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Kevin Cowherd | January 2, 2011
Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. Here's what you want to know more than anything else after the Ravens ugly 13-7 win over the hapless Cincinnati Bengals Sunday: Where in God's name was the offense? How could the Ravens, with all their supposed offensive weapons, manage just one touchdown and two Billy Cundiff field goals against a Bengals defense ranked 19th in the league? How could a team looking to build momentum for the playoffs seem so inept moving the ball against a Cincinnati team that did a complete nosedive (4-12)
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December 11, 2012
Since the November election, I have been approached by numerous citizens wondering how petitioners could have lost all the referendum questions. In responding to them, I am reminded of Sun Tzu's more recognizable quote, which demanded that one "know yourself, know your enemy, and you shall win a hundred battles without loss. " It should seem obvious to everyone that the citizenry neither knew themselves nor their enemy. The only remaining question should be, "why not?" The simple truth is that the side of the citizens was being led by those who never cared about knowing the environment of the battle.
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NEWS
November 19, 2007
The havoc on Wall Street following the collapse of the subprime-mortgage market boils down to a simple truth: For years, lots of very smart people took lots of very foolish risks. But behind that simple truth is a more surprising one: The financial whizzes made bad decisions in part because that's what they were paid to do. - James Surowiecki, The New Yorker
NEWS
February 25, 2012
Having worked for both HMSHost and Areas USA at travel plazas along the Florida Turnpike, I can assure Marylanders that Areas USA is the superior employer and operator ("Judge blocks award of travel plazas contract," Feb. 23). While I have the utmost respect and admiration for both companies, the simple truth is that when Areas USA took over the travel plazas in Florida, the company raised standards, implemented new training programs and empowered employees to achieve better results.
NEWS
February 25, 2012
Having worked for both HMSHost and Areas USA at travel plazas along the Florida Turnpike, I can assure Marylanders that Areas USA is the superior employer and operator ("Judge blocks award of travel plazas contract," Feb. 23). While I have the utmost respect and admiration for both companies, the simple truth is that when Areas USA took over the travel plazas in Florida, the company raised standards, implemented new training programs and empowered employees to achieve better results.
NEWS
John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore sun | February 2, 2012
I am deeply indebted to Kory Stamper of Merriam-Webster for the latest post at  harm-less drudg-ery , for a Latin tag that explains much.  Ms. Stamper tweeted one of those plain facts of lexicography the other day, one that I, too have remarked on, that irregardless , though scorned in formal written English, is nevertheless as word. And has been for some time. For merely stating a simple truth, she was inundated with comments of the YOUR A MORON variety.  Philosophically, she turned to the Latin tag that now gives me comfort:  Aliqua non possunt quin merdam moveare , “There are those who cannot help but stir the turd.” (I believe that responsible translation might permit an alternative monosyllable for turd .)
NEWS
December 11, 2012
Since the November election, I have been approached by numerous citizens wondering how petitioners could have lost all the referendum questions. In responding to them, I am reminded of Sun Tzu's more recognizable quote, which demanded that one "know yourself, know your enemy, and you shall win a hundred battles without loss. " It should seem obvious to everyone that the citizenry neither knew themselves nor their enemy. The only remaining question should be, "why not?" The simple truth is that the side of the citizens was being led by those who never cared about knowing the environment of the battle.
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By Salman Rushdie | July 15, 1994
Below is an excerpt of an open letter from Salman Rushdie to Taslima Nasrin, a Bangladeshi physician, newspaper columnist and author of the novel "Shame," who is under death threats from Muslim clerics and faces criminal charges from the government for allegedly criticizing the Koran. Mr. Rushdie, who has been in hiding since being sentenced to death by Iranian religious leaders in 1989, is organizing an international protest on Nasrin's behalf by other prominent writers.I AM SURE you have become tired of being called "the female Salman Rushdie" -- what a bizarre and comical creature that would be!
NEWS
By BEN WATTENBERG | October 2, 1991
Washington--It is useful to understand very simple ideas, even if the manner of their utterance yields giggles, as when President Calvin Coolidge observed: ''When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.''We are more sophisticated these days. We can now put forth, and even measure, another startling formula: ''Recessions push income down and poverty up.'' And so, with appropriate fanfare, the new Census Bureau income reports have been issued. Front-page coverage has sent out the word: The so-called ''official'' 1990 poverty rate is 13.5 percent, up from 12.8 percent.
TOPIC
May 7, 2000
"BOGUS asylum-seekers," bellows William Hague, the leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party, are "flooding" the country, and Britain should lock them all up in detention centers until they can be sorted. Germany ought to educate its own "children instead of [importing] Indians," roars his fellow conservative, Jurgen Ruttgers, the Christian Democratic candidate for this month's crunch election in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The European popular imagination, it seems, is gripped by panic about foreigners: that there are too many of them pouring in, that there is certainly no need for any more.
NEWS
John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore sun | February 2, 2012
I am deeply indebted to Kory Stamper of Merriam-Webster for the latest post at  harm-less drudg-ery , for a Latin tag that explains much.  Ms. Stamper tweeted one of those plain facts of lexicography the other day, one that I, too have remarked on, that irregardless , though scorned in formal written English, is nevertheless as word. And has been for some time. For merely stating a simple truth, she was inundated with comments of the YOUR A MORON variety.  Philosophically, she turned to the Latin tag that now gives me comfort:  Aliqua non possunt quin merdam moveare , “There are those who cannot help but stir the turd.” (I believe that responsible translation might permit an alternative monosyllable for turd .)
SPORTS
Kevin Cowherd | January 2, 2011
Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. Here's what you want to know more than anything else after the Ravens ugly 13-7 win over the hapless Cincinnati Bengals Sunday: Where in God's name was the offense? How could the Ravens, with all their supposed offensive weapons, manage just one touchdown and two Billy Cundiff field goals against a Bengals defense ranked 19th in the league? How could a team looking to build momentum for the playoffs seem so inept moving the ball against a Cincinnati team that did a complete nosedive (4-12)
NEWS
November 19, 2007
The havoc on Wall Street following the collapse of the subprime-mortgage market boils down to a simple truth: For years, lots of very smart people took lots of very foolish risks. But behind that simple truth is a more surprising one: The financial whizzes made bad decisions in part because that's what they were paid to do. - James Surowiecki, The New Yorker
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 9, 2001
It's August, and things are getting mighty interesting over at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. For even as the old Washington Senators are winning the pennant nightly in the theater's excellent production of Damn Yankees, there have been sightings of a canine, World War I flying ace piloting his doghouse over the skies of France. A little boy has been heard singing to his security blanket, of all things, while a young musician plunks out Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on a toy piano as he is harassed by the terminal fussbudget who adores him. All this can mean one thing: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and the gang have taken up residence at the area's premier dinner theater where the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown will play for several performances through the month.
TOPIC
May 7, 2000
"BOGUS asylum-seekers," bellows William Hague, the leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party, are "flooding" the country, and Britain should lock them all up in detention centers until they can be sorted. Germany ought to educate its own "children instead of [importing] Indians," roars his fellow conservative, Jurgen Ruttgers, the Christian Democratic candidate for this month's crunch election in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The European popular imagination, it seems, is gripped by panic about foreigners: that there are too many of them pouring in, that there is certainly no need for any more.
FEATURES
By CARL SCHOETTLER and CARL SCHOETTLER,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1998
Perched on a bar stool at the Whistling Oyster under a battered fedora of indeterminate age, John Kefover looks like a worn and weathered Walt Whitman pondering the silence. An ancient and almost legendary painter of the Baltimore Barroom School, Kefover has come out of his West Virginia hideaway bearing art for his annual Fells Point show here. In his vintage herringbone jacket, plaid flannel shirt, brown sweater, corduroys and boots he could have been at the Lapin Agile waiting for Picasso.
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By CARL SCHOETTLER and CARL SCHOETTLER,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1998
Perched on a bar stool at the Whistling Oyster under a battered fedora of indeterminate age, John Kefover looks like a worn and weathered Walt Whitman pondering the silence. An ancient and almost legendary painter of the Baltimore Barroom School, Kefover has come out of his West Virginia hideaway bearing art for his annual Fells Point show here. In his vintage herringbone jacket, plaid flannel shirt, brown sweater, corduroys and boots he could have been at the Lapin Agile waiting for Picasso.
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 9, 2001
It's August, and things are getting mighty interesting over at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. For even as the old Washington Senators are winning the pennant nightly in the theater's excellent production of Damn Yankees, there have been sightings of a canine, World War I flying ace piloting his doghouse over the skies of France. A little boy has been heard singing to his security blanket, of all things, while a young musician plunks out Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on a toy piano as he is harassed by the terminal fussbudget who adores him. All this can mean one thing: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and the gang have taken up residence at the area's premier dinner theater where the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown will play for several performances through the month.
NEWS
By Salman Rushdie | July 15, 1994
Below is an excerpt of an open letter from Salman Rushdie to Taslima Nasrin, a Bangladeshi physician, newspaper columnist and author of the novel "Shame," who is under death threats from Muslim clerics and faces criminal charges from the government for allegedly criticizing the Koran. Mr. Rushdie, who has been in hiding since being sentenced to death by Iranian religious leaders in 1989, is organizing an international protest on Nasrin's behalf by other prominent writers.I AM SURE you have become tired of being called "the female Salman Rushdie" -- what a bizarre and comical creature that would be!
NEWS
By BEN WATTENBERG | October 2, 1991
Washington--It is useful to understand very simple ideas, even if the manner of their utterance yields giggles, as when President Calvin Coolidge observed: ''When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.''We are more sophisticated these days. We can now put forth, and even measure, another startling formula: ''Recessions push income down and poverty up.'' And so, with appropriate fanfare, the new Census Bureau income reports have been issued. Front-page coverage has sent out the word: The so-called ''official'' 1990 poverty rate is 13.5 percent, up from 12.8 percent.
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