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Memories of Maine Make for Good Stories
Magic City Morning Star News Feature Writer and Book Reviewer Martha Stevens-David has released her third book of stories about growing up in Maine.

Aug 31, 2014 - 12:02:22 AM

Down the Road
Sammy moves in
Every other cat or kitten we've taken in spent two or three days hiding somewhere out of sight and finally tiptoeing out to where he or she could keep a better eye on us. One "hid" on the hot water heater in the back kitchen, in plain sight but maybe out of sight in her mind. When she finally came out, she took over for awhile until we all got used to each other.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:25:23 AM

Guest Column
The War with Gaza: Let the Recriminations Begin
Emerson closes out his article describing the bitterness and hatred felt by some Gazans in the street toward Hamas for firing and placing munitions in hospitals, Mosques, and private residences while senior leadership hid in tunnels leaving residents to fend for themselves. He quotes an Hamas fighter claiming to have received his anti-tank training in a hall under the Alshafi Mosque in Khan Yunis where the Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigades train. All this is probably true. Yet the streets were filled with Gazans celebrating what they deemed a great victory over the "Zionist occupation."
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:22:21 AM

Features
In Search of the Good Enough Mother
You want to be the kind of mother with unending tender love and care, never losing your cool and never getting in your own way. You want to be patient in all circumstances. You want to find that perfect balance of being your child's comfort, guide, disciplinarian, and friend. You want to be all that you wished your own mother was but wasn't. You surely don't ever want to make the mistakes that she made. Yet we all know that no mother can live up to that kind of hype.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:20:44 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It" By Deloris Dallas
This book interested me from the very beginning and I must say, it was not an "easy" read. It tells the story of a young girl's growing up on the Island of Jamaica and the ordeals she encountered in just trying to survive. This book will make one take a hard look at the things we take for granted and we might not like what we finally see. We, as human beings, need to be cognizant of the fact that just because all is right in our world, it just might not be so, in others.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:17:37 AM

News
It's Jihad, Stupid
Rachel Ehrenfeld was one of the pioneers in the West to warn about the threat from Jihad. An expert on all aspects of Jihad, but especially terrorism financing, Ms. Ehrenfeld has been targeted by powerful, moneyed interests in failed attempts to silence her. Statements made by U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, after ISIS released videos showing their beheading of photojournalist James Foley, revealed that both seem to suffer not only from severe shortsightedness, but also from an acute case of willful blindness.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:15:03 AM

Guest Column
Is Time Working For/Against Israel?
In contrast to those who wish to boycott Israel, 2013 and 2014 have highlighted Israel's expanding trade and investment global network GDP growth has averaged 4% over the past 5 years, compared with 0.7% on average for OECD countries. In 2014, Israel is the world's top exporter of drones, the world's co-leader (along with the US) in the development, manufacturing and launching of small and medium size satellites, the sixth largest exporter of military systems, the 2nd largest cyber exporter
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:12:51 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's In the Book Basket This Week? Life's Problems and Steps to Solve Them
In this week's book basket we list the two book reviews that were published this last week along with the links to three articles published by various book authors. Naturally we have a list of newly released books - 15 this week - and they are: "A Cry from the Dust" by Carrie Stuart Parks; "An Average Joe's Pursuit for Financial Freedom" By Michael Munsey; "Uniforms" by David Duchesneau; "Lust" by Diana Raab; "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" by Holy Ghost Writer; "It's My World Too" by Homer Page; "A Dress, a Tie, and a Ring" by Julian R. Hanley; "The Darkest Side of Saturn" by Tony Taylor; "The Threat From Within" By Charles Lee; "Mainely Memories" by Martha Stevens-David; "New China" By Jim Hammond; "Stop! Drop! & Wiggle!" By Gaia Shawna Morrissette; "Resist Not Evil" By Robert Vacca; "Pazuju" by Sarah and Jonathan Tillger and "Granddad's Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America" by Michael Moffitt
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM

Entertainment
"Holy Ghost" World Premiere September 6th
(Chicago, IL -- August 26, 2014) Wanderlust Productions--the independent film studio behind the cult hit trilogy FINGER OF GOD, FURIOUS LOVE and FATHER OF LIGHTS--is poised to disrupt the entertainment industry's long-established business model with the debut of its dynamic new documentary film HOLY GHOST. Featuring a concert by Jake Hamilton & The Sound, the HOLY GHOST World Premiere Experience will be a one-time, live global event on September 6th in which anyone anywhere can see the film--for free.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:07:48 AM

Down the Road
Milt Gross Book Review: "Standing on Principal" by Frank Vetro
One outcome of what happened was clear in that by the end of the book, Vetro had still not been returned to his previous administration position and had excepted a teaching position that was on a much lower scale. I would not recommend Standing on Principal for its writing or literary value, but I do recommend it for its apparently true story of justice gone wrong. The writer was definitely wronged, according to the book.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:05:40 AM

Today in History
August 31 - Today in History
Today is August 31.  Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
August 30 - Today in History
Today is August 30. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 30, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Features
Is Multitasking Multi-Deadly?
If you look at the latest job listings, I guarantee that a large percentage of them will read, "Must be able to multitask and work under pressure in a deadline-driven, fast paced environment..." These descriptions should say, "...where creativity and your health and well-being are not important. True humans need not apply."
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:25:55 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Grand Ma Ma and Her Grand Grand Kids"
They are colorful, beautifully illustrated and she also took the time to write in such a way that most of the sentences rhymed, and children of all ages especially love that. I loved the fact that she incorporated multicultural ethnicities in the drawings so that anyone in any place around our vast planet can relate to the story line.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:22:00 AM

Community
Obama said he will stand with the Muslims in troubled times!
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been flat out lying when they told us illegal aliens couldn't fly into the U.S. without proper IDs. Now they admit that illegal aliens were allowed to board planes using Federal Immigration Court documents called a "Notice to Appear". These Notice to Appear forms are so easy to forge, a child could do it.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:20:38 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Obama Administration's Irrelevance in the Islamic World
No man/woman should be selected for such a high office based upon an ideology as stupid as Political Correctness. If another leader in another part of the world rises up to lead this world and leads successfully, no one will want a return to the status quo. Obama and his administration can stamp their feet and throw tantrums all they like over not being consulted about this Libyan affair, but when you are an irrelevance, well ....you are irrelevant.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:17:25 AM

Community
BBB warns of phone solicitations targeting children
Marlborough, MA - With children and young adolescents owning cell phones, receiving calls from scammers is definitely a risk. In this day and age, it's very important to be aware of the types of calls or texts children might receive. Better Business Bureau is warning parents and guardians of cell phone solicitations now targeting children.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:15:03 AM

National
2,300 FedEx Ground staff vindicated in Court of Appeal
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that a class of 2,300 individuals working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, FedEx may owe its workforce of drivers hundreds of millions of dollars for illegally shifting to them the costs of such things as the FedEx branded trucks, FedEx branded uniforms, and FedEx scanners, as well as missed meal and rest period pay, overtime compensation, and penalties. The case, known as Alexander v. FedEx Ground, covers employees in California from 2000 - 2007. The ruling can be found on the Leonard Carder website.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:12:05 AM

M Stevens-David
The Bath - Part Two
August 2008 arrived once again and so did Peyton. I couldn't believe a year had passed since her last summer's visit and now that she was ten, I expected a lot of changes and I wasn't disappointed either. Since her mother was attending conferences in Arizona for her final preparation for her Doctoral dissertation, we had arranged to drive from Minot, Maine down to Newington, New Hampshire to pick her up for her two week stay.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:10:03 AM

Outdoors
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs": Do You Know Weather?
ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 27, 2014 -- For boaters, sailors or anglers, knowing the forecast and understanding the weather can mean the difference between smooth, sunny sailing or slogging through uncomfortably rough seas. Weather for Boaters, a new online course from the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the BoatUS Foundation aims to teach boaters the basics of weather and forecasting so they may recognize and prepare for storms coming their way, interpret cloud formations and wind shifts, learn when to prepare for lightning and thunderstorms, and more.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:07:25 AM

State
$800,000 EPA Investment for Brownfield Cleanups in Maine
"I'm pleased that so many communities in Maine will benefit from this important investment that allows for the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites," said Michaud. "Maximizing the potential of these sites strengthens local economies, lays a solid foundation for growth within a community, and ensures the safety and well-being of residents. I'm looking forward to seeing the positive development that will come from this investment."
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:05:28 AM

Today in History
August 29 - Today in History
Today is August 29. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
August 28 - Today in History
Today is August 28. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 28, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

International
The Shamrak Report: Western bleeding hearts so easily fooled
In a remarkably candid interview on Lebanese TV, Isra al-Mudallal, the head of foreign relations at Hamas's Information Ministry in Gaza, explained how harassment, interrogations and deportations were used to ensure that journalists reporting from Gaza during Operation Protective Edge stuck to Hamas's official line and did not report "the Israeli narrative".
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:22:08 AM

News
Paycheck for Terrorism: $5,300 for Suicide Attack
Ms. Attkisson is still at work investigating terrorism today and recently published this important article on payments made from Middle Eastern charities to families of suicide bombers...
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:20:44 AM

State
Michaud Calls for Displaced Old Town Workers to Receive Trade Adjustment Assistance
We ask that you review this Trade Adjustment Assistance petition as quickly as possible and to help these workers receive the assistance they need to secure work and lessen the negative effects on their financial stability
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:17:53 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Izzy: At a Time Like This - Don't Make Trouble!
For both Muslim and Evangelical Christian, the Messiah will come when Armageddon's battle is fought on Israel's soil.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:15:03 AM

Features
Be Here Now: How to be emotionally present to life's challenges
We can try to get around life. We can try to take a short-cut around the pain. We can try to circumvent the difficulties. But we can't actually avoid the journey. It takes real strength to face life as it comes, step by step, just as it is. It takes real patience to accept that some things in life cannot be hurried along but must unfold over time.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:13:07 AM

Christianity
Christian Book Basket Magic City (13)
There are five books in the Christian Book Basket this week four of which have already be requested by reviewers. The five books in the basket are: "Authentic Christianity" by Gordon Haresign; "Read Matthew to Live Your Life, Read John to Save Your Soul" By Douglas Kindred; "What is this thing called Go(o)d?" By Rob Beasley; "Monastery to Matrimony" By Mary Ann Weakley and "I Hear You Smiling" by Jane Pierce.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:10:18 AM

News
Celebrating the 50 Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement: Then and Now
WASHINGTON--To celebrate the 50 anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on African American Affairs will release a series of resources to highlight the achievements of the Civil Rights era and its connections to the Catholic Church.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:07:29 AM

Community
The Dangers of Free Wi-Fi
Never connect to an unfamiliar ad-hoc network--even if the name sounds genuine. A hacker can change the name of his network to anything he wants, including the name of the legitimate Internet connection offered by the airport. Just because it has the same name as the Wi-Fi advertised in the airport or hotel, don't believe it.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:05:40 AM

Today in History
August 27 - Today in History
Today is August 27. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 27, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
August 26 - Today in History
Today is August 26. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 26, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Community
Fraud Awareness and Self Defense: Don't Become a Fraud Victim -- Hold Onto Your Emotions
This article is intended to provide you with some "self-defense" tips for protecting you and your loved ones from becoming victims of fraud.  You need to be strong and in control in order to resist a fraudster.  Knowledge and awareness can be very powerful weapons against fraud -- remember, knowledge is power.
Aug 25, 2014 - 3:11:46 PM

Today in History
August 25 - Today in History
Today is August 25. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 25, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Down the Road
The old Twombly farm
How things change over the years! "Tom" e-mailed me recently that he had purchased the farm in Belgrade that had once belonged to the Twombly family. He also sent me photos of how the farm looked when he purchased it, run down and not at all like the Twombly farm I remembered from my childhood.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:23:14 AM

Features
Seven Things You Should Know About Vitamin 'A'
I was alarmed and scarred but an earlier knowledge bubbled back to me. Could this be a case of night blindness? I picked up a book and attempted to see and read the words, but, every word was blurred. From a nearby Kroger supermarket, I purchased vitamin A gel-caps and drove back home; where the TV images and the written texts were still blurred. Forty thousand international units of Vitamin A and five minutes was all it took to restore my vision perfectly.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:20:02 AM

International
Understanding the Israeli-Egyptian-Saudi alliance
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and its state sponsors Qatar and Turkey, are the key members of this alliance structure. Without their support Hamas would have gone down with the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt last summer. As it stands, all view Hamas's war with Israel as a means of reinstating the Brotherhood to power in that country. To achieve a Hamas victory, Turkey, Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood are using Western support for Hamas against Israel. If the US and the EU are able to coerce Egypt and Israel to open their borders with Gaza, then the Western powers will hand the jihadist axis a strategic victory.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:17:13 AM

Business
OECD: Israel attracts foreign investors
The Gaza War has demonstrated the impressive performance of the Iron Dome short-range missile defense system, the Trophy active defense system for tanks and armed personnel carriers, and additional Israeli- developed military systems. This is enhancing respect for Israel's defense and commercial high tech sector, and increasing interest in buying Israeli technology products and acquiring -- and investing in -- Israeli high tech companies.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM

State
Minot, Maine Woman Writes 4th Book
This book follows her first two books, "Autobiography of a Simple Soul" in 2011, and "Memories, Another Place, Another Time" in 2012. Mrs. David is also co-wrote Dr. Mary T. Dycio's bestselling book "My Life's Journey from Ukraine to Maine" in 2014. All of these books were published by P.R. Gott Books of Norway, Maine.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:12:15 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Life, Dreams and Principles
In this Weeks Basket we feature the links to three articles provided us by book authors as well as one book review provided by Laure McCourt Lopez. Additionally we feature the publicity material for 15 new releases, which are: "Give YourSelf Permission to Live Your Life" by Priya Rana Kapoor; "Speak Your Truth: How You Can Recover From Lupus" by Denise A. Dorfman; "It - How They Do It" by Joyce Ann Tepley; "Poetic Thoughts in the Keys of Happiness" By BAM; "Cost of Truth" by Julie K. Parrott; "The Art of the College Essay" by Gabrielle Glancy; "Force Seven: Talisman" by M.R. Miller; "Dreams" by Estelle Feldman; "Waldo Emerson, My Grandfather, and Me" by Eugene Perticone; "Rainbows Over Ruins" by Susan Sherayko; "How To Build An Enduring Marriage" by Karen Budzinski; "And Grant You Peace" by Kate Flora; "Hurting Girls" by Kim Mac Innis; "Standing on Principal" by Frank Vetro and "The Path of a lifetime" by Carol Ann Craig
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:10:20 AM

News
Archbishop Kurtz Response to Revised HHS Mandate Regulations
"On initial review of the government's summary of the regulations, we note with disappointment that the regulations would not broaden the "religious employer" exemption to encompass all employers with sincerely held religious objections to the mandate.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:07:00 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Hound-Dog Man" by the late Fred Gibson
This was a juvenile story in 1949, but I doubt if many kids could understand the language or follow the tales these days. That could be the result of modern education and publication, where things get kind of watered down for juvenile consumption. I'd kind of like to experience today's juvenile, say a junior or senior high school student, reading Gibson's tale of a black dog that was laced with good outdoor adventure from start to finish.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:05:06 AM

Today in History
August 24 - Today in History
Today is August 24. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
August 23 - Today in History
Today is August 23. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 23, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

News
Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000
The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the "Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition" which kicks off today. "We believe there are some creative folks out there that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas," said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston. A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to www.BoatUS.org/design.
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:57:53 AM

Book Reviews
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: The Elephant and the Stake by Joanne Belvedere
As an early childhood education teacher I would incorporate this story in an integrated curriculum unit focusing on the culture and environmental landscape of Sri Lanka. This book would also lend itself as a modern take of fable in a comparison/contrast unit of Aesop's Fables and modern literature.
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:55:09 AM

News
Black Ribbon Day
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation works to pass bipartisan legislation creating a national day of remembrance and educates Congress on horrors of totalitarian ideology
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:53:32 AM

Today in History
August 22 - Today in History
Today is August 22. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 22, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

National
Islamic State Lurking in the Background in Ferguson
In fact, the ISIS sign at the Ferguson march is perhaps no surprise given that the Islamic State has made extensive use of social media to conduct outreach to protesters there.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:17:33 AM

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