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By THOMAS F. SCHALLER | October 10, 2007
Oh, this is rich: Radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh, a man who cheerily accepted a military deferment because he had a cyst on his rear, has appointed himself the arbiter of which American soldiers are "phony" and which are real. Speaking to his millions of "dittoheads" - people who have so thoroughly surrendered their capacity for independent thought that they agree reflexively with whatever position he espouses - Mr. Limbaugh complained that some members of the American military who speak to the media, presumably to tell the truth about the lies of the Bush administration and failures of the war in Iraq, are "phony soldiers."
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | November 18, 2012
America, you are an idiot. You are a moocher, a zombie, soulless, mouth-breathing, ignorant, greedy, self-indulgent, envious, shallow and lazy. The foregoing is a summation of "analysis" from conservative pundits and media figures -- Cal Thomas, Ted Nugent, Bill O'Reilly, et cetera -- seeking to explain Mitt Romney's emphatic defeat. They seem to have settled on a strategy of blaming the voters for not being smart enough or good enough to vote as they should have. Because America wasn't smart enough or good enough, say these conservatives, it shredded the Constitution, bear-hugged chaos, French-kissed socialism, and died.
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SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec | October 12, 2011
Ravens center Matt Birk has been fined $5,000, but it's not for a late hit or critical comments about an officiating crew. Birk apparently didn't wear a microphone for a recent game. Birk's agent, Joe Linta, told thesidelineview.com that Birk was notified by the NFL of the fine Monday. Linta's reasoning was that Birk couldn't get the microphone to work in a satisfactory manner. Each team is required to have a microphone placed in the pads of one or two interior offensive lineman, according to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The rule, according to the sidelineview.com, is supposed to enhance the sound of the game.
SPORTS
By Adam Testa | August 28, 2012
Retirement celebrations can be a special thing in professional wrestling. Look back to Ric Flair's final farewell to the WWE after losing to Shawn Michaels. That night at WrestleMania and the night that followed on Raw will forever be remembered as truly emotional and memorable. But in my estimation, those types of events will be rarities moving forward in wrestling. And Ric Flair is to thank for that. WWE gave Flair the grandest farewell a television audience has seen in wrestling.
NEWS
By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | September 18, 2001
Sometimes, Leigh Anne Mayo looks more like the soccer mom version of Britney Spears than she does a first-grade teacher. There she is, in front of her class at Sparks Elementary School, wearing a headset microphone by her lips - a microphone that sends her "time to line up" instructions into the ear of every child from the front of the room to the back. The wireless contraption is part of Sparks' schoolwide sound amplification system - a set of speakers built into the ceiling of each classroom to promote maximum attentiveness.
NEWS
By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 30, 1996
Even though he's been teaching chemistry at Glenelg High School for 36 years, Ivan C. Sutton says his June 19 retirement date isn't even circled on his calendar.Instead of counting down the days until he's free to tend to his neglected garden and spend more time with his family, Sutton, 61, ignores the school calendar, commutes from his Sykesville home and begins another day teaching."I just keep coming to school every day. When the kids stop coming, I know school's out," he says. "I look forward to coming every day, so it doesn't matter" how much time is left.
NEWS
July 26, 1994
FROM Laurence Leamer's new book, "The Kennedy Women," comes this Baltimore vignette from the 1972 presidential campaign, in which Eunice Kennedy Shriver's husband, R. Sargent Shriver, was the Democratic candidate for vice president on George McGovern's ticket (opposing Richard M. Nixon):"In mid-October, in Baltimore, Eunice attended a beer party for state Senator Joseph Staszak. Eunice was a Democrat the way she was a Catholic, eternally wedded to its verities. To her a man like Staszak, who had just announced that he was supporting Nixon, was a political traitor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa | November 16, 2006
Regina Spektor Pianist Regina Spektor, who as a young girl emigrated to New York City from Russia with her family, has won over fans with her heartwarming, playful song "Fidelity." She experiments with melodies made from odd vocal noises and notes and usually sings straight into the microphone -- without special effects. Sunday she plays an all-ages, smoke-free show at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. Call 410-327-8333 or go to ticketmaster.com.
NEWS
January 21, 1993
Speaker system makes its debut at the town hallThe Hampstead Town Council, at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, inaugurated a new public address system that will make it easier for those in the audience to hear and at the same time will record the meetings for the town's archives."
NEWS
September 17, 1990
Althea T.L. Simmons, 66, who as head of the Washington office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People helped shape a number of civil rights bills and was known for keeping an eye on lawmakers as the group's chief lobbyist, died Thursday at a Washington hospital. She joined the NAACP in the mid-1950s and at one time was associate director of branch and field services in the organization's New York headquarters.Steve Condos 71, a legendary tap dancer and a figure on the American stage for a half-century, died in his dressing room yesterday after a grueling performance at the Festival of Dance in France.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston | May 23, 2012
ESPN tries to take lacrosse fans behind the scenes during its coverage, but hopefully this weekend the network keeps the microphones out of team huddles during the final four in Foxboro, Mass. In may ways, ESPN is giving us more than we really want. Last weekend, you heard a lot of foul language from coaches and some players because those microphones were open. A lot of times, coaches forget they're being recorded on live TV, and it can result in some embarassing moments. Some of the strong words that came from the coaches I disapprove off, but I also know that emotions run deep among players, coaches and officials.
EXPLORE
By Steve Jones | February 13, 2012
Matthew Byars' voice is well-known to his students and colleagues at St. Paul's School. It may be recognized by a much larger audience soon. On Feb. 11, Byars was one of 25 semifinalists who participated in an open competition to determine the new public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. The 43-year old Towson resident made the trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to compete against the likes of Lutherville's Chris Ely, a well-known Baltimore broadcaster who worked at WJZ-TV and WBAL-TV, and Chris Panzarella, a Cockeysville resident and graduate student at Loyola University, for the honor of being the Orioles' new voice.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec | October 12, 2011
Ravens center Matt Birk has been fined $5,000, but it's not for a late hit or critical comments about an officiating crew. Birk apparently didn't wear a microphone for a recent game. Birk's agent, Joe Linta, told thesidelineview.com that Birk was notified by the NFL of the fine Monday. Linta's reasoning was that Birk couldn't get the microphone to work in a satisfactory manner. Each team is required to have a microphone placed in the pads of one or two interior offensive lineman, according to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The rule, according to the sidelineview.com, is supposed to enhance the sound of the game.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray | October 12, 2011
Veteran Ravens center Matt Birk said Wednesday he will appeal a $5,000 fine from the NFL for failing to wear a microphone under his jersey as prescribed by the new collective bargaining agreement. Birk said he had problems with the microphone in warm-ups before the Jets game and when he couldn't get it corrected, he took the mic off. “When I went out for warm-ups, the microphone came loose and was jabbing my neck,” he said. “It was tucked in there pretty tight and I couldn't get it back in there, so I just took it off. Then I was notified that I'm not supposed to do that.” Birk received a letter about the fine on Monday.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd | December 14, 2009
I wrote in Friday's paper that playing the Detroit Lions was like hunting cows - there was no sport to it. I now wish to retract that statement. That was an insult to cows, who would probably put up a better fight than the Lions did Sunday in the rain and gloom of M&T Bank Stadium. The final score was Ravens 48, Lions 3, and it looked even worse than that in the third quarter, when the stadium was already half-empty and I tried to text NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to enact some sort of emergency slaughter rule so the rest of us could go home.
NEWS
By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to The Sun | August 24, 2008
Those curious about what cutting-edge education looks like should take a look at Nantucket Elementary School in Crofton. The $24.6 million school, which opens Wednesday, is one of the most technologically advanced in Anne Arundel County. Every teacher will have a wearable microphone that broadcasts his or her voice around the classroom. Students will be able to ask questions, talk-show style, with a portable microphone. Each classroom is outfitted with an interactive whiteboard, a modern-day overhead projector that displays images from the teacher's computer on a large touch screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Kickler Kelber | May 26, 2005
Address: www.namemytune.com What's the point?: Got a song in your head and can't figure out what it is? Maybe you Googled the lyrics you could remember and came up short. Maybe you can only remember the tune. If that's the case, this site might be able to help. If you have a microphone attached to your computer, you can record yourself singing or humming what you remember, and if other site users can figure it out, they can send an update. What to look for?: While we're sure this site could be useful to some, it's definitely hilarious to all. Listening to the clips people have submitted is comedy gold, whether it's warbling, screaming or just plain butchering.
BUSINESS
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 25, 2000
Gust Kalapodis knew he had a problem, but he didn't know where. Last fall Kalapodis noticed the water level was dropping in the swimming pool behind his home in Franklin Township, Ohio. "It started dropping in September," he said, and fell more than two feet by the end of swimming season. The pool was installed in 1974 and was showing signs of age. The concrete walk around the edge was drooping and needed to be replaced. Kalapodis knew the leak could be in the skimmer, the lines from the pool to the pump and back, or in the main drain at the bottom.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun reporter | June 26, 2008
The press loves to prematurely slap big labels on up-and-coming acts. KT Tunstall was the next Janis Joplin, and countless young guitarists were the hottest players since Jimi Hendrix. But Brooklyn, N.Y.-based quintet The Hold Steady has actually earned its reputation as one of the best bar bands in America. Last spring, the boys were in Baltimore to play a gig at the Ottobar. Since then, they've graduated to much-larger venues like Rams Head Live, where they headline tomorrow night. Watch the odd crew light up a stage, and it's easy to see why. Front man Craig Finn hops around, fiery and red-faced, belting out surprisingly clever lyrics.
NEWS
By THOMAS F. SCHALLER | October 10, 2007
Oh, this is rich: Radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh, a man who cheerily accepted a military deferment because he had a cyst on his rear, has appointed himself the arbiter of which American soldiers are "phony" and which are real. Speaking to his millions of "dittoheads" - people who have so thoroughly surrendered their capacity for independent thought that they agree reflexively with whatever position he espouses - Mr. Limbaugh complained that some members of the American military who speak to the media, presumably to tell the truth about the lies of the Bush administration and failures of the war in Iraq, are "phony soldiers."
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