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Dear Marco Rubio,

"Your arms are too short to box with the Pope."
(Apologies to V.J.Carroll)

He is an idiot. The US has tried for decades to force Cuba to do this and that. Opening the island up to more exchanges by many people and entities will do more to bring about change than any embargo.In addition, picking a fight with Pope Francis is fighting way out of your class.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 04:51 AM (6 replies)

Cats vs Christmas Trees

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Dec 16, 2014, 02:49 PM (19 replies)

BREAKING: Police storm cafe. Shots fired.


Hostages fleeing the cafe. Stun grenades used.
No word on casualties.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Dec 15, 2014, 10:25 AM (2 replies)

Alabama Family Throws Neglected Dog a Heartwarming Goodbye Party

Family Throws Neglected Dog a Heartwarming Goodbye Party
Butch the Boston terrier struggled for most of his life, but the Buzbee family of Pinson, Alabama, made sure his final days were a wonderful treat.

According to AL.com, Butch was initially adopted by a careless owner, who tried to control the dog with a shock collar. When that failed, the owner abandoned the Boston terrier to fend for himself on the streets.
Butch was recently discovered in someone's yard struggling to breathe. Hoping to save the dog, Alicia Buzbee and her daughter Kansas Humphrey took the sickly canine to Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue. Unfortunately, Butch's prognosis was bleak. The dog was suffering from little lung capacity, a leaking trachea and a swollen heart. The rescue told Buzbee and Humphrey that there was little that could be done for Butch.

The mother and daughter decided to schedule a humane euthanasia for the ailing pooch, but not before giving him a final few days packed with the love and treats he deserved. For Thanksgiving, Butch was given hamburgers and pumpkin pie, toys and cuddles. Buzebee and Humphrey threw Butch a party where he spent the day enthusiastically playing with his new family and friends.

Throughout all the celebrating, Butch's new caretakers held out hope the dog would miraculously rebound. Sadly, Butch's poor condition was irreversible. On Saturday, after a week of compassionate pampering, Butch crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Good on them!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Dec 3, 2014, 10:10 AM (16 replies)

Remember the 3rd man on the podium with John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics:

He was not well known outside of Australia, though, and not much considered on the world sprinting scene. He had not medaled at a major championship going into the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. But he was running well at those Games, and he worked his way into the final. Then a series of strange and confusing events happened ... and these would mark the rest of his life.

The first was that Norman ran the race of his life. His time -- 20.06 seconds -- was the fastest he had ever run, the fastest he ever would run, and even now, 44 years later, stands as the Australian record.
So Carlos and Smith went to Norman and asked him if he believed in human rights. Norman said yes. They asked him if he believed in God. Norman said yes. They told him what they intended to do on the stand and how they were sure that it was the most important thing they would do at the Olympics. Norman said four words that Carlos and Smith would never forget. He said, "I'll stand with you."

Carlos and Smith went to the medal podium wearing black socks. They had intended to also wear black gloves, but Carlos had left his pair behind. Norman suggested that one wear a black glove on his right hand, the other on his left. And that's what they did. The photo of John Carlos and Tommie Smith holding up one black gloved hand has become one of the most iconic in American history, and perhaps THE most iconic in Olympic history.

Peter Norman stands to the left, an unclear look on his face. What you cannot see in the photo is that Norman was wearing a badge that read: "Olympic Project For Human Rights," which he had borrowed from Paul Hoffman, a white member of the U.S. rowing team.

"I believe that every man is born equal and should be treated that way," Norman told reporters after the ceremony.

You probably know that all hell broke loose after that. The IOC immediately suspended Carlos and Smith from the U.S. team and expelled them from the Olympic Village. The two men received much abuse when they came home -- including death threats -- and were ostracized for a long while. But, like I say, you probably knew that.

What you may not have known -- what I did not know -- was that Peter Norman also went through his own personal turmoil after Mexico City. He was vaguely reprimanded by the Australian Olympic Committee for his support of Carlos and Smith -- according to The Guardian, Australia's chef de mission, Julius Patching, told Norman: "They're screaming out for your blood, so consider yourself severely reprimanded. Now, you got any tickets for the hockey today?"

But the press was not so accommodating. It tore Norman to shreds. Back home, Norman was banned from track for a couple of years. And even after he returned, though he was by far Australia's top sprinter and one of the best in the world, they did not send him to the Olympics in Munich four years later.
Peter Norman died in 2006. He was 64 years old. A few weeks ago, the BBC showed footage of his funeral. They showed John Carlos and Tommie Smith carrying Peter Norman's casket.
Please read the rest:

John Carlos and Tommie Smith made a tremendously courageous and meaningful gesture.
Peter Norman should be remembered too.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 06:18 AM (60 replies)

I could have investigated the Michael Brown shooting scene better than the authorities did.

In the critical first minutes after a shooting, investigators are trained to follow a time-tested process of protecting the scene to ensure that evidence is not compromised, according to the experts and documents. A shooting suspect — even a police officer — must be cordoned off in a controlled area and stripped of his clothing, his weapon secured by investigators, and must be escorted by officers if he leaves.

“An officer driving himself back? Wrong. An officer booking his own gun into evidence? Wrong,” said David Klinger, an expert on police shootings with the University of Missouri at St. Louis who is also a former police officer. “The appropriate investigative procedures were not followed.’’
Read the rest about how the shooting was investigated.

Seriously. After watching crime shows, reading real-life police stories and detective novels, I could have produced better results that would be fairly accurate.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Nov 27, 2014, 05:40 AM (32 replies)

Justice Antonin Scalia Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury

Justice Antonin Scalia Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury

On Monday, Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. But that decision was the result of a process that turned the purpose of a grand jury on its head.

Justice Antonin Scalia, in the 1992 Supreme Court case of United States v. Williams, explained what the role of a grand jury has been for hundreds of years.
It is the grand jury’s function not ‘to enquire … upon what foundation denied,’ or otherwise to try the suspect’s defenses, but only to examine ‘upon what foundation is made’ by the prosecutor. Respublica v. Shaffer, 1 Dall. 236 (O. T. Phila. 1788); see also F. Wharton, Criminal Pleading and Practice § 360, pp. 248-249 (8th ed. 1880). As a consequence, neither in this country nor in England has the suspect under investigation by the grand jury ever been thought to have a right to testify or to have exculpatory evidence presented.

This passage was first highlighted by attorney Ian Samuel, a former clerk to Justice Scalia.

In contrast, McCulloch allowed Wilson to testify for hours before the grand jury and presented them with every scrap of exculpatory evidence available. In his press conference, McCulloch said that the grand jury did not indict because eyewitness testimony that established Wilson was acting in self-defense was contradicted by other exculpatory evidence. What McCulloch didn’t say is that he was under no obligation to present such evidence to the grand jury. The only reason one would present such evidence is to reduce the chances that the grand jury would indict Darren Wilson.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Nov 27, 2014, 05:28 AM (0 replies)

The Brown family has been told that the Grand Jury has reached a decision.(Confirmed)

An announcement to say a verdict has been reached will be made at 4pm. The verdict will be announced later. (Unconfirmed) This may change.

This is from ongoing tweets from reliable sources. I am sure the family has been notified.
The announcement part sounds like a hot mess. Why should it be any different than this whole ordeal and process I guess?
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Nov 24, 2014, 03:26 PM (21 replies)

The Darren Wilson Grand Jury decision is in. Will be announced later today.

@sdkstl: Now the news column is moving: @WesleyLowery: '
Solid sourcing' #DarrenWilson GJ is in. Presser later today. What will be announced TBD.

Many tweets from reliable sources about this. The time has not been announced. I am waiting on more info.

Presser later today: WaPo link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/grand-jury-reaches-decision-in-case-of-ferguson-officer/2014/11/24/de48e7e4-71d7-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Nov 24, 2014, 01:40 PM (17 replies)

Just imagine getting this text from your kid:

Rattled tonight by text and call from daughter at #FSU while in library during shooting. Praying for all involved.

I can't even....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Nov 20, 2014, 08:13 AM (36 replies)
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