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Hurricane Rita and the race hustlers

The Revenue ReverendsAs the race-grievance industry continues to hector the public about the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, we’ve all by now heard the oft-repeated slander that the feds were slow to react because President Bush “doesn’t care about black people.” Now Hurricane Rita is heading into the Gulf and everybody from New Orleans to Corpus Christi is ducking and covering. Unless I’m misinformed, there isn’t any major metropolitan area there that has a higher percentage of black residents than New Orleans.
So … a prediction. If Rita follows its predicted track and hits anyplace other than New Orleans, here’s what’ll happen:

  1. Stung by criticism over their response to Katrina, FEMA and other federal agencies will leap into action.
  2. President Bush will fly down to the impact area as always, and will have an extra-sympathetic speech ready to deliver.
  3. The race hustlers will immediately point out the fast response, wryly shake their heads and say “See? Bush only cares about white people.”

You heard it here first.

UPDATE: This post has merged into this afternoon’s Beltway Traffic Jam.

The Case for the Empire

I’ve been thinking idly about Revenge Of The Sith coming out tomorrow (and George Lucas’ recent thinly-veiled potshot at President “Darth Sidious” Bush), so I thought it might be worth looking back at an old column in The Weekly Standard that turns conventional Star Wars wisdom on its head. Check out “The Case for the Empire” and tell me what you think.
And no, I’m not very serious. Only barely.

UPDATE: John Podhoretz has seen the movie, and he’s not amused.
UPDATE 2: Derb hates Star Wars. All of it.

There’s hope for leftists

I’m heartened to see that at least one young reflexive Bush-hater can see his error after speaking to Iraqis. An excerpt:

You may think that you have felt dumb before, but let me tell you something: until you have stood in front of a man who knows real pain and told him that you are against your country’s alleviation of his country’s state-sponsored murderous suffering, you have not felt truly, deeply, like a total f****** moron.
I still am no Bush fan, and I know that America got lied to. I know we shouldn’t have gone, and I think Rove is as evil as they come. But through all this deception and lying, through all this dismemberment and pain, America has wrought a beautiful, fantastic side effect: joy, freedom and a hope for peace. Does it take lies and misdirection to do this?? Is this what the other side of justice is? I feel like such a whiner and I don’t know what to think anymore. Ultimately, in total defiance of my mother and grandmother´┐Żs teachings, two wrongs have made a right and my moral compass is tired and busted.
I can’t tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys, and I want a clear cut mandate, some lines to believe along. But there aren’t any. There’s just right and wrong and following your heart of hearts. And for the first time in my life, I can say that I was wrong to be compulsively critical of the current administration without seeking my own truth.

A neocon in the making, perhaps?
Hat tip: She Who Will Be Obeyed

UPDATE: SMASH reponds, and gets a response.

ABC hunts for war dead on Inauguration Day

Courtesy of Captain’s Quarters, a bold attempt by ABC News to throw mud on President Bush’s Inauguration … discovered on their website by bloggers:

For a possible Inauguration Day story on ABC News, we are trying to find out if there any military funerals for Iraq war casualties scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20.
If you know of a funeral and whether the family might be willing to talk to ABC News, please fill out the form below[.]

Disgusting. Any spin trying to downplay this is demolished by the fact that ABC deleted the web page once they’d been exposed. Captain’s Quarters cached a copy before ABC could destroy the evidence.

Armstrong Williams fallout continues

Thanks to conservative pundit Armstrong Williams (who secretly took $250,000 from the Bush administration to hawk the No Child Left Behind Act, and claimed that others did too), minority conservative pundits are catching major hate from the venomous wing of the loony Left. Not that the lefties were sweet and kind before, mind you, but it’s still a nasty display of racism and bile from the folks who claim to be champions of downtrodden minorities.
Not only did Williams do something wrong and unethical … he’s given fuel to the mouthbreathing moonbats, and hurt the rest of the conservative movement much more than Michael Moore ever could. Way to go, Armstrong.

Armstrong Williams payola

I’ve been thinking about how to express my disapproval of conservative commentator Armstrong Williams, who recently admitted taking money from the Bush Administration to become a booster for the No Child Left Behind Act. But now I don’t need to worry about finding the words. They turned up on Michelle Malkin’s blog because she thought of them first.

Don’t ease off on CBS now

We’re eyeball to eyeball and the other fellow just blinked.

Hugh Hewitt spent a good part of the day (and all of his radio show) prodding conservative bloggers and asking why we haven’t made a bigger fuss over the CBS News report on Rathergate. If you read through Hugh’s blog entries today, you’ll see that Hugh sees the report as a whitewash, and that he thinks the big guns of the Blogging Right appear overly concerned about their reputations among the mainstream media. Hugh thinks we ought not show mercy in this case. I agree, and here’s why.
This situation strikes me as a kind of negotiation. We of the center-right blogosphere expected CBS News to offer something like this:

  1. report released on a Friday (to bury it)
  2. report released after announcing Rather’s successor (again, to bury it)
  3. a weak non-apology
  4. thinly-veiled contempt for bloggers
  5. support from ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, etc.
  6. denial of any pro-Kerry motivation, much less any actual coordination
  7. Mary Mapes fired

We were hoping for several results from this episode, including:

  1. report released on a Monday
  2. report released without a Rather successor announced
  3. an admission from CBS News that the Killian memos were forgeries
  4. due credit given to the blogosphere for unearthing this mess
  5. Dan Rather fired
  6. Mary Mapes fired
  7. top CBS News executives fired (including the president, Andrew Heyward)
  8. an investigation into possible coordination between CBS News and the Kerry/Edwards campaign
  9. help from CBS’ competing news networks in devouring it (motivated by fear)

To our surprise, CBS started off by offering us numbers 1, 2, and 6 on our wish list. Better still, they offered big chunks of numbers 3, 4, 5, and 7.
Think about it. The bigwigs at CBS News are clearly not bargaining from a position of strength, and it’s obvious they know it. Now keep in mind that in a negotiation, you never ever reveal your true position right up front. If this is where they’ve started from, imagine where we could push them to. By giving CBS News (and by extension, all of MSM) a pass on this baldfaced charade they called “news”, we’d be letting them return to lie another day.
Another thing: have you noticed the deafening silence among the lefty bloggers today? They tried very hard to ignore the CBS News report, hoping we’d lose interest. If they thought they could win the argument on the merits, they’d be in full cry instead. So the only thing standing between us and resounding vindication is … us.
Fellow conservative bloggers, stop worrying about what the other side thinks of us and go for the whole wish list, because they’ll tut-tut about “blogger triumphalism” no matter what we do. Learn from the GOP, which only climbed out of the electoral gutter after it stopped trying to play footsie with the Democrats. Rather, Mapes, and CBS News are scattered and fleeing. Let’s show some spine and mop ’em up.

Rathergate report is out, sort of

CBS has finally posted a PDF copy of their report on the now-infamous 60 Minutes II segment where they tried to pass off forged memos as real, only to have the blogosphere expose their anti-Bush agenda masquerading as “news.” So far the report has no appendices. Appendices and exhibits here.

UPDATE: CBS fired Mary Mapes, producer of the 60 Minutes II segment. Three news execs were also asked to resign … but not CBS News’ President, Andrew Heyward. His desk is buck-free, Buckhead be damned.
UPDATE 2: The CBS report can’t even get basic facts about blogs right. Footnote 86 on page 153 says “Powerline is a Minnesota-based blog run by John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson, both of whom are attorneys.” There’s a third blogger there, you dingalings. Ever heard of Paul Mirengoff, who blogs from Washington, DC? Try checking the three bios right at the top left side of the blog’s home page. You did actually go there and look at the site, right? Time Magazine managed to get the basics right (then again, Time is known for reporting actual news). And it’s “Power Line”, not “Powerline.” Geez, with this kind of attention to detail, how are we going to trust this report’s conclusions?

Impeachapalooza 2005

Soon, the 109th Congress will convene for its first session. This time around the Democrats have lost even more seats, and if there’s one thing that ticks off a Democrat politician it’s losing power. Worse yet, they still seem to think that their message of wacko leftism just didn’t get through to the voting public, and that President Bush and the Republicans somehow stole the election.
Democrat outrage is nothing if not predictable, and it’s no great stretch to expect petty little snit fits on the floor of Congress once it’s back in session. Come to think of it, can calls for impeaching the president be far away? I think not. Which can mean only one thing.
It’s contest time!
Be the first to predict the Democrats’ calls for political vengeance against President Bush, and you can win expensive and gaudy prizes. That is, if you define “expensive and gaudy” as “affordable by the amateur blogger running this site.” Here are the categories and prizes:

  1. Date of first call for President Bush’s impeachment: _________ (Prize: a Blogshares portfolio consisting of 5,000 shares of Brain Shavings and 5000 shares of The Buckeye Bloggers)
    Bonus — Representative making that first call: _________ (Prize: $10 Amazon.com gift certificate)
  2. Date of first article of impeachment referred to House Judiciary Committee: _________ (Prize: a copy of Blog, by Hugh Hewitt)
    Bonus — First sponsor of this article: _________ (Prize: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)
  3. Date of first article of impeachment to get a House Judiciary Committee vote: _________ (Prize: a copy of Right Turns, by Michael Medved)
    Bonus — First sponsor of this article: _________ (Prize: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)
    Bonus — Committee vote tally (yea/nay): _____/_____ (Prize: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)
    Bonus — Number of Republicans voting “yea” (non-zero guesses only): _____ (Prize: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)
  4. Date of first article of impeachment to reach House floor: _________ (Prize: a copy of Scalia Dissents, by Kevin A. Ring)
    Bonus — First sponsor of this article: _________ (Prize: $75 Amazon.com gift certificate)
    Bonus — House vote tally (yea/nay): _____/_____ (Prize: $100 Amazon.com gift certificate)
    Bonus — Number of Republicans voting “yea” (non-zero guesses only): _____ (Prize: $100 Amazon.com gift certificate)

Contest Rules:

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Hugh, I think you’ve lost this one

On Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday, a blogger known as Sabretooth called in and challenged Hugh’s support for President Bush’s “guest worker” program for illegal aliens. Sabretooth issued a challenge and extracted a commitment of sorts:

I asked Hugh if he would be able to support the President’s guest worker program if it allowed legalized illegal aliens access to citizenship.
“I won’t like the program,” he said.

Uh, Hugh … with his post today, Sabretooth appears to have won the argument.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin