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A SESSION IN LOYALTY

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“A session in loyalty” is the latest episode in the lowly rated series “Game of Trump.” This week’s episode continues its dizzying formula of multiple storylines occurring over and under the backdrop of Russian investigations. Loyalty continues to be redefined and put to the test…. daily.

Anthony Scaramucci & Reince Preibus

These two characters started off on the wrong foot when Reince Prei “throw under the” bus was vehemently against the idea of Anthony Scaramucci joining the fight under the Trump banner. But after King Trump displayed his brand of Loyalty to the House of Spicer, Anthony is back in the mix and Spicer is out. Now he will be working for or against Preibus as White House Communications Director. By the looks of this tweet, they seem to be off to an auspicious start.

Jeff Sessions & Donald Trump

The bulk of this episode has been dominated by King Trump’s onslaught of messages through press conferences, Twitter, and even by raven, of his displeasure with one of his original loyalists Jeff Sessions. He was the first Senator to endorse Trump’s run at the crown and illustrated his loyalty by forgetting every meeting he’s ever had with a Russian government official. In return he was awarded the position of Attorney General which is now being questioned, tarnished, and chastised by the same person who actually appointed him. Now if that isn’t Trump type loyalty, I don’t know what is.

Jared Kushner & Donald Trump Jr.

Last but not least we have the battle of the brother in law. Jared Kushner was called before the Senate Intelligence Committee to share his insight into a meeting that took place between himself, Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort and several Russian officials.  He immediately took the opportunity to separate himself by voluntarily providing an opening statement for the “it’s not me…it’s him” ages. However he still had more wild fire to douse and let it loose on Junior during his testimony to the committee. Here is one of his better shots:

 “I arrived at the meeting a little late. When I got there, the person who has since been identified as a Russian attorney was talking about the issue of a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children. I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent at this meeting. Reviewing emails recently confirmed my memory that the meeting was a waste of our time and that, in looking for a polite way to leave and get back to my work, I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote “Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.”

Just in case you lived under a rock for the last six months and find this “LOYALTY” surprising, give a listen to one of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders way back in 2015 prior to his constant decrees of love today. What a loyal bunch!

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I’m Better Than You Because The SHSAT Said So

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For the past week, Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York City has proposed a gradual phase out of standardized testing for all specialized high schools. Reason being, the lack of minority students, specifically Af-Am and Latino students, who make up 70 percent of NYC public school student body but only have an 8% demographic representation in these schools. Within that time, many alumni have chimed in either in favor of or opposed to that suggested legislation. Regardless of stance, what I was most taken aback by was the level of hubris from all sides.

It’s been eye opening watching alumni from my alma mater (Brooklyn Tech) engage in these discussions. It’s akin to watching feudal lords debate the fate of commoners and peasants; “They should find their own way like we did.” “We have a responsibility to help those that come after us.” “Asians are predisposed to educational success because of their culture.” “If Asians were culturally predisposed, they would’ve always been the majority.” Mind you, these folk making all these assessments often have no direct connection to the demographic they champion or denigrate and regardless of stance, the level of arrogance (from all sides) left me a bit unnerved.

I’ve embraced that “elite” badge that comes with being labeled intelligent ever since it was bestowed upon me. After several decades of framing my intelligent, myopic lenses however, I may have lost sight of what it actually means.

Intelligent (Adjective)
Having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level; able to vary its state in response to varying situations, varying requirements, and past experience.

I won’t re-litigate any of the predominant arguments because they really don’t matter. What I will focus on is how we actually engage. For all the ingenious ideas and suggestions given, they were all provided from a 10,000 foot view looking down on those we are allegedly trying to help. Some alumni only seem to be able to dedicate hours of service to their school when it comes to drafting articulate responses in chat groups. When it comes to lifting the same Twitter fingers for some good old fashioned, grass roots participation however, “Tech Stark, Warden of the North and defender of all things Intellect”, will be back after these messages.

The sad truth is the main concern seems not for the middle school students nor the quality of education they currently receive. If we cared about the K-8 Pipeline, we would probably already be engaged in changing it or realize just how daunting a task change is. And if you believed the SHSAT should be changed or done away with, you probably would’ve been engaged in that struggle also. What seems more likely is that the outrage comes from our brand identity being threatened and the social vapor trail that come with that.

Although I shared those halls with thousands of students from varying backgrounds, it seems we all somehow missed each other. Brooklyn Tech championed academia but you were pretty much on your own when it came to social competence and quite frankly, some of us fell short. After witnessing scores of us try and outwit each other in rebuttal rather than help the community that shaped us, I’m left wondering what the benefit of all this “smartness” is if the application does not extend beyond debate and personal interests?

Sidebar: The most important aspect of the SHSAT is showing up. Prepared or not, it doesn’t matter if you are not in attendance. We should probably apply participation to other aspects of our educational interests as well. Sam Adewumi is one such alumni engaged and getting results. Kudos to all those that are hands on and engaged in the ongoing educational struggles in all communities. It is appreciated.

 

 

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WHO IS SAM NUNBERG?

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Sam Nunberg ran a one man blitz on the news circuit yesterday at a phrenetic pace that would make Trump’s tweets jealous. In a matter of a few hours he managed to get interviewed by multiple networks and increasingly displayed just how much of a shambles our political atmosphere is in. If you didn’t know who he is or just how much of a joke this presidency is….i’m sure you do now. His erratic behavior, off color remarks and see-saw style of communicating is a microcosm of how bizarre the “leadership” of this country has conducted itself.

If you didn’t know who he is or just how much of a joke this administration is….i’m sure you do now


Sam began his day with words of bravado defying the subpoena issued by Robert Mueller’s office.  Followed by insults to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Corey Lewandowski, Carter Page, Donald Trump and a slew of other characters associated with the administration. He saved his kind words and admiration for the two “stand up guys”, Roger Stone & Steve Bannon, we’ve all grown to love (SARCASM).

Sam Nunberg is also the same individual that was hired by the Trump campaign, then fired, then rehired just to be fired again. He was later sued by Trump for 10 million dollars (which was settled amicably) but remains a supporter despite disliking him for poor treatment. Does that have your head spinning yet? If not, there’s more!

During Nunberg’s later rants in the evening, he suggested that the FBI does have some damaging information on Trump and that he would end up cooperating with the investigation afterall. Yes you just read that change of heart in the same article.

Believe it or not…this is the reality show we are living under in America these days and this is the worse one yet!

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SHIT HOLES?

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Everyone is up in arms about a shitty person calling a couple of countries shit holes. But the most relevant news is not the insult from the Juvenile in Chief but the opportunities that could no longer exist for thousands of productive individuals. The words are hollow but the effects are real, and can be very impactful to our country’s future.

Immigrants are the driving force behind a growing nation and prosperous country. To put it bluntly there is no future without immigration. As this nation gets older we need the younger population to take their place in the economy to uphold the promise of this nation to all its tax payers.

The program is based on contributions that workers make into the system. While you’re employed, you pay into Social Security; you receive benefits later on, when it’s your turn to retire

Not surprisingly the immigrants that Trump negatively targeted are people of color. African countries, El Salvador and Haiti drew the ire of the “leader” of the free world. In his racist views he believes the aforementioned places don’t add value to America, but a nation with predominantly caucasian citizens like Norway do.

Not only are those assertions racist, they’re incorrect! If the President had the common sense, capability or inclining to think before he spoke, he could have just googled “what group of immigrants have the highest level of education in the u.s?”. That simple task would have saved him the embarrassment of finding out that the people he chose to disparage are exactly the type of people who have the aptitude we supposedly require.

A disproportionate percentage of black students at elite universities are immigrants or children of immigrants. Nigerian immigrants have the highest education attainment level in the United States, surpassing every other ethnic group in the country, according to U.S Bureau Census data.

So for all of those worshippers and followers that continue to hide behind their blinders while vigorously defending the Racist in Chief. I hope you are taking enough time to develop your own defenses when history reminds us of all the shitty people that help turn this country into the United Shithole of America.

 

 

 

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