Muslim Attacks in the Mediterranean Lead to the “Discovery” of the New World

The Discovery of the New World

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Written by:Gary Wonning

The Muslims and Christians have been fighting for centuries, it has been an on-going battle that has continued through the millennia.

During that time period, Muslim pirate Barbarossa wrecked havoc in the Mediterranean, raiding the coasts of France, Italy, and Spain, carrying away thousands of Europeans into slavery. In the process,Muslim Turks had conquered the Byzantine Empire,  u were invading Serbia, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Suleiman’s armies surrounded Vienna, Austria, in 1529. For centuries Arab, Turkish, Mughal and Afghan conquerors killed  millions of Hindus and Sikhs in India and the East.

The Spanish soldier proved to be the most successful champion in defending Christendom. Spain’s King Ferdinand put a halt to the 700-year Muslim occupation of western Europe. Using gold from the New World, Spain was able to push back the Muslim invaders on land and sea.

It was during this time, the Europeans began running out of resources to fight the good fight. At the risk of Europe being over run and conquered by the invaders, new sources of revenue had to be found and found quickly.

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Hearing of vast sources of gold and other valuable resources to the west, their attention naturally turned to discovering ways of tapping into this perceived wealth.

The Spanish at that time were one of the major leaders in the world so the task fell to them to explore the new world.

The natives of the America’s had never advanced their civilization one iota over the last ten thousand years and thus had none of the modern conveniences or technology the Europeans, Chinese, Tuks or others possessed, so it was just a matter of time before they were conquered by someone, at the time, the Spanish were the most powerful.

There is a lesson to be learned here for everyone when we don’t advance our learning and knowledge, sooner or later another culture will overtake us and destroy our way of life.

 

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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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So Many in The United States Are Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol, Why?

 

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written by: Gary Wonning

It seems that every day, the news is filled with reports of people overdosing on drugs and alcohol.

This problem seems to affect every age and social group, from the very rich to the very poor, men , women, and children.

We live in the greatest nation ever conceived by modern day man, we have opportunities available that were unimaginable even just a few years ago. We have luxuries and conveniences available to almost everyone that were once reserved for only the elites and privileged.

So, why in the presence of all these niceties of life, when life should be a piece of cake , do so many people resort to drugs and alcohol to drown their sorrows? Most people should be living life as if they have nothing to worry about.

There is one thing everyone has forgotten about, an issue that began to appear many years ago when our prosperity began to blossom.

As our material life improved by leaps and bounds, our spiritual life began a decline, people forgot about the things that made this country great. In many cases, people quit going to church and supporting the many fraternal, civic, and social organizations that were once the fabric of our society. People quit talking to each other, many times moving to various parts of the country for income opportunities, where like-minded people didn’t exist.

When people from different parts of the country live in one community, they no longer share a common background or history, thus they often have nothing in common, and along with that many differences of opinions, beliefs, and social structure.

It’s nice to have diversity, but too much of a good thing often has negative effects. We can all socialize with people from different backgrounds, but to build long-term lasting relationships is a horse of a different color. It’s never the same as when we are around like minded people who we share many common interests with and who we have known all our lives.

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All of this, plus the theory that our religious organizations in many cases no longer satisfy the needs of the populace, has lead to a moral breakdown of our country

Many people are asking questions about their spirituality that the churches can’t or won’t answer. Too many people who ask why bad things happen in their lives, the standard answer, “It’s God’s Will” no longer suffices, people want answers as to why “It’s God’s Will.”

Thus, they have fallen away from any kind of spiritual teachings, leaving a void in their lives.

Instead of searching for answers in unconventional ways, they have given up and resorted to an easier course, drugs, and alcohol to drown their sorrows and misery.

However short term and destructive this may be, it is a quick fix and before long they are so removed from their spiritual foundation, they no longer care, or are even aware of their precarious position.

Over a  period of time, and after a couple of generations, many forget about the time-worn principles of life taught them by their forefathers. The guiding principles that have guided mankind from the beginning of time, the laws of nature , and nature’s God.

Sometimes we need to find new ways to learn old things, sometimes we just need to go back and learn the old ways, get back to the basics.

People have lost sight of God and made government their God. When government fails them, which it will, they are disillusioned and have nowhere to turn. They have no confidence in themselves and feel hopeless.

They then rely on another false God, drugs.

Because of all this, our country has gotten into one mell of a hess.

Do yourself and your country a big favor, get up off your duff and do something besides stare at a computer screen sixteen hours a day.

Join a fraternal, civic, or social organization, get active in a church, put some purpose in your life, soon you will be so busy you won’t have time to take any drugs or alcohol and you will be helping not only yourself but others as well.

By doing so, you can get this once great country back on track.

Common sense for the modern era

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

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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The Declining State of the U.S. Military

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What has Government Done for You?

Written By; Gary Wonning

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to talk with a Master Sergeant in the Marine Corps.

After discussing current political issues for a few minutes, I asked him point blank if the military was in as a bleak condition as many say they are.

All he did was grimace and give me a nod to the affirmative.

He said moral was at an all time low, in the twenty-six years he has served he said he has never seen things the way they are today.

There is a general lack of discipline and respect.  Many no longer respect each other, many young recruits no longer respect superior officers. If given a direct order they will respond that they have something else they need to do first, or ignore the order altogether.

Many of the younger soldiers will start to cry if criticized or reprimanded.

How are we supposed to fight a war, if needed, with solders such as these? What use are they?

How did we get here?

Many want to blame Obama and his gang of liberals.

You can’t blame Obama entirely, he just took advantage of a situation that was handed to him on a silver platter.

He was voted into office by American citizens.

For the past sixty years ,we have been traveling down this road of liberalism. Most of us never said a word, we just went along enjoying the good life given to us by not only our hard work but the hard work and sacrifice of those who came before us.

Now the chickens have come home to roost.

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We have descended into moral and culture decay through our own actions. Now , many forces have come into play to change our country into something we no longer recognize. Before log it will be too late, now is the time to begin to change the direction we are headed.

It will be difficult, but it can be done, it will take the actions of all of us, the government can’t and won’t do it for us, they are in on the scheme.

The only way to rectify the current trend is for each and every one of us to take control of our lives, make our own decisions and stop letting the government do everything for us.

Our country wasn’t founded on the idea of socialism and dependency, it was founded so each of us could lead our own lives based on how we wanted to live.

If we return to the principles of hard work, personal responsibility, and a belief in a higher source, we can turn this thing around.

Common Sense for A Better World

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

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

 

Failing Government Programs

Written By; Gary Wonning

Failing Government programs

As a child, my first exposure to a government program was the so called Soil Bank, or Land Bank.

During that particular period of time the American farmer, due to increased technology and good growing years were producing record yields of corn. As a result corn prices were falling so low it was hard to make a profit.

Instead of letting the market determine the price, where farmers would have to resort to other means of producing an income until the conditions returned where a profit in growing corn was again realized, the government came up with the idea of a soil bank. A farmer would put his land in a soil bank and not plant any crops, thus by reducing supply, and creating false demand, the prices would thus rise. The government would pay the farmer to do nothing.

This was back in the day when people didn’t expect handouts, especially from the government. In fact it was still thought to be disgraceful to take money from people who earned it and give it to people who didn’t earn it, imagine that!

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Spread Your Wings

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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Jim Casey

 

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100 years of service

Written By: Gary Wonning

Jim Casey was a remarkable man and went to the office every day of his life until just before his passing at the ripe old age of ninety-five. He consistently gave credit to his mother, Annie E. Casey, for holding their family together after Jim’s father died. As a youngster delivering packages on the Seattle streets, Jim Casey had been exposed to the excesses of a bustling city in the midst of the Klondike Gold Rush. He credited the guidance of a strong mother and support of his family with keeping him grounded.

The UPS story.

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A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

 

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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Herbert Hoover Warned Us

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Many times, President Herbert Hoover has gotten a bad rap. This article written by Bill Federer should set the record straight.

Herbert Hoover warned us about a huge evil

President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a letter, April 5, 1945, to the Saudi King. promising not to recognize a Jewish state. A week later, Roosevelt died, April 12, 1945. The next President, Harry S. Truman, immediately took steps to recognize the state of Israel. Former President Herbert Hoover proposed a solution…

In declining health, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a letter, April 5, 1945, to the Saudi King. promising not to recognize a Jewish state. A week later, Roosevelt died, April 12, 1945.

The next President, Harry S. Truman, immediately took steps to recognize the state of Israel.

Former President Herbert Hoover proposed a solution to the Middle East crisis, as reported by Scripps-Howard Press, Nov. 19, 1945: “In ancient times the irrigation of the Tigris and Euphrates Valleys supported probably 10 million people in the kingdoms of Babylon and Nineveh. The deterioration and destruction of their irrigation works by the Mongol invasion centuries ago, and their neglect for ages, are responsible for the shrinkage of the population to about 3,500,000 people in modern Iraq. … Some 30 years ago, Sir William Willcocks, an eminent British engineer, completed a study of the restoration of the old irrigation system. He estimated that about 2,800,000 acres of the most fertile land in the world could be recovered at a cost of under $150,000,000. … Some progress has been made under the Iraq government but their lack of financial resources and the delay of war have retarded the work greatly. … My own suggestion is that Iraq might be financed to complete this great land development on the consideration that it be made the scene of resettlement of the Arabs from Palestine. …”

Hoover continued: “This would clear Palestine completely for a large Jewish emigration and colonization. A suggestion of transfer of the Arab people of Palestine was made by the British Labor Party in December, 1944, but no adequate plan was proposed as to where or how they were to go. There is room for many more Arabs in such a development in Iraq than the total Arabs in Palestine. The soil is more fertile. They would be among their own race which is Arab-speaking and Mohammedan. The Arab population of Palestine would be the gainer from better lands in exchange for their present holdings. Iraq would be the gainer for it badly needs agricultural population. …

“Today millions of people are being moved from one land to another. If the lands were organized and homes provided, this particular movement could be made the model migration of history. It would be a solution by engineering instead of by conflict. I realize that the plan offers a challenge both to the statesmanship of the Great Powers as well as to the goodwill of all parties concerned. However, I submit it and it does offer a method of settlement with both honor and wisdom.”

Herbert Hoover stated in a presidential campaign speech, Oct. 31, 1932: “Free speech does not live many hours after free industry and free commerce die. … No man who has not occupied my position in Washington can fully realize the constant battle which must be carried on against … tyranny of government expanded into business activities.”

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Herbert Hoover had coordinated relief to millions when the Mississippi River levees broke during the 1927 flood. He organized feeding 300 million in 21 countries of Europe and Russia following World War I. His entire life he refused payment for public service.

In 1928, Herbert Hoover was elected the 31st U.S. president in a landslide victory. His vice president, Charles Curtis, was the first Native American to hold that office.

In his inaugural address, March 4, 1929, he stated: “I assume this trust in the humility of knowledge that only through the guidance of Almighty Providence can I hope to discharge its ever-increasing burdens.”

In “The Challenge of Liberty,” 1934, Herbert Clark Hoover declared: “While I can make no claim for having introduced the term, ‘rugged individualism,’ I should be proud to have invented it. It has been used … in eulogy of those God-fearing men and women of honesty whose stamina and character and fearless assertion of rights led them to make their own way in life.”

Hoover stated: “Freedom is an open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and of human dignity. With the preservation of these moral and spiritual qualities and with God’s grace will come further greatness for our country.”

Born in 1874, his Quaker mother taught Sunday School and spoke at Friend’s meetings before dying when he was 10 years old. Hoover lived on an Indian Reservation in Oklahoma before moving to Oregon. He worked his way through Stanford University doing laundry, delivering papers and working for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Herbert Hoover served under Presidents Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Truman and Eisenhower. At the onset of the Depression, in an address at Valley Forge, May 30, 1931, President Hoover stated: “If those few thousand men endured that long winter of privation and suffering … held their countrymen to the faith, and by that holding held fast the freedom of America, what right have we to be of little faith?”

On Oct. 18, 1931, in an address which began a nation-wide drive to aid the private relief agencies, President Herbert Hoover stated: “This civilization … which we call American life, is builded and can alone survive upon the translation into individual action of that fundamental philosophy announced by the Savior nineteen centuries ago.”

On Sept. 15, 1932, to leaders of the “national drive” committee for voluntary relief agencies, President Herbert Hoover stated: “We maintain the spiritual impulses in our people for generous giving and generous service – in the spirit that each is his brother’s keeper.”

After his term in office, Herbert Clark Hoover proposed reorganizing the United Nations to exclude Communist countries, as he told the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1950: “What the world needs today is a definite, spiritual mobilization of the nations who believe in God against this tide of Red agnosticism. It needs a moral mobilization against the hideous ideas of the police state and human slavery. … I suggest that the United Nations should be reorganized without the Communist nations in it. If that is impractical, then a definite New United Front should be organized of those peoples who disavow communism, who stand for morals and religion, and who love freedom. …”

Hoover continued: “It is a proposal based solely upon moral, spiritual and defense foundations. It is a proposal to redeem the concept of the United Nations to the high purpose for which it was created. It is a proposal for moral and spiritual cooperation of God-fearing free nations. And in rejecting an atheistic other world, I am confident that the Almighty God will be with us.”

Herbert Hoover spoke at a reception on his 80th birthday in West Branch, Iowa, Aug. 10, 1954, warning: “I have witnessed on the ground in 20 nations the workings of the philosophy of that anti-Christ, Karl Marx. There rises constantly in my mind the forces which make for progress and those which may corrode away the safeguards of freedom in America. … Today the Socialist virus and poison gas generated by Karl Marx and Friedreich Engels have spread into every nation on the earth. Their dogma is absolute materialism which defies truth and religious faith. … To this whole gamut of Socialist infections, I say to you … God has blessed us with another wonderful word – ‘heritage.’ The great documents of that heritage are not from Karl Marx. They are from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Within them alone can the safeguards of freedom survive.”

Herbert Clark Hoover, who was a member of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, stated: “The whole inspiration of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American life.”

Herbert Hoover, who died Oct. 20, 1964, signed a joint-statement during World War II with the widows of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Coolidge, Taft, Harrison and Cleveland, which stated: “Menaced by collectivist trends, we must seek revival of our strength in the spiritual foundations which are the bedrock of our republic. Democracy is the outgrowth of the religious conviction of the sacredness of every human life. On the religious side, its highest embodiment is the Bible; on the political side, the Constitution.”

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The blogger 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 Demise of The American Indian

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written By: Gary Wonning

Suddenly, we are once again facing the issue of how the American Indians were treated in the early part of our American history.

Needless to say, things could have gone a little better than they did when the white man first discovered and settled this great land.

I know many came here before Columbus, so he wasn’t the first, but no one else came back to settle and as a result, Columbus got all the press. That is the way it is, so be it, you can’t change it, deal with it. 

In reality, the American Indians all came from somewhere else also, so they too are immigrants.

You can slice it any way you want, or spin it to suit your needs, the basic reason Europeans came to the new world, aside from the fact it is human nature to seek out new lands and explore to find out what is on the other side of what we know, was to find new sources of wealth. the Turks were invading Europe and winning. The Europeans  needed money to fight them. In one sense it was a matter of survival.

Yes, we gave the Indians small pox, but they gave us syphilis and tobacco, probably an even trade.

Things were a lot different then, most people treated others rather harshly, the whites were cruel to whites and the Indians were cruel to other Indians. Violence in America didn’t arrive with Columbus. Most American Indians didn’t belong to Greenpeace, the Audubon Society, or Peta.

They farmed out the land, killed off all the game and moved on, most were nomadic. That doesn’t make them bad people, it was just what they knew and thus that is how they lived. There is nothing wrong with killing an animal and eating it, that is part of their mission in life. The animals are evolving just like the rest of us.

The Indians lived a pretty meager life, they didn’t even have horses until the Spanish showed up.

They were doing the best they knew how, and so were the early explorers. It was a clash of cultures, and there isn’t any reason for anyone to suffer white guilt. In most instances, I believe both parties had noble intentions. They just didn’t have the knowledge available to do better, I  think that in many instances things aren’t much better today.

You can’t have two cultures, one who wants to roam and go where they want and a culture that wants private ownership of land trying to occupy the same country.

Which culture actually advanced civilization and overall made things better?

Just like in many other areas, the natives lived here for thousands of years and never advanced their culture on iota.

I don’t believe God placed us on earth to not advance, we are here to grow, learn and improve our lot in life.

If we don’t grow, improve our society and remain strong, we will suffer the same fate as the American Indian.

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Cathedral Rock in Sedona Arizona

Having said that, there are many ways we owe the American Indian much, there were times they helped us greatly. The Iroquois form of government was a model for our own government.

In George Washington’s daily prayers, the Iriqous “Spirit Woman” came to him and showed him how the United States would develop and where the major cities would be, thus providing encouragement in his struggles.

Without a doubt, if things would have transpired differently, we could have learned a lot from each other, and it isn’t too late.

Neither of us learned the lesson the first time, but there is no time like the present. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could combine our modern technology with their knowledge of the spiritual world?

Most of us don’t want to spend our lives riding a horse and chasing buffalo, or shivering on a cold winter evening in a TeePee, so our culture has improved over the centuries from what it once was.

The United States was destined to become the great nation that it is. Could it have been done differently, or better? Sure, but it wasn’t.

It’s time for us, and the American Indian to stop being a victim, learn from the past and move on.

The Aborigines of Australia and many other native cultures suffered the same fate. In spite of governments trying to help by giving handouts, that hasn’t helped, it has only made them dependent on government.

The Australian government built homes for them, but because they had lived in the bush for thousands of years, many slept behind the homes on the ground. 

There are tremendous opportunities in the United States for all races, creeds, colors,etc. Anyone can succeed if they have the ability and the desire.

Many white people move from the homeland of their ancestors for a better life, The American Indian has the same opportunity.

We all do, if the place you are living doesn’t provide the opportunity and lifestyle you desire, someplace else will. America has everything, all wrapped up in one country. If you can’t find your place or your destiny, it’s your problem, not society’s.

Common Sense for the modern era

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

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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