Watchers Council Nominations

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:

Stately McDaniel Manor got a great mention at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion this week citing him for his fine work unmasking the Freddie gray Travesty. Kudos!

This week, The Commentator, Simply Jews and Seraphic Secret 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:

The People’s Cube Global Warming scientists dispatched to analyze OrlandoSubmitted by The Watcher

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Were Orlando Police ordered NOT to engage terrorist at Pulse nightclub?

According to one officer this is what went down

Orlando police officers entered the Pulse nightclub as the attack by a radicalized Muslim gunman was in progress, but were told not to engage the shooter… instead, the officers waited on the SWAT team.

That’s the account of Officer Brandon Cornwell, who was among the first officers to enter the nightclub by breaking through a large glass window as Omar Mateen was still firing his weapon, The Washington Post reported.

The Post reported:

After an initial burst of fire between Omar Mateen and a security guard at the Pulse nightclub, a group of five or six police officers arrived on the scene within minutes, broke through a large glass window and entered the club as the killing of 49 people was underway inside, according to a Belle Isle, Fla., police officer who was among the first responders.

Officer Brandon Cornwell, 25, said the ad-hoc team spent the first seconds in the dimly lit club “trying to locate exactly where the shooter was — we kept hearing people scream and shots fired.”

He and the other officers followed the sounds to the bathroom area, where Mateen was now holed up. But instead of entering the bathroom, the officers aimed their assault rifles toward the area and were told by commanders to hold their position as the sounds of gunfire stopped, according to Cornwell. And so they waited “15 or 20 minutes — could’ve been longer” — until the SWAT team arrived, he said. Cornwell never saw Mateen.

We will see what other information comes out. Bob Owens thinks heads should roll over this

More members of the LGBT community looking to take responsibility to protect themselves, Leftists hardest hit

The LA Times has the story which lays bare the twisted mindset of the left

The posters featured a coiled, striking rattlesnake, similar to the yellow Gadsden flag that reads “Don’t Tread On Me” and often is used by the Tea Party movement. The West Hollywood signs were rainbow-colored, like the gay pride flag.

“We are disturbed by them,” West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister said of the posters. “We don’t believe in an eye for an eye, and we advocate against gun violence.”

An eye for an eye? We are talking about self-defense here. Self-defense, the most basic human right, is not the same as revenge. And certainly equating self-defense with “gun violence” is absolutely devoid of common sense and basic morality. Capt. Holly Perez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station, apparently does not grasp the concept of self-defense

“I understand the sentiment behind them and 1st Amendment rights, but it’s a bad message,” Perez said. “I hope it’s just people venting that they could do this, and I’m hoping their calmness will take over. It’s our job to keep you safe.”

And I am sure they would do their best, after they are called, and arrive on a scene of an attack. But that is of no help to someone being attacked right NOW is it? And I would correct this officers arrogant attitude against anyone taking their own safety seriusly

“I understand that people want to fight back after Orlando,” she said. “But there are ways to do that without a gun.”

While this is true, it is also shortsighted. Many Americans use firearms every year in self-defense, being armed has proven the most effective means of self-defense for millions of Americans, why would the captain seek to deter that right and ability?

West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, who is gay, said the signs were upsetting and not the right message for the gay community.

“Even during our heightened days of civil disobedience and protest, we have only advocated peaceful means, never arming ourselves and retaliating with violence,” Duran said.

Again, the equating of retaliation and self-defense, these are not the same. When your life is in danger, you have every right, both legally and morally, to defend yourself. Anyone who does not grasp this very simple truth is not thinking clearly, preferring to emote rather than think. Once again, we see clearly how much disdain the Left has for basic individual liberties. In their world, it is somehow morally superior to die unarmed and helpless than to take responsibility to defend yourself and love ones.

Colorado mother saves son from mountain lion attack

She is very lucky this cat was not full grown

Summoned by the sound of screams, a Colorado woman raced to her front yard to find a terrifying sight: A mountain lion was hunched over her 5-year-old son, biting him.

The woman charged the animal, yanked away one of its paws and discovered her son’s whole head was in its mouth. She didn’t back down.

“She was able to pry the cat’s jaws open,” Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione said. “She’s a hero.”

The boy suffered deep cuts to his head, face and neck and was flown to a Denver hospital. The mother, who also had scratches and bites, is credited with saving his life.

The ordeal started Friday evening when the 5-year-old and his older brother were playing outside their home near the resort town of Aspen, Buglione said.

When the woman ran outside, she found the mountain lion crouched over her younger son, who was struggling to get free.

“The boy was completely under the cat,” Buglione told The Aspen Times.


Dems target law abiding gun owners rather than going after PC

Via The Right Scoop

From USA Today:

Mateen in 2007, as part of the G4S hiring screening process, underwent a standard psychological exam — named the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory — and a background check, its representatives said. The state also screened Mateen every two years in order for him to keep his private security license. Beyond that, G4S does not conduct yearly background checks of its employees; rather, 15 percent of all employees are randomly checked each year, representatives said.

Mateen’s background, however, was checked again by G4S in 2013 after the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office requested he be removed from the St. Lucie County Courthouse patrol after he allegedly made derogatory comments to a deputy.

A deputy at the courthouse mentioned the Middle East to Mateen, who reacted by threatening the deputy, said Sheriff Ken Mascara, who attended the Wednesday night meeting at the community’s Island Club.

“Omar became very agitated and made a comment that he could have al-Qaida kill my employee and his family,” Mascara said Wednesday. “If that wasn’t bad enough, he followed it up with very disturbing comments about women and followed it up with very disturbing comments about Jews and then went on to say that the Fort Hood shooter was justified in his actions.”

The FBI then investigated Mateen, but Mateen played the victim card

The FBI launched an investigation into Mateen after Sheriff’s Office officials reported the incident to the agency. As part of its investigation, the FBI examined Mateen’s travel history, phone records, acquaintances and even planted a confidential informant in the courthouse to “lure Omar into some kind of act and Omar did not bite,” Mascara said. The FBI concluded Mateen was not a threat after that, Mascara said.

In an interview with G4S management shortly after the courthouse comments, Mateen told his superiors he was the target of inflammatory comments from co-workers because of his Islamic faith, Levine said. The interview, Levine said, took place shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, which was carried out by two Islamic extremist brothers. Levine said Mateen claimed his co-workers on one occasion asked him what suicide vest he was wearing on a particular day.

G4S concluded Mateen worked in a hostile environment and did not fire him, Levine said.

Looks like Mateen knew how to play the victim and use political correctness as a shield

Senator Bob Casey wants to disarm those that have incorrect thoughts now

Miscreants like Casey, who loathe natural rights, are a disgrace to the United States Senate. Independent Sentinel explains

We are facing the loss of our constitutional rights which has been put on the fast-track by Barack Obama. Democrat attorneys general are trying to silence climate deniers by prosecuting them, hate speech is becoming the law, foreign law has made its way into our legal system, Democrats are demanding the end of that pesky Due Process and others are saying we need to “moderate” or “clarify” the 2nd Amendment.

Our Founders, of course, clarified, quite eloquently, the Bill of Rights. The clearest of the clarifications is that those rights are not “given” by government. They are natural rights

Alleged 2nd Amendment supporter Senator Bob Casey, claimed he “opposes increased regulation on firearm ownership” though he did vote for banning high-capacity magazines with over 10 bullets (10 bullets are high-capacity?). His latest idea is to disarm people if they are involved in a “hate crime”.

These aren’t even felonies we are talking about, they are misdemeanors.

His newly unveiled legislation will “[P]rohibit the sale of firearms to anyone reasonably suspected to be guilty of a misdemeanor hate crime.”

Who decides what’s reasonable?

Who? Why the “reasonable” Neo-Marxists who do not grasp the concept of natural rights.

“If you have proven you will commit criminal acts based on hate, you absolutely should not have access to a gun. It’s common sense,” Senator Casey said. “It is time we as members of Congress do something. If you are a member of Congress and you say you care about security then you have to take steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands and ensure our law enforcement has the resources needed to keep communities safe.”

Who gets to decide what crime is a hate crime? What are the guidelines? Will political enemies be automatically eligible? It’s an abandonment of the Rule of Law.

This is a thought crime of course.

BINGO! The Left has “evolved” from a war on “hate speech” which to them is defined as any speech they disapprove of, to a war on thoughts. Paging George Orwell