August 12, 2010
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I don't want to see snow and ice today.
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.
Being a journalist, I'm a staunch defender of the First Amendment. But it is not limitless.
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.
Four years since the economy was pulled back from the precipice, banks continue to operate like private gambling clubs.
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
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.
Muslims must help fight enemy within their religion to win the war on terror.
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.
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.
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.
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
I’m tired of voting for the lesser of evils. But I don't know what to do about it.
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.
Not only should Gwinnett County let Dan O'Leary build his gambling center, it should fast-track it.
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.
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.
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
I’m glad I don’t have a job in which my salary is public knowledge.
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.
Instead of just cashing in, Deen could've educated about diabetes.
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
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.
Despite the impending Mayan Apocalypse, I feel hopeful, not just that I might keep my resolutions, but about 2012 in general.
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
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
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.
I have a new smart phone, but I don't know how smart it actually is.
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.
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
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
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
Eastside provides comfortable hospital experience.
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
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
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.
I’m trying really hard to view the oil and gas business with more tempered reason.
To echo the comedian Stephen Colbert, I hope I am never again this happy over someone’s death.
Words are my business.
If the United States Justice Department gets its way, you might soon see a tobacco advertisement like this one:
As we head into another legislative session, everyone’s mind is on the budget.
Wednesday night’s icy mess reminded me a lot of Snowjam ’82.
Former president George W. Bush’s memoirs debuted this week and the television world couldn’t wait to start bashing him.
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.
It never ceases to amaze me the confusion that is perpetuated by folks in my business.
What an inspirational story the Chilean miner rescue is.
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.
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.”
Talk around the newsroom the other day turned to the controversy surrounding so many current and former college athletes.
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.
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.
The more I hear about this HOT lane idea, the worse it sounds.
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.
This week's standoff in Duluth is another sad chapter in the ongoing Great Recession, and yet not the saddest.
This week’s standoff in Duluth is another sad chapter in the ongoing Great Recession, and yet not the saddest.
March 10, 1996. It was a Sunday morning.
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.
I was 19 the first time I voted in a primary election.
I used to be a card-carrying Republican.
This week Gwinnett Medical Center implemented a new hiring policy that prohibits employees from smoking, not just at work, but anywhere, ever.
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.
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.
I've had a few regrets in my life. One of them is that I never got to meet Doc in person.
Well, I was wrong.
Off-year elections rarely garner the attention that votes in congressional and presidential years do.
I'm a night owl. I have been all my life.