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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* Six new presidential polls were released on Thursday morning alone. This is ridiculous. At 10:45, a media outlet will release a poll refuting the one it released at 10:15.
* The six new polls included ones from the Wall Street Journal, NBC and CBS. It's getting ridiculous. The Globe tabloid just released a poll claiming that Romney leads Obama 48 to 46 percent in a sampling of alien love children fathered by Elvis.
* On the calendar, Thursday is 10-11-12. Good thing this isn't the Mayan calendar or someone would claim it means the world will end by sundown.
* A body language expert is explaining what the candidates' movements mean. For example, when President Obama curls up in a fetal position after seeing the latest post-debate polls ... well, I guess that's self-explanatory.
* On the campaign trail, Joe Biden recently said: “This is deadly earnest, man.” You know things are bleak when Biden begins to sound like Charlie Sheen.
* Bob Kerrey is calling for making the U.S. Congress more like the Nebraska Legislature. If he means we should begin paying U.S. Congressmen $12,000 a year, I'm all for it.
* It would probably take a constitutional amendment to change the way Congress operates. A constitutional amendment? At this point, I don't think our leaders in Washington are capable of changing their selections in the House vending machines.
* The Iowa Department of Public Health is warning people not to spend time around rabid bats. There go my plans for the weekend.
* A Los Angeles pizza restaurant has debuted the world's largest deliverable pizza. It serves 70 people. It's getting bad when people gathered to watch a televised football game are consuming a pizza that's larger than the field on which that game is played.
* A man in Scotland had to be rescued after getting his head stuck in a trash can. You know, I'm beginning to understand why Europeans have not been able to come up with a viable economic rescue plan.
* Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk has voiced his opposition to gay marriage. Something is wrong in this country when the Baltimore Ravens center has a clearer policy on gay marriage than the president of the United States.
* Arkansas football coach John L. Smith mistakenly referred to Arkansas as Alabama. Is it asking too much for a coach to know which team he coaches?
* Oklahoma State employs a hypnotherapist who hypnotizes its quarterbacks. As if the Cowboys haven't had some frustrating big-game losses in their history, wait until there's a crucial fourth and 2 and a confused quarterback starts squawking like a chicken.