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Nebraska billionaire behind bare-knuckle assault on Nunn
by Kevin Foley
August 01, 2014 04:00 AM | 7 7 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
With a net worth today of $1 billion and at age 73, I cannot imagine what Joe Ricketts is worried about. Or maybe I can. The founder of TD Ameritrade is fretting over the crumbs falling from his ta...
Woodruff creed makes the sky the limit in what one can achieve
by Don McKee
July 31, 2014 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
“There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” That statement has been the subject of this column in the past, and surely its principle is sorel...
Immigration and ‘the children’: Obama’s border crisis a setup and Georgia's not ready
by D.A. King
July 29, 2014 11:18 PM | 12 12 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
After three years of silence on immigration in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal fired off an angry letter to President Barack Obama last week concerning 1,154 illegal alien “unaccompanied minors” being se...
The U.S. Senate race: Trying to determine who is the 'real' outsider
by Dick Yarbrough
July 29, 2014 10:19 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office ...
Young women vote Democratic, and here’s why
by Melvyn L Fein
July 28, 2014 04:00 AM | 25 25 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
By almost universal consent — except on the extreme liberal left and among Democratic Party operatives — the War on Women is acknowledged to be as phony as a four-dollar bill. So why do young women...
The Cooper Harris case: Silence in face of injustice
by Allen B. Goodwin
July 26, 2014 11:40 PM | 22 22 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
I am quiet. But it hurts. I am without that settled feeling that usually overcomes me when I know my mouth is safely shut and my computer keyboard is asleep. I am quiet but unsettled. I need to wri...
Mourning the end of cursive writing
by Judy Elliott
July 26, 2014 11:36 PM | 7 7 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
I’ve been writing to my granddaughter, Kathryn, who’s at summer camp. Kathryn is named for my mother, so it’s fitting to put pen to paper, remembering a woman who kept in touch. My mother was a pos...
A tale of three cities: The importance of leadership
by Roger Hines
July 26, 2014 11:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Forty years ago this summer, my wife Nancy and I were driving north on Highway 41 from Marietta toward Kennesaw. About halfway there, I remarked to her, “We’re getting too far from Marietta.” We we...
Note to parents: All hands on deck!
by Nelson Price
July 26, 2014 11:23 PM | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Has America changed from the days of our Founders? The answer is an overwhelming yes. However, seeds are daily being planted that are sure to make an even more dramatic change. The seed sources are...
Remembering Bob Barr and Bill Byrne — up close and personal
by Dick Yarbrough
July 25, 2014 07:56 PM | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Tuesday night’s Republican runoff election was likely the last hurrah for two of Cobb County’s highest profile, and many times most controversial, political figures. Bob Barr served four terms in C...
Right-wing’s predictions on ACA never came true
by Kevin Foley
July 24, 2014 11:58 PM | 20 20 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The conservative media has all but stopped talking about the Affordable Care Act. Here’s why: It’s a big success. Early last year, Rush Limbaugh asked tea party Sen. Mike Lee of Utah why conservati...
One thing is certain: Next Georgia senator will be an outsider
by Don McKee
July 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
David Perdue swept metro Atlanta and nearly all of north Georgia in defeating longtime Congressman Jack Kingston for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambl...
Howls from Left’s ‘disparity lobby’ undercut by facts
by Dan Joy
July 23, 2014 09:53 PM | 7 7 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Over the last several years, the issue of income and wealth disparity has re-emerged as an issue of political importance. It constitutes the foundation of government programs whose purpose is the r...
Taxpayers on hook for mishandled ethics prob
by Dick Yarbrough
July 23, 2014 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experien...
When it comes to SPLOST and BRT, Cobb is still not playing straight
by Ron Sifen
July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Is Cobb attempting to trick voters into authorizing SPLOST dollars to be spent on components of the BRT, while trying to convince voters the BRT is not on the proposed new SPLOST? Cobb was telling ...
No reason not to question Obama patriotism
by Melvyn L Fein
July 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 11 11 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Winners, in order to be winners, must win. They must defeat their opponents. If they do, they gain a reputation for being winners. This then gets translated into respect and deference. On the other...
When cure is worse than disease don’t take the medicine
by Roger Hines
July 19, 2014 10:35 PM | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
“Read and comprehend literature at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band, independently and proficiently.” Say what? Yes, you read it correctly — if you made it to the period. Now ...
You won’t need a safety pin at a camp meeting
by Nelson Price
July 19, 2014 10:34 PM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Before I wrote my first book, a prominent author told me how to do it. He said get a great big safety pin and pin the seat of your pants to the chair and stay with it. He is so right. Writing is re...
MDJ columnist shooting blanks on economy
by Matt Nash
July 19, 2014 10:33 PM | 9 9 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Responding to Kevin Foley’s July 11 opinion piece, “‘Zillionaire” sees pitchforks if ‘glaring inequalities’ aren’t fixed,” I have to point out some glaring inaccuracies of Foley’s assertions. Namel...
Common Core stance key for candidate pick
by Pete Borden
July 19, 2014 10:32 PM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
In the upcoming primary runoffs and, of course, the November elections for school board members, in Cobb and all over the state, one of the primary focuses should be on the candidate’s stance on th...
Smyrna police officer credited with saving many lives
by Dick Yarbrough
July 18, 2014 10:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Smyrna Master Patrol Officer Darrell Nesbit is a hero, no matter how you define the term. You may have seen the story in the MDJ recently about the 16-year veteran saving the life of an 11-month-ol...
Cruz wants billionaire benefactors to pave paradise
by Kevin Foley
July 17, 2014 11:00 PM | 5 5 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
When I visit Montana, I always try to spend at least a day or two in Yellowstone National Park. I had the privilege of touring Yellowstone on a snowmobile last March and then again, a week ago, at ...
Rumors of recovery are greatly exaggerated
by Daniel Joy
July 17, 2014 01:43 AM | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
In his Friday column in the MDJ, Kevin Foley advances the argument that Barack Obama has engineered an economic recovery. Because 288,000 jobs were added in June, 2014, the Dow 30 reached record 17...
Tight political races signal long, hot political summer in Georgia
by Don McKee
July 17, 2014 01:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The two biggest political prizes in this year’s elections seem to be very much up for grabs and the campaign heavy artillery is firing away. New polls show U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston leading businessm...
Kerry the clueless
by Charles Krauthammer
July 31, 2014 07:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’...
Bipartisanship alive and well — but not in White House
by Michael Barone
July 31, 2014 07:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Bipartisanship is dead. That’s the conventional wisdom, and there’s a lot of evidence to support it. But there’s evidence to the contrary as well. On two important issues, veterans’ health and job ...
Conservative internationalist could find some running room
by George Will
July 30, 2014 09:51 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by...
Democrats have an impeachment fixation
by Jonah Goldberg
July 30, 2014 09:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — “Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support,” Nancy Pelosi wrote me. The House minority leader went on to explain that “for the first time in history, Congress v...
World War I: The not so 'great' war
by Cal Thomas
July 30, 2014 08:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
NEWBURY, England — World War I began as most wars do with patriotic fervor and predictions of a quick end. It lasted four years. While the match igniting the “war to end all wars” was lit by the as...
Children seeking asylum, finding aversion
by Tina Dupuy
July 30, 2014 08:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
I might be the only syndicated columnist in the country who was raised by the state. So when lawmakers and public pontificators discuss the welfare of unaccompanied minors who’ve been dropped on ou...
Sick? Some of you can stay home
by Catherine Rampell
July 29, 2014 11:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that’s a good thing. The Big Apple, you see, is joining a handfu...
Give low-income Americans exit option from Social Security
by Star Parker
July 29, 2014 10:16 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. But as we become bogged down in our many problems, I see, unfortunately, a mentality in which we are becoming increasingly ...
What scares America about the child migrants
by Froma Harrop
July 29, 2014 12:20 AM | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The numbers are small for a large country like the U.S., but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border. People are merging this special case invo...
Lowry’s ‘The Giver’: A portent of what might be?
by Cal Thomas
July 29, 2014 12:19 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn’t alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood. Entertainment Weekly calls gr...
Still fighting: The Delphi workers Obama robbed
by Michelle Malkin
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and “workplace innovation.” But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of...
If voters act like financial markets, the GOP could have a tough November
by Matt Towery
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
As of late July, we see major conflicts that have flared up in Iraq, the Ukraine and in the ongoing escalating attack on Israel. New home sales remain mediocre. Millennials, who helped elect Barack...
When it comes to the death penalty, columnist is all over the map
by Susan Estrich
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
I will readily admit I have been all over the map when it comes to the death penalty. As a young lawyer and law professor, I was opposed to it. Actually, it was easy to be against it. The evidence ...
Is Putin worse than Stalin? No — so we should stay engaged
by Patrick Buchanan
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine. After the “kulaks,” the independent farmers, had been liquidated in the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, a genocidal famine was impo...
GOP ignoring lessons of 1994
by Bill Press
July 28, 2014 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
President John F. Kennedy was fond of quoting the philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Indeed, Santayana’s advice makes so much sense you’d...
Eyes on the prize: Question for tea party: Why shouldn’t Republicans ask blacks for their votes?
by Ann Coulter
July 24, 2014 11:37 PM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
When a U.S. president is using the IRS to terrify his political enemies, destroying American health care and opening our southern border to millions of future welfare-collecting, Democratic voters ...
The vacant presidency
by Charles Krauthammer
July 24, 2014 08:51 PM | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached....
Some optimism in a troubled world
by David Ignatius
July 24, 2014 08:49 PM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The world has been so chaotic lately it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers — involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran — that avoided what could have been...
California gubernatorial hopeful could prove to be Goldwater 2.0
by George Will
July 23, 2014 09:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barr...
Will GOP’s blabbermouths wake Democrats up?
by Froma Harrop
July 23, 2014 09:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans’ ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is ...
False equivalence: ‘Crossfire culture’ puts Israel in public opinion’s crosshairs
by Susan Estrich
July 23, 2014 09:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The “crossfire” mentality that defines public discourse today has the obvious problem of ignoring the fact that most of us land somewhere in the middle, turning every debate into a shouting contest...
Racial politics may determine who controls Senate
by Star Parker
July 23, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It is no accident that rhetoric about race has been ramping up at a time when racial politics can be the key determinant for control of the Senate this year. At least three states — North Carolina,...
The day of the hawk: Beware: U.S. has little to gain from confrontation
by Patrick Buchanan
July 22, 2014 08:09 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Gadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan’s raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was m...
Limousine liberalism’s good works
by Catherine Rampell
July 22, 2014 08:07 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality? I’ve been thinking about this in light of the derision the Clintons are facing for charging six-figure speaking f...
Time to end U.S. aid to Palestinian Authority
by Cal Thomas
July 22, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
The anti-Semitic “tradition” of blaming Jews for the world’s problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Major n...
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