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. And the results of this weeks voting are in:
The winner - and the one I voted for first place - is The Barrel of GoogleRands, is an absolutely hilarious post from the professional writer among us, Gerard Van der Luen of American Digest. Here is a teaser:
Dear Congress, President Obama, or armed IRS agent with a no-knock:
I am writing in response to your request for additional money via the "WTF!? Cough It UP! Re-Financing America Extortion Act of 2010: IRS Form 259B Error" Page I was led to while filing my taxes electronically last night. It noted that I had not paid the full amount of estimated re-tax double blind anticipatory VAT levy for the "care and feeding of citizens who pay no taxes." I had put "Poor Planning" as the cause of my overnight insolvency in Line 42b of sub-paragraph A of Form 259B-subC. Your database asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient. . . .
It's Mr. Van der Luen's rewrite and update of the classic tale of the Barrel of Bricks. Once again coming in second place was one of my posts, A Tale Of Two Conservative Parties – Part 1: The UK, pointing to Britain's systemic democratic deficit, describing how the socialist left has deconstructed to the UK to the point of calamity, noting the electorates deep dissatisfaction with Labour, and finally, acknowledging the lack of any political party that actually represents the will of the people.
In the Non-Council Category, the winner was Fitzgerald: The New York Times, and That Business At the Cathedral In Cordoba, a post I had submitted from the fine blog, Winds of Jihad. It is, as the Watcher notes, a "historical tour de force," that "takes us through the shameful whitewashing of the Muslim world that the NYT foists upon its readers." Coming in second place was an exceptional post from the Belmont Club, I Want My MTV, pointing to, one, how the Labour Party has led Brtian to an economic crisis so deep and vast that recovery might not be possible and two, how California is in a similar position. The unifying thread is that both arise from fantasies propounded from the political classes while the people seem ignorant and apathetic.
There were some great entries last week. You can find them all, as well as the full results of the voting at the Watcher's site.