1. Gov’t Says Drug Violence Dropping
Mexico’s national security spokesman says drug violence dipped by 26 percent across the country in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period last year. [I have a bridge in Brooklyn I no longer need. Care to buy it?]
2. Obama loses his eyeglasses. The Chief of Chiefs hailed an economic recovery is on the way, only he wouldn’t say when. The sensational announcement was made at Georgetown University in the nation’s capital. Let Gendin go on the record, too: Sometime in the next 30 years things will get better…and, then, worse again. And, then….
3. An inmate in the US prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has told Al Jazeera that he has been beaten while in custody and had tear gas used on him after refusing to leave his cell. [This guy has got to be lying. Miss Universe just toured the joint and told us it was an absolute delight...and such nice doggies, too.]
4. President Evo Morales called on Bolivians to get ready to uphold the peoples power in the elections of December 6. [Now, there's a good-hearted Joe for you. I'm going out on the limb and predicting a win for Evo.]
5. There is no quit in them. The never-say-die Somali pirates have attacked a US-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Somalia with rockets and automatic weapons, the ship’s owner say.
6. AND THE BEAT GOES ON. North Korea has accused the UN of double standards and declared that it will restart its nuclear activities after the world body condemned Pyongyang’s rocket launch last week.
In a series of responses on Tuesday, North K.rejected the UN statement, pulled out of six-party denuclearisation talks, expelled inspectors and declared that it would restart all its nuclear programs.