Some of you may have noted the recent passing of Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders.  You can read a write up about Revere here.  What many folks probably do not know is that Revere [the blond in the album cover above] had a Mennonite background.  Here is a brief summary that I cut and pasted from a couple of sources:

Paul Revere Dick, the youngest of five children, was born on January 7, 1938, in Harvard, Nebraska, and raised on a farm near Caldwell, Idaho. As a Mennonite, Paul registered for the draft as a conscientious objector.  Just after his band achieved their initial success in 1961, Paul was drafted by the U.S. military but was assigned a I-W status as a CO and served his alternative service as a cook at a mental institution at Wilsonville, Oregon. Prior to his time with the Raiders, Paul attended barber college, opened his own barber shop, and also opened a drive-in restaurant, the Reed ‘n’ Bell, in Caldwell, Idaho.

Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
Canyon County
Idaho, USA

Sometime during my college years at Goshen, a group of us traveled to South Bend to see Paul Revere and the Raiders, and to say that Paul was high energy would be an understatement.  Here are then and now videos of one of their big hits.

They also demonstrated a bit of social consciousness
Also, most do not know that the Raiders recorded Louie, Louie before the Kingsmen
And if you have the time, a whole concert can be seen here
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Three years ago today, Goshen College biology professor Dr. James Miller was brutally murdered at his home just a couple of blocks from the college campus.  You can read about it in a previous post here.

Some of you know that I traveled to Goshen to complete the semester in two of Dr. Miller’s biology courses, and while there, I tried to glean as much information as I could about the tragedy. Sadly, three years have passed and there is virtually nothing known about the killer, motive, etc.

Here is the three-year update from the Goshen News:


GOSHEN — Three years after a mysterious attacker killed a Goshen College professor at his home and injured his wife, there is still hope the crime will be solved.

Thursday will mark the anniversary of the unsolved murder of James S. Miller. Miller, 58, was killed at around 1 a.m. Oct. 9, 2011, during a home invasion in the 1700 block of Wildwood Court, a neighborhood practically within shouting distance of the GC campus. Miller’s wife, Linda, was also home during the invasion and was seriously injured before managing to call 911.

Goshen police were dispatched to the Miller home at 1:06 a.m., and arrived at the normally quiet neighborhood east of the college campus just a few minutes later. During the 911 call, Linda Miller told police there was a robbery in progress and that she had been attacked by a white male.

Since that frantic call, hundreds of tips have poured into the Goshen Police Department related to the murder. But Millers’ attacker remains at large and has yet to be identified.

According to Tina Kingsbury, administrative assistant with the Goshen Police Department, the homicide of Miller continues to be an active and ongoing investigation to which detectives have been assigned and continue to work on diligently.

“From that day, the Goshen Police Department has been investigating and following every piece of evidence, every lead, and every tip which poured into the department,” Kingsbury said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “In 2013, the administration of the Goshen Police Department enlisted the assistance of the Indiana State Police Cold Case Unit to review all the case details and information pertaining to the James Miller homicide. The resources available to the Indiana State Police and their Cold Case Unit’s vast experience in investigating offenses of this magnitude continue to be a great asset to our ongoing investigation.”

Along those lines, Kingsbury noted that the Indiana State Police and the Goshen Police Department are urging anyone with knowledge of the Miller murder to contact the Goshen Police Department at 574-533-8661.

Life goes on
The fact that the case remains under investigation is good news for many of the neighbors and families who live in the Millers’ neighborhood, many of whom now go about their days with a little more caution than they did before the attack.
For most, gone are the days of leaving their doors, windows and garages unlocked. Numerous homes in the neighborhood have also had new security systems installed, and it’s not unusual to see chains on many a front door.

Even so, strength and hope have remained steadfast in the community, with many residents vowing they will not let the incident define them and how they go about their daily lives.
Laverne Nafziger, who resides just a few houses down from the Miller residence, is just such a resident.

“I am not afraid,” Nafziger said during an interview at her home Thursday afternoon. “I’ve decided that I can’t live with fear, because there’s nothing I can do. I can try to be more careful about locking the doors and things like that. I lock more than I did. And I think everybody in the neighborhood is a little more cautious.”

Nafziger noted that other than some of the new security upgrades in the neighborhood, the Miller murder has had very little effect on the dynamics of her typically quite, uneventful neighborhood.

“The neighborhood has really stayed the same,” Nafziger said. “One couple went to Greencroft, and so there was a change there. Another woman died, so there was a change there, and another family left just this year, but it was because of a job change. So nobody left because of it. The community has stayed strong.”

Through it all, Nafziger said she has never given up hope that Miller’s killer will eventually be brought to justice, a hope she shares with many others in the neighborhood, including nearby neighbor Gay Lehman.

“We would all love to see the case solved,” Lehman said from her home. “I think all the neighbors do. I think it would just bring closure to the whole event if we could get it solved.”

Like Nafziger, Lehman said she typically goes about her days now with a little more caution and awareness than she did before the attack, though she is adamant that she has not let the event define her.

“I think there are more security systems, and we keep things a little more locked up than we did before,” Lehman said. “So we’re just being a little more cautious, a little more careful. But I’m not living in fear. I’m not going to let the guy have that much power over me. We’re just going to go on with life and be a little more careful. I just wish they could get it solved, and I think everybody in Goshen feels that way. So we’re just hanging in there.”

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When the Radical Amish have serious disagreements with their brethren, they cut off the beards of their adversaries.  Our society convicts the offending Amish of hate crimes.

When the Radical Muslims have disagreements with anyone who does not believe as they do, they cut off the heads of their adversaries.  Much of the Muslim world either remains silent or lauds the pernicious murderers.  

However, as Harvey Yoder over at Harvspot points out, beheadings by religious fundamentalists are not new.  The early anabaptists were also know as The Radicals for their anti-establishment beliefs in the separation of church and state, adult baptism, non-violence, etc., and many were beheaded for such beliefs.  Below is Harvey’s blogspot post:  


Anabaptist Wolfgang Binder beheaded 1571

My wife’s ancestor Hans Landis, one of the last known Anabaptists martyrs in western Europe, was executed in the year 1614, just 400 years ago.

Landis was one of thousands who were martyred for advocating for a free church, one completely independent of state control and free of all forms of coercion or violence.

One of the more common means of killing such dissidents in the time of the Protestant Reformation was beheading, next only to deaths by drowning or by burning at the stake. All of these brutalities against Anabaptists (adult baptizers) were carried out in the name of God by Catholic, Lutheran and Reformed jurisdictions alike.

Today we are shocked by similar forms of terrorism on the part of ISIL extremists. But even they have not even begun to decapitate as many people as were killed in this way by religiously controlled authorities in Christian-dominated Europe just centuries ago.

This suggests that brutal forms of torture and killing cannot be associated with any one religion, but with religious fundamentalists of any faith. Sadly, it took hundreds of years for so-called Christians to stop executing unbelievers, members of other faiths and even people of different Christian beliefs.

Maybe one day followers of Jesus will just get out of the killing business altogether.

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Over on the right side of this blog is my list of other sites that I often visit. The very first one listed is and it is the handiwork of a family member – most of you can figure out who that would be!! The predictions are based on up-to-date aggregated polling data for the Senate, House and Gubernatorial races.  There is a highly interactive Senate Monte Carlo simulation page and an informative Latest News and Announcements page.  One of the saddest bits of information displays is the House race page – there are only three states where there are competitive races.  This seems to prove the point that everyone wants to throw out everyone else’s bum but not their own bum.

The sites predictions were previously based on the InTrade election wagering market, but the US Government had a hand in shutting down that company – read about it in the March 2, 2014 News and Comment Section.

To see where the races are headed, I recommend visiting the site often as the elections draw closer.  Today – Republicans + 7 in the Senate for a 52-48 majority, and +1 in the House to slightly extend their majority to 235-200.  Net governorships – no change.

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I have chuckled about this quite a bit since I heard it – it’s my kind of bucket list!!!

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I am in a particularly curmudgeonly mood after getting a jack-boot email from Blogger, the host of this blog.  For starters, the DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and you can read about it here.  One can see that it is mainly a battle of the giants like Google and Facebook regarding republishing copyrighted materials.  It’s nearly unbelievable that I got a takedown notice for my post about the passing of Robin Williams – if you look for it, you will note that it is gone.  This humble blog gets maybe 100 views per day, and would not be a blip on the radar by any objective criteria, so whoever instigated the takedown is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Below, I will copy the email and warnings that I received, but it doesn’t indicate the nature of the problem.  I used several images from the internet – one from the Mork and Mindy TV show and a couple of pictures of the Mork and Mindy House here in Boulder, including one with Congressman Polis.  I also copied a picture of my sister and Robin Williams that appeared on Facebook – who knows – maybe that was the problem – and if so, that would be exceptionally lame.

I also learned about – a website that provides “professional takedowns” for a mere $199 or “do-it-yourself takedowns” for $10 a month.  So apparently, I stole something in the Mork and Mindy post, but they don’t tell you what was stolen!  The link that they give to search for the offense has been “unavailable” for some time now. Chilling Effects is most aptly named……

Email Received:

Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog is alleged to infringe upon the copyrights of others. As a result, we have reset the post(s) to \”draft\” status. (If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.) This means your post – and any images, links or other content – is not gone. You may edit the post to remove the offending content and republish, at which point the post in question will be visible to your readers again.

A bit of background: the DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. If you believe you have the rights to post the content at issue here, you can file a counter-claim. In order to file a counter-claim, please see

The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at We do this in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You can search for the DMCA notice associated with the removal of your content by going to the Chilling Effects search page at, and entering in the URL of the blog post that was removed.

If it is brought to our attention that you have republished the post without removing the content/link in question, then we will delete your post and count it as a violation on your account. Repeated violations to our Terms of Service may result in further remedial action taken against your Blogger account including deleting your blog and/or terminating your account. DMCA notices concerning content on your blog may also result in action taken against any associated AdSense accounts. If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.


The Blogger Team

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Notice on my blog sign-in page:

We have received a DMCA complaint for your blog, A View From Planet Boulder. An e-mail with the details of the complaint was sent to you on Sep 15, 2014, and we reset the post status to “Draft”; you can edit it here. You may republish the post with the offending content and/or link(s) removed. If you believe you have the rights to post this content, you can file a counter-claim with us. For more on our DMCA policy, please click here. Thank you for your prompt attention.
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