Forum:What Are Your Thoughts On President Obama’s Normalizing Relations With Cuba?

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 Are Your Thoughts On President Obama’s Normalizing Relations With Cuba?

 The Razor : I support it. The Castros have been using the embargo to justify the failures of their rule, and normalization would strip that away. You have the same Cuban families on both sides of the Florida straits, and the prosperity on one side is hard to hide. My only issue with it is that it’s happening under the Obama administration, so I’m sure it will be a disaster just as everything else has been in the foreign policy realm.

Simply Jews :This question is probably is a subject for a longer and better argumented post, but to be brief I shall try to digest my roaming thoughts all the same:

Since the demise of the Soviet Union and cessation of Soviet support so vital for Cuban economy, the US policy on Cuba remained unrevised and caused unnecessary 20+ years of hostility. And, of course, unnecessary suffering to Cubans.

The end to embargo (not there yet) and opening the borders to economic and cultural ties would have effectively finished off the oppressive dictatorial regime many years ago without any need to resort to exploding cigars and other outlandish and stupid ideas.

The Cubans today are kept as serfs to a rotting and crumbling regime that relies on the relatively privileged army and secret police as the last bastions that keep it intact and will crumble in the same way the Soviet regime crumbled all these years ago, if only the economic, cultural and, especially, information gateways were opened for all – to see how the life could be.

The right wing political camp in US was (still is) in thrall of the influential Cuban immigrants’ lobby that ties its hands in all matters concerning Cuba. And let’s not forget that at least some of the more influential and rich Cuban emigres are still pining for the corrupt and dictatorial Batista’s regime… ’nuff said.

Of course, what Obama so far achieved is too little, but I hope it’s not too late and the continuation will come. The more tourists from US, the more goods and information from the free world come to Cuba, the quicker the demise of the regime there will be.

The sooner the better.

JoshuaPundit : What do I think about President Obama Normalizing Relations With Cuba? I think it means he’s quit cigarettes and is now smoking cigars.

About all I can do is joke about this, because it’s a disaster in the making.

The regime itself was on the verge of collapse, because the Maduro regime in Venezuela could no longer afford to give the Castros subsidized oil. So instead of allowing it to fall or even encouraging its demise, this president has now thrown this brutal regime a lifeline that will keep it in power.

Cuba is only ninety miles from the U.S. Think about that for a moment. It is a regime aligned with our enemies, and as Raúl Castro informed President Obama in a 30 minute lecture, nothing’s changing.

The embargoes kept a lot of bad actors away from Cuba. Not only are they now free to come in, by the entire use of embargoes as a means to counteract bad behavior short of war has been undermined.

But wait,there’s more. Let’s revisit history.

Once President Kennedy allowed the Monroe Doctrine to be breached by backing out of the Bay of Pigs invasion after it had already started, the Soviets realized that Castro could be their entry into the western hemisphere and just a year later they had their missile bases installed on the island.The confrontation that followed once our intelligence found out about it almost started a nuclear war.

Imagine what would happen if history repeated itself? The Russians are already sniffing around. What if Iran makes a clandestine deal with Castro and we wake up one day with Iranian ballistic missiles aimed at our shores? What if China decides that Havana would be a superb spot for a naval base to extend their reach into American territorial waters? What if the Cuban regime itself receives nuclear weapons from, say, North Korea? Especially at a time when America’s missile defense and nuclear weapons, just like our conventional military are already at historic lows?

And remember, the Cubans are going to get an embassy on our shores out of the deal which will be nothing but a den of spies and a security risk.

I’m afraid I have little patience with people that argue that after 50 years, we need to change policy, that trade and tourism will benefit the Cuban people and eventually lead to more freedom. These are the same arguments a number of people made when talking about the Soviet Union between WWII and the 1970′s and they helped it keep going for years.

Profits from trade and tourism aren’t going to trickle down to ordinary Cubans.They will go to the regime’s elites, with a select few being allowed access to the goodies as the carrot for loyalty and good behavior, with the stick very much in evidence for anyone who displeases the regime in any fashion. And rest assured, the Cubans not are going to be allowed free access to the internet, to publications, to radio, to films or to anything that displeases the regime, contradicts its propaganda or undermines its iron grip on their throats.

As sickening as it is that we would betray the many Cubans whom seek freedom, it’s even worse that would would betray our own interests and our national security. That’s exactly what this amounts to…a major foreign policy debacle.

The Independent Sentinel : All I have to do is repost the first paragraph from the NY Times article December 20th: “President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for “a new chapter” while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba.”

Obama just propped up another Communist dictatorship.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : President Obama makes another sweeping statement, this time decreeing he intends to normalize relations with Cuba. We have not seen any announcement or agreement on the part of the Castro regime to bring freedom and democracy to the people of Cuba in return for re-establishing diplomatic and trade ties with America. Several members of Congress have said they had no idea these negotiations were even occurring although apparently they have been going on for over a year. This appears to be another ill-conceived unilateral executive action. So why is President Obama doing this?

Whether you believe we should lift the decades old embargo or not, we do need to consider the parties who will benefit the most from this action. Very likely billions of our tax dollars will be given in aid to the Cuban government in an ongoing effort of the president to redistribute our wealth, most of which will end up in the pockets of those in positions of power in the Castro regime.

Of course, American corporations will benefit by opening factories in Cuba and hiring cheap labor. The lives of Cubans might improve a little, but they will remain isolated from the rest of the world as they have been since Castro came to power. Cuba has had diplomatic and trade relations with many countries around the world, and the Cuban people continue to live in poverty and fear. Why would anyone believe if America opens diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba the lives of the people of Cuba will improve?

This is all about wealth re-distribution and cheap labor for American corporations.

The Right Planet:I shouldn’ t say I was shocked by Obama’s unilateral action to normalize relations with Cuba. But it is shocking to watch a U.S. president simply ignore the past and make nice with a despotic regime. My South American friends see this as throwing a lifeline to the Castro regime, since Cuba’s close ally, Venezuela, is quickly going belly up, due to plummeting oil prices. But along comes Obama to pluck them from disaster.

What did the U.S. get in return? The release of a USAID worker and an intel agent, Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, held in Cuba for the past two decades. But Cuba got everything they wanted. I suspect, too, that this unilateral decision by Obama has something to do with closing Guantanamo Bay. And why didn’t the U.S. demand the return of cop killer Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 during a gunbattle after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike?

Obama stated in his address to the nation that his decision to normalize relations with Cuba “will end an outdated approach that has failed to advance America’s interests.” What does that mean? Obama never explained what he meant by “America’s interests.” I suspect it’s code for “failed to advance Obama’s interests.” It just looks to me like Obama is propping up a failed socialist regime, since Obama has never met a communist despot he didn’t like, to my knowledge.

 The Glittering Eye : The embargo on Cuba was imposed specifically for the purpose of producing regime change. A half century later it still hasn’t done that and at this point I think it’s reasonable to think it never will. Both sides in the argument about the president’s recent announcement have good points. Those who oppose them object to subsidizing the Castro regime and think that we haven’t struck much of a deal in the negotiations. Those who support the president’s move point out that we haven’t gotten anywhere with the embargo, abandoning it would be of economic benefit to the U. S., and it’s time for a change. I think the economic argument is much exaggerated. LIberalization will be much better for Cuba than it will for us.

IMO liberalization of travel will be a stronger weapon against the Castro regime than the embargo. It will be interesting to see how Cubans react to visits from their relatives in the States and to the consumer goods and information they bring with them.

The whole matter strikes me as another example of something that has become a very bad habit for the president, not enlisting the support of Congress, even Democrats in Congress, before announcing a change in policy. There isn’t a lot the president can do in the absence of cooperation from the Congress and an announcement out of the blue does little to foster that cooperation.

In the final analysis whether the policy change is just a photo op or whether there is actually material change will depend on what the president and Congress agree on. We’ll just need to wait and see.

Well, there you have it!

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The Council Has Spoken! 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.

“I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history.” – Barack Obama,

“Barack Obama is like the old joke about boats. The two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.”- Howie Carr

“None of what Barack Obama is doing or wants to do to this country is anything the rest of the world hasn’t seen before and already failed at.”
- Rush Limbaugh

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This week’s winning essay,Nice Deb’s -Sheriff Clark: After Obama, We’re Going To Need A “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together” Is her astute take on an interview with Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee concerning race relations under President Obama. Here’s a slice:

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark joined Megyn Kelly, Thursday night to discuss a new Fox poll that shows that 62% of voters believe race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama became president.

Kelly asked the the clear-eyed, straight talking sheriff, “are they right?”

“Of course they’re right,” Clark answered without hesitation. “He built that…..remember that statement, ‘you didn’t build that’? Well, he built this racial divide, it was a wound that had been healing for a number of years – number of decades – and he reopened it with his divisive politics.”

He continued, “Obama has benefited from the divide and conquer strategy – it secured two successive electoral victories for the White House but it’s been very destructive for America.” He went on to ask a devastating question, “Who would have thought that after the election of first black president in the history of United States, that we would need a period of reconstruction to try to put this country back together?”

Clark claimed that instead of taking a neutral tone, Obama has habitually fanned the flames.

Megyn gave Clark an opportunity to give Obama a pass and put most of the blame on people with whom he surrounds himself, but Clark was having none of it.

“It’s a cabal of people,” he acknowledged. “But he’s at the top. When the president speaks, people listen and he has to choose his words carefully.”

Megyn, playing devils advocate, noted that Obama often acknowledges the sacrifices made by police.

Clark countered by saying that Obama likes to “throw a few bones out there” for law enforcement with “a wink and a nod” to the racial agitators. “People know what he’s doing,” the Sheriff declared.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter Townhall with Nothing Succeeds Like Liberal Secession submitted by The Razor . It’s a fascinating look at what things would be like in Blue America and Red America decided on a mutual peaceful parting of the ways, with a nice side order of Schlichter’s wry sense of humor.

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 disgusting,but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…

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Squeaker of the House, Obama Doormat and RINO extraordinaire John Boehner!!

 The Noisy Room : John Boehner for betraying his conservative base and aligning himself with Obama and the Progressives on the Left. In the CRominbus bill, he gave everything and more to Obama on every Progressive issue addressed. It was a breathtaking act of treason against conservatives and the Tea Party.

I agree wholeheartedly with Sean Hannity:

“John ‘Gruber’ Boehner, two days after the midterm elections, talking tough on the issue of amnesty, but unfortunately, that’s all it was. Because today it’s conservatives who feel like they’ve been burned as the Speaker aligned himself with the president, with Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer and Joe Biden to pass a spending bill a short time ago,” Hannity said.
“John Boehner ‘Grubered’ conservatives tonight and by that, I mean, the conservative base in particular, and Michele Bachmann hit the nail on the head,” he continued. “He never would have done this before the election. He has no inspiring vision and to me, he is everything that is wrong with Washington. He is a Democratic Party-lite. He doesn’t have those bold colored differences that Reagan talked about. And he should, in my view, he should not be the Speaker and should be replaced.”


Boehner would not even speak, much less negotiate with conservatives on this and he implemented a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, was an egregious slap in the face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates.

Time to go RINO hunting as Sarah Palin put it. Lock and load.

 The Independent Sentinel :John Boehner is unquestionably my choice for weasel of the week, perhaps for the month, no the year. He said he would stand up to Barack Obama before the election, but the only ones he has stood up to are conservative Republicans. When it looked as if the budget wouldn’t pass, he pressured conservatives and when that didn’t work, he went to the far-left Steny Hoyer and Barack Obama to get the bill passed.

Boehner tweeted this on December 11th: “By the House’s action, we are setting up a direct challenge to the president’s unilateral actions on immigration next month… 3/4″

Horsefeathers!!!

Boehner pushed through a budget that funds amnesty. The Republicans have nothing to fight with next year. We can’t defund the DHS.

They won’t fight anyway.

Any fight is always pushed off into the future with this phony.

He betrayed the people who put Republicans in control of the House and the Senate. My second runner up for weasel is Karl Rove who is pleased that we are on our way towards having a budget as if that were the end all and be all. We passed an exorbitant spending bill that funds all of Obama’s lawless actions and neither Karl Rove or John Boehner appear to care about the Constitution in all of this.

VA Right: I’m going to go with John Boehner and his lead from behind deal with Barack Obama on the Omnibus bill.

The voters made this a wave election, not to get the Republicans to work with the Democrats, but to get them to push back. Boehner gave up an entire year of leverage and opportunity. He managed to prove that Republicans are not the answer either.

Yes, John Boehner came out ahead in a crowded and despicable field to walk off with the honors.Like some of other winners, this is something of a life time achievement award for excellence in Weaseldom rather than simply a recognition of his extraordinary performance during the current lame duck session. Remember when he first took over as Speaker back in 2011 and had us all convinced he was a fine, conservative choice?

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Woo yeah, Mr. Speaker, boy did we fall for that one! And I bet you and your friends had a big laugh over it too!

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Well, at any rate, I at least want to commend you for being a good sport and showing up in person to get your well-earned Weasel..please come to the stage Speaker Boehner!

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Speaker Boehner…umm Speaker Boehner, I realize…I know it’s an emotional moment for you sir, but could you please stop…no I don’t want a hug sir…yecch, you’re getting it all over me! Please, someone get me a towel…!

Well, there it is.

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Cuba Betrayed Edition

With today’s announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will be normalizing relations with Cuba, American foreign policy took a very dark turn. Just at the point when this hideous regime was on the verge of collapse, our president took action that will not promote freedom for the Cuban people, but will throw an economic lifeline to a brutal dictatorship to enable it to stay in power. Disgraceful and shameful beyond words.

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!!

- Greg at Rhymes With Right was quoted in Breitbart.

- My latest, Fear And Loathing – Labor And Livni’s Hatnua Join Forces is up at the Times of Israel.

- This week, The Political Commentator, IOwnTheWorldReport.Com and Blazing Cat Fur 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….

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!

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It’s time again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for Award 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 and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees:

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Squeaker of the House, Obama Doormat and RINO extraordinaire John Boehner!! 

 The Noisy Room : John Boehner for betraying his conservative base and aligning himself with Obama and the Progressives on the Left. In the CRominbus bill, he gave everything and more to Obama on every Progressive issue addressed. It was a breathtaking act of treason against conservatives and the Tea Party.

I agree wholeheartedly with Sean Hannity:

“John ‘Gruber’ Boehner, two days after the midterm elections, talking tough on the issue of amnesty, but unfortunately, that’s all it was. Because today it’s conservatives who feel like they’ve been burned as the Speaker aligned himself with the president, with Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer and Joe Biden to pass a spending bill a short time ago,” Hannity said.

“John Boehner ‘Grubered’ conservatives tonight and by that, I mean, the conservative base in particular, and Michele Bachmann hit the nail on the head,” he continued. “He never would have done this before the election. He has no inspiring vision and to me, he is everything that is wrong with Washington. He is a Democratic Party-lite. He doesn’t have those bold colored differences that Reagan talked about. And he should, in my view, he should not be the Speaker and should be replaced.”

Boehner would not even speak, much less negotiate with conservatives on this and he implemented a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, was an egregious slap in the face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates.

Time to go RINO hunting as Sarah Palin put it. Lock and load.

 The Independent Sentinel :John Boehner is unquestionably my choice for weasel of the week, perhaps for the month, no the year. He said he would stand up to Barack Obama before the election, but the only ones he has stood up to are conservative Republicans. When it looked as if the budget wouldn’t pass, he pressured conservatives and when that didn’t work, he went to the far-left Steny Hoyer and Barack Obama to get the bill passed.

Boehner tweeted this on December 11th: “By the House’s action, we are setting up a direct challenge to the president’s unilateral actions on immigration next month… 3/4″

Horsefeathers!!!

Boehner pushed through a budget that funds amnesty. The Republicans have nothing to fight with next year. We can’t defund the DHS.

They won’t fight anyway.

Any fight is always pushed off into the future with this phony.

He betrayed the people who put Republicans in control of the House and the Senate. My second runner up for weasel is Karl Rove who is pleased that we are on our way towards having a budget as if that were the end all and be all. We passed an exorbitant spending bill that funds all of Obama’s lawless actions and neither Karl Rove or John Boehner appear to care about the Constitution in all of this.

VA Right: I’m going to go with John Boehner and his lead from behind deal with Barack Obama on the Omnibus bill.

The voters made this a wave election, not to get the Republicans to work with the Democrats, but to get them to push back. Boehner gave up an entire year of leverage and opportunity. He managed to prove that Republicans are not the answer either.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein!

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : For unleashing a partisan report that only spoke to terrorist pro bono attorneys with serious Nat’l Security repercussions. Allies and fence sitters will be less likely to work with America since anything they help with could be blown by a spiteful old lady. Enemies may use it a rallying point to continue their mad jihad to kill innocents and innocent Americans.

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Hamas Shill And British Labour Party Nutjob Sir Gerald Kaufman!!

Bookworm Room : Gerald Kaufman, a Jewish-born, British member of Parliament (Labour, of course), for coming up with one of the most foully antisemitic statements ever:

“You cannot appeal to the Israelis’ better nature, because they do not have one.”

The video and transcript can be found here.

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Sen. Elizabeth “Stands With Fistfuls of Corporate Cash” Warren!

The Razor : My pick of the litter this week is Sen. Elizabeth “Stands With Fistfuls of Corporate Cash” Warren. As Kevin Williamson writes in this week’s National Review, Sen. Warren has become a darling of the progressive community for her attacks on Wall Street yet at the same time has taken its cash. The New York Times has supported the narrative of Warren’s opposition to the federal bailouts, writing ““The liberal base of the Democratic Party, led by Ms. Warren, also found itself in an unlikely alliance with the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. Both opposed the Wall Street bailout of 2008 and feared that the spending measure would not only provide a bounty for big banks but would also help cause another economic crisis.” Williamson writes, “Senator Warren is an energetic proponent of corporate welfare for Boeing, General Electric Bechtel, Caterpillar, and other such poor, defenseless little mom-and-pop operations.” Williamson also references the funniest movie ever, Blazing Saddles, referring to Warren’s claim of Cherokee ancestry (she’s 3.1%) “Senator Warren is as much an authentic champion of ordinary working people as she is an authentic Cherokee princess — and Mel Brooks and those Yiddish-speaking Indians from Blazing Saddles were more convincing in that role.”

Sen. Warren is the new face of progressives in the Democratic party, meaning she’s extremely wealthy, white and old – having turned 65 last June. She’s being considered as the youthful alternative to Hillary Clinton (who turned 67 in October). But being eligible for full Social Security benefits doesn’t deter her nomination for weasel of the week, especially for one as weaselly as Warren. Weasel Warren: it has a certain ring to it..

 Yeccch! Can you smell the stench these weasel creatures emit  or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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Forum:How Do You feel About The ‘Cromnibus’ Spending Bill? What Does it Signify Politically?

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:How Do You feel About The ‘Cromnibus’ Spending Bill? What Does it Signify Politically?

 The Independent Sentinel : I will take the last part of the question first. It signifies that the Republicans aren’t willing to accept the results of the last election. It’s a Boehner sell-out.

I don’t want to say too much until I see what the new congress does. If they do nothing, it’s time for a third party. They’re trying to shove Jeb Bush on us and have decided that he, Romney and Christie are our only presidential choices for 2016.

The bill funds the unconstitutional amnesty, Obamacare, EPA regulations, abortions, et cetera. The bargaining chip is the DHS. What are they going to do? Tell Barack Obama no amnesty or they will stop funding the Border Patrol?

The Noisy Room : Richard A. Viguerie is absolutely right when he calls most of the Republican leadership ‘boneless wonders.’ And as Senator Rand Paul correctly labeled the Cromnibus, it is an ‘abomination of a bill,’ and it passed narrowly thanks to the betrayal of John Boehner.

Boehner lied himself silly as he did exactly what I predicted he would do; he claimed that the Republicans didn’t dare shut down the government and had to pass the Cromnibus to find out what was in it, a la Pelosi. He also claimed the good in the bill outweighed the bad. So many lies in such a short time. He went all the way with Obama, knowing that the President would kick him out of bed in the morning. Conservatives were Grubered by Boehner and the other Progressive RINOs who wanted everythingpassed; they also gave Obama *ALL* he asked for and oh, so much more.

Every Republican who voted for the Cromnibus must be targeted in primaries and gotten rid of. They are cancerous to the Republic; they are Progressives on the Right side of the aisle and are every bit as much a danger to our country as the Progressive Liberals are. Every one of these Republicans
owns this. They weren’t ‘forced’ into anything. They chose this because of money and power. It’s as simple as that.

The implications basically include that unless there is a thunderous turn around, the Republican Party is done. A third party will rise over this betrayal. Conservatives have had enough of the lying RINOs and
being manipulated. My hope is that Sarah Palin will run in 2016 with Ted Cruz at her side, or Ted Cruz and Mike Lee or Alan West. It is the only chance left for the Republican Party as it now stands.

One last minute rider in particular, a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, was an egregious slap in the
face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates.

The rider would give the Republican and Democrat Party establishments huge advantages in battles with primary challengers to incumbents.

The bill will obviously pass and it is the exact antithesis of what America wants. But this is not a new political alignment. Warren is a die-hard socialist – the bill wasn’t Progressive enough for her. Conservatives want the polar opposite on this.

Are the Republicans so deaf, dumb and clueless that they can’t battle corrupt Democrats even when they control the House and the Senate? Or are they just as corrupt as the Progressive Liberals? Both is the answer.

Just more arrogant elitist bull crap, slapping each other on the back, wallowing in their greed for power and money. they feel as though the party will never end. But walking on the wild side always has a price
and Americans won’t take this much longer. The RINOs are going to find themselves on the wrong dance card after waking with a major hangover and the realization that the tab has come due and Obama doesn’t love them in the morning. Suckers. All the back room deals, lies and manipulations just simply delay the demise of the Republican Party. But an accounting is coming and soon.

Boehner’s dirty deals with Obama have increased spending by $3.8 Trillion in 3.8 years. It’s just flat out criminal what they are doing to this nation. It is suicide and they know it and just can’t seem to care evidently. The arrogance of Boehner and his cronies is stunning. He wouldn’t work with conservatives at all on the Cromnibus.

As Sarah Palin says, this bill stinks to high heaven. RINO season is now officially open. Lock and load. More on this in my article, ‘Boehner Betrays His Conservative Base by Passing the Cromnibus and It Stinks to High Heaven.’

This is what it has come to, one party, the Progressive Party. Where Boehner and the RINOs identify more with Obama and the Liberals than conservatives, the Tea Party and America in general. Let America eat cake. Never mind the smell.

 JoshuaPundit : There are several things I take away from this.

First off,this has all the appearance of a political coup d’etat.The chief leverage congress always has against a president is the power of the purse. That leverage has now essentially been lost for the incoming Republican congress until September of 2015.

It would have been quite easy to simply pass a basic continuing resolution  (which is all cromnibus is) which funded everything and made no major changes that lasted until, say January 30th, when the new congress would have been seated. That would have made political and tactical sense,and Majority Leader Reid could not have held it up nor could the president  have vetoed it without sustaining major political damage as the cause of a government shut down for no reason.

So why wasn’t it done that way? Instead,the Republican leadership stuck in changes that could almost have been made to order for the upcoming Democrat class warfare campaign (even though they actually benefit Democrats far more, which is why Harry Reid let them go through) and essentially neutered themselves and the incoming Republican dominated congress. Not only that,but the confab in the senate gave Elizabeth Warren a major boost in her public profile, especially among the Professional Left.

The way this was done made no sense politically or tactically, but it was so important that Speaker Boehner and his whip Rep. McCarthy were actually willing to blatantly lie to a number of House members to get them to vote in favor of a procedural rule without which cromnibus could not have come to a vote,something that is going to further split the GOP caucus, weaken the whip and do serious damage to Boehner’as credibility, whatever was left of it.

The only possible side benefit for Boehner and the Republican leadership was to damage the conservative branch of the Republican caucus, but that also makes no real sense because it weakens them to no purpose and divides the caucus.Many of the new electees are not necessarily associated with the Tea Party, but they’re also not stupid. They will look at this and realize that Boehner, McCarthy and new senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell are not to be trusted.

That Boehner was willing to go to these lengths convinces me of something I’ve suspected for a long time…that President substantial Obama has something on John Boehner (and likely others).

Boehner wasn’t paid off, he’s paying off. And by the way, this also explains this president’s aggressive and combative stance after the debacle of the midterms, something unique in modern history. He obviously knew something.

Remember, we’re dealing with the sort of Chicago pol who got elected to the Senate by judge shopping to get his opponent Jack Ryan’s sealed divorce records made public so Ryan was forced to quit his campaign to protect his child.

You might also remember how the White House found out about General Petraeus’s affair months before it came out and got him to lie about Benghazi – before they released the info publicly anyway to discredit him and get him to resign. He changed his story on Benghazi afterwards but no one took him seriously after that.

With the resources Barack Obama commands as president, there’s no limit to what he might have tucked away on various people. And I think we also have ample evidece of his lack of scruples and what some might think of as simple decency.

The Republicans may dominate congress, but with compromised leadership, nothing much is going to get done. That is something that is going to have to change, and quickly.

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Here’s what Rush Limbaugh had to say about the latest developments:

Where do we stand on this thing now? It’s a legitimate question because the way this has been reported is that it’s a done deal. It’s a done deal because the House voted for the rule and then voted for the whole thing and it’s done and it’s considered a rubber stamp in the Senate and so it’s done. But it isn’t yet, is the thing. The media’s reporting that it’s done, but it’s really not, and all eyes are focused on Elizabeth Warren. And the question is, can she stop it?

Now, everything I mentioned in the previous hour’s true. Obama and Steny Hoyer and Biden, these guys are all helping Boehner, all the Democrats are doing everything they can to help Boehner, or did do everything they could to help Boehner get the votes that he needed in the House. It was the strangest thing. So now, the attention shifts focus to the Senate, and the question there is, “Can Democrats in the Senate still scuttle this thing?” And the answer is yes. They could still scuttle the deal, but they can’t do it alone. And there’s the rub.

They’re going to need some help from Republicans if the Senate is to stop this from happening. Now, what we’re talking about is the $1.1 trillion, it’s called the omnibus spending or cromnibus, and some people have even given to calling it the crimenibus because they think it’s an outrage the way it’s happening. It really is a piece of legislation that is in stark, in-your-face opposition to the people who voted this past November.

The American people want no part of this, or very little of it. The Washington establishment doesn’t care, and a lot of people are fuming, and rightfully feeling that, well, what, did the election not matter? And I’ll tell you, the answer to that question is a question a lot of people don’t want to hear the answer to.

So here’s where we are. A little help from Fox News. They’ve had some analysts looking at this trying to figure out where it goes from here. Now, last night, both the House and the Senate passed a two-day continuing resolution to keep the government running and avoid a partial shutdown. The House also passed the omnibus, this $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the remaining nine and a half months of the government’s fiscal year through September 30th.

Now, stop there for a moment. A lot of people think that’s asinine. The Republicans just won a landslide election. Why do a bill that funds the government for the rest of this fiscal year, which basically takes a year away from Republicans and the power they have over the budget next year and the year after the Republicans won the show and run the budget if they want to, albeit with Obama. So why punt one of those two years, which is what’s happened by going for the omnibus to fund it all the way through.

The Republican establishment’s answer to that, “Well, you know, we need to fund the government and then take care of that because the president will present his budget in February for 2016 and that’s where we’ll fight.” And a bunch of us frankly are getting real tired of the Republicans saying let’s go ahead and let this happen now and in a couple of months that’s when we’ll kick butt. They never kick butt, is the problem.
So what happened is, the House passes the omnibus bill that funds the remaining nine and a half months of the federal fiscal year, but funding immigration programs for just three months, which will allow Republicans to try to roll back Obama’s executive amnesty after the Senate is in Republicans’ hands.

Now, the House’s move punted the ball over to the Senate for final passage and then Obama’s signature. But that’s not as easy as it seems with Elizabeth Warren lurking in the weeds. The Senate convened at ten o’clock this morning but had to first finish the National Defense Authorization Act, and time will run out on that bill sometime this afternoon. Until the must-pass military measure is finished, Harry Reid cannot file cloture to move to the vote on the spending package, and he needs 60 votes for it. They can’t get to it ’til this afternoon, ’til they finish this military funding thing, which is a mass requirement.

If Elizabeth Warren, Fauxcahontas, and liberal senators get enough help from conservative Republicans opposed to the bill for other reasons, they could prevent it from advancing.

They have to find 41 votes to stop it. And finding 41 votes for what would essentially be a government shutdown is what the media think is impossible to do, because nobody wants to shut down the government.

Nobody wants to get blamed for shutting down the government. So if the bill is stopped, the end result’s a government shutdown, and that is the big obstacle that’s in the way, the abject fear of that. Now, it is reported that both conservatives and liberals have some additional options even after the thing passes, if it does. For example, a single senator, or a small group, could insist on using all 30 hours of debate time, which would pass the two-day emergency funding plan that was approved last night. Remember, it’s only just two days that they gave them.

Finding 41 votes is a tough thing because that’s a government shut down. But even at that, there’s still some other things they could do, like insist on full-fledged 30 hours of debate, which would then cause the current two-day spending measure to expire. That would force leaders to go back to the House for yet another emergency patch, if you will, say of another 48 hours to fund the government. You see how ridiculous this is getting? And another vote in the House would give conservatives, who they say they were lied to by House leaders into backing the emergency bill, a chance to redo their vote.

This takes us back to the Santa impersonator and Marlin Stutzman, who openly claims he was lied to about this. Just to refresh your memory, Stutzman was promised if he voted for the continuing resolution, the rule, not the ACR, but for the procedural vote, if he voted for the rule, that they would pull the omnibus and enact a 30-day continuing resolution to get the Republicans in power in both the House and the Senate and then start working on the omnibus, and they lied to him. They didn’t pull the omnibus.

So, again, if they get back to the House, if they have to go back to the House for another 48-hour emergency funding patch, that would give these conservatives who say they were lied to by House leaders into backing the emergency bill on the grounds that the bill was dead and buried, and with the shutdown threat revived, liberals and conservatives alike could make some additional demands, or at least use the time to try to find 51 Senators to vote against the final package.

Now, it must be said that while on paper this sounds like it could all shake out, the odds of it happening are said to be very unlikely. But the procedure provides some sticking points to bedevil the establishment, also some unhappy votes for ideological purists. The Senate could avoid this whole mess by invoking unanimous consent to vote on the big spending bill this afternoon. But if one Senator objects, then the whole decision is rejected, and that would mean that the Elizabeth Warren wing and the Republican rebels alike would all have to cave to some degree.

So this is an outline of what would have to happen to once again scuttle it or put some roadblocks up, and everybody involved thinks that all of this is really, really unlikely to happen. But it could still. A lot depends on Elizabeth Warren and just how big a flag she wants to plant on this. So we’ll just sit back and casually observe and see what happens. But the smart money is that it’s going to happen with no controversy whatsoever, that it’s practically already a fait accompli. “Is there still a way of stopping it?” But, again, the smart money says it’s not very likely.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason:Unfortunately, the bill will pass. Another voluminous spending bill no one has read. It appears we still have a ways to go to convince our “trusted servants” we will not stand for this continued confiscatory theft of our hard earned tax dollars. The efforts of conservatives delivered the Senate to the Republicans and increased their numbers in the House this past November, but apparently it is business as usual. There has been no effort whatsoever to shrink the size of government. Regulations continue to take more money out of our pockets and into the hands of the government. The GOP has essentially given away nearly a year of control over the purse strings, half of the time they will have control of both houses of Congress.

Hopefully during the next two years many more Americans will wake up and realize their earnings and personal wealth are not growing as they continue to pay more for essentials such as food, energy, and gas and have less left over for discretionary spending. We cannot continue on this path. The debt has surpassed $18 Trillion dollars with no attempt being made to cut spending.

2016 will be a major turning point for America. It will be up to We the People to decide whether we continue along this path towards a progressive America, or take our country back from the political and elite class and restore our country to government of the people, by the people and for the people.

 The Glittering Eye :The continuing resolution omnibus spending bill, waggishly nicknamed “CRomnibus”, is about what you’d expect from one of its kind. Neither party is happy with it and the more ideological you are the less happy you’re likely to be. That’s the way things get done in a representative democracy, particularly one as large as ours.

The question boils down to whether you think we’re better off with a crummy budget than none at all. I think that on balance we are. Isn’t this the first budget that the Senate has actually voted into law? That’s something of an accomplishment in its own right. I guess elections do have consequences.

I would prefer that these huge, opaque omnibus spending bills be abolished in favor of bills that were about a single matter and a single appropriation. That won’t happen without a constitutional amendment forcing it. It’s just too hard to get graft into a simple, short bill on a single subject.

Relevant-it’s often attributed to Bismark but it was apparently first said by John Godfrey Saxe: if you like law or sausages you should never watch either one being made.

 Well, there you have it.

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ 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.

“Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community, and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. “ – Oscar Wilde

“Rioting and looting are the tools of those without a voice… There is no revolution without violence.” - – Agitator at the Ferguson riots, as quoted by Reuters.

“You are hard at work madam ,” said the man near her.
Yes,” Answered Madam Defarge ; ” I have a good deal to do.”
What do you make, Madam ?”
Many things.”
For instance —”
For instance,” returned Madam Defarge , composedly ,
Shrouds.”
The man moved a little further away, as soon as he could, feeling it mightily close and oppressive .”
- Charles Dickens in his novel about the French Revolution, A Tale Of Two Cities.

“We’re liberators, not looters” - Al Sharpton

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This week’s winning essay,The Noisy Room’s The Movers and Shakers Behind the Ferguson Riots explores the Ferguson protests and riots and is pretty much about what the title implies it is, a well written in depth examination about a subject not much covered in the media…the plethora of very well organized groups who organized it and orchestrated it. Here’s a slice:

The Ferguson riots are not what they seem and those behind them are professionals. One of the top organizers of the protesters for the Ferguson riots is Lisa Fithian, someone who was intimately involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. She has been deemed “Professor Occupy.” In 2005 and 2008, Lisa Fithian, Root Activist Network of Trainers, (2005), Alliance for Community Trainers Inc. (2008), was voted onto the Steering Committee for United for Peace and Justice. United for Peace and Justice is a partner organization of the George Soros linked Institute for Policy Studies. Several Marxist organizations are involved in the UFPJ leadership, but the most influential has been the Communist Party USA.

Lisa Fithian joined the labor movement through the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute in 1993. She is considered a legendary organizer. She also served as a human shield in actions conducted by the International Solidarity Movement in the Palestinian cities of Jenin and Nablus and has accused Israel of “slaughter[ing] Palestinians every single day in Gaza and the Occupied territories.” These are just a few of her credits.

Fithian is known for her statement: “create crisis, because crisis is that edge where change is possible.” Sound familiar? It should, it is straight out of Holder’s and Obama’s playbook, as well as Marxism in general. Fithian was a lead organizer in the infamous 1999 Seattle riots against the World Trade Organization that devolved into violence. She is known for teaching violent tactics as well as community organizing. She specializes in aggressive “direct action” tactics. Fithian previously provided training and support for the controversial ACORN group, National People’s Action, the new version of the Students for a Democratic Society and other radical organizations. She trained somewhere around 600 protesters for Ferguson.

The following video shows anti-capitalist radical Lisa Fithian training Chicago union teachers on how to stage their arrests for the camera in 2011:

Fithian is far from alone in her Revolution organizing. She is joined by the likes of Code Pink, RevCom, the New Black Panthers, Socialist Party USA, etc. The ACLU has been in the mix from the beginning as well, along with SEIU. The UN also became involved, along with national LGBT organizations, climate environmentalists, amnesty groups, pro-Palestinian organizations, Christian social justice groups and Planned Parenthood.

LGBT organizations represented include the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, National Center for Lesbian Rights Action Fund and PFLAG National.

Amnesty International sent a “13-person human rights delegation” to the town to “examine” potential human rights abuses, in what they refer to as an “unprecedented” move by deploying in the United States. Many other groups joined in, such as Tauheed Youth Development Life, the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), the Moorish Science Temple, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression and the Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO). No radical party would ever be complete without the Socialist Workers Party as well.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Andrew McCarthy at the NROwith What’s Really Going on with Holder’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments submitted by Nice Deb . McCarthy has an excellent take here on what’s behind the sudden seemingly endless assault on the nation’s police department’s by our Attorney General and the DOJ.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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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 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 disgusting,but the votes are in and we have our winner winner…the envelope please…

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The degenerate,lying Lefties At Rolling Stone Magazine!!  (poster by Sabo..buy his stuff)

 Bookworm Room: Rolling Stone for committing a heinous act of attempted journalism. When its editorial board allowed to be published an inflammatory article alleging that an entire University of Virginia fraternity was guilty of a violent gang bang rape, and did so despite the fact that the article was unreliable on its face, it committed a gross slander against male college students, not just at UVA, but everywhere.

The only good thing to come out of this whole sordid journalistic blunder is that people are beginning to realize that the so-called “rape epidemic” at American colleges is just as real as the pre-school child molestation cases were in the 1990s, or the Salem Witch Trials were in the 1790s.

The Razor : This week’s weasel is a no-brainer. Rolling Stone magazine, first for publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s hit piece “A Rape on Campus” without vetting anything. Secondly for apologizing for its mistake then having a darkened room full of Rolling Stone lawyers gang-rape the apology the next day, leaving it a shattered mess along with Rolling Stone’s supposed reputation. As a former reader of the rag I gave up when they stopped publishing PJ O’Rourke and Greider started writing like Hunter S. Thompson on Thorazine. Add in the deification of issues of Obama in ‘08 and I’m surprised the thing has a reputation left to lose, but evidently it does in some quarters.

Ah, Rolling Stone, a magazine that used to be about music and even got a lot of that dead wrong. Then they  moved into far Left  politics with the amusing idea that what passes for writers there were actually journalists. What  they really were was a new version of the same kind of flakes n’ fakes that cost the magazine it’s rep when it covered music..the emphasis was all on gossip mongering, snark and stuff they just decided to make up and throw out there, always with their truly degenerate political stance in mind.

Some of you might remember the hit job with all those bogus quotes and a few leaks one of their ‘reporters’ overheard but should have had the decency not to repeat that got General Stan McChrystal, one of our finest battle field commanders fired back in 2010 and ousted from the Army by our always over sensitive commander-in-chief. That one in particular ticked me off, based on what I heard from some of my pals in AfPack. Yeah, the peeps at Rolling Stone are still proud of that one, calling it ‘the profile that changed history.’Never mind if it hurt our war effort or if a few of our troops got killed because of the turmoil created by that sudden change of command, or if our military was weakened. Hey, we got noticed, man!

The rape stories are the same kind of stuff. Some ‘reporter’ goes victim shopping at different campuses until she gets her paws on just the right person to build a Rolling Stone story around, lil’ Jackie Coakley, a long time radical feminist wannabe activist. Ooooh, and it involved white males and a fraternity, *drool*

Now Jackie’s story needed a little punching up,since she’d told different people different things and the details were fuzzy but hey, that’s what hacks and rape fantasy fiction writers like Sabrina Rubin Erdely and sordid little publications like Rolling Stone were made for! People’s reputations were besmirched and a fraternity house was vandalized, but hey, who cares, right? The fuss’ll all blow over in a while and they can do it all over again!

They definitely have a well-earned weasel coming to them. Jann Wenner will probably want this for his personal collection. Come up and get it,it’s all yours.

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.

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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Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ Edition

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Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They’re drinkin’, thinkin’ that they got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you’d better take your diamond ring, you’d better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

So how does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?

Res ipsa loquiter..no morals, no character, no truth.

(Poster by Sabo. Go buy his stuff)

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 Political Commentator, IOwnTheWorldReport, The Pirate’s Cove and Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion 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

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!

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It’s time again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we award the famed golden plastic 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 and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees:


Former Secretary of State, Senator And First Lady Hillary “Benghazi Babe’ Clinton!!

 The Independent Sentinel:  Hillary Clinton is my choice for weasel. She wants the American people to show ‘respect’, ‘understanding’, and ‘empathy’ for our enemies, meaning ISIS and other terrorists. Talking heads are claiming she didn’t really mean what she said but I have to go with what the woman said. I think she meant exactly what she said.

She is similar to Barack Obama in that we are “better than that” and by role modeling, we can bring others along.

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Commie, 9/11 Troother, ‘Palestine’ Groupie, Green Energy Scamster And Obama Favorite Van Jones!

The Noisy Room :This week I nominate commie and 9/11 Truther, Van Jones for going after Rich Lowry of the National Review and threatening him with a forced kiss, which Van Jones is putting forth as sexual assault. In other words, since Van Jones does not agree with Lowry’s fighting against the feminazis and objecting to Van Jones and company’s weak attempt to substantiate a false statistic about sexual assault on campus, he threatens Lowry on the air with said sexual assault.

Forced kissing ranges from the innocent to the not okay, but to equate it with rape is just ludicrous. These commies and feminists go on about something as simple as a dirty look being sexual assault, instead of addressing this horrid crime for what it really is – a brutal sexual violation and all that it implies. It is political grandstanding all in the context of the Rolling Stone’s faux story on rape that got a frat house destroyed. Rolling Stone did not check any facts and ran with it any way simply to demonize white men. This frat will now always be tainted with this, no matter what the real facts are. Van Jones put forth a lie and a false statistic for a political agenda. He’s a red weasel extraordinaire.

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The Obnoxious, Degenerate Lefties At Rolling Stone Magazine!!
(poster by Sabo..buy his stuff)

Bookworm Room: Rolling Stone for committing a heinous act of attempted journalism. When its editorial board allowed to be published an inflammatory article alleging that an entire University of Virginia fraternity was guilty of a violent gang bang rape, and did so despite the fact that the article was unreliable on its face, it committed a gross slander against male college students, not just at UVA, but everywhere.

The only good thing to come out of this whole sordid journalistic blunder is that people are beginning to realize that the so-called “rape epidemic” at American colleges is just as real as the pre-school child molestation cases were in the 1990s, or the Salem Witch Trials were in the 1790s.

The Razor : This week’s weasel is a no-brainer. Rolling Stone magazine, first for publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s hit piece “A Rape on Campus” without vetting anything. Secondly for apologizing for its mistake then having a darkened room full of Rolling Stone lawyers gang-rape the apology the next day, leaving it a shattered mess along with Rolling Stone’s supposed reputation. As a former reader of the rag I gave up when they stopped publishing PJ O’Rourke and Greider started writing like Hunter S. Thompson on Thorazine. Add in the deification of issues of Obama in ‘08 and I’m surprised the thing has a reputation left to lose, but evidently it does in some quarters.

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New York City Mayor Kommissar Bill DeBlasio!!

The Right Planet : Comrade de Blasio effectively threw the entire New York Police Department (NYPD) under the proverbial bus when he blamed “centuries of racism” as a contributing factor in the recent grand jury decision on the Eric Garner case. Never mind the fact race appears to have had no factor in the arrest. Garner’s arrest was even supervised by a black sergeant. We can have a legitimate debate of whether excessive force was used during the arrest, or why we’re arresting people for selling single cigarettes in the first place. But to inject racism into it when none exists is unconscionable. But Comrade de Blasio didn’t stop there; he double-downed in true Marxist-Leninist style, claiming his wife Chirlane McCray had trained their mixed-race son, Dante, about the “dangers” posed by cops. Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said, “What police officers felt [...] after that press conference was that they were thrown under the bus.”

Notice, in addition to throwing the police under the bus, Comrade de Blasio is requesting $35 million for “retraining” the NYPD’s 22,000 street cops. I would suspect this involves some sort of “sensitivity training” for officers. This is all ties in to a greater agenda and the Obama Administration’s efforts to socialize and nationalize local police departments, in much the same way Obama has nationalized and socialized healthcare and education. All this falls under the guise of “community-oriented policing“–which I’ve been warning about for years.

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‘Journalist’ And Rape Fantasy Fiction Writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely!!

Virginia Right! : I will have to go with the woman who wrote the false rape story for Rolling Stone magazine.


She did not fact check and in light of the Duke Lacrosse disaster one would think that any story with a similar set of circumstances would be substantiated before being published. Rolling Stone owns a lot of the blame as well.

 Yeccch! Can you smell the stench these weasel creatures emit  or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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