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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read Brad's morning jokes.
* Nebraska football announced a home-and-home series with Oregon to begin in 2016. And you were worried about the defense slowing Northwestern.
* A San Francisco fourth-grader wrote a letter to John Boehner urging an end to the shutdown. Of course conservatives just laughed it off. They're not about to listen to anyone from San Francisco.
* Congress is reportedly nearing disarray. Nearing? I think the disarray in Washington, D.C., began in 1791.
* Republicans and Democrats are reportedly $70 billion apart. Any two normal groups of people would divide the difference, settle in the middle at $35 billion and go out to dinner.
* The U.S. Senate just held a rare Sunday session. It's hoped that this will lead to something even rarer – a Senate accomplishment.
* Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer compared the current situation in Washington to throwing "a skunk in the chicken coop." If he's comparing members of the current Congress to skunks, he owes an apology to skunks.
* I heard "a skunk in the chicken coop" and thought they brought in Ross Perot to mediate the thing.
* Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen led the ceremony to cut the ribbon for Dundee's newly renovated streetscape in the historic business district. Then Festersen said if anything goes wrong with it, it's Lee Terry's fault.
* Pete Festersen announced he is running against Lee Terry in the 2014 congressional race. It's getting ugly fast. Festersen has already dug up dirt on his opponent – apparently Terry is a member of the current Congress.
* And, Terry is trying to smear Festersen by pointing out he's a member of the Omaha City Council.
* The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Sure, that name gave them the inside track. The Coalition to Party Till We Drop never stood a chance.
* Sarah Palin lashed out at Fox News. Isn't there an old adage about biting the only hand left that still feeds you?
* President Obama has quit smoking. Now that he no longer lights Obama's cigarettes, Vice President Biden has no remaining official duties.
* Dick Vitale got in trouble for something he posted to Twitter. I've been anticipating this since three seconds after the invention of Twitter.
* The New York Giants have begun the season 0-6 and don't appear to be the same team as in years past. They're now going by the nickname "They Might Be Giants.”
* The Jacksonville Jaguars have reportedly been using ball boys as scout team wide receivers in practice. The worst part: On Wednesday, a ball boy burned Jaguars' defensive backs for five TD receptions.
* On Sunday, the Chiefs sacked Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor 10 times. The first two times during pregame warmups.