Is It Our Fault That We Are Being Overrun By Muslims?

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Is the sudden influx of Muslims into the United States our Fault?  Just like any other group of people, there are good Muslims and bad Muslims.  But even if they are all good people, the large influx of any group at any one time will change the culture and dynamics of a country. If it isn’t limited, our country will no longer be the place of refuge that it has always been known for.  Our values will be replaced by those of another entirely different culture.

The question remains, is it our fault? Is it because of our foreign policy that many say has created this? Is it because of the war in Iraq or our other so-called aggressions?  Maybe our quest for oil was sinful, as many would claim.

In light of the above issues, I don’t see any of them as the cause for the current situation.

This issue has been going on for a long time, ever since there were Muslims and Christians.

At the time of Columbus, the Turks almost overran Europe. The principle reason Columbus came to America was because the Turks had closed the trade routes to China so the Europeans were looking for an alternate route to reach the Far East.

Our first war as a nation was against the Barbary pirates who were robbing our ships and demanding ransom. At one time, the ransom money we paid to the pirates amounted to one-quarter of our national expenditures. It was then Thomas Jefferson, our president at the time, put a stop to it.

You see a reference to it in the Marine’s song, “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.”

So in that sense it isn’t our fault.

In the present time, this current dilemma  has been building over the last forty years. We have seen a great moral and ethic decline in our nation, what we once believed in, many no longer believe. At one time, everyone I knew went to church, at least once a month. Now hardly anyone goes.

God has been kicked out of the schools, banned from the public square and cursed by the left  and Hollywood as well. Our country has a strong spiritual foundation which is being ignored. We no longer put God first, life has been cheapened and no longer valued. Many times a longer jail sentence is given for killing a deer than for killing a human.

We protect a small salamander while denying farmers the water they need to provide food to feed the hungry.

Our values have declined so much we no longer elect public servants who would serve in our best interest. Many who are elected commit crimes and misdemeanors that should land them in jail, and how are they punished? By being reelected to office.

People want to elect rock stars, not public servants. It’s all about looking good on tv and the last 30 second sound  bite on the evening news.

In this perspective, we are guilty. We have elected government officials that no longer have our best interests in mind. Many in the federal government have strong ties to our enemies overseas in the middle east.  They are more concerned about their financial portfolio than the welfare of the United States. They have sold out to our enemies for personal gain.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have sold your soul for personal gain, voted for anyone in the Washington establishment political realm, or if you didn’t vote, then, yes it is your fault. If you haven’t promoted the values that were in place in the founding of the great land of ours, then yes, you are partly to blame.

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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Wisdom lost through the ages

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 Middle Eastern People Need To Stand Up For Their Country

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As it erupts once again in turmoil, thousands of refugees are once again fleeing the middle east. Europe is beginning to feel the adverse effects as many cities are now becoming uninhabitable.

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The refugees are now making their way elsewhere, creating many unsolvable problems as they migrate to what they think is a safer land. But, there is a problem with their thinking, they are bringing their problems with them. Most people learn early in life you can’t run from your problems, they will follow you.

As it is with the refugees, their problems are following them, not only causing decay in the lands from which they came, but are also destroying the countries in which they think they are escaping to. Soon, unless something is done quickly, the whole world will be consumed in chaos.

like many others I’m sure,  I have pondered this dilemma for days. What is the solution?

I learned early in life. My dad in all his infinite wisdom taught me that sometimes you just have to stay and fight. No one can do it for you.

I came home from school one day and told dad someone was picking on me,(they call it bullying today,)He looked me square in the eye and said,”Son I can’t be there it protect you all the time, you have to take care of it yourself”

I went to school the next day, smacked that bully in the nose, and after he quit bleeding, he never bothered me again.

So it is with those fleeing, you have to stand up for yourself. You have guns, lord knows we have shipped millions of them to you.

I know it isn’t easy, in America, we had a revolution, and a civil war, brother against brother. It was vicious with people enduring hardships that shouldn’t have had to endure, many died, many were wounded and many lost every fortune they had.

But we Americans had nowhere to go, and we wanted something better for ourselves and our descendants. Our men didn’t run, they stood and fought.

Our soldiers were poorly armed and clothed, many were nearly naked in the freezing weather. They weren’t educated, most had never attended any school, if they did it was a church school, that’s all there was in those colonial days.

The patriots were fighting the largest army the world had ever known and won. They didn’t have a chance, but they had a dream in their heart.

If you are fleeing oppression, you need to find a dream. Americans have big hearts, but we don’t have room for seven billion people.

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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Masonic truth are universal truths

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 needed more than ever.

 

 

The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving

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The 12 Days Of Thanksgiving

On the First Day of Thanksgiving
We give thanks for the fresh turkey feast and its hot trimmings.

On the Second Day of Thanksgiving…
We bless the cold turkey sandwiches, sloshy cranberry sauce, and hard rolls.

On the Third Day of Thanksgiving…
We praise the turkey pie and vintage mixed veggies.

On the Fourth Day of Thanksgiving…
We thank the pilgrims for not serving bison that first time, or we’d be celebrating Thanksgiving until April.

On the Fifth Day of Thanksgiving…
We gobble up cubed bird casserole and pray for a glimpse of a naked turkey carcass.

On the Sixth Day of Thanksgiving…
We show gratitude (sort of) to the creative cook who slings cashews at the turkey and calls it Oriental.

On the Seventh Day of Thanksgiving…
We forgive our forefathers and pass the turkey-nugget pizza.

On the Eighth Day of Thanksgiving…
The word “vegetarian” keeps popping into our heads.

On the Ninth Day of Thanksgiving…
We check our hair to make sure we’re not beginning to sprout feathers.

On the Tenth Day of Thanksgiving
We hope that the wing meat kabobs catch fire under the broiler.

On the Eleventh Day of Thanksgiving…
We smile over the creamed gizzard because the thigh bones are in sight.

On the Twelfth Day of Thanksgiving…
We apologize for running out of turkey leftovers — but everybody cheers.

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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What is meant by the separation of church and state?

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

A Close Shave

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A Very Close Shave

A fellow sat down in the barber’s chair and requested, “I’d like a very close shave and a shoe shine, please.”

The barber sharpened his best straight razor and then lathered the customer’s face, and then the most exquisitely beautiful young lady he had ever seen knelt down at his feet and began to work on his shoes.

Young lady,” the guy says, as the barber starts on his neck, “when both of you are done here, you and I should get out of here. I’ve already got the best hotel room in town, and we can make love all night long.”

She replied, “I’m married and my husband wouldn’t like that.”

“Tell him you’re working overtime,” he said, “and I’ll pay you the difference.”

You tell him,” she said. “You’re closer.”

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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The baby boomers and their impact on modern life.

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?

Lessons Learned on the School Bus

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I began my public schooling when I entered the first grade of elementary school in 1950. The school I went to was a small town school and with about 40 students in each class. We were all in the same room, no one complained about the large class size and we all learned what we needed to to advance  the following year.

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Probably the most important things taught were discipline and respect. 

I rode a tiny thirty-six passenger bus driven by a nice old man. He was a really nice guy, but because of his age, he had issues with maintaining control of the students under his supervision.

The bus ride was normally total mayhem, you could expect anything to happen and it normally did. I was an only child so I had no one to cover my back and an underclassman. Of course when you are in the first grade, everyone is an upperclassman.

I soon learned the art of diplomacy and maintaining a low profile. 

Fighting was common, but there were two boys who fought almost every day. They both were nice kids, they just didn’t like each other. 

The school and the parents both knew about this problem and did nothing. Finally one night the bus driver stopped the bus by a soybean field next to Finks Church, opened the door and made them get out and continue their aggressive behavior in the bean field.

After a few well-placed blows, they returned to the bus, bleeding and with torn shirts and we continued joyfully on our way.

Needless to say, parents were upset, and the school administration wasn’t very happy either.

But, the problem seemed to be solved, the fights ended and there was some sort of peace on the bus, at least for a while. 

Did the bus driver do the right thing? You can discuss that all day long, but he did finally take action when no one else would. sometimes you just gotta take matters into your own hands.

You gotta give him that. Hats off to you, Pete.

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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Remembering a simpler time, a time when neighbor knew neighbor and people helped each other.I grew up in the 50’s on a small dairy farm in southeastern Indiana.
Financially, times were hard , my dad and mom had purchased an extremely impoverished farm when I was three years old. Along with my brother , who came along later, we spent the next several years restoring it to a more productive state. The farm was so over grown with weeds that after living there for a while, dad had time to mow the weeds around the barn and lo and behold! He found a hog house no one knew was there.
The soil was totally depleted, the first year’s twelve acre corn crop yielded a whooping two hundred bushels of corn. Hard to live on that. Fortunately, about that same time, turkey raising came into fashion, the following year dad purchased and raised 1000 turkeys. The resulting turkey by-product increased the corn yield from 200 bushels to 1200 bushels on that very same field.
This was a time when neighbors were neighbors, we used each others farm equipment and tools like they were our own, if dad couldn’t find a tool or wrench, it was probably over at the neighbors. As a result, while picking up one our own tools he would return one of theirs.
Our doors were never locked, no one would break in and steal anything. In fact if one happened to be away it was desired(it almost became a state law) that the neighbors had to stop by and check the house to make sure everything was OK.
Every one had a gun, we had several neatly stacked in the corner of the kitchen, an ample supply of ammunition, and fireworks) could be found in the cabinet drawer.
I started hunting with a 22 rifle when I was about 9, a rifle given to me for Christmas by my parents. Did I or any kid I know pick up or use a fire arm without permission of their parents, are you kidding? We would have gotten skun alive. Back in those days parental authority and respect meant something, and the only rights a child had were the rights his parents gave him. So, what’s wrong with that?

Humor in the Laundry Room

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My Dad’s Landlady

Some people will believe anything.

When my dad got out of the service after World War II, he ended up in Greensburg, Indiana., where he worked at the Greensburg Daily News newspaper. (I believe he was sort of an all-around jack of all trades: I think he worked in composing, advertising, the press room, etc., as well as sometimes writing stories.)

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He rented a room from a woman — a war widow, as I recall. She liked having a man around the house, and he liked the cheap digs.

One day, he came out to find her ironing shirts. But she was unhappy: “This iron gets too hot!” she complained. She looked at my dad for help.

There isn’t much you can do if the iron gets too hot, but he didn’t want to leave her without hope. “Try tying some knots in the cord,” he advised her. “That will slow down the electricity.”

That seemed like a good plan to her. Sure enough, when he came back later there were knots in the cord.

Another time she complained that her tea got cold too fast. “That’s because you heat up the water so fast. Heat it up more slowly, and it will cool down more slowly,” he advised. I think she found that advice useful too.

I’m not sure if dad just moved on after that, or if she caught on and threw him out. But now you know where I learned to be absurd and keep a straight face.

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 are 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.

Oklahoma is way Ahead of the Times

The Golden Age Of  Wireless

Recently the New Orleans Times Picayune newspaper reported that a Cajun amateur archaeologist, having dug to a depth of 10 meters, found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years, and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Cajuns, in the weeks that followed Texas scientists dug to a depth of 20 meters. Shortly after, headlines in the Dallas Morning News read: “Texas archaeologists have found traces of 200-year old copper wire, and have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 100 years earlier than the Cajuns.”

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One week later, the Daily Oklahoman reported: “After digging as deep as 30 meters in wheat fields near Watonga, Bubba Williams, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Bubba has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Okies were already using wireless.”

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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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?