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April 29, 2013
The George W. Bush Presidential Library is the biggest oxymoron since the invention of the term "military intelligence. " Marc Raim, Baltimore
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April 29, 2013
The George W. Bush Presidential Library is the biggest oxymoron since the invention of the term "military intelligence. " Marc Raim, Baltimore
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NEWS
July 29, 2011
There is no such thing as a gay marriage. Just because two people of the same sex take their vows at some kind of ceremony doesn't make the result a marriage. If a group of politicians passes a law declaring the moon to be the sun, their votes don't change anything. The moon is still the moon and the sun is still the sun. From the beginning of mankind, a marriage has been a union of one man and one woman. This is over 4,000 years. Politicians, who should have more important matters to take care of, think they can vote to make a same-sex union a marriage.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
I long ago made my peace with the fact that when you call customer service, you get a machine rather than a human. It's OK, really, I've dealt with enough monosyllabic, gum-snapping staff at various service counters to welcome those polite if automated voices. But lately the machines don't seem to want to deal with me either — whenever I call a customer service line, I get a gentle but firm recorded suggestion to maybe hang up and go online for whatever help I need. No problem, but what if you're calling because your wireless connection has died?
NEWS
August 24, 2011
I just read Stephen B. Awalt's reply to your article about "designer" crab feasts and laughed all the way through ("Simplicity is special," Aug. 21). I just can't imagine anyone having a crab feast with the items mentioned and in the way it was described. I worked my way through every action Mr. Awalt wrote about, and they were so real that every crab-eating Marylander probably has experienced them at one time or another. The most hilarious thing would be for someone to read the designer crab feast article to people in the middle of enjoying a crab feast, then tell them that's how they're going to do it next year.
NEWS
December 2, 2011
Two recent letters to the editor got my juices flowing again. In the first letter, J. Rodney Little, director of the Maryland Historic Trust, heaps praise on his primary benefactor and funding source, Gov. Martin O'Malley, for distributing my tax dollars to his organization so the trust can re-distribute my wealth to private developers (and no doubt pay his salary). Immediately below Mr. Little's drivel was a whine from George Frazier, in which he bemoans the City Council's rejection of a tax break for urban farmers.
FEATURES
By Maria Hiaasen | April 15, 1998
Item: Lawry's Weekday GourmetServings per package: About 5Cost: About $2Preparation time: About 30 minutesReview: Isn't Weekday Gourmet an oxymoron? No matter. This envelope of sauce teams nicely with sour cream, mushrooms and strips of sirloin to produce a quick yet tantalizing dinner. It's the same drill as with so many other sauces: Brown the meat, pour on the sauce, cover and simmer. But the results are above par for such a simple production and offer a respite from typical weekday fare.
SPORTS
September 13, 1994
News of the dayActing commis- sioner Bud Selig didn't set a date for calling off the season, but the end appears near."It's unreal. I can't believe it," Atlanta Braves president Stan Kasten said. "We're about to lose the World Series."Games lostSeven games were canceled yesterday. The total number missed is 406.Quote"I knew Bud Selig was a moron. I didn't know he was an oxymoron." -- Bill Conlin, of ESPN's "Sports Reporters," noting that Selig set a "tentative deadline" for negotiations
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 3, 2000
Men are stubborn, egotistical and afraid to commit. Not only that, but they're lousy dancers, belch a lot and don't like cats. That's what Robert Dubac says about the male gender in his one-man show at the Lyric Opera House, "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" Although his show lacks any great insights into the eternal battle of the sexes, it agreeably revisits territory that's already familiar from Rob Becker's "Defending the Caveman" and assorted pop psychological trips to Venus and Mars.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk | April 5, 2000
To your health It seems like an oxymoron -- white tea. But this rare, fragrant tea from China -- which actually brews to a golden hue -- soon may become as familiar to Americans as green tea for its disease-inhibiting properties. Last week, researchers at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in San Francisco presented evidence that white tea may have the strongest potential of all teas for fighting cancer. You can find it at the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Co.in Timonium, which sells a 2-ounce canister of loose tea, enough to make 50-60 cups, for $11.45.
NEWS
December 2, 2011
Two recent letters to the editor got my juices flowing again. In the first letter, J. Rodney Little, director of the Maryland Historic Trust, heaps praise on his primary benefactor and funding source, Gov. Martin O'Malley, for distributing my tax dollars to his organization so the trust can re-distribute my wealth to private developers (and no doubt pay his salary). Immediately below Mr. Little's drivel was a whine from George Frazier, in which he bemoans the City Council's rejection of a tax break for urban farmers.
NEWS
August 24, 2011
I just read Stephen B. Awalt's reply to your article about "designer" crab feasts and laughed all the way through ("Simplicity is special," Aug. 21). I just can't imagine anyone having a crab feast with the items mentioned and in the way it was described. I worked my way through every action Mr. Awalt wrote about, and they were so real that every crab-eating Marylander probably has experienced them at one time or another. The most hilarious thing would be for someone to read the designer crab feast article to people in the middle of enjoying a crab feast, then tell them that's how they're going to do it next year.
NEWS
July 29, 2011
There is no such thing as a gay marriage. Just because two people of the same sex take their vows at some kind of ceremony doesn't make the result a marriage. If a group of politicians passes a law declaring the moon to be the sun, their votes don't change anything. The moon is still the moon and the sun is still the sun. From the beginning of mankind, a marriage has been a union of one man and one woman. This is over 4,000 years. Politicians, who should have more important matters to take care of, think they can vote to make a same-sex union a marriage.
NEWS
October 13, 2009
The fundamental question to be asked about the "serious flaws" that a legislative panel reviewing Maryland's death penalty protocols has found in how the state executes condemned inmates is this: Are there substantive ethical and legal problems with the procedure that require further study before executions can proceed, as panel members insist? Or is the finding merely an excuse to extend the de facto moratorium on executions that has existed since 2006, as death penalty supporters argue?
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN and ELLEN GOODMAN,ellengoodman@globe.com | May 18, 2009
BOSTON - As if the Republicans weren't having enough trouble with defectors, they've gone on a purge. There was Dick Cheney on Face the Nation. Asked to pick between a GOP like Rush Limbaugh or Colin Powell, the former Veep not only chose Rush but snarkily crossed the general off the party list, saying, "I didn't know he was still a Republican." This was less than two weeks after Arlen Specter assessed the odds of winning a Republican primary in Pennsylvania at exactly zip. The not-so-fond farewells that pursued Mr. Specter were nothing compared to the GOP un-eulogies for David Souter.
SPORTS
By BILL ORDINE | July 17, 2008
After the UFC light-heavyweight championship fight between defending titleholder Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and challenger Forrest Griffin on July 5, Griffin sent entreaties heavenward that the judges would see the fight his way. He had tried to keep Jackson, a slugger, off balance in their five-round mixed martial arts fight and dominated the second round, pounding Jackson relentlessly with fists and elbows while the two were on the mat. "Please, please,...
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | October 19, 1999
BOSTON -- Up to now, my all-time favorite oxymoron has been "Jumbo Shrimp." There is something so delicious about the name of these over-undersized crustaceans. But now the big-little critters have been put aside; we have bigger fish to fry.The Oxymoron of the Moment is "responsible cigarette manufacturer." This phrase comes courtesy of the archenemy of lungs everywhere. As the little guy in the classic ad used to bellow: "CALL... FOR... PHIL-IP MOR-RIS!"The giant company, home of the Marlboro Man and the slim Virginia, has just launched a glitzy new Web page campaign to buff up its corporate image and maybe its stock price.
SPORTS
By BILL ORDINE | July 17, 2008
After the UFC light-heavyweight championship fight between defending titleholder Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and challenger Forrest Griffin on July 5, Griffin sent entreaties heavenward that the judges would see the fight his way. He had tried to keep Jackson, a slugger, off balance in their five-round mixed martial arts fight and dominated the second round, pounding Jackson relentlessly with fists and elbows while the two were on the mat. "Please, please,...
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN | September 28, 2007
WASHINGTON -- When they write the cultural history of childhood in 21st-century America, I hope they leave room for a few unkind words about Kid Nation. CBS' latest reality show - that wonderful oxymoron - is about 40 kids, 8 to 15 years old, who are dropped into a ghost town in New Mexico with only a production crew to call their own. The kids' task, we are told in the best go-team fashion, is to "try to fix their forefathers' mistakes and build a new town that works." Their real job, of course, is to attract viewers who want to see what happens to the "first-ever kid nation."
FEATURES
By Suzanne Loudermilk | April 5, 2000
To your health It seems like an oxymoron -- white tea. But this rare, fragrant tea from China -- which actually brews to a golden hue -- soon may become as familiar to Americans as green tea for its disease-inhibiting properties. Last week, researchers at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in San Francisco presented evidence that white tea may have the strongest potential of all teas for fighting cancer. You can find it at the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Co.in Timonium, which sells a 2-ounce canister of loose tea, enough to make 50-60 cups, for $11.45.
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