• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • RSS
30°
Saturday January 31, 2015
View complete forecast
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.
Stock Summary
Dow17164.95-251.9
Nasdaq4635.24-48.17
S&P 5001994.99-26.26
AEP62.81-0.91
Comcast53.145-0.725
GE23.89-0.19
ITT Exelis17.11-0.35
LNC49.98-1.5
Navistar29.42-0.92
Raytheon100.05-1.95
SDI17.040.105
Verizon45.71-0.4
Opening Arguments

Recent Comments

» Joe : So let me get this right. The
Trash
» Rebecca Mallory : NASA's Gavin Schmidt now...
Cool off, please
» Larry Morris : I can't believe this
» EffieYoungblood : If the Hollywood elites
» Larry Morris :   Growing up, I can remember
Smart diplomacy
» RebeccaMallory : Mr. Morris, as an etymologist
Word time
» Rebecca Mallory : Joe , how much are you
Freeeee!
» Joe : When you look back at our
Freeeee!

That burger'll kill you

This is the police. Pull over to the side of the road, sir, and -- very slowly -- put down that hamburger:

An Alabama man says he was cited by Cobb County police for “eating while driving” under the distracted driving law.

Madison Turner said he ordered a double quarter pounder with cheese from McDonald’s last week, and a police officer pulled him over, along Canton Road in Marietta.

A radical policy

Why President Obama, following the precedent set by President Bush, can't say "radical Islam" -- because the long war against radical Islamic terrorists requires at least the tacit support of many radical Muslims:

This one's for the gals

Cool off, please

Oh, my God! The sky is falling! Well, first, it's probably going to catch on fire, and then it will fall!

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday.

Gimme

Well, surprise, surprise, surprise. A liberal president proposes to (gasp!) tax the evil rich and pass around the goodies to everybody else. How does the GOP fight a proposal than has things in the middle class would actually like?

Zeroing in on Sniper

There's something I don't understand here:

In spite of the vitriol spewed toward the movie “American Sniper,” Americans flocked to see the Clint Eastwood biopic of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in record numbers.

Smart diplomacy

I did not think it was possible for John Kerry to do anything cheesier than throwing up that hand salute and shouting, "John Kerry reporting for duty" at the Democratic Convention. But, by heavens, I think he's done it:

Under fire for being a no-show at the Paris March Against Terrorism, the Obama administration sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Paris today to give a “big hug” to the French.

Fried

For the "here we go again" file:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing strict new dietary guidelines for day cares that would prohibit them from frying food that is served to children.

Child care providers would also be formally required to provide children with water upon request, though they would face restrictions on how much apple juice and orange juice they serve.

So's your old lady

Religion of peace shows a nasy streak. No, not Islam this time:

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.

Word time

Time for one of my periodic rants about the misuse of words. I've encountered two big ones in the same week, one of them twice.

The twofer is "slight" of hand instead of "sleight" of hand to mean prestidigitation, magic, fooling people, etc. Look, they sound the same, but mean different things, 'K? The only correct way to use "slight of hand" is to mean somebody with teeny, tiny hands. One of the goofs was in a newspaper article that should have been edited better, the other in a best-selling novel by an author who should know better.

Email stress

Remember the days when we simply could not not answer the telephone? If we didn't pick that thing up, who knew what important news we might be missing? Email is getting to be that way:

National chumps

Things blowed up real good in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday. According to NBC News, riot police used tear gas on the crowds. They also used pepper spray. Officers were called to multiple reports of dumpster and couch fires in the streets. The crowds were said to be "intense." Arrests were made.

It's the jews, or the guns

Sorry, Charlie

I got curious about the "Charlie" in "Charlie Hebdo" (Charlie Weekly) and did a Google search. Actually it took me four searches with different wording. Apparently news organizations aren't as concerned about providing background information as they used to be. Anyway, the magazine was originally Hara-Kiri, then Hara-Kari Hebdo, then Charlie Mensuel (Charlie Monthly). It has skewered everything even vaguely "establishment" and has a particular disdain for all religions. Charles de Gaulle, I gather, was one of their early targets.

Posted in: Current events

Be afraid

I'm not one of those yearning for a bipartisan love fest to end the political gridlock in Washington. In fact, I'm one of those who gets a little nervous when it looks like the two sides might stumble onto the same page. This makes me very nervous.

Freeeee!

Oh, goody, goody, goody, more free stuff. Who doesn't like free stuff? "Free," as in "free for me" because you're paying for it:

President Barack Obama will need the approval of Congress to realize his proposal for making two years of community college free for students.

Shameless plug

I will be on WFWA, PBS Channel 39, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow with Journal Gazette Editorial Page Editor Karen Francisco, IPFW's Andy Downs and moderator Bruce Haines for the annual legislative preview edition of "PrimeTime 39." The early consensus among General Assembly watchers is that there won't be anything big or controversial like gay marriage or school prayer this year, so legislators will concentrate on the basics, such as education and a new two-year budget. But we don't always agree with conventional wisdom.

Today's inch

There's a bill awaiting the govenor's signature in Michigan that would make that state a true "shall issue" state for concealed weapons permits. (It's already supposed to be, but county gun boards, which the bill eliminates, can be tougher than the state). The bill is controversial for more than the usual "guns are evil" reasons:

Easy come, easy go

Congress can giveth:

A bipartisan group of lawmakers predicted Wednesday that the House could repeal ObamaCare’s tax on medical device sales by the end of March.

The latest effort at repeal, a bill introduced on Tuesday by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), already has the backing of well over half the House – including two dozen Democrats.

Old Men's War

This story about a challenge being faced by veterans' organizations makes it sould like a new phenomenon, but it's not:

EDINBURGH, Indiana — Membership in local military organizations is changing; and attracting new, younger members is a key to keeping the groups running.

Quantcast