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Archive for July 17th, 2017

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………we will look at the week of Donald Trump Jr and Russia…….are we talking too much Russia? I think a lot of Americans would say yes………President Trump in France………Mrs Sanders plays ‘the woman card’……….Former Director Comey has a book contract…….How much do we really know about a nuclear North Korea?……..Martin Landeau, the man from ‘Mission Impossible’ passed away……..the DiMaggio streal ended at 56 in Cleveland……………and other stories……….

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Martin Landau (1928-2017)

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We learned that Martin Landau died yesterday.    His career was very diverse:    

Landau was born June 28, 1928, in Brooklyn and worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before becoming an actor, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Landau’s career spanned the decades. In 1957 he had a part in the play “Middle of the Night,” with Edward G. Robinson and ended up on the West Coast, according to the Internet Movie Database.

To the general public, Landau was best known to the public for playing master of disguise Rollin Hand for a top-secret spy team in the 1960s series “Mission: Impossible,” in which his then-wife Barbara Bain also starred.

I remember him a  lot from “Mission Impossible“, a truly great show.     I also recall “North by Northwest“, another great Alfred Hitchcock movie.

RIP Mr. Landau.

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July 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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Why do Democrats win polls and lose elections?

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Are there any Democrats out there asking a simple question:  Why are we winning polls and losing elections?      It happened in 2016 and more recently in the Georgia special election.   Why are so many experts wrong?

A quick answer may be the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll.    

This is from Rush Limbaugh’s show on Monday:   

On this ABC/Washington Post poll, it probably would be more accurate to say they did not oversample Democrats. They vastly under-sampled Republicans. The split: 35% Democrat, 23% Republican.

Do you know what Gallup said that the Republican turnout was? Gallup says 38% of the United States ID’d as Republican or Republican-leaning after the November election, leading into and afterwards. Thirty-eight percent. You know, many more Americans identify as conservative than liberal.    

So why they keep putting out polls like these?   Why do they keep publishing polls based on a flawed sample?    

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July 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm

1956: Grace Kelly and “High Society”, her last film

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On this day in 1956, “High society” was released.   

It was Grace Kelly’s last movie before marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco.    She was one of the most popular ladies of Hollywood in the 1950s.

She died in 1982 after an automobile accident:     

Princess Grace of Monaco, whose stately beauty and reserve gave her enduring Hollywood stardom even long after she ended her film career, died yesterday in Monte Carlo of injuries suffered when her car plunged off a mountain road Monday. She was 52 years old.
The Princess, the former Grace Kelly, died of a cerebral hemorrhage, a palace spokesman said in Monaco. Princess Grace wa driving her British Rover 3500 on a snaking road at Cap-d’Ail in the Cote d’Azur region when she lost control and plunged down a 45-foot embankment. The car burst into flames, and the Princess suffered multiple fractures, including a broken thighbone, collarbone and ribs.
Initial reports gave no sense that her life was in jeopardy. But a Monaco Government announcement yesterday said that her health had ”deteriorated during the night.”
”At the end of the day all therapeutic possibilities had been exceeded,” the announcement said. 

It was quite a shock.  I remember hearing about the car crash and the death the next day.    

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July 17, 2017 at 10:30 am

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Leopoldo Lopez free but not really free

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A few days ago, I got the news flash that Leopoldo Lopez, the celebrated political prisoner in Venezuela, was released. My reaction was very positive until I got further information, such as this report on the New York Times:   

On July 8, the government of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela delivered its most well-known political prisoner, Leopoldo López, to his home. The Supreme Court, which Mr. Maduro effectively controls, said in a one-paragraph statement that it granted Mr. López house arrest on “humanitarian grounds” because of his “health situation.” It also mentioned “irregularities in the distribution of the case to a criminal court.”

The popular leader of Voluntad Popular, a centrist political party, and one of Mr. Maduro’s fiercest critics, Mr. López was arrested in 2014 at the beginning of a brutal crackdown on the huge anti-government protests that he had actively promoted. He was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison, charged with inciting violence during the protests — false allegations based on fabricated evidence, as a prosecutor in the case told me after fleeing the country.

I also spoke with a Venezuelan friend in Miami who gave me further context. My friend made two interesting points:

1) Lopez’ release is all about public relations. The Maduro regime is under pressure from OAS members to respect the rule of law. Releasing Lopez is not a sign that Mr. Maduro has suddenly discovered “human rights” but it’s better than keeping the man separated from his wife and young children.


2) Maduro may be showing signs of stress. Perhaps all of those demonstrations, and a dead economy, may be catching up with the regime.
We will give this story a bit more time, especially with Sunday’s unofficial vote.

I believe that the PR explanation is the real one. Maduro needs to get this issue off the table and he has for the moment.

The mess in Venezuela continues, a sad reality for those of us who used to remember that beautiful country of wonderful friendly people, “shortstops,” and beautiful Miss Universe contestants.

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July 17, 2017 at 7:43 am