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Divine Miracles, Deliverance and Restoration: Channukah December 17th 2014

Dec 14, 2014 - 12:03:05 AM

Down the Road
The parts of Christmas
If your Christmas is centered on that first part, the birth of Jesus, feel free to let me know that. It would be nice to know that someone's actually is. The fourth part of Christmas is that the long, dark days also seem to bring difficulties, usually money problems. So Christmas sort-of becomes the day we can temporarily set aside those problems and concentrate on at least those two other parts of Christmas, the tree and the gifts, which form the memories of Christmases past. (Think about how many Christmas movies feature those tough times, fictionally lightened by Christmas Day.)
Dec 21, 2014 - 3:20:05 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Questioning Life and Choices
We have the link to one author article published at Magic City this week as well as the links to two books reviewed by Martha Stevens-David. Additionally we have the publicity material for 15 books. Those books are: Ashnar" By Henri Sfeir; "The Shimmering" by Robin Witney; "Apportionment of Blame" by Keith Redfern; "Geepeus" By Nasha Poulin; "The Indrawn Heart: An Estonian Journey" by Max Boyle; "Milo - Autistic Warrior" By Elizabeth Haddon, Ed.D.; "A Chronicle of Intimacies" and "Who Wants to be British?" by  J.S. Raynor; "Escorted Away" by Harry Josephson; "Dancing in the Red Snow" By Elizabeth Cain; "2077: Knights of Peace" By J.L. Sears; "Chasing Cheaters" by Michael Swift; "Getting More For Less: The Gravity of America's Choices" by George LaRoque III; "Determined to Live" By Lynette Ruffin Goode; "Still Waters" by Linda Kavanagh and "Choices of Power" By John H. Dial
Dec 21, 2014 - 3:17:27 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Secret Intelligence: Dark Rim" By Enoch Chang
Upon sitting down to read, I was impressed by both Enoch Chang's knowledge and his ability to put forth a book of this caliber. The story line is interwoven with criminals, intelligence agencies and a young boy who is seeking to find an answer to all of his problems.
Dec 21, 2014 - 3:15:38 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Nor the Battle to the Strong" by Charles F. Price
Nor the Battle to the Strong is one of the most realistic books I've ever read about any part of America's history. The part it covers is the American Revolution in the South. It stays in the South so much there is no mention of George Washington crossing the Delaware of any of the popular tales of the Revolutionary War we encounter so often.
Dec 21, 2014 - 3:13:26 AM

Today in History
December 21 - Today in History
Today is December 21. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 20 - Today in History
Today is December 20. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 20, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Guest Column
So you think you know Hanukka
Ironically, many of the most important battles of the Maccabean revolt took place in the territories that the world now accuses us of "occupying" and "colonizing." At Ma'aleh Levona near Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, Judah the Maccabee delivered a crushing defeat to Apollonius, the Seleucid commander of the region. In Beit Zecharia, in what is now Gush Etzion, Judah's brother Elazar was killed when confronting elephants deployed by Antiochus against the Jewish rebels. And of course it was in the hills around Beit El that many of the Maccabees found refuge from the Seleucid tyrant's forces of oppression.
Dec 19, 2014 - 8:47:35 AM

Guest Column
The US-Chanukah-Israel connection
The legacy of Chanukah has been an integral element of the American ethos; a cornerstone in the foundation of the covenant -- established by the Pilgrims in the 17th century - between the American people and the vision of the reconstructed Jewish State in the Land of Israel. 167BCE Jewish rebellion led by the Hasmonean (Maccabee) family against the Seleucid/Greek Emperor Antiochus (IV) Epiphanies, who was determined to ruthlessly uproot Judaism and replace it with Hellenic values. In 169BCE, he devastated Jerusalem, massacred the Jews, forbade the practice of Judaism, including the Sabbath and circumcision.
Dec 19, 2014 - 8:45:20 AM

International
The Shamrak Report: Your Taxes Pay for Murder
Terrorist Prisoners Make More than PA Police....We are tired of hearing anything from anyone associated with the UN. The UN is a parasitic and criminal enterprise dominated by our mortal enemies. You can't recognize a state that has no borders, no single government, and no economy.
Dec 19, 2014 - 8:42:33 AM

Education
Artifacts Arrive at Richmond Collection Management Facility
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The curators of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) completed the transfer of artifacts previously warehoused at its facility on the Washington Navy Yard NHHC officials announced Dec. 16. The artifacts are now at their new home in Richmond, Va.
Dec 19, 2014 - 8:40:05 AM

Today in History
December 19 - Today in History
Today is December 19.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 19, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 18 - Today in History
Today is December 18.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 18, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Redemption" by Ian Prattis
I found this book, "Redemption," to be well-thought out as only a story that the writer has experienced himself can be. As I read the horrific and heart breaking things the main character, Callum Mor, had to endure in his search for life of his own, I was reminded of an old saying that my own parents and grandparents always told us when we were young and unwanted hardships were forced upon us: "Remember, that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger!" And so it was with this book's main character.
Dec 17, 2014 - 6:05:24 AM

Guest Column
Hanukkah is a Zionist Celebration!
The modern State of Israel came into being as a modern miracle. With inferior weaponry, little infrastructure, and a much smaller population, the day after declaring independence, the new country was forced to go to war against invading armies from the neighboring Arab states. The miracles that come to mind when one thinks of Israel's history are numerous - the surprising victory of the War of Independence, the stunning victory of the Six Day War, as well as the Yom Kippur war. The task of liberation of Jewish land from enemy occupation is not completed!
Dec 17, 2014 - 6:03:05 AM

Features
Using The Brain's Right And Left Sides When Writing A Book
I use the left side of my brain to ensure the story is developed in a decisive manner. The right side is used to make the story come alive. Coordinating the two sides allows me not to stumble, as the people I mentioned above did. Using my creative right side helps move the story along with excitement and intrigue. But I should emphasize that I never leave the foundation of the storyline, because that's the overall framework of the story and how it unfolds, and I never want to lose focus of that objective or I might fall into the same predicament of writers who can never finish a book.
Dec 17, 2014 - 6:00:19 AM

Features
Chanukah Guide for the Perplexed, 2014 Based on Jewish Sages
The Hebrew word Chanukah consists of two words, Chanu - which means "they rested/stationed" in Hebrew - and Kah -- which means 25 in Hebrew - referring to the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, when the Maccabees re-consecrated the Temple.
Dec 17, 2014 - 5:57:11 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Blueberry Patch" by Laura Lee Royale
Unless one had experienced this type of illness in one's own family, one cannot understand what a difficult journey the patient and family goes through upon being diagnosed. "The Blueberry Patch" helps the reader to understand how the different "medical" establishments view patients with mental problems/diagnoses and how the patient is treated.
Dec 17, 2014 - 5:55:31 AM

Today in History
December 17 - Today in History
Today is December 17.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Scheme of Things
All I Want for Christmas
"All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth; my two tooth front teeth; my two front teeth."  Remember that song? Those words keep popping into my head as Christmas approaches. Released a few years before I was born, the words are a reminder of Christmases past. It's a song that made its way into our house each year around the holidays. I can picture my father at the organ and my mother singing lyrics to his jazzed up, big band, version of that song.
Dec 16, 2014 - 5:48:55 PM

Today in History
December 16 - Today in History
Today is December 16.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 16, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 15 - Today in History
Today is December 15.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 15, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Old Embers
The Works of Philo
The Hebrew Scriptures were known only to the Jews until the king of Egypt, Ptolemy Philadelphus, arranged for their translation into Greek, the common language of Egypt, Syria, and Judea of that day. The Jewish historian Josephus, a contemporary of Philo, gives an account of how these books of the Old Testament came to be translated. King Ptolemy offered in exchange for their translation one hundred talents in gold, twenty flasks wrought of gold, thirty flasks of silver, five large basins of gold, and a table for the show-bread, which was made of solid gold, and which was three feet long, one and a half feet wide, and two feet high. This amounted to about U.S. $2 million, an offer that Eleazar, the High Priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, graciously accepted.
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:25:20 AM

Ed Feulner
Why Gasoline Prices Are Down -- And How to Keep It That Way
Since 2008, we've increased our domestic supply of oil by 50 percent. Thanks to technological breakthroughs such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and horizontal drilling, we're able to find and extract far more oil than we possibly could have years ago. Oil production in states such as North Dakota, Texas and Oklahoma has doubled in the last six years. The U.S. is now the world's number-one producer of oil and natural gas. Signs that read "No to fracking" might as well read, "Yes to higher prices." And "no" to the more than 100,000 jobs created in the oil and gas extraction industry over the last few years.
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:23:03 AM

Down the Road
Self survey
I hope the picture of the lawn that you are giving us with the retirement house you're offering us shows a much smaller lawn than ours. I haven't yet seen that picture you sent, but I'm sure the lawn is much too big. I don't mind if the rest of the yard is cluttered with trees and brush, but that lawn needs to be small.
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:20:01 AM

International
Facing 'Palestine' with Truth an Uncommon Perspective
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated before the U.N. General Assembly last September, "The people of Israel are not the occupiers in the land of Israel." The Mandate for Palestine (1922) merely reaffirmed the longstanding Jewish legal right to settle anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an authorization further codified and protected at Article 80 of the U.N. Charter.... Within a few hours of any formal Palestinian "declaration of independence," Arab citizens of Israel - now, over 1.8 million - would begin to transform initially benign celebrations into malignantly full-scale riots... Then, irony of ironies, although these almost two million Arabs had themselves been full citizens of a Jewish State, Palestine would statutorily be Judenrein, or "free of Jews."
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:17:02 AM

International
The Shamrak Report Egypt and Israel agree about Gaza
Egypt kept the Rafah crossing closed to those looking to exit Gaza since October 25. Egypt has opened the crossing just once in one direction for two days, allowing residents of Gaza to return home. More than 10,000 medical patients with dire health conditions are currently living in the Gaza Strip, unable to seek adequate care due to the continuous closure of the Rafah crossing. Nigeria suffered one of its bloodiest terrorist attacks a week ago when three bombs exploded outside the Central Mosque in the northern city of Kano , killing at least 120 people. The assault was timed to coincide with Friday prayers and the blasts injured another 260 worshippers. As the blasts tore through the crowd, gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons. (If it does not involve Israelis killing Muslims the hypocrites in the west don't care about Muslim deaths)
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:15:09 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? The Vicissitudes of Life
There were no articles published last week by anyone including book authors so there are no links in this week's Book Basket but there are links to the two book reviews published. As usual we list the publicity material for 15 book releases which this week are: "Lucy's Rainbow: A Journey of Hope" by Judy Hopkins; "My Rocky Road and Beyond" by Mary Muriel Hall; "The Legend of Joe Golfer" by Chris Kalwa; "Inner Peace Simplified" By Cynthia Sholtis; "Wounds Caused by Gossip" By O.C. Isom; "PurposeFULLwork" By Debby Throckmorton; "Ignite CALM: Achieving Bliss in Your Work" by Deb Snyder; "The Scent of Eternity" by Alan McKean; "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks; "For the Record" by Eric Focht; "Laura and Me" by Sylvia Peterson; "Life in Babylon: A Memoir of Joy and Anguish" By Theresa M. Santmann; "Curse of the King" by Omari Pye; "The Soho Don" by Michael Connor and "You Are a Powerful Creator, My Little One" by  Monica Iglesias
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:13:41 AM

Today in History
December 14 - Today in History
Today is December 14.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 13 - Today in History
Today is December 13.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 13, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 12 - Today in History
Today is December 12.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 12, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 11 - Today in History
Today is December 11.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 11, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 10 - Today in History
Today is December 10.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 10, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 9 - Today in History
Today is December 9.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 9, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
December 8 - Today in History
Today is December 8.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 8, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Down the Road
Snow/ice hiking and falling
One other time I fell "but good" was when I had been walking in the Birdsacre woods in Ellsworth. The ground was snow covered, and I stopped to rest a bit while leaning on a branch of a sapling. Suddenly, and I don't recommend this for practice at home, I was sitting down. The bottom part of my anatomy hurt, and my arm that was still clinging to the sapling hurt.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:46:18 AM

Features
Science and Theology - A Common Understanding
If we are to predict whether or not Robert Jastrow's 'bad dream' will actually unfold, we need to understand how far 'up the mountain of ignorance' science has progressed to date. We do this by first looking at the present paradigm which is responsible for the world we have created for ourselves. A paradigm is a common or collective belief based on a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitute a way of viewing reality for the society that shares them. While each society may have their own particular paradigm, the belief that selfishness is a fait accompli underpins the paradigm of most societies.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:45:32 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Send Me some Love In The Mailbox" by Cherie Turlington
I found the book to be beautifully illustrated and the content takes one back to another place and time. A time when if one had a "mailbox" and lived in a rural place, then the mailbox was the place that one would run to everyday to check the mail and the mailman's schedule was closely watched and committed to memory. Sadly, with all of the additions that this "modern" world has produced such as the cell phones and computers, just to name a few, we have lost touch with ourselves and our ability to touch others.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:40:16 AM

Guest Column
US-Israel strategic partnership inspired by Col. Meinertzhagen
Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, the Chief Political/Intelligence Officer of the British Mandate in Palestine, inspired the late Senator Daniel Inouye, who laid the foundation for the landmark US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, which was overwhelmingly supported by Congress. The Act reflects Israel's increasing and unique strategic contribution to vital US defense and commercial interests, and the mutually beneficial, two-way-street nature of the US-Israel relationship.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:35:36 AM

Jim Kouri
Mexican criminal aliens stealing Puerto Rican identities ignored by media
"This is a case no one wants reported, at least no one who is part of the liberal-left orthodoxy. The fact that American citizens who are legally born Americans are being victimized by having their identities stolen doesn't seem to bother President Barack Obama and the rest of his administration. It certainly doesn't concern the news media who appear to have become the Democratic Party's public relations firm," said an angry Puerto Rican cop-turned-attorney, Maria Garcia-DeJesus.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:30:04 AM

Tom DeWeese
Gruber's arrogance is just the tip of the Iceberg Same lying tactics being used across the nation
Recently Americans were shocked by the surfacing of video clearly revealing the blatant arrogance of White House Medical Consultant Jonathon Gruber as he described how Obamacare proponents were able to lie to the American people to get the law passed. "Lack of transparency," he smugly stated, "is a huge political advantage." Gruber went on to pound his chest over the "very clever basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter. "Stupid," was his favorite word.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:25:39 AM

International
The Shamrak Report: One Law for the US - Another for Israel
The US's drone strike campaign in the Middle East has killed an unprecedented number of civilians. Terrorists only comprise 3.5% of the people who have died from "targeted killings".
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:20:39 AM

Christianity
USCCB Chairmen Respond to New Department of Labor Regulations
WASHINGTON--On December 3, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule to implement President Obama's July 21 Executive Order prohibiting federal government contractors from what the Administration deems "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" discrimination. In response, four chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:15:15 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Searching for the Answers
In this week's Book Basket we have the links to four (4) book reviews published this week at Magic City as well as links to four (4) articles published at Magic City by various book authors. As is our custom, we also have the publicity details for 15 book releases, which include: "Traitor's Rise" by Norm Thomas; "Caught Between Two Worlds" by Judith L. Cameron; "Inflagrante and Delicta: The Common Period" by Andrew Holt McMinn; "Broken Pieces: Nothing is Wasted" By Ross Alan Hill; "Parodies Lost" by Glynn Leaney; "Mission, Vision And Bulls#it" by Y.G. Nash; "The 7 Principles of Faith-Based Parenting" By La Shawn B. Wells; "The Girl Who Saved Christmas" by William Thomas Thach; "Santa's Secret" By Sunny Hoover; "It's My Choice" By SM Chung; "Visions of God" By Harold Fryday; "The Gadoomfs" By Fiona Burdett; "The Misadventures of Wunderwear Woman" By Denis Hayes; "75 Things I Wish My Parents Had Taught Me" by Patrick Reynolds and "Boundless: A wayward entrepreneur's search for peace Paperback" by Greg Hopkinson
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:10:32 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Moo" by Jane Smiley
The back of Smiley's 1995 paperback describes as "born in Los Angeles, grew up in St.Louis, and studied at Vassar and the University of Iowa, where she received her Ph. D." And Moo was "selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club," according to the same page.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:05:02 AM

Down the Road
The Beautiful Scenery of My Retirement
For your dreaming times, the Craignair Inn we occasionally visit down along the ocean. Milt Gross Photo

Dec 7, 2014 - 5:03:13 AM

Today in History
December 7 - Today in History
Today is December 7.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 7, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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Today is December 6.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 6, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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Today is December 5.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
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