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R.P. BenDedek
True Faces or Just Masks? Who cares!
Before returning to Australia on Holidays I bought a whole heap of these masks for my Grandchildren. Masks can be scary or they can be attractive. But in the end they are still just masks.

People wear masks to hide the truth. Yesterday in Brisbane Australia there was a protest by people wearing masks concerning this Hamas initiated war. No matter what anyone may say or what my position is on the Hamas - Israel war, there is one thing for which I admire and will commend Hamas, and it is this....

Jul 27, 2014 - 3:57:31 AM

Guest Column
An abnormal man's definition of normal
Normality is the basis for discrimination and segregation. Fear fuels these concepts because if someone isn't like you or whom you know then it has to be abnormal. It also becomes a threat to all you know as being normal.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:20:33 AM

Features
Discipline is the Highest Form of Love
Discipline is they key to raising functional happy children. What this means is that parents need to, first and foremost, be disciplined themselves. If a parent isn't disciplined there is no chance of disciplining their children correctly. Discipline should come from natural consequences, or the law of cause and effect. It should not come from induced fear, humiliation, shame, yelling or any form of physical or emotional coercion. Children who have been disciplined correctly have been given loving and firm guidance and they show the following character traits, which last a lifetime.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:17:50 AM

News
Michaud Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan VA Conference Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Senate tonight passed the VA conference agreement that Rep. Mike Michaud worked to finalize with Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) this past weekend. The House passed the conference legislation yesterday by an overwhelming 420-5 vote.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:15:37 AM

National
USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act
WASHINGTON--Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the U.S. Senate.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:12:39 AM

Guest Column
Scammer Infantino's Headquarters Not Real
To run his international scams, John D. Infantino, along with the mostly non-existent employees of his numerous Limited Liability Corporations, rarely ever actually occupies any office spaces. Though he promotes his LLCs as multimillion dollar entities doing numerous property development and property/asset management jobs internationally. Infantino rarely really does anything he says he does.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:10:28 AM

Jim Kouri
House report advises eliminating IRS commissioner job, ACA management
Republican lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a total revamping of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), accusing the agency of being a political group rather than a nonpartisan government collection agency, according to the House pf Representatives Oversight Committee's latest report titled, "Making Sure Targeting Never Happens: Getting Politics Out of the IRS and Other Solutions."
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:07:47 AM

Outdoors
Margaret Podlich speaks to the Congressional Boating Caucus
Boating is not an activity for the 1% - it's for everyone from truck drivers to elementary school teachers, and we need to keep that in mind when we start talking policies and regulations.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:05:12 AM

Today in History
August 1 - Today in History
Today is August 1. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 1, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Book Reviews
Estelle Parke Book Review: 'In the Spirit of Elijah' by Trevor Payne
He has managed to write the book in such a way as to present the characters, especially John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ and assorted disciples, as real, human, genuine people. In this regard, I feel that the author is to be commended for a job well done. He has included a variety of small, personal accounts and incidents which help to humanize the Biblical characters and 'bring them to life' for the reader. I was disappointed to discover that there are numerous grammatical and other errors of writing throughout the work...
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:17:06 AM

Michael Devolin
Israel: A Necessary State
This piece is intended as an excoriation directed at the utter stupidity and imprudence of those Jewish rabbis and sects like Neturei Karta who today asseverate that Zionism, any Zionism, should not even exist, and in what can only be described as sociopathic screeds contend against the rest of Jewry with the argument that "Zionism" is antithetical to real and literal Judaism. Neturei Karta believe that the "Zionist State of Israel" is a temporary illusion and that it will one day, in a future on which they hinge all their inculpation of their fellow Jews, be nothing more than a memory.
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:15:01 AM

Guest Column
Assessing Secretary Kerry's Proposal
In order to survive in the conflict-ridden Middle East, Israel must embrace reality -- as costly as it may be -- and reject imagination, wishful-thinking and make- believe, as tempting as they may be.
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:10:26 AM

Features
Memories of the Library
Ever since I learned to read, books have been a source of inspiration and imagination, enriching my mind with thoughts and ideas outside the realm and influence of my family and friends. Avidly, I devoured any reading material that crossed my path. I even resorted to reading the encyclopedia when I had exhausted the mountain of books checked out from the library.
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:05:17 AM

International
The Shamrak Report: Egypt won't bow to Hamas either
Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi told them he would not amend his original ceasefire proposal to suit Hamas' demands. More than a military strategy, Hamas has a media strategy. Calculatingly, Hamas employs primitive military tactics to mount a sophisticated media campaign that can threaten Israel's basic security. And in conducting that offensive, Hamas can count on one of the world's most powerful weapons: the international media...Above all, Hamas knows that shocking images - some of them taken from the carnage in Syria and Iraq and even from Hollywood horror movies - inflame public opinion... and the international media is complicit in Hamas's plan.
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:00:19 AM

Guest Column
Infantino's Website False List of Clients
Some of those people may become victims of International Super Scammer John Infantino Federal. It is reasonably doubtful that any of the entities listed below has ever had a successful relationship with John D. Infantino Federal. He fouled up some development projects so completely that no honest, capable developers have been able to make the development projects successful.
Jul 31, 2014 - 1:55:14 AM

News
Flight bans and rocket attacks don't deter Americans going to Israel
"Now more than ever, the people of Israel need to know that Jews around the world stand in support of our homeland and her people," said JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, who is leading the mission of 35 participants from across the country along with mission chairs Lauren Mescon, Melinda Wolf, and Vivian Grossman and vice-chair Rabbi Brian Glusman.
Jul 31, 2014 - 1:50:39 AM

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

Book Reviews
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "One for the Heart" book by G. Raye Jones
I once had a professor who said you could always tell when a reader was engaged in a good book: after reading for some time, the reader would pause and look up with a sign of personal reflection upon the face. That is how this book affected me. It isn't just a matter of reading words but rather reading the musings of a heart that has so much to share with the reader. I highly recommend this thoughtfully crafted collection of poetry to enjoy during those contemplative moments when one wishes to step back from the busyness of life and reflect upon that which is lasting and meaningful.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:40:13 AM

Features
Surviving Fear And Terror
The people of our country under the occupation by Russian Communists were living constantly in a nightmarish, terror-filled environment. Every day, some people's friends, relatives, or acquaintances mysteriously disappeared. The arrests and detentions happened during the night. Hatred against the repressive system was rising, but it was subdued and helpless because of an elaborate surveillance and spying network, which the new regime had installed.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:37:34 AM

Guest Column
What all parents should understand about "Common Core Standards"
I don't understand why each state can't put their resources into local schools run by the people who live in the town. We have the infrastructure in place with school boards, superintendents, principals, and guidance officials. The, "No Child Left Behind" program cost our schools and neighborhoods massive amounts of tax dollars. The question is how much will the "Common Core Standards" program cost? During the years 2000 -- 2002, the NCLB program cost New Hampshire $224,803,072. This was an increase of $1022 per student. The NCLB program gave New Hampshire $102.00 per student. This information was from "New Hampshire School Administration Association dated March 24, 2004.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:35:37 AM

National
Michaud, Veterans' Affairs Conferees Approve Bipartisan VA Deal
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and members of the Conference Committee tasked with finalizing VA reform legislation approved a bipartisan agreement last night, advancing their report to the floors of the full House and Senate, respectively. The approval comes after Rep. Michaud worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle to finalize a bipartisan agreement over the weekend. Michaud serves as Ranking Member on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:32:34 AM

Guest Column
John Infantino's Ship of Fools
Hardly anyone will take my word for it, and no one else seems to be doing any web searches to see that John D. Infantino was running over twenty scams - each being a multimillion dollar property development deal - all at about the same time. Because many people around the world are riding in a Ship of Fools - with John David Infantino at the command.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:30:32 AM

National
Demand Senate to vote NO! on the Crest Act
The level of U.S. government involvement in fostering the invasion plaguing America right now is staggering. Once we scratch beyond the mainstream media's shallow surface we find layer upon layer of perfidy. And even with these layers laid directly at the foot of the government, Congress will do absolutely nothing to address it or represent the will of the people unless we, the People, speak up and do so loudly!
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:27:47 AM

News
Air Traffic Controller Wins Federal Settlement from Government Union Bosses After Overt Religious Discrimination
Potomac, VA (July 29, 2014) -- With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employee has won a federal settlement from a government union that used his religious beliefs to punish him for resigning his union membership.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:25:11 AM

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

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

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

Down the Road
Flying years
The things that stick to my mind the most are what I did with my family. I remember a number of hikes with the kids. They may have been highlights. I remember the youngest, Scottie, riding the shoulder seat-pack and yanking at trees as we climbed Saddleback. I remember us all atop Baldpate. I remember looking at slides and asking the kids which mountain this was, and their reply, "Baldpate, of course." We had climbed that one several times.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:17:07 AM

Editor's Desk
Welcome to Magic City's Newest Book Reviewer, Laure McCourt Lopez
Today on behalf of the Magic City Morning Star team I would like to welcome our latest book reviewer, Laure McCourt Lopez. Laure has a special interest in both Christian and Children's books, and is currently reading her way through quite of list of books requested by her and graciously sent to her by the various publicists with whom I am in constant contact.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:15:13 AM

Book Reviews
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "Bella and Harry; Let's Visit Maui!" by Lisa Manzione
Having been bitten by the travel bug many years ago, I was intrigued with this fanciful excursion of the beautiful island of Maui, one of Hawaii's eight main islands. Who could ask for more charming tour guides than Bella and Harry, brother and sister Chihuahuas, as they invite young readers to join them on a trip that explores different customs, cultural diversity and historic landmarks. I especially appreciate how the author uses child-friendly descriptions that are clear and involve the five senses. Kudos to author Lisa Manzione and to Kristine Lucco for her illustrations.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:13:00 AM

Jim Kouri
Obama ignored intelligence warnings on Iraqi terrorist surge
"It never ceases to amaze me how America's Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, is busy raising funds for the Democratic Party, hobnobbing with the rich and famous in Hollywood, playing golf and taking extravagant trips but he appears to either be out-of-touch or completely uncaring about the nation's security and well-being. And he gets away with it!" said political strategist and former criminal defense attorney Mike Barker.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:10:31 AM

News
Israel attracts foreign investors while confronting terrorism
Japan Times, July 18, 2014: "If the EU walks away from doing business with Israel, its companies will lose out while China's will gain.... China is expanding its economic interest in Israel...acquiring large positions in key Israeli industries.... China needs all of these assets to modernize and transform its economy. China has a massive industrial and global reach, while Israel has expertise in every area of high- tech.... China has become a close second to the U.S. in the number of technology projects co-managed by Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:07:06 AM

Guest Column
International Super Scammer John D. Infantino
Some years ago, I wrote and published - on Magic City - articles about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developing VA Medical Centers into residential, retail and commercial office developments. Called "public/private" projects, because it is public properties being developed by private companies. John D. Infantino owns one of the private companies that the VA signed a lease with and that long term lease was for Maryland's Fort Howard VAMC, which is where I prefer receiving VA medical care. Infantino lost that lease, because he never accomplished much towards getting the development project going.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:05:39 AM

M Stevens-David
Tha Suit
Dad said that the first time he'd ever laid eyes on "tha suit" his Uncle Jimmy was wearin it, not well, but wearin it jist the same. Dad was nineteen years-old by then and it was nineteen thirty-four. The First World War was jist a bad memory in most people's minds and Grammy Stevens kept sayin "Thank You God!" because none of her family had been called up to lay their lives on tha line for that shitty war!
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:03:24 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Arcadia" by Lauren Groff
Arcadia is a three-part novel about those who attended a fictitious version of Woodstock called Arcadia in New York State. It shows the characters while at Arcadia, then in middle life, and finally in old age. If you've ever thought seriously about being a hippie, try this 2012 Hyperion, New York, NY publication, a fictitious look at the very real experience.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:00:20 AM

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

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Jul 26, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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Jul 25, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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Jul 24, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Christianity
Awaiting the Light - Luke: excerpt from "In the Spirit of Elijah"
"Well, Lord, how shall I begin? What should I speak of, or on, that could aid my brother? How should I write of our beloved John, your cousin? I'm not the apostle that I have known him; and yet his life has had a marked effect on your Church. I have been with Paul many years and see incredible things you do through him; but John? How should I write? What should I write? Why should I write? What should I call this manuscript, that will speak of so great a servant?"
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:30:40 AM

Guest Column
Rockets, Borders, and "Proportionality"
During January terrorists ambushed a train, kidnapped 18 innocent civilians, and ruthlessly murdered them in cold blood. They followed this atrocity several weeks later when 1500 of them again breached the border and staged another brutal attack, sacking a city, leaving another 19 dead in the street... these events actually occurred during January 1916. The leader was Pancho Villa. The Government was the United States of America, the massacre took place in Columbus, New Mexico. And The contingent of 6000 troops was commanded by General John Pershing.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:27:00 AM

Ed Feulner
Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare -- "the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest" -- aren't averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU's Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses -- $13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama's second inaugural.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:25:26 AM

News
Michaud Statement on Appeals Courts' Healthcare Rulings
WASHINGTON, DC -- Two different appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings related to a provision of the Affordable Care Act which allows consumers to receive subsidies for healthcare plans purchased on exchanges established by the federal government. The first ruling, from a panel on the District of Columbia's Circuit Court, invalidated an IRS regulation regarding the ability of qualifying low- and middle-income consumers to receive subsidies for insurance plans purchased on a federally run exchange. The second ruling reached the opposite conclusion, and upheld the provision of subsidies on federal exchanges. Maine currently operates on a federally established healthcare insurance exchange.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:23:39 AM

International
The Shamrak Report: Hamas Makes No Mistakes
Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah. It's not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system. The PA currently owes the Israel Electric Company NIS 1.5 billion ($525 million) in unpaid bills for electricity. The Mukhtar (Islamic religious leader) of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher praised Israel for defending the city - and particularly the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount - from Hamas rockets. Hamadan said that Hamas' seemingly careless firing of missiles endangered Muslim holy places, as well as Arabs, who live and work in all parts of the country.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:20:04 AM

Business
Scammers Pose as E-ZPass to Collect 'Unpaid Tolls'
Marlborough, MA - Using E-ZPass this summer? Watch out. Scammers are posing as E-ZPass in emails and claiming to collect unpaid tolls. The emails carry viruses that infect your computer and can open you up to identity theft.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:17:24 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Tormented Prison" by Sky Gram
This is a very difficult story to read because it is about a small child who is a victim from the very day of her birth. As a mother myself, I found some of "Sky's" story too graphic to even read but as the old saying goes, "fore warned is fore armed." Would I recommend this story to others? YES!
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:15:33 AM

Christianity
Prayers and Action for Peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked the U.S. bishops to join with him in prayer and action for peace in world trouble spots, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America. He also urged the bishops to express solidarity with Pope Francis in a July 22 letter, which follows.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:13:30 AM

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

Book Reviews
M. Stevens-David Review: "One Chance, One Moment: Book One - The Mandy Story" by Judith Kohnen
I found myself hurrying to get my household work completed so that I could resume the story again and that sadly, from all the books I review, doesn't happen very often. As the author noted in her "press release" this book was first written in 1986 and revisions were made several times over the ensuing years but I can now state, the "wait" and the reworking were well-worth it. Would I recommend this book to others? ABSOLUTELY! Wondeful work, wonderful presentation and am waiting for the next!
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:22:23 AM

Features
The Healing Power of Story-Telling
I'm so glad that I had that experience. Going to that school for a few months and especially that one afternoon at my friend's house saved me. They saved me from a closed mind that would have really limited my thinking, my understanding, and my whole life. I'm so thankful for that....If we could learn how to both share our own stories and with neither judgment nor defensiveness, listen to those of others, we would grow in wisdom at a rate I don't think we even believe is possible.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:20:05 AM

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