"There is a moroseness, a sadness among the French population at the moment which has led to our compatriots drinking a little less champagne this year," says Paul-Franois Vranken, chairman and chief executive of Vranken Pommery Monopole, one of the country's best-known Reims-based houses. (You cannot high tax your way to success. You have to have fiscal discipline. The French government doesn't realize that.)
In a recent column, Carl Hiassen described Iowa as having freakishly homogenous demographics (91 percent white). Ignoring the latent racism and extremism of that statement, Hiassen moved from the diversity rich Dade County to the much less diverse Indian River County (my place of birth) and to an affluent but freakishly homogenous section of Indian River County. (I don't mind Hiassen, who has written some excellent novels, moving to Indian River County. It's a great place to live but you shouldn't criticize other areas that are also mostly white. Nor should you refer to them as freakish.)
The Minister Who Understood the Book of Revelation
Charisma Magazine is running a tribute to the Rev. Hilton Sutton, who went home to be with the Lord this year. He taught about the Book of Revelation without doom or gloom but with joy and peace. If you want to understand what many consider the most puzzling book of Scripture, pick up one of his books such as "Revelation - God's Grand Finale."
The Tampa Bay Buc Bucs said they hope to make Christian "faith and football" concerts regular Christmas season events. One was held after Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Other teams have embraced the concept, too. The Kansas City Chiefs held their fifth annual Faith and Family Day on Aug. 10 after their game against Arizona. The Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Orlando Magic basketball team have staged Christian concerts as well.
The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. (Yes, our politically correct news media will not criticize Islam.)
In this busy time, take a few minutes to reflect on this profound and wise column by Andrew Klaven.
The history of western culture from Hamlet to The Sopranos is the history of minds in the toils of that Christ-Pilate dynamic. Whether it’s Nietzsche standing in for Pilate or it’s Woody Allen, whether it’s Dostoevsky batting for Christ or it’s Tolkien, the question is the same. Is there an ultimate moral reality that guides human life or is it as Hamlet said, and “there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so?”
This underlying knowledge — this inescapable sense of Christ’s reality, toward which we move even through our constant questioning and doubt — is what makes the stories and music and paintings of the west so uniquely great and beautiful and profound.
Jonah Goldberg: When will liberals stop living in the past? Specifically, when will they accept that they aren’t all that stands between a wonderful, tolerant America and Jim Crow? (Never. To liberals, it's always 1965.)
The Russian government says some 956 children were adopted in 2011 by families in the United States, the most of any country; more than 45,000 such adoptions have taken place since 1999. It would be a terrible wrong to prevent children from being placed into loving homes as an act of political retaliation.