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.
Done With Mirrors, Bullshit!
Callimachus responds to the assertion that the words God and Allah should be taken to mean the same thing. That reminds me of one of my favorite jokes. An American got off the plane in Shannon International Airport and on the wall spied two clocks, one reading 11:00am, the other reading 11:10am. He turned to one of the Irishmen working in the airport and asked Why do the two clocks on the wall show different times? The Irishman responded, Now what would be the p’int of having two clocks if they both showed the same time?
The Glittering Eye, The Candidates on the Economy: Taxes
My submission this week is the part of my series on the candidates’ positions on the economy dealing with tax policy.
Hillbilly White Trash, Does America Need a New Enemy? One Brit Thinks So…
Lemuel Calhoon fisks a piece by a chap named John Laughland from The Brussels Journal in which the author seems to long for the rise of a power to challenge the United States. I must say I’m in substantial agreement with Lemuel on this one and can only point out the Will Rogers’s observation probably applies to Mr. Laughland: he don’t know nothin’ but what he reads in the newspaper.
Soccer Dad, Painting?
Soccer Dad puts in his two cents on Bittergate, Barack Obama’s imprudent statement of his real beliefs about small-town folks. I agree with Soccer Dad in that, contrary to what the Democratic leadership intelligentsia seems to think about the last election, the reason that John Kerry lost was that he was a lousy candidate. Not how he was painted. Just a lousy candidate. Democrats must reform their primary system. It’s producing losing candidates and may well this time around.
Bookworm Room, The MSM — Mis-educating the Masses
Bookworm takes note of the fact that whether it’s the echo chamber or wllful ignorance or the vast amount of information that must be sifted through or who knows what all, contra Pat Moynihan, everybody now has his own facts.
The Colossus of Rhodey, Further Proof That the Western P.C. Left Is Akin to the Societies They Admire
What do you get when you abandon the Enlightenment, rules of logic, and the golden thread that runs through British law? As Hube points out, you get the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Cheat Seeking Missiles, Warmie Psychic: Global Headache Coming!
I’m not as dismissive of global warming as Laer seems to be but the article he quotes does seem to omit one teeny, tiny, little fact: much of the increase in carbon emissions since 2000 is due to a single country—China. I’m certainly open to suggestions as to how we might curb Chinese production of carbon dioxide (not to mention sulfur dioxide and methane). To insist that, say, the United States take the bulk of the steps to reduce carbon emissions is to place the reins of our economic policy (and, possibly, the fate of the species) in the hands of the leadership in Beijing.
Joshuapundit, Bedtime For Bonzo? The Clinton Eclipse
Freedom Fighter is not saddened by the flagging fortunes of the Clinton campaign.
The Education Wonks, Censorchimps: The Mandarin Subspecies
EdWonk reports another critique of the Beijing regime’s receiving yet another draconian sentence and launches into a tirade again the regime with which I substantially agree. I think our policy with respect to China should be one of strict reciprocity but, unfortunately, too many, including highly place politicians, have their hands in the Chinese cookie jar for that every to happen.
Wolf Howling, The Next Moves In An Existential Chess Match
I can’t quite make out whether GW is advocating the use of force against Iran in his post on the recent moves of Iran. I’ve been pretty clear here in my position: I think that, short of an exterminatory attack, we can’t accomplish anything that we want with such an attack and we’ll almost certainly accomplish a lot that we don’t want with one. It certainly looks as though we’ve gotten about as much in the way of sanctions against Iran out of the UN Security Council as we can expect to get. What we’re doing isn’t working. What’s left is negotiating and being willing to give something the Iranian regime really wants.
Rhymes With Right, Wright’s Eulogy For Black Fascist Parishioner
I think that Greg is a bit harsh in his statements about the late R. Eugene Pincham. De mortuis etc.
Right Wing Nut House, Elitism and the Elitist Elites Who Think They’re the Elite
Rick Moran wonders if today’s progressives are the intellectual descendants of the Founding Fathers. My own feelings about the self-proclaimed elite is that I’m as elite as any of them (probably more so) but I don’t have the sense of entitlement.
Well, I’ve decided which posts I’ll vote for this week. Which posts would get your votes?