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The video of Ray Rice punching his fianceé when they were in the elevator:


A lot of people kept saying they'd wait until they saw the video to say anything. I guess they thought she did something to deserve being knocked out. I'm sure they will defend him even after seeing this video.
He should have gotten suspended for a year.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Sep 8, 2014, 06:27 AM (197 replies)

How a German soldier-artist saved Dutch Jews from the Nazis

BERLIN — This is the story of how a beloved German children’s book illustrator, while serving in the army of Nazi Germany, saved the lives of hundreds of Jews from Adolf Hitler’s death machine.

It’s a story from before Werner Klemke was deeply beloved for his drawings of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, which made their way to every East German child’s bookshelf, and his hundreds of often lightheartedly erotic magazine covers, which were eagerly snapped up upon publication. It’s a story from before the creation of the communist state in which he managed to build an artistic career despite being occasionally at odds with the repressive government.

It’s also a story that the artist, who died 20 years ago, never told. The story surfaced only when Dutch documentary filmmaker Annet Betsalel asked whether she could poke around in the long-shuttered archives of the Jewish community of Bussum, the Netherlands.

“They told me the archives only really had financial data in them,” Betsalel said in an interview. “But I thought, well, financial records can be interesting.”

What she found was the story of a network set up by a Jewish businessman, Sam van Perlstein, who knew in 1942 that Jews were living on borrowed time under Nazi occupation and that if they were going to survive they were going to need some help.
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/09/06/3663193/how-a-german-soldier-artist-saved.html

Once upon a time, there were real heroes.....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Sep 7, 2014, 02:53 AM (7 replies)

If you think the NFL isn't homophobic,read this column by a veteran pro football sport's columnist:

First, let's get this out of the way: When it comes to the Michael Sam story, well, we in the media partially screwed up.

It is true that we turned Sam into a nonstop melodrama. The story was unprecedented and historic and deserved a massive amount of attention, but some in the media took it too far.

It's all too easy to blame ESPN, but the larger truth is that the Sam story was a collision of storm fronts. Many in the media had a sincere desire to see progress in one of the last bastions of homophobia: professional sports.

That factor, partnered with the massive, coagulating, blob-ified social media, led to Sam becoming a spectacle. This was no fault of Sam's. This was on us.

This was also partly a sign of modern-day America. This story was bound to leapfrog sports and land on Maddow and Meet the Press. That intensified the overcoverage, the way heat creates a larger hurricane.

So the media deserves part of the blame for Sam not playing in the NFL now. We made him a marked man. We Tebow-ed him. Each time Sam went to the field, there was a media marching band in pursuit.

But let's also make this clear: Sam not being signed with a team isn't solely because of the media. Or even mostly. Him not being signed is because of fear, shameful excuse-making and old-fashioned bigotry.

'Distraction' is the new code word. As Freeman points out, his not being signed was way out of the ordinary.
Now the line is that Jerry Jones will sign him because he has great jersey sales. MEH! I have never heard such drivel and degrading remarks before. He deserves a chance on a roster.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Sep 3, 2014, 08:13 AM (13 replies)

How 'bout them Dallas Cowboys?!?! If Michael Sam passes a physical tomorrow,

they will sign him to their practice squad. That's the first big step.

I am not a Cowboy's fan but I will be rooting for them now. All of those other mealy-mouth chickenshits who said anonymously that they wouldn't because he was a distraction can go to hell!

I was seriously angry about how he was being treated. Everybody talked trash about him as if he was a junior college player who did nothing in the preseason. He deserved better than that.

I have no problems with the Rams. Their moves made sense. They have a large number of people who played where he played. They handled him with dignity.

Cowboys plan to bring Michael Sam to Dallas for a physical Wednesday, per team source. If all goes well, Sam will be a Cowboy.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Sep 2, 2014, 04:50 PM (45 replies)

The dog-kicking CEO of stadium caterer Centerplate has been forced to resign

Stadium catering company Centerplate will today announce the resignation of CEO Desmond Hague, 10 days after surveillance video emerged of Hague kicking and choking his dog in an elevator.

Centerplate, which handles food and beverage services for stadiums including Levi's Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium, Tropicana Stadium, FedEx Field, and the Superdome, had originally announced that Hague would be placed on probation, donate $100,000, and volunteer 1,000 hours with animal charities.

But today the Union-Tribune and Global News both report that following continued criticism, Centerplate has informed clients that Hague is being forced out of his job as CEO.

The video went viral and they got blasted.
Keith Olbermann kept bringing it up on his show.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Sep 2, 2014, 09:36 AM (38 replies)

Michael Sam was released by the Rams.

This is not the end of his career. He may be picked up off of waivers by another team or even end up back with the Rams. Now we will see about the NFL. He played well enough to help some team. He could also play in Canada to gain more experience.

The Rams were a good team for him in that they had a very supportive group in the hierarchy. There were also older players who accepted him and that probably calmed down any incipient noise from those who might have caused a problem.

The Rams were also a bad team for him to join in that they already had a lot of experienced players playing the same position. There was also another rookie who played well and he had more versatility than Sam. I do believe this was a football decision.

I do still believe he was drafted lower than he should have been. The 'distractions' were all the people talking about them.

I still have my fingers crossed for him.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Aug 31, 2014, 05:54 AM (1 replies)

Dan Snyder's 'secret' plan for the Redskin name.

Keith Olbermann had a segment about this last night. He had many interesting quotes from different people.

Apparently, Snyder will give up the name Redskins if he gets major concessions to build a new stadium in DC where RFK once was. That would mean money that would ultimately come from those who live in DC. Other goodies would have to be thrown in too. He is tired of FedEx field because it's 17 years old.

Owners of different pro teams have pulled the stadium scam for years in order to get major money to build new stadiums. They threaten to move teams and such.

Jeffrey Loria did this in Miami to get a new stadium for the Marlins. The Atlanta Braves are moving out of Turner Field which is only 17 years old. Cobb County offered them a lot of incentives to move there which has rightfully set people on the warpath. Never mind that the new stadium has little mass transit to reach it or a lot of space for parking. It is very inconvenient for many fans who have supported them for years.

Money, money, money.....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 29, 2014, 05:56 AM (18 replies)

Contrary to popular belief, Michael Sam has not made an NFL team yet.

The Rams and other teams are beginning to cut down their numbers toward a team goal of 53. There are some who will be on the practice squad.

That said, many sports' reporters and NFL watchers believe he will make the team. He has done a good job in the time he has had to play in the pre-season.

Crossing my fingers.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:28 PM (9 replies)

BREAKING:Fort Lee in Virginia says active shooter on base

U.S. Army base Fort Lee in Virginia says active shooter reported at Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) headquarters on base

Looking for more reports.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Aug 25, 2014, 09:37 AM (4 replies)

Give Miley Cyrus some credit for her VMA appearance this year.

LOS ANGELES — For a second year in a row, Miley Cyrus hijacked MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night, and this time she did it without debauched dance moves or wild tongue gyrations. In fact, she did not even take the stage.

Instead, the rowdy pop star sent a 22-year-old homeless man in her place – a 180-degree turn toward a serious cause and away from the frothy, twerking performance she offered last year that ignited a global media firestorm.

Near the end of Sunday’s live show, at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., when Jimmy Fallon announced that Ms. Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” had won video of the year, a longhaired man who said he was from Oregon and had recently been living on the streets of Hollywood appeared at the microphone. “My name is Jesse,” the young man said, reading from notes without mentioning his surname. “I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving and lost and scared for their lives. I know, because I am one of those people.”

Miley Cyrus, right, and Jesse, the homeless man from Oregon who accepted her award for video of the year for "Wrecking Ball" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Credit Amanda Decadenet
“I have survived in shelters all over this city,” he continued, before attempting to shame the music industry with a speech. “The music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home.” (Los Angeles County estimates that it has a homeless population of roughly 54,000.)

And yes this could be just for good publicity. The proof will be whether she follows up with more efforts to help.
However, it will help some and bring attention to a crisis that needs addressing.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Aug 25, 2014, 08:19 AM (56 replies)
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