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.

Council News:

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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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Information about stopping the ATF’s proposed ammunition ban

Mao banned guns then killed 49 millionIt used to be a joke amongst the anti-gun crowd — if the Second Amendment means we can’t take away guns, let’s just take away bullets. The fact that rendering Second Amendment guns ineffectual by stopping bullet production is just as unconstitutional as taking away the guns themselves doesn’t seem to faze the Obama administration.

If you are concerned about the way in which states such as California, as well as the federal government, are incrementally walking back ammunition availability, here’s useful information about the ATF’s current proposed ammo ban:

The Bookworm Beat 2-24-15 — the illustrated edition and open thread

A day without posters is like a day without sunshine. Here in Marin, it’s sunny — the trees are covered with pink blossoms, the daffodils are dancing in a gentle breeze, and there’s some elusive spring perfume, from a plant I cannot see, wafting over my garden. I get that but for those of you in the frigid areas of America . . . well, you get posters.

Cold weather in Texas

Barack Obama carries his big selfies stick

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The Bookworm Beat 2-23-15 — Post-Vegas edition and Open Thread

Woman writingI do like Vegas. I love its manic energy, crazed corporate imagination, over-the-top shows, brilliant colors, and flashing lights. And then, after three days, I’m desperate to get away from the noise and smoke and, often, the desperation floating above the casino floors. In other words, I had a great trip there and then was glad to come home again. This time, coming home also meant going through about 800 backed-up emails (a lot of people got heartfelt apologies from me for delaying so long before responding to them), and finding some awesome things to share with you.

A glowing French eye-view of American troops

When we think of the French, we tend to think of hyper-critical people who look down upon Americans. That stereotype might be true on the Île-de-France, but it turns out to be untrue in the theater of war, at least as to one French soldier who served with American troops (Echo Company) in Afghanistan. If this doesn’t make you want to stand up and salute, I truly don’t know what will:

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Gun Range Review: Battlefield Vegas — 5 stars

Gun as a portable life saverA couple of weeks ago, I asked if anyone knew anything about a shooting range in Las Vegas called Battlefield Las Vegas. Eric-Odessit had been there and gave it a positive review in the comments to my post. I’m now in a position to second that review. We had a fabulous time there and I highly recommend it for two different types of people: Those who know their way around guns and have a yen to try out guns from just about every major war in the 20th century, not to mention some cool guns from the 21st century too; and first timers who want to have a superior introduction to shooting.

From the moment you arrive, you know that you’re at a different kind of gun range. Rather than seeing the usual store front, the first thing you see is a large fenced area containing all sorts of military tanks, jeeps, trucks, Hummers, and other large equipment. While my daughter and I went straight into the store itself to check out prices, the guys spent a happy few minutes enjoying heavy military equipment.

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The Bookworm Beat 2-23-15 — the illustrated edition, and Open Thread

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this illustrated edition — and yes, that generic opening means that I’ve got great pictures but (a) don’t always remember who sent them and (b) don’t know if everyone who shared a picture wants attribution by name. As always, though, the lion’s share of thanks go to Caped Crusader, who continues to be my main source for scintillating posters.

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Obama ISIS

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The Israelis are waking up to Obama’s anti-Israel agenda

Back in 2010, in a prescient interview for the New English Review, Richard Rubenstein, PhD, predicted with quite amazing accuracy the approach that Obama would take to the Middle East in the coming years. You and I suspected this all along but what makes this prescient video quite fascinating is that it’s starting to make the rounds amongst Israelis. I received it from an Israeli cousin who has gone from a lifetime of being a Leftist (his mother was a Communist to the day she died) to fearing Obama and, for that reason, supporting Netanyahu.

[VIDEO] Lady Gaga turns in an incredible performance at the Oscars *UPDATED*

Years ago, Don Quixote told me that Lady Gaga is a genuinely talented performer.  I protested, saying she’s just an auto-tuned exhibitionist.  Tonight, at the Academy Awards, it turned out that, as is often the case, Don Quixote was right.  Tonight, Lady Gaga did a staggeringly good Sound of Music tribute.  It was the kind of thing that makes you entirely rethink a performer — and hope that she’s turning over a new leaf. I’ll update this post with a better quality video when I can, but this will do until then:

UPDATED: I substituted in a functioning, high-quality video.