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Down the Road
Down the Old Maine Road
But it stated something I found interesting, that all things in life turn out for the good, even though some things don't appear to be good while they're happening. So, I thought -- actually thought -- about my own life and things that have happened to me. Many of them turned out, if not good themselves, to be stepping stones to better circumstances. I didn't come to Maine in 1965 to work. I came to have fun, hike, canoe, ride boats from coastal towns, bird hunt, and otherwise enjoy myself. Once we live in Searsport, I'll have time with Dolores to do the things I came to Maine to do. And there is much to do not far from Searsport.
May 24, 2015 - 6:17:15 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Star Island" by Carl Hiaasen
I've been enjoying Hiaasen's books for years, and this one was no exception. Except for the story's becoming too complicated and some humor I found a bit below the good humor belt. This was typically Hiaasen amusing and a bit crude, a little confusing, but overall a good book. I've enjoyed Hiaasen's books more for the weird happenings than for the story plots.
May 24, 2015 - 6:15:14 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 17
In this week's book basket we have the links to one book review and two author articles and have listed 11 book releases which include: "Be the Alchemist of Your Life" By Stine Koppernaes; "Still the Cicadas Sing: A Boy Comes of Age in Nazi Occupied Athens" by Gregory Gregoriadis; "White is the Coldest Colour" by John Nicholl; "Aftermath" by Dyna; "Gold in Quartz" By Ronald von Freymann; "Giant Killers: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities" By Steve Lawson; "Face Value" by Ian Andrew; "Schicksal" By Merima Jackson; "Freddy and Mrs Goodwich" By Adena Trevor; "Lost Hierarchy" by Khurram Arman and "The Woman at the Well: A Rauch Elohim Parable" By Georgette Prime-Godwin
May 21, 2015 - 6:03:29 AM

Features
Six Lessons I've Learned After Two Tragedies
I never would have imagined the path my life has taken. I have experienced the depths of sorrow and known the essence of true joy. I have come to believe out of the tragedy of losing my dear two sons within two short years, that it serves each of us to embrace every moment, because that is all that is certain. Every moment is a gift to learn from and gain insight from. Our moments become part of us and make us who we are.
May 21, 2015 - 5:58:50 AM

Ed Feulner
Giving Kids a Chance to Succeed
..the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It allows children from low-income families to attend the school of their choice. The DCOSP has helped more than 6,000 kids get a better start in life -- a chance to learn in a safe, challenging school environment where they can reach their full potential. Unfortunately, the program has come under fire from certain politicians who -- not coincidentally -- are beholden to teachers' unions that resent the competition.
May 20, 2015 - 8:17:50 AM

Guest Column
Why do good people lack blessings in life?
All the evil that is happening on earth is due to lack of fear of God in man who dares to disobey God's commandments. As a result, there is so much of... violence, bloodshed, murders, wars everywhere, no value for human life, high crime rates, robbery, racial riots, drunkenness, revelry, sexual immorality, marital problems, lust for power, pride, selfishness.
May 20, 2015 - 8:15:18 AM

Christianity
Cause for Sainthood of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.
EASTON, Mass. -- On April 21, 2015, Father Wilfred Raymond, C.S.C., President of Holy Cross Family Ministries; Father David S. Marcham, Vice Postulator of the Cause for Sainthood of Servant of God Patrick Peyton; and Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, the Postulator of the Cause for Sainthood for Servant of God Patrick Peyton, together with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, presented the Positio (Position Document) on the life and holiness of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome, Italy.
May 20, 2015 - 8:12:32 AM

News
"Redeployment" by Phil Klay wins 2015 Chautauqua Prize
Phil Klay is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq's Anbar Province from January 2007 to February 2008 as a Public Affairs Officer. After being discharged he went to Hunter College and received an MFA. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House and elsewhere. Redeployment is his first book.
May 20, 2015 - 8:10:34 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Western" by Frank Yerby
In 2012, The New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote an article telling about an at-risk child whose life was turned around by reading Yerby books that one of his teachers was secretly providing to him. Yerby left the United States in 1955 in protest against racial discrimination, moving to Spain (then under the Franco regime), where he remained for the rest of his life.
May 17, 2015 - 8:40:10 AM

R.P. BenDedek
No Confidence in American Sanity
No Muslims have ever complained about this. I state this for a reason. Many times in my writing against Political Correctness I have pointed out that such things as Nativity Scenes are not offensive to anyone other than atheistic PC ideologues who hate God, religion and traditional Judeo-Christian history and culture. They are hardcore communists seeking to rip down the democratic state.
May 17, 2015 - 8:37:33 AM

Down the Road
State parks opening, a sign spring has arrived
I saw a letter to the editor today, encouraging us all to go up and visit Peaks Kenny State Park a few miles north of Dover Foxcroft. I've never been there, largely because it's pretty far from our home, about 70 miles I believe without measuring the miles in the Gazetteer. That map says we can picnic, camp, and otherwise enjoy the park alongside Sebec Lake, another place we haven't visited. In western Maine, we've never visited the tiny Range Pond State Park, but we've been to Sebago Lake State Park and even ridden the river boat there. When we lived in South Paris, we spent much time on the trails of the White Mountain National Forest, but that's not a state park.
May 17, 2015 - 8:35:17 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 16
In this week's Book Basket we find the links to three author articles published since the last basket as well as one book review. We have a total of twelve titles in the book release section of the basket, and these are: "Shot in the Head A Sister's Memoir, A Brother's Struggle" by Katherine Flannery Dering; "Intrusion" By Lanayre Liggera; "Bland Encounter" by Donald Wightman; "The Golden Icon" by Janet Pywell; "Now You See Me: From Endangered to Extinction" by Diane Brischke; "An Ouroboros" by Paul Edward; "Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain & the Civil War" by Richard W. Smith; "Walking With Spirit" By Cynthia Maddox; "Embrace Happiness: The Art of Conflict Management" by Ali Soleymaniha; "The Wright Stuff: A Story of Perseverance, Inspiration and Hope" by Victor J. Wright and David Rutherford; "Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness: A Commentary on the Words of Jesus" By Alexis Georg Hoen and "Freaks I've Met" By Donald Jans
May 15, 2015 - 6:48:55 AM

Ed Feulner
Ruled by Rules: The Hidden Costs of Over-Regulation
Say you got a recall notice for your car. You'd naturally be alarmed, especially after reading that the problem involved Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 -- "Occupant Crash Protection." Is something wrong with the brakes? The air bags? The seat belts? Nope. You know the air-bag warning label on the sun visor? It might peel. That's why you have to bring your vehicle in. General Motors also had to issue a stop delivery order to dealers, notes Diane Katz, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and instruct them to inspect the label on each sun visor. If the label was prone to peeling, the entire visor had to be replaced.
May 15, 2015 - 6:29:50 AM

State
Bradley to Host Alewife Festival May 30th
From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 30th the public is invited to witness the annual alewife run in Blackman Stream at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum Fishway. Alewives are the foundation of the food chain. Everything eats them from predator fish, to minks, raccoons, and otters to cod, tuna, and whales in the Gulf of Maine. They are an anadromous fish meaning they spend the majority of their life in the ocean, but they return as adults to freshwater lakes and ponds to spawn. After living at sea for four years, alewives enter Maine's rivers and streams in May.
May 15, 2015 - 6:26:48 AM

Guest Column
Nobody is Forgotten, Nothing is Forgotten!
About 500,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the Red Army. Some 120,000 were killed in combat and in the line of duty; the Germans murdered 80,000 as prisoners of war. More than 160,000, at all levels of command, earned citations, with over 150 designated "Heroes of the Soviet Union" - the highest honour awarded to soldiers in the Red Army.
May 15, 2015 - 6:22:08 AM

Guest Column
When Baltimore Burns -- Again
Baltimore is where many US. Cities are heading, they are a chain of Democrat governed "Banana Republics" strewn across the country with the potential to be burning at any moment fueled by an unending volatile river of progressive lies. One and all of its city leaders brainwashed just as severely as the current high priest of Liberalism, Barrack Obama. Obama dreams of being able to run America unencumbered by our pesky US Constitution just as the majority of the world's banana republic dictators do. It's who he is, it's who he emulates.
May 14, 2015 - 8:45:30 AM

Features
Comedy for Church and Community
I began the next year. After nine years and four months, of research, writing, and hard work, my screwball comedy prayer adventure, Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy, was published in November, 2014; the following are some of my thoughts on comedy for church and community. Comedy in the Bible: "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty." (I Corinthians 1:27) "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but broken spirit drieth the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)
May 14, 2015 - 8:43:29 AM

Scheme of Things
Work, Life, and Time
"Why are you always working?" My mother's voice echoes now in my head. It was a question she frequently raised over the years about my career, especially when she felt I was overstressed or losing my work-life balance. "I like working," I'd always answer. And that would usually be that. At least until she asked again.
May 11, 2015 - 4:28:18 PM

Down the Road
Down the Road a Piece -- with critters
In Acadia National Park, there are trails and paved walks where evidence of beaver action is all around. There are felled trees nearby, and if it's near water, their round homes are starting to be visible. I've stood and watched beaver, usually not at work but at swim. They come right along, as long as they are unaware of our presence. But when they learn we're watching, there is a quick, loud slap of their tales on the water, and they disappear.
May 9, 2015 - 9:28:10 PM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Absolute Power" by David Baldacci
According to part of Wikipedia's write up, "David Baldacci was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. A graduate of Henrico High School, he received a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia, after which he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C. "Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation, which works to combat illiteracy in the United States. Baldacci became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after his sister, author Sharon Baldacci, was diagnosed with MS."
May 9, 2015 - 9:24:42 PM

Education
Edward IV and the War of the Roses
It took a while, but Warwick and his brother Montagu eventually succeeded in controlling the castles on the east coast of Northumberland. When Edward IV married the commoner Queen Elizabeth Woodville in 1464, Warwick was progressively alienated from Edward IV, and by 1469 he was in open rebellion against his Yorkist King. After Tewkesbury, the triumphant Edward IV reigned with another 12 years of peace and prosperity, until his untimely death in 1483.
May 8, 2015 - 8:46:54 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Do we justify our own death?
I was recently intrigued by a particular comment made in a video dated April 29, 2015, narrated by Ezra Levant, the Commander of The Rebel Media group in Canada. The video was critical of sympathetic statements made in a video report by a member of the Toronto Star in relation to a convicted terrorist Omar Khadr. If Mr. Levant is correct, then the very western liberal people who defend and support the Islamic agenda in all its forms are not only filled with contempt for their historical and cultural backgrounds, but justifying the annihilation of both it and themselves.
May 8, 2015 - 8:43:46 AM

Jim Kouri
Police union leader to Rita Cosby: Baltimore's mayor, police chief must resign
"There's a huge difference between what we're capable of doing here in New York, and the resources we have, as compared to the resources of what was [available] in Baltimore. I don't blame the police officers by any means, but I certainly blame the Police Chief and the Mayor. The people who live there should hold them all accountable," Mullins said to Cosby and her listeners.
May 8, 2015 - 8:40:28 AM

Ed Feulner
The Fallout of a Bad Deal with Iran
The tone set by President Obama and his team as they deal with world affairs hardly inspires confidence, either at home or abroad. And left unchecked, their lack of true resolve can lead to some very serious repercussions. Take our situation with Iran. Some of The Heritage Foundation's top experts on foreign policy recently published a short assessment of the deal the administration has been pursuing. They listed a number of shortcomings, but one sentence in particular jumped out at me:
May 6, 2015 - 9:29:45 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 15
In this week's Book Basket we have listed the links to two author articles and to two book reviews published this week, as well as ten book releases. The books are: "Accidental Droning" By Pete Liebengood; "King Alfred's Jewel" by David Hamilton; "The Tick Rider" By William Street; "Lo! Jacaranda: A Spanish Gypsy's Conte Jondo (Deep Song of the Caves)" By Harry Freiermuth; "Snake Amongst Shadows" by Chima Ezechukwu; "Banking on Confidence: A Guidebook to Financial Literacy" by Dale K. Cline; "Sir Christian de Galis and the Fish Gravy" By Carl E. Ramsey; "The Singer and His Songs" By Deke Rivers; "The Divine Curse" by Pat Smith and "Wind in Your Sails: Vital Strategies That Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Growth" By David J. Greer
May 6, 2015 - 9:22:40 PM

Features
Self-Mastery
Finding one's truth, examining one's life in the pursuit of happiness and peace is a valuable and enjoyable past time. As we mature it is expected that we become wiser and able to lead by example. But do we all mature? Is mature even the right way of expressing this concept? I think the responsibility to live a true and just life rests with each individual. To do this well one needs to get to know oneself deeply, accepting the good, bad and ugly. It flows so that we can all change. Our world needs a new wave of visionaries, men and women who are not lost in our fast, consumerist world.
May 6, 2015 - 9:18:29 PM

Christianity
$3.5 million grant to study religion in China
Fenggang Yang, a Purdue University professor of sociology, has received $3.5 million from the John Templeton Foundation to map the religious and spiritual landscape in China and study how religions have flourished in the post-Communist country. "There have been religious revivals in China in the last several decades even though religion was entirely eradicated in the 1960s and 1970s," said Yang, the current president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Chinese Spiritual Life Survey of 2007 reports that 18 percent of the population believe in Buddhism and 3.5 percent in believe in Christianity.
May 6, 2015 - 8:50:42 PM

State
27,000 patrons in 2 weeks at Cross Insurance Center Bangor
In the back to back weeks, events hosted included the 2 day Dennis Paper & Food Service Show, 4 different Monster Jam performances, 3 days of the Bangor Comic and Toy Convention, the Walgreens Bangor Baby Expo, 7 shows of the Anah Shrine Circus, the Bangor Parks and Recreation Mother/Son Dance, as well as 4 other separate meetings.
May 6, 2015 - 8:43:30 PM

Book Reviews
M.W. Johnson Book Review: "Jewels found along the path of life" by Michael Francis England
I personally found the book to be a very good, honest, straightforward and plainly written story or testimony of this man's experiences. The first half of the book walks us through his life up until his missionary experiences overseas. He mentions but glosses over his sinful pre-salvation life; a factor which I found refreshing since I have no interest in listening to people practically reminiscing about the good bad old days. The stories and anecdotes plainly told allow the reader to directly connect with the author's experiences and for that reason this book would be ideal reading for both the unconverted and the new convert alike. For the older souls it brings back to remembrance the many different fears and burdens during the initial walk with Christ and for me personally, brought back many fond memories of people, churches and circumstances about which I had not thought of for many years.
May 6, 2015 - 8:37:07 PM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Mists of Adriana Book I" by Roger M. Woodbury
The author, Roger M. Woodbury, is a retired military off, decorated for service during the Vietnam War, and resides in mid-coastal Maine. The story has a good plot. In the story, the first-person unnamed lead character first meets Adriana when he stops to change a flat tire for her. His acquaintance with her leads to the rest of his adventures. Adriana says she is a lawyer, living and working in Portland. A large part of the action occurs in Portland. The title of this Kindle, The Mists of Adriana Book I, is the first thing I questioned about it. There are no mists.
May 3, 2015 - 12:10:40 AM

Business
Israel's economy defies common sense
Irrespective of a cynical and gullible "elite" media, independent of diplomatic pressure, political correctness and conventional wisdom, in defiance of the global economic slowdown, in the face of war and terrorism, and despite ill-advised threats of boycott, divestment and sanctions -- but, due to principle-driven tenacity, inherent optimism, human capital/brain power, creativity, cutting edge ingenuity and breakthrough, game-changing innovations -- Israel's economy is expanding beyond expectations, reacting constructively to pressures/challenges, and developing unique commercial and security niches in response to local and global needs.
May 3, 2015 - 12:07:14 AM

Down the Road
Down the muddy Road a Piece
I came to Maine to have fun, to enjoy places such as Baxter State Park. I've been there over a half-dozen times, climbed Katahdin (note: not Mt. Katahdin, as "Katahdin" means the greatest mountain) six times. The first time with a family I met just below timberline. I accompanied them to the summit and down again below tree line. It was a shocking revelation, that there is that much rock, open space, and cold air blowing around up there.
May 3, 2015 - 12:05:32 AM

Features
An Exercise in Argumentative Poetry - No. 6 The Wondrous Life at Hand
Those who believe in an afterlife have much to look forward to.
The heavens with all their splendor and indulgences are waiting.
Some expect a life of unequaled luxury in the very best of health.
Others await a future in companionship with their almighty god.
Yet others see life go on much as is but cleansed of all inadequacies.
There is no shortage of suggestions about the good lives to come.

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:45:12 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 14
There are 11 books listed in the book basket this week, and links to three author articles and two book reviews. The books listed this week are: "I Believe in Miracles" By Deidre Spencer; "Just Maagy" by Virginia Stringer; "Message from Daddy: Healing Your Heart After the Loss of a Loved One" by Marguerite Vardman; "Shadows of Us" by Sylvia C. Stowers; "Lenten Reflections" By Milton Lopes; "The Wizard and the Quient" by T.J. Lemmer; ""A Call to Return" by Dan Alan Rodriguez; "Caregiving Full-Time and Working Full-Time" By Dr. Keith Washington; "Birth of an Assassin" by Rik Stone; "A Life in Two Worlds" By Thomas Hughes and "The Cockney Lad and Jim Crow" by John Sharer
Apr 30, 2015 - 9:33:25 AM

Tom DeWeese
Taking the Agenda 21 Fight to the Maine State Legislature
After those 50,000 world leaders, Non-governmental organizations, government bureaucrats, and 179 heads of state signed agreement to Agenda 21 at the Earth Summit in 1992, the policy then gained huge momentum when, in 1993, President Bill Clinton, issued Executive Order 12852 to create the President's Council on Sustainable Development and made it official US policy. In fact, it wasn't until the mid 2000s that such pride started to change to denial of any knowledge of Agenda 21 and charges of conspiracy theories. Why? What happened? That's when I and others started to reveal the truth about Agenda 21 and sound the alarm bells. And a few years later, thousands of concerned Americans started to ask questions. Suddenly, the Sustainable Development movement became hard pressed to remember anything like that. Never heard of it, went the cry.
Apr 30, 2015 - 9:20:35 AM

Win at Work
Winning at Working--Off Track
Unfamiliar with the city and location where I was to speak, I added the address to the GPS before leaving home. Arriving in the conference city hours later, I turn it on and dutifully followed the route that chirped at me from the device. "That's odd," I thought as the directed turn took me away from the city towards the foothills and into a neighborhood. "Maybe it's a retreat location," I mulled as I followed that voice up a winding, steep hill.
Apr 29, 2015 - 11:41:34 AM

Christianity
Apocalyptic Portraits of Christ: Jesus, the Alpha and Omega
The Seventieth Week of Daniel (the name the preeminent Jewish prophet named Daniel ascribed to the last seven years of the present age) will be launched by the opening of the first seal, signaling Antichrist's march towards world dominance. The first half of this "week" will be grim as the first few seals are opened one by one. Earth will reap the consequences of the rebellious acts of sinful man: war, famine, and death. At the midpoint, the Antichrist, now indwelt by Satan himself, will launch his Great Tribulation, a brief period in which Christians and Jews are the targets of his wrath.
Apr 29, 2015 - 5:32:21 AM

News
Protect Israel Update
"This is nothing short of a historic win for the U.S.-Israel relationship and a hammer blow to the BDS movement--a campaign solely dedicated to the delegitimization and isolation of our ally Israel," said Roskam. "I strongly support free trade negotiations with the EU, but we must also confront the disturbing, rising tide of BDS activity from countries across Europe. This measure will make combating these boycotts a principal trade objective of the United States in our negotiations with the EU and send a clear message that countries seeking free trade with the United States cannot participate in politically-motivated economic warfare against Israel"
Apr 29, 2015 - 5:24:01 AM

Guest Column
Our Pop Culture Society - Let's Hear It for Dennis Ritchie!
For those unfamiliar with Dennis Ritchie, you are using his software technology right now. He was the computer science wizard who invented the C programming language and (along with Ken Thompson and Brian Kernighan) designed the Unix operating system. Still baffled? These are the software technologies that freed computer power from mainframes for use in the desktop PC, like the Apple Mac, and that now run the Internet, Google, and information systems of the corporate world. Though a bit too technical to compete with the ephemeral glitz and glamour of Hollywood power agents or NASCAR heroes, they have an authentic industrial glamour of their own. Computer algorithms, those intricate skeins of logic that mimic the cognitive activity of the human mind itself, run the world we live in, and they are written in the C programming language (or in one of its many derivatives).
Apr 29, 2015 - 5:21:01 AM

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

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