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MCCULLOUGH: Please, no snow

I don't want to see snow and ice today.

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MCCULLOUGH: Too hot to handle

If the weather forecast holds, sometime today the thermometer will read 102. If the weather app on my phone can be believed, it will be 106 at my house near Athens.. One hundred and six is an NBA score, a radio frequency, a perfect grade with extra credit. It is not a temperature the air outside should be.

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MCCULLOUGH: Right to free speech sometimes presents quandaries

Being a journalist, I'm a staunch defender of the First Amendment. But it is not limitless.

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MCCULLOUGH: Huntin' the Statham Gator

A couple of weeks ago as I drove by the pond down the road from my house I saw some teenagers partaking in one of those annual rites of a country summer -- swimming in the local fishing hole.

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MCCULLOUGH: Banking industry needs separation, not regulation

Four years since the economy was pulled back from the precipice, banks continue to operate like private gambling clubs.

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MCCULLOUGH: Don't be distracted by nonsense and nonissues

Don't be distracted by nonsense and nonissues in November's election. With less than six months to go until the election, I'm increasingly struck by just how important it is.. As both an independent and a political cynic, I'm not encouraged by the choices for president. I'm sure I'll be as

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MCCULLOUGH: Erotic content not the biggest problem with 'Shades of Grey'

From the excerpts I've read, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is terrible.. Forget the content, which has been described using words ranging from erotica to "mommy porn." The writing by E L James is atrocious.

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MCCULLOUGH: Muslims must help in fight against terror

Muslims must help fight enemy within their religion to win the war on terror.

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MCCULLOUGH: Nugent no worse than Maher

Ted Nugent is not going to kill the president. Nugent may, in fact, be a little nuts. But to condemn his "Braveheart" metaphor as a literal threat against Barack Obama is kneejerk political grandstanding.

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MCCULLOUGH: Government, leave me alone

Why can't the government leave us alone?. Attempts by the government to regulate our lives seem to be at an all-time high, at least for my lifetime.

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MCCULLOUGH: Don't have to hit lottery to do some good

Five hundred and 40 million dollars -- I wonder if any of us who are dreaming about winning the Mega Millions tonight really comprehends how much money that is.

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MCCULLOUGH: Officiate weddings? I do

Officiate weddings? I do. This past weekend, I married two people.. OK, I didn't marry two people. No, I'm already married myself, and I didn't test the limits of any laws. I officiated a wedding ceremony.. Let me explain.. It all started innocently enough with a trip to a bar

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MCCULLOUGH: A voter without a candidate

I’m tired of voting for the lesser of evils. But I don't know what to do about it.

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MCCULLOUGH: Hoping for a bloody good time at horror convention

My plan this weekend is a simple one: Meet a former wrestling star, some zombies, a masked serial killer (and one of his victims), an alien, a mad scientist and Gary Busey.

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MCCULLOUGH: Mr. O'Leary's cash cow

Not only should Gwinnett County let Dan O'Leary build his gambling center, it should fast-track it.

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MCCULLOUGH: An old fear remains dead

As you can imagine, I have a lot of opinions. Offering them in print has never been much trouble. Offering them in person, in front of a crowd, was once a different story.

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MCCULLOUGH: Longing for rabbit ears

My household now has HDTV — sort of. Since none of the new-fangled gizmos actually work, I'm not sure how much high definition our televisions have.

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MCCULLOUGH: Resist being scared by saber-rattling on Iran

Don't be scared by Iran saber-rattling. Yes, there are people there who would like to do that. And Iran is a threat to Middle Eastern stability and world peace.. But despite what all the presidential candidates have said, from Barack Obama's keeping all options on the table to Mitt

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MCCULLOUGH: The big-league paycheck

I’m glad I don’t have a job in which my salary is public knowledge.

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MCCULLOUGH: Seal Team 6 strikes again

For all of the United States' missteps and misfortune, it's hard to dispute that our commandos -- particularly the Navy Seals -- are the best in the world.

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MCCULLOUGH: Deen could've helped educate about diabetes

Instead of just cashing in, Deen could've educated about diabetes.

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MCCULLOUGH: Have a Pepsi and a smile

Have a Pepsi and a smile. I like Pepsi.. Yes, I grew up and have lived my whole life in the Atlanta area. Yes, my parents raised me right. No, I'm not insane.. I know as a good Southern boy I'm supposed to bow down before the Coke altar, but

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MCCULLOUGH: Quitters never win

Quitters never win, they only lose. Some people quit too soon. We call these people losers, and the term has more than just its literal meaning.. Other people follow the mantra that you never quit, no matter what, even in the face of overwhelming odds.

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MCCULLOUGH: Mostly optimistic about 2012

Despite the impending Mayan Apocalypse, I feel hopeful, not just that I might keep my resolutions, but about 2012 in general.

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MCCULLOUGH: Visions of Mayans dancing in my head

Visions of Mayans dancing in my head. I'm speaking, of course, of the countdown to the Mayan Apocalypse. One leap year from this past Wednesday the world will come to an end, at least according to cable TV.. I absolutely love this Dec. 21, 2012, nonsense. You can keep your

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MCCULLOUGH: God may actually help Tebow

God may actually help Tebow. If God be for us, who can be against us? -- Romans Chapter 8, verse 31I've had more than a few arch-enemies in football in my life.Well, they weren't my arch-enemies, I guess, since we never faced off on any field. But they

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MCCULLOUGH: Worst abusers of children deserve harshest punishment

A look at certain pages of the Daily Post on Thursday would quickly bring you to the depths of despair. Lead on 11A: A 20-year-old maintenance worker is arrested, accused of sexually assaulting, stabbing and beating to death a 7-year-old girl and then throwing her body in the trash. Below that: Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach already facing numerous counts of child molestation, is back in jail (and is now out again) after more alleged victims came forward, one describing in testimony events so horrific that it's nearly impossible not to cry when reading.

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MCCULLOUGH: Second phone no smarter than the first, and neither am I

I have a new smart phone, but I don't know how smart it actually is.

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MCCULLOUGH: Ol' Lady Luck smiles on me

Even when you're in the middle of those moments that you know are going to become treasured memories, it's sometimes hard to know just how special they will be until something happens to give them perspective. That happened for me when Larry Munson died.

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MCCULLOUGH: Black Thursday is here, like it or not

Black Thursday is here, like it or not. Don't get me wrong -- I've done it. I once spent a long, frigid night on the sidewalk in front of the Best Buy in Snellville in hopes of buying a cheap computer. (I succeeded.) And I must admit that despite the

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MCCULLOUGH: Find a way to support veterans

Today, serve those who served. By the time I was 18, however, college seemed like a much more realistic and opportune path for me, so that's what I did. It's not a decision I regret, but it is one I think about occasionally, wondering how life would be different had

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MCCULLOUGH: I'm not keeping up with the Kardashians

I'm not keeping up with the Kardashians if I can help it. I am not interested in shows about housewives, hair salons, washed-up actresses or the uber-rich. I don't want to watch talentless singers and dancers (though I will cop to seeing an episode or two of "Dancing

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MCCULLOUGH: A helpful hospital

Eastside provides comfortable hospital experience.

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MCCULLOUGH: Real-life superheroes no joke

I've always loved superheroes.. Like any red-blooded American male, I spent my childhood (and truth be told, a good portion of adulthood, too) reading comic books and watching television show and movies about the costumed crusaders. Batman, Superman and my favorite Spider-man kept me comforted for a good

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MCCULLOUGH: Easier to cast blame than find solution to global warming.

Earlier in the summer, Romney said he believed humans had some effect on climate change. Wednesday, he decided eh, not so much.. Romney said he wasn't sure that people were to blame, and then used that as a segue into

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MCCULLOUGH: The top of the food chain

It’s late at night and you’re driving home on a lonely road far from town. You notice a house sitting off by itself, smoke pouring through an open window and flames are visible. No one else is around.

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Nullify gas price issue by using less

I’m trying really hard to view the oil and gas business with more tempered reason.

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MCCULLOUGH: For once, we get to dance in the streets

To echo the comedian Stephen Colbert, I hope I am never again this happy over someone’s death.

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MCCULLOUGH: Let's stop mincing words

Words are my business.

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MCCULLOUGH: Government chooses easy target with forced tobacco apologies

If the United States Justice Department gets its way, you might soon see a tobacco advertisement like this one:

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MCCULLOUGH: The state's golden opportunity

As we head into another legislative session, everyone’s mind is on the budget.

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MCCULLOUGH: Lessons on the weather

Wednesday night’s icy mess reminded me a lot of Snowjam ’82.

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McCULLOUGH: A mile in a president's shoes

Former president George W. Bush’s memoirs debuted this week and the television world couldn’t wait to start bashing him.

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MCCULLOUGH: Voting takes work this year

While the selection of candidates may not be all that appealing here this year, at least we have a few choices, and I am at least proud of the work I’ve done as a voter.

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McCULLOUGH: Put the shooter on trial, not the gun

It never ceases to amaze me the confusion that is perpetuated by folks in my business.

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McCULLOUGH: Much-needed miner relief

What an inspirational story the Chilean miner rescue is.

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MCCULLOUGH: Fire protection takes on new meaning in Tennessee

I can’t believe I live in a world in which firefighters will stand by and watch a home burn to the ground over $75.

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McCULLOUGH: Leaders should focus on mastering their craft

I was at the Rush concert the other night, and I was watching Neil Peart play the drums. I thought, “Everyone else should just quit.”

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McCULLOUGH: Time to pay players?

Talk around the newsroom the other day turned to the controversy surrounding so many current and former college athletes.

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McCULLOUGH: Mixed messages on economy

Every day another bit of financial information comes in, and depending on who delivers it — and spins it — the economy is either on the way up or on the way out.

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MCCULLOUGH: As long as we're afraid, we lose

As we prepare to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, America finds itself in a precarious position that seems also to be an untenable one.

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McCULLOUGH: HOT lanes an unreasonable idea

The more I hear about this HOT lane idea, the worse it sounds.

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MCCULLOUGH: Trapped miners and a weighty problem

Don’t get too fat to be rescued — that was one of the most important messages delivered this week to the Chilean miners trapped a half mile underground.

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McCULLOUGH: Nation's foreclosure fiasco brings drastic times, tragic consequences

This week's standoff in Duluth is another sad chapter in the ongoing Great Recession, and yet not the saddest.

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McCULLOUGH: Nation's foreclosure fiasco brings drastic times, tragic consequences

This week’s standoff in Duluth is another sad chapter in the ongoing Great Recession, and yet not the saddest.

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McCULLOUGH: Going to miss springtime at the racetrack in Atlanta

March 10, 1996. It was a Sunday morning.

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McCULLOUGH: Cousin courageous

On Saturday, my cousin Allison will jump off a perfectly good, dry platform into a tank filled with sharks, giant manta rays and all sorts of other critters.I will not be jumping in with her.

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McCULLOUGH: Here's my primary problem

I was 19 the first time I voted in a primary election.

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McCULLOUGH: Crashed by the parties

I used to be a card-carrying Republican.

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McCULLOUGH: Hospital's anti-smoking goal is noble, but oversteps its bounds

This week Gwinnett Medical Center implemented a new hiring policy that prohibits employees from smoking, not just at work, but anywhere, ever.

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MCCULLOUGH: States trying to protect us - from us

Is the government going way too far, or are we a nation of complete morons? That’s the question I ask myself as I peruse the list of laws going into effect across the country this week. The answer isn’t clear at first.

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McCULLOUGH: Just monkeying around

Elrod Fontana here. I have once again been asked to fill in for Nate while he is on vacation, though why he would need a vacation is beyond me. I guess legally they have to give him one every now and then.

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McCULLOUGH: I'm going to miss Doc

I've had a few regrets in my life. One of them is that I never got to meet Doc in person.

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MCCULLOUGH: Politicians may feel voters' frustration

Off-year elections rarely garner the attention that votes in congressional and presidential years do.

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MCCULLOUGH: The early bird is just annoying

I'm a night owl. I have been all my life.

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