Clearing the Spindle: Connect the Dots

By | March 11, 2023

[March 11, 2022]  “Learn to connect the dots, Satterfield.”  My commander was on my case about not properly using our military intelligence to properly position my Infantry Company in an upcoming training battle.  I thought I was doing a good job, obviously not.  I was not able to make the mental leap from the many intell inputs to achieve the results my commander demanded.  We lost the battle; happily, it was a training event and no one died as a result of my failure.  But I was a new commander and I quickly learned how to overcome my initial stupidity; and yes, I was called out on it publically in front of all the other company commanders.  I was embarrassed but also motivated to connect the dots in the future.  Unfortunately, many leaders today don’t know how to connect the dots.  They also don’t know how to prioritize so they can be in the position to connect the dots.

‘Woman of Courage’ Award given to a biological man.  During the 2023 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony this week at the White House, First Lady Jill Biden and Sec. of State Antony Blinken presented Alba Rueda with the award.  The event honors women from around the world “who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equity and equality, and the empowerment of women and girls, in all their diversity – often at great personal risk and sacrifice,” according to the U.S. State Department.  This theme is not a one off – we all can be forgiven for being stupid at least once.  Rachel Levine (another man) is given USA Today’s Woman of the Year award.  Lia Thomas (another man) is nominated for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award.  Fae Johnstone (see that pattern, another man) is Hershey’s International Women’s Day honoree.  There is a message here.  It’s that men are better than women at being women.  Well, that’s not really true.  Maybe someone should tell our ‘leaders’ that men are not women.  Come on guys, connect the dots here.  You are being made a fool and you keep making the same mistakes.

 U.S. Politicians are ‘pissed’ over Fox News Tucker Carlson’s opinion.  Democrat Chuck Shumer said, “Last night, millions of Americans tuned into one of the most shameful hours we have ever seen with contempt for the facts, disregarded the risks, and knowing full well he was lying to his audience Fox News host Tucker Carlson ran a lengthy segment last night arguing the January 6 Capital attack was not a violent insurrection …”  There’s more that you can see at the link below.  What did Tucker Carlson do that was so “horrendous?”  He showed footage of the January 6 “insurrection,” footage that was hidden from Americans.  Carlson did what any good reporter would do, he showed the footage so we could see what really happened and that footage happened to contradict the political narrative of that day.  A little light was shown about what happened and politicians are not happy.

Staten Island NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers will, once again, not allow LGBT Pride Groups to march in their parade under the LGBT banner.  LGBTQ spokespersons are ‘pissed off” about that.  The mayor of New York City (Staten Island is one of NYC’s boroughs) said he’s not going to the parade, boycotting the parade.  He’ll be going to the Rainbow Run (the semi-official protest of the prohibition).  Maybe the parade is about St. Patrick.  Just me thinking a little here.  There are dozens of events every year in New York City designed to celebrate LGBT persons; the St. Patty Day parade is not one of them.  Connect the dots?


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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17 thoughts on “Clearing the Spindle: Connect the Dots

  1. Audrey

    “Woman of courage” award given to a man. Now that puts a point on the craziness of our culture. And people, in particular women, are cheering it. Are our women stupid?

    1. Janna Faulkner

      Yeah, they are stupid. But a few are not. And they read Gen. Satterfield’s blog.

  2. Karl J.

    Gen. Satterfield, I do like your “clearing the spindle” articles and your personal insights. Keep them coming. From the comments, I can see it is very popular.

  3. KRause

    Great website and your “clearing the spindle” is one of my favorite features. I know that it may be a bridge too far, but I hope you might make this at least a weekly affair … or daily if possible.

  4. Emma Archambeau

    Just love Gen. Satterfield and his website. He’s not afraid of the crap from nobody.

  5. Doc Blackshear

    If you are new to this leadership blog and are truly interested in making yourself a better leader, a better person, a better spouse & family man or woman, then this is the website for you. Gen. Satterfield hits hard on the common themes of success and will, occasionally, take on the woke ideology that so many of our young and politicians have slipped into. He rejects wokeness, he is an unapologetic American Patriot, family man, husband, combat veteran, and stands beside those who cannot defend themselves like the elderly, the homeless, the unborn, and those who are mentally or physically impaired. If u want to add to the discussion, this is the forum to do so. Stand up TODAY and be counted AMONG US WHO ARE WILLI NG TO PUT OUR REPUTATIONS AND LIVES ON THE LINE FOR OTHERS.

    1. Unwoke Dude

      WOW, Doc, you hit that one out of the ballpark. Glad to be in the same forum as you.

      1. Pumpkin Spice

        If you really and truly want to be “unwoke” then go to the Staten Island st. Patrick day parade and wave the American flag. Be part of something special and ignore the wackos who want to destroy America.

        1. Rowen Tabernackle

          “Wackos” are everywhere. A target rich environment.

      2. Ronny Fisher

        I”m from Staten Island but moved away 4 years ago. I’ll be going back just to stand with those who are brave enough to resist the pandering politicians and loud radical leftists.

  6. Silly Man

    Ha Ha, ….. great blog post. Made me smile and LOL a bit. Thankyou for helping make my day.

    1. Judy and Jamie

      #metoo. Oh wait, that’s for something else. Believe all women. But but but are all women, real women? I’m so confused. 😜🥳. Thank you, Armywife. I’ve connected the dots too.

  7. Frank Graham

    This is one of your best parts of your blog, Gen. Satterfield, keep them coming our way. Gay Pride is plenty visible but they have to keep pushing us around just to show their moral corruption and some folks aren’t taking it well.


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