Trump at 6 months.

donald-trumpI have tried to avoid making blanket statements about our president because there is just so much talk about him. You get the usual stuff about presidents, but the amount of noise about this president is unprecedented.

I mean every day, this man has something going on. Whether it’s bullying his staff, pretend fighting with the media or trying to flex non existent influence of congressional republicans, it’s really just a constant stream of Trump. It’s hard to get through the day without some kind of mention of him. I believe this is the part of his current situation that he likes the most. He doesn’t seem to care much about actual governing, but he does realize that he will be in the news each and every day and seems to do whatever he can maintain that focus upon himself.

Once he was over the fact that he actually won without any real interest in having the job, he settled into the reality of the position he was in and then set on a course to make the most out of the platform. He likes the pomp and circumstance, the reverence and the adoration from his base. He also has rancor and disdain for his detractors and those that disagree, their concerns and views are summarily ignored until a microphone is put in front of him and then begins the lips service.

my evaluation at 6 months? Irresponsible Entitled Narcissist.

His lack of regard for governing, the rule of law or the judicial process should be offensive to any conscientious adult, no matter what side of the aisle you reside upon especially if you have any experience with children. At 71 years old there is little hope that his behavior or level of respect is going to change over the next 42 months, but at least we know that his time in the spent diminishing the honor of this lands highest elected office will end, eventually.

Questions Regarding Trump’s “Skinny Budget” for Education

Trump has proposed what is being labeled a “skinny budget” with intense cuts (more than $8 billion) for the US Department of Education. Here are some questions that my colleagues and I have pondered regarding the impact on all levels of education, education professionals, and most importantly children and adult students. Feel free to comment with responses as well as additional questions. More information on the budget cuts can be found here NPR On Trump’s Skinny Budget

1. How will the “private school choice program” impact public K-12 schools across the nation?
2. What will be the impact for charter schools?
3. How will the decrease in Pell Grant funding at the Higher Education level impact current college students, perspective college students, families of college students, and colleges and universities?
4. How will the $1 billion funding for Title I impact the high-poverty schools that it is “intended” to support?
5. How will the the cuts to after-school programs impact children, parents, and families?
6. How will the cuts to teacher professional development impact teachers, schools, and students?

Trump puts Bannon on security council, dropping joint chiefs

The strategist will join high-level security meetings while the military’s role is downgraded.

via BBC http://j.mp/2kHOJak

The Judicial Branch Grabs Back

In 2005, Donald J. Trump told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

via Slate Articles http://j.mp/2k6sbNk

The very long list of Republicans in Congress who have taken no position on Trump’s refugee ban

A very small number have expressed any kind of support for it.

Note: We are updating this story as more legislators put out statements.

Trump’s executive order, which bans entry into the US if you’re from one of seven Muslim-majority countries, was signed on Friday afternoon. Almost every Democratic member of Congress publicly opposed the order, either on Twitter, Facebook, or a statement.

But the list of every Republican legislator who did the same is very short as of Sunday morning:

Even fewer Republican legislators expressed any kind of support for the executive action, though one was a voice that carries particular weight: House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose spokeswoman AshLee Strong insisted Saturday that it was “not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion.”

Few others backed it, though:

That leaves the large majority of legislators in this final column: those who said nothing or issued a statement that took no real position. (Note: We’ll update this list as we go.) Some legislators posted on social media about it, but took no stance, like Rep. Dave Trott and Rep. Dave Brat.

We visited every single legislator’s website and social media feeds, and it was eerie to see legislator after legislator posting on Facebook about Holocaust Remembrance Day — about how we can’t forget the atrocities, and how we can’t let it happen again.

via Vox – All http://j.mp/2k6oYNQ

bannon is the reason

the face of hate behind the face of hate.

http://www.vox.com/2017/1/27/14370854/trump-refugee-ban-order-muslim

When the ban came out, the fallout was everywhere, but this article

The exchange (which begins around the 17 minute mark here) starts Trump riffing about how top foreign-born Ivy league graduates should be allowed to stay in America where they can be “job creators.” But then Bannon spoke up to disagree, and he did so in a very revealing way:

TRUMP: We have to keep our talented people in this country.

BANNON: Um—

TRUMP: I think you agree with that. Do you agree with that?

BANNON: Well I got a tougher — you know, when two thirds or three quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think — on, my point is, a country’s more like, [inaudible], a country’s more than an economy. We’re a civic society.

Bannon’s “statistic” that over two-thirds of Silicon Valley CEOs are Asian-born isn’t even close to being true, since only a small minority are. But the bigger takeaway is that Bannon was clearly disturbed enough by this mistaken idea to bring it up. He was clearly trying to choose his words carefully, but he made it crystal clear that he was disturbed by the (fictional) idea of all these Asian-born CEOs running around in America.

Once you keep those views in mind, the method behind the “madness” of the Trump administration’s treatment of green card holders becomes clear. Most Republicans generally profess to love legal immigration. They say they are only concerned with the illegal variety (and Trump himself has said the same).

But some of the people around Trump, like Bannon, top White House policy aide Stephen Miller, and attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, go much further. They want to privilege native-born Americans over even the most entrepreneurial and industrious (and legal) immigrants.

Missouri school fight felony

If we allow children to be charged with felonies for fighting at school, we are opening up the floodgates for hundreds of thousands more incarcerated individuals. Disproportionate numbers will continue to include: girls/women and boys/men of color.

New Missouri Law Makes Grade School Fights A Felony

Let’s all just be cool.

I know it seems extremely bad, quite horrible, depression worthy and an utter catastrophe of unprecedented proportion, but…
We’ve been through worse and we will get through this. As a matter of fact this is an opportunity. An opportunity to see the depths of what we are dealing with. Now that it’s been laid bare with great anger, vitriol and malice there can be no mistaking on the depths to which the divisions in this country run.
It’s been said,

The problem is not the problem, it’s the way that you see the problem that’s the problem.

So how are we going to see this problem and better yet, what are we going to do? That’s what I implore everyone who is upset by the outcome of this incredibly long and demoralizing election, to think about what you are going to do. Think about the reasons why this happened and what you can do to stop it from happening in the future. It takes all of us to participate in this democracy in order to make it what we want it to be.

I am not happy with the outcome, but experts have said that in this election, no one was actually going to be happy because we disliked both candidates. Both candidates were weak and the lowest of the low won out because they’re stuck in a time warp and the republican candidate told them all the things they wanted to hear with full knowledge that he couldn’t deliver, nor is he actually interested in doing so.

Big Black Scholar would like to let you know that, yes it is ugly, but it will make it. So let’s all grieve, regroup and keep moving forward.

Dr. Carla Hayden to become the new Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden

Photo from Google.com

Dr. Hayden will officially become the next librarian of Congress. Although President Obama nominated her in February, the vote was just recently passed by the Senate.

Dr. Hayden was the former head of the Public Library system in Baltimore, and also formerly served as the President of the American Library Association.  More on Dr. Hayden and her new position can be found here NPR article