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Ahmed Mohamed and the Clock

Ahmed Mohamed started the week by making a clock. Before the end of Monday he was arrested and talking with the cops. Fourteen years old, Mohamed was suspended for reasons that aren’t clear to me. I understand the initial stereotyping. It happens. Mohamed, a Muslim, can’t simply be a bright kid who likes to make things. That’s too American for someone who doesn’t “look” American. Once he gets arrested and the police clear him of any wrong-doing, why doesn’t the school apologize and let Ahmed Mohamed back into class? I don’t know.

From TP:

Ahmed’s story resonates with many who weren’t mainstream “cool” growing up — those who preferred to spend time taking things apart and rebuilding them, watch old movies with the A/V club, or play video games. His story also embodies the social urgency called to correct the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural discrimination behind police profiling and the deep-seated perceptions that too often lead to the brutalization of marginalized communities.

But those biases aren’t limited to police encounters, trickling into everyday life and workplaces — an issue the tech industry is working to improve. That’s why, beyond the many lessons Ahmed can teach society about the gross dangers of prejudice, his story also provides a powerful anecdote in acceptance and the importance of diversity in tech.

When all is said and done, can this teenager move on with this life? Can he be better? Well, the answer is maybe. He has to battle through the crap which can be overwhelming sometimes. Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin shows how difficult it can be as she writes, “Whereas Ahmed Muhammad, an evidently obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade ‘clock’ that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption (teachers who are told ‘if you see something, say something!’) gets invited to the White House.” I love it when Sarah is showing her racial bias.

By |2015-09-19T23:10:55-04:00September 19th, 2015|Race|Comments Off on Ahmed Mohamed and the Clock

Leap forward

Get your sleep. The clock moves forward at 2 am!

From AP:

As if you weren’t already sleep deprived, you’ll get an hour less shuteye Saturday night no matter what time you turn out the lights.

At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, daylight saving time, that harbinger of spring, arrives with the promise of longer, light-filled days well into the evening.

Turn that clock ahead – remember, spring forward – before heading to bed Saturday night to avoid the panic of rising later than you think.

Not every place makes the switch, though. Hawaii, Arizona outside the Navajo Indian territories, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas stay on standard time, which returns for the rest of us Nov. 4, two days before election time.


By |2012-03-10T23:45:09-04:00March 10th, 2012|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Leap forward

Super Bowl Sunday

A couple of thoughts and then my prediction.

I grew up in Dallas. It is woven in my DNA not to cheer for the Steelers. So take my prediction with a grain of salt. 🙂

The Super Bowl should be played in some place extremely warm at this time of year. The weather that we’re seeing in Dallas is a little unusual but it’s not unheard of to be cold and windy in Dallas in February. The Super Bowl should be played in Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix or Southern California. Anywhere else is crazy. There’s been talk about having the Super Bowl in New York. Having the Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium means that the NFL does not understand what fans really want. I know I’m not interested in seeing two teams battle the elements in the Super Bowl. The conditions should be ideal for the Super Bowl. Anything less, in my opinion, lessens the game.

Professional sports are slowly but surely pricing themselves out of the market. An average family of four cannot afford to go to a NFL football game. They clearly cannot afford to go to the Super Bowl. Currently seats are selling for $2000 apiece. Parking passes are selling for over $100 apiece.

Rationale: this game, like many in the past, will come down to how those big guys perform in the trenches. Can the Pittsburgh offense run the ball and control the clock? I think the strength of the Green Bay Packers defense is their secondary. Therefore, I think that it is imperative for the Pittsburgh Steelers to be able to run the football in order to win the game. I don’t think that Ben Roethlisberger will be able to hold onto the ball and catch the Green Bay secondary out a position. The fact that Maurikice Pouncey is injured and will not play hurts the Steelers ability to run and pass block. On the other side of the ball, can the Green Bay Packers successfully block the exotic blitzes of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is the key to the game. Can Green Bay keep Aaron Rodgers upright? I think they can. I think if there is a weakness to the Pittsburgh Steelers it is their secondary. (This is a slight weakness. Their defense is terrific.) The strength of the Packers offense is their fabulous receivers and Aaron Rodgers. I think the Pittsburgh Steelers will have trouble with the four and five wide sets. Aaron Rodgers has been playing MVP-type football for the last two months. I’m giving the edge in this game to the Green Bay Packers.

What you think?

By |2011-02-06T08:39:20-04:00February 6th, 2011|Sports|Comments Off on Super Bowl Sunday
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