The fun never ends at the Watcher of Weasels place

In a sec, I’ll link to the cool blog posts I get to read today as part of my gig on the Watcher’s Council.  However, I also wanted to give you a heads up about a debate the Watcher’s Council hosted on the merits of the President’s decision to repeal DADT during war time.  Since the debaters — Dave Schuler at The Glittering Eye and Tom White of Virginia Right! — are civil and logical, you’ll probably find it very interesting.

And now to this week’s nominations:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher of Weasels winners, 3/25/11 edition

World crisis is unnerving, but it certainly stimulates good political writing and analysis.  Witness the winners of this past week’s Watcher’ Council vote:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Something new at Watcher of Weasels

We’re trying something new at the Watcher of Weasels site:  two people in a back and forth debate about a political issue.  Today’s issue is whether, as the consistent Sen. Kucinich has demanded, Obama should be the subject of impeachment efforts.  Greg, who blogs at Rhymes with Right, and former council member Soccer Dad, have taken on the debate and done so in the purest form possible:  with thoughtfulness, solid facts, and great respect for each other.

I’m not actually sure if I’ll end up engaging in these debates myself.  It’s a little too much like my day to day legal work for me, but I’ll see how it goes and I’ll keep you posted.

Also, while you’re at Watcher of Weasels, don’t forget that today is the voting day, so I’ll be reading these articles:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

 

Watcher of Weasels submissions

It’s rare for me to say this, but I’m going to have to skip this week’s vote, because I have neither the time nor the energy to give this week’s submissions (as well as the Honorable Mentions) the attention they deserve.  However, just because I can’t read them doesn’t mean you can’t:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’s Winners on 3/11/11

Even by Watcher’s Council standards, last week saw some extraordinary articles.  I’m sure, therefore, that you’ll be interested in the voting results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Watcher’s Council Submissions for 4/10/11 *UPDATED*

(UPDATE:  Having now had the chance to read all the posts, I cannot tell you how good they are.  This was a stand-out week, and one of the most difficult for me in selecting my top two in each category.  If you have the time, give these posts a look-see.)

This is what I’m reading right now:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’s Council winners for 3/4/11

Sorry for the silence today.  Not long after I put up my first, short post, I got a call from a client, and have spent the rest of the day working.  I didn’t even get the chance to recommend to all of you that you check out this week’s Watcher’s Council winners.  As to that, though, it’s never to late.  Here are the winners:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

What I get to read today from the Watcher’s Council

As always, my brain is expanding with every word I read from this week’s Watcher’s Council nominations:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’s Council, 2-25-11 edition

I was very gratified this week, because I won on the Council side and my submission for non-Council (Zombie) won too.  It’s not a trifecta, but maybe a bifecta?

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

And yet another week of good stuff from the Watcher’s Council

The one thing about crises at home and abroad is that they inspire people to deep thoughtsThe Watchers are on it.  (This week is also special, because we welcome a new council member, The Political Commentator.)

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Exciting development at the Watcher of Weasels site

In the past, the Watcher of Weasels site limited itself to two posts a week:  one listing the nominations (both council and non-council), and the other listing the winners (both council and non-council).  Because this system left so much good stuff on the table, the Watcher of Weasels is adding a new feature:  substantive posts by the other bloggers at Council member websites.

For example, right now, you can go over and see one of Danny Lemieux posts cross-posted over there.  I know that you all like reading his stuff here, but it does allow him the wider audience he deserves.  (And Don Quixote, when you drop in, your stuff can get cross-posted too.)

The Council has spoken, 2/18/11 edition

Every week, I think that Council members can’t top the week that came before, and every week they surprise me.  It just gets better and better.  Apparently world crisis inspires council members and the non-council bloggers they nominate.  Here are the winners for last week:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

What the weasel watchers are voting on right now

I’m enjoying reading the following posts, courtesy of the Watcher’s Council.  I bet you’ll like them too.  Also, if you go to the Watcher’s Council page, you’ll see some really cool social network stuff floating along the bottom of your screen.

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’s winners for 2/11/10

We have the results, and they are good:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

WoW submissions this week

Good stuff.  Really good stuff:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

I wasn’t expecting that — WoW for 2/4/11

I knew that the post I submitted for this week’s Watcher’s Council vote was pretty good ( wouldn’t have submitted it otherwise), but I was so completely overwhelmed by the high quality of the other submissions, I assumed I wouldn’t even show up on the winner’s map.  I was therefore very surprised to find myself in third place — although with the huge vote spread this week, it’s probably not that surprising.  As it is, I still think the other submissions were better, and I urge you to read them all:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Staggeringly good submissions at the Watcher’s Council

The one good thing about living in exciting times is that those times create good reading material.  A case in point is the submissions I got to read for this week’s Watcher’s Council vote.  Here — you can read them too:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’Council winners for 1/28/2011

The results were in, and I forgot to post them.  Better late than never is my motto, though (needs to me, ’cause I forget things so often), so here are the Watcher’s Council winners for January 28, 2011:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

It’s all about me, me, me (and the Watcher’s Council)

I’m sorry for the blog silence.  Not only am I finding headlines uninspiring (not uninteresting, just uninspiring), I really am having a fine time going through my old posts with the hope that I can assemble the best of them into an ebook.

When it comes to my writing, I’m happy with a lot of the old posts, so I know my ego is intact.  Nevertheless, honesty compels me to admit that the old posts (some going back as far as 2006) need a fair amount of editing.  Many are inappropriate for a book (too diffuse, too old, too filled with quotations from others), while others need to be tweaked to be tighter, more current, and more meaningful.

I also need to cut radically.  Even after culling my almost 7,000 posts (yes, you read that correctly) to find “possibles” for a book, I was left staring at a 300,000 word document.  Because the average book runs about 50,000 to 60,000 words, I’m trimming like mad.

I’m on the first pass now, getting rid of the obvious unpublishables, and seeing what I can do to tighten the possible publishables.  It’s time consuming but, for the first time in years, I’m engaged in work that I enjoy.  As I said, when it comes to my writing, there’s nothing wrong with my ego.

I do want to assure you, though, that I will continue to blog here.  The slight slackening off over the last couple of days really is tied to news specific ennui, and not to the fact that I’m spending my time on other things.  When the ennui passes, undoubtedly in a day or two, I will resume blogging with my usual pathological furor.

Meanwhile, if you’re lusting for things to read, let me recommend the Watcher’s Council submissions this week:

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’s Winners for 1/20/11

The Council has spoken, and it is good.  How good?  This good:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Watcher of Weasel’s results for 1-13-2011

Here they are (or there they were, since a few days have passed since these results came out):

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

All sorts of stuff from the Watcher’s Council

Because there are lots of announcements this week (yay!), I’m simply reprinting here, verbatim, the post the Watcher put up at the Watcher’s Council site when announcing this week’s nominations.

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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.

Council News: This week marks the farewell of our friend Omri over at Mere Rhetoric, who has decided to take a break from active blogging for awhile. It’s been great having Omri on the Council and we all wish him the best.  [Bookworm here:  I will miss Omri.  Please don’t stop reading his posts.  They are invariably wonderful.]

On the other hand, I promised you a special treat this week, and indeed we have one, the Council debut of The Noisy Room, a tasty site many of us have been making a regular stop out of for some time – and I’m sure you’ll want to as well.  [Bookworm here:  Yay and double Yay!  Terresa is one of my favorite bloggers evah!]

This week, The Political Commentator, The Pagan Temple and The Grouch took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.

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.

Simply e-mail me a link at rmill2k@msn.com with the subject heading ‘Honorable mention’ no later than Monday 6PM PST to be considered for our honorable mention category, and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.

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

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

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’s Council winners, 1-7-11 edition

The Council has spoken and I have to admit to being very gratified by the outcome:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Watcher’s Council Winners while I was away

Oooh!  Alliteration.  Did you catch all that alliteration in my post title?  Not as good as “Seven silver swans swimming softly,” or W.S. Gilbert’s “It’s the song of a merry man, moping mum, whose soul was sad and whose glance was glum, who sipped no sup and who craved no crum, as he sighed for the love of a lady,” but okay nevertheless.

But enough blather.  Even though I was swiftly sailing one of the Seven Seas, the Watcher’s went on.  Here are the winners for the two weeks I missed:

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Watcher’s Council Winners

I’ll be missing the next two weeks of Watcher’s Council votes (more on that in another post), but I can make sure that you get last week’s Watcher’s Council winners:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Last week’s Watcher’s Council winners

Oh, my memory!  I forgot to post last week’s winners at the Watcher’s Council — which is a profound disservice to you and to the winners:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Watcher of Weasels winners for 12-3-10

Oh, my!  Here I am, reading this week’s Watcher’s Council submissions (which you’ll find here), and I forgot to tell you what last week’s winners were.  It’s never too late, though, so here are last week’s winners:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Watcher’s Council submissions — super good stuff

I meant to blog lots today but, lacking inspiration, I did other stuff.  Since I offered you nothing but a vacuum, I should have done you the favor of linking to the Watcher’s Council submissions earlier today.  The stuff here is that good.  I mean, really, really good.  It’s not too late, though, for you to read and enjoy this week’s Watcher’s Council submissions:

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher of Weasels, post-Thanksgiving edition

The Watchers Council members tore themselves away from their turkey and stuffing just long enough to vote on the past week’s wonderful submissions.  Here are the results (also, be sure to watch the video the Watcher included with the results):

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

Watcher’s Council nominations for 11/24/10

If you’re wondering what to read in the next few days as bloggers slow down to spend time with family and friends, and to give thanks for the many blessings we have (despite and, sometimes, because of our new administration), the Watcher’s Council provides a collection of good stuff to read:

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’s Winners for 11/19/2010

The results are in at the Watcher’s Council and it was a nice week for me.  My post about societal aspirations won on the Council side (thank you, fellow Council members), and American Front’s post about Brad Kasal, which inspired my own post, won on the non-Council side.  I’m especially pleased about the American Front win, since I think too many civilians were unaware of Sgt. Kasal’s heroism:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

And now I’ll say what I say every week: Whether the submissions (Council or non-Council) ended up as wins, places or shows, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better reading material out there in the blogosphere. Please give each post a visit. You’ll be so pleased that you did.

What’s happening at the Watcher’s Council?

This is what’s happening at the Watcher’s Council — cool stuff to read.

Council Submissions

Non-Council Submissions

Watcher’s Council winners for 11/12/10

The Council has spoken.  As always, if you haven’t already done so, do yourself the favor of reading, not just the winners, but all the posts.  They’re that good.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners