William Katz:  Urgent Agenda







CONFIRMED – Syria has now confirmed an Israeli air strike into its territory, claiming the strike was aimed at a military research center near Damascus.  Other sources say that attack was made on a convoy carrying missiles into Lebanon.  At any rate, we know that a strike was made.  The record shows that Israel has not taken direct action against Syria unless the target was vital.  It struck a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.

BRING IN THE HEAVYWEIGHTS – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has appointed the renowned thinker and political mover, William "Mo" Cowan, to the Senate seat being vacated by John Kerry, who will become secretary of state on Friday.  Cowan, who will serve until a special election in June, is Patrick's former chief of staff.  No, I never heard of him either.  Another giant enters the Senate.

TODAY'S POINT OF VIEW – Hillary Clinton has announced that, at present, she's "not inclined" to run for president in 2016.  This is the first of 274 other planned statements she will make on her political future, each one contradicting the last.  The newly resigned secretary of state says that she will write her memoirs, and expressed shock, shock, that a PAC has been formed to get her to run for the highest office.  Do not take any of this seriously.

GOOD-BYE – The Andrews Sisters were one of biggest acts in recording, radio, and movies during the World War II period.  Their blend was unique, making them perhaps the most famous of all "sister acts," at the top of a league that included the Boswell Sisters, the McGuire Sisters, and the Lennon Sisters.  The last of the Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews, has just died at 94, ending the legend.  Maxine died in 1995, LaVerne in 1967.  If you've never heard the Andrews rendition of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," you've missed something that was loved by our G.I.'s in wartime.  You can find it here.

January 30, 2013