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MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Feb. 11
by Damon Poirier
February 14, 2016 01:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a gas plant, a bomb threat, Viet Nam, parking meters and a hostage situation.
Amendment would give crime victims equal rights
by Don Parsons
February 13, 2016 11:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
When a violent crime occurs in Georgia, the public hears the story of the perpetrator in the local news. However, in the aftermath, victims and their families receive little attention, if any, as t...
Campaigning against heroin
by Rebecca Johnston
February 13, 2016 11:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire made heroin a top issue on which to stump in days leading up to Tuesday’s primary there. The campaign trail helped shed a light on the deadly is...
Support may be a little shaky
by Bill Lewis
February 13, 2016 11:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Ah, the fickle fingers of New Hampshire voters. Slogging through storms, they maintained their exalted place as primary numero uno, marking ballots for the anti-establishment duo of Donald Trump an...
Washington’s faith in God should not be overlooked
by Nelson Price
February 13, 2016 11:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
In celebrating Presidents Day consider our first president. George Washington was a great military strategist though he lost almost every battle. He lost them technically, but not tactically. We te...
Retired physicians dinner good place for coming-out party
by Dick Yarbrough
February 12, 2016 11:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
This has been a good week. The Woman Who Shares My Name had her coming-out party on Thursday. Three-and-a-half months after a fall that required surgery, an extended hospital stay, several weeks in...
Establishment (Finally) Rebukes GOP’s ‘Angry Reactionaries’
by Kevin Foley
February 11, 2016 11:20 PM | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
It began five minutes after Barack Obama was sworn into office. Out of nowhere, crowds of mostly white, angry, middle-aged people were demanding “their” country back, as though Sen. John McCain had...
Georgia surge in online registration: Prelude to a record voter turnout?
by Don McKee
February 11, 2016 11:09 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Georgia has set a record in online voter registration ahead of the March 1 presidential primary, indicating a turnout of major proportions. That would follow the pattern of record turnouts for Repu...
Hole or no hole
by Pete Borden
February 10, 2016 11:18 PM | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin must really love the Historic Review Board. They just took possession of the hole at 77 North Park Square. Prior to that, it had been owned by Mayor Tumlin and the city ...
Legislators shooting to beat plowshares into pistols
by Dick Yarbrough
February 09, 2016 11:15 PM | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again. Georgia’s version of Wyatt Earp was the chief gunslinger in getting a bill passed in 2014 that was intended to let us lock-and-load most ...
Insiders vs. outsiders
by Melvyn L Fein
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
According to the conventional wisdom, the candidates for the Republican nomination can be divided into two tracks: the insiders and the outsiders. It is further believed that given the angry mood o...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Feb. 4
by Damon Poirier
February 07, 2016 01:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at some ads, annexations, TIME magazine, an evacuation and Civil War fortifications.
I got the point
by Charlie Sewell
February 06, 2016 11:25 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Sweet sixteen wasn’t so sweet years ago when I walked into our game room. The birthday party was supposed to be a rite of passage and our daughter’s first male/female social since first grade. Her ...
How about Buckeyes instead of Hawkeyes?
by Bill Lewis
February 06, 2016 11:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Have you ever been to Iowa? In case you weren’t in a campaign caravan this past year, it sits between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Not only is it known for landscapes of rolling plains and ...
New American Pathways welcomes refugees to Georgia
by Judy Elliott
February 06, 2016 11:23 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Deep breaths, people! With the hand-wringing and fear over the world-wide refugee crisis saturating the news, we need a calm and experienced voice to walk us through the process of entering this co...
Colorful Cobb: There are reasons for it
by Roger Hines
February 06, 2016 11:20 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Let’s talk family a bit, or community if you prefer. Because of the modern age we’re in, with its rapid-fire communications and fast moving screen images (even at the gasoline pump), we have all be...
Thanks for being my Valentine
by Nelson Price
February 06, 2016 11:19 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
It is time for America’s celebration of our festival of love called Valentine’s Day. The British started celebrating the event as early as 1446. A columnist in an American magazine wrote of it in 1...
Kiwanians put emphasis on academic excellence in Cobb
by Dick Yarbrough
February 05, 2016 10:27 PM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
In a recent letter to the editor, reader Ed Brooks asked why Cobb County high schools furnish this paper with photographs of students who have received athletic scholarships but not academic schola...
Lowering motorcyclist helmet age: Bad Bill Would Increase Deaths
by Don McKee
February 04, 2016 11:01 PM | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Every session of the Georgia legislature produces one or more really bad bills. This time House Bill 797 qualifies. It would exempt motorcyclists over age 18 from wearing helmets. The bill is autho...
North Carolina tax cuts hit middle class, public education
by Kevin Foley
February 04, 2016 10:49 PM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. When your only tool is a hammer, goes the old saw, everything looks like a nail. Georgia’s Republican lawmakers see...
In Iowa, signs of civil health
by George Will
February 03, 2016 11:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (“I drink my...
Online news: Should it be free or paid?
by J.K. Murphy
February 02, 2016 11:13 PM | 4 4 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Rebecca writes on the MDJ Facebook page: “A local paper that makes you buy a subscription to view any online content?? No thanks.” Eric wrote: “After needing to see one article on your website, it ...
Return of corn-fried shrimp is welcomed news
by Dick Yarbrough
February 02, 2016 11:12 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn’t quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick finding Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa in “Casablanca” (“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, s...
Idealism from Hell
by Melvyn L Fein
February 01, 2016 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
Many young people are idealists. They believe in social purity. As a consequence, millions of them intend to be warriors dedicated to pursuing public perfection. They hope to rescue the world from ...
There isn’t much left America agrees on
by Ann Coulter
February 11, 2016 11:18 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
There were a lot of long faces at Fox News Tuesday night, but there’s a silver lining for Marco Rubio. Now he can go be a bartender like his dad! (Have you heard him tell the story about his father...
TSA: Total Security Abyss
by Michelle Malkin
February 11, 2016 11:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
While a TSA agent pawed my hair bun this weekend, presumably on high alert for improvised explosive bobby pins, I pondered the latest news on the Somalia airplane terror attack. Intelligence offici...
New Hampshire’s Rebuke
by Michael Barone
February 11, 2016 11:15 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
New Hampshire voters issued a rebuke to conventional party leaders when they voted by large margins for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s primaries. But Sanders is not going to win the D...
Bloomberg vs. Trump?
by Patrick Buchanan
February 10, 2016 11:33 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on “Morning Joe,” said that he would welcome his “friend” Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race. Which is probably t...
Break the teeth-whitening monopoly
by George Will
February 10, 2016 11:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so. In coming days, the Supreme Court, by...
Kerry signals ‘crunch time’ on Syria
by David Ignatius
February 10, 2016 11:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria — in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire or begin moving toward “Plan B...
Vote for Hillary ... or else!
by Roger Simon
February 10, 2016 11:16 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Bernie Sanders looks like an unmade bed. He appears to buy his suits in thrift stores and then sleep in them for three or four days. His voice is somewhere between a rasp and a growl. On the stump,...
Our love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day
by Froma Harrop
February 09, 2016 11:22 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Valentine’s Day is upon us. And to think we are still recuperating from Groundhog Day. That’s February for you, a gray month of no big flashy celebrations, at least not until President’s Day. The b...
Bernie and Hillary’s America
by Cal Thomas
February 09, 2016 11:21 PM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Watching last Thursday’s debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight y...
How history shapes the New Hampshire primary
by Michael Barone
February 09, 2016 11:19 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Benning Wentworth is not a name you’ll run across in New Hampshire primary coverage. But he arguably did as much as anyone else to establish the political culture — or cultures — of America’s first...
Hillary’s golden tongue
by Kathleen Parker
February 09, 2016 11:18 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton’s allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump’s $1.5 million. But, of course Trump wouldn’t bother to part his lips ...
The Islamic State is still on the rise
by David Ignatius
February 08, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against the Islamic State. In the 18 months that the...
Conservatives shouldn’t throw around ‘Republican Obama’ label lightly
by Jonah Goldberg
February 08, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
“The Republican Obama.” That’s the new hot attack on Sen. Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz leveled the epithet at Rubio just days before the Iowa caucuses, which is a little ironic since Cruz has been called ...
The blurb heard ’round the world
by Bill Press
February 08, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Want a strange out-of-body experience? Try this one: sitting on the couch, watching TV, when suddenly — on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “ABC’s This Week” and CNN’s “Democratic Town Hall from Manchester,...
The Remainderman
by Patrick Buchanan
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Donald Trump won more votes in the Iowa caucuses than any Republican candidate in history. Impressive, except Ted Cruz set the new all-time record. And Marco Rubio exceeded all expectations by taki...
Financial Crisis Calls for Saudi Slowdown
by Matt Towery
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
For whatever reason, Wall Street has become obsessed, all of a sudden, with the price of crude oil. Of course there has been a glut in oil for well over a year, but analysts and investors saw no co...
The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong
by Charles Krauthammer
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official imp...
The Super Bowl’s 60 minutes of damage
by George Will
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Settling unhappily into his Super Bowl seat, Himalayan high behind the end zone, Joe spots an empty seat low and on the 50-yard line. He descends to it and asks the man seated next to him why the w...
Donald Trump: Sore loser
by Susan Estrich
February 07, 2016 10:00 PM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
It was the shortest speech anyone can remember him giving. He was clearly in a state of disbelief. How could it be? Whom could he fire? The great Donald had lost. It could not be true. He made it a...
Probing for clues in the Iowa Caucus numbers
by Michael Barone
February 04, 2016 10:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Now that the results of last Monday’s Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Will Donald Trump fail once again to receive the percentage he’s get...
And the Oscar for most stunning actress goes to ...
by Froma Harrop
February 04, 2016 10:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
We are here not to discuss the complex #OscarsSoWhite controversy but to address another sore point with perhaps similar origins: the #OscarsSoGorgeous phenomenon. At the risk of running afoul of s...
Heroin: Blame it on America
by Ann Coulter
February 04, 2016 10:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a liar. In 201...
Is a new era upon us?
by Patrick Buchanan
February 03, 2016 11:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going. Berni...
The lessons of Iowa
by David Ignatius
February 03, 2016 10:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone’s guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest of this year’s campaign: ali...
Only one thing can keep Trump from ultimate victory: DONALD TRUMP
by Roger Simon
February 03, 2016 10:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
They hate him; they really hate him. Donald Trump is not the golden boy he thought he was. He thought he could build an invincible campaign by combining media manipulation on one hand and nativist ...
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