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Many people visit the Canary Islands every year to enjoy the sunshine, beaches, and many resorts that dot the islands!

Very few realize the islands boast many pyramids, which are well worth seeing. Most of the pyramids are located near the town of Guimar on the Island of Tenerife.

Located on the east side of the island, near the south end, the pyramids were first discovered by the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

According to reports, the pyramids were described as just piles of rocks or agricultural terraces made by farmers. Upon observing the pyramids Thor didn’t agree and was so impressed by them, he remained to study them during the last years of his life.

Resembling step pyramids found in Egypt, Mexico, and Peru, the question remains, who built them, and when?

One of the theories is that they were built by the Guanches, the original inhabitants of The Canary Islands. Although the Guanches were thought to not have the technical abilities needed to build the pyramids, they did mummify their dead as the Egyptians,and they also knew about pyramid design as has been illustrated on their  artistic seals known as pintaderas.

There is much evidence the pyramids were aligned astronomically and it has been theorized they were used for ceremonies at special times of the year, such as the solstices and equinoxes. Not only are the pyramids located on the south of the island, they can be seen on the west side of the island and in the north as well.

Although no one knows for sure who built them, most of them are located in areas of the island the Guanches inhabited. Could these ancient inhabitants be the same peoples that immigrated to Egypt and constructed the pyramids in that ancient land? Are they remnants of a great society that possibly existed in this part of the world, before recorded history, and before the ancient Egyptian empire rose from the ashes?


The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Sarah Palin

Reprinted from the Jewish World Review.


John McCain, here is your vice president


By
Nat Hentoff

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In 2006, Sarah Palin became
Alaska’s youngest and first woman governor after having earned a
reputation as a determined and successful advocate of ethics reform in
politics. In the primary, she defeated an incumbent Republican governor
and then a former two-term Democratic governor.


During her first year in office, as reported by the Associated Press on
May 10, she “distanced herself from the old guard, powerful members of
the state GOP (and) stood up to the oil interests that hold great power
in Alaska, and with bipartisan support in the statehouse, she won a tax
increase on the oil companies’ profits.”


Last December, the mother of four children, Palin, four months
pregnant, found she was going to have a child with Down syndrome, a
condition characterized by moderate-to-severe mental retardation. A
school friend of one of my sons had Down syndrome, and I have known
functioning adults with the extra chromosomes of that syndrome.


However, as a longtime reporter on disability rights, I have discovered
that many fetuses so diagnosed have been aborted by parents who have
been advised by their doctors to end the pregnancies because of the
future “imperfect quality of life” of such children.


Palin’s first reaction to the diagnosis was to research the facts about
the condition, since “I’ve never had problems with my other
pregnancies.” As a result, she and her husband, Todd, never had any
doubt they would have the child.


“We’ve both been very vocal about being pro-life,” she told the
Associated Press. “We understand that every innocent life has wonderful
potential.”


In an age when DNA and other genetic-selection tests increasingly
determine who is “fit” to join us human beings, we are witnessing the
debate between sanctity of life versus quality of life being more often
decided in favor of death. This is a result welcomed by internationally
influential bioethicist Peter Singer, now a celebrated Princeton
University professor, who, in July 1983, wrote in “Pediatrics,” the
official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics:


“If we compare a severely defective human infant with a nonhuman
animal, a dog or pig, for example, we will often find the nonhuman to
have superior capacities, both actual and potential, for rationality,
self-consciousness, communication, and anything else that can plausibly
be considered morally significant.”


And there are bioethicists who point to the continuing costs of rearing
a “defective infant.”
By inspirational contrast, Palin, says of her new son, Trig: “I’m
looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra
chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is
perfect?”


Three days after she gave birth, Palin was back in her Anchorage office
with her husband and Trig. “I can think of so many male candidates,”
she tells the AP, “who watched families grow while they were in office.
There is no reason to believe a woman can’t do it with a growing
family. My baby will not be at all or in any sense neglected.”


Says the governor of Alaska, “I will not shirk my duties.” Taking her
stand for life as a holder of high political office is all the more
valuable in the face of not only the termination of fetal lives as not
worth continuing before they can speak for themselves, but it also puts
a searching light on the growing “futility” doctrine in hospitals —
affecting born people of all ages.


Nancy Valko, a medical ethicist and intensive-care nurse I consult on
these lives-worth-living debates, has emphasized that “with the rise of
the modern bioethics movement, life is no longer assumed to have the
intrinsic value it once did, and ‘quality of life’ has become the
overriding consideration.”


Because of Palin’s reputation as a maverick, and her initial reduction
of state spending (including pork-barrel spending), life-affirming
Palin connects with voters and has been mentioned as a possible vice
presidential running mate for John McCain.


She would be a decided asset — an independent Republican governor, a
woman, a defender of life against the creeping culture of death and a
fresh face in national politics, described in “the Almanac of National
Politics” as “an avid hunter and fisher with a killer smile who wears
designer glasses and heels, and hair like modern sculpture.”


Still unknown is whether Palin would be as flip-flopping as McCain on
the Bush torture policy that has so blighted our reputation in the
world. But we’d find out, as — if chosen as his running mate — she
would create more interest in this already largely scripted
presidential campaign.


And her presence could highlight Obama’s extremist abortion views on whether certain lives are worth living, even a child born after a botched abortion.

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The Constitution Article 1 Section 5

Article 5 Section 1

The
Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary,
shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application
of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a
Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be
valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when
ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or
by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode
of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no
Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight
hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth
Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State,
without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the
Senate.

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George W. Bush

Much has been written about the presidency of George W. Bush, most of it negative. I think in most cases he has gotten a bum rap, history will prove him differently than the common attitudes of the present day.

He was elected in one of the most confusing and contested elections ever, the south will always be fighting the civil war, and the democrats will always be complaining about the election of 2008 and how they were cheated.

In consequence, he was off to a bad start. Barely in office and dealing with a nose diving economy left over from the previous administration, we were broadsided by 911. As a result the economy continued to nose dive.
Finally, after much arm twisting in congress, his tax cuts were implemented and the economy began to improve.

The global fight against terrorism began in earnest with a strike in Afghanistan, followed by the U.S. and it’s allies going into Iraq. We did not go alone, there were over 60 nations that joined us. Many reasons besides the case for weapons of mass destruction were involved, over 17 UN violations were cited,  genocide, human rights violations, torture, the list goes on and on. After the attacks, Al Queda training camps were found and largely unreported, traces of biological weapons were also found, largely unreported, and many other instances of abuse to the citizens of Iraq, all could make for a good reason to annihilate this skum bag.

GW is extremely loyal to his friends, an admirable character trait,and one in which I admire, we need more of that today.
However, that trait has gotten him into trouble a couple of times, his extreme loyalty to Rumsfield is a case in point. I have a lot of respect for Donald  Rumsfield, however ,I believe he was wrong for not putting more troops into Iraq. It was definitely needed after we realized the Iraqi’s weren’t going to help us as much as originally thought.

 Their fear that we would pull out kept them from coming over to our side sooner. Why wouldn’t they think that, we deserted Vietnam and left millions to be slaughtered, we had to prove ourselves to them, that we would stay, before the citizens of Iraq would come out of the wood work and help.

Now , to the dismay to many in this country and around the world, the surge is working. Iraq will be a better country because of what the US has helped them do.

After recovering, the economy was one of the best we have ever experienced until the housing bust came along, brought on by lax lending rules, created by congress. Congress practically forced mortgage companies to make bad loans so more people could own houses they couldn’t afford. It was just a matter of time before the dominoes came falling down. That in turn along with other factors caused the dollar to fall which in turn caused oil prices to rise higher than they already were. As a result we were in a total mess.  Now if the government would just stay out of it, the market will adjust and things will get back to normal in a short time.

All in all, even though President Bush can have a personality that lends one to believe he is hard and uncaring, that is not the case. His communication skills are lacking, which made it hard for him to get his point across at times.

I believe , although many will disagree with me,that over time his skill in handling the trying times we have encountered during his administration will make him one of the most respected and admired presidents of all time.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

 

 

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John McCain

At first I was very cautious  of John McCain, although he is supposedly a conservative, he had sided with the left several times and in my view he caved in without getting anything in return.

My opinion slowly changed until now I believe he is the best candidate for the times we are in. There is no doubt John is a patriot, what he has given  his country is unparalleled except for maybe the founding father’s and a few others since then. I’m not sure how anyone could endure what he and others did in those POW camps, that was torture, nothing we do to our prisoners of war even comes close.

He has done nothing except serve his country his entire life. I still don’t agree with him on everything, but I would never agree with someone on everything they believe.What I like about McCain is that he never waivers, what you see is what you get.When he believes in something , he believes it to be the right thing to do,and doesn’t waiver regardless of public opinion. However having said that, he is willing to change his mind if public opinion believes differently and after having thought about it ,he sees he might be wrong. IE, oil drilling and immigration. Only a hard headed fool never changes his mind on anything.

Through no fault of George Bush, the last several years have been pretty hard, a lot stuff has come down on us. I’m just thankful we had a tough president to lead us through it all, not that he hasn’t made mistakes, everyone does!
We still face some difficult times over the next 4 or 5 years, John McCain is tough, he will deal with it and get us through it with minimal damage. Plus we need someone to make us laugh again, John McCain, with his sense of humor will do that.

He has received a lot of criticism lately about his owning 7 houses. First of all the houses belong to Cindy.
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, Through the hard work and determination of her father Jim, he achieved the American dream. What is wrong with that? Isn’t that what America is all about. It’s time we show the poor how to become successful instead of trying to drive the successful into utter failures through excessive taxes and unnecessary regulations!

I met her father once,he was probably way into his 70’s or early 80’s and still more active than most 50 year olds.  From that brief encounter I came away believing him to be a very determined, hard working, business man. He came back from WW2, started a beer distributorship in Phoenix and grew it into one of the most successful businesses in America. The man needs to be commended,not criticized.

I believe because of his sound  judgment and common sense, McCain is the best choice for the times we are in and will guide us in the right direction.

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Standing on boat dock in Pelican Beach Belize

standing on the dock Corozal Town
Having been in Belize for over a week, the highlight of the expedition, a trip to a Mayan Temple, was to be the next day. After spending the day relaxing and snorkeling on South Caye, we had arrived back at our motel rather late in the evening.
 
Fierce storms were in the area,and it was doubtful because of high water and flooding as to whether we would still be able to make the trip to the ancient Mayan  pyramid.
path Tikal
It consisted of boating up the Maya River for 45 minutes and then hacking our way for five hours through the jungle with machetes, staying over night, sleeping in sleeping bags and returning the next day. I was all for adventure, but the longer I remained in the jungle , the less I thought this might be a good idea,(those snakes are awfully big) I think I had reached the limit of my adventurous soul. 

As we approached the boat dock and headed for the motel I had lagged behind the rest, it was fascinating being near the ocean while the storms raged out at sea! I watched for some time, listening to the thunder and being held  in awe of the lightning reflecting off the clouds  .

The storm appeared to be getting closer, it seemed to be time to go for shelter if I didn’t want to become a lightning rod. The group consisted of five, three women and two men and were thus divided up in separate adjoining rooms. As I entered my room, I heard voices coming from the adjoining room where the ladies were staying, yelling for me to come inside because of the approaching storm.

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Being I was already inside, I became confused as to why they were yelling. I stepped out on the balcony and inquired as to why they were yelling at me when I wasn’t down on the boat dock. I scared the living daylights out of them, they swore that I had been standing on that boat dock until the very second that I spoke to them.

It was rather unnerving to all concerned, three people saw me on that boat dock when I wasn’t on it, they couldn’t have all been seeing something that wasn’t there. Is it possible , as the Aborigines believe, that when someone visits an area, they leave an aura that can bee seen forever! That is how the Aborigine Trackers track someone across solid rock and find lost travelers in the Outback.

We all had a good laugh about it and blamed it on the beer we had consumed, but not that much beer had been drank. However the fact that I did have a vague memory of contact with some sort of alien beings while standing on that dock haunted me. The trip was ultimately canceled,  I had made contact with the ET’s ,(their ship was behind the storm clouds), I was counseled in the fact I no longer needed to trek into the jungle,  it was to my best interest to avoid the situation.
 I also sensed that for a while at least, part of me remained standing there,while the rest of me walked to my room.

Do we leave an image that can be seen consciously or subconsciously by other people,did it happen because I had possibly made contact with ET’s?

Guess that is for each of us to decide in our own way.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

Mayan culture

It doesn’t take long to discover that Belize is a land of contrasts. From the poverty and disarray of the cities to the quiet countryside, many differences are soon found. With poverty and crime running rampant in cities such as Belize City and Belmopan, the traveler has to be constantly aware of his surroundings and protect whatever is being carried. Remember,that camera hanging around your neck is worth more than the average Belizean earns in a year. All that aside, the Mayan people are wonderfully warm people many of whom go out of their way to please visitors. Traveling into the countryside one discovers thatch roof homes with no doors or windows. Because of the warm climate , they can live comfortably all year with a gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and doors.

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The Advantages of Rural LIfe

Growing up on a farm near a small town, I can’t imagine having a
better life anywhere! We were a close knit family, having to spend all
of our waking hours together, working, playing and praying together. 

As I look back, the advantages far outweigh any disadvantage I
might have encountered. Imagine living in nature 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week!

The work is hard, but fulfilling, the weather can be contrary and
unpredictable, the rains come when planting and harvesting, making it
difficult to finish the work, and never show up when the crops are in
need, it can be quite frustrating!

There is no better feeling than plowing a field, planting the crops
and spending the summer caring for it, watching it grow. When the crop
is harvested, along with the monetary rewards comes satisfaction in
knowing that God and I were partners in producing food for the world to
eat.

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Small town life gives one the opportunity to care for livestock,help
with their birth, watch them grow, feed and nurse them back to health
when one of them gets sick. There is never a shortage of pets, from
dogs and cats to horses, cows, and even sheep and lambs.

Living in a small rural environment gives one the sense of
community, everyone becomes part of your family, people are concerned
about each other far more than when living in a large metropolitan
area. Neighbors look out after each other, care for their property when
away, and share in the everyday needs and desires of each other.

Crime is practically nonexistent,with the neighbors so near and
involved, no stranger can go unnoticed. I remember while growing up ,
we never locked our doors! When it came time to sell the family farm
,the house key couldn’t even be found!

As a child playing in the creek, with tadpoles, fish and turtles,
one has little time to think about any lack of entertainment or
excitement. The whole neighbor hood looks after each other, kids have a
hard time getting into trouble,people know each other for miles, no
matter what they try to do, someone they know will see them. Your
parents always find out what you did , even before you get home.

I remember feeling sorry for my cousins who lived in the city, I
always felt they were missing something by not having the life I had!

I suppose the downside of living in a rural area would be the lack
of shopping,and restaurants, however with the internet, one can shop
from anywhere and have quality merchandise delivered right to your door
by UPS.

The lack of restaurants is far outweighed by sampling some of
grandma”s cooking on a Sunday, or attending the local church
festivities!

All in all , there is no better place for a child to grow up than in a small rural area.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

 

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