Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

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

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

Friday, September 30, 2022

Opus 2022-269: Lessons on Libations

Have you ever seen a historical drama or documentary where someone will pour out a bit of wine on the ground and talk about “libations for the gods.”  How did the idea get started?  I really don’t know but that won’t keep me from offering an opinion.  At least it hasn’t stopped me or the media.

Picture yourself a garden variety pagan and you are making a bowl of popcorn for a snack while you watch a bit of Oedipus Rex.  All is going well as you stir the butter around when suddenly for no reason, one kernel jumps out and falls to the floor.  Don’t tell me it hasn’t happened to you unless you always let the servants make the popcorn.  Being a garden variety pagan, I want to know why.

Or lets say you are walking across the living room with a cup of coffee in your hand.  How often does it suddenly decide to climb the side of the cup and deposit a little bit on the carpet.  I get around this by carrying the cup on a dinner plate and don’t have any problems.  It only slops when I think I am in control.  Being a garden variety pagan, I want to know why.

Have you ever gone into the kitchen after you prepared something and noticed food on the floor you don’t remember dropping.  You remember wiping down the counter and checking to see that everything is neat and clean, but there is that green bean looking at you with a twinkle in it’s eye.  Being a garden variety pagan, I want to know why.

So I come up with what a garden variety pagan would understand.  Since every rock, tree, stream, and, yes, popcorn kernel has a spirit in it, it must be the gods.  Maybe they are hungry.  Maybe if I give them a little bit of offering they won’t trip me on the way to my recliner.

And thus you have the tradition of libations for the gods.

You are welcome.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Opus 2022-268: Cookies and Global Warming

If you want to know why conservation will never work as well as competition then consider the humble plate of cookies.  The smell of chocolate chips and cookie dough is wafting through the house and a plate of freshly baked morsels appears mysteriously on the counter.  You do a quick count and realize that there are five for each member of the family.  It is a good day.

You practice self control and either have none or just one.  Delayed gratification is the meme for the day.  You come back the next day and find nothing but crumbs.  What happened?  You were trying to cooperate and your little brother saw it as a race.  

Cooperation is wonderful if all is supervised by someone of power and discernment.  There are certain situations where it is the only way to survive.  I remember the time my children were able to participate in the folding of the flag at Fort McHenry.  The flag is 30x40, feet not inches.  It would be impossible for one person to fold it and keep it from touching the ground at the same time.

Sometimes the cooperation and competition exist side by side.  They take turns in dominance.  Picture the drive home from work.  Certain rules must be agreed on.  The lanes are clearly marked and the speed limit is posted.  You know the rules.  Does everyone cooperate totally?  No way.  When you observe the distance between you and the car in front of you it is necessary to overlook safety at times or someone will cooperate themselves right in front of you.

When your mother is watching the plate of cookies, cooperation is a wonderful thing.  When she looks the other way, all bets are off.  Conservation works that way.  When the camera is on all is well.  We are thoughtful and careful.  But when the media looks the other way then all the people who talk conservation grab all they can get and run.  You have seen meme posters of the rich and powerful flying in their private jets to a conference to limit your use of fossil fuel.  You are aware that when congress passes laws limiting your liberty they usually exempt themselves.  You know you can go to jail for lying to the FBI but they are free to tell you all the whoppers they want.

All I can say is that each of us needs to live up to our own standards.  That may cost you a few dollars but if you are a person of integrity it might be worth it.

Or maybe not.  Be wise, not stupid.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 23, 2022

Opus 2022-267: On the Street: Turtle Porn

We have a couple in our neighborhood who used to have a claim to fame because when they went for a walk they not only had a dog but a pig and a goat.  It was quite a sight.  At the time they were well behaved but the goat eventually began to get aggressive and was sent to another home.  The pig maintained his decorum until the call of the bacon became too strong.  They are now back to just a dog.

I was walking a few weeks ago and thought I heard the sound of a goat coming from their property.  When I saw them today and asked if they were rebuilding the team they laughed and said, “No, it was the tortoise.”  It seems that they now have two female and one male tortoise and it is the time for love.  File that away.  A tortoise in love sounds like a goat saying hello.

They seem to be concerned about the noises and the neighbors.  I am not sure what it will do to property values when it gets around that be have a tortoise bordello in our hill.  I suggested they could go on line with their own stream of turtle porn.  With all the diversity in identification out there you never know who might show up and what the financial rewards could be.  Maybe they could set up a clinic for doing surgery to change turtles into tortoises.  I would not work the other way because a search tells me that all tortoises are turtles but not all turtles are tortoises.

Life continues to be unfair.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Opus 2022-266: I Will Take One Utopia and a Pink Unicorn, Please

In Texas we have a competition for Governor being on between Greg Abbott and “Beto” O’Rourke.  It should be no contest.  Abbott should win going away and never needing to look back.  He is a generally conservative and competent leader.  Beto has been a national celebration of empty suitism.  No serious citizen would vote for him.  It is a good example of having two clear alternatives and when the tallies come down it will tell you where people stand on the issues.

Or maybe not.  It amazes me that people have any confusion on their choice.  I think the problem is the Utopia Compex.

Some people will not vote for Abbott because he is not perfect.  I will admit that I did not vote for him in the primary because he was not the best choice but I gave up searching for perfection in everything after I found a wife.  No politician is perfect.  No church is perfect.  No diet is perfect.  Somehow Abbott is supposed to step above that line.  Since Beto seems to promise Utopia he may be their man.

I will be voting for Abbott in the general election.  Beto represents everything that is wrong with this country so it is really an easy choice.  Abbott did not show the right leadership on the Covid nonsense.  He has been slow off the dime on the border.  He has his weak points.  I think one of his problems is that he is not a good judge of resource people, a failure he shares with Donald Trump.  

Here is hoping he will rise to the occasion.  If we bath him with prayer then he may be wiser and stronger than he really is.

Elections matter.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Opus 2022-265: Hunger and Hacks

Reading history can help us deal with our present fears.  I am currently reading a book called The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 by Canon John O’Rourke.  It is available by downlead from Project Gutenberg.  I have found that many people know about the great potato famine that drove waves of Irish emigration.  It is the events around it that I find reassuring because they reflect on the panic that so many are trying to create around the world.

The cause of the famine was not a potato blight.  That is what the books tell us and there was a problem with the potato crop.  It failed.  That failure put many people in the path of starvation but not because there was no food.  It is restated several times by the time I am a fourth way through the book but here is one,

"That the people of Ireland, in their bitter hours of misfortune, have the strongest right to impeach the criminality of the ministers of the crown, inasmuch as it has pleased a merciful Providence to favour Ireland in the present season with a most abundant crop of oats. Yet, whilst the Irish harbours are closed against the importation of foreign food, they are left open for the exportation of Irish grain, an exportation which has already amounted in the present season to a quantity nearly adequate to feed the entire people of Ireland, and to avert the now certain famine; thus inflicting upon the Irish people the abject misery of having their own provisions carried away to feed others, whilst they themselves are left contemptuously to starve.” Kindle location 1293-1298

The potato failed but there was a bumper crop of other foods.  The problem was not a lack of food but a surplus of political shenanigans.  England controlled Ireland and made it illegal for the Irish to import food that did not first get unloaded in an English port and then loaded again.  They also looked at crops like oats as a cash crop and were not about to leave them for the Irish to eat.

The government in London knew the problem and did a lot of talking but at the point I am in the book they were doing nothing but talk.  I am assuming since the famine was so bad that they kept talking and taking their tea breaks.

There were other political causes of hunger around the world.  This is just one example.

Then you have what we like to call “climate change.”  It is a common occurrence in the history of the world.  Ireland got there share.
"’In the beginning of November, 1739, the weather,’ says O'Halloran, ‘was very cold, the wind blowing from the north east, and this was succeeded by the severest frost known in the memory of man, which entirely destroyed the potatoes, the chief support of the poor.’[17] It is known to tradition as the ‘great frost,’ the ‘hard frost,’ the ‘black frost,’ etc.”  Kindle Location 445-448
Then we have another familiar story.
“To add to the miseries of the people there was a great drought all the winter and spring.”  Kindle Location 471-472
And then they went through torrential rains that rotted the potatoes in addition to the blight.

Does any of this sound familiar?  It should.  It is very similar to what we are going through.  There is nothing we can do about the weather except accept that it is part of the natural cycle of the earth.  The politics also seem like we are being run into the ground.  Do what you can on that.  If nothing else, wake up to people you have voted for that are backing the current politics of the Progressives.

I think it fits into Solomon’s statement,
(Ecc 1:9 KJV)  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
homo unius libri

Monday, September 19, 2022

Opus 2022-264: Ode to Old: Better Than a Dog

Spending time with our children and grandchildren has different urgency for me and my wife.

For her it is a necessity.  It is like vitamin C.  If she does not get enough she will get emotional scurvy.  The need is more acute now that they are living in the same town.  Have they changed?  Do they still remember Grandma?  Why haven’t they called?  Keep in mind they are 2 and 4.

For me it is a luxury.  If I can’t have it, at least I can dream about it.  The memories and anticipation can be gratifying.  I have pictures that I can look at that bring a smile.  That surprises me.  I have never been a big one for pictures but now I find myself suggesting them for Fathers’ Day and such.

If you have grandchildren you probably know of what I speak.  If you don’t then at least you have your dog.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-263: Share the Joy

What would be fun would be for DeSantis and Abbott to get into a contest to see who could come up with the most creative destinations for the illegals.  Other governors might get in on the act too.

There are other rich, white, liberal enclaves that need a chance to embrace diversity.  Some of the ski resorts in Colorado would be nice.  Maybe Jackson Hole.  Kaanapali needs to get involved but it might be hard to get a bus there.  How about dropping off a bus load outside some Democrat conventions or planning sessions.  Maybe a service to local ACLU offices.  It might also be interesting to take some of them and drop them off in Canada.

This could get interesting.

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Opus 2022-262: Hope and Roses

It is time to wake up and tend the roses.




Pulling the weeds.

It isn’t enough to smell them any more.

The roses are getting desperate even if they don’t know it.

Don’t forget I Peter 3:15.

(1Pe 3:15 NAS77) but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
Make them ask.  If you have the hope Peter is talking about you are a giant step ahead of the people around you.  In spite of that they probably won’t want to hear what you say.  Listen for potential open doors that are accompanied by minds and hearts.

Answer with kindness.  Accept the fact that when it comes down to it, they may not be interested in the answers.

Love them enough to be willing to try.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 16, 2022

Opus 2022-261: Shadows of Gulag: Prophecy

I have finally finished The Gulag Archipelago.  It was a long slog.  Solzhenitsyn is a good writer.  He uses humor along with revelations of his own inner thoughts.  There are times when it seems a bit choppy but that was due to the conditions of trying to write in a police state.  He tries to explain this.

“I must explain that never once did this whole book, in all its parts, lie on the same desk at the same time!” (Emphasis in original) p. 526
I would highly recommend that all read it for the first time like I have just done or re-read it if you did it years ago.  It is often like reading the newspaper today, or would be if the newspapers were into reporting the news.  I hope I can get the energy and organization to go through and reflect on what I saw and others should see.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I.  Translated by Thomas P. Whitney.  The Gulag Archipelago, Vol 3.  New York:  Harper & Row, Publishers, 1976.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-260: Dating the Straw

We like dates.  They give us a feeling of security and make things clear, even when they shouldn’t.  We just went through the anniversary of 9/11.  It is really one of many steps in a progression, but it is the one we look at.  I look at it as a declaration of war on America.  This is true if you are a conspiracy nut, a minion of the deep state or simply a patriotic American.

It is true if George Bush was in on the whole plan.

It is true if it was simply Islam attacking the great Satan.

There have been many steps moving toward that moment.  There have been many since.  There are definite parallels with the American Revolution.  There we look at July 4, 1776.  It was the day of official declaration.  It was just formalizing what had been going on for a long time.  Are you aware that the Battles of Lexington and Concord were a year before the Declaration of Independence?  Are you aware that a colonial army had laid seige to Boston and driven the British out before the Declaration?  9/11 was a bit like July 4.

It is also a question of whom was declaring war.  Obviously it was part of the Jihad against the West that Islam has been pursuing for 1,300 years.  It was also cheered on by the people who are now trying to bring the republic to an end.  The Progressive Left is marching hand in glove with Islam to weaken and destroy the United States as a land that gives the common man a chance at prosperity and security.  The Progressive war goes back at least as far as Woodrow Wilson and some take it back to the Civil War.  The war of the elites against the common man goes back to the first guy with big muscles.

What is the key date for the demise of our Liberty?  Was it the election of FDR?  Was it the fraud that brought in Joe Biden?  Is the straw that broke the camel’s back still ahead of us?  I think we still have time to recover but I am not sure we have the will or the moral base that we need.

It is going to be interesting.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Opus 2022-259: Whom Are You Going to Believe?

Phil said...

Oprah said...

Tucker said...

The list goes on.  We insist on having gurus.  They serve a dual function.  For some it is just having someone do the thinking for them.  For others it is finding the guru who echoes what you want to say but no one is listening.

We often forget that truth is a matter of truth.  Too often we are impressed by the person speaking rather than the truth of what is said.

Be careful what you use as a source of truth.  When I was a kid I accepted what my parents and teachers told me.  It wasn’t long before I realized that the teachers were not above lying.  It used to be we thought we could believe what we read.  At this point in my life that is only the case when I read a Bible that uses a word for word translation philosophy.  It is sad that when you joke about how it must be true because you read it on the internet, people will nod their heads and you are not sure if they are joking or empty headed.

Keep thinking for yourself.  Check out the facts.  Double check them.  Run them by a source that does not change with the cultural whims around us.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-258: On the Street: Special

It is going to be a rough week.  When I was checking the grocery ads I saw that there was a coupon for 50 cents off on Twinkies.  I will try to be strong.

I have not had a Twinkie in years.  I can’t remember when I binged last.  The junk food junkie in me is still alive.  I have visions of buying several boxes if the ones they have are not big enough.  I can taste them now.

No, I will be strong.

Life keeps throwing first-world curve balls at me.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Opus 2022-257: Mind Magic

My mind becomes like the Magic Eight Ball, things just emerge out of the murk.  Do you remember the toy?  You would ask it a question and turn it over.  After a few moments an answer would appear through the window in the bottom.  It got some laughs.

Were they really random?  (Play spooky music here)  Was this really a modern version of the Ouija board?  Some people felt that the Ouija was actually occupied by demons and if you threw one in the fire they would scream.  I tried it and got no screams but that could have just been because they were away on vacation.  

In the Magic Eight Ball is the suspension making choices?  What if we had one that changed the colors of the answers to indicate veracity.

All of which is another tangent.  I have ideas that seem to emerge from the murk just like the toy.  How much attention should we give to those thoughts that emerge unsummoned?  I know that if my mind didn’t go on weird tangents I would have a lot less to write about.  I would also have much shorter lists of ideas.  Maybe that would be a good thing.

The mind is a real mystery.  It makes connections.  Sometimes they make sense sometimes they don’t.

I don’t need the hearty “Amens”.

homo unius libri

Friday, September 9, 2022

Opus 2022-256: The Major Weakness of the Constitution

The reason our system is not working any more has nothing to do with the law or documents.  It has to do with the Marxist approach to both.  For them rules are not written in stone but in the mind of the tyrant.  You don’t need to look far to find how this worked in the Soviet Union.  Keep in mind that the masses starved, beaten and worked to death had written rights that said none of that could happen to them in the Workers’ Paradise

Our Constitution only worked because we had leaders who believed in the principles and the God behind those principles.  There was a shared belief that the kind of republic they wanted and the liberties they wanted guaranteed could only work with a people bound by moral principles that were grounded in the Bible.  They were not all devout believers but they agreed on what was necessary for a culture to work.  And they genuinely wanted it to work and for the average citizen to have the opportunity to do well and prosper.  They were not greedy for only their own future.

That is why I blame the church and feel that revival is the only answer.  The church as a whole has abandoned the moral values of the Bible.  Specific values that have been papered over are represented by the acceptance of homosexuality.  General values that are laughed at are those based on absolute truth.  The Bible has a lot to say about how our sexual relationships should be carried out.  It has a lot to say about business principles.  It clearly defines what justice is.  All of this has been left in the basement behind locked doors by most churches.

I found myself listening to Jordan Peterson interviewing Dave Rubin.  I did not know anything about Rubin.  My wife had mentioned the name but I wasn’t paying much attention.  Evidently he is a practicing homosexual who identifies as a conservative and has quite a following.  I listened for a while.  When they started talking about a homosexual couple adopting children as if it were mainstream I knew we were lost.  

I have felt that Jordan Peterson is searching after truth.  I still think that is possible.  The question will be can he accept truth when it is clearly laid out in front of him.  He has already taken stands that were attacked by the elites.  It remains to be seen if he can put the puzzle together or whether he stays on the fringes.  It reminds me of the Gentiles that hung around the Jewish synagogues because they sensed there was something there that they wanted.  The law kept them away because they didn’t want God enough.

This is why we may not be able to work with some people.  If they are not grounded in the eternal then they serve the conditional.  I am not sure we will be able to get them to separate the two.

homo unius libri

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Opus 2022-255: Fertilizer of Fear

We need to be careful about living in fear.  It is the goal of the disguised Marxists who want to become our overlords.  One of their strongest weapons is fear.  Fear will keep us silent.  Fear will keep us sitting down.  Fear will keep us at home.  It works.  All you need to do is look at how a small cadre of Bolsheviks were able to bring the entire Russian nation to its knees.

Take the fear of Covid and the fear of the jab.  The first couple of weeks with the shrieking of the CDC and media it was natural to feel some genuine concern.  The unknown is fertilizer for our fear.

In neither case was there any reason to panic or do more than take precautions.  The most effective barrier against the virus was a healthy immune system based good genes and a reasonable life style.  The second was simply washing your hands.  

Then we have the chemicals being injected into people thinking they are real, researched and tested medications.  Sorry to say none of that was the case.  Politics and money played a bigger role than any research that might have been done.  Just the speed of the production should tell you that the cure might be worse than the disease.  My personal opinion is that the cures are more dangerous than the problem.  I don’t base that on full scale research but neither did the drug companies.  At least I observed and sought truth which puts me ahead of them in my insight.

Yes, people died.  Now the death rates are up as a result of the poison being pumped into people.  In the midst of the concern keep in mind that the statistics are just statistics.  A 300% increase in a certain cause of death is a genuine statement about the “vaccine” but in the scope of 350,000,000 Americans it is a blip that should not keep you from living free of fear.

The same goes for the IRS weaponizing.  Yes, they will double their size but when you consider the quality of the recruits you might relax a little.  If you are one of the targets it sucks to be you but the chances of your life being ruined are nothing to stay awake over.

Keep a perspective.  Understand statistics.  A 300% increase can be a description of 1 case becoming 4.  It doesn’t mean you need to stay home and quiver.  Consider the sudden deaths of athletes in top physical shape, the sudden announcement of a new condition called Sudden Adult Death Syndrom, an upsurge of doctors going to that great operating room in the sky.  It would seem there is much to worry about.

But what do they all have in common?  It is safe to say that most were vaccinated but why them and not millions of others?  Did they all toke weed?  Were they smokers or drinkers?  Did they consume too much tofu or sushi?  Did they pick their nose as a child?  No one is asking.

Another way to avoid the fear is to have a genuine faith in Jesus.  It may not keep you alive but it will remove the fear of the grave that seems to cripple so many non-believers and people who claim to be believers.

As my son said when he was in college and going in to have a brain tumor removed, “What is there to worry about?  If I die I get to be with Jesus and I don’t have to take the final.”

homo unius libri

Monday, September 5, 2022

Opus 2022-254: Back to School

People continue to live in La La Land.

Sunday the issue of school starting came up.  Soon I wanted to scream.

The group acknowledged the issues with public education.  They know about the grooming going on.  They know the kids are being brainwashed.  They know they are being taught to hate America.  There did not seem to be any issue that they were not aware of.

They will send their kids back anyway.  Well, since most of them are older it was their children sending their grandchildren back into the pollution.  I have other discussions with other parents who have their children turning against them and everything they believe in.  They look bewildered and wonder how this could have happened.  And their grandchildren are getting on a bus this week.

There are lots of fantasies that are shared.  They claim they are going to keep on top of it.

They claim they have no options.

Wrong.  Wrong.  Wrong.

They will not keep on top of it.  The schools are well trained in deceiving parents.  The teachers are committed like only Communist rank and file can be committed.  They will continue.  And they will get well paid with the taxes you pay as they brainwash your children.  Keep in mind that they define truth as anything that advances their agenda.  They will tell you anything to confuse and distract you.  You will leave with a smile on your face.

The parents will relax and get lazy.  What could go wrong?  The teachers know they are on to them and will be watching.  Except they aren’t and they won’t.

In the future when the children ask for a Che Guevara shirt the parents will wonder where they went wrong.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-253: Progressive Happiness

I have not yet had the honor of being banned by any of the social media.  One big factor in that is I am not involved in the popular forms.  If you don’t join you can’t be unjoined.  Probably a bigger factor is I am not important enough to make them worry.  Or maybe I have not written anything worth worrying about.

Take you pick.

The day is coming though when the government will get directly into the act.  They have computer algorithms that can pick up on having a flag in your background.  They can probably read the titles on the shelf behind you.  When they get to cancelling it will be in the Soviet model where they show up with a paddy wagon and toss you into the back.  It seems to be the goal of the present Proregressives*.

They will not be happy as long as anyone they can’t control is happy.

Speak up while you can.

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

homo unius libri

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Opus 2022-252: Assault on Common Sense

I just saw a brief snippet of President Biden sharing his goal about getting rid of all assault weapons in this country.  He is actually doing a good job if I understand the multiple reports about raiding America’s defense stockpile to send our “reserves” to Ukraine.  I would guess that he included all of our assault weapons for the Ukrainians to lose to the Russians.

Actually what got my attention was that he is not after our privately owned assault weapons.  That would be like appropriating our own personal IRS agents.  You see, what Americans own are not assault rifles but defense rifles.  When I went through basic training we learned how to use the M-16, an assault rifle.  When in Vietnam I was issued an M-16, an assault rifle.  There are significant differences between an M-16 and an AR 15.  It goes beyond the black color and hand grips.

It is comforting to know that when they come for us most of the competent warriors will have been driven out of government service.  We have these nightmares of Seal Team Six showing up at our front door.  In reality it will be more like the Keystone Cops or Gomer Pyle and friends.  If there are enough of them they could do some damage but it is a good bet that they will get lost on the way to your house.  

I hear there are pink stocks you can get for your long guns.

homo unius libri

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Opus 2022-251: Party Animals

There are different types of people in any culture.  I want to compare two cultures that are living side by side in the United States.  One was imported from the Ango-Saxon Tradition, the other from the frustrations of Karl Marx.

We have always had two main political parties in the United States.  Most people only remember the Republicans and Democrats.  Those are still the official names for the two organizations but in reality the allegiance has gotten a bit murky.  Some are referring to a group called the Uniparty.  It is a cross party lines group that works together behind the scenes to bring about power for the elites.  There are still two types but they don’t conform to D and R.  I think it would work to label the antagonists as the Communists and the Patriots.  

And they are antagonists.  Gone is the common understanding of what America is all about.

Communists are loyal to the party or the state.  They believe in the rule of government, guided by an elite inner circle.  The people are subjects who are expected to obey.  Government will take care of you and will do it better than you can because you, being a peasant, don’t know what is good for you.

Patriots are loyal to the Constitution or the Republic.  They believe in the rule of law, guided by the Constitution.  The people are citizens who are expected to be responsible.  The goal is to give the greatest spectrum of choices for each individual so that all can pursue their dreams.  For this group on the individual really knows what they want and what is best for them.

You can imagine how this is causing friction.  These two groups are only a part of the population.  If you look at the time of the American Revolution you have a similar scenario, or so I have been told.  One third wanted to stay part of England, one third wanted to break away, one third just wanted to be left alone.

Our largest group today is the Wake.  Not the woke, the wake, as in what is sucked into the back of a ship passing by.  Or an invitation to view a corpse.  They can be nice people but they are limited to their little worlds.  You could also call them weather vanes or farmers windmills.  They survive by not offering any resistance.  It is amazing that they manage to reproduce but when they do they send their children to the government brainwashing academies.  

Where do you fit in?  

homo unius libri

Friday, September 2, 2022

Opus 2022-250: Headlines: Of Whom Do We Speak?

How do you tell a Never Trumper who is still hiding in the closet.  Out of the closet it is often what they say.  When they are still keeping their head down it will be in what they don’t say.  Powerline has one such person who is actually playing both sides of the fence.  When I read one of his posts and Trump is mentioned I just wait and eventually there is a backhanded slap at the man.  You are familiar with the concept of damning with faint praise.  I don’t even need a drum roll.  I am getting to the point where I don’t read his stuff when Trump comes up.

I thought I was safe because he was writing about the energy debacle taking place in what used to be the free world.  Here it was a clear case of Trump-phobia.  Notice this section,

“Meanwhile, here in the U.S., we had energy independence–not just independence, but dominance–only a few years ago. It took a concerted effort by the Biden administration to screw it up.”
Now, let me ask you, who was president just a few years ago?  What country did not have energy dominance before that un-named person because president?  Would it have hurt to mention the name in giving credit where credit was due?

I am beginning to wonder if Never-Trumpers are like Communists.  They don’t seem to be able to change.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-249: Visions of Too Many Sugar Plums

The infinite wisdom of the You Tube algorithm has finally decided I would like to hear from Alistair Begg.  I am good with that.  I used to listen to his broadcasts and pod casts on a regular basis.  The one that got my attention seemed to be a final session in some conference where he was fielding questions.

The first question had to do with his habits for keeping healthy.  The short answer was he didn’t have any, but at one point he made joking reference to his appearance.  Since I think he is older than I am I could relate to his, “Just look at me” comment.  It got me thinking about how most older guys have some common sense about dressing.  I have not seen many gold medallions and hairy chests lately.  We follow his model.  Long sleeves and full length pants.  Only the top button of the shirt undone.  Reasonably loose fit.  I dress that way because I am self conscious and have never felt like I was great to look at.  In my concern for others I have never wanted to subject them to what I had to see in the mirror.

I wish others would return the favor.

If God and discipline has blessed you with a great package then feel free to show it off.  If you lost a lot of weight then sport that too small T-shirt.  If you have been working out then indulge in a muscle shirt.  If you look good in high heels then wear them and walk careful.  Let those graceful arms hang from your spaghetti straps.  

If, on the other hand, you have taken the basic model God gave you and driven it into the ground, please have mercy.  I don’t want to have the vision of a living walking Michelin Man and his soul-mate jiggling down the sidewalk.  Talk about needing a trigger warning.  One of the cruelest statements of the modern era is, “What has been seen cannot be unseen.”

Always try to understand the concept of good taste.  That means modesty, style (not fashion) and other people’s hang-ups.

I thank you.  Alistair thanks you.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Opus 2022-248: Headline: Get Ready for the Sacrifice

One of the recent stories has to do with an FBI agent either resigning or getting the boot.  He has a checkered past of partisan posts on social media.  I first saw it in the Daily Wire.

He is the sacrificial lamb being offered to shield his superiors.

“Thibault in particular hid evidence from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland in order to win their approval to open an investigation of former President Trump, according to Grassley.”
I would suggest that we will soon see a headline about his suicide.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 29, 2022

Opus 2022-247: Headlines: A Genuine Odd Couple

Powerline had a post about a bad-taste billboard in California.  It seems to be designed to stop people from moving to Texas and is blamed on West Coast liberals.  I don’t question the accuracy of their information but a part of me wonders if the ads were not designed and paid for by Texans who are trying to stop Californians from moving to the Lone Star State.

It is strange when you find a common goal between the Commissars of California and the Gun Toters of Texas.  Maybe they both like puppies too.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Opus 2022-246: God and I-Pads

We flew to Japan for the birth of our first grandchild.  It was an awesome time in the genuine sense of the word “awesome”.  Too soon we had to come home and for a long period our only contact was through the miracle of Facetime.  Later as we were waiting for Daddy to be rotated home the child’s only contact with him was through that app.  I had to laugh recently when I saw the Babylon Bee sharing about a grandmother giving her family a tour of the ceiling.  My granddaughter used to take the I-Pad and walk around giving her dad a view of all our light fixtures.

I have worried about the exposure to electronics.  We try to keep the screen time down and read to the kids.  At the same time, I wonder if the early exposure to Facetime will be an element that helps my granddaughter understand the existence of God.  Much of her contact was non-physical and yet real.  That is a lot like our experience of the divine.  

What a great time to be alive.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Opus 2022-245: Headlines: Power Playing

The Gateway Pundit had a story about people who could not afford to pay their electric bills.  I did not bother reading it.  

I find myself saying, “So?”  Look at the possibilities.  First, with Biden’s policies the electricity might not be cut off, just not available.  You can’t buy what ain’t for sale.  Green energy exists but does not deliver on the dreams of the Communists pushing it.

Of course there will be a bail-out for those who toe the line.  It is a part of the modern march to totalitarianism.  In times past they might hold a gun to your head or throw you in prison.  Now they threaten your air conditioning and big screen TV.  Now that is Progressive for you.

It is coming.  They have shut down the coal industry, refuse to build nuclear and are working hard to take away the gasoline engine.  Of course, in the hallowed tradition of elites down through history, they will always be able to find enough energy to keep their Jacuzzis and security fences working.

Learn how to make candles and sharpen your wood chopping skills.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 26, 2022

Opus 2022-244: The Power of Choice

I made a choice recently.  I was at Dollar Tree and I had a choice between two buckets.  I chose the one that looked a bit rougher.  My criteria?  It was made in Mexico rather than China.

It was just one choice by one person.  The total money was $1.25, plus tax.  It was not an economy breaker unless you multiply it by the dozens of choices each of the 350,000,000 Americans make every day.

Check the label.  See where it was made.  If you have a choice, purchase a bit of freedom along with your closet treasures.  If we start caring enough to let it effect our choices then our world will be a better place.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-243: Communist Style Future Planning

Did the millions who were killed in the Communist butchery strength or weaken modern Russia?  The twentieth century was the Socialist Death Era.  Between the National Socialists and the International Communist they set records in sociopathic killing that we can hope are never surpassed.  My thinking is focused on the Soviet Union because I just finished the second volume of The Gulag Archipelago.  It is a brutal reminder of the history that our current leaders would rather we not dwell on.

On the weakness side you need to take into consideration that the first targets were the best and the brightest.  The Russian Revolution was the product of the intellectuals working toward a perfect world in which they were in charge.  They didn’t know that the first step in achieving Utopia is to kill off all the creators.  So the first wave of people brutalized and murdered in the Soviet prison camps were the college professors, engineers, scientists, doctors and anyone else who had shown they had a creative bent.  In many of the cases it could not have happened to a more deserving bunch.  As time went on they kept weeding out people who had initiative and spoke up with an idea that went against the grain of the political officers.  

How much did the Communists lower the average IQ of the Soviet Union with their killing?

On the strength side you must understand the masses of compliant, non-resistant sheep that were slaughtered.  When they ran out of college professors and top-notch students they went for what was left over.  They had quotas to meet and if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time you found yourself on the way to a work gang.  The work often involved working in Arctic conditions with no coat and broken down shoes.  You also were starved.  

Which will have the greatest influence in the long run?

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Opus 2022-242: Wildflower Watch: Rain Lilies Are Back

This morning when I looked out the window I could tell that something was going to pop.  There were long slender stalks with buds on the end.  When they opened I thought they looked a lot like rain-lilies but they were a bright yellow.  I had seen white and purple but not yellow.  When I did a search it showed me that they do come in yellow, so rain lilies it is.

When I went walking it seemed that the only place I could see them was my back yard.  At least it is an indication that the seasons are changing.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Opus 2022-241: It Depends

How are you doing?  How’s it goin’?  What’s happening?  We all hear this an usually give the standard replies.  I will plead somewhat guilty to those lies.  In reality an honest response would depend on the time of day.

Let’s say you greet me as I stumble toward the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot.  You will be lucky if you get a grunt in reply.  It is not my best time of day.

That changes over the next hour.  As I begin my morning ritual of worship with praise and thanksgiving the discipline does two things.  It reminds me of the attributes of God and His promises.  It reminds me of my salvation.  In the process I become sharply aware of how blessed I really am.  

Then life tries to get me derailed.  It works overtime.  If I am not careful it will succeed.  The battle slowly draws down my energy until by bed time if might be back to my pre-coffee grunt again.

So I constantly look for things to remind me of how blessed I am.  Sunday I kept hearing about all the physical problems people have had.  They were still joyful but of course it was still morning.  In spite of that it reminds me that I have it much better than I deserve.  I hear stories about people’s children and am reminded of how good I have it.  They announce they are collecting for the food bank.  We have half a page of prayer requests, in small print.  All of this reminds me of how many curses God has kept me from.

Is the country falling apart?  It looks like it.  Has the church surrendered to paganism?  It looks like it.  Are there pot holes in the roads?  It looks and feels like it.  It all reminds me of how blessed I am.

Blessings on you too.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Opus 2022-240: From the Club to the Wad

Economic activity has come a long way.  At each stage you have had problems but each step also made it possible for more people to live better.  If you are living by hunting and gathering you don’t have a chance at the things a basic worker can have in modern capitalism let alone in early village life.  

I would imagine the first level of economic activity was the club.  The club?  Yeah.  The guy with the biggest muscles and heaviest club took whatever he wanted.  He did fine but the other guy was not thrilled with the transaction.  One of the problems with Big Club Economics is that eventually the little guy finds you asleep and you cease to be a problem.  A sleeping Big Club is trumped by a group of sneaky Little Clubs every time.

I would guess the next level was barter.  If you grew wheat and the guy down the hill raised cows you might trade him some grain for a few steaks.  It might be possible to trade eggs for sox.  It began to give people the advantage of having a certain skill and being able to specialize.  The problem was that trade was limited to what you could carry.

Eventually people found a way around trying to carry an engine block to trade for a dining room table.  They went to some kind of coinage.  It might have been special belts of rare shells or it could have been gold nuggets.  It was whatever was light and valued by enough people.  Eventually they got to bullion coinage.  Gold didn’t have much worth in itself.  It was too soft for tools but it was pretty.  You could not eat it and wearing it didn’t keep you warm, but people valued it and it became a measure of value.  Silver and copper also were used.

As people got more prosperous the items they wanted to buy got bigger and heavier.  So did the bag of gold.  Paper receipts began to replace actual gold coins.  This might have been notes written by a banker or a business.  A bank might sign a note saying you had enough gold on deposit to buy the house.  It eventually became paper money issued by the government and making the claim that somewhere the physical gold and silver was locked away.  You could take your paper into a bank and demand gold if you wanted to lug it around.  I can remember silver certificates that said as much.

Gold backed paper money sounds good but keep in mind that the governments found ways to lie about it.  They had done it with coins before.  There were at least two ways the government could cheat with coins.  One was to melt them down and remake them with less precious metal in them but the same face value.  Another was to shave off the outer edge and melt it down to make more coins.  With paper it is even easier.  You just print more and claim you have the gold to back it up.  That is fine until people start demanding the gold.

We have now moved beyond that.  The government no longer claims they have anything to back up the money.  Take a look at a dollar bill.  It says “Federal Reserve Note”.  It says “this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.”  It is now called fiat currency.  That means it is money because the government says it is.  Its value is totally based on confidence of people and their willingness to accept it.  Think of it as a glorious Ponzi scheme.  As long as the next guy is willing to take the paper, it has value.

We may be coming to the point where people want more than government issued paper.  When fiat currency becomes valueless we will need to turn back the clock and learn new economics.  It is going to be a rough adjustment.  I would suggest it will become a combination of barter and coinage.  When preppers talk about getting ready for bad times they often stress precious medals.  Another thing to stock up on are small items that can be traded such as soap, 22 cartridges, toilet paper and anything else that may be hard to get.

I am not an economist, but neither are they.  

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Opus 2022-239: Headlines: Jesus Wept

There are times when I wonder that anyone will listen to Christians and their claims.  I refer to a sentence dropped in an article in the Gateway Pundit that had nothing to do with the Christian faith except animosity.  I am not sure what the point of the writing was.  It doesn’t matter to my point.

As I was trying to follow the twists and turns I came across this statement,

"Hutchinson’s son was a Christian pro-lifer who cooperated with the corrupt DOJ and it was later revealed he used funds paid to him as an FBI informant to fund his stripper girlfriend’s abortion.”
There is so much wrong with this sentence that I have to assume the author was either aware of what he was saying and is a total cynic or did not know what he was talking about and is ignorant.  Based on his contacts with the DOJ and the FBI the man was a liar and a hypocrite.  He had a “stripper girlfriend” and I would assume their relationship was not Platonic or limited to Wednesday night Bible study and Sunday School picnics.  He was going to pay for an abortion.  I don’t need to be judgmental here.  All I need to know is what the Bible says about these types of behaviors to know that the fellow was not a Christian, let alone a pro-lifer.

There are times when the shortest verse in the Bible sits on my shoulders and says, “Won’t you join me.”

homo unius libri

Friday, August 19, 2022

Opus 2022-238: Weight a Minute

I don’t talk a lot to people about weight and diet.  I will respond but I don’t bring it up.  There are several reasons for this.

The big reason is I keep losing ground myself.  We usually don’t want to talk about our failures.  I track everything I eat.  I have seen my weight change 5 pounds in a week, up and down.  It usually has nothing to do with consumption.  That being said, I have not given up and am still in the battle.

Another reason is that I know how easy it is to distort our small improvement into an overall gain.  My wife regularly announces she is down a pound.  I have come to assume that when she is silent she is up a pound.  If I took her reports as the whole story she would be withered enough to be blown away by a good belch.  We can lie to others.  On weight issues it doesn’t hurt them.  Ignoring truth for ourselves might be a worse situation.

I also don’t like to bore people the way they bore me.  There are times when I have a hard time not rolling my eyes.  I want to do unto others as I would have them do unto me even if they don’t return the favor.

Bon Appetit

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Opus 2022-237: Child’s Play

Clackers are made to be used a certain way.  If you don’t know what they are, do a search.  It takes me a bit of practice but I can get them going and keep it up for a time if I concentrate.  I show the grandchildren how it is done.

They are not impressed.

That does not stop a four year old from developing her own style and purpose.  The first reason why clakers were invented seemed to be so she could take them apart.  After that they became weaponized against her brother.

I hope you have bigger issues going on in your life.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-236: Lover or Lovee?

The Bible has chapters that have earned titles.  One of them is the Love Chapter, I Corinthians 13.  It has a line in verse 8, “Love never fails.”  It is something that is repeated in many situations without being thought out.  It seems clear, but what does it mean?

Is that way of translating different than saying “loving never fails”?  Is that acceptable in the translation?  

Does love never fail the lover or the lovee.

As you read further in the chapter you may get an indication of what it means.  Keep in mind the context is very important in the Bible.  If you keep reading it lists some things that will fail:  Prophecy, tongues, knowledge.  We will evidently grow out of the need for those, but we will never outgrow the need for love.

I trust that the agape love of the Bible is real to you.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Opus 2022-235: A Little Economics

Let’s talk economics.  I am not a trained economist.  That is why what I say might at least touch on reality.  I observe.  I think.  I read.  I price shop and watch unit prices.  I use spread sheets and can balance a checkbook.  I say I am qualified.  Possibly over-qualified.

We are hearing a lot of talk about recession and inflation.  While the elites try to redefine words, we go to the grocery store and look at our income.  Any cushion we had is losing air.  I wonder how working people who don’t have any wiggle room are making it.  Why are prices going up?  The media would have you think it is corporate greed but greed only works if you understand the forces that guide prices.

What forces go into the price of a product?

Supply and Demand is one of the biggest factors.  This means that if there is a lot of demand and a small supply then the merchant can raise prices and still sell all his products.  I know I went to the store to buy some lunch meat and the prices had gone so high I decided not to buy any.  Next week, when I returned, the price had come down enough for me to purchase.  Evidently I was not the only one not buying.  Demand went down, the price followed.  

Large stores like Walmart can also use the force of scale.  If you sell a hundred cans of soup and make 20 cents a can you do better than the small store that sells ten cans and makes 50 cents a can.  Wages also figure into demand.  If you can’t afford the brand name, you settle for the store brand which is usually cheaper.

Competition is also a factor.  I price shop.  I may buy certain items at Walmart and others at our local grocery chain HEB depending on the price.  My theory is they have people who go around checking the prices in the competition to make this harder on me.  That is good because if they are adjusting their prices, I don’t have to make so many stops.  Moving from California five years ago I was struck by the high price of produce.  I used to shop the ads and plan my trip home from work to hit all the specials.  I had four or five competitive grocery stores where here in Texas there is only one.  It makes a difference when you can go somewhere else.

Productivity means finding a way to make more product for the same amount of cost.  Or simply find a way to make it at a lower cost.  It was the development of the assembly line that made it possible for Henry Ford to bring the automobile within range of ordinary working people.  We see the same process today in electronics.  Fast food chains are experimenting with machines that work faster than people.  My daughter had a job with a major corporation and this was her focus.  Her math degree was in “operations research”.  When I asked what that was she simplified it for an old man as efficiency expert.  

The big elephant in the room that is often overlooked is government interference in business.  Much of the cost of goods you buy is the result of government regulation.  Many small businesses struggle to pay someone to fill out all the government forms.  Hiring quotas mean they are forced to hire people who cannot do the job but still must be paid.  Things like handicap accommodations are mandated by the government.  I am still trying to figure out why we need handicap parking at golf courses and gyms.  

And don’t forget government subsidies.  They sound wonderful.  They make it possible for the business getting the help to undersell the competition.  Often that puts the competition out of business, the subsidy stops and prices skyrocket.

Service is also a factor.  People are willing to pay more for convenience and a friendly face.  This is part of the success of stores like 7/11.  People are willing to pay more because they don’t have to wait in line so much.  That does not apply when the lottery is coming up.

Some of these factors we can work against.  Mostly it is beyond our control.  Shop smart.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 12, 2022

Opus 2022-234: Headlines: He Spoke Too Soon

Even the New York Times lets some light shine on a subject at times.  We have a report of multiple murders in New Mexico.  The victims are all Muslims.  In typical left knee jerk reaction the White House screams about a hate crime.  That was before a suspect was arrested.

“The New York Times reported that Syed, a Sunni Muslim, might have targeted the men because they were Shiite Muslims and he was reportedly angry that his daughter married a Shiite Muslim.”

Is it still a hate crime?  If there ever was a hate crime it would be killing someone because they were a different religion than you were?  In that case this would qualify but I think Biden is wishing he had never said anything.  How can a non-Anglo be guilty of a hate crime.

In case you have not been doing your homework the Sunni Muslims and the Shiite Muslims are both Muslims in the same way that Catholics and Protestants are both Christian.  Back during the Reformation the hatred between the two groups of Christendom would have exercised that same animosity but most of that has calmed down by now.  Even though the split between Sunni and Shiite goes back even further they still have the ancient hatred for people who are different.

These murders are non unacceptable in a Muslim culture.  Welcome to the religion of peace.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Opus 2022-233: On the Street: The Idiot Light Is Not On

My walk started out like many others.  Down the street I saw a neighbor talking to a car pulled to the side of the road.  After a few steps I thought it looked like my wife’s car.  After a few more steps I saw it was.  That led to a tangent.  I knew where she was going and what she was doing.  A natural connection is the economy and how it effects us.

You don’t see the connection?  Well, it had to do with my wife expressing her concern about how we were going to make it with prices going up the way they were.  Still don’t see it?  I have learned not to worry just because my wife is worried.  Much of this has come from 47 years of marriage and finally catching on to how she thinks.  I have been hearing all my married life how we might not be able to eat this month but somehow we have never gone hungry.  I finally realized that the reason there was no money was she paid things early.  For example, in California the property taxes were broken down in two payments.  She would insist on paying the whole thing in the first installment and sometimes pay that a month ahead.  No money left.  See how that works?

So I have developed my own way of measuring how bad the recession is and how tight things are getting with inflation.  You can call it what you want, idiot lights, Baloneymeter, Litmus Test, WWJD.  It is the point where I will start worrying.

Which brings me to her car by the side of the road.  She has a daily ritual of driving to the nearest Sonic and getting a drink and then driving home to place it on the counter where it gradually joins the room in a common temperature.  The issue with this is that the nearest Sonic to us is about 14 miles away.  I figure with the time the car idles in the drive through lane and the two way trip we are talking about two gallons of gas.  Add it up.  In a good week she does this seven times.  That is 14 gallons of gas.  As long as she keeps doing this I will figure that we are not going hungry.

Now do you see the connection?  Simple when you think about it.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Opus 2022-232: Headlines: Forgetful Science

Fake is not just for news any more.  A recent headline at the Daily Wire highlighted some revelations about research into Alzheimers.

This trumpets the issue of fake science and fake research.  We hear a lot about how we need to trust the science.  If we don’t comply we are called _____________ deniers.  Fill in the blank any way you want.  The reason we are skeptical is because it is becoming common for research to be faked and no one bothers to check.  This has been a problem for a long time but it takes something like this to bring it to the public’s attention.

Whether the public will remember tomorrow is another question.  It is not just the elderly who have short memories.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 8, 2022

Opus 2022-231: One Small Step for Privilege

As I walked this morning I was reminiscing on my “white privilege.”  

My parents were  both products of the Great Depression, but lets go back a little further than that.  My dad had polio as a kid.  Because of the generosity of non-government charities he was given the latest treatments and surgery.  He came out able to walk but had a severe limp all his life.  If he had been through this today he would have had social workers and counselors who would have messed him up and turned him into a victim.  Since he lived in a different time he buckled down and went back to work.  He would definitely qualify as handicapped.  

He also qualified as a role model.  We never had much money but we were not deprived.  My white privilege included patches on the knees of my non-Levi denims.  They were ironed on to cover the holes, not as a fashion statement.  I remember the Christmas my brother and I got one toy between us.  I assume my parents had a little talk with my older brother because it seemed to automatically become mine.  It was used but who cared.  One of the big menu items at our house was bread and gravy.  I thought it was because we liked it.  In reality it was because it was cheap.

Just a small window but a record of the blessings and opportunities that are available to anyone who wants them.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Opus 2022-230: On the Street: Enjoying My Freedom

As I have been reading and studying I found myself wondering how life would be different if our overlords of the Progressive Left ever get their wish.  I began to reflect on my typical morning:  I get up, spend time in worship and study, have breakfast, walk, do a bit of work and take a shower.

Sounds okay.  How would that change if the Biden controllers get their way?

Let’s start at the beginning.  Under the socialist regime I would not wake up in my own home.  I never read or watched Doctor Zhivago but one of the vignettes that I have heard describes how he returned to his large home after the Communists were in charge.  Instead of the house he left he is assigned one room.  The rest is given out to the proletariat.  Goodby home.

I would also be up and out on the governments schedule, probably eating at a common table out of a common pot.  There would be none of this worship nonsense and instead of a retirement check I would be assigned a place to contribute my work to the people.  Also, you can forget the air conditioning.  

I would not be able to walk safely.  Not only would the thieves and murders be running loose but the Gestapo thugs would feel free to stop me, ask for my papers and haul me to jail because I did not button my shirt all the way, or because I didn’t have a shirt with buttons.  I would not have a hot shower.  I would be totally stifled.  

Welcome to Utopia, or at least Utopia for the leaders of the party.

Keep in mind that the center concept of Communism is to get it for yourself at the expense of everyone else.  I know that is not how they market it but inside every Marxist mind there is this little voice that says, “I am one of the special ones.  Everyone else is below me.  In the end I will emerge with all the toys.”

What these precious special people don’t understand that under Communism they are always expendable.  The execution of previous bright lights was a regular occurrence in the Soviet Union.  Make note,

“And the first detachment of killers, those Chekists and convoy guards and also some thieves, who had participated in the ‘Kashketin executions,’ were also shot soon afterwards as witnesses.
    “In 1938 Kashketin himself was awarded the Order of Lenin ‘for special services to the Party and the government.’  And one year later he was shot in Lefortovo.” page 390
You don’t read that in the Communist Manifesto.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I.  Translated by Thomas P. Whitney.  The Gulag Archipelago, Vol 2.  New York:  Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973.

homo unius libri

Friday, August 5, 2022

Opus 2022-229: Not Even Ken Is Good Enough

I am fighting a losing battle.  There is nothing I can do to overcome the “composite husband.”  I am sure you have met him or at least parts of him.  He is made up of the most admirable attributes of all the men my wife knows.  Some are good people.  Some she has written off.  They all have something to add.

One guy takes his wife out to eat all the time.  The same guy never buys presents for any occasion.  Another one is great at working in the yard.  The problem is he won’t take a stand on any issue.  Then there is the handy man who fixes everything before it knows it needs fixing.  Of course he also spends money like he wishes he had it.  

One consolation is that I will never really have to compete because old Mr. Composite, if he ever shows up, will already be married.  Of course his wife might be nagging him with my sterling qualities.  We don’t have time to list them all today.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Opus 2022-228: Headlines: Monkeypox Manipulation

I saw an interesting bit of click bait at Instapundit.  It seemed to maintain that the new celebrity pandemic on the block, monkeypox, can be treated by the same vaccine that is used for smallpox.

Have you heard that anywhere?  I haven’t.  All I have heard are attempts to resurrect the panic generated by the Covid manipulation.  The fact that it can already be treated doesn’t seem to get much press.

But there is still a problem.  According to the article, which seems to come from the N.Y. Times, we don’t have the 20 million doses that we had ten years ago.  We are now down to 2,400.  Of course, coming from the Times the accuracy is doubtful.

So maybe we should panic.  According to the article the science community has known about monkeypox since 1958.  Now it is a problem that should not be a problem.  Like smallpox, it can be treated.  Unlike smallpox it does not seem to be spread by casual contact.  Maybe we have another disease that will develop a civil right.

Trust the science but only when it is science.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-227: In a Bubble

I have vague memories of the media lampooning one of the Bush’s because they did not know how the scanners at the grocery store worked.  That is really a window into the world of the elites.  They don’t have any idea how our daily lives function.  They don’t need to.  I am guessing that if you are elected president or are CEO of a major corporation you never touch cash and possibly don’t even carry any credit cards.  You have “people” to do those mundane things for you.  

It is possible that these people really believe the mantra that there is no recession and inflation is not a problem.  When you have a chauffeur and a team of body guards and the armored limousine arrives at your portico washed and fueled whenever you walk out the door then the cost of gasoline is not really an issue.  You probably even have someone who informs your driver to be at the door.  

They do not understand our world.

They do not care about our world.

We are the peasants to plow their fields, the chattel that scrubs their floors and the chambermaids that pick up their underwear.

Don’t expect that to change.

Prices will keep going up.  Liberty will continue to be eroded.  Eventually there we be a correction but there is no telling how long that will take and how much damage will be done to your life and mine.  There is also the possibility that the Elites will get what they want:  violence.  Keep in mind they want to win but if they cannot win they will settle for destroying the prosperity and self determination of the masses.

But in their hearts they think they know what is best for all of us and someday we will thank them.  If we don’t then a pox upon us all.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 1, 2022

Opus 2022-226: Headlines: Swell

As I said before, I pray more for the people who took the vaccines and boosters than I do for people who might be sick at the moment but were not vaccinated.  One of the images I see that almost turns my stomach is a mother holding her child while they get stuck with a needle.  I find it hard to believe anyone is so blind.  

Recently in the Daily Wire there was a link to an article about one of the many side effects that are running rampant in children and young adults.  Evidently there is a problem with the brain swelling.  You can read the article if you want but I found one quotation interesting.

“'Based on the currently available evidence ‘encouraging mastectomy, ovariectomy, uterine extirpation, penile disablement, tracheal shave, the prescription of hormones which are out of line with the genetic make-up of the child, or puberty blockers, are all clinical practices which run an unacceptably high risk of doing harm,' Florida’s Department of Health wrote in a memo."
Notice it is Florida speaking up.  

I can’t comprehend how the parents of the Thalidomide babies felt when their children were born deformed.  At least they had no warning.  They trusted the science.  That is not true for the parents that are subjecting their children to these experimental drugs that are nothing but bad news.

I am glad that many of my friends are on the same page as I am.  I fear for those who have refused to think.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-225: Nice and Good

Allow me to make a statement that sounds heretical.

Teachers are basically nice people.

Notice that I did not say “good”.  I said “nice”.

If you are one of those people that think the two words are synonyms then I would have to pick a different word on one side or the other.  Nice people don’t litter.  Nice people don’t play their music too loud after 10:00.  Nice people tip the waitress.  Nice people try not to hurt your feelings.  I could go on forever.  Teachers are nice people.  Nice is, well, nice, but it is not necessarily good.  In our culture nice people can also commit adultery, do drugs, lie and cheat and we even have nice parents taking their children in to be mutilated by sex change operations.  They are all probably wonderful neighbors.

Good can simply mean that the center fielder made a good catch.  Someone said a good landing is any that you can walk away from.  I am using it in the moral sense.  When I say teachers are not necessarily good I mean that they have no objective morals.  Yes, they do have a sense of right and wrong but it is subject to change based on the winds of culture.  Think of the topic of “climate change”.  When the wind blows one way they are concerned about global warming.  When the cultural winds change they become concerned about global cooling.  Or look at the American Communist Party.  When Hitler and Stalin were making like brothers from a different mother they proclaimed that war against Germany was evil.  When Hitler invaded Russia they produced an immediate about face.  Now war was good.  The difference had nothing to do with Hitler being bad but that Stalin and Communism were their gods.

Teachers are nice people.  Many like children.  Many work very hard.  Many care.  They are still at the core of what is wrong with the country because they have no moral compass.  In one sense they are just a part of the herd.  In a more real sense they are in the role of Judas Goat.  That is a goat that is trained to lead other animals places including the slaughter house.

When you see all the headlines about the brainwashing and grooming going on, most of it is done in a subtle way.  There are a few really bad actors, true, but most of the teachers taking the baby steps of indoctrination don’t know what you are getting upset about.  They don’t put the picture together.  To them morals and ethics are a fluid field and as long as everybody feels good about themselves then they are doing their job.

I retired from teaching five years ago.  If I had not done so I am sure I would have been fired by now.  I know that the administration breathed a big sigh of relief when I walked off campus.  

If you have a family member that feels called to be a teacher then pray for them and try to make sure that they have enough of a foundation to get in trouble for the right reasons.

Make them good, not just nice.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Opus 2022-224: Be a Skeptic

In some ways conservatives are no better than liberals.  Have you notice that so many of those who claimed that the poles were useless are now quoting them?

When it was Trump’s popularity then the polls were biased.  Now that the poles are showing Biden in the dumps we suddenly shout them from the rooftops.  Pick your topic.  

I would go for consistency.  That does not mean you have your choice of being a happy believer or a total skeptic.  You need to be a skeptic but be one all the time.  Don’t let people manipulate your peace with skewed numbers.  Keep in mind that statistics can be correct and still be meaningless.  If I say the number of people who read my posts has doubled it doesn’t have quite the same significance as Jordan Peterson doubling his.

When you find a reliable source then pay attention but never give up that moment when you ask yourself if it is true.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 29, 2022

Opus 2021-223: Security Is on Its Way

The Progressive* dream is to make you perfectly safe.  They will do this by managing your life and taking away all risks.  They think they are clever enough to do it and they know you don’t have a clue.  This is why the Soviet Union always had a five year plan.  To date they have never worked.  You see, according to Adam Smith, there are too many variables at work for a finite number of human beings to keep ahead of all the changes.  Ignore it all you want.  It is still true.  The Law of Unintended Consequences always rears its ugly head.

I hope that all the snowflakes of America enjoy the security they have in store for them.  I have been trying to remember all the ways in which my government has tried to keep me safe.  So many of the limitations on our life have become automatic that we don’t even think about them any more.  Here are a few:

Banning artificial sweeteners
Nutrition labels

Seat belts
Car seats
Air bags
Increased fuel efficiency
Handicap parking at golf courses and gyms

Reduced flow showers and toilets
Making incandescent lights illegal
Carbon monoxide, smoke and radon detectors in my bedroom

Mandatory education
Removing offensive language from Mark Twain books
20 MPH speed limits in school zones

Licenses for brow weavers
Inspections and ratings for restaurants

Items keep coming to me but I have to stop somewhere.  I tried to arrange it by area of interference.  To add to the list all you really need to do is stop and think about something you do or pay for that you really would not do if not mandated by the government.

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

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-222: Mystery Before My Eyes

At first I thought it was a fox.  Later I wondered if it was really a coyote.

I was on a Zoom call and caught motion out of the corner of my eye.  Right in front of me a fox was calmly trotting across the yard and into the trees.  Cool.  About ten minutes later a roadrunner followed him.  

This made me question my first judgement and guess it might have been a coyote running from a roadrunner.  There were no explosions or trees falling over so we will never know.

Another day in Texas hill country.

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Opus 2022-221: The Game of Law

More and more Americans are asking what kind of games the Proregressives* are playing with out legal system.  We have watched cities burn with few arrests and those arrested turned loose.  We have read about criminals arrested with a huge load of illegal drugs and they walk free.  Recently we had some of Stephen Colbert’s staff were wandering around the capital unescorted after hours.  It is called trespass.  They were out on the street again shortly.  Those arrested for trespass on January 6 are still in jail a year and a half later.  Their big crime was they were Trump supporters.  It makes a difference.

Ths kind of thing is another example of how the elites are applying the values of the Soviet to the judicial system of the United States.  Solzhenitsyn saw the same thing going on in the prison system of Communist Russia.  There were at least two types of trial.  One trial was criminal and the other was political.

“Nor had the thieves ever been put through the same kind of interrogation.  Their entire interrogation had consisted of two sessions, an easy trial, and an easy sentence, and they wouldn’t have to serve it out.  They would be released ahead of time:  either they would be amnestied or else they would simply escape....  And he was supported in this pride by all the chiefs in blue shoulder boards and blue piping.  ‘Oh, that’s nothing.  Even though you’re a bandit and a murderer, you are not a traitor of the Motherland, you are one of our own people; you will reform.’”  (Emphasis in original) p. 505
Does this sound like what is going on in our courts?  It should.  Everything we see happening is designed to bring fear to the streets and terrorize the citizens into subjects.

Be aware.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I.  Translated by Thomas P. Whitney.  The Gulag Archipelago, Vol 1.  New York:  Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-220: New Info

It has been an informative morning.  I just learned that my granddaughter has two daddies.  One of them milks cows and the other gives piggy back rides.  It seems the cow milker is more interesting.

As things unfolded I was informed my daughter has two husbands.

They have cows that give milk all over their bodies, much of it chocolate.  They mix the chocolate milk with popcorn.

My granddaughter also confessed to having dementia.

And after that things really got bizarre.

Another day of being a grandparent.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Opus 2022-219: Off the Dime

I went to Sunday School last Sunday.

Big deal, you say.  It is.  I can’t count the years since I attended a Sunday School class.  I am not going because I think I am going to be amazed at the learning.  To be honest, I have heard more than I put into action.  I have also taught it.  The reason I am going is to force myself to get out of my shell and get to know the people of the church.  I don’t look at it as socializing as much as building the body of Christ by getting involved.  I have been telling myself I would do it.  Now I have.

On the desk in front of me, at eye level, written in clear English is little card that says, “Do it now.”  It is there to combat my procrastination.  Sometimes it works.  What also got me moving was a re-reading of the Screwtape Letters.  In it I found Screwtape’s advice to Wormwood on how to deaden the spirit of revival in the new convert,

“The great thing is to prevent his doing anything.  as long as he does not convert it into action, it does not matter how much he thinks about this new repentance....  Let him do anything but act  No amount of piety in his imagination and affections will harm us if we can keep it out of his will.”  p 66
I do not confuse C.S. Lewis with the Apostle Paul but that does not mean that he can’t say things that need to be said.

So I got active.  Now to make it through all the excuses I will have for next week.

Lewis, C.S.  The Screwtape Letters.  Norwalk, Connecticut:  The Easton Press, 2002.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Opus 2022-218: Persistent Payoff

One of the side effects of reading through the Bible is that by the time you come around again it is fresh.  It always amazes me when I read something that I don’t remember seeing before.  Even after all these years.  Sometimes it is just a new understanding but often I don’t remember it at all.

It is something like the war games in which I played years ago.  They were played on big paper maps of the battlefield broken down into hexes.  One battle I enjoyed was called Quatra Bra.  It was fought just before Waterloo.  I would play both sides.  Because it was so complicated when I was playing the English I couldn’t remember what I had done as the French.

Reading through the Bible also gives a good gestalt experience.  The Bible is a complex book that is designed to be interpreted and understood in light of the complete story.  We have a tendency to live by proof texts, one liners, because they don’t require much thought, but you can’t understand references to church [eklesia, called out ones] and love [agape] in the New Testament unless you have read about the synagogue [called together ones] and loving kindness in the Old.

It always amazes me how a book written over millennia can fit together so well.  I enjoy the genre of science fiction.  One of the saddest things about it is the ways in which it tries to deal with God.  You read entire made up religions in some of the fantasy that duplicates the vocabulary of the Bible but makes little sense.  Sometimes the authors even slip up and admit their quest.  For instance,

“Newton and Einstein and McElroy had been fortunate:  They’d lived in eras when much about the nature of things remained mysterious.  But in Pete Damon’s age, no true mysteries remained.  Other than creation itself, and the anthropic principle.  What had started the universe?  And why were all the myriad settings, gravity and the strong force and the tendency of water to freeze from the top down, why was all that tuned precisely in such a way to make possible the development of life-forms?  Those two great questions had not been answered, but the consensus was that they would remain forever beyond the reach of science.”  p. 48
Read but keep your mind engaged.  There is much to stretch the mind.  Enjoy it.

McDevitt, Jack.  Chindi.  New York:  Ace Books, 2002.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-217: Gulag Reruns

We are deluged with conspiracy theories.  Many center around the mystery of untested vaccines and the long range effects.  Some prophecy that they are designed to start killing off the human race.  On the surface that seems a bit extreme.  After all, if you kill off all the peasants, who will mow  your lawn and scrub your floors?  A little knowledge of history however gives the extreme predictions a bit of bite.  The world has had more than its share of nasty, vicious people.

This has come through to me reading The Gulag Archipelago.  It is mind numbing to keep reading about the body count piled up by the Soviet Government.  Picture the total ruthlessness of Communism.  Follow the bouncing heads through the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia.  The followers of Karl Marx have quite a record.

Some people like to act like the Europeans were the first ones who killed off Indians.  The Iroquois eradicated at least one tribe.  The Aztecs refrained from total genocide because they wanted a steady source of sacrifices.  The innocent Carib Indians were cannibals.  I sure the list could go on.

Shall we list the intertribal warfare of Africa?  How about the way the Mongols treated defeated cities.  It doesn’t take much research to get the picture, unless you are woke.  Genocide is a worldwide phenomena.

The attitude is still alive and well.  The people who are destroying America have a Gulag in mind for you.  They would love to send people of faith on their own trail of tears.  They have camp in mind for our future and it will not be one with campfires and many choruses of Kumbaya.  

Speak up while you can.  Face the reality of what they will do if they are given a chance.  It is not a conspiracy theory, it is a knowledge of how history has been played out.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 25, 2022

Opus 2022-216: The Show Must Go On

The January 6 “hearings” are frightening, or they should be to average Americans.  They are right out of the Communist play book.  That is why you see the term “show trial”.  It is used historically to refer to the series of trials put on by Stalin in the Soviet Union around 1937.  They were done with great theater and attention of dramatic detail.  They were widely publicized and made open to the public and the media.  They were all circus and no justice.  

Aleksnandr Solzhenitsyn goes into a lot of detail as he describes them.  One of the things that stood out to me was this statement.

“The only witnesses heard were those of the prosecution.  Defense witnesses were not permitted to testify.”  p. 351
You would wonder if he was talking about 1937 or 2022.  Welcome the Amerika as morphed by the Democrats and Rinos.  You may not be able to change the clown show but you can wake up and stay that way.  Keep in mind that wake and woke are not the same thing.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I.  Translated by Thomas P. Whitney.  The Gulag Archipelago, Vol 1.  New York:  Harper & Row, Publishers, 1973.

homo unius libri

Opus 2022-215: Get Inside the Box

I was watching my grandson “read” a book.  Actually, he was reading more than one.  The first was impressive.  The second he held upside down.  It isn’t as if he was looking at a page of print.  These were pictures with a few words.  It didn’t seem to bother him that the animals were standing on their heads.  I found myself wondering at what age he would begin to notice.

That of course made me start wandering about all the people around me that don’t seem to notice that the world is upside down.  My grandson is two and a half.  He is able to discern that the wheels on a car go down.  He put together a wooden train with the engine first.  He never tries to pour tea into an upside down cup.  Yet he still is not bothered by upside down pictures.  Does this mean that he has not yet learned to think inside the box?  What about people who know enough to put on a jacket when it is cold but think that cold weather is a sign of global warming?  In history they probably read about the vast herds of buffalo that covered the middle of the country but they worry about cow farts destroying life on earth.  

There are times when I think I am going to need to stop watching my grandchildren so much.  Probably not.  If nothing else it is a way of being reminded how above average they are.  The big question is, “Heredity or environment?”

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Opus 2022-214: Vive la Difference or Die Heretic

I find myself wondering if I need to watch more TV or go to more movies.  I am not sure that I have any clue to the raw material that makes up modern thinking.  My personal opinion is that I am better off that way but how do I understand my fellow Americans?

It is so easy to think other people have values and priorities like we do.  They don’t.  That is sometimes what makes like interesting.  Other times it is what makes life maddening.  The differences can be as simple as the impossible reality that some people like liver and onions.  I have a child like that.  I would blame it on my wife’s French blood but she doesn’t like liver.

People see the world differently.  I know someone who is more than a little bit color blind.  He can’t tell the difference between pink and gray.  Purple fits in that same category.  It is a simple thing but it means he will make different choices than I would.  There are also entire nuances of life that he will never know.  

Some are brought up with different values.  Consider the difference between a guilt culture and a shame culture.  In one you are guilty for breaking the rules because you broke the rules.  In the other you are only guilty if you are caught and the main shame is that you failed to get away with your criminal behavior.  It makes a difference in your entire scope of ethics and everything downstream from those standards.

These kinds of differences are what are pulling the country apart.  The moral framework being taught today is a do-your-own-thing approach that puts each individual at the throat of their neighbor.  Maybe it is time to introduce something simple, like the Ten Commandments.  Or we could even start with what Jesus gave as the greatest commandment,

(Luk 10:27 KJV)  And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
It would be a good place to start.

Maybe I don’t need to go to movies.  Maybe I should stick to what I know.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Opus 2022-213: Election 2024: A Never Happen Slate

Many people are speculating on whether Donald Trump will run again in 2024.  Evidently Joe Biden is thinking about it.  Maybe in his dreams.  What will be the match up?

The big question really is what slate the Democrats can come up with to compete in the next presidential election.  I have a combination that might get them some traction.  I only suggest it because it will never happen.  I would not want to give them any clues.  I prefer them without one.

I am suggesting a Manchin/Gabbard ticket.  Or go with Gabbard/Manchin.  Either way it would have a better chance of winning than anything I have heard so far.  Of course it seems like both of them have been going out of their ways to be ignored.

The way they have alienated the Democratic leadership is by making reasonable statements and taking genuinely moderate positions.  Joe Manchin has been the one vote that the Democrats have not been able to get on several bills.  Good for him.  Tulsi Gabbard has made a number of statements like she is actually an American citizen.  I don’t think I could vote for either one of them because they are Democrats at heart but I am glad to see a bit of reality on the other side.

We continue to live in interesting times.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 22, 2022

Opus 2022-212: Cultural Shortcuts

I enjoy memes and associated humor.  I have a problem at times because I have drifted so far out of the mainstream that I don’t know who some of the people are in the cartoons and I don’t get some of the contemporary cultural references.  I don’t spend too much time trying to figure out some of them.  My sense of humor also makes allowance for the possibility that there is no real joke except on me for looking for one.  

The internet is loaded with acronyms.  Sometimes I make up my own.  Recently I suggested MRB (Male Refrigerator Blindness) but don’t really expect them to catch on.  For some reason I learned that YOLO stands for “you only live once.”  We all know LOL.  My favorite it TL;DR which stands for “too long; didn’t read.”

This hit me when I was humming Sonny Salisbury’s song, “I’ve Got Something to Sing About” when I came to the line “every song that you hear on KFWB”.  What does that mean?  Unless you were raised in Southern California in the 60's I don’t think you would have any idea.  At that time it was one of the two or three pop music stations.  It later went to all news.  I am not sure if it is around any more.

Enjoy your own personal cultural memories.  Try to understand the one’s others use.  You might even try to use age old classics that come from the Bible and Shakespeare when you are around the younger generation.  If you can’t educate them you might at least humble them.

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Opus 2022-211: A Big Step Backwards

Somewhere recently I saw a meme poster that showed a large contingent of Boy Scouts marching in a parade with a forest of gay pride flags.  That got me to thinking about how the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have moved from the asset side of the cultural ledger to the debit column.  For most people this has gone mostly unnoticed.  Or they might remember the time period when the Boy Scouts were still resisting and standing tall.  No longer.  Both have gone full woke.

We need to withdraw our support.  This is a key age in the development of character.  My wife’s grandfather brought home a war bride from Germany.  She had been a proud member of the Hitler Youth.  She never got over it.  She hated Jews til her dying day.  She was a wonderful, generous, giving person.  She was still a Nazi at heart.  I am reading Orwell’s 1984 and he describes how The Party worked to pervert the young people.  

“It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children. And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which 'The Times' did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak--'child hero' was the phrase generally used--had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the Thought Police.”  (Kindle location 319-321)
Keep in mind that the goal of the Proregressives* is to totally destroy our Constitutional Republic and put a Socialist Paradise in its place.  The Scouts are now just another merit badge on their sash.  

Speak up.  Stand up.  Don’t become a silent member of the sheep fold.

homo unius libri