Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Watcher's Council Nominations, 10/22/08

The Watcher's Council is a group of some of the most incisive blogs in the`sphere. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one of their own and one from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.

A full list of entries, including some excellent non-Council ones can be found here.

So, let's see what we have this week:

Joshuapundit - Kicking The Rats Off The Ship - Certain self-styled 'Conservative' intellectual pundits these days (David Brooks, Chris Buckley, Kathleen Parker and especially Peggy Noonan come to mind) are quite willing to suspend their critical faculties and tacitly or openly endorse the least qualified and most radically Left candidate for the presidency we've ever seen, primarily because they consider Sarah Palin an idiot and she embarrasses them in the sort of circles they move in. I have a few remarks to make on the subject.

Soccer Dad - The Washington Post chooses hope ahead of substance - Proof that great minds think alike, Soccer Dad also notes that the WAPO's endorsement of the One is based on their faith that his well documented habit of lyin' through his teeth extends to his socialist economics and class warfare rhetoric.

The Colossus of Rhodey - Don’t know much about history? The media sure doesn’t - Hube wryly gives us an example of the truth in that old computer programmer's motto, GIGO - garbage in, garbage out. As an aside, I would note that in my experience it is a very rare Leftist who's actually read the Constitution, let alone understood it.

The Razor - If Obama Wins… Part 2 - Scott Kirwin continues his analysis of what an Obama presidency would be like and what it would attempt to accomplish. Based on the sort of people who would be in control of Congress and what Obama has had to say during the campaign, I have to say I think the effects would be much more pronounced.

Cheat-Seeking Missiles - Media Bias #89 - The Audacity Of Inexperience - Laer shows some luv n' understanding for WAPO reporter Eli Saslow, who was given the task of putting some meat on a flattering profile of Barack Obama's legislative accomplishments during his senate term. Sort of like making one of those Hollywood faux facades used on movie sets look like a real building...

The Glittering Eye - Unforeseen Secondary Effects - The Glittering Eye's Dave Schuler takes a moment off from cruelly overseeing the sweating minions laboring to put the finishing touches to his Chicago palace to give us an interesting piece on the abject failure and subsequent termination of the only government-run universal health care program in America. Food for thought, definitely... especially considering how people supporting a certain presidential candidate are caterwauling for it.

Hillbilly White Trash - Biden screws up and tells the truth - Ah, what would we do without Joe Biden, G-d love him? Lemuel writes this week on Biden's remarks on how America could expect the new president to be tested by a foreign policy crisis `within the next six months.' I have a piece in the works examining this in some detail that will be up shortly and may prove interesting.

Bookworm Room - Why Obama’s “share the wealth” argument should hurt him - Ms. Bookworm does a fine job in zeroing in on the basic truth of the 'Joe The Plumber' story - that in Obama's America, the idea of upward mobility and striving for success, the cornerstone of the American Dream is going to be discouraged and penalized.

Rhymes With Right - Some Sense From The Pentagon - The common sense Greg talks about is a Pentagon intel team's resistance to what shrinks call category error - the inability to solve a problem due to not being able to label it correctly. What we're referring to here is the Bush Administration's push (under CAIR's influence) to get government agencies to avoid terms like 'Islamist' and 'jihad' in talking about our enemies. As you know, I've had a few things to say about this sort of thing before...

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