effort, said one of the sources.

    Norman Francis Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Dr. Norman C. Francis Given Distinguished Service Award by American Catholic Historical Association

    Dr. Norman C. Francis, President of Xavier University of Louisiana, was selected to receive the honor of “Distinguished Service to Catholic Studies” from the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA). Francis, the longest-sitting university president in the United States, has served as president of Xavier, the nation’s only historically Black and Catholic university, since 1968.