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Ed Feulner
Tax Day Shows Need for Tax Reform
Historically speaking, April 15 has never been a day marked by good fortune. The Titanic sank on that day in 1912 (after striking an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14). Abraham Lincoln died after being mortally wounded the day before. And, of course, there's Tax Day.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:57:20 AM

International
The Shamrak Report Housing Shelters vs. Illegal Settlements
Visiting fresh from the streets of Gaza, Ramallah and Jerusalem is Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli Arab journalist, who declares: "I'd rather be a second-class citizen in Israel than a first-class citizen in any Arab country." ...Toameh denounces the intimidation of Palestinian journalists who work in the West Bank and Gaza in an atmosphere that moves beyond fear to outright danger. "About 2000 Palestinians have been killed in the power struggle that has been raging between Hamas and Fatah since 2007," he says, claiming it got very little coverage.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:55:39 AM

Education
Navy reveals dozens of rare images
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy's Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is publishing a series of blogs and offering a selection of rare glass-plate Spanish-American War photos re-discovered in the command's photo archive earlier this year in honor of the 116th anniversary of the Spanish-American War the week of Apr. 25, 1898.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:52:31 AM

M Stevens-David
Potatoes
It was now the end of May and winter still had not shown any inclination of relinquishing her hold on the county. Oh, sure, there had been the odd couple of days, here and there, when the ever-present wind had died a little and the inhabitants of our small Aroostook County, Maine town had dared to hope that there had been a reprieve, but it didn't happen.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:50:09 AM

Features
Weight Loss Surgery for Children. Is it an Option?
Is the family willing to make the changes necessary for the surgery to work? If the family won't support both verbally and by example a healthy diet and lifestyle, there's no way the child will be able to do it on her own, and failing will have enormous implications for the child's ability to lose weight at a later stage of life.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:47:06 AM

Outdoors
Late Spring Thaw Could Lead to Trouble for Boaters
With much of the waters in the northern US still choked with ice, the opening of the season has been delayed for famed tourist boats such as Niagara Falls' Maid of the Mist and the ferries to Michigan's Mackinac Island. The brutal winter is also delaying the start of the season for the $121.5 billion recreational boating industry, and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says the late spring thaw -- or "ice-out" as it's known to some -- could lead to trouble for boat owners.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:45:09 AM

Christianity
Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue - Seeking a Unified Moral Witness
WASHINGTON--The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States (ARC-USA) has concluded a six-year round of dialogue with the release of "Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness," approved at the most recent meeting February 24-25, 2014, at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting was chaired by Bishop John Bauerschmidt of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee; the Roman Catholic co-chairman, Bishop Ronald Herzog of Alexandria, Louisiana, was unable to attend for health reasons.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:43:30 AM

Education
Signs When a Child Is Mature Enough for a Mobile Phone
Tips for monitoring cellphone use among children from Stephen Stokols, the CEO and Founder of America's fastest growing telecom company FreedomPop. Families should converse with each other without having to constantly check their phones. Parents can set an example for children to follow.
Apr 24, 2014 - 7:40:20 AM

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

News
Re-launch of Iconic Time-Life Books Brand
Time Home Entertainment Inc. today announced that it will reintroduce the iconic TIME-LIFE Books brand, reinvented and re-imagined with today's readers in mind. The books will have entirely new editorial content and packaging. For the first time ever, TIME-LIFE Books will be sold in retail stores, rather than through direct mail, available as full-color paperbacks ($17.95) wherever books are sold. The first two books, World War II in 500 Photographs and Everything You Need to Know About the Bible, go on sale on May 13.
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:22:35 AM

Christianity
Christian Book Basket Magic City (5)
In addition to our Sunday book basket in which 15 new book releases are showcased, one Wednesdays we bring you the Christian Book Basket in which we showcase the latest new Christian book releases. Today we bring you 7 such books. They are: "Being With: Maybe This Is What Life Is All About" by Robert R. Ball; "The Purpose of Life" Mark Kolodziej; "Why Christians Need to Suffer" by Joseph Bonacci; "Casting Lots" by William McEachern; "Blessings: Questions and Answers" by J. Michael Lewis; "America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America" by Bruce Feiler; "Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching" by Evelyn T. Watson
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:20:07 AM

Tom DeWeese
The Principles of Freedom VS Agenda 21
Recently a local activist asked me to name six issues that would surprise most people to learn are directly connected to Agenda 21. Agenda 21, according to the Planners, the Greens, and Progressives (I know, I repeat myself) is just an innocuous 20 year old document that has no connection to local planning. Moreover, they tell us it is just a guideline for conservation and "smart growth" of our communities. Nothing more. It all sounds so innocent. What could possibly be wrong with that? Well, putting these plans into place is where the problems begin.
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:17:30 AM

State
Female inmates graduate from Criminogenic Addiction Recovery Academy
AUGUSTA -- The Criminogenic Addiction Recovery Academy (CARA) graduated 12 more women who have learned to break the cycle of addiction and reform criminal behavior through this five-week intensive program. Based at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility (KCCF), CARA provides treatment to male and female inmates from areas throughout the state who have long-standing substance abuse issues with a high potential for recidivism, due to their co-occurring disorders and entrenched criminal thinking and lifestyle.
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:12:32 AM

Book Reviews
M. Stevens-David Review: "Blessing Baby and the Heart as Big as the Sky" by Jennifer Czarnota
Though it has only seventeen pages, all of the pages are beautiful illustrated by David Butler and are very uniquely done. I found that the artwork on each page, combined with the lovely story held my interest.
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:10:02 AM

National
Voters Say We Can Pray in Public Meetings
"This has always been a praying nation, despite its very secular Constitution," said Peter J. Woolley, professor of comparative politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "People generally see generic prayer as harmless, if not uplifting, not as something that is oppressive."
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:07:04 AM

Christianity
May 11 Word Day of Prayer for Catholic Vocations
WASHINGTON--The Vatican has set the 51st World Day for Vocations for May 11, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The theme for this year's celebration, which falls on Mother's Day this year, is "Vocations, Witness to the Truth."
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:05:04 AM

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

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

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

Down the Road
Giving away a $400 film camera
But as I played with it to remind myself of how to operate the Minolta, it dawned on me how heavy it was. That explained to me why all back-in-the-day reporters, including me, had always walked, leaning away from the camera bag. The digital slips into a pants pocket and requires no leaning.
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:20:13 AM

Book Reviews
M. Stevens-David Review: "Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse" by Torben Kuhlmann
This book is so special in every regard and I will never part with it. Not only is it exquisitely written but the drawings/illustrations are so captivating that I found myself as an adult reader, stopping and just looking at the drawing on each and every page and if I am spellbound, just think how a youngster will feel!
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:17:30 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket this Week? Progressing through life
This week in the book basket we list the four (4) book reviews written by various people here at Magic City, and five (5) articles sent to us for publication that were written by different book authors. Additionally we have listed 15 new book releases which are: "A Field of Innocence: Nam, 1968: A Hell of a Way to Come of Age" by Jack Estes; "Progeny" by Anita Bihovsky; "The Ekahi Method" by Dr. Brett Wade; "Rage: The Legend of 'Baseball Bill' Denehy" by Bill Denehy; "The One" by Belle Ami; "Home Sweet Anywhere" by Lynne Martin; "Benson's House" By John Milner; "Lessons From China: A Westerner's Cultural Education" By Beau Sides; "The S" By: Ralph W. Will, Jr.; "Spiritual Wisdom: An Evolutionary Insight" By Ramesh Malhotra; "The Shadow of Her Smile" By Ajit Hutheesing; "Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Dale L. Pitts; "White Coat and Sneakers" by Dr. Hillary Chollet; "Glenn's Games" By Glenn Seymour and "A Meaning for Danny" by Brigid Marlin
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:15:11 AM

Guest Column
US Exceptionalism and the Moses Legacy
The Moses legacy has played a key role in shaping the American story, the special attitude of the American constituent towards the Jewish State, the special win-win US-Israel ties, and the exceptional capabilities of the US in the face of intensifying world disorder. In 1623 and 1630, the mindset of the "Mayflower" and "Arabella" Pilgrims was: a departure from modern day Egypt (England). In 1776, the USA Founding Fathers fulfilled the vision of the Pilgrims, establishing a unique political system, naming it "Federalism" -- a derivative of the Latin word "foedus" -- the Covenant.
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:12:38 AM

M Stevens-David
The Apple Tree
Hughy slid out of bed and shuffled over to the window that looked out into the back pasture and was surprised to see that there was just a hint of frost on the ground. Fall had arrived overnight in Aroostook County. The wind was out of the north and it bent the apple trees in his orchard as it passed through the heavily laden branches, down over the empty potato fields and across the road.
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM

News
2014 Congressional Art Competition Winner Announced
Congressman Mike Michaud announced today that Jessica Chen, a senior at Bangor High School, was selected as the winner of this year's Congressional Art Competition for Maine's Second District.

Apr 20, 2014 - 12:07:12 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book review: "Memoirs of a Cool Cat" by Joy Cool
The author's biography tells how Cool has always loved animals with cats and dogs being her favorite. It also says that she has volunteered at animal shelters, a good background for writing about cats. The biography says about her condo, "She has turned her own home into a feline paradise, with lofts and beams and kitty gym equipment, a screened-in balcony, a special diet and piano recitals." That description pretty much covers much of the book itself.
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:05:14 AM

Christianity
He is Alive - But they still want him dead!
What will we do when he is totally gone from our nation?

Apr 20, 2014 - 12:02:30 AM

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

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

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

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