Rudy in 2008

John Hawkins notes that former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been getting some favorable attention from conservative corners recently and in response, writes a post in which he lays out his case against Rudy being the Republican nominee for president in 2008.

What do you think?

Sidenote: John wrote a similar piece on Sen. John McCain back in March.

Joe Wilson: Liar liar, pants on fire – VIDEO

How does it feel now, Joe, to know that you’ve clearly and irrefutably been proven to be a grandstanding, cocktail party circuit liar on the issue of the alleged ‘deliberate’ outing of your wife? Money quote from Wilson is a minute 45 secs into the clip (the interview, btw, was taped long before the Isikoff’s and Corn’s revealing Armitage as the ‘leaker’):

Wonder how the revelation about Armitage will affect Mrs. Wilson’s book promo lawsuit against the admin?

Update I: Tom Maguire examines today’s WaPo coverage of this latest development in l’affaire de Plame. He takes David Corn to task here.

Update II: Here are Hitch’s thoughts on the Armitage revelation. (Hat tip: Anchoress)

Update III: AJ Strata slams Fitz. Captain Ed asks: “Who Won From The Plame Fallout?

Update IV: This one’s for you, Joe. The song is called “Lies”:

Lyric snippet:
lies lies lies yeah (they’re gonna get you)
lies lies lies yeah (they won’t forget you)
lies lies lies yeah (they’re gonna get you)


Two definitive posts on Hurricane Katrina

Today is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall along the Gulf Coast. Lots of opinion pieces, news stories, and blogposts have been devoted to the topic, but the two most important posts I think you should read on the topic come from Paul at Wizbang who lived in New Orleans when the hurricane hit (not sure if he’s still there or not) and Bryan at Hot Air, who compiled quite a number of very detailed posts about Katrina and the aftermath of it, who was at fault for what, etc, when he still blogged at Junkyard Blog.

Paul’s post will make you rethink everything you know about what happened when and after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Bryan’s will make you furious all over again, especially at local and state officials and their handling of pre-Katrina evacuations and post-Katrina relief efforts.

Update: Gateway Pundit: Things We Learned From Hurricane Katrina

A reminder for college-bound conservatives

To those who are attending college this fall for the first time, or will be returning: not all universities are conservative-friendly. Bart Adams files this timely roundup of anti-conservative incidents at colleges across the country in recent years:

• At California Polytechnic State University, student Steven Hinkle tried to post a flier in a public area of the campus Multicultural Center. The flier advertised a speech by a black conservative who authored a book titled “It’s OK to Leave the Plantation” who argues that African-Americans are too dependent on government programs. A number of students who informally gathered in the center tried to prevent him from putting it up, and threatened to call the campus police when Mr. Hinkle offered to discuss the issue. After he departed, the students called the police and filed a complaint against him. The Cal Poly Judicial Office took up the case and found Mr. Hinkle guilty of “disrupting a campus event” and he was required to write letters of apology to the students he offended.

• Students at Southern Methodist University, UC-Irvine, and the University of Washington held “affirmative action bake sales” to protest the categorization of applicants based on skin color. All three bake sales were shut down by the schools’ administrations. The reason given for one closure was that the event endangered public safety because a few unruly students tore down the signs and threatened the students holding the sale. Rather than arrest or detain the violent offenders, the campus police simply shut down the event.

• At Whittier College in California, a group of student journalists put together a conservative newspaper called the Liberty Bell. After printing the second issue, they were told that they were forbidden to distribute it on campus without receiving permission from the school’s publications board. … Yet none of the other four publications on campus have been asked to submit to evaluation by this board.

• Students at Citrus College, a public college in California, were given an extra-credit assignment by Professor Rosalyn Kahn as part of a required speech class in which they were ordered to write letters to President Bush protesting the war in Iraq. Those who wrote letters praising the Iraq campaign or who refused to actually mail their letters to the president’s office were refused credit for the assignment.

• A criminology class at a Colorado university was told to write an essay on why President Bush was a war criminal. When a student instead wrote why Saddam Hussein was the war criminal, she was given a failing grade.

Read it all, and remember: these speech thugs may think they can intimidate you into keeping quiet, but you do have options should an incident occur. From Students For Academic Freedom’s mission and strategy page:

9. Note and object to events that abuse the academic nature of the university. These include one-sided faculty political teach-ins, one-sided faculty conferences and one-sided faculty lecture series that are inappropriately partisan events in an academic setting. Make a list of these events and demand reforms from the appropriate university authorities to ensure representation of diverse viewpoints.

10. Note and object to one-sided reading lists, one-sided speakers programs, and lops-sided funding of student organizations.

11. Note and object to the absence of diversity among faculty in a particular department, in class curricula, and in classes offered. (See Section V, item 1 below)

12. Report these abuses in your college paper, on your college Internet forums, to local media and to Take the list of these abuses to parents and alumni and solicit funds to advertise your case and alert the campus community to the situation.

13. If possible, create a newsletter or produce a pamphlet that documents the abuses.

14. Go to the President of the University (always go to the highest level possible) with a list of documented abuses. Demand a redress of grievances, including an apology from the offending authority and the promulgation of a policy to correct the abuse. Demand that the university administration adopt “The Academic Bill of Rights” as an official university code.

15. If the University is unwilling to take corrective measures, notify the press, the public, alumni and other Students for Academic Freedom clubs through

16. If your academic institution is private, locate the chairman of the trustees’ “Development Committee” which raises funds for the university, and appeal for help. If it is a public institution, make friends with your elected representatives on the Education Committees of your state Senate or Assembly. Seek help from them in addressing these problems. The maximum pressure point for all academic institutions is the flow of alumni and government funds that support the institution. Focus your activities on these vulnerable points of the university system. […]

Hat tip: Carolina Journal

Here are some of my prior posts on public school and college stunts pulled by so-called ‘tolerant’ liberals who can’t seem to tolerate any viewpoint outside of their own:

Just who are the Islamofascists?

Dennis Prager reminds those who try to morally equate America and Israel to radical Islamic extremists (like Bill Maher) exactly who the bad guys really are.

Not that the moral relativists will listen, of course. But Prager provides numerous examples of Islamofascism around the world in his opinion piece, which will be useful to reference the next time some ‘high-minded’ moron tries to say there’s no difference between US “terrorism” in Iraq and the ‘insurgency’ there, and that there is supposedly ‘nothing’ that distinguishes Israel from Hamas (and Hezbollah and …).

Salt Lake City Mayor: Hatin’ Bush, admirin’ Cindy Sheehan – and proud of it

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Offended by Rocky Anderson’s plans to protest President Bush this week, the Utah Republican Party is waging a public-relations campaign urging Utahns to call the mayor and tell him to “stop embarrassing” the state.

And while Utahns have listened – flooding City Hall with almost 300 calls and overwhelming the phone system – Anderson hasn’t.

Salt Lake City’s mayor isn’t altering his protest plans. “Given the nastiness of some of these people, it actually just bolsters my resolve,” said Anderson, who previously alleged that the “real embarrassment” is Utahns’ unwavering support of Bush.

The GOP acknowledged that its push, sending out thousands of voice-mail messages to Republicans and running ads on about 20 radio stations around the state, wouldn’t change Anderson’s mind.

“This is all about letting the rest of Utah have a voice to counter his voice,” said Utah Republican Party Executive Director Jeff Hartley. “We want to make sure the rest of Utah at least lets him know they disagree with his behavior. It may not change his behavior, but he will at least know he doesn’t get a free pass when he embarrasses the state.”

Hartley said party headquarters and Republican elected officials have received “dozens” of calls from people upset Anderson is speaking at the protest and invited Cindy Sheehan to join him. Since Sheehan’s son died in Iraq in 2004, she has become a national face of the anti-war movement.

Ads started running Monday with heavy play in Utah’s rural counties, where residents are “hopping mad this man is representing our state to the world,” Hartley said.

City Hall was inundated with calls Monday and hired three temporary workers to handle them.

One of the great things about America is that the SLC mayor has the right to do this (even though that doesn’t make it right to do). Another great thing about America is that I (and you) have a right to view him as just another anti-war Bush-hating moonbat who holds a local office and who thinks it’s cool to use his position in order to voice his opposition to the President and/or his policies in the most embarassing of ways.

Grow up, Mayor Anderson.