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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.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Opus 2019-220: Reform Illusion

I love it when famous people agree with me.  Jonah Goldberg writes (before he became a Never Trumper),
“Those yearning for a ‘Muslim Martin Luther’ don’t realize there are Muslim Martin Luthers all over the place, and they’ve been fomenting religious oppression and cruelty in the Middle East and terrorism abroad for generations now.”  p. 238
I have always been mystified by people who call Islam a religion of peace.  They obviously have only read the Readers’ Digest translation of the Koran which was prepared by undercover Muslims for gullible snowflakes.  The only peace that Islam offers to the world is a peace based on submitting to slavery or accepting death.  The idea is that the grave is very peaceful. 

And I have wondered what carousel people fell off of when they claim that Islam needs to be reformed.  That is what the “kill the infidel” of jihad is all about.  Those involved in the violence are the reformers.  They feel that Islam has drifted into the state that Christians feel about the United Methodist Church.  They think the average Muslim is a Muslim in name only and a clone of the dominant culture.

So don’t root for the reformers of Islam.  They want sharia to be your next experience in law.

Goldberg, Jonah.  The Tyranny of Cliches.  New York:  Sentinel, 2012.

homo unius libri

Friday, November 8, 2019

Opus 2019-219: Baby Talk: Monkey See...

It is amazing how much children see and how much they mimic our actions.  Our granddaughter sees us taking a tissue and blowing our nose.  She grabs anything including the hem of our clothing and makes the noise with her mouth.  She then will wad up the receptor and throw it on the ground. 

The one that got me yesterday had to do with the dishwasher.  When I am through putting things in I will use my foot to raise the door up to old man stoop level.  As I was pushing in the racks and getting help from the toddler I was ready to close the door when she raised up her foot under the edge.  She didn’t catch the entire effect so she did not move the door but she was obviously doing what she had seen the monkey do.

Children watch us.  I don’t think it ever stops even when they grow up.  People watch us.  We need to live like it makes a difference because it does.

homo unius libri

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Opus 2019-218: Karma Questions

As a Christian I must confess that I do not understand Buddhism or its teachings.  One of the beliefs is called “karma”.  What brought this to mind was this quote from The Tyranny of Cliches,
“Under karma we are rewarded for our good deeds and punished for our bad ones, in this life and our next lives as humans or grasshoppers or carpet mold.” p. 256
I think the basic idea is that your current life in the cycle of life is a result of how you lived your previous life.  In a nutshell, you get what you deserve.  That is as objective as I can be about the doctrine.

My mind goes on tangents whether it is engaged by a sermon, an advertisement or Buddhist doctrine.  So I ask myself, “How would you evaluate the life of a grasshopper to determine if it would move up or down the order of life in its next incarnation?”  What is right and wrong to a grasshopper?  Do Buddhists debate such things?

My life is not going to be transformed by the answer.  I don’t wait on pins and needles.  In fact I will probably move on as soon as I exhale, but for now it is a genuine question that I have no idea what the answer could be.  I expect that a Buddhist would feel the same way about the trinity.

Goldberg, Jonah.  The Tyranny of Cliches.  New York:  Sentinel, 2012.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Opus 2019-217: To Poll or not to Poll

Should we participate in polls?

A few times in my life I have received a phone call asking if I will participate in a survey.  Usually it is clearly a sales gimmick and I routinely hang up.  I am polite but I hang up.  We need to remember that as hard as it comes, be polite.  Once it seemed like a genuine survey so I started to answer questions.  It didn’t take long to once again politely hang up.  After a couple of questions I could tell what the results were going to be by the wording.  I tried to reword the question but they were having none of that nonsense.  I tried to explain how loaded the questions were but got no where.  They were the anointed reading their script to the unwashed masses. 

I used to think we should put in our opinion so that they poll would not be so skewed.  After paying a little attention I realize it is pointless.  They know what they want to declare and you cannot get between them and their conclusions.

So my answer is generally, no.  I also don’t bother filling out those questionnaires from the RNC asking my opinion.  The only part they are interested in is the contribution form at the end.  If they didn’t know what I thought they would not have sent me the form.

I have more productive things to do like take out the trash.

homo unius libri

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Opus 2019-216: Should-a-Beens: Want Ads

Wouldn’t you like to see it?  “Wanted, Investigative Reporters”

I keep wondering why the wealthy conservatives don’t get their act together and start a news source that stays reliable.  Maybe they could buy a local paper in a medium size town and start to build a following.  Drudge had a moment.  Fox made a try.  Both have gone to the dark side.  The anointed of the internet seem to have a set agenda of manipulating the dialogue.  I think there is a lot of pent up desire for a voice that links facts with truth.

This will require a new type of staff.  I can see three types of employees who will gather the news, each with a different focus.

Class A:  Basement Geeks (BG) to follow links and arrive at truth.

These would be your stereotype computer guy who does not get out much.  It needs to be someone who likes to follow links and look for obscure connections.  He lives to click.  This is necessary because so much of what is presented as news is just boilerplate that comes from a single source and then is spread around so it looks like it a trend.  It doesn’t matter if this guy has piles of pizza boxes around him.  It is okay if he lives of Soylent.  He has the skills.  Let him use them.  Reward him with more Soylent.

Class B:  Street Smarts (SS) to do physical investigation

This is your classical reporter.  He is expected to go out and talk to people, go through physical files, interview, observe and so forth.  This needs to be someone who is the opposite of the basement geek.  He needs to like people and getting around.  Previous experience as a reporter should ring alarm bells but would not necessarily disqualify him.  I understand that somewhere in North Dakota there is still an honest reporter.

Class C:  Office Nerds (ON) to put it all together

This is what used to be an editor.  It could still be an editor but it needs to be someone who is not pre-programed to present only one slant.

Think about how this could effect the public.  I don’t know if you stay in hotels a lot but many of them have piles of USA Today in the lobby for free consumption.  I notice that there are big piles even at the end of the day.  The reason is that they are not worth reading.  They are written at an elementary school level and tend to toe the progressive party line.  If I could find something like USA Today with genuine reporting I would subscribe.  I would buy it even if each page was divided in two columns and one side was liberal. 

We tend to accept the popular wisdom.  We accept that newspapers are doomed.  I keep hearing how books are going out of style.  We are warned that Amazon will put the box stores out of business and the box stores put mom and pop out of business.  It does not have to be.  Books keep being published.  Small stores that provide excellent service still survive.  I think that a newspaper that actually supplied news could do very well.

homo unius libri

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Opus 2019-215: Baby Talk: Here, Fido

Those of you that have pets are familiar with the magic of the shaken food bowl.  It can be a life saver with cats who don’t want to come in from the cold.  You stand at the back door and rattle the food bowl and it is amazing how often the independent minded cat will come running.

It works on toddlers too.  No, I don’t shake the cat’s food bowl to get my granddaughter’s attention.  What we do is rattle the pacifier.  It is amazing.  She is totally deaf one minute and the next comes running.  I would not believe it if I did not see it.

I am sure that there are political applications.  I will leave those up to you.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-214: Pollish Jokes

I keep hearing about polls in which people express their desire that President Trump be impeached and removed from office.  It doesn’t mean a thing as long as people are expressing a wish.  It is the implementation that becomes a danger to our republic. 

If I had been asked a carefully phrased question about removing President Obama from office I would have been in favor of it in an emotional way.  The idea was a fantasy.  If the Republicans had tried to impeach him because he played too much golf I would have laughed at them for their foolishness.  He won the election.  It may not have been fair and square when you take into consideration all the voter fraud and media bias, but he won under the rules in play and the Republicans did nothing to resolve it under the rules in play.  We lost.  We lived with it.  Like it or not he was our president.

The polls on impeachment don’t really represent a democratic movement to impeach.  They are a Democratic fantasy that cannot be fulfilled in a free society.  I would hope, and my fear is it is a vain hope, that if it came to a real vote most of these dreamers would wake up and smell the elites desire to destroy the liberty we have by suborning an election.  The reason it is a real threat is because the left has brainwashed a generation and we are reaping the results.   And don’t forget that the polls said Reagan had no hope and that Trump didn’t have a chance.

Freedom cannot exist if the only rule is “Head I win.  Tails you lose.”  That is where the left is today. 

Freedom cannot exist if we allow ourselves to be swayed by public opinion.  Part of the problem is that the public tends to be ignorant and the other part is that the media that informs you about public opinion took their poll in the newsroom.

Freedom cannot exist if the Republican party does not grow a pair and start enacting the rules of law that we are supposed to be living under.

So don’t worry about the polls.  All they do is give you a window into the dreams, and nightmares, of the Democrats, Socialists, Communists, snowflakes, elites and RINOs of the world.

I don’t care if the polls show strawberry is the favorite flavor.  I prefer rocky road if they still make it.

homo unius libri

Friday, November 1, 2019

Opus 2019-213: Headlines: Shocker, Democrat Resigns

By now I am sure you have heard that Congresswoman Katie Hill has resigned.  This is a shocker, not because of what she did but that she resigned.  It must have been much worse than the media is letting us know.  Keep in mind that she is from California and a Democrat.  What would it take to shame such a person?  She is leaving while Pelosi, Schiff and Feinstein remain. 

Before you get excited keep in mind that she may be replaced by someone picked by the governor of the land of fruits and nuts, Gavin Newsom, or by a special election among the same people who elected her.  If you think the warm-up act was good then buckle up for the main show.

I am tired of getting the government that other people deserve.  I read that somewhere and I agree with whomever said it first.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Opus 2019-212: The Joys of Isolation

I live in a world of isolation.  I don’t watch TV except when traveling with my wife or relegated to a waiting room.  I rarely turn on the radio.  I only go to movies when my family makes it a command performance.  I don’t recognize the people on the trash mags by the check out line.  Modern music is an excuse to claim you have a headache.  Some people might claim I need to get out more.

So when I read something like the list Jonah Goldberg gives I find it interesting.  Not shocking.  I have been around enough to be hard to shock.  Maybe you are out of touch enough that these are new details to you.
“Jennifer Lopez bars people from photographing her elbows.  Mariah Carey has an assistant whose only job is to hand her towels....  John Travolta ...demanded that his person chef be retained and he wanted approval of the catering staff for the rest of the cast and crew.” p. 175-6, (Emphasis in original)
He goes on but you may spend enough time watching daytime TV or reading in the grocery line that you already know this and much more.

I will stick with being isolated, thank you.  I am not sure the world is ready for my ridicule. 

Goldberg, Jonah.  The Tyranny of Cliches.  New York:  Sentinel, 2012.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Opus 2019-211: Monday Pulpit: Lessons from Joseph, part 2 of 2, Slavery Sidetrack

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.  He was sold to Ishmaelite traders, distant relatives on their way to Egypt.  This is a good time for another aside.  The tangent is slavery which is a hot topic for us in the United States.  Reparations anyone?

Americans don’t know history.  Part of that is deliberate.  People who know history tend to vote different than people who are ignorant.  Take slavery.  The average American feels like slavery is an American problem, a blot on the soul of a nation.  It is the American Sin.  Such an attitude feeds into the manipulation of the elites but has nothing to do with reality.

Slavery has been a normal part of society throughout the history of mankind.  It was common in every culture on every continent except Antarctica.  It was considered normal.  The only people who were against slavery were the slaves and even most of them accepted it as normal.  Slavery still exists today in its standard form.  Even more people are enslaved in trappings that we don’t think of as slavery, such as prostitution and sweat shops.  Far from being an American problem the stand against slavery was an area that America took an early interest.  The eradication of slavery should bring pride not the guilt demanded by the left. 

Joseph’s experience is a good illustration of how slavery works.  His brothers were mad at him so they got together, imprisoned him and then sold him.  A good number of the slaves that ended up in the Western hemisphere got there start that way.  As a slave Joseph prospered.  He was given responsibility and power.  Of course he was still a slave but if you follow his story through you find that eventually he was second in power only to Pharaoh. 

Does that make slavery a good thing?  No, not in our modern way of thinking.  It just makes it something that was considered normal until modern times. 

Making slavery some kind of test of worthiness of guilt is nonsense.  Keep in mind that the slaves that came to America started their journey being enslaved by other black Africans.  They might have gone through several black slave traders before they ended up on a European ship.  Keep in mind that the slaves were going east into the Arab world for millennia before they went across the Atlantic.  Look up Kush and Axum.  One of their main trade goods was slaves.

In fact it was the Christian gospel that began a serious examination of slavery.  It is hard to hold someone as a slave when they are created in the image of God and are a brother in Christ.

We need to continue the discussion without phony guilt trips and political manipulation. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Opus 2019-210: Monday Pulpit: Lessons from Joseph, part 1 of 2, Being Salt

The pastor made a good point:  God was with Joseph in spite of his situation.  God prospered him.  Good enough.  Encouraging.  My brain went into tangent mode.

If you have not read it recently the basic focus was Genesis 39.  Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers and the slave caravan took him to Egypt where he was purchased by Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s body guards.  He was quickly promoted to run Potipahr’s entire household and Potiphar prospered greatly.  Then the wife falsely accused Joseph of trying to rape her and he was thrown into prison.  In prison he was almost immediately appointed by the chief jailer to be in charge of all the prisoners.  You can see how this goes.

Thus the pastor observed that no matter what curve balls life threw at Joseph, God caused him to prosper.  My tangent noticed that Joseph was also a blessing to those he came in contact with.  God does bless us but the Bible has a strong theme that we are blessed so we can pass the blessing on to others.  It would be possible that God would even direct us toward hardship if there was a desired result. 

Culturally we would see this in terms of a Christian, or Jewish, minority being a real asset to the dominate culture.  They will often fill positions in medicine and the sciences.  They provide a framework of honesty and hard work.  I think of it in terms of being salt.  Believers can season the entire social structure if they are faithful to their calling.  It is frustrating to hear people talk about the Golden Age of Islam and have them ignore that most of the gold was produced by Christians and Jews or by recent converts. 

As I look at our current culture I think in terms of critical mass.  How much salt does it take to preserve a fish?  How much to save Western civilization?  Remember the dialogue between God and Abraham in Genesis 18 where God finally said he would preserve Sodom for 10 righteous.  How many will it take for America?  Are you part of the salt or the putrefaction? 

As followers of Jesus we have the hope of eternal life.  If we stop there then we have stopped too soon.  We are called to be a blessing to the world in which we live.  Joseph was a good example.  We should follow it and be part of the solution.

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Opus 2019-209: The Blame Game

I always enjoy it when someone whom people actually read agrees with me.  One of the sites I view regularly is Powerline.  One of the writers is Paul Mirengoff.  I often find him hard to take because I view him as a struggling Never Trumper.  He fights it but seems to delight at any little barb he can throw Trump’s way.  In spite of that he still has some interesting insights at times.  One of them came in his comments about a new study on the opioid crisis.

What hit home with me is his comments about how it is politically correct to lay the blame on big business for all of the things wrong with the country.  The study he sites seems to be saying that the opioid crisis is not because of unscrupulous drug companies but the same old drug culture of the streets.  He draws a parallel with the housing crisis of ten years ago.  I am sure he could have gone on with things like the credit card crisis and other popular themes of “blame the rich”.  When politicians and lobbyists get together to pull the wool over the eyes of the public then we have bad results. 

The problems we have in society are not the fault of Facebook, Amazon or the Deep State.  They are caused by people who refuse to be responsible for their own lives and discipline themselves so that they can be independent.  People want Uncle Sugar to take care of them.  He will but the hidden price is usually liberty and a healthy pride.

I have yet to see a gun jump out of a drawer and shoot someone.  I still am waiting for my credit card to crawl out of my wallet and charge something I want but don’t need.  And of course the last time I looked that Snickers bar did not unwrap itself and force its way into my mouth.

If we refuse to grow up we will always have a curfew.

homo unius libri

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Opus 2019-208: New Laws: Semi-Free Enterprise

I am wondering if it isn’t time to start putting limits on how big a company can get.  If you look at all of the social engineering going on you see that much of it is being done by people with a big piece of the pie.  Recently Walmart joined the chorus.  They don’t have a monopoly on anything but their long run of success has made them the only option in some parts of the country.  When you don’t have to compete you can become a Social Justice Warrior.  We keep hearing how You Tube, Facebook and Google blatantly discriminate against their political opponents. 

The wake up call should have been Alex Jones.  I didn’t know much about him except he had a powerful marketing program.  For a time on my new smart phone I would swipe left and see what the big stories of the day were.  It seemed like most days the first three were Alex Jones.  I only listened to a few minutes here and there and came to believe that if we could put aside the bombast and hype I would probably agree with him on most big issues.  They went for him and got him out of the limelight.  How many others have they done this to.

The problem is that we don’t want the government to pass laws and hire regulators to deal with the issue.  Although the target is irresponsible corporations it will only get worse if we give the government more power.  At least it has in the past.  So no, I don’t think we need more laws.  What I think we need is a groundswell of public opinion in which people look up from their smart phones and uninstall the apps.  We need to make it a similar situation to what Hollywood is facing.  They make $40,000,000 blockbusters and no one buys tickets.  Eventually they will run out of money.  Eventually the people subsidizing them will stop bailing them out.  The same goes for Facebook.  What would happen if every business run by someone who cares about liberty would remove the icon from their website? 

Until we are willing to change our behavior we need to understand the government cannot save us.  I guess the new law we need is a law against making new laws.

Meanwhile 2020 is coming.  If you are willing to vote the suckers out then don’t forget to vote.  If you are going for samo-samo then stay home and tweet.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Opus 2019-207: The Promise

Barak Obama made a promise.  He was going to fundamentally change America.  His promise was real.  In this case he was not lying but he was counting on our desensitization to political promises.  He assumed we would hear what we wanted to hear.  It was our understanding that was lacking.

We thought in terms of changes in application.  Thus our desire for health care was approached by Obamacare.  How bad can it be?  As he said, his goal was fundamental.  He promised we could keep our doctors and have lower premiums.  His goal was total socialized medicine and the first step to that was to destroy the current structure.  He stated that his advent would transform the environment.  We tend to think in terms of cleaner water and air.  His goal was to cripple the industrial sector and make us believe that we would all die if the government did not take away our cars and air conditioning.  You can continue in this theme.  He wanted to replace the rule of law based on the Constitution with the fiat declarations of the socialist elites who knew what was best for us. 

We were thinking of philosophical change in terms of Reagan following Carter.  He meant a revolution on the level of October 1917.  He was going after the fundamentals.

He is still working on fulfilling his promise.  If you follow the tracks of the attempts to drive Trump out of office you find Barak prints on everything.  It may be that he is a puppet of the older deep state operatives but he has been a willing puppet. 

I don’t know that we are facing the end of the world as we know it but we are definitely at a crossroad.  I am not sure whether to rejoice I am old enough I won’t have to see what happens or regret that I won’t live to see it work out.  On the other hand our world may come crashing down tomorrow.

Interesting times.  I would love to read the history books of the future except that if the Barak revolution succeeds it will write the story. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Opus 2019-206: Free Enterprise in Trash

A new company is making an attempt to penetrate the trash market on our hill.  It is competition at its finest.  We already had three companies that I know of and now we have four.  I remember getting their flyer in the mail and now I am seeing their distinctive trash cans.

You might ask why we need four.  A better question is how many is enough.  When we first moved in we went with one company but their service was a mess.  We switched to number two and have been happy with they way they run their business.  So I would say you need at least two but I welcome all comers. 

Some might argue that one provider is more efficient.  It might be for the provider but not for the consumer.  In a city near us all the trash is picked up by a city truck.  I guess it works but there is nothing to keep the price down.  Knowing that someone will come along and charge less is a good stimulant. 

Service is important in competition.  I never even considered the new company because I am happy with the one we have. 

You have seen the pictures of cities with trash piled up everywhere.  New York is famous for their garbage strikes.  Outside the United States it is almost a given.  I would be willing to guess that in all those places it is the government’s responsibility, not free enterprise.  We have heard people ask those who want government run health care if they like the way the post office works.  We might also ask them about the monopoly city trash service. 

Freedom pops up in unexpected places. 

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Opus 2019-205: Romneyaches

I find myself becoming more embarrassed by the day.  I am glad no one was paying any attention a few years ago when I had good things to say about Mitt Romney.  I once thought he would make a solid president.  I thought of him as a good man. 

Now he is almost enough to make me a Buddhist and believe in reincarnation.  I am almost ready to believe that he is John McCain come back to haunt us.  I am not sure if karma moved him up or down.  Actually the timing is bad.  Maybe we are looking at Woodrow Wilson II.  Maybe Benedict Arnold.  He was a hero first and a traitor later. 

I can only hope that his Trump hatred is a bit isolated.  We have judges to approve and a country to run.  I think of how McCain kept us from getting rid of Obamacare.  Does Romney have a similar bit of treachery in his future?  Does he think he has a shot at 2020?

I would hope the people who elected him are paying attention and looking into a recall vote of some kind.

homo unius libri

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Opus 2019-204: Smart Fools

I continue to struggle with the idea that Democrats have any intelligence or integrity.  It is an ongoing mystery I have had with the world at large.  You know how it is, how can anyone have a clue if they disagree with me?  I talk to people who have a grasp of physics and chemistry but don’t understand that global warming and cooling are historic realities that have repeated time and again.  Math gurus can’t seem to understand that more carbon dioxide means that plants grow better and produce more oxygen.  Biologists who think cow farts are going to ruin the world but ignore the wall to wall buffalo herds that used to cover the great plains.  And, yes, I know they are bison not buffalo.  Why do they turn off their brains when it comes to socialism?

Since I am in a benevolent mood I am looking for explanations.  One thing that strikes me is that we all filter a lot of things out.  I will concede that Donald Trump has ways of speaking that would not be considered parlor parson parsing.  I concede that, knowing very little of what people complain about.  You see, I don’t listen to the hysterics of the Progressives.  I don’t follow anyone on social media.  I don’t even bother checking Drudge since he has gone to the dark side.  All I get are segments of his better lines that are repeated on various sites I visit.  Most of what I read from Donald Trump is either short and specific or downright funny.

Those who hate Trump are a lot like those who hate Rush.  They never really listen to what they say.  All they hear are edited comments and totally false accusations.  They claim they have listened but obviously they don’t because of what they say.  At the same time I have a hard time believing that Democrats are really listening when you have repeated calls from the left for assassination.  I wonder where the supposed decency of the Trump haters is when a member of congress stands in front of a microphone and urges everyone to get in the face of any member of Trumps team when they go out in public.  Do you really think it is cool to wait outside a trump rally and attack happy people on their way home?  Do you really think it is okay to call for the presidents son to be locked up with pedophiles?  There is a lot of filtering going on.

So I filter.  They filter.  The difference is that I go on and look at what the actual results are.  Barak Obama divided the country on racial lines.  He dragged the economy down.  He made the United States the laughing stock of the world.  Billions in cash sent on pallets to Iran was given just a ho hum by those who only saw his creased trousers and figured a brown man could do no wrong.  Under Trump I see judges who believe in the Constitution being appointed, an economy on the rise, China and Korea doing some real talking, NATO starting to man up, regulations being erased and a wall being built.  All of this is done with no help from the Democrats and a lot of foot dragging by Republicans. 

Who in their right mind could support Bernie Sanders with his plans to turn us into a socialist state?  Who would vote for Elizabeth Warren when the only thing she promises is free stuff?  How can anyone even look at Joe Biden without seeing corruption and sleaze?  And what can you really say for the rest of the pack.

Yes we all filter.  Some of us then think.  I guess that may be the difference.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 18, 2019

Opus 2019-203: On the Street: Gurney Wisdom

I was forced to watch.  I tried to tune it out but it kept probing.  I speak of the ubiquitous TV in our culture. 

I was confined to the gurney in preparation for the routine of a colonoscopy.  Since it is an assembly line process and profit is based on productivity, we were expected to be ready when they called.  I am guessing I laid there over an hour.  I tried to take a nap but the TV on the far wall kept trying to bring me into modern culture.  I asked about getting it turned off but it was shared by several beds.  I had them pull the curtain but the voices were molded to penetrate and deaden at the same time.  I learned that closing your eyes does not shut off your hearing.

I mourned over a new series of books that I should have had to teach my children to cooperate.  It would have kept them from their fighting in the back seat.  I am sure that bullying and whistle-blowing were discussed.  The idea was to develop modern leaders.  One of my questions on things like this is, if everyone can be a leader, who is doing the following? 

I learned about how to make Christmas ornaments out of old thread spools.  That comes as a real relief because I have all these drawers full of old thread spools.  If you don’t have that resource I learned you can go to craft stores and buy them ready to go.

One that puzzled me was DYI antique jewelry.  How can it be antique if you are making it yourself.  I guess it falls into the same category as Classic Heavy Metal. 

It seems there is a new exercise in town called spinning.  Since I only saw the trailer I don’t know if it was a new government program, an infomercial, a blatant advertisement or just something to fill the empty lives of people on the dole. 

To add to the drama of the hour I was able to listen to the “looking for love in the wrong places” laments of the lady in the next bin.  I gathered she was a rich widow that all the Casanova types thought was good for a few bucks.  Her current squeeze, whom she has known for several months, does not know where she lives.  How that works since he was there to take her home from the procedure is a mystery to me.  Maybe her car was stashed at his house.  I did get the TMI that he is really hung well.  All this without ever seeing her or him.

Medical procedures can be educational.  I am reinforced in my opinion that TV is a waste of electricity and people’s lives are a mess because they are into themselves.  And since you are wondering I seem to have a colon that is in wonderful shape.  I will not share the photos with you because you might be jealous.  We can’t all have a great colon.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Opus 2019-202: Book Review: The Case for Trump

I am reading the latest by Victor Davis Hanson, The Case for Trump.  He is trying to look at the reasons why Trump won the election and at the point I am now he is looking at his chances of success.  It is definitely not a white-wash.  The real Donald Trump emerges but it is written with an understanding that he is doing the things that those of us without power want to have done.

It is a good read but depressing.  It is depressing because he goes into great depth in what has been going on in what is being called the Deep State.  He has a long discourse on the large number of people who are deeply planted in the unelected arms of our government who think that they know what is best for the country and feel it is their responsibility to force the rest of us to conform.  They are committed to making the country go the “right” way regardless of how elections go.

Davis points out that this is a problem with government that goes back as far as history.  These elites tend to be almost impossible to dig out because they have not ethical restraints.  They consider themselves the true leaders.  They think of themselves as wise parent figures dealing with immature and spoiled children.  They think we need them.  This reminded me of how I have been living in a bubble of history. 

Where else in history has a normal person been able to live in the security, prosperity and comfort that we know today?  I was raised having no fear of the police or men in uniform.  They were there to serve and protect.  It said so right there on the door of their car.  And because the government was still relatively small, it worked.  When I was a child there was no concern about a SWAT team from the Department of Agriculture busting down my door and charging in with guns blazing only to find that they had the wrong address. 

I was raised in a miracle historically.  My concern is that my grandchildren will look at me and wonder what kind of fairy tales I am telling them.  We home schooled our children.  We lived in the awareness that the social workers and police might break into our house at any time.  It happened in the city in which we lived.  We did not register with the state.  You can’t get away with that any more because the government now requires every newborn to have a Social Security Number. 

The times are a changing.  What is not changing is my real confidence is in the God of history.  My prayer is that He will use Donald Trump as a tool to move this country back to what it once was and could be again.  I guess that is what MAGA means to me.

Hanson, Victor Davis.  The Case for Trump.  New York:  Basic Books, 2019.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Opus 2019-201: Change Happens

It is funny how our perceptions of people change.

At first I was not sure I could vote for Donald Trump.  Then it came to doing it while holding my nose.  Then I was glad I did.  Now I believe he is the man of the hour.  I was wrong.  I admit it.

There are a group of people who used to be foundational in the conservative world.  I think of Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry and Peggy Noonan.   There was a time when they had something to say and fit into the world of traditional values and a belief in truth.  Now they are just Never-Trumper hacks.  We need to understand that it is not just the left that offers Fake News.  Consider the Drudge Report, Fox News and National Review.   

Actually it could be that what is changing is not my perception but the people.  Either way we need to always make sure our thinking caps are on and our memories are working.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Opus 2019-200: Headlines: Or Not?

I heard about it from my wife.  I saw a meme poster on the internet.  My question was, “Is it true or satire?”  What I am questioning is that ABC used file footage from an air show in Kentucky and labeled it as the result of Trump pulling troops out of Syria.

I guess I will need to spend a few minutes checking....  Yes, it seems to have really happened.  Someone on some blog asked the question, “Don’t they have editors any more?”

I am to the point that I don’t believe anything that the MSM tells me and I am skeptical of what even conservative sites share.  What is funny is the number of times the satire of the Babylon Bee is posted as serious news.

The thing that worries me even more than the media is the general public.  They keep believing that the talking heads and DNC talking-point print media are actually sources of news.  How many times do they need to be lied to before they scratch their heads and wonder?  Have they forgotten the two years of hype on investigating Trump?  Have they forgotten the 30,000 e-mails?  Didn’t they see the clip of Joe Biden bragging about threatening the Ukraine government?  Don’t they remember..., well, I guess they don’t want to because that would mean they have to admit they have been suckers.

My main advice is stop getting sucked into the click bait.  Cut their revenues.  Don’t use their coupons.  Work on taking the country back.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-199: Ode to Old: Fashion? What Fashion?

We need to be thankful for small blessings.  One that occurred to me recently was the trend in facial hair.  I am truly blessed that beards were not the thing when I was young enough to care.

Even now I cannot grow a beard.  I can do a decent goatee but a full beard would be an object of ridicule on me.  To have a beard you need a nice spread of hair.  Mine is more of a piebald pattern.

Shaving your head could be timely for me but I am too observant.  I have noticed that many of the men who shave their head to disguise their baldness forget that the pattern is still visible.  They still look bald but with shorter hair where it exists.  That doesn’t even consider the nooks and crannies that many of our heads have.

At this point fashion is of even less interest to me.  If you ever think I am looking cool because my pants are sagging and my underwear is showing it will not be a fashion statement but a mark of senility. 

homo unius libri

Monday, October 14, 2019

Opus 2019-198: Recognize the Mirage

I have led a sheltered life in many ways.  Although my father was blue collar and my mother never wore a pearl necklace around the house I had no trouble identifying with Leave It to Beaver.  The values were American and although it was not expressed, Christian.  In spite of that I have seen the other side.

My early years were spent in what would become a barrio and didn’t need to change much to qualify.  In high school and college I had a few friends who introduced me to the social atmosphere of drugs and alcohol.  I had enough inner character to not participate but I have distinct memories of a flop house in San Francisco with funny smoke floating in the air.  I was in Vietnam.  As a young adult I pastored a church in the inner city of Boston and not only got off at the train station but walked the streets and visited the homes.  As an adult I had a friend who would drag me to some local bars.  As a teacher I did extra hours home teaching and went into the housing projects to work with kids who could not make it to school.  There is a word for most of this with the exception of my childhood home:  Depressing.

I know what an environment based on hope and Jesus is like and how it contrasts to the typical life space of what we are labeling as snowflakes and millennials today.  I have been in the inner city homes of families in our church that radiated warmth and fellowship even though they had little money.  I have been at parties with the affluent that seemed to be desperate attempts to achieve the make believe world of happiness. 

When I see brief pictures in the news of violent mobs agitated by the America hating Communists on the left I recognize the atmosphere.  It is an echo of all the empty socializing I have seen over the years.  I don’t need to visit a room full of modern socialists like Antifa to know what it would be like.  In a word, depressing.  At least it would be depressing for anyone with a healthy outlook on life.

I worry about them.  I think they are a genuine danger to the peace of the world, let alone the United States.  Ultimately, in my heart, I pity them.  I feel the emptiness in their hearts and the desperate attempts they are making to fill it with so many false promises.  I have quoted it before but let me give you the words of Blaise Pascal in Pensees,  before I quoted from Project Gutenberg but I found another translation offered on Christianity Stack Exchange that was longer than the one I had marked.
“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”
Keep in mind that half of the battle for meaning is looking in the right place.  You usually can’t find pizza at the hardware store. 

Have a blessed day.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 11, 2019

Opus 2019-197: Worship Alternatives

Recently I was attending a Sunday worship service and got distracted.  It is not unusual for me to get distracted.  I remember in years past when the church had a great pianist.  I could get lost in the fifteen minutes of prelude that she played.  I would already be deep in worship when I realized that someone was standing in front of me trying to engage me in conversation.  It didn’t bother them that my eyes were closed and my head was moving in time with the music.  Since it was before formal worship began I was able to be polite.  During worship is different.  It is hard to concentrate with some of the entertainment offered.

The first thing I noticed was a young couple giving each other back rubs a few rows ahead of me.  They were married so it was fine to be touching each other but they were also young enough that I knew the young man was not paying any attention to the sermon.  I began to wonder what everyone else was doing that was distracting.

It is amazing how many people are just looking around.  I guess they are looking for friends or counting.  Maybe they are wondering if they are dressed in the proper style.  Some, as they look around, have some silent communication going on with friends.

Some were checking their phones.  I would like to think they had a Bible ap open but if they did they were reading very fast.  In this category would be ladies reorganizing their purse or cleaning out their pockets. 

It also amazes me the number of people who can’t make it an hour sitting in a cool room without taking frequent drinks from their water bottle.  And of course the same people seem to have weak bladders.

There are many people who could tell you how many lights there are in the sanctuary and where all the cracks are in the floor. 

Some ladies are redoing their hair or fixing their lipstick. 

And what is startling, there are actually some people listening to the sermon.  Maybe I need to get back to that.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Opus 2019-196: The Danger of Open Borders

In the back of my mind is a quotation, “Turn about is fair play.”  Another version of this is “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”.  A perversion of the golden rule would be “Do unto others as they have done unto you”.  Let’s suspend our awareness of such things as turning the other cheek and following the high road for a moment. 

My suggestion today is to accept the wishes of the Mexican government with the understanding that it works both ways.  This from Who Are We,
“Homeland governments encourage their people to leave their country and facilitate their doing so.  Immediately after his election, Vicente Fox announced his long-term goal of an open border with the free movement of people between Mexico and the United States.” page 280
Okay.  Let’s give them what they want.  Let’s have free movement across borders and all of the implications that Fox has no trouble with north of the old border.  I am thinking that it would not take all that long for Americans to sniff the wind and smell opportunity. 

Mexico is a country rich in natural resources with a large population of potential workers.  The things that have held them back have been a class oriented government and a culture that likes to take a nap in the afternoon.  If turned loose under the same lack of restraints northern bound Mexicans have, just think of all the wealth waiting to be realized by southern bound Yankees.  It would be a repeat of the 1840's when Americans moved into California, started loaning money to the large land owners and marrying their daughters.  Before you knew it they owned the state.

And if we allow the free markets to be free, think of the potential customers waiting to spend the new found wealth from all those jobs.  It reminds me of two shoe salesmen sent to a country where no one wore shoes.  One said it was a hopeless task because everyone went barefoot.  The next demanded a huge shipment and more help because everyone needed shoes. 

It would take some time to adjust but I think the American dream can be transferred and free enterprise can cause a revolution socially and politically.  And keep in mind that when the cartels started telling the Americans what to do we would pay the same attention to the gun laws that they do.  In time we would see the Americanization of what used to be Mexico.

Who knows, it might be that Mexico becomes Americanized rather than the United States becoming part of Mexico.

Huntington, Samuel P.  Who Are We?  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2004.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Opus 2019-195: Bigger than a Border

Immigration is a problem.  I don’t think most people realize how big a problem.  Our focus on immigration is being sidetracked by illegal Mexicans sneaking across our southern border.  It is much bigger than that.  Consider this,
“Beginning in the 1960's, some 25,000 Indian ‘top graduates’ in engineering and related fields left for the United States, where many became extremely successful, among other things, running ‘more than 750 technology companies in California’s Silicone Valley alone.’  They have responded positively to the Indian government’s urging them to invest in education programs, training institutes, and productive facilities in India.” page 284
We not only need to build a wall on the southern border but possibly walls around the airports.  I have heard a lot of concern about the H-1B.  It sounds like a virus instead of a visa but if my memory serves me correctly it is for people who have skills that are needed but in short supply.  I heard about it because the techies I was around were complaining because people were being brought in from India to fill jobs they wanted and the people from India were willing to work for much less.  It was a high tech way of getting cheap labor. 

It was also a way to undermine the advantages of the United States.  India has made a focused appeal to keep people loyal to their home country.  They were encouraged to look at themselves as agents of India who were going to take as much as they could from this country and transfer it home.  It isn’t only the Mexicans who are sending billions back to momma.  It is common in the Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino and others. 

It has long been a policy for countries to try for a brain drain from others.  The idea was originally that the stronger nation would invite the brightest and best to come and study.  They would offer a superior education.  The hope was that once here the students would end up staying and enriching the host nation.  Now it seems to be working the other way.

We need to tighten up on the visas that undermine American workers.  We need to examine the role of foreign nationals who have no allegiance to the United States and are in positions to undermine our security.  The hard part will be balancing freedom with responsible policies that are open and fair to all involved.

Keep in mind, it is more than just a leaky southern border.  It also effects high tech.

Huntington, Samuel P.  Who Are We?  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2004.

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Opus 2019-194: Mass Identification

It is amazing how disgusting the Democratic candidates for president are.  I would not trust any of them to take the cookies out of oven let alone run the country.  They uniformly have an aversion to truth and seem to have no understanding about economics or morality.  And yet they still have people that will put bumper stickers on their cars and signs on their lawns.

The Democrat party is bankrupt yet they control the House of Representatives.  What kind of people would continue to reelect Nancy Pelosi?  Actually I should know better than to ask that question.  I lived in California for most of Diane Feinstein’s march to wealth as a United States Senator.  I was surrounded by the masses who voted again and again.  They are called the masses because they are, well, the masses.  I think of pouring pop-corn into a jar from the bag.  The mass of kernels follow the flow uniformly.  One might get bumped and miss the jar but still is a slave to physics.  I have yet to see one fight its way back into the bag.  That is the masses.

They are sheep.  They have an instinctual understanding that the tall dandelion gets cut off even if the grass escapes.  They are content as long as they have enough beer, sports and air conditioning.  They are happy in churches that say, “That is a political issue” and “We want people to feel at home”. 

We need to understand that the masses on the right are as much sheep as the masses on the left.  They pick a goat and follow without thinking.  Think of the people who elected Mitt Romney and John McCain.  Give them some conservative sounding slogans and be nice and you are in.  If you have never heard of a “Judas goat” you might want to check it out at Urban Dictionary.

So who are the goats of the left?  You saw at least two stages stocked with the breed during the Democrat debates.  To that you can add most university professors and administrators.  There is almost assurance that your child’s kindergarten teacher is one.  You need to be a careful listener when your pastor gets up to preach because he might also have sold out.

For that matter, who are the goats of the right?  There are a plethora of men and women who earned their spurs advancing traditional values and the Constitution.  One way to find out who have switched sides is to check their attitude about Donald Trump.  Instead of being mildly critical of his missteps and encouraging about all the good things he gets done, they become cheerleaders of the Never Trumpers. 

How can you tell the difference?  Non-sheep are cynical but willing to listen.  They have learned to think and analyze the information that is given them.  Non-sheep don’t forget the lessons of the nation’s history or their own personal history and when they hear dissonance they are not afraid to call it out.  It is possible to tell but it requires thinking for yourself.  That is hard.  It is also uncomfortable.

homo unius libri

Friday, October 4, 2019

Opus 2019-193: Threefer

I am really getting tired of the way the progressives are trying to redefine the English language to advance their bigotry.  Years ago they ripped the guts out of the concept of love.  It no longer is a matter of self-sacrifice and giving yourself for others but a matter of satisfying the lusts of the moment as in, “If you loved me you would _______.”  More recently they have reversed the meaning of tolerance and totally warped the point of respect.

What lit my fire this morning was the threefer in SJW.  This is supposed to mean “Social Justice Warrior” but it does the same thing with these honorable words that it has done to tolerance.  The Babylon Bee has a great satire explaining what social justice is.  Check it out.  Double check if you have never visited the Babylon Bee.  If you are a liberal keep in mind that it is Christian humor and satire.

Back on track, I am offended that the progressives have stolen three more great concepts.  Let’s look at them.  “Social” means how we get along with each other.  It involves being a part of society.  Hopefully it is a positive term where you ask what you can contribute.  The progs may know what that means but they tend to look at society in terms of groups to exploit rather than a culture to build up.

“Justice” is a total fraud in their definition.  In the world based on Judeo-Christian values it means that there are eternal truths that apply evenly to all human beings.  It is the basis of the rule of law which says that we all are held accountable to the same standards of right and wrong.  The Progressives have total gutted this one.  They consider justice whatever moves their agenda forward.  Thus “Black Pride” is noble and “White Pride” is racist.  If you disagree with them then you are to be punished.  If you agree with them but don’t fit into their current in-group, you still get punished.  There is no justice in their justice.

“Warrior” is another total joke.  A warrior is someone who risks his life in order to do battle against the enemy.  His attributes are courage, skill and discipline.  I was in the army.  I was in Vietnam.  I was trained to shoot a gun and knew which end of my rifle the bayonet went on.  By no expansion of the imagination would I have been considered a warrior.  They had an acronym for people like me that started RE... as in “rear echelon”.  In the same way the troops of Antifa and other fascist mobs are not warriors.  Thugs, yes.  Warriors, no.  They are drive-by warriors who specialize in unexpected attacks against unarmed opponents who did not ever realize they were in a fight.  They sneak up on isolated old people and attack brutally.  Please stop calling them warriors.

Calling them warrior is like calling Hillary Clinton a statesman, Brian Williams honest and James Acosta a reporter.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Opus 2019-192: Kudzu’s Revenge

I wonder if I am laying the seeds for some future biological disaster.  If not I might at least have a story line for an eco-thriller.

When I am active in the yard I sometimes notice that my socks have become infested with little seed pods.  I would call them burrs but they aren’t big enough.  They are seeds of wild plants that are doing their best to spread.  What I try to do is pull them off and carefully drop them in the trash can.  It is not big deal.

Then my tangents strike.  These are going into a plastic trash can liner.  It will be tied up and put in a trash can where it will be hauled to a land fill and buried far away from sun and air.  What happens if some future budding scientist digs up the bag, opens it and allows the seeds to escape into the environment?  The title of the film could be “Kudzu’s Revenge”.

How many other potential planet destroyers have I buried in mother Earth?  I guess if she is really a god she can handle it.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-191: Law or Fiat

Can the rule of law survive in the face of the rule by fiat?

Call them what  you will, Progressives, leftists, moderates, socialists, communists, Democrats or Uncle Bob, they are out to win no matter what.  They know the consequences if they lose:  Jail, incarceration, shame, poverty.  They are willing to do whatever it takes to win and we need to understand that.  Just look at the number of well timed deaths of people who have the goods on the left.  Notice how many important stories are not reported because they don’t fit the narrative.  For that matter, take a close look at your local public school and see what their agenda is.  Sure the teacher has a nice smile but does she believe that marriage is a man and a woman?

They are out to win and the only rule is win.

How can we survive?  I believe most Americans are willing to play by the rules.  They understand that in a large and diverse population, which American has always been, you don’t get everything you want but neither does the other guy.  We understand that most scissors work best for right handed people and feel it creates a market for entrepreneur who come up with better design.  When we play Monopoly we ignore certain rules in the book but we all agree on what the rules will be.  It works for people of good will. 

We need to understand that they are not people of good will.

What do we do?

It must start with individual responsibility.  Each American needs to understand that the battle is going on in front of him and often in his own home.  We need to stop passing the buck and expecting “someone” to do “something”.  Keep in mind that “Someone” is doing what benefits him because he knows you are a sucker.  Each American needs to take a stand on every issue.  If it makes things inconvenient then it is probably the right decision.  If you must make a phone call or write a postcard instead of posting a tweet, then bite the bullet and get it done.  If it means not shopping at the store that has everything and spending more, then do it.  If Christians would uninstall their Twitter accounts my guess is that bankruptcy would be just around the corner, but keep in mind I don’t have a Twitter account so that is easy to say.

It must involve the willingness to apply the law and take the time to go through due process.  The rule of law tends to be slow but it does not need to be as slow as it is. 

We need to begin using the rule of law to remove people who are secret agents of the left.  This involves judges who give purely partisan rulings and ignore the Constitution.  It involves the local clerk at the DMV who makes ridiculous demands in paperwork.  It is city council members who keep adding regulations.  Some we can get rid of through elections.  Some need to have a form of impeachment applied.  Some need to go to jail.  We need to understand that they are committed to their ideology of elite run government and have a raging hatred for liberty.  They may smile and act nice.  They may pat your dog and tell you your baby is cute.  They are still the voice and face of evil.

We have a robust country with a lot of people of good will.  We can pull this out.  It has happened before.  The Wesley revival pulled England back from the abyss of revolution.  The Great Awakenings (yes, there was more than one) moved America toward the righteous decisions politically.  They of course were grounded in a renewed trust and obedience in Jesus and the righteousness of God.  You might consider that we will not pull this out unless we see a similar movement in America.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Opus 2019-190: How!

We live in stereotypes.  I started wondering, just how tough were the Apaches?

I am not talking about could they have cleaned my clock.  Any thug in the inner city of Los Angeles could do that without breathing hard.  I am talking about in the context of history, how tough were they?

The Apache tribes, and there were several of them, were located in the southwest United States and northern Mexico.  In case you don’t get out much that is a barren wasteland.  Rattlesnakes and cactus.  Vultures and skeletons.  Sand and scorpions.  It is not a place that you would chose to live if you did not have air conditioning and bug spray.  If the Apache were such great warriors why didn’t they move to greener pastures?

I asked myself what would happen if you were to pit 100 Apache against 100 Mongol warriors in 1,300 A.D.?  It would be a slaughter.  None of the Apache would live to tell their grandchildren about the embarrassment. 

Technology would be part of the difference.  Set aside that the Mongol might have had iron weapons.  Give the Apache horses.  It would have still been no contest.  The Mongol used compound bows that were much stronger than what the Apache weapon.  The Mongol had discovered that undergarments of layered silk would stop arrowheads. 

One of the reasons that the American Indians were routinely defeated was that their culture had no room for technological advancement.  Some of the tribes learned to work with copper but they never moved to bronze and iron.  They used the metal for ornaments, not tools.  While it is true that they probably learned how to make sharper arrowheads from flint, they still remained flint.  Someone once said that when the first Indian started using a steel knife without knowing how to make it, the fate of the American Indian was sealed.

It is true that the American Indians had domesticated some plants but they never developed any tools beyond a sharpened stick to increase their yield.  They adopted the horse from the Europeans but never learned to make their own rifles or ammunition.  Like it or not they were a culture that was destined to fail.  They did not fail because they were weak.  They failed because they refused to move forward.

Stereotypes only help when you are picking out a music system.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-189: Firsts: Far South of the Border

As I was helping my son move to Texas we had the problem of finding places to eat that were not greasy spoons or fast food clones.  He took up the challenge since he is a geek and had a smart phone.  He found some great places that were off the beaten path.  One that we had never tried before was a Colombian restaurant.

It was a very pleasant experience.  I can’t tell you what we ate.  All the names were new and the tastes ranged from somewhat bland fritter type objects to unidentified meats and combinations.  We tried a sampler plate for two.  I don’t remember any issues with being too spicy but it also avoided the bland approach.  Much of the Mexican food we tried in Maryland was from a part of Mexico that forgot about cyan and jalapenos.   This had a good balance.

So I will be looking to try some local versions of Colombian if I can find any.  I would recommend it to you.  Keep in mind that my son likes sushi and I like broccoli so we have diverse tastes.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 30, 2019

Opus 2019-188: New Terms: Going Tribal, part 2 of 2

Tribes.  It was a common social organization.  It existed just about everywhere at some level in cultural development.  Modern civilizations needed to grow past that.

Tribes tend to hate each other.  They usually can’t work together.  The Europeans took advantage of that and would often use one tribe to wear down another before they themselves got in the fight.  It worked time after time.  The Indians could not unite.  A couple of leaders like Tecumseh came close but it never lasted for long.  They never got the point of a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Gentlemen, we will either hang together or we will hang separately.”

We see the same pattern in Cortez and the Aztec.  One of the silliest things I kept hearing from students was the Cortez conquered the Aztec because he had horses and guns.  Right.  No one who believes that has ever tried to load a black powder rifle or keep a horse healthy.  I have heard the Aztec had a million men under arms.  Cortez had five or six hundred.  No one has ever accused the Aztec warriors of being cowards.  Most of the Spanish were infantry, not mounted knights.  The guns of the day had one shot and then took a minute or two to reload.  Picture 600 Spanish firing and with awesome accuracy hitting 300 of the enemy.  Since they started with 100,000 in this battle that left them 9,700 angry warriors who could have smothered them before they had a chance to reload. 

Cortez won because he had allies.  Those allies were other Indians from other tribes who hated the Aztec.  It was a simple matter of divide and conquer.  After the Aztec were out of the way you could move on to the next most hated group.

Another example of the idea is in ancient Greece.  The Greek city states were always fighting but when the Persians tried to invade they worked together and stopped the Persians cold.  They did it on land and at sea.  It worked as long as they stood together.

So the Progressives want us to start thinking tribal.  They don’t care what tribe you are identifying with at the moment as long as they can get you to stop thinking like an American.  You know what that means, E Pluribus Unum.  Out of many, one.  If they can get you thinking with your skin color, country of origin, home language, age, favorite type of music or any one of a thousand things then we will once again be 500 nations that can be brought down one at a time.

I for one refuse to give them the satisfaction of “going tribal”.  I prefer to go American.  Until you prove different I will consider you one also.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-187: New Terms: Going Tribal, part 1 of 2

The quiet but powerful elite in this country are committed to returning us to pre-Columbian days.  They want to bring back the tribal system of North America.  The big word for it is Balkanization but simply put they want to get us going tribal.  It worked when the Europeans moved across the continent.  It will work today.

Before Europeans started moving to the New World it is estimated that the area of the continental United States was the home of about one million people.  Revisionist “scholars” have upped that number for political reasons but that was the assumption before the Progressives took over the universities.  When I was teaching we had a series of videos called “500 Nations”.  The thesis was that there were 500 different nations of people in North America.  A tribe was considered a nation.  Don’t get too carried away with this analysis.  Some of these tribes could only muster 100 warriors on a good day.  We are not talking about the Mongol Hordes of Genghis Khan.  Think more in terms of your local high school.

Try to get a feel for this.  I live in Texas.  Austin, the capital, has slightly over 1 million people.  Outside of Austin you have mile after mile of open land.  Picture that population spread over the entire contiguous 48 states.  It would be a long drive to the next McDonald’s.  Have you ever driven across the northern part of the country.  Montana has slightly over 1 million people.  You can drive for an hour and not see another human.  People, the land was virtually empty.  The only reason people buy the picture of a crowded land is because they have never tried to find a Motel in Wyoming at midnight.  Much of the land is still virtually emtpy. 

Why?  Scholars would tell you that the “native Americans” had been here for 10,000 years by the time Jamestown was founded.  How can people live in a verdant land full of game to hunt and things to gather for 10,000 years and still have only one person for every 3 ½ square miles?  If you had a wife and two children that would be 14 square miles.  The answer is tribes.  In a tribal system you are only loyal to a small community of people.  Most are related in some way.  Anyone outside is the enemy.  Add to that the fact that most American Indian cultures were warrior cultures.  In order to be a real man you had to prove it.  That meant killing another warrior or doing something incredibly dangerous.  Such behavior tends to keep the population down. 

To be concluded...

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Opus 2019-186: On the Street: Uniting Auto Workers

We had pulled off the interstate late one evening to get gas.  By son does a good job of using the settings on his phone.  It was in a part of Mississippi we thought would be a small town setting.  As we pulled up to the pumps and got out of the cars the first thing we noticed was the heavy traffic.  The place was hopping.  Then we jumped when someone a few pumps away revved his engine with the cut-outs open.  I had visions of my childhood as a couple of street racers would pull in to get gas and see how much noise they could make.

What was discordant was the hot rodders themselves.  I was expecting to see duck tails and leather jackets.  I figured on T-shirts with a pack of cigarettes rolled into the sleeve.  What I got instead were Afros, corn rows and underwear hanging out.  It turned out we were the only whites in a very busy gas station/convenience store.  The cars were the same.  The noise was the same.  The activities were the same.  In a very real sense the people were the same down under.  Young men tend to be young men.  From the looks of the cars they were working jobs and putting everything into their machines.

The car culture is another thing that can tie Americans together.  That is not always pleasant for the civilians around it.  In the small Texas town where we live there is a shopping center with a big parking lot.  On Wednesday night there is a car rally.  I don’t know if it is weekly or monthly, but they do.  All the car clubs and hot rodders show up.  Some park and put up their hoods to show their shiny.  Some drive around making noise.  They display the lights in their wheels.  All have a great time.  The merchants hate it because they think it scares away customers but if they could find a way to embrace the event it would pay off.

Cars can give us something in common.  For some it will be discussing horsepower and hydraulics.  For others it might be woofers that fill the trunk.  For some it will be the freedom to come and go without being forced to wait for some city employee to decide if he is going to follow the schedule posted on the bus stop.  At times it will be seeing how many you can crowd into a car to get pizza.

That is another reason why the Progressives want to take away our cars.  They move us towards E Pluribus Unum.  They don’t want that.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Opus 2019-185: Ode to Old: Big Time Gamblers

The elderly are some of the biggest gamblers left on the earth.  Every time we go to see a doctor we roll the dice.  Every time we get a prescription we double down.  One of the questions we rarely ask is, “Are the side effects worse than the problem?”  Like drawing to an inside straight, you never know until you try and keep in mind, someone wins the lottery.  Eventually.

This comes to mind with a recent post I read somewhere about the dye used in MRI exams.  Evidently it has serious side effects for some people but even the doctors don’t seem to know this.  I am taking a blood thinner.  So far it has had little effect other than my skin seems to be thinner and I get cuts I don’t even realize I have until the blood drips on something.  The side effects involve internal bleeding that can be really serious.  I still take the pill.

The elderly are bigger gamblers mainly because by the time you reach your three score and ten the parts start to wear out and slow down.  Some people refuse to accept that and want a cure.  The drug companies are glad to fill the demand.  In spite of all the complaints about Big Pharma, what they do must be working because we are living longer than ever.

Just for entertainment, next time read the mini-book that comes with your medication.  It will point out all the ways you can die from taking your life saving drug.  Try it on over the counter stuff too.

It is a good thing I am ready to go.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Opus 2019-183: On the Street: A One-Two Punch

I am on the road.  Usually that does not keep me from posting but this has been a real marathon.  I got up Saturday morning at 2:30 to catch my 6:10 flight.  When I arrived, my son met me and we immediately went to start loading the mini-van we had rented.  He is moving to Texas and I was going to help by driving one vehicle.  He was supposed to be load-up ready.  In your dreams.  The only thing that bailed us out was we had a deadline.  Deadlines work. 

We went non-stop until midnight, got six hours sleep and hit it again the next morning.  He had a meeting to go to that lasted about five hours and then we made it about 150 miles down the road.  We then collapsed and slept 10 hours. 

On top of that I got some kind of bug that is slowing me down.  It could just be a combination of being too old to do this kind of stuff and a virus but it has definitely put me off my feed.  If I am sitting talking I am 100 percent but if I get up to walk it gets dicey.  Fortunately driving is in the sit and talk category. 

We were going to drive down and go along the southern coast but we keep getting reports that there are bridges out in Houston.  We will have to make that decision tonight. 

It is good time with my son and I am getting to see how beautiful this country is again. 

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Opus 2019-184: Headlines: Colt Conforms

As I was looking through posts on various web sites I came across one that said Colt was going to get out of the civilian AR-15 market.

If it is a simple business proposition then well and good.  Free enterprise is a feature of liberty.

But notice they were only going to stop making rifles for the “civilian” market.  At first I thought that meant they would continue making them for the military but that is not what it said.  The military does not use the AR-15.

What they mean is that they will continue to make them for the police.  So the SWAT teams that will be breaking in your front door can get them but you can’t if you decide to defend yourself.

I read a couple of articles and there was a lot of boiler plate that they had copied from some source and a lot of virtue signaling about Sandy Hook.  They also said sales were low so they were cutting their losses.  I don’t own any Colt products so I can’t really stop buying from them.  We have some friends that named their newborn Colt.  Maybe they will go back and change his name.

Might I suggest this would be a good time to sell your stock in Colt?

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Opus 2019-182: Imortal Quotes: Modern versions

I have said many things in my life that have made me cringe.  Fortunately most people never remember them.  We are all probably better off with that being the case.  Some people are quoted so much that it would be hard to pin them down for their greatest wisdom.  Some, like Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, are so often misquoted or falsely quoted that it is hard to tell where to start and stop.

Think of some famous quotes, or quotes that used to be famous before the Progressives took over control of education.

Martin Luther, “Here I stand”

Nathan Hale, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Horace Greeley, “Go west, young man...”

John Ruskin, “There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.”

FDR:  “Nothing to fear but fear itself”

Harry Truman: “The buck stops here.”

What will modern news makers be known for?  You might have your own suggestions but here are a few.

Ronald Reagan: Evil Empire, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

President Trump:  Fake News

Hillary Clinton:  Deplorables, Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Bill Clinton:  What the meaning of “is” is.

Richard Nixon:  “I am not a crook.”

Barak Obama:  “You will be able to keep your doctor.”

Any liberal:  “Racist!!!!”

I am sure this is just a short list.  Some have said a lot of memorable things.  The question is, what will we remember.  For me the hardest to remember will always be the last 10 things my wife told me to do.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 20, 2019

Opus 2019-181: Plow vs Crown: “How You Gonna Keep Them Down on the Farm?”, part 2 of 2

The new United States rejected the European model.  They were aware they were doing it.  They wanted a place where people could follow their dreams and live up to their potential without requiring permission from the king and his minions.  They did away with hereditary privilege.  That leaves not place for an anointed class with built in wisdom.  The Progressives under any name be it Democrat, Republican, Socialist, Communist, Liberal, to name a few, want their power back.  They are jealous of their ancestors.

To do that they have to destroy the American dream and replace it with the historic class structure of the rest of the world.  People need to know their place and the instruments of power need to be reserved for those in the ruling class.  Massive immigration is part of the plan.  They need to flood the country with enough people that they do not assimilate.  They don’t want the new people to become Americans.  They want them to be enclaves they can control.

In Who Are We? Samuel Huntington quotes Nathan Glazer and Daniel Moynihan about assimilation.
“‘To what does one assimilate in modern America?’  In 1900 the answer was clear:  assimilation meant Americanization.  In 2000 the answers were complicated, contradictory, and ambiguous.  Many elite Americans were no longer confident of the virtue of their mainstream culture and instead preached a doctrine of diversity and equal validity of all cultures in America.” p. 199
The Average American believes that this country is the best place to live.  They believe that historically the American dream is unique.  This country has brought security and prosperity to the masses.  Again the Declaration of Independence talks about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.  The Elite does not like that because a happy, secure, prosperous America does not need them.  We threaten them because if large numbers of people are successful they will undermine the elite’s power and threaten their control.

Thus they must bring us down.  It is what is going on when we see a common American, Michael Flynn going to trial and an admitted criminal, Hillary Clinton, still on the speaking circuit. 

Will we pull out of the nose dive?  Is it too late?  The Anointed that control education, media and bureaucratic government are working to replace the American Dream with something we might call “The Divine Right of the Elite.”  It took hundreds of years for common people to get a solid victory.  The battle is still going on.  It will continue even is America falls.  It will resurrect itself every time a peasant looks at the stars and says, “This isn’t right!”

As we often paraphrase Pogo, “We have met the Civil War, and it is us.”

Huntington, Samuel P.  Who Are We?  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2004.

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Opus 2019-180: Plow vs Crown: “How You Gonna Keep Them Down on the Farm?”, part 1 of 2

I have seen numerous articles about the next American Civil War.  Some say we are already involved.  Others say it is coming.  I would submit that we have been involved in that war since the first colony was established.  In the non-English colonies it was over before it started.  In the English Thirteen it was fought vigorously and is still going on.

It is a war between those who think they deserve to rule and those who don’t want to be ruled.  I think of it as the struggle between the plow and the crown.  You can trace it back as far as Western Civilization has been in existence.  America came into existence because there were enough of what would be considered the upper class who believed in the principle that Jefferson put in the Declaration of Independence about “all men were created equal.”  They were willing to reject the European model and create an new experiment in government.  They won that battle but the war will never be over.  Oppressors need to oppress.  It is who they are and they cannot change. 

Thomas Sowell likes to call them “The Anointed”.  Whether they believe in God or not they believe that something has endowed them with the responsibility to direct the masses.  They know what is best for us but in order to win they must Balkanize and impoverish us.  We see it happening with the race baiting, the attempt to make the successful into the enemy, the need to break down our borders and flood the country with people who have not desire to become Americans.  All of this has a clear goal:  To keep the ruling elite in power.

To be concluded...

Sowell, Thomas.  The Vision of the Anointed.  New York:  Basic Books, 1995

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Opus 2019-179: Critical Mass: Do You Think You Are Funny

One of the strong indicators that liberals have lost their grip on life has to do with their sense of humor, or more accurately, their lack of a sense of humor.  It used to be that a liberal bastion like Saturday Night Live was actually funny even if you didn’t like their political slant.  I have not heard much from them lately but my source has always been others quoting them.  People with a feminine outlook on life have the same problem.  They don’t get male humor.  We used to have a female math teacher on our team of four and every once in awhile we would have to stop and say, “Joke, Irene, Joke.”  To which she would say, “Oh” and nod her head.  The closest to a female Don Rickles I can think of was Phyllis Diller but you would never call her feminine.  This lack of perspective is one of the reasons that President Trump is able to jerk their chains so well.

Even a middle school student knows the difference between bagging and insulting.  Liberals are horrified by both.  In case you did not live through those years, bagging is also called roasting, knocking, burning, etc.  It is a type of humor that mocks the other person with no intent to insult or hurt.  It is downright funny.  Public education tells kids it is inappropriate.  The kids know better but learned not to expect it.  They would say, “Are you trying to bag?”  To which I would answer, “No.  I am not trying.  I am succeeding.” 

Our society is being weakened by a lack of humor.  We are going to get so serious and careful that we will dry up and blow away.  I hope that people can lighten up again.  We need Polack jokes.  We need blond jokes.  We need all of those ways in which we learned to not take ourselves seriously.  So mock away.  It can be healthy.  Be sarcastic but be clever.  As you loosen up keep an eye out for liberals and give trigger warnings.  “Humor ahead.  Proceed at your own risk.”

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Opus 2019-178: Cheek or Sword

I was reading a meme poster about trusting God which is something I believe in.  However the final words were “Just stand and let God fight this battle.”  I salute the intent but I am not sure the advise becomes more than an admonition to join the slaughter.  I would guess that most times we should focus on standing up and being counted as we trust but where would Israel have been if everyone has responded that way when Gideon put out the word? 

It is true that God does not really need our help.  He could zap the bad guys with lightening bolts.  The problem is I don’t see that happening in the Bible, history or life.  Gideon sent most of the willing home but he still kept the 300 to light torches, blow trumpets, break pitchers and finish the slaughter.

So the big question is not trust but obedience.  Most of the time it is turn the other cheek.  I grant you that, and we don’t like it.  We need to be aware though that there will be the times when we are chasing the Canaanites of our world and told to take no prisoners. 

Be careful of two things:  Zeal generated by political manipulators and sloth reinforced by Satan.  It is often hard to tell the difference but that is why God gave us brains, the word and the Holy Spirit.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Opus 2019-177: The Real Hunger Games

I have noticed a lot of great memes based on the idea that guns don’t kill people; people kill people.  One of them came to me this morning as I was thinking about my battle with diabetes.  Everyone is different but for me the key to keeping diabetes in the green zone is to keep my weight down.  The battle continues.

I want to blame the food.  I want to blame my family.  I want to blame the holidays.  I want to blame all kinds of things. 

As the meme suggests, if food made me fat then the most effective diet would be a locked door.  That way the chips could not get out of the bag, run into my room, force my mouth open and hop in.  They would not be able to repeat until the bag was empty.  All I would need to do is close the door.  I wouldn’t even need to lock it.

In case you have not figured it out, it doesn’t work. 

Maybe I will figure out the answer some day.  Maybe a snack would help me think.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-176: Something Else to “Never Forget”

Today is Constitution Day.  It might be a good time to at least look at the preamble.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It might be a good thing to require each member of congress to read this at least once a year.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 16, 2019

Opus 2019-175: Proof Texting: A Wine Ad

Is it acceptable for Christians to drink alcoholic beverages?  The Bible has a mixed message which I have referred to before.  A glass of wine for dinner won’t send you to hell.  Drunkenness can.  I came across another limitation.  Take it as you will.

If you drink, the red wines are off limits.
(Pro 23:31 KJV) Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
This is offered tongue in cheek.  The passage is dealing with the danger of getting drunk but I thought it would be a good illustration of proof texting.  If you want to get to heaven, no red wine for you.  If you can’t do that then at least drink it with your eyes closed.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Opus 2019-174: Headlines: Another Domino Is Falling

One of the concerns we used to express about abortion was that it was the first step toward euthanasia.  Consider it a prophecy based on a knowledge of human behavior not a spiritual revelation.  We submitted that if the life of the unborn child was treated cavalierly then people would be desensitized to the issue; that the line in the sand would be moved down the road.  When we lose respect for life then the next target is the old, handicapped and infirm. 

It has been the norm in some European countries for years.  In the Netherlands older people were afraid to go to the hospital because they might be terminated.  Check out what even CBS reported a year ago.  It has now come to the northwest in the United States.  Legalized euthanasia is one of the goals of the progressives. 

You may not worry about abortion because you already made it past the cut but keep in mind that you are getting older and the millennial generation may not be real happy paying to keep you alive.  It is amazing how many life saving procedures are available as long as someone will pay for them.  I am now on a pace maker.  I think the battery is supposed to last another seven or eight years.  Will Medicare still be willing to replace it when the need arises?  They already are avoiding testing for prostate cancer. 

Our culture is changing.  There is a growing willingness to give up on those who cannot defend themselves.  If they get me someday with a pill or injection then you need to realize that I went out with a smile on my face believing in the resurrection and having a hope in the world to come.

What happens when you get old?

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Opus 2019-173: One Too Small Step for Man...

I’ve still got it.  Yesterday I tripped and fell.  Falling is an art form, a skill.  If you do it wrong you have issues.  If you do it right you get up and laugh at yourself.

Now allowing for the work of my guardian angel, thank you, Angel, going down involves relaxing and not getting stiff.  If possible to roll, then roll.  Don’t stiff arm or freak.  Of course it helps when your angel moves sharp, protruding objects away from your head and keeps your joints from bending in unnatural directions.

It wasn’t necessarily a senior moment.  I just didn’t lift my foot high enough going through a door.  It looks like a scraped knee is all the damage.

Again, thank you, Angel.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-172: Kleenex Asset

Modern education has gone a long way toward turning history into socialist indoctrination.  If that were not true then the large number of millennial snowflakes would not be so enraptured by the call of socialism.  When I was teaching middle school I was quite familiar with ignorant children who would seriously ask, “Why don’t we just print more money?”  When college “educated” pseudo-adults ask the same question it is not so amusing.

It would help if they would do a little research into the results of socialism.  It should start with a reminder that both National Socialism, the Nazis, and Communism are forms of socialism.  They need to be painted with same brush.

One topic to be looked into is the purge.  For most of our feminist studies majors purge is part of a psychological condition that involves “binge and purge”.  That is not what Soviet leaders meant my the word.  The Soviet Communists look to 1917 as the year they took power.  You need to be careful in your sources.  One I looked at, History Learning Site, says,
“The purges in the USSR started in the mid-1930’s and continued throughout the late 1930’s.”
There may be a way that works by using USSR instead of Communists of Russia but the always-to-be-fact-checked Wikipedia says,
“...the Bolsheviks carried out their first major purge of the party ranks as early as 1921.”
What that means is that about four years after they took power they started purging those who had helped in the take over.  The mildest form was being expelled from the party.  From there it went all the way to execution. 

The point that young socialists need to understand is that socialism eats its own.  They need to remember that if you were willing to do all the underhanded things it took to overthrow the government, you already have the skills to overthrow the socialist elite.

That means you are considered a Kleenex Asset.  You are disposable.

Many of the people who led the takeover were eventually purged by death, labor camps or if they were lucky, exile.  Some managed get out of the country alive like Trotsky.  That was only temporary because he was eventually murdered on orders from Moscow.  Their reasoning makes sense in terms of self preservation.  He was trying to figure out how to overthrow the ones in control of the Soviet Union.

It does not bother me that the violent fools of Antifa are doomed to repeat history.  They will get what they deserve.  What bothers me is that they will bring all the rest of us down with them.

Learn from history.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 13, 2019

Opus 2019-171: Ode to Old: One Foot at a Time

A question keeps popping up in my mind.  It is kind of like Whack-a-Mole.  I push it down and it shows up again.

Do people with small feet have an easier time putting on their underwear?

Seriously.  Either I am getting older, my feet are getting bigger than they ever were or my underwear is shrinking.  I am not to the point where I need to sit down to get my pants on but I can see it coming.  I would suggest that you try not to imagine what I go through.  What has been seen cannot be unseen.  But ponder the question.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-170: The Great White Hope, part 3 of 3

Just for fun I thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at the uses of choice colors in the Bible.  There was a song we used to sing in Sunday School before it became politically incorrect.
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
So you can see that kids who went to Sunday School were taught at an early age that skin color was not the issue.

First let’s look at red.  I found it was used 53 times in the Bible.  Most of them referred to the Red Sea.  The first time it was used it talked about Esau being born with a red, hairy arm.  That is the closest I could find to race.

There was one place that is of interest.
(Isa 1:18 KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Notice that the comparison of good and bad is not between white and black but white and scarlet, a shade of red. 

One thing that is noticeable about the uses of colors in the Old Testament.  They are used in reference to the medical observations regarding leprosy. 
(Lev 13:30 KJV) Then the priest shall see the plague: and, behold, if it be in sight deeper than the skin; and there be in it a yellow thin hair; then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a dry scall, even a leprosy upon the head or beard.
Again there is no mention of race.

White occurs most frequently in Leviticus and Revelation.  In Leviticus it usually is used on medical diagnosis of leprosy.  In Revelation it is most common used in regard to clothing.

Black is usually used to describe things you would expect to be black.  One point of interest is in Song of Solomon where the person of affection is described as black.

Interesting but not something to base national policy on.

So my general conclusion is that skin color is of no importance in the Bible and should not be for followers of Jesus.  Thus I reject the idea of white privilege just as I reject black power.  I reject Black Lives Matter if it implies that other lives don’t.  We should also understand that there is not shame or guilt in skin color.  The big difference is that some need to worry about sun burn more than others.

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