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The president golfed. FVX nation both outraged and outrageous.

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I didn't think they'd be finding this level of Regressive Righteousness so handily, and at the deep end of decades of political fencing.

A month that appeared to hold a 'wild, wild west' extravaganza with badder-ass arms and bullets, a lynch flash-mob, military tanks and then by gawd shared a little whiskey to Boot at the golf club to unwind for an impossibly short time.

Deal. Done.

But uh oh - the president handling some new and massive idjitry … Bill O'Reilly had to shut his luxe vacation down and lumber back home. To talk some more smack about President Barack Obama

BLO'Reilly had to leave his vacation manse and demand that his driver proceed to to step on it … wheels up!

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One presumes he crowned himself King of Hate Television. On the Fear Channel.

From those awesome persons at Mediaite

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Justice Denied In A New York Minute

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Kalief Browder

There's a lot of tragedy in the New York City area recently. The horrific train derailment is getting most of the attention. I say most because strangely, it didn't seem to matter to outgoing Mayor Micheal Bloomberg. According to WPIX, Channel 11 in NYC:

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg was spotted playing golf at Bermuda’s Mid Ocean golf club. Even after hearing about the tragedy, Bloomberg allegedly kept playing.

So much for the caring Mayor Bloomy. He must have had some great round going to ignore a catastrophe that took four lives and injured 63 others.

Also on his watch, but really only making the news headlines this week is the story of Kalief Browder. If the name doesn't ring a bell, that's because he's just an average, poor, black teenager. In 2010, at the age of 16, he was walking home from a party in the Bronx when police officers stopped and arrested him. Browder was told by the officers he'd probably be freed later that night. Instead, Browder would go on to spend three birthdays on Rikers Island Correctional Institution.

WABC-TV Channel 7, New York.

 Being a 16-year-old in prison with adult men, Browder feared for his life because of prison gangs, extortion and violent prison guards.

During his incarceration, Browder said, he missed his sister's wedding and never got a chance to attend his prom or graduate from high school.

Why did this happen? All because his family couldn't raise the $10,000 bail to set him free. Or maybe even more basically, because the stop and frisk rules Bloomberg put into effect. In what was supposed to decrease crime, actually was a commitment of a crime in and of itself against people of color. Racial profiling.

It's really impossible to know for sure why the police even stopped this boy because he never got a trial and was never convicted of a crime. So the best reason available with the evidence in front of us is that this is random racism. Three years and four suicide attempts later, Browder was finally given a chance to walk. All he has to do is plead guilty of a burglary crime he maintains he had no part in and the door to his freedom would become open.

He refused. He wouldn't cop to a guilty plea when he was totally innocent.

Then the unthinkable happened. They set him free anyway. No trial. No restitution. No apology. No nothing.

Here's his remarkable story.Sadly though, its the story of Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the gestapo state of affairs for people of color. The Republican party may proclaim that racism ended with Rosa Parks, but the truth is it didn't end then and Kalief Browder's case shows it hasn't ended yet.

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Life of the Party

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Life of the party

Have you ever been to a party where inevitably someone speaks with self-ordained authority on a subject and you are so amazed that you’re spellbound?  Maybe even inhibited that you don’t know as much as this person?

Have you ever gone to a party and had nothing to say to break the ice beyond, “Some weather we’re having,” or “Hey, how about those Yankees?”  It makes you want to just sit in a corner and people watch.

Well, I’m going to help you.  From time to time, I’m going to supply you with some surefire eyebrow raisers.  Facts certain to break the ice.  Today, I have three topics to choose from.  Enjoy these tidbits courtesy of our friends at Tripod.com.

PEOPLE:

Over 2,500 left-handed people die a year from products made for right-handed people. (Proof positive that sometimes the left hand really doesn't know what the right hand is doing)

It’s estimated that at any time, 7% of the world’s population is drunk.  (I think I need a drink)

Along those lines, 1.5 million Americans are charged with DUI’s each year.  (I guess a lot of you are getting that drink)

SPORTS:

It takes about 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s worth of footballs. (And here I thought it was the pig skin ball they used)

Average life span of a major league baseball is 7 pitches.  (Only one if you were a pitcher for the 1973 Red Sox – or as their announcer use to say, “Hey Mr. Umpire, get yourself a new ball because that one is gone!”)

Golfers use an estimated $800 million dollars of golf balls a year.  (That’s a lot of “Fore’s”)

ANIMALS:

An adult lion can mate up to 50 times a day.  (Imagine, and that’s without Viagra?)

Ten thousand birds a year die by smashing into windows.  (Twice as many humans starve to death trying to live on the current SNAP food stamps budget)

A woodpecker can peck up to 20 times per second.  (That’s some pecker)

So now you’re armed and ready to become the life of the party.  Go out there and knock ‘em dead.  Oh, and speaking of dead, only one person in two billion will live to be 116.  So look around you.  If you’re in an intimate setting of two billion or more, it’s possible it’s you.

 

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Video- President Obama Interviewed On Local L.A. Station: Tiger Woods- "On Another Planet" 2/20/2013

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