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Morning News – Taliban Chief Killed While Getting Massage

Baitullah Mehsud

Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was reportedly killed last week by a CIA drone plane — while getting a leg massage. No, I did not make that up. That’s assuming he’s really dead. A Taliban spokesman says he’s alive. Why would they lie?

A massive landslide, caused by a typhoon, has caused major damage and casualties in China. Over a million people are “displaced,” many are missing. The only good news is that there are some survivors.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver died today at the age of 88. She was the founder of the Special Olympics, and she was, well, a Kennedy. Here’s a video report:

The New York Times asks the question — “what happened to a public health plan?” Indeed.

Speaking of the health plan, President Obama “distanced himself” from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi reportedly said that the town hall protesters were “un-American.” The Prez isn’t going there; Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton says that protesting is, in fact, very American. I like this line: “I think there’s actually a pretty long tradition of people shouting at politicians in America.” Burton did distinguish between “spirited debate” and screaming so loud that nobody else can talk. Pelosi, for the record, said in USA Today op-ed that “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.” Which isn’t the same thing as saying that protesters are un-American. But try telling that to Fox News. Sigh.

Some people in the entertainment industry are less than thrilled with NBC for putting Jay Leno on five nights a week at 10pm. Some of them aren’t even named Conan O’Brien. Basically, “producers, writers and actors” are pissed because that 10pm slot used to be populated by dramas and comedies. Leno’s takeover means less work for them. Waaahh. ZOMG!

‘Twilight’ star Ashley Greene! Nude photos! She wants to sue! LOL BBQ!!!!!

In sports news, the NFL is very concerned about Twitter. Because we all know that Antonio Cromartie tweeting about how crummy the food was at training camp, or Visanthe Shiancoe tweeting that he was bored, these are very, very serious violations of… I mean, these are very serious breeches of… um, why is this a problem exactly? The Arizona Cardinals, for now, are not objecting to tweets such as this one from Darnell Dockett: “Yo wtf did somebody beat me up when I was sleep cause I’m more sore now that I was when I went to sleep, let me go check the security camera.” I think they need to get on that. Don’t they know what “wtf” stands for? Dockett was cussin’! What about the children?

You will be able to see Michael Jackson rehearsing for the concert tour he never got to do in movie theaters by the end of the year. I don’t think I’d go see that. But I imagine a few other people will.

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