Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Watcher's Council Nominations, 11/29/06

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 the site of our fearless leader, Watcher of Weasels

Sadly, AbbaGav is leaving the Council to attend to some personal matters. I'll miss him. Anyone interested in applying for membership to the Watcher's Council for the open seat should go here.

1. J O S H U A P U N D I T: Genocide? What Genocide? The ongoing events in Darfur would be ludicrous if they weren't so tragic. Sudan's `president' Omar Hassan al-Bashir is not only denying that there's any genocide in Darfur, in spite of estimates of 200,000 + people being murdered and a couple of milion ethnically cleansed...he says it the Jews fault, a `Zionist plot.'

And he's serious. To him,it's just jihad as usual.

And the useful idiots onthe Left are almost totaly silent about well as all of the Muslim `civil rights' organizations like CAIR.

Kofi Annan's UN has once again proven its uselessness. They do well at demonizing Israel, but that's about all. I write about why we shouldn't sit back and remain silent in the face of yet another genocide.

2. Gates of Vienna: Human Rights Watch Says “Poor Saddam” Dymphna writes about the absurdity of Human Rights Watch criticizing the trial of a monster like Saddam Hussein. And like me, she wonders, given who Saddam persecuted, where all the left's useful idiots are.

3. Done With Mirrors: After the next attack Calimachus has an extremely interesting piece this week..Heck, he's always interesting, just more so this time out. In this short piece, he details the steps he'd like to see the US undertake after the next terror strike on our shores.

Unfortunately, as I commented on his site, would that it were that simple as simply isolating these people in the hopes they'll leave us alone.

4. Soccer Dad: The problem with hate crimes Soccer Dad writes an interesting essay on the nature of hate a murder any more or less of a murder because the motivation was bigotry?

5. Right Wing Nut House : THE ART AND ARTIFICE OF WAR REPORTING Rick has a fascinating post this week in which he writes about the responsibilities of war correspondants and the line between reporting the news and making the news, especially when it comes to repeating enemy disinformation and propaganda.

He cites the wartime BBC reply to Hitler's 1940 `peace speech' in the Reichstag after Dunkirk and scompares with reporting from Iraq and Lebanon utilizing blatant enemy propaganda and the use of stringers who may or may not have an agenda in what they report on.

6.The Sundries Shack: They May Not Mean To, But They Are Killing Our Soldiers. Jimmie likewise writes a neat essay about the MSM - in this the the AP - is repeating terrorist disinformation from our enemies and endangering our troops. I still think the classic deer-in-the-headlights moment for the MSM was when Duncan Hunter (r-CA) asked CNN's Wolf Blitzer point blank about Iraq `Do you want us to win this thing?'..and Blitzer couldn't answer.

7. Rhymes With Right: The Right To Elect A Convicted Felon? Here, Greg writes about the case of local Councilman Hoskins, who, it was discovered, is a convicted felon ineligible for the office he was elected to. Should he be removed by the judiciary?

8. ShrinkWrapped: Mythology and War ShrinkWrapped how the mythology of victimhood affects our actions...and uses it to make a number of totally accurate points about the Palestinians.

9. The Glittering Eye: Would you rather be hanged or shot? Dave examines what he sees as our alternatives in Iraq and the Middle East..he also speculates, probably with some accuracy thatthe upcoming Iraq Study Group Report will be a whitwash of major proportions.

10. The Education Wonks: Students Making A Mockery Of Racial Preferences
Here, EdWonk looks at the case of studets at Boston U setting up a `whites only' scholarship and revealing the bankruptcy of race based preferences in the process.

11. AMERICAN FUTURE-Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Realists: Part I Marc writes an interesting piece on the so-called `realists' now preparing the Iraq Study Group Report and looks at some of the players and their probable stances on various points. Excellent analysis, even if I somewhat disagree in a few areas.

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

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