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By Jonah Goldberg | July 28, 2014
As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member. " At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence. Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan and numerous locales from the TV series "MacGyver" (Gnubia, Kabulstan et al.)
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August 14, 2014
Buried in the hue and cry of the war in Gaza has been the one glaring question not yet answered by the media: If Israel indeed overstepped the limits of asymmetrical warfare, then what exactly is an acceptable "symmetrical" loss ( "Hamas' terror is dwarfed by Israel's," Aug. 9)? Should Israel lose one for one, two for one, three for one? This question is not to diminish the loss of the innocent but to understand a benchmark by which the United Nations and much of the world seems to grade such questions.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | June 23, 1996
Eight years remain until this fall's Maryland fifth-graders, the Class of 2004, will have to pass tough new tests to graduate from high school.These examinations are far more rigorous and sophisticated than the "functional" tests that have been a Maryland fixture for two decades. They would move the state from the front ranks to the very head of the national school reform movement.But behind the scenes there is intense debate over a question that is as much political as it is educational: How hard will the tests be?
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | July 28, 2014
As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member. " At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence. Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan and numerous locales from the TV series "MacGyver" (Gnubia, Kabulstan et al.)
NEWS
June 27, 2014
This fall, Maryland's public schools will start their second year under the Common Core Standards, and the controversy sparked by last year's rocky roll-out appears far from dying down. Parents, teachers, students and political leaders have all questioned the state's implementation of the standards, if not the standards themselves. We recognize that this transition is difficult and that some teachers and students, particularly those in higher grades, may be struggling to adapt to these new educational goals.
NEWS
January 24, 2011
I am happy that you did not mention Mag-Lev in your editorial on high speed rail ( "Working on the railroad," Jan. 23). The proposed Baltimore-Washington Mag-Lev would be a disaster partly because it would be incompatible with all existing railroad track and trains. On the other hand, high speed rail is completely compatible with our existing system. Although new track would be needed in some areas, much existing track can be upgraded to the higher standards. Trains can use existing track to enter cities and stations.
NEWS
April 23, 2010
Maryland is set to adopt new national education standards for what children should learn from kindergarten to 12th grade, a move that should boost the state's chances in the second round of the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top competition in June. Coming just after the first-round winners were announced last month — Delaware and Tennessee were the only states to make the initial cut — Maryland's efforts to show it is serious about reform come not a moment too soon.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | September 15, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration has proposed to redirect federal aid from prosperous school districts to cities and poor rural areas, and at the same time require the poorer schools to raise their mathematics and reading standards to qualify for the assistance.The renewed effort to rescue students considered most likely to fail by providing them with concentrated daily tutoring is a central feature of the administration's plan to overhaul the government's principal school program for poor children.
NEWS
By Melissa Healy and Melissa Healy,Tribune Newspapers | August 12, 2009
In a never-ending quest to plumb the mysteries of men, women and sex, the journal Human Nature has published a study that minces no words in concluding that women "have higher standards" when engaging in a one-night stand. Sure, sure, we've all heard the evolutionary argument: With the dangers of prospective childbirth and years of child care hanging in the balance, women would be expected to be choosier than men about whom they will mate with. Bound by no such commitments and keen to maximize the propagation of their DNA, men will mate, shall we say, more indiscriminately.
NEWS
January 27, 1998
"I want to say one thing to the American people. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie. Not a single time. Never. These allegations are false, and I need to go back to work for the American people."President Clinton"She very much sets an example for people here about getting about your work. She's out publicly and setting a very helpful tone."Ann Lewis, White House communications director on Hillary Clinton.
NEWS
June 27, 2014
This fall, Maryland's public schools will start their second year under the Common Core Standards, and the controversy sparked by last year's rocky roll-out appears far from dying down. Parents, teachers, students and political leaders have all questioned the state's implementation of the standards, if not the standards themselves. We recognize that this transition is difficult and that some teachers and students, particularly those in higher grades, may be struggling to adapt to these new educational goals.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
Saying it was inspired by his own run-ins with alcohol and the law, Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. has introduced legislation that would require jail time and rehab for public officials convicted of drunken driving and would subject legislators to removal from office if they're jailed for any offense. "Clearly, we should be held to a higher standard," said Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican. The three-term delegate is serving 30 weekends in jail after being convicted of drunken driving in October.
NEWS
November 7, 2013
When a large company has to deal with events that might cast it in a negative light - outsourcing of jobs, embezzlement or bankruptcy to name a few - it's not uncommon for a public relations campaign to be mounted to minimize the damage to its image. Nor is it unusual for such "crisis" communications to extend to the Internet and for messages to be posted on talk boards, comment sections or blogs to help shape the public's view. And yet it's difficult not to feel a twinge of disappointment at the news that the University of Maryland was engaged in just such an effort to minimize the public hostility that school officials knew would accompany their decision one year ago to join the Big Ten Conference.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
Reading the article on Del. Don Dwyer's boating-while-intoxicated sentence was interesting ("Dwyer sentenced to 30 days in jail in drunken boating incident," May 14). Drinking and boating is playing Russian roulette. If you are in an accident you may survive but you may destroy others lives. He stated that "those who made the laws have an obligation to obey them. " When he found out he would have to spend 30 days in jail, his obligation ended. He's appealing his conviction. I agree completely with Judge Robert Wilcox who presided over the case.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - From the moment manager Buck Showalter took over the club in August 2010, there was talk about how he needed to change the culture of losing that permeated everything Orioles. Not just get this team out of last place in the American League East, but push the Orioles above .500 for the first time since 1997 or, somehow, some way, propel them into the playoffs. More was needed; an attitude adjustment of sorts. Whether it's Showalter's commanding presence, an influx of new players or the natural enchantment that comes with finally tasting success, the Orioles return to Camden Yards for Friday's 2013 home opener as a club no longer content on being good enough.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
Twenty years after the last time Maryland voters weighed in on a law passed by the General Assembly, they got the chance to do it three times in 2012, with referendums on in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, same-sex marriage and a gerrymandered congressional district map designed to deliver one more seat to the Democrats. The powers that be in Annapolis are not thrilled - Gov. Martin O'Malley proclaimed it "a little too easy" to put a law on the ballot - and now several of them have introduced legislation to make the task harder.
NEWS
By Robert A. Somerby | February 16, 1997
I SPENT THE FIRST 12 years of my working life teaching fifth grade in the Baltimore City schools. I have seen about as much educational breakdown as anyone needs to see in one lifetime.You would think, then, that I would be mightily cheered by President Clinton's new focus on "higher educational standards" - and, yes, I have been and remain an avid Clinton supporter, who cheered his re-election last fall.But in my view, the president's State of the Union address on educational standards was an empty, worthless ball of fluff.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | March 18, 2002
HERE'S WHAT it's come to, friends. The "liberal" Barbara Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, opposing in the U.S. Senate higher fuel-economy standards that would have forced American automakers to nearly double the gas-mileage minimums (to a fleet average of 36 mpg) over the next 13 years, and stating her reason: "American women love their SUVs and minivans." As Miss Peggy Lee once asked: Is that all there is? Babs, of course, will argue that it's about saving jobs at the GM plant on Broening Highway, and, as always, it's nice to hear her speaking up for workers (without calling them Joe Sixpack anymore)
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | February 16, 2012
Hartford stunned many observers last season by upending Stony Brook in the America East Tournament final and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The unanimous preseason favorite to repeat as league champions, the No. 19 Hawks - who open the season Saturday at No. 10 Maryland - are expected by many to repeat that path in 2012. Contrary to conventional wisdom, coach Peter Lawrence said the team accepts that expectation. “I think we should [repeat]
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Comedian Jon Stewart acknowledged on-air Tuesday night that he was wrong in saying Fox News viewers are the "most consistently misinformed media viewers. " He had made the statement in a much-discussed interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" three days ago. Read about it here from my Tuesday post. But the comedian then pivoted on a punchline and used his apology to hammer Fox News on what he sees as its lack of credibility. The ultimate message of the segment essentially boiled down to this: OK, I lied, but Fox News lies a lot more than I do, and they never acknowledge their mistakes or set the record the straight.
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