February 3, 2008

HEAVEN ISN'T GOING TO BE WHAT HE THOUGHT IT WAS:

Earl L. Butz, Secretary Felled by Remark, Dies at 98 (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 2/03/08)

Mr. Butz, a farm economist and free-market advocate, had a relaxed and earthy style that won him acclaim as an after-dinner speaker but caused problems in his public life. Controversy began swirling around him after President Nixon appointed him secretary of agriculture in 1971. He figured in public disputes on issues like foreign grain sales and high meat prices.

Mr. Butz was forced to resign in October 1976 after telling a joke that was derogatory to blacks. The slur was overheard by John W. Dean III, the White House counsel to Nixon who was jailed in the Watergate scandal, and Mr. Dean’s report on it was published in Rolling Stone magazine.

Two years earlier, Mr. Butz apologized to the Vatican after criticizing the Roman Catholic Church’s stand on birth control by using a mock Italian accent while referring to the pope.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 3, 2008 8:01 AM
Comments

Are there loose shoes in Heaven?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 3, 2008 10:27 PM
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