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What’s happened to our moral compass?
by Kevin Foley
December 18, 2014 11:53 PM | 5 5 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s the time of year when we celebrate Jesus of Nazareth’s birth and the lessons He taught us. I am particularly mindful of Matthew 25:34-36 at Christmastime: “Then the king will say to those at h...
Finally, Savannah Harbor project may go forward
by Don McKee
December 18, 2014 12:08 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Finally, the vital Savannah Harbor expansion-deepening project is supposed to have the way clear for federal funding, with work expected to start early next year. The $706-million project got a tok...
Islam the enemy, or fear of unknown?
by Khalid A. Hashmi, guest columnist
December 17, 2014 11:09 PM | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The Kennesaw City Council changed its decision to deny a land use permit to Suffa Dawat Center allowing establishing a mosque to serve this area’s Muslims. This news sent shock-waves to some. It be...
Friendships are truly the gift that keeps on giving
by Dick Yarbrough
December 16, 2014 09:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Maybe it’s the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships. Friendships are alwa...
Georgia at crossroads on transportation funding
by Edward Lindsey
December 15, 2014 07:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Let’s get real about transportation. We are at a crossroads. Do we step up and face our current challenge or do we allow this vital infrastructure to decay and fall further behind our present and f...
Why are liberals so bloodthirsty, irrational?
by Melvyn L Fein
December 14, 2014 10:04 PM | 12 12 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Almost 100 years ago, Leo Frank was taken from his Milledgeville prison cell to be hanged from an oak tree in Marietta. Frank was almost certainly innocent of killing Mary Phagan, but that did not ...
Checking in on ‘Dr. Phil,’ Cobb’s ‘northwest passage,’ Bulldogs
by Roger Hines
December 13, 2014 09:50 PM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Another cheer for Dr. Phil. There are two famous Dr. Phils, but the one most Cobb and Cherokee County voters know best was duly honored recently at the monthly Cobb GOP breakfast. Having the govern...
Winds of opportunity had blown precisely in ‘fullness of time’
by Nelson Price
December 13, 2014 09:49 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Christmas is the largest holiday celebration of the year and therefore deserves attention. Its origin centers around the birth of Jesus, but when was that? The exact date isn’t known. Our calendar ...
Henry and the ‘spirits’ of Christmas
by Judy Elliott
December 13, 2014 09:48 PM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
For the 20-odd years I lived in Alabama, the greenery decorating the Episcopal Church at Christmas came from a white-columned house overlooking the town. Two rows of boxwoods, older than I was, fra...
‘Good little boy’ tries to ensure Santa has all the facts
by Dick Yarbrough
December 13, 2014 12:17 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Santa Claus: I know you are busy getting stuff together for good little girls and boys, and I hate to bother you with a personal matter but I need to explain something to you before you finish...
Torture report exposes ‘stain’ on U.S. honor
by Kevin Foley
December 11, 2014 08:32 PM | 5 5 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Washington – Army Capt. Robert Smith of Marietta, Georgia returned home tonight after eight months. He escaped his ISIS captors last Tuesday and was rescued by Navy SEALS in the Syrian desert. Smit...
Body-worn cameras are asset for police and people being policed
by Don McKee
December 11, 2014 12:10 AM | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
What would have happened if Officer Darren Wilson had been wearing a camera during the encounter that ended with him fatally shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri? Answer: the video would ha...
Get facts and get off Kennesaw’s back
by Pete Borden
December 10, 2014 08:25 PM | 14 14 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
The people of Kennesaw are taking a verbal beating, on a national basis, for a decision made by the member of the Kennesaw city council. They are being called bigots, and worse. They stand accused ...
Columnist admits he might have been wrong on charter schools
by Dick Yarbrough
December 09, 2014 09:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
You may recall I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools...
Establishment House GOPers set on amnesty
by D.A. King
December 08, 2014 08:48 PM | 7 7 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Recently in this space, I included a view about the possibility of the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passing a hybrid “Cromnibus” budget bill that would involve funding of the fe...
Liberals’ racial permissiveness has backfired
by Melvyn L Fein
December 07, 2014 08:03 PM | 3 3 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
You’ve seen it. Perhaps in a supermarket or on a plane a small child throws a tantrum. Then his mother seeks to appease him by giving in to little Johnny’s every whim. No matter what he asks, she p...
Lock your car to help deter thieves
by Charlie Sewell, columnist
December 07, 2014 12:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
To lock, or not to lock, that is the question. Whether ’tis wiser to suffer the loss of a $20.00 4GB MP3 player or pay $200.00 to $300.00 to replace a broken car window. This takeoff on a passage f...
Refuting Ferguson: Homelessness, goodwill and race
by Roger Hines
December 06, 2014 09:01 PM | 4 4 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
Thanksgiving morning, my daughter-in-law and I drove to Atlanta to join approximately 100 total strangers in hitting the streets. I wish that the Irreverend Al Sharpton and the Eternal Presence Jes...
Hanukkah celebration based on inspiring history
by Nelson Price
December 06, 2014 09:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
This season of the year, the Jewish community celebrates the Feast of Lights, known as Hanukkah or Chanukah. Though it is not a Bible-based holiday, it is based on an inspiring aspect of Jewish his...
Christianity used as weapon by Kennesaw mosque opponents
by Danielle Longamore
December 06, 2014 08:54 PM | 49 49 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Hello, America! I am a natural citizen. I am an “Army brat” and I am a Religious Studies student. I was raised Catholic. I work full time and I give my time to charity as much as possible. I was ta...
Beware: The calorie counters are coming!
by Bill Lewis
December 06, 2014 08:53 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Ask anyone who has ever worked behind the counter or a drive-thru window at a “convenient dining establishment” (known pre-PC as a “fast-food restaurant”), and he/she will probably describe to you ...
Multi-tasking commissioner says it’s all about priorities
by Dick Yarbrough
December 05, 2014 11:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
You may not agree with every decision Cobb County’s 2nd District Commissioner Bob Ott makes — heck, there are a few rare souls who don’t agree with everything I write, mind-blowing as that may seem...
Solution offered for flood of illegal immigrants
December 05, 2014 12:55 AM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
By Fletcher Thompson Your editorial Nov. 23 exposed President Obama’s hypocrisy associated with his plans to use executive action to grant partial amnesty to five or more million illegals residing ...
It’s time to talk about hate
by Kevin Foley
December 05, 2014 12:52 AM | 24 24 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The same week Pope Francis prayed with the Grand Mufti in Istanbul’s majestic Blue Mosque to encourage harmony and dialogue between Christians and Muslims, on the flimsiest of grounds imaginable, t...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Dec. 18
by Damon Poirier
December 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at a land deal, a dog pound, an asphalt explosion, a stolen car, pay phones and a toxic spill.
Obama swinging for the fences
by David Ignatius
December 19, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The nadir for President Obama’s foreign policy was probably last April. His Republican critics were calling him “weak” and “indecisive” after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. A deflated Ob...
With feminists, either you lose or the game was rained out
by Ann Coulter
December 18, 2014 11:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
In response to the total implosion of Rolling Stone’s preposterous story about a fraternity gang-rape at the University of Virginia, the media have reverted to their Soviet-style reporting. They’re...
How to Fight Lone Wolf
by Charles Krauthammer
December 18, 2014 12:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — ...
Supreme Court will decide a Texas-sized plate fight
by George Will
December 17, 2014 11:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might...
Let’s get government out of the charity business
by Star Parker
December 17, 2014 11:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The story is told that when Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett served in the US Congress (between 1827 and 1835) he voted for a bill appropriating $20,000 for relief for victims of a fire that br...
Time to update rules of war
December 17, 2014 11:08 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric, one Man Haron Monis. He was an Iranian refuge...
Don’t look for focus on abortion in ’16
by Michael Barone
December 16, 2014 10:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Americans are divided politically along cultural, not economic, lines. Partisan preference is highly correlated with views on non-economic issues and only loosely related to economic status. This i...
(Burp!) here comes Mitt: The acid reflux candidate
by Roger Simon
December 16, 2014 10:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Mitt Romney has become the acid reflux candidate. He just keeps coming back up. There has been poll after poll, story after story, and now, over the weekend, a “Ready for Romney” website has emerge...
Talk about a wildfire ...
by Kathleen Parker
December 16, 2014 09:12 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — First there’s the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie. Call it “Moonlight Fire,” and prepare to suspend disbelief. The story is a dooz...
Conservative votes; liberal victories: Why does political right have so little to show for its wins?
by Patrick Buchanan
December 15, 2014 07:01 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Brought before a House inquisition, MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber burbled a recantation of his beliefs about how that triumph of liberalism had been achieved. Yet, something...
Do you vote what you drink?
by Froma Harrop
December 15, 2014 06:59 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones? That voters who skew most Republican fav...
We’re all against torture, but sometimes the real world gets a veto
by Jonah Goldberg
December 14, 2014 10:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
For a long time I resisted the word “torture” when discussing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used against high-value captives in the war on terror. I don’t think I can do that anymore. The...
Who will be held responsible for torture?
by Bill Press
December 14, 2014 10:02 PM | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
We’ve never seen anything like it. Reporters almost ran out of adjectives for the kinds of torture carried out by the CIA, as described in the Senate Intelligence Committee report released this wee...
What ’14 means for ’16
by Michael Barone
December 14, 2014 10:01 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The defeat of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in last weekend’s Louisiana runoff ends an election year that has been very successful for Republicans — and has implicat...
Oil prices have suddenly dropped, but don't be fooled
by Matt Towery
December 14, 2014 10:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
So the price of oil suddenly plummets by more than 40 percent from June of this year to early December. Suddenly oil-related stocks are taking a dive, and all manner of experts are proclaiming that...
The Left’s cop-killing cult of Larry Davis
by Michelle Malkin
December 14, 2014 09:59 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign. It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of...
The cheerfulness of tax reform
by George Will
December 13, 2014 09:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” -- Mr. Mic...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Dec. 11
by Damon Poirier
December 13, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at WWI, Lockheed, spankings, Newt Gingrich, the Cobb Galleria Centre and Marietta High School football.
Heads: Rape-hoax hysterics win; Tails: Men falsely accused lose
by Ann Coulter
December 11, 2014 08:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Sorry this column is late. I got raped again on the way home. Twice. I should clarify — by “raped,” I mean that two seductive Barry White songs came on the radio, which, according to the University...
A Travesty of a report
by Charles Krauthammer
December 11, 2014 08:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein app...
Another intelligence failure
by David Ignatius
December 11, 2014 08:27 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s use of torture was immensely valuable. But it should have addressed Congress’ own failure to oversee these activities more effectively. By gi...
We’re suffering a plague of overcriminalization
by George Will
December 10, 2014 08:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
By history’s frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance. With the grand jury’...
EEOC has become the problem, not the solution
by Star Parker
December 10, 2014 08:54 PM | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
One of President Ronald Reagan’s most famous quips was that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” It is indeed sad that Amer...
Rape, reporting and regret
by Roger Simon
December 10, 2014 08:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
If your mother says she loves you, check it out. That’s what we were told; that’s what we were taught. City News Bureau of Chicago, my first job. Gritty stuff. Police, courts, fires, “floaters” fou...
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