In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 24, 2013/ 16 Tammuz, 5773

It's hard to get behind law on saggy pants

By Reg Henry

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Reader warning: There's going to be puns. How could there not be puns in a column about Wildwood, N.J., enacting a ban on saggy pants that expose people's butts or underwear along its boardwalk.

The law will take effect July 2, The Associated Press reports, with a first offense punishable by a $25 fine. Subsequent violations might reap fines as high as $200 and 40 hours of community service. Presumably you'd have to be really cheeky to merit that sort of penalty.

"This is just adding a little bit of decency to our town," Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. was quoted as saying. "It's amazing -- and this is a pun -- how far decency has fallen through the cracks."

Yes, that was a pun to die for, and thank goodness you were warned in advance before you did. I myself take a stern view of people parading about with posterior decolletage. Really, do we have to look at that? If we want to be grossed out, we could look at really large people in small bathing suits at the nearby beach.

It is hard not to sympathize with a Jersey Shore resort that is trying to maintain standards when at any minute Snooki and her pals might arrive. I am surprised they didn't pass an ordinance requiring tuxedos to be worn on the boardwalk.

But any suggestion that Wildwood is trying to be the fashion police was squelched by city Commissioner Pete Byron, also quoted in the AP story despite not making any puns. "There's a line that gets crossed between being a fashion statement and being obnoxious," he said. "Families can feel threatened."

He is so right. Buttocks are anathema to family life. If too much is made of buttocks, a little kiddie can wake up screaming in the night because he thinks a monster pair of buttocks is hiding under the bed.

As it is, the attempt by Wildwood to become Mildwood has led to cries of racism, just as it has in other places with similar bans. Civil libertarians say such laws are unconstitutional. That's because the trend called "sagging," which is said to have originated in the prison system, was made popular by hip-hop artists.

(It is a relief to know that I am finally trendy. I am at the age when a lot of personal sagging is going on, although not yet my pants.)

I read in The New York Post that the rapper "The Game" -- who is apparently famous, which explains why I have never heard of him -- has denounced the Wildwood law as racist and promised to pay the fines for the first five people ticketed.

This is very sporting of The Game but -- call me naive -- I am not sure that racism is involved in this case. Maybe he could have a chat with The Situation, one of the dopier characters in the "Jersey Shore" cast, concerning -- what else? -- the situation.

Certainly racism is a lingering legacy in this country, but I don't think the cause of equality is helped by blaming everything on race. I think we do better by assuming the best about people in the absence of clear evidence to the contrary -- in Wildwood's case, that it's just well-meaning silliness inspiring the law.

After all, sagging pants are worn by all sorts of callow youths. The last offender I saw was a pale-skinned kid who had his butt so far out of his pants that if had he tied a roller skate to it and bent his knees, he could have slid on down the road as a mercy to onlookers.

No, it's not just minorities who are wearing their pants in such a way as to drive the old men (and women) crazy. Indeed, it may be progress that the knucklehead community is so about equal opportunity these days, empowering people of all ethnic varieties to wear their baseball caps backward and to have droopy drawers dusting the sidewalk while aerating their nether quarters.

It's the plumbers I worry about in Wildwood. What if some honest tradesman were walking down the boardwalk to fix the pipes at an ice cream, trinkets, saucy postcards and T-shirt store and found himself ticketed for an offense against good taste. It wouldn't seem right. Surely plumbers are allowed to display the trademark sign of their profession without a law that allows no ifs or butts.

So while the residents of Wildwood have my sympathy, I don't think a law is needed, especially one that goes into effect just before the Fourth of July, America's great celebration of freedom. Fashions change, as does society's definition of obscenity, dooming Wildwood to fight a hopeless rear-guard action against the tush menace.

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Reg Henry is a columnist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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