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December 27, 2010
In a letter to the editor on Dec. 24, Jay Ryerson faults Gov. Martin O'Malley's position that if mandatory car insurance is constitutional, so also should be mandatory health insurance ( "O'Malley's false logic on Obamacare" . Mr. Ryerson's point is that this is false logic, since "you can opt not to drive. " Yes, to drive or not to drive is a decision you make because there are other options of getting to your destination, e.g. by bus or train. But is getting sick a decision you make?
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
A colleague has sent me an email recounting one of those interminable but sterile discussions that the Internet has enabled, this one about Ukraine vs. the Ukraine .  Let's get that out of the way first. The country calls itself Ukraine , which gives the preference a degree of authority. The Ukraine  is a relic of the time when it was a part of R ussia and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and Ukrainians are touchy, feeling that the definite article reduces them to the status of a region rather than an independent nation.  The preference in journalism for Ukraine over the Ukraine  dates from the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union and Ukrainian independence.
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NEWS
December 23, 2010
I think the critics of Obamacare have a point that there is a difference between requiring health insurance and requiring car insurance because in the latter case one can simply refuse to drive. But I would rather analogize the requirement of having health insurance with military conscription. Conscription is certainly not voluntary. But people can be exempted from military service if they have a legitimate conscientious objection to military service. So why not let people similarly prove a philosophical, religious or moral objection to being insured in order to be exempted from having to obtain or purchase health insurance?
BUSINESS
May 13, 2013
Tiger Woods, Microsoft and the Tea Party are all reasserting themselves. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for May 13, 2013. Woods won his 78th PGA event Sunday in Ponte Vedra Beach, showing further recovery from a series of injuries and marital scandals. The IRS, meanwhile, was hoping to nip its own growing scandal in the bud, as allegations that the agency engaged in political harrassment were backed up over the weekend by leaked portions of an official report. At least one office of the agency actively targeted conservative groups' applications for nonprofit status, according to the report, which put the Obama administration into message-control mode over the weekend.
NEWS
November 19, 2011
Various commentators, including Susan Reimer and Jon Stewart, have compared the child abuse scandal at Penn State to the scandals involving young boys in the Roman Catholic church. The connection is valid if you view both institutions as being more concerned about avoiding scandal than protecting victims of abuse. But a true comparison would be if Penn State, Florida State, UCLA, Boston College, Arizona State and a dozen other colleges across the country all reported child abuse cases over the same 20-30 year period, involving multiple "coaches" whose acts were covered up. "Fr. Sandusky" would not have been fired and booted off campus.
NEWS
By Steve Chapman | September 6, 2006
CHICAGO -- Among the many innovations generated by the Internet is an axiom called Godwin's Law, which says that given enough time, any online discussion will produce a comparison involving Nazism or Adolf Hitler. So common is this phenomenon in cyberspace arguments that it also spawned an informal rule: Whoever first mentions the Nazis loses. By that standard, the Bush administration is getting trounced in the debate on Iraq. Last week, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld went to the American Legion convention and likened critics of our policy to those who discounted the threat posed by Nazism.
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By PETER A. JAY | October 10, 1993
Havre de Grace. -- "It's Vietnam all over again," says Sen. Fritz Hollings of the Somalia debacle. Many people agree with him, which is why he said it, and why it's likely to be over soon -- which would be the right outcome for the wrong reasons.The grisly photos and videotapes coming out of Mogadishu do indeed evoke old nightmares. As was true in Vietnam, in Somalia young American servicemen are dying, sometimes horribly, because of policies made far away by people who know little of war. This infuriates the public.
NEWS
April 26, 2010
Some people have made the analogy that the politicians in Washington running the federal government are spending money like drunken sailors, but this is a false analogy. When a drunken sailor runs out of money, he stops spending. Iver Mindel, Cockeysville
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | January 12, 1996
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- There is an obvious analogy between the Republican primary campaign here this year and the Democratic contest in 1984. If it is carried to the extreme -- a very big ''if'' -- we could be looking at another upset when the votes are counted February 20.At this stage 12 years ago, the Democrats had in former Vice President Walter F. Mondale an established front-runner with broad support from the party leaders much like that enjoyed today...
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | October 29, 1993
Jeffrey Jones' "70 Scenes of Halloween" is like a theatrical version of 52 Card Pick-Up or, to choose a more literary analogy, the Surrealist technique of cutting up words and phrases and rearranging them at random. According to the playwright's instJeffrey Jones' "70 Scenes of Halloween" is like a theatrical version of 52 Card Pick-Up or, to choose a more literary analogy, the Surrealist technique of cutting up words and phrases and rearranging them at random. According to the playwright's instructions, the director is encouraged to essentially toss the script's 70 short scenes in the air and have his cast perform them in whatever order they land.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
If the tenor of their questions is any indication, the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appeared evenly divided in the challenge to California's law banning gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy, predictably, in the middle. But rather than deciding which way to tip the scales, Justice Kennedy seemed to be looking for an escape hatch. Indeed, his most persistent line of questioning to the advoates on both sides sounded more like a lament: "I just wonder if this case was properly granted.
NEWS
November 19, 2011
Various commentators, including Susan Reimer and Jon Stewart, have compared the child abuse scandal at Penn State to the scandals involving young boys in the Roman Catholic church. The connection is valid if you view both institutions as being more concerned about avoiding scandal than protecting victims of abuse. But a true comparison would be if Penn State, Florida State, UCLA, Boston College, Arizona State and a dozen other colleges across the country all reported child abuse cases over the same 20-30 year period, involving multiple "coaches" whose acts were covered up. "Fr. Sandusky" would not have been fired and booted off campus.
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By Jonah Goldberg | July 7, 2011
5.1, 9.3, 8.1, 8.5, 8, 7.1 and 3.9. While that might sound like a controversial series of Olympic curling scores, these numbers in fact add up to a grave problem for PresidentBarack Obama. They are the quarterly percentage gains in gross domestic product starting in 1983 through to Election Day 1984. And they aren't the only significant numbers. In 1984, real income for individuals grew by more than 6 percent and inflation plummeted. The unemployment rate in November 1984 was still 7.2 percent - relatively high - but it had dropped from 10.8 percent in December 1982, and it was clear the momentum was for even lower unemployment.
NEWS
December 27, 2010
In a letter to the editor on Dec. 24, Jay Ryerson faults Gov. Martin O'Malley's position that if mandatory car insurance is constitutional, so also should be mandatory health insurance ( "O'Malley's false logic on Obamacare" . Mr. Ryerson's point is that this is false logic, since "you can opt not to drive. " Yes, to drive or not to drive is a decision you make because there are other options of getting to your destination, e.g. by bus or train. But is getting sick a decision you make?
NEWS
December 23, 2010
I think the critics of Obamacare have a point that there is a difference between requiring health insurance and requiring car insurance because in the latter case one can simply refuse to drive. But I would rather analogize the requirement of having health insurance with military conscription. Conscription is certainly not voluntary. But people can be exempted from military service if they have a legitimate conscientious objection to military service. So why not let people similarly prove a philosophical, religious or moral objection to being insured in order to be exempted from having to obtain or purchase health insurance?
NEWS
April 26, 2010
Some people have made the analogy that the politicians in Washington running the federal government are spending money like drunken sailors, but this is a false analogy. When a drunken sailor runs out of money, he stops spending. Iver Mindel, Cockeysville
NEWS
By CHARLES R. MORRIS | January 5, 1994
New York. There's nothing wrong with the Clinton administration's fascination for building its much-touted ''information superhighway'' -- except it probably won't be a highway and the federal government can't build it and shouldn't try. The real challenge is not to get the federal government into the communication business, but to get it adroitly out.Both President Clinton and Vice President Gore are fond of using the analogy of the Eisenhower-era federal...
NEWS
March 23, 1993
The most striking aspect of the power struggle in Moscow is the commitment of all sides, so far, to resolution by constitutional means. If only they knew what those are. It is a constitution crafted by the Brezhnev dictatorship, with the Russian federation then subsidiary and now paramount, and with bits amended along the way.A constitutional court for the Russian federation has emerged, poised to play a pivotal role. Its presiding judge has given political opinions on television before hearing the case, so it is not at all what the U.S. Supreme Court is to American citizens.
NEWS
April 20, 2010
Bruce Fleming makes some fair points in raising concerns that the military must think hard about how to enforce a new policy that lets open gays serve in the military ("Military's history will repeat," April 20). But Mr. Fleming stumbles in several of his points. Mr. Fleming states that allowing openly gay service is not comparable to the integration of "soldiers of color" because "gender matters more fundamentally than skin color." Yet this is not how Americans experienced race generations ago. Indeed, while men and women have always lived together in the same household, many whites found the very idea of being in the same house with an African American totally unacceptable.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | June 26, 2009
The head of an Anne Arundel County Republican women's group has apologized for a Web posting comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, after the posting received national attention on blogs and cable television news. Joyce E. Thomann, president of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County, wrote in a letter on the group's Web site that "Obama and Hitler have a great deal in common in my view. Obama and Hitler use the 'blitzkrieg' method to overwhelm their enemies. FAST, CARPET BOMBING intent on destruction.
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