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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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Opus 2017-282: Headlines: I Must Have Missed It

I need to pay attention more.  I listened to the entire speech by President Trump on a new Afghanistan policy.  I did not leave to go to the bathroom or anything.  And yet the reporter for the Washington Times starts off with a statement that has me scratching my head.
“President Trump asked the American people Monday to trust him in sending more troops to Afghanistan, saying that his gut told him to pullout but that careful examination of military options convinced him decisive victory over Islamist militants was the only option.”
I remember him saying he usually goes with his gut and that a pullout was not acceptable but in the speech I heard, he specifically said that he would not be broadcasting numbers.  The title says “4,000 troops” and I think that comes from old news, not the speech last night.  I also don’t remember his saying, “Trust me.”  I was listening to see if he would say “more troops” but if he did it slipped by when I was blowing my nose.

I often wonder if reporters for news sources that I consider at least partially reliable are out having a drink with their friends when the speech is going on and get their talking points from someone’s blog.

I expect distortions from the New York and LA Times.  I guess I need to make the same allowance for the Washington Times.  Maybe I need to just avoid anything that has the word “Times” in its title.

homo unius libri


  1. I suspect you're right, I heard MOST of it and I didn't hear him mention numbers. I DID see that number on some online sites.

    1. On a site more concerned with accuracy the number was said to come from off the record conversations with staff, not from public statements by the president. Sounds like a formula of fake news to me.

      Grace and peace.


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