Watcher of Weasels http://www.watcherofweasels.org Keeping an eye on the weasels of the world Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:02:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Watcher’s Council Nominations – The Shot Heard ‘Round The World Editionhttp://www.watcherofweasels.org/watchers-council-nominations-the-shot-heard-round-the-world-edition/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/watchers-council-nominations-the-shot-heard-round-the-world-edition/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:41:19 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4414 http://www.watchmenpastors.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Battle-of-Lexington.jpg

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 posts in each category, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

The Council In Action!!

  • The multi-talented Tom White over at Virginia Right! has a brand new song up at YouTube, ‘The Eric Cantor Blues’. Tasty!
  • Debra Heine at Nice Deb has a great piece over at Breitbart giving us the low down on the latest doings of the Tea Party Express with Tea Party Express Launches Ninth National Bus Tour
  • Yours truly at Joshuapundit has a new piece up at the Times of Israel on Mahmoud Abbas and his threat to dissolve the Palestinian Authority if all his demands aren’t met, Farewell To Abbas And The PA? Good Riddance
  • This week, The MidKnight Review, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion , Jewish American Patriots, Gulag Bound and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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

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

    Simple, no?

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

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

    Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Forum: What Are Your Feelings on The GOP House Leadership Saying They Are ‘Hell Bent’ On Passing Immigration Reform This Year?http://www.watcherofweasels.org/forum-what-are-your-feelings-on-the-gop-house-leadership-saying-they-are-hell-bent-on-passing-immigration-reform-this-year/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/forum-what-are-your-feelings-on-the-gop-house-leadership-saying-they-are-hell-bent-on-passing-immigration-reform-this-year/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:32:52 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4409

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 Feelings on The GOP  House Leadership Saying They Are  ‘Hell Bent’ On Passing Immigration Reform This Year?

Liberty’s Spirit:Yes there needs to be immigration reform. The situation as it exists is untenable. First the government needs to secure the border. We we saw with the Bundy ranch development, when the federal government wants to, they are able to amass a huge show of force. It would be nice if they did that to oversee our security. Border states have been asking for help for years to combat the actions of those that traffic in humans and drugs, and not simply during the Obama administration. If it becomes unprofitable for coyotes and others, like the Chinese tongs and East European mafias, that actually smuggle in people through the ports of New York and on the west coast, then we could put a huge dent in human trafficking. It is a big issue here in the Untied States even though no on seems to want to talk about it. The borders are not just porous from those crossing over the Rio Grande. Furthermore, a bigger issue is that the openness of our borders allows for infiltration by terrorists groups. It is believed that our enemies already have sleeper cells throughout the country, which came undetected, including through the Canadian border (people tend to forget our border to the north in this discussion)

There however is a big problem once the border is secure: what to do with the myriad of illegal immigrants that are already living in the United States. They do take jobs away from American citizens. They are paid less than Americans, under the table, by these employers who do not file the appropriate taxes on their behalf. Furthermore, the illegals do use our healthcare system, welfare system, educational system and invariably do not pay taxes themselves on what they earn. On top of that, if they happen to have a child born in the United States, these children are entitled to safety net protections. Do we deport American citizens to a country that they know nothing about? Do we deport people who have set up roots in this country or do we create a system for them so that they can become legal? It it cheaper for this country to just let them stay and create a path to citizenship? Should they be allowed to stay but not allow them to become citizens (equal protection and civil rights issues with that one but could be overcome)?

If the government is not going to deport those who came here illegally then here is some ideas: These people broke American law when they came. Letting them off the hook without paying some recompense to society is inappropriate. I have no issue with doubling the years it takes to become a citizen once they gain a green card. Let it take them 10 not 5 years before they can apply for citizenship (heck make it 15 years, but make it a long waiting period). They should pay a fine, one that is not simply a slap on the wrist. Make it painful. When we don’t pay our taxes on time the government levies penalties and interests. The government comes after citizens for monies citizens owes, let them go after these illegals. I am not opposed to the idea of the DREAM ACT for those that were brought here by their parents if they were under 14 years of age. However, the idea that going to college could alleviate their obligations to society is a nonstarter (they should not be allowed to earn scholarships or get student loans for school either). The only way to gain legal status for these persons should be through serving in the US armed services. But they also have to be able to meet the standards set by the armed services in education and ability as well. In fact I have no issue with any illegal wanting to serve in the US armed services if they want to shave off a few years from the (10 year) waiting period.

Lastly, and in some ways most importantly, is dealing with those Americans who hire illegals. There should be jail time for every year taxes were not filed and paid, huge fines levied and community service once they are let out of prison. This should include those individual families who hire illegals for any domestic purpose as well. Not simply corporations. These Americans are not filing appropriate taxes for their illegal alien employees and by doing this they are aggrandizing themselves at the expense of the American people. They are literally stealing from every one of us.

The Noisy Room: This is something I predicted long ago. You have the Progressives on the Left who want a permanent voting majority and the Progressives on the Right supporting crony capitalism and pushing for a permanent slave class for the Chamber of Commerce and their cohorts.

I consider the ‘hell bent’ push from the GOP House leadership as nothing short of an utter betrayal of conservative principles and America in general. All to push a Marxist agenda and line their own pockets. They have to push it this year, because it will never fly under more conservative leadership. We are no longer talking two parties, but in reality a one party system vs. the American people.

Boehner and the current power brokers of the GOP no longer represent the people who elected them — indeed they haven’t for years now — but rather their own influence and wealth, and it’s time for their constituents to un-elect them. Conversely, the party segment upon whom they heap the most abuse, hate and outright lies — the Tea Party and those aligned with it — resonate with the real America, the grass roots taxpayers and represent a restoration of Constitutional principles and the vision of our founding fathers.

The GOP “old guard” have morphed into self-declared enemies of America’s everyman — indeed, have created themselves as the enemies within — and it is a matter of greatest urgency that they be unplugged from any ability to influence our economic and civil welfare. They’re promising to permanently poison the political font in this country and that’s simply unacceptable. It’s time to fire the lot of them.

I am reminded of the boardroom scene at the end of The Secret of My Success, where the senior execs tell the corporate raider, Donald Davenport, that they are worried they’ll be replaced: “What we’re concerned about, frankly, is the upper management positions;” to which Davenport responds, “Most of ‘em will have to go. But a handful of ‘em… who have been so helpful… like yourselves, of course… will be stayin’ as long as you like.”

Our government has been taken over by political raiders who now control the narrative, the press and, indeed, the election results. From their behaviors, it would seem that our GOP “leadership” has found itself in a boardroom meeting with the Marxist raider who has assured them that, though most of the Republican influence will have to go, “… a handful of ‘em… who have been so helpful… like yourselves, of course… will be stayin’ as long as you like.”

My take?  Fire the bastards.Fire them all.

JoshuaPundit: First, I have problems calling this ‘immigration reform’. What we are talking about here is an illegal migration problem and the failure to enforce our laws.Immigrants are people who have legal permission from a sovereign country to migrate and settle. True immigration reform would involve scrapping the diversity visas and country quotas and doing what Australia, Canada,New Zealand and other developed nations that are prime immigration targets have done – to establish a points system that changes according to the country’s requirements and applies equally to anyone seeking to migrate.

What’s happening here is that Speaker Boehner and the GOP establishment are listening to the consultant class that is pushing the notion of a Hispanic tidal wave that must be pandered to at all costs, a myth I already deconstructed some time ago. Conveniently, the idea of amnesty also appeases certain large donors who want to ensure a continuing supply of cheap labor,

In the end, three things are evident. First, we can continue to support large scale illegal migration or we can continue to be a welfare state,but we can’t do both. Second,  the importation of one select ethnic demographic consisting largely of poorly educated blue collar workers unsuited for a 21st century economy is both racist, unfair and a ultimately a  recipe for balkanization and economic  disaster.And finally, the security implications of unpoliced and porous borders are unacceptable for any sovereign nation, especially given the realities after 9/11.

Any politician of either party supporting what amounts to amnesty for political purposes is guilty of betraying their oath to the American people and the public trust. There is simply no excuse for it.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: What the heck? As crazy old Uncle Paddy (still in his dotage) implied

“An imminent Republican debate over immigration will play into the hands of the Democratic party. With the widespread unpopularity of Obamacare, Republicans should instead focus on the embattled health-care law ahead of the 2014 midterm election. By pivoting to the issue of immigration, Republicans are walking right into the trap.”

Former Colonel Congress Cat Allen West calls it a U shaped Ambush

“First of all, at a time when Americans are suffering from high levels of unemployment, they should not be adding illegals into the job market until we can rectify the situation for Americans.
The Democrats will certainly blame the Republicans for exacerbating the jobless situation for Americans and castigate the GOP as the party of big business and corporations who want cheap labor.

“Second, why would Speaker Boehner do anything that feeds more members into the liberal progressive welfare nanny-state? Who does the Speaker believe these new legal-status individuals will support?

“Think we have voter fraud issues now?

“Lastly, why would the GOP want to discourage its base, which enabled them to have a House majority in 2010?

Fair points all – yet it may be a way more smarter tactical play.

The qualifier in SOH’s Heck Bent Stance is something something “44 must first prove he is a trustworthy partner in reform.”

Since 64% of Americans believe 44 is a big fat fibber, The Speaker’s play is a GOP smokescreen designed to knock the immigration sword out of the Dem’s hand in the 2014 mid terms.

The Independent Sentinel:My initial reaction is to ask how Republicans are any different from Democrats except they are not as good at being Democrats as Democrats are. I remember when they conducted the autopsy after the 2012 election. I thought at the time that use of the word “autopsy” was unfortunate, but they weren’t kidding apparently. They really are dead.

Until the border is secured and people here illegally are actually deported, we shouldn’t be considering immigration reform. We shouldn’t consider any immigration reform that doesn’t include an assimilation component. Do we really want people coming here illegally for entitlements or do we want people who actually buy into our values and want to be real Americans?

Republicans are on a suicide mission if they think they can trust Barack Obama with an immigration reform package. Instead, they should be looking at ways to stop him from refusing to enforce the laws we have.

If Barack Obama wanted to cut down on illegal immigration, he would crack down on people who jump visas or cross our borders illegally. He doesn’t and that should tell us all we need to know.

Bookworm Room: I’m very sorry that it isn’t within my power to fire House leadership. Whether they support amnesty because they are payed to do so (and these payments could come from anyone from George Soros to the Chamber of Commerce) or because they actually believe amnesty will allow them to court Hispanic votes, it’s a terrible, dangerous, very bad idea that will lead to a permanent Democrat majority for decades.

Even though many Hispanics ought to be Republican voters to the extent that their values center on family, hard work, faith, and a belief in life’s sanctity, the Democrat party has bought and paid for them with welfare checks that outweigh all other considerations and by planting in them a sense of victimization that makes them a natural Democrat Party constituency.

The Glittering Eye:Presumably, it means that there are Congressional Republicans who are just desperate to pass an immigration reform bill with an amnesty provision in it. I can’t quite seem to get my mind around that.

IMO a populist immigration reform bill could have been passed years ago but for its unacceptability to the Democratic Senate leadership. A populist immigration bill would include tighter workplace (and maybe even border) enforcement, some form of the DREAM act, and not a great deal else. All of those have supermajority popular support but much lower support from both parties in Congress.

Well, there you have it.

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

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Resultshttp://www.watcherofweasels.org/the-council-has-spoken-this-weeks-watchers-council-results-143/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/the-council-has-spoken-this-weeks-watchers-council-results-143/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:24:30 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4407

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the records of cyberspace.

This week has been a celebration of hope and freedom, with Passover starting last Monday night and continuing through the weekend until next Tuesday. Which of course also coincides with Holy Week which culminates this weekend with Easter Sunday. This linkage is entirely appropriate, since Jesus had come to Jerusalem for the Passover ceremonies and the famous Last Supper was a Passover Seder…the ritual meal where Jews all over the world retell the story of the Exodus, celebrate their G-d-given freedom and eat the unleavened bread, matzoh, to commemorate their ancestor’s journey and deliverance from bondage and slavery.

The story of the Resurrection is a story of freedom too…freedom of the soul, and a promise of eternal life to believing Christians who understand what the rolling away of the stones means for them.

Both holidays change their dates on our calender from year to year, Passover or Pessah in Hebrew because it is based on the centuries old Hebrew calender, and Easter because the early Church fathers determined that Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year, which always occurs after Passover.

However, it’s rare that the two holidays occur this close together, and in this momentous year, when Judeo-Christian values seem to be under siege, I likewise see in that a sign of hope for the future.

I and my friends on the Watcher’s Council wish you and yours Chag Pessach Sameach and a blessed Easter.

“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” -George Orwell

Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” – Hadith Bukhari (84:57)

“People ask me if I have some kind of death wish, to keep saying the things I do. The answer is no: I would like to keep living. However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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This Week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s-An Honor Killing On Campus is my reaction to the decision of Brandeis University to withdraw an honorary degree and a chance to address commencement ceremonies from writer, thinker and women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali under pressure from Muslim Brotherhood fronts and a few scared and clueless lefties. Here’s a slice:

Regular members of Joshua’s Army may recall the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

She was raised as a Muslima in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, survived female genital mutilation, beatings, abuse and various aspects of Somalia’s internecine clan warfare and became a devout member of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which her questions about Islam and the life she was leading led her to escape being ‘given’ in marriage to a distant male relative she had never met.and flee to Holland. There, she was granted Dutch citizenship and eventually became a member of the Dutch parliament where she became a voice alerting the people of her adopted country to the menace of radical Islam, and against the abuse of Muslim women and children in the Netherland’s Islamic ghettos.

She later collaborated with the late filmmaker Theo Van Gogh on a film called ‘Submission’, which chronicled the plight of many Muslim women victimized as she was by the traditional tribal culture.The film caused a firestorm of protest among Muslims. Van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight by a fanatic Muslim while cycling to work one morning in 2004 and then had his corpse ritually mutilated. A note was pinned to Van Gogh’s corpse promising Ayaan Hirsi Ali that she was the next target, with explicit Qu’rannic details of her `crimes against Islam’ as an ‘apostate’, a death sentence in Islam. Other death threats followed, and Ayaan has lived under 24 hour security protection ever since.

She went through the experience of being forced to move out of her apartment because her Dutch neighbors were annoyed that the security protection ‘inconvenienced them’ and because they were afraid that the violence directed towards Ayaan Hirshi Ali might involve them. And the Dutch government, which was obligated to pay for her security as a member of Parliament also disliked the cost, the inconvenience and the political stigma of protecting an ‘enemy of Islam’ in a country that’s over 25% Muslim, so they found a trumped up reason to take away her citizenship and force her to step down from her seat in parliament. Whereupon, she came here to America and became a noted author and speaker. You can read her story in her books ‘Infidel’, ‘Nomad’,and ‘The Caged Virgin.’

So Brandeis decided to honor Ayaan Hirshi Ali. She was to be their commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree.

But when the local chapters of Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR and the Muslim Student’s Association heard about this, they went absolutely ballistic and were able to rope in enough guilty and frightened non-Muslim Lefties to go along with the mob to get Ayaan’s honorary degree ‘rescinded’ and her invitation to speak revoked.

“This is a real slap in the face to Muslim students,” said senior Sarah Fahmy, a member of the Muslim Student Association who created the petition said before the university withdrew the honor.

“But it’s not just the Muslim community that is upset but students and faculty of all religious beliefs,” she said. “A university that prides itself on social justice and equality should not hold up someone who is an outright Islamophobic.”

Thomas Doherty, chairman of American studies, refused to sign the faculty letter. He said it would have been great for the university to honor “such a courageous fighter for human freedom and women’s rights, who has put her life at risk for those values.”

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group, said, “It is unconscionable that such a prestigious university would honor someone with such openly hateful views.”

The organization sent a letter to university President Frederick Lawrence on Tuesday requesting that it drop plans to honor Ali.

“This makes Muslim students feel very uneasy,” Joseph Lumbard, an American convert to Islam and the chairman of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, said in an interview. “They feel unwelcome here.”

The university said that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, that ‘discussion’ consisted of a phone call made simply to inform her after the decision had already be made.

Much more at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with a superb piece on the Nevada standoff between the Bundy family and the Bureau of Land Management,The First Amendment is Not an Area submitted by The Noisy Room. Mark Steyn is absolutely on fire in this one…A must-read.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Colossus of Rhodey was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Yippee-Ki-Yay Editionhttp://www.watcherofweasels.org/watchers-council-nominations-yippee-ki-yay-edition/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/watchers-council-nominations-yippee-ki-yay-edition/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:15:56 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4405 041514.jpg

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!

  • Elise at Liberty’s Spirit has a new piece up at the Times of Israel, The Season of Freedom and Special Needs Parenting
  • Debra Heine of Nice Deb has a new piece up at Breitbart, Sebelius’ Shameful Legacy
  • This week, Midknight Review, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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

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

    Simple, no?

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

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

    Council Submissions

    Honorable Mentions

    Non-Council Submissions

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    Forum: Do Ethnic Or Religious Sensibilities Trump Free Speech? Should A Line Be Drawn?http://www.watcherofweasels.org/forum-do-ethnic-or-religious-sensibilities-trump-free-speech-should-a-line-be-drawn/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/forum-do-ethnic-or-religious-sensibilities-trump-free-speech-should-a-line-be-drawn/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:12:42 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4403

    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: Do Ethnic Or Religious Sensibilities Trump Free Speech? Should A Line Be Drawn?

    Liberty’s Spirit:  Absolutely NOT. As Voltaire said {paraphrased} about freedom of speech “I may not agree with what you say, but will defend to my death your right to say it.” Freedom of speech is the right to insult people as much as you want and for them to insult you back. It is a precarious slippery slope deciding what is or is not permitted speech, because that tyranny will change depending upon who is in power at any given time. Additionally, without free speech society could not challenge, grow and develop into democracies. No ruler, potentate, oligarch or tyrant would ever allow anything they did to be challenged especially, by free speech. This is why free speech is a crime in the majority of countries in the world.

    In fact, the first line of freedom is freedom of speech. It is why it is one of the 5 freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment. These are the rights that the founding fathers knew to be the most essential in order to preserve a democratic society. Freedom of speech may allow haters to vent their ignorance but it also allows you to answer them and to fight them. This is why the Fairness Doctrine and Net Neutrality are so insidious, and why free speech advocates are enraged that the Obama administration is going to turn over certain operations of the internet to the UN. This organization is run by tyrants, absolute monarchies and oligarchs. The importance of the internet is exemplified by the fact that the overt first acts of these dictatorship is to cut off or severely limit access to the internet or internet programs like twitter.

    The UN, in fact, may best be described as “Animal Farm,” without the human element of compassion. It is important to remember that the UN directorate, which is beholden to Islamist nations for their positions (due to voting blocs), is also pushing for a blasphemy law promoted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This law would punish anyone who questions Islam on any level. It is important to note that Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration support such a law curtailing freedom of speech. These laws and dictator-run-groups are meant to cut off and prevent freedom of speech on every level. It is beyond comprehension how anyone in the political class of the United States would support curtailing our most basic freedoms, but our President and presumed democratic nominee for 2016 do apparently support tyranny.

    Freedom of speech is not easy. But it is important to note that freedom of speech is the hallmark of the enlightenment period. Without it all humanity would revert back into serfdom. Meant only to serve the political classes’ desires and wants, just as our ancestors were forced to serve the ruling/royal classes during much of human history. Like the novel “1984,” the march forward into a better world would end and we would see another Dark Ages. Something, by the way, the international political classes are trying to engineer by promoting and capitulating to Islamist aggression coupled with political correctness and cultural relativism worldwide, including in the United States.

     Simply Jews: No.

    Sorry, it was a partial answer only. Here is a full one:

    No. No.

    GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Oh, that’s easy!

    NOT!!

    Perhaps the most contentious issue in Free World?

    If liberty of expression is not highly valued, as has often been the case, there is no problem: freedom of expression is simply curtailed in favor of other values. Free speech becomes a hot issue when it is highly valued because only then do the limitations placed upon it become controversial.

    The first thing to note in any sensible discussion of freedom of speech is that it will have to be limited. Every society places some limits on the exercise of speech because speech always takes place within a context of competing values. In this sense, Stanley Fish is correct when he says that there is no such thing as free speech (in the sense of unlimited speech).

    If free speech were ‘absolute,’ you could even lawfully kill somedobby, as long as you were doing it to make some statement.

    On all sides of the debate, we can agree that speech is necessary for democracy. Governments ought not to abridge speech en masse. Government must show how the speech in question poses a genuine danger.

    FreeSpeechDebate has an excellent piece up that systematically knocks out 19 arguments in favor of Speech Control. Well worth checking out, here is just a killer sample

    The ‘globalisation’ argument:

    ‘The 2005 Danish You Know Who cartoons demonstrated how free speech in the West, even if harmless at home, can have violent repercussions around the world. In an era of instantaneous electronic communications, overly broad freedoms of speech can have dangerous consequences.’

    Reply:

    It is illegitimate a priori to suggest that one society’s norms of democratic citizenship must be abridged because members of another society dislike its exercise. By analogy, in many societies, electronic communications revealing scantily clad Western women also provoke hostility, which, however, would scarcely justify calls for Western women to start covering themselves up.

    JoshuaPundit : Our Supreme Court has weighed in on this a number of times, and originally came up with an excellent dividing line in Schenck v. United States where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. coined the “clear and present danger” doctrine. Simply put, if speech was intended to result in a crime and had a good chance of succeeding, it was no longer protected speech.I largely agree with that doctrine. It’s a necessary line for the protection of a civil society.

    Since then, our courts and our politicians have steadily chipped away at that doctrine, with various ‘hate speech’ codes in universities and other institutions being upheld whether they advocated crime and violence or pose a clear and present danger or not. This is a huge danger to the First Amendment that, frankly, comes with the Left’s increasing use of identity politics to foster division in this country. A president like Barack Obama who makes use of this as a major part of his political strategy is the natural result.

    This danger to our traditional freedom of expression from this new ‘right to be offended’ has spread over the American landscape, the more so because the use of partisan identity politics is unequal, as is the fear of retaliation. An Al Sharpton, a Gloria Alred or a Louis Farrakhan can freely indulge in blatant sexism, racism or anti-semitism with no consequences, while it is open season on anyone not belonging to one of the protected groups who is guilty of what Orwell would have called thought crimes.

    Another part of what I’ll call the Fear Factor is the introduction into America of fundamentalist Islamism and the Muslim Brotherhood by our last three presidents. While hardliners belonging to other religions may be unpleasant and call names, Islam mandates the violent death of those whom ‘insult’ its doctrines,its prophet or its Qu’ran and a significant number of Muslims agree with that view entirely. The fear of Muslims and how they might react to something has become so pervasive in our media, military, law enforcement, academia, and politics that in itself, a significant amount of Islam and how it is practiced and proselytized in the West has become that clear and present danger Justice Homes spoke about, any number of decent, peaceful Muslims not withstanding. It has even infected our Supreme Court to the point where one Supreme Court Justice has been open about abrogating our First Amendment and another certainly leans in that direction in order to avoid any possibility of angering restive Muslims.

    These threats to our First Amendment freedoms are something we are going to have to deal with in the future if we wish to retain them at all.

    The Razor: Tricky question.The cliché is the limit of free speech is yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there isn’t one, so free speech isn’t without limits. Another example would be personal threats. One isn’t free to threaten to kill another. The problem is once you draw the line it’s difficult to stop moving it.

    Take for example the Islamic extremists in the UK who threaten non-believers. Is that protected speech? I would say it is. However if the extremists threaten to kill David Cameron or move from the general to the specific, such as threatening to kill Jews or a British soldier, then in my view they’ve crossed that line.

    But the question really is nowhere near that limit. It’s really about offensive speech. Muslims and their Leftist useful idiots have become quite adept at using speech codes to silence opposition to Islamic extremism in the UK as well as on American college campuses. These codes have nothing to do with protecting against threats and everything to do with silencing opposing voices through the justification of causing offense. The “logic” behind such codes is that there is an equivalent between mental anguish and physical pain; therefore the old adage that “sticks and stones my break my bones but words can never hurt me,” is false. Words can hurt just as much as physical abuse. That’s bulls**t. This twisted logic also assumes that humans can exist in a social state of non-confrontational bliss, which is also bullocks. Such a state assumes a level of conformity in thought and action that simply isn’t achievable without social engineering on a scale that has only been glimpsed in books like Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. Given that such utopian social engineering underlays both Leftist and Islamic ideologies, I suppose it’s not a surprise to find these unlikely bedfellows united in their promotion of speech codes limiting the free expression of contrary ideas and opinions.

    It would be nice to live in a completely free society, one without lines, but the real world demands we must set boundaries and that means drawing lines. But these lines should be set as close to the ideal as possible, meaning that the cases that cross the line and the impact such crossing has affects as few people as absolutely necessary.

     The Independent Sentinel:No. People shouldn’t be rude but it’s the price we pay for free speech. Sensibilities never trump free speech.

    People shouldn’t be sued or have to accommodate others for their inherent right to free speech simply because someone is offended. If every time we speak, we have to think of who we might offend, we lose far too much freedom.

    I was giving a lecture one day and I referred to my flip chart. Everyone’s gasped. I had no idea why. Apparently it’s an insult to Philippine people. Where do we stop if we have to worry about people’s sensibilities? Do we have to know insults in other languages and do we have to know the origin of words because they might have been offensive once?

    The recent event on the Bundy ranch should have everyone offended. The government, in addition to the whole martial law thing, set up free speech zones far from the ranch. They made a point of calling them free speech zones. Using those words was meant to send a message that the rest of the areas are not free speech zones. It was done deliberately because they want us to get used to the idea.

    All of America is a free speech zone!

    Bookworm Room : No. Free speech must trump any ethnic or religious sensibilities. It’s that simple. Once you start carving out little exceptions, you stop having free speech, no matter how little those exceptions are initially. And once you lose free speech, you lose freedom which is easily lost and almost impossible to regain.

    Part of living in a free society is having a thick skin. One of the most terrible things the Left has done to America is to turn various ethnic, religious, racial, sex, and gender identity groups into panicked, hysterical bundles of over-exposed nerves. Few things are more dangerous than an angry, aggressive coward fighting for what the coward perceives to be his survival — and that’s what we’ve all been trained to be over the last forty, and especially the last twenty years.

     The Glittering Eye :No. Your free exercise ends where my freedom of expression begins. The First Amendment is pretty clear on this subject and, since it’s incorporated, that applies to state and local governments as well.

    There is no guarantee of not being offended by the speech of others, either explicit or implied.

    AskMarion: In the end each of our relationships with and to God is all that matters, and so I believe it is with countries and societies as well. As for organized religion, I have gone through my phases with religion(s) in general, individual churches and practicing at all, throughout my life. And looking at America’s changing relationship with God and His principles on which our nation was founded and the corresponding decline in America, American society and in our standing in the world, I would say that there is a fine line between the importance of freedom of speech, basic principles and ethnic or religious sensibilities.

    I believe that in the end, if you do not have freedom and the right to speak out you lose it all, or at best life becomes very difficult, but in order to have freedom and allow freedom of speech, it requires civility, understanding and some compromise by all. For if you destroy the vehicle that allows you your freedoms, even if they aren’t perfect, you will soon find yourself living in anarchy and in a place that just might not allow you any freedom or at least not the freedoms that are important to you.

    We are now seeing the exact opposite of what our Founders envisioned. We are living in a country where you can be destroyed, fired, and singled out for speaking up or donating to a cause that aligns with your religious beliefs, especially if you are a Christian, in deference to groups that have made huge strides in their freedoms in the past 10-years, because average Americans were willing to compromise.

    Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders believed that they were inspired by God and that God had his hand on America. They believed that there definitely should not be central religion, like in Great Britain, but they believed that our country and Constitution would be best served if based on Judeo-Christian principles…. and they absolutely supported prayer at governmental events and in school as well as the mention of God and posting of the 10 Commandments in founding documents and governmental buildings and monuments. That is the basis for the huge misunderstood principle of separation of church and state, that is nowhere mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

    So yes… sometimes what is best for the society or country as a whole, must prevail. There are few absolutes, so although generally freedom of speech must be the measuring stick, sometimes common sense or the greater good must prevail because there is no freedom in chaos.

    Well, there you have it.

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    The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Resultshttp://www.watcherofweasels.org/the-council-has-spoken-this-weeks-watchers-council-results-142/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/the-council-has-spoken-this-weeks-watchers-council-results-142/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:14:20 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4400

    Alea iacta est…the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

    “In war, truth is the first casualty” -Aeschylus

    “We maintain peace through our strength; appeasement only invites aggression” – President Ronald Reagan, 1983

    “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” –
    – Jeremiah 8:11

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    This week’s winner was Joshuapundit’s  Yes, The Peace Talks Are Dead – And An Opportunity For Real Peace Comes Alive . Here’s the real story of how things imploded and why, and how the Obama Administration set things up for failure. I attempt to wrap up the post mortum and show that there’s an opportunity for real peace here,what I think it would take and what it might look like Here’s a slice:

    While neither side has formally acknowledged it, the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are dead, and even John Kerry has thrown in the towel.

    The Obama Team would never admit it, but they’re fully aware that it was Palestine’s unelected dictator Mahmoud Abbas that pulled the trigger and ended the talks, and his own controlled Palestinian media proudly admits it. Both Palestinian and Israeli media outlets on Thursday night quoted Abbas as saying, “I would rather become a martyr” than rescind the applications he signed on Tuesday to join 15 UN and other international treaties and conventions.

    Kerry and the rest of the Obama team managed to arm twist the Israelis into discussing a further release of convicted terrorists along with releasing the fourth batch provided Abbas rescinded the UN membership applications and agreed to extend the deadline of the talks.

    Instead of agreeing to what amounted to another gimmee, Abbas came out with a whole new set of pre-conditions to continue talks, conditions he knew no Israeli government could accept. According to Abbas’ own Palestinian News Agency Ma’an, the new pre-conditions included formal Israeli recognition of the borders of ‘Palestine’ as the pre-67 lines with all of East Jerusalem as its capitol; the release of 1,200 Palestinian prisoners including convicted terrorist leaders Marwan Barghouti, Fuad Shweiki and Ahmad Saadat; a Israeli building freeze in East Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria; Israeli citizenship for 15,000 Palestinians under a ‘family reunification program’ essentially a recognition of a Palestinian ‘right of return’; the end of Israel’s blockade of Hamas in Gaza; the right of return for PLO terrorists who were exiled to European countries under an agreement between the EU and Israel after the 2002 Palestinian siege of the Church of the Nativity; forbidding the IDF to enter Area A, the part of Judea and Samaria under PA control which would essentially create an escape zone for terrorists after attacks on Israelis since the PA has never jailed anyone for murdering an Israeli; and Palestinian control of parts of Area C, the areas now under full Israeli sovereignty.

    And that was just to continue listening to Abbas say no for another few months!

    Kerry’s deputy Martin Indyk mediated a nine hour meeting between head Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, Head of Palestinian intelligence Majid Faraj, and Israeli negotiators Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho and tried to cable together some semblance of a reasonable platform, but he was yelled down by the Palestinian negotiators and the entire meeting turned into a shouting match, with even the ever flexible Tzipi Livni unable to contain herself. At one point, Livni reportedly demanded of Erekat that Abbas rescind the applications to the 15 UN organizations and conventions he’d submitted in order to negotiate any other preconditions. Erekat flatly refused, and Livni announced the next day that Israel would definitely not release that fourth batch of convicted Palestinian terrorists.

    When Indyk tried to reason with the Palestinians, saying that any agreement had to consider Israel’s security considerations, Faraj snapped back that the Palestinians weren’t there to discuss Israeli security, but to negotiate over a timetable to get all of their demands met.

    Things went quickly downhill from there, with the Palestinians threatening to join even more international bodies and take prosecute Israel for ‘war crimes’ at the International Criminal Court and the Israelis promising retaliation if they did so.

    Abbas never had any intention of actually negotiating. Even Saeb Erekat admitted earlier this month that Abbas was staying in the talks just to get the terrorist releases.

    Much more at the link

    In our non-Council category, the winner was Matt WalshHey gay rights militants: your fascism is showing submitted by Joshuapundit. It’s Walsh’s defiant blowback to the Gay Mafia and progressive fascism in general, and it makes for some stirring reading.

    OK, here are this week’s full results.

    Council Winners

    Non-Council Winners

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    Watcher’s Council Nominations – The New Fascism Editionhttp://www.watcherofweasels.org/watchers-council-nominations-the-new-fascism-edition/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/watchers-council-nominations-the-new-fascism-edition/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:05:17 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4398 http://conservativehideout.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/gay_nazi-e13203016947421.jpg

    It’s all over the place, isn’t it? ‘Nuff said.

    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:

    First off, we have a party to go to,we do. Nice Deb’s actual birthday was April 6th, but we’ll celebrate it in style today!

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    First off, a cake. I chose a double Dutch chocolate number with chocolate ganache icing and just a lil’ bit of rum for flavor.

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     Beverage? I thought some Kristal Brut would go nicely. Can’t go wrong with a classic, yes?

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     Our friend Debra is fairly new to the Council. Back last June when a vacancy opened up, I happened across her site and really liked what this no nonsense conservative lady was putting out. Her response when I asked if she’d be interested in joining the Council? “Sure, sounds like fun.”

    You see, that’s the other side of her persona. Among her other attributes, she has a really good sense of humor, so I knew right then she’d fit in well with the rest of the gang. And she certainly has, to say the least.

    Not that it should be any surprise, of course. As she’s shown me and her other Council mates on many occasions, she really is Nice Deb.

    Happy Birthday, Debra..and many, many more.

    THE COUNCIL IN ACTION:

  • Elise Ronan at Liberty’s Spirit has a fine new piece up at The Times of Israel, April is World Autism Awareness Month: Heck, We are Autism Awareness
  • Dave Schuler at The Glittering Eye has a very interesting piece on China at Over The Beltway, No Meltdown But the End of 10% Economic Growth for China
  • VA Right’s Tom White did a great interview with Freedom & Prosperity Radio that played at 10 or so stations around Virginia. The interview, which concerned Virginia politics can be heard on his site here or by accessing the show’s archives here.
  • Debra Heine at Nice Deb has another fine piece on Breitbart concerning the always pathetic White House press secretary, Carney: Republican Opposition To Paycheck Fairness Act Just Like Their Opposition To Civil Rights
  • And yours truly at Joshuapundit has a piece up at American Thinker entitled Endgame: Israel, ‘Palestine’ And The Post Peace Talks Era, as well as a piece up at The Times of Israel on the recent conviction of a former Israeli prime minister, Justice: Former PM Ehud Olmert Convicted
  • This week, Midknight Review, Right Reason, Maggie’s Notebook and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some fine 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 a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

    Simple, no?

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

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

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    Forum: Have Your Views On Same Sex Marriage Changed Recently?http://www.watcherofweasels.org/forum-have-your-views-on-same-sex-marriage-changed-recently/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/forum-have-your-views-on-same-sex-marriage-changed-recently/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:14:45 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4396

    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: Have Your Views On Same Sex Marriage Changed Recently?

    The Independent Sentinel : No. Why should they? What’s happened? Because Obama now thinks it’s okay and the media thinks I’m a homophobe because I believe in traditional marriage?

    Who cares? I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

    My views haven’t changed except that I am resigned to having lost the battle.

    I am not a bigot against gays but I believe that gay unions with equal rights would have been preferable to opening up the definition of marriage.

    Now, let me state the obvious, if polygamists want to marry, I don’t see how they can be stopped. Is that really okay with people? It’s not with me.

     Liberty’s Spirit : No, my views on same sex marriage have not changed at all. I have always believed that gay couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to marriage and all its benefits; whether it is taxation, rights of inheritance and family rights in a hospital. I do believe that it is despicable to deny people their human rights simply because of their sexual orientation. When the gay marriage controversy first started my sons actually were incredulous. “They’re people,” was their response, and then the boys added,” Don’t we have some real problems in this country to deal with?”

    I am also not so sure that I disagree with the “gay mafia” in their attacks on opponents of gay marriage either. If someone was trying to deny me something I considered a human right I would push back as hard as I could. That Brendan Eich was pushed out from Mozilla/Firefox because of his anti-gay marriage stance well that is the cost of having free speech and doing business in the USA. (FYI he invented javascript I don’t think he is gong to suffer any.) In truth if there was an antisemite running a high profile company, I would try to get them booted out if I could. Supporters of Israel have gotten Congress to pass laws against the economic boycott of Israel and there is a push to withhold tax funding to educational organizations that decide to boycott Israel as well. Just recently t-shirts that could be viewed as antisemitic were removed from H&M stores. Think someone got in trouble for that clothing debacle? Maybe lost their job? I personally would be offended if a corporation hired someone who sent money to terror supporting groups like CAIR. I would have every right to demand their ouster if that corporation wanted me to use their product. I would have every right to promote a boycott of that corporation. So the push by gay activists to boycott products of people that are against gay marriage is as much their right as is it for the pro-Israel community or the pro- anything community to demand satisfaction from a corporation.

    Also when people lose their jobs over the issue, that is a corporate and financial decision. Believe the truth that if corporations didn’t think they were going to take a financial hit about a political issue they would never fire anyone no matter what their political persuasion. A Board that fired someone due to a political issue that would end up costing the corporation money would be sued for breach of their fiduciary duty. The purpose of a corporation is to make money for their shareholders. That is where their duty alone lies. If there is something that comes to light that effects the bottom line, yes it is the boards duty to fire that person. In fact, this is no different than when the pro-gay marriage Romney foreign policy adviser, Richard Grenell, quit during the presidential campaign so he would not be a drain on Romney due to the hullabaloo over Grenell’s non-conservative-politics. Where was his political right to his opinion and to keep his job?

    Yes you have a right to your political speech in your private life. But if you are gong to work for certain corporations that right ends at the corporate door. Corporations have a right to take your politics into consideration of how it effects their bottom line. That is generally why when going to a job in any major corporate environment you are actually asked about affiliations, conflicts and even volunteer activities; including what your spouse may or may not be involved with. (Check out IPOs, they list all this about every officer of the corporation) Clients are especially leery of hiring people that they feel have objectionable political views. That too is their right. It is why I tell my sons to be careful the petitions you sign and the groups you affiliate with. Make sure that their ideals are something you are willing to stake your future on because you never know if that is exactly what will happen. You never know who or what you will want to become in the future. You do not want anything to come back to bite you on the tuchas and destroy your dreams. In truth no one guarantees you a living. Any corporation would be in their rights to decide if it made financial sense to fire any individual that threatens their bottom line for any reason; from political activities to lack of social appropriateness.

    Personally I have had enough of all the hullabaloo over gay marriage. I also will eat at chick-fill-a if I am hungry and I will continue to use firefox because it is the browser I like best, as well. In fact I will continue to use Javascript since it is part and parcel of the internet, any and all computer environments and a requirement for most jobs in the computer science field, even if it was invented by Brendan Eich. As my sons continue to ask..don’t we have some real problems in this country?

    The Colossus of Rhodey: I don’t think my views have changed much, if at all. I’ve always thought of this as an equal protection issue: as long as gay couples receive the same [governmental] benefits as anyone else, the whole “marriage” debate should be moot. However, the gay “marriage” lobby is unsatisfied with that. To them, applying the term “civil unions” is akin to “second class citizenship” and “separate but equal.”

    This is ludicrous, of course. Just as men and women are fundamentally different (no matter what radical sociologists may say), so too is a heterosexual union different from a homosexual one. Gays obsessing on the term “marriage” (despite their recent judicial successes) is, in my opinion, silly. Attempting to alter a fundamental millennia-old tradition in a matter of years, as well as turning people like Mozilla’s Brendan Eich into monsters for supporting traditional marriage, is ultimately incredibly counter-productive. Just look at the backlash Mozilla is already dealing with after Mr. Eich resigned as CEO amid intense gay lobby (and mainstream media) pressure.

    GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD :Actually, had to keep my tho’ts about it under the radar for most of me life as the ‘rents, preachers and teachers were always so traditional. So it was kinda cool to rebel and believe if two ppl were in love – why not?

    Now, being alledgedly all grown up, the constant gay, gay, gay all the time chiz has like totally queered the mix for moi.

    Since gay ppl can’t reproduce – they recruit. Certainly explains why they have parades and wanna steal children’s innocence by going into schools

    Don’t really care either way – just don’t wanna subsidize it or get lectures and movies bout how intolerance ppl are that for whatever reasons that don’t support it.

    Ask Marion: Just as I was pondering this question, I came across the following article:  HOMOSEXUALS FLINGING POO

    It’s common knowledge that the best way to legitimize your cause is by throwing feces at people who disagree with you, right? WRONG! Helloooo… do they really think this is going to help their case?

    As if throwing feces weren’t enough, they also ripped pages from Bibles, wiped their bums with the pages, and then threw the feces covered Bible pages at others.

    So much for civil discourse. I’m sure this will make everyone want to support the homosexual agenda (yes, they were the ones throwing the poo).

    And because of events like this and a seemingly growing belief by many in the LGBT community these days that my attitude has changed on same sex marriage and on gay rights overall.

    I grew up in Southern California, the greater Hollywood area, and have had gay friends all my life, never really gave it any thought until the past several ‘in your face years’, as well as gay family members and co-workers. And although I am a Christian, I have always had a ‘live and let live’ attitude, regardless of my own personal beliefs and convictions, and looked at one’s sexuality as an issue between each of us, our conscience and God. My brother-in-law died of AIDS in our home, when most people had little understanding of that disease and he had nowhere else to go.

    But like many other groups who fight for rights and equality, it seems that as the LGBT community has become more mainstream and accepted fighting for their own rights, they have forgotten the feelings, beliefs and rights of others.

    Marriage, between a man and a woman is a sacrament in the Catholic religion, a pillar at the center of most religions, and the concept of traditional marriage to produce and nurture children and anchor societies is at the heart of most cultures. Yet most people have long accepted civil unions or civil partnerships and agree that gay couples deserve most, if not all, the rights of married couples. From my experience, most Americans have searched their souls for compromise and grappled to find balance as Adam T. Barr writes in Compassion Without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth. There are instances when different but essentially equal makes sense and just because something is different, doesn’t make it bad or a negative.

    Gay marriage has recently been approved in Great Britain and Elton John and his husband, filmmaker David Furnish, who have a civil partnership and have adopted two sons, will now get married, even though Elton has always said that he understands the feelings of the religious community and is fine with a civil partnership. Sometimes just ‘time’ changes things and other times you realize you were fighting for the wrong or an unnecessary goal, but either way, if you taint the water supply every step of the way, everyone is affected by the poison in the end. Let us also remember that President Barack Obama supported traditional marriage in 2008 and has since changed his position.

    My gay friends are split 50/50 on the necessity of gay marriage over civil partnerships, understanding the religious roots of the concept of marriage, but 90 percent of them believe that the over-bearing and completely self-focused path that the movement is presently on is counter-productive and wrong. Winning your own rights or freedom at the price of others’ is a very hollow victory. What has always made America great is that everyone had the right to their own opinions and were allowed to voice them because the Constitution guaranteed everyone’s freedom. It is easy to support freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or freedom of religion when you agree with what is being said, believed or done. The true test of freedom is supporting someone’s right when you completely disagree with them. One of the best examples of freedom in action is the Supreme Court’s support of pornographer Larry Flynt.

    Larry Flynt, one of the world’s most well-known publishers of pornography, published an unflattering parody of Jerry Falwell in Hustler magazine, Falwell waged a suit that eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled in Flynt’s favor, citing the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech, which was depicted in the film, The People vs. Larry Flynt [Blu-ray]. Funny how the left is happy when the law works for them and wants to ignore it when they disagree.

    Just this week Mozilla CEO and Co-Founder Brendan Eich stepped down after pressure from the Gay Community because Mr. Eich made a $1,000 donation five years ago  in support of California’s anti-gay marriage law, Proposition 8. which was widely known, but his promotion to CEO brought the issue to the forefront once again. The ensuing outcry from the gay rights coalition and certain Mozilla employees on social media ultimately pushed Eich to abandon his promotion and leadership post. But now conservatives are striking back with a boycott of Mozilla.  Let us remember the recent conservative victories for Chick-fil-A and Duck Dynasty as Hobby Lobby is expecting a positive ruling at any time in their fight for religious freedom.  Waking a sleeping giant is usually the wrong course!

    In Islamic countries they still kill Gay people just for being Gay. In America Gays now attack Christians because of their Bible rooted religious beliefs and somehow feel they are entitled to trample everyone else’s rights to promote their agenda. Perhaps something to think about.

    Although the question here was about gay marriage, the underlying question is whether Free Speech (and Freedom in General) Is Only for Progressives These Days?  So yes… my views on gay marriage have changed recently and sadly not in a good way!  As my mother used to say; “It is often not what you say, but how you say it that makes all the difference.”

    The Right Planet: No, my views on traditional marriage have not changed. But apparently Barack and Michelle Obama’s views on gay marriage have changed. Although I realize Obama’s minions consider this major change in position by the Obama’s as “progressive”–a mere “evolution” in views; it simply appears to me as political expediency. But that’s the beauty (cf. sarcasm) of progressive (a.k.a. socialist) ideology: everything is relative … things must change in order to adapt to the times–meaning: it’s okay to lie; it’s for the “common greater good,” don’t ya know.

    I realize that it is chic to support gay marriage. I also realize it is considered “hateful” and “homophobic,” i.e. “anti-gay,” to oppose “same-sex marriage.” Well, I was never very fond of government being in our bedrooms in the first place. Besides, gays are free to do as they wish. It is a bit perplexing to me why homosexuality is even a political issue in the first place. But, then again, it’s not … since I have studied the philosophy and origins of Marxism and collectivist ideologies for several years now. But I digress.

    I don’t know how one can say that “same-sex marriage”–a peculiar concept, by the way–is “equal” with the union of a man and a woman. Why? One word: procreation. Without procreation, there is no “society.” But, of course, many on the left are ardent supporters of Planned Parenthood, i.e. population control–all under the guise of “environmental sustainability” and the “common greater good.”

    Yes, I know, I’m considered “anti-gay” because I staunchly oppose redefining marriage. But it’s just a lie. Not all gays agree on the same-sex marriage issue. Does that make them “anti-gay”? It just means they have a difference of opinion.  The federal government involved in redefining marriage is about redefining words for the sake of political expediency–a very Orwellian concept–don’t like the words, change their meanings. No, I’m sorry, I don’t see all of this an “anti-gay” agenda, but rather an “anti-family” agenda, hence an “anti-individual” agenda. Best of luck to you, Brendan Eich.

     Rhymes With Right: Yes, my view has changed.

    But not as to whether or not gay marriage should be recognized by the state. I still believe it should not.

    That said, what has changed is my view of what needs to be done in regards to it. Given that our nation’s leaders abdicated their responsibility to preserve the natural definition of marriage a decade ago, we must now go a different route and preserve the liberties of those of us who refuse to cave in to the spirit of the modern age. To that end, laws must be passed that protect the right of individuals and businesses to refuse to participate in gay marriages as an officiant, host, or vendor. Failure to do so will gut religious liberty in this country.

    The Glittering Eye: No, my views haven’t changed. I think that the direction we’re headed in is poor public policy.

    I can understand deciding as a society that all human sexual relationships are equally socially valuable. I may or may not may not agree with that position but I can understand it. In that case we should stop subsidizing marriage–essentially civil marriage should be abolished. Subsidizing all relationships equally, regardless of value to the society, just doesn’t make much sense to me.

    Well, there you have it.

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    The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Resultshttp://www.watcherofweasels.org/the-council-has-spoken-this-weeks-watchers-council-results-141/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/the-council-has-spoken-this-weeks-watchers-council-results-141/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:08:23 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4394  

    “Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” - President Ronald Reagab

    “Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.” – Ambrose Beirce, The Devil’s Dictionary

    “A whitewashed crow soon shows black again” – Chinese proverb

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

    Even taking into consideration the normal high level of quality in both the Council and Non-Council entries, this was a tough call with some exceptional pieces to choose from, and the close vote tally reflects it.

    For instance, we had a tie this week in the Council category which I, as Watcher have to break.

    On the one hand, we had a superb in depth look at the scandal of Leland Yee – Gun Runner, Terrorist Enabler, Progressive Communist by The Noisy Room, an example of how a poster boy for San Francisco’s progressive set presented one face in public and a totally different one in private.
    Call it a political kind of Dorian Gray tale.

    On the other hand, there was Joshuapundit’s effort, Sharia Rears Its Head In Pennsylvania , a cautionary look at how Islamic sharia law is affecting American jurisprudence.

     

    The choice for me was an easy one.. here’s a slice of The Noisy Room’s excellent Leland Yee – Gun Runner, Terrorist Enabler, Progressive Communist

    For years now, Trevor Loudon has warned about Progressives, their corruption and their oft connection to the Communist underworld… especially in Asian circles of influence. A member of the California Asian Pacific Island Legislative Caucus, Yee has some splainin’ to do… Leland Yee is an excellent example of this ilk of Progressive politician. Yee just got caught stepping in criminal crap big time. This one is sheer poetry.

    But he wasn’t the only one this week and he is the third in California alone. It would seem the FBI has developed a hankering for corrupt Democrats suddenly. From bribery in Pennsylvania, where charges were dropped because the judge deemed them ‘racist,’ to the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina resigning over bribes taken for business favors, it just keeps getting better and better.

    Enter Leland Yee, originally — wait for it — from Hawaii. Not only is Lee connected to the Communist underworld and political power brokers in California, he’s been a bad, bad boy and has been gun running in connection to radical Islamic terrorists. A staunch gun control advocate, one has to savor the irony that he was suppressing gun rights, so he could sell arms on the black market to his constituents. A hypocrite extraordinaire, Yee called for Progressive-style transparency and guns for those who could afford them.

    You’ve got to give it to Lee, he sported a big set as he flipped the bird to authorities and was running for Secretary of State. That would have been hard to do with cuffs on and behind bars, just sayin’. He’s now withdrawn from the race with more pressing matters to attend to. A 137-page, FBI-sworn affidavit against California State Sen. Leland Yee, as well as over two dozen other individuals, has been filed. This is some good stuff… entertainment and enlightenment for the whole country.

    Charges include not only gun running, but wire fraud, money laundering, corruption and bribery. And it gets better. The affidavit contains alleged murder-for-hire plots involving a political consultant close to Yee, as well as large international weapons trafficking operations. These operations included automatic weapons, shoulder-fired missiles, rocket launchers and heavy artillery. Anyone for adding treason to the charges? These weapons were allegedly being brought in from Russia and Islamic rebels in the Philippines.

    California, we have a problem:

    Out in California, State Senator Leland Yee, a longtime California politician who was praised for his efforts to make government more transparent and authored gun control legislation, was arrested Wednesday, accused of conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud. According to the NY Daily News, Yee discussed helping the undercover FBI agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired automatic weapons and missiles, and showed the agent the entire process of how to get those weapons from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines into the United States, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.

    Yee performed “official acts” in exchange for donations from undercover FBI agents, as he sought to dig himself out of a $70,000 debt incurred during a failed San Francisco mayoral bid, according to court documents. Yee is also accused of accepting $10,000 in January 2013 from an undercover agent in exchange for his making a call to the California Department of Public Health in support of a contract under consideration with the agency.

    Another individual named in the affidavit is Raymond Chow, aka “Shrimp Boy,” the former leader of a Chinese criminal organization with ties to Hong Kong. Chow is accused of money laundering, conspiracy to receive and transport stolen property and conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes.

    Yee is the third Democrat senator from California to face charges this year along with Sen. Rod Wright, convicted of perjury and voter fraud, and Sen. Ron Calderon, indicted on federal corruption charges. Wright and Calderon are both taking a voluntary leave of absence, WITH pay of course– so typical.

    Much more at the link

    In our non-Council category, the winner was Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon with an absolutely magnificent take down of Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, entitled The Grandfather and submitted by Joshuapundit. This is definitely a must read piece.

    Here are this week’s full results:

    Council Winners

    Non-Council Winners

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

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    Watcher’s Council Nominations – April Fool’s Editionhttp://www.watcherofweasels.org/watchers-council-nomnations-april-fools-edition/ http://www.watcherofweasels.org/watchers-council-nomnations-april-fools-edition/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:31:05 +0000 JoshuaPundit http://www.watcherofweasels.org/?p=4387 http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/0/0/1/1/4/2/6/9/8/Obama-jester-fool-clown-62875364781.jpeg

    Yes , it’s April Fool’s Day all right. Especially when it comes to discussing all those ‘ObamaCare enrollments’ while not revealing how many people actually bought insurance, figuring in the between 5 and 6 million people who lost insurance, or how many of those who enrolled are medicaid clients applying for free stuff, hmm? And to make this speech on April Fool’s Day! Who knew the president had such a great sense of humor? Why, when it comes to this healthcare riff, he’s almost as funny as Fidel Castro, and that’s saying something!

    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!!

  • Liberty’s Spirit has a brand new post up st the Times of Israel, Bullying and PTSD: Not just for those on the Autism Spectrum
  • Nice Deb recounts Ebony Magazine’s response to a racist tweet by a senior editor in her piece up on Breitbart, EBONY Apologizes to Raffi Williams and the Black Republican community
  • Joshuapundit has a new piece up at the Times of Israel, Abbas to Kerry “Sorry, not interested in even discussing any peace deal just now”
  • This week, Right Reason, Blazing Cat Fur, The Mellow Jihadi and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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

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

    Simple, no?

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

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

    Council Submissions

    Honorable Mentions

    Non-Council Submissions

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

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