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.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Opus 2020-325: I’m Out of Here

I will begin the New Year by getting up early, climbing behind the wheel of a 26 foot U-Haul and starting toward Texas.  I keep saying I am getting too old for this but the truth is I will never be any younger.  

It is a big, beautiful country filled with the entire range of humanity.  If you are one of those who believe in things like overpopulation and shortage of water I would almost invite you to come with me but I might get so angry in our discussions that I would drive off the road.  My second recommendation would be for you to get out of your box, take a long drive and open you eyes.

I would suggest that you do it before the Progressives* take charge of the government and begin curtailing movement.  Meanwhile, go to bed early.  Get some sleep.  Get ready for the New Year.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-324: Old and Young: Lending a Hand

I was our following my granddaughter around the yard.  The house is new to her and she has not explored it fully yet.  We added to her mapping.  There were porches on front and back that needed to be visited, repeatedly.  She developed a pattern.  She would boldly take the first step and then look around for my hand.  Awwwww, how cute.  It is.

It also reminded me that I am getting to the place in life where I am going to be looking for a hand or at least a handrail.  I wondered how much longer I would be able to give her the help she needs.  How much longer would I be more stable that she is?  I am hoping I hold on until her younger brother gets past the give-me-a-hand stage.  I have already caught my son reaching out a hand to make sure I am stable.

Life has been good and continues to bless.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Opus 2020-323: Should-a-Beens: The D.C. Model

One of the threats that the Democrats are making involves turning the District of Columbia into a state.  They assume this will give them two more Democrat senators.  Maybe they are onto something that has some value.

What would happen if we gave every major city in the country this opportunity.  Pick a number, say 700,000, and give any city over that number the option of statehood.  The 700,000 comes from the approximate population of D.C.  The cities might go for it.  The rest of the country might like it too.

In the Senate you would have an increased number of members.  This would not increase the Democrats voice because it would mean losing all of their senators from the rest of the state.  The House would remain the same because the population isn’t going to change with the new boundaries.  

This would also make it possible for the Republicans to try their creativity in finding ways to cheat on elections.  

homo unius libri

Monday, December 28, 2020

Opus 2020-322: Headlines: Trump Signs, Swamp Giggles

As you have no doubt heard, Trump signed the colossal pork bill that was running under the cover of Covid Relief.  He had been taking the proper stand of refusing to sign it because of the billions of dollars ladled out to foreign countries for things like gender studies and millions to American institutions like the Kennedy Center.  The amount for Americans came out to $600 per person at best count.  

Check my math here.  If you take the $2.3 Trillion (with a T) and divide by the American population of 3.2 million you get an interesting number:  $7,187.50.  That is the amount each American would have received if this was divided up among the population.  Keep in mind that a family of four would have receive $28, 750.  The first time I did it I made the mistake of using billions instead of trillions and came up with $7.19.  What a difference a comma makes.

As many memes ask:  Are you mad yet?

Keep in mind that this was backed by both Republicans and Democrats.  This is the result of being bipartisan.  Notice that the president signed it instead of forcing them to override a veto.  I am disgusted with the two parties and disappointed with President Trump.  As good a job as he has done, I still don’t think he understands the swamp.

I can only hope that the United States declares bankruptcy while the checks are still in the mail.

You can never say it too soon or too loud:  Vote the suckers out.  At this point that refers to all of them.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-321: The Next Step

I don’t know if you read The American Thinker.  The articles have quite a spectrum.  In the light of our current struggle over the Democrat’s clever theft of the election there is real concern that they not succeed in stealing the country also.  Those of us who believe in America and have been reading more than the Marshmallow Republican sites still have a flicker of hope.  One way I find out someone’s true leanings is in their acceptance of the “it is time to move on” meme.

For a minute move your thinking on to what we do next.  Even if Trump pulls this out there will still exist the overwhelming corruption in the election process and the depressing awareness that no one in the Federal government is willing to do anything about it.  Remember that Hillary is still free after all the blatant crimes she has committed.  I still remember James Comey committing perjury on national TV and no one even blinked an eye.  Antifa and BLM riot, assault and burn because they know that bought off District Attorneys and Judges will let them go with no bail.

Andrew Longman has a powerful suggestion in his article, “Can a Homeless Beggar Save the Republic?”  His suggestion is that we seek investigation and prosecution at the state and county level.  He points out that the people who committed criminal acts were not only violating Federal law but also local law.  If the Feds won’t do their job then the local DA needs to step up to the plate.

I think it is worth a read.

homo unius libri

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Opus 2020-320: Never Too Late for the Incarnation

Another Christmas Day has come and gone.  We spent this one in Virginia with my children and grandchildren.  It was a glorious time of year because we were all together.  It was a sad time when we looked out our window and realized how many people are living in fear.  We had a tree, Christmas music, Christmas cookies, the joy of watching a toddler and a crawler open presents and an awareness that Christmas marks the day of the Incarnation when God became man.  We know what Christmas is all about.

For those who have missed it and suddenly wake up, it is not too late to celebrate Christmas.  Technically the four weeks before Christmas are called Advent.  Then you have the 12 days of Christmas ending on Epiphany which is January 6 next year.  So you see, you are still in the Christmas season.  Orthodox churches celebrate the birth of Christ on Epiphany, so you have company.

So if no one said it to you, “Merry Christmas.”

homo unius libri

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Opus 2020-319: CS vs BS: Reliable Sources

Common Sense verses Bovine Scatology

Whom do you trust?  Face it.  There is so much information out there that you can never absorb it all.  If you could read it you still would not know what to believe.  There comes a time when you need to accept certain things as true that you have not researched personally.  No one can canvas enough people to know what numbers are right.

How do you decide whom to believe.  This is where common sense again comes in.  Consider your sources and ask yourself, “Who is most likely to be telling the truth and who is lying?”  You can never read minds but you can grasp philosophies.  When a liberal Democrat tells me something and a conservative Republican tells me the opposite, if I had no other source of information I would put my money on the Republican every time.  Why?  That seems a bit narrow minded.  Not really.  

The generic Democrat has a liberal philosophy and a liberal attitude about truth.  To the garden variety liberal, truth is what advances the cause.  That means it is perfectly acceptable to deceive in order to win.  The generic Republican comes from a philosophy that is based on Christian values.  Those values say it is wrong to lie.  Period.  Christians believe that liars go to hell.  It isn’t just a matter of the Ten Commandments telling us we are to never bear false witness.  It is a promise of how God responds to false witness.

(Rev 21:8 KJV) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
So I ask you, is it better to trust someone who believes that truth is relative and the end justifies the means or someone who believes they will spend an eternity in the fires of hell if they lie?  It seems that is a bit of a rhetorical question to me.  

I admit there are Republicans who reject Christian moral standards but they are part of a movement that tells them the truth is essential.  Although in theory I will accept the statement that there are some Democrats out there that are Christian, I find it hard to believe that someone can be a part of a political movement that approves killing unborn children in abortion, embrace homosexual marriage and refuse to acknowledge God in their conventions or platform, can really worship the God of the Bible.

It seems like common sense to me.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Opus 2020-318: Not on Your Life

Much of the current virus fear is driven by ignorance.  The ignorance is avoidable but it requires a bit of thinking and public school graduates are not known for their thinking skills.  They are also weak in math and logic.  This makes them easy marks for the frauds of the news and government.

People are afraid because they are ignorant of history.  They think that the current virus is a big killer.  They can only think this if they were asleep in history when they talked about all of the plagues down through history.  If you look at the Black Death of the 14th century you get estimates of the death rate running from 30% to 60%.  The reason the range in the estimates is so large is that at the peak of the plague so many people were dying that no one could keep records.  It was the most they could do to dispose of the bodies.  Entire villages died.  Compare that with the current panic over less than 1% of the population dying.  

What increases the fear is the way in which information is made available.  I was looking at a CDC site that gave some statistics.  It listed the death rate in the United States at 867.8 deaths per 100,000 population.  Then it said the total of deaths was 2,839, 205.  Something about that just didn’t look right so I did a little multiplying and dividing and realized that they had left a zero off.  The deaths were really per 1,000,000 population.  If you are a budding reporter or researcher and know how to use a calculator but have no concept of what the answer should be you can scare the wits out of people.  When I see things like that it makes me wonder what other details they have wrong.

I am aware that the number of deaths is up.  When you read that you need to factor in the blatant lies that are involved.  Keep in mind that the CDC admitted that at least 30% of the deaths reported were not really Covid related.  If they admit 30% then you know it is much higher.  Are people dying?  Yes.  Is water wet?  Same answer.  It doesn’t mean that I worry about water, unless it is rising or leaking through my roof.  

So put on your big boy pants and get on with life.  There are lots of things out to get you:  Drunk drivers, ice on bridges, weak sidewalls on your tires, jealous husbands, the IRS, the common cold, your ladder, your bathtub.  I think you can add to the list.  None of those, except maybe the jealous husband, keep us from going about our daily business.  Could I die and be labeled a Covid statistic this week?  Sure.  Does that change a thing I am saying?  Not on your life, or not on my death.

homo unius libri

Monday, December 21, 2020

Opus 2020-317: Ode to Old: I Had It Just a Minute Ago

Memory is not always a matter of age.  For some reason certain concepts, facts and processes have never set down in my brain.

I can never remember the difference between perennial and annual flowers.  I have to look it up every time.  Why could they not have been called single year and multiple year?  It would have made my life easier.

I can never remember how to do percentages.  I always have to sit down and work through the process.  Once I get it I can go to town but if I wait too long before I need to calculate again I have to start the process over.

Certain streets I always mix up.  I grew up in a town that has generally straight streets in a grid pattern.  Many of them I have been traveling over all my life but I still can’t tell you which is which from memory.

Which is higher, the flush or the straight?  When you play cards do you go clockwise or counterclockwise?  For that matter, which way is clockwise?  

I guess I could go on forever this way.  I expect to add new things I can’t remember.  I won’t worry until I don’t remember that I don’t remember.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-316: Monday Pulpit: A Word about Those Strange Christians

I don’t know if you are close to anyone who is a committed Christian.  I don’t mean the ones who pay lip service or have a superficial belief.  I am talking about the ones who really believe what the Bible says.  I consider myself one of them.  That may just be arrogance talking but it is my conviction.  We all have our ups and downs but there is a root of cheerfulness within us.  That gives us a reason to hope.  It drives out the fears that are so crippling.  Our culture is awash in fear, fear of something called Covid-19, fear of Trump, fear of Biden, fear of a socialist takeover, fear of an economic collapse.  You get the idea.  

In the face of that there is something the trumps it all.  It is our hope.  It is summed up well in the first verse of a song called "The Solid Rock."
    My hope is built on nothing less
    Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
    I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
    But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

        On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
        All other ground is sinking sand.
        All other ground is sinking sand.

Picture being in a swamp and knowing that there is quicksand on every side.  You have heard the plops and swishes that mean you are surrounded by critters.  You know there is a safe way through because others have gone before you.  When that “other” is Jesus, you have hope.

It is a beautiful day in spite of all the fear mongers around us.

homo unius libri

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Opus 2020-315: CS vs BS: They Are Not the Same

The CS stands for Common Sense.  The BS stands for everything you hear in the media, politics and the classroom.  That may seem a bit extreme but experience has shown it to be a reliable concept.

The only real problem with common sense is that it is often confused with personal bias or ignorance.  Both of these have antidotes.

First is the problem of ignorance.  I realize that the days of turning on the evening news and getting a feel for what is happening is gone.  It may have never been here but now it is gone to the nth degree.  You now need to put some effort into being informed.  That rules out a lot of people.  It is easier to believe CNN and not be forced to think.  Once you get past that you need to seek out information and then run it through your BS meter to come up with what is happening.  I have often had pseudo intellectuals tell me they would take two newspapers, one from the right and the other from the left, and read both to get a balanced view of the news.  It has been at least 40 years since you could have done that in any city in America.  I doubt if anyone really did it anyway.  Now you need to read from numerous web sites, assume that everyone has a bias and try to put it together from that.

Common sense is available but you need to be aware of your personal bias.  This limitation can also be countered.  You start by having a sense of reality that is grounded in reality.  That sounds like double talk but it isn’t.  The old, traditional America grew out of the British culture that was grounded in a view of the world based on a scientific method which was possible only with a Judeo-Christian belief system.  If you are going to come to legitimate conclusions you need to start with a group of facts that cannot be disputed.  For me that starts with a daily reading of what we call “Wisdom Literature” found in the Biblical books of Psalms and Proverbs.  You get a solid foundation of right and wrong.  Once you have that you are ready to look at the rest of the day.

Let’s take a silly example:  Who makes the best potato salad?  Based on my knowledge, people really do taste things differently.  I came to this conclusion early when I met people who actually liked liver.  To me that is impossible.  I can hardly smell it without gagging.  Because of this I recognize that it is impossible to proclaim any potato salad universally the best.  It all depends on what you like.  I prefer potato salad with mustard.  Anything else is number 2 at best.  With that in mind I can discuss which is best and be content with the results.

The same is true of coffee.  My wife is always asking me if the coffee at a place is good or bad.  I reminder her that I can tell really bad coffee from really good coffee but everything in between is a bit hard to rate.  I do not have a discerning palate.  That is a blessing because I can enjoy a lot of brews that coffee snobs turn their noses up at.  I know it and make allowance.

We have a lot of things going on that require a lot of sense to live with from global warming to the China virus.  Hopefully I will expand on that.

homo unius libri

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Opus 2020-314: Think about It

Think about what it would be like if the news media actually told the truth, other than me having a heart attack.  Actually the inhabitants of CNN Country might find it hard to sleep at night if they actually saw what was going on in the peaceful protests.

Think about how superior our children would be if they were not brainwashed by Progressive* teachers and fed a watered down curriculum full of distortions and outright lies.  What would it be like if they knew what 1984 was about and the purpose of the Constitution.  

Think about how our economy would be booming if politicians did not spend so much time loading legislation with pork barrel items and wasting the money they extort from taxpayers.  Think of all the things you could do with the tax money that is given away.  Think about a dollar object actually costing a dollar.

Think about what our government would look like if the cheating wasn’t so rampant.  Imagine people being elected on purpose and working to accomplish what they promised.

Think about what our streets would be like if the Progressives* didn’t keep ignoring the law and letting criminals out of jail.  

Now stop thinking and start doing.  None of us want to get violent.  We want law and order to prevail.  The one avenue we can pursue is Adam Smith’s invisible hand.  If the news media won’t tell the truth because it is true, maybe they will if they face unemployment because no one is buying their product.  How would twitter and Facebook survive if all the conservatives would stop using their services.  Make it so they can’t afford to be smug socialists any more.

If we will stop complaining and start acting then they would have to think about it.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-313: On the Street: Contrasts

We are on the road again.  We traveled from Texas, through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina to Virginia.  Later we will spend time in Maryland.  It was like a trip from Frontier Land to Tomorrow Land to Fantasy Land.  I have not been to Disneyland or bought a Disney product for at least 20 years so I am going on old memories.  In any case there are tremendous differences.  On arriving in Virginia it feels like we are back in California.  After sensing the freedom in the deep South this is a land of oppression, but I have written on that before.

One of the things that struck us was a side trip we took looking to feed my wife’s Sonic dependancy.  There is something about Sonic iced tea that makes the sun shine brighter and puts more hope in the future.  The detour covered about 15 miles through residential Anderson, South Carolina.  What we noticed was that businesses were open and very busy.  We did not see evidence of the lives of common people being destroyed by lockdown.  I am sure there were some having a hard time but there was no shortage of places to dine in or limits on places to shop.  

Why did this stand out?  We keep hearing about the tragedy that is going on in places like New York City.  The mayor, Bill De Blasio, has again shut down all the restaurants in the city.  Establishments that have been around for 50 or more years are closing up for good.  I have friends in California who could give similar testimony to this phenomenon.  It is real.  It is destructive.  It is also Democrat.  

Just like the violence that is turning cities into bombed out war zones, the boarding up of once prosperous businesses is more frequent in cities that continue to elect Democrat mayors and city councils.  I would say all but I don’t know it is true.  With state mandates in Texas I am sure that some have gone under but not on the scale of NYC.  

While I feel sorry for these people, I can’t label them as total victims.  To know that I would need to know how their political activity.  Did they vote for Biden?  Did they vote for the current city leaders?  Did they make any contributions to their campaigns?  If the answer to any of these questions is, “Yes,” then I am afraid my sympathy is a bit shallow.

As I believe Barak Obama said, “Elections matter.”  Something to remember in a time of economic problems.  Try to help those in need but make sure they didn’t dig their own hole.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Opus 2020-312: Path to Restoration: Part 3 of 3, Regeneration

In the context of history the fate of the United States is not the fulcrum of existence.  America is not God’s chosen nation.  He has blessed us.  He has used us.  He is probably willing to continue that way, but not unless we change.  I am not worried about the outcome of elections as much as the removal of the hand of God.

So here is where many will stop reading, if they got this far.  This is where I get down to the only answer that will work.  It involves acknowledgment, repentance, confession and regeneration.

First, each of us must acknowledge that we are broken.  The problem is not a political party.  The problem is that we have turned our back on God.  This is not a new problem.  Isaiah wrote thousands of years ago,

(Isa 53:6 KJV) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
The second part is what I am referring to.  We have set ourselves up as our own personal gods with phrases like “self-fulfillment” and phrases plastered on school walls like, “You can be anything you dream.”  We will never find a cure for what ails society unless we deal with the self-centered nature of people.  You are welcome to try.  I assure you it won’t work.  We must admit to ourselves and to God that we are sinners.

The order of these things can vary but somewhere you must be willing to change.  That is what repentance is.  Repenting means wanting to change direction.  You can call on God all you want but if you expect things to go on as-business-as usual then get ready to blame God for failing you.

Confession means admitting that you are the problem.  I know you didn’t start the Jewish Holocaust.  I know you didn’t knock that little old lady in front of the bus.  But you did put yourself first in many cases.  You did lie.  You did steal.  Admit it and move on.

When you accept that you are a sinner in need of a cure that means you know you need a savior.  That is where Jesus comes in.  God’s sense of justice and righteousness demands that sin be punished.  Jesus died on a cross to pay the price for your sin.  If you believe that and that He rose from the dead as proof that you can have eternal life then you need to trust Him and ask Him to change your heart.  It is called regeneration.

The church has failed.  It has gotten away from its mission of preaching salvation and helping those who respond to become more like Jesus.  They have been content to be politically correct and nice.  They are part of the problem.  That is because people attending church need regeneration as much as your garden variety pagan.  

So there it is.  Reform is possible.  It has happened before.  Read about the Wesley Revival in England.  Do a little research on the Great Awakening.  It can happen again.  Will it?

homo unius libri

Monday, December 14, 2020

Opus 2020-311: Path to Restoration: Part 2 of 3, Revival

Laws are important.  They are not important because they work by themselves.  They are important because they show us the guidelines we need to follow.  The problem that our social engineers and well-meaning liberals don’t see is that the issue is the heart of man not the number of laws.  I remember working construction and seeing men who would tie back the guard on their circular saw.  I guess they figure they are too good to get careless.  Ask the ER room how that works out.  The guard is there to keep people from doing stupid things.  Of course we are very clever when it comes to being stupid.

We need to reform our society.  The question is, “How?”  The answer has to do with changing the inner man.  You can call it psychological, sociological, educational or whatever you want.  I prefer to call it theological so I will use the terms I am most familiar with.  I would use “spiritual” instead of theological but that is another one of the words that has been coopted by the Progressives* and the New Agers.  We need something different than more laws.  

We start with laws.  Even in the Bible we see that laws are important in spite of the fact Christians like to say we are under grace, not law.  The book of Romans has a long discussion of this issue but let me quote one verse that explains.

(Rom 7:7 KJV) What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
A child doesn’t know what is right or wrong but they can understand, “No.”  They don’t know that the electrical outlet can kill them.  They don’t know that running into the street can cause incredible pain and suffering.  They don’t know that the pills are not candy.  Toddlers don’t understand why showing the kitty you love her by picking her up by the head is rejected by the kitty.  You lay down the law.  Eventually they come to a place where they understand the issues.

We need to come to that place.  We have forgotten a lot.  We used to accept that sex outside marriage was wrong.  We used to understand that there were only two genders.  We used to pay lip service, shall we say, to the idea that lying was wrong.  Theft, whether by individuals or the government, was wrong.  We need to be reminded of something called sin.  We need to wake up to the reality of our sinful natures.  We need to have it explained to us that the only thing that will cure our natures is an act of God.  We need to be informed that God is willing to do that through Jesus.

The only hope we have is a genuine spiritual revival.  In the popular term being thrown around on video, we need a national “come to Jesus” moment.  This is not just something I come up with because I come from a Bible-believing Christian background.  It is a concept that was expressed by many of the Founding Fathers.  If you want to read some of their quotes you can take a look at an article at Mount Liberty College called “Without Virtue There Can Be No Liberty.”

Our government is in need of reform but reform will not really change anything unless the people running the government are changed.  A good government will not reform the country unless the people electing that government are changed.  The change is an inner one.  It can only happen if some outside force changes the way these people think and thus how they act.  The same need is present in those who are not in power.  As much as the phrase is used in jest, it really is a need to “come to Jesus”.  

The problem with the swamp is not the water but sin.  

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Opus 2020-310: Path to Restoration: Part 1 of 3, Reform

Lets look forward assuming that Trump wins.  Does that take care of the problem of corruption?  Does the swamp suddenly go away?  Do Rinos change their spots?  Okay, so it is leopards that do that.  If you say “Yes” then all I can say is a Southern, “Well, bless your heart.”  Lets take another leap of faith and assume that we get a bunch of laws passed that are carefully targeted to deal with election crimes.  We put people in jail and start impeaching people who betray their country for personal power.  We pull out the plumb and say, “What a good boy am I.”

It won’t make any difference.  People who want to defy the law are endlessly creative.  If you don’t know that, consider all of the clever work-arounds that the gun owners of California have come up with to thwart the dreams of the gun grabbers.  I have not kept up on all of them but one of the adaptations I remember was that the Progressives* in government mandated that magazines require a tool to be removed.  The object was to make it hard to reload.  Fans of the AR-15 said, “Okay.  See this bullet?  It becomes a tool which depresses the recessed button that you thought would stop us.”  Legal?  Yes.  Simple?  Yes.  So the Progressives* go back to the drawing board.

So what is the next regulation?  How long will it take to find a work-around?

The same will be true in passing a bunch of laws to curb election fraud.  We already have laws on the books that makes most of what happened illegal.  The results came in several forms:  Crickets, judges changing the rules by fiat, officials ignoring the rules, DA’s and governors ignoring the law.  In other words, the law did nothing because the people we put in place to enforce the law use selective application to advance their wants and desires.  Keep in mind that the gun grabbers want to pass more laws to outlaw guns to stop the violence.  I might point out that the violence is already against the law.

Can we find a way out?  Yes, but it will be painful and many of you won’t like it.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-309: What Time Is It?

Is it time to get hysterical?  We come to this place on a regular basis.  Remember the fear when Clinton won or when Obama became president?  I do.  I also remember the panic on the left when George II was elected.  We heard the same stories about Clinton and Bush refusing to leave office.  Once again we are deeply worried about the survival of our Republic.

It is time to get hysterical?  We keep hearing about how there has always been cheating in elections.  Sure.  We all know that.  We also know that there has always been violence on the streets.  The problem is that it now seems that the forces of Marxism have managed to get past the tipping point.  We saw this when pro-Trump citizens demonstrated in his support this weekend and where attacked by well organized armies in black.  And the police, for all intents and purposes, did nothing.  They now don’t care how violent they get or how blatant their criminal activity is in election fraud.

Is it time to get hysterical?  We have always had leftists judges who would ignore the Constitution to press the Progressive* agenda.  I am not sure that we have ever had supposedly conservative judges ignoring the Constitution the way they have been recently.  The law can be used to advance justice and maintain liberty.  It can also be manipulated to allow those with no scruples to destroy the republic.  The left has no problem with threatening physical violence against judges.  Being human, they are concerned about the safety of their children.  Socialist thugs have always known this and been quite willing to brutalize to win.

Is it time to get hysterical?  Newspapers have never been fair.  That is a fact.  What has changed is that the news only comes from one side now.  Mix that with the willingness of reporters and editors to blatantly lie to advance the Progressive* agenda and you get bullet points like this from the Daily Mail,

“The 'Stop the Steal' rally was protesting with claims of voter fraud, despite courts across the country throwing out the numerous suits filed by the Trump campaign when no evidence of their allegations was found”
It takes a certain quality to print something like that.  Is it being brain-dead?  Is it being evil?  It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with informing people about what is really happening.

Is it time to get hysterical?  No.  It is time to get serious.  We need to come to an understanding that even if Trump wins and in sworn in on January 20, the battle will not be over.  The God hating, America hating, liberty hating members of what is often called the Deep State will not give up nor go away.  Either way it is time to get serious about reclaiming our Republic.  It needs to start on the local level.  It needs to start with school boards, city councils, sheriffs and municipal judges.  

Vote the suckers out.  We might not be able to stop the steal on the federal level but we should be able to make sure local elections are honest and start working up the food chain.

It is time.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Opus 2020-308: Resurrection of the Sit-In

What do we do in response to the fascist lockdowns?  The whole purpose of the lockdowns is to isolate us and keep us from working together against tyranny.  If they can get us one at a time, we can be picked off.  When they come to take our guns they will not call for an appointment.  They will come when our neighbors are at work or asleep in their beds.  They will deal with us and then move on to another isolated target.  The IRS will come after us one at a time.  The police will confiscate our property by accusing us of drug dealing.  The health department will take our certificates that say we are clean.  When there is only one of us and there are ten “To protect and serve” cadets we know how it will go.

I would suggest that we have daily defiance rallies.  We need to locate a selected location and just flood in by the thousands.  We need to stand there until the police show up and then go our way.  If necessary we can jack it up to actually block traffic.  We could use the tactics of the left and have city hall sit-ins.  We could do it at city counsel meetings.  We could do it on the sidewalk in front of the homes of selected elected officials.  We could do it so people could stop by on their way home from work.  Maybe they are already happening but we won’t hear about it on the news.

We need to get their attention.  They are not listening.  Too many dictators in training are able to ignore us.  Perhaps we could find a way to show them we care without going to the Second Amendment solution.  In much of the country there were Trump Trains and parades of boats.  We could try it in regard to our Representatives in congress and state legislatures.  They looked like a lot of fun.

Bring your MAGA hats.

homo unius libri

Friday, December 11, 2020

Opus 2020-307: Election 2020: The 17%

One of the popular themes on the internet is that if the media had been honest and covered certain stories then a large number of people would have voted for Trump instead of Biden.  This is a lot of crying over spilt milk that is totally bogus.

First, the information was out there for anyone who was willing to look and wanted to know.  I am always amazed at the number of people who say they never heard something.  I realize I am conservative-heavy on my internet reading but surely these masses of sheep could check on something besides the liberal drivel, at least once in awhile.  Instead of sneering at people who try to inform them they could spend a few moments checking it out and then engage their brain.

Second, and this is the biggest one, it would not have mattered if they had switched their votes.  It is already clear that Trump won a massive victory if you only counted the legitimate votes.  Any one who denies that also believes that Obama stopped the oceans from rising and that our power grid can work on wind power.  I believe it is a fact.  It would not have made any difference if the 17% who claim they would have voted different had actually done so.  All it would mean is that the Progressive* crime machine hiding behind the Democrat party would have had to print a few more ballots.

It is obvious that they stuffed the ballot boxes and had the computer set to give false results.  It is also obvious that the Judges and elected officials don’t care what the vote was.  All they want is a chance to throw the election to the America hating party.  Whether they do it from fanatical ideology, bribes or threats against their children, it doesn’t matter.  They have done all they can to steal the country and destroy our election process.

I have still not abandoned hope.  That does not change any of what happened.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-306: I Miss Life

On our last road trip I was wondering if the country will ever overcome the scares that the phoney virus propaganda has caused.  The service in hotels makes you wonder why you ever left home.  Every amenity in the place was closed down.  The pool was closed.  The business center was closed.  Breakfast was a paper bag with a muffin instead of a eggs and waffles.  

And the fear.  Sure, a lot of people are shaking their heads and putting on a mask, but it is amazing how many people have been reduced to wide eyed phobia.  They look at you and back away.  You can’t tell if anyone is smiling or snarling.  You see them when you drive down the road in the middle of no where and they are alone in their car with a mask and gloves.

This kind of mind set is easy to generate and hard to negate.  It doesn’t matter if all the numbers in the world tell you this is a farce.  I assume you have heard about the study published by John Hopkins that pointed out that there was no increase in deaths because of the China Virus.  It seems that the other categories have gone down as Covid-19 has gone up.  The big one was heart disease.  It seems the deaths from heart disease has taken a nose dive this year in almost a mirror image of the rise of the deaths from the fear virus.  Of course the Progressives* are scrambling to rewrite the narrative and say it was just a bunch of right wing bloggers making stuff up.  

I know that I am already shopping less.  I will avoid traveling if I can.  Not because I am worried about the hundreds of viruses and bacteria that fill every square inch of earth.  No, it will because I am tired of watching others be afraid and being forced to wear a mask for their paranoia.

Is the Covid-19 virus deadly?  It can be.  So can falling off a ladder, slipping in your bath tub, being hit by a drunk driver, catching a normal cold when you are 90 and so many other every day events.  It is called risk.  It is called life.  

Get out and live.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Opus 2020-305: Entropy by Committee

People are calling for special counselors/prosecutors or whatever they are called.  I am not excited about the idea.  Although I am sure there have been more, the special counselors that come to mind for me are Ken Starr and Robert Mueller.  Neither one produced any results that justified the expense and time.  

I am guessing that there have been others that were more productive but because they were not politically expedient to the CNN media, they have not been publicized.  I think special prosecutors are just another way of forming a committee.  If you don’t know what that means it is about the way an executive or administrator will have someone bring up an idea he doesn’t like so he “forms a committee” knowing that it will result in a lot of talk and no action.

People are excited that Barr made Durham a special prosecutor.  Keep in mind that Comey lied under oath, on public TV, in front of millions of Americans.  That is an open and shut case.  There are others.  You don’t need a special prosecutor, you need a Attorney General who wants to put criminals in jail.

You don’t need special prosecutors for things that are obvious.  Gather some facts, issue a warrant, indict and prosecute.  

Sound simple to me but because it might put some special people in jail, it won’t happen.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Opus 2020-304: Headlines: Escape from New York

You may have been reading about how major businesses are fleeing New York.  I think they are just trying to be like Rush Limbaugh.  The latest I am hearing about is Goldman Sachs and their target is Florida.

I think this is a really bad idea.

All the conservative types see is the destruction of the tax base in NYC and the movement of lots of jobs and taxes to red states.  That sounds really good but coming with all that money is a blue mentality.  Large number of blue voters will now be forced to move to red states in order to preserve their exclusive life styles.  They have been living so high on the hog that they are totally oblivious to the way their politics ruins life for everyone else.  Moving to Texas or Florida will not make them suddenly sensitive to the fact that socialism brings poverty and suffering to the general population.  They will not become aware of simple things like cause and effect.  It will not negate their lack of economic understanding.  They will continue to be paid well and live in gated compounds.

Not only will they finalize the death of NYC, California, Seattle and others but they will begin the destruction of their target states.  We have gotten along fine without them up until now.  Our states are thriving.  I am concerned that will change.

Moving bad apples from a rotten barrel to a healthy barrel does not go well for the good apples.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-303: Headlines: The Nays of Texas

The AJ of Texas, Ken Paxton, has filed a suit in the election against four states.  He is accusing them of violating the Constitution by changing the rules of the election without the approval of the legislatures.  Someone, I think it was Rush, said that this case did not need to prove fraud just whether the changes were constitutional.  This is a creative example of what can be done if people who have studied the law will step up and act.

Pray for Paxton.  Remember that there is always a price to pay for resisting the goons of the Progressive Deep State.  Strangely enough, the FBI is investigating him for some kind of issue regarding missuse of political power.  Really?  Comey, Brennen and the rest get a pass and they go after the Attorney General of Texas.  Can any one say “coincidence”?  I think the Deep State knew he was going to make this move and tried to preempt his action.  I remember hearing calls for him to resign.

Deep state manipulation?  Does he have spies in his staff?  Is the swamp this pervasive?  They may simply want to get rid of him because he was supported by the Tea Party.  Their tentacles reach into every corner.  It makes me willing to support him if and when he decides to try for governor.

Will his case be heard?  The Progressive* voices, open and closet, keep saying it won’t work.  The rest of us can be encouraged that the battle is not over yet.  It also makes me think that if the swamp prevails, it may generate enough awareness that there will be hope for the future.  

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Opus 2020-302: Headlines: FBI to the Rescue

I have seen a news article about the FBI raid involving computer fraud in the Arizona election.  I tend to read the headlines and move on but one mentioned that they had seized some hardware.  The idea of the article was that law enforcement was on the march.  I link one from something called the PT Network.  I link them because they are not famous.  

The FBI is doing something.  Cheers and clapping can be heard in the gallery.  

Not so fast.

Remember the Weiner laptop with all the evidence about corruption in the Clinton world?  Remember the DNC hard drive?  Remember Hunter Biden’s laptop?  The last was in FBI possession for a year with nothing but crickets.

The thought crossed my mind that the purpose of the FBI raid was to grab the evidence and make sure that it was “lost”  or forgotten in the process.  Call me a cynic.  Call me a realist.  Too often they seem to be the same thing.

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-301: Should-a-Beens: Prognostication

What lies in the future?  Obviously that is a dumb question if you expect an accurate answer, but it is a consideration we need to keep making.

I think that the goals of President Trump will be the same, win or lose.  I think he will continue to work to drain the swamp.  His methods and priorities will be different depending on the outcome of the election but he has set himself to make America great again and I don’t see him quitting.  There is a very real sense in which he has the tiger by the tail and can’t let go, even if he wants to.  He has been learning a lot in the last four years about the enemies of the Republic and their lack of moral limitations.  He has seen the abuse of the legal system in the persecution of Michael Flynn.  He has watched as the swamp has used every agency of the United States government to bring him down when he was supposed to be the head of those agencies.  I think he is a different person than he was four years ago.

The people who have attacked him, his family and his country need to begin living in fear.  He has a lot going for him.  

    His own commitment to winning
    His deep love for the United States of America
    80 million voters who were given hope again
    The Constitution of the United States
    In my opinion, God Almighty

I read an article that got my mind going this way.  I went looking for it and could not find it again so I can’t give them credit,  but it started with the premise that Donald Trump will not be retiring to a quiet life in the countryside.  It suggested that if he loses, he would announce for 2024 but not really run.  Being a candidate opens up a lot of options for him in the coming years and would put him in the place to continue transforming the Republican party into something besides Rinos and swamp critters.  

Of course it would be better to let him continue the work he has started and become a supporter after he is term limited out.  I am still hoping for that option.  If I don’t get it, then we will have to go with plan B.

The option of surrender is not acceptable.

homo unius libri

Monday, December 7, 2020

Opus 2020-300: Monday Pulpit: The God Thing

 Opus 2020-300:  Monday Pulpit:  The God Thing

It has been a long time since I have listened to Alistair Begg on my way to work.  I did write a lot of ideas down from listening to him.  One of them is appropriate for the times we are living in.

    “Providence is a soft pillow to put your head on in the evening.”

My wife like to call it “a God Thing”.  That is cute but does not have the gravitas of “Providence”.  Do I plan and save?  Yes.  Do I lock my doors at night?  Of course.  Do I check the seals on food I buy at the grocery store?  Always.  I don’t play games with God.  He expects me to practice due diligence.  He does not play games with me.  I trust Him to be in charge and watch out for both the microbes and the meteorites.  I am concerned about the election we just went through.  I know that a Biden administration will do much to destroy the righteous in this country.  But I don’t fixate on it.  

Sleep well if you trust Him.  

homo unius libri

Opus 2020-299: Who Changed the Name?

When did we change the name?  Suddenly Pearl Harbor Day is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  I tend to be suspicious of any change that suddenly appears without any discussion I am aware of.  Remember when Easter vacation became Spring Break?  Me neither, but it happened.  Merry Christmas has become Happy Holidays.  BC and AD became BCE and CE.  Socialism became a success.  There is usually a motive behind the change even if it is just to get people unsettled.  

Pearl Harbor is one of those days that fit in with the meme “Never forget.”  The phrase was originally a reference to the Holocaust.  People who know anything about history know we are talking about the genocide against the Jews perpetrated by the Nazis.  The list grows as we become aware.  Without going far back in history you can look at the Armenian Holocaust, Pol Pot, the starvation of millions of Ukranian peasants by the Soviets, and 911.  The list has a lot of variations depending on your awareness and personal involvement, but the list is real.  

Why is it important that we never forget?  The purpose is not to wreak vengeance.  The purpose is to avoid the same tragedy again.  What international events led up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor?  Can they be avoided?  How can we do better?  Or take the deliberate lies about socialism.  It is clear to anyone who is not brainwashed or totally ignorant that socialism has been one of the greatest killers in history.  Soviet socialism (Communists for the uniformed) makes National Socialism (Nazis for the uninformed) look like a bunch of minor leaguers when it comes to killing.  Mao’s People’s Republic (Chinese communist for the uniformed)  made the Soviet Union look like they were not even trying.  
It is obvious that most people don’t want to remember.  It requires them to make choices and take stands that are not popular.  Take the Armenian Holocaust.  It was the massacre of men, women and children by the Turks.  Numbers vary depending on your political position but I am going with a million and a half people.  It was an international hate crime by Muslims against Christians.  It is not popular to point that out.  All kinds of excuses are invented.  Obviously people making excuses have ignored the pictures of Armenian women crucified and dead bodies lying in rows.  What makes this terrifying is that the religious massacre is still going on.  I don’t imagine CNN or any of the Progressive news sources has covered it but the Muslims are at it again.  Armenians are being slaughtered.  We would rather forget and ignore.

Remembering is often inconvenient and sometimes just painful.  It is important to remember that an extra piece of cake can make you fat.  It is even more important to remember that socialism will make you either a slave or a corpse.  

Open your eyes so you know what you should never forget.

homo unius libri

Friday, December 4, 2020

Opus 2020-298: How about a New New Normal

America is on the verge of losing it all.  People are putting their children back in day care and sending them back to school.  

The virus scare and government overreach has given us a chance to stop and take a deep breath.  It has allowed some to reconnect with their children and get a glimpse of the brainwashing that is going on in the public schools.  Many parents have been filled with horror when the schools tried to teach on line and gave them access to the lessons.  Families have been forced to reexamine their spending and priorities and ask themselves if the dining out and the extra shiny new car were worth what it was costing them emotionally.

One of the lines I have been hearing all my life is that you can’t live on one salary.  The actual statement should be “We can’t live at the elevated level we have become accustomed to on one salary.”  Although my wife has generated some income from various sources she has never sought out a regular job since our first born arrived on the scene.  We have driven old cars, worn out our thrift store clothes and eaten out with coupons.  With a bit of thrift and some help getting started on our first home we have done very well.  We had a lot of vacations in Hawaii but when we went we took an ice chest full of frozen food.  It is amazing what you can do when you try.

So.  Take a deep breath.  Ask yourself what you want for your family.  If happiness requires a Hummer and a Lexus in your driveway then go for it.  If you would prefer children that are a bit more balanced then consider making a go of it.

Each of us has to make our own decisions.  I keep hearing about people who send their children away to college and they come back belligerent Marxists.  I have this feeling, nothing I can prove, that the problem started long before they filled out the applications.

homo unius libri

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Opus 2020-297: All Hail, Lord Gavin

I am wondering if we should celebrate the return of States’ Rights.

I am referring to the police states being established in California, Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, et cetera.  The governors of those states are basically defying the will of the people of the United States as well as the citizens of their states.  The difference is that the people of California elected Gavin Newsom and gave him a one party state to run, so they deserve everything they get from him.  The same is true of Oregon, Washington, and all the other states with strong Antifa loyalties.  In the true spirit of federalism, Donald Trump refused to play their game and send in the Marines.  He let them stew in their own juices.  That is one reason it was so important to steal this election, the Democrats want to bail out their minions.

States rights advocates that each state has a degree of autonomy.  If they want to have high taxes and corrupt politicians then that is their right.  At one point it was even legal for them to have slaves if they wanted.  The Democrats wanted.  Even after the Civil War they did everything they could to keep black Americans on the plantation.  They have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.  They are working hard to move Latinos and whites onto the plantation as well.  

Now we have Governor Cuomo telling the Supreme Court to go pound sand when they stand up for religious liberty.  On one side I agree with him.  If the people of New York want to see their freedom eroded and support their own personal dictator, then maybe they should have that right.  If the Jews and Catholics, who probably voted in block for the man, are told to get on the plantation, they have a remedy that they can put in place without crying to the supreme court.

On the other hand, where are we going to be if every state starts defying the Supreme Court?  Maybe that is something worth considering.  Maybe if no one listens to them they will decide to resign and we can get in people who have read the Constitution.

The more I see the overreach of the Federal Government, the more I move toward being sympathetic toward the South in the Civil War.  Slavery could have been dealt with.  Some people think it was on its way out already.  I heard one speaker, who was black, say that slavery really never ended until the invention of machines that could pick cotton.  We need less from Nanny and more from the adults in the room.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Opus 2020-296: The Dictator Is Unknown

As I read a novel that touched on the foundation of the National Socialists and the rise of Adolph Hitler to power, it was clear that Biden himself is not the danger.

In the Weimar Republic Hitler was at first a minor, ambitious politician.  Paul von Hindenburg was the president.  The big break came when he appointed Hitler Chancellor and which gave him the potential to take power.  The similarity to today is that Hindenburg at this point in history was a doddering old man.  Sound familiar?

The leftist media has been calling Trump Hitler since the beginning.  As I have observed along with many others, if Trump was half the dictator he is accused of being the talking heads would have been lined up and shot years ago.  George W. Bush went through the same treatment.  The closer parallel is that there is someone waiting in the wings to take over from the doddering old Biden.  Harris?  Hillary?  The one who is really behind Biden’s nomination?  I hope we never find out.

Keep in mind that the office of dictator goes back to the Roman Republic.  Dictators were given power by the people.  They did not usurp it or pull a coup.  In a sense they are elected.  Originally they were only to serve for one year.  I don’t think America is ready for that.  At least I can say that the 80 million who voted for Trump are not ready.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Opus 2020-295: Cheaters Seem to Prosper

Are we going to need to accept cheating as the new normal?

One of the unavoidable elements of democratic forms of government is power brokers finding ways to cheat in the election.  To be fair that is not just reserved for democracy.  I am sure that the other forms have it also.  I don’t think it is being pessimistic to assert that we will never be able to have totally honest elections.  I guess even that needs definitions.

Progressives* would probably say we can have honest elections but they do not mean what a well balanced, moral person means.  For them an election is honest if they win.  It is as simple as that.  Bribery, coercion, false results, ballot box stuffing, voting often, none of these are dishonest if they do them.  Keep in mind that in the mind of the left right and wrong are simply a way of measuring victory.

People who embrace the Christian way of thinking, even if they would not call themselves Christian, tend to believe that 2 + 2 = 4, period.  It doesn’t matter if you need 3 or 5 to make your computer model work.  One answer is right and any other is wrong.  Part of this philosophy is that man has a tendency to do the selfish thing.  In theology this is called original sin, the carnal nature or depravity.  The Founding Fathers knew this.  That is why we have checks and balances.  That is why we are a republic, not a democracy.

Cheating is universal.  What is unique about culture in the West is that its Judeo-Christian roots say that cheating is wrong.  So how do we deal with people in control rejecting that value?  What do you do when the government officials, courts and law enforcement all feel like you are a chump for thinking your voice and vote matter?  

If Biden wins this we may be forced to find out.  We may be forced to force.  It is a dangerous road to go down.  Lets keep hoping we can work this out by the rule of law and reason.  It is a sure thing that they will ignore both.

homo unius libri