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Florida teacher Juliet Hibbs is fighting the Broward school district over its handling of an accusation against her that she contributed to girl's homosexuality.

Hibbs, a straight woman currently on medical leave from her post at Deerfield Beach High School, was investigated last year after a student's parents complained to the school principal that Hibbs had not informed them of their daughter's sexual orientation, and that the teacher possibly contributed to their daughter being gay. Hibbs has been a teacher for 10 years.

When the teen's stepfather found out about her orientation, he began harassing the girl on Twitter, leading the girl to stay away from home, the Sun Sentinel reports. The parents also alleged that Hibbs had encouraged the girl not to go home.

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Andrew Cohen, CBS, via Twitter:

Breaking: Federal judge in Ohio rules against Sec. of State Husted on provisional ballot fight. Calls Husted conduct "an illegal act."

Here is link to Judge Marbley's order today halting Ohio Sec. of State Husted from changing provisional ballot rules.
http://t.co/...

Federal judge Marbley rules that Ohio's Husted violated state law and consent decree on provisional ballots, not yet counted there.

Unless overturned, Judge Marbley's ruling will mean that many more provisional ballots cast in Ohio WILL be counted in state's tally.

Judge Marbley: Husted engaged in no fact-finding to determine that change in ballot interpretation would increase integrity of voting system

Judge Marbley: "The voter acting in good faith cannot suffer disenfranchisement as a result of the Secretary’s drafting errors."

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Speaking to U.S. Jewish leaders, the former PM, who is considering a return to politics, says Netanyahu might not have 'a friend in the White House' after he publicly backed Republican nominee Romney.
Ha'aretz
Olmert, who's weighing whether or not to make a return to politics and run in the upcoming elections opposite Netanyahu, was asked by one of those attending the meeting whether or not the Israeli public was disturbed by the fact that the premier intervened in the U.S. presidential campaign.

"The prime minister has a right to prefer one candidate over another," Olmert said, adding, however, that it was "better, obviously, if he kept it to himself. What took place this time was a breaking of all the rules, when our prime minister intervened in the U.S. elections in the name of an American billionaire with a clear interest in the vote."  ...More...

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Dean Chambers, the man who garnered praise from the right and notoriety on the left for his "Unskewed Polling" site, admitted today that his method was flawed.
"Nate Silver was right, and I was wrong," Chambers said in a phone interview.
Chambers' method of "unskewing" polls involved re-weighting the sample to match what he believed the electorate would look like, in terms of party identification. He thought the electorate would lean more Republican when mainstream pollsters routinely found samples that leaned Democratic.

But as it turned out, the pollsters were right — self-identified Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 6% in election exit polls.

"I think it was much more in the Democratic direction than most people predicted," Chambers said. "But those assumptions — my assumptions — were wrong."

more here.
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Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 09:41 PM PDT

I am stunned

by InsultComicDog

This is so bad you just have to see it. It's what passes for entertainment at a Romney rally.

I think Meat Loaf is, well, cooked.

UPDATE:

I was not the first to diary this, and the other diary has a video that is still there:

see

http://www.dailykos.com/...

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Greg Palast, The Nation:

Mitt Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout has haunted him on the campaign trail, especially in Rust Belt states like Ohio. There, in September, the Obama campaign launched television ads blasting Romney’s November 2008 New York Times op-ed, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” But Romney has done a good job of concealing, until now, the fact that he and his wife, Ann, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailout—and a few of Romney’s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys’, were astronomical—more than 3,000 percent on their investment....
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Billionaire William Koch is facing a lawsuit in federal court from a former top-level employee who claims the energy mogul lured him to a secluded property, where he was imprisoned and interrogated for a period of time, according to a report in Courthouse News....
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Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM PDT

PA Voter ID Update

by InsultComicDog

The GOP has doubled down on their efforts to keep the PA Voter ID law from being struck down on the basis of availability:

http://blogs.mcall.com/...

Here's the big takeaway from this morning's Commonwealth Court session on Pennsyvlania's voter identification law: The Department of State and PennDOT have eased the requirements to get a voter-only photo identification card.

And instead of serving as the "last resort" for ID, it will now be among the first options offered to those seeking photo ID to vote in November.

To obtain a card, a person only has to show up at a PennDOT motor license center, give their name, date of birth and Social Security number.

The state is no longer requiring proof of residency. Once the person is confirmed as a registered voter, the ID will be issued, PennDOT Deputy Secretary Kurt Myers testified this morning.

In a statement e-mailed to reporters, Secretary of State Carol Aichele said the new rules, which went into effect this morning statewide, will meet a Supreme Court ruling that identification cards be "liberally accessible" to those who need them.

Myers was the first witness in what was expected to be two days' worth of testimony before Judge Robert E. Simpson, who's been charged by the high court with determining whether the state is getting proper ID into the hands of those who need them and if voters are being disenfranchised. The high court's action comes in response to its ruling on a request to keep the law from going into effect with the Nov. 6 election.

In nearly two hours on the stand, Myers acknowledged that there had been problems with implementing the photo ID program, but said once those problems had been discovered, the agency worked quickly to address them.
David Gersch, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case, peppered Myers with questions about waiting times at PennDOT motor licensing centers, at one point asking the bureaucrat if he was familiar with reports that people in the Philadelphia area had been made to wait an hour or more to obtain ID.

Myers said the Philadelphia region offices tend to be among the agency's busiest and that PennDOT reps try to service customers in "30 minutes or less." To accommodate demand for cards, the agency has extended its operating hours, he added.

And in instances where a person's voter registration could not be verified, customers were given a paper voter registration form to fill out. Once that registration was completed with the Department of State, the ID is then mailed to them, Myers said.

Another fact: Since March, the state has issued 21 refurnds to people who paid for ID cards when they should have gotten them for free, Myers testified.

Although it was pretty dry stuff, there were some moments of levity, For instance, when Myers' testimony prompted one lawyer to yawn, Simpson jokingly chided him: "You can't be yawning," he said to laughs from the audience and bar alike. "This is as interesting for me as it is for you."

Court resumes at 1:30 p.m. Simpson has barred electronic devices and Tweeting from the courtroom. We'll update again as soon as we're able to do so.

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I got a kick out of this:

...Ohio Liberty Coalition President Thomas R. Zawistowski recently wrote a letter to the President and CEO of McDonalds, Don Thompson, asking that an ad be pulled – because it condones lying, Zawistowski says.

In one of the new McDonald’s ads, a young African-American male tells his friends he just moved into a “great condo loft space.”  A flashback in the commercial shows him moving back in with his parents to an attic bedroom featuring a bunk bed.

Zawistowski is demanding that the ad be pulled since it “suggest that lying is okay.” Zawistowski says that McDonald’s has a “responsibility to uphold the values that make America strong.”

In the letter Zawistowski claims that The Liberty movement believes that what is hurting America most is a lack of a values, and McDonald’s is perpetuating this loss...

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Daily Beast has it:

...A Mormon in good standing, Twede has never been disciplined by Latter Day Saints leadership. But it now appears his days as a Mormon may be numbered because of a series of articles he wrote this past week that were critical of Mitt Romney.

On Sunday, Twede says his bishop, stake president, and two church executives brought him into Florida Mormon church offices in Orlando and interrogated him for nearly an hour about his writings, telling him, "Cease and desist, Brother Twede."

Mormon leaders have scheduled an excommunication "for apostasy" on Sept. 30. A spokesman for the church told The Daily Beast that the church would not be commenting for this story...

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Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:04 PM PDT

Romney new poopstorm alert

by InsultComicDog

All over twitter since about 25 minutes ago, the GOP noise machine is making a lot of an old video of Obama speaking in 1998 in which the "money" quote is "I actually believe in redistribution".

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