Snooki's final episode; Lindsay Lohan is late to the morgue

Daybreak Daily’s glance at the pop-culture world finds a riveting narrative from Rolling Stone about Libya, unearths some Snooki stuff, and provides a really good mystery music video.

LIBYA, IN RETROSPECT: Per Rolling Stone, “Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, the Obama administration had been grappling with how the United States should respond to the wave of democratic uprisings sweeping the region, first in Tunisia, then in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Morocco and Syria.

But once those governments actually began to fall, the Obama administration was slow to distance itself from the oil-rich autocrats the U.S. had supported for decades. In Egypt, Vice President Joe Biden downplayed the democratic revolt. In Bahrain – home of the U.S. 5th Fleet – the administration looked the other way as the royal family allowed the military to violently crush peaceful street protests. In Yemen, the U.S. chose not to intervene when the country's military fired into crowds calling for the president's resignation. To Arab protesters, Obama's "new beginning" seemed more like the same old American realpolitik that had long dominated the Middle East.

In Libya, however, the uprising took on a decidedly different character than those of its neighbors. After only a week of peaceful demonstrations, the protesters had transformed themselves into an armed rebel force and began marching on Tripoli.”

. . .The untold story of how Obama decided to intervene in Libya – followed six weeks later by the successful assault he ordered on Osama bin Laden – reveals a commander in chief who has significantly departed from the agonized deliberations he engaged in just two years ago over how to reshape America's role in Afghanistan. Although the president consulted a wide range of advisers about Libya, from Middle East experts and Pentagon brass to starry-eyed humanitarians, he acted with unprecedented speed and decisiveness. It was the first war he started on his own – and the success of the Libyan rebellion is largely the result of the decisions he made at the very outset of the uprising.”

TO SHOW OR NOT TO SHOW: Per the Hollywood Reporter, “News organizations are defending airing the grim video of deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s lifeless, bloodied body being kicked and dragged through the streets near his hometown of Sirte. The cell phone video was obtained by Qatar-based Al Jazeera on Thursday morning before widespread reports of Gadhafi's death. And while U.S. news organizations were careful to note that Gadhafi's death was not confirmed by NATO or the U.S. government, they quickly began airing the video, warning viewers that what they were about to see was disturbing.”

LINDSAY’S LATE: Per People, “The morgue is the last place to show up fashionably late. Lindsay Lohan arrived behind schedule for janitorial duty at the L.A. County Dept. of Coroner on Thursday morning – and then left.

"Lindsay arrived at the morgue approximately 20 minutes late and will be returning for orientation tomorrow," her rep Steve Honig said. "Her lateness was due to a combination of not knowing what entrance to go through and confusion caused by the media waiting for her arrival. Lindsay spoke with the supervisors at the morgue, they showed her how to get in and everything is all cleared up."{ }

{ }MEANWHILE: Per E!, “You ever make a 10-year plan? Lindsay Lohan did. Exactly five years ago today. And looking back on it is a shocker. It's not that her goals, circa the mid-2000s, were exceptionally unusual; it's that for all her mug shots and run-ins with the county morgue, Lohan has already made good on half of them.

"I want to get married before I'm 30," Lohan, then 20, told In Style in an issue that went on sale on Oct. 20, 2006. "And have my house. And make the kind of record I want. And I'd like to win an Oscar before then."
As of today, she's got the house, and she's got the record, too, assuming you count her 2008 collaboration with Ne-Yo, "Bossy," which added to the discography she began building when she was a teenager.

SIGH: Per Celebuzz!, “The fourth season of Jersey Shore comes to a close on Jersday, Oct. 20, as the gang gets ready to leave Italy and head back to the states. This season has been filled with the usual — heartbreak and hookups, inflated egos and some hilarious comedic relief from Pauly D.

We got a break from the usual drama between Ronnie Magro-Ortiz and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, and instead got a closer look at the delicate relationship between Nicole Snooki Polizzi and her boyfriend Jionni LaValle. There were car accidents, pranks, and more drunken stumbles than we could count!

But in tonight’s season finale, the gang leaves the clubs behind and experiences some Italian culture before leaving Florence. And we don’t think anyone will be too shocked to discover that Snooki isn’t much of an art buff!

WOW BABY: Per Us, “When he or she arrives in February, Beyonce's baby is going to live very, very, very large!
As the first-time mom-to-be and hubby Jay-Z await the arrival of their child, they are prepping their pad in NYC's Tribeca apartment with a not-so-little baby's room. An insider tells Us Weekly he pad "will have a nursery that is 2,200 square feet!"

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood