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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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Is Martin Shkreli Spreading That Jelly?

October 12, 2017

On August 4, 2017 Martin Shkreli went down on two counts of securities fraud, and a third charge of conspiring to commit securities fraud.  He could have chilled on that right there, and let his white privilege or reported $70 million dollar net worth do all the work, but instead Shkreli was wylin’.

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Martin Shkreli is taken into custody for soliciting an assault against former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  Shkreli provoked the act by asking for a hair from Clinton’s head on Twitter.

The man known as “Pharma Bro” went and put something stupid on social media about Hillary Clinton and on September 13, a judge told him that he had to await his formal sentencing in jail.   His sentencing is scheduled for January 16, 2018 so he has some time to think about his actions.

Now we don’t revel in other people’s misery here on this site, but since he was the topic of a societal injustice that we have covered here we are revisiting Martin Shkreli.  Let’s just chalk this whole thing up to karma, but the Brooklyn born legal drug bad boy is having some trouble in the Metropolitan Detention Center -also located in Brooklyn.

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This Martin Shkreli Facebook post was taken down by authorities. The website Sandra Rose reported that he came out as transgendered but they might have missed the point. [Photo source, http://sandrarose.com website]

Our guess is that they are referring to him as a her, because he tried to fuck with the Wu Tang Clan for a second there.  Whether or not you believe Jordan Sargent of Spin, we feel that there is a good chance that Martin Shkreli might be about to spread some jelly.

Now, at the time of this writing, Shkreli has been incarcerated for a month and our sources say that feminizing a person begins with subtlety.  Our sources also tell us that if you have to toss a salad, you can put a little jelly on it from one of those little packages to make the thought of sucking a sphincter more tolerable.

Whoa, because this is deep: New York is my home state and the home of the Wu Tang Clan.  Wu Tang Clan member Method Man is on the record in Business Insider as saying “you’ll be surprised how far that W stretches man” when asked about the dismissed jurors from the Shkreli case that sited loyalty to the group as the cause.

Smuckers Peach Jam little package

Try it without ass!

 

We are also guessing that the Wu Tang Clan has a serious and dedicated fan base in that Brooklyn jail.  He certainly isn’t ready for it but Martin Shkreli might be looking for some Smucker’s to sweeten those puckers.

All jokes aside, even jaily-jail is fucking scary.  Stay safe, and shout-outs to Producer Black for the hilarious YouTube mash-up with Chris Rock.

[Featured Photo, Associated Press]

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!

Saint John DeMatha Feast Day

December 17, 2016

Today is the Feast Day of St. John de Matha. Pray for us.

A photo posted by DeMatha High School (@demathacatholic) on Dec 17, 2016 at 4:40am PST

 

Just like clockwork the Feast Day of Saint John de Matha ushers in the holidays.  Well I don’t know about you folks, but I have really caught the Christmas spirit.  There is just something about this season that makes me feel better.  Also it helps to have Black Jesus on your side.

I hope that everyone out there is feeling a little bit of the love, also.  If I don’t get a chance to tell you in person, Merry Christmas!  I thought it would be pretty cool to share a little bit of Christmas with you.  It is only fitting that it is coming from the halls that I used to roam on this special day.

Live caroling in the hallways…

A video posted by DeMatha High School (@demathacatholic) on Dec 17, 2016 at 4:27am PST

 

Christmas Season Jerez 2016

December 7, 2016

Also, you might want to head to Europe to see Black Jesus because the USA doesn’t have any.  Just the other day the jury responsible for determining the guilt of Walter Scott‘s killer was deadlocked in a mistrial.  Apparently, Black Jesus isn’t going to save anybody in South Carolina any time soon and there is still no semblance of justice.  Click on the link for Exhibit A.  I get the feeling that there are going to be a lot more martyrs for the Black Lives Matter movement to proselytize.

Enjoy my family video to help take your mind away from all the madness.  There will be no Christmas cards this year because we are terrifically poor, but at least they aren’t filming Black death on the streets and allowing the murderer to go free.  Check out an article here in ColorLines by Kenya Rankin about the mistrial of Michael Slager. Yeah, so then there’s that.  Merry Christmas everyone.

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.

Formula V8 World Series is in Jerez

October 26, 2016

My October surprise this US election year was completely unexpected: Europe has their own version of the World Series.  (For the free.)  October 29th and 30th.

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Just trust me, this is official and they mean that you can bring your family for free.

I must be turning into my father because the words “free for the family” are like sweet music to my ears and command my full attention.  This weekend the Formula V8 World Series Festival is in Jerez de la Frontera and they have extended an invitation to all of the families in this wonderful city to participate in two days of racing.  You can download your free invitation and take as many as you need from here but my guess is that if you were in town, I would have known about it and already told you.

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain is really a city that loves their motor sports.  At first I thought that it was just motorcycles and bicycles but now I realize that the people aren’t afraid to let loose on their main avenues.  Jerez isn’t just the city of horses that happens to be named after the fabulous wines of the region.  Xerezanos-Jerezanos have also embraced some cool modern traditions.  Motor sports have been a big deal in Jerez for a while and now I am contemplating a whole new tag in my sports section.

Anyway, rock out to my self-filmed hype video when team AVF and pilot Alfonso Celis, Jr. took over the main street leading to the center of the city.  Enjoy this treat!

DeMatha Versus St. John’s College Is Back On In High School Football

October 4, 2016

DeMatha bested St. John’s College 14 – 13 on Friday, September 30 and one thing quickly became clear: The rivalry between DeMatha and St John’s College High School (SJC) is back in full effect on the gridiron.  The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) has several high profile events in football despite imbalances.

(Full Game Highlights from utrhighlightvideos / YouTube)

DeMatha has not lost to SJC in football in almost a quarter of a century and the Cadets haven´t notched a championship in football since 1989.  While the recent football record has been lopsided in the favor of the DeMatha Stags it is now obvious that the Cadets are once again serious about challenging their supremacy.  Their last appearance in the WCAC football championship game in 2013 resulted in a 31 – 10 drubbing at the hands of DeMatha.  The Cadets haven’t been back to the WCAC final game since, but they have recently lured a myriad of skilled athletes with undeniably augmented facilities.

A recent influx of cold hard cash from Under Armour CEO and SJC alumnus, Kevin Plank, has propelled the Cadets into not just WCAC relevance but also national rankings.  The Cadets (4 – 2) came into the DeMatha game ranked in the top 25 in the USA and had previously been ranked as high as number 10 prior to their loss to IMG Academy in Florida.  As sports fans have witnessed at the university level there are often higher expectations and thus more pressure with such generous financial support.  SJC forced an alumnus out as head coach of the football program last year to make room for a renowned outsider in Joe Casamento.  A bevy of top prospect transfers bolstered the Cadets that have continued to make gains but the narrow loss on September 30 against the 3-time defending WCAC champions has created more questions than answers.

The talk around the WCAC is that SJC can’t be satisfied with anything less than total victory but it remains to be seen if all of the changes are going to be enough.  DeMatha is currently ranked number 4 in the USA and the Stags have their eyes set on a national title.  In order to complete that mission the Stags are going to need a little luck with absolutely no losses for the remainder of the year.  DeMatha has been fortunate with a 6 – 0 record but as they might recall from the previous year, a national title in high school football is no easy task.  Surprises can come from unexpected sources however the Cadets are all but assured a second chance at beating DeMatha in WCAC playoffs in a shrinking football league.

There aren’t too many WCAC schools that have had the stomach for this kind of high school football arms race.  Bishop Ireton and Paul VI have long since departed from playing the football schedule but still opted to stay in the WCAC for other sports.  When Bishop O’Connell of Virginia also dropped the sport there were only Maryland and DC schools left to play each other.  Three of the remaining six schools filled the holes in their schedules with national prominence in mind and that suddenly made wins against them hard to come by.  Gonzaga managed the feat last year in league play against the DeMatha Stags in 2015 and effectively ended the strongest national championship bid in recent years by a Washington DC metropolitan area school.

In order to even be considered for a national title the focus has to be maintained because every single game essentially becomes a national title game.  Contests against traditional rivals within the league are often the biggest pitfalls.  Even teams like Bishop McNamara and Archbishop Carroll have their hearts set on upsetting their more famous neighbors to make a name for themselves. There is a lot of good football to look forward to in 2016. SJC versus Gonzaga is one of the oldest rivalries in the history of the sport and DeMatha must play at Good Counsel to finish the WCAC regular season.  Both games will be played during the first weekend in November.

The grueling season will only get harder from there.  The WCAC playoffs and the pollsters are unforgiving in football and we all can’t wait to see how 2016 factors into ending these debates.

(Featured Photo A Stag In The Woods)

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?

La Feria Lighting to Tio Pepe: Gitanas Edition

May 13, 2015

La Feria in Jerez is definitely worth a long form article.  But I think that I am going to have to try that article at a later date.  You see, right now, La Feria is in full swing.  I can’t miss too many of these moments because you never know when you are going to be able to live them.  The video above doesn’t due the production value of La Feria proper justice because there are so many things that go into this event besides the massive construction tour de force that took place to squeeze an entire city into a park.

Let’s start with the lighting ceremony, or rather two weeks before.  Some gitanas or gypsies basically took over the tree stump hangout behind the parking lot where I live.  I am not going to make some grand claim of understanding gypsy culture but these guys were basically drinking all day and playing backgammon.  They weren’t even loud with it.  Then on Sunday when La Feria kicked-off, they started working and shit got real.  You see normal Spaniards aren’t really for all that working crap during La Feria so it was a little suspicious when the folks known for never working started to work in overdrive.

(Only New Yorkers will appreciate these analogies: La Feria is like Saint Rocco’s Feast or San Gennaro’s Feast multiplied by Las Vegas.)  Incredibly gorgeous gypsy women came out of nowhere selling flowers or balloons.  Gypsy men were busying themselves with charging people to park in illegal parking spaces around La Feria.  Then the old gypsy ladies roved La Feria grounds like gangs pushing flowers and romero on anybody inexperienced enough to make eye contact with them.  The transformation was total, complete, and mind-altering.

I had to seek refuge in a caseta operated by the Jerez de la Frontera City Hall, and guess who was on the stage?  Gitanas with jobs, again.  Gypsies get their music on, and if you have ever heard sevillanas then you will understand what I am talking about.  Never mind how the City Hall partnered with one of the most well-known sherry makers in Spain.  That isn’t important right now.  After all, we are in Spain and we have to live somehow.  La Feria only comes once a year so forget your woes, get on a horse, and just watch this video.