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’Twas Just After Christmas, 2014 (with apologies, as always, to Clement Moore)
by Bill Lewis
December 27, 2014 10:33 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
‘Twas just after Christmas, but as it drew nigh, People were telling the old year goodbye. Twenty fourteen had its highs and its lows, A typical twelve months, as far as that goes. --- Of course th...
Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown!
by Judy Elliott
December 27, 2014 10:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
As Father Time brushes off his white robe, looking back on 2014 before his keeper of the calendar position is usurped by the New Year’s Baby, another “cultural icon,” more round in shape and with l...
Looking ahead by looking back
by Roger Hines
December 27, 2014 07:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
William Faulkner, the eminent Southern novelist, once remarked, “The past is not over yet.” William Shakespeare, 350 years earlier in his final play, said the same thing differently: “The past is p...
Enter maze of days in New Year with boldness
by Nelson Price
December 27, 2014 07:28 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Two cartoons come to mind as we face the New Year. One depicts a group of little fuzzy yellow ducklings walking through tall grass with their necks stuck out above it. The caption reads, “Go forth ...
Holding court with retiring Judge Jim Bodiford
by Dick Yarbrough
December 27, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
When I retired, I offered to share my extensive management experience with the Woman Who Shares My Name in the running of our household. It was then that she explained the organization chart to me....
Big hate in a small town — Kennesaw
by Kevin Foley
December 25, 2014 11:33 PM | 6 6 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Somaia is a Kennesaw resident who arrived in America 15 years ago from Egypt and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. She’s a single mother of three boys who runs a small business off Route 41. She o...
He lives ... in all we see
by Bill Kinney
December 24, 2014 06:47 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
EDITOR’S NOTE: At the height of the “Is God Dead?” controversy in the 1960s, now retired Marietta Daily Journal Editor Emeritus Bill Kinney wrote the following column, which first appeared on Chris...
I heard the bells ...
by Dan Valentine, Guest Columnist
December 24, 2014 05:55 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
1863 was a very bad year for renowned poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He had lost his wife Frances, who died in a fire. His oldest son, without his blessing, joined the Union Army to fight in the ...
I wish I had been there in Bethlehem
by Dick Yarbrough
December 23, 2014 09:37 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
These words are dedicated to the memory of my friend, the late Otis Brumby, Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, who encouraged me to run this column each Christmas season. It is also dedi...
Better U.S. as Cuba’s new partner than China
by Bob Barr
December 22, 2014 09:18 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Politics is full of contradictions — Republican presidents championing tax increases; their Democrat counterparts professing support for tough defense measures; liberals and conservatives claiming ...
Christmas cheer: Next two years to be quite rancorous
by Melvyn L Fein
December 21, 2014 09:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Christmas is the holiday of love. It is the time of the year when bygones are to be bygones and we are to join hands in shared amity. But not this year! Certainly not in the political arena — where...
Legacy of heroism prevails at site of Battle of the Bulge
December 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
The Battle of the Bulge, which began 70 years ago last Tuesday, is, along with Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Iwo Jima and perhaps one or two others, one of the shrinking handful of World War II battles whos...
Calling harsh interrogations ‘torture’ an insult and will cost American lives
by Mickey King
December 20, 2014 10:26 PM | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
I read Kevin Foley’s column on Dec. 12 (“Torture report exposes ‘stain’ on U.S. honor”) and it must be responded to. In the column, he created a fictitious Army officer that was taken prisoner and ...
Smile! You’re on a cop’s candid camera
by Bill Lewis
December 20, 2014 10:25 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
With the recent unpleasantness involving police action against citizens in several hotspots across the nation, a hue and cry has been raised by many to require the use of body cameras for all membe...
Why can’t every day be like Christmas?
by Roger Hines
December 20, 2014 09:46 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s Christmas again, which means we were granted another year. Ben Franklin was right: “Time is the stuff life is made of.” It behooves us to give thought to its swift passage. I get discouraged a...
Worship is giving God what He is due — our adoration
by Nelson Price
December 20, 2014 09:43 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
At the birth of Jesus Christ, Wise Men traveled over a thousand miles to bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child. Scripture assigns more than one use and symbolism to each o...
Annual report to the readers: It was a very good year
by Dick Yarbrough
December 20, 2014 12:11 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Reader: Once again, it is my privilege to present to you my annual report. To quote one of my favorite Frank Sinatra songs, “It was a very good year.” Any year that ends with me still sitting ...
What’s happened to our moral compass?
by Kevin Foley
December 18, 2014 11:53 PM | 13 13 comments | 5 5 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 | 7 7 comments | 5 5 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 | 4 4 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 | 16 16 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...
Blame game in NYC cop killings shows a demonization double standard
by Jonah Goldberg
December 28, 2014 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Going by objective standards of reason and fairness, Al Sharpton is not to blame for the assassination of two New York City cops over the weekend. Nor are New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Attorn...
Hollywood flunks the screen test
by Bill Press
December 28, 2014 09:33 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The plot was so bizarre it was hard to believe: The government of North Korea, offended by an adolescent comedy that jokes about assassinating Kim Jong-un, warns Americans not to go see the movie b...
A campus rape epidemic?
by Michael Barone
December 28, 2014 09:32 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The total discrediting of Rolling Stone’s story on rape at the University of Virginia has shined a light on one of the least palatable features of American life: the so-called epidemic of rape on c...
Hillary and Jeb: Time to declare independence
by Jill Lawrence
December 28, 2014 09:31 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
If you need proof that upward mobility in America is increasingly elusive, consider the prospect of a Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush presidential race. A second President Clinton or a third President Bus...
Jeb Bush: Waterboy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
by Michelle Malkin
December 28, 2014 09:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Allow me to unite America’s left, right and center in just three words: No, Jeb, No. Former GOP Florida governor Jeb Bush made the obvious official this week when he announced on Facebook that he’s...
Hurdles await for Jeb
by George Will
December 27, 2014 07:27 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
In 1968, a singularly traumatic year — assassinations, urban riots, 16,899 Americans killed in Vietnam — Vice President Hubert Humphrey, the ebullient Minnesotan, said his presidential campaign was...
Happy Kawanzaa! The holiday brought to you by the FBI
by Ann Coulter
December 25, 2014 11:36 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
I will not be shooting any Black Panthers this week because I am Kwanza-reform, and we are not that observant. Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 ...
Elizabeth Warren’s jihad
by David Ignatius
December 25, 2014 11:26 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
The revival of the U.S. financial system after the crash of 2008 is arguably the Obama administration’s biggest domestic policy success. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in her jihad against Wall Street,...
The war on cops
by Patrick Buchanan
December 25, 2014 11:24 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
“NYPD, KKK, How many kids did you kill today?” That was one of the chants of anti-police protesters in New York City. Another was, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” Well, the...
What if it’s true?
by Cal Thomas
December 24, 2014 06:50 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Suppose what some call the “Christmas story” is true — all of it, from the angels, to the shepherds, to the virgin birth, to God taking on human flesh. By this, I don’t mean to suggest it is true o...
Unzipping who’s behind Elizabeth Warren
by Froma Harrop
December 24, 2014 05:54 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
They like her style. Many liberals adore Elizabeth Warren’s populist passion for denouncing predatory conduct by Wall Street — and her linking it to growing income inequality. Though the senator fr...
Taking democracy for granted
by Anne Applebaum
December 24, 2014 05:52 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
LONDON — Imagine that you are a mother of a very poor family in Udaipur, India, and that you want to have your children immunized. But now imagine — as the economist Esther Duflo once demanded of a...
Ask Dr. Politics!
by Roger Simon
December 23, 2014 11:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear Dr. Politics: The column you wrote about Mitt Romney was vile and disgusting. Aren’t you afraid that the next time you see him, he will slap you silly? I hope he does. Reply: Writing mean thin...
Jeb and Hillary: Dynastic politics in U.S.?
by Michael Barone
December 23, 2014 11:10 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, Jeb Bush announced he was setting up a political committee to explore a presidential candidacy. Hillary Clinton has been exploring a presidential candidacy for months and perhaps years. ...
Hackers a gift for all the wrong reasons
by Kathleen Parker
December 23, 2014 09:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — If I were a cartoonist, a phrase cartoonists are loath to hear, I’d sketch a chubby imp donned in a diaper, sporting a chia mohawk and munching the last Big Mac on earth, while straddl...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Dec. 25
by Damon Poirier
December 23, 2014 04:30 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
This week’s Time Capsule looks at robberies, wrecks, an assault, McCollum Airport and handbills.
Cuba Libre! ‘I’m with the president on this one’
by Cal Thomas
December 22, 2014 09:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
Is it possible to hold two seemingly contradictory thoughts about the president’s decision to partially end the half-century embargo against Cuba? Can one agree with conservative critics, from Sen....
Pottersville goes online
by Froma Harrop
December 22, 2014 09:14 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
What is it that makes the holiday movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” feel so ancient? It’s the relationships, but which ones? Not George Bailey’s warm and loving family. We have close families t...
Warren godmother to new populism
by Dana Milbank
December 22, 2014 09:13 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate last week from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor gam...
Obama’s new policy on Cuba a bold one
by Bill Press
December 21, 2014 09:35 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
It takes a lot to shake the jaded White House press corps. So when I walked into the briefing room last Thursday and a reporter friend greeted me with “Wow, this is a legacy day,” when another repo...
There aren’t any superheroes in the ‘Interview’ capitulation
by Jonah Goldberg
December 21, 2014 09:34 PM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
The first issue of Captain America came out on December 20, 1940. It shows Cap slugging Adolph Hitler in the mouth. Good stuff, but note the date. America wouldn’t enter World War II for about anot...
Lighting fuses in Oklahoma
by George Will
December 21, 2014 06:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
OKLAHOMA CITY — Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here, but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s attorney general, and one of the Obama administration’s most tenacious tormentors. T...
Why Trump should run
by Matt Towery
December 21, 2014 06:02 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
The elite media will scoff at a potential Donald Trump candidacy for president. They will consider it a publicity move and a bluff. The Washington insiders will write off Trump as completely unqual...
Mrs. Obama’s tall tales of racialized victimhood
by Michelle Malkin
December 21, 2014 05:53 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
Oh, woe is she. In an “exclusive” interview with People magazine last week, first lady Michelle Obama lamented the “sting” of “racist experiences” that she and her husband allegedly still suffer. M...
MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Dec. 18
by Damon Poirier
December 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 2 2 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.
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