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Another dictator toppled (here at home)
Townhall ^ | 10 December 2004 | Mona Charen

Posted on 12/10/2004 12:09:04 PM PST by concretebob

Mary Frances Berry, chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is resigning. Those scratch marks on the floor may be from her fingernails as they dragged her from the building by her feet. Berry has been a member of the commission for 24 of its 47 years -- a record probably unmatched even in Washington, D.C., a city of sinecures.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: berry; civilrights; commission; districtofcolumbia; kersanow; maryfrancesberry; monacharen; racistcow
For ya'lls edification
1 posted on 12/10/2004 12:09:04 PM PST by concretebob
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To: concretebob

For the 2nd December in a row a tyrant has been pulled out of a spider hole.


2 posted on 12/10/2004 12:12:49 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: concretebob
I think that the Deputy US Marshal standing next to her desk might have persuaded her it was the best course of action.
3 posted on 12/10/2004 12:12:53 PM PST by Sthitch
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To: concretebob

Ding, dong, the witch is dead. Or at least her chairmanship is. Let sanity return ... which unfortuanately will have to await the hiring of an apolitical, professional staff to replace the leftist hanger-ons now working for the Commission.


4 posted on 12/10/2004 12:13:34 PM PST by pogo101
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To: concretebob

Thank you, God! Thank you, God!


5 posted on 12/10/2004 12:15:02 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: MeekOneGOP; Lady Jag; ancient_geezer; Thinkin' Gal; Iowa Granny; Grampa Dave
A Mona Charen PING...forgive me if you've already seen this. I like Ms Charen. She is a voice of reason on Capital Gang.
Before we had FoxNews, I had to watch cnn for news. Ms.Charen was always well-spoken, and intelligent
6 posted on 12/10/2004 12:15:59 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: concretebob

Ding Dong the Witch is dead! Go back to some academic cave and preach your hatred from there MFB!


7 posted on 12/10/2004 12:16:12 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: pogo101
Keranow seems to be a very good choice. He'd be my choice.
However, see my tagline.
8 posted on 12/10/2004 12:17:53 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: concretebob
Berry departs with allegations of mismanagement swirling about her head. The commission is small potatoes, Washington-wise, with a budget of only $9 million and a staff of only 70. But no one knows how that money has been spent over the past 12 years, while Berry has presided with an iron hand. Peter Kirsanow, a black conservative member of the commission, writes that the management of the agency is "completely dysfunctional." Record-keeping is said to be "indecipherable," and there hasn't been an independent audit (required by law) for 12 years.

Disgusting! I paid this b****'s salary! Ugh!

9 posted on 12/10/2004 12:18:34 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: concretebob
This is no surprise to those who've been following the commission's work. Under Berry's direction, the Civil Rights Commission published an utterly fallacious finding about the 2000 election in Florida, concluding that "countless Floridians ... were denied their right to vote."

When Commissioners Russell Redenbaugh and Abigail Thernstrom issued a minority report showing, among other things, that the commission had not interviewed a single Floridian who was denied the opportunity to vote, Berry ruled that the minority report could not be considered an official commission document because they had used the services (free) of a scholar named John Lott. It was not permitted, Berry asserted, to use the services of outside analysts -- even for free.

And this commission did not change a bit under Bush's first term...

10 posted on 12/10/2004 12:21:12 PM PST by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana
And this commission did not change a bit under Bush's first term...

Well, maybe, we'll see some changes this time around. I know how frustrating it is to watch absolute idiots make the rules. I have been known to throw objects at TV's during roundtable discussions.

Poor TV, it isn't its' fault.

11 posted on 12/10/2004 12:27:51 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: concretebob

Wow, what a great year it's been! W's in for 4 more years, the Rs pick up 4 more senate seats, Dems are fighting it out for the DNC Chairmanship, 2 of the big 3 Anchors are GOING, GOING, GONE, and now this! WAHOO!


12 posted on 12/10/2004 12:40:26 PM PST by princess leah (\)
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To: concretebob

I know you can't tell by my calm voice and relaxed expression, but I'm happy happy happy.


13 posted on 12/10/2004 12:54:01 PM PST by Jaysun (I'm pleased to report that Arafat's condition remains stable.)
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To: Jaysun
The tune Happy Boy is now running through my head.

Thanks a bunch:)

14 posted on 12/10/2004 12:55:30 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: concretebob
I have been known to throw objects at TV's during roundtable discussions. Poor TV, it isn't its' fault.

My uncontrollable fits of rage have prompted us to build a frame around our television and cover it with "chicken wire". So far so good. It's not patented or anything, so feel free, my fellow nut, feel free.
15 posted on 12/10/2004 12:57:30 PM PST by Jaysun (I'm pleased to report that Arafat's condition remains stable.)
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To: concretebob
Mary Frances Berry, chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is resigning.

Yeah, right. She resigned the same way the contestants on "The Apprentice" resign at the end of the show. Oh... That's rigth, they're actually FIRED. And so was Berry!
16 posted on 12/10/2004 12:58:20 PM PST by AaronInCarolina
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To: concretebob
bump!

17 posted on 12/10/2004 12:59:29 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP! )
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To: AaronInCarolina
Those scratch marks on the floor may be from her fingernails as they dragged her from the building by her feet.

I love that line. It brings up such an interesting image in my mind

18 posted on 12/10/2004 12:59:52 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: MeekOneGOP

:)


19 posted on 12/10/2004 1:00:38 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: AaronInCarolina
Pat Buchanan coined the phrase:Nattering nabobs of negativism.

He should have included the word "nitpicking" in there, in honor of Berry.

"Nattering nitpicking nabobs of negativism"

20 posted on 12/10/2004 1:04:34 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: Semper Paratus

WTF, does this mean that she has to get a real job and really work??


21 posted on 12/10/2004 1:05:35 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: chiefqc
this mean that she has to get a real job and really work

Not if Councilman Marion Barry can help it.

22 posted on 12/10/2004 1:07:39 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: chiefqc
She'll probably wind up as Queasy&Fumey's replacement.

Or Mayor of DC.

23 posted on 12/10/2004 1:09:01 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: concretebob
Never thought I'd see the day. Remembering as I do the way MFB pretzel-twisted the rules in the Kirsanow affair, along with all the junketing and the byzantine, diabolical machinations by which she ruled her little personal empire, makes this like an extra Christmas gift.

Ding, dong, the witch is DEAD!

24 posted on 12/10/2004 1:11:26 PM PST by thulldud (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: concretebob
For ya'lls edification

NO!!! not edification. I HATE edification. (Edificaiton is poached brussel spouts, right?)

25 posted on 12/10/2004 1:13:57 PM PST by PjhCPA (Armed with what?.....SPITBALLS!!!)
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To: concretebob
I know the Pubbies in Congress and the White House don't even want to imagine this, but:

How about Abolishing It?

My second choice--how about abolishing any federal commission?

Is it too much for a taxpayer to ask?
26 posted on 12/10/2004 1:14:46 PM PST by cgbg (Defund the left--everywhere in the bureaucracy. There are no more excuses.)
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To: PjhCPA

I could have said "Ya'll ruminate, while I elucidate"


27 posted on 12/10/2004 1:17:42 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: PjhCPA

That would be poached rutabagas.


28 posted on 12/10/2004 1:19:05 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: PjhCPA

brussel spouts..A water spigot in Belgium.


29 posted on 12/10/2004 1:20:15 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: thulldud

Unfortunately, these liberal race-baiting tinpot dictators NEVER go away. She'll rear her ugly head again before we know it in some other cushy, taxpayer-paid do-nothing job.


30 posted on 12/10/2004 1:33:09 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: concretebob
Why did you excerpt this? Town Hall is not on the list.
31 posted on 12/10/2004 1:47:36 PM PST by upchuck (My "just in time" supply chain for taglines is busted. Come back tomorrow.)
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To: upchuck
I excerpt everything, just to be on the safe side.

Wassamatter, mouse broke? :)

32 posted on 12/10/2004 1:52:42 PM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: concretebob
Let Freedom Ring
33 posted on 12/10/2004 2:23:38 PM PST by fortheDeclaration
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To: concretebob; upchuck

Another dictator toppled (here at home)
Mona Charen
December 10 2004


Mary Frances Berry, chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is resigning. Those scratch marks on the floor may be from her fingernails as they dragged her from the building by her feet. Berry has been a member of the commission for 24 of its 47 years -- a record probably unmatched even in Washington, D.C., a city of sinecures.

She isn't exactly going quietly. Until a few days ago, Berry was preparing for a legal fight with the Bush administration over the duration of her term. She insisted that her tenure did not end until Jan. 21 -- though her contract specifically states that her last day was Dec. 5. She now acknowledges that a legal battle over a stint of six weeks might be a little much.

Berry departs with allegations of mismanagement swirling about her head. The commission is small potatoes, Washington-wise, with a budget of only $9 million and a staff of only 70. But no one knows how that money has been spent over the past 12 years, while Berry has presided with an iron hand. Peter Kirsanow, a black conservative member of the commission, writes that the management of the agency is "completely dysfunctional." Record-keeping is said to be "indecipherable," and there hasn't been an independent audit (required by law) for 12 years.

The mismanagement was not limited to money. Berry ran the place like a Soviet commissar, holding all the levers of power and ruthlessly stifling dissent. Berry ensured that her personal stamp was on every document issued by the commission. Even when she was in the minority of commission members, she would manage to suppress the majority's view and publish her own.

A recent example is currently on the website (usccr.gov). Titled "Civil Rights Leaders Appeal to President Bush to Help Heal American Divide," the statement goes on to charge that President Bush "has failed to exhibit leadership on pressing civil rights issues. ... Sadly, the spiraling demise of hope for social justice and healing has deepened over the past four years. ..." This "report" was rejected by commission's majority. But there it is, front and center, on the website.

This is no surprise to those who've been following the commission's work. Under Berry's direction, the Civil Rights Commission published an utterly fallacious finding about the 2000 election in Florida, concluding that "countless Floridians ... were denied their right to vote."

When Commissioners Russell Redenbaugh and Abigail Thernstrom issued a minority report showing, among other things, that the commission had not interviewed a single Floridian who was denied the opportunity to vote, Berry ruled that the minority report could not be considered an official commission document because they had used the services (free) of a scholar named John Lott. It was not permitted, Berry asserted, to use the services of outside analysts -- even for free.

The Civil Rights Commission was established during the Eisenhower administration as a government watchdog to oversee Negro progress as the battles for voting rights, equal education and full citizenship were gearing up. In the 1950s and '60s, white racism truly was the greatest obstacle to black progress.

The world has changed since then. Thernstrom, a conservative commission member, has written (with her husband Stephen) two scholarly and impassioned books about civil rights. The second, called "No Excuses," makes the case that the greatest obstacle to black progress today (and the Thernstroms, unlike the Berrys of this world, are careful to recognize the enormous progress our society has made) is public education.

Yet Berry, who favors the teachers unions and affirmative action, is labeled a civil rights advocate, while Thernstrom is dismissed, as in The Washington Post story about the commission turnover, as a "white conservative."

Berry ruled the Civil Rights Commission like a dictator, bullying her allies and undermining her foes through means fair and foul. When President Bush appointed Kirsanow, Berry refused to seat him until a court ordered her to do so. She stood for the principle that no fact should stand in the way of her moral posturing. She got away with it for way too long.

©2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc.


34 posted on 12/10/2004 3:53:53 PM PST by Brian Allen (What would happen if every one decided his own right and wrong? Nothing: -- everyone already does!)
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To: concretebob; WhistlingPastTheGraveyard; Reagan Man; just mimi; kesg; SpiderMBA; killjoy; ...
Pinging Mona's list...

CHAREN PING!


35 posted on 12/11/2004 10:02:04 PM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: concretebob
This abuse of power and shoddy leadership will, of course, NOT be reported by the MSM.
36 posted on 12/12/2004 5:25:40 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: concretebob

So, I guess this means that she is free to take over the position as the head of the NAACP now.


37 posted on 12/12/2004 5:37:22 AM PST by Vinnie_Vidi_Vici
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To: concretebob
I'd be interested in the size of the small fortune she has very likely amassed.
38 posted on 12/12/2004 6:14:14 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie_Vidi_Vici

See post #23.


39 posted on 12/12/2004 6:18:23 AM PST by concretebob (but what do I know, I'm just an ignorant peasant)
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To: concretebob

Mary Frances Berry, good riddance.


40 posted on 12/12/2004 10:46:08 AM PST by Reagan Man ("America has spoken")
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To: Brian Allen

Thanks for the FULL POSTING, friend! :-)


41 posted on 12/12/2004 3:39:12 PM PST by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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