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If my house catches on fire, I’m not going to worry about how high the firefighter scored when he or she applied for the job.

I’ll be too grateful that person had the capability to apply for the job, the character to get through the training needed to be on the job, and the courage required to do the job.

After all, when it comes to training to be a firefighter, aren’t those the things that matter the most?

Something doesn't feel right about the anti-predatory lending rules that just went into effect. The controversial state regulation changes mortgage lending rules in 10 ZIP codes on Chicago's Southwest Side to require that prospective buyers using mortgage brokers get financial counseling if their credit scores fall below 620. Sounds like a good idea, right?

After all, there's no requirement that the buyer actually takes the advice, and he or she can go ahead and purchase the house using a subprime lender peddling a high interest rate.

But working-class home buyers have enough to deal with. They shouldn't have to unravel more red tape.

When white people cite race as the cause of some unfortunate situation, is it still called "playing the race card?"

September 20, 2006

BY KATHARINE WEBSTER

SALEM, N.H. -- A Maine couple accused of tying up their 19-year-old daughter, throwing her in their car and driving her out of state to get an abortion were upset because the baby's father is black, a Maine sheriff said Tuesday.

Katelyn Kampf, who is white, told Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion that her mother ''was pretty irate at the fact that the child's father was black, and she had made a number of disparaging remarks about that,'' he said.

Katelyn Kampf escaped Friday at a Salem shopping center and called police, who arrested her parents, Nicholas Kampf, 54, and Lola, 53, both real estate developers from North Yarmouth, Maine.

The Kampfs were apparently taking their daughter to New York to try to force her to get an abortion there, police said.

The parents were arraigned Monday on kidnapping charges. If convicted of kidnapping, the Kampfs face 71/2 to 15 years in prison.

What are we to make of this?
Jennifer Richeson, an associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University, won a $500,000 genius grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her work documenting the psychology of racial bias.

Now that you've seen the first episode of Survivors, what do you think ?
The Chicago Sun-Times TV critic, Doug Elfman, had an interesting perspective.

Predictably, "The Caucasians" talked about race almost none of the time, a sure sign they live as members of a comfortable majority, Elfman noted.

Organized labor got a lashing from Mayor Daley yesterday as he announced his first-ever veto.
The mayor suggested that race was at the root of the union's effort to force Wal-Mart to pay its employees above the minimum wage. Is he off-base, or is he exposing organized labor's discriminatory treatment toward blacks?

CBS Plays the Race Card?

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Lisa de Moraes, TV critic for the Washington Post, wanted to share her Aug. 24th column, "Sagging Survivor Plays the Race Card.

de Moraes ridiculed CBS's new edition of "Survivor" which debutes next month. The upcoming season will separate contestants into four tribes based on race.

No Place Like Home

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Just like some whites feel they can't say anything negative about a black person without being called a racist, well, it is extremely uncomfortable for me to say anything negative about Israel's policies in the Middle East.

I think it's my religious background. I'm Baptist, and our preachers and teachers have pounded home the message that Israel is the chosen people of God. No matter what, as Christians, we must always side with Israel. That makes sense in Sunday school.

But the never-ending conflict between the Arab Nations and the Jewish State is forcing me to examine that teaching.

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