Van Jones describes exactly how many folks are feeling this morning…
Jeffrey Lord, CNN analyst ruffled some feathers last week claiming the KKK is a “leftest group”. I’m sure raising the eyebrows of many historians as well as members of the KKK. .. Not to mention journalists wh have watched the KKK and other white supremacist groups gather around Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
Last night, in a panel discussion having to do with the Super Tuesday Primary results…Lord and Van Jones had some fireworks.
What I think Van misses is that Trump isn’t just trying to divide black and Hispanic – he is trying to pit all the racial and ethnic groups against each other. I have a feeling that if by some grand mistake Trump wins…Jewish folks are going to have their white card confiscated. And all those Cubans who been voting Republican…May just wind up in the back of the bus.
Activist Laura Cowan –
CNN contributor Van Jones slammed Cuyahoga County, Ohio Prosecutor Timothy McGinty on Monday for what he called his office’s failure to find any reason to charge two police officers in connection with the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November.
“That is completely preposterous on its face,” Jones said. “And yet, this prosecutor went above and beyond the call of duty to spend extra money and took extra time to get these cops off. Prosecutors do not act this way under ordinary circumstances. Usually, they throw the book at you and then they tell you, ‘You explain to a judge and jury why you’re innocent. This particular prosecutor did the opposite of most prosecutors in this case.”
McGinty announced on Monday that a grand jury decided not to indict officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann, who drove close to the boy as he wielded an air pellet gun. Video of the incident shows Loehmann shooting and killing Rice almost instantly after jumping out of his patrol car.
However, Jones said, McGinty brought experts in to testify to the jury on behalf of the officers, a marked departure from the norm.
“To say that nothing happened here, nothing happened that should go to a jury — how about this: no medical aid after the kid is killed? How about criminal medical neglect?” Jones asked. “How about the fact that, under ordinary circumstances, a police officer would never put themselves in peril and then shoot their way out? The fact that the police officer drove into peril and then shot his way out — there’s not a traffic ticket you could issue? There’s not a misdemeanor here?”
If this happens – it’s about time somebody woke up in this country!
Maybe this time, progressives in Congress will discover the cajones to stand up.
Uhhhhhhh… Van – Been meaning to talk to you about that “timing” thing…
You are about a year late on this one.
Glenn Beck has already self-destructed.
What exactly do you hope to gain by debating a corpse?
After challenging Glenn Beck to a debate over the weekend at Netroots Nation and in a MoveOn.org-sponsored ad Monday, Van Jones may have taken his beef with Beck a step further.
Jones, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who resigned from his job as White House “green jobs” czar following the conservative host’s repeated claims that he was a subversive and a Communist, is considering legal action against Beck-employer Fox News.
Jones’ attorney sent a cease and desist letter Monday to Dianne Brandi, the network’s executive vice president for legal & business affairs, claiming that “a series of sensational and inflammatory charges” have been made against Jones on Fox News shows. The statements, his attorney Joseph Sandler argues, are “demonstrably, unequivocally and absolutely false.”
In a six-page letter, the letter says that Jones has been called “radical revolutionary” (Beck), “an avowed Communist and 9/11 truther” (Sean Hannity), and a “far left kook, Communist guy” (Bill O’Reilly), to name just a few of the disputed allegations.
“Mr. Jones is not a member of any Communist Party or Marxist organization whatsoever, and has not expressed any support for any form of Communist or Marxist ideology for many years,” Sandler wrote. He added that such statements are “demonstrably and unequivocally false” and were made to “injure Mr. Jones in his professional and community standing.”
“They are actionable as a matter of law,” Sandler writes. (more)
About time Progressives began to push back on this pile of guano fostered by the uber-right…
This is a great op-ed piece in the NYT be Van Jones. What he is saying is what a lot of Washington insiders and business people in the Washington area are saying – that the Obama Administration has allowed itself to be paralyzed by the threat of the right-wing noise machine.
The unwillingness, or inability of the Obama Administration to stand up for their people has impacted everything in every crevice and recess of the Federal Government. Your day to day, Civil Service workers are afraid to do their jobs, because they know they could be the next Van Jones or Shirley Sherrod. They can’t afford to fight back by themselves, and to pay lawyers tens of thousands of dollars to defend them. And the Administration is utterly chickenshit and wiling to throw anyone under the bus at the simple whiff of an accusation from the right…
No matter how specious.
This administration caves to media blackmail, which the right wing knows is effective anytime they add the vector of race.
Some analysts have concluded that the problem is that the Obama White House is too white. Ergo, had this White House had ANYONE at the staff level who was black, and old enough to be familiar with history – they would have known who Shirley Sherrod was. Further, the administration could assemble an effective counter strategy beyond just turning tail and running every time right wing bullies played the race card. My feeling about Obama since the Primaries has been he just doesn’t have that “killer instinct”. As many dollars as CEOs of major corporations spend to convince the outside world that they are “nice guys” – not one of those guys got there without carrying an metaphorical razor in the hip pocket for the throats of the opposition who can’t be “made to see reason” by other means. The only real difference between organized crime and business leadership is business leaders use lawyers and MBA types, instead of big guys with baseball bats and guns to “make you an offer you can’t refuse”.
That is what is missing in this President, that is what is missing in his staff – and that is crippling his Administration’s ability to fulfill their promises.
I UNDERSTAND how Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign last week, must have felt.
Last year I, too, resigned from an administration job, after I uttered some ill-chosen words about the Republican Party and was accused — falsely — of signing my name to a petition being passed around by 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Partisan Web sites and pundits pounced, and I, too, saw my name go from obscurity to national infamy within hours.
Our situations aren’t exactly the same. Ms. Sherrod’s comments, in which she, a black woman, appeared to admit to racial discrimination against a white couple, were taken far out of context, while I truly did use a vulgarity.
But the way we were treated is strikingly similar, and it reveals a lot about the venal nature of Washington politics in the Internet era. In my case, the media rushed to judgment so quickly that I was never able to make clear that the group put my name on its Web site without my permission. The group finally admitted that it never had my signature, but by then it was too late.
Fortunately, Ms. Sherrod has been offered a new job. But our stories offer cautionary tales to anyone interested in taking a job in national politics. Read the rest of this entry »
I think most of you will remember the vicious smear campaign last year by the right wing’s propaganda arm, Faux News to “get” President Obama’s staff. Such a low brow attack on the staff of an incoming President is unparalleled. One of the early victims of the Faux smear campaign was the Administration’s “Green Czar”, Van Jones. Tarred as a “Giant Negro” – “Angry Black Man” by the right-wing echo chamber’s racist outlets, Van Jones chose to step down, rather than to become a impediment to the new Administration. One of the accusations against Van Jones was that he was a 911 “Truther”, amusing – since it appears the 911 “Truther” faction now seems healthily represented in the Tea Bagger movement in the Republican Party.
While Van Jones may have left the White House under a cloud, the NAACP says that’s not his whole story.
The group considers him a pioneering hero for the environment and civil rights — so much so that it is awarding him one of its highest honors Friday: an NAACP Image Award. It’s a move that is just becoming public now, which is sure to stoke the fire from Jones critics. Read the rest of this entry »
Rachael … Again!
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Let’s take a look at those Right Wing Targets…
Naaaaaaahhhh! There couldn’t possibly be any similarity here!
Several weeks ago the right wing noise machine attacked Van Jones for having signed a petition by 9-11 “Truthers”. A group that believes that there are a lot of unresolved issues and questions surrounding 9-11.
Truthers were depicted as a radical left wing fringe. While they may arguably be a small faction, the folks who believe there was something rotten about 9-11, cross all party lines, as this video proves.
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As to Mr. Chertoff, while he isn’t the most charismatic and dynamic speaker in the world, he is one of the handful (one hand) of folks of the thousands appointed by the Bush Administration who is extremely well qualified, and was an outstanding pick. He inherited a disaster from Tom Ridge (not all Ridge’s fault), based on the huge problems of making the new amalgamated mess that is Homeland Security work. And sans political interference, such as the appointment of unqualified Bushbots into key positions, Chertoff has done a great job.
My father was the object of a McCarthy witch hunt. It was never mentioned in our house, and I was too young at the time to know about it. I didn’t find out about it until I was in College, and a History Professor pulled me aside and told me the story.
From the McCarthy era onward, first McCarthy, and then the FBI under Hoover tried assiduously to tie black intelligentsia to communism as a method to suppress the Civil Rights movement.
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My father’s “crime”?
In a Government class, teaching about the political and economic system of communism along with the political and economic systems of Capitalism and Democracy, as well as Fascism and government/corporate fascist states in a segregated black school.
The issue wasn’t what was being taught, as the curriculum and content had been approved by the school administration, peers, and Board…
It was to Who.
On this, the eight anniversary of 9-11, a lot of people still have a lot of questions, such as this production by Charlie Sheen…
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One of the accusations utilized by Glenn Beck in his successful campaign to take down Van Jones was Jones’ signature on a petition developed by 9-11 “Truthers”, some of whom believe that the Bush Administration was complicit in the 9-11 attack. The core “outrage” from Beck is based on the idea that a group of Americans would believe an American President was capable of cynical and brutal action resulting in the deaths of 3,700 Americans for political gain.
Never mind that the same Administration lied to the American people, the Congress, and the United Nations to justify the invasion of Iraq, resulting in the deaths of 4,000+ Americans and 10’s if not 100’s of thousands of innocent Iraqis… Read the rest of this entry »