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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.

 

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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.

 

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!

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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!