July 15, 2007

Qvis Cvstodiet Ipsos Cvstodes

Hatched by Dafydd

All right, to jump right to Chevy Chase, Big Lizards carried off another $73,000 prize for winning the Watcher's Council vote last week:


This was our takedown of that harpy, Peggy Noonan -- most recently seen saying that "everyone" (read: Peggy Noonan) was "tired" of George W. Bush (read: frustrated that he won't listen to her advice) and just desperately wishing for a new president, whether Republican or Democrat (read: Noonan's open to voting for a Democrat, if the price is right).

Since we can't vote for our own posts, of course, I didn't; I voted thus:

  1. Hillary's Grand, Failed Cover-Up, by Cheat Seeking Missiles;
  2. Independence Day, by Done With Mirrors.

The first, as you have probably gathered, elucidates the hypocrisy of Shrillery geshreying the commutation of Scooter Libby's jail term -- considering the hundreds of full-on pardons that Billery sold for library-fund donations, even to felons who bilked seniors, the poor, and ordinary Americans out of millions of dollars... then fled the country to avoid prosecution.

In the second, Callimachus begins with this quotation from William Hickling Prescott's History of the Conquest of Peru; speaking of the Incan empire, Prescott wrote:

Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is rigorously proscribed by law, the law, and not the man, must have the credit of the conduct.

Callimachus goes on to link the two seemingly disparate qualities of freedom and morality -- following in Ayn Rand's footsteps. It was short, pithy... I liked it.

Alas, only one other person did, for a second-choice vote (I wonder who it was?)


We didn't fare so well with the non-Council ("Nouncil") nominees; the winner was...

This is just what it says it is: Bensman is the author of the newspaper series "Breaching America;" per the description at View From a Height, "The series followed an illegal immigrant and asylum-seeker from his homeland across the US-Mexican border, to his release by US authorities to join his family in the States. His homeland: Iraq."

One of the nominees we voted for did fairly well but didn't win; the other just lay there like a kippered herring:

  1. Anti-American July 4th, by Zombietime;
  2. Unhinged Anti-War Zealot Shoots Airman, Kills Self, by Michelle Malkin.

The first is a beautiful piece of photojournalism showing how San Francisco and the Propaganda III Art Show and Cattle Auction decided to "celebrate" Independence Day.

The second vote was for our nominee in the Nouncil category, and I freely admit I nominated this short Michelle Malkin post because I hoped it would get spread around to readers outside Malkin's usual circle.

Michelle highlighted a story about USAF Senior Airman Jonathan Schrieken, who was shot in New Jersey on July 4th by an anti-war fanatic... evidently because the attacker hated the military (according to a note left by the gunman, who slew himself after attempting -- and failing -- to kill Schrieken).

I find it amazing that the elite media thinks it unnewsworthy that an anti-war lefty would shoot an airman simply because he was in the Air Force, but there you have it.

However, the other members of the Council must also have found it unnewsworthy, as not a single person voted for this post -- or perhaps even read it -- other than myself.

As per, read all about it at the Watcher of Webelos' own site.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, July 15, 2007, at the time of 10:27 PM

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The following hissed in response by: WGPu


Peggy Noonan had another anti-Bush column in this past weekend edition of the WSJ, entitled "American Grit." I didn't have the stomach to read it through. Perhaps you could give us your (usually excellent) commentary on the piece. Thanks.

The above hissed in response by: WGPu [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 16, 2007 3:26 AM

The following hissed in response by: Terrye

Hey, shouldn't I get a piece of that? Not that I am the pushy type or anything but.......

The above hissed in response by: Terrye [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 16, 2007 2:15 PM

The following hissed in response by: Terrye

Speaking of tired of people, I am tired of Peggy Noonan and a lot of those other talking heads too. yak yak yak, blah blah blah.

The above hissed in response by: Terrye [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 16, 2007 2:18 PM

The following hissed in response by: cdquarles


It seems to me that too many people use listen to mean agree with. Just because I listen to an argument does not mean that I agree with its premises or its correctness, nor does it mean that I will implement it (think BDS whiners nagging the President).

The above hissed in response by: cdquarles [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 16, 2007 7:10 PM

The following hissed in response by: TBinSTL

On that last bit, I think Malkin is pretty ubiquitos and those that are likely to appreciate her already read her. I may be wrong.

You have a name-sake in the news....and in

but you probably already knew that....

The above hissed in response by: TBinSTL [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 17, 2007 12:25 AM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh


No, I hadn't known about Dr. Spaceman Dafydd Rhys Williams... thanks!

Dafydd (ab Hugh)

The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 17, 2007 2:12 AM

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