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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.

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