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February 9, 2010
I have been an employee with the state of Maryland for nearly four years. Though generally pleased with the benefits provided by the state for its workforce, I must take issue with the state's liberal leave policy. Liberal leave allows employees the option to use a day of vacation in order to take the day off in the event of inclement weather. Under normal circumstances this is a fairly reasonable policy -- for instance, 4 inches of snow doesn't generally make roads impassable, but it does often close schools and make commuting more difficult for most people, especially in this region.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 14, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer," the old saying goes, "everything looks like a nail. " Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn't the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it's a failure of the imagination -- which is a kind of arrogance -- that's really to blame. "I've got my hammer, and that's all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn't look like a nail?" This is a version of what academics call "confirmation bias" -- the tendency to accept only the facts that buttress your closely held views.
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By Mike McGrew | March 1, 2010
What's wrong with political labels? Plenty! Today, the word "liberal" has been lambasted so severely that most Americans are loath to use it positively. Disparagement of "conservatives" wasn't quite as bad when liberals championed Social Security, Medicare, workers' and voters' rights, the end to racially discriminatory practices, and critical environmental protections. Despite conservative opposition at the time, both parties eventually embraced most of these accomplishments. But partisan negativity has since intensified greatly.
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By Jonah Goldberg | March 28, 2014
Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Mr. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles.
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By Mona Charen | October 4, 1994
AT CONSERVATIVE gatherings these days -- for example, at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Human Events magazine last week -- there is confident talk of a "conservative revival."Well, maybe, but liberal control of the central institutions of our society is as secure as ever. The schools, the churches, the foundations, the universities, the media, popular entertainment, all levels of government, publishing and (I hear) even the Girl Scouts are dominated by the liberal outlook.If, as right-wingers like to believe, the sentiments of "the people" are actually conservative -- then they are the most docile conservatives imaginable, content to let liberals run things.
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By Ron Smith | February 19, 2010
The ever-expanding power of the American political class has been sharply brought into focus because of the shrinking living standards of millions of the people they ostensibly represent. This contrast has set the stage for what The New York Times this week called "Rebellion on [the] Right." In a clear warning to the members of the "inner party," the essential newspaper of the ruling elite featured a lengthy front-page story on Tuesday by David Barstow, complete with a color photo of tea party activists in Sandpoint, Idaho.
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February 10, 2010
On Monday morning, less than 48 hours after Gov. Martin O'Malley declared a state of emergency in Maryland, where many counties received over 30 inches of snow, my husband was expected at work. He is considered an essential state employee, so even when liberal leave is called, he is expected to be at work without question. On Monday there were over 200 local closings between schools, businesses and government buildings. I even heard some branches of local federal buildings were shut down.
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By Elise Armacost | July 28, 1996
"BEN CARDIN IS A Tax and Spend Liberal'' That's Point No. 5 on 3rd District congressional candidate Pat McDonough's list of 12 reasons why he, a conservative radio talk-show commentator and one-term state lawmaker from way back, can beat the veteran congressman this fall.Here's Point No. 6: ''Cardin has a long, highly public, liberal, Tax and Spend voting record, both in the Legislature and the Congress.''Any guess as to what Point No. 8 might be? ''Cardin represents communities like Towson, Perry Hall, Parkville, Hamilton, Highlandtown, Canton, South Baltimore, Arbutus, Elkridge, Linthicum and Glen Burnie.
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By Cal Thomas | July 30, 2003
WASHINGTON - Liberal denial about all things conservative has passed the bizarre and arrived at the absurd. The American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin has published a study of why conservatives are the way they are. The study was conducted by four researchers, who, according to a press release from the media relations office at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), "culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism." (Two of the researchers are professors at UCB, which apparently remains imprisoned in '60s dysfunctionality.
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June 20, 1993
As preparations get under way for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court confirmation hearings in mid-July, a speech she delivered in March has been attracting more attention than her opinions in her 13 years as a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge. It is an insightful speech on the law and provides a look at her thought process. Excerpts from the speech begin on Page 1 of this section.Reaction to the speech has been interesting. Some liberals, especially feminists, have expressed concern because she criticizes the 1973 landmark abortion decision of Roe vs. Wade.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
King Los, the Los Angeles-via-Baltimore rapper, made headlines last week when he announced he and his label home, Sean “Diddy” Combs' Bad Boy Records, had separated. “It's like LeBron without a team,” Shade 45 host Sway Calloway said before introducing “one of the hottest in the game right now.” He added, “King Los is officially a free agent.” “Poundcake Freestyle,” a lyrical exercise from Los' new mixtape (“Zero Gravity II,” released today), proves diluted mic skills were not the problem:  I got that Edgar Allan Poe flow, Bars like a bear trap, Shakespeare's only rebuttal would be a head-scratch, I haven't been amateur ever, never Iambic pentameter, clever Better, nobody even seems this deep I got n - s stayin' awoke to put my dreams to sleep In the rap world, we treat the end of a partnership like a WWE rift: Was someone double-crossed?
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By Jonah Goldberg | February 24, 2014
Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we're going to be shuttering the political science, religion and pre-law departments too. We'll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their resumés handy. Because, you see, they are of no use anymore. We have the answers to the big questions, so why keep pretending there's anything left to discuss? At least that's where Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College, seems to be coming down.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her decision to require nonessential Baltimore employees to travel to work Thursday or stay home and use vacation time, saying residents need services in severe weather. Union representatives said the decision to allow "liberal leave" - but not to shut down city offices - was inconsistent with Gov. Martin O'Malley's call for Marylanders to stay home during the storm. They said they hoped the mayor would remember the workers' commitment when it came time to finalize their contracts.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
The 16-3 score by which Maryland trounced Mount St. Mary's on Saturday indicated the relative ease of the Terps' effort in the season opener for both teams. In addition to the 10 starters, Maryland rotated 31 players into the game. To coach John Tillman, that was a significant development for a roster that includes 14 freshmen. “It's nice to get a win,” he said Tuesday morning. “For some of our inexperienced guys, [we got them] some playing time. Maybe get some of their anxiousness out of their system playing in their first college game as Terps.” After the game, Tillman said liberal substitution of the players was more of a designed approach to gauging what untested players can do in game conditions.
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By Jonah Goldberg | February 10, 2014
It's only February, but it's already my favorite word -- or phrase, I guess -- of the year. (Who knows, by December it may be shortened to "joblock. ") It's not euphonious or edgy, but it does offer insight into the unreality of the Democrats' predicament. The Congressional Budget Office issued a politically explosive report this week, finding that Obamacare will reduce the number of hours Americans work by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs. This is different than killing 2.5 million jobs, Obamacare defenders are quick to insist.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | February 2, 2014
Chew on these for a minute: "Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are. " - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with a directive for New York's GOP candidates last month. "It's not surprising then they get bitter. They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them.
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By Victor Davis Hanson | October 20, 2006
Why do Republicans drive leftists so crazy these days? Liberal Democrats are beginning to sound like rowdy students on spring break, shrieking and exhibiting themselves on camera. Consider some of the recent rabid outbursts by once sober, old-guard politicians. West Virginia Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV insists that the world would be better off if Saddam Hussein were still running Iraq. Rep. John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania rushed to announce that our Marines were guilty of killing Iraqis in "cold blood" before they were tried.
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By Cal Thomas | January 17, 2001
DURING THE LAST presidential campaign, there was much "God-talk" from Vice President Al Gore and his running mate, Joe Lieberman. Some commentators decided that Mr. Lieberman's injection of God into the campaign was not only something new but something wonderful. When George W. Bush talked of God, and especially Jesus, however, that was something - according to these same people - that threatened the republic and made people who do not share his views feel inferior. I recall no senator, and certainly no liberal special-interest group, raising the type of concerns about Mr. Gore and Mr. Lieberman that they now raise about Attorney General-designate John Ashcroft.
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By Brian Griffiths | January 30, 2014
The O'Malley administration made it a priority to protect the rights of those who have committed heinous crimes, been judged by a jury of their peers and sentenced to the ultimate punishment that can be levied against them. Why is protecting those who have been convicted and judged a higher priority than those who have yet to even be born? Last week during his final State of the State Address, Gov. Martin O'Malley made an interesting comment. He said: "Along the way, we have come together, time and again, to protect the dignity of every Marylander.
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By Jules Witcover | January 6, 2014
Much is being made of former President Bill Clinton's swearing-in of New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at their side at City Hall. The cameo apparently sought to declare Democratic harmony in Gotham, that supposed bastion of liberalism. In a sense, it was a gathering of the Clinton political clan. Mr. De Blasio was a one-time subordinate at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration under then-Secretary Andrew Cuomo, son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, himself a liberal icon.
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