The Failed Bailout

The Failed Bailout!

Yesterday the house rejected the massive
$700 billion dollar bailout proposed by the President and Wall Street.
This bill was being rammed through congress as a means to shore up the
failing mortgage crisis brought on by unsound monetary practices forced
on banks and mortgage companies by the federal government.
Story has it that the measure had barely enough votes to pass when the speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi
went on one of her tirades, lambasting the president and Republicans
for creating the problem. Most of the problems were created by the same
members of congress, mostly democrat, who are now in charge of trying
to fix it. The Democrats were also spreading the word as to how this
was going to be used in the upcoming election against the conservatives.

Nancy,
with all of your experience and education, you should realized you
would catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

Bake Me A Wish!

If you want someone to
help you and join your cause, you need to treat them with respect, and
dignity. It is a give and take situation , YOU have to go out of
character and be nice. The Republicans  can’t be blamed for changing
their mind and turning the proposal down, they were getting their noses
rubbed in a bill that most didn’t agree with, the American people by a
large majority didn’t agree with, and probably in the long run would
have made the situation worse.

The thing that must be
remembered is a large number of Democrats voted Nay also, they were
receiving emails of 30 to 1 against the proposal, because of this they were afraid of not getting re-elected in November.

This was a bad bill forced on a population who by a large percentage
of people who don’t understand high finance and only believe what the
main stream media tells them. Thankfully most people are fed up with
government  taxpayer funded subsidies and bail-outs. This is what really stopped the bill! Thanks to the Internet
whereby the common citizen can easily send an email to his congressman
to have his voice heard, thanks also to talk radio for their efforts in
educating the folks.

This
bill was nothing less than pushing our country a lot closer to
socialism, our country was founded on the free enterprise concept,whereby institutions are allowed to function independent of the government, and thereby competition is created, bring down prices and
increasing services.

In the end , we will probably be thanking Nancy Pelosi
for her lack of common sense  and judgment, now maybe congress will
pass a bill that makes sense, protects the taxpayers, and provides an
opportunity for the free market to work without government interference.

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Barack, As The Twig is Bent

There is much talk these days about Barack Obama and his acquaintances.
Some people say it doesn’t matter who his friends are. I tend to
disagree, from my earliest memory , whenever I would start a friendship
with some one in school whose reputation or character was questionable,
my mother would be down my throat about it. I can still see her looking
at me and saying, “birds of a feather flock together.” In other words
people with common interests and goals always develop friendships. We
are judged by our acquaintances. I knew that the best thing I could do
was maintain a distance between this individual and myself, not only to
keep mom off my back, but it was for my own good as well.
I
certainly don’t agree with all the opinions of my friends, I have
really good friends on both sides of the political spectrum, and enjoy
lively, civil debate with most of them However, there are limits, no
way would I associate with people  Mr. Obama considers his closest friends and mentors.

When we first moved to Sarasota, we started attending a church that
had a liberal agenda, this bothered me some, as I believe that politics
should never be discussed in a house of worship. Most of the time it
was not emphasized a whole lot, so it was bearable. The Sunday after
9/11, the pastor launched himself into a tirade about how evil Bush
was, how the attacks were America’s fault,and all the typical rhetoric.
I had never heard anything like this in a church before. That was the
last time we sat foot in that establishment! There were no DVD’s of the
service, no articles in the church magazine, I never went to Harvard or
Columbia, but I was still intelligent enough to figure out what was
going on, and I wanted no part of it.

Most politicians have associates of questionable character, it
would be difficult to attain a high office without developing those
types of relationships. However, for a person to sit in a church for
twenty years, subject their  children to the type of hatred Reverend
Wright was spewing, and to then state he had no idea what was happening
in that church shows either he wasn’t paying attention, or he
completely agreed with what is being said. What kind of attitudes are
the children going to develop when a person of this character is a role
model?
Another close associate, William Ayres, tried to destroy
the pentagon, blow up the Capitol, and publicly stated the only thing
he regretted was that more damage wasn’t done. Do we need a president
with friends like that?

His 2 closest financial advisers are 2 of the individuals most
responsible for our current mortgage dilemma. He has 25 year ties to
the Arab community, all or part of his Harvard education was paid for
by leaders in the Arab world, people who would like to see the United
States destroyed. I’m not sure this guy has any normal friends.

He was a student of Marxism during his college years.

 All of this in my eyes , if nothing else, shows extremely poor
judgment, the kind of judgment we don’t need in the White House. Do we
want to hand the secrets of the United States and the world over to
someone of this type of  character and judgment.

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”, this twig has been bent in the wrong direction for many, many years!

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Income Tax, Only The Rich Pay!

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Income tax, only the rich pay!

It looks like people would catch on after a while. Every election year for at least the last forty years we have heard the same old rhetoric from the left. We’re going to raise the taxes on only the rich, give every one else huge sums of money and benefits, vote for me and you will be living in the land of milk and honey.

Get Real!!How many times do people have to hear this before it FINALLY soaks in, there are no free lunches! When Income taxes were first implemented around the turn of the 20th century, the same technique was used. The idea was sold to the public,that only the very few rich would pay. How long did that last? Now almost a hundred years later,the same old , same old is still being sold to the American public. Wise UP!!

Some politicians, in the never ending quest for votes, try to create victims and make people dependent on government. Instead of trying to get the populous to improve themselves and achieve more, they want to make the citizens feel dependent on government thereby creating a need for all of the giveaways supplied by politicians, thereby creating a dependency, thus we as the common folk,can’t live without them.There is no problem , that with the governments involvement ,can’t be made worse.

When President Bush gave everyone a tax break, I heard and am still hearing that only the rich received a tax break,
I am far from being wealthy, I received a tax break! Amazing!!! Sure the poor got no reduction in taxes, they don’t pay taxes. How can a person receive a tax break when no taxes are paid. A refund on zero is zero, plain and simple. If they were to receive a refund, it would be welfare, not a tax break.

I realize there are times when an individual can experience hard times and need assistance. There is nothing wrong with that, it can happen to anyone. During these times individuals, civic groups, religious organizations and the government should assist in any way possible .But this help isn’t meant to be a pension and go on for generations.Once assistance is no longer needed, it should be with drawn. You will find that many times the debt is repaid by this person by helping someone else in distress.

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It seems to me the people that swallow this philosophy are jealous of every one whom they perceive to have more than they do. Rather than going out and working to achieve more,thereby elevating themselves financially and personally, they would just take from someone who already has it, it is easier that way.However if everyone would feel that way, soon no one would be working to advance themselves, why should they. It is much easier to let someone else work and pay the bills.

 That is not the ideals that America was founded on.

I was always taught that if I wasn’t happy with the life situation I find myself,  it was necessary and my responsibility to work and change my environment myself, that is what I have always done, sometimes it takes a lot of hard work and time, but it can be done. Embarking on this journey, success isn’t always attained instantaneously, however , the lessons learned will eventually lead us to accomplishing our goals .This is a lot more rewarding than sitting around waiting for a government handout and thus becoming dependent on some bureaucrat who only has his best interests at heart.

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.

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George Koritzer

 

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue.

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Universal Common Sense

Some times it is hard to make sense of life.

Common Sense:

Although I think there is sort of an“universal” common sense, in other
words events evolve according to a natural order, certain rules apply
that cannot be changed, IE , live life by a set of high ethical
standards and your life normally will be better than if you live a life
filled with drugs, illicit sex and otherwise bad behavior. Develop a
good economic policy either on a personal or national level and
financial rewards will come to pass. Break these universal laws and
disaster awaits.

However on an individual basis, we each live in our own world, a world unlike any one else. This
uniqueness places you at a different perspective than any one else on
the planet. A different perspective than even the person sitting
closest to you. 

Strange as it may seem, two people sitting next to each other will often times view the exact same
event  differently, and see two entirely different realities.

This fact then should make  sense to you that we each have an inner world
specific only to one self? Each person has a unique perspective, based
on life experiences, with which to view life.

If this doesn’t make sense to you, then it is time to review the common sense
perspective, which states that no one can have more authority on what
is right for you, than you! We often have the perspective that the most
important answers to life’s questions come from outside ourselves. This
is an erroneous assumption, because of our personal
perspective,experience, and desires, only we know the best path to pursue.

This doesn’t say that we shouldn’t look to others for
advise,that is healthy, we should always consider the thoughts of
others in making a decision, however the final answer always comes from
within!

These two different perspectives on common
sense creates many of the problems we see in the world today. Because
of the way people in different parts of the country and world are
raised gives each a different perspective than some one else. this
would be fine except for the fact that some values cannot be changed.
If a person is raised with a poorsense of values, they don’t know
anything else,their poor values translates into bad judgment. They keep
making bad decisions in their life and can’t figure out why their life
isn’t working. These beliefs become so ingrained into their life that
if someone tries to teach them “universal “common sense they don’t
understand and think you a fool. 

This is the reason it is so important for children to be raised with the correct moral and
ethical  values, if they aren’t taught from an early age it makes it
extremely hard  later in life for them to develop the right attitudes
and work ethics to succeed in this life. If kids are taught that lying,
cheating, spending money recklessly, and not showing respect to others
is acceptable behavior, than they naturally assume that acting in this
manner is just “common sense”.

Probably every generation has said this, but it is more important now than ever to
teach our children the proper values. With the onslaught of TV, the
Internet,MySpace and all the other negative influences out there, it is
extremely important that kids know where their parents and family stand
on such matters.

I’m not saying that all the afore mentioned mediums of communication are bad, much to the contrary, our
society has benefited in many ways by the development of instant
communications. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without them.
However, all things can be used for good or evil, people need to
discern the difference and make an intelligent decision as to what is
“truth”. This is where a strong sense of right and wrong comes into
play.

If an individual grows up in an atmosphere where good
judgment and values are missing ,they believe it is perfectly fine to
do whatever pleases them, with no regard to anyone or anything else.

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None of us are perfect,if we were , there would be no need for us to be
crawling around on this planet trying to make sense of it all. However,
it is the responsibility of parents, family, community leaders, and religious leaders to act in a  respectable manner, to set a good example, and if one makes a mistake , come clean,admit it, and don’t
blame it on someone else or some event in the past.


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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

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George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

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Hotel Habou, Valley of the Dead, Egypt

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Having spent the first few days of our Egypt expedition in Cairo, it was time to venture out to other parts of the country. Next on the agenda was  an all night train ride from Giza to Luxor where I would be visiting the Valley of the Dead, site of the tomb ofKing Tut, as well as many other rulers of the ancient kingdom.. The arrival in Luxor was met with an empty stomach and the sunrise. Following a delicious breakfast in the Winter Palace, we learned that there was no hotel for us for the following night.

 As is the case in third world countries, our hotel reservations were canceled without notice. I don’t think we ever had one, due to construction delays the hotel we were going to stay in had not yet been completed. The reservations had been made on the assumption that the hotel would be open.

 It was decided that the only thing to do was to leave our luggage in the lobby of the Winter Palace. With much reservation and assuming that my possessions would never be seen again, that is what I did.

 We were assured that rooms would be found for us by night fall, so after a hearty breakfast in the spacious, but sanitary challenged restaurant, off we went to see the sights of Luxor and Karnak.

 After spending  the day visiting Karnak and roaming the streets and not seeing my valuables for sale in one of the local
stores, I was pleasantly surprised when returning to the hotel, my luggage was still lying in the middle of the hotel lobby, untouched.

 A friend John, and I were met at the door by a fellow traveler who informed us that the manager of the Winter Palace
owned a ten room house across the Nile in the Valley of the Dead, if we wanted we could stay the night there! WOW!! Visions of crystal chandeliers and butlers in white gloves raced through my head, what a deal.

 The nights itinerary included a light and sound show at Karnak, As the evening came to a close  the adventure was about to begin, returning to the Winter Palace, a bellman escorted us to the river’s edge where a small boat waited to  ferry us across the Nile, where our room, chandaliers and butlers awaited us! The ferry, something straight out of the “African Queen”, was extremely crowded with standing room only. Somehow I began to get the feeling that this might turn out as I had envisioned.

 Landing on the other side of the river, it was only a short ride in a super sub compact car to our hotel. As we pulled
up in front of the hotel, all my visions of chandeliers and butlers vanished.

 This place looked like a condensed version of the Alamo.

 All the rooms were taken, we all had to split up, it would be boys with boys and girls with girls. I, being the odd man out,was chosen to share a room with a young English bloke.

  It was getting late, time to hit the sack. Another surprise awaited me, the door opened there was my bed, a twin sized cot, with a large cat lying on a mattress that can best be described as “highly inadequate”. The cat immediately made a screech and a bee line
for the door while the manager tied the shutters on the window with a rope. That will keep that pesky cat out, not to mention serial killers and thieves.

  Placing my camera bag and gear under the bed and next to the wall, I placed the strap around my arm, knowing that I was safe from thieves and marauding cats, I  settled in for a night of undisturbed sleep.

  Sunup brought a surprise, I had survived the evening. Time for a shower, shave and breakfast on the sun lite patio.

 Plumbing in Egypt is rather crude, entering the community bathroom , I noticed the pipe that supplied the lavatory with water was too short, water ran all over the floor instead of into the sink, not our usual custom  in the states, we are sooo spoiled.

 We are going back to Cairo this evening, I think I will wait to shower and shave until tomorrow.

  After a pleasant breakfast on the patio, I realized we were across the street from the Habou Temple, what a surprise.It was darker than a black cat in a coal bin last night and no one saw it.

 A day of visiting the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens was awaiting as we eagerly boarded our bus, then it was back to the Hotel Habou where the rest of the group would be joining us for dinner, after enjoying a nice meal it was a short ride across the river to the train station, our train was waiting to transport us back to Cairo.

 It had been quite an experience, quite unexpected, whenever I think of Egypt, the Hotel Habou always comes to mind, along with the warmth and hospitality shown by the Egyptian people.  


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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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land of the pharaoh

Dating back to the land before time, Egypt continues to be a land of mystery and intrigue. Many Egyptians are still farming and earning a living today much the same way they did in ancient Egypt, almost ten thousand years ago. Most are still using irrigation water from the Nile River via the same irrigation canals used many generations ago. Not much seems to have changed in this ancient land
As I viewed the ancient Egyptian pyramids and temples, it seemed to me their civilization had digressed over time. You can’t help but wonder how the same peoples that built the pyramids, today can only build rudimentary mud huts. Homes built over 1500 years ago are like the ones constructed today.
Standing high on the plain overlooking Cairo are the pyramids of Giza. Of the nearly 70 pyramids of Egypt, these three are the most popular and well known. Reputed to be over 5,000 years old, these three landmarks have been the topic of many books, movies, and legends.
Many legends and speculation in Egyptian mythology surround the pyramids. Why were they built, and how were they built? They have been described as burial tombs for the pharaohs, and giant observatories. Speculation also exists they were ceremonial sites where the ancients performed secret rituals.
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