March 31st, 2010
08:05 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Susan Limber: The professor in Clemson University's Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life devotes her efforts to the prevention of bullying and other forms of aggression toward children. She oversees the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which has certified more than 700 trainers who can travel anywhere on a moment's notice.

The program, used in some 5,000 schools across the country, also houses the largest bullying database in the United States - more than 750,000 students who have been surveyed about their experiences and attitudes.

Limber, a professor of psychology, told CNN on Tuesday, "Bullying can be prevented. Although being harassed or bullied continues to occur, we should not accept that they are inevitable experiences. We do know that we can reduce bullying through efforts to change the school culture. It's not easy. It wouldn't happen over night, but we've seen success all over the country."

Limber also was a consultant to the Stop Bullying Now! public information campaign, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supports.

 Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Web site

Stop Bullying Now! Web site

Lloyd Marcus: The activist, author and composer of the "American Tea Party Anthem" says that he was wrong about President Obama's race not being an issue.

In the American Thinker, Marcus writes, "The mainstream liberal media has been relentlessly badgering the Tea Party movement with accusations of racism. Because I am a black Tea Party patriot, I am bombarded with interviewers asking me the same veiled question: 'Why are you siding with these white racists against America's first African-American president?' I defend my fellow patriots who are white, stating, 'These patriots do not give a hoot about Obama's skin color. They simply love their country and oppose his radical agenda. Obama's race is not an issue.' "

Marcus, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and lives in Deltona, Florida, continues, "Recently, I have come to believe that perhaps I am wrong about Obama's race not being an issue. In reality, Obama's presidency has everything to do with racism, but not from the Tea Party movement. Progressives and Obama have exploited his race from the rookie senator's virtually unchallenged presidential campaign to his unprecedented bullying of America into ObamaCare. Obama's race trumped all normal media scrutiny of him as a presidential candidate, and most recently, even the Constitution of the United States."

Marcus blogs that he is traveling with the Tea Party Express bus tour as it heads toward Washington.

American Thinker: The Progressives' perfect Trojan horse

Marcus' Web site

Archbishop Jerome Listecki: The archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, apologized repeatedly Tuesday night for the way his archdiocese handled an abusive priest, and he defended the Vatican, which has come under fire for not disciplining or defrocking the man.

"Mistakes were made in the Lawrence Murphy case," Listecki said at the end of a special holy week Mass at St. John's Cathedral.

Murphy, who died in 1998, is believed to have molested up to 200 boys. The Vatican said it did not know about the abuse until 20 years after civil authorities investigated and later dropped the case.

"Even though some do not want to hear it or accept it as truth, mistakes were made by law enforcement, medical professionals - even reporters who helped bring initial stories to light and grappled with how to deal with perpetrators," Listecki said. "We have all learned so much."

CNN: Archbishop: Mistakes made in priest sex abuse case

The Rev. Mimi Walker: The Georgia Baptist Convention wants to remove the Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta from its rolls because its co-pastor is a woman.

WSB-TV in Atlanta reports the convention's executive committee made the recommendation to sever ties this month with the church, where Walker and her husband, Graham, have been serving for two years as co-pastors.

"We are keeping faith with the Baptist faith and message with regard to women serving as pastor," said J. Robert White, the convention's executive director. "The GBC has never been opposed to women serving in ministry positions other than pastor."

But Mimi Walker, a former missionary in the Philippines, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "It seems sad that they decided to go backwards in time. I'm not sure what the value is of trying to go back in time when women were held in subservience."

WSB-TV: Church may be cut because pastor is woman

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Southern Baptists may cut Druid Hills church

Brad Stevens: The 33-year-old Indiana native is coaching his Butler Bulldogs in the school's first ever Final Four, just six miles from campus at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Stevens was hired three years ago, and he managed to recruit a bunch of players from the basketball-heavy state to play at Butler.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Stevens has more victories in his first three seasons than any coach in major college history, with an 88-14 record. Butler is where the final scene in the movie "Hoosiers" was filmed, and now the team is the tournament's darling.

Stevens told The New York Times, "It's OK to call us a midmajor, by the way, Cinderella, whatever you want to call us." A former marketing associate from Eli Lilly who quit to volunteer coach at Butler in 2000, Stevens added, "We still get to play." Butler takes on Michigan State on Saturday night.

The New York Times: Butler goes home to Indianapolis for Final Four

The Indianapolis Star: Hiring a young Stevens pays for Butler

soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. p41

    Grateful American> You respectfully, and accurately hit the proverbial nail on the head.
    Thank you for the clarity of mind, and heart.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stuart in CA

    The Tea Baggers say they aren't racist. Two weeks ago, when congress were walking up the steps on the capital building many "ugly things" occurred. The "N" was shouted , a black congressman got spat on and Barney Frankwas called faggot. These people aren't for universal health care and this is what they do to get their point across. Remember those embarrassing town-hall meetings last summer. Does anyone remember any Progressives acting like children? I remember people, who were against universal health care making asses of themself.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stuart in CA

    Where were these Tea Baggers during the Bush "W" administration? That idiot came in with a $800 Billion budget surplus and single-handedly distroyed our country in eight years.

    "W" started two wars that are going to cost us 1.5 – 2.8 Trillion Dollars, prescription drug plan (Medi-care D plan) which tripled in the original projected cost & $800 Billion Bank Bailout.

    Tea Baggers, be consistant and you will be taken serious.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ROSE

    I'm so happy about the healthcare bill and I hope this administration will come with a public option a few years from now. Even though, this current healthcare bill will make my husband and I pay more taxes, we do not really mind because one way or another, we will spend the money on healthcare anyway. despite the fact, my employer pay a portion for my medical health insurance, I still have to pay more than $ 800 a month for my family plan which is still not covered everything. every year, the price of healthcare keeps on increasing and if you loose your job, forget about the COBRA COVERAGE because the price is so exorbitant. I think a lot of members of the tea party do not even know what socialism means, they're just burried in their racial ideology which make them unable to recognize that this president is trying to do his best to help the country and the american people. this country was such in a bad condition under the Bush administration, it will take time to get it back as it was under the Clinton administration.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stuart in CA

    Are we all in agreement that Obama walked into a HUGE MESS when he over as president?

    OK. In a little more than a year, Obama shored up the banks & financial institutions, with bail out money that Bush allocated. Last week the banking committee is making sure that banks aren't to BIG TO FAIL.

    DId a great job with Detriot Auto Makers. Sold Chrysler to Fiat, Shored up GM and Ford refused a hand out (yeah).

    Revamped national educational standards, which Texas and Alaska refused to accept (no surprise).

    Passed an Energy Bill

    Pass Universal Health Care Bill

    Did a stellar job with Haiti. If we have another Katrina I'm assured that we will be OK.

    They only failing is foreclosure, which he revamped and admitted mistakes were make. That is something "W" would NEVER DO.

    March 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stuart in CA

    In California we had a republican governor, Pete Wilson, he deregulated the two enerygy companies (PG&E and Edison). What happened was black-outs and rate hikes!

    Goverment is needed in certain business.

    The #1 reason fill for bankrupcy is medical debt.

    March 31, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nessa

    The Tea Party idea is loosely based on the Boston tea party which happened because of excessive taxation without representation. Tea is an anagram for taxed enough already. It wasnt created based on race. We have a problem with all of Washington as it is. The healthcare reform just happens to be the biggest issue in our country so thats the issue at the front of the protest. If Obama resigned & a republican took over, the tea party would still be here, protesting the actions of an out of control government.

    Someone said they would never stand with racists. Well ya best sit down then because there are racist in the tea party but there are racist in the democrat party & there are racist in the white community & black community & Asian community & every walk of life.

    April 3, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michael Fiorello

    1. Just because you don't agree with a law, it doesn't mean you're taxed "without representation." No-one installed President Obama; he won the electoral and the popular vote. You have the right to protest his policies, of course, but please acknowledge what they are. My taxes have gone down (and I daresay so have most tea partiers'). 2. TEA is an acronym for "taxed enough already," not an anagram. (Not a big deal, but true.) 3. The resistance to big government is not inherently racist; granted. The fixation on President Obama's name, his actual or rumored religious practices, his skin (whether or not it is covered in Joker whiteface), his fist bump with his wife, however...I'll let the facts stand for themselves.

    April 3, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
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