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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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

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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Opus 2017-231: Aristotle on American Culture

I can’t remember where I was reading when I came across some of Aristotle’s comments on tyranny but I was able to locate them in his work, “Politics”.  This spurred me to find it at Project Gutenberg, download it and read the entire book.  The quotes are from that source, Book 5, Chapter 11, Kindle location 2816-2827.

Aristotle looks forward to the day that the NSA will be recording everything we do in life. 
“...for they all contribute to support slavery; and to endeavour to know what every one who is under their power does and says; and for this purpose to employ spies:...there is the less chance of its being concealed;...”
Obviously they did not have the electronic intrusions we have today but the intent is clear. 

Another goal is the politics of class warfare, race baiting and division.
“...to endeavour that the whole community should mutually accuse and come to blows with each other, friend with friend, the commons with the nobles, and the rich with each other.”
We saw this practiced by President Obama who constantly made race an issue and stirred up racial hatred every chance he got.  We see it in the Progressives (Democrats) who are always talking about the rich paying their fair share and ignoring that the poor don’t pay any share.  The goal is jealousy and division.

It is important to keep people living hand to mouth. 
“It is also advantageous for a tyranny that all those who are under it should be oppressed with poverty, that they may not be able to compose a guard; and that, being employed in procuring their daily bread, they may have no leisure to conspire against their tyrants. The Pyramids of Egypt are a proof of this,...”
People who are so exhausted from working long hours don’t have time to go to demonstrations.  One of the common characteristics of the snowflakes in the street is that they don’t seem to have real jobs.  They have plenty of time to protest.

Then you need high taxes.
“It is necessary also to multiply taxes, as at Syracuse; where Dionysius in the space of five years collected all the private property of his subjects into his own coffers.”
The Progressives want the government to own everything.  They want you on their trains, at their hospitals and in their housing.  It is easier to control you that way.  Tyranny is a word that we need to understand and apply.  It is alive and well in American politics.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Opus 2017-230: Headlines: Finally a Tax I Can Like

I have to laugh.  Once again we see a new tax created by a Democrat.  The problem is that it makes people who support the Democrats actually pay the tax.  The Washington Times tells us that Oregon now has an excise tax on bicycles costing over $200.  The cyclists are indignant.  Why should they pay their fair share?  And I think it is a tax on the wealthy.  I have not purchased a bike since my children were small so I have no idea what it takes to buy a decent bike today, but like all taxes on the “wealthy” it eventually hits everyone.

What is next?  I am sure that there will soon be a way in which they tax the air we breathe, but only if you are rich.  Maybe we can put a sales tax on any meat above a certain standard.  How about sales tax on all groceries that are not generic brands.  Some states are already trying to tax property owners on the rain that falls on their land. 

It is probably the kind of high level thinking that our schools are pushing.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 21, 2017

Opus 2017-229: Scary Products

I marvel at the limited cultural background that people have.  I was trying to ignore the TV in the room when I heard them talking about eugenics, or at least that is what I thought I heard.  It got my attention and I realized it was a commercial. What puzzled me was the joy of the actors as they discussed killing people.  I guess I didn’t catch what they were talking about until they showed the bottle label at the end.

If you are not familiar with the term it was an early movement sponsored by Progressives like Margaret Sanger and Woodrow Wilson.  I guess you could define it as “selective breeding to improve the human species”.  It was a blatant attempt to get rid of inferior human beings.  It was also racist because minorities were considered inferior and thus subject to extermination.  It was part of the philosophy behind Planned Parenthood.  It was the thinking behind Hitler seeking to establish the Master Race.

Not a pretty picture.

At the end of the commercial they showed the product and at that point I realized that it wasn’t eugenics, the label said Nugenix.  It is some kind of product that is supposed to enhance something called “free testosterone”.  In other words it is a snake oil for flabby, middle aged men.  I used to be a flabby, middle aged man.  Now I am a flabby, old man.

I am still not interested, but I do wish that the people who name products would pay attention in school so they would not come up with brands that sound evil.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Opus 2017-228: Digging into Deuteronomy: Later May Not Come

(Deuteronomy 1:45 KJV)  And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.

Have you ever met someone who says that they plan to live life fast and loose and on their death bed they will repent.  They assume this will give them the best of both worlds.  They assume they will have time to take that step.  They assume God will always be there ready to respond to their prayer.

They assume wrong.  This verse makes it clear that you are not smarter than God.  This is not the only place I have found this but is another example of God not listening when people call on Him.

It sounds like the people referred to are sincere.  At least they are good at shedding tears.  But notice that it says God will not listen.  God is not your grandmother.  He is not your kindergarten teacher.  He is not your social worker and He does not play games. 

So don’t assume He is standing right behind that tree over there hoping to hear you say the right words.  He has a universe to run.  He may be saving the life of a future Mozart when you want to have your tizzy fit.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-227: Firsts: Thumps in the Night

My wife heard a noise last night.

I realize this is nothing new in our marriage and it isn’t even the first noise she has heard in Texas.  It was the first time she woke me up in the middle of a Texas night to search the house.  I had checked the doors before I went to bed.  I assumed it was just getting used to the sounds of a different house.  But I got my baseball bat and began to “clear the house”.

It is an interesting experience, and a good one to practice.  In our old home I knew all the hiding places and hidden corners.  This was full of constant surprises.  One surprise was a door that I had not even thought of.  It was standing wide open.  That is less than optimal.  I didn’t think of it because I never use it and it had no reason to be open.  Later I remembered that a workman had been at the house and had brought his children who played hide and seek.  Evidently one of them hid outside.  No harm, no foul.

We finally figured out the noise she was hearing, yes, there was a real noise, came from the used drier I had wired the day before.  It was a combination of “wrinkle guard” and a warning buzzer that sounds like a little bell.  It was ringing once every few minutes to tell you the dryer still had clothes in it. 

I still had to go through the garage.  After I had her calmed down I decided to also check the windows.  We never open them but the workmen seem to find it a challenge. 

If I had really believed someone was there I would have dialed 911. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Opus 2017-226: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 10 of 10

Finally we come to the end of the road.  We have left the hotel and are in the house.  All is not finished but there is enough for my wife to get by.  She is excited about road runners in front of our house and the turkey vulture that seems to roost on the chimney down the hill.  She is not excited about all the bugs that are coming through unsealed gaps.

I was up early enough to see where the sun rises.  At this time of year it is straight in front of the porch.  We overlook a few ridges and although today was clear I am expecting some great colors when there are a few clouds in the right locations.  There are many adventures ahead.

The greatest joy, though, is that I can now find a room where I cannot hear the TV. 

Bliss.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-225: Firsts: Wired

I am not known for my mechanical skills.  If you give me enough time, clear enough instructions and a large enough budget I can eventually get something done.  And of course necessity is always an encouragement.

We have been trying to get into our new home.  It is not finished.  The shower in one bathroom is tiled and plumbed but the soap dishes are in the shower that is not ready.  The rooms we are going to sleep in don’t have any window coverings.  We can work around that but there are other issues.  One of them was a show stopper for my wife.  We brought our washing machine from California but had to buy a used electric dryer.  The problem we ran into was that the dryer had a four prong plug and the wall had a three prong.  Electricity scares me.  200 scares me even more.  Our builder promised to take care of it but time is passing and we are moving regardless.  My wife is frantic so I Googled the issue.

On the internet it looks pretty simple.  I convinced myself that I would not electrocute anyone.  I know that circuit breakers are supposed to keep that from happening.  I bit the bullet, fetched my tool box and leaned over the appliance.

I think I was successful.  The drum rotates, I felt heat and I am still alive.

If I was not successful this blog may stop suddenly in the next few days.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 17, 2017

Opus 2017-224: What Others Want in a House

As I am trapped in the hotel room my wife is watching one of those “look at the houses other people are buying” programs.  It is impressive the wide range of properties that exist across the country and how much location fits into the listing price.  It is also impressive to note the different priorities and values that people have.  Some are looking for what will work best for the family.  It is shocking how many are totally into self gratification.

The house that got my attention was listed at $750,000.  I had seen others like it for $250,000.  Location, location, location.  After I got over gagging at the price I started listening as they evaluated the house.

The prospective buyers found a lot of negatives.  Two stood out to me.  It didn’t have a room for her shoes.  It didn’t have a garage for his exotic cars.

The big plus was that it had a game room for him.  What mystified me was that the “game room” was a regular room with a pool table in the center.

It is no wonder that the Muslims of the world think we are a decadent society.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Opus 2017-223: Teachers of the Past

How times change.  I have just retired from being a teacher.  We hear all kinds of praise for teachers and glorify what they do.  It has not always been that way.  I came across this comment about teachers in 17th century America.
“In all colonial communities the schoolteacher stood low in the social scale, and usually with good reason.  He was often a drunkard, or ne’er-do-well, and his pay was so small that he had to live in a state of perpetual shabbiness.”  p. 54
I am glad to see that child molester and porn star are not on the list.

In that day most education was done by the parents.  Only in rare cases was a teacher employed.  If a child could learn basic math and how to read, the rest was pretty much up to him.  Keep in mind that Abraham Lincoln didn’t have more than a half a year of formal education.  In reality, it is much the same.  People who become educated do so because they have applied themselves, not because someone taught them.

I am still learning and using the modern technology that seems to be dumbing down the next generation.  It all depends on how you use it.

Woodward, William E.  The Way Our People Lived.  New York:  Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1964.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Opus 2017-222: Headlines: The White House Releases Confidential Information. Or Did It?

More angst about nothing.  The headline on the Washington Times site read like an expose.  How could the White House release confidential information of people who commented on their plan to reform the voting system?  As you read you get the idea that this is some kind of betrayal or incompetence. 

As usual you need to keep reading to get the rest of the story.  Of course the Washington Post is quoted as claiming the White House didn’t warn people or ask for permission.  WaPo is at the fake news game again and the Washington Times is playing along.  It is not until the end of the piece that you find the little detail that the website that received all the information explained that all information given might be released to the public.

Lots of smoke.  Still no fire.  Lets get on to getting the work done instead of playing “gotcha”.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-221: Digging into Deuteronomy: Age of Accountability

(Deuteronomy 1:39 KJV)  Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.

There are a number of questions that sincere believers have.  One involves people who die without hearing the gospel.  Another, which this verse deals with, is “At what age does a person become responsible for their moral choices”.  Or to put it another way, what is the “age of accountability?”

In the context we see that the nation of Israel, except for Caleb and Joshua, have refused to trust the Lord to lead them into the Promised Land.  As a result God has withdrawn the promise from that generation and said that none of them would live to see it.  In His mercy and grace God explained that you don’t held the children responsible for the actions of the parents.  He excludes the children from the curse.

The key is the ability to know the difference between good and evil.  What is that age?  It would be different for everyone.  Children mature at different speeds.  I think that a lot of children are aware before we want to admit but God knows when we question.  I think this also would apply to those who are mentally deficient.  Again, God will know.

If you are reading this I would assume you are old enough to know good from evil.  God waits for you to decide whether the promise or the curse applies to you.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 14, 2017

Opus 2017-220: On the Street: Young Love

I am watching a young couple at breakfast.  They came in every day about this time.  As I watched them they are both staring into....their cell phones.  I shook my head in wonder and then it occured to me, they were happy this way. 

It is easy for us to judge the techie generation.  A few minutes later they were talking.  It seems to be working for them.  We used to see a steady stream of cartoons with the husband hiding behind a newspaper while his wife chattered away.  It was probably a caricature based on experience just as much as the jokes about people sitting next to each other texting instead of talking.  Both were real but not the whole picture.

So relax and let them have their smart phones.  At least they are not writing graffiti on your garage while they are doing it.  Hacking into your checking account maybe, but at least your walls are clean.

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Opus 2017-219: A Building Block of Civilization

One of the fantasies of our modern age is “back to nature”.  We have people who think that life would be so much better if we were all raising our own food, making our own clothes and free from the demands of modern society.  Although I salute people who want to simplify life and minimize their dependence on industrial society, it is a dream that would only mean misery and suffering to most people who try it.

Picture what it would be like for a family to be totally isolated.  Think about growing your own food.  You would make everything yourself and do everything yourself.  That means that unless you are a miner, ore processor and blacksmith you would not be able to have any tools that were not made with local wood and stone you gathered and chipped yourself.  You would need to learn how to tame and train animals to pull the wood plow you made yourself or have a lot of children to hook up to the self made harness.  And of course, where would you get your seed?  And have you ever seen a vegetable garden with no pesticides?  And all of these specialties would need to proceed at the same time. 

One of the greatest boons for living in comfort and plenty is the step our ancestors made with a division of labor.  Adam Smith in Wealth of Nations put it this way,
“The greatest improvements in the productive powers of labour, and the greater part of the skill, dexterity, and judgment, with which it is anywhere directed, or applied, seem to have been the effects of the division of labour.”  (Kindle Highlight Location, 108-10)
He gives an illustration with a simple tool called a pin.  You know, the straight pins that the tailor used to hem your pants.  He says that one person working by themselves would have a hard time making twenty pins in a day, yet with the division of labor and the machines involved ten men could make 48,000 in a day. (Kindle Highlight Location, 130-31)

Think about the simple things we take for granted:  Aspirin, pencils, rubber bands, gasoline, or oatmeal.  Add to that all the complex luxuries we consider necessities:  Air conditioning, radio, microwave ovens and skateboards.  All of these come to us because of the increased productivity from the division of labor.

I don’t know what you contribute but you are part of the mosaic that makes modern civilization and gives of longer and healthier lives.

Smith, Adam.  An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Book I, Project Gutenberg download.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Opus 2017-218: Headlines: Stop Buying Rotten Fruit

The Washington Times had an article regarding a pole that shows how little respect the news media receives in this country.  If it is accurate, it comes as no surprise.  It reminds me of the joke about the judge threatening someone with contempt of court and he answered that he had plenty of contempt for the court.  I think it is safe to say that anyone who is paying attention and smart enough to work a remote control knows they cannot trust the news media.  They have an agenda.

The danger comes when we ask ourselves what should be done about it.  I have expressed my answer several times:  Stop patronizing them.  That means filtering the links you click on and refusing to go to anything from the left wing Democratic media.  It means not watching their programs and not buying their products.  It means not going to the movies they put out.  And horror of all horrors, it might mean finding an alternative to Face Book.  It is called letting the free market work.  That reinforces liberty.

We start down a slippery slope when we expect the government to protect us.

This is dangerous.  It is what the NY Times wants you to do.  The elites that control the major news outlets could love to see some kind of law passed making anyone who claims to publish news more accountable to the government.  At first this sounds good.  Who would not want a law demanding that the L.A. Times print the truth instead of their spin?  The problem is, who polices the police?

Take another example of a good idea that was corrupted by the elites:  Minimum standards to vote.  Today in order to vote all you need is citizenship, 18 years and register.  The Democrats have also found ways around all of those.  At one point in our history you had to be a white male, 21 years of age and of a social socio-economic standing.  At one point some well meaning people decided that the ability to read was important.  I can see that.  I can agree with that.  The problem was they began to use that to filter the voting base.  When poor black citizens would come in they would give them a reading test in a foreign language.  When whites came in they had something at 2nd grade English to read. 

If we allow the government to get involved we are throwing out the First Amendment.  Let liberty prevail.  We know they lie.  We don’t need to buy it.  Unless we allow them to control the internet, something they are trying to do, we will always have an alternative.  Ignore the poles and stop buying left.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-217: Digging into Deuteronomy: Hard Choices

(Deuteronomy 1:35-6 KJV)  Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.

How easy it is to throw away a promise.  In the first Chapter of Deuteronomy we see how the children of Israel who had been led out of captivity in Egypt, across the Red Sea and to the verge of the Promised Land have thrown away the promise God had given to them.  They refused to trust and move forward in obedience.  As a result all those alive at this point were told they would not enter Canaan.

There were two exceptions, Caleb and Joshua.  In this verse we see why Caleb would receive what God had promised.  He looked at things differently than the majority.  He stood out because he was different.  I think it is significant that God says Caleb “followed” (310) “wholly” (fully NASB) (4390).  He wasn’t just a lot of talk.  He was not an opportunist.  He was fully committed.

It is important that we give God everything we have.  Most people who come to believe in Jesus will have a moment of crisis.  There will come a time when they will be forced to decide whether they are hangers on or disciples.  Everything started out beautiful.  Emotions were high.  The sense of forgiveness made life different.  But eventually the everyday steps in and begins to mess up the glow.  Eventually the call to walking in righteousness makes itself harder to ignore.  Eventually you come to a point where you need to fish or cut bait.  We will need to decide if we are follow the Lord fully. 

Jesus ran into this during His teaching ministry.
(John 6:60 KJV)  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

(John 6:66 KJV)  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Notice that these are called “disciples”.   These are people who had declared that they were going to follow Him.  He would be their guru.  At least until the teaching got too hard; then they were out of there.

Caleb had to make that decision.  If you are a follower of Jesus, you will need to make that decision.  Caleb and the nation of Israel traveled together for the next forty years.  Most of the way you could not tell that he was different, but when the crossing was made across the Jordan, Caleb was the only one left.

The decision is up to you.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 10, 2017

Opus 2017-216: Salesman of the Year

I think President Trump may be the best thing to happen to Twitter.  The media keeps twisting, warping and dodging what is happening.  On Rush we heard that Secretary Tillerson was cleaning house in the State Department.  The media, crickets.  In USA Today I read that the VA has gotten rid of 500 of these people who have been ignoring the needs of the veterans in their care.  The talking heads, crickets.  Trump keeps tweeting because this puts him in contact with the people of the United States.  Sure he throws in some crazy stuff but nothing compared to the media calling anarchist rioters “protesters”. 

What President Obama did for gun sales, Trump may do for Twitter.  He is even making me think of getting involved with Twitter just so I can know what is happening.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-215: Headlines: Savior or Villain?

What a difference an ocean makes.  After and during the G20 Summit, the Democrat News Networks kept straining to find anything they could to taint President Trump.  One of the issues was how The First Lady and The First Daughter were sticking their noses in where they did not belong. 

I thought it was refreshing to see the headline linked by Drudge at the Telegraph.
“Dinner with Putin and a President's stand in: How Melania and Ivanka Trump saved the day at the G20"
The American media thought there were terrible things.  One English newspaper claimed that their involvement had “saved the day”.

Keep in mind there are always different spins on any set of facts and often the difference is the attitude in the heart of the reporter.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Opus 2017-214: Middle Class Morality: Two Parent Families

Another title for this might be “The Father in the Home”.

One of the disturbing trends we see in modern culture is the growing number of single parent families.  This usually involves a single woman raising multiple children, although there are a few men who are taking on this role.  The reason this is a problem is not because single parents are evil people but because our social spokesmen are glorifying this condition to the point of making it normal.  Remember the hoopla over Murphy Brown.  It is not normal and it is not healthy.

American Middle Class Morality (MCM) says that children are best raised in a home that has a father and a mother.  Obviously there are single parents who are doing a good job.  There are also people running in marathons who have artificial legs.  More power to them, but it is not the best way to do the job.  The problem is not being a single parent but how you become a single parent.  MCM is based on Christian morality that calls certain types of behavior sin and praises other behavior.

There are two major causes of children being raised by single parents.  Both are against the standards God has given us.  The first is the modern mantra pushing sex outside or marriage.  Whether it is sex education beginning in kindergarten, advertising that stimulates lust, movies and TV that glorify momentary physical gratification or just pure selfishness, if you believe that sex is to be reserved for marriage you are labeled as a fool and a bigot.  The Biblical standard is clear.
(Hebrews 13:4 NAS77)  Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
When a society embraces this standard they have the foundation they need.  When it is ignored, things start to fall apart.

The second major cause is divorce.  Easy divorce is rampant.  The percentages are scary no matter how you interpret them.  The ones who suffer the most are the children.  Again, God condemns divorce. 
(Malachi 2:16 NAS77)  "For I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."
When we encourage easy divorce and mock God’s standard we are digging our cultural graves in addition to destroying our own lives.  When we allow our feelings or convenience to establish how we live we lose the long range considerations that give a chance at success.

Viva la middle class morality.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Opus 2017-213: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 9 of ?, The Big Eye Is Watching You, or Me

As we wait for our house to get finished off I find myself imprisoned in a hotel room with a television that seems to have no off button.  My wife is having a hard time concentrating after surgery so she has non-stop programs going showing people buying houses or traveling the country looking for antiques.  HGTV and the History channel seem to be the dominate sources.

As I watch the programs involving people buying new homes I am struck by how materialistic and petty we seem to be as a people.  I was not raised during the Depression but sometimes I feel like it.  I am always aware of how much it takes to earn a dollar.  I know how quickly they go and how slow they come.  When I look at a house I am looking for function.  I am on another world.

I watch people go into homes and listen to the comments they make.  Some of them just make me scratch my head.
It is so out of date.
The cabinets are not my style.
No curb appeal.
Literally nothing modern about this house.
I want to scream, “It is a house, not a fashion statement”.  For the life of me I don’t understand what is wrong with a shower that delivers hot and cold water, drains properly and hides you from public view.  Who cares if the tile is from the 60's?  How can cabinets be out of style if they doors open and close and the shelves hold lots of stuff?  Why do you need to replace appliances that work quite well just because they are white instead of stainless steel?  I will admit that some people’s taste is a bit jarring but paint will cover a lot of sins and tile can be replaced.

I also notice that many of the young couples don’t seem to be planning on children.  And it is amazing how many are not even married.

I can’t wait to get into our new house.  It will be big enough for me to get away from the TV.  Then if I ever want to, I can wander into the part that has the Big Eye.  If I am not there you can start without me. 

homo unius libri

Friday, July 7, 2017

Opus 2017-212: The Thousand Year Battle of Cultures

I did not listen to President Trump’s speech in Poland.  All I heard were the parts that Fox chose to repeat.  I liked what I heard.  One of the points he made was the way in which Poland had stood up for freedom against the Soviet Empire.  I think he overlooked an important moment in history though.

In 1683 the armies of Islam were on the march in eastern Europe.  They had advanced from Istanbul all the way to the walls of Vienna.  The Hapsburg Empire was trying to defend the city but the Emperor had fled.  Enter Poland.  Poland had signed a mutual defense treaty with Austria-Hungary.  King John of Poland raised an army and marched to the defense of Christian Europe.  He arrived just in time and attacked immediately.  His army of 30,000 Poles routed the 150,000 army of Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa.  By doing so they saved Europe from being conquered by the sword of Islam.

This victory took place on September 12, 1683.  It makes you wonder if the terrorist of 9/11 had this in mind when they attacked the United States.

President Trump was right in calling to mind the battle of cultures.  What people don’t seem to realize that in regard to Islam and the battle has been going on with only brief truces for 1,200 years.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-211: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 8 of ?, Not in Stitches

My wife is on the mend.  She had her stitches out on Wednesday and the doctor is happy.  She is not full of joy because there is still much pain.  For those lifting her in prayer I say thanks.  A gracious God, good doctors and actually having insurance makes a big difference.

I know she is doing better.  One clue was that after two weeks of fluffing pillows, helping her in and out of bed and all the other things she could not do, I learned that I don’t know how to fluff a pillow.  That is a good sign.  The pain has receded enough that she has the energy to give lectures on pillow maintenance.  That means that she is feeling good enough that I don’t need to learn how to fluff pillows.  She will be able to do it for herself.

We keep getting promises about when the house will be done enough for us to stay there.  It is similar to the promises of a health care bill we can live with.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Opus 2017-210: Thinking Is Out of Style

In one of his sermons, Alistair Begg was making the point that evangelicals don’t think.  No problem.  I have seen a lot of evidence for that.  My only caveat would be that all who call themselves evangelicals are not.

My real problem is that I think the criticism needs to extend a little further.  He should have pointed out that Americans don’t think, at least the modern public school product doesn’t.  Thinking is work.  Thinking has consequences.  If someone tells you something really silly and you tell them it is silly, they may reject you and get hostile, and we would not want that, would we.

We as believers have allowed ourselves to become like our culture in this.  As followers of Jesus we are called to read, meditate, think, listen and apply what we find.  Remember that knowledge, wisdom and discernment are all gifts of the Spirit.  They have been rejected by modern Christians and Americans.  It is much easier to let the talking heads and published gurus do our thinking for us.

That needs to change.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Opus 2017-209: Health Care Discussions: Tort Reform

We need tort reform and I don’t really know what that means or how you get it.  I think it has to do with the legal conditions of bringing a lawsuit.  One of the items that drives up the cost of health care is malpractice insurance.  One of the reasons the insurance is so high is that it is so easy to sue and so many cases are settled out of court to save legal fees.

I am in the dark here.  You hear of doctors getting away with murder.  You hear of ridiculous settlements.  You wonder what juries are thinking about.  People do need to be protected from genuine negligence but there has to be a bit of common sense involved.  Remember the case where someone spilled hot coffee in their lap and won a big settlement because the cup didn’t tell them the coffee was hot.  There needs to be some kind of limits put on people trying to get rich based on a warped judicial system and crazy juries.

We need to expand the protection of the Good Samaritan concept.  In my life there have been numerous times that doctors have treated my family at no cost or greatly reduced cost.  I believe that if doctors didn’t need to fear being sued by goldbricks they would be more willing to help.  Perhaps some provision could be made for free clinics being exempt from lawsuits.  All doctors are not greedy treasure hunters.  Many are humanitarians who would be glad to help out if it would not drive them to bankruptcy. 

We need to explore the options.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Opus 2017-208: Headlines: Can I Have a Real One?

The TV is on.  Fox at the moment.  I keep trying to ignore it.  The media seems to be bouncing between Trump Tweets and Christy on the beach.  I keep asking myself, “What is happening in Africa?  How is the Russian economy doing?  What are the actual details being considered on the Senate health care discussions?  What are the parallels between what is happening in Venezuela and what the Progressives have in store for the America?”

Do I care if Trump tweets?  Not really.  I enjoy watching the media and Trump haters go catatonic, but I really don’t care.  I am interested in the next Supreme Court nominee.  He did fine on the last one.  I am interested in how his attempts to cut back on regulations is making progress.  He is doing things I do want to hear about.

Do I like Christy?  No.  He is a moderate Republican who has a few good ideas but I can’t forget the big buddy moment with Obama.

Leave the infatuation with silly issues to CNN.  Since I can’t get away from the TV, Fox, you might at least give me something that keeps my brain from turning to Jello.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-207: Liberty Entitlement Payments

Every year I plan to read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July.  It is kind of like reading the Christmas story on December 25.  It offers a good reminder of important building blocks in our country.  Take a quick review of the first paragraph.
    When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
The word “entitle” stood out to me this year.  It made me think of all the people with an “entitlement mentality”.  It is another word that had a great meaning, now being distorted by a culture of victims.

What is it that we are entitled to?  The immediate context deals with the right of a nation to be free from foreign oppression.  If you go to the next paragraph you get to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.  We are entitled to use our own efforts to pursue our dreams or put our focus on being a couch potato.  There is nothing here about taking the sweat from the forehead of one citizen and passing it off to someone on perpetual vacation.  When you do that you take my life and give it to someone else.

The major problem I see in finding solutions to the health care issues, Social Security, Medicare and all the other entitlements people think they deserve, is that everyone thinks they can come up with a system where they get what they want and someone else pays for it.  If Social Security only covered those who paid into it and was genuinely based on what they paid in, it would be solvent.  If government health care plans didn’t end up giving people Cadillac plans for the price of a skateboard then things like Medicare would be solvent.  The problem is that the politicians, and voters, think that they can gimmick the system so that someone else pays.

Keep in mind that ultimately you and I are that someone.  Freedom isn’t free, neither is health care.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 3, 2017

Opus 2017-206: Headlines: Socialized Medicine at Work

My attention was caught by a post on the Trumpland site.  Since I originally put it in my “Fun Sites” folder, I can never tell at first glance if it is satire, true or both.  With all the Fake news around it is often hard to tell the difference.  The basic facts seemed too evil to be real.  A baby was born with serious brain damage.  The doctors had done everything they knew to do and said it was time to let the baby die.  The parents raised almost two million dollars to take the baby to America for some experimental treatment.  According to this site the courts had refused to let them do so.  This couldn’t be right, could it?

I followed the link to something called “Right Wing News”.  While I might find that an indication that they were reliable, I know that many others would not.  So I looked for a further link, and found it.

Which takes us to a “real” newspaper.  I assume the British Daily Mail could be considered a legitimate source of news.  What I found was that all of the details in the first post were accurate.  Even though the parents had raised the money to move on, the government court took the slot reserved for the proverbial “death panal” and said the baby must die.

This is European socialized medicine at its best.  This is the great health care system of Great Britain that so many American Progressives like to hold up as an example.  This is what is coming to us if the Republicans don’t get their act together and follow through on their promise to repeal Obamacare.  This is a socialized, central controlled health care system that won’t even let people spend their own money for health care.

Welcome to the goal of Obama and the Progressives.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-205: Cornerstone Considerations: Trial by Innuendo

One of the reasons that people are talking more and more about Fake News is that the reporters are able to make up anything they want by claiming is comes from anonymous sources.  So far the judges have protected the sources of journalists.  I think the idea is that people won’t speak up if they fear reprisals.  Although that is a genuine concern, it also works both ways.  People will speak a lot of lies about targets of their hatred if there is no consequence for their deceit.  It makes cowards and Progressives, I repeat myself, into saviors of the people.  It is also clearly forbidden by the constitution.

Trial by media based on anonymous sources is a violation of the Constitutions requirement that we be allowed to face our accusers.

The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution tells us that a person accused of a crime has the right
“...to be confronted with the witnesses against him;...”.  The obvious reason for that is to keep people from making up lies to drag you through the dirt.  It slows people down who want to destroy you.  It is a basic protection in a free society. 

When the courts allow “journalists” to hide behind protection of sources they violate this clear statement of the Constitution.  Freedom of the Press is supposed to make it possible for people to criticize the government without prior restraint.  It is not about tabloids printing all the filth their imaginations can come up with.

There are times when I think it would be nice to require judges to read the Constitution.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Opus 2017-204: Impressions and Covers

I find it hard to get past first impressions.  Every year when students enter the class you have a lot of short lived concepts of what they will be like.  Often by the end of the first day those have been shattered and replaced by a new set of first impressions.  It is amazing how many times that impression is proven to be accurate.  It is amazing how often it can be totally wrong.  I worked at starting every day fresh.  When a student came into class I was willing to start a clean sheet but they prefered to get out the old one and keep adding entries.

Should we work to get past first impressions?  I am not so sure.  Part of the reason students, and adults for that matter, act like such jerks is because they think they will get another chance.  Think of the guy who gives you the one finger salute in the parking lot.  Would he be so generous in his evaluation of your driving skills if he knew you would be interviewing him for a job tomorrow?

I think we might have a better civilization if we put more emphasis on first impressions.  I think we would live better if we stopped telling people they can’t judge a book by its cover.  We just turned in our textbooks at school.  From the condition of the covers you couldn’t tell much about the book but you could certainly tell something about the student turning it in.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Opus 2017-203: Health Care Discussions: Who Pays?

Every involvement of government in a human need becomes a way of redistributing wealth.  Everyone thinks that the rich can be tapped to subsidize those less fortunate.  It sounds so moral.  It seems to be workable.  The rich can afford it.  The big problem is that the poor cannot afford it.

One of the problems with subsidizing health care, housing, food or anything else is that it takes away the motivation to improve yourself.  It saps the will to strive and move to a higher level.  Be honest.  If you could get all the comforts of life without going to work, how long would you put up with your dead end job?  If you could depend on the government mandating increases in wage without doing anything more to earn it (minimum wage), would you work harder?  Again, be honest.  I think the answer is no.

The land of opportunity was not the land of guaranteed comforts.  It was a country where if you were willing to work hard, take chances and plan for the future, the sky was the limit.  If there are no rewards for sitting on your couch you might get a second job, train for new skills, go to college or move to a location that has more opportunity.  Your future was in your hands.  You were a free citizen.

All the government subsidies make short term comfort but cause long term limitations.  They tend to keep you on the dole and make you subjects instead of citizens.  The Progressives love that because they know what is best for you.  The conservatives hate it because it takes away the freedom of the hard working as well as the unmotivated.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-202: The 4th Is Coming

The Fourth of July is just around the corner.  I want to take a line to encourage you to find a copy so that you can read it on that day.  Remind yourself of the great wording in the first few paragraphs but also spend the time to read the issues that were eating at the Founding Fathers, issues that, to them, were the government usurping too much power.

Look for parallels in today’s world.

homo unius libri

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Opus 2017-201: Lazar Tweets

I am going to repeat something you may have heard if you listen to Rush or watch Fox.  I will paraphrase.

What Trump is doing with his Tweets is the same thing that cat owners do with a laser.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, let me explain.

First you get your lasar and shine it on the floor in front of the cat.  Kittens are extra good targets.  You then move it around and get the cat to chase it.  You can turn it off at just the right moment and watch the cat jump up to look under themselves.  You can get them climbing walls.  You can get them to do flips if you are really good and the cat is really gullible.  It can supply endless entertainment for people who need a life.

Trump Tweets and does this to the media.  Get the picture?  Thanks, Rush for the visual.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-200: Afghanistan Viewed with a Little History

President Trump is preparing to send more troops into Afghanistan.  We need to try to get an historical perspective on invaders of this country.  We are familiar with the way in which the Soviets were decimated.  I believe even Alexander the Great bumped up against these people.  Let’s look back a hundred years.

At the turn of the 20th century Great Britain was in the process of subduing the Subcontinent of India.  When Winston Churchill, as a young man, took time off from the cavalry to be a journalist he was a front line observer of the cultures they were dealing with.  When he was there the British had the lower area under control but the tribesmen from the mountains were continually raiding and causing problems.  The Empire decided to take on the tribesmen.  Here is how Churchill described these people.
    “They, when they fight among themselves, bear little malice, and the combatants not infrequently make friends over the corpses of their comrades or suspend operations for a festival or a horse race. At the end of the contest cordial relations are at once re-established. And yet so full of contradictions is their character, that all this is without prejudice to what has been written of their family vendettas and private blood feuds. Their system of ethics, which regards treachery and violence as virtues rather than vices, has produced a code of honour so strange and inconsistent, that it is incomprehensible to a logical mind.”  Kindle location, 128-132
I am not sure that anything has changed in the last hundred years.  I doubt if much changed for a thousand years.  I am not sure what we think we can do to change the situation.

Churchill, Winston S.  The Story of the Malakand Field Force, Project Gutenberg.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Opus 2017-199: Health Care Discussions: It’s a Republic, Folks

The talking heads are fixated on how the vote on the health care bill is not taking place right away.  They say the Republicans have not delivered on their promise.  They scream about the plan being developed in secret.  They keep running sound bites.  They want to instill panic or force rash behavior.

Enjoy.  This is the process of a republic.  There is a reason why dictatorships are more efficient than democratic processes.  This is how it is supposed to work.  The wonks and type A politicians try to tell us what we should do.  The statesmen who care about principle say, “Slow down.  Let us read it.  What’s the hurry.”  The discussion continues and in the end no one gets all that they want but you come up with compromises that everyone can live with.

It is call the democratic process.  It is not pretty.  It takes time.  It is frustrating.  It is not efficient.  It is the way it is supposed to work. 

Relax.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Opus 2017-198: Headlines: Teaser Headlines

I urge you to not get your news from the headlines.  The link on The Drudge Report said, “Illinois Becomes North America’s Venezuela”.  That got my attention, which was the goal.

I almost skipped over it because the title was so absurd.  Last I heard the people of Illinois were not facing empty grocery stores, a lack of toilet paper and long bread lines.  There are serious differences between the socialist paradise of Venezuela and the Progressive paradise of Illinois.  My curiosity was arouse by the absurdity.  First I checked the link to make sure it wasn’t from the obvious fake news outlets and, since the source was not on the list, I bit.

The teaser headline was not addressed much in the article.  What it was about was an editorial about the economy and something called cryptocurrency.  What is cryptocurrenccy?  Maybe you have heard of bitcoin.  It was educational because he went into the history of government manipulation of paper money but it was not a declaration about Illinois.

Fake link more than fake news but an informative article.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-197: Health Care Discussions: Pre-existent Conditions

Health care is on everyone’s mind.  Some have almost none and are struggling getting even basic care.  Some still have good coverage but the future is shrouded with all the monkey business of the Obama Care manipulations.  The cost is going up for everyone.  It is hard to figure out what is really happening because so many people distort what they tell us.  Congress is in the process of drafting a new health plan.

We need to have the discussion and be open to creative thinking.

There are some legitimate issues that need to be addressed in our modern society.  One of those is the issue of pre-existing conditions.  There is a genuine concerned group and a I-want-something-for-nothing crowd.

Some people have been paying into health care all their lives.  They have made the payments and co-payments.  Then, they need to make a change.  It might be their choice or beyond their control but the change means a new insurance plan.  People like this deserve some assurance that health issues will continue to be covered.  At the same time, insurance companies need to be able to cover the expense of the care.  I would think that requiring companies to give bridge coverage would be doable.  You might need to list out requirements for things like the level of previous coverage and how long you were covered but it could be worked out.

On the other hand you have the people who feel they are not sick so why should they pay for insurance.  They seem to think they can save all that money and then get a policy when they have a problem.  Economically clever but a bit irresponsible.  They want to play the hand without putting in the ante.  Why should they expect someone else to pay for what they were too selfish to take care of.  I don’t think society owes deliberate parasites a thing.

There is a third group who have never been able to afford insurance.  My parents were in that category.  We made it just fine with occasional help from community agencies.  Of course that is the view of a child who did not need to pay the bills.

You can have requirements that previous conditions must be covered and still have a free market.  The key is having the playing field level.  If every insurance company is required to follow the same rules and turned loose it will lower costs.  If every person who wants something for nothing and pulls at our heart strings gets full coverage, nothing will work.

The discussion needs to go on without the name calling and distortion.

homo unius libri

Monday, June 26, 2017

Opus 2017-196: The Look of Lies

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

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

This is what a Progressive looks like when they lie.

homo unius libri

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

To be continued...

homo unius libri

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

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

Only in Progressive America.

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

Only in Progressive America.

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

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

Only in Progressive America.

homo unius libri

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Opus 2017-193: Why Barak Repatriated Winston

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Friday, June 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

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

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

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Opus 2017-190: New Terms: Close Election

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

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-189: Headlines: The War on Drug Drones

Every morning when I go down to the lobby of the hotel to get some coffee I pick up a free copy of USA Today.  Usually it is worth what I pay for it.  The Headline today was “Inmates use drones to smuggle”.  My first response is that the editors of USA Today are continuing to dumb down the population by refusing to follow the rules of capitalization, but that is another rant.

Evidently prisoners are using drones to access all the contraband they have been denied.  It almost seems a no-brainer.  I am not so sure why it is supposed to be so hard to stop.  I assume that drone controllers operate on specific frequencies.  Locating the controllers is simply a matter of triangulating on the broadcast.  I would also think that scanners could locate the controllers with little trouble.

The bigger problem, which is not mentioned in the article, is smuggling drugs across the border using drones.  It is probably happening as we post.  The border is so long and so desolate that it would not be hard to find locations free of surveillance and launch a drone to a specific location.  It would also be easy to program them to go to a specific location or hone in on a specific broadcast.  It would be risk free. 

We have the technology to take drones out of the sky.  We have the technology to make it impossible to use cell phones.  We have a lot of technology we do not use.  Cell phones are extremely disruptive to the school environment.  We could set up jammers to keep them from working.  We could get the kids focused again.  The problem is that the parents would complain.  They want to be able to text and call their children any time they want.  We could do it in theaters and any other place that needs a lack of disruption.  But we don’t.

We have the means to stop a lot of abuses.  What we are lacking is the will to make them happen.  We forget that our freedom stops at the edge of another persons freedom.  One of the principles of liberty is that in our quest for fulfillment we need to allow others the same options and fences that we expect for ourselves.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Opus 2017-188: Book Review: The Shack, part 3 of 3

So why would I urge a word of caution about this book?  It has a very new age/emergent church view of the atonement and salvation.

Although sin is mentioned it tends to be watered down in its significance.  Take this for instance.
“I am not who you think I am, Mackenzie, I don’t need to punish people for sin.  Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside.  It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.” pp. 119-20
If you have the feminine new age view of God then you reject His wrath and how sin demands punishment.  Take the very familiar verse,
(Romans 6:23 KJV)  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
While the love of God comes through it is very clear that sin demands punishment.  The book contradicts itself here.  In this chapter it tends to make the justice and wrath of God misunderstandings of the Bible, leaving the way open for having a God of the Old Testament and a God of the New Testament.  Later it refutes that, as it should.
“Mean?  Sad, isn’t it?  He came to show people who I am and most folks believe it about him.  They still play us off like good cop/bad cop most of the time, especially the religious folk.  When they want people to do what they think is right, they need a stern God.  When they need forgiveness, they run to Jesus.”
    “Exactly,” Mack said with a point of his finger.
    “But we were all in him.  He reflected my heart exactly.  I love you and invite you to love me.” p. 186
One of the heresies that I have read in emergent church literature is that Jesus did not die to pay for our sins but to make us feel good about ourselves.  This book tends to follow along that path.  It uses some of the same language but doesn’t deal with the sin problem. 
“Honey, you asked me what Jesus accomplished on the cross; so now listen to me carefully:  through his death and resurrection, I am now fully reconciled to the world.”
    “The whole world?  You mean those who believe in you, right?”
    “The whole world, Mack.  All I am telling you is that reconciliation is a two way street, and I have done my part, totally, completely, finally.  It is not the nature of love to force a relationship but it is the nature of love to open the way.” p. 192
It doesn’t really tell us why the world needed to be reconciled.  You see the beginning of a sense of universalism.  This is stated more clearly on the last page.
“And one day, when all is revealed, every one of us will bow our knee and confess in the power of Sarayu that Jesus is the Lord of all Creation, to the glory of Papa.” p. 248
I could go on with pro’s and con’s but that is more than enough.  If your faith is strong, read it for yourself.

Young, William P.  The Shack.  Los Angeles:  Windblown Media, 2007..

homo unius libri

Monday, June 19, 2017

Opus 2017-187: Headlines: Georgia on My Mind

There is a special election in process in Georgia.  The media is making much of it and is labeling it as a referendum on Donald Trump and singing the death knell of the Republican party.  Even Fox is playing this chorus.  This could be an astute political prediction.  It could also be the mindless mantra of the left.  It is the latter.

If you go back to the special elections since Trump was elected you will find that every one has been marketed by the media as a referendum on Trump.  A loss by the Republicans would herald the way in which the people of the country are turning on him and thus he should be removed.  You hear it time and again.  Every time the Republican has won.  Does the talking head declare that this shows that the people on the street are with Trump?  Not on your life.  They then start giving you reasons why this election doesn’t really show you anything.

We will see the same thing here.  The drama will increase until the Republican wins and then the excuses will swamp the boat.  It will then be the next special election that will provide the tea leaves.  It is kind of like dealing with terrorism.  We have to win all the time.  All they need to do is win once.

Congressman Tip O’Neill is associated with the statement “all politics is local”.  Whoever wins in Georgia it will be a reflection of the local candidates and the issues they campaigned on.  It will be an indication of how the people in that district were thinking.  Don’t get too excited if we win.  Satisfied is okay, but don’t think it proves anything.  Conversely, don’t get too upset if the left pulls it off.

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Opus 2017-186: Book Review: The Shack, part 2 of 3

The Shack also offers some interesting insights into the trinity.  The continual loving relationship between the three persons is almost a theme.  The oneness is repeatedly stated and yet the persons are distinct.

The book also seems to understand the uniqueness of Jesus.  It is pointed out that He was the creator and is totally involved in maintaining the universe.  At the same time it emphasizes His humanity.
“Although by nature he is fully God, Jesus is fully human and lives as such.” p. 99
The centrality of Jesus is well presented through the book. 
“Like I said, everything is about him.  Creation and history are all about Jesus.  He is the very center of our purpose and in him we are now fully human, so our purpose and your destiny are forever linked.  You might say that we have put all our eggs in the one human basket.  There is no plan B.” p. 192
One of the areas that sects and cults get off base is in the divinity and humanity of Christ.  This book is good on that issue.

Young, William P.  The Shack.  Los Angeles:  Windblown Media, 2007.

To be continued...

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Opus 2017-185: Book Review: The Shack, part 1 of 3

I just finished The Shack.  It was a best seller about five years ago and finally ended up on the free shelf at a local library.  That tends to be when I get to best sellers, when everyone else is done with them.

On the good side, it was well written and held my attention.  On the bad side I am not sure I would recommend it to people of weak faith or limited knowledge of the Bible.

If you are not familiar with it, Mackenzie has a tragedy in his life.  His daughter is kidnaped and it does not end well.  Years later he gets a note from “Papa” to meet at the shack where the girl was killed.  He goes and meets Papa who turns out to be the Father in the trinity.  He proceeds to interact with all three persons of the trinity and finds release from the depression of his loss.  Once I got past the setting of the scene with its depressing desperation, it was an easy read.  Like I said, it was well written.

Some of the things that I remember hearing were troubling didn’t bother me at all.  God the Father was portrayed as a black woman named Elousia.  The Holy Spirit was an Arab woman called Sarayu.  Jesus was a homely Jewish carpenter.  No problem; allow the guy some artistic license.  He explained why it was more effective that way. When Mackenzie, or Mack, the protagonist, had a hard time with it, Papa explained it this way:
"She picked up the wooden spoon again, dripping with some sort of batter.  ‘Mackenzie, I am neither male nor female, even though both genders are derived from my nature.  If I choose to appear to you as a man or woman, it’s because I love you.  For me to appear to you as a woman and suggest that you call me Papa is simply to mix metaphors, to help you keep from falling so easily back into your religious conditioning.’
    “She leaned forward as if to share a secret.  ‘To reveal myself to you as a very large, white grandfather figure with flowing beard, like Gandalf, would simply reinforce your religious stereotypes, and this weekend is not about reinforcing your religious stereotypes.’” p. 93
And a few pages later He shared it this way,
“‘I’m not who your think I am, Mackenzie’”, p. 96
I get the point and since it is a man-made story, I can go with that even if it sidesteps the entire politically correct nature of the choice.

Young, William P.  The Shack.  Los Angeles:  Windblown Media, 2007.

To be continued...

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Opus 2017-184: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 5 of ?

We finally arrived in town expecting to spend a few days in a hotel before our new home was ready for us to unload the truck.  It was not to be.

We drove the truck up the hill to our house aware that I might not be able to turn around.  We decided to leave it on the street instead of trying to get up the driveway.  We already had a car waiting for us and we were going to take it back to the motel before we unloaded the next day.  We took a quick look inside the house and realized it wasn’t going to happen that way.

So, we started looking for a place to spend a few days.  It is now a week and a half later and we are still not sure when things will be finished.  It gets better.  That night my wife started having pains, we went to the emergency room and found out that she had gall stones.  Now we are looking at two surgeries and don’t even know when we will have a place to live.

But we are in Texas with a whole new world to explore.

To be continued...

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Opus 2017-183: Please Protect the President

Isn’t it righteous that the congress is suddenly thinking they all need concealed carry permits but still refuse to give us that basic protection.  Perhaps instead of universal health care we should have universal armed security care.  Of course, just like eating right and exercise can reduce our need for health care, a pistol under out shirt might eliminate our need for armed security.

But I digress.

One of my big fears with the violence the Democrats, socialists and progressives are generating is that someone will take a shot at Donald Trump. A bigger fear is that they are better shots than most liberals or just get lucky.  I was not a Trump supporter although I did vote for him.  There are some areas I disagree with him.  Over all, though, I must say that I am pleased with what he is doing.  One reason his approval ratings are not higher is that the media makes up lies and refuses to report what really happens. 

And he keeps going.  Did I like Cruz?  Yes, and I still due.  Do I like Pence?   Yes, but he would never get as much done as Trump. 

So protect the President.  Get rid of Secret Service agents who are like the woman who said she would not take a bullet for him.  He offers a ray of hope.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Opus 2017-182: Just Another Left Wing Nut Job

One post I was reading at Trumpland was talking about the recent attempted mass assassination by a Republican hating Democrat used suggested he might just be “another left wing nut job”.  With and caveat that the right wing has its share of nut jobs, I would respectfully submit that the term “left wing nut job” is redundant.  If you doubt that then look at the way in which the Democrats in congress and the Democrats in the media are clearly nut jobs and all left wing.  They think Comey is a patriot American and Jeff Sessions is a Russian dupe.  That fits any definition of left wing nut job you might want.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Opus 2017-181: Headlines: Trump Follows the Rules

I know that is not what the headline actually said.  We are still staying in a hotel and it follows the trend in hotels by supplying a free copy of USA Today.  I usually pick one up and at least look at the headlines.  This one, 6.14.17, really led with “Trump property buyers shield their IDs” (sic).  Shock of all shocks:  The President’s business trust, run by his sons, have been hiding that it is Trump selling property.  Let me share what they say, “...the majority of his companies’ real estate sales have been to secretive shell companies that obscure the buyers’ identities.” p. 1.  Well duh.  Actually that is duh, duh, duh, duh. 

Trump is expected to be disconnected from the trust.  I don’t know the details but one of the things that wealthy people are expected to do when they assume office is to distance themselves from their financial interests in order to avoid conflict of interest and corruption.  That goes two ways.  You don’t want the president taking advantage of his power.  You don’t want people trying to take advantage of him.  He is following the rules.

Many companies hide their identities to keep from price gouging.  This is not unusual.  If you are Soros and want to buy up a large group of properties for a redevelopment project, you hide who you are.  You don’t want the last property owner raising his asking price because he knows he has you over a barrel.  The seller still gets the fair market value.

The purpose of incorporation is to protect investors.  Imagine demanding a list of everyone who owns stock in a major corporation.  It would go into the thousands.  They invest that way to divide the risk as well as the reward.

Limited partnership are old news.  In the first paragraph I quoted the phrase “secretive shell companies”.  That is a very loaded way of describing what the next paragraph tells you are “limited liability companies”.  Later it admits that this is common practice.

On page 5A the USA Today writers finally sandwich in the disclaimer:  “USA TODAY found no sales by Trump’s companies that were obviously above the market rate,...”  This allows them to claim that this is not Trump bashing.

If you read the entire article with an open mind you learn a lot about limited partnerships.  We learned the hard way.  When we were young we lost about $20,000 in one.  We were young enough to recover but I will always remember a room full of people in their seventies who were going to be forced to find jobs because the investment went bust.  We were young enough to recover.  They were not.  The managers of the LLC went to jail but that didn’t help all us “rich investors”.

What was also of interest to me was on page 1A, “USA TODAY journalists spent six months cataloging every condo, penthouse or other property Trump and his companies own - and tracking the buyers behind every transaction.”  Good for them.  That is what journalists used to do.  I salute them for their dedication and am willing to overlook the reality that they were simply looking for dirt on Trump.  Wouldn’t it have been better for the country if they had spent that time looking into any one of the Obama or Clinton scandals.

Since that is too much to hope for I will just ask them to rewrite the headline:  Trump Follows the Rules.

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Opus 2017-180: New Terms: GGCD

This is not my new term.  I owe it to The Well Meaning Gentleman.  He defines it as “grammatical gender confusion disorder”.  To be more up to date you can read what he has to say.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Opus 2017-179: Middle Class Morality: Chastity

Recently I was talking to a student and out of the blue he shared with me that he had had fellatio when he was 14 and wanted to know when I had experienced it.  TMI.  If you don’t know what the term means then look it up or read about Bill Clinton’s use of the oval office.  This is where our pagan culture is taking us.

Conversely, Middle Class Morality is based on chastity.  Let me remind you that chastity means purity in sexual relations, not celibacy which is the abstinence of sexual contact.  Celibacy is expected before marriage.  Chastity is expected after marriage.  America in the past embraced the concept that sex was for marriage.  They may not have lived up to it but they knew what was right and what was wrong.

Chastity is rooted in the Bible. 
(Exodus 20:14 KJV)  Thou shalt not commit adultery.
For people wanting to live God’s way that is enough but we have the modern sophists who will say, “But that applies to married people, not me.”  Okay. 

Let’s play legalistic lawyer.  Technically adultery does involved a married person sexually involved with someone outside their covenant.  Got it.  Fornication, on the other hand, is any sexual contact outside marriage.  So do a search on fornication.  You find many references to it.  Among them is,
(Acts 15:20 KJV)  But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
Still not convinced?  You think they are synonyms?  Then how about this verse that uses both words?
(1 Corinthians 6:9 KJV)  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
In spite of what you may have heard by your seeker friendly pastor, in your latest Christian self-esteem book or from the guy who is trying to get you into bed, God’s standards have not changed.

Viva la middle class morality.

To be continued...

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Opus 2017-178: Pumicisms: Q & A

One of the strategies of education is called Inquiry.  It simply means asking questions and getting students to ask questions that they are willing to research.  The students can really get into it because they know it gives them a chance to get the class off track.

What teacher has not had their hopes awakened by a student raising a hand and saying, “I have a question.”  One I get often is “What size shoe do you wear?”  Another is “When is this class over?”  When we are in the middle of an important issue the question is usually, “Can I go to the bathroom?”

I don’t get excited when they tell me they have a question.  I simply tell them, “I have an answer.”

That has become one of my standard replies.  Sometimes I have to remind them that “I don’t know” is an answer.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Opus 2017-177: A Still Greater Evil

Like much of America I have been following the Comey testimony this week.  Since I was driving in a truck across country and my wife likes to listen to Rush, Shawn and Mark, I got an earful.  By the end I had an idea of what a weasel Comey was and could see clearly how he had worked to undermine the Republican president.

The difficulty came when I listened to liberals like Juan Williams and other unrecognized faces talk as if Comey were the good guy.  I watched the vipers of the left already starting to turn after Jeff Sessions.  I saw nothing but lies and deceit.  I keep asking myself a question, “How can these people live with themselves knowing that they are selling the country down the drain in an attempt to put themselves in a position of power and control.”

I came across this thought from Pascal.
“Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them, and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.”
I guess it must be that the left is unwilling to recognize their dishonesty.  Some people might accept that as a reasonable excuse.  They can’t help themselves.  Yes they can.  Their continued attempts to deceive the country only make them more pathetic and more evil.

Pascal, Pensees, Project Gutenberg download, Kindle Highlight Loc. 786-87

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Opus 2017-176: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 4 of ?

I am on the road, but up at 4:00 A.M.  Lights and TV turned on by some mysterious force might have something to do with it, but I am up.  Fox News was on and the story was that Governor Brown of California was going to ignore President Trump and have California continue to abide by the Kyoto agreements on climate change.  He has been meeting with Chinese leaders and evidently there are eleven states doing the same.

I left California because of this type of nonsense and I am glad I have gone.  At the same time I want to support California’s right to be stupid.  The Constitution does not say only the federal government can show stupidity.  Idiocy is not mentioned at all, so it is reserved as a right of the states.  This should be an example of Federalism at work.  President Trump calls the Kyoto guidelines “job killers”.  I agree, but Governor Brown and the other governors are free to prove him wrong. 

Meanwhile I am on the road to Texas.  All those companies that might have started up in California or expanded in California are welcome to look at my new home state as an alternative.

To be continued...

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Opus 2017-175: Mad Media

My childhood of reading Mad Magazine prepared me well for modern media.  It was the one expense I always found the coin for.  I enjoyed its brand of humor.  It was good training for what I see as “news” today.

The difference was, I knew it was humor.  I read what is called serious news today and I am not sure that the “reporter” realizes that he is more in the mold of Mad Magazine than.....  I am sorry, I can’t think of a positive comparison today.

It would be interesting to see what history will say about this time period.

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Opus 2017-174: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 3 of ?

The next day we were making better time.  We were moving along in New Mexico when suddenly a car emerged from the brush in the median strip, turned into the flow of traffic and began driving down the shoulder in the wrong direction.  I wondered what he was doing so I watched him in my rearview mirror.  He pulled out into the fast lane, going the wrong way.  The truck coming up behind me pulled over and let him by, but he kept moving.  I could not see all that happened beyond that, but I did see a big 18 wheeler suddenly make a sharp left turn into the median and a big cloud of dust and smoke in the same area.  Drugs?  Alcohol?  Anger at Trump?  I don’t know.  I hope no one was killed but once again we managed to miss death by a few moments.

At 3:22 P.M. we entered the Republic of Texas.

We kept driving and finally arrived at our reserved hotel.  It was 8:00 P.M. local.  We had been on the road another 10 hours but at least made 500 miles for the day.  Our plan was to rest a day before we headed on.  The motel is a brand name that we have used before but, my wife took one look and I knew we would not be staying there.  I won’t use the language she needed to describe it.  She got her money back.  We were not going to keep going at 8:00 in the middle of nowhere.  We have done that before and driven until 3:00 A.M.  So we looked around and found something better. 

Travel is still full of danger and the unknown.

To be continued...

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Opus 2017-173: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 2 of ?

The first night we stayed in a “resort” in the Palm Springs area.  Picture trying to drive a 20 foot U-Haul with a double axle auto trailer through a parking lot full of tourists.  I only went over a few curbs and hit no cars to my knowledge.  When we got settled in my wife suddenly realized the remote control didn’t work.  For me this would be a blessing because it would mean that the TV would not be on.  For my wife it is a tragedy worse than a President Hillary Clinton.  Something must be done.  The front desk said they would send someone in the morning.  That was an empty hope on their part.  Finally they sent someone who turned out to be the security guy.  He tried everything he knew and finally went and got a new remote out of the package.  It responded and our first night was saved.

The next day we experienced the fear that every traveler between Phoenix and Los Angeles fears.  We had a blow out in the middle of the desert.  If you don’t know the area, we were 40 miles from Indio (Palm Springs) and 70 miles from Blythe on the Arizona border.  It is 100 miles of desolation with nothing the break the monotony of sand and sage.  When we finally got U-Haul on the line and they contacted their emergency people we were told it would be 75 minutes before anyone could get to us.  104ยบ.  A cat.  An invalid wife.  The blessing was the truck engine was fine and did not overheat so we sat in the A/C waiting.  Eventually we were up and on our way again.

At 3:02 P.M. we crossed the border out of the People’s Republik of Kalifornia.  Somehow the air seemed clearer and the sand looked less brown.  We had access to plastic bags in grocery stores again.  Gas also became cheaper.  We made it to Tucson after 10 hours on the road.  That was not enough for my wife.  We had to go looking for a place to eat.  It was past 10:00 and almost any place she would consider good enough was closed.  We stopped to get gas and I got caught in my big fear:  The long trailer would not make the turn around the gas pumps.  It was not a panic situation.  I was able to back up a bit and try another approach but it is a dread I have with this set up.  I can’t seem to convince my wife that this is not a sports car.

To be continued...

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Opus 2017-172: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 1 of ?

It was almost as if God did not want us to leave California. 

We are in the process of moving to Texas, the final steps of the process.  Our plan was to pick up the truck today and leave tomorrow.  All the ducks were in a row and motel rooms were reserved for this perfect plan.

Then life started happening.  I managed to schedule a few posts but not enough to get me through this experience.  I have had almost no contact with the internet for three days.

First the pain.  My wife started having severe abdominal pain and we went to the emergency room.  Since a hernia showed up she assumed surgery was in order and we made an appointment with the doctor the next day.  While waiting she cancelled all the arrangements and prepared to stay another month.  Unfortunately the doctor said it was an elective surgery that he could not get to for two months.

So she got on the phone, got the truck rescheduled for the next day, lined up the kid who was going to help us load and we kept rolling.  Finally the truck was loaded and we were ready to go and my wife says, “Where’s my cat?”

The cat had disappeared.  We went through the empty apartment.  The maintenance man looked in all the hiding places he knew.  We had the entire complex looking for her cat.  Desperation is setting.  I could see my marriage coming to an end, because of course it was all my fault.  I could see us cancelling our move to Texas.  We were in the empty apartment feeling desperate when we heard a scratching noise.  We went looking again and as I stepped into the dark bathroom there was a hiss and why wife yelled from the living room, “My cat!”  All we could figure was that she had climbed up under the sink and was huddled up among the pipes and hoses.  I speak of the cat, not my wife.

So we were ready to go.  We made about 100 miles the first night.

To be continued...

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Opus 2017-171: Snowflakes Do Not a Blizzard Make

If the whining liberals are snowflakes, what are the rest of us?

What are the characteristics of snowflakes?  Snowflakes are unique.  One of the awesome theories of science is that no two snowflakes are identical.  I say theory because I doubt if anyone will ever build a database of every snowflake to find out if one is copied, although the way the federal government spends money someone may be working on it.

Snowflakes alone are rarely noticed and quickly fade away.  They only have an effect when they appear in overwhelming numbers.  Even when they are part of a storm they don’t seriously effect people who are prepared.  Snowed in?  Great.  Break out the hot chocolate and get into a good book.  Power out?  Great.  Stoke up the fire and cuddle with someone you care about.  I can just see the snowflakes plastered against the window screaming about the injustice of the comfort they see.

Snowflakes require just the right conditions.  If anything is wrong they become fog, rain or hail.  They often disappear when they actually touch the ground.

Snowflakes are beautiful at first but quickly become yellow or grey snow. 

Snowflakes are never invited to the party.  They need to remain outside looking in.  Individual snowflakes are rarely noticed or missed.  Masses of snowflakes quickly become boring and people rejoice when they are gone.

The rest of us, the productive, must be the opposite. 

So be prepared.  Don’t despair.  Remember that spring is the worst enemy a snowflake has.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Opus 2017-170: The First Amendment Applies to Left Wing Fools Too

We were all offended by the “humor” showing a decapitated president.  Rightly so.  It was offensive.

At the same time, it was her expressing her political opinion and is thus covered by the First Amendment.  The thing the left has forgotten is that freedom of speech is a right because it covers things that we find offensive.  We on the right cannot afford to forget.

It is also a chance for the free market to do its job.  We keep hearing the whining about how the president is bullying her.  Not really.  What is working to whip her into shape is capitalism.  She is not being cancelled because the venues disagree with her.  I imagine that before they stopped to think, the left wing thought the picture was a great expression of their desires.  She is being cancelled because the average Americans who pay money to attend events would refuse to let the cash flow to support such a sick mind. 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  By the time it is finished this picture will be worth a million dollars, or more.

Allowing her to display her true colors is a way of supporting our liberty.  Allowing her to crash and burn is also a way of supporting out liberty.  I just wish I could be there when she applies for her first EBT card.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Opus 2017-169: Headlines: Channeling Jackson

If you get past the screaming headlines based on Trumphate you see a man who is pushing forward on what he promised to do.  I went past the lead article at the Washington Times and saw another that implied Trump was reducing the immigration flow in spite of all the court tantrums. 

The left wing syncopates of the court keep doing everything they can to cripple Trump.  One court said he could not do what the law says he can do.  He rewrote his executive order to allow for their concerns.  They found another judge to continue the judicial harassment.  He has found a way to work around it.  He has not reduced the potential terrorists as much as he wanted, but it is still better than it would have been under Obama.  The numbers they give are:  Obama wanted 110,000, Trump called for 50,000 and, in spite of the courts, he will still get it down to 60,000.

It reminds me of Andrew Jackson.  The Supreme Court told him he had to act a certain way.  His response is reported to have been,
"John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it."
And President Jackson quietly went about his business.  The article seems to imply that the current administration is quietly going about its business.  Donald Trump is getting a lot done.  Unlike the politicians who preceded him, he is actually working to fulfill his campaign promises.  The screams you hear are the people who did not vote for him trying to return to the Days of Obama.

I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop and for Trump to turn on us.  Meanwhile I am enjoying the tears and frustration of the media.

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