Monday, June 30, 2008
Diploma Mill Concerns Extend Beyond Fraud DIANA JEAN SCHEMO
The man said he was a retired military officer from Syria, which the American government deems a sponsor of terrorists. He wanted credentials as a chemical engineer, useful for getting a visa to work in the United States. Could James Monroe University help?
For $1,277, it did. Within days, he received three undergraduate and advanced degrees in chemistry and environmental engineering, based on his “life experience,” according to documents in federal court. Although the degrees looked authentic, Monroe had no faculty or courses; the “adviser” evaluating “life experience” was a high school dropout.
Monroe was one of more than 120 fictitious universities operated by Dixie and Steven K. Randock Sr., a couple from Colbert, Wash., who sold diplomas for a price, according to a three-year federal investigation that ended in guilty pleas from the Randocks to mail and wire fraud. The inquiry into their diploma mill, which operated most often as St. Regis University, provides the most up-to-date portrait of how diploma factories can harness the rapidly evolving power of the Internet to expand their reach.
The Randocks will be sentenced on Wednesday. Six former employees have also pleaded guilty to federal charges and await sentencing.
Through their lawyers, the Randocks declined to comment; the court documents describe an operation that grew from a trickle to a flood from 1999 to 2005, when the authorities shut it down after its transaction with the Syrian officer, who was actually a Secret Service agent. The company became more inventive and bold, with revenues growing from $5,000 in 1999 to $1.65 million in 2005, and churning out more than 10,000 diplomas for customers in 131 countries.
The Randocks took in more than $7 million, said Thomas Rice, a spokesman for the chief federal prosecutor in Spokane. They created 121 fictitious universities, and produced counterfeit degrees claiming to be from scores of real universities, the court papers say.
“If they got their money, you got your diploma,” Mr. Rice said.
It is difficult to pin down how many diploma mills exist, or how many bogus degrees are bought each year, said George Gollin, a board member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the federal government’s recognized authority on accrediting agencies. But Dr. Gollin, who assisted investigators in the case, estimated that such companies sold 100,000 to 200,000 phony degrees a year.
Officials say they are concerned by growth in the industry and about the potential for terrorists to use bogus degrees to obtain United States visas.
Law-enforcement officials say there are many obstacles to prosecution. Federal law is murky, lacking even a working definition of a diploma mill; and, in 2006, Congress eliminated a requirement that online colleges and universities provide at least half their courses in actual classrooms, making it more difficult to detect bogus operations.
A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred questions about diploma mill prosecution to the Education Department, as the “lead agency” in going after the companies. But Jane Glickman, a spokeswoman for the department, said it had no authority over the businesses.
About 20 states have passed laws to crack down on the trade in bogus diplomas, but companies simply relocate to other states. Some, like Oregon, have tried more comprehensive approaches, making it a crime to use degrees from diploma factories named on a state Web site.
Congress is moving cautiously, almost hesitantly. In February, the House defined diploma mills as entities that award degrees for “little or no” coursework and that lack accreditation by any government-recognized entity, in a bill that also creates a task force to recommend ways of cracking down on diploma factories.
A 2004 report by the Government Accountability Office, which surveyed only 2 percent of federal employees, found 463 who had bought degrees from three diploma mills, but warned that the true number was probably much higher.
More than half worked for the Defense Department, where the then deputy undersecretary for personnel and readiness, charged with overseeing two million Pentagon employees, claimed a master’s degree from Columbus University, which left Louisiana after officials there demanded proper accreditation.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
OK, Okay I'm for black empowerment. But I got to call out the poverty pimps, race hustlers, and civil rights shake down artist! The former BET speed talker, was intown giving economic empowerment seminar/workshops, sponsored by one of those insurance companies that screw folks in Katrina.
You know the routine by now, screw black folks...then get the shakedown! Make em pay, make em pay! Now that being said, the program sponsored by Nationwide provided African Americans valuable information on wealth building, career opportunities. And, provides employment opportunity for the PIMP CLASS that Flies first class, eats steak and lobster, wears tailored suits and stays in hotel suites, sleeping with attractive women that are enthralled with there foolishness. Roll call, Jesse Jackson veteran pimp, and the new class of shake down artist...Michael Baisden, Tavis Smiley, Michael Eric Dyson, and the rest of the lot.
With all the criticism of Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey, they have done alot more to empower African Americans then the for mentioned pimps!
Shame on you Jesse, Shame on you Jesse!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Just took a stroll through Castleberry Hill Art district during Art stroll, it was like a scene from Sex in the City, fabulously overdress sistas and white chicks in cocktail dresses and espadrilles, gay boy toys in toll, flaunting up and down Peters and Walker Street, pretending to appreciate marginal artwork hanging in the remaining galleries.
Is this what it has come down to... Fag hags on parade! Absent, was any hint of straight black men, unless you count THUG LIFE, hanging out in the front of pseudo-chic fashion boutiques, likely laundering parlors for the molls who keep these buffoons company. Posing with the requisite pit bull terrier, tothese brothas a say...grown black men over 17, and especially over 35. Please take off the jerseys and throwbacks if you aren't playin for a sports franchise.
So if this is what we have come to expect of Black Women, and Blackmen mimicking some of the worst traits of white folks, then the revolution is over, never televised just ended in development hell on some bargainers desk!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Imus says he was making a 'sarcastic point' about Pacman Jones 'truly upset' over comments, plans to 'pray' for radio show host Associated Press Published on: 06/24/08
NEW YORK (AP) — Don Imus said Tuesday morning on his radio show that he was trying to "make a sarcastic point" with his latest on-air remarks about race, but that they had been misunderstood.
Imus resurrected his radio career six months ago with a pledge to mend the wounds caused by a racist and sexist comment he made about a women's basketball team.
What should be done about Don Imus?
Fire him - again.
Suspend him and ask for an apology
Nothing, that's Imus!
Put him in a room with Pacman and let him repeat the question
On Tuesday he said he was following the spirit of that promise by calling attention to the unfair treatment of blacks - in this case the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones.
"What people should be outraged about is that they arrest blacks for no reason," Imus said Tuesday. "I mean, there's no reason to arrest this kid six times. Maybe he did something once, but everyone does something once."
He called the flurry of criticism surrounding the comments "ridiculous" and said that his program's cast is now more diverse than ever - and includes a black producer and two black co-hosts, a man and a woman.
"How insane would I have to be? What would I be thinking?" Imus wondered aloud.
The latest comments by Imus to come under scrutiny were aired on Monday's broadcast. During a conversation about Jones' run-ins with the law, Imus asked, "What color is he?" Sports announcer Warner Wolf said Jones - formerly known as Pacman - is "African-American." Imus responded: "There you go. Now we know."
The on-air exchange came months after Imus' return to work on a new show on WABC-AM following his firing from MSNBC and CBS Radio for calling the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos."
When he returned to work, Imus gave a lengthy on-air apology and pledged to use his new show to foster an open dialogue on race relations.
Co-host Karith Foster, who is black, came to Imus' defense during Tuesday's broadcast, saying, "People who interpret what you said as racist clearly didn't hear the whole thing, and they don't know who you are and what the program is about - and they obviously haven't been listening."
Jones told The Dallas Morning News in Tuesday editions that he's upset by Imus' comments and plans to pray for the radio host.
"I'm truly upset about the comments," Jones said. "Obviously Mr. Imus has problems with African-Americans. I'm upset, and I hope the station he works for handles it accordingly. I will pray for him."
WABC and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. Vice President Phil Boyce said Monday that it was unlikely the broadcasters would take disciplinary action against Imus.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Bitch on table dancer, you and the rest of those hi-tech Mammies masquerading as administrator's on the mans new plantation. Corporate America!
No room for real brothers there unless you dl or a punk! Now I'm not hating on the success of many of the sistas, but its at a cost! So here is my rant for today to get some s**t off my chest...damn
JJ Abrams for miscasting that skinny ass doe eyed Zoe Saldana as Leuitant Uhura. That frontin ass Sanaa Hamri making a romantic comedy about a black woman passing over accomplished black male professional to date a white landscaper...pleeeease! That dumb wench I saw on the train today with Chanel logo tattooed on her arm. Is Coco sending you a CHEQUE!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Many of them have legitimate gripes and grievances, one reason is the information age has effectively removed these individuals. Technology has enable multiple databases to connect and share information, whether accurate or not. Private companies can share health, criminal and credit records.
So if a brother has potential health issues, he can be denied insurance coverage, add a felony conviction, cant get certain employment, and if he has credit issues, can be denied other employment and housing. So with these obstacles how do they get back on track? And in many cases if you don't have a inside track, it becomes even more difficult.
I remember about ten years ago while attending a job fair for my company several brothas approached me with resumes for information technology jobs, unfortunately I didn't have these opportunities to offer or share. We were actually recruiting for customer service representatives which most applicants were black females. This was during a time when our VP Al Gore was saying that we need a WPA for the Information Age, and here was a opportunity to hire and retrain these brothas for the new age. But critics laughed the VP off, so now we issue 4H visas to Indian programmers and engineers. Because we allegedly don't have the talent.
So back to the brothas, I'm waiting in a entrance way waiting for the rain to stop and this brotha comes up to me to cop some dope, and he claims to have a municipal job with the county. (1) FOOL I'm carrying dry cleaning, so why do you think I got dope! (2) Why f**k are you buying street medication anyway, there goes my argument in the defense of niggas, why would this fool jeopardize a good government job, I couldn't be a undercover cop!