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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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

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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Opus 2018-254: Pick Your Law

You have heard the nonsense of “What would happen if you had a war and nobody came?”  In reality what would happen is that one side would show up and the other would become slaves.  So far we have seen that scenario playing itself out in our streets as the left has declared a war and the right is still refusing to show up.  If it continues this way then we will become slaves of a socialist state.

We need to remember that we have the super weapons in this battle.  All we really need to do is show up and put them in action.  I refer to truth and the law.  They require two different platforms.

The truth needs to be put out where it can be seen.  We who get on the internet and know where to look can find a lot of truth.  The problem is that the sheeple of the United States tend to still believe what the talking heads tell them.  I will concede that the Kavanaugh hearings unglazed the eyes of some but I am not sure it is a long term fix.  I have heard it asked so let me repeat the question, “Why are all the newspapers owned by liberals if conservatives have all the money?”  I recently picked up the front page of our local big city paper while I was in a waiting room.  I did not need to get past the headlines to realize that there was no point in reading it.  I have this dream that someday I will pick up a newspaper and find a well written, coherent and honest report of something that has happened.  If I do I will subscribe but I refuse to put any more money into funding liberal rags.

The law is our big secret weapon that we refuse to use.  When a mob shows up at a restaurant and begins to threaten law abiding citizens who are minding their own business, it is time for some arrests to be made and some trials to go on.  How is it that Democrats can call for violence and nothing happens?  How is it that people can make accusations under oath and walk away scot free when it is obvious they have lied?  How can we literally have riots by masked Antifa goons and no one goes to jail?

We need to apply the law of justice or we will end up being forced to resort to the law of the jungle.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 19, 2018

Opus 2018-253: The Balance of Partisanship

One of the characteristics of the American Republic is the division of power along with checks and balances.  We often credit Montesquieu with this but if you read his The Spirit of Laws you find that he did a lot of looking at the English system which had two houses of legislature plus a monarchy.  The Founding Fathers dug even deeper than that.  They did a lot of research into the Greek democracies and the Roman Republic.  One of the examples of divided power was found in Sparta even though it was not a democracy.
    “The Spartan people preferred two kings at odds, rather than one directing affairs with unchallenged power.
    “The two-king system, although it produced its own difficulties, did prevent the rise of a Mesopotamian-style monarchy”, p. 421
I am not sure how we would recreate that today but I would suggest the two political parties as candidates for kings.  They are constantly fighting each other for control and to set the agenda.  I don’t know how many times I have heard “this is the end of the _______ party”.  And then a few years later I hear it the other way.

Partisanship is part of the reason our system works.  If you only have one party then you end up with the kind of brutal repression common in the socialist systems of National Socialism and Communism.  Anyone who ever gets out of their bedroom realizes that large number of people never agree on things.  The only way you can have one party rule is by severe repression of any dissenting voice.

So let’s here it for partisanship.  That is the point of the First Amendment.  The Second is there for those times when the left forgets the boundaries of discourse.

November is coming.  Let the anarchists and socialists feel the burn.

Bauer, Susan Wise.  The History of the Ancient World.  New York: 
      W. W. Norton, 2007.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Opus 2018-252: Different Trigger, Same Gun

Some things never seem to change.  It is hard to believe.  I have found myself talking about how today’s Democrat party is different than it used to be.  There may be some truth to that but not as much as you think.  John Batchelor quotes an editorial from a newspaper called The Tribune back in 1896.  Read through it and ask yourself, “Does this sound familiar?”  The trigger issue in those days was silver as a base for the dollar instead of gold.  The trigger changes but the gun is the same.
    “Man and blind hatred of property, hatred of those who appear more fortunate and seem to have easier lives, notions that all men ought to be equal in income and expenditure and tastes and engagements, as well as legal rights with a passionate desire to tear down the existing state of things if it cannot be made to suit such a fanaticism - that is the desperate and dangerous force which only uses the silver issue as a means of striking at all property and all the prosperous.
    “Does anybody ask how such a brainless craze came to exist in this free country?
    “The Democratic party cultivated it laboriously and patently for twenty-five years, especially in all the Western and Southern States, as its only hope of defeating the Republican party.
    “Every day and every night it appealed persistently to the mean hatred of success by those who do not succeed, of property by those who have none, of employers by employed, of capital by labor, and contrived at last to create a communistic spirit in free American which is as ignorant, as stupid, as vindictive and madly destructive as that which lightened the torch and danced around the corpses in Paris.” pages 129-130
The title of the editorial was “American Silver Communists”.  It is interesting that even in 1896 the informed were aware of the danger of Communism.  Too bad so few are informed now.  The tactic of the Democrat party was to divide the country by class warfare.  It is still their goal.

Batchelor, John Calvin.  Ain’t You Glad You Joined the Republicans? 
     New York:  Henry Holt Company, 1996.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Opus 2018-251: Who Is the Deep State?

I imagine everyone has a different definition of the deep state.  For some it is a tight group at the center of the halls of power that act as puppet masters, pulling strings and manipulating society toward a police state that they control.  For some it is rogue, unelected bureaucrats who ignore the law and advance their own personal egos and power.

I think it is much bigger than that.  I think it is a vast host of individuals.  Some work alone and others work in groups.  They may not even be aware of each other but they have one major flaw:  They think they are the exception.  They don’t need to play by the rules.  They consider themselves what Thomas Sowell calls “the Anointed.”

If you are playing Monopoly they want to be the banker or at least sit by the banker so that they can make slight-of-hand “loans”.  After all, it is only a game and suckers don’t deserve to win.

If they are a preacher they carefully select the Bible passages they use and skip any verse that might cause you to question what they say.

If they are politicians they say things like, “We need to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it.”

If they work for the DMV, IRS of OSHA they make sure that things go as slow as possible.  They are obsessed with forms and check marks.  They make dealing with the government a living hell.  They are anyone who has the ability to tell you “no” based on a technicality or minor error.  They move your application to the bottom of the pile or send it to the wrong office.  They stand in classrooms, sit behind plate glass windows.  They wear badges and robes.  They have a wide variety of incomes and live in many neighborhoods.

What they have in common is power over others that they use as their priorities dictate instead of the way the rules were intended.

Think how much better our lives would be if we did away with entire departments of the federal government.  Do we really need a Department of Education?  Do we need the government to tell us that food products must have nutrition labels?  Does your barber really need to be licensed?

November is coming.  One of the issues you should examine is elected officials who want to cut the size of government.

The Deep State wants you.

homo unius libri

Monday, October 15, 2018

Opus 2018-250: Curses

I can’t find where I first saw it mentioned but you my have read about the witches coming together to throw a curse on Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  It is supposed to be focused on his mistreatment of women.  I imagine they are basing it all on a vague, unsupported accusation that he got too pushy once when he was a teenager.  I have good news for the new justice from the book of Proverbs.
(Proverbs 26:2 NAS77)  Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.
I don’t think political assassinations or publicity stunts qualify as a reason for a curse.

What is interesting to me is that it doesn’t say that curses don’t exist, just that they are worthless if not deserved.

Maybe someone has cursed all the media outlets that report fake news.  Their circulation has certainly take a nose dive.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-249: The Next Cool Look

One of the older texts I am reading on my Kindle is the Journals of Lewis and Clarke.  It is quite a slog.  Getting through the spelling and grammar is a chore.  Then you have double entries for each day, I think one is from Lewis and one from Clarke.  I am currently reading the entry for November 1, 1805.  At this point they were east of modern Portland. 

As they traveled they described the Indian tribes that they met.  One thing you learn from historical documents is that the American Indians were not a monolithic culture.  Two groups even a few miles apart could speak totally different languages and dress totally different.  Today as I read they went into the methods used to mold the heads of their children.  Not the minds, the heads.  They had previously mentioned flat heads among some tribes, now they described the method of strapping boards on the heads of the babies until the heads went to the form they wanted.

The reason I bring this up is I think we could be looking at a wave of the future.  I am thinking of the body mutilation going on in the millennial generation.  I am even seeing it in older people who must be trying to relate.  Have you seen the picture of the guy that has big rings in his cheeks and nose and you can look through his head?  Piercing and tattoos are a growing trend.  So I ask, “When you have covered and punctured your body as far as it will go, what next?”  How do you set the new trend?  I would suggest head molding for children.

I am not wanting this to happen.  I find tattoos, studs and rings to be silly at best and ugly most often but keep in mind that I don’t understand why anyone would wear a necklace either.  I am just guessing at where the next silly stage will be.  Like tattoos, once you have formed the babies head it will be that way the rest of their lives. 

Sadly, you heard it here first.

homo unius libri

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Opus 2018-248: Headlines: Response to Resist

We need to see more of this response to leftist violence.  According to the Gateway Pundit a member of a college Republican group was pushed around by a leftist.  He called the police and is filing charges.  It will be interesting to see if there is any video and if this goes anywhere.  This needs to be an automatic response.

This might be a good time for a group of conservative lawyers to offer their services in a pro bono or “no charge unless a claim is won” basis.  I don’t know the legal costs involved in something like that but it would seem to me that it would be money well spent.  These people will not go away unless it becomes too painful to continue acting like bullies.  If we don’t want to end up with blood running in the streets and violent civil war we should start using the tools of the rule of law while we still have a chance.

If you sheriff won’t back you up, vote the sucker out.  If your police won’t support you then it is time to make changes on your city council.  They appoint the police chief.  Even in a republic the people are supposed to have a say in their leaders and a way to hold them accountable.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 12, 2018

Opus 2018-247: Election 2018: What Kind of Government Do We Deserve?

I watch the mindless, unprincipled march of the Democrats.  They could not be sitting in positions of power and working their evil if they did not have a lot of Democrats voting for them and a lot of Republicans not voting at all.  I keep wondering how so many people can be so blind.  Can’t they see what is obvious?  Have they lost their minds?  Do they have no sense of logic or morals?

Then I begin to wonder if they are saying the same things about me.  Actually they are saying a lot worse things. 

They are wrong, of course.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Opus 2018-246: Firsts: I Still Can’t Believe It

Part of moving to Texas is needing to begin to do my own yard maintenance.  That means I am now trying to mow the non-tree and rock free parts of our property.  I am guessing that means almost an acre.  I am getting into the swing of pushing a mower around.  I do about an hour at a time and eventually get it done.

What I was not prepared for was dealing with the machinery.  My wife brought home a used string trimmer with a two stroke-engine.  I have always avoided two-strokes.  I don’t understand them and they don’t want me to understand them.  The device slowly went down hill.  At first it was impossible to start once it was warm so I only could use it until the string wore down.  Then I needed to wait until the next day.  Eventually it started refusing to run. 

I had a choice to make.  I could keep taking it back to the guy who sold it to us and have him work his magic or I could try to fix it myself.  Since I am cheap and my manhood was on the line I decided to give it a go.  What was the worst that could happen?  I would fail and take it to him anyway.  I had nothing to lose.

So I did a search on You Tube and watched a few videos.  I ordered a kit that included everything I would need including a new carburetor.  The day came when all the parts were in my possession and I had no more excuses.  I started taking out screws and pulling things apart.  Eventually I did all I knew to do and the moment of truth came............It started.  I was in shock.

I did some trimming and then turned it off and renewed the string.  It started again.  I am impressed. 

So now I have actually fixed something.  I need a nap.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Opus 2018-245: Baby Talk: The Joy of Anticipation

Recently we were able to Skype with my daughter and granddaughter.  The baby is at that stage where she is able to move all four extremities and each one has the strength to accomplish a task but the coordination isn’t there.  She will rear up like a seal and examine her world.  The next minute her face is in the rug but her rear is in the air.  You can watch her try to figure it out but there is still something missing.  A fun time was had by all, except maybe the baby.

One of the great side benefits of having grandchildren is that your mind drifts into the past.  I was sitting and thinking about chasing my granddaughter when she starts to crawl.  That brought back fond memories of chasing my son down the hall while he howled with laughter.  I don’t need any trigger warnings.  The memories are warm and gratifying. 

I had forgotten how long it takes infants to master basic skills.  In a sense it will never change.  There are still some things that I have trouble with like getting all the pieces of lettuce off the counter when I make a salad or using the right amount of shampoo.  Life will continue to have it’s challenges.  I can see the day coming when I will have a hard time getting my shoes done right.  I already have days I get my underwear on backwards. 

Fortunately I have mastered crawling.  I will need it next time I see my granddaughter.

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Opus 2018-244: Election 2018: History Lessons

At the end of the Civil War Abraham Lincoln called for reconciliation and forgiveness.  Most people have heard the famous finish to his second inaugural even if they don’t know the source.
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
He made this statement after references to God, the Bible and our Christian tradition.  They are very noble and correct.

He relaxed, went to the theater and was murdered.

At the end of World War II we began to rebuild Germany and Japan.  In Europe it was called the Marshall Plan.  Japan was put under the control of General Douglas MacArthur who had a very high regard for the future of that country.  Do you get who we are.  We forgave our enemies and helped to rebuild their nations.

Of course we had totally defeated them with a no-holds barred approach to victory.  They were shattered.  We could afford to be magnanimous. 

The results are open to interpretation.  True, we did not have Germany rising again to bring us to World War III.  Japan did away with its military.  We have had peace on those fronts but the direction they are going today makes you wonder if it was the best approach.

With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court we won a battle in the War for the Heart of America.  For the moment due process, the rule of law and presumption of innocence came out on top.  It ceased being an issue of who he was but instead what he represented.  Let’s take a moment to rejoice, but only a moment.  We need to keep digging the trenches, putting stakes around our castles and combing the countryside for the guerilla resistance.  We need to root out the traitors and by the careful use of law and due process show them what justice means.  They will be back and they are good at hitting us in places that we don’t think a person of integrity would strike.

That is because they are not people of integrity.  Morals for the socialist are whatever brings them victory.  The only high road is the one that destroys the opposition.

We are the opposition.  We have a duty to follow the rule of law and due process.  If you are a Christian or a believing Jew you have a responsibility to be kind to your enemies, but that comes after you win, not before. 

There will be many battles in the coming days to wear us down and get us to compromise.  We need to stay alert and remember to vote on November 6.  I will say vote early.  I would say also vote often but that is one of their techniques.  Our biggest danger is that we give up on how slow freedom works, throw in the towel and become like them.

Then we lose.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-243: How About a Red Bull?

One of the memes going on today seems to be having a Beer for Brett.  While I support the effort I don’t drink, so I can’t join the movement.  I have a suggestion for those of us who are teetotalers.  I would suggest Dr. Pepper for Due Process, Perrier for Presumed Innocent or Red Bull for Rule of Law. 

It is a good day to celebrate but keep in mind that the forces of tyranny will only back off far enough to get a running start.  Their entire goal is to force socialism so that we can all be equally poor and bound.  Expect them in your churches and public parks.  They can show up at your weddings or your next high school football game. 

Expect it.  They will come.  Be ready.  Stand strong.  It might be better to have the Red Bull and stay alert than the beer and lose control.

homo unius libri

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Opus 2018-242: Political Theater in Proverbs

I want to share something I came across in Proverbs today.  As I read it my mind went to a recent political display that most of us have been following.  I will mention no names or point any fingers although I am probably shaking a fist.  It starts with this,
(Proverbs 6:16 KJV)  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
I have read that many times and reflected on the verses that follow.  Usually I am looking to get my own act together but today it seemed like something that should have been covered by the MSM.  Read this and ponder.
(Proverbs 6:17 KJV)  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

I’m going to guess you didn’t need to ponder too long.  I have this feeling that certain faces and actions came to your mind without me saying anything.  If not then you have been playing video games too much.

The things we have seen have created a lot of rage in me and probably in you.  Keep in mind that they are an abomination to God.

It is good to be on the right side.  Again, I will let you fill in the names.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 5, 2018

Opus 2018-241: Kalifornia Is Nice This Time of Year

There is no real need for the uncomfortable celebrities to go to Canada.  Such a download could become a potential cause of conflict and force Canada to build a wall.  We don’t need that when there are ready alternatives withing the lower 48.  Just as I fled the People’s Republik I would encourage the disenchanted to flee the free states.  For those west of the Mississippi I would suggest Kaliforny is the place they ought to be and like the Clampetts they can head to Beverly...Hills, that is.

For those east of the Mississippi I would suggest the People’s Republic of Massachusetts. 

The problem is that they look at how bad things are in those socialist paradises and opt for Texas.  In their rhetoric they hate everything Texas stands for but in their hearts they know it and other states that believe in freedom are the only places where they will be allowed to continue to be so wrong.  In Texas there are still enough people who are working toward a bright future that the liberals can be carried while they protest. 

Perhaps we could propose a tax incentive for people moving to blue states.  We could use the money to extend the wall along the border of California.

I am only 1% joking.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Opus 2018-240: Election 2018: Choose Your Side

I watch the circus that is our government.  I see the elites who think they know what is best for everyone else and watch them manipulate, lie and cheat.  I find it hard to believe that Diane Feinstien and Cory Booker don’t have a part of their mind that keeps saying, “I am sooooooo wrong.  How do I live with myself?”  You have all seen the cartoon depictions of a little angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other. 

That is only for cartoons.  I came across some verses in the Bible this morning that reminded me of the real problem.
(Proverbs 4:16-7 KJV)  For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
Does that not describe a lot of the politicians and their media sycophants that we see on a regular basis.  It isn’t a matter of cute little caricatures.  It is a matter of evil little hearts that glory in inflicting mischief on others.  What else would explain the constant ignoring of testimony and basic facts?  How else could they justify setting aside due process, the rule of law and a presumption of innocence?  You need to understand that when they intimidate a Jeff Flake into craven jelly they walk around off camera giving each other high-fives.  When they browbeat a witness with gotcha questions they are swooning with a sense of power inside.

They know what is best for us and don’t care how much they destroy in the process of creating a perfect world.

Of course we also have the potential arrogance of becoming so self-righteous that we join them, just another team in the National Evil Team.  That is why it is important to keep a standard of unchanging right and wrong.  For Christians that starts in the Bible.  For Jews in the books of what I call the Old Testament.  For assorted pagans I would suggest that you consult your sources of moral authority and act on it.  I know where serious Jews and Christians will come down.  I don’t know enough about Buddhists and Hindus to speak with authority.

The battle goes on.  Each of us gets to choose which side we are on.  Sadly it seems like all of the Democrats and too many of the Republicans have already made the choice that can destroy life as we know it.

An election is coming.  Vote before you are forced to revolt.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-239: Building a Legacy

Which came first the name or the slang?

I am referring, of course, to senator Jeff Flake and the way he has flaked on his responsibility to the Constitution, the country and the people of Arizona.  Actually I am not so concerned about the people of Arizona.  They seem to have a problem.  They are the same ones who brought us John McCain.

Often our slang and vocabulary comes from the name of a person associated with it.  Gerrymandering came from Elbridge Gerry.  Borking describes how judge Robert Bork was treated by the Democrats.  In some future generation people may think that Jeff Flake originated the slang.

Consider it his legacy.  As the Democrats would say, it is accurate even if the facts don’t back up the actuality. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Opus 2018-238: Ode to Old: Handle with Care

I thought about getting a new Bible.  Actually I don’t need to “get” one because I have plenty on the shelf.  What I mean is retire my old one and move to a newer printing.

I started using this Bible in 1986.  It is bound in top grain cowhide but after 30 plus years it is breaking down.  The flaps at the top and bottom of the spine are gone and cracks are appearing at other places.  The section I used the most is coming loose from the binding and much of the New Testament is turning yellow, not from age but from the oils in my fingers as I turned pages.  Other parts are pristine and new.  Is it time to move on?

Then I realized the Bible had a lot in common with me.  I am old and worn.  I am frayed around the edges and crumbling in more places every day.  Yet I think I am still serviceable and have a few years left me. 

I think it might last as long as I will.  A new one would be like getting a toupe or using Botox.  I don’t think so.

homo unius libri

Monday, October 1, 2018

Opus 2018-237: Fond Memories

Around my senior year in high school I was very active socially.  That last summer the group of friends and associates I had at church did something every night.

The activities were varied.  They ranged from going to someone’s home to play a card game called Rook to overnight hikes up the mountain.  Although the numbers varied everyone was invited. 

Keep in mind it was a different world.  You could go to Knott’s Berry Farm and spend the evening without spending a dime.  This was before the hippies started hanging around and making it like San Francisco has become today.  There was no admission charge and you only paid for what you wanted.  You could walk around on Hollywood Boulevard without being attacked by perverts, muggers and Antifa.  We used to go to the beach at night for what was called a grunion hunt.  We would build a fire, play our guitars and roast marshmallows until someone yelled, “The grunion are running!”  I don’t think we ever caught a grunion but we built a lot of memories.  One year we realized we had nothing to put the marshmallows on so we stopped on the way for a scavenger hunt.  One of the thing on our list was wire coat hangers.

Our town had a curfew but it was ignored as long as you were not causing trouble.  I can’t think of any neighborhoods that we were afraid to go into.  I never had a key to my house and as far as I can remember the back door was never locked.  It was a wonderful time to be alive.

Things certainly have changed.

homo unius libri