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, February 28, 2015

Opus 2015-53: Headlines: Why Don’t Moderate Muslims Speak Out?

Let’s assume there are moderate Muslims.

Let’s assume they do not approve of the violence perpetrated in the name of Mohammad.

Why don’t they speak out.

For an explanation go to the Website for Fox5NY and read about the blogger who was hacked to death in India for speaking out against the violence.

You will find a similar story on Powerline.

The man was hacked to death for daring to speak of tolerance and freedoms that we take for granted.  His wife almost died in the same encounter.  He was not a Muslim.  He was not in a Muslim controlled country.  He was in India that is predominantly Hindu with a large group minority of Muslims and Sikhs, and a few Christians. 

It was the Muslims who sought him out and executed him.

And you expect someone to speak out against the violence in a country run by the violent?  Do you still leave things under your pillow for the tooth fairy?

They are quiet because they know what a “religion of peace” Islam really looks like.

homo unius libri

Friday, February 27, 2015

Opus 2015-52: Bumper Sticker: Einstein Strikes Again

I noticed a bumper sticker in a parking lot recently.  It said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge” and was attributed to Albert Einstein.  This is an example of why you should not listen to a mathematician for advice about life.

I have a pretty good imagination.  I need it to go into the class every day thinking that I can make a difference.  The problem is that my imagination keeps running into reality.  Remember when you were a kid?  Remember all the dreams you had?  I remember all the times I sank the winning basket from half court as the buzzer went off.  I remember the pass I intercepted and returned for a winning touchdown in the last play of the Super Bowl.  I remember I actually got a date.

Not really.

I could certainly imagine it.  I just could not make it happen.

We are developing a culture that is forgetting the value of hard work and perseverance.  You can just go so far with natural gifts.  You may go further than I will but you will never go as far as you think.  A computer programer wannabe may have a great imagination but it he does not have the knowledge to write it down he is destined to flip burgers and play games that other people developed. 

The person who knows where the treasure was buried is better off than the one who imagines the treasure.

homo unius libri

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Opus 2015-51: Election 2016: A Primary Change

I continue to think about how I always end up getting a “hold your nose” candidate for president on the Republican ticket.

It is going to happen again.  I have not been able to examine and compare at this point but we have Scott, Rick and Rick, Carson, Carly, Ted, and Bobby.  And those are just the ones I recognize. 

The Democrats have two crazy women and a foot-in-the-mouth man. 

They may win again by divide and conquer. 

Maybe we could change the primary system to demand a majority to get the delegates from a state.  That would require run offs but could be done.  We could have the initial primary on one day and the next Tuesday have a run off of the top two candidates.  Do you really believe we would have ended up with the same people the last three times if that had happened?

Maybe that is the reason it is an empty wish.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Opus 2015-50: School Lunch Suggestion

I have a suggestion about school lunches for Michelle Obama

I have been watching and I notice middle school students seem to thrive on a strange diet.

Gum is a constant.  Candy substitutes at times.  Those are just common sense and easy to see.  The hidden ingredient in the middle school diet is staples.  Yes, those kind of staples.  They pull them out of the wall and put them in their mouths.  They ask to borrow the stapler, start discharging staples into their hand and begin to eat them.

Strange but we are talking about middle school children.

So I would suggest that the campaign emphasize a portion of staples in every meal. 

You are welcome.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Opus 2015-49: Election 2016: Pick a Card, Any Card

I am afraid that people who want less government and more liberty are going to shoot themselves in the foot again.

We have a plethora of great, conservative candidates lining up to take a shot at being the Republican nominee for president.  We had a similar rich pool four years ago.  Instead of getting one of them, we got Mitt Romney.  He is a good man and would have made a better president than the current disaster, but he was not a conservative.  He began to win because he had the moderate money behind him and we split the conservative vote.  He continued to win with pluralities.  In the general election millions stayed home because they didn’t like the choices and were tired of needing to hold their nose when voting.

The conservatives need to agree on one person and back him.  I would suggest that everyone who is running as a conservative meet at the same restaurant, go into the banquet room and not come out until they agreed on who would go for it.  Better yet, meet at a place that has no food available and stay in the room until they can agree.

That would give us a genuine choice in 2016.  It would also give the country a real choice.  We would find out if conservatives can get elected or not.  Remember that Reagan was a conservative.  George W. Bush ran as a conservative.  They won.  Dole, McCain and Romney were moderates and proud of it. 

They lost.

The country lost.

Rent a room, people.

homo unius libri

Monday, February 23, 2015

Opus 2015-48: Ode to Old: Visions of Headstones Dancing in My Head?

As I get older I feel my aches and pains more.  I move slower but am blessed to be moving well for my age.  Since we live in a youth culture it is easy to begin feeling like there is little left for you to do in life except collect Social Security and run up hospital bills.  I thought the following was interesting as I was reading recently.
“For many years we seemed to be beating the air here; but a few months since, God so blessed the preaching of poor John Bredin, just tottering over the grave, that we have now a lively society, swiftly increasing both in grace and number.”  p. 368, Thursday, April 19, 1787
I am not quite “tottering over the grave,” in spite of what some of my students may think, but I can see the headstone in the distance.  Of course, with my vision, it may only be a USP truck.

It is good to know that in the year that the Constitution of the United States was written an old man was fanning the flames of revival in England.

Wesley, John.  The Works of John Wesley, Volume IV, Third Edition.  Kansas City:  Beacon Hill
    Press of Kansas City, 1979.

homo unius libri

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Opus 2015-47: A Beautiful Blessing, Not Lightening

It has come to my attention that I have been misspelling the President’s name.

I have been using Barak and it seems to be Barack.

Apologies are in order.  It would seem that Barak comes from the Hebrew and means “lightening.”  Barack is listed as being African and means “blessed.”  Personally I find that strange since, according to Nations Online, there are between 1500 and 2000 languages in Africa.  All of them have the same meaning?  Other sites attribute it to Arabic in which it also means blessed. 

Since our president seems to be doing everything he can to destroy Israel it would seem out of line to lay the Hebrew spelling on him.

Hussein, his middle name is listed as a baby boy name meaning “beautiful.”  It is also identified as being of Arabic origin.

I regret the error. 

homo unius libri

Friday, February 20, 2015

Opus 2015-46: Peter, Paul and Making Merry

I am tired of being Peter and refuse to be Paul.

We have a growing number of people on the government dole because everyone expects someone else to pay for their wants.  It is called robbing from Peter to pay Paul.  From EBT cards to subsidized housing, everyone is looking for the deal that will make someone else the sucker.  The politicians lead the parade, passing tax laws and establishing federal programs where everyone expects they will get more than they give.  It is called robbing Peter to pay Paul.  Although I still consider him a hold-your-nose-when-voting candidate, Mitt Romney was right when he talked about the 47%.  I think history will treat him like it did Dan Quayle on Murphy Brown:  Bork him on the front page and exonerate him on page 8 of the C section.

The government largess comes in everything from refunding tax money to people that never pay taxes to subsidizing the electric and hybrid cars of the bean sprout and tofu crowd.  Everybody loves it when they think it is free.  Every “free” item buys a vote and drives me closer to giving up.

Where is Peter going to be when Paul goes under?

We need to remind the parasite crowd not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Opus 2015-45: Rigor and High Standards?

You need to understand the smoke and mirrors of public education.

This started at the beginning of the year when I thought I heard one of our administrators announce that the official policy of the school board was that students could fail two of their core classes in their last semester and still qualify for promotion and all the activities surrounding it.  I was not surprised.  I have come to expect this kind of thing.  I was horrified because you always hope that you are missing something, but this seemed pretty clear.

In talking with other teachers it seemed like we all heard slightly different things.  That is normal so I started asking for an official statement.  Believe it or not, sometimes people in charge on our district don’t get their facts straight.  Others were asking the same questions and finally I procured a printed document with the district’s name across the top that was official.  At least it looks official.  I am assuming it is genuine because I know the source.

It is labeled “Middle School Contract” and is dated for last years school term.  It has a place for the student and parents to sign but there is no indication that the teachers are involved.  I for one had never seen this before.

Let me share a couple of the requirements:
“No more than 2 F’s in the last reporting period.”
“Students must utilize all opportunities provided by the school and District to remediate F grades in 7th and 8th grades.”
My computer did not recognize the spelling of “remediate” so I looked it up.  It is an archaic term that is an adjective, not a verb.  Welcome to high standards.  Notice that is says “must utilize” not “make up.”  Also recognize that the last grading period is the last five weeks of school and there is no honest way to make up grades from a 19 week class in that time.  Also be aware that there are no standard ways to make up failures.  We had no summer school.  It is up to the local authorities.

The document starts out with,
“The goal of ______ Staff and Administration is to ensure the success of every student.  This contract provides support for the achievement of a successful academic journey  and memorable conclusion to your middle school years at _____.”
I guess it all depends on what you consider success.  Repeated failure and lack of accountability is not my definition, but I do not indulge in the Administration Kool Aid.

Happy High Standards and Rigor Day.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Opus 2015-44: Maybe I Will Run for President

The kids at school occasionally ask me if I would run for president.  My answer is usually, “No.”  But Elizabeth Warren is saying the same thing.  Mitt Romney said it too, before he said he would, before he said he wouldn’t. 

As I watch the example being set by Barak Obama I might need to change my position.  My reasons for thinking of running are not based on being able to do a better job as president.  Almost any child on “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” could do a better job.  No, I am looking at the perks.

It is a rare day that I can find the time, money and an opening to play golf and all I am doing is teaching middle school and a Sunday school class.  Maybe if I was leader of the free world with  crisis on every corner I could play golf.  And picture it:  I would not need to worry about a tee time or slow players in front of me.  Awesome.  Who cares if “they” are shooting Jews in Europe, burning Muslims of a different sect in the Middle East, beheading Christians in Libya or murdering Christians in Nigeria.  “They” probably approve of playing golf.  I think they approve of playing golf most when it keeps the president of the United States from admitting that “they” are actually Muslims, not just people who can’t putt or get out of a sand trap.

On the other side there are all those fund raisers I would need to attend.  Maybe I could send my press secretary to those while I played golf.

I am waiting until next year to announce.

homo unius libri

Monday, February 16, 2015

Opus 2015-43: A Not-Hole in My Life

I will not miss Brian or John.

But then I never watched or listened to them anyway.  And I am not assuming either one is really gone.  Brian’s only fault was he got caught at a bad time.  As I overheard a young man sweet-talking a young lady say, “Everyone is doing it.”  Think of all the liars that keep on prevaricating and speaking truth to power.  Think of the New York Times, the President, the IRS, global warming scientists, environmentalists and, well, the list is too long to try to be complete.

John is probably just holding out for more money.

So get a good book and a cup of coffee and get on with your life.

homo unius libri

Opus 2015-42: Will the Real Teflon President Please Stand Up?

Remember how the press core used to refer to Ronald Reagan as the “Teflon President”?  That was because they accused him of so many things but they could not get any of it to stick with the public.  I submit to you that Barak Obama is the real Teflon President.

This is the man who promised to raise our electricity rates and drive coal out of business.
This is the man who declared he had visited all 57 states.
This is the man who promised you could keep your health care plan.
This is the man who sold illegal weapons to Mexican drug dealers.
This is the man who said you didn’t really build it.
This is the man who...

I am sure you could make your own list if you think about it.

And with a large part of the population, the 47%, none of this make any difference.  They believe that it was all George Bush’s fault. 

There is nothing this president can do to alienate his core. 

If you disagree with him, you must be a racist.  If you pay attention to anything but the color of his skin, you must be a racist.  If you believe anything he says, you must be a fool.

homo unius libri

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Opus 2015-41: More or Less

What’s wrong with you?

What’s wrong with me?

For that matter, what is wrong with the world?

A number of answers are popular today.  Poverty is often cited.  If people just had more wealth they would become noble creatures.  Violence would stop. 

The list goes on.
Lack of education
The “isms.”  Racism.  Sexism. 
The “phobias.”  Homophobia.  Islamophobia. 
Why are these so popular?  Because they put the cause of the problem on someone else.  We become victims.  We are not responsible so we do not need to change.  All of these require others to change but not me.  For instance, the problem is not Muslims being violent, it is people being afraid of Muslims.  It is not the student who refuses to learn, it is the curriculum. 

Sorry to burst your bubble, the problem with the world is sin.

I know that sounds like medieval superstitious mumbo-jumbo to many but it fits all the situations. 

The problem is not in society.  If it were, the Soviet Paradise would have been a place that people, other than the useful fools of the media, would have been flocking.  You would have needed a wall to keep people out instead of making a national prison.  People would have been happy and prosperous instead of living in fear and poverty.  There would have been lines at the movie theaters instead of the bread store.

The problem is not education.  We have college degrees behind every McDonald’s counter and Ph.D.’s working at Walmart.  The skid rows of large towns are full of people with the qualifications to be doctors and lawyers. 

In every place that has failure and misery you find an excess of self centeredness and me-firstism.  This is a good example of the results of inner and outer sin.

I don’t expect to change your mind today but put that in your hopper and let it churn a bit.  Don’t reject it just because it is an idea that has been around a long time.

homo unius libri

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Opus 2015-40: New Terms: OSFAIYAALphobe

I think we need a new phrase so that we don’t need to keep adding to our dictionaries.  I am going to suggest OSFAIYAALphobe.  It stands for “One Size Fits All If You Are A Liberal.”  This way you can accuse someone of having emotional issues on homosexuals, guns, abortion, minorities or any other vital issue you want to mock them on without coining a new word.

It will only work for liberals (ask Progressives, Democrats, Rinos, Socialists, Communists).  They are the only ones who manipulate fear of these issues.  They are the kings of transference.  If you don’t understand transference go get your college textbook on psychology and look it up.  A clear example is when Hillary or a media type talk about the Republican Attack Machine.  The only attack machine in real life is in the liberal controlled media.

So, don’t be an OSFAIYALLphobe, you dirty conservative.

homo unius libri

Friday, February 13, 2015

Opus 2015-39: Let’s Make a Deal


We just turned in grades and they are being mailed home.  For a brief window students who have been attending Party City tried to pretend that I am Bob Barker, or whomever is hosting the show now, and approached me as contestants on Let’s Make a Deal.

The conversation went and goes like this: 

“What can I do to bring my grade up?” 

“Do your work.” 

“Can I change the ‘F’ that is going home?” 

“Since you have done no work for five weeks and you have two days left to work, I doubt it.  However this is just a progress report and you can get your grade up for next time if you will begin doing your work.” 

“How about if I promise to work and you raise my grade now?” 

“How about you work now and I raise your grade when you earn it?” 

“I’m not going to work then.” 

“What else is new?”

I sometimes quote the famous sponge, Wimpy, “I will gladly pay you on Tuesday if you will give me a hamburger today.”

What is sad is that so many teachers are warm hearted huggers who actually think that this time the student really means it.  They seem to believe that because they, as sincere educators, care so much they have gotten through to this poor troubled child.  They might even do a victory dance on the way to change the grade.

Think of it as Educator’s Alzheimer’s Disease, or Lucy Holding the Football Syndrome.  They can’t seem to remember what happened the time before, and the time before, and the time before, and the time before....  This time it will be different.

They probably voted for Hope and Change, too.

homo unius libri

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Opus 2015-38: The American Cream

“Land of opportunity” is taking on a new meaning.

People have always looked at America as a place to escape the restrictions of their homeland.  In the past the desire might have been to worship as you please, to escape the limitations of a class system, to chose your own trade or to even as basic a dream as to own land.  America was the land of opportunity. 

It used to mean a country that allowed the freedom to work hard, be successful and live a good life.  It might be rough on you but your children would use your sacrifice for a springboard.  There was a belief that the cream would rise to the top.  The only real limitations were in your own self.  That freedom recognized the freedom to fail as much as the freedom to succeed.

Now we have becoming the land the secure and the guaranteed.  An ever increasing number believe in the promise of government handouts and go through the day expecting others to provide for the needs they are not willing to work for.  We are all cream now.

The promise has become promises and in the process the dream is dying.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Opus 2015-37: In the Name of Obama, part 3 of 3, Vengeance

The Bible orders Christians not to seek vengeance but to love their enemies. 
(Romans 12:19 NAS77)  Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
Anyone who advocates killing or mayhem in the name of Jesus does not indict Jesus, they make themselves liars and frauds.

Is the same true of Islam?  That is what the president and other tools of Islam tell you.  Again, what do the primary sources say.  Mohammad demands that Muslims seek revenge. 
“O believers! retaliation for bloodshedding is prescribed to you: the free man for the free, and the slave for the slave, and the woman for the woman: but he to whom his brother shall make any remission,68 is to be dealt with equitably; and to him should he pay a fine with liberality.” Sura 2, The Cow, verse 178
Keep in mind the meaning of “prescribed.”  It is the opposite of “proscribed.”  Prescribed means “authorize with authority.”  It is where we get our word for prescriptions at the pharmacy.  Proscribed means forbidden.  Understand.  In Islam revenge is demanded, not forbidden.  Read the words of their holy book.

Who are you going to believe about Islam and Christianity,  President Obama or Muhammad and Jesus?

Do your homework.  Don’t accept the distortions of people who hate Christians and the God of the Bible. 

And don’t try to kill them either.

All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Opus 2015-36: In the Name of Obama, part 2 of 3, Violence

Have people done evil in the name of Christ?  Of course.  Have people done evil in the name of Mohammad?  Obviously.  But the same standard applies.  What did the leaders actually say?  If you bother to read the primary sources you will find two different stories.  Jesus never advocated violence.  In fact, Christians are told the opposite.  Jesus is the one who gives us the quote about turning the other cheek. 
(Matthew 5:39 KJV)  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Jesus did mention a sword. 
(Matthew 10:34 KJV)  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
If you bother to read the context you will find it is figurative and warning that His followers will face rejection, not that they are to attack those who disagree.

Faithful Muslims are expected to kill people who do not agree with them on matters of religion and in Islam religion includes political thought.  Violence is condoned, encouraged and demanded.  It is a bit hypocritical to say otherwise when the Koran makes the statements clear.
“Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.”  Sura 9, “Immunity,” verse 29.
In both cases, Christianity and Islam, you can find other references that show the teaching is not a one time proof text.

All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Monday, February 9, 2015

Opus 2015-35: In the Name of Obama, Part 1 of 3

The headline on Drudge was a come-on:  “Terrible Deeds in Name of Christ.”

Most of the article was about the National Prayer Breakfast.  This used to be a meeting of Christians praying for the country.  Now it is more of a PR event for the multi-cultural agenda.  It has become a supeficially Christian event which has been secularized and lost it purpose, much like the YMCA and YWCA.  The headline came from a tired old canard that the president used.  I have read multiple references to this in different articles but, just in case you missed it, let me quote it for you one more time.  
" ‘Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," Obama said. "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
This is simply another chance for the President to express moral equivalence between apples and oranges and show how much he hates Christianity.  I say hates but I could use words implying ignorance and naivety.  Take your pick.

If someone claimed to have done something with the president’s authorization, does that mean the president is guilty?  If someone else claims the perpetrators did it in the name of Obama, does that make the president an accessory to the crime?  Obviously not.  Guilt would be based on the actual words and deeds of the president.

That is probably why the president and attorney general have been blocking access to e-mails and other documents.  They don’t want you to know what the record actually shows.

Fortunately we do have the documents that tell us what religious leaders have taught.  I want to look at two hot buttons that we keep hearing explained as moral equivalence:  Violence and revenge.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Opus 2015-34: Book Review: Hubris

Sometimes people don’t see their own arrogance.  What do I mean, “sometimes.”  It must be a requirement, otherwise we would simply be accurate.  Then again, if we are really superior, maybe we would have something to be arrogant about.

Celebrities are easily seduced into thinking they have a right to speak out.  They are singers, dancers, athletes, comedians, talking heads.  Their strengths are beauty, voice and the ability to pretend.  They make a lot of money and the the masses worship them.  How does that qualify them to be authorities on the environment, taxes, defense, Islam or poverty?  They start to believe being able read a script transforms them into fountains of wisdom. 

What is equally amazing is how many people take them seriously. 

I came across this quote in the introduction to a book I was starting to read. 
“Science-fiction authors such as myself sometimes look at large issues like this and make dire warnings hoping our stories will be read widely enough to make a real difference to humankind - that people in decision -making positions will take our words to heart.”
Do you feel the hubris?  Do you see it in writers other than sci-fi?  I am amused reading old science fiction and coming across the predictions they made about overpopulation, pollution, nuclear destruction and the repeated attempts to come up with explanations of how life originated and where our intelligence comes from.  In reading historical fiction you come across anachronistic characters who could have never survived, let alone existed, in their time.  These authors are frantic to force their view of the world onto a paradigm that doesn’t fit.  Herbert joins that long tradition.

I quit reading, not because of the hubris in the introduction or because of his obvious anti-Christian bias.  I am used to that.  If I only read authors I agree with I would have a lot of nights when all I could do is scrub the toilet again.  I closed the book because his writing was too cute.  He wrote well, but in the first chapters it was just too clever and cute.  I am getting too old for cute, I want beautiful.

Herbert, Brian.  The Race for God.  New York:  Dorchester Publishing Company, 2007, page 10.

homo unius libri

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Opus 2015-33: Immanence and Transcendence

Warning:  Theology ahead.

How is the Christian view of God different from other religions?

Two of the attributes of God that are in the books of theology are immanence and transcendence.  The God of the Bible is both.

Immanence, if you spell it correctly, means being close and mingling.  Paganism that presents a pantheon of Gods tend to stress the immanence of their gods.  If you read the stories of the Greek gods you find that they are always moving around among the people of the earth.  Often they are up to mischief and looking for ways to relieve their boredom.  This is common with polytheistic religions. 

Christianity also believes that God is close and involved in our lives.  The anti-Christian crowd would also say he is up to mischief but that is not the way believers see it.  He is present on a constant way in the Holy Spirit which we believe not only is active in the world but can indwell us.

The eastern paganism that sees god as a force is into transcendence.  This refers to the belief that god is above it all.  If you think of the Force of Star Wars or the Buddhist idea of god you see no personhood involved, just a power.  Although Christians believe that God is an aware entity they also believe that He is above creation.  He is not physical.  He is not limited by time or space.  He created it all.

So in this area the God Christians worship is different, both immanent and transcendent at the same time.  Monotheism is more than a number.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Opus 2015-32: Headlines: Unemployment Scam

Yesterday Drudge’s leading link went to an article at Gallup about unemployment Titled “The Big Lie:  5.6% Unemployment.”

The number is deceptive.  It does not reflect the real condition of the economy.

Gallup explained.  Some of the unemployed that are not counted:
    If you are hopelessly out of work and have stopped looking
    You are out of work and got a few dollars for a short task like mowing a lawn
    You can only find a part time, low paying job and are working it

My question would be has it always been this way or were the standards changed recently.  If changed, by whom and on whose authority? 

Who proclaims this as being good news?  The administration of course, because they want to look good.  The media goes along because they also want the administration to look good.  They assume, like Gruber on Obamacare, that we are too stupid to notice the lie.

Are we?

homo unius libri

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Opus 2015-31: Got the Blues?

Blues is an example of human creativity and ingenuity.

Blues as a music form came out of the black American experience.  Slaves heard music and saw instruments but were not able to get formal training or buy, so they made do.  I remember reading how some musician when he was a kid could not afford guitar strings so he would make them from whatever wire he could come across.  He mentioned using the wire from old window screens, for example.

The first experiments under these handicaps were probably considered horrible to listen to but as the untrained and under-funded kept at it someone probably said one day, “That sounded pretty good.  How did you do that?”  A new form of music was being developed. 

Many of the standard elements of blues are the kinds of mistakes that people make when learning to play guitar.  Sliding between frets.  Moving your finger on a string that has been played.  Putting you finger on the wrong string when trying to form a chord.  Putting your fingers down firmly but late.  When done by a novice they set your teeth on edge.  Ask any parent listening to their child practice.  When developed and applied by talent they become an exciting form of expression and listening enjoyment.

What accidents are waiting to become cultural icons?

Will rap music ever grow up?

homo unius libri

Monday, February 2, 2015

Opus 2015-30: Headlines: Another Ally Gone

It is dangerous to be friends with Obama’s America.

Another ally bites the dust in Yemen.  It seems that a group of rebels backed by Iran forced the prime minister to resign after holding him in house arrest.  He was backed by the United States.  I can only assume that we did nothing to help him with the rebels were holding him captive.  In case you are not paying attention, many of the terrorists attacking us have been training in Yemen in spite of our involvement.  This means that another haven has been secured for the terrorists who want to bring the west into the fold of Islam.

This is the kind of action we have seen repeatedly under the leadership of Barak Obama.  It is getting dangerous to live in Obama’s America.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Opus 2015-29: Headlines: Two Strikes

Two stories have been in the news, if you are paying attention.

First we have the President of the United States announcing he is not open to meet with the leader of our only real ally in the Middle East because President Obama feels slighted.  Israeli Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, has been invited to address congress.  He accepted.  Obama and the state department were out of the loop.  Now they are getting nasty.  They say it is against policy to meet with leaders of nations who have pending elections.  Evidently this policy is ignored when it is convenient.  Since Netanyahu does not jump through Obama’s hoops he is to be chastised.

At the same time our state department has hosted a meeting with official delegates of the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Muslim Brotherhood is an organization that hates the United States with a passion and is a big backer of terrorism.  They used this meeting to build their prestige and gain visiblity on the world stage.  After all, if the state department of the United States of America has a special meeting with you, you must be important. 

As a reward for our president, shortly after the meeting the Muslim Brotherhood issued a renewed call for jihad and war against the west

Well done, Mr. President. 

In a short time the administration of Barak Obama has done everything it can to undermine and weaken our best ally in the Middle East while giving free publicity and credibility to one of our biggest enemies. 

Candidate Obama said he wanted to fundamentally remake America.  He is doing a good job of making us a second rate, third world country.  Soon no one will trust us or be willing to work with us. 

Quite a legacy.  You elected him twice America.  It scares me that people get the government they deserve.

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