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does not have a chance in hell of getting the GOP nomination, the rethugs are doing something behind the scenes. What is it? KKKarl Rove's hands are in this. Again, Why?
about football with Senator Coburn. It was too funny. Mike said the intimated that the stall in the senate is McConnell and his insistence on focusing on Obama instead of the people's business. I thought Joke was going to have a stroke.
The report notes that the Fordham Institute gave the state's history standards a grade of "D," calling it a "politicized distortion of history," that is "both unwieldy and troubling" while "offering misrepresentations at every turn."
These misrepresentations, Erekson writes, include excluding Native Americans from the standards curriculum until recently and citing states' rights as a cause of the Civil War when Texas did not cite it in their historical "Declaration of Causes."
The Texas State Board of Education last May adopted its most recent social studies and history curriculum that revises its teachings of the rationale for the separation of church and state, among hundreds of other topics. The curriculum underwent a contentious monthslong revision process, and will be used in Texas for the next 10 years.
According to a state grand jury's report outlining alleged sexual abuses by Sandusky, there were trips to professional and college football games, a computer, clothes and cash. And then, the report says, Sandusky went from mentor to sexual predator, often attacking the boy in the basement bedroom of the coach's home or a school workout room long after coaches and other officials had gone.
In the cloaked parlance of the grand jury's report, the boy — who was at least 11 at the beginning of the attacks that would span nearly four years ending in 2009 — is known only as "Victim 1."
But Victim 1 was not actually Sandusky's first alleged victim. In the report, the boy is Victim 1 for a different reason: He spoke up, went to the police, and triggered the sex abuse investigation of Sandusky that has resulted in the removal of top Penn State officials and legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
As an enduring symbol of virtue, as a man charged with no crime, Joe Paterno likely believes that the loss of his job, his team, and his program at Penn State amounts to a severe price to pay for the alleged sexual abuses perpetrated by a longtime aide.
Paterno was fired by the university board of trustees Wednesday night, this after he announced he would retire at season's end. The board absolutely did the right thing, the only thing, as trotting Paterno out there against Nebraska for a victory lap would have represented one more unforgivable choice made at the victims' expense.
But after he comes to terms with the fact another 400 victories wouldn't have restored his tattered legacy, Paterno will realize that his endgame as head coach of the Nittany Lions will be a speeding ticket compared to the self-imposed sentence he'll serve until his final breath.
You know Mitt Romney is out of touch when the $250,000,000 son of an auto magnate jokes with jobless voters, "I'm also unemployed."
You know Mitt Romney is out of touch when he declares himself part of the "80 to 90 percent us" who are middle class.
You know Mitt Romney is out of touch when he won't release his tax returns during any of his runs for office.
You know Mitt Romney is out of touch when he declares "I love a flat tax" after calling it a "tax cut for fat cats."
You know Mitt Romney is out of touch when decides he will not seek donations to repay $45 million in personal loans he made to his failed presidential bid -- "the biggest ever made by a candidate in a primary campaign."
You know Mitt Romney is out of touch when he responds "I'm not concerned about the voters" after Tim Russert asked him "why not tell the voters of Florida and across the country how much of your own wealth you're spending?"
You know Mitt Romney is out of touch when his wife Ann jokes that "Mitt doesn't even know the answer to that" when asked how many dressage horses she owns.
You know Mitt Romney is out of touch when the estimated 14 percent tax rate he paid the IRS is lower than Warren Buffett's.
Earlier this week, the St. Pete Times broke the story about how RNC organizers want to lower convention-week room rates and hike commissions that hoteliers pay the RNC for the business even though officials inked a contract a year ago. The story captured our interest, prompting 16 readers to express their opinions
Yesterday, Chris Bowers reported that the polling on the referendum to restore same-day voter registration to Maine was too close to call.
The effort to suppress the vote in Maine has been helped out by a massive, secret donation of $250,000 by unknown donors and in violation of Maine's election laws. They're using that influx of cash to blanket the state with a deceptive ad that seems intended to confuse voters.
By this spring, the Obama re-election campaign will mount what Mr. Bauer called an unprecedented "voter protection" effort, fielding thousands of volunteers in battleground states to help navigate new election laws, months earlier than past efforts.
"We will look at what the state has done, look for ways to counter it, through litigation sometimes, through administrative interpretation sometimes. But beyond that, you have to have a program that actually goes out and shows voters what they need to do," a senior Obama campaign official said. <...>
More than 30 states have changed voter laws since 2008, including seven that added requirements that voters show photo identification at their polling places. Republicans say limits on early voting are needed to cut the administrative costs of elections, and new I.D. requirements are necessary to defend polling places from fraud.
Democrats say both types of rules are aimed at suppressing their vote. The Obama campaign was adept in 2008 at bringing first-time voters to the polls during early voting periods, and groups it's now targeting—students, the elderly and the poor—are the most likely to not have a government-issued photo I.D.
NEW YORK — The arresting officer came by the cell, Samantha Zucker said, to make snide remarks about finding her with a friend in Riverside Park after its 1 a.m. closing.
“He was telling me that I needed to get a new boyfriend, that I should get a guy who takes me out to dinner,” Ms. Zucker said. “He mocked me for being from Westchester.”
Early in the morning on Oct. 22, a Saturday, Ms. Zucker, 21, and her friend Alex Fischer, also 21, were stopped by the police in Riverside Park and given tickets for trespassing. Mr. Fischer was permitted to leave after he produced his driver’s license. But Ms. Zucker, on a visit to New York City with a group of Carnegie Mellon University seniors looking for jobs in design industries, had left her wallet in a hotel two blocks away.
Gregory, Blitzer and others. They disagree and the disagreement is respected. It somehow erases the desire to throw a show at the tv. I hope it maintains its programming and content. I am loving it.
discussion is accepted but he nitpicks and leans so far right that he loses credibility as he purports to be neutral. He dominates the conversation and is, in most cases, sarcastic and nauseating.
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What the hell - let's have a post for North Carolina!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, DU 2!
Any fellow Texans still here?
Getting kinda lonely in these here parts.....
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