Winning With The Navy League, Dispelling Gaza Myths and Losing With Jimmy Carter

The week’s winners are in (as determined by our esteemed Watcher’s Council!)

On the council side Bookworm won for her article reminding everyone of the benefits of joining The Navy League.

And what is the Navy League?  Long-time readers know that it’s an organization formed to support the Navy and related military organizations.  Here, from the Navy League’s own website, are the organization’s mission and policy statements:

The Navy League has set forth the following objectives:

  • To foster and maintain interest in a strong Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine as integral parts of a sound national defense and vital to the freedom of the United States.
  • To serve as a means of educating and informing the American people with regard to the role of sea power in the nuclear age and the problems involved in maintaining strong defenses in that age.
  • To improve the understanding and appreciation of those who wear the uniforms of our armed forces and to better the conditions under which they live and serve.
  • To provide support and recognition for the Reserve forces in our communities in order that we may continue to have a capable and responsive Reserve.
  • To educate and train our youth in the customs and traditions of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine through the means of an active and vigorous Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

On the Non-Council side Z-Word carried a guest post by Fabián of La Fusión that dispels a popular myth about overcrowding in the Gaza Strip.

There is a common misconception that the Gaza Strip is “one of the most populated places on the planet”. Sometimes this is said because people want to emphasize the plight of the “overcrowded” Palestinian people, accuse Israel of stealing most of “Palestinian” land, and sometimes it is said by others to remark that in case of war in the Gaza strip, there is no chance of fighting it without hitting civilians, since the Palestinians are, as if were, living one over the other.

But the Gaza Strip is not one of the most populated places on the planet.  Nor Gaza city is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. And not even Gaza refugee camps are somehow unique in this respect.

The misperception is based on two true facts:

  • The disputed territories with Israel on which Palestinian-Arabs live (Gaza and the West Bank), if they are considered as a country or independent region (and in the future they might be a country), are 14th in the rank of population density. Of course, behind Macau, Monaco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Vatican City, Malta, Bermuda, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Maldives, and the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. If we keep on the list only independent countries and drop the regions affiliated with a country, Gaza and the West Bank would be 8th in the rank (of a total of 193 countries).
  • Palestinians have a high birthrate. They were ranked 31th by the UN (behind many African countries, however).

When you think about a high birthrate and you rank countries according to their population density, then you get the impression that the Palestinians have to live packed like sardines, just because they are ranked 8th in the world and have lots of children. However, this impression is not true. The disputed territories rank so high simply because they lack (Gaza especially, the West Bank not so much) miles and miles of unpopulated or sparsely populated countryside, that is common in most other countries in the world. It is this absence that makes them rank so high, and not a supposed overcrowding. It is worthy to remind the reader that Israeli settlements are not responsible for the lack of countryside. There are no Israeli settlements in Gaza. Settlements in the West Bank occupy less than 5% of the land.

This said, it is not as if the Gaza strip didn’t have empty spaces and open fields inside its small (for a country) territory.

Read the whole post here.

In a close second place Non-Council showing Hans von Spakovsky of National Review Online came in at second place where he wrote about America’s most disgraceful living ex-President, Jimmy Carter.

Here’s a taste:

When former president Jimmy Carter accuses the opponents of Barrack Obama’s policy of nationalizing broad aspects of our economy and spending us into bankruptcy of being “racists,” perhaps he should look in the mirror. In his 1982 book, Keeping Faith, Carter disingenuously said he “was not directly involved in the early struggles to end racial discrimination.” No kidding — in fact, he directly and unambiguously supported segregation. When Carter returned to Plains, Georgia, to become a peanut farmer after serving in the Navy, he became a member of the Sumter County School Board, which did not implement the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision handed down by the Supreme Court. Instead, the board continued to segregate school children on the streets of Carter’s hometown.

As Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU’s Voting Project, relates in his book A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, Carter’s board tried to stop the construction of a new “Elementary Negro School” in 1956. Local white citizens had complained that the school would be “too close” to a white school. As a result, “the children, both colored and white, would have to travel the same streets and roads in order to reach their respective schools.” The prospect of black and white children commingling on the streets on their way to school was apparently so horrible to Carter that he requested that the state school board stop construction of the black school until a new site could be found. The state board turned down Carter’s request because of “the staggering cost.” Carter and the rest of the Sumter County School Board then reassured parents at a meeting on October 5, 1956, that the board “would do everything in its power to minimize simultaneous traffic between white and colored students in route to and from school.”

The left has selective memory and their heroes are a perfect example of that truism.

For other examples of these simple truths please read and share all the winning entries. Join us next Wednesday for the Council’s next contest.

Winning Council Submissions

Winning Non-Council Submissions

(T*) – Indicates a Tie.