Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – RIP Scalia Edition

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This week’s page is dedicated to the memory of a great man, proof that not all heroes are found on the battlefield. Antonin Scalia was someone who fought for the principles our Founders bequeathed to us no matter what the odds. Sometimes he won, sometimes not, but he never quit.

Possumus orare sicut alius – “We can only pray there will be another like him.”

And to send you on your journey, Giudice Onorato, Placido Domingo in his prime with ‘Nessun Dorma’ from ‘Turandot’ something Puccini wrote just before he too ascended to the Next World.

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.

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How Trump Bought the Conservative Movement

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

It has become increasingly clear that the “self-funded” candidate in the Republican presidential primary, Donald J. Trump, will destroy the GOP’s chances to win in November if he is the nominee. Leftist groups are ecstatic over Trump’s “Bush lied, people died,” mantra over the Iraq war. Internet trolls for Vladimir Putin are firmly behind Trump, saying he has the right recipe for accommodating Russia. That is, Trump is preparing to let Europe and the Middle East deal with Russian aggression in the absence of American leadership. That means Russian gains in Ukraine and Syria will be preserved, opening the door to more Russian aggression.

I warned last December that Trump was the new Armand Hammer, with dealings in the old Soviet Union and Russia that compromised his view of the Russian regime. Perhaps Trump is not an old-fashioned agent of influence in the sense of Armand Hammer. However, something happened over the last decade or so that forced Trump into the Russian camp. It is worthwhile for the media to begin investigating Trump’s change of mind regarding Russia. A good place to start would be Trump’s mission to Moscow in 2013 to hold his “Miss Universe” beauty pageant. At that time he started negotiating real estate deals with Putin’s friends.

Things were different in 2000, when his book The America We Deserve came out. Trump then called Russia “the world’s nuclear Wal-Mart” and “the world’s leading exporter of weapons of mass destruction to America’s enemies.” The entire quote from Trump’s book was, “Even as the U.S. has tried to save Russia from collapse with loans and IMF bailouts and political support, Russia has become the world’s leading exporter of weapons of mass destruction to America’s enemies.”

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Two Americas – which will win?

By: T F Stern | The Moral Liberal


Several years ago presidential hopeful John Edwards used the phrase Two Americas, something he claimed existed due to the ‘haves and have nots’; typical class warfare rhetoric intended to cause envy while at the same time stirring up votes from the ‘oppressed’.  It was a catchy phrase, enough for historians to latch onto it; but in a sense there really are two Americas, just not the way John Edwards portrayed them.

Here’s a glimpse at one of the Americas, and it’s not a pretty sight…

Not long after the body of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reached room temperature, according to Tom Knighton of TPNN dot com,  Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks penned a vile op-ed piece which appeared at Foreign Policy Magazine (by subscription only).

Brooks didn’t hide her contempt for Justice Scalia, which in turn reflects her contempt for anyone who supports our constitutional republican form of government.

“The global legal and judicial communities, however, will mostly be indulging in joyful private choruses of ‘Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead.’ Or maybe not so private.”


The Georgetown law professor wrote, “Scalia was famously dismissive of foreign and international law, which he considered good enough for, well, foreigners — but not for the great United States. ‘I doubt whether anybody [in the United States] would say, ‘Yes, we want to be governed by the views of foreigners,’’ he scoffed in 2005.”

While reading this it becomes painfully clear that two Americas are battling for supremacy; not the haves and have nots as John Edwards portrayed the division; but instead there are those who would prefer a transformation towards a European socialistic state which values the collective over individual rights.   These are the same folks who would prefer the United Nations dictate policy rather than continue as a sovereign self governing constitutional republic.

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#SCPrimary: Trey Gowdy misleads in anti-Cruz robo-call

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

Trump and Rubio speak during commercial break at GOP Debate via statesman.com

Trump and Rubio speak during commercial break at GOP Debate via statesman.com

Since when do allegations count as fact? Yet that is exactly what is happening in the mainstream media with the relentless attacks on Ted Cruz.

The latest is concerning a “push poll” that allegedly came from the Cruz camp, as reported at the Washington Post. The charge is that Remington Research, a consulting firm started by Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, is behind telephone polls that bash Trump and Rubio.

But Chris Wilson, Cruz’s director of research denied that the campaign is engaged in any robo-polls in South Carolina. And after the story broke, resulting in Trump freaking out on Twitter, Politico reported that Ted Cruz told reporters, “[W]e had nothing to do with them….” and additionally, Brian Phillips, the Cruz team’s rapid-response director tweeted:

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Crazy Town: More silly accusations aimed at Ted Cruz reported as fact

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

Former Speaker John Boehner meeting with Rep. Trey Gowdy

Former Speaker John Boehner meeting with Rep. Trey Gowdy via speaker.gov

Lies are regularly being attributed to Ted Cruz for the flimsiest of reasons, without evidence. Some ill-informed people shockingly accept these accusations as fact, nodding and cheering along the most baseless of charges with enthusiasm.

The most recent example of this can be found at the Wall Street Journal. Using an all-too-common tactic of subtle language manipulation, an outrageous charge becomes a news story in a once-respectable publication. The title alone, “Rubio Camp Accuses Cruz Backers of Dirty Facebook Tricks,” is an indicator that evidence of anti-Cruz allegations will be sorely lacking.

The latest fake accusation is so mind-numbingly stupid that this author is at a loss how few are calling out the Wall Street Journal. In a nutshell, someone claiming to be Trey Gowdy on a Facebook page said he switched his allegiance from Marco Rubio to Ted Cruz. It was not Trey Gowdy.

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