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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations: Climbing The Wall Edition

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:

We currently have a vacancy on the Watcher’s Council, the oldest and most established blogging group in the ‘sphere. Any talented, interested parties should contact me directly by leaving a comment on any story on JoshuaPundit including your name, site name and e-mail info as well as anything else you wish to include. Needless to say,it won’t be published but I will respond promptly to your inquiry and tell you what’s involved.

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations: Climbing The Wall Edition


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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Trumped Edition

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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:

This week we were sad indeed to say goodbye to long time Council member Brent Parrish at The Right Planet.

Brent is taking a hiatus from blogging to concentrate on family and business concerns, and all of us wish him the best. And of course, as a plugged in member of the WoW community, we’ll look forward to hearing from from him in the future in our Forum,our inter-Council threads and perhaps, even an article as a non-council submission if he gets the bug to write again, which we certainly hope he will.

This means we currently have a vacancy on the Watcher’s Council, the oldest and most established blogging group in the ‘sphere. Any talented, interested parties should contact me directly by leaving a comment on any story on JoshuaPundit including your name, site name and e-mail info as well as anything else you wish to include. Needless to say,it won’t be published but I will respond promptly to your inquiry and tell you what’s involved.

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Trumped Edition


Article written by: Tom White

Indiana Poll Analysis – Trump +15 OR Cruz +16 – What to Believe?

UPDATE: 5/2/2017 12:26PM

New poll released by Gravis moments ago shows Trump up by +17 over Cruz. More proof the outlier Downs Poll is garbage. Poll dates 4/28 and 4/29.

Tomorrow, May 3, 2016 is a huge day for the GOP Presidential Primary races. It is a make or break day for the candidates. Should Donald Trump win tomorrow, the race is over. Momentum and a sense of inevitability will set in with a Trump victory. Going forward, a Trump win will dry up funds for Ted Cruz and we will see the masses move to Trump. And a loss for Cruz would essentially end his campaign.

So it is potentially a “make” day for Trump and a potential “break” day for Cruz.

And we have seen some good and not so good polling this primary season.

Taking a look at the Real Clear Politics Averages we see:

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As you can see, the last 6 polls have Trump with a lead, and the single outlier is the IPFW/Downs Center poll that has Cruz with a 16 point advantage.

When I see these wild swings in a poll I usually check out the source and break down the poll myself to determine the methods and potential validity.

The Downs Poll, right off the bat shows that they conducted the poll between 4/13/2016 and 4/27/2016. A two week period, which means that they called less than 30 people a day. the rest of the polls show their polls conducted during a 1 to 4 day period. Two weeks is an long time in a primary election. And things happen fast and public opinion moves, sometimes quickly. And the internal numbers in the polls are not available. But one interesting bit of information was: the poll was not weighted. Which means that the poll results are raw numbers.

What is weighting? Precision Polling defines the process:

It is frequently the case that the people who answered your poll are not fully representative of the region you were polling over. Weighting is a technique to adjust answers to account for over- and under-represented groups.

For example, suppose the population in an area is 55% female; but 70% of my survey answers come from women. When reporting my survey results, I’d want to to boost the importance of men’s answers a bit, and reduce women’s answers. Weighting is the process to do this.

During the first week of the polling – April 13-19 – Ted Cruz had some momentum with wins in Utah and Wisconsin the previous week. The next contest was Trump’s home state – New York, but not until the 19th. And by the time the polls closed and the results were known, it was past 9 PM Eastern so the calls stopped before Trump’s huge win was announced. Now everyone expected Trump to win his home state, but the margin was more than expected. The RCP average had Trump winning 53% of the vote, but he won over 60%. So half of this poll was taken prior to Trump’s huge win in NY.

And fast forward to a week later when Trump won 5 states in major fashion. He outperformed every poll and the momentum he gained from that is just starting to be measured. And the Downs Poll stopped their poll the day after Trump’s big momentum shifting win the previous day. So 13 of the 14 days during which this poll was conducted were prior to the 5 state sweep in which Cruz came in last place in 4 of the 5 states.

This poll ended the day Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his VP pick, a decision about which NBC News said, “Given that must-win situation, they’re trying every trick in the book (early VP pick, alliance) to win. But when you throw that “Hail Mary” and the pass falls incomplete, the game is usually over.”

Ouch!

And then there was the Kasich – Cruz pact/alliance to stop Donald Trump. Another Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete according to 58% of Indiana voters who disapprove if this move.

And while Ted Cruz was pandering to an Indiana group gathered in a gym the day before the Downs poll ended, Cruz did the unthinkable in the state where basketball is king. He called the basketball hoop a “ring”.

And Twitter erupted

And of course, one of the biggest announcements if you are a Hoosier was Bobby Knight “The General” endorsing Donald Trump on April 28, the day after the Downs Poll ended.

 


Article written by: Tom White

Mechanicsville Walmart Profiled, Discriminated Against Young White Couple

My son and his fiancee went to Walmart in Mechanicsville today to buy groceries. They are regular customers there and shop at least once a week. Usually several times a week.

Now I’ll be honest. I would rather have a root canal than shop at Walmart and avoid it when I can. It is too big, too crowded and I always leave that place feeling like I have just spent hours at the State Fair. To me, it is a tedious ordeal and I am not a Walmart fan. And if you actually have to interact with the employees, you often hit a level of rudeness that you can find no place else on Earth. Not all of the employees are rude, but I inevitably seem to find the ruse ones.

But the younger generation seems to set the bar lower than us older folks. So my son and his Fiancee are Walmart regulars.

But after the treatment they received today, that may change.

After they finished the shopping, they proceeded to the self checkout line. There was an employee who’s job is to direct the shoppers to the shortest line. And he looked at my Son and his Fiancee and told them they had too many items for self checkout. They told me the employee was a young black man.

Mary (not her real name), told the man that she she didn’t feel like putting up with anyone and was just going to use the self checkout. The Walmart employee then proceeded to a second Walmart employee who’s job it is to oversee the self checkout area. This woman, also black, was told by the man to “keep a close eye on these people. They have a lot of groceries and look like they are up to no good.”

My son and “Mary” both heard this and then the register they were preparing to use suddenly turned off and the female employee told them they had to come over to the register by her. And she told another employee she was watching them to make sure they didn’t steal anything. My son noted that there was another customer checking out at the self checkouts who had more items than they did, and they were unconcerned about her. She was black.

My son and “Mary” were both humiliated and were sure they were profiled because they were white. And they walked out of the store distraught and certain they were discriminated against because they were white.

When they told me what had happened, my son was shaking and “Mary” was in tears. And after listening to them recant their experience, I can say it is highly probably that their race was a factor, given the fact that another shopper “of color” was not subjected to the same harassment and discrimination, not to mention the humiliation.

I was upset with this, to say the least. They didn’t know what to do about it and I offered to call the manager and let him or her know what transpired. So I dialed the number for the Mechanicsville Walmart and asked to speak to the manager. The lady that answered the line asked me what this was concerning, and I gave her a brief rundown. She promised to get me straight to the store manager. The line rang another 10 ir 15 times and bounced back to the lady that answered the phone. She put me through a second time and it also bounced back. And a third. On the 4th try I said I would be up there in 2 minutes.

So the three of us headed to Walmart and we walked in with cameras rolling at my suggestion.

The first employee we spoke to was the black guy that initially started the chain of events. I asked him if he was the store manager (he wasn’t) and then I told him I understand he was the one who harassed my son and his fiancee. And I asked him i this was racial, if he picked them to scrutinize and if that was a racist statement he made. He said he “wasn’t sure about that”. And then he tried to blame the woman who he told to watch them. And I asked him where I could find the store manager. He pointed me towards the middle of the checkout area.

On the way to find the manager, my Son pointed out the woman who was watching them and made the comment, according to my son and “Mary” about moving to the registed beside her so she could watch them.

I confronted her with those statements and as you can see in the video below and she denied them – at first. But the sudden “attitude” was unmistakable. But at the end of the video she admits to the manager that she was told to “watch them”.

Is this racism? Profiling? Economic discrimination, or an element of each?

In this day and age where we are inundated by aggressive campaigns like “Black Lives Matter” and buzz phrases like “White Privilege”, both of which are nothing more than a media driven, activist financed license to discriminate against white people with the blessing of the “Politically Correct”, most of us that are not brainwashed by public schools these days recognize this behavior as reprehensible. I have been on this earth long enough to remember the racism against blacks. I was able to read the “White’s Only” signs on the Water Fountains in the Downtown stores. And on restaurants. And I never understood it then and I still don’t.

I may be old enough to remember that sad time in America, but I was far too young to have participated in any such behavior and I am the son of a man that started his career with VEPCO, the power company in Virginia climbing polls until his shins were rubbed raw for $100 per week.

I own a business and my first employee was black, because she was the best one for the job.

But whatever the reason, this is intolerable. “Mary” is working weekends and working hard to finish High School and get a diploma. My son graduated and works in a restaurant chained to a hot stove. These are good kids and they do not deserve to be treated like this by anyone – least of all a business that is taking their hard earned and very limited money for profit.

The female employee admitted to the manager (when she finally arrived) that she was, indeed, told to “watch these two”. And the manager promised to get to the bottom of this.

I should also point out that the black lady that was helping us locate the manager was truly saddened and horrified by what happened to my kids. And her sorrow was from her heart. So this may be a matter of employees acting without the direction of management. A few bad apples.

(Video Processing. Will be available shortly.)

 

 


Article written by: Tom White

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘The Difference’ Edition

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘Legacy’ Edition

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There are a lot more bodies I could add to the pile…the dead in Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Israel, Egypt,and Americans murdered by the illegal migrants he’s allowed in, as well as veterans whom have died in the morass of our own dysfunctional VA system. If a president like Barack Hussein Obama can tango through a record like that and not get impeached, it says a great deal about how low the bar for our leaders has become and what the American people are apparently willing to put up with. And that’s our legacy, as well as his. Think about it.

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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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Man Crush Edition

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Simply disgusting in every sense. There’s no other term for this president’s conduct and demeanor.

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – We’ll Meet Again Edition

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Trumpmania Edition

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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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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Inevitable Edition

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And they wonder why we’re angry….

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