Thursday, August 09, 2007

Council Winners

[posted by Callimachus]

Council Winners have been posted for the week of Aug. 3.

First place in the council went to NEA Also Confused About SCOTUS Decision Regarding Race & Schooling by The Colossus of Rhodey, in which he dissects the teachers' union's confusion about the recent Supreme Court ruling on segregation.

Votes also went to Whose Freedom? What Is Speech? by Right Wing Nut House, which looks at a recent blasphemy incident in light of larger free speech issues; "He's Not My President" by Bookworm Room, in which she recalls her Berkeley days; Some More Thoughts On Chief Justice Roberts' Health by Rhymes With Right; Miracle On Sand by Big Lizards, an excellent piece that connects the Iraqi soccer victory in the Asia games to the U.S. ice hockey victory in 1980 -- and I sure can tell you were I was for both key games that year (USSR, then Finland), though I still can't describe quite how it felt. Maybe someday I'll try; though having followed the Flyers-Soviet series a few years before set up me and other Philadelphia fans of the sport with a perspective not everyone had. A vote also went to More Disturbing Questions by Done With Mirrors.

Outside the council, the winner was Baghdad Raid Night, Michael J. Totten's heart-pounding account of his ride-along with U.S. troops during a night raid in Baghdad. An awful lot of words are spilled in blogs every day. Few are more compelling than this, and more necessary. Remember him when you're dispensing your spare change.

Votes also went to Build a Better World By Destroying Wealth! by Classical Values (speaking of Philadelphians), who writes, "It's all too easy to generalize and say that all lawyers make the world a worse place economically. They don't. But a lot of them do. And there but for the grace of God went I." In addition, votes went to Is the War Lost? Three Inconvenient Truths About Iraq Right Now by Peter J. Wallison at TCS Daily, which seems to miss a few points; for one, the "Tet moment" in this war isn't looming, it has long passed. Votes also went to Nail Job Down First, Then "Go Sharia" by Gerry Charlotte Phelps, which I thought would have been stronger if it had been able to connect the specific incident and the bigger picture painted, rather than merely juxtaposing them, which was somewhat Michael Moore-ish; and to The Perils of Hate Crime Laws, an excellent dissection of one of the great bad ideas of our generation at The Volokh Conspiracy.