The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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

““The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” “ – Jeff Cooper, Art Of The Rifle

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”– William Pitt the Younger, Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

Stately McDaniel Manor

This week’s winning essay isStately McDaniel Manor’s Schools and Concealed Carry: Overregulation and Micromanagement . It is a characteristic of bureaucracy that even in pursuit of common sense, desirable goals they almost always manage to gum up the works! Mike McDaniel’s excellent piece does a fine job of showing how that can work. Here’s a slice:

Ironically, the Age of Obama has been a very positive thing for changing public attitudes toward one fundamental liberty for the better: the right to keep and bear arms. Not only that, more and more Americans fully support the right of individuals to carry concealed weapons, and the courts and legislatures are now tending to reflect the overwhelming public tide toward individual liberty and the right of self-defense. I have taken no small delight in the anguish, and I’m sure, screaming, raging tantrums, of anti-liberty activists such as Mr. Obama. I say this not out of spite, but because anyone that would take fundamental American liberties deserves to be uncomfortable and anguished.

Another positive effect of this sea change in public opinion, as well as an increasing number of terrorist attacks on American soil, is that one of the last bastions of progressive, anti-gun sentiment, the universities and public schools, have begun to accept, if not embrace, concealed carry to protect students and teachers from very real threats. Granted, on the state level, college students are trending to be the initial recipients of the freedom they should always have had, but more and more individual school districts–most in the red states–are adopting concealed carry on school property for staff.

This can’t happen soon enough. However, there are problems.

At the end of December, 2015, I wrote about the Keene, TX school district, which recently adopted a concealed carry policy, but with several restrictions that fail to take into account why anyone would need to carry a concealed weapon:

“Judging only by the Fox News article, Stephens [school superintendent] is apparently making two mistakes: he’s mandating and buying the weapons, and he’s denying them to teachers in ‘higher level grades,’ apparently out of fear that a student might somehow obtain a teacher’s gun.”

Now, a school district in Okay, Oklahoma is making similar mistakes

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New signs posted on the grounds of Okay Public Schools announce an ‘Armed School Employees’ policy in place.

The Okay Public Schools Board of Education passed an ‘Armed School Employees’ policy in August. On Monday, the district publicized that policy with signage in front of the school.

‘The signs are more or less a deterrent,’ Superintendent Charles McMahan said. ‘We don’t want to be a soft target.’

McMahan said his administration looks for ways to keep students safe and secure, particularly since the Okay Police Department was disbanded in December 2014. Although Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies are available, McMahan said it is ‘seconds, not minutes, that matter.


So far so good.
The Okay district has obviously recognized reality and decided to acknowledge it, something that, in education circles, cannot be taken for granted. Now for the problems:

One Okay employee is approved to carry. For other employees to arm themselves, they must qualify with a Council on Law Enforcement Education Training certification or license; possess an Oklahoma Self Defense Act License; and be CLEET qualified with the firearm, according to the policy.

After an employee has completed the qualifications, they may submit themselves to the OPS Board of Education for approval before carrying, McMahan said. Okay is the only school in the Green Country area with an armed-employee policy, he said.

‘Our standards are higher,’ McMahan said. ‘We really wanted people to know this is serious to us; we don’t take this issue lightly.

(1) Rationale: Staff are armed because an armed attack is possible at any school and at any place in and around any school at any time.

(2) The police cannot deter attacks, nor can they arrive in time to save lives. Any school relying on the police is knowingly accepting some number of wounded and dead based entirely on traffic patterns, the number of officers available when the call goes out, the lack of marksmanship of killers, in effect, dumb luck.

(3) Fundamental Principle: to have as many armed staff members present in every school as possible, so that when and wherever an attack takes place, there will be multiple armed and capable adults ready, then and there, at that instant, to save lives.

(4) All handguns must, at all times, be concealed and carried on the person. A gun locked in a drawer, a safe, or a centrally located armory is of no use to anyone confronted with deadly force in a school hallway, at a bus stop, in a sports stadium, a cafeteria, or any other place.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was a Pajamas Media piece, What No One Seems to Know About Ted Cruz’s Past submitted by Fausta’s Blog. It deals with Ted Cruz’s positive record while the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Independent Sentinel was unable to vote this week but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Yes,it’s time to present this week’s Statuette of Shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the Statuette of Shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were particularly slimy and despicable, but only one of them could win..and the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…

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The Ultra-sensitive Baby Killing Warriors At NARAL!! 

 The Right Planet: My nominee for Weasel of the Week would have to be the far-left, militant pro-abortion group NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) for their epic intersectional meltdown on Twitter over a Doritos Super Bowl ad that featured a pregnant woman receiving an ultrasound. NARAL was severely “microaggressed” over the Dororitos commercial for deploying the ever-dreaded “antichoice” tactic of “humanizing fetuses.” Apparently human fetuses are too humany, or something.

Oh, but it didn’t end there, oh dear masses. The perpetually aggrieved social justice warriors at NARAL also took great umbrage over the blatant patriarchal oppression embedded in a Hyundai ad. Additionally, NARAL called out Snickers for their despicable “transphobic” objectification of women. Will the exploitation and oppression ever end?

*snickers*

 Personally, I think NARAL needs to chillax and eat a Snickers. They’re delicious, and gender-neutral … not to mention nutty. Just like NARAL.

Nice Deb: I nominate NARAL for going on an unhinged Twitter rampage during the Super Bowl over the commercials.

During the big game yesterday, NARAL’s Twitter account “live-tweeted” reactions to the highly anticipated Super Bowl commercials, exposing themselves yet again to be the angry, humorless scolds we all know them to be. The pro-abortion outfit chastised advertisers over the most micro of “microaggressions” and their SJW followers on Twitter retweeted their complaints.


In their most absurd Tweet, they attacked Doritos for showing an Ultrasound image image of a baby.

The Doritos ad in question showed a father eating Doritos while his pregnant wife received an ultrasound. The baby reacts strongly to the Doritos whenever Dad gets close with a chip. At the end, the baby physically launches itself out of the womb to try to get Doritos.


NARAL denounced the Doritos ad for using the ” #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless, moms as uptight.”

That’s right, they were upset because Doritos had the presumption to characterize a human baby as… human.

These abortion fanatics are particularly soulless and ghoulish weasels – but weasels nonetheless.

Ahh…not that it matters, but I neither watch the Superbowl or eat Doritos, nor do I particularly care about either one. But what I do very much care about is the innate perversity of those who somehow managed to find a right to gay marriage in the US Constitution by were unable to find a right to life for a baby. Perhaps that’s because unlike NARAL or same sex activists, children still in the womb are unable to bribe politicians or vote.

Oddly, the same folks who vociferously insist that same sex marriage ‘doesn’t hurt anyone’ and that it’s simply a matter of free choice get quite purple in the face when anyone suggests the same about a child in the womb waiting to be born. Or that trafficking in the body parts of these infants is something the government ought to be funding, which is another reason groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood become literally choking with rage when anyone has the temerity to suggest that a fetus, even one due to emerge from the womb in a matter of days is actually human.  After all, these people have a living to make, even if it involves living off off the sale of other people’s bodies…also known in another context  as the pimp’s rationale.

Our president, of course, takes this one step further and actually supports infanticide, a place too far for even NARAL to be willing to go.

Again, another confession. I am not someone who think abortion ought to be outlawed totally.  Non-consensual sex happens, health issues can intervene and sometimes people made mistakes whom simply haven’t the means or maturity to have a child at a given time in life. That’s why I’ve always liked the idea of the morning after pill, which prevents conception.

But that’s very different from making an industry,let alone a government funded industry out of killing healthy babies, especially ones older than twenty weeks whom have a fully developed nervous system and can experience the pain of what’s happening to them. If NARAL was actually composed of people who cared at all about human decency, they’d be complaining about that horrific situation instead of a stupid commercial.

Enjoy your Weasel, NARAL. It’s richly deserved.

Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

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.

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Kang And Kodos Edition

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For those who don’t get the reference in this weeks’ title:

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, we introduce another fine member to the Watcher’s Council, Michael McDaniel of Stately McDaniel Manor! His stellar work has appeared in PJ Media and in the Second Amendment site Bearing Arms and we are both pleased and proud to have him on the team. Check out his debut Council article this week!

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

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions

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Our Weasels Of The Week Nominees!

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….

 
Superbowl Duo Beyonce and Mooch-elle Obama!!

The Noisy Room: My nomination goes to a duo… Michelle Obama and Beyonce. I think I may gag. I watched Beyonce’s new video released for the Superbowl halftime show in honor of Black Lives Matter. It is the raunchiest, most vile, racist piece of crap I have ever seen and that’s saying something. No wonder Michelle Obama loves it and adores Beyonce. She dressed for Beyonce’s approval of all things. I can’t repeat here what I think of both of them. CBS did an interview with the Obama’s that was inane and nothing short of a sickening lovefest. And it gets worse… Mooch dressed in all black, ostensibly in symbolic allegiance with the Black Panthers and blacks in general. Americans are outraged that the Super Bowl halftime show was allowed to be hijacked for political purposes and given a racist, black power theme. But is anyone surprised? Me either.

Michelle Obama pretended that she cooked all day for the Superbowl event. Right. Color me highly skeptical. The Obamas made lovey eyes and cooed over each as if anyone believes that either. I found the interview contrived and sickening in the extreme. More media propaganda for the Obamas and another push at racism. The whole game yesterday was centered on race and Americans are sick to death of it. This is probably the phoniest political interview of all time. The media is simply beyond repair and I can’t wait for these Marxists to get the boot. It will take a long time to undo the damage and the racism issue will take years to heal. This is why I didn’t watch the Superbowl yesterday and I’m sure why millions of others tuned it out as well. We just can’t take it anymore. No wonder the police turned their backs on Beyonce’s performance. It was disgraceful. Both Mooch’s interview and Beyonce’s video make them über worthy of a golden weasel.

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The Ultra-sensitive Baby Killing Warriors At NARAL!!

The Right Planet: My nominee for Weasel of the Week would have to be the far-left, militant pro-abortion group NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) for their epic intersectional meltdown on Twitter over a Doritos Super Bowl ad that featured a pregnant woman receiving an ultrasound. NARAL was severely “microaggressed” over the Dororitos commercial for deploying the ever-dreaded “antichoice” tactic of “humanizing fetuses.” Apparently human fetuses are too humany, or something.

Oh, but it didn’t end there, oh dear masses. The perpetually aggrieved social justice warriors at NARAL also took great umbrage over the blatant patriarchal oppression embedded in a Hyundai ad. Additionally, NARAL called out Snickers for their despicable “transphobic” objectification of women. Will the exploitation and oppression ever end?

*snickers*

Personally, I think NARAL needs to chillax and eat a Snickers. They’re delicious, and gender-neutral … not to mention nutty. Just like NARAL.

Nice Deb: I nominate NARAL for going on an unhinged Twitter rampage during the Super Bowl over the commercials.

During the big game yesterday, NARAL’s Twitter account “live-tweeted” reactions to the highly anticipated Super Bowl commercials, exposing themselves yet again to be the angry, humorless scolds we all know them to be. The pro-abortion outfit chastised advertisers over the most micro of “microaggressions” and their SJW followers on Twitter retweeted their complaints.

In their most absurd Tweet, they attacked Doritos for showing an Ultrasound image image of a baby.

The Doritos ad in question showed a father eating Doritos while his pregnant wife received an ultrasound. The baby reacts strongly to the Doritos whenever Dad gets close with a chip. At the end, the baby physically launches itself out of the womb to try to get Doritos.

NARAL denounced the Doritos ad for using the ” #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight.”

That’s right, they were upset because Doritos had the presumption to characterize a human baby as… human.

These abortion fanatics are particularly soulless and ghoulish weasels – but weasels nonetheless.
 
Defender of the Faith, President Barack Hussein Obama!!

The Daley Gator: President Obama went to a mosque, not a big deal except that the mosque he gave a speech from  has some issues.

  Well, there it is. What a despicable group of  Weasels…ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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Forum: Is There A Refugee Crisis? If So, How Would You Solve It?

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: Is There A Refugee Crisis? If So, How Would You Solve It?

The Razor : I would argue that there isn’t a refugee crisis, there is a European identity crisis and that’s what is causing all the trouble.

The end of World War 2 and resulting institutions in Western Europe like the EEC built a myth of a European identity. This myth papered over the differences between the Germans and the French, and tried to portray Europe as one entity. The European Union was the culmination of this myth. Like all myths it contained a seed of Truth: there are commonalities between the EU countries. But it ignored the deep cultural, social, economic and historical differences between nations. As the citizen of a relatively young country like the US I’m a bit amazed that countries that are a millennia and a half older such as France and Germany sought unity, completely ignoring their unique characters.

The root of this error, I believe, is the pernicious fallacy that “people are people” and the assumption that everyone is just like us, they just look different, speak a different language or worship a different god. It is a fallacy based on ignorance, and worse, is rooted in elitism whereby the believer assumes s/he knows enough to make an accurate judgment with only a cursory understanding of the facts.

This viewpoint built the EU and is now witnessing its slow unraveling as the differences between the nations assert themselves, tearing it apart. It was also applied to the refugees fleeing the Middle East and North Africa. German Chancellor Merkel is a leading proponent of this view, and failed to appreciate the significant differences between the Syrians and her own people. She now faces a Pandora’s box whereby Germany must force its refugee population to assimilate German values (a politically correct no-go), deport the refugees back to where they came from (which would result in a significant hit to Germany’s international standing) or to assimilate the values of the refugees (force women to cover up, avoid travel alone). So far Merkel has followed the last course which will only lead to the eventual deportation of the refugees and the collapse of her government.

JoshuaPundit: There’s a crisis,all right, but it has nothing to do with ‘refugees.’ The truth is quite a bit darker. And while the reasons for what’s going on are somewhat different in Europe and America, they stem from similar sources.

What’s being imported to the EU under the banner of ‘refugees’ are predominantly young men of military age rather than helpless families, and many of these people already had safe havens in places like Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and even parts of Syria. The vast majority are coming for one reason – the extremely generous welfare benefits they can get.

Europe’s elites are seeking to import vast amount of young Muslim men for one primary reason. Many old and famous nations have simply stopped having children in anything like replacement numbers, something quite common in socialist countries. The Germans, the Scots, the Italians, the Greeks, the Spaniards and others could simply disappear in a couple of generations. Europe’s native population is rapidly graying, and someone has to stoke Germany’s export driven economy and pay the taxes to support the huge welfare state infrastructure the Germans and other countries have come to take for granted to keep the EU afloat. To add to the turmoil, the Germans actually did this before in a much more moderate fashion by bringing in Kurds, Turks and Iranians into Germany as guest workers. That was largely successful, but Muslims from these groups have a vastly different culture than the ones coming in now, there are a lot more of them and the ones coming in now have no intention of assimilating.  That matters less to the  EU’s elites since  many of these ‘refugees’ can also  be expected to vote for the existing Socialist political order. Hollande and the Socialists were elected in France in no small part because of a bloc Muslim vote. It’s an open bet which is going to prevail in Europe and in which countries, the manipulation and repression by the EU’s cynical czars and czarinas or the nativist parties seeking to preserve their historic culture.

In America, the situation is somewhat different. Our own birth rate in America is at historic lows, but still at replacement rates and is also augmented by somewhat higher birthrates among Latinos, South Asian and East Asian who are  legal migrants.

The illegal migrants are a whole different situation. We now effectively have open borders by diktat of our president, and even gang members are not being stopped  from crossing… not to mention potential terrorists from countries in the Middle East.

President Obama has two reasons for doing this, and both are ideological. If you look at how the Obama Regime has attacked America’s institutions, you will see that two methods have been used…lawfare, and simply changing the demographics. Let’s dispose of the wholesale importation of illegal migrants by saying that President Obama and his party want to create a permanent far left Democrat majority by inundating red and battle ground states with them, after which the cry can go out to fast track them to citizenship. This also suits the well connected elites in both parties who seek to continue the flow of cheap labor and H1B recipients who can be hired at lower rates to keep American wages down.

But it’s the second reason that has the most to do with our question at hand. Since he entered office, President Obama has brought almost a million Muslims into America using refugee programs and diversity visas, mostly from the countries like Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, ‘Palestine,’ and the Sudan. More will undoubtedly be allowed entry thanks to our very liberal family unification programs. By some estimates 90% of these refugees are on welfare, and not only are they mostly not interested in assimilating but hold views actually antithetical to America’s Constitution and its culture.  And he now wants to bring in many more, again by executive order.

President Obama may or may not be a Muslim, and I frankly don’t care. But it is a fact that a common thread that runs through his foreign policy and many of his domestic ones is the empowerment and enhancement of Islamists, a number of whom have low profile but influential positions in administration in a way that will smell familiar to those familiar with the Soviet infiltration of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. He has even gone out of his way to protect Islamists guilty of material aid to terrorism.  And to aggressively to use his Justice Department to force communities to violate their own zoning laws to allow the construction of foreign funded, Muslim Brotherhood run ‘mega mosques’  far larger than needed to service any existing Muslims  in the area.

Even the Islamic Society of Baltimore, which the president chose as the first mosque in America that he’s ever visited, and where he made an outspoken speech on the subject of Islamophobia is a Muslim Brotherhood controlled mosque. It’s run by the Islamist front group The Islamist Society of North America (ISNA) and  has a long history of involvement with radical Islamists. Given that, our president’s remarks sent a very different message than the one most of the media picked up.

That’s the  crisis in both Europe and America involving ‘refugees.’  It’s one is one of cynical, destructive leadership.

The Glittering Eye : Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon have a refugee problem. The OECD countries, e.g. Germany, France, the UK, US, etc. don’t. We have a migration problem.

For the last thirty years or so the United States has maintained a policy of low wages fostered by mass immigration. As a consequence of that policy Hispanic population has grown from 4% of the total to 17%.

Migrants aren’t just workers; they’re people and like all people for good or ill they bring with them their social, political, and religious views. Our recent migrants, mostly from Mexico but increasingly from India and China, have brought their social, political, and religious views with them, it’s affecting our society, and the non-migrant population here is starting to push back.

For some reason or other Germany’s elites have decided to follow the US’s lead, fostering mass immigration from the Middle East. The attitudes of the new immigrants are incompatible with those of the native Germans but the native Germans, highly predisposed to rely on the judgment and good will of their authorities, are not yet pushing back against the new migrants. They will either need to surrender their own preferences or fight back against the new migrants. They don’t seem to have reached that point yet.

Turkey has decided to mitigate the consequences of their refugee problem by passing them on to Europe. So far the Europeans have gone along with the gag. My preferred solution is for the Europeans to start paying the Turks to maintain their refugee populations but so far the Europeans haven’t realized just how serious their situation has become.

The migration problem is lot bigger than just Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees and it’s a lot bigger than the Middle East. There are tens or even hundreds of millions of people who would happily leave their native countries mostly in Asia and Africa but also in Latin America to move to Europe or North America, a prospect which has become much cheaper and easier than in the past due to modern communications and transportation technology. Nowadays you don’t abandon the Old Country when you migrate. Mom and dad, your best friend, and your uncle are just a phone call away.

Frankly, no country in the world, not the United States or the United Kingdom or France or Germany can stand up against that sort of mass migration without domestic social upheaval and, just as frankly, none of those countries has much use for unskilled, non-skilled, or semi-skilled workers who don’t speak the language. Sweden’s experience with its Middle Eastern immigrants has been that twenty years later the majority are still unemployed and living off the country’s generous welfare.

I don’t have a handy solution for the migration problem. IMO many of the problems that are driving mass migration are caused by bad government and we’re importing the new migrants’ bad views on government right along with the migrants themselves.

My only advice is put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry! It’s going to be a difficult century.

The Right Planet: I certainly think there is a manufactured refugee crisis, especially in Western Europe and the United States. Perhaps it would be easier to explain my position by using an analogy—something that hits closer to home, so to speak. If I were a person who left the doors to my home unlocked, and came home to find a family had set up shop in my own home, without my permission, would that not be “problematic”—to borrow one of the favored terms from the “social justice warriors” (SJWs)? And what if this family who had decided to make my home theirs started making demands? For example, demanding I provide cash assistance, or providing food fare that is more to their liking. And what if this family that has decided to make my home theirs decided to make the part of my home where they’ve set up shop “off-limits” to me and my family? Does that sound reasonable or acceptable? It’s one thing if I had agreed to allow a family to live in my home. But under such an arrangement conditions would apply. And, at the end of the day, I make the rules, not the other way around.

Or let’s just flip this around a bit. Let’s say Americans were emigrating from the United States en masse. And let’s just say I decided to take my family to Mexico by crossing the Mexican border illegally. If Mexican authorities caught me crossing their border without permission, and I ended up being deported, whose fault would that be? Would it be the fault of the Mexican government for having strict immigration laws, or would it be my fault for ignoring their laws? Naturally, by ignoring their laws and getting deported, it would certainly cause a significant amount of stress and consternation on me and my family. But whose fault is that? How would I solve this crisis? Well, here’s a novel idea: I could respect and obey their laws concerning immigration.

One of the enumerated powers given to Congress under our Constitution is to control immigration. We have every right, as Americans, to preserve our way of life and culture; just as a homeowner has every right to decide who can and cannot live under their roof. Since 1965, the number of immigrants has skyrocketed from about 10 million to over 50 million. Consumption of welfare in immigrant households is nearly double that of American citizens. These welfare programs include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Women Infants and Children food program (WIC), free or subsidized school lunches, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e. food stamps), and public housing or rent subsidies, etc. The total expenditure for federal welfare programs, in 2012, amounted to around a half a trillion dollars! The States have spent around a $180 billion in Medicaid alone. The people who are benefiting from all this largess, on the whole, are paying little to no income tax—if they even report their income. A third of the population of Mexico is now living in the United States. And it is the American taxpayer who is footing the bill. And they have no choice in the matter. It’s being shoved right down their throats. And if Americans dare voice their legitimate concerns and anger over being forced to finance the immigration boondoggle, they are simply shouted down as racists, xenophobes and Nazis by the “Open Borders” apparatchiks and SJWs.

I have a number of good friends who have emigrated legally to the United States. They love this country, and love being American citizens. And they are just as concerned as I am, if not more so, by the huge influx and cost of assimilating entire populations of illegal immigrants and refugees on the taxpayers’ dime. This is unsustainable. One of the main responsibilities of the president of the United States is to enforce the laws that Congress has written. And yet, we see a president and a duplicitous Congress that has decided to ignore federal immigration laws by giving the green light to so-called “sanctuary cities.”

How how would I solve all this? It’s not easily solved now that millions have become dependent on the government dole. But I’d start by enforcing the laws and securing the borders. If we have no defensible borders, then we are no longer a nation. The goal of communism has always been to create a “borderless, classless world” where the state reigns supreme. But if the federal government has the ability and wherewithal to ship millions into this country illegally, they also have the ability to ship them back. I would also look closely at the legal immigration process, and whether the process needs to be streamlined and made more efficient, which I’m sure it does.

And as far as the current “refugee crisis” is concerned, I would like to know why it is that the United States and Europe are always expected to welcome, with open arms, entire populations from across the globe. I don’t see Russia, China, Middle Eastern countries, etc. rolling out the welcome mat for immigrants and refugees. Why is that? Hmmmm? Spare me all the talk about equality and fairness. This is about as unequal and unfair as it gets.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : Refugees fleeing from violence in Syria have reached a crisis for countries in the European Union. The increasing harassment, violence, rapes, and murders of citizens have created a backlash of protests in these countries. They are being asked to accept refugees who will never assimilate into Western culture. These refugees bring a culture of adherence to shari’ah and intolerance of non-Muslims. It is a culture of barbarism and misogyny the West has not seen in centuries and it is being forced on the people by their governments. We also must not forget these countries have strict gun control laws, so they have no way to defend themselves against violent attacks.

In an effort to protect themselves we are seeing borders being reestablished to prevent refugees from entering. United Nations Representative Peter Sutherland recently spoke out against the appearance of razor-wire fences. “The recreation of borders challenges the whole integration of the European Union,” he said. “More particularly, it challenges the moral responsibility of states to help refugees to provide asylum.” We need to ask the question: Why is it the “moral” responsibility for countries of the E.U. to take in these refugees. What is the moral responsibility of the Arab countries in this crisis?

We do not have a refugee crisis here in America yet, but President Obama wants to bring tens of thousands or more refugees here and resettle them in states all over the country. Many of us see what is happening in Europe and do not want this brought into our country. We have already seen enough violence occur here in the name of radical Islam. We should not even consider bringing them here, especially since our government can give us no assurances that any of the refugees can or will be properly vetted to make certain they do not mean us harm. President Obama tells us our opposition to his plans to resettle refugees here is “not who we are.” He has no idea who we are, but by now every American should understand who he is. He promised to fundamentally transform our country and he has nearly succeeded. We must insist our representatives in Congress stop all plans by the Obama Administration to bring these refugees to America. It is government’s primary duty to assure that its citizens are protected and our laws followed. We must hold them to their sworn duty.

The civil war in Syria is horrific and those fleeing should be helped. But if resettlement is the answer the refugees should be welcomed by neighboring Arab countries where they share the same religion and culture. This is not our fight and we should not get involved.

Well, there you have it!

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The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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

“Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.” – John Harrington

“Those who believe, and adopt exile, and fight for the Faith, in the cause of Allah as well as those who give (them) asylum and aid,- these are (all) in very truth the Believers: for them is the forgiveness of sins and a provision most generous.” – Qu’ran, Surah Al-Anfal, 74

“The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam” – President Barack Hussein Obama

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This week’s winning essay,The Noisy Room’s Why Is Small Town America Being Inundated With Muslim Immigrants? is her incisive look at yet another way President Obama is changing America…by flooding heartland America with Muslims from countries where the vast majority of the inhabitants have values and a culture totally inimical to our Constitution as well as our notions of freedom, tolerance and human liberty. Here’s a slice:

Looks like my old stomping grounds in Montana are heating up. People there are not taking Obama’s plan to force refugees on them lying down. There was a protest in Missoula, Montana at 10 a.m. this morning over that very issue. It is just one of many battles brewing out there in small town America.

Small towns in the sparsely populated parts of America are the perfect place to relocate these refugees. Especially, if your agenda includes politically terraforming the country. The West is historically conservative in their politics. Many are Republicans and Libertarians. Even the Democrats hearken back to an earlier time when they were more conservative in nature. Obama and the Democrats can’t have that. They need to have an entire country willing to submit to Marxist diktats. They need areas seeded with those who will vote Democrat and ensure that they stay in power no matter what.

And it’s not just voting demographics that are pushing this move either. I personally believe that there is a warped logic to all of this. That if Islam can be made the predominant religion in America, people will be more easily controlled. That’s insane of course and won’t work, but there you have it. Instead, Shariah law will be implemented and you will see the same atrocities occurring in Europe happen here. The big difference being, that at least for now, Americans are armed and will use those weapons to protect their neighbors, loved ones and country.

Bringing in the refugees also moves forward the Cloward and Piven strategy to overwhelm the system so it will collapse and cause chaos in the streets. These people want to tear the system apart, so they can replace it with something truly heinous. The Obama administration will never admit that this is the plan, but can you honestly look at what is going on today and tell me it isn’t? Our borders are wide open. We are not vetting anyone to speak of and security here in the US is worse than before 9/11.

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Communities in states such as Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Kansas are being infused with Muslim refugees even though they are not wanted by the residents or the local law enforcement. The feds and their leaders are not giving them a choice. Wyoming is the only state currently not participating in the program, but even the governor there wants to jump in it. Living in large cities would be too costly for the refugees and more can be accomplished with seeding them across the plains. In a small town, they can turn everything to their advantage in short order. Since many of our larger cities are already flooded with immigrants from south of the border and from Muslim nations, in many respects they have at least partially fallen to the ploy already. This is the fundamental transformation of America in play. South Carolina, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota and Michigan are vigorously fighting against this program and Obama’s ‘change’.

The same entitlements, jobs, lodging and freebies will be given to these refugees in small town America. But that will mean taking more and more away from locals in these same communities. These immigrants bring crime and disease with them. As crime rises, people will leave which will hasten the take over of these towns. At least that is what Obama and his friends hope for. I pray that people dig in and decide to stay and fight if they can.

Which brings me back to Missoula where they had a protest this morning in front of the county courthouse. Refugees are being brought into Helena and Missoula and the people there don’t want them. We’re talking about hundreds of Muslims. Other rallies in Twin Falls, Idaho and Fargo, North Dakota are planned as well. I have friends in Idaho that just won’t stand for this invasion.

It’s the same old story here. NGOs with lots of money and a pro-immigrant agenda are seeking out politicians who can be bought basically, or that can be forced into compliance one way or the other. These individuals, such as Sand Point, Idaho, Mayor Shelby Rognstad, conspire against their constituency until they are forced by the people to back down. The politicians in Missoula seem to have sold out to this movement. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to find out what each of them was offered in exchange for their support in resettling large number of Islamic refugees in their areas.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Tucker Carlson in Politico Magazine with Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right submitted by The Noisy Room.

Donald Trump has his detractors, but no one can deny that he has struck a chord among many Americans. Tucker Carlson does a wonderful job of exploring why that is, attratacing the deranged hatred of some of Politico’s rabid leftists.

Here are this week’s full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Once again, It’s time to present this week’s Statuette of Shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the Statuette of Shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…yes,it’s…

 
UN Secretary General,Human Jellyfish And Terrorism Apologist Ban-Ki-Moon!!

 JoshuaPunditBan Ki-Moon decided to give a speech last week entitled, “Secretary-General’s remarks to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East.” It had 52 paragraphs, three about Lebanon, and two about Syria – one about refugees and one about the Golan. The rest of it was a screed aimed at Israel. Nothing about Iran, or about ISIS . Nothing about Saudi Arabia’s mass killings of civilians in Yemen, nothing about Egypt or Libya. Not a mention of the Kurds.

Ban’s entire speech basically stated that if Israel uprooted 500,000 of its citizens, divided Jerusalem and gave the part with the Jewish Holy sites to the Arabs whom call themselves ‘Palestinians’ and retreated to indefensible borders there would be peace in the entire region. But wait there’s more. Ban Ki-Moon also rationalized the murder of Jews, attributing the terrorist attacks deliberately incited by unelected dictator Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to “Palestinian frustration.”

“Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” Ban continued. “Some have taken me to task for pointing out this indisputable truth. Yet, as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

In his entire speech and in a follow up editorial cheerfully published by Pravda-on-the-Hudson, the Secretary General of the supposedly neutral UN did not mention the deliberate incitement to murder by Abbas and the Palestinian Authority once.

Ban’s timing was impeccable.In the past four months, over 25 Israelis have been murdered. The latest casualties, a fresh wound to Israelis when Ban made his speech included a heroic mother of six who saved her children’s lives by refusing to let her Arab assassin remove the knife from her body, a woman who was five months pregnant and a 23 year old woman targeted and killed at random.

 Would Ban excuse Jews if they got tired of being at the receiving end of this kind of murder and started replying in kind? Of course he wouldn’t.

You see, what Ban Ki Moon was really saying, of course, was that Muslims in general and the Arabs whom call themselves ‘Palestinians’ in particular have the right and privilege to express their grievances violently. That worldview’s very common in some circles.  The Mayor of Koln, Germany expressed similar sentiments after the New Year’s Eve gang rapes by Muslim refugees in that city, telling the local women that it was their responsibility to wear less enticing clothing, stay in groups, keep at least an arm’s length of distance from gangs of Muslims and avoid certain public places.

Needless to say, the entire spectrum of Israeli politics ripped Ban for his bigoted comments, including Bibi Netanyahu, who accused him of “stoking terror,” which of course Ban was by rationalizing it. But even the rationale, that the ‘occupation’ excuses murder is maddeningly hollow. Because the UN’s definition of what occupation consists of applies to Israel and Israel alone. There are no Jews living in Gaza and Israel has nothing to do with the place except to legally blockade it since Hamas took over to keep Hamas’s missile supply from Iran in check so they won’t fire them at Israeli civilians. Yet the UN, EU and other parts of what calls itself the international community refers to Israel as Gaza’s ‘occupying power.’

According to the 1922 San Remo Accords and Article 80 of the UN Charter that reaffirmed it, the official border between the Arab part of the Palestine Mandate and the remaining 22% that was left for the Jews is the Jordan River. In 1948, a large part of that 22%, Judea, Samaria (AKA The West Bank) and East Jerusalem were invaded by Jordan’s British armed and officered Arab Legion and the Jewish inhabitants ethnically cleansed in a particularly brutal fashion. That 19-year occupation by aggressive force was never recognized by the UN, but the UN did nothing to change that status and member Jordan went totally unpunished for what they had done. Only in 1967, when Jordan’s King Hussein attacked Israel and was pushed back across the Jordan by the IDF did we start hearing about Israel ‘occupying’ territory that officially belonged to no other country.

If Israel is conducting an ‘occupation’ in Judea and Samaria, then by Ban’s definition of it all of South Korea, Ban Ki-Moon’s home country is occupied North Korean territory, since North Korea invaded it militarily and controlled it for awhile. It’s a real pity no one threw that back in Ban Ki Moon’s face.

That’s also one reason many Israelis are justifiably leery of ceding more land to anyone. If Israel was stupid and gullible enough to actually pull back to the 1948 ceasefire lines as Ban, the UN, the EU and our Dear Leader in DC are pressuring them to do, rest assured that Israel would still be referred to as ‘the occupying power’ of whatever land Israel gave up by creatures like Ban Ki Moon. Just like Gaza is.

Rationalizing murder is bad enough, but creating special rules for Israel, the world’s only Jewish State that apply to no other nation is by definition Jew hatred. That seems to be fashionable once again, especially at the UN.

It seems all the UN is good for these days is a fortune in unpaid parking tickets, wasting billions of dollars and occupying a perfectly good building in Turtle Bay that could be put to some other purpose that might actually be useful. It’s ostensible purpose was to provide a Forum for nations to talk out their problems instead of going to war, but that melted away like paper shoes in a rainstorm as soon as the Soviets were allowed a veto over anything constructive. These days, with three fifths of the membership composed of Muslim nations and another healthy chunk composed of countries whom need to appease large, restless Muslim populations within their borders, it’s even more ludicrous. Most of the bad actors who still belong to the UN violate its charter regularly and laugh at any idea of any punishment for anything they do. The only countries that still take it seriously, it seems are the United States and maybe some of the European countries. That’s probably because that’s where most of the money the UN wastes comes from. I can’t imagine why they bother.

Ban Ki Moon is the head clown of this pathetic circus, and as we see here, he performs on cue. That certainly doesn’t excuse him in the least..he merely emphasizes the moral delinquency and corruption the UN has come to symbolize.

His well earned Weasel will fit right in. Perhaps he can put it on the payroll as assistant secretary of something and pocket the six figure paycheck.

  Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Catchin’ Up 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:

Council Alumni and all around great guy Michael Haltman at The Political Commentator is involved with the Heroes to Heroes Foundation, a group of former vets that helps U.S. combat veterans suffering with PTSD, jobs, housing, adjusting to civilian life and TBI. Please read his article on the group entitled ‘22 Veterans A Day In The United States Commit Suicide!’ and remember…these men and women went above and beyond for us, regardless of what you think of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The disgusting scandals in the Obama VA have meant that a lot of them have fallen through the cracks. At his rally, Donald Trump made the scathing but accurate comment that the Obama Administration treats illegal migrants better than it does many of our veterans.

I’ve checked this group out and they’re totally legitimate.Click on the above link and do what you can.

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

Council Submissions

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of  the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure  who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….

 

MessNBC’s Resident Dingbat, Mellisa Harris-Perry!!

 The Noisy Room– My nomination for Weasel of the Week goes to Melissa Harris-Perry (again). She whined on MSNBC that poor, misunderstood illegal immigrants are being deported from the US. Then she laughingly compared their plight to that of slaves in the 1850s. What a maroon:

Melissa Harris Perry: I don’t want the Obama administration’s final year to be marred by a fugitive slave law around the question of this deportation that leads in the context of Flint to actual children actually being poisoned because they’re afraid to open the door to clean water.

Just wow. She’s unhinged and I can’t even understand really what she’s ranting on about. She’s mixing slavery, with illegal immigration, with lead tainted water in Flint, MI… Someone is definitely off their meds here. Her concern is that knocking on doors of illegal immigrants is essentially the revival of the Fugitive Slave Act, a law from 1850 that allows slave owners to recapture any runaway slaves. Just laughable.

If that didn’t make your head hurt enough, here’s RedState’s take:

You see, if you are an illegal immigrant, and you answer the door when the government comes calling, you are deported on sight. The result of this is that people in Flint, Michigan, who are suffering from lack of usable water, won’t open the door for fresh water deliveries out of fear that they are being tricked into being deported. She called this a potential “black-brown coalition moment.”

Talk about reaching. So, there are so many illegal immigrants in Flint that no one will get fresh water. Uh no. But if they were slaves, shouldn’t we set them free and send them home? Just sayin’.

For being a racist moonbat and a liar extraordinaire, Melissa Harris-Perry and her tampon earrings should get Weasel of the Week. Maybe she can pawn it to get fresh water to all those would-be slaves in Flint. You know, the place that has a majority black council that is responsible for the whole leaded water brouhaha in the first place.


The UN Signers of The Global Warming Diktat!!

Fausta’s Blog – The signatories of the U.N. global warming treaty (which will cost at least $13 trillion)who travel in private jets and stay at places with the largest carbon footprints.

Dante would place them in the 8th Circle of the Inferno, along with the frauds. Fittingly for the U.N. setting, the hypocrites’ in the 8th Circle wear golden cloaks liked with lead – only that it’s us paying for it all.

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Former Arkansas Governor, Presidential Candidate And Bass Guitarist Mike Huckabee!!

The Daley Gator – Apparently soon-to-be failed-GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee can determine who is, and is not a Christian. Or maybe he has sold out to Trump and is bashing Ted Cruz’s faith to please his new puppet master…


UN Secretary General,Human Jellyfish And Terrorism Apologist Ban-Ki-Moon!!

JoshuaPundit – Ban Ki-Moon decided to give a speech last week entitled, “Secretary-General’s remarks to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East.” It had 52 paragraphs, three about Lebanon, and two about Syria – one about refugees and one about the Golan. The rest of it was a screed aimed at Israel. Nothing about Iran, or about ISIS . Nothing about Saudi Arabia’s mass killings of civilians in Yemen, nothing about Egypt or Libya. Not a mention of the Kurds.

Ban’s entire speech basically stated that if Israel uprooted 500,000 of its citizens, divided Jerusalem and gave the part with the Jewish Holy sites to the Arabs whom call themselves ‘Palestinians’ and retreated to indefensible borders there would be peace in the entire region. But wait there’s more. Ban Ki-Moon also rationalized the murder of Jews, attributing the terrorist attacks deliberately incited by unelected dictator Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to “Palestinian frustration.”

“Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” Ban continued. “Some have taken me to task for pointing out this indisputable truth. Yet, as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

In his entire speech and in a follow up editorial cheerfully published by Pravda-on-the-Hudson, the Secretary General of the supposedly neutral UN did not mention the deliberate incitement to murder by Abbas and the Palestinian Authority once.

Ban’s timing was impeccable.In the past four months, over 25 Israelis have been murdered. The latest casualties, a fresh wound to Israelis when Ban made his speech included a heroic mother of six who saved her children’s lives by refusing to let her Arab assassin remove the knife from her body, a woman who was five months pregnant and a 23 year old woman targeted and killed at random.

 Would Ban excuse Jews if they got tired of being at the receiving end of this kind of murder and started replying in kind? Of course he wouldn’t.

You see, what Ban Ki Moon was really saying, of course, was that Muslims in general and the Arabs whom call themselves ‘Palestinians’ in particular have the right and privilege to express their grievances violently. That worldview’s very common in some circles.  The Mayor of Koln, Germany expressed similar sentiments after the New Year’s Eve gang rapes by Muslim refugees in that city, telling the local women that it was their responsibility to wear less enticing clothing, stay in groups, keep at least an arm’s length of distance from gangs of Muslims and avoid certain public places.

Needless to say, the entire spectrum of Israeli politics ripped Ban for his bigoted comments, including Bibi Netanyahu, who accused him of “stoking terror,” which of course Ban was by rationalizing it. But even the rationale, the the ‘occupation’ excuses murder  is maddeningly hollow. Because the UN’s definition of what occupation consists of  applies to Israel and Israel alone. There are no Jews living in Gaza and Israel has nothing to do with the place except to legally blockade it since Hamas took over  to keep Hamas’s missile supply from Iran in check so they won’t fire them at Israeli civilians. Yet the UN, EU and other parts of what calls itself the international community refers to Israel as Gaza’s ‘occupying power.’

According to the 1922 San Remo Accords and Article 80 of the UN Charter that reaffirmed it, the official border between the Arab part of the Palestine Mandate and the remaining 22% that was left for the Jews is the Jordan River. In 1948, a large part of that 22%, Judea, Samaria (AKA The West Bank) and East Jerusalem were invaded by Jordan’s British armed and officered Arab Legion and the Jewish inhabitants ethnically cleansed in a particularly brutal fashion. That 19-year occupation by aggressive force was never recognized by the UN, but the UN did nothing to change that status and member Jordan went totally unpunished for what they had done. Only in 1967, when Jordan’s King Hussein attacked Israel and was pushed back across the Jordan by the IDF did we start hearing about Israel ‘occupying’ territory that officially belonged to no other country.

 If Israel is conducting an  ‘occupation’ in Judea and Samaria, then by Ban’s definition of it  all of South Korea, Ban Ki-Moon’s home country is occupied North Korean territory, since North Korea invaded it militarily and controlled it for awhile. It’s a real pity no one threw that back in Ban Ki Moon’s face.

That’s also one reason many  Israelis are justifiably leery of ceding more land to anyone. If Israel was stupid and gullible enough to actually pull back to the 1948 ceasefire lines as Ban, the UN, the EU and our Dear Leader in DC  are pressuring them to do, rest assured that Israel would still be referred to as ‘the occupying power’ of whatever land Israel gave up by creatures like Ban Ki Moon.  Just like Gaza is.

Rationalizing murder is bad enough, but creating special rules for Israel, the world’s only Jewish State that apply to no other nation is by definition Jew hatred. That seems to be fashionable once again, especially at the UN.

Well, there it is. What a despicable group of  Weasels…ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum.

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Forum: Trump’s Boycott Of The FOX Debate; Huge Error Or Smart Move?

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: Trump’s Boycott Of The FOX Debate; Huge Error Or Smart Move?

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Well, reckon we’ll find out very soon. On it’s face, it shows Trump doesn’t need to dance to the media’s tune. Yet it actually helped and hurt. The other candidates at the debate answered the same jazz we’ve heard before, and nothing new was set up. In that regards, hanging out with vets was better optics.

On the other hand retail politics – selling people on you – could be a detriment by not showing up.

Bookworm Room :Had Trump gone to the debate, he would have been one among many. By boycotting the debate, he created another story about himself. Trump understands the old Hollywood adage that all publicity is good publicity. He’s aiming for product recognition, and the media is providing it.

My hope, with Trump out of the debate, was that it would be a substantive debate, rather than a gladiator’s fight aimed at ratings rather than informing the public. I was really saddened that Fox decided to go the gladiator route anyway, using out-of-context videos as “gotchas” against Rubio and Cruz, without giving them adequate time to respond. It was ugly TV and I turned it off because I wasn’t learning anything.

JoshuaPundit : I pretty much said what I had to say about this here. I think this actually helped Donald Trump no matter who wins in Iowa. We’ll see what happens on caucus day.

 Iowa has a very unique setup, a new blizzard is forecast for tomorrow and in the end it just amounts to whose supporters brave the weather and show up.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : Trump’s boycotting of the Fox debate neither hurt nor helped his campaign. Those who support him will continue to support him and those who oppose him still do. It will be interesting to see how he does in the Iowa caucus this week.

 Well, there you have it!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

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...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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