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September 27, 2013
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is an embarrassment. Whether or not you agree with the health care law signed by President Barack Obama, Mr. Cruz is hijacking the democratic process established by our forefathers. We the people do not care about his long-winded rhetoric, designed to advance his own political agenda. Republican or Democrat, this is not the appropriate use of the senatorial podium. Christina Young, Baltimore
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
After playing at being a TV correspondent and doing some of the worst on-air network reporting I have seen in 30 years of writing about media, Chelsea Clinton is declaring victory and moving on, she told People magazine. Here's an indication of how People reported this "exclusive" news: After not quite three years as a special correspondent for NBC News - and with just a little while until she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expected to become parents - the former first daughter is now leaving that position, she tells PEOPLE in a statement, "to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child.
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NEWS
May 11, 2010
Finally, someone had the courage to call the ads for the Preakness just what they really are … "an embarrassment." I'm referring to Kevin Cowherd's "Get Your Preak On': From sport of kings to royal embarrassment," May 10. After hearing another one of these objectionable "Preak On" ads over the weekend, I thought: Just how low will the Maryland Jockey Club, and others, go to earn a buck? How sad that this ad represents not only Baltimore, but all of Maryland. The only word I can think of is DEGRADING!
SPORTS
By Bill Wagner and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 2, 2014
Ken Niumatalolo recently joked that the more he watches Ohio State on film, “the scarier it gets.” The seventh-year Navy head coach was serious when he said the Buckeyes have the potential to “embarrass us.” Navy opens the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium against the Buckeyes, who are considered a national championship contender by most experts. Ohio State went 24-2 in two seasons under head coach Urban Meyer , who has recruited a slew of high school All-Americans since arriving in Columbus three years ago. “This is the toughest opening opponent we've had in my 17 years here,” Niumatalolo said.
NEWS
October 19, 2012
I turned on my TV to watch the second scheduled presidential debate and instead saw an old-fashioned street brawl break out ("Obama takes an aggressive stand," Oct. 17). Both participants were an embarrassment. The so-called debate convinced me that the two-party system in our country is irrevocably broken and needs to be fixed sooner rather than later. President Obama and former governor Mitt Romney aren't totally to blame for their performance. Over the years the media have bent and twisted the protocol of the debates, which were originally instituted to discuss issues, not to get into verbal skirmishes full of half-truths, embellishments of the truth and, worst of all, full-throated denigration of one's opponent.
NEWS
May 13, 2014
Johns Hopkins Hospital's refusal to openly negotiate with its underpaid health care workers is beyond embarrassing but unfortunately revealing of some of the real operating values of this world class institution ( "Thousands gather to protest pay at Hopkins Hospital," May 10). As its' own Bloomberg School of Public Health has researched and demonstrated again and again, one's environment is as important a determinant of health as what goes on inside one's body. Workers who come in every day exhausted, stressed and worried about their family's welfare cannot portray an example of health and well being that the hospital portends is one of its primary values.
NEWS
July 29, 1994
In recent times, the Schmoke administration has increasingly come to believe that circumventing such processes as open bidding will save time and enable government to produce results faster. Perhaps this outcome indeed can be obtained with thorough screening and research. Unfortunately, the Schmoke administration is not known for adept or disciplined staff work.The latest embarrassment -- coming after disclosures about questionable non-bid awards by the municipal public housing authority -- concerns the city's efforts to find a new manager to run the financially troubled Harrison's Pier 5 hotel at the Inner Harbor.
NEWS
March 15, 1994
If you heap on enough praise, is it possible for a whole county to feel embarrassed?Perhaps, especially now that American Demographics magazine has joined a long list of admirers declaring Howard County a mecca for the affluent and highly educated.Using data from the 1990 U.S. Census, the magazine ranked Howard fourth among the 20 jurisdictions in the nation with high concentrations of well-heeled residents.It was the only county in Maryland cited. In fact, the accolades were so plentiful, even the most skeptical would have to blush.
NEWS
By Kathleen Parker | December 1, 2006
The republic would seem to be in good health, if not sound mind, when hurt feelings and public embarrassment are the picadors of public passion. The past few weeks have provided a surfeit of sensitivity challenges: A group of "lactivists" staged a nurse-in to protest an airline's insensitivity to a breast-feeding mom. Two African-American men hired a lawyer to sweeten an apology they're demanding from a racist, epithet-hurling comedian. Six Muslim imams, in an impressive demonstration of cultural assimilation, cried racism when airline officials removed them from a flight for mimicking the behavior of the 9/11 terrorists.
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | May 15, 2005
ABERDEEN - After three days of the Ripken Minor League Experience, I've reached a startling conclusion that goes against everything I ever believed about baseball: The game is way easier than it looks. How else do you explain the fact that I've made some of the most harrowing defensive plays this side of Jose Canseco and my team has streaked right to the top of the standings? So much for meeting the Ripken Challenge, which was delivered by Bill Ripken in January when the minor league fantasy concept was still in its embryonic stages.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | June 25, 2014
In Ukraine last month, some people braved the threat of violence to get to the polls to vote for a new president. According to news reports, heavily armed men in ski masks tried to scare off voters by smashing ballot boxes and blocking entry to polling stations in the eastern part of the country; election officials were threatened, some kidnapped. In Maryland, we just had a primary election to nominate candidates for governor - you know, like the president of Maryland - and the voter turnout was embarrassingly low . The vast majority of registered Democrats and Republicans did not participate.
NEWS
May 13, 2014
Johns Hopkins Hospital's refusal to openly negotiate with its underpaid health care workers is beyond embarrassing but unfortunately revealing of some of the real operating values of this world class institution ( "Thousands gather to protest pay at Hopkins Hospital," May 10). As its' own Bloomberg School of Public Health has researched and demonstrated again and again, one's environment is as important a determinant of health as what goes on inside one's body. Workers who come in every day exhausted, stressed and worried about their family's welfare cannot portray an example of health and well being that the hospital portends is one of its primary values.
NEWS
April 26, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is again displaying his arrogance ( "Judge orders Kamenetz to appear in court in police union dispute," April 22). This time, its not toward just the county citizens and county employees but toward the courts. It would be refreshing to see the judge throw the arrogant, pompous ass in the pokey. Even more enjoyable, and fair to the county citizens, would be for the judge to order the interest and penalties that are now being compounded to be paid by Mr. Kamenetz and his two stooge underlings who are also wasting taxpayer money to show how arrogant they are!
SPORTS
By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
I can't say I blame Towson University coach Shawn Nadelen for looking so depressed after the Tigers lost, 8-1, to Penn State on Saturday night. I've been covering college lacrosse since 1987, and that was one of the worst, if not the worst, performance I have ever seen from a team, regardless of division. The Tigers couldn't pitch and catch. They got outhustled and allowed the Nittany Lions to push them around the field. Towson's performance was on the level of a 13- or 14-year-old team in the Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association's B bracket.
NEWS
January 12, 2014
President Barack Obama's signature legislative effort, the Affordable Care Act, and Gov. Martin O'Malley's presidential aspirations left Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to head up the implementation of Maryland's health care exchange as his only real assignment, which has been an embarrassment to both Mr. O'Malley and Mr. Brown. But if both Mr. O'Malley and Mr. Brown have failed in this effort, do we really want them as our next president and governor? Unfortunately it is up to the voters, who only vote based on name recognition.
NEWS
By Mark Newgent | January 10, 2014
Yesterday New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie fired his deputy chief of staff for her role in “bridgegate,” a political scandal in the Garden State involving state officials closing lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge connecting Ft. Lee, N.J., to New York City. Christie fired Bridget Anne Kelly after emails surfaced exposing her involvement in closing the lanes a part of political payback against Ft. Lee's Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, who did not endorse Christie for reelection.
NEWS
By STEPHEN KIEHL and STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER | March 26, 2006
Ricky Gervais has made a career out of making us cringe. His brilliant 2001 BBC comedy, The Office, took on matters of race, religion, disability and gender -- frequently crossing lines that we typically dare not cross in polite society. (Though we're about to cross them here.) Gervais played an office manager of a paper supplies company who badly wanted to be popular, but always said the wrong thing. Explaining his commitment to diversity, he said, "I haven't got a sign on the door that says white people only.
NEWS
October 27, 2013
There has always been and will be under-age drinking during Beach Week at Ocean City . Does that make it right? No, but it is a fact! Seems to me it made front page news just to get at Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler ("Gansler says breaking up teen party was not his job," Oct. 24). If you wanted to take a moral stand, why didn't you expose the two parents who were there as chaperons and the other parents who agreed and contributed to the arrangements? Marie Mullen, Joppa
NEWS
September 27, 2013
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is an embarrassment. Whether or not you agree with the health care law signed by President Barack Obama, Mr. Cruz is hijacking the democratic process established by our forefathers. We the people do not care about his long-winded rhetoric, designed to advance his own political agenda. Republican or Democrat, this is not the appropriate use of the senatorial podium. Christina Young, Baltimore
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