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Chutzpah

Posted in uncategorized with tags on September 3, 2022 by andelino

“Chutzpah” is a Yiddish word meaning impudence or unmitigated gall, sheer guts plus arrogance, bravery that borders on rudeness. If you have chutzpah, you say what you think without worrying about hurting someone’s feelings, looking silly, or getting into trouble — what American comedy used to be before the woke ideology of the Left ruined everything.

In the Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten gives the classic definition: “Chutzpah is that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed both his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is now an orphan.”

Case in Point

A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for 25 cents each.

Every day a young man left his office building at lunch time, and as he passed the pretzel stand, he left a quarter, but never took a pretzel. This continued for over 3 years.

The young man and the old lady never exchanged a word. One day, as the young man passed the old lady’s stand and left his quarter as usual, the pretzel lady spoke to him for the first time. 

Without blinking an eye she said: “They’re 35 cents now.”

End of Abundance

Posted in uncategorized with tags on September 3, 2022 by andelino

“The moment we are living through may seem to be structured by a series of crises, each more serious than the other,” French President Emmanuel Macron lamented on August 24 at the start of the first cabinet meeting after the summer break. Sore trials are awaiting France and all of Europe this winter. In light of these crises, Macron warned of “the end of abundance.”

France indeed has suffered a series of crises during Macron’s presidency—some of which have been self-afflicted. Early on, Macron faced the yellow vest protesters, who vehemently opposed his policies. Following the coronavirus outbreak. France issued some of the strictest lockdowns in the world. Just as these seemed to wane, war broke out on the Continent. When Russia invaded Ukraine, all certainties of peace seemed to end and economic trouble intensified. Unable to cope with the crises at hand, France was then hit by severe drought, fires and storms this summer.

Read more at “Europe Faces the End of Certainties and Abundance”

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