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Seamus McKiernan
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Entries by Seamus McKiernan

4 Ways the NCAA Is Like the Fast Food Industry

(13) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:46 PM

Until last week, I hadn't thought how much fast food and college sports have in common. That's when I saw the Burger King March Madness ad blitz and learned that BK boasted the "official burger of the NCAA." The real shocker was the company's TV commercial featuring a...

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Student Athletics, Brought to You by Burger King

(19) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 10:45 PM

What do you call a TV ad about Burger King, the NCAA, and a former college basketball star? I call it a glimpse into the messy world of college sports and big business. And that's exactly what's on display this month during March Madness.

The ad features former Michigan star...

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Why I Don't Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

(125) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 11:39 PM

My name is Seamus, but I don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day. That may sound incongruous for a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland whose grandfather founded the Irish American Cultural Institute. But on March 17 each year I actively avoid the leprechauns and the "Kiss Me...

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Healthy Is the New Gangsta: An Interview With Dead Prez's Stic

(8) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 7:33 AM

Rap and health consciousness may not seem like a natural duo, but for Khnum Ibomu, or Stic -- best known as half of the rap group Dead Prez -- promoting a healthy lifestyle is a natural extension of the themes of political activism, social justice and personal motivation that run...

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That Time My Dog, the Food Critic, Came to HuffPost Live

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Cooking has always brought people together. But cooking for my dog turned into a real-life bromance.

Yesterday, my one-year-old dog,...

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The Race Against the Clock for UN Weapons Investigators

(19) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 12:29 PM

UN weapons inspectors are working "round the clock." But will the world see their full report on Syria before a possible U.S. military strike?

In an exchange of emails this week with the spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, I have been digging into a story that has received...

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How to Read an Article on the Internet

(11) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 12:52 PM

1) Step one: tweet the article.

2) Okay, time to dive in. But first things first: scroll down to the Comments section and leave a comment or two. Be sure to point out any grammatical mistakes other people make.

3) Let's do this thing. Scan the headline and byline....

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This 9-year-old Cancer Survivor Is Taking Back the Term 'Bucket List' (PHOTO)

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 3:08 PM

This 9-year-old cancer survivor is on a mission to take back the term "bucket list." One game of "messy twister" at a time.

Maya, a third grader from Ohio who is battling a rare form of leukemia, wants to share her "bucket list for summer 2013" (below) to inspire others...

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A Basic Guide to Watching the NBA Finals (for People With No Knowledge or Interest in the NBA Finals)

(26) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 2:14 PM

We are now entering roughly month 14 of the NBA playoffs, and have arrived at last to the series we've all been waiting for: the NBA Finals. This year's finals should be a heavily watched event as it pits the defending champion Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs, one...

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Did McDonald's Cross the Line in Tweet About Ohio Kidnapping Case?

(235) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 7:54 AM

By now you've probably heard of Charles Ramsey, the garrulous and courageous neighbor who helped rescue three abducted women in Cleveland on Monday. Amid a tragic and disturbing story, Ramsey has been a bright light. His news interviews have gone viral, in equal part for the harrowing rescue...

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Is Punxsutawney Phil Too Big to Fail?

(23) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog, was indicted on federal charges of fraud Monday, a culmination of a two-month-long inquiry into the groundhog's now-debunked prediction that spring was "right around the corner." The prosecutor in the case is confident the state will secure a conviction, citing a paper trail of...

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The Personal as Political: Billy Bragg Performs New Album at SXSW

(8) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:49 PM

Near the VIP lounge and just up the street from a food truck selling $17 ribeye steak, I found Billy Bragg in a Texas church.

Bragg, the folk musician known for his political activism, and more recently for a collaboration with the band Wilco, appeared at Austin's South by...

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Not By Bread Alone: A Deaf-Blind Theater Troupe Makes Its U.S. Premiere

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 2:31 PM

When is the last time you saw a play with a blind actor? What about a deaf-blind actor? How about an entire cast of deaf-blind actors maneuvering the stage with precision and poise as they dance and act -- and bake bread? That's the premise of Not By Bread Alone,...

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The Bradley Manning Case and Our Decade of Denial

(252) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 6:38 PM

For nearly three years, Bradley Manning, the 24-year-old army private accused of leaking classified documents, has been denied the right to speak in public. He got his chance this week in a Fort Meade, Md. courtroom, but the long denial reminded me of a short story called "The Ones...

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Dispatch From a Best Buy on Black Friday

(64) Comments | Posted November 23, 2012 | 4:28 PM

The Thanksgiving dishes were in the dishwasher. It was 11 p.m. and Black Friday was just an hour away. I was standing in front of the Best Buy in Wilton, New York. I had come to witness the sport of shopping.

By the time I showed up,...

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In a Society Overrun With Guns, How Free Is the First Amendment?

(792) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 1:16 PM

What's more American than the freedom to attend a religious service?

For the Sikh-American community, that tradition was marred by tragedy yesterday. Two weeks after the shooting in Aurora, Colo., a gunman has again invaded our common, shared -- and even sacred -- space. The details are still unfolding, but...

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Talib Kweli On ReGENERATION Activism Documentary And Being A 'Conscious' Rapper

(72) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 8:35 AM

The labels “political” and “conscious” have been ascribed to rapper Talib Kweli throughout his music career, beginning with his start as a member of Black Star, the underground hip hop duo he founded with Mos Def 15 years ago. While he has enjoyed commercial success -- his latest album "Prisoner...

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10 Ways To Help A Friend With Cancer

(23) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 7:30 AM

If it takes a village to raise a child, you might say it also takes one to care for the sick. Cancer is at once personal and communal. Disease lives in the sufferer's body, but the experience of illness is shared, often intimately, by our loved ones. And yet, caring...

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