Well, I didn't get back too many observations on what I should run today, but at least I got back something.
How about this story, from November 8, 2010? It is not the best story I have written, but the one person who answered my query asked me to look back at a news story from the past.
Here is one that I think you enjoyed way back when, and you can enjoy again: Rant #370 from more than three years ago.
"Wow, it's funny how washed up former stars always seem to get into the headlines one way or another.
have read that Pamela Anderson, who is competing in the Israeli version
of "Dancing With the Stars," is also in the country for another reason:
to speak with Orthodox Jews and ask them to forgo their traditional fur
For Orthodox Jews both in Israel and the United States and
for that matter, around the world, the fur hat is part of their
traditional clothing, which includes black coats. For them to give up
their black, fur hats would be tantamount to people like Pamela giving
up the spotlight.
But Anderson, an honorary director of People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), won't have any of that. She
claims that with so many choices--including fake fur--why should the
Orthodox choose the real thing?
And she is on a mission to keep Orthodox Jews, err, abreast of the situation.
intends to talk to religious leaders while she is in Israel about this
topic, and will continue to try to educate people about the uses of fur
when she participates in other "Dancing With the Stars" competitions
that she participates in around the world.
I guess what Anderson
is trying to do is a noble gesture, but honestly, she is speaking to
people who are so set in their ways that I wouldn't be surprised if it
falls on deaf ears.
They have kept up their traditions for
centuries--do you really think the former Playboy model will be able to
sway them to her side?
Many Orthodox Jews--and more to the point,
many ultra-Orthodox Jews--live lifestyles that harken back to a
different century. They are never slaves of fashion, and they are not
going to give up something traditional like this--a garment that they
have been wearing for centuries--just because Anderson is asking them
It's funny that Anderson--who made a name for herself
initially by keeping very few clothes on--wants to educate Orthodox Jews
But honestly, if we were face to face, I would tell her that she is barking up the wrong tree here.
your breast, err, breath, and preach your cause somewhere else, like
the next country's "Dancing With the Stars" that you bounce into.
See you Monday with a new, fresh story.
P.S.: And by the way, the online version of the story that will run in Newsday tomorrow about the heralded "Rochdale Village Reunion" is now online with the accompanying video. If you want to read the story, go to this address: