America: The New Jerusalem


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Written by: Gary Wonning

I was quietly driving my last two clients to Tampa airport, anxious to get home to a warm dinner, when a call came in.

There was a family at the airport who had forgotten to make a reservation and needed a ride to Sarasota, would I pick them up? 

Of course, can’t say no to a request like that. 

I wasn’t planning on picking anyone up at the airport , so my car had no airport permits. Thus my plan of action was to quietly drive in under the radar, attract no attention, and quickly load up my passengers, their luggage and quickly exit the airport before the Homeland Security people saw me. Should work, no problem.

The plan was going exceedingly well, although the airport was extremely crowded, I spotted my family on the curb anxiously awaiting my arrival.  As I stopped near them , I opened the doors and they helped me put the luggage in the trunk and they began to get in the car.

One major problem, the trunk won’t latch!

As we begin to try to get the trunk to latch ,people are noticing our dilemma, a hundred people standing around and I’m sure the airport police are seeing every bit of this and are ready to pounce on me for being unlicensed.

Suddenly a tall man standing next to the car  asks if we want him to duct tape the trunk shut, like that is going to work.

Having nothing to lose, we said for him to give it a try. 

The stranger  had quite an accent, as he began to tape, my client, being an academic asked where he was from. 

His reply,”Denmark.” 

Now how many people fly from Copenhagen to Tampa with a roll of duct tape in their pocket? Isn’t there something in the NSA rules about that?

Miraculously the tape works!

My client asks him what we owe him, and he says ,”Nothing.” 

My client then says, “Thank You.”

The Danish man then states, “No problem, you yanks saved our butt twice by bailing us out of two world wars, Thank You! It’s the least I can do.”

WOW! Didn’t see that one coming. Quite humbling.

I have received this message several times over the past few years, the most memorable three : once in the outback of Australia over twenty years ago, on an Italian cruise ship two months ago, and then last Saturday night. There is a message here, there are no coincidences. Coincidences are only God trying to tell us something.

Like it or night , we are the world’s police force, it is our responsibility to try to bring peace and democracy to this crazy world. It’s part of who we are. It’s in our DNA. No one else can do it. Not to interfere, but guide and show the way. 

We are that New Jerusalem,  that shining city on the hill, untouched by human hands, eternal in the heavens. 

By the way, the duct tape held all the way home.

 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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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. 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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America’s Friends on the World Scene

Sometimes there is a moment in time that defines one’s thoughts for the rest of your life. These moments come suddenly and often pass before we realize what just happened.

One such event occurred the evening of November 3rd,2014 the night before the 2014 elections.

We were cruising on the MSC Divina, an Italian cruise ship, along with approximately 3700 other passengers.

An international cruise, Americans were definitely in the minority.  It was rare to even hear anyone speaking English. I would guess there were only about 30% of the passengers who were Americans.

The entertainment for the evening in the theater was to be Simply Italian. A program featuring all the popular songs of Italy.

To say the Italians are proud of their culture and country would be an understatement.

Near the end of the program, the vocalist suddenly began singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

I looked around and most people seemed to be puzzled.

Suddenly one person stood up and placed her hand over her heart. Then another, and another. I turned and looked around the auditorium.

There were probably close to 1,500 people in the theater, all were standing. Everyone had their hand over their heart and singing our national anthem. Italians, South Americans, people from India, the middle east, and Europe all joined the singing.

As the song drew to a close, the standing ovation must have gone on for over two minutes.

Among the Americans, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

For the next few days, every American on board I talked with was appreciative of what had happened. Most had a small tear in their eye while discussing it.

This event refreshed my memory to a similar instance several years ago.

I was traveling in the outback of Australia, and since I had been mostly isolated from society for almost a month, I had forgotten what day it was.

Traveling with a group of tourists in a small bus of twenty-five, including the fair skinned, freckle-faced, redheaded, Irish, Aborigine, driver, we entered the small town of Daly Waters in the Northern Territory. We more than doubled the population since the official population of the small village was only seventeen. I just did some research on the village, it now boasts a population of 18, so they gained one!

As we entered the town, we passed a small abandoned airfield with a C-47 parked at the end of the runway. I thought it interesting that the aircraft had U.S. markings on it.

As we entered the pub, it was full of people celebrating, far more people than the seventeen that lived there.

It was the middle of the week and the middle of the day, so we inquired as to what the celebration was all about.

One older bloke replies,”It’s the fourth of July, and we are celebrating and appreciate what the United States did for us during WW2.”

I hadn’t known this, but Japan actually attacked Australia, Darwin in particular. The air base in Daly Waters defended the area and help prevent more attacks from the enemy.

In spite of the fact that the Aussie’s are always looking for a reason to party and have a good time, there was real appreciation in their eyes. There was more to it than just looking for a reason to party, and as was always the case in the land down under, once they found we were Americans, they always were appreciative and wanted to learn more about our country. I found they were very politically informed, often knowing more about our country than we did.It was always hard to leave such an atmosphere.

That evening,our bus driver bought fireworks somewhere and set them off in the parking lot.

We have real friends “Down Under.”

Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve found most people have nothing but admiration and respect for the United States.Most look up to us for guidance and support. Many countries want to do it on their own but lack the knowledge and wherewithal  to go it alone.

They don’t all hate us like the media and the left try to tell us.

 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 hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

Your comments appreciated

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. Often times people tend to over complicate 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.

Agenda 21:The Path to Destruction


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Written by :Gary Wonning

I remember being about five years old and looking out over the distant cornfields of Indiana and thinking how the early twenty-first century was going to be a tough period of time.

This was in the 1950s and at that point in time and only being a small child, the 21st century seemed  far off and  something that would never happen.

As life went on, the thought occasionally entered my mind but I largely ignored it. Then once again I was reminded of the warning by a psychic I had become acquainted with. She told me of the dangers that were coming and blamed most of the approaching trouble because Americans had fallen way from their beliefs and also how the young were being raised and taught.

I could see trouble with our society, but in reality , I had no idea what was coming or what it all meant.She told me it was going to turn out alright, but I should stay out of the big cities, there was going to be much violence and rioting.After  reminding me  I should never forget where I came from, I never saw her again.

The problems our country and world face didn’t come about over night. Even though with our present administration has taken them to a new level and the car is now in overdrive, the problems began many years ago in the 1960s. The civil unrest and radical movement took on a whole new dimension and several of the radicals of that era are now in high levels of government dictating what course we should all take in our daily lives.

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Never before has our government been so dictatorial in its operation, add to that the actions of the UN and we have a recipe for disaster.

The rapid growth of the federal government and their quenching thrust for power has placed all our freedoms in jeopardy. It isn’t just one political party that is guilty,  though obviously the liberals are more at fault than anyone. They are promoting the agenda and the GOP is mindlessly following  their lead. The Pied Piper is leading us all over the cliff.

Regardless of political party, the “Establishment” politicians are all following into lock step behind this agenda. Most no longer believe the American citizen no longer has the right or intelligence to chart their own course in life. This has filtered up to the United Nations and there is a full scale attempt by that organization to run our lives and dictate what we can and can’t do, what we can eat, and control every other aspect of our lives.

I’m sure you have noticed how cozy our last four presidents have become with each other, that is no accident. They were basically all educated in the same universities under the same liberal agenda. They all think the same, and their way of thinking isn’t in our best interest.

Politics has taken on a whole new agenda, just this week and operative of the present administration proudly stated how during the 2008 campaign the democrats were horrified of Sarah Palin because of the speech she gave.  They knew if they didn’t do something her message would resonate with millions , so they sought to destroy her and her family by spreading falsehoods and deceit. It worked, most people believed the lies and even though she has much influence today, the mainstream media is so anti Palin they actually rejoice when members of her family are put into danger.

What happened to equality? It seems like the war on women is coming from the liberal side of the isle.

The the top of this list is AGENDA 21.

you owe it to yourself to listen to this video, it will become the most important twenty minutes of your life. Our freedoms are slipping away, in fact they aren’t slipping away, they are leaving at supersonic speed.

 If you value freedom and our way of life, now is the time to become active, every effort, large or small is important and can change the direction we are headed. The future looks bleak, but it can be changed and it ain’t over till its over.

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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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. 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.

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Militarizing the Local Police (Part 2)


Written by; Gary Wonning

The riots in Missouri bring back many memories of such events in the past, the riots of the 60s,from which Detroit has never recovered, The Rodney King incident, and like several others, the full story was never told.

The O.J.Simpson trial, where riots broke out in Los Angeles, which would have been a lot worse had he been convicted. Even the  Trayvon Martin incident could have gotten a lot worse in short period of time.

There have been several such events in the recent past that has brought major destruction to the property of law abiding citizens.

I don’t think anyone wants to see their cities and homes burned to the ground, these types of incidents have to be controlled very quickly. We saw what happened in Ferguson, in many cases it was more about looting and robbing than it was about someone’s civil rights, or race.

Most people, and the press jumped to conclusions. The press and certain  so called civil rights leaders actually threw gasoline on an already explosive situation, having only their own selfish agenda in mind.

Our civil rights are important and protecting the Bill of Rights is of the utmost importance.

Having said that, we don’t live in the era of Barney Fife anymore. The world has changed. There is a real imminent threat to our way of life, our liberties, and our security like never before.

Technology has made it possible for almost anyone to create a weapon of mass destruction. Because of the actions of our own federal government, we have thousands flooding across our southern border daily that threaten our security and our way of life.

I don’t want to be an alarmist,but our country probably has hundreds, if not thousands of terrorists living within our borders. They are walking amongst us , many supposedly leading so-called normal lives.

We face threats on many levels, we will be attacked again, it is just a matter of time. When we are, it will be up to the local authorities to control the situation until, and if help arrives. There may come a day when we are glad our local police forces are armed as they are.

If things get really ugly, the federal government won’t be able to handle it, it will need to be taken care of on a local level.

Our second amendment rights need to be preserved, that is a major necessity, but we may need more firepower than the citizenry can provide, plus the local police force can gather much needed information and coordinate it, something the local citizenry cannot do.

Thankfully, most law enforcement officers have their heart in the right place and are dedicated to their mission.

There are always some bad apples in the barrel. The best way to ensure we have dedicated people in our local law enforcement is to hire the best people , regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation,etc. It is time to stop hiring people to fill some quota, and fire and prosecute them if they overreach.

Like everyone else, I am concerned about the military build up of our local police forces, but I am equally concerned about the dangers facing our nation and our ability to face them. Our local police force may be our first line of defense.

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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America is in serious trouble, many no longer realize what values and principles our country is founded on and have strayed from the common sense and creative thinking of our ancestors, how can we fix it?

Militarizing the Local Police


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Written by: Gary Wonning

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri has once again raised the issue of militarizing our local law enforcement officers to a semi-military status.

Like everyone else I am concerned to see this sort of thing come about. I get concerned when I see unmarked government cars, and some with Homeland Security stickers on the door driving down our expressways.

Not long ago I saw an unmarked suv with a “Special Forces” sign on the front window visor. He had a computer mounted on the dash like a police officer would have, he took a photo of a nondescript community sign and drove off ,raising the visor so no one could see it.The back of his suv had tourist type stickers on it like a normal tourist would have.

I see a lot of such things that concern me. It makes me wonder what this country is coming to , and why the police and other law enforcement are gearing up they way they are.

I get concerned there may be a takeover of our country by an overextending government who is hell bent on destroying our liberties.

I think many well meaning Americans, like myself are becoming concerned. However, there are always two sides to a story.

Continued next week.

 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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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 need more than ever.

Bring the Past and the Future Together


Many long for the good old days, the days when life was simpler.

Anyone over the age of sixty remembers life in the 1950s, simple but good. Everyone one was poor by today’s standards, we had time to  visit our  neighbors and looked out for each other. We didn’t lock our doors , because you could trust almost everyone and we didn’t have anything of value to steal.

The only property we had that was worth anything were our guns which were stacked neatly in the kitchen corner. They weren’t loaded, but the ammunition was in the kitchen cabinet,handy if we needed it. Even a thief had enough dignity about him, that if he did come into our house, he wouldn’t steal our guns, they were needed for protection and hunting, in many cases our livelihood depended on them.

The youngsters were disciplined and lectured daily about not touching one of the guns, I wouldn’t even want to think about what would have happened to me if I touched one. I grew up in the days of playing cowboys and indians, my mom would have a fit if I even pointed a cap gun at the dog, I only did it once. She always told me not to point a gun at something unless I wanted to kill it.

There were  only a couple sheriff’s deputies in the whole county and they were probably twenty miles away, the couple times we called them because someone was stealing gas we used for the farm tractors, they didn’t come, too busy breaking up a bar fight.

It’s no different today, even if you live across the street from a police station, whatever crime an intruder commits is going to be accomplished before you can get a police officer there. The only thing the police can do is file a report and hope to catch the perpetrator later, all the while hoping no harm has come to the victim.

The American Indian lived in the past as did the Australian Aborigine along with many other native cultures. They lived in the past and present with no thought for the future. They told stories about their history to their children so they would remember. Thier connection to the earth and the creator have become the admiration of many in today’s world.

Since they never thought about their future, they had no future. they are still living today like they did several thousand years ago. They developed no technology and as a result they were overrun by people that developed all the latest and newest technology,weapons included.You snooze, you lose.

We live in the future with no thought to our past or present.  We don’t tell our children about our family culture and our history, the last thing a baby boomer wants to do is sound like one of their parents, by repeating what their parents told them. The baby boomer generation has accomplished a lot, this is one area they fell down on and never realized the consequences.

We have developed the most advanced civilization the world has ever known, at least for the last ten thousand years. Looking back  twenty years, even that minute time in history seems archaic and primitive.

Fifty years ago,none of us could even imagine what life would be like in the twenty-first century. We scoffed at the idea of going to the moon, computers were the size of a Cadillac, and we never ever ate in a restaurant.

Times have changed , even though we long for the good old days or think it would be cool living like the indians or aborigines, I really don’t know anyone who would want to live full time in a teepee or sleep in a humpie in the outback of Australia. For most of us a few days camping and we are once again ready for our air conditioned homes , our computer and the flat screen TV.

In the last forty years we have created a society unparalleled in achievement , our technology is the admiration of the world.

We have forgotten to tell our young about our past , not only our family and cultural past , but our past as a nation. Lets learn from the errors of our ancestors, let’s combine the spiritual awareness of our ancestors with the technology of the present. We can have the best of both worlds.

We need to keep the traditions alive, or we won’t have a future .

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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Bringing America Back

 


Countries need to fight for their own freedom


We have come to a period of time in history when we as Americans can no longer fight for the freedom of others.

Through out history, America has always stood for freedom and independence, in the beginning we struggled and defeated the biggest military the world had ever known at that time , the British Empire, to gain our own independence.

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The Civil War saw a great struggle to end slavery and the two world wars were fought to end oppression on a world level. In each struggle America, as well as Britain and other western powers fought oppression around the world resulting in millions of people enjoying freedom today.

We have come to a period in history where that must change.  We must always remain vigilant and be a force for liberty, however, we simply can’t fight everyone’s battles.  Freedom like respect, must be earned.

Freedom can’t just be given to someone, they must have a stake in it, otherwise they won’t treasure it and keep it sacred. 

We have seen the result of what occurs when we enter a country and expose them to freedom when they are not ready for it, or understand what freedom is.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are two prime examples. although our intentions may have been good, and we may have had a legitimate reason for both wars, they did not turn out well.

The two wars did provide us the opportunity to apprehend the villains responsible for many terror attacks not only on our soil, but around the globe as well. 

Converting a people or nation to freedom didn’t work, they aren’t ready for that.  They will learn that in their own time. In the meantime, our objective should be to keep ourselves safe from the evil deeds of others so we may enjoy the freedom we have earned, by maintaining a strong military and remaining close to our creator so we may preserve our own freedom and independence.

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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