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Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What’s Your Favorite Sport, And Your Least Favorite? Why?
The Colossus of Rhodey: My favorite sport to watch by far is professional football. I’ve been a Rams fans since 1972 (when I was seven), and they remain the ONLY team I truly care about. When they won Super Bowl 34, I actually cried. And when they lost Super Bowl 36, I cried again (because they were actually a much better team than the SB 34 crew, but stupid Mike Martz, dammit!).
My current favorite sport to play is golf. But back in the day, when I was a lad, it was basketball. Up until my late 20s, I routinely played b-ball with my buddies at local parks and gyms until we were completely exhausted.
My least favorite sport to watch professional basketball. I used to love it back in the day (was a huge 76ers fan when Dr. J and Moses Malone brought home the championship), but now it’s home to selfish hot dogs who can’t play defense and who care only about the ESPN highlight reel on offense.
The Independent Sentinel: My favorite sport is nothing and my least favorite is everything. I’d rather watch old movies or play my guitar.
JoshuaPundit: I rarely watch sports, but when I do I tend to be interested in sports I participated in and/or fancy I know a little something about. So the ones I can watch for awhile without boredom tend to be limited to baseball, soccer (my letter in High School), boxing some of the other martial arts or some of the more esoteric games like Lacrosse, Hurling or Aussie Rules… which I know very little about but have their entertaining aspects. I mean, watching 15 Irishmen on each side armed with ash sticks trying to hit a small ball and do each other in? Who wouldn’t enjoy that?
My favorite above all is baseball. Ever since I played it as a kid, I’ve always been attracted to the zen aspect of it (something is always going on behind the scenes and people succeed or fail by inches, literally) and the high degree of skill involved. It’s the only sport I can think of offhand where someone who fails seven times out of ten is considered successful, and I even appreciate the rise and fall of tension and release in the game.I don’t have a particular team I root for or follow, I just enjoy watching the game. My favorite games, of course, were watching my daughter play Blue Star Baseball and AYSO soccer as a child. She had the fury and the tools, I tell you!
Least favorite? Roundball. Basketball has always bored me silly.
Laura Rambeau Lee of Right Reason : I have never been one to watch team sports. The one sport I always look forward to watching is figure skating. I am captivated by the strength of the male skaters, the grace of the female skaters, and the synchronicity and mesmerizing beauty of the pair skaters. My least favorite sport? Golf. Enough said.
David Gerstmann: Growing up my favorite sport was baseball. From when we moved to Baltimore until I was a young adult the Orioles were always good. So it was fun to root for them. Plus, I could play baseball or softball with my peers.I’d never be the first pick in any game, but I could field well and get on base, so I wasn’t the last pick either.
But from 1986 to 2012, with the exception of six good years during the 1990′s the Orioles stunk. So baseball stopped being of such interest. (Though the Orioles’ performance since 2012 has certainly rekindled interest in the sport!)
However lately, football has become my favorite sport to watch. I can watch it with my sons. The Ravens have been good, so their games are usually worth watching. Also, I appreciate the game a lot more than I used to for some reason.
The highlight of watching football was probably two years ago when I watched the end of the Raven / Broncos playoff game two years ago. With less than a minute left Joe Flacco hit Jacoby Jones for a 70 yard touchdown. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a better play.
As great as the play was though, what was even better was rooting on the team shouting with my son as the Ravens came back to force the game into overtime.
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Baseball baby! Love watching it or playing it!
Methinks it’s acause in the field – an opposing player faces a team. At bat – it’s time for individual achievement. From some gangster movie i think…
Ask Marion: If you consider commercial dance a sport, and more and more people do, then that would be my favorite sport. The physicality and wide range of abilities required of commercial dancers is amazing. Commercial dancers can and do perform and compete in all styles of dancing from ballet to hip-hop and everything in-between. With my daughter having been a commercial dancer, I spent many years in that world.
But if we are looking at the more traditionally accepted sports, then as a participant, my vote goes to downhill snow skiing. It is fun, challenging and you are surrounded by beauty. My dad was a ski champion is Austria in his youth and the love for the sport seemed to be passed to me naturally, although I was never exceptional; a terminal intermediate I always say.
As for being a spectator, my husband is a fanatical sports fan; played both football and baseball and was a competitive swimmer. He loves everything, so something is always playing in the background at our house. As for me, ice hockey is my favorite spectator sport. It is exciting, fast moving and I love when the gloves hit the ice. No wimps in ice hockey!!
My least favorite sport is basketball and I can’t even tell you why. It just bores me.
Well, there you have it.
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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action. Now we know that ISIS is already located at the U.S.-Mexican border and many experts are warning that there could be another attack on 9/11/14
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton – the NoisyRoom
According to a release by Judicial Watch, ISIS is operating in Ciudad Juarez, located in Mexico along the US border just across from El Paso, Texas:
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.
Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.
Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.
ISIS is here… They are a clear and present danger now on our porous Southern border thanks to the feeble leadership of our Marxist President. Judicial Watch issued an urgent warning from what Tom Fitton described as ‘golden sources,’ who claimed there was an imminent threat of car bomb attacks from Juarez across our border. Our government immediately denied there was any threat – nothing to see here. To which Fitton roundly stated, they’re lying to you and being oh, so dishonest. Shocker there. Other reports cited social media warnings from ISIS militants and an online video showing James O’Keefe in a bin Laden mask sneaking into the US from Mexico. That’s hokey – you can’t lay that at O’Keefe’s feet when the entire world has known our border has been wide open forever, just begging for a terrorist attack. O’Keefe merely highlighted the threat.
What’s more… DHS surely knew Judicial Watch was about to release the warning:
The Department of Homeland Security quickly denied claims on Friday from a watchdog group that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico who plan an ‘imminent’ attack against the United States.
A DHS spokesman was bewildered, telling MailOnline that ‘we are aware of absolutely nothing credible to substantiate this claim’ made by Judicial Watch, a center-right group.
‘In Mexico?’ the official said on the phone. ‘I haven’t seen that at all.’
An hour before Judicial Watch’s report surfaced, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said publicly that his agency and the FBI ‘are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland’ from the terror network.
And during a late-morning media briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said flatly that ‘the most detailed intelligence assessment that I can offer from here is that there is no evidence or indication right now that [ISIS] is actively plotting to attack the United States homeland. That’s true right now.’
Earnest better check to see if his pants are on fire, because he knows that is a crock of you-know-what. ISIS is here already — and I mean here in the US with sleeper cells. Don’t fall for the ‘incompetence’ line here – these asshats know good and well what is going on and are looking for political cover before it hits the fan. As Fitton pointed out, ‘it’s a non-denial denial.’ And here is the quote of the month and I love this from Tom Fitton:
Citing Johnson’s use of words like ‘credible’ and ‘specific,’ Fitton said, ‘You could drive a truck bomb through that loophole. DHS has not denied our story.’
Judicial Watch is not disclosing their sources out of fear for their safety and rightly so. A warning bulletin of an imminent terrorist attack was issued to ‘agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies,’ instructing them ‘to aggressively work all possible leads and sources’ to head it off. Good luck with that since we don’t search trucks crossing the border. The commander of Fort Bliss has also been allegedly briefed on this. What do you say we shut down the freaking border before a nuke goes off in Texas or Arizona? Hell… I don’t even want one going off in California, although it is tempting.
This is not a game… it is deadly serious. If we don’t stop this, a lot of people are going to die and it will happen over and over. And guess what? Obama and Holder will just let it — I’m sure they have a ton of excuses all lined up as the blood and body parts flow. They want the death, destruction and mayhem this will bring. And Obama’s Jayvee has now joined with al-Qaeda and are actively planning a party on or around 9-11. Bring out the party favors and the Burqas boys… it’s Jihad time on the Southern border.
There are now multiple sources (Fox News, Breitbart, Judicial Watch) out there with multiple bulletins that are screaming something very wicked this way comes and fast. In response to a dire and elevated risk, what does our esteemed leader do? Nothing, except maybe golf a little more.
Here’s a map of the threatened area:
I have friends and family near there. If something that could have been prevented goes down, there will be literal hell to pay.
I trust the word of Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch. Remember, these are the guys that have uncovered the liars at the IRS and DOJ. If they say this is imminent and urgent, then I would tighten my belt and get ready for a probable impact. They didn’t release this lightly.
More from Fitton:
‘I can’t say who in Washington knows about this,’ Fitton said. ‘But to be sure, this is exactly the type of information that this administration would have an interest in minimizing, downplaying and withholding, to distract from the disaster on the border and the national security threat there.’
But Earnest, President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman and lead sycophant, told reporters on Friday that America’s border crisis is over ‘for now.’ Right… Nothing to see here. Ignore the violence, the bodies and the bombs. I mean the FBI’s terrorist assessment doesn’t even mention Islamic terrorism, so surely it can’t touch us here (again) at home. Must be those damned white Tea Party people, right? Well, our government may not (cough) believe they exist, but radical Islamists certainly believe in their existence and are coming for us.
Oh, and they are clever little buggers. In Syria, a laptop was found that came from ISIS and on that computer were instructions on how to weaponize bubonic plague in bombs. Hmmmm. Choose your poison guys — biological warfare, nukes or just exploding death. ISIS has got you covered.
Allen West states it bluntly once again and hits the nail on the head (if only he were our President — sigh):
Here’s what the laptop of doom suggests: “Use small grenades with the virus, and throw them in closed areas like metros, soccer stadiums, or entertainment centers. Best to do it next to the air-conditioning. It also can be used during suicide operations.”
The longer ISIS is allowed to exist — and 110 pinprick airstrikes is not degrading their capability — the more time they will have to develop their schemes and plans. Time is not on our side, but it seems that Obama believes he can just dither all the day long. Or perhaps, Obama doesn’t really want to deter ISIS — and certainly not attack them. You have to ask, if Obama has been receiving his daily national security briefs, why would he allow this threat to develop and metastasize into what it is today? Or maybe he does not take any security briefs at all? How could any American president allow such a direct threat to exist and publicly admit he has no plan?
Well, Mr. President Barack Hussein Obama, ISIS has a plan and their plan is not based upon what they will not do, or aren’t willing to do. Obama is conveying the message that he wants to avoid engaging and fighting ISIS. ISIS is conveying the message that they will kill anything and anyone who stands in their way — the way of restoring Islamic dominance.
So, whose side is Obama on?
This is directly Obama’s doing and fault and can be laid squarely at his feet. He brought on the border crisis intentionally to do away with our borders and sovereignty. Along with the Democrats and many of the Republicans, he has refused to secure our border and enforce the law in the name of voting demographics and cheap labor. Jerry Brown has all but given California back to Mexico. The Border Patrol is handcuffed and can’t do their job… orders have been issued to release illegal immigrants, including violent felons, from jail… 10′s of thousands of illegal immigrant children are being bussed to every corner of the US, with special emphasis on Conservative areas to change the voting block there… violence, drug trafficking and human slavery have skyrocketed on the border and Americans are told that our borders have never been safer or more secure. That we should do this for the children and trust our glorious leaders. Lenin and Stalin would have been impressed.
Saudi Arabia is now warning that there will be attacks here in the West within a month or two, if we do not confront the enemy and put them down:
Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action.
“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.
“Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning that ISIS is actively promoting and encouraging supporters to take advantage of the porous Texas-Mexico border to carry out terrorist attacks against US citizens – they also released this in a document yesterday. Texas knows what is at their doorstep and what is coming and they are getting ready for a fight. We all should be getting ready, because the time has finally arrived that fighting Islamic terrorists will be the greatest battle of our lives. It will be a fight to the death – Islam against everyone else and it will be brutal. Radical Islamists have no pity, only the will to conquer, rape and pillage.
Britain has raised their terror level to severe — one step below critical. Even the Brits realize that things are about to get very, very real. ISIS is also threatening the Pope and Italy is on alert. Let’s not forget the million or so Christians, Muslims and others who have been slaughtered in all of this as the Caliphate sweeps the planet. It’s only getting started folks. You want a plague? Well, look no further.
The terrorist chatter on communication channels and social media is off the charts. It far eclipses the traffic pre-9-11. Obama won’t raise our threat level because frankly, he doesn’t give a crap. Americans might want to move to do something before a nuke goes off on the White House lawn and the black flag of ISIS is raised there for realsies.
The ISIS barbarians are at our gates and Obama is holding those gates wide open… maybe it’s time for the American people to bypass the Executive Branch, just as Obama bypasses Congress, to protect our borders and our people from Islamic terrorists and Jihadist hordes. I say bomb the asshats back to the Stone Age wherever we find them. Level the playing field and leave nothing but rubble and dust.
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.
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So, let’s see what we have for you this week….
- The Noisy Room – China Conducts Provocative Aerial Buzz On American Military Aircraft
- The Independent Sentinel – They want our guns while giving submachine guns to the USDA
- Joshuapundit - Blackgammon: Eric Holder Plays the Game in Ferguson
- The Right Planet – Noose Tightening On Jihadi John
- Simply Jews – Turkey – ISIS – US – a tough love/hate triangle for State Department
- The Razor – Dawkins Advocates Abortion of Gays, Blondes and Brits
- The Glittering Eye -Not As Simple As Black and White
- Rhymes With Right – Grand Jury That Indicted Rick Perry Was Stacked With Partisan Democrats
- The Colossus of Rhodey – Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week
- VA Right! - Obama’s Foreign Policy is Libertarian Lite
- Bookworm Room – A very funny video about American blacks that highlights the horrible thing mainstream American culture has done to them
- Nice Deb – Watch Obama’s Rousing Speech That Brought Military Vets To Their Feet (Video)
- Ask Marion – Gutfeld: Evil Grew Because We Let It and Obama on the Golf Course
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Arab Air Forces
- MidKnight Review – Why Obama cannot win the war on terror.
- The Political Commentator – This Is What Hamas Supporters/Jew-Israel Haters Are Really Telling Us!
- The Pirate’s Cove – Charles Krauthammer: Semi-Retired President Dithers Too Much
- Seraphic Secret – How to Resolve an IslamoNazi Hostage Crisis In One Easy Lesson
- Mark Steyn – The Face Of The Tiger submitted by The Noisy Room
- Washington Examiner – NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Freedom Outpost – There is a Time to Hate & a Time for War submitted by The Right Planet
- Matti Friedman/Tablet – An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth submitted by Joshuapundit
- The Elder Of Ziyon – Yaacov Lozowick’s short defense of Israel at Mondoweiss submitted by Simply Jews
- Russell Crandall/The American Interest – US Entering New Era of Dirty Wars? submitted by The Razor
- Paul Sanders/The National Interest – Barack Obama Is Not a Realist submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Doug Ross@Journal – Randall Stevens — Hollywood’s Secret Love Affair with Islamofascism submitted by Rhymes with Right
- Discriminations – Unconscious Devotion To Colorblindness submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- New America – When Local Police Become a “Standing Army” submitted by VA Right!
- Mark Lavie/The Tower - Why Everything Reported from Gaza is Crazy Twisted submitted by Bookworm Room
- David Horowitz/ Red State -The Hell That Is The Obama White House submitted by Nice Deb
- Tony Lee/Breitbart -- On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California submitted by Ask Marion
- Jonah Goldberg/NRO – The West’s Gaza submitted by The Watcher
- Jay Sekulow/FOX – IRS scandal: Obama administration strategy = delay, derail, deceive submitted by The Watcher
National Report: Eric Holder’s career has survived a long list of scandals; The 2008 Black Panther debacle, overturning Arizona’s immigration laws and ‘Fast and Furious‘ immediately spring to mind. These, however, pale in comparison to the recent allegations against Holder, the likes of which could easily land the Attorney General behind bars.
Evidence has been uncovered showing Eric Holder contributed funds to Ferguson’s gang population as incentive to loot and spread civil unrest in the area. These angry, government-sponsored terrorists have systematically infiltrated peaceful protests with the intention of escalating the situation and inciting riots.
A local gang leader came forward last week after being arrested during a night of mass-looting. The unnamed criminal is using his information to bargain for a reduced sentence.
Allegedly, Holder’s goal behind pouring the proverbial gasoline on an already volatile scene is to test militarized police response in a martial law scenario. It is also suspected that the riots have been started as the latest in distractions from the diabolical duo of Obama and Holder. This isn’t the first time they have created a media bait-and-switch to cover up any of their numerous crimes and blunders.
Officials have yet to publicly identify the damaging evidence submitted by the gang member, and are still in the process of verifying the legitimacy of said items. Judge Rineheart of the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis is presiding over the case, and has reviewed the materials. During a phone interview with National Report Judge Rineheart stated “The evidence I have seen is incredibly convincing.”
Holder is not yet officially charged with a crime, but it’s expected that a warrant could be issued for him within the coming days. Obama’s spokespeople have declined to comment.
Rhymes With Right: Any doubt that we have a partisan hit on Rick Perry? Not only was the indictment based upon the complaint of a Soros-funded liberal activist group, but the grand jury was filled with partisan Democrats.
The Chronicle was able to identify nine of the 12 Travis County residents who served on the grand jury. Of those, five have voted only in Democratic Party primaries over the last 20 years, according to county records. One has voted in both Democratic and Republican primaries during that time, while three have not voted at all.
Having identified 3/4 of the grand jurors, you come up with only one who has EVER voted Republican — and even then the grand juror is not a consistent GOP primary voter? But you get five who have never voted in any other primary except the Democrat primary? Looks like the grand jury was stacked.
But surely they were fair-minded, right? After all, look at this from one of them.
Rhoda Chambers, who is the only person listed in Travis County with her name but would only confirm her service on a jury that ended last week, said grand juries involve careful consideration of facts.
“For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chambers said. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision.”
Sounds very high minded, doesn’t it? Except while she was serving on the grand jury in question, she was involved in some other activity as well.
Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings. Chalmers’ active participation in Democratic state politics is important because she claimed yesterday to the Houston Chronicle that her decision to indict Perry, a Republican, was not based on politics.
“For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chalmers told the newspaper. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision based on your life experience.”
More troubling, however, is the fact that Chalmers attended, photographed, and commented on an event with Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.
Watson was a witness in front of the grand jury. On June 27, 2014, Chalmers shared a photo of the Watson event on a community Facebook page she started called Developer’s Dungeon. “Senator Kirk Watson telling the story of the Wendy Davis fillibuster (sic),” she wrote in a comment accompanying the picture.
Frankly, this does not pass the smell test.
The indictment of a sitting governor for using his veto power is on its face a perverse violation of the separation of powers contained in the Texas Constitution. To allow a grand jury stacked with the governor’s political opponents is even less acceptable. The judge assigned to hear this case needs to dismiss the charges with prejudice — and if he does not, then the appellate court needs to do so in order to preserve the principle of separation of powers and that of not criminalizing what are disputes over politics and policy.
While serving on the grand jury charged with hearing no other case except one against the sitting governor involving a conflict with a public official of a different party, she was a delegate to that other party’s convention. Not only that, she served on the Rules Committee — a position that as a rule only goes to the most active of party activists. Not only that, she was having outside contact with witnesses testifying before the grand jury while it was sitting. Doesn’t this raise questions as to the impartiality of this grand juror? I would argue that it does — and that it also raises the question of she may have tainted the grand jury’s deliberations.