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for August 29, 2021

YEP! THE CHURCH ATTENDANCE IS HEADING DOWNWARD AGAIN THANKS TO COVID
BUT THE QUESTION IS: IS JOE BIDEN HEADING OUT?

Time now for the weekly church report and whether or not I can walk away with some sort of victory from attending today. You say, "Hey! You have to attend. You are the Preacher!" Well, if it really came down to it, I can pretend not to be there and only show up in body and leave my spirit elsewhere (or my mind).

The last five Sundays have been good ones. The Sunday's of August 8th and 15th were great with the attendance back up to where it used to be Pre-Covid. Last week it slipped and, as predicted, it nearly fell through the floor today. It was reported today that five of our regulars have come into contact with a Covid infected person and, along with their spouses, decided to stay at home and quarantine. Three of our regulars have tested positive! All three have been vaccinated! At another Baptist Church just outside of Windsor, nine of their members have tested positive and eight of them have been fully vaccinated! Of course, most of those infected are talking about getting the booster as soon as they get over it, even though they will have natural immunities built in from contracted it already.

The real thing about this virus and all of its variants is that we just don't know who is going to get it, how it is fully transmitted, whether the vaccines work at all in many or most people and whether the newer variants will keep coming out to the extent that we will need booster shots for each one and perhaps as many as two a year. Who in the world knows?

Anyway, back to the church today. All of our workers were present, but half the choir were either staying home or, as in the case of two or three, didn't want to get up in the choir because it is hard to practice social distancing in that loft. So, seven people sung the choir special today and did as good a job and fifteen. I was proud of them.

The message was a bit too historical for a few people, but I gave them all the possible background around the incident where the folks built the tower located in Babel. I merely wanted to put the point across that pride always comes before the fall, and it was the pride of the builders from Babel who thought they could reach God on their own merits that led to God confusing their language and scattering them abroad. That there will always be those who believe they can do better than God or at least be co-equal with God in their life's endeavors. WRONG!

Back to the attendance today, we were off nearly 40 percent from the high three weeks ago! Next week, being Labor Day weekend and with many still quartentining, and others living out of fear, we should have another eight to ten folks gone in additions to the ones today and we will be back to the early days of Covid after we first returned to worshipping inside.  Keep it up, and we will all be worshipping from our vehicles again in the parking lot. Make no mistake, if we do go back to worshipping outside, the attendance will be better than it was today. But by Thanksgiving, with the cold weather and such, the novelty will wear off again, like it did in June of last year and then, well, you know....

I am going to the office tomorrow instead of Tuesday as I have to have lab work done Tuesday morning, followed by a funeral for a man who used to serve in the military during the Vietnam War and suffered from on again-off again PTSD, to the extent that he could not hold down a job for any length of time after he was discharged from the service. He was 83 years old and died an invalid. He had no children, only two step-children from his wife who died back in the mid 80s and his nephew was basically his main caregiver as he had no means to even be placed in a nursing home. Don't ask me how that was the case. Anyway, that service will probably be a long one as there will be a military honor guard, followed by a Masonic Rites and a couple of speeches which will make for a long graveside portion. The first part at the Funeral Home will take about 25 minutes but then the travel to the cemetery on the other side of town will take awhile along with all the other fanfare. By the time I am finished it would be 2:00 before getting to the office so I decided to switch the days and work tomorrow instead.

Wednesday I have set aside for holding hands, but with the last weather report I saw, it may be raining a lot with the remnants of Hurricane Ida. But, I rather supposed that we won't get much rain out of it because it looks to be tracking a little farther north and it could keep the cold front from coming through just when we are about to need it. By Friday, with no or very little rain, we could be in a pre-drought condition. We have had eleven days of consecutive days with heat indices at or above 100 degrees, we are supposed to see relief Wednesday. I just hope the Low pressure from that system doesn't cause our approaching cold front to stall before it gets here.

I just don't want to sit here and spew hot lava at the Democrats right now. But today, Janice and I had lunch with one of the women in our church and she had invited over one of her friends for the occasion. Needless to say, the conversation got shifted around to what is going on and has gone on in Afghanistan. His son served over there for four tours between 2010 and 2016, his daughter did two tours and was engaged with a private contractor over there up until three months ago and she fears for the friends she left behind. This conversation opened up all kinds of talk about Biden's mental health, whether this nation could tolerate the infantile nature of a Kamala Harris (Ms. Cackles) and what, if anything, will happen if Ole Joe doesn't resign or they can't get him out of office before January of 2025. I think all four of us agreed that we are in deep DEEP trouble.

Our military and our allies don't trust Biden. Even the British Parliament has publically stated it will no longer work in conjunction with the United States as long as he is in control.

In April, the president promised that troops would come home from Afghanistan “responsibly, deliberately, and safely,” downplaying any risk associated with withdrawal. Today, he says the “evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul was going to be hard and painful no matter when it started, when we began.”

After a Kabul airport attack that killed 13 American servicemen, at least 90 Afghans, Biden has done nothing but deflect responsibility for the biggest foreign policy blunder in decades.

Even as the president was telling Americans that Kabul was unlikely to fall in July, intelligence reports were informing him that situation was precarious. As the New York Times reports, American intelligence were skeptical that Afghan security forces would resist an onslaught of the Taliban, or that the American-allied government could hold on to Kabul.

None of this stopped Biden from abandoning Bagram airbase and refusing to set military safe zones and retrieve stranded Afghan allies or Americans — of which there are probably a thousand left. His disastrous decisions created the bottleneck into the Kabul airport that put our troops in a precarious position and left hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans and green-card holders stranded.

How can the troops trust Biden now?

During his press conference after the Kabul airport attack, Biden attempted to create the impression that critics of his botched withdrawal were questioning the competence and bravery of American soldiers rather than the leaders who failed them. When Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, posted video demanding accountability from our military leaders for putting his comrades in needless danger, he was relieved of his duties. As of this writing, however, not a single leader who oversaw the debacle in Afghanistan has resigned or even taken responsibility. In fact, the administration continues to claim the withdrawal is a success.

And how can our allies trust Biden anymore?

Even Britain, the nation that suffered the second-most casualties among our Western allies in Afghanistan, was reportedly kept in the dark about plans. British officials have said they are “embarrassed and embittered” at President Biden.

Yet, for some inexplicable reason, Biden seems to trust the Taliban, seeking their cooperation and allowing the group to dictate terms and timelines of withdrawal and security. When asked in July if he trusted the Taliban, Biden incredulously responded, “is that a serious question?” When the reporter reiterated that it was, the president claimed, “No, I do not.”

What the hell is he saying? What in all that is God's domain is he doing? Nothing makes sense!

Today, the Biden administration is sharing counterterrorism intelligence with the Islamic militia — a group that were bombing only a few weeks ago. Politico, in fact, reports that U.S. officials handed the Taliban a list of “American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies” so that they could be granted entry into the U.S.-controlled airport at Kabul. Biden did this even as Taliban was seizing Afghan-Americans ’ US passports outside Kabul airport and reportedly turning away Americans.

An anonymous Pentagon official told Politico that basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list, and that "it’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”

So Biden tell the country this week “Let me be clear, the evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul was going to be hard and painful no matter when it started, when we began.”

This is not what he told the American people in the past. And it was his administration’s incompetence that has made it this painful. Biden’s “aw shucks” folksy “straight-talk” act has always been cynical performative politics. Now, it is part of a deadly lie.

I think Ole Joe and his Administration is started to have a hard time figuring how to spin this fiasco as being all Donald Trump's fault. Oh, they will try. Make no mistake about that! But in the long haul, even many Democrats are starting to scurry away like mice on a sinking ship with the look of "every man for himself."

The New York Times reported last week:

With President Biden facing a political crisis that has shaken his standing in his party, Democrats across the country are increasingly worried about their ability to maintain power in Washington, as his administration struggles to defend its chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and stanch a resurgent pandemic that appeared to be waning only weeks ago. …

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers announced congressional investigations into the administration’s handling of the withdrawal, as a handful of Democratic lawmakers weighed whether calling for the resignation of Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, would help the president “reset the narrative,” according to a Democratic House member, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The harrowing images appalled even the president’s staunchest supporters, many of whom — like a majority of the American public — support the decision to remove American troops from Afghanistan. But some of them worry the execution of the withdrawal has undermined Mr. Biden’s central campaign promise to restore a steady hand to governance, particularly on issues of national security.

If the Democrats are now running scared (which is where I like to see them), then I think it is high time that Biden be removed, that we hold out nose for a few months with Kamala Cackles in the Oval Office and then, when the GOP takes over, they begin the Impeachment proceedings against her and the charges would be her inability to lead a dying country back to life. Or better, for impersonating a human being while breathing fresh air.

OK, I'm done now!

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