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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.

The little President who never grew up

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If you ever wondered how Pee Wee Herman would perform as President of the United States, well, now you know.

With the background ooompah music of the circus calliope wearing on nerves, acrobats and clowns would perform their absurd routines to entertain crowds seeking diversion from the real world.

Sounds a lot like the Obama administration’s fumbling national security issues while the mainstream media dutifully diverts the public from our own leadership failures. Read More»

At-risk veterans & their healing dogs

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Since 9-11 we have asked a great deal of our all-volunteer military. Over a decade of deployments to war zones make our present force the most combat-experienced ever, but sending individual troops on three, four, five or more combat tours levies immeasurable cost to them and their family.

It should be no surprise that we have a spike in the number of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues and traumatic brain injury (TMI), wounds that are not outwardly visible, and sometimes the care they receive just isn’t enough.
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Who’s to blame for ice jam mess?

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You may not like my take on last week’s winter storm debacle.

On Tuesday afternoon, the winter storm stranded drivers in and around Atlanta for untold hours in gridlocked traffic as they tried to rush home, marooning many in their cars overnight with countless kids unexpectedly stuck in schools overnight because the roads were impossibly clogged.

Even in quiet little Peachtree City, my daughter’s 10-minute drive home from McIntosh High School took her nearly two hours. Read More»

You can help support our troops — here’s how

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I want to tell you three things about honoring those who serve our country in uniform.

First, Peachtree City’s own Mimi Gentilini has a long record of supporting our deployed troops. I remember a number of years her restaurant staff gathered donations in cash and in kind, and loaded up an SUV to the gills with goodies, to be delivered to a central collection point for flight to young Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More»

America’s unfortunate apology culture

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Raising kids these days comes with challenges. For example, while we try to teach them inner strength, independence and self-reliance, the pop American culture is teaching them sensitivity and the right not to be offended.

That is the root, I suppose, of political correctness, the dimwitted but popular limits on speaking the truth lest some feelings get hurt, followed by a pathetic penchant for apology. Read More»

Betraying our own troops, American style

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By my measure, America’s recent wars have been rife with immorality at the very top, where the well-paid and comfortable and protected make decisions that profoundly affect the lives, and sometimes deaths, of the Americans we send to fight.

I’m not referring to the top generals-turned-politicians bucking for another star by their sudden yes-man enthusiasm for Obama’s trampling the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Read More»

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