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By Kim Schmidt | June 1, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - I say "like." Like, a lot. I am a product of my times. I cut my teeth on John Hughes movies and lace gloves. Sometimes I notice it and try to remind myself that any self-respecting, college-educated adult should have some respect for the English language. Add to that the fact that I'm a writer, and a former speechwriter to boot, and you see how easy it is to beat myself up over my verbal tic. The worst part is that I've passed it along to the next generation. Every parent knows that our children keep us in check, mirroring our best (and worst)
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 28, 2013
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. " That's the full text of the First Amendment. But (with apologies to the old Far Side comic), this is what many in the press, academia and government would hear if you read it aloud: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, blah blah blah, or abridging the freedom of the press, blah blah blah blah.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 28, 2013
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. " That's the full text of the First Amendment. But (with apologies to the old Far Side comic), this is what many in the press, academia and government would hear if you read it aloud: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, blah blah blah, or abridging the freedom of the press, blah blah blah blah.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Having swum in Michael Phelps shadow for most of his career, Tyler Clary finally made his first Olympics - and promptly dissed the guy who is headed to his fourth. Clary, 23, of Riverside, Calif., shocked the swimming world Tuesday, when a columnist for a California newspaper quoted him as saying the Baltimore swimmer with a record 14 gold medals to his name doesn't work as hard as he does. “I think the things he could have done if he'd worked as hard as I do would have been even more incredible than what he has pulled off,” Clary said to Jim Alexander of The Press-Enterprise . The remarks caused an instant ruckus online and at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where Phelps, Clary and the rest of the recently picked U.S. Olympic swim team is training for the Games that begin in 2 1/2 weeks.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 2, 1996
The day had started with a florist telling me how awful the city of Baltimore is. Yeah yeah yeah and blah blah blah. All I wanted was six balloons for a birthday party; I didn't want to hear another groan about the Queen City of the Patapsco Drainage Basin. You know what I'm saying? You hear that stuff all the time, and usually in exaggerated swipes such as: "Half the houses are boarded up," or "The city is going to hell in a handbasket," or some other broadside that can make the most jaded taxpayer feel defensive.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 29, 2000
SUPPOSE I TOLD you that a big company had been allowed to dump thousands of pounds of industrial poisons, including carcinogens, into the Chesapeake Bay each month for the last 15 years. Suppose I added that, in 1998 alone, the company had dumped 15,000 pounds of lead and other cancer-causing chemicals into the Patapsco River. You'd be outraged, wouldn't you? You'd want state regulators - if not the state police - to do something about it immediately, wouldn't you? Too bad. What I just described has been done all these years with the blessing of the government of Maryland.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 30, 1994
New York--Almost like the magnificent answer to the riddle asked of Oedipus (What walks on three legs in the evening?) Harvey Keitel comes hobbling into a hotel room, his considerable weight semi-supported on a cane.Have five decades of hard living and hard acting finally taken their toll? Have some fans mobbed him? Was he performing some dangerous stunt in service to his art?Disappointingly, no."I was jogging," he says, like any suburban dad who stepped off a curb wrong. "And something went."
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Having swum in Michael Phelps shadow for most of his career, Tyler Clary finally made his first Olympics - and promptly dissed the guy who is headed to his fourth. Clary, 23, of Riverside, Calif., shocked the swimming world Tuesday, when a columnist for a California newspaper quoted him as saying the Baltimore swimmer with a record 14 gold medals to his name doesn't work as hard as he does. “I think the things he could have done if he'd worked as hard as I do would have been even more incredible than what he has pulled off,” Clary said to Jim Alexander of The Press-Enterprise . The remarks caused an instant ruckus online and at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where Phelps, Clary and the rest of the recently picked U.S. Olympic swim team is training for the Games that begin in 2 1/2 weeks.
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By Jim Sollisch | July 2, 2004
A RECENT STUDY in the journal Science concludes that dogs may be able to master vocabularies of up to 200 words. The border collie in the study exhibited advanced reasoning skills, using the process of elimination to figure out the meaning of new words. These findings have the experts pretty excited. I think the reaction of the average dog owner would be either, "See, I told you Fluffy understands every word I say," or, "That study doesn't begin to capture the brilliance of my little Fluffy."
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By Kim Schmidt | June 1, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - I say "like." Like, a lot. I am a product of my times. I cut my teeth on John Hughes movies and lace gloves. Sometimes I notice it and try to remind myself that any self-respecting, college-educated adult should have some respect for the English language. Add to that the fact that I'm a writer, and a former speechwriter to boot, and you see how easy it is to beat myself up over my verbal tic. The worst part is that I've passed it along to the next generation. Every parent knows that our children keep us in check, mirroring our best (and worst)
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | November 29, 2000
SUPPOSE I TOLD you that a big company had been allowed to dump thousands of pounds of industrial poisons, including carcinogens, into the Chesapeake Bay each month for the last 15 years. Suppose I added that, in 1998 alone, the company had dumped 15,000 pounds of lead and other cancer-causing chemicals into the Patapsco River. You'd be outraged, wouldn't you? You'd want state regulators - if not the state police - to do something about it immediately, wouldn't you? Too bad. What I just described has been done all these years with the blessing of the government of Maryland.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | October 2, 1996
The day had started with a florist telling me how awful the city of Baltimore is. Yeah yeah yeah and blah blah blah. All I wanted was six balloons for a birthday party; I didn't want to hear another groan about the Queen City of the Patapsco Drainage Basin. You know what I'm saying? You hear that stuff all the time, and usually in exaggerated swipes such as: "Half the houses are boarded up," or "The city is going to hell in a handbasket," or some other broadside that can make the most jaded taxpayer feel defensive.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 30, 1994
New York--Almost like the magnificent answer to the riddle asked of Oedipus (What walks on three legs in the evening?) Harvey Keitel comes hobbling into a hotel room, his considerable weight semi-supported on a cane.Have five decades of hard living and hard acting finally taken their toll? Have some fans mobbed him? Was he performing some dangerous stunt in service to his art?Disappointingly, no."I was jogging," he says, like any suburban dad who stepped off a curb wrong. "And something went."
NEWS
September 6, 2011
I am offended by columnist Leonard Pitts' applause for Rep. Maxine Waters' telling the tea party to "go straight to hell," as well as by letter writer Thad Paulhamus' remark that "the tea party, and by extension, the entire Republican Party with which it is almost unanimously affiliated, has made no secret of its aim to cripple and foreshorten the administration of our current president" - blah, blah, blah. Both comments are specious and irresponsible. I, and 99 percent of my Republican friends, are "affiliated" with the tea party on one issue and one issue only: Out of control congressional spending.
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By Karen Hosler | August 11, 2007
Hillary would take money from lobbyists. Obama would invade Pakistan. John Edwards gets $400 haircuts. Fred Thompson is either an actor playing a politician or a politician playing an actor. Rudy's children don't speak to him. Mitt's a Mormon but only once married. John McCain is the incredible shrinking candidate. And then there's Joe, Bill, Mike, Ron, Chris, Dennis, Tom, Tommy and that guy from Alaska. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Welcome to the interminable presidential campaign of 2008, such a constant presence that it is all but ignored, a political Muzak of background noise.
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