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‘Desolate Wilderness,’ ‘Fair Land’

The Wall Street Journal is not to every social conservative’s taste, in part because capitalism is a raging bull, knocking over traditions as it brings economic advance. But in one way the WSJ is thoroughly traditional: On every Thanksgiving since 1961 it has run the same two-part editorial, one that honors the social conservatives of […]

Grace for the glutton

If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, you have had to unbuckle your pants a notch or two this morning.  Thanksgiving is, traditionally, the day we overeat, trumping even Christmas for the most pats of butter and whipped cream–covered desserts consumed in a single 24-hour period. We all might be bemoaning the calories we consumed […]

Dollars and Sense: Desperate retailers and consumers

When Black Friday comes. Though we’ve been seeing Christmas ads since before Halloween, today is officially the first day of the holiday shopping season. Is it too early to say how we’re doing? Yeah, it probably is, though we are getting some early indicators. Even before Black Friday we saw some unprecedented price-cutting from the […]

Tradition, progress, and the Baseball Hall of Fame

The holiday season is upon us and with it another annual tradition has arrived: baseball’s Hall of Fame debate—although it might be more accurate to call it a melee than a debate. This week the nominees for the Baseball Hall of Fame were announced and the 600-plus voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of […]

Duke lacrosse accuser headed to prison

Crystal Mangum, the woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape in 2006, is headed to prison for the murder of her boyfriend. A jury in Durham, N.C., last Friday found Mangum, 34, guilty of second-degree murder and a judge sentenced her to 14 to 18 years in prison. Mangum stabbed her […]

‘Where are the great men?’

I had a quick introduction to Rep. Frank Wolf under the dome of the Capitol in Washington several years ago. He skipped the pleasantries, looked me in the eye, and said, “Where are the great men?” Then, before running off down the hall, he sketched a parable in the air with his hands, illustrating with […]

The public school Grinch

Some public school students are facing the wrath of this holiday season’s Grinch: the American Humanist Association (AHA). The AHA doesn’t want your kids giving Christmas presents to poor children through Christian charities or praying with a teacher before school. And they’ll sue your kids’ school to make sure they don’t. Earlier this month, the […]

When birds collide, wind power companies pay the price

While government policies have supported wind energy for years, the energy source is less popular with the hundreds of unlucky eagles, owls, and hawks that stray into the spinning wind turbines. For the first time, the U.S. government has enforced laws protecting birds from wind energy facilities in a move that levels the playing field […]

Tech you can wear is the next big thing

For forward-thinking technophiles, the future isn’t just in the latest smartphone or tablet, but in wearable technology. With Google Glass and the expected Apple iWatch already making headlines, Forbes heralded 2014 as the Year of Wearable Technology. Heavyweights like Samsung, as well as many tech start-ups, are offering new gadgets and electronically enhanced clothing to keep […]

The mouth is a country

When we fail to take up our God-given role in the body, others will feel the effect

Did Obama Allude to Gay Relationships in His Thanksgiving Proclamation?

President Barack Obama issued his annual Thanksgiving proclamation on Tuesday, and some people say it contains an allusion to gay relationships.

The Dishonest Selling of Obamacare

As we experience more of the unpleasant realities of the Affordable Care Act, Americans are questioning, finally, the forthrightness and honesty of their president in his selling of this law.

Rush Limbaugh Attacks Pope Francis’ Letter as ‘Pure Marxism’

Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh attacked Pope Francis’ letter, condemning the pope’s comments on the “new tyranny” of “unfettered capitalism” as uninformed and somehow planted by the Marxist movement.

Mexican Man Gets New Grip on Life With First Successful Double Arm Transplant in Latin America (Watch)

Gabriel Granados, 53, suffered a massive electric shock while working at a construction site in 2011 that left him so badly burned doctors were forced to cut off both his hands below the elbow. Thanks to the marvel of modern medicine, however, Granados is sporting a new pair of arms and hands he got last […]

Texas Churches to Take Part in Black Friday Alternative ‘Bless Friday’

As millions of Americans go to the stores for frenzied shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, a group of Texas churches have sought to provide an alternative.

Man Leaves $1,000 Tips – For Jesus!

If you want a new take on all these negative tip stories dominating the news these days, follow “TipsforJesus” on Instagram.

Man Accused of Keeping 3 Women as Slaves Claimed He Was Christ

A British man who has been accused of keeping three women as slaves, reportedly claimed he was Jesus to his followers.

Book of Psalms From 17th Century Sells for $14.2 Million, Sets Record for Printed Book

A book of Psalms, dating back from 1640, has sold for $14.2 million on Tuesday and is believed to have set a new auction record for printed books.

‘Baby Girl Don’t Die’; Mother Mistakenly Shoots Only Daughter Thinking It Was Her Threatening Younger Boyfriend Banging on Door

It was “a f–ked up accident” a grieving Adele Bing, 52, reportedly told police after she was arrested for killing her only daughter Ruby Bing, 25, as she held her 4-month-old baby at her doorstep Monday.

‘The Voice’ Fans Angered After ‘Lord’ Not Included in Performance

Some fans of NBC’s hit show “The Voice” took to social media to express their anger after the word “Lord” was not included in a performance of the hymn “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” on Tuesday’s episode.

Op-Ed: Conversion shouldn’t be the only path to joining the Jewish people

NEW YORK (JTA) — Right now, there is just one way for someone who is not Jewish to become Jewish in a publicly recognized and officially authorized fashion: undergo religious conversion under the auspices of a rabbi. Whether the path to Jewish identification follows Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist or other auspices, conversion is explicitly and […]

Elsewhere: Touro at 250, conservatives and Messianics, inventing Thanksgivukkah

Photographing Palestinian refugees: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s photo collection of Palestinian refugees is being restored and taken on a world tour. (N.Y. Times) Touro at 250: In Newport, R.I., America’s oldest synagogue celebrates a big birthday. (Forward) Setting red lines for Iran negotiations: The interim Iran deal buys time, and the U.S. […]

French court fines boycott-Israel activists for discrimination

(JTA) — A French court imposed a $1,300 fine on members of an anti-Israel group who called on supermarket shoppers to boycott Israeli products. The Court of Appeals of Colmar near Strasbourg fined each of the group’s 12 members individually on Wednesday for their participation in a pro-boycott activity in 2009-2010, which the court qualified […]

Report: Israel to join Europe group at UN human rights council

(JTA) — Israel may join for the first time a regional group within the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of a deal to improve the U.N. body’s relations with the Jewish state. The council’s Western European and Others Group (WEOG) is expected to announce that its member states have voted in favor of […]

British minister wants to end Shabbat discrimination against Jewish job seekers

(JTA) — Britain’s employment minister said she would introduce new regulations to make Jews who refuse to work on Shabbat eligible for welfare benefits. Employment Minister Esther McVey and Jobcentre National Director Neil Couling have told the Jewish employment charity JCom that rules would be “tweaked” to end the practice of denying job seekers’ allowance […]

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