08/26/15
Clinton Biden

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Shootout In Donkey City Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Maggie’s Notebook, Simply Jews and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an email address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions:

Honorable Mentions:

Non-Council Submissions:

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that! And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

08/21/15
Trump and Cruz

The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 08/21/15

The Watcher’s Council

Donald Trump

Trump Time

The Donald has Landed – Deal With It! – Time Magazine

Trump-n-Cruz

Trump and Cruz

By: Tom White – VA Right!

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

This movement is turning our campuses into hostile environments for free expression and due process. And so far, university officials, political leaders, and the White House are siding with the mob. – Christina Hoff Summers

Why can’t a woman/Be more like a man? – ‘Hymn To Him’ from My Fair Lady

“Feminists at Occidental College created an online form to anonymously report rape/sexual assault,” a user wrote in a Tuesday post on Reddit’s Men’s Rights group. “You just fill out a form and the person is called into the office on a rape charge. The ‘victim’ never has to prove anything or reveal their identity.” – Quoted In Los Angeles Times, December 20, 2013.

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This week’s winning essay, Bookworm Room’s The coming perfect storm on American college campuses — one that feminists and other professional victims will hate is pretty much about what the title implies it is… an examination of the current anti-male politically correct malaise with a surprise ending! Here’s a slice:

Several bizarre trends are burgeoning on American college campuses, all of which have the potential to backfire in spectacular form against the hardcore Leftists who are promulgating these ideas. This post focuses on three of the worst ideas in modern academia:

(1) The next generation of political correctness, which classifies any speech that hurts a student’s feelings as either a microaggression or a form of triggering. Older generation Lefties are slowly figuring out that these concepts are a form of censorship — but pointing that out, of course, is a form of microaggression that can trigger feelings of persecution in women, members of the LGBTQRSTUV community, people of color, people with handicaps (including young lawyers who demand corner offices at large law offices because they suffer from claustrophobia, something that really happened), victims of rape, victims of bad haircuts, people traumatized by reading about Cecil the Lion, etc.

(2) The bizarre pretense that a person’s sex is no longer a biological matter (as in X and Y chromosomes, which manifest themselves in different reproductive systems, hormones, musculoskeletal systems, etc.), but is simply a matter of preference, so that students can now claim to have a “fluid gender identity” that changes depending upon the person’s mood. On Tuesday, feeling manly, you can put on jeans and a baseball cap, and manspread over a couple of seats at a campus coffee shop; then on Wednesday, to explore your feminine side, you can put on a nice sun dress, put conditioner in your beard to make it soft and silky, and participate in the Womyn’s Group’s latest protest against male hegemony.

(3) The rabid attack on all men as rapists. The most recent examples of this campus pathology range from a manifestly delusional confabulator (as happened at the University of Virginia), to a pathetic woman desperate for attention (as seen with Emma Sulkowicz), to a scorned woman (such as the one who fell into the clutches of one of academia’s professional man haters, and then managed to drag an innocent man into a kangaroo court beyond even Kafka’s imaginings).

The last of the three trends, incidentally, is a direct by-product of the virulent misanthropy that incubates in “womyn’s studies” departments and that thrives on American campuses. If you’re interested in learning more, I highly recommend Robert Stacy McCain’s Sex Trouble: Essays on Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature. The book, which is by McCain’s own admission a work in progress, provides chapter and verse on the man-hating lesbians who occupy academia and churn out academic bestsellers. One of the more prominent examples of these “scholars” was the late Andrea Dworkin who, in 1987, published Intercourse, which asserts that all male-female penetrative sex is by definition a form of rape.

You do realize, of course, where we’re going with these three trends? One day, it’s going to happen that a young woman, whether because she’s delusional, an emotional exhibitionist, or simply vindictive, will file a complaint with her university’s sexual harassment squad claiming that, even though she consented for months to have sex with her boyfriend, she’s concluded in retrospect that her erstwhile boyfriend raped her. Being familiar with the Stalin-esque administration of her campus, she rightly assumes that, once she’s filed her complaint, her boyfriend will be summoned before a kangaroo court and run out of campus on a rail, with his entire future destroyed. Ah, sweet revenge!

But wait!

More (and the surprise ending) at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was the brilliant Mark Steyn with The Party of Why Nothing Can Be Done submitted by The Watcher.

Steyn’s characterization of the GOP is hilarious and unfortunately right on target. Recommended.

Here are this week’s full results. Ask Marion and the Razor were unable to vote this week, but neither was affected by the 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners:

Non-Council Winners:

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum and every Tuesday morning, when we reveal the week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere and you won’t want to miss it… or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!

08/20/15
Dog Days

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Dog Days Edition

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Ah, the sultry days leading up to the end of summer, when the warm weather brings out the torpor and laziness in all of us and little gets accomplished except by the determined and the desperate.

Of course, these days that group would include the members of the political class and their veritable army of servants, Praetorians, hangers on and staffers.

The Romans were the first to label this time of year the Dog Days (diēs caniculārēs), noting that the skies were ruled by Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the night sky at this time of year. And Herodotus, Plutarch, Caesar and Thucydides all noted the effect this time of year has on men… the influence of the days of Dog Star giving rise to tempers, frustrations, gambles and many times, war and rumors of war. Some things never change. Or at least that’s what the smart money in Vegas, DC and other oracular venues where the entrails, the Dow or the polls get read for what the omens reveal. The mood can get ugly very quickly.

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This week’s contest is dedicated to letting sleeping dogs lie… at least for the moment.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

After a decade on the Council, Greg of Rhymes With Right has decided to drop full time blogging to pursue other interests. The Watcher’s Council among other things is a community and while Greg may be leaving us as a full time voting member, like other former Council members he will remain connected with us and no doubt continue to contribute to features like the Forum and stay in touch. Happy trails, Greg… it’s certainly been quite a ride, hasn’t it?

Vacancies on the Council don’t come up often. If you’re interested in being considered to fill this one and want further details on what’s involved, please leave a comment and your contact information (which of course won’t be published) under any story on Joshuapundit and I’ll get back to you.

This week, Palestinian Media Watch, Maggie’s Notebook, and Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an email address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions:

Honorable Mentions:

Non-Council Submissions:

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that! And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

08/17/15
Ted Cruz

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to be President? Yes He Is!

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Ted Cruz

I’ve strained relationships with  some friends over this issue.

Many people, desperate to prove President Obama was ineligible for the presidency, looked to the “natural born” argument in a futile attempt to remove the Marxist-in-Chief from office. I never supported this approach ( for several reasons), but I did appreciate the great work many of these people did exposing Obama’s very shady background.

When I came out in support of Texas Senator Ted Cruz for President two years ago, some of  these friends were offended. The logic was that while Ted Cruz was a good man, supporting him was akin to trashing the U.S. Constitution – as bad in their eyes as supporting the “usurper” Obama.

Some believe that Ted Cruz is not eligible to run for President of the United States due to the fact that he was born in Canada, even though his mother is a U.S. citizen.

My argument is simple.

Marco Rubio is eligible because while both his parents were non-citizens at his birth, he was born on U.S. soil, making him a citizen at birth – an “anchor baby.”

Ted Cruz is eligible because one parent was a U.S. citizen, which granted him automatic rights of citizenship, regardless of being born inside, or outside U.S. borders.

Barack Obama is eligible for exactly the same reason.

“Natural born” simply means being a U.S. citizen at birth, rather than becoming a “naturalized” citizen later in life.

As noted at USAToday by “two former top Justice Department lawyers:”

“Despite the happenstance of a birth across the border, there is no question that Senator Cruz has been a citizen from birth and is thus a ‘natural born citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution…”

http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/…/ted-cruz-natural-born-cit…/

As noted at TownHall:

“But there are only two types of citizens under the law: Natural born Americans (from birth), and naturalized Americans, who undergo the legal process of becoming a US citizen. Cruz never experienced the latter proceedings because he didn’t need to; his mother was born and raised in Delaware, rendering Cruz an American citizen from the moment of his birth abroad.”

http://townhall.com/…/yes-ted-cruz-is-constitutionally-elig…

As noted at National Review:

“Of course he’s eligible,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz tells National Review Online.

http://www.nationalreview.com/…/cruz-birthers-eliana-johnson

Also at National Review:

“My conclusion would be that if you are a citizen as a consequence of your birth, that’s a natural-born citizen,” says Theodore Olson, the former Bush solicitor general who defended John McCain in a 2008 lawsuit alleging McCain was ineligible to be president.

http://townhall.com/…/obama_rubio_birthers_should…/page/full

This is perhaps the most compelling:

On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen”

“The Framers did not fear such machinations from those who were U.S. citizens from birth just because of the happenstance of a foreign birthplace. Indeed, John Jay’s own children were born abroad while he served on diplomatic assignments, and it would be absurd to conclude that Jay proposed to exclude his own children, as foreigners of dubious loyalty, from presidential eligibility.”

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Here is the relevant Clause: Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

Did the founding fathers really believe that any pregnant American woman who happens to be on holiday or business outside of America could be jeopardizing her child’s future chances of becoming the president of the United States?

For those who will not be swayed by the founding fathers likely intent or the numerous legal opinions by very credible scholars, I would opine that the onus is on you to present your case to the appropriate authorities.

Top lawyers: ‘No question’ Canada-born Cruz eligible for presidency

Lawyers for Obama and Bush dismiss ‘specious objections’ to Ted Cruz because he was born in Canada.

The “Founding Fathers” wanted to ensure that any future U.S. President was loyal both to the country and the Constitution.

Is there any candidate in the race more committed to the Constitution, and more loyal to the country than Senator Cruz.

I believe, that if the “Founding Fathers” were here today, most of them would be wearing Ted Cruz badges.

* MARK LEVIN explains that Ted Cruz IS a natural born citizen…

08/16/15
Wild Bill

Liberals and Children and Guns!

08/14/15
Hillary Clinton

Our Watcher’s Council Results – 08/14/15

The Watcher’s Council

Hillary Clinton

Hands Up

Jobs

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh! – Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Act V, Scene 1

Character is destiny. – Attributed to Greek philosopher Hereclitus, 500 BC

There’s hostility to lying, and there should be. – Bob Woodward

Painful as the task is to describe the dark side of our affairs, it sometimes becomes a matter of indispensable necessity. – George Washington

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This week’s winning essay, Joshuapundit’s#Hillary Lied About Her E-Mails, Broke The Law And What It Really Means, is my take on the scandal concerning Hillary Clinton’s private server during her tenure as Secretary of State, the serious issues actually involved and ultimately, what’s behind the curtain. Here’s a slice:

Once again, Mrs. Clinton has revealed to us that if she tells you the sun is shining, you’d better make sure you have an umbrella handy.

Most polls show that the majority of Americans, for some odd reason consider her untrustworthy and an out and out liar.CNN’s national poll shows that 57% of Americans see her that way, and ABC News and the Wall Street Journal put that number at 52%.

She’s continued to sing the old Right Wing Conspiracy song, and to claim, as she did in an interview with CNN’s servile Diane Keillor, “When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system,” she said. “Now I didn’t have to turn over anything. I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me because I knew the vast majority of everything that was official already was in the State Department system.”

There are enough outright lies in that small paragraph to warrant a serious trial.

Even storing Federal records on a private server is a serious violation of the Federal Records Act for reasons that should be obvious, and a violation of the agreement Mrs. Clinton signed when she started at the State Department. Mrs. Clinton was likewise required to turn over any and all records in her possession to government, which she quite obviously did not do.

Not only did Mrs. Clinton fail to turn over work-related emails, but she and her staff also edited some of those emails before submitting them, as the Examiner’s Sarah Westwood reported.

In legalese, this shows intent. Mrs, Clinton intended to deceive congress.Not only that, but the committee obtained a number of e-mails that were work related and were either edited or somehow missing from the 55,000 Mrs. Clinton turned in:

The missing materials, which the State Department says it does not have, came to Congress by other means. They include writings about the jockeying for oil contracts in Libya after President Obama engaging in a war without congressional approval to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. This comes among her back-and-forth emails with Sidney Blumenthal, a former staffer who had been barred from employment in the Obama administration, to continue offering his insight and advice on Libya. […]

But the proof of intent to deceive comes in the fact that Clinton or her staff actually edited some of the emails and turned over censored versions to State before destroying her copy of the originals.

I think we can reasonably be certain that cash donations to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for an inside track on oil deals or for Federal contracts involving Libya and other areas were the subject of some of these communications, but what’s already known is damaging enough.

Another, much more serious problem than the usual lies and corruption is the fact that Mrs. Clinton’s private server was almost certainly hacked by foreign agents. Her server lacked the normal security given to classified information within the government’s official system. Professionals who have examined the security of Hillary private e-mail account have said that the question is not whether the account was hacked, but to what degree.

Not only were classified communications almost certainly compromised, but there’s not telling what kind of personal, perhaps even indictable messages might have been scooped up. Imagine a president in the midst of negotiations with a foreign power like China, Russia or Iran suddenly confronted discretely with an ultimatum that unless she made certain far reaching concessions, certain information she desperately didn’t want revealed would be made public.

Federal Law(36 CFR 1234.24) requires agencies to collect all records from “external electronic mail systems” so that they can be stored inside government archives. There’s also a federal law (44 USC 3106) that authorizes legal action through the Attorney General and the Justice Department “for the recovery of records” that are threatened by destruction, deletion or erasure. Willfully destroying a federal record is a felony, punishable by fine and imprisonment. Mrs. Clinton is already guilty of that crime as well by admitting she destroyed her server.

Like I said, a lot of lies in one paragraph.

Mrs. Clinton felt free to destroy her private server and laugh at the subpoenas from congress because she knew that President Obama’s Attorney General and the DOJ were not going to take any action against her, again for obvious reasons. Among them is that there’s no longer a requirement to do so.

To find out why and what’s really behind this go to the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Rueben Navarette Jr. with a moving piece, I Don’t Know if I’m Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos, submitted by The Watcher.

This took courage and some obvious soul searching to write. It’s always a threshold moment when a person realizes that a belief they’ve held for some time might be a grave error.

Recommended.

Here are this week’s full results. Great Satan’s Girlfriend, Ask Marion and Rhymes With Right were unable to vote this week, but none were affected by the normal 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners:

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum and every Tuesday morning, when we reveal the week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council and the results are posted onFriday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere and you won’t want to miss it… or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

08/12/15
Hillary Clinton

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Classified Edition

The Watcher’s Council

“OK, so some of the stuff was classified. So my server was hacked by foreign governments. What difference does it make now anyway at this point?”

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Gates Of Vienna and The People’s Cube earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an email address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions:

Honorable Mentions:

Non-Council Submissions:

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that! And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

08/10/15
Ted Cruz

Put America On Cruz Control

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Ted Cruz

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during the RedState Gathering at Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel on Saturday, August 8, 2015. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Ted Cruz is Cruz’n South to the SEC Primary where everyone else isn’t. The South is #cruzcountry! Ted is on a bus tour of southern states that will play a key role in selecting the Republican nominee and the response so far has been overwhelming – overflow crowds everywhere so far. He’s a rock star in Alabama and Tennessee and will absolutely bowl them over here in Oklahoma. Feel that? It’s history stirring as the South’s favorite son is welcomed home. Ted Cruz is touring with his lovely wife Heidi and adorable daughters, Caroline and Catherine. I believe his father, Rafael Cruz, is on part of this tour as well. Cruz, decked out in ostrich boots with Texas stars on his belt, came to break bread down South. Ted’s stops are multi-generational as he reaches out to all ages and all walks of life. People relate to Ted Cruz on a familial level.

Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks to the press before holding a town hall meeting at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Ala. Sunday Aug.9, 2015. (Bob Gathany/bgathany@AL.com)

Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks to the press before holding a town hall meeting at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Ala. Sunday Aug.9, 2015. (Bob Gathany/bgathany@AL.com)

The wave is growing:

After the debates last week in which Ted Cruz landed second place behind Donald Trump, Cruz had another surge in donations. Then Cruz blew them away at The RedState gathering. See for yourself:

I have been impressed with Ted Cruz from the beginning. He’s a Statesman and has a spine of steel. He knows exactly what needs to be done and how to do it:

  • Repeal every blasted word of ObamaCare.
  • Abolish the IRS. Put the IRS agents on the border.
  • Stop the out of control regulators at the EPA and alphabet soup of Washington.
  • Defend our constitutional rights. All of them.
  • Restore America’s leadership in the world as a shining city on a hill.

You can add another big one to that list – going after the corrupt Washington Cartel.

Cruz is drawing huge crowds on his Southern tour. They love him and the Reaganesque principles he stands for. Cruz harkens back to a time when we were moral, prosperous, free and a world power. Americans hunger for that. Yes, they are angry, but they want a leader that will get things done and bring dignity back to the presidency. Americans by nature are creators, not destroyers and we all know we have massive repair work ahead of us after eight years of Marxist free-fall. Cruz is the man to lead the country on that journey. I’m convinced of it.

In restaurants and conference rooms, Cruz is speaking to southerners and they are listening. The South will play a huge role in the Republican primary and Ted Cruz has asked the South to dance with him. Eight southern states are slated to cast ballots on March 1, nicknamed the “SEC Primary” after the top-performing college football conference that voters here cheer. And they love their football here, trust me. Because of this, Cruz is bypassing New Hampshire and instead is touring the heart of the South – places like Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Van Buren, Arkansas. He’s appealing to Christians across the South and the true heart of conservatism here in the US. Instead of hoofing it in Iowa, Ted Cruz is going to those places others ignore and is building a grassroots movement that will sweep the nation.

Teresa Kimminau, left, and daughter Jemma flank Heidi Cruz, wife of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, after Sunday night rally at the Jackson Center (Photo courtesy Don Kimminau)

Teresa Kimminau, left, and daughter Jemma flank Heidi Cruz, wife of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, after a Sunday night rally at the Jackson Center (Photo courtesy Don Kimminau)

Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and a protege of Sarah Palin, speaks to what everyday Americans see as pressing issues: taxes, the Constitution, illegal immigration, Obamacare, jobs and gutting the DC Progressive establishment. His father is an evangelical pastor and one of the finest speakers in the world. Plus, he’s just a great guy who has earned every penny he has ever made and has succeeded despite the odds. He made it the old fashioned way… the hard way. Americans love that. Cruz is a rebel and fighter. He’s a scrapper and doesn’t play by DC’s rules. He’s his own man, something America hasn’t seen in politics in a long time. He also prays and is not ashamed of his Christian beliefs. When everyone else dog piled on Donald Trump, Cruz would not say anything bad about him and stood by him. That’s just the kind of man he is.

Trump is a phenomenon and whether in the end there is an alliance or Ted Cruz benefits from those following The Donald, it doesn’t matter. In my opinion our best choice for Commander-in-Chief is Ted Cruz and the political landscape has changed in America forever, regardless of whether the politicos like it or not. Cruz will do what needs to be done to save our nation – that’s something you can count on.

Alabama speaks:

The Cruz campaign believes its path to victory rests on a slow, slog-it-out winning of delegates in states that award them proportionally like these. So with at least 356 delegates up for grabs in the South on March 1, the campaign is placing a particularly large emphasis on the SEC primary, especially in Georgia, where the campaign has many financial ties, and Texas, the popular senator’s home state.

That’s in contrast to campaigns like Scott Walker, who has set the expectation the he needs to win the Hawkeye State outright, or Chris Christie, who is camping out this summer in New Hampshire and betting his political fortunes on one state’s voters.

No Cruz swing yet epitomizes that post-Iowa mentality like this one, though trips later this summer will take him to far-flung states like Wyoming. Cruz’s visit here Sunday was his second recent chance to woo Alabama voters — he called into a group of Republican activists in Coosa County, a few weeks ago — and he’ll return for a third when he headlines the Lincoln-Reagan dinner in Tuscaloosa in just two weeks.

“The South is looked down upon as being backwards and behind the times and made fun of,” lamented Jodi McDade, the Coosa County Republican chair who hosted the Cruz call and is backing him. “We’re now going to stand out and show the rest of the country that we’re leaders down here.”

Voters interviewed across Alabama on Sunday said they saw the SEC primary increasingly as a point of regional pride. In a ruby red, relatively poor state, Democrats have little reason to come here.

Now, some Republicans say they can sense their new power.

“The media gives us such a beating. Right now we’re going through all the brouhaha over the Confederate Flag and refighting the Civil War,” McDade said. “The notion that we’re all toting our sheet and white top hat and stuff is so wrong, and I’m hoping that’s what people will see.”

Cruz can sense it too. The candidate is hoping to do well in Iowa and South Carolina — though top-three finishes in either state is in no way guaranteed — but he is staking much of his political fortune on the SEC states that vote only ten days after Republicans in the Palmetto State. Last weekend at a donor summit hosted by the powerful Koch Brothers, Cruz said these southern states were his “firewall.”

“The energy we’re seeing in the great state of Alabama is powerful. I feel like we’re at the Iron Bowl,” Cruz told reporters in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham, referring to the yearly showdown between Alabama and Auburn. “It is our hope to win the Alabama primary.”

Between a “Biscuits and Gravy” breakfast one day and a “Down Home” Breakfast the next, Cruz is endearing himself in the Bible Belt to voters far and wide. Southern hospitality can’t get enough of the Texan. He gets standing ovation after standing ovation and whole families turn out. Parents want their children to see what a real leader is like and to witness history in the making.

Ted Cruz

“The RNC changed the primary calendar this year, so that the entire primary is accelerated. You’re going to have the first three primaries — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina — and they’ve always been critically important. They will remain critically important,” Cruz said. “But then just two weeks later: boom, we hit Super Tuesday. We hit primaries all across the country, primarily across the South, big states that are expensive to be on media, and it’s so fast that any campaign that hasn’t done the hard work of building a grass-roots team, putting in place strong leaders, is going to find themselves behind the eight ball because there’s not enough time.” Cruz is brilliant and has done his campaign homework, so he will have an advantage definitely in the South.

The biggest challenge Ted Cruz will face in such a large field of candidates is consolidating the field and the message and stressing true conservatism and a return to constitutional principles. He has to bring the conservative electorate together. “The Washington establishment’s plan is to divide conservatives. They want us splintered. They want a handful of conservatives over here, a handful of evangelicals over here, a handful of libertarians over here, a handful of Tea Partyers over here,” Cruz said aboard his bus in Georgia. “If we’re splintered, that’s how a moderate, establishment candidate runs right up the middle with 23 [percent], 24 percent of the vote, steals the nomination. And if we do that, we lose. Every time that happens, we lose to the Democrats.”

Cruz has pledged to reject “mealy-mouthed statements about acceptance and surrender.” I find that refreshing. I already know that the very first thing he will do when he is president is repeal Obamacare. He will also “rip up and rescind” the monstrous Iranian nuclear deal. There is literally no stronger ally and proponent of Israel than Ted Cruz. He’s a truly strong leader who will propel us into being a superpower once more and make us strong militarily and put our enemies on notice. One of Cruz’s biggest hits is: “I cannot wait to stand on the debate stage with Hillary Clinton. And to make clear if you vote for Hillary you are voting for Iran to have nuclear weapons.”

But Ted Cruz’s harshest comments are saved for fellow Republicans, or should I say, RINOs who crawl into bed with Progressive Marxists and then feign innocence and impotence. Turncoats such as Mitch McConnell who Cruz has openly called a liar on the Senate floor. “What exactly has this new Republican majority accomplished? Nothing? It’s actually worse than that,” he said, ticking through deals struck over budget plans and high-profile Obama appointees. “In this case, our team is playing for the other side.” And that is it in a nutshell, folks. We are infiltrated with political double agents. He added: “Here’s one simple question: Which of those decisions is one iota different than it would have been with [Democrat] Harry Reid in the Senate?” Not a one of them. Nada. And I love this line: “Are you looking for a meaningless showboat, or do you actually want leadership?” Well, do ya?

Cruz set a fire alight in the very beginning of all this at Liberty University:

“I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America,” he declared, “and that is why today, I’m announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.”

Cruz is a conservative’s conservative. Ronald Reagan would have been proud to call him a friend. On issue after issue, Cruz has thrown his lot in with those fighting the entrenched Republican elite, all but daring his primary rivals to outflank him on the right. Cruz has reiterated his commitment to repealing “every word” of Obamacare. He called for “abolishing the IRS” and the establishment of a flat tax that allows Americans to file taxes on a post card. He asked his audience to “imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the border.” He condemned the federal government for waging an “assault” on religious liberty, and stressed the need to “defend the sanctity of life” and “uphold the sacrament of marriage.” He called school choice “the civil rights issue of the next generation,” and said he’d like to see the “common core” state education standards abolished. That’s music to my constitutionalist ears.

I ask you America, isn’t it time we put America on Cruz Control?

08/7/15
Ted Cruz

The Council Has Spoken – Our Watcher’s Council Results – 08/07/15

The Watcher’s Council

Ted Cruz

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it. – PJ O’Rourke

We now have the liberal playbook and we know what they are doing, and we are using it against them. Unlike the Democrats though, we aren’t out to destroy our society, we are out to save it. – Mark Levin

The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. – Ludwig Von Mises

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15! – President Ronald Reagan

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This week’s winning essay is Joshuapundit’sDonkey Kong Politics – The Democrat Field. In it, I chose to take an in-depth look at the main Democrat candidates and analyze their records, character, strengths and weaknesses. Here’s a slice:

It is early days yet, with 16 months until the election. But it’s interesting to assess the Democrat field as it is today from a horse race perspective and see where we are, especially as we’re starting to get a glimpse of future trends.

Hillary Rodham Clinton remains by far the Democrat frontrunner. She’s raised far more money than any of the other candidates, more than all of them combined. And she has far more name recognition than any of them. Mrs. Clinton has indeed been with us a long time. To add to these advantages, she has her own built in grievance group appeal because she possesses a vagina and can work the ‘first woman president’ angle for all it’s worth.

Unfortunately for her, she’s run into significant problems on the way to the coronation.

The biggest stumbling block to Hillary Clinton has been her own persona. When she first starting her obvious toying with announcing her candidacy after resigning her job as Secretary of State, she had record high approval ratings. At that time, I wrote on these pages that as soon as she began to run, people would remember all the things they disliked about her. And I put her chances at getting the nomination at no more than 50/50, about which more later.

As Secretary of State, Hillary was mostly cut out of the loop. President Obama assigned all of the juicy diplomatic roles to ‘special presidential envoys’ and Mrs. Clinton was reduced to administrative tasks and a role as messenger girl when needed. Even the UN was taken away from her, as President Obama made it a Cabinet post reporting directly to him and put Obama loyalist Susan Rice in the slot.

The public has a notoriously short memory, especially with Clinton minions like George Stephanopoulos in the media talking her up while making sure nothing problematic really made the news. So Secretary Clinton was largely seen as benign, a reminder of the supposed Good Old Days of the Clinton presidency.

The first reminder of the real Hillary came out in the wake of the Benghazi scandal when it was revealed that she and the Obama regime collaborated on blatantly phoney talking points to blame a totally unknown video and an out of hand ‘protest’ for a well planned terrorist attack in which a US ambassador and three others were murdered. That one was too big for her media allies to contain, especially after America saw her temper tantrum on national TV when she was confronted with her lies by congress and revealed her hideously amoral core by screaming that it made no difference.

Still, she was protected by the Obama regime for its own reasons. They classified all records of the attack including drone and on ground videos of what happened, threatened the eyewitnesses whom survived so they wouldn’t testify to congress and stonewalled the requests of congress for information. And as time went on, the media cooperated by burying the story. So people tired of hearing about it and many, especially the True Believers moved on and as she announced her candidacy, she was still very much the Queen in waiting.

The next shoe that dropped was our finding out that while she had no major foreign policy accomplishments, Secretary Clinton wasn’t nearly so benign and idle as we supposed. She used her time in office to enrich herself and her husband through the corrupt Clinton Foundation, selling influence and access as a well-researched best seller “The Clinton Cash Machine” documented. Not only that, but it came out that $6 billion from the State Department budget Mrs. Clinton was responsible for allocating mysteriously went missing.No one to this day knows what happened to the money.

And now its been revealed that Hillary egregiously broke the law (and endangered America’s national security) by storing classified documents on a private server located in her home that was almost certainly hacked by foreign governments, refusing to release those documents to the US Department of State and destroying the server. Given who’s in the White House she likely won’t be prosecuted for that, but again, this sort of thing reminds people of whom Hillary Clinton is and why they dislike her.

Aside from her cold, secretive and imperious personality, she’s a corrupt serial liar whose tall tales are so easily found out that it outrages many of the intended recipients that she apparently thinks they’re stupid enough to swallow them. There is simply not a truthful bone in her body and again, you have a lot of people recalling why they dislike her…just as I predicted.

She reminds me of an old girl friend of mine who likewise lied in that particularly manic fashion. After catching her out the first couple of times and getting that deer in the headlights look, I learned never to take her seriously or believe a word she said and to just enjoy the carnal aspects of the relationship. But then, she wasn’t running for president.Hillary Clinton is.

Another problem Hillary Clinton has to deal with in her march to the White House is one beyond her control. The party’s base has simply moved far to the Left of her…or at least far to the Left of what she would like the American people to perceive. Hillary Clinton and her husband have always been a lot more radical in reality than they projected to the American voting public. They are what Emmett J. Tyrrell Jr. famously called ‘coat and tie radicals.’ They were willing to drop the obvious trappings and positions of the Left to a certain extent to infiltrate the System they despised from within for power and profit.

They largely succeeded, thanks to Bill Clinton’s undeniable skill as a politician in ‘triangulating’ – running ever so carefully to the Left to get the nomination and back towards the center in the general election to capture the flag. Hillary’s problem is that the Democrat Party George Soros and Barack Obama have created is simply too far Left to allow her to do that easily. She will either have to run hard to the Left to capture her party’s base or to the center, hoping that a combination of her gender and the fact that the alternative is one of the Hated Republicans will be enough.

While I still say that the nomination is largely hers for the taking, the chances of her getting it are only 50/50/. Her health is poor, and she is already polling equal or behind some of the GOP clown show, a trend that’s likely to continue. The Democrat’s system of super delegates – party movers and shakers unelected by any particular state – gives us at least the possibility that at some point, if her poll numbers keep dropping, they’ll have a little talk with her. And she’ll drop out and someone like Elizabeth Warren will drop in. Again, I see this as at least a 50/50 possibility.

Profiles of the other candidates at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was David P. Goldman’s Will Israel Save America? submitted by Joshuapundit. Goldman, of course, was the brilliant ‘Spengler’ of Asia Times fame. As always, Goldman deals with the larger issues and points out some fascinating ties and some interesting similarities between the inner nature of Israel and America that might not have occurred to you.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Ask Marion was unable to vote this week, but was not subject to the 2/3 penalty for not voting:

Council Winners:

Non-Council Winners

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08/5/15
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