If you are a recent college graduate, or you are looking for a graduation gift, Charles Murray's new book may be for you. The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life compiles many pieces of advice for young adults entering the workforce.
Murray, a political scientist and W. H. Brady scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, initially wrote many parts of the book for AEI's young interns through its internal electronic communication board. He was eventually encouraged to collect all of those thoughts for the book.
The book includes a wide variety of topics, including language and writing, personal appearance, manners and etiquette, the types of jobs to look for, what to do about an incompetent boss, and when and who to marry. more >>
The mother of the teen killed in the tragic Kansas Jewish community center shooting over the weekend said her Christian faith and prayer have helped guide her through this time of suffering. She also stressed her belief that God did not cause the tragedy.
"People keep saying, how come you're so strong? I'm strong because I have family, I'm strong because I have faith," Mindy Corporon, who lost her son and father in Sunday's shooting, told reporters. "I know that God did not do this. I know that there are evil, evil actions. But what we do have is each other, we have love and we have prayer, and we have friends and family. ... Our phone's been ringing off the hook."
"You have to reach to God," she said. "You have to reach to your friends and search your soul and that's what it's about. It's about us who are living and it's about loving and caring for one another." more >>
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is planning to release, through its liberal sister imprint Convergent Books, a manuscript paradoxically titled God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.
Is the Christian world about to suffer through another World Vision moment?
The book's author, Matthew Vines, is a homosexual activist and Bible revisionist known for manipulating Christian terminology to advance the counter-Christian homosexualist agenda. more >>
A new Danish statistical study finds that "Muslims [are] 218 percent more criminal in second generation than first." While some of these crimes are clearly related to Islam-such as attacks on Muslim apostates to Christianity-others, such as rampant theft of non-Muslims, would appear banal, until one realizes that even robbery and plunder is justified by Islamic doctrine-as one UK Muslim cleric once clearly said.
The interesting question here is why are second generation Muslims, who are presumably more Westernized than their Muslim parents, also more "radical"? Lest one dismiss this phenomenon as a product of economics or some other "grievance" against European host nations, the fact is, even in America, where Muslims are much better assimilated than in Europe, they too are turning to "radicalism."
For example, some time back, Attorney General Eric Holder said that "the threat [of terrorism] has changed … to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens-raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born." more >>
It's no secret that the Republican Party has for some time been coping with a multifaceted identity crisis. With the election of Barack Obama, the fallout from the 2008 economic collapse, the emergence of the Tea Party, unrest among social conservatives, and a Congressional era marked by deep intra-party animosity, the GOP has been challenged to prove to the American people that it is the party to restore American prosperity and American values. The problem, of course, is that over the years Democrats have waged a relentless and fantastically effective rhetorical campaign against Republicans, to the point where many average Americans associate the GOP exclusively with Wall Street fat cats, K Street lobbyists, and unscrupulous corporate raiders.
Of course, anyone even basically familiar with the way the game is played in Washington, D.C., knows that when it comes to crony capitalism, Democrats' hands are just as dirty as their Republican foes. At the end of the day, it's all about money, and monied special interests invest millions to ensure that their political agenda is advanced on Capitol Hill. The recipients of this corporate largesse simply vary based on the interest in question. Despite this reality, the party of FDR has for decades successfully portrayed itself as a champion for the workingman, the disenfranchised, and the downtrodden. Perhaps for the first time, however, the Democrats' blue-collar facade is beginning to crack thanks to President Obama's unabashed and unprecedented expansion of corporate welfare in the name of economic and social "progress."
If ever Republicans had an opportunity to educate Americans on the vast difference between the virtues of free market capitalism versus the vices of crony capitalism, and if ever there was a time for the GOP to renew its commitment to the former, this is it. National Review's Jonah Goldberg recently discussed the fundamental difference between pro-market policies and pro-business policies and the distinction that must be made between the two in order to reverse America's gradual slide towards European-style socialism more >>
One year after his son's suicide, Rick Warren, author of the Purpose Driven Life and pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California, said that his sermons during worship services beginning this Thursday evening, will be about how the message of Easter provides the answer to life's most devastating trials.
"Do you ever find yourself discouraged, or depressed or defeated, or even devastated by the circumstances in your life? If so, let me take a minute to encourage you about the pathway to hope and change and transformation that I've found in the Easter story of the resurrection of Jesus," said Warren during a video he released earlier this week (see video below).
"Five days after Easter last year, my 27-year-old son ended his own life. He battled mental illness since a child and despite the best doctors and meds and therapy, and prayers and love, he lost his battle for hope and our family was devastated." more >>