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Rob Jenkins

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JENKINS: How to be a guy: Money management for married men

If you don't want credit card debt to ruin your marriage, however, you'll need to take steps to curb your spending. One recommendation is that you avoid using credit cards to pay for routine expenses, such as groceries, gasoline, and full body waxes.

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JENKINS: The AAU Effect is damaging college basketball

Next time you're watching a college basketball game, and supposedly "big-time" players are clanking the ball off the rim over and over again, remember that we mainly have the AAU culture to thank.

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JENKINS: How did SACS wind up as the villain?

Although I'm fortunate to live in a county that appears to have relatively functional schools, I can't help but look at DeKalb and think, "There but for the grace of God go we."

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JENKINS: Another ill-conceived educational fad

The idea that online classes are no different from traditional classrooms, or that we can herd all our students into online and the majority of them will be just fine is, to be blunt, a little bit nuts.

JENKINS: Bracketology for the poetically inclined -- or mathematically challenged

Finding rhyme, if not reason, in the annual March Madness brackets.

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JENKINS: What the federal government can learn from household budgeters

I know I can't draw too many parallels between my household budget and something as big and complicated as the federal budget. After all, there's at least one major difference: my household actually HAS a budget.

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JENKINS: How to be a guy: The art and politics of passing gas

It's a topic not discussed much in mixed company, and for good reason.

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JENKINS: Confessions of a Girl Scout cookie addict

At my house, the day Girl Scout cookies arrive is kind of like a holiday, on par with J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday and Tax Freedom Day — theoretically, the day we stop working to pay the government, which usually comes in late April but in the near future may be pushed back to early May. Or mid-August. Or Dec. 31.

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JENKINS: How to be married to a pregnant woman

My wife and I are past our child-bearing days (fingers crossed), but that doesn't stop me with sharing my expertise with you.

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JENKINS: If Blank wants to take Falcons to LA, he should just go

Here's some pretty good relationship advice: when somebody threatens to walk, don't allow yourself to be manipulated. I think that applies to professional football teams as well as to significant others.

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JENKINS: Why salespeople (among others) hate me

This may come as a surprise to my regular readers -- I know it shocks the heck out me -- but some people don't think I'm funny.

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JENKINS: State militias: a simple answer to the gun-control debate

Not only would a standing militia provide all the justification citizens need to exercise their right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, but it would also create a powerful force of armed patriots should the state ever need to defend itself -- against enemies foreign or domestic.

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JENKINS: Observations on the college football season past

The SEC was again its dominant self, led by Alabama winning another national title.

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JENKINS: That frog in the boiling pot? It's us

The problem with giving up freedoms, as we've learned since, is that you never get them back.

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JENKINS: Stupid things I have said, 2012 edition

I trust you're looking forward to all the stupid things I'm sure to say in 2013.

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JENKINS: Finding that old Christmas spirit

Here are four strategies guaranteed to restore the Christmas spirit.

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JENKINS: How to be a guy: Solving the holiday travel dilemma

The ultimate solution to the holiday travel dilemma is to let family members come to you -- especially those who don't have small children at home.

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JENKINS: Remembering Ernesto McCausland, journalist, filmmaker

Ernesto McCausland, the noted Columbian journalist, first came into my life as an exchange student at Ringgold High School. We became fast friends and I will miss him.

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JENKINS: An exclusive interview with the author of 'Family Man'

Today I perform the interesting trick of interviewing myself to produce a shameless book plug. For my "Family Man" book, that is.

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JENKINS: Richt's character and record should silence the haters

To all Georgia fans -- Mark Richt is as good a coach as you're going to get -- and a far a better person than you deserve.

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JENKINS: Thanks, big box stores, for ruining my Thanksgiving

Why did "Black Friday" need to turn into "Black Thursday."

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JENKINS: How to be a guy: kitchen clean-up 101

I know this goes against the grain, since cleaning has traditionally been regarded as women's work. Then again, men have traditionally been responsible for supporting the family financially. Any questions?

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JENKINS: What to do if your guy loses on Tuesday

With the 2012 election still too close to call, it's important for you to have a plan, should your candidate not get the nod, preferably involving some combination of finger-pointing, denial, dissembling, self-pity, and dire predictions about the future of our republic.

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JENKINS: Charter school debate comes down to turfism versus choice

If there's one point on which liberal teachers' union activists and conservative school administrators agree, it's that the proposed charter school amendment would be bad for Georgia.. Thoughtful voters should find that troubling.. After all, it's often said that a person can be judged by his or her enemies. Might

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JENKINS: Don't be ashamed to take a stand against pornography

According to Lawrenceville-based film-maker Jessica Mockett, whose documentary-in-progress -- "Shamed" -- chronicles the impact of pornography on people's lives, age 4 is about the right time to start the conversation with your children.

JENKINS: How to be a guy: basic family meal preparation 101

Here are a few basic rules that will make the mom-less dining experience beneficial to your family and, if not pleasant, then at least tolerable.

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JENKINS: Simplifying presidential economics for non-geniuses

When it comes to the economy, if we all want more pie, the answer is not to shift pieces around but to create a bigger pie.

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JENKINS: How to be a guy: public restroom etiquette

Follow these few simple rules and you will have the kind of bathroom visit all men aspire to: satisfying yet uneventful.

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JENKINS: Wonder what happened to your life, parents? Watch the video

Parents these days seem to subjugate their own lives to those of their children, so that little remains of the parent as an individual. You look around the ballpark and wonder just when that cute little Pam Jones, whom you used to go out with in high school, turned into "Ryan's Mom."

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JENKINS: Good discipline means arbitrary rules and emotional pain

One excellent strategy for maintaining discipline in your home is to make completely arbitrary, totally ridiculous rules. You remember these -- your parents used to make them all the time. And it worked for them, didn't it? That's because nothing says "control" like power exercised for its own sake.

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JENKINS: Updating The Devil's Dictionary, political convention edition

In the spirit of Ambrose Bierce, allow me to offer a few timely definitions to help you digest the political conventions.

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JENKINS: Another new school year, another lesson in basic Socialism

The first lesson of the new school year is delivered even before classes convene, when Mom and Dad download little Johnny and Susie's supply lists. Call it Socialism 101. If the course had a textbook, it would be Hillary Clinton's "It Takes a Village.". Consider the list for one

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JENKINS: Husbands and wives must learn to share the pants

No real family man has control over his own destiny. But it is vital that he and his wife appear to be in control.

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JENKINS: Olympic Games are sports for non-sports fans

For the true sports fan, the subjective nature of many Olympic sports just doesn't cut it.

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JENKINS: Will the real Redneck Riviera please stand up?

My vote for favorite beach may be different than yours.

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JENKINS: Recognizing out-of-wedlock births as a risk factor for poverty

Somehow we've got to get the word out to our young women: stay in school and don't get pregnant, unless you want to doom yourself to a life of poverty.

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JENKINS: Four-team playoff is like kissing your big, hairy sister

When it comes to determining a national champion, NCAA still doesn't get it right.

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JENKINS: Elvis was right, and I'm not feeling so bad myself

I've got a new book coming out in a couple of months, and as anyone knows who has not spent the last decade living in a cave, or in Alabama, social media has become an incredibly potent marketing tool these days.

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JENKINS: A shout-out to some of my favorite freedoms

With the Fourth of July coming up, a look at some of the things that make me glad to be an American.

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JENKINS: Could weird animal behavior be a sign of the apocalypse?

Trying to figure out what all of the odd actions mean.

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JENKINS: Forget the tie, here's what Dad really wants

Some helpful hints for your Father's Day shopping.

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JENKINS: For high school grads, it's not too late to go to college

The Gwinnett area offers many options for access institutions.

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JENKINS: Summer blockbusters can become rainy fall Saturday fare

When it comes to movies, you've got to decide which blockbuster is big enough to shell out the big bucks.

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JENKINS: Saying goodbye to middle school with mixed emotions

Except for a two-year hiatus, I have had at least one child in middle school since 1998.

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JENKINS: There's nothing quite like the pure love of a child

Ever since my daughter went off to college seven years ago, I've felt an incredible sense of loss.

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JENKINS: Four things liberal elites hate that regular Americans love

Including SUVs, cheap gas and babies.

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JENKINS: How I traded one pathology for another

I used to yell at referees, now, in my second career, I can help you draft a strong letter of protest to them.

JENKINS: If you think the refs are idiots, try looking in the mirror

When it comes to referees it's not much different than life -- it's best to worry about what you can control and not worry about what you can't.

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JENKINS: Family pressures can lead to naming disasters

You're never going to please everyone with your new baby's name, so why ruin the kid's life trying.

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JENKINS: I'm not really a curmudgeon, just annoyed most of the time

Webster's Dictionary defines "curmudgeon" as--excuse me just a minute. HEY, HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY? No? Darn. I must have left it in 1998.