Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Watcher's Council Nominations, 5/07/08

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 to check out the non-Council links as well - they're always worthwhile.

So here's this week's lineup...enjoy!

Who Cares About Israel, Anyway? Joshuapundit - So, it's Israel's 60th what? What difference does what happens to Israel make to us here in America? Why should we care? Why is what happens to Israel important to the US? If Israel somehow ceased to exist, would it really matter all that much?

Death and the Madam Done With Mirrors - Callimachus examines the press coverage surrounding the suicide (if indeed it was one) of the infamous DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey and finds it piece in the WAPO in particular.

Obama As Marley Wolf Howling - GW has a really neat analogy here as the center of a very well written piece, comparing Barack Hussein Obama to our old friend from Dickens' ' A Christmas Carol' Jacob Marley, who like Obama, forges his chains from choices he made in life. Uh...BTW, GW...if Obama is Marley, does that make George Soros Scrooge?

I Have a Nightmare Soccer Dad -Soccer Dad 's well written nightmare involves Jeremiah Wright's little homily on racial eugenics - at the NAACP dinner, no less.

To those who've followed the NAACP's sad history, it's no surprise that the members embraced and applauded Jeremiah Wright.Bigots tend to high five one another.

Whither? The Glittering Eye - This week Dave Schuler looks at a column in the New York Times by ├╝berliberal buffoon Tom Friedman, takes exception to the elitist views therein and poses the question - what kind of country do we want to become?

Al Gore Won Florida in 2000 The Colossus of Rhodey - Ah, some urban fables never die. Hube exposes the fantasy that refuse to die in some parts of the Left,that Al Gore somehow won the state of Florida.

It's Too Late To Turn Back Now Rhymes With Right - Greg looks at the Jeremiah Wright fiasco and writes - correctly, in my view - that it was expediency and Obama's anger at being insulted rather than any kind of principle that led to the Reverend Wright joining Obama's grandma under the wheels of the bus.

Are You Ready To Be a Democrat? Bookworm Room - Ms. Bookworm shares a hilarious e-mail she got with us about what it takes to be a Democrat these days... Do you believe? Are you ready? Can you spell p-r-e-t-z-e-l l-o-g-i-c-? Sure you can.

Fatal Energy Policies Cheat Seeking Missiles - This week Laer has another one of his thoughtful and well written pieces on global warming and energy policy, likewise using a column in the New York Times by Tom Friedman as a jumping off point.

Merit Pay Chronicles: A Teacher Speaks! The Education Wonks - From the trenches as a working professional, EdWonk gives us a teacher's side of the argument in basing merit pay on test scores.

Random Thoughts Hillbilly White Trash - Lemuel weighs forth on a variety of subjects on his mind,including Florida and Michigan, the Tuskegee airmen, Jeremiah Wright, global warming and John McCain.

Party Like It's 1980 All Over Again Right Wing Nut House - Rick sees a distinct possibility that this election could be similar to 1980,only with John McCain and the GOP filling in for Jimmy Carter and the Democrats.
Newt Gingrich plowed some similar ground just recently.

Both Rick and Gingrich raise legitimate points, but I think it's important to point out the following; one, in pure terms the economy is not anywhere near as bad today as it was when Jimmy Carter got through with it. Two, Barack Obama pretty much is jimmy Carter ideologically,and it's not too difficult to show that to the average voter. And three, we're in the middle of a war even though many people may not realize it, and the outcomes of elections at times like these have a way of being dictated by events.

Of course, if McCain and his fellow Republicans are smart, they will run against George Bush the way Sarkozy ran against Chirac in France, I think.

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