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We have always had them among us: fortune tellers, diviners, readers of palms, tarot cards, tea leaves, stars, horoscopes, discerners of animal entrails, calling on gods of wood and stone, and all sorts of other "seers" who have attempted to convince the gullible that they have the power to predict the future.

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Fans of one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, "Friends," know well that each and every episode is titled, "The One with..." The program is a generational and pop culture icon.

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People on the far left have become so predictable that their statements are no longer "breaking news." They would be hilarious if they weren't outrageous or if they didn't contribute to the undermining of human rights and freedom in other countries.

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Growing up in the early years of Major League Baseball in Atlanta, the sport was so easy to love. Teams had pitchers who could go the whole nine innings, hitters who could bunt and steal bases, and managers who could fire up an entire stadium by getting in the umpire’s face.

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In the 1950s there was a quiz show called "To Tell the Truth." It has been reborn several times but retained its original format. A celebrity panel would try to discover which one of three contestants was telling the truth, as all claimed to be the same person with identical backgrounds.

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It was the worst of times, it was the most dangerous of times. Violent crime is at or approaching 50-year highs in large population centers all across the United States. What is, however, making a difference is how each of those cities chooses to respond to the crime surge. 

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Each week the Associated Press publishes “Not Real News: A Look at What Didn’t Happen Last Week.” It is a collection of fake news, most of which has been shared online. The stories usually include quotes taken out of context, photoshopped images, and doctored audio.

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By any standard, Zaila Avant-garde is a remarkable 14-year-old girl with a positive and compelling outlook on life.

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It’s been 25 years or so since I first stayed at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Proclaimed as the South’s Grand Hotel, I have since stayed a couple of dozen times, at least.

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Retirement plans warn of a "penalty for early withdrawal." Might that also apply to the withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan?

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You are easily forgiven due to the daily wall-to-wall critiques of Georgia's voting law if you missed the fiasco that was New York City's first crack at ranked choice voting during its recent wide-open mayoral election.

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I have declared this The Summer of Joy, even though I have no legal authority to do so. I am merely comparing this summer to the last one. We are smiling again. We are taking vacations, and we are going to church, ball games, and concerts. Optimism is in full bloom.

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From the moment that George Elliott stopped in for a bite at the Dawsonville Pool Room in the mid-1970s and told the joint’s owner, Gordon Pirkle, that the Elliott family was going to take a run at NASCAR, Pirkle was fully on board.

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Most of us recall as children getting into a dispute with another kid and then blaming him for starting a fight. When Mom approached you said, "He hit me first." The other kid denies it and accuses you of hitting him first.

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An extended eviction and foreclosure moratorium, put in place by the CDC during this lengthy pandemic will expire on July 31. The scope of pending rental evictions and foreclosures for non-payment of lease/rent and mortgage payments is unprecedented.

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Books and articles -- scientific as well as theological -- have been written on human nature. Still, most people don't understand it, or refuse to learn from it, or worse, play to its dark side.

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All politicians tell lies, but the Biden-Harris administration is taking lies to a new level. They now want us to disbelieve what we can see.

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Odd-numbered years in a majority of our 50 states mean municipal elections. Some of these cities, because of their size and relative importance to the rest of the nation, are considered bellwethers.

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The importance of newspapers is being recognized in Washington.  Legislation has been introduced to help protect newspapers from the business tactics of Big Tech companies that often use newspapers’ content without compensation.  On June 16, the Local Journalism Sustainability Act was introduced as a bipartisan effort to recognize and protect local newspapers and the journalists who deliver valuable content.

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I usually take my walks in one of the many beautiful parks of Henry County. My favorite is Clark Park in the city of Stockbridge  — an oasis of a park, lush and green, with lots of shade and a terrain of varying elevation, from flat to a steep uphill climb.

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President Joe Biden’s trip to Europe provides positive confirmation of collaboration and stability among nations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. This contrasts markedly with the history of the 20th century. Total wars of unprecedented destructiveness characterized that bloody era.

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At the time, I was in way over my head. Pleasingly, though, I was oblivious to that so I just kept sputtering along, doing the best I could. And it was working.

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With the creation of June 19th ("Juneteenth") as a federal holiday, Democrats have one more claim to be the party of civil rights and equal opportunity for African Americans, though most Republicans also voted for the holiday. That claim has been promoted for decades by a compliant media, academia and high-profile politicians, but the facts say otherwise.

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The number of U.S. national holidays tends to matter more to those of us who meet and make payrolls and citizens who routinely find it more and more difficult actually reaching a human being when dealing with a local, state or federal government agency or bureaucracy.

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Need to learn how to unclog a shower drain, jump-start a car, shave your face without bleeding to death or successfully address dozens of other practical adult daily activities?

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A New Jersey school district has voted to eliminate "the names of all religious and secular holidays from the school calendar ... opting for the more generic description 'Day Off.'" You can guess the reason. They used those increasingly popular words -- "inclusive" and "equitable."

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Not all men make good fathers from the get go. Some have to learn it. For some, it takes a long time. For others, they never figure it out.

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On a rolling hillside, overlooking the Potomac River and in the distance the great Mall of Monuments, the U.S. Capitol, and even the White House lie more than 1,100 acres of some of the most hallowed and consecrated grounds in these United States, Arlington National Cemetery.

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President Joe Biden’s trip to Europe provides positive confirmation of collaboration and stability among nations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. This contrasts markedly with the history of the 20th century. Total wars of unprecedented destructiveness characterized that bloody era.

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Cover-ups of sexual misconduct, allegations of racism and intimidation of those who wish to speak their minds but can't for fear of losing their jobs. It sounds like the dysfunctional ways of the world, doesn't it?

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Maybe it’s a good time for politicians and pundits from both sides of the aisle to quit pointing fingers at each other for a day and start thinking about what marking the date June 6, 1944 is all about.

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