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R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 2
In the Magic City Book Basket this week we have listed the links for the three (3) author articles we have published since the last book basket and of course publicity material for various books that have been published in the last year. This week there are ten of them. They are: "Bad Boy from Jamaica: The Garnett Myrie Story" By Basil Waine Kong; "Amish Scrambled Eggs With Humor" By Joseph 'Chool' Crawshaw; "God's Mighty Warriors in the Last Days" By Dr. Donald Bell; "The House of Gathering" by Erica Sarzin-Borrillo; "Breath of Dragons: Vanished" By Tina M. Randolph; "Love Letter: For a Japanese War Bride" by Stephen E. Price; "The Donation of Constantine" by Simon LeVay; "The Battle of Top Hat Wood: Book One" by Taylor Samuel Lyen; "Believe and Achieve" By Joel Hopkins and "Echoes from the Past" by Peter Rimmer
Jan 25, 2015 - 5:00:02 AM

Guest Column
10 calculated steps abusive partners take to trap you by Sarah Salem
For those currently in an abusive relationship or who know someone who is, you should be aware that some people regard an abused female as a frail, pathetic woman. They think it's her fault since "it's easy to pick up and leave." I would like to answer on behalf of those suffering women--having gone through it myself. It's not as easy as it seems.
Jan 22, 2015 - 9:11:35 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Ordinance de Villiers-Cotterets
In point of fact this document in a sense was the forerunner of Kebek's Bill 101, which was passed by the Kebek Legislature on August 26, 1977, by the Pequiste Government of Rene Levesque.
Jan 22, 2015 - 9:02:09 AM

Jim Kouri
State of the Union: Obama 'disses' fallen cop heroes while honoring lawbreaker
A U.S. District Court judge in Pennsylvania issued an opinion that President Obama's unilateral action on immigration -- which permits some illegal aliens to stay in the United States and work -- is unconstitutional. "President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause and is [therefore] unconstitutional," said Arthur J. Schwab.
Jan 22, 2015 - 8:44:09 AM

Features
An Olympic wrestler, his Czech girlfriend, and research for my first novel
A search of Olympic wrestlers brought the country Bulgaria to the forefront. Bulgaria is noted for producing strongmen. Pursuing the words Bulgaria and Bulgarian government, the Bulgarian mafia surfaced. I began a lengthy search of the political history and the interrelated birth of the Bulgarian mafia following the collapse of communism.
Jan 21, 2015 - 8:21:50 AM

Ed Feulner
Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None
"Supporters of free markets, limited government, and robust civil society free from interference by federal overlords must find a way to speak to the people who are being left behind." - Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America
Jan 21, 2015 - 8:10:01 AM

Guest Column
Terrorism and The Reformation of Islam
There are signs that leaders of Islamic countries are coming to realize the threat to their existence from radical Islam. Christianity was once cruel and corrupt. Most Christians were not cruel. The teachings of Christ were not corrupt. The Christian Reformation was a rebellion against the power of The Church. It was only complete when Christian governments recognized they could not have domain over the thoughts and beliefs of their people. The Law of the Realm that once governed our beliefs has evolved to its proper role of governing only our behavior toward each other.
Jan 21, 2015 - 8:05:04 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 1.
This is our first edition of the Book Basket for 2015 and it contains publicity material and book cover photographs for Ten (10) book releases. This is an eclectic mix of genres. "Who's Behind the Mask?" By Allen McCray; "Orphan Spirit" By Maria Star; "The Dark Tunnel" By Patrick Henderson; "Thursday's Child: The Mike Kendrick Story" by Mike Kendrick; "A Foggy Sunrise" By David Kimel; "A Dark Spree" by Nest Madden; "Light of the Damned" by F. John Hurr; "Even the Land Cries!" by Lainey May; "Legacy of Alahdorn" by D.B. Kaine and "The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ - In a single narrative" by Norman Russell
Jan 18, 2015 - 12:23:25 AM

Scheme of Things
A Different Kind of Gift
There are all kinds of birthdays. Some fade into memory-fog like any other day; others stand out. Some bring milestones with age related changes, removing restrictions on everything from what we can watch to what we can buy. Other birthdays enable new responsibilities like driving, voting, or drinking; some paste on category-labels such as teenager, adult, or senior citizen. These birthdays can mark changes to how we perceive ourselves, or how others perceive us.
Jan 14, 2015 - 8:20:47 PM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Longest Distance" by David Scott
This is more than a simple love story, it delves deep into our hearts and psyches to reveal hidden truths and desires that many of us wanderers fail to ever deal with or acknowledge in our lifetimes. "The Longest Distance" will take you in hand, take over your heart and your mind and just maybe, leave you asking the simple question, "why not?"
Jan 13, 2015 - 4:45:56 PM

Jim Kouri
Paris terror attack: Mayor de Blasio weakened NYC security
The terrorists' crown-jewel target, New York City, has become more and more vulnerable under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio. For example, his dismantling of a special operations unit of police officers that conducted surveillance and investigations of the city's and metropolitan area's mosques has left the Big Apple arguably as vulnerable as it was on Sept. 10, 2001.
Jan 10, 2015 - 8:12:20 PM

Tom DeWeese
Private Property Rights and Socialism Do Not Mix
NAR's members are the professionals that all of us look to for the best approach to buy and sell our homes. One of NAR's mottos is "protecting the American dream of home ownership". And they claim to protect property rights. Would it then surprise you that NAR is a major promoter of a plan that actually results in the destruction of private property rights? NAR documents show the Association is working to advocate the policy of Smart Growth for local community development.
Jan 7, 2015 - 4:55:15 AM

Jim Kouri
Happy New Year message sent by Islamic jihadists: An analysis
While most people in the world bid farewell to 2014 and welcomed 2015, Islamic terrorists sent out their own brand of New Year greetings in the only way they know: killing the innocent and destroying public or private property. Although, the U.S. news media is sure to cover the terrorist acts perpetrated in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as does President Barack Obama, they fail to understand that events in Iraq are part of an international jihad being fought by numerous radical Muslim terror networks and affiliates.
Jan 7, 2015 - 4:52:01 AM

Guest Column
Israel and the non-omnipotent US presidency
The assertion that US foreign policy and national security are shaped by presidential omnipotence is refuted by recent precedents and the US Constitution. The latter was created by the Founding Fathers, who were determined to limit the power of government and preclude the possibility of executive dictatorship. They were apprehensive of potential presidential excesses and encroachment, and therefore assigned the formulation of foreign policy and national security to both Congress and the president.
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:17:45 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Reviews July1st - Dec 31st 2014
From July 1st to December 31st there were 69 book reviews published at Magic City. I will cease to be Editor of this Site as from December 31st 2014, and at this stage I have no idea what plans are in the pipeline in relation to book reviews and the Book Baskets which I introduced. Whatever happens, I offer my thanks to all the Reviewers, Authors and Publicists who have been involved in this undertaking this year.
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:15:07 PM

International
The Shamrak Report 2014 ends but the not the problems
Trans-Jordan was part of the Palestinian mandate, which was allocated for creation of a Jewish state by the League of Nations in 1922, in accordance with the Balfour Declaration. Therefore, its separation from Palestinian mandated land was an illegal act. Unfortunately, the dominant imperial powers, Britain and France, controlled the League of Nations which they used to rubber stamp their shady deals at the time. As a result of the deal, in 1922, in order to secure Britain 's financial interests in the Suez Canal, Sinai was given to Egypt by the British with the permission of King Hussein of Hejaz and Nejd, now Saudi Arabia. Jews were not asked! In return, Britain transferred control of the land east of the river Jordan to Hussein's son, Abdullah. Control of the Golan Heights was transferred to the French-run Syrian Mandate and in exchange the United Kingdom got control of the newly discovered oil fields in Kirkuk.
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:12:24 PM

Christianity
Christian Book Basket Magic City (17)
In our final Christian Book Basket I have listed links to the last 7 Christian Book reviews as well as links to the last 5 Christian Book Baskets. This basket also contains the publicity material for Seven Christian Books published this year. They include: "Dynamic Studies in Hebrews: Bringing God's Word to Life" by Fred A. Scheeren; "God, I Cheated on You" by Montrayal Carnell James; "To God Be The Glory" by Theresa Annie Malone; "Lessons I Learned From God" by Allison Piper; "God's Mystery That Is Christ" By Seok Lyun Chang Soppe; "Traditional Christian Ethics, Volume Four: The Negative Commandments -- Prohibitions" by Dr. David Brattston and "Through the Trials Just Believe" By Nitza Hollinger
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:10:32 PM

Jim Kouri
Funeral for fallen cop: NYPD asks New Yorkers to dump Mayor Bill de Blasio
The display of thousands of law enforcement officials representing departments and agencies throughout the country standing in the streets of the Queens section of New York City on Saturday, to honor one of two police officers assassinated last week, was a sight not seen since the large number police and firefighter funerals following the 9-11 terrorist attack.
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:07:43 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Author Contributions At Magic City July to December 2014
Last year (Nov '13 to June '14) we received 124 contributions from book authors. Since July of this year we have received another 69. By July 1st this year we had featured over 400 new book releases and since that date we have added another 400 more thanks to additional books baskets like the Christian Book Basket and the Children's Book Basket. I have been very honored to have been involved with the publicists and authors involved and I hope that our readership has enjoyed the bonus reading, and I hope that this work will continue after I cease to be the Editor on December 31st.
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:05:40 PM

R.P. BenDedek
2015 What Changes will it bring?

Dec 31, 2014 - 12:03:19 AM

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

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

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

Down the Road
Books for any year
On our sofa, I can be anywhere doing a variety of things via books. There are always at least two on the table in front of the sofa. My last book trip took me to George Washington and the Revolutionary War, the everyday experiences of those I met who lived back in the 1770s. The one I'm reading now is taking me to the far West, where railroads are being built and Custer is about to be in his last stand.
Dec 28, 2014 - 1:35:50 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Money makes the world go around
In addition to our usual publicity material for new book releases, in this weeks book basket we also have listed the links to the four (4) book reviews published this week at Magic City Morning Star. The 15 new releases for which publicity material and photographs are provided include: "The Mysterious Castle" by John Edward Savage; "Never Saying Goodbye" by Mary Jean Teachman; "Engage the Fox" by Jen Lawrence & Larry Chester; "Institutionalised" by Kevine Walcott; "I, Horatio" By Donald A. Tortorice; "Wild Game" by Blayne Davis; "Adventures of The Great Marlo and The Blue Pearl" by David G Lindsay; "Life of a Salesman" by Rupert Harry Miller; "Second Chance" by Robert T. Kiyosaki; "The Payoff Principle" By Alan Zimmerman; "Coffin for Two" by Peter Wategay; "Chester the Cedar Christmas Tree" by Pat Keith; "Fly Away Free" by Anne Turner Coppola; "The Dao of Doug" By Douglas Meriwether and "GPS for America" by Abel Gashe
Dec 28, 2014 - 1:32:45 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Custer's Gold" by M. John Lubetkin
"M. John Lubetkin's novel carries the reader through the world of railroad surveyors, military escorts [and Indian fighting] in the early 1870s," states a review on the book's back cover. I agree that the book takes us through a little-described part of history, the part just before and after George Armstrong Custer and his military group are wiped out in a battle with American Indians at a battle near the Big Horn River. But it adds a bank robbery to the true story and mixes it and its characters up with the actual facts.
Dec 28, 2014 - 1:30:33 AM

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

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

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

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

Book Reviews
E.M. Parke Review: "Authentic Christianity" By Gordon Haresign
I have recently completed reading Gordon Haresign's book 'Authentic Christianity' and found it to be a very well written, well researched, informative document, containing a wealth of information for students of the biblical book of Revelation. The fact that Mr Haresign is quite an authority on his subject becomes evident the further the reader progresses through the book. He also presents as a writer espousing typical fundamental, protestant views which he has no difficulty in outlining for the reader.
Dec 24, 2014 - 8:00:00 AM

International
The Shamrak Report - Double Standards
"Egypt's crackdown in Sinai once again exposes the double standards of the international community toward the war on terrorism. While it is fine for Egypt to demolish hundreds of houses and forcibly transfer thousands of people in the name of the war on terrorism, Israel is not allowed to fire back at those who launch rockets and missiles at its civilians." - Khaled Abu Toameh
Dec 24, 2014 - 7:55:35 AM

History
Navy Artifact Related to Motion Picture "Unbroken" on Display in Virginia Museum
On Christmas Day, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken will hit theaters. It tells the story of Louis Zamperini, who spent 47 days at sea after a near-fatal plane crash and was then captured by the Japanese navy when he washed up in the Marshall Islands; he spent the rest of the war in several prison camps. For people in Virginia, there's an opportunity to see an artifact from one of the prison camps at which he was interned--the Omori Prison Camp.
Dec 24, 2014 - 7:50:07 AM

Book Reviews
E.M. Parke Review: "Monastery to Matrimony" by Mary Ann Weakley
Whilst this book is located in a convent setting, it is not presented as an overly- religious manuscript, but rather, it celebrates the triumph and resilience of the human spirit and the way that it can develop under difficult circumstances and duress. Although this book may not be first choice of reading by serious Bible scholars, I would expect its readership to be found amongst those who appreciate a book that promotes good, old fashioned, basic, honest values, honourable behaviour and family life.
Dec 24, 2014 - 7:45:03 AM

R.P. BenDedek
A Blessed PC Holiday Tree. Merry ------mas!

Dec 24, 2014 - 12:03:07 AM

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

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

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

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