Despite spending government money on propaganda, shutting down the independent media, arresting dissidents, intimidating voters, and blatantly gerrymandering electoral districts, Venezuela's “President” Hugo Chavez and his cohorts still received a loud message on election day: enough is enough. But despite losing the popular vote, incredibly, the regime still controls almost two thirds of the seats in the legislature.
Officials report that the Pakistani government blocked oil tankers and trucks carrying NATO supplies into Afghanistan. The Pakistani government claims that the blockage is in response to an alleged NATO airstrike at a border post that resulted in the murder of three Pakistani troops.
Those full-body scanners the Transportation Security Administration has deployed in airports across the country have raised numerous privacy concerns. They can, after all, see right through clothing and provide a very detailed view of a person’s most intimate anatomical features — so detailed, in fact, that when a TSA screener’s genitalia were spotted by his coworkers during a training session and became an object of ridicule, the screener assaulted one of those making fun of his puny manhood.
In a few days, Germany will pay off the last of its debts arising out of the Treaty of Versailles over 90 years ago. The German Federal Office of Central Services and Unresolved Property Issues will issue the bond to pay off the remaining $97 Million on that debt on the twentieth anniversary of the re-unification of Germany.
There was much made of the speech delivered by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the opening of the latest session of the United Nations General Assembly. Specifically, Ahmadinejad was lambasted by pundits and lampooned by comedians for his remarks inculpating the government of the United States in the bombings of September 11, 2001.