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Chicken Coops

Chicken Coops

I was watching ESPN and they were airing one of their “Make A Wish” segments. They film kids who are having their wishes granted by meeting their favorite athletes. These segments are tough to watch but they also show the kindness there can be.

There was a kid from a South Dakota farm who wanted to meet Larry Fitzgerald who is a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. They pulled out all the stops and he had a blast. I always hope for the best for these kids but many face huge odds.

What caught my attention was the last line of the piece. The sports anchor said the little boy’s Mama told them he got really frustrated because he was very limited in his contact with animals. He told her “I’m gonna go in that chicken coop and I don’t care what they say!”

I laughed out loud and then I wanted to cry. Gawd I hope he gets to go in that chicken coop again. All of us probably have some quirky wish in us that we probably don’t even realize until something out of the ordinary happens. We all have our “chicken coops.”

I thought about what might be a ‘chicken coop’ for me and I came up with a few. Figure out what yours are and don’t wait to go in them. Sometimes tomorrow never comes.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 21, 2018, 05:09 AM (3 replies)

The "Sister Survivors" of Larry Nassar's abuse received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award last night.

There were 141 women who were able to come and represent everyone. Seeing them on the stage and then realizing there were so many more was stunning, heartbreaking, and infuriating.

The first video is a piece ESPN made about the abuse. No punches were pulled. The second video is composed of speeches by 3 survivors.
These are worth watching. If you saw any of their testimony, you realize the damage done and the courage it took to come forward.
(The GOP governor of Michigan appointed that POS John Engler as Michigan State President when the old one resigned. FOIA turned up emails he had sent claiming these girls were in it for fame and money. NONE of the organizations involved have been held accountable enough IMO.)

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 19, 2018, 02:56 PM (0 replies)


Trump literally thinks this is a town on a mountain populated by African-Americans.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 18, 2018, 03:43 PM (6 replies)

A thread about WTH is going on in the UK government:

Lawd they have a mess too.

Thread by @ldobsonhughes: "Anyone want a thread on what in the actual hell is going on in the UK ‘government’ right now? Here we go..... It took Cabinet 18 months to a […]"

Anyone want a thread on what in the actual hell is going on in the UK ‘government’ right now? Here we go.....
It took Cabinet 18 months to agree on what Brexit should look like. Entire government has been consumed with Brexit and held hostage by hardline Brexiteers in the Tory party
Cabinet agreed on a soft-ish Brexit last weekend (some freedom of movement and goods). Also soft is Overton Window stuff as 2 years ago, we’d have labelled the plan extreme and hardline.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 10, 2018, 04:14 AM (3 replies)

Jim Jordan and the Ohio State Wrestlers

Please do not tie this issue to Trump. I read posts both ways saying ‘what do you expect from a Trump supporter’ or ‘you’re just trying to nail Trump.’ When you do this, the issue and crime get caught up in the whole miasma surrounding him.

I don’t care if it was Beto or whoever being accused with this level of information, I would say “OUT”. This is an issue of criminality, child abuse and decent human behavior.

Jim Jordan is Trump’s right hand. He can’t escape the ties in that direction. Don’t fall for it. Go after him with both barrels for letting those boys be left at the mercy of a monster. They wanna defend that? It will bring them and their credibility don.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Jul 8, 2018, 07:01 AM (13 replies)

Make your own SCOTUS:

This was on Twitter so I used the names that popped up there.keith Olberman is on my court which should be a hoot.

(Pooh is my hero!)

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jun 29, 2018, 06:19 AM (0 replies)

So, you found out Steve Schmidt is a Republican?

I have no idea what some of you assumed. When Trump began his reign, there were certain people in the GOP who opposed him from the start. A couple of others are Ana Navarro and Evan McMullin.
They have consistently harsh critics of Trump and scathing in their comments. I NEVER assumed they were suddnly going to change their long-held views on many policies and I doubt if they thought those of us on the left would either.

What was immediately clear to many of us even before the election was that Trump was going to try to run roughshod over the Constitution and impose his own views by circumventing the normal procedures set in place to deal with issues. He would do his best to become a dictator and do lasting damage to the US in any number of areas. That has been proven true and has been much worse than some imagined.

I was and am willing to work with Schmidt, Navarro and others to try to thwart him and use any method to defeat his proposals. He is a grave danger to democracy and we need every single person we can muster to oppose him. Lawd, even George Will openly said to vote for Democrats. If that doesn’t tell you how dangerous they think he is on every level, nothing will. In addition, they have gone after those assholes like that post turtle McConnell who aid Trump with their support of his methods.
I welcome the day when we can again fight with Schmidt and others about policy 24/7 without the worry that the country will come apart. We feel like that at times during our fighting with them, but it has become crystal clear that Trump is on a completely different and scarier level than anybody we have ever encountered in office.

No I am not going to hold hands, sing Kumbaya, and blithely vote against everything I have worked for. I will make common cause with them to DEFEAT TRUMP AND HIS ENABLERS. We are never going to reach his 30% hard core moronic supporters. However, the presence of Schmidt and others who vocally and harshly condemn him can reach that crucial group who have or are changing their minds about him. The opposition to Trump by those who that group have respected and followed can make it easier for that crucial group to also not just change but to add their voices to resist him.
I say they are crucial because as I have stated, we need every person we can find to openly dump Trump. When it shakes out and hopefully we start bitching at them again we will be looking at the opposition composed of the usual asshole attitudes we have always dealt with but who are not openly committing treason without a second thought.

I never in my life thought I would be fighting alonside of a Schmidt or a Navarro because we ae facing a clear and present danger that makes it easy to see who really believes in this country’s founding principles.

So, you can go about your business as if it is the usual bs we ae dealing with and pretend it’s just a SNAFU. It is so much worse than that. I really don’t expect for anything to appear to be normal again in my lifetime. I do hope I can feel that we are on the right path again and trying to undo the damage caused by Trump.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jun 27, 2018, 10:21 PM (10 replies)

This is for a laugh on this heavy news day.

I watch youtube clips of the shows like American Idol. Every now and then you see somebody with real talent. OR you can see some performers that can make you laugh for different reasons.
This little girl has a bit of talent and you will never guess what she is going to sing. This brightened my day.

Meet Sophie!

Fank you!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jun 26, 2018, 02:32 PM (1 replies)

23andMe said to be donating DNA kits to help reunite immigrant families

The online DNA service you use to find out your ancestry may soon help reunite immigrant families.

23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki has agreed to provide DNA kits to help reunite families separated at the US border, reported the San Jose, California-based Mercury News. The idea came to life after Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, approached the DNA-testing company on Thursday.

Under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their families after entering the US illegally. Following widespread outcry, Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that will allow families to be detained together, and he reportedly said Thursday authorities will be told to reunite previously separated families. Given that children and adults who cross the border together aren't always related, as the Los Angeles Times reported, 23andMe's DNA kits might help to reunite the children with their rightful parents.

It’s a start.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jun 23, 2018, 01:43 AM (6 replies)

Russia news disappearing?

It ain’t going anywhere. Mueller can still work.

Plus, if they think Russia news is worse for them than those pics of those kids, they are crazy. Yes, Russia is more serious legally, but this is devastating for them in elections.

Play that tape of those kids. And yes, I WILL use that in elections. If you say, I am exploiting those kids, damn right. I am exploiting the precarious situation they are in to have a better chance of doing something to help them.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jun 21, 2018, 02:56 PM (8 replies)
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