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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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Condoleezza Rice to golfing fan: "Did I hit you? It was a bad shot. I’m really sorry."

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Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Yahoo Sports is reporting that while Condoleeza Rice was golfing it up at Pebble Beach the other day, she swang when she should have swung and ended up hitting a ball that ended up whacking a fan right on her poor, unsuspecting, spectatory noggin:

The ball smacked the female fan in the forehead, causing what was later called concussion-like symptoms and while the lady that got hit wouldn't give her name, Rice got an assistant to get her number so she could later contact her to make sure she was alright.

According to one report, Rice approached the woman and asked, "Did I hit you? It was a bad shot. I’m really sorry."

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The woman is expected to be fine. Other than that concussion-like thing. Other than an unexpected headache.

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As for Condi, she is likely suffering from humiliation-like symptoms.

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Video Overnight Thread- Improv Everywhere: The Mini-Golf Open

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Love their stuff. Via.

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VIDEO, PhotOH! What the GOP did today

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Today was a very, very busy day for the GOP! Me oh my, those little scamps had a full schedule! First, they managed to perform for the cameras at the Republican Theater of the Absurd knowing full well the Senate won't pass this piece of drek and that President Obama would veto if it did:

Via Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Via Think Progress

Thank you for letting us know who to vote out, Think Progress.

Pssts! GOP! The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Your conservative Supreme Court Justice voted to uphold it. But wait! There's more!

Yes, the Republicans nearly managed to top themselves. Here's what they did next:

All this, yet not one finger lifted to bring the president's American Jobs Act to a vote. Because, you know, it's more important to push up the unemployment rate and perpetuate the suffering of fellow Americans in order to make President Obama look bad.

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VIDEO: Hot mic picks up convo between Joe Biden and John Boehner before President Obama's speech

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The Boehner: “Hey, I'm one of those barbarians.” Har, har, har.

He was referring to this:

The whole conversation was awkward, including VP Biden saying to the Boehner, "We have a lot of work to do," to which Boehner, Speaker of the House, responded by talking golf. Maybe that's work to him.

So be it.

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