Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Colorado voting machines tossed out

By GEORGE MERRITT, Associated Press Writer Tue Dec 18, 7:49 PM ET

DENVER - Colorado's secretary of state has declared many of the state's electronic voting machines to be unreliable, but said Tuesday that some of them could still be used in November if a software patch is installed.

Full Story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071219/ap_on_re_us/colorado_voting_machines

And America is doing what?

Freedom of Speech under Islamic Law

In the United States, Freedom of Speech is our most cherished right. This is one of the things which has allowed our nation to mature so rapidly from a British colony to the worlds leading superpower. We learn and grow rapidly because we are able to openly discuss and evaluate our strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats.

The freedom which we enjoy is far from a global standard. The courts in Saudi Arabia recently sentenced a nineteen year old girl to six months in jail and two hundred lashes for the crime of talking about being raped. The young lady was gang raped by six or more heavily armed men.

The attackers were all Sunni Muslims and the victim is a Shiite Muslim. Shiite Muslims are second-class citizens in the Sunni-dominated kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Read more of the story in 19-Year Old Saudi Rape Victim Ordered to Undergo 200 Lashes.

Obama to win Iowa?

Gingrich picks Obama to win Iowa

ABC News has an interesting post that I've reprinted below:

ABC News' Ed O'Keefe Reports: Newt Gingrich predicts Barack Obama will win the hotly contested vote in Iowa, saying the junior Senator from Illinois will motivate more energized supported than the former First Lady.

"My guess is Senator Obama's going to win Iowa and that he's going to win it by a surprising margin," the former Speaker of the House told ABC News' Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America".

Obama, D-Ill., and Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will soon roll out the "charisma brigade", dispatching mega-surrogates Bill Clinton, campaigning for his wife, and Oprah Winfrey, making a first and rare foray into the political arena on behalf of Obama, whom the talk superstar has endorsed.

"I think Oprah Winfrey is a remarkable figure," Gingrich told Sawyer, "I think she brings a, not just a celebrity status, but there are millions of people who trust her judgment."

Pressed on whether the Oprah-factor would "tip" the nomination toward Obama, Gingrich replied, "I think it's a significant asset to (Obama) and he's not married to her."

"I think there's a double-edged sword when President Clinton shows up because he also reminds you, do you really want two presidents in the White House? And do you really want Mrs. Clinton to have to rely on President Clinton to have to win?"

In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, shows a tight race in the Hawkeye State with Obama at 30 percent over Clinton at 26 percent, and both former Senator John Edwards, D-N.C., and Governor Bill Richardson, D-N.M., trailing with 22 and 11 percent respectively.

Perhaps more significantly, ABC News' Polling Director Gary Langer points out that the poll also showed "most Democratic likely voters in Iowa, 55 percent, say they're more interested in a "new direction and new ideas" than in strength and experience...a help to Obama, who holds a substantial lead among "new direction" voters."

"I have a hunch," Gingrich told Sawyer on "GMA", "that the emotional energy that Senator Obama's building is more powerful than the emotional energy Senator Clinton's building."

The former House Speaker said he has "great respect" for Senator Clinton and the Clinton "machine" but went on to add, "It just seems to me right now, in Iowa at least, Senator Obama's building a really heavy steam."

Do you agree?

Henry Potter Or Alan Greenspan?
Posted: 18 Dec 2007 12:10 AM CST
Nowadays, it's impossible to watch the 1946 holiday movie "It's a Wonderful Life" and not feel a twinge of respect for Henry F. Potter, the villainous banker played by Lionel Barrymore. Potter was...

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