Normally, there's a news lull during the last few weeks of December that lets us here at "The Daily Show" take some time off and spend it with our families.

Normally, there's a news lull during the last few weeks of December that lets us here at "The Daily Show" take some time off and spend it with our families.

But this year was a little different, as some very interesting current events took place at the end of the Democrats' lame duck session.

Toward the end of last year we were ridiculing the Democrats, and we were not alone.

"The Obama agenda is dead," reported Fox News. Yeah, it was all "Nobama," "The Audacity of Dopes" and "Dreams from My Ass."

Then, during the normal news downtime, there was a surprise - some huge legislative victories in the last month, including a tax deal to protect the unemployed, the 9/11 first-responders health care bill, the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," overhauling the nation's food safety laws and signing a nuclear weapons treaty with Russia.

Maybe the Democrats need to lose midterm elections more often so they can get stuff done. If only they'd completely lost the Senate, we could've solved our immigration problems.

The media's definitive pronouncement of the administration's demise was followed nearly instantaneously by a multitude of political victories. Therefore, as scandals must be suffixed with "gate," this could mean only one thing - the media must coin a phrase!

Nearly every 24-hour cable news outlet is now calling President Obama the "comeback kid." It's strange, because they were the only ones who were calling him dead.

You know, the media is like the world's worst paramedics - they declare people dead when they're just napping. And then when they wake up, they call it a miracle.

State of c razy

Every year one of our states emerges as the leading exporter of utter insanity. Florida dominated the field in the early '00s. Arizona and New Jersey are always strong contenders.

Last year, South Carolina - let's face it - ran away with it. Not because of its governor or because of its crackpot state legislature, and not because of its one gentleman who had sex with a horse. Because that same gentleman went back months later for sex with the same horse.

Of course, the South Carolina spin on that is, "Hey, come to South Carolina and see the world's most attractive horse." But now it's 2011, and the field is wide open this year.

We've got our eye on Arkansas, where CNN reports wildlife officials are "pretty stumped" after thousands of birds dropped dead from the sky on New Year's Eve.

So was it a natural phenomenon or murder? Either way, masses of Arkansas birds dropping from the sky is a pretty good opening play for the crazy-state sweepstakes.

Would anyone like to counter?

"One hundred and twenty-five miles away, a stretch of the Arkansas River was blanketed with 100,000 dead fish," reported "The Today Show."

All right, now we're moving from crazy-state story to sign-of-the-apocalypse story. Looks like it's going to be tough to beat Arkansas this year.