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Friday, July 27, 2007

Watcher's Winners

It was heartwarming to see that so many other connoisseurs of fine blogging also found what they were looking for in Right Wing Nuthouses' Little Noted But Long Remembered marking the anniversary of the moon landing. Mnay joined me in voting it #1 for this week's Watcher's Council judging because of passages like this:

In 10,000 years, no one will remember Nancy Pelosi. No one will remember George Bush either. They may rate a line or two in some obscure scholar’s dissertation on primitive nation-state politics but I doubt it. History will lose track of them as she forgets so many others. Clio is really quite selective about what people and events are clasped to her bosom and carried through the centuries to be examined and debated by those in the future whose calling is to explain the past to their contemporaries.

The millions of words spoken and written in anger or passion or to persuade others over Iraq these last years will have completely disappeared, are already disappearing as the relentless march of time burns away all but the most influential or seminal of events and people. What’s left is in turn ground to powder and the remainder sifted through the ages until the essence of an entire century or more will be distilled for consumption.

This doesn’t make what’s happening today any less important. But it does give us a sobering perspective on how, in the long, tangled skein of people, events, and ideas that make up the history of the last 100 years – the wars, the ideology, the clashes of civilization and wills, – almost all of it will be seen as nothing more than sound and fury signifying nothing if it is remembered at all.

Except for the moon landing, of course.

Second place was a tie: my piece, Russia Vs. The US: No Contest and The Colossus Of Rhodey's piece on educators gone wild, Boy, Was Thomas Right.

There was similar agreement on on Non-Council side, with a piece from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's blog, ON THE FRONTLINE / Cpl. JOHN MATTHEW BISHOP: In the Shadows of Fallen Comrades, trouncing the competition. I liked this piece so much I posted about it here.

Second place went to Don Surber's Name That Party: Investigators.

See all the winners here.

As always, thanks, Watcher,