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Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home

(This is a long and confounding story. I have no idea what really happened.)

On a Monday afternoon in late March, 12-year-old best friends Melody Coffey and Julia Young sat in Melody's room, mulling the latest message from their tormentor:

wanna play a game ?

The girls recognized the sender's Instagram account as belonging to a girl we'll call Danielle. She and Julia were friends briefly earlier in the year. Since their falling out with Danielle, Melody and Julia had been receiving disturbing threats from her social media accounts.

Let's switch passwords

The oddly punctuated messages had grown more sinister, more perverse. Though Danielle denied they were from her — she suggested her accounts were hacked — the evidence was not in her favor. The attacks referenced the girls' families and their friends from school and even now, above the latest message, was a selfie of Danielle, phone held up to the mirror.

I have a guy who takes photos of you guys . My mom helps me . Don't think I'm weird though . Everyone does it . … I know you guys will like call the cops because you guys are insane , but thats what I find sexy about you guys .

In Melody's room, avoiding yet another day of gossip at school, the girls considered their options. Sometimes, Melody said, it seemed Danielle could hear them talking, as if she were watching them. She'd even convinced her mom to climb up and check the attic once. It was empty.
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WTF? smh.....
Just WTF?
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 15, 2014, 05:37 AM (9 replies)

Nadine Gordimer has passed.

Nadine Gordimer, the South African author and Nobel laureate has died, her family says

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 09:26 AM (1 replies)

Scientific Proof That Cats Are Better Than Dogs

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 07:33 AM (9 replies)

John Seigenthaler has passed. He is a person you should know about.

As a reporter for The Tennessean, Mr. Seigenthaler once saved a suicidal man's life on a bridge over the Cumberland River — a bridge eventually named after him. As the newspaper's longtime editor, he led coverage of the civil rights movement when most Southern newspapers, including the rival Nashville Banner, ignored the growing resistance to racial segregation in the South.

Mr. Seigenthaler also exposed corruption in the Teamsters union, grave deficiencies in the state's mental health system and illicit activities of the Ku Klux Klan in Tennessee. And he inspired several generations of journalists to greatness.
Mr. Seigenthaler championed racial equality, both as a journalist and in his job in the Kennedy administration.

The Tennessean and its staff became crusaders for civil rights early on. A Texas liberal named Silliman Evans bought the newspaper out of receivership in the 1930s. His views formed the political core that would remain there until John Seigenthaler's retirement.

With a newsroom full of cocky young egos spoiling for a good story, secure finances and family owners willing to take chances, it became one of the only Southern newspapers to aggressively cover the fight to end segregation. That was not always popular with hometown readers, particularly the old Southern guard.

The Tennessean covered the downtown lunch counter sit-ins and other stories, when other newspapers wouldn't, as the civil rights movement swept through the South.
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This is the kind of newspaper editor we so badly need.

RIP John Seigenthaler.
You fought the good fight!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 02:08 AM (15 replies)

Tater is taunting me now:

The sticky tape on the top doesn't work.
She has gotten used to the taste of 'Fooey.'
The cardboard extension was just another challenge to be defeated.
Water flicks bring a look of complete disdain and she grooms herself until the water is dealt with.

Working on plan Z.

Moonpie is just a spectator.

Edit to add: I am ignoring her.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jul 13, 2014, 07:39 AM (41 replies)

Rick Perry resembles a very famous figure in his photo with PBO for immigration meeting:

Grumpy Cat is really unhappy about being compared to Governor Goodhair.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 01:59 PM (3 replies)

Severe thunderstorm watch here until 9pm.

NE South Carolina.
Buckling up.
Gonna get blowed away one of these days.....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 01:51 PM (1 replies)

"The Hard Part Of Teaching"

They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate.

Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series of quotes to answer the question "How hard is teaching?" and asked for more in the comments section. My rant didn't entirely fit there, so I'm putting it here, because it is on the list of Top Ten Things They Never Tell You in Teacher School.

The hard part of teaching is coming to grips with this:

There is never enough.

There is never enough time. There are never enough resources. There is never enough you.
But every day is still educational triage. You will pick and choose your battles, and you will always be at best bothered, at worst haunted, by the things you know you should have done but didn't. Show me a teacher who thinks she's got everything all under control and doesn't need to fix a thing for next year, and I will show you a lousy teacher. The best teachers I've ever known can give you a list of exactly what they don't do well enough yet.

It's the educational triage that will get you because you want to save every student in your classes. It's not possible.
I'm sure those who triage the physically injured are haunted by memories of some they had to consciously choose to not treat.
It is gut-wrenching and it can break you.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 9, 2014, 07:41 AM (6 replies)

Scary near-miss over runway at Barcelona airport (Video)

A UTAir pilot appeared to come uncomfortably close to a disaster Saturday, aborting landing as another plane crossed the runway in its path.

The near-accident Saturday morning spurred Spain's aviation oversight organization AENA to launch an investigation, Spanish newspaper El País reported Monday.

The would-be crash was filmed and posted to YouTube by Miguel Angel Ramirez, a Barcelona-based aviation enthusiast.
Video at link:

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 01:50 PM (5 replies)

Another reason that Dolly Parton is the best ever :

Heard about the abandoned dog at @GlastoFest? If nobody claims her, I'll take her home to America! Ain't she cute

Loves me some Dolly!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 11:42 AM (2 replies)
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