- Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir gathered 68% of the vote in last week’s Presidential election, although charges of fraud marred the election. Bashir is under indictment by the International Criminal Court for genocide. The high vote total probably is not a surprise. With his opponents dead, Bashir’s vote percentage was bound to go up.
- The Adams County, Nebraska, courthouse will be getting an official portrait of Barack Obama after complaints forced the removal of a black and white faked photograph of Obama with a cigarette hanging from his mouth.
- The Oklahoma Senate overrode the governor’s veto of two strong anti-abortions. One included a vaginal probe for an ultrasound that would be required before a rape victim could get an abortion.
- Harrisburg, the capitol of Pennsylvania, will likely declare bankruptcy.
- A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation streamlining government operations by removing local control of 2,562 boroughs and townships and placing them under the control of 67 county governments.
- A New York assemblyman is advocating a law that would presume people want to donate their organs unless they specifically say otherwise.
- Here is the story of how a Pakistani brewery stays in operation despite laws forbidding alcohol consumption for Muslims.
- An elite unit from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has a growing presence in Latin America, especially in Venezuela.
- Laura Bush suspected that she and George W. Bush might have been poisoned while attending a summit in Germany during his Presidency.
- Texas Governor Rick Petty carries a .380 Ruger — loaded with hollow-point bullets — when jogging because he is afraid of snakes. That is fine, but hollow-point bullets are hardly the necessity for killing snakes.
- Iran will soon start arresting suntanned women as a violation of the spirit of Islamic laws.
- The Hawaii legislature has passed a measure that would allow state officials to legally ignore dozens of repeated requests by persons or organizations seeking to see the Barack Obama’s birth certificate. The bill is on the way to Governor Linda Pringle’s desk. In Hawaii, birth certificates are not public information.
- Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik called Arizona’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration “racist” and said that he has no intention of complying with it.
- Senator Arlen Specter sometimes wonders if he did the right thing switching parties from Republican to Democrat.
- Expect Florida Governor Charlie Crist to break from the Republican Party and run as an independent for Senate.
- Because of Arizona’s new law combating illegal immigration, Mexico has issued a travel alert warning Mexicans about traveling to Arizona.
- A new anti-smoking law in Australia may force cigarettes to be sold in plain packages. The new laws would prohibit the use of tobacco industry logos, colors or brand imagery.
- After a couple decades in American prisons, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is now released. Except he is now in France where he is facing money-laundering charges.
- Two Vermont towns have finally settled a border dispute arising from the 1760’s.
- An Arizona Congressman, Raul Grijalva, wants businesses to stop coming to Arizona and spend their convention money in other states. Grijalva’s plea is in response to the illegal immigration law passed by Arizona.
- HR 2499, a bill pushing a decision of Puerto Rican statehood or independence, may come to a vote in the House of Representatives soon.
- Chinese lawmakers are calling for internet operators to guard state secrets better.
- U.S. forces in Afghanistan will soon outnumber troops in Iraq.
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