The Council Has Spoken! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Winners

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

Even taking into consideration the normal high level of quality in both the Council and Non-Council entries, this was a tough call with some exceptional pieces to choose from, and the close vote tallies reflect that, believe me!

An old saying…the coverup’s worse than the crime.

This week’s winner, The Independent Sentinel’s  False Benghazi Narrative Exposed, Bizarre Finger Pointing, a Leaderless White House is an excellent look at the Benghazi debacle and the White House attempt at a politically motivated coverup. Here’s a slice:

the wheel spins if you give it time

Did you really ever believe the movie trailer led to the Benghazi attacks? I googled anti-Mohammad videos on YouTube to see if the trailer was unique. It was not. I found hundreds of anti-Mohammad videos within minutes and I didn’t try very hard. So, why this video? There is no reason. It could have been any video. It wasn’t about the video.

Using the trailer as an excuse works for terrorists who want to keep President Obama in office but still launch an attack. The attackers at several of the embassies, including the one in Cairo, chanted, “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama,” giving a clear indication of who they were really angry with.

Did spiking the football at the DNC Convention have NOTHING to do with the attacks? The death of Osama bin Laden was glorified 21 times during the convention.
Benghazi was particularly horrific and we lost four lives:

  • Benghazi was different from the other attacks in that there was absolutely no evidence of a protest.
  • There were at least 48 attacks in Benghazi prior to the attack in which our four Americans died and a total of more than 230 attacks in Libya overall.
  • Libyan employees quit their jobs at the consulate in the months before the attack and told the Ambassador and other U.S. officials that a big attack was coming.
  • Within days of the attack, the Libyan guards said an attack was coming.
  • The Ambassador feared for his life and put it in a journal that had to be found by a CNN reporter because the FBI wasn’t at the consulate until October 3rd.
  • Charlene Lamb of the State Department testified under oath that she had real time communication with the consulate during their five hours of hell.
  • It was 9/11.
  • Lt. Col. Andrew Wood and Eric Nordstrom, security officials, pleaded for more security and were given less security.
  • After Benghazi, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama went on a blame the trailer tour and the director of the trailer, Nakoula Basseley Nikoula, has been jailed without remand on an old probation beef. Clinton and Obama even appeared in apology ads that played in Pakistan and which led to the government giving Pakistanis the day off to riot against the U.S.
  • Because of the lack of adequate security and an inadequate facility, high level intelligence documents went missing along with weapons and equipment belonging to the Brits.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Lara Logan with ‘We’re Being Lied to’ submitted by Joshuapundit. It’s a video of a speech the veteran foreign correspondent gave to an organization of journalists, politicians and influential academics as the Keynote speaker for the Foundation of Good Government in Chicago in which she details what’s really going on in AfPak and the Middle East, how the American people are being lied to by Washington and how it’s a threat to our way of life.Highly recommended, it’s twenty minutes that could change your perspective.

I’d also like to especially direct your attention to The Mellow Jihadi’s piece this week, Major Andrew Olmsted: Blogger, American Hero. To those of us whom remember Major Olmstead’s time on the Watcher’s Council, being deprived of his friendship, his warmth, and his rare sense of humor is a loss we feel to this day. I’ll never forget his wisecrack upon being deployed; “Hey, Iraq must be in worse shape than I thought if they’re sending me!”

RIP Major Olmstead..and rest assured you are not forgotten by those whom had the privilege of knowing you for an all too brief time.

OK, here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Post Debate Edition

 

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

This week’s contest is dedicated to Mitt Romney, for grace under pressure and for coming out on top in a two on one.

Council News:

This week, Right Truth , Maggie’s Notebook and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category, and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Watcher’s Forum: What Effect Did The Vice Presidential Debate Have On The Election?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day. This week’s question: What effect if any do you think last week’s vice presidential debate had on the election?

The Independent Sentinel:None, but it does paint the Obama-Biden ticket as condescending, arrogant, and dishonest. They are willing to blame anybody for their failures – Biden threw the CIA under the campaign bus last night.

Some think Biden was setting the stage for a more aggressive Obama. To me. It gave Romney more ammo for the next debate.Ryan looked presidential but Biden was frighteningly not.

The Razor: Given that far fewer people watched this debate compared to the one four years ago, I’d say very little. While I’ve always thought Biden was a buffoon, especially when I was one of his constituents in Delaware, his antics only confirmed my belief. I kept on waiting for him to shake his fist at Paul Ryan and yell, “Damn kids! Get off my lawn!” It did raise my opinion of Paul Ryan though. I’d really like to see him in the Oval Office someday.

JoshuaPundit:To answer the question directly, yes,but a very subtle one that could turn out to be bigger than thought.

Both men entered the arena with a certain task in mind. Chuckles the Clown’s main task was to re-energize the Democrat’s far left base. Paul Ryan’s main task was to present himself is such a way as to destroy the ‘pushing granny off the cliff’ caricature of him the Obama Campaign has spent millions pushing.

Both men achieved what they set out to do. However, Biden achieved a few other things as well.

Those whom watched the debate saw someone a heartbeat away from the presidency acting in such a bizarre, over the top manner that I guarantee that it turned off independents and ‘soft’ Obama supporters and made many of them think twice about whom they were voting for. It’s anecdotal, but the majority of women I spoke to or whose responses I read about were particularly affected, and in close battleground states that could make a difference.

Another thing Biden achieved was to stick his foot in his mouth over Benghazi and claim the White House never received any intel from State on Benghazi. This alienated the Clintons when the White House had to cover for Biden and the president and openly blame the State Department Mrs. Clinton runs for the fiasco.

The Clintons are reportedly furious because tying Benghazi to Mrs. Clinton affects her chances for running in 2016. After President Obama tossed Hillary Clinton under the bus in this fashion I doubt Mr. Bill is planning on doing any more major campaigning for the president. Again, a subtle effect, but one that might mean something in a close race with an election only a few weeks away.

The Noisy Room:I think it will have a minimal effect on the election. Having said that, it did highlight the crass, political tactics of the left and for those who fact check, it shows a profound penchant for lying. It highlighted the bias of the media as well in favor of the Democrats and the left’s Progressive agenda.

I believe last night’s debate will drive women away from the Democrat camp and toward Romney’s side. What was showcased was a blatant rudeness, a gleeful disconnection — bordering on psycho-something-or-other — with the constant inappropriate laughter, the gesticulation and the endless smarmy interruptions. Those whose personal emphasis lies more with style and “character,” as opposed to the “political wonk” crowd, will be turned off by Biden’s conduct. Ryan scored a major win with Independents and they will visibly swing towards the Romney camp now.

Biden was a brazen ass. For the women in the audience, they will have seen a young, polished, respectful and well spoken man facing a boorish, bombastic, even desperate has-been who couldn’t compete on actual facts and on the record. Biden was therefore compelled to just be nasty and condescending, liberally using smirking and eye rolling gestures to make up for lack of substance. Anyone who, until now, had been favorably inclined toward “Uncle Joe” will have seen him replaced by the crazy uncle you avoid inviting to family functions because he’s simply an embarrassment a minute. To summarize, I think the debate simply added to the Romney momentum, regardless of how the left spins it.

 Bookworm Room:I do not believe that the Vice-Presidential debate will change minds amongst the diehards on one side or the other. However, I do think that, amongst independents, Biden’s brazen attempt to use buffoonery and bullying to avoid providing any substantive answers will backfire amongst independents and true undecideds. Lastly, I think a lot of women were turned off by the fact that Biden represented the worst kind of old fashioned male verbal bullies. I’m no shrinking violet, but I’ve certainly been on the receiving end of men like that, and I don’t like it.

 Well, there you have it.

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Winners

 

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

A close contest this week, with ties in both  the Council and Non-Council category, so I had to really earn my munificent Salary as Watcher this week!

In the Council category, the tie was between Joshuapundit’s Why Obama Got His Clock Cleaned Last Night,my examination of last week’s presidential debate and Bookworm Room’s The girl’s guide to visiting the USS Makin Island, a truly amusing, sparkling account of her visit to one of our naval vessels as a speech she gave as part of her duties with the Navy League.
 

In accordance with our bylaws in these matters, I was more than happy to break the tie to declare Bookworm Room’s The girl’s guide to visiting the USS Makin Island this week’s winner. Here’s a slice:

Courtesy of the Navy League, today I boarded the USS Makin Island as an official ship’s greeter.  My visit was a bit more fraught than past experiences have been, so I thought I’d walk you through the girl’s guide to visiting the USS Makin Island, starting with pre-visit preparations:

  1. Review boarding instructions at last-minute and realize that I’m supposed to wear “slacks.”  Who the heck has slacks?  I live in jeans, either blue or black.  Burrow through closet and discover antique pair of bland brown slacks.
  2. Breath sigh of relief that slacks still zip.  I vow not to do any inhaling for the rest of the day, lest the slacks become rebellious.
  3. New problem:  After a harried search for the sole, and ancient, pair of brown shoes I own, I find that they are scratched and dirty.  This is bad.  Worse is that I have no shoe polish.  A frantic hunt for something oily to help liven up the leather yields only Tea Tree oil.  Did you know that if you polish your shoes with Tea Tree oil you go around the rest of the day smelling like disinfectant?  I know that now.
  4. Leave house in order to arrive at Pier 80 (in the southern-most part of the City) by 2:30, since the last, best word is that I should be there at 3:00.  I figure a half-hour of wiggle room is a good thing.
  5. Halfway to Pier 80, I get a timely telephone call telling me that the USS Makin Island is actually going to be at Pier 30/32.  Under these circumstances, San Francisco’s maze of one way streets becomes the enemy.
  6. Arrive at Pier 30/32 at 2:30, blithely assuming that I’ll be on board by 3:00.  Hah!  But more on that later.
  7. Learn that, because of snafu, while I am approved for entry onto the pier, my car is not.  I begin the hunt for San Francisco street parking.  Rather to my surprise, I find a spot only a block away, a distance even my dodgy knee can tolerate.  I spend a few minutes struggling with the new-fangled ticket machine, which charges me a hefty $12 for four hours of street parking.  Four hours should be enough, right?
  8. Arrive at pier, and saunter self-consciously across a vast parking lot and staging area, which is empty but for a handful of people who clearly belong there, including five spit-and-polished Marines.   Here’s a picture of that vast space: 
  9.  
  10. With feigned coolness, because I’m neurotically certain that everyone there is staring at me, I casually seat myself on one of the comfortable-looking, bright orange security barriers.
  11. Learn the hard way, when my weight compresses the barrier on which I’ve seated myself, that said barriers are filled with water.

Read the rest, it gets even better.

In our non-Council category, the tie was between Monkey In The Middle’s  Muslim Persecution of Christians: August, 2012 submitted by Simply Jews an account of the Religion of Peace’s tolerance and acceptance of Christians during just one month, a story the dinosaur media largely isn’t bothering to report and Michael J. Totten’s  The Most Overrated Intellectual In The World submitted by The Glittering Eye, a trenchant look at Islamist Tariq Ramadan, a stealth jihadi quite popular in parts of western academia.

Tough, tough choice…but I opted for Monkey and the Middle largely because the piece’s simplicity says volumes about how the west deceives itself.But both pieces will well reward your attention. In fact, I could say that about everything that appears week in and weekout on the Watcher’s Council’s nominations and results pages.

OK, here we go….this week’s full results. The Right Planet and The Independent Sentinel were unable to vote this week, but neither was subject to the mandatory 2/3 vote penalty.:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited guests takes apart one of the provocative issues of the day and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it.And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

This Week’s Watcher’s Council Nominations – Paul Ryan Edition

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

Less than 30 days to go before an election that will change the country for good or ill. Less than 30 days to see whether America chooses to reclaim it’s greatness or wallow in misery and dependency. Less than 30 days.

This Thursday, we’re going to see a perfect example of the choice at hand when Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan steps into the arena against incumbent VP Joe Biden.

On the one hand, a young heir to Reagan’s Revolution, on the other, a symbol of everything wrong with Washington and our politics – a lifelong politician, an entrenched wart on the body politic who’s been wrong on almost every major public question, a fixer and an enabler of the worst sort of crony politics.

The pressure on Ryan will be intense. It’s his first time debating on the national stage, and after last week’s debacle by the president against Mitt Romney, the compliant Obama Media will be looking for any excuse, even a single slip to zero in on and declare Biden the winner.

On the other hand, Joe Biden can mouth the most ridiculous and ignorant statements and wallow in gaffes and if they’re even mentioned by most of the media, it will be with an indulgent chuckle and an ‘oh, that’s just Joe.’

The moderator, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, is a left leaning Democrat who will be under intense pressure from her peers to assist Biden and ‘fact check and challenge Ryan’ in order to avoid the beat down Jim Lehrer received after the first presidential debate for behaving like a moderator instead of an ally to the president.

Yet with all that, my money’s on the rookie.Because not only does he have the smarts and the talent, he has facts and the tide of history on his side, as he shows here:

Fewer people will likely watch this debate than the one last week in Denver between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but this one is worth paying attention to because of what it symbolizes for America’s future…a choice between a chance at redemption and a move towards our Founder’s principles versus a further wallowing along a corrupt and discredited path.

We’ll know in about a month which future we’ve chosen.

This week’s contest is dedicated to Paul Ryan..and to America’s future.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove and Against All Enemies took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some excellent pieces they submitted.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then just return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, without further ado, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!