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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, February 19, 2018

Opus 2018-045: Headlines: Crown Prince Alexander

It seems that King George has a son.  Who would have thought?  That means that George Soros has, or had, a wife.  The article in the Free Beacon tells us that the son, Alexander, has been taking the father’s place in making some donations to Democrats.  For those of you wondering how long old George would be with us, you can relax.  He is already passing the baton to the next generation.

Keep in mind that the dynasties of the elites also have offspring and care about the future.  The thing is, their future does not have a place for you other than scrubbing their toilets and picking their soybeans.  One big difference between socialism in all of its forms (from Stalin’s communism to the Democrat’s crony capitalism) and free market capitalism in all of its forms is not at the top.  The upper crust always does well.  Look at Korea.  The little fat boy eats very well.  The ones who gain the most from free enterprise are the masses in the middle.  Under free enterprise capitalism us common folks have running water, air conditioning and little fear of the knock on the door at 2:00 A.M.

The king is not yet dead but the new crown prince already has his check book out.

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  Before they come for you they will be coming for the Bill of Rights.

homo unius libri

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Opus 2018-044: Election 2018: A Good Start

People ask me, “Why Texas?”  My quick answer is, “Because it isn’t California.”  That of course is not a complete statement.  As I was going over the Republican ballot for the primary election in March I realized that the propositions on it were as good a reason to move to Texas as I have ever seen.  I don’t know if passing them will put them on the general election ballot or whether it is just a straw vote.  Either way, this is why I came to Texas

Here are the propositions, paraphrased, but not much:

1.  Replace property tax with consumption tax
2.  No toll roads without a vote
3.  Republican nominee for speaker of the house chosen with no Democrat input
4.  E-verify for new employees
5.  Allow school choice to include all options
6.  Bathroom privacy for women and children
7.  Abolish abortion
8.  Make vote fraud a felony
9.  Complete repeal of Obamacare
10. Tax revenue increases capped at 4%
11. No tax dollars for professional sport team arenas

This may only be a Republican dream but it is a totally different attitude from the go along/get along attitude of Republicans in California.

Next question?

homo unius libri

Friday, February 16, 2018

Opus 2018-043: Drugs and Guns Don’t Mix

Recently I was stuck in a waiting room without a book.  It is a situation I try to avoid but it happens.  In desperation I picked up a magazine I would never buy, read or normally even see.  I think it was the one that Oprah puts outs.  It was an interesting look into the world of the masses.  It was like being at a snowflake convention.  It was an out of body experience.

In light of the recent school shooting and the press coverage, or lack of coverage, I remember some of the advertisements I looked at.  What sparked this was an article in WND about the elephant in the room:  Mind altering prescription drugs. 

When I came to the quotes off the label of one of the drugs, which read like this (toward the end of the article),
“...known “adverse drug reactions” – according to the drug’s FDA-approved label – include “mania,” “insomnia,” “anxiety,” “agitation,” “confusion,” “amnesia,” “depression,” “paranoid reaction,” “psychosis,” “hostility,” “delirium,” “hallucinations,” “abnormal thinking,” “depersonalization” and “lack of emotion,” among others.”
my mind went back to the ads in the magazine.  I don’t remember what the drug was but in the list of side effects I saw a lot of things like that.  I remember joking with my wife about why anyone would take something like that.

Evidently many people do. 

What might be useful to look at is the long list of shootings in which the killers were on some sort of heavy psychiatric drugs.  The list starts with the Columbine killings and reaching up to the one this week.  The point of the article is that the connection is being ignored. 

The drug used by the Columbine killers was a real read flag.
“Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that during short-term controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox – that’s one in 25 – developed mania, a dangerous and violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion.”
How does this kind of stuff get approved by the FDA?

When I was teaching I rarely had a class smaller than 25.  What that means is that I had a good chance of facing someone who was literally drugged out of their mind in every class.  I don’t find that scary but it does give you a perspective of the numbers we are talking about.

We need to look at a lot of government agencies.  We should not stop at the FBI and CIA.  We need to also look at the FDA.

homo unius libri

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Opus 2018-041: Don’t Let Them Eat Cake

I saw a reference to this somewhere else and skipped over it.  When I saw it on 90 Miles from Tyranny I read it with great approval.  The basic idea is that instead of giving people cash cards that can be spent on just about anything, people will be given a box of food.  I think it implied that part of the cash card (EBT) would still be in place for perishables like milk.  As long as the list is short I can go with that.  Modern technology makes this very doable.

All of us have stood in line behind people buying steak and other items we can’t afford and pay with an EBT card.  What that means is that I was paying for their luxury items while I waited behind them. 

This is a much more generous program than I have advocated.  My plan was a little bit simpler.  Stock warehouses with basic food items:  Peanut butter, crackers, powdered milk, dried fruit, etc.  The items would not be fun to eat and would be incredibly boring but they would be adequate to keep you alive.  We are a wealthy nation and we can afford to provide food for everyone but we destroy their pride and initiative by giving them cash cards.  We can feed them but we don’t need to encourage them to stay on the dole.
 
It would be free for the taking.  If you wanted to back up a truck and haul it away by the ton, be my guest.  Since it is free you will have a hard time selling it.  I think that after a steady diet of beans and rice a lot of people might to decide to get a job.  It would cost very little because you would be cutting out all the well paid social workers and accountants that administer the current program.  All you would need would be someone to direct traffic in the parking lot and pile goods in the right bins.

Since my plan would never be approved, I think I can go with what this one would do.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Opus 2018-041: Headlines: Statements of Fact = Racism

The Free Beacon accuses Jeff Sessions of racism.  I know, samo, samo.  They could not make it stick when he was going through confirmation but like an old record player with only one disk, they keep playing it again.

What was his crime this time?  He made a statement of historical fact.
"The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement."
Whether you want to admit it or not, our form of government with its checks and balances and belief in law rather than personal opinion comes from the British Isles.  There may be tweaks thrown in from other parts of the world and the Founding Fathers did read up on Greece, Rome and other attempts at government, but when the sun goes down, it is basically British.  If you look at our Bill of Rights and compare it to the English Declaration of Rights of 1689 you get a feeling of genuine plagiarism. 

The term “sheriff” comes from the old English according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary.  Everyone who has heard of Robin Hood has heard of the Sheriff of Nottingham.  The term and the office comes from Merry Old England.

If that makes Sessions a racist then I guess that means two things.  It gives him a chance to wear the title with pride and it makes the serious charge of racism into a joke.

Get a grip.  Stop trying to divide the country.  Put away the race card.  Grow up and move on.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-040: Headlines: A View from the Parade

I would join those who are against the idea of a big military parade.  I speak as one who has earned the right:  I am a veteran. 

I have not done any surveys so this is not a scientific opinion, but then neither are a lot of the scientific opinions we hear.  I speak as one who has worn the uniform and been forced to stand and march in formation.  I hated marching in parade.  I hated standing in formation.  I think that the vast majority of enlisted personnel would agree with me.

If they have the parade I will get on board and cheer my country.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel sympathy for the poor saps that have to march in step and keep their lines straight.  I am also not promising to watch.  I am someone who used to spend the entire night on the Rose Parade route and then sleep through the spectacle itself.

My suggestion would be to take all the money that will be used to plan and produce the parade and divide it up.  Give each enlisted man who would have been forced to march a little bonus in their next paycheck.  That would boost morale.  Maybe they could also give them a medal for their participation and make the progressives happy.  For that matter they could mail out ribbons to everyone who claims they would have attended.

homo unius libri

Monday, February 12, 2018

Opus 2018-039: Headlines: Trump Gets One Wrong

Whew!  That is over.  It has finally happened.  Donald Trump has done something I feel is totally wrong in signing this new budget.  I am not going to nit pick on all the details.  There is no way I have time to read the whole budget and the critics are all harping for their key concerns.  Some are on target, others just perpetuating Fake News.

The basic fact is that it will continue the trend of borrowing to buy votes.  I have no problem with the money for defense.  The Constitution is clear that the Federal government has the responsibility to defend the states and citizens.  Subsidies for the Post Office are also constitutional.  I am not so sure we can justify giving tax dollars to groups like Planned Parenthood.  Set aside the issue of abortion for a moment.  The question is taking money coerced by the government and giving it to an organization that has nothing to do with the priorities of the Constitution.

It is called pork.  It is called graft.  It is called buying votes.  It is called vote the sucker out.

And the president signed it.  The country will survive.  We have been doing this for years.  I had hoped that Trump would be wise enough to see through it and take a stand.  It does not mean I give up on him or don’t approve of his overall performance.  We need to avoid the posturing that requires him or any other politician to get everything right.  It won’t happen.

Keep praying for the man and hoping for the best.  He can now be expected to be more human and fallible.

homo unius libri