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What an amazing and inspirational story!
My campaign team thought it would be a fun idea to introduce myself to the district with an innovative commercial. We decided to record a video sharing facts about me while challenging stereotypes. In a nutshell, I am not monolithic. I am many things. I can’t be put in a box.
The above commercial is from Duracell and stars Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who is the first deaf offensive player to ever play in the NFL.
After not being drafted in 2012 despite a stellar career at UCLA, Coleman made the Seahawks this season. In his first game with the team, he had 3 catches for 30 yards, and he also caught a touchdown pass against the Saints in the Monday Night Football game on December 2nd. Good for Coach Carroll!
I first found out about Thomas Sowell while watching “Free to Choose” videos that were aired on Public television in 1980. At the time I was shocked to see a bold conservative black man. What a rare find! Since then I’ve been enjoying his essays. This one was written a couple of weeks ago.
There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media lamenting that most people born poor cannot rise in American society anymore. Meanwhile, many poor immigrants arrive here from various parts of Asia, and rise on up the ladder anyway
Some people try to explain why Asians and Asian-Americans succeed so well in education and in the economy by some special characteristics that they have. That may be true, but their success may also be a result of what they do not have; namely, “leaders” who tell them that the deck is so stacked against them that they cannot rise, or at least not without depending on “leaders.”
This was filmed in August 2013 (better late than never!). Levin talks about his new book, The Liberty Amendments, Restoring the American Republic. It is based upon Article V of the Constitution which describes how amendments may be proposed and ratified.
Amendments may be proposed by either:
- Two-thirds (supermajority) of both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States Congress
- By a national convention assembled at the request of the legislatures of at least two-thirds (at least 34) of the United States’ 50 states
To become part of the Constitution, amendments must then be ratified either by approval of:
- The legislatures of three-fourths (at least 38) of the states; or
- State ratifying conventions held in three-fourths of the states.
Fat chance that Congress would propose a term limits amendment on itself, but the states have the power to do so. How about term limits for Supreme Court Justices as well? What about amendments to limit taxing and spending? Levin suggests 11 amendments well worth considering. They offer hope for our Republic.
This was posted a couple of years ago, but in honor of 9/11, it is being boosted to the top.
Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.
BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. See www.road2resilience.org to become a part of the campaign to build a more resilient world. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank (www.arsht.com)
I’d never heard of this. The numbers stated at the end are staggering.
See more great old pictures at The Daily Mail (UK)