Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 6.50.54 PMAnd now it’s time, as Monty Python was fond of saying, for something completely different. As part of my duty as a member of the Watcher’s council, I post, each Friday, the results of the week’s voting. In the number one spot this week is a familiar, if dubious, blog. By the way, much of the text for these posts is a cut and paste matter for me. Every member of the council posts the same materials. I trust you’ll be able to tell when I’m speaking, so to speak.

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

““The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” Jeff Cooper, Art Of The Rifle

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt the Younger, Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

This week’s winning essay is Stately McDaniel Manor’s Schools and Concealed Carry: Overregulation and Micromanagement.

It is a characteristic of bureaucracy that even in pursuit of common sense, desirable goals they almost always manage to gum up the works!  Mike McDaniel’s excellent piece does a fine job of showing how that can work.

NOTE: I’ve excised the excerpt. It seems a bit odd to repost an article you can find on this site merely by scrolling, or taking the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Pajamas Media What No One Seems to Know About Ted Cruz’s Past submitted by: Fausta’s Blog. It deals with Ted Cruz’s positive record while the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Independent Sentinel was unable to vote this week but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

First place with 3 2/3 votes! Stately McDaniel Manor Schools and Concealed Carry: Overregulation and Micromanagement

Second place with 2 1/3 votes: The Noisy Room  Beyonce Goes All In On RACISM: Honors Black Panthers… Hates On Cops

Third place with 1 1/3 votes: GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD The Authoritarian Counterinsurgency Toolkit 

Third place with 1 1/3 votes: The Right Planet  President Obama Speaks at Baltimore Mosque with Known Ties to Terrorism

Fourth place with 1 vote: VA Right! What Trump’s ‘YUGE’ Victory in New Hampshire Means to the Rest of the Candidates

Fifth place with 2/3 votes: Fausta’s Blog Mexico: Del Castillo crying foul over Sean Penn

Fifth place with 2/3 votes: The Razor  Why I Could Live With President Sanders

Fifth place with 2/3 votes: The Daley Gator  Can you be crazy and still attend Yale?

Sixth place with 1/3 vote: Bookworm Room The reason behind free education — to get more of these people

Sixth place with 1/3 vote: The Independent Sentinel White House Orders Climate Change War Games Because He’s Delusional

Sixth place with 1/3 vote: Nice Deb Hillary Taps Most Corrupt AG in American History To Appear in Campaign ads in S.C.

Sixth place with 1/3  vote: Joshuapundit A Few Words About New Hampshire 

Non-Council Winners

First place with 2 2/3 votes! PJ Media What No One Seems to Know About Ted Cruz’s Past   Submitted by: Fausta’s Blog

Second place with 2 votes: Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion Freddie Gray Defense: Legally irrelevant whether Freddie’s knife was illegal   Submitted by: Stately McDaniel Manor

Second place with 2 votes: Roger L.Simon/PJ Media Obama’s Islamophobia    Submitted by: The Watcher

Third place with 1 1/3 votes: JK Trotter/Gawker This Is How Hillary Clinton Gets the Coverage She Wants  Submitted by: The Glittering Eye

Fourth place with 1 vote: Breitbart Los Zetas Cartel Used Network of Ovens to Hide Mass Extermination in Mexico’s Coahuila  Submitted by: Puma By Design

Fifth place with 2/3 votes: Dov S. Zakheim/the National Interest The Great Reversal: Obama’s Military Buildup  Submitted by: GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD

Fifth place with 2/3 votes: Jason L. Riley/WSJ  An Alternative Black History Month   Submitted by: Joshuapundit

Fifth place with 2/3 votes: The Gates Of Vienna Desiderata For Our Time Submitted by: The Right Planet

Fifth place with 2/3 votes: Bearing Arms NY Times Reporter Flummoxed By Polite, Knowledgeable Gun Owners   Submitted by: The Daley Gator

Fifth place with 2/3 votes: Caroline Glick Syria and the real demographic threat   Submitted by: The Watcher

Sixth place with 1/3 vote Paul Sperry/NY Post Obama bullied bank to pay racial settlement without proof: report   Submitted by: Nice Deb

Sixth place with 1/3 vote: Bill Gertz/Washington Free Beacon China Continues Cyber Espionage   Submitted by: The Noisy Room

See you next week!

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