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Guilty of Waiting For The School Bus While Black

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Ah, racial profiling, Will it ever end?

Looks like New York City, with Bill deBlasio coming in this January, might finally be safe for minorities to walk the sidewalks without fear of random and humiliating, arbitrary police stops. Certainly Mike Bloomberg and his police Chief Kelly were all for stop and frisk and the terror it inflicted on their city. But up state, in Rochester, things have gone even further. It's stop and arrest -- skipping the frisk part.

Three Black high school kids, waiting for the school bus to come and take them to basketball practice were arrested a week ago when police officer told them to “disperse,” even though witnesses said they did nothing wrong.

Disperse? Isn't that usually a term usually reserved for crowds, mobs and unruly gangs? It's hardly appropriate for three high school students waiting at an established bus stop for their bus. Isn't that why they call it a bus stop? They boys explained why they were there and that's when the police did what they set out to do initially. They arrested these three Black teenage boys.

Oh, did I mention that all three are honor students as well as athletes? And did I forget to say that none of them had ever been arrested before?

This is what happens when racists are cops. I bet a simple, "We're waiting for the school bus" would have been fine if these were white kids. But they weren't. And as such, they were singled out.

The police have their own account of this incident. According to WROC-TV:

A police report claimed that the boys were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without complaince [sic].”

Coach Scott [also African-American] arrived just as the boys were being handcuffed and was also threatened with arrest.

“He [the police officer] goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’” Scott recalled. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”

Check out this short news piece to get the fuller story -- but this kind of bulls**t has got to stop.

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Cartoons of the Day- Buh Bye Anthony Weiner

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What I will not write about today

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Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

  • Boy Scouts Propose Allowing Gay Scouts, But Not Gay Scout Leaders -- "The resolution includes the claim that screening adult leaders is important for 'protecting Scouts.'”  Forget about protecting equal rights. Forget about protecting everyone from discrimination and prejudice. Just protect the Scouts from every single gay man who ever lived, because clearly they are all icky pedophiles who are into bestiality and incest.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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Video- Boos as House Adjourns Without Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Disgusting. They seriously can just walk away from all those hurting people?

House Republicans abruptly pulled the plug Tuesday night on their promise to take up this week an emergency supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours before New Jersey lawmakers were preparing for floor debate Wednesday as outlined under a strategy promoted by no less than Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Indeed the Appropriations Committee had gone so far as to file a $27 billion bill Tuesday together with an amendment to be offered by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) seeking an additional $33 billion to match the Senate passed package of last week.

Absent a change of heart, the upshot now is that the Senate bill will die with this Congress on Thursday at noon. And the whole affair is sure to bring back memories of the famous Daily News headline in 1975—“Ford to City: Drop Dead.”

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Video- First Same Sex Marriage Official In NYC

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Yeah, those two are a HUGE threat to my marriage.

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Cartoons of the Day- New York and Marriage Equality

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Andrew Cuomo Orders Staff Not to Speculate About 2016

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Sandra Lee is just kvelling with the possibilities.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) "moved swiftly this weekend to halt an eruption of media speculation that he'll be a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 because of his victory in bringing gay marriage to New York," the New York Post reports.

"Cuomo ordered his staff not to discuss or even speculate on the possibility that he harbors presidential ambitions."

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