The Council has Spoken 040910

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“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”

All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan (covered by Jimi Hendrix)

Lots of people talk falsely when using the term “racist,” a point Bookworm Room makes in brilliantly ironic fashion in her winning post Redefining the word racist so that it suits ME. Here’s a taste of the winning post:

I’m a racist because, in San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s, I saw non-English speaking Asians fresh from the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the prisons of Vietnam, and the horror of the Great Leap forward all arrive in America and immediately begin working and studying, so that their children could enjoy the American dream — and I believe that only liberal condescension and paralyzing social programs stand in the way of both blacks and Hispanics making the same strides.

But, as they say in the blogosphere, read the whole thing.

The winning non-council entry was Cato Unbound’s The Rise of the New Paternalism, which isn’t about speaking falsely but about how meanings and baselines change until what once seemed extreme has become the norm. Specifically in this case it is about how government intervention starts innocously but slowly and surely becomes more intrusive. The observation is as simple as it is brilliant and has many applications outside of the specific concern of the writer.

Winning Council Submissions

  • First place with 4 points! - Bookworm RoomRedefining the word racist so that it suits ME
  • Second place with 2 1/3 points Wolf HowlingThe War On Religion
  • Third place with 2 points – The Colossus of Rhodey“You have to trust your gut”
  • Fourth place with 1 1/3 points Rhymes With Right - A Constitutional Convention?
  • Fifth place with 2/3 point – Mere RhetoricAnti-Israel WH Officials Targeting American Jews With “Leaked” Dual Loyalty Smears
  • Sixth place *t* with 1/3 point – Joshuapundit - A Change Of The Guard Is Badly Needed In The GOP
  • Sixth place *t* with 1/3 point – The ProvocateurThe Politics of Self Esteem
  • Winning Non Council Submissions

  • First place with 2 points! Cato Unbound – The Rise of the New Paternalism Submitted by The Glittering Eye
  • Second place with 1 2/3 points - Victor Davis Hanson - Next Battle: Immigration Submitted by JoshuaPundit
  • Third place *t* with 1 1/3 points - Questions and Observations“Everyone deserves health care” Submitted by Rhymes with Right
  • Third place *t* with 1 1/3 points -  Big Lizards - “Repeal and Replace” – Filling In the Outline Submitted by Wolf Howling
  • Third place *t* with 1 1/3 points – Rhymes with Cars and GirlsThe Cult Of Superman’s Father Submitted by American Digest
  • Fourth palce with 1 point – Judy’s World, Judy MandelbaumWhat motivates female suicide bombers? Submitted by Right Truth
  • Fifth place *t* with 2/3 point – The Sundries ShackMaybe the Surgeon General Could Issue a Warning for Presidential Q&As Submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
  • Fifth place *t* with 2/3 point – Big Lizards - The drumbeat grows louder:  Petraeus for President Submitted by Bookworm Room
  • Fifth place *t* with 2/3 point – Legal InsurrectionWhat If Palestinians Were Settlers? Submitted by The Watcher
  • Sixth place with 1/3 point – The Truth According to Mark  - The Obama Crash Submitted by The Razor
  • 5 Responses to “The Council has Spoken 040910”

    1. on 09 Apr 2010 at 8:22 am The Colossus of Rhodey

      Watcher’s Council results…

      First place in the Council category was Bookworm Room with Redefining the word racist so that it suits ME. First place in the non-Council category was Cato Unbound with The Rise of the New Paternalism. Full results are here…….

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    2. on 09 Apr 2010 at 10:49 am Right Truth

      A New Species……

      I have three new species of animal to tell you about. First, new species of creature has been found that are able to live without oxygen. These are the first animals that do not depend on oxygen to breathe and……

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    3. on 10 Apr 2010 at 8:04 am Officials punch tickets on gifts

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    5. on 11 Apr 2010 at 7:26 am Soccer Dad

      Council speak 04/11/2010…

      The Watcher’s council has spoken. The winning council entry this week was Bookworm Room’s Redefining the word racist so that it suits ME, which would be funny if the attitudes it is criticizing weren’t so deeply held. The runner up was Wolf Howling…

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