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Legislators shooting to beat plowshares into pistols
by Dick Yarbrough
February 09, 2016 11:15 PM | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia’s version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intended to let us lock-and-load most ...
Insiders vs. outsiders
by Melvyn L Fein
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
According to the conventional wisdom, the candidates for the Republican nomination can be divided into two tracks: the insiders and the outsiders. It is further believed that given the angry mood o...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Feb. 4
by Damon Poirier
February 07, 2016 01:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at some ads, annexations, TIME magazine, an evacuation and Civil War fortifications.
I got the point
by Charlie Sewell
February 06, 2016 11:25 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Sweet sixteen wasn’t so sweet years ago when I walked into our game room. The birthday party was supposed to be a rite of passage and our daughter’s first male/female social since first grade. Her ...
How about Buckeyes instead of Hawkeyes?
by Bill Lewis
February 06, 2016 11:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Have you ever been to Iowa? In case you weren’t in a campaign caravan this past year, it sits between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Not only is it known for landscapes of rolling plains and ...
New American Pathways welcomes refugees to Georgia
by Judy Elliott
February 06, 2016 11:23 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Deep breaths, people! With the hand-wringing and fear over the world-wide refugee crisis saturating the news, we need a calm and experienced voice to walk us through the process of entering this co...
Colorful Cobb: There are reasons for it
by Roger Hines
February 06, 2016 11:20 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Let’s talk family a bit, or community if you prefer. Because of the modern age we’re in, with its rapid-fire communications and fast moving screen images (even at the gasoline pump), we have all be...
Thanks for being my Valentine
by Nelson Price
February 06, 2016 11:19 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
It is time for America’s celebration of our festival of love called Valentine’s Day. The British started celebrating the event as early as 1446. A columnist in an American magazine wrote of it in 1...
Kiwanians put emphasis on academic excellence in Cobb
by Dick Yarbrough
February 05, 2016 10:27 PM | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
In a recent letter to the editor, reader Ed Brooks asked why Cobb County high schools furnish this paper with photographs of students who have received athletic scholarships but not academic schola...
Lowering motorcyclist helmet age: Bad Bill Would Increase Deaths
by Don McKee
February 04, 2016 11:01 PM | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Every session of the Georgia legislature produces one or more really bad bills. This time House Bill 797 qualifies. It would exempt motorcyclists over age 18 from wearing helmets. The bill is autho...
North Carolina tax cuts hit middle class, public education
by Kevin Foley
February 04, 2016 10:49 PM | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. When your only tool is a hammer, goes the old saw, everything looks like a nail. Georgia’s Republican lawmakers see...
In Iowa, signs of civil health
by George Will
February 03, 2016 11:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (“I drink my...
Online news: Should it be free or paid?
by J.K. Murphy
February 02, 2016 11:13 PM | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Rebecca writes on the MDJ Facebook page: “A local paper that makes you buy a subscription to view any online content?? No thanks.” Eric wrote: “After needing to see one article on your website, it ...
Return of corn-fried shrimp is welcomed news
by Dick Yarbrough
February 02, 2016 11:12 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn’t quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick finding Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa in “Casablanca” (“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, s...
Idealism from Hell
by Melvyn L Fein
February 01, 2016 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Many young people are idealists. They believe in social purity. As a consequence, millions of them intend to be warriors dedicated to pursuing public perfection. They hope to rescue the world from ...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Jan. 28
by Damon Poirier
January 31, 2016 01:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday, the NAACP, Lockheed, the Atlanta Falcons, a train derailment, an old law, arson and vandalism.
Win or lose, thank God for what he’s given you
by Nelson Price
January 31, 2016 12:31 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
After a victory, a Christian athlete often praises the Lord Jesus for the victory. The age-old question remains, does God favor one team over the other? At times it appears He does, especially if i...
Coming out … because of a magazine
by Roger Hines
January 31, 2016 12:28 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The magazine that helped me find myself has committed folly. It has rebuffed many faithful readers with a move that was just plain uppity. A bit of background. By age 16, I knew that the nation’s t...
‘Your Mother Wears Army Boots’
by Bill Lewis
January 31, 2016 12:09 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Quick — which presidential campaign said this about an opponent? “He’s a fool, a hypocrite, a criminal, and a tyrant.” Or this: “He’s a weakling, an atheist, a libertine, and a coward.” Or this: “O...
Give David Morgan credit for trying to get parents involved in their child’s education
by Dick Yarbrough
January 29, 2016 10:13 PM | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
David Morgan has an excellent idea: Requiring parents to be more involved in their children’s education. Morgan, a long-time member of the Cobb County Board of Education proposed last November that...
Constitution is the real source of conservative anger
by Kevin Foley
January 28, 2016 11:04 PM | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s been a hoot reading all the angry letters and commentary blasting U.S. Reps. Tom Price and Barry Loudermilk for voting to approve the omnibus spending bill that will keep the government runnin...
Good move for local economy: Signing of lease with Atlanta United
by Don McKee
January 28, 2016 10:43 PM | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Another deal is done that bodes well for the economy of Marietta and Cobb. It’s the signing of a 20-year lease by the city with Atlanta United for the site of the new home of the Major League Socce...
73 seconds after takeoff
by Carol Megathlin
January 28, 2016 12:05 AM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Tuesday, January 28, 1986. Even though the door to the broadcast studio was open, I didn’t hear the ten bells on the Associated Press machine. It was stashed in a closet a room away, busily churnin...
State Senator Seeks to Provide Support to Disabled Community
by Dick Yarbrough
January 27, 2016 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Republican State Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia’s 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician. One Atlanta newspape...
Bloomberg vs. Trump?
by Patrick Buchanan
February 10, 2016 11:33 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on “Morning Joe,” said that he would welcome his “friend” Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race. Which is probably t...
Break the teeth-whitening monopoly
by George Will
February 10, 2016 11:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so. In coming days, the Supreme Court, by...
Kerry signals ‘crunch time’ on Syria
by David Ignatius
February 10, 2016 11:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria — in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire or begin moving toward “Plan B...
Vote for Hillary ... or else!
by Roger Simon
February 10, 2016 11:16 PM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Bernie Sanders looks like an unmade bed. He appears to buy his suits in thrift stores and then sleep in them for three or four days. His voice is somewhere between a rasp and a growl. On the stump,...
Our love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day
by Froma Harrop
February 09, 2016 11:22 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Valentine’s Day is upon us. And to think we are still recuperating from Groundhog Day. That’s February for you, a gray month of no big flashy celebrations, at least not until President’s Day. The b...
Bernie and Hillary’s America
by Cal Thomas
February 09, 2016 11:21 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Watching last Thursday’s debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight y...
How history shapes the New Hampshire primary
by Michael Barone
February 09, 2016 11:19 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Benning Wentworth is not a name you’ll run across in New Hampshire primary coverage. But he arguably did as much as anyone else to establish the political culture — or cultures — of America’s first...
Hillary’s golden tongue
by Kathleen Parker
February 09, 2016 11:18 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton’s allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump’s $1.5 million. But, of course Trump wouldn’t bother to part his lips ...
The Islamic State is still on the rise
by David Ignatius
February 08, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against the Islamic State. In the 18 months that the...
Conservatives shouldn’t throw around ‘Republican Obama’ label lightly
by Jonah Goldberg
February 08, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
“The Republican Obama.” That’s the new hot attack on Sen. Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz leveled the epithet at Rubio just days before the Iowa caucuses, which is a little ironic since Cruz has been called ...
The blurb heard ’round the world
by Bill Press
February 08, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Want a strange out-of-body experience? Try this one: sitting on the couch, watching TV, when suddenly — on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “ABC’s This Week” and CNN’s “Democratic Town Hall from Manchester,...
The Remainderman
by Patrick Buchanan
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Donald Trump won more votes in the Iowa caucuses than any Republican candidate in history. Impressive, except Ted Cruz set the new all-time record. And Marco Rubio exceeded all expectations by taki...
Financial Crisis Calls for Saudi Slowdown
by Matt Towery
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
For whatever reason, Wall Street has become obsessed, all of a sudden, with the price of crude oil. Of course there has been a glut in oil for well over a year, but analysts and investors saw no co...
The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong
by Charles Krauthammer
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official imp...
The Super Bowl’s 60 minutes of damage
by George Will
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Settling unhappily into his Super Bowl seat, Himalayan high behind the end zone, Joe spots an empty seat low and on the 50-yard line. He descends to it and asks the man seated next to him why the w...
Donald Trump: Sore loser
by Susan Estrich
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
It was the shortest speech anyone can remember him giving. He was clearly in a state of disbelief. How could it be? Whom could he fire? The great Donald had lost. It could not be true. He made it a...
Probing for clues in the Iowa Caucus numbers
by Michael Barone
February 04, 2016 10:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Now that the results of last Monday’s Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Will Donald Trump fail once again to receive the percentage he’s get...
And the Oscar for most stunning actress goes to ...
by Froma Harrop
February 04, 2016 10:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
We are here not to discuss the complex #OscarsSoWhite controversy but to address another sore point with perhaps similar origins: the #OscarsSoGorgeous phenomenon. At the risk of running afoul of s...
Heroin: Blame it on America
by Ann Coulter
February 04, 2016 10:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a liar. In 201...
Is a new era upon us?
by Patrick Buchanan
February 03, 2016 11:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going. Berni...
The lessons of Iowa
by David Ignatius
February 03, 2016 10:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone’s guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest of this year’s campaign: ali...
Only one thing can keep Trump from ultimate victory: DONALD TRUMP
by Roger Simon
February 03, 2016 10:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
They hate him; they really hate him. Donald Trump is not the golden boy he thought he was. He thought he could build an invincible campaign by combining media manipulation on one hand and nativist ...
Government keeps rural West going
by Froma Harrop
February 02, 2016 11:20 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who’d taken it over. This and other federal l...
The United States of Trump
by Cal Thomas
February 02, 2016 11:17 PM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“You wonder how these things begin.” — (The Fantasticks) In the beginning there was a combative media. Dating back to Colonial America, as Eric Burns has chronicled in his book, “Infamous Scribbler...
GOP debate shows where immigration reform is headed: nowhere
by Michael Barone
February 02, 2016 11:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Donald Trump was absent from Fox News’ Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes’ drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus ...
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