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MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Aug. 27
by Damon Poirier
August 28, 2015 03:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 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 | 6 6 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 | 3 3 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 | 3 3 comments | 9 9 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 | 4 4 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 | 8 8 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 | 6 6 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 | 7 7 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 | 9 9 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 | 11 11 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 | 12 12 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 | 12 12 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 | 12 12 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 | 13 13 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 | 15 15 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 | 16 16 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...
We’re only talking about ‘choice,’ right?
by Barbara Donnelly Lane
August 16, 2015 12:00 AM | 11 11 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
I have many friends who are militantly pro-choice. While not watching The Center for Medical Progress videos themselves — not viewing the unedited versions available with transcripts — they say tho...
Relativists are practiced at the art of deception
by Nelson Price
August 16, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
The banner of relativism is at full staff and blowing in the breeze. The companion banner of tolerance is no less rippling in the wind. These concomitant concepts are broadly advocated in our cultu...
The Girl in the Door (and a half-centry of joy)
by Roger Hines
August 15, 2015 11:30 PM | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Fifty years ago today — Aug. 16, 1965 — I and several other guys strode across the grounds of a northern Wisconsin youth camp to meet the girl counselors. The week of camp was a culmination of a su...
From atheists to educators: It’s been a busy week
by Dick Yarbrough
August 15, 2015 12:50 AM | 3 3 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
To say this has been a busy week would be a bit of an understatement. In the course of four days, I have had coffee with an atheist; slurped some kind of orange concoction with a former Marietta Hi...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Aug. 13
by Damon Poirier
August 14, 2015 03:15 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a pool, a nuke lab, UFOs, desegregation and 600-year-old bones.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton incapable of embarrassment
by Michael Barone
August 14, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
August is traditionally a vacation month, and East Coast elites, following European tradition, are thick on the ground in the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard (the Obamas’ choice) and Nantucket. But new...
The Racing Form, Part 3
by Charles Krauthammer
August 14, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton’s private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition...
Political correctness vs. political savvy
by Kevin Foley
August 14, 2015 12:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Donald Trump brings to mind the television anchorman Howard Beale who, in the 1976 movie “Network,” screams at his audience, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!” In that iconic sc...
Bill O’Reilly really wrong about Anchor Babies
by Ann Coulter
August 28, 2015 12:13 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 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 | 2 2 comments | 4 4 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 | 3 3 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 | 3 3 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 | 3 3 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 | 3 3 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 | 3 3 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 | 5 5 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 | 4 4 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 | 6 6 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...
Jimmy Carter’s peace
by Cal Thomas
August 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish him well. It was the same last Thursday...
The Donald’s ‘inclusive’ racism
by Robert Koehler
August 24, 2015 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The central assumption of democracy — beyond the assumption of fair elections, which is disturbingly questionable — is that voters are the possessors of their own “interests,” and vote for the cand...
Trump defines down GOP
by George Will
August 24, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of...
This is what Tourette’s Syndrome looks like
by Michelle Malkin
August 24, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
“Are you sure?” I asked my daughter before writing this column. “Yes,” she said resolutely. Veronica is profoundly grateful for all the prayers, kindness and advice from strangers, friends and fami...
Obama must change oil policy to save economy
by Matt Towery
August 24, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Just eight years ago we were watching candidates for the GOP and Democratic nominations for president start their first series of debates. In their last major televised contest before the Iowa cauc...
Sanders and Trump: Two Peas in a Pod?
by Patrick Buchanan
August 24, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government and even the economic system. Only 1 in 4 Amer...
When it comes to the 14th Amendment, Fox News is ... Anchored in Stupidity
by Ann Coulter
August 21, 2015 12:17 AM | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Based on the hysterical flailing at Donald Trump — He’s a buffoon! He’s a clown! He calls people names! He’s too conservative! He’s not conservative enough! He won’t give details! His details won’t...
Trump dragging GOP back into the immigration swamp
by Charles Krauthammer
August 20, 2015 11:53 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
“This was not a subject that was on anybody’s mind until I brought it up at my announcement.” — Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6 Not on anyone’s mind? For years, immigration ...
Trump: an American Putin?
by David Ignatius
August 20, 2015 11:47 PM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — He promises to restore his country’s greatness, without offering a specific plan. He uses crude, vulgar expressions that make him sound like an ordinary guy, even though he’s a billion...
Don’t honor Ike with ...‘A Monstrosity’
by George Will
August 20, 2015 12:42 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
We could wearily shrug, say “Oh, well,” and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. But long after its perpetrators are gone, it woul...
Why I like John Kasich
by Susan Estrich
August 20, 2015 12:39 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“Oh no,” Kasich supporters must be thinking. “Just what we need. A liberal endorsement.” Worry not. I do not like John Kasich because I agree with him. Heavens, no. I disagree with him about almost...
The Issue of the Century
by Patrick Buchanan
August 20, 2015 12:15 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“Trump’s immigration proposals are as dangerous as they are stunning,” railed amnesty activist Frank Sharry. “Trump ... promises to rescind protections for Dreamers and deport them. He wants to red...
Conservatives double down on anti-abortionism
by Dana Milbank
August 20, 2015 12:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
It is becoming difficult to escape the conclusion that conservatives would rather fight about abortion than reduce it. Candidates in this month’s Republican presidential debate tripped over themsel...
The strange death of the center-left
by Michael Barone
August 19, 2015 01:11 AM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1935 George Dangerfield published “The Strange Death of Liberal England, 1910-1914,” a vivid account of how Britain’s center-left Liberal Party, dominant for a century, collapsed amid conflicts ...
The Summer of our Discontent
by Cal Thomas
August 18, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent two sides of the same coin. Both men have tapped into a deep anger — a discontent — in the public mood. Little seems to be going right. America appears in ...
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