Today’s cup: Oprah, al Qaeda’s new guy, Rick Perry, and “The Good Wife”

Al Qaeda has reportedly chosen its new leader, in light of the death of Osama bin Laden, so America now has a new enemy #1.  His name is Martin Flubowsky, also known as Marty.  Not really.  He’s Saif al-Adel, he’s Egyptian, and he’s probably not a very nice man.  Rumor has it that bin Laden’s number two guy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is miffed for being passed over.

Every famous person alive today, and even some dead ones, paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday in a taping of two shows leading up to her big goodbye next week.  From Tom Hanks to Abraham Lincoln, they were all there to surprise her and remind her that she is the greatest woman who ever lived.  Maria Shriver showed up on the day we all learned why she and her husband split.  The shows will air May 23 and 24.  (Kidding aside, I actually like Oprah a lot.  I think she’s single-handedly encouraged more people to read than anyone in recent memory.)

The Arnold Schwarzenegger saga is salacious, yes.  Tragic for his wife and family, no doubt.  Photos of the son we didn’t know he had can now be found on the internet (no, I’m not linking to them) and the identity of the boy’s mother, 50-year-old Mildred Patricia Baena, is no longer a secret.  Steve Lopez at the Los Angeles Times reminds us we were warned and that, in the end, Californians got what they deserved for choosing style and celebrity over substance.  The Terminator was a lousy governor.

The more one reads about the past behavior of Dominique Strauss-Kahn regarding his relationship with women, the more difficult it is to believe what happened at the Sofitel New York hotel last weekend was consensual, but that appears to be what his defense will claim.  And why exactly would this 32-year-old hotel maid from West Africa, a single mother living in the Bronx, voluntarily give DSK a blowjob?  Yeah, bad defense strategy.

I’d rather not think about powerful French men and sex, but the news keeps coming.  Looks as if the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, has had relations with his wife, supermodel/singer/actress Carla Bruni.  She’s pregnant.

Watermelons are exploding in China, which isn’t so strange when you think about how gassy a person can get after eating one.  It appears that a farmer in Xian used too much Miracle Grow, and that’s illegal.

Here we go.  I said back in November that Texas Governor Rick Perry would run for president, even if he continued to insist he wouldn’t.  According to Real Clear Politics, Perry’s people have begun sniffing around to calculate what kind of support he’d receive should he decide to seek the GOP nomination.

The Mississippi continues rising and fingers remained crossed that it doesn’t wipe out Natchez and Vicksburg, towns known for their Civil War past.  New Orleans and Baton Rouge watch the mighty river with concerned anticipation.

Commander Mark Kelly and his Space Shuttle Endeavour docked at the International Space Station today as his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, underwent brain surgery to replace the part of her skull removed after she was shot in the head last January.  And I’ve got nothing on my calendar this morning.

CBS announced their new lineup at the upfronts in New York on Wednesday morning and all I care about is “The Good Wife”.  It’s moving from Tuesday nights to Sunday.  That’s okay with me.

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks had a record setting game against Oklahoma City last night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.  Hitting 24 for 24 three throws, he had 48 points overall.

I can’t stand a know-it-all, but curiously am not bothered by a polymath.

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  1. Michael says

    About Strauss-Kahn, consensual? As she cleaned toilets, wiped hair out of tubs, dealt with damp towels and tossed sheets, I can just imagine the first thing on this woman’s mind (when she ran into a naked man who looked like her out of shape grandfather) was … oh baby, let’s get it on.

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