01/05/2009 02:05 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jan. 4, 2009, News Update

Year 2008 passes into history. Gave 1929 a run for its money -- or lack thereof.

Huge crowd jubilantly counts down to 2009 in Times Square. Rest of America jubilantly counting down to Jan. 20.

With Pres. Bush lying low, Obama lying in waiting and with Congress out of town, humorists and cartoonists and editorialists and talk shows and constitutional lawyers really, really thankful for Blago.

Sen. Majority Leader Reid says he won't seat Burris. Republicans warn they'll filibuster against seating of Al Franken from Minnesota. Get ready for three rings under the DC Big Top.

New Mexico Gov. Richardson withdraws as Secretary of Commerce-designate because of grand jury investigation. Hillary supporters snicker.

Obama Inauguration not expected to engender re-release of black writer Shelby Steele's book, "A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited by Obama and Why He Can't Win."

Two wars raging, housing crisis, unemployment soaring, economy plunging, and Michael Isikoff uses up space in first 2009 edition of Newsweek to ask Obama about Chicago politics, even dredging up Tony Renzo affair. Kiss off, Isikoff, the campaign's over. Obama won. Who's writing your stuff, the RNC?

Or maybe it's Chip Saltsman, a guy running for the RNC chairmanship. He sent out a "comedy" CD featuring a song entitled "Barack the Magic Black Dragon." Even Puff was offended. Better he should have sent a song entitled "Barack the Halls with Boughs of Holly."

Israeli forces enter Gaza to stop Hamas from firing rockets into Israel. Military assault labeled "Operation Cast Lead." aka "Operation Invasion While Bush Still in Office."

Speaking about Middle East on Morning Joe, former National Security Adviser Zbizniew Brzezinski said to Joe Scarborough, "You have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it's almost embarrassing listening to you." Wait a minute, Zbig, he's a lot less superficial than Glenn Beck.

The Middle East is really complicated, Joe. US invades Iraq to promote democracy in Middle East. Hamas wins election in Gaza. Israel, unimpeded by US, invades Gaza to get rid of Hamas. Get it?

Cuba observes 50th anniversary of Revolution. Fidel Castro has survived years of stupid American policy and ten -- count 'em -- ten US. Presidents. Way to go, economic embargo.

NFL fines player $10,000 for making snow angel in end zone celebration after touchdown. Easily wins Scrooge of the Year Award.