BRICK to the University of Iowa, whose athletic department canceled a baseball game with Bradley University because the Peoria, Ill. team’s name — the Braves — is at odds with political correctness; to wit, the taboo against team names involving American Indians.
The university’s policy is to refuse to schedule nonconference games with schools that lower themselves to such a practice — but that’s a bit odd when one considers that "Iowa" is itself the name of an American Indian tribe.
BOUQUET to Maine-based entrepreneur Philip Doyen, who set up a service that charges people a buck ninety-nine a minute to spew their anger into a telephone with him listening. The name of Doyen’s service? "Vent-Line." Dang! Why didn’t we think to make money off ours!
BOUQUET to Cpl. Samuel Toloza of El Salvador’s Cuscatlan Battalion, who took on a group of terrorist insurgents in Najaf, Iraq May 1, armed only with a knife. Toloza’s outfit had come under attack, suffering one KIA and 12 wounded, and he and three comrades still unhurt had run out of ammunition. Toloza charged insurgents swarming around one of his buddies, stabbing several and driving them back just as a relief column arrived. ¡Que valiente!
BRICK to the government of Egypt, for thwarting a film director’s attempt to set up an association to promote communication between Egyptians and Israelis. The Ministry of Social Affairs refused Nabil Abdel-Alim’s application to establish the group; when he sued to get that ruling reversed the Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court spurned his plea. "The Arab public does not need such false friendship," the presiding judge sniffed.