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When is the right time to stop driving?
by Charlie Sewell, columnist
March 03, 2015 12:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Why are there no laws in the United States that impose a maximum driving age? The fact of the matter is some people can’t drive worth a toot regardless of their age. Being fit to drive has more to ...
Fire with fire: ‘Truth’ the truth only if it’s known
by Melvyn L Fein
March 01, 2015 11:05 PM | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Can the Republican Congress defund Obama’s immigration initiative? Can the bill financing the Department of Homeland Security be so crafted that it includes all of the department’s programs—except ...
An Oscar-winner’s speech worth staying up to watch
by Bill Lewis
February 28, 2015 10:41 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Full disclosure: I did not watch the Academy Awards presentation live. I recorded it. By zipping through the commercials, I figured I could get through the whole show in less than half an hour vs. ...
Facts put Crusades in a different light
by Nelson Price
February 28, 2015 10:20 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
At the annual prayer breakfast in Washington D.C., our president focused attention on misdeeds of Christians during the Crusades. Lamentably there were many involving Christians. They are not to be...
American, soldier, friend and a Georgian to be proud of
by Roger Hines
February 28, 2015 10:20 PM | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
If war is hell, Cherokee County resident Michael Conley has had more than his share. Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked that the hell of war is that it takes our best to do our worst, a reference to...
If Braves complex gets annexed, can Cobb be far behind?
by Dick Yarbrough
February 27, 2015 11:20 PM | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Uh. Oh. This could be bad. Really bad. State Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) wants to annex into the City of Atlanta the 60 acres in Cobb County upon which will sit Sun Trust Park, the new home of t...
Scott Walker position still evolving on evolution
by Kevin Foley
February 26, 2015 10:00 PM | 23 23 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Asked recently if he accepts the theory of evolution, presumptive GOP presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said he would rather “…punt on that one. That’s a question a politician s...
HB 170 back in committee as legislators grope for solution
by Don McKee
February 26, 2015 04:00 AM | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
House Bill 170, the proposed tax hike for transportation needs, has run into a few problems on its way to the floor and has been recommitted to the Transportation Committee after sailing out of tha...
A president wants war powers. Will Congress be fooled again
by Bob Barr
February 23, 2015 08:32 PM | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
When the House and Senate reconvene this week following their Presidents Day recess, one of the hot topics of debate will be the request laid at their doorsteps earlier this month by President Obam...
‘Incompetent narcissist’ mugs for Internet
by Melvyn L Fein
February 22, 2015 11:15 PM | 8 8 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
Did you see Barack Obama’s selfie on Buzzfeed? I did and I was appalled. Here was the president of the United States behaving in a most undignified manner. We are regularly asked to respect his off...
GOP listening to big biz, not voters
by D.A. King
February 21, 2015 08:23 PM | 18 18 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
“If we continue to allow illegal immigrants access to all these services, we will be flooded." — Future Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on driver’s licenses and other public benefits going to illeg...
Permanent records, haunting us for life
by Judy Elliott
February 21, 2015 08:21 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in 1974, and amended several times, is new to me. It gives students the right to see their educational records. And if students do no...
The memory movie: Republicans and race in the South
by Barbara Donnelly Lane, Columnist
February 21, 2015 08:19 PM | 5 5 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
I was walking to lunch with former Democratic Congressman Buddy Darden of Marietta when a gentleman stopped us to remark on the movie “Selma.” Filmed in part in Georgia, it had just opened in theat...
Taking the gospel to the ends of the earth
by Nelson Price
February 21, 2015 08:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
We just returned from the beautiful black and white frozen world of Antarctica. We sailed from Valparaiso, Chile aboard the Holland America ship The Zaandam. Our route took us along the coast to Ch...
Nanny state waxes while our representative government wanes
by Roger Hines
February 21, 2015 08:07 PM | 7 7 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Today in our national life, there is a growing number of things that are very hard to take. I’ll be specific and name three. These three trends illustrate the direction toward which the country has...
Bridging the religion gap — or trying to, at least
by Dick Yarbrough
February 21, 2015 12:00 AM | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
President Obama this week suggested that Muslims need to do more to distance themselves from radical Islamic terrorists (my term, not his.) I’m ahead of him on this one. Next weekend, I am meeting ...
A Humanitarian ‘Crisis’: But leaders focused on stadium instead
by Kevin Foley
February 20, 2015 01:00 AM | 21 21 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
I once had the privilege of meeting the late S. Truett Cathy. The founder of Chick-fil-A impressed me as a man who never forgot where he came from. In addition to his business model, I always admir...
Hike taxes on tobacco and strike blow for transportation and health
by Don McKee
February 19, 2015 12:15 AM | 1 1 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
Why not hike the tax on cigarettes to raise money for Georgia transportation projects? State Sen. Chuck Hutstetler (R-Rome) proposes increasing the tax on tobacco to not only help pay for roads and...
Georgians could face winter power shortages under ‘Clean Power Plan’
by Terry Jarrett
February 18, 2015 10:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Right now, Georgia gets 34 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants. But what would happen if the state were suddenly forced to seek all of its electricity from other sources? Could ...
Jekyll Authority decides to hold its fire, and the deer cheer
by Dick Yarbrough
February 17, 2015 08:18 PM | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
If you are a supercilious liberal you-know-what or a sanctimonious Bible thumper, I have some good news for you. I am giving you both the week off. Enjoy it while you can. I will be back. Today, I ...
Big Brother, Little Brother own us now
by Narayan Sengupta
February 17, 2015 08:15 PM | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
We have created a Big Brother/Little Brother/Foreign Brother nation. Imagine you use or are exposed to any of the following: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, credit cards, bank cards, Google, cell phon...
50 shades of abuse: Book, movie set stage for future victims
by Lauren Jones
February 17, 2015 08:10 PM | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
He was perfect and he wanted me. He was debonair and handsome. He knew all the right things to say and do. He made me feel beautiful, something I rarely felt. He drove a really nice car and had an ...
Fund transportation to keep Georgia first for business
by Michael Paris and Tim Lowe
February 17, 2015 12:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
Georgia’s billion-dollar annual funding shortfall to adequately maintain and modernize our existing transportation system threatens our state’s economic competitiveness. With a whopping 54 percent ...
Obama’s message to America: No reason to be proud
by Melvyn L Fein
February 15, 2015 11:40 PM | 11 11 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
Many words have been spoken and a lot of ink spilled decrying Barack Obama’s admonition that Christians and Jews should get off their “high horse.” Muslims, we are told, are merely following in the...
Money: The first primary
by Susan Estrich
March 03, 2015 08:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Money is often called the first primary, because there’s nothing else out there to be officially judged by the FEC reports. There are no caucuses; there are no conventions; there is no voting. Real...
Hillary Clinton before the fall
by Roger Simon
March 03, 2015 08:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
I have been thinking about the sin of pride lately, not because I suffer from it but because it plays such a large role in politics. At this point, the potential Republican presidential field doesn...
Speech raised bar for Obama on Iran — a good thing
by David Ignatius
March 03, 2015 08:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress Tuesday. The problem is that he has now created ...
Israel’s Netanyahu should offer Obama a howling reproach
by Cal Thomas
March 02, 2015 09:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The White House opposes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Congress, but not because the speech has political implications, coming as it does just two weeks before Israel’s March...
Open Internet survives weird politics
by Froma Harrop
March 02, 2015 09:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn’t supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republica...
Minding the (Coverage) Gap
by David Bottoms
March 02, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
No doubt most of you are aware of the fact it is possible to earn too much to qualify for Affordable Care Act premium subsidies. But did you know it is possible to earn too little? Due to the fact ...
Is Liberalism exhausted?
by Jonah Goldberg
March 01, 2015 11:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it’s a sign th...
Breaking News: O’Reilly’s a liar
by Bill Press
March 01, 2015 11:03 PM | 7 7 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s a dangerous time to be on television. Big-time TV stars are keeling over, left and right. First, NBC’s Brian Williams, caught in a lie. And now Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. With one big difference...
Two lessons from the Court
by George Will
March 01, 2015 11:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. But this week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices’ task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona....
Jeb’s wife victimized by media’s unwarranted heat
by Matt Towery
March 01, 2015 11:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
What a coincidence. In a matter of one week, numerous national newspapers decided to “profile” Columba Bush, wife of former Florida Governor and now all but certain presidential candidate Jeb Bush....
CNN, DHS and the SPLC’s ‘blame-righty’ hit job
by Michelle Malkin
March 01, 2015 11:01 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a report on “right-wing” terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN’s hands last week during the farcical White House summit on Don’t Say I...
Radical Islam courting terror — one teen at a time
by Susan Estrich
February 28, 2015 10:40 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
When I was 15, my mother let me take the bus to Lynn, a small city about five miles from our house and two blocks from my father’s office. I was pretty pleased with myself because otherwise my inde...
For death by ISIS you have to go out; but illegal aliens deliver
by Ann Coulter
February 26, 2015 09:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
You can always tell the media are hiding something when they obsessively focus on Muslim atrocities someplace else in the world. Cable TV could cover Muslim atrocities 24 hours a day, seven days a ...
Political environment for 2016 has shifted
by Michael Barone
February 26, 2015 09:57 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well under way. Republican candidates are flocking to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while Hillary Clinton, in-between $200,000 speeches a...
Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaw
by Charles Krauthammer
February 26, 2015 09:55 PM | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
A sunset clause? The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It c...
Reversing Course in Illinois
February 26, 2015 12:00 AM | 5 5 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
CHICAGO — The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Ill...
Black Christians love Israel
by Star Parker
February 26, 2015 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
In April 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. landed in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, for violating a local injunction against demonstrations. Sitting in jail, he learned that local white clergy advised ag...
Hanging Rudy out to dry:
by Patrick Buchanan
February 24, 2015 10:54 PM | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Back in 1987, this writer was invited by friends to advise them on a press conference they had called to oppose President Reagan’s signing of an INF treaty to remove all nuclear missiles from Europ...
Scott Walker stoops to pander
by Dana Milbank
February 24, 2015 10:52 PM | 4 4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — “I don’t know.” Thus proclaimed Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential hopeful, when asked by The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Robert Costa whether Presiden...
Israel has reason to be wary of Obama’s Iran-nuke deal
by David Ignatius
February 24, 2015 08:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — The public rift between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue is often described as a personality dispute. But a senior Israeli official ar...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Feb. 26
by Damon Poirier
February 24, 2015 02:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at the PECO strike, a jail break, integration, church vandalism and Newt Gingrich.
Who loves America? We should debate policies, not motives
by Cal Thomas
February 23, 2015 08:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat — and winning praise in some quarters — for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Obam...
Boston deserves its trial
by Susan Estrich
February 23, 2015 08:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Today’s issue is whether the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombing, delayed already, should be moved out of Boston. No way. How can a former president of the Civil Liberties Un...
Silly denials of Islamic terrorism bring a silver lining
by Jonah Goldberg
February 22, 2015 11:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
“Could this argument be any dumber?” That’s how I began a column over a month ago in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. My point was that by making it an ideological priority to deny the Islami...
Would you want a dropout as president?
by Bill Press
February 22, 2015 11:13 PM | 4 4 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, here goes. I’ve no doubt that this column will probably generate more hate mail than any other I’ve written, much of it from my own friends. Maybe even my wife. But I’ll say it right up front: ...
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