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‘Selma’ is history for a new generation
by Judy Elliot
January 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
We are 50 years past the passage of the Voting Rights Act and the marches in Selma, Alabama, yet the bias of a competitive industry — movie-making — is being called into question because the direct...
KSU, Angela Davis and the Academic Industrial Complex
by Jefrey Breshears
January 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
I found it interestingly congruous that Ann Coulter’s recent column, “The Cost of College,” appeared in the MDJ just a few days before Angela Davis spoke at Kennesaw State University. As Coulter co...
‘Tyranny’ just another word for intolerance
by Kevin Foley
January 22, 2015 11:51 PM | 13 13 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Nowhere in the United States Constitution will you find the words “Christian” or “God.” In fact, there are no ecclesiastical references in the Constitution at all. The Founding Fathers were mindful...
Legalized cannabis oil will help those with seizure disorder
by Blaine Cloud
January 22, 2015 11:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
I’d like to thank Dick Yarbrough for his column about medical marijuana last week. My wife and I are some of the many local parents fighting with state Rep. Allen Peake to push for access to medica...
Does law on state school superintendent and board need fixing?
by Don McKee
January 21, 2015 11:29 PM | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
A few questions come to mind concerning legislation proposed by State Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) and others to have the state school superintendent appointed by the governor instead of being elect...
The State of this Column has never been better
by Dick Yarbrough
January 20, 2015 10:18 PM | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message...
Americans are war wary, not war weary
by Melvyn L Fein
January 18, 2015 09:09 PM | 16 16 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The attacks keep coming and we keep doing next to nothing. Radical Islam would like to destroy us, and our lifestyle, but many politicians cannot even bring themselves to say its name. Indeed, they...
A mayor, a fireman and a firestorm
by Roger Hines
January 17, 2015 10:41 PM | 15 15 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The firing of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran by Mayor Kasim Reed was wrong, wrong, wrong. The chief’s prior assignment to “sensitivity training” was equally egregious. Is there anything more ins...
Liberty vs. libertine
by Nelson Price
January 17, 2015 10:40 PM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Liberty and libertine seem to be synonyms for some. This is about the libertine attitude many seem to have. This is not about the Libertarian Party. That is a different subject. As used here, “libe...
For $20K, KSU can do better than ‘Happy Stalinist’ Davis
by Robert Potts
January 17, 2015 10:38 PM | 11 11 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
On Monday, America celebrates an annual day of remembrance in honor of the famed Civil Rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This day commemorates the work of the articulate pastor from Atla...
Is Georgia about to go to pot?
by Bill Lewis
January 17, 2015 10:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Well, I was going to write something about religious extremism this week, but was advised that might not be such a good idea. I’m not sure why the Crusades in the Middle Ages are off limits, but, h...
Radical’s visit to campus means enduring another lecture from KSU
by Dick Yarbrough
January 17, 2015 04:00 AM | 20 20 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
I don’t know which I find more repugnant: Having a former Black Panther, card-carrying Communist and unrepentant radical Angela Davis at Kennesaw State University tomorrow to speak at a Martin Luth...
To protect and serve — everyone
by Kevin Foley
January 16, 2015 12:04 AM | 18 18 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
I was once a police reporter in Manchester, Connecticut, a suburb of Hartford. I learned to love cops there. Police officers have a thankless, underpaid job, much of which is spent nights, weekends...
GOP hope and change: More foreign workers, and licenses for illegals
by D.A. King
January 16, 2015 12:00 AM | 6 6 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
As the GOP kabuki theatre on stopping Obama’s illegal executive amnesty plays out in Washington, this writer is sorry to report that his prediction that some Republicans would move to expand the lo...
What chance has ‘no-brainer’ Flat Tax, Fair Tax or other reform?
by Don McKee
January 15, 2015 12:09 AM | 16 16 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
What chance is there for tax reform in Congress since Republicans now hold the majority in both houses? It’s a topic that had vocal support from GOP candidates in the last election and previous ele...
Will voting for status quo become habit for Loudermilk?
by Dan Joy
January 14, 2015 09:10 PM | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
A picture, as the saying goes, is worth a thousand words. On Wednesday, newspapers all over the country carried a picture of the U.S. House speaker, John Boehner, warmly embracing his predecessor, ...
Macon legislator on a mission to legalize medical marijuana
by Dick Yarbrough
January 13, 2015 10:40 PM | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed...
‘Jesters and holy fools’ deserve voice too
by Jerry Landers
January 13, 2015 10:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
In an opinion piece published in the New York Times on Jan. 9, conservative Times columnist David Brooks waded into the discussion about the “Je suis Charlie” meme which arose out of the Jan. 7 mas...
Media trying hard to protect antiquated faith — liberalism
by Melvyn L Fein
January 11, 2015 09:37 PM | 17 17 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The term “propaganda” entered our lexicon thanks to the Roman Catholic Church’s “Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.” Created by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, it was charged with the dissemin...
Morgan will be missed: A positive side of politics
by Roger Hines
January 10, 2015 08:41 PM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Of his political foe Henry Clay, South Carolina’s John C. Calhoun said, “I don’t like Clay. He’s a scoundrel. I won’t speak to him. But God knows I love him.” A recent letter to the MDJ from my fri...
Newsweek’s attack on Bible was full of recycled lies
by Nelson Price
January 10, 2015 08:40 PM | 7 7 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
Newsweek, the magazine, a paragon of biased journalism, has taken advantage of the season to engage in a frontal assault on Christianity and the Bible particularly. People with Bible knowledge real...
Two thumbs down for ‘Interview’
January 10, 2015 08:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
In the latest retaliatory move against the North Korean government, the United States has imposed more sanctions on officials in that country, backing up tough sanctions already in place on North K...
Jack and Jill get caught up on the latest news from Cobb
by Dick Yarbrough
January 10, 2015 12:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
I just got off the phone with Jack and Jill. They always call me at the beginning of the new year. Jill was, as usual, her old sweet self. Jack was, as usual, pretty much soused. Jill said her brot...
‘Traitorous’ evangelical prince sees ‘holy war’
by Kevin Foley
January 09, 2015 12:04 AM | 23 23 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s always enlightening to hear ex-right wingers confess their sins. David Brock was one of the first to come clean, writing a book titled “Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservati...
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow now resorting to rewriting instant replays
by Ann Coulter
January 22, 2015 11:48 PM | 2 2 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
That MSNBC routinely, almost compulsively, mischaracterizes what conservatives say is nothing new. It’s what makes the network so adorable. But in a recent trend, anchor Rachel Maddow has been uppi...
‘Because I won’ a look to past, not formula for future
by Michael Barone
January 22, 2015 11:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s not in the printed text, but the most revealing words in President Obama’s seventh State of the Union address came near the end. After the scripted line, “I have no more campaigns to run,” eli...
Iran’s Emerging Empire
by Charles Krauthammer
January 22, 2015 11:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Jan. 22
by Damon Poirier
January 22, 2015 11:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Shriners, snow, Southern Bell, jonquils, Lockheed, a fire, a bank robbery, Newt Gingrich and nude dancing clubs.
Google Glass joins Failure Hall of Fame
by Froma Harrop
January 21, 2015 10:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain t...
Winston Churchill: A man for all times
by Cal Thomas
January 21, 2015 10:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with...
Welfare state mushrooming
by George Will
January 21, 2015 10:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advance...
Show the world that Americans ‘choose life’
by Star Parker
January 21, 2015 10:42 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Today, hundreds of thousands will march in Washington, D.C. in the annual March for Life. This notes the 42nd anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision, which legalized abortion and began a barbarous...
Foreign policy’s post-Obama pivot
by David Ignatius
January 20, 2015 10:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president. That’s one reason he took the offensive in the run-up to the State of the Union address. His aides insist ...
When the pope talks ...
by Kathleen Parker
January 20, 2015 10:15 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Forget E.F. Hutton. It’s P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen. And then they get busy trying to figure out what he was really saying. Even non-Catholics are keen to stud...
If it’s not on TV, did it really happen?
by Roger Simon
January 20, 2015 10:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Republican Party recently released a list of nine “official” primary debates for the 2016 presidential campaign. The party wishes to avoid the debacle of 2012, in which voters were allowed to w...
Stop making excuses for nonvoting millennials
by Froma Harrop
January 19, 2015 08:53 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it’s been devastating. So why did so few millennials, the huge...
Protecting society against intolerance: A new — and old — challenge
by Michael Barone
January 19, 2015 08:53 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
How far should a tolerant society tolerate intolerance? It’s a difficult issue, one without any entirely satisfactory answer. And it’s a current issue in the days after 40 world leaders and the U.S...
Why all the love for George Clooney?
by Cal Thomas
January 19, 2015 08:07 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Social media is agog over George Clooney’s tribute to his wife, Amal, at last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. Women, especially, are swooning in their tweets and Facebook postings. Said...
The Chamber of Commerce’s short memory
by Dana Milbank
January 19, 2015 08:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Tom Donohue, the longtime president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sounded ebullient as he gave his annual report on the health of American business Wednesday. “The economy is gaining momentum,” ...
Ducking reality: Administration goes to rhetorical extremes on terror attacks
by Jonah Goldberg
January 18, 2015 09:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Could this argument be any dumber? The Obama administration has forced America and much of the world into a debate no one wanted or needed. Namely, does Islamic terrorism have anything to do with I...
Mitt’s third run no charm
by George Will
January 18, 2015 09:06 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
After his third loss, in 1908, as the Democratic presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan enjoyed telling the story of the drunk who three times tried to enter a private club. After being tosse...
Getting down to (chocolate-covered) business
by Bill Press
January 18, 2015 09:06 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
One thing for sure: You can take Mitch McConnell and John Boehner at their word. They told the American people: You put us in charge of Congress and we’ll get Congress back to work. And, by golly, ...
Time for Coke, McDonald’s to 'Carry On'
by Matt Towery
January 18, 2015 09:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
I never thought that I would see the day that two beloved American icons, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, would be forced to run from their own products and great traditions. But that’s exactly what is h...
Tell me again who the racists are?
by Michelle Malkin
January 18, 2015 09:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
I stand with the Santa Barbara News-Press. How about you? The newspaper is under fire for refusing to kowtow to left-wing word police and militant propagandists who demand unfettered illegal immigr...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Jan. 15
by Damon Poirier
January 17, 2015 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at smallpox, a fire, a convict escape, a beer inspector, Lockheed and the MDJ’s very own Bill Kinney.
Around Town: Economic Forecast: It’s ‘All Systems Go’
January 17, 2015 04:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
GEORGIA’S REAL ESTATE SECTOR is coming back — but with an important caveat or two, according to one of the state’s premier economists. And, he says, the Fed needs to start raising rates once again....
As long as Obama brought up the cost of college ...
by Ann Coulter
January 16, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
I gather from Obama’s “free” community college proposal that his plan for dealing with the Republican Congress over the next two years is to throw out ridiculously expensive ideas no one has ever h...
The wrong response to Charlie Hebdo
by David Ignatius
January 16, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — In the days after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France declared “war” on terrorism, 10,000 French paramilitary police took to the streets and U.S. conservatives...
Obama: Charlie Who?
by Charles Krauthammer
January 16, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo p...
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