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National
Update on Virginia General Assembly's commendation of 9/11 Mosque
In the end, the Virginia legislature knows that ACT! for America is watching what they do and that we will hold them accountable. Shortly after ACT! for America's powerful response to the commendation resolution, Alphonso Lopez, the sponsor of the resolution, decided to drop his candidacy for Virginia's 8th congressional district race.
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:07:11 AM

Features
Navy Underwater Archaeologist Brings Naval History to the Surface
In a container filled with water is what appears to be an oddly shaped rock. But Morrand, who serves as senior conservator and manager of the Naval History and Heritage Command's (NHHC) Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory, knows the object isn't a rock. It's actually an artifact encased within a calcium carbonate material referred to as a concretion, which often forms around iron artifacts found on marine shipwreck sites. And within that concretion lies the barely-discernable remains of a pair of 18th century-era iron scissors recovered from the wreck of a late-eighteenth century wooden vessel in the Boca Chica Channel of the Florida Keys.
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:05:31 AM

Guest Column
Life Speaks Your Language
 I believe that our individual souls personally recognize truths that resonate with us specifically. In the end, isn't it all about love, anyway? How well we treat each other, ourselves, and our planet? Being "good" is subjective, but as humans, I believe that we all have universal instincts of such an ambiguously interpreted concept. What do you heed? What do you ignore?
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:03:30 AM

Opinion
I have a mom. But who is my dad?
According to Adomanis, Russia has been increasing its birthrate while US has been steadily declining for the last 10 years. As of 2012, Russia's birthrate surpassed US's numbers. What is happening to US families? Has marriage become "inconvenient" with the high possibility of separation and thus forgoing it altogether is the best?
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:00:31 AM

International
The Shamrak Report Supporting Terrorists - Libelling Jews
Jewish people, community leaders and the political hierarchy of Israel must remember that nobody respects those who have no self-respect! Enemies of the Jewish people have given us many derogatory and demonizing names in order to rob us of our true spiritual names: "Israel" - "Triumphant with God" , and "Evrim" - "one who have crossed over."
Apr 18, 2014 - 7:57:34 AM

National
Weakening yen puts American workers at a sharp disadvantage
"There's no question that the decreasing value of the yen hurts American businesses and, more importantly, hurts the average American worker," said Michaud. "Currency protections that safeguard against manipulation are central to any trade agreement. President Obama has an opportunity to directly engage with Prime Minister Abe on his government's ongoing effort to devalue the yen, and I certainly hope he raises the issue and conveys why it is so unacceptable."
Apr 18, 2014 - 7:55:02 AM

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

Features
Why Is My Kid Shutting Me Out?
We are emotional creatures. There is no right or wrong when it comes to the internal world. As parents, we need to create the space and language of reassurance our children need so the emotions can come, can be seen as normal and can be talked about, which allows the emotions to pass through. When we resist what our children feel, we reject them.
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:12:05 AM

Features
"Before the Witnesses are Gone"
When I went back to complete her story, I went through my video transcripts and my notes from conversations with her, but there were details about what she saw and felt that I will now never know. In losing her, I lost parts of her story, and we all lost one more tiny piece of the historical record of the Holocaust. This year, which marks the 70th anniversary of my father's imprisonment, is also the centenary of the start of World War One. There is no one alive to bear witness to that terrible conflict any more: all of the veterans of the first world war have died. Before we know it, the same will be true of the Holocaust.
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:10:08 AM

Education
Navy's Underwater Archaeologists Dive Headfirst into Naval History
So what did it take to get this Texas boy out of Texas? Mixing his love for diving with archaeology. He's traveled the world, diving some of the world's oldest shipwrecks. His scientific expertise and experience in management led him on assignment from Texas A&M to the Naval Historical Center in 1994 to assist the Navy in the development of policies and a program in underwater archaeology. The work was so intriguing he left Texas A&M to work at the branch as a federal government employee in 1996.
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:07:05 AM

Outdoors
Must Do Springtime Boat Buying Tips From BoatUS
Always get a professional marine survey: Surveys will uncover potential problem spots and can help with price negotiations. On a boat with expensive engines or generators, a separate engine survey could save huge headaches later. Make any purchase contingent on the survey. For a list of accredited surveyors, visit BoatUS.com/surveyors
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM

M Stevens-David
The Poacher
Sonny Campbell was a game warden. His father and grandfather before him had been game wardens. It was often thought by folks around town that there wasn't any way that Sonny could have been any thing else. After all, hadn't his great, great grandfather been one of those Campbells who'd come from the area over around New Brunswick and his grandfather looked exactly like the pictures of the Indians in all the history books. There isn't a better game warden than a man with a little Injin blood now is there and everyone knew that if you came from over that way, you had to have some Micmac or Malaseet Indian blood in you.
Apr 17, 2014 - 12:03:33 AM

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

Guest Column
Jewishness - Who Do You Think You Are?
The story of the Four Sons is read at the Passover Seder table. Each of the Four Sons symbolizes a different kind of Jewish person, from the "Wise" one to "the Son who doesn't Know Enough to Ask". The story of the Four Sons reflects that no matter what religious or political views a Jew has all of us are important and intricate parts of the Jewish nation!
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:20:26 AM

Guest Column
Though He Slay Me Yet Will I Trust Him!
They were judging him without knowing what God was doing. We must be careful to avoid making judgements about a person because God may be working in ways we know nothing about. Throughout his affliction, Job continued to hope in God, and it paid off. I challenge you to make God your foundation; your hope. You can never be separated from Him. Only in trusting God can you like Job, say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15), and watch God bring you out as pure gold.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM

M Stevens-David
M. Stevens-David Review: "Different Coins in the Fountain" by Carlos Cornejo
Carlos Cornejo's idea to write his collection of short stories in two books is brilliant and these stories do take the reader all around the world because they are "set" in many different cultures. I loved his work and find my mind going back to certain phrases and characters from time to time. I will treasure these two volumes and very happily add them to my own book collection.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:15:21 AM

R.P. BenDedek
American Universities turn blind eye to female abuse
The ideology is always the same - 'Righteous and Just treatment of all.' But as we can see by the two articles listed above concerning the Islamic influence in American Universities, those of whom we ought to expect the most righteous and just behavior, eventually find that their 'precious ideology' comes with a price -- hypocritical subservience to political power. The Chinese got rid of political correctness and other subservient ideologies and it is high time the west did too. Politically Correct Ideology is the most perverted hypocritical ideology to be spawned in the democratic environment. It teaches people to believe what they are told, and then controls them to do the will of those who lead them, and ultimately steals from them the very righteousness, justice and liberty to which the ideology first appealed.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:12:31 AM

Christianity
Christian Book Basket Magic City (4)
In this our fourth Edition of the 'Christian Book Basket' we only have information for three (3) of the latest Christian book releases. There are: "The Reader-Friendly Life of Christ" By: Sterling Redd; "Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age" edited by Dr. Jesse Yow; "The Way, The Truth and The Life" By Mickey Mullen. All Christian writers are invited to submit articles for publishing with us on a no-pay no-charge 'self-promotion' basis.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:10:12 AM

State
Funding for Maine Cold Case Homicide Unit
Congressman Mike Michaud is working with Attorney General Janet Mills to help secure federal funding for efforts to launch a homicide squad dedicating to investigating and solving the more than 100 cold cases in Maine. Michaud has long-supported state legislation introduced by Rep. Stephen Stanley (D-Medway) that would establish a unit equipped to investigate cold cases. The legislation was inspired by the 1980 murder of an East Millinocket teenage girl.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:07:12 AM

Business
Pinterest Gift Tool helping Shoppers and Retailers
In early March, the social media platform "Pinterest" rolled out its Gifts Feed, which helps users to find gifts based on budget and it's hard to tell who's happier about this new feed: shoppers or merchants, after all, the gift feed consists of only Product Pins, which pull information from the product's site such as availability and price.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:05:46 AM

Education
BoatUS tips to keep our waters clean and healthy
When you've got to go, you've got to go. We all know it is illegal and just downright gross to discharge untreated sewage within three miles of shore. If your boat has a "head" or toilet facility, ensure that the Y-valve is closed to prevent any overboard discharge and learn how to use a pumpout station by watching the short video...
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:03:32 AM

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

Scheme of Things
The State of Limbo
When we built our house it was intended as an investment property. But our crystal ball didn't foresee unexpected family bumps, and we needed to move in ourselves. "It's temporary," we assured each other. But, by the time we'd caught our breath and decided to list it, the housing market was crumbling.
Apr 15, 2014 - 10:02:28 AM

Entertainment
Passover Comic Video
I thought that our readers might like to watch this Musical Passover Cartoon Video about the exodus. It is set to music written by the legendary rock group 'Queen.' The video is an AISH.com Jewish Website production. It provides an interesting perspective to the Exodus.

Apr 15, 2014 - 12:02:45 AM

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

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

Down the Road
Watching 'er grow
The story springs back into focus, because when we lived in Swanville, Sally wouldn't talk. Well, she talked to us. She just wouldn't talk to her first-grade teacher. As The Middle TV show, only years before that show aired, we had our first teacher-parent conference. Turned out that Sally was shy, which made it also turn out that each time the teacher got her to answer a question in class, we got to buy her a candy bar as a reward.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:35:28 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? People and Nature
This week in the book basket we list two book reviews published last week and provide the links to two articles sent to us by book authors. This week we also list the publicity material for 15 books. They are: "I Am a Wish" by Marie Callegari; "Inspired By Nature, Proven By Science" by Dr. Bill E. Cham, PhD; "HeartStar" by Elva Thompson; "Different Coins in the Fountain" by Carlos Cornejo; "No Need for God" by Dr. Peter William Clement; "Gigi the Famous Rescue Dog" by J.C. Caroline; "Ned & Rosco" by Robin Robinson; "From Me to You: The Tapestry of Life and it's Secrets" by Lily Foyster; "Truth to Power" by J.S. Matlin Ph.D.; "Men Under a Microscope" by Kelda Rolle; "The Hourglass" by Jill Curb; "Ford, General Motors, and the Nazis" by Scott Nehmer; "A Mortal Mistake" by Vince Seim; "Old Spouse's Tales About Animals" By Dr. James Gaines, DVM and "Between the Rows" by Ann Barnett
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:33:26 AM

Guest Column
Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2014
The 15th day of any Jewish month features a full moon, which stands for optimism -- the secret Jewish weapon - in defiance of darkness. It is consistent with the 15 parts of the Haggadah (the Passover saga); the 15 generations between Abraham's message of monotheism and Solomon's construction of the first Temple; the 15 words of the ancient blessing by the Priests (recited until today by parents, blessing their children) and the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shvat, Arbor Day -- the "Exodus" of vegetation. The Hebrew value of 15 corresponds to two Hebrew letters which are the acronym of God.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:30:36 AM

Guest Column
"And you shall tell your children" - Greeting for Pessach 2014
One teacher told us, in painful sincerity: "The topic of the San Remo Convention isn't emphasized because of politics. [They] don't want the students to internalize that we have not only a historical right to this land but also an international right to this land. Not to mention the fact that the students of Israel will never be told that the Palestinians are a late invention. It may be historically accurate, but it isn't politically correct..." Thus, a generation is being formed here, one which is receiving its information from the sedition and the lies and the distortions being spread across the internet and the hostile media, both in Israel and abroad.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:27:06 AM

M Stevens-David
M. Stevens-David Review: "The House on Dead Boy Lane" by Carter Johnson
"The House on Dead Boy Lane" is very well-written and it held my interest right though till the end.  I found the cover of the book very mysterious and compelling and having been raised in a very small town, I know that all small towns have places of mystery.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:25:30 AM

Book Reviews
Jarod Chen Book Review: "Her Name is Sophia" by Anna B. Moyer
Young readers will certainly enjoy a world reintroduced from the perspective of their furry friends. Grown-up readers may smile at seeing themselves in the metaphorical connotation of an invisible fence and a heart longing for adventure.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:23:33 AM

Christianity
"Scrape O the Timber Pon Stone" by William A. Salmon
An Easter Excerpt from the Poem "Scrape O the Timber Pon Stone" by William A. Salmon. W.A. Salmon is a longshoreman by trade, but studied English Literature in Langara College. He started writing as a child, including placing second in a poetry contest only falling short of the top prize because they thought an adult helped him. In the early 1980's Salmon was participating in an acting class when the group asked him to use his creative flair to write them a series of new scripts. He has been channeling that creative writing ever since and has turned his years of work into the collection, "Meanderings."
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:20:39 AM

M Stevens-David
The Loon
Jake laid his fishin gear down in the bottom of dad's old, green canoe and then he slid the canoe quietly into the slowly moving water of the Aroostook River. The canoe rocked slightly as he settled himself into the seat and picked up the paddle. He paddled silently along the edge of the shore as he slowly made his way downstream to where the river divided and then he cut across the current in the middle and paddled until he reached the opposite side. He lay the dripping paddle across his knees and let the canoe glide along the edge of the riverbank.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:17:40 AM

Entertainment
Tickets to John Fogerty's August 2nd Concert go on sale April 19th
John Fogerty is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has sold over 100 million records, earning 18 Gold Albums and 10 Platinum Albums. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, won the Grammy Award for his album Blue Moon Swamp in 1997, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. He has written and sung many of popular music's most timeless standards like "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son," "Born On The Bayou" and "Who'll Stop The Rain" to name just a few.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:15:28 AM

Opinion
Free Speech does not include criticizing Islam
This week, Brandeis University reversed its decision to grant an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a victim and vocal critic of Islamism and a longtime women's rights activist. Recent actions caused Brandeis to reverse itself: a student involved in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) on the campus started a petition on Change.org; a faculty letter opposed to Ms. Hirsi Ali was circulated; and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) began to pressure the university.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:12:38 AM

Christianity
Lutherans participate in 'Refugee Sunday' June 22
ST. LOUIS: Schools and congregations of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS) will be participating in Refugee Sunday on June 22. The LCMS is joining with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) to recognize the day as LIRS celebrates its 75th anniversary of walking alongside migrants and refugees.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:10:32 AM

National
Calls to Bring Postal Reform Legislation to the Floor
Congressman Mike Michaud is calling on Speaker John Boehner to prioritize legislation that would promote the stability and sustainability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Rep. Michaud has sent a letter to the Speaker urging him to take action following the April recess. If Speaker Boehner refuses to act, postal facility hours will be cut, service standards will be reduced, and thousands of postal jobs will be lost.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:07:16 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book review: "The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey
This 1915 Zane Grey book, published by Harper & Brothers, continues the tale in his 1912 Riders of the Purple Sage, not of the main characters but of Jane Withersteen and Lassiter. I imagine that when Grey wrote the first one, he had the 1915 story in mind. The Rainbow Trail involves lots of action, most taking place in the high country and canyons near the Grand Canyon. Chased by the villains led by an evil Mormon. The villains are killed in a freak accident and the others escape to the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:05:37 AM

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

Jim Kouri
Al-Qaeda chief mourns slaying of bin Laden's friend in Syrian conflict
Al-Qaeda's top commander, Ayman al-Zawahiri, on an audio tape he released, urged the Islamists fighting in the Syrian civil war to put an end to their violence against one another such as the killing of a former lieutenant of Osama bin Laden that occurred in February of this year, according to news reports on Saturday regarding an audio tape released on the Internet by Zawahri.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM

Opinion
70% of Americans Don't Like Their Jobs
In the most recent State of the American Workplace Report by Gallup, just 30% of employees are engaged and inspired at work. The other 70% are either not engaged or "actively disengaged" -- meaning they are unhappy about work conditions and will even influence their co-workers negatively, drive away customers or express their displeasure openly.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:15:10 AM

Christianity
Thousands of New Catholics Prepare to Receive the Sacraments this Easter
WASHINGTON--A widower honoring his late wife and a Chinese graduate student are among the thousands of new Catholics joining the Catholic Church in the United States at Easter. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full communion with the Church.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:13:29 AM

News
13 First-Place Winners in 19th Annual "Try Prayer" Contest
EASTON, Mass. -- Family Rosary announces the winners of the 2014 "Try Prayer! It Works!" contest. The 19th annual national competition -- which encourages students to express their faith through art, poetry and prose -- attracted nearly 3,000 entries from across the country.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:10:38 AM

State
Crisis & Counseling Centers receives $15,000 technology grant
AUGUSTA -- The Davis Family Foundation recently announced that it will award a $15,000 grant to Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) for its "EHR (Electronic Health Record) Without Walls" project.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:07:33 AM

News
Rep. Michaud Reacts to House Passage of Irresponsible Ryan Budget
WASHINGTON, DC -- Republicans in the House passed Rep. Paul Ryan's harmful budget before adjourning for a two week recess, and left town without taking up a Senate-passed bill to reinstate the extension of unemployment benefits for 9,000 Mainers. The Ryan budget, which Rep. Michaud voted against, is designed to place an increased burden on the backs of virtually all Americans -- from middle-class families, to veterans, to seniors.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM

Christianity
Christian Books: Heaven and Ethics
These two books were recently listed in Magic City's "Christian Book Basket" Heaven's Eagle by Rev. Daniel O'Neil and The Ethics of the Faith by Ean W. Burchell

Apr 12, 2014 - 12:02:34 AM

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

Education
For NHHC Curator Preserving and Protecting Navy History is Personal
It was 1981 when Thompson's father, a World War II veteran, decided to take his family with him on a business trip to Honolulu, Hawaii. During a visit to Pearl Harbor, 11-year-old Frank bought a book about USS Arizona at the memorial gift shop. By the time the family returned home to Liberty Hill, S.C., young Frank was hooked on history.
Apr 11, 2014 - 7:20:04 AM

International
Israel's Worst Enemy: Lies and Myths
The Washington Post reports that some members of Secretary of State John Kerry's senior staff think it's time to say "enough" of Kerry's futile and delusional attempts to broker peace between the Israelis and Arabs and implement the "two-state solution." That's a revelation one would think the chief diplomat of the greatest power in history would have experienced decades ago. Since the failed 1993 Oslo Accords, it has been obvious to all except the duplicitous, the ignorant, and the Jew-hater that the Arabs do not want a "Palestinian state living in peace side-by-side with Israel," something they could have had many times in the past. On the contrary, as they serially prove in word and deed, they want Israel destroyed.
Apr 11, 2014 - 7:17:23 AM

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