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Brad's morning edition.
* State Sen. Mike Flood announced he's running for governor of Nebraska in 2014. Man, that 36 hours between the end of the last campaign season and the beginning of the new one was nice.
* J.C. Penney stock fell 13 percent on Monday down to around $17. It's a sad day for the U.S. economy when J.C. Penney stock is selling for less than items at J.C. Penney.
* The World Pole Dancing competition just ended in Zurich, Switzerland. Not surprisingly, most Democratic U.S. congressmen had more emotionally invested in this outcome than in our presidential election.
* The Pentagon has developed a blimp. You think debate on the fiscal cliff has been moving slow, now our leaders will be traveling to talks on a blimp.
* Martha Stewart has been forced to downsize by laying off employees. The good news is she showed all of the laid off employees how to take a pink slip and two safety pins to make a nut holder.
* Charles Barkley's new Weight Watchers ad consists of him rattling off names for male genitalia. Which would be ingenious if the target audience for Weight Watchers was 13-year-old boys.
* Don Zimmer has signed on for another year as a special adviser to Tampa Bay. This will be his 65th year in major league baseball. In those 65 years, Zimmer has seen it all. Well, all but a Cubs World Series win.
* The Philadelphia 76ers have something called Big Bella - the world's largest T-shirt launcher. How embarrassing is this for North Korea? We now have a T-shirt gun with a longer range than their missile launchers.
* Big Bella is a 600-pound gun. If the 76ers take this to road games, you'll know we have a problem with airport security.
* At the airport I was asked if I'd seen anything unusual lately. So I reported witnessing the Kansas City Chief get a first down.
* I was thinking about Hurricane Sandy, that big nor-easter, and the Los Angeles Lakers' beginning of the 2012 season. Proof that disasters really do occur in groups of three.
* After firing coach Mike Brown for starting off with a 1-4 record, the Lakers signed Mike D'Antoni to a four-day contract - wait, my mistake, that's a four-year contract.