Watcher’s Council winners for December 19, 2014

Watcher's Council logoI think I might have taken some steps that will speed up my computer’s operations and stop the slow-downs and crashes. I’ve also confirmed, as best as I can, that there’s no malware on the computer. If I’m correct about both of those things, it will be much easier, and certainly much less frustrating, for me to read and write about the world around me.

Meanwhile, I’ve got the latest winners from the Watcher’s Council. The following is the verbatim post from the Watcher’s site:

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

“I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history.” – Barack Obama,

“Barack Obama is like the old joke about boats. The two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.”- Howie Carr

“None of what Barack Obama is doing or wants to do to this country is anything the rest of the world hasn’t seen before and already failed at.”
- Rush Limbaugh

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This week’s winning essay,Nice Deb’s -Sheriff Clark: After Obama, We’re Going To Need A “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together” Is her astute take on an interview with Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee concerning race relations under President Obama. Here’s a slice:

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark joined Megyn Kelly, Thursday night to discuss a new Fox poll that shows that 62% of voters believe race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama became president.

Kelly asked the the clear-eyed, straight talking sheriff, “are they right?”

“Of course they’re right,” Clark answered without hesitation. “He built that…..remember that statement, ‘you didn’t build that’? Well, he built this racial divide, it was a wound that had been healing for a number of years – number of decades – and he reopened it with his divisive politics.”

He continued, “Obama has benefited from the divide and conquer strategy – it secured two successive electoral victories for the White House but it’s been very destructive for America.” He went on to ask a devastating question, “Who would have thought that after the election of first black president in the history of United States, that we would need a period of reconstruction to try to put this country back together?”

Clark claimed that instead of taking a neutral tone, Obama has habitually fanned the flames.

Megyn gave Clark an opportunity to give Obama a pass and put most of the blame on people with whom he surrounds himself, but Clark was having none of it.

“It’s a cabal of people,” he acknowledged. “But he’s at the top. When the president speaks, people listen and he has to choose his words carefully.”

Megyn, playing devils advocate, noted that Obama often acknowledges the sacrifices made by police.

Clark countered by saying that Obama likes to “throw a few bones out there” for law enforcement with “a wink and a nod” to the racial agitators. “People know what he’s doing,” the Sheriff declared.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter Townhall withNothing Succeeds Like Liberal Secession submitted by The Razor . It’s a fascinating look at what things would be like in Blue America and Red America decided on a mutual peaceful parting of the ways, with a nice side order of Schlichter’s wry sense of humor.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Watcher’s Council nominations for December 17, 2014

Here it is, it it’s entirety: The Watcher’s Council nominations post. Good reading, my friends. Very good reading, indeed.

With today’s announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will be normalizing relations with Cuba, American foreign policy took a very dark turn. Just at the point when this hideous regime was on the verge of collapse, our president took action that will not promote freedom for the Cuban people, but will throw an economic lifeline to a brutal dictatorship to enable it to stay in power. Disgraceful and shameful beyond words.

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Nominees for Weasel of the Week

It’s time for the Watcher’s Council to vote for the weasel of the week.  I’m sorry to say that voting is limited to Council members, but see what you think of these aspirants to the weekly Hall of Shame:

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It’s time again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for Award the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees:

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Watcher’s Council nominations for December 3, 2014

Watcher's Council logoThis year has managed, simultaneously, to be both the fastest and the slowest year I can remember. Because it was a challenging year, large parts of it crawled by, but because I’m aging, time whistles past me with frightening speed. I think I need a little Zen in my life to return time to its rightful place.

All of this is a prelude to the fact that we’re looking at the fifth to last Watcher’s Council contest for 2014. That just amazes me, and what amazes me even more is the consistently high quality the Council offers week after week after week. To see what I mean, just check out this week’s offerings, ripped verbatim from the Watcher of Weasels page:

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Watcher’s Council Thanksgiving forum

When we Watcher’s Council members aren’t engaged in the jet-setting life associated with being a weasel watcher (you know what I mean), we’re regular guys, just like all the little people out there.  (Is it coming through that this is tongue in cheek?)  We put our pants on one leg at a time and we eat our Thanksgiving dinner with the usual all-American verve.

Okay, enough silliness.  If you want a little insight into the Thanksgiving holiday for some Council members and their friends, check out this past week’s forum, which makes me glad, as always, that I am part of such a delightful, and truly good, group of people:

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Weasel of the week nominations (12/2/14 edition)

Herewith, copied straight from the pages of the Watcher of Weasels blog, are the Weasel of the Week nominations:

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Hello and welcome to the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we award the famed golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees…

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Watcher’s Council winners — Thanksgiving 2014 edition

Watcher's Council logoThe past few days have had a slightly Murphy’s law quality in that things have been going a bit flipsy-wopsy on me. Thanksgiving was no exception. I’d spent part of the day putting out fires for my mother, only to come home and discover that the upstairs shower pan was leaking into the garage. That was bad. Worse was the fact that our entire sewer system then backed up. Did I mention that this happened on Thanksgiving afternoon?

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Watcher’s Council nominations for November 26, 2014

Watcher's Council logoThis is it! It’s time for the Thanksgiving edition of the weekly Watcher’s Council contest. This week, we have splendid nominations from Council members, both highlighting their own writing and highlighting things in the blogosphere that they admired, as well as excellent posts from honored guesta. In addition, we celebrate a Council member’s birthday. Yay! Happy Birthday, Tom!
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The Watcher’s Council forum discusses President Obama’s executive action

Watcher's Council logoOver the weekend, Council members (plus an honored guest) offered their opinions about President Obama’s most recent executive action the one that . . . you know . . . simply does away with large sections of our legislatively passed immigration laws. I did not participate, since weekends tend to be low-writing times for me under the best circumstances. Anyway, what could I have said that would be better than what my fellow Council members said?
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