Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Nominations Are Up

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. Done With Mirrors - More Quincy
DWM posts a retrospective on John Quincy Adams, wishing that his spirit were alive in politics today. "As the resistance indicates, the tendency in the federal government to decide what the politicians want to do, then figure out a way to do it that is not terribly unconstitutional, was thriving as early as 1805."

2. The Colossus of Rhodey - Moonbat Kucinich Wants to Impeach Bush
CoR thoroughly fisks the low hanging fruit that is Dennis Kucinich and some of the wilder bases he has articulated for the impeachment of George Bush.

3. Rhymes With Right - Left Continues Denigration of McCain's Military Service, POW Heroism
The denigration of military service by the left should not be tolerated in polite society. Yet a particularly odious post in HuffPo shows just how close to mainstream this suicallly debauched mindset is becoming. RWR treats it appropriately.

4. The Razor - South Africa's Neville Chamberlain
This is a very educational post on Thabo Mbeki, South Africa's president, who has resisted pressuring Robert Mugabe to give up power.

5. Hillbilly White Trash - Dick Morris Gets One Right
I agree wholly with HWT that taking the law enforcement approach to the war on terror would be a tremendous mistake from a policy perspective. I would add though, that this is no longer strictly a policy question. After the travesty of the Supreme Court decision in Boumediene, it is now in part a Constitutional question. The SCT has gone far down the road to taking this issue out of the hands of our elected representatives and, in the process, reconceived the military as a giant police force. We are screwed.

6. Soccer Dad - The Whole Shebaa-ng
Soccer Dad makes gives the background to the Shebba Farms conflict - how it is being used by Lebanon and Syria as a basis for ostensibly justifying Hezbollahs continued existence under arms - and does so within the context of the lack of good faith displayed by all Middle Eastern countries in their dealings with Israel. He concludes that under no circumstances should Israel answer calls for it to negotiate over Shebba Farms with Lebanon as it will only strengthen Hezbollah.

7. Bookworm Room - Gay Pride Week
Gays accepted into society, no problem. Gays having sex in their bedroom with the blinds down, no problem. Gays having sex in the middle of public streets using a loud speaker to call attention to themselves, that is a problem.

8. The Glittering Eye - Afghanistan Update
GE looks at the intractable situation in Afghanistan that has its genesis wholly in Pakistan and concludes, as do I, that Afghanistan will be a very long conflict with no easy answers.

9. Cheat Seeking Missiles - My ANWR Photo Gallery
A picture is worth a thousand words, and CSM posts several pictures. I opined in a post several weeks ago, after seeing photos of ANWR, that McCain needed to take a tour of the area with oil execs and the Republican governor and ponder, on that basis, the costs and benefits after he had seen the incredibly small area that would be mined in respect to the gigantic and desolate remainder.

10. Joshuapundit - Warped
JP dissects Nicholas Kristoff's piece in the NYT, suggesting that the cause of peace is suffering becasue of the actions of the Israelis rather than the real culprits.

11. Wolf Howling - And on the Seventh Day, He Rested
It has been a busy week in the life of our own secular, socialist Messiah.

12. The Education Wonks - Paradise, Favorites, and the Evaluation Headgame
EW ponders the teacher evaluation system and its impact outside the individual evaluation on the larger school system.

Non-Council Nominations:

1. AmbivaBlog - "Declaring Independence from a 'Broken System' By Breaking a Promise..." [UPDATED]

2. The New York Times - 'Not My Fault'

3. Discriminations - Is There A Pattern Here? If So, Is There A Name For It?

4. Dean's World - Alcoholism Progression

5. Stop the ACLU - The Card

6. Shira bat Sarah - Building Walls

7. American Thinker - Obama's Lack of Ordinary Modesty

8. Abu Muqawama - Big Gains in Iraq?

9. Flopping Aces - The Zimmerman Telegram and the Captured Saddam Documents

10. ShrinkWrapped - The Unconscious Roots of Media Bias

11. Brits At Their Best - An Almost Unfathomable Ignorance of History

12. Classical Values - Why You Should Apologize -- Ineffectively and Dishonestly -- For What You Didn't Do

13. The QandO Blog - Money Grubbing Tax Grabbers

14. Pondering Penguin - Rep. Keith Ellison Brings Obama Back On Track

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