Our Constitution – Our Morality – Our Court Decisions

John Adams wrote:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

George Washington wrote:
”Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

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I’m afraid we are seeing this played out today in our culture. More and more we are losing the morality and religion that these two great men were talking about. And the more we lose of morality and religion, the more advantage will be taken of the Constitution in the form of demands for any number of rights of any and all sorts — and the subsequent law suites ultimately winding up in the high courts of the land. In short, the Constitution becomes not only irrelevant, but used against itself by those seeking any number of agendas.

And why are we losing the morality and religion Adams & Washington talked about?

Reason 1:  A very active atheistic world view has taken root in our educational system – especially at the university level … but it’s there in the lower grades as well. This world view actively seeks to destroy the very idea that God exists, especially the Judeo/Christian God of the Bible.
It seeks this destruction by attacking the idea that God created the heavens and the earth. The Judeo/Christian creation myth is replaced with the atheistic creation myth that something was created from nothing. Very prominent atheist “professors” teach and write about this and thus corrupt young and forming minds – people like Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne. In short – “evolution did it”

Church antidote 1: Don’t shy away from teaching Biblical creation from the pulpit and in the Sunday schools. Don’t be intimidated by the name calling that will ensue upon you. Look into and study Intelligent Design and bring these ideas and discoveries to the pulpit and into the church. A well-kept secret is that contrary to the popular belief, there is much controversy over evolution, and the case for “macro-evolution” is very weak – there is no “mountain of evidence” for Darwinian evolution .
I get the distinct impression that the church has given up on this issue and has conceded ground to Coyne and Dawkins et al – don’t give up … these attacks are at the very foundation of Jewish and Christian faith. If there is no god, then there is no creation, and the Bible becomes just a book written by ignorant and ancient Palestinian goat herders. If there is no God and no creation, then Jesus becomes just another myth peddler and liar. If you give up on this, you might just as well close the doors and start selling cars – it pays better anyway.
I was very fortunate at age 36 (and an atheist) that my first pastor was not shy about exposing his congregation to the idea of creation and encouraging us to study the issue. I am forever grateful to him since this controversy of evolution/creation was a huge stumbling block for me.

Bottom line: Teach and preach – often- the very foundation of Jewish and Christian faith – creation …

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

 

Don Johnson – June 2015

A Refuge for Racists: The Democrat Party

“ … So it can be said of the Republican Party, a shelter for the kind of dead-enders who used to be Democrats, then Dixiecrats, but have found a home of sorts in the attic of the Party of Lincoln. It’s encouraging to see some party leaders trying to sweep these dark-hearted elements out, but they have work to do yet — starting with Donald Trump. … “

The above snippet is from a New York Times Op-Ed article A Refuge for Racists by Timothy Egan –  June 29, 2015.

This type of slander against Republicans has gone on for a long time and is wide spread among Liberal Democrat leaders, The New York Tines and writers like Egan — and it stinks to high heaven.

The truth of the matter is that the Democrat Party is the party of racism in this nation  — I’ve written about this in the past, so I’ll resurrect my writings on the topic at:

  • Why Do Blacks Overwhelmingly Embrace the Racist Democratic Party?

    Excerpt:  “ … In reviewing the history of the Democratic party, we see it as the party of slavery, as the party of post-civil war segregation, as the party of the KKK, as the party of Jim Crow laws in the deep South, as the party of Bull Conner and George Wallace, as the party of separate drinking fountains, as the party of blacks to the back of the bus, as the party of school segregation and more. This is the party that successfully resisted any and all civil rights legislation introduced by Republicans in Congress from the Civil War on to 1965 when the Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the land mark voting rights act of 1965. … “

  • Obama Recants Comments on Trayvon Martin  (Hint – he didn’t actually say any of this)

    Excerpt: “ … After reflecting on my previous comments regarding the Trayvon Martin case I find I must recant what I said. While I regard Mr. Martins death as tragic, I must respect the rule of law and allow the investigative process to run it’s proper course, which at this point in time is properly limited to the local and state jurisdictions.  If future events justify, then Federal actions may be appropriate.

    In weighing in on this matter I have unintentionally contributed to what is becoming a lynch mob mentality.

    In addition to my own previous statements, I specifically, and by name, repudiate the actions of the New Black Panther organization who have publically offered a large reward for the capture of Mr. Zimmerman. I also repudiate the frightful and shameful actions of Mr. Spike Lee who apparently has Tweeted the home address of Mr. Zimmerman. Rev. Al Sharpton has also contributed to this mob environment surrounding Mr. Zimmerman, and I repudiate him for his premature and incendiary actions.

    The incendiary actions and words of these individuals and groups are reminiscent of the days of the KKK, which regrettably were predominantly members of my own party.  America has moved past the KKK, and let us not allow the case of Mr. Martin result in a lynching of Mr. Zimmerman.

    American law and tradition require Mr. Zimmerman be afforded due process of law.

    Thank you and may God bless the United States of America.”

  • American Exceptionalism Part 3: The Case Against

    Excerpt:

    There are episodes in American history and culture that offer a legitimate denial of American Exceptionalism and point to some real non-exceptional attributes and episodes in American history:

    • Slavery
    • Segregation following the Civil War – Jim Crow
    • The KKK
    • The modern day Civil Rights movement.
    • The Indian wars
    • Women’s rights
    • Imperialistic adventures around the world

    Much of this criticism of American Exceptionalism comes from the liberal left and from Democrats, so let’s examine the record.

    Slavery:

    The Democratic Party is the party of slavery; on this the historical record is abundant and clear. The Republican Party by contrast was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists primarily in opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise and thus allowing slavery to be expanded into the new territories of the United States. The Democratic Party’s culpability in the national sin of slavery is further compounded by the southern succession movement which drug the nation into a Civil War resulting in the death of some 620,000 to 750,000 soldiers.

    And of course the war resulted in the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment freeing the slaves. But my goodness, what a heavy price to pay!

    Hardly an exceptional episode of American history, but what we see working here is the good (Exceptional) America driving out the bad (non-exceptional) America.

    A Century of Segregation following the Civil War – Jim Crow:

    The Democratic Party is also the party of Segregation and Jim Crow; on this the historical record again is abundant and clear.

    After the Civil War, the nation entered into a long century of racial segregation with the freed blacks relegated to a degrading and dangerous second class citizenship.

    The Reconstruction period of 1865-77 begun by President Lincoln was , after Lincoln’s assassination undercut by his successor Andrew Johnson , a Democrat, with his own Reconstruction policy. Johnson supported white supremacy in the South and favored pro-Union Southern political leaders who had aided the Confederacy once war had been declared. Southerners, with Johnson’s support, attempted to restore slavery in substance if not in name.

    The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to the freed slaves, but its passage, pushed by Congressional Republicans, was strongly resisted by President Johnson and the Southern Democrats.

    Likewise the Fifteenth Amendment, ratified in 1870, guaranteeing the right of black men to vote, pushed by Congressional Republicans, was strongly resisted by Johnson and Sothern Democrats.

    In 1875, the lame-duck Republican-controlled Congress, in a last-ditch effort to protect what remained of Reconstruction, managed to pass a civil-rights bill that sought to guarantee freedom of access, regardless of race, to the “full and equal enjoyment” of many public facilities. Citizens were given the right to sue for personal damages. Unfortunately this early Civil Rights Act of 1875 was rarely enforced, and was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1883.

    The Hayes (Republican) – Tilden(Democrat) election of 1876 was very close and the Electoral College deadlock carried on for months and was finally broken when Southern Democrats agreed to support Hayes’ claim for the Presidency if he would support increased funding for Southern internal improvements and agree to end Reconstruction, thus guaranteeing home rule — meaning white control — in the South. Hayes became President and the Southern Democrats could reverse with impunity the gains that blacks had made during Reconstruction.

    Hardly an exceptional episode of American history, but what we see working here is the good (Exceptional) America driving out the bad (non-exceptional) America.

    The KKK:

    The Klan was founded in 1866 and quickly spread to every state in the South and included mayors, judges and sheriffs; predominantly Democrats. The terror of the Klan was; a systematic murdering of black politicians and leaders; voter intimidation against blacks; black landowners driven off their rightfully owned property and other heinous acts of violence. Men, women, children, aged and crippled, were all victims of the Klan.

    Between 1870 and 1871 the Republican Congress passed the Enforcement Acts — criminal codes that protected blacks’ right to vote, hold office, serve on juries, and receive equal protection of laws. But again, Democrats in the South resisted enforcement of these acts until President Grant, a Republican, sent federal troops to restore order to areas of the South where violence was raging at its worst.

    The KKK endured well into the 20th century with perhaps the most notable member being Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Note well a quote written by Byrd in 1944 to segregationist Mississippi Senator Bilbo:

    “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

    In fairness to Senator Byrd, he said, in 2005, “I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times … and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.”

    But what Byrd said in 1944 fully reflected the mindset of the Democrat Party up to that point and beyond.

    The modern day Civil Rights movement: 1933-1964.

    A calculation of 26 major civil rights votes from 1933 through the 1960’s civil rights era shows that Republicans favored civil rights in approximately 96% of the votes, whereas the Democrats opposed them in 80% of the votes! These facts are often intentionally overlooked by Democrats but this record is consistent with the two parties record in the era immediately following the Civil War and into the Reconstruction period.

    A look at President Eisenhower’s Civil Rights record reveals:

    “I believe as long as we allow conditions to exist that make for second-class citizens, we are making of ourselves less than first-class citizens.”

    -Dwight D. Eisenhower

    (Remarks at the United Negro College Fund luncheon, May 19, 1953)

    Eisenhower was a product of his time and its attitudes regarding race. He was also aware of the discrimination and segregation that African Americans faced daily, and he viewed this racism as a most unfortunate and damaging aspect of our democratic society. In evaluating Eisenhower’s responses to civil rights questions, his actions speak louder than words. Many of his actions are consistent with his belief that federal  institutions must be at the forefront of upholding the ideal of racial equality. As a result, he was able to achieve more toward making equal treatment a civil right for minority Americans than any of his presidential predecessors since Reconstruction.

    Eisenhower favored a patient, constitutionalist approach that would avoid a violent disruption of Southern society. However, by the mid-1950s he realized that he would have no control over the pace of integration, and he responded with actions and proposed legislative initiatives to provide racial equality. He was not successful in getting sweeping reforms passed by Congress, but he did build a sturdy foundation upon which more comprehensive changes were made in the years following his presidency. Consider the following:

    • Eisenhower appointed California Governor Earl Warren as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Warren molded a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, striking down public school segregation. Eisenhower also appointed outstanding jurists such as Potter Stewart, William Brennan, John Marshall Harlan II, and Charles Evans Whittaker to the Warren court.
    • Eisenhower was consistently careful to appoint to the southern districts federal judges who were solidly committed to equal rights, fighting southern senators to get them confirmed. When enforcement of future civil rights laws came before the district courts in the 1960s, they were upheld by progressive judges – Frank Johnson, Jr., and Elbert Parr Tuttle, for instance – appointed by Eisenhower years earlier. Eisenhower’s judicial appointments constitute a significant contribution to civil rights.
    • Eisenhower achieved Congressional passage of the first civil rights legislation in the 82 years following Reconstruction. The Senate at first refused to pass the bill, which included both voting rights and a provision authorizing the Attorney General to protect all civil rights. Eventually, Congress approved the Civil Rights Act of 1957 without overall civil rights protection. This was a much weaker law than what Eisenhower had advocated. In 1960, Eisenhower was successful in getting Congress to pass additional voting rights legislation. These laws were the precedents for the civil rights legislation of the 1960s.

    The Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Lyndon Baines Johnson from Texas, realized that the bill and its journey through Congress could tear apart his party, whose southern block was anti-civil rights and northern members were more pro-civil rights. Southern senators occupied chairs of numerous important committees due to their long seniority. Johnson sent the bill to the judiciary committee, led by Senator James Eastland from Mississippi, who proceeded to change and alter the bill almost beyond recognition. Senator Richard Russell from Georgia had claimed the bill was an example of the Federal government wanting to impose its laws on states. Johnson sought recognition from civil rights advocates for passing the bill, while also receiving recognition from the mostly southern anti-civil rights Democrats for reducing it so much as to kill it.

    • Eisenhower implemented the integration of the U.S. military forces. Although President Truman issued Executive Order 9981 (1948) to desegregate the military services, his administration had limited success in realizing it. As a life-long soldier, Dwight Eisenhower knew intimately the reality of racial intolerance in the military. As president, he commanded compliance from subordinates and was able to overcome the deeply rooted racial institutions in the military establishment. By October 30, 1954, the last racially segregated unit in the armed forces had been abolished, and all federally controlled schools for military dependent children had been desegregated.
    • Eisenhower sent elements of the 101st Airborne Division to carry out the mandate of the U.S. Supreme Court, when Orval Faubus of Arkansas openly defied a federal court order to integrate Little Rock Central High, an all-white high school. This act, the first time since Reconstruction that federal troops were deployed to a former Confederate state, was condemned by many at the time, but it established that southern states could not use force to defeat the Constitution.
    • Eisenhower was the first president to elevate an African-American to an executive level position in the White House. In July 1955, President Eisenhower appointed E. Frederic Morrow, a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Rutgers University Law School, as Administrative Officer for Special Projects.
    • Eisenhower worked to achieve full integration in the nation’s capital from his first day in office until the end of his administration. The President approached this task from several different angles. He appointed pro-desegregation district government officials and directed the Justice Department to argue in favor of desegregation in the Supreme Court. One of the results of judicial actions he instigated was the Supreme Court’s Thompson decision which desegregated Washington restaurants. He personally cajoled, persuaded, and pressured local government administrators, motion picture moguls, and business men in meetings at the White House. By the time Eisenhower left Washington, the Capital of the United States was transformed from an entirely segregated to an almost fully integrated city.
    • Eisenhower established the first comprehensive regulations prohibiting racial discrimination in the federal workforce. He established presidential committees that set standards and pressured governments agencies and businesses with government contracts to end racial discrimination in employment.
    • Eisenhower was the first president since Reconstruction to meet personally in the White House with black civil rights leaders. He discussed national policy on civil rights with Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Lester B. Granger.

    Now take a look at the landmark 1964 Civil Rights bill:

    Democrat Senators organized the record Senate filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Included among the organizers were several prominent and well known liberal Democrat standard bearers including:

    • Robert Byrd, current senator from West Virginia
    • J. William Fulbright, Arkansas senator and political mentor of Bill Clinton
    • Albert Gore Sr., Tennessee senator, father and political mentor of Al Gore
    • Sam Ervin, North Carolina senator
    • Richard Russell, Georgia senator and later President Pro Tempore

    Democrat opposition to the Civil Rights Act was substantial enough to literally split the party in two. A whopping 40% of the House Democrats VOTED AGAINST the Civil Rights Act, while 80% of Republicans SUPPORTED it. Republican support in the Senate was even higher. Similar trends occurred with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was supported by 82% of House Republicans and 94% of Senate Republicans. The same Democrat standard bearers took their normal racists stances, this time with Senator Fulbright leading the opposition effort.

    Hardly an exceptional episode of American history, but again what we see working here is the good (Exceptional) America driving out the bad (non-exceptional) America.

  • We’ve Been Here Before

    ExcerptThe Democrat party is the party of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK and lynching of blacks. It is also the party that opposed all civil rights legislation presented by Republican Congresses from the Civil War up to LBJ in 1964 when it became expedient to get on the Civil Rights bandwagon and start calling Republicans racist.  Be careful and know the record of those who you stand beside and support, it is past time to correct the record on who really is the racist party, and it is not the Republicans.

 

Mr. Egan needs to find a large mirror and stare into it for a long … long time!

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Mr. Egan recently wrote an Op Ed for the NY Times Apologize for Slavery (June 19,2015).

Excerpt:  “ … It’s harder to be contrite than to conquer. Obama had nothing to do with slavery. Most Americans, descendants of immigrants shunned in their homelands, have very little connection to the slaveholders of the American South. So why apologize? Because we own this past. As such, we have to condemn it. … “

In light of the sordid history of the Democratic Party as I’ve outlined above, if there is to be an apology, it should come exclusively from the Democratic Party, the New York Times, and  people like Timothy Egan on behalf of the racists in their own party – an apology along with a large does of repentance for sins never accounted for against millions of black Americans.

And haven’t we as a nation already apologized for slavery?  — How you ask?

  • The 600,000+ mostly young white men and boys who died in our Civil War — ending slavery by the spilling of their own blood.
  • The long legislative record of the Republican Party to end racism — in the form a a long string of unsuccessful civil rights legislation blocked consistently by Democrats for 100 years.
  • Constitutional amendments 13, 14 and 15 — at long last abolishing slavery and giving all races equal standing under the law (the Constitution) . 

 

Mr. Egan needs to find a large mirror and stare into it for a long … long time!

 

Don Johnson – June 2015

The U.S. flag in Vietnam

 

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While on a cruise ship in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, I came across a fellow wearing a Vietnam Veteran hat similar to the one I wear.

Mike’s hat however, was Australian and he served in the Australian Army  artillery, roughly the same time frame as when my ship, the USS Porterfield, was providing Naval Gun Fire Support to the fellows on shore.

USS Porterfield (DD-682) in the early 1950s

Mike told me of a post-war visit he made to Vietnam … he was a bit nervous in  going back, not knowing what anger, hatred and ill-will he might run into.

He said there was none of that,and in fact the Vietnamese were quite welcoming of him and they also liked the Australians and Americans very much.

Mike’s account is corroborated by this article – “A comfort & a constant” – in the American Legion magazine:

“ … Even today, when veterans return to Vietnam, our flag is known to the Vietnamese, most of whom were not yet born when the last of us left their country. A veteran may have a small cloth flag in a book, or a piece of a uniform, or a magazine that shows our flag, and a Vietnamese local will look over his shoulder, see it and say – “Hoa Ky (U.S.), yoi lam (good)” – with a thumbs-up and a big smile. Even after 50 years, our presence and larger purposes there remain respected by many and, in some cases, revered. It is odd to U.S. veterans of this particular war that the former enemy can have more regard for our service than did our fellow citizens when we came home.   … “

This is not all that surprising to me given what I have leaned in research for my book I Didn’t Want To Worry You Mom … and the source materials surrounding the USS Kirk and it’s humanitarian role in the evacuation of tens of thousands of Vietnamese from Saigon.

These stories are a necessary counter to the libels and slanders of now Secretary of State John Kerry who likened US military action in Vietnam to the barbaric and brutal tactics of Genghis Kahn. Why did the South Vietnamese flee in vast numbers towards the Americans rather than welcoming the North Vietnamese invaders? 

John Kerry was then, and still is, the consummate opportunist who will seize on the moment to further his own goals and ambitions  … he will not let a serious crisis go to waste. That is why he – and not Hillary Clinton – will be the Democratic candidate for President in 2016.

Don Johnson – June 2015

There is no "try" in evolution

Stephanie Keep over at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) writes at: http://ncse.com/blog/2015/05/say-what-big-fail-science-news-magazine-0016394

“ … In a recent edition of Science News (subscription required, but you can see the problem in the preview), Stanford University geologist Donald Lowe was interviewed about his new study about the effects of ancient asteroid impacts on the evolution of early life. He was quoted as saying the following (emphasis added):

“These impacts would have a profound influence on any life trying to evolve into more complex, low-temperature organisms [emphasis in the original]…they’d keep getting whacked by these giant impactors and driven to extinction or near extinction.”

So a person reading this article—even just the first few paragraphs of the article—would get the impression that organisms try to evolve. That is a big problem. This idea, that evolution is somehow a self-directed march toward complex perfection, is a fundamental misunderstanding. It’s not only wrong, it’s dangerous, because it has potential to feed into a common creationist argument that scientists believe in evolution because they don’t believe in God. With no Creator to explain how humans came to be, the argument goes, scientists had to invent evolution, whereby simple organisms turned themselves into more complicated organisms, and eventually, into humans. On this reasoning, evolution is no longer an elegant explanation for the diversity and complexity of life, but a series of “just-so” stories to explain impossibly unlikely outcomes. How could a fish try to evolve into a reptile, one might ask? Poor, silly, atheistic scientists—they don’t realize how ludicrous they sound. …
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My critique: If this central dogmatic tenant of evolution  … that evolution is a random (at least insofar as mutations are concerned) and  undirected purposeless process …  and is responsible for all life forms on planet earth … is true, then I would pose a question to Ms. Keep and other Darwinists:

Given that evolution ‘created’ all life on earth, and all life development activities on earth, and given that evolution has no purpose — then how do you explain the migration capabilities of a large variety of animals? Migration is a clear example of a directed purposeful activity on the part of salmon, birds, turtles, whales, butterflies and other animals … and it is not just a random movement  of animals from one place to another. No … migration is directed navigation — navigation in which the animal must know, in real time, where it is now, and where it ‘plans’ to go.

Migration takes the animal to a specific place – the place of its birth, for a specific purpose – to breed and thus continue the species. Further, it is becoming more evident that the main, if not exclusive, method of this navigation is via the magnetic fields of the earth. The animal has within it, the means of interfacing with the magnetic fields and thus is capable of real-time navigation through vast landscapes of ocean and land masses and return to precise geographic locations … even to the very nest it vacated months or even years prior.

This navigational scenario has design written large all over it, and shows 1) that evolution does indeed “try” and is goal oriented — if you subscribe to an evolutionary world view, or 2) the migratory animals and the earth’s magnetic fields together exhibit a purposeful system design, quite similar to GPS navigation,  that is far removed from any random and accidental basis.

If the salmon or turtle in its present form as an animal is the result of a long decent from a previous (unknown) common ancestor, then how is its navigational behavior explained (not away) and compellingly proven to be the results of random mutations selected for fundamental change in the specie?   

Design is the better inference.

 Don Johnson – June 2015

Europe 2015–An Overview

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A glance at the map above will give you an overview of our very ambitious and extensive travels in and around the Mediterranean area. We were gone about seven weeks and subsequent posts will give you a glimpse of the places we visited.

Even though we took zillions of pictures, my intention is to be rather selective with our own pictures and rely more on internet web sites to capture the beauty, the culture and history of the places we have visited. 

We traveled with good friends Dean and Jill Elliott from our old home town of Ridgecrest CA and have traveled many times with this fine couple in the past.

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Dean & Jill Elliot

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Don & Diana Johnson

When I joined the Navy back in 1964 I had visions of taking a “Med Cruise.” Finally we raised anchor and set sail on this old sailor’s Med cruise.

D-Day – 71 Years Ago Today: Hitler Youth vs. The Boy Scouts

71 Years Ago Today: Hitler Youth vs. The Boy Scouts

Excerpt:

LAMB: Why was it a great day?

AMBROSE: You know, you can’t exaggerate it. You can’t overstate it. It was the pivot point of the 20th century. It was the day on which the decision was made as to who was going to rule in this world in the second half of the 20th century. Is it going to be Nazism, is it going to be communism, or are the democracies going to prevail? If we would have failed on Omaha Beach and on the other beaches on the 6th of June in 1944, the struggle for Europe would have been a struggle between Hitler and Stalin, and we would have been out of it.  …

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And on this D-Day anniversary, 71 years later, my friend and shipmate Gene Beckstrom visited Washington DC and the war memorials, thanks to an Honor Flight where heroes like Gene are treated to an all expense visit to the memorials erected in their honor.

Gene served on the USS Porterfield (DD-682) from 1943 through the end of the war in 1946 II was on the Porterfield in 1965-66) and then joined the Army  where he served as a combat engineer during the horrific battles of Korea. Gene also served for a short time in Vietnam before retiring from the Army in 1969 after 20 years. Since then Gene has been a Baptist pastor and during the past 25 years has started 19 small churches in the rural northern Minnesota region.

Well done my friend and shipmate – I salute you! 

And I salute the other shipmates from that great war that I have met in the last several years.

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Don Johnson – June 2015

Intellectual Dishonesty and White Privilege

“If we can’t ask from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then really this conversation is for show.” Barack Hussein Obama  speaking at Georgetown University’s May 12 poverty summit

Intellectual Dishonesty by Walter E. Williams

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Walter E. Williams

Dr. Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of ‘Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?’ and ‘Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.’

 

Excerpt from Williams article:

A lottery is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a process or thing whose success or outcome is governed by chance.” The question before us is whether wealth is something that is obtained by chance. Did Bill Gates acquire his wealth by luck or chance? Or did he produce something that benefited his fellow man, causing people to voluntarily reach in their pockets to pay?

Gayle Cook and her late husband, William Cook, founded a medical device company using a spare bedroom in their apartment as a factory. Their company specializes in stents and antibiotic catheters. Now Gayle Cook has a net worth in the billions of dollars. Was she a winner in the lottery of life, or did she have to do something like serve her fellow man?

Obama’s profound dishonesty and brand of socialism has failed miserably and with catastrophic results wherever and whenever it has been implemented in full – the Communist countries of the old Soviet Union, China and Cambodia are prime exhibits of the natural conclusion of the idea of personal achievement and success being the result of “society’s lottery winners … “

Don Johnson – June 2015

Swimming Eagle

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Click the image above or the following link
https://www.facebook.com/luke.kim.1048/videos/231123453576315/

I can’t claim this as my own video, but sure wish I could.

I was working in Alaska in the early 2000s – mainly Eielson AFB out of Fairbanks with an occasional trip to Elmendorf AFB out of Anchorage.

On my last trip to Anchorage, I took a day trip on a small boat out of Seward for a day of site seeing and wildlife viewing. At one point the guide and boat captain pointed out an eagle close to shore – similar to what you see in the video. The captain explained that the fish was too big for the eagle to fly away with and sure enough, just as in the video, the eagle started breast stroking to shore. 

The difference in what I remember is that when the eagle reached the shore he hopped up on a rock and held a large salmon in one talon and spread his wings out to dry. As he stood there, he moved his head side to side accentuating the break between the white of his head and the dark brown of his shoulders …  quite a sight and one which I’ve told many times, but I was ill-equipped with a camera sufficient to capture the event — much thanks to Luke Kim who I do not know, but might very well have been standing next to me in the boat that day.

Don Johnson – June 2015

 

Dinosaurs, Sea Gulls and Museums

Over at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) writer Stephanie Keep writes:

“ … there are two large circles that list “Victims,” including dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and flying reptiles, and “Survivors,” including turtles, mammals, and birds.

Huh? Birds are dinosaurs [emphasis mine]. Yet there wasn’t even a hint of this fact, known to every ten-year-old, in the signage. … “

Me thinks Ms. Keep and other Darwinists spend far too much time in the museums and in the lecture halls and books of such as Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne … and far to little time actually looking at birds.

Recently I had the pleasure of watching these magnificent flying machines and saw a few attributes I hadn’t noticed before. I was watching these birds from the 15’th deck of the Norwegian Epic, a huge cruise ship. From this point of view I watched as these birds soared, floated and dived around the ship above and below me.

My eyes, mind and soul took in the various colorations and patterns of the various types of feathers as the birds reconfigured for flight … an aesthetic experience not readily explainable – if at all – by the natural selection story line. 

I noticed how the birds used their feet in controlling flight … tucked back while streamlining the body … then dropped down and used as a speed brake much as a modern fighter jet does in combat maneuvering. Same with the cluster of tail feathers … at one point close up and streamlined and at another point spread out to smoothly control the decent following a high speed run.

As the bird soars below and above me I watched as his head and eyes searched below for that morsel 0f food.

A marvelous demonstration of design – Intelligent Design — at work.



Huh? Birds are dinosaurs

Is that all there is?

Brooding oviraptorid dinosaur

And this?

In watching a living breathing flying bird, you can see much evidence of design at work …  specified and purposeful designs culminating in the birds you and I can see on a regular basis.

And dinosaurs?

Bird evogram

Do any of the reptile like ancestors depicted above resemble the majestic sea gull … or the hummingbird … or the swan? And do the red marks represent a real animal along the evolutionary tree – or do they represent inferred and imaginary conflations of various common ancestors such as the claim that there are no “Adam” and “Eve” human ancestors but rather an unknown grouping of pre-human ancestors?

No Ms. Keep – I think the observations of real life intelligently designed machines like we see in the sea gull are far more compelling than the propaganda and indoctrinations – the just so stories — of a Richard Dawkins or Jerry Coyne – or as those at NCSE.

 

Don Johnson – June 2015

Global Warming and Dereliction of Duty

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Mount Vesuvius – May 2015

The President of the United States – the  Commander in Chief of the US Military – has issued a stern warning to members of the military … belly up to and buy into the Global Warming agenda or be considered to be in Dereliction of Duty.

To the best of my knowledge, Dereliction of Duty is not an offence to the civilian population of the United States – but is a punishable offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and thus a punishable offence for those under UCMJ jurisdiction.

Why would a Commander in Chief issue such a warning – a warning of accountability and punishment for an offence of thought and opinion on the part of  military members?

Given that this man – the Commander in Chief – is a man of profound dis-honesty, my first inclination is that he is up to no good, and this warning is in preparation for and a set up for something sinister.

What role should, would or could the military play in the context of Global Warming?  The President is fond of not only bypassing Congress, but actually taunting his opposition in accomplishing his goals.

What Executive Action might be in store in the near future that would justify military action to enforce? And would such military action be ordered against US civilians under the rube of an inferred Dereliction of Duty on the part of civilians actively opposed to  Executive Action – freedom of the press and academic freedom comes to mind here as does forcibly shitting down offending companies and industries.

Is the President’s “global warming” speech to the graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy a harbinger of things to come?

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UXodRLLkth4

Muslim World Reacts to Obama’s Latest Climate Change Speech

 

 

Don Johnson – May 2015