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Thank You Mark Zuckerberg!

By LizHarrison In case you missed it, Facebook is trying to play like Skype again – trying to improve your experience. As …read more Via:: Thank You Mark Zuckerberg!       

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Media Bias and moving the goalposts

It isn’t a secret that the media has seen protecting President Obama and Hillary Clinton as one of their primary responsibilities. Still, it’s stunning that it’s outdone itself with this Miami Herald editorial. With regards to absolving Hillary of all wrongdoing, it created a preposterous argument, saying “Yes, it found a series of failings by […]

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Brexit’s energy lesson for California and other environmental extremists

“California’s largest utility and environmental groups announced a deal Tuesday [June 21] to shutter the last nuclear power plant in the state.” This statement from the Associated Press reporting about the announced closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant…

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: The Tweedledee and Tweedledum of Statism?

It’s not easy being a libertarian, especially in election years. Do you choose not to vote because you either reject your choices or even the entire principle of majoritarianism? Do you vote for the Libertarian Party even though that historically is nothing more than an ineffective way of sending a message? Or do you strategically […]

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Is This Thing On?

I have been having problems with this site for months now but have been too busy with puppies, kittens, and kids to get on an actual computer to deal with it until now. I noticed that this blog seems to vanish from teh interwebz for hours or days at a time for no apparent reason … Continue reading Is This Thing On?

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Brexit won’t hand victory to the SNP. A unionists’ breakdown just might.

From the Spectator’s Coffee House Blog. There’s a lot going on the UK right now, much of it has to do with the Tories looking around trying to find something approaching a leader, while labor is having a fairly civil war on itself. That means that Nicola Sturgeon is making hay while the sun shines, pushing […]

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Devastating Benghazi Report Puts Onus On Cleveland To Do The Right Thing

Rep Trey Gowdy, R-SCI just wrote the following short words on my Face Book page after hearing the patriots of the Benghazi report [especially the great chairman of the committee, Trey Gowdy, R-SC] give their briefing and taking questions about the rele… . . . → Read More: Devastating Benghazi Report Puts Onus On Cleveland To Do The Right Thing

Another Supreme Court decision: Yes to abortion drugs, no to religious liberty

Fresh off their unconstitutional ruling striking down the Tenth Amendment right for the state of Texas to regulate abortion facilities and the doctors who perform the “medical” procedure, the Supreme Court took another swipe at the Constitution in the name…

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Reckless And Careless 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, Sharia Unveiled, and Gates Of Vienna 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

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

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#RoEL 6/28: SCOTUS Abortion Ruling & The Pro-Life Movement

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Obama invites 18.7 million immigrants to avoid Oath of Allegiance, pledge to defend America

It’s not only illegal aliens who are escaping enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. Under the Obama administration’s expansive interpretation of executive authority,  legal immigrants seeking citizenship through the nation’s Naturalization process are now exempt from a key part of…

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America’s Latest Epidemic: Bureaucrats with Guns

While I dismiss conspiracy theories that presume there’s a plan in Washington to strip away our rights, I do think there’s a natural “public choice” explanation for ever-growing, ever-more powerful government. And that can lead to ever-expanding examples of abusive mistreatment of citizens. If you don’t believe me, just ask people like Andy Johnson, Anthony […]

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Can Grown-Ups Save Conservatism? A Preface

Considering what has happened to conservatism, and conservatives, politically, ideologically, culturally, even morally, in the past eleven months because of the rise of Donald Trump, it may come as a surprise to you that I wrote the bulk of this article five years ago in September, 2011 when another outsider was making a run for the presidency. His […]

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Hillary and Bill Clinton Trivia!

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Solution For GOP Primaries To Prevent Future Disastrous Nominee

Some Republicans are wondering how we got to this point where Donald Trump, many think the least electable of all the candidates, has become the GOP presumptive nominee. With so many legitimate viable candidates in the early states, close to doubl…

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Panic! All is lost

According to this article, down-ticket Republicans might as well start writing their concession speeches. This is proof that a little paranoia goes a long way. According to the article, “New polls that came out yesterday showing Hillary Clinton with a double digit lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House has to […]

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The Texas abortion case, Kermit Gosnell and Donald Trump

To no one’s surprise, at least not mine, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down a set of Texas regulations intended to protect the health of women who make the “choice” to murder their unborn babies. The state of…

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Brexit – The Triumph Of Freedom Over Tyranny

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“This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,-
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”

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Britain has voted on whether to stay in the EU or exit. In spite of being massively outspent, demonized in the press and harangued and threatened by foreign leaders including America’s President Obama, the British made their choice and they have clearly chosen to leave.

President Obama in particular had a significant effect on the vote. After his speech threatening that if Britain left the EU they  “would go to the back of the queue as far as trade is concerned” and that the special relationship between the U.S. and the UK would be changed, the poll numbers for leave skyrocketed. Nigel Farage, leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKip) quipped that Obama’s little screed was so helpful to the Brexit camp that he should “come over more often.”

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The election itself told a clear story about where Britain is today. England and Wales largely voted for Brexit, with the exception of pockets in large cities like Muslim-dominated Tower Hamlets in London. Northern Ireland also voted remain, with majorities in locations closer to Eire, the Irish Republic.

But the real giveaway was Scotland, which voted ‘remain’ by almost 2 to 1. More on that later. The United Kingdom isn’t really united anymore.

The issues boiled done to this in Britain’s case: money, migrants and sovereignty.

Just take a look at this figure: According to the latest UK Treasury figures, the UK’s net contribution to the EU for 2014/15 was £8.8bn – nearly double what it was in 2009/10. What they got back in the form of ‘rebates'(mostly in the form of regional development grants and payments to farmers) was just £4.6bn in 2014/15. And this amount doesn’t take into consideration various taxes and fees levied on a suffering British public, nor the high cost of complying with EU diktats on virtually all aspects of daily living.

 Speaking of EU diktats, another significant factor in this election was Mutti Merkal’s unilateral decision to open the EU gates to over a million Muslim migrants with more to come. The unelected  EU bureaucrats, believe it or not, actually passed ‘legislation’ mandating that all EU countries take in a set amount of these Muslim ‘refugees’ or face a  € 300,000  fine per refugee for every one refused entry. That fell through when a number of countries flatly refused to comply, but the very fact that the unelected EU minions felt they had the right to try and impose it did not escape notice, especially in Britain where they already have a significant problem with their existing Muslim population many of whom are disproportionately on the dole.

Another factor, of course, is the schengen visas, which allow these ‘refugees’…or for that matter, migrants from any EU country once they’re accepted  in automatic access to Britain without any formalities or vetting.

And the final reason was not only that the UK was one of the successful nations in the EU whose taxpayers were propping up countries with failed economies like Spain, Greece and Italy among others. It was the increasing strangulation of national sovereignty by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

Behind all this, of course, was an effort to bind Germany to Europe, climaxed with German de facto domination in the name of “European unity.” It’s the Germans whom benefit most from the EU scam, since it allows them to value their exports in cheaper euros rather than higher value Deutschmarks. And former East German STASI member Angela Merkel has a first hand knowledge of how such totalitarian control works.

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It’s no accident that Merkel’s new proposal in reaction to Brexit involves transforming what’s left of the EU into a kind of superstate, where EU countries would have no control over the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, as well as control over their own borders, which means they too will be inundated by Muslim ‘refugees.’. All of these factors will be controlled and mandated from Brussels:


The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an “ultimatum”. […]

The plot has sparked fury and panic in Poland – a traditional ally of Britain in the fight against federalism – after being leaked to Polish news channel TVP Info.

The public broadcaster reports that the bombshell proposal will be presented to a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries – made up of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia – by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier later today.

Excerpts of the nine-page report were published today as the leaders of Germany, France and Italy met in Berlin for Brexit crisis talks.

Given the sentiment in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, I doubt this will be well received. And Britain’s exit has sparked calls for referendums in other EU countries, particularly Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Austria as well as the Visograd countries.

The numbers have undoubtedly gone up since this poll was taken prior to Brain voting to leave.

Of course, France’s socialist government has refused to hold a referendum since Hollande’s government depends on subsidies. But even if the highly unpopular Hollande isn’t removed from office before then, he and the Socialists will have to answer to the voters in 2017. And Marine Le Pen’s National Front is growing by leaps and bounds.

French far-right Front National (FN) president Marine Le Pen during a campaign rally in Paris, December 10, 2015 (AFP/Patrick Kovarik)

The same is true in the Netherlands, where Geert Wilders’  Freedom Party (PVV) is likely to double its seats in the Dutch Parliament.

Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP/Patrick Post)

In reaction to Brexit, Wilders said, “We want be in charge of our own country, our own money, our own borders, and our own immigration policy.”

“If I become prime minister, there will be a referendum in the Netherlands on leaving the European Union as well. Let the Dutch people decide.”

So, what are the likely effects?

Much is being made of the drop in the British Pound and the stock market. What’s hardly being mentioned is that Germany’s economy has been hit far worse.

If I had to guess on which countries will hold referendums next, I’d say traditionally euro skeptic Denmark, Finland, where the few refugees they taken in are not working out well and the Visograd countries. Both Denmark and Finland have thriving economies and a traditionally independent nature, and the Visograd countries don’t want the Muslim refugees. Spain and Greece are also distinct possibilities since leaving the debtor’s prison the Germans have set up for them would allow them to dump the euro and either pay off their debts in far cheaper drachmas and pesetas or default on them entirely. Neither country has a thriving economy anyway and no one is going to lend them any more significant money in the near future. Also, both are popular tourist spots and that isn’t going to change either. And what they do produce, mostly agricultural and food products could be priced very competitively on the markets.

Fortunately, Britain held onto the Pound rather then being sucked into the euro, so after a period of fluctuation, the UK’s basically strong economy should survive just fine. Both Norway and Switzerland likewise decided not to join the EU and kept their own currency and negotiated good trade agreements with the EU. Regardless of the bitterness Merkel and others might have, they will have to do the same with the UK or suffer the loss of millions in trade, money the EU or what’s left of it is going to need badly.

Another bonus for Britain is that since the Pound has dropped, her exports will be far cheaper and thus more desirable worldwide.

Another change in store is a major change in Britain’s politics. Tory PM David Cameron has already said he’s resigning as soon as possible, probably by this fall. And his likely successor is none other than London’s former Conservative mayor, Boris Johnson, a firm nationalist whom many Brits regard as the UK’s Donald Trump.

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Johnson campaigned heavily for ‘leave’ and has become quite popular in the Conservative Party as a result. According to all the polls, he’s the odds on favorite to replace David Cameron as head of the party and the UK’s Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, Britain’s far left Labour Party is in major trouble.

Labour’s openly anti-semitic, pro-Hamas and pro-Hezbollah party leader Jeremy Corbyn has already cost Labour many of its traditional supporters. But his ineffective campaign for ‘remain’ caused most of Labour’s shadow cabinet* to resign and for him to fire others who expressed doubts about his leadership. He appears to have no intention of quitting as party leader, which is going to be problematic come the next election.

Another problem Labour has is the probable loss of its major source of votes, Scotland. The majority of votes that used to go Labour are now going to the socialist Scottish National Party (SNP), and post Brexit, Labour is likely to be shut out entirely. Scotland likes those EU subsidies very much, thank you and voted almost two to one to stay in the EU. The SNP will almost certainly push for a new referendum for independence from Britain.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether the referendum happens and it passes (it likely will if it’s held, in my opinion)and if it does, whether the EU if it still exists would allow it in as a member. Taken by itself, Scotland would be, after all, one of those countries who receives far more from the EU than it contributes.

An independent Scotland would likely doom Labour to minority status for quite some time. with Labour non-competitive and a leader like Boris Johnson in charge, we might very well see a resurgent Britain.

If the Brexit vote proves noting else, it shows that the British Lion still retains some of its teeth and that what Winston Churchill called ‘this Island race’ still retains a lot of its age old love for freedom.

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Make No Mistake @GOP If #NeverTrump Pulls Off A 1st Ballot Coup; Its #WAAR

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The Productive People in France Need a Frexit

The United Kingdom is getting a lot of attention because voters just chose to leave the European Union. I think this was the smart choice. Yes, there will be some short-run economic volatility, but the long-run benefits should make it worthwhile. Sort of like chemotherapy being painful, but still being much better than the alternative […]

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