Still Unwanted like Struma's Jews
On December 12, 1941, the rickety vessel chugged out to sea. After four hair-raising days (instead of the routine 14 hours) the Struma unsteadily dragged itself into Istanbul Harbor. It couldn't continue. Its makeshift motor had sputtered its last. There was no fuel, food or water...Britain pressured Turkey not to let anyone off the crippled boat. Turkish premier argued that "Turkey cannot be expected to serve as a refuge or surrogate homeland for people unwanted anywhere else." The government ordered the condemned Struma tugged out to the Black Sea. Hundreds of truncheon-wielding Turkish policemen were dispatched to the Struma on February 23. They viciously clubbed passengers below deck. On February 24, an explosion ripped it apart.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:51:47 AM
Obama's 2015 budget takes aim at American gun owners
Despite cuts to the nation's defense, homeland security and public safety budgets, Obama's 2015 budget proposal reveals his continued goal of controlling firearms and ammunition in the hands of civilians who wish to protect themselves, their loved ones and their homes.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:15:19 AM
It's Official: the Palestinians are a modern fiction
Palestine and the Palestinians are a modern invention, a fiction created with the aim of dismantling Israel and undermining its claim to its ancient patrimony. "I say to those who distort the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it 'the Holy Land' and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment? There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land," -- Sheikh Ahmad Adwan
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:24:03 AM
Congressional panel probes Extortion 17 tragedy in Afghanistan
Some of the dead Seals' family members are angry with Vice President Joe Biden for his public boasts about Seal Team 6 killing bin Laden. They believe he and President Barack Obama kicked security to the roadside in order to score political points for Obama's reelection campaign.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:13:13 AM
Can Israel Defy a Second Term President?
One of the causes of the inherently weaker second term is the different political life expectancy of House Members (unlimited two-year terms), Senators (unlimited six- year terms) and presidents (limited two four-year terms). Therefore, second term presidents are handicapped by a pressing timetable, pursue relatively quick results/solutions and are anxious to establish (overly) ambitious legacies. On the other hand, the legislators who benefit from long-term continuity, attempt to minimize swift action, which might upset their constituents, thus jeopardizing their re-election prospects. Legislators are more loyal to district and state constituents than they are to presidents. Consequently, they rarely sacrifice their political lives on the altar of a presidential vision.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
Fighting for What's Right on Defense
The first and perhaps the most important thing for conservatives to get right is a wise foreign policy. Only after we ensure we have a sufficiently strong national defense can we turn to the important domestic issues that merit our attention. That means, for starters, making sure that we have sufficient troop levels to defend ourselves and our allies adequately. Yet continued cuts to the defense budget imperil our ability to do that. Recent statements by military officials indicate that the Army may soon shrink to its lowest active-duty end strength size since before World War II.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:25:24 AM
Americans: Israel is the MVP
The Gallup data highlights the fact that Americans in general, rather than US Jewry, are the main source of intense identification with the Jewish State. That is also the case on Capitol Hill, where the key US-Israel initiatives have been conceived/led by Christian legislators (most notably, the late Senator Daniel Inouye). In fact, the vast majority of Americans has embraced the idea of a Jewish State since the 17th century Pilgrims -- long before the integration of the Jewish community into American society, and many years before the founding of AIPAC.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:15:00 AM
The Stark Reality of the Iranian Nuclear Deal
The apparent basis for Obama's groveling toward Iran is the newly fashionable mythology that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is at long-last the "moderate" Iranian leader that we have all been waiting for. This is wishful thinking at best because, even after the Obama administration announced the Iranian nuclear deal, Rouhani emphasized, in direct contradiction to statements by John Kerry, that Iran could and would continue uranium enrichment under the deal.
Feb 21, 2014 - 6:25:19 AM
Obamacare: The Terrifying Consequences To Healthcare
Over the past several years, a growing number of bureaucrats from insurance companies have been armed with manuals, guidebooks and calculators to step in to the decision making process to decide what treatment procedures are allowed. And it's going to get far worse under Obamacare, as a new layer of government bureaucrats is added to affect what doctors can do to save your life. As Dr. Conroy explains, to look into the body and make a determination on where to start planning treatment, he uses x-rays and cat- scans (c-ts). "I generally cat-scan head to toe and look for metastasis and get a baseline." However, such decisions for care by the doctors are now being decided by others. Says Dr. Conroy, "In the past, it was ok (to X-Ray and CT), not now. Over the last few years all the X-rays have to be approved, so there are companies now that have algorithms to evaluate your request (for a cat-scan or X- ray)."
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:20:42 AM
United, We Drink!
I'm a big fan of Norman Rockwell, and I've even visited all three of his museums at least once, and immensely enjoyed the experience each time. I so love Rockwell and his work because he was truly an intuitive, sensitive and patriotic American, and his work exudes Americana. So too, I find true with pubs.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:15:48 AM
Upward Mobility: The "True System"
Their faith in this "true system" causes most Americans to think of themselves as middle class. In one Pew survey, 50 percent of Americans called themselves middle class, while a mere 8 percent considered themselves lower class. Those confident Americans are correct, since even if they're not exactly middle class this year, they have the opportunity to be -- and they may well reach their goal in a year or two.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:23:17 AM
Former U.S. Navy cryptology tech imprisoned for espionage
"Hoffman attempted to spy on behalf of the Russian Federation and betrayed the trust this country placed in him," said Acting U.S. Attorney Dana Boente. "He was willing to place American lives at risk for personal gain."
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:12:28 AM
U.S. imprisons Guatemalan army officer for covering up role in massacre
Testimony from two Kaibiles who participated in the massacre revealed that Sosa supervised the Special Patrol soldiers as they filled the well with Dos Erres villagers. The evidence also showed that at some point during the massacre, a villager screamed out at Sosa from the well, and Sosa responded by cursing and shooting his assault weapon and throwing a grenade into the well.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:28:05 AM
A definition of advice is difficult to define
My daughter is not the only person that asks for advice. My wife does it in an odd way. I know she knows the answer to her question but she wants to combine mine with hers. Sometimes when I give her advice she takes it in and basically makes her own decisions. Other times she gives me that odd look that asks, "What planet were you born on?" Either way I do my best.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:15:37 AM
Iran Emboldened by a Weak American President
Below is Sean Hannity's (five minute video) interview of Brigitte Gabriel on his Fox News show during which she discusses Iran -- including the regime's decision to send its ships right up to our maritime borders -- their latest dare to America.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:40:06 AM
The Zionist Lobby: What's the big deal? by Steve Apfel
The boycotters won that battle without having to draw weapons. Given the non-too subtle backing of the European Union, the outcome was inevitable. Indeed taxpayers' money helps to oil the wheels of the anti-Zionist lobby. And why not? The Muslim component of Europe is massive and vocal; trade with the Arab world is gigantic; the threat of terrorism hovers over Europe like the sword of Damocles.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:35:02 AM
U.S. nuclear negotiator admits 'we've not shut down' Iran's nuclear weapon efforts
Obama administration realizes that despite their deal with Iran, the mullah's are still marching towards a nuclear weapon capability..... Under pressure from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman conceded that the U.S. failed to "shut down" Iran's ongoing development of ballistic missiles, which have long range capabilities and are the preferred weapon for delivering a nuclear payload.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:07:05 AM
Scheme of Things
An early morning business trip put me and my husband on a 4:00 a.m. shuttle ride from a Portland, Oregon area hotel to the airport. I'm not a morning person so early chit-chat is typically not my norm, but the bus driver was a friendly guy and we were the only people on his bus, so talk of weather and the early hour prevailed.
Feb 11, 2014 - 3:11:42 PM
The "Agenda for the 21st Century" is the root of your fight
Simply Google "Sustainable Medicine" and find more than 5,850,000 references on the subject, and you will find almost all the provisions of Obamacare..... Agenda 21 is the battle we must fight if we are to restore the Republic. This is why we must make 2014 the year we crush this nightmare. Please, don't be distracted or discouraged if progress against it feels slow. It took decades of quiet implementation to bring us this far. It will take time to stop it. But we are winning battles and the opposition is terrified of what we are accomplishing. Stay with me in this fight. The future of freedom depends on your commitment to preserve it.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:27:30 AM
Afghanistan's Economy Post-2014
Politically, we may have a vague idea of what exactly will happen in Afghanistan after 2014. Economically, however, we can quite accurately predict that Afghanistan will return to its former life of poverty. Even the riches that supposedly rained on Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013 didn't ease its agony. Most of the money never reached it. According to estimates, out of each dollar assigned earmarked for that country, only 14 cents reached it.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:20:30 AM
Appeasement and Economic Sanctions
The US Administration is leading the easing of economic sanctions against -- and the legitimization of -- the regime of Iran's apocalyptic, almost-nuclear Ayatollahs and Mullahs, the allies of North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and other anti-US rogue regimes. They are the chief sponsors of anti-US Islamic terrorism, the role model of anti-US incitement and non-compliance with agreements, double-talk, repression, public executions, state-sponsored terrorism and subversion against the pro-US oil-producing Arab states.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:15:12 AM
Why the People Don't Trust Government
Americans have learned to be wary of taking what politicians say at face value. You could mine almost any political speech for examples, but consider some of the claims from President Obama's latest State of the Union address. He brought up the wage gap between male and female workers, adding that women "make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns." This implies deliberate discrimination. But the fact is that the average woman tends to make different lifestyle choices when it comes to decisions about where and how much to work, making direct comparisons flawed, to say the least.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:13:03 AM
When is a Saint not a Saint?
I don't know if the Sainted Mary Mackillop did or did not do any miracles, but I sure as hell am going to try and find out. I'm off to find a statue of her, and beg her indulgence to intercede with Jesus to provide me with an answer to the question.
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:10:30 AM
New Book Authors Contribute 60 articles in 11 weeks
60 Articles submitted by book authors published at Magic City in 11 weeks. Eleven weeks ago we started the 'What's in the Book Basket This Week?' series in which we provide our readers with publicity material surrounding new book releases. We have publicized 70 books with another 10 scheduled for tomorrow Sunday Feb 9. and published 25 book reviews. During this time various book authors have taken advantage of our no pay-no charge promotion offer by sending us 60 articles to publish.
Feb 8, 2014 - 12:17:02 AM
The Birth of Becoming
My mission became simple. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to change the world. How do you do that? The answer is simple. You change the world one person at a time. If I can change a person's core values to foster understanding, acceptance, tolerance and love, I will have changed how they see the world and for them I would have changed the world.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:15:13 AM
The United Nations: Caring for Children or Caring for Culture Warriors
Sexual abuse of a minor is a sin and a crime and no organization can become complacent about addressing it. The Catholic Church has certainly done more than any other international organization to face the problem and it will continue to lead in doing so.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:13:04 AM
Uniting Christians with the Holy Trinity
I hope my book will help you to find faith in Jesus and what he came to accomplish for His Father and the Holy Spirit, with Whom He makes the Holy Trinity, and to accomplish for each of us who choose to obey and rejoice in him eternally.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:10:03 AM
The Cart before the Horse
All ye heard from the clergy was; Be good, say the Rosary every day, go to confession every Saturday, go to Mass every Sunday, be kind to animals, don't use profanity, and don't nick anything.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:20:02 AM
Afghanistan: Don't Get Out, Get Smart
That sentence from "Duty," the new book by Robert Gates, should worry all Americans. Because if the former secretary of defense is correct about how President Obama feels about the war in Afghanistan, then we can expect that part of the world to become much more dangerous in the years ahead.
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:17:03 AM
Syrian jihadists create female battalions to patrol and detect
They know that they are using unethical means to recruit women, in addition to their using the widows of their former members and their female relatives, but they see the goal worth violations of Islamic law, according to the Examiner story.
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:10:36 AM
The Kerry Plan -- Can Israel Say No?
Notwithstanding Arab talk -- but based on the Arab walk - the Palestinian issue does not preoccupy the attention of Arab policy-makers, does not significantly impact vital US interests, and does not play a key role in destabilizing the Middle East, as reaffirmed by the tectonic Arab Tsunami, which is unrelated to Israel or the Palestinian issue.
Feb 2, 2014 - 12:25:31 AM
Israel Foils Al Qaeda Plot Against US Embassy By Brigitte Gabriel
Last week we saw the latest example of Israel's dedication to America as an ally when Israel's Shin Bet security service announced that it had arrested Al Qaeda terrorists who were part of a cell plotting to launch an attack on the US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel seems to have done a better job of looking out for the security of our diplomatic personnel and facilities than we have ourselves. It's too bad that Israel's security services weren't in charge of security in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, instead of Hillary Clinton, Obama's then-secretary of state!
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:20:31 AM
Crossing the Corner Office Chasm
Women can be their own worst enemy in the workplace; but they can also be the inspiration for change -- that is, for their own change. And with this cultural shift, more companies in the United States will see a different view from the top, with more women executives leading the way.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:13:00 AM
Who's the Lazy One, You or Your Child?
At a recent parenting workshops, a mom asked for advice on what to do about her "lazy" teenage son. Not an uncommon issue for parents of teenagers, but I needed more information before I could help. I asked her to describe what his laziness looked like.... No one is born lazy. We come into this world with certain inborn traits that are the basis of "who we are." I call these nine traits the CoreSelf, and I teach parents to look to these nine traits to understand which parts of their child they cannot change.
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:20:23 AM
Secretary Kerry, It's Not the Demography!
Is Secretary of State, John Kerry correct, or incorrect, when exhorting "the demographic time bomb" to scare Israel into a retreat from geography (Judea and Samaria), in order to, supposedly, secure demography? According to Kerry (December 7, 2013 Saban Forum), "There is an existential threat to Israel.... I am referring to the demographic dynamic that makes it impossible for Israel to preserve its future as a democratic, Jewish state without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a two-state solution."
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:30:29 AM
With All Due Reverence
And sure it is that I am, that more often than not he sits on his Almighty Throne chuckling away at the antics of both the religious and non religious alike. Sure it is that he has a good sense of humor.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:17:12 AM
Stuck Back on September 10th
Obama even went so far as to infer that Al Qaeda's activities don't always threaten America when he said that "how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn't lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into." This shows what can only be described as a "September 10th" mindset from the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.
Jan 24, 2014 - 12:15:11 AM
Lettuce Forget Chavez
Chavez never organized "non-union" workers. What Chavez sold to the nation as a fight against "non-union"...But, said Chavez in a hushed tone, the machine also sucked up spiders, snakes and rabbits, all to be processed into the wine As the crowd began to stir and make faces at the thought of it, Chavez quickly added, "so, if you won't boycott Boonesfarm wine for our cause, at least do it for your own health." That was Cesar for you... always concerned about the well being of others!
Jan 22, 2014 - 1:05:09 AM
A 'Dear Abby' Day.
Each person is responsible for their own life, and no matter the purity of our wants and desires, we can never force people to become anything other than what they are. And so it is my dear lady, that no matter what ye might do to foster good relations with ye good relations, they may not respond in like manner.
Jan 22, 2014 - 12:55:20 AM
Scheme of Things
No Perfect Life
"None of us get a perfect life," she said at the end of describing years of despair after being widowed as a young military wife with two children under four. Years later, I still reflect on her words and that decades-later conclusion she'd evolved to proclaim.
Jan 20, 2014 - 6:45:20 PM