Every morning, more or less, I read the news or at least skim it. AP, Reuters, BBC, Al Jazeera on occasion and, with decreasing frequency due to its sloppy Internet presentation, The Washington Post. I haven't read The New York Times in years: Its pedestals and bias don't appeal much.
But I always forget The Onion, a satirical presentation that strains at stool, but at least gives it a shot. In times of extremity, it's nice to laugh ... or feel forced to offer a rueful smile. This morning, for example, a friend sent along a link for an article on breeding moderate Republicans in captivity and while reading that, I noticed one on Iran's expressing fears about America's nuclear-weapons potential.
A little news, a little laughter -- it beats solemnity.