Watcher’s Council winners for June 10

I’m embarrassed that I withheld from you so long the results of last week’s Watcher’s Council vote — although you could have checked the results out yourself if you felt so inclined.  As always, competition was fierce, and the winners are deserving:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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  • Mike Devx

    In the Non-Council vote, I noticed this article headline:
    Sarah Palin’s Paul Revere “Gaffe” 

    We haven’t commented much on this here in Book’s domain.  Perhaps it’s a non-story, not worthy of much.

    But I’m wondering about one question:  What standard should national leaders – or potential candidates for president – be held to when commenting on iconic historical events?

    Were Governor Palin’s remarks correct enough?  Here’s the video, and the complete text of what she said in the video.  Note that she is replying to a reporter while standing in front of the North Church, within Boston.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS4C7bvHv2w
    “He [Paul Revere] who warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.”

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    If you want to see what Paul Revere wrote himself concerning his ride, here is the text for his letter to Jeremy Belknap, written in 1798:

    http://www.masshist.org/database/doc-viewer.php?item_id=99&mode=nav

    (Click on “transcription” within the ‘Page Viewing Options’ for the full text.)

    You can also read his deposition itself, which he wrote in 1775, if you change the “item_id” from 99 to 97 in the above link.  (I’d post the link itself, but that would send me into Askimet Moderation Hell.)

  • Mike Devx

    Damn cut and paste html crap.  Despite efforts to avoid moderation, my last comment is now in askimet moderation hell. Help, please.

  • Charles Martel

    I think it’s time to pull an SEIU and go pounce on some special needs kids to show Book that we demand better features on this blog!