Magic City Morning Star

Advertising | RSS Feed | About Us 

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2014 - 2:08:00 AM 

An eclectic mix of news and information
Staff Login
Donate towards our web hosting bill!

Front Page 
  -- Local
  -- State
  -- National
  -- IRS News
  -- Win at Work
  -- History
  Tech Notes
  -- Comics
  -- R.P. BenDedek
  -- Kenneth Tellis
  -- M Stevens-David
  -- Down the Road
  Today in History
  -- Editor's Desk
  -- Guest Column
  -- Scheme of Things
  -- Michael Devolin
  -- Tom DeWeese
  -- Ed Feulner
  -- Jim Kouri
  -- Julie Smithson
  -- J. Grant Swank
  -- Doug Wrenn
  Agenda 21
  Book Reviews
  -- Old Embers

Web Directory Reviews
WDR Directory of Directories
Restore The Republic - The Home of the Freedom Movement!

R.P. BenDedek

What's in the Book Basket This Week? Politics and Children (I repeat myself)
By R.P. BenDedek
May 25, 2014 - 12:22:10 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

"What's in the book basket this week?" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. The regular Sunday Book basket usually lists 15 such books. On a Wednesday we also publish a separate Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books.' The number of books in that Basket will vary.

We have some wonderful book reviewers at Magic City but unfortunately we can't do book reviews for every book. We do however assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service in which we invite authors to give us 'stand alone' articles to publish at the bottom of which we can include their bios, photographs of book covers and links to purchase pages for their books.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who do provide our readers with interesting articles to read and we appreciate that those articles are sometimes exclusive to us or at least that we have been the first to be given the opportunity to publish them. A list of such articles up to May 4th 2014 may be found here.

As you can see listed immediately below, we also list the articles published during the previous week which were supplied by book authors, and as well, we list whatever book reviews were published in the same period.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun May 18 to Sat May 24)

  1. Avoiding Dementia and Promoting Better Brain Health by By Dr. Roger Landry author of "Live Long, Die Short"
  2. How Calling and Passion Arise from a Broken Heart: Reflections and Tools by Chris Saade co-author of "7-Step Model of Heart-Centered Grief"
  3. Dirigo! Can Maine Lead the Nation? by Ned Witting author of "Political Gridlock"
  4. Ten questions to ask yourself in times of grief by By Christian Saade co-author of "7-Step Model of Heart-Centered Grief"
  5. 10 Steps to Dealing with a Combative Ex by Dr. Sherrie Campbell author of 'Loving Yourself'

Book Reviews Published This Week

M. Stevens-David Review: "The Summer Train" by Susan Rabin
May 23, 2014

This, really, is a story as old as time, in that, women, upon finding that their "dream man" isn't what he presented himself to be, dump him and move on to another in the hopes that the next man will be the "one." I believe that really, all women have lived this story, in some degree or another. Good book for summer reading.

M. Stevens-David Review: "Jed, the Forgotten Egyptian Prince" by Jeanette Dixon
May 21, 2014

'Jed, the Forgotten Egyptian Prince," by Jeanette Dixon takes the reader along with a family of archeologists who travel to Egypt. The book is very well-written and I found the archaeological information and the on-going tomb and search for ancient remains very interesting. I especially loved the ending and hope this writer is planning a sequel.

M. Stevens-David Review: "The Accidental Bank Heist" by Judith Slaughter
May 18, 2014

"The Accidental Bank Heist - How to Rob a Bank Without Really Trying," by Judith Slaughter was a nice little story that held my interest right to the very end and the ending held a "surprise" for the reader too.

Milton Gross Book review: "Unrelenting Nightmare" by Stan Yocum
May 18, 2014

If you like action, complicated plots, lots of action and killings beyond count, and a satisfactory romantic ending, Unrelenting Nightmare will be a great book for you. The plot, somewhat complicated, is of two industrial rivals of Stuart Garrison, the software developer, who plan to take over Garrison's company and make millions of dollars from the sale of Garrison's software development. The two hire Nomed -- "demon" spelled backwards -- to assissinate Garrison.

R.P. BenDedek

No 1.

"One Creepy Street: Annica's Broom"

by Lee Jordan

"One Creepy Street: Annica's Broom" by Lee Jordan
The dangers of texting while driving are no secret. Recently, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx called distracted driving a "deadly epidemic." But despite all the attention, we continue to see drivers texting - especially teens. In fact, 71 percent of teens say they have sent a text while driving, according to the NHTSA.

Father and author Lee Jordan witnessed this problem firsthand. Despite warning his daughter about the dangers of texting and driving, the very first time Jordan took his daughter driving, she positioned her cell phone in her lap. The incident sparked the idea for warning kids about the dangers of distracted driving before they're tall enough to reach the pedals!

Jordan's new children's book, One Creepy Street: Annica's Broom is a tale aimed at instilling the dangers of distracted driving in children early-on.

Lee Jordan lives outside Ft. Worth, Texas with his wife, 3 children, 7 dogs and 2 cats. His job as a commercial pilot requires a long highway commute. Jordan often sees drivers looking down at their phones as they swerve across the road, instead of looking ahead. He hopes instilling the dangers of distracted driving at an early age will help improve highway safety and potentially save lives down the road.

"One Creepy Street: Annica's Broom "
by Lee Jordan
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
February 13, 2014
ISBN-10: 1612963285
ISBN-13: 978-1612963280
Price about $14.00

No. 2

"When Charlie Made a Wish"

by Megan Green

"When Charlie Made a Wish" by Megan Green
READING, England -- How do you encourage your child to be the superhero of his or her own life?

"When Charlie Made a Wish..." is about the on-going journey of self-discovery and creating a fulfilling identity from the perspective of children. Based on the theory of Broadband Consciousness created by Richard Wilkins and Liz Ivory, the book encourages children to become superheroes in their own lives by understanding feelings, unleashing potential, and changing negativity to positivity.

"When children learn to notice their negative mental script is active, their level of consciousness rises -- they wake up," author Megan Green said. "At that exact point it is possible to choose a better thought, belief, attitude, feeling and behavior for a more positive outcome. Of course, this simple process works equally well for adults."

For more than 20 years, Megan Green worked with children with various emotional and behavioral issues, as well as with dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD. Her experience in education and as a therapist provides Green with special insight into the needs and struggles that both children and parents face when dealing with emotional health and self-esteem.

"I was similar to so many parents and teachers in wanting a simple and effective way to help children manage their feelings," Green said. "This method enables children to understand they are in control of their outlook on life and can change from feeling helpless to empowered."

"When Charlie Made a Wish"
By: Megan Green
Paperback: $20.95
E-Book: $3.99
ISBN: 9781452586649

No. 3

"Adventures in Raceland"

by A.J. Loft

"Adventures in Raceland" by A.J. Loft
"Adventures in Raceland" by A.J. Loft LOS ANGELES -Troubled by the lack of child-appropriate entertainment in today's culture, author and father A.J. Loft seeks to fill the void with new, wholesome entertainment.

A family-friendly story about growing up and chasing dreams, Adventures in Raceland tells the story of Keegan and Kyle McKay, teens growing up near the world famous Sunnyvale International Speedway.

When the boys find a secret passage in Hot Rod High, they are transported to Raceland, a magical world where the boys can engage in healthy competition racing.

Promoting social interaction, fair play and wholesome personal development, Adventures in Raceland includes a lesson for readers at the end of each chapter.

"In a culture that is increasingly pushing sex, drugs and violence into childrens entertainment, I saw that it was time for an alternative," says Loft. "I created the Rodkingz brand to give children an appropriate way to play, learn and have fun."

Geared toward children ages six to fourteen, the book avoids inappropriate subject matter and focuses on clean, appropriate entertainment. More Information on Author Webpage

"Adventures in Raceland"
by A.J. Loft
Xlibris Pub. Co.
Published: 6/19/2013
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages B/W: 205
ISBN: 978-1-47715-668-1
Price $20
E-Book $4.00

No. 4

"Your Next Mission"

by Lida Citroen

"Your Next Mission" by Lida Citroen
Veterans transitioning from military service are at several competitive disadvantages in trying to secure a job in the civilian sector:

"I believe personal branding is where we should begin in helping the veteran secure a civilian career. Without a clear picture of the person's values, goals, intention, targets and vision, we cannot possibly help veterans successfully navigate to fulfilling careers outside of the military" Lida Citroen.

Since 2009, Citroen, principal of LIDA360, a consulting firm that helps corporations and executives create effective market positioning through the use of brand strategies, has dedicated her time and resources to help returning military veterans become more empowered, effective and competitive as they transition to a civilian career. She regularly presents at conferences, events and programs, teaching transitioning veterans how to understand their unique value and market them to future employers. She does all of this work pro bono.

Citroen, an active member of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), also works closely with General Peter Pace's program, Wall Street Warfighters Foundation (WSWF), and has just released her newest book, Your Next Mission: A personal branding guide for the military-to-civilian transition. A highly-sought after expert on reputation management and personal branding in the media, Citroen has been featured in countless national print publications, television and radio and is a regular contributing writer to Your Next Mission is available for purchase from in the following ways: single or bulk orders, corporate sponsorship/donation and free for veterans (through an assist program).

Connect with Lida Citroen on:

No. 5

"Western Cowboy Poetry"

by Sharon Carpenter

"Western Cowboy Poetry" by Sharon Carpenter
In her new book, "Western Cowboy Poetry," Sharon Carpenter provides insight into what life might have been like for African Americans living in the Wild West before and after the Civil War.

"I want to generate encouragement and appreciation for African Americans who were able to excel and meet their goals despite the significant battles they underwent," Carpenter said, "not much unlike many struggles we are still facing today."

Carpenter's poems emphasize the journey and contributions of African American cowboys as they attempted to acclimate to freedom, cultivate families and romantic relationships and enjoy the flexibility to pursue a variety of experiences. Alongside her dedication to African American appreciation, Carpenter hopes to help young women who have been removed from their foster homes due to their age, becoming unprotected by law. Familiar herself with foster families as a young child going the system, Carpenter's story provides guidance and encouragement to other young people facing similar situations.

Raised in Connecticut as a foster child, Sharon Carpenter relocated to Alabama where she graduated from Jacksonville State University. After moving to Georgia for work, Carpenter began writing and performing poetry as a way of cultivating relationships and learning about Georgia's culture. Her works were well received and, with encouragement from her oldest daughter, Carpenter published her first book of cowboy poetry. She currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and youngest daughter. To learn more about Sharon, visit

"Western Cowboy Poetry"
By: Sharon Carpenter
ISBN: 978-1-4697-5567-0
Also available in audio book format.

No. 6

"God Is"

By: Omer Dawson

"God Is" by Omer Dawson
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Many people are too heavily invested in religion and ritual without having an understanding of what a personal connection with God truly means. Author, Omer Dawson, guides readers to discover their connection and better their lives in his new book, "God Is". Years of spiritual healing and travel have led Dawson to document his experiences in hopes of benefitting the current lives of readers by illustrating how to achieve a direct connection with God without the stress of religion.

"Jesus said we would do greater things than he did," said Dawson, "This book came through me to help man be closer to God."

"God Is" provides readers with encouraging tips on how to raise their concentration, understand a higher power and become at one with the infinite. Upon reading this book, readers will develop a more meaningful relationship with God and come away feeling inspired to enhance that relationship.

"I stress our connection with God because it develops spiritual growth that allows us to connect to each other be better people," Dawson said.

This book is written wholly by the holy spirit coming from Robert. He fist told me to write a book, then gave me the Title, then the Chapter headings. He then proceeded to tell me start chapter 1, then he said "That Is Enough, go to chapter 2". I was in what you might say an altered state of consciousness. It is a relaxed state, somewhat like regressing back to previous lifetimes. . . .It is our Father's way of getting through to us with his message.

After studying at the Art Center School of Design and earning his master's degree from the University of Southern California, he became a teacher, healer and psychic. After meeting Brother Mandus of Blackpool, Dawson became a Child of Light and became inspired to lead others to the light. Now he concerns himself with assisting others in their relationship with God.

"God Is"
By: Omer Dawson
ISBN: 978-1-47599-299-1
122 pages
Prices $12-$14

No 7

"Breaking Free"

by Winter Page

"Breaking Free" by Winter Page
LGBT teens appear in the headlines more often now than ever before. From celebrities to teenage activists, these young people are taking leaps and bounds to encourage others to accept the LGBT community no matter their age or orientation. Yet steps still need to be taken to ensure the acceptance and safety of the young LGBT community in schools and neighborhoods across the country.

At the forefront of this teen LGBT activist movement is young author Winter Page, author of the new book Breaking Free. Inspired by a transgender friend who voiced difficulty coming out to his peers and family, Page felt the need to do something. Writing the book at the age of fourteen, Page (now fifteen) tells the tale of a transgender teen who falls in love with a closeted lesbian. As they deal with their own secrets, bullying, and other hardships, they look to each other to find the love and support they need.

Winter Page was born and raised in Texas. Starting at age five, she was tracked into an Olympic figure skating program, but had to stop by age eight due to a back injury. She has competed in gymnastics and cheerleading and won a national championship in cheerleading. Now, she belly dances, does yoga, and Pilates. She comes from a family of writers, with a grandmother who is a retired writing professor, and a mother who has published 45 novels. She wrote her first novel in 7th grade and completed Breaking Free when she was fourteen. Now finishing up her freshman year in high school, Page's book is dedicated to her transgender dance instructor, in thanks for his enlightening perspective. She hopes to keep writing and publishing books and go to college at Oxford University in England. She currently resides near Dallas, TX.

"Breaking Free"
by Winter Page
Price $7-$15.00
E-book and other

No. 8

"Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach"

by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner

"Teaching with Heart" by S. M. Intrator and M. Scribner
In the course of their careers, every teacher needs to take the time to renew and rediscover their passion for inspiring others to learn. In "Teaching with Heart" by S. M. Intrator and M. Scribner teachers, educators and administrators can benefit from the experiences of a diverse group of 90 teachers as they share stories and poems of joy, outrage, heartbreak, hope, commitment and dedication.

The book is filled with insights, stories and poems from all types of educators to encourage teachers to face each day with optimism despite the challenges they'll face on their vocational path. With poems by Emily Dickinson, Richard Wright and even Tupac Shakur included, teachers and administrators will find a poem that speaks to them and can aid their professional development.

Organized by themes like "Deciding to Teach" and "Cherishing the Vocation," readers will discover that this is more than a collection of poems. This book includes narratives from industry professionals, and can be used as part of teacher training, before or after certification.

The book also includes a poignant Foreword by Parker J. Palmer (The Courage to Teach), a stirring Introduction by Taylor Mali (What Teachers Make), and a moving Afterword by Sarah Brown Wessling (Teaching Channel).

Where Teaching with Fire honored and celebrated the work of teachers; Teaching with Heart salutes the tenacious and relentless optimism of teachers and their belief that despite the many challenges and obstacles of the teaching life, much is possible.

"Teaching with Heart"
by S. M. Intrator and M. Scribner
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Published May 19 2014
ISBN-10: 1118459431
ISBN-13: 978-1118459430

No. 9

"The Bloodline Chronicles Vol. I"

Author: Joe Sherman

"The Bloodline Chronicles Vol. I" by Joe Sherman
DAYTON, Ohio - Enhancing children's writing skills is something author Joe Sherman encourages in his household, thus how he began writing his first novel, "The Bloodline Chronicles Vol. I."

Sherman's novel formed when he began augmenting his son's writing skills and eventually an intriguing storyline captured his attention. This fast-paced, adventurous novel exceeds a balance between humor, tragedy and violence, set in a pseudo-medieval fantasy world.

"I was originally working with my son practicing writing, to increase his skills," Sherman said. "This is where the setting of a medieval realm, sword-and-sorcery fantasy, was created, to spark his interest."

"The Bloodline Chronicles Vol. I" focuses on a cathartic journey of two medieval, inhuman brothers and their quest for a solid foundation in society. Humorous situations emerge throughout the novel and their pursuit for society acceptance underlines the deeper meaning of the storyline.

"One of the most dominant themes in this series is the search or desire to find a place to fit in to society," Sherman said. "There is an underlying conflict between the classes throughout the series."

Sorram and Taurwin are the only ones of their bloodlines the mage Krotus brought to his plane of existence. After their magical modifications and enhancements, they are lost in a medieval world where there are dangers all around them. Their young age and innocence sometimes create humorous situations and encounters. However, their cruel and violent creation and upbringing causes them to be brutal and violent when the need arises. This allows them to inadvertently fulfill the purpose in which they were created as they mature.

Joe H. Sherman works in machine trades for various manufacturers and is ranked orange belt in both aikido and judo martial arts. He is a devoted supporter of the National Rifle Association and a United Auto Workers member. Sherman refers to himself as a blue collar, working class, husband and father, residing in Covington, Ohio.

"The Bloodline Chronicles Vol. I"
Author: Joe Sherman
ISBN: 1466993510
Retail price: $14-$15
Available in e-book, hardcover and paperback

No. 10

"The God I Believe In"

by Joshua Haberman

"The God I Believe In" by Joshua Haberman
Author Joshua Haberman, holocaust survivor and Rabbi, connects with well-known Jewish minds to create a discussion about life post-holocaust.

"The God I Believe In", far from textbook theology, is a lively portrait of contemporary Jewish beliefs by 14 leading Jewish philosophers, writers and rabbis in conversation with Joshua Haberman.

It is a stimulating mini-course on contemporary, post-holocaust Judaism.

In these probing conversations Haberman skillfully poses the sort of questions we ourselves might ask: Do you believe in God? Have you ever had a "God-experience"?

Do you believe God intervenes in our lives? Do you believe in the Messiah? Is there an after-life? Eliciting personal confessions and some surprising accounts of religious experience, these interviews of a distinguished group of thinkers provide deep insight into Jewish spirituality in our time."

"The God I Believe In"
by Joshua Haberman

No. 11

"The Jagged Side of Midnight"

By Patrick DiCicco

"The Jagged Side of Midnight" by Patrick DiCicco
LOS ANGELES -- The notorious criminals are not chasing any jockey who failed to meet their expectations. Nor are they pursuing the two-timing owner of a horse who has betrayed them, as is usually the case in novels involving the Mafia.

Where racehorse Summer Storm goes, murder follows.

Summer Storm is an innocent and beautiful horse that does not know the meaning of defeat. Apart from never losing a race, she has the spirit of a determined mare and is unrelentingly loyal and steadfast.

Things become complicated when it is discovered that the Mafia has been performing doping experiments on the young horse. As the scandal unfurls, escape becomes Summer Storm's only option.

"The Jagged Side of Midnight" by Patrick DiCicco describes the exile and resulting adventure of Summer Storm as she evades the threat of danger throughout the American west. Those who protect Summer Storm are put in the path of danger when finding out just how deep the doping conspiracy goes.

Patrick DiCicco earned an AA degree and has taken creative writing courses at UCLA. Currently retired, he lives at the Del Webb community of Solara in Bakersfield, Calif. He is married and has five children and five grandchildren. This is his second book.

"The Jagged Side of Midnight"
By Patrick DiCicco
ISBN: 978-1-4917-1967-1
Soft cover price: $15-$17
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

No. 12

"Ann's Letters"

By Gerald Dougherty

"Ann's Letters" by Gerald Dougherty
With the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War currently underway, it is hard to believe that there are still letters and personal effects from that period tucked away in boxes and basements. Finally coming to rest in the possession of Gerald Dougherty, 31 never-before-published letters have just been released in his book, "Ann's Letters." 19 of the letters are from soldiers that were sent from many sites in the southern U.S. From Nashville to the Confederate prison of Andersonville, these letters are wide-ranging and show both tactical and personal events that occurred within the ranks.

"These letters have been passed down through the generations of my family," Dougherty said. "They have survived 150 years without much damage which is amazing. They didn't have the advantage of climate-controlled storage until the 1980s."

The correspondences were saved by Eve Ann Huffman during the bloodiest war in American history. The letters show not only the struggles and anxieties of the time, but also the nuances of the relationships between families and soldiers.

"All the things these people valued were not a great deal different from things we value today; family, pride, self-worth, goodness, morality and love. Our forebears' needs were not much different from ours, despite the great differences in our cultures and times," Dougherty said. "It's fun to compare our lives today to the lives of families in the 1860s."

Though these people are similar to us in many ways, the differences are what make these letters truly astounding. Troops would write from the constantly-moving battlefields. They had to care for their stationery, lest it be ruined. The logistics of mail delivery in the 1860s made it difficult to get the right letters to the right people quickly. It was often thought that a family member may have died due to the length of time it took for a letter to reach its recipient. To add to the new letters, Dougherty has included information to accompany the writings. Backgrounds and contexts are given for each letter to help the reader understand not only the person writing it, but the historical reference which helps the reader to see the war unfold through the eyes of the writers.

Gerald Dougherty is a retired chemical and technical engineer and worked in the oil and chemical industries, in laser spectroscopy and laser communication. He contributed in his own way to American history by specifying proper lasers for installation on NASA spacecraft. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife of 58 years. Together they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

"Ann's Letteres"
By Gerald Dougherty
Price: U.S. $17-$18
ISBN: 978-1-4917-1619-9

No 13

"The Cudoni Creed"

By Phil Cuda

"The Cudoni Creed" by Phil Cuda
CAIRNS, Australia -- Like many other families, the Cudoni brothers travel to America to improve their lives. What they didn't expect was to get mixed up with the Sicilian mafia so far away from home. Adventure, romance and suspense follow these brothers as their lives are put to the test.

In Phil Cuda's new series, The Cudoni Creed, a family of Calabrese brothers emigrates from Italy to America in search of a better life. Set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the stories center on their conflict with a Pittsburgh-based Sicilian mafia, the Cosa Nostra. The series promises to not only entertain readers but also show valuable lessons.

"The book provides entertainment by way of highlighting the themes of action, suspense, travel and romance but it also demonstrates the virtues of honesty, faith and preparedness to help others," Cuda said.

Cuda, who was born in Italy before moving to Australia, became interested in his family history following his travels to Italy and the United States. After a family reunion, he began writing his family history, which led him to create this series.

The first two books, The Cudoni Creed: The Dream and The Cudoni Creed: Vengeance are currently available, with another three novels to be released shortly.

Phil Cuda is a property developer who has always had a passion for reading. He was inspired by the culture and history of Italy, where he was born, and learned of his family history. Using that as a base, Cuda created this fictional series about an Italian family. He currently lives in Atherton.

"The Cudoni Creed: The Dream"
The Cudoni Creed: Vengeance
By Phil Cuda
ISBN: 978-1-45250-990-7

No. 14

"Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory"

By Fred J. Martin Jr.

"Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864" by Fred J. Martin Jr.
"WASHINGTON, DC -- If you want more insight into 21st century politics, maybe you need to look back to 1864. Fred J. Martin Jr. explores Lincoln's legacy and how his policies still impact us today in his new book, Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864. Martin says President Lincoln's ethical and moral core and writing skills set a standard for today's political leaders.

"Arguably the most consequential election in American history, the presidential contest of 1864 has cried out for a more sophisticated analysis than it has heretofore received. The Reelection of Lincoln gave the north victory in the Civil War. Lincoln also restored the national economy, revived banking, established the National Banking System, built a tax structure and maintained a viable fiscal and monetary policy."

Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864 takes the 16th president from his earliest years up the ladder of his words, as he educated both himself and ultimately the nation to save the union and accept emancipation.

"Fred Martin's background in political journalism and in banking has enabled him to provide such an analysis in this book, which is a welcome addition to the Lincoln literature." - Michael Burlingame, Author, Abraham Lincoln: A Life

A lifelong interest in Abraham Lincoln coupled with the study of history, government and politics coupled with experience as a news reporter, in political campaigns, in politics and in governmental activities. My Great-Great Uncle with a bullet-shattered elbow took leave and campaigned for Lincoln's Reelection but returned to active duty to merit a brevet major general commission at the age of 32. Since retirement I have devoted the last 20 years to research Lincoln at the Library of Congress, state historical societies, archives and libraries across the nation. A retired bank executive, I am a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley Institute of Governmental studies. (Read More)

"Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory"
By Fred J. Martin Jr.
532 pages
Paperback 6x9
retail price: $19.95
E-book, retail price: $9.99
ISBN: 9781491835302

No 15

"Political gridlock"

by Ned Witting

"Political Gridlock" by Ned Witting
TACOMA, Wash. -- Two-thirds of Americans surveyed consider the current Congress to be the worst ever, according to a December 2013 CNN/ORC International poll. Close to three quarters described it as a "do-nothing" Congress.

From the government shutdown in October 2013 to the application of the nuclear option a month later, Ned Witting sees that both major parties in Congress are run by the small percentage of extreme voices, rather than the majority moderate voices that more typify the country.

"Political gridlock results when extreme voters and legislators are able to impose extreme agendas on their respective political parties and obstruct action by others with differing views," Witting said.

A successful business owner and political junkie, Witting has grown increasingly disillusioned by the state of U.S. government. In "Political Gridlock", the author takes a businessperson's approach to evaluating the U.S. government and proposes a plan of action for empowering moderate voters and legislators and for reaching bilateral solutions to difficult national issues.

"My goal is to fundamentally change the political landscape in this country, eliminate gridlock, and revitalize our country both economically and socially," Witting said.

Ned Witting is a successful American business owner, entrepreneur, and political junkie. A political moderate, he has attended both Republican and Democratic conventions but has never found a home in either party. He is the recipient of the Boy Scout Silver Beaver distinguished service award and is happily married to his sweetheart of more than thirty years.

See Ned Witting's article at Magic City May 18, 2014 Dirigo! Can Maine Lead the Nation?

"Political Gridlock"
By Ned Witting
ISBN: 978-1-49186-978-9
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

© Copyright 2002-2014 by Magic City Morning Star

Top of Page

R.P. BenDedek
Latest Headlines
Magic City Morning Star Book Basket 2016 - No. 3
Australia My Country - A Poem
Magic City Morning Star Book Basket 2016 - No. 2
A Must Read: Anne Marie Waters' letter to Feminists
Magic City Morning Star Book Basket 2016 - No. 1

A Dinosaur of Education - a blog by James Fabiano.
Shobe Studios
Wysong Foods - Pets and People Too