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By Luke Broadwater | August 5, 2011
Remember when large portions of the country believed a fantasical conspiracy theory that Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States? And remember how they (and, in particular Donald Trump) were spectacularly embarrassed for believing in something so dumb?  Well, brace yourself. They still believe it!  Jerome Corsi (author of "Where's the Birth Certificate?") and Orly Taitz (who runs the "World's Leading Obama Eligibility Challenge Website") are still touting this nonsense  You would think with a struggling economy, outrageous debt and three unresolved wars, Obama's opponents would have fact-based arguments to make against him. Instead, this birther thing still inexplicably exists.  It all goes to prove this one undeniable fact: No matter what, crazy people will always be crazy. 
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By Jonah Goldberg | June 2, 2014
Can we please stop holding the country hostage to crazy people? Every year a tiny number of mentally ill people go on horrific killing sprees. It just happened in California. I won't name the person because I think the media attention lavished on these horror shows encourages some of these young men -- and they are almost all young men -- to seek fame or validation through bloodshed. In an entirely human response, we get spun up into a frenzy of finger-pointing. In the aftermath of the Gabby Giffords shooting, many of the country's leading journalists and politicians suggested the former congresswoman was shot because of the "violent" political rhetoric of Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann and other tea party-affiliated politicians.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1997
The California "computer-cult" suicides shouldn't be considered an act of insanity, says a noted expert in cults and terrorism. Those who died may be, well, normal."
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By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com | February 17, 2013
Holy Hannah! What the heck was all that you guys? Axel is dead ( Good night, sweet prince ), the Governor strapped it up and gleefully squeezed off rounds on the prison stronghold, Glenn is having major leadership and relationship issues, and Daryl and Merle cut their Oregon Trail LARPing adventure short to return to cell block C. Also, Merle peed on a tree and he and Daryl spit everywhere. Were they suggesting that Merle and Daryl had huge, fat lippers in, or are they just saying that backwoods people love to spit all the time?
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By Jonah Goldberg | June 2, 2014
Can we please stop holding the country hostage to crazy people? Every year a tiny number of mentally ill people go on horrific killing sprees. It just happened in California. I won't name the person because I think the media attention lavished on these horror shows encourages some of these young men -- and they are almost all young men -- to seek fame or validation through bloodshed. In an entirely human response, we get spun up into a frenzy of finger-pointing. In the aftermath of the Gabby Giffords shooting, many of the country's leading journalists and politicians suggested the former congresswoman was shot because of the "violent" political rhetoric of Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann and other tea party-affiliated politicians.
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By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com | February 17, 2013
Holy Hannah! What the heck was all that you guys? Axel is dead ( Good night, sweet prince ), the Governor strapped it up and gleefully squeezed off rounds on the prison stronghold, Glenn is having major leadership and relationship issues, and Daryl and Merle cut their Oregon Trail LARPing adventure short to return to cell block C. Also, Merle peed on a tree and he and Daryl spit everywhere. Were they suggesting that Merle and Daryl had huge, fat lippers in, or are they just saying that backwoods people love to spit all the time?
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By Janene Holzberg and Janene Holzberg,Special to the Sun | May 2, 2008
Open the paperback-length book that is this year's Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival catalog, turn about midway to page 102, and there it is in black and white: Leslie Clary was Lamb and Wool Queen in 1986. She didn't stumble when asked the year of her reign, nor has she forgotten much about the festival's early days since she began volunteering in 1984. "I guess you could say working on the festival is kind of an addiction," said the Dayton resident, who became Leslie Bauer at age 18 when she married high-school sweetheart Ricky Bauer 20 years ago. "Once it gets under your skin, there's no changing that."
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By Kevin Cowherd | February 27, 1997
THEY SAY NOBODY reads for pleasure anymore, but the question I ask myself more and more is: When did magazines become so annoying?It starts with the 47 subscription cards that flutter to the floor as soon as you pick up the magazine from the rack at Rite Aid or 7-Eleven or wherever.Dropping quickly to your hands and knees, the harsh fluorescent light bathing your shiny face, you frantically gather up all the stupid cards.Then you put them back in the magazine, place this magazine back on the rack, pick up another magazine -- and this time 26 subscription cards flutter to the floor.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | November 30, 1994
A convict was charged last night with shooting his parents to death in a November 1993 attack at their Essex area home -- a crime he allegedly tried to disguise as a burglary gone bad, Baltimore County police said.James Garland Finneyfrock, 29, who is serving time on unspecified convictions at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, was removed from the prison and formally charged about 10 o'clock last night, said E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman.His parents, Wade and Susan Finneyfrock, were found dead Nov. 13, 1993, of multiple gunshot wounds at their modest, one-story house in the 2300 block of Poplar Road, across from Sue Creek.
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By Luke Broadwater | April 20, 2011
I used to think the protesters in Wisconsin opposed to budget cuts (and union-weakening) might have a point. But my position has now changed because of two very firm rules I've stuck to all my life: 1) Never side with crazy people; 2) Never side with extremely stupid people.  I'm not sure which category the following protesters fall into, but it's one of the above.  As Sarah Palin was being introduced at a recent tea party rally, she was greeted with these insightful comments from the mob.  1)
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By Luke Broadwater | August 5, 2011
Remember when large portions of the country believed a fantasical conspiracy theory that Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States? And remember how they (and, in particular Donald Trump) were spectacularly embarrassed for believing in something so dumb?  Well, brace yourself. They still believe it!  Jerome Corsi (author of "Where's the Birth Certificate?") and Orly Taitz (who runs the "World's Leading Obama Eligibility Challenge Website") are still touting this nonsense  You would think with a struggling economy, outrageous debt and three unresolved wars, Obama's opponents would have fact-based arguments to make against him. Instead, this birther thing still inexplicably exists.  It all goes to prove this one undeniable fact: No matter what, crazy people will always be crazy. 
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg and Janene Holzberg,Special to the Sun | May 2, 2008
Open the paperback-length book that is this year's Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival catalog, turn about midway to page 102, and there it is in black and white: Leslie Clary was Lamb and Wool Queen in 1986. She didn't stumble when asked the year of her reign, nor has she forgotten much about the festival's early days since she began volunteering in 1984. "I guess you could say working on the festival is kind of an addiction," said the Dayton resident, who became Leslie Bauer at age 18 when she married high-school sweetheart Ricky Bauer 20 years ago. "Once it gets under your skin, there's no changing that."
NEWS
By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1997
The California "computer-cult" suicides shouldn't be considered an act of insanity, says a noted expert in cults and terrorism. Those who died may be, well, normal."
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | February 27, 1997
THEY SAY NOBODY reads for pleasure anymore, but the question I ask myself more and more is: When did magazines become so annoying?It starts with the 47 subscription cards that flutter to the floor as soon as you pick up the magazine from the rack at Rite Aid or 7-Eleven or wherever.Dropping quickly to your hands and knees, the harsh fluorescent light bathing your shiny face, you frantically gather up all the stupid cards.Then you put them back in the magazine, place this magazine back on the rack, pick up another magazine -- and this time 26 subscription cards flutter to the floor.
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By Luke Broadwater | April 13, 2011
Perennial Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his campaign exploratory committee on Monday and the comedians reacted Tuesday night. On TBS, Conan O'Brien joked that Romney was running solely on "good looks" and edited his announcement video to make it, um, sexy and creepy?  As for Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, he dubbed Romney "Captain Buzzkill" and said, "Not the guy who looks like anyone who's ever fired your dad!" Thus far, the jokes about Romney are 1)
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2012
It will become a lot easier to obtain permits to conceal and carry guns in Maryland as of Aug. 7 under a court order filed Tuesday by a federal district judge. The order signed Monday by Judge Benson E. Legg gives state officials two weeks to implement his March ruling striking down a requirement that concealed carry applicants show a "good and substantial reason" to transport a firearm. The requirement prevented many from applying for permits, according to gun proponents who expect tens of thousands of state residents to seek — and be granted — such licenses.
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