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Triumphant Sequel in TOP GUN: MAVERICK

June 2, 2022

Occasionally, noted film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch with his latest observations.  By Clint Tsao Nearly unprecedented for a direct film sequel after 36 years, Top Gun: Maverick is an excellent, rousing follow-up to Top Gun and features Tom Cruise in top form. Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is now a test pilot when he…

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It’s Pedal to the Metal Time

May 23, 2022

By Don Mohler The political arena is not unlike the sporting world. More often than not, who has the momentum matters. In the NFL, pundits tend to view the season in chunks of time. Common wisdom says that you get a pretty good sense of who is up and who is down in four-game intervals.…

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There is No Such Thing as “Just A Little Bit Crazy”

April 22, 2022

By Don Mohler More and more, it is becoming clear that the Republican Party in its current form is not the party of Ike, Reagan, Bush, Romney, and McCain. It is the party of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Ron DeSantis, and thousands of local officials across the nation racing to see who…

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Seeking Divine Intervention to Overthrow an Election

March 29, 2022

By Don Mohler A recent article by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in the Washington Post begins this way: “Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, repeatedly pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue unrelenting efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in a series of urgent…

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There’s This….and….There’s That

February 11, 2022

By Don Mohler There’s This: The intersection of “crazy meets stupid” becomes more alarming day by day. Over the past week, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green confused gestapo with gazpacho, and the Republican National Committee censured Republicans Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney for daring to participate in a Congressional committee investigating the insurrection that took place…

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We are Former Baltimore County Executives and Here’s Why We’re Supporting Wes Moore for Governor

February 5, 2022

Note: In a recent letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun, former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and I announced our support for Wes Moore to be Maryland’s next Governor. Below is a more detailed explanation of why we feel so strongly about his candidacy. By Jim Smith and Don Mohler As former Baltimore…

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Maryland’s Gubernatorial Race is Wide Open

January 18, 2022

By Don Mohler More than three months ago, I wrote a blog that identified some early warning signs for the gubernatorial campaign of Peter Franchot. To be clear, I am supporting Wes Moore for Governor, and I will be sharing my reasons for that decision in the near future. However, that support does not make…

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One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

January 6, 2022

By Don Mohler In his documentaries, Ken Burns often reminds us that it is the actual words of those who were present that create the most powerful historical records. With that in mind, this is a special edition of the “Front Porch,” commemorating a horrific day in American history – January 6, 2021. “One of…

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Spider-Man: No Way Home and Its Epic Conclusion

December 29, 2021

Noted film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch with a holiday movie recommendation. By Clint Tsao Spider-Man: No Way Home not only concludes a trilogy, but it is the culmination of every Spider-Man film. It is the most ambitious Marvel film since Avengers: Endgame. Continuing Spider-Man: Far from Home, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is revealed…

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Address School Violence Now: The Clock is Ticking

December 11, 2021

By Don Mohler In 1955, the nation was horrified by the film “Blackboard Jungle.”  It showed an inner-city school out of control where students terrifying teachers was a daily rite of passage. I saw the film in the early 60s, and I shuddered when Vic Morrow turned to Glenn Ford to say, ”You want to…

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