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He lives ... in all we see
by Bill Kinney
December 24, 2014 06:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
EDITOR’S NOTE: At the height of the “Is God Dead?” controversy in the 1960s, now retired Marietta Daily Journal Editor Emeritus Bill Kinney wrote the following column, which first appeared on Chris...
I heard the bells ...
by Dan Valentine, Guest Columnist
December 24, 2014 05:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
1863 was a very bad year for renowned poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He had lost his wife Frances, who died in a fire. His oldest son, without his blessing, joined the Union Army to fight in the ...
I wish I had been there in Bethlehem
by Dick Yarbrough
December 23, 2014 09:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
These words are dedicated to the memory of my friend, the late Otis Brumby, Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, who encouraged me to run this column each Christmas season. It is also dedi...
Better U.S. as Cuba’s new partner than China
by Bob Barr
December 22, 2014 09:18 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Politics is full of contradictions — Republican presidents championing tax increases; their Democrat counterparts professing support for tough defense measures; liberals and conservatives claiming ...
Christmas cheer: Next two years to be quite rancorous
by Melvyn L Fein
December 21, 2014 09:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Christmas is the holiday of love. It is the time of the year when bygones are to be bygones and we are to join hands in shared amity. But not this year! Certainly not in the political arena — where...
Legacy of heroism prevails at site of Battle of the Bulge
December 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The Battle of the Bulge, which began 70 years ago last Tuesday, is, along with Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Iwo Jima and perhaps one or two others, one of the shrinking handful of World War II battles whos...
Calling harsh interrogations ‘torture’ an insult and will cost American lives
by Mickey King
December 20, 2014 10:26 PM | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
I read Kevin Foley’s column on Dec. 12 (“Torture report exposes ‘stain’ on U.S. honor”) and it must be responded to. In the column, he created a fictitious Army officer that was taken prisoner and ...
Smile! You’re on a cop’s candid camera
by Bill Lewis
December 20, 2014 10:25 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
With the recent unpleasantness involving police action against citizens in several hotspots across the nation, a hue and cry has been raised by many to require the use of body cameras for all membe...
Why can’t every day be like Christmas?
by Roger Hines
December 20, 2014 09:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s Christmas again, which means we were granted another year. Ben Franklin was right: “Time is the stuff life is made of.” It behooves us to give thought to its swift passage. I get discouraged a...
Worship is giving God what He is due — our adoration
by Nelson Price
December 20, 2014 09:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
At the birth of Jesus Christ, Wise Men traveled over a thousand miles to bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child. Scripture assigns more than one use and symbolism to each o...
Annual report to the readers: It was a very good year
by Dick Yarbrough
December 20, 2014 12:11 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Reader: Once again, it is my privilege to present to you my annual report. To quote one of my favorite Frank Sinatra songs, “It was a very good year.” Any year that ends with me still sitting ...
What’s happened to our moral compass?
by Kevin Foley
December 18, 2014 11:53 PM | 13 13 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s the time of year when we celebrate Jesus of Nazareth’s birth and the lessons He taught us. I am particularly mindful of Matthew 25:34-36 at Christmastime: “Then the king will say to those at h...
Finally, Savannah Harbor project may go forward
by Don McKee
December 18, 2014 12:08 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Finally, the vital Savannah Harbor expansion-deepening project is supposed to have the way clear for federal funding, with work expected to start early next year. The $706-million project got a tok...
Islam the enemy, or fear of unknown?
by Khalid A. Hashmi, guest columnist
December 17, 2014 11:09 PM | 7 7 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The Kennesaw City Council changed its decision to deny a land use permit to Suffa Dawat Center allowing establishing a mosque to serve this area’s Muslims. This news sent shock-waves to some. It be...
Friendships are truly the gift that keeps on giving
by Dick Yarbrough
December 16, 2014 09:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Maybe it’s the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are alwa...
Georgia at crossroads on transportation funding
by Edward Lindsey
December 15, 2014 07:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Let’s get real about transportation. We are at a crossroads. Do we step up and face our current challenge or do we allow this vital infrastructure to decay and fall further behind our present and f...
Why are liberals so bloodthirsty, irrational?
by Melvyn L Fein
December 14, 2014 10:04 PM | 16 16 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Almost 100 years ago, Leo Frank was taken from his Milledgeville prison cell to be hanged from an oak tree in Marietta. Frank was almost certainly innocent of killing Mary Phagan, but that did not ...
Checking in on ‘Dr. Phil,’ Cobb’s ‘northwest passage,’ Bulldogs
by Roger Hines
December 13, 2014 09:50 PM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Another cheer for Dr. Phil. There are two famous Dr. Phils, but the one most Cobb and Cherokee County voters know best was duly honored recently at the monthly Cobb GOP breakfast. Having the govern...
Winds of opportunity had blown precisely in ‘fullness of time’
by Nelson Price
December 13, 2014 09:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Christmas is the largest holiday celebration of the year and therefore deserves attention. Its origin centers around the birth of Jesus, but when was that? The exact date isn’t known. Our calendar ...
Henry and the ‘spirits’ of Christmas
by Judy Elliott
December 13, 2014 09:48 PM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
For the 20-odd years I lived in Alabama, the greenery decorating the Episcopal Church at Christmas came from a white-columned house overlooking the town. Two rows of boxwoods, older than I was, fra...
‘Good little boy’ tries to ensure Santa has all the facts
by Dick Yarbrough
December 13, 2014 12:17 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Santa Claus: I know you are busy getting stuff together for good little girls and boys, and I hate to bother you with a personal matter but I need to explain something to you before you finish...
Torture report exposes ‘stain’ on U.S. honor
by Kevin Foley
December 11, 2014 08:32 PM | 5 5 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Washington – Army Capt. Robert Smith of Marietta, Georgia returned home tonight after eight months. He escaped his ISIS captors last Tuesday and was rescued by Navy SEALS in the Syrian desert. Smit...
Body-worn cameras are asset for police and people being policed
by Don McKee
December 11, 2014 12:10 AM | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
What would have happened if Officer Darren Wilson had been wearing a camera during the encounter that ended with him fatally shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri? Answer: the video would ha...
Get facts and get off Kennesaw’s back
by Pete Borden
December 10, 2014 08:25 PM | 14 14 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The people of Kennesaw are taking a verbal beating, on a national basis, for a decision made by the member of the Kennesaw city council. They are being called bigots, and worse. They stand accused ...
Happy Kawanzaa! The holiday brought to you by the FBI
by Ann Coulter
December 25, 2014 11:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
I will not be shooting any Black Panthers this week because I am Kwanza-reform, and we are not that observant. Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 ...
Elizabeth Warren’s jihad
by David Ignatius
December 25, 2014 11:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The revival of the U.S. financial system after the crash of 2008 is arguably the Obama administration’s biggest domestic policy success. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in her jihad against Wall Street,...
The war on cops
by Patrick Buchanan
December 25, 2014 11:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
“NYPD, KKK, How many kids did you kill today?” That was one of the chants of anti-police protesters in New York City. Another was, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” Well, the...
What if it’s true?
by Cal Thomas
December 24, 2014 06:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Suppose what some call the “Christmas story” is true — all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. By this, I don’t mean to suggest it is true o...
Unzipping who’s behind Elizabeth Warren
by Froma Harrop
December 24, 2014 05:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
They like her style. Many liberals adore Elizabeth Warren’s populist passion for denouncing predatory conduct by Wall Street — and her linking it to growing income inequality. Though the senator fr...
Taking democracy for granted
by Anne Applebaum
December 24, 2014 05:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — Imagine that you are a mother of a very poor family in Udaipur, India, and that you want to have your children immunized. But now imagine — as the economist Esther Duflo once demanded of a...
Ask Dr. Politics!
by Roger Simon
December 23, 2014 11:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Dr. Politics: The column you wrote about Mitt Romney was vile and disgusting. Aren’t you afraid that the next time you see him, he will slap you silly? I hope he does. Reply: Writing mean thin...
Jeb and Hillary: Dynastic politics in U.S.?
by Michael Barone
December 23, 2014 11:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, Jeb Bush announced he was setting up a political committee to explore a presidential candidacy. Hillary Clinton has been exploring a presidential candidacy for months and perhaps years. ...
Hackers a gift for all the wrong reasons
by Kathleen Parker
December 23, 2014 09:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — If I were a cartoonist, a phrase cartoonists are loath to hear, I’d sketch a chubby imp donned in a diaper, sporting a chia mohawk and munching the last Big Mac on earth, while straddl...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Dec. 25
by Damon Poirier
December 23, 2014 04:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at robberies, wrecks, an assault, McCollum Airport and handbills.
Cuba Libre! ‘I’m with the president on this one’
by Cal Thomas
December 22, 2014 09:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Is it possible to hold two seemingly contradictory thoughts about the president’s decision to partially end the half-century embargo against Cuba? Can one agree with conservative critics, from Sen....
Pottersville goes online
by Froma Harrop
December 22, 2014 09:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
What is it that makes the holiday movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” feel so ancient? It’s the relationships, but which ones? Not George Bailey’s warm and loving family. We have close families t...
Warren godmother to new populism
by Dana Milbank
December 22, 2014 09:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate last week from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor gam...
Obama’s new policy on Cuba a bold one
by Bill Press
December 21, 2014 09:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It takes a lot to shake the jaded White House press corps. So when I walked into the briefing room last Thursday and a reporter friend greeted me with “Wow, this is a legacy day,” when another repo...
There aren’t any superheroes in the ‘Interview’ capitulation
by Jonah Goldberg
December 21, 2014 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The first issue of Captain America came out on December 20, 1940. It shows Cap slugging Adolph Hitler in the mouth. Good stuff, but note the date. America wouldn’t enter World War II for about anot...
Lighting fuses in Oklahoma
by George Will
December 21, 2014 06:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
OKLAHOMA CITY — Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general, and one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors. T...
Why Trump should run
by Matt Towery
December 21, 2014 06:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The elite media will scoff at a potential Donald Trump candidacy for president. They will consider it a publicity move and a bluff. The Washington insiders will write off Trump as completely unqual...
Mrs. Obama’s tall tales of racialized victimhood
by Michelle Malkin
December 21, 2014 05:53 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Oh, woe is she. In an “exclusive” interview with People magazine last week, first lady Michelle Obama lamented the “sting” of “racist experiences” that she and her husband allegedly still suffer. M...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Dec. 18
by Damon Poirier
December 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a land deal, a dog pound, an asphalt explosion, a stolen car, pay phones and a toxic spill.
Obama swinging for the fences
by David Ignatius
December 19, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The nadir for President Obama’s foreign policy was probably last April. His Republican critics were calling him “weak” and “indecisive” after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. A deflated Ob...
With feminists, either you lose or the game was rained out
by Ann Coulter
December 18, 2014 11:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In response to the total implosion of Rolling Stone’s preposterous story about a fraternity gang-rape at the University of Virginia, the media have reverted to their Soviet-style reporting. They’re...
How to Fight Lone Wolf
by Charles Krauthammer
December 18, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — ...
Supreme Court will decide a Texas-sized plate fight
by George Will
December 17, 2014 11:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might...
Let’s get government out of the charity business
by Star Parker
December 17, 2014 11:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The story is told that when Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett served in the US Congress (between 1827 and 1835) he voted for a bill appropriating $20,000 for relief for victims of a fire that br...
Time to update rules of war
December 17, 2014 11:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric, one Man Haron Monis. He was an Iranian refuge...
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