Freedom of Speech

Is Freedom of Speech, the American Way under assault?


Freedom of Speech

What can we do to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy?

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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central
America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given
him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He
has published several books about the various cultures he has studied
and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not
only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

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

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

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The IRS Audit

The IRS Audit

The Internal Revenue Service decides to audit Ralph, and summons him
to an appointment with the toughest auditor in the office. The IRS
auditor is not surprised when Ralph shows up with his attorney.

The auditor says, “Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and
no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money
gambling. I’m not sure the IRS finds that believable.”

“I’m a great gambler, and I can prove it,” says Ralph. “How about a demonstration?”

The auditor thinks for a moment and says, “OK. Go ahead.”

Ralph says, “I’ll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my own eye.”

The auditor thinks a moment and says, “No way! It’s a bet.”

Ralph removes his glass eye and bites it.

The auditor’s jaw drops.

Ralph says, “Now, I’ll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my other eye.”

The auditor can tell Ralph isn’t blind, so he takes the bet.

Ralph removes his dentures and bites his good eye.

The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand,
with Ralph’s attorney as a witness. He starts to get nervous.

“Want to go double or nothing?” Ralph asks. “I’ll bet you six
thousand dollars that I can stand on one side of your desk and pee into
that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in
between.”

The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully
and decides there’s no way this guy can manage that stunt, so he agrees
again.

Ralph stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he
strains mightily, he can’t make the stream reach the wastebasket on
other side, so he pretty much urinates all over the auditor’s desk.

The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major
loss into a huge win. But Ralph’s attorney moans and puts his head in
his hands.

“Are you OK?” the auditor asks. “Not really,” says the attorney.
“This morning, when Ralph told me he’d been summoned for an audit, he
bet me $20,000 that he could come in here and piss all over your desk —
and that you’d be happy about it!”

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Virginia Sunrise

We decided to do something a little different this year. Since we have several relatives living in the Midwest, mainly Indiana and Michigan,we decided to travel by Amtrak during our annual pilgrimage to the north land.

It became quite an adventure, enjoyable but at the same time a bit out of the ordinary. To travel to the Midwest from Florida, one has to first go to Washington D.C. then board a train for Chicago and from there to the final destination.

Amtrak Orlando Station

Since our journey began in Sarasota Florida and there is no train service from there, our first option was to either travel by chartered bus to Orlando or make the two hour drive by car. We optioned for the bus , a wise decision, because of stops in Bradenton, St.Petersburg, Tampa and Lakeland the two hour drive became a four hour trip. Even at that it was rather enjoyable.

The trains have a habit of being late, and this was no exception.A slight mechanical problem was discovered in Miami and as a result , cars had to be switched. One has to realize that most times the train will be late and allow for this, it adds to the mystic of traveling by rail.

Once on board , we settled in the tight quarters for the overnight ride to our nation’s capital. The meals are always delicious and top notch with tonight being no exception. A steak dinner topped off with the best cheese cake anywhere, a cold beer, and it was time to settle in our bunks for the evening.

Despite the tight quarters and being awakened by the train whistle every time we approached a crossing, a good night’s rest was accomplished.

There are no mile markers along the tracks, so the only way to tell where you are in the morning is to remember to take a schedule with you when retiring for the evening.

Sooner or later the train will stop at a station, and one just checks the schedule with the town the train is in and thus it can be determined how early or late the train is. (Hint) it won’t be early. They never leave early so as to make sure everyone gets on the train.

Virginia Sunrise

This beautiful sunrise awaited me as I woke from dreamland. Somewhere in Virginia, it was time to prepare for a seven hour layover in Washington D.C. before venturing on to the Windy City that evening.

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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

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

 

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The Moral of the Story

The Moral of the Story

One day at the end of class, little Johnny’s teacher gives the
students homework: think of a story and then tell the moral of that
story.

The next day Johnny tells his story:

“My dad fought in the Vietnam War. His plane was shot down over enemy
territory. He jumped out before it crashed with only a case of beer, a
machine gun, and a machete. On the way down, he drank the case of beer.

“Unfortunately, he landed right in the middle of 100 Vietnamese
soldiers. He shot 70 with his machine gun. But he ran out of bullets, so
he pulled out his machete and killed 20 more. But the blade on his
machete broke, so he killed the last ten with his bare hands.”

The teacher, stunned with shock at the story, asks Johnny what could possibly be the moral to his story.

Johnny replies, “Don’t mess with my dad when he’s been drinking.”

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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

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alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

The Ultimate Response to a Dear John Letter

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The Ultimate Response to a Dear John Letter

A United States Marine was deployed to Afghanistan. While he was there he received a “Dear John” letter from his girlfriend.

In the letter she explained that she had slept with two guys while he had been gone and she wanted to break up with him.

To add injury to the insult, she said she wanted back the picture of herself that she had given him.

So the Marine did what any squared-away Marine would do. He went around to his buddies and collected all the unwanted photos of women he could find.

In all, he got more than 25 pictures of various women (some with clothes and some without).

He then mailed them to his now-former girlfriend with the following note:
“I don’t remember which one you are. Please remove your picture and send the rest back.”
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 The author 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 hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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reality

I have found over the years that there is no such thing as reality, it is only how we perceive it. Each of us may have a different view of it because of our different beliefs and experiences. Two individuals can be sitting side by side, looking at the same event and “see” two entirely different outcomes based on their individual perceptions

Winter Safe Driving Tips

As the winter season is once again upon us, it is always helpful to reminded of some useful safe driving tips.


Safe Driving tips to avoid accidents in inclement weather.
Winter is an extremely dangerous time to drive, with snow , ice, driving rains and early darkness, there are many hazards to face if one is the reach your destination safely.

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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central
America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given
him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He
has published several books about the various cultures he has studied
and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not
only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

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

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

 

The Armless Bell Ringer

The Armless Bellringers

There was a monastery in France at the edge of a cliff
overlooking a beautiful valley, and because its bells could be heard
over such a wide area, it developed a reputation for attracting only the
finest bellringers in the country.

There was always a bit of dread when a bellringer passed on or
retired, and one year, when they spread the word of their need for a new
master, there was a dearth of qualified candidates. They would have
been good enough for any other monastery, but not this one. Better to
have silent bells than anything less than the best.

As they were despairing at the quality of candidates, a man with no
arms paid a visit to apply for the position. The monks were amazed and
protested that this was no time for joking. But the man insisted, said
he was from a family of famous bellringers, and he would show them what
he could do. He drew back, lowered his head, and charged full speed at
the bell. The monks were horrified, but could not stop him. And the
sound — oh my, you should have been there! It was indeed a sound worthy
of that monastery. It rang thruout the valley, and people everywhere
stopped in their tracks and nodded to each other that at last a worthy
bellringer had been found.

But alas, it was not to be. For the impact so stunned the poor
armless man that he stumbled dizzily and fell over the cliff. The head
monk ran down the steps to where a crowd had gathered, and a policeman
spoke to him. “Do you know this man?” The monk sighed, “No, but his face
rings a bell.”

The search continued. One day not long after, another armless man
showed up and presented himself as the previous man’s brother. He was
there to uphold the family honor, and would show them what a good
bellringer could do. The monks protested, but too late — he also drew
back and charged full speed into the bell. And once again, the most
beautiful sound pealed out over the valley, such that even the birds
circled around to see what was happening. And once again, he was so
stunned that he too fell over the cliff in a daze.

Once again the head monk scrambled down the stairs to meet the crowd
and a policeman. Again he was asked if he knew the deceased. “No, but
he’s a dead ringer for his brother.”

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