French appeasement deja vue
The French intent to recognize Palestinian statehood in Judea & Samaria, if the Israel-Palestinian negotiations fail, reflects the French policy of appeasing Palestinian terrorism (since the 1960s) and Islamic terrorism (since 1978). Rather than sheltering France from terrorism, France's appeasement policy - more than any other European country - has fueled anti-French and anti-Western terrorism. French policy has rewarded the 100-year-old systematic Palestinian hate-education, incitement and terrorism. It prejudges the outcome of negotiations and minimizes Palestinian incentive to negotiate.
Feb 5, 2016 - 8:41:00 AM
America's Decline: Economic Freedom in Eclipse
"Restoring economic freedom is prerequisite to revitalizing and brightening America's future," writes Index editor Anthony Kim. "2016 is the year to reaffirm the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and rule of law so that we can reconstitute an America where freedom, opportunity, and prosperity flourish."
Feb 5, 2016 - 7:57:02 AM
"We're not in Iowa Anymore"
I see Trump as a transitional president if elected, a president CEO who allows America to swab the decks clean as we right our political ship of state with sails filled with the collective energy and genius of the American people. If America limits bureaucratic power and regulation, secures its borders, enacts tax reform, strengthens its military and fires up its economy we will have a situation that facilitates America's pursuit of its loftier ideological aspirations whether grounded in the constitution, conservatism or both. Without these basic reforms all talk of who is more conservative, more religious or more constitutionally grounded than the next candidate means absolutely nothing.
Feb 2, 2016 - 10:28:01 PM
Political cover up at State Dept. to benefit Hillary Clinton during primaries
A lot of the news coverage, especially by the national news media, is obviously slanted to make it sound as if the email scandal is a concoction of the Republican Party. "On its face the Clinton campaign's statements are mendacious. The FBI agents, the inspector general for the intelligence community and members of the CIA, NSA and other spy agencies are not part of the Republican Party. The only conspiracy is the Clinton-State Department lies and political spin," said former police deputy chief and political strategist Joey Nathaniel.
Feb 2, 2016 - 10:10:21 PM
Getting Back to "E Pluribus Unum"
Something fundamental has changed at the heart of what it means to be an immigrant. For the first two centuries or so of our history, individuals found success in the United States through assimilation, while simultaneously maintaining their heritage. Today, however, that is less and less the case. For at least the last four decades, the federal government has been inflaming the balkanization of our country by encouraging immigrants to view themselves more as aggrieved ethnic groups than as aspiring Americans.
Jan 29, 2016 - 2:53:36 AM
ISIS builds stronghold in Libya: Obama and Hillary ignore their handiwork
Unfortunately, despite his rhetoric to the contrary, after toppling yet another dictator, President Obama allowed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's (ISIS's) international jihad to spread into Afghanistan, North Africa and now Libya. It followed Obama's toppling of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak which led to thousands dying at the hands of Islamic terrorists and the Muslim Brotherhood rising to power.
Jan 25, 2016 - 12:12:01 AM
Hillary Clinton's email fiasco worse than originally suspected
When the airline industry became nervous over the costs of implementing the Commission's recommendations, the White House sent a letter to Air Transport Association saying there were no mandates only suggestions being offered for the benefit of the airlines and airports. The day after letter to the Air Transport Association was received, Trans World Airlines donated $40,000 to the Democrat National Committee. By the time of the Clinton's presidential re-election, other airlines had given large donations to Democrat Party committees: $265,000 from American Airlines, $120,000 from Delta Air Lines, $115,000 from United Air Lines, $87,000 from Northwest Airlines. According to an analysis done for the Boston Globe by the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks donations, a total of $627,000 was donated to the Democrats by major airlines right after the Clinton administration shelved the Commission report and recommendations.
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:17:06 AM
Land for peace in the Middle East?
The width of pre-1967 Israel (8-15 miles) is equal to the length of DFW Airport in Texas, the distance between JFK and La Guardia Airports, Wall Street and Columbia University, the Kennedy Center and RFK Stadium, less than the distance between downtown London and Heathrow Airport. Former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, the late General Earl Wheeler told President Lyndon Johnson: "The minimum requirements for Israel's defense include most of the West Bank, the whole of Gaza and the Golan Heights." 100 retired US Generals and Admirals cautioned Israel against withdrawing from Judea & Samaria, stating that is would be impossible to demilitarize the area effectively.
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:15:06 AM
The volcano of Islamic terrorism
Most Muslim policy-makers have not represented the will of the majority, which has been systematically suppressed/oppressed in most Muslim societies (including Muslim communities in Western countries). These Muslim societies have never experienced democracy, exposing the majority to tectonic eruptions of violence by rogue regimes and organizations. The lava of Islamic terrorism has consumed mostly Muslims in the abode of Islam, but it is aiming to sweep the abode of the "infidel," and is currently spreading into the streets of the USA, Europe, Russia, China, India, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Jan 13, 2016 - 7:23:55 AM
Clinton criminal enterprise? Witness tampering and money laundering
Foreign oligarchs and governments, then donate to this Canadian charity. In this case, over 1,000 did -- contributing mega millions. I'm sure they did this out of the goodness of their hearts, and expected nothing in return. (Imagine Putin's buddies waking up one morning and just deciding to send untold millions to a Canadian charity). The Clinton Foundation then spends some of this money for legitimate good works programs. Experts estimate that The Clinton Foundation has donated no more than 15 percent of the donations to charitable pursuits. Much of the balance goes to enrich the Clinton's lavish salaries, and lavish lifestyle, particularly travel, and virtually all tax free. In on year alone, the foundation spent over $8 million in travel expenses.
Jan 13, 2016 - 7:17:43 AM
Corrupt journalism? Maine's GOP governor being 'framed' as racist by media
"Once again the Democrats are attempting to drive a wedge between the races. It's almost comical because one can accurately guess how far these liberal plantation overseers will go to create racial unrest in order to increase their campaign donations and get voters to the voting booths," said Mike Baker, a political consultant and strategist.
Jan 10, 2016 - 12:57:19 AM
Questions About Race and Racial Prejudice in the Afterlife
What I don't believe is that any of us will get very far in any afterlife without dealing with race and ethnicity, and without our willing and assiduous effort to correct where we were on these issues when we passed away here on Earth. Which takes me back to those who voted for the I'm going to wake up there more or less the way I am here, race and all. It seems to me that this group of voters are choosing to believe in a difficult future for themselves. If we are plunked into substantially the same bodies we had here, then how easy is it going to be for us to get past racial and ethnic prejudices, even up there? How easily will we be willing to change?
Jan 8, 2016 - 6:08:50 AM
Former U.S. Marine officer confirms Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi
"I put TAM in the same class as the Southern Poverty Law Center -- an anti-American group that views Christians as evil and counterterrorists as radicals," said Snopes. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claims on their web site that they have been tracking Klein for several years and have labeled two organizations with which he is affiliated as "hate groups." SPLC is considered to be a left- wing front group for neo-Marxists that has displayed anti-Semitic and anti-American beliefs while defending true hate groups.
Jan 8, 2016 - 5:56:05 AM
Former Navy SEAL to Hillary Clinton: 'You Are An Ignorant Liar'
Former U.S. Navy Seal officer Dom Raso this week slammed Hillary Clinton and commenced his campaign to educate Americans that she really is a dishonest and fraudulent politician. During his career as a special forces hero, Raso faced some of the world's worst bad guys in his 12-year career as a Navy SEAL and he's killed more than his share of enemies. Raso has begun his "truth campaign" by boldly doing what the nation's journalists have refused to do: Calling Clinton out for her lies, such as when she told an audience how she bravely dodged enemy fire in Bosnia. "in order to make herself appear as courageous as American soldiers."
Jan 7, 2016 - 5:10:55 AM
The Story Engine: Imagining and Creating My First Novel
Apex Predator as a novel is made up of hundreds of ideas woven around a plot, with its inception from a base concept fuelled by enthusiasm, pride, imagination and stubbornness, my wife's boot to my ass notwithstanding. The point is: one idea alone doesn't fill a 650 page novel. One day, under the influence of a pounding headache and doped up to the gills, the idea of a hunter-hunted dynamic between the modern firepower of a nuclear submarine and an ancient creature of myth set deep inside the polar icecap came to me in a fever dream. The trick is to maintain relevance. My high school teacher once told me: Every word, every character on the page must have a point. Every explosion, every punch thrown, every car you flip must have purpose to the plot or character development. This is how you keep the audience engaged.
Jan 7, 2016 - 4:33:02 AM
Private Property Ownership - the First American Right To Die Under Barack Obama's Tyranny
To achieve its goals, AFFH requires agencies and communities that apply for HUD grants to detail income levels, religion, color, and national origin of every single person living in every neighborhood of the community. They will then determine any imbalances and, if necessary, force a massive shift of people into such neighborhoods to achieve the desired balance. This is nothing less than social engineering! So what does this mean to average American citizens - in plain English? It means the destruction of neighborhoods, loss of control of their own property and loss of property values. If government funded high rise apartment buildings are forced into neighborhoods of single family homes, the value of the properties will fall. It's possible that, should a neighborhood find itself in a shortage of residents representing certain ethnic backgrounds or income levels, then a homeowner trying to sell their home may find they can only sell to someone representing that imbalance. Imagine the affect that will have on the already depressed real estate market.
Jan 7, 2016 - 4:06:55 AM
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.
Dec 30, 2015 - 5:41:30 PM
That Sick Label Again
Brussels is abuzz with bees-in-the-bonnet, drunk-on-power, bigoted people. They worry that Israel will trick consumers into thinking that settlements are part of Israel. They're not worried about tricking consumers into thinking (as the new labels will do) that the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are in make-believe occupied Palestine. Goods from other occupied territories are allowed into Europe with 'Made in China' or 'Made in Morocco' labels, etc. Here's the common or garden example of one treatment if you are not the Jew among nations, and a different treatment if you are.
Dec 30, 2015 - 5:17:57 PM
What makes Trump tick (so far)?
Trump is aware of the yearning to resurrect the ethos of the American Dream, which featured the USA -- until the 2007-2009 Great Recession - as the only moral, economic and military super-power. He attempts to echo the eagerness to stop the slippery slope of the American state of mind from boundless optimism to pessimism, from patriotism to skepticism, from faith and confidence in American exceptionalism to national and personal uncertainty and anxiety, from expected upward mobility to feared downward mobility.
Dec 27, 2015 - 5:10:44 AM
Jesus-converters dig themselves into a deeper hole when they follow the star to Bethlehem, to the Palestinian victim in its cradle. Branding Jews as colonial occupiers and stealers of Arab land can be a double-edged sword. You can't have your cake and eat it too. If the New Testament writes Jews and their Temple into the plot, then both must have been in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. He was infuriated by them, for heaven sake! "It seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. ... The Israeli government's crucifixion system is operating daily." In his biblical speak Naim Ateek, a Palestinian cleric, can't help but acknowledge that the Jews have been domiciled in his 'Palestine' since time immemorial.
Dec 27, 2015 - 5:07:30 AM
America's "Safe Space"
San Bernardino is the latest terror event to be shamelessly exploited by progressive liberals as a means to challenge the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment stands strong unaided but is also supported by and correspondingly supports the other constitutional amendments in our "Bill of Rights." The 2nd amendment ensures the right to morally or if deemed necessary to physically defend the other amendments. I refer to this generous gift from our founders as our "kinetic option" against personal and national threats whether foreign or domestic...How do we protect our 2nd amendment right? By exercising it. It helps to insure our indispensable 1st amendment by utilizing the same synergy that sustains all the amendments mutually.
Dec 14, 2015 - 8:35:31 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.
Dec 13, 2015 - 12:44:30 AM
The demographic scaremongering fraternity
In 2015, in defiance of the "Demographic Scaremongering Fraternity," Israel's Jewish demography features an astounding 68% surge in the number of annual births from 1995 (80,400) to 2014 (132,000), while the annual number of Arab births has stabilized (40,000) due to accelerated modernity; a growing positive Jewish net-migration, simultaneously with growing Arab negative net-migration; a 66% Jewish majority in the combined area of Judea, Samaria and pre-1967 Israel, benefiting from an unprecedented tailwind of fertility and migration. Should Israel resurrect the pro-active Aliyah policy, which was Israel's flagship until 1993, Jewish demography -- and therefore economy, technology, national security and posture of deterrence - would catapult to new heights.
Dec 11, 2015 - 6:36:32 PM
Scheme of Things
A Christmas Look
Christmas still two months away, my youngest granddaughter, a
first-grader, was helping me decide which products to promote on my
online vintage jewelry shop. Her third grade sister, sitting next to me
at their kitchen table in Colorado, was focused on mapping states on a
new app I'd added for her on my phone.
Dec 7, 2015 - 4:18:20 PM
Targeting Innocent Citizens
It's become such a serious problem that The Heritage Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, despite deep differences on many issues, joined forces to call for civil-forfeiture reform. Writing last month in The Des Moines Register, ACLU President Susan Herman and John Malcolm, head of Heritage's Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, said the problem "undermines the integrity of our justice system." Innocent citizens should never be deprived unjustly of their property. It's time to stop civil-forfeiture abuse.
Dec 6, 2015 - 12:38:45 AM
Climate Change: A Heated Debate
They actually want the government to target climate-change skeptics with the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. That's right. They want to cap the critics with a law created specifically to go after organized crime. Their opponents are no better than drug cartels and the Mafia, apparently...In reality, of course, these academics simply can't abide having anyone disagree with them. So ... away with the skeptics. Make them disappear.
Dec 4, 2015 - 5:14:30 AM
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally to Destroy Freedom
On September 29, 2015, Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a speech to the United Nations that should be considered one of the most powerful and frightening threats to American freedom ever conceived. Lynch was announcing United States' support and participation in a new program called the Strong Cities Network. Like most things that emerge from the global cesspool called the United Nations, the Strong Cities Network springs from a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called the Institute for Strategic Dialog (ISD). It's what's referred to as a "think and do tank." In other words, ISD doesn't just dream up these schemes, it then sets about to make them reality.
Dec 3, 2015 - 7:10:29 AM
Secretary Kerry Reinventing the Middle East?
Secretary of State John Kerry's November 24, 2015 visit to Jerusalem confirmed his determination to reinvent "the energetic, youthful and forward looking Middle East" in accordance with his own worldview, irrespective of Middle East reality. Kerry recycled well-intentioned, but failed, assessments and tactics, further eroding the US posture of deterrence and US power projection among pro-US Arab countries.
Nov 28, 2015 - 2:48:18 AM
Turkish news editor prosecuted for blowing whistle on Turkey's alliance with ISIS
In the aftermath of the Turkish military shooting down a Russian air force plane, the killing of its pilot, and the attack on a Russian rescue helicopter, the violence between those two nations is becoming more intensified, according to an American expert on radical Islam, Walter Anasara, a former police counterterrorism unit leader.
Nov 28, 2015 - 2:39:29 AM
Our American Jihad
Soon nearly a decade will have passed without the president saying anything of substance. Conversely, the leading republican presidential candidate initially labeled a circus clown allegedly saddled with what some in our media elite have characterized as a "fifth grade" vocabulary is the only person the American electorate perceives as speaking with authority or relevance proving him to be in reality the "Ringmaster" not the clown. Our president's suspected psychological affliction is often referred to as "malignant narcissism." America and the world are the victims of his deteriorating stability which evidently has caused him to abandon his primary responsibility to uphold our constitution and protect the American people and homeland.
Nov 28, 2015 - 2:31:56 AM
Host countries, beware of Islamic terrorism
In 1982, in the aftermath of Islamic/Palestinian terrorist attacks in Paris, which claimed the lives of six patrons of the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant (August 9) and Israeli diplomat Yaakov Bar Simantov (April 4), Israel's Ambassador to France, Meir Rosenne, denounced the PLO, but also blamed countries which legitimize, and host, PLO operatives and supporters, for bringing the wrath of terrorism upon themselves. Ambassador Rosenne was threatened with expulsion from France, but would not retract.
Nov 22, 2015 - 12:50:43 AM
Scheme of Things
After a two hour drive from the hotel, my husband and I arrived early
morning in a small Wisconsin town on Lake Superior. That's where our
excursion to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore would begin. Our
reservations were on a double-decker boat which held 149 people, and 40
minutes prior to launch at least half of them were lined up on the dock.
Nov 18, 2015 - 5:01:45 PM
Obama's condemnation of terrorist attacks rings hollow to many
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Saturday lambasted President Obama for saying the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was "contained" hours before a terror attack massacred Paris. Fiorina said she was "angry that just yesterday morning, hours before the Paris attacks began and against all the evidence, President Obama declared ISIS 'contained' and took a victory lap."
Nov 15, 2015 - 3:47:24 AM
Compassion, Thy Name is Theft
Back in 1980, as Ronald Reagan was running for President, he often told the story of a woman who unfortunately found herself on welfare. Yet, even with the meager amount of cash she received from the government she managed to put a little tiny bit of money in a saving account, just in case some unexpected need were to arise. When the government found out that she had this saving account, they immediately confiscated it and then removed her from the welfare rolls. Where was the compassion them for a lady just trying to survive?...Not happy to allow people to actually find a useful purpose for their own money, compassionate Liberals are rushing to pressure state legislatures and city councils to increase gas taxes to put those savings into government pockets instead, so bankrupt governments can continue to pay for all of the massive spending programs. Heartless, cruel Conservatives oppose this liberal compassion.
Nov 15, 2015 - 2:36:11 AM
US-Israel relations: downturn or upturn?
Contrary to the "elite" US media headlines, the November 9, 2015 Obama-Netanyahu summit highlighted the enhanced US-Israel relationship, in general, and the long term US-Israel strategic cooperation, in particular, irrespective of the irreconcilable nature of the personalities and worldviews of the two leaders. In fact, bi-lateral defense, commercial, scientific and technological cooperation has surged to new heights, transcending disagreements over the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel's borders, construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the appointment of controversial officials by both administrations and the Palestinian issue. In fact, such disagreements have been an integral part of the bilateral relationship since Israel's establishment in 1948.
Nov 15, 2015 - 2:33:26 AM
Before the collision with the two-state iceberg
These days, Women in Green is publishing issue number 6 of the political journal, Sovereignty. The goal before us is to promote a revolution in consciousness that will turn the ship's wheel of the Israeli public, which is sailing straight into the iceberg of two states, and is bound to sink us, sharply to the Right to a Zionist banner, to restore the basic values of the People -- the Land of Israel is destined for the People of Israel.
Nov 15, 2015 - 2:27:17 AM
Federal court to Obama: Stop spying on the American people
Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asserts that the current high-tech spy program "likely violates the Constitution" and said he believes "the loss of constitutional freedoms for even one day is a significant harm." "This court simply cannot, and will not, allow the government to trump the Constitution merely because it suits the exigencies of the moment,'' Leon wrote in his 43-page decision "The government's position that VBNS may no longer be a participant in the program is fundamentally at odds with its ever-escalating concerns of terrorist threats," Judge Leon said.
Nov 12, 2015 - 12:31:05 AM
Obama unveils anti-crime plan: Cops drive ice cream trucks in black neighborhoods
The Obama-Holder-Lynch 30-page guide, titled "Moving from Recommendations to Action," is being peddled by the administration as a training aid to help local police departments implement Obama's "criminal justice reforms." "Under the section, Changing the Culture of Policing, one of Obama's recommendations is for police officers to give more voice to minority suspects, treating them with dignity and respect, while checking their own implicit cultural and racial biases. In other words, more listening and less cuffing," Wilder read on-the-air.
Nov 6, 2015 - 2:58:35 AM
"Trick or Treat?"
America is not a static entity that can be divided into even slices of a mythical socialist pie served up as bites of social justice and erosive political correctness. We cannot have generational or demographic economic prosperity for all across the board at all times. Sacrificial generations exist to provide greater opportunity for the next. One generation digs ditches; the next builds a house, the next a factory. Any demographic group that does not sacrifice for its following generation is driven to the State for assistance. Generational assistance leads to a culture of dependency that looks to government as a means to survival.
Oct 30, 2015 - 12:03:05 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Interview with Gene Ferraro, author of "Ordinary Evil"
I had the privilege of interviewing Gene Ferraro, author of "Ordinary Evil," in early September of this year. The following encapsulates our discussion. Do you see more resources available to victims of clergy sexual abuse and in your findings, have you seen percentages of reported abuse diminish or increase? There was a Polish bishop whose funeral was just a few weeks ago. He had been involved in some pretty bad acts with young people. Not many high ranking church members attended his funeral. That was in The Globe. I don't know what a percentage would be as I really don't keep up with that.
Oct 28, 2015 - 7:45:45 AM