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By DAN BERGER | October 19, 1992
At last, a Politically Correct Nobel Peace Prize. Well, the Nobel Peace Prize ought to be politically correct, right?Ross Perot stands revealed as a one-debate candidate. Putting him in the second was cruel and unusual for him and audience alike.The Orioles had to unload Cal Sr. He is old-Baltimore, Memorial-Stadium, cheap-beer. Doesn't sell in Washington.George could always join Jimmy Carter in the home renovation business.
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By THOMAS SOWELL | August 1, 2007
Many, if not most, college commencement addresses are essentially special-interest advertising. Politicians, political activists, judges and bureaucrats tell the graduating students how it is nobler to go into "public service" - that is, to become a politician, political activist, judge or bureaucrat - instead of going into the private sector and producing goods and services that people want enough to spend their own money for them. Parents who want to counteract politically correct commencement speeches - often after four years of politically correct indoctrination on campus - might include among the things they give their graduate a new book titled The Prince of Darkness by columnist Robert Novak.
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By DAN BERGER | June 18, 1991
Kevin Costner decided to make Robin Hood politically correct, forgetting that Robin always was.What good is democracy, comrades, if the people use their power to elect such demagogues as Yeltsin?Global warming is when a high of 90 on a spring day in Baltimore is moderate.The only thing that most Democrats and Republicans understand about the respective merits of the rival civil rights bills is that they expect to win the presidency on the debate.
NEWS
September 29, 1999
Clinton's clemency for convicted bombers was indefensibleThe Sun's editorial defending President Clinton's offer of clemency for 16 Puerto Rican terrorists was flawed ("Clinton within rights to grant clemency," Sept. 21).It suggested that it would make little sense for Mr. Clinton to try to help his wife's Senate campaign that way and that he signed the clemency papers without much thought.That's not likely: not when the Department of State and the FBI, among others, had objected to the clemency offer.
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By DAN BERGER | July 3, 1991
Clarence Thomas will be grilled on whether his views are politically correct for a black man's -- by Democratic senators all of whom are white.George Bush could sail out of office next year. Clarence Thomas will be on the bench another 40.The Slovenian militia whipped the Yugoslav army -- but only because the army showed a decent restraint it will never permit itself again.State-of-the-art phone service is crashing everywhere. Bring back the operator!
FEATURES
By A.M. Chaplin | May 12, 1991
"I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO GET A LOT of hate mail, but quite the opposite," says Brown University senior Jeff Shesol, creator of "Politically Correct Person," one of the characters in the popular Brown Daily Herald comic strip "Thatch."The favorable response to the introduction of P.C. Person -- fitted out like a superhero in cape, trunks and iron-clad idealism -- suggests "that the P.C. are a real minority," Mr. Shesol believes. But despite their small numbers, he says, "they make a lot of noise and shut down the discussion, which goes against the idea of what the university is all about.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | October 12, 1992
American experience flows from Columbus' discovery of America and always will. That may not be politically correct. It's historically correct.A lot of American tourists went to Moscow in 1969. Most of them were Republicans.Willy Brandt, the statesman of "the other Germany" of nonthreatening decency, is dead. In all sorts of ways.After Gorby freely criticized him, Yeltsin sent the cops to seize Gorby's offices. And yet we are told that Gorby is the commie autocrat and Yeltsin is the democrat.
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By Henry Beard & Christopher Cerf | July 15, 1992
THESE are the Be-Sensitive-or-Else '90s and the language the candidates have used to discuss -- or avoid discussing -- the issues has been far more explicit than it needs to be.(Witness Ross Perot's "your people" foray before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People last week.)Here, then, in honor of the conventions, is a glossary of bias-, cruelty-, gender- and content-free speech the candidates can use to ensure that their future utterances are politically politically correct.
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By Mike Bowler | September 10, 1991
H.L. MENCKEN'S diaries are still kicking up dust. Gore Vidal comes to a spirtied defense of Mencken in the Nation of Aug. 26-Sept.2. Mencken might have been politically correct by today's standards, Vidal writes, but even the use of the word "race" today in the U.S. is "considered a priori proof of the user's racism."Incidentally, Vidal reminds us that in 1930 Mencken predicted that communism "will probably disappear altogether when the Russian experiment comes to a climax, and Bolshevism either converts itself into a sickly imitation of capitalism or blows up with a bang.
NEWS
November 29, 1993
HERE'S food for thought from the always politically incorrect Sage of Baltimore, H.L. Mencken:"Men's clubs have but one intelligible purpose: to afford asylum to fellows who haven't any girls. Hence their general gloom, their air of lost causes, their prevailing acrimony. No man would even enter a club if he had an agreeable woman to talk to. This is particularly true of the married men."* * * AND for those who think preaching politically correct language sometimes go too far, this one is for you.Christopher Cerf and Henry Beard have written "Excuse Us, Processed Tree Carcasses," a satire on the politically correct.
SPORTS
By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1996
Don Hobbs' retirement this week after 19 seasons as boys soccer coach at Old Mill is a sign of the times.No doubt, Hobbs will enjoy watching his youngest son play at Broadneck the next three years after not getting to see his oldest boy play. But his stepping down is a loss to the vanishing breed of coaches who teach the game of life.Hobbs, the only boys soccer coach Old Mill has ever had, is from the old school, where discipline, instruction and their relation to life are priorities. We've lost too many like him in recent years.
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By Mary B.W. Tabor and Mary B.W. Tabor,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 9, 1995
CHICAGO -- There is a feel of '50s sitcom bliss to dinner time at James Finn Garner's house, one of dozens of narrow houses on a quiet street on Chicago's North Side. Mozart plays softly on the kitchen radio. Six-month-old Liam snoozes in a baby seat next to the dinner table. And Mr. Garner and his wife, Lies, eat shish kebabs and discuss what went wrong with their garden.To complete this scene of mealtime domesticity, peaches and shortcake, Lies (pronounced lease) Garner's specialty, appear for dessert.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Sun Staff Writer | September 12, 1995
The face that launched a thousand cake mixes is about to get a historic make-over as part of her 75th anniversary.Whether Betty Crocker's new visage will send consumers sailing for the grocery shelves remains to be seen. But one thing seems certain: The new Betty Crocker will depart from her 75-year-old ,, tradition of looking overly middle class -- and very white."We're sure to get a much more ethnically diverse looking Betty Crocker. She is intended to represent the women of America, and a lot has changed about women in America since the last portrait was done," said Barry Wegener, director of communications for General Mills, the Minneapolis-based food products giant that has marketed the Betty Crocker line since 1921.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Sun Staff Writer | September 10, 1995
The late H. L. Mencken, the so-called sage of Baltimore, would be a refreshing foil to "political correctness" and the "Disneyfication of America," historian C. Vann Woodward said yesterday.Delivering the 1995 Mencken Memorial Lecture at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Mr. Woodward, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a professor emeritus of history at Yale University, recalled the Baltimore scribe's sardonic commentaries on American society through the early 20th century."I wonder if we don't need a doctor with the same medicine today -- only in stronger doses," said Mr. Woodward before the capacity crowd of about 100 in the library's Wheeler Auditorium.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 23, 1995
As history, "Pocahontas" is bunk. As a dramatic animated feature, however, it's undeniably absorbing and engrossing.I leave the complete exegesis of its crimes against truth to the experts, real and phony. What matters for most of us is that the film is simply beautiful: moving, complex, brilliantly animated. As much as any Disney product of late, it seems to aim to go deeper than mere cartooning.It deals with such issues as colonialism, environmentalism, racism, despoliation, war and betrayal.
NEWS
By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1994
Spend an hour with Superintendent Stuart Berger and he'll tell you this has been "a wonderful year, quieter by design" than the last one. He'll say that he's mellowed, that he accepts defeat more easily and that he likes what he sees in the schools."
NEWS
By Mark Chalkley | June 20, 1991
THE biggest problem in discussing the controversial "politically correct" movement on U.S. campuses is that no such movement exists. This so-called "movement" that has been so widely discussed has never held a convention, a rally or even a meeting. The "PC movement" is a phantom.What does exist -- and what has outraged the conservative columnists who invented the phantom movement -- is a trend in higher education away from the traditional focus on the accomplishments and viewpoints of Anglo-Saxon American men to the exclusion of others.
NEWS
By GLENN McNATT | December 25, 1993
Back during the '50s, Dad would usher in the holiday season by playing selections from the family cache of Christmas records. Only later, of course, did we realize that not one of those tunes was politically correct.Dad played Perry Como's ''White Christmas,'' Handel's ''Messiah'' conducted by Otto Klemperer, Vivaldi's ''Four Seasons,'' and ''Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,'' by a lady whose name I forget.Later in the decade, I believe, we also got a heretical little ditty called ''Jingle Bell Rock.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | June 9, 1994
Democratic candidates running for the Maryland legislature from Howard County addressed a range of pressing issues -- crime and prison crowding, education and economic development, health care and gun control -- at a Columbia Democratic Club forum last night."
NEWS
By Georgie Anne Geyer | May 18, 1994
AN astonishing scene unfolded early this month at the United States' greatest cultural guardian, the Smithsonian Institution.The chiefs of the Smithsonian stood silently. They listened while Hispanic activists accused them of "willful neglect" of "Latinos" and grandiosely demanded everything from the establishment of one or more museums about themselves to a special office for (yet again!) "multicultural initiatives."The articles about the event uniformly described the Smithsonian "keepers" -- men such as Smithsonian Secretary Robert McCormick Adams, as well as others distinguished in their fields -- as looking "glum."
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