Watcher’s Council nominations for January 27, 2015

Here they are — this week’s Watcher’s Council nominations:

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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.

Council News:

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Watcher’s Council winners for 1/23/15

Watcher's Council logoHere it is, straight from the Watcher’s mouth.  Oh, wait a sec!  Before I get there, let me remind you to check out the Watcher’s Council forum, in which you can read interesting opinions from Council members about the Super Bowl.  I got overwhelmed by family matters and didn’t respond to the forum but, if I had, I would have said I’ll probably watch.  I like football (it’s very American in its single-minded press down the field), so that’s an incentive.  The disincentive is that I don’t like either of the teams playing.  I dislike Seattle so much I normally would root for the Patriots, but I’m less than thrilled by the probability that the Patriots had a little help with their footballs.

Oooh!  One more sec before I get to the Council results:  Be sure to check out this week’s nominations for “Weasel of the Week.”  As always, it’s a tough fight, with weasly people the world over trying desperately to out-weasel the competition.

And now, for real — Watcher’s Council results:

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Watcher’s Council nominations for January 20, 2015

Watcher's Council logoSorry about the silence today, but I was being a lawyer and, moreover, I was being a lawyer over at a client’s office, rather than here in my own home. After that, I quickly swung into being a bill paying, driving, and shopping mother, so this is my first time at my computer today. The sad truth is that I have no idea what’s going on today. I haven’t read a single news story. Also, I have to get in my votes for the Watcher’s Council, so I get the pleasure of reading those submissions first, before drowning myself in the usual bad news that is regular fare in Obama’s America.

Oh! One thing — I got teased by James Taranto for mixing metaphors in the title of my post about American Sniper: “American Sniper” — a Rorschach test separating wheat from chaff. He’s right too. What I really meant to say was “‘American Sniper’ — It’s like taking a Rorschach test, with the results helping separating smart patriots from dumb Leftists,” but I thought that title would be too long.

Anyway, here, straight from the Watcher’s Council, are this week’s nominations:

Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.

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:

The Council In Action!!

*Virginia Right’s Tom White continues to ascend! This week, an original song of his was featured on John Stossel’s FOX show. It starts about 5 minutes into this segment:

*This week, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion, Seraphic Secret, The Pirate’s Cove and The Gates Of Vienna 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 your e-mail address 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 winners for 1/9/15

Watcher's Council logoI just realized — shame on me! — that I forget to keep you apprised of last week’s Watcher’s Council winners. As is the case every week, the posts, both council and non-council, are almost embarrassingly good. I mean, there’s something downright greedy about having those intellectual riches spread about before one week after week. You can see what I mean for yourself by reading the Watcher’s post about winners, presented here verbatim:

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This week’s Watcher’s Council nominations

Watcher's Council logoEvery Thursday, it’s my honor and my pleasure to read and vote upon the week’s Watcher’s Council submissions. The following is the verbatim replication of this week’s nominations post from the Watcher’s Council site.  Incidentally, it really is my continuing honor to serve on the Council.  My fellow Council members personify the fact that conservatives are more intelligent, more knowledgeable, and more engaged in the world than other people are.

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Watcher’s Council winners for January 2, 2015

Watcher's Council logoIt was the last vote for 2014, and these are the first Watcher’s Council winners for 2015. If these inaugural winners are anything to go by, the Watcher’s Council is in for a good year.

And speaking of good years, before I get to the results, let me first share the fact that the Watcher’s Council did well in the 2014 iteration of Doug Ross’s annual Fab 50 blogs. First, there were shout-outs to some of our individual council members:

Nice Deb: One of the best at thematic coverage and commentary
Sara Noble: An outstanding and tireless documentor of inconvenient truths for the Left
Terresa Monroe-Hamilton: A stalwart always ready to put heavy lumber to the Marxists

Second, the Watcher’s Council as a whole got a shout-out:

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The Watchers Council’s final nominations for 2014

Watcher's Council logoThis is it! The following post, copied verbatim from the Watcher of Weasels site, marks the very last round of nominations for 2014. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did:

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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.

Council News:

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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

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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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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