William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 8:27 P.M. ET: 

A BRILLIANT NEW APPROACH – Camden, New Jersey, is one of the most depressed, crime-ridden cities in the United States.  In November it had 62 murders, an all-time record for the place.  And what is the response?  One part of the hard-hitting reaction, no doubt based on the work of many "scholars" and multicultural experts, is a new sign that has suddenly appeared on a major highway into the city:  SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT CAMDEN.  Take that, killers!  Actually, it's the brainchild of a Manhattan ad executive who wants to help create a positive image.  Arresting the murderers might help a bunch.

BLOOMBERG'S FOLLY – Mayor Mike's city government is at it again.  Adding to the wreckage from Hurricane Sandy, some New Yorkers, whose homes were heavily damaged, are getting a summons for "failure to maintain" their property.  I kid you not.  One family's home was almost destroyed by a city-owned tree, and they're getting the same summons.  You know, we want the place to look right in case Obama comes for another visit and dinner.  Letters are being sent to appropriate agencies demanding that the violations be cancelled.  Letters I say!

UNBELIEVABLE – A British mother who beat her son to death for failing to learn the Koran has been found guilty of murder.  Now let us hope the verdict is upheld in Britain's notoriously politically correct judicial system.  It is wrong to believe that all Muslim families are like this.  Plainly, they are not.  But it is not wrong to examine this kind of abuse in Muslim communities, and that includes the beating and murdering of women.  There is an element of Islam that engages in this stuff, while the chic journalists look away.

THE GREAT OBAMA RECOVERY – Citigroup, one of the largest banking operations in the country, announced Wednesday that it is cutting 11,000 jobs and tightening its operations overall.   And more cuts are expected in the near future.  Didn't Obama say a few days ago that America is about to have an economic breakout?  Why doesn't the business sector believe it?  You think they should talk?  We get a major job-creation report on Friday, and already there is apprehension.

December 5, 2012