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Captain Kirk’s new mission: ‘Sons of Pacific Heroes, 1945’
by Don McKee
September 02, 2015 10:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Ten years ago, I wrote about the Rotary Club of Marietta’s mission to Ethiopia and Uganda as part of its effort to wipe out polio. Taking the trip were Dan Kirk, Norm Aiken, Fred Beloin, Richard an...
Great-grandson’s enthusiasm a reminder of why teachers matter
by Dick Yarbrough
September 02, 2015 01:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Pardon me, but your great grandfather is having a surreal moment. Knowing you are now firmly ensconced in the first grade is taking some getting used to. I remember ...
In ‘Cupid Controversy,’ there are no right answers
by Oliver Halle
September 02, 2015 01:05 AM | 7 7 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
I have been following the controversy surrounding the July 14 incident in which Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid was followed by an unmarked county police car at 1:30 a.m. from a south Cobb hotel, wher...
Latest liberal school fix intellectually bankrupt
by Melvyn L Fein
August 30, 2015 11:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Robert Putnam is an important thinker. Not only is he a Harvard political scientist, but he is an extremely influential liberal intellectual. His current book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisi...
God save the Supreme Court
by Nelson Price
August 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Our Supreme Court has increasingly made rulings that have had the force of legislation. In doing so, it has changed our nation dramatically. It has seemingly become a legislative body. Some of our ...
Is a Jeffersonian ‘Little Rebellion’ at hand?
by Roger Hines
August 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The barbarians are at the gates. The peasants are headed toward the palace with their pitchforks. Not really. What has actually happened is ordinary people have found a megaphone, a new national le...
Braves games should be free — or else put slot machines on the aisles
by Bill Lewis
August 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Perhaps you noticed the stock market created its very own version of the biggest, baddest, bounciest Six Flags roller coaster ride last week. Down a thousand, up a thousand, down five hundred, up f...
Meet the man who chided the chairman for plagiarism
by Dick Yarbrough
August 29, 2015 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Being a modest and much-beloved columnist isn’t as easy as I make it look. I get a lot of help from my readers. This excludes, of course, warm-spit anonymous comments which seem to be all the rage ...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Aug. 27
by Damon Poirier
August 28, 2015 03:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank, a pool, Lockheed, the ACLU and the anti-gay resolution.
Cupid learns ‘Cobb way’ the hard way
by Kevin Foley
August 28, 2015 12:16 AM | 10 10 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid is a minority in more ways than one. She’s not only African-American, she’s the lone Democrat serving on the board of commissioners. For two and a half years, Cu...
The ‘rest of the story’ of America’s wounded veterans
by Don McKee
August 26, 2015 11:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The plight of homeless veterans, numbering about 1,500 in Georgia at last count and about 50,000 nationwide, is one of the most distressing aspects of our nation’s wars. After this column pointed o...
Georgia senators should block Lopez’s path
by D.A. King
August 26, 2015 12:18 AM | 4 4 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Readers may have heard by now that President Barack Obama has nominated a DeKalb County State Court Judge, Dax Lopez, for the lifetime position as a federal judge in the Northern District of Georgi...
Brian’s barbs will be missed
by Dick Yarbrough
August 26, 2015 12:16 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or a lizard-loafered lobbyist lurking around the capitol with free lunch coupons...
The hollowed-out university, and its consequences
by Melvyn L Fein
August 24, 2015 12:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
For years, I have been reluctant to write about the problem of “compression” for fear of sounding like sour grapes. Recently, however, I heard a television commentator assert that our colleges are ...
‘The opposite of poverty is justice’
by Judy Elliot
August 23, 2015 12:43 AM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Until he was a Harvard Law School student, Bryan Stevenson had never been inside a maximum security prison. Then he signed up for a one-month course on race and poverty litigation and found himself...
Men, women equivalent but spare us from equality
by Nelson Price
August 23, 2015 12:41 AM | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
In our rush to enthrone equality as the optimum virtue have we missed something? Equality is the mandate of the moment. Perhaps there is a better word that is more appropriate and gives a better un...
How supreme is the Supreme Court?
by Roger Hines
August 23, 2015 12:39 AM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
In the recent GOP presidential debate, candidate John Kasich declared that since a Supreme Court ruling is the law of the land, we should accept its ruling on same-sex marriage (Obergefel v. Hodges...
Family turns tragedy to tribute with upcoming gala
by Dick Yarbrough
August 22, 2015 01:42 AM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
In March of last year, Missy Owen and her family were notified that their oldest son, Davis, had been found dead in his car of a heroin overdose. He was 20. Davis had been an honor student at Kenne...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Aug. 20
by Damon Poirier
August 21, 2015 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank, Six Flags, the Beatles and Promina Health System.
Defunding PP guarantees more abortions
by Kevin Foley
August 21, 2015 12:20 AM | 15 15 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
“Have we been so blinded by a perverted sense of individual liberty that we now believe human life is nothing more than a commodity?” asked Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cartersville) in a published opi...
‘Digital goods’ may be a new way to get tax dollars
by Don McKee
August 20, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Warning, Georgia users of “digital goods” — taxes could be looming in your future. “Digital goods” is the taxing term for digitally delivered products including software, mobile applications for sm...
A ‘Lost Dodd Boy’ looks back
by Dick Yarbrough
August 19, 2015 01:15 AM | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
To say Betty Wallace loves Georgia Tech is to say Romeo loved Juliet or hogs love slop. It is a simple fact. Who else do you know that attended Georgia Tech football games for some 80 years —that’s...
Beatles ‘Needed Shaves’? Reporter/mom met band while future judge waited outside
by Joe Kirby
August 19, 2015 12:44 AM | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The Beatles made history in lots of ways. And 50 years ago this week they made history in Georgia, playing their one and only concert in Atlanta at the old Fulton County Stadium. The “Fab Four” wer...
Trump running for class clown, not president
by Melvyn L Fein
August 17, 2015 12:00 AM | 8 8 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Times change. But not always that much. Back at P.S. 153, when one kid insulted another by accusing his mother of wearing combat boots, the victim was often too tongue-tied to muster an adequate de...
‘Don-Don’ has the world over a barrel
by Kathleen Parker
September 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception? He’s by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other...
Our stake in the future — and the past
by David Ignatius
September 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Why should people care about the past or the future? That may sound like a perverse question, but it’s at the center of two recent stories — one involving the Islamic State’s destruction of antiqui...
Time to swap our country for another?
by Cal Thomas
September 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Back when I was in school, I performed a scientific experiment in which I poured a liquid of one color into a beaker that contained liquid of a different color. At first, the liquid in the beaker w...
It’s time to re-examine the blood-stained Indian Child Welfare Act
by George Will
September 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
“It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.” — Chief Justice John Roberts Sordid, always. And sometimes lethal, as some Native American children could attest, were they not, like Declan ...
Another ‘impossible thing’ might happen: partisan realignment
by Michael Barone
September 02, 2015 01:08 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In my last column, I looked at the possibility of two impossible things — impossible things in the sense used by Alice and the Red Queen — happening in the already turbulent 2016 presidential cycle...
The summer of 2015
by Susan Estrich
September 02, 2015 01:03 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In politics, this has been the summer of discontent, of revolt against Washington and established politics and, most of all, experienced politicians. How else to explain what is happening in both p...
Ashley Madison’s innocents online
by Froma Harrop
September 01, 2015 12:31 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
To the thousands who’ve been outed as users of the Ashley Madison adultery website: You deserve sympathy. Your greatest sin was trusting a website to protect your identity — especially one that wou...
Reflections on the tragedy in Roanoke
by Cal Thomas
September 01, 2015 12:29 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The horrible murder of two local journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, has affected me more than I thought it would. Journalists are taught early on to compartmentalize. As a local TV reporter, I saw b...
Could Trump go all the way?
by Bill Press
August 30, 2015 11:21 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Whatever else people say about it, the summer of 2015 will be remembered as “The Summer of Donald Trump.” And what a difference in just the last three months. In June, remember, questions about Tru...
Dis-Integrating America
by Patrick Buchanan
August 30, 2015 11:20 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Wednesday morning murders of 24-year-old Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity, a hate crime. Were they not white, they would be alive today. The...
Denver corruptocrats blow Chick-fil-A smokescreen
by Michelle Malkin
August 30, 2015 11:19 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Holier-than-thou liberals on the Denver city council are waging war on Chick-fil-A in the name of tolerance and diversity. Now, let me tell you what the squawking is really all about: It’s a distra...
Do You Really Think They Get the Mess We’re In?
by Matt Towery
August 30, 2015 11:18 PM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s not just the stock market that is having trouble these days. In reality, everywhere you look there are just plain wacky things going on that somehow much of the media and political “intelligen...
Two impossible things that could happen in ’16
by Michael Barone
August 30, 2015 11:15 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
“One can’t believe impossible things,” Alice objected. “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” the Red Queen replied. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes...
U.S., U.K. politics are mirror images
by Cal Thomas
August 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s remarkable how often British and American politics resemble each other; often only the accents differ. Following a disastrous defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Tories, the ...
Affirming a Right to Die
by George Will
August 30, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in ord...
Bill O’Reilly really wrong about Anchor Babies
by Ann Coulter
August 28, 2015 12:13 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
To support his insane interpretation of the post-Civil War amendments as granting citizenship to the kids of illegal aliens, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is now taking job applications for the nonexiste...
What Six Years of ‘Reset’ Have Wrought
by Charles Krauthammer
August 28, 2015 12:11 AM | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Dep...
The Clinton ‘scandal’ that isn’t
by David Ignatius
August 28, 2015 12:09 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server? After talking with a half-dozen knowledgeable lawyers, I think...
What does server scandal say about Hillary?
by Susan Estrich
August 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
President Bernie? No. For Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with surprise hit of the summer season Donald Trump, some people are really beginning to ask: could it happen? Could Bernie Sanders win Iowa? He...
Hillary Clinton and ‘Black Lives Matter’: An unproductive confrontation
by Michael Barone
August 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Reporters and voters have so far gotten few glimpses of Hillary Clinton speaking candidly. One of the few examples available is in the videotape and transcript of her recent meeting with Black Live...
Politics 2016: Bring in the clowns
by Roger Simon
August 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The movie is about a future America in which everybody is dumb. It is called “Idiocracy,” and it is supposed to be fiction. It is supposed to be funny. The movie came out in 2006, but I have been s...
The Havoc Trump Wreaks
by George Will
August 27, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatis...
‘Trumpism’: His ‘new Nationalism’ is ascendant around the world
by Patrick Buchanan
August 26, 2015 12:19 AM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be? After all, 3 percent devaluation in China could be countered by a U.S. tariff of 3 percent...
Scott Walker falls flat on his face
by Dana Milbank
August 26, 2015 12:15 AM | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
This is what happens when you try to trump The Donald. Scott Walker has for two decades won primary elections by refusing to allow any Republican to outmaneuver him on the right. So when Donald Tru...
The ‘dangerously viable’ Trump has become the Rosemary’s Baby of the GOP
by Bob Barr
August 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
In a matter of only two months, business mogul and reality-TV eccentric Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has gone from “a collective eye roll and a laugh” (Washington Post, June 16) to a “Trump...
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