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The gig is up for Berry
Washington Times ^ | 12/10/04 | Linda Chavez

Posted on 12/09/2004 10:36:11 PM PST by Former Military Chick

The gig is up. After nearly a quarter century of mischief-making at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Chairman Mary Frances Berry is on her way out the door. Few government officials in the nation's history have managed to hold on to power for so long or wielded it as autocratically and in pursuit of such radical aims as has Dr. Berry. But this week, President George W. Bush finally did what he should have done three years ago: He replaced Berry as chairman of the 47-year-old civil rights watchdog group, naming Gerald Reynolds as the group's new head.

My history with Dr. Berry goes back a long way. She was vice chairman of the commission when President Ronald Reagan appointed me director of the agency in 1983, but I had met her several years earlier when she served as President Jimmy Carter's assistant secretary for higher education. At the time, I was editor of American Educator, the journal of the American Federation of Teachers, and I went to interview Berry about some controversial remarks she made after returning from a trip to China.

China's higher education system was still reeling from the devastating effects of Mao's bloody Cultural Revolution, which forced millions of intellectuals, ordinary teachers and students into forced labor on collective farms, or sent them to re-education camps where they faced torture and death. Berry, then the government's top-ranking official in higher education, nonetheless praised China's education system as a model for the United States and publicly criticized the press for printing "false" reports about the Chinese system.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: berry; votingrightsact
Just show her the door and change the locks.
1 posted on 12/09/2004 10:36:11 PM PST by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

A la hasta vista Berry!


2 posted on 12/09/2004 10:37:29 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop; Former Military Chick

It's music to my ears!


3 posted on 12/09/2004 11:03:04 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Why did it take me so long to come up with a new tag-line, huh?! What's up with that?)
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To: Former Military Chick
Just show her the door and change the locks

And don't forget to fumigate the chambers.

4 posted on 12/09/2004 11:05:18 PM PST by Bullish
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To: Former Military Chick

Too bad she didn't get caught smoking crack with a hooker,like the other Berry.


5 posted on 12/09/2004 11:06:54 PM PST by willyboyishere
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To: willyboyishere

"Too bad she didn't get caught smoking crack with a hooker,like the other Berry."

uhh, that'll just guarantee you a DC win...


6 posted on 12/09/2004 11:07:53 PM PST by Kornev
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To: Former Military Chick

didn't Bush try to replace her, and she refused to even let the replacement be in the meetings? wasn't there something like that?


7 posted on 12/09/2004 11:49:15 PM PST by latina4dubya
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To: Former Military Chick

"On her way out" is just NOT the same as physically off the premises, no longer being paid for her bitter, partisan invective against our nation and its elected leader.


8 posted on 12/10/2004 2:19:13 AM PST by alwaysconservative (Oh, you came back, Mark Steyn, you came back!)
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To: Former Military Chick

More good news. Thanks for posting it.


9 posted on 12/10/2004 2:26:33 AM PST by PGalt
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To: goldstategop

I wonder if she still carries her little red book?


10 posted on 12/10/2004 11:55:04 AM PST by JZelle
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To: Kornev

ctually, your response was gonna be my second sentence, but I suddenly lost interest in the whole sorry story.


11 posted on 12/10/2004 1:35:55 PM PST by willyboyishere
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