Morning News – Steve Jobs Liver

ipodI wonder if Steve Jobs is happy with this Wall Street Journal headline: JOBS HAD LIVER TRANSPLANT. It’s not that it isn’t true, at least according to news reports. But it seems like an odd thing to read in the paper. “Hey honey, look! They printed the press release about my gall bladder! Awesome!” Obviously Steve Jobs is a huge part of Apple’s success; news of his possible health problems actually had a negative effect on the company’s stock price. For me the weirdest thing is the way that Apple FANS react. I’m sure some are sympathetic but some seem to be concerned that Stevey J might not be able to come up with more Apple products for them to spend money on. I doubt there is any other company in history that has spawned so many rabid fans of PRODUCT. Anyway, the Apple diehards won’t have Steve Jobs to kick around anymore, at least not full-time.

Philip Markoff, aka the Craig’s List Killer, has been indicted in Massachusetts. At least his ex-fiancee already canceled the wedding.

Have you been following the mess happening in the New York State Senate? Two Democrats decided to vote with the GOP, then one of them changed their mind and switched back. The Democrats locked the Republicans out, literally. Then things got strange. (OK, it was all strange.) Now Governor David Patterson is calling a special session of the State Senate so they can get some work done. But he says that he won’t bring up the issue of same-sex marriage, which made some of his constituents pretty angry. New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town…

In other political news, some members of the GOP are calling President Obama “timid” for not taking a stronger stand on the situation in Iran. Among his critics were Arizona Senator John McCain, the President’s former rival. Senator McCain did say that he thinks the Prez has “done well” so far. “So far” as in the first five months. Five months. President Obama has been in office for only five months. Think about it. UPDATE: GOP criticism of President Obama has “softened” a bit on this issue.

A hiker was missing in North Cascades National Park for three days. Then he reappeared. Poof! It’s a good thing of course, but one wonders where he was all that time.

At the movies this weekend, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds movie “The Proposal” was number one with $34.1 million. The rest of the top five flicks were “The Hangover” (haven’t seen it but everyone says its funny), “Up” (which I liked a lot), “Year One” (looks boring), and “Taking of Pelham 1 2 3″ (why did they do this remake?). Note that the only one of these films that I’ve seen was “Up.” The new Woody Allen film “Whatever Works” was only showing in nine theaters, earning $202,720, which is a “per-theater of average of $31,191.” (I did the math in my head! No I didn’t.) Apparently that’s a very good number.

More movie news: “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt has been delayed. I hope you were sitting down when you read that.

Finally, file this under “wow, that sounds cool but I doubt I’ll get there anytime soon”: Greece opened its new Acropolis Museum on Sunday. Right now admission is only one euro, but it goes up to FIVE euros at the end of the year. Quick! Get there now!

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