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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

Jim Kouri
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

Guest Column
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

Guest Column
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

Ed Feulner
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

Guest Column
Regret is an ugly and stupid word
Another common regret was being scared to try something new. I thought that waking up in the morning was trying something new. Why does trying something different have to be grandiose? Why can't it be something like eating asparagus or taking a walk in a park or down a new beach? One doen't have to regret they never started a corporation, jumping off a cliff, or even writing a book? Now that one could turn into a regret but as I stated before what is done is done.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:12:24 AM

Doug Wrenn
Bespectacled, Bewildered...Be Careful!
They say every time a bell rings that means an angel got his wings. Not true. Every time a bell rings, it's a cash register, and some optician just paid off his mortgage thanks to another poor, unsuspecting schmuck who has become the newest victim of these torturous little demons known as progressive lenses.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:22:30 AM

Jim Kouri
Hamas rockets found hidden in United Nations school in Gaza
About 20 rockets suspected of being stashed by Islamist terrorists in Gaza were discovered inside of a United Nations-run school located in the Gaza Strip, according to Middle Eastern news reports. The facility is run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which admitted in a press statement that the rockets, suspected of belonging to Hamas, were discovered during a routine building inspection.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:20:28 AM

Guest Column
The Palestinian issue in perspective
Putting the Palestinian issue in its proper intra-Arab perspective is a prerequisite for a realistic Middle East policy (focusing on "smothering sandstorms," not on "tumbleweeds"), for any progress in the "peace process," and for the survival of Jordan and other pro-US Arab regimes, which face clear and present Islamic terrorist danger. They realize that the outcome of the Hamas-Israel war may either embolden or deter their mortal enemies.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:15:56 AM

Guest Column
The New York Times and the Ceasefire Crowd
So the question remains, will Israel again accede to the pious exhortations of the International community, or finally take into account the longterm safety of its citizenry and finally finish Hamas off? Only time will tell. The only certainty I have is my uncle was correct, fish do taste better when wrapped in the New York Times.
Jul 16, 2014 - 7:00:19 PM

Obama's Manufactured Illegal Alien Crisis
So, how did these folks all-at-once decide to break our borders? Simple, YOUR tax dollars were spent in radio, television and newspaper ads across Mexico and Central America that guaranteed safe crossing of our borders. Obama's evil plan even included sending cash payments to churches across that region for distribution to the illegal aliens as a form of "walking around money", meaning walking around our border protection and making a mockery of America's legal system. And now, Barack Obama is demanding that John Boehner give him $3.7 billion
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:20:06 AM

Jim Kouri
Texas lawmaker, governor blame Obama for creating 'refugee camps'
Texas officials on Thursday claimed that President Barack Obama and his administration are turning U.S. military installations into "'refugee camps" instead of working to secure the U.S.-Mexico border as a human tsunami illegal alien children flood the nation's immigration system.
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:10:27 AM

Guest Column
Ceasefire/Containment is no longer an option
The goal of Israel's war against Hamas' terrorism -- which has systematically and deliberately launched missiles at civilians - must not be another ceasefire, but the devastation of the entire infrastructure of Hamas' fire - logistically, operationally, financially, educationally and politically...the murder of almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11 was ignited by the frail US response to a systematic campaign of Islamic terrorism, beginning with the 1983 murder of 300 US Marines at the US Embassy and Marines Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon (while the US brutally opposed Israel's war on the PLO)...
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:05:50 AM

Scheme of Things
All Those Choices
"Really?!" Those near me in the grocery aisle could hardly miss the irritation in my voice. All I wanted on that Saturday of errands, on my last stop of the day, was to get in and out quickly so I could go home and get things ready for a family movie night.
Jul 11, 2014 - 5:51:00 PM

Tom DeWeese
Stopping Agenda 21: Equipping Citizens to Fight Back
Our battle to expose and stop Agenda 21 has grown more intense over the past few months. More counties and states across the nation are taking action against the dictates of self-proclaimed stakeholder groups to reject sustainablist policies. From Virginia to California, citizens are demanding protection of their property rights and more state legislatures are addressing their demands.
Jul 9, 2014 - 9:03:25 PM

Jim Kouri
Lawmakers, Border agents call for deportations of 'Obama's kids'
During the Sunday morning news shows, a number of Republicans and advocates for legal immigration called on The President Barack Obama to deport the children -- and adults hiding among them -- as they amass at the Texas border and that deportation should to take place immediately.
Jul 8, 2014 - 7:45:30 PM

Ed Feulner
Measuring the "Great Society"
Changing this won't be easy. As Nicholas Eberstadt points out in AEI's recent publication The Great Society at Fifty: The Triumph and the Tragedy: "So deeply impressed is the Great Society into our consciousness that, as a practical matter, it is scarcely possible for most citizens now alive even to imagine the American way of life in the days before our huge, activist, modern welfare state came into existence."
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:17:27 AM

Guest Column
Looking evil squarely in the eye by Michael Freund
After 18 days of Psalms and prayers, tears and tribulations, the people of Israel received a jarring reminder regarding the undeniable iniquity of our enemies. There are those who still refuse to acknowledge this cold, hard truth, and instead choose to cling to futile hopes of Palestinian sincerity regarding reconciliation.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:12:31 AM

Editor's Desk
Greater Emphasis on Book Reviews in 2014 at Magic City Morning Star
The direction of Magic City Morning Star has changed over the course of 2014. As a result of this directional change, we have also been fortunate to receive quite a number of article contributions from book authors. We are quite pleased with the response we have received from authors and publicists, and of course our reviewers and hope as time marches forward, we shall have an even greater input from all concerned. Below listed are the 'headers' for the 75 book reviews that were published between the time we embarked on a change in direction and June 30th 2014.
Jul 5, 2014 - 12:28:08 AM

Guest Column
The wider context of the murder of the three Israeli teens Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
The Palestinian street has glorified elementary school kids wearing suicide vests, on their way to murder Israeli civilians. Moreover, the Arab Tsunami has been characterized by the murder, rape, torture and expulsion of hundreds of thousands of children in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Iraq by fellow Arabs. During the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, Teheran's Ayatollahs formed a special force of 500,000 illiterate and poor children, the Basijii, who were tasked with clearing Iraqi minefields. Each child received a plastic key to paradise.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:25:09 AM

Editor's Desk
124 Book Author Articles Contributed to Magic City
If authors are happy to provide our readers with something interesting to read, then we are quite happy to help them promote their books. We do this by including in their articles a photograph of the book cover, relevant biographical information and links to purchase pages. From the time we first made this "no-pay / no-charge self-promotion" offer to authors, up until June 29th 2014, we have published 124 such articles which you can see listed below. During this same period, we have featured over 400 new book releases and provided 75 book reviews.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:03:02 AM

Columbia Law Experts on U.S. Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Decision
Professor Katherine Franke, Director of the Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Says Hobby Lobby Decision Strikes a Devastating Blow for Sexual Liberty and Equality, Treating Women's Reproductive Rights as Second Class Constitutional Rights
Jul 2, 2014 - 2:07:23 AM

Ed Feulner
The Disastrous Tenure of "Obama's Enforcer"
To some observers, the idea of a truly ethical Justice Department is something of a pipe dream. As far as they're concerned, the attorney general is nominated by a president who's either Democrat or Republican, so we shouldn't be surprised when he conducts business is a partisan manner.
Jul 2, 2014 - 2:05:27 AM

Tell President Obama to Stop Funding Hamas
The recent horrific kidnappings and murders of three innocent Israeli teenagers--Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel--drives home what all peace-loving supporters of Israel have known for years: the Jihadist terrorist organization HAMAS is not fit to participate in a legitimate government and Israel should not be compelled to negotiate with terrorists. Please sign our petition today.
Jul 2, 2014 - 2:00:21 AM

Guest Column
In Bill deBlasio's New York, Crime Pays!
There are some stories I've covered, where I felt like I could've and should've done more. This is not one of those stories. I did everything humanly possible, crossed all my T's and dotted all my I's, but still the bad guys won. In 1990, prior to the two split trials of the five attackers, Justice Thomas Galligan spent over seven weeks on a "Huntley Hearing" to determine whether the attackers' confessions should be thrown out. He ruled them all admissible, as did the appeals court later.
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:45:10 AM

Guest Column
Connecting the dots of the boiling Arab Street
According to the Saudi Arabian-based newspaper, Arab News, "the Arab Spring is not about seeking democracy, it is about Arabs killing Arabs... about hate and sectarian violence.... The Arab Spring is an accumulation of years of political corruption, human rights violations, sectarianism and poor education systems. It showed that the Arabs were never united and are now divided beyond anybody's imagination. We hate each other more than we hate the outside enemy. Syrians are hurting Syrians and the Israelis are the ones who treat the Syrian wounds [in an Israeli field hospital built on the Golan Height]."
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:35:35 AM

Guest Column
Women shop while men pick
Even though society is attempting to diminish the line between men and women there are certain parts of our society that will forever distinguish between the sexes. The most obvious is how each group shops. Women are and have always been the best shoppers. I assume it is in their genes. Men don't shop; they pick. When they are forced into the stores they get out of there as soon as possible by finding what they need and evacuate the store and parking lot as soon as possible.
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:25:30 AM

Jihad only ends when entire earth is Muslim
If we ever hope to win this war against radical Islam we better understand that the goal of establishing an Islamic state ruled by Shariah is based on doctrine and not just ideology.
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:22:11 AM

Guest Column
The Eulogy I was never allowed to make
He was my disciplinarian and God knows I needed one. You could say I had a kind of rebellious youth. It just so happened it occurred during the 1960's. I found myself hiding under the bed hoping he was too tired to lift it up. I found myself hanging against a wall a few times staring into eyes that loved me. He never hit me and I was never afraid he would.
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:33:53 AM

Tom DeWeese
How Global Policy Becomes Local
Perhaps the most egregious action offered in the Urban Environmental Accords deals with the topic of water. Action #Twenty calls for adoption and implementation of a policy to reduce individual water consumption by 10% by 2020. Interestingly, the U.N. begins by stating: "Cities with potable water consumption greater than 100 liters per capita per day will adopt and implement policies to reduce consumption by 10 percent by 2015."
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:30:54 AM

Nation 'Must Not Turn Our Back' on Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border
WASHINGTON--Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, stated in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, June 25, that the rise of the number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border represents a "test of our moral character" of the nation. "We must not fail this test," he added. "We must not turn our back on them."
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:22:41 AM

Guest Column
CNN's 'Reliable Sources' not so reliable
I always welcome the opportunity to appear on television to discuss what I consider to be the most important topic facing America today: the threat to our national security posed by Jihadists around the globe. First of all, the whole issue of "Islamophobia" is a bogus one. The term was created from whole cloth by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in an effort to suppress free speech and stifle justifiable criticism of Islamic regimes. Essentially, the OIC works to outlaw any and all criticism of Islamic leaders, customs, legal codes and regimes. The OIC considers virtually any negative portrayal (whether genuine, professed or supposed) of Islam to be "Islamophobia."
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:20:02 AM

Guest Column
Drug Combinations for Difficult-to-Treat Diseases
There are many reasons why several diseases--including many types of cancer and most progressive neurological diseases--have no effective treatments today. One key reason is the regulatory/legislative framework that affects the attitude of pharmaceutical companies toward combination therapies. It's time that our health institutes, FDA and congress issue guidelines and legislation to facilitate and stimulate the development of potentially life-saving combinations. It was done successfully for HIV-AIDS and could be expanded to other diseases.
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:17:15 AM

Guest Column
Islamic Hatred: The Foundation of the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict
It's unmistakable, the Palestinian mindset indicates a theological clash of civilizations not a secular dispute. At the funeral of Izz Al-Din Al-Masr the infamous homicide killer that blew up the Sbarro restaurant killing 15 people in 2001 his mother had this to say: "By Allah, today is the best day of my life. I feel that our Lord is pleased with me, because I am offering something [my son] for Him." Juxtapose this admonition with that of Naphtali Fraenkel's mother, one of the kidnapped Israeli teenagers this week: "We just want to embrace our children."
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:22:14 AM

Government diversity or uniformity?
I am currently retired from my position as a corporate CEO having had experience at home and internationally. Canadian born I lived through a world war and all of the misunderstandings that we as a country have engaged in these past 75 years. Our humanity we share but intrusion begets resentment and our indiscriminate tolerance can lead to chaos. We need to be on our side before we try to fix someone else.
Jun 22, 2014 - 10:23:05 PM

Jim Kouri
VA scandal: Obama administration seeking identities of whistleblowers
The subpoena demands that the Inside-the-Beltway Project on Government Oversight (POGO) turn over any and all documents and identities POGO received from federal official, rank-and-file employees, and others who had complained to POGO about distressing activities occurring at VA medical facilities.
Jun 18, 2014 - 12:10:08 AM

Ed Feulner
A Costly Way to Limit Free Speech
So they're pushing Udall's amendment, which would not only give Congress the power to limit what you can contribute to candidates, but limit the amount that the candidates could spend on campaigns. Worse, they've carved out exemptions for the media. "Thus, The New York Times and MSNBC could continue to spend as much money, newsprint and airtime as they want supporting their preferred candidates -- or attacking those they oppose," notes von Spakovsky. The rest of us would be out of luck.
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:15:11 AM

Guest Column
Separation should not be an option
They -- and all Israeli Prime Ministers until 1992 -- were aware that demography was not constant or linear, but susceptible to enhancement via pro-active policies, especially through Aliyah (the ingathering of Jews to the Land of Israel). Ben Gurion, Eshkol and Shamir did not wait for Aliyah; they triggered major waves of Aliyah, which has shaped the current robust Jewish demography, economy, science, technology, agriculture, medicine and military. According to the CIA World Factbook, the Arab fertility in Judea and Samaria was 5.34 in 1995, rapidly reduced to 2.83 births in 2014, and trending downwards. In 1995, the Jewish births constituted 69% of total Israeli births, compared with over 77% in 2013 and trending towards 80%.
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:12:23 AM

Jim Kouri
Obama using Border Patrol agents as babysitters for illegal alien teens
Judicial Watch reported this week that the Central American minors entering Texas from Mexico are overwhelming the U.S. government's immigration resources. There are media reports of overcrowded holding facilities, contagious diseases, and sexual activity by the unsupervised teenagers.
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:10:25 AM

Guest Column
Disseminating Crimes of Islam
There are many crimes committed by Muslim countries, Islamic organizations and ordinary Muslims around the world. Many of them are ignored in fear of offending the Muslim population, which is quite skillful in manipulating public opinion, using fake Western political correctness.
Jun 11, 2014 - 12:05:17 AM

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