Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Watcher's Council Nominations, 4/29/09

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....and since Soccer Dad is filling in for the Watcher this week, do check out his excellent take on the torture memos...


Joshuapundit - Exposing The Palestinian’s Phony ‘Demographics’ Threat Against Israel - The prime rationale for a Palestinian state by the left goes something like this....if those stubborn Joos don't knuckle under and give the Palestinians everything they want, the Arabs will soon be a majority. And then the only choices the Jews will have left is to be a minority in their own country or to give up democracy in favor of minority rule.

The reality is that the 'demographic threat' is absolute fiction, and I explain why.

Bookworm Room - Torture, Real and Imagined - This week, Ms. Bookworm does a superb job of busting Paul Begala's outright lie that we executed Japanese war criminals after WWII for waterboarding. He apparently never heard of Nanking or the Bataan Death March, let alone the conditions allied POWs and civilians interned by the Japanese were held under...pompous idiot.

The Razor - Why An Alcoholic Supports the Legalization of Illicit Drugs - Scott makes the case for something I've personally supported for a long time. It costs less to provide the drugs in a medical environment and gradually detox people than the human and financial cost of crime, enforcement, court time and imprisonment...but these functions also provide a significant income to lawyers and especially to the influential people actually involved in the ilicit sales.

That's why I'm certain, after ex-Surgeon general Jocelyn Elders merely suggested we look at decriminalization, that a number of members of Congress got calls from totally legitimate donors and supporters to quash this. And I'm equally certain those legitimate donors and supporters got calls the night before from people with a direct financial interest in keeping the status quo going, if you know what I mean...

The Glittering Eye - Disease Vectors - Dave Schuler parses the parameters of the latest swine flu outbreak.

Right Truth - The next 1,360 days -Debbie notes a lot of unfinished business that media isn't highlighting and the Obama Administration isn't exactly proactive opposed to the hoopla over his first hundred days or a supposed 'epidemic'.

The Colossus of Rhodey - Did the NY Times bury an “inconvenient” torture memo story? And a torture question … Ah the New York Times, whose motto ought to be "The news is what we say it is..and if we don't say it is, it ain't!" Hube does a fine job in outing them on it.

Wolf Howling - Words Have Meaning Rick - This week, GW slaps around ex-Council alumnus Rick Moran at Right Wing Nuthouse for a post on whether waterboarding is torture. As much as I like Rick, I think he's all wet on this one.

Soccer Dad - It’s easy being green. Not. This week, Soccer Dad's offering focuses on a big, fat target - namely the New York Time's Tom Friedman - and debunks a column Friedman wrote lauding Obama's focus on 'green jobs.'

The Provocateur - Is Commercial Real Estate Next? - Mike ponders the probable directions in commercial real estate and the possible effects on our economy.


Submitted By: Bookworm Room - The Washington Times - Barack’s in the basement

Submitted By: The Razor - NY Post - 100 Days, 100 Mistakes for Barack Obama

Submitted By: The Glittering Eye - Right Wing Nut House - The Moral Parameters of Torture

Submitted By: Right Truth - The Onion - Millions and Millions Dead

Submitted By: The Colossus of Rhodey - The New Republic - Regift, Please!

Submitted By: Wolf Howling - Michael Sheurer @ WaPo - Say Its Osama. What If He Won’t Talk?

Submitted By: Soccer Dad - Legal Insurrection - Which city would you sacrifice?

Submitted By: The Provocateur - The New Ledger - What Will the Stress Tests Mean

Submitted By: Joshuapundit - Cheat Seeking Missiles - John And Teresa And Conflict

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