Who I Am is Everything

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My last blog entry was written by my stepson Arthur as described in the preamble to that entry. This entry was written by Robert Mayer, Arthur’s twin brother. Robert actually wrote this piece shortly after Arthur wrote the last one, but things intervened so that he did not give it to me until this Thanksgiving day. That, of course, gives me something special for which to be thankful.

I am a human being. Domain Eukaryota; kingdom Animalia; phylum Chordata; class Mammalia; order Primtes; family Hominidae; genus Homo; species sapiens. But I am more than that. I am creative, stubborn, inquisitive, tormented, ecstatic, determined, and more. I am an explorer, an artist, a scientist, a fighter, and a student. I am a brother, a son, nephew, and a grandson. I am the captain of my ship, the owner of my soul. But I am more than that. I cannot be classified by words any more than a color can be described, for I am me.

What is my purpose? To live. To learn, to laugh, to cry, to run, to fight. To see, to love, to feel. A life not lived is not a life worth living. There is no point in moping about when there is an entire world, right outside. Everyone can make a difference, they just have to choose when.

“Family: Fam•i•ly | ‘fam(ə)lē |
Noun (pl. families)
1. [ treated as sing. or pl. ] a group consisting of parents or children living in a household.
2. A person or people related to one and so to be treated with a special intimacy” (dictionary definition)

My family consists of me, two cats, my twin brother, an older sister, my mother, my father, and my stepfather. It also includes multiple aunts, uncles, two grandmothers, three cousins, and a stepbrother (who I have not met) and his family. How do I fit into this? They love me and take care of me. I reciprocate. The second definition for family states this. But that is incomplete, because words and phrases cannot convey the pure, illogical emotions that humans have for each other.

This is also what shapes the American voice. To paraphrase a famous science fiction character (on a trek to go where no man has gone before), “Emotions are highly illogical.” And this is true. Emotions can drive people to destruction, to act in ways that they might regret later. But emotion also drives people in more positive ways. If people don’t like a situation that they are in, then they can go to insane lengths to change it. Had we not had emotions, then “the USA” would still be “the British Colonies.” In other instances, a small group of people can overwhelm a much larger one, often using little more than sheer determination. When any sane, logical person would have given in to the odds, a human will keep fighting, even if it’s the last thing they do. This is what America is based on: Those brave, illogical, insane human beings that fought off the British so many years ago.

This can, however, cause people to believe that situations are in their control, even when all the evidence says otherwise. This can often times have unfortunate repercussions, so I try not to do that. Instead, I find out if I can control the situation, or figure out who can. If I can’t, then I do what I can to prevent it from getting worse.

When I can’t do anything about a situation, then there isn’t much that I can do, other than waiting it out. If it’s bad grades, then I just have to study harder. Once the situation is over, I can find out what I can do to prevent from happening again, such as remembering to do assignments and turning them in.

In conclusion, who I am is everything. It determines not only the obvious of me being me, but also my purpose, my family, my voice, my beliefs, and my reactions.

Why English is so Hard to Learn

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When Jill and I married two years ago, twin thirteen-year-old boys and a sixteen-year-old girl came with the package. All three are remarkably intelligent. Selena is now in her junior year at college with a high GPA in a Marine Biology major. Arthur and Robert are high school juniors, each with a high GPA inContinue Reading

Why I believe — and What

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First, a bit of background. I was born in 1942 to fundamental Pentecostal missionaries on leave in Eastern Montana for the duration of World War II where they pastored a small Assemblies of God church. They had served in German Poland before the War, and they returned to West Germany in 1950, which was asContinue Reading

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Most people understand the concept of prime numbers — whole numbers that are divisible only by one and themselves. Most people also understand that there is an infinite number of prime numbers. There is a new development in that esoteric branch of mathematics that deals with prime numbers. This is a bit technical, but it isContinue Reading

The Truth about Airport security

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On November 14, 2001, shortly after 9/11, I wrote an article in the online journal DefenseWatch (see “Airline Safety: Simple Steps for Better Security,” DefenseWatch, Nov. 14, 2001), proposing a way to establish airport and airline security quickly and inexpensively. I followed that article with several more addressing the issue (see ”Security, Common Sense and Gen. Joe Foss,” DefenseWatch,Continue Reading

The Great Sequestration Con

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The con is in, and virtually every congressional leader and all of the White House is participating. You have heard about draconian cuts in the defense budget, about furloughs, layoffs, long waiting lines at airports, late welfare checks. Here is the truth, plain and simple: The sequestration cuts approximately 44% of the scheduled increases inContinue Reading

Response to the US Government’s “National Climate Assessment Report (Draft)”

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John L. Casey, President, Space and Science Research Corporation recently published the following assessment of the US Government’s “National Climate Assessment Report (Draft).” John, a personal friend, has hit the nail right on the head with this assessment. It is so important that I have reproduced it here in its entirety. Although it is a bit long,Continue Reading

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My current affairs book, The Chicken Little Agenda: Debunking “Experts’” Lies, first published by Pelican Publishing Company in 2006, went into a Second Printing in 2007, and now Pelican has published a Second Revised Edition as an eBook. This new edition contains exciting new research results that definitively answer the question: Are humans the cause ofContinue Reading

Rational Islam

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The Free Muslims Coalition under the leadership of Kamal Nawash just released the following statement to the world media. I applaud this courageous stance. I wrote to Kamal this morning in response to this press release. My comments follow the release below. Free Muslims Condemn Anti-Muslim Film & Anti-American Protests A hateful filmmaker based inContinue Reading

Birds of a feather

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The above spectacular animation of the chicken-sized dinosaur Anchiornis Huxleyi was generated by National Geographic from the latest research (see discussion below other photos) Sinosauropteryx Back in January 2010, the journal Nature reported the first scientifically verified dinosaur color scheme. That research had found pigments only on a few isolated parts of Sinosauropteryx, a turkey-size carnivorous dinosaur. TheContinue Reading