Jewish World Review Jan. 13, 2006/ 13 Teves,
http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | This period which falls right after the Christmas and New Year holidays is always a somewhat quiet time a slower-paced time. A break from all the tumult and hubbub, it allows us to catch our breath and focus our attention on things other than giving gifts and making merry. In this quieter, slower-paced period my mind begins to wander with musings both large and small. For example:
And speaking of show biz, the latest insulting remark from Harry Belafonte, in which he called President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” while kissing up to America-hating, socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez, in Venezuela got me thinking about all the ungrateful, leftist celebrities that just keep spewing out hate against our country. These entertainers have made a bloody fortune in America, and yet have nothing but contempt and anger for their homeland. They’re rich, famous, powerful, and seem to be so very unhappy with their country.
What will ultimately go down as one of the silliest styles in men’s wear is the current
fashion in suits consisting of low-riding dress slacks, really long ties, and tight fitting
jackets which button high. When the jacket is buttoned you can see the long tie sticking out
from the bottom of the jacket and reaching almost to the top of the belted slacks (which are
worn well below the waistline on the hips). Nice look … for a circus clown or burlesque comic.
I don’t know when or how the style of wearing one’s trousers below the belly got started, but
there used to be a time when only the sloppiest of dressers wore their pants that way. Now I
see it all the time, on everyone, executives as well as refrigerator repair men. Even if
you’re skinny it looks sloppy, but if you have any protruding stomach at all, it’s quite
repulsive. Oh, and that goes for women, too.
“Believe you me.” I’ve heard that expression all my life. “Believe you me.” People
use it as you might use “I kid you not” which I understand completely. But “believe you me”
I just don’t get at all. Why not just say, “Believe me”? Why “Believe YOU me?” I’m sorry,
but I want this senseless expression eradicated from the face of the earth.
A reader, C. Wayne Lammers from Memphis, Tennessee, recently sent me this quote from President Theodore Roosevelt that is especially relevant to us today. It is as follows: Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.