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The Council Has Spoken!! 5-20-2011

The Council Has Spoken!!
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the records of cyberspace of our inner sanctum.

This week’s winning article, Why we don’t revere our intellectuals by The Colossus of Rhody, took a far reaching look at exactly what intellectual has come to mean in our society and why many of us don’t revere them – and it has nothing to do with their intellectual capacity, but with something else entirely. Here’s a slice:

Insty had a brief blurb up linking to a Guardian (UK) article which asks “Why don’t we love our intellectuals?” In response, Insty also linked to articles by Christopher Hitchens and the inimitable James Taranto. The question is a good one; conventional wisdom, such that it is, posits that conservatives are the “anti-intellctual” crowd … you’ll see this conceit uttered frequently by folks like the usual suspects, and by those “big brains” in the mainstream media. As partial evidence, it’s conservatives who are frequently made fun of and derided. George W. Bush was a total buffoon — even though he had better college grades than Al Gore; Dan Quayle was a walking, talking gaffe machine — but our current veep actually makes Quayle look like a professional motivational speaker; Ronald Reagan was a “lovable dunce;” Sarah Palin is [insert demeaning comment],” etc. etc. etc.

Take Hitchens’ article next: He dissects the “intellectual” that is Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is sort of a radical leftist academic pop-culture icon (he got a nice gratuitous shout out in Matt Damon’s “Good Will Hunting,” for instance), who somehow has managed to evolve into this deeply heavy political and cultural thinker even though his area of expertise is … linguistics. He is greatly admired by a former big-time Delaware blogger many of you probably know, Dana Garrett. Let me state right up front that I love Dana to death — he’s an incredibly nice and personable fellow, who actually listens to conservative arguments and concedes good points when they’re made … a very rare trait for a progressive. (Notice that I did not put quotations around the word “progressive” this time like I normally do, for Dana is a true progressive.) Chomsky was one of the [many] items Dana and I argued about back in the day. It’s easy to understand why the noted linguist is endeared by progressives: the virtually constant tendency to side with the “underdog,” taking up the cause of the historically oppressed, fighting for minorities and the poor, etc. The problem is that Chomsky and his acolytes will overlook virtually every negative aspect about the causes they take up. Why? To be consistent? Because maintaining a contrarian view is of utmost importance? This leads to what historian Paul Johnson (noted in the Guardian article) stated about people like Chomsky — they are “moral cretins.”

Hitchens’ article dissects much of this aspect, and is pretty much in line with how I feel about him. In this case, ‘ol Noam chimed in on the death of Osama bin Laden where he questioned the al Qaeda leader’s actual responsibility for 9/11, said bin Laden was no worse than George W. Bush, and claimed that, by our commando raid on bin Laden’s compound, we thus “would justify a contingency whereby ‘Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.’” Chomsky also complained that bin Laden’s killing was a “planned assassination,” and that he “should have been accorded all the rights of criminal suspects.”

It should come as little surprise, then, that bin Laden was apparently a fan of the MIT professor.


Our non-Council winner this week was Sultan Knish’s Allahu Akbar, an explanation of what that often heard term really means…and more importantly, how and when it’s used. An important read.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

First place with 3 2/3 votes! The Colossus of Rhodey’Why We Don’t Revere Our Intellectuals
Second place with 2 1/3 votes
Joshuapundit-Historical Resonance, Barack Obama And The Coming Election
Third place *t* with 2 votes
Snapped Shot-Shooting al-Aqsa
Third place *t* with 2 votes
The Noisy Room-A Kinder, Gentler Hatchet Job
Fourth place with 1 1/3 vote
The Glittering Eye Why does The Unemployment Rate Stay So High?
Fifth place with 1 vote
Bookworm RoomCommunity Servitude
Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote
New ZealRapping for the Rev’lution: ‘Pac Was a Teenaged Communist
Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote
VA Right! Republican 2012 Presidential Field Goes Jurassic as RINO-Saur Gingrich Jumps in the Primordial Ooze

Non-Council Winners

First place with 3 1/3 votes!
Sultan Knish- Allahu Akbar submitted by
New Zeal

Second place with 2 1/3 votes ‘
Gates Of ViennaThe Intrusion of Sharia Into American Justice submitted by

Third place *t* with 1 vote –
Wired/Danger Room NATO Choppers, Pakistani Troops ‘Exchange Fire’ submitted by
Right Truth

Third place *t* with 1 vote –
Maggie’s Farm/Bruce Kesler What My Grandfather Taught Me About Honor submitted by
Bookworm Room

Third place *t* with 1 vote –
Pajamas media/Victor Davis Hanson End Of An idea – Why Affirmative Action Should Stop submitted by
Rhymes With Right

Third place *t* with 1 vote –
Via Meadea Establishment Blues submitted by
The Glittering Eye

Third place *t* with 1 vote –
Atlas Shrugs New York City: Muslims March in Jewish Genocide Bund Rally; “Third Intifada” Marches Round the World submitted by
The Watcher

Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote –
Big Government/Kyle Olson IL Tea Party Activists Expose Alleged Gift Cards-For-Votes School Scam submitted by
The Noisy Room

Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote –
The Reaganite RepublicanIran Moving Ahead on Venezuelan Missile Bases that Bring Miami Well Within Range submitted by
The Political Commentator

Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote –
Doug Ross My response To HuffPo’s “Constitutional Expert” submitted by
The Watcher

Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote –
IsraellycoolNakba Caption Bias of the Day submitted by
Snapped Shot

See you next week!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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