RIKEN’s 10-minute antidote to atheism: see for yourself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ygpqVr7_xs

A very fascinating animation of the sorts of things that are happening in each and every one of our many, many cells.

You ask … why is this just a graphic animation, and not actual video through a microscope or something? Good question, and one I ask as well.

I think the reason is; this is happening on such a small scale that it is outside the limits of any optical technology we currently have. So somehow all of this must be gathered by indirect means, and I haven’t come up with the explanations yet. If and when I do, I will pass that information on as well.

Further to this, here is where I first discovered this video:

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/rikens-10-minute-antidote-to-atheism-see-for-yourself/

Regards,

don

Some Basic Evolutionary Questions

“… tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged” ... Stephen Hawking

  1. “In the Beginning God created
    the heavens and the Earth” .
    .. Genesis 1:1

* * * *

Our world view, ultimately comes down to a choice between the two quotes listed above, or a variant of either.

So I would ask you to ponder over these statements on ‘origins’ and then conclude which of the two is the more rational.

If your choice is the former, I would ask you to consider the following, and provide definitive answers (i.e. provide the mountain of evidence):

  • We don’t know how the laws of nature evolved,
  • we don’t know how the 240+ physical and natural constants evolved,
  • We don’t know how the first cell evolved
  • we don’t know how the DNA code evolved,
  • we don’t know how replication evolved,
  • we don’t know how RNA polymerase evolved,
  • we don’t know how transcription evolved,
  • we don’t know how genes evolved,
  • we don’t know how translation evolved,
  • we don’t know how hemoglobin evolved,
  • we don’t know how the electron transport chain evolved,
  • we don’t know how ATPase evolved,
  • we don’t know how eukaryotes evolved,
  • we don’t know how multicellular organisms evolved,
  • we don’t know how the vision cascade evolved,
  • we don’t know how visual pattern recognition evolved,
  • we don’t know how hearing evolved,
  • we don’t know how audio pattern recognition evolved,
  • we don’t know how the kidney evolved,
  • we don’t know how the liver evolved,
  • we don’t know how the circularity system evolved,
  • we don’t know how mammals evolved,
  • we don’t know how male/female anatomical sexuality evolved,
  • we don’t know how bio sonar evolved,
  • we don’t know how the hummingbird tongue evolved,
  • we don’t know how the whale evolved,
  • we don’t know how photosynthesis evolved,
  • we don’t know how the butterfly evolved,
  • we don’t know how turtles evolved,
  • we don’t know how consciousness evolved,
  • we don’t know how biological information (i.e. DNA) evolved,
  • We don’t know how the various machines within the cell evolved,
  • we don’t know how altruism evolved,
  • we don’t know how bees evolved,
  • we don’t know how all of the body organs, including skin co-evolved to their present form,
  • we don’t know how human intellect evolved (i.e. music, art, literature etc.)
  •  … and more I’m sure.

So we have a mountain of questions … do we have a mountain of evidence?

 

Regards,
don johnson

Thomas Edward Rees

Thomas Edward Rees

Tom Rees

(May 29, 1931 – June 19, 2014)

Thomas Edward Rees, a pioneer in the troubleshooting and installation of the world’s first pod-based instrumented air combat training systems (ACMI),  designed to track and record the performance of pilots during simulated dogfights and highlighted in the movie Top Gun, died June 19th, at his home in Carlsbad,

with his wife, family and dog Seka at his bedside.

Tom was born May 29, 1931 in Springfield, Illinois to the late Robert M. Rees and Sarah Mae Dressendorfer Rees.  He is a decorated Korean War veteran serving more than two years at sea aboard the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116) and two combat tours in Korean waters.  The Navy brought Tom to San Diego and upon completion of the six year service commitment in 1956, Tom settled in San Diego with his family.  He planned to study to become a medical doctor but after registering for his classes at San Diego State, a temporary summer job with the Cubic Corporation turned into a nearly 50 year career working electrical engineering and national defense projects that he found exciting and important. One such project involved testing nuclear warheads in space.  Thor rockets were launched from Johnston Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and Tom’s job was to track the rocket’s trajectory from a blockhouse next to the launch pad.  One rocket exploded at liftoff and plutonium contaminated debris rained down on the blockhouse but Tom emerged unscathed.   Tom lived and worked in Sardinia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Greenland, the Philippines, Johnston Atoll in the South Pacific and far north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska.  Tom had a keen intellect, a famous memory, an affinity for languages, a strong work ethic, an adventurous spirit, and a tough physical nature that kept him going to the end.

Tom Rees’ survivors include his devoted wife Judy; sister Judith; daughter Janine, son Daniel (Marie), step daughter Kelly; step son Patrick (Wendy); four grandchildren and three step grandchildren.

A public memorial and interment ceremony will be held on Friday, July 25th at 11:30 a.m. at the Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122-5795.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Veterans Association of North County (VANC),  http://www.vancnorthcounty.org/

1617 Mission Ave, Oceanside, 92058.

The family would like to give special thanks to caregiver “Xochitl”, Dr. Matayoshi and to the Fresenius Medical Care Buena Creek dialysis staff.

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My personal remembrances and tribute to Tom Rees

I knew Tom as a fellow “Cube” and much admired and respected him as a top notch engineer and team member for many of the “Top Gun” systems he took part in, including several of my own projects. The best way I remember Tom is by saying that for the longest time after I started at Cubic in 1976, I really didn’t know what he did … but I knew he did it very well. Tom seemed to be always in the thick of things … offering advice, pointing out problems and generally being a Rowdy Yates ramrod making sure things got done.

I don’t know if Tom was a man of faith, but one thing I know is that God put Tom in just the right place in my life at just the right time. This was a time in my life when I was searching for answers following a long episode of atheism. I can share more someday if you wish. Suffice it to say, I thank God for Tom in a very personal and literal sense.

I suspect that many of those remembering Tom at this point of loss are family, friends and contemporaries at Cubic over Tom’s many years dating back to the early 1950s and the founding of Cubic Corporation. I suspect there are few if any from Tom’s days as a sailor during the Korean War.

I would like to be bold enough to claim that I knew Tom during those Navy days … and here is why.

Tom was older than me, probably by some 10 or more years. Tom and I both served in the U.S. Navy, but in different wars … Tom’s was the Korean War and mine was the Vietnam War. We never served together but there is a commonality of experience and comradery that I’ve recently discovered that binds those who served in the military. Much of this comradery I hope is seen in the book I’ve recently compiled.

The book and the experiences described in the book, as well as personal encounters with a number of veterans in recent months and years have given me some insight I had not seen previously.

Many of us sailors such as Tom and me and others I have personally met, have stories that merit remembrance, and I hope Tom’s story will be remembered with pride.

As a young man … perhaps 16, 18 or 20 … Tom answered the call of his country and joined the Navy. This past year my wife Diana and I met other sailors such as Tom at a USS Balch/Porterfield ship reunion, World War II class Destroyers also known as ‘tin cans.’ There were 4 from World War II, 5 from the Korean War, 9 from the Vietnam War and several who served at various times during the Cold War. I was honored and humbled when these old sailors welcomed me and called me ‘shipmate.’

So I knew Tom as a young sailor just as I’ve come to know those others who left home at a very young age to battle the enemies of freedom and the United States.

They left home and they left others behind with a very much uncertain future. The WW-II Porterfield sailors talked about being on that ship for 2 years 7 months and 4 days. Korean War veterans talked about fighting a war with temperatures ranging to 38 degree below zero.

I don’t know much about Tom’s Korean War service – he told me he was on a small aircraft carrier. This would have been a very busy and intense time as many missions were flown from those carriers in support of the Marines and GIs ashore. In earlier years Tom told of being on one of the ships involved in the atomic bomb testing in the South Pacific.

Like the others, Tom came back from war and established himself as a valued citizen of the country he loved and was proud of … I’ve heard him express, in forceful terms, that love of country.

So yes … I did know Tom as a young sailor and am proud to have rubbed elbows with him for those many years we continued to serve our nation as contributors to the Cubic “Top Gun” Aircrew Combat Training System.

With humble sincerity,

Don Johnson

Air Test and Training

Ya Can’t Much Argue With A Heart Like This

 


J. Frank Astle (1883-1953)

Written by a man at war to a wife left behind.

Written by that wife – a prayer for that man

Written by a man knowing the quality and character of those nurses he knew.

Written by a man of great faith –

Written years before Martin Luther King’s Words:

” …I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today. …”

J. Frank Astle is the grandfather of my brother-in-law Randy. We are visiting him and his wife Kathy, my wife’s sister, in Houston this week.

Randy’s mother passed-on recently and left Randy with these touching poems written by his grandfather.

In My book I Didn’t Want To Worry You Mom, I dedicate the book to, among others:

  • to “family of those sailors –
    • A mother or father left behind …
    • A grandmother or grandfather left behind …
    • A wife left behind …

I only wish I had Frank’s poems when compiling the book. Thanks anyway Frank … and thanks Randy for sharing with us.

 

Don Johnson – June 2014

 

 

Genesis 1 as Child Abuse: More Dots to Connect

 

Further to my previous post on Genesis 1 as Child Abuse and accusations of pedophilia and child abuse leveled against me (along with a charge of treason) by a friend of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), you might be interested in what is happening in Great Britain:

Good news for evolution in Britain

Meanwhile in Britain: Creationism is Banned

The death of freedom of inquiry in British publicly funded schools

Mind you, this legal decision in Britain applies to all schools, including “religious” schools.  So in Great Britain, the scenario I’ve outlined of police barging into churches and Sunday Schools and arresting teachers, pastors and even parents is not so far fetched, and is indeed right around the corner. This scenario will include the closing down of offending churches.

Not to worry you say? We have our 1’st Amendment … right? When this movement hit the shores of the USA, we will find that the 1’st Amendment protections will have been obliterated by laws defining the teaching of Genesis 1:1, and elsewhere, to be “child abuse.”

Citizens, parents, pastors, priests, Rabbis, Sunday School teachers … are we paying attention? Or will we just wait for the jack boots to kick down the doors?

Teachers … if you have any involvement with organizations like the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) … take a look at their stance on this (see above) . Register your outrage at the NCSE blog and withdraw any membership or contributions you may have … and let them know in no uncertain words why.

We are facing a Constitutional tipping point here, make no mistake about it.  It’s not just a dispute over science, it’s a dispute over our rights as citizens of a free republic … NCSE would taaway your rights and put you in prison.

Don Johnson – June 2014

Iraq and Vietnam … and Afghanistan … and Pakistan … and … and …

I am greatly disturbed and angered about what I see happening in Iraq.

What is happening in Iraq is, in most significant ways, a replay of Vietnam … let’s take a look.

We entered Vietnam in the early 1960s under Democrat President John F. Kennedy and saw a massive expansion of American military forces under Democrat President Lyndon Johnson and then Republican President Richard Nixon.

The Vietnam war was actually only one campaign, a very hot campaign, in something much bigger … the Cold War. The Cold War was a strategy of containment of the post WW-II expansion of the Communist empires of the Soviet Union and China. Vietnam was a war against Communist aggression against an independent nation, South Vietnam, in much the same way the Korean War was a war against Communist aggression against an independent South Korea. It should be remembered in hind-sight that atheistic Communism in the personification of the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Cambodia is credited with the deaths of some 100,000,000 souls in the period roughly from 1930 – 1991.

I view both of these wars, Korea and Vietnam, as legitimate and morally justifiable, especially in light of the clear lessons of post war history and hindsight. That history and hindsight being the very sad and tragic country of North Korea as compared with virtually the rest of the world – especially South Korea. We see daily reminders of the success of the free and independent nation of South Korea in the form of the Kia and Hyundai automobiles on the roads of American and around the world. Many of us use Samsung products to talk with friends and family over the wireless networks round the world. Many wash and dry clothes in Samsung washers and dryers. In South Korea we see a vibrant and free Christian church, free from the deadly persecutions seen just across the border.

North Korea seems hard pressed to grow a single ear of corn … and Christians are killed wherever and whenever they are found.

The Korean War ended in stalemate, with the two nations separated at the 38’th parallel.

At the conclusion of the Korean War, the US made a long term military and economic commitment to the nation of South Korea and to its people. That commitment gave South Korea an umbrella of protection … an umbrella providing room for reconstruction and rehabilitation from decades of tyranny. That commitment also prevented a unified Korea, a unified Communist Korea, from seeking revenge against Japan, a nation also living under the American military umbrella of protection. Such revenge was probable considering the brutal invasion and treatment of Korea by the Japanese in the pre-war years of the 1930s.

Communist expansion was stopped at the 38’th parallel.

Wise American leadership in the late 1940’s and 1950s saw the future and saw the grim future lying just ahead, and so close to the world wide destruction that was World War II. American commitment to Korea continues today!

Wise American leadership in the late 1940’s and 1950s saw the future … and acted!

Vietnam and Korea … similar in so many ways … and yet tragically so different.

* * * * *

Vietnam and Iraq … similar in so many ways … and yet tragically so much the same.

US forces and their South Vietnamese allies finally achieved military victory in Vietnam in 1973; not a complete and total victory, but rather a stalemate as in Korea. The Paris Peace treaty of 1973 codified the stalemate leaving the two Vietnamese nations separated North and South.

American forces were withdrawn for the most part, but an agreement was left behind whereby South Vietnam would receive financial and military aid for its own self-defense.

Unfortunately, in 1975, the Democrat controlled US Congress voted to severely reduce aid to South Vietnam to the point where it became defenseless against a renewed attack from the North. Saigon fell to the Communist North 55 days later.

Unwise American Congressional leadership in 1975 failed to see the future … and acted to ensure the tragic future and its grim realities!

* * * * *

Unwise and even malevolent and sinister American leadership from President Barack Obama in 2011 orchestrates a near repeat of Vietnam … again with very predictable results.

One of the big ironies in these two episodes is seen in the person of a Mr. John Kerry.
Kerry was instrumental in fomenting anti-American/anti-war sentiment which precipitated the Congressional actions of Congress in 1975. Mr. Kerry, a former Senator and now Secretary of State, is, and has been, in a much more powerful position to further the demise of American influence in the world, and precipitate the atrocities we read about now in Iraq … decapitations and crucifixions.

This is how Mr. Kerry characterized the US military in 1971:

“They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.”

Contrast that with the following characterization of the US military in 1975 following the conquering onslaught of the Communist North:

The Lucky Few, The Story of the USS Kirk

And here:

The USS Kirk: valor at the Vietnam war’s end

* * * * *

The future and fate of Afghanistan and nuclear Pakistan and others … ? can be reasonably predicted given the lessons described above.

 

Don Johnson – June 2014

 

 

Guest Commentary: Current state of the Union

 

America, Love it or Leave it

That means you too Mr. Obama!!!

By: Dean Elliot

WE ARE JUST 5 DAYS AWAY FROM FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA.

Remember that statement made 5 days before Obama took office in 2009? That statement raised a few eyebrows then but most didn’t understand at that time the full meaning of what he intended to do to our country. The press gave him a pass and the uninformed voted for him not because of his experience, education, leadership techniques, or the content of his character (most of these were unknown) but simply because of the color of his skin and the fact that he could read a teleprompter.

If you look at how he has acted since he has been in office, he has never gotten out of campaign mode. Well, maybe a little; he does play golf a lot, but depending on who he plays with, that could be campaigning as well. Case in point: The strike on Benghazi in the evening. Where was he? After he was informed, he went to bed to rest up for his trip to Las Vegas for a fundraiser and a round of golf the next day. Baghdad is about to be overrun. Where is he? Jumps on AirForce One and goes to Palm Springs for a fundraiser and more golf. Where are the priorities here?? Fundamentally Changing America, “playing” president, and lavish vacations (at taxpayer expense) are the obvious priorities.

Why does he want to change America? He grew up outside of our country, went to Muslim schools, befriended communist radicals and absorbed their teachings, styles and goals, and sat under the religious teaching of Rev Wright, who hates America and is a radical racist. What do you expect form a man with such background. There is still “hushed” controversy over his place of birth and thus his eligibility to be president. He and his wife (who stated ‘I am finally proud to be an American’) have spent large amounts of money hiding their school records and anything else that would provide insight into their background. If you want to hide these things, then there must be something to hide. Based on the color of his skin, the press gives him a pass.

To accomplish the goal of changing America he surrounded himself with radicals, communists, marxists and gave them the authority to accomplish his goals.

Some of his first actions were to tour the World apologizing for how bad America has been, patting our enemies on the back, alienating our friends and bowing to Muslim leaders. He does nothing to stand up to those threatening us. The result is that no one is afraid of what we might do if they attack. ie; Benghazi: no one has even been indicted 2 years later. Israel, our only friend in the region, can’t trust or depend on us any more. European leaders have absolutely no respect for him.

By the way, based on his actions with Muslims, he is at best a Muslim sympathizer and at worst an undercover outright Muslim.

Then there are the scandals and cover-ups. Does any one in this administration care. I think not. Obama does not care as long as he can get away with ignoring the adverse situations or making some ovations to appease the critics. If these situations do not directly affect his ultimate goal of “Change” or his vacations, then he really doesn’t care what happens.

What is the result for America? We are weak in the world. World leaders who are our friends don’t trust our president; they view us as floundering on the world scene. We have pulled back as a world power to keep evil in check and evil is filling the gap. Soon this evil will be not only at our doorstep but will have caused more and worse damage than that which 9-11 did to our country.

I haven’t said anything about the debt crises. By the time Obama leaves office, he will have increased the national debt by $10 trillion, more debt than all the other presidents combined. This in itself will bring the country to it’s knees.

Who is going to stop this monster that we have for a president. Congress seems powerless and the Supreme Court won’t stand up and say enough is enough. It seems that some of the country is waking up. Maybe they will show some resolve in the voting booths in November. Hopefully there will be some credible people counting the votes this time. The problems discussed here will only get worse, I’m afraid, until Obama is out of office. Since impeachment is probably not in the cards, we will have to endure for another 2 years. If conservatives can hold the house and take over the Senate maybe they can at lease slow Obama down and stand up and say enough is enough!

We need to remember that God knows what is going on and is ultimately in control. There is a sign as you come into Mojave, Ca that has been there for years. It reads as follows:

“2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Our Christian Nation needs to heed that verse from the Bible and get on our knees and maybe we can see the kind of change that is needed.

 

Dean Elliot – June 2014

Perhaps My Last “contribution” to the NCSE Dialog

The following is the link to the main article

http://ncse.com/blog/2014/06/is-real-science-taught-catholic-schools-0015674

  • This is the NCSE Commenting Policy

    Commenting Policy

    NCSE reserves the right to delete posts we deem offensive or
    inappropriate, and to ban authors of said posts from this blog site. We
    welcome lively discussions but expect you to be respectful of our
    authors and each other.

 

  • [This from David Munson, a commenter]
  • Am I experiencing deja-vu or has this thread been reposted with the comments wiped clean?
  • [A Response to CnMacAtheist from NCSE]
    Dear Cdn: We here at NCSE appreciate the vigorous debate, and you should feel free to disagree with other readers. But
    we’d ask that you not make it personal. With that in mind, we’d appreciate it you revised your previous comment to focus on your substantive disagreement and removed the name-calling. Thanks, Robert Luhn, NCSE.


    [This from me]
    Mr. Luhn, perhaps I can help here.

    If you click on CDnMacAtheist’s avitar, you will see many examples of his comments that go well beyond what your own “comment policies” promote. Many of these comments are considered by myself and others as part of “vigorous debate”, and largely ignored as ranting – especially when Atheist seldom if ever offers a meaningful basis for his many insults and assertions.

    There are a couple of attacks however, that fall to a much lower level and need to be confronted lest those in power, at some point, succumb to the ideology behind these attacks and pass legislation and laws resulting in severe persecution of those holding views contrary to the accepted dogma:

    1) The accusation of child abuse against those holding to a creationist or design viewpoint. Child abuse is generally seen as a serious criminal activity, often sexual and/or physical, and strict laws have been passed to protect children victimized by such abuse. To extend the definition of child abuse as advocated by Atheist and others at this site would result in scenes reminiscent of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and China under the atheistic Communist regimes … scenes where the “authorities” barge into a church or home where children are being taught from Genesis … scenes where the teachers, pastors and parents are hauled off to a court and prison … scenes where children are taken away from parents and made wards of the state. Extreme? Yes, but not unprecedented in history.

    We have a 1’st Amendment here in the US (perhaps not in Canada) which should protect against such governmental abuse, but if the charge of child abuse is somehow codified into law, then such 1’st amendment protections become null and void.

    And by the way, Atheist has leveled a charge of pedophilia against me on these pages for comments I made to a young NCSE intern.

    2) The accusation of treason on my part because being a Navy veteran I took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States. Yes, Atheist actually leveled this charge against me – because I advocate a differing view and approach of ‘science’ from the generally accepted materialistic rational.

    Again, I first let that charge slide off my back as delusional ranting.

    By extension Atheist’s charge of treason could be leveled against my new friend Gene. Gene is a WW-II Navy veteran who enlisted at age 16 and spent 2 years, 7 months and 4 days fighting the South Pacific wars against a very strong brutal and imperialistic Japanese military conquest of much of the Pacific region. Gene then joined the US Army and served 20 years, including 2 combat tours in Korea fighting the onslaught of the atheistic Communists of North Korea and China. Gene spent 20 years in the Army, and following his retirement became a Christian pastor and in the past 25 years has founded 19 new churches in the northern reaches of Minnesota. A traitor to his country because of his Christian beliefs?

    Then there is Ernesto, a sailor I served with in the mid-sixties off the coast of Vietnam. Ernesto eventually became a somewhat successful Christian pastor in New Mexico. Is this man also a traitor to his country?

    * * * *

    I’m afraid we’ve seen too many men like Atheist throughout history:

    • Men who load Jews onto cattle cars and send them to the gas chambers.
    • Men who load Christians onto trains and send them off to the work camps of Siberia.
    • Men who decapitate men like Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg simply because he was a Jew, or “faithist” as Atheist would prefer to call him.
    • Men who would burn the Coptic Christian churches of Egypt because they hold to a different view of reality and faith.

    Atheist reminds me so much of those bullies who tormented me in Jr. High School. But a good solid punch to the nose of one of them one night ended the bullying. Consider this ‘rant’ to be a punch in the nose.

    Regards,

    don

  • [CdnMacAtheist Response]
  • Don said: If you click on CDnMacAtheist’s avitar, you’ll see many examples of his comments that go well beyond what your “comment policies” promote. Many of these comments are considered by myself & others as part of “vigorous debate” & largely ignored as ranting – especially when Atheist seldom if ever offers a meaningful basis for his many insults & assertions.
    Mac: Please note that this is a Science Education site & since religion & intelligent design have both been legally excluded from science education, when Don cames here to proselytise his faith & ID, he’s “going well beyond what the NCSE Comment Policies promote.”
    If any of my descriptors can be shown to be untrue or unfounded, then point them out to me & I’ll respond from a freethinking, secular, rational, scientific viewpoint?Don said: There are a couple of attacks however, that fall to a much lower level & need to be confronted lest those in power, at some point, succumb to the ideology behind these attacks & pass legislation & laws resulting in severe persecution of those holding views contrary to the accepted dogma:
    Mac: Ah, so you want ‘your’ dogma & doctrine to hold sway – like your religions did in the Dark Ages, or how they operate in theocracies around the world, where secular non-theists like me can be ostracised, jailed, tortured or executed for blasphemy or apostacy?Don said: 1) The accusation of child abuse against those holding to a creationist or design viewpoint.
    Mac: I hold that view about any religious or ideological indoctrination, not just the YEC or ID factions. It’s a known opinion among psychologists & social scientists that religious & ideological indoctrination IS child abuse – both physical & mental – so my view can be supported by facts, evidence, processes & theories, unlike the faith, fears & beliefs that religions inculcate into innocent children & youths.

    Don said: Child abuse is generally seen as a serious criminal activity, often sexual &/or physical, & strict laws have been passed to protect children victimized by such abuse.
    Mac: The most common & intrusive forms of child abuse are the mental damage caused by pervasive.
    fear-mongering, dictatorial groups – be they family, peers, schools, churches, ceremonies, societies, laws, traditions & governments. The imposition of mind-dulling god myths, magical fairy stories, virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, angels, satan, heaven, hell, limbo, purgatory, prayer, etc. is as bad as anything that the Dear Leader ‘necrocracy’ in North Korea has produced to keep the ideology going.

    Don said: To extend the definition of child abuse as advocated by Atheist & others at this site would result in scenes reminiscent of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union & China under atheistic Communist regimes.
    Mac: The usual, where Nazi Germany is claimed to have been “atheistic” when the evidence clearly refutes that, since 95% of Germans were Catholic & Hitler never renounced his religion or was excommunicated while being pandered to & celebrated by Popes at the time!!!
    Remember that 2000 yrs of persecution of Jews is entirely Christian, drove the German & Soviet holocausts, plus Islam inherited that Jew hatred from
    Christian dogma.
    The Soviets & Chinese had ideological tyrannies, with totalitarianism that used atheism as a political tool because religions competed for control of the masses,
    as well as trying to free their societies from emperors, tzars, feudalism & foreign colonialism.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…

    Don said: Scenes where the “authorities” barge into a church or home where children are being taught from Genesis. Scenes where the teachers, pastors & parents are hauled off to a court & prison. Scenes where children are taken away from parents & made wards of the state. Extreme? Yes, but not unprecedented in history.
    Mac: Not at all unprecedented in history – especially in Christian & Islamic theocracies, or where religion & politics were closely tied, which gave good examples
    for dictators & idealogues to emulate when trying to rid their countries of monarchy, like Tsar Nicholas of Russia, who had been sanctified by the Russian Orthodox Church:
    http://orthodoxwiki.org/Nichol…
    Remember that Stalin was seminary-trained before becoming political, so he knew the faith game:
    http://www.notablebiographies….
    Also Lenin had religious parents & upbringing, so he knew how indoctrination worked:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V…

    Don said: We have a 1st Amendment in the US which should protect against such governmental abuse, but if the charge of child abuse is somehow codified into law, then such 1st amendment protections become null & void.
    Mac: The secular US Constitution has a ‘wall of separation’ between State & Church, to prevent all the
    ‘State Religion’ troubles that had dogged Europe for centuries, but it hasn’t stopped Christianity from trying to impose its doctrines & dogmas on US governments & all citizens for 223 years!! The 1st amendment ‘freedom of religion’ also implies ‘freedom from religion’, which Christian sects have been illegally usurping since 1791:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…

    Don said: Atheist has leveled a charge of pedophilia against me on these pages for comments I made to a
    young NCSE intern.
    Mac: For proselytising your ‘faithist IDeas’ into Science Education – where religion, creationism & intelligent design have been declared unconstitutional & illegal
    – to someone ~50 years younger, which I said was “like pedophilia” except that it’s mental instead of sexual molestation, which can be as bad:
    http://richarddawkins.net/2013…

    Don said: 2) The accusation of treason on my part because being a Navy veteran I took an oath to uphold & protect the US Constitution. Yes, Atheist actually leveled this charge against me – because I advocate a differing view & approach of ‘science’ from the generally accepted materialistic rational (sic).
    Mac: That opinion is because you consider your religion (a mid-eastern cult directing its foreign agents from Vatican State, a theocracy harboring & protecting
    global criminals) to be above your obligations as a USA citizen, encouraging you to illegally proselytise faith & pseudoscience into science education & to try to force GODism, YECism & IDiocy into public school science classes.
    I consider this mindset to be treasonous – you can dispute that opinion at any time but you haven’t, you just get ‘offended’ since you see this behavior as ‘normal’ as ‘entitled’ faithists used to getting their way do, per your next sentence:

    Don said: Again, I first let that charge slide off my back as delusional ranting.
    Mac: As I just said, so point out where the ‘delusional ranting’ is – although I can point out all your own Posts as well as your website if we want to see clear examples of that kind of output….

    Don said: I’m afraid we’ve seen too many men like Atheist throughout history: Men who load Jews onto
    cattle cars & send them to the gas chambers.
    Mac: Done by ideological, megalomaniacal, racial purists & 95% RCC Nazis.

    Don said: Men who load Christians onto trains & send them off to the work camps of Siberia.
    Mac: Political ideologists opposed to Russian Orthodox Church competition for control of the state.

    Don said: Men who decapitate men like Daniel Pearl & Nick Berg simply because he was a Jew, or “faithist” as Atheist would prefer to call him.
    Mac: Killed by other “faithists” who were & are just as demented by religion.

    Don said: Men who would burn the Coptic Christian churches of Egypt because they hold to a different view of reality & faith.
    Mac: Done by other faithists who are no different from Christians in their ‘belief without evidence.’

    Don said: Atheist reminds me so much of those bullies who tormented me in Jr. High School.
    Mac: Yeah, just like in Scotland where the Catholic & Protestant gangs chased me for my ‘non-belief ‘ – when they weren’t beating each other up for ‘wrong belief’, per Northern Ireland where the Micks & Prods got along so well for 300 years, right?

    Don said: But a good solid punch to the nose of one of them one night ended the bullying. Consider this ‘rant’ to be a punch in the nose. Regards, Don.
    Mac: Your pathetic attempt at a ‘knockout punch’ has nothing behind it & has no effect on me since your historical (or hysterical – in both senses) expectations
    for ‘respect’ & ‘accomodation’ have no standing because you can’t scare me with divine threats – either now or later in heaven or hell – or imprison, torture, burn or execute me for not submitting to mind-dulling god virus & pseudoscience addictions, like those religion mafia enforcers used to do with impunity.
    I don’t apologise for or withdraw my accusations or descriptors, since I can back them with rationality &
    evidence – unlike your beliefs – so you can hand-wave & whine all you like, while I still think you are a disgusting example of science-ignorant, education-polluting, law-breaking, reality-denying, faith-deluded, submissive, gullible humanity…. 8-b
    Finally – here’s the latest (SLofA only) Up Vote ratings:
    Don – was 1%, now 0.75%
    Mac – was 84%, now 106.5%
    The readers have spoken, so I’ll wait to see what the NCSE Moderator does after assessing our ‘testimonies’.

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Matthew 10:14

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Amid Foreign and Domestic Crises, Obama Plans to Fundraise and Golf This Weekend

Leah Barkoukis | Jun 13, 2014 The Iraqi government is pleading for help from the U.S. as ISIS militants close in on Baghdad; Syria is still in the grips of war; veterans are dying from long wait times at the VA; and we’ve got a humanitarian crisis going on at the Southwest border.

 

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September 1, 1939 Germany invades Poland. President Roosevelt urges Poland to ‘solve their problems,’ as he prepares for an extensive vacation.

October 6, 1939 Germany and the Soviet Union divide and annex the whole of Poland. President Roosevelt calls a hasty press conference and expresses the “outrage of the International Community”, and promises “stern warnings”. He then departed for a fundraiser and a week of fishing in upstate New York.

May 10, 1940 Germany begins invasions of Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. President Roosevelt, via the assistant to the Deputy Press Secretary of the Commerce Department, issued a statement that he is “gravely concerned” about the situation in Europe and will address the issue after returning from an extensive vacation, again in upstate New York.

June 22.23 1940 France signs armistice with Germany and Hitler visits Paris. President Roosevelt assures besieged France that he is “very concerned” about the situation there and plans to issue a stern warning to the German leadership. This statement again issued from the office of the assistant to the Deputy Press Secretary of the Commerce Department in the Presidents extended absence.

August 13, 1940 Eagle Day; more than 1,400 German planes attack southern England. President Roosevelt urges Great Britain to ‘solve their problems,’ as he prepares for another round of fundraising.

September 7, 1940 Beginning of “London Blitz” President Roosevelt urges Great Britain to ‘solve their problems,’ as he again apologizes to the Germans for an ally of the United States shooting at German aircraft over London.

June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion of France begins

June 14, 1944 Invasion of France called off – troops to return home. President Roosevelt reminds us that he promised to invade France and then return the troops. Denies any claim of having promised to win the war in Europe. President urges Europeans to solve their problems. Having successfully invaded France, the President set of on a well-deserved 6 week vacation in Wyoming.

June 24, 1948 Soviets and East Germans blockade Berlin, causing massive food shortages. Humanitarian crises averted when President Truman successfully negotiates a turnover of the whole of Berlin as well as what had previously been known as West Germany.

June 25, 1950: North Korea crosses the 38th Parallel, invading South Korea.

September 30, 1950 North Korean forces rout last of UN and South Korean forces at Pusan. From his vacation retreat deep in the Rocky Mountains, President Truman issues a statement of “grave concern” and promises “unspecified” support for the South Korean nation.

November 20, 1962 Soviets place nuclear missiles in Cuba, a scant 90 miles from US territory. Crisis is resolved when President Kennedy turns over Florida to Cuba in exchange for no further action on Cuba’s part.

January 27, 1973 Paris Peace Treaty establishes peace in Vietnam and the end of the Vietnam war.

August 11, 1975 US Congress cuts off aide to South Vietnam.

January 30, 1973
North Vietnamese army overran Saigon on 30 April 1975.

 

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January 2009 – mid 2011 Many occasions. Fox News TV host Glen Beck predicts a coming, reconstituted and large scale Islamic Caliphate.

December 2011 The last US troops leave IRAQ.

September 10, 2011 President Obama said: “There should be no doubt— today, America is stronger, and al Qaeda is on the path to defeat.” “We’ve decimated al Qaeda’s leadership.”

June 13, 2014 The first thing you hear is the music.
It lilts and sways. Then you see the Islamist militants. They’re knocking at a policeman’s door. It’s the middle of the night, but the cop soon answers. He’s blindfolded and cuffed. They take him to the bedroom. And then, they decapitate him with a knife.  The President is golfing.

 

June 16, 2014 ??

Afghanistan? Does Hillary golf?

Pakistan? Does Hillary play basketball?

Syria? Does Hillary give speeches?

Israel? Does Israel survive? Yes – her only ally is Jehovah God!

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Some of the above is true … some is not!

 

Don Johnson – June 2014

Mass Evacuations: Vietnam & Iraq

I’ve just finished a revision of my book “I Didn’t Want to Worry You Mom … ” in which I’ve added a couple stories on the ironically heartwarming evacuation of South Vietnam, and the US Navy’s involvement in rescuing some 20,000 to 30,000 evacuees who were facing almost certain death.

Below are some of the scenes from that horrible time. Do a search on “USS Kirk” and you can get a very real sense of the situation and the heroics of the crew of that small US destroyer.

This evacuation was unnecessary since the US and South Vietnamese military had achieved a military victory over the North Vietnamese Communists culminating in the Paris Peace Treaty.

However, the Democrat controlled US Congress voted to cut off all funds to the South Vietnamese government, effectively rendering that country defenseless against the invaders from the North. A blood bath followed, including the slaughter of some 2 million people in neighboring Cambodia, as Pol Pot had no resistance to his slaughter.

Below these pictures of the Vietnamese refugees, are some early and recent pictures from Iraq as militant Islam seems to be running loose. Again, the US has abandoned a nation for which our soldiers sacrificed so much. I hope we are not on the verge of yet another blood bath.

Very soon we may be seeing yet another country fall to the forces of evil – the nation I speak of is Pakistan with a nuclear weapons arsenal. When that happens an evil will have been unleashed having power to kill millions … and we will have no say in whatever happens.

There’s an old song “People need the Lord … ” Do you know Him?

 

Early evacuees from the cities of Iraq.

 

Don Johnson – June 2014