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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Watcher’s Council nominations for April 1, 2015

Here’s what I’m reading right now:

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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 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:

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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 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:

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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.

“”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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Watcher’s Council nominations for March 18, 2015

I’m sounding like a broken record, but every week it’s true:  Bad times make for good writing, especially when you have writers of the caliber found at the Watcher’s Council.  (And yes, it sounds as if I’m complimenting myself, but this really is aimed at my fellow council members.  I’m constantly amazed at my good fortune in finding myself in this group, and I hope that they never look too closely at me and start questioning my writing credentials.)  Here’s our esteemed Watcher’s post:

Some pictures really are worth a thousand words. This was a major defeat for Barack Obama, and perhaps, as Winston Churchill once famously put it, ‘the end of the beginning.’

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Watcher’s Council nominations for March 11, 2015

Here’s the Watcher’s post, introducing this week’s nominations:

Hillary Clinton is one of those people who should have resolved a long time agonever to lie. She’s absolutely awful at it. Aside from violating the Federal Records Act, there’s also the question of National Security. Unless Mrs. Clinton spent a great deal of money encrypting her private server to government standards, her illegal account was an open invitation to foreign governments or even private hackers to gain access to her account and spy on what she insists were ‘mostly private e-mails’ that had nothing to do with government affairs, something I think we all pretty much know is horse manure.

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