William Katz: Urgent Agenda
JANUARY 4, 2009
KINGSTON, N.Y., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A judge in New York state took the oath of office with his hand placed on a dictionary rather than a book of Scripture because officials could find no Bible.
The remarkable thing is, in this day and age, that they could find a dictionary.
JANUARY 3, 2010
(CBS/AP) There was something special on the menu at a New York soup kitchen Thursday. Those eating lunch at the Broadway Community Inc. facility in Manhattan got a taste of the luxury life, thanks to a gift of caviar from an anonymous donor. The caviar was served along with sour cream and egg whites and yolks and chives on cornmeal blinis. About 150 people showed up for lunch.
Next they'll install a stock ticker. Only in New York, only in New York.
JANUARY 2, 2010
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A record number of Swedish residents applied for legal name changes in 2009, officials say. A total of 7,740 applications were made to the Patent and Registration Office, the Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported Thursday.
This will undoubtedly become a new human right in Sweden - the right to throw off an oppressive name.
JANUARY 1, 2010
First great headline of 2010, relating to the Mayo Clinic's decision to stop taking Medicare patients at some of its Arizona facilities. From Investors Business Daily:
Mayo Says: Hold The Medicare
DECEMBER 31, 2009
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Truck theft diary: - Take silver 1985 Chevy truck from City Transfer yard in Sumner, Wash., early Monday morning. Helpfully fill it with unleaded gasoline. Fail to notice it requires diesel.
- Call 911 for assistance when truck stalls shortly after noon Monday on State Route 167 in Renton area. Grab green reflector vest found in truck so as to appear to be actual City Transfer employee when help arrives.
- Have the misfortune to have a REAL City Transfer employee drive by and report location of stalled, stolen truck to police.
- Watch Washington State Patrol troopers arrive. Watch a real City Transfer employee who witnessed the theft arrive and describe the man he saw take the truck.
This guy will probably be recruited by Janet Napolitano.
DECEMBER 30, 2009
AMMARNAS, Sweden, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Residents of a Swedish town of about 160 people said they have been without Internet since before Christmas because their only technician is on vacation.
Under socialism, they're entitled to one technician. Obama's people are rushing to Sweden to study this wonderful system.
DECEMBER 29, 2009
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Arsonists set fire early on Wednesday to a giant straw statue of the Swedish Yule goat, a forerunner to Santa Claus in Sweden, defying security measures for a third year in a row. Police in Gavle, north of Stockholm, said an unknown number of attackers had torched the goat in the early morning hours, leaving a blackened skeleton standing in the town square. "It's a tradition to burn it down," Lofberg said. "It's happened an untold number of times since the 1960s ... it's been burned down more years than it's survived."
Look, it's Sweden. All you have to say is "cultural expression," and they let it go.
DECEMBER 28, 2009
LONDON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A serial shoplifter from North Wales who has served the equivalent of two life sentences was jailed after committing theft No. 321, British police say.David Archer, 54, spent Saturday in jail after admitting in court he shoplifted two bottles of whiskey.
He served the equivalent of two life sentences? Wouldn't that mean..? We have here a biological miracle.
DECEMBER 27, 2009
DURHAM, N.H., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Students who engage heavily in social networking do just as well academically as students who are less interested in keeping in touch, U.S. researcher say. Chuck Martin, whose marketing research class at the University of New Hampshire conducted the study, says the class surveyed 1,127 university students from a range of majors.
Just thought you parents out there would want to know.
DECEMBER 26, 2009
Actual AP headline today: Terror suspected in plot to blow up Northwest jet
Yeah, yeah, I'd say that if there's a plot to blow up an airliner, terror might be suspected. Sure, I'll go along with that.
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