William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 4:35 P.M. ET:

FICTION – Good research can never be beat.  President Obama, in his eulogy for Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, went on and on about how Inouye was such an inspiration in his life, and how important his example was.  But NRO's "The Corner" actually took the time to research Obama's writings and writings about him and found only a single oblique reference to Inouye in one of Obama's books, and none in any of the others.  The senator must have really been a profound influence.  What is remarkable is how much dishonesty this man gets away with. 

WHOOPS – Gun deaths and injuries in California have dropped dramatically even as gun ownership has soared.  The Sacramento Bee reports:  " Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General's office.  During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health.  Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11 percent drop, state health figures show."  The Bee tries to explain the drop as simply reflecting the nationwide drop in violent crime.  But if gun ownership is linked with violent offenses, why has there even been a nationwide drop in violent crime?  It contradicts the claims of those who wish to concentrate on gun-control measures rather than other steps to reduce violence. 

UNBELIEVABLE – No citizens in this country need good representation in Congress more than the residents of the 2nd C.D. in Illinois – recently "represented" by whackjob Jesse Jackson Jr., who has resigned in the face of pending legal charges and mysterious claims of emotional illness.  And now one of the leading contenders for the seat, State Senator Donne Trotter, has dropped out of the race to succeed Jackson after being charged with trying to board an airliner with a gun.  Chances are, Jackson will be succeeded by another political hack who will do the bidding of the Chicago political machine and the local black "leadership."  Some 500 people have been murdered in Chicago this year, many of them in the 2nd C.D.  But there is no sense of urgency about seeking excellence in representation.  It's pathetic.  And Chicago wonders why it is becoming a national laughingstock.

December 29, 2012