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Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.
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‘Seductions of Appeasement’: Why the World Has Gone to Hell

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

A new book by Victor Davis Hanson analyzes the foreign policy failures of our time.

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Why Does Brian Beutler Hate the South?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Making a federal holiday on the day of Lee's surrender to Grant is insulting to the South.

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Racism Isn’t the Reason Southern Whites Have Abandoned Democrats

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

Liberal condescension toward southerners is a far greater factor than racism in the Democrats' decline.

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10 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Is My Favorite Holiday

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

I used to spend Thanksgiving with one family member or another — flying to Washington, D.C., or driving to our family house in the Chicago suburbs. It was hard for all of us to get together with 10 children splashed across North America from California to Canada, from the Midwest to the East Coast. But there were usually gatherings of three or four of us on Thanksgiving which made for a satisfying experience.

But the last decade, that hasn’t been the case. The Chicago suburban house was sold years ago after my mother died. And usually, I was working or too involved in a project to take the time. I regret those missed opportunities — especially now that travel is physically difficult for me.

But I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry for me. The long skein of memories of Thanksgivings past is more than enough to fill me up with joy and be thankful for what I have in the here and now.

Those cherished memories led me to write of the 10 reasons why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’m sure you can add a few reasons of your own.

10. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Yeah, I know. Pretty pathetic, huh? Watching a parade on TV barely beats watching golf or curling.

But over the last 50 years, I may have missed the parade three times. It is pure Americana — a spectacle of culture and capitalism that is absolutely irresistible. Lorne Greene, who played Ben Cartwright on NBC’s long-running western Bonanza, co-hosted with the irrepressible Betty White, who never failed to be awestruck by the gigantic balloons of superheroes, cartoon characters, and literary icons, manned by 50 volunteers who were sometimes lucky not to get blown away when there was a stiff breeze. Today’s hosts — mostly talent from the Today show – are engaging but lack the charm and warmth of previous hosts.

Pop stars, Broadway’s finest, and even talent from the Met would stop in front of the NBC broadcast position and lip-sync their latest hit.

And yes, I still get excited when the parade concludes with Santa and his sleigh.

9. The start of a long weekend

When I was in school, Thanksgiving meant the longest weekend off of the year. Even as a young adult living in Washington, I was almost always able to wangle Friday after Thanksgiving off from my boss. It’s a nice break just before winter is beginning to sink his claws into you and the weather is still warm enough for outdoor activities.

Today, I’m not sure how many Americans take Friday off, but it’s a lot fewer than used to. Still, I’m sure the kids enjoy the extra time off from school.

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Mitt Romney: In Your Heart, You Know He’s a Loser

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

Romney supporters are churning the political waters, hoping to create the illusion of a boomlet.

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Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan a Good Conversation Starter

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

Developing a reformist agenda for 2016.

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Why Elizabeth Warren Is Winning Even Though She Isn’t Running

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

Hillary Clinton is being boxed in to pushing an economic populist agenda.

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Mississippi Runoff a Generational and Philosophical Battle

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 - by Rick Moran

An emerging Republican consensus.

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Hot Topic: If You Were Bowe Bergdahl’s Father, Would You Have Done What He Did to Get Your Son Back?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

How far would you go to save your child?

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‘The Chicago Way’ of Running Up Debt

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

Robbing Peter and Paul to pay Lucifer is not a good deal

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Is It Possible to Love the Artist, but Hate His Politics?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 - by Rick Moran

The culture clash over Pete Seeger's legacy.

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Boehner’s Outburst Fuels GOP Civil War

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

The worst speaker of the House and Republican leader in the memory of living men.

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Obamacare and the Facilitation of Criminal Activity

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

Lack of security at HealthCare.gov and the failure of the IRS to prevent fraud aid and abet a potential crime spree.

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President Obama’s Historic Gettysburg Slight

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

An incomprehensible snub. Related: VIDEO — Sen. Ted Cruz, on the Gettysburg Address

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Should Republicans Help Democrats Fix Obamacare?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

The GOP can't remain on the sidelines while the country burns.

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Clashing Worldviews Roil the GOP

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

Two worldviews defining reality differently have brought the GOP to the brink of fissure.

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Faith of Our Fathers

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 - by Rick Moran

The scary part is, no one in America knows how to fix what's broken and bring us back to sanity.

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House GOP to Cruz: How Dare You Allow Reality to Intrude on Our Defunding Fantasy!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

If the right wing can turn on Ted Cruz, who in the entire GOP caucus is safe? More: House Republican Slams Cruz, Lee for Making Members ‘Punching Bags’

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SNAFU, FUBAR, ClusterF–k: Welcome to the Rollout of the Affordable Care Act

Friday, August 9th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

Security vulnerabilities may make using the state insurance exchanges a crapshoot.

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Why Trying to Defund Obamacare Is the Definition of Insanity

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 - by Rick Moran

Trundling toward the apocalypse with eyes wide shut.

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A Fight that Had to Happen

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

A debate that will not only determine the future of the Republican Party, but also have a great impact on who will be the GOP standard bearer in 2016.

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The GOP’s Alamo for Obamacare

Friday, July 26th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

Will shutting down the government in order to defund Obamacare work?

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Zimmerman Verdict: Race, Guns, and Baloney

Friday, July 19th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

Thoughts on the racial divide in America and what keeps us apart. More: Bill Cosby Agrees with the Zimmerman Verdict

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Yes, the GOP Is Obstructing ObamaCare Implementation

Saturday, July 13th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

And thank God for that.

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The Boehner Supremacy

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 - by Rick Moran

Speaker Boehner can't decide: is he statesman or partisan? More: That New Senate Agreement to 'Bolster' Border Security? It's a Fraud.

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