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The rule of law be damned
by Daniel Joy
July 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
For the second time in less than five years, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts departed from his clearly stated jurisprudential philosophy to save the so-called Affordable Care...
Constitution victorious in gay marriage ruling
by Kevin Foley
July 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court said the United States Constitution is the law of the land, not the Bible. I don’t doubt those who oppose gays and lesbians marrying on religious grounds feel as ...
How to run the Peachtree by yourself
by Bill Lewis
July 02, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
I hadn’t been running long. Maybe three years. I started jogging because my bride had signed up for a half-marathon in Dayton, Ohio, where we were living right after we got married. Because she was...
State Supreme Court knocks it out of the park for Braves stadium
by Don McKee
July 02, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Chalk up another big win for Cobb Chairman Tim Lee and the Atlanta Braves — and Cobb County. The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled — unanimously — that the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Aut...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of July 2
by Damon Poirier
July 01, 2015 01:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Marines, a cave rescue, Lockheed, an atom smasher and a tornado.
Former UGA president heads back to Malibu and all is well
by Dick Yarbrough
July 01, 2015 12:46 AM | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor, effective...
Everything you think you know about Republicans and climate change is wrong
by Mark Reynolds
July 01, 2015 12:44 AM | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Here’s what we know about climate change: 97 percent of climate scientists are convinced, based upon the evidence, that human-caused global warming is happening. The popular narrative in the media ...
Graduation advice before classes begin
by Judy Elliott
June 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
We’re ahead of the curve! With seniors’ graduation gowns and mortar boards packed away for another day, students in the South have celebrated, taken their beach trips and found summer jobs or start...
Education: How we got to where we are
by Roger Hines
June 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
More and more we are viewing education as a commodity. I worry. By definition, a commodity is anything bought and sold, any article of commerce. A commodity can also be defined as a product, or mor...
Don’t give in to wedge-mongering
by Nelson Price
June 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Much is said of our national diversity. Indeed we are a diverse society. However, there is a better word to use. The word is unity. It, too, indicates we are different. Diversity speaks of those th...
The Confederate Flag should remain in place
by Lance Lamberton
June 28, 2015 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
In the wake of the horrific murders that recently took place in Charleston, a loud and growing chorus, including the editorial page of this newspaper, is calling for the removal of the Confederate ...
Sharing these pages with Kinney was an honor
by Dick Yarbrough
June 27, 2015 12:07 AM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
If somebody threw a birthday party in my honor and asked local dignitaries to show up and say nice things about me, we could most likely hold the event in a broom closet and still have enough room ...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of June 25
by Damon Poirier
June 26, 2015 03:40 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at Leo Frank, rapid transit, melons, Whitlock Avenue, the Tritt family and Lockheed.
No racism to see here ... move along
by Kevin Foley
June 26, 2015 12:26 AM | 14 14 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“I wish I was in the land of cotton / old times there are not forgotten ...” One of my colleagues once interviewed the late Gov. Lester Maddox at his home. This was when the debate was raging over ...
Charleston is in the Low Country, but is demonstrating high values
by Bob Barr
June 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
After even a few minutes walking the historic streets of Charleston, South Carolina, it becomes clear why the city is revered by so many. Charleston’s rich history, world-class culinary offerings, ...
‘Disunion flag’ coming down across once-Confederate states
by Don McKee
June 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
It was called the “disunion flag.” In June 1860 amid rising secession fervor, southern Democrats chose a presidential ticket of John C. Breckenridge of Kentucky and Joseph Lane of Oregon on a platf...
How about some new symbols for South Carolina’s flag?
by Bill Lewis
June 24, 2015 11:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
After the shooting tragedy in a Charleston church last week, there’s been a lot of talk in South Carolina about removing the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capital. It has been sugg...
Five young men define a successful life
by Dick Yarbrough
June 24, 2015 12:47 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely bef...
‘Castrating police’ won’t eliminate what’s fueling rage
by Melvyn L Fein
June 22, 2015 12:17 AM | 6 6 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
During the 1960s, black rage was a serious topic of discussion. The cities were burning, the Black Panthers threatened to take Mississippi out of the union, and ordinary blacks seethed with indigna...
Father’s Day finds columnist’s Dad slowly slipping
by Joe Kirby
June 21, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“He’s slipping!” That’s what my Dad used to say after he’d come across an older friend or relative who had begun a mental decline. “He’s slipping!” Now, it’s my Dad who, at age 92, has “started sli...
Questions still abound about BRT
by Ron Sifen
June 21, 2015 12:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
With controversy continuing about a proposed $494 million Connect Cobb Bus Rapid Transit line up the Cobb Parkway corridor, I have several questions regarding communications and claims that Cobb Co...
Blessed are those with a father like Joseph
by Nelson Price
June 21, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
An anxious mother called the church office to report that her son, who had the role of Joseph in the forthcoming drama, was sick with the flu. The play director responded, “It is too late to get an...
Saving the spirit of America one story at a time
by Roger Hines
June 21, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
You have never heard anybody argue that what the country needs is literature, but as the saying goes, somebody’s got to say it. Yes, America needs poetry and stories. Also songs, or better songs th...
Lee’s chief deputy has a bucket full of challenges
by Dick Yarbrough
June 20, 2015 12:13 AM | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Perhaps you read the text message exchange between Cobb Commission Chair Tim Lee and Comm. Bob Ott in Friday’s MDJ “Chatterbox” column. Ott, who is a Delta Air Lines pilot, was out of the country w...
Media hides facts, call everyone else a liar
by Ann Coulter
July 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
When Donald Trump said something not exuberantly enthusiastic about Mexican immigrants, the media’s response was to boycott him. One thing they didn’t do was produce any facts showing he was wrong....
The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history
by Charles Krauthammer
July 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist ...
Fanning the flames of another black church arson hoax
by Michelle Malkin
July 02, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
America is still reeling from the horrific Charleston, S.C., massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that claimed the lives of nine innocent people. The last thing the community and ...
America’s glorious failures
by Roger Simon
July 02, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Note to Readers: This award-winning column was written July 4, 1976, and has been reprinted every year since. I have done some pretty awful things in the name of journalism. I have rushed up to int...
Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged
by George Will
July 02, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretati...
Quo Vadis, America?
by Patrick Buchanan
July 02, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
“Natural law — God’s law — will always trump common law,” said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, “God will have the final word in this matte...
Supreme Court lets Obama administration say words don’t mean what they say
by Michael Barone
July 01, 2015 12:48 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
For most people, words mean what they say. But not necessarily for a majority of Supreme Court justices in two important decisions handed down Thursday. In the most prominent, King v. Burwell, Chie...
Conservative glad Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage
by Eric Harrison
July 01, 2015 12:41 AM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
“Conservative.” It’s a funny word, with a myriad of meanings. All of which are dependent on who you are talking to at the moment. I’ve always thought of conservatives as wanting a limited governmen...
Obama’s lonely road
by Froma Harrop
June 29, 2015 10:07 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Americans were perilously close to losing their right to health care when the Supreme Court offered a reprieve. Few were more grateful than the conservative politicians who had been railing against...
Same-sex marriage is only the beginning
by Cal Thomas
June 29, 2015 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North A...
Damaging doctrine
by George Will
June 29, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court’s complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS’ disregard of the statute’s plain and purposeful language. But the...
New poll backs desire to leave Confederate flag in the rear-view mirror
by Matt Towery
June 29, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
This is not the first time I’ve opined on the Confederate flag issue. But hopefully it is the last. As a Southerner whose roots in Georgia run way before the Civil War on both my mother’s and fathe...
Love and Hate in Dixie
by Patrick Buchanan
June 29, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you.” So said Nadine Collier, who lost her mother in the massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, offering forgivenes...
First the flag, then the guns
by Bill Press
June 29, 2015 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Who says things can’t change in politics? We just learned, again, that they can — and fast! Ten days ago, you couldn’t find a politician in the South who had anything bad to say about the Confedera...
Media targeting conservatives who assimilate
by Michelle Malkin
June 29, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
I have had enough of smug liberal elites wrapped in their “Celebrate Diversity” banners tearing down minority conservatives. Look in the mirror, media and academia bigots. Your own reflexive racism...
White-on-black violence freakishly rare in U.S., except in liberal imaginations
by Ann Coulter
June 26, 2015 12:27 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston by an evil psycho is a hideous thing. The case is especially sickening because the victims were chosen specifically because of their race. Thank God ...
Facing a changing world balance, Obama makes odd choices
by Michael Barone
June 26, 2015 12:25 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Is the world back to where it was around the year 1800? One could come to that conclusion after reading British historian John Darwin’s recent book “After Tamerlane,” which assesses the rises and f...
On lowering the flag
by Charles Krauthammer
June 26, 2015 12:22 AM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this mea...
New York Times right to probe Rubio
by Mark Shields
June 25, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — who, according to polls of Republican voters nationally, wins higher favorable and lower unfavorable ratings than any of the potential 2016 presidential candidates — has ...
Some questions for candidate Clinton
by George Will
June 24, 2015 11:52 PM | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillary Clinton’s reticence is drowning out her message, which is that she is the cure for the many ailments that afflict America during a second Democratic presidential term. Sen. Charles Schumer,...
Hillary showing weakness in important states
by Michael Barone
June 24, 2015 12:49 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Hillary Clinton has relaunched her campaign on Roosevelt Island with a 4,687-word speech. But it’s not clear whether she and her husband, Bill Clinton, can win four presidential elections as Frankl...
Dolezal acting like child-abuse victim
by Tina Dupuy
June 24, 2015 12:27 AM | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In the wake of the Duggar molestation scandal and now the quirky case of Rachel Dolezal, one thing is clear: We as a public don’t know what child abuse looks like. The CDC estimates one in four Ame...
The South Carolina Statehouse flag? Take it Down
by Kathleen Parker
June 24, 2015 12:26 AM | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late Monday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds. It was the right thing to do and, to many of us, lon...
Too many still going to ER first
by Froma Harrop
June 22, 2015 08:32 PM | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
On a recent Saturday morning, I drove a good friend from her health club to an emergency room at a nearby hospital. Her symptoms — not remembering what she had just done and repeating herself — spo...
Families of Charleston shooting victims are displaying amazing grace
by Cal Thomas
June 22, 2015 08:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr. It is such a rare act that most do not know how to respond,...
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