William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 10:30 P.M. ET:

BIDEN'S THE ONE – Joe Biden added to the resumé he's building for 2016 by announcing to a crowd on Saturday, "I'm proud to be president of the United States."  Someone nudged him onstage and he corrected himself.  He then announced, "I'm proud to be vice president of the United States, and I'm prouder to be Barack Obama, President Barack Obama's vice president."  Sort of like Lincoln saying, "Twoscore and seven...oh, I think it was fourscore and something."

COULD IT BE? – From London's Telegraph:  "Prof John Parnell, 55, has co-written a theory with Dr Joseph Michalski, a planetary geologist at the Natural History Museum, that suggests they have discovered the best signs of life in the huge McLaughlin Crater on the surface of Mars.  The document, published today in Nature Geoscience journal, describes how they assessed the crater, created by a meteorite which smashed into the surface of Mars, flinging up rocks from miles below.  The rocks appear to be made up of clays and minerals which have been altered by water - the essential element to support life."  It's reported from Washington that the Obama administration is insisting that Martians pay their fair share of celestial taxes.

NRA TOPS HOLLYWOOD – A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the National Rifle Association (I am not a member) is more popular than Hollywood.  This humiliation comes right before the Oscars.  Some 41% see the NRA positively, while 34% see it negatively.  By contrast, 24% are positive about Hollywood, while 39% are negative.  Not exactly the golden age of Hollywood.  The rusted age, maybe.

January 20, 2013