Thursday Open Thread | Stop it, Van Jones. Stop Trying to Normalize This Administration

Van Jones has been trying to shin and grin, giving cover to the Dolt45 Adminstration, talking about some bullshyt ‘Prison Reform’.
Thinks that he can shame those of us who know that it’s a piece of garbage to shut up.
Cozying up to Dolt45, and the newest GOP Black Coon on the Pole – Candace Owens.
That we’re supposed to pretend that we don’t have Attorney General White Citizens Council as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in this country.
Like we don’t know that he’s turn back every police department consent decree that he could.
That he told the National Police Association just last week, that they pretty much can do whatever the phuck they want to Black people.
That we can’t have research into the White Domestic Terrorists, but now, we have the “Black Extremists” category open for investigation?
That we don’t know that the KKKeebler Elf is against legal marijuana, and wants folks locked up for it – period.
That, despite 44’s Administration getting rid of Private Prisons, that they are back in business now…
We’re supposed to ignore ALLLLL of that, because Van Jones wants to shin and grin and shuck and jive, and think WE are supposed to go along with it?

Phuck outta here.

Don’t believe me that it’s garbage….listen to MY Attorney General-Eric Holder:

There’s something huge missing from the White House’s prison bill
By Eric H. Holder Jr.
May 21 at 4:42 PM
Eric H. Holder Jr. was U.S. attorney general from 2009 to 2015.

Over the past decade, Republicans and Democrats across the country have joined forces to advocate for a fairer, more effective criminal-justice system — one that would keep us safe while reducing unnecessary mass incarceration. At the heart of that effort has been an attempt to reduce overly punitive sentences that fill our prisons for no discernible public-safety rationale.
But now the Trump administration is pushing a misguided legislative effort — likely to be voted on in the House this week — that threatens to derail momentum for sentencing reform. The bill is a tempting half-measure, but lawmakers should resist the lure. The chance to implement real, comprehensive reform may not come again any time soon.

Unfortunately, this progress has hit a roadblock with the Trump administration’s modest prison reform bill, called the First Step Act. The bill seeks to improve prison conditions — such as by requiring that inmates be housed within 500 driving miles of their families and by prohibiting shackles on pregnant women. It also includes education, job training and other personal development programs, as well as a system of incentives to participate in the programs.

These narrow reforms are important, but they do not require congressional action, nor do they deliver the transformative change we need. The only way to do that is by amending the bill to include comprehensive, bipartisan sentencing reform.
Why is this so important? The statistics are stark and, by now, well-known. The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. Mass incarceration is a core civil rights struggle for this generation: One in three black men will be behind bars at some point, a disparity that perpetuates underemployment in the black community and contributes to the racial wealth gap. The system is hugely expensive and ultimately unfair. And it is not necessary to prevent and punish crime.

It is impossible to right this wrong unless we send the right people to prison for appropriate lengths of time. That starts by making sure that federal prison sentences are smart on crime rather than thoughtlessly “tough.” The Justice Department worked toward that goal when I led the agency under President Barack Obama, blunting the impact of harsh mandatory minimum sentences by directing federal prosecutors to seek lower charges when possible. It worked. The federal prison population dropped while the nation continued to experience near-record-low crime rates.



Uh huh
Uh huh

As a commenter on POU pointed out:


A real criminal justice reform bill was the Fair Sentencing Act that was passed and signed by Pres. Obama in 2010. That act substantially reduced the crack cocaine sentencing disparity, made it retroactive, and eliminated mandatory minimums for crack-cocaine sentencing. Or a criminal justice transparency bill: The Death in Custody reporting Act which was signed into law by Pres. Obama in his second term. Where was Van Jones applauding Pres. Obama then? This bill is a joke when compared to serious reform proposals.

Yes, Van, A JOKE.
So, don’t expect us, who see the forest for the trees, to applaud you for clowning like this..


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74 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Stop it, Van Jones. Stop Trying to Normalize This Administration

  1. Liza says:

    If true, it’s still better than he deserves. Trayvon would have graduated from college and started his career in aviation. Instead, he’s gone. His murder helped launch a movement, but he’s gone. And Zimmerman has done nothing with his undeserved freedom except get in trouble.

  2. That’s what you get @VP @mike_pence #TheNFL #TakeAKnee #RefuseToPlay

  3. rikyrah says:

    while Rs offer Parkland students thoughts & prayers, Ds are offering them internships to work on gun violence prevention.

    — Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) May 24, 2018

  4. rikyrah says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama is a FLAWLESS QUEEN!

    — Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) May 24, 2018

  5. rikyrah says:

    #ICYMI: Lucy McBath, #GunControl advocate will advance to a primary runoff in #GA6. @jamilahking profiles @LucyWins2018, who lost her 17 yr old son to gun violence & demanding attention be paid to communities of color impacted by everyday shootings.

    — Lawyers’ Committee (@LawyersComm) May 24, 2018

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Parkland Kids emphasis on voter registration is a smart move for a number of reasons:
    1. It’s true that you need the votes to vote people in and out.
    2. It’s something CONSTRUCTIVE that you can get ANYONE involved with. Not everyone can do policy. Not everyone can be in the POLICY lane. But, pretty much anyone can be in the VOTER REGISTRATION lane.
    3. Most gun laws are local. Legislative bodies aren’t always in session. What do you do when they’re NOT in session – register people to vote, so that they can be contacted when they’re back in session.
    Movements can stall if folks think they’re nothing to do. Voter registration is something that can always been done.

    • Liza says:

      And I think it’s putting some fear of the Lord into politicians that a whole new generation of voters are going to turnout when typically they don’t.

  7. rikyrah says:

    The Blackademics will be back out, now that Dolt45 has pardoned Jack Johnson. To get their digs into 44, of course. Of course, if you point out that 44 has pardoned more people who are actually ALIVE, they will dismiss you. Or, if you point out that Dolt45 has just said, within the last 24 hours, that those NFL players who don’t go along with the NFL Anthem policy should be forced to leave this country….another dismissal. Anything for them to crawl out of their hole to throw stones at 44.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Wow — @LauraAJarrett saw Emmett Flood leaving the Department of Justice alongside Nunes, Gowdy, Ryan and Kelly. Flood replaced Ty Cobb on Trump’s legal team earlier this year.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 24, 2018

  9. rikyrah says:

    I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Especially the “please don’t hesitate to call me if you change your mind”, which isn’t exactly the norm in Head of State communications on grave issues of peace and security…

    — Peter Ricketts (@LordRickettsP) May 24, 2018

    This letter will surely be studied in diplomatic academies everywhere – as an example of really bad letter-writing

    — Wolfgang Ischinger (@ischinger) May 24, 2018

  10. rikyrah says:

    NK officials didn’t give any official comment, but immediately got up and left, right after @willripleyCNN read them the letter from POTUS canceling the summit. This happened on the train following dismantling of nuclear test site.

    — Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) May 24, 2018

  11. rikyrah says:

    – No North Korea deal- Withdrew from Iran Deal- Withdrew from Paris Accord- Fleeced on China deal- Withdrew from TPP- No new NAFTA deal- No Middle East peace deal- No trade deal with EU- No DACA deal#ArtOfTheDeal— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) May 24, 2018

  12. rikyrah says:

    Trump lacks American democratic value enforced by past presidents

    Russian interest in influencing American elections is not a new thing, but Donald Trump’s failure to uphold the basic American value of rejecting such an offer has no precedent in history, Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian explains.

  13. rikyrah says:

    History highlights Trump’s failure on Russian election outreach

    Rachel Maddow tells the story of how Adlai Stevenson, acting for the good of the country, not only rejected overtures of the Soviet Union to assist his presidential campaign but told his political rival, President Eisenhower about the matter.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Breaking: Schiff expects Gang of 8 inclusion in DoJ briefing

    Rachel Maddow recaps breaking news that Rep. Adam Schiff has been informed by a cabinet member that the Gang of 8 will be included in the DoJ’s briefing on how the United States investigated contacts by the Donald Trump campaign with Russian intelligence, raising the possibility of conflicting expectations of what will occur.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Schiff: DoJ briefing of Trump Russia source to include Gang of 8

    Congressman Adam Schiff tells Rachel Maddow that he has been informed by an intelligence official that the DoJ briefing on the United States’ investigation of the Russian contacts made by members of Donald Trump’s campaign will include the bipartisan Gang of 8 so as not to be a partisan Republican exercise.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior, sexual harassment by several women
    POSTED 11:12 AM, MAY 24, 2018, BY CNN WIRE

    HOLLYWOOD — A young production assistant thought she had landed the job of her dreams when, in the summer of 2015, she started work on “Going In Style,” a bank heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

    But the job quickly devolved into several months of harassment, she told CNN. She alleges that Freeman subjected her to unwanted touching and comments about her figure and clothing on a near-daily basis. Freeman would rest his hand on her lower back or rub her lower back, she said.

    In one incident, she said, Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear.” He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said — he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he’d try again. Eventually, she said, “Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say.”

    Freeman’s alleged inappropriate behavior was not limited to that one movie set, according to other sources who spoke to CNN. A woman who was a senior member of the production staff of the movie “Now You See Me” in 2012 told CNN that Freeman sexually harassed her and her female assistant on numerous occasions by making comments about their bodies

  17. rikyrah says:

    Clapper Russia assessment calls Trump legitimacy into question

    Rachel Maddow puts into perspective former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s assertion that Donald Trump is only in office because Russia put him there, and what that means to current political events.

  18. rikyrah says:


    Deadspin reports: “..According to the police report, here’s what happened: Dykstra hailed an Uber early this morning, then requested to change his destination. The driver, a 47-year-old man, refused. Dykstra then put a gun to the driver’s head and threatened to kill him.The driver had an ace up his sleeve, however: He simply sped straight to a garage attached to Linden Police Department headquarters, alerting officers by honking his horn repeatedly, then stopped out front of police HQ.

    Cops found no weapon when they arrested Dykstra, but they did allegedly find marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. Dykstra told the New York Daily News that, contrary to a police report and press release, he was not actually arrested. He also blamed the driver for the incident.

    “The guy went nuclear on me,” Dykstra told the paper. “He fucking kidnapped me and almost killed me going 100 mph. He locked me in his fucking car, and he wouldn’t let me out.”.

  19. rikyrah says:

    When one political party loses its mind and the other doesn’t it is not your responsibility to be “even handed” or to pretend not to see what is happening. We should not split the difference as a country and become half-crazy.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 23, 2018

    You are not required to literally use the words that the President uses. You are not required to carry his message far and wide when it’s propaganda. You are not required to treat a lie like a live controversy.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 24, 2018

  20. North Korea meeting has been cancelled. Trump got played like a fking fiddle.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Dolt45 cancels summit with North Korea.

    • rikyrah says:

      Never forget that muthaphucka’s ‘LISTENING TOUR’, when he’s trying to bullshyt you that they didn’t know what Cambridge Analytica was doing. He knew EXACTLY what they were doing, and planned to do the same.

  22. The fraud in the WH doesn’t care about dialogue with North Korea. He could care less about peace. Look at this actions here against immigrants & Blacks. He cares about a win so he can brag about himself and get a Nobel Peace Prize. Kim Jong Un has played him like a violin. 🎻

  23. rikyrah says:

    These muthaphuckas are OUT OF CONTROL!!!!

    ‘Get Out of My Country’: Florida Man Arrested after Attacking Men with Knife, Stun Gun at McDonald’s

    On Wednesday, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office arrested 60-year-old John Jay Smith after he went on a racist rant, while armed, against two men whom he believed to be Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent outside of a local McDonalds.

  24. rikyrah says:


    Time magazine: 30-Year-Old Who Was Evicted by Parents Says He’s Not a Millennial Because He’s Conservative

    “I would say that I’m really not a member of that demographic that they’re speaking to,” [Michael] Rotondo said about millennials. “I’m a very conservative person. The millennials that they’re speaking to are very liberal in their ideology. “

    While there may be some variation in how different people define the Millennial generation, the most commonly used definition—and the one recently decided on by Pew Research Center— includes anyone born between 1981 and 1996. This would also include Rotondo.

    When Baldwin pointed this out to him, he said “You’re right,” but added: “But when people speak to the millennials and their general nature as a millennial, they speak to more liberal leanings.

    Then pull your muthaphuckin’ azz up by your bootstraps!

  25. Ametia says:

    Have a set Van Jones.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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