Why tribal mentality is bad

I had a delightful and stimulating conversation with one of my readers last night. She had several questions about my book, Philosophical Lighthouse. On page 72 I write, Tribal mentality or xenophobia, the “fear or dislike of people who are culturally different from...

O Captain! My Captain!

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still; My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will; (“O Captain! My Captain!” is an extended metaphor poem written in 1865 by Walt Whitman, about the death of American president Abraham...

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts …” -As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7 William Shakespeare was born on April 26th, 1564. 456...

How tall is water?

Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call Wanted to sail upon your waters Since I was three feet tall You’ve seen it all, you’ve seen it all (A Pirate Looks at Forty – Jimmy Buffett) Nothing makes me more calm and content than sailing a boat on the...

End of a
Perfect Mission

Alan is my best friend. We met in college while noticing the same very short skirt. He is 364 days younger than I am, so his birthday falls one day ahead of mine on the calendar. Naturally we would celebrate both birthdays the same weekend, back when birthdays meant...

Knot right now, thanks!

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment. A friend of mine is a sheriff that I met at a convention of sheriffs in Las Vegas. I sat next to him at the banquet and learned that he was also a Scoutmaster in his free time. He said,...

Exceeding Expectations

I was a Boy Scout for twelve years. Later, I served as a Scoutmaster for four different troops, accumulating ten more years in the Scouting program. The BSA used to train boys how to grow up to be honorable, trustworthy men. This is something I think is severely...

Santa Catalina Island

Twenty-six miles across the sea Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me Santa Catalina, the island of romance The Four Preps “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)” (Glen Larson and Bruce Belland) Shortly after I moved to California in 1985, I found and joined a...

User’s Guide
to the Brain

[The following information is excerpted from my book, Philosophical Lighthouse.] Philosophy is your comprehensive view of the universe. Your understanding of the world around you, that you use subconsciously, every moment of the day, to make all the decisions in your...

Codes and Secret Writing

I told this story to a fighter pilot friend of mine, and he insisted I share it with my newsletter list. [Just to be clear, my friend hasn’t landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier in years, however “once a fighter pilot, always a fighter pilot”....

The Cooking Magic of Elaine Badnarik

One of the constants in my life was coming home from school (elementary, high school, and college) knowing there would be a hot meal waiting for me when I got there. I hope that you recall similar happy memories. I know that food is the second strongest motivator in...

Adventures and Misadventures

My life has been one adventure after another.  I like it that way.  I’ve planned it that way.  My motto has always been, “never get yourself into trouble that you’re not smart enough to get yourself out of”.  Every once in...

The Great Barrier Reef

I learned to swim when I was four. When I was five I would watch a black and white television show called Sea Hunt, starring Lloyd Bridges as “Mike Nelson”. Bridges’ character was a civilian diver that was regularly contracted by the Navy to perform...

Learning to shoot like an expert

In 1982 I was working for Commonwealth Edison, the electric utility for northern Illinois. They sent me to Pennsylvania for eighteen months to work on my first major project: helping to build a nuclear control room simulator. My apartment had something new. Cable...

Carl Sagan – Champion of Science

Every child is born fascinated with the world around her or him. Everything is new, seen for the very first time. My parents exacerbated my curiosity by giving me a chemistry set when I was only six years old. A microscope a year later, tripled my curiosity about how...

Life could be a dream, Sweetheart!

(“Sh-Boom”, sometimes referred to as “Life Could Be a Dream”, a doo-wop song published in 1954) It is often said that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. I’ve been lucky...

Science class!

Arthur C. Clark is an English science fiction writer famous for saying, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” When some of us watch a magic trick, we desperately want to know how the illusion was created. Several people have suggested...

The Cooking Magic of Elaine Badnarik

One of the many legacies my mother left my brothers and me were two card catalogs of 3”x5” index cards that she used to create the wide variety of meals that we enjoyed, whether we were at home, or camped out in some remote forest as we visited all forty-eight of the...

A tall ship and a star to sail her by

Sea Fever – by John Masefield I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the...

Gun coaching – learning to shoot

For anyone interested in learning about guns, or improving their accuracy, I am happy to help you. I have 35 years of shooting experience, and I was trained by the very best. I would gladly share what I’ve been taught over the years. I AM NOT A CERTIFIED...

Predictions about the economy

I would rather not write about the economy because the outlook is so depressing. After reading Creature from Jekyll Island, I have been warning people about the Federal Reserve, and have predicted a complete failure of our economy for nearly fifteen years. Many people...

FREE free enterprise stifled

Definition of FREE MARKET A market economy based on supply and demand with little or no government control. A completely free market is an idealized form of a market economy where buyers and sells are allowed to transact freely (i.e. buy/sell/trade) based on a mutual...

Restore America Plan

Roger Ebert was my favorite movie reviewer because every movie Ebert liked, I didn’t, and every movie he didn’t like, I did. He was a very consistent indicator for my movie going. I use the government as my barometer of truth in the same way I used Roger...

Remembering Fred Childress

Remembering Fred Childress No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. ~Euripides~ It is with great sorrow that I report the loss of my friend, Fred Childress. Fred was on his way home in Tennessee at the end of a month-long, cross country...

What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for me? Teaching is something that comes very naturally to me, probably because I have been doing it for most of my life. I enjoy watching people’s faces light up when they begin to understand whatever I’ve been teaching them up to that...

FED contracting the money supply

Thomas Jefferson said, “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and...

McDonald vs Chicago

I am sorely tempted to send Chicago’s Mayor Daley a sympathy card. I’m sure he’s crying about the latest Supreme Court decision, which bluntly asserts that Chicago’s anti-gun laws violate the Second Amendment, and the rights of all Chicagoans....

Obituary for the Libertarian Party

On May 30th I gave a speech at the LP National Convention in St. Louis which began with a eulogy for the Libertarian Party. I think I’m pretty safe in claiming that nobody expected the speech that I gave. Let me be clear. I do not hate the Libertarian Party, nor...

Southern Poverty Law Center “hit list”

In February of 2009, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) added my name to their growing list of “radical, racist, anti-government extremists”. I was thrilled because many of my personal friends were also named, specifically Joe Banister, Tommy Cryer, Pat...

California woman fighting the traffic code

Many of you probably know that I “don’t enjoy the luxury of a drivers license”. What you may not realize is that I am merely one of thousands of people who refuse to ask for permission to exercise our right to travel. I recently spoke to a woman from...

Continental Congress Remembered

Eighteenth century life in the British colonies was good – until King George III started raising taxes and making onerous laws that chaffed almost everyone’s backside. Countless petitions were written, and most of them were hand delivered to London – to...

Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty

I try to keep my ear to the ground, and my finger on the pulse of the people, but I didn’t know about the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty until just recently. If you are a defender of individual rights (and by logical inclusion, a defender of the Second...

Questions on your Census Form

My census form arrived today in an envelope emblazoned with a bold warning: YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW I seriously doubt that it is. Article I, Section 2, clause 3 states, “The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I want to wish all of my readers and supporters a very HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!  I hope that you are surrounded by good friends, imbibe responsibly on green beer, and that when you say, “Kiss me – I’m Irish”, someone...

Right to Secession

Over the years I have developed a reputation for being a “constitutional expert”. (Refering to myself as “The Stepfather of the Constitution” admittedly may have something to do with that.) Two of the questions that I am asked quite often are:...

Tax Holiday Movement

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got. Life’s lessons can be so simple to understand, but so difficult to put into practice. Most of us are no longer pursuing happiness. Instead we’re scrambling to pay...

Continental Congress and Articles of Freedom

From November 11th to the 22nd I participated in a gathering of patriots from all across the country. The event was called Continental Congress 2009, and was initiated by Bob Schulz of We the People Foundation for the purpose of recording many of the...

TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY

For the same reason that July 4th is important to most Americans, March 2nd holds a special place for those of us who hail from the Lone Star State.  Allow me to share a bit of Texas history with you. After the United States acquired land with the Louisiana...

Appeal to Authority

I am often asked what people can do on an individual level to restore Liberty in this country. My recommendation doesn’t cost any money, however it is very difficult for some people to do. My advice is to start thinking for yourself. Stop asking the government...

Tree of Liberty

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” I am fascinated by the reaction people seem to have when they hear or repeat this quote. I believe they stand taller, breathe deeper, and their pulse may quicken with a...

Subsidies and Regulation

Before I begin, I would like to congratulate the staff, supporters, and readers of REPUBLIC MAGAZINE for the incredible impact they have had on our society. Someone approached me recently and said, “Hey! You’re the guy who writes for Republic Magazine!”. I assured him...

Importance of the Second Amendment

“We hold these truths to be self-evident” says the often-quoted Declaration of Independence. Of course, that depends on whom you mean when you say “We”. Self-evident truths are only obvious to those that have already discovered those truths. It seems to be part of the...

Puppet Masters

The theme of this month’s magazine is to expose the “puppet masters”. I find it strange that I knew exactly what I was being asked to write about, even though most of the Internet references pointed to a science fiction novel about aliens attacking the earth. Although...

Senate Shennanigans

Shortly after I began studying the Constitution over 25 years ago, I came to the stunning conclusion that MOST of what our government does is unconstitutional. Not surprisingly, I quickly began to doubt my research, convinced that – if it were true – someone much...

Electoral College

It seems that some of the campaigns for the 2008 presidential election began before George W. Bush was sworn into office for a second term. We have been inundated for months with political double-speak, and many people will be glad when the election is over just so...

Blueprint for America

Why do we have government? Do we really need it? What would life be like without it? The absence of government is called anarchy. Anarchy isn’t always mob rule and rioting in the streets, although that is one possible outcome. Our current system seems to have...

Fourth Amendment

The Real ID Act is already law; a legislative time bomb scheduled to explode upon the political landscape in May of this year, killing any semblance of privacy in this country. In order to defuse this horribly destructive ideology, we have to start with the basics. It...

Sixteenth Amendment

Conventional wisdom asserts that nothing is certain but death and taxes, however this ancient rubric is being challenged more frequently, and more aggressively with each passing day. While no one doubts that the IRS will use intimidation and force to collect the...

Money

When my brothers and I were very young, one of our neighborhood friends taught us a wonderful, new word: ALLOWANCE. To our amazement, we discovered that a boy who lived near us was given money once a week so he could buy stuff! Without parental supervision! As we sat...

Second Amendment

Why is a federal agency (ATF) spending nearly one billion dollars each year trying to eliminate the Second Amendment? Our right to life becomes meaningless if we are powerless to defend that life. It is crucial for us to understand why it was included in the Bill of...

Zero Protection

I’m very grateful to RepublicMagazine.com for giving me this opportunity to share what I’ve learned about the Constitution over the last twenty-five years. I hope this column will help restore the principles that led to the Constitution, a document which...
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