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The grand jury had investigated whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.

The Steubenville superintendent faces the most serious charges, including obstructing justice. A principal, a strength coach and a volunteer coach also are charged. They’re accused of interfering with the investigation or failing to report possible abuse of a minor.

From today’s AP story announcing charges against four more people in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case and subsequent cover up by school officials.

http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=21005143

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Feds investigate how suspected white supremacist -- a felon -- obtained arsenal

From the story:

Federal agents are trying to determine how a suspected Ohio white supremacist with a felony conviction for manslaughter acquired a cache of 18 assault weapons and other firearms, along with high-capacity magazines and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, according to federal law enforcement officials and court documents reviewed by NBC News.

The storehouse of weapons was discovered late last month when FBI agents arrested Richard Schmidt, 47, the owner of a Bowling Green sporting goods store called Spindletop Sports Zone, on charges of marketing counterfeit goods — such as football jerseys with NFL logos — from China.

According to the documents, FBI agents who searched Schmidt’s sporting goods store and four trailers behind it, found a stash of weapons that included AR-15 assault rifles, Ruger and Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistols, bulletproof body armor and high-capacity magazines as well as ammunition.

A federal law enforcement official, who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity, said that FBI counterterrorism agents involved in the case had picked up evidence that Schmidt may have been planning attacks against Jewish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area… The law enforcement officials said the case appears to illustrate some of the gaps in current background checks for gun purchasers that President Barack Obama has proposed closing as part of his package of executive actions and legislative proposals released this week aimed at curbing gun violence. Schmidt was charged with murder and felonious assault in 1989 after killing a Hispanic man and shooting two others with a semi-automatic pistol during a traffic dispute. He later pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison.

So, how about those background checks? And yeah, a background check wouldn’t necessarily keep him from ultimately amassing his arsenal, but why should we be making it easier for people like Mr. Schmidt to obtain these weapons?

I literally cannot imagine a legitimate situation where someone needs a gun RIGHT NOW and is unable to wait for a background check or be patient enough for a waiting period to pass. 

And hey, maybe we should give the ATF a permanent director, instead of this several years long interim bullshit. Just a thought.

Filed under Richard Schmidt politics crime law gun control guns racism white supremacists Ohio domestic terrorism

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Montpelier School Board Approves Carrying of Handguns by Custodial Staff | Toledo Blade

Oh, Ohio. You never fail to disappoint. Arming custodians at taxpayer cost… From the story:

"The school district will pay for the employees to undergo a two-day training class in mid March, when instructors with the Tactical Defense Institute of West Union, Ohio, will give them a defense class on handgun use in Montpelier."

It’s not enough that custodians already have a shitty, typically underpaid job. My dad did it for several years. Two days of training and *POOF* now you’re expected to be the first line of defense against gunmen AND vomit.

Filed under guns gun control Ohio education politics oh dear guns in schools

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Ever have one of those moments where you truly can’t help yourself?
That would be one of mine above. Background on Mittens being the Grinch that stole Halloween here. I’ve talked to several of my friends with kids about this. They’re worried that they won’t be able to take their kids, so parents are now trying to organize a group or something. I’ve seen several adults dismissing this as not a big deal, BECAUSE ZOMG ROMNEY IT’S JUST TRICK-OR-TREAT, but that’s bullshit for two big reasons:
This is a nightmare for single parents without much support. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to who is a single parent has asked someone to take their kid(s) and gotten a no. Seriously, I don’t know that I’d say yes — kids are extremely hyper on Halloween. But I’d probably make an exception. Further, the new day falls smack in the middle of K-5 parent-teacher conferences. As one of my friends wrote, “How in the hell can I be in two places at once?”
This might not be a big deal to some adults, but to a kid, THIS IS A HUGE GODDAMN DEAL. Remember trick-or-treating? It’s one of the biggest thrills of the year, especially if you’re a working class kiddo living in suburbia. One of my friends told her daughter they might not go. She’s seven and cried herself to sleep in the living room. She was supposed to go with her friends, dressed as Disney princesses, and my friend was going to dress as the Fairy Godmother and take them. Try finding someone to take five seven-year-old girls trick-or-treating. No really. Try it.
After listening to my friends with kids stress out over this, it just pisses me off more that Romney is coming just because The Washington Post ran a feature on how the bailout saved Defiance. Another one of my friends wrote, “That is what I’m sayin!! He is just coming to do ‘damage control’ for his campaign here. Otherwise Defiance wouldn’t even be a speck on the map to him.”
She’s right.
So yeah. I couldn’t help myself when this smug sanctimommy with cutsey-named kids just HAD to share with the newspaper. 

Ever have one of those moments where you truly can’t help yourself?

That would be one of mine above. Background on Mittens being the Grinch that stole Halloween here. I’ve talked to several of my friends with kids about this. They’re worried that they won’t be able to take their kids, so parents are now trying to organize a group or something. I’ve seen several adults dismissing this as not a big deal, BECAUSE ZOMG ROMNEY IT’S JUST TRICK-OR-TREAT, but that’s bullshit for two big reasons:

This is a nightmare for single parents without much support. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to who is a single parent has asked someone to take their kid(s) and gotten a no. Seriously, I don’t know that I’d say yes — kids are extremely hyper on Halloween. But I’d probably make an exception. Further, the new day falls smack in the middle of K-5 parent-teacher conferences. As one of my friends wrote, “How in the hell can I be in two places at once?”

This might not be a big deal to some adults, but to a kid, THIS IS A HUGE GODDAMN DEAL. Remember trick-or-treating? It’s one of the biggest thrills of the year, especially if you’re a working class kiddo living in suburbia. One of my friends told her daughter they might not go. She’s seven and cried herself to sleep in the living room. She was supposed to go with her friends, dressed as Disney princesses, and my friend was going to dress as the Fairy Godmother and take them. Try finding someone to take five seven-year-old girls trick-or-treating. No really. Try it.

After listening to my friends with kids stress out over this, it just pisses me off more that Romney is coming just because The Washington Post ran a feature on how the bailout saved Defiance. Another one of my friends wrote, “That is what I’m sayin!! He is just coming to do ‘damage control’ for his campaign here. Otherwise Defiance wouldn’t even be a speck on the map to him.”

She’s right.

So yeah. I couldn’t help myself when this smug sanctimommy with cutsey-named kids just HAD to share with the newspaper. 

Filed under Mitt Romney Politics Halloween children kids Trick or Treat Trick or treatgate Defiance Ohio GOP GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead GM General Motors

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Mitt Romney is hitting up my hometown of Defiance, Ohio next week at the exact time trick-or-treat was scheduled. I say was, because the mayor, Bob Armstrong, now says trick-or-treat will be moved. One problem: Many parents took Thursday off work or otherwise rearranged their schedules for trick-or-treat, and are now faced with trying to change that on just two day’s notice. As a result, a lot of kiddos are missing out on trick-or-treat. Also, most schools have parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, the night the mayor chose. So double whammy for single parents.
Here’s a pal of mine from high school with his fantastic suggestion. I love little Ethan telling his mom not to vote for Romney because of the whole trick-or-treat thing. Ethan, you’re a smart kid.
Why is Mitt Romney hitting up D-town? Here’s why: “GM is alive in Defiance, Ohio. But Obama’s hopes here may not be." The GM plant employed 1,700 before the economic crash. It ground to a halt. People stopped paying their mortgages, and even grocery stores went out of business. Now, because of the bailout, the plant employs 1,300 and is growing. 
Of course, Romney isn’t actually going to the plant. Instead, he’s speaking at the high school and will be accompanied by country musicians John Rich and Randy Owen from the group Alabama.
And if parents take my buddy’s suggestion, some kiddos asking for candy. I encourage parents to do this if they’re irked by the Romney campaign’s choice to announce this stop, or the mayor’s choice to move trick-or-treat. I don’t usually endorse using kids for political ends, but hey, there’s nothing cuter than wee ones in Halloween costumes. Get your tickets here!
And just for fun: GOP Halloween Spectacular 2012!

Mitt Romney is hitting up my hometown of Defiance, Ohio next week at the exact time trick-or-treat was scheduled. I say was, because the mayor, Bob Armstrong, now says trick-or-treat will be moved. One problem: Many parents took Thursday off work or otherwise rearranged their schedules for trick-or-treat, and are now faced with trying to change that on just two day’s notice. As a result, a lot of kiddos are missing out on trick-or-treat. Also, most schools have parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, the night the mayor chose. So double whammy for single parents.

Here’s a pal of mine from high school with his fantastic suggestion. I love little Ethan telling his mom not to vote for Romney because of the whole trick-or-treat thing. Ethan, you’re a smart kid.

Why is Mitt Romney hitting up D-town? Here’s why: “GM is alive in Defiance, Ohio. But Obama’s hopes here may not be." The GM plant employed 1,700 before the economic crash. It ground to a halt. People stopped paying their mortgages, and even grocery stores went out of business. Now, because of the bailout, the plant employs 1,300 and is growing. 

Of course, Romney isn’t actually going to the plant. Instead, he’s speaking at the high school and will be accompanied by country musicians John Rich and Randy Owen from the group Alabama.

And if parents take my buddy’s suggestion, some kiddos asking for candy. I encourage parents to do this if they’re irked by the Romney campaign’s choice to announce this stop, or the mayor’s choice to move trick-or-treat. I don’t usually endorse using kids for political ends, but hey, there’s nothing cuter than wee ones in Halloween costumes. Get your tickets here!

And just for fun: GOP Halloween Spectacular 2012!

Filed under Halloween Trick or Treat Defiance Ohio Politics Election 2012 Trick or treatgate Mitt Romney GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead GM General Motors lulz

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Dear children of Defiance, Ohio:

I’m sorry Mitt Romney is ruining your trick-or-treat by stopping in Defiance, and I’m especially sorry for those of you that live by the high school. I loved trick-or-treat when I grew up there.

A word of advice: If your parents drag you to the rally, don’t ask the Muppet looking guy, Paul Ryan, for candy. He’s likely to give you a copy of a really heavy book called “Atlas Shrugged” and lecture you about makers and takers.

Grownups, remember this: Mitt Romney gave less than two shits about Defiance until The Washington Post did a story about how the auto bailout got the GM plant humming again, and how two local attorneys put up billboards reminding voters GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead.
Is Romney going to the GM plant? Nope, he’s speaking elsewhere. Why? Because he would let it remain a hulking ghost of what used to be in Defiance.

Remember this when you go to the ballot box.

Cheers,
Meg

Filed under Mitt Romney Election 2012 Defiance Ohio politics my hometown GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead

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I think it depends on the movie. I think there are some movies that depict women in a very positive role, and then some movies that put them in a little bit more of negative role. But by the end of the movie, they show that woman power that I know we all have. Such as the movie Pretty Woman. We had a wonderful, beautiful woman, Julia Roberts, and she was having a rough time, but, you know what, she came out on top and she didn’t let anybody stand in her path.

Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte, in response to pageant Judge Marilu Henner’s question: “Do you think women are depicted in movies and on television in an accurate and positive way? And please give us an example.”

If by coming out on top, you meant literally on top of men for money in what was originally supposed to be a “dark tale” about prostitution, drug addiction, and class in Los Angeles, and by not letting anyone stand in her path, you meant becoming the kept woman of a corporate exec who seduces her via material goods until she’s convinced she’s in love with him, then yes. You’re absolutely wrong about the whole role model thing.

Note to Bolte: Our “woman power” that we all have is not just between our legs. It’s also between our ears. Pretty Woman = not empowering.

I wonder if she’s ever actually seen the movie, or if she’s simply internalized patriarchal messaging to the point where this makes sense. Or both.

Let’s not even touch the Miss USA pageant…

Filed under Feminism Pretty Woman Miss USA woman power Audrey Bolte Ohio media movies women misogyny empowerment patriarchy politics

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Oh thank you sweet baby jeebus…

Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s Republican opponent for Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District is Joe the Plumber.

No joke.

This is gonna be good. A hardcore, well-loved progressive with labor support versus Joe the Plumber?

It sort of makes me want to move to Toledo. 

You’re right, Anderson Cooper. That’s a ridiculous idea. Almost as ridiculous as JOE THE FUCKING PLUMBER being a serious contender for Congress.

Bravo, Ohio Republicans.

Sarah Palin trolled us from 2008, y’all. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Joe the Plumber Seriously Marcy Kaptur Ohio Election 2012 politics news government Samuel Wurzelbacher GOP Republican We have been given a wonderful gift

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Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeats Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Democratic primary

I’m torn. I love Marcy Kaptur, except on reproductive rights. But she’s a champion on financial accountability.

And DENNIS KUCINICH. sniffle

Seriously, Kucinich was a goddamn progressive hero, and if he’s going to be defeated, I’d rather it be by someone like Kaptur.

Thank you, Rep. Kucinich, for your honorable service. I’m sure we have not heard the last of him.

It’s bittersweet.

Filed under Dennis Kucinich Marcy Kaptur Democrats Election 2012 politics news government Ohio

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I’ll break it down for you.
The people of Ohio OVERWHELMINGLY rejected the GOP dicking over unions and union members.
Is that so hard to understand? I’ll claim Ohio as my homestate without wincing again. Thank you to Ohio voters for doing the right thing and for working so hard to see this on the ballot. 

I’ll break it down for you.

The people of Ohio OVERWHELMINGLY rejected the GOP dicking over unions and union members.

Is that so hard to understand? I’ll claim Ohio as my homestate without wincing again. Thank you to Ohio voters for doing the right thing and for working so hard to see this on the ballot. 

(Source: twitter.com)

Filed under Ohio Issue 2 politics John Kasich Not that hard conservative conservatives GOP Republican republicans organized labor union anti-union SUCK IT

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It’s Lefty Christmas, y’all!

  • Personhood Amendment voted down by wide margin in Mississppi
  • Issue 2 voted down in Ohio by projected 2 to 1 margin
  • A majority of Democratic candidates elected to North Carolina’s largest school board
  • LaWana Mayfield defeats Republican opponent Ed Toney for city council seat in Charlotte, North Carolina. She’s the city’s first openly gay official.
  • Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, architect of SB 1070 and BFF of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is recalled
  • The man who saved Gabrielle Giffords’ life, Daniel Hernandez Jr., won his school board race in Arizona with 62% of the vote. Oh, and he’s gay.
  • Adam Ebbin of District 30 in Virginia was elected to the state Senate, making him the Commonwealth’s first openly gay senator.
  • Mike Laster is the first openly gay man elected to the Houston City Council.
  • Democrat Greg Stanton wins mayoral race in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Iowa maintains a pro-marriage equality majority in their state Senate.
  • Cincinnati elects first openly gay city council member

All The Heritage Foundation can tweet about now is Obama’s Christmas Tree tax…

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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