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.

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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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Watcher’s Council nominations for March 4, 2015

Another politically unnerving week; another splendid round of Watcher’s Council nominations.  Read along with me as I try to figure out how to cast my votes this week.  While you’re reading, you may also want to check out the Watcher’s Council’s CPAC forum and learn the identity of the Weasel of the Week (you can see all the weasely also-rans here.)

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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 February 27, 2015

Letting you know who won last week’s Watcher’s Council vote is just one more thing that fled my mind when the legal work piled up. Better late than never, though, right?  Oh, as you read it, please note how our august Watcher Rob Miller doesn’t just do a laundry list of the winners.  Instead, he creates, as he always does, a rich post that stands tall on its own merits.

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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.

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Watcher’s Council nominations for February 25, 2015

Here’s the nomination post, straight from the Watcher’s own keyboard:

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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 February 20, 2015

I may have been away last week when the Watcher’s Council voted on its nominations, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thrilled and fascinated by the vote’s outcome. Please read and enjoy the winners, placers, and showers, not to mention all the other posts:

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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.

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Watcher’s Council results for February 13, 2015

Watcher's Council logoBefore I give you the results post for last week, a few housekeeping tasks. First, be sure to check out last week’s Weasel of the Week, who is a very deserving weasel indeed. Second, be sure to check out the forum, which asks Council members how they feel about their communities. I was up to my neck in work and family, so I didn’t contribute. If I had, though, I would have said that the only thing that makes my community less than perfect (weather, amenities, neighbors, etc.) is that it’s so relentlessly, stupidly Progressive.

And here are last week’s results:

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Watcher’s Council nominations for February 11, 2015

Watcher's Council logoIt’s time again for the weekly Watcher’s Council vote. Before I reprint the nominations post from the Watcher’s Council site, I also wanted to give you the heads up about this week’s forum (in which several council members look at whether journalism is dead), as well as the Council’s choice for “Weasel of the Week.”

And now — drum roll, please — this week’s nominations:

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