Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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

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

Monday, August 31, 2020

Opus 2020-226: Proud to Be a Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Opus 2020-225: The Return of the Boston Massacre

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

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

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

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

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

Pray for justice.

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

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Opus 2020-224: Out of Warrantee?

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-223: Knavery and Collusion

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Friday, August 28, 2020

Opus 2020-222: New Terms: To Gretch

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

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

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

We were Gretched.

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

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

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Opus 2020-221: North Venezuela

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

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

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Opus 2020-220: Remember the Secret Service

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-219: A Moment to Forget

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Opus 2020-218: Monday Pulpit: Juxtaposition

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

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

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

Little differences make big differences. 

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Opus 2020-217: The Coming Diaspora

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Friday, August 21, 2020

Opus 2020-216: Obvious Differences

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

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-215: 3006 Criminals and Psychopaths

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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

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

So this election is important.

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

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

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

Vote the suckers out.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-213: Talk to Me

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

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Monday, August 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-211: They’re Everywhere

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Opus 2020-210: Serious Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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

Venus on steroids has been wreaking havoc. 

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Monday, August 10, 2020

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

Mars has abandoned the educational system.

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

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

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

To be concluded...

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Friday, August 7, 2020

Opus 2020-206: Habits

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

I am getting carried away.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Opus 2020-203: On the Street: Cud

Some things never change.

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

Some things never change.

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-202: Headlines: Bad Timing

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Monday, August 3, 2020

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-200: Dueling Judges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Opus 2020-199: Disgraceful Saltine

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

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

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Opus 2020-198: Milk It

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

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

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

homo unius libri

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

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

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

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

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

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

homo unius libri