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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1993
An Evil Empire still exists. It's not across the ocean, it's in Washington, and it's called the National Rifle Association. How many more people must be killed by guns before we channel our outrage and march on them! Stop the insanity! Handguns for no one (except authorized law enforcement)! Their intransigence is killing us. DAN MORIN Los Angeles
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NEWS
February 22, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
The evil empire is back on the national stage. Nearly 30 years after President Reagan first spoke about the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," Rick Santorum brought it up Wednesday -- in apparent reference to a flurry of attention being given remarks he made four years ago about the devil. First, some background. In 2008, speaking to students at a Catholic school, Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla., Santorum spoke of a satanic assault on the United States. “The Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country -- the United States of America,” he said, according to a tape of the remarks on the university website.
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NEWS
May 28, 2007 | NIALL FERGUSON
THERE IS NO such thing as the future. There are only futures, plural. Historians are supposed to confine themselves to the study of the past, but by drawing analogies between yesterday and today, they can sometimes suggest plausible tomorrows. Seven years ago, the economist Brigitte Granville and I published an article in the Journal of Economic History titled "Weimar on the Volga," in which we argued that the experience of 1990s Russia bore many resemblances to the experience of 1920s Germany.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2010 | Tom Petruno, Market Beat
There are many good reasons for average Americans to stay out of the stock market. There also is one really bad reason, and unfortunately it's one I hear too often from individual investors. "They're crooks. It's all a scam. The little guy will just get fleeced. There's no hope." This is a case of misdirected anger, or at least misdirected angst. In the aftermath of the economic and market cataclysms we've just endured, some people see stocks and the system that sells them -- Wall Street -- as some unholy alliance.
NEWS
June 1, 1988 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan, standing within the fortress walls of the Kremlin with a smiling Mikhail S. Gorbachev at his side, said Tuesday that he no longer sees the Soviet Union as "the evil empire." "You are talking about another time, another era," he said in an exchange with a handful of reporters clustered around a 39-ton cannon dating from 1586 that stands in a plaza in the center of the Kremlin.
BUSINESS
April 5, 1999 | CHARLES PILLER
Has the world's most successful and important technology company also become the most hated? Enemies have always lambasted the "evil empire" in Redmond, Wash. But when the antitrust trial provided titillating looks at the company's sheer hubris and raw power, it became open season on Microsoft.
NEWS
May 31, 1988 | Associated Press
Mikhail S. Gorbachev won a fresh endorsement today from President Reagan for his Soviet reform program, but the leaders only inched forward during ticklish arms negotiations and Gorbachev suggested it may be "time to bang our fists on the table" to end the impasse. Reagan, meeting over lunch with artists, film makers and writers, praised the Soviet leader's reform efforts, saying, "I've found that Mr. Gorbachev has the ability to grasp and hold a vision, and I respect him for that."
NEWS
May 3, 1992 | CAROL SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Cold War may be over, the Berlin Wall may have come down, and the Gulf War may be fading fast into history, but for EG&G Astrophysics of Long Beach, there will always be an "evil empire" somewhere. EG&G Astrophysics is a leading producer of equipment to detect bombs and weapons used by terrorists. Its devices are used in airports, courtrooms, embassies, industrial sites, even schools around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1989 | ABRAHAM RABINOVICH, Abraham Rabinovich writes for the Jerusalem Post and is author of "The Boats of Cherbourg," Naval Institute Press (1988). and
After decades of planting moles in Western defense ministries, sneaking missiles into Cuba and otherwise employing means foul and fair in pursuit of their global goals, the Communists have indulged in the ultimate "dirty trick"--surrender. Judging by the nervous smiles in the West, it may prove to be their most unsettling move. The sudden collapse of communism as a world force has left Westerners oddly joyless.
NEWS
February 10, 1988 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega heads "an evil empire, one that moves faster than the United States" and that nets millions of dollars each year from domestic graft, international drug running and arms smuggling to leftist guerrillas, his one-time adviser told a Senate panel Tuesday. In sometimes impassioned testimony, Jose I.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2010 | Tom Petruno, Market Beat
There are many good reasons for average Americans to stay out of the stock market. There also is one really bad reason, and unfortunately it's one I hear too often from individual investors. "They're crooks. It's all a scam. The little guy will just get fleeced. There's no hope." This is a case of misdirected anger, or at least misdirected angst. In the aftermath of the economic and market cataclysms we've just endured, some people see stocks and the system that sells them -- Wall Street -- as some unholy alliance.
OPINION
November 9, 2009 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
The global celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall aren't entirely about commemorating the rebirth of freedom or reliving those thrilling moments when a perverse and repressive system collapsed. Listen closely to the exalted commentary recounting the events of those historic days and you're also likely to hear the subtle intonations of regret and nostalgia. I'm not speaking of ostalgie -- nostalgia for the Old East ( ost in German) -- that is still felt by a large number of residents of the former East Germany and other Eastern bloc nations.
OPINION
January 4, 2008
Re "A promise of unpredictability," Opinion, Jan. 2 Joseph Ellis offers Ronald Reagan as an example of a president reversing a position he took during a campaign, stating that Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and then negotiated an arms agreement with it. However, Reagan's "evil empire" speech was given in 1983 and can hardly be considered a campaign position. In his 1980 campaign, Reagan promised to increase military expenditures, end the grain embargo against the Soviet Union and enact tax reductions.
NEWS
May 28, 2007 | NIALL FERGUSON
THERE IS NO such thing as the future. There are only futures, plural. Historians are supposed to confine themselves to the study of the past, but by drawing analogies between yesterday and today, they can sometimes suggest plausible tomorrows. Seven years ago, the economist Brigitte Granville and I published an article in the Journal of Economic History titled "Weimar on the Volga," in which we argued that the experience of 1990s Russia bore many resemblances to the experience of 1920s Germany.
NEWS
October 31, 2004 | Jim Litke, Associated Press
So what if there was a lunar eclipse. And so what if Johnny Damon, looking as if he just walked off the set of "The Passion of the Christ," sent the fourth pitch of the night rocketing through the dark blue sky and out of the park as an omen of things to come. And so what if they came back from where no other team had ever come back before, against the "Evil Empire" no less, and they scored so often with two outs in an inning against the mighty Cardinals that it seemed as if the word "clutch" was invented for such an occasion.
OPINION
June 11, 2004
Re "Ashcroft Grilled Over Memos About Torture," June 9: The key revelation by the Senate committee investigating the prisoner abuse atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba is that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft is in contempt of Congress. But will the committee formally charge him? He is committing a crime against our Constitution and getting away with it. Will those in Congress stand up and be counted on this issue or will they just go along, as they usually do, and do nothing about it?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1991
Now that the Evil Empire is gone, I hope our military complex does not create another one to justify its insatiable budget appetite! Give us time to breath! REMO P. CRUZ, Glendale
OPINION
January 4, 2008
Re "A promise of unpredictability," Opinion, Jan. 2 Joseph Ellis offers Ronald Reagan as an example of a president reversing a position he took during a campaign, stating that Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and then negotiated an arms agreement with it. However, Reagan's "evil empire" speech was given in 1983 and can hardly be considered a campaign position. In his 1980 campaign, Reagan promised to increase military expenditures, end the grain embargo against the Soviet Union and enact tax reductions.
OPINION
June 8, 2004 | Andras Szanto
In the current orgy of commemoration, Ronald Reagan's steely resolve in the face of the communist threat is taken as an article of faith. The Great Communicator, we're reminded, put the world on notice that he was serious about bringing down the "Evil Empire." And that he wasn't afraid to spend big to win. But the burnished vision of Reagan as St. George, single-handedly slaying the fire-breathing dragon of totalitarianism, is an exaggeration.
SPORTS
March 1, 2004 | Ross Newhan
The emperor of the Evil Empire is issuing his daily pronouncements to the media serfs from his special chariot in a basement tunnel at his spring castle known as Legends Field, which is located at 1 Steinbrenner Drive. Sitting in what otherwise might be called a golf cart, the managing general partner of the New York Yankees is discussing what has been one of his favorite spring themes.
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