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Caveat, investor: Now feds want a bite of your mutual fund

Paul S. Atkins's picture

[Paul S. Atkins and Peter Wallison were the speakers at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Aug. 28 Policy Briefing Luncheon, “Unaccountable Government in Action.”]

Even with the stock market reaching all-time highs and many Americans smiling at the look of their 401(k) valuations, storm clouds are gathering in Washington and abroad that may mean higher costs for investors, lower returns in the long run, and less freedom to cash out when that rainy day comes. Read More»

Strategy 101: A primer for President Obama

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

In August 1961, while the Soviets erected the Berlin Wall to plunge the Cold War into the deep freeze, President John F. Kennedy ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to devise a nuclear-first strike plan. Read More»

Cornbread and some pinto beans

Ronda Rich's picture

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

This is an heirloom of food handed down from my Appalachian folks who, when hard times threatened to starve them, put a pot of beans on the stove then later said a blessing over that which would fill their stomachs with fiber and protein. Read More»

A Ghost Story

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Some years ago we were heading home from a long-distance trek, when we heard a traveler’s ghost story on a two-day train ride from the Canadian west coast to Jasper, Alberta.

After the first 10 hours or so, not even the spectacle of the Rockies’ snowcapped peaks could keep us entertained. We struck up a conversation with a slender lad across the aisle, hunched over the little tray-table, catching up with his delinquent journal. Read More»

Remote for a dinosaur

Rick Ryckeley's picture

September marks the start of the 14th year for this weekly column. Many thanks to you, dear reader, for making it all possible. Without your faithful readership, the many adventures growing up at 110 Flamingo Street, the stories about The Wife and The Boy, and the general observations of life might never have made their way to print. Unfortunately, this could be the last one. Read More»

Showtime!

David Epps's picture

There’s something about the opening game of high school football season. There’s a “feel” in the air that announces that all is ready for gridiron combat.

I played a total of eight seasons of football, counting junior high, high school, and military ball.

I saw my first high school football game when, in the seventh grade in 1964, my dad took me to see Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett defeat Jellico High School 89-0 on their way to a 9-0-1 season and the 1964 Tennessee State Football Championship. Read More»

What is the origin of our ‘rights’?

Dave Richardson's picture

The silence is deafening from a recent court ruling. No mainstream news agency reported this significant decision from the European Court of Human Rights.

Just weeks ago this high European court reaffirmed its 2012 verdict stating there is no right to gay marriage. It is as if the event never happened, unless you read Breitbart.com.

This is because the media along with the cultural elite in this country are convinced that gay marriage is a fundamental right, so any story that opposes that narrative will get little traction. Read More»

Race and ‘Finding Your Roots’

Cal Thomas's picture

From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called “This Is Your Life,” hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity’s past would then come out one by one and tell stories of the celebrity’s early life.

A modern-day version of that program is “Finding Your Roots,” the latest in a brilliant series about race, identity and heritage hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Scheduled to air Sept. 23 through Nov. 25 on PBS. Check your local listings.) Read More»

Dealing with barbarism: V-J Day and beyond

Dr. Marvin Folkertsma's picture

On Sept. 2, 1945, V-J Day, the funeral-like solemnity of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri was shattered by the thunder of 400 B-29 bombers flying overhead, accompanied by an additional 1,500 carrier aircraft.

In a bay packed with 260 Allied warships, the effect of such an overwhelming demonstration of power could hardly fail to impress. The aerial procession roared over the remains of an empire whose hordes had swept across Asia like a scythe of murder and annihilation for the previous decade and a half. Read More»

Needed: Intense face time with Vladimir

Dr. Earl Tilford's picture

President Barack Obama has spent a lot of TV face time opining on race relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2009, on the George Zimmerman trial of 2012-13, on the riots in a St. Louis suburb last month, and plenty more.

His attention was fixed on fundraising in Las Vegas when terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, on fundraising in New York when a Malaysian plane was shot down by Russians, and he was vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard while Russia furthered its aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine. Read More»