Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Watcher's Council Nominations, 12/17/08

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.

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


Joshuapundit - Newsweak Shills For Same Sex Marriage - In It’s Religion Section! - In the wake of several propositions passing by wide margins in favor of restricting marriage to one man and one woman, the gay lobby has intensified their pressure on the dinosaur media to come out of the closet for the cause. The entire latest issue of Newsweak has an interesting dichotomy - it literally drips with contempt for the sort of inbred hillbillies that take religion and scripture seriously, yet Newsweak made their cover story - written by Lisa Miller, their religion editor - a long essay on the Scriptural support for gay marriage.

It's one thing to simply say that the Bible is wrong, but to actually attempt to spin the argument using the Bible as a reference is simply a lie in print.

While I think there are very good societal and practical arguments against same-sex marriage, the people who run Newsweak decided to actually use a religious argument to shill for it, so I addressed it in those terms. And as I reveal, Ms. Miller has a rather interesting dichotomy in her personal life concerning this issue...which like Newsweak's reeks of hypocrisy.

The Provocateur - The Irony of Me, Barack Obama,Regulations, and Loan Modifications - Mike writes about his thoughts on loan modifications and government regulations. Ironically, the fed's policies on this item, combined with creating a new subprime loan class by shifting existing subprime to the FHA(AKA the taxpayers) by raising the loan limits is not only likely to create a huge crisis in loan defaults down the road, but will keep property values artificially high..and yes, Mike, we will unfortunately see no money down loans again in the future, I'm afraid.

Rhymes With Right - Sense At Daily Kos? - Greg is pleasantly surprised at a Daily Kos diary that criticizes Illinois AG Lisa Madigan for attempting to illegally oust Governor Blagojevitch..and then examines the state constitutional argument against what the AG attempted to do . Nicely done Greg, says I.

Bookworm Room - Selfish is as selfish does - Ms. Bookworm has a nifty, well written rant against what she terms the selfishness, inarticulateness and carelessness of the younger generation. Socrates felt exactly the same way.

My personal experience with my own children and their friends is very different, but that could very well be a product of their education in a religious Day School..that, and consciously choosing not having TV in the house when they were small( for that matter, we still don't). I certainly couldn't take credit for it myself.

The Razor - Bush’s Automaker Bailout - Scott writes about the ridiculous hypocrisy the Left is exhibiting by labeling the failed UAW bail out ' Bush's bailout' when a great many prominent Democrats voted against it as well.

The thing that has always intrigued me about the Left and the current occupant of the White House is that with all the legitimate reasons to criticize him, they consistently pick the most unfair and illogical.

The Colossus of Rhodey - How dumb was this? - Hube relates the sad tale of a new teacher who attempted to liven up a lesson on slavery by shackling a couple of black students in her class...and explains how he would have handled it.

A couple of very funny but 'insensitive' remarks occur to me, but I'll leave them to your imagination.

Cheat-Seeking Missiles - Dubai’s Lobbyist As Climate Czar? - Laer points out yet another instance of Change We Can Believe In...Obama's proposed appointment of Dubai lobbyist Carol Browner as climate Czarina, putting her in charge of further restricting American energy creation and the drilling of our own oil.

Both state and federal Big Government, of course, want $4.00 a gallon oil...because they need the tax money to fund further gimmees to the people that, y'know, matter. And that unfortunately doesn't include you and I. I'll have more of my own take on this later.

The Glittering Eye - The Ministry of Silly Suggestions - Dave Schuler shares my opinion of NYT columnist Nicholas Kristoff ; aside from never finding a terrorist he didn't have at least some apologetic excuse for, the man is not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed by a large margin.

Here Dave takes apart his silly suggestion that we change the name of the Department of Agriculture to `The Department of Food', along with some equally idiotic suggestions by Kristoff regarding changes in its function.

Soccer Dad - Falk - moonbattery a feature not a bug - This week, Soccer Dad examines the case of one Richard Falk, the so-called "Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967," who Soccer Dad quite accurately describes as `an anti-Israel crackpot' as well as a 9/11 'troother' conspiracy theorist.

The UN, of course, continues as one of the most anti-Semitic organizations on the planet and Falk is an appropriate representative. Small wonder Israel declared him persona non grata and booted him out of the country, and it surprises me that they don't extend that treatment to a number of other foreigners.

Right Truth - Death With Dignity - An interesting post from Debbie Hamilton, as she makes an argument for assisted suicide.

Mere Rhetoric - Obama: Since We All Know That Engagement With Iran Won’t Work, How About A US Nuclear Umbrella For Israel? - Omri doesn't think much of Obama's offer of a 'nuclear umbrella' for Israel.

I agree with him....although I'm hardly surprised this popped out of the woodwork, given whom Obama's national security team consists of..


Submitted By: The Provocateur - Dick Morris - The Collapse of Our Enemies

Submitted By: Rhymes With Right - Althouse - AG Lisa Madigan’s argument to the Illinois Supreme Court about ousting Governor Blagojevich

Submitted By: Bookworm Room - Biz Lizards - American Special Forces in Afghanistan Accidentally Defend Themselves

Submitted By: Joshuapundit - ShrinkWrapped - Some Disparate Dots

Submitted By: The Razor - Real Physics - Power or Reason

Submitted By: The Colossus of Rhodey - - Euphemism of the year: Suicide bombings are “Violent, politically motivated attacks”

Submitted By: Cheat-Seeking Missiles - The Brussels Journal - On Deconstructing the Majority: Nothing To Do With Islam? Really?

Submitted By: The Glittering Eye - Pundita - To the man who threw his shoes at President Bush and missed

Submitted By: Soccer Dad - Treppenwitz - Some points worth making

Submitted By: Right Truth - Fore-Left - Tamm Exposed

Submitted By: Mere Rhetoric - Danger Room - IRA Historian: Today’s Terrorists Are ‘Amateurs’ - and Still Deadly

Submitted by The Watcher - Wizbang - We’re Mad As Hell, And We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore!

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