April 28, 2001
With Hasim Rahman's victory over Lennox Lewis, Rahman and John Ruiz stand atop the heavyweight division. What have boxing fans done to deserve this? JIM MENDES Los Angeles It appears that Lennox Lewis lost his championship because he suffered from "foot in mouth" disease. HOWARD MATIONG Gardena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1993
I agree with your editorial "Foot in Mouth Disease (Cont.)" (July 10) and it is probably true that "sorry" somehow doesn't quite take back the insidious effects of uttering racist poems and ethnic slurs. May I point out that The Times apparently saw no "insidious effects" when you printed this headline "Are Voters Schizophrenic or Sane?" (Capitol Journal, March 29). A short time later a headline asked were voters "schizo"? Am I the only reader to object to such mindless discrimination toward the only physical disorder I ever see misused so frequently in print?
March 15, 2001 |
Nations from Australia to Latvia slapped bans on European Union meat and livestock Wednesday, restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of a virulent disease that has cropped up among farm animals in France and Britain. Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Norway were the latest countries to announce bans on imports of livestock and meat products from the 15-nation EU after foot-and-mouth disease was found Tuesday among cattle in northwestern France.
March 25, 2012 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry had his "oops" moment on a Michigan debate stage. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) mixed up actor John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy. And Herman Cain referred to "Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan. " The 2012 Republican presidential campaign has provided a bounty of infelicitous phrasings, wrongheaded assertions and embarrassing gaffes. There was Perry's memory lapse on the debate stage, which came to be known as his "oops moment. " There was Bachmann in Waterloo, Iowa, trumpeting her pride at hailing from the same hometown as John Wayne, only to learn that her homie was serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
April 1, 1990 |
We all say things we later regret. I call these "Oh-my-God-isms." As in, "Oh my God, did I really say that?" The difference between us saying these things and public figures saying these things is that we have fewer people to apologize to afterward. Recently, a Texas politician said a very stupid thing, which almost goes with the territory in Texas. The trouble with Texas politics is that everybody there wants to sound "down-home."
November 26, 1987
This year's "Marie Antoinette Trophy" for the most callous and witless remark goes to Patricia Kluge ("The Billionaire's Wife" by Nikki Finke, Nov. 16). Pat was shocked by the "pale and sallow faces" of young women in secretarial school and thought, "I am not like them. . . ." No, Mrs. Kluge, you are not. They are the wonderful, skilled working women who keep this country going. You, on the other hand, shed your clothing and pose nude for a skin mag owned by your first husband.