03/11/16

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 03/11/16

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Ted Cruz

Ramirez

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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.

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life. – Bob Marley

What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? – Thomas Jefferson

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this is a revolution.– Subcommandante Marcos

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03/10/16

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Ronnie and Nancy Edition

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In Memoriam: Nancy Reagan… 1921 – 2016

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, May 01, 1981

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, May 01, 1981

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.

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

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03/4/16

The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 03/04/16

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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.

To find yourself, think for yourself. – Socrates

Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. – Dr.Suess

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves. – President Abraham Lincoln

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This week’s winning essay, Bookworm Room’s Self-reliance — the all-American virtue, is her fascinating look at an old fashioned, long ingrained American virtue and tradition… and the attempts to undermine it.

The custom each week is to entice you with a slice of the winning article. This week, In spite of my best efforts, I keep getting a database error message when attempting to access Bookworm’s site. Such things are normally temporary, so the upside is that you will have no reason not to go to the link and read her entire essay! Highly recommended.

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03/2/16

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Inevitable Edition

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And they wonder why we’re angry…

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.

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

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02/26/16

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 02/26/16

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Ted Cruz Black Listed

Twitter Gulag

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

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. – Benjamin Franklin

Progressivism, liberalism, or whatever you want to call it has become an ideology of power. So long as liberals hold it, principles don’t matter. – Jonah Goldberg in ‘Liberal Fascism’

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This week’s winning essay is The Noisy Room’s #FreeStacy – Another Conservative Dissident Is Banned And Put In The Twitter Gulag. It’s her examination of recent revelations about how Twitter is censoring and even deleting accounts in an attempt to silence political views they disagree with, especially on the Right. Here’s a slice:

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02/24/16

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Birthday Edition

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George Washington’s birthday was February 22nd, 1732. His birthday used to be celebrated as a special day, separate and unique to him, as befitted the man who was the Father of our country. Nowadays, he’s lumped in with all the others in something called ‘President’s Day’ while lesser men have special days of their own. I have never quite gotten used to that ingratitude.

Our Revolution was unique in that it was not class based, but anchored on the simple principle that Americans were entitled to G-d given rights and liberties as free men, not mere subjects of a foreign crown. Contrary to popular belief, there was not universal support in the American Colonies for that position.

George Washington was a man of wealth and property in what was then considered middle age. He could have chosen to sit things out, as many others in his position did. Instead, like the other Founders, he chose to risk his life, fortune and sacred honor to join in what then must have seemed a lost cause, sheer fantasy, the idea that a hastily mustered and ill-financed colonial army could win a war against a major world power.

Had the fortunes of war gone against him and the Rebellion put down, George Washington, along with the other Founders knew full well he would have been hung as a traitor to the British Crown. He didn’t hesitate to risk everything for what he thought was right.

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02/19/16

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 02/19/16

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Ted Cruz


Scalia Ramirez

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

The more dominant the Islamic culture in The Netherlands will be, the more distant we will become from anything that has to do with freedom, tolerance and equality. Because the Islam – in contrast with other religions – will not accept anything else but the Islam. – Geert Wilders, Dutch politician, filmmaker and author

Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith, in the cause of Allah as well as those who give (them) asylum and aid,- these are (all) in very truth the Believers: for them is the forgiveness of sins and a provision most generous. – Qu’ran, Surah Al-Anfal, 74

Europe is no longer Europe, it is Eurabia, a colony of Islam, where the Islamic invasion does not proceed only in a physical sense, but also in a mental and cultural sense. – Orianna Falacci

The universal Caliphate, for which Europe provided a stepping-stone at the UN, stands before us, bringing together political and religious power. It has set itself up as the protector of the Muslim immigrant masses in the world and requires that they remain firmly anchored in the Islamic traditions of the Koran and Sunna, following the Sharia laws while the Europeans are called upon to abandon their historic values and even their identity condemned as Islamophobia. – Andrew Bostom

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02/17/16

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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02/13/16

T. Boone Pickens On Obama Oil Tax: “Dumbest Idea Ever”

The Obama administration’s proposed $10.25 per barrel oil tax adds up to approximately $32 billion a year, and critics are coming out of the woodwork in defense of both the oil industry and end users who would foot the bill for transportation system reforms-but it may be a moot point since the effort will simply be killed off by Congress.

At the end of the day, this proposal is simply meant to start a discussion and possibly add to the Obama environmental legacy. The proposal has sparked immediate backlash, with critics blasting it as an impossible production tax, the death knell for the already struggling oil industry, and an unfair policy that would render gas at the pumps more expensive for consumers.

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has sensationally dubbed the Obama proposal “the dumbest idea ever.”

The $32 billion tax per year would be consistent with a production tax, tweeted Ed Crooks, the energy editor of The Financial Times.

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02/13/16

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 02/12/16

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Choose Cruz

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

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles. – Jeff Cooper, Art Of The Rifle

What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms. – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt the Younger, Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

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This week’s winning essay is Stately McDaniel Manor’s Schools and Concealed Carry: Overregulation and Micromanagement . It is a characteristic of bureaucracy that even in pursuit of common sense, desirable goals they almost always manage to gum up the works! Mike McDaniel’s excellent piece does a fine job of showing how that can work. Here’s a slice:

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