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By GEORGE F. WILL | May 14, 1995
Washington. -- In 1940 scholars reported that among the Hottentots the notion of infinity began at the number three. When you asked a Hottentot how many cows he had, if he had more than three he simply said he had an uncountable ''many.''The most interesting number to emerge in the budget argument that last week got down to brass tacks is not $1,400,000,000,000, which is the amount House Republicans propose to cut from projected spending through 2002. Rather, the fascinating number is an unprepossessing 2. That is the number of sharply defined political parties now driving the national debate.
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August 23, 2012
A Neanderthal who spits out stupid comments about how women rarely become pregnant during a "legitimate rape" sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology? Heaven help us! Rep. Todd Akin should quickly resign and go spout his reactionary philosophy inside the walls of some storefront. Judy Chernak, Pikesville
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By DAN BERGER | May 13, 1996
Bill was so smooth in his Whitewater testimony, Dole is demanding equal time.India will get a reactionary government of upper-caste Hindus, or a leftist regime of low-caste Hindus. Everyone agrees that the party for everyone is no good.Next, Alex. Brown is acquiring Nasdaq.South Africa's white-minority National Party is confident the black-majority ANC government can withstand its opposition.Pub Date: 5/13/96
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By Garrison Keillor | October 7, 2009
OK, it was wrong of me to say last week that we should deny health care to Republicans except for aspirin and hand sanitizer, and thank you to the many readers who kindly took me to task. It was so wrong. And I withdraw the idea that death panels should circulate through red states searching for the obese and slow afoot, the wheezy and limpy, spray-painting orange stripes on their ankles, marking them for future harvest. That was very, very bad. Republicans have the same right to quality health care as anyone else, and you can quote me on that.
NEWS
October 1, 1990
After Oklahoma's approval earlier this month of a measure that limits terms in the state legislature to 12 years, attention and debate have focused, nationwide, on whether there is, in fact, an anti-incumbent mood. And there certainly appears to be; there are already two more ballot initiatives like Oklahoma's that will face voters this November. In Colorado, they'll try to apply a 12-year limit to congressional offices; in California there is an eight-year legislative office limit on the ballot as well.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | February 16, 1991
MOSCOW -- President Mikhail S. Gorbachev declined yesterday to see a U.S. congressional delegation on its way back from a tour of Soviet troops' bloodshed in the Baltic republics. And the Soviet Foreign Ministry decided at the last minute that its press center would not be available for the delegation's news conference.What to do? Head to the Russian Federation headquarters, where Mr. Gorbachev's rival, Russian leader Boris N. Yeltsin, met the delegation for more than an hour. Hastily arrange a news conference at Mr. Yeltsin's shop.
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By Russell Baker | August 31, 1994
AGE CONTINUES to have her way with me. Nothing can be done about it, not even by Science, which I capitalize not to denote the name of a magazine but out of respect for one of the world's more civilized religions.Just as insufferably wise menpredicted years ago, age has driven me from smiling residence in a tolerant Christian liberalism to the sour and prickly solitude which is the natural habitat of the reactionary mossback.No longer am I cheered by free expression's brutal triumph over Emily Post, Amy Vanderbilt and what used to be called etiquette.
NEWS
By JEFFREY RECORD | April 9, 1993
Washington. -- Those who cannot accept the fact that the Cold War's demise permits major cuts in defense spending are pointing to the prospect of Russia's reversion to a reactionary, ultra-nationalist state.Such a scenario is certainly plausible, given Russian history and the present economic chaos in that country. Russia has little experience with either democracy or modern capitalism. Autocracy was the hallmark of both czarist and communist Russia, and even Boris Yeltsin has threatened to rule by decree.
NEWS
August 27, 2001
AS THE BATTLE between reformers and religious reactionaries plays out in Iran, the United States has no role except bystander. U.S. interests are best served by the victory of moderates, reformers, the young and women, but would only be disserved by attempts at influence on their behalf. President Mohammad Khatami's landslide re-election in June confirmed the growing insistence on lifting the tight Islamic lid. The mullahs, far from chastened, have moved to reassert their dominance. Since Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, the government has not really governed.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | May 5, 1991
MOSCOW -- Russian leader Boris N. Yeltsin hailed strikin coal miners last night for stopping the Soviet leadership's slide to the right and warned Mikhail S. Gorbachev that the recent political peace treaty between himself and the Soviet president is Mr. Gorbachev's "last chance."In a televised interview following his trip last week to the militant Kuzbass coal basin in Western Siberia, Mr. Yeltsin sought to cement his political alliance with the burgeoning workers' movement and fend off allegations that he had conceded too much to Mr. Gorbachev.
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By Mark Hyman | October 29, 2004
YES, MY NAME is Mark Hyman. I was afraid you'd have that reaction. Until recently, I was quite satisfied with my name, which appeared on numerous news and sports articles during my 10 years as a reporter for The Sun, as well as on personal checks, pizza delivery orders and my subscription to Junior Baseball magazine. I would go so far as to say that life was good as Mark Hyman. The walls haven't exactly come crashing down, but these are trying times for someone named Mark Hyman. And for that I have no choice but to point an accusing finger at none other than Mark Hyman.
NEWS
August 27, 2001
AS THE BATTLE between reformers and religious reactionaries plays out in Iran, the United States has no role except bystander. U.S. interests are best served by the victory of moderates, reformers, the young and women, but would only be disserved by attempts at influence on their behalf. President Mohammad Khatami's landslide re-election in June confirmed the growing insistence on lifting the tight Islamic lid. The mullahs, far from chastened, have moved to reassert their dominance. Since Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, the government has not really governed.
NEWS
By William Pfaff | June 26, 1998
PARIS -- Since French President Jacques Chirac's calamitously miscalculated dissolution of a conservative-dominated government little more than a year ago, putting the left into unexpected power, the French right has exploded.It has divided into factions, each centered on some (usually, to the public, overly familiar) politician thought a plausible eventual candidate to succeed Mr. Chirac's presidency. Existing parties have split or been renamed, but they no longer consistently connect to the divisions of conservative opinion.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | May 13, 1996
Bill was so smooth in his Whitewater testimony, Dole is demanding equal time.India will get a reactionary government of upper-caste Hindus, or a leftist regime of low-caste Hindus. Everyone agrees that the party for everyone is no good.Next, Alex. Brown is acquiring Nasdaq.South Africa's white-minority National Party is confident the black-majority ANC government can withstand its opposition.Pub Date: 5/13/96
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By GEORGE F. WILL | May 14, 1995
Washington. -- In 1940 scholars reported that among the Hottentots the notion of infinity began at the number three. When you asked a Hottentot how many cows he had, if he had more than three he simply said he had an uncountable ''many.''The most interesting number to emerge in the budget argument that last week got down to brass tacks is not $1,400,000,000,000, which is the amount House Republicans propose to cut from projected spending through 2002. Rather, the fascinating number is an unprepossessing 2. That is the number of sharply defined political parties now driving the national debate.
NEWS
By CAL THOMAS | February 28, 1995
Washington. -- It seemed like old times. The new chairman of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams, was spouting the same old cliches that stereotype blacks as hopeless, hapless victims of white racism who cannot make it without affirmative action and other quotas designed exclusively for them.She vowed to be ''very vocal on issues that deal with welfare reform'' -- meaning don't cut the dole. And also with issues dealing ''with the real attitudes and attempts to roll back many of the gains that we have made over the years . . . particularly affirmative action'' -- meaning the continued hiring of people based not on the content of their character and ability, but on the color of their skin.
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By CAL THOMAS | February 28, 1995
Washington. -- It seemed like old times. The new chairman of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams, was spouting the same old cliches that stereotype blacks as hopeless, hapless victims of white racism who cannot make it without affirmative action and other quotas designed exclusively for them.She vowed to be ''very vocal on issues that deal with welfare reform'' -- meaning don't cut the dole. And also with issues dealing ''with the real attitudes and attempts to roll back many of the gains that we have made over the years . . . particularly affirmative action'' -- meaning the continued hiring of people based not on the content of their character and ability, but on the color of their skin.
NEWS
By Mark Hyman | October 29, 2004
YES, MY NAME is Mark Hyman. I was afraid you'd have that reaction. Until recently, I was quite satisfied with my name, which appeared on numerous news and sports articles during my 10 years as a reporter for The Sun, as well as on personal checks, pizza delivery orders and my subscription to Junior Baseball magazine. I would go so far as to say that life was good as Mark Hyman. The walls haven't exactly come crashing down, but these are trying times for someone named Mark Hyman. And for that I have no choice but to point an accusing finger at none other than Mark Hyman.
NEWS
By Russell Baker | August 31, 1994
AGE CONTINUES to have her way with me. Nothing can be done about it, not even by Science, which I capitalize not to denote the name of a magazine but out of respect for one of the world's more civilized religions.Just as insufferably wise menpredicted years ago, age has driven me from smiling residence in a tolerant Christian liberalism to the sour and prickly solitude which is the natural habitat of the reactionary mossback.No longer am I cheered by free expression's brutal triumph over Emily Post, Amy Vanderbilt and what used to be called etiquette.
NEWS
By TRB | October 28, 1993
Washington.--School choice is an interesting idea. If I were living in California, I might well vote for Proposition 174, a choice initiative on the ballot there. What galls me, though, is the incredible self-righteousness of choice advocates -- their insistence that choice is the only and obvious solution to what ails the nation's schools.Choice advocates brandish like a trump card the fact that many choice opponents send their own children to private schools. Chelsea Clinton, for example.
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