Watcher’s Council submissions for March 7, 2013

And while we’re on the subject of the Watcher’s Council (see the post below about last week’s winners), here are this week’s submissions.  As always they are food for the mind and, sometimes, the soul:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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  • Mike Devx

    Hmm, nothing in this week’s nominations concerning Grover Norquist and the increasingly irrelevant CPAC.  Interesting.
     
    I could see disinviting GOProud, if as said they’d been disruptive in their support of gay marriage.  Support for gay marriage is hardly conservative, after all; it’s a RINO position.
     
    I could also see disinviting Pamela Geller of “Atlast Shrugs” blog fame, CPAC has disinvited Robert Spenser of “Jihad Watch” in the past.  Both are highly critical of Norquist and his fellow jihadi appeasers.  It would probably have been better for Norquist to stage his own competing event: “Who Conservatives Should Embrace And Love CAIR”, rather than disinviting Pamela Geller, one of CPAC’s most popular speakers.
     
    But disinviting his immenseness Chris Christie is a real puzzler.  Sure, Christie is no conservative in so many ways, but especially on gun control.  But Norquist wishes CPAC to be a player, even a king-maker, in the presidential nomination game, and you disinvite prominent players, no matter how RINO, at your own extreme peril.  In any list of likely GOP nominees, Christie would be in the top five “likely” list.  It makes no sense to play presidential politics and not invite him.
     
    Grover-boy seems increasingly petty, thin-skinned, intolerant to dissenting views especially on CAIR and jihadis, and personally vindictive.  He could have taken the high road and seemed magisterial and above it all.  Even George Washington-like.  Instead, he appears more the squalling infant, and to have his panties all bunched up in a wad.  It’s not a pretty picture.
     
    The stature CPAC is diminished as a result.
     

  • Mike Devx

    Nothing like posting a dashed-off comment without proofing.  Apologies for the grammar and spelling errors. :-(
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    It’s a good thing people are getting their lines and their camps straight. Things are easier to polarize for the people when there are distinct factions, rather than mega alliances put together.

  • Mike Devx

    Yes, Ymar, I can see that perspective.  Norquist is the primary mover and shaker behind CPAC and he has every right to force its speakers to conform as narrowly to his specific agenda as he wishes.  
     
    But each exclusion will piss off people who would otherwise support you.  Ideological purity tests to define invitations to a convention that you want to see become the most important convention of the year is probably not a good idea.  I guess if you view an invitation as an indication of *support*, each of these makes sense.
     

  • Mike Devx

    Just a little thought, via JoshuaPundit, to cheer your day:
     
    Well, the trifecta is now complete. Kerry at State, Hagel running the Defense department, and Islamist enabler John Brennan heading our CIA
     
    Obama’s foreign policy agenda and team for the next four years is now set.  Could it look any worse?  Just a thought to cheer your hopefully very fine day!
     

  • SADIE

    Mike, Add the fact that John Holder is still at DOJ and we’re beyond a trifecta.  What follows a trifecta – a quadriplegic crippled system.
     
    A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, who was once a spokesman for al-Qaida, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in a federal court in lower Manhattan Friday to a charge he plotted to kill Americans. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appeared before Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of United States District Court, blocks from the World Trade Center, the site of the 9/11.

    Ghaith has been “Mirandized” after a week in custody. The “Sequester” will have no impact on the DOJ. We will pay for his attorneys and all related court costs.

  • Mike Devx

    Oh gosh, I can’t stand it and I can’t help myself.  Google Diane Feinstein and catch an article concerning soldiers, gun control restrictions, and PTSD.  To wit:
     
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    The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, it’s not clear how the seller or transferrer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member, or a veteran, and that there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this.
    —–
     
    PTSD is “a new phenomenon”?  And one that is “a product of the Iraq War”?
    Oh, the horrors of our week-long march into Baghdad!  The thousands of casualties!  Soldier buddies crouching next to each other blown away into fragments every second, everywhere you look!  The unique horrors of the monstrous battlefield of the Iraq War!  Never before in history have soldiers been subject to such existential horror!
     
    Our soldiers in World War II had, you know, such a peaceful time it.  What with their gentle strolls through the French and German countryside.  Their casual meanderings through the North African deserts.  No PTSD there!
     
    Or Vietnam, were they got to particpate in some exploratory excursions through some (man-made) booby-trapped North Vietnamese caves, er I mean, tunnels.  Such delightful afternoons spent spelunking!  No PTSD there!
     
    No, the Iraq War’s monstrous, inch-of-ground-at-a-time brutal, soldier-eviscerating slog was so uniquely devastating that the new phenomenon of PTSD was birthed, as a product of that Iraq War.
     
    Well, the Democrats *have* gone out of their way to state that Bob Woodward, at the age of 69, is too old to be considered the same “Bob Woodward” he used to be.  Put him out to pasture, where he can munch grassy weeds under the gentle blue sky.  Perhaps Senator Diane Feinstein, who will turn 80 years old in June, is even further beyond the pale, because she is simply too old to function in any meaningful manner.  The Democrats, of course, would *never* be guilty of blatant, moronic hypocrisy now, would they?  Put her out to pasture, where she can munch grassy weeds under the gentle blue sky?
     
     

  • SADIE

    Di Fi suffers from PTSD. Progressive and Thoroughly Stupid Democrat.  Mike, there is only one historical narrative for the progs – the one they recite when it complements their agenda.

  • Mike Devx

    Sadie, I know you always get it!
     
    The denizens in Washington DC consider themselves our Ruling Class, our Privileged Elite.  Really, all they’ve done is managed to construct and rig a system whereby once in office it becomes nearly impossible to dislodge them.
     
    There are 535 elected Representatives and Senators in Congress, from more than 300 million people in this country.
     
    The sad thing is that I truly believe that if you randomly selected one person from each district and state to serve as Representative and Senator, you would see a vast improvement overall in Congress.  How sad.  Or perhaps I should say, how tragically and thoroughly corrupt – and self-serving, to the detriment of the rest of the country – has Washington DC become?
     
    Maybe instead of focusing on border security, we should spend that money more wisely, and dig a large moat around Washington DC (and Northern Virginia), fill it with water, and along both edges erect a 20-foot tall fence with concertina barbed-wire fencing along its top and guard towers with kleig lights every forty feet.  Leave one drawbridge with a heavily armed gate, for the occasional delivery of food, water, and other supplies and materials to the denizens inside.  Finally, institute powerful jammers making it impossible for them to transmit information out.  After about twenty years, we could go in and see if they’ve been cured of their corruption epidemic, and via that twenty year quarantine, we’d have inoculated ourselves against it.
     
    Nah. I didn’t just say that.
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    They’re not out for support, but for power. Since power can be acquired by enslaving the people, one doesn’t necessary need “votes” as “support”. Not the same thing.