GET THE BAD (OR EMBARASSING) NEWS OUT ON FRIDAY.....is the working rule in the White house. So says the former president's right hand man who, here, runs through the dismal Friday releases from earlier weeks and leading to the still unfathomable announcement concerning the coming New York City trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his friends.

KUDLOW IS OFTEN A BIT HYPER-VENTILATED......but in this column about Obamanomics he seems to us to be right on target---and the target seems to get bigger and bigger week by week! Or should that be day by day?

HAD ENOUGH OF MICHAEL MOORE? So has Michael Shermer who turns his lie-detector machine on for a close perusal of the latest work by the "Leni Riefenstahl of America" and finds that Moore's defamation of Capitalism is not only wrong (as expected) but lacks all the defamatory skill that distinguished his earlier cinematic excursions.

THE GREATEST JAZZ MUSICIAN.....was, by virtually anyone's reckoning, Louis Armstrong and here is what Terry Teachout, his latest biographer, has to say about the art and personhood of Satchmo. Teachout, as it happens, will be our guest on Extension 720 quite soon---namely, Monday, December 14th.

A HARD AND EXPERT LOOK AT MILITARY REALITY IN AFGHANISTAN......is provided in this compelling article by Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations. Boot, in our estimation is the American equivalent of John Keegan and has appeared often on our program. Here's one of his recent programs.

THE INNER LIFE OF T. S. ELIOT.....was just as tortured (or more so) as his poetry would lead you to expect and his newly published letters do confirm. This interesting review has just appeared in the U.K. Telegraph.

TRULY FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE.......is this fine concert from the Argerich festival held in Lugano, Switzerland earlier this year. Two concertos (do you prefer concerti?) are heard: Bloch And MacDowell and then De Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain.