Breaking Brad: Meet Ben Sasse, president of Hyperbole University -
Published Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:21 am / Updated at 8:43 am
Breaking Brad: Meet Ben Sasse, president of Hyperbole University

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* On Thursday night, the International Space Station flew over Omaha. Of course, because it was Omaha air space, the space station was detoured to Wichita.

* With all of our potholes, from space, Omaha looks like the moon, only with more craters.

* An 8- to 10-ft hole opened up Wednesday night on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs. Tourists who couldn't get into the closed Grand Canyon gathered 'round.

* Some national media descended on the Interstate hole. How cool would it have been if, when all the TV cameras went live from the hole, the Council Bluffs Teen Mom crawled out?

* This is new low for the area -- potholes that you'd have to be airlifted out of.

* Ben Sasse launched his bid for U.S. Senate in Nebraska by claiming that if Obamacare survives, the U.S. won't. Sasse is the president of Hyperbole University ... I mean, Midland University.

* The president of Midland University is running for Senate. Instead, Harvey Perlman should run, and he can pay down the federal debt by raising everybody's tuition.

* A new boxing gym is opening in West Omaha at 182nd Street and West Center Road. The goal is obviously to get kids off the mean streets of West 182nd.

* Americans are expected to spend $330 million this year on Halloween costumes for their pets. If the GOP finds out any of this is welfare money, the government may never reopen.

* Jesse “The Body” Ventura said he may run for president in 2016. You think there's a lot of acrimony in Washington, D.C., now -- wait until the president body-slams the Speaker of the House.

* The federal government shutdown is leading to all kinds of cutbacks. For example, on Thanksgiving, President Obama will pardon the White House goat.

* There is yet another federal government closure. The corner that John Boehner painted himself into is shutting down.

* Twenty House Republicans visited the White House on Thursday and talked with President Obama for 90 minutes. Then, Obama had to rush off for a two-hour visit with Soleil Moon Frye and Danny Bonaduce.

* Obama and members of the House met inside the White House Roosevelt Room. Why do they have to drag the name “Roosevelt” into this mess? Isn't there a White House Quayle Room or a Gilligan Room where it'd be more appropriate to meet?

* The meeting "went better than expected." That means no Republicans fell through trap doors at the White House, and after they left, nobody rang the White House doorbell and left burning dog poop on the porch.

* The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Dennis Rodman is demanding a recount.

* It's just one embarrassing mistake after another for Congress. Today, in an attempt to pay down our debt, members bet $1 trillion on Jacksonville to beat the Denver Broncos.

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