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Mexico Election Saga Intensifies

Mexico?s election crisis took an interesting turn this week, when supporters of defeated candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected him head of a symbolic ?parallel? government.  Obrador and thousands of protesters have demanded a full recount of votes cast seven weeks ago, but Mexico?s electoral court ruled that Obrador?s rival, Felipe Calderon, won the election with a margin of less than 1%.

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Pope’s Speech Exposes Severe Attitude

The pope’s recent comments signal a divergence from the religious outreach of his predecessor, John Paul II, who was the first pope to enter a mosque.  Benedict XVI has since apologized for his speech, which quoted a Byzantine emperor who said the prophet Muhammad had brought only “evil and inhuman” things to the world.

Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis Poised to Win Seats in German Parliament

The home turf of Chancellor Angela Merkel will probably become the second region in Germany to elect skinheads to the national legislature. Read the whole article to get the story on how neo-Nazis have found success in infiltrating German society. (h/t: Huff Po)

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Driving while holding
Béatrice de Géa / LAT

Arnold Outlaws Handhelds-While-Driving

With the governor’s signature, California becomes the fourth state to ban drivers from holding cellphones while driving. The law goes into effect in July 2008, and motorists will still be allowed to use hands-free phone technology.

  • Cool tidbit: Schwarzenegger said he sometimes follows his 16-year-old daughter to make sure she’s not driving while holding a phone.

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    Pakistan’s Parliament Slams Pope Over Islam Remarks

    The country’s lawmakers passed a unanimous resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI and seeking an apology for what they called his “derogatory” comments about Islam.

  • Also, Muslim leaders in Turkey, Gaza and India are piling on.
  • Read the full text of the pope’s speech.

  • Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Alcohol Boosts Salary, Says Study

    Drinkers are apparently more apt to reap “social capital,” said the study’s co-author. “Social drinkers are out networking, building relationships and adding contacts to their BlackBerries that result in bigger paychecks.”
    We’ll drink responsibly to that!

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    The Hypothetical Question Bush Can’t Answer

    During the president’s Rose Garden press conference, NBC reporter David Gregory asked Bush how he would feel if a country like Iran or North Korea kidnapped an American citizen, tortured him and then tried him without letting him see any evidence. Bush’s answer was a nonsensical non sequitur. (Read it) (Salon post - ad required)

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush
    From CNN

    Empty Threat of the Day

    Bush says that questioning of suspected terrorists “won’t go forward” unless Congress passes a law clarifying the treatment and interrogation of such detainees.
    Believe that? If so, there’s a nice Nigerian billionaire we met on the Internet who’d love to discuss a business opportunity with you…

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Right-Wing Watch: Tehran, Ho!

    Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer strongly suggests that America needs to launch an aerial strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities within the next year.

  • The calculus he uses to weigh this decision is insidious—in that some of it is actually honest.

  • Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Colombian Wives to Gangsters: Lay Down Arms or No Sex

    They’re calling it a “strike of crossed legs,” and it’s supported by the Pereira, Colombia, mayor’s office: The wives and girlfriends of gang members will deny their partners sex until they vow to renounce violence.

     

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


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