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April 19, 2011
It is no wonder people have no respect for politicians when politicians habitually show no respect for them. Beyond question, the best form of redistricting, both in terms of administrative efficiency for congressmen or candidates and in terms of actual representation for citizens with common concerns, would make all eight Maryland congressional districts compact and coherent. For example, there would be a single district comprising Baltimore City and inner ring suburbs. Instead, Baltimore is chopped up among three districts, all of which are strung out to a ridiculous length across the state.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 31, 2014
Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us. Here's one such sentence. "A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her. " That's from a New York Times account of the death of 39-year-old Charles Vacca, who worked for the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. He died Monday when his...
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2011
Wait, frisking 6-year-old girls and making wheelchair-bound grandmothers take off their adult diapers isn't the best way to keep airlines safe? How about deciding not to search suspected terrorists? That's not smart either? Who knew?  The Transportation Security Administration's absurd policy of random pat-downs was made to look silly once again today. CNN is reporting that a man somehow flew cross-country with a fraudulent boarding pass and without a valid ID. When FBI agents arrested Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, they found he had a boarding pass for a different day with someone else's name on it. It was the flight crew who initially discovered Noibi's deceit, after other passangers complained about his smell.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
And you can't make this stuff up.  On Language Log  today there is a link to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune  on the firing of an instructor at a school teaching English as a second language. Tim Torkildson says that his boss at Nomen Global Language Center, Clarke Woodger, discharged him for writing a blog post on homophones. The explanation Mr. Torkildson says Mr. Woodger gave: "Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality. " Having worked with bosses who assumed that everyone else was a dumb as they were, I have no difficulty crediting this account.  A commenter at Language Log  wonders whether English might prove to have a larger number of homophones.
NEWS
June 28, 1991
In seeking to maintain economic sanctions on Iraq until Saddam Hussein is forced from power, the United States has no more effective ally than the Baghdad butcher himself. His latest escapade in self-destruction came this week when a United Nations inspection team was denied access to a suspected nuclear weapons development site but was able to eyeball the actual removal of large quantities of equipment.When the Security Council heard the observer team's first-hand report and then was treated to an extraordinary Pentagon briefing featuring satellite pictures of cover-up operations, it authorized its president to protest formally and demand "access to the sites where this material has been transported."
NEWS
March 6, 2012
First, a bunch of dimwits destroy our credibility with the Iraqi people in particular and the Islamic world in general by their actions at Abu Ghraib and now another group of idiots does the same in Afghanistan by burning the Quran ("Qurans burned, so have bridges," March 2). Didn't they get the memo that in asymmetrical warfare the idea is to win the hearts and minds of the indigenous people, not to antagonize them? I'm quite certain that the family and friends of the late Major Robert J. Marchant II wishes they had. Marc Raim, Baltimore
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Dan Rodricks | October 19, 2011
Every now and then, one of our local miscreants decides to break into a retail establishment by waiting until the wee hours and climbing down its chimney with the hope of gaining entry for grand theft. Often these chimneys haven't been used in years; they're sealed off with brick and mortar, then stuccoed. Same for the burglar - boy, does he get stuccoed. When he realizes that he can't climb out of the chimney, panic sets in. Hours, even days can go by before someone hears his pleas for help and calls the cops.
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By Jonah Goldberg | September 9, 2013
"The genius of you Americans," the Arab-nationalist and one-time president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, once explained, "is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing. " I've long taken patriotic pride in such statements of befuddlement from foreigners. America is a gloriously complicated thing. We often confuse our national creeds for universal principles.
NEWS
December 12, 1993
"It's a shame they don't have a charge for stupidity." So said a Baltimore police officer last week after a Clifton Park man got stuck in the chimney of a Belair Road liquor store that he had hoped to burgle. The store owner himself offered this appraisal of the would-be thief: "He ain't too swift."Maybe there should be a category for offenders whose loads are shy a few bricks, whose attics are vacant, whose porch lights aren't on. They certainly seem numerous enough to merit their own grouping.
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By GREGORY KANE | February 3, 1996
Frederick Blickenstaff may be some $7,000 poorer but a lot wiser after confronting another man in a traffic dispute a little over a week ago. According to an article by Sun reporter Amy L. Miller, Blickrude gesture" -- I think we're talking about a classic finger salute here -- as he went by.Blickenstaff followed and flashed his lights. Both men stopped and argued, got back in their vehicles and drove off. Before too long they stopped and were at it again -- fighting with shovels. The man allegedly sprayed Blickenstaff with a "Mace-type chemical" and then set fire to his truck, causing $5,000 damage to the truck and $2,000 damage to some tools therein.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 29, 2014
It's fitting that graduation season arrives in these parts even as spring is starting to give way to summer. All around, it's a time for looking forward to the good times ahead. The season comes with something that's familiar to those of us who have forgotten more than a few commencement addresses: a general notion that the advice to be offered is a lot like the greeting at the end of the American Top 40 radio show back when Casey Kasem was the host and he would sign off with the greeting, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
Ken Niumatalolo, usually one of the more reserved coaches in college football, went off script in the Navy football team's 42-14 thrashing of South Alabama on Saturday night. Almost midway through the third quarter, the Midshipmen set up to punt on fourth-and-6 from their own 40-yard line. But junior punter Pablo Beltran faked the punt and instead threw to sophomore defensive end Will Anthony for a 15-yard gain and a first down. But officials flagged Navy for an ineligible player downfield.
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By Jonah Goldberg | September 9, 2013
"The genius of you Americans," the Arab-nationalist and one-time president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, once explained, "is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing. " I've long taken patriotic pride in such statements of befuddlement from foreigners. America is a gloriously complicated thing. We often confuse our national creeds for universal principles.
NEWS
February 8, 2013
Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on his fellow Republicans to stop being "the stupid party" Yet in his recent column, commentator Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. made it clear that if he got the memo, he chose to ignore it ("The vast left-wing conspiracy," Feb. 3). There's not enough space in your entire Sunday edition to point out all the things Mr. Ehrlich routinely gets wrong. But this time there was one thing that stood out as an especially excellent example of the "stupid" Governor Jindal was referring to. The "you didn't build that" remark, which Mr. Ehrlich erroneously referred to as President Obama's "rhetoric" from the 2012 campaign, was actually part of a longer quote that the GOP took completely out of context, then used as their theme at the Republican National Convention in what may be the lamest move in presidential campaign history.
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By Peter Morici | August 9, 2012
Among Republicans, it is an article of faith that high unemployment and voter disapproval of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy should put Mitt Romney in the White House. Unfortunately, Republicans fail to grasp that challengers must offer a compelling alternative to unseat an incumbent. And other issues matter more to voters than party leaders care to recognize. Mr. Romney's platform lays out detailed proposals to improve U.S. competitiveness, develop more domestic energy, streamline regulations and lower health care costs, but those are too complex to capture voter attention.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
Renee Washington says she's not asking for special treatment from City Hall. The 58-year-old paraplegic just wants to make sure she and her neighbors are reimbursed for the stoves and water heaters damaged during a Valentine's Day gas main break that caused water to rush into their appliances. "We want to make hot meals for our families," says Washington, a resident of the Southwest Baltimore neighborhood of Mill Hill, who is attempting to organize her neighbors to action. "We want to take hot showers and baths.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | September 10, 1990
"Uncle Buck" is so bad that by the time Audrey Meadows walks on camera during the last five minutes she seems like Helen Hayes compared to the dearth of acting talent up to that point.CBS' "Uncle Buck" is a spinoff of the feature film of the same name that starred John Candy. It is the kind of show that gives TV spinoffs such a bad name. It stars KevinMeany, who CBS says is a comedian. But you would never know it from tonight's pilot, which airs at 8 on WBAL-TV (Channel 11).The premise is that Uncle Buck's brother and sister-in-law have died and he takes over his late brother's household, which includes three children: 6-year-old Maizy (Sarah Martineck)
NEWS
By MIKE ROYKO | October 29, 1993
How do you react when someone cuts you off in traffic or commits some other act of motoring rudeness? Give him a blast from your horn? Maybe roll down the window and thrust a finger toward the sky? Pull up next to him and glare or even shout an obscenity?Ah, those were the good old days, when civilized people could have an occasional uncivilized outburst without having it escalate into hand-to-hand combat or worse.Now most of us know better. A beep of the horn, giving the bird, or even a shout can be the modern equivalent of the glove-in-the-face challenge to a duel to the death.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
First, a bunch of dimwits destroy our credibility with the Iraqi people in particular and the Islamic world in general by their actions at Abu Ghraib and now another group of idiots does the same in Afghanistan by burning the Quran ("Qurans burned, so have bridges," March 2). Didn't they get the memo that in asymmetrical warfare the idea is to win the hearts and minds of the indigenous people, not to antagonize them? I'm quite certain that the family and friends of the late Major Robert J. Marchant II wishes they had. Marc Raim, Baltimore
NEWS
October 29, 2011
Regarding State Sen. Ulysses Currie's bribery trial, I was always told that ignorance of the law is no defense ("Lt. governor calls Currie 'a man of strong integrity,'" Oct. 25). Mr. Currie has been accused of playing dumb (the "stupidity defense") and we have seen an impressive list of associates willing to step up and verify that he is, as former Prince George's County delegate Tim Maloney testified, "right at the bottom of the smart scale. " That's why even if Senator Currie is found innocent he should be removed from office.
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