Eye on the Watcher’s Council

As you may know the members of the Watcher’s Council each nominate one of his or her own posts and one non-Council post for consideration by the whole Council. The complete list of this week’s Council nominations is here. Here’s what the Council members nominated this week.

Dr. Sanity, “Repression and the Mirror of Insight”

Pat Santy considers the psychological mechanism repression, its value, and how insight into what one is repressing and why can lead to improved mental health. Frankly, I think that a little more repression (the psychological mechanism, that is) is in order in the blogosphere.

The Glittering Eye, “Expressing the Inner Reality”

My submission for this week. I really do wish that the national Democratic Party would abandon some of the elitism I’m hearing these days.

Done With Mirrors, “Moral Courage 2”

Callimachus contrasts genuine moral courage with the other kind.

The Education Wonks, “California Senate Shocker: School Boycott Endorsed!”

I’m not sure we should be surprised that a bunch of 60’s activists should look at the public schools as a great opportunity to encourage polticial activism. Disappointed, maybe.

The Strata-Sphere, “Power Grab by Ultra-Liberal Delusionists”

AJ Strata attempts to connect the dots among Dana Priest, Mel Goodman, Mary McCarthy, Rand Beers and other luminaries trying to discern their views and agenda.

New World Man, “You’re-being-mean-to-me Liberalism”

Matt Barr considers dissent.

Gates of Vienna, “The Last Boat Out of Liverpool”

Dymphna gives us a little family history, explains how she learned about the Holocaust, and considers her own political odyssey.

ShrinkWrapped, “Drugs, Sex, and Rock&Roll…and Suicidality…continued”

ShrinkWrapped reflects on the life, death, and work of Gram Parsons, another of the wonderful musicians taken from us by drug abuse.

Rhymes With Right, “’Unconstitutional Religious Test’—What It Is and What It Ain’t”

I agree with you, Greg. There’s a lot of abuse of perfectly good terminology going around. Not just “religious test” but “checks and balances”, “establishing religion”, “free exercise”, and “freedom of speech”. Not to mention “Congress shall make no law”.

Right Wing Nut House, United 93: a Review”

Rick Moran reviews the film. Read it just because Rick is so darned good.

Joshuapundit, “The Qu’ran vs. Mein Kampf”

Sorry. This is beyond the pale for me.

The Sundries Shack, Aw…Who Needs That Amendment Anyhow?”

Jimmie Bise pillories campaign finance reform in general and John McCain in particular. I have severely mixed feeling about this issue. I think that the campaign finance reform of the last, say, 30 years or so have been ill-considered. And I get the point about free speech (although I’m not entirely comfortable with the notion that speech and money are completely equivalent). But it seems to me that some commonsense limitations on political campaign financing are possible.

Well, I’ve decided which posts I’ll vote for. Which would get your vote?

8 comments… add one
  • Hi..no big, but some of the links on this post don’t work..you might want to check that out.

  • Thanks, Freedom Fighter. It appears to have been a WordPress artifact and I think it’s corrected now.

  • A selection that includes the pure and uninformed religious bigotry of Hitler works to the Quran.

    I remain unimpressed by this ‘Council’ and less so as time goes on.

  • Lounsbury, I find it curious that you chose to voice your displeasure here rather than in the comments at the post you found to be so objectionable… or did you not even bother to follow the link?

    As for your attempt to tar all the members with the same brush, not everyone listed here sees eye to eye on everything… in case you didn’t notice, Dave wasn’t exactly a fan of the post either.

  • I did bother to follow the link (thus my commenting on the uninformed idiocy of the comparison), I simply was too lazy to bother typing in my infos to comment there. I also have the sense my wisdom in this connexion would be, how shall I say it, lost upon both commentator and author, and more irritation than amusement on my part would be gained.

    And I did notice Dave was not a fan either. But here my infos are already saved, and while I like Dave’s posting, this entire Watchers’ Council whanking I find unimpressive and tedious whanking. The end-result, regardless of the diversity of membership – in this case the result is less than the sum of its parts – which is my point.

  • Yes, you’re unimpressed… I think you mentioned that. I’ll take that for what it’s worth, seeing as how you seem to have disdain for just about everything.

  • No, I only have disdain for stupid whanking, ill-informed idiocies and generally speaking, ponderously poor-thinking bloated up as ‘critique’ (as in the constant whinging on from American Right Bolshies about the perceived sins of the “Mainstream Media”).

    Of course, I tend not to engage of praise of things that do not fall into these categories as that is boring and uninteresting.

  • Lounsberry: Get bent. Or perhaps, in your native vernacular, that would be `get stuffed, wanker’.

    This was an honest and factual look at two books, neither of which you appear to have read, based on remarks by writer Orianna Fallaci comparing them. A great many people agreed with my take on this, based onthe considerable response and links to the piece round the world.

    If you lack the capability and/or wit to see that some apt comparisons apply and to draw the conclusion that this is simple `religious bigotry’ you obviously were too insipid to read the entire post as well as comment on it in the appropriate forum…my site.

    Or perhaps you simply lacked the nerve and chose to bother Dave and the Watcher with your whinging.

    Grow a pair Lounsberry and weigh in on my site, if you like. I’m more than
    willing to discuss this little matter with you there.

    -Freedom Fighter

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