The Kennedy Assassination

November 20, 2013 6:00 PM3 comments

Who among us, conscious enough 50 years ago to remember the day, can resist talking about the assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963? It’s a good thing to talk it over again and again, if only because far too vast a percentage of our population today wasn’t around […]

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Johnny’s World: I Talk to Spoons, Part 1

November 14, 2013 11:30 AM3 comments

It’s late 2006. The room is dark, aside from the awkward glare of European wattage streaming through the giant windows of my Moscow hotel suite. I hear the gentle attack of snowflakes trying to beat their way inside. My room, as per usual, is scented from an assortment of candles, […]

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Football & the Decline Of America, Part 1

November 13, 2013 4:42 PM8 comments

Most Americans have seen by now the YouTube video, shown repeatedly on national TV, of Miami Dolphins football player Richie Incognito strutting around shirtless, bellowing racial epithets while thumping his chest at the top of his lungs in a Ft. Lauderdale bar. This is the player currently suspended on charges […]

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My New Joy: The Holy See Making Social Conservatives Scream ‘Holy S**t’

10:54 AM15 comments

One of my daily joys is watching ultra-conservative Catholics squirm ever since Pope Francis was handed the keys to the Vatican.

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Congress Moran’s News Commentary: Assisting Our Vets

November 12, 2013 7:00 PM0 comments

This week, we take a moment to reflect on the brave men and women, our veterans, active duty soldiers and those no longer with us, who have dedicated and risked their lives in military service protecting this country.

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The Peak Oil Crisis: So, Why is Gasoline So Cheap?

5:54 PM1 comment

There are many zigs and zags, twists and turns, and unintended consequences along the path to higher priced and scarce oil.

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Johnny’s World: ‘I Brake for Opossums’

November 7, 2013 8:18 AM9 comments

There I am, having happily finished a hard day’s work. I hop into my car for the 20-minute jaunt home, to start my night shift as husband, father, housewife, cleaning lady, chef, maid, and maniacal OCD slave. I turn on my favorite comedy special by one of my three favorite […]

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CNN Fails Tuesday Election Coverage

November 6, 2013 7:54 PM8 comments

This time, CNN and the other all-news networks had only two states, really, to cover. It was the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia that occupied the overwhelming majority of their air time Tuesday and Wednesday, and given how little they had to cover, it is amazing what a […]

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Congress Moran’s News Commentary: 47 Million Affected by SNAP Cuts

7:51 PM0 comments

Last Friday, 47 million Americans saw their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut when a temporary benefit boost included in the 2009 Recovery Act expired without a new budget from a dysfunctional Congress.

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Is a Gubernatorial Candidate ‘Right for Maine?’

November 5, 2013 4:13 PM0 comments

Nearly 20 years ago, I was fired from a television station in Bangor, Maine after I was spotted inside a gay bar by straight co-workers. When word filtered up to my conservative boss, he euphemistically dismissed me by saying that I wasn’t “right for Maine.”

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