Momentous news: Sarah Palin is 45 today. And at least two Hollywood outfits are thinking of making a movie of her run for Veep. Read the book. Rent the movie. Wardrobe. Make-up. Been there. Done that.
Unsettling news: in Florida, gun shops report bullets are on back order. They can’t get enough to meet demand. Nationwide, assault rifles are also in short supply. Whassup?
Quibble news: I don’t favor President Obama’s kind of press conference. The old reporter in me wants more give and take, more spontaneity. So does the young reporter. His was too controlled. Short term, he needed to focus the economic message and I’ll grant him that. But long term, it won’t work. By pre-selecting which reporters to call on, that set up the remaining reporters to look like window dressing. As much as I liked his press spokesman during the campaign (he handed Sean Hannity his butt), the guy is miscast as the White House press secretary. He makes Scott McClellan look good.
Tax news: We’ve been told the richest Americans pay the most taxes. Hmmm. The top 400 paid more than $18 billion in federal income taxes for 2006. Compare that with the nearly $1 trillion paid for all other taxpayers the same period.
Not really news: Remember a couple of years ago when people stopped selling chinchillas and emus and started peddling everything else on Ebay? Some made six-figure incomes. Nowadays, amateurs are making big money via videos on YouTube.