Muslim tsunami: German woman evicted to make way for refugees
This is merely one instance of a German citizen being given the shaft to help a so-called refugee," said U.S. political consultant Mike Baker. "As goes Germany and the EU, don't be surprised when the Obama administration uses Eminent Domain to kick Americans out of their homes and apartments to give refugees shelter. And the news media will either ignore it or cheer him on," said Baker
Oct 1, 2015 - 4:24:30 PM
Major Afghan city falls to Taliban fighters during Obama UN address
At the U.N. Obama told the general assembly, "We are called upon to offer a different type of leadership. Leadership strong enough to recognize that nations share common interests, and people share a common humanity." Which, to many listeners, is a common Obama flourish that upon examination means nothing. The invasion and occupation of Kunduz by the radical Islamic fighters is being called a large-scale setback for the Afghan government in the days following U.S. and NATO troops taking a backseat in anti-terrorism operations.
Sep 29, 2015 - 10:19:03 PM
Papal visit: Rape and sexual slavery condemned as 'tactic of war'
The Security Council members have been stressing the need to bring conflicts in the Middle East to an end in order to reduce the opportunity for sexual violence to be committed. Reports of women and young girls -- sometimes young boys -- being raped and sodomized are common especially in the so-called war-torn provinces.
Sep 28, 2015 - 6:07:03 AM
Hillary Clinton caught in yet another deceit, says watchdog
During Mrs. Clinton's arguably fluffy interview by NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Sept. 4, the former Secretary of State was quizzed about Abedin -- the wife of disgraced Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner --being paid at the same time by the U.S.State Department, the Clinton Foundation, and consulting firm for which former President Bill Clinton sat on the board of directors. The firm's name is Teneo, and it was founded by one Bill Clinton's closest aides.
Sep 28, 2015 - 6:02:21 AM
U.S. Border Patrol agent indicted for alleged murder of Mexican teen
According to Swartz's defense team leader, Sean Chapman, the decorated agent will plead not guilty when he's arraigned on October 9. Chapman told news outlets that he expects the case will be tried in court. CBS News reporter Anna Werner without giving a source for her allegation, said there have been several similar cases involving shootings by Border Patrol agents. However, she failed to provide examples or neglected to describe the circumstances.
Sep 25, 2015 - 1:37:39 AM
Faking People Out at the Fed
You may be wondering what banking has to do with transportation spending. Good question, but don't waste time trying to find a link; there isn't one. When lawmakers need some bucks, they pull from wherever they can. We always knew they were good at wasting our tax dollars. Now they're proposing a gimmick that may even convince us it's not our money at stake.
Sep 25, 2015 - 1:35:32 AM
"Win a Book" Competition for Magic City Readers
If you would like to win this free book, all you have to do is show us how well you write by writing a book review of something that you have recently read and giving us permission to publish it. Not only will the winner of the competition receive the free book, but he/she will be invited to write their own review of Thomas J. Hynes's book "It Wasn't Like Nothing: One Marine's Adventure in Vietnam." I would like to thank the Bohlsen Group and the Author for this offer. You never know, Magic City Morning Star might soon have an additional regular book reviewer.
Sep 21, 2015 - 5:53:20 AM
Speedy Recovery to Columnist Milt Gross
Milt Gross who provides us with his weekly Down the Road A Piece articles and regular book reviews had an operation this week and on behalf of all contributors to Magic City I would like to wish Milt a speedy recovery.
Sep 18, 2015 - 11:03:47 AM
Has Hillary's Server Really Been Wiped?
In case you haven't been following the story closely, when she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton conducted governmental business, much of it classified, on an unsecure private server operated from her home in upstate New York. Servers on the Internet are simply hard disks called 'blades' that store information much as it is stored on your computer's hard disk. A server may consist of an array of several 'blades' with huge capacity. If nothing else the following analysis will give you a general idea of the factors in play. The latest word from the Justice Department is that HRC's staff and other correspondents used unsecured private email clients like AOL and Gmail to communicate with one another! Well, Obama did promise his administration would be the most transparent of all time.
Sep 18, 2015 - 2:12:30 AM
Autumn in Florida?
Floridians have always known that September is the hottest time of the year. For months, the large concrete and asphalted spaces have been soaking up 90 to 100 degree- weather and now exhale that furnace-heat until November when the hurricane season is over.
Sep 16, 2015 - 7:34:06 AM
Five Ways to Make Your Life Matter
One mistake that many people make when they begin to taste success is to attempt to acquire personal wealth too quickly. I know of people (myself included) who began to cheat against their future wealth by bogging themselves down in credit. They want to get so much "stuff" as a testimony of their new found wealth that they tie it up with debt. When you get to the point that you are able to make only the minimum payments, then you become a slave of a financial system...and your eye. You can do the same thing when you rely too heavily on government welfare.
Sep 15, 2015 - 6:45:11 AM
"Going to Pot"
There's another reason this shift occurred: Our nation's leaders are no longer sounding the alarm on drugs as they once did. When hardly anyone hears a word about the many health problems associated with pot, and everything they do hear is about how medically beneficial it is, should we be surprised public opinion has changed so much?
Sep 15, 2015 - 6:42:54 AM
A New Agenda 21 Threatens Our Way of Life
"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized nations collapse? Isn't it out responsibility to bring that about?" - Chairman of the Earth Summit, Maurice Strong. - Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation. Ask California how sustainable water control is working for them as these policies have torn down water systems and dams to "free the rivers." The original pioneers found the land to be a desert. They built a sophisticated water control system that resulted in an emerald green paradise. Now, as Sustainable policies are being enforced, they are witnessing the return of the desert, destroying productive land. Meanwhile, across the nation, the EPA is moving to take control of all the water in the United States. Control the water, control the population.
Sep 15, 2015 - 6:40:14 AM
A Call to Revolution
If revolutions are not fought in the Mideast now they will be fought in Europe and America in the near future. America has shaped a unique existence through luck, sacrifice, diplomacy and yes, "revolution." America is the exception to millennia of tyrannical governance and the absence of freedom and individual rights. It is referred to as "American Exceptionalism." Our current administration has accelerated the advancement of Islamic tyranny. The Mideast in many places is a black market weapons bazaar. If disenfranchised populations longing to be free wish to arm themselves they probably can. If not, I'm sure that a simple assurance by sincere freedom fighters who vow to take a step out of the seventh century toward modernity and the adoption of a constitution and bill of rights identical to Americas' own would garner enough attention from America or other western nations to seriously consider arming them.
Sep 13, 2015 - 8:23:10 AM
The ACLU, ESAs and the Future of School Choice
Another school year is underway, and more parents than ever are using school choice to ensure the best education for their children. Or should I say trying to use them? Some groups, after all, are trying to thwart them. The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit to stop Nevada's ESAs from taking effect. "As the name implies," writes education expert Lindsey Burke, "parents can also save unused funds, rolling dollars over from year-to-year to pay for future education costs."
Sep 2, 2015 - 11:20:34 PM
Patriots vs. Politicians 2015
Where are the heroes for today's young people to admire? Principled leaders who understood the roots of America's greatness now are replaced by blow-dried sound-byte kings whose professional campaign staffs understand only how to maneuver a special interest group or a voting block. Patriotism, nationalism - even American citizenship are taboo in today's school curriculum. Globalism, diversity, and political correctness trump real history, sound economics, and science. Communism is just another economic system. The Founding Fathers are simply old, dead slave-owning white guys. The UN's Declaration on Human Rights trumps the Declaration of Independence.
Sep 1, 2015 - 10:42:12 AM
Food Stamps: An Unappetizing Trend
Able-bodied adults receiving food stamps should be required to work, prepare for work or do job search. Look back at what happened in the 1990s. The great welfare reform of 1996 was put into law, reforming the largest cash welfare assistance program (Aid to Families with Dependent Children or AFDC, which is now Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Rather than allow the government to continue fostering dependency, we started insisting that non-disabled adults either work or be looking for work in exchange for benefits. And lo and behold, the numbers dropped.
Aug 30, 2015 - 4:57:24 AM
Ensuring a Free and Open Internet
"The U.S. government should reject out of hand any transition proposal that grants governments more influence over ICANN than they currently possess." To ensure that this doesn't happen, Congress needs to be involved. Some lawmakers realize this, which is why the House passed the DOTCOM Act (currently pending in the Senate), which would require the Obama administration to give Congress 30 legislative days to review any proposal it approves on this matter before it is implemented.
Aug 28, 2015 - 10:49:30 PM
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