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Oil company profits are ... good!

Robert L. Bradley Jr.'s picture

The world’s largest energy companies just released their fourth-quarter earnings.

Though slightly less than the previous quarter’s gains, the figures were, nonetheless, headline-grabbing. Chevron generated $5.1 billion. Shell earned $6.5 billion. ExxonMobil, the leading U.S. oil company, earned a whopping $9.4 billion.

On cue, left-leaning pundits and activists rose to condemn the industry for excess. How dare oil companies earn so much while so many people are hurting!

These accusations are hardly accurate. Read More»

Georgia tax and spending ranks by the numbers

Kelly McCutchen's picture

How has Georgia responded to the Great Recession compared to other states? The latest data from the Census Bureau tells us some things we knew and some things some might find surprising.

Everyone likes rankings, but it’s very important to make sure state-to-state comparisons are fair. Some states are very decentralized, with local government accounting for a large portion of all government spending, while state government plays a larger role in other states. Read More»

Woman needed to get story

Ronda Rich's picture

A couple of years ago, I was in Fayetteville, Ark., having dinner with a few folks including two of the loveliest people I know – Gen and Frank Broyles. Read More»

Being brave in love

Michael Boylan's picture

The classic line from the film “Love Story” is “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” The screenwriter obviously never left the toilet seat up.

I kid, I kid.

Ultimately, what the line really means is that if you truly love someone, you will always forgive them because you know their heart is in the right place. Read More»

Vote Mom for President

Rick Ryckeley's picture

That’s right; I’m delving into the world of politics. Since the Bozos we now have in Washington are doing such a stellar job, I figured it was about time someone who knows really how to run things got into office.

That person is not Gingrich, Romney, or even the current occupant of the White House. Nope, none of them get my vote. This year, I’m voting for Mom. And by the end of this article, you’ll agree. Read More»

Okra,rattlers, deacons, and gorloks

David Epps's picture

Growing up In Kingsport, Tenn., I played football for the Redskins of Ross N. Robinson Junior High School.

Well, in the eighth grade I mainly rode the bench. I actually started as an offensive center in the ninth grade. Our crosstown rivals were the Warriors of John Sevier Junior High. We would all meet up at Dobyns-Bennett High School where those who continued to play would join forces as the Indians. Read More»

Presidential rerun: Empty promises

Cal Thomas's picture

Summertime is usually when TV networks air repeats of shows we’ve already seen. In his State of the Union Address last week, the president got a five-month jump on the summer season by re-running a class-envy video he has broadcast more times than local stations have shown episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Instead of a credible assessment of the state of the union, which is not good, the president delivered a slightly toned down campaign speech. We heard more of the same about how “the rich” aren’t paying their “fair share” in taxes. Read More»

Mascot politics

Thomas Sowell's picture

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson’s quietly chilling article, “Two Californias,” in National Review Online, ought to be read by every American who is concerned about where this country is headed. California is leading the way, but what is happening in California is happening elsewhere— and is a slow poison that is being largely ignored. Read More»

Rodney tries to help

Ronda Rich's picture

My brother-in-law, Rodney, called me up one day. He’s one of my favorite people and even when I should get mad at him, I never can. He’s so charming and funny.

“I found you a good one to go out with,” he began.

“I’m not looking,” I replied.

“Well, I know that but still this would be a good match for you, I think.”

“Who is it?” I asked with a great deal of wariness in my voice. Read More»

Letters bind us, Part II

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

If you’ve ever had to equip a lab in a glass factory, from the ground up, while keeping an eye on a house under construction, and staying in touch with your loved ones 700 miles away, you may relate to our lives in the summer of 1971. Dave writes:

7-13-71 Read More»