MONDAY, October 27, 2008

From sunny southern California, home of Griffith Park, Rodeo Drive and Phil Spector's hair, here's what's happening...

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Researchers at UCLA have discovered a process that produces usable x-rays from ordinary rolls of Scotch Tape. When asked for her comment, Sarah Palin told reporters, "Even with their medical breakthroughs, Scotland will never overtake America's health care system."

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- University of Utah geologists say they've discovered prehistoric animal tracks so densely crowded together they resemble a "dinosaur dance floor." In a related story, if McCain loses the election, he's signed to appear on "Dancing With the Stars" with Cloris Leachman.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- A pharmaceutical analyst at Johns-Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reports that patients are not having their prescriptions filled or are opting for generic drugs to save money. Some enterprising seniors are making do with one Viagra pill and a spray can of shellac,

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA -- to save $400 million, Yahoo will lay off 1500 employees which amounts to 7% of its workforce. Understandably, they've changed their TV jingle to "Boo-hooooo."

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- If voters approve Proposition K in the upcoming election, the city will become the first in the nation to decriminalize prostitution. Already, pimps who are reluctant to leave are hiring themselves out as consultants to Oakland and Marin County hookers.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- Disney World, which had purchased $700 million in natural gas futures from defunct Lehman Brothers, is now faced with escalating energy costs to heat the theme park. Snow White was so cold last night, she had to throw on another Dwarf.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Federal agents conducted a sweep of biker clubs and arrested 60 members of the Mongols and the Hells Angeles on charges ranging from drug possession to murder. While officers detained several members of "Harlots With Harleys," they were later released for insufficient evidence of teeth.
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- Nine state troopers are under investigation for submitting forged academic documents to qualify for higher pay scales. State inspectators became suspicious when they noticed degrees from the University of Winchells and Dunkin' Donuts Tech.

DENVER, COLORADO -- Chief Federal District Court Judge Edward Nottingham has resigned after being charged with viewing a pornographic video in his chambers. Vice Squad officers confirmed that the film, popular in judicial circles, was "Ruth Bader Ginsberg Does Dallas."

NEW DELHI, INDIA -- India has launched its first unmanned moon mission with Chandrayaan-4 which will enter moon orbit 16 hours into the flight. The mission will test for the presence of water, precious metals and Helium 3 needed to power nuclear fission. Time permitting, it will also scout future 7-Eleven locations.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA -- Miss Teen Louisiana, Lindsay Evans was booked for theft and possession of marijuana after attempting to leave a restaurant without paying. Worse, the contract she had recently signed to become a model for Vogue was declared breached and therefore void. She ate.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- Jada Pinkett Smith told an interviewer that she and her husband Will allow their children complete access to the bible, the Koran, the Kabbalah and the book of Mormon. Both of the Smiths are firm believers that children should be allowed to choose their own drivel.
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SURREY COUNTY, VIRGINIA -- Michael Vick will plead guilty to state dog fighting charges so he'll qualify for early release from federal prison. Following which, Mike plans to move to Spain and become a bullfighter.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A federal health panel is recommending a vaccination especially for smokers. That's the good news, The bad news is the needle is inserted through the skull and the serum injected into the section of the brain that controls common sense.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Narcotic pain relief prescriptions for injured US troops have jumped from 30,000 to 50,000 annually since the outbreak of the Iraq war,mostly feigned, says the Veterans Administration. Imagined illnesses like missing limbs, embedded shrapnel, IED burns -- whatever the guys can dream up.

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA -- Sarah Palin told a third grade class that the vice president "runs the Senate." If that's true, wouldn't Cheney have waterboarded Teddy Kennedy by now?


"For a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great alliances of modern times."

George W. Bush 2/18/2002 During a visit to Tokyo

Hey, all couples have a little misunderstanding on occasion.

Idiotic quotes courtesy of: www.sourcebooks.com

LONDON, ENGLAND -- British billionaire Richard Branson, along with his two children, is attempting to set a new speed record for a transatlantic crossing from New York to London in a sailboat. Barely past the Statue of Liberty, the kids intoned their first "Are we there yet?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones Industrials plunged 514 points on Wednesday. That's the bad news. The good news is the dive got a combined 9.4 points from the judges which virtually clinches the silver for best dive since the meltdown.

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA -- R. J. Reynolds Tobacco reports that profits for the third quarter plunged 41%. Maybe there is a god after all.
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ANCHORAGE, ALASKA -- Sarah Palin was subpoenaed to testify in the Troopergate scandal. She challenged the process server but relented when he explained he was from the Senate.

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Polls show that Palin is a bigger drag on the McCain campaign than Bush. An angry Laura Bush told reporters, "Nobody can pull down a GOP candidate more than my husband... nobody."

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Babe Ruth's daughter celebrated her 92nd birthday this week. Before you start celebrating, Hank Arron's daughter is 94.

LIVINGSTONE, TEXAS -- Department of Corrections officers locked down all 111 prisons in their system after a death row inmate was found in possession of a cell phone he'd been using for weeks with minutes provided by his mother. It was Nokia's much-heralded "Hard Time 550" model with cell waiting.
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- The Baltimore Sun reports that pirates off the African coast have commandeered 2400 ships since since 2006, costing businesses $16 billion a year. Or, in more appropriate piratespeak, 32 billion doubloons.

WARSAW, POLAND -- Prime Minister Donald Tusk has proposed castrating all convicted pedophiles. Ironically during the same week as the Vatican's "Priestly Ball."

BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA -- Serbian chef Ljubomir Erovic has released what is believed to be the world's first testicle cookbook. Recipes in "Cooking With Balls" include "Nuts on a Stick," "Ball Sack Bouillabaisse" and the "How They Hangin' Omelet."

TAMPA, FLORIDA -- Facing almost sure defeat in the orange state, McCain made a whirlwind tour of Florida, visiting six cities in one day, all the while touting his tax plan for "Joe the Plumber," "Phil the Mechanic," and Brad the Psychiatrist. He was accompanied his wife, "Cindy the Almost First Lady."

THE HAGUE -- The World Health Organization predicts 8.3 million deaths from tobacco use between now and 2030. Each grave "so round, so firm, so fully-packed"...
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LONDON, ENGLAND -- The London Daily Mirror reports that the Church of Scientology has offered to help Amy Winehouse defeat her addictions. Be interesting to see if having Tom Cruise jump up and down on her does any good.

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA -- Members of the Zambian soccer team jumped into the crocodile-infested Zambezi River to "cleanse themselves of bad spirits" before a match. Unfortunately, one of the bad spirits ate one of the players.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- The Chrysler Corporation has announced that it will lay off 25% of its workforce. Worse news for motorists, they'll be forced to replace their rich Corinthian leather with, according to a company spokesman, " a very high-quality faux leather polyester."

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- A week after the shocking Madonna-Guy Richie divorce announcement, US Weekly Magazine blames "Lies, cheating and abuse" on its cover, while OK Magazine cites "Tears, lies and money." Home & Garden blames the couple's inability to agree on a color scheme for a recent kitchen-makeover.

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA -- Sheriff Mike Presgraves has been charged with racketeering and conspiracy for accepting bribes from a cockfight organizer to look the other way. Worse, it appears that he fried the losers and served them to his jail inmates on Saturday nights.


Excerpt from Bob's upcoming book, "THE LAUGH MAKERS: A Tribute to Bob Hopes Incredible Gag Writers" from Bear Manor Media.

Make Room For Gunplay

Danny Thomas, in his later years, had grown paranoid about the rise in crime and general lawlessness that he believed was crippling the country. Concerned for his own safety, he wore a Palladin-like pistol in a holster strapped to his ankle. We were taping a special in Burbank called NBC Investigates Bob Hope, a sendup on the Iran-Contra hearings on which Danny played a senator. One day, he stormed into Hope's dressing room. "Some son-of-a-bitch just tried to run me off the road!" Hope sympathized, in an attempt to calm him down. "I hope you didn't stop, for God's sake." (There had recently been a rash of drive-by shootings.) Danny said he not only stopped, but confronted the offending driver on foot. Hope said "Jesus, Danny, you could have been killed." Danny said, "No he could have been. I stuck this in the bastard's face." He reached down and drew the pistol as Hope dove across the couch, leaning away from the waving Derringer. Hey, I wasn't taking any chances, either, and slipped behind the door of the adjoining bathroom. I could see Hope's face and it was as white as milk-of-magnesia -- and he was wearing makeup. Not happy with Danny. Not happy at all.

"Put that damn thing away." His color slowly returning, Hope said, "It's not loaded, is it?" Danny said, "Why would I pack an empty gun?" Danny couldn't believe that Hope didn't own a sidearm. Hope was partially deaf thanks to a prop pistol and wasn't keen on facing a real one. He made Danny unload the pistol and promise never to bring it on the set. There was a noticeable coolness between the two for the remainder of the shoot. If Hope had to work near loaded guns, they'd better belong to Secret Service agents.

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(The LAUGH MAKERS is due later this year from Bear Manor Media Publishers)

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Cardiologists have discovered that the 70s BeeGee's hit "Stayin' Alive" provides the perfect tempo for medical technicians administering CPR to a cardiac arrest victim. The McCain Campaign has adopted it as its official song, replacing the less effective Hi-Lo's classic "Pull the Plug on Grandpa."

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Jerry Lewis apoligized for an anti-gay comment he made during a TV interview Down Under. He admitted that he had no real evidence that Crocodile Dundee and Mel Gibson are married.

LAKEWOOD, COLORADO -- The owner of a mexican restaurant was charged with drug possession after marijuana was found in one of his tacos. He never should have named it the "Whitney Houston Tijuana Firecracker Special."

GREEN BAY, MINNESOTA -- In the race for the Senate, former SNL star Al Franken has a substantial lead in the polls over Republican incumbant Norm Coleman. Stuart Smiley was right. People DO like him.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Homeland Security chief Michael Chartoff proudly announced that illegal immigration from Mexico has decreased since he took over. Critics concede that the idea to replace the skull and crossbones on the Mexican side of the wall with his photo may have been responsible.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- A protestor attempted to make a citizen's arrest on Karl Rove following his speech at the National Mortgage Brokers Association, but was unable to handcuff him. Karl has an aversion to handcuffs... unless you count that time with Anne Coulter following the S&M GOP Boosters' Ball.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY -- Five students were arrested following a fight at Western Kentucky University. Seems a fight broke out in the cafeteria when a group of Hatfields accused a group of McCoys of hogging the hog jowls.

CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Brown tight end Kellen Winslow was suspended for one game without pay for accusing the team of "treating him like a piece of meat." Kellen must also attend counseling on the difference between the NFL and the Miss America Pageant.

To Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea... Let's go to press...

HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK -- Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain faced off in their final debate of the campaign, a 90-minute round-table discussion refereed by CBS newsman Bob Sheiffer. While the candidates split on the usual issues of taxes, foreign policy, the federal deficit and the Wall Street meltdown, there appeared to be a different tone -- Obama repeatedly referred to McCain as "John" or "Senator," while McCain called him either "Homeboy" or "You uppity black S.O.B." Obama praised Joe Biden's international diplomatic expertise while McCain lauded Sarah Palin's "uncanny communication skills with sled dogs." McCain appeared, at times, to be feeling his age, referring to Bob Sheiffer as "Mr. O'Reilly" and asking several times to be excused to change his catheter.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After experiencing discomfort at the White House morning briefing, Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted to George Washington University Hospital for treatment of atrial fibrillation and underwent a two-hour procedure to shock his heart into beating normally. Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart's upper chambers quiver rather than contract causing chest pain, dizziness and shortness of breath -- you know, feelings you'd have while being waterboarded. Reports of Cheney's death throes, like those of al-Qaeda, were greatly exaggerated.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA -- Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was admitted to the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center's Trickle Down wing for treatment of a fractured pelvis. Following admission, she was examined by her usual team of internists, orthopedic surgeons, gerontologists and astrologers. She was sedated according to the admitting nurse "less for pain than to silence her repeated screams of 'John Hinkley did it!'"

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has called for screening all troops returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan for Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Good news for the Veterans Administration which issued a statement stating that without such tests, they have difficulty deciding which treatments to withhold.


"I want you to know that farmers are not going to be secondary thoughts to a Bush administration. They will be in the forethought of our thinking."

George W. Bush 8/10/2000 Salinas, California

Idiotic quotes courtesy of: www.sourcebooks.com

BAGHDAD, IRAQ -- Suicide car bombers killed six civilians in Mosul and seven in Baghdad with an unknown number of wounded in an area known, post surge, as "The Triangle of Frequent Commuter Delays Due to Police Activity."

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA -- Tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds has introduced new "Orbs," nicotine pellets -- toothpick-sized "Sticks" -- and "Camel Strips," all of which are dissolved in the mouth "for a taste that resembes smoking." But the company's pride and joy are their new "Snuggles," nicotine-laced suppositories that are slipped in the anus and lodged in the general area of the user's brain.
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TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a formal request with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to review the "grossly inadequate conditions on Terre Haute Prison's death row" that include inmate mistreatment and sub-standard health care that has resulted in "a significantly higher mortality rate than that of the general population."

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT -- Yale University is celebrating the 250th birthday of Noah Webster, the inventor of the dictionary. Unable to locate any authenticated descendents of the famous wordsmith, officials have invited Emmanuel Lewis who played Webster on television.

Excerpt from "THE LAUGH MAKERS: A Behind-The-Scenes Tribute To Hope's Incredible Gag Writers" to be published soon by Bear Manor Media
London Derriere

London, April 1979. It's the day before we're scheduled to tape an hour-long special, An Evening at the Palladium, for a black-tie audience that will include Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Gig Henry and I are going over the script with Hope in his dressing room and, as usual when he was about to perform for royalty, he's wrestling with some last-minute jitters. ("She has the keys to the Tower of London.") Also present are executive producers Sid Vinnage and Elliott Kozak and a British writing team who had been hired to assist us, Dick Vosburgh and Gary Chambers.

The phone rings. Hope picks it up and on the other end of the line is one of our guest stars, Richard Burton, whose voice fills the room even though it's not a speaker-phone. It seems that Dick's "people" -- read new wife of some three weeks, one of Burton's "between Liz" marriages -- don't think it's in the actor's best interest to be doing a love scene with costar Raquel Welch in a sketch we'd prepared for them -- a parody of the popular PBS series Upstairs, Downstairs that we had re-titled Backstairs at Buckingham Palace. Hope cups his hand over the mouthpiece and asks us if we can rewrite the sketch omitting the kissing. We all shake our heads "no" -- if the love scenes go, there's no sketch.

Hope tells Burton he'll get back to him and hangs up. We carefully go over the sketch line-by-line just to be sure and Hope agrees that, unless Burton has lip privileges with the downstairs chambermaid, we'll have to write a whole new sketch and time, as they say over there, is frightfully short. Hope gets an idea. He calls Burton back and asks him if it would help if the chambermaid were someone other than Raquel. Several minutes elapse while Dick again checks with his people. That would solve the problem very nicely, he tells Hope.

Goodbye, Raquel. Vinnage starts calling his British contacts and soon locates actress Susan George who's appearing in a stage play about three-hundred miles from London. Susan, an experienced performer who had recently costarred with Dustin Hoffman in the popular American movie "Straw Dogs," agrees to step in for Raquel despite a case of laryingitis, finishes her matinee and arrives at the Palladium just hours before showtime. After a quick rehearsal, she bravely goes on for Raquel and ends up sharing equal-billing with Welch, Burton and Leslie Uggams. Later, Raquel explains to a group of British reporters that she had ankled the sketch because she was unhappy with her lines.

This time, we were happy to take the rap.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Bill Maher's new mockumentary "Religilous," which entertainingly condemns the hypocrisy of organized religion be it Christian or otherwise, is doing surprisingly well at the box office. Bill is said to be ecstatic although he had to visit his urologist twice last week after the Vatican ordered him turned into a pillar of saltpeter.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA -- According to the US Geological Survey, satellite images and infrared photos confirm that 99% of Alaska's glaciers are melting. Sarah Palin agrees. She says even Russia is starting to look smaller.

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS -- Animal rights activists staged a topless protest outside the European Parliament demanding a ban on bullfighting in Spain, France and Portugal. First the gals set their bras on fire and then ignited a pile of books by Ernest Hemingway.

FAIRPLAY, COLORADO -- Software billionaire Jeff Hawn grew tired of watching a neighbor's buffalo roaming onto his land so he shot 37 of them. God knows what he'll do if he ever catches the deer and the antelope playing.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bush signed an executive order creating a "transitional coordinating council" to insure a smooth transfer of power to the next president. Their next challenge is getting it away from Cheney.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Faced with spiraling fuel costs, airlines are cutting back on bereavement discounts with Delta, Southwest and US Airways eliminating them completely. Well actually, they'll give you 10% off if you're willing to travel with the dead loved one at full fare.

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA -- Dr. Brandon Mull has been disciplined by the state medical board for choking his psychiatrist. Seems they got into the fight when Dr. Brandon compared the shrink to Dr. Phil.

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- The University of North has suspended 18 athletes for drug and alcohol abuse. Campus authorities blamed "too much time on their hands" and threatened to require them to attend classes.

WESTLAND, MICHIGAN -- A Wayne County judge ordered 800 striking teachers back to the bargaining table. He also chastised them for picket signs that were riddled with split infinitives, dangling participles and gross misspellings.

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA -- Armadillos, once rare this far north, are migrating in greater numbers. Zoologists theorize that some are searching for food, some are seeking mates and the majority just want to get as far away from Texas as possible.
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CARSON CITY, NEVADA -- The state supreme court ruled that casino operators may require blackjack dealers to share their tips with supervisors. Unless, of course, they choose to double down and lose the draw.

ENGLISHTOWN, NEW JERSEY -- A flock of chickens, apparently wandering on their own, invaded the posh English Club Condominiums. Animal control officers determined that they were protesting the treatment of relatives by the owner of a nearby Popeye's living in the penthouse suite.

GOLDSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA -- An investigation revealed that attendants at the Cherry Mental Hospital allowed a patient to choke to death as they sat nearby playing cards and watching television. In their defense, they were watching "One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest," an annual requirement for all mental hospital employees.

CORNERVILLE, OHIO -- Residents living near the Little Muskingusa River reported that the area has begun to smell like raw sewage. Health authorities theorize that the putrid odor may be due to film used for McCain campaign commercials recently discarded by the RNC.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Formally endorsing McCain, NRA executive vice president Wayne La Pierre said "Mr. McCain has stood time and again to preserve our hunting heritage. Not as carelessly as Cheney, but a lot.
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- Ford Motor Company has introduced "My key" which is programmed to limit the speed of the car when driven by a teenager and the volume of the radio. It also alerts the parents whenever the car gets within fifty yards of a tattoo parlor.

URBANA, OHIO -- After convicting him of playing his rap music too loud, Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott ordered Andrew Vactor to listen to 20 hours of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. After fifteen minutes, Andy rushed next door to the Army recruiting office and signed up for two tours of duty in Iraq.

KAZAKHSTAN, SOVIET REPUBLIC -- Computer software millionaire Richard Garriott who paid $30 million to become the world's first "space tourist," has departed aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 for a 10-day flight. Thirty million may seem high, but remember he earns 7,481,932,058 frequent flyer miles.

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA -- Scientists at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center have reported what appears to be a "virgin birth" by a shark. Within hours, thousands of Italian pilgrims flocked to a fisherman's grotto outside Milan where a seafood waitress reported seeing an apparition of the shark on the side of a smelt.

JUNEAU, ALASKA -- Records disclosed during the investigation surrounding "Troopergate" show that Sarah Palin was paid per diem during visits to the annual Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River and attendance at the Moose Dropping Festival in Talkeetna. The latter visit to help her speechwriter one would assume.

On privatizing Social Security:

"It means your own money would grow better than that which the government can make it grow. And that's important."

George W.Bush 2/26/2007 Falls Church, Virginia

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