Breaking Brad: Death Star petition rejected -
Published Monday, January 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm / Updated at 7:08 am
Breaking Brad: Death Star petition rejected

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* The White House has rejected a petition to build an $850 quadrillion Death Star. To put it in perspective, $850 quadrillion is enough to pay for two Obama family vacation rentals.

* Due to the flu outbreak, some Omaha churchgoers are abstaining from shaking hands with other parishioners. Instead, there's a new thing in church, the "sign of peace elbow bump."

* There are record-low temperatures and snow in Southern California. It's so bad that residents of Hollywood are removing the chains from their noses and putting them on their cars.

* Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has resigned. That is not encouraging for the jobs picture – the Labor Secretary is unemployed.

* According to a scandalous, tell-all book, Elizabeth Taylor had an affair with Ronald Reagan and a fling with JFK. That is shocking. Forget the affairs; in this day and age it's just shocking to hear about someone able to get along with both a Republican and a Democrat.

* Al Gore sold Current TV to Al Jazeera in a deal that will reportedly earn him $125 million. It's just nice to see one U.S. politician with a successful Middle East plan.

* Now Gore has nothing to do. He sold his TV network, and the way this winter is going it's obvious that this global warming thing doesn't exist.

* There are record-low temperatures in Southern California. It's so cold that at Sunday night's Golden Globes ceremony, for the first time since 2007 one actress actually wore clothes.

* At the Golden Globes, Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor in drama for playing Abraham Lincoln. He edged out Mitt Romney, who played Ronald Reagan during the GOP primaries.

* At the Golden Globes, former President Bill Clinton introduced a clip of “Lincoln” with a few brief remarks. As incredible as “Lincoln” was, it pales in comparison to Clinton being able to keep his remarks brief.

* Clinton said that addressing the Golden Globes Hollywood crowd was similar to when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention last summer, only with more Democrats in the house.

* A Texas state high school championship football game drew more fans than 13 college bowl games. I'm not sure why, but I'm going out on a limb and guess that neither of the Texas high school teams was 6-6.

* A Redskins cheerleader got engaged on the field before a game with the Cowboys. The couple plan to vow to remain together until death do them part, or a Tony Romo-led team reaches the Super Bowl.

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