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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 27 - Today in History
Today is July 27. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 27, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
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July 26 - Today in History
Today is July 26. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 26, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
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July 25 - Today in History
Today is July 25. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 25, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
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Today is July 24. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 24, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
USCCB Chairmen Respond to 'Unprecedented and Extreme' Executive Order
WASHINGTON--The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama's July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" discrimination and to forbid "gender identity" discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:17:11 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (11)
Today in the Christian Book Basket Magic City we have six books listed. They are: "Intelligent Design or Non-Intelligent Design?" by Keith Ericson; "Unleash Your Potential" by Dr. Darlington Ndubuike; "Saved by Grace" by April Uphold; "Laughing Crying Naked" By Adrienne R.C. Carpenter; "Quenched: Christ's Living Water for a Thirsty Soul" by Donna Pyle; and "In the Spirit of Elijah" by Trevor Payne
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:14:11 AM
Regret is an ugly and stupid word
Another common regret was being scared to try something new. I thought that waking up in the morning was trying something new. Why does trying something different have to be grandiose? Why can't it be something like eating asparagus or taking a walk in a park or down a new beach? One doen't have to regret they never started a corporation, jumping off a cliff, or even writing a book? Now that one could turn into a regret but as I stated before what is done is done.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:12:24 AM
Is it Drowning, or Electric Shock Drowning?
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 21, 2014 -- While standing at the end of your boat dock, you see a person struggling in the water. Do you recognize that the person is drowning, or is something else going on? And what should you do? Doing the right thing could help save someone else's life, and might keep you from losing yours.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:10:37 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Scotch Rising" by S.J. Garland
This very interesting story set in the 1700's, begins with a young man, Esmond Clyde-Dalton, who comes from a very wealthy English family and tells of his trials and tribulations as he makes his life in his own way. Edmond has to make a decision that will ultimately change the rest of his life. I found this story to be very interesting and well done.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
Pursue an Israel-Hamas Ceasefire and Work for Lasting Peace
WASHINGTON--The United States should seek an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, provide humanitarian relief to the vulnerable people of Gaza, and return to the challenge of pursuing a just and lasting peace, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. The July 21 letter addressed Hamas' rocket attacks and the Israeli response.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:05:14 AM
Today in History
July 22 - Today in History
Today is July 22. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
July 21 - Today in History
Today is July 21. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Down the Road
I also feel old when people hold doors open for me at stores and restaurants. I explain to them that this is why I carry the walking stick. Not that I need it, but it gets people to open doors for me. They understand and chuckle, but I see in their eyes they're glad they're not getting old. What a surprise they have coming!
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:27:04 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Greyhound Therapy" by J.R. Conway
The story tells of the trials and tribulation that Sheriff Craig Spence faces on a daily basis and how the Sheriff's Department in a small town in Wyoming, deals with the inhabitants, the drug problems and just trying to live in a very unbalanced world.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:25:33 AM
Bespectacled, Bewildered...Be Careful!
They say every time a bell rings that means an angel got his wings. Not true. Every time a bell rings, it's a cash register, and some optician just paid off his mortgage thanks to another poor, unsuspecting schmuck who has become the newest victim of these torturous little demons known as progressive lenses.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:22:30 AM
Hamas rockets found hidden in United Nations school in Gaza
About 20 rockets suspected of being stashed by Islamist terrorists in Gaza were discovered inside of a United Nations-run school located in the Gaza Strip, according to Middle Eastern news reports. The facility is run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which admitted in a press statement that the rockets, suspected of belonging to Hamas, were discovered during a routine building inspection.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:20:28 AM
R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" by Geoff Logan
Travelling far and wide and caught up in everything from Arthurian legends, the Crusades and the murder of a Pope, William McBride's journey is really one of deep spiritual self-discovery during a period of great turmoil in Europe's history. Topics covered for which background material was required included: the political differences between Scotland, England, France, Spain and the Vatican; the Crusades; the history of the Templar knights; the history of the Celts, Druids, Christians and Muslims and of course the religious history, legends, superstitions and eschatology of those religions. I heartily recommend "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" to anyone interested in historical tales or ancient Celtic legends and the like.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:17:09 AM
The Palestinian issue in perspective
Putting the Palestinian issue in its proper intra-Arab perspective is a prerequisite for a realistic Middle East policy (focusing on "smothering sandstorms," not on "tumbleweeds"), for any progress in the "peace process," and for the survival of Jordan and other pro-US Arab regimes, which face clear and present Islamic terrorist danger. They realize that the outcome of the Hamas-Israel war may either embolden or deter their mortal enemies.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:15:56 AM
Life is a culmination of choices
During my law enforcement career with the Birmingham, Alabama Police Department, I served as an Officer, Detective, Supervisor, and Administrator. As I got closer to retirement, I began to reflect on my empirical view on how the family, which is the cornerstone of this country, is fading fast because of bad choices made by selfish parents and a few incorrigible children.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:12:20 AM
What's in the Book Basket This Week? The Full Spectrum
This week we have six (6) author contributions and five (5) book reviews submitted by three different reviewers. We feature this week the promotional material for 15 books some of which are not yet available and one of which has no book cover photo. These books are: "Fireflies" by Coleen Murtagh Paratore; "Ouija" by A. Martin; "The Divine One" by Danielle R. Mani; "Everything You Need to Know About Rush Limbaugh "CONSERVATISM" by Elmer Lightman; "The Chicago Syncopator" by Philip Nemec; "Rescuing Oricito: The Almost True Story of a South American Street Dog" by Marty Kingsbury; "Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around" by Richard Greenberg; "Truth and Love" by Grace Ruto; "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" By William Brinn; "Debridement" By Sean Dow; "High Notes" by Richard Loren; "Leadership: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint" by Gordon Tredgold; "Revolutionize Your Child's Life" by Peggy Caruso; "The Carpathian Assignment" by Chip Wagar and "Interpreting Body Psychology" By Cris Cotone
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:10:11 AM