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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Opus 2017-196: The Look of Lies

There are a number of humorous approaches to lies such as , “How can you tell if a politician is lying?  When his lips are moving.”  Today as I was locked in a hotel room being forced to endure the mind numbing TV, my wife had Fox news on.  My eyes were drawn to the discussion.  Marie Harf who I believe was the public voice of the Obama administration, was being interviewed about Russia.  It reminded me of my experience with middle school students.  They are so good at lying and so consistent in it that you cannot tell by their face when they lie. 

That was my feeling as I watched Ms. Harf.  She was really good.  She fabricated “facts” quickly, efficiently and with a look of sincerity that is hard to beat. 

This is what a Progressive looks like when they lie.

homo unius libri

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Opus 2017-195: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 7 of ?

On the good side we finally got the truck unloaded.  On the bad side that only means that there is enough area in the house finished off to pile it all.  But we are making progress.

My wife came through her first surgery.  What was originally to be an out-patient procedure and home that evening grew into two nights in a hospital and a lot of doubts.  I am playing nurse maid.  The problem is that my share of the worlds mercy is null.  I am relying on the Holy Spirit to fill in the gaps.

I won’t go into details but things are still rough.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-194: Headlines: Good News, Bad News

Our justice system is as dysfunctional as our news industry.  This came to me as I was reading in the Weekly Standard.  You remember the investigative journalists who took on Planned Parenthood.  They managed to take video of PP executives talking about selling baby body parts and laughing about cutting up the bodies for the most profit.  Instead of the media going after the Planned Parenthood ghouls, they went after the investigators.  Instead of Planned Parenthood being shut down the reporters were accused of a crime. 

Only in Progressive America.

At the same time you have James Comey saying he leaked privileged information because he wanted a special prosecutor appointed.  So far he is getting a pass and the rhetoric is about Jeff Sessions doing his job and talking to Russians.  Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice and Hillary and her foundation are still being ignored.

Only in Progressive America.

It is interesting that two people investigating the abortion industry are facing long prison terms but left wing media revealing officially classified information continue to get a walk.  The liberals hide behind freedom of the press in trying to pull of a coup against Trump.  At the same time they throw the book at two people looking into a pet perversion of the left and suddenly freedom of the press is forgotten.

The headline says the court did the right thing and dismissed charges but if you read the article it was only so the prosecutor could resubmit it and make it stronger.

Only in Progressive America.

homo unius libri

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Opus 2017-193: Why Barak Repatriated Winston

I am finding new reasons why the Progressives hate Winston Churchill.

Do you remember the scandal when Barak Obama removed the sculpture of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it back to England?  It was a slap in the face to the British but it was even more a statement about Progressive’s attitudes toward a man who saw the evil in Communism while FDR was calling Stalin “Uncle Joe”.  For the left it was a win/win.

I came across another reason while reading Winston Churchill. 
“Indeed it is evident that Christianity, however degraded and distorted by cruelty and intolerance, must always exert a modifying influence on men's passions, and protect them from the more violent forms of fanatical fever, as we are protected from smallpox by vaccination. But the Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness. In a moment the fruits of patient toil, the prospects of material prosperity, the fear of death itself, are flung aside. The more emotional Pathans are powerless to resist.”  Kindle location 459-464
Churchill was in the India/Afghan area of Asia at the time.  He was acting as a reporter in the same area that our troops are operating now.  He faced the reality of the situation on a day by day basis. 

Doesn’t it sound like what you are seeing and what the media are ignoring?  Keep in mind that the left keeps calling it a religion of peace in spite of the evidence.  Keep in mind that Obama did everything he could to weaken America and the West and strengthen the power of Islam.  Is it any wonder that he, and they, don’t like Winston Churchill?

Churchill, Winston S.  The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War.  Project Gutenberg download.

homo unius libri

Friday, June 23, 2017

Opus 2017-192: Should-a-Beens: Social Justice

I was reading the essay at Stilton’s Place and when he compared the young man who was murdered by North Korea for taking a campaign poster to the anarchists holding our colleges hostage, I realized we need a new law.

I think we should pass a law designating the punishment to fit the crime in cases of rioting, looting and arson.  I would suggest that the punishment for the Progressive snow flakes that like to break windows and silence conservative speech while calling us all Nazis should be exiled to the land of their dreams.  When you throw bricks at Ann Coulter and call Trump a tyrant, the call of justice says you should be transported to the DMZ of Korea and released on the north side of the fence.  This would take place preferably in winter.  Or maybe let them off at the north end of North Korea on the seashore and, if they can make it across the country and the DMZ, they will have served their time.

It is not cruel and unusual because they claim that the little fat guy is the beacon of hope for the world and socialism is the wave of the future.  I just want to make it the wave of their future, not mine.

homo unius libri

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Opus 2017-191: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 6 of ?

Texas is a different world.  I took my car to a neighborhood mechanic to have my air conditioning checked out.  Since people were ahead of me it was going to take several hours so I walked to a barber shop for a hair cut and then a fast food place for a fast breakfast and a cool place to read.  Eventually he called me to say the car was ready so I said I would start walking back.  I barely got started when my car pulled into the lot I was crossing.  The mechanic had decided that since it was so hot he would come and pick me up.  And the cost of the repairs was also reasonable.

On the other hand our house is not finished.  The truck is still loaded.  My wife is scheduled for surgery today.  It is going to be a long week.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Opus 2017-190: New Terms: Close Election

In the brief views I have had of the liberal media, they are labeling the win in Georgia as not really strong, a squeaker.  They claim it was no big deal.  I wonder what it takes for them to say it is a strong victory.  The Republican, Karen Handel, beat the Democrat, Jon Ossoff, by 6 points.  That sounds like a really strong win to me.  Not to the media.

How did they respond to the wins of Democrats running for President?

    In 2012 Obama beat Romney by 4%
    In 2012 Obama beat McCain by 7%
    In 1996 Clinton won with less than 50%
    In 1992 Clinton won with 43% of the vote

The only one that was stronger than this congressional election was the 2012 election.  I am sure that the media never talked about them as non-mandates. 

I think we should all accept that although all politics is local, this was a statement about President Trump.  It was a statement that the voters of America are in favor of what he is doing.

But we need to understand that a 6% victory is really a close election, at least until the Democrats win by 3%, which will be a mandate.

homo unius libri