Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Watcher's Council Nominations, 11/08/06

Every week, the Watcher's Council 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 our fearless leader's site Watcher of Weasels

1. J O S H U A P U N D I T: Weekend Monkey Interviews Senator Kerry My associate Weekend Monkey lands an exclusive interview with Senator Kerry and finds out the secrets to his success.

2. Gates of Vienna: A Stale Question: What Will It Take for the French to Rebel? Dymphna speculates on just how long non-Muslim France will continue to allow open jihad in its country.

3.Done With Mirrors: Damned Fools Callimachus talks about our abandonment of a captured marine in Sadr city on the say-so of the Maliki government. As he aptly phrases it, this is how you not only lose a war, but lose your honor.

4. Soccer Dad: Ahmadinejad's game Soccer Dad writes a fine essay on Ahamdinejad's strategy and how it might play out. I largely agree with him.We are, after all, dealing with the people who invented chess.

5.AbbaGav :: Memo: No More October Surprises, November Bombshells NOW Please In a deliciously satirical post AbbaGav speculates on some possible last minute `surprises' that could have surfaced in the just completed elections.

6. Right Wing Nut House: IRONY SO THICK YOU CAN BATHE IN IT Rick writes about the amazing spectacle of the NYT, famous for near outright treason for leaking classified intel during wartime - criticizing the Bush Administration for leaking intel that proves that Saddam was only months away from a nuclear weapons program! You can't make this stuff up.

7. The Sundries Shack: Sob Stories and Voter IDs Jimmie Bise writes about the left's lip quivering indignation about some states requiring adequate ID that proves someone is who they say they are before allowing them the privilege of voting. The nerve! How fascist can you get?

8. Rhymes With Right: I guess the Democrats think I'm really important Greg gets some hate mail from a jihadi wanna be local Democrat politician objecting to some of his prose. Amazing how sensitive these people can be..except when they're dishing hatred out. PS: the guy lost.

9. ShrinkWrapped: The Democrats' Looming Disappointment ShrinkWrapped, writing before the elections, makes the point that win or lose, the Democrats were bound to be hit by frustration and disappointment..."Ultimately, the Democrats have to end up disappointed. If they fail to gain the victories they so fervently desire (and believe just as fervently they deserve), after all the cries of fraud and fascism fade, they will have nothing. If they win the House and/or the Senate, they will have even less. Having no real policies except anti-War, Bush animus, the true believers who control the party will demand their pound of flesh; the investigations of Bush and his administration will be the story of the next two years, egged on by their willing accomplices in the MSM. Revenge will be felt as sweet even if the country must pay a high price..." Of course, like me. Shrinkwrapped also notes that gridlock in governmemt during wartime will cost us dearly...something that a lot of people who voted for a change may hold them to account for in the near future.

10. The Glittering Eye: Zenpundit on the Super-Empowered Individual Dave expands on a post by blogger ZenPundit and looks at the concept of the super empowered individual - which he describes as `a clever exploiter of the system.'

11. The Education Wonks: Just Saying "No" To Junior R.O.T.C. - EdWonk discusses the attempts of the San Francisco school board to outlaw ROTC.Money quote by one of them:"I don't think the military should be involved in civilian life," said Kelly, a self-described pacifist who served two years in prison for resisting the Vietnam draft.

"I know that children, the students, like the program," Kelly said. "I know they enjoy it. That doesn't necessarily mean it's doing a good thing for them."

Not to mention the typical elitist attitude and contempt for law(The Soloman Amendment) this shows you what happens when people without an iota of patriotism end up in positions of public trust.

12. AMERICAN FUTURE - Why Not Turkey? Marc examines the paradox of Turkey and its bid for EU membership..a nominally democratic nation with a number of what could be called `human rights problems'. Marc accurately characterizes Atataturk's influence in creating a secular Turkey...but that was an accident of history, and happened a long time ago. Turkey made a major change when they elected the Erdogan govenrment, and has been steadily growing less democratic and more Islamist since then.

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

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