Breaking Brad: A NYC political season reminiscent of Jerry Springer -
Published Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 9:28 am / Updated at 10:37 am
Breaking Brad: A NYC political season reminiscent of Jerry Springer

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* All of the publicity for the royal family's baby is ridiculous. I'm just proud to be an American where we reserve this type of round-the-clock attention for the birth of a new panda bear at a zoo.

* Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said she wants a new fire chief. Already. This is shaping up as the political equivalent of the Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries marriage.

* Stothert will now allow department heads to discuss their budgets publicly. The fire chief has yet to call a press conference to finish the sentence he began three weeks ago. "OK, now where was I?"

* Stothert supports giving UNO $6 million toward a new sports arena. To come up with the $6 million, Stothert wants to sell our fire trucks on eBay and replace 'em with Yugos with hoses.

* According to reports, Edward Snowden has some new, damaging information. I'm starting to think he's desperate for attention. He called a press conference to announce the Moscow airport restaurant doesn't use real butter.

* Sarah Palin said she may run for U.S. Senate ... unless you can think of a better way to promote a new book and a reality show pilot.

* The federal government is retiring most of its research chimps. This comes after realizing keeping both the chimps and Congress was redundant.

* To restore student loans to their earlier rate, the Senate reached a bipartisan agreement. I believe this was called the "Even a blind squirrel sometimes finds a nut" bill.

* George W. Bush said he doesn't "speak much with President Obama." Joe Biden, John Boehner and Harry Reid immediately said, "you neither?"

* Ex-N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer is running for New York City comptroller, and ex-congressman Anthony Weiner is running for mayor. New York will be the only place in America with "pants optional" city government meetings.

* Spitzer's opponent is an ex-madam. The list of candidates in New York City sounds eerily like the guest lineup on "The Jerry Springer Show."

* On Wednesday, the heat index surpassed 105 degrees in Philadelphia. A group of Philly sports fans stood in the streets booing Mother Nature.

* New England states have been experiencing a record-setting July heat wave. I guess that means temperatures in the upper-60s.

* The supposed future of advertising: six-second videos. That's still five-and-a-half more seconds than I can take of the Allstate Guy.

* Six-second videos? So they think the attention spans of Americans are going to lengthen?

* Lady Gaga has temporarily disabled her Twitter account, which means millions of Americans are standing slack-jawed and motionless, staring into space and awaiting some direction on what to do in the 16 hours each day they're not asleep.

* Jenny McCarthy is joining "The View." Couldn't they find someone who's known for fewer outrageous quotes? Say, Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson or Amanda Bynes?

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