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.

Done With Mirrors, “Death and the Madam”

Callimachus reflects on the death of Deborah Palfrey, the “D. C. Madam”.

Wolf Howling, “Obama As Marley”

GW reviews how Barack Obama’s associations over the years will return to haunt his campaign for the presidency.

Soccer Dad, “I Have a Nightmare”

Soccer Dad comments on remarks of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s and, yes, it’s remarkable the lack of intellectual coherence in the African American civil rights movement over the years.

The Glittering Eye, “Whither?”

I think that anybody who thinks that Americans long for some glorious commander to take charge and lead them out of the wilderness is talking about some other America. Or maybe Singapore.

The Colossus of Rhodey, “Al Gore Won Florida in 2000”

Hube complains that the mythology of the 2000 election has overwhelmed the facts of the election.

Rhymes With Right, “It’s Too Late To Turn Back Now”

Greg notes that Sen. Obama would never turn his back on Rev. Wright until it was politically expedient to do so.

Bookworm Room, “Are You Ready To Be a Democrat?”

A few of the quips that Bookworm passes on about Democrats are funny, some are completely off the mark, I found most simply tedious.

Cheat Seeking Missiles, “Fatal Energy Policies”

I’d like to add one point to Laer’s commentary on a column of Thomas Friedman’s about the alternative energy industry. That you’ll need to accept a domestic partner in doing business overseas is merely a fact of life; it’s part of the cost of doing business. Remember that when you hear about American technology companies putting new plants in Germany, for example.

The Education Wonks, “Merit Pay Chronicles: A Teacher Speaks!”

EdWonk takes note of a teacher’s remarks on merit pay. The simple fact of life is that teachers are going to have to accept some kind of performance measurement. It would be nice if we could rely on the good will and conscientiousness of managers all the way up the line but the truth is that we haven’t been able to. I agree that merit pay is a flawed idea. What’s the alternative?

Hillbilly White Trash, “Random Thoughts”

Lemuel Calhoun’s submission this week is a collection of mini-posts. I think his observation about seating the Michigan and Florida delegates is a good one (although I’d’ve phrased it a little differently), I think he makes some very important points about the Tuskegee Experiment, I’ve said everything about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright that I care to, he questions the motives of the global warming cranks, I pretty much agree with his point about ethanol (although, again, I’d’ve phrased it differently), I think that John McCain will receive whatever support he receives from conservatives that he receives but that he’ll need moderates and independents to win the election, and I think we’ve reached the point in the development of our legal system at which judges and lawyers need different training and being required to pass through a metal detector before going into a courthouse is sad but it doesn’t particularly bother me.

Joshuapundit, “Who Cares About Israel, Anyway?”

Freedom Fighter takes Israel’s 60th anniversary as an opportunity to comment on Israel’s value to us as an ally. I agree with that as far as it goes. However, I think that we need to recognize that U. S. interests and Israeli interests are not synonymous and that Arabs are not necessarily our enemies.

Right Wing Nut House, “Party Like It’s 1980 All Over Again”

Well, I agree with my blog-friend Rick Moran that Democrats need to convince Americans that a major change in order to sell their way into the White House. I think it’s really remarkable how much mileage they’re getting out of running against George Bush and his policies without promising to do much different (except possibly by moving in the wrong direction).

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

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  • Ouch! Okay, not a big ouch. It was a bad week for blogging, as demonstrated by the fact that the best I could come up with was some one else’s email….

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