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Entertainment
Qing Dynasty Traditional Wedding Gifts?
At an exhibit on Chinese traditional wedding: "Present from the parental home to an expecting woman. Weapons, stationery, sex education, toys. Qing Dynasty."

Oct 26, 2014 - 6:15:01 AM

Features
5 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People at Family Holiday Gatherings
The table is set with your holiday dishes and best silver, and the smell of the cooking turkey is wafting throughout the house. Fresh pine garland is draped just so over the hutch and bookcases, the Christmas tree is dripping with twinkling lights and memento ornaments, while packages are strewn under the tree waiting to be opened. You look around one more time checking to make sure everything is set, and then the doorbell rings. The first of many family members has arrived. Within minutes the house is bubbling with conversations mixed with familiar holiday music. You're crossing your fingers that all stays well. "So far, so good. " you whisper to yourself. You spoke too soon...
Oct 29, 2014 - 6:05:27 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Political Comment: The pot calling the kettle: USA and PRC
I live in China and tend to note all the media criticisms about China, its government and its policies. It was therefore sad but hilarious reading to read a New York Times article : Lobbyists, Bearing Gifts, Pursue Attorneys General By Eric Lipton Oct. 28, 2014
Oct 29, 2014 - 6:03:23 AM

International
The Shamrak Report The Sheer Hypocrisy
A three-month-old baby was killed and eight people injured when a car, driven by known terrorist - 21 year-old Abdur Rahman Slodi, slammed into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop. "We can confirm that this was a terrorist attack. The driver is a resident of Silwan and has a terrorist background. He has served time in jail for terror activity," said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. A Hamas spokesman openly welcomed news of a terror attack in Jerusalem. US Consulate called it a 'traffic incident.' ... Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was denied meetings with top American officials during his visit to the United States this week.
Oct 29, 2014 - 6:00:02 AM

State
$10 Million Federal Investment in Front Street Shipyard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Michaud is praising a $10 million investment from USDA Rural Development to support boat-building operations at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast. Earlier this year, Michaud announced a $1.9 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) to Belfast. That investment allowed for the improvement of Front Street and the continued development of the Front Street Shipyard.
Oct 29, 2014 - 5:57:23 AM

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

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

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

Down the Road
Rambling while retired
But now I'm thinking about hikes I probably won't and will take in my future after the hip surgery. I probably won't tackle Katahdin again (six climbs are probably enough) but I will likely head up the much smaller Bald Peak in Acadia. It's got all the features of Maine's higher mountains, only in miniature. I probably won't trip on the north side of Baldpate again, but then once was enough. I can find much lower places to trip. There are lots of places we still plan to go, such as the state museum in Augusta and old Fort Western there. You can drive right up to them, and there are no steep, rocky trails inside.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:35:13 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Relationships and the World
We have two book reviews linked in the book basket today as well as links to four author articles. There are of course the regular 15 press releases for various books. These include: "Desperate in DC" by Phoebe Thompsen and Crystal Walker; "I Could Just Scream" By Ray Martini; "The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes: Friends Forever" By Jeri-Anne Agee; "Healing the Heart of Democracy" By Parker J. Palmer; "Tessa and Claudine" by Lisbeth Thom ; "The Quadrilateral Band: Forms a Geometry Band" By Paula Drake; "Woman Up!" by Aimee Cohen; "Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: Adventures Beyond the Screen" By Ben Halpert; "Laura and Me" by Sylvia Peterson; "Primary Gift" by Kelly F. Holland; "Daniella Beckett and the Beast of Whitechapel" by Allan McLeod ; "The Spirit of Things II: Here We Go Again" by Carole Mann; "By the Way, I Love You" by Ama Vitam ; "Incorporated Evil: A Business With One Goal...Absolute Power" by Peter Widdows and "Bad for Ears" by R.G. Gregory
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:27:47 AM

Tom DeWeese
The Clear Connection Between Barack Obama and The Weathermen
In more than forty years, Ayres, Dorhn, Rudd, and Jones were not heard from in the mainstream media. They had not been an issue in any presidential election. They did not openly promote or support a candidate, snubbing even John Kerry and Bill and Hillary Clinton as not being revolutionary enough for their agenda for the destruction of America. Until Barack Obama. These four are dedicated Marxist revolutionaries. Why Obama? You don't need a Weatherman to know why.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:25:28 AM

Guest Column
Secretary Kerry, on words one does not pay customs!
An Arab colloquialism, frequently employed by Arab policy--makers in order to mislead foreign movers and shakers (including American Secretaries of State) suggests that "on words one does not pay customs." ...highlights -- in a July 2014 publication, "The Myth of Palestinian Centrality" -- the wide gap between the lavish Arab talk and the scant Arab walk when it comes to the Palestinian issue.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:22:30 AM

Jim Kouri
ISIS uses chemical weapon in Iraq; police officers killed
The United States military and law enforcement scientists are investigating reports that the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are using a chemical weapon against the Iraqi military, according to Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday. The ISIS fighters are allegedly using the deadly weapon of mass destruction (WMD) chlorine gas. "I am not in a position to confirm it, but I can tell you that we take these allegations very, very seriously," Kerry told reporters during a press briefing on Friday.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:20:18 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Peninsula" by the late Louise Dickinson Rich
Much of the book is about the past of the peninsula, and at the end she writes, "No, we can't go back into the past; but should we leave the past entirely behind us? Should we dismiss the primitive life of long ago as anachronistic and of only academic interest? Was there something there which we should try to preserve for the future? Did the people not possess things that we can't afford to jettison and forget?
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:17:30 AM

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

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

Book Reviews
R.P. BenDedek Review: "Speak Your Truth" By Denise A. Dorfman
The book takes us through the journey of the author's life and along the way provides references for and quotes from a lot of medical and other related publications. She learned about the importance of exercise, nutrition, holding positive attitudes, removing stress in all its forms and she learned to program her subconscious mind with positive affirmations so that her daily living was positive. Overall this is an interesting and quick 100 page read that could benefit anyone suffering any illness.
Oct 24, 2014 - 6:37:18 AM

Entertainment
Family Therapy
Enter Velvet and Angel, our dogs. Velvet is our black miniature schnauzer and Angel is our cream-colored golden doodle. Lately they have become so entertaining to us that we find ourselves drawn away from our gadgets (as if by some powerful magnetic force) to watch them trotting gleefully around the house.
Oct 24, 2014 - 6:35:38 AM

State
Mothers learning to parent from prison
How do you maintain a relationship with your children if you're incarcerated? It's a matter few people consider, but for many women at the Southern Maine Re-entry Center (SMRC) in Alfred, that daunting question is a reality. Support arrived this summer in the form of G.E.A.R. Parent Network's new Parenting and Caregiving After Prison series, and as one woman put it, "I now know I can make it through this [experience] and still be a mom."
Oct 24, 2014 - 6:33:31 AM

Christianity
Bishop Pates Urges Envoy To Continue Relief, Push for Peace in South Sudan
WASHINGTON--The bishops of South Sudan appreciate the support of the international community and call for greater emergency assistance as well as pressure for dialogue to keep their country from descending into increased poverty and conflict, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace in an October 22 letter to Ambassador Donald Booth, special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.
Oct 24, 2014 - 6:30:28 AM

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

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

Guest Column
Medical Benefits of Cannabis
In 1982, the Canadian federal government approved the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest level of laws in the country. Section One of this Charter says all laws must be demonstrably justified, before they are valid. More specifically, "The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. Demonstrable justification requires true and proven harm to have been produced by the person, before harmful punishment can legally be imposed on the person. When people consume marijuana and no related harm is done, man-made laws against such actions and people cannot be demonstrably justified.
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:47:05 AM

National
The Gay Agenda : To Destroy Democracy
The city of Coeur d'Alene is threatening to throw the owners of a wedding chapel in jail for 180 days and fine them $1,000 per day, for every day that they continue to hold true to their Christian faith.
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:45:12 AM

International
Israel Sovereignty is on the Way. The Laws are Already on the Table
Members of Knesset, Orit Struk and Yariv Levin, heads of the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset, have prepared ten laws for applying sovereignty over ten different areas in Judea and Samaria. We discussed with MK Struk the laws that have been proposed and that are awaiting for the right moment to be moved along in the path of parliamentary legislation.
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:43:25 AM

Christianity
Christian Book Basket Magic City (15)
We have promotional material for four books in the Christian book basket this week. These are: "Playing Saint" by Zachary Bartels; "Proof God Exists" by Gene Peterson; "Sign of the Red Heifer and the Four Horsemen" by Melissa W. Lake and "Growing Future Leaders" by Dr. Tony Keys some of which has previously been serialized at both Magic City and Kingscalendar.com
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:40:39 AM

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

Features
18 Short Stories about love in British & Indian Culture
'Love and its trials' is the keynote that rings throughout the whole book emitting a kind of warm scents like the cinnamon tree woods. To some people this book reflects the theme of multiculturalism, fusing British and Indian culture together in one receptacle of a hot cauldron. However, my sole intention was to write about people focusing on the complexity of their psyche, not about culture. The book deals with different kinds of love - parental love, romantic love, spiritual love, narcissistic love, love for one's convictions and culture, love for one's nostalgic past and faith.
Oct 21, 2014 - 11:30:25 AM

Features
Mother, Mother, What Do You See?
Mother, I don't know how long I have in this world, but as long as there is life in this body, I will strive to reach that mountaintop. I owe it to the unfulfilled dreams of you and Father, to plant our flag on its highest peak. Like some my heart embraces the wisdom of Harriet du Autremont, "No vision and you parish; no ideal, and you are lost; your heart must cherish some faith at all cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, some rainbow in the sky, some melody to sing to, some service that is high."
Oct 21, 2014 - 11:28:51 AM

International
The Shamrak Report: Fake Truth for People Who Fake God
Naftali Bennett fired back at US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, after the latter claimed Israel 's failures to forge a peace deal with the intransigent PA - not the US's failures in the Middle East - are to blame for the rise of Islamic State (ISIS). "Even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews," Bennett stated. "We don't justify terror; we fight terror," he added. "The Israeli-Palestinian conflict statement encourages ISIS, and is a boost to terrorism worldwide." "I suggest they listen to and believe ISIS," he said. "These terrorists want to take over the Middle East, from Syria to Jordan and Lebanon, and to re-establish the Islamic caliphate." "We could either fight it or explain it away," he continued. "The choice is in the world's hands, and it will bear the consequences."
Oct 21, 2014 - 11:25:58 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Harper turning Canada into a rogue state?
As far as I can see, the Harper Conservative government of Canada has not made the national debt as big as two Prime Ministers of Canada that held office, one from 1968 -- 1984 and the other that followed him. Both were spendthrifts and did not give a damn where the money came from, because they just raised taxes to keep up with their expenses. If that is good government, I do not know what isn't!
Oct 21, 2014 - 11:23:44 AM

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

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

Down the Road
Fall or autumn
Even when they spoke of fall, they couldn't agree when, exactly, it took place. In the 17th and 18th centuries, dictionaries by both Thomas Blount and Samuel Johnson noted that some thought that fall began in August and ended in November, while others contested that it began in September (at the equinox) and ended in December (with the solstice)."
Oct 19, 2014 - 6:12:56 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? It's all about Power and Control
While we don't have any author articles in this week's basket we do have two book reviews and of course the usual 15 publicity releases for new books on the market. These are: "First Bites: Tidbits of American History" by Dixie Moss; "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids" by Teresa Anne Power; "The Last Election" by Gary H. Collins; "Chains" by Bobbie Sue Nicholson; "Running Man" By Wesley Don Lawrence; "Launch an Attack: Evoking the Power Within" By Ayana Prudhomme; "Reyyan's Penance" By Waleed Khan; "The Distorters of History" by Robert D. Ronson; "An Inconvenient War" By J.F. Cronin; "If You Leave This Farm...The Dream Is Destroyed" By Amanda Farmer; "The Fun and Frolics of Fifi a L'Orange" by Mark David Woollard ; "The Punisher's Brain: The Evolution of Judge and Jury" by Morris B. Hoffman; "The Iranian Connection" by Bill Relf ; "Apache Courage: Trumpets Around the Camp" by Cynthia Darling and "The Bark of the Cinnamon Tree" by Ashoka Sen
Oct 19, 2014 - 6:10:42 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Mind Games of corrupt politicians in Canada
Being a lawyer, he studied the ins and outs of everyday situations, so that when he met with his Franco- Ameridian CABAL on November 22, 1963 along with Jean Marchand and Rene Levesque at the home of one of the conspirators Gerard Pelletier on Elm Street, Westmount, Kebek, they had all boned up on what was to be the agenda. But, there was something odd about this meeting, no English-speaking person was present. This was the clue that something was amiss from the very start.
Oct 19, 2014 - 6:07:27 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Binghams of Louisville" by David Leon Chandler and Mary Voelz Chandler
It's the alleged tale of a wealthy man and his family, whose money came from Standard Oil and other companies, including a railroad and real estate. The story is that his wife became ill, and the wealthy man hired a couple of physicians he knew to care for her. Neither doctor specialized in the wife's illness, and she eventually died. As I read, it became intriguing, especially as this is billed as a true story. I also wondered if any libel suits had been filed or acted on since the book was published in 1987.
Oct 19, 2014 - 6:05:24 AM

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

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

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

State
Maine Receives $35 Million in Federal Funds to Help Families with Energy Costs
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that Maine will receive more than $35 million in federal funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program assists qualifying families with their home heating and energy costs during the winter.
Oct 16, 2014 - 6:54:29 AM

Guest Column
Is Israel Ostracized?
The elitist media outlets of Israel, Western Europe and the USA are wrong! Israel is increasingly appreciated and embraced - not ostracized -- by the global community. In defiance of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Britain, and despite the Gaza War, Israel's exports to Britain, and the Israel-Britain trade balance, surged by 38% and 28% respectively from January-August, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, expanding employment in both countries. In addition, 37 Israeli-British mergers & acquisitions and British stock market IPOs occurred during the same period.
Oct 16, 2014 - 6:51:17 AM

Today in History
October 16 - Today in History
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Oct 16, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Tom DeWeese
Have you read my book -- Now Tell Me I Was Wrong?
They called themselves the Kitchen Militia. And we were betrayed by Republicans who led the way to pass this socialist revolution in our schools. In my book I detail that fight and I name the names of the Republicans who forced it through by any means, including lies and secret deals. Just to give you an idea of what I reported: as the vote was about to take place on Workforce Development Boards, a measure that I had personally helped to defeat three times, the Republican Senator who was sponsoring the bill told his fellow senators that I and Phyllis Schlafly were now supporting the bill. That lie got it passed.
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:15:18 AM

International
The Shamrak Report: Western Hypocrisy
The US State Department has chosen to act as UNRWA's patron and the protector of its mission. UNRWA, the United Nations agency that manages the Palestinian refugee issue, follows rules that contradict United States law and policy, and its practices result in perpetuating and multiplying the refugee problem rather than resolving it.
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:10:03 AM

Kenneth Tellis
The double Standards at work in the federal governments in Ottawa
Can one imagine what the costs were for a Limousine to drive this commissioner from his home in Montreal to his office in Ottawa and back daily? Could he not have been housed in Ottawa and have gone home on the weekends for at a much lesser cost? Well, it seems to Liberal elites like this commissioner that money was of no consequence, and damned be the Canadian taxpayers.
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:05:27 AM

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

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

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

Down the Road
On with retirement
I remember when I used to walk fast on the mountain trails, a nice memory which probably won't be repeated in the near future. I recall the Beehive in Acadia National Park, where I didn't fall hundreds of feet into the ocean but felt like I would; I remember climbing Katahdin six times, which I won't be doing again in the near future; I recall climbing Mount Washington, seeing snow in August and almost losing a teenager who left us at the top and legged it pretty fast for the bottom -- but got turned around until a ranger called us at the top to tell us where the kid was; I remember the slippery leaves on the trail up Mount Batti in Camden, where I slipped back in the day when slipping was no big deal.
Oct 12, 2014 - 12:17:12 AM

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