William Katz: Urgent Agenda
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2009
From The Wall Street Journal: In Andrew Price's first year on the job, airlines lost his luggage seven times. That would be bad enough if he were the average continent-hopping businessman, but Mr. Price is the man the airlines rely on to help them stop losing bags. On a three-day trip to Canada from Switzerland last year, his bags landed on the final day -- when he was already at the airport. He sent them straight home. They arrived a week after he did.
At least the man knows. Hats off to him for going through "the process."
From The Politico: Before presenting tennis legend Billie Jean King with the Medal of Freedom Wednesday, President Obama ticked off some of her accomplishments: 12 Grand Slam titles, 101 doubles titles, 67 singles titles. “Pretty good, Billie Jean,” he quipped. But he didn’t get any of it right, according to King herself. “They didn’t get any of my facts right,” King lightheartedly noted afterward. “Did you see all the – how many titles I won? I was cracking up. Not even in the ballpark,” she continued.
And this is the same White House we depend on to defend the country. Dig those shelters now.
From London's Daily Mail: Children who speak English as their first language are now a minority in inner-city London primary schools, official figures showed yesterday...In inner London, 54 percent of primary pupils and 48.5 percent in secondary institutions do not speak English as their first language.
And, sadly, many come from cultures that do not accept integration into Britain as any kind of obligation. The so-called "multiculturalists" are rejoicing. Saner voices who believe in Western Civilization are not.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez’s political movement has found a new target: golf.After a brief tirade against the sport by the president on national television last month, pro-Chávez officials have moved in recent weeks to shut down two of the country’s best-known golf courses, in Maracay, a city of military garrisons near here, and in the coastal city of Caraballeda. “Let’s leave this clear,” Mr. Chávez said during a live broadcast of his Sunday television program. “Golf is a bourgeois sport,” he said, repeating the word “bourgeois” as if he were swallowing castor oil. Then he went on, mocking the use of golf carts as a practice illustrating the sport’s laziness.
This should end any appeal Chavez has in Hollywood.
From Britain's Telegraph: The host of a Brazilian crime programme has been accused of organising several murders in an attempt to boost his show's ratings and get rid of competing drug traffickers. Brazilian police are investigating Wallace Souza, the presenter of "Canal Livre" and a local politician, over five murders. He is also accused of drug trafficking. "The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the police," state police intelligence chief Thomaz Vasconcelos said.
The job offers from American networks should start coming in a few hours.
BERLIN (Reuters) - A bride in Germany spent her wedding night passed out next to a crate of vodka in the back seat of a car and had to be rescued by police when the BMW began to overheat in the sun...Still clad in her wedding dress, the dazed woman had to scramble through the broken window because she had no idea where the car keys or her husband were, police said.
Well, I suspect the car keys are with the husband, who may have felt he'd made a bit of a mistake.
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