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Republicans creating own problems while Olens takes gutsy stand
by Don McKee
August 28, 2014 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
“Republicans are Georgia’s problem.” So says David Pennington, the former Dalton mayor who ran for the Republican nomination for governor and placed second with 17 percent of the vote behind Gov. N...
Stalemated legislation vital to Cobb
by Pete Borden
August 27, 2014 11:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, along with other members of the Knights of Columbus at St. Ann Catholic Church in Marietta, I listened to a presentation by Dr. Tom Price, U. S. Representative from Georgia’s 6th Congres...
Family’s tragedy a reminder to text less, live more
by Dick Yarbrough
August 26, 2014 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn’t get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa, this is one with a qu...
Having experienced advisor was key to the Braves deal
by Tim Lee and Brooks Mathis
August 26, 2014 04:00 AM | 8 8 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Questions have been raised about the process we went through to secure the Atlanta Braves stadium and mixed-use community. Our preference is to spend our time working toward the opportunities ahead...
Liberation Day-Plus 70: Smyrnan salutes sacrifices that freed mother’s town from Nazis
by Narayan Sengupta
August 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Seventy years ago, on Aug. 27, 1944, the Americans arrived to liberate my mother Claudine Thibault’s family after four years of German occupation. At first the vanguard was just a few recon vehicle...
Diversity gone wild: Will ‘Ole Miss’ leave us?
by Roger Hines
August 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Just when we thought the great Age of Sensitivity could intensify no further, there comes from my home state a cry to change the beloved nickname of one of its universities, all because of diversit...
Wanna be a sleuth for the Smithsonian?
by Judy Elliott
August 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Harrison Ford is a little long in the tooth to play “Indiana Jones,” but remember him in his strong jaw, rugged years — his leather jacket, the well-worn brown hat, the bullwhip? Before he was tapp...
Can a counter-Alinsky culture emerge?
by Nelson Price
August 24, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1971, a relatively small 172-page book was published with the intriguing title, “Rules for Radicals: a Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals.” The author, Saul Alinsky, was born in Chicago and...
It’s round-up time at the conservative misinformation ranch
by Kevin Foley
August 22, 2014 12:17 AM | 10 10 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Head ’em up! Move ’em out! It’s time for another conservative misinformation round-up, when we rope and brand some of the latest right wing distortions, hypocrisy and falsehoods. It’s dirty work, b...
One letter not enough to polish columnist’s liberal credentials
by Dick Yarbrough
August 19, 2014 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Rap! Rap! Rap! “The special called meeting of the Loyal Order of Liberals will come to order. Let’s begin the meeting as we always do with the Liberal Pledge of Allegiance: “I pledge allegiance to ...
It’s past time for miscreants to change ways
by Melvyn L Fein
August 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Barack Obama promised us hope and change. He certainly gave us change. Under his administration, we have had more debt, more dishonesty, more regulations, less competence, less transparency and les...
Two journeys: Poetry then and now
by Roger Hines
August 16, 2014 09:45 PM | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Aug. 7 edition of the Marietta Daily Journal pictured U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. The accompanying article explained that Trethewey had come to town to s...
Gaza’s history one of belligerence, obstinacy
by Nelson Price
August 16, 2014 09:42 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
About the same time (1180-1150 B.C.) Moses led the Jews to the eastern border of “the promised land” from where Joshua led them into it, another group was entering from the coast on the west. Their...
Obama: But I don’t wanna go to work!
by Bill Lewis
August 16, 2014 09:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Here’s some pure speculation for you: Barack Obama is tired of being president. Oh, sure, he likes the perks of the office. Air Force One, the big helicopter, fancy limousines, the soldier salutes,...
Becoming an honorary Cobb County retiree is as good as it gets
by Dick Yarbrough
August 15, 2014 07:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
As if the Cobb County commissioners don’t have enough things to worry about these days with TSPLOST, stadium bond approvals and a petulant newspaper headquartered in Dunwoody, I have a new one for ...
‘What are we not doing that you would have us do?’
by Kevin Foley
August 14, 2014 08:03 PM | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
“Should the United States be the world’s policeman? No…American troops should not be ordered into a conflict unless U.S. vital interests are threatened.” — Sen. John McCain, 1997 Libya, Gaza, Syria...
Obama’s vision won’t last, but is corrupting
by Rod Paramoure
August 14, 2014 07:59 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
President’s Obama is a self-proclaimed man of vision. Apparently, his personal history convinced him — and many others — that he possesses unique insight into American society, and the ability to c...
Just the unvarnished facts needed in College Board U.S. History
by Don McKee
August 14, 2014 04:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Troubling questions are being raised about the College Board’s new course “framework” for Advanced Placement U.S. History, although Cobb and Marietta school officials say their districts will make ...
Gosh Dang! What’s wrong with a Southern accent?
by Dick Yarbrough
August 12, 2014 09:01 PM | 6 6 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
I just learned of a book called, “Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent.” Gosh dang. What is wrong with a Southern accent? The book’s authors, Jennifer Adams and Johanna Chapman, run a firm called At...
Democrats, immigration and Al Capone
by Melvyn L Fein
August 10, 2014 08:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Do you remember Prohibition? Probably not. There are few alive today who can recall those riotous days first hand. Yet we all know about the “Roaring 20s.” The movies and TV continue to remind of a...
A Millenial, a Boomer, then old and forgetful!
by Judy Elliott
August 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
I should never complain about commercials after a political season. Even the Geico gecko looked good to me once the election was over. But I am weary of the Cialis logo popping up on the screen, a ...
Ideological war for minds under way around world
by Nelson Price
August 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Several sources are credited as the original source of the expression: “War is Hell!” Reality confirms the horror of war. The Middle East is a cauldron of conflict. The Gaza-Israel conflict is a bo...
Obama ‘playing America’ and it’s time to chastise the chamber
by Roger Hines
August 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s time to call out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its role in America’s severe immigration problem. Buyers — that’s all of us — who oppose what’s going on at our Southern border do have some l...
Cobb SPLOST not perfect, but deserves your vote
by Ron Sifen
August 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 14 14 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Successful efforts by three county commissioners to remove BRT-related component projects from the SPLOST list have greatly enhanced the chances that Cobb voters will approve the SPLOST referendum ...
Lower standards for cops mean more police shootings
by Ann Coulter
August 28, 2014 10:33 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
As the story of Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown begins to look less clear-cut than we were led to believe by Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, the “voices of o...
Lower corporate taxes. Now.
by Charles Krauthammer
August 28, 2014 10:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from l...
Scotland’s future hangs in balance
by Cal Thomas
August 28, 2014 10:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
“The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.” — Scottish poet Robert Burns, “To a Mouse” (1786) CAIRNRYAN, Scotland — For Americans whose knowledge of this beautiful land is limited to kil...
What kind of a Navy?
by George Will
August 27, 2014 11:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Russia’s ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over ...
Obama like student tired of being bullied
by David Ignatius
August 27, 2014 11:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s “back to school” week for President Obama, after what a CNN analyst called “the vacation from Hell.” So perhaps it’s a good time to examine what’s been going wrong for Obama recently and wheth...
If she’s planning to run as Obama’s ‘third term,’ then Hillary is doomed
by Roger Simon
August 27, 2014 11:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
When Barack Obama was first elected president, he asked David Axelrod to leave Chicago and come to the White House with him. Axelrod would be a senior adviser, a powerful position where he could cr...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Case Chemical Company Explosion
by Damon Poirier
August 27, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Time Capsule looks at an afternoon explosion that rocked a storage tank area of the Case Chemical Company on Canton Road in Marietta.
We don’t have to have more Fergusons
by Star Parker
August 26, 2014 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the mall in Washington, D.C. One year later, a half century ago, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. A...
Bigger danger is not ‘Islamic State,’ but a U.S. overreaction
by Patrick Buchanan
August 26, 2014 09:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The decisions that determined the fate of the great nations and empires that failed to survive the 20th century are well known. For the Kaiser’s Germany, it was the “blank cheque” to Austria after ...
Tech firms have poor record on diversity
by Catherine Rampell
August 26, 2014 09:29 PM | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets. No, not related to their R&D. I’m referring instead to other tightly guarded information they once declared “trade secre...
What about that VA Hospital scandal?
by Froma Harrop
August 26, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The unofficial end of summer, Labor Day, may serve as a bookend to a scandal that exploded around the unofficial start, Memorial Day. We speak of the very long wait times to see primary care provid...
Unfortunately, president is afflicted with a smallscreen worldview
by Jonah Goldberg
August 24, 2014 07:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Does the president think the world is a TV show? One of the things you learn watching television as a kid is that the hero wins. No matter how dire things look, the star is going to be OK. MacGyver...
Shock and awe in Ferguson
by Bill Press
August 24, 2014 07:53 PM | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
For those of us who lived through the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, and for all of us who remember the Trayvon Martin murder, just two years ago, events surrounding the killing of unarmed ...
Criminal justice reform: Defending the defenders
by George Will
August 24, 2014 07:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — What is called “the” 1964 Civil Rights Act is justly celebrated for outlawing racial and other discrimination in employment, “public accommodations” and elsewhere. But that year’s seco...
While nation’s eyes are on Ferguson, justice for toddler ignored
by Matt Towery
August 24, 2014 07:51 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The details about the death of Michael Brown and the actions of the Ferguson, Mo., policeman who shot him remain very much at issue. There are too many theories and longstanding feelings, ranging f...
The jihadi serial killer no one’s talking about
by Michelle Malkin
August 24, 2014 07:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
For two bloody months, an armed jihadist serial killer ran loose across the country. At least four innocent men died this spring and summer as acts of “vengeance” on behalf of aggrieved Muslims, th...
Next to 1960s race riots, Ferguson’s experience was not as daunting
by Michael Barone
August 24, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week’s violence in Ferguson, Mo., brings back memories of the urban riots of the 1960s. As it happens, I had a front-row seat back then, as an intern in the office of Detroit Mayor Jerome Cava...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of August 21
by Damon Poirier
August 23, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at integration, Civil Rights, Lake Allatoona pollution and the Wonderbra.
Isis is ‘a national security threat’
by Cal Thomas
August 22, 2014 12:30 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
BELFAST, Northern Ireland — U.S. airstrikes that have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces recapture a strategic dam and halt, at least temporarily, the advance of ISIS terrorists on the Kurdish capital...
Rationale right, but a reach
by Charles Krauthammer
August 22, 2014 12:26 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. The...
‘Sensationalist’ version of Ferguson incident starting to unravel
by Ann Coulter
August 22, 2014 12:15 AM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s important to remember that, in police shooting cases like the one in Ferguson, Mo., the initial facts are often wrong. You don’t want to end up looking like Rich Lowry, National Review editor,...
Ferguson feeding frenzy: It’s bringing out the worst in the usual suspects
by Michelle Malkin
August 20, 2014 09:42 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The most poisonous “-ism” now infecting Ferguson, Mo., is not virulent racism. It’s viral narcissism. Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-...
What went wrong in Ferguson
by Susan Estrich
August 20, 2014 09:39 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The short answer is: everything. I’m not talking about the killing of Michael Brown. A tragedy, whatever the facts. But what the facts are is something we don’t yet know. There are two conflicting ...
In Ferguson, there’s a race to be wrong
by Jonah Goldberg
August 20, 2014 09:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The events in Ferguson, Mo., have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. T...
In Ferguson, there’s a race to be wrong
by Jonah Goldberg
August 20, 2014 09:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The events in Ferguson, Mo., have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. T...
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