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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.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Opus 2021-271: Go Ahead, Say it

Have you noticed how all the political correctness is seeping into everything we do and say?  I was recently looking at an article in a site called The Post Millennial.  The main point the author was making is that there are some things in life that you cannot do virtually.  You need to be there in person.  I can buy that theory, so I had no problem with his basic point.

However just before I got bored and stopped reading he made this comment:

“Attending a faith community is one of those things.”
When someone uses terminology like that it tells me one of several things.  It could be that this person is part of a “faith community” that he knows his readers won’t approve of such as a snake handling congregation or the local mosque.  It could be that he is too sophisticated to have any faith and doesn’t want you to know you are being talked down to.  It could be that he considers himself a believer but is afraid to use the word “church.”

Let me go with that last one.  How many terms are we becoming afraid to use?  How often do you find yourself looking around and whispering to the person next to you?

Sometimes the reluctance is because the label or adjective I want to use has been hijacked by the God haters in the crowd.  Church is actually becoming one of those words.  It is used by the world to indicate any building that has a sign out front and wants a tax exemption.  “Christian” is becoming the same.  Most people are Christians because they don’t think they are Buddhists or Muslims.  It is a cultural term.  The examples are legion and I have mentioned some before:  Love now means lust or do what I want.  Discrimination now means you have no taste or sense of proportion, Denny’s is as good as Flemings.  The list goes on.

It is amazing how many churches are afraid to use the term “church” on their signs.  Many will not tell you they are a part of a denomination.  It is based on a desire to appear to be something they are not.  It is a deception.

We need to learn to stand up and speak.  It used to be you could speak your mind and if someone disagreed you would have a spirited discussion without getting nasty.  You could differ without fearing for your physical well-being.  We have lost that in our culture.  The only way we can get it back is to get in the habit of looking for opportunities to speak up.  I am not advocating that you go into a gay bar and read Romans 1.  I am not asking you to go to a group of Democrats and talk logic and common sense.  There will be times to speak up.  We need to look for them.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Opus 2021-270: On the Road: Time

I am on the road again.  As always I never know what to expect.  On this trip I am either getting up before the sun and driving until I can’t see straight or in social situations that give me almost no time to think.  

I am enjoying the trip.  I will keep trying to sneak in times to write and post.  Life is good but there are still only 24 hours in a day.

Grace and peace.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 10, 2021

Opus 2021-269: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

One of the worries the remaining free and thinking Americans have is that the federal government will mandate everyone be vaccinated.  This, of course, could become a reality by simply having the grocery stores refuse to sell you food unless you had The Passport.  I am sure I am not the only one who has been watching this develop ever since they started requiring masks and the threat that no one should be able to buy or sell if they did not have a mask.  I wrote about it.  Others wrote about it.  This kind of talk brought to mind the Biblical concept of the Mark of the Beast.

Many of you will be familiar with the Bible verse,

(Rev 13:17 KJV)  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Add to that the idea of how the mark will be issued,
(Rev 13:16 KJV)  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Prophecy is funny that way.  It predicts the most unusual things.

For a number of reasons I am not convinced this is the Mark of the Beast.  It could be but there are certain requirements involved.  What is on my mind at this point is the persecution that is coming.

Americans have funny ideas about persecution.  We think we are going through hard times when the power goes out for a day.  We think we are going to die when toilet paper gets cleaned off the shelves.  We wonder if Satan is out to get us when our property taxes are raised.

We have a lot to learn about persecution and I am afraid that the lessons are on the way.  One of the books I am reading is Ecclesiastical History by a man named Eusebius Pamphilus.  He wrote in the fourth Century A.D.  Although the book is not specifically about persecution he cannot tell the history of the early church without talking about the martyrs.  These were Christians who were arrested and persecuted simply because they refused to bow down to Caesar and say a simple prayer to him.  

Most people have heard about Nero feeding Christians to the lions.  I have seen it dealt with in movies and there are a lot of political cartoons that follow the meme.  As many popular ideas about history, this picture comes far from the whole truth.  It seems that the encounters with the lions were after assorted other tortures and that often the animals were not fatal so there was more that came after.  One victim, Blandina, went through this,
“And thus, after scourging, after exposure to the beasts, after roasting, she was finally thrown into a net and cast before a bull, and when she had been well tossed by the animal and had now no longer any sense of what was done to her by reason of her firm hope, confidence, faith and her communion with Christ, she too was dispatched.” p. 179
And this was after she watched her two children tortured and killed.  

You say this could not happen to us today.  Really?  I think you have a higher opinion of your fellow man than is being demonstrated by the videos on You Tube.  The mob had a place then.  Take the case of Pothinus who was over 90 and sickly.  I won’t go through the torture aspect, but get a feel for the mob.
“After this, he was unmercifully dragged away and endured many stripes, whilst those that were near abused him with their hands and feet in every possible way, not even regarding his age.  But those at a distance, whatsoever they had at hand, every one hurled at him, all thinking it would be a great sin and impiety if they fell short of wanton abuse against him.  For they supposed they would thus avenge their own gods.” p. 174
Here was an old man, being manhandled by the police, already beaten and the mob was getting their jollies by kicking, slapping and throwing things.  If you can’t see that happening in modern America then you have not been watching.  Notice that they were avenging their gods.  Christians today are at odds with the gods of our culture, so expect the worst.

Two outcomes I wish for.  First, that the violence and persecution that seem to be coming would not happen, and second, that when it does I would stand tall for truth and righteousness.  Both are tall orders.

Eusebius.  Ecclesiastical History.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Book House, Reprinted 1989.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Opus 2021-268: Cornerstone Considerations: CUSA, Impeachment Limits and Potential

I keep hearing Republicans shooting off their mouths calling for impeachment of Joe Biden.  Since we are approaching Constitution Day it might be a good time to review impeachment.  First let’s review what the Constitution says.  

Article I deals with the powers and responsibilities of the Senate and House of Representatives.  In there you find Section II which states,

“The House of Representatives shall choose the Speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment.”
Impeachment starts in the House.  Senators and state officials can talk all they want but unless you can get the House to start the ball rolling, you are wasting your breath.  Since the Democrats are in charge of that body we could stop right here, but we will keep going.

Section III moves to the other legislative body.
“The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments.  When sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation.  When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present.”
If you know anything about the make-up of the Senate you know that this is strike two and three for impeaching Joe Biden.

Article II is concerned with the Executive.  Section 4 says,
“The president, vice-president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Although this sounds like it is limiting removal to a few causes, in reality this opens the door quite wide.  You can impeach for “other high crimes and misdemeanors.”  We tend to think of misdemeanors as minor crimes.  In reality most presidents have probably done something they could be impeached for if there was the political will.  I think it goes without say that the Republicans don’t have that will.  I will say it anyway, the Republicans don’t have that kind of will.

There is another aspect here that is overlooked.  “All civil officers of the United States” can be impeached.  Here is where the lack of will really shows up.  This phrase only excludes the military.  Any other employee of the Federal Government can be removed by impeachment.  We could transform the country, assuming the Democrats lose the House and Senate in 2022, by going after judges who betray their oath to the Constitution.  We could also go after all the employees of the alphabet agencies who think they have the right to dismantle the country and make us a socialist state.

That would be a great way to celebrate Constitution Day in 2023.  If we can’t terminate because of Civil Service protection we can put them in jail for treason.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Opus 2021-267: Define “Americans”

I always like it when someone with a following expresses what I have been saying to the few ears I touch.  One of the questions I have been asking people is, “How many of the ‘Americans’ that are trapped in Afghanistan are patriotic Americans and how many are people who were born in that country and still consider it home?”  It makes a difference.  An article at American Greatness goes into it a bit deeper.

If we have people who are American citizens and believe in the principles of the Constitution who just happened to be in Afghanistan at the wrong time, they deserve to be rescued.  If it is someone who is in an unending visit with family, not so much.  I don’t think we should be risking the lives of our soldiers for people who hate America.

There are many issues involved in this fiasco.  I am with the many voices saying that this was planned out to happen this way.  

The adventure continues.

homo unius libri

Monday, September 6, 2021

Opus 2021-266: Click Bait: I Can’t Help Myself

One of my morning frolics is through Instapundit.  I am looking for news rather than novelty so I skip over much of the click bait, but when I saw “The Kardashian Butt Must Die” it was almost as if my mouse took on a life of its own.  This I had to investigate.

The link took me to some site called T-Nation.  I have no idea what they do when they are not talking about the Kardashians and I didn’t look.  One article was enough.  I was aware that giant rear-ends were a “big thing” in some groups.  Years ago I somehow ended up on a site that was dedicated to just that.  Not my dog.  Not my race.  This article told me more than I ever wanted to know but I read the whole thing.  One reason was I had a hard time believing it wasn’t the Babylon Bee and satire.  The author claimed that there is a Greek word that actually means “lard butt.”  I can’t find it in my Bible software so I will take his word for it.  And did you know that in 2015 there were 4,800 butt lifts.  I assume the number is approximate.

If you are tired of worrying about the political future of our country then you might want to take a break and see what some people are spending their time thinking about.  I am guessing that the author and the people who frequent this site are all Biden voters.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Opus 2021-265: Conservative Cannibals

The conservatives are circling the wagons.  That might be good if we didn’t have a tendency to go outside the circle and shoot back across at each other.  We are famous for eating our own.  

What is on the menu?  Or should I say, “Whom?”  The list includes anyone who makes the slightest stumble, those who are too strong for another faction, those that the left is trying to get us to drive out and anyone who gets on your nerves that day.

Kristi Noem has had a few bad days.  Ted Cruz has people wondering what he is doing when he doesn’t show up at everything they think he should do.  Greg Abbot has been seduced by the China Virus panic.  I will vote against him in the primary but I need to be careful that I am positive about the other candidates not just negative about him.  I heard someone firing on Candice Owens recently.  I am sure you can name more or might have some of your own to try to roast.

Who should be on the menu?  The list is long.

Elizabeth Cheney
Bill Barr
The other guy who voted with Cheney
John McCain.  Yes, I know he is dead but he represents what is wrong with “conservatives.”
Mitt Romney.  Can he be redeemed?  I guess it is possible but we don’t have time for it.
That Alaska Senator with the name that is hard to spell.
Every Rino that voted with the Democrats and against Trump
Every Rino that voted to pass the bloated spending bill

We do need to go after this second list.  Why is it important to deal strongly with the true RINO’s?  So that the others will get the message.  There are a lot who have a tendency to stray.  They need to be reminded that there are consequences.  

We also need to be very careful about what the Communist mini-Manifestos put out in their lies and distortions.  You have seen the way they have been going after Governor Desantos.  So far he has called their bluff.  “News” agencies have had to back down.  The CDC has been forced to admit their false statistics.  Don’t believe anything they tell you.  In the event that they actually tell the truth about something, don’t worry about it.  You will hear it from someone you trust.

So go ahead and circle the wagons, just make sure you are shooting at the real enemy.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Opus 2021-264: We Are Not Alone

Americans tend to be self-centered when it comes to world events.  Part of that is our ethos but a bigger part is the refusal of the so-called news media to keep us up to date on the world.  We hear about concerns over the feds printing money to solve our problems.  What makes this a bigger coming catastrophe is that we are not alone.  From the City Journal, linked from Instapundit, we read,

“The economy continues to chug along, as the money printer in Canberra churns out tens of billions in handouts. The open federal money tap has allowed state governments, mostly in the hands of the opposition center-Left, to go to extremes;...”
So Australia is going down the same path we follow.  They are destined for the effects of extreme inflation not only because of what we are doing but also because they have joined in the chorus.  It makes me wonder how many other countries are singing the siren song of the printing press.  We will never know until it is too late.

As the people searching for extra-terrestrial life say, “We are not alone.”

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-263: Headlines: The Dangers of “Over the River and Through the Woods...”

I heard about the 14 students from the San Diego area that were stuck in Afghanistan and then I heard that they had made it out.  I was a bit mystified when my wife told me there were 30 students still stuck in the land of the Taliban.  Something was not adding up.  Today I saw some click bait that referred to the 30 students so I decided to fall for it.

The headline at Legal Insurrection clarified some of the mystery.  

“Almost 30 Students From Sacramento Remain Trapped in Afghanistan”
This was a different group of students.  As I kept reading I found that they were not your typical group of students.  
“With about 1,400 students of Afghan origin within the district, Bassanelli said it’s normal for these students to go visit their home country every summer.”
Okay.  It seems that we already have a large group of emigrants who have settled in the Sacramento area.  A bunch of them decided to go home to visit granny.  Since they are public school inmates they probably paid no attention to what was going on in the world around them and are now finding it hard to get a ride home.  Or not.  

Then we have this,
“‘We realized that we had about 144 students of Afghan origin who were not presently in our schools but yet enrolled,” Bassanelli explained…’”
It seems there are 144 students unaccounted for, not just 30.  Since I taught in Southern California I am used to the idea of large blocks of students going home to Mexico for the Christmas/New Years holidays.  It is an annual event.  You learn to roll with it and never did we blame the President of the United States for their absence.  I would wonder how they know that 30 are in Afghanistan.  Is that an actual count or a reasonable guess?  From the information that we seem to be given it sounds to me like they are spread all over the country with relatives.  That means they may be in no danger, or at least no more danger than anyone is that cesspool of violence is facing.

I think this is a lot of hysteria about what may be no problem.  I grant it might be.  It is possible that they will be used as hostages or the targets of political murder.  It is hard to tell at this point.  It is also a bit late to say, “What were they thinking?”  There biggest sin is that they believed what the Biden administration was telling them about conditions in Afghanistan.

In any event I don’t think this is any reason to be sending in the troops.  These may be American citizens because they were born here after their parents arrived or they may have actually been born in Afghanistan.  Either way I doubt if their hearts are in America and their values are rooted in the Constitution.  I wish for them the same safety I would wish for any other human being.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 3, 2021

Opus 2021-262: Salad on My Chest

If I were General Milley I would have earned another ribbon to wear on my uniform.  It might be called the National Geek Citation.  I fixed the internet.

Well, not the entire internet.  Just the part in our house.  And I didn’t actually fix it myself.  My son looked at the screen over a Face Time connection and told me what to do.  But I was the one who moved the mouse and clicked the button.  I deserve a medal.  I do.  I do.

Now I wonder who is telling the General where to move his cursor and when to click his mouse?

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Opus 2021-261: Bell Bottoms and Tattoos

The mask was bad enough but the jab is a real disaster.  The difference is the same as between bell bottoms and tattoos.

I never did hate bell bottoms.  I thought they were cool even if I didn’t have the body type that made them look good.  The closest I came to wearing them was the slightly flared styles that were all you could get in my price range and waist size.  For the purposes of discussion let me hypothesize that I had a closet full of the various degrees of bell.  Suddenly style change.  I can’t remember what came next but if I want to be cool all I have to do is empty my closet and hit the mall.

Tattoos are a little different.  Although I understand there are ways to remove them I have not heard a lot of rave reviews of the results.  Tattoos are forever.  Let’s say you have your current girlfriend’s name, Sophia, tattooed across your chest.  Sophia finally wises up and moves on to someone with a real job.  After you get over the heartbreak you start dating Angela.  Now you have a problem.  Sophia is forever.  Or assume you stay with Sophia but after a few years your manly chest starts to sag.  Not a pretty sight.

So.  A mask you can put on and take off.  When I went to the doctor the other day I had to get one to get through the obstacles.  When I started to leave I whipped it off and went about my business.  Not so with the experimental chemicals they want to inject in your body.  This is a total experiment.  The drug messes with your DNA and the changes won’t just go away.  At this point we know there are problems with the heart and with blood clots.  We have miscarriages and who knows how many other complications.  I think that everyone admits the heart problems that develop in young men, and from what I read the effects stay with you the rest of your life.

In the midst of all this keep in mind that we are dealing with nothing more than a different version of the flu.  They say that people die.  True.  They also die of the annual flu.  I urge you before you surrender to your millennial children urging you to be immunized that you think seriously about the long term effects.  And keep in mind that if the cure kills you they stand to inherit your estate, not that I am implying ulterior motives.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Opus 2021-260: Them or Us

One of the tactics of division is to separate the rank and file from the leadership.  People who have issues with the Roman Catholic church point out that the Pope, Cardinals and Archbishops tend to line up as socialists while the communicants tend to be for liberty and opportunity.  The Bishops seem to be divided.  We see it when people try to defend Islam.  The claim is that the vast majority of Muslims are peace loving people.  The problem is the radical fringe and many of the “spiritual leaders”.  It is a common tactic.  Sometimes it is true.  Sometimes it is just to muddy the waters.

We see it being used in regard to the fiasco of Afghanistan.  We have Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and General Milley going major woke while the world burns around them.  We have the commander of the forces in Kabul refusing to allow a busload of women to enter the base.  (Based on Twitter accounts, Washington Post and screen shots.)  We have mid level officers being forced to resign because they know nonsense when they see it.  At the same time most of us know that the average soldier would be willing to ride to the rescue.

Are Americans responsible for electing Joe Biden and his team?  I keep hearing criticism about how we elected him.  I don’t believe it.  I still believe that Trump was the legal winner even if the Democrats had all their fraud well organized.  Take a look at the mandate nonsense on the virus.  Most of the government push is coming from leaders that are unelected and untouchable.  In business it is a mysterious group of board members and people with initials for titles.

So who is responsible?  Who represents the Catholic church?  Who are the real Muslims?  Who is in charge of America?  If we roll with the popular idea that it is the Pope, Imams and the President then we are off the hook.  There is nothing we can do.  If we realize that the people at the top could do nothing if they were worried about those at the bottom then we need to demand changes.

Stand up when the arrow points at you.  Don’t be silent.  We need a nation of people broadcasting that the king has no clothes.  Our future depends on it.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 30, 2021

Opus 2021-259: Home Schooling Myths

I keep reading about the growth of home schooling.  I am not impressed.  It isn’t that easy.

When I say it isn’t that easy I don’t mean the teaching part.  There are curriculums everywhere if you don’t know what to cover.  If you knew how little time is actually spent on instruction and how many subjects are just avoided because the teacher doesn’t know anything you would blow a gasket.  I would imagine that Laura Ingalls was not a math wizard or scientist.  She certainly didn’t have any college when she started teaching.  Her students could put to shame a lot of college graduates today.

Consider people who largely taught themselves.  The most famous would be Abraham Lincoln.  One that is getting better known today is Frederick Douglass.  When I served in an inner city church during college I was surprised to find that the kids who could read had learned at home, not at school.  If you are into the really wild side read about how Tarzan learned to read.  You might also want to admit that most of what you know that is important you dug out yourself.

No, the problem is time.  It cuts into gym time, coffee klatches and to be honest would require one of the parents to not work a paying job outside the home.  While it is doable, we did it, it is not something that most people are willing to do.  The big lie is that you can’t survive on one salary.  Yes, you can.  Millions do.  What you can’t do is drive new cars, shop the malls and eat at the good restaurants on one salary.

Home schooling isn’t for everyone.  It is no guarantee.  It is the best way to go but it will always be the road less traveled.  When you consider that the schools are pushing CRT, the Homosexual agenda, transgenderism, anti-Americanism and are constantly lower the standards it is hard to believe you could do any worse.  When you add up all the time spent on those subjects and wasted on crowd control you might seriously consider starting the journey.

Bon voyage.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Opus 2021-258: The Pause that Refreshes

We had a lightening strike very close to our house.  Not only did it take out the power in the neighborhood, it blew out things inside the house.  We have a new light fixture in the living room with two expensive, fancy light bulbs.  One of them blew out.  As far as I can tell, none of our remaining old style bulbs lost it.  When we tried to fire up the internet we found that the strike had fried the back-up power/surge protection and gotten through to mess up all of our internet providing devices.  

That was as close as I want to get to a lightening strike.

I am hoping that I can still post through the hot spot on my phone that my son set up for me but until our personal infrastructure is replaced we are essentially without internet.  That is a two edged sword.  I am still adjusting to all the sources of information I had but can’t connect with.  I keep picking up my I-Pad and realizing I can’t check the headlines.  Every time I open my computer it tries to reach the internet because one of the upgrades from Microsoft installed an attempt to get me to use Bing.  

The other edge of the sword is that I cannot reach the internet.  I am forced to read what I have on hand.  I have more time to read and study.  I think I may have even slept better.

Being sent into exile from the world wide web is a shock but I think it is a good thing.  As the health food nuts like to say, it cleanses the toxins from our soul.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Opus 2021-257: Still Searching for the Lost Ark?

I always enjoyed the Indiana Jones movies.  I started with Raiders of the Lost Ark.  It was a lot of fun but recently as I was reading through I Samuel in the Bible I realized that he could have taken a short cut.

Check out I Samuel 5.  The Israelites had gone superstitious.  They were losing battles and felt like if they could take the Ark out with them they would win.  It didn’t work out that way.  The Philistines captured the Ark and took it with them as war booty.  That didn’t work out too well either.  Every pagan city that took the Ark suffered.  The local god got knocked over and when it were set back up lost head and hands.  The local residents were infested with tumors.  

So my suggestion for Indiana Jones would have been if he wanted to find the lost ark then all he needed to do is look at the most miserable place in the world.  It will probably be in some basement.  If you find it make sure you don’t open it.  Remember what happened in the movie.  I hear God has much better special effects that Hollywood.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Opus 2021-256: White Fang the Expert

Remember Soupy Sales?  One of his side kicks was White Fang.  White Fang was some mysterious, off camera animal, sometimes referred to as a dog, that was always telling Soupy what was what.  All you ever saw was a paw and part of an arm.  He was a modern day expert, made so by the fact that you could never understand a thing he said.

We are being run by experts.  That is not a compliment.  Experts, by necessity, are limited in their area of expertise.  Remember when you had someone you called the Family Doctor.  They were everywhere.  They had their own offices and I hear they even made house calls.  They would get to know you and treat whatever ailed you.  Then we went to the GP, or general practitioner.  That is where I came into the picture.  They often had their own office.  Now we go to see our Primary Care Physician.  He is usually working in a clinic or a suite disguised to not look like a clinic.  When we first came to Texas we had a new doctor every year because they kept moving on.  They would refer us to the experts.  

If I am bored I will see my Primary Care Physician once a year.  I see a cardiologist, my eye doctor, and a podiatrist.  I see my Dermatologist at least twice.  I also have an orthopedic team and a guy who looks at my colon.  Since my diabetes is under control I don’t have an endocrinologist.  They are all experts.  No one looks at the complete picture except the PCP and that is to pass me on to someone else.

Pascal had some thoughts on this situation.

“Since we cannot be universal and know all that is to be known of everything, we ought to know a little about everything. For it is far better to know something about everything than to know all about one thing. This universality is the best.”  Kindle location 421-22
I don’t mind having a guy who specializes in brakes work on my brakes but I really want someone who has a feel for the whole picture to tell me the problem is the brakes.

We have experts advising us on all the hot issues of the day from Kabul to CO2.  The problem is that they don’t know much outside their field.  An even bigger problem is that they got their position because of affirmative action and a college degree that was awarded the same way.  I now how it works.  I was credentialed to teach science in high school and had not had a science class since my freshman year of college, but I test well.

Beware of experts.  It is possible that the common sense of your grandmother is of more use than Dr. Fauci when it comes to getting well.  In fact, I can almost guarantee it.

Pascal, Blaise.  Pensees.  Project Gutenberg.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-255: Headlines: FDA Approves the Kool Aid

By now I am sure you have heard that the FDA has given full approval to one of the chemical compounds mistakenly labeled a vaccine.  How this will play out will have life changing effects.  What those will be run the gamete from a Thalidomide redo to the panacea of all medicines.  Once again we see how the government officials live in a special world.

Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said,

“While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated....”
No, it will actually reduce their confidence in the FDA.  People who have been resisting the vaccine have not been resisting because the FDA has withheld approval.  It has been a convenient talking point but most people who are refusing are doing so because they can read and think.  The government story just does not add up.  Why take an unproven, side effect loaded, genetic manipulating “medicine” to battle a bad flu?

Will the FDA approval get some people to step forward and offer their arm?  Probably.  I read one headline that a package of Ramen noodles were being used as a bribe somewhere.  I am sure some desperate person will step forward.

It is an embarrassing time to be an American.  It is a dangerous time to be an American.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Opus 2021-254: La La Land

It came up with the Zoomers when one said that Trump lacked integrity.  My question was, “Compared to whom?”  We forget that when we voted for Donald Trump he was not running against Jesus.  He wasn’t even running against George Washington.  He was running against people who were undeniably evil.  

Proregressives* make it a habit to run down America, past, present and future.  We tend to step into their trap.  We forget when Proregressives bad-mouth America they are comparing it to a non-existent perfect country, not to the competition.  Utopia does not exist and has never existed.  Cuba has.  Venezuela has.  The Soviet Union has.  China does.  Force people to compare our history with the history of a real country, not something in their imaginations.

And try to get them to describe what they plan on doing to support themselves in this socialist paradise they want to create.  Who will haul away the garage, grow the organic vegetables, replace the batteries in their e-car?  Who will produce the detergent to wash their clothes and the machines to do the work?  It certainly won’t be their professors or the leaders of BLM.  It won’t be the elites that are working to destroy our republic.

Encourage them to look at the real world.  Did their high school CRT teacher come to get the toilet working last time it backed up?  In our society someone gets paid good money to do that and if you have a job you can pay them.  What are they going to do when mommy’s job is downgraded or done away with and she is forced to turn the basement over to another family?  Who will fix their breakfast then?

America isn’t Utopia.  It is better.  It is real.  Don’t throw it away for the promise of a safe investment with a return of 40%.

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

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Opus 2021-253: The State of the Book

Are people reading less now?  Some say yes; others, no.  I am sure there is evidence both ways depending on your desired outcome.

The Zoomers I meet with twice a week all seem to have no time to read.  But I notice they always have time to watch.  And it seems they spend a lot of time on the internet.  They are always asking, “Did you watch Tucker last night?”  Maybe they also take too many naps.

I don’t have time to watch, I am too busy reading, and taking naps.  I will click on a video connection but I find that I get bored quickly.  There are people I respect when I read their comments in short form but when I try to watch their stuff I find that I don’t have time for the introductory yuk-it-up stuff as they work toward why I am watching.  I assume they have a time slot to fill and didn’t have enough material to start quickly.

Since most people can read much quicker than the talking head can talk and readers can skim ahead to the actual information, who gets more information, readers or watchers?  Obviously from the way I ask the question I put my money on the readers.  When you read you have a lot of control, like listening to a cassette tape.  You can rewind, stop and fast forward.  In reading terms that means you can go back and check what you think you remember, take a break to ponder and skim when the material becomes fellow back-patting time.

Recently my wife called me in to watch something that had her excited.  It seems that a bunch of military leaders in Cuba had all died in the same week.  It was six or seven.  The talking head on the screen seemed to think this was a sign that forces were in action.  My wife was almost bouncing on the bed.  She got upset that I did not see how significant this was.  I reviewed the facts.  Six guys died.  The ages reported started at 79 and went up from there.  No cause of death was given.  End of facts.  This is not a campaign by the forces of Free Cuba.  This is what we call old age.

I urge you to keep reading and to think about what you read.  You may not have noticed but the libraries are still open.  In between the liberal trash there are some things worth reading.  And don’t forget the old stuff that was written by dead white males.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 16, 2021

Opus 2021-252: Monday Pulpit: An Attitude

The pastor started off talking about the penalty paid on the cross and my mind went, “Shiny!”  

Off on a tangent I went.  I spent a moment on how life is ruined by sin and the death of Jesus on the cross paid the price to remove the rubble.

What we have as Christians is more.  It is not just the penalty being paid by the blood shed on the cross but the hope offered by the resurrection of the dead.  Most people look at physical death as the end, a closed door.  Christians look at it as a gate that admits believers to an eternity of all the good words you can think of.  It is only the beginning.

That makes a difference in how we view all this hysteria about a virus.  We start knowing that God designed our immune system.  We know that sin has messed up the world so sometimes the system does not function as designed.  In that case we know it is time to be promoted to eternity.

Take the difference between being sent to the principals office and getting a gold star on your class work, multiply it by an infinite number and you are still short of the promise of hope.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-251: Going Buggy

Worried about germs?

According to an article at Study Finds you are crawling with them.

“A staggering 100 trillion microorganisms live in the human gut – both good and bad.”
The focus of the article is to get you to eat more yogurt.  That is my boiling down.  They talk about probiotics and Alzheimer’s, two buzz words that attract attention.  You can read it yourself if it pushes your button but I think the basic idea is that if you eat right you have a better chance of not losing your mind as you age.  Of course results may vary.

But for those of you that are concerned about wearing a mask and all the other neurotic impulses that are being shoved into our panic centers, get a perspective.  That is trillion with a “T”.  You are crawling with bugs.

The article also brings up the topic of “fecal transplants”.  That is slid in under the radar.  I have heard about this before in regard to weigh loss but never as a preventative for dementia.  Scientific research is full of little surprises.  I guess there is big money in the fear of aging.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Opus 2021-250: What, Me Worry?

The Proregressives* all want Justice Breyer to resign while they control both the Senate and the White House.  It seems he is in no hurry and I think he has good reason not to worry about it.

At this point he has had plenty of time to observe how the Trump appointees are making decisions.  The direction is clear.  They may not be as liberal as he is but he knows the liberal majority is in no danger.  So why should he exit while Biden is on the throne?  He can hang on with no risk to his part in destroying the republic.

He plans on pulling a Ginsberg.  

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Opus 2021-249: What a Pain

Pain is something we have all experienced.  I have experienced great pain.  It seemed to be a kidney stone attack although they could never find a stone.  I think it was toxin based.  I will never know the cause but the pain was real.  It went on for days and I remember that it hurt to breathe so I would hold my breath as long as I could and hope I died before I needed to inhale again.

That being said, I am not plagued by great pain like so many are that I know.  I have one person who is getting no relief from the medical doctors.  I am about ready to recommend he consult some alternative practitioners such as acupuncturists or herbal medicines.  I don’t have a lot of confidence in them but that is balanced by the realization my trust in the medical profession has taken a real nose-dive during the China Virus panic.  If the guilty parties for all the ruined lives are ever prosecuted I expect to see a lot of MD’s in the dock, right after the politicians and media types.

One of the untallied death tolls will be the people who would not go to see a doctor because they were afraid of being locked up.  They saw how their grandparents were isolated in nursing homes and not allowed visitors.  I have talked to people who had family going down hill in the hospital and could not have visitors.  Most of this was nonsense.  The problem we have is finding someone we can trust.  The concept of a family doctor seems to be out of a fairy tale.  We used to have a GP we went to.  Now the only resource most of us have is a clinic that is one step above the urgent care and that step is mainly a different sign.  

When we first moved to Texas we went to one of those clinics.  Every time we went in there was a new doctor.  Then they got rid of the staff who had been very competent.  We are now at another clinic.  I am not hurrying to go back because it could be a totally different doctor and he might want to give me a “wellness check” again.  Medicare is really big on wellness checks.  I find it amusing that my spell check doesn’t recognize “wellness”.  Even my computer knows there is something fishy.

It may be that voodoo medicine and grandma’s cures will make a comeback.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 13, 2021

Opus 2021-248: New Terms: Vaccine

Yes, I know you think you know what the term means.  However, we are in the age of deconstructionalsim.  You may not know it because it is not broadcast.  I have mentioned it several times but let me give a quick refresher.  Deconstrutionalism is an actual school of philosophy or social science which says that the words mean what you want them to mean.  Words have no inherent meaning but change with the viewer.  A phrase that illustrates this that we can all understand is, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.”  Take that and apply it to a word like “vaccine.”

When I write about the jab they want us to get I am avoiding calling it a vaccine because it isn’t a vaccine and it isn’t even approved as of this writing.  It is a total experiment in human biology.  

Historically a vaccine is a medical treatment that is developed by introducing a pathogen into a living creature, allowing it to produce antibodies as it fights the toxin and then use those antibodies to produce a serum called a vaccine.  A vaccine generally gives you a mild form of the disease so that your body can produce its own defenses.  The first significant vaccination I am aware of was to fight small pox.  The vaccination was created by using the coxpox virus.

There are always side effects to medicine.  A vaccine can cause death in some people.  The question asked is “Do the benefits to the population as a whole warrent taking the risk in the few.”  If you are one of the few, it sucks to be you, but the rest of us thank you.  Legitimate medical science carefully weighs the benefits with the dangers.  That has not been done with the current wave of falsely named “vaccines.”

The current list of “cures” for the China virus are not vaccines.  They are instead made by manipulating the genetic material in your body.  In an age before Health Hysteria this would have been considered unethical.  Now it is the panacea.

So the manipulators keep calling them vaccines.  That means the word now has a new meaning.  As the warning label to things like bleach and ammonia might say, “Use with care.”

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Opus 2021-247: The Coming Lack of Medical Care

Daily we hear about some new company or government agency that is requiring people to have the experimental vaccine.  If they don’t then either do not come to work or expect to do business.  At this point it hasn’t touched me because I am retired and in Texas.  I expect the other shoe to drop any day.

I expect that next time I go to see one of my doctors I will be required to have had the jab.  They may be satisfied with a verbal confirmation or they may require proof.  Either way I will not be taken care of.  I don’t plan on deception and I don’t plan on being punctured.  What do we do then?  How do we survive without medical care?  My guess is the same way we would have survived if there were no doctors available.  

I think all of us, even the ones who are losing our respect for the medical profession, have put doctors up on a pedestal.  I know I have.  They are highly trained.  They are experts in their fields.  They are dedicated to the healing arts.  That may have been true at some time but I know it isn’t true today.  Keep in mind that they have been trained at schools that are constantly lowering the entrance requirements in order to meet some politically correct quota.  They blithely process data from the CDC that makes no sense and set policy based on propaganda rather than science.  

Let me give a word of encouragement on your daily medical needs.  I believe we have given doctors credit that they do not deserve.  Imagine a scenario.  You have come down with something.  After a few days you go see a doctor and after doing the basics they prescribe an antibiotic.  The prescription is based on a hail Mary guess based on what they have read about “there’s a lot of that going around.”  The antibiotic is probably a broad spectrum germ killer that will take out almost anything from toe fungus to head lice.  You are told to take it the entire week.  After a few days you start feeling better and eventually go back to work.  How would this have been different if you had no health insurance and simply ate Lipton noodle soup, drank lots of water and got a lot of sleep?  My guess is the pattern would have been just the same except for the time wasted at the doctor and pharmacy.  I make that guess because that is the way I was raised, without insurance.  

I will accept if you have a ruptured appendix or a heart attack they are still needed.  At my age it is possible that I will come down with some elderly condition that knocks me off at 80 instead of 81, but I think the chances are in my corner.

Add to that a healthy dose of Providence and guardian angels and just get on with life.  Now when they take my library card away that will be different so I am already planning work-arounds.  

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Opus 2021-246: Reminders: #5, No They Don’t Have Good Intentions

There are certain topics I have written about.  They are worth repeating.  I need to revisit them to refresh my memory and enhance my thinking.  Others need to be reminded.  There is a constant bombardment of ideas that clutter our minds.

The news media lies to us on a regular basis.  The Government spies on us, ignores the rioting by anarchists, arrests people invited into the capital building and keeps them in solitary confinement for what is a misdemeanor at worst, the monopolies in social media censor anything that might be construed as pro-American and the beat goes on.  I am getting used to this insanity.  What I am not getting used to is the people of good will who say stupid things like, “They mean well.”

I am sorry, that is not an option.  When people at the CDC deliberately change the way deaths are reported and inflate the statistics repeatedly to back a leftist agenda, it is not just trying to help us.  I have said it before, I am saying it again.  You have three choices.  They are one of three things, or maybe all three.  Time to revisit the three choices about the left:  Ignorant, Evil, or Stupid.

I think it is clear they are not ignorant.  They see the data.  They know the facts.  They need to know what is true to lie so consistently.  

They may be stupid.  In our current climate of affirmative action and cancel culture it is possible to get a degree from what used to be prestigious universities and not be sure which foot the shoe goes on.  As a former teacher I can testify to the lack of intelligence in many of the college graduates.  When I got into teaching you were required to pass an examination called the CBEST.  It consisted of writing an essay, doing math problems with only a few as advanced as algebra and answer questions about something you just read.  Any 10th grade student should be able to pass it.  I think most of my 8th graders could have done so.  Twenty percent of the college graduates who took the test failed.  So yes, it could be that they are stupid, after all people still watch CNN.

I personally think it is the third choice.  They are evil.  They have sold their souls to the devil.  I know they don’t think of it that way but how do you explain things like the journalist who went to the Soviet Union while Stalin was starving the Ukrainians and came back praising the system?  How do you explain the publishing industry that gave him awards for his awesome journalism?  How do you explain thousands of people totally violating their oaths, the law and the trust of their fellow Americans to steal an election for Joe Biden and another group who claim there is no evidence of fraud?  How do you explain judges who say it is acceptable for young children to surgically and chemically alter their bodies when they aren’t old enough to buy a beer?  It isn’t ignorance.  It isn’t stupid.  It is evil.

So get over it.  They are not nice people who have different ideas.  They are evil people making evil choices.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 9, 2021

Opus 2021-245: If at First You Don’t Succeed...

On August 6 I kept reading about the bombing of Hiroshima.  I didn’t read the articles because there are two general approaches.  The first is the revisionist approach that ignores all of the facts and weeps bitter tears about how mean the United States was to commit this war crime.  If you are ignorant, stupid or evil that all makes sense.  The second is that it ended the war quickly and saved hundreds of thousands of American lives and since the Japanese as a nation were committed to suicidal resistance, it also ended up saving millions of Japanese lives.  That is a net savings, not gross.

I thought it might be interesting to bring in a bit of the thinking expressed at the time.  I offer you Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain.  He was in on the research leading up to the development of the bomb.  He was involved with the decision to drop it.  This comment was published in 1953 and reflects an insiders view of what was going on.

“At any rate, there never was a moment’s discussion as to whether the atomic bomb should be used or not.  To avert a vast, indefinite butchery, to bring the war to an end, to give peace to the world, to lay healing hands upon its tortured peoples by a manifestation of overwhelming power at the cost of a few explosions, seemed, after all our toils and perils, a miracle of deliverance.” p. 639
Two issues are clear here.  This weapon was viewed as a release from the butchery that started in 1939 and consumed at least 20 million lives.  Also no one had any serious doubts about using it.  You may not like history.  You may not like reality.  Picture what the world would be like today if they had refused to drop the bomb.  The butchery in China and Korea would have continued.  Millions more would have died.  The Soviet Union would have made a land grab in Asia.  Two cities in the country that initiated the Bataan Death March is a small price to pay.  And keep in mind that the slaughter of the first bomb was not enough to bring surrender.  The allies had to do it again.

Churchill, Winston S.  Triumph and Tragedy.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1953.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Opus 2021-244: I Have Questions

The Bible is full of things that are hard to explain.  Among the Great Mysteries of the Bible:  The Incarnation, the Trinity, creation ex nihilo and the entire idea of an infinite God.  There are questions that are hard to answer such as, “Where did Adam’s sons find wives?” and “How much did the baby Jesus know?”  

Then there are the dubious choices of Biblical heroes.  To me one of the great mysteries is Sampson.  Sampson was set aside to be a judge in Israel before he was born.  That is one of the Biblical teachings that should make you question abortion.  His mother had a rigorous diet and he had to follow it himself.  For all of his flaws he seemed to keep his Nazarite vows.  

His character left a lot to be desired.  He seemed to be totally ignorant of sexual morality.  He had problems with telling the truth and was guilty of killing flocks of Philistines.  He was a mess.  I would not want him in charge of anything.  Yet in all this he was one of the judges and God honored him.

We see the same problem with King David.  List his crimes and you come up with adultery and murder.  He was also a poor example of fatherhood.  And yet God said he was a man after God’s own heart.

Go figure.

One advantage God has is being able to read our hearts and minds.  

(Pro 24:12 KJV)  If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
He knows the difference between an honest mistake, a moment of weakness and rebellion.  We can fool others.  We can fool ourselves.  We cannot fool God.

Sampson had and inner quality that God honored.  David had a heart that was more committed than his actions of the day.  We can also know that God knows our hearts.  That can be good or bad but we always have the option of repentance and change.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Opus 2021-243: Rush Moments

I did not listen to Rush very often.  Usually it was when we were driving and my wife was in the car.  I must say I enjoyed what he had to say.  One of my fond memories was his sense of humor such as the statement, “Talent on loan from God.”  

One day I was listening and heard a blurb that talked about how he was the number one radio talk show host in history.  I got a good laugh out of that one too.  I don’t doubt that it was true.  The humor was in having a sense of history.  This was interesting since we have only had radio for a small slice of history.  It isn’t like it goes back to 4,000 B.C.  Now if he would have said he was the number one public speaker or entertainer that would have been a bit of hubris.  It might have been true but it would still be a bit of arrogance.

He was a man who new how to walk the line, make fun of himself and help us all enjoy life a little more.  May we each learn to shuffle in his shoes.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 6, 2021

Opus 2021-242: A Caring Government

Black Americans are avoiding the vaccine.  One of the reasons is the group memory of the experiments the federal government conducted on poor blacks in the south.  It started in 1932 and went until 1972 at Tuskegee Institute.  The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) recruited 600 black men for a study involving syphilis.  399 already were infected and the rest could be considered a control group.  At the beginning there might have been some legitimate, ethical scientific research being done but by 1943 penicillin had become a widely used and effective treatment.  In what everyone agrees was an unethical move the USPHS continued the study, but continue it they did.  The History Channel site relates the story.

In total disregard for the health of the men who had volunteered, well after penicillin was available,

“PHS researchers convinced local physicians in Macon County not to treat the participants, and instead research was done at the Tuskegee Institute.”
To further their research they deliberately kept help away from the men.

It was years before what we would today call a whistle blower stepped forward.
“In the mid-1960s, a PHS venereal disease investigator in San Francisco named Peter Buxton found out about the Tuskegee study and expressed his concerns to his superiors that it was unethical. In response, PHS officials formed a committee to review the study but ultimately opted to continue it—with the goal of tracking the participants until all had died, autopsies were performed and the project data could be analyzed.”
You wonder why people don’t trust the government?  They have a history.  I used to laugh at the idea.  Our government wouldn’t do anything like that, right?  No more do I laugh.  I watch the NIH and CDC continuing the same type of research.  They are once again using experimental drugs and guess what else, there are effective treatments available but your doctor is told not to use them.  

Those of you who believe the government has the answers to today’s problems are not paying attention.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Opus 2021-241: Political Palette

Since it is hard to define a conservative and no one wants to admit they are a liberal we seem to have begun to talk about blue states and red states.  There are a lot of differences.  It might be better to talk about cities and country since even a state like California would be red if it were not for the big cities.  Texas is red in spite of its big cities.  So let the colors be the marker.

If I had to pick out a difference between a red and a blue it would come down to control.  One wants to be left alone, the other wants to get everyone up to their level of superiority.  This must be done by force if the reds don’t comply willingly.

Reds generally want to be left alone.  That is much of their definition of liberty.  The specific areas that they are concerned about are summarized in the Bill of Rights.  They are quite content to live their lives without anyone making up a bunch of rules about everything they think of.  They tend to accept that their situation is a result of their actions, or at least wish the blues would leave them alone so it could be that way.

Blues, on the other hand, need to be in control.  I would call them busybodies who know what is best for everyone.  They tend to think that their values and opinions are best for the lest privileged.  They can’t understand why the reds don’t see what is so obvious.  What is even more insidious is there desire to control the way reds think.  That is where we get such nonsense as hate crimes.  If a person is murdered it would seem to me hate could be involved.  It doesn’t make the person any more dead to label it a hate crime.  Not only do they want reds to act like blue but to think like blues too.

You have all heard the line, “Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.”  Believe it.  They are out to get you.  They are like a bossy little sister and the stereotype Jewish mother combined.  It may be that the only solution is separation.  Let them try to straighten each other out.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-240: Reading Material

Constitution Day is coming September 17.  If you are a slow reader you might want to start reading now.  I always get irritated when people quote the Constitution and what they say is not in the document.  I can somewhat forgive them when they are quoting the Declaration of Independence but not if it is the RNC.

So dig it out and get moving.  Look for surprises, things you never noticed before.  Read it before the Proregressive* tech companies ban it and develop software to search and destroy on your computer.

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

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Opus 2021-239: Headlines: Equality Strikes Again

Years ago under Bill Clinton action was taken allowing women to serve in combat roles.  At the time there were critics who said this would open the door to drafting women.  Of course the left called them hysterical but now we see that it is becoming a reality.  

According to the Daily Wire one of the actions by the Senate Armed Services Committee included this change.  That comes as no shock to me.  What should have shocked me, but didn’t really, was that most Republicans on the Committee went along with it.  The two Senators who are lifted out as vocally voting “no” on the change were Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri.  Those two names should tell you what the right position for Republicans was.

If you are curious the article gives a list of the Republicans who voted each way.  Of course you can assume that all Democrats voted “yes”.  

It is embarrassing to still be a Republican.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-238: Headlines: Even Senators Can Be Brainwashed

The psychological conditioning that has gone on with this China Virus hysteria is omnipresent.  People repeat the party line without even being aware of it.  This came to mind when I fell for click bait on Citizen Free Press.  It seems that Lindsey Graham has tested positive for the virus and is experiencing flu like symptoms.  We are hearing more of this every day.  

I did not go any further than the first click but what ol’ Lindsey had to say was the same thing that our painter said,

“I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now.”
I respectfully submit that this is nonsense.  If this were not a G rated blog I would cry BS.  The party line is that you have milder symptoms if you are vaccinated.  Of course the party line as I remember it was that the vaccine would protect you from the virus.  Could it be that the virus actually made the symptoms worse?  Remember that the vast majority of people who are carrying the virus, I think it is 85 percent, don’t have any symptoms.  Could it be that he was hanging around some pre-schoolers and got infected by their runny noses?  The odds of that are higher than catching the virus.

Be aware of how we have been brainwashed.  This is a flu virus that is really not statistically worse than any flu virus.  It isn’t even on the same planet with historic plagues.  And keep in mind that you are safe from the flu as long as the China Virus is around.

I cry foul.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Opus 2021-237: ZZ Minus One

I have seen on multiple sites that Dusty Hill has passed away.  Who is Dusty Hill you say?  That is what I would have said except the headline comes with a video clip of a group called ZZ TOP.  Who is ZZ TOP you say?  I am encouraged by the fact that you don’t know.  If you do know you might want to go back and take a class in music appreciation.  ZZ TOP is a group of guys that look like they worked for the Duck Commander except I think they were on the charts before anyone heard of Duck Dynasty.  I don’t know how you label their attempts at music but that is more my lack of interest than the lack of a title.

If you try to watch one of the video clips you will see what I mean.  They have the same long face hair that the Robinson clan sports.  I assume they were successful.  My lack of appreciation does not mean that the general population who can’t carry a tune did not like their music.  For their fans the death was a loss.  Since all humans have worth in the eyes of God, it was a loss for everyone.

It is too bad that Duck Dynasty didn’t hire them to open their program.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 2, 2021

Opus 2021-236: The Golden Zucchini

Remember the statement about a billion dollars here, a billion dollars there and pretty soon you start to talk about real money.  Think about that in regard to all the “stimulus” and “infrastructure” money being proposed and printed by congress.

Maybe we need to go back to understanding that a million dollar budget is real money to most Americans.  People passing budgets seem to have forgotten what it takes to earn a dollar.  I am not just talking about congress here.  We have city councils and school boards who seem to think that there is a magic plant somewhere that grows golden zucchinis.  Forget the goose.  No goose could lay enough golden eggs to make a difference.  Even if that were true it would not solve the problem because if gold were that common but there was no increase in productivity to justify the extra money, inflation would be just as rampant.  Congress has as little understanding of what it costs to pay our bills as we do of how much money a trillion dollars represents.

Congress needs to learn to think in terms of how long it takes to pay off their spending even if you have a job paying $100,000 a year.  

If they won’t think in those terms then we need to find ways to vote differently.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-235: Update from the Free World

I zoom twice a week with a group of old geezers like myself.  In fact I think I am one of the youngsters in the group.  I call us the Baby Zoomers.  They don’t like my label but I think it is cute.  Most of them are living in the Newsome Hegemony of Los Angeles County.  They are back to masks.  At least that is what the news tells us.

If you are paying attention to the headlines that I am seeing the cause of tyranny is in full swing.  Various businesses and governments are demanding vaccines and some kind of a badge to show that you are vaccinated.  I liked the suggestion by some wag, or sage, that the badge be a yellow Star of David.  

When we read things like that we need to remember that the news agencies like to lie to us and keep us divided.  Let me tell you what my Sunday was like.  I went to church where we sang real music, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” “Open My Eyes That I May See” and “All for Jesus.”  You might remember those dusty but still powerful songs.  And no one was wearing a mask.  You could actually see people smile and sing without choking.  It was a great morning.  From there my wife and I met our son at Lin’s International Buffet.  Some of the employees were wearing masks but most of the paying customers were acting like free Americans.  The buffet was wide open.  There were no gloves required and you could dish up your own food.

Then I went home and took a nap.

So if you get the idea that the world is locked down, don’t believe it.  Keep in mind that the news media, social media, deep state and all the other synonyms want you to be afraid, very afraid.  They want you to think that everyone is afraid and calling to be locked down again.  Not so much out here in free America.  If you live in California it is possible but keep in mind that they are the land of fruit, nuts and flakes.  

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Opus 2021-234: Planning a Party

Maybe we should do to the Republican party what we need to do to education.  Optimistically, it needs to be taken apart and reassembled.  More realistically it needs to be dissolved.

This would cause a vacuum for a new political party.  If it had the right platform, I would join.  

We keep hearing about how a third party would just throw it all to the Democrats.  Not necessarily.  Not if it is done right.  The Whigs took out the Federalists.  The Republicans replaced the Whigs.  The Know Nothings were working on the Democrats until they lost it over slavery.  Keep in mind that most of the voices saying it can’t be done are Democrats or Rinos who have reasons they don’t want it to happen.

The Republicans in the 1800's started with local elections.  They then worked their way up.  A new party would need to find out if it had staying power by winning city counsels, county boards and state office.  If there are not enough people committed to change that they can’t elect a new school board, they are never going to elect a president.  The eventual step would be Congress and the Senate.  Only then could you compete on a national level.  When you are at the local level you would still support Republican candidates until you were strong enough to field your own candidates.

Assume there are enough of the True Believers Party (TBP) to gain a majority on a city council in Rural County.  For County Sheriff you might back the Republican.  You would not waste your powder just to light up your ego.  When enough of your neighboring cities come on board you might elect a member of the state assembly but not run anyone for the Senate.  When in session you would caucus with the Republicans.  

It will not happen over night.  It will never happen unless there is enough interest.  The earliest date I can find related to the Republican party is 1854.  The first convention to nominate a president was 1856.  According to the site U.S. History, by 1855 this new party had a majority in the House of Representatives.  That was not enough to win the presidency with John C. Freemont.  Even the victory of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was a squeaker.  If the Democrats had not run two candidates we might never have put Lincoln in the history books, the Civil War might not have happened and slavery might still be around.  

The future is going to be interesting and is still clouded in mystery.  Will we become the largest Banana Republic in history?  Will we end up with Gestapo guards on every street corner?  Will many of us end up in work gangs and concentration camps?  Will we see revival?  Are our greatest days ahead?

Stay tuned.  And if a new party is proposed, give it serious consideration.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Opus 2021-233: A Business Opportunity

In spy novels they will occasionally have a team come in and sweep a room for bugs.  Or you may have read the scenario where they go in the bathroom, turn on all the water and whisper their secrets.  In science fiction they will have little devices that project a screen around them that nothing can penetrate.  Security.  We don’t have it any more.

In case you have been living in a cave you need to know that if you brought your cell phone with you then Uncle Sugar can still hear every breath you take.  The devices are everywhere.  I remember when it was a big shocker to the general population to find out that their smart TV had a microphone in it.  It would have been a bigger shocker if anyone was paying attention.  They keep buying the TV’s.  At this point I doubt if you can get a TV that doesn’t have the technology to watch you change your underwear and listen to you yell at your dog.  Take a moment and look around.  I see my lap top, my cell phone, a stereo system, clock radio and an I-pad.  Those should be obvious.  What you don’t think about are the light fixtures, lamps, plugs in the walls and I even notice my guitar tuners.  And keep in mind that just about every square foot of any city has multiple cameras focused on it.

Not that I have anything to hide.  I am not sure that I do anything worthy of the attention of the police state and the identity thieves of the world.  At this time in my life it is the principle of the thing.  The day may come when it is more but that is for another day.

The government and big business spend a lot of money on security.  It may be time to start a company that will do this for common folk.  Maybe they are already out there, but it seems to me that it would be enlightening for a team to come into a private home and identify all the live microphones and cameras that the owners are not aware of.  Enlightening?  It might be terrifying.  What if your wife has paid someone to find out what you are mumbling about all the time?

homo unius libri

Friday, July 30, 2021

Opus 2021-232: Time to Walk the Talk

We continue to talk like Sam Adams and act like a Bob Hope character.  Maybe it is just me.  

Everyone I talk to in my little circle is upset about what they see happening around us.  At the top of the list, of course, is the power grab by the Proregressives* who want to turn the United States into the Fourth Reich.  That is a real danger and we watch the dance going on daily.  A case of friendly trespass is portrayed as a nation-threatening armed insurrection.  A mild virus is hyped as the end of life as we know it.  Our military is being turned into a bunch of girly-men.  Racism is wonderful as long as it is hatred for traditional Western culture.  

I am not sure what to do about all that.

This same group is also upset about the choke hold that the social media is developing on information.  They are upset that an ice cream company becomes rabidly anti-Semitic.  They are outraged that a popular beverage company goes totally woke and calls for race warfare against whites.  They get angry that the largest mail order company in history spends billions on left wing causes.  The rage goes on.  At the same time they continue to Tweet, Friend people, buy Ben and Jerry’s, drink Coke and shop at Amazon.  It is kind of like claiming that Carbon Dioxide is killing the planet and then flying to a conference on the subject.

I do know what to do about that and nobody is doing it.

Almost everyone I know is still frequenting the companies they admit are destroying the American dream.  When they need school clothes for the kids it seems that Walmart is the only place that has what you need.  Amazon has everything and delivers almost instantly and, of course, you need it right now.  The excuses go on.  I understand.  I really do.  I have not sworn off Walmart for the rest of my life.  When family harmony demands it I will walk through the doors if accompanied by an adult.  I continue work at buying things at other places, yes and pay more, and take the time to look.  It isn’t easy but can be done, but no one seems to be doing it.  Since I never buy Ben and Jerry’s I don’t have the right to make an issue but I have weaned myself from Coke products.

Nothing will change if we do not change.  I think that the CEO’s of social media read the protests of the Christians in this country the same way we used to read the comics in the newspaper.  We are good for a laugh.  I feel like a real weirdo when I am with “conservatives” and feel out of place when I say I don’t shop at Walmart any more.  

I need more company.

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

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Opus 2021-231: Non-Fact Checkers or Fact Non-Checkers

I enjoy the memes that some people put together.  If you enjoy that type of humor then make a daily stop at Gorges’ Grouse for a generous dose if you are not already doing so.  One of the useful niches that memes fill is alerting us to news stories that have been censored or “fact checked.”  As patriotic Americans we always need to do a little research to find out if the meme is a distortion.  Often it is not.

A recent example of this involves the claim that the test being used to see if you have the Covid virus, the PCR, can’t tell the difference between the flu and Covid.  Put that together with the seeming disappearance of colds and flu this year and you come to the conclusion that all the lock downs and panic are grounded in warm unflavored gelatin.  If this is true then the entire pandemic is just a pandeception.  

I tried to do some research and ended up using Duck-Duck-Go.  The screaming headlines I found repeated that the PCR test can’t tell the difference between the flu and the scourge of covid.  The sites of the “fact checkers” say that is not what the CDC said.  Of course they did.  The American Thinker goes into it in more detail and confirms the PCR test can’t tell the difference between flu and covid.

I would recommend reading the article.  It has links to the actual CDC statements.  One of the interesting facts it brings out is that the PCR test is in the same category as the vaccines, it is not fully approved by the FDA.  It is only given emergency approval.  They are aware that it is not reliable.  By that they mean it reports a large number of false positives and false negatives.

Meanwhile, do yourself a little anti-fear therapy.  Go to the World Meter and do a little math.  From what I can see the entire country has 106,809 cases per million Americans.  Check my math but I think that works out to about 10.6 % of Americans even have the virus.  Then when you look at the deaths it comes out at 1.8% of Americans have died.  That means that this terrible scourge that is closing down the economy and driving children to psychiatrists has a 98.2 survival rate.  

Now factor is all the lies we have heard about how many actually have the virus.

Have a good day.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-230: How High Does Baloney Pile?

I wish I had a patent on baloney meters.  I keep thinking it is getting worse but I am not so sure the real situation isn’t that we are becoming more aware.  I came across this while reading Churchill.  He is quoting a cable he sent to President Roosevelt.

“I see a Reuter message, emanating no doubt unofficially from Paris, that it was agreed France should be assigned certain areas - the Ruhr, the Rhineland, etc. - for their troops to garrison.  There is no truth in this, and it is obvious that nothing of this kind can be settled on such a subject except in agreement with you....  I could of course issue something which would be a disclaimer of any loose statements made by Reuter, but you may not think this necessary in view of the obvious facts.”  pp. 252-3
We see this kind of thing going on all down through history.  I have read about how Walter Duranty wrote glowing reports about the Soviet Union while Stalin was starving millions in Ukraine.  He received a Pulitzer prize for his lies.  I keep remembering the way Walter Cronkite came on and lied about how we were badly beaten in the Tet offensive of 1968.  Which one of our recent talking heads talked about dodging fire in a helicopter.  And of course you have just about everything that comes from the CDC today.

We need to stay alert and do our best to wake up the Snow Whites around us.  If we can’t wake them up then what does the job may not be a kiss from a handsome prince.

Churchill, Winston S.  Triumph and Tragedy.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1953.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 26, 2021

Opus 2021-229: Dry Faucets

Our worlds are so ego-centric.  Have you ever been in pain and felt angry that other people are still happy?  Have you ever lived with someone like that.  

Our water was off recently because of a leak.  I kept thinking in terms of the whole world being without water.  I had to keep reminding myself it is just us and a few more isolated houses around the country.  Everyone else is taking showers, washing their hands, rinsing their dishes and doing laundry.  I was not in peril.  If I was desperate I could drive to my son’s apartment and take a shower or do laundry.  If I was really desperate I could get a motel room.

We all need to be prepared for disaster.  It should be comforting to know that most cases of disaster people face involve a temporary loss of power, a broken water pipe or a flat tire.  A little preparation will go a long way.  A lot of preparation may put you in a position to help someone else.

Whatever you do don’t be like me and think my leak is a national drought.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Opus 2021-228: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Eyes

I just finished reading the six volume set The Second World War by Winston Churchill.  I have had the set for at least 20 years.  I tried to start it once before but quickly lapsed.  This time the tyrants, from petty to national, who locked us down and drained away our liberty kept me from using the libraries and I was forced onto my own resources.  

It has been a rich time.  

Churchill openly announces that he is writing from his perspective as Prime Minister of Great Britain.  He makes no apologies.  Much of the volume was made up of the documented communications that he sent.  

One of the surprises to me was the vision of Churchill being duped by Stalin.  I had always understood that Franklin Roosevelt had been fooled by the Communist.  That came through in these volumes.  I had been under the impression that Churchill had seen through him.  I no longer believe that.  Even at the end of things, when he seems to have had an epiphany, he was still easily swayed by the charm and charisma of Joseph Stalin.  Take this description of possibly the last meeting he had with Stalin.  FDR has died.  The war in Europe is over.  Soon the atomic bombs will be dropped on Japan and that will come to an end.  Churchill is on the verge of finding out that he has been voted out of office.  In other words, this is his final word.

“Then a very odd thing happened.  My formidable guest got up from his seat with the bill-of-fare card in his hand and went around the table collecting the signatures of many of those who were present.  I never thought to see him as an autograph-hunter.  When he came back to me I wrote my name as he desired, and we both looked at each other and laughed.  Stalin’s eyes twinkled with mirth and good-humour.  I have mentioned before how the toasts at these banquets were always drunk by the Soviet representatives out of tiny glasses, and Stalin had never varied from this practice.  But now I thought I would take him on a step.  So I filled a small-sized claret glass with brandy for him and another for myself.  I looked at him significantly.  We both drained our glasses at a stroke and gazed approvingly at one another.”
It seems to me that Churchill is still not willing to admit the evil in Stalin.  It is also a good reminder that just because someone is the epitome of evil, you cannot assume that they have no social skills.  

Remember that when you are evaluating political and business leaders in our day.

Churchill, Winston S.  Triumph and Tragedy.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1953, p. 669.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Opus 2021-227: New Improved GMO

The vaccines being pedaled as your salvation are just another example of GMO.  What is interesting is that the same people who are horrified at GMO corn in the flakes are quite alright with a GMO vaccine in their cells.

The concern over GMO is legitimate.  Scientists take genetic material from one form of life and introduce it into another and see what comes out.  I understand that they cross over the kingdom divides and will even put animal genes into vegetables.  You can see the attraction.  What if you could develop a tomato plant that the insects would not eat?  What if you could get fish that produced bacon?  How about mashed potatoes that don’t make you fat?

The problem is ethics.  The age old question is, “Just because you can, should you?”  Scientists have proven that they are no better than the politicians or business tycoons who are only out for fame and fortune.  The distorted research and outright lies of the scientists in the field of climate research is notorious.  The deception involved in the panic over a virus is criminal.  I am coming to believe that the testimonies of scientists are on the same level as the experts who sell cures on late night TV.

Now we have the vaccines.  There are many reports of the dangerous side effects and deaths related to the vaccines.  The censors of the government, news media and social media are doing everything they can to silence any dissenting voices to the accepted mantra.  My guess is that the side effects are like the virus, some people will have a terrible response but for most people neither presents any big threat.  It is like Russian roulette.  The deaths from the virus are exaggerated for political reasons.  The dangers are downplayed for the same reasons.  It is a sad statement about the rich and powerful.  

Read between the lines.  Do some simple math about the numbers.  Remember that neither side on the issue is to be taken as gospel.  Be responsible, if they will let you.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 23, 2021

Opus 2021-226: The Threat of Dihydrogen Monoxide

One of the most insidious actions of MSM and social media is the filtering of information.  People form opinions and make choices based on what they think they know.  If you warp the narrative then you can control the way they think.  It is easier and more common than you think.  Let me give you an illustration of how it works.

Take Dihydrogen Monoxide.  Some of you recognize what it is.  Don’t play the spoiler.  Let me quote the opening paragraph from DHMO, a site that reveals the dangers we all face.  Let me quote the opening paragraph,

“Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.”
Sounds serious, doesn’t it?  I understand that there have been city councils and educational groups who have tried to pass laws banning Dihydrogen Monoxide.  They feel like total fools when someone explains to them that DHMO is just water.

Now let’s go back to the original concern about manipulating the flow of information.  Nothing in the quoted paragraph is false.  At the same time by using unfamiliar jargon and withholding basic facts you can cause a panic in the masses.

This is what goes on with global warming, covid, guns, hate speech and an endless list of causes that the Proregressives* are trying to use to destroy our liberty and our republic.

It is a serious issue.  The Bill of Rights is under attack.  The rule of law is being destroyed.  It is time to recognize the problem and begin to speak up.  

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-225: Snuggles

I would never wish illness or grump on my grandchildren, but let’s consider the silver lining.

When my grandson gets up from his nap he is always grumpy.  He doesn’t want to sleep any longer but he doesn’t want to be awake either.  This creates some marvelous times.  He is ready to be held and comforted.  It is awesome.  At first he will struggle a little but if you hold him tight he will gradually relax and just lay there with his eyes open.  The other day he even went back to sleep.  

Every time something like this happens I wonder if it will be the last time.  It reminds me of the time before he could walk where I was watching him and it was time for his nap.  It was a similar pattern except he fought harder to stay awake.  Then you could almost feel him take a big sigh and relax.  I have a vision of that little head with a smooth cheek just begging to be stroked.

Great times.  In the midst of national chaos I am truly blessed.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Opus 2021-224: Noses and Welcome Mats

I was going through my morning priority of being thankful for my blessings.  I am in the final days of a bad cold and one of the things I am thankful for is the marvelous immune system that God designed.  It comes as standard equipment.  We all have it.  I am being healed as I write.

Being me, I am never willing to let well enough alone.  I started asking, “Why didn’t He design it to work a bit quicker?”  Why are we even susceptible to a virus or evil bacteria?  Why do we have tetanus?  Why did God make mosquitos?  Once you start down that line the questions become endless like a five your old asking, “Why?”

The target I seemed to be working toward is one that appears in so many discussions of why God did things a certain way:  Free will.  Why did God allow sin to be an option for Adam and Eve?  For the same reason that a robot dog will never be a true companion.  If you have no choice then the choice is meaningless.  In order to have a choice, you need options.  The system that the Communists use is not choice.  The system of open primaries that is becoming popular in blue areas does not allow choice.  For human beings, created in the image of God, real choices must exist.  That means that you can make the wrong choices.  That means in the material world things are going to go wrong.  Tires go flat.  Bolts give up the battle with metal fatigue.  Rain happens at the wrong times.

We are visiting our grandchildren.  If the door was equipped with a fancy door bell which said, “Welcome!” every time the button was pushed it would not even compare to a granddaughter pressing her nose against the window and squealing with delight at the sight of grandma and grandpa coming up the walkway.  

This principle is one of the reasons why welfare becomes so destructive when it becomes an entitlement instead of a temporary emergency plan.  Too often when you do something for someone that they can, and should, do for themselves, it weakens them.  The weakness is physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.  You see this in the increasing number of spoiled brats inhabiting our world today.  Most of them are the children of privilege.  This is true even if their parents did not have a lot of money.  I would guess that a lot more food is wasted at a buffet than in a cafeteria.

God has given us free will and real choices.  It doesn’t always work out the way we planned.  It is better than the alternative.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-223: On the Street: Off the Street

I have been on the road.  That makes blogging a real challenge.  Part of it is the drain of travel.  Part of it is the brain numbing ubiquitous TV.  Part of it is the joy of grandchildren.

The TV is stuck on HGTV and the Hallmark Channel.  Hallmark has something going on that they call Christmas in July.  The Hallmark formula is standard fare.  That does not change much.  What I am finding discouraging is the interpretation of the meaning of Christmas that I find coming across the tube.  Hallmark talks about family, hope, joy, giving, and all kinds of warm fuzzies.  What they are completely ignoring is the real reason for Christmas.  It is like an early form of Kwanza.  They completely ignore the birth of Jesus.  That makes the whole series meaningless.

As I write I am home.  I have my man cave that is far away from any TV.  I hope to get back to being productive, or at least feeling like I am productive.  There is more to life than romantic formula and infomercials.  

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Opus 2021-222: What Would Karl Do?

One reason I read the book was to find out if the title was satire or sincere.  Who would write a book called,  Ain’t You Glad You Joined the Republicans?  A guy named John Calvin Batchelor, I guess.  It was billed as a history of the Republican party but was more a political commentary on the time the Republicans have been around.  I take notes as I read.  That would be a waste of time if I didn’t think I would refer to them again some day.  This is one such day.

On pages 129-30 he quoted an editorial from a newspaper called The Tribune, written in the winter of 1896 called “American Silver Communists”.  It is a bit long but sounds like it was written today.  The issue then was the use of silver to back the dollar.  They would have called you insane if you told them about the Infrastructure Bill in congress today with nothing backing the money being printed.

    “Man and blind hatred of property, hatred of those who appear more fortunate and seem to have easier lives, notions that all men ought to be equal in income and expenditure and tastes and engagements, as well as legal rights with a passionate desire to tear down the existing state of things if it cannot be made to suit such a fanaticism - that is the desperate and dangerous force which only uses the silver issue as a means of striking at all property and all the prosperous.
    “Does anybody ask how such a brainless craze came to exist in this free country?
    “The Democratic party cultivated it laboriously and patently for twenty-five years, especially in all the Western and Southern States, as its only hope of defeating the Republican party.
    “Every day and every night it appealed persistently to the mean hatred of success by those who do not succeed, of property by those who have none, of employers by employed, of capital by labor, and contrived at last to create a communistic spirit in free American which is as ignorant, as stupid, as vindictive and madly destructive as that which lightened the torch and danced around the corpses in Paris.”
The party names are the same.  The stated issue has changed.  The actual goal of the Democrats has not changed.  I am not really shocked that years before the Communist Revolution the Democrat party was already Communist.  That makes me wonder if Karl Marx was really a Democrat.

There was a fad of wearing a bracelet that said WWJD (What Would Jesus Do).  The Democrats today should be wearing T-shirts that say, “WWKD” (Substitute Karl).  America needs to spend a little time considering the history and thinking about the modern phase of attack on the Land of the Free.

Batchelor, John Calvin.  Ain’t You Glad You Joined the Republicans?  New York:  Henry Holt
    Company, 1996.

homo unius libri