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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Opus 2017-390: Thanksgiving Countdown: Those Evil Pharmaceutical Companies

Are you thankful for the bounty of medications that are readily available?

What stirred this was the little red blood thinner I just took.  When I was paying the co-pay they cost around $14.00 a pill.  With Medicare D they still cost about $8.00 a day.  I understand that is cheap in relation to some drugs people are taking.  But you know what, I could probably live a long time without them.  The danger of not having this medication is statistical, not definite.  Yours could be literally life giving.

What about the things that are not expensive?  How about all the generic, over the counter remedies that we have?  I just took some ibuprofen for a day.  I don’t know if I have ever done that before but my joints were getting sore and I am getting old.  It was cheap.  It helped.  It was a miracle that the Founding Fathers might have written into the Bill of Rights if they had known.

I know that some people can only see the profit that the drug companies make.  They don’t see the billions that go into research.  They don’t see the billions that go into lawyers and insurance.  They don’t see the free drugs given to people in need.

Does greed exist?  You betcha.  Keep in mind, and be thankful, that the greed of profit is what may bring a cure to cancer, HIV and even the common cold.  Poor people are also greedy.  If you don’t believe it, watch the news on Black Friday and observe people being trampled to death at your local Walmart when they open the doors.  They aren’t looking for miracle cures.

And be thankful that you don’t need to be in that mob.

Happy Thanksgiving.

homo unius libri

Monday, November 20, 2017

Opus 2017-389: On the Street: Invisible Tragedies

Word came yesterday of the children of friends who have suffered the agony of a miscarriage.  It doesn’t help to know that miscarriage is more common than people think.  It does nothing for the pain to know that they are young and will be able to have more children.  It is a loss and my heart goes out to them.

It is just a reminder that people are often going through difficult times that we are not aware of.  It is why we are told,
(1 Corinthians 13:4 NAS77)  Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
We do not know what struggle, loss or failure is dominating the thoughts and emotions of people we meet.  It could be that the clerk in the store is not really surly, they may have just heard they have cancer.  The guy cutting you off may actually be going to a fire. 

As a follower of Jesus it is my responsibility to give the other guy the benefit of the doubt.  It is why we are told to answer softly, go the extra mile, forgive and love our enemies. 

homo unius libri

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Opus 2017-388: Thanksgiving Countdown: An Exercise

Some mornings when my brain is extra flaky I have a hard time being thankful.  I have a little exercise that helps me zero in on how God is providing for us.

Take any object you have used without thinking and trace it back in the process of production.  Thank God for the hands and skills that went into the final product.  Don’t use your computer, that is too easy.  Pick something really common like the chair you are sitting in.

For instance I have an insulated cup filled with coffee on the desk beside me.  I am mindful that somewhere in the world there is a person who picked the beans and others who processed them on their way to market.  There are many people of varied skills that went into the roasting.  A whole string of people were involved in making the grinder I used and delivering the clean water to my house.  You can go on this way for as long as you have time.  The list of semi-miracles required to get a simple beverage is awesome. 

So be thankful.  I am sure that when you are in the groove you will be reminded of some really awesome blessings that are a bit more significant than a cup of coffee.

homo unius libri

Friday, November 17, 2017

Opus 2017-387: A Howler of the Week

After the repeated frustration of trying to find a source of news that is not rabidly left wing I went to Google to see if there were any conservative newspapers.  I took a quick look and bookmarked a few.  In my search I came across this howler at a site called Quora.
“The major U.S. newspapers do not represent a very broad ideological spectrum because the ethics of U.S. journalism include attempting to be fair and even-handed in all matters and because they are financed by wealthy people. At best they range between just barely center-left and fairly far into the right -- essentially pro-capitalist, with leanings toward reform or toward laissez faire.”
With that kind of a lead in, why would I bother reading any farther?

When I get done laughing and run out of screams I may try again.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-386: Thanksgiving Countdown: Thank-list

Lack of gratitude it our default.  We take our blessings for granted.  Think of all the people who do things for you on a regular basis and don’t expect a “thank you.”  When was the last time you thanked someone for doing your laundry or were thanked for washing their dishes?  I don’t remember anyone showing that they appreciated me walking quietly through the house when they were trying to sleep or leaving the music turned off until they were up.  Thankfulness is a state of mind that needs to be stirred up, thus Thanksgiving Day.

Part of that is familiarity.  We get used to things and take them for granted.  How many times have you seen someone thanked for doing what you do all the time?  Maybe if we thought about all the little things we do for others it might help us see examples of them doing for us.

So play like you are Santa Claus.  Start a list.  Check it twice.  See if you have been naughty or nice.  Then use the list to find someone to thank.  Maybe you could even thank someone for doing a small thing for someone else.

homo unius libri

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Opus 2017-385: Headlines: Mugabe Out, Mnangagwa In, Maybe

Have you noticed how America lives in the ostrich bubble.  We are so caught up in our own soap opera that we forget there is a world going on out there.  Today there was a reminder of why we should be glad to live in America, at least until the Progressives are in total control.

The Daily Signal had a headline that used two names that many Americans probably think is a bit of cuisine from a local ethnic food joint:  Zimbabwe and Mugabe.  For those who were sleeping in my history classes, Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southeast Africa.  It used to be called Rhodesia and was known as the breadbasket of Africa.  When it gained independence and took over the farms owned by whites it began a move that has brought it to the point of poverty, starvation and violence.  The man most responsible for this is the 40 year dictator Robert Mugabe.

As the headline tells you, he has been removed by a military coup. 

That might be considered good but you need to read the article to be glad you are American.  The military has been hand in hand with Mugabe until recently.  Since he was no longer doing things their way, they removed him. 

This is not really great news.
“However, there are no guarantees that whoever ultimately replaces Mugabe will be a significant improvement.”
One of the names submitted to be the new kingpin is Emmerson Mnangagwa.  His nickname is “the Crocodile” and he has also been involved in massacres and other pleasant pastimes.

So Africa is being Africa.  Petti-dictators are being replaced by petti-dictators.  The people of Zimbabwe continue to starve and be murdered. 

Think about that next time someone calls Trump a Hitler or you get mad at our military.

This should go on your list of things to be thankful for.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Opus 2017-384: What Happened to the Rule of Law?

I am so disgusted to be a Republican.  I keep thinking I am going to register as an Independent but they are just as disgusting.  Which is more a danger to our future freedom, due process and the assumption of innocence until guilt is proven or accusations of inappropriate behavior that took place 40 years ago?  To me the answer is so obvious I wonder why Mitch McConnell and his cronies don’t see it.  Or maybe they do and don’t care because it is all about being loved by a mass media core that hates them with every ounce of their being.

So let me act like you are mature adults dealing with a bunch of middle school students making an accusation.

First, consider the source.  When I have a student accusing someone of something I would sometimes ignore it and other times get concerned.  If a student who would not know the truth if it were on his lunch tray tells me something, I am a bit skeptical.  People who lie regularly about whether they have gum in their mouth or whether the trash on the floor is theirs can’t be trusted to tell the truth about anything of importance.  Who is the source of the accusations against Judge Moore?  The Washington Post and a reporter with a long record of deceit and partisan activity.

Second, consider the accused.  When someone tells me that another teacher has said something I always ask myself if that sounds like what that teacher would do.  Students would have a hard time convincing other teachers I had cussed the student out because no teacher has ever heard me use profanity or vulgarity.  The principal would believe them but she isn’t known for her discernment or objectivity.  I have followed Judge Moore for years and have seen a man of principle and integrity that has stood up to the forces of liberal anti-Americanism and anti-Christian bigotry.  The accusations just don’t sound right.

Third, is there an ulterior motive?  You may not get out much but when a student is caught red handed they often try to distract from the issue at hand.  Or they may be mad at someone who did something they didn’t like and they are out to get them.  Can you really expect a football player at UCLA to say anything nice about a lineman from USC?  Picture all the sport events you have seen with players getting in the face of the referee trying to convince them that they have been wronged.  Unfortunately we do not have instant replays of events from 40 years ago.  We have a press corps that is in the pocket of the Democrats.  They hate conservatives.  They hate Christians.  They hate traditional values.  To them Judge Moore is fair game.

Is it possible that he acted in a totally unacceptable way 40 years ago?  Of course it is.  It is also possible that the American astronauts on the moon were really on a Hollywood set or that Bill Clinton never cheated on his wife.  This is why we have courts.  This is why it is on the accuser to prove his case in front of an impartial jury.  Let’s look at a few of the trials by media that we have faced:  Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, George Zimmerman, The Baltimore Police, Bruce Herschensohn, Dan Quayle, etc.  The list is long.  The charges have usually not been filed.  When the charges were filed we find that they were false.

There are times when I feel like I live in the France of 1793 (Reign of Terror) rather than America in 1868 (Impeachment of Andrew Johnson).

The American solution is to let the election proceed, file your charges and see where the chips fall.  If he is guilty then he can serve his time in the Senate and the State Pen concurrently. 

homo unius libri

Monday, November 13, 2017

Opus 2017-383: Headlines: How Cruel

I don’t go often to Breitbart but I am getting desperate for news that goes beyond the smoke and mirrors I am getting.  I didn’t get far before I saw a title in the sidebar that read “...SNL Cruelly Mocks Alabamans (sic) as Rednecks”.  That kind of surprised me so checked it out.

It didn’t look like it was anything more than SNL doing what SNL does.  I did not watch the clip.  I had just had my oatmeal and wanted it to settle a bit.  I didn’t see anything to get upset about.  I remember when they lampooned Sarah Palin.  I like Sarah Palin.  I did then, I do now.  She was the reason I could vote for John McCain.  They mocked her and did a good job.  It was funny.  I can laugh at myself.  I can laugh when the humor is real.  It is not “cruel mocking”, it is humor.

That is what comedy is supposed to be, funny.  If it is a bit offensive, get over it.  Stop wanting to be a right wing snowflake.

homo unius libri

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Opus 2017-382: Thanksgiving Countdown: Why?

Thanksgiving is coming.  It is a national holiday and like most national holidays it is celebrated with a full agenda and an empty head.  I checked out Wikipedia which has a decent article on Thanksgiving, at least the parts I read.  There is a lot of debate on where the first Thanksgiving was held.  Hopefully most of it is friendly like the discussion of the best recipe for stuffing.  Proclaiming days of thanks or days of petition have a long history in Christian circles at least.  I think the day we can look at as the beginning of our national holiday began where so much else began.
‘As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God."’
Notice that it is public and based in a faith in God.  Note also that this is in the first year of the new Constitution.  At this point only Rhode Island was holding out.  There was much to be thankful for.

Why do we celebrate this holiday today?  Is it just because it is on the calendar?  Whom, or what, are we thanking?  If you do not believe in God, welcome to the festivities but why did you come?  It might be like your wife watching football with you.  For some it is just a day to watch football.

As Christians we thank a God who is aware of our thanks.  We thank the God who is the only God and who created and maintains our world.  The pagans might also give thanks.  I understand that many in hunting cultures would thank the animal for giving its life.  We are not thanking the cow for becoming hamburger.  We are not thanking the tree for becoming a toothpick.  We are not thanking the rock for not stubbing our toe.  We are thanking God for His blessings.

One of the significant items on the Pumice Calendar is that after dinner on Thanksgiving Day we can start up the Christmas music.  That is something to be thankful for.  What makes it so easy is I-Pod, I-Tunes and Bluetooth.  What makes is special is we are singing about the Incarnation.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Opus 2017-381: I Know Green Baloney When I See It

Have you ever had jury duty?  I used to get summoned every couple of years.  I only made it on one jury because defense attorneys don’t want me sitting in judgement on their clients.

Why?  Because they judge my life experiences as disqualifying me from being unbiased.  I don’t drink so they assume I cannot be fair on a case involving alcohol.  My house has been broken into multiple times so obviously I can’t determine if someone is guilty of such a crime.  Family members have been assaulted, and so forth.  You get the picture.  They want people like the ones who march in snowflake rallies.  Thinking is not an option; it is forbidden.

Why?  Because my values and experience make me a good judge of evidence.  I tend to be skeptical of authority and question sources.  Or is it the other way around?  Either way, they want people they can fool, who won’t ask the simple question, “Really?”  When I hear that someone has shot themselves while cleaning a gun I tend to say, “Really?  That is God’s way of trying to raise the national IQ level.”  Defense attorneys, or for that matter prosecutors, want people who will buy the new cereal because the label says, “New and Improved”.

So if I can’t qualify to sit on a jury, how does a reporter like the one who wrote the hit piece on Judge Moore get anyone to listen to her?  Various other sources list her qualifications, or lack of them.  The last I heard was that she had worked on the Clinton campaign.  All I really need to know is that the Washington Post hired her.  It is like the pot calling the wall “white privileged”.  (In this PC world we can’t use the original form of the saying, racist you know.)

Of course, just because the can is bent doesn’t mean that the contents is spoiled, but would you want to serve the beef stew inside to your family?  Knowing the history of the can would help make a decision.  I don’t really know anything about this reporter.  She is just another mouthpiece for the Democrat party if she works for the Washington Post.  Judge Moore I have been watching for years and I approve of what I see.  So, if I got the can of stew out of an old abandoned house I would throw it out.  If it had been in my pantry for a year, I would enjoy.

Don’t lose your baloney filters.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-380: All Vets Are Not Equal

Today is Veterans’ Day.  It is appropriate to thank a veteran for serving, but like many things in life it should be done properly.

I write as a Vietnam veteran.  I was drafted.  I did not enlist.  I did not want to take time out to serve in the military but I accepted it as a part of my civic duty.  I am glad I served but I would not want to do it again.  I was not in combat and, although I did go places where people had died, I never was seriously threatened the whole time I was there.  I was one of the majority who struggled with boredom more than the Vietcong.

I do not deserve the same thanks that a warrior deserves.  Everyone cannot be a warrior.  Armies are made up of a minority who actually fight and a majority who support them.  That is the way it works.  Those who end up being warriors do not always volunteer for the position, but they serve anyway.  They are the ones who really deserve our thanks.

So, thank you warriors.  You paid a price that the rest of us cannot understand, even those like me who did their duty.

homo unius libri

Friday, November 10, 2017

Opus 2017-379: Get Rid of the Silencers

I have laughed along with the rest of you at the humor proposing that the government needs to issue permits for the rental of trucks since they are being used in acts of terror.  If you stop to think about it, it isn’t funny.  They already do.

The trucks must be registered and licensed.  They must pass safety tests and pay extra taxes.  There are limitations on caliber, or size, and where you can drive them.  The driver must have a license.  Think about it.  There are people in the elites who want to take us out of our cars.  Cars represent mobility and liberty.  They allow us to choose where we live, work and shop.  Simple little things but the Progressives want to make those decisions for you.  Of course it is for your own good.

So don’t laugh too hard.

In the spirit of bipartisanship I have a suggestion to make though.  We need to make trucks safer.  One of the reasons they are so dangerous is that people don’t know they are coming.  They can be used to commit crimes without being heard.  So, just as we have outlawed “silencers” on guns, I think we should make it illegal for trucks to have mufflers.  Drivers can wear hearing protection.  Pedestrians can wear hearing protection.  We can sound proof our homes.  The important thing is that our safety would be insured.  After we get the trucks under control we can move on to cars, generators and lawn mowers.

So write to your congressmen.  Speak up at town meetings.  Maybe we can get it passed by a few cities like Berkeley and New York and then California will jump on board.  I predict a groundswell of support as people become more aware of the killing machines around them.

homo unius libri

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Opus 2017-378: Family Feud Education

Sometimes you need to get out of the forest to see how many trees have been destroyed by the beetles.  As a teacher I was always being indoctrinated in the idea that there are many types of intelligence.  It is more than book learning and the ability to do well on the SAT.  There is a logic to that, I admit.  I think of my brother who could build you a house but had a hard time writing a letter.  I, on the other hand, can’t cut a board straight.  He would have been what is called kinesthetic.  I was a traditional linguistic.  Originally, according to Gardner, there are seven intelligences.  Not to let a good idea go to waste that was expanded to nine and for all I know has grown beyond that.  I think many of them could be covered with snowflake intelligence because there are so many that can only learn in their isolated safe-space.

What was interesting to me is that Gardner did not honor the traditional method of research and analysis of data.
“Gardner’s approach is also radical in that he does not defend his theory with quantitative data.  He draws on findings from anthropology to zoology in his narrative., but, in a field that has been intensely quantitative since its inception, Gardner’s work is uniquely devoid of psychometric or other quantitative evidence.” page 18
What that means is there is no evidence for his theory.  It is true because he likes the idea.  The dangerous part of this is that education now thinks this way.  The standards and techniques that are in control of education are based on what the elite wants to be considered.  It is kind of like Family Feud research.  If you have watched the program, the right answers are determined by a random group of people giving a response.  It is accurate for those people that day but it is not scientific.

So when someone tells you how smart their child is you need to understand that they may be talking about the kid’s ability to throw tantrums, not his ability to write an essay.

Herrnstein, Richard J. and Murray, Charles.  The Bell Curve.  New York:  The Free Press, 1994.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Opus 2017-377: Headlines: Just a Finger of Speech

Perhaps you have seen reference to the woman who gave the finger to the presidents motorcade.  I ignored it until I saw it at Fox News.  I didn’t know whether to laugh or scream in rage.

I would laugh because it is such a trivial thing.  A frustrated lefty gives the finger.  It is an everyday event.  We see pictures of illegals going it all the time.  How does this make the news?

I want to scream because to me this is a first amendment issue.  It really doesn’t matter that I don’t agree with her.  It isn’t important that I would consider her a brainwashed lefty fool.  What matters is that in the decayed culture of today giving the finger is so common that it is something to be ignored.  Also it is specifically the kind of thing that the right to free speech is supposed to cover:  An out of power person saying something that the in-power don’t like. 

It would seem to me that if you can burn a flag, stand over a picture of a corpse with a “Trump” tag on the toe, put on a play with a presidential look-alike murdered and so many other offensive actions, you should be able to give a stream of cars the finger.

Maybe this is time for another presidential pardon.

Maybe she just doesn’t like Cadillacs.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Opus 2017-376: Do You Need a Cat?

I would never describe myself as an animal lover.  Neither would anyone else that knows me, but I am not an animal hater either.  Right now I have our new kitten sitting on the file cabinet by my desk purring and tonguing.  I have not thrown him out or thrown anything in his direction.  I have been working on kittenizing my desk and my morning routine.  Animals are like the coaster under my coffee cup.  They serve a purpose and can be ignored most of the time.  They are also hard to find when you need them, although why you would need a kitten I don’t know.

My wife is an animal lover.  She needed a new kitten so we got a new kitten.  It was kind of like a drug addict needing a fix or a gun guy lusting after the most recent shinny.  Now that she has it she locks it out of the room so she can have some peace.  That sends it to me for companionship. 

She wishes it would do for her what it is doing in my office.  It is taking a nap with its head hanging in my direction like it is asking to be petted.  Cats are not really loners.  This one needs to be near someone even if it is me.  It just wants our relationship to be on cat terms which means the cat is in charge.

I go to the kitchen to refill my coffee cup and when I turn around there is the cat.  I find myself talking to the thing as if it could understand.  I don’t talk to my coffee cup, at least not often.  I also am not tempted to kick my coffee cup across the room.

Do you need a kitten?  I envy you.  I also worry about you.

homo unius libri

Monday, November 6, 2017

Opus 2017-375: The End of Savings

I just discovered one of the joys of retirement.  I forgot to set my clocks back and it didn’t matter.  I had been up for over two hours and was showered and ready to go on the weekly pilgrimage to find the perfect church.  Then I noticed a post about turning our clocks back.  I checked my date book, my computer clock and my phone.  They all agreed.

So I had an extra hour before I left the house.  As they say, “No harm, no foul.”

Being retired, it could have happened any day of the week without a penalty.

homo unius libri

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Opus 2017-374: History Is a Riot

One of the major attacks to our liberty lately has been the riots on university campuses whenever a conservative speaker shows up.  Historically it goes back to the brownshirts of the rising National Socialists.  It is designed to silence opposition and drive them from public forums.  It worked then, it is working now.  When is the last time you were willing to speak up on an issue that the left doesn’t like?

History did not jump from the 1930's to the twenty first century.  This has been going on a long time.  I came across a similar situation as I began working through the book The Bell Curve.  It seems that way back in 1969 even the liberals were noticing that the educational programs of the War on Poverty were not producing the results they wanted.  They made the mistake of asking someone who might know, Arthur Jensen of Cal Berkeley.  He made the mistake of giving them an honest answer.  He did it in the Harvard Educational Review.  He was immediately attacked in print but it even went to the level we have been seeing. 
“During the first few years after the Harvard Educational Review article was published, Jensen could appear in no public forum in the United States without triggering something perilously close to a riot.” page 9
Notice the date.  This was just after the height of the so called Free Speech Movement, also from Berkeley.  The left has been concerned for their own freedom of speech and silencing everyone else for a long time. 

Herrnstein, Richard J. and Murray, Charles.  The Bell Curve.  New York:  The Free Press, 1994.

homo unius libri

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Opus 2017-373: How Much Is Enough

The comment is attributed to different people but it goes like this:  How much money does it take to make a man happy?  Just a little more.

Maybe Donald Trump has found out.  He has raised children that seem to be an asset to the country.  He has played with a successful TV program.  Maybe he has made enough money to feel successful and he is ready to give back.  Maybe one of his great traits is that he cannot be bought.

Hillary Clinton has not come to that point yet.  She is still seeking to make a memorable mark on the world and it doesn’t seem to be going well.  It is obvious to anyone paying attention that the Clinton Foundation is just a front for laundering bribes to influence their political decisions.  She is in the midst of a power grab and has slippery fingers.

Donald Trump seems to be a happy man.  Hillary seems more and more desperate with each passing day.   Be glad that we have the president we have.

homo unius libri

Friday, November 3, 2017

Opus 2017-372: Headlines: Not a Presidential Question

The headline seemed to be asking the right question.  The Washington Times quotes President Trump as wondering why the Department of Justice was not investigating Hillary Clinton.  It is a good question but the wrong person asking it.

The Times shows the president’s tweets and he seems to be asking why the DOJ and FBI are not looking into all the scandal around the Clintons.  I am confused.  Isn’t he the president?  Isn’t he in charge of the executive branch?  He may not be able to give the FBI orders but he can certainly sit down with Secretary Sessions and say, “Now look, Jeff, here is a list of crimes I want you to get busy on.  If you can’t do it and need to recuse yourself from any or all of them, let me know.  I will find someone who can do their job.”

So, Mr. President, do your job.  Don’t just ask questions, give orders.

Your doing fine on the big picture but it is time to realize that the swamp is in your administration.  Start draining.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-371: Headlines: Head Fake in the Right Direction

The headline that greeted me on the Washington Times site talked about something we have needed for a long time.  I know it is spun as an attack by mean Republicans on decent, hard working DACAs but in reality it a gesture toward the government doing what it needs to do:  Cut spending.

Tax cuts are well and good but they are just candy being given out to childish people by evil clowns.  They are bribes for votes.  All we are missing is the white vans.  If the clowns ever want to become super-heroes then they will pull spending cuts out from under their capes.  Of course that is like offering fat children broccoli instead of chocolate. 

I would be willing to let the taxes stay as they are if the government would simply limit next year’s spending total to the same dollar amount it was this fiscal year.  In order to make it work there would be no adjustments for inflation or cost of living.  There would be no escape clause for emergencies.  It would be just like my allowance as a kid.  Here is your money.  Spend it as you please.  Don’t bother asking for more.

We need to grow up and be the parents to the children in congress. 

Slap their hands and vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Opus 2017-370: Should-a-Beens: Hillary Indicted

If special prosecutor Mueller had any integrity the indictments that were issued would have been for Hillary Clinton instead of Manafort.  If he can reach so far as to look into common criminal behavior in a businessman then you would think he could find treasonous behavior by a powerful politician.  The way our justice system goes she would probably be allowed to plea bargain down to jay walking as long as she gave testimony against Trump.

This kind of thing breaks down the respect for law and justice that has been a part of traditional American culture.  That is the whole point.  That is why the elites allow it to happen.  If the courts worked properly they would be the ones in jail.  They need to make sure that does not happen.  On an even more sinister level, they know that if they can make enough people feel there is no justice in the courts then vigilantes will emerge and we will have the kind of anarchy that Antifa is pushing.  That will lead to a police state with them in control.

Will the Republicans step out of the elite conclave and start standing up for America?  Most of them don’t even know there is a problem.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-369: Dumb Question

Speaking of cultural appropriation, is the cowboy hat an attempt to channel John Wayne?  I keep seeing pictures of this congresswoman in garish headgear.  How come I am not hearing any protests by the PC police?

Dumb question. 

homo unius libri

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Opus 2017-368: Headlines: Oh, Well

The headline in The Federalist read that Bill Gates admits the Common Core Curriculum (CCC) has been a failure.  For those of us who went into the classroom with our brains turned on and our memory intact that is no surprise.  CCC was simply another attempt to move public education toward a socialist propaganda tool by dumbing down learning.  It stressed group work and feeling good about a process while ignoring data and facts.  There was nothing new.  It was just well financed by people like Gates and their political cronies.

What struck me about the title was the honesty of the word “experiment”.  The liberal education establishment was simply using your children as a guinea pig to further their desire to substitute a docile mass of sheep for what used to be thinking Americans.  The following statement by Gates in a speech sounds noble.
“If there is one thing I have learned,” Gates says in concluding his speech, “it is that no matter how enthusiastic we might be about one approach or another, the decision to go from pilot to wide-scale usage is ultimately and always something that has to be decided by you and others the field.”
The next sentence is the indictment on the CCC movement.
“If this statement encompasses his Common Core debacle, Gates could have at least the humility to recall that Common Core had no pilot before he took it national.”
A pilot program is a carefully controlled experiment that is run before a new technique or product is introduced.  There was no pilot program to see if the ideas of Common Core had merit.  One of the hidden truths of public education is that there never is.  The testing is done on the children with trillions of tax dollars.

I don’t so much blame Gates as the teachers and administrators who sat like mute slugs while this was being pushed in our schools.  Gates meant well but children are not computers.  The teachers should have known better.  The problem is that the teachers were trained by people who had drunk the kool aid.

It will take years for CCC to be removed from the system.  If history is any guide it will be replaced by something just like it by the same people that brought this debacle.  I am so glad I don’t need to argue with them any more and be patted on the head.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-367: Happy All Saints Day

One of the explanations for Halloween is that it is just a celebration before All Saints Day.  With that in mind I think that everyone who went out gathering candy yesterday or partying last week should now go down to the church and spend an equal amount of time acting like a saint.

Why do I not expect a big crowd?

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Opus 2017-366: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

When the kids at school would ask me who I was going to be for Halloween I would tell them, “An old white guy”.  They were not impressed.  It did give me a reason to explain why I don’t celebrate Halloween or as the Latinos label it, The Day of the Dead.  As a kid I saw a chance to get free candy.  At times I even got into dressing up.  I had a whole get-up of a Revolutionary War soldier that I enjoyed but at 6' 1" people wondered what my problem was.

As I get older I see a lot more of what is going on behind the scenes.  Halloween still has pockets of fun and innocence but the forces of darkness are stronger all the time.  They were probably there all the time.  You can read the testimony of people who have come out of witchcraft and Satan worship who explain what has been happening in the shadows.

I have the same feeling about a lot of the music I listened to as a kid.  I understand the concept of “I don’t listen to the words.”  Yes they do, they just don’t understand what they really mean.  As a young teen the meaning of, “Tonight your mine, completely” and “Will you still love me tomorrow” went completely over my head.  Now I understand.

In re-reading a lot of the science fiction of my youth I find it hard to swallow the left wing whacko story lines.  I wonder how I survived the brainwashing going on.  My salvation was probably rooted in the fact that I read for the action and ignored the attempts to influence my thinking.  Reading them as an adult I see the foundation for such things as the modern foolishness of global warming and hatred for Christianity.  I start a lot and finish a few.

Have a safe evening.  Turn on your brain.  Look around you.  Ask yourself if you really want to be a part of all this.  Sometimes it is hard to grow up and call evil what it is.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-365: Headlines: Manafort Skootered

It looks like the Trump haters have found a victim or two.  “And the winner is...” Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.  I am sure that they are guilty of something.  Maybe they misplaced a decimal in one of their tax returns.

The story linked by Drudge was in the Daily Mail.  Basically what we have at this point is nothing.  The only information is what has been leaked to the Main Stream Media.  And then the judge orders the indictment sealed so that no one can read it.  To put frosting on the liberal Halloween cake the administration is told they can say nothing.

This is called justice. 

We need to keep in mind that there are so many laws and regulations in this country that all of us are guilty of breaking at least one of them every day.  It is a wonderful way for people who have the wealth of the nation behind them to keep the peasants quiet and down on the farm.  We will see how this works out with Manafort.  Is he squeaky clean?  I doubt it.  Was a special prosecutor appointed to investigate the business dealings of a citizen for his entire life or was he appointed to find out if there was any collusion between Trump and Russia?  Is this just intimidation to try to get Manafort to stab Trump in the back.  Is there an indictment for Hillary in the works?  Of course not, she is a Democrat.

It may be called justice but it isn’t.

homo unius libri

Monday, October 30, 2017

Opus 2017-364: New Terms: Scootered

As we watch the joke on justice being played out by the Special Prosecutor Meuller we hear the rumors about an indictment.  Of course there will be an indictment.  If you dig deep enough and ask enough questions eventually someone will make a mistake and you can play gotcha.  It is what happened to Scooter Libby.  Did he commit any of the crimes they were investigating?  Of course not.  Then why did he go to jail?  Because in the course of the intimidation, threats and questioning he got mixed up on an answer so he went to jail for lying to the investigators.

Will there be an indictment?  You bet your sweet liberal saliva there will be.  Will there be a conviction?  That depends on how well they chose their judge, but keep in mind that liberals are really good at railroading justice.  Someone will be convicted of something and the media will hoot it up like it was a house giving out See’s candy on Halloween.

One interesting difference will come up.  George Bush did not stand my his man.  He let Libby twist in the wind and then commuted his sentence.  Trump will be a different kettle of fish.  He probably has a pardon already filled out except for the name.  Remember Sheriff Joe. 

I have not checked the headlines yet so I don’t know who the rumors are about.  In a perfect world the one being indicted would be Hillary or one of the series of conspirators who tried to set Trump up with the Russia nonsense.

The country should get so lucky.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-363: Where Did My Sun Go?

Did you know the sun moves?  I don’t mean from east to west.  Even children in public school know that.  They may not know east from west but they know the sun moves.  I mean it moves from north to south.  I have always known this intellectually but living in Texas it has become very clear.

When we first spent the night in our new house I noticed that the sun came up on the left side of our kitchen window.  I have watched it move to the right until it is now coming up behind the roof of the garage and we still have almost two months of movement coming. 

I know to some of you this is old hat but for me it is an unusual phenomenon.  In California I had to struggle with the sun in my eyes as I drove to work or shining through my rear view mirror going in the other direction.  Here it is a pleasant observation as I stand by the coffee pot.

Retirement has its moments.

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Opus 2017-362: 2-2

My wife is enjoying her first World Series as a Texan.  She is rooting for the Astros because she now lives in Texas.  Added frosting on the cake is that the other team, who shall go unmentioned, are from California.

We have not been able to watch.  She has not been able to find the game on the TV connections we have but that does not keep us from enjoying the progress.  It would be a welcome gift to see our first baseball season in our new state ushered in by a win for the home boys.

Go Astros.

homo unius libri

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Opus 2017-361: Being on the Cutting Edge

My son in law has a fast car.  My daughter will never drive it.  It isn’t that he won’t let her.  She just doesn’t know how to drive a manual transmission.  I concede that I have failed her.  When my son was working on his driver’s license we borrowed a car without an automatic and found and empty parking lot for his to experiment in.  She slipped through the cracks.

I doubt if it has ruined her live but she will never know the joy of laying scratch from a stop sign.  It is more fun when it is your father’s car and he will pay for the new tires and worn out clutch.  I learned to drive a stick on dump truck.  Did you know that dump trucks can lay scratch?  I am not sure my father ever knew that.

How many experiences are closed to us because we refuse to learn new skills.  Sometimes it is a matter of waiting.  When we had our first internet connection it was a dial up.  I refused to learn to use the internet because it was too slow.  My son, on his way to becoming a techie, found it addictive.  We found out how addictive when we got the phone bills.  When the connections got faster I took the plunge.  There are parts of the internet which make it worthwhile.  How many people refuse to learn about e-mails and texting just because they are abused by so many?

How many experiences are not worth having?  Do I really need a Facebook account?  Will Instagram change my life in a positive way?  Would I have a heart attack if I went skydiving?  These are questions that each person must answer for themselves.  I don’t have time to look for new experiences.  My wife has a long list of experiences she wants me to have.  They will take me into the next century.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 27, 2017

Opus 2017-360: Election 2018: Shaking off the Flakes

I love the spin that the media puts on events.  It seems that Senator Jeff Flake has smelled the roses and is withdrawing from reelection.  He probably watched what happened in Alabama and can tell that what he is smelling is not roses.  Arizona Central calls his announcement a “bombshell”.  Many of us would label it an answer to prayer. 

He tries to make it sound very noble with the comment,
"there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party."
It seems that at last the light has broken through.  You would think that this was a real sacrifice but it is simply political survival.  As the article says he has been “struggling in the polls”.  The reason for that is there is a true conservative running against him who will get on board with the president’s agenda instead of being a John McCain clone.

The media will spin this as a move toward the Republicans losing seats in the Senate.  My spin would be that this will insure that they will keep this seat.

Things are looking up.  It must be time for another scandal out of the DNC and MSM.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-359: Headlines: It’s About Time

According to the Washington Times, congress is finally going to look into some real scandals:  Hillary’s uranium deal and Comey’s FBI priorities.  There is no excuse for it taking so long. 

For a long time the media has been yelling squirrel every time these issues came up.  In the article they did it again,
“Democrats were infuriated by the announcements, saying the investigations were partisan-fueled distractions meant to divert attention from the ongoing Russia matter.”
If there is anything that is partisan fueled it is the obsession with the nothing-burger of Trump and Russia, but as usual the psychological condition of projection is in play.  If there is any real question other than “What took so long” it will be, “Will it do any good?”

Congress has a chance to get something right.  Let it begin here.  Does this shirt look good on me while I am holding my breath?

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Opus 2017-358: Headlines: Or Lack Of

Yesterday was the first game of the World Series.  We did not watch it.  That is not new.  I still wanted to know how it came out so I went to my morning news outlets:  Crickets.

I checked three news sources and Drudge and could not find any reference to the game.  Eventually I Googled it and found out the Dodgers won.  I wonder if this is tied in any way with the honeymoon of the NFL ending because of the temper tantrums of multi-millionaires. 

I lost interest in professional sports years ago.  It looks like the country may be catching up.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-357: Headlines: Three Strikes and We Are Out, part 2 of 2

Bloomberg examines three trends among the older generation:  Working longer, dying earlier and sicker in between. 

Why are things starting to go south for my generation?  It is the real question.  I have a few ideas.  You could never prove anything but does the term “Woodstock” mean anything to you?  My generation is the one that introduced free love and recreational drugs into the American way of life.  Maybe it is time to pay the piper.  Promiscuous sex leads to all kinds of problems.  The disease factor is one.  There are more types of venereal disease out there than you can throw a condom at.  For those under some age VD is the old term for STD.  Some of them cause your mind to rot.  Some can kill if untreated.  That can’t be a good sign.  Does that have anything to do with the rising levels of dementia?  Then you have the simple stress set up in your emotional life when you look on a part of life the God reserved for lifelong relationships and you subject it to one night stands.  It is interesting that there is another link on Drudge talking about the wild life of the Rolling Stone staffers.  Guess how old they are now.

We have also been free in our criticism of the pharmaceutical companies to the point where they are not putting much seed money into certain types of life saving research.  I understand that the old antibiotics are not working on new strains of bugs and there are few new ones in the pipeline.  Are you surprised?  The executives in those companies have feelings to.  They would prefer not to get sued or called greedy so go ahead and die early.  You can always accuse the morticians of the same faults. 

It could also be that we have reached a plateau in improvement of life expectancy.  If you look at the chart provided you see a steady improvement from 1980 with three evenly spaced pauses.  The pauses are minor compared to the major drop in mortality.

Meanwhile life is good.  Just in case, I am ready to go.  There is little I can do about it anyway.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Opus 2017-356: Headlines: Three Strikes and We Are Out, part 1 of 2

You may be young enough that you don’t care.  Getting old and dying are not on your radar yet.  Well and good.  But when I saw a link on Drudge to Bloomberg telling me that my demographic is in trouble I decided to check it out.  Three results were noted. 

I fit into the first, delayed retirement.  I did not leave the work force until I was almost 70.  Why wait so long?  Health insurance for my wife.  While the nation was living in Obamacare Limbo I had what we called a Cadillac plan.  We were well taken care of as long as I worked but when she got old enough for Medicare it was “Hasta la vista, baby”.

The second one I am still waiting to find out.  Will I die earlier?  My great grandfather lived to 67.  My father died at 74.  I figure, based on that pattern, to make it to 81.  According to the article I am supposed to make it to 87.6.  I will either be the first to know or the last depending on whether I die in my sleep or not.  Since it also said there was a rising incidence of dementia in my age group I am not sure that dying earlier is such a bad thing.  I am ready to go and ready to stay.

As for the third one, I am probably healthier than I was ten years ago.  The doctors tell me I have something called atrial fibrillation, or a-fib for short.  I get the impression it is fairly common and the big fear is people with a-fib tend to get blood clots in the heart which go to the brain and cause strokes.  So to keep my wife happy and give the doctor a purpose in life I am taking my pills.  He said I have the kind of a-fib which has not symptoms.  I guess that should make me happy but it just makes it hard to believe there is a problem.  I also have a pace-maker.  Having said that I do not suffer from any of the ADL limitations the authors said are plaguing my generation.  ADL is an acronym new to me meaning “activity of daily living”.  I can still spin my own spaghetti, put on my own sox and wipe my own bottom.  We sometimes forget what we have to be grateful for.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Monday, October 23, 2017

Opus 2017-355: Headlines: The 47% Award

I didn’t bother reading the article but I will link it for you if you are interested.  Actually it is not an article, just a series of pictures.  It talks about “The 15 Best Cheerleading Squads in the NFL”.  It had the required picture of babes with their belly buttons showing to get the attention of armchair quarterbacks.  What got my attention was the number 15.  I asked myself, “How many teams are in the NFL?”  You might know.  I had no idea.  So I Googled it and came up with 32. 

How is it worth a spot in the Washington Times to act like half the cheerleading squads deserved a shout out for being better than the other half?  Is there that little news?  Have we no concern for the self-esteem of the also-rans?  I sometimes come to the verge of despair trying to find out what is happening in the world.

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Opus 2017-354: J, C & C

In Texas the best Mexican food is served in Gringo restaurants.  I kid you not.

We have been working on trying all the local joints in this part of Texas.  The food is attractive and the servers are friendly.  The decorations are well done.  What they seem to have forgotten are jalapenos, cayenne and cummin.  They also have this thing with American cheese.  American cheese is the standard in everything.  Once in awhile you get a sauce that redeems the entre but the norm is bland.

The best nachos I have had were in an Anglo place called “Cheddars”.  The best salsa and chips I have had were at a German restaurant.  I also had some great chicken fried steak at Adobe’s.

A few years ago I started experimenting with homemade chili.  After several attempts that didn’t pass muster I stumbled across a recipe that mentioned something called cummin.  I had filled the hole.  Yes!  It took more experimentation to realize that a touch of cayenne was enough but none was never enough. 

And the labels are confusing.  It seems that every Mexican restaurant calls things what they want to instead of having an industry norm.  Our interaction with Tex-Mex has left lots to be desired.

There is much to learn about in Texas.  The quest will continue.

homo unius libri

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Opus 2017-353: Headlines: Can Hyenas Change Their Stripes

I don’t know if you have heard the recording of the tape made my Sergeant Johnson’s widow when the president called her to express his condolences.  I found it at Power Line.  It is only a few minutes long and you owe it to yourself as an American to listen.  It is a warm and gracious conversation between the president and a woman with five children who just lost her husband.

After you listen, go and review the claims of the media and the Horrible woman in congress who used a tragedy to try and score some cheap points against a president they hate.  If you are still a Trump hater and/or a Democrat you need to listen twice.  You will find that the words in question about Sergeant Johnson doing what he wanted to do were used by the widow not the president.  You had better get angry.  If this doesn’t do it, nothing will.

If you are not a Trump hater you will have your heart warmed by the conversation.

Stop the lies, Loonie Left.  The country is getting sick of them, at least those who are listening.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-352: Koreaphobia

Should we worry about Korea?  Yes and no.  A lot of it depends on certain circumstances.

How close are you to Korea?  If I lived in Seoul I would be concerned.  If I lived around Seoul I would definitely worry because I am not sure that Rocket Man can hit what he aims for.  He is kind of like a new recruit into Napoleon’s army, armed with a cheap musket that had not been cleaned.  It would fire but once the ball left the muzzle there were no guarantees.  Since I live in the middle of America I, personally, have no fear.  I do have some concern for family members in Japan.

Are you of draft age?  If the curtain goes up it could well mean China would come into the fray.  If that happens we are on the road to another world war.  Assuming that the nuclear option is avoided it would mean a major call up of troops.  It is still the law that young men must register for the draft when they turn 18.  Rocket Man might show a generation of snowflakes just what it means to need a safe space.  At my age I am too old to draft and my son might also be out of range.

Do you drive a KIA or Hyundai?  Parts might run short.

On a more serious note, and here is where the theology comes in, I am afraid because of Korea.  I am not afraid because I am worried about the evil in Korea.  My concern comes because of the evil in America.  Our common culture is in the process of spitting in the face of God, often and with great enthusiasm.  Take any moral issue from telling lies to killing the innocent and you find the media, education, courts and government are leading the spray.  Eventually God will say, “Enough”.  When that happens all bets are off.

The only thing that keeps the wrath of God coming down on this nation is that there is still a faithful remnant.  There are still a few who have not bowed their knee to Baal.  If you are a grain of salt then stay salty.  If you are living for the joy of the moment then thank a Christian for their influence.

Remember Sodom.  Coming to a neighborhood near you.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 20, 2017

Opus 2017-351: Headlines: Pigs and Warriors

Once again the left demonstrates how low they can go.  Again it is a duly elected member of congress who, surprise, is a Democrat and decides to play with the tragedy of a fallen soldier to attack President Trump.  When General Kelly asked, “Isn’t anything sacred any more?”, the answer is the same as it has been for years with the Democrats, “No”.  At least nothing is sacred if it can be thrown at a Republican president.

People from the left are asking why we have soldiers in Africa anyway.  To those who know not to put their hand under a running lawnmower the answer is obvious:  They are there to train allies to fight evil so that we don’t have to activate the draft and send thousands to die in foreign countries.  Keep in mind that these are the same people who believe the world is over-populated and on the way to starvation.  They believe we are running out of natural resources.  They believe that the emissions of people and their cars are going to make the oceans rise.  They believe these things because they went to public school and don’t get out much aside from the local brewery and bistro. 

How could our soldiers be ambushed like this?  Such a question reflects little reflection.  I am a Vietnam veteran.  I was not a warrior so I don’t deserve any respect because I served.  Only those who went into the jungles really earned that.  With that in mind let me share two experiences I had. 

One was in New Jersey as we were being “trained” to leave for Vietnam.  They took us on a patrol through the woods.  It was pretty open forest.  Suddenly we were under attack.  It was an ambush.  The guys shooting at us were about 20 yards away.  We did not even know they were there.  Even after we knew they were there it was hard to see them.  We were being prepared to enter a war zone where the enemy would not be shooting blanks and the jungle was dense. 

The second was in Vietnam itself.  A group of us non-warrior types were sent out on a patrol around the base at which we were stationed.  Command didn’t expect us to find anything so I don’t remember any real warriors being with us.  They feared we might find something so we were allowed to load our rifles.  We walked down paths with vegetation on both sides that was higher than our heads.  Our visibility was only a few feet.  My mind went back to New Jersey.  If we met anyone here the first we would know about it was when the AK-47's started talking to us.

It was scary.  If you have ever been out of your armchair it is easy to see how a patrol could be ambushed.

So pray for our warriors as they do the things that keep the bad guys on other continents.  And next time one of these self-righteous pigs want to make political hay from the blood of these volunteers, let them know that your momma taught you not to use the words you would like to use to tell them what you think of them.

Oh, and have I ever told you, vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Opus 2017-350: On the Street: Changing Planes in Purgatory

On our way back from the wedding we had to make a stop and change planes.  There are places in this country that you can’t get to from here so you need to go through there.  It was a bit cheaper to make the switch in Los Angeles.  I was only there about an hour but it was enough to remind me that I was glad to be gone.

There is an attitude at LAX which reflects the mindset of California.  It isn’t the construction going on.  I can deal with that.  It is the bean sprouts and tofu atmosphere they strive for.  I have been in a lot of airports across the country.  In all the others you get a variety of places to eat and shop that reflect all levels of taste or lack of it.  You have fast food and exclusive sit-down restaurants.  Not at LAX.  Here you have a string of yuppie bars and bistros that appeal to the affluent and the snowflake.  In the little kiosks they have more brands of bottled water than soda.  You can find potato chips but they are all at knee level.  And in LA the prices are higher than any other airport I have been in recently.

I could not wait to get on the airplane.  I had a growing fear that my flight would be cancelled and I would be stuck there.  We found more people at LAX who believed in global warming than you could find in the entire state of Texas.  It is truly the land of nuts, fruit and flakes.

It is good to be home.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Opus 2017-349: On the Street: The Sad

As I said last time, I have been out rubbing elbows with America.  There are a lot of good people out there.  Mixed in with them are the ones that we have been calling snowflakes.  Many are millennials but that label should be understood as a generalization and not used as a stereotype.  On one blog I saw someone using the term bubbles instead of snowflakes.  There are a lot of people would live in an artificial world of dreams.  They are the prey of the pin pricks of life.

Picture someone in their mid twenties, still living at home, never had a job and counting on writing the “Great American Novel”.  What happens when mom develops dementia and dad has a heart attack?  Where do these people go?  They are nice.  They are well-meaning.  They are close to hopeless, bumping up against desperation and don’t know it.

Picture people who know so little of the social graces that they get up and walk out of a wedding before the bride is out the door.  I can understand not knowing what to do with your hand when you walk someone down the aisle on your arm.  I can understand not knowing which side of the room to sit on.  I can understand not knowing which fork to use.  I can’t understand standing up in the middle of the ceremony to take a flash picture.  There are so many actions that show consideration for others.  They are called manners.  They become etiquette.  They may get complex but they are based on a desire to make social interaction smooth.  The self centered generation doesn’t even know there are bumps to avoid.  I am not sure they would care if they knew.

The world they have inherited has worked well for most people and provided a secure life for the majority.  The world they will mold is going to be a disaster.

Maybe they will learn.

Then again, maybe they won’t.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Opus 2017-348: On the Street: The Good

I have been on the road for about six days.  We went to a wedding and stayed with the parents of the groom.  The core of the trip was to celebrate the marriage of friends we consider family and spend time building memories.  In the process I rubbed elbows with a cross section of America.  Some of the news is good.  Some is sad.

The good was personified in the person of a guy who represents the core of America.  He was a blue collar retiree.  He had worked his entire life in industry.  In the process he had raised and married off several children and moved into the joys of spoiling grandchildren.  He and his wife and worked hard and watched their money but from the stories I heard they were far from skinflints. 

They enjoyed life.  They helped others when they could and carried their share at all times.  He was a hunter, football fan and fast car nut.  He was a walking stereotype.  At the same time he was on his smart phone every time the conversation lagged.  He is an example of what has made this country the envy of the world. 

I found myself learning about parts of our culture I had never touched.  I watched TV shows that I will probably never watch again but I enjoyed learning what a flower car is and hearing about a motorcycle rally out in the middle of nowhere that drew 700,000 bikers.  I was shocked that a trip to Alaska to bag a moose cost $10,000.

I am guessing that he might think of himself as a Democrat.  He had been union all his life.  At the same time he seemed to agree with me on the big issues.  He is probably what the Democratic party used to be and has walked away from.  He was not from Texas but people like him explain why the big cities of Texas can be so liberal but the state can still hold traditional values.

There is hope out there.

homo unius libri

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Opus 2017-347: New Terms: Penced

You have heard of being Borked.  I think we are ready for a response from loyal Americans.  Now we can be Penced or Pence someone.  What it means is taking a public stand based on principle.  It means the risk of being mocked and refusing to compromise with people who want to destroy all that is good about America.

When you are at a school board meeting and they want to do away with the current boys and girls bathrooms you can respond one of two ways.  If you have good self control, you can stand up and leave after casting a look of disgust at the board chairman.  Excuse me, chairperson.  If you are more spontaneous, you can break out in hysterical chortling, struggle to your feet and laugh your way out.  Let them know they have been Penced.  You can later withdraw your children from public school and home school them.

If you are at a church meeting and you have someone recommend that saving whales is more important than saving babies, call for a vote.  If the congregation votes to send a contribution to Green Peace and consider abortion a matter of personal choice it is time to leave.  If you want a capital letter Pence you can write Ichabod over the door on you way out.

We need to get active in Pencing.  Too long have we been silent, courteous and respecting of the feelings of others.  They have taken it for victory and if we don’t start Pencing, they will be right.

Stand up and be counted, then walk out.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 13, 2017

Opus 2017-346: Middle Class Morality: Moderation

One key concept that could be established is that the idea of being middle class is a Biblical standard.  Some people think the desire to be rich is an American thing.  It isn’t.  What is American is a political and economic structure which allows anyone to be successful.  Some would define that as being rich.  What is also American is the teaching of moderation.  That is why America has such a large middle class.  That is why, as we drift toward a pagan culture, the middle class is being squeezed. 

The Bible teaches moderation.  I came across this in Proverbs.
(Proverbs 30:7-9 KJV)  Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Notice the balance.  We live in a culture that has made it possible for common people to work hard at low level jobs and still earn enough to support their families in comfort and security.  They may not have as much as they want but where else could someone putting bolts on a car live in their own home and hope to send their kids to college.  We were recently talking to a waitress in a family restaurant who owned her own home.  Only in America.  Only in a country with Bible based Middle Class Morality.

Do we have extreme wealth?  Do we have extreme poverty?  Yes.  I lost my rose colored glasses long ago.  I also read this weak about a famous, successful personality who committed suicide.  He had it all and killed himself.  Obviously he had not accepted Middle Class Morality.

Viva la middle class morality.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Opus 2017-345: Pork Belly Is Real

I have always heard about people investing in pork belly.  I thought it was some kind of joke.  When I used Google to check my spelling I found out that pork belly is very real. 

The first surprise was that it is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world.  As my eye ran down all the references to pork belly I saw a listing of the 15 best places for pork belly in San Antonio.  Fifteen?  Best?  How many places serve this joke line for investors?

There were links to pork belly tacos and pork belly ramen. 

Maybe I am missing something.  Maybe not.  I know how many places brag about serving menudo and I know what it tastes like.  Let me have the Doritos; you can have the pork belly.


homo unius libri

Monday, October 9, 2017

Opus 2017-344: Monday Pulpit: Dogma and the First Amendment

I have strong opinions about a lot of things.  I know, surprise.  At the same time I am sometimes quite comfortable with other people having strong opinions that differ from mine.  Some areas don’t make a whole lot of difference.  You can serve menudo at your restaurant and as long as you keep it far away from me I might come back.  You can wear garish combinations of colors and I will be glad to treat you like a human being with some worth.  You can refuse to have a gun in your home and drive a hybrid.  We can get along.  That is what the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech is all about, the things we disagree on.

Other things are open to debate but demand a strong response.  You are wrong if you abort your baby.  You a stealing if you take handouts when you don’t need them.  You are going to hell by any path but Jesus.

I am also in favor of expressing opinions.  I will express mine.  I would be a better person if you would express yours.  How do you expect me to be enlightened if you don’t care enough about me to lead me to the truth?  Of course that goes both ways.  What got me going down this dangerous path was a statement by the pastor in a church I attended a few weeks ago.  This is a paraphrase but close enough for reference.
“When it comes to doctrine we are not only allowed to make a strong statement, we are required to do so.  It is not judgmental.”
It was a Presbyterian Church and the pastor was wearing a robe so I did not shout, “Amen”.  There were even people there who had on coats and ties so I did not run the aisles waving my hanky. 

The church was also loaded with Calvinists so I had to be careful.  There were times in history when being an Arminian around a bunch of Calvinists could get you burned at the stake.  I was worshiping with a bunch of people that I had deep disagreements with.  I can do that.  There are a few issues that bring my blood to a boil but I can live with that because they have the basics down.  We agree to disagree, or at least I do. 

So preach it, brother.  It may have to do with the TULIP system.  If you don’t know what that is then you are not a graduate of a Calvinist seminary.  It may have to do with tax rates.  It could be that you hate Trump.  Say it loud and clear.

I may need to straighten you out, unless you are a Calvinist.  Calvinists are hopeless.  Brothers in Christ, but hopeless.

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Opus 2017-343: Bird Brained

Not being a bird I can’t be sure what is going on outside my window.  It could be a mating ritual.  It could be competition over territory.  It might be a favorite seed that is being argued over.  It could be birdbrained games.  I don’t have any idea.

My attention was flagged by repeated motion.  It needs to be repeated or I don’t bother looking up.  I am at a stage in life and finances where I buy some glasses at the dollar store and wear them over my prescription bifocals.  It makes the regular part of my spectacles into reading glasses.  It works and it is cheap.  The problem is that in order to see anything further than the computer screen I need to take off the auxiliaries.  It isn’t worth the effort for one little shadow chasing across my peripheral vision. 

But they kept going, so I took a look.  It was interesting but it didn’t do much more than feed my enjoyment of the trees and wildlife outside my window. 

I will settle for that today.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 6, 2017

Opus 2017-342: Should-a-Beens: Mavericks for Sale

Where is the Democrat party’s Rand Paul?  Why don’t they have a John McCain?  How is it that the Democrats are capable of such lock-step zombyism?

It could be a weakness of the Republicans.  Maybe they are all such nice guys that they can’t bring themselves to force people into line.  Maybe they are afraid of rejection.  Or it could simply be that conservatives tend to believe in individual freedom.  Maybe they believe that the ones to discipline Rand Paul should be the people that elected him, not the party bosses.

Maybe it is the commitment of the Democrats.  The problem with that is that the only thing they seem to be committed to in this generation is an ideology of socialism and central control.  What kind of people with above average intelligence and any moral principles could sit silently and follow the agenda and distortions of the Obama administration?  Maybe the question answers itself.

Should I be glad that the Republicans actually believe in the kinds of diversity that make a difference?  Republicans as a whole don’t have racial hangups like the left.  What we have are hangups about liberty and living our own lives.

It would still be nice if all the mavericks were not on our side.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Opus 2017-341: Healthy Insights: Cancer Link

The link on Drudge had to do with medical.  I was shocked when I hovered over the line and it did not show it was coming from an English newspaper.  That made me think it might be valid, so I clicked it.  It wasn’t English, it was French.  All in all though it seemed to be an actual report on actual findings.  The point it made is that being over weight has been shown to be a factor in having cancer, especially in women.

I was already aware of the issue of weight and diabetes.  Now we can add cancer to the list.  There is never a 100% correlation but we are dealing with things that can be pushed away from our future by pushing away from the table today. 

Don’t be too consumed by the definitions of overweight and obese that the doctors give.  When I was at my lowest weight and looked downright skinny, I was still classified as overweight and on the verge of obesity.  The best way I know that I have gained some of it back is to put on some of the clothes that fit just fine two years ago.  I know that cotton shrinks with washing, but not that much.

Don’t panic.  Do take it seriously.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Opus 2017-340: King Anyone?

Is our republican form of government on its last legs?  We have a lot of threats to the good life America has known.  On one side you have people calling for a Constitutional convention.  They think they can limit the changes but they need to understand that the original convention was made up of delegates told to limit the changes.  They ignored it.  At the other end you have the Progressive anarchists trying to ferment a revolution that will overthrow the structure we have with violence.  If they can cause enough fear with their violence then people will respond with violence and some kind of police state would be set up.  Will we survive?  Yes, but in what form?

How about a king?

If we were electing a king, for whom would I vote?  Whom would I trust to establish a dynasty?  Should we play with a different approach to government?  There are many variations in history.  Most have had good times and bad.  I think the results of the form of government are more a matter of “people getting the government they deserve” than the actual system itself.  Maybe that is heresy for an American but history has a lot of examples.

Take the idea of a dictator.  Most people don’t realize that dictators are elected by the people or are appointed with public approval.  We tend to think of Adolf Hitler.  He was a dictator.  Although his brown shirts used tactics similar to Antifa thugs of today, he did not take over in a military coup.  He won the election.  He may have used intimidation and violence but it was the people of Germany that ultimately said “Yes”.

The concept of a dictator goes back at least to the Roman Republic.  In times of crisis they realized that the bickering of the Senate would take too long.  Action was needed and it was needed now.  So they would appoint one man as dictator.  Originally it was for the period of one year, then he would step down.  During that year he had absolute power and after he stepped down could not be punished for anything he had done.  It was very efficient and of course people tried to manipulate it.  Julius Caesar was murdered because he seemed to want to be dictator, for life.

It is said that a benevolent dictatorship is the most efficient form of government.  The problem is that the benevolence usually disappears. 

Would that be any worse than the entrenched elites in Washington?

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Opus 2017-339: Headlines: Take a Deep Breath

How should we respond to the Las Vegas tragedy? 

There are many legitimate ways.
    Prayer for the victims and their families
    Serious thought about our own priorities
    More time spent with those who are important to us
    Plan to attend a concert or sporting event

That last may seem strange but we need to keep in mind that the point of terror is to get people to live in fear, to change their lifestyle and be crippled in the process.  Was this guy technically a “terrorist”?  Only time will tell.  What he did instills terror even if he was just a sociopath. 

What we as Americans need to do is continue to live our lives.  Do a little math.  There were 22,000 people at the concert.  Even in a closely packed  crowd with an unobstructed, preplanned field of fire and an automatic weapon how many people were killed?  Let’s say 110 to make the math easy.  Each one was a tragedy.  Collectively this was obscene.  With that in mind take note that 21,890 lived through the crime.  That means that 99.5% of the people shot at lived to tell their grandchildren about it.  I am aware that if I had lost a family member I would be too much in shock to see this.

A link on Drudge caught my eye and took me to the Miami Herald.  This is a statement that we need to file away and keep reading until we understand it and believe it.
“This country has so many public venues and it’s built on the premise of free assembly for whatever purpose — for political purposes, for religious purposes or even just for amusement, as was the case here,” said Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police. “It’s hard to say what more could be done that hasn’t been done short of curtailing the American way of life, which I don’t think is a particularly good idea.”
This police spokesman sees the bigger picture.  Life will never be totally safe.  The only way to make it really safe is to lock us all up and give dictatorial powers to a select few with guns.  In effect you would need to establish a society like the Communists did in Russia and China but keep in mind in order to keep the sheep safe they murdered millions who were suspicious.  I will take my chances.  I vote for liberty.

Meanwhile, don’t believe much of what you read for the next few days.  Reporters are desperately seeking headlines that will advance their careers.  Politicians are looking for ways to cut into your liberty while you are still in shock.  Wait a week and then start listening to people you think you can trust.  There is probably a lot going on that we have not heard yet.

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Opus 2017-338: Headlines: The Lean Continues

At one time in recent history Fox News was growing like mold in a wet shower.  Their slogan was “Fair and Balanced”.  We don’t have cable and my only exposure was on Sunday morning as my wife watched the broadcast portion.  For a supposedly conservative station to have a discussion group with Juan Williams on it tells me they were trying to give both sides a voice. 

I salute them.

But I am ready to take a knee on Fox News.  It seems that they are infected with the leftward drift that infiltrates almost every successful organization.  It happens in business.  It was radical in education.  Churches are abandoning their purpose.  Fox joins the line. 

I started reading a recent article that promised to give me some insight into what was facing the Supreme Court this year.  I stopped reading when I came across this editorial, historically ignorant, comment in the middle of what was supposed to be news.
“-- Voter redistricting, and just how much state legislatures can use partisan gerrymandering, maneuvers that have benefitted Republicans in recent years.”
For those who has socialists for history teachers, gerrymandering goes back to the days of the Founding Fathers.  It is a play on words based on a politician named Elbridge Gerry and districts that were drawn up to look like salamanders.  It isn’t really significant since the political parties have changed their stands so much over the years but he was a member of the historic Democrat-Republican party which later dropped the “Republican”.  This is offered as a note to remind you that, like the KKK, slavery, Jim Crow and the Black Codes, if you follow the dots on gerrymandering they lead to Democrats.

So gerrymandering has a long history.  If you read the comment in Fox News the way most people read the news you come away with the feeling that this is a Republican disease.  I will admit that the Republicans of Texas are probably working to adjust the boundaries.  That is one reason why I moved here.  It is also one of the reasons I left California.  The gerrymandering Democrats of California make the Republicans of Texas look like the JV team.

My problem is not bringing up the problems of redistricting.  It is a problem that has some simple solutions but the problem is not “Republicans in recent years”.  The problem is courts today, politicians down through history and voters with attention spans shorter than their last winning streak in Las Vegas.

I am in favor of bias-neutral districts.  I voted for it 10 years ago in California and it passed but nothing has been done.  The problem is that the courts and parties want to use district lines to advance their agendas.

So vote for it.  They must cheat to win.  If we have neutral districting it will be easier to vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Opus 2017-337: Watch Out for Falling Rock

I am assuming that this is a genuine report on Daily Time Waster.  One person was killed while rock climbing as a chunk of the mountain fell.  There are some really great pictures.  It is easy to overlook the loss of life.

My sympathy goes out to the families and injured.  Also of great concern is that I expect the caring people of the Nanny State to try to make rock climbing safe so that no one gets hurt.  Of course that will destroy the sport.  I have no interest in climbing rocks.  It isn’t just the danger.  I am too lazy.  But I think that part of the joy of life for some people is taking the challenge presented by risky endeavors.  Unlike drag racing on city streets, rock climbing does not generally threaten innocent bystanders. 

Let them take the risk.  They do not need your protection Sir Nanny.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 29, 2017

Opus 2017-336: New Terms: IFF

The dirty side of politics is when partisanship becomes IFF, Ideological Factional Fanaticism.  That is what we keep seeing in the House and Senate.  An article in the Washington Times tracks the changing tune of some Democrats on the issue of tax reform.  They are laying the groundwork of “voting for something before they vote against it.”  I think John Kerry came up with that bit of insight. 

When appearing before voters a number of Democrats have appeared to favor tax reform.  They have even championed some of the points in the new plan presented by the Republicans and backed by President Trump.  And therein lies the problem.  Trump Derangement Syndrom sets in.  This sums it up.
“Democratic lawmakers have privately indicated that their opposition is more about sabotaging Mr. Trump than the merits of the tax plan, said Rep. David Schweikert, Arizona Republican....

“‘They understand the desperate need for the economic growth,’ he said of his Democratic colleagues. ‘But they almost make it clear — they almost can’t say that in front of a microphone [that] what would be actually good for workers might also be good for this president. And anything that’s good for this president, if you’re Democrat you cannot embrace.’”
Factionalism puts the agenda of the party ahead of the good of the country.  When you are a Democrat your party agenda is to advance socialism and a limitation of the liberty of Americans.  It is done for your own good, of course.  Democrats feel that they are the elite that knows what is best for you.

There are plenty of RINOs on board.  Currently the Democrats are in the drivers seat but they could not control the bus without a lot of help from those who should be our friends. 

So be bi-partisan, vote all the suckers out.  Remember a swamp drains quicker is there are more places to remove the scum.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Opus 2017-335: Hope or Headlines?

Instapundit linked to what appeared to be a potential cure for HIV.

I have mixed reactions.

First, I was encouraged.  HIV is a scourge that has the potential to match the destruction of the Black Death of medieval times.  Finding a way to stop it is a good thing.  It needs to be done before it mutates and starts to become airborne.

Second, I was skeptical.  Notice that it comes from the BBC.  In case you went to public school, the first “B” stands for “British”.  One of the things I have noticed when using Drudge as a source is that the vast majority of headlines that talk about miraculous progress in medicine come from British newspapers and are vastly overblown.  Usually when they claim a breakthrough it is simply because someone wanting more money says they have hopes of a breakthrough.  I am tired of reading about cures for diabetes, cancer and HIV that are nothing but dreams and drama.

Third, I have the same concern I have when I read about breakthroughs in weight control.  You know the dream of all us gluttons:  Eat all you want of whatever you want and still lose weight.  When I finally conceded that I was diabetic I had a choice.  I could either control my weight or start learning to use a needle.  In my case diabetes was a behavior issue.  I am a glutton.  I love food.  It is a character flaw.  The only way I could avoid serious health issues was to control my appetite.  HIV is in the same category.  It has deadly consequences.  It is also a behavior issue.  We could do away with HIV in a generation.  All it would take is abiding by Biblical standards of sexual behavior and the virus would not be passed on.  Yes, I know that you can get it from blood transfusions and such.  The statement is still true.

So don’t get too excited.  Cures are good.  Promises are elusive.

 homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Opus 2017-334: Notable

I was going through my daily ritual of websites and perusing the one dealing with San Antonio.  Over on the right it has a feature called “Notable Deaths”.  That is the local term for “obituary”.  What struck me first was that I had never heard of anybody on the list.  When it listed what they had done to be notable I must confess that I did not even know that those things needed to be done.  Grab for whatever fame you can find.

The second thing that jumped out at me that three of the four who made the fold were younger than I am.  Maybe I should say, not as old. 

I have my problems.  We all do.  At the same time I am still cooking on most of my burners.  And as I tell people when they get squeamish about the topic of death, “I am ready to go.”

Being ready to go means everything from having clean underwear to having my sins forgiven by the grace of God.  There is a lot in between.  I am sure that I missed a few spots on the glasses.  Put it in my obituary. 

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-333: Locker Room Humor

You may have caught that one player on the Pittsburgh Steelers did not follow the coaches instructions.  Instead of cowering in the locker room and giving implicit support for the Anti-American antics of football snowflakes, Alejandro Villanueva came out and showed respect for the values of our country.  His parents taught him right.

At this point I am expecting him to be disciplined by the coach or the management.  Free speech is a one way street in the world of Progressive blizzards.  It only works when you are hating on America.  Perhaps one of his teammates will blind-side him in an attempt to teach him that hate will not be tolerated. 

I salute him.  I expect him to pay.

The frosting on the cake is that one account had the fans booing the team when it came out after being AWOL for the national anthem.  Kudos to Pittsburgh. 

In an interview after the game the coach was quoted at Powerline as saying,
“...he was looking for “100 percent participation” in whatever course of action the team took during the national anthem.”
It goes without saying that such a sentiment only applies when the action supports the left.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 25, 2017

Opus 2017-332: RSVP

I can understand why the sheep who follow the Progressive elites would not want to go to the White House to meet President Trump.  I would feel the same level of enthusiasm if I had been invited by Barak Obama.  I would not call him all the gutter names they come up with.  I would voice my opinion with grammar and vocabulary that showed I had graduated from 8th grade.  I would not hold a press conference and, of course, no one would care.

On the other hand I don’t think I ever referred to Obama as “not my president”.  He was president of the United States.  I am an American.  He won the election.  I am a patriot.  I did not like his policies.  His arrogance made Trump look humble.  His accomplishments made Trump look awesome.  I did not respect him but I did respect the office.

I often had this discussion with students.  It was hard for them to grasp.  They have been indoctrinated with the distortion that anyone who disagrees with them is a hater.  They have been groomed to live in the world of 1984 and they are well suited.

So stay away from the White House.  It is okay with me.  It will save us time because we won’t need to count the silverware after you leave.  It is called freedom and I want you to have it as much as I do.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-331: Is the Pope a Catholic?

That used to be a trick question.  I am not sure if that is still true. 

Instapundant had a link to a Catholic site that was calling Pope Francis to account for some of his statements about marriage, sexuality and family.  They seem to feel like he is opening the doors to people who might pursue heretical positions. 

They tried to walk the line of loyal opposition.
“The signatories stress they are not accusing the Pope of formal heresy...”
At the same time it is clear they see the logical progression of some of the pope’s warm and fuzzy social agenda. 

The Biblical standards on marriage and the place of sexual activity in marriage are watershed.  If we continue to drift down this road the consequences will be culturally shattering.  I might be good if the pope would get on board with the Nashville Statement.  If you have never heard of the Nashville Statement you might be advised to take a look.  That is really important if you attend a church with the word “united” in your name.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Opus 2017-330: Headlines: A Blizzard of Snowflakes

It looks like the battle between the working classes in America and the prima dona snowflakes of the sports world is escalating.  Again some disclaimer.  I do not pay attention to professional basketball.  I have never paid attention to professional basketball.  Now it seems that they are moving toward the list of overpaid-to-play-games crowd that live in a bubble. 

The NBA champions (?) will not be invited to the White House this year.  I think that is the impact of the headlines I am seeing at My San Antonio.  There seems to be some disagreement on whether they were invited in the first place or would ever consider attending but it is more fun to watch than an NBA game, at least for me.  I remember ignoring sport teams visiting the White House in the past.  Now I can ignore them not going.

We have all the hoopla over the NFL knee problems.  America as a whole has been cheering Trump as he says, “Fire the bums” even if we think turning off the TV is enough.  Now it seems to be spreading to the world of basketball.  Will baseball be next?  (Just checked Drudge, the answer is yes)  NASCAR?  Probably not, it is hard to kneel while driving a car.

I only hope that the librarians of America don’t start getting political in this way.  I would hate to boycott the public library.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Opus 2017-329: Critical Mass: Factions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri