Nov. 16, 2009, news update

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Obama visiting China...wants to get close-up view of U.S. economy.

Obama meets with Russian President Medvedev. Seeking advice on exit strategy from Afghanistan?

President says we need "clear mission" in Afghanistan. Generals say we should stay until we get the "job" done. Would be nice to know what the "mission" is and what the "job" is.

Stupak Amendment, proposed by Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, would ban use of federal funds for abortion in health care reform bill. More like the Stupid Amendment.

Stupak needs to be reminded that abortion is legal in the US and that this legislation pertains to health care reform, not a back alley repeal of Roe v. Wade. Also needs to be reminded he represents Michigan's First District, not Vatican City.

Catholic bishops tell parish priests to distribute material opposing health care reform bill because it does not ban federal funds for abortion. Fathers, your 16th Century Church has the right to hold whatever views it wants, but not to impose them on the rest of the country. Maybe the legislation should include a provision stripping you of your tax-free status.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (Rep.-NC) says "we have more to fear from potential of (health care reform bill) than from any terrorist" anywhere in the world. Who's writing her stuff, Michelle Bachmann? Or maybe she's envious of South Carolina politicians getting all the publicity for stupidity.

Lobbyists opposing the bill have spent more than $200 million so far. Bet they didn't teach you about that in your high school Civics 101 class.

Justice Department announces controversial decision to try 9/11 terrorists in New York City, not far from Ground Zero. What's the controversy? Just try'em and fry'em.

FBI knew that Fort Hood shooter repeatedly contacted Al Qaeda operatives, but didn't follow up. A Muslim Army Major contacting terrorists, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't investigate? More like the Federal Bureau of Imbeciles.

Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell says she won't run for re-election in 2010. Anything Connecticut can do to get rid of Schmoe Lieberman?

NY Times columnist Tom Friedman suggests US should drop out of so-called "peace process" in Middle East, calls "begging Israel to stop building settlements...manifestly idiotic." Friedman gone on the AIPAC payroll? But he's right about that "begging" part. If we want the Israelis to stop building settlements, we should tell them they have to choose between settlements and US aid. But anybody who thinks that will happen is idiotic.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and other top officials said to be planning to resign over frustration about lack of progress in negotiations. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu remaining in office to continue causing frustration.

Scientists say rocket attack on moon proves existence of water there. Uh Oh. NASA no doubt gearing up to waste billions of dollars more on Moondoggle.

Lou Dobbs resigns from join US Border Patrol?....or to devote more time to proving Obama not born in US?

CNN pays $8 million to dump Dobbs. And you thought only CEO's of failing companies and Wall Street bankers were exorbitantly overpaid...

Resignation stirs speculation he's considering run for President. President of what, you ask? President of the United States. The Democrats could never be so lucky. Besides, Sarah Palin is saying, Over my dead body! Or more likely, over your dead body!

General Motors reports third quarter loss of "only" $1.2 Billion. That's what passes for good news in today's economy.

New England Patriots' Coach Bill Belichik, who has won 3 Super Bowls, is not someone you'd call stupid. Unless you watched Sunday's game against Indianapolis. His team was leading 34-28 with less than two minutes to go. The Pats had the ball at their own 28-yard line with 4th and two for a first down. Instead of calling for a punt, Belichik decided to go for it. Didn't make. Colts scored and won the game. Hey, but that's not important. They still beat the spread. (If you don't know what that means, get the name of a local bookie and ask).

Speaking of stupid, Stupidest TV Interview Question of the Year occurred recently on NewsHour on PBS. Gwen Ifill interviewed NYTimes reporter David Rohde, who escaped from seven months of captivity by the Taliban along with driver and Afghan journalist. Final Question: And all three of you survived this experience? What did you expect him to say, Gwen? Actually, we didn't. We all died in the escape attempt and this interview is not really happening. And this is PBS! Sheesh.

Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine features Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Bono. Would it be unkind to suggest it would be more appropriate if they appeared on the cover of AARP Magazine?