R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket this Week? Potpourri of topics.
In addition to five (5) book reviews and four (4) articles from book authors, this week the book basket lists twenty (20) books recently released. They are: "Nation Building in Islamic Societies" by Michael Nimier; "I Know All Save Myself Alone" by Lisa Monde; "Her Name is Sophia" by Anna B. Moyer; "Life" R.J. Russell; "When Clans Collide" By Wayne Rudolph Davidson; "Dear Bob" by William A. Luke; "Aging Aggressively" by Thomas Jones and John Cotton; "Rational Relating" by Damon L. Jacobs; "Let the Power Within Free You Completely" by Omer Dawson; "Joseph of Arimathea" by Brian Mellor; "Accountability Citizenship" by Stephen P. Tryon; "The Geoma Tree" by Shelly Penn; "La Petite Assiette" by Patricia Harrington; "Meanderings" by W.A. Salmon; "Havens of Pompeii: Some Things Always Survive" by Nicole Louw; "Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine" by Steven Kassels; "An Angel Without A Name: Hearing Your Voice" by Mary E. Sims; "Sunshine After Rain: One Woman's Journey to a Better Life" by J.R. Lucy; "The Hour of Parade" by Alan Bray; "The Threshold" Michael D. Rourke.
Mar 9, 2014 - 5:23:37 AM
International Israel's Big Mistake
No similar program has ever been seriously considered for other parts of the Old City, mainly populated since the 1950s by low-income Arab families living in cramped and dilapidated quarters. One might think there would be broad support for an initiative to rejuvenate the Old City as a whole, uncovering the archaeological riches lying underneath and bringing the entire walled area up to 21st-century standards. Yet the Palestinian leadership unfailingly objects to any such proposals. Whatever the area's Arab residents may wish for in terms of an improved quality of life, the ethic of "resistance"--fueled as ever by foreign money funneled through Palestinian Authority enforcers--assures that these families stay where they are.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:35:29 AM
International The Shamrak Report: Only One-sided News
PA security forces have been conducting frequent raids of 'refugee camps' and clashing with gunmen and rioting youths, as the PA tries to establish security among its increasingly restless and volatile populace. Riot police wielded truncheons and fired into the air late last month to disperse dozens of rampaging youths who had blocked Ramallah streets and forced store owners to shut their doors... They said the multi-billion-dollar security barrier along the West Bank has not hampered Palestinians from illegal residence in the Jewish state. "Every day, more and more young Palestinians cross into Israel without any trouble and find apartments and jobs without any difficulty," an official said
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:35:03 AM
International The Truth Behind the Palestinian Water Libels
The international community has offered to build a desalination plant for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians have refused this gift. A desalination plant could completely solve the Gaza Strip's water shortages. The Palestinians refuse to build this plant because they claim they have the right to access the fresh groundwater reservoir in Judea and Samaria, and they are prepared to suffer until they realize this dream. In the meanwhile, Gaza residents suffer from severe shortages of water. If the Palestinians were to begin drilling the Eastern Mountain Aquifer, at the sites already approved for drilling, they very quickly would secure an additional 50 million cubic meters of water per year.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:25:21 AM
International Letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
In a discussion on the expulsion from Gush Katif and northern Samaria that was held in Ariel a few days ago, public relations expert Eyal Arad claimed that the Right failed because it did not present an alternative. This is not true. There is an alternative! A realistic, Zionist plan does exist - application of Israeli sovereignty. This plan is indeed accompanied by difficulties, but the difficulties associated with sovereignty are preferable to the physical and spiritual destruction entailed in the establishment of a terrorist Palestinian state in the heart of our Land, a stone-throw away from Ben Gurion Airport.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:15:29 AM
R.P. BenDedek BenDedek Book Review: "My Country and My People" by Lin Yutang
Having spent the last few years writing an account of my life in China and being near the final page, I have wondered if some of the statements I have made about China and the West were merely personal perspective for which I might later be reprimanded. Having now read "My Country and My People" I know that I have truly understood the culture of China and its people. Mr. Lin relates that Chinese have 'feminine emotional' thinking as opposed to 'masculine rational' thinking (p 249) and says that while they are well mannered to family, friends and acquaintances, "beyond that limit the Chinese as a social being is positively hostile toward his neighbor." He points out that the Chinese have a genius for contentment as well as a shrewd view of life derived from an old, mature, grown-up culture rather than the rash idealism to be found in self-important, young and foolish western cultures.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:03:18 AM
R.P. BenDedek Chapters as Published: Finding Myself in China
What currently appears at Magic City is just the first revision. It contains lots of over-capitalizations, incorrect uses of commas in relation to inverted commas, typing errors and incorrect grammar. Some original material was deleted and some was relocated. Some anecdotes have been shortened and others lengthened. Revision and correction is ongoing but it is not my plan to further update the material or provide additional chapters. In order to provide the material which is currently in place at Magic City, it has been necessary to forego including photographs and links that appeared in the original version.
Mar 1, 2014 - 12:36:42 AM
International The Shamrak Report: Not Racist! We Just Hate Jews!
A week ago, Egyptian border forces destroyed 10 tunnels and seven homes in the Sinai as part of new campaign to create a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip that would extend 500 meters in some places. Israel needs to do the same - create a buffer zone, clear North Gaza from the enemies, to prevent rocket attacks.
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:37:28 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket this Week? Mostly Novels
We published five (5) book reviews this week as well as articles from three (3) Authors. In the Book Basket we have provided the publicity material for Eighteen (18) novels. They are: "Taktsang" by Dr. Dennis Snyder; "The Road Back to Tuscany" by C. A. Kingsley; "Can't Hobble the Elephant" by Frank Dutch; "The Last Scroll" by Dr. James Fricton; "The Judge's Wife is Missing" by Dale German; "The Dolomite Challenge" by Tom Joyce; "Hostages: Captives of a Middle East Terrorist and International Intrigue" by Terrence Crimmins; "In the Time of Peacocks" by Lynne Handy; "A Righteous Gentile" by Augusto Ferrera; "Secret Agent Moscow: Part One - Goodbye, Natasha" by Jennifer Jigour; "The Crisis of Revelation" by Ross McRonald; "Shadows of Ghosts" by Stefan Haucke; "Lenin lives next door" by Jennifer Eremeeva; "Levittown: Through a Boy's View" by Leonard Nicholas; "Operation Zodiac" by E.C. Croslin; "Rogue" by P. A. Minyard; "The Island Boy President" by Thomas Darby; and "My Iranian Revolution" By John Robert Tipton
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:23:21 AM
R.P. BenDedek How Civilizations Die
One day, a traveler from across the great ocean wandered into the land. Each time he approached the Skinhead people, they were openly hostile to him. They told him that if he wished to rest or stay with them, then he must shave his head and abide by all their laws. When he wouldn't agree to these terms, they threatened his life and chased him away.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:10:22 AM
International Exposing the Jonathan Pollard charade
Thinly camouflaged anti-Semitism. That is the learned opinion of James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Woolsey has said so in interviews to Channel 10, as well as to The Jerusalem Post. He went on the record and without beating around the bush. He thus gave an authoritative voice to what many suspected and hinted at for years.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:12:32 AM
International The Shamrak Report: Respect for Religion?
Rachel's Tomb, the Jewish matriarch from the Torah, was hit by 200 terror attacks in 2013. Massive Arab mobs frequently hurl explosives at visitors, police and soldiers at the site - 119 explosives being thrown in the course of 78 of the incidents. The 1993 Oslo Accords guaranteed Jews prayer access to the site.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:05:29 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket this Week? Learning Life Lessons
In addition to four book reviews and a list of three articles submitted by book authors, in today's Book Basket we have PR information on 12 books. "A Good Inheritance" by Daughtry Miller; "ExtraLife, Inc." by Kfir Luzzatto; "The World's First Quip Thesaurus with Literally Billions of Quips" By Caleb Spalding Atwood; "Invasion of the Overworld" by Mark Cheverton; A Twist of Lyme: Battling a Disease That "Doesn't Exist" by By Andrea Caesar; "Miracles or Coincidences" by Geraldine Moran; "That Melvin Bray" by Margaret McBride; "Payback" by R. E. Voss; "Teen Self-Defense American Marine Goju" by Lt. Colonel (Ret) Garry Klaus; "Heart Vision" By R. Smith-Angel; and "The New World Begins" & "Enjoying Blissful Living" by Dr. Bindya HSB Singh.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:30:12 AM
R.P. BenDedek Comment on I.H.R.C. 2014 Islamophobia awards
The IHRC definition of Islamophobic is, in my humble opinion, ideological B.S. Don't talk to me about Islamophobia! Let me talk to you about 'freespeechophobia'; the absolute meltdown that some people have when they hear someone say something that has not been approved of by the political censors. The Wikipedia list of phobias does not include 'Islamophobia' and the word itself does not appear in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:20:30 AM
R.P. BenDedek Statesmen: More precious than oil
Not being American, I don't much get American politics but sometimes I do wonder how America got to be so great when so many of its leaders don't have the manners or good sense - especially in this advanced technological world - to behave like the statesmen that their positions would seem to require them to be.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:07:29 AM
International The Shamrak Report: Islamists, Atheists, Democrats
A captured member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims that the ISIL and other Islamic militant groups in Syria are led by Prince Adbul Rahman al-Faisal, the son of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and the brother of the current Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal... Egyptian security forces have been monitoring Malik Obama's activities. Malik is managing funds for both the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Islamic Dawa Organization in Sudan, which has been designated by the US State Department as a terrorist state....A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood - Anas Altikriti, a top British lobbyist, whose work has also been tied to Hamas - was recently hosted at the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, prompting an outcry from critics of the global Islamist organization.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:10:12 AM
Kenneth Tellis Plagiarism is anathema to me
When I had finished, I did not realize how far I had gone with my artwork. Some are in the Thomas Paine Historical Foundation Museum, New Rochelle, NY. The Thomas Jefferson Historical Foundation, Charlottesville, VA and my artwork was displayed at Amherst College, Amherst, MA a part of the University of Massachusetts.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:05:34 AM
International Like a Mother for Her Child, We will not Give Up on Our Land
A week-long vigil in front of the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, calling for Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, wound to a close on Sunday. Dozens of mothers were present at the vigil tent from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in a strong showing of support. (See video interview Israel National News)
Feb 11, 2014 - 5:57:30 AM
Kenneth Tellis A solution to the Kebek government's violation of Human Rights
Since, the precedent is already set in the case of South African apartheid, we now have the opportunity to raise the issue of the Province of Kebec's laws which go well beyond those of yesterday's Apartheid ridden South Africa. It appears that the only way to deal with premier Pauline Marois's laws which violate human rights on the level of race, religion and language can be dealt with in a similar venue to the Manhattan District of New York, USA, since many of the Corporations involved are American.
Feb 11, 2014 - 5:55:28 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket This Week? Conflict, Comics, Cuisine
In addition to five book reviews and seven articles from authors, today's Book Basket lists Ten books. "The Tiger's Den" by T. Jack Lewis, (WWII Japanese Expansion), "In Search of Shipki La" by John Pollard ('70's Draft Doger), "The Kiss" by Camelia Rose (Intrigue and passion), "A Conflict of Interest" by MJ Greene (corruption Afghanistan), "They Don't Have Horses on the Moon: Daisylands" by Raoul Hawkins (Futuristic fun novel), "The Wrath of a Mediocre Hero" by A.T. Sarfo (Teenage novel written by a teenager), "Tribute: Lewis Carroll - Author of Alice in Wonderland" by Michael L. Frizell (Comic about Carroll), "Marsh Township Sanitary District" by John Kevin Scariano (humorous nonfiction discussing mucky realities), "Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West" by Miriam Kinunda and finally "License to Steal: Truth and Justice Are Inseparable" By Ray W. Rowney, Jr. (about the corrupt legal system).
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:25:28 AM
International 13,000 high school teens emulating suicide bombers
The bottom line? The jihadist culture is one that values death over life. Therefore, it has no problem training children for suicide attacks. In fact, in their eyes it is something of which to be proud. This is a culture that is fully committed -- at all ages -- to the destruction of Israel and the West.
Feb 8, 2014 - 12:13:06 AM
R.P. BenDedek Disliking the President: The Race Card.
It sometimes feels that today a white person cannot say anything about a 'non-white' without being accused of being a racist. Yesterday I came across an article that I thought was very interesting, because it not only talked negatively about President Obama, but well and truly dispensed with the 'racist' accusation. Here is a small part of that article:
Feb 8, 2014 - 12:10:02 AM
Kenneth Tellis The Silence of the Damned
Canada today is in the grip of three corrupt political parties all there for one reason alone. To fill the pockets of their members with as much lucre as they can while they serve out their time as elected officials....But at no point has Stevie Harper Canadian Prime Minister, acted in defending the Constitutional rights of English-Speaking and minority group citizens who have been fighting open discrimination by the neo-Nazi Parti Kebekois that forms the present provincial government of Kebek.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:03:18 AM
International The Shamrak Report: White House Secrets
Hamas announced that it would never accept the two-state solution or give up "one inch of the land of Palestine ." Hamas said it never gave Abbas or anyone else a mandate to agree to the two-state solution. The Islamist group said that in 2006, all Palestinian factions agreed to the establishment of Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines and the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes inside Israel "without recognizing the Zionist entity or its legitimacy on the land of Palestine."
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:13:33 AM
Kenneth Tellis Origins of the Order of Canada fly in the face of Democracy
Lester Bowles Pearson later become Canadian Prime Minister and later received a Nobel Peace Prize for supposedly creating the UNEF, the kudos of which rightly belong to the U.S. politician Wendell Wilkie. Wilkie wrote the book "ONE WORLD" in 1943, which called for the creation of an international PEACE-KEEPING FORCE.
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:03:35 AM
R.P. BenDedek The Current State of Egypt's Youth and Future
Safe and secure in our western democratic and free societies where "mere words" can bring down the wrath of the politically correct on someone, I would like to bring to your attention these two articles and their excerpts that might perhaps put western objections to minor discomfort and views about 'MY human rights' into a broader perspective.... When you look at what is going on in the world it certainly puts (by comparison) the comfortable western life into perspective. The amount of angst one can see recorded in places like Australia - my own country - is I think disproportionate to the relative 'ease' of the lifestyle there.
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:10:46 AM
International The Shamrak Report: US Hypocrisy and Fake Crises
In response to outrage from the US over comments made by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Israeli diplomatic sources here said they are aware of "far worse", even "shock" comments uttered by Obama administration officials against Israeli leaders. In November 2011 Obama was caught on an open microphone when French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Obama: "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar." Obama's responded, "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you."
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:13:02 AM
International 'Govt. to Split Jerusalem -- Where are the Rabbis?'
Rabbi Ariel, who heads the Temple Institute, continued, "The Christians will get the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Zion, the Muslims will get the Temple Mount, and we Jews will need to visit the Kotel (Western Wall) under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority." The Palestinian Authority (PA) denies the Jewish connection to the Western Wall, and PA TV has labeled Jewish worship at the holy site "sin and filth."
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:13:31 AM
International The Shamrak Report: The US supports Ethnic Cleansing
"I think that the US has put Israel in a very tough situation, having to do with Iran. The United Stated has sworn to protect Israel - and what we're doing is certainly not protecting Israel and her people from massive destruction." "I think it's going to ultimately up to Israel to make a determination for what they need to do to protect themselves." "I don't think the Palestinians really want peace. I don't think they've really ever wanted peace; I think they want Israel." - Michael Reagan, son of former US President Ronald Reagan.
Jan 22, 2014 - 1:03:08 AM
International The truth hurts (Obama-Kerry Messianic Drunk Driving)
Americans are getting the same message from allies throughout the Middle East. Under Obama, America's regional policies are so counterproductive that the US has come to be seen as the foreign policy equivalent of a drunk driver. As the US's strongest ally, and also as a country that has depended for decades on US support, Israel is a passenger in the back seat of the car. On the one hand, we are happy for the ride. On the other hand, the administration's driving is endangering our survival.
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:27:14 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket This Week? Just for Adults
This week in the Book Basket apart from six (6) articles contributed by various book authors, we are providing the promotional material on nine (9) adult books, by which I mean - 'not suitable for children.' The books are: "Blinded By The Night" By Charles Pringle (An Adult Novel set in Japan); "Cairo Unzipped!" By Mona Fuad (True story about the mistress of Egypt's King Farouk); "My Three Angels" By Rodney Timms (Memoir of an abuse victim's climb to reclaim his life); "Believe" by Jan Walters (A time travel romance novel); "Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny" by Dr. Nick Nicholson; "Indulgence" by Caitlyn Black (a titillating fan fiction book); "How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch" by D. Bryant Simmons (novel about secrecy that surrounds abuse); "Becoming" Dr. Peter J. Morry (a novel examining and challenging inner beliefs and behaviors) and "Legally Wed" by Rick R. Reed (Gay marriage love story)
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:17:27 AM
R.P. BenDedek R.P. BenDedek Book Review: 'The Travelers' by J.L. Sconce
I enjoyed reading 'The Travelers' by Joseph Sconce but recognize that it may have limited appeal. If you can get beyond your own 'theological' perspectives, I think that you will find this an interesting book to read. The story (written from a Swedenborg perspective) is about the afterlife and as such it might not be a topic of interest to many people and certainly not to those with a 'set in stone' theology. It is also a very long book of more than 600 pages. With a background in Theology, Psychology and Sociology I personally found the book extremely interesting. Mr. Sconce's perceptive understanding of human nature is quite obvious and the tale -- irrespective of one's theology -- provides fine insight into the way humans interact or perhaps more to the point - 'react.'
Jan 17, 2014 - 7:33:01 AM
Kenneth Tellis Open Letter to Mr. Rob Anders, MP Calgary West
What its present leadership has done is make the Conservatives seem like a Ho Hum party that is not going anywhere in a hurry. There is now a malaise within the party that does not bode well for those who want to see it grow in popularity and strength.
Jan 17, 2014 - 7:15:31 AM
R.P. BenDedek 70's Sexual Appetites
Today I received promotional Material for Margo Landry's new book, and decided that given her age I had better highlight the book immediately. Margo Landry was born in Seattle and attended the University of Washington, then became a stewardess for United Airlines before marrying Ron Landry in NYC.
Jan 15, 2014 - 12:17:30 AM
International The Shamrak Report: US Government Lies
The Egyptian military destroyed 8 smuggling tunnels in Rafah and a warehouse containing explosive devices in northern Sinai. During the enforcement operation the Egyptian army arrested 24 militants. No Western Media Outrage!
Jan 15, 2014 - 12:15:18 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the book basket this week? Facts and Fantasy
In addition to a list of eight author contributions to Magic City this week is a list of newly published books on topics that range from wartime politics and love to fighting serious illnesses to novels meant to inspire and entertain. This week's basket of goodies includes: "The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East" by Caroline Glick, "Comes A Soldier's Whisper" by Jenny La Sala (WWII correspondence from her father), "Avalon Bay, a Jewelry Hunter Thriller" (novel) by Ronald von Freymann, "Clean Cuisine" by Ivy Larson & Andrew Larson, M.D. (winning the battle against some serious diseases), and "I am Angelo" (a novel by Russian Immigrant) Ekaterina Yuvasheva.
Jan 12, 2014 - 12:20:26 AM
International Research Institute for Promotion of Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria to be Established
The meeting was held Monday, January 6th, by the Forum for Application of Sovereignty it was decided to continue to promote the political alternative of the Right, despite and perhaps even because of the international pressures on the government of Israel to divide the Land and establish a Palestinian state. Among the decisions that were taken was a decision to establish an academic research institute that will examine in depth the various issues that this process entails.
Jan 12, 2014 - 12:13:04 AM