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Why I post kitteh threads in GD.

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I didn't see an earlier thread about posting them. I guess I was too busy scouring the interwebs looking only for cute kittehs.

To begin with, I don't do it to annoy people. I don't know if anybody thinks that is my goal.

In posting on DU, I have found that people tend to gravitate to certain forums. GD is the one I am most comfortable in. That doesn't mean I am unwelcome anywhere else, but the response to the same thread draws more reaction here. I think that's because a lot of people who post in GD tend to be mainstays here too.

Because the topics in GD can be unrelentingly serious and grim, I post a laugh or an awww to provide a break. Enough people respond to make it seem desirable. I try to not get carried away, and I believe I post a lot of threads that are very germaine to GD.

As far as wanting attention, believe me if I want attention I can post a 'Come to Jesus rant' that radiates heat through screens.

So there you have it.

Teh Meh Kitteh is dressed up in honor of Title IX Lives.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Apr 21, 2012, 11:33 AM (34 replies)

Why I post kitteh threads in GD.

I didn't see an earlier thread about posting them. I guess I was too busy scouring the interwebs looking only for cute kittehs.

To begin with, I don't do it to annoy people. I don't know if anybody thinks that is my goal.

In posting on DU, I have found that people tend to gravitate to certain forums. GD is the one I am most comfortable in. That doesn't mean I am unwelcome anywhere else, but the response to the same thread draws more reaction here. I think that's because a lot of people who post in GD tend to be mainstays here too.

Because the topics in GD can be unrelentingly serious and grim, I post a laugh or an awww to provide a break. Enough people respond to make it seem desirable. I try to not get carried away, and I believe I post a lot of threads that are very germaine to GD.

As far as wanting attention, believe me if I want attention I can post a 'Come to Jesus rant' that radiates heat through screens.

So there you have it.

Teh Meh Kitteh is dressed up in honor of Title IX Lives.


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Apr 21, 2012, 11:27 AM (1 replies)

The saddest picture.......


This is a picture of a little Iraqi boy in an orphanage, he drew a picture of his mother on the floor and slept on her arm.
(from Twitter)

Sigh.....Just sigh....
Out of tears right now.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Apr 20, 2012, 06:08 AM (102 replies)

Pat Summitt steps down as Lady Vols head coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee announced today that head women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, the all-time wins leader among NCAA basketball coaches, has been named head coach emeritus following 38 seasons (1974-2012) and 1,098 victories at Tennessee. Summitt will report to Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart and will serve in a variety of endeavors. In that capacity, she will continue to serve the women’s basketball program and its coaching staff and as a liaison to the Director of Athletics, remain involved in on-campus recruiting, and serve as a personal mentor to players, including life skills coaching.

Associate head coach Holly Warlick, an assistant on the Tennessee staff for 27 seasons and a three-time All-American as a player for the Lady Vols, has been named Summitt’s successor and will assume head coaching duties for the Tennessee women’s basketball program.

“I’ve loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role,” said Summitt. “I support Holly Warlick being named the next head coach, and I want to help ensure the stability of the program going forward. I would like to emphasize that I fully intend to continue working as head coach emeritus, mentoring and teaching life skills to our players, and I will continue my active role as a spokesperson in the fight against Alzheimer’s through the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.
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http://www.volunteertv.com/news/headlines/Pat_Summitt_stepping_down_147954305.html?mobile=yes&device=ipad

Sigh....

Pat Summit deserves considerabe credit for advancing women's basketball and other women's sports. She refused to be taken as a second class coach. Her teams would not be treated as second class groups. Years ago when UT was playing LSU the game went into overtime. The LSU men's coach wanted the women to move their game into a smaller gym so they could start. Pat said NO and they finished where they started.

This is a very sad day.
As for Summit and Geno, they talked at the Final Four and settled whatever old grudges they had. it was a 2 way street between hard-headed, competitive people. Rebecca Lobo said that Summit was always welcoming and kind to UConn players.It's up to him and the other women's coaches to carry on her legacy.

Her impact reaches beyond wins and losses. Every Lady Vol player who has completed her eligibility at Tennessee has graduated, and 74 former players, assistants, graduate assistants, team managers and directors of basketball operations are currently among the coaching ranks at every level of basketball.
http://m.espn.go.com/ncw/story?storyId=7828864


She is one of the greatest!



Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Apr 18, 2012, 02:02 PM (7 replies)

Toto The Tornado Kitten


On June 2nd of last year, a violent tornado ripped through western Massachusetts, carving a swath of destruction that could be seen from satellites.

A tiny 6-oz kitten was an unlikely survivor. Plucked from a high branch by a tree worker, the grey and white kitten quickly endeared himself to all who came in contact with him. No one knows what he went through, or how far he had been carried. Rescue workers named him Toto.

No one could resist petting the wee kitten. Even Police Chief Dawn M. Charette, who is allergic to cats, gave him cuddles and scritches.

“After what we saw out there, that kitten was like a symbol of hope,” she said. “I saw guys, I mean big, tough cops, just break down when they saw that kitten.”
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http://mousebreath.com/2012/04/15/toto-the-tornado-kitten-now-a-celebrity/

Hope and resilience come in all sizes!











Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:00 AM (21 replies)

'The Bravest Woman in Seattle' (Just won the Pulitzer Prize. A haunting read)

Be forewarned. This is a hard story to read. However, as was stated in the article, if this woman could testify and the relatives listen, we all should bear witness to the horror and the bravery. I don't know how she made it through the trial.

The Bravest Woman in Seattle
By Eli Sanders

The prosecutor wanted to know about window coverings. He asked: Which windows in the house on South Rose Street, the house where you woke up to him standing over you with a knife that night—which windows had curtains that blocked out the rest of the world and which did not?

She answered the prosecutor's questions, pointing to a map of the small South Park home she used to share with her partner, Teresa Butz, a downtown Seattle property manager. When the two of them lived in this house, it was red, a bit run-down, much loved, filled with their lives together, typical of the neighborhood. Now it was a two-dimensional schematic, State's Exhibit 2, set on an easel next to the witness stand. She narrated with a red laser pointer for the prosecutor and the jury: These windows had curtains that couldn't be seen through. These windows had just a sheer fabric.

Would your silhouettes have been visible through that sheer fabric at night?

Probably. She didn't know for sure. When she and her partner lived in the house, she noted, "I didn't spend a lot of time staring in my own windows."
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The rest: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-bravest-woman-in-seattle/Content?oid=8640991

No words............



Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:32 PM (12 replies)

'Good Night Ryan' - a short documentary about a vet who may have committed suicide

Through my own experiences working as a filmmaker and cameraman in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past nine years, I’ve seen many young soldiers turn into troubled veterans.

Specialist Ryan Yurchison served in Iraq in 2006, and three years after returning home, he overdosed on a fatal cocktail of drugs. His family now believes his death was a suicide.

Ryan was racked with the guilt of seeing three of his comrades die in a truck bomb attack. He was the sentry that day and blamed himself. After returning home, the Department of Veterans Affairs prescribed drugs to help him deal with this trauma; when those weren’t enough, he began using heroin.

A year before Ryan died, he made a short art film that ended with a simulation of his own hanging. He showed this video to his mother, Cherry DeBow, who then begged the local Department of Veterans Affairs in Youngstown, Ohio, for help.

But according to Ryan’s mother, he was told he’d need to wait six months for inpatient treatment for drug addiction. He died three months later. In multiple requests for information regarding this story, V.A. representatives said they had no recollection or records that Ryan had sought inpatient drug treatment.According to a V.A. press officer, records indicate that a provider recommended to Ryan that he “consider additional treatment” a month before he died, but no further details are available. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, refused to be interviewed about veteran suicides. 
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The short video and more info at this link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/opinion/good-night-ryan.html

Bring them home!
Provide the money to set up help for these soldiers.
Damn all the PTB who are wasting these lives. Damn them all to HELL!







Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Apr 16, 2012, 03:53 PM (0 replies)

Pets of San Francisco, Earthquake Planners Have You Covered

In a city known for accommodating for pets — where pet dogs, not to mention cats, outnumber the city’s school-age children — and where local laws regulate doghouse architecture, San Francisco emergency planners are working to take care of pets in the next big earthquake.

The planners hope legions of trained pet-disaster responders will help transport household dogs, cats, rodents and reptiles to 125 temporary animal shelters. Injured pets will be treated at a $300,000 mobile animal disaster medical command unit. And thanks to a no-pets-left-behind policy promoted by the city’s department of Animal Care and Control, when people are rescued from collapsed or burning sections of town, their dogs, cats, birds and other animals will most likely be rescued, too.

“Often, rescue workers will tell people to leave their animals. We’re telling them to take their animals with them,” said Kat Brown, deputy director of the city’s Animal Care and Control department. “I don’t think there is any question that they will take animals with them if instructed by authorities. And we consider ourselves authorities on this matter.”

San Francisco’s pet-centric approach to disasters represents the vanguard of a national trend in post-Katrina disaster response that takes pets into ever-greater account.
<snip>
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/us/pets-of-san-francisco-earthquake-planners-have-you-covered.html?_r=1

Good on them!



Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Apr 16, 2012, 12:28 PM (0 replies)

The Wait is Over: Announcing the 2012 Jefferson Muzzles!

For the 21st consecutive year, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has awarded “Jefferson Muzzles” to those who in the previous year committed particularly egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression.  Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Center announces the dubious honors each year on or near the April 13 birth date of its namesake.

Listed below, in no particular order, are summaries of all the 2012 Jefferson Muzzles.  More information on each “winner” can be found on the official page of the Jefferson Muzzles.

Okay, I will turn my head and cough, but don’t you dare ask me about my 357 Magnum.
The Florida Legislature and Florida Governor Rick Scott for passing the Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act, a law restricting what Florida physicians may say to their patients regarding guns and gun safety.

You are cordially invited to the U.S. State Department Conference on Free Speech*
*The U.S. State Department reserves the right to exclude speech that conflicts with U.S. policy objectives, and to rescind the invitation of any invitee who expresses criticism of said policies or those of our allies.
The U.S. State Department for rescinding the invitation to a Palestinian cartoonist to participate in a conference focusing on free speech because some of his cartoons were deemed to be anti-Semitic.

Houston, we have an expletive.
Sam Houston State University (Texas) Professor Joe Kirk and the University Police Department for their respective actions involving a temporary campus “free speech wall” on which students were invited to write whatever they wanted. Professor Kirk literally cut the “F-word” from the wall where it was utilized to criticize President Obama. The university police then threatened to arrest any students who attempted to write the offending word again.

“Don’t get strung out by the way I look. Don’t judge a book by its cover.” – Dr. Frank-N-Furter
Mayor Wayne Garner of Carrollton, Georgia for unilaterally canceling a previously-approved community theater production of The Rocky Horror Show at a publicly-owned venue. The show was in rehearsal when a cast member posted a video clip on his personal Facebook page. When the Mayor saw the clip, he canceled the already advertised production.
<snip>
more: http://www.tjcenter.org/2012/04/11/for-your-listening-pleasure/

I threw my irony meter away.
It was beyond repair.



Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Apr 16, 2012, 12:15 PM (0 replies)

Loyal Lab Found in Street by Buddy's Side Has New Home

A dog who stayed by another dog's side after her companion was struck and killed by a vehicle on a busy Southern California street will be adopted Monday at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center.

Staff at the center named the black lab, "Grace." She stuck by her companion, a golden retriever, as traffic rolled past just a few feet away on Hacienda Boulevard in La Puente.

"She was really scared at first," said Isha Willits, an animal care attendant at the center. "But she's starting to come around. She's walking on a leash more, she's giving kisses. The more love she gets, the better she'll be."

A person who committed to adopt the dog will be at the facility Monday, Willits said. If that person fails to show up, other interested parties will be considered.

"I think it's the loyalty for her companion," said Willits. "We all reach out for something like that."
Grace was expected to be at her new home Monday afternoon.
(video of Grace at Animal Rescue at site)
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Dog-La-Puente-California-Street-Protect-Friend-Adopt-147576715.html

I hope Grace gets eleventy billion hugs and treats!
I also hope they make sure it's a good home.



Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:48 AM (3 replies)
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