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Richard Valeriani

Richard Valeriani

Posted: August 24, 2010 10:53 PM

Aug. 23, 2010, News Update

What's Your Reaction:

Poll shows one in five Americans believes President Obama is Muslim. He's just gotta stop wearing those turbans. Another poll shows 30% of Americans believe in UFO's.

Two U.S. senators call for hearings on repeal of 14th Amendment, which grants U.S. citizenship to children born in the U.S., even if parents are undocumented immigrants. Why the horrified reaction in some quarters? Isn't the Constitution supposed to be a living document? After all, it's been amended 27 times...

While they're at it, why not change the constitutional provision barring people born outside US territory from becoming a president... I mean, if we're a "nation of immigrants," why not a naturalized citizen for president? Notwithstanding the fact that millions of Americans believe we already have a president not born in the USA.

Story of the week: More than half a billion eggs recalled in salmonella scare. Republicans blame Obama.

News headlines report former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich found guilty on one count of lying to FBI agents. Missed the lede. Better story is that he is not convicted on 23 counts (jury hung).

Trial is a big setback for ambitious U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who immediately announced plans for a new trial, despite defense allegations that another trial would cost $25-$30 million. One Chicago tax-paying blogger wrote, "If Fitzgerald wants another trial, let him pay for it." Fitzgerald would just like a better jury.

Prosecutors once said Rod's behavior was so despicable that it would have Abraham Lincoln "rolling over in his grave." Looks like Honest Abe didn't do much rolling this time around.

Levi Johnston, father of Bristol Palin's baby, reportedly planning to run for city office in Wasilla, Alaska (where Sarah Palin was mayor) as part of reality TV show. That's known as f***ing your way to 15 minutes of fame. But if people watch "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," guess they'll watch anything. Hey, here's a thought -- How about merging the two shows and take down an Emmy for tackiness?

Contestants in Miss Universe contest pose topless... is there a new category-best boobs? Why topless? Answer: Contest now owned by Donald Trump.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. causes political flap by donating $1 million to Republican Governors' Assn. Why the fuss? That's peanuts compared to what Murdoch pays the Fox Noise on-air people who promote the GOP line.

Backers of plans for Mosque/Islamic Center to be built near Ground Zero in Manhattan say it's designed to promote "understanding." Do they understand a poll that says New Yorkers oppose it by 2-1?

Meanwhile, Walmart denied permission to build store in New York City. Here's an idea: Let Walmart build store on proposed mosque site and let Muslims run it. (Just trying to be helpful here).

Elsewhere in New York, Pop Tarts has opened a big store in Times Square... Pop Tarts in Times Square? Write your own line here...

Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, running for Congress in Arizona, releases campaign TV ad in which he terms Barack Obama "worst President in our history." At 33, he's awfully young to have such severe short-term memory loss.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, forced to retire as Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, takes job at Yale University teaching course in leadership to grad students. Wonder what he'll tell them about how to give an interview and the use of tact?

Newsweek Magazine labels Finland number one country in world to live in. Oh yeah? How come millions of people aren't emigrating to Helsinki?

Raging bull jumps out of bullfight arena in Spain into crowd, injuring some 40 people. Ole` Toro! Way to go! You know you're going down, so take as many as you can with you. If more of your brethren followed your lead, perhaps the rest of Spain would follow Catalonia's lead and ban bullfighting with all its brutality.

Jennifer Aniston's new movie, "The Switch," debuts in 8th place, earning only $8 million. Too bad all those people who so avidly read about her personal life in all those gossip magazines don't go to see her in movie theaters.

U.S. Open begins. For first time since who remembers when, United States does not have a single male player ranked in the top ten worldwide. Republicans blame Obama.