William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 10:15 P.M. ET:

AH, THAT 18TH CENTURY – The mayor of Paris has proposed banning cars made before 1997, a continuation of his anti-driving campaign.  He boasts that all pollution-emitting activities except driving have essentially been eliminated from Paris.  So, of course, have been a great amount of business and innovation.  But that's another story.  We sympathize, of course, with the mayor's desire to make Paris more pedestrian friendly, but that won't do a thing for the score of Gershwin's "An American in Paris," which features automobile horns.  I have a counter-proposal: Ban all mayors born before 1997.   It will make Paris more adolescent-friendly, and what Parisian can oppose romantic teenagers?

AND MORE ON FRANCE – From the Jerusalem Post:  "Muhammad Ludovic Lütfi Zahed, a gay French-Algerian man, is slated to open the first gay mosque at the end of November.  The Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet first reported last week on the plan to establish the mosque. Zahed told the Turkish paper, 'In normal mosques, women have to sit in the back seats and wear a headscarf and gay men are afraid of both verbal and physical aggression. After performing the Hajj, I realized that a mosque for gays was a must for gay Muslims who want to perform their prayers.'”  Okay, but don't expect big donations from Saudi Arabia or the new government of Egypt.

IN THIS DAY AND AGE – An analysis by Breitbart finds that more Americans are on food stamps than the combined populations of 24 states and the District of Columbia.  Some 47 million Americans received food stamps in November, a staggering number for a nation as basically prosperous as this.  In January of 2009 the number of Americans in the program stood at 31.9 million.  In 1969 the number was 2.8 million.  Progress, huh?

November 24,  2012