How to Win Your Next Parenting Wars at Back to School Night
As an expat Brit with seventeen years of parenting in the US under my belt, I'm here to warn you that this is one American school tradition, unlike Prom night, that you almost certainly don't want to import. Actually, I wish the Brits had never started to import the tradition of Prom night, with all the potential for romantic rejection and social exclusion that entails, but I speak as a chubby former teen, and besides, that ship has already sailed, or so I understand.
Oct 1, 2014 - 9:07:04 PM
A Time for Spiritual Heroism
Seventy years ago this Rosh Hashanah, in the heart of the Nazi inferno, a young Jew armed with just a pencil and some empty cement sacks -- and a great deal of faith -- succeeded in demonstrating just how high a person's soul can soar.
Oct 1, 2014 - 9:05:19 PM
The Shamrak Report Jews are Bad Neighbors but Good Bosses
The PA paper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, has published an article reviewing the difference between Jewish and Arab employers as reported by local Arab workers. Overwhelmingly the article found that Arab employers take advantage of their workers, while Jewish employers display solid work ethics towards their Arab employees. In fact, the only time when an Arab employee of a Jewish business owner does get swindled is when there is an Arab middleman
Oct 1, 2014 - 9:02:37 PM
Today in History
October 1 - Today in History
Today is October 1. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Oct 1, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
September 30 - Today in History
Today is September 30. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Sep 30, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
September 29 - Today in History
Today is September 29. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Sep 29, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Down the Road
The narrow gauge railroad at Boothbay
According to the pamphlet, the standard four-foot 8.5-inches wide track had its origins in Roman soldiers driving two-horse carts. The two horses were a combined width of about four feet. The carts left tracks, and in order not to damage the carts it was important to keep the same width of the road. The standard gauge railroad developed from the width of those roads.
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:45:02 AM
Fair Taxes and Free Time for CPAs
Most of our discussions of tax rates and tax fairness lack fundamental honesty because they ignore what people actually pay and why. Consider three married couples, each supported by one income earner. All three earn $60,000 in a year and after exemptions and deductions have taxable income of $50,000. The first, an entrepreneur or self-employed earner pays $15,791 in federal taxes or an effective rate of 26.3%. The second, an employee whose ...
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:42:05 AM
Attack of the NGOs
Who are these None governmental Organizations (NGOs) shock troops and how do they operate? It's a vast matrix composed of both the private NGO groups and representatives of the UN and representatives of a large number of US federal agencies -- all working together behind the scenes, quietly making policy for the rest of us. And when I attempt to expose them, they vehemently deny there is any collusion -- "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." Sorry, the truth is -- this is how it works. No vote. No public input. Just the enforcement of an agenda through the willing participation of private groups and government officials who forgot their purpose was to represent, not dictate to us.
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:40:03 AM
The Shamrak Report The UN Hates Israel the Safe Haven
Martin Indyk, the man who ran John Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, whose failure in turn set off this summer's bloody Gaza War, cashed a $14.8 million check from Qatar, a country which is currently Hamas' chief financial backer - which means that while Qatar isn't itself launching missiles on Israeli towns, Hamas wouldn't be able to do so without Qatari cash.
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:37:42 AM
What's in the Book Basket This Week? This Mysterious Universe
During the last two weeks there have been lots of publishing difficulties and as a result we have only published two author articles and two book reviews during this time. The links to these appear in today's book basket which contains only Ten new releases. These are: "Lean Together" by Independent Women's Forum; "The Russia-China Axis" by Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan; "Pickles and Jane" by Sally C. Knox; "Beyond the Light is the Love of God" by Lorna Gallimore; "Come Fly with Me by Beverly Delich"; "Creating Joy Daily" By Tess Adams; "Dark Corners" by Geoff Quaife; "Made For Love" by Dr. Edson Knapp; "Led By Horses" by Eunice Rush and "Soul Shift" by Candace Beck Moesta
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:35:20 AM
How I beat the Franco-Amerindian separatist by psychology
All those in Canada who had been fighting the separatists before me opted out because they never had the stamina or the know-how to defeat the Separatists. I on the other hand, spent hours trying to develop historical data and makes holes in all their pseudo French victories that never happened, except in the history written by the likes of Alonie de Liestres, the pseudonym of the Anglophobe priest Abbe Lionel-Adophe Groulx of Vaudreuil, Kebek. He was as phony as Joseph Goebbels Nazi German Propaganda Minister. I was able to prove that all his stories were only fairy tales that he had made up over time as a Roman Catholic priest in Kebek.
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:32:31 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Sin City" by Harold Robbins
The story involves crime, violence, sex of course, and other seedy activities and is somewhat complicated. The conclusion turns out to be a happy ending with the lead character, Zack Kiordan, meeting his wife and children and planning for them to live happily ever after. The action travels to China and other places in the world. It heavily involves a Chinese wealthy gangster and other players.
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:30:26 AM
Today in History
September 28 - Today in History
Today is September 28. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Sep 28, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Rosh HaShanah guide for the perplexed, 2014
Rosh Hashanah is also referred to as "Ha'rat Olam" (the pregnancy of the world), and it's prayers highlight motherhood, optimism and the pregnancies of Sarah and Rachel, the Matriarchs, and Hannah, who gave birth to Isaac, Joseph & Benjamin and the Prophet Samuel respectively. Sarah (the root of the Hebrew word, Israel) and Hannah (the root of the Hebrew words Pardon, Amnesty and Merciful) were two of the seven Jewish Prophetesses: Sarah, Miriam, Hannah, Deborah, Huldah, Abigail, Esther. Hannah's prayer has become a role-model for God-heeded-prayers which are recited by the "non-privileged".
Sep 24, 2014 - 8:07:20 AM
Down the Road
I didn't move to Maine in 1965 to work. I came to enjoy the mountains, the trails, the lakes, the ocean, and the outdoors generally. Did I? No. I had to work to be able to live in the Pine Tree State. Been working all that time until now. The worst part about retirement is I won't see my friends on the bus each day. The best part is I won't have to get up at 4 a.m. to see my friends on the bus each day.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:58:15 AM
Bishops' Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
We went to the Holy Land as men of faith on a Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace. Motivated by the love of Christ and deep concern for both Israelis and Palestinians, we went to pray for peace, and to work for a two-state solution and an open and shared Jerusalem. Arriving in the wake of the recent Gaza war, though, we encountered pain, intransigence and cynicism. Even the young people are discouraged. But we also saw signs of inspiration and hope.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:55:27 AM
$800,000 Federal Grant for Acadia National Park
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced an $800,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to the Maine Department of Transportation. The funding will go toward continued planning and construction of the Acadia Gateway Center Intermodal Facility and the Acadia National Park Welcome Center. The intermodal facility will boost access to the Island Explorer transit system, a nationally recognized propane-powered bus system which has had a significant impact reducing the effects of congestion and pollution in Acadia National Park
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:52:02 AM
Why are the Franco-Amerindians so very different to all other Canadians?
The reasons for this is their mixed racial background, which is unlike that of the French. We may not pay much attention to backgrounds but they do play a very important part is their psyche, and sometimes genes do play a part, when they are transmitted to future generations.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:48:30 AM
Senate Joint Resolution 19
Senator Ted Cruz is leading the charge against this measure. S.J. Res 19 will allow Congress, for the first time, ever, to begin regulating political speech. Mr. Obama and his liberal allies don't like being confronted by groups like the U.S. Justice Foundation. They hate the idea that ordinary citizens can band together and run political ads, distribute leaflets, and even stage protests.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:45:55 AM
Obama's self-defeating fight
Islamic State is a challenging foe. To defeat it, the US must be willing to confront Islamism. And it must be willing to fight to win. In the absence of such determination, it will fight and lose, in the region and at home, with no allies at its side.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:42:32 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "American to the Backbone" by Christopher L. Webber
Aided by a family in his flight to freedom and then accidentally finding his way to the North, James W.C. Pennington rose in society to become the pastor of a church in Hartford, CT. As one of the nation's first black abolitionists, he began and continued his entire life an effort to educate Americans about the plight of those still held in slavery. He traveled to England and elsewhere in Europe in his quest to see slavery ended.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:38:08 AM
Today in History
September 24 - Today in History
Today is September 24. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Sep 24, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
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
Ask Better Questions
What if you could improve your life and help your children do the same by developing one specific habit? You already use this technique in everyday interactions, however, you may be using them in the wrong way because no one has ever taught you how to ask better questions.
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:12:49 AM
The Shamrak Report: United Nations Palestinian Farce
The UN is concerned about the so-called Palestinian refugees. They dedicated a separate agency for them, and they are treated with a special privilege. Meanwhile, my people, ethnically cleansed, murdered and enslaved, are relatively ignored. The UN refuses to tell the world the truth about the real causes of Sudan's conflicts. Who knows really what is happening in Darfur? It is not a "tribal conflict."...
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:10:39 AM
Benghazi Panel Begins Hearings
ACT! for America has been on the front lines of the Benghazi issue since the 2012 attack that killed four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador. Our unrelenting efforts led to the creation of the House Benghazi Special Committee. Today, Wednesday, September 17th, the Committee will hold its first open hearing, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC/4).
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:07:41 AM
The oddity of the Franco-Amerindian situation defies commonsense and logic
The man who created this situation was a French Catholic priest name Abbe Louis Le Loutre, who planned to drive the British out of the area. But, the man who first sensed this, was none other than Benjamin Franklin the Philadelphian, who warned the British of this plot by Le Loutre.
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:05:36 AM
Today in History
September 17 - Today in History
Today is September 17. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
September 16 - Today in History
Today is September 16. Here's what happened on this date in history.
Sep 16, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
September 15 - Today in History
Today is September 15. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Sep 15, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Down the Road
Crazy things happen
If you have --or can make up -- the answers to any of these questions, please let me know. I have to dash off and don't have time to dream up the answers. But there must be answers.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:25:35 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
History should never be revised in order to placate anyone
For quite a while now the Harper regime in Ottawa has avoided telling Canadians of how Canada came into being after the Conquest of New France on September 12, 1760, when French Gouverneur Vaudreuil accepted the terms of the surrender of the territory of New France to Great Britain, as dictated by Major-General Jeffrey Amherst of the British Army at Montreal, New France.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:20:00 AM
Pro Angler Captures His Own Boat Sinking and Rescue
If you spend time on the water, what happened on September 4 to Pro Angler Chris Flint and Co-Angler Brett Walker may send a little shiver down your spine. The two were ending a day of fishing the Bassmaster Northern Open on Michigan's Lake St. Clair when they abandoned their sinking vessel and climbed aboard a nearby channel buoy for safety. To put it simply, their luck ran out.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:17:45 AM
'Columbia - The Seven' - Poem by Martha Stevens-David
Martha has published three books about her life growing up in Maine and today she presents a Poem. Martha Stevens-David is a prolific writer with many styles including Children's stories and murder mysteries.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:15:20 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
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Fiction, Non-Fiction and Somewhere in Between
In this week's book basket we list three book authors and their articles which were published at Magic City Morning Star this week as well as links to three book reviews that were published. As is the custom we list a number of new book releases and their publicity material, and this week there are 15 of them. They are: "Peter and the Boycott" by Yolanda L. Everett; "Hoax Springs Eternal: The Psychology of Cognitive Deception" by Professor Peter Hancock; "Billy Bowater" by E. C. Hanes; "Customer Experience: It's Not That Easy: Customer Experience Programs for B2B Companies" by Harry F. Bunn; "Surviving Prophesy: The Immortals" by Frances Howitt; "The Scroll" by Robert E. Emin; "Life Through the Mirror: Experience" by Philomena Ngwodo Uwaifo; "10 Minutes a Week to Great Meetings" by Joel D. Levitt; "A Sixth Sense" by Alastair Davie; "Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind!" by Justine SanFilippo; "Hard Drive: A Family's Fight against Three Countries" by Mary Todd and Dr. Christina Villegas; "Wake Up -- God's Talking to You" By Manny Dean Fernandez; "Becoming Joey Fizz" Stuart A. McKeever; "The Permanent Establishment of Peace" by Al Lipold and "Retire Wealthy" by Eric D. Brotman
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:10:24 AM
21st anniversary of Oslo highlights the tragic Real Middle East
The 21st anniversary of Oslo highlights the tragic gap between the underlying assumption of the architects of Oslo – the New Middle East, transitioning to peace - and the Real Middle East. The Real Middle East is represented, most authentically, by the Arab Tsunami, which is gaining momentum, not transitioning toward democracy, in defiance of policy-makers, columnists and academicians who defined it as the Arab Spring.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:07:23 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "And Grant You Peace" by Kate Flora
A problem with writing this review is that the book is not as it actually would be -- in publishable form. A label on the front cover states, "Advance uncorrected proof," and that makes it hard to imagine the ready- to-sell copy. The author has written a number of crime mysteries of which one "has been optioned for a movie," according to a paragraph about her. The story involves a Muslim crime family and gang that carries out the mayhem and murder until the good-guy cop, Joe Burgess, puts a stop to it all and saves a heroine from death -- death by being tied to a chair with explosives set to make her next home Eternity.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:05:24 AM
What Our Support of Terrorism Buys US
This is an interesting video making comparisons between what Arab Society was like before the radicalization of Islam and what it is like now and includes a look at Gaza before our beloved Hamas 'set the people free.'
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:02:35 AM
Today in History
September 14 - Today in History
Today is September 14. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
September 13 - Today In History
Today is September 13. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Sep 13, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
How to Manage Your Talent: Five Realistic Tips for Success
With each performance booking and introduction, we came closer and closer to the "big one." So how did I know that he really had that "star quality?" and, how did I not give up even when Michael (Buble) doubted himself? In countless worldwide radio, TV and print interviews, one of the most common questions that I am asked is: "so, what does it really take to make it in the industry?" Or, phrased this way: "how do you know that you really have potential and talent?"
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:20:31 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Doomsday Marauders" by Kilkenny
I can't wait to tell all of my friends/relatives about this book because last night, as I lay me down to sleep, I found that sleep was a long time coming because my mind kept going back to "Kilkenny" and his dire predictions and quite frankly, his warnings scared the "beJesus" out of me! And I also think that what he had to say is absolutely the truth whether we like it or not.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:17:14 AM
Commemoration of 9/11 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station
Army General Charles 'Chuck' Jacoby, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Commander, opened the ceremony at the iconic Cold War-era installation by welcoming the distinguished visitors and asking the crowd to rise and recognize all of the first responders present.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:15:26 AM
Here (Givat Oz veGaon) we are Building Tourism
It's hard to miss the tourist sign leading to Givat Oz veGaon, if only because of the picture of the three kidnapped youths that it bears and that causes a twinge in your heart. As soon as you leave your car, the smell of a Bnei Akiva camp fills the air, the smell of youth, summer, and everything that was taken from those three, as if it comes to compensate those who remain here.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:12:17 AM
Michaud Discusses His Principles for VA Reform with Secretary McDonald
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, met this morning with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to discuss reforms that will improve the delivery of services and benefits to veterans and their families. Michaud released the following statement after today's meeting:
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:10:01 AM
Vengeance is Mine Pt 4
Sometimes, when all of her other patients were sound asleep, she'd slip into Mrs. Stanton's room and stand quietly by the door and look at her. There was something acutely familiar about the way the woman's face looked when in repose and it disturbed Mary Elizabeth that she couldn't figure out what it was that drew her to that particular patient.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:07:36 AM
The fall out from President Obama's ISIS plan
President Obama has finally decided to take action agains 'IS' or ISIS as it was previously known, and the fallout of his announced plans is somewhat comical to read. It seems that just about everybody is complaining about his plans. Nobody, no country is happy with it, and once again everything is America's fault in the first place.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:05:29 AM