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- Presumption of Innocence vs. Assertion of Ownership April 24, 2017
- Happy Anniversary My Honey April 9, 2017
- Bridging Two Worlds: a book review April 8, 2017
- What’s Become of the American Dream? April 8, 2017
- Make Your Bed! April 4, 2017
- Beyond He or She April 3, 2017
- Is Truth Dead April 3, 2017
- Should I Be Worried? March 31, 2017
- The Man In The Box March 30, 2017
- Just Thinking: thoughts concerning: Atheism, Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design March 29, 2017
- Sam Jankovich: The Story of a Sports Legend March 29, 2017
- Vietnam Veterans Day: Department of Body Bags… March 29, 2017
- Asking the Right Questions: March 23, 2017
- Presidential Trust–Trump’s Turn March 22, 2017
- #RESIST March 17, 2017
- Phone Calls I Don’t Like To Make March 14, 2017
- Going Back to First Principles March 12, 2017
- The Hottest New Computer Is: DNA March 10, 2017
- Can information such as movies be stuffed into DNA? March 8, 2017
- Middlebury’s Statement of Principle March 7, 2017
- How Do You Judge America March 7, 2017
- The Miracle of Freedom– The American Baseline February 28, 2017
- Relax, Trump is stone cold sane February 28, 2017
- A love affair February 26, 2017
- Flying and landing at sea February 26, 2017
- The politician and the farmer February 5, 2017
- Is what we’re witnessing in the US a slow-motion downhill slide into a coup? February 4, 2017
- "I may not agree with what you are saying, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." February 2, 2017
- Sam Jankovich–A Butte Kid Does Well January 31, 2017
- Closing In On Why Bogie Quit Talking January 26, 2017
- How can taking the life of an innocent human being be Constitutional? January 24, 2017
- Birthdays And Inaugurations January 20, 2017
- Announcing My New Book January 10, 2017
- Books Every ‘Seeker’ Should Read January 3, 2017
- Intelligent Design and the Manufacturing Process December 26, 2016
- Headlights Against the Storm–The Finest Hours December 17, 2016
- Challenging Darwinian Evolution December 15, 2016
- I Wouldn’t Have Done It That Way December 5, 2016
- A Tale Of Two Veterans Days November 23, 2016
- Crass Capitalist Marketing Campaign – Part 1 October 18, 2016
- How High Is Your Moral Bar? October 13, 2016
- On the Pressures of Doing Drugs – a note to my Grandchildren from one who has not been as pure as the driven snow. October 12, 2016
- I’m Voting With a Hope to “Keep the Republic” October 11, 2016
- Immigration & Assimilation – A Hungarian Model September 27, 2016
- The Mark of the Beast: When Information Storage Gets Under Your Skin September 20, 2016
- We’ve Been Here Before August 14, 2016
- The “Not-So-Intelligent Designer” August 5, 2016
- Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. August 3, 2016
- Hillary Clinton:” I Will Stand Up Against The Gun Lobby” August 1, 2016
- About Those Self Driving Cars, Trucks and Buses July 23, 2016
- Maybe We Should Pay More Attention To The Bible … Part 3 July 3, 2016
- Is there still a Constitutional/Conservative Republican Party? A Follow Up IMPORTANT June 23, 2016
- Ben Franklin’s ‘Apology for Printers’ June 20, 2016
- Liver Function and Its Effects June 11, 2016
- In Natural Disasters, Companies Operate Like Neighbors June 8, 2016
- Words for Today — Philippians 4:4-13 June 5, 2016
- Is America recoverable? June 3, 2016
- Some Sobering Thoughts for Memorial Day May 26, 2016
- Evolution? And The Marvel of Blood Pressure Regulation May 26, 2016
- Connecting a Few Geo-Political Dots May 24, 2016
- Am I still a Republican? Is there still a Constitutional/Conservative Republican Party? May 10, 2016
- Crass Capitalist Marketing Campaign – Part 1 May 9, 2016
- On the Pressures of Doing Drugs – a note to my Grandchildren from one who has not been as pure as the driven snow. April 26, 2016
- For You Inventors–A Mother Load of Ideas for Innovation and Invention April 7, 2016
- YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN March 31, 2016
- How Jesus Christ Superstar Helps Us Appreciate Easter March 27, 2016
- The Irony of Bernie and Seattle March 27, 2016
- The Challenge of Easter – From the Wall Street Journal March 26, 2016
- Praying for “A Hedge of Protection” March 17, 2016
- Bridging Two Worlds: a book review March 13, 2016
- Censorship in Academia March 6, 2016
- Headlights Against the Storm–The Finest Hours February 23, 2016
- I am a Tea Party Patriot– revisited again February 18, 2016
- BRIDGING TWO WORLDS: A Book Report & a Friend February 9, 2016
- ISIS, the Nations and the End of the World –maybe it’s time to take the Bible seriously. February 7, 2016
- Loose Lips Sink Ships February 5, 2016
- Preparing for Dictatorship … Questions for the Younger Generations February 4, 2016
- Glenn Beck; the man with four hands February 3, 2016
- Hope–A note to myself from 1987 February 2, 2016
- Election 2016: The Possibilities are Bizarre and Frightening February 1, 2016
- GPS-less Navigation: A Study in Intelligent Design January 28, 2016
- The Refugee at My Corner January 2, 2016
- On old long syne — 2015 December 30, 2015
- What Course to Make Good 1SD? December 27, 2015
- What Ever Happened to the Men of Hawk Hill? December 24, 2015
- In Hoc Anno Domini December 24, 2015
- This Will Boggle Your Mind (Brain) November 30, 2015
- Sufficient Reason For Not Voting For Hillary Clinton November 30, 2015
- Animal Navigation November 20, 2015
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: Scientist or Ideological Propagandist? November 12, 2015
- Two Book Reports Part 2: 1944 – FDR and the Year That Changed History November 4, 2015
- Two Book Reports Part 1: Exceptional – by Dick and Liz Cheney November 4, 2015
- The Magic of Hats and the Journey of Ten September 25, 2015
- What Made America Great? A Rush Limbaugh Commentary September 25, 2015
- if you have evidence of design then surely you should be able to tell us exactly what that evidence is and what the mechanisms are that are responsible? — A dialog with a commenter at NCSE September 24, 2015
- Peace in our time: or Complicity to Genocide — the nuclear deal with Iran September 14, 2015
- 9-11-2015 September 11, 2015
- Either Modern Evolutionary Biology is Goal-Directed, or it is False! September 3, 2015
- Richard Dawkins: No moralist like an atheist moralist August 24, 2015
- Heroes August 21, 2015
- Loose Lips Sink Ships August 18, 2015
- A Spider’s Eye: Another Example of Design in Nature August 17, 2015
- Questions About Hillary’s E-Mails August 12, 2015
- Who or What Is the Designer in Intelligent Design August 12, 2015
- Our President Needs To Get Out More Often August 11, 2015
- “it’s all just a matter of line items.” – Planned Parenthood August 4, 2015
- A Glutton for Punishment –- Revisiting The National Center For Science Education (NCSE) August 4, 2015
- ‘A new set of wings’ Dr. Forrest Bird * 1921-2015 August 3, 2015
- My Pick for President in 2012 July 31, 2015
- In Defense of the VA July 29, 2015
- President Barack Obama Advocates More AIDS Deaths and Suffering in Kenya July 27, 2015
- Evolution Funding vs. Intelligent Design Funding July 23, 2015
- The Way of All Appeasement – Victor Davis Hanson July 23, 2015
- Transgender Shipmates? July 20, 2015
- Somewhat of a Hal Lindsey Grab Bag July 16, 2015
- A Nation Turns–Same Sex Marriage July 16, 2015
- Catastrophic Blunder July 16, 2015
- Step aside Hillary — predictions July 16, 2015
- The Eye – A Biological Miracle … but of what sort? July 14, 2015
- A Life Well Lived — July 13, 2015
- Good bye Thomas Jefferson — July 10, 2015
- Cruise Ships July 4, 2015
- Our Constitution – Our Morality – Our Court Decisions June 29, 2015
- A Refuge for Racists: The Democrat Party June 29, 2015
- The U.S. flag in Vietnam June 22, 2015
- There is no "try" in evolution June 15, 2015
- Europe 2015–An Overview June 11, 2015
- D-Day – 71 Years Ago Today: Hitler Youth vs. The Boy Scouts June 6, 2015
- Intellectual Dishonesty and White Privilege June 3, 2015
- Swimming Eagle June 3, 2015
- Dinosaurs, Sea Gulls and Museums June 1, 2015
- Global Warming and Dereliction of Duty June 1, 2015
- What Atheist Evolutionary Biologists Are Teaching These Days May 1, 2015
- Looking Inside A Living Cell May 1, 2015
- The Octopus: More Complex than a Simple Mollusk Should Be April 23, 2015
- Islam–Jihad … and the Ten Commandments – an update April 22, 2015
- "Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war". April 7, 2015
- What Possible Harm Could Come From Iran Having Nuclear Weapons. April 3, 2015
- Science & Faith: A Conference March 29, 2015
- Interesting People I Have Met: Cubic Defense Systems March 8, 2015
- What Design Looks Like: An NCSE Document – with comments by Don Johnson March 5, 2015
- Halsey’s Typhoon March 4, 2015
- Benjamin Netanyahu–The Speech March 4, 2015
- HITLER’: Finds Out About Brian Williams February 16, 2015
- Presidential Trust February 6, 2015
- The Crusades and Todays Islamic Push for Domination January 30, 2015
- More Evidence for Intelligent Design January 20, 2015
- Islam–Jihad … and the Ten Commandments – an update January 9, 2015
- Evidence for Intelligent Design: Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots … Robots that Mimic Human Movement January 7, 2015
- Digital and Analog Information Housed in DNA January 1, 2015
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I’ve just finished editing and publishing the memoirs of a remarkable man — Sam Jankovich.
Sam told me today that he feels bad because I am spending so much time on this project. And this is what I told him:
Don’t feel bad Sam. I look at this project as a blessing. There are so many stories out there – we all have them. Many pass through this world … people close to us … and all we have of them is a box full of old photos in a closet– if that. I would love to know more of my dad, an immigrant from Norway who came to this country at age 19, along with a younger brother 17, and friends from the old farm country of Norway. Most settled in Butte and Spokane, but little is known of their life, either back in the “old country” or here in the US in those days.
What did my dad & mom think of FDR, Hitler, Stalin – the great depression – World War II? How did they learn English, What was it like in the early days in a brand new country? Was he one of those dreaded “liberals” or “conservatives” Don’t really know.
So when someone like yourself comes into my life like you, with a compelling and interesting life, I’m all ears and eyes. You are of that “greatest generation,” and I want to know more – and I want others to know. You are a man of great character and I’ve learned from your life.
Yea – I’ve missed a few soap operas and movies along the way, perhaps missed a few golf rounds (I don’t golf). But I’ve gained a dear friend in the process.
So thank you for being a blessing to me. Thank you for letting me peer into your life – sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, page by page, place to place.
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
Thanks for the call I feel so badly you are putting so much time into this project. I will get you names of key people tomorrow then on Monday. Most of the people at WSzU have passed. Thamkd
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“ … I remember those nights as a kid laying out in the backyard on a clear Montana night. Laying out in that mummy bag gazing in wonder at the night sky and … just thinking …
How many stars are out there? How big is the universe? Does it have an end? If it has an end … then what’s beyond? How did it get there? How did I get here? How can there be something that has no end? Are there answers?
I think most of us have had such nights, and for many of us such wonder continues …
I’m one of those whose mind seems never to stop with the wondering … I just can’t shut it off — not that I want too.
So this is a collection of thoughts, conversations and writings that I’ve collected over the years. Thoughts and study that go back many, many years. The pages to follow come from my thinking and study on these issues, from my blog and from internet dialogs I’ve had with various people, mainly commenters like myself who seem to be passionate about the same questions and issues. Many have quite the opposite views as me, but that’s OK.
In this short book I hold out the hope of showing that a world view centered around a designed and created universe is not only reasonable, but that such a view is the one that aligns with and makes sense with our everyday encounter with our universe and all that is within it — including you and me. Scientists of today as well as in years and centuries past have assigned the idea of “Rational Intelligibility” as an apt description of this world view.
This view of a designed and created universe is a minority view these days, not held by many who are the shapers of the modern world view of materialism which holds that everything we experience has come about through entirely natural means. In other words, Darwinian Evolution explains it all and we need seek no further for answers to the many mysterious and profound questions of life.
The popular purveyors of evolution such as Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking and others, dismiss our everyday encounters with design as — the “appearance” of design, but not real design, only an “illusion” of design — not the real experience of design experienced when you turn your television to your favorite show, or talk to your friend on your iPhone.
If you are uncertain, or you hold to a world view of materialism and evolution as holding the ultimate answers, I would encourage you to step back for a moment and take a deep breath — step out and take a risk to examine an alternative view. Examine the examples and thinking I give in the following pages, as well as seeking out your own examples. You can and should take this intellectual plunge initially in the privacy of your own mind — take whatever time is appropriate for you to stir those brain cells into a stirring of questioning. You will indeed take a risk in doing this … questioning your perhaps long standing beliefs … risking ridicule and censure, even from those close to you. It won’t be easy. … “
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“ … I worked in the Leonard mine which was the turning point of my life. I was put in a tunnel and was scared to death. I thought for certain I would not get out alive. I came home and told Patty that if I had to work in the mine we were going to starve. … “
How did this young man, a hard rock miner from Butte Montana, rise from the depths of a mine tunnel to one day stand beside two Presidents and among two National Championship college football teams? From a dirty and dangerous mine to stand beside Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testeverde and coaches of the caliber of Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson? How did this young man rise from that dark, cold mine shaft to become Chief executive Officer of the New England patriots? How did this man expand a football stadium in Pullman Washington from 24,000 to 39,000 seats – with no cost to the tax payer?
Sam Jankovich came to the surface of the Leonard mine and rose to the top of his chosen profession of athletics. From state championship teams in Butte — to assistant coaching at universities in Montana and Washington — to Athletic Director at Washington State and the University of Miami – to CEO of the Patriots. All along the way earning induction into the Halls of Fame of these institutions.
As the editor of Sam’s memoirs I learned the answers to these questions. Sentence by sentence – paragraph by paragraph – page by page – place to place. I found the answers in words like ‘character’, ‘loyalty’, ‘quality’ and ‘consistency’ bubbling up from the pages. I began to see the character of the man as golden threads woven through the fabric of his life and career. Part of the fabric and yet distinctly visible.
The story of Sam Jankovich is in these pages, but it is not a story of “I”. Rather, it seems subsumed and surrounded by the many stories of the “others” of Sam’s life. You will run across constantly recurring phrases as “… a wonderful man” “ … a wonderful person” “… a dear friend”, “a wonderful woman”
Sam Jankovich is one of the “old timers” I’ve become acquainted or reacquainted with in recent years. Others, along with their stories, have come to me from my Navy past — some from that “Greatest Generation” of World War II, Korea, the Cold War and Vietnam. One of my Navy shipmates, and a friend, is a refugee from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and a three tour Navy Vietnam veteran. Another is a Navy veteran of those many World War II sea-battles in the South Pacific — followed by infantry combat in that very brutal Korean War – followed by a long career as a Christian pastor .
These folks who have lived such consequential lives, and have left behind recollections of their lives, deserve to be remembered. That is why I have become passionate in doing what I can to further those remembrances.
I hope you enjoy the story of one such consequential life – the life of Sam Jankovich.
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Don Johnson – typoist and editor of Sam Jankovich
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“I was a twenty-year-old Navy journalist in the summer of 1967 aboard the aging World War Two aircraft carrier USS HORNET. We were steaming in the gentle blue waters of Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin some forty miles or so from the coast of North Vietnam.
It was noon, and after chow on sunny days (when there was no flight activity on the flight deck) some of the Public Affairs Office crew would gather topside to catch some rays.
We’d strip off our dungaree shirts and use them for pillows and we would absorb the tropical sun, or sit and chat or write letters home or listen to Chris Noel on Armed Forces Radio or Hanoi Hanna on the shortwave radio. … “
A twenty year old journalist! What could a 20 year old know about much of anything, let alone journalism? Read his story and I think you might see the talent this young man had back then, and still retains.
Today is the first ever Vietnam Veterans Day. I didn’t know that yesterday, did you?
I read Michael Wheat’s heart breaking story just a bit ago, and then read it again out loud to my wife. It wasn’t long before, like Michael, I was weeping. This is what I wrote back to Michael:
“I too weep at this remembrance. There was a time, also on Yankee Station, when a fallen Navy flyer lay on the main deck of our tin can. I weep over him as well.
Thanks for this remembrance.”
Michael wasn’t in the heat of battle, yet these many years later he remembers … and weeps.
I wasn’t in the heat of battle, yet these many years later I remember … and weep.
Don Johnson – March 2017
No – this was not my, AYFPs visit, but rather a fellow named Brian Miller.
“ … Several of the participants had never heard the evidence for design, so they were visibly struck by its weight and the enormity of its implications. The questions were particularly thoughtful, sincere, and relevant. They were also very common in such discussions, so I thought I would address each of them. … “
“ … The students commented that they very much enjoyed the discussion, since they never hear the design perspective. And the vast majority wished to stay connected with the sponsoring groups for future conversations. If only all academics could learn to ask the right questions and demonstrate such open mindedness and such a desire for truth. … “
This article is quite fascinating. As the two excerpts point out, some (many?) students at these prestigious universities had never heard the design perspective as applied to biology and life. This is not surprising since the Darwinian evolutionists have had a censoring choke hold on such discussions for many years (see my article at: https://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/ball-state-university-intelligent-design-my-7-disappointments/).
So it is quite refreshing that perhaps a toe-hold has been established in the land of Ivy League (I live just a short bus ride from Yale).
I have to wonder though if these events were actually sanctioned by Brown and MIT, or were they off campus and sponsored by some rebellious truth seeking students. Dr. Miller refers to ‘sponsoring groups ‘ so perhaps it’s wishful thinking on my part to think that Ivy has actually stepped up to taking a look at Intelligent Design – but it seems that some of the students are looking.
Dr. Miller has a BA in Physics from MIT and a PhD in Physics from Duke.
Don Johnson – March 2017
Almost two years ago I wrote a piece on Presidential trust. You can read it at the following link.
And now a disturbing commentary shows up in todays Wall Street Journal –
Trump’s falsehoods are eroding public trust, at home and abroad.
If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.
The latest example is Mr. Trump’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had “found out that [Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory” on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence.
Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.
That bungle led to a public denial from the British Government Communications Headquarters, and British news reports said the U.S. apologized. But then the White House claimed there was no apology. For the sake of grasping for any evidence to back up his original tweet, and the sin of pride in not admitting error, Mr. Trump had his spokesman repeat an unchecked TV claim that insulted an ally.
The wiretap tweet is also costing Mr. Trump politically as he hands his opponents a sword. Mr. Trump has a legitimate question about why the U.S. was listening to his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and who leaked news of his meeting with the Russian ambassador. But that question never gets a hearing because the near-daily repudiation of his false tweet is a bigger media story.
FBI director James Comey also took revenge on Monday by joining the queue of those saying the bureau has no evidence to back up the wiretap tweet. Mr. Comey even took the unusual step of confirming that the FBI is investigating ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia.
Mr. Comey said he could make such a public admission only in “unusual circumstances,” but why now? Could the wiretap tweet have made Mr. Comey angry because it implied the FBI was involved in illegal surveillance? Mr. Trump blundered in keeping Mr. Comey in the job after the election, but now the President can’t fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign even if he wants to.
All of this continues the pattern from the campaign that Mr. Trump is his own worst political enemy. He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was untrustworthy Hillary Clinton. But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything. As he is learning with the health-care bill, Mr. Trump needs partners in his own party to pass his agenda. He also needs friends abroad who are willing to trust him when he asks for support, not least in a crisis.
This week should be dominated by the smooth political sailing for Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the progress of health-care reform on Capitol Hill. These are historic events, and success will show he can deliver on his promises. But instead the week has been dominated by the news that he was repudiated by his own FBI director.
Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.
I close with an excerpt from my article of two years ago:
“ … Why does the air pressure in a football cause us to question the honesty of a football team? … why is the honesty of an NBC news anchor all of a sudden a big issue? … but the moral vacuum of a president earns just a yawn as we reach for that next beer and handful of chips?
Rush Limbaugh frames it well when he asks – Why Do We Demand More Integrity from the News Anchor Than the People He Reports On? (Search for this in http://www.Rushlimbaugh.com archives of Feb 11,2015)
Is there a George Washington or Abraham Lincoln on the American leadership horizon? … “
Don Johnson – March 2017