In a memo released to the public on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on federal prosecutors to pursue harsher sentences for low-level drug crimes — a stark reversal from the more lenient policies of the Obama administration.
The memo, obtained in full by NPR, calls for the stricter penalties to be doled out as part of an effort to achieve more “just and consistent results in federal cases.”
“It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,” Sessions wrote. “By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences.”
But mandatory minimum sentencing is nothing new — the policies outlined by Sessions hearken back to the “tough-on-crime” era of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
In other words, we’ve been down this road before, and we already know where it leads: to people of color being disproportionately incarcerated at alarming rates at the hands of the federal government. Read more (5/12/17)
AG Jeff Sessions spoke Tuesday at the Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he regaled attendees with misleading facts about drug use and solutions that failed years ago.
With the quote above, Sessions claimed Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign was successful.
A 2009 review of 20 controlled studies found that kids who were enrolled in DARE programs were just as likely to use drugs as kids who’d received no intervention at all, according to Scientific American.
Drug-free zones fueled mass incarceration, disproportionately sending black and Hispanic people to prison for drug crimes.
And in the past decade — as state after state has passed looser marijuana laws — hard drug use among teens has declined, suggesting that moral and legal hysteria over drugs doesn’t convince kids to not use them. Read more (3/7/17 9:15 PM)
It’s 230 am, if you know where this alley is in downtown phoenix and want to bear witness to the spectacle that is the savage wrath of Chaos Vortex and fully understand why Im known in over 30 countries as The Dragon Of Devastation in the streets and in both official and underground martial arts fight circuits worldwide, then get here by 3 cuz shit is about to go the fuck down. 2 squads are bringing their 10 strongest warriors to finally settle a decade long rivalry with no weapons… And i set it all up by going to the enemy stronghold by myself to put an end to the fued through one final battle. Why did i approach both sides with this plan? Because unifying warriors, expanding my network of underworld connections, and restoring peace on the streets through the use of honorable combat is what i have always done everywhere I’ve been to in the world. Your either born a fuckin leader like myself or a follower. If you’re a leader, that’s what you should do. But If you decide to lead and others choose follow, then it’s your responsibility to use your clout to enrich their lives regardless of whether it puts you in danger or not because it’s the right thing to do. I exist to empower and assist my fellow humans. That is why i do things like this. On the surface, it may seem to many like im just a crazy adrenaline junkie and do so much dangerous shit cuz i have a reckless disregard for my own life, and to an extent they’re right, but really drives me is my passion to hone my talents. We all have our own unique talents for many reasons, but to me, the main reason we have them is because there are so many way that they can be used to help others. Tonight is another example of how i utilize my inborn talent for hurting people to help them. Open your third eye and im sure you can you feel the energy of my bloodlust emanating through the screen when you look at my pix. As the time for war draws closer my soul grows colder and the ability to grant mercy is now devoid within me. Mother nature always thirsts for blood in her soil, and Tonight we will give it to her.
The nine rowhouses a few blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital stood for more than a century, through waves of immigration, two world wars, the upending of the city’s economy and a shift in its racial makeup.
The arched windows along the 900 block of North Bradford Street reflected both the boom and the decline of a great American city: the prosperous midcentury, when all nine households could afford the Formstone that covered their brick fronts; the tumult of 1968, when residents could smell the smoke from nearby riots; the white flight that would open the street to African Americans and the drug wars that would drive many of them away.
Since it was built on an old brickyard in 1905 by the “two-story king of East Baltimore,” hundreds of people have called the block home.
But only one of them was there to see that history end.
Block by block, Baltimore is demolishing its blight – and pieces of its past.
This page have been memed to death, but now the time has come to analyze it.
All this time we were wondering how Zeke turned Ragako Vilage’s citizens to mindless titans, how the titan horde he used at Return to Shiganshina Arc suddenly appeared. Now, we got ourselves an answer. Like Eren did at Chapter 50, Zeke also uses his cry to turn Eldians to Mindless Titans.
It hurts to see how Eldians are treated at the other side of ocean. It hurts to see what a Mid-East Union soldier saying to Falco right after Falco saved his life. It hurts to see how that Marley officer is laughing at them after Mid-East soldier’s words. It hurts to watch Eldian people plunging out from a plane like they are potato sacks and watch Zeke turning them to Mindless Titans so that they can win the war for Marley.
It hurts even more to see Eldians fighting in a war that was started 2000 years ago and being punished for the things their ancestors have done long before they were even born.
But I am not the only one in pain. They are also hurt even more than I am.
Let’s look at the left side of the page.
Zophia is watching this with a stoned face. Udo closes his eyes and griefs.
Colt is sweating to death.
We can literally pinpoint the moment Gabi’s heart shatters to pieces.
And Falco is in pain, just look at his eyes.
The Eldians that was drugged and turned to Titans are their people and we can see how much the damage Marley Treatment™ done to them clearly. To all Warriors, with no exception.
“History is not just stuff that happens by accident. We are the products of history that our ancestors choose, if we’re white. If we are black, we are the products of the history that our ancestors mostly likely did not choose. Yet here we are all together, the products of that set of choices. And we have to understand that in order to escape from it. -Kevin Gannon; Professor of History at Grandview University [From the film "13th” on Netflix]
In honour of Liberation Day in the Netherlands, let me tell you something about Willem Arondeus, homosexual activist, anti-fascist artist and writer and member of the Dutch Resistance during the occupation of Nazi Germany.
During the early Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Willem realised that the demand by the Nazis that all Jewish people register with local authories was not, as the Nazis claimed, for their own safety, but to deport them to concentration camps.
Willem was one of the first to join the Dutch Resistance and together with numerous other artists, he created an illegal periodical that called for mass resistance against the German occupation.
As a member of the Resistance Council – which also included other openly gay members – he put his artistic skills to use by forging tons of identity papers and recruiting new members. In March 1943, Willem led a group in bombing the Amsterdam Public Records Office in order to hinder the Nazis.
Willem dressed as a Nazi Army captain and with the group, he disabled the guards by drugging them and positioned the explosives, destroying thousands of files.
Within a week after the bombing, he and the other members were arrested and sentenced to death after a short trial. On July 1st 1942, Willem was executed. Shortly before his execution, however, he told his lawyer the following:
‘’Tell the people that homosexuals are not cowards.’’
In 1945, after the Dutch Liberation by the Allied forces, Willem was awarded a posthumous medal by the Dutch government and was reburied in a honorary cemetry.
Hi. This probably seems like an incredibly stupid question, but I don't know things and I was just curious. What's so good about legalizing Marijuana?
Hi there! Readers, anon is referring to this post.
What’s good about legalizing marijuana? A lot of things but I’ll cover the two most important.
1. The opposite of legalizing marijuana is criminalizing marijuana, which ends up putting people behind bars for a victimless “crime.” Mostly black and brown people as modern drug laws WERE CREATED to give politicians the ability to lock up POC and progressives.
But these shows may have a more sinister effect. In emphasizing the more aggressive, confrontational aspect of police work over community service -hurting people instead of helping people- they may be shifting the profile of the typical young person attracted to police work. Browse the dozens of police recruitment videos on YouTube, for example, and you’ll find that many of them feature images of cops tackling suspects, rappelling out of helicopters, shooting guns, kicking down doors, and siccing dogs on people. The images are often set to blaring guitars or heavy metal music. These are the videos that police departments send to high schools and colleges to attract new recruits. At the very first step in the process of staffing their departments, then, these agencies are deliberately appealing to people who are likely to be lured by the thrill-seeking, adrenaline-producing, butt-kicking aspects of law enforcement. Build an entire police force of people who fit that description and you have a force of cops who seek confrontation instead of avoiding it and who look to escalate volatile situations instead of resolving them peacefully. These are the sort of cops who volunteer for the SWAT team for the very reasons that they should be excluded from it…The best part of being on the SWAT team, one of the officers said, was that “you get to play with a lot of guns. That’s what’s fun. You know, everybody on this team is -you know, loves guns.” The second cop then chimed in. “Hey, the bottom line is it’s friggin’ fun, man. That’s the deal. Nobody wants to take burglary reports.”
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko
for the many of you who have been asking about my vietnam war era hamlet ideas: i finally typed up a little something to share with y’all about my future directorial plans. i plan to keep shakespeare’s original text in the production, with minor changes and/or cuts as needed. (the only major cut would be gertrude’s death, i think it’s important for her to be alive at the end, and you’ll see why.)
this production focuses on the conflicts between younger and older generations, american hyper-praise of masculinity and what it means within the concept of war, and what happens when people put trust into political institutions blindly. this production also exploration of sexual identity and queerness, drug use, and how war affects all aspects of life.
(sidebar: these are all original ideas of mine, so if you end up using them, citation/credit is necessary. if you end up doing a vietnam war era interpretation of hamlet after reading this, please tell me, i want to hear all about it!)
I started explaining what happened, with a brief refresher on the anti movement. I cried a lot. Haven’t cried in therapy in a good ten years.
I don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty personal stuff (basically we confirmed that I was badly triggered by those posts because of past childhood abuse stuff), but some general takeaways from my therapist:
- Antis are deeply damaged and unhappy people. “The thing you have to realize is that people like that? Are NOT OKAY. When I see people who say that kind of stuff online, all I can do is feel sorry for them because imagine how much pain they must be in to have to make everyone else around them hurt just to deal with it. They wouldn’t be saying the things they do if they weren’t miserable.”
- They are also cowards. “You KNOW they wouldn’t say any of that to your face. Not one of them would come up to you in person and say anything you just read me. They talk a big game, but I guarantee not one of them would have the balls to say boo if they were in this room.”
- Shipping to cope is perfectly valid, healthy, and harmless. “You’re not on drugs anymore, right? You’re not strung-out, not hurting yourself? You’re writing stories about people who aren’t even real. Why is it anyone else’s business if that helps you? Why does their opinion matter?”
- WE matter. “You’re not worthless. You’re not. And these people? Mean NOTHING. They’re hurting and they’re trying to hurt you to bring you down to their level. This one got to you. And that’s OKAY. Heal and keep going. Just because they’re hurting doesn’t mean that’s on you.”
- “I’m still stuck on Star Wars being ‘problematic’. It’s fucking STAR WARS.”
I thought I would like your blog but your anti-cop sentiment leaves a bad taste in my mouth and is sad to see and hear that you think such brave men and women are horrible
Sorry to disappoint. But I’ll make a deal. When the police start refusing to enforce immoral and unjust made up “crimes” that have no victim that were written by corrupt and self-serving politicians, when they begin to hold each other to the same standards they do the public they ostensibly serve and will arrest other police who break the law, violate the rights of citizens, and use abusive tactics and force on people who’s only crime is “contempt of cop,” and when they have the courage to end their participation in the misnamed “war on drugs,” which is really a war on personal liberty, I’ll begin to change my opinions about them.