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Stupidity, cowardice, politics on parade

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With a firm grip on his dual mantra of making everything about political impact and never letting a crisis go to waste, President Obama has appointed a Democrat heavy-duty political operative named Ron Klain to be “Ebola Czar.”

Never mind that Klain has no medical or disease expertise. Now we get to watch news reports of a few thousand of our troops diverted from their military duties, plus trainloads of American dollars, pour into West Africa to build medical infrastructure while the Ebola Czar labors to make Obama look good. Read More»

Wave the flag at Chick-fil-A

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At the Chick-fil-A on Ga. Highway 74 at Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City, my 12-year-old daughter Kristen and I are regulars, picking up her breakfast and Cobb salad for lunch a couple times a week on the way to The Bedford School in Fairburn. I remember the pleasant surprise of my very first visit to Chick-fil-A at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola, Fla., about 40 years ago.

And so it will seem odd to you and even a little strange to me that this high quality fast food chain reminds me to worry about America. Read More»

Burn the race card

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My recent column, “Coddling children in Ferguson, Mo.” touched a few nerves. Some didn’t like my advice to my hypothetical black son about not dressing or acting like a thug, taking the implication that I believe all young black men are thugs.

Quite the contrary, but I would want my hypothetical son’s appearance, for his own safety, to be completely unlike those young black men who are genuine thugs, the ones who make their crime rate astronomical. Read More»

Coddling children in Ferguson, Mo.

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On Monday, Aug. 11, a 20-year-old unarmed white man named Dillon Taylor was shot and killed in Salt Lake City, Utah, by a black police officer in questionable circumstances.

Taylor, a first-time father with a criminal record, had at the time of the shooting an outstanding arrest warrant for probation violations on robbery and obstruction of justice charges. Police had been called to a convenience store after someone reported seeing a gun. Read More»

High school sports: More than just a game

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On Aug. 7, the first day of school on a Thursday, while new freshmen at McIntosh were cautiously feeling their way through the social minefield of high school, the girls on the Lady Chiefs softball team had a different focus since their first game was just one week away. Read More»

Visiting America

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For a few special moments recently I was back in the America I used to know.

Saturday I indulged in an overpriced but warm bag of popcorn, slathered in a chemical liquid that is probably carcinogenic but the movie theater staff call it “butter,” along with a half-gallon diet drink only a movie theater would size as “medium” and charge $5.50. Read More»

The Constitution’s abuser-in-chief

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Last Friday we celebrated with parades and fireworks the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s masterful 1776 Declaration of Independence, a timeless document that informed the world of our inherent right to abolish a royal ruling class and to govern ourselves.

That 240-year-old document has inspired other revolutions of self-determination, but the world has changed a great deal. How relevant to our lives today were the events of the late 18th century that gave our country birth? Read More»

Doing something is not always best

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Sometimes, doing nothing is wise, as I was reminded by the news from Iraq. You may think this hawk is sprouting the wings of a dove, but the murdering army of Islamic lunatics raging across Iraq is no reason for the U.S. to dive into that snake pit again.

If you wonder whether President Obama makes military decisions based on domestic political polls, just chew for a moment on his bifurcated announcement he is sending 300 advisors to Iraq, while quickly adding in self-defense for all the world to hear that America will not send troops to put boots on the ground in Iraq. Read More»

Barney Fife, commander in chief

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Those of you old enough to have loved the hapless deputy might bristle at the insult of comparing Barney Fife to President Barak Obama. An insult to Barney, that is.

The latest self-inflicted White House wound is the bumbling President Barney’s swap of five high-level enemy Taliban leaders held at Gitmo for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban for five years, and the clearly unsuitable White House Rose Garden press event to celebrate. Read More»

What will your kids remember about Memorial Day?

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While Memorial Day is still weeks away, I hope to plant a seed in your mind now before you commit to the beach, pool or BBQ. You can indulge in the first leisure of summer, but with a little planning you can also meet your solemn obligation while teaching your teenagers and younger children a vital lesson of respect.
 
Memorial Day is not about veterans; it is about the ones who did not come home alive from war, never knew the joy of watching their children grow up.