Watcher’s Council nominations for March 25, 2015

If you thought last week’s Watcher’s Council nominations were good (and they were), I can assure you that you ain’t seen nothing yet:

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

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Watcher’s Council forum: Is American in decline?

This past week’s Watcher’s Council forum asked Council members and honored guests to discuss whether America is in decline.  I actually chimed in on this one, although if  you have limited time, you will learn much more from reading the other contributions, not mine:

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Is America In Decline? Why Or Why Not?

 Wolf Howling : It is beyond question that our nation is in decline. We stand mired in historic levels of debt, yet massive deficit spending by Congress continues unabated. Regulations are being pumped out by unelected bureaucrats at record pace, working fundamental changes to our nation that could never pass Congress. Yet Congress sits by and the odd Congress critter only occasionally complains in speeches. Medicare and Social Security threaten to bankrupt our nation in the foreseeable future unless reformed, yet Congress does not just nothing, but manages to compound the problems with Obamacare. We have a tyrannical President who unconstitutionally threatens our country’s make up by unilaterally legislating the legalization of millions of illegal aliens, while an utterly supine Congress with the sole Constitutional authority to legislate is allowing this to happen. It appears that elections for either party no longer matter to change our national trajectory. Our Supreme Court today sits as a sort of unelected Politburo deciding that the Constitution means whatever five of them want it to mean based on their whim of the day. What was supposed to be the least dangerous of our co-equal branches of government is now arguably the most dangerous. The left is using our military as a laboratory for insane social experiments, the worst being to allow women into front line combat units, something that can only be accomplished in any number by lowering the physical standards. And that does not even begin to consider the impact on unit cohesion.Space exploration as well as virtually everything to do with space is without doubt of incredible importance to our future. Moreover, it is vital that we continue to develop space defense technology to protect our many satellites upon which modern life is dependent. Space technology is an area where we have still a distinct advantage, yet Obama has killed our nation’s space program. Lastly, our national security posture hasn’t been this bad since the 1930’s.

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Watcher’s Council winners for March 20, 2015

Gawd!  Last week presented an almost impossible slate of nominations to vote for at the Watcher’s Council.  Each post was extraordinary, and a vote for one was an unreasonable dismissal of another.  I am very honored, therefore, to have placed second in the ultimate results.  Here are all of the results, with every post deserving your attention:

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“”You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?” – Adolf Hitler

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Ted Cruz for President in 2016

Ted CruzA temporary diminution in my overwhelming work load has finally given me a window to blow about Ted Cruz’s candidacy. Briefly, I’m for it. Obama has taught us that, in today’s world, it’s not experience that matters, it is indeed being a standard-bearer for an overarching ideology.

Americans have now had six, going on for seven, years of Obama’s ideology and they’ve seen the results:

  1. a sluggish economy,
  2. endless crony capitalism,
  3. meaningless national borders,
  4. a disastrous change for the worse in race relations,
  5. the Middle East going down in flames,
  6. Israel (America’s long-time ally) abandoned and betrayed,
  7. a White House that makes love to the nation that’s slaughtered thousands of American troops,
  8. the abandonment of Eastern Europe to Putin’s depredations,
  9. a spectacular rise in Islamic violence at home and abroad,
  10. the steady transformation of our healthcare system into a European style system that provides access but minimal meaningful care,
  11. a de-fanged and emasculated military,
  12. the end of government transparency,
  13. the rise of an unaccountable administrative branch that practices legislation, and
  14. worst of all, a deliberate turn away from our most cherished constitutional principles, including the all-important separate of powers, our primary bulwark against tyranny.

In this, Obama has consistently been aided and abetted by the Democrat Party.  Worse, whenever it’s been faltering, its received helpful boosts from the GOP.

Against this backdrop, running a neutered GOP candidate who, at home, stands, for everything Obama stands for, only with weaker sauce, and, abroad, lacks the backbone to fight against Islamic (and, inevitably, Chinese) aggression abroad, is a sure way to lose.

Finally, though we have an alternative, in the person of a man who liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz describes as one of the most brilliant Harvard law students he’s ever had.  Briefly, Ted Cruz

  1. has the ability to articulate conservative principles in clear and accessible language,
  2. has a happy warrior manner as he toys with a media that’s unaccustomed to a conservative who won’t bow down,
  3. enjoys a good fight,
  4. energizes (one hopes) Hispanic conservatives who have been languishing, literally and figuratively, in Democrat ghettos, and
  5. most importantly of all, holds pro-American views on every issue: he supports a free market, strong borders, standing against Islamic extremism and aggression, protecting our allies around the world, bringing the free market to America’s healthcare system, shrinking government and (especially) the administrative branch of government, de-fanging the IRS’s unlimited (and partisan) power, and in all other respects running a government consistent with the Constitution.

To those who say “Cruz can’t win,” I say “That’s only true if you start with a defeatist attitude by buying into MSM and GOP slander.”

Now is the time for the pendulum to swing far, far away from Obama. If the Republican pendulum apathetically droops in front of a Jeb Bush or Lindsay Graham, we will lose. This is the last chance, truly the last chance, for the American Constitution to take center stage in an election and in our lives. If Hillary or Jeb wins, America as a Constitutional nation is dead and gone.

Incidentally, Wolf Howling has pulled together a very useful collection of Ted Cruz articles.

[VIDEO] Obama is worse than Chamberlain ever was

Obama as Neville ChamberlainA lot of people have been likening Obama to Neville Chamberlain, insofar as it was Neville Chamberlain who thought he could strike a grand bargain with Hitler to create “peace in our time.” There were a few things in Chamberlain’s favor: First, Hitler pretended to be a friend to England. Second, Hitler hadn’t killed any Englishmen in the lead-up to those negotiations. Chamberlain was a trusting fool, but not an evil man. Indeed, Churchill welcomed Chamberlain into his newly formed government and wept when he died.

Second, as Ben Shapiro’s video makes clear, Obama is willingly entering into a deal with the Devil, and selling America’s soul to do it. Iran is making no pretense of being a friend to America. Instead, it’s increasing its rhetoric. In addition, as Ben points out, Iran has the blood of thousands of American troops on its hand. In other words, this isn’t a treaty negotiation, it’s a surrender.

And here’s one more thing showing that Obama is infinitely worse than Chamberlain ever imagined: Obama is deliberately lying about a long-standing ally in order to seal his deal with the Devil and, as a pleasing byproduct, to watch that one-time ally get destroyed. But why should we be surprised?  If you’ve already sold your soul, a little thing such as aiming a howitzer at a friend really isn’t going to bother you.

The day the work didn’t go away

overworkedOne of the reasons I’ve been able to be such a prodigious blogger is that my clients all vanished with the recession. Since Mr. Bookworm is a good breadwinner — something for which I am always grateful — in the past few years, I haven’t made any real effort to hustle up work again (I’m self-employed). Because being the meat in the middle of the generational sandwich means being responsible for kids, spouse, and mom, I was happy to pretend that I was just a simple homemaker . . . and a blogger on the side.

Something happened at the end of December, though. I don’t know what happened, but my universe shifted. Four of my clients, some of whom I hadn’t heard from in seven or eight years, seemed to pick up the phone simultaneously and tell me they needed me desperately. I went from unemployed to overwhelmed in a heart beat.

True confessions: I preferred unemployed. Even though I’m working almost full-time now, none of the ordinary responsibilities have vanished. I’m still cooking, shopping, cleaning, doing laundry, and caring for kids, husband, and mother. The thing that’s fallen by the wayside is blogging. Even when I have time, I’m often too tired to use it to write.

As regular readers know, for the last several weeks, I’ve been helping a client get ready for trial, as well as pinch-hitting on other cases, both for that client, and for some others too. And when I say pinch-hitting, I mean it. I walk in, am handed a file I’ve never seen before, and am told “go forth and write a motion, or discovery response, or mediation brief, etc. And by the way, it’s due day after tomorrow.”

This trend escalated when the primary client vanished for a trial that, of course, took longer than originally anticipated. Suddenly, I found myself responsible for a whole load of cases about which I know nothing. Two things helped me. First, the client has a superior legal secretary, who is on-the-ball, helpful, and fundamentally nice. Second, I have a fairly unique knack: I can absorb massive amounts of information instantly and regurgitate it quickly in accessible form.

Today at noon, for example, I learned that, by 5 p.m., I had to do a major brief in a case I only learned about yesterday. Yikes! Thanks to the superior legal secretary who had organized the files, though, I was able to plow through about 4 inches of material in half an hour and tag the useful documents. Then, using a similar document in another case that the secretary had helpfully pulled for me, I took everything I’d just read and regurgitated it in narrative form, complete with legal argument. Within three hours of learning about the assignment, I had a document ready to file and serve.

Was it the greatest document ever written? Definitely not, but it was not an embarrassment, which is sometimes just as important. It made sense and answered the necessary questions. Most lawyers I know simply can’t assimilated and regurgitate information that quickly. I’m definitely a pinch hitter.

There’s a downside, of course. All this stuff goes into short-term memory and I can’t retrieve it later.  This frustrates clients, who think that, after my big effort, I should know the case.  I don’t.

Also, because I work well at the last-minute, I have a terrible tendency to procrastinate. Why dedicate days of your life to doing a superior job when you can dedicate hours and do a pretty damn good one? The downsides of that line of thinking are obvious:  I never do my best work, which is ultimately very bad for my professional sense of well-being, and the hours I do work are inordinately stressful. I think I’m getting to the age at which this stress simply isn’t that good for me anymore.

I still have more work tonight, but I’m definitely going to intersperse it with blogging. Lawyers will understand this one: I’m doing discovery responses! If I don’t take periodic breaks to refresh my brain, I’ll be writing gibberish in no time.

The Bookworm Beat 3-25-15 — the illustrated edition and open thread

I have very good reason to believe that I will have time to blog today, which is a thrilling thought for me. In the meantime, enjoy these posters from Caped Crusader, and be sure to check back here later. Also, at the bottom of this post, I’ve thrown in a video of Noah Galloway, who hasn’t let a little thing like missing limbs (which he left behind in Iraq) limit him. He doesn’t dance as a four-limbed person would, but he dances all the same, and that just makes me smile:

John Wayne on Obama's endless lies

Modern good samaritan and Obamacare

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When it comes to campus fascism, revolutions always eat their own

Charlton Heston on political correctnessOne of the truisms I grew up hearing is that “revolutions always eat their own.” I have understood this to mean that, in any revolutionary movement, the second generation, having been marinated longer in the revolutionary brine, is more extreme than the first generation and invariably purges that first generation. Both the French and the Russian revolutions prove this point.

We in America have had a revolution too. It’s been a very slow-moving revolution of the kind that the British used to call a Fabian Revolution. It involves advancing revolutionary goals, not through violence, but through slow, reformist means.  As Ferguson shows, the violence then comes after the revolution. Indeed, Ferguson is one of the best manifestations of that revolution.

The other obvious manifestation is the American college campus. On campuses throughout America, a Nanny state fascism is the norm. That didn’t happen overnight. It happened through Fabian gradualism, with hard-Left revolutionary principles being slowly introduced in the classrooms (increasingly open, aggressive Marxist teaching), in the administrative buildings (read Heather MacDonald’s Multiculti U for the best discussion about the hard Left Fabianism in college administration), and in the dorms (which had a slow Progression away from same-sex dorms, same-sex floors, same-sex bathrooms, and same-sex rooms, which a completely unsurprisingly commensurate uptick in rape claims).

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