Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Watcher's Council Nominations - 4 March 2008

Each week, the members of the Watcher's Council nominate one of their own posts and a second from outside the Council for consideration by other council members in a contest for best post. The Watcher publishes the results each Friday morning. The Watcher also has a process for anyone who would like to submit one of their posts for consideration as part of the weekly contest. You can find out more about that here. This week's nominations are:


Council Posts:

1. Done With Mirrors, This Is a 'Moderate Voice?'
Callimachus fisks a rather immoderate blog that takes umberance at the Bush administration's calls for Cuba to move towards democracy following the retirement of Fide Castro.

2. The Glittering Eye, Ending the War in Iraq
Call me cynical, but I really do wonder whether John Podesta, Ray Takeyh and Lawrence J. Korb can possibly believe what they write. At any rate, GE does not accept their arguments for withdrawal from Iraq.

3. Joshuapundit - Why Don't Jews Like Christians Who Like Them?
JP blogs on the spectrum of political leanings exhibited by and towards members of the Jewish faith and some of the possible explanations therefor.

4. Rhymes With Right - Where Have All the Male Teachers Gone?
There is discrimination against males teaching, particularly in the younger grades.

5. Wolf Howling - The Dershowitz Questions
My post on how to address the Salifization of the Middle East and the expansion of its death cult, written within the framework of questions raised by Alan Dershowitz in the WSJ.

6. Soccer Dad - The Fine Art of Flying (with the president)
SD takes a generally favorable view of Bob Geldof's interview of the President, at least in as much as it reflects positively on President Bush's Africa policies.

7. Bookworm Room - Rape
A fascinating post from BWR on how the feminist movement has divested women of individual responsibility for their own conduct, in this case as concerns campus "rape," and made rapists of men who do not meet the classical definition of having forced themselves on an unwilling woman or otherwise taken advantage of a woman they have placed in a such a position that they cannot dissent - i.e., date rape drugs.

8. Cheat Seeking Missiles - The Rape of Rape On American Campuses
And an equally fascinating post from CSM on the same topic as BWR blogged above.

9. The Colossus of Rhodey - Exchange Student Woes
Rhodey reminisces on the worth of taking advantage of being an exchange student.

10. Big Lizards - Chicago Rules
Daffyd does an exceptional job of digging into the curious electoral history of Obama, which appears to owe far more to lawyers and scandal than it does to the votes of an electorate or his policy positions. I love his Ian Flemming quote: "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action."

11. The Education Wonks - Why We Don't Give Money To The American Red Cross
The Red Cross is experiencing a crisis of leadership and performance.

12. Right Wing Nut House - The Terrorism Conundrum for Democrats
Democrats portray any mention of terrorism or national security issues as the "politics of fear" in order to innoculated them from charges on the right that they are incredibly weak on national security issues. So when Hillary raises the issue as to Obama, she is getting attacked from within her own party. So can Democrats even raise this as a viable issue? As Rick Moran notes, "This is the conundrum largely created by the Democrats to answer the GOP’s huge advantage on the issue of terrorism. Apparently, it has now come back and bit them in the ass."

Non-Council nominations:

1. The Chronicle of Higher Education - Not to Complicate Matters, But...

2. The Long War Journal - Inside Iraqi politics -- Part 5. A Look At Legislative Progress: Sunnis’ and States’ Rights

3. City Journal - Why Don't Jews Like the Christians Who Like Them?

4. Stop the ACLU - Turmoil: The New York Times Facing Internal Take Over Bid?

5. Classical Values - Redeeming the Old Stereotypes

6. Elder of Ziyon - Defending Against Terror Impossible In International Law

7. Right Wing News - Blogging While Female: 5 Conservative Women Bloggers Talk About Gender Issues and the Blogosphere

8. The Rosett Report - Orchestrated in Pyongyang

9. Oliver Kamm - Blair and His Masters

10. Power Line - Dissecting the 60 Minutes Scandal

11. Breath of the Beast - Think Happy Thoughts About People Who Want to Kill You!

12. Dr. Sanity - Maybe in the Future Things Will Be Different?

13. Dodgeblogium - Title: A Shot Across the Bow

14. KT Dodge - Yet Another Complaint About NHS Cleanliness and Care...

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