- The Washington Times - Monday, January 14, 2002

Corry and Dubya
The Equal Justice Foundation is turning 1 year old, having endured the usual struggle of getting a nonprofit foundation off the ground (though this is a bit more difficult, given the foundation's unpopular notion that domestic violence is a human problem, not a sex-related issue).
Both sexes, nonetheless, took notice when the foundation presented a paper, "Controlling Domestic Violence Against Men" at the sixth International Conference on Family Violence in San Diego.
"We have been very fortunate in obtaining volunteer attorneys and paralegals to help us," says foundation President Charles E. Corry, adding that his groundbreaking group doesn't receive financial support from the United Way or under the Violence Against Women Act, but "we're working on that."
And who is Charles Corry?
"For the fourth consecutive year I've been listed in Marquis' 'Who's Who in America' and 'Who's Who in the World,' as well as 'Who's Who in Science and Engineering,'" he says. "'Who's Who in the World' narrows it down to 52,000 of the most accomplished and distinguished individuals they can identify on the planet.
"George W. Bush," he can't help but note, "made it for the first time in the latest, 19th edition."

Terry's tenure
Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, handpicked by Bill and Hillary Clinton to round up the donkeys, writes in a memo that the Democratic Party had an "incredible" first year under his helmsmanship.
"When I won this volunteer post in February, I promised you that my only interest is in creating a four-year, full-time, professionalized and election-focused DNC," Mr. McAuliffe writes to the Democratic leadership. "At the one-year mark, we have made great strides and have great results and solid momentum for 2002 and 2004."
The glowing memo, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and others, says records were set both at the polls and with fund raising. He cites regaining control of the Senate, winning three statewide races the Virginia governor and lieutenant governor's races and the New Jersey governor's race plus 39 of 42 big-city mayoral races, as examples.
He adds that Democrats control more legislative chambers than the Republicans for the first time since 1996, and as for fund raising, the $46.5 million raised by the DNC in 2001 prior, we should point out, to September 11 is the most ever raised in the first year after a presidential election.

Prayerful parade
New York in only a few months' time is a different city, proof lying in the fact that Catholic Cardinal Edward M. Egan has been chosen by unanimous vote to be this year's grand marshal of the controversial St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Then again, unlike past years, St. Patrick's Day Parade Inc. is now officially established as an independent body, giving it authority to prevent groups such as the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization from marching as identified units.
Cardinal Egan will halt this year's parade at 12:30 p.m. for a moment of silent prayer in memory of the September 11 victims.

Jesse's buncombe
Literary legend H.L. Mencken's name surfaced during Friday's discussion on the etymology of "buncombe" a none-too-flattering noun used most recently to describe Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's economic-stimulus plan.
All of which caught the attention of Ray Stevens, president of the Mencken Society, who directs Inside the Beltway to "A Carnival of Buncombe," edited by Malcolm Moos, a posthumous collection of Mencken's writings on American politics.
"Mencken said of 'buncombe' in his fourth edition of 'The American Language' (1937): 'Buncombe got into Standard English and suffered a change, too, though it was of a different kind. The word has been in use in the United States since the beginning of the last century, and was spoken of as 'old and common at Washington' by a writer in Nile's Register on Sept. 27, 1827, but it did not come into general use in England until the late 1850's, and then its spelling was changed to 'bunkum.'
"'But when the American clipped form 'bunk' arose toward the end of the World War, it began to appear in England almost instantly, for it had the influence of the American movies behind it, and when the verb 'to debunk' followed 10 years later, it got into use quite as quickly. Hundreds of other saucy Americanisms have followed it, often in successful competition with English neologisms.'"
Mr. Stevens tells us when the "politically correct" crowd begins to re-examine Mencken in his historical context, "even they will be amazed by his wealth of learning, spirit of inquiry, and no-nonsense approach to American life."
"If Jesse Jackson had checked with 'The American Language,' incidentally, he would not have made the ludicrous mistake at the Democratic convention in 2000 about how close the United States came to adopting the German language as its official tongue."

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