Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Shootout In Donkey City Edition

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Maggie’s Notebook, Simply Jews and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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

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

Simple, no?

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

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

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Virginia Gunman Identified; Arrest Imminent (Video)

Fox News has the latest on the shocking murder of two Roanoke, Va., journalists who were gunned down during a live shot at the Bridgewater Plaza marina and retail center near Smith Mountain Lake:







The suspect via Breitbart:



Bryce Williams posted video of the shooting on Twitter where he accused Alison Parker of making racist comments. He also posted the video on Facebook.


Williams shot himself and was originally reported to be dead. Now, it is being reported that the suspect is still clinging to life.



Heavy: Vester Lee Flanagan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know:

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees


It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….

President Obama’s EPA!

The Noisy Room : My weasel of the week nomination is the EPA once again. Five months ago at an old Georgia cotton mill, the EPA had another backhoe oopsie, just as they did recently concerning a Colorado gold mine. But the press didn’t pick it up at all. The EPA, while grading the site, struck a water main that contained sediment flows that carry dangerous mercury, lead, arsenic and chromium downstream to Lake Oconee and then to the Oconee River — home to many federally and state protected species. Lead in the soil at the project site is 20,000 times higher than federal levels established for drinking water. The EPA at first lied about having anything to do with the site and then five months later admitted involvement. They claimed they were conducting environmental justice and intended to build low income housing. The EPA issued a grant in 2005 to turn the mill and surrounding grounds into a housing complex for the mentally ill, homeless and indigent. Contractors working with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD) have started digging and tearing down the buildings — despite objections by the city of Greensboro and the absence of a plan to deal with the hazardous waste. They just don’t give a crap if those they move in there get sick and die. Progressive justice in play.

The EPA has not responded to questions concerning this project. The agency has offered conflicting statements about its involvement in the project, alternating between knowing nothing, providing only data and guidance, and acknowledging that it funded cleanup and development at the site through a grant to the state. In other words, they have been lying and covering their butts on this one. Wonder how much they paid the media to stay away? The EPA pointed to a bogus study in 2010 that showed low contamination. However, microbiologist Dave Lewis took his own samples and said he was staggered by them. Per Watchdog.org: “The EPA’s website says Brownfield’s projects are part of the agency’s mandate “to make environmental justice an integral part of every program, policy and activity by…. Applying EPA’s regulatory tools to protect vulnerable communities.”” What a horrific joke. They are just barely cleaning up the site and then slapping a development on it. Wonder if they will stick refugees or illegal aliens there? They obviously don’t give a rip about the mentally ill – I guess they figure no one will notice as they get sicker and die. Somewhere in all this the EPA is making money… getting funds from the government for doing this evil deed. Calling Erin Brockovich… she can deliver the golden weasel award to the EPA.

NFL Hall Of Famer And Criminal Behavior Adviser Cris Carter!

Puma By Design : My WOTW nomination this week goes to NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter for remarks made during a 2014 speech t the NFL Rookie Symposium. Carter along with Warren Sapp imparted a little friendly advice to rookies on how “to get around” getting in trouble.

“Y’all not gonna all do the right stuff. I gotta teach yall how to get around all this stuff too. If you gonna have a crew, one of them fools got to know he going to jail…I let my own boys know … y’all want to keep rolling like this, Then I need to know who’s going to be the fall guy, who’s going to be driving. Y’all not going to do all the right stuff now. I got to teach y’all how to get around all this stuff.”

Beating the message like a drum, Carter repeats “find a fall guy” “fool” Translation: Sucker.

One year later, the cat is out of the bag and the NFL in a statement is distancing itself from Carter’s remarks:

“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium,” the NFL said. “The comment was not representative of the message of the symposium or any other league program. The league’s player engagement staff immediately expressed concern about the comment to Cris. The comment was not repeated in the 2014 AFC session or this year’s symposium.”

“Unfortunate” “inappropriate” “not representative of the message or the symposium.” Whom are they kidding? At a time when NFL players are getting into trouble for everything from drugs to rape to domestic violence to murder, Carter’s advice speaks volume as to the mentality of the NFL, from the top down to the players.

NFL players are a commodity and their brand must be protected at all costs so instead of demanding that the players straighten up and fly right, they tell them not to get caught and if it gets too hot in the kitchen, to find a fall guy amongst their leeches.

On Sunday, Carter walked his advice back to rookies on twitter (@criscarter80):

“Seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was. I was brought there to educate young people and instead I gave them very bad advice. Every person should take responsibility for his own actions. I’m sorry and I truly regret what I said that day.”

Getting caught out there dead to right tends to have that effect.

Well, there it is. What despicable Weasels…EITHER OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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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Dr. Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter Focused On The Wrong Targets (Video)

GOP 2016 candidate Dr. Ben Carson was invited on to the Kelly File, Monday night to talk about his excellent USA Today oped criticizing Black Lives Matters.

Carson writes:

The idea that disrupting and protesting Bernie Sanders speeches will change what is wrong in America is lunacy. The “BlackLivesMatter” movement is focused on the wrong targets, to the detriment of blacks who would like to see real change and to the benefit of its powerful white liberal funders using the attacks on Sanders for political purposes that mean nothing for the problems that face our community.

The notion that some lives might matter less than others is meant to enrage. That anger is distracting us from what matters most. We’re right to be angry, but we have to stay smart.

Of course, the protesters are right that racial policing issues exist and some rotten policemen took actions that killed innocent people. Those actions were inexcusable and they should be prosecuted to deter such acts in the future.

He concluded by saying:

We should have a talk with the Democratic Party.  Let’s tell them, we don’t want to be clothed, fed and housed. We want honor and dignity.

We don’t want a plan to give us public housing in nice neighborhoods. We want an end to excuses for schools that leave us without the means to buy our own houses where we choose to live. We want the skills needed to compete, not a consolation prize of Section 8, Food Stamps and a lifetime of government paperwork.

Finally, we need to go over to the Republican Party. We need to tell them they have ignored us for too long. They need to invite us in and listen to us. We need to communicate and find a different way.

There are many things to be angry about when you are consumed by hopelessness. Bernie Sanders isn’t one of them.

“Whoa!” Way to lay it out,” Megyn Kelly gushed. we have been talking for months on this show about how

Some believe too few in the black community have turned and said Stop! Don’t act as victim. Don’t look squarely at the police. Start looking inward. It’s not that there’s nothing wrong with the police at all – it’s not that there’s no police brutality, but there is a major problem plaguing inner city America right now,  and in too many circles has been ignored.

The former pediatric neurosurgeon said there are a lot of folks in the black community who think like he does but they are afraid to speak out. “because you’ll be called a name. You’ll be scorned. That’s what the established progressive party wants. They don’t want anybody to speak out against this. They want to demonize anybody who does because they want to maintain their power,” he explained.

Dr. Carson said he wasn’t sure if the Democrat party would be able to maintain their grasp on the black community going into the future.

Forum: Will Hillary Clinton Still Be The Democrat Nominee?

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: Will Hillary Clinton Still Be The Democrat Nominee?

 Don Surber : No. She is Pig Pen in the Peanuts comic strip of politics. Everywhere she goes, dirt. Dirt and flies. The Democrats may float Mike Dukakis name next.

 The Razor : I hope so but I suspect she won’t be. It would be a Democrat’s worst nightmare if she prevailed through this mess and faced a competent Republican candidate. Of course that last part assumes a lot right now from the Stupid Party. But I’m getting that uncomfortable feeling I get when I watch a comedian bombing on stage, or when I pass an accident on the road and struggle not to look. Her candidacy is looking increasingly like a slow-motion train wreck, and I’m simply amazed at how arrogant, narcissistic and just plain stupid she is. Were all the smart people Bill’s friends?
I honestly hope that by Election Day 2016 she’ll be in jail. She clearly deserves it.

 The Independent Sentinel : She will either be a candidate or indicted. That’s the USA today!

Since I don’t think the FBI will do anything substantive, she will be the candidate.

It’s the GOPs election to lose and lose they might very well do so.

JoshuaPundit : I think it depends on several factors, some of which I went over here.

The dislike between the Obamas and the  Clintons is palpable and personal. But beyond that, Obama considers the Clintons – believe it or not – too conservative to lead the ulta-Left prog fascist party he envisions having significant influence over even after he’s out of the White House. And much of the base agrees with him, egged on by the Soros media machine.

So here’s the first basic thing to consider. The FBI and the Inspector Generals work for Barack Obama, and if he didn’t want this e-mail controversy to surface and continue to fester, it wouldn’t have. So the first question is how far he’s willing and able to take this…far enough to knock Mrs. Clinton out of the box for the nomination but not far enough to where she feels threatened enough to have her lawyer call up someone like Benghazi chairman Trey Gowdy  and other committee heads and start talking deal in exchange for immunity and her testimony on certain matters  the Obama regime would rather weren’t made public. Mrs. Clinton is not without weapons of her own. This could end with a fine and a temporary rescinding of her security clearance, as it did with the Clinton’s creature Sandy Burger.

The second thing to consider is the nature of the Democrat field. Mrs. Clinton has raised more money than all the others combined. She also has the best organization, including Clintonistas scattered throughout the media. After which she can say “I made an honest mistake and I paid for it. Now let’s talk about amnesty and reparations and the fact I’m a woman!”

While Socialist Bernie Sanders has been making some noise, he is still a Jew by birth, if a radical,  irreligious and anti-Israel one, Most blacks, Hispanics and Muslims will not vote for him and they’re an important, vital part of the Democrat coalition. After the New Hampshire primary, which along with Iowa is composed of most white voters, I expect him to fade. There’s no one else at this time, not really.

The recent meeting of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren is of interest, but we’ll know soon if there are any burning embers among the smoke. For Slo-Jo to make a real run of it, he would almost certainly have to announce the first week or so of September.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : HRC as the Democrat candidate? Looking kinda iffy! It’s one thing to blow off Congress cats and bothersome reporters about her E Mailgate. Quite another to diss the FBI (even if the FBI is doing their very first ever Non Criminal Investigation all about HRC’s server chiz).

Yet way more important is 44’s role in all this. And it looks like 44 is driving it too. Days ago 42 meet and golfed with 44 and you can be sure two things that came up: Attorney General Lynch and Vice President Biden.

Now we learn VP Biden has been hooking up with Senator Elizabeth Warren!

As the radio cat with half his brain tied behind his back says :

“The Hillary thing, I think it’s personal with the Clintons and the Obamas. I don’t think it goes any deeper. It may, but it’s personal. “

“Look, folks, these are the things that you think go in one ear and out the other. But when Bill Clinton in South Carolina is sitting there at a cafe talking to a buddy of his after they’ve thrown the race card down on the guy and Clinton is saying — I forget who he said this to, and it’s a prominent name, might have been Ted Kennedy. It was Ted Kennedy. He was sitting there having a drink with Ted Kennedy and Obama’s on TV or walking by, and Clinton said (doing impression), “You know, Ted, wasn’t that long ago, a guy like this would be getting us our coffee.” Well, that’s the kind of thing Obama never forgets, particularly that. That was Clinton calling Obama, I mean, that was Clinton talking about slavery, dare we say. “

“Obama’s an African-American, coffee, what, he’d be servant? Obama doesn’t forget that stuff. And some of the stuff that happened during that campaign, Hillary and Bill, I think this is personal with them. Well, then why did he make her secretary of state? It’s a pretty brilliant move. It looks like she’s pretty incompetent, right? And she’s got all these problems now that he probably helped create. I mean, he’s done his best to discredit her, and her coronation is now off the rails yet again, thanks to him. The old saw about keeping your friends close, your enemies closer. “

Get your “Riding With Biden” paraphernalia now!

Puma By Design :Straight Answer: Nope!

The Obamas despise the Clintons and does not want them entering as they exit the White House.

Oh sure, the Barry gave the Clintons his blessing but he was just but he was merely paying a debt from the 2008 presidential campaign. Debt repaid with the left hand, screwing Clinton with the right.

As for who then? Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren.

The powers that be are aware that Clinton will kick, scream and claw her way to becoming the left’s chosen candidate. I believe there is an urgency by some (Obama) to take her down hard once and for all.

Enter Joe Biden who must first collaborate with Elizabeth Warren so that when Hillary throws the gender card out there, Warren will run interference keeping feminists in check.

If Joe Biden fails, enter Elizabeth Warren. The plan may have been the plan all along to get the left so sick of Hillary that they would be thankful for Warren who as far as I can see is the only thing worse for America than Hillary or Bernie Sanders.

 The Glittering Eye: Unless she’s actually serving time somewhere, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. The Democrats and the Republicans have traded places. This cycle the Democrats want to fall in line and the Republicans want to fall in love.

The progressive wing of the Democratic Party (a third to half of the party) knows where its heart is: Bernie Sanders. If he were a black woman he’d be perfect. Despite where their collective heart leads, they’ll still vote for Hillary. She also has the solid support of the black caucus. That’s enough to secure the nomination.

The Republicans, on the other hand, are looking for love (in all the wrong places). That’s why no one other than The Donald can get any traction. Well, that and the 24/7 press coverage he’s receiving.

The Right Planet : Well, I really hate making predictions. But it’s long been reported that there is some bad blood between the Obama’s and the Clinton’s. So, I would not be surprised if the Obama Administration is firing torpedoes at the U.S.S.S. (United States Socialist Ship) Hillary Clinton. And if that’s the case, it must mean that there is something far worse than Hillary (if that’s possible) waiting in the wings. I just read that VP Biden had a meeting with Fauxchahontas (Elizabeth Warren). And Socialist Sanders is giving Comrade Hillary a run for her Clinton Cash. So there’s a damn good chance Hillary might not be the presidential candidate for the Democrats. But, what difference, at this point, does it make?

Nice Deb : I’ve been saying since March that it isn’t going to be Hillary. The Regime’s preferred candidate is Liz Warren, but the surest pathway to the White House for her is through Biden. Biden has the name recognition and stature needed to win the presidential election in 2016 with Warren as his running mate. One term of Biden and the next two Warren. That’s the plan. That’s what we have to look forward to.

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.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Your Sunday Hymn: You Raise Me Up

Celtic Woman perform the beautiful hymn “You Raise Me Up” popularized by Josh Groban in 2003.

The song was originally composed by the Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden.

Here is Josh Groban’s version:

And here is the Secret Garden 2002 version :

The music was written by Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham. After the song was performed early in 2002 by the Secret Garden and their invited lead singer, Brian Kennedy, the song only became a minor UK hit. The song has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including Josh Groban, who popularized the song in 2003; his rendition became a hit in the United States. The Irish band Westlife then popularized the song in the United Kingdom two years later.[1] “You Raise Me Up” is sung as a contemporary hymn in church services.


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