Don Quixote of Pennsylvania Avenue
Unfortunately, as he attempts to rally the free world against a real enemy, Obama today is seen by potential coalition partners thru the eyes of the quizzical Sancho Panza. Pushing his fantasy of an idyllic, Islamic world, one which shares the values of American constitutional law, Obama has succeeded emasculating law enforcement domestically and the nation's military as well. From the get go of his presidency, Obama embarked upon his infamous mea culpa tour of the Middle East...replete with disingenuous paragraphs such as: "I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles, principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." It was this speech that foretold a mendacious president and a disastrous foreign policy for years to come.
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:15:39 AM
Cell Tower and Cell Phone Issues
Even though no scientific evidence currently establishes a definite link between cell tower and cell phone use and cancer or other illnesses, some consumers are skeptical of the science and/or the analysis that underlies existing exposure guidelines. Accordingly, some concerned parties recommend taking measures to further reduce exposure to radio frequencies or electromagnetic radiation energy. But some authorities do not see a need for these practices.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:22:27 AM
Say "NO" to Obama's lunatic pro-terrorist funding demands!
Obama's new demand for this half-billion dollars is just another outrageous attempt by a Jihadist-sympathizing incompetent to arm yet another gang of thugs with more U.S.-supplied weapons and cash, which they can, and will, use against us. We've seen this happen before. Arming "moderate terrorists" didn't work in 2013 and won't work now. Until recently, Obama refused to refer to the terror group as ISIS. Instead, he calls them ISIL. Why? Because the "S" in ISIS refers to "Syria" and the 'L" in ISIL refers to a new "Caliphate" called Levant - a large land mass which includes all of the land in Israel.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:12:18 AM
Resolving Intergenerational Conflicts
In the next phase of the mediation, the mediator asked Tanya and Harold in turn to speak directly to each other, restating his or her understanding of the other's point of view. This phase continued until they both agreed that each one had fully understood the other's concerns. It enabled each of them to understand the disagreement from the other's perspective and ultimately to take responsibility for their own part in the dispute.
Sep 10, 2014 - 2:02:35 AM
The Encouraging Rise in School Choice
And as education expert Virginia Walden Ford notes in the "2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity," when we consider all school choice options -- deductions for homeschooling expenses, for example -- more than one million children are benefitting from choice in education. That's quite a jump to occur in just over a decade. ...This shouldn't surprise us one bit. It's only natural that parents would take advantage of the rise in school choice options to ensure that their kids were in the best schools possible.
Sep 10, 2014 - 2:00:29 AM
Campaign Finance Reform and Arbinger's Self Deception
Earnest journalists will tell us that money has always played a role in politics, and that it has always been the responsibility of citizens to bring their reason to the voting booth. But never before in the history of our republic has there been such a virulent combination of information technology and unbridled spending on political messaging. De-regulated television and radio combined with the information technology revolution have exponentially increased the power of every marketing dollar at a time when we have removed virtually all restrictions on political marketing dollars.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:52:47 AM
Scheme of Things
No Cell Service
They were strangers in this strange land of "no cell service." No texts. No calls. No contact. And while the manager offered her options, the girl's reaction got me thinking. This almost teenager wasn't prepared to handle even a slight deviation from the easy contact comfort of technology. What would she have done in a real crisis?
Sep 8, 2014 - 10:53:42 AM
Islam: A Case Still before the Courts
John F. Kennedy once said that "...the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed..." But JFK got it wrong. Islam is the "wave" and the "single dogmatic creed" now vying for political and religious supremacy in the world. You have Imam Anjem Choudary telling Britons that Britain will one day be ruled by sharia law, whether they like it or not, fully convinced that his violent religion and his violent methods and his violent followers will incite this 7th century theocratic nightmare into fruition.
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:20:05 AM
The Militarization of Police and its Effect on Community Policing
There is an increasing concern in our local community over the militarization of the police and the tactics employed to protect citizens from violent criminal offenders. This concern should be discussed in a transparent manner in our local communities and the residents should cooperate with state, county and municipal law-enforcement agencies to develop a community-policing model that is efficient, effective and non-threatening.
Sep 6, 2014 - 3:37:16 PM
Israel vindicated by UN damage assessment in Gaza
An analysis of the damage assessment data collected - on the Gaza War - by the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (which has never been biased in Israel's favor), confirms that Israel attacked Hamas targets in a restrained manner:
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:20:05 AM
'Relationship Knowledge' Overcomes Marriage Phobia
Steve's story is all too typical. It is sad to see many lovebirds get separated because one or both sides are afraid of marriage. Some individuals take years to overcome their marriage phobia. But once they conquer it and they gain confidence in the new relationship, they are always happy.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:12:17 AM
The War with Gaza: Let the Recriminations Begin
Emerson closes out his article describing the bitterness and hatred felt by some Gazans in the street toward Hamas for firing and placing munitions in hospitals, Mosques, and private residences while senior leadership hid in tunnels leaving residents to fend for themselves. He quotes an Hamas fighter claiming to have received his anti-tank training in a hall under the Alshafi Mosque in Khan Yunis where the Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigades train. All this is probably true. Yet the streets were filled with Gazans celebrating what they deemed a great victory over the "Zionist occupation."
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:22:21 AM
Is Time Working For/Against Israel?
In contrast to those who wish to boycott Israel, 2013 and 2014 have highlighted Israel's expanding trade and investment global network GDP growth has averaged 4% over the past 5 years, compared with 0.7% on average for OECD countries. In 2014, Israel is the world's top exporter of drones, the world's co-leader (along with the US) in the development, manufacturing and launching of small and medium size satellites, the sixth largest exporter of military systems, the 2nd largest cyber exporter
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:12:51 AM
The "Humanitarian Crisis" and the Coming Crime Wave in U.S. Cities
What many, blinded by their compassion, are not seeing, is the reality of what this modern day version of Castro's infamous Muriel Boat Lift will bring to U.S. cites in coming months and years. That's because only about 20% of those now rushing across the border are actually innocent children. Many more are dangerous felons, members of murderous gangs, and some are even Middle Eastern terrorists avoiding the TSA.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:20:08 AM
Ferguson riot: National police leaders blast Obama remarks
"I'll bet a month's pay that Obama -- if faced with what cops faced in Ferguson -- would fold like a cheap camera. You've heard of the Monday morning [football] quarterbacks? Obama is the Monday morning Commander in Chief," said former police detective and security manager Kiernan Flaherty. "He [behaves] as if he gets paid by the word."
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM
Aliyah (immigration) wave -- if not now, when?!
The window of opportunity for the arrival of 500,000 Olim, during the next five years, is wide open -- temporarily - in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Argentina and other countries. It is wide open due to the intensification of anti-Semitism; non-democratic trends and instability in Russia and Ukraine; the expansion of aggressive (and soon terrorist) Islam in Europe; Israel's relative economic edge; and the impressive Jewish/Zionist education infrastructure in the aforementioned countries, which have cultivated pro-Aliyah sentiments.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:15:21 AM
IS: a greater threat than many in America realize
The self-declared "Islamic State," formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, is a direct threat to America--and a greater threat than many in America realize. Moreover, the Islamic State reportedly has recruits from the U.S., Great Britain, Western Europe and just about every Islamic nation around the globe--some 20,000 fighters by some estimates. There have been public demonstrations in support of the Islamic State in The Netherlands, Austria and Indonesia. But, most ominously, the Islamic State's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has promised to "see us in New York."
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:20:14 AM
Our National GPS Device
Among the highlights of this year's report: The family tax burden. The amount of money extracted from our paychecks is a good place to start. According to Heritage chief economist Stephen Moore, that tax burden has grown from about 5 percent of national income a century ago to almost 20 percent today. It's 1.7 percentage points higher today than it was in 2004. And -- color me shocked! -- that rise corresponds roughly to the rise in government spending.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:30:00 AM
US Posture of Deterrence and Islamic Terrorism
The Arab Tsunami-driven threat of Islamic terrorism is not limited to the pro-US Arab regimes. It has afflicted India (the largest victim of Islamic terrorism), China (XinjIang province), Russia (Chechnya), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Thailand, the Philippines and Africa. It constitutes a clear and present threat to Europe and the US mainland, emboldened by US ideological and operational ambiguity and indecisiveness.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:27:41 AM
The Trouble with Banning Trans Fats
If the amount of artificial trans fats we consume is a problem, it's one we already have well in hand. In 2003, we were consuming 4.6 grams per day, or 2 percent of a 2,000-calorie diet. By 2012, this number had dropped to only 1 gram of trans fat per day, or 0.5 percent of the typical adult diet. In short, even without the FDA trying to restrict consumption, we've had a remarkable 78 percent reduction. The Institute of Medicine recommends that trans fat consumption should be as low as possible, not that we should seek to consume zero trans fat, whether artificial or natural. Yet the FDA is trying to eliminate the consumption of artificial trans fat. Why?
Aug 8, 2014 - 9:15:56 AM
The Chilling Effect of Domestic Spying
Think, think, and then think some more about how the chilling effect impacts our right to free speech, freedom to associate with others, right to seek redress, and right to peacefully assemble. The chilling effect created as a result of the surveillance state is a perfect example of the cure being worse than the disease. Just as taking the oxygen out of the air we breathe would kill each of us, the chilling effect of a surveillance state smothers the freedom so important to the survival of our constitutional republic.
Aug 8, 2014 - 4:35:39 AM
The last chance for the middle class
This took me by surprise. How could a local story about a grocery store I've been shopping at for the past three decades have any interest around the world? The answer is obvious because the world is full of middle class people who are trying to survive. There is also a very small majority of wealthy people who were lucky to be at the right place at the right time. The problem is the wealthy people want more wealth in their lives while the middle class simply want a life.
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:25:50 AM
Iranian leaders: Jews are heirs to Nazis, Israel must be eliminated
Gen. Safavi claims that his country's reaction to the U.S. and Israeli threats should be to push for uniting the Muslim nations in the Middle East and Africa. He also said that the Muslim countries could eliminate Israel economically by working together.
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM
Israel in Gaza and an Upside Down World
If nothing else, Kerry was successful at doing something few have been able to accomplish, unite Jews in Israel to rally around the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu. According to a poll taken at the University of Haifa, ninety one percent (91%) of Israeli Jews support his self-defense campaign and a continuation of Operation Protective Edge. Only 4.2% believe the operation is a "mistake."
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:33:46 AM
Don't Cry, for us Israelis
So by all means, cry for the Palestinian people - men women and children- whose duly elected leadership has callously left them without protection from just retribution for their terrorist crimes. Who took their aid money and are living in Qatar in five star hotels building shopping centers for themselves. Who built terrorist tunnels under their homes, mosques, hospitals and schools, and recruited their sons to die for Allah, while they sit in bunkers waiting for the U.N. to rescue them.
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:25:18 AM
Can President Obama Pressure Israel Effectively?
Contrary to President Obama and all prior US presidents (since 1948), Congress has displayed systematic and sweeping bi-partisan support of the Jewish state, which constitutes one of the very few bi-partisan consensus topics on an otherwise highly polarized Capitol Hill. In fact, since the conclusion of the 1993 Oslo Accords -- when Israel ceded the Gaza Strip and 40% of Judea and Samaria to the PLO - many US legislators have outflanked Israeli prime ministers from the hawkish side.
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:20:48 AM
Panic in "Sustainable City"
Watch and learn America. This is how tyrants react to anyone who dares to challenge them. As is always the case, their tactic is a scorched earth policy to lash out in every direction with vicious force in hopes that something will stick....All of these are examples of massive government overreach using the excuse of protecting the environment or controlling development or containing sprawl, or, in short, Sustainable Development.
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:15:23 AM
An abnormal man's definition of normal
Normality is the basis for discrimination and segregation. Fear fuels these concepts because if someone isn't like you or whom you know then it has to be abnormal. It also becomes a threat to all you know as being normal.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:20:33 AM
Scammer Infantino's Headquarters Not Real
To run his international scams, John D. Infantino, along with the mostly non-existent employees of his numerous Limited Liability Corporations, rarely ever actually occupies any office spaces. Though he promotes his LLCs as multimillion dollar entities doing numerous property development and property/asset management jobs internationally. Infantino rarely really does anything he says he does.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:10:28 AM
House report advises eliminating IRS commissioner job, ACA management
Republican lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a total revamping of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), accusing the agency of being a political group rather than a nonpartisan government collection agency, according to the House pf Representatives Oversight Committee's latest report titled, "Making Sure Targeting Never Happens: Getting Politics Out of the IRS and Other Solutions."
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:07:47 AM
Israel: A Necessary State
This piece is intended as an excoriation directed at the utter stupidity and imprudence of those Jewish rabbis and sects like Neturei Karta who today asseverate that Zionism, any Zionism, should not even exist, and in what can only be described as sociopathic screeds contend against the rest of Jewry with the argument that "Zionism" is antithetical to real and literal Judaism. Neturei Karta believe that the "Zionist State of Israel" is a temporary illusion and that it will one day, in a future on which they hinge all their inculpation of their fellow Jews, be nothing more than a memory.
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:15:01 AM
Assessing Secretary Kerry's Proposal
In order to survive in the conflict-ridden Middle East, Israel must embrace reality -- as costly as it may be -- and reject imagination, wishful-thinking and make- believe, as tempting as they may be.
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:10:26 AM
Infantino's Website False List of Clients
Some of those people may become victims of International Super Scammer John Infantino Federal. It is reasonably doubtful that any of the entities listed below has ever had a successful relationship with John D. Infantino Federal. He fouled up some development projects so completely that no honest, capable developers have been able to make the development projects successful.
Jul 31, 2014 - 1:55:14 AM
What all parents should understand about "Common Core Standards"
I don't understand why each state can't put their resources into local schools run by the people who live in the town. We have the infrastructure in place with school boards, superintendents, principals, and guidance officials. The, "No Child Left Behind" program cost our schools and neighborhoods massive amounts of tax dollars. The question is how much will the "Common Core Standards" program cost? During the years 2000 -- 2002, the NCLB program cost New Hampshire $224,803,072. This was an increase of $1022 per student. The NCLB program gave New Hampshire $102.00 per student. This information was from "New Hampshire School Administration Association dated March 24, 2004.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:35:37 AM
John Infantino's Ship of Fools
Hardly anyone will take my word for it, and no one else seems to be doing any web searches to see that John D. Infantino was running over twenty scams - each being a multimillion dollar property development deal - all at about the same time. Because many people around the world are riding in a Ship of Fools - with John David Infantino at the command.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:30:32 AM
Welcome to Magic City's Newest Book Reviewer, Laure McCourt Lopez
Today on behalf of the Magic City Morning Star team I would like to welcome our latest book reviewer, Laure McCourt Lopez. Laure has a special interest in both Christian and Children's books, and is currently reading her way through quite of list of books requested by her and graciously sent to her by the various publicists with whom I am in constant contact.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:15:13 AM
Obama ignored intelligence warnings on Iraqi terrorist surge
"It never ceases to amaze me how America's Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, is busy raising funds for the Democratic Party, hobnobbing with the rich and famous in Hollywood, playing golf and taking extravagant trips but he appears to either be out-of-touch or completely uncaring about the nation's security and well-being. And he gets away with it!" said political strategist and former criminal defense attorney Mike Barker.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:10:31 AM
International Super Scammer John D. Infantino
Some years ago, I wrote and published - on Magic City - articles about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developing VA Medical Centers into residential, retail and commercial office developments. Called "public/private" projects, because it is public properties being developed by private companies. John D. Infantino owns one of the private companies that the VA signed a lease with and that long term lease was for Maryland's Fort Howard VAMC, which is where I prefer receiving VA medical care. Infantino lost that lease, because he never accomplished much towards getting the development project going.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:05:39 AM
Rockets, Borders, and "Proportionality"
During January terrorists ambushed a train, kidnapped 18 innocent civilians, and ruthlessly murdered them in cold blood. They followed this atrocity several weeks later when 1500 of them again breached the border and staged another brutal attack, sacking a city, leaving another 19 dead in the street... these events actually occurred during January 1916. The leader was Pancho Villa. The Government was the United States of America, the massacre took place in Columbus, New Mexico. And The contingent of 6000 troops was commanded by General John Pershing.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:27:00 AM
Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare -- "the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest" -- aren't averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU's Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses -- $13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama's second inaugural.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:25:26 AM