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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 23, 2017

Opus 2017-329: Critical Mass: Factions

Society has many bumps and potholes.  What happens when those potholes become sinkholes?  What happens when a small blip reaches Critical Mass.  Today I want to talk about extreme partisanship or factions. 

Being partisan is part of being free.  It is not a real issue.  What is an issue is the extreme form that becomes a faction.  A faction is willing to destroy the entire dining room just to keep others from having a place at the table.  We are seeing that attitude in activities like the use of special counsels to advance a political agenda.

I don’t have a problem with the special counsel digging into the dirt of Washington.  There is a heap of dirt to dig up and if he digs carefully he can discover where the bodies are buried.

What I have a problem with is only digging in one place and only recognizing one type of dirt.  The obvious example is the mountain of dirt that is clearly visible on the Clintons.  Does the Clinton Foundation ring any bells?  Does uranium for Putin sound familiar?  Where have I heard about some e-mails that got lost?  Are we looking into any of that corruption?  No.  They are on the protected species list put out by the left.

We have seen this kind of thing from Dan Quayle spelling potatoes in the alternative way supplied on a card by a teacher and being called ignorant to Barak Obama talking about visiting 57 states and being declared a genius. 

The Republicans could do something about the problem but they are secretly cheering the special counsel on.  They have more in common with the Progressives than the masses.  They don’t have a problem with destroying our liberty because they feel they will be among the select elite that run things when it comes crashing down.

So far the American people have been patient.  I don’t know how long that will continue.  The last election was the voice of the people saying, “Drain the swamp”.  All the elites hear is the anarchists and snowflakes chanting, “Not my president”.  My fear is that they will keep it up until the only answer is violence.  My other fear is that the masses will be complacent until violence is the only answer.

Vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 22, 2017

Opus 2017-328: Should-a-Beens: Blanket Pardons

It may be time for the president to use the power of his office to start cleaning up Washington.  I say that because the Republican party seems determined to return to minority status instead of doing something about the crimes and abuses of the left.

What has me going is the obvious witch hunt by Robert Meuller.  His current target is Paul Manafort.  The plan is to keep digging into his past until you find some minuscule detail on which to hang him.  Rest assured, if they cannot find anything they will fabricate one.  Their hope is to intimidate him enough that he will turn on the president and start making up stuff that can be used to bring Trump down in a Deep State Coup.

I have a solution.  The president should start issuing blanket pardons to any member of his team that is being investigated by Meuller.  Let the tool of the Democrats then do all the digging he wants.  If he finds any dirt, good for him but he won’t be able to threaten people with jail and ruined lives for his left wing handlers. 

Is it possible that a few wrong-doers will be given Get out of Jail Free cards?  Yes.  It is definite though that more will be given Don’t Go to Jail in the First Place for No Reason Cards.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Opus 2017-327: Healthy Insights: Aisle Wisdom

My daughter is in town for a few weeks.  We have been looking forward to this for months.

One of the things we did was stop at a bakery near the town square.  It is a landmark bakery.  It has been there since buffalo could be seen outside town.

I don’t think I had been in the bakery since the last time she was here.  I avoid it because I know that I cannot control myself when I am inside.  Actually let’s say I will not control myself.  If you are like me you know that it is any excuse in a storm.  Give me the potential and I will find a reason to buy some pastry.  Once it is purchased it is never allowed to go stale.  Instead it goes in my mouth.

The best way to avoid fattening food is to not buy it.  The best way to avoid buying it is to avoid it.  Walking down the aisle that has an array of Dorito varieties is not wise.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Opus 2017-326: On the Street: Illegal Economics

Certain groups are in favor of open borders.  They make strange bedfellows.

You have the liberal democrats and the RINO businessmen.  You would think they are in opposition yet both want lots of illegal immigration.  The reasons are similar.  The Democrats want cheap votes.  The businessmen want cheap labor.  They are both willing to destroy our republic.

There is another reason that employers and business owners often like open boarders.  It isn’t just cheap labor.  It is also the existence of the cash economy.  If you can hire someone and pay them cash you are ahead.  You don’t have to pay a bookkeeper and pay all the extra expenses of insurance and taxes. 

About two years ago our neighbor was having some remodeling done.  I talked to her contractor over the fence for a few minutes.  I learned a lot. 

He was able to work cheaper because of the cash economy.  He was an American born Latino.  He spoke well and drove a really nice truck.  He was able to do this and charge lower prices because most of what he did was below the radar.  Yes, he started with employing illegals.  He also paid in cash and was paid in cash.  This combination allowed him to save thousands of dollars.  He charged less and made more.

Think about the expenses that are dumped on legal operators.  Next time you get a pay stub, look at all the items being withheld.  Notice how many are matched by the employer.  All of it has to be passed on to the person buying what you make or sell.  In addition your employer must pay accountants and bookkeepers to make sure the numbers work.  Then you have business licenses, construction permits, insurance and so forth.  The list goes on. 

Illegals work for less.  They are often afraid to complain about abuse.  If you are really sneaky you can pick up day laborers, have them work all day and not show up to give them a ride home or pay them. 

And you wonder why you can’t get a raise.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Opus 2017-325: Monday Pulpit: High Church

Sunday I was visiting another church.  On the whole is was a time I was able to worship.  I only had one problem, they served communion.

Normally communion is not a problem.  I know that if I am attending a Lutheran church I don’t join the congregation.  They practice what is called closed communion.  You need to be a member of their denomination or local church.  I would never dream of taking the host in a Catholic church.  They would consider that blasphemy.

The problem was they used real wine.  I thought I could deal with that.  I don’t drink.  The communion wine is very low alcohol.  The cup was small.  And I made it through just fine.  The problem is the taste stayed with me for hours.  I kept tasting rotten grape juice.  It would not go away.

One reason I don’t drink is it all tastes like what it is, food products gone bad.  It even smells that way.  It has been so long since I had anything alcoholic that I had forgotten how bad it is.

I guess I can use the occasion to remind me of the sacrifice that Jesus made.  Every time I get an after taste I can remember His death. 

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-324: Football and Pork Belly

First a bit of disclaimer.  I am not an interested party.  I can’t remember the last time I ever watched an NFL game.  I find that as I get older and my time of playing football gets further away, I have lost interest.  I can remember how New Years Day was a line up of football.  Now I don’t even know who is playing.  The same goes for baseball.

I can’t help but notice the headlines I keep seeing about the decease in interest in professional football.  The first time it came up was when the snowflake quarterback knelt during the national anthem.  I began reading comments of people saying they would not watch NFL games any more.  Since then we have had more and more rich, spoiled athletes protesting the terrible harm that America has done to them.  More people tune out. 

It is really cause and effect?  I don’t know.  I hope so.  It is the way a free market is supposed to work.  Professional sports offers a product.  It is not a needed commodity like corn or gasoline.  It is not pork belly or soybeans.  It is part of the luxury market.  They need to attract customers.  That is why the forward pass was made legal.  It is why they have those silly cheerleaders.  You have instant replay and all kinds of innovations.  It was to expand the viewer base.  People are free to tune in or tune out.

They seem to be tuning out.  Should players be free to sit during the national anthem.  Sure.  Should I be able to take a nap during Monday Night Football?  (Is there still Monday Night Football?)  Of course.  Could I read a book instead?  Or I might even go to the closet, pull out my old football and go out to throw it around.

So keep protesting, snowflakes.  Protest the system that has made you rich, famous and pampered.  It may raise the intellectual level of the nation and improve my health.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 18, 2017

Opus 2017-323: Digging into Deuteronomy: Conditional Promises

(Deuteronomy 4:1 KJV)  Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.

How many times do we need to see it to accept it.  It again seems that obedience is necessary so “that” (4616) (in order that NASB) God’s blessings will be bestowed.

The promise has been made.  The land is being given to Israel.  You would think that would be a done deal, but not so fast.  There are two other steps involved in this gift.

Israel needs to “go” (935) and “possess” (3423) (take possession NASB).  This is the action stage, obedience.  It would seem that the gift is a work in progress.  There seems to be a time element to the promise.  It seemed so final at first listen but not if you are paying attention.

Before they can act they need to “harken” (listen NASB) (8085).  I don’t know about you but this is the hard part. I don’t like to listen, or so my wife tells me.  There are different types of listening.  Some involve the ears, others the heart.  When we read we need to not only engage our mind but bring our heart into the mix.  We need to take the knowledge and make it our own.

Are you one of those people who really want their lives to be lived for Almighty God?  Do you want to hear the words “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”?  It isn’t enough to know that there are promises.  You also need to follow the steps outlined above.  You need to listen and live.  At that point the promise is fulfilled in your life.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Opus 2017-322: On the Street: Self Deportation

What is happening with immigration?  Whatever it is, it is touching people in their every day lives.  We had a man doing some painting at our house.  He was an American born man of Mexican extraction.  I did not ask him if he spoke Spanish.  He was having a hard time keeping up with the work demand.  He blamed it on the deportations ordered by President Trump.  I pointed out that the only ones being arrested and deported were those with criminal histories.  He agreed.  He also agreed that people are going back to Mexico because of fear of deportation.  It seems all we need to do is get people to believe we will enforce existing law.  Meanwhile, all the people he used to hire are leaving.

I talked about the situation with our general contractor.  He said he tried not to hire illegals but claimed he sometimes had no choice.  When I pressed him on it he admitted that the problem was not a lack of Americans willing to do the job but finding Americans willing to work for what he wanted to pay.  That highlights why so many in business are for open borders:  Cheap labor.  If the Latino population that came legally would just pay attention they would realize that the threat posed by illegal immigration is also aimed at their jobs.  A hungry guy on the street corner will be willing to work for less than someone who has a mortgage.

If we can reduce the number of illegals working there will be two results.  First, it will provide more jobs for American citizens.  Second, it will raise wages.  In reality I can afford to pay a little more for a painter or to have my oil changed.  I might need to eat at home a little more often but it would improve the lives across the board.

Build the wall.  Enforce the law.  Arrest the criminals.  Cut off the benefits.  Watch the rest self deport.  It will work.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-321: New Word Needed

Cartoonists have had a field day with the hypocrisy of ESPN removing the broadcaster named Robert Lee.  Maybe we could start calling these people espners instead of snowflakes.  But it made me wonder.

I am finding I can’t use the word “trump” any more.  This could cause problems in card games all around the country.  It could really be a problems if a bunch of liberals are playing bridge.  We either need to find a new word for the suit that takes all others or get the president to change his name.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Opus 2017-320: Tax Dollars at Work: Illegal Education

More money is needed for education, at least in California.  It seems that their budget is going to be $200,000 short this year.  Why?  Because they used it for a left wing political statement.  The Long Beach Press Telegram reports that amount was set aside to help DACA victims apply to renew their position.

Now isn’t that why you voted more money for schools?

homo unius libri

Friday, September 15, 2017

Opus 2017-319: Headlines: Coming to a Blood Bank Near You

I was recently going through a procedure and one of the questions they asked me was “Are you willing to take blood if you need it?”  It sounds pretty innocent but I said “No.”  One reason I said “no” is because I don’t believe the blood supply is safe.  That feeling was reinforced recently when I was looking through Ninety Miles from Tyranny and came across a post about my beloved ex-state of California.  Evidently Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown is ready to sign a bill which had passed the state assembly and senate which removed the felony charges for anyone with the HIV virus to knowingly give blood.  It seems that the People’s Republik is ready to allow the blood supply to be infected. 

This site links to something called Your News Wire.  They quote Fox news. 

It may come as no surprise that this is the work of the Democrats.  According to the article,
“All Republicans came out against the bill, claiming a reduction in penalties for exposing someone to HIV puts the public at risk.”
This would be a no-brainer but when you talk about Democrats that seems to be a synonym.  Keep in mind that California has no state-wide offices held by a Republican.  Republicans may not be the answer but we know that the Democrats are the problem.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Opus 2017-318: Headlines: Double Spin

Same newspaper, different spins. 

The lead article when I checked the Washington Times told me that President Trump had made another deal with Schumer and Pelosi.

It started out with the announcement,
“Democratic leaders emerged from a dinner meeting Wednesday night with President Trump to say they had worked out a deal to grant permanent protections to young illegal immigrants — without having to accept funding for the president’s proposed border wall.”
I didn’t wade through the entire article but what I did read seemed to indicate that the deal wasn’t that clear or that definite. 

Then why the headline?

In a sidebar we find an article that starts this way:

“President Trump tweeted Thursday that he did not make a deal with Democrats for children brought to the U.S. illegally, but indicated he has no desire to deport them.”
This leans the other way, again with disclaimers and all.

It would seem to me that if this were serious reporting both spins could be put in the same article with relevant quotes and then we could make up our minds whom to believe.  Or better yet, we could file it away in our memory and wait to see if one or both were lying to us.

Has Trump folded?  Are Schumer and Pelosi simply telling another big one for headlines?  I know I can’t believe anything a Democrat tells me but that does not mean the president is on the side of the angels either.

The adventure continues.  I understand that half a loaf is better than none and Trump has given us quite a few slices so far.  I worry about him throwing it all away though.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-317: Where Are the Headlines?

I would like to congratulate the Trump family for the addition of a new grandchild.  My wife must have seen a blurb about it on TV but when I went to check it out it was not announced on any of the major news sites.  I am still waiting for my first grandchild so to me it seems like a big deal but Bush Derangement Syndrome, excuse me Trump Derangement Syndrome, seems to be working in full force.  If you have trouble with the President as a grandfather how do you deal with the first lady being a grandmother?

Maybe I just missed all the celebration.  I know the Drudge has been heralding the birth of another left wing, celebrity hate fest as the Personalities got together to raise money for hurricane relief.  As if such an event was news.

And they claim to have raised $14 million.  The money is being managed by something called Comic Relief USA's Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund.  Now there is a charity that instills confidence in the hearts of Americans.  Maybe it is for hurricane Ironic instead of Irma.  At least it instills confidence in those who believe that anyone who does not accept global warming should be punished.  They also seem to still believe that Islam is a religion of peace.  They also need a safe-space every time the words president and Trump are mentioned together.  Actually, just shouting “Trump” will make them need a sniff test of their Pampers.

So sincere congratulations to the Trumps and sincere sympathy for the Hollywood celebrities.  I hope that some of the money they “raised” actually helps people.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Opus 2017-316: Digging into Deuteronomy: Roots of Anti-Semitism

(Deuteronomy 2:25 KJV)  This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.

One of the questions I have heard regards the widespread loathing that so many in the world have toward the Jews.  All are familiar with the Nazi holocaust.  If you saw the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” you are familiar with pogroms.  The concept of being anti-Semitic is well known.  The Jews are the focus of much hatred and hatred is often disguised fear or jealousy.

We see this around the world today and it is particularly virulent among the Arabs.  We see it among liberals.  It is at the root of so many Democrats that hate to hear that Israel is victorious.  It is why the news refuses to acknowledge that Israel is the only free country in the Middle East.  It is also, strangely enough, why so many non-religious Jews act like they do.  It is not a new phenomenon.  Here are the roots.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Opus 2017-315: Headlines: The Russians Are Back

I guess it was too good to be true.  Now that Irma is calming down the media brings back the Russian mantra.  The main story in the Washington Times on Monday involved Mueller’s fishing expedition against Trump.  I can’t believe that this is being allowed to go on.

This Democrat operative has hired 16 left wing experts who are committed to digging through everything Trump and his family have ever done.  They will keep at it until they find some little accounting mistake and then all hell will break loose.  Meanwhile, no one is looking into all the millions in bribes that Hillary raked in over the last few years.

I keep thinking of the intimidation factor.  This is a case of the entrenched government forces trying to scare anyone from standing up for what is right.  Picture how most of us would be destroyed by legal fees if these parasites came after us.  The strategy is to make anyone of principle afraid to say they are for Trump.  On the street we call them Antifa.  In the courts we call them special counsel or Your Honor.  All rule by intimidation.

Does the name Scooter Libby ring a bell?  He was given 30 months in prison, lost his law license and had his life ruined by these people.  His crime?  He gave an incomplete answer in an interview with the FBI.  Some say he refused to turn on President Bush so he was taken down on a technicality.

They are trying the same tactic on President Trump and anyone who is willing to work in his administration.  I am glad most of them can afford lawyers.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 11, 2017

Opus 2017-314: Did You Really Pray for Florida?

“My prayers are with you.”  How many times have you heard that or something close?  I try to avoid promising to pray for people because I often forget after the energy of the moment. 

We are now beginning to pass the energy of the moment in regard to the two hurricanes that have touched on the United States.  I am sure that the people with water in their living rooms don’t agree with that.  If you are on the west coast of Florida you are still worried.  If you live in a certain part of Mexico you might still be looking for family in the wreckage.  At church yesterday they were still asking people to volunteer in the recovery.  But for most of us the drama is receding and we are continuing with our regular lives.

At times like this I wonder how much the prayers helped.  I wonder this as a devout Christian who believes that prayer changes things, but how much?  As I look at Hurricane Harvey and the billions of dollars in damage and the lives lost it is easy to focus on that and not stop to wonder why any houses are still standing and why tens of thousands are not dead.  I would suggest the prayers of God’s people.

How about Hurricane Irma?  I checked a local news source and had to read most of the article before I found that it was down to a category 1 hurricane at this point.  Yawn.  Isn’t high school football starting?  Not so fast.  At one point all we heard about was category 5 and Florida being wiped out.  What happened?  Maybe prayer.  Consider how much more damage and death we would have seen if the track of the storm had been just a few degrees different.

Prayer is harder to track than a hurricane.  It is different from the scientific method because it is not an experiment you can go back and run over again with different variables.  All you can do is look at the results and wonder, “What happened?”

Let me go out on even thinner ice.  We have two massive hurricanes and have less than 100 dead.  Other parts of the world experience similar touches of weather and have thousands dead.  One of the questions I will always wonder about, and plan to ask about after the resurrection, is “How much does the Christian salt repel disaster in places like America?”  There are cases in the Bible from the last plague in Egypt to the escape clause for Sodom that indicate God’s people don’t have the same amount of tragedy as the nations that have rejected Him.

It is a touchy subject but one we can wonder about in the recesses of our hearts.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-313: Never Forget

I was listening to an old podcast from The Art of Manliness and the conversation came around to the topic of heroism.  The host mentioned the policemen and firemen who had gone into the Twin Towers to rescue people on 9/11.  In one sense they were just doing their jobs but in a more real sense they were deliberately risking their lives, and losing them, in order to try to rescue others.  I had to admit that is a good definition of a hero.  The heroes were not the people trapped in the building.  They were victims who had no choice.  The heroes were the ones who chose to go in harms way for the benefit of others.

Compare that view of manliness with the terrorists and the social justice warriors.  One risks his life to try to save others, with no guarantee of success.  The other risks others in order to make themselves feel important.  One is showing courage; the other, cowardice.  One quietly goes home if he survives, the other dances in the streets celebrating the carnage. 

Compare the cultures that elevate each behavior.  Western culture mourns with those who suffer.  From what we see the masses of Islam rejoice in the agony of their enemies.  I do not know the Koran well enough to pull up a verse explaining their joy but I do know why the West, which has been influenced by the Bible takes the high road.

Our Jewish heritage lays the groundwork.
(Proverbs 24:17-18 KJV)  Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:  Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
And in the next chapter,
(Proverbs 25:21 KJV)  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
For those who don’t look that far back, accept the words of Jesus,
(Matthew 5:44 KJV)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Different cultures.  Different religions.  Different ways of responding to the suffering of others.

Remember 911, but remember from the Christian perspective.  Yes, some people must be killed to protect our civilization, but it is to be done to save the innocent not for revenge.

Never forget.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Opus 2017-312: Spam: I Am Awesome

I love the terms used to describe my post:  Astounding, clarity, spectacular, expert, and gratifying.  I was a bit concerned that he wanted to “clutch” my RSS feed though.  I did have a question before I deleted the comment:  Why did it take the spambot six years to find this wonderful bit of writing?

Spam.  The original fake news.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-311: Headlines: Sharing the Blame for Sharing the Wealth

A lot of us are upset with the president for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and borrowing more money.  What is a bit hypocritical is Republican leaders blaming him.  If you are one of those who think this is a deal between Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump you were not paying attention in your high school government class, assuming you had one.

The bill was signed, according to the Washington Times.
“President Trump signed a bill Friday afternoon to inject billions of dollars into disaster relief, racing to deliver the funds as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida and as cleanup efforts from Hurricane Harvey get fully underway in Texas.”
We hear cries of “President Trump made a deal.”

Okay, class, listen up.  Where do all spending bills for the United Stated government start?  If you knew it was the House of Representatives you probably cheated.  Who is in charge of the House?  Paul Ryan.  The next line in the article is,
“Mr. Trump acted just hours after the bill cleared the House in a strong bipartisan vote.”
In order for it to get to the president’s desk it also had to go to the Senate, where the Republicans also have a majority, and pass there.  So by the time it reaches the president all the Democrats and RINOs had a chance to nix it.  They did not.

Where were all these patriots when the president said he was ready to sign a bill ending Obamacare?

Crickets.  So go ahead and be upset with the president but don’t forget your local congressman.  And don’t leave out all of us that think the U.S. Government is there to ride to the rescue when we have a problem.  We are digging our own graves, one crisis at a time.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Opus 2017-310: Headlines: That Disgusting Freedom

The Battle for America continues.  The focus at this point is in the First Amendment regarding what is popularly called “freedom of speech”.  The Progressives, represented by all the forces of the left from the Democrats, through the RINOs, to the Antifa thugs, are trying to shut down freedom of expression.  They have been passing laws against thoughts.  That is basically what “hate crime” legislation is all about.  Somehow if you murder someone because you hate them that deserves stronger punishment than if you just murder them.  Are they more dead?  The goal is to be able to put people in jail if you disagree with them by judging what is in their head.  Obviously that is impossible or, at least, it is obvious to me.

According to the Washington Times a “white nationalist” has been given the right to exercise the First Amendment at the University of Florida.  This should be one of those, “Why is this news?” moments in our lives.  Instead it is a headline event. 

What got me though was in the last paragraph. 
“Other colleges, meanwhile, aren’t on the same page. A spokesman for Ohio State said Wednesday that the school has denied a request to host Mr. Spencer next month due citing the possibility of ‘substantial risk to public safety,’ putting it in the same category as other colleges that have rejected him recently including Michigan State, Penn State and Texas A&M.”
Notice the words in quotation marks.  What is being ignored is that the people causing the risk are in the audience, not on the platform.  It is not the person expressing unpopular views that is being violent but the people who understand the First Amendment and don’t want it applied to anyone but themselves.

The risk to public safety comes from the left.  If the University wanted to guarantee the safe exchange of ideas they would have a security team on hand to arrest anyone in the audience that tried to start violence.  I guarantee no one on the platform will be going to jail.  If we keep shutting down the process of public debate because one side threatens violence we might as well let them keep the football and go home to our snowflake rooms.

We can’t do that because after they secure the public square they will come for us in our homes.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 8, 2017

Opus 2017-309: Headlines: The Left Coast Strikes Again

I now have another reason to be glad I am out of the People’s Republik of Kalifornia.  In a link on The Daily Gouge I was taken to an article in the LA Times stating that the voting is over, part of a California freeway will be named after Barak Obama.  Trust me, it is in the Times but I don’t want to give the dignity of a link.  I forgot to check before I clicked.

The section mentioned was one that I would have been forced to drive over on a regular basis.  What about my feelings?  Will they post trigger warnings?  They say the signs will only cost a few thousand dollars and be paid for from private funds but what about the cost of constructing safe spaces along the route.  The only reason I can see for this choice is that it goes by the Eagle Rock dump.  It would have been interesting if they had chosen 118 which goes by the Reagan Library or the one going by the Nixon library.

It is still undecided if the concern over white privilege will bar the road to citizen’s of European extraction. 

The article said he lived in Pasadena while attending the expensive, exclusive Occidental College.  Interesting.  I worked in Pasadena for 30 years and I never heard that before.  The city brags about Jackie Robinson who actually accomplished something.  I wonder why they never mentioned President Obama.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-308: Headlines: Compromise or Warning?

The Washington Times has an interesting editorial by Charles Hurt.  He is responding to the way in which Trump went around the Republicans and made a deal with the Democrats on the budget and relief for Hurricane Harvey.  I was not happy with the deal.  I hope this is just another step in Donald Trump’s education.  I don’t think he understands yet that he cannot believe anything the Democrats tell him.  I remember George Bush I promising “no new taxes” and then he trusted the Democrats when he made a deal with them.  He pretty much destroyed his presidency then and there. 

I am not worried about Trump destroying his presidency.  He is a fighter and resilient enough to get back on his horse after he hits the ground.  My hope is that he will realize his mistake and get back on course. 

The points made later in the editorial are what stirred my thinking.  Hurt pointed out how the President has been trying to work with congress in fulfilling his promises to America.  Everything he promises is consistent with the principles of the Republican party.  As a reward the Senate and Congress have achieved very little and spend their time jumping on the bandwagon to lampoon him.  You can read the summary.  It is good.

My hope in this is that Trump is not falling for the smiles and love-hugs of the left.  My hope is that he is firing a shot across the bows of the Republican Rinos and saying, “If you won’t play with me I can find other friends”.  I am hoping that this is a warning.  I hope that Ryan, McConnell and the rest of the establishment realize they had better stop stabbing the president in the back and start supporting what the American people want. 

Trump has moved things forward in spite of congress.  Just imagine what could happen if they were actually worried about being reelected.

Meanwhile, as a general principle, vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Opus 2017-307: Headlines: PC Comes to Church

It looks like it is time to rename the “National Cathedral”.  No longer does it represent a place for American Christians to worship.  It is now moving into being a poster-person for the revisionist left.  According to the Washington Times the Cathedral is going to remove some stained glass windows that represented Confederate generals.  Their reasoning was that
“they act as ‘a barrier to our important work on racial justice and racial reconciliation.’”
This certainly helps clarify why this building can not be a center for Christian worship any more.  If you search the Bible you will find that the word “reconciliation” is a term usually used in reference to restoring the relationship between God and man with a mention of estranged husbands and wives.  Never is it used for racial issues.  In fact, the concept of racial reconciliation is not a Biblical issue but a left wing social adjustment issue.  What needs to be dealt with is sin, not our hangups about being victims, and although the ways we wrong our brothers is important they pale in comparison to our rebellion against God. 

People who are concerned about some imagined racism don’t seem to be worried at all about the sins God has listed in the Ten Commandments.  In fact they are working hard to remove the Ten Commandments from the public square along with the statues of American history.

After they remove the windows depicting Confederate generals I would suggest that they complete the project to be consistent.  Check for references to Peter.  He denied the Lord.  And since slavery was accepted in Old Testament times I would suggest that any Old Testament character be removed.  Jesus did not chose any women as disciples so He would also need to be removed as an advocate of male dominance.  Maybe we could replace them with windows depicting Caesar Chavez, Antifa social justice warriors, Mao and Stalin.  Maybe to remove the existing windows they could invite some anti-hater demonstrators to bring their rocks, bottles and clubs to knock them out.  Then we could have a national holiday commemorating the event.  Finally we could change the name of the country to the Socialist States of America.

Needless to say, I have no plans to visit what used to be the National Cathedral.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-306: What Is French for Spam?

Spam gets more creative all the time.  One made it through my filter but was all in French.  It had a name and everything.  The name?  acheter Levitra.  Being of a suspicious nature I did some Google searches and even had Google translate a page for me.  The key words were “erectile dysfunction” on a pharmacy site.  Since I didn’t want to cause any anxiety in potential readers, I marked it as spam.

The adventure of the internet is ever ending and I keep asking myself, “Don’t these people have something better to do with their time?”

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Opus 2017-305: Should-a-Beens: The Rule of Law

How come the left thinks that burning an American flag is an honorable expression of free speech but a bumper sticker with a Confederate flag is an expression of hate?  We are seeing the results of the Progressives attempting to push “hate” crimes.  That means they get to pick and chose whom to prosecute and the ones they pick are the ones who disagree with them.

The Constitution does not recognize speech or thoughts as being something to have laws against.  In fact we are guaranteed the freedom of speech and the press just so we can express thoughts and beliefs that people hate.  No one passes laws against ice cream.  Well, maybe they would in California, but what do you expect there.  I have never heard anyone advocate a law against ice cream.  I would be in favor of a law against liver and onions being served in public, but I know I would be laughed out of the office.  Some things are not allowed.

Liberty means that we are not only free to have our opinions, but so is the other guy.  It is called the rule of law.

Hate that can be legislated against is the hate that brings physical abuse against another.  I can say I hate rap music.  I can advocate against rap music.  I can ban rap music from my home.  It is not a crime until I go out and beat up a rapper.  That is why the KKK can get a permit to march in protest.  That is why CNN can create fake news.  That is why politicians don’t go to jail for not keeping their campaign promises.  That is why these anarchists of the left that beat up conservatives should be going to jail.  It isn’t because they disagree.  It is because they assault.

The authorities need to enforce the law not ignore it when the violation is from the left. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Opus 2017-304: Fashion King

Recently my wife wanted to run out for something to eat.  Her target was a local hamburger stand that was about 10 miles away.  Keep in mind that the closest gas station is seven miles.  I decided to put on a collared shirt over my t-shirt, after all I was going out of the house with my wife.  She called me a clothes horse.

If I were really a clothes horse I would have made sure that my underwear goes with my socks and I certainly would not have wanted to be seen in public with her dressed the way she was.

Some days you just can’t win.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 4, 2017

Opus 2017-303: Headlines: You Can Run but You Cannot Hide

Or as I used to tell students who thought they could get away from me, “I know where you live”.  The context of my observations is an article in the Washington Times talking about parents pulling their children out of a school that taught a lesson on accepting transgenders.  The parents only found out about it because the children told them.  It used to be sex education that the schools hid, now it is creative sexuality that gets the nod.  Most parents don’t spend much time talking or listening to their children so they still don’t know.

These parents have my sympathy.  This is one of the reasons why we decided to home school our children.  We even avoided Christians schools because of the trend in the church to conform to the world instead of being salt.  What the parents need to understand is that you can’t get away from this stuff.  It is being pushed with dollar signs and jail time.  That is a modern version of the carrot and the stick.  If the school conforms to the demands of the Progressive leftists in education and government, they get a check.  If they refuse they can go to jail.  Sounds like a win/win for the socialists and a lose/lose for America.

A comment by one official should be underlined in red and printed in capitals.
“Rocklin Academy is not the only school bypassing parents to teach children the progressive view of gender identity.”
And of course this was in California.  What is scary is the way in which I see education in Texas going the way of education in California.  The cultural civil war is being fought and only one side is showing up at the battle field.  I think we are finding out what happens if they give a war and nobody comes.  The host of the conflict wins.

Children today are required to have a Social Security Number.  They know where your children are.  When we home schooled we were able to drop off the grid because the kids did not have numbers.  That can’t be done today.  SSN are assigned at birth.  They know who you are and where you are at.  Soon it may be a computer chip like you put in your pet.

666 anyone?

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Opus 2017-302: Headlines: At Last We See Trump Bowing to a Head of State

I don’t know if you have looked at any of the pictures of the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.  Even if you are not into that kind of thing it might be good to spend some time so that you know whom you are praying for and to thank God for the blessings you are experiencing.

As I looked at the lead article in the Washington Times I noticed that President Trump was shaking hands with Governor Abbott of Texas on his visit to Houston.  My first thought was that it is a good thing Joe Biden did not make it to the presidency or we might have had another one of those foot-in-mouth moments where he asked the governor why he did not show respect by standing up.

My second thought was that we at last see President Trump appearing to bow to a head of state.  In fact, the picture makes it look like he is about ready to kneel.  He even took off his hat.  That is as it should be.  Real American leaders do not bow to foreign kings but in our federal system I could accept the President of the United States showing humility in the presence of the Head of State of Texas.

It must be driving the media crazy that, except for a few debatable decisions by the Mayor of Houston (Democrat), things seem to be going well.  The red-necks got out their boats and monster trucks and rode to the rescue.  The greedy businesses of Texas ponied up space and supplies to help the needy.  Churches are organizing relief and clean-up crews.  In the article it says that victims were cheering the President but I noticed that they did find one guy who forgot to move his truck and was mad at Trump.  It said he was a construction worker who lost his job.  The good news is that there will plenty of work for him in the immediate future.  He probably moved here from California.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-301: Call to Prayer

The President has declared today to be a day of prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

How dare he violate separation of church and state like that?  After all, just because George Washington and Abraham Lincoln called for national prayer, who does he think he is?  That gives the left another reason to hate him.

Pray for those suffering.

Pray for those helping.

Stop and give thanks for the blessings you have experienced.  Go ahead, look around you and then go look at some of the pictures of devastation.

If you are going to give, make sure it is to a reliable charity like the Salvation Army, not the ones who siphon the money off to their own pet projects and pay their CEO’s half a million a year.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-300: Headlines: The Wrong Side Is the Right Side

An important statement has come out regarding where Christians should stand in the current debate on sexuality and sexual issues.  World Magazine reports on something being called “The Nashville Statement”. 

A summary was given as,
“The statement affirms marriage only as a covenant between one man and one woman and denies that God designed marriage for homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationships. The statement also says God designed humans distinctly male and female, and a homosexual or transgender self-conception is not ‘consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.’”

That sounds totally consistent with the Bible I have been reading, but of course there are many people who view the Bible as something to be revised and redacted to fit current trends.

The key criticism seemed to be,
“Opponents argue the Nashville Statement and its signatories are on the wrong side of history.”
They are right but what they are overlooking is that Biblical Christianity has always been on the “wrong side of history”.  As the Apostle Paul said,
(Romans 12:2 KJV)  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
That is why the church has been persecuted down through the ages and is still being persecuted.  That is why the devout within the church have been persecuted and are still being persecuted.

Although it is a significant statement for our times, for those who are Bible believing Christians this statement is a ho-hum, “tell me something I didn’t already know” item on the level of January 1 is New Years Day.  To those trying to make their Christian faith a comfortable adjunct to popular culture it comes as a frontal assault.  They will need to decide which side they are really on, Almighty God or the ACLU.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Opus 2017-299: Headlines: Why Have a Trial When the Jury Is Rigged

Like most reporting coming from modern journalism, everything is innuendo and insinuation, even from the Washington Times.  That being said it seems like there is some solid ground for thinking that James Comey wrote his exoneration of Hillary Clinton in the e-mail investigation before key witnesses had been interviewed.  His mind was made up and he wanted it to be clear before he was confused by the facts.  Two senators seem to be pursuing the issue and in a letter to FBI director said,
“‘Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation,’ the senators wrote...’”
The problem is the government and the news media seem to work this way.

If the accusations are true then there should be arrests, indictments and trials.  If it is all a smoke screen it seems that there is an awful lot of smoke for no fire.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-298: Lasts: Blood Donations

I have been donating blood for years.  It never bothered me getting stuck by the big needles.  They tell me I have good veins. What made it hard was that little prick to check for iron content.

Evidently that is at an end.  The radio was calling for blood donations in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and reminded me it had been awhile.  After a half hour of filling out forms and such I was told that I could not give because of a medication I am taking.  They said if I go two days without taking it, I can come back.  Can I go two days without the medication?  I think it could be done.  My wife starts screaming at the thought.  I will ask the doctor and see if he screams.

It would seem to me that there are people in need who could use my blood in spite of the medication, but again, we run into the legal world where people sue you even if you are trying to save their lives. 

So, no more blood sharing.  I will ask the doctor, but even if he says “yes”, I am not sure my wife can handle it.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 1, 2017

Opus 2017-297: Firsts: Entitlements

Mark your calendars.  Today we move into the tender hands of Medicare.  It will be a matter of learning a new set of rules and habits.  The doctors we have been dealing with in Texas don’t think it will be a problem.  We are suddenly babes in the woods.

One of the things that was not clear to us about Medicare is that, just like regular insurance, you can opt in for different types of programs.  We have always been able to stay away from HMO plans and it looks like we will be able to do that still.  Whatever it is like I still think of all those who have been left in the lurch by a combination of bad decisions such as a vacation instead of health care, government interference in the free market through regulations and mandates, and lawyers that make doctors unwilling to take risks out of fear of lawsuits.

Either way, I am now on a government program.  Please keep paying your taxes.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Opus 2017-296: Headline: The Attack of the Peeled Banana

I am not sure I can finish reading the article.  I keep falling out of my chair laughing.  The link was on Drudge.  Something about a retreat being cancelled because of a banana peel in a tree.  What?  Environmentalists thinking they found a rare monkey?  Fear it was a new terrorist weapon?  Interior decorators feeling it was a bad color mix?  Retreat members with a banana allergy?  I repeat, “What?”

You can check it out at Campus Reform.  It was none of the above.  The problem was an attack of Snowflake Syndrom.  Even though a student confessed to the dastardly deed, he could not find a trash can, the retreat was cancelled because the “incident made some students uneasy”.

Again I say, “What?”

It seems that this somehow became a terrifying racist incident.  The article talks about “people of color” leaving in tears.

I don’t know if I have ever been to this site before but I have a feeling it is an outgrowth of The People’s Cube or The Onion.  I can’t tell.  I am hoping this is a tongue in cheek commentary written as Hurricane Harvey approaches.  I am fearing that this is real.

What would Genghis Khan think?

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-295: Nobel Apocalypse

For some reason I was not even tempted to click on the Drudge link that said,
“Apocalypse predictions from 50 nobel prize winners...”
It didn’t take long to bring to mind a few famous Nobel Peace Prize winners:  Barak Obama, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat.  That would make an interesting string quartet but I am not sure that their opinions would be something I would spend my remaining time on earth consulting.

I am curious to see what they think an apocalypse is but not curious enough to click on the link.  I have read Daniel and the Book of Revelation.  I am familiar with the 60 million killed my Mao and the 20 million who died during WWII.  Somehow the opinions of a few people who got a medal does not matter.

I may be intolerant but that might also be part of the predictions of these Depositories of Wisdom.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Opus 2017-294: Book Review: Lightening’s Daughter

I am exiting another book.  I have two factors that I find make books hard for me to read:  Fantasy and female authors.  These factors are not prejudice, they are observations based on experience.  Both factors have exceptions.  I have read and enjoyed some fantasy.  I have read and enjoyed some female authors.

I am afraid that Lightening’s Daughter lived up, or down, to both standards.  As fantasy it was a hard sell.  The heroine was a sexy young lady who had managed to become an awesome warrior and was able to disguise herself as a man and penetrate a nomadic, barbarian culture.  She was eventually discovered.  In a day before transgender was considered normal you either had someone so feminine that they could not swing a sword more than once or so masculine that they would never be discovered.  That doesn’t even make allowance for curves and lack of facial hair.

I was dealing with that until I came to these paragraphs.
    “He reined his horse to a snorting, prancing stop directly in front of Nara (a telepathic horse, immune to magic and bonded to our heroine) and Gabria (our heroine) and swept off his hood.  “Sorceress!” he cried, “I have been looking everywhere for you!”
    Gabria was so surprised she could only stare down at the man.  He was young and lean, with the dark skin and brown eyes common to Tutic tribesman.  His black hair was worn in an intricate knot behind his head.  His face was clean-shaven, revealing the strong, narrow lines of his jaw and cheekbones.  Gabria thought he was compellingly handsome, and he met her confused stare with a bold, masculine look of pleasure.” p. 76
At this point I could just hear all the female readers throwing a big sigh.  I wondered if Fabio had somehow been channeled into the script.  This is standard boilerplate for romance novels.  It is the kind of stuff that makes me want to puke.  I can’t ride a horse.  I am old and far from lean.  I am pale and bald, need a shave and have confused lines of jaw and cheekbone.  I cannot relate.  I certainly am not attracted.

So another book goes on the pile for the used bookstore.  At least I woke up somewhat earlier than I do other times.  I guess it is back to Aristotle and Churchill.

Herbert, Mary H.  Lightening’s Daughter.  Lake Geneva, WI:  TSR, Inc., 1991.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Opus 2017-293: On the Street: Hide or Ignore?

I have been keeping track of Hurricane Harvey.  Since I am in the area being effected I have a little more concern than much of the country but I am far enough from the center to be safe.  We are now to the point where we get into the heart-warming stories of rescue and the sad stories of death and destruction.  Recently I was reading in Proverbs and came across this verse.
(Proverbs 27:12 KJV)  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
One of the things that comes clear in times like this is that a lot of people are suffering more than they need to.  All many of them needed to do was pay attention.

There isn’t much you can do when you home is right in the path of a level 4 hurricane.  You can batten down the hatches but you can’t fold up your house and put it in the trunk while you drive to Kansas.  I accept that.  Just as I can’t do a lot when someone is driving toward me on the wrong side of the road.  You do the best you can.  But if the person trying to drive me off the road is doing so at 1:00 A.M. on New Years morning and I am in my car because I wanted to get some more ice cream from the local all-night market, I am the one who put the ante in the kitty.  The home owner, who has known that the hurricane is coming for days, could have made a trip to the local home improvement store and bought some plywood, nails and even a hammer.  Then if things develop you are ready to board up your windows.  It is a little late to do it when the first branch gets blown through your window.

One of the biggest defenses against tragedy is to think and plan ahead.  We bought some property in Texas a few years ago.  We are from California where it never rains but we know places in that desert where floods have raged and destroyed.  So when we bought we investigated.  There are maps available that will tell you where the flood plains are and where the 100 year floods can expect to hit.  We also checked for local drainage systems.  A constant question was, “What if it floods”.  A few years ago there was another flood in the San Antonio area.  Houses were wiped out and people rescued.  It was like Harvey on a smaller scale.  This type of event is common in Texas.  Guess where our home is?  On top of a hill. 

When you see someone being pulled out of the windows of a submerged car, ask yourself, “How did they get there?”  The car did not drive itself.  Usually the water doesn’t rise 5 feet in 10 seconds.  The places where it does are clearly labeled in Texas with warning signs and depth gauges.  The radio and internet have been getting boring with their warnings about flash flooding.  I have only lived here a few months and I know that of the three roads from my house to a hospital there is only one that is safe in times of rain.

So let’s pull the people off the roofs and out of their cars.  Let’s give them a warm blanket, cot and a hot meal.  While we are doing that let’s engage our brains and look to the decisions we have been making as individuals and as a country.

Blessings to you and pray as much for the rescuers as you do the ones being rescued.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-292: Headlines: Collusion? I’ll Show You Collusion

I read a point somewhere about the collusion between the judges in Arizona regarding the conviction of Sheriff Arpaio but I could not find it later.  I came across it again in the Washington Times Monday morning.  The sheriff was doing his job but the liberals didn’t like it so they got a judge to issue an order for him to stop dealing with illegal aliens.  When he did not stop he was sited and put on trial in another example of a kangaroo court. 

I don’t know if he waived his right to a jury trial but the decision was made by a judge, not a jury.  One judge did it as a favor to another judge.  If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it is probably real live collusion, not the manufactured type about Russia.  Why do the liberals have their panties in a wad? 
“It short-circuits the case against Mr. Arpaio, who was convicted this year of criminal contempt of court. The judge who convicted him said he willfully ignored another judge’s 2011 order halting the sheriff’s traffic-stop program, which identified illegal immigrants who were then turned over to federal deportation authorities.”
Notice how the two judges gave a one-two punch.  They had each other’s backs.  Unfortunately for them the president was not in the mood for the game.

Contempt of court is becoming the norm.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 28, 2017

Opus 2017-291: Headlines: An Opinion You Care About

John Kasich weighs in on the Pardon Affair.  I am sure you were waiting to hear what he had to say.  It was on “Meet the Press” which I don’t bother watching since it is on NBC but he is quoted in the Washington Times.

I think the biggest belly laugh was produced by the last paragraph in which Mr. Kasich said,
“I wouldn’t have done it this way,” Mr. Kasich, a 2016 GOP primary opponent of Mr. Trump‘s, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It absolutely should be out of bounds for somebody to use that as some sort of political wedge. It appears as though that’s what it was.”
We know he would not have done it this way, that is why he was not elected president and Donald Trump was.  I have a very small sampling to go on, which makes me as qualified as most polls, but I would say that the Average American voted for Donald Trump simply because they expected he would do it this way.

One more scoring single for President Trump.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-290: Headlines: Oak Leaf Clusters

John McCain is already on my RINO list but he continues to add oak leaf clusters.  If my memory serves me right, that is how the military designates you have received a medal more than once.  This time McCain again joins the America haters on the left by bad mouthing the president on his pardon of Sheriff Arpaio, according to the Washington Times

To his credit he admits that the president does have the power to pardon but when your balance is negative $100,00 a few cents doesn’t change things much.  He claimed he was concerned that the justice system was not allowed to drag this on for years and bankrupt the citizen with legal fees.  Maybe he was planning on a fund raiser for the sheriff and is broken hearted because he won’t be able to make a speech.

Go John.

Although I am not sure he will run again, vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Opus 2017-289: On the Street: A Local Report on Harvey

I am well on my way to surviving my first hurricane.  To be honest, I have only been on the fringes but just like someone who works as an aide in a nursery school will tell people she is a teacher, a Democrat Senator will claim to be a war hero and Islam is a religion of peace, I am a hurricane survivor.  At least so far.

We are in a new house.  I don’t know the sounds.  I don’t know what to expect.  So far all seems to be going well.  My wife is hearing all kinds of noises but at least they don’t require me to get my bat and check the house for intruders.  I heard one unexpected and unexplained noise once.  It must be because I am losing my hearing.  We have several sky lights through the house and a metal roof.  I find that the sound of rain is pleasant, even after several days. 

What is it like being in a hurricane watch?  Mainly it is the unknown.  Will that next gust of wind keep building and become a tornado?  Will the roof start leaking?  Will the hurricane change direction and target my house?  Will we run out of beer?  Since we didn’t have any to start with that raises the interesting question of can you run out of something you don’t use?

There is also the matter of rational judgement.  How many cases of water should we have?  I filled up our propane tank but should I rush out and buy another?  I look at the worst case scenario and try to ask what can I do and what can I not do.  If a tornado hits the house having an extra gallon of milk won’t make much difference and since we don’t use milk much we would not need it anyway.  How many batteries do you need to make it few a few days of stores being closed? 

Keep in mind that the media love to speculate on how big the disaster is going to be.  It keeps people listening to their station.  Who would stay listening to someone who says, “It will rain hard but most of you are going to be just fine.  Don’t do anything stupid and stupid will do nothing to you.”  That does not increase ratings as much as, “The end is near and only our sage advice can save your life!”  I would never make it as a weather celebrity.  My report would be, “Expect rain and wind.  Use your brain.” 

As I write I understand Harvey is dumping on Houston.  If I were there I might worry.  My heart goes out to those people.  We have friends there and I think they are smart enough to come in out of the rain.

Texas.  What a life.  Last week they rebooted my heart.  This week we had a hurricane.  This is truly the wild west.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Opus 2017-287: Headlines: A Pardon for Joe

As you may have heard, the president has pardoned Sheriff Arpaio.  A couple of points of interest maybe lost in the hysteria of the left.  It is the president’s first pardon.  It is for a misdemeanor.  The man was not convicted of grand theft, extortion or treason.  He did not wipe his illegal server or take millions in bribes while secretary of state.  He did not riot in the streets, burn buildings or throw urine at the police.  He was guilty of contempt of court.  In that regard he joins a lot of Americans.

Some interesting tidbits from the Washington Times story.

People on the left need to go back to their government classes, only this time have the class taught by someone who has actually read the Constitution.  This one demonstrates ignorance on steroids.
“Anger went beyond just immigrant-rights groups, however, to encompass the entire liberal alliance — including environmentalists, who said the pardon was a strike at the core of the Constitution.”
The power to pardon is part of the Constitution. 

The reason that pardons were included in the powers of the president was to short circuit just the kind of political shenanigans by activist judges as we are seeing more and more today.  It is the last refuge for justice from courts that are trying to make up law instead of interpret it.  Another example of this is the actions of Judge Gloria Navarro who did everything she could to get men involved in the Bundy case thrown in jail.  About half way through the article on AZCentral you find the title “Judge's restrictions on the defense” and this interesting paragraph.
“Navarro also restricted defendants from raising constitutional arguments, or mounting any defense based on their First Amendment rights to free speech and their Second Amendment rights to bear arms. In her rulings, Navarro said those were not applicable arguments in the case.”
Picture this.  A federal judge saying that arguments regarding the First Amendment and Second Amendment were not to be allowed.

Fortunately in this case the jury was awake.  The president will not need to use the power of the pardon here.  Of course the same leftists who call the pardon “a strike at the core of the Constitution” will feel the same about a jury verdict they disagree with. 

So pay attention.  If you are ever on a jury remember that you are the one with the last word, not the judge.  That is why we have juries of our peers.  And remember that judges are usually appointed.  Elections matter.

Vote the sucker out.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-286: Harvey the Invisible

I am living in the shadow of fear.  I am in the area that Hurricane Harvey is supposed to terrorize.  My fear is not of the storm but of my wife’s fear.  What will she panic about next.  She listens to the weather “people” who work for the sources of fake news and wants to believe that they are serious about the weather.  Her mistake.  They are only serious about ratings.  If they don’t hype, you take a nap.

I understand that Hurricane Harvey is real.  Remember the original Harvey was in invisible rabbit.  I accept that it is doing damage big time and it is not over yet.  It might even do more to my area that throw a little extra rain.  The people living between the coast and the I-35 corridor have my sympathy.  The odds are they are trying to raise their families and pay their bills in a state that offers more liberty than most.  Those who keep rebuilding on the beach, not so much.  It is kind of like playing in the middle of a road in farm country.  You can get away with it for a long time but eventually a combine will drive down that road and you need to evacuate and your Lego castle may get smashed.

My wife knew that we were going to be out of power and blown away starting any time Friday.  It is now almost dawn on Saturday and the most recent forecast, from the National Weather Service radio station, is a bit of extra rain and some gusty wind.  Watch out for flash floods.  Stay off the streets.  Enjoy the cool weather.  Actually that last was my addition.  I didn’t even have the pleasure of waking up to the sound of rain on my metal roof.  The category 4 has been reduced to a 2.  That is still enough to do damage.  The path of the storm could come right over my house.  Trump might not tweet today.  I might forget my medication.

We will deal with it.  It is still better than living in a state run by the looney left and guided by Governor Moonbeam.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 25, 2017

Opus 2017-285: Headlines: Market Forces at Work

Remember the headlines about President Obama getting the award for gun salesman of the year?  We could give the anarchists of the left the same title for Confederate flags.  This point is made in the headline of an editorial by Cheryl K. Chumley in the Washington Times.  Evidently sales of Confederate flags are soaring.

The parallels with guns, also under the assault by the Progressives, are numerous.  Both were at one point purchased quietly.  You didn’t want your neighbors to know you owned one.  They are often kept locked away.  They are not used often but when you want one they are hard to come by. 

Think of the symbols that are misused the same way.  I think of the cross for one.  I see it being worn by Jesus-rejecting pagans every day.  It offends me but I don’t rip them from their necks and pound them over the head with a baseball bat.  How about a wedding ring.  Those are worn by people who violate the oath represented on a regular basis.  Some people wear them that are not even married.  How about tight fitting knit clothing worn by people who should wear mumus.  Okay, I could go for a law banning those.

Most people in the South did not own slaves.  Most people in the South also did not like the federal government trying to run their lives.  I think that the current hatred for the Confederate flag by the anarchists of the left (Progressives, Communists, Democrats, RINOs, college professors) is because it represents a rejection of a small elite running the lives of the many.  It is a declaration for personal freedom. 

And get a little historical perspective.  In 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was elected, slavery was still legal in most of the world.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Opus 2017-284: Digging into Deuteronomy: Don’t Assume

(Deuteronomy 2:15 KJV)  For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed.

Here is a point that Christians and Jews need to mark down.  Although it is good to be the chosen people, that does not guarantee that all will be milk and honey.  God’s “hand” (3027) was against them even though they were the chosen ones. 

Some people think that America has replaced Israel as God’s chosen people.  I don’t see any Biblical evidence for that.  At the same time we have been blessed by God because until recently we at least paid lip service to His standards. 

Remember that God can, and will, turn His hand against us if we continue to live in perversion and rebellion.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Opus 2017-283: Adam Smith Rides Again

You may not like Adam Smith.  You may not have read Wealth of Nations.  You may not believe in the “invisible hand” or the butcher who gives you good cuts of meat because he is selfish.  The guys at The Last Refuge have, even if they have not.

There is a good analysis of the President’s speech on Afghanistan.  It is worth reading but the part that got my attention was in the next to last paragraph.
“The U.S. military is not the leverage, the military helps creates leverage. The leverage itself is economic.  Financial interests are always the best leverage to use because inherent within the fundamental principles of economics is ‘self-interest’.  Actions taken generate financial benefits; those benefits are direct and immediate to the interests of those generating the results.”
Trump is applying Adam Smith’s invisible hand.  He is working to get countries like Pakistan to stand up against evil, not because we threaten them with our military might, but because it will work for them economically.  Against military force they would plug in their machismo and dig in to prove they are men.  When it comes to their pocket book they become all ears.

Bravo to The Last Refuge, President Trump and Adam Smith.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-282: Headlines: I Must Have Missed It

I need to pay attention more.  I listened to the entire speech by President Trump on a new Afghanistan policy.  I did not leave to go to the bathroom or anything.  And yet the reporter for the Washington Times starts off with a statement that has me scratching my head.
“President Trump asked the American people Monday to trust him in sending more troops to Afghanistan, saying that his gut told him to pullout but that careful examination of military options convinced him decisive victory over Islamist militants was the only option.”
I remember him saying he usually goes with his gut and that a pullout was not acceptable but in the speech I heard, he specifically said that he would not be broadcasting numbers.  The title says “4,000 troops” and I think that comes from old news, not the speech last night.  I also don’t remember his saying, “Trust me.”  I was listening to see if he would say “more troops” but if he did it slipped by when I was blowing my nose.

I often wonder if reporters for news sources that I consider at least partially reliable are out having a drink with their friends when the speech is going on and get their talking points from someone’s blog.

I expect distortions from the New York and LA Times.  I guess I need to make the same allowance for the Washington Times.  Maybe I need to just avoid anything that has the word “Times” in its title.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-281: On the Street: Who Was That Masked Man?

I may be missing something.  I know, nothing new there, but as I look at the pictures of the Antifa thugs beating up on the white supremacists I am looking for anyone with a mask on who looks like they are not young, male and white.  Maybe I am not looking at enough pictures.  I have not watched any video.  How can we call a bunch of left wing, unemployed white boys beating up on anybody they disagree with as fighting against white privilege?

The police need to move in with the support of the national guard, grab the brownshirts, put them on the ground and remove their masks.  After photographing them they can read them their rights and drag them away to a holding tank if they won’t walk on their own.  This does not seem to be rocket science.  If someone is dressed in black, wearing a ski mask, has a club or other weapon in their hand and is attacking others, arrest them.

Then we can find out if this is BLM or a bunch of boys who were rejected by the fraternity they wanted to join.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 21, 2017

Opus 2017-280: Has Anyone Seen Stephen?

When I shared I had lived through a medical procedure Gorges wondered how anyone would know if I had taken the Big Ride.  I sometimes wonder that too.  One of my little adventures is to click the “next blog” button and see where it takes me.  Today it took me to Blogging My Life and the last entry was August 10, 2010.  That was seven years ago.  I find this kind of thing very often and when I take a quick look it seems that this guy was serious about posting.

As I scrolled down I noticed that he only had two posts in 2010 then it went back two years and so on.  That tells me he just lost the interest but who knows?  Maybe he expressed a conservative opinion and the black helicopters came for him in the middle of the night.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Opus 2017-279: Firsts: Cardinals

Today as I was at my desk I was attracted by motion outside the window.  I watched the birds for a time, trying to figure out the colors as they danced in and out of the shadows and behind the roof line.  I finally concluded I had seen red and after looking them up on line I concluded that I was seeing northern cardinals playing in my yard.

Cool.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Opus 2017-278: Bringing Families Together

As I was looking at some pictures on a web site I noticed the T-shirt being worn by a protestor.  I assume he was in favor of illegal immigration but on his shirt was a circle with the phrase “Stop separating families”.  I am in agreement with that sentiment. 

I would suggest that one way in which we could stop separating families is by keeping part of the family from coming into the country in the first place.  That way they could not only be together with their mommies an daddies but also with their cousins, uncles, bros and homies.

It is a solution that would seem to make us all happy.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-277: Well, I Am Back

You didn’t know I was gone?  I had one of those “out-patient” procedures that are fairly routine but could kill you.  You know how it goes if you have ever read the side effects on any medication you take. 

As you would expect, I was a model patient.  I spent the time waiting for the doctor by reading Aristotle’s Ethics.  The doctor was impressed.  He said we had a great discussion about Aristotle as he was putting me under.  I don’t remember any of it.

I am assuming this is the last episode before I start the Medicare Maze.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 18, 2017

Opus 2017-276: Tragedy Is One Type of Shakespeare Play

I keep reading about the terrible events of Charlottesville.  Really?  A bunch of disgruntled southerners who revere Robert E. Lee turned out to protest the destruction of their history by the removal of a statue.  They had permits and everything.  In their midst were some members of the KKK.  They were met by a bunch of thugs who came to rumble with baseball bats, ski masks and attitudes.  Violence ensued.  After the fact one of the crazies got in his car and ran some people down.  One was killed.  Tragic?  Horrible?  Definitely the case for the people attacked but for the rest of the world, not so much.  I guess you could use those words but they are nothing compared to the Twin Towers or the original Valentine’s Day Massacre. 

Get a bit of perspective.  Were the events wonderful and glorious?  Of course not.  Were they bad.  Yes.  Were they the end of the world?  Not even close.  Do they reflect America?  Try to come back and join us in reality, would you?  If I remember my statistics correctly there are 4,000 babies aborted every day.  According to the CDC there are 28 people killed every day by drunk drivers.  We are surrounded by cases of truly innocent people having their lives destroyed by the choices of others.  The people who were hit by the fool in the car?  I would guess that a number of them had been beating people over the head just minutes before.  I have no proof, just a guess.  Does that mean they deserve to be run down?  No.  Arrested maybe.  Go to jail, maybe.  Run down, no.

I wish I had a magic switch that could remove all the hyperbole from the media.  Until that day arrives we need to fight the emotional tantrums of the left by the one source of power we still have:  Liberty.  That means thinking for ourselves.  That means not buying their products.  That means not clicking on their links.  That means being inconvenienced.

How horrible is that?

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-275: Not Making Sensei

Alistair Begg was working through Titus and in one sermon addressed the different groups in the church.  He explained how young women were supposed to be learning from the older women.  He compared it to having a personal trainer, an interesting way of relating Biblical teaching to modern culture.

Think of all the areas in our culture where the idea of a “personal trainer” is not only accepted but expected.  Does the word “guru” sound familiar.  How about “sensei”?  Are you familiar with apprenticeships and OJT?  The traditional method of entering the teaching profession involves not only a lot of classes but a period of being a student teacher.

Yet when it comes to the church and the Christian faith we too often reject the idea.  People don’t want to be told what to do in the important areas, the ones involving eternity.  They reject correction, reproof and rebuke.  It is a sad state of affairs.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Opus 2017-274: On the Street: Promoted

I took a break from following my wife around the store while she shopped.  When I was washing my hands I was impressed to notice that the paper towel dispenser not only had paper towels but was the “Professional” model. 

I am honored.  After practicing for years on amateur models at last I have graduated to the professional. 

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Opus 2017-273: Wasn’t Robert E. Lee a Democrat?

I have been working on this for a couple of days and now I read that Rush has done a piece on the same subject.  Here is what I had ready for tomorrow.

The leftists and racebaiters of this country are trying to remove every bit of evidence that America fought a civil war over the issue of states rights.  They want to tear down statues of Robert E. Lee and any other soldier who fought for the Confederacy.  Well, I guess the winners get to write the history but the winners found a place for the losers.  It is the modern losers that are going after these monuments under the excuse that they are people who supported slavery.

Okay, I get it.  Now let’s go to the next level.  You don’t like the KKK?  Then lets expunge any record of the late Senator Robert Byrd.  We must remove his name from every building in West Virginia that he had erected.  We need to remove from the history books any mention of a self identifying Democrat before Lyndon Johnson.  The Democrats were the party of slavery.  Remember that.  The KKK were all Democrats when they actually had muscle.  They even came to Democrat national conventions and demonstrated to force the choice of their candidate for president.  Woodrow Wilson had some very clear racist ideas.  Guess what party he belonged to.  Jim Crow?  Democrats.  Black Codes?  Democrats.  School segregation?  Democrats.  Locked up the Japanese?  Democrats.  Do you see a pattern?

We could go on.  If we are going to be consistent we need to remove the legacy of anyone who belonged to the party of slavery.  We might want to go back to Africa and get rid of some of the descendants of the people who sold the slaves to European traders also, but we can leave that for another day.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-272: Headlines: Pardon You

When I saw the headline at a humor site I thought it was a spoof but the Washington Times confirms that President Trump is considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio.

I have not followed the trial but I know how the progressives and their pet judges work the legal system.  I think that the key point made in the article was this:
“He faced repeated civil-rights complaints for immigration crackdowns, and was ordered to halt traffic stops that critics said amounted to illegal racial profiling and unconstitutional searches. A judge ruled that he failed to comply with that order, resulting in the misdemeanor contempt conviction.”
Notice that it is a “misdemeanor contempt conviction”.  The judge ordered him to stop doing his job and then threw the book at him.  I realize that is simplistic but so is their version of justice.  My opinion is reinforced by the way the ACLU criticized the idea of a pardon.  That is what the pardon is for, counteracting convictions by corrupt political machines.  It is not for rewarding contributors to your campaign as Clinton did.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-271: Headlines: The New Russia

For months the media has been beating the dead Russian horse looking for traction.  They now have a special prosecutor working for them so they have finally moved on.

The new focus will be Charlottesville.  President Trump needs to learn that he cannot win on this one.  His original statement was good enough.  He did not need to get any more elaborate.  I notice that he finally did name the requisite groups but I also notice that he left all the haters on the left out of the equation.  The formula will never work unless all the variables are accounted for.  We need tit for tat.  Taking the three specifics that the president used in the Washington Times article, I will supply some suggested equivalents that seem to have been overlooked.

For KKK we need the Nation of Islam
For Neo Nazi we need Black Lives Matter
For white supremacists we need black power advocates

Of course these might be included in the “other hate groups” he mentioned.  I certainly hope so and I hope he stirs the water again by naming names.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Opus 2017-270: Ode to Old: At Last

I am at the moment when I will realize I am retired.  DEFCON is over.  I am on my way back to day to day life.  That used to mean that I would begin thinking about the new school year and doing a little planning ahead.  No longer is that true.  The end of DEFCON now means looking forward to not punching a time-clock.

It leads to another type of planning.  I can plan my day so that I would not need to spend so much time in line behind the peasants.  Restaurants can see me when there is no waiting, highways when traffic is light and department stores when the parking lot is empty.  It brings new challenges and habits.

I will also learn the joys of sitting at the social security office behind the masses that never paid into the system and the mystery of Medicare waits like the turkey vulture on the chimney across the street.

School is starting.  I am retired.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-269: Thanks Thoughts: Degrees

As I was celebrating communion this morning I was remembering what the two elements of the Lord’s Supper represented:  The body and blood of Jesus.  In my mind there are two focal events represented:  The incarnation and the crucifixion. 

This morning I was asking myself which one caused more suffering.  I know that the theologians focus on the cross and so does the apostle Paul.  The thought of...
(2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV)  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
is humbling, to say the least.  Jesus took on the sins of the entire creation.

But what kind of shock was it for Him to become a man?
(Philippians 2:6-8 KJV)  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Just as I cannot comprehend eternity or understand the trinity, this is beyond me.

But, I remember.
(1 Corinthians 11:24 KJV)  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
homo unius libri

Monday, August 14, 2017

Opus 2017-268: Election 2018: Rino List 2

After reading the Washington Times lead article yesterday I am ready to expand my Rino list.

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee        Repeal of Obamacare
Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia    Repeal of Obamacare
Susan M. Collins of Maine            Repeal of Obamacare
Dean Heller of Nevada            Repeal of Obamacare
John McCain of Arizona            Repeal of Obamacare
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska            Repeal of Obamacare
Rob Portman of Ohio                Repeal of Obamacare
Thom Tillis of North Carolina        Submitted Bill to Keep Special Counsel

Corey Gardner of Colorado            Attacking President as racist
Orrin Hatch of Utah                Attacking President as racist

The president is against bigotry and hatred.  What upsets these people is that he clearly sees that the hate is not just a white issue but a human issue.  They are simply using this as a means of trying to drag down a man who is not a part of their inner circle.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-267: Good Mornings

I am beginning to walk in the morning again.  In California I would walk in the evening, after work.  Now I can do it before the sun comes up.  As I come out the front door the horizon is just starting to warm up and the black is turning gray.  By the time I finish the gray is morphing into pink with promise of orange.

Texas mornings are different from California evenings.  The first morning I saw something rush into the trees as I approached.  I have no idea what it was.  Another morning when the moon was overhead the shadow of a soaring bird crossed my path.  Today when I returned I noticed a couple of strange shapes on the lawn and managed to get the eyes of a deer and her fawn to shine back at my flashlight.

It is also amazing how the temperature can vary as I walk.  It goes from cool and refreshing to the verge of sultry and back again.

The adventure continues.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-266: Headlines: Googling the President

After reading the lead headline in the Washington Times yesterday I have a warning for the President.  Be careful, Google might come after you.  All of the people who hate Donald Trump are bending over, you chose which way, to condemn him for making an accurate statement.

What terrible, hate filled, insensitive statement did he make?
“‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides,’ he said, adding that the divisions on display in Charlottesville have been brewing for many years.”
Once again the liberal media and Rinos refuse to acknowledge that this is not a white problem.  It is a problem that has been demonstrated repeatedly, usually by blacks and the left, that they think violence is the answer.  The president simply pointed out that it is not simple and our Progressive leaders want us to think it is.

I remember reading about a KKK rally in California where the Klan members were beaten by the crowd and it was the fault of the Klan somehow. 

Justice is not social, it is color blind and based on truth.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Opus 2017-265: Headlines: Haters Everywhere

Here is a headline you probably didn’t notice from a blogger in Africa.  It seems that we are not the only ones deporting foreigners.x

They were not deported for being murders and thugs.  The stated reason was “for committing immigration-related offences”.  If the United States used that as a reason we would need to actually deport the 11 million.

I myself prefer cutting off benefits for non-citizens and letting them self deport.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Opus 2017-264: Should-a-Beens: Trump Incognito

I was looking at a photo of the President and his distinctive hair style.  I noticed that in the picture his hair was combed forward and down, call it a billion dollar comb-over.  That’s okay.  I don’t vote for someone because of, or in spite of, their hair hangups.  I go for ideas.

But I began to wonder what Trump would look like if he combed his hair back and put on a little Fonzie oil.  Remember the days of Brylcreem?  He would be a totally different person.  Then my tangent synapses clicked in and I wondered if this was deliberately done so that he could go out in public without being recognized.  Admit it.  If he pulled it back and put it in a man bun, who would guess it was the president of the United States.

Make sure you look closely at tall, bald old guys.  The next one you see might be accompanied by the Secret Service.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 11, 2017

Opus 2017-263: Headlines: Love in Inaction

The first characteristic that the Apostle Paul gives in trying to define love is patience. 
(1 Corinthians 13:4 NAS77)  Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
There is a reason for that.  People of virtue need to be patient in order to see any progress in our culture of law suits and crony capitalism.

It is a characteristic of the battle between good and evil.  When we compare the battle against terrorism we note that we have to win every time, they only have to get lucky once.  When we look at the battle to reclaim our country we face the same obstacle.  A case in point is the recent article in the Washington Times.  Once again you get the impression that the state officials of Texas have suffered a big defeat in their quest to rein in sanctuary cities.  When you read the article it isn’t that bad but it is bad enough.

In an effort to curtail a long court case...
“Hours after Gov. Greg Abbott signed the anti-sanctuary law, SB 4, Attorney General Ken Paxton went to a court and asked for a preliminary ruling that it was constitutional.”
In a perfect world that would have ended the matter but we have a problem.  The judge they went to was appointed by H.W. Bush and probably has ethical issues that made him step aside.  It was similar to Jeff Sessions stepping aside in the issue of a special prosecutor.  It is probably the high ground but sets back the forces of law and order.

So what did the Bush appointed judge do?
“But U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin rejected that move, saying courts aren’t in the business of giving advisory opinions.”
And guess who appointed the judge that will hear the case?  Bill Clinton.  Do you think this new judge will have the same high standards for law as Judge Sparks?  Somehow I doubt it.

Will we win in the end?  We will if we persevere long enough.  There is a reason why the King James Bible translates “patience” as “long suffering”.  It is.  I am getting old and beginning to doubt I will see how this works out.

homo unius libri