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.
The Colossus of Rhodey, Obama’s 8 Years As State Legislator Makes Him Better Qualified
Hube contrasts the experiences of the two presidential candidates. IMO both are rather light but this time around we’ve got a choice between a smart, charming guy who’s been a community activist and is a one-term U. S. senator and another guy who’s not quite as smart or charming, has solid military experience, and has demonstrated great strength of character who’s been a representative and a senator for a long time. Those are the choices. This is the Internet age. Padding either resume won’t stick until November.
Done With Mirrors, More on Jokes
Callimachus, after reading a translation of ancient comedy, notes that humor is rooted in time and space.
Soccer Dad, This Deal Keep Getting Worse and Worse
Soccer Dad isn’t happy about the proposed swap of dead Israeli soldiers for a live Palestinian terrorist.
GW contrasts the Supreme Court’s Heller decision with the
Boumediene Kennedy v. Louisiana decision as examples of the application of originalism and activism, respectively. Regardless of my views of the merits of either case, I think they’re both examples of judicial overreach.
The Glittering Eye, The Rising Price of Oil: How High Is Up?
In my submission for this week I consider the reasons that oil prices are rising. I still think that fundamentals are the best explanation.
Bookworm Room, Surreal Logic *UPDATED*
Bookworm dissects Gen. Wesley Clark’s skepticism about the relevance of John McCain’s military experience to the presidency.
The Razor, Fireworks and the Nanny State
I’m not quite as concerned about the nanny statism of fireworks prohibitions as Scott apparently is. Basically, fireworks are explosives and they’re quite capable of damaging my property as well as that of the amateur who doesn’t know how to detonate them properly and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s enough reason that I’m glad their sale is banned where I live.
Hillbilly White Trash, Patriotism
I’m inclined to agree with LC’s post on patriotism.
Cheat Seeking Missiles, Witch Hunt For “Obama’s A Muslim” E-Mailer
Laer posts on the search for whoever did the mass e-mailing keeping the notion that Barack Obama is a Muslim up in the air.
FF notes that one of those who benefited directly from the oil-for-food program was Barack Obama’s acquaintance and connection Tony Rezko. I suspect that Rezko will be the gift that keeps on giving but not to Barack Obama but to our present (for the time being) governor.
The Education Wonks, Principal Confirms Kids Sipped Margaritas
I can confirm that, unlike the third, fourth, and fifth graders in the school in the story that EdWonk posts on this week, at my grade school we were not served Margaritas. I have no idea what the standards are in Virginia.
Rhymes With Right, Impeach Anthony Kennedy
Greg calls for the impeachment of Justice Kennedy on the basis of his decision in refusing the death penalty to a child rapist. I suspect that what the case reveals is that there are five anti-death penalty activists on the Supreme Court and the law doesn’t make a great deal of difference to them. I also think that, rather than impeaching the justice, we should amend the constitution to require a supermajority vote to overturn acts of the state or federal legislatures.
I’ve decided which posts I’ll vote for this week. Which posts would get your votes?