From "roll-back" to "roll-on"
"This deal is based on 'hope'-- hope that when the nuclear sunset clause expires Iran will have succumbed to the benefits of commerce and global integration. Hope that the hardliners will have lost their power and the revolution will end its hegemonic goals. And hope that the regime will allow the Iranian people to decide their fate. Hope is part of human nature, but unfortunately it is not a national security strategy....
Aug 23, 2015 - 7:02:44 AM
A New Symbol Has Been Cast: People - Property - Liberty
The American way of life, based on a strong middle class established through free enterprise and ownership of private property, is under assault like never before. That assault will dramatically increase in September as thousands of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), global elitists and United Nation's bureaucrats converge on New York City to reboot Agenda 21. This time they are calling it the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This new 15 year plan demands 17 points of global control to reorganize the world into a Socialist utopia by 2030. Now is the time to stand up and say no to a global movement bent on destroying private property rights! To that end, the American Policy Center (APC) has created a plan of action to unite property rights activists around the world into one mighty force. It is time for governments around the world to learn that private property ownership is the key to freedom and prosperity. Public policy must be controlled to respect property owners as OWNERS!
Aug 21, 2015 - 12:18:07 AM
Many Americans have been trained and conditioned much as Pavlov's famous dogs were...Does anyone really think that questions about Donald Trump, trump the murder, rape and beheading of Christian children who bravely refuse to denounce their faith before the sword and hate of Islam? What does your gut say on this one? Can you hear that inner long lost voice? Is it a whisper or a scream? Or, has it been smothered by the shriek of political correctness?... Perspective, priority and manufactured outrage converge in Pavlovia with disastrous consequence. Conditioned politically correct responses cannot effectively apply perspective, priority or outrage to politics. Only appropriate perspective, rational priority and genuine outrage will serve as a true reflection of your internal voice.
Aug 18, 2015 - 7:30:12 AM
US voters shape the Iran debate in Congress
In 2015, will House Members and Senators ignore or reflect the position of their voters on the nuclear deal with the Ayatollahs, whose approval would compound the current significant threats posed by the conventional Ayatollahs: triggering an unprecedented wave of Islamic terrorism, an avalanche of toppled pro-US Arab oil-producing regimes and its economic implications, nuclear proliferation and a nuclear war?
Aug 16, 2015 - 8:10:12 AM
Magic Mirror: Reflections of a Naked Dancer
One night, during one of our deep talks, Jennifer said she thought I'd become conceited. Little did she know it was quite the opposite. I was obsessive compulsive. I thought if one hair was out of place or if I looked even slightly bloated, people wouldn't think I was beautiful anymore or worse, they would think I was gaining my weight back...Not long ago, a man told me he admired how comfortable I am in my body. This was so much greater than any compliment he could've given about my body. For someone who had been detached from her body for decades, violently abusing it even, this observation sent a surge of power from my toes to my head. Why? Because it was the truth.
Aug 13, 2015 - 10:08:25 AM
Why the Iran Deal Makes War More Likely
Think opposition to the Obama administration's deal with Iran is strictly a partisan issue? Hardly. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York recently joined half a dozen Democrats in the House of Representatives who have voiced doubts about the agreement. President Obama has said that critics of the Iran deal are either "ideological" or "illogical." As we've seen, they're neither. They just want an agreement that will keep us safe. The Iran deal is no deal. It's time to try again.
Aug 12, 2015 - 9:38:01 PM
Scheme of Things
On the day before our 40th-wedding anniversary at the beginning of
August, on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a hundred guests
there to celebrate, I'll be officiating my niece's wedding. By the time
you read this, they'll be married.
Aug 11, 2015 - 7:14:45 PM
Tapping the Taxpayer Till
An analysis by The Heritage Foundation found that small businesses benefit from less than 20 percent of Ex-Im's actual financing. And it's worth noting that Ex-Im's definition of "small" when it comes to businesses is rather generous, encompassing companies with up to 1,500 workers or even $21.5 million in annual revenue. Not exactly the "garage start-up" or Mom-and- Pop operation that phrase often brings to mind.
Aug 11, 2015 - 7:07:14 PM
"Debate or Roast?"
The politically correct infantile reaction to Trump's comments do little to change the disastrous course America finds itself on. Many may not wish their politicians to embrace such a low brow "jobsite" demeanor but I have been shown over a lifetime that the collective genius of America's average working people outstrip the restrained Ivy League idiots intellect presented as America's brain trust by a thousand to one. America is made up of Americans not politicians. Donald Trump is offering vision, action and hard work as solution to America's problems just as my politically incorrect co-workers do. I have never seen a building built by "talking about it." It requires action, hard work, an enormous amount of brains and ceaseless swearing which becomes quite natural at the business end of a ninety pound jack-hammer after a sixty hour week.
Aug 10, 2015 - 12:48:15 AM
The 2015 Culture Index: Tracking the Trends
News is available 24/7/365. We read it, listen to it and watch it. And do so with ease from the most crowded city street to the most remote mountaintop. But while this constant stream of information is certainly handy, it can also make it difficult to see the big picture. We're always on the ground, seeing what's right in front of us. We have only a vague sense of what's already happened -- and what to expect. What we lack is a bird's eye view. Something that will help us spot trends both helpful and harmful. Information that will enable us to adjust our policies accordingly.
Aug 9, 2015 - 5:32:38 AM
America at Half-Staff
My assertion that we are a memorial culture is bolstered by the events of September 11th 2001, the presidents' clumsy evocation of the Crusades in an early 2015 speech and his 2009 "Cairo speech" in which our ideologically driven president completely misrepresented the concept of "American Exceptionalism." 911 should be memorialized in the most heartfelt way possible but the Crusades should be reserved for history class and should not be encouraged to be internalized with contemporized relevance and solemnity. The Cairo speech is exemplary of demagoguery and emotional manipulation at its worst.
Aug 3, 2015 - 11:35:10 PM
Creating a Case for Conservatism
Being conservative in a politically correct culture has never been easy. Whether you're a politician trying to explain a controversial sound-bite, or a voter attempting to defend your stance on a hot-button issue to incredulous co-workers, you either grow a thick skin -- or learn to keep quiet. Sadly, you get used to having your motives impugned by people who assume that no one could possibly believe what you believe. You must have some ulterior motive, right?
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:20:44 AM
Jewish demographic tailwind; no Arab demographic time bomb
Once again, conventional so-called wisdom is refuted by reality. The demographic trend is Jewish. Anyone claiming that Israel must concede geography (Judea & Samaria), in order to secure demography is either dramatically mistaken or outrageously misleading. A 68% increase in the annual number of Jewish births has occurred from 1995 (80,000) to 2014 (136,000), despite a moderate decline in the Ultra-Orthodox fertility rate. Modernity (integration) has lowered Israeli Arab fertility rate, stabilizing the annual number of Arab births at 40,000 during the same period. Over 100,000 Palestinians, who received Israeli ID cards as a result of marrying Israeli Arabs, are doubly-counted as Israelis and Palestinians.
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:17:34 AM
Politicians spend most of their time fund raising which traps them politically and minimizes their time working for, or listening to "We the People." Not Trump, he's not asking for political favors or money. Trump spends his time campaigning and answering questions. The establishment Republican candidates and elite class of political pundits that surround those candidates are indeed well educated, but "The Donald" holds the Trump Card because Donald Trump is actually -- Smart. He uses plain language to focus on a few core issues which the average voter is truly concerned with. I don't know if Mr. Trump will win this fight but I do know he has filled the arena. If there is one thing Donald Trump's substantial ego will not allow it is history or the American people remembering him as anything less than a great president.
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:49:15 AM
Balance and Harmony
We know that a balanced diet creates harmony in our body. We enjoy good health and are able to function well. Balance in all phases of our life seems to lead to a state of contentment that allows us to thrive physically and spiritually. Such a simple thing! For centuries healers, physicians and scientists have informed us about the causes of diseases and their remedies. Yet we often abuse our body and create disharmony -- or disease.
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:45:38 AM
Pure of Heart
The reluctance to vote GOP is rooted in the perception that the Republican Party is not sufficiently conservative or libertarian. I agree; the Republican Party is a mere shadow of its ideological lineage. This harsh reality emerged with the ascension of the Tea Party in 2010. The rejection of the newly elected Tea Party types to congress by establishment Republicans is in my opinion the greatest political mistake of the last half century. This historic political snub defined and diminished the image of establishment Republicans whose campaigns and re-election benefited from the momentum of the Tea Party candidates. The failure of the establishment to embrace promising Republican political momentum revealed their self-serving aspirations taking precedent over GOP and national interest. The concept of "We the People" seemed to be furthest from the duplicitous political minds of our elected officials. We now have government of the government, by the government, for the government. I clearly understand the reluctance to vote Republican, even if you are a republican.
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:45:14 AM
Reagan's Tax-Cutting Legacy
Would Reagan have supported a flat tax that got rates down to 17 or 18 percent for all, with a generous deduction for families with children? All we can say for sure is that the idea is consistent with his work to simplify the tax system and promote growth.
Jul 17, 2015 - 10:35:44 PM
Magic City Book Reviews Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2015
Each week we publish a Book Basket in which is recorded the publicity material for 10 or more books. We cannot of course review every book but on that article page we offer all authors a 'no-pay no-charge self-promotions' deal. Basically this deal is that in return for publishing articles at Magic City on any topic whatsoever, we will include in that article that author's latest book cover, their bio and purchase details and links. It's a case of 'you scratch our backs and we will scratch yours.
Jul 17, 2015 - 2:23:54 AM
Author Articles at Magic City 2015
Book authors are not required to write specifically in relation to their book. This offer is not just a 'free publicity offer.' Instead we give authors the chance to spread their wings and build up their internet presence by becoming opinion columnists and feature writers, political commentators and religious writers or whatever takes their fancy.
Jul 17, 2015 - 2:20:04 AM
Scheme of Things
I like cozy. I like cozy mysteries, cozy places, cozy food, cozy days or
nights, and cozy people. It struck me the other day how much I like
cozy after spending a few days devoid of that feeling. Away on business,
my week was busy airports, packed airplanes, sketchy hotels, loud
restaurants, big cities, and huge conferences centers; none of it cozy.
Jul 14, 2015 - 7:55:57 PM
Evidently in today's America it seems that you must have nine billion dollars just to speak the truth. Trump is speaking to and for the average working person by going around the media, the Democrats, the establishment Republicans and the constitutional conservative Tea Party types. He is speaking to you and me. The DC inside the beltway media and so-called expert political pundits may not understand him, but we do. This may be the first "We the People" election in many years. I really don't care what anybody says anymore anyhow, except of course "We the People." Wasn't that the idea? The idea of America?
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:20:45 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Interview with Author Dr. Lois Brittell
Let me answer the second question first. As you listen to preachers and other professionals, anxiety and depression are on the rise. People are moving out of churches, religious life is taking on less importance than it used to. Values are changing and of course, if you are not attached to God, the events occurring in today's world are going to leave you anxious, depressed, confused, angry, and having other pathological feelings. The difference between anxiety and fear is great, but it's subtle.
Jul 13, 2015 - 8:35:25 AM
A Welcome Check on Bureaucratic Power
No, that's not a misprint. For a mere $9.6 billion, you can save $6 million! "To put that in perspective," writes energy and regulation expert Nicolas Loris, "it's the cost-benefit equivalent of renting $1,600 in scuba gear to collect four quarters at the bottom of the lake. Every year." The courts tend to defer to the judgment and interpretation of the regulatory agency in question. But this time, common sense won out, and the courts provided an important check on the power of unelected bureaucrats. We could use a lot more of that.
Jul 9, 2015 - 12:11:14 AM
SCOTUS Same-Sex Ruling on Eve of Independence Day: Gift or Curse to the Nation?
Exclusion from God's kingdom is the ultimate repudiation of Kennedy's foolish notion that equal dignity means everyone must have equal access to every institution, every opportunity under the sun. As outrageous as Kennedy's statements are, the actions of our President following the Court's decision were even worse. A response pleasing to God would have the President humbly falling to his knees, pleading God's forgiveness for the Court's sinful decision. He would have called upon Christians to pray on his behalf, asking God to grant him the wisdom to choose wise judges who could someday overturn the evil outcome of this case.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:40:30 PM
San Francisco's sanctuary city policy claims another citizen's life
"How many more Americans will be sacrificed on the altar of Obama's politically-correct nonsense which has routinely leads to citizens being murdered, including police officers?" asked former NYPD police officer, Iris Aquino, a Latino law enforcement official. "Hopefully this case will cause enough outrage against is sure to San Francisco's sanctuary city policies. In fact, instead of bellyaching about Donald Trump's statements on illegal aliens and border security, maybe people will listen to him," she said.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:27:52 PM
The Great Waterfall of God's Love
Consider the phrase, 'there's nothing you can do to make God.' This is true: no one can 'make God' do or be anything other than what God is. God loves us with an infinite love, because God IS love ... but nothing in heaven or earth or under the earth can constrain God to love us or not love us. His love is what theologians call a 'self-donation.' We don't seduce God's love by being either adorable or pathetic -- his love flows entirely from his nature and is utterly voluntary. God is "moved to compassion," not because we manipulate him with our pleas, but because God is compassion itself and his love flows without ceasing wherever it is received. My experience of God's love may fluctuate as I welcome it or rebuff it, but God himself cannot love us more or less. His love, by nature, is not dependent on our behaviour or jerked around by our emotional rollercoasters.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:20:03 PM
Saluting a "Great Charter" of Liberty
"It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty," John Adams, our second president, wrote of July 4. "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." It's even more fitting that we do so this year, as we mark the 800th anniversary of another landmark document in the annals of liberty: England's Magna Carta, which preceded our Declaration by 561 years. In fact, the name, "Magna Carta," means "great charter" in Latin, and how appropriate that it be called this, considering its role in curbing the excesses of tyrannical monarchs. Both King Richard and his brother-successor, King John, were levying crushing levels of taxation on their subjects and seizing property virtually at whim.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:12:41 PM
The nature of the Mahmoud Abbas regime
Bassam Eid, the founder of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, concludes that "the Palestinians need strong democratic institutions and an end to human rights violations.... [However,] Abbas runs a corrupt dictatorship, using international funds to consolidate his own administration, rather than to develop the Palestinian economy. In East Jerusalem, the PA is so mistrusted that most Palestinians would prefer to live under Israel rule...."
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:10:45 PM
Why The Patriot Act is Tyranny and Rand Paul is a Hero
The fact is Rand Paul is a defender of American security unlike any other candidate currently running to lead this nation. He's one of a very few to openly stand for the Constitutional rights of all Americans to be secure in their homes and free of government snooping into their private business......All of this is what Senator Paul was objecting to. This massive growth of government and the obvious loss of liberty that comes with it is what he was trying to stop. Does it then come as a surprise that Senator Rand Paul has become public enemy #1 by establishment Republican hawks, big money Republican fund raisers, all big government proponents and their Patriot Act-dependent industries? As said in the landmark movie "Network," he has messed with the natural order of things."
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:07:22 PM
Being a Jew Trumps Assimilation
The biggest mistake many of our rabbis and Jewish community leaders make is by insisting that Jewishness is the religious observance only. Being a Jew has always meant, for Jews and our enemies - the peoplehood, belonging to the tribe, ethnicity or nation - whichever term you feel comfortable with - combined with Judaism when it was possible! We also have the unique and advanced religion, deep seated spiritual tradition, common history and aspirations that bond us all, observant and secular Jews.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:03:02 PM
America, land that I love! Born and bred in the U.S.A.!
No matter what "political party" takes up space in D.C., this land is your land, this land is my land, and I shall call it beloved, and blessed by God, and shall never be anything less than humbled and blessed to have been born here and live here. I shall never, ever take it for granted.
Jun 15, 2015 - 9:25:20 AM
Iran and ISIS. High Moral Ground or Bloody Trenches?
If we are to win the battles against nuclear proliferation and against Islamic terrorism we must change the diplomatic narrative. We must take the conversation to where it can change the course of history without adding to the violence. To do this, we must stake out the highest possible moral ground, and not be naive about how strong we must be or how long it may take. Our strategy to deal with the dangers of ISIS and Iran should be one strategy, and contrary to our President's claim, it should not depend on Iraq or any other nation. Five simple principles should guide us.
Jun 14, 2015 - 1:20:45 AM
What's my motivation here?
Will we stand or fall? Honor, patriotism, honesty, integrity and responsibility are just a few of the disciplines no longer taught at our institutions of higher learning. Is it any wonder why our military almost unilaterally has taken on the responsibility of defending our country? Values are still taught in military organizations, but not in the majority of our colleges and universities....As I walk through this world I often encounter electronically obsessed Americans that look up at me briefly from their electronic device in order to avoid the possibility of me knocking them over. I admittedly hold little regard for their safespace if they refuse to pay attention to their surroundings. Their deer in the headlight facial expressions sometimes make me feel as if they are about to utter aloud what a Stanislavski trained actor might say as they look up from their screenplay or movie script.
Jun 12, 2015 - 7:44:25 AM
Let's Put the "Ex" in "Ex-Im"
"The winners should prevail by playing the game better than others, not by forcing taxpayers to give them an advantage," Garett Churchill, owner of Fluxeon Inc., told The Daily Signal. "The winners should be judged by the success they have, and that's not achieved on the backs of his fellow countrymen." Moreover, there are more than 31 investigations into alleged fraud at the Bank. At a recent hearing, members of the House Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform Committees were told these will likely lead to indictments. There's also an alarming lack of transparency, with the Bank failing to account for $25.8 billion in transactions, according to the Heritage-Mercatus report.
Jun 10, 2015 - 9:46:29 PM
Scheme of Things
Planting Seeds of Possibility
As the school year ends, I'm reminded of the teachers, in various roles,
who positively impacted my life far beyond our encounters. These
thoughts are for them, and people like them, who touch our lives and
never know the lasting impact they have. Often, we don't even know
ourselves until years later.
Jun 5, 2015 - 12:29:26 AM
Minimum Wage, Maximum Hypocrisy
Labor expert James Sherk, for example, found that raising the minimum wage to $15 would cause a 36 percent drop in hours worked in fast food.....As Rusty Hicks, head of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, told the Times: "With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them. This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing."
Jun 4, 2015 - 5:31:20 AM
Three Questions to Change the Election
Agenda 21 is designed to change our nation; our way of life; and our form of government. These candidates want to allow those changes to quietly take place, unseen and unnoticed by the public, while they remain silent. If the candidates want to drastically change our nation, then it's time we have a national debate about it. Starting today, ask the questions that will fire that debate. The term social justice is used more and more in today's official society. The actual meaning of social justice is redistribution of wealth, much of which is imposed through the tool of political correctness. Social Justice is used to create class warfare and divisions in our society. It is now widely used in our public school curricula to replace actual academics with behavior modification methods designed to change the attitudes, values and beliefs of the children.
Jun 2, 2015 - 6:21:01 AM
Giving "The Last Full Measure of Devotion"
Freedom requires hard work and skilled diplomacy, but there are times when it also demands blood. And if we don't thank God often for those willing to walk toward the guns aimed by those who would take our freedom away, do we deserve to enjoy the fruits of their victory?
May 29, 2015 - 7:10:55 PM
Giving Kids a Chance to Succeed
..the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It allows children from low-income families to attend the school of their choice. The DCOSP has helped more than 6,000 kids get a better start in life -- a chance to learn in a safe, challenging school environment where they can reach their full potential. Unfortunately, the program has come under fire from certain politicians who -- not coincidentally -- are beholden to teachers' unions that resent the competition.
May 20, 2015 - 8:17:50 AM
Why do good people lack blessings in life?
All the evil that is happening on earth is due to lack of fear of God in man who dares to disobey God's commandments. As a result, there is so much of... violence, bloodshed, murders, wars everywhere, no value for human life, high crime rates, robbery, racial riots, drunkenness, revelry, sexual immorality, marital problems, lust for power, pride, selfishness.
May 20, 2015 - 8:15:18 AM