Which I take to be some kind of improvement.
Human rights advocates who felt that this resolution wasn’t exactly what they were looking for have continued to fight on behalf of Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two. But according to the International Committee Against Stoning, Iranian authorities have given the green light for Ashtiani’s execution to take place as early as tomorrow, November 3rd. And it’s not clear what means they ended up deciding on to take her life, or if they’re going to go ahead and stone her after all.
Well, maybe they will stone her.
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Chalk one up to the Republicans: A liberal leaning African American acquaintance was talked out of voting today because “they changed the rules and you need two forms of ID and a Minnesota Drivers License this year” etc. etc. Yes, folks, he was lied to, he gave up, and that’s one point for the Teabaggers and one point against democracy.
Do not be a moron. You can vote if you live here. That’s true pretty much everywhere. Just do it. If you get to the polls and things don’t seem to be right for you to vote, talk to the people sitting at the folding table. It can always be done, even if it requires some forms being filled out.
We just got back from our polling place. There were a LOT of people there, but I didn’t spot any of the 10,000 teabaggers that promised to show up at Minnesota polls to harass people, defying a court order. I was deeply disappointed. I wanted to get me a teabagger. Wrestle his ass to the ground, step on his head, all that. Oh well. Maybe I’ll go back later.
TPM reports that the Kansas Attorney General is looking into reports that some voters were called and told “the election has been moved to Wednesday, that they need to bring their voter registration cards to the polls and that they need proof of homeownership to vote.”
The Delaware Democratic Party tweeted this afternoon about unspecified “reports” of voter intimidation in Dover.
You can check out the Dover Dems tweets here.
Surely, South Carolina is the suckiest state in the union these days. So, it is not a surprise to discover that teabaggers are intimidating voters they think may be against them.
Early this morning, self-identified tea party activists showed up at a polling station near Benedict College in Columbia, “basically harassing students–telling people not to vote and generally making voters feel uncomfortable,” says Keiana Page, press secretary for the state Democratic Party, who said that the party’s legal team is currently investigating the reported incident at the historically black college.
A group called Minnesota Majority is said to have deployed over 10,000 people to polling stations across Minnesota in what is being called “an aggressive campaign to fight what organizers claim is a widespread problem of voter fraud.”
And, in so doing, have launched a major episode of voter indimidation.
… Minnesota Majority is directing its members to wear “Please ID Me” buttons in violation of a federal judge’s orders,…
Judge Joan Ericksen ruled Monday that the buttons “are designed to affect the actual voting process at the polls by intimating that voters are required to show identification before voting,” …
In an e-mail sent to the conservative tea party-affiliated group’s members on Monday night, however, Minnesota Majority encouraged those heading to the polls to defy the judge’s order.
“You can simply remove or cover the challenged item and you’ll be allowed to vote, or you can refuse and demand your right to vote and the election judge will allow you to vote, while also recording your name and you could be charged with a petty misdemeanor,” the e-mail said, according to TPM.
So, if you are at the polls to day in MN, and you see one of those buttons, it may be your civic duty to ensure that the polling officers take down that person’s name. For later. What fun.