August 17th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

John Jackson

He is overseeing the release of an education study that showed in the 2007-2008 school year, only 47 percent of African-American males attending high school in the U.S. actually graduated.

"Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males 2010" is a study on academic parity in the U.S. that was released today.

New York State reports the lowest average nationwide. Of the number of black men that attended high school in 2007-2008, only 25 percent graduated. New Jersey, meanwhile, showed the greatest improvement. Of the black males who attended high school, more than 65 percent received degrees.

The study by the Schott Foundation comes out every two years.

Jackson, 37, joined the Schott Foundation as CEO in 2007. He is a product of Chicago's Southside, and its public school system. It was during his time in the public schools there that he realized the disparity between blacks and whites in education.

Schott Foundation: New report shows America's public schools fail over half of black male students

Schott Foundation: 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Chris Juby

The 30-year-old British man is tweeting the entire Bible, one chapter per tweet per day. Chris Juby of Durham, United Kingdom, began his effort on August 8 and as of today has more than 8,700 followers, according to his Twitter page. The summaries can never exceed 140 characters, per Twitter rules. Here are some examples:

"Gen1: God created the heavens, the earth and everything that lives. He made humankind in his image, and gave them charge over the earth."

"Gen2: God formed a man and gave him the garden in Eden, except for the tree of knowledge. Adam was alone so God made a woman as his partner."

"Gen7: Noah and his family went into the ark with two of each creature. It rained for forty days and forty nights and the earth was covered."

In a story that first broke last week in the Northern Echo newspaper in Durham, Juby said is should take approximately 1,189 days to summarize the text, which is actually about 800,000 words long. If all goes as planned, he should complete the task on November 8, 2013, Juby said.

Juby, who is a web developer and leads worship at King's Church in Durham, admits that not many Christians read the whole Bible and that this is by no means a substitute for it.

"It is perhaps regarded as a bit of an oddball thing to do," he said. "I hope in doing the summary, it will inspire people to read the Bible for themselves."

The Northern Echo: Chris Juby is tweeting one Bible chapter a day

Twitter: Bible Summary

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Evidence has been uncovered that around the 1820s, a hunchbacked man was employed at the famous French cathedral, and that he could be the influence for Victor Hugo's famous literary classic.

Adrian Glew, who is the head archivist at London's Tate Archives, told the Daily Telegraph of London earlier this week that while he was researching a memoir of another early 19th Century stonemason named Henry Sibson, he came across the following passage:

"I applied at the Government studios, where they were executing the large figures [for Notre Dame] and here I met with a Mons. Trajan, a most worthy, fatherly and amiable man as ever existed - he was the carver under the Government sculptor whose name I forget as I had no intercourse with him, all that I know is that he was humpbacked and he did not like to mix with carvers."

"When I saw the references to the humpbacked sculptor at Notre Dame, and saw that the dates matched the time of Hugo's interest in the Cathedral the hairs on the back of my neck rose," Glew told the Telegraph.

Sibson's memoirs - which also make reference to another Hugo contemporary named "Jean Trejean" - are on display at Tate until the end of August, according to the Telegraph.

Telegraph: Real-life Quasimodo uncovered in Tate archives

Randy Thomasson

He is one of the most prominent faces behind California's anti-gay-marriage movement and has fiercely criticized California's Governor, Attorney General and the Honorable Vaughn Walker for their roles in overturning the ban.

Thomasson, a former journalist and conservative radio talk show host is President of Save California and Save America, two organizations promoting family-friendly values in politics and society.

He's taken a stand on the boiler plate issues that dominate conservatives today - particularly Christian conservatives. Marriage as a biologically proven, heterosexual act to promote the species? Check. Spanking? Yes. Medical marijuana? Not a chance. He even has a fierce position on cross-dressing and transsexual surgery.

Recently, Thomasson has focused on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown saying they violated their oaths of office by supporting gay marriage. And Judge Vaughn Walker, the man who overturned the ban? Thomasson issued a statement that did not mince words.

"Most people know that marriage is physically and biologically for a man and woman," Thomasson said. "The California Constitution and federal law agree with this scientific fact, while the U.S. Constitution is silent on marriage. Judge Walker has zero legal authority to redefine marriage, and no moral authority for attacking this sacred institution, the foundation of family. By inventing and imposing homosexual marriages, Vaughn Walker has launched a personal war against the written U.S. Constitution, the written California Constitution, the voters' interest and against every higher authority, including God Himself."

A federal appeals court on Monday put a hold on same-sex marriages in California until further hearings on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

Save California: Randy Thomasson on Judge Walker's refusal to stay his ruling

CNN: Court temporarily blocks California same-sex couples from marrying

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. TBerk

    Well, since tweets are normally reserved for pointless nonsense I fail to see why Juby this is newsworthy. He's just following a long tweet tradition.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • whatnext

      Twitter and intriguing don't belong in the same sentence.

      August 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • verify

      Yes, what better place for the "Wholly Babble"...

      August 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ugh

    "God" has no place on Twitter.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • :)

      If you don't believe in God, you will go to hell

      August 17, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • birdlady

      I have news for you, God owns Twitter and facebook and CNN and the World Trade Center and the cattle on a thousand hills. God owns everything. One day you will understand. I hope when that day comes it isn't too late for you. God loves you no matter how much you reject Him. He created you and has plans for you. Reject Him at your peril.

      August 18, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Skeptic

    "British man is tweeting the entire Bible."

    Georgia O'Keffee said every monkey can copy and she was right.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    Religion–nonsense. This dope expends time and energy to accomplish absolutely nothing.
    No wonder the world is so screwed up.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pocahontas

    Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdomof God.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      And why would he want to?

      August 17, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cindi

    Actually, if you do not believe in God, you will miss out on all the blessings of Psalms 37, and Rev 21. This is the true short story of the Bible.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Bertina

      There isn't a downside then.

      August 17, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. GK

    He should tweet a science book...

    August 17, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jeffcho

      Then he will have to update his tweets every so often to update all the incorrect facts, with new ones that will probably have to be updated yet again...

      August 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • GK

      HAHAA!!! welcome to the world of RELIGIOUS FANATICS who claim science is false but yet they base their whole life on it .. medicine, technology, etc... BRAVO!! you win the award for the HYPOCRITE of the CENTURY..

      August 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • verify

      Yes, jeffcho, those pesky newly discovered facts - bah!

      If the likes of you prevailed, we would still be living in tents in the desert, plagued by leprosy and possessed by demons and having a life expectancy of 35.

      August 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GK

    @Cindi, "Actually, if you do not believe in God, you will miss out on all the blessings of Psalms 37, and Rev 21. This is the true short story of the Bible." .. if you don't believe in GOD you will miss out on hanging out with ZEUS, RA, and other hundreds of GODS...

    August 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The devils believe according to James.

      August 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ravenous

    I can picture it now.

    @thor_thundergod: Just out for a brewski today. Brother Loki is an asshat, as usual. Dad's eye is bothering him again.

    @Zeus_lightning: Eh, always the drink with you, you lush.

    @thor_thundergod: 😛

    Yeah, good times.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Henry Miller

    Randy Thomasson: Yet another self-righteous, narrow-minded, bigot of the sort who's basically ruined the Republican Party.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason B.

      He really is off his rocker isn't he. You know, people like him are going to be *really* surprised one day to meet their maker and find out God's really a gay, black, Jewish, woman. (or whatever other combination of everything they hate)

      August 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    The bible is such B.S. He should tweet something factual.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeffcho

      Dan, I'm sorry you feel that way, but your comment sounds foolish considering the overwhelming facts supporting the Bible.

      August 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • GK

      "the overwhelming facts supporting the Bible." – lol you made my day.. FACTS!! HAHAHA! unbelievable !!! whoever brainwashed you did a great job creating a sheep that follows...

      August 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • verify

      jeffcho, Do you mean overwhelming facts like that the Bible is a collection of stories of historical fiction, myth, legend, superst!tion and fantasy created and passed along by Middle Eastern goat-herders, which was eventually written down by neophyte scribes, then mistranslated, miscopied numerous times, and finally cherry-picked by churchmen to result in the several editions which we now view?

      August 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • birdlady

      OOOh, big tough guy Dan!! I can't wait to be there to watch your expression when God reminds you that you said the Inspired Word of God is BS. Oh boy are you in big trouble. Rejecting God and His Word is a very dangerous thing to do.

      August 18, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carlton

    Listen here scoffers, mockers, unbelievers, doesn't matter what anyone thinks or feels the will of Almighty GOD will happen whether anyone agrees with it or not. Those who submit to it and agree with it will abide with Him both now and for eternity, but to those who refuse and reject His will is already condemned. Our individual right of freedom of choice is one of the most powerful blessings GOD has given us, but He also made it clear in Deuteronomy which choice to make!!! That's how good He is and many unfortunately don't understand. I thank Him for bringing to the place of understanding and the knowledge of Him!!! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!!!

    Pastor Evans

    August 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeffcho


      August 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • GK


      August 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      You are so religious that you will surely go to heaven and get a GREAT BIG HALO.

      August 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gheezy

    oh man the first several things that were tweeted are already dumb. I just don't see how people can believe this when there are no such trees in the world that have knowledge, unless you count printed paper. Foolish religious people you are the reason why this world will never come to terms in agreement and in peace.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JennieO

    Why do we have to hear AGAIN that year after year minority children are still under performing in most educational areas. This just shows that it is okay to use the data collected about minorities to fund programs that are supposed to help, but if nothing is accomplished that is acceptable and who cares about the minorities anyway? What a crock of B.S. I am tired of hearing these lazy statements. Parents, teachers and administrators are all accountable for the failures of the educational system.The question is not money/resources, but what WE are all willing to do to ensure the education of OUR young minds. It should not matter what a child's race is in America. We should be working towards offering and providing a world class education for ALL of our children. Now if you are not going to do anything about the problem, you shouldn't be able to utilize the data to get ANY state or federal funding. My solution: NO VISIBLE CHANGES, NO FUNDING.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RSFan

    What a complete waste of time. Go volunteer at a soup kitchen and do something that acually helps people.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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