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Standard vs. ‘supper table’ speech: Does English languish?
by Roger Hines
September 20, 2014 08:51 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Recently, a math professor friend remarked he didn’t see why anyone needs to study their native language. “Why do I need to study English? I already speak it,” he implored. My friend was not only s...
Test your football knowledge with this quiz
by Nelson Price
September 20, 2014 08:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Take a break from all the depressing national and international news and engage in these football follies. Did you know? • Dr. James Naismith is well known for developing the game of basketball, bu...
Thanks to Obama, military veterans are rallying to the GOP
by Bob Lanzotti
September 20, 2014 08:49 PM | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Contrary to General MacArthur’s famous adage, old soldiers do die! But before they fade away, they have many opportunities to wisely pass on their hard earned war wisdom while voting in polling boo...
The last campaign for former first lady?
by Judy Elliott
September 20, 2014 08:48 PM | 4 4 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
I ask the Secret Service agent if he needs to look in my purse. He throws his head back and laughs! “No!” he says. “My wife would kill me.” Neat as a pin, in a navy blue suit, wearing polished blac...
No question that Cobb is a pretty nice place to whine
by Dick Yarbrough
September 19, 2014 11:57 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
“This session of the Royal and Mystic Order of Whiners will come to order. Whiners, please be seated.” “Aww! Do we have to? We don’t like to sit. We just like to whine.” “Do I have a motion that we...
Georgia governor’s race a tossup; dueling polls in Senate contest
by Don McKee
September 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Republicans still lead Georgia races in the latest polls but by shrinking numbers — not what should be expected in a state where political offices are dominated by the GOP. The governor’s race has ...
Trying to find the positives in this world can be a negative
by Dick Yarbrough
September 16, 2014 08:10 PM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me this week’s column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. “Surely, you can find some positi...
As for me, give me liberty
by Mike Boyce
September 16, 2014 04:00 AM | 12 12 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In the exchange of views between Ben Mathis and me regarding the nature of the Braves deal, we have clearly stated our opinions and positions. Perhaps now is the time to bring to light some facts a...
Our honor frittered away very cheaply
by Melvyn L Fein
September 15, 2014 04:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Honor! What an old-fashioned word. How antiquated an idea. Surely modern sophisticates are aware this was a ploy perpetrated by the elites in order to defraud the masses. The goal was to get ordina...
Congress and the four-day work week
by Bill Lewis
September 13, 2014 09:59 PM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Have you seen the headlines? Most read something like this: “Congress Hustling Back to Washington to do . . . Nothing.” The Senate, House of Representatives, and much of the administration occupyin...
Don’t be guilty of ‘pervasive Bible ignorance’
by Nelson Price
September 13, 2014 09:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Here is a frightening thought. Someday, today’s young adults may spend their twilight years telling their children and grandchildren what it was like to live in America when people were free. The d...
The State of our Union: Looking Back, Ahead
by Roger Hines
September 13, 2014 09:47 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s time to think the unthinkable. Doing so is scary, but facing fear realistically and bravely is the mark of a wise, courageous people. Refusing to think the unthinkable allows the unthinkable t...
Candidates sat as journalist ejected
by Kevin Foley
September 11, 2014 09:49 PM | 12 12 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
When Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens flaps his gums, he’s liable to say something that will make Republicans squirm. Last year, for example, Hudgens proudly told an audience he was d...
Many reasons why students should rate their teachers
by Michael O’Sullivan
September 11, 2014 09:45 PM | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Some people would argue students shouldn’t have a say in evaluating their teacher’s performance simply because they’re students. As the logic goes, there’s no way students could be qualified to rat...
What’s next for Braves stadium? Will there be an ‘October surprise’?
by Don McKee
September 11, 2014 04:00 AM | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In politics, there’s the “October surprise” about a candidate right before the November elections. In the case of the new stadium for the Atlanta Braves in Cobb County, we have a September surprise...
Dalton State a major player in area’s economic rebound
by Dick Yarbrough
September 09, 2014 10:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Remember the story of “The Little Engine That Could?” That could well describe the city of Dalton, a town of about 34,000 nestled in the corner of northwest Georgia not far from the Tennessee line....
Critics of Lee, Braves move just a bitter minority
by Ben Mathis
September 09, 2014 04:00 AM | 18 18 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
In the face of yet another attempt to subvert the County’s ethics code for political purposes, it’s time the majority of us who are proud of what Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee has accomplished a...
Do we still have ‘fiber’ to stave off catastrophe?
by Melvyn L Fein
September 08, 2014 01:15 AM | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The wheels have been coming off the Obama administration. Domestically and internationally, policy failures abound. At home, the IRS, VA, Immigration and Obamacare debacles linger. Abroad, ISIS, th...
Cutting corners while driving can turn out to be expensive, deadly
by Charlie Sewell, columnist
September 07, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Cutting corners is generally considered the simplest, quickest, or cheapest way of doing something. When it comes to the rules of the road, however, cutting corners can be expensive and deadly. The...
It’s football season — and columnist is ‘stuck with a one-door cabinet’
by Judy Elliot
September 06, 2014 11:52 PM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s the time of year for the removal of the cabinet door. In the room we loosely call “the den,” my husband watches football, sitting in a chair across from bookshelves, two, each with cabinets wa...
Jihadists love death more than non-jihadists love life
by Nelson Price
September 06, 2014 11:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
We are engaged in a holy war without even knowing what is considered holy by the opponent. Before going further, I want to acknowledge there are many Muslims who do not believe in jihad. There are ...
Training a Blue Devil ... and other youths as well
by Roger Hines
September 06, 2014 11:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
From all accounts, George Washington was decisive, Lincoln was serious, Woodrow Wilson was studious, Truman was authentic, Reagan was cheerful and George Herbert Walker Bush was methodical. Each of...
More Wisdom in Tooth or Anonymous Comments?
by Dick Yarbrough
September 06, 2014 12:26 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Boss: This has not been a good week. Having a wisdom tooth extracted pretty much guaranteed that. I regret I won’t be able to get a column to you this week. I am too busy whining and telling a...
Post-racial America still a long way off
by Kevin Foley
September 04, 2014 09:20 PM | 18 18 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
I never thought I would live to see an African-American elected president of the United States. The only way it could happen was if white Americans looked past race as the sole reason not to vote f...
How do we stop do-it-yourself Jihadism?
by Jonah Goldberg
September 22, 2014 01:12 AM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
On Thursday, Australian authorities claimed they thwarted a plot by supporters of the Islamic State to grab random people off the street and then behead the captured citizens on videotape. Australi...
The NFL makes Congress look good
by Bill Press
September 22, 2014 01:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
No wonder members of Congress are walking around with big smiles on their faces these days. They’re used to being the most disgraced people in the country. But now there’s one group that has an eve...
Fed on interest rates raises serious questions
by Matt Towery
September 22, 2014 01:09 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Wall Street was more than willing to endure the Federal Reserve Board’s announcement Wednesday that it would end the monetary equivalence of “crack cocaine” by ending its longstanding “QE” program ...
The myth about public schools
by Catherine Rampell
September 22, 2014 01:08 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Have America’s public schools gotten worse over the years? Americans seem to think so. Every time I write about why attending college is so crucial for moving up the income ladder — or, these days,...
We’re letting in the wrong refugees
by Michelle Malkin
September 22, 2014 01:06 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Fresh terror busts in Australia expose a common Achilles’ heel of the West: Indiscriminate refugee policies turn free countries into breeding grounds for jihad. It’s the same game in America. Soldi...
Should we cash in on voting?
by George Will
September 20, 2014 08:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging t...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Sept. 18
by Damon Poirier
September 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a burglar, a bank robbery, desegregation and Fred Tokars.
A ‘To Do’ list for readers to help save America
by Ann Coulter
September 18, 2014 09:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The most important words printed in The New York Times since “REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER” were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is no...
Unraveling the jihadi logic
by Charles Krauthammer
September 18, 2014 08:09 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subseq...
We’ve repeated Vietnam mistake against Islamic State
by David Ignatius
September 18, 2014 08:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The U.S. has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State it did in Vietnam by underestimating the enemy’s will, according to James Clapper, the director of nati...
Democratic disillusion: Obama forced by events to reverse course
by Michael Barone
September 17, 2014 11:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Iraq, immigration, inversion. On all three of the issues referred to, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes — and he’s in trouble with much of his Democratic Pa...
Reality TV: ‘Southern smarm’
by Kathleen Parker
September 17, 2014 11:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to dema...
Obama needs Congress to approve this war
by George Will
September 17, 2014 09:07 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue ...
Obama could still be ‘the national security president’
by Susan Estrich
September 17, 2014 09:05 PM | 3 3 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
“If we take the proper steps, we can save lives, but we have to act fast,” President Obama said on Tuesday. “We can’t dawdle on this one. We have to move with force and make sure that we are catchi...
Higher taxes will help middle class
by Froma Harrop
September 16, 2014 09:56 PM | 3 3 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The tea party mantra, “I want my country back,” resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a stron...
The Scots’ Referendum: What would ‘Braveheart’ do?
by Patrick Buchanan
September 16, 2014 09:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
No matter how the vote turns out on Thursday in Scotland, either for independence or continued union with Britain, the disintegration of the Old Continent appears almost inevitable. Already the Bri...
A ‘Gotcha Game’ for greenbacks
by Dana Milbank
September 16, 2014 09:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
“You are guilty until you have proven yourself innocent. ... That has worked well for us.” — A “senior” District of Columbia official, explaining to an investigator how tickets are issued in the na...
Big government diminishes lives, not enhances them
by Star Parker
September 16, 2014 08:09 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
This is my third consecutive column about the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth, by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. I have focused on this because the circumstances th...
Hillary’s ‘steak’ not well done
by Cal Thomas
September 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “She is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclinatio...
Is the ‘Islamic State’ really un-Islamic?
by Jonah Goldberg
September 15, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
“Now, let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state.” ...
No new war without OK from Congress
by Bill Press
September 15, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
How does a war-weary president convince a war-weary nation to start another war? In a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday evening, President Obama tried. First, he laid out the case against ...
Is Obama addressing a crisis or just a ‘crisil’?
by Matt Towery
September 15, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
As the notorious movement/terrorist group/would-be-nation ISIS moves swiftly on its course of conquest and destruction, the White House has begun referring to this most dangerous of organizations i...
Atlantic City going broke — again
by Catherine Rampell
September 15, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The get-rich-quick town is going broke. Again. On a recent, breezy Saturday night, row after row of slot machines at the Trump Plaza sat eerily unused, their symmetrical, semi...
Post-9/11, we must protect the freedom to warn
by Michelle Malkin
September 15, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
“If you see something, say something.” That’s what our homeland security apparatchiks incessantly preach. But 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, the freedom to warn is in danger and vigilant whistleb...
An epic vote coming Tuesday in Scotland
by George Will
September 13, 2014 09:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked tog...
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