Watcher’s Council winners for February 12, 2016

As is always the case, it was a good week at the Watcher’s Council. Please check out the Weasel of the Week and the Forum too.

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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.

““The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” “ – Jeff Cooper, Art Of The Rifle

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”– William Pitt the Younger, Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

Stately McDaniel Manor

This week’s winning essay isStately McDaniel Manor’s Schools and Concealed Carry: Overregulation and Micromanagement . It is a characteristic of bureaucracy that even in pursuit of common sense, desirable goals they almost always manage to gum up the works! Mike McDaniel’s excellent piece does a fine job of showing how that can work. Here’s a slice:

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Watcher’s Council nominations for February 3, 2016

The best thing about election years is that those are the years that generate routinely superb posts.  Don’t believe me?  Just read the nominations at the Watcher’s Council (as well as reading about the Weasel of the Week and the Forum):

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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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Watcher’s Council winners for January 29, 2016

The Council has spoken and I hope you find this week’s results to your liking:

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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 believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – President James Madison

“A republic, if you can keep it” – Benjamin Franklin

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” – Reinhold Neibuhr

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This week we had tie in the Council category between Bookworm Room’s The single most important election issue in 2016: The Constitution! and Joshuapundit’s The Clinton E-Mail Scandal And How It Will End .

As Watcher, I get paid the big bucks to break ties like this.

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Watcher’s Council nominations for January 27, 2016

Another week, another round of incredible posts.  Also, be sure to check out the forum (about whether conservatives are right to challenge Trump) and the nominations for Weasel of the Week.

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:

We regret to announce the departure of our friend Brent of The Right Planet, who resigned his seat on the Council and is taking a hiatus from writing to concentrate on other matters. We all wish him well and will miss him, although we look forward to him continuing to be a valued part of the Council community.

That also means that there is now a vacant seat on the Watcher’s Council. Interested parties should leave their site names and contact info (which of course won’t be published) in the comments section.

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….

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Watcher’s Council nominations for January 20, 2016

Less than ten months to go until the election.  During an election year, everything seems so portentous — and what better way to analyze the portents than by reading the weekly Watcher’s Council nominations during an election year?

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:

We note with regret the departure of our dear friend Maggie of Maggie’s Notebook, who resigned her seat on the Council to concentrate on other matters. We all wish her well and will miss her, even though she will continue to be a valued part of the Council community.

But we do have some good news. Replacing Maggie in our stellar line up is The Daley Gator, who makes his debut this week.And if you haven’t previously had the pleasure of reading him, you’re in for a real treat.

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Watcher’s Council nominations for January 12, 2016

A pleasantly busy afternoon enlivened by the fact that I cut my finger while cooking — quite a small cut — and then bled for the next hour. I finally got the bleeding to stop by using a trick the dentist taught me when my children had teeth pulled: Steep a tea bag for a minute or two until the leaves are wet, and then plunk it down on whatever small wound is bleeding. The tannin stops the blood flow. It’s really quite amazing. And on that sanguinary note, here are this week’s Watcher’s Council nominations:

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:

Tom White of VA Right and Fausta of Fausta’s Blog were picked as two of Newsmax’s Top 50 conservative blogs and just check out these write ups:

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Watcher’s Council nominations for January 6, 2016

I should be responding to special interrogatories, but I’m doing something much more fun:  Reading this week’s Watcher’s Council nominations.  Feel free to read along:

Well said, Governor!

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 winners — New Year’s edition

Shame on me!  Practically my first act of the New Year was to forget to tell you who won the weekly Watcher’s Council contest.  Allow me to remedy that omission:

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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.

“It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.” – Sun Tzu

Once you’ve lived the inside-out world of espionage, you never shed it. It’s a mentality, a double standard of existence. – John Le Carre

“Espionage is the world’s second oldest profession.” -Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

My notion of the KGB came from romantic spy stories. I was a pure and utterly successful product of Soviet patriotic education. – Vladimir Putin

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Watcher’s Council nominations — New Year’s Eve edition

The Watcher’s Council never sleeps:

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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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Watcher’s Council nominations for December 16, 2015

Here are this week’s Watcher’s Council nominations.  Also, be sure to check out the forum, which asks about a third party candidacy.

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, The People’s Cube, Simply Jews and Protein Wisdom 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….

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Watcher’s Council winners for December 11, 2015

Every time I’ve started to write this morning, the phone rang.  It was uncanny, really.  And now I have to head out to stock up on supplies, including a Moen 1225 cartridge.  My plumber, bless his heart, told me that, while the part is only $35, his hourly rate is $135 — so he suggested I repair it myself.  If instructional videos don’t help, he said I should just call him and he’ll talk me through it.  This is not just a plumber, it’s a mensch.  Meanwhile, since writing seems fraught, let me belatedly post last week’s Council 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.

“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.”
– William Shakespeare in ‘Othello

“The conservative-media revolution has caused the liberal media to abandon any pretense of objectivity and fairness and actively advocate on the Left’s behalf.”
– Rush Limbaugh

“My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. – Psalm 63:10

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Watcher’s Council nominations for December 9, 2015

Every week, I get the intellectually stimulating pleasure of reading the weekly Watcher’s Council nominations.  I’ll reprint this week’s here in their entirety, but you may also want to check out both the forum (this week it’s about the San Bernardino shooting), and the Weekly Weasels nominations (with good essays about awful people) and winners.

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Oh,I bet that’ll work. He’ll talk them to death.

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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