Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone


In 2016, there were 156 million non-Hispanic and  70 million racial/ethnic minority eligible voters.

Of those 70 million racial/ethnic eligible voters; 27,338, 283 were black eligible voters (roughly 12,019,000 black men and 15,319,283* black women)

16,400,000 eligible black voters (Men and Women) cast a ballot in Election 2016.

60% (or 9,191,570) black women reported they voted.  And media reports indicated 94% (or 8,640,076) of those black women, who voted, cast a ballot for the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote.  Today, she’s a private citizen.  Here’s what the election outcome looks like when black people go to the polls or don’t.

2016, 59% black voter turnout – WH Resident 45*

2012, 66.6% black voter turnout – President Barack Obama,

2008, 65% black voter turnout – President Barack Obama

2004, 60% black voter turnout – President George W Bush

When black people get out and vote in the presidential elections or even an off-year gubernatorial election, a Democrat wins the White House/Governor’s mansion.   This is important because more than 2/3 of state legislatures are run by Republicans.  2/3 state legislatures and 2/3 Congress (House/Senate) is all that’s needed to amend the U.S. Constitution.

If you black people don’t get your cousins n’em to the polls:

  • November 7, 2017 (Utah),
  • December 12, 2017 (Alabama),
  • November 6, 2018 (general),

You might as well knock on  Ghana’s door and find out if they still have an open-door policy.

~”Joni Mitchell Never lied”

*2014 US Census

Deciding Factors | The Use of Knowledge is Power

With the absence of feeling, I rely on observation. Nothing to observe, I go to the evidence. With the lack of evidence, I rely on experience (mine and others). Without experience, I’ll turn to a life cheat sheet called facts.

Relying on facts is the most challenging way to make a decision because you must be equipped to synthesize information.

Here in the U.S., our society has moved away from providing students the tools to achieve a synthesis, which is considered the highest level of learning. Since the 1980s, all we hear about is “teaching to the tests.”  Since the public school system is rated on how well students perform on a standardized test, teachers are hard-pressed to get their students to do well.

180 days in a school year is not enough time to teach a student how to process data for use in other areas.

Therefore, students are taught to memorize information.  Memories fail without using the information to build upon.  This means the data is eventually fragmented and lost. Many functioning adults are being led to performing instead of adults knowing how to arrive at solutions using critical thinking and decision-making.

The brain is the most powerful computer known to humans.  If you don’t understand how to program it, it might also be a weight to balance your head on your shoulders.

Want to truly Make America Great?

Familiarize yourself with these terms and then pass them on.

Levels of Thinking

  1. Knowledge (facts)
  2. Comprehension (understands meanings)
  3. Application (can apply to new situations)
  4. Analysis (see organization and patterns)
  5. Synthesis (generalize, create new ideas) Ex. George Washington Carver – made more than 100 products from sweet potatoes and peanuts.
  6. Evaluation (assess the value of the evidence.)

It is never too late to learn how to learn, unlearn, and relearn. If you have breath, it should be a priority.


College Rules? Maybe Congress will decide U.S. President in 2016

Presidential Electors have been electing the U.S. President since 1787.  Yet What I Found On The Internet, most recently on Jelly, the Q & A social website;  not enough of us understand how this body of electors function in our democracy.   POP QUIZ:

English: Electoral college map for the 2012 United States presidential election (note: Nebraska and Maine split their EVs by congressional district). Sources used:,,,, and

How many electoral votes does a candidate need to win the presidential election?

If you answered 270, you would be correct.

What happens if none of the candidates win the majority of the 538 electoral votes up for grabs?

The House of Representatives elects the president by choosing between the 3 presidential candidates who received the most electoral votes. The U.S. Senate elects the vice-president by selecting between the 2  VP candidates who received the most electoral votes.  (1)

Your Vote Counts!

Not only does your individual vote determine the presidential electors in your state; your vote will decide the balance of power in U.S. Congress.   This is just one of the reasons why it is essential to vote for representatives and senators in off-year elections.

This time, however, there’s extra incentive to head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, 2016,

Did you know according to Ballotpedia (2),  there are 34 Senate seats and all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives up for election?

Mainstream media’s focus remains on the U.S. Presidential race. But a closer look is warranted for a large number of U.S. congressional legislators are retiring and others just not interested in running again. (3)

The U.S Congress could decide the next U.S. President if the Democratic or Republican presidential nominee doesn’t win the majority of the electoral votes.  With a renewed interest in a third-party presidential run, some in the electorate would like to know

3rd Party Win
Jelly Ask About A 3rd Party Win

 “Can a third-party candidate win the United States presidential election?”

Currently, there are Libertarian and Green Party presidential nominees in play.  If either didn’t win, they could definitely affect the outcome of the electoral vote tally. Especially if either won the popular (plurality) vote in one or more states.

For example, the Libertarian and Green Party candidates can get on the ballot in all 50 states. At a minimum, they can run in states like California and Texas, both with a large number of presidential electors up for grabs. (4).  <–this is important!!!

If the Libertarian or Green Party candidate wins the popular vote in the state, her/his party’s presidential electors get called to cast their vote for President.   Note: Presidential electors are bound either by state law or party regulations to cast her/his electoral vote for the candidate that won.

So imagine if the presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party won Texas. This means he wins 38 electoral votes.  With only 538 electoral votes available, there are 500 electoral votes to split between the rest of the candidates.  There’s now no 270 for the win.  For the first time since, 1824, the U.S. Congress would decide not only the Vice President but also who will hold the highest office in the United States.


Still thinking about not voting in November? Think again.