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March 31, 2011
There's a funny double-standard regarding the Preakness infield party and public drunkenness. A few years ago, when the celebrating was going full-throttle and the infield was teeming with intoxicated revelers, the spectacle was deemed unacceptable by the Maryland Jockey Club. Drastic measures were taken to reshape the Preakness' image. But now that they have a "classy" marketing icon in Kegasus, it's OK for the infield imbibers to come back and party until they drop. Baltimore has once again done its level best to blaspheme what used to be a classy jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown.
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NEWS
September 18, 2014
I will not pretend to be a legal expert. That being said, I take a stance on the Ray Rice issue because I believe that the hypocrisy is slightly annoying ( "Ravens bungled the Ray Rice case from start to finish," Sept. 17). I have no doubt in my mind and fully agree that Ray Rice committed a crime. He should accept the repercussions that come along with his actions. However, it is something that should be left to the discretion of the legal system, not the NFL. The NFL is by nature an organization that is prominent because they provide entertainment to us, the viewers.
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NEWS
February 12, 2010
According to Del. Emmet Burns, an African-American pastor, the distinction he draws between the Civil Rights movement he participated in and the gay marriage movement he opposes is summed up in his quote "I would not have been able to sit where I now sit as a member of the General Assembly during the days of discrimination based on the color of my skin. Gays and lesbians could because they can 'hide' their sexual orientation more easily." So what he is saying is, if he could have "passed" back then he wouldn't have given one thought about the Civil Rights movement because he could "hide" his ethnicity more easily.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
When the first video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator like a slab of meat appeared, I thought, "God bless TMZ. " With TMZ's release of video today showing him punching Janay Palmer twice and knocking her to the floor, I say, God bless TMZ again and again. You can read what I wrote in February here under the headline: "Ray Rice and how TMZ counters the great American hype machine. " TMZ did the job the mainstream sports media failed to do in showing us the ugliness of this incident.
NEWS
August 18, 2010
We are all accustomed to hypocritical politicians but state Sen. Andy Harris's comment about the proposed Ground Zero mosque ".....that does not mean you should practice your religion without a sense of respect for others" - truly takes the cake. Over the years Mr. Harris devoted a great deal of energy in Annapolis to trying to legislate the imposition of his religious beliefs, particularly his opposition to reproductive rights, on all of the rest of us. Vote Kratovil. Monica Brandes, Towson
NEWS
May 1, 2012
Is the Dan Rodricks who wrote that ridiculously misinformed column about pit bulls ("Pit bulls: Own them at your risk," May 1) the same Dan Rodricks who implores us to give ex-cons a second chance in society? He's ready to condemn innocent dogs and their owners, but we are all supposed to give people who have already been proven guilty of a crime a second chance? What about a first chance for pit bulls, Dan? April Myers, Baldwin
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 12, 2012
"One of the worries we have, obviously, in the next campaign is that there are so many of these so-called super PACs, these independent expenditures that are gonna be out there, there is gonna be just a lot of money floating around and I guarantee a bunch of it's gonna be negative. " -- President Barack Obama, in an interview on Super Bowl Sunday. "President Barack Obama -- in an act of hypocrisy or necessity, depending on the beholder -- has reversed course and is now blessing the efforts of a sputtering super PAC ... " -- from a story on Politico the next day. We've seen this movie before.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
How hypocritical we are to be teaching Third World countries to establish democratic governments while our own U.S. Supreme Court makes it easier than ever for the wealthy to buy political candidates even as it suddenly discovers that "corporations are people. " Al Funk, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
While I sympathize with the sentiment, the call from some in the District of Columbia to boycott Rep. Andy Harris' district is a classic case of a misconceived proposal that allows one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch ( "Harris wrangles with D.C. officials over marijuana decriminalization," July 3). Many of us did not vote for the big-government Republican Mr. Harris, who typifies conservative hypocrisy as he claims to favor limited government while supporting restrictive, limited liberty, Big Brother interventionist policies like marijuana prohibition.
NEWS
March 29, 2012
Regarding the NAACP's recent rally for Trayvon Martin in Baltimore, I thought one of the goals of the organization was to improve race relations, not worsen them ("'We are Trayvon,' marchers proclaim," March 27). I am as outraged as anyone about the horrible fate that befell Trayvon, but how is the death of this young man any different than the hundreds of other innocent young black men slain every year In this country? The answer is: The race of the murderer. If the NAACP wanted to advance its goals, it would hold a rally every day, not just to shine a spotlight on mixed race-violence when the victim is black.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | August 4, 2014
Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy. Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship. Before that, some proposed amending the Constitution to lock in the traditional definition of marriage. Ronald Reagan wanted a presidential line-item veto added to the Constitution. On nearly every occasion, Democrats opposed such efforts, not just on the merits but on the puffed-up principle that we mustn't "tinker" or "tamper" with the genius of the Founding Fathers' constitutional design.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
Reporter John Fritze's recent article showed what hateful hypocrites the Carroll Commissioners, Del. Justin Ready and Rep. Andy Harris really are ( "Carroll Co. officials push back on shelter for immigrant children," July 11). They are joined by the local tea party group, which suggested in an email blast to its members that the children be met by an armed militia if they are sent to Westminster. The Carroll Commissioners are quite fond of publicly praying for God's guidance at their meetings.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
While I sympathize with the sentiment, the call from some in the District of Columbia to boycott Rep. Andy Harris' district is a classic case of a misconceived proposal that allows one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch ( "Harris wrangles with D.C. officials over marijuana decriminalization," July 3). Many of us did not vote for the big-government Republican Mr. Harris, who typifies conservative hypocrisy as he claims to favor limited government while supporting restrictive, limited liberty, Big Brother interventionist policies like marijuana prohibition.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
How hypocritical we are to be teaching Third World countries to establish democratic governments while our own U.S. Supreme Court makes it easier than ever for the wealthy to buy political candidates even as it suddenly discovers that "corporations are people. " Al Funk, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
As the beloved Ronald Reagan might say, "there he goes again. " Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s hypocrisy ("Liberals, too, get foot-in-mouth disease," Feb. 2) is absolutely mind-boggling. He excoriates "the staggering intolerance … practiced by the country's culturally progressive elite" in decrying those who are "pro-life. " Yet Mr. Ehrlich, as both a congressional and gubernatorial candidate, ran as an abortion-rights supporter. He claims to be aghast that anyone might believe that "that any Jew who really understands the issues" should not support his candidacy.
NEWS
November 1, 2013
I have serious concerns about Douglas Gansler as a candidate for governor, but his beach-party picture scandal is not one of them ( "Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24). The vitriol being spewed toward Mr. Gansler by readers is completely ridiculous. What gives these holier-than-thou individuals the right to scrutinize a public figure's personal parenting decision? The same people attacking Mr. Gansler for not shutting down a chaperoned party are probably failing as parents themselves.
NEWS
November 1, 2013
I have serious concerns about Douglas Gansler as a candidate for governor, but his beach-party picture scandal is not one of them ( "Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24). The vitriol being spewed toward Mr. Gansler by readers is completely ridiculous. What gives these holier-than-thou individuals the right to scrutinize a public figure's personal parenting decision? The same people attacking Mr. Gansler for not shutting down a chaperoned party are probably failing as parents themselves.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
I should have been surprised to read Del. Pat McDonough's letter to the editor in the Sunday, September 30 edition, but sadly, I was not. ("Towson melee not the same as Inner Harbor crime. ") He, like many conservatives, failed to see the hypocrisy in his beliefs. Young people join gangs when they see few other options available to them. They cannot easily find another pathway that will lead them out and beyond this culture. Yet in the same letter in which he blames a single mayor for this worldwide problem (and blames an "event promotion" for the same type of behavior in the county!
NEWS
October 29, 2013
Recently, the Vatican reaffirmed its position that divorced and remarried Catholics are barred from receiving communion. The solution then for a devout Catholic whose marriage ended in spousal abuse, infidelity, or otherwise through no fault on their own is just to live with a new partner without being remarried. But wait, there's a Catch 22: Doesn't that just constitute "living in sin?" The Vatican's position on remarrying makes about as much sense as its hypocritical position on homosexuality.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 23, 2013
Are you easily annoyed these days? Me too. So, herewith, a brief sampling of the most annoying and shamelessly under-analyzed and under-reported incidents of recent weeks. • Democratic silence as President Barack Obama follows and expands upon Bush Administration terror-war policies . Liberals in Congress and the media cried bloody murder (and worse) when the Bush Administration began (warrantless) eavesdropping on domestic communications and indeterminate detention of suspected terrorists.
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