Friday Open Thread | There’s A Reason Why They Call It – ‘ A Deal With the Devil’

Cause, the Devil ALWAYS WINS.

This has bothered me ever since I read it on Monday.

I still come back to the same question:




; For Black Lives Activists, Engaging in Trump’s Pardon Politics Feels Like a Deal With the Devil

Is it “worth boosting the reputation of a racist, misogynist, and dangerously authoritarian administration?”

Brandon E. PattersonJun. 11, 2018 3:24 PM


“It’s clear that this is a PR stunt,” says Malkia Cyril, executive director and co-founder of the Center for Media Justice,

an Oakland-based group focused on the role of surveillance technology in incarcerating people of color. “That said, even a PR stunt can get some of our people free.”

“We have to make a decision,” she adds, “as to whether getting one or two, or three or four, or 10 people released from prison is worth

boosting the reputation of a racist, misogynist, and dangerously

authoritarian administration.”

The ONLY answer to whether or not you will even try to deal with Dolt45 is NO.


We LITERALLY have a man who was TOO RACIST DURING THE REAGAN YEARS now as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of this country.

EVEN IF….you could look past the pure, unadulterated evil that is being done by this DOJ with regards to Immigration and Immigrants – ‘ because that’s not your issue’.
EVEN IF…you could look past the full frontal assault on Voting Rights – ‘ because that’s not your issue’.

Well, how about this? THIS, which is supposed to be’ your issue’.

From POU yesterday:


PBO pardoned or commuted the sentences of 1927 people from federal prison, and left the federal prison population at its lowest level since the Carter presidency. He did the work but these jokers did no engagement with the administration to get sentencing reform passed.
Jeff Sessions is at DOJ bringing back civil asset forfeiture, aka taking people’s stuff before they are convicted of a crime, giving excess military gear to cities to use against BLM if they protest, which Obama’s DOJ stopped, and wanting to renew the war on drugs and these people think this commutation is in good faith? 45 said the Central Park 5 should still be in jail even though they were innocent. The administration is using slaveholder and Nazi trickery to separate asylum seekers from their children as policy. They don’t care about us. How are these people so blind?

Let’s add to this….

This bullshyt from Dolt45 about hearing from protesting NFL players only happened AFTER KAEPERNICK’S ATTORNEYS SAID THAT THEY WERE GOING TO SUBPOENA HIM!

If you can’t see that this is an attempt to not have to set foot in that deposition, then you are a fool.

I also believe that these folks realize that they played themselves, and are desperate to stay relevant. They had, and squandered, opportunities during 44’s Administration, even while they denied that they got said opportunities. They look at the Parkland kids, taking their moment, seizing it, and building something more with it everyday.

But, just because you have regrets, you don’t go around making deals with the Devil. Charles Blow, just this week, wrote that Trump was Modern Day Bull Connor. I love the comparison, because it’s apt and clarifying. The ridiculousness of these folks talking about ‘common ground’ with Dolt45, would be no different than if MLK said , ‘ we should sit down with Bull Connor and see what we have in common.’



This is America, right now

This is the % of African Americans not able to vote in just a few states.

VA 21%

FL 21%

KY 26%

AL 15%

MS 16%

America home of the brave land of the incarcerated.

— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 12, 2018

The David Hogg tweet made me think of something. That he connected voting with the disenfranchised because of incarceration – don’t tell me that the kids aren’t getting guidance.

If the BLM Hoteps want to get back in the game and mean something – why not take on ex-felon enfranchisement. These are people who have served their time. Taken their punishment. Why should they be denied their right to vote for a past mistake that they’ve already done the time in prison for? What kind of rehabilitation is tht?

There is nothing on the ballot more important than the referendum on restoring ex-felon voting rights in Florida. Taking away the power from the Governor at a whim, and setting in place solid rules for ex-felons, IS A MUST.

That referendum would change EVERYTHING with regards to Florida. It would slide from purple to lean blue within a night’s election.

I know…but, that’s the pragmatic part of me. The one that actually knows what voting means.

November 2018 — if we can get the Puerto Rican transplants in Florida to vote…they could help change Florida for a generation.

That referendum passes, and the GOP won’t be able to count on Florida in their Electoral College column , beginning in 2020.

But, this would take hard work..hard, on the ground work, where nobody’s going to praise you, or put you on television, or invite you to parties.

But, the end result of this kind of work could change the game in American politics.

THE EASY thing to do…would be to take crumbs from Dolt45 and pretend that what you got wasn’t 10% of what you gave up….

Stop thinking about the EASY WAY…

Do the hard work. Do the foundation work that takes time.

Stop even thinking about Making Deals With the Devil.