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The LandFillharmonc Orchestra:


It does not matter what your instrument is made of.
It matters that you play.

Remarkable and beautiful
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 12, 2013, 05:51 AM (2 replies)

Bravo! See "Night Watch" by Rembrandt come alive in a mall in the Netherlands:

(From email)

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 11, 2013, 09:30 AM (21 replies)

Bloomberg Businessweek cover really smacks hedge funds & those who manage them:

RT @ReformedBroker: Ohmygod this @BW cover...

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 11, 2013, 08:36 AM (0 replies)

Leland Mitchell has passed. Do you know who he is? You should.

In 1963, Leland Mitchell and his Mississippi State teammates had to sneak out of their state to compete in the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament. Gov. Ross Barnett and other hard-core segregationists were worried that their all-white team might compete against blacks, a step the governor said he feared “might lead to integration across the land.”

In a tense if peculiar moment in the civil rights movement, a state court had enjoined Mississippi State University from going to Michigan to play Loyola University of Chicago in the Midwest Regional of the prestigious tournament. Mississippi State had won the right to advance to national play by winning the championship of the Southeastern Conference. It was the fourth time in five years that the university earned a berth but seemingly would again be unable to play.

But the team did play. The game between Mississippi State and Loyola on March 15, 1963 — contested at the height of the civil rights struggle — is widely seen as the beginning of the end of segregation in college sports. In explaining his opposition to integrated sports in 1960, Governor Barnett had said: “If there were a half-dozen Negroes on the team, where are they going to eat? Are they going to want to go to the dance later and want to dance with our girls?”

But by the spring of 1963, pride in Mississippi State’s superb basketball team was challenging old racial attitudes, which were already starting to soften. Reacting to pressure from students and the public, the university president and the board governing state universities agreed to let the team compete. The governor and a handful of state legislators fumed but realized that they had no legal power to stop the team.

Then a chancery court judge stepped in and issued an injunction to keep the university from violating “the public policies of the state of Mississippi.”

Mitchell, a star player and team leader who died at age 72 on Saturday at his home in Starkville, Miss., had an immediate and sharp reaction.

“We need to head out tonight,” he said. “Who all else has a car?”

The actual escape was more complicated. The university president decided the officials named in the injunction should get out of town. He left for a speaking engagement in Atlanta. The coach, Babe McCarthy, along with the athletic director and his assistant, drove on back roads to Memphis and flew to Nashville. The next morning, the team’s second-stringers were sent to the local airport in Starkville.
Much more on their escape and what happened:

RIP Leland Mitchell.
Every step helped.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 11, 2013, 08:14 AM (5 replies)

Five unforgettable charts from "The War on Marijuana in Black and White:

Thanks to the citizens of Colorado and Washington, the tide is turning in the War on Pot. But the true toll of marijuana prohibition has been little studied – and poorly understood. A blockbuster report from the ACLU lays out the scope, the costs and the targets of this war in stunning detail. Here are five unforgettable charts from "The War on Marijuana in Black and White":

1) Over the last two decades, marijuana possession arrests have soared by 193 percent to 784,021 in 2010. They now account for nearly half of all drug arrests in the country.

2) New York and Texas top the nation in making marijuana arrests – 97 percent of which are for simple possession.

3) The United States wasted a collective $3.6 billion on marijuana possession enforcement in 2010, led by the nation's capital, where the per-capita cost of pot prohibition is greater than $40 a year.

4) Marijuana consumption has remained stable in the last decade, and there is no meaningful disparity in the rates that black and white Americans smoke pot.

5) The racial disparity in arrest rates for marijuana possession, however, ought to shock the conscience of every American.


The fact that alcohol is legal highlights the hypocrisy of this policy. You want a substance that can cause violence and bad behavior? Alcohol makes marijuana look staid.
I never wanted to hit anybody unless they took my munchies. Even then it was too much effort.

There are so many other problems that need this kind of attention.
Go chase child molesters and other violent offenders.
Do something that has a real and positive impact on society. This ain't it.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 11, 2013, 08:03 AM (1 replies)

Harper Lee pwned a Virginia school board that banned To Kill A Mockingbird:

The problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism

Early-1966, believing its contents to be "immoral," the Hanover County School Board in Virginia decided to remove all copies of Harper Lee's classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, from the county's school libraries. As soon as she was alerted, Lee responded perfectly by way of the following letter, written to, and later published in, The Richmond News Leader.

Also sent, as mentioned in the letter, was a contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund — a project set up by the newspaper in 1959 to highlight/compensate for "official stupidities," and which subsequently gave away copies of the banned book to all children who asked.

Monroeville, Alabama
January, 1966

Editor, The News Leader:

Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board's activities, and what I've heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.

Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that "To Kill a Mockingbird" spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is "immoral" has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink.

I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.

Harper Lee


Rebel with a clue.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 11, 2013, 06:18 AM (22 replies)

A huge waterspout formed near Tampa:


Beautiful and scary....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 11, 2013, 05:58 AM (22 replies)

"Gov.John Kasich"- How The New Ohio Budget Affects Your Vagina:

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 11, 2013, 12:46 AM (0 replies)

If I make the longest OP EVER, what do I win?

I will only fill it with articles of facts and links to those articles about one side of a topic.
It will prove I can google and ignore anything else.
Then I will use that as evidence I am right, and that anybody who disagrees with me is on THE OTHER SIDE.
That should do it!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 10, 2013, 03:54 PM (66 replies)

Please let Zimmerman testify.

A lot of people think they are smarter than everybody else.

He wants to explain himself and convince others that he is right. Z should listen to his lawyers, but after last night with the judge stalking out, who can blame him for not wanting to leave it to them.
Even if they have screwed up, his biggest mistake will be ignoring them now.

If the prosecution is any good, the cross will turn him and his story upside down. Z has to stick with what he has already said or run the risk of looking like he is adding crap, or worse, lying about what he already said. I'm sure the urge is strong to embellish the story in order to explain it better. That's why you want to get the story locked down from someone.

Up until this point, i thought the prosecution was behind or even at best. The defense attorneys have overplayed their hand and may have given away any advantage. This does not even take into account the problem with the witnesses.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 10, 2013, 03:31 PM (8 replies)
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