Watcher Council nominations for May 20, 2015

I’m enjoying myself by reading through this week’s Watcher’s Council nominations.  I commend them to your attention.  Here’s the original post from the Watcher’s Council:

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Phony, corrupt little meat puppet…

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.

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Watcher’s Council nominations for May 13, 2015

Sorry to be running a little bit late here.  The following is the Watcher’s Council nominations post, straight from the Watcher’s Council site:

71 Virgins.

Graphic courtesy of the awesome Chris Muir at Day by Day

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:

Just a reminder..Don Surber’s new book “Exceptional Americans” is available at Create Space or Amazon and is a great read, take it from me.

This week, The Gates Of Vienna, Simply Jews, Fausta’s Blog andSooperMexican earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Watcher’s Council results for May 8, 2015

The Council has sp0ken and, as always, it’s all good.  Here, direct from the Watcher’s Council site, is the post announcing this past week’s winners:

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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.

“One of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting.” – Salman Rushdie

My belief is that art should not be comforting; for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.” – Joyce Carol Oates

Those who claim to be hurt by words must be led to expect nothing as compensation. Otherwise, once they learn they can get something by claiming to be hurt, they will go into the business of being offended. – Jonathan Rauch

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This week’s winning essay,The Right Planet’sGarland and the Moral Equivalency Penchant is his examination of the recent terrorist attack in Garland and what the divide in the reaction reveals about our present attitudes on free speech and freedom of expression..especially when it comes to Islam. Here’s a slice:


Two Muslim terrorists were killed after firing on a security guard outside aDraw Mohammad Contest in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. NBC News reported the two assailants were roommates from Phoenix, according to Buzzfeed News.

The attackers have been identified as Elton Simpson, 30, and his roommate, 34-year-old Nadir Hamid Soofi. Simpson had been under investigation by the FBI for the past 10 years.

Like clockwork a number of Muslims and liberals, et al., saved their moral outrage for the those who hosted and attended the Muhammad Art Exhibit, yet not so much the two unhinged individuals who attempted to indiscriminately murder people because they were “offended.”

Pamela Geller, who headlined the “art exhibit” in Garland, addressed the whole moral equivocation argument we so often hear from liberals and Muslims in an interview CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who suggested offensive anti-Islamist speech should not be allowed in modern-day Western society.

Like clockwork a number of Muslims and liberals, et al., saved their moral outrage for the those who hosted and attended the Muhammad Art Exhibit, yet not so much the two unhinged individuals who attempted to indiscriminately murder people because they were “offended.”

Pamela Geller, who headlined the “art exhibit” in Garland, addressed the whole moral equivocation argument we so often hear from liberals and Muslims in an interview CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who suggested offensive anti-Islamist speech should not be allowed in modern-day Western society.

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Some have compared this sort of moral equivocation, as evidenced in the Tweet above by a NYT reporter, to a woman who dresses provocatively and is subsequently raped: “Well, she had it coming.” And there is no shortage of similar examples of this sort of nonsense and equivocation (see here).

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I’m sure we all have been offended by something in our lives, maybe even greatly offended. I can think of few art exhibits, movies, concerts, and the like, I’ve attended that were so far over the top I simply walked out. Yes, I was offended. But I didn’t come back with a gun and start blowing people away because I was greatly offended. As much as I have found some things offensive, people have a right to be offensive, as long as it doesn’t infringe on the unalienable rights of others or cause them grievous harm.

For example, some gay pride parades, and similar events, are often times intentionally provocative. If you have children, you may not want them exposed to such blatant over-the-top sexuality and nudity. But, once again, obviously it does not give anyone the right to kill the people participating in such events because one might be disgusted or outraged. Think about it: if two people shot up a gay pride parade, would your initial response be to question the “common sense” of the parade?

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Michelle Malkin’s Debunking Obama’s Bilious Baltimore Babble submitted by Don Surber. It’s a superb skewering that shows no mercy to our president’s usual attempt to excuse the inexcusable.

Here are this week’s full results. Ask Marion and The Independent Sentinel were unable to vote this week, but neither was subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting :

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, andyou won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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The Watcher’s Council Weasel of the Week

Every week, as many of you already know, the Watcher’s Council nominates the week’s worst weasels.  This past week’s nominations yielded these winners:

Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all spectacularly disgusting and it was a very close race, but the votes are in and we have our winner winner…the envelope please…

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Watcher’s Council nominations for May 6, 2015

I keep saying it and I keep meaning it:  bad times make for good writing.  And in this case, in Obama’s America, I guess you can say that awful times make for superb writing.  And so I present to you this week’s nominations for the Watcher’s Council:

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Message to jihadis…don’t mess with Texas. As lots of other scum before you have found out, it doesn’t end well.

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:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Blazing Cat Fur, Maggie’s Notebook and Wolf Howling earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

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Watcher’s Council winners for May 1, 2015

I do believe that I forgot to post last week’s Watcher’s Council winners.  How remiss of me.  Herewith, the remedy:

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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.

“In this country, the federal government can do pretty much whatever it wants to.” —Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.)

“Congress has not unlimited powers … but only those specifically enumerated.”—Thomas Jefferson

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” —Tenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.” —Marbury v. Madison (1803)

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Watcher’s Council winners for April 24, 2015

Our American republic may be falling down like an old spinning top, but nothing stops the Watcher’s Council.  Just a few days ago, we had another weekly vote, followed by another batch of stellar champions:

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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.

“Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The Tea Party represents stakeholders in the American system; people who were never involved in politics or thought they had to be, yet realized that political corruption and incompetence threatened not only their families, but the future of the nation itself.” – Tammy Bruce

Politics, n: [Poly “many” + tics “blood-sucking parasites”]-Ambrose Bierce

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Watcher’s Council winners for April 17, 2015

Yeah, I’ve fallen just a wee bit behind on my Watcher’s Council duties. It’s a pleasure to catch up, though, because the winners of our weekly votes deserve recognition for their stellar contribution to internet political intelligence. So, for April 17, 2015, the winners were:

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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.

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” – President Ronald Reagan

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right.” – H.L. Mencken

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Watcher’s Council winners for April 9, 2015

No, April 9 is not a typo.  I managed to fall seriously behind in keeping you apprised of events at the Watcher’s Council.  Still, it’s never too late to let you know about the good stuff that goes on there.  The winners, placers, and showers that week were:

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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.

“Yes, death to the Great Satan” – Ayatollah Khomeini leading crowds in anti-American chants just over a week ago.

“Peace is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats.” – Benyamin Netanyahu

If he being Young And Unskillful seeks to gamble for silver and gold/ Take his money my son praising Allah! The fool was made to be sold! -Renowned Persian poet Hafiz, 14th century CE

I believe Herr Hitler is a man whose word can be relied on.” - Neville Chamberlain, 1938

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This week’s winning essay by a nose,Joshuapundit’s -Munich II examines President Obama’s so-called ‘framework’ of his nuclear agreement with Iran. As we nowknow, our president was not exactly being honest with the American people in that speech in the Rose Garden! So what’s the actual motivation behind his apparent desperation to achieve some kind of deal..something the Iranians are happily taking advantage of. Here’s a slice:

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Watcher’s Council nominations for April 15, 2015

My apologies for the dead air today at my site. I was chasing one deadline after another and, here it is, 9:30 at night, and I’m only just sitting down to review this week’s Watcher’s Council nominations. They are every bit as good as always so, in my absence, you could do a lot worse than to read them. (I’ll be back tomorrow, probably around noon my time because — yay! — I’m getting my hair done after almost four months. I look like Don King tonight, but tomorrow I’ll look svelte and chic.)

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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.

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.

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Watcher’s Council submissions for April 8, 2015

Week after week, my fellow council members create these incredible analytical gems that examine in compelling detail today’s important issues.  And, being well read, they also bring to everyone’s attention other gem-like articles that deserve our attention.  So, this week’s sterling submissions shouldn’t surprise anyone.  Just go out and enjoy them!

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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.

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