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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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

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

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Opus 2020-291: Headlines: The Palms of David

I didn’t bother listening to the video but I understand that devout Catholic Joe Biden called the book of Psalms the book of Palms.  That probably makes him as good a Catholic as the Pope.  He has been mocked for this.

If you plug in your memory module you may remember when Donald Trump called II Corinthians, “Two Corinthians” and was mocked for that.  The difference is that there are a lot of well educated people in the world who say it that way.  This is true specifically in Scotland.

Mocking Donald Trump often shows your ignorance.  Joe Biden is mocked for his real ignorance.  If you voted for Joe you might want to think about that.

homo unius libri

Friday, November 27, 2020

Opus 2020-290: The Elderly Wasteland

I am still away from home.  When I travel I end up listening to the radio and watching TV more than is normal for me.  As a general rule it is as bad as I remember.

Commercials tend to ignite the flames of scepticism in me.  I hate being deceived but I resent even more being thought stupid.  I am seeing a lot of commercials dealing with Medicare.  That is because we are in the period when people can change their coverage without penalty.  The gross exaggerations fly fast and thick.  People forget that nothing is free.

I also am mystified at the people I see.  The ad executives seem to go back through old news reels looking for big names and checking to see if they are still alive.  The one that got my attention the other day was Joe Namath.

I don’t know if anyone under 40 knows who Joe Namath is or was.  I asked my son and he had no clue.  For those who never followed sports he was a quarterback in college and professional football.  He was good enough to make it into the Hall of Fame.  I have no idea if he deserved it or not.  What most people will remember about Broadway Joe was his loose life style.  Today it would be tame but back then he was a wild and crazy dude.  

Now he is selling Medicare insurance.  I wish him luck but his endorsement means nothing to me.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-289: Election 2020: Going for the Jugular

We need to keep reminding ourselves that this is not just another election.  The Progressives* are not out just to win in 2020.  At the core of their movement there is a commitment to destroy the America that has brought liberty, opportunity and security to millions.  They really do want a socialist state with every one of us peasants walking in lock step.

We have seen the mask mandate.  We are still in it and if Biden prevails he is promising to make it a federal mandate.

They are going after our traditions.  How many governors and mayors have now declared that we should not celebrate Thanksgiving?  Do you really think that Christmas and Easter will be allowed to go on?

They have gone a long way toward shutting down our churches.  

They have made the democratic processes of our republic into a joke.

They are driving law abiding citizens to have nothing but contempt for the legal process.  Deep state, bought and paid for, DA’s and judges have been letting violent criminals walk free with little or no bail.  That is when they can be bothered to arrest them in the first place.  At the same time they are threatening you if you dare to have too many people in your house for any kind of family activity.

They, the Progressives, are going for the gold.  They have been working and planning for decades.  They have taken over education, the media and the churches.  We, the people, have been asleep at the wheel.  It is time to wake up and start being vocal before they mandate that out of existence.  For many of us that may mean starting to attend church business meetings and speaking up.  I hope you had some great conversations at your Thanksgiving celebration.  I hope you had a Thanksgiving celebration.

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

homo unius libri

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Opus 2020-288: On a More Positive Note

In spite of my last post I am filled with gratitude.  I don’t wait until the last Thursday in November to be thankful.  It is part of my morning routine every day.  I have mentioned it in the past.  Providence trumps politics.  I believe that.

One of the realities of thanks is that it is not dependent on today’s situation.  It is based on an eternal view of life.  It is rooted in a fear of the Lord that accepts that His ways are mysterious.  It is based on faith, not only for salvation but for the daily walk.

Down through history there have been times of persecution and suffering.  It is in those times that people are reminded that their destiny does not depend on the favor of the king but the grace of the King.  The censors may remove Thanksgiving from the Calendar but they can never remove it from the hearts of believers.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Rejoice.  Be glad.  Be thankful.  Read the Book and find out who wins.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-287: Thanksgiving Coup

We have a major coup going on.  I don’t refer to the one against that president.  That is old news going back four years.  I refer to the coup against Thanksgiving.

This attempt to get rid of Thanksgiving did not start with edicts by governors across the nation.  That is just the latest stage.  It began back before Halloween.  You may not have noticed but the stores generally jumped over Thanksgiving and started with the Christmas offerings before October 31.  There were a few napkins and such but Thanksgiving was pretty much ignored.

The reason is that Thanksgiving is hard to have without an innocent at dinner wondering who or what we are supposed to be thanking.  That is an embarrassing question in a culture that rejects creation and embraces evolutionary chance.  It is kind of silly to be thankful when there is no one to thank.  For the tree hugger crowd I guess they can thank Gaia and I remember stories where an Indian who shot a deer would thank the deer for giving its life but that is not quite what we are talking about.

Rejecting Thanksgiving means rejecting the traditional picture of Pilgrims who came to the new world to worship as they chose.  It ignores repeated calls by presidents for a nation to be thankful to, drum roll please, God.  It is necessary for a group of secularists who want to make man the measure of all things and who assume they are the best men to measure.  It reminds us that the government, in all its wisdom, is better at shielding us from a virus than Almighty God.

So for Thanksgiving you are to be like Little Jack Horner and when you eat your pie by yourself you are to remind yourself of what a good boy you are.  

One reason the Progressives* are willing to move on to Christmas is that they have been neutering it for years.  They have been banning nativity scenes, Christmas plays and genuine carols for years.  They have that well in hand.

So for those of you who know whom you are thanking this year I encourage you to rejoice in the day and celebrate Thanksgiving to God.  Next year it may be removed from the calendars.

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

homo unius libri

Monday, November 23, 2020

Opus 2020-286: Memory Aid

I am beginning to take names and make a list.  I am not Santa Claus.  I am an old man with a failing memory and, like most conservatives, willing to be understanding and forgiving.  While I must maintain a certain Christian attitude, I do not need to continue to be like Charlie Brown kicking the football.

We have all been told over and over that there is no difference between the Republican and Democrat parties.  In one sense that is ridiculous.  There are numerous issues that they differ on:  Abortion, taxes, Israel, China, the Second Amendment, God (really), whether America is good or bad, identity politics, and the definition of the family.  If I wanted to search I could find many more.  There is a difference.

At the same time there is a core of similarities.  Just as a beagle and a lab are totally different animals, you would have to admit that both are dogs.  We had a beagle and got rid of it as soon as possible.  Our lab became a part of the family.  The same is true of the two parties.  There are core ideas that make them the same.  There are groups that control both that would sell their soul for power and their mother for reelection.  A large group of Republicans are genuine RINO’s.  They are government-first clones that somehow ran on lies and have continued to serve on lies.

My list is generally going to be for my use.  It won’t focus on politicians but they will be included.  My main concern is the sources I have been using to get my news.  I am seeing a disturbing trend of people who claim to be genuine conservatives abandoning the president in the typical Republican way.  They still seem to think that if they are nice to the Democrats they will be left alone.  What will really happen is they will become disseminators of pollution.  They will try to ride on past laurels as they sneak poison into the minds of faithful readers.  We saw it happen with the Drudge Report.  I stopped going to the site during the first Trump campaign when it became obvious Drudge had gone to the dark side.  One that people are noticing now is Fox news.  I stopped paying attention to their opinions at least a year ago.  The degeneration is spreading.

So I will begin to note who is saying things like “there is no evidence of a stolen election” or calling on Trump to concede.  I am just one voice but I refuse to turn my mind off when we have had a chance to make America great again and the pontiffs jump ship.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-285: If We Can Keep It

Most are familiar with the response of Benjamin Franklin when asked what kind of government we have.  He did not say “A Democracy.”  He said, “A Republic,” and added “if you can keep it.”  We are on the verge, if not already over the edge of not keeping it.

Might I suggest that we need to come to a new understanding of the rule of law.  You have all heard the saying, stated many ways, that sometimes goes as “You don’t fight with the army you want, you fight with the army you have.”  I think it is time to start fighting with the laws we have.  By that I don’t mean the laws on the books but the laws actually being followed.  

My circle used to play a card game called Rook.  It is a real game with a commercially manufactured deck of cards.  The thing is we never played the game that was in the rule book.  I don’t know who made the changes but we called it Nazarene Rook.  Before you started the game you also had to agree on certain details.  Was the Rook high, low or worth 10 ½?  Did the cards in the kitty go with the most hands or the final hand?  We got to the point where we would call our brand “Point Loma Rules.”  As long as we agreed on the way we played we had a good time.

We need to do that with the law of the land.  The rules we play by need to be defined by what is actually allowed by law enforcement and the courts.  That means that elections are no longer based on a fair counting but on whom can be most creative in cheating.  It means that instead of expecting people to honor their duty we need to have teams of goons to threaten them and their children.  It also means that we are free to form gangs to attack people on the other side just because they need a reminder we are serious.

Those seem to be the rules.  

Can we keep our republic under that understanding of the rule of law?  Probably not but the way things are going we will soon substitute “banana” for “federal” as the adjective.  

homo unius libri

Friday, November 20, 2020

Opus 2020-284: On the Street: Sour Dough

We are currently in the Williamsburg area of Virginia.  My wife believes all the flyers we get for restaurants so we went out to an amazing place for breakfast.  She asked me how I liked my choice and I asked, “A fried egg is a fried egg.  It is really good because I don’t usually have a chance to have fried eggs, but it is still a fried egg.”  She disagreed but that is to be expected.  

As usual I had to make decisions.  I asked if the grits were good and got a puzzled look.  After a few questions we worked that out.  Then I asked for sour dough.  The waitress then asked me what kind of toast I wanted.  I was confused until it dawned on me I was in a state that had voted for Biden.  The confusion was clarified when I found out the waitress had never heard of sour dough bread.  I went with wheat and told her she needed to get out of Virginia.  She agreed.

We were not in some backwoods, isolated diner.  We were in the middle of a bustling tourist and retirement area.  The waitress had never heard of sour dough bread.  I should have expected it because the lady who seated us was totally on board with the governor mandating masks.  It seems that she has been led to believe that Virginia is one of the safest places in the country because of the lock downs.  When I started talking about facts she shared that she was not interested in how many deaths there were it was the number of cases that was important.

CNN strikes again.

This is part of the reason why I don’t urge people to vote anymore.

homo unius libri

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Opus 2020-283: On the Street: Virginia Is Not for Lovers Any More

Virginia is obviously run by Democrats.  They are doing everything they can to milk the tourist trade.  One of the great surprises for us was the sales tax for breakfast.  In addition to the state tax of 7% there was an additional 4% for eating out.  

I can testify to the 11% because we just paid it.  The internet is a bit confused.  Google tells me that the tax at most locations is 5.3%.  Then why does it also say it is 7%?  Then they add that groceries for home use pays a “reduced” rate of 2.5%.  Amazing.  Even California does not tax the food you take home to feed your children.

It turns out that we were lucky we did not eat in Hampton.  According to Google, and you know how reliable that is, Hampton adds 7.5% to the bill making a whopping 14.5% tax on your meal.  You have to be seriously bored to eat out in Virginia.  

Virginia is not for lovers anymore unless you mean lovers of taxes.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-282: Overlooked Consequences

We read a lot about the disasters that are waiting to happen if Biden wins this election.  We know that the criminals who tried to drag President Trump down will walk away laughing.  We know the ingrained criminals that are manipulating our elections will be emboldened.  Most of what I am reading is serious but most of it focuses on the United States.

I think we need to think about what it will mean to the world also.

The Middle East will return to blood and bombs if Biden is sworn in.  I have heard concern about Iran but little about the extraordinary progress Trump has achieved in bringing Israel together with Muslim countries.  The last count I had was four new countries recognizing Israel.  Biden will do anything he can to turn the clock back.  This will be disaster for the world.

NATO has been forced to grow up and ante up.  Trump has forced them to start moving toward paying their own way.  Poland feels supported.  Ukraine has been getting the aid it needs.  Russia has been restrained.  Assume that will all go belly up if Biden and his minders come to power.

The Chinese will bring about war and bloodshed or simply take over in Southeast Asia with no one standing up to them.  Taiwan is in their sights.  Hong Kong’s protestors will be destroyed.  Korea may become a battle zone again.  I can see dangerous things happening in the world of Japan.  Move a little south and west and we could have open war between India and China.  From what we can see the Bidens will become even richer as they sell Asia to the Chicoms.

As much as I am worried about the future of my grandchildren, this is not just about us.  Trump fights to make America great again but he also works to make the world a better place to live.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Opus 2020-281: CNN, Fox and Pigs

Did you ever think that you would see Constitutionalist conservatives celebrating the success of CNN, the original Fake News Network?  

Evidently the latest report puts CNN ahead of Fox in the ratings.  Since America lovers have been turning away from Fox for months now this is a vindication.  The Wallace/Trump and the Arizona call for Biden seemed to wake a lot of people up to what has been going on for a long time.  Fox is drifting to the left, or rather they were drifting.  It seems now they are in a mad rush.

People have stopped watching Fox.  Whether the CNN numbers are an increase or the change is strictly a decline in Fox I don’t care enough to look into.  If they left Fox to tune into CNN then it obviously is not a move based on principle and discernment, but it will cut into the income at Fox.  The Murdock son running the network may be so committed to destroying the country that he doesn’t care.  He may have a secret stash coming from the Deep State.  He also may be a capitalist at heart and try to correct the suicide of the fox.  It will take a long time to rebuild confidence.

Meanwhile conservatives cheer for CNN.

Maybe next we will see pigs fly.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-280: On the Street: Virginia Secedes

I respectfully submit that Virginia is no longer a part of the South.  I will concede that we are spending our time in the Williamsburg area which might not be representative but I can see how this area is a Democrat dream come true.  We passed one fellow who was out taking a brisk walk in a nature area.  He was dutifully wearing his mask to keep us all safe.  Or maybe he was worried about catching something from the trees for grass.  Either way the Democrat governor had instilled enough fear into him that he felt a need to comply.  We went to a Trader Joe’s because we were familiar with their products and the grocery stores around us all have names involving the earth or environment.  We were told we could not approach the cashier until all our items were rung up and totaled.  That is a new one on us.  It seems that the virus cannot be transmitted when money is changing hands but is dangerous when groceries are being moved.  Maybe the key is to carry a dollar bill stuck up our nose.

Taxes are unreal but I will write about that somewhere else.

Driving around here is like living in one of those European style developments where the businesses are on the ground floor and apartments are above them.  It is all very well kept up and expensive.  Signs for the businesses are small and blend in with the decor.  If you don’t know your coffee bar is there you drive right by it.  Everything is zoned up the wazoo.  And I would imagine that there is a special wazoo tax.

Gas is significantly higher than any other state we have been in.  

They need to turn in their Southerner Card.  They have become an extension of the damn Yankees.

homo unius libri

Monday, November 16, 2020

Opus 2020-279: On the Street: Trigger Warning

The cancel culture needs to wake up.  The breakfast place we went to had seditious place mats.  In the upper right hand corner was a list of all the Presidents who had been born in Virginia.  I had no trouble with that but a Progressive* might.  I can’t remember all the names but I know the first three at least had been slave owners.  We can’t have this kind of patriotism.  

I would advise them to get new place mats before BLM and Antifa find out.  They might arrive some morning to find a pile of ashes instead of a successful breakfast restaurant.  It would not matter to them that the entire staff seemed to be black, which I assume means that the restaurant might be owned by black Americans.

I can always claim that I had been there before they became a blip in the history of arson.

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

homo unius libri

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Opus 2020-278: Levels of Liberty

America has just about every type of topography you could ask for and some you wouldn’t.  The people are different too.  It is interesting to see how they respond to the government overreach for the China virus.  My observations only cover a part of the South but I would imagine the principles can be applied everywhere.  Everywhere we go there are signs up demanding compliance with face masks.  Some places you see most people covered.  Other places they just ignore the signs and get on with life.  I am surprised to see that the people of Alabama are more willing to ignore the government mandate than the assumed rebels of Texas.  Americans are trying to get on with their lives.  The government goons are trying to bring us to heal.  The timid sheep are so full of fear that they actually believe there is a plague and the State is going to keep them safe.

It ain’t gonna happen.  The government does not want you safe, it wants you compliant.  If you go online away from the MSM sources you have come across the Fauci expectation:  We need to do what we are told.  I don’t know about you but that probably stopped in my teen age years and definitely got ignored after I turned 21.  Even getting drafted, going to Vietnam and spending one year, seven months and four days in the military didn’t drive the resistance to being controlled out of my system.  

If you are living in an area where the jack boots are stomping mandatory masking into your life you need to realize that it is not that way everywhere.  There are states where the people are still practicing their freedom and living their lives.  There are states like Texas where the response is mixed and the political leaders are going to have a serious wake up call in two years if they don’t back down.  Of course we have the Democrat swamps like California, New York and Virginia.  If you live there I would suggest that you start with local elections like city councils, sheriff, school boards, municipal judges and library boards and start working to clean house.  

The longer we wait the harder it will be to preserve “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”.  In case you don’t recognize that it is from the Preamble to the Constitution.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-277: On the Street: America Is Latin for Diverse

I am on the road.  It is interesting to see America in the midst of the health panic and political crisis.  It is still America but I wonder if it will be for long.

A road trip is a good way to remember how and why I love this place so much.  America is big and it is full of variety.  It took us a day to drive half way across Texas and a little ways into Louisiana.  The next day we were in three states.  The next day we hit four.  Texas is a big place with a lot of variety.  While just in Texas we went from the semi-arid areas around San Antonio and to the swamps in the east.  

America is huge and people who get out of town realize that.  One of the things I noticed about the students I taught was that they never left the metropolitan area of Southern California except for a quick run to Las Vegas or a trip home to Mexico.  The Progressives* take advantage of this limited living to sell things like overpopulation and deforestation.  People who live in the densely populated areas of the country think we are crowded.  Even the ones who have driven over the vast empty spaces on the way to Vegas seem to have been on Facebook the entire way and didn’t notice the lack of people.

Relax folks.  We will not run out of room and we will not run out of trees.  The funny thing about trees is that they keep growing back.

What a wonderful country, or at least it used to be.  That could all change if Biden manages to steal this election.

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

homo unius libri

Monday, November 9, 2020

Opus 2020-276: Be Careful What You Wish For

The Supreme Nine are back up to strength.  As of now that seems to be something to rejoice about.  Barrett is as close as humanly possible to what we want in a Supreme Court Justice.

But we need to gird our loins for what is to come.

The fear, of course, is that she will join the drift to the left.  How many times have we thought we had a true believer in the Constitution only to have them move left.  It could happen again.  That is why I only put a limited amount of confidence in government agencies.  With the election results the concern is real.  Sin in real.  Sin is seductive.  In Star Wars terminology, the dark side has a lot of attraction.

The caution is that we don’t get into the “die heretic” mode.  Conservatives have a tendency to be so focused on their primary goals that they throw anyone under the bus if they are not in total agreement.  If you are old enough to vote you have at least begun to understand that no one will agree with you totally.  I have already heard people expressing concern that she will be too “rigid”.  If it comes to following the law and having a strict interpretation of the Constitution, then I can live with rigid.  

What we often mean by “rigid” is that the person will not have the nuances that we have.  We tend to be people of principle except in those few areas that concern us.  Thus everyone will agree that Social Security is in trouble but they don’t want any solutions that will cost them money.  Everyone is willing to cut the budget as long as their line items are not eliminated.  On the left we have all those people willing to raise taxes on the rich because they don’t realize that the Progressives* define the “rich” in third world terms.  If you have air conditioning and flush toilets, you are rich.

So get ready to be disappointed.  I hope we are disappointed because she is rigid.  We need a little bit of backbone in our view of the law.

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

homo unius libri

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Opus 2020-275: Crickets

I am not a big reader of Max Lucado.  I have now read two of his books and in another ten years I might be ready for another.  In my latest, In the Grip of Grace he writes an analogy using a cricket.  He was picturing how a cricket that he had seen in the church sanctuary would view the world.  At one point he wrote,

“Perhaps the best question is, who does a cricket worship?  Does he acknowledge that there was a hand behind the building....Does he assume that since he has never seen the builder there was no builder?” p. 26, emphasis in original
He then goes on to make an application to human beings and the large group that deny God.  He calls them hedonists.  I never thought of the word in that way, but there it is.

The way these people deny God is not by saying no gods exist.  The problem is they cannot envision God.  When I say they can’t envision God, I don’t mean they can’t imagine a god.  They are good at that, but man-imagined gods tend to be limited by our vision.  As a general rule pagan gods are just people on steroids.  What they can’t comprehend is the God of the Bible.

I say this after reading a lot of science fiction/fantasy where people try all their ideas about gods.  Most of the results are little more than entities with strange powers and weird ideas about right and wrong.  They can be injured and even die.  Usually, if you read carefully, you find that they are the kind of being that the author would become if they had the ability to morph.  All of their fantasies get played out.

We saw this in ancient Greek and Roman mythology.  The gods were just spoiled children in adult bodies with some kind of super power.  They bickered and got involved sexually with anything that caught their eye.  They lied and cheated.  They were a lot like politicians today.

The God of the Bible is almost beyond our comprehension.  What do I mean, “He is beyond our comprehension”?  We cannot understand infinity, let alone holiness.  We cannot understand the kind of love that is driven toward the incarnation and the cross.  I have not been able to find the quote so I will paraphrase and make no accusations of the writer but a Christian who was a scientist said that the thing that drew him to the God of the Bible was the way in which understanding Him required a grasp of multi-dimensional space and even that wasn’t enough.  He said that in his dipping into other religions he found no ideas that were big enough to come from beyond the human mind but the Bible was different.

I worship a God that is so far beyond me that He has no problem balancing the creation of the universe with being aware of my every thought.  He is God, not a human construct.

Lucado, Max.  In the Grip of Grace.  Dallas:  Word Publishing, 1996.

homo unius libri

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Opus 2020-274: Coyote Clicks

I am still puzzled that anyone who knows which way to turn the steering wheel for a left turn would vote for Joe Biden.  I would wonder the same way for a devout Catholic who votes for the party of abortion or a hunter who backs a Democrat.  A recent bit of humor did give me a clue, one that I have been rejecting.

I am coming to believe that they are just stupid.  What convinced me?  Coyotes.

I hope you have been getting smiles out of the memes produced to reflect the broadcasted ignorance of the left at the comment by President Trump about coyotes bringing children across the border.  They actually believed he was referring to four footed canines.  I know it is hard to believe, but there it is.

When someone says something that causes cognitive dissonance in my mind I will spend a little bit of time doing research.  So I decided to see what they would see if they Googled “coyote”.  It seems that Google is just as confused as the average liberal.  I got an entire page of references, all about the animal.  I told myself that can’t be it and kept looking.  Finally, down at the bottom, over on the right I saw a tag for Coyote, person.  I clicked and there it was.
“Colloquially, a coyote (this usage originating from Mexican Spanish) is a person paid by migrants to illegally guide or assist them (migrant smuggling) across the U.S — Mexico border.”
I guess there are a lot of people who never take that second click.

It has been good for a lot of laughs but it explains why they don’t understand things like “shall not be infringed”.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Opus 2020-273: Whither Privilege?, part 6 of 6

Let me explain to you what my white privilege consists of.  The earliest particle of my white privilege comes in my DNA.  I inherited a unique personhood based on the physical contributions of my father and mother.  I had nothing to say about it.  The next big contribution was the example and training coming from my parents.  What did they demonstrate?  Hard work, honesty, self-sacrifice, love of God, the list could go on.  I had the privilege of having a father who worked with his hands and had a need to be self-employed.  I had the privilege of getting up before school to push a wheelbarrow of concrete he was having delivered.  I had the privilege of always having a job if I could not find anything better.  I had the privilege of watching my father be penalized financially because he insisted on giving fair value.  I had the privilege of watching him love my mother and work six days a week to support his children.  

I also had the privilege of having him force me to get up on Sunday morning and go to church.  He didn’t cram it down out throats.  There were special days we would sneak out to the car after Sunday School and go for a long drive.  Because of that I had the privilege of coming to know God the Father through Jesus the Son.  I had the privilege of listening to some great preachers, sitting under great teachers and being surrounded by friends who were worthy.  Most of all I had parents who modeled it.

You might ask where the “white privilege is”.  Glad you asked.  Notice that everything I mentioned is available to people of every color and nationality.  My biggest privilege is knowing that and knowing not to blame everyone else for my success and failure.  Success in America used to be available to anyone who would keep working for it.  Were there barriers?  Yes.  Is there discrimination?  Of course.  Does that mean you cannot prosper and do well?  Not unless the Progressives* manage to brainwash you into being a victim.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-272: Whither Privilege?, part 5 of 6

What concepts do the prosperous areas of the world embrace?  One is the idea that all men are created equal.  The Bible has kings and class structures but it also says that all are equal before God.  How about what has become called the Protestant Work Ethic?  It is in the Bible that everyone could now read.  One of the constant conversations I have with people is “What are you?”  Recently our painter told me he was Mexican.  I asked him where he was born and when he said in Texas I told him he was an American, not a Mexican.  The strange idea we have in this country is that you are not a member of an ethnic group, you are the embracer of an idea.

The maturing Christian view of God led to the acceptance of the scientific method and the Renaissance that went along with it.  Advances in the technology of sailing ships and firearms made the philosophy and religion of Europe overpowering around the world.  Non-European areas of the world hired the Irish, Scots, Germans and anyone else to come and teach them how to do things the European way.  It was successful because it made them stronger.  It is not white privilege when anyone can have access, it is human privilege.

To be continued...

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Opus 2020-271: Whither Privilege?, part 4 of 6

Monotheism was a big step forward for civilization.  Instead of everything being caused by a disgruntled gremlin or a sexually frustrated Zeus you could count on the consistent behavior of the wind and waves.  There was room for miracles and God moving outside the rules but you could count on water always running down hill and the pot getting hot when put on the fire.  Superstition became something to mock instead of the guiding force of life.  You might still knock on wood or not step on a crack but you knew it was childish.

This intellectual wealth matured under the spread of books and the thinking that went along with it.  The first book printed with movable type was the Bible.  Now people could read it and make up their own mind.  This led to the multiple denominations of the Protestant Reformation and even forced the Catholic church to rethink a lot of policies.  If you examine a few dividing lines you see that the prosperity on one side is much higher than the other.  Draw a line between Christian Europe and the rest of the world and you see the difference.  Draw a line between the Protestant areas of Europe and the Catholic realms and you see the same difference.  

This is the religious aspect of privilege.  What you think and what you believe makes a difference.  

To be continued...

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Opus 2020-270: Whither Privilege, Interlude

This morning I had a brief time span of Grandparent Privilege.  My granddaughter was asleep.  My daughter was trying to get a shower.  My wife was asleep.  I had the boy.  My grandson is about nine months old and quite mobile.  I was able to watch and interact with him without interruptions.  It was a glorious time.

My first response was thanksgiving.   I know it is a month early but I have so much to be thankful for that I start the day after the feast.  When the world goes shopping, I start thanking.

Then I got to thinking about what a blessing the boy had by having me as a grandfather.  I guess I would include the rest of the family because I am not the one who bought all the toys on the floor or arranged the room and I certainly did not carry him in my womb for nine months.  But I watched him on the floor soaking up the privilege, totally unaware of all that went into giving him a head start in life.  

It is not a matter of race.  Any child can reap the benefit of investment by parents and grandparents.  The blessing, i.e. privilege, comes from having such people in your life.  If I found myself on my I-Pad or reading a book while he roamed the room, they would be put aside when he turned his attention toward me.  The electronics get put on boring print mode when the young ones come over.  No cartoons or graphics, just articles getting them used to the idea of reading.  That is an important privilege.

I looked at all the toys in the room and realized it isn’t a matter of money.  I saw nothing that was bought for full price by us.  Yard sales, thrift stores, close out racks and hand me downs are the source of everything not received as a gift.  I can’t let me wife go out unsupervised because when she does she brings back boxes of child friendly materials.  Actually it doesn’t do any good to supervise because she just uses me to haul it all to the car.  Fiscal responsibility is an other privilege available to all.  

Children are meant to be a blessing.

(Psa 127:3-5 KJV) Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.  As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Of course an important way to make them a blessing is to be a blessing to them.  Pass on the privilege.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Opus 2020-269: Whither Privilege?, part 3 of 6

White privilege is an idea that might sound like it had traction if you were looking for excuses.  The privilege we had was something other than the color of our skin.  All of the advantages that are associated with white privilege are now freely available to anyone who is willing to work for them.  There are a lot of factors that go into the recipe for privilege but they are the kind of forces that are freely available.

It can’t be whiteness because that is not true historically.  At different times in history you have had people of different ethnic types as being advanced and dominant.  Look at what were called the Cradles of Civilization.  None of them would be classified as white today.  At one point China was the most advanced and powerful nation of the world.  At a later date the Muslim empires dominated the known world.  What we are looking at today is a historical trend that probably began around 1492.  That was the date the Moors were expelled from Spain and Columbus opened up the world to exploration.  Europe has not looked back.

European privilege became a real force.  Modern inventions such as movable type spread the intellectual wealth.  This intellectual wealth was rooted in the past.  The heritage that Christianity had in Judaism had the paradox of an almighty sovereign God which was shared with Islam and the ability to argue with God and the encouragement to think that was not.  There is a lot of false advertising about the intellectual growth of Europe.  The lie is that it was resisted by the Christian faith.  In reality,

“The cosmological pioneers of the scientific revolution (Copernicus, Galileo, Tycho, Kepler, Newton, and others) were all devout men.” Ross, p. 22
And if you heard that the sailors with Columbus were worried about falling off the edge of the world then you need to find a new source of information.  People knew the world was round.  They even had a good idea how big it was.  What the sailors were worried about was running out of water and getting home again when they did not know the ocean currents or wind patterns.

Ross, Hugh.  The Fingerprint of God.  Orange, CA:  Promises Publishing Company, 1989.

To be continued...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Opus 2020-268: Whither Privilege?, part 2 of 6

I have not lived a privileged life.  I don’t know how you define privilege but in my book it has a financial peg.  You are not considered privileged in any meaningful way if you are not wealthy.  I remember vividly the Christmas my brother and I got one toy to share between us.  You would also need to be related to people of influence.  Having an aunt that died an alcoholic does not count.  It might mean being tall, good looking and athletic.  While I am often accused of being tall I keep asking people, “What about good looking?”  They just smile and look away.  In sports I was always the last one to get picked.  

I have, however, lived a blessed life.  As a child we never had health insurance.  On the occasions that we had issues that could not be dealt with by sleep and aspirin we ended up on the county.  I didn’t know it at the time, but looking back that is what I see.  We were privileged to live in a country that had a very real safety net and medical professionals who gave of themselves.  We never had much money but we had library cards.  Of course that only worked because we had been blessed with parents that taught us we had to return the books on time.  We always had plenty to eat even if it meant bread and gravy as a second course.  I loved bread and gravy.  I would stack it up, bread, gravy, bread, gravy, bread....  You get the idea.  I didn’t know it was unprivileged food.

In spite of that I have been blessed.  It wasn’t because I was white.  

To be continued...

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Opus 2020-267: Whither Privilege?, part 1 of 6

When I see the term “white privilege” I don’t know whether to cry or laugh.  It is the kind of a concept that could only be brought up by professional manipulators who know they are dealing with ignorant masses.  It is an obvious attempt to destroy the culture of the West which has produced the greatest amount of freedom from political tyrants in history.  It is a way of thinking that is totally immersed in the evil type of racism that these Progressives* keep accusing whites of radiating.  As most of the declarations from these Marxist elites, it does not stand up to any test involving real facts and the ability to think.  Maybe that is why so many suck it up and spew it out.

White privilege is a fantasy dreamed up by people looking for someone to blame for their failures and shortcomings.  It is a philosophy that was offered as satire in Lake Wobegon Days.  You remember how all the children were above average.  It should not take you long to realize such a thing is impossible.  In case you need a clue let me point out that average means half will be above and half will be below.  It is the philosophy of Karl Marx.  I have heard it translated, “From each according to his ability and to each according to his need.”  Notice there is nothing in that about working harder or delaying your gratification.

To be continued...

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Opus 2020-266: Election 2020: The Big Lies

I missed the first 20 minutes of the debate because they changed the starting time.  Two things stood out to me:  Biden’s lies and the moderator’s attempts to support Biden.  

Biden told so many lies and distorted so many facts that it is hard to pick one out.  Most of them have been emphasized in what I have read but one seems to have been overlooked.  It had to do with the question on minimum wage.  I believe Trump pointed out that when the minimum wage is raised employers lay off workers.  I believe this is well documented as well as common sense.  Biden said it was false.  No one has called him on it and they should.  

The second big lie came from President Trump.  It slipped by, I almost missed it.  In the midst of the kibitzing Trump told the moderator something to the effect of, “You are doing a good job.”  I almost gagged at that.  Maybe compared to the previous moderators, but the pattern was still there.  I noticed that when Trump would fire back at Biden she would always ask the VP if he had a response even when she was pretending they were running out of time.  I don’t remember her ever doing that to Trump.  He was forced to demand to be heard.

Both men should be ashamed of themselves.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Opus 2020-265: There’s the Problem

I was on a Zoom meeting with a bunch of old guys.  One of the questions we were throwing around was how people could do the things they do.  Look at the media types that blatantly lie about everything and still go home and sleep at night.  Watch Nancy, Chuck and Adam set out to manipulate the political process and they still get reelected.  No one seems to have an understanding of why.

It is simple:  Evil.

We as Americans have lived in a sheltered world.  The warlords of history have walked softly around us because our robust republic was anchored in Biblical values.  Even people who did not believe in the God of the Bible were willing to stick in the ballpark with the values it taught.  That has been withering for years and we are seeing that we are returning to the days of early Israel:

(Jdg 17:6 KJV) In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
People today all want to do their own thing.  Church attenders reject the parts of the teaching that limits their self gratification.  People have turned away from God.  The book of Proverbs tells us what is motivating them.
(Pro 4:16-17 KJV) For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
When you watch the talking heads on TV and listen to them on the radio remember that they are only going to be happy when they drag you down.  This is what goes on in the riots we see being portrayed as peaceful protests.  They steal what they can carry and destroy what they can’t.  The object is to ruin everyone else and then go back to their lair and party.  Tomorrow there will be new victims.

They thrive on it.  It is called evil and it is rampant in our society.  The question is are there enough good people left to sway things right.

Let’s hope so.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Opus 2020-264: Progressive* Education, part 2 of 2

The San Diego School Board made it even more clear that they had no idea what the students are like.

“Academic grades will now focus on mastery of the material, not a yearly average, which board members say penalizes students who get a slow start, or who struggle at points throughout the year.”
I could have done that.  I could have based all of my grades on tests or other tools that showed the student knew something.  If I did that I would have been forced to fail almost everyone.  In my early years of teaching I gave tests with 100 questions.  The first four questions were, I kid you not:  What is your first name?  What is your last name?  What is the date? (Which was on the board), What period is this?  What chapter is this covering? (It was on the top of the test).  I had students who got only four questions right on the entire test.

The idea of mastering the material sounds good but you need to realize that during the days of Common Core we had high paid consultants coming in to help us excel.  One of their suggestions was to lower the passing grade to 20%.  Yes, that is not a misprint.  They wanted us to consider mastery as two in ten.  The sad part is I would still have to fail many students at that level.

I am sorry, but these kids are not going to master much of anything except thinking up excuses to get out and walk the halls.  They have no reason to work at learning.  By the time I got them in eighth grade they already understood that they were going on to the ninth grade no matter what they did.  They knew that there were no standards that would be kept in place to make them perform.  I used to have a line, “Where else can you go that you can harass adults all day, do what you want and pay not price for your behavior?”  I was not joking.

They are not through.  They are still investigating the corners of Fantasy Land,
“After Patterson expressed concerns at this week’s meeting, the board will also review potential student disparities stemming from its zero-tolerance disciplinary policy on cheating in the coming weeks.”
Patterson is a member of the board who is a high school student.  The “disparities” they are talking about must be that more of their target demographic was being caught cheating than in the other groups.  The solution is to allow cheating.  

Before you write it off as something from Crazy California I would suggest that this same kind of thinking is going on in a school near you.  These are your future Antifa members.

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

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Opus 2020-263: Progressive* Education, part 1 of 2

As an ex-teacher who enjoyed the students I worked with but still held them accountable, I find it painful to read about the foolishness that is going on as public schools try to find a way to pass students who will do nothing.  Usually I skip over articles about education but this one linked from Instapundit hit me with both education and the self-destruction that is going on in California.

The post linked to the NBC affiliate in San Diego and the spin involved a school board making changes to combat racism.  It sounds so noble but the problem they are combating is not racism in the classroom but the perpetual Progressive* racism which thinks minorities are too inferior to compete.  Their answer to everything is to lower the standards.  It makes them feel good and makes success less likely for their victims.  

When I was teaching I put in place a lot of measures that made it possible for anyone to succeed if they were willing to try.  Most teachers I knew had their methods of doing the same.  I can honestly say that no teacher ever failed a student who was really trying.  Almost everything I did would be outlawed by these school board policies and I would end up failing more students than ever.  Let me give you a few examples.  I assume you would be too depressed to read the nonsense in the article.

When you consider that many of the students I received in 8th grade could not read on grade level or write a complete sentence, one of the things I did was give a lot of credit for trying.  So if I had a student who had been shortchanged for years by developing no skills, they could still pass with a consistent effort.  The San Diego School board would take that away from me.

“... teachers can no longer consider non-material factors when grading. Things like turning work in on time and classroom behavior will now instead count towards a student's citizenship grade, not their academic grade.”
While academic skills are important so is the ability to be on time and to know how to behave in a social setting.  I agree it is important to citizenship but until the citizenship grade becomes part of the requirement for passing a class it will not matter.  Picture trying to get a job if you can’t show up on time or get along with anyone else.

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

To be concluded...

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Opus 2020-262: Election 2024: Platform, Regulate the Regulations

One of the accomplishments of President Trump is in the area of regulations.  He has been reducing them at a brisk pace.  We need to speed the process.  We need to make it unnecessary.  We can approach it a few ways.

Sundown all regulations.  This would be simple to legislate either with a final paragraph required for each bill or a general bill passed separately.

Get congress to do its job.  End all regulations not specifically approved by legislation.  This would require our elected officials to actually read the bills.  It would hold them accountable.  

Limit amendments to the above bills to items that actually have something to do with the bills.

This should become a part of the Republican platform for 2024.  I think people would respond.

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Opus 2020-261: Designer Bodies

I have always thought of the world being created for man.  As I was thinking about our immune system and how it works it occurred to me that it was the other way around.  The heavens and the earth were created first.  Man was created after the fact.  While I am sure that God had it all planned out it would seem that the proper order is that man was created with the world in mind.

Set aside gravity, oxygen/nitrogen balance, temperature and a host of other designer features.  The world was full of germs.  Thus we have that our defenses were designed to operate in a world of bacteria and viruses.  We have an immune system that starts at the oils on our skin and proceeds through the white blood cells custom designed for what ails us.  

And note that the world was a wild and crazy scene.  Adam was tasked with “subduing the earth.”  It was not the pristine nature that we imagine.  It was the Garden of Eden that needed to be brought under control.

The best defense against disease is not a mask and social distancing but eat right, exercise and get plenty of rest.  And of course wash your hands.  Many other dangers we face can also be countered by simple behaviors and a moral life.  And of course the hope of eternal life is based on a free gift from God.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Opus 2020-260 Fear Factored

It is so easy to drift into fear mode.  It could be the China Virus panic or the Election chaos but we have a tendency to succumb to fear.  

Intellectually I have no problem.  I accept that there is a virus but nothing I have seen makes me think it is any worse than the normal range of annual sickness.  What do I do in flu season?  Wash my hands, don’t visit people who are sick and get plenty of rest.  What do I do about the China Virus?  Samo-samo.  The recent experience of President Trump just reinforces that understanding.  And yet, emotionally the fear tactic keeps getting a foothold.  Just like my experience in talking with someone who is clever is deviant theology, I need to keep going back to what I know to be true and grab hold again.

Politically it is the same.  I listen to all the conspiracy theories.  I try to get an intelligent answer from a Democrat.  I hear the rumors.  I know they are going to cheat and violence is just a standard tactic.  I sometimes allow the fear tactic to get a foothold.  Then I have to remember how many people seem to understand and force myself to act like God is in control.  Does that mean Trump will be reelected?  No.  I can’t know the mind of God as He works in the politics of man.  What it does is remind me of the promises and those promises include providence in the time of trial as much as the time of celebration.

So, fear not if you have a genuine faith in God.  If you don’t then hope that the ones that do have a strong enough faith to carry the country through.  Remember that if Abraham could have found ten righteous men in Sodom then the fire would not have fallen.

(Gen 18:32 KJV) And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
So look around you and count.  We don’t have the same promise of ten but God still has some people.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Opus 2020-259: Save the Republic

Really people?  You are still on Twitter and Facebook?  

Full disclosure requires that I inform you I have never used either.  I have only been tempted to go on Twitter to keep in contact with one person in the younger generation but so far have not given in.  I have nothing to lose by what I am going to say.  It is like a post condemning liver and onions.

If you are paying attention you have heard about Twitter doing everything it can to deep six all information about the corruption in the Biden family.  The New York Post evidently came out with some information they have had for months, organizations like the Trump Campaign have tried to inform the public through their Twitter accounts and have been shut down.  This has happened to others also.

Twitter is trying to destroy the country by managing the information you receive.  If the government were doing it we would call it criminal censorship on the level of the Soviet Union or Communist China.  Some people say that since we have a First Amendment their actions are legal and protected.  In a sense yes but the First Amendment says you have the right to speak and publish what you want, it does not say you have the right to stifle someone else.  I am not a big fan of more government regulation and control so I am not so sure about the government clamping down on the social media commissars.

I say, let the market decide.  You are the market.  If you really resent what these billionaires are doing to keep you ignorant then stop using their product.  Have you noticed how the NBA is changing its tune about its childish social justice warriors?  That is because people used their remote controls to walk away from the NBA.  That hurts them in the pocketbook.  That makes them change.  You have the power to do the same thing to Twitter and Facebook.

So quit griping and write a note, dial a number or drop by their house.  Save our republic.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Opus 2020-258: The Fall

What date will history give to the fall of the American Civilization?  I don’t want to get too dramatic but, will it be November 3, 2020?  Perhaps in the light of history we will be able to look back to some event like John McCain putting on his turncoat and refusing to vote for the repeal of Obamacare.  It may be something that was totally under the radar such as the abortion of the child that was to turn things around.  One of the problems we have is living in the middle of interesting times.

When people ask for a date on the end of the Roman Empire we come up with A.D. 476.  Was that the date that the barbarians sacked the city?  No, it was the date when an emperor took power who was German instead of Italian.  If you had been going to work that day you would have noticed no big difference.  The Eastern Roman Empire would exist for another thousand years.  In the West their would continue to be Emperors of Rome.  Historians have picked that as the significant date.

What will happen on November 3?  Will the American people rise to the occasion and preserve the republic for another four years?  Will the Democrats find a way to destroy the system through lies, corruption and legal ploys?  Keep in mind that their total goal is the power to run your life and stop this experiment with people pursuing their own goals for happiness.  

And keep in mind that the battle will not stop on November 4.  

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Opus 2020-257: On the Street: Confirmation Concerns

I work at not being an eavesdropper.  It isn’t just that most conversations bore me to tears but I don’t think it is any of my business.  I got drawn into one for a few minutes the other day.

Two women were discussing the confirmation hearings for Amy Barrett.  Can you guess what their biggest concerns were?  First, she dressed like a frump.  I am not sure that frump was their word but that was the implication.  Whatever she had on was not as stylish as it should have been.  Second, she needed to spend more time on her make-up.

Now I will concede that the statements being made by the Senators were not worthy of much attention but it would seem to me that there are more important things to evaluating a potential Supreme Court Justice than wardrobe and makeup.  

I would suggest it is time to repeal the Nineteenth Amendment but I am not sure that the thinking of the men is much better.

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Opus 2020-256: Headlines: A Warning Shot

I was reading a link from Rantingly, a news aggregate site, about a man who fired the first shot in the Kyle Rittenhouse case.  It was found at the Gateway Pundit.  If you watched the video of the incident there was a muzzle flash off to the side before Rittenhouse did any shooting.  It was natural for him to assume that he was being attacked.  Evidently the man who fired the shot has been identified and had admitted to firing “a warning shot” into the air.

I am wondering if this is a new pattern we are going to see.  You have someone on the fringes who decides to fire his gun at an opportune time to initiate violence and then they walk away.  If you are caught, the way this guy was, you face a small charge.  Meanwhile you have instigated a riot.

The Marxists in our midst have shown us that they are well trained, well organized and well supplied.  They know exactly what they are doing so don’t ever assume that something going on in front of you is a coincidence.  

Stay safe.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Opus 2020-255: Election 2020: Six Reasons to Vote for Biden

I have a question I keep asking.  Voters for Biden can’t seem to answer it so I thought, as a public service, I would give them some ideas.

The question is, “Without any comments synonymous with ‘Orange Man Bad’, give me one reason why you are voting for Joe Biden.”  I have yet had anyone do anything but sputter or stare blankly.  So let me give you a few.

1.  You believe it is moral to kill your unborn child.  Even better, once the baby is ready to be delivered you can have the doctor turn him/her for a breach delivery and kill it when everything but the head is out.  You can vote for Joe because he agrees with you.

2.  You have a deep secret hatred for Jews and want a candidate who will do everything he can to destroy Israel.  You think suicide bombers are heroes as long as they are killing Jews or Republicans, better yet, Jewish Republicans.

3.  You believe that everyone who owns a gun is a maniacal killer and that the government should be the only group in possession of firearms.  Of course you also want to defund the police so that they won’t even have firearms.  Antifa doesn’t need guns, they have fire-bombs, lasers and clubs.

4.  You believe that everyone’s taxes should be raised and the extra cash should be distributed to people like you who don’t work or pay taxes anyway.  Joe has promised to do that.  He is sincere.

5.  You want more government regulation.  You want the government to make you safe in every area of your life.  Joe is willing.  He knows what is best for you.  That includes...

6.  Doing away with fossil fuels.  That sounds very important to you, after all, why do we use fossils for fuel anyway.  You may not realize that means gasoline, oil, coal, kerosene, natural gas, propane and any other source of power that comes out of the ground.  It means you will be riding a bus to work if you have a job.  Keep in mind that oil is also the basis of all the plastic products you use and some of the clothes you wear.

You get the idea.  There are many reasons to vote for the Biden/Harris ticket.  I could go on but if that doesn’t give you any fuel for your next discussion maybe it would just be good for you to close your eyes, cover your ears and chant, “Orange Man Bad”.

homo unius libri

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Opus 2020-254: Headlines: Trust the Scientists

Those English newspapers are the comedians of science.  As I was rolling through Instapundit I came across a link that read, “ These 24 planets may be more ‘habitable’ than Earth, astronomers say.”  Interesting.  I am a science fiction fan but also a realist.  I had a suspision that we were looking at an English source so I hovered my cursor over the link and found out I was wrong.

It seems the source was the New York Post.  The article was mainly nonsense though.  It seems to feel that some of these would be better than earth.  One point of nonsense was,

“Not only does the right surface temperature matter for the existence of water, but a surface temperature about 41 degrees warmer than that of Earth would be more suitable for life, thanks to the combination of higher temperatures and the presence of moisture.”
I don’t know about you but an average temperature 41 degrees higher might be great for mold in the shower but not for humans, at least not his human.  And have we forgotten how terrible global warming is?

Then there was this gem,
“Plus, one that has even 1.5 times our planet’s mass means it can keep its interior heating longer through radioactive decay, and would also have even stronger gravity to sustain an atmosphere (and hold down moisture) for a longer period of time.”
My understanding is that if the planet had 1.5 times the mass it would have 1.5 times the pull on my arches.  

Keep in mind that these science wizards are the same people who bring you alerts on global warming and enhanced hysteria over the China Virus.  I guess it helps circulation.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Opus 2020-253: Headlines: Geared Up for Break Down

Eventually conspiracy theories break down.  They are like modern toys:  Showy, fun, creative and made of cheap plastic parts that fail at key moments.  Or they are like the education poster that you may have seen with three gears and the caption, “Education works best when all parts are working.”  It showed teachers, parents and students as parts of a mechanical movement.  Obviously it was designed by someone who knew nothing of machines.  Someone on line pointed out that if you look at the way the three gears mesh there would be total disaster.

It was a cute idea.

My wife dragged me in to watch a breathless Glenn Back talking about the War Room scenarios of the Democrats.  They war gamed out different possible results of the election from a Trump landslide to a strong Biden win and then came up with ways to deal with each.  The ultimate result was the destruction of our republic but the important thing to them is they would hang on to the power.  The Democrats got the idea from the military.  That is where you get wild headlines about how the Army is making plans to invade Mexico.  They probably war gamed it in a time when they were desperate for threats to worry about.  There is probably a folder somewhere with the plans.  

Nothing he shared as an expose was really new to me.  I have read most of it in various places. There was one part I had not heard before.   In one scenario they were going to get the left coast along with selected blue states to secede and let fly over America stew in its juices.  The new detail was that California would be broken up into five states.  Here is where Fantasy Island begins to sink into the sea.  They also planned on doing away with the electoral college.  Now I ask you, if they are going to secede why would they care about the electoral college and why would they need four more states in California?  

It also says they don’t know much about California expect what they here in CNN.  All I can say to that is “Make my day.”  Californians have been putting that on the ballot for years and the Democrats keep slapping it down.  If you pull out a few counties from any ballot issues you will find that most of California would either be red or purple at best.  To divide it up into five states might produce three Republican and two Democrat.  Even students of Common Core should be able to figure out that is not a winner.

There are conspiracies but this is one I am not sure we need to lose any sleep over.

homo unius libri

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Opus 2020-252: On the Street: Ready When They Are

I have been doing some volunteer work at our county Republican headquarters.  In the process of getting donations for signs, T-shirts, masks, flags and whatever else they can come up with I get a chance to talk to some people of character.  Since I am by nature a recluse this is a change for me.  I can enjoy talking to people, it just is not necessary.

We had an old man of character come in a few days ago.  He was barely mobile.  First he tried to con me into giving him a hat.  Eventually he had his wife spring for it.  What was fun was that during the conversation the antisocial behavior of Antifa, which Joe Biden informed us is just an idea,  came up.  He said they better not mess with his car.  At that point he patted his pocket.  I assume that meant he was packing.  His point was that if they thought they could get away with their rioting in his neighborhood he was ready to debate the issue with them.

He could hardly get around.  He had two canes.  He had to leave his oxygen in the car.  He still wasn’t willing to be messed with.  

Welcome to Texas.

homo unius libri

On the Street, Second Amendment, Terrorism

Opus 2020-251: Headlines: Numbers

At the moment I am not paniced about POTUS, FLOTUS and a staff member testing positive from the China Virus.  There are a number of reasons why and most of the numbers say, “Don’t worry”.

First, keep in mind that there are a large number of false positives.

Second, The odds are in his favor.  The latest numbers from Worldmeter give a 96 percent survival rate.  To give you a bit of perspective, if you are a baby in the womb and your parents allow the doctor to do an amniocentesis you only have a 98 percent chance of surviving the side effects of the test.  At least those were the numbers when my children were born.  

Third, the numbers are fudged.  When they say that 96 percent survive you need to remember that many of the people who died did not die from the China Virus.  The CDC admits to a 30 percent falsification.  If they will admit to that you know it is more.  I have seen some speculation that only 9 percent of the reported deaths were actually caused by the Covid 19 virus.  Hospitals got an automatic payment if they reported a patient with the virus.  In spite of all that still 96 percent come through it.

Four, keep in mind that the president is a bit of a germophobe.  He does not drink or smoke.  I would imagine he did not do “recreational” drugs.  He lives a clean life and is in top health.  He is able to go day after day on four hours sleep.  He is not some tragic case of an abused life.  Most of the death are people in nursing homes with lungs eaten up by nicotine, livers destroyed by alcohol, hearts clogged with cholesterol and who knows what other problems caused by a life lived in the fast lane.  

Five, he has the nation praying for him and by that I mean the ones that God will be listening to.

Is all this a guarantee?  Of course not but remember the odds they gave him for winning the election in 2016.

homo unius libri

Headlines, Health Care

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Opus 2020-250: Election 2020: Time Out

Take a deep breath.  Relax.  Yes, there are many attempts at voter fraud and to corrupt the election process.  At the same time there are still many people out there trying to make sure that the process works as designed.  I came across this video clip at Gun Free Zone.  It is a news report from a Florida station telling about a man who mailed in a vote application for his dead wife.  That is a felony in Florida and possibly other places.

The police showed up and arrested him and now it works through the court.  That is bad news for him and good news for the citizens of America.

It is only two minutes and if you need a bit of encouragement you might take time to watch it.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Opus 2020-249: Positive about Change

I was reading a comment at Ace of Spades regarding the results of all this turmoil we are experiencing.  

“He games out the two scenarios of a Trump loss or a Trump victory and, like me, comes to the same conclusion that the America we knew, or thought we knew prior to 2008 or for me 2001 is gone.”
Let’s assume for a minute that he is right.  Is it necessarily a bad thing.  Change happens.  Remember how black and white TV went to color.  Can you remember the first time you heard stereo sound?  How about self adjusting brakes on your car?  Progress happens and when it does things change.  We need to get a little excited about the prospects for change and step up to see that the change is for the better.

The Progressives* have a dream for the future.  It is a dream in which they are the elites living in palaces and we are the peasants out plowing the fields.  Since we are so inferior we will really be happier that way than if we had air conditioning, flush toilets and microwaves.  They know what is best for us.  If we do nothing that is where we will end up.  If you don’t believe it take a trip to Venezuela or Cuba and get away from the tourist spots.

Our dream is better and it is not a matter of going back to 1950 or 2008.  Our dream is to implement our liberty and improve our lives.  In the process we will make the entire boat rise on the tide.  We will influence the world for better.  We will make the differences between free enterprise and a controlled economy glowingly obvious.

Change is not coming; it is here.  The only way we can make it good change it to be part of the momentum moving it forward.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 28, 2020

Opus 2020-248: The Big Questions

I was watching a podcast in which William Lane Craig was being interviewed.  He is a philosopher and apologist who thrives on debates in an academic setting.  In his reminiscing he said something about coming to the point in life where he began to ask the big questions like, “What is the meaning of life?”  The answer is going to be different for each of us based on where our values are.

For the Christian it involves loving and enjoying God.  The Westminster Shorter Catachism starts off on this point with a question and answer.

    Q:  What is the chief end of man?
    A:  Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

For the capitalist it might be to die with the most toys.  A variation of this might be the politician who is only happy with more power.  It is easy to measure how much money you have but hard to compare it to your goal.  

A Marxist?  I would have to guess it would involve making a real contribution of the destruction of liberty and individuality in the world.  For a Marxist the State is his god and the person is just a calorie of energy to run the machine of State.  Man has no other value.

For the spear-carriers, the masses, it would be getting to the end of the day without any conflict.  I have a hard time believing that everyone doesn’t ask the question at some point but I think some people are just better at ignoring it.  

Eventually we will all look back over our lives and evaluate how we spent the time we had.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Opus 2020-247: Hope and Fear

I find the level of fear discouraging when I am out and around.  There are obviously people who see through the whole attempt to control by panic but there are also a lot of people who really believe they are going to die if they take a free breath.

This is a good time for believers to explain to people why they do not fear.  You might want to review the following,

(1Pe 3:15 NAS77) but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
If you are a believer you have a hope.  That is not an empty wish but an assurance.  Because of that you should not be walking around in a tizzy.  The opportunity comes when you get a chance to explain to people why you are not frozen with fear.  Your confidence is not in a rational analysis of the numbers, although that would certainly reduce your concern.  It isn’t a belief in science or medicine, although we have the best in the world.  No, you hope is in the Creator.

If you are a believer you are not paralyzed by fear are you?  Maybe it is time to review what you should be telling other people.  As my son said when he was a college student with his head being opened up to remove a growth, “What is the worst that can happen?  If I die I get to be with Jesus and I don’t have to take the final.”

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Opus 2020-246: Ode to Old: Forgetting Blessings

As you get older the blank spots in your memory get more frequent.  I think everyone, at every age, has moments where they cannot remember a word or a name.  It is nothing to worry about.  What the younger people may not realize is it gets more regular as you get older.  It isn’t a matter of not knowing how many years you have been married.  I have always had to do a little math to figure that out.  It is a matter of writing a sentence and knowing the exact word you want to use but you can’t remember what it is.  You can almost spell it but you can’t see it.

As I was walking my mind wandered and for some reason I was trying to remember the name of a supreme court justice.  I could see his face.  I could tell you about his life.  I just could not remember his name.  I know I knew it because I had discussed him before.  It wasn’t there.  So I just kept walking.  About a hundred steps later it popped into my head, “Clarence Thomas.”  

I knew it would come and it gave me something to be thankful for.  I was thanking God for the ability to still get out and walk, for remembering how to get home and remembering to zip up my pants.  I was also grateful that I am still at a stage where I know that I have forgotten something.

Happy aging.

homo unius libri

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