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.

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