Forum: What’s Your Favorite Sport, And Your Least Favorite? Why?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What’s Your Favorite Sport, And Your Least Favorite? Why?

The Colossus of Rhodey :My favorite sport to watch by far is professional football. I’ve been a Rams fans since 1972 (when I was seven), and they remain the ONLY team I truly care about. When they won Super Bowl 34, I actually cried. And when they lost Super Bowl 36, I cried again (because they were actually a much better team than the SB 34 crew, but stupid Mike Martz, dammit!).

My current favorite sport to play is golf. But back in the day, when I was a lad, it was basketball. Up until my late 20s, I routinely played b-ball with my buddies at local parks and gyms until we were completely exhausted.

My least favorite sport to watch professional basketball. I used to love it back in the day (was a huge 76ers fan when Dr. J and Moses Malone brought home the championship), but now it’s home to selfish hot dogs who can’t play defense and who care only about the ESPN highlight reel on offense.

 The Independent Sentinel : My favorite sport is nothing and my least favorite is everything. I’d rather watch old movies or play my guitar.

 JoshuaPundit: I rarely watch sports, but when I do I tend to be interested in sports I participated in and/or fancy I know a little something about. So the ones I can watch for awhile without boredom tend to be limited to baseball, soccer (my letter in High School), boxing  some of the other martial arts or some of the more esoteric games like Lacrosse, Hurling or Aussie Rules..which I know very little about but have their entertaining aspects. I mean, watching 15 Irishmen on each side armed with ash sticks trying to hit a small ball and do each other in? Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

My favorite above all is baseball. Ever since I played it as a kid, I’ve always been attracted to the  zen aspect of it (something is always going on behind the scenes and people succeed or fail  by inches, literally) and the high degree of skill involved. It’s the only sport I can think of offhand where someone who fails seven times out of ten is considered successful, and I even appreciate the rise and fall of tension and release in the game.I don’t have a particular team I root for or follow, I just enjoy watching  the game. My favorite games, of course,  were watching my daughter play Blue Star Baseball and AYSO soccer as a child. She had the fury and the tools, I tell you!

Least favorite? Roundball. Basketball has always bored me silly.

Laura Rambeau Lee of Right Reason : I have never been one to watch team sports. The one sport I always look forward to watching is figure skating. I am captivated by the strength of the male skaters, the grace of the female skaters, and the synchronicity and mesmerizing beauty of the pair skaters. My least favorite sport? Golf. Enough said.

David Gerstmann :Growing up my favorite sport was baseball. From when we moved to Baltimore until I was a young adult the Orioles were always good. So it was fun to root for them. Plus, I could play baseball or softball with my peers.I’d never be the first pick in any game, but I could field well and get on base, so I wasn’t the last pick either.

But from 1986 to 2012, with the exception of six good years during the 1990′s the Orioles stunk. So baseball stopped being of such interest. (Though the Orioles’ performance since 2012 has certainly rekindled interest in the sport!)

However lately, football has become my favorite sport to watch. I can watch it with my sons. The Ravens have been good, so their games are usually worth watching. Also, I appreciate the game a lot more than I used to for some reason.

The highlight of watching football was probably two years ago when I watched the end of the Raven / Broncos playoff game two years ago. With less than a minute left Joe Flacco hit Jacoby Jones for a 70 yard touchdown. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a better play.

As great as the play was though, what was even better was rooting on the team shouting with my son as the Ravens came back to force the game into overtime.

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Baseball baby! Love watching it or playing it!

Methinks it’s acause in the field – an opposing player faces a team. At bat – it’s time for individual achievement. From some gangster movie i think…

Ask Marion : If you consider commercial dance a sport, and more and more people do, then that would be my favorite sport. The physicality and wide range of abilities required of commercial dancers is amazing. Commercial dancers can and do perform and compete in all styles of dancing from ballet to hiphop and everything in-between. With my daughter having been a commercial dancer, I spent many years in that world.

But if we are looking at the more traditionally accepted sports, then as a participant, my vote goes to downhill snow skiing. It is fun, challenging and you are surrounded by beauty. My dad was ski champion is Austria in his youth and the love for the sport seemed to be passed to me naturally, although I was never exceptional; a terminal intermediate I always say.

As for being a spectator, my husband is a fanatical sports fan; played both football and baseball and was a competitive swimmer. He loves everything, so something is always playing in the background at our house. As for me, ice hockey is my favorite spectator sport. It is exciting, fast moving and I love when the gloves hit the ice. No wimps in ice hockey!!

My least favorite sport is basketball and I can’t even tell you why. It just bores me.

  Well, there you have it.

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

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

“If I have learned one thing from life, it is that race is the engine that drives the political Left. When all else fails, that segment of America goes to the default position of using race to achieve its objectives. In the courtrooms, on college campuses, and, most especially, in our politics, race is a central theme. Where it does not naturally rise to the surface, there are those who will manufacture and amplify it.” – Ward Connerly

“..Liberals see racism where it doesn’t exist, fabricate it when they can’t find it and ignore it within their own ranks.” - Michelle Malkin

“Since neither black animosity nor the Left’s falsehood of “racial tensions” is based on the actual behavior of the vast majority of white Americans, nothing white America can do will affect the perceptions of many black Americans or of the leftist libel.” - Dennis Prager

 

This week’s winner,Joshuapundit’s Blackgammon: Eric Holder Plays the Game in Ferguson is my contention that the Obama Administration’s obsession with the Michael Brown shooting has little to do with  justice, civil rights, or ultimately even with Michael Brown himself. Here’s a slice:

Backgammon, on the surface, is a pretty straight forward game. You roll the dice and move your pieces. But beneath that seeming openness are hidden strategies that may only reveal themselves later.

Today, Eric Holder traveled in person to Ferguson, Missouri, where the Aug. 9 shooting of black teen& Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during an altercation has sparked massive violence, looting, protests and media coverage.

Holder’s version of the game was revealed as he made his moves today in Ferguson.Ostensibly he was there to oversee the massive Federal investigation of the Brown shooting with the goal of trying to arraign Officer Darren Williams on civil rights charges should the St. Louis County Grand jury fail to charge him with murder ala’ George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. But this was essentially a campaign stop at government expense.

Read his remarks here and note the parts I’ve emphasized:

“I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man,” Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. “I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. … ‘Let me search your car’ … Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.”

“The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now,” Holder told a group of community leaders assembled at a local community college. “The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson.”

Let’s translate this, shall we?

“See Y’all, I’m black just like you are and that comes first before anything. So I understand your totally justified rage and anger against the white power structure. It’s them that are on trial, not just a police officer although he’ll do as a symbol of everything you feel whitey and the police have done to you over the years.That white power structure, you know, those white Republican Tea Partyers have always oppressed you,and this is just the latest outrage. I understand that, and that police officer looks just like them so they’re going to try to protect him. But since we’re in charge, we’re going to do our very best to see that you get what you want. Because remember, I’m black and I look like you and so does the president, so you all need to vote Democrat in November to make sure we stay in charge.”

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was former AP Middle East correspondent Matti Friedman writing in Tablet magazine with An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth submitted by Joshuapundit submitted by Joshuapundit. The ‘most important story on earth’ is Friedman’s satirical way of referring to media coverage of Israel, and he gives you an insider’s view of exactly how this story is twisted, propagandized and misrepresented by the media..and more importantly, why. Some of the reasons will astound you.

ANNOUNCEMENT:Starting next week, the Watcher’s Council is adding an exciting new feature!

Every Tuesday, the members of the Council will nominate a Weasel of the Week..some public figure who merits special singling out for ignominy, stupidity, cowardice, corruption or just a particularly evil deed. The Council members will provide a short explanation for their choices, and the nominations and explanations on why each choice is worthy of being singled out for special attention will appear Tuesday morning.

We’ll vote, (we’re working on making this public so you can weigh in) and every Thursday the winner of our own special Mark of Shame, The Weasel of the Week will be highlighted in all his or her putrid, despicable glory. Who will it be?

Don’t miss it!

OK, here are this week’s full results. Both GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD and The Razor were unable to vote this week, but neither were subject to the usual 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 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 on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Accountability Edition

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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 morning.

Council News:

This week, The MidKnight Review, The Political Commentator, Seraphic Secret and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it 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 return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on 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, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Forum: What Do You Think The Grand Jury Will Decide In The Michael Brown Shooting? Why?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Do You Think The Grand Jury Will Decide In The Michael Brown Shooting? Why?

Simply Jews : I can’t weigh in with an informed opinion, but, judging by the previous cases, the Grand Jury may very well pass the whole to a trial. This, if Frontpage is to be believed (and sometimes it does go overboard, unfortunately) is not a good sign.

But let the justice (or, rather, law) do its thing…

Bookworm Room :I hate to say this, but I think it depends on the jury’s racial composition. I can’t say what a majority white jury would do, because I don’t have the evidence before me. However, sadly, I have no doubt whatsoever that a majority black grand jury would issue an indictment for first degree murder.

This leads me to a different issue. Back in 1939, when Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman to win an Oscar for best supporting actress as Mammy in Gone With The Wind, she made a brief speech:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests: This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting me for one of their awards, for your kindness. It has made me feel very, very humble; and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything that I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel, and may I say thank you and God bless you.

It later turned out that the studio wrote those words for McDaniel, especially the bit about her sincere “hope I shall always be a credit to my race,” a line that deeply humiliated her.

I can understand McDaniel’s humiliation about having any words put in her mouth, especially words that emphasized her race, but I’ve never found the notion of being a credit to ones race distasteful. Perhaps that’s because I’m Jewish, and we Jews, like the blacks, have always been the “other” race.

What one Jew does always has the potential to be a negative stereotype applied to all people. Thus, I found Bernie Madoff’s frauds disgusting, because they destroyed people’s livelihoods, but I also found them embarrassing because, as a Jew, I hate it when a fellow Jew feeds into a negative Jewish stereotype.

One of the things I find so incomprehensible about modern American blacks is that they do not impose standards on their fellow blacks. There is no expectation of a self-correcting mechanism. If you’re a black who does bad things, you’re not someone who brings shame on the black community. You are, instead, just another victim, along with the black teens you’ve killed, the Korean or Indian store owners you robbed and pistol whipped, and the whites you injured or murdered in a “knock out” game. The black community, rather than denouncing a drugged out, weaponed up, murderous black teen as a disgrace to the race is embraced and has his image printed on t-shirts.

Thinking about it, what I’ve just said isn’t a different issue at all. It explains why I’m certain that a majority- or all-black grand jury would indict the Ferguson police officer in the blink of an eye. As far as they’re concerned, blacks are always the victims no matter how degraded or violent their behavior. And if it’s always someone else’s fault, an indictment against whichever “someone else” happens to be available is a no-brainer. Racial pride, rather than bringing with it high standards, means no standards whatsoever.

 The Right Planet :I don’t have a real great track record concerning predictions on the outcomes of judicial matters, nor am I much of an authority on such matters. With that being said, I’ve read numerous articles that seem to focus solely on the racial makeup of the grand jury. I would hope the focus would be on getting at the truth on just what happened during the confrontation between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. But, that’s just “hope.” I’m not holding my breath, especially considering the top law enforcement official in the land, Attorney General Eric Holder, has been quoted as saying “change is coming.” What does that mean?

My biggest beef in this whole Ferguson affair is hearing people like Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, et al., say they will pursue a “vigorous prosecution” of Darren Wilson, as opposed to a vigorous investigation. It amazes me how many on the left-side of the political spectrum demand we read Miranda rights and provide due process to known and suspected terrorists, yet the officer involved in the Michael Brown case has already been tried in the court of public opinion, and has essentially been given a “death sentence.” No due process for Officer Wilson. He’s been found guilty until proven innocent. And even if Darren Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing in the Michael Brown shooting, I doubt it would make any difference to those who believe that Wilson is a “racist white pig” who ruthlessly “executed” a young black man walking in the street.

So, what’s my prediction? Based on the facts as they stand now, or lack thereof, I would predict Darren Wilson would be cleared of any charges of “police brutality” that was solely fueled by “racial animus.” But I tend to be a bit on the logical side, which means I’ll probably be wrong concerning the ultimate decision and findings by the grand jury.

The Independent Sentinel: If the lynch mob has anything to say, Officer Wilson will go to jail for life without any further evidence. There will be a trial for political reasons regardless of what the evidence shows. There is too little information right now to guess either way, but I have faith in the criminal justice system and in the jury. Most will do the right thing.

JoshuaPundit: In a sense, it doesn’t matter what the Grand Jury decides. There’s an old, sorta silly  ’70′s movie called Billy Jack in which the heroine, a young school teacher, gets gang raped by some local thugs. One of her students who sees  the end of her ordeal and comes down to untie the teacher urges her to report it, telling her ‘you can’t let them get away with this.’ The teacher’s response? ‘They already have.’

No matter what the Grand Jury decides, unless he’s an extraordinarily strong person Darren Wilson’s life is crap from now on..just like George Zimmerman’s, Bernie Goetz,  Steven Pagones and a number of other people who have, shall we say, had life changing interactions on the wrong side of political correctness. The quest for the Great White Defendant never ends.

The Grand Jury? I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take the path of least resistance and come up with something to take this to trial. Remember, it’s other  people’s money they’re spending, not theirs. Ironically enough, I think the fact that reportedly only three of the jurors are black increases the chances, since none of the non-black jurors, the politicians or the prosecutor will want to be labeled ra-aaa-a-cists.

The big problem here when  it’s trial time  for the prosecution  is that The ‘Gentle Giant’, Michael Brown  clearly assaulted a police officer fairly forcefully. That gives the defense a  large amount of leeway.

Another point worth  considering is that the game that’s being played here really has nothing to do with Michael Brown, or ‘murder’, or civil rights, or the police. It’s not even about convicting Darren Wilson of anything, really. It’s about something very, very different.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason: On August 9th,2014, 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Two weeks later, despite unrelenting media coverage, this is still the only fact we know.

The tension in this community between its predominantly black population and the predominantly white Ferguson police department appears to have been simmering for a longtime. The usual race baiters arrived on the scene expressing outrage at the “execution” of this gentle giant by the police officer and demanding justice. While they say they want peace and justice, the only justice that will satisfy them is the conviction of police officer Darren Wilson.

The entire country, in fact the entire world, looks on as America’s ongoing struggles with racism take the forefront in the tragic shooting death of a young black man by a white police officer.

Not only have the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton inserted themselves and their divisive rhetoric into this volatile environment. President Obama actually took time from his vacation to make a statement, expressing his and Michelle’s condolences to Brown’s family over the heartbreaking death of their son. Attorney General Eric Holder and his very selective Department of Justice determined this to be a case worthy of investigation, conducting a dual investigation along with local officials. His words to the black community expressing his personal experiences with racism and racial profiling tip the scales of justice towards a bias that should cause great concern to every American. The FBI launched a civil rights investigation, putting more than 40 agents on the ground in Ferguson.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for a complete and fair investigation, justice for the Brown family, and also vigorous prosecution of the case.

Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal called for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorne yBob McCulloch to be replaced by a special prosecutor believing he cannot possibly be impartial because of his ties to law enforcement and the fact tha this police officer father was killed by a black man. She has also said if there is not a conviction, to “be prepared for the entire city to have looting.”

Governor Nixon(D), Attorney General Eric Holder (D), and Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D),along with the Revs. Jackson and Sharpton, have pre-determined the guilt of police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.

The decision to prosecute the police officer will be political, because when it comes to issues of race, Eric Holder is right. We are a nation of cowards. As long as insisting that justice be based on facts and evidence alone is deemed racist,as long as we allow the race baiters to continue to pick at old wounds and not allow for healing, as long as people continue to threaten violence if “justice”does not go their way, America will continue to be divided by the progressive politics of race.

Ask Marion : I would like to believe that our legal system works and that both Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson involved and Michael Brown will get a an impartial fair shot at justice based on the facts heard by 12-impaneled Grand Jurors , who are all U.S. citizens and residents of St. Louis County, are all at least 21-years-old and who have not served on a grand jury in the past 10 years.

Such a grand jury began hearing evidence in St. Louis County on Wednesday August 20th in the death of Michael Brown, who was shot August 9th by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson.

Grand juries decide “whether a crime was committed and whether there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed it.” If so, the grand jury can issue an indictment, which is a formal charging document.

In this case, the grand jury will decide whether or not to indict Officer Wilson, who fatally shot Brown. They will consider a range of charges, from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter To issue an indictment, at least nine members of the 12-person panel must agree to do so.

With the pressure from the White House through Eric Holder who visited Ferguson in person as well as from the community, and considering the amount of media spin, all of whom seem less than focused on the facts, it will take a lot of courage and integrity on the part of the jury to weigh the evidence and make a decision based on that evidence alone. The Progressives who back or are part of the media and the Obama administration are already laying the groundwork for the next round of riots in Ferguson, Missouri, now that a grand jury has been convened.

But I am putting my belief in the American judicial system and the 12-Americans who are serving on that Grand Jury and praying that I’m right; for if we can’t believe in that we really are doomed.

  Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it.

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

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

“This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“In keeping people straight, principle is not as powerful as a policeman.” - Abel Hermant, Le Bourgeois, 1906

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” - Muhammad Ali

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This week’s winner, The Right Planet’s #Ferguson: Facts Don’t Matter Anymore is an excellent rundown on the Michael Brown shooting and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Missouri by someone fairly close to the action. Here’s a slice:

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Facts and details are starting to leak out concerning the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri—albeit slowly. But facts don’t seem to matter anymore in our idiocracy, i.e. mobocracy. If they did, I doubt Ferguson would be in flames right now. But I digress.

Earlier this week, I was listening to a caller on the Dana Loesch radio show who allegedly had spoken with the spouse of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson—the officer who shot Michael Brown. The caller claimed Michael Brown became involved in an altercation with Officer Darren Wilson, and even tried to take his gun—which allegedly went off during the struggle. The caller also stated Brown bum-rushed the police officer.

Additionally, an audio of some alleged eyewitnesses to the lethal shooting of Michael Brown has recently come out and seems to corroborate the details provided by the caller on Dana Loesch’s radio show.

Here’s the audio from both sources (hat tip: Representative Press):

Now, an autopsy report published in the New York Times seems to corroborate the two aforementioned sources, showing Michael Brown was shot from the front, not the back, as is alleged by some who claim Officer Darren Wilson mercilessly “executed” Michael Brown simply because he was black.

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The notion Michael Brown was simply an innocent 18-year-old “child” who was ruthlessly “executed” by a “trigger-happy, racist white pig” was brought into question when surveillance video appeared to show Michael Brown committing a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store, roughing up the store’s owner and brazenly walking off with approximately $50 worth of Swisher Sweets cigars in the process.

The suspect in the video shoving the store’s proprietor is wearing the exact same clothes and shoes as Michael Brown, and matches Brown’s physical description, when he was shot.

I’m sorry, for the doubters out there, if that isn’t Michael Brown, my name is Barack Obama. Michael Brown was no “child”; he was a young man who stood 6’4″ tall and weighed 292 pounds, and he apparently had an attitude to boot.

Despite these important details that are now starting to come out, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, has been plunged into utter chaos and mayhem for the past week. Last night, the situation in Ferguson escalated to a point where Missouri Governor Jay Nixon felt it necessary to call in the National Guard.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

Traffic opened again in downtown Ferguson along West Florissant Avenue, the center of an hourslong running battle between heavily armed police and hundreds of protesters Sunday evening that started at about 8:30 p.m. Police said Molotov cocktails thrown at them, as well as shootings throughout the neighborhood, forced them to respond with smoke devices and tear-gas canisters.

Before anything was really known about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown, a throng of “outside agitators” flocked to Ferguson to inflame an already volatile situation—namely, the main-stream media, who apparently seems hellbent on creating even more racial strife by stirring the pot and fanning the flames. This is what “social justice” looks like, and it has nothing to do with the rule of law, but it has everything to do with furthering a cynical political agenda.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner by a nose was Kurt Schlichter with The GOP Needs to Return to a “Feared By Our Enemies” Foreign Policy submitted by Joshuapundit. I nominated this, quite simply, because it’s one of the best short capsulizations of what I think America’s foreign policy direction ought to be that I’ve read in quite some time. Short, sweet and simply superb.

Okay, let’s get to 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 on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Drunk And Out Of Line Edition

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Ethics, you know…after all, if a DA can’t try and use her position to muscle herself out of a DUI,who can?

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 morning.

Council News:

The Council In Action!!

Terresa at The Noisy Room scored when her entry this week, Communists and the New Black Panthers Gin Up Violence and Racial Conflict in Ferguson was cited by DC Clothesline and Infowars…where it subsequently got picked up by Drudge!

This week, Blazing Cat Fur, The Political Commentatorand Gates Of Vienna earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it 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 return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on 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, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Forum: What Is Your Reaction To Recent Events In Ferguson, Missouri?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:  What Is Your Reaction To Recent  Events In Ferguson Missouri?

 The Razor : I think Michael Brown may have had some kind of altercation with the police. I think the police overreacted due to inexperience and lack of professionalism. St. Louis county is riddled with municipalities with their own police forces and few compare in terms of professionalism and quality to the larger St. Louis County, St. Louis City or Missouri State Trooper forces. Municipality cops might know how to hand out a speeding ticket, but that’s about it.

American police forces have become militarized in ways that were predicted in dystopian science fiction movies of the 1970s and 1980s yet at the same time American society has grown less violent and the need for such militarization is disappearing.. Seeing the weaponry on display in Ferguson I have to ask why one needs fully automatic high caliber weapons in an urban setting? Do they plan on killing the target as well as 8 or 9 people behind him? Such weapons may make sense when facing the Taliban across a valley in Afghanistan, less so when facing unarmed Americans across a suburban street.

To be brutally honest the rioting and other reaction on display in Ferguson doesn’t concern me. Nothing much ever comes of that. What really disturbs me is the militarized police on display there and the “heavy footprint” the law leaves on society. In his piece in Time Sen. Rand Paul quoted a former member of the 82nd Airborne who said “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone.” In two generations we have gone from outgunned cops in inner city warzones to cops who view society as a warzone and act accordingly. We need to pull them back and re-engage them in their mission to watch over the people, not watch the people.

The Noisy Room :There have been and always will be riots and unrest. In a Progressive area such as Ferguson, with the entitlement mentality, poverty and want brought on by Democratic/Marxist policies, I am not surprised that these events happen. It’s disturbing to me that the media paints Michael Brown as some innocent teen who was executed by the state — a la Trayvon Martin, as the Rev. Jesse Jackson (race hustler extraordinaire), puts it. Brown was a very big boy and by all accounts he had just finished robbing a QuikTrip store. He towered over the clerk there and in a video, it showed him lifting and shaking the poor man before shoving him away after robbing the store. We can thank our lucky stars he wasn’t armed, or that clerk would probably be dead and maybe the cops would be too. We don’t have all the details yet and I don’t know if the cops did what they had to do to protect themselves. I suspect they did — a gun is not the only weapon to fear and like I said, Brown was a big, big guy with a bad attitude. The media can call him a teenager – at 18, he looked more like a truck and certainly had the stature of a man.

I do know that Obama, Holder and the DOJ are attempting to cover up evidence and manipulate the whole affair into race riots. They have lots of help from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, as well as the New Black Panthers and the lapdog media. These people truly want violence in the streets so they can further their agendas. A curfew has now been called due to violence and we are one small step from martial law being declared. I can see Obama rubbing his hands in gleeful anticipation of such an event.

However, my attention is riveted on the militarization of the police.

As awful as the shootings and the senseless waste of life is, the underlying story lies with the police force itself in my eyes. Business Insider has a great piece up on the militarization of the Ferguson police force and it is sobering and frightening.

This is the evil gift of Obama’s governmental control fetish. He has facilitated police forces whose attire is fashioned after the US Marine Corps MARPAT camouflage pattern. If there were not police force patches on the arms, you would swear the US military was descending. These departments have been armed just like the military in preparedness for standing against regular American citizens. Now, I understand calling out all you’ve got to stop riots, but this is ridiculous and deadly.

In fact, these officers are more geared up than the military forces on the ground in various combat arenas. MRAPs and Bearcats — armored vehicles that can withstand IEDs and severe attacks from insurgents hardly seem everyday fare for taking on American unrest. Why are we arming more heavily to confront our own than enemies in war? Please tell me, because I sincerely want to know. There is no good reason, except to control and intimidate the American people.
Officers are brandishing short-barreled 5.56-mm rifles based on the military M4 carbine, with scopes that can accurately hit a target out to 500 meters. On their side they carry pistols. On their front, over their body armor, they carry at least four to six extra magazines, loaded with 30 rounds each. And these guys have attitude to match. “Bring it. You f*cking animals, bring it,” one police officer was caught on video telling protesters.

Not very professional conduct on the officer’s part and not how I choose to remember the men in blue who I have looked up to my whole life. I’m not sure when all of this morphed into the police turning into Obama’s new army. ‘Protect and serve’ has now become ‘us vs. them.’ Ferguson is not a war zone, at least not yet. Americans are supposed to have Constitutional rights and be innocent till proven guilty. This is not martial law. Not yet anyway.

So, now we have the FAA suspending flights over the area because they claim someone is firing at helicopters. How very convenient. The police are threatening reporters as well and protests are supposedly banned. It feels like I woke up in Moscow this morning – maybe I should check my passport. Papers please.

America better wake up and put a stop to this crap. Some day, and soon, this will come to a place near each of us. Every teeny tiny burg out there now is armed as if they are fighting ISIS in each of their neighborhoods. No doubt there are those just itching to use said force. The militarized police just rolled into Ferguson… next stop, your town USA.

Robert AvrechSeraphic Secret :My response is to republish my account of the ’92 LA riots: Jew Without a Gun.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD :If Ferguson Police Depts precepts are kinda unclear, maybe it’s why cause proponents don’t feel obligated or obliged to explain it to the media or community activists—cops just arrest them instead.

Who knew the 53-officer police force in Ferguson, Mo., even had all that military equipment and SWAT gear? Why do they have it?

The military is trained to engage and law enforcement is trained to defuse, nicht wahr?

Militarized Po Po deployments have increasingly come under scrutiny when, oh, you know, scrutinizable stuff like violating the 4th amendment or storming pot dealers houses in the middle of the night, shooting pet dogs and cats and terrorizing chirrunses and spouses with automatic weapons—sometimes at the wrong addresses—or like when they’ve ponderously established perimeters around active crime scenes while victims were still being shot in homes or schools.

In response to civic unrest after last week’s police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, those coppers turned out in force, in all their riot gear and SWAT splendor, while the brass stonewalled the community and street cops arrested journalists.

Ferguson’s police department is just one recipient; small towns all over America are now the proud owners of “MRAP” armored vehicles.

The Department of Defense provides military-grade weapons and equipment to local law enforcement agencies through the 1033 program, enacted by Congress in 1997 to expand the practice of dispensing extra military gear. Due to the defense industry’s bloated contracts, there is a huge surplus. To date, the Pentagon has donated military equipment worth more than $4 billion to local law enforcement agencies.

And the giving goes on, to police forces in all 50 states in the union.

For a police department like Ferguson’s, the path to becoming a paramilitary force is a short one. After getting fully crunk with free military gear, no big surprise that cops wanna use it. See, the 1033 program’s regs require the police use what they receive within one year.

Police militarization is a growing national threat. If the federal government doesn’t act to stop it, the future of law enforcement everywhere will look a lot like Ferguson.

JoshuaPundit : Trayvon redux. And when the toxicology report comes back, just like Trayvon I’d bet  they will find that Michael Brown was high out of his mind on something. No one who’s in his right mind does a strong arm robbery in a convenience store, slaps the clerk around and shoves him into a display case,  follows up by  walking in the middle of a major street disrupting traffic to attract law enforcement’s  attention and then indulges in cop fighting.

Two other points – First, A lot of people on the Left of the spectrum, especially certain black commentators have mentioned a lot about the ‘militarization of the police’ and how terrible it is. None of them will mention that it was President Obama, the man they voted for twice that was primarily  responsible for this. It was President Obama who called for that ‘domestic security force., just as well trained, just as well funded, just well armed as our military’ blah blah blah. Remember that? And it was the Obama Administration that opened up the floodgates  and who chose to sell local PDs military hardware by the boatload as well as establishing armed SWAT teams for over 70  government departments that never had them before.

It won’t happen, but it would be nice to get a sorry, at least.

Second, I have to admit I find it amusing in a bitter sort of way that some of the same  black folks who quiver with emotion over things like Emmett Till and the lynch mobs of the past seem all too ready to become part of a lynch mob now themselves.

The Right Planet: What really floors me about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is we really don’t have all the facts, yet so many are acting as if they do. No one is really sure just what happened during the confrontation between the police and Michael Brown, at this point, except for those who were eyewitnesses. But more and more details are leaking out, albeit slowly. The surveillance video showing what appears to be Michael Brown shoving a convenience store owner after stealing items from his store and brazenly walking out certainly has taken the wind out of the main-stream media’s narrative that Michael Brown was just a “gentle giant.”

There’s a logical fallacy called “confirmation bias” (also called myside bias), which is the tendency to favor information that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses. But let’s be clear, beliefs and theories are not synonymous with facts. No, I think there are those who only wish to use this tragic event to further their own political and social agendas–namely, all cops are bad, especially white ones. And to see the liberal press so eager to be the judge, jury and executioner of the town of Ferguson and the Ferguson Police Department–going so far as to print a map to the police officer’s home who was involved in the shooting–is beyond disgusting; it’s damn near criminal.

Whatever happened to simply reporting the who, what, why, where, when and how? For so many years now, I have watched the liberal media masquerade social advocacy as de facto journalism. It seems that many in the press and the administration wish to inflame and agitate an already volatile situation, instead of making a sincere effort to try and deescalate tensions by simply reporting on both sides of the story, leaving all the social activism and personal bias out the story. But I’m not holding my breath in the hope that the main-stream press will change their agitating ways anytime soon. As a matter of fact, I believe the whole purpose and mission of the main-stream liberal media is to agitate for radical social change, and then call it “journalism.”

The Glittering Eye :Sadly, the events in Ferguson reflect a series of “shouldn’ts”.

The police shouldn’t mistrust the people they’re supposed to be serving.

The people shouldn’t mistrust the police that are supposed to be serving them.

The police shouldn’t shoot unarmed civilians.

The people shouldn’t engage in violent protests.

The police shouldn’t overreact.

People shouldn’t rob stores under the guise of protest.

And on and on.

Most importantly, people shouldn’t be so quick to draw sweeping conclusions from an incident that is, sadly, all too common and more dependent on local conditions and issues than on any overarching national issue.

  Well, there you have it.

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

Me too, lil’ weasel!

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

“The gun is our only response to [the] Zionist regime. In time we have come to understand that we can obtain our goals only through fighting and armed resistance and no compromise should be made with the enemy.” - Hamas Prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, speech on February 12, 2012

“The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs… It would have aroused the world and the people of Germany… As it is they succumbed anyway in their millions.”

Louis Fisher, Gandhi’s biographer asked him: “You mean that the Jews should have committed collective suicide?”

Gandhi responded, “Yes, that would have been heroism.”- The Life of Mahatma Gandhi (1950) by Louis Fisher.

“The true cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict is the hatred taught to many Muslims when they are impressionable children—unable to defend themselves from having their lives poisoned with such beliefs.”

“This is the testimony of someone who witnessed it—and who experienced it—personally.” . - Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Muslim Apostate in a speech at Pepperdine University, 2008

Close races in both categories this week, a reflection of how good this week’s entries were.

This week’s winner, Bookworm Room’s fine essay The Morality Of of Israel’s killing Palestinian civilians recounts a Facebook exchange she had with a ‘progressive’ about civilian deaths in Gaza versus Israel defending itself or committing national suicide. Being Bookworm, she goes far beyond that into a general discussion of jihad, but you’ll have to read all of it to marvel at how she ties it all together. Here’s a slice:

I have been engaged in a Facebook exchange with someone who believes that killing civilians is always immoral. This moral stance means that, because Israel is killing civilians more effectively than Hamas, he believes Israel is morally more culpable than Hamas in the current conflict. He therefore cannot support her, and his sympathy for Palestinians outweighs his sympathy for Israelis.

Because his is an argument I hear frequently; because Progressives think their overarching pacifism is virtuous; because this man was invariably polite in expressing his views, appearing more misguided than malevolent; and because there were other people auditing this exchange on Facebook, I took the time to respond at some length his arguments. Although doing so seemed like a somewhat futile effort while the ceasefire held, given that Hamas took up arms again the minute the ceasefire ended, this issue is not going away any time soon.

The man’s core operating principle is that killing civilians is so verboten that he can never approve of a group, party, or nation that commits such acts. I know he felt virtuous when he wrote that, but I tried to get him to see that, in certain circumstances, his pacifism will leave him with more innocent blood on his own hands (morally, speaking) than his own ostensibly high-minded position would.

I asked him to imagine that a large, well-organized, well-funded terrorist group (which we’ll call “Hamas” for short) carries out a series of attacks against a Jewish nation (which, for convenience’s sake, we’ll call “Israel”). The attacks are not as deadly as Hamas would wish, but Hamas plans to continue with the attacks — eventually someone will die — with the culmination being a coordinated attack through Israel which will, if successful, kill upwards of 10,000 Israeli civilians. This man’s moral calculus would mean that the only way for Israel, as a moral nation, to avoid the impermissible immorality of killing innocent civilians in Hamas’s ambit would be for Israel to surrender immediately and, indeed, for it to do so regardless of the seriousness of Hamas’s provocation.

In a perfect world, against an equally moral enemy, this moral purity might work. Of course, in that perfect world, the enemy too would have held itself to this high moral standard — never kill a civilian — and wouldn’t have attacked Israel in the first place. Sadly, though, we do not live in a perfect world.

In an imperfect world, which happens to be the world we inhabit, Israel knows that Hamas’s goal is to slaughter every man, woman, and child in Israel. Israel doesn’t have to go down the primrose path of conspiracy theories and paranoia to reach this conclusion about Hamas’s end game. Instead, Hamas has made the death of Israel’s citizens — all of them — the centerpiece of its charter, it preaches this goal from every political and religious pulpit, it acts upon this goal whenever possible, and it has spent millions of dollars in foreign aid, including money from Israel herself, to plan a terrorist attack intended to kill those 10,000 of Jewish civilians.

Despite this stark reality, the man I’m debating insists that Israel still has only one moral choice: she must refrain from fighting back if that fight means that she might kill even one civilian. Only in that way, he says, can he give Israel his support.

Israel, however, has figured out something that this man, either because he’s blinded by the self-righteousness of his own idealism or because he’s as genocidal as Hamas, refuses to grasp: If Israel takes this allegedly moral high ground and surrenders to Hamas, she will effectively have killed all off all of her own civilians. In other words, no matter what choices Israel makes, the nature of her enemy means that Israel will have the blood of innocents on her hands.

As between those two choices — either kill a few hundred Palestinians civilians or watch 6 million of your own people being brutally slaughtered — a non-suicidal nation will always opt to value its own citizens’ lives first. Moreover, a moral nation, such as Israel, even as it recognizes that civilian deaths are inevitable, fundamentally values life and does everything possible to protect both its own and its enemy’s citizens. Still, Israel recognizes that the nature of war, sadly, is death.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with a piece that resonates with what’s on many minds this week, You Want Nazis? submitted by The Noisy Room
We are indeed living in interesting times.

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Council Winners

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Watcher’s Council Nominations: ‘There’s A Riot Goin’ On’ Edition

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Because we all know nothing says social justice like breaking into a convenience store and looting it.

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 morning.

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This week, MidKnight Review, The Political Commentator, The Pirate’s Cove and The Mellow Jihadi earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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Forum: What’s Your Prediction For The House And Senate Midterms?


Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What’s Your Prediction For The House And Senate Midterms?

The Independent Sentinel : I honestly have no idea. We don’t have the enthusiasm of 2010 that the promise of the tea party brought to the table. I think we will take the Senate and keep the House but I’m not counting on it. If we do, it will be because the Democrats are that bad and not because the Republicans offered much.

The Razor :The GOP has discovered the Palestinian talent of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The midterms is theirs to lose – which means they’ll probably lose them by keeping the house but not gaining enough seats in the senate to make a difference.

Still I had to give kudos to Al Franken’s challenger in MN for calling the senate “Land of 10,000 excuses.” Franken wasn’t funny on Saturday Night Live but his performance there was much better than his performance has been in the senate.

 JoshuaPundit: I’d say the House remains here it is, assuming things stay pretty much as they are for the next 90 days.The GOP at best might pick up a couple of seats – the reality is that there are very few competitive House seats. The Senate? Again, assuming things stay as they are for the next 90 days ( a big assumption!),I think the GOP is looking at 5 to 8 pickups. The Republicans have already effectively made pickups in West Virginia, Montana, (Dem. John Walsh just dropped out over a plagiarism scandal) and South Dakota.  Tom Cotton in Arkansas, David Perdue in Georgia and Thom Tillis in North Carolina all look like they’re starting to pull away from their Dem opponents.

I also like Joni Ernst in Iowa. Alaska, Colorado and Louisiana are also possibilities.  Mississippi,OTOH could be a surprise Democrat pickup.

Keep in mind that most of these are Red States and lack the Democrat big city ghettos, except for Atlanta in Georgia.Wild cards will be the usual Democrat voter fraud,the disappointment of the Republican base over some of the candidates and the possible use of ‘Libertarians’ or ‘Independents’ financed by Democrats  to siphon off votes that would normally go to the GOP, ala’ the last governor’s race in Virginia.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the electorate is being changed by presidential diktat as we speak. The majority of illegal aliens are being sent to Texas, Arizona, California, Virginia and Florida. If they get amnesty as this president plans that they will, this may be the last time Republicans control the Senate for some time, let alone the White House.

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD :Over all – hoping it continues to look like a shellacking for the dems.

Aside from keeping a curious eye on Al Franken’s re election bid in some yankee state, the open, up for grabs race in the 13th colony for senate is the main event for moi.

Since GOP Senator Saxby Chamblis is whee tiring from office and the primaries are over the GOP’s Romneyesque David Perdue will be taking on former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn’s Democrat daughter Michelle in a very close looking race.

See, early in the new millennium, Georgia did more like a somersault than a tilt. GA had been among the last in the olde confederacy to cling to her Democratic roots: 42 carried Georgia in 1992, and a coalition of dazzling urbanites and some rural cats had kept the Democrats in control of the governor’s mansion, the legislature and even a Senate seat.

All of that changed in 2002, as rural voters revolted, throwing out the Democratic governor, senator, and (two years later) the legislature. Two years later, GOP cat Johnny Isakson rolled to a 58 percent-40 percent win over Congresswoman Denise Majette. Democrats enjoyed a reasonably close race in the 2008 general election, but totally sucked in the runoff necessitated when neither Saxby Chambliss nor Jim Martin topped 50 percent.

Democrats are excited about Michelle Nunn’s chances of ending the 14-year democrat dry spell in the Senate, and changing demographics may indeed help the party of Jackson regain its footing here. Yet the 13th colony is still a GOP state, and even with massive urban turnout in 2008, Democrats couldn’t put the Senate seat away. This race starts out close, with Nunn and Perdue trading leads in the polls, but given the environment and the Republican lean of the state, Perdue probably starts with an edge.

Mr P’s biz bona fides are stellar and he’s got tons of expertise in getting things done. The real hand grenade in the commode is Michelle Nunn’s affinity for terrorists.

41 estabbed a foundation thingy called Points of Light. Since 2007, Nunn has served as the CEO of Points of Light. Under Michelle Nunn’s leadership Points of Light has given money to some organizations that have less to do with fostering volunteerism than with fostering pet leftist causes. These include the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, which seeks to promote a global network of, yes, lesbian and gay bands.

She also gave grants to a sinister group that supports terrorism.

National Review got hold of a 144-page internal document drafted for the Michelle Nunn campaign in December. It includes plenty of juicy revelations on campaign strategy, including a potentially serious issue with a Points of Light connection to a charity that has ties to terrorists betwixt Suez and Jordan.

Points of Light, through a service called MissionFish, helped validate thousands of charities for EBay users who wanted to auction items and donate the proceeds to a specific charity.

One of those groups was Islamic Relief USA, which got $33,000 from individual donors through the Points of Light-validated system. Islamic Relief USA provides funds for emergency relief and other programs overseas. It has worked with the American Red Cross.

Islamic Relief USA states on its website that it “is an independent affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Islamic Relief family of charities. We are completely separate legal entities that work together under the Islamic Relief Worldwide umbrella to provide aid.” It also says it shares a “common mission, vision and family identity” with the other “Islamic Relief” groups.

The worldwide group is where the politically explosive Hamas connection comes.

Islamic Relief Worldwide has ties to Hamas, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization. In June, Israel banned the charity from operating in the country because, according to Israeli officials, it was funneling cash to Hamas. In 2006, Israelis arrested Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Gaza coordinator, Ayaz Ali. They said he was working to “transfer funds and assistance to various Hamas institutions and organizations.” Ali admitted to cooperating with local Hamas operatives while working in Jordan and, on his computer, Israeli officials found photographs of “swastikas superimposed on IDF symbols,” and of Nazi officials, Osama bin Laden, and al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Islamic Relief USA highlighted the work of Islamic Relief Worldwide in Palestine in its 2012 annual report, in which it talks generally about the work of Islamic Relief charities in the region without drawing a distinction between the branches. The organization has raised eyebrows before. According to a 2012 report, its bank account was closed by UBS and it was “under constant scrutiny by other banks due to nervousness about counterterrorist regulations.”

The group’s terror ties extend beyond Hamas, according to a former Israeli intelligence official. He says that Islamic Relief Worldwide’s country director in Palestine, Muneed Abugazaleh, met in April 2012 with Dr. Omar Shalah, a leader of the terror group Islamic Jihad and of the Riyad al-Saleheen Charitable Society, which is affiliated with the group. He is also the brother of Ramadan Shalah, the leader of Islamic Jihad.

Though the campaign plan recommends emphasizing Nunn’s accomplishments at the Points of Light Foundation, which she has done on the campaign trail, her strategists express enormous concern about attacks that might arise from her work there. She has served as CEO of Points of Light since 2007 and, according to the document, it has made grants to “terrorists” and “inmates” during her tenure. The document also makes reference to a 2010 audit that concluded Points of Light’s accounting system was “not adequate to account for federal funds.”

Ask Marion : Based on all the problems America is faced with and the increasing proof that most of them were caused or exacerbated by the Obama administration conservative Republicans and Independent-type candidates should be retaining the House and taking over the Senate and Governorships in a landslide in 2014. Instead many of the those that would have been true ‘movers and shakers’ have been defeated in the primaries and many of the other races will be close or at least a fight to the end, which is a snapshot of how far America has slipped from the point of normal common sense.

From what it looks like right now, based on the various polls, the Republicans should pick-up 5 seats in the Senate, but in the end, Joni Ernst could also pull out a win in Iowa. Her Democrat opponent appears to have a very weak lead at the moment. Ernst has the support of both Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, a pretty wide swatch of the GOP, and she has a very impressive resume, so anything could happen in that race!! That 6th seat, of course, is the key to stopping the continued onslaught of Executive Orders, Executive Actions and the overreach by President Obama and the executive arm of the Federal government.

The Glittering Eye :I’m sticking with the prediction I’ve been making for the last six months or so. The Republicans will pick up a half dozen seats in the House and no more than five seats in the Senate, retaining control of the House and narrowly missing taking the Senate.

However, in recent months the Republicans’ prospects for the Senate have strengthened a little. I now think it’s possible they could take the Senate, especially if President Obama’s approval rating goes down which may well happen depending on what he decides to do about Iraq.

Although you didn’t ask, I’ll answer it anyway. The Democrats will pick up two governors’ seats.

Well, there you have it.

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