TUESDAY, January 8, 2013

HARVARD BOUND -- Despite protests from Americans with adoptions pending, Vladimir Putin has approved a new law forbidding adoptions of Russian children on the grounds that Russia is as good a place as any to raise kids.  Yeah, right.  If you prefer enrolling your five-year-old in "Rasputin's Little Red Guards Sand Box" instead of  a "Farmer in the Dell Day Care Center."

AMEN -- Several pastors in Los Angeles have leased their church steeple to cell phone companies as transmitters.  Is your service provider one of them?  Well, if you answer yes to any of these questions, you've been had --  Do all your ring tones involve the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?  Are the only cities not covered Sodom and Gomorrah?   Do they offer an app called "Jesus Waiting?" 

PRAISE ALLAH -- Now that Al-Jarzeera has spent $2 billion to acquire Current TV, you can expect a definite shift in programming toward Middle Eastern themes and attitudes.  For instance, their Monday night lineup features "The Tonight Show Starring Jay bin Leno," "Disgruntled Housewives of Kabul" and "Two and a Half Menachim Begins."

NOT A CROOK -- Curators at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda celebrated the anniversary of his 100th birthday with a specially assembled timeline display marking the major events in his life.  But an investigation is now underway to determine why eighteen years appear to be missing


UP UP AND AWAY -- Under contract to the Pentagon and NASA, Montebello, CA based Worldwide Aeros has completed construction on a 17-story tall blimp like airship.  The 36,000 pound dirigible is constructed of aluminum and carbon fiber and can lift fifty tons of military cargo and equipment.  The helium-filled behemoth  will be christened in March as the "Limbaugh I."

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