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About Don Marler

I am 82 and retired. I graduated from La. College with a BA in sociology; from LSU with a MSW in psychiatric social work and completed 1 yr. at Tulane toward Ph.D. Worked for the VA, state of Texas and in private practice. we director of mental health service for Harris County, Tx. (Baytown & Houston.

Holy War: The Rise of Militant Christian, Jewish and Islamic Fundamentalism

Author: David S. New

Pub. Date: 2002

Publisher: McFarland & Co.

Reviewer: Don C. Marler

Holy War is one of those books that tantalize with little known facts and then uses those facts to scare the reader; the combination is powerful. For example: who knew that Ronald Reagan was “hooked” since childhood, on Apocalyptic Dispensational Millennium and Armageddon? Who knew that he was later heavily influenced in these beliefs by Pat Boone, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson , W.A. Criswell, Jimmy Swaggert and others.

President Reagan believed that Armageddon and the coming of the Messiah were near and he wanted these things to happen during his term of office. Along with many other fundamentalist Christians he believed that the actions of men could hasten or bring on this event. And with this event the “saved” would be immediately caught up to heaven and would not have to endure the conflagration.

The author relates the unease and fear the Presidents staff felt about where these beliefs might lead the president. In short we barely dodged the bullet with President Reagan.

Given his wild, impulsive nature we dodged a bigger bullet when Pat Robertson was not elected to the presidency.

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by Don C. Marler

[NOTE: The bulk of this story came to me as anonymous. I have edited, changed and added to it. There is much more to the real story, but you get this point.]

This morning I was awakened by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly, regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility and drank some water from the same source since its safety is regulated by governmental agencies. After that I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Weather Service Administration determined the weather was going to be, using satellites designed, built and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking drugs that have been determined safe by the U S Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time, as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I got into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved automobile and set out for work on roads built by the state, local and federal departments of transportation, stopping to purchase fuel of a specific quality determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposited my mail so the US Postal Service could deliver it and then I dropped my children off at the public school.

While at work I went to the local airport that was built by local, state and federal funds, to pick up fellow employees returning to the home office. I was pleased that they had all made a safe round trip, due in large part to the regulations and inspections of facilities and planes, and in part to the government required and supported training for pilots, controllers and other essential employees.

After work, I drove my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house that had not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire Marshal’s inspection, and that had not been plundered thanks to local law enforcement.

I then logged onto the Internet that was designed and developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and posted on and Fox News. There I learned about how SOCIALISM is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.


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Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice in North America

Cannibalism, Headhunting and

Human Sacrifice in North America

George Franklin Feldman

A most fascinating and disturbing phenomenon in the U.S. is the neglect, denial, distortion and suppression of certain unpleasant, disruptive, criminal and treasonous episodes in the history of the country. This suppression is not surprisingly aided, abetted and enforced by “the powers that be” such as politicians, captains of industry, religious institution, a highly energetic and motivated patriotic subculture. These powerful forces exert pressure on professional historians who have their own subculture of conformity.

As a result the image of Native Americans as the Noble Savage has been promoted. School children learn that the Noble Savage was one with nature, free and generally at peace with other tribes and clans. While the Europeans who came to their land treated the Native Americans badly they tried to convert them to Christianity, which supposedly softened the blows delivered to these noble people. School children, even today, know little of the cannibalism, human sacrifices, headhunting, torture and other atrocities committed before the Europeans arrived and the European participation in many of the atrocities after their arrival.

In Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice in North America Mr.

Feldman rips the scab off these taboo subjects, shining the spotlight on cannibalism, human sacrifice, headhunting and other atrocities, some of which were committed by both sides.

That headhunting was widely practiced by both sides is fairly well known. Even the Puritans participated in headhunting bounties in order to bring in cash. Less well known is the wide spread practices of cannibalism, and human sacrifice among many tribes across the U.S. and especially along the Gulf Coast.

While it is not pleasant to read about victims being sliced and eaten while dying at the burning stake, it is refreshing to see these taboo subjects uncovered and discussed.

This book is well researched and well written. Anyone interested in a reality view of life in North America will not be disappointed.



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The Plot


The Shocking TRUE Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR.

Jules Archer

The plot to overthrow U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and to install a fascist government constitutes one of the most serious threats to Democratic America and is no doubt one of the most thoroughly squelched episodes in the history of the U.S. During the late stages of the Hoover administration the government reneged on its promise to pay WWI veterans a bonus. As a result a huge veterans march on Washington occurred and President Hoover ordered General Douglas MacArthur to break it up. The veterans were camped in tents and shacks erected in fields in Washington. MacArthur drove them out at bayonet point and burned their shacks. Several veterans were killed and all, including wives and children were driven out.

At a subsequent meeting General Smedley D. Butler, an enlisted man’s general, spoke to a large contingent of these men. He was so well received that a large group of individuals and corporations who were developing a plan to take over the now Democratic government headed by FDR, chose him as their choice to run the government according to their desires. These plotters had already studied the methods of Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin. They preferred the Mussolini model. They may have succeeded had they selected another potential figurehead. Ex-Marine General Smedley was a bad choice to lead a treasonous plot.

Without giving too much of the story away suffice to say that they wanted General Butler to lead 500,000 disgruntled vets against Washington and overwhelm FDR. Butler would then become an assistant to the president and would do the bidding of the plotters. The plotters included Al Smith, the American Legion and many wealthy people and corporations whom the reader will recognize.

After gathering his facts and evidence, General Butler took the story to the McCormack-Dickstein Committee (A Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities). This was a huge story with a lot of investigative work to be done. Unfortunately, the committee was up for renewal and funding; instead, it was allowed to die. Later the HUAC led by Martin Dies and J. McCarthy was created to replace it.

Before the death of the McCormack-Dickstein committee a report was submitted and promptly buried. The report did survive however and it verified the veracity of the Butler story.

The book is well researched and well written. It is a Must Read for anyone interested in the history of the United States of America.

Reviewed by: Don C. Marler

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

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How the Apostle Transformed Christianity
James D. Tabor 

Author, James D. Tabor, is a New Testament historian with incredible ability to highlight his characters as they are embedded in their time, place, culture and politic-religious environment. He is courageous in staying on the trail of his characters, regardless of the hills and valleys and sometimes swamps he is led through, until the quarry is at bay.

Such is the case with his pursuit of the “Apostle” Paul. Many of us have known that Paul dominated the early Christian world overshadowing James, Peter, John and sometimes Jesus with his own doctrine.  We who are on the periphery of that insight do not realize how thoroughly Pauline the Christianity we know really is.

Dr. Tabor was the hound on that elusive trail for 40 years and has at last brought the beast to bay in his book PAUL AND JESUS.

It is evident that the author admires Paul’s, boldness, intelligence and tenacity.  Ever the historian Tabor lets the opportunity pass to comment on Paul’s sanity saying it was outside bounds of historical method.

However, if we turn around Tabor’s strategy of putting the reader up close to the character’s time, place, culture and politico-religious environment, perhaps the question has an obvious answer. In order to do that for greatest effect lets bring this peculiar looking, short, bald man, with a hawk-bill nose and a serious sexual hang-up who openly claims that he often sees and talks to Jesus and God about the end time which will come in his lifetime, to a group of 21st century Gentiles. What is the diagnosis they will make?

If you read any book on Christianity this year make it PAUL AND JESUS Don C. Marler

Paul and Jesus: How The Apostle Transformed Christianity

320 pages

Simon & Schuster

Nov. 2012

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Limits On Tolerance and Respect

Don C. Marler

Given the circumstances of my upbringing the chances that I would develop a liberal worldview were slim indeed. It did happen though and I am somewhat amazed at the transformation. Now that I approach the 8th decade of my life I have been reviewing the journey that brought me here. I ask myself if I can be objective enough about my liberal views, especially on tolerance and respect for those of different lifestyles, religious beliefs and customs to make an honest critique. One can only give it his best try.

I was born in the swamps of central Louisiana in 1933 to a family and community that was hardworking, very conservative and that reflected the essence of extreme fundamentalist religion. Having spent almost half of my life cultivating a worldview that was in harmony with this background I have spent the second half transforming it into a more liberal worldview.

It seems evident to me that different cultures confuse religious beliefs and practices with customs. The results are sometimes monstrous. For example: mutilation of the genitalia of young girls so they will not experience sexual pleasure, feeding the first born male child to crocodiles, restoring family honor by killing a number of women in the family, bride burning, murder of those who do not believe in one’s god, burning at stake of a law abiding citizen because his belief differs with that of the established state religion.

Liberals are champions of showing tolerance and most of all “respect” for those who possess different religious and cultural differences. Tolerance, at least for the short term may be, well “tolerable”, while the world tries to model a more humane way for those who practice those inhumane behaviors described above.   I find it unpleasant when someone wants to force me to follow their beliefs and practices, especially when they try to kill me for not obliging. I find it difficult to tolerate or respect their position in those circumstances.

Respect is different from tolerance and more immediate.  It is quite different from tolerance given the generally accepted attributes of the concept. The principal attribute of respect is to hold the belief or practice in esteem. Is it reasonable for me to hold someone or some group in high esteem who wants to kills me?  Is it unreasonable for me to hold someone or group in low esteem who kills innocent family members to restore family honor or kill someone because they don’t accept and worship their god? Is my difficulty in holding such concepts and practices and those who perpetrate them in high esteem a holdover or throwback to my swamp upbringing? Perhaps, but I don’t have another 40 years to work on it, so in the meantime it would be a mistake for someone wishing to be a martyr to try to kill me. I will not in this instance be respectful or tolerant. I will however do all I can to assist him in his goal to reach martyrdom. How long can a civilized world show respect and esteem for the practices. Described above. What does it say about those who show respect for such views and practices.

Tolerance and respect works both ways or not at all. If respect between two parties is not mutual there can be no meaningful relationship in the positive sense.

What of the right to chose ones religion and cultural beliefs and practices? Can a liberal respect the right to choose but not respect the choice if it is destructive? Indeed, isn’t tolerance of certain destructive beliefs and practices unethical and irresponsible? Is the principle of tolerance more important than the harmful belief/practice itself? Do tolerant people hide behind the principle when confronted with the need to be intolerant of inhuman treatment of others?

Liberals and conservatives in America respect the right to choose one’s political party, but often do not respect, esteem or feel tolerant toward the choice of concepts and practices the opposition espouses. The rejection of political ideas and practices often revolve around religion, customs, class, race or ethnicity. Does this lack of tolerance and esteem make a mockery of the liberal stance on those two issues? If I don’t feel tolerance and respect for the concept that wage earners should pay a higher percentage in taxes than the super rich, does that make me a conservative? The nature of my lack of tolerance and respect for those who wish to kill me and those who wish to tax me higher than the super wealthy is a difference in degree rather than a difference in kind.  

Does it make sense for me to show tolerance and respect to someone who does not show tolerance and respect for my countrymen and me, while I don’t show the same respect and toleration toward those ideas and practices of the opposition political party. Is it consistent to show respect for ideas but not for the tactics used to promote them.

The liberal position is not without its problems of internal consistency. The dilemma posed here illustrates a major difference in the liberal/conservative paradigm. For the conservative the issues are usually black and white; right or wrong. For liberals there are almost always exceptions, mitigating circumstances that change cases. I will continue being a liberal according to my view of that condition, but honesty and the reality of an increasingly dangerous world compels me to keep my eyes and mind open. 

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Blue People


Don C. Marler

The Blue people are an obscure group in the Appalachian area who are less well known than the Melungeons and Redbones. Many people who used silver for skin treatment before the discovery of penicillin, turned blue, but this is account represents a condition unrelated to the use of silver.

Reviewing the “online” material on the Blue People was easier than anticipated. Several, but not all, articles were reviewed and can be categorized into 4 different groups.

1. Worldwide accounts.
2. North American accounts–primarily the U.S.
3. Scientific accounts
4. Mythological/New Age accounts

In lieu of a lengthy account of the findings allow me to summarize them as I interpret the findings and give some references you can look up and read—reaching your own conclusions.

Summary of findings.

1. There is no “race” of Blue People.
2. The condition of blue color does exist.
3. This condition (Methemoglobinemia) is caused by an ineffective allele of the gene for NADH Diaphorase, an enzyme that repairs hemoglobin and that has been damaged by oxidation. DNA sequence variation may prevent repair, so the hemoglobin accumulates, causing the blue skin color. (See Curing the Blues in Ireland.)
4. Blue skin color can also be caused by use of silver as a treatment for certain skin diseases. Silver is now disapproved by the FDA for use as medicine, but is still produced and used as a dietary supplement.
5. Around 1960 a physician in Alaska, Dr. E.M. Scott, (See the Blue People of Troublesome Creek, by Cathy Trost), treated some Indians and Eskimos for the blue condition. He guessed that the condition was caused by a recessive gene or enzyme deficiency. He speculated that if it were an inherited condition it would show most in isolated communities where inbreeding was more prevalent. About the same time a Kentucky physician, Dr. Madison Cawein, found some Blue People in Kentucky. He postulated that injections of methylene blue would cause the blue skin color to disappear. He was right. Don’t fail to read the account by Cathy Trost and others related to the Kentucky group—especially the genealogical studies.
6. Some family names associated with the Ky. Group are: Fugate, Stacy, Ritchie, Smith, Combs, Godsey.
7. Another group of people sometimes associated with the Blue People are Blue Gum Negroes. This term has been used as a highly derogatory term until today. Generally among southern Caucasians, the term refers to a group of very dark Negroes who were or are field hands—a lower class of Negro. Their gums and lips are blue in color. Interestingly, some southern Negroes are more prejudiced toward “Blue Gums” than are Caucasians. Their prejudice is borne of the superstitious belief that their bite or spittle is poisonous.
8. The Mythology/New Age stuff is for recreation.

Selected References. Use the internet for additional sources.
See those references in the text above also.…


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