Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Watcher's Council Nominations, 11/28/07

Every week, the Watcher's Council members nominate two posts each, one from the Council members and one from outside for consideration by the whole Council. The complete list of this week's Council nominations can be found at the site of our fearless leader, the infamous Watcher of Weasels

Do take the time and check out the non-Council links..they are always rewarding.

Council News: Unfortunately, my pal Okie On The Lam has decided to leave the Council. However, that means that there's now a vacant seat on the Council for any interested quality blogger. Should you wish to apply, please go here .

Here's this week's Council lineup....

1. JOSHUAPUNDIT:Dealing With Disinformation I normally don't bother with this kind of thing, but this week's piece is an answer to a critique of an essay of mine 'Land For Peace - American Style', which devoted a considerable amount of time and electrons to what amounted to a `factual' attack on the piece as well as..oh let's be kind and call it my motivations for writing it.

I decided it was worth an answer, especially since the answer provides some facts not particularly well known about the issue of Middle East peace, the logical disconnect of certain foreign policy `realists' and illustrates the effect of the Arab's multi million dollar campaign to put exactly this kind of disinformation into the mix. Call it a dose of actual reality, if you like.

2. Done With Mirrors:Carnage Callimachus rightly is disgusted by reports on the war inIraq and the way the dinosaur media attempts to influence the home front by confusing the issues. The heroism being exhibited by our superb military and by ordinary Iraqis is patently ignored, as is the progress there, and you would think we're not fighting on the same side as some of the dino media pundits to see read and hear what they're putting out.

Ultimately it comes down to domestic politics. If Iraq turns into a success, the Democrats are going to have some explaining to do.

I'd only add that a successful conclusion to Iraq depends on whether we confront Iran and Syria, in my opinion. Having a functional Arab democracy next door is not in these regime's interests.

3. Soccer Dad: Legacy Of Legacies This week Soccer Dad has a great take on the tendency of US presidents to stick both feet into the Arab Israeli conflict towards the end of their term in office.

Simple truth: `land for peace', `the Palestinians' and `concessions' made by Israel have zip to do with the heart of the matter. As a matter of fact, they simply give the Arabs an incentive for thinking that destroying Israelis only a matter of time. Until the Arabs accept for themselves the idea of Jews living next to them in peace and equality Middle East peace will remain elusive.

4. The Glittering Eye: The Visual Imagery Society Dave has an interesting look at how much information is transmitted visually these days and what it could portend for the future.

5. Bookworm Room: The Gap Between Critics And The Rest Of Us Ms. Bookworm looks at the spate of abysmal anti-war films that have gotten critical adulation but died a grim death at the box office and uses it to speculate on the difference between critics and Joe and Jane Moviegoer.

One gap she doesn't mention is this one: most critics work in the dino media and thus are answerable to their colleagues in the newsroom or studio, as well as to their bosses, whose job it is to garner advertising revenues from the same people who put this garbage out.

6. Rhymes With Right:Arabs Coming To Annapolis Greg has a great piece this week on the farce that was Annapolis, which I linked to earlier. Amazing how the Bush Administration could put together an Arab-Israeli `peace conference' with parties who refuse to recognize the very right to exist of Israel. I agree with him that it was an embarrassment.

7.Colossus of Rhodey:The Never-ending U.D. Thought-control Saga Hube continues to unmask the Orwellian mindset at the University of Delaware. Unbelievable...

8. Cheat Seeking Missiles:Still No Evidence 9/11 Nuts Rule Here, Laer writes a fine post on the 9/11 conspiracy nuts and subtext, polls designed to ask questions phrased to favor a certain result. You would think these people would have the basic common sense and good taste to STFU by now and hope that in time, everyone forgets what idiots they were...

9. The Education Wonks:Today's Non Sequitur: San Fran's Bohemian Intolerance EdWonk has a nice piece this week on my old home town, San Francisco, and how political correctness has tuned the city into a place that barely seems part of America anymore. His case in point? An attempt by San Francisco to ban fireplaces, an expropriation of traditional property rights.

10. Right Wing Nuthouse: Buchanan's New Book: “Prepare Ye for the End” Rick has a lot of fun critiquing Pat Buchanan's new book. I haven't read it, and I don't particularly care for or agree with Pat Buchanan in most instances, but having heard a few interviews on the book while he was making the talk show circuit, I'd have to say that a few of the things he points out are legitimate points for concern and discussion.

11. Big Lizards: "Apt Natural -- I Have a Gub" Big Lizards writes about the Second Amendment in view of the Supreme Court decision to hear a challenge to Washington DC's anti-gun laws.

That's this week's lineup..enjoy!

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