The Seperation of Church and State

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There seems to be another movement arising concerning the separation of church and state.
We have a high level government official visiting Sarasota in the next
few weeks to enlighten us. I remember this movement surfacing 8 years
ago. We had just moved to Sarasota
and it was about a week after the 2000 elections. My wife and I decided
to go, thinking it would be a good way to meet people in our
neighborhood and get politically involved in a nonpartisan issue at the
same time.

As the meeting got under way, a crowd of about 50 people had gathered.
I thought the speaker did a great job of presenting the case for
separation of church and state. Our founding fathers
certainly didn’t want a state church, and obviously most people today
don’t want it for all the same reasons the founders wrote about during
the founding of our country.

As I stated earlier, this was right after the 2000 election and the”open minded” hate Bush crowd
was just gaining momentum. It became real obvious from the start that
this meeting was more about hating Bush than about the separation of
church and state. To them, it was not a bipartisan issue. It was clear
from the start, that as a conservative, I couldn’t possibly agree with
them, I didn’t really have a right to an opinion, and I sure didn’t
have a right to express it. I agreed with them on most issues, but to
this day they will never know that because of their hatred.

Anyway, that is in the past. It is what it is. The more important issue
is what the separation of church and state means. Basically, it means
that we will have no state sponsored church, such as the Church of
England, or that our government won’t be run by a religious fanatic as
happens in some countries. This is all well and good, and is what it
should be.

We, in America have freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. We
are free to practice whatever spiritual beliefs we may have. As we grow
and change our beliefs may change and we are free to pursue those
beliefs and discover how they fit into what we already believe. It is
every one’s right to practice their spiritual beliefs or lack of them,
as long as they don’t infringe on some one else beliefs. I was taught
that if some one’s beliefs are different than mine, to sit quietly and
respect their beliefs, thereby giving them the same respect and courtesy
I would expect.

Because of political correctness many of our common sense principles have gone out the window. It is now
OK to shout four letter obscenities in school but our children aren’t
allowed to utter the word GOD. Prayer isn’t allowed in school , but it
is OK for teachers in Washington State to have sex with their students
provided the student is over 18, if the student is a minor they have to
bring a note from their parents.(just kidding.) It is permissible and
acceptable for a minister to shout G-D America from the pulpit.

The list goes on and on, I agree there should be a separation of church
and state, however that doesn’t mean that a generic prayer can’t be
given in a public setting, that doesn’t mean that a government official
can’t express a belief in God. Our founding fathers all had a belief in
a higher power and God help us if our elected officials ever become
non-believers. They need all the help they can get to solve the
problems of the day.

In today’s world, we have enough separation of church and state, what we really need is to abolish separation of God and state.

 

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.

Your comments welcome

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wisdom

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. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. 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. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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The Drive-In Theater

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For those of that are old enough to remember, there was nothing quite like a trip to the drive-in to see a favorite movie!
The
drive-in theaters have pretty much disappeared from the American
Landscape, but in their day they were quite the rage! In the northern
part of the country it was mainly a warm weather activity, however some
drive-ins had window heaters installed so if one could keep the frost
off the windshield, movies could be enjoyed in even the coldest of
weather.

There was nothing quite like enjoying a summer evening
sitting in a car, with the windows rolled down, enjoying a flick under
the stars and full moon! With a gentle breeze  flowing in the window,
there was nothing to disturb the evening except the  need to massacre
an occasional mosquito.

It was a great place to enjoy a date
with your main squeeze. One could count on the fact if the moment did
happen to get romantic, those immortal words would emit from the loud
speaker, “Jones, your chicken order is ready!” What a setting. As you
can imagine, overcoming that interruption always required a great deal
of concentration.

Probably the best part of the drive-in scene
was the Sunday night gathering  for the weekly party. Anyone who was
anyone would be there. It was well known in the area that no one went
to the drive-in on Sunday night to watch a movie. Whatever event was
happening on Sunday it was planned around the weekly ritual of going to
the drive-in! If there happened to be a little beer left from a Sunday
afternoon party, so much the better. It sure was good with the chicken.

Cars would be coming from all directions and the crowd would start gathering
just before dark and one of the main challenges would be to see how
many people could get in for free. It wasn’t uncommon for kids to be
piling out of  trunks as soon as it was dark enough to be unnoticed.
Little did we know this training became very useful for those who later
went on to Vietnam.
It wasn’t so much to avoid paying the entrance fee, it was just fun  to see what one could get away with.

It was unheard of to have  a date on Sunday night, why would you want to
do that? What, miss all the fun? It was always the perfect ending to a
week-end, soon the movie would end,  we would pack up whatever was left and head home to face another work week and look forward to the next Sunday Night at the movies.

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.

Your comments welcome

baby boomers

Each generation from the beginning of our country has contributed to what our country has become. By the same token, no one is perfect. Consequently, each generation has done and will continue to perform acts that it would have been better if some other course of action was taken.
The baby boomers have contributed much and have been blamed for the decline of America. What is the true story?

Obama's Bill Hands ACORN $5.2 Billion

A rising chorus of GOP leaders are protesting that the
blockbuster Democratic stimulus package would provide up to a whopping
$5.2 billion for ACORN, the left-leaning nonprofit group under federal
investigation for massive voter fraud.

Most of the money is secreted away under an item in the now $836 billion package titled “Neighborhood Stabilization Programs.”

Ordinarily, neighborhood stabilization funds are distributed to
local governments. But revised language in the stimulus bill would make
the funds available directly to non-profit entities such as ACORN, the
low-income housing organization whose pro-Democrat voter-registration
activities have been blasted by Republicans. ACORN is cited by some for
tipping the scales in the Democrats’ favor in November.

According to Fox news, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., could appear
to be a “payoff” for community groups’ partisan political activities in
the last election cycle.

“It is of great concern to me,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.,
tells Newsmax. “I think our government has stayed strong because we’ve
had a two-party system, we have had robust debate, people have felt
that it was one man-one vote. They are privileged and grateful that
they have that ability to cast that vote. And when something is done to
belittle or diminish that, it is of great concern to me.”

Regarding ACORN, Blackburn added, “Additional funds going to
these organizations that have tried to skew that system, it causes me
great concern and I believe that it causes many of my colleagues great
concern.”

The three-term congressman stopped short of suggesting the
“neighborhood stabilization” money is a power grab by Democrats seeking
partisan political advantage. But radio talk giant Rush Limbaugh did
not.

Limbaugh warned his listeners Tuesday: “I’ll tell you what’s
going on here: We, ladies & gentlemen, we’re funding Obama and the
Democrats’ army on the street. We are funding the forces of the
Democrat party’s re-election.”

Blackburn echoed the concerns of Republican leaders who object
that the bloated package lacks the short-term stimulus a cut in payroll
or sales taxes would provide.

According to Matthew Vadum of the Capitol Research Center, the stimulus package now under consideration includes:

  • $1 billion stashed away in Community Development Block Grant money that ACORN often vies for successfully.
  • $10 million to develop or refurbish low-income housing, a specialty of ACORN’s.
  • $4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the
    Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Vadum states the current version of
    the bill would allow nonprofits to compete with cities and states for
    $3.44 billion of the money. Some $750 million, however, would be
    exclusively reserved for nonprofits such as ACORN, which is actually an
    umbrella organization for over 100 progressive organizations.

    Regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Vadum
    writes in American Spectator: “Although ACORN operatives usually get
    their hands on such funds only after they have first passed through the
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or state and local
    governments, the new spending bill largely eliminates these dawdling
    middle men, making it easier to get Uncle Sam’s largess directly into
    the hands of the same people who run ACORN’s various vote fraud and
    extortion rackets. And the legislative package provides these funds
    without the usual prohibition on using government money for lobbying or
    political activities.”

    The charges of partisan political payback appear to be
    resonating in part due to Obama’s longstanding association with
    partisan get-out-the-vote operations. He was endorsed by ACORN, and
    during the campaign paid an ACORN affiliate $832,600 to
    get-out-the-vote assistance. Early in his career, he led a voter drive
    for an ACORN-affiliated group called Project Vote.

    It’s not the first time ACORN has been entangled in a bailout
    controversy. In September, House Republicans objected that the original
    $700 billion bailout package included $100 million for ACORN – a tiny
    fraction of the sums for ACORN now being considered in the stimulus
    package.

  • Donate for Breast Cancer

    Hello Everyone,

    I have attached a link that I would like you to click on and read, and then
    I am asking you to help with a donation.

    Eliminate breast cancer!

    Your donation can be in any amount. Remember every dollar adds up. Your
    donation is tax deductible and the money goes directly to the Susan G Komen
    Breast Cancer.

    I have taken on the challenge to walk 60 miles in three days in Tampa Bay.
    Each participant is required to raise money for this event.

    My site page will list the name of each donor on my honor roll, and you can
    check in to see my progress in meeting my fundraising goal for this worthy
    cause.

    My blog with reasons I have decided to join in and commit to this challenge
    are also on the site page.

    Please click on the link, donate, and cheer on my team and I as we walk to
    make a difference!

    Kindest regards,

    Jeanne Wonning




    Join us for a week in Ecuador!

    I am looking for adventure seekers. Join me and others on a week long adventure into Ecuador! Spend a week photographing, sketching and writing about the wildlife and native cultures of South America.

    February 28: Day 1: Departure & Arrival
    Depart MIA on either LAN Ecuador or American Airlines in the late afternoon.Meet at Miami International and depart on a flight to Quito. Meet San Martin representative in Quito and drive to traditional Ecuadoran hacienda (La Cienega) for overnight lodging, dinner and/or photography.

    March 1-4: Daily activities and itineraries Observe, Photograph, Sketch, Volunteer at the Zoo. Meet Zoo representatives, staff, and translator. View Zoo mammals, reptiles, birds. By special arrangement with the zoo, Wild Spots Foundation project participants are allowed into enclosures with non-aggressive animals & birds such as the Capybaras & the Blue-crested Motmot, the Owl Monkey, and the Sickled-wing Guan for purposes of photography. Special viewing arrangements are also made for some of the other animals like the rare Spectacled Bear and the Andean Condors.

    Depending on factors like weather, zoo needs, species availability, and individual interests, participants can spend hours volunteering, photographing, sketching, or observing zoo creature.

    Midday participants often drive into town (taxi: $1.25, bus: $.20) for lunch at local restaurants, shopping, Internet & telephone access, visiting the church with its famous paintings and its museum, or otherwise exploring town.

    March 5: On Wednesday, a farmer’s market in town provides an added incentive for town visits.
    Enhanced/Alternative itinerary:
    Day List of Open Markets
    Sunday Travel to Baños; Baños downtown market in the afternoon
    Monday Ambato
    Tuesday Latacunga
    Wednesday Otavalo
    Thursday Saquisili, or Riobamba
    Saturday Return to airport

    March 6: Day trip to Puyo & Botanical Gardens
    To view & hear described a vast array of indigenous plant and tree species, as well as many carefully cultivated orchids. Several opportunities to visit dramatic waterfalls and take hikes are available en route. Breakfast and dinner are served at the zoo.

    March 7
    Early morning return to Quito airport departure to Miami

    For more information email me at:
    thetravelbugg@travelnsnap.com.

    Other trips  available
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    Redistribution of Wealth


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    I think we should all do this, at least 50% of the people would learn a good lesson.

    Yesterday on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that
    read “Vote Obama, I need the money.” I laughed.Once in the restaurant
    my server had on a “Obama 08” tie, again I laughed as he had given away
    his political preference — just imagine the coincidence. When the bill
    came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was
    exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in
    disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to
    someone who I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. The server
    angrily stormed from my sight. I went outside, gave the homeless guy
    $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he could
    use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful. At the end of my
    rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless
    guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was
    pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the
    actual recipient deserved money more. I guess redistribution of wealth
    is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

    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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    Another Great Obama Appointment!


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    I saw this article in The Jewish World Review this morning, I thought I would pass it on. Obama’s appointments make no sense whatever to me. It looks like he is paying off political debts rather than picking the best people for the job.

    Obamunist Nominee Gave U.S. Port To Communists

    By Traditional Values Coalition Chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon

    January 15, 2009Barack Obama’s choice of Leon
    Panetta to head up the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the
    greatest gift Obama could give to Islamic terrorists around the globe.

    Panetta is a lockstep liberal and former
    chief of staff for Bill Clinton who apparently couldn’t even figure out
    that Clinton was engaging in lewd sexual conduct with Monica Lewinsky
    in the Oval Office. Or, if he did know, why didn’t he tell anyone?
    After all, Lewinsky was an intern in Panetta’s office. Didn’t he keep track of her frequent visits to the Oval Office?

    Does his loyalty to Clinton qualify him to oversee operation of the most important spy agency in the world?

    While serving on Clinton’s staff, he oversaw the search for a new CIA
    head to replace James Woolsey who served from 1993-1995. The search
    ended with the pick of John Deutsch who ran the agency for 18 months
    before resigning. It was later discovered that Deutsch had classified
    documents on his home computer and was accessing Russian web sites and
    pornography.

    According to former CIA head James Woolsey, Clinton rarely held
    intelligence briefings with him. In fact, Woolsey says he never had a
    private meeting with Clinton and only twice was summoned for
    semi-private meetings.

    Woolsey clashed with Panetta in 1993 when Panetta was head of the
    Office of Management and Budget (OM. The OMB at the time was
    considering sizable cuts in intelligence spending – cuts that Woolsey
    opposed. According to a CIA-written history of the time,
    Woolsey was concerned about a shrinking intelligence budget when
    intelligence targets were multiplying around the globe! Woolsey wanted
    more money for unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance. Woolsey
    eventually won the support of President Clinton over the objections of
    Panetta at the OMB. Panetta later warned Woolsey that he would “pay”
    for his budget victory. It is clear that Panetta wanted to hinder the
    work of the CIA. Woolsey resigned from the CIA in December, 1994.

    Overall, Clinton was clearly more interested in Monica Lewinsky’s
    activities under his desk in the Oval Office than he was in national
    security issues or Islamic terrorism.

    In fact, documents how Bill Clinton’s lax policies on Islamic terrorism led to the 9/11 attacks on our nation in 2001.

    Clinton ignored intelligence and offers of cooperation against bin
    Laden from several Muslim countries. In addition, Clinton and Sen.
    Dennis DeConcini (D-NV) stopped the CIA from hiring Arabic translators
    – while phone intercepts from bin Laden remained untranslated!
    (“Clinton’s Failed War On Terror,” Washington Times, 12/19/2004)

    Panetta’s leftwing credentials are well established. In 1985, for
    example, he and 13 other far left congressmen helped sponsor a 20th
    anniversary fund-raising event for the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a Marxist-oriented group funded by Communist Party member Samuel Rubin, the Faberge perfume magnate.

    It was Leon Panetta who negotiated for Clinton to grant the Communist
    Chinese Overseas Shipping Company (COSCO) a 10-year lease on the former
    Long Beach Naval Shipyard in California! (A summary of this security
    threat is posted in the Congressional Record (May 20, 1997)

    Panetta Will Undermine Intelligence Efforts And Endanger Our Nation

    Leon Panetta has publicly opposed any intelligence-gathering
    technique that involves “torture,” but this term is so broadly defined
    as to mean making an Islamic terrorist feel uncomfortable!

    Without aggressive interrogation techniques, the CIA will be unable to
    obtain the kind of information it needs to keep this nation safe from
    another any future 9/11 attack.

    Panetta also opposes “rendition,” – the practice of removing terrorists
    to secret overseas locations for interrogation. Keeping terrorists
    offshore is a way of protecting our nation from prison breaks into our
    general population.

    Gary Berntsen, a former CIA operative was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly
    on Panetta. Berntsen was stunned that Panetta had been picked to run
    the agency. “You could have knocked me over with a feather. I – you
    know, after this decision to chose Gates to run, you know, the
    Department of Defense, I thought that Obama would choose a – someone
    who had a vision of this, a bit more aggressive vision of this and not
    someone so far to the left. Clearly, we need someone with a warrior
    ethos to lead the CIA.”

    According to Bernsten: “I think it’s clear that Democratic presidents
    historically have been afraid of the agency. Jimmy Carter went in there
    and gutted the place with Stansfield Turner. John Deutch did the same
    thing for Bill Clinton. Hopefully, Leon Panetta hasn’t been given
    walking instructions to.”

    Bernsten is concerned that Panetta will destroy the morale of the CIA agents if they’re prohibited from taking risks.

    Colonel David Hunt was on the same show with Berntsen. Here’s his take
    on Panetta: “Yes, I think it’s a – they think it’s a dumb decision. And
    this is like – what’s saying about Panetta, what’s being said is
    because he’s read intelligence as chief of staff in the Clinton White
    House, he can therefore be a CIA director. That’s like making a
    principal of a high school who read a history book, a four star general
    in charge of Afghanistan. This is – to the man and woman I talked to,
    retired and active military, retired and active intelligence officers
    just shaking their head.”

    Hunt noted: “What they’ve [Obamunists] done putting Panetta in there is
    putting a stake in the heart of the agency and try to kill it. This is
    not a good situation at all.” (Source: The O’Reilly Factor, Jan. 6, 2009

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