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NEWS
December 5, 2012
It is amusing and ironic that pop singer Adam Levine should be talking about "the decay of Western civilization" (Celebrities, Dec. 4). He is himself an icon of what journalist Carl Bernstein once described as "the idiot culture. " For the first time in our history, the weird, the stupid and the coarse are becoming not just the norm but our cultural ideal. Thomas F. McDonough, Towson Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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SPORTS
By San Francisco Chronicle | June 1, 1995
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa blew up at Ruben Sierra yesterday, blasting him as an "idiot" for comments he made in yesterday's Chronicle."
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 30, 2000
SO HERE'S the question: How stupid are you? Let's say on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the average supermodel. How stupid do you figure? Yes, I know I'm being awfully rude. It's just that lately I find myself deeply annoyed at the way your feeble-mindedness -- and more importantly, mine -- are considered a foregone conclusion by the people who make and market the stuff we buy. I refer you to the fine print of an automotive ad I saw the other day on television. Doesn't matter which one, because they're all the same.
SPORTS
By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 27, 1992
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mark Rypien has erased all the doubts.When he held out in training camp before settling on a one-year contract for $1.25 million, owner Jack Kent Cooke called him a "bloody idiot."Now he's the Super Bowl MVP after leading the Washington Redskins to a 37-24 victory.His teammates saluted him after the game."I think Mark has come a long way over the past few years," wide receiver Art Monk said. "He has struggled and I think he's really matured. He came in this year very confident and took charge of the offense.
BUSINESS
By MIKE HIMOWITZ and MIKE HIMOWITZ,SUN COLUMNIST | March 23, 2006
Score one in the moral victory column for Google. Alone among its peers, it battled snoops from the Justice Department who tried to pry sensitive information out of the Internet's major search engines in a hapless battle to revive a bad law that's supposed to protect kids from Internet porn. Last Friday, U.S. District Judge James Ware ordered Google to give the government the Internet addresses of 50,000 Web sites selected at random from the zillions of pages it indexes. But Ware rejected the Bush administration's request for a sample of actual search terms that users had entered - which privacy advocates called a major victory.
BUSINESS
By MICHAEL J. HIMOWITZ | October 10, 1994
From time to time I begin a column with some tale of woe from a colleague or caller who, through sloth, ignorance or just plain stupidity, got himself into some kind of terrible bind with his computer.I invariably use the poor slob's experience to illustrate a pitfall or teach a lesson about safe computing. Usually I change the name to protect the guilty. This time we'll just call the culprit The Computer Columnist.It seems that The Columnist had a laptop computer that he used from time to time.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts | September 11, 2010
By the time you read this, Terry Jones will have burned the Quran. Or not. At deadline time, Mr. Jones' so-called "International Burn The Quran Day" — also known as Sept. 11, 2010, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks — was on hold. He said he'd reached an agreement with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf not to go through with plans to make a bonfire of Qurans if Mr. Rauf would cancel plans to build a mosque near ground zero. Mr. Rauf said this was news to him, whereupon Mr. Jones said he'd now have to "rethink" whether to go ahead with the burning.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
“American Idiot,” the 2010 Broadway hit musical - the first punk rock opera, really - now at the Hippodrome, paints a searing portrait of restless, reckless youth, with all the sex, drugs and violence you'd expect from a disaffected generation. That the show also manages to be entertaining and exhilarating just bumps up the cool factor, which is already considerable, given that the music is by the popular band Green Day and drawn from the 2004 album “American Idiot.” Front man Billie Joe Armstrong collaborated on the book with Maryland native Michael Mayer, who directs the production with the same dynamic touch he brought to another hit musical about young angst, “Spring Awakening.” The unfocused “kids of war and peace” in “American Idiot,” kids who are “born and raised by hypocrites,” can't stand the make-believe world of suburbia where they feel trapped.
NEWS
March 3, 2014
After reading the article "Fees required to avoid smart meters" (Feb. 27) by Jamie Smith Hopkins , my reaction can be summed up with the word "outrageous. " For Baltimore Gas and Electric to impose a charge of $75 to be followed by a monthly fee for customers who do not desire to change to smart meters is just disgraceful. One of my commitments to the voters of the state of Maryland is to try to abolish the Maryland Public Service Commission because of the idiotic rulings it makes such as this penalty forced on customers who want to avoid smart meters.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Beth Aaltonen | March 15, 2012
I agree with whoever wrote the episode title. Let's start fresh this week, shall we? I'd like to pretend last week didn't happen. In that case, I don't know why Salani keeps talking about needing to capitalize on the fact that they have seven people when they should only have six. You have to wonder if the producers wish last week didn't happen either, as tonight's episode kicks off with switching up the tribes. They also apparently really liked the egg-smashing thing from last season, as they're making everybody do it this week.
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