Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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

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

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.

homo unius libri

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.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Opus 2019-169: The Great White Hope, part 2 of 3

Everywhere you look is doom and gloom.  The hate mongers are calling other people haters.  The elites are trying to keep everyone else from prospering so they can maintain control.  Educators are trying to dumb down the population so they will follow orders and be compliant instead of raising a generation of risk takers and innovators.  Government is moving toward the left which is hidden in the promise to make us more secure.  Race is becoming the mark of identity.

So what is a white, middle class male supposed to do?  The same thing as everyone else with different adjectives.  Substitute the color of your choice and the socio-economic level of your bank account.  Chose your gender and please base it on how you do number one.  We are all desperate and there is an answer.  If you know me at all you know I find it in the Bible.

First the promise.
(Pro 3:23-5 KJV) Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
Now that is a nice promise and in an era of fast food and instant grits we want it to be the one pill panacea.  Life doesn’t work that way.  Why can I assume I will walk in safety?  Why can I sleep well?  What does “safety” mean?  Notice that the end of the pass says “when” the SHTF, not “if”.  This is not a promise that the future is nothing but sunshine and bunnies.  It is a promise of shelter in the time of storm.  I guess you might call it a call to being a prepper, spiritual style.

As always, serious students of the Bible will look at the context and remember other parts that they have read.  Notice the next verse.
(Pro 3:26 KJV) For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Our hope is found in the Lord.  Not in government.  Not in NGO’s.  Not in counseling or safe spaces.  In the one true God.

What does all that have to do with the “Great White Hope”?  Obviously it was a title to get your attention but there is a basis for it.  To give you a clue let me throw in one more key verse. 
(Rev 20:11 KJV) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
This is a picture of the final judgement.  Our great hope is not in white privilege.  Our hope is in who sits on the great white throne.  I guess you could call it “White Throne Hope”.  Skin color is inconsequential.  The condition of our heart and the object of our trust is what will make the difference.

To be concluded...

homo unius libri.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Opus 2019-168: The Great White Hope, part 1 of 3

I have never thought of myself as being white. 

When someone asks me, “What are you?” or “Who are you?” I have some things I come up with in order of importance:  Follower of Jesus Christ, husband and father, American and then I start down a path that eventually gets ridiculous:  Haver of big feet, hater of liver and so on.  I am sure that I could be put on a lot of lists based on certain preferences and characteristics but it would never have occurred to me to add the color of my skin. 

Never have I put being white on the list.  I would imagine that if you are white you are the same.

I am wondering if I am going to need to change that.  I am wondering if all of us are going to need to change that.  The people who are out to destroy America; Progressives, Liberals, Socialists, Communists, Democrats, Rinos; are doing everything they can to do away with E Pluribus Unum and Balkanize our thinking.  They want us to look at superficial details like the color of our skin as if they are significant.  They act like how we think is determined by melanin instead of synapses. 

To be honest I have not personally run into this lately.  When I was a teacher I got in before the anti-white, anti-male tide had reached its height and I was hired in a district that no body wanted to work in so I didn’t have to deal with it much.  It was the kind of place where we would joke, “What are they going to do, send me to here?”  At the same time I read about what is being written and screamed across the country. 

It may come to the point where I need to defend myself in some way.  I notice that blacks are moving themselves back into segregated situations.  You have black-only dorms on campuses and black student union buildings.  It seems retarded to me but if that is the only way you can feel non-threatened I guess it makes some kind of warped sense.  Are we going to need to go back to the days of white only communities?  I hope not.  I don’t feel any deep inner need to live next to any particular minorities but I don’t have any issues with it either.  I am more worried about whether they play loud music or have a barking dog.  It is a matter of freedom and if white people are forced to withdraw it will limit their freedom and remove their influence from society.  That would be a bad thing.

It is like all the men and women who have given their lives in the Revolution, The Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement were wasting their time. 

At the same time I am optimistic.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-167: Yes, Virginia, There Were Twin Towers

I don’t have a lot to go on about.  Many others are posting on the attacks of 9/11.  I just want to join the chorus reminding us to remember.

Remember what happened.  Remember what jihad wants to happen.  Remember according to the Koran you have three choices:  Convert to Islam, become a tribute paying slave of Islam, die.  Simple and basic.

Don’t forget.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Opus 2019-166: On the Street: That’s Life

One of the brain twisters I used to ask my middle school children was, “What happens when you cut down all the trees in a forest?”  To their reaction to such desecration I inform them, “They grow back!”  It is awe inspiring to suddenly realize how many seedlings there are hovering on the floor of a forest just waiting for a chance at the sun.  They grow.

I was reminded of the tenacity of life on one of my recent morning walks.  One of our neighbors had a large, vigorous tree blown down in the last series of drenchings and wind storms.  It was tragic, or so it seemed.  They cleaned up most of the branches and broken wood but didn’t seem to be moving too fast on the stump.  They leaned it back up and left it and I noticed something strange:  Green sprouts were appearing.  At this point the tree seems to be reviving itself from what seemed to be death.  There are several vigorous mini-trunks reaching for the sky. 

So I guess nature responds to its own attempts at suicide just as it does to man harvesting the bounty:  It grows back.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-165: New Terms: R.I.T.

With people like Robert Mugabe dying we need to come up with something besides R.I.P.  My understanding is it means “Rest in Peace”.  Many of the people passing on don’t deserve that.  If you want to get theologically correct, no one deserves it, but in real life some people deserve it quantitatively less than most of us.

Might I suggest R.I.T.  or Rest in Torment.  You have heard the expression about “a special place in hell for...”?  That is what we are talking about.  If you do a little homework and find out how many men, women and children were not only killed but tortured and mutilated by this piece of trash you know what I mean.

So, R.I.T. Robert.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 9, 2019

Opus 2019-164: Thanks Thoughts: Never a Dull Moment

What will “heaven” be like?

I confess that in my present state I have a hard time conceiving singing hallelujahs for millions of years.  This morning as I was going over my blessings I wondered if not being thankful was a sin.  If it is then I am sure to be a great sinner, so I confessed that lack.

Which brings me to what people call “heaven”.  In eternity we will have glorified bodies.  I am assuming that one of the benefits of a glorified body is a mind freed from the scars and limitations of sin.  With that in mind I will probably become aware of the blessings I have missed and I will be overcome with a thankfulness that could go on for a long time.  Picture a time when you received a gift that was totally wanted and totally unexpected.  Try to remember the immense joy and gratification you felt.  Multiply and multiply again. 

I look forward to knowing what real thankfulness is like.  I will be so caught up in the glory of the blessing that I will forget to check my phone to see what time it is.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Opus 2019-163: New Terms: Mugabe It

The unlamented death of Robert Mugabe brings to mind the miracle of transformation that some tyrants have.  He took a country that was one of the world’s great exporters of food and turned it into a land of starvation.  It is a real talent, real but unfortunately not rare.  Unlike what was mocked as “trickle down economics” as Mugabe transferred the wealth of a nation into his own pocket very few crumbs trickled down to the masses.  This was real “voodoo economics”. 

It might be a good time to assign his name the value of a verb.  He mugaged Zimbabwe.  Maybe we could start something like the Academy Awards and award a pot metal Mugabe to the year’s most destructive person.  We could even offer posthumous awards to people like Hugo Chavez for his mugabing of Venezuela.  We could give honorable mentions to people like Barak Obama who tried hard but couldn’t quite pull it off.

I think Mugabe is a word from an obscure African language which means, “Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.”

If you want some nominations for future awards you might look to the Democratic candidates for president.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Opus 2019-162: Subtle Patriots

The Walmart decision is not what it seems.  It is not part of a plot to undermine freedom in the United States.  It is not a secret death wish by their corporate leaders.  It is really the first step in a brilliant plan to revitalize the downtowns of America.  It is carefully thought out to bring business back to the small businesses that have been struggling and closing down because they could not compete with Walmart.

I for one will be finding alternatives to my shopping.  It will bring variety and serendipity to my life.  It is not underhanded and un-American.  It is subtle and patriotic.

Thank you, Walmart.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Opus 2019-161: Headlines: A Turning Point

Who knows when the balance tips or the pendulum starts its return?

If you are old enough you can remember when all telephone lines went to Bell.  How could that ever change?

You remember when IBM was computers.  They had it locked down.  How could that ever change?

You remember the days when a days shopping would involve Sears and Penny’s.  They were the giants.  They had the key spots down town.  How could it ever change?

Just a few weeks ago I would have said that Walmart had a corner on the retail sails in the country.  We are now going to watch how that changes.  It won’t happen overnight.  It will be hard for many of us to stop the automatic “run to Walmart”.  There are probably still many out there who don’t realize that they will not be able to stop in on their way to the range or the hills for some ammo until they get to the counter in the sporting goods department.  And there will be millions who will go on with life because cattle generally don’t pay attention to the slaughter house they can’t see.

In case you have been asleep, Walmart has announced that they are going to stop selling handgun ammunition and rifle ammunition that will fit in the most popular guns in America.  The leadership of what used to be a patriotic American company has crossed to the dark side.  I hope they say hello to Dick’s and Target while they are there.

But change will come.  I am already asking myself if there is anything I really need at Walmart any more.  I wonder who will emerge to fill the shopping gap.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Opus 2019-160: Baby Talk: One Part Observation

Grandparenting is often a hands-off type of experience.  It is one part observation, maybe more than one part.

Recently my daughter sent some photos.  She does this from time to time.  Never enough but more than I deserve.  The latest brought a smile to my face when I wasn’t even looking at them.  If you are a grandparent you know what I mean.  If you aren’t then I hope you can get a slice of the pie vicariously.

What I was enjoying was not just the pictures of the toddler but the joy in which her father was interacting with her.  It was radiating from the photos.  He was making faces and generating lots of happiness on her face.  I rejoice in the richness of her life and mourn for all those children I see being ignored by parents that have other things to do.

I celebrate knowing that I will receive a visit in a few months and get my chance to make faces and tickle bellies.  For now I will observe and smile.

In regard to the litter box they will also be bringing the cat.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-159: New Terms: Grandcat

My wife just called.  I am still not sure why.

What got my attention was her comment that she was looking at a gray litter box and somehow the sentence segued into a mention of our granddaughter.  That was too good to let pass so I asked if your granddaughter really cared what color her litter box was.  She clarified that it was for our “grand cat”.  There is a new term for you.  It may seem strange to you but I am used to this kind of thinking.

I was also informed that she had bought honey and pink salt so that if the end comes we will be well supplied.  There were a lot of other things mentioned but since most of the sentence were not finished I don’t know if she bought them or had them thrown at her. 

I feel much more secure now.  If society falls apart I will be able to have pink, salted honey.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 2, 2019

Opus 2019-158: Keeping the Faith

Warning:  Theology ahead.

Faith.  If you have been around Christians much you hear them talking about it.  We talk about being saved by faith which is not technically correct.  We are saved by grace because of our faith.
(Eph 2:8 KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We talk about living and walking by faith.
(2Co 5:7 KJV) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Faith becomes a mysterious thing of great power. 

From whence does this faith come and what is it?  Is faith something we do or something we are given that does through us?  Is it some thing we possess or does it posses us.  As believers are we not possessed by demons, but possessed by faith? 

If you look at the Ephesians verse you notice the word “gift”.  This is one of the places where Christian theology has split into two main paths.  One branch of the Christian church says that the gift is grace.  Through it God bestows his salvation.  It is up to you to believe by free choice.  The gift is available.  The other branch says that the gift is faith.  In order to be saved you are first chosen, or elect, and then given the faith which saves you.  To me it seems to be a done deal. 

I am in the first group.  I have a hard time believing that God decided arbitrarily at the beginning of creation whom was to be saved and whom was condemned.  I don’t understand how God can know the future and we can have free will and I will continue to struggle with it but I don’t expect to get the answer in this life.

But then there is eternity to work it out but, first I want to find out why Charley had to die early and how the three persons of the trinity can be one.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Opus 2019-157: On the Street: Stocking Syndrome

I know I have vented on this before but it keeps happening.  I am getting out of my car to go into the grocery store.  I am looking around to see if there are any stray shopping carts and I see two just outside the door of the store.  I notice a guy moving up the walkway.  He walks past the first one which was even pointed in the right direction.  He walks past the second one.  I figure he is just coming to buy a box of Jello but no, he walks past the door to get a shopping cart out of the queue.  ?????

I figure that if people would pick up a cart on their way into the store then an employee would not need to be paid to fetch them back.  It is amazing how often you can do it without going out of your way.  If it requires a few extra steps then your heart thanks you.  It might even keep the carts in better shape and save the cost of replacement.

It may be an American thing.  I know that Americans will throw trash on the ground instead of taking a few steps to the obvious trash can.  In Japan you have to search for a trash can and yet there is little litter.  In Japanese airports you don’t have to pay $5 for a luggage cart.  They are free and readily available because people return them.

I wonder if it starts with mothers not demanding you pick up your socks.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Opus 2019-156: Ode to Old: Being Careful

I remember as a teenager that one of the lines we used on each other was, “Ask me if I care.”  Those were the days.  People had a sense of humor.  My best source of Polack jokes was a Polack.  We could laugh at ourselves.  Now instead of chuckles we have trigger warnings.

I don’t dare use it anymore because the people around me might actually ask me and I would need to either lie or be labeled insensitive.  If I was on Twitter or Facebook it would probably be my most repeated line. 

And it isn’t that I really don’t care, it is just that I don’t care enough to listen.  I care if your knee is bothering you but since I have heard about it for years and I have my own knee ache, I don’t need to hear about it.  I am happy that the person you met in the line at the grocery store shared their life story and found purpose for a few moments but you don’t need to repeat it all to me.  Save it for when we are stranded on a desert island. 

You might think I am insensitive but ask me if I care.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Opus 2019-155: Headlines: Greenbacks for Greenland

The Trump haters are having a field day with the idea of buying Greenland.  Personally I think it is a great idea.  I am guessing that if Americans were able to roam the interior they would find a wealth of natural resources that could be developed and make the world a better place for everyone.  We might even make it a state eventually.  Denmark seems to have rejected the idea of a sale.  Maybe they would be open to a trade.

How about we offer them Puerto Rico?  If the deal went through we would have some serious issues with the millions of Puerto Ricans living in the continental U.S.  It would be good for the diversity group to allow someone besides Muslims to move to Denmark. 

Better yet, what about San Francisco or even the whole state of California?  It would give Denmark some ports and possibly make them a world power again.

The real question is how serious is Donald Trump about the purchase?  Is it just a “squirrel” moment or does he have his eye on it?  Maybe we could start a “Go Fund Me” page for the purchase.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Opus 2019-154: On the Street: The Millennial Battery Change

He was an impressive young man.  He was also a walking tragedy.

It started when my car refused to start.  After exhausting my limited mechanical ability, which consists of opening the hood and shaking my head, I called AAA.  It was around 100 in the shade and they told me it would be at least 50 minutes.  A half hour later it was the same story.  When I got the call that AAA was beside my car I was willing to be impressed by anyone, but he really was impressive.

As you would know it happens, it was the battery and he didn’t have the specific one I needed.  So they sent one out.  I can sit in a waiting room with a book forever and never talk to a soul.  I can also carry on a conversation.  Since we were waiting for the battery I got to asking him questions about himself.  He struck me as a hard worker and until his senior year in high school he was a good student.  He seemed to have his head on straight so I asked him if you was going to do this the rest of his life.  Did he have any dreams?  His answer, “No.”  It is hard as an old man to listen to a young man who seems already defeated by life.

His original dream was to be a lawyer but he claimed he could not afford the classes.  I kept throwing out ways he could do it and he kept telling me why it was impossible.  He knew how to show up on time and work hard but he didn’t know how to take risks.  I asked about family help and had an abridged statement that he didn’t get along with one side and never talked to the other.  Since it was none of my business, I let it go at that.  His family was a mess.

He was not married and had no interest in marriage.  He doesn’t see any women he would trust to bring up the next generation.  That is insightful but also a statement about himself.  He sees clearly enough that there is a lack of willingness to self sacrifice in his generation.  He sees how shallow the women he knows tend to be.  He is not living in his parent’s basement but I see him getting old and frustrated because he never invested himself in more than today.

Whom do you blame?  Obviously he has to be responsible for his own decisions, and to be fair, I did not hear him blaming anyone for his frustration.  I would look to parents who obviously did not set the example for him to follow.  I would also look at the teachers he had.  He was aware that they had bought into the Common Core Curriculum that was pushed so hard by the progressives who control education.  Was he a good student or did they just make him feel like a good student because the standards were too low.

I wish him the best.  He seemed a pleasant young man.  He had good looks and the ability to get along with strangers.  He knew how to work.  He is like so many who need a dream for their lives.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Opus 2019-153: On the Street: Not Fair

I was walking through a department store and had to walk through the women’s department.  Okay.  I didn’t “have to”.  It was just the shortest route.  A picture caught my eye and my gaze lingered.  It was in the lingerie section and it showed four women in a selection of what might be called “foundation garments”.  What caught my eye was not women in their underwear but the realization that the diversity police had struck advertising in a whole new way.  My eye couldn’t get past the one in the middle who was very generously endowed in areas that most women would not want to be endowed.  She was bulging at the seams and had no seams.  She had the kind of figure that if you saw it in spandex you would want to throw up.

Now I am looking around more than I normally would and as I walked through the dress section I noticed that the mannequins were built the same.  It looked like two people were inside each article of clothing.  I realize that people want to identify with the crowd and want to feel like they fit in but I have a hard time believing women would want to buy something that made them look like that even though anything they wore would make them look like that because they are like that.

Now I am really observant.  I move through the men’s department and wondered what was going on.  In the men’s department the dummies were all built like athletes and cross country runners.  As someone who looks like neither, I felt left out.  This is discrimination.  If fat women get realism then why can’t men can’t have models in 4x or at least 2x?  Most of them are already bald so I feel right at home with that.  How about a little pot belly?

I feel triggered.  Where is the safe space?  Shopping will never be the same.  The least they could do is offer me a service animal but make sure it is a bulldog and not a greyhound.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Opus 2019-152: Election 2020: Reinstate the Alamo

As I sit in the airport I keep hearing PR blurbs to promote San Antonio.  One of the often mentioned attractions is the Alamo.  That is interesting because the political leaders have been doing everything they can to drain the Alamo of any meaning to Americans.  There used to be an annual ritual of locals to go to the plaza in front of the Alamo and have a family picture taken in front of a huge Christmas tree.  The city fathers, in their infinite wisdom, decided to relocate the tree to a little park somewhere else.  The reason?  I never heard one worth remembering. 

In addition to that the Alamo is now or will be soon a UN World Heritage site.  This is an ongoing thing around the world.  In the process the history will be rewritten to eradicate anything that might make the United States look good.  It will become the location of an atrocity rather than a symbol of patriotism.  If you check you will find that there are a growing number of National Parks that are being moved under the umbrella of the UN.  I was shocked when I visited Smokey Mountain National Park and found out that it was a UN site.  In defense of the UN they did have a circle on the ground labeled a “Free Speech Zone” in which I could exercise my First Amendment right. 

I would like to submit as a campaign issue the reclaiming of American landmarks and natural resources for Americans.  I don’t think most Americans are aware that the Grand Canyon is no longer an American wonder but a product of their benevolent world government.  I think this would be a winner for anyone running for office who loves their country.

Foreigners would always be welcome and encouraged to visit.  They need to know that they are in America.

Meanwhile, remember to vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Opus 2019-151: Fame

Talk about making an impression, I have been trying to remember who was Hillary’s running mate in 2016.  I asked my wife and she drew a blank.  It is so important to me that I have not even taken the time to do a search.

Being famous is tough.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-150: Firsts: The Back of the Bus

For an average citizen I do a fair amount of flying.  I don’t go enough to benefit from the big time Frequent Flyer bennies but I did go through the process to guarantee TSA Pre when I fly.  This flight had a new experience.  For the first time I got off the back entrance of an airplane.

I have known they exist but I thought they were for emergency evacuations.  This may have applied in a way.  We were at least 40 minutes late taking off.  It was something about the First Officer getting sick and they needed to bring in a replacement.  That was a better excuse than the time a stewardess got stuck in the bathroom but a long wait is a long wait.  I assume that since we were so late at arrival that they decided to empty from both ends to speed the process up.

It was like the old days.  We had to go down some steps, walk across the open and climb stairs at the other end.  Just another day in the life of a world traveler.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 23, 2019

Opus 2019-149: Translation Service: Save the Planet

The tasteful little plastic placard gave a heart wrenching plea:  SAVE OUR PLANET.  Who would not want to be a part of that?  What they wanted you to do was reuse your towels instead of getting a clean one when housekeeping came in to do the room.  It sounds very righteous.

Let me translate that for you.  You should understand that as meaning, “Save our bottom line”.  Washing towels costs money and forces the hiring of workers.  That reduces the profit margin.  So please, reuse your towels.  It makes sense to corporate management.  They can save money, virtue signal and appear woke.  A good deal when the only one to give anything up is the traveler.

If they would only give me a discount for using a dirty towel they might have me on board.

It overlooks the fact that one reason I enjoy staying in hotels is the fresh towels every day.  At home I don’t have that luxury.  Too expensive.  My wife screams even if I do the laundry myself.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Opus 2019-148: On the Streer: Another Excuse to Party

I will soon be off to help celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of some friends.  It is to be a surprise and so far the secret is being kept.  I have been blessed by a few people who are genuine good friends and they are in that bunch.  That is Friends not “friends”.  They are a constant challenge spiritually and intellectually. 

When I was young a couple staying married 40 years would have been considered normal.  Divorce happened but I didn’t see it much in my parents generation.  Even in my circle I did not see it.  Of course I went to college in the 60's and didn’t see any campus protests either.  I guess I lived in a bubble, but that is a good thing.

They have gone through some struggles.  They have stayed the course.  I would imagine that there were times when they would repeat a phrase that keeps coming up in marriages that make it, “Divorce is not an option”. 

Why is divorce not an option?  The only reason is spiritual.  Our culture has embraced divorce as well as a lifestyle of fornication.  For this couple as well as most of my circle the reason we keep at it and make it work is not that we are such jewels but because our faith in Christ includes the Biblical standard of marriage:  One man, one woman, til death do us part.  Anything less is a foundation of sand.

We are at 44 and still counting.  I trust we will make it to 45 and they will make it to 41.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-147: Expiration Dates, part 5 of 5

Maybe we need to offer the cities their independence.  It would be a place to start.  We could bring back the idea of the city state, build walls or fences around them and declare them no longer a part of the United States.  They would pay no taxes but at the same time get no subsidies.  Citizens of Los Angeles would be treated as foreigners when they tried to travel to Burbank.  In some parts of the nation you would have nothing but a bunch of city states squabbling with each other for survival.  It would require some hard decisions and no nonsense negotiations.  Should they be given the opportunity to vote to leave or told that the checks would stop and the chain link go up on the morrow? 

Too drastic for you?  We could take a page from the story of the American Indians.  They exist today on “reservations”.  Those reservations are semi-independent.  Some federal law applies but the local sheriff can’t go on the reservation to enforce it.  At one time if you saw a gambling casino in certain states you could assume it was standing on Indian land.  It didn’t matter if the state law declared gambling illegal, the Indians were outside the United States. 

Maybe we need to encourage business to relocate.  Why are banks in a place like Los Angeles?  Why are computer firms clustered around San Francisco.  If they want to stay, well and good but if we removed all the government subsidies they might be glad to move to Iowa.  We already see this happening on the state level as businesses flee California.  It would lower the costs of their production if their employees could buy a house for $200,000 rather than $450,000. 

I am sure there are other things that can be done but I would stipulate that it is time for cities to go.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Opus 2019-146: Expiration Dates, part 4 of 5

Historically cities were sources of great wealth.  Part of the reason was that walls kept the profits safe from marauding bandits.  Production was in the hands of the guilds, early forms of labor unions, and they congregated for mutual support and protection.  It was also possible for the local authorities to tax more effectively. 

As the world of industry and production developed, walls were not the key to cities.  Now it was factories and factories needed workers.  Thus you would have locations that had access to transportation, like rivers and harbors, and were where raw materials could be gathered.  Iron works would need coal and iron ore, a way to ship their products and the people to do the work.  This would require more people to build houses and run stores to supply the needs of the people.  It was not long before you had the beginnings of modern cities.  Men would leave the farms to get jobs in the factories.  By modern standards they lived in poor circumstances but for their times it was better than walking behind a plow or swinging a hoe.

We still have factories and production located centrally.  They generate a lot of wealth, employ a lot of people and pay a lot of taxes.  What also seems to take on a life of its own is a large group of people who are living on the edge.  Most scrape by and keep trying.  A growing percentage turn to crime.  Also down through history cities have spawned a welfare class.  Ancient Rome had to deal with the jobless masses.  It is where we get the term “bread and circuses”.  Today the welfare classes seem to be taking over the cities.  When was the last time you heard anyone who wanted to move to the parts of your local big city that are considered run down and dangerous?

With modern technology, transportation and communication it is no longer necessary for the cash cows of industry to stay in the city.  More and more are fleeing to greener pastures.  Some are driven out by taxes.  Some are forced to make decisions because of politics.  The basics are, they are closing up shop and leaving.  But the cities remain and those left behind tend to depend on the government to support them. 

Maybe it is time to have a serious discussion on this.  Maybe we have learned all that history can teach us from the lesson of cities. 

To be concluded...

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Opus 2019-145: Expiration Dates, part 3 of 5

Historically cities were places where the non-elites were able to defy the elites.  Cities had walls.  Walls meant that people with limited training could stand up to the professional soldiers of the king and nobles.  It was hard for a knight covered with armor and riding a massive horse to take on a shopkeeper on top of a wall and armed with a crossbow.  If they had some food stored and a source of water they could often write their own ticket.

Cities were instrumental in building the idea of the nation state.  Historically the Roman Empire was replaced by strong local chiefs and tribal divisions that developed into the medieval feudal system.  A nobility developed based on who had the biggest muscles and the sharpest swords.  A social contract was developed in which the soldier class promised to provide protection while the farmers agreed to grow food.  It had many variations but it meant that a small elite began to run things.  When kings would come along they had to bargain with these nobles in order to get their cooperation.  Kings could only give orders to the soldiers from their personal lands.  Everyone else had the option of ignoring them.  Cities came into it because they bought charters from the king giving them the right to build their walls and thumb their noses at the local nobles.  Thus the common people would often develop more of a tie with the king than they had with the local castle. 

Eventually you had cities and the common people gaining enough wealth and power that democratic forms began to develop.  In England the king originally had a council of nobles to give him advice and approve taxes.  This lead to the breakthrough of the Magna Carta.  Eventually that became the House of Nobles.  In time the ordinary people got enough clout that there was a House of Commons.  The English Civil War gave the non-nobles real power. 

Powerful cities once stood for freedom from local lords.  In modern times they have become the local lords.  Maybe their power needs to be abridged.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Opus 2019-144: Expiration Dates, part 2 of 5

Cities are past their shelf life.  They claim to be rooted in history.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

We see cities embracing the idea of being sanctuaries.  This is not new.  Historically the idea of sanctuary cities has a place.  One place we see them is in the Bible where they are called “cities of refuge”.
(Num 35:11 KJV) Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.
It would be easy to misconstrue this as the same idea of modern sanctuary cities.  The modern idea is to defy law and allow law breakers permanent shielding from the consequences of their deliberate law breaking.  Not so in the Bible.  The cities were for a specific issue:  Manslaughter.  It did not apply to murder.  As the verse above and other verses verify, manslaughter was the unintended killing of another person.  And the refuge was not permanent.  It only applied until people calmed down and the case could be reviewed.  It was not defiance of law but a way to stop revenge killing.  It was pro justice and anti vengeance. 

The room used for worship in a church is often called the sanctuary.  It is rooted in this idea.  Historically people were considered safe from the law when they took refuge there.  The church was considered above the state and the civil authorities had no rights inside the church. 

So the modern degeneration called “sanctuary city” has nothing to do with the historical locations.  It is simply a move by the liberals in our society that think the law is for chumps, not the enlightened.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Opus 2019-143: Expiration Dates, part 1 of 5

I am beginning to think that cities have reached their expiration dates.  They seem to have become the lint traps of culture.  Perhaps a better picture might be sumps, as in sump pump.  Perhaps we might think of the settling tank on a septic system.  Perhaps we need to develop a system for putting the “best is used by” label on those signs that mark the city limits and give the population.

Cities once had a function.  They developed because there was a logical need.  When people only got around by walking it was often necessary for the baker to be close to the flower mill.  The blacksmith set up his home/forge by the inn so that his business could thrive.  Those horses changed things.  You now had problems with road apples and the need to clean them up.  It has been a competition between benefit and liability ever since.  I think we have tipped the balance.

What brings this to mind is Congressman Al Green repeatedly bringing articles of impeachment to the House of Representatives.  I am embarrassed to confess that Green is from Texas.  What caught my attention was that he was from Houston, a major city.  As I look at the list of government officials who seem to be out to destroy the liberty of Americans they seem to come from big cities.  Politicians from big cities seem to be into every form of bribing for votes that it is possible to imagine.  Big cities are bottomless pits of welfare spending and government subsidies.  They now have enough votes to enshrine the practice. 

We saw the break up of ATT.  People are concerned about Google and Amazon.  Maybe it is time to do the same to the cities.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Opus 2019-142: Headlines: Debt Crisis

I have seen a number of headlines lately about how Americans are in debt and their credit cards are going through the roof.  I don’t doubt it for a minute.  I have stood behind them in line.  I have seen then spend.  I have observed their choices.  I have been in restaurants where big families come in and buy things that I am not sure I can afford.  One of our big questions when we look around is, “How can they afford that?”

People as a general rule are in deep debt because their mantra is “I want!  I want!” and there are not adults in the room to tell them “No.” 

One illustration I can give from my world and I offer it as an example of subjective thinking.  There was an extended period where my wife felt she needed to go to McDonald’s in the morning for oatmeal.  The nearest McDonald’s is about 15 miles from our house.  In addition to that she needed to go to Sonic for an Iced Tea.  She had some physical issues and this was like magic snake oil to her.  She had to have it.  When you add up the cost of gas and food it was casting about $10 each morning.  I could make Quaker Apple/Cinnamon oatmeal at home for about 25 cents and tea for a few pennies more.  Somehow my oatmeal was not made from magic beans so it did not have the properties of the McDonald’s label.  I am not claiming bankruptcy.  We could afford it.  All I ask is that she not say it is cheaper. 

I am sure there are exceptions.  I believe there are people who have been frugal and thrifty and still can’t make it.  Emergencies can drain our resources.  Illness can keep us off our feet.  It happens, but it happens in the same sense that there are some children who need Ritalin and sometimes police do pull people over for no reason.  At some point in life you need to admit that you can feed a family of four at home for less than one person eating a meal at Red Robin.  It may be tuna casserole vs a gourmet burger but it is still reality.

Americans are facing a financial crisis but it is a crisis of poor stewardship.  Many are in so deep they don’t see any way out.  They have made choices.  They continue to make choices.  Nothing can be changed over night.  Nothing will change until wiser choices are made.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Opus 2019-141: Firsts: Coyotes

Now I know.  We have coyotes in Texas.  Not that I ever doubted it.  Coyotes are everywhere, so why not here.  I saw one out my window this week.

It makes me glad I don’t raise chickens.  My wife will worry about “her” roadrunners.  The feral cats have some competition.  Other than that it was just interesting to me.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Opus 2019-140: What Are You Missing?

I just finished assembling a purchase from IKEA.  I was successful.  At least I think I was successful.  I had one little part left over.  I hope it was an extra.  If it wasn’t, the item will still function as designed.  I hope.

I am a believer in following directions when I assemble a purchase.  Part of that is a lack of confidence in my ability to wing it.  Part is because I have a feeling that somewhere in the world is a person who knows more about this thing and has worked out the best way to do it right.  I realize there are certain things I could do in a different order.  I don’t think I needed to put the wheels on the bottom when they told me to.  I also believe that I could have left out one or two of the little dowels, like the one left over, and the chest would be strong enough to be useful. 

The big question is “How many dowels can I leave out?”  If I left them all out the chest would skew sideways and collapse.  I could see that, but if I left one out it would only take away one in four and three would probably hold it.  There are other parts that if I left them off the drawers would have had no chance of success.

Do you play those kind of games in life?  Most of us believe that if the speed limit is 55 we are safe going 60.  For us the question is “Will I get a ticket at 61?”  Are you feeling like living on the edge?  Drive 62 MPH. 

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Opus 2019-139: On the Street: Sun 1, Sprinkler 0

It is hot in Texas.  Okay, it is hot a lot of places.  It is called summer, or, if you are a liberal, climate change.  If it were a loaf of bread you would say it is browning up nicely.  One of the advantages of the seasonal system is that the grass has stopped growing, thus I don’t need to mow or feel guilty about not mowing.

I noticed as I have been out walking in the dawn’s early light that one of my neighbors has been using his sprinkler.  I notice this because I see it spewing water over his lawn.  What I don’t notice is that the grass is getting green.  In fact I can’t see any real difference between his yard and everyone else’s.  I think the sun is winning.  I would guess that the grass turning brown is a much a seasonal thing as a lack of water.

I will keep walking.  He may keep watering.  I know the sun will keep shining.  I expect to see green in a month or so.  More climate change.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Opus 2019-138: Trickle Down Violence

The reason that people like James Comey and Hillary Clinton need to go to jail is to stop violence.  My primary concern is not that law abiding citizens will storm the Bastille as much as borderline angry crowds will routinely become mobs.  Keep in mind that the reason most people slow down to the speed limit is when they are worried about getting a ticket.  It isn’t respect for the committee that decided they should drive 35 but fear of the red lights in their rear view mirror.  Take away the restraints and the red line is the limit.  You have all been passed by swarms of Indy wannabees that think there is safety in numbers.  The same applies to an orderly society.

Currently the people on the street think there are no consequences for their violence.  If they think there is a possibility then they look at the odds and the possible rewards and make a choice.  Keep in mind these are the people who spend their children’s milk money on the lottery.  All they need is a strong feeling that there are no consequences and every excuse turns into loot and burn.  More and more they feel there is no law to restrain them and it seems that they are right.

If we don’t change the way we deal with law breakers it will get worse.

The answer to fascist violence on the streets is the rule of law not the rule of the gun.  If one is not implemented the other will be to the detriment of all and the end of liberty.  The Nazis of Germany filled the streets with violence after disarming the population and their version of the rule of laws was tyranny and oppression.  That route did not work out well.  We are still armed. 

If the courts do not do their job and law abiding citizens are forced to take to the streets and start shooting back then the elites will have won.  It will lead to civil war, revolution and anarchy.  History does not give a lot of hope for that kind of action.  They may not survive the violence but they will have brought down the “City on the Hill”.  Most follow the path of France not America.  Most lead to a Reign of Terror not a Constitution.  Most have a symbol like the guillotine not a Bill of Rights. 

Enforce the law.  Arrest them.  Indict them.  Try them.  Punish them to the full extent of the law.  Let the rule of law be our guide.  Don’t forget this applies to elected officials, appointed bureaucrats and self appointed demagogs.  They should be the first to be judged by the law.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Opus 2019-137: Headlines: Focus, People

Don’t get distracted by the well timed shootings in Texas and Colorado.  The real danger is still in Washington, D.C. and in the offices of the socialist cabal that is trying to destroy our republic. 

You may have seen the prophecies in the memes.  The forecast was that the Deep State operatives would soon be deploying some mayhem to get the attention off of the criminals who have been trying to bring down a lawfully elected president and continue their reign of power.  They have delivered on time.  There will probably be more.

I am concerned for the people killed and lives destroyed.  I feel for them and their families.  I am more concerned about the future of the world if these criminals are not dealt with under the rule of law.  The dots will never be connected in these shootings.  I am sure that the central forces that relish this kind of thing are well hidden and have covered their tracks.  Let the murders be put on trial and punished according to the rule of law.  While that is going on, don’t forget that the anti-American left is out to turn us into a bigger version of Venezuela. 

Don’t panic.  Don’t rush out and buy more guns.  Focus.  Hold feet to the fire.  We need to see that the head of the hydra is dealt with.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Opus 2019-136: Humor Based on Wishes

Every once in awhile I see humorous posters referring to the dietary laws of Islam.  They go along the path that you can screen out terrorist in a group by requiring everyone to eat a ham sandwich.  This comes from a limited awareness of the Koran.  It does say that faithful Muslims should not eat pork.
173a.  But that which dieth of itself, and blood, and swine's flesh, and that over which any other name than that of God hath been invoked, is forbidden you.
But it does not stop there.  The Koran continues with an escape clause.
173b.  But he who shall partake of them by constraint, without lust or wilfulness, no sin shall be upon him. Verily God is Indulgent, Merciful.
Your little test will not work.  In that situation they might even ask for seconds.  And of course you remember when the Gitmo internees were complaining about the food.  It didn’t need to be halal. 

All Koran quotes are from the translation by Rev. J.M. Rodwell, M.A. provided by the Gutenberg Project.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Opus 2019-135: Window Hunting

Our cat is a mighty hunter, at least in her own eyes.

She goes after scorpions.  She follows them across the rug and will act like a pointer when she sees them on the wall.  She finessed a snake and a lizard into the house right past my wife.  Yes they were tiny but they were real.   Evidently she will attack a pillow. 

Now she is hunting birds.  The problem is that she is hunting them from the inside of a window that she has no way of opening.  Her tail is twitching.  Her haunches are all over the sill.  Her fangs are showing.  And the birds are perfectly safe.  In fact they are flying loops past the window as if they know they are driving her crazy.

It made me think of us common citizens.  We think we are mighty patriots.  We have voted and written letters and maybe even canvassed neighborhoods.  And we sit at our keyboards posting and seething while the politicians fly loops past our collective noses.  We watch the circus going on in Washington, drooling in anticipation of the powerful meeting a jury that is not impressed with their schemes.  We all have lists of names.  We know there is evidence.  They are guilty.  They are also still free.  And they keep writing books and going on TV to flaunt their privilege. 

I am not sure how we can get outside the window and actually bring some of these birds down.  I am still rejecting violence.  Aside from the moral question of becoming judge and jury and the historic precedent of vigilante justice going amok, there is the reality we go to jail for things that get them book deals.  I can boycott Nike and Dicks but the left would love me to boycott elections and the political process.

Somehow we need to find more bang for our buck.  Meanwhile 2020 is coming and we have to hope that elections matter.  Vote the suckers out.  And will the last American out of California bring the flag.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Opus 2019-134: Want a Ride?

Trigger Warning:  Theology ahead.

Protestant Christianity is full of divisions.  Actually, so it the Roman Catholic Church but we tend to ignore them.  One of the big divisions in the Protestant world is between Calvinists and Arminians.  Calvinism is focused on the sovereignty of God and looks at everything through that lense.  In practical terms it rejects the idea of free will.  Calvinists reject that simplification, but then they have to say that.  Arminians accept God’s sovereignty but believe that He has given human beings free will as part of the package of being created in the image of God.  Both of these are generalizations and have adherents in every nook and cranny of the theories.

Most of us are not formal theologians although even in denying it we are taking a theological stand.  It is kind of like philosophy.  Few claim to be philosophers but all have a philosophy.  For the common thinkers of the world I offer a simple analogy.  The Calvinist views life as a roller coaster.  The Arminian thinks more in terms of bumper cars.

If you don’t get it or forgot about amusement parks then go take a look.  The roller coaster only gives you a choice of front, middle or back.  Once you get on you can’t get off until the end of the ride.  The track is set and there will be no variation.  There will be times when you think you are going to die but if the engineers have done their safety checks you are on for the duration.  You will be delivered no matter what you do.

Bumper cars are an entirely different proposition.  You get to pick your car.  It sits there doing nothing because you really can’t supply it with power but when the power comes the hunk of metal is transformed into a wild ride.  You can start and stop.  You can go right or left.  Most people feel they are on for the entire ride but you can stop, pull over to the side or even get out and try to make a run for it at any time.  The power is there and the controls are in your hands.  Most people who are willing to get on make it to the end.

If you don’t like that explanation then make up your own.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Opus 2019-133: On the Street: Quality Checks

There are a fair number of people who don’t like to buy things on line.  I am one of them.  I like to see and feel what I am buying.  I know that many on-line businesses have great return policies but if I can hold something I don’t need to mail it back, just put it on the shelf. 

One of the reasons I would rather buy in person is because I agree with the idea of buying locally and supporting the people who pay taxes where we live.  It isn’t always possible.  I don’t know how many times I have wanted a specific item but could find no place locally that carried it.  I understand how hard it is to keep a large inventory.

So I wanted to buy some dry boxes for ammunition.  I knew what I wanted and had an idea of what was available so I checked out the local stores, on line of course.  I found that a sporting goods chain called Academy Sports had what I wanted so I went shopping in person.  I had the cash.  I knew what I wanted.  I was ready to buy.  To sweeten the deal I was handed a coupon when I went in the store that made them more than competitive with Amazon.  I wanted four boxes and when I got to the shelf there were four of what I wanted.  Sweet.

Or not.

I opened the first one and took a quick look.  It looked good to go.  The second one had the hinge pin half way out and would not work properly.  The third one had half the hinge pulled out and the rim bent.  The fourth was the same.  I looked at the first again and saw that the hinge on it was bad too. 

I went home, ordered from Amazon and had them in two days.  They were in perfect shape.

I tried, but if they want my business the local stores are going to have to step up to the plate and do their part.  I don’t live in a socialist country, at least not yet.  If they can’t get their act together the competition will eat their shorts.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Opus 2019-132: Nothing But

It does not bother me that AOC was “nothing” but a bartender until she was elected to congress.  There is nothing wrong with working jobs that do not require a college education.  The problem with her is that she didn’t seem to learn anything important or accurate at college or behind the bar.  I guess the wise-counselor bartender is as much of a reality as the idea that a college degree means something.  I don’t know any bartenders but I know a lot of people with college degrees and so I can testify to at least half of that.

We tend to have an ignored arrogance about people who work with their hands for a living.  You have heard people confess they were “just a truck driver” or “only an insurance salesman” as if that was a lowly past-time.  We act like we don’t but how many people brag about their child being a plumber as compared to the child who is a doctor?  I am guessing that more people would die from disease caused by poor plumbing than can be healed by poor doctoring.  I think this is a common error in thinking.

So lay off the working stiffs of the world.  Where would us old people be without the kid who has a part time job and helps us carry our groceries to the car?  They are more of a blessing than the CPA who can’t get your taxes done right. 

AOC has become a laughing stock for thinking people because she is a dangerous combination of naive and ignorant, not because she was a bartender.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 29, 2019

Opus 2019-131: Spam Bots in Vulture Mode

Being out of the loop did interesting things to my page views.  I don’t get into all the different nuances of telling how many people visit my site.  I check what Google gives me in the stats every once in awhile but what I saw today just reinforces how meaningless it is.

I wondered how not publishing for a week would effect the numbers.  Would it be lower because people stopped reading or higher because they kept checking to see if I was back in business?  What happened seems to be that the bots thought they had discovered a site gone defunct and they went crazy.  My page views for July went off the charts.  It was like a teen age block party with free booze. 

The lesson to learn is not to get too egotistical about this blogging thing.  I have already accepted that I will not get a call from NPR to replace the Prairie Home Companion nor will the L.A. Times contact me about a column.  Maybe if I stick with it I will be banned by blogger for my insensitive posts.

homo unius libri

Opus 2019-130: Time to Raise the Curtain

I guess it is time to get my nose back on the grindstone.  I had what is called a “trigger finger”.  If I made a fist with five fingers only four of them would open.  It makes it rough for shaking hands.  The treatment is routine minor surgery but it puts your hand in a useless state for a time.  I am at the point where I can pick up a piece of paper if I am careful and type if I keep proof-reading but it will be weeks before I can pick up a hammer or push a lawn mower.

It is amazing the actions that demand two hands.
Opening cans
Buttoning pants
Tying shoes
Washing the opposing arm pit
Touch typing
Cut a steak
Then there are tasks that can be done if you are very careful.
Blowing your nose
Putting tooth paste on a brush
Putting on sox
Making non-instant coffee
Eat a good hamburger
I told the doctor if this were a hundred years ago I would just work around the weird finger but it isn’t 1919 so let the cutting begin.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Opus 2019-128: Weather I’m Right, or Weather I’m Wrong

As the current hurricane, I believe it is called Barry, plays itself out in the gulf, a word of reminder might be in order.  If you are into watching the weather on TV you need to keep in mind that even the weather can be Fake News.  We forget that the programs we watch are not really there to inform and educate.  Like public schools, the broadcasters are there to generate revenue to pay their salaries and indoctrinate to their own position.

The weather man is probably not hired because he is a highly trained, professional meteorologist.  He is hired because he can hold your attention until the next advertisement comes on and get you to tell your friends the exciting things you heard on their channel.  If the weather man is a sexy babe then you can add “sex sells” to the mix.  Their job is to take some dry data and make it into a remake of Gone with the Wind crossed with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

All the data I could pick up said our current hurricane was a minor issue.  I am sure that if you were at the wrong place at the wrong time with no awareness you could have some problems but for those of us 600 miles away in the opposite direction it is not time to buy extra water and put up the storm shutters.  We were in Texas for Hurricane Harvey.  It swamped Houston and caused a lot of havoc on the Gulf coast.  Where we live we got some robust winds and heavy rains. 

I remember being in California when we had some serious rain and a few mud slides.  My mother in law called from out of state to see if we were still alive.  Seriously.  She was worried that we had been overcome with mud slides when we lived on the top of a rise.  Such is Fake News Weather.

As President Reagan said about a more serious issue, “Trust, but verify.”  If the bouncy babe on the news tells you it is raining the least you can do is look out the window.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Opus 2019-127: On the Street: Fooling Only Yourself

I was a witness to attempted deception yesterday.  I think it is called a “comb-over”.  It has been awhile since I have noticed one.  If you have never seen it count yourself lucky.  A comb-over is when a guy who is bald on top lets the hair grow long on one side and combs it over the top of his head to try and cover up the baldness. 

I don’t know why people bother.  It is futile.  It looks worse than just accepting the shiny pate.  I am not sure why being bald is such a big deal.  The only problem I have with it is dealing with the shine in my eyes when I am looking in a mirror and the light reflects.  It is who I am and has nothing to do with my value as a human being.

Of course I feel the same way about dying my hair and jewelry.  I don’t understand the concepts.  I think of it as being like the ancient Chinese tradition of binding the feet of upper class women to keep them small.

So guys, if you have lost your hair embrace the reality.  At the same time I am willing to let the ladies wear wigs if they choose.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Opus 2019-126: New Laws: Minority Opinion

What minority groups am I a part of?

The list is as long as I want to make it.  I would start with being a serious Christian.  I am not sure what kind of label to use for that because all of them have their baggage, but that gives you an idea.  From there I can proceed down a long list to being someone with big feet.

We all face discrimination of one sort or another.  Let me take the most ridiculous example, big feet, and give extreme applications to make my point.  People with big feet cannot go out and buy shoes at just any shoe store.  You normal people can probably walk in, look at the display on the wall, make a choice and take it home.  I have never been able to do that.  When I was young and my feet were smaller, my parents had little money.  By the time I was in Junior High I was in a size 14 and in those days all that got you were guffaws. 

This is serious.  I saw a kid wearing iridescent, lime green kicks the other day.  I wanted some.  My first pair of the current style athletic shoes were bright orange Nikes.  I found them at an outlet mall for $10.  It was awesome.  Since then I have found some glowing yellow Under Armors and I have a pair of red New Balance.  Lime green I have not been able to find.  It makes me feel less of a human being and a victim of small feet privilege.  It isn’t fair.  I demand justice.

I cannot sit comfortably in restaurant booths.  Have you ever tried to move a pair of size 17's past the pole holding up the table?  Have you ever tried to keep you toes from being stepped on?  If you have not then you don’t know the daily trauma that I must live with. 

I cannot participate in fun activities such as roller skating or skiing.  They require special shoes and most people just walk up and state their size.  They get skates.  I get giggles.  I am excluded from my rightful place in society.

Now picture how our world would change if my “rights” were guaranteed by legislation.  Every manufacturer would be forced to make every style in all sizes.  Every store would be required to carry them in stock.  Either shoes would get too expensive for anyone or the shoe business would curl up and die, leaving people bare footed.  I guess another choice would to only have one style of shoe so they would have room in the back for all sizes.

Ridiculous?  Of course.  But it would be fair.  It would make me feel safe and avoid any hint of discrimination.  Multiply that by the accommodations that would need to be made for every variance in the human condition.  Life is not fair.  Deal with it.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 12, 2019

Opus 2019-125: Asking the Simple Questions

When I was teaching, one of the highlights of the beginning of the year was the number of teachers who would ask for help because their computer was not working.  I took great joy in asking, “Is it plugged in?”  From the look on the face you could tell they had not thought of that.  Usually I would hear no more. 

One time my wife spent a few hours waiting for the AAA man to show up.  She would not let me try to figure out why the car would not start.  As soon as he got there and climbed into the car he said, “I can tell you why it won’t start.”  Evidently it was not in park.

It is always a good to ask the simple questions first.

When the two stroke engine on my string edger would not start I tried everything.  I used the choke.  I let it sit and tried it again.  Nothing was happening.  I walked away.  The next day I was ready to try again and the first thing I noticed was the kill switch said, “Stop”.  I am glad no one was near by to hear my opinions about my native intelligence.  I moved the switch and it started right up.

If only all of life’s problems were so simple.

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Opus 2019-124: The Calculated Risk

Progressives are taking a calculated risk.  They are pushing the traditional Americas as hard as they can and hoping that they can get us to the point of impotence before we wake up and get angry. 

They have good reason to be optimistic.  Turn your inner clock back twenty years and ask yourself if you would have accepted men claiming to be women competing in girls wrestling.  Would you have accepted what we now call “social media” blatantly censoring the speech of anyone who criticizes a liberal position?  They keep pushing.  We keep backing down.

What happens if they push too hard and too fast?  What happens when the man on the street decides that he has had enough?  What happens when he realizes that his children are threatened.  What happens when someone runs out of cheeks to turn?  Antifa will find themselves met by armed gangs who also have lost their respect for reasoned discourse.  Obstructive and arrogant clerks in government agencies may find out what “going postal” means when it is “going DMV” or “going city hall”.  What happens when the left bets on an inside straight and the latent wolf on the other side of the table sees the card being slipped out of the sleeve? 

I hope it doesn’t come to that because if things blow up then we all lose. 

Two things can avert the coming explosion.  The first and best is if the left would have a “come to Jesus” moment and decide that working in the system honestly is what they should be doing.  Wouldn’t it be great if word went out from the DNC that a lot of judges needed to be putting in for retirement or there would be impeachment proceedings in the near future and they would not be for the president?  I wonder what would happen if the IRS would start admitting that the tax-payers are their employers.  What if congress stopped exempting themselves from their own oppressive laws.  It would be great, but don’t hold your breath.  Oxygen deprived blue does not go well with your favorite colors.

The second solution would be if traditional Americans would simply stop going along to get along.  Investigate voter fraud and put some people in jail.  Look into treason and apply the death penalty as granted by the Constitution.  Find out where members of congress get all that money to buy those palaces.  When the fascist goons of the left riot in the streets demand that the police respond according to the law.  Apply the law.  Demand it by paying attention, voting with our principles and hounding people out of office.  It is most effective to start with the local city council and elected sheriff. 

When we know they are bluffing we don’t need to turn over the table and start shooting like it was an Italian western.  We need to see their bid and call.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Opus 2019-123: New Terms: Minority Groups

I know that this is not really a new term but the left, as they have done in so many areas, is trying to re-vocabulary us by redefining how we understand words.  As I was editing the previous post I noticed I used the following sentence,
“We have a constitution that protects the minority groups instead of allowing the mindless to be manipulated.”
It occurred to me that many people have been brainwashed in their understanding of important historical ideas.  The Founders were concerned about “minority groups” but their minds had not been put into little boxes that associated “minority” with skin color. 

A “minority group” was any common grouping that was not in the majority.  It was something that usually had a political or religious implication.  Thus the Quakers were a minority group and their religious convictions as pacifists was recognized.  In current times we recognized the right of Jehovah’s Witnesses to refuse blood transfusions based on their religion.  Currently we are watching to see if the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns, will be forced to accept abortion because the government says so.  Keep in mind that what happens to them will someday happen to you.

So grow up and put your mind back in gear.  The truth about “minority groups” is that we are all a part of them.  To paraphrase the famous Pogo insight, “I have met the minority and it is us.”  In some area of our life we are in a minority.  The reason the Founders put the Constitution together the way they did was not for majority rule but to keep the majority from trampling on the minorities.  That is why we have the checks and balances of our three branch government.  That is why we have a federal system.  That is why we have an electoral college.  Mess with them at your own risk.

If you have no area of your life that you stand in the minority, you have my sympathy.  It must really be boring to be you.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Opus 2019-122: Election 2020: Voting Requirements

We have another election coming up.  The Democrats have a sizable contingent of contestants and on the Republican side President Trump has announced he is running.  Based on how close the last several elections have been and the accusations of voter fraud and suppression, the question of who votes and what the qualifications are is a real issue. 

The Constitution and Amendments give the basic outline of whom should be allowed to vote.  Citizenship is required and you need to be at least 18 years of age.  It used to be necessary to be registered and a resident where you voted.  The Democrats are moving to do away with all of these remaining restrictions. 

One of the lies perpetuated by the America hating left is that the Founders wrote the constitution to serve only the rich and property owners.  While owning property was considered during the debates it was rejected.  Property ownership or minimum worth were requirements in England but the new American experiment did away with them.  There is nothing in the Constitution about owning property to be a voter.  Period.  It is not there.

Some states did have property or income requirements but  they were greatly reduced as the thinking of the Revolution made its way into society at large.  I find myself in sympathy toward limiting the right to vote.  I find that most people have no idea what they are voting on or how their elected officials vote.  I don’t know how many conversations I have had with black Americans on the different issues in campaigns.  Usually they would agree with Ronald Reagan on individual issues but still vote a straight Democrat ticket.  Would I limit the right to vote based on race?  No, but if it were possible to weed out those who are not paying attention without abusing the process, I would go for it.

Why?  The Founding Fathers knew the dangers of having a limited buy-in to society.  This is a quote from John Adams from Vindicating the Founders,
“Such is the frailty of the human heart, that very few men who have no property, have any judgment of their own.  They talk and vote as they are directed by some man of property, who has attached their minds to his interest....[M]en who are wholly destitute of property... [are] to all intents and purposed as much dependent upon others, who will please to feed, clothe, and employ them, as women are upon their husbands, or children upon their parents.”
This explains why all major cities are Democrat strongholds.  The majority of people in them are living off of government handouts or work for the government.  They know which side their butter is on and who gets milked to supply it.

And again, we make the mistake of using “democracy” instead of “republic”.  We are not, nor have we ever been a democracy.  The Founders did not trust the masses enough to have a democracy.  We have a constitution that protects the minority groups instead of allowing the mindless to be manipulated.  Enjoy what is left of your liberty while you still can.

West, Thomas G.  Vindicating the Founders.  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman &
     Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1997, page 122.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 8, 2019

Opus 2019-121: The Revised, Revised Abigail Adams

The history books that I used to work through in teaching middle school were constantly being revised.  There were two goals of the revision.  One was to dumb them down so that the kids could read them.  The second was to meet the latest revisionist demands of social justice warriors.  One of the requirements was to have a quota of minorities and women.  One of the women that was often referred to was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, second president of the United States.

I had no problem with her.  I had read biographies of her husband and knew that they had a very close and loving relationship.  The thing that set my pot to boiling was having her portrayed as an early feminist.  She was supposed to have been a rabid advocate of women’s rights but her concern was not power like modern feminism.  She was really all about fair treatment.  I am sure that she had some things to say but I doubt if she would have been happy about the portrayal. 

I came across a quote in Vindicating the Founders.  The author was trying to give a more accurate description of what the early Americans thought.  On page 94 the author offers the following quote from Abigail Adams,
 “Well ordered home is my chief delight, and the affectionate domestic wife with the relative duties which accompany that character my highest ambition.”
She was writing to her husband on June 20 1783 according to the footnotes.  Somehow that does not seem to fit the stereotypes that are being pushed in our modern culture.  Be careful what you read and hear.  Be double careful if it comes from a teacher or a text book.  Fake News is bigger than today’s headlines.

West, Thomas G.  Vindicating the Founders.  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman &
     Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1997.

homo unius libri