[August 31, 2021] So much to do and so little time to do it. I resurrected my “clearing the spindle” series a few months ago because of so much in the news, especially over failing leaders who blame others for their own incompetence. Today’s article is title, “you won’t believe this.” I know that it is a bit unsportsmanlike to shoot fish in a barrel, but when political and military leaders choke so badly it rises to our attention, then yes, they should be criticized. Previously, I took several verbal jabs at Joe Biden and his incompetent handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal; he says he’s in charge, so he takes the blame. I know politicians like to take credit for everything that goes right and blame others when things go wrong. That’s Joe Biden in spades. Love him or hate him, that’s a fact.
Harvard University’s new Chaplain is an Atheist. Not only is that a shocker, but Chaplain Greg Epstein was unanimously elected by his fellow university chaplains as the university chaplain’s organization’s new president, according to the New York Times article (behind their paywall). Oh, and he’s WOKE. I guess, like our friends at PowerLineBlog pointed out, “why did it take so long?” They relate a story of a writer friend who was unhappy at a liberal seminary several decades ago. Why? One faculty remarked that maybe it’s because “You actually believe in God.” You can find a free article here.
Facebook apologizes for labeling parts of the U.S. Declaration of Independence as “hate speech.” From CNN, we learn that Facebook’s policies for censoring hate speech have again come under fire after the social media giant labeled a passage from the Declaration of Independence as hate speech. After realizing its “mistake” (read that as they got caught and were called out on it), we hear that Facebook restored the post. We hear that the reason given was that the erroneous label was “an incident on an ‘automated action.’” Yeah right. And, by the way, Facebook and other media platforms are conducting censorship with the full approval of the U.S. government. Now isn’t there a Constitutional Amendment addressing that and prohibiting censorship of this type? Yes, I looked it up. It’s called the First Amendment.
North Korea restarts its plutonium-producing nuclear reactor. The Wall Street Journal reports that “Kim Jong Un’s regime is fully aware that activity at its nuclear sites is closely watched by satellite surveillance.” And, unsurprisingly, the Norks see it as a bargaining chip for potential talks with the U.S. Kim Jong Un also voiced his displeasure at the Biden administration, calling U.S. overtures for talks a hypocrisy and vowing to “boost military capabilities.” In other words, the Norks have taken the measure of Biden and proceeded accordingly. If we keep getting this kind of news, maybe people should start building bomb shelters again.
Biden’s retreat uh withdrawal from Afghanistan highlights the horror of Taliban control. From multiple reports we are hearing of torture, killings, humiliations, and a host of shocking news from Afghanistan. The latest is the hanging of a man from a U.S.-supplied helicopter. Less than two weeks ago Joe Biden said the U.S. would stay in Afghanistan until all Americans were out. Now, he concedes that is not the case and our government will not use the military to get these Americans out. General McKenzie (who should resign), Commander of CENTCOM, announced yesterday that the “last C-17 lifted off from [Kabul Airport] this afternoon…” So much for relying on Joe Biden’s help.