November 11, 2011
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Bidding a fond farewell
Petraeus’ breach of security deserves harsher punishment
“American Sniper” does a good job of showing the consequences of answering that question, and of proving that even the most decorated of heroes, the most ultimate of warriors are not immune to the psychological onslaught of the horrors of war, that even the most hardened of killers never get used to it. “American Sniper” shows psychological effects of war
Ralph Wilson Stadium is under an estimated 220,000 tons of snow, with drifts approaching the bottom of the goalposts. Six feet of snow has fallen on the city
I guess the Christmas creep forward into early November was inevitable. But do we really need to egg this on with pre-Halloween Christmas lights and decoration sales the day after Labor Day?
Please, voters, make sure there are winners on Tuesday. Otherwise it’s two more months of this nonsense.
The possible secession is a big to-do across the pond, where calls for maintaining the union have turned almost comical, like a spurned lover begging for one more chance. Prime Minister David Cameron implored the Scots not to break up “the family.”
I don’t need an iWatch. Or YouWatch. Or Applewatch or Pearwatch or whatever the gizmo is called. And I don’t understand why anyone else would want something so small to use for a smartphone.
Lack of self-control contributed to racing death
I’m feeling kind of nostalgic for simpler times, so today’s offering is titled “I Remember.”
I don’t have a brain tumor anymore. I don’t mind admitting I cried when my family told me that the evening of May 7 when I was coherent enough to understand English again. I don’t have enough time or space to recount all I’ve been through since then, but I’ll try to hit a few of the highlights. And lowlights.
Time for a little work on my thought factory.
I’d prefer not to see Dennis Rodman on my television screen anymore.
I resolve not to make any New Year’s resolutions
Every year I vow to make the next Christmas a better experience, and I fail miserably.
It’s shameful that US leaders aren’t doing more to pressure North Korea to release 85-year-old war veteran.
And that’s the answer, I guess, to my question about consumerism. Christmas is the only day that’s sacred anymore, and its exemption is slowly being eroded. A few restaurants here, a few gas stations there. The movie theaters. How long before someone tries a super-duper-Christmas-Day-blowout sale? And if it makes even a little money, the rest will follow suit.
As much as I enjoy celebrating Halloween as an adult — and it is most definitely an adult holiday now — it’s the Halloween of my childhood I found myself missing this October.
I can’t figure out if the Republicans are doing this because they really believe Obamacare is going to herald the end of the republic — or because they’re afraid it might work.
Congress shouldn’t forget the poor in trying to clean up fraud
Wishing my mother a very happy birthday
I have lots of questions about Syria
We can’t get away from weird names.
The King might be glad he’s gone
What do college kids need with upscale dorm furnishings?
Help honor a teen who passed away from a brain tumor by helping another child who is fighting one.
People get carried away with doomsday scenarios.
George Zimmerman is probably guilty of something — but not murder, at least according to a Florida jury.
Rain, rain ... stick around. Rain seems to be the dominant force in weather around here these days.. The water that falls from the sky has gotten to be such a common occurrence that I'm confused when I look up and see blue sky or the sun -- for the few
I spend a lot of time complaining about the state of our society. But today, I'd like to point out something that I think people nowadays do right.
So the other day I was watching television, and I saw an ad for a show I never would've guessed was needed or existed: "Beverly Hills Pawn."
Becky, It's been 17 years since we sat on the front porch and talked that night. It was a college graduation party, in Atlanta in a neighborhood behind the Majestic diner. It was probably 2 a.m.
It's dawn, June 6, 1944. You're a U.S. soldier bouncing across the English Channel in a Higgins boat, your stomach in your throat from seasickness and your heart about to explode in your chest.
Kick 'em all out.. I'm talking about the latest group of sinners in baseball. If it turns out that A-Rod, et al., were using performance enhancing drugs then strip them of their records, kick them out of the sport, and if they committed crimes, put
As I've told you before, perhaps verbatim, I love a good conspiracy theory. Ditto a good ghost story, monster yarn and tales of the unexplained. I guess they appeal to my imagination, which has always been a blessing and curse.
I don't make a habit of responding to other columns in this paper, but I would like to add something to one that appeared Thursday by Esther Cepeda.. The headline was "Hang-ups with official languages," and concerned her belief that English will continue
The older I get the more I become convinced Orwell had a time machine.
We're raising a generation of narcissists and socipathic criminals.
We've all heard a story of someone with a ridiculous name.
No good deed goes unpunished. All I wanted to do was give the dude his phone back.. Tuesday evening I found a newer BlackBerry in a gas station parking lot. My first thought was to leave it with the attendant, but I quickly brushed that idea aside, thinking that a
As disturbing as the week's events have been, the most horrifying thing I've seen is not the bombings or the ricin letters or the fertilizer plant explosion.
A trip to an auction proves there's a sucker born every minute.
I was leaving my doctor's office the other day when a cancer patient got on the elevator with me.
I had a test recently to determine how much of my hearing I've lost due to this tumor in my head. I have a noticeable difference between my right and left ears when I talk on a phone now, so the doctors wanted to see how
I don't know why I bet on the tournament.
Wishing a happy birthday to my dad.
I would've tried to save her. I would've gotten fired and maybe sued, but I would've tried anyway.
I am a fan of "Duck Dynasty," and that's saying a lot because I tend to steer far away from so-called reality shows.
Next pope should clean house. The latest revelation by a European newspaper that Pope Benedict XVI may have chosen to resign after finding out about a possible blackmail scandal is further proof that the Catholic church needs a fresh face for a leader.. I am not Catholic, so in the
Reaction to fugitive's death somewhat stunning.
At least some who are arming themselves are getting training, too.
Nearly 180 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday. I'm not sure I'm going to be one of them.
Sports journalists dropped the ball on Manti Te'o fake girlfriend story. I can't begin to imagine where the path of the Manti Te'o fake girlfriend story is going to lead, but I really hope it leads to the truth. But can we be sure it will?. Apparently, the website Deadspin.com
Stupid is as stupid does and it does a lot. The Mayans may have been right after all. Perhaps they were just a little off on the date, because surely the human race has become too stupid to continue.. How so? Let's start at the headquarters for stupid, Washington D.C
Direct-pay doc an idea whose time has come. I spend a lot of time in doctors' offices, more in the past year than in my whole previous lifetime, thanks to a list of unforeseen health problems for both myself and my wife. All that time smelling disinfectant and reading
A little Christmas satisfaction. I'm sure by now we've all had our fill of misery for 2012, so let me end your year with a funny story.. Here's what you need to know before we get started:. 1) My wife loves to mess with me, whether it's practical jokes or
And now, some apocalyptic confessions. If you're reading this, the world hasn't ended -- yet.. According to some very reliable sources -- the Internet and the History Channel, which I once took to task for getting the date of the D-Day invasion wrong -- sometime today the world will
This is a time of year when people like to wrap things up, to summarize things with lists. It's also a time when people like to eat good food.. I like to eat good food pretty much all the time, and
Don't forget day of infamy, or the people who faced it in 1941. We were talking the other day in the newsroom about World War II veterans.. The Daily Post was running a front-page story the next day about Jim Starnes and Dutch Van Kirk and their visit to
Richt is my coach, no matter what. Well, here we go again.. My beloved Georgia Bulldogs lost the early-season Big One again, and in ugly fashion. They slipped out to sea, their SEC and BCS championship hopes "distant ship's smoke on the horizon," as the song says.. Then
Thanksgiving has a whole new meaning for me.
Lax behavior by intelligence community a concern.
I've been trying to stick to my self-imposed moratorium on political columns, but I guess a presidential election is a good enough reason to lift it temporarily.
I have been watching a lot of horror movies the past month leading up to Halloween -- so many that I'm kind of glad that October is over, so I can give my brain and nerves a rest.
Mankind owes thanks to grandmas. You probably already believe your grandmother is pretty important. But did you know just how important?. According to a British scientific study published this week, it's because of your nana's love that the human race thrived and our lifespans increased.
Time to get rid of the penny.
A 14-year-old girl has been on the international stage in her pursuit of an education. And she has drawn international enemies. She has, in fact, had a target placed on her by the scourge of the 21st century for her efforts.
I hope the Braves win today.. I hope they continue in the playoffs all the way to the World Series. And I hope they win that, too. Not just for me as fan, not just for the city and the state, but for one person in particular: Chipper Jones.
I was checking Twitter trends the other day, and I came across one that just made me feel bad for the younger folks.
Not much time left to visit county fair.
I'm on vacation this week. Since it looks like every vacation until the end of time is going to be a staycation, I've decided to at least give this one a theme. The title: Man's World.
Time to give politics a rest.
SEAL's account of bin Laden raid raises more questions. In the Vince Flynn novel "The Third Option," covert agent Mitch Rapp is sent to assassinate a European official who is secretly aiding Saddam Hussein. The title comes from the explanation of Rapp being the third option for the government
Famous folks are just standing in line to do dumb stuff lately.. It began with Vice President Joe Biden, who decided to channel his inner Kingfish while talking to a black audience in Virginia. While I don't think Biden necessarily meant anything racist by his
I heard of Maj. Walter "David" Gray's death in Afghanistan not from any media source but from my wife, who went to high school with him and was friends with him on Facebook.
We're converting a room into an office/man cave at my house. Part of the deal is that I get rid of a lot of very cool stuff that my wife insists on calling "clutter."
Thankful for angels at the hospital. I had a heart scare this past weekend, although the word scare doesn't seem to do it justice. I'm not sure they have a word to describe the emotions you feel when you hear words like heart attack, aneurysm and coronary artery disease.. It
I tried really hard not to write about guns this week, but the subject seems to beg for my attention. Don't worry though. I'm going to try to take a little different tack.
Since the report on the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal was released, I, like many folks, have asked myself a question: What, if anything, should be done to the football program?
I know in a world in which people starve in mud huts, and wonder if the next moment in their life will be their death, that my not being able to watch "That Metal Show" is a non-problem. But I do pay for those networks, and now I'm not getting them.
This week, as we celebrate the birth of our nation, we also mourn the death of a great American. Andy Griffith died Tuesday at the age of 86.
I have a new smart phone, but I don't know how smart it actually is.
You never know how significant moments might become in this life.
When I was 12 years old, I decided that I would go in the Marine Corps when I turned 18, and for a year or two I believed that was what I would do.
I've always loved superheroes.