Tuesday, May 20, 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:

Council Nominations:

1. The Colossus of Rhodey - Is Human Moral Progress Inevitable?
CoR believes that, as our life is made simpler and easier by technological improvements, that we will have and take the opportunity to improve morally. Perhaps he is correct. I am awaiting to see what happens in the Middle East where peoples such as the Bedouins have been brought into modern technology just within the past decades.

2. Done With Mirrors - Net Loss
DWM is concerned with the questionable legal theory being used to prosecute the odious woman involved in the suicide of a young girl by orchestrating an online smear campaign. The legal theory criminalizes a breach of contract and, carried to its logical conclusion, would effect many on the net. DWM is likewise concerned with the unintended consequences of Charter's plan to track web use for the purpose of personalizing advertizing. Both are quite legitimate concerns.

3. Bookworm Room - Renaming the Paradigm *UPDATED*
A brilliant essay from BR discussing why "left" and "right" do not adequately describe the philosophies underlying our two party system, nor the politics practiced in many countries, both currently and historicaly. BR suggests "statists" and "individualists" and makes a cogent argument in support thereof.

4. Hillbilly White Trash - No One Will Solve Our Energy Problems For Us
An excellent essay from HWT on our energy problems. I agree completely with his assessment.

5. Soccer Dad - George Bush Isolationist
SD ponders the irony that, in 2000, Bush campaigned against "nation building," as well as what he perceives to be a common trait, that the party in power tends to be more hawkish than the party that is not.

6. Cheat Seeking Missiles - Time To Remember The "Global" In The War On Terror
An interesting post from CSM on whether we should be far more active in using our military in the "lightening raid" scenario to attack radical Islamist elements globally. It is quite thought provoking.

7. Rhymes With Right - Seattle Times Writer Defends Hitler's Aggression!
RWR goes after an insane editorial by a person with clearly no grasp of history or psychology who apparently attempts to support Obama by positing that Chamberlain was right to engage in talks with Hitler in 1939.

8. Wolf Howling - Republicans Ponder The Abyss
After the Republican passage of the Dems Farm Bill and energy bill with veto proof majorities in the House, I think the Republican goose is rightly cooked come November.

9. The Glittering Eye - Death Toll Continues to Mount
GE ponders that the reason the quakes in China have been so devestating is because the ChiCom government is interested in the state, not the people. I agree, but isin't that one of the defining characteristics of a government that rules by police state and not ballot box?

10. The Education Wonks - Hillary's Fuzzy Math
EW ponders the state of the Clinton candidacy, her purpose in staying in the race, and how the right should be wary of her.

11. Joshuapundit - Would You Buy An ObamaMobile From Tom Friedman?
I read the Friedman article a few days ago and was rather amazed to the degree that he was shilling for Obama given Obama's past associations and the foreign policy team he has put together. There is little to suggest that Obama will be a friend to Israel beyond his bald rhetoric - and now that of Tom Friedman. JP, in a very good post, likens Friedman to a used car salesman.

Non-council Nominations:

1. Intellectual Conservative - The Love That Dare Not Speak His Name

2. Middle East Strategy at Harvard - Bush Begs Saudis (Again)

3. Pondering Penguin - The Lord of Perpetual Victimhood

4. Western Rifle Shooters Association - Vanderboegh: Loophole

5. The Elder of Ziyon - Dow Jones: Israel Means Business

6. Pundita - The William Ayers Plan To Turn America's Schoolchildren Into Maoists and How Barack Obama Helped Him

7. Lone Star Times - Is Gasoline Really That Expensive?

8. The Whited Sepulchre - Blog For Human Rights -- May 15th, 2008

9. The Speculist - Human Progress

10. Atlas Shrugs - Judges Can't Judge

11. Classical Values - Turning Down the Volume?

12. Right Wing Nut House - More Whining From Obama

13. Dodgeblogium - Stop the Presses!

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