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.

Joshuapundit, “Israel Capitulates”

Freedom Fighter is livid at the outcome of the Gaza War, which has turned out much as I suspected it would.

Rhymes With Right, “And Where Does He Get His Life Back?”

Greg comments on the case of a male teacher acquitted of sexually assaulting a young woman. I don’t know the particulars of the case and there isn’t enough information in the news article Greg cites to make a determination but, assuming that the case can stand up to a preponderance of the evidence standard, e.g. it can’t be proven that the girl lied, while he can’t get his life back he can sue the girl, her parents, the school system, and probably law enforcement. As a taxpayer I don’t find that a particularly satisfying outcome and there must be a better way of handling these cases.

The Glittering Eye, “Fallacy of Composition”

My submission for this week is mostly an exploration of the commonsensical observation about the financial crisis we’re in that it’s darned hard to deal with the problems you’ve actually got if all of your time is taken up dealing with problems you don’t have.

The Razor, “Seeds of Destruction”

Scott points to the seeds of destruction within the Democratic Party but he’s flat out wrong in one particular. Greed isn’t a problem of Democrats or capitalists. It’s a human problem.

Mere Rhetoric, “I’m Going To Miss Westminster Abbey – Britain Hands Itself Over To Radical Islam, Blames Israel ”

Omri is convinced that the Brits are knuckling under to their radical Islamist citizens.

The Colossus of Rhodey, “The entertainment of moral ambiguity”

I don’t have much to add to Hube’s critique of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica than to point out that an inability to make distinctions among categories of evil is an inability to distinguish between good and evil.

Bookworm Room, “The Inspirational President”

I think that I may be able to help Bookworm out on this one. It’s been my experience that left-leaning folks tend to value symbolic action more than right-leaning folks do. I don’t know why that might be but it’s certainly been my experience.

Soccer Dad, “Teaching Thomas”

Soccer Dad fisks a column of Tom Friedman’s. Just as an aside Augustine, who invented the concept of a just war, taught that punitive expeditions could be just. Merely an observation.

Cheat-Seeking Missiles, “U.N. Complicity Behind Shelling of its Compound”

Laer comments on the reports that Hamas was firing from the UN school shelled by the Israelis, suggesting that UN officials were aware of the use.

Right Truth, “Obama, he’s only human”

Debbie isn’t happy with the cult of personality surrounding Barack Obama. I’m willing to cut Obama’s enthusiastic supporters a little slack. For a while.

The Provocateur, “The Insider Story of ACORN”

In an excellent post Mike explains ACORN. Frankly, I oppose using tax dollars to support NGO’s whether the NGO is the Red Cross or ACORN. There’s just too much opportunity for various forms of corruption and abuse.

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

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