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Tragic death of Marietta couple raises red flags about ad websites
by Don McKee
January 28, 2015 11:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The tragic death of a Marietta couple trying to close a Craigslist deal raises new warning flags about doing business through that classified ad website. The terrible truth is that criminals use th...
Georgia Juvenile Justice System going to the dogs — and that’s a good thing
by Dick Yarbrough
January 27, 2015 11:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
The state of Georgia’s Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that’s a good thing. This is just one of the lessons I have learned during my short time as a member of the board of the Dep...
Conservatives busy blaming victim, Romney
by Melvyn L Fein
January 25, 2015 10:16 PM | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Mitt Romney is back. He has barely dipped a toe into the electoral waters and already the jackals have gathered. Despite the smiles on their faces and measured words, they would like nothing better...
Heaven for real, but returning visits are not
by Nelson Price
January 25, 2015 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
On a cruise in December, a couple from Indianapolis asked what I thought of the book titled, “Heaven is for Real.” In retrospect, I fear my response was abrupt. In my haste to respond I said, “It i...
Mt. Paran is seeing excellence exemplified
by Roger Hines
January 25, 2015 04:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Nestled conspicuously in a 65-acre spot at the corner of Stanley Road and Stilesboro Road, Mount Paran Christian School exudes excellence. For years I had heard about the school and had driven by, ...
Phone scammers tell tall tales for money
by Charlie Sewell, columnist
January 25, 2015 12:39 AM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
I could see the newspaper headlines, front page and top of the fold: Retired police chief gets arrested. It was a nice quiet evening around dinner time that turned unpleasant within 20 seconds of p...
KSU, Angela Davis and the Academic Industrial Complex
by Jefrey Breshears
January 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
I found it interestingly congruous that Ann Coulter’s recent column, “The Cost of College,” appeared in the MDJ just a few days before Angela Davis spoke at Kennesaw State University. As Coulter co...
‘Selma’ is history for a new generation
by Judy Elliot
January 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 9 9 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
We are 50 years past the passage of the Voting Rights Act and the marches in Selma, Alabama, yet the bias of a competitive industry — movie-making — is being called into question because the direct...
Poor PR ensured Davis flap blew up on KSU, but Papp biggest loser
by Dick Yarbrough
January 24, 2015 12:39 AM | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Dr. Papp: I think we have talked about this before but it looks like I need to bring it up again. It concerns your communications staff. I received quite a bit of mail after my column on the A...
‘Tyranny’ just another word for intolerance
by Kevin Foley
January 22, 2015 11:51 PM | 20 20 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Nowhere in the United States Constitution will you find the words “Christian” or “God.” In fact, there are no ecclesiastical references in the Constitution at all. The Founding Fathers were mindful...
Legalized cannabis oil will help those with seizure disorder
by Blaine Cloud
January 22, 2015 11:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
I’d like to thank Dick Yarbrough for his column about medical marijuana last week. My wife and I are some of the many local parents fighting with state Rep. Allen Peake to push for access to medica...
Does law on state school superintendent and board need fixing?
by Don McKee
January 21, 2015 11:29 PM | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
A few questions come to mind concerning legislation proposed by State Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) and others to have the state school superintendent appointed by the governor instead of being elect...
The State of this Column has never been better
by Dick Yarbrough
January 20, 2015 10:18 PM | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message...
Americans are war wary, not war weary
by Melvyn L Fein
January 18, 2015 09:09 PM | 17 17 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
The attacks keep coming and we keep doing next to nothing. Radical Islam would like to destroy us, and our lifestyle, but many politicians cannot even bring themselves to say its name. Indeed, they...
A mayor, a fireman and a firestorm
by Roger Hines
January 17, 2015 10:41 PM | 15 15 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
The firing of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran by Mayor Kasim Reed was wrong, wrong, wrong. The chief’s prior assignment to “sensitivity training” was equally egregious. Is there anything more ins...
Liberty vs. libertine
by Nelson Price
January 17, 2015 10:40 PM | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Liberty and libertine seem to be synonyms for some. This is about the libertine attitude many seem to have. This is not about the Libertarian Party. That is a different subject. As used here, “libe...
For $20K, KSU can do better than ‘Happy Stalinist’ Davis
by Robert Potts
January 17, 2015 10:38 PM | 11 11 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
On Monday, America celebrates an annual day of remembrance in honor of the famed Civil Rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This day commemorates the work of the articulate pastor from Atla...
Is Georgia about to go to pot?
by Bill Lewis
January 17, 2015 10:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Well, I was going to write something about religious extremism this week, but was advised that might not be such a good idea. I’m not sure why the Crusades in the Middle Ages are off limits, but, h...
Radical’s visit to campus means enduring another lecture from KSU
by Dick Yarbrough
January 17, 2015 04:00 AM | 20 20 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
I don’t know which I find more repugnant: Having a former Black Panther, card-carrying Communist and unrepentant radical Angela Davis at Kennesaw State University tomorrow to speak at a Martin Luth...
To protect and serve — everyone
by Kevin Foley
January 16, 2015 12:04 AM | 18 18 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
I was once a police reporter in Manchester, Connecticut, a suburb of Hartford. I learned to love cops there. Police officers have a thankless, underpaid job, much of which is spent nights, weekends...
GOP hope and change: More foreign workers, and licenses for illegals
by D.A. King
January 16, 2015 12:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
As the GOP kabuki theatre on stopping Obama’s illegal executive amnesty plays out in Washington, this writer is sorry to report that his prediction that some Republicans would move to expand the lo...
What chance has ‘no-brainer’ Flat Tax, Fair Tax or other reform?
by Don McKee
January 15, 2015 12:09 AM | 16 16 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
What chance is there for tax reform in Congress since Republicans now hold the majority in both houses? It’s a topic that had vocal support from GOP candidates in the last election and previous ele...
Will voting for status quo become habit for Loudermilk?
by Dan Joy
January 14, 2015 09:10 PM | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
A picture, as the saying goes, is worth a thousand words. On Wednesday, newspapers all over the country carried a picture of the U.S. House speaker, John Boehner, warmly embracing his predecessor, ...
Macon legislator on a mission to legalize medical marijuana
by Dick Yarbrough
January 13, 2015 10:40 PM | 3 3 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Jan. 29
by Damon Poirier
January 31, 2015 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at robberies, Winston Churchill, the Goat Man, a meal contract, poor soil and O.J. Simpson.
Are today’s Millenials a new Victorian generation?
by Michael Barone
January 30, 2015 12:19 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Public policymakers and political pundits tend to focus on problems — understandably, because if things are going right they aren’t thought to need attention. Yet positive developments can teach us...
Auschwitz, again
by Charles Krauthammer
January 30, 2015 12:18 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. ...
How much is that psychology degree worth?
by Ann Coulter
January 30, 2015 12:17 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Republican leadership in Congress still hasn’t held hearings on why college is so expensive, although I proposed the idea two weeks ago. Of course, it’s been a month since the GOP took control ...
Choosing weed policy over cybersecurity
by Tina Dupuy
January 28, 2015 10:41 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
A cyber attack altered your holiday movie choices last year. Sony Pictures was the victim of a massive security breach. Personal emails were revealed, films pirated and employee data leaked. The co...
Global warming snow job
by Cal Thomas
January 28, 2015 10:41 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The network meteorologists barely had time to come up for air while “forecasting” the latest snowstorm non-disaster. Politicians, fearing what might happen to their approval numbers if a blizzard h...
Bud Selig’s winning legacy
by George Will
January 28, 2015 09:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were run by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs, and we ...
Government housing is a bad idea
by Star Parker
January 28, 2015 09:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
This past week, following the nation’s celebration of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. Supreme Court heard an important case related to landmark law enacted...
GOP clown car runs into ditch
by Roger Simon
January 27, 2015 11:31 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Republican Party’s clown car has become a clown van.1 With nearly two dozen possible presidential candidates, the GOP is having a seriousness deficit. There can’t possibly be...
Sacrificing Sarah
by Kathleen Parker
January 27, 2015 11:30 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A — Sarah Palin. This isn’t to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats woul...
The lesson from Yemen
by David Ignatius
January 27, 2015 11:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions ...
GOP abortion bill: Right ends, wrong means
by Cal Thomas
January 26, 2015 08:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an antiabortion bill that restricted abortions after 2...
Free tuition should be just a start
by Froma Harrop
January 26, 2015 08:20 PM | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem. And some are even looking to solutions beyond making the rich richer through tax cuts...
Obama still reading from the same old script
by Jonah Goldberg
January 25, 2015 10:15 PM | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s hard to believe that was only President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he’s given so many more. Maybe that’s because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talkin...
Mountains for Sanders
by George Will
January 25, 2015 10:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal proper...
Obama sets middle-class agenda for ‘16
by Bill Press
January 25, 2015 10:14 PM | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Poor President Obama. Did you catch his State of the Union address? How embarrassing. Somebody forgot to tell him he’s a lame duck. Instead of doing what everybody expected him to do, instead of ap...
How Jeb deals with Schiavo case likely to decide his ’16 run
by Matt Towery
January 25, 2015 10:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Outside of the D.C. and New York areas, it is hard for a daily newspaper to influence the ongoing conversation and debate during a presidential campaign season. But one paper...
Obama’s bloody Yemen disaster
by Michelle Malkin
January 25, 2015 10:12 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
When President Obama declares something a “success story,” you know it has “TOTAL FAILURE” embedded in its DNA. Four months ago, America’s King Midas in Reverse crowed about the fruits of his trium...
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow now resorting to rewriting instant replays
by Ann Coulter
January 22, 2015 11:48 PM | 4 4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
That MSNBC routinely, almost compulsively, mischaracterizes what conservatives say is nothing new. It’s what makes the network so adorable. But in a recent trend, anchor Rachel Maddow has been uppi...
‘Because I won’ a look to past, not formula for future
by Michael Barone
January 22, 2015 11:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s not in the printed text, but the most revealing words in President Obama’s seventh State of the Union address came near the end. After the scripted line, “I have no more campaigns to run,” eli...
Iran’s Emerging Empire
by Charles Krauthammer
January 22, 2015 11:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Jan. 22
by Damon Poirier
January 22, 2015 11:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Shriners, snow, Southern Bell, jonquils, Lockheed, a fire, a bank robbery, Newt Gingrich and nude dancing clubs.
Google Glass joins Failure Hall of Fame
by Froma Harrop
January 21, 2015 10:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain t...
Winston Churchill: A man for all times
by Cal Thomas
January 21, 2015 10:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with...
Welfare state mushrooming
by George Will
January 21, 2015 10:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advance...
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