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Ben Carson: GTFOHWTBS

November 4, 2017

“Hell is you doin’?” – Young Dro

Ben Carson is a serious problem in our community.  Sure, he was perhaps at one time Ben Carson, M.D., an inspiration to minorities everywhere for his superior achievements in the medical field but today Ben Carson is an asshole.  The Detroit native rose to incredible heights largely from living the Black mantra twice as good for half as much.  He is a self-professed gangster that took his chances according to his most recent accounts but the crowd that he is probably betraying the most recognize him from his autobiography, Gifted Hands.

This dude is really a Detroit native.

Ben Carson, M.D. was a gifted neurosurgeon before he retired and entered politics.

Or maybe you read Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence, or perhaps Take The Risk: Learning To Identify, Choose, And Live With Acceptable Risk?  None of that matters now, and we should all be offended that he tried to pimp his fame.

Ben Carson is supposed to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development now.  Ben Carson, M.D. knows about conjoined twins and a host of neurological medical diseases that can afflict us but Ben Carson doesn’t know shit about Housing and Urban Development.  Ben Carson, M.D. has a proven record of good science and charitable work.  Ben Carson the politician has been disaster after disaster, but Now This…

Ben Carson is obviously unqualified but he is in a position to do serious damage to the majority of the population of the United States of America.  Most people live in and around cities that should qualify as urban enough to warrant some type of development or support from their government.  It is almost like someone wanted to punish the most populous cities in America because they overwhelming voted in a certain favor.  The real question is how or why did this man get this job?  Or perhaps if he is supposed to be so smart, why didn’t he avoid all association with what is increasingly appearing to be a criminal and illegitimate administration?  You know greed is a factor because Paul Manafort was the first to be identified largely through his amassing a fortune amidst, or exploiting, a political dysfunction.

Ben Carson is destructive and dangerous because he is looking more and more like the sort of person that would do anything for more spoils in this world, a pig wrestling in slop.  He can obviously outwork anybody in some of the most difficult subject matter, so what other angles could Ben Carson really be playing now?  As the chinks in the armor of the Trump presidency continue to fall, we don’t expect that Ben Carson will be among those cast down in a cell -or even placed in a polite house arrest.  There is a greater likelihood that he will still be strewn by the wayside of history, forever damaged, and so there has to be a reward for Ben Carson to balance against that we are missing.

The debacle that has been his tenure in office, so far, is barely advancing his political career but it isn’t directly making him money like Secretary of Energy Rick Perry or Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt, respectively.  Ben Carson has never been elected to any political office and Rick Perry can at least claim a Governorship -although they both failed in bids to win the presidency.  Scott Pruitt is working in an agency that has presented him with a clear conflict of interest, but Ben Carson isn’t going to be able to draw a check from any of the policies that he is enacting today.

Raise your hand if you aren't woke.

Ben Carson is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the Secretary of HUD.

We have heard the whispers of people that like to pull strings also reward their minions after arduous assignments.  But what of that agenda?  If Ben Carson is merely being used then it undermines us that much more.  The great problem with that Black mantra of twice as good for half as much is that it is bullshit.  Ben Carson had to go to work as a lab assistant through high school, score in the 90 percentile on standardized tests, graduate medical and separate conjoined twins just to get noticed enough to be used is one of the most depressing things to comprehend.

Steve Harvey, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, and David Clarke wormed and nosed their way into the President’s favor only to find themselves as pawns.  Ben Carson needed extraordinary superlatives to arrive at pretty much the same conclusion.  We already knew that there was no honor amongst thieves but there really aren’t any Black people with access to feed at the trough, either.  It must really suck to find out that you made a deal with the devil and he didn’t even offer anything that wasn’t already out of your means.  At least the shadier sycophants tried to upgrade, but Ben Carson only proved that he has a wokeness level expressed as a negative number.

Ben Carson could be the latest example of how easily a person can be used to advance an unjust political agenda and he just looks completely unaware.  Every time you see Ben Carson now, he’s squinting like he just blew an ounce taking a loss.  He has no redeeming qualities that are serving him well in his current endeavor and his crazy genius plays like a dumbass on the small screen.  The omniscient Mr. Fix-it role is poor mimicry and should ring alarm bells for even the most casual observer of the recent politic. The coverage that Ben Carson is getting is rightfully left out of the more important news cycles but he still needs to GTFOHWTBS.

Ben Carson could have just looked stupid at home.  He didn’t have to come all the way out of his comfort zone for this, and he is tarnishing the image of hard work.  Like the marathon runner that doesn’t finish the race, you don’t need any training to get these kinds of results.  We here at The Chronicles of Six believe that we have to let some of these tired mantras and outdated notions of political leadership go.  We can’t afford to wallow in intelligence nostalgia.  We don’t need know-it-alls like Ben Carson, anymore.

One would think that a savant would be the first to figure out that the smartest move is to resign as soon as possible and then retreat into the shadows, by this time.

[ Featured image from Housing and Urban Development dot gov web page. ]

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DeMatha Hall of Fame: 2017 Edition

November 2, 2017

“There are 38,000 high schools in America but only one DeMatha.”

DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys held the 16th annual induction ceremony for the DeMatha Hall of Fame on October 29.  It probably goes without saying but as far as high schools go, being recognized by your peers at DeMatha has to rank among the most difficult because of the deep tradition of excellence.  Although some DeMatha alumni have broken new ground and achieved unimaginable heights in their respective areas, it is not uncommon for them to hold their accolades from Hyattsville in the highest esteem.  The DeMatha Hall of Fame event is always a night that you don’t want to miss and it has become a source of inspiration for students, alumni, and friends over the years.  In order to get a feel for what it is all about, here are the video highlights as compiled by Andre Jones.

There was a lot buzz from social media surrounding the event and we have selected some fine examples for your review.  Basketball Coach Emeritus and DeMatha Hall of Fame and The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Morgan Wootten was on hand for the festivities with a few of his former students.  The LT Brendan Looney (SEAL) Convocation Center where the event was held houses the Kathy & Morgan Wooten Gymnasium and is already rich with DeMatha history in its own right.   It was the perfect setting to wax poetically and fondly recount the more lasting DeMatha memories with family.  Father Damian Anuszewski, O.SS.T., was the emcee and Principal Emeritus John Moylan was also in attendance, so we are certain that everyone was on their best behavior.

From Andre Jones Twitter.

Duane and Mike in 1991

In addition to the 1996 Hockey and the 2001 Lacrosse Teams, there were a number of individual honors: Garland Hawkins, Duane Simpkins, Kevin Davis, Paul Rabil, Mike Jones, Josh Wilson, and the first ever inductee from the Golf program Del Ponchock.  The highlighted and linked names appear as short articles in the DeMatha Stags community on Google+ so click away.

Former Assistant Principal William Clark was also inducted into the DeMatha Hall of Fame and Mike Johnson ’80 became the latest recipient of the Lou Amico Service Award.  Craig ’85 and Tim Gough ’78 were also named recipients of the St. Simon de Rojas Service Award at the ceremony.  Please check out the DeMatha website for an in-depth explanation of the awards and honorees.

Ben Spotts 59, Morgan Wootten, and Steve Greene 61 at the H of F Ceremony on Sunday.

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The Chronicles of Six would like to congratulate all of the honorees from the 2017 DeMatha Hall of Fame ceremony.  We are hoping that the current faith-filled gentlemen and scholars at DeMatha will be inspired to similar greatness.  Go Stags!

[ Featured Image of Duane and Mike in 2017 from the Twitter account of Andre Jones. ]

More Winning For Howard Homecoming

October 28, 2017

 

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The Bison are still in the fog, but they are eerily emerging and showing definite form.

The Howard University Bison kept their homecoming party going at the expense of the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 28-20.  The Bison passed a huge road test today and proved that they have the mettle to be contenders in the MEAC.  It is hard to believe that just a year ago other teams were going out of their way to schedule the Howard Bison for their homecomings, and we almost feel bad for the Bulldogs.  In order to put this win into a historical perspective for you, Howard hasn’t beaten SCCU in fifteen years.  The Bison have come out of the shadows of the previous year and now find themselves at a defining moment of their season.

The Undefeated conspicuously attended the Bison festivities last week and published an awesome GIF set, and we’re sharing it again here because of reasons.  (Google+ link above, after the jump.)  Howard University football has the Bison hopping on the yard because their hopes are still alive to play in the 2017 Celebration Bowl.  This is a really big deal like when it isn’t Mr. Wiggles and Gangster Psi in the middle of the square of the Showtime Marching Band.  Who else is allowed to break the ranks of good college band?  Only old Drum Majors get to do that type of shit.  HBCU football isn’t for everybody so just move on if you didn’t get it.  It goes without saying now that we are obliged to cover the Bison as long as they have a chance.

We mentioned it before but with players like quarterback Caylin Newton, a Bison win is always a possibility.  The dynamic true freshman is racking up tons of yardage in head coach Mike London’s potent #GoGo offense.  Thanks to Howard Athletics, we were able to follow along on Twitter and Instagram as the Bison showed that the #MissionPossible campaign, might be aiming a low.  The special operation to #Protect Caylin has allowed him to find his targets and is causing our opponents to have nightmares.  In the midst of the weekend before Halloween, it is obvious to everybody, by now, that there is a very good reason to be scared of the Bison.

Yards per Catch is a huge statistic in football, and Howard University is going to remain among the leaders in that category in NCAA FCS largely due to Caylin.  The Bison employed their favorite weapon against the Bulldogs early and often.  Already armed with a formidable running game, the Bison have been daring teams to stop them on the ground before unleashing receivers that have been playing like monsters this year.  It was the long scoring plays that ultimately created an insurmountable distance that South Carolina State couldn’t recover from today.  The Bison are probably going to need a similar performance next week when they travel to Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University on November 4.  The FAMU Rattlers are coming off a win versus Morgan State and are looking to poison the Bison optimism because everybody is hip to their game.

 

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Jay Walker of ESPN Gimme 5

If the Bison (5-3) can continue their winning ways against the remaining scheduled opponents they could be in contention for an unlikely feat and a nationally televised bowl game.  The MEAC is suddenly top-heavy this year with the Bison in the picture and they could complete a near reversal of the 2016 season when they went 2-9 on the season.  The Bison would also have to beat Norfolk State at Greene Stadium and finally Hampton University away, in Virginia, in order to remain in relative control of their own destiny in the conference.

 

Even ESPN commentator and Howard University alumnus Jay “Sky” Walker has the Bison in his Power Rankings this week, under the rightfully bestowed moniker “the only HU.”  (You go on ahead and run and tell Harvard University that we said it.)  The bad news in all of this is the fact that Hampton is in the top five also, and none of the remaining games are likely to go gently for the Bison.  If you want to read about the outside chance for Howard University to play in the premier HBCU Bowl game at the end of the season, I suggest you check out HBCU Gameday right now.  We say again, the Celebration Bowl and a MEAC title are still within the grasp of the Bison.  We’re going to keep you posted.

[ Featured Image Sierra Club Twitter account. ]

DeMatha Spirit & Cameron Phillips

September 20, 2017

This is DeMatha spirit week in preparation for the homecoming game this Friday versus Friendship Collegiate.  Watch this video as many times as possible for zero house points.  There are a lot of recruiting success stories in this video, and it also goes a long way to show that DeMatha has a deep roster of stud football players.  Return to Glory tells the story of how the latest championship run unfolded and is a great example of the DeMatha Family.  I hope we can keep the party going.

Watch it again, for six Soul Credits.  There were some serious ballers in that video, too.  There are guys getting it done in college in that video.  Cameron Phillips is just one of the many but it is worth mentioning that he is closing in on the receiving records over there at Virginia Tech.  Ju’Whaun Bentley, Taiwan Deal, John Lovett, are all in there with Principal Emeritus John Moylan.  Father Damian and Ed King are in there too.  Seriously watch it again.  Alright now watch Cam for a minute because he clearly has the spirit.

Anyway, we hope that you are hanging in the #NoKaepernickNoNFL boycott.  Remember that you can always watch college football and high school football repeats.  Don’t tweet any NFL highlights or participate in any fantasy leagues.  We think it is pretty safe to say that some of these guys are going to the league and that we hope it is a better one when they get there.  We are going to keep it digi.  Go Stags!

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June 6, 2017

Samuel Primed in 2017

January 23, 2017

Anyway I don’t know if you are following the numerology, but my son is at a prime number age and so am I.  The last time that I checked, 2017 is also a prime number.  Go ahead and dance around the room on that.

DeMatha Legend Adrian Dantley Meets DJ Harvey

November 23, 2016

“The best thing I ever did was to go to this school.” – Adrian Dantley, on DeMatha

Watch the NBA video embedded in the link above.  Darren Harvey was the lucky young man that got to size himself up next to a Hall of Fame inductee.  The two not only have DeMatha in common, but also Notre Dame.  Darren “DJ” Harvey is the leader of the DeMatha Stags basketball team in 2017 and he committed to play for Notre Dame in the Fall.  I hope that this DeMatha legend sighting is a sign that bodes well for the team this year.

Follow me.  There is more basketball coverage to come and I can see more Marc Stern videos in your future.  Shout-outs to Capitol Hoops for the DJ Harvey recruiting video.

Check out the NBA career stats of Adrian Dantley in Basketball Reference here but please understand that he is an individual that exudes 100% class.  This is deeper than basketball but it should suffice to say that DeMatha and the University of Notre Dame have a long history.  Anyway, give your boy a plus one (+1) if you can.  Also feel free to share and like this article in order to show these DeMatha Stags some love.

Environmental Sustainabilty Research Proposal Fail

September 9, 2016

Listen folks, I am determined to see my research in Environmental Sustainability through.  Yes I understand that my paper might be a little flawed but this is yet another one of my crazy ideas that just might work.  (I can be a bit of a toad

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The toad that I found in Tokyo proved to me that environmental sustainability was indeed possible in large, thriving cities. [Photo Daniel Cooper]

in that way, but at least I am still evolving.)  The reason why this piece represents failure to me has nothing to do with how it is written, instead it has to do with the racket that is academia.

Check out my failed research proposal to measure net positive impacts on the environment here.

[Quantifying Human Caused Environmental Net Positive Impacts in a Modern World by Daniel Cooper is available for download and commenting for one month on Google Academia.]

The message that I received back after formally submitting this proposal was actually quite embarrassing but I am not ashamed to share it with you.  I believe that this is one of those cases in which stellar academic qualifications shouldn’t necessarily be a prerequisite, anyway.  The University of Edinburgh wasn’t impressed by my college partying ways at all and now I am scrambling around trying to figure out if anyone else is interested in building sustainable models with me.  My paper goes into greater detail as to what I was trying to accomplish this fall, but alas, now I making other plans.  I don’t think that this idea can really wait so I am gaining the necessary tools to begin the process myself.

If you are really interested in knowing how I am going to beat an academic system that has withstood the test of time so far, then you will have to check me out on Google+ and follow my Data Science collection.  Feel free to comment on the academic proposal if you want.   Also feel free to share it with any and all institutions that might be interested in my services.  I understand that we are all in this world together and that it is going to take an inclusive effort to make some real changes in it.  The realm of academia is by definition hierarchical and it smacks of elitism but that shouldn’t prevent the masses from engaging it.

If environmental sustainability research papers aren’t really your thing then I hope you consider commenting in my global public discussion group. Duck Pond Public Discussions is a Google+ community that formally launched two years ago but hasn’t been properly moderated it until now.  We are going to be doing a lot in the near future around here, and I am planning on a very busy September.  Please try and keep up with me!

Always remember that nothing beats a failure but a try.

Stomping Grapes In Jerez For Vendimia

September 6, 2016
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The Cathedral in Jerez de la Frontera during the official opening of the Vendimia Festival.

The ‘Pisa de la Uva’ or the stomping of the grapes is the most important Vendimia Festival in all of Spain. Xerez may be the city of horses but the name is literally translated as sherry. The wine is amazing and unique; and the city of Jerez has a history with wine unlike any other city in the world.

Let’s recap: sherry = Jerez = Xerez = famously fortified wine.

I met some friends on the steps of the Cathedral in order to witness the Blessing of the Grapes which is the traditional start of harvest events as sanctioned by the City of Jerez.  In fact, on this particular occasion the government became the central story in 2016.  Apparently there were some disgruntled workers that took it upon themselves to protest the mayor during the proceedings.  Loud horns and blaring sirens were directed at the officials conducting the ceremony.

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These guys really know how to clear out a grape harvest festival.

The desired effect was achieved and most of the attention went to former government workers that had the audacity to hold a politician’s feet to the fire over one of her campaign promises of reinstating them.  Flyers littered the ground as tourists and locals alike traversed the steps of the Cathedral to hear the words from the priest.  Anyone within 500 meters of the protesters would easily hear the tumultuous din that they were causing, but none of the audience could even hear a word of the blessing.  The protesters showed the world that they were adamant by not only drowning out the voice of the church, but they also completely distracted what looked to be school aged children performing in the band.

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Vendimia is normally festive.

Spain is a wonderful place full of character.  There is no way to factor that unique aspect of the culture into an event, such as this.  Of course in the front rows that were carefully partitioned ahead of the rabble the gentlemen in suits or women in fine dresses didn’t even peer in the direction of those protesting for their jobs.  Some people had made it a point not to notice what absolutely could not be ignored.  Others were even more prepared and donned their own earplugs.  Many of the local folks simply gave up and resigned themselves to drink fino, amontillado, and oloroso away from the noise.  The tourists like myself were treated to an extra ambiance of Bronx cheers and chants at an otherwise peaceful, yet abbreviated event.

Protests happen all around the world and the complaints of the aggrieved have never agitated this New Yorker to the point that I lose empathy so I pushed on.  My understanding of the festival wasn’t diminished as much as my hearing but it would have been very nice to see how much my Spanish comprehension has improved.  The only chance to listen to anything at all was the eerie silence of the protesters during one, purposefully elongated, Spanish national anthem during which all stood quietly.  I have to admit that the band was pretty good and that the idea of a national anthem without all the problematic and pesky words might be growing one me.

I had no use for the audio in the video above so rest assured that you will be spared and any offensive sound is replaced with a mellow soundtrack.  The last thing that I will write about this event is that the good people of Jerez did have the decency to pour some wine for the masses.  Maybe I’ll see you next year?

Upcoming Events: Vendimia 2016

August 2, 2016

Click on the Google Calendar link above to add my event to your calendar if you happen to be in the area of Andalusia this coming September.  I have been spending so much time talking about Jerez de la Frontera, Spain that I haven’t had the chance to properly invite you.

IMG_20160629_124236I know that it is a bit of short notice but this is one of the last events of the official 2016 calendar of events for the City of Jerez.  Vendimia is the grape harvest festival and generally folks make a pretty big deal about it here in Spain according to the board of tourism for Andalucia.  The most important Vendimia festival in Spain is right here in Jerez so if you want to meet me directly after the Blessing of the Grapes, then we can can watch the Stomping of the Grapes together.

It should go without saying that we are going to be sipping on something and only those legally allowed to drink can imbibe.  Anyway it will be a really good time.

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