Trump’s ‘House of Cards’ may come tumbling down, now or later should he be nominated!

Donald Trump may very well have pulled off the most spectacular media and political coup of all time in a Presidential campaign, defying the mighty Fox News Network and the mainstream media in the risky move of sitting out of the GOP/Fox News/GOOGLE Debate last night just a few days ahead of the Iowa Caucus vote.

As Reuters reported:

Trump dominated social media during the debate, leading the entire Republican pack in Twitter mentions throughout the first half of the debate, according to data from social media analytics firm Zoomph.

Trump was by far the most-searched-for candidate on Google during the first half of the debate, at one point outpacing the second-most-searched-for candidate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, by nearly four-to-one, according to Google Trends data.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN0V619Q

There are two ways to assess the situation, and the Presidential campaign political landscape in view of what has happened.

First: Fox News Could Strike Back And Retaliate Against Trump Now

Chairman Roger Ailes and his team are smart enough to realize that Trump has done no more than to take advantage of his considerable wealth, his political savvy, his business brand and his TV persona to shake up the GOP and the businesses of traditional Presidential campaigning and media coverage of Presidential candidates while the industry is going through the difficult and disruptive phase of transitioning from old media to new media.

Trump has a considerable advantage because unlike John or Jane Doe politician, he has been using probably for a decade or more in his business ventures and for the production and distribution of his television shows the various social media tools which make new media new media, and which has launched new era politics.

Politicians have utilized such tools only in recent years.

So while Trump’s political competitors and political media folks are new to tools of new era media, Trump is light years ahead of them, and is using the new era media tools deftly and with deadly effect. Thus, the state of the Presidential campaign playing field finds Trump ahead of the media in framing the issues and setting the agenda for the GOP contenders in Election 2016, instead of vice-versa: the media in its traditional role of issues framing and agenda setting.

Ailes now calls the shot.

Either take Trump down now, or roll with the flow, and take him out either take him out later or allow him to be crushed in the course of future political events.

Fox News has the arsenal of cash flow and the in-house talent to take Trump down now.

One apparent strategy would be for Fox News to deploy its senior African-American female hosts, Harris Faulkner, Lauren Green and Arthel Neville, in an unrelenting and no mercy media assault on Trump.

One could be dispatched to Iowa and assigned to the team following the Trump campaign; another could be assigned to work with the team in New Hampshire; and, the third could work with the general assignment team at headquarters. All three could appear on the various Fox News shows as co-anchors or special correspondents providing coverage on Trump and his campaign.

Trump can virtually say whatever he wants to say about Megyn Kelly, a white blond, because his barbs are not likely to gain much traction; but, he would dare not use that kind of invective or any other kind of abusive language against Faulkner, Green and Neville. Each of those women is a trained broadcast journalist with broad experiences who has a solid reputation in broadcast and cable media.

They literally could cut Trump to pieces along the campaign trail, and get away with it untouched by Trump.

Second: Fox News Could Wait, Strike Later Or Hold

Of course, Ailes could decide to hold back, let further political events unfold, and wait for a more opportune time to strike, or let the natural course of political events occur the let Trump sink in the process.

Assume that Trump can weather the storm, overcome the immediate crisis, get back on his feet, go forward and stay competitive in the GOP 2016 Primary.

Let’s say he wins Iowa and New Hampshire, or even comes in second in Iowa, but takes New Hampshire, Trump would be on his roll again, and would be favored to take the GOP nomination for President.

Fast forward, Trump wins the nomination.

He’s still would not be out of hot political water.

On the one hand, Trump could face Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee and General Election opponent.

That would bring him into a direct confrontation with Bill Clinton, one of the greatest and most successful natural-born American politicians of all time.

In that case, Fox News would not need to do anything because it could then focus on its agenda of defeating Hillary while Bill is beating down Trump, a scenario which would keep Fox News dominant as a leading mainstream political media organization, and one which would influence the issues framing and agenda setting for Election 2016.

On the other hand, Trump could face Bernie Sanders as the General Election opponent.

That’s potentially even a more toxic political scenario because Michael Bloomberg may very well be in contention as the Independent Presidential candidate, and the alignments could change drastically.

Not only would the Clintons be expected to shift their support to Bloomberg, there is a good chance that Fox News may do so as well, for strategic reasons and business reasons which this writer will discuss in later writings.

For now, Trump’s ‘House of Cards’ could be riding on a bubble-a bubble which can break temporarily in his favor, or one that can burst in his face and boot him out of contention for the Presidency.

 

Even after talking to Bill O’Reilly, Trump still will shun GOP/FoxNews/GOOGLE Debate tonight

Jonathan Easley, TheHill.com, reports: “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday night lashed out at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in his first appearance on the network since he announced plans to boycott the next GOP debate. He also refused to reconsider his decision to sit out the network’s Thursday night debate — the last before the Iowa caucuses in five days — and said he’d move forward with his own competing event to raise money for wounded veterans.”

“Speaking on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Trump continued his long-running feud with Kelly, who he has been criticizing ever since she challenged him on his derision of women at the first GOP debate, in August. “I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly,” Trump said. “I don’t think she’s good at what she does and I think she’s highly overrated. And, frankly, she’s a moderator; I thought her question last time was ridiculous.”

“Kelly is also set to moderate Thursday night’s debate on Fox News.”

Source: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/267282-donald-trump-oreilly-fox-news

My Take

Trump is misreading the political tea leaves of the Presidential campaign.

Data shows that women will be the dominant group of voters in Election 2016 in both the GOP and Democratic Primary Elections, and in the General Election.

To single out Megyn Kelly in this fashion can be perceived by mainstream political media to demonstrate that there is a serious character flaw in Trump with respect to women.

The move could cost Trump the GOP nomination for President.

 

 

 

HBCU’s: Stith proposes conversion of MSU to a University System as remedy to Maryland’s HBCU equity funding suit

Rosetta ‘Dr. Ro’ Stith, EdD, proposed in a letter to the president of the Coalition which sued Maryland to remedy the State’s discrimination against its Historical Black Colleges & Universities that Morgan State University, Maryland’s flagship HBCU, be converted to a University System.

Under a University System model, the campus of the University of Baltimore would be consolidated with the campus of Morgan State.

A new governance structure would be created to administer the two campuses.

Dr. Ro proposed additionally that the Baltimore City Public Schools, which are controlled and funded by the State, be consolidated with the Morgan University System so that the education of children and young adults in Baltimore’s urban center would be controlled under a single administrative structure.

Dr. Ro contends that the consolidation would improve outcomes for students attending Baltimore’s public schools and Maryland’s public colleges.

The text of Dr. Ro’s letter is as follows:

ROSETTA ‘DR. RO’ STITH, EdD

Via Email

David J. Burton

Founder/President/CEO

Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance

Dear Mr. Burton:

I thank you,  Former MSU President Earl Richardson, MSU President Dr. David Wilson and the other distinguished panelists for the presentations made at the Workshop: “The Plight of HBCU’s: Where Are We and Where We Need to Be,” held on Friday, November 6, 2015, Presidents’ Conference Room, Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, Maryland.

 It’s apparent from the panel presentations, the reported findings of the federal judge and media coverage about the case that Maryland has engaged in an overt pattern and practice of both ‘benign neglect’ and intentional racial discrimination which has characterized the State’s treatment of MSU and its other HBCU’s since at least 1937 as noted by Dr. E. R. Shipp in her poignant Op-Ed: ‘Md. to address HBCU equity plan,’ The Baltimore Sun [11/16/2015].

Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-shipp-1118-20151117-story.html

Also see, LaTrina Antoine, ‘HBCU’s Impatience with State Persists,’ Afro.com [11/12/2015].

Link: http://www.afro.com/hbcus-impatience-with-state-persists/

The HBCU’s and the communities they serve simply should not have to wait another 78 years for more findings to be made about the problem. It’s time for something to be done, and to be done now.

As you may know, I directed the nationally renowned Lawrence G. Paquin Junior/Senior High School for Teenage Parenting and Expectant Mothers, BCPS, in East Baltimore for 32 years from 1978 to 2010.

It was the most successful school of its kind in the nation, and only one of 5 such schools ever established in America. I also directed the City-Wide social support and community health services for those students.

I was assisted by Misbah Khan, MD, MPH, FAAC who directed the health clinic housed on the premises of the school, and its community health services which included health education programs for teenage mothers.

I worked in collaboration with and under the leadership of William Donald Schaefer who was Mayor of Baltimore when I was appointed director.

Schaffer was committed to and supported me, Dr. Khan, our team, the school, its programs, the City-Wide services, the at-risk student teenage mothers and their children and families.

Schaefer continued his support during his tenures as Governor and Comptroller of Maryland.

The outcomes for teenage mothers were exceptional.

Over the more than 30 years Dr. Khan, I and our team worked at The Paquin School, more than 20,000 at-risk teenage parents and expectant mothers, who without the school, its programs and support services, would have been on the streets, completed their middle and high school educations, and went on to become successful in their personal lives and careers.

I am a graduate of MSU with a BA degree in Elementary Education. I pursued graduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University earning a MS degree in Urban Studies, and a COAS in Urban Studies/Administration.

I completed doctoral studies at Temple University graduating with a EdD in Urban Studies/Parenting and Expectant Teenage Mothers.

My graduate and doctoral degree programs were completed while I was working full time as an educator and administrator in the BCPS.

After collaborating with my Team, I have concluded that there are initiatives which the State may implement now which are cost effective, and which will remedy many of the effects of the blatant racial discrimination by the State in higher education with respect to MSU and other HBCU’s since 1937.

My observations and recommendations are as follows:

A.  Conversion of MSU into an Enterprise University Educational System

I am convinced from the success of The Paquin School model that MSU must become an enterprise university educational system comparable to the University System of Maryland, but different in its mission-that of being the core urban education system of Maryland.

  1. Under an enterprise model, the University of Baltimore should be consolidated into MSU resulting in a Morgan University System with at least two campuses, Morgan’s Hillen Road campus, and Baltimore’s downtown campus.

Of course, the appropriate governing structure for the System should be created to administer the campuses.

  1. To fulfill its mission as Maryland’s core urban education system, the State should consolidate the BCPS into the Morgan System.

That way, the governing body of the Morgan System could plan and prescribe the appropriate courses of studies and support programs for urban youth from pre-kindergarten through college and graduate school.

That would not be hard to do since the BCPS is a State controlled and funded local school system.

  1. In order to give students an option to earn a two year college degree, the State should consolidate Baltimore City Community College, a State controlled and funded community college, into the Morgan System.

     4. To offer school age students and their families choice, charter schools should be authorized to opt into the Morgan System.

     5.  For students and their families who choose the route of trade school education, both private and publicly funded trade schools should be authorized to opt into the Morgan System.

     B.     Expanded Base for Fundraising and In-Kind Donations

A Morgan System would have the broadest possible base for seeking cash and in-kind donations from the private sector.

It is common knowledge that many successful actors, writers, artists, businessmen, financiers and others attended various public schools of Baltimore, but did not attend private or State colleges in Maryland.

Through its development office, a Morgan System with the BCPS as a component of the System, could appeal to those graduates for major donations because of their affinity to their schools.

Major corporations like Microsoft or Dell would find attractive the prospect of donating computers to a Morgan System because of the sheer mass of children and young adults who could be reached with the donations at one time.

 

          C.  State Budget Funds; Remedies for Past Discrimination

First, it’s hard to imagine that the State could complain about the budgetary and fiscal impact of the recommended consolidations. The State already controls and funds the components recommended for consolidation.

Having oversight of the funds previously allocated to the disparate components would enable the admistrators of a Morgan System to take advantage of the savings from the economies of scale associated with the consolidations, and to direct funds to critical areas where more funds are needed.

Second, with respect to remedies for past discrimination, the recommendations go a long way to addressing the issues concerning the deficient and underfunded capital programs.

In one swoop, the Morgan System would acquire, as I understand it, more than 150 school facilities and hundreds of acres of prime real estate which the System then could develop in accordance with its strategic plans and needs.

          D.    Closing Comments

This communication sets forth observations, conclusions and recommendations based upon the collective thinking of me and my team.

Certainly, there may be other thoughts about responding to the State, and we assume you will be open to as many recommendations as possible from a broad universe of people. That’s a positive, not a negative.

We intend to get active as advocates in support of our recommendations. Hopefully, our advocacy will supplement and not interfere with your efforts.

Equitable funding for MSU and Maryland’s other HBCU’s is a matter of grave public concern, so this communication is intended as a public document which you are  free to use and disseminate as you wish.

I will apprise you of any further actions or initiative by us.

Very truly yours,

/S/ Rosetta Stith

___________________

Rosetta Stith, EdD

11/19/2015

 

 

 

 

     

 

Why O’Malley Dare Not Rip Clinton

Joe Concha, an experienced political columnist, wrote in Mediaite:

But there was one thing plainly and obviously missing from [Martin] O’Malley’s attempt at bombast:

Anything resembling criticism of the person he’s supposedly challenging… Hillary Clinton.

It’s simply amazing O’Malley continues to avoid the very topic (the reckless and possibly illegal use of a private email server while Secretary of State) that is bringing Mrs. Clinton down to the point the party is in a panic and a formerly disinterested Vice President is now organizing running against her.

(Note: O’Malley is polling at two percent. He’s almost as ignored as Lincoln Chafee, which is an exceptional feat).

And yet he refuses to broach the topic of trustworthiness when it comes to Hillary.

Is it because he’s a nice guy?

A classy opponent?

Or because he doesn’t think the aspect of Mrs. Clinton is really a big deal?

SOURCE: http://www.mediaite.com/online/omalley-rips-dnc-trump-but-wont-touch-hillary-heres-why/

Joe, the answer is none of the above.

Hillary  is the ‘Grand Dame’ of Democratic politics.

She is the role model to women who aspire to run for political office.

It’s one thing to be a politician and a critic of policy.

It’s quite another to be a politician who makes criticism personal especially when it concerns a woman.

While women may give O’Malley some leeway to criticize Hillary on her policy choices, women will be unforgiving if he rips her over emails which women will perceive, rightly or wrongly, as a personal attack on Hillary and her character.

Women are the single most significant demographic of voters among Democrats. No Democrat can win the Democratic Primary 2016 without a significant block of women voters, and no one can win the Presidency in Election 2016 without significant support from women voters.

Questioning Hillary’s trustworthiness over emails get’s personal, and, it gets into the ‘No No Zone’ with respect to women voters.

So forget it.

O’Malley simply will not make it a part of his campaign to criticize Hillary over her emails, and take the chance of losing women voters.

Blog Talk – Election 2016: Trump 2016, why women may or may not vote for Trump

Hello, I am Dr. Ro, Rosetta Stith, your host for this online Blog Talk conversation about why some women

concerned about children and families may or may not vote for Donald Trump.

To stimulate your thinking, you may want to comment on the following issues:

1. Will Trump’s stand on immigration affect his support from women?

2. Is Trump likely to be a champion of equal pay for women?

3. Do you anticipate that Trump will appoint women to key cabinet positions in his administration if he is

elected President?

4. Is it reasonable to expect that Trump will name a woman as his running mate should he secure the GOP

nomination for President?

5. What is the most important change Trump can make in federal policies affecting women, children and

families?

 

Your comments are encouraged, and welcomed.

 

RAPE: DR. RO KNOWS: Here We Go Again-Todd Akin, Another Conservative Defining For Us What Our Bodies Can Do During What He Calls “A Legitimate Rape!”

United States Senate Seal

United States Senate Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

By: Dr. Rosetta Stith

Congressman Todd Akin is seeking election to the U. S. Senate in this year’s most  competitive Senate race in  Missouri. 

Perhaps the biggest mistake he made was unveiling his level of idiocy and lack of knowledge regarding a woman’s anatomy while having a wife and two daughters. 

What qualifies him is not medicine, but his emphatic truism, which he claims is from doctors, that if it is a ‘legitimate rape’ we have within our bodies ways which will “shut the whole thing down.” He also believes that if it does not shut down while the rape is in progress, and the woman is impregnated, that there should be some punishment for the rapist, and not the child.                                                               

Ladies with some sanity and sense of morality, let’s do a reality check for Akin:  as women we do not and never will have this automatic ‘shut down button’ in our brain to stop a pregnancy while being raped.

The U. S. Senate does not need conservative, white male politicians like Akin making health care decisions for women.  That decision making belong to us.

Instead of  uttering preposterous mandates, Akin and other like minded politicians should acknowledge us, hear us, and join us to develop good health care practices and fully funded programs for women, their children, and their families.

TITLE IX: FEMALE SPORTS: DR. RO KNOWS: forty years of Title IX has paid off in medal victories for girls and women at London’s 2012 Olympics

Title IX 6/09/12

Title IX 6/09/12 (Photo credit: dianecordell)

By: Dr. Rosetta Stith

With the success of girls and women medalists at the Summer Olympics, age was not a factor.

The youngest,  Katie Ledecky, is 15 years of age from Bethesda, Maryland.

Gabby Douglass , America’s Golden Girl, is 16 and became the first African-American to win the Women’s All Around Gymnastics Competition.

Missy Franklin, age 17, broke the world record and won the 200 meter backstroke.

The most rewarding factor for those young girls is that they are still in high school. They were able to train and compete because 40 years ago, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act was enacted into law, and removed the barriers girls faced in the schools to engage in competitive sports.

How did girls and women end the 2012 Olympics

Triumphantly!

And that bodes well for their future success in the 2016 Olympics.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: DR. RO KNOWS: Chris Brown-shame on you for trivializing your violent abuse of Rihanna

By: Dr. Rosetta Stith

Chris: it is apparent from your comment about Rihanna speaking out that your community service and other mandates by the Judge after three years, that you are lacking something which is very important-respect and humility towards women.

For the remaining two years of probation, perhaps you need to change your lane, visit shelters for battered and abused women, and families who lost their mothers, grandmothers, and other loved ones because of domestic abuse and violence by men like you.

 Your comment: “I am tired of Rihanna talking about this, she needs to let this go, “ is easy for you to say because mentally you want it to go away. But, for Rihanna, it is not that easy. Forgiving and forgetting comes with time and results from appropriate help and counseling. Apparently, she is not there yet.

Is ‘this’ all that the horrible incident of violence means to you as a person, celebrity, and a young African American man which has been a successful entertainer?

I wonder if you would still feel the same way if ‘this’ had happened to your sister or mother?

It is said: ‘you need to check your self’ regarding your concerns about Rihanna retelling her story about  your violent abuse and explosive temper before you wreck yourself and your career again, remember?

 

 

 

     

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: DR. RO KNOWS: In her widely viewed interview with Oprah, Rihanna was the face of millions of abused women

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By: Dr. Rosetta Stith

And, those women even today endure the ravages of domestic abuse and violence!

Rihanna’s ordeal will help leverage bipartisan political support to renew funding for the Violence Against Women Act. Her tragic experience with violence,  like the experience of other women,  is real and horribly everlasting.

I commend Rihanna for her courage and openness which enabled her to recount her ordeal for all of America to hear; and, which included a salient factor-Chris Brown, her abuser, needs help. The need for help and counseling applies to other men who are abusers.

Her tears reflect hurtful memories of the brutal assault which  still pervades her heart and mind.  Like Rihanna, many abused women have those memories. As survivors, abused women continue to be abused.

Rihanna did what many women should do, but do not do enough. She reported this violent incident to the police. She got on the road of healing herself by recognizing that it was not her fault because Chris Brown needs appropriate behavioral/ domestic counseling.

Thank you Oprah!

Your interview will serve as a poignant reminder that as women, we have rights and a support system to deal with a domestic violence crisis including programs, relatives, and friends. Your show gave us a critical path to follow to end this level of violence.

And for Rihanna:  It’s  I Can, You Can, We Can!

Way to go!!

I have a message for expectant and parenting young mothers who have been abused.

As the former Director of The Paquin School for Expectant and Parenting Adolescents and Their Children, which was a Baltimore City Public Middle/ Secondary High School for Girls, on-site Pre-School Programs for their children,  and  part of my experience included teaching young  girls, other women in their families, boyfriends, and young fathers that violence should not be a part of their family life.

Remember, if you are the victim of abuse, you have rights.

First, call the police and report the abuse.

Second, embrace and reach out to your family and friends.

Third, take advantage of the physical and mental health programs and prevention programs, like those which were offered at Paquin, with a staff of appropriate professionals who can help you.

One of  life’s values taught at Paquin which you should embrace is that besides the importance of your education and the welfare of your child, the fact that even though we were not born together, as women we are better working together!

ELECTION 2012: DR. RO KNOWS: if women do not vote on November 6th, could we lose the women centered reforms we recently gained?

By: Dr. Rosetta Stith

English: PA: Lilly Ledbetter Visits Pittsburgh...

English: PA: Lilly Ledbetter Visits Pittsburgh to Discuss Why Barack Obama is the Best Candidate for Working Families (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ladies, The 2012 Election On Tuesday, November 6th Is Ours To Lose If We Do Not Vote                                                                

As women, we must continue to be mindful of the health programs and services that we will continue to need for ourselves, our children, and our families.

What does mean?

We must make every effort to share this important health information with our families and friends, and emphasize the importance of voting on November 6th.

Remember if we do not vote, we will surly get the candidate we did not want in the White House who may not value or understand the needs of women.

See you at the voting booths.

 

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, A Bill In The Right Direction For Women

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This The ‘fair pay act’ for women became effective on  January 29, 2006.

President Obama   championed  this bill and Lilly Ledbetter’s cause knowing the  financial needs of women.

This was the ‘first  act’ he signed as President of the United States.

If the White House and the Congress change hands, could we lose it?

We will not if we vote!

                                                                                                                                

Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA)”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

This act was signed into law by President Clifton on September 13, 1994 to address  domestic, sexual, dating violence and stalking.

This act was reauthorized by Congress 2000, and again in December 2005.

The act was due again for renewal this year, but was not renewed before the Congress recessed. There is no certainty it will be renewed after the election.

Specific programs and services to be renewed this year are:                                                                                   

*Community violence prevention programs

* Protection for victims who are evicted from the homes because of events related to domestic violence or stalking

*Funding for victim assistance services, like rape crisis centers and hotlines

* Programs to meet the needs of immigrant women and women of different  races or ethnicities

*Programs  and services for victims with disabilities, and Legal Aid for survivors.    

Due to importance of this act and the programs and services  it provides for women, and its renewal  this year, 2012, which may be stalled, the situation gives us another reason to vote this November.

For the hundreds of women who were able to use these services and programs to renew their lives or families , and for those who have friends and family members  who need, or were saved by this act, we have another reason to show up, to stand up, and to vote  on November 6th.

See you at the voting polls!!!                                                                    

 

LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: the high school girl wonders!

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin (Photo credit: jdlasica)

By: Dr. Rosetta Stith                                        

Katie Ledecky, who recently turned  15 years old this past March, from Bethesda, Maryland, is the youngest high school member of the United States Olympic Team,  and new  comer on the international scene.

She astonished onlookers when she won her first major international event from start to finish in the  Women’s  800 Meter Free Style Final last Friday, August 3, 2012 breaking Janet Evans 23 year old record in 8 minutes, 14.63 seconds.

A half second from breaking  the world recordMissy Franklin, 17 years old maintained utter dominance to win the 200 meter backstroke, and breaking the world record, and defeating the second –place finisher by nearly two seconds!  

There’s only one word to describe their accomplishments for the United States 2012 Olympic Teams, their families, friends, and their states:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

The best part and value of these competitions for girls and women, is that there is more to come in future years. We need to give them our full support.

My last words: ‘Let’s Hear It For Our Girls And Women.’

WOMEN: Do not forget to encourage our younger girls to watch important sports events with you.

Ask them who was their favorite and why?

You may be surprised at what they will say, that is how it begins. 

Ask someone who knows: Ms. Natalie Hawkins, Gabrielle Douglas’ mother!

LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: Michael Phelps- A Man For All Seasons- Awarded the “ Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Times” for his 2012 Olympic legacy in London”

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                            By: Dr. Rosetta Stith                                                                                                                                                                                      

In some games it’s: “‘3 strikes’ and you are out!”

Not true for Michael Phelps, a young Baltimore  man who has earned three consecutive wins for the same swimming event, the 200 Meters Individual Medley. It has made him an international hero, and a shining athletic Olympic Star for the World, the United States, and his home State of Maryland.

Hats off to his wonderful and loving mother, Ms. Debbie Davisson Phelps,  and his supportive family and friends for the love and support which have allowed him to grow as a young boy and a strong young man. He was enabled to face the growing changes that life brings to our youth. He developed a positive message to disregard and understand unacceptable behaviors, apologize where needed, and continue to move forward as he has done for his self, his family, and his global fans.

That was apparent from the touching moments when he was captured on television networks looking at his family in the stands for their visual support and applause.

Phelps has earned 22 Olympic Medals from three consecutive Olympic Events (2004-Athens, 2008-Beijing, and 2012-London)

His final words to his family, his fans and the sport, “ I  did it!”

Congratulations, way to go Mr. Phelps!

You made us proud again as you now move on to new life ventures, chosen life paths, and your continual support to provide opportunities to teach children to learn how to swim just like you.

To me, this is a needed and valuable life lesson for them, because our children ‘must see to be’ if they are to learn, grow, see and appreciate what you have earned and accomplished.

They will want to be just like you!

I cannot think of a better person to provide and leave this path for children who want to put ‘sport’s on their list of things ’to learn and do’ so that they can be just like you!

Thank you, for all that you do, and your recent success could not have happened to a better person and role model!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

GABBY DOUGLAS: DR. RO KNOWS: 16 year old African American gymnast, an American hero who made us proud, and an enduring and history making role model for young girls especially black girls to follow

Gabby Douglas

By: Dr. Rosetta Stith

Gabrielle Douglas, a young lady just 16 years of age  captured our hearts and made us  all proud of her as America’s golden girl.  She is the first African-American  to win the Women’s All Around Gymnastics Competition at  London’s 2012 Olympics.

She did not quit, even though she had  enough hardships to overcome in her young life, and other reasons to do so. However, she was driven and wanted to seize the moment, and wow did she do it! She is only one of three women to reach this level of Olympic success.

What is also phenomenal about ‘Gabby’, is that she is 16 years old, still in high school, and is now America’s Newest Golden Girl.

How will she handle of all the fame, media attention, upcoming endorsements and branding offers?

I think this new fame will not become a problem because of her strong bond with her mother, Natalie Hawkins, her  wonderful and supportive family, friends, and her outstanding gymnastic team ( “The Fabulous Five“), and her instructors who will make sure that she has whatever she needs  for her new life.

Her success has earned her ‘a bright light and a shining star’ and a path for other girls to follow.

For  her new life, I know it will be filled with lots of love, pride, success and well earned dignity.

My congratulatory words for her –

” Thank  You Gabby, And You Continue To Go Girl ! ”

ELECTION 2012: DR. RO KNOWS: With the fate of the Supreme Court at stake, ‘No Women Left Behind’ must be the endgame for all women in this Presidential Election; women must vote!

English: The United States Supreme Court, the ...

English: The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, in 2009. Top row (left to right): Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Bottom row (left to right): Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Antonin G. Scalia, and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By: Dr. Rosetta Stith

All women of America who are eligible to vote in the Presidential Election on November 6, 2012 must be out and about that date and voting for the President of the United States.

The stakes for women could not be higher:

1.    Loss of abortion rights and a woman’s right to privacy!

On FOX News Sunday, Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the 5 conservative Justices of the Supreme Court, and of only 9 Justices on the High Court, openly declared that when the right case is presented to the Court, he will vote to strike down the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade which protects the right of a woman to an abortion which cannot be regulated by the States.

He also declared that the Right to Privacy does not exist in the U. S. Constitution.

2.    Loss of voting rights!

Conservative advocates are demanding that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 either be repealed by Congress, or overturned by the Supreme Court.

Do you doubt what Justice Scalia probably thinks about the  constitutional validity of the Voting Rights Act?

3.    Loss of medical benefits!

The Affordable Health Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, assures that women will have adequate health insurance coverage and medical benefits.

But the Supreme Court barely upheld the constitutional validity of the law by a 5 to 4 vote of the Justices.

Needless to say, Justice Scalia was one of the dissenting Justices who voted to strike down the law.

                                

 

The date for this important and upcoming Presidential election for us is November 6th, 2012.

All of us need to go out and VOTE!

This Presidential Election will be the most important one in our lives, and should not be missed if we want to maintain our current rights and health services that we need.

Your vote is a ‘must do’ if we want to move forward for ourselves as women, and for our families.

Up on the target board for abolishment by the Supreme Court are women’s rights.

Again, the Presidential Election is on November 6th.

We must show up, stand out, and shout out our needs as women for ourselves and our families.

In order for us as women to continue to move forward for the next 4 years , let’s  commit ourselves and share this important voting information with family members, and friends to make November 6th ‘our must do day’ and ensure what we need as women with our votes.

Remember, as women we are better together;  the world has no tomorrows without us! 

See you at the voting booths! 

 

SCHOOLS: DR. RO KNOWS: Moms, it happens every year for children – going back to school; what you need to know for a successful school year

Happy Children Playing Kids

Happy Children Playing Kids (Photo credit: epSos.de)

By: Dr. Rosetta Stith

*Do not surprise them.

*Begin to talk to them about going to school each day to learn their ABC’s, numbers, read books, and meet other children who are their size and ages, and other exciting things.  

*Do not wait until the last-minute to take them to this strange place to see and meet other children they do not know.

*You may want to verify their zoned school for your area/neighborhood by calling your local school system to ask what their requirements are for registration which will include their shot records, and which must be current before they are registered to enter. This is extremely helpful for parents/guardians who must take time from planned activities or work schedules to satisfy this requirement for your children.

*Most school systems have early registration programs as an ‘Early Start’, find out the dates and time. Talk to your neighbors and parents to find out which children are scheduled to go to school for this school year. 

*Develop planning sessions with the parents and children in your neighborhood who will attend the same school by age and grade.

*Have some ‘Getting To Know My School Friends And My New School Sessions’ with their friends before they are scheduled to attend school.

*Set aside a time each day, perhaps during dinner to talk about their day at school, or what they may need for the next day. Be a good listener, and ask questions to see if anyone is bothering them with unkind names and gestures that the teacher may not have seen or observed.

*Talk with them about their bed time and other things that must be done before they go to bed (bath time and what they would like to wear to school) so that they will be a part of this daily routine and ready to go to school each day.

*Check their book bags before they go to school to make sure that they have nothing in their bags that are harmful or inappropriate for school.

 *You may also want to talk with the assigned teacher for material requirements for the first week of school which may include parents or guardians spending some part of the day to visit their children’s classroom to observe and assure their children that a member of their family is there and sharing their first days of school with them. This is helpful and allows you to hear what they think about their new school experience and find out what is needed for the next day.

*Remember, if school is to be important to your child, it must first be important to you.

*As the school year continues, be mindful of the monthly themes and scheduled activities, attend/participate when possible, or have a family member attend for you.

*You may have to verify their participation with your child with a letter to their teacher and includes your telephone number for safety reasons/authorized visits with your child.

*Remember, it’s all in the family and a delight for you and other family members to see what they are doing for school.

*Enjoy a safe and wonderful year of learning with your children.

*Celebrate this new journey with them, and that you will be there with lots of support, hugs, and kisses for this new place called school!  

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Hello world! Dr. Ro talks to young girls, mothers and working women, and they can reply and talk to her, online!

I am Dr Ro, Dr. Rosetta Stith, one of the leading experts in America addressing contemporary and controversial issues and problems confronting young girls, expectant and parenting mothers and the average working woman.

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