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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.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Opus 2020-243: Firsts: PT

I recently had my first experience with physical therapy.

For at least six months I have had an ongoing pain in my hip.  I firmly believe that the body will usually heal itself but my hip wasn’t buying it.  Since I am at the age when joints start to wear out I finally went to get a professional opinion.  The good news was that the bone and cartilage were in good shape.  The bad news is it was a muscle problem.  The doctor suggested physical therapy and since I have the time I agreed to go.

It was an interesting experience.  I had always put PT in a category with acupuncture and chiropractors.  I admitted they had some worth.  I just didn’t know what it was.  The young woman that worked with me seemed to know her stuff.  She evaluated, pushed and pulled, gave me exercises and sent me on my way.

Am I cured?  I don’t know.  The nature of the beast is it takes time to heal.  She said that therapy doesn’t always make it all better as much as speeding the healing process.  Like much in life it depends on my applying the lessons learned.  I expect to get better in time and hope to keep up the exercises.  

I have been wrong before.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 18, 2020

Opus 2020-242: A Time That Has Come

I want to see an experiment.  I want to see how it would work to establish some city states.  I have mentioned it before but I think the time is golden.  I have three naturals for the experiment.  They are all easy to isolate, their politics would make them willing to be separated, and they are literally hell holes.

I am thinking of Manhattan Island, Seattle and San Francisco.  The first is an island and the others are on peninsulas.  They all have access to the sea.

It doesn’t need to be permanent.  It could be a twenty year experiment.  Then we could reevaluate.  At that point they might be glad to become American again but we might be so glad they are gone that we would not even consider it.

If it went well we might give other cities a chance to vote on City Statehood.  I would suggest Portland and Chicago as good candidates.   

Certain provisions would be necessary.  I would suggest that the United States not cede the immediate shore lines.  They would need to maintain control of a few feet to make sure that we don’t have a tax free Singapore on our hands.  They could have no rights to the waterways around them.  I would give them an easement to travel through but not the right to restrict travel or trade by the remaining Americans.  I am sure there would be a number of institutions that would need to move out before they were isolated, but that is doable.

Of course they would have their own passports and there would be tariffs on products moved in and out.  

It is a conversation that we need to have.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Opus 2020-241: War Games

Remember the line, “What would happen if they had a war and nobody came?”  The question of course is the meaningless pap served up as vegan sirloin by the left.  The real answer to the question is what we are seeing in Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York, etc.  Pretty isn’t it.  It isn’t a case of flowers sticking out of gun barrels and tanks rusting away in city parks.  It is uncontested violence and mayhem.  The real life result of people thinking that question is clever is “What would happen if they had a war and only one side showed up?”

We are seeing the results.  There is a war going on and one side has so far refused to show up.  We keep thinking that you can play nice with barbarians.  I apologize to the barbarians because they at least had some kind on honor.  These insurrectionists on our streets have none.  They have the bully philosophy:  If it is weak, beat.  If it is strong, run.  If it fights back, cry “Mama.”

Can you picture where the world would be today if the world had refused to stand up to Adolf Hitler.  What language would we be speaking today if the Polish army had not arrived at Vienna in time to stop the Ottoman invasion?  There come times in history when you can’t back up and draw another line in the sand.  If we are not already there we are getting close.  You need to begin thinking today about how you will respond when the thugs start down your street with their bottles of gasoline and Bic lighters.  

The war has started.  How will it finish?

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Opus 2020-240: Let the Chips Fall, part 2 of 2

I am willing to let people live in the world they create.

If the Democrats were willing to take their lumps and get on with the Republic, I would say let them live in their fulfilled dreams.  Don’t bail them out.  Don’t subsidize their fantasy.  Most of the violence is in states that think Republicans are of the devil but they probably don’t believe in the devil so they are happy saying, “Orange Man bad.”  The problem is they are not willing to live in their ashes.  They want to share the benefits of socialism.  They are like the child who stuffs all their M&M’s in their mouths and then wants you to share yours.  If you won’t share then they will sneak in when you are asleep and help themselves.

The only peaceful way we can work this out is to have strong, patriotic district attorneys and judges backing up disciplines, well equipped police.  They can be the front line.  In most cases that will be enough.  Antifa and BLM are not going to come to the party if they know the rules will be enforced.  They don’t work that way.  They only play when they can cheat.  The backup will be determined citizens ready to step in if the police are at a lunch break and informed citizens who serve on juries if the response comes to court.

That is the way the rule of law works.  You make the laws.  You enforce the laws.  The chips fall to a jury of your peers and they make wise choices.

Or you have anarchy and all the death and suffering that entails.  I keep hoping for the peaceful route.

Make your choice America.  November is coming.  There will be more on the ballot than a president.  

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-239: Let the Chips Fall, part 1 of 2

There is a tendency in Americans to feel real sympathy for the people living in the areas decimated by the riots.  We see the burned out businesses and cars.  We see people who were minding their own business beaten to the ground.  We see people trying to defend their life’s work vilified.  Our hearts go out to them.

I am not so sure we should go there.  Keep in mind that these areas are full of people who elected the city councils, mayors and governors that are making the decisions that perpetuate the violence.  Did you see that key word?  “Elected”.  They were not appointed.  They did not pull a military coup.  The people elected them.  According to the Seattle Times, the city of Seattle voted 87% for Hillary in 2016.  Their city council reflects that.  How many of those businesses going up in flames belonged to people who supported the party of Antifa?  Chicago has also seen a lot of violence.  82.2 percent for Hillary.  

For Portland I could only find the county results.  Multnomah County went 76% for Hillary.  I would imagine that the city percentage was much higher.  So again I ask, “How many of the people who had lives destroyed voted for it?”  If my neighbor refuses to change his oil do I have an obligation to help him pay for a new engine?

I am guessing that if you could get the numbers from all the other places that are having a Marxist reality visit, you would find that they had overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton four years ago.  I would still feel sorry for them except for one thing that I believe:  If they held another election today the people would vote the same way.  The Seattle City Council is secure.  The same goes for Portland.  If you look at the states that are having their economies destroyed by jack booted governors I think you would find them on the path to reelection.  

The old saying was, “You get what you pay for.”  

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Opus 2020-238: The Price of Seeing Justice Done

Should I lie to get on a jury?

I don’t know if you have ever been called for jury duty.  If you make it into a court room they start the process of jury selection.  It is a frustrating experience.  It is obvious that the lawyers are looking for a group of people stupid enough to be deceived.  I know I will not make it through the sifting as soon as they bring up a charge of drunk driving.  Since I don’t drink the defense does not want me on the jury.  I also have known police officers and my home has been broken into.  I am an undesirable.  

I guess I could lie.

A further point of frustration is the instructions that the judge gives the jury.  He has the position to pull out selected laws and tell you what your options are.  As I asked the judge the one time I got that far, “If you are going to tell me that, what do you need a jury for?”

This comes to mind because the federal government is finally getting in the business of justice and prosecuting insurrectionists.  We also see Kyle Rittenhouse being prosecuted as a judicial hate crime.  There are some juries I would be glad to join but I will never get a chance.

Unless I lie.

What price justice?

homo unius libri

Friday, September 11, 2020

Opus 2020-237: Never-Never Land

Nineteen years and the “Never” has become an empty promise.  

911 changed the game with terrorism.  It did so in one day.  It did so in a way that was hard to ignore.  People are ignoring it anyway.  Before September 11 we were used to calling in the negotiators and working out a deal that did not involve a lot of innocent people being murdered.  There was no negotiation as the airplanes slammed into the Twin Towers.  It was a simple announcement, “You are not hearing us.  It wouldn’t matter if you did.  We hate you.  We will kill you.”

Antifa/BLM has changed the game in political protest.  It did not happen in one day.  The media has been doing everything they can to cover up the message.  The word has been slowly getting out but there are still a lot of people living in denial.  They also have a simple message, “We don’t care if you are hearing us.  We hate you.  We are going to destroy your world and if you get in the way we will destroy you too.”  It seems clear.

Both 911 terrorists and Antifa/BLM terrorists are highly trained.  They know what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it.  One group went out in a flash of glory.  The other is going to continue until they run into a wall.  One group was sponsored by foreigners and foreign governments.  The current terrorists have added one of our major political parties as a sponsor.  What is scary is that 47% that Mitt Romney first brought up.  We keep seeing them in the statistics.  They will mindlessly endorse anything the Democrat Party tells them.

It is going to be a bumpy ride.  I hope to see you alive and well on the 20 year anniversary of 911.  Next stop, November 3.

homo unius libri