Ben Carson: My *Dream* Mayor of Detroit

First, read his book “One Nation” order here.

Now watch his intro announcing his candidacy for running for President in 2016….

Did you get it ? If not, here’s the skinny on Detroit via Eminem…
“…you got just one shot,one opportunity” ;) From the movie, 8 Mile.

…and the trailer…

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Even being an Accidental Hero takes hard work and perseverance

This is not just another post Super Bowl XLIX blah-blah-blah, crappy commercials and halftime show aside, this should be the biggest story from the game, Malcolm Butler, especially in the year of Ferguson riots and #HandsUpDontShoot mentalities on the streets.

From the Washington Post

Butler, 24, had completed an inconceivable path from batter cook to Division II standout to undrafted rookie to Super Bowl hero. Sunday night, Butler sealed the Patriots’ 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks with an interception at the goal line with 20 seconds remaining, both the deciding play of a classic Super Bowl and the culmination of Butler’s self-made ascension.

It’s a very inspiring backstory about this young man, share it with the young people in your life, whatever their color or gender, Mr. Butler is an inspiration for them. He was for me :)

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Free Community College or 14 Years of High School ? Nope. Dumb Move.

Or you have a cooooool school ;)


So fun, but not reality…bear with me…or bare with me…did high school make that difference? /snork

I have a better idea and much experience in education, even though I’m not an educated educator, I raised three kids in the public/private/public school system, one of each.  (Middle child was “special” so this is not about him, maybe later).

It was my youngest and only daughter, she was so hot to trot in high school at 16, in the 90’s, but my lightbulb just went on after Oblahma’s promises of more FREE CRAP.  Back to daughter, she wanted to drop out of public high school in her sophomore year, work full time and finish her h.s. diploma on the G.E.D program at night.  I remember going very verklempt on her….NO, you must finish high school EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT HAPPY OR GETTING ANY SMARTER THAN YOU ARE NOW !  (Translation:  What will the neighbors think?).

Yeah, she was only 16, already making $12/hr as a lifeguard at the local Y. Her h.s. grades suffered down to a 2.8 GPA, sophomore year, while she worked at Taco Bell to pay for her certification. Still 2 more years of h.s…..she graduated at 17, barely. Off to college in NYC, we paid tuition, she worked as a lifeguard at the hoity-toity hotels to pay for room/board/partying. By 19, she “served” two years in college, dropped out…..yada, yada, yada…. now, at 34, she’s wildly successful….

Yes, I bring this up, because not every “special snowflake” needs 12 years of high school or, gasp, 14. I think High School should stop at 10th grade, not the 14th.

AP kids to community college.
At Risk kids to VoTechs
Those in the middle…whatever’s making them happy, and it isn’t in 11th and 12th grade…so give them a choice :D

Sidebar: DD was also an accomplished competitive figure skater since she was in grade school, from the local rinky dink to a year in Lake Placid, she retired at 15, but had enough “EXPERIENCE” to be a “volunteer” coach of the Harlem FSC and Brooklyn Ice programs for underserved children in those NYC boroughs. She continues to teach to this day.

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My Baby turned 15 Today

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Post-Racial Seasons Greetings From Ferguson *

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H/T MOTUS* for the image which is the cousin of the image at The Crawdad Hole. Tis the season !

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A Ferguson Appetizer via a Chris Rock PSA

(Before I hit publish, there is no decision on Officer Wilson in Ferguson. If this post can save one stupid youth’s life in the future, I’ve done my job ;) )

My favorite hometown(Brooklyn) Facebook page *Likey* is http://gothamist.com/, definitely liberal leaning but always provocatively uncensored. Like this current outrage Cop Beats Subway Fare Jumper article with appropriate graphic warnings before viewing the video. Yes, the video fare jumper’s friend took. Some friend. My favorite part are the comments. Always entertaining, but I don’t always comment unless I can bring something useful to the, uhm, conversation. Like today…..so far, I have 2 likes and no death threats. #Winning :D

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Happy Pre-Holiday Shopping Week Before Thanksgiving

If you use Amazon, my good friend at White House Dossier has a portal you can use to help support his fabulous blog. He gets a few cents for every order at no extra cost to you. Just use this Link. Thanks !

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