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August 12, 2011
It's amazing that Leon Reinstein can say it was the Republicans who held America hostage and caused S&P's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating ("GOP offers new definition of chutzpah," Aug. 9). Talk about chutzpah, Democrats were in power for almost two years, yet did nothing to avoid what has happened to our credit rating. How can the Democrats claim innocence when it was them, with the president's help, who forced through Obama's unwelcome health care bill? Mr. Rubinstein and others may blame the Republicans, but they can't see their own reflection in the mirror when it comes to holding America hostage to one pork-filled bill after another.
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Dan Rodricks | February 25, 2014
Hyperchutzpahism is a condition in which an overactive chutzpah gland produces an excessive amount of chutzpah, causing people to be extremely audacious, if not obnoxious, and to cut in line at TCBY. The word, which I just made up, is taken from the Greek (hyper, for overly) and the Yiddish (chutzpah, for boldness or self-confidence.) I'm not a doctor, but I think this is what afflicts Julius Henson, the political operative - hyperchutzpahism. He can't help himself. He's chutzpadik, and not in a good way. Henson was convicted, jailed and fined for his role in the infamous "relax robocall" to suppress votes in the 2010 Maryland general election.
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NEWS
August 9, 2011
The old definition of the Yiddish word, "chutzpah," is the son who murders his parents and at his trial pleads for mercy because he is an orphan. The modern definition of chutzpah is for the Republicans, who held America hostage over extending the debt limit, to blame President Obama for the downgrading of Standard and Poor's credit rating of America from AAA to AA+. Leon Reinstein, Baltimore
NEWS
December 18, 2013
Commentator Thomas F. Schaller's recent column about the Obamacare rollout played footloose and fancy free with the facts of the president's $800 billion "stimulus" plan in 2009 ( "Obamacare rollout shockingly rough," Dec. 10). For example, Mr. Schaller gushed over "how deftly and proficiently Barack Obama and his advisers managed the implementation of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. " The truth is, the Democrats simply rammed the measure through Congress in much the same manner they later did with Obamacare.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
Commentator Thomas F. Schaller's recent column about the Obamacare rollout played footloose and fancy free with the facts of the president's $800 billion "stimulus" plan in 2009 ( "Obamacare rollout shockingly rough," Dec. 10). For example, Mr. Schaller gushed over "how deftly and proficiently Barack Obama and his advisers managed the implementation of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. " The truth is, the Democrats simply rammed the measure through Congress in much the same manner they later did with Obamacare.
NEWS
By TRB | September 27, 1991
Washington -- The cringing ethnic is a pathetic specimen in American culture, whether it is Uncle Tom meekly defending his Master for selling him down the river (''It goes agin me to hear one word agin Mas'r . . . He couldn't be spected to think so much of poor Tom'') or Walter Lippmann oleaginously agreeing with Harvard's WASP president, A. Lawrence Lowell, that the university ought to have fewer Jews (''bad for the immigrant Jews as well as for Harvard if there were too great a concentration'')
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By Art Buchwald | December 5, 1991
THE PHONE has been ringing with calls from historians who want to know what I was doing on Dec. 7, 1941. After the third query, it occurred to me that I was giving out information I could easily use myself.This is what I was doing on the Day of Infamy, which my father always referred to as the Day of Chutzpah. There were five friends at the Forest Hills Bowling Alley in the borough of Queens in New York City.They were Bob Markay, Arnie Alperstein, George Hankoff, Dick Zimmerman and myself.
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | December 31, 2005
Last day of the year. Gregory Kane's annual Chutzpah Awards. No further explanation is needed, because by this time you know the drill. The winners for 2005: 10th place: The administration of Mayor Martin O'Malley and Hizzoner's cohort in jackbooting, police Commissioner Leonard Hamm. For the entire year, the O'Malley-Hamm duo has had a let's-lock-up-as-many-people-as-we-can policy that helped create overcrowding at Central Booking and Intake Center. Then O'Malley had the audacity to have Baltimore join a lawsuit that accused state officials of mismanaging the joint.
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By Gregory P. Kane | January 4, 1991
AN EXCESS of chutzpah oozed its way into the body politic in 1990, rising to such alarming levels that we now face a danger of chutzpah overload. Meteorologists may now have to give out chutzpah alerts with their daily weather reports. So pervasive is the phenomenon that I, in a flash of inspired lunacy, have decided to inaugurate the First Annual Chutzpah Awards. Without further ado, I now cite the winners.* 9th runner-up: Rap musician Vanilla Ice, plucked from a Dallas suburb for his Aryan good looks to cash in on the popularity of rap music, has shown no talent for the genre.
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | January 15, 2000
WHAT? NO Annual Chutzpah Awards for 1999? You should hope that you would get off that easy. I've given out the awards annually since 1995 to those folks who committed the most brazen acts of audacity for a given year. Most years there have been nine place winners and a number one prize given. Bill Clinton was tops in 1998 (who else could have been?) and Central Intelligence Agency director John Deutch got the nod in 1996 for his self-righteous denial that his organization had any knowledge of cocaine smuggling by two Nicaraguan contras involved in CIA covert operations.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
Periodically, one comes across a jaw-dropping example of lawsuit abuse. The Good Samaritan gets sued for preventing a suicide, the robber takes the store clerk to court for fighting back, the B-list starlet sues because nobody watched her sex tape (apocryphal perhaps, but bound to happen someday). But for size, breadth, ingratitude - and sheer chutzpah - it will be tough to beat what a group of executives is seriously contemplating on Wednesday. That's when the board of directors of American International Group, or AIG, will be reviewing whether to join a $25 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government on the grounds that the federal bailout of the insurance giant shortchanged shareholders.
NEWS
August 12, 2011
It's amazing that Leon Reinstein can say it was the Republicans who held America hostage and caused S&P's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating ("GOP offers new definition of chutzpah," Aug. 9). Talk about chutzpah, Democrats were in power for almost two years, yet did nothing to avoid what has happened to our credit rating. How can the Democrats claim innocence when it was them, with the president's help, who forced through Obama's unwelcome health care bill? Mr. Rubinstein and others may blame the Republicans, but they can't see their own reflection in the mirror when it comes to holding America hostage to one pork-filled bill after another.
NEWS
August 9, 2011
The old definition of the Yiddish word, "chutzpah," is the son who murders his parents and at his trial pleads for mercy because he is an orphan. The modern definition of chutzpah is for the Republicans, who held America hostage over extending the debt limit, to blame President Obama for the downgrading of Standard and Poor's credit rating of America from AAA to AA+. Leon Reinstein, Baltimore
NEWS
July 20, 2010
Re-fu-di-ate ( ri-fyoo-de-at' ) vt. To deny or else to prove wrong or perhaps something in between those quite different meanings. Merging of repudiate and refute first coined by former vice-presidential candidate and aspiring semanticist Sarah Palin. People abuse the English language all the time. Count this newspaper's writers among those who sometimes err — despite the most valiant efforts of editors and copy desk staff. Humans make mistakes. But when errors are caught, most people admit wrong and corrections are made.
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK and JAY HANCOCK,jay.hancock@baltsun.com | January 3, 2009
Who wants to be a bailout recipient? We do! say the steel companies. Not content with what is likely to be the biggest public works program in decades, Big Steel wants to ensure taxpayers buy bridge, road, school and electric-grid steel only or largely from U.S. producers. Every provision in Congress' forthcoming stimulus should contain "a buy America clause," Nucor CEO Daniel R. DiMicco told The New York Times. What a good idea. The Buy America Act of 1933, signed by Herbert Hoover as he exited his miserable presidency, fueled a global trade war that hurt American exports and made the Great Depression even greater.
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | December 30, 2006
The date of Dec. 30, 2006 on the calendar indicates it must be time for my annual Chutzpah Awards. Usually, I honor 10 dubious winners. But in 2006, three were filled with such audacity that they took chutzpah to new limits. There is no room for the seven other spots. Here are the honorees: Third place: Martin O'Malley, mayor of Baltimore and governor-elect of Maryland. No, not because he took a police department that was never Bill of Rights-friendly and made it even less so. It's not even for promoting Baltimore's 60 percent graduation rate as an achievement during his gubernatorial campaign.
NEWS
August 31, 1994
Most politicians are known for their chutzpah. But few are as brazen as Shelton J. Stewart Jr.In 1986, he became Baltimore's sheriff. Two years later he was convicted of obstruction of justice and removed from office. Now he is running for sheriff again in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.Voters should strongly rebuff this effort by a convicted felon to return to office. They can do it best by pulling the lever for John W. Anderson, who was appointed to the post in 1989.L For the most part, Sheriff Anderson has done a splendid job.He has hounded dead-beat parents for support payments and generally worked to heighten the profile of his department.
SPORTS
By Bob Ryan and Bob Ryan,The Boston Globe | October 31, 2006
What most people don't realize is that Red Auerbach married the prettiest girl in town. Even in her 70s, Dorothy (Lewis) Auerbach was an elegant presence in the finest Sophia Loren sense, and one can only imagine what a head-turning traffic-stopper she must have been when young Arnie Auerbach slipped that ring onto her finger oh, so many years ago. But should we be surprised? We already knew Red, who died at 89 Saturday, had an eye for talent. Well, yes, there was the problem with his original dismissal of Bob Cousy as merely an overrated favorite of the "local yokels," but the Cousy episode was one of the very few professional misjudgments in the career of the most important non-playing person in the history of professional basketball.
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