Watcher’s Council Nominations – Putinmania Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group that’s your must-read weekly journal of news and opinion written by 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.

This weeks’ contest is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Rabbi Abraham Avrech (Z”l).

Baruch Dayan Emet… Blessed Be The True Judge.


The last few days saw the interesting proximity of two holidays… the Jewish festival of Purim and St. Patrick’s Day. Interestingly enough, both holidays, by tradition, feature partying and the hopefully responsible use of alcohol. (!)

Purim of course, is about the Jews turnabout on a Persian maniac who wanted to annihilate them all. As Ecclesiastes put it, there ain’t nothin’ new under the sun. And what better way to portray it than as a Spaghetti Western?:

St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday based on the death date of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). It’s essentially become a world party, with festivals held as far afield as Malaysia, Japan, Montserrat and Germany. There’s also something about snakes, but hopefully not the kind you see when you drink too much. My favorite part? Aside from the Bushmills, the Guinness and the fond memories of some previous adventures of my misspent youth… it’s the music:

Speaking of celebrations, here’s one we’ll celebrate a bit belatedly… the birthday of our dear friend Hube, of the The Colossus of Rhodey!

The actual event occurred March 3rd and somehow got lost in the mix, without anyone letting on (Translation: Rob screwed up). So, what the hey… why not celebrate it now? Just be careful with that loincloth, big fella!

For Hube’s special cake, I picked out a Bundt-style Delaware Raisin cake, made with raisins, chopped apples, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg:

Chips and various kinds of salsa on the side, because they go well with something I also know Hube likes…

Beer and Tequila!

Aside from being a great guy all around, Hube has one the most unique blogs you’ll find anywhere… one that looks at sci-fi, comic books, film, media, TV and graphic art as signposts as to which way our culture is going.

Tiempo passado, mi querido amigo… but hopefully, it gets better as it goes, no? Many many more.

Council News:

The Council In Action

Author and Council Alumnus Trever Loudon will tape his appearance for Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze TV on March 26th and his spot will air at 5 PM. Check your local listings. And definitely don’t miss this one!

Dave Schuler at The Glittering Eye celebrated his 10th anniversary in the blogosphere and his entry this week in the links below concerns his reflections on a decade of blogging… including the secret of where the name of his site came from! Happy tenth, Dave!

Elise Ronan of Liberty’s Spirit has a new post up at the Times of Israel, Tzedakah or Tikkun Olam, How about Just Being Kind to Families with Special Needs.

Nice Deb’s new post at Breitbart is up, Obama May Be Leading From Behind But He’s Looking Sharp In His Jeans.

Joshuapundit’s latest is up at the Times of Israel, Abbas calls Israeli defense against Gaza rocket attacks ‘Cold blooded murder’.

Honorable Mentions

This week, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion, The Pirate’s Cove, Maggie’s Notebook, Boker Tov Boulder and The Political Commentator 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 (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM 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 further ado, let’s see what we have this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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