Hate or love it, Valentine's Day is here again. For some, it is a time that reminds us that we are thought of.
Do not despair!
Last week in the House the focus on committee work continued. A few more items made it to the floor for consideration, and we voted on 12 bills and resolutions. All concerned fairly minor topics; a couple are of some interest.
Feb. 1 begins the 28-day "ceremony to injustice" that is nothing more than an aversion to modernity that encourages people to mire themselves in the past juxtaposed to embracing the present and the future. To me that is the essence of Black History Month. Black History Month is used by the nefarious and the corrupt to divide, to evoke blame and guilt, and often for personal gain.
Jasmiyah Whitehead, one of the young twins charged with the bloody 2010 killing of their mother in Conyers, followed her sister in admitting to the crime Friday.
This being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, I have plunged into several books on the subject, most of them relating to what started it, and I have come up with the following conclusion: mustaches. Most of Europe's leaders had either a mustache or a beard -- the German kaiser, the jejune Wilhelm II, had the most resplendent mustache of them all, "fixed into place every morning by his personal barber," Margaret McMillan tells us in her new history of the road to war. This confirms what I always thought: The Germans started the war.
The third week of the legislative session saw the House turn, at least partially, to non-appropriations committee work. Work on the Fiscal 2015 budget will be ongoing, but at a more measured pace.
I believe mankind should know its history.
As seniors talk about college applications and acceptances, I can't help but think back.
While watching the utterly gripping movie "Lone Survivor" recently, I comforted myself by noting that the four Navy SEALs engaged in a desperate firefight with the Afghan Taliban were all volunteers. They asked for this, I told myself. They were not draftees yanked out of civilian life and compelled to fight a war they could neither understand nor win. They had asked for this, I insisted, but I knew all the time that this was a lie. They had volunteered, but certainly not to die and certainly for no purpose.
Our former webmaster Tyler Smith tells his story of getting stranded in the Atlanta snow (the story had to be typed on a cell phone).
Can it be that the state Georgia might stop saying no to medical marijuana?
IN BRIEF: Ga. Hwy 138 in Conyers is closed from Old Salem Rd to Starbucks due to repair of a traffic light that was down since about 1 a.m. Crews are on the scene. Drivers that travel on 138 to get to work or school are advised to use alternate routes this morning.
The seed of an idea for an organic farm at Oxford College is beginning to take root. This spring, Oxford welcomes its first organic farmer, who will help transform a grassy field on Emory Street into a thriving, colorful patchwork of crops and a living laboratory for students.
Today the idea of not being judged by the color of one's skin but being judged by the content of one's character is as farcical as the idea of unicorns. Judging based on color of skin is exactly the barometer race-mongers and racialists measure with today; content of character be damned.
Bucket lists come in many varieties. Mine is a little more grounded than, say, skydiving, tasting all the foods of world cuisine, or visiting the outer reaches of the atmosphere.
Every eye is on you. The room is silent, and suddenly you can't remember the introduction to your speech.
A person going by mjw@mjw27290516 tweeted me the following: "Mychal, why is color your problem and why do you spell colour incorrectly?" There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever per the insidious point this "person" was in his/her own condescending way attempting to make.
The holidays are almost over. The joy that we share and the smiles we offer to strangers seem only to last for a few weeks.
Under Georgia law, the Georgia General Assembly begins on the second Monday of January, which will fall on January 13th. This is significant because it is one of the latest dates that such sessions can begin. If a few words could best describe my outlook for the session they would be "Fast & Furious." The late starting date, an election year session and new qualifying dates will combine to put extreme pressure on legislators to get their business done so that they can get back home as soon as possible. There are 40 legislative days in a session; however, these do ...
Last year on Christmas break, I bought a tall container and decorated it to hold little notes.
The following is my syndicated op-ed column which appeared Dec. 28, 2004. I was right then and I am right now. You can insert whatever atrocity those who would attempt to erase all reference to the Birth of Christ are perpetrating today, but this column, which is nearly 10 years old, is as prescient today as it was then.
Over the course of 2013, we've seen yet another banner year for U.S. agricultural exports. Exports of U.S. farm and ranch products reached a record $140.9 billion in 2013 and supported about a million U.S. jobs. In fact, compared to the previous five-year period from 2004-2008, U.S. agricultural exports from 2009-2013 increased by a total of nearly $230 billion.
Looking back on 2013, I have to say there is one objective I did not meet: I did not win a lottery. That would really have fulfilled a Christmas wish.
There is one last chance to drop off cookies, Little Debbies, candy or colas for the firefighters and medics working all over the county on Christmas Day.
The following is my syndicated column from January 20, 2004. I believe prescience of the article speaks for itself.
The cast of one of America's favorite crime dramas and one of Covington's major TV successes, "In the Heat of the Night," can once again be heard singing the songs of the season.
Music has always been important to me.
The outpouring of raw hatred and unbridled ignorance that I received in Twitter messages and emails after my recent appearance on the "Dr. Phil Show" had me asking, "What would America be like if these types governed?"