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December 4, 2012
Letter writer John Bonn's accusation that former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and the GOP are out of touch with reality as related to the journalistic elitist left is a pure example of self-delusion ("The GOP lost because it's out of touch," Nov. 28). If Mr. Bonn's lofty opinion of reality is shaped by today's journalistic credentials then he needs to re-examine the reality of the left's agenda without the arrogance of a card-carrying liberal. Since when do Democrats have the sole pulse of "real world" politics or societal challenges?
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Morgan Eichensehr and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Reality TV makes strange bedfellows - especially on a tattoo competition show. Don Peddicord, 30, co-owner of Tattoo Dynasty in Joppa, met New York-based tattoo artist Erik Suida during a casting call for Season 2 of the Spike tat competition show, "Ink Master. " "We actually waited in line together for about six hours and he just kind of rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning," Peddicord said. "I just never really cared for his attitude about things. " But after several years of social media "bashing," Suida called on Peddicord to be his rival for the show's fifth season, "Ink Master Rivals," now airing at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
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NEWS
October 30, 2011
If the debate on global warming has been decided in favor of climate change skeptics, as Richard Haddad suggests ("Get past alarmism on global warming," Oct. 26), it is not apparent from information available on the web. Even a cursory search reveals dozens of scientific, newspaper and magazine web sites that flatly contradict his undocumented assertion. To take just one example, Richard Muller, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley and a former global warming skeptic, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal (Oct.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
With a resurgence of violence in Ferguson, Mo., I am reminded of a revelation that I had over 30 years ago upon becoming an inner city police officer. I learned to accept, but not fully understand, that the perceived value to human life on the street in many of the downtrodden areas of America is substantially lower than it is to the police and many others living under better socio-economic circumstances. When the two cultures of diverse values clash it often results in those with higher self-esteem being forced to take actions they would not choose to take except out of a desire for self-preservation.
NEWS
May 2, 2012
Your recent editorial ("Money that slipped away," May 1) is ridiculously naive in its conclusion that "someone in the state agency screwed up" and "that the owners of those two prestigious developments appear to bear little or no responsibility for this circumstance. " Please understand that this "circumstance" occurs on every condo project every day and has for recent decades. The city is well aware that certificates of occupancy have been issued on finished units. Experienced developers are well aware of the major cash cow of avoiding property taxes on unsold units.
NEWS
October 10, 2013
The GOP has thrown an ideological monkey wrench into the fiasco called the government shutdown, and some 800,000 federal employees have taken the hit ("Obama urges House to vote on ending shutdown," Oct. 8). The shutdown is costing the country a lot of lost revenue and things could get worse. The blame game is not the solution. The problem is that one side of the aisle in Congress is out of touch with reality and, with few exceptions, believes the shutdown is correct. It is not. But though one party is at fault, at this point both parties will take the blame.
NEWS
February 5, 2013
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has fallen into the trap of the majority of his Republican brethren: They just can't get over the fact that the majority in this country has moved beyond the Republican agenda of lower taxes for the wealthy, health care tied to employment and deporting illegal immigrants ("What if? Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). His column is pure wishful thinking. This country will be far better served when Republicans wake-up to reality and start engaging in productive dialogue instead of pushing a recalcitrant agenda that doesn't serve anyone except the privileged few. Jon S. Meyer, Baltimore
NEWS
By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2010
In Neil Simon's 1992 semi-autobiographical, semi-serious comedy, "Jake's Women," the audience is invited into famous novelist Jake's New York apartment to watch him struggle with his relationships with seven women. Last weekend, director Charles Maloney and a top-notch cast opened 2nd Star's 2010-2011 season with the play. In his program notes, Maloney describes the story as being about "a playwright-observer who loses himself in his god-like manipulation of his script world, forgoing participation in his own life and beginning to live vicariously in his own wish-fulfilling fantasies.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
With a resurgence of violence in Ferguson, Mo., I am reminded of a revelation that I had over 30 years ago upon becoming an inner city police officer. I learned to accept, but not fully understand, that the perceived value to human life on the street in many of the downtrodden areas of America is substantially lower than it is to the police and many others living under better socio-economic circumstances. When the two cultures of diverse values clash it often results in those with higher self-esteem being forced to take actions they would not choose to take except out of a desire for self-preservation.
FEATURES
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Columnist | June 19, 2007
Bravo's Top Chef, whose third season premiered last week, is back with a vengeance. The first casualty was Clay, a self-taught Mississippi chef. His first mistake was misunderstanding the "Quickfire Challenge," in which he was supposed to create an amuse bouche, or a bite-size culinary creation that teases the taste buds. The concept was beyond him, which is strange since the amuse bouche has appeared in the previous two seasons' challenges. The moral of the story is, if you are going to go on a reality show, watch it first.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | September 15, 2014
The strategy President Barack Obama has laid out to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new Middle East terrorist peril reveals him as a man divided between combating the immediate threat and persevering in his determination get this country off "a perpetual war footing. " In clinging to his insistence that there will be no more American "boots on the ground," he is committing himself and the nation to a military compromise that adheres more to public preference than to the comprehensive approach dictated by the Pentagon.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
I took a deep dive last week into Baltimore's drug scene. And when I finally came up for air, I had a newfound clarity on the city's troubled TV image and the line between responsible documentary filmmaking and exploitative reality television. Online Monday, I previewed a National Geographic Channel program that depicted Baltimore as a drug-infested wasteland of vacant rowhouses and lost lives. It's titled “Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire,”and if you missed it last week, you can see it again this week at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
Tonight, Baltimore becomes a casino town. With the opening of the $442 million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore on Russell Street, the city enters an era of legalized slots, table games and poker that seemed impossible just a dozen years ago. Back then, people were busy drawing lines - first no slots at racetracks; then maybe, but no table games; then state-regulated slots at five locations and then six, along with everything else. Voters got their say, both on the matter of expanded gambling and then the location of the state's largest casino, Maryland Live, at Arundel Mills.
NEWS
August 19, 2014
The headline on the news release out of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation yesterday sounded pretty great: "Private Sector Gains 18,700 Jobs Over-the-Year. " Read the body of the release, though, and you'll discover the actual news was not so great. In July, it says, Maryland actually lost 9,000 jobs, one of the worst performances in the nation and a distinct outlier in a month when 36 states and Washington, D.C., gained jobs. Not that the agency was dwelling on that.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A reality TV star and professional skateboarder with ties to Baltimore was arrested last week in Ocean City after police were called to disturbances at a restaurant and a hotel. Brandon Novak, known for his reality TV and movie appearances with MTV star Bam Margera , was at the Ocean View Grill & BBQ on 16th Street with a friend on July 30 when the duo became disorderly, according to police. The restaurant asked the two men, who reportedly appeared intoxicated and were disturbing other diners, to leave but they refused.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
You may have heard that Ocean City boardwalk landmark Ocean Gallery is packing up and moving to Hollywood, but don't book that flight to Los Angeles quite yet. Owner Joe KroArt explains that he's been in talks for nearly five years with various television producers in an effort to create a reality TV show centered on the gallery. After going back and forth with a number of pitches, one idea kind of floated to the top: a show that would follow his team as they relocated the beloved 50-year icon from Ocean City to Hollywood.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
While the mainstream media in America love to wax poetic about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the sainted "Iron Lady" of the Cold War, it might be wise to remember the real person behind the carefully polished myth ("Margaret Thatcher made history by standing firm," April 11). Let's not forget that while she often played up her "blue collar" roots, her sudden rise to fame and fortune was actually bankrolled by her husband Dennis, a millionaire businessman, and that her economic policies resulted in the disappearance of countless small businesses and their replacement by mega-corporations like Walmart.
NEWS
August 24, 2007
CBS should be ashamed of itself. Taking 40 kids to a New Mexico desert for 40 days of "nation" building, promoting the pint-sized pioneers as the stars of a new reality TV show, and then likening it to summer camp when concerns about child-labor-law violations are raised? Someone at CBS needs a dose of reality. Campers don't sign contracts, and they don't get paid $5,000 stipends. And they aren't prohibited from talking about their "camp experience."
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Like many Maryland graduates, Stan Gelbaugh wasn't thrilled when the school announced nearly 20 months ago that it was going to be moving from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten. The former Terps quarterback, who was a part of three straight ACC championship football teams from 1983 through 1985, also knew he had little choice but to accept the decision. Even Monday, as he joined a couple of hundred alums, administrators and fans at the Under Armour Brand House in Harbor East to celebrate Maryland officially joining the Big Ten on Tuesday, Gelbaugh seemed to be more resigned to the change than rejoicing about it. "I think it's going to happen," Gelbaugh said hesitantly, when asked for his feelings about the move.
NEWS
By Ananya Bhattacharyya | June 3, 2014
As my 9-year-old son and I were enjoying a meal at a Lebanese cafe last month, I overheard a middle aged woman say to the server: "This is my first Memorial Day weekend alone. I'm separated, and the kids are with their dad. " The way in which she wore her heart on her sleeve was touching, as if she thought others might think something was amiss because she was dining alone. It reminded me of my own vulnerability when my marriage broke down several years ago. The server expressed her sympathy.
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