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Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "That Yankee Cat, the Maine Coon" by Marilis Hornridge
The book has a chapter on tales of various Coon-cats, one of which is of a woman, Miss Lucinda, whose cat died at the age of 18. The woman "...swore she would never have her another cat, and she didn't for a long time. Then one day during a rainstorm, there came up on her porch a half-grown kitten, gold with dark orange stripes and meowed to be let in. He was all scraggly and scruffy and thin as a pencil and she couldn't resist him, so she let him n -- only for a while, she said, until she could find out who he belonged to. Of course, he took up his residence, and when he grew big, his tail fluffed out and his coat got all long and shaggy...," the homey language of this story is because it was told by another lady in a nursing home.
Apr 26, 2015 - 7:15:45 AM

Christianity
Apocalyptic Portraits of Christ: Jesus, the Faithful Witness
In every chapter of John's gospel, "the disciple whom Jesus loved" has painted a striking picture of the unique character or work of the Son of God. Similarly, in the Revelation John sketches six apocalyptic portraits of Christ. The portraits serve to warn, challenge, and encourage believers of every generation who desire to "walk as Jesus did" among earth's inhabitants, people who are simply unaware of the importance of following Jesus and others who knowingly reject his Word and snub his gift of salvation.
Apr 26, 2015 - 7:12:12 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Australia, the lucky country? It COULD be, but it's NOT.
Holden Customer Care (Holden Car Sales) called me again yesterday, and the lady I spoke to assured me that Holden has taken on board all that I have said and will strive to do better in future. I asked her if she had actually read my original email, and she stuttered and stumbled around, so I explained it in short terms. I told her that all I want is an answer.... which figure is incorrect? I need to know if I have to get rid of my car and buy another to legally tow my caravan. I told her that so far, I have been totally stuffed around, with emails back and forth and phone calls, the enquiry being elevated to a higher level, only to come back down to the lower level person who calls me and tell me he doesn't know. I said all I want is an answer, and you people go through the required, automated motions that all look good on your files, but don't do a damned thing for your customers.
Apr 26, 2015 - 7:10:12 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Alonie the Lestres the alter ego of Joseph Goebbels
Many people may not be quite aware who Alonie de Lestres was, but that was the pseudonym taken by Abbe Joseph Adolphe Groulx Lyonel of Vaudreuil, Kebek, when he wrote his vitriolic diatribes against English-speaking people in Canada, even Roman Catholics, and anyone who was not Franco-Amerindian, or as he called himself, French, which was a fairy tale, since he was really a Metis like the rest of the Kebekois or Canadien. His theory on race was not just only a par with Paul Joseph Goebbels the Nazi German Propaganda Minister, but far worse than him. Because while he pretended that it was the English-speaking people in Canada that was denying the Franco-Amerindians their rights to language and culture, it was really the Franco-Amerindian that were denying these very rights to all non-Franco-Amerindians within areas that they controlled.
Apr 26, 2015 - 7:07:54 AM

Down the Road
Down the Religious Road a Piece
Martin Luther, 10 November 1483 -- 18 February 1546, was "a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, with his (Luther's) Ninety-Five Theses in 1517.
Apr 26, 2015 - 7:05:34 AM

Book Reviews
M.W. Johnson Book Review: "God's Trinity Demystified" by Rev. Adedeji David Adeoye
Now what is interesting about this book, is the way in which Rev Adeoye examines the issue of trinity, and I feel sure, that of all theological attempts to prove the posit, this book is unique in that its author does some strange investigating into the matter of creation to prove the Trinity. The author's fundamental idea is that God is comprised of three personalities consistently revealed in Genesis to be "Thought," "Word" and "Action." Using Genesis he shows that God thought the world into existence, then God spoke, and then God did actions.
Apr 23, 2015 - 7:32:15 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Claims to an identity not really theirs is an avoidance of reality
If one visits Mexico, Peru or Venezuela, one is immediately made aware that the people speak of themselves as Mexicans, Peruvians or Venezuelans with a certain pride. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox-Quesada for one did not call himself Irish or Spanish, but simply Mexican. And today right across the Americas there is this pride in nationality, bypassing all the various origins of people's forefathers.
Apr 22, 2015 - 8:00:40 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Racist Israel cuts off Gaza
Such measures include 25 year sentences for those engaged in digging tunnels and even those whose only 'crime' is not reporting the existence of tunnels. Furthermore, and combined with stronger sanctions, it has been decided to expand the 'buffer zone' around Gaza. At the beginning of 2014 about 280-300 companies and factories were forced to close amid a blockade imposed by Israeli forces on the entry of construction materials into the Gaza Strip. The head of the Federation of Contractors in the Gaza Strip has claimed that the construction sector in Gaza is one of the most affected sectors and 50% of the construction projects have been stalled after construction materials could not enter through the tunnels.
Apr 21, 2015 - 8:39:05 AM

Christianity
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No.5 Blessings off Illusions
Illusions are commonly defined as misconceptions of something real.
Self-conceived or imposed by others, they are deemed deceptions.
But does this mean that they are all lies of regrettable consequence?
Not so, as illusions have the power to inspire actions, good or bad.
What some declare illusionary, others fancy as the pursuit of a dream.
Unrealistic as "reaching for the stars" may seem, it's a challenge,
An undertaking associated with hopes for success and fear of failure.

Apr 21, 2015 - 7:41:13 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 13
In this week's basket we have the links to three author articles and three book reviews. Additionally there are 13 books listed this week in Book Basket 13. They are: "Through the Trials Just Believe" By Nitza Hollinger; "The Guardians" by Sandra Carvalho; "Beyond My Dreams" By Peter Marmureanu; "Bad Blood" By Guy Young; "Fort Ross" by Poletaev; "Australia's Secret War: How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II" by Hal Colebatch; "A Beautiful Life Cut Short by Early Onset Alzheimer's: Marcia's Journey" By Denver D. Smith; "A Case of Greed: Litigation Runs Rampant" By Don L. McCarty; "Walk to Hope" By John Golder; "Outlawed" by Bobby Bright; "The Sketching Detective" By Jack McCormac; "American Magna Carta" by Robert Hamblett and "Tortured Love: A Novel of Life, Death and Hope" by Michael Khatkar
Apr 21, 2015 - 7:37:02 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "A Fox in the Family" by Jane King
This story is for more mature children and the subject matter will bring tears to one's eyes upon being read. One can only hope that there are more humans like the author "Jane King" who will step up and try their very best to save and support these wild creatures.
Apr 20, 2015 - 7:12:20 PM

Book Reviews
M. W. Johnson Book Review: "What is Salvation?" by Pastor Bill Parker
I found the book to be very well written and consider Pastor Parker an obviously good teacher. I would recommend the book to everyone who calls themselves a Christian, if for no other reason than to succinctly study again, what the basis of salvation is. I've read a lot of Christian books in my life, but none are as enjoyable as those which teach in simple fashion, the Scriptures as they appear. Well done Pastor.
Apr 20, 2015 - 10:28:36 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Divine Justice" by David Baldacci
The author, David Baldacci, the author of 15 New York Times best sellers. His books have been published in over 40 languages and sold in over 80 countries, according to the book jacket. The book jacket relates that, with his wife, Baldacci began the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting literacy efforts throughout America. They reside in Virginia from where the foundation also attempts to spread books across the U.S.
Apr 19, 2015 - 6:26:01 PM

Kenneth Tellis
The English language is much like the birth of a PEARL
Anyone remember U.S. Senator Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa of California, and his background? Here was a man born of Japanese immigrant parents in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His parents were not English-speaking, yet he Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, worked hard to achieve his status and became a linguist and English professor at San Francisco State College. It takes a certain kind of person with vision to make a person an achiever. Then think about the Bolivian Jaime Escalante the East Lost Angles High School teacher, and how he achieved the success of his pupil through hard work.
Apr 19, 2015 - 6:21:21 PM

Down the Road
"Putting them down"
I knew these pets loved us, but I never realized how deeply we loved them. Most of our cats were carried off by a neighborhood owl while outside. At least that's what we thought, because we had seen the owl hanging around in the trees. It's tough, opening the door and stepping out to find your pets and not find them.
Apr 19, 2015 - 6:18:51 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Christian Prayers are Offensive
Christian prayers, it seems, are offensive in this multicultural world, but Muslim prayers are not. Preventing Christian prayers in public places MUST BE STOPPED so as not to offend our multicultural values, whilst those who would prevent Muslim prayers MUST BE PUNISHED for discriminating against minority values.
Apr 17, 2015 - 8:03:03 PM

Guest Column
A Tale of Two Cities
Whether you live in a small town or large city for many Americans the quality of their day to day lives is determined not only by where they live, but also by what is happening in Washington DC. Over recent decades the average working person's voice has been muted in regard to his or her influence over Washington. Conversely, the impact of big government has increased to near intolerable levels. Bureaucratic intrusion into every aspect of your American life is now dictated from DC, much as the edicts of past kings were imposed onto their subjects.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:32:45 PM

Kenneth Tellis
Ali Baba only had forty thieves, but Canadian politicians have many more
Today we see how the very standard of politics has dropped to a new low, when we view the farcical investigation and inquiry into how Senators have misspent taxpayers money, like it was going out of style. Note that most people appointed to the SENATE are not the average Joe or Jane, but well connected people of means. Which means that the Senate is really an upper class club, and that ordinary people are kept out in the cold.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:21:11 PM

Kenneth Tellis
French Culture Minister Mme Fleur Pellerin auguring in a change of thinking
Mme Pellerin cautioned the French for being afraid of foreign words, and told them that they should consider outside influences as forces that are enriching the French culture. She went on to add that her country needed to awaken to the real world and not create unnecessary barriers to linguistic diversity in the real world.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:18:58 PM

Kenneth Tellis
Are Canadians Gluttons for Punishment to want some more of the same?
Trudeau was a man who lacked moral fairness, and was a closet racist, pretending to be the saviour of Canada, when he really was dedicated to the destruction of English-speaking Canada's language, culture and history by his pretended openness and pseudo camaraderie.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:10:17 PM

Christianity
A Serious Need for Self-examination
Is it possible for a person to go through life thinking he is saved and come to the final judgment only to hear the Lord Jesus say, "I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23)? You may say, "That could never happen to me." But without proper and diligent Biblical self-examination, like those to whom the Lord spoke these words, such confidence becomes mere self-righteous presumption.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:37:00 PM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Smokin' Seventeen" by Janet Evanovich
I don't know if it's the location, Trenton, NJ, that has held my interest in all the Janet Evanovich novels I've read. But the location is part of it. I've only driven through Trenton once, carefully keeping my eyes straight ahead on the road so as not to see the unfriendly-looking groups hanging around on porches, steps, or from open windows.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:30:03 PM

Ed Feulner
Getting RFRA Right
Now, you can agree or disagree with that belief. But what could be more American than respecting their right to believe it and act upon it, free of persecution?..if a case goes to court, and the government proves that it has a compelling reason to insist that they act in defiance of their beliefs, so be it. Due process has been followed. But to simply say their beliefs are garbage? That they aren't to be respected because they don't align with our own ideas of political correctness? That's wrong.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:27:11 PM

Features
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No. 4 Matters of Conscience
Conscience is defined as the faculty to distinguish right from wrong.
What's right and wrong is a convention serving sociable interaction.
As long as people adhere to their decree, conscience is a non-issue.
But if they don't, their conscience will kick in and stir up emotions.
Doing more good than necessary will yield feelings of grandness,
Usually linked with hopes for reciprocation by another kind party.

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:25:19 PM

Down the Road
Getting ready for spring and some walks
A year or so after Dolores underwent two brain operations at Massachusetts General Hospital for a couple of brain aneurysms, one which was leaking and one which was about to leak, I took her for a walk at Great Head in Acadia. We were walking south and we came to a dozen-foot-high cliff we needed to go down. She had never done much trail hiking before I met her. I kind of guided her down, a new adventure for her. I had forgotten her limitations both from her lack of hiking experience and her still recovering from the brain operations. But she made it down okay, and we continued our walk to Sand Beach.
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:22:30 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 12
In Book Basket 12 we have the links to three book reviews published this week and the links to two Author Articles published as well. In the Book publicity department we have listed ten books which are: "Walk Along with Nostalgia" By Ding Ding; "Money, Murder, and Madness: A Banking Life" By Forrest Russell Cook; "What Is Salvation?" By Bill Parker; "Dead Women Talking" by Tarona Hawkins; "Mommy, M.S. and Me" by Stephanie Garcia; "Unleash Your Dreams: Going Beyond Goal Setting" by Stephen Oliver; "grydscaen: tribute" By Natsuya Uesugi; "Giving Up the Ghost: Let Go of Grief and Restore Your life" By Karen Schultz; "The Cryptic Lines" by Richard Storry and "Truth to the First Power" by Mike Thomas
Apr 13, 2015 - 8:03:00 PM

Scheme of Things
A Microwave Day
For days or weeks at a time, the microwave works perfectly. Then, for no apparent reason - poof - its buttons don't push, its timer stalls, and the panel goes dark. There's no way to anticipate whether the day will be a bad-microwave-day, requiring periodic trips to the garage to reset the breaker, or a fully functional day. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. Each time it does, we hope this is not the day it finally stops working.
Apr 13, 2015 - 1:42:28 PM

Entertainment
Do Guardian Angels go to school?
"Guardian Angels" is the story of a young boy who imagines he is being protected by angels following the death of his parents. The young spirits go to school to learn how to help their earthly charges and encounter an evil force that must be stopped with God's love and people working together. The drama contains themes relating to the Third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, the Descent of the Holy Spirit. In the film, a young boy uses his creative gifts to cope with being an orphan and in turn comforts others like himself. This is a delightful fantasy film for the whole family that speaks to the universal call of embracing hope, using our gifts for love and working together with others.
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:07:10 AM

Book Reviews
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Extravagant Love" By Heather Smith
This is a very easy read that would appeal to most women and probably few men. It is what I would call a 'feel good' book. The writing is good, the personal glimpses into the author's life are inspiring, and I just know there is a big market for books of this type. "Extravagant Love" consists of a series of generally short edifying letters to the readers that provide some glimpse of the love, wonder and kindness of God as demonstrated in some event or situation in which the author has found herself. For instance: When her brother died, everyone was devastated and after the funeral she found herself avoiding any mention of him to friends and family. She writes:
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:05:00 AM

Christianity
Does Israel's Red Heifer Have a Seat at the Prophecy Table?
The majority of Jews who live in Israel today are not anxiously awaiting the construction of a Third Temple; in fact, I believe that most of them wish the whole idea would go away. But Orthodox Jews and most evangelical Christians do believe that one will be built, and many believe it will be built soon. So when Herbert Celler, the owner of a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey, announced that a red heifer was born during Passover, specifically, on April 2, 2013, many took notice.
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:03:19 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Challenging Domestic Violence Sociopathology and Statistics
Perhaps all those women and organizations out there teaching our boys to be well behaved have failed because they have been undermining their message by verbally teaching one type of behavior whilst practicing another? In other words 'are they hypocrites' and is this hypocrisy resulting in reactionary behavior? Are all of these people teaching boys to be non-sexist and non-violent, actually demonstrating to these boys the female version of sexism and violence. Perhaps we might call it 'Emotional Abuse?'
Apr 11, 2015 - 1:00:27 AM

Book Reviews
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Tough Conversations" by Richard Tiller
The book is something along the lines of an instructional manual with the instructions being provided within the body of a story that the author relates. Sometimes that story is directly from the Bible and at other times it is about situations from contemporary life. The layout of the book is excellent and the author has achieved a balance between storytelling and advice giving. It is professionally written by a person whose qualifications indicate that he ought to know what he is talking about.
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:51:15 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton
Grafton's writing is exciting and fast paced. But I found the double story line to be a bit confusing and slowed down the action. The story involves three of a hobo crowd, and the professor had used one of them for his experiments, along with other people. Plenty of action and some suspense filled the 433 pages, which kept me reading.
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:48:43 AM

Christianity
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No. 3 Essentials of Divine Morality
On the premise that humans are capable of doing detestable things,
Rules had to be laid for what's good and right versus bad and wrong.
Moral conventions emerged and were enforced by authorities in power.
In promoting peaceful coexistence, wrongdoers faced retribution.
Religious innovators elaborated this code of right, good, and evil.
They set up that all must answer a higher court, an almighty god.

Apr 7, 2015 - 5:45:37 AM

Kenneth Tellis
School Now even English language websites are under Kebekois control in Canada
Today, I received a message from Kim Lian Khoo of CLF in Ottawa, Ontario, about a book for Kebek Schoolchildren called Fleurdelise, which is distributed by the education department, filled with a Kebek Teachers historic revisionism and racism. It might even be considered more rabid in its thinking than even Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf in content
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:43:19 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 11
In Book Basket Eleven we have listed links to the four book reviews published this week at Magic City, and the three articles provided us by book authors. This week's basket has listed in it the publicity material for ten book releases, which includes: "God, Religion, Science, Nature, Culture, and Morality: A Critical Analysis in Plain Talk" By Yemant and Friends; "Journey From Ego" By Elizabeth Lehl; "Behind Closed Doors" By Francis A. Quinn; "Between Two Worlds: a Detective Hoban novel" by Jane Carter Woodrow; "Torn Together: One Family's Journey Through Addiction, Treatment & the Restaurant Industry" By Scott Magnuson and Shaaren Pine; "Where The Bulbul Sings" by Serena Fairfax; "The Midwife Factor" by GiGi Gossett; "Putting Tradition on Trial" By Patrick Cavanagh; "The City Bankers' Brothel" by Sorient Sigba and "Deja Vu" by Jayne Grant
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:39:22 AM

Win at Work
Winning at Working--Which Clock?
I hesitated before I answered the question. It was just a slight hesitation, but the question took me by surprise. Someone asked me how could they work on self-improvement and development on the clock. And while I answered at the time with a few tips, the on the clock part stuck with me and got me thinking.

Apr 6, 2015 - 3:14:51 PM

Down the Road
Easter -- spring is here
The biblical Easter story is a wonderful story, especially for people like me who believe it. Jesus rising from the dead, communicating with his followers, and finally rising into the sky. As far as I know, Christianity is the only religion that has such an optimistic story.
Apr 6, 2015 - 9:04:34 AM

Christianity
Which Resurrection Specialist Will You Call? Muhammad, Buddha, or Jesus?
Easter--the day Christians in every nation on earth celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus. Without this miraculous event, Christianity would be as irrelevant and ineffectual as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and all the other empty, man-made religions that try in vain to connect with God, or the religious men and women who claim to be Christians but deny the central doctrine of our faith. The impossibility of the resurrection is without question, the objection most often raised by skeptics and enemies of Christianity. This skepticism isn't limited to the sophisticated men and women of the twenty-first century.
Apr 3, 2015 - 9:24:50 PM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Between Two Worlds" by J.C. Woodrow
The story plot is well-thought out and executed and I personally found that I hated to put the novel down for any reason. This author, J.C. Woodrow , has done her research and it is clearly evident in how well this novel is put together. Personally, as a fellow author/writer, I envy her ability to tell a difficult story in such a clear, believable fashion and I hated to see the story end.
Apr 3, 2015 - 4:54:06 AM

Ed Feulner
Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas
Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated incident. Hardly a week goes by without news about one campus or another preventing unpopular views from being expressed. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which tracks such violations, most U.S. colleges are guilty.... But there's nothing funny about the underlying cause. Or with its effect: a society where political correctness makes debate impossible and only those who express the "accepted" opinion are permitted to speak.
Apr 3, 2015 - 4:38:37 AM

Guest Column
"Basic Instinct"
In short, the government should not force an individual to bake, arrange flowers or take photographs for an individual in a free market system full of other options for the same service. A Colorado baker has already been forced to bake "Gay wedding cakes," undergo sensitivity training and was subjected to government monitoring. If it becomes common practice to use government force to require one individual to submit to involuntary labor on behalf of another individual, we will lose America.
Apr 2, 2015 - 7:57:09 PM

Book Reviews
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Perilous Times" by Jim D. Costello
The author's stated purpose is to reveal what God has shown him about the coming judgment. He decries not just society but more importantly, Christianity, calling it 'lukewarm,' and blames it on the fact that prayer is no longer allowed in school and that the 10 commandments are torn down and that churches have gone commercial; focused on making money with no call to take up the cross of Christ. He calls churches "entertainment centers." There is little in the way author narrative in this book and it appears to me to be aimed specifically at Christians who would understand the meaning of a multitude of statements that are provided without Scriptural references.
Apr 2, 2015 - 7:54:15 PM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Other" by David Guterson
The novel, by the author of Snow Falling in Cedars, tells the stories of Neil Countryman, a teacher, and John William Barry, a friend who decides to camp fulltime in the mountains. Countryman becomes a school teacher and marries, while Barry hangs on the wild side of things. One critic thought this was Guterson's best book. I thought Snow Falling on Cedars was much better, but that may have been because I saw that as a movie at least twice.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:21:20 AM

Guest Column
A monster in the ultra-sound
One need not be a prophet in order to know what a monster would be born from the Palestinian "embryonic state" in Judea and Samaria. We would not be able to live with it in any kind of peace. And if this state would achieve its goal - our destruction - there is no way that we would continue to live at all. Those same people who preach the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza totally ignore what is written in clause no. 9 of the Palestine National Covenant, "the armed battle is the only way to liberate Palestine and it, therefore, is a strategy and not a tactic", while clauses 19 and 20 declare the annulment of the Balfour Declaration, the text of the Mandate, the UN decision of 1947 on the partition and the decision to establish the State of Israel.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:17:04 AM

Down the Road
Walking/boat cruise adventure
We were waiting for the departure time of a Camden boat cruise, so to fill in the time we went out to Fernalds Neck Preserve near the northern end of Megunticook Lake where it meets Norton Pond. The preserves' neighbors, as you drive in to the preserve, didn't seem all that friendly. I recall one couple putting down their chores and staring at us as we drove past. I didn't think we were that funny looking. Perhaps funny looking folk on other occasions had driven past that house on the way to the preserve.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:14:06 AM

Book Reviews
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Walk Along with Nostalgia" By Ding Ding
In order to gain some perspective into the style of writing in Chinese, I showed various poems to my Chinese students and asked for their 'feelings.' Whilst some just 'didn't get it,' others really liked them. One student in particular informed me that one poem made her feel that the day was really sunny and everything was really good and happy. That was an interesting comment given that it was a rainy day.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:10:46 AM

Features
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No. 2: Longing for Care and Kindness
We all are exposed to the elements and nature's cataclysms.
Storms, floods, quakes, and volcanic eruptions decimate humanity.
Pandemic diseases add much suffering and increase the carnage.
And deadly violence in our own ranks continues to run its course.
Human ingenuity offers some degree of protection.
But on the whole has failed us in securing our safety and welfare.
We remain vulnerable and have reason to fear an uncertain future.

Apr 1, 2015 - 6:07:40 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 10
In this week's basket we have the links to four book reviews published since Book Basket No 9 as well as the link to a poem by Yemant and Friends. Books listed in the basket this week are: "Commoner Sense" By Patrick J. Fornari; "Lottie's Run" by Dr David Waugh; "Akio & The Dream World" by Carl Snook; "The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played" By Drew Bridges; "Several Points from Which to View" By Texas Jack Cowan; "In Silence and Dignity: The Single Mother Story" by Kate Okoli; "Bear Hugging and Cancer Crushing" By Anna and Eric Gilcris; "The Playground of Life" by S.R. Lore; "A God That Could Be Real" by Nancy Ellen Abrams and "The Me I Never Was" By Francine C. Still Hicks
Apr 1, 2015 - 5:55:50 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Stand up for free speech! Stand up for Liberty!
Mr. Nawaz spoke for about six and a half minutes which means that he spoke about 1100 words, and I don't think I have ever seen that much power packed into such a limited number of words. The apparent purpose of his speech was to "Defend the Right to Blaspheme." Seems a bit strange, but from my perspective, it was all about free speech. AND SHOCKINGLY it was about (although the actual words were not used), how political correctness actually contributes to persecution of minority groups.
Mar 28, 2015 - 12:12:15 AM

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Down the Religious Road a Piece
"Putting them down"
Christianity
Apocalyptic Portraits of Christ: Jesus, the Faithful Witness
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No.5 Blessings off Illusions
Today in History
December 31 - Today in History
December 30 - Today in History
Opinion
A Tale of Two Cities
Getting RFRA Right
Letters
Giving the gift of Freedom
Tax Hypocrisy
Agenda 21
Grassroots Call for Lawmakers to Kill Loaded TxDot Sunset Bill
REAL ID: Connecting the Dots to an International ID
Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "That Yankee Cat, the Maine Coon" by Marilis Hornridge
M.W. Johnson Book Review: "God's Trinity Demystified" by Rev. Adedeji David Adeoye
Notices
Looking Forward
Photo of the Week: New Book Release - The Titleless Leader
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Transforming America: Sustainable Development
A Dinosaur of Education - a blog by Jim Fabiano
Overview of Bible Study
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