The Council has Spoken 040910


“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 Room – Redefining the word racist so that it suits ME
  • Second place with 2 1/3 points Wolf Howling – The 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 Mandelbaum – What 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