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.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Opus 2020-245: A Matter of Perspective

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.

This is a good time to observe reactions and take notes.  You will find three general categories of response.

One group will be the Passionate.  These people will speak with great enthusiasm for or against.  Their emotions will drown out anything of value that they might add except for their kindred spirits who want even more.  She will be portrayed as either Joan of Arc or your ex-wife.  Unless you agree with them and want a rush, don’t waste your time.

Another group will be the Courteous.  Many of us were told that if we could not say something nice we should not say anything at all.  These people will increase their chance of stroke or heart attack trying to restrain themselves.  For those who are into Latin, nolite detrahere de mortuis.  Wikipedia tells me that means “Don’t speak ill of the dead.”  I thought President Trump gave a good example of that when the press blind-sided him with the news of her death.  They will not praise her but they will also be polite.

The last group will be the Factual.  In their hearts they are trying to speak clearly, control their passion maintain a level of decorum.  They have opinions but they are backed up by documented evidence.  A good example of this is found at American Thinker.  Andrea Widburg says that she read Ginsburg’s opinions when doing legal research.  She goes into detail but if you don’t have time to read her article I think this sums it up.

“The worst thing about her decisions, though, was how she misused case authority to create new principles out of whole cloth. Nothing shows that more than in her determination to bypass our American Constitution and law and look to foreign constitutions, laws, and customs.”
The “whole cloth” comment I would not be able to judge but the use of international law to trump the Constitution I was aware of in my non-legal reading.  

As I opened I suggested taking notes.  This is a good time to learn if you can rely on people’s opinions.  One blogger that I have enjoyed reading had this to say,
“Though I disagreed with some of her decisions, she was passionate, honourable, articulate, and her legal decisions were well-thought.”
I will continue to read what he has to say but will begin to question if he is of sound mind.  There will be others.  Most people writing are not emotionally involved.  If I were reading a statement by a family member I would make allowances.  Most people will be held to a higher standard in my world.  

But who cares what I think?

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Opus 2020-244: Election 2020: A Moment of Hope

I almost had a wish fulfilled this week.

I have been volunteering the last few days at our county Republican headquarters.  I am sure that the people in charge want me to push the yard signs and flags.  I do what I can but I enjoy conversations more.  I had a man come in that engaged me in conversation because he was a bit conflicted.  In 2016 he did what many of us did.  He held his nose and voted for Trump.  His wife voted for Hillary.  Now, four years later, his wife is still leaning Democrat and he was talking about holding his nose again.  I was mystified.  He understood and conceded everything that Trump has done.  There was no question of where Trump stands.  What was the problem?  Some enthused Trump supporters driving around in their pickups with Trump flags in the back yelled some things that were not polite.  Really?  That is the problem?  I reminded him he was voting for Trump not the pickup read necks.

Which brings me to my wish fulfillment.  I shared with him that one of the things I was looking for was a discussion with someone intelligent about why they would vote for Biden.  Since his wife is leaning that way and he was waffling this seemed to be my moment.  We talked for about an hour.  It was a civil, polite conversation.  I kept asking the question, “What reason would you have for voting for Biden?”  I never got an answer that had anything to do with anything but emotion because Trump supporters were enthusiastic and Trump is not always the smoothest politician.  

It is frustrating.  We want to talk facts and truth.  They want to emote about feelings.  Here was a family man who is pro-life, an ex-police officer and deeply religious.  It would seem this would be a slam dunk for Trump but, feelings.

There are times when I despair for even the good people in my country.  The Progressives* in education and the media have done a great job of brainwashing and feminizing the population.  I hope God has mercy on us, the Progressives* won’t.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Opus 2020-243: Firsts: PT

I recently had my first experience with physical therapy.

For at least six months I have had an ongoing pain in my hip.  I firmly believe that the body will usually heal itself but my hip wasn’t buying it.  Since I am at the age when joints start to wear out I finally went to get a professional opinion.  The good news was that the bone and cartilage were in good shape.  The bad news is it was a muscle problem.  The doctor suggested physical therapy and since I have the time I agreed to go.

It was an interesting experience.  I had always put PT in a category with acupuncture and chiropractors.  I admitted they had some worth.  I just didn’t know what it was.  The young woman that worked with me seemed to know her stuff.  She evaluated, pushed and pulled, gave me exercises and sent me on my way.

Am I cured?  I don’t know.  The nature of the beast is it takes time to heal.  She said that therapy doesn’t always make it all better as much as speeding the healing process.  Like much in life it depends on my applying the lessons learned.  I expect to get better in time and hope to keep up the exercises.  

I have been wrong before.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 18, 2020

Opus 2020-242: A Time That Has Come

I want to see an experiment.  I want to see how it would work to establish some city states.  I have mentioned it before but I think the time is golden.  I have three naturals for the experiment.  They are all easy to isolate, their politics would make them willing to be separated, and they are literally hell holes.

I am thinking of Manhattan Island, Seattle and San Francisco.  The first is an island and the others are on peninsulas.  They all have access to the sea.

It doesn’t need to be permanent.  It could be a twenty year experiment.  Then we could reevaluate.  At that point they might be glad to become American again but we might be so glad they are gone that we would not even consider it.

If it went well we might give other cities a chance to vote on City Statehood.  I would suggest Portland and Chicago as good candidates.   

Certain provisions would be necessary.  I would suggest that the United States not cede the immediate shore lines.  They would need to maintain control of a few feet to make sure that we don’t have a tax free Singapore on our hands.  They could have no rights to the waterways around them.  I would give them an easement to travel through but not the right to restrict travel or trade by the remaining Americans.  I am sure there would be a number of institutions that would need to move out before they were isolated, but that is doable.

Of course they would have their own passports and there would be tariffs on products moved in and out.  

It is a conversation that we need to have.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Opus 2020-241: War Games

Remember the line, “What would happen if they had a war and nobody came?”  The question of course is the meaningless pap served up as vegan sirloin by the left.  The real answer to the question is what we are seeing in Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York, etc.  Pretty isn’t it.  It isn’t a case of flowers sticking out of gun barrels and tanks rusting away in city parks.  It is uncontested violence and mayhem.  The real life result of people thinking that question is clever is “What would happen if they had a war and only one side showed up?”

We are seeing the results.  There is a war going on and one side has so far refused to show up.  We keep thinking that you can play nice with barbarians.  I apologize to the barbarians because they at least had some kind on honor.  These insurrectionists on our streets have none.  They have the bully philosophy:  If it is weak, beat.  If it is strong, run.  If it fights back, cry “Mama.”

Can you picture where the world would be today if the world had refused to stand up to Adolf Hitler.  What language would we be speaking today if the Polish army had not arrived at Vienna in time to stop the Ottoman invasion?  There come times in history when you can’t back up and draw another line in the sand.  If we are not already there we are getting close.  You need to begin thinking today about how you will respond when the thugs start down your street with their bottles of gasoline and Bic lighters.  

The war has started.  How will it finish?

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Opus 2020-240: Let the Chips Fall, part 2 of 2

I am willing to let people live in the world they create.

If the Democrats were willing to take their lumps and get on with the Republic, I would say let them live in their fulfilled dreams.  Don’t bail them out.  Don’t subsidize their fantasy.  Most of the violence is in states that think Republicans are of the devil but they probably don’t believe in the devil so they are happy saying, “Orange Man bad.”  The problem is they are not willing to live in their ashes.  They want to share the benefits of socialism.  They are like the child who stuffs all their M&M’s in their mouths and then wants you to share yours.  If you won’t share then they will sneak in when you are asleep and help themselves.

The only peaceful way we can work this out is to have strong, patriotic district attorneys and judges backing up disciplines, well equipped police.  They can be the front line.  In most cases that will be enough.  Antifa and BLM are not going to come to the party if they know the rules will be enforced.  They don’t work that way.  They only play when they can cheat.  The backup will be determined citizens ready to step in if the police are at a lunch break and informed citizens who serve on juries if the response comes to court.

That is the way the rule of law works.  You make the laws.  You enforce the laws.  The chips fall to a jury of your peers and they make wise choices.

Or you have anarchy and all the death and suffering that entails.  I keep hoping for the peaceful route.

Make your choice America.  November is coming.  There will be more on the ballot than a president.  

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-239: Let the Chips Fall, part 1 of 2

There is a tendency in Americans to feel real sympathy for the people living in the areas decimated by the riots.  We see the burned out businesses and cars.  We see people who were minding their own business beaten to the ground.  We see people trying to defend their life’s work vilified.  Our hearts go out to them.

I am not so sure we should go there.  Keep in mind that these areas are full of people who elected the city councils, mayors and governors that are making the decisions that perpetuate the violence.  Did you see that key word?  “Elected”.  They were not appointed.  They did not pull a military coup.  The people elected them.  According to the Seattle Times, the city of Seattle voted 87% for Hillary in 2016.  Their city council reflects that.  How many of those businesses going up in flames belonged to people who supported the party of Antifa?  Chicago has also seen a lot of violence.  82.2 percent for Hillary.  

For Portland I could only find the county results.  Multnomah County went 76% for Hillary.  I would imagine that the city percentage was much higher.  So again I ask, “How many of the people who had lives destroyed voted for it?”  If my neighbor refuses to change his oil do I have an obligation to help him pay for a new engine?

I am guessing that if you could get the numbers from all the other places that are having a Marxist reality visit, you would find that they had overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton four years ago.  I would still feel sorry for them except for one thing that I believe:  If they held another election today the people would vote the same way.  The Seattle City Council is secure.  The same goes for Portland.  If you look at the states that are having their economies destroyed by jack booted governors I think you would find them on the path to reelection.  

The old saying was, “You get what you pay for.”  

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Opus 2020-238: The Price of Seeing Justice Done

Should I lie to get on a jury?

I don’t know if you have ever been called for jury duty.  If you make it into a court room they start the process of jury selection.  It is a frustrating experience.  It is obvious that the lawyers are looking for a group of people stupid enough to be deceived.  I know I will not make it through the sifting as soon as they bring up a charge of drunk driving.  Since I don’t drink the defense does not want me on the jury.  I also have known police officers and my home has been broken into.  I am an undesirable.  

I guess I could lie.

A further point of frustration is the instructions that the judge gives the jury.  He has the position to pull out selected laws and tell you what your options are.  As I asked the judge the one time I got that far, “If you are going to tell me that, what do you need a jury for?”

This comes to mind because the federal government is finally getting in the business of justice and prosecuting insurrectionists.  We also see Kyle Rittenhouse being prosecuted as a judicial hate crime.  There are some juries I would be glad to join but I will never get a chance.

Unless I lie.

What price justice?

homo unius libri

Friday, September 11, 2020

Opus 2020-237: Never-Never Land

Nineteen years and the “Never” has become an empty promise.  

911 changed the game with terrorism.  It did so in one day.  It did so in a way that was hard to ignore.  People are ignoring it anyway.  Before September 11 we were used to calling in the negotiators and working out a deal that did not involve a lot of innocent people being murdered.  There was no negotiation as the airplanes slammed into the Twin Towers.  It was a simple announcement, “You are not hearing us.  It wouldn’t matter if you did.  We hate you.  We will kill you.”

Antifa/BLM has changed the game in political protest.  It did not happen in one day.  The media has been doing everything they can to cover up the message.  The word has been slowly getting out but there are still a lot of people living in denial.  They also have a simple message, “We don’t care if you are hearing us.  We hate you.  We are going to destroy your world and if you get in the way we will destroy you too.”  It seems clear.

Both 911 terrorists and Antifa/BLM terrorists are highly trained.  They know what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it.  One group went out in a flash of glory.  The other is going to continue until they run into a wall.  One group was sponsored by foreigners and foreign governments.  The current terrorists have added one of our major political parties as a sponsor.  What is scary is that 47% that Mitt Romney first brought up.  We keep seeing them in the statistics.  They will mindlessly endorse anything the Democrat Party tells them.

It is going to be a bumpy ride.  I hope to see you alive and well on the 20 year anniversary of 911.  Next stop, November 3.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-236: New and Improved

I sometimes ask myself how long I will continue to blog.  I always assumed you would know I was dead when things stopped appearing for a long time.  I assumed I would keep writing as long as I had something to say.  

I am not sure that Blogger agrees with that.  

If you don’t publish a blog you don’t see what goes on behind the scenes.  Every once in a time the programers and executives at Blogger feel a need to be needed.  As a result they “update” the interface to make it “better and more responsive” or some such lingo.  All it really does it make you waste time trying to figure out what they did with all the features you use.

This time they have outdone themselves.  I have tried using their new format and I always end up going back to the legacy version to finish the job.  They say that I won’t be able to do that after September.  We will see.  As of now I cannot figure out how to add labels or answer comments.  Other features I have been able to find.  They all take more steps that before but I can find them.  If they force me into the new format in October then I will need to make some decisions.

I may need to stop adding labels.  That in itself won’t be a big tragedy.  I am not sure they serve any function except making the writer think he has something going.  I can still post.

I may not be able to respond to comments.  I usually do.  It seems only courteous.  If you find that you leave a bit of wisdom and I never respond it will be because they have decided I don’t need to respond.

Some people need a continual diet of newness.  Personally I think it is like a vitamin deficiency that makes them feel it, but who am I to judge.  My kids are that way.  They always want to go to a new restaurant.  They always have to try what is new on the menu.  I will go to new places and explore the menu but once I find out what I like and what is culinary verbosity, I don’t need to look at the menu again.  I am the same way with technology.

As is true of so much, the book of Proverbs has something to say on this issue.

(Pro 24:21 KJV) My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
I don’t like life to be like a rental car.  You know the controls are there somewhere but don’t know what demented mind made the decision to move them.  

Onward, even if it is not forward.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Opus 2020-235: Remember Drudge?

I miss Drudge.  Can I say that without being laughed off the internet?  I remember the days when one of my first stops was the Drudge Report.  You could count on the headline being a statement of what was happening in the world.  You could glance down the list of links and take your pick of what you thought was most urgent to know.  Once you learned a few things, like “big science breakthroughs” were all from English newspapers and were mainly about hoped for break throughs, you could have a productive morning.

Then the segue began.  I am not sure which came first.  I began to notice that a lot of the headlines in the links did not reflect what the story was about.  I also noticed an increase in what became Trump bashing.  I started hovering over the link to see where the news came from.  An increasing number were from left wing rags that were not worth the click.  Eventually I weaned myself and started looking elsewhere.

I miss Drudge, not enough to visit the site again, but I still miss what he used to be.  I miss Drudge, not for what the site became but for what it was.  I also miss the westerns that used to be on TV, chips that were not low sodium, 99 cent Whoppers, cars without seat belts and cheap gas.

Life moves on.  We must move with it.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 7, 2020

Opus 2020-234: Convention Slight of Hand

I found the Republican National Convention full of positive messages and encouragement.  The best messages came from the common people.  The professionals tended to be standard, boilerplate cheerleading but the working people had something to say and said it well.

One speech that bothered me was given by Ivanka Trump.  She did a good job and everybody seemed to like what she shared.  If it was listing accomplishments of her father is was quite a list.  The problem I had was that it was more the kind of accomplishments that big government people would come up with.  There were a lot of things done for a lot of people.  To tell you the truth I can’t remember what they were specifically but for each need listed the answer seemed to be, “Throw some money at it.”  That money has to come from somewhere and what people in the cheering section seem to forget is that throwing money at problems is the way the Democrats deal with them, Democrats and too many Republicans.  

It reminds me of the video making the rounds of a young black man with a brick running up behind an old white man crossing the street and bashing in his head.  He wasn’t even looking.  He had done nothing except walking while white.  It doesn’t make any difference.  He now needs a new head.

Keep your mind in gear, your hand on your wallet and your voter ID where it can be presented.  

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Opus 2020-233: Ode to Old: Boring Yourself to Death

 ave you known people who retire and die in a very short time.  I know I am not the only one to notice it.  When I got my first teaching position, one of the men on staff had been a teacher at my junior high school.  Keep in mind I was 40 when I transitioned to the classroom.  He was still going strong.  He seemed in the peak of health.  A few years later he retired and was dead within a year.  It makes you think.

I was going through some notes from Pensees and Blaise Pascal had a thought that might give some insight into this.
“Nothing is so insufferable to man as to be completely at rest, without passions, without business, without diversion, without study. He then feels his nothingness, his forlornness, his insufficiency, his dependence, his weakness, his emptiness. There will immediately arise from the depth of his heart weariness, gloom, sadness, fretfulness, vexation, despair.”  Highlight Loc. 900-903
Often when people retire they find that there is nothing to do.  Their whole life was their job.  Without it they are lost.  There body starts to wind down.  Before you know it they have bored themselves to death.

I can sympathize.  I am retired.  It is really hard to get up and get going when you don’t have any deadlines.  I make my own deadlines.  I set the alarm for 5:00 so I can get up and spend some time in worship and study.  I also have children and grandchildren that bring constant joy to life.  It helps to have things important to care about.

Stay active.

Pascal, Blaise.  Pensees.  Project Gutenberg.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-232: Personal Hangup

I am thinking about getting a MAGA hat.  It would be more of a collector’s item than part of my wardrobe.  I don’t like caps.  They don’t cover my ears or the back of my neck.  I also am not big on wearing advertising.  I avoid clothing with logos.

I have a long history of not liking bumper stickers.  I enjoy reading them on other people’s cars but don’t want them on mine.  For one, they are hard to get off when they get ratty.  For another it means I have to be really careful when I drive.  I don’t feel good about cutting someone off when I have a Jesus bumper sticker.  In today’s world there are a lot of bumper stickers that will get your windshield busted.

I can still talk though, and I can still vote.

Join me either way.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Opus 2020-231: Payday Required

I saw it again.  A couple of women attacked a child holding a Trump sign.  In the first case they grabbed his hat, stomped on his hand, smacked one of the adults and generally acted like spoiled bullies.  The last I heard they had both been arrested.  In the latest episode I didn’t get past the headline but it sounded like the same kind of aggressive behavior.

I think this kind of thing is only partially about Trump.  Yes, they hate him and everything he is trying to do.  The only problem with that is they probably could not tell you what he is trying to do.  It is more endemic than that.  It is about human nature and what Christians call original sin or the carnal nature.  There is something built into human nature that tries to get away with things and is only held in check by concern about possible consequences.  We have all done things that were technically illegal.  Haven’t you ever thrown an apple core out the window as you drove across the desert?  Technically it is littering.  It is illegal.  If there had been a snitch watching you might have restrained yourself.  Have you ever parked in a spot reserved for pregnant women?  Have you ever gone in the exit or ducked under the ropes forming a line?

Most of us have had an adult pounding a sense of right and wrong into us so we only violate minor issues.  The young women involved in these attacks on children with Trump signs were not taught right and wrong as absolute values.  They were taught that right is anything you can get away with and the big crime is getting caught.  It is one of the reasons why the millennial snowflakes are willing to be a part of insurrection.  They are convinced they will not be caught and if by some chance they are, they will be bailed out with no consequence.  So far they have been right.

Sin is fun.  Evil kind of grows on you.  Who has not wanted to throw a rock through a window?  Most of us restrain ourselves.  The rioters don’t.

Trump is not really the problem.  He is the excuse.  The violence will continue until the price paid for uncivilized behavior comes due.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-230: Headlines: Civil not Martial

I have friends who want Trump to send in the troops and take back the cities granting riot privileges to Antifa and BLM.  I keep telling them that it is not a good idea.  When I pointed out that the Progressives* are looking for a “Kent State Moment” they seemed to get the idea.

If you want a good explanation of why sending in the Mounties is not a good idea I would recommend this article from Townhall.  I found it in a link from Free North Carolina.  It explains the law and the complexity of a military solution.  Some I already knew, other points were new to me.

In case you missed it, Trump has shown his creativity.  He is deputizing the local police as federal law enforcement.  That will mean that the rioters can be arrested and prosecuted in federal courts and get around the catch and release local Democrat imitations of a legal system.

Stay tuned and keep praying.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Friday, September 4, 2020

Opus 2020-229: Plow and Crown: The Return of the Nobles

During the feudal era in Europe you had no countries and few large cities.  Power was in the hands of a group of nobles.  They had become nobles because they had the swords and the ability to use them.  They promised to protect those under them in return for obedience.  Thus you had a few living in what they considered luxury and the masses living hand to mouth or worse.  Everything was based on personal power and pledges of loyalty.  Allegiances were constantly changing and life was dangerous.  During this time you saw the gradual development of nations and cities.

A noble would get enough power to call himself a king.  The nobles would support him as long as they felt like it but his only loyal army was a small group of knights and peasants who became his men at arms.  The king gained greater power by reaching out to the common people and the cities.  This gave him a base for the battle with the nobles.  What you had over time was a king with loyalty among the lower classes trying to bring the nobles into submission.  Sometimes it worked.  Usually it didn’t.

Today Donald Trump would have the part of the king, The Progressives* of both parties would be the nobles and then there are the rest of us, the common people.  What is going on now is that Trump is trying to side with the masses in order to keep the elites from taking all our liberty and making us into an aristocracy.  Everywhere you see them taking power under the banner of socialism you see emerging a society in which there is a small, exclusive group at the top living in obscene luxury and the masses struggling to stay alive.  Look at Cuba or Venezuela.  The Communist overlords don’t go without anything but the people are sorting through the trash piles and hunting rats for dinner.

It is what Antifa would like to see.  It is what the liberals are working for.  I don’t know how much attention you are paying to Portland and Seattle but you have Democrats in position of power doing everything they can to keep the violence and anarchy going.  The police are told to stand by and watch.  When they do arrest someone the local D.A., a Democrat, will release them with no bail before the police get the paperwork done.

The coming election is of vital importance to the future our children will face.  Pay attention to the local elections.  Have your politicians forced you to wear a mask?  Have they refused to allow the police to deal with violent insurrectionists.  They need to be removed and that starts at the local ballot box.

And don’t forget to vote for Trump while you are at it.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Opus 2020-228: Vast Wasteland

I am constantly reminded of why I don’t watch TV if I can help it.  At this point I am not evaluating the content, although that should be enough reason not to watch.  What keeps coming home to me is the amount of time wasted on posturing and self aggrandizement.  I have been trying to come out of my protective shell a little bit.  I have people telling me I need to watch this or that.  They send me links to interviews and documentaries.  I have watched a few.  Some are of value.  I could get the same value if a trustworthy source would cut out all the self advertising and bloviating.

Today I came across claims involving the CDC theoretically admitting that the China Virus deaths are grossly exaggerated.  One of the sources I found for information was a video by Ron Paul.  Sounds good.  He is a generally reliable source and a doctor.  So I clicked on the little arrow.  It was a 27 minutes video.  Three minutes into the video he and his co-host were still chewing the fat and socializing.  I went back to looking.  I don’t want to sit listening for 30 minutes to get what could be conveyed in 5.  It isn’t like I am listening to my wife.  I have no commitment to them.

So TV still has not won my heart.  I learned to read years ago and I can still read much faster than people can talk.  Factor in all the warm, fuzzy conversations and reading is far faster.  I am getting old and I don’t have time to waste on ego gratification.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Opus 2020-227: Horseman #?

Most people have heard of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  The source is the sixth chapter of Revelation.  In that chapter there are four horsemen and each is associated with different disasters.  The traditional names don’t necessarily match up, but that is the way tradition goes.

The first horse is white and seems associated with conquest which is strange because the second, on a red horse removes peace and set the killing going.  He is associated with war which seems the same as conquest, but noone asked me.  The third is on a black horse and carries a balance beam scale.  He is measuring out grain and is identified as famine.  The last horse is pale and the rider was Death.  With this is associated plague.

Trying to explain Biblical prophecy is a dangerous thing to do if you are at a Bible conference.  With what is going on I would wonder if we are in the midst of any of these horses.  My question would be “Does it matter?”  Would it change anything you do today or next week?  I think the purpose is to warn people and get them to think.  If you are afraid of the haunted house you will stay out even if it is not haunted.  If the yard has a “Beware of Dog” sign you will stay out even if they don’t have a dog.

If we are crippled by fear then we are in the reincarnation of the Black Death even if very few people are dying.

Pick a horse if you want.  Things may fall apart but we are not even close in the area of plague or war.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 31, 2020

Opus 2020-226: Proud to Be a Sandwich

I have been seeing a mysterious sign recently, “Heroes Work Here.”  I had seen it before and not thought about it but this week I saw it plastered in the front of a Walgreens.  I went in and looked around.  All I saw were a few people stocking shelves and running the cash registers.  Then I had a “Squirrel” moment and my mind went elsewhere.  Driving home I saw the same sign again, this time in front of a Fed Ex distribution center.  I finally realized that it was the New Age at work applying their philosophy of deconstructionism to our every day lives.

A lot of people think that philosophy is a waste of time.  They slept through the required classes and got on with life.  That is a philosophy.  So is deconstructionism.  Yes, it is an actual school of philosophy.  Both have dramatic influences on our culture and the world we live in.  The sleeper allows the world to go to pot as long as they are not inconvenienced.  They never question anything they see as long as their favorite pastimes are uninterrupted.  They get blind-sided by the deconstructionist.

Simply put the deconstructionist says that nothing means what it says.  I thought it amusing that the quote from Wikipedia on the right of my search page said about Jacques Derrida, the founder of the approach, “who defined the term variously throughout his career”.  Even the guy who started the idea couldn’t be held down to what it meant.  Which brings us to heroes, or heros.

We are facing an adulteration of the meaning of hero.  We have seen the Progressives* work their magic on words like tolerance, racism, peaceful protest and other terms that used to have commonly accepted meanings.  No longer.  Now we see that tolerance is based on your political position, racism is only possible in whites and peaceful protest involves burning, looting and murder.  Welcome to deconstructionism in action.  It also makes Walgreens clerks into heros.

This probably goes back to 911 where the victims in the Twin Towers were honored as if they had chosen to sacrifice themselves for their country.  The firemen and policemen were heroes.  There is no question of that.  They went into harms way, knowing what they did.  The people murdered in their office buildings did not make any choice except going to work.

We need to be careful how we define and use words.  They have meaning and when we drain a word like “hero” of its meaning we might momentarily make the janitor feel good but we rob our culture of an appreciation of real sacrifice and response to the call of duty.

A hero is more than a sandwich or a store clerk who gives correct change.  I have thanked clerks for working during the Virus Panic of 2020.  I am glad they showed up.  That does not make them a hero for taking my money or me a hero for being courageous enough to go shopping.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Opus 2020-225: The Return of the Boston Massacre

He was on guard duty.  He was attacked by a mob.  He fired into the mob.  He was accused of murder but John Adams stepped up to defend him.  Wait.  You thought I was talking about Kyle Rittenhouse.  No.  I have been relating what happened at the Boston Massacre.  It was a little more straightforward than our current situation but the basics were the same.

In case you didn’t pay attention or you had a Progressive* teacher, the Boston Massacre is the name attached to an event that took place before the American Revolution.  A British soldier was on guard duty and a rowdy bunch of drunks decided it would be fun to throw snow balls at him.  What was he going to do, shoot them for snowballs?  Then they decided it would be more fun to put rocks in the middle of the snowballs.  Eventually the soldier called for back up and when it arrived a shot was fired, more shots followed and deaths resulted.  The soldiers were put on trial for shooting unarmed civilians.  One of our Founding Fathers and later president of the United States, John Adams, saw that the soldiers had done nothing wrong and took on their defense.  He won.

Fast forward a couple hundred years.  You have a young man on guard duty who is attacked by a bunch of violent thugs.  They chase him down the street.  They club him with a skate board.  One of them pulls a gun.  He fires four times and brings down three street criminals.  He should be getting a merit badge for marksmanship.  Instead he is on trial for murder.

Will we have a John Adams step forward?  Will we see justice done?  Are we at the place where armed thugs are free to roam the streets, burn other people’s property, kill policemen, beat up old ladies using walkers and generally try to destroy society without any fighting back?

The justice system in Wisconsin and the rest of the country needs to understand that the real defendants here are the judges and district attorneys who are tasked with seeing that justice is done.  If this turns into another Progressive* lovefest and we see a young man who was exercising his rights to defend himself go to jail, the results will be on their heads.  Antifa and BLM are doing everything they can to generate an uncontrolled violent response.  It is possible that where they have failed, liberal judges will step up to the plate and swing for the fences.

Pray for justice.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Opus 2020-224: Out of Warrantee?

Is it time to sell Manhattan back to the Indians?  Would they want it?

You all heard the story in school.  The Dutch gave the Indians $24.00 worth of trade goods for the island.  Who knows if it is true or is in the same class as George Washington cutting down the cherry tree.  One version I heard was that the last laugh was on the Dutch because the Indians knew they didn’t have the right to sell it.

Maybe it is time to get a refund.  The way things are going in New York it would be good to sell before the value got below $24.  Maybe we could throw in a free trip to Las Vegas.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-223: Knavery and Collusion

In Texas we are generally free to go about our business as long as we play the game of Masks and Distance.  I find that I often do not go because I hate the game.  One place I have been avoiding is our library.  They closed down for a long time but are now open.  The problem for me is that the state mandate requires masks.  So I don’t go and it has been a benefit for me.  I have been reading the stuff that is on my shelves.  I have been downloading from Project Gutenberg.  I have a load of Baen novels on my Kindle.

In my reading I am seeing a lot of parallels from the past.  The one I came across today as I began a book called A Journal of the Plague Year had to do with government deception.  The year was 1665 and the last time that the Bubonic plague hit England.  As the book opens I came across this,
“And accordingly in the Weekly Bill for the next Week, the thing began to shew it self; there was indeed but 14 set down of the Plague, but this was all Knavery and Collusion, for St Giles’s Parish they buried 40 in all, whereof it was certain most of them died of the Plague, though they were set down of other Distempers;...”  page 6
In 1665 the authorities were lying by making the numbers low.  I guess the object was to reduce panic.  Today we have the government and media lying high for the opposite reason.  They want us to panic.  One advantage they had in those days was a lack of CNN.
“We had no such thing as printed News-Papers in those Days, to spread Rumours and Reports of Things; and to improve them by the Invention of Men, as I have liv’d to see practis’d since.” page 1
But some things never change.  We think we doubt the government today but it is nothing new.

Defoe, Daniel.  A Journal of the Plague Year.  Norwalk, Connecticut:  The Easton Press, 1722, 1978.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 28, 2020

Opus 2020-222: New Terms: To Gretch

If you watch anything beside CNN and the rest of the Fake Media you have heard about the Police State that Gretchen Whitmer is setting up in Michigan.  She has used the fear of a virus as the grounds for shutting down her state.  She has company in California, Minnesota, New York and other blue states.  The power goes to their heads.

We need a new term to run with being Borked and being a Benedict Arnold.  We need it for people who use their power, be it oh so small, to mess with you.  We meet them all the time.  Often they are behind a counter at a government agency.  Sometimes they are employees of a company that can control your actions and access.  I have decided we need to admit that they were able to Gretch us.

What brought this to mind was our recent attempt to fly my daughter on her first leg of the trip to Japan.  She chose Alaska Airlines because they had non-stops to Seattle and they had a good reputation for customer service.  The guy behind the counter at the airport evidently did not get the memo.  We were not wearing masks and he was getting violent.  He was not manning a scale.  He was just walking back and forth messing with anyone who didn’t look respectful enough toward the virus or him.  I backed away until out of reach of his glowering radiation.  My wife smiled and said, “I have a medical condition.  I can’t wear a mask.”  My daughter, who was flying, pulled up the doily she had prepared.  At one point I thought he was going to come over the counter after us but I guess his leash wasn’t long enough.

We were Gretched.

There are still people out there who have not embraced the kool aid.  When she got to Seattle the hotel staff went many extra miles to help a woman traveling with two small children in the middle of the night.  It started with the manager having a quart of milk waiting for the children when she got there.  It continued when the guy driving the shuttle van moved all of her luggage up to the room.

So there is hope.  Some people still care about serving the public.  Rejoice and blessings if you have to travel.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Opus 2020-221: North Venezuela

I was looking at a list of “Republicans” who have gone on record as endorsing Joe Biden for president.  I am sure you have heard the enthusiasm that the MSM has had in promoting this.  As I looked down the list I noticed that there was only one from California.  As a refugee from the People’s Republik that surprised me until I realized how few Republicans were getting elected in California.

I am in favor of endorsing a name change to North Venezuela.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Opus 2020-220: Remember the Secret Service

I think it would be good for everyone to pause a moment and lift up the Secret Service team that is tasked with protecting the President.  Evil is on the march.  Evil will stop at nothing.  The best way they can bring this country to its knees right now would be through murder.

It won’t be some Antifa snowflake.  It will be one of the core, highly trained individuals who are dedicated to Marxism and will to die for their belief.  I am sure it is in their play book somewhere.

I shudder when I remember that Secret Service agent who said she would not take a bullet for the president.  I trust she is an exception.

Pray that they would be so alert that no one has a chance to get close to success.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-219: A Moment to Forget

This morning when I headed out with my guitar and coffee to watch the Texas sunrise I was dismayed to realize that I had forgotten to bring the flag in the night before.  I noticed it at 6:00 but still had a few hours of sunlight so I said, “Later.”  Later had a senior moment.

As I was berating myself a question came to mind, “Which is worse, to forget to bring in the flag or to not put it out in the first place?”  Which side would I rather err on?

So I will try to remember next time but take some consolation that I live in a country where a large number of people actually are proud to put out a flag without being forced to.  People from some parts of the world think we are strange.  We think we are free.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Opus 2020-218: Monday Pulpit: Juxtaposition

I was reviewing some old sermon notes and I came across something I still find interesting.  It involves a basic difference between Christianity and Islam.  It deals with a passage relating how Jacob wrestled all night with what is assumed to be God or at least an angel.  He demands a blessing and gets this:
(Gen 32:28 NAS77) And he said, "Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed."
Christians have permission to wrestle, or strive, with God.  We see frequent references showing how different Biblical personalities would argue with God.  Moses comes to mind.  We are told to come and reason.  The call is to an active faith that understands and buys into the covenant. 

Islam is different.  The name itself means submission.  Muslims traditionally have been fatalistic.  They assume that Allah is going to do what He wants and their opinions are not required.  I remember reading about how it was almost impossible to train Muslims to be marksmen with a rifle.  They tended to think that all you had to do was point the rifle in the general direction and God would guide the bullet where he wanted it to go.

It is a difference in philosophy that brings radical differences when expressed in culture.  It is one of the reasons that the west based on Christian values overtook Islam and moved into the modern scientific age.  Even in the “Golden Age” of Islam much of the gold was from non-Muslims.

Little differences make big differences. 

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Opus 2020-217: The Coming Diaspora

I was reading an article at Musings of an Old Curmudgeon which was linked by Free North Carolina.  It was about the difficulty of New York City recovering from the current crisis.

Toward the end he brought up the issue of bandwidth.  He explained how the internet connections are now so fast that there is no reason to fly across the country for a meeting.  Products like Zoom will bring it to you.  This is allowing people to live where they want and still be employed.  That is the good news.

The bad news is that these people can live where they want and still be employed and vote in local elections.  What we are going to see it a liberal Diaspora.  Up until this time the Progressives* have been clustered in the blue cities in the blue states.  Now they will be spread out to bring the liberal virus to a community near you.  I thought I was safe in Texas.  I joke about all the Californians moving in.  It is not a joke any more.  If they can work in their country estate outside Austin and make the same money then they can throw their vote to elect people like Beto and Biden. 

We need to pray that New York recovers.  I don’t really care about NYC but I do care about the rest of the country that New Yorkers will be dragging down.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Friday, August 21, 2020

Opus 2020-216: Obvious Differences

One of the common traits of the modern snowflakes is a belief in socialism.  Lets bypass the fact that they probably could not explain socialism or how it is different than capitalism.  The reason I have so little confidence in anything this groups does is because you don’t need to be able to define it to see the difference.  All you need to do is open your eyes and engage your brain.

Socialism and capitalism are opposing economic systems.  I would want to be more specific because what we see as examples of capitalism today are poor examples.  I would contrast socialism with free enterprise.  Too often people compare communism with crony capitalism.  Neither provides any real freedom.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-215: 3006 Criminals and Psychopaths

I won’t go to 3006 restaurants if I can help it.  Texas has two signs that are required to be posted if an establishment wants to ban firearms from their business.  A 3007 sign says you can’t come in practicing open carry.  A 3007 bans concealed carrying of a firearm.  If there is no sign you can theoretically do either.

I avoid 3006 businesses because they make me feel insecure.  The knowledge that I have entered a gun free zone just reminds me that the only people paying attention are the sane, law abiding, gun owners.  Psychopaths and criminals will be psychopaths and criminals.  It is what they do or they would not be psychopaths and criminals.  When I sit down to dinner knowing that there is a good chance that a level headed, law abiding citizen near me is armed it gives me greater peace of mind.

It is funny how the snowflakes turn the reasoning around even after repeated school shootings, mall massacres and such, all in gun free zones.  There are a lot of reasons why those things don’t happen at gun shows.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Opus 2020-214: Election 2020: This Is the Most Important Election of My Lifetime

We have heard this many times.  We hear it every election.  What we overlook is that it is always true.  Well, maybe not always, but close.  Each time we have an election it determines the direction society will go.  It has long term consequences.  Fixing things takes a lot longer than breaking them. 

So this election is important.

Each election also says something about society.  It gives a view into what our values are.  I am sure you have heard liberals quoted about how they did not know anyone who voted for Trump.  We think of the bubble they live in.  To be honest, I am not sure that since I left the classroom and California I know anyone who would admit voting for Hillary.  I need to be reminded that there are people who keep reelecting Nancy Pelosi.  I need to admit that the city councils of Seattle and Portland were voted into office.  There were 47 Senators who were willing to vote to impeach Donald Trump for no reason except he was a Republican.  We need close elections to remind us of how sick society is.  We need to lose a few to wake us up.

At the same time, no election is the end.  We worry about the Democrats cheating so much that Joe Biden is elected and Kamala Harris takes his place.  That is something worth worrying about.  I remember when Bill Clinton was elected.  We thought it was the end of the world.  It was bad but the other side of that is the wake-up call that went out.  I lived through eight years of Barak Obama.  If Biden wins it will say something about our American culture.  It will also give each of us a challenge to become a better, more involved person.  It might make things bad enough that the pain makes people respond who would never respond if they could continue in their stupor. 

So yes, it is the most important election, again. 

Vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-213: Talk to Me

If you are like me you get depressed by the way in which the leftists seem to have control of everything.  They have turned public schools into snowflake factories.  Rogue judges seem determined to destroy any remaining respect for the law.  The MSM has become little more than a mouthpiece for the DNC and a filter to remove any bits of truth that don’t support the narrative.  Government regulations are choking the life out of the economy and now we have them all working to fill us with terror over a virus that has nothing to do with real plagues. 

What helps is reading books dealing with the influence of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his supporters.  I know they did a lot of damage that continues today.  What we often forget was how bad it was before they were slapped down.  Roosevelt’s administration was totally infiltrated by Communists and their sympathizers.  The State Department was a cheering ground for advancing the socialist agenda.  Roosevelt thought Joseph Stalin was a great guy and trusted him to keep his word.  In the process he allowed most of eastern Europe to be put into decades of slavery.  The newspapers were lying through their teeth and getting awards for their hard core journalism.  Roosevelt proposed doubling the size of the Supreme Court so they would not be able to stop his agenda.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it. 

There is a lot in common with today except the Communist Central Committee is no longer located in the Soviet Union.  It is now in the Democrat Party and the shadow government that seems to be running things.  The danger is real and will get worse but keep in mind that we pulled out of it before and we can do it again.  Will it be easy?  No.  Will we win?  That is still to be decided.  We will not win if the Marxists are victorious.  We will not win if they manage to steal the next election with overwhelming voter fraud.  We will not win if we sit back and let it happen.

I am picking up ideas from various people.  I hope it will never come to the most extreme of arming myself and taking to the streets.  I know it will involve more than just submissively wearing my mask, voting and staying isolated.  The best advice I have heard was summed up by Ted Cruz on his video podcast, The Verdict.  When asked what we could do he said, “Speak.”  That is only one word but it is full of applications.  It means speaking to those we see every day and we have given up on them.  It means looking for opportunities when we are standing in line.  It means guarding our temper and avoiding words like “stupid” when we are responding. 

Speaking up is a key because it seems the majority of Americans are happy in their cocoons.  They don’t want to know that the Marxists are destroying our major cities.  They have been taught that the government will take care of them and they don’t want anyone upsetting their apple cart.  We need to gently keep prodding and plodding. 

I also had someone suggest that I get involved as a poll watcher or look for ways to help remove the dead people from the voting lists.  I am sure there are other things short of violence because violence has a way of breaking the things we are trying to save.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 17, 2020

Opus 2020-212: On the Street: An Introvert Converses

I am an introvert.  That does not mean I cannot have conversations, just that I don’t need them.  So I am willing to talk to people I encounter when I am out walking.  This week I was amazed at how well informed my neighbor was.  Unlike most people I run into, he was aware of the chaos in Seattle and Portland.  So I asked him, “Where do you get your news?”  It was obvious he was not listening to CNN.

“Talk radio,” he answered.  That makes sense.

Think about where we would be if it wasn’t for Rush Limbaugh.  He started the trend and now there are dozens of voices speaking up.  At this point in time Rush is the only voice I will accept as totally worth listening to.  You can take what he says to the bank.  There are not very many like that today.

As you probably know, he is fighting lung cancer.  Keep him in your prayers.  I think we still need his voice.  Now we just need to convince God about that.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-211: They’re Everywhere

I think never-Trumpers have something in common with pedophiles.  They don’t seem to be redeemable.  They can’t be cured.  You need to keep an eye on them all the time or they will drift into old habits.  It might also be useful to have a register allowing people to know when they are living or posting in the neighborhood.

I don’t mean the people who were for every one else before the campaign of 2016 approached the convention.  I find myself in that group.  I held my nose and voted.  I have been pleasantly surprised ever since.  It is called keeping an open mind in the best sense.  I think there were also people who were died in the wool Democrats who finally realized that their party had left them and drifted into the ranks of the anti-American Marxists.  A growing number of those people have begun to wake up.  Many minorities would fit that bill.

There are a group of never-Trumpers who are still at work trying to undermine him at every step.  That would be people like Bill Krystal who was once a solid conservative, or at least I thought he was.  Maybe he has always been a Rino and I just didn’t see it.  These people are dangerous because they are recognized and trusted by many because of their previous positions.  They now seem to be working to undermine them.  Then you have well known politicians like Mitt Romney who are also doing what they can to destroy the conservative agenda of Donald Trump. 

I will confess that I am not happy with Trump’s willingness to spend tax dollars.  I think he should have taken a stand long ago to put away the virus nonsense and get back to work.  Having said that, I still think he is doing great work in trying to recover the greatness that was once America.  Whether it is doing away with regulations or exposing the Fake News, he is a breath of fresh air. 

Keep praying for him and his family.  There are a lot of evil people out there ready to go after them.  Remember how Peter Fonda suggested putting his son in a cage with pedophiles.  There are many more with just as much evil in their hearts.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Opus 2020-210: Serious Thoughts

When I was teaching history I liked to throw in events that might be overlooked but would have the potential to generate some interest.  One of the inventions I brought up was the revolver and I told the kids it was called “The great equalizer”.  I would then explain how it leveled the playing field giving an old woman the ability to stand up to a young male bully.

I have a movie memory that I would try to describe.  The scene was set in the day of the single shot Kentucky rifle.  The bad guy had taken his best shot and missed.  At the point the good guy, who was unarmed, started running toward him as fast as he could.  His hope was to reach the shooter before he had a chance to reload.  It was a dramatic moment that illustrated the point.

As we look at the violence being dumped on us by the Marxists in Antifa and BLM, we also see record gun sales.  I have read that 40% were first time buyers and that women also made up 40%.  What is interesting is that liberals who used to be anti-gun are also buying.  I like the idea that an armed society is a polite society.  If the old six gun was a great equalizer then just imagine what a modern pistol with 15 rounds of 9mm could be called.

But there is still a problem.  It only works when it is used or the thugs believe it will be used.  Just waving a firearm around will work a few times but eventually you will need to pull the trigger.  Some people only learn by experiencing pain. 

Carrying a firearm is a serious responsibility.  Some don’t understand that.  Many come down with the Rambo Syndrom.  You may have read about the shooting in Austin where a rioter pointed his rifle at a guy sitting in his car.  He thought he was hot stuff.  He had a rifle.  Too bad for him that the guy in the car was an 8 year military veteran, had a handgun and, unlike the Rambo Rioter, knew how to use it. 

I hope that I never need to defend my home or family.  If it comes, I hope I rise to the occasion.  If you have not acquired a means of protection all I can recommend is learning a lot of new swear words.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Opus 2020-209: Destructive Forces, Part 3 of 3

Venus on steroids has been wreaking havoc. 

Now it may bring down our country.  Melting Mamas are multiplying.  These are women who are saying they won’t vote for Trump because he does not make them feel good.  They have no concern about any kind of factual statement.  Orange man makes them uncomfortable so he has to go.  They don’t care about the improved economy, America’s improved image in the world, the reduction in regulations or anything else that can be measured.  They don’t care that the Democrat is suffering from dementia.  It is all in submission to their feelings.  Are there enough to change the election results?  That is a good question.  It is possible they will just stay home and everything will be good.

If you have been watching the riots and destruction being pushed by BLM and Antifa you may have noticed how many young women are involved.  Again, it does not matter how many black children have been murdered by their violence.  It does not matter how many black police have been hurt and killed.  It doesn’t matter that blacks are killing blacks in Chicago.  All that matters is they feel a common criminal named George Floyd died in police custody.  They have been told this is bad and they feel bad, so they burn and throw things.

What we need is to get back to the balance that is normal in a civilized society.  We need Mars and we need Venus.  If you have too much Mars it actually ends up similar to when we have too much Venus.  Balance is the key because they will keep each other in check.  The dominant, pushy Mars will be softened by the sensitive Venus.  The touchy feely Venus will be forced to take stands that go against their feelings.  I know that my wife and I take different approaches to our children even as they are adults.  She still wants to nurture, to get involved, to catch them if they fall.  She needs to be needed.  I tend to feel like they learn more by falling down than they do by being caught.  I want them to be able to do well on their own.  I am willing to help if there is a real need but my definition of “real” is different than my wife’s.

We need to restore the balance so  we can deal with the rest of the problems in front of us.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 10, 2020

Opus 2020-208: Destructive Forces, Part 2 of 3

Mars has abandoned the educational system.

Venus has emasculated the church.  When I went to seminary we had no women on the faculty.  There were a few female students around but not enough to share.  If I bothered to go back and visit I bet I would find that they are a majority.  The problem is that the feminine traits of compassion and sensitivity have taken over from the need to save sinners from going to hell.  When I was young the most quoted verse was John 3:16.
(Joh 3:16 KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Now the verse de jour is
(Mat 7:1 KJV) Judge not, that ye be not judged.
One lets us know that sinners need to be saved and God loved us enough to provide a way.  The other, the way it is quoted, means that we should never accuse anyone of sin.  As women have taken leadership roles the men have dropped out.  Of course some would say that women took leadership because the men refused, but that is just part of the same problem.

Venus has destroyed the family.  Women have been sold the bill of goods that a career is the only way to find fulfillment.  In pursuit of that goal they dump their kids in day care and go to work.  They enjoy the extra income and since she is earning so much the man of the house feels he can kick back and relax.  Often he will get to where he does not work at all.  When I was in the ministry it amazed me how many pastors there were who would never dream of asking the church for a raise but had no problem with their wife going to work to subsidize what they were doing.  Men are not saints.  If the women will pay the bills and clean the house they are quite willing to take a nap and go hang with the guys.

It has driven the scientific method from science and made truth an aberration.  The problem we are seeing with modern science is that it is based on feelings instead of facts.  Global warming is a total farce and yet the fear factor destroys our industry. 

To be concluded...

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Opus 2020-207: Destructive Forces, Part 1 of 3

We have a growing number of ways in which the Progressives* are trying to divide and conquer.  They are using race, income, religion and all kinds of made up fantasies such as white privilege.  The one that has been the most destructive has been going on for years.  We are being sunk by the feminization of America.  Actually you could say it is going on around the world.

When I deal with this I prefer the concepts of Mars and Venus, explained by John Gray in a book called Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, instead of masculine and feminine.  It is less threatening.  We are all a combination of both but it used to be more acceptable to act like a man if you were a man and a woman if you were a women.  The sexes are different.  Unless you have been brainwashed by modern education it is obvious.  What has happened in our culture is that Mars has been eclipsed by Venus.  Thus we still have men in education but they act more like the traditional woman that a macho male.  They are expected to be in contact with and dominated by their feelings. 

The difference is ubiquitous.  I think that is my word for the month.  One of the big changes since I was a child is the destruction of education.  I taught for 29 years and the battle was always the same.  The pressure was away from hard facts and toward feeling good.  When I was in elementary school my principal was a scary old man.  There was no way you wanted to get sent to his office.  In high school the principle was a scary of woman.  Ditto.  Even the women were on the side of Mars.  In the years I taught I only had one male principle.  By the time I retired, the principle was a woman who looked at herself as the advocate of the children against the teachers.  It makes a difference.  Instead of teaching patriotism and responsibility we had a constant litany of anti-bullying and the instructions to go find an adult to mediate.  Gone was the lesson that the best way to deal with a bully was to punch him in the nose.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Friday, August 7, 2020

Opus 2020-206: Habits

A word about habits.  Good habits are hard to establish.  The bad ones are easy to start and hard to stop.  Think about the click bait you see on your internet connection.  Some of the stuff they use actually looks interesting and I don’t mean the ones advertising beautiful Russian women looking for romance.  There are a lot that could really be interesting.  I have learned that it is all a come-on. 

What happens when you get suckered and click on the 10 most disastrous train wrecks?  In ways I don’t understand this gives marketing groups access to you and your world.  Sometimes it is just being deluged with ads.  Sometimes it is the loss of personal information.  Sometimes it is the joy of a plethora of malware.  It might be worth it but usually you never do find out about the train wrecks. 

Be careful what you click and that does not just apply to the internet.  It is one reason I don’t have a lot of interest in trying certain foods and drinks.  I have never been curious about drugs and little interest in alcohol.  There are traps everywhere.  It might be a good time to stop and examine the things that you do repeatedly. 

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Opus 2020-205: Ode to Old: Sunrise, Sunset

There are times when I whine about getting old.  One of the comments I have made and also heard others make is, “Getting old isn’t any fun.” 

There is some truth to that.  My joints are like that old pair of pliers that have been in the bottom of the tool box for too long.  They will eventually loosen up but it seems to take longer every birthday.  I am finding that I cannot do two things at once.  It used to be I could look at the titles of books on a shelf while I put my coffee cup down.  Now it seems like someone moves the shelf every time I try it.  The list goes on.

It is also camouflage for all the great things that are available.  One that everyone is not blessed with is grandchildren.  You can spoil them and send them home.  When my daughter was barred from returning to Japan by the virus panic we got the really work it.  She was glad to get out of here so she could start drawing lines that we would not step across.  Old people also get to take naps when everyone else is doing something requiring muscles.  We get discounts and sometimes cuts in line.  If you are able to retire then you have more control over your schedule.  It isn’t that you don’t have anything to do but you get more say on when it happens, and if you can put it off long enough your children will have to worry about it.

So cheer up.  Sunsets can be just as beautiful as sunrises.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Opus 2020-204: Should-a-Beens: Jesters and Questers

I have a suggestion for future presidential news conferences.  It will require more time but will pay big dividends for America.  We need to divide the press conferences between journalists who ask serious questions and hacks who go for “gotcha”. 

To be honest I don’t watch them now.  All I know are the cuts provided by the sites I visit.  They tend to support Trump and so pick and choose with that in mind.  I am aware of that.  I don’t know the actual number of serious and frivolous questions but I do see a pattern from certain individuals.  The White House should keep track of how many questions are more appropriate for the front page of the National Enquirer, the New York Times or the defunct Mad Magazine and which are after serious information.  After a time of compiling this data the White House should announce that there will be two news conferences from that point on.

I am going to make up numbers to illustrate the point.  I have no idea what the real quantities would be.  We would have two conferences with 20 press passes for each.  The first time you might divide up randomly but at the next set of conferences you would invite the representatives of the media to one or the other, based on the questions they asked last time.  Starting the second session we could have names for the two such as Jesters and Questers or even name one the National Enquirer with apologies to the Enquirer.  Thus if Jim Acosta asks a question about the Stormy Daniels law suit his next pass would be for the Jesters.  You could move up or down depending on how serious you were about the news.

Eventually I would recommend inviting sites like the Babylon Bee and People’s Cube to send representatives.  You could drum up enthusiasm by having a contest to identify which questions came from CNN and which from the Bee.  Prizes could be MAGA hats and T-shirts.  You could make the Jesters more entertaining by having guest Press Secretaries.  Imagine the creative answers you could get if James Carville or Don Lemon had the podium.  You could broadcast them opposite NBA games so that people would not be totally bored.

I am getting carried away.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Opus 2020-203: On the Street: Cud

Some things never change.

Several times in meetings I have heard speakers talk about studies that listed the problems in school from years ago and compare them to the problems of today.  I have read the same type of information on the internet.  Who knows if there was really a survey or whether it was done correctly.  You know how that goes.  In spite of that, both lists, as different as they were, listed gum chewing as a problem.

Some things never change.

I have never understood the attraction of chewing gum.  I see someone who seems to be intelligent and well dressed when suddenly they start doing their imitation of a cow resting in the pasture.  I wonder if they have an emotional problem or something.  Once when I was trying to take my mind off food, I bought some sugar free gum and started chewing.  It lasted until my wife caught me and wanted to know what was wrong.

I think of chewing gum as degenerate.  It is just a hang up I have.  If you are a chewer then ignore me.  To me chewing gum is like cigarettes.  People who use them don’t know what a trash can is for.  You can drive or walk through some areas and the ground looks like a bad case of acne.  It is covered with spots and butts. 

I guess there could be worse habits than chewing gum.  I should know, I have enough of them.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-202: Headlines: Bad Timing

Isn’t it strange the way people who go against the Progressive* narrative see their lives come apart.  I don’t follow the NBA but I read about Jonathan Isaac refusing to conform to the leftists and stood during the national anthem.  The Daily Wire reports he has had a “season ending injury”.  I look forward to eventually seeing video.  My guess at this point is it was a deliberate hit, orchestrated by operatives for the Marxists running BLM and Antifa.  It could have been a genuine accident.  It is a convenient coincidence though. 

Look back a little bit.  Think Bill Cosby.  He was flying high and revered by everyone until he told a black audience that the black community needed to become responsible for their own lives and stop playing the victim.  It wasn’t long after that the lawsuits began.  Was he guilty?  The jury said so.  The question then becomes the timing.  He had been abusing women for a long time.  Nothing came of it until he stepped across the line.

Go to Louisville.  The Marxists there are getting into the extortion racket.  Disrn reports local businesses are being threatened if they don’t pay off BLM.  It reminds me of the mob during prohibition. 

So watch your back.  Lock your doors.  Keep in mind that you being paranoid is healthy when they are out to get you.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Monday, August 3, 2020

Opus 2020-201: Should-a-Beens: Some Day

I wonder if we will be sitting around swapping lies some day and the big controversy will be how many times we got banned by social media.  I keep hearing about it and reading about it.  So far I am batting .000.  For those of you that are not into baseball, that means that I could not get on a team even with affirmative action. 

I wonder if I should continue just expressing myself or whether I need to start trying to get knocked off.  I am sure I offend someone but I guess most of the people I would offend only watch CNN.  Being banned assumes that I ever get read enough to register.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-200: Dueling Judges

One of the questions we don’t like to ask is, “Who will police the police?” 

I do not offer that in criticism of the police because they have plenty of oversight that could be applied if the political clowns wanted to go there.  I am offering it concerning the courts.  So the real question is, “Who will judge the judges?”

It is a potential slippery slope because it is hard to imagine any system that would honestly evaluate judges and not become just another political club used by closet tyrants.  But then, would it be any worse than what we have going on now?  Judge Emmet Sullivan is presenting a classic example of the misuse of power.  The prosecution dropped the case against Michael Flynn.  It seems there was no real evidence.  In a court that follows the law and believes in due process, that should have been the end.  But a demagogue like Sullivan realizes he is the one in the black robe and that he can use his creative imagination to mess with someone he differs with politically.  This should be illegal.  This should be punished. 

I believe in the rule of law.  I do not believe in the rule of fiat.  I do not believe in the divine right of judges any more than I believe in the divine right of kings.  I am sure that much of our legal system works just fine.  I have only made it through jury selection one time.  There was nothing even remotely political about the case.  I was happy with the assessment of blame but not happy with the awarding of damages.  Such is life.  Such is due process.

In spite of that, much of our legal system is beyond repair.  We have violent criminals being released to protect them from the virus and mothers being arrested for not wearing a mask.  This is beyond crazy.  I think it is deliberate.  I would recommend impeachment but that is a two edged sword and the Progressives* would wield it with no respect for justice.  They would do to judges what they are trying to do to the president.  Someone I was talking to suggested we make dueling legal again.  That may be the only solution that would work.  Perhaps a form of dueling that allows you to refuse the duel but requires stepping down from the bench instead.

Put on your thinking caps while we still have a country.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Opus 2020-199: Disgraceful Saltine

I was going through Don Surber’s “Highlights of the News” and after watching a comedy  showing a snowflake claiming to be more black than the black woman confronting him, Surber made the following comment:
“He is a disgrace to the race.”
What race are we talking about, white or human?  I asked myself if we were to cast him out of the white race, where would we send him?  I wouldn’t want to drag down the black race by adding him.  The Asians would not want him.  Where would he go?

I would vote for him being a disgrace to the human race.  We are supposed to be above the animals but he kept braying the equivalent of “Polly want a cracker”.  I am so sorry.  That could be taken as insensitive.  I meant, “Polly want a saltine.”

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Opus 2020-198: Milk It

On my devotional blog I had the title, “Got Hope”.  That got me to thinking about how the person who came up with the “Got Milk?” commercials would be fired today.  Milk seems to come in one color and that color is not acceptable.  Cows come in all kind of variations.  Cheese can have a variety of yellows and possibly blue, orange and brown.  Meat varies depending on how long you cook it.  Even eggs come in brown. Milk?  Always white.

Perhaps this is part of the reason that the nature nuts are trying to do away with cows and meat.  It could be the source of vaganism.  It is a problem that must be dealt with.

Perhaps we could have a new federal regulation that requires all milk to be chocolate or strawberry.  I am not sure how you could get the cows to cooperate but most of the people who are worried about white privilege probably don’t know where milk comes from anyway.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-197: Election 2020: Who Is Really Deranged?

I would like to go forward in time and read about the coming election.  My first question would be, “Did Biden win?”  If the answer is “Yes”, my second would be, “Did the country survive?”  It will be interesting to see how history judges the current Democratic Party as they move toward nominating a man who obviously is suffering from some type of mental dysfunction.  It is obvious.  It is the elephant in the room that no one in the press will address.  Everyone who is paying attention knows it.  It still looks like he will be the presidential candidate for the Democrats.

This is not the first time we have seen this.  The last time was the fourth election of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  FDR had long been a cripple, confined to a wheel chair.  That in itself was to his credit.  It was a mark of courage and drive to be a successful politician with that handicap.  The news covered for him.  I don’t think there was ever a picture of him in a newspaper showing the wheel chair.  The cover up went further and became destructive.

As Roosevelt was running for his fourth term he was already failing.  At one point his doctor told him he could only work four hours a day.  He was a physical wreck and it was covered up by the Democrats around him and the fawning press.  It was a lot like today.  The evidence that he was in a bad way was that he died in office less than three months after his inauguration. 

The Democrats and the press are at it again.  With the internet and all the videos available the onus is even more on people who are willing to vote for the man.  They join in the mind set that says it is better to destroy the country than to let Donald Trump continue to bring recovery for the little man.

I think that TDS is the real mental disease.  Joe Biden just wants to be president. 

homo unius libri

Friday, July 31, 2020

Opus 2020-196: Flag Fear

Why do the Progressives* hate the Confederate flag so much.  They claim it represents racism.  Actually it represents resistance to unconstitutional federal authority.  Slavery was only one of the things that the South was fighting about.  There was also the issue of tariffs.  There was the question of where the transcontinental railroad would be built.  There was the obvious presence of federal armies in their home town.

Although most people will agree that it was time to end slavery they are not so happy about the results of federal overreach.  Look at what federal power is doing to education, abortion on demand, marriage, the Second Amendment, how fast you can drive on the highway, wearing seatbelts and helmets, EPA declaring dry areas as wet lands, nutrition labels and the list goes on. 

The Confederate Battle Flag represents resistance to federal bullying and the gradual usurpation of our rights under the constitution.  It is against requiring a license to cut hair.  I don’t need the federal government to tell me who does a good job and doesn’t give me lice.  Have you ever wondered about all those handicap spaces at the golf course?  If you can’t walk to the golf cart maybe you should not be participating in that activity. 

Keep in mind the liberty sets off an allergic reaction in Progressives*.  It makes them feel insecure.  They want you locked down and masked.  To them the real enemy is you and me living our lives without their direction.

Keep them frustrated.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Opus 2020-195: Headlines: Texans 1, Rioters 0

I don’t know if your sources of news have covered the situation in Austin recently where a BLM rioter, armed with an AK 47, was shot and killed by a motorists.  What has been fascinating to me is the way in which the media seems to be covering up the facts.  This includes the conservative sources I have.  They keep saying that the rioter only pointed his rifle at the car but did not shoot.  The motorists did, and the rioter went down.  The media then says the motorists sped away.  Evidently some of them also claim that he was racing through the crowd.

They leave out some important details.  Some are omissions, some are outright lies.  The lie is that the driver was racing through the crowd.  The omitted fact is that the guy with the AK fired five rounds at the guy in the car, or if he didn’t fire them, someone did.  They also seem to skip the fact that, as soon as he got away from the mob, the driver called the police and reported he had shot someone.  You will find a couple of videos that back this up at Natural News.  I found the link to this site on Free North Carolina.  Go to the second one with the guy in the mask first.

The driver was released after being questioned by the police.  That should tell you something.  We will see if we still have the right to defend ourselves in Texas or not.

Stay tuned.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 27, 2020

Opus 2020-194: Headlines: Dear Joe

Please stay in California.

I had no idea who Joe Rogan is except that I had heard the name somewhere, so when I saw a link saying he was moving to Texas I was interested.  The link took me to Trending Politics and I read most of it.

My analysis of what I read is that people like Joe Rogan are the reason that people are moving out of California.  At first the article sounded like he had a clue but as you kept going you found out that he endorsed Bernie Sanders.  When I worked as a teacher in Southern California I was surrounded with people like him, except they were not as rich.  They do everything they can to destroy the country with their politics and then when things get really bad, read the taxes start getting to them, they decide to move to somewhere else.  The place they seemed to be moving fifteen years ago was the Seattle area.  You can see how that has worked out.  Now they are targeting Texas.  In the process they will bring their money and their political opinions and start working to destroy their new home.  Where they think they will move when they drag Texas down, I don’t know.

Would someone tell him that New York City is a great place to live.  I hear he can get a great deal on a condo there.

I am starting to wish I had moved to South Dakota.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-193: Dated Vision

We refer to 20/20 as having perfect vision.  It means we can see reality at normal distances.

I saw a meme talking about 20/20 become a reference for going crazy.  Might I suggest that it could also turn out to being the year that people woke up, put on their reality glasses, and began to see reality.  I apologize for the misuse of the word “woke”.

In order to put on your reality glasses you will need to take off your rose tinted lenses.  You need to accept the fact that these are not just idealistic youth out protesting injustice.  They are Social Justice Warriors out to destroy your way of life.  They may be too naive to realize that it will also ruin their way of life but you can’t help that.  You need to realize that appeasement does not work.  It didn’t work for Neville Chamberlain, it didn’t work for Hezekiah, it didn’t work for the liberals in Seattle and Minneapolis.  It will not work for you.

Remember some of the basic differences between you and the rioters.  You want to build.  They want to destroy.  You work and pay your own bills.  If they have a job it is minimum wage and very temporary.  They expect someone else to pay the bills.  They own nothing and want what you have so they can destroy it.  They are barbarians.  Remember that a common activity for barbarians is destroying great works of art and burning libraries.  They are starting with our statues and drooling over your home.

If you can’t see it, get your eyes checked.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Opus 2020-192: Exxon Skins?

I keep reading about how the Washington Redskins are looking for a new name.  I read about a lot of suggestions.  I don’t have a name but I have a suggestion.

If my memory serves me correctly what is now the Exxon Corporation came up with that new name after a long search for a word that had no negative connotations in any language.  I might suggest that the owners of the Washington Football Team contact the CEO of Exxon and see if they can have access to the list.  Maybe they can choose the number two name and save a lot of time.

Just a suggestion.  Unless they publish the results on one of the blogs I read, I may never know.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-191: On the Street: Truth in Advertising

As I was driving along the highway I saw one of those electronic billboard signs and it was giving the message, “If my people will pray...”, “I will heal their land, (II Chron. 7:14)”.  It is a good message and needs to be repeated but it needs to be repeated as a complete statement.  As presented it gives a false impression of whom God is and how He works.  He is not a vending machine that accepts our quarters and gives us a prize.

Here is the complete verse.
(2Ch 7:14 KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Notice a couple of things.  First, this is not addressed as a cure-all for everyone driving by.  It specifically is addressed to “my people”.  When it was written that meant the children of Abraham which we would call the Jews today.  Most Christians would extend the coverage to devout believers in Jesus also.  So if you are a garden variety pagan, you might make a great neighbor and even a member of the school board but this promise of God is not a promise to you.  When we first moved to Texas I could not walk into any library and check out a book.  I had to apply for the card first.  And the card was not good at other libraries. 

Second is a series of things.  Notice the expectations of those to whom this applies:  Humbling, prayer, seeking and the one no one wants to hear.  That which often remains nameless is repentance.  Repentance is defined in this verse.  It means turning from your wicked ways.

Then God will hear.  Then God will forgive.  Then God will heal. 

If you are a pagan or a pseudo-Christian then, sorry, this is not a promise for you.  However the good news is that if God heals the land of the believer and you live next door, there will be some great side effects. 

So if you are a serious Christian, get with the program.  If you are a pagan, encourage them to get with the program.  After all, what have you got to lose?

homo unius libri

Friday, July 24, 2020

Opus 2020-190: The Mystery of Blue

My wife and I are having a disagreement about New York City.  She has this strange idea that the people of New York have had their eyes opened to the incompetence of their mayor and that the next time they can vote they will clean house.

I say, no way.  New York is full of two extremes.  On the bottom of the economic level you have those who believe they deserve everything and that the government will get it for them.  They are locked into the welfare system and life is good for them.  Why work when you can get all the free stuff?

At the other end you have the Progressives*.  They tend to be the rich who feel that when it all comes tumbling down they will be left on top of the heap telling the less worthy how to live their lives.  They really believe that they are better than anyone else.  They read the fantasy in the New York Times and wonder why we don’t believe a thing it says.  It must be right because it expresses their view of the world.

Both have something tattooed on the inside of their eyelids:  Orange Man Bad.

There may be a few who will change the way they vote but it won’t be enough to make a difference.  Why they stay is a mystery to me.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc)

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Opus 2020-189: On the Street: A Yard Measure

I am getting back into walking.  Between hip pain and toddler care my mornings were lacking exercise.  The doctor said the hip was just arthritis and the grandchild has gone back to Japan.  So I am working up my walking again.  That gives me time to think and one of the things I noticed was something obvious:  Texas yards are not like California yards. 

For those of you who have not had the advantage of seeing a socialist paradise grow out of a golden state, let me tell you what California yards were like before the water shortage made brown the new green.  California yards were small, green and neat.  We used to have a guy who would hit us twice a month for about $50.  Here in Texas they want $140 for one pass.

That is one reason why a Texas lawn is different.  When my yard starts looking like a wheat field half way through the season, I start to think about mowing it.  We are in hill country and there are some people around us who never mow most of their “lawn”.  The guy across from us has a California lawn but he is rich.  Most of us have clumps of wild plants with a lot of rocks peeking through.  It looks natural.  I like it. 

Now that we are in the hot and dry season I don’t need to worry about it too much.  A lot of what was sticking up a few weeks ago is withering.  If we see something that looks green and growing we worry about a leak in the pipes. 

Just another reason to like Texas.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Opus 2020-188: Should-a-Beens: Name that Virus

If you are old enough you remember a TV show called Name that Tune.  I think it is time for us to come up with something to rename the Covid-19 virus.  Since the SJW snowflakes won’t let us mention where it came from we can’t use Wuhan Virus or, my favorite, Fung Flu.

So lets put on our thinking caps and have a little fun.

Boogie man virus:  Everyone is afraid and he is everywhere.  Similar to the Chicken Man Virus.

Monster under the bed virus:  You can never actually see it, but you know it is there.  You know that if you do the wrong thing, like drape your hand over the side of the bed, it will get you.  Wear a glove to bed.  It might protect you.

Cooties:  Dilbert has been talking about Cooties.  He is diagnosed with having them because he does not believe they exist.

Orange Man Bad Virus:  It is obviously Trumps fault.

Slight of Hand virus:  I will distract you with Fake News on the right while I take away your freedom on the left. 

I can come up with others:  Bait and Switch virus, In your dreams virus, “Squirrel!” virus, Fat Free virus (sugar, gluten, salt, peanut).  I hope that cooties don’t have any support groups.

homo unius libri