Christian Prayers are Offensive
Christian prayers, it seems, are offensive in this multicultural world, but Muslim prayers are not. Preventing Christian prayers in public places MUST BE STOPPED so as not to offend our multicultural values, whilst those who would prevent Muslim prayers MUST BE PUNISHED for discriminating against minority values.
Apr 17, 2015 - 8:03:03 PM
A Tale of Two Cities
Whether you live in a small town or large city for many Americans the quality of their day to day lives is determined not only by where they live, but also by what is happening in Washington DC. Over recent decades the average working person's voice has been muted in regard to his or her influence over Washington. Conversely, the impact of big government has increased to near intolerable levels. Bureaucratic intrusion into every aspect of your American life is now dictated from DC, much as the edicts of past kings were imposed onto their subjects.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:32:45 PM
Ali Baba only had forty thieves, but Canadian politicians have many more
Today we see how the very standard of politics has dropped to a new low, when we view the farcical investigation and inquiry into how Senators have misspent taxpayers money, like it was going out of style. Note that most people appointed to the SENATE are not the average Joe or Jane, but well connected people of means. Which means that the Senate is really an upper class club, and that ordinary people are kept out in the cold.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:21:11 PM
French Culture Minister Mme Fleur Pellerin auguring in a change of thinking
Mme Pellerin cautioned the French for being afraid of foreign words, and told them that they should consider outside influences as forces that are enriching the French culture. She went on to add that her country needed to awaken to the real world and not create unnecessary barriers to linguistic diversity in the real world.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:18:58 PM
Are Canadians Gluttons for Punishment to want some more of the same?
Trudeau was a man who lacked moral fairness, and was a closet racist, pretending to be the saviour of Canada, when he really was dedicated to the destruction of English-speaking Canada's language, culture and history by his pretended openness and pseudo camaraderie.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:10:17 PM
A Serious Need for Self-examination
Is it possible for a person to go through life thinking he is saved and come to the final judgment only to hear the Lord Jesus say, "I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23)? You may say, "That could never happen to me." But without proper and diligent Biblical self-examination, like those to whom the Lord spoke these words, such confidence becomes mere self-righteous presumption.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:37:00 PM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Smokin' Seventeen" by Janet Evanovich
I don't know if it's the location, Trenton, NJ, that has held my interest in all the Janet Evanovich novels I've read. But the location is part of it. I've only driven through Trenton once, carefully keeping my eyes straight ahead on the road so as not to see the unfriendly-looking groups hanging around on porches, steps, or from open windows.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:30:03 PM
Getting RFRA Right
Now, you can agree or disagree with that belief. But what could be more American than respecting their right to believe it and act upon it, free of persecution?..if a case goes to court, and the government proves that it has a compelling reason to insist that they act in defiance of their beliefs, so be it. Due process has been followed. But to simply say their beliefs are garbage? That they aren't to be respected because they don't align with our own ideas of political correctness? That's wrong.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:27:11 PM
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No. 4 Matters of Conscience
Conscience is defined as the faculty to distinguish right from wrong.
What's right and wrong is a convention serving sociable interaction.
As long as people adhere to their decree, conscience is a non-issue.
But if they don't, their conscience will kick in and stir up emotions.
Doing more good than necessary will yield feelings of grandness,
Usually linked with hopes for reciprocation by another kind party.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:25:19 PM
Down the Road
Getting ready for spring and some walks
A year or so after Dolores underwent two brain operations at Massachusetts General Hospital for a couple of brain aneurysms, one which was leaking and one which was about to leak, I took her for a walk at Great Head in Acadia. We were walking south and we came to a dozen-foot-high cliff we needed to go down. She had never done much trail hiking before I met her. I kind of guided her down, a new adventure for her. I had forgotten her limitations both from her lack of hiking experience and her still recovering from the brain operations. But she made it down okay, and we continued our walk to Sand Beach.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:22:30 PM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 12
In Book Basket 12 we have the links to three book reviews published this week and the links to two Author Articles published as well. In the Book publicity department we have listed ten books which are: "Walk Along with Nostalgia" By Ding Ding; "Money, Murder, and Madness: A Banking Life" By Forrest Russell Cook; "What Is Salvation?" By Bill Parker; "Dead Women Talking" by Tarona Hawkins; "Mommy, M.S. and Me" by Stephanie Garcia; "Unleash Your Dreams: Going Beyond Goal Setting" by Stephen Oliver; "grydscaen: tribute" By Natsuya Uesugi; "Giving Up the Ghost: Let Go of Grief and Restore Your life" By Karen Schultz; "The Cryptic Lines" by Richard Storry and "Truth to the First Power" by Mike Thomas
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:03:00 PM
Scheme of Things
A Microwave Day
For days or weeks at a time, the microwave works perfectly. Then, for no
apparent reason - poof - its buttons don't push, its timer stalls, and
the panel goes dark. There's no way to anticipate whether the day will
be a bad-microwave-day, requiring periodic trips to the garage to reset
the breaker, or a fully functional day. Sometimes it happens and
sometimes it doesn't. Each time it does, we hope this is not the day it
finally stops working.
Apr 13, 2015 - 1:42:28 PM
Do Guardian Angels go to school?
"Guardian Angels" is the story of a young boy who imagines he is being protected by angels following the death of his parents. The young spirits go to school to learn how to help their earthly charges and encounter an evil force that must be stopped with God's love and people working together. The drama contains themes relating to the Third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, the Descent of the Holy Spirit. In the film, a young boy uses his creative gifts to cope with being an orphan and in turn comforts others like himself. This is a delightful fantasy film for the whole family that speaks to the universal call of embracing hope, using our gifts for love and working together with others.
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:07:10 AM
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Extravagant Love" By Heather Smith
This is a very easy read that would appeal to most women and probably few men. It is what I would call a 'feel good' book. The writing is good, the personal glimpses into the author's life are inspiring, and I just know there is a big market for books of this type. "Extravagant Love" consists of a series of generally short edifying letters to the readers that provide some glimpse of the love, wonder and kindness of God as demonstrated in some event or situation in which the author has found herself. For instance: When her brother died, everyone was devastated and after the funeral she found herself avoiding any mention of him to friends and family. She writes:
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:05:00 AM
Does Israel's Red Heifer Have a Seat at the Prophecy Table?
The majority of Jews who live in Israel today are not anxiously awaiting the construction of a Third Temple; in fact, I believe that most of them wish the whole idea would go away. But Orthodox Jews and most evangelical Christians do believe that one will be built, and many believe it will be built soon. So when Herbert Celler, the owner of a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey, announced that a red heifer was born during Passover, specifically, on April 2, 2013, many took notice.
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:03:19 AM
Challenging Domestic Violence Sociopathology and Statistics
Perhaps all those women and organizations out there teaching our boys to be well behaved have failed because they have been undermining their message by verbally teaching one type of behavior whilst practicing another? In other words 'are they hypocrites' and is this hypocrisy resulting in reactionary behavior? Are all of these people teaching boys to be non-sexist and non-violent, actually demonstrating to these boys the female version of sexism and violence. Perhaps we might call it 'Emotional Abuse?'
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:00:27 AM
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Tough Conversations" by Richard Tiller
The book is something along the lines of an instructional manual with the instructions being provided within the body of a story that the author relates. Sometimes that story is directly from the Bible and at other times it is about situations from contemporary life. The layout of the book is excellent and the author has achieved a balance between storytelling and advice giving. It is professionally written by a person whose qualifications indicate that he ought to know what he is talking about.
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:51:15 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton
Grafton's writing is exciting and fast paced. But I found the double story line to be a bit confusing and slowed down the action. The story involves three of a hobo crowd, and the professor had used one of them for his experiments, along with other people. Plenty of action and some suspense filled the 433 pages, which kept me reading.
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:48:43 AM
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No. 3 Essentials of Divine Morality
On the premise that humans are capable of doing detestable things,
Rules had to be laid for what's good and right versus bad and wrong.
Moral conventions emerged and were enforced by authorities in power.
In promoting peaceful coexistence, wrongdoers faced retribution.
Religious innovators elaborated this code of right, good, and evil.
They set up that all must answer a higher court, an almighty god.
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:45:37 AM
School Now even English language websites are under Kebekois control in Canada
Today, I received a message from Kim Lian Khoo of CLF in Ottawa, Ontario, about a book for Kebek Schoolchildren called Fleurdelise, which is distributed by the education department, filled with a Kebek Teachers historic revisionism and racism. It might even be considered more rabid in its thinking than even Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf in content
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:43:19 AM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 11
In Book Basket Eleven we have listed links to the four book reviews published this week at Magic City, and the three articles provided us by book authors. This week's basket has listed in it the publicity material for ten book releases, which includes: "God, Religion, Science, Nature, Culture, and Morality: A Critical Analysis in Plain Talk" By Yemant and Friends; "Journey From Ego" By Elizabeth Lehl; "Behind Closed Doors" By Francis A. Quinn; "Between Two Worlds: a Detective Hoban novel" by Jane Carter Woodrow; "Torn Together: One Family's Journey Through Addiction, Treatment & the Restaurant Industry" By Scott Magnuson and Shaaren Pine; "Where The Bulbul Sings" by Serena Fairfax; "The Midwife Factor" by GiGi Gossett; "Putting Tradition on Trial" By Patrick Cavanagh; "The City Bankers' Brothel" by Sorient Sigba and "Deja Vu" by Jayne Grant
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:39:22 AM
Win at Work
Winning at Working--Which Clock?
I hesitated before I answered the question. It was just a slight
hesitation, but the question took me by surprise. Someone asked me how
could they work on self-improvement and development on the clock. And
while I answered at the time with a few tips, the on the clock part
stuck with me and got me thinking.
Apr 6, 2015 - 3:14:51 PM
Down the Road
Easter -- spring is here
The biblical Easter story is a wonderful story, especially for people like me who believe it. Jesus rising from the dead, communicating with his followers, and finally rising into the sky. As far as I know, Christianity is the only religion that has such an optimistic story.
Apr 6, 2015 - 9:04:34 AM
Which Resurrection Specialist Will You Call? Muhammad, Buddha, or Jesus?
Easter--the day Christians in every nation on earth celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus. Without this miraculous event, Christianity would be as irrelevant and ineffectual as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and all the other empty, man-made religions that try in vain to connect with God, or the religious men and women who claim to be Christians but deny the central doctrine of our faith. The impossibility of the resurrection is without question, the objection most often raised by skeptics and enemies of Christianity. This skepticism isn't limited to the sophisticated men and women of the twenty-first century.
Apr 3, 2015 - 9:24:50 PM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Between Two Worlds" by J.C. Woodrow
The story plot is well-thought out and executed and I personally found that I hated to put the novel down for any reason. This author, J.C. Woodrow , has done her research and it is clearly evident in how well this novel is put together. Personally, as a fellow author/writer, I envy her ability to tell a difficult story in such a clear, believable fashion and I hated to see the story end.
Apr 3, 2015 - 4:54:06 AM
Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas
Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. Hardly a week goes by without news about one campus or another preventing unpopular views from being expressed. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which tracks such violations, most U.S. colleges are guilty.... But there's nothing funny about the underlying cause. Or with its effect: a society where political correctness makes debate impossible and only those who express the "accepted" opinion are permitted to speak.
Apr 3, 2015 - 4:38:37 AM
In short, the government should not force an individual to bake, arrange flowers or take photographs for an individual in a free market system full of other options for the same service. A Colorado baker has already been forced to bake "Gay wedding cakes," undergo sensitivity training and was subjected to government monitoring. If it becomes common practice to use government force to require one individual to submit to involuntary labor on behalf of another individual, we will lose America.
Apr 2, 2015 - 7:57:09 PM
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Perilous Times" by Jim D. Costello
The author's stated purpose is to reveal what God has shown him about the coming judgment. He decries not just society but more importantly, Christianity, calling it 'lukewarm,' and blames it on the fact that prayer is no longer allowed in school and that the 10 commandments are torn down and that churches have gone commercial; focused on making money with no call to take up the cross of Christ. He calls churches "entertainment centers." There is little in the way author narrative in this book and it appears to me to be aimed specifically at Christians who would understand the meaning of a multitude of statements that are provided without Scriptural references.
Apr 2, 2015 - 7:54:15 PM
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Other" by David Guterson
The novel, by the author of Snow Falling in Cedars, tells the stories of Neil Countryman, a teacher, and John William Barry, a friend who decides to camp fulltime in the mountains. Countryman becomes a school teacher and marries, while Barry hangs on the wild side of things. One critic thought this was Guterson's best book. I thought Snow Falling on Cedars was much better, but that may have been because I saw that as a movie at least twice.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:21:20 AM
A monster in the ultra-sound
One need not be a prophet in order to know what a monster would be born from the Palestinian "embryonic state" in Judea and Samaria. We would not be able to live with it in any kind of peace. And if this state would achieve its goal - our destruction - there is no way that we would continue to live at all. Those same people who preach the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza totally ignore what is written in clause no. 9 of the Palestine National Covenant, "the armed battle is the only way to liberate Palestine and it, therefore, is a strategy and not a tactic", while clauses 19 and 20 declare the annulment of the Balfour Declaration, the text of the Mandate, the UN decision of 1947 on the partition and the decision to establish the State of Israel.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:17:04 AM
Down the Road
Walking/boat cruise adventure
We were waiting for the departure time of a Camden boat cruise, so to fill in the time we went out to Fernalds Neck Preserve near the northern end of Megunticook Lake where it meets Norton Pond. The preserves' neighbors, as you drive in to the preserve, didn't seem all that friendly. I recall one couple putting down their chores and staring at us as we drove past. I didn't think we were that funny looking. Perhaps funny looking folk on other occasions had driven past that house on the way to the preserve.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:14:06 AM
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Walk Along with Nostalgia" By Ding Ding
In order to gain some perspective into the style of writing in Chinese, I showed various poems to my Chinese students and asked for their 'feelings.' Whilst some just 'didn't get it,' others really liked them. One student in particular informed me that one poem made her feel that the day was really sunny and everything was really good and happy. That was an interesting comment given that it was a rainy day.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:10:46 AM
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No. 2: Longing for Care and Kindness
We all are exposed to the elements and nature's cataclysms.
Storms, floods, quakes, and volcanic eruptions decimate humanity.
Pandemic diseases add much suffering and increase the carnage.
And deadly violence in our own ranks continues to run its course.
Human ingenuity offers some degree of protection.
But on the whole has failed us in securing our safety and welfare.
We remain vulnerable and have reason to fear an uncertain future.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:07:40 AM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 10
In this week's basket we have the links to four book reviews published since Book Basket No 9 as well as the link to a poem by Yemant and Friends. Books listed in the basket this week are: "Commoner Sense" By Patrick J. Fornari; "Lottie's Run" by Dr David Waugh; "Akio & The Dream World" by Carl Snook; "The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played" By Drew Bridges; "Several Points from Which to View" By Texas Jack Cowan; "In Silence and Dignity: The Single Mother Story" by Kate Okoli; "Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing" By Anna and Eric Gilcris; "The Playground of Life" by S.R. Lore; "A God That Could Be Real" by Nancy Ellen Abrams and "The Me I Never Was" By Francine C. Still Hicks
Apr 1, 2015 - 5:55:50 AM
Stand up for free speech! Stand up for Liberty!
Mr. Nawaz spoke for about six and a half minutes which means that he spoke about 1100 words, and I don't think I have ever seen that much power packed into such a limited number of words. The apparent purpose of his speech was to "Defend the Right to Blaspheme." Seems a bit strange, but from my perspective, it was all about free speech. AND SHOCKINGLY it was about (although the actual words were not used), how political correctness actually contributes to persecution of minority groups.
Mar 28, 2015 - 12:12:15 AM
Critics? Or Traitors?
"Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?" one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked by a White House who accused the 47 senators of "wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran," were equally vitriolic. The New York Daily News called it an "unprecedented missive."... The hypocrisy is breath-taking.
Mar 28, 2015 - 12:10:33 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "The Orange Trees of Baghdad" by Leilah Nadir
As a "native" born American, I find that we "Americans" with only having experienced the evils that war brings to one's birth country, in our "Civil War" and the "American & Indian War", we really have no perception of what "war" really means. Will the people of Leilah's country ever be "free", one can certainly hope and pray that they will, but only God knows.
Mar 28, 2015 - 12:07:13 AM
Today's Children of the Street / Les Gamin (Street Urchins)
Many of these gamin, become sick and die, and yet their parents could not be bothered one whit. That is the worst shame of our society today, one that the ordinary people cannot handle. If you are going to bring children into the world, treat them as part of your very being, or do not have children at all. Your love nurtures them and they will blossom with it, and reach their zenith when you as the parent take a direct part in their lives. Remember that they are not chattel, but of your flesh and blood, and their need for your love and affection is paramount to their future growth.
Mar 28, 2015 - 12:05:14 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Fair Blows the Wind" by Louis L'Mour
Although I don't usually read stories of the Old World, this one held my attention from the very beginning. It ended differently from what I expected. I thought Chanery would end in the New World. Instead he is back where his roots are, Ireland... L'Amour literally "walked the land my characters walk," states a couple of pages about the author at the end of the book. "Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own family in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier," the explanatory pages continue.
Mar 27, 2015 - 5:14:40 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Akio & The Dream World" by Carl Snook
I found that the tale read well right from the very intriguing beginning about the young man getting on the strange bus, until the very lovely ending. The topic about dreams and not being afraid to question the unknown, brought back memories of when I was a small child and having to listen to my older brothers tell scary tales to each other as we all waited for sleep at night.
Mar 27, 2015 - 5:08:55 AM
M. Wallace Johnson Book Review: "Putting Tradition on Trial" By Patrick Cavanagh
It was in Chapter 11 that the author's actual position was clearly stated, indicating which day of the week it was upon which Jesus was crucified, how many days and nights he was in the tomb, and when he was resurrected. This is something that I feel was needed at the beginning of the book. For those who might think a discourse on the chronological order of events surrounding the death and resurrection of Christ a bit pointless, it is worth noting that were the Christian Churches to adopt this author's conclusions, you would no longer be celebrating 'Good Friday' or 'Easter Sunday.'
Mar 27, 2015 - 4:59:29 AM
Down the Road
Exploring Map 14* -- and a couple of others
We've paddled our canoe on Lake Megunticook in Camden, where we almost got turned around -- "turned around" in Maine, not "lost" -- and where I steered our electric-motor-driven 14-footer canoe against a rock that deflected us with no harm done. From now on, however, we'll be taking the ocean-going boat cruises, since last fall we gave our canoe, electric motor, and battery to my daughter and her husband in western Maine.
Mar 27, 2015 - 4:50:53 AM
Manipulation of the news only in Canada you say!
Instead of accepting the apology from Mr. Keven Crull, he should be fined heavily, if not given his walking papers. That of course would be the correct thing to do when one considers all the circumstances involved. That would also set an example to those who dare to think that somehow their status as C.E.O. puts them above the law. Indeed there is lots of room in Fast Food outlets for people like Keven Crull, who have outlived their welcome in administrative positions.
Mar 27, 2015 - 4:45:50 AM
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No. 1 The Making of You and Me
Poetic argumentation eliminates squabbling about irrelevant details and focuses on the essentials. It occurred to us that such message conveyance should hold great appeal to the electronically savvy generations who find no time for lengthy elaborations of issues of secondary concern. Hence we turned to a poetic format to relate, in six brief vignettes, the essential features of religiosity.
Mar 26, 2015 - 6:28:42 AM
Busting the Budget
Let's say you were a financial advisor, and a family came to you with the following situation. They make the median family income in the U.S. -- $52,000. But last year they spent $61,000. That's right, $9,000 more than they're making, and it all went on the family credit card. That's bad enough, but then you find out they already have $311,000 in debt. Would you say they have a problem? The "family" in this scenario is the federal government.
Mar 26, 2015 - 6:13:45 AM
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 9
In this Week's book basket we list the four book reviews published since book basket Number 8 as well as the links to two articles received from authors. The basket this week contains ten books, which are: "When Owing a Shilling Costs a Dollar" By Carver Clark Gayton; "Vulnerability" by Luxi Xu; "Vreni and the Secret at Hengist Point" by David Greason Walker; "Flying Hung-over" By Brian Oard; "A Time to Pay" by David Woods; "Dr Darwin's Waterloo Pigeon" by Henry Quinn; "Buying & Owning Property in Central Florida" By Garrett Kenny; "Nothing but the Truth" by Allison True; "Squatters" by Miss D and "The Seventh Holy Man" by William Brazzel
Mar 26, 2015 - 5:42:01 AM
Victory or Last Warning to Likud
Netanyahu must not forget why people voted for him this time. It could be the last time Jews of Israel believe in Likud!... International anti-Semites will never stop hating Jews! Only a strong, independent and self-assertive Jewish state will be able shut them down. It was seen after the "Six Day War" and the Yom Kippur war, when even traditional European anti-Semites had began respecting Jews. But it did not last long as Israel did not consolidate its victories, only squandered them under the pressure of its trans-Atlantic 'friend'!
Mar 25, 2015 - 6:44:30 AM
Pedophiles in the Church: Interview with Carol Kuhnert
On March 14th 2015, Book Reviewer Laure McCourt Lopez interviewed Carol Kuhnert, author of "No Longer on Pedestals" in relation to the book, and her participation in aiding victims of sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, Reverend Norman Henry Christian, of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Mar 23, 2015 - 6:45:03 AM
Meditation now a mainstream method of boosting mental health
One interesting thing that was found in the various studies is that the method of meditation seems to make little difference, that what is important is the act of sitting quietly and allowing the mind to become calm. The oldest form of meditation is simple breath meditation, the act of following the flowing out and coming in of the breath, eventually making the breath long, slow, and deep. However, the study also showed that people who simply sit quietly on a daily basis, perhaps watch the sunrise, perhaps listen to soothing or uplifting music, or the recitation of affirmations, all had similar results.
Mar 23, 2015 - 6:42:06 AM
The Canadian way, may not be the democratic way at all
What was Washington, DC before it was built? Nothing but a piece of swampland that was geographically part of the State of Maryland. Unable to find use for it, the State of Maryland offered it to the Federal Government of the United States as a place to build their Capital. But the task was full of drawbacks. Major Pierre L'Enfant the French Army engineer who was called to survey and plan the Capital, immediately said that thy would have to haul in huge amounts of earth to fill in the swamp and that it would require some time to settle before any construction could begin. And so U.S. President George Washington and Major Pierre L'Enfant French Army Engineer began the survey and plotted how the Capital was to be designed and built.
Mar 23, 2015 - 6:29:27 AM