Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Watcher's Council Nominations

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:

1. Done With Mirrors - Death and the Madam
Callimachus ponders and critiques a journalist's treatment of the suicide of the D.C. madame. He finds the author treading a sociopathic line.

2. Wolf Howling - Obama As Marley
Obama reminds me of the Dickens character Marley, who built a long chain in life by a series of choices that later came to haunt him. Obama could have overcome the damage Rev. Wright portends to do to his candidacy by simple honesty. Instead, in a display of what can only be called craven hubris, Obama has fastened the chain to Rev. Wright securely to himself.

3. Soccer Dad - I Have a Nightmare
MLK had a dream. Rev. Wright and the NAACP have nightmares. They speak racism and seek segregation.

4. The Glittering Eye - Whither?
A very thoughtful post from GE rejecting the assertions of NYT columnist Tom Friedman, which, in many ways, sounds like a vision from one of the many left wing revolutions of the past half century. GE sees the decisions of the masses pushing our national concensus as far more influential than the pull of our leaders.

5. The Colossus of Rhodey - Al Gore Won Florida in 2000
Liberal myths simply will not die, nor will selective analysis.

6. Rhymes With Right - It's Too Late To Turn Back Now
RWR and I are of one mind this week. RWR posts on Obama and his ineffective attempts to sever his twenty year connection with Rev. Wright.

7. Bookworm Room - Are You Ready To Be a Democrat?
A humorous post from BR discussing the extreme difficutly of becoming a truly believing Democrat. It requires one to put aside analytical thought and intellectual honesty

8. Cheat Seeking Missiles - Fatal Energy Policies
Laer does an excellent job of critiquing Tom Friedman's critique of our energy policies.

9. The Education Wonks - Merit Pay Chronicles: A Teacher Speaks!
EW ponders the thoughts of Maria Neira on the problems with tieing a teacher's pay to student performance on tests.

10. Hillbilly White Trash - Random Thoughts
HWT gives his thoughts on a wide variety of topics, most of which with I agree. My only real heartburn comes from the remarks on the judges, having known a truly exceptional judge - a true gentleman in and out of the robes - that was murdered in his court office a few years ago by an individual who did not like being sentenced to jail. There's a reason for security precautions, and its not just the idiot judges that have brought on that necessity.

11. Joshuapundit - Who Cares About Israel, Anyway?
A great post from JP wishing Israel a happy 60th birthday and itemizing why Israel is a true ally of America.

12. Right Wing Nut House - Party Like It's 1980 All Over Again
Rick Moran gives voice to my deepest fears - a second Carter term.

Non-Council Nominations:

1. AmbivaBlog - If I Didn't Like Hillary Before... [UPDATED]

2. EU Referendum - Turning the Juggernaut Round

3. Confederate Yankee - Another Gaza Media Moment

4. The Long War Journal - Iraqis Begin to 'Despise' the Mahdi Army in Baghdad's Rusafa District

5. The American Scholar - The Liberal Imagination of Frederick Douglass

6. Atlas Shrugs - Escape From A Brooklyn Mosque

7. The Wall Street Journal - Israel's 60-Year Test

8. Israpundit - Outlawing the Pig

9. Michelle Malkin - Paging John McCain: GOP House Leader Boehner Rips La Raza Earmark

10. The Brussels Journal - Duly Noted: The Riflemen Aimed to Miss

11. The Huffington Post - Losing Our Spines to Save Our Necks

12. American Thinker - Obama, the One Hit Wonder

13. Classical Values - How Many Times Can the Shock Wear Off?

14. Dodgeblogium - Rough Time for the Left in the US

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