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A Moonbat in my Belfry – YAAAYY!!

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 31, 2005

Ever since I put Haloscan on here, the trolls have been minimized, but the moonbats have gone away, too. Or so it seemed. As the Supreme President of the RWRepublic, I have always enjoyed a good Cluebatting of these morons when they have come around.

I’m quite sure the Honorable Soldiers of the RWRmy and our friends will welcome this opportunity to break out the ClueBat that’s been sitting in the closet since Bobby Lindsey took leave a few months ago. Perhaps a few new inductions are in order.

Anyway, my recent post, Weird Howard’s At It Again, drew a hate-filled comment from what seems to be the next incarnation of either Adolf Hitler or Friedrich Engels, or perhaps yet of Shrillary Clinton. Notice all the “unbiased” links he provides. Sheesh! I haven’t fired off a good Fisk in a good while!

That there is a huge percentage of nominations that have been confirmed without intereference from the Donks.

That statement is…um…true. The American Association of University Women points out that 95% of Dubya’s judicial appointments have been confirmed, and the judicial vacancy rate is at the lowest it has been in 14 years.


Ok, I read that site. It’s an advertisement for a socialist organization trying to promote judicial activism. In case you haven’t bothered to read the constitution, judicial activism is ILLEGAL. Here is the first sentence of that article:

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) believes that in the United States, people deserve federal judges who are committed to upholding the hard-fought constitutional rights secured through U.S. Supreme Court precedents such as Roe v. Wade and Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education.

If that’s not a page with a clear Left-wing bias, I don’t know what is. Since when are constitutional rights secured through Supreme Court precedents? If you want to compare apples and oranges, go right ahead. The key appointments in question are CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES. Here’s a Right-wing page on the same subject. I’ll paste you the actual confirmation rates back to Truman:

President – Confirmation Percentage
Truman – 81.8%
Eisenhower – 90.2%
Kennedy/Johnson – 89.7%
Nixon/Ford – 89.1%
Carter – 91.8%
Reagan – 81.3%
G.H.W. Bush – 77.8%
Clinton – 61.3%
G.W. Bush – 53.0%

Those are only the overall numbers. Any way you slice the cake, Bush comes in around 50%. Of course, if you go through the comments you find other data that places things on a much lower plane.

That he actually believes that it’s better when political parties share power, and that it’s better when people whose candidates did not win get to have a say.

I believe that too. So did the founding fathers. So does anyone else who supports democracy.

A say, Don. A say. Not turn the whole show over to them and let them run things like Mr. Dean would have. The trouble with Dean’s comment is that he does NOT believe that it’s better when political parties share power. It’s pretty obvious, at least to me, that this guy wants his party in control so that his party can do whatever with no interference from the opposition. This is precisely what the Donks did until 1994, when the Republicans won the House. All we’ve heard from them since is a bunch of whining and bitching with no viable, nonsocialist alternatives provided. And they’ve gotten louder and louder until now all we hear is Weird Howard going AAAAAAARRRRRGGHHHH!

Oh, and the Founding Fathers, having known the evils of socialism, would have never approved of the socialist policies and programs that have been such a blight on our country for the last century. Sorry, that’s just how it is.

That the President actually blocks people who disagree with him from attending his town meetings.

That’s another statement that is 100% true:


Nice try, Don. You even presented two articles with conflicting accounts of the story. Of course, the Secret Service, like the Central Intelligence Agency, operates as a SECRET organization, and the accounts you provide are signature Secret Service. Republican staffer? NOT! The President was likely nowhere in the chain of command on these incidents. He doesn’t have any say in what the Secret Service does to keep would-be assassins away. Zip. Zero. Nada. These “victims” were likely much more dangerous than these articles made them out to be, and since the sources aren’t exactly biasless, I’d take anything they had to say with a grain of salt, especially in a situation where the Secret Service was involved.

Accuses the Administration of paying journalists to write positive articles about unpopular policies and allowing lobbyists to sell access, with no facts to back up his dribble.

Once again, you point out two of Dr. Dean’s statements that are verifably true:


As if Ol’ Howie never got involved in this sort of thing. Fact is, it’s routine in Washington and in politics in general. Not to say it’s right, but if Dean is going to throw shit into the system and accuse the President of wrongdoing when it comes to this, he had better take a long look into the mirror.

So here’s my question to you—Are you lying on purpose, or are you lying because you’re too dumb to know any better?

Don Myers 05.31.05 – 2:19 pm

Lying? HA! I point out no less than twenty-six loony things this guy says, and all you can do is come after three of them, with a flimsy case. And then not even the things that really had to do with SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES, such as the guy asserting that privatization of the American retirement system, one of the best ideas to come down the line in a long time (even your buddy Clinton suggested it might be a good idea), was somehow a bad thing. Why in the world would anyone complain about Americans taking control of their own destiny, independent of the nanny state? Try making a case as to how THAT would be a bad thing …

I’ll let the RWRmy have atcha at this point. Hopefully my Fisk job hasn’t taken the fire out of the Immortal ClueBat.



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Memorial Day Reflections

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 29, 2005

This Memorial Day, while you’re out on your deck broiling up some burgers or basking in the May sun on the beach, stop for a moment and remember what Memorial Day is all about.

Think about the real reason you are able to sit back and relax and do these things, with your sincere religious beliefs unassaulted, your right to speak freely, your right to defend yourself and your home and family, etc.

Think about the sacrifices that have been made on your behalf by soldiers in every conflict. From the American Revolution to the War on Terror, literally millions of Americans have given their lives so that YOU can enjoy these freedoms. Their families have sacrificed sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins, friends, and the familial contributions that these people would have made had they not been killed in battle defending YOUR freedoms (and mine).

For these sacrifices I am forever grateful. Some months ago, I posted an appropriate tribute to those who have given their lives for us. Comment over here, though. I don’t get over to that post much. It was a long time ago.

Anyway, keep the families and friends of those who have given their lives defending us and also those who will in the future.


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Viagra Makes You Blind

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 27, 2005

I had to laugh at this one. It seems some viagra users are turning up blind.

Reading into the article, I came to an admission that no one has been able to make a cause and effect connection between the 40 cases of reported blindness (out of over 23 million viagra users) and viagra use. That’s where I stopped reading.

Those odds are astounding, aren’t they? Do the math. One viagra user in 575,000 turns up blind and it’s practially portrayed as a crisis? Spare me. This isn’t news any more than my dog’s upcoming birthday.

Besides, how many people do you really think are using viagra with the lights on?


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Sorry About the Light Posting

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 27, 2005

Hasn’t been much time to post. Sorry. I’m in the process of joining a new band and the preparation is pretty intense. I’ve got to be ready to hit the casinos by mid-June.

Not that there’s been too much to post on or rant about. The Donks are still up to their bullshit, and the Republicrats are still kissing their asses as if the election had gone the other way.

Maybe we New Federalists should start our own party, though I don’t know if that would be a good idea. Dividing the conservative vote could put the socialists back in power. The way things are now, all that really has to happen is some spine-growing on the part of the Republicans. No election has to be won in order to work towards a constitutional America; the conservatives merely need to stand up and defend the constitution and the America the Founders envisioned. In other words, they must act like they won the election.

My thoughts on this, as posted on Rocker and Sage last month in a comment:

The demise of the Democratic Party is happening right before our very eyes (Baby What a Big Surprise). It will be very interesting, indeed, to see what the Republican Party does with the situation. One of two things will have to happen:

1. The party will do as I have enumerated above, speeding up the repeal of socialism, and placing preventive provisions into the Constitution through Amendment.

or 2. The party will miss the opportunity to empower the people, and a more conservative party will rise up as the conservative alternative. There are a few of these already out there, such as the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. Both have the same (very limited) potential at this point in time. More likely, however, I see a coalition of such parties forming and coming together into a new party that will serve as the more conservative alternative if the Republicans choose this course of action. The new party would then be charged with speeding up the repeal of socialism, and placing preventive provisions into the Constitution through Amendment.

The way I see it today, the Republican Party is in a very unique situation. They are the ones writing the history books right now, as they are the only political party that is really relevant from a political standpoint. They are the ones who are going to be choosing which course of action to take, and it will be very interesting to see what they choose to do.

My hope is that they will choose option 1, and I think the leadership of the party will be wise enough to see the writing on the wall and do that. As of right now, though, there is still plenty of potential for the party to swing the other way.

Just a few thoughts.


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Weird Howard’s At It Again

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 23, 2005

Frizzen Sparks brought this one up. I don’t watch the Sunday morning shows. They always seem to bring out some loudmouth commie with an ax to grind against the President, or someone who wants to decimate the Constitution while saying they’re trying to save it. It’s always bullshit.

But THIS is an absolute gem. Howard Dean goes on Meet the Press and does and says ALL of the following in ONE interview:

  • That there is a huge percentage of nominations that have been confirmed without intereference from the Donks.
  • That privatization of Socialist Security is a bad thing.
  • That changing Senate rules to disallow filibusters on otherwise electable nominations will somehow lead to constitutional filibusters being done away with as well.
  • That he actually believes that it’s better when political parties share power, and that it’s better when people whose candidates did not win get to have a say.
  • That the President actually blocks people who disagree with him from attending his town meetings.
  • That there is widespread corruption in the Republican Party (which may or may not be true, but remember, this is HOWARD DEAN talking).
  • Asserts that the Republicans are worse than the Donks when it comes to taking large campaign contributions and rewarding those who give them.
  • Accuses the Administration of paying journalists to write positive articles about unpopular policies and allowing lobbyists to sell access, with no facts to back up his dribble.
  • Makes the presumptious argument that being under investigation was the same thing as being convicted, then says he’s not prejudging anyone.
  • Without any real evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Tom DeLay, states that it is inappropriate that he be in Congress (I’m sure it was fine with Howie that a man who had been held in contempt of court for perjury could stay in the White House, though).
  • That Bill Clinton actually balanced the budget without being forced to by a conservative congress.
  • That it is inappropriate to speak of impeaching judges that refuse to protect human life.
  • Reiterates that people being in control of their own money (e.g. private accounts) is a horrible thing.
  • Says the President should stop approaching issues from an ideological point of view (as if old Howie weren’t guilty of the same thing every day).
  • Assrts that raising taxes would be a better idea than anything that the President would be willing to accept.
  • Reiterates (AGAIN!) that people being in control of their own money (e.g. private accounts) is a horrible thing.
  • Here’s the biggest whopper in the whole thing: But the thing that really bothered me the most, which the 9-11 Commission said also wasn’t true, is the insinuation that the president continues to make to this day that Osama bin Laden had something to do with supporting terrorists that attacked the United States. That is false.
  • That John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Joe Lieberman got their information about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein from the President.
  • Actually tries to justify hate-filled comments he made with regard to Republicans by saying that Republicans have no right to voice their opinions.
  • After all the unsubstantiated “ethics” lecturing he does with regard to Tom DeLay, actually says, “We ought not to lecture each other about our ethical shortcomings.”
  • Actually asserts that there are “pretty strong moral values” in the Democratic Party.
  • Asserts that the Republicans FORCED the Donks into having to defend abortion.
  • Starts his answer to a question regarding his nastiness surrounding the Terri Schiavo case with another personal attack on Tom DeLay and “On the Terri Schiavo case, first of all we have to remember these are human beings.”
  • Implies that the Republicans were more of a threat to “libertarianism of individualism” than the Donks.
  • You know, I care about values a lot.
  • Calls avowed socialist Bernie Sanders a “populist”.

Is there any question as to why conservatives believe this man is good for the cause of Freedom in America?


Update 5/24:Rich Lowry today on townhall.com

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Back … And Exhausted

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 23, 2005

Folks, please be patient with me, as I have been away for a few days and away from any contact with the non-music world.

I just got in. The tour was great, as always. I have no idea what the hell is going on out there. Please give me a day or two to get my bearings!

I promise a post as soon as I get a chance to recharge.


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Busy Week of Music

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 18, 2005

Things are going to be really busy around here between touring, rehearsals, and work. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some things up, but please be patient for about the next week.

In the meantime, I’ve put up some really excellent posts over the last couple weeks, so take some time to enjoy them or re-enjoy them.


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Dean’s World Dean’s World … Party Time … Excellent!!

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 17, 2005

H/T to WUZZADEM for this one.

Scott Kirwin over at Dean’s World posted today about George Lucas.

In the interest of full disclosure, I love the whole STAR WARS thing, though I do agree with Kirwin on the position he takes with regard to Lucas and his political philosophy. This paragraph is a grand slam all its own …

Limousine liberals are disappointing. Many of them come from hardscrabble backgrounds and struggled to succeed against the odds. Now that they’ve made their billions however, they spend their time trying to take apart the ladder they used to get to the top. Instead of advocating for the system that allowed them to use their creativity to succeed, they support systems that stifle it – and yes, socialism stifles creativity. Nothing builds ambition more than freedom, yet to people like Lucas, Michael Moore, Barbara Streisand and Jane Fonda freedom is a prison. Democracy is bad because people don’t know what’s good for them. They need an elite to save them from their own selfish interests.

I don’t know if it could be said better by anyone. Nice hit, Scott!


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Newsweek Blows it Again and Farks Just Blows

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 16, 2005

Big news today, huh?

Newsweek gets busted putting a bullshit story in print.

Vicente Farks opens his mouth and shit comes out yet again.

Where exactly is the news here?

Newsweek is just another MSM outlet spewing every anti-war, anti-conservative, anti-America diatribe it can dig up in whatever desert or toilet it can find. It’s been hanging out with the likes of Dan Rather and CNN for a lot longer than anyone can remember. Newsweek publishing a story for the sole purpose of trying to hurt conservatives, Republicans, and President Bush no matter the cost, is NOT news.

Vicente Farks hates the Minutemen for insisting that American laws be obeyed. He hates mainstream Americans for supporting people who participate in defending our borders. Never mind that Americans have every right to both of the above. Farks using his friendship with the President to undermine US Homeland Security is NOT news.

Laurie Dhue is still the hottest babe on television. Well, that’s not news, either, but it’s worth more to me than Newsweek or Farks.


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Back from a Great Weekend

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 15, 2005

Hey all …

I just got back from a great weekend hanging out with my best friend and working the music scene.

I may need a day or two to recover. In the meantime, please check the posts from the last couple days. Some very good work even if I say so myself …


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A New Solution for a Solvable Problem

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 13, 2005

With all the discussion everywhere about illegal immigration and the Minuteman Project, an issue which I think is being handled all wrong by the President (despite my undying support for him on most fronts), I got to thinking today, and well …

I thought about the Minuteman Project and what is was able to accomplish, and the complaints that we just don’t have enough military resources to efficiently patrol the borders.

Of course, while I agree with President Bush on a great many things, this is one issue I think he’s really screwing up badly. All but one of the September 11 terrorists were in the US illegally. This should be considered the first and most important line of defense in the War on Terror. Unfortunately, the Prez is having problems understanding the fact that Vicente Farks doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the United States, as long as there are Mexicans here sending money back to Mexico to support his lame-ass excuse for an economy.

Then, as I was taking time out to visit with my good friend The Old Sage, it hit me right between the eyes. The solution was staring me right in the face all along in my support for the Minuteman Project. The President could easily make this thing work without costing a red cent more to cover the borders with the military, and just simply call on all Americans to do their part in defending the borders. With his incredible pursuasiveness and ability to inspire the American people, all he would have to do is ask. This speech, though composed by me, would be easily deliverable by President Bush, and would inspire many Americans to help…

My fellow Americans:

Today, I stand before you in recognition of a problem we have been trying to solve for a long time. All but one of the terrorists who attacked our country in 2001 were here illegally, and many who come across our borders every year are here with less than good intentions.

In April of this year, a group of patriotic American citizens gathered to help patrol the Arizona border with Mexico. Armed only with cell phones, these great Americans helped to significantly reduce the flow of illegal immigration in the areas they patrolled.

Meanwhile, our servicemen and women are busy with the formidible task of taking the war to the terrorists, forcing these evildoers and the rogue regimes that support them to fight in their own territory, and bringing the blessings of Freedom to those whom they have oppressed. For this, they deserve our unending praise, support, and admiration.

But the War on Terror cannot be won by our soldiers alone. Like our own Revolution, our citizens must participate in the protection of our homeland. Huge tasks such as hunting down dangerous terrorists should be left to our honorable soldiers; but more simple ones, such as securing our borders, will require the help of every patriotic American.

Today, I call on all Americans to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. If you live in a border state, use your right to peacefully assemble to gather in areas where illegal crossings take place. Alert the INS and the Border Patrol of the activities of people entering the country illegally. Help anyone who is sick, and feed anyone who is hungry, but use your power as Americans to couple this compassion with zeal for the protection of our liberty and the security of our borders.

America has, for many years, been known as the Land of Opportunity. Unfortunately, many have sought to seek the opportunity to use our good nature in an attempt to destroy us. It is time for every American to stand tall and participate in guarding those freedoms which are, and always will be, dear to us and what we stand for.

God bless you, and God bless America.

Well, what say, Mr. President?


Note: President Bush is hereby authorized to use this speech verbatim if he so wishes, without fear of prosecution for plagiaraism. This issue is far too important.

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Vinnie the Crumb – Hopefully the Silence will be Temporary

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 11, 2005

… Like a night with a really hot broad all good things must come …. to an end.

I’m not sure why WMMR didn’t try to figure out a way to keep Vinnie the Crumb on the morning show there with the new crew coming in, but whatever the reason, his voice will be sorely missed on my daily drive to work.

Every day, I have looked forward to hearing Vinnie’s “Sports Crumbs” report on the radio. His Friday rants were an inspiration to my own rants here in the blogosphere. His signature “That’s what I think” even made it into our bowling lexicon. He is hands-down the best and most entertaining sports reporter I have ever heard.

Vinnie will apparently be continuing in his capacity as PA announcer for the Philadelphia Soul (AFL). I wish him well, and hope to find him on the radio again rantin’ and ravin’ soon.

Hats off to you, Vinnie! You’re the best!!

I’m RightWingRocker, baby, and that’s what I think!


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Howard Dean Supports a Socialist – No Surprise

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 10, 2005

The Bennington (VT) Banner has posted this.

How about some news, please? Howard Dean supporting a socialist is NOT news. Heck, what is the difference between a Socialist and a Democrat these days? I’ll tell you. There isn’t any.

Breaking party lines, former Gov. Howard Dean said Monday he supports Rep. Bernard Sanders’ bid for the U.S. Senate, saying the Independent makes a “strong candidate.”

Breaking party lines? Yeah right. Show me one instance the Democrats aren’t completely in bed with Socialist interests. Just one. I’m waiting. That’s what I thought. If there’s any difference at all between Socialists and Democrats, it’s just that the Socialists want MORE big government and they want it YESTERDAY, whereas the Donks are willing to take it only a little more slowly. IF there’s any difference, that is.

“A victory for Bernie Sanders is a win for Democrats,” Dean said in a telephone interview Monday.

Duh …

Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt., announced last month he would not seek re-election, clearing the way for what’s expected to be a crowded race in fall 2006.

Jeffords wouldn’t have been re-elected anyway. He wrecked it for himself. No one trusts a turncoat, not even the side he goes to.

But Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, added that his support is not unconditional.

“We’ve got a few things to work out with Bernie,” he said, adding, “Bernie’s not a Democrat.”

Only because he figures he’ll get more votes if he doesn’t have the little “D” next to his name. Howie, you have no idea just how big a crash your party is headed for since you’ve become chair.

Sanders’ practice of voting with House Democrats and his name recognition – bolstered by his position as the only U.S. representative in Vermont – makes him appealing to Democrats desperate to regain seats in every branch of government.

If Bernie Sanders is appealing to a party desperate to gain seats, your strategy MUST be that Vermont might actually elect him. He’s not going to do you much good in most of the country. If you are going to be looking for more of his type, you are going to get your asses handed to you again, even if you do get the seat in Vermont.

But (Sanders Chief of Staff Jeff) Weaver said Dean’s support is natural in a political atmosphere dominated by conservative voices.

“I think Gov. Dean and Congressman Sanders share an interest in beating back a very aggressive reactionary agenda of President Bush and congressional Republicans,” Weaver said. “We intend to win this seat and Bernie will be a strong voice against the Bush agenda.”

Mr. Sanders isn’t much of a voice against the conservative (read that constitutionalist) agenda as it is now. What makes these morons think that’s going to change with a simple move from the House to the Senate? Beating back this grassroots effort to put the power back into the hands of the American People isn’t going to happen on Mr. Dean’s or Mr. Sanders’ watch, so they might as well get over it now.

Jim Barnett, chairman of the state Republican committee, criticized the new alliance, saying it raises questions about whether “backroom deals” are being made between Dean and Sanders.

“This is exactly the kind of cynical politics that Bernie Sanders once said was corrupt,” Barnett said.

Let these idiots make all the backroom deals they want. The more corrupt they show themselves to be, the less likely they are to get elected. Mr. Barnett, no offense, but Mr. Dean has plenty of rope with which to hang himself, and he’s doing a fine job of it on his own. Don’t weaken your own cause by engaging in the kind of whining and complaining we see the Left engaging in. They’re getting the shellacking they deserve because of it. Don’t mess it up for them. Shut up and let them bury themselves by giving you compliments like “a White House protege” and “a Karl Rove character”.

Of course, none of this is news. It’s all predictable posturing by the Left trying to convince you that you need them and their big government in order to live your life. This has been going on for the last century. All we can do is roll our eyes.


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RWR Mindless Chitchat: John Hawkins’ Advice for Bloggers

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 10, 2005

John Hawkins over at Right Wing News has posted some advice for bloggers. Quite interesting, and perhaps some food for thought …

1) It’s tempting — even for me — to get frustrated when some of the bigger bloggers don’t link. But, don’t let it get to you. Anybody with a big blog is busy and it’s likely not personal if they don’t link you.

Eh … I got linked by The Rott within a week of launching this blog. It’s happened since, as The Emperor found my research on the Florida Constitution quite interesting during the Terri Schiavo case. I do manage to get linked to quite a bit, but if I don’t get the links, I’ve never been bothered by it. After all, the purpose of this blog is to put MY thoughts and ideas out there. If people want to link to me, great. Otherwise, who cares? My next big goal: Landing myself a home on the blogroll at The Rott!

2) Keep in mind that even if you get a link from a big website, the overwhelming majority of those readers won’t be back. So although there are exceptions, don’t expect to make it big off of 1 or 2 posts.

I don’t understand the reasoning behind starting a blog in the first place if you’re onjly going to put up a post or two and call it a day. There’s always something to blog about, isn’t there?

3) If you’re going to be putting up multiple posts and then not posting for a while, put the best post on top. The number of readers drops significantly the further they have to go down the page.

If I’m not going to be posting for a while, I put a post at the top that says I won’t be posting for a while … and when my readers can expect another post, so they don’t waste time coming to read reruns. I guess it’s just me, but if I know I’m not going to be around, I want my readers to know when I’ll be back.

4) On the week-ends, expect your traffic to drop by roughly 40% whether you post or not.

Interesting. I’ll take note of that …

5) If you’re going to send a promotional email out to other bloggers, make sure it’s something worth promoting and try to keep it down to once or twice per week if possible. Send too many emails or promote posts of low quality and other bloggers will tune you out.

As a matter of personal policy, I do not send out promotional email. I hate getting spam, and live under the safe assumption that others hate it as much as I do. If anyone out there actually wants to be spammed, they can go to another blog. I’m sure you can get it somewhere.

6) Find ways to link to other blogs — a lot. It’s flattering to the blogger being linked and it may draw their attention to what you’re writing. Of course, that means they may link you back.

I do this all the time. If there’s something relevant in a post, and I’m writing about it, it makes sense to link to it so that the reader can go there and read for himself. This is also important because I do not make any attempt to think for my audience, not even the Libs, Donks, and trolls that come here. I expect everyone to think for himself. Links aid in that process.

7) If you’re an attractive woman, you can gain a lot of extra traffic over time by posting pics. Maybe you think that’s sexist, maybe not, but it has been proven to work time and time again.

Being that I’m not a woman, and have no inclination ever to be, this is basically a moot point for this blog.

8) Keep your chin up when the post you’re sure is going to pull in tons of traffic completely bombs. No matter how much work you put in, no matter how fantastic your idea is, it’s always possible it won’t catch the interest of other bloggers. Don’t let that frustrate you.

Eh … same concept as #1 … I’ve done this, and had this happen. I’m an emotional person in many ways, but when it comes to my blog, it’s just something I enjoy doing. it’s not my living at this point, so … eh.

9) Most bloggers who are making halfway decent money off of advertising today slogged on for years without ever making any serious money. Keep in mind, that will probably be the case with your blog as well.

See above.

10) If you’re going to talk about something that everybody else in the blogosphere seems to be talking about, at least try to say something original about it. If you sound just like everybody else, why should anyone come back?

If I don’t have something original to say, I usually confine my comments to the comments section of the blog where I found the information.

11) This one might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people (myself included, way back in 1998), don’t think about it. If you put a statistics tracker on your blog, make sure it’s on every page. If there’s no tracker on the page, your traffic may be undercounted significantly.

I use a statistics tracker, but only to get a general idea how many people have been to the site, and generally how long they stay. If I’m undercounted, fine. It’s not like this is my living, ya know? In other words … eh.

12) Take it from someone who now sometimes pulls 400+ comments on a single post, if you run a comments section on your blog, make sure your readers have to register, have some sort of script in place to deal with trackback and comment spam, and be prepared to spend time moderating your comments.

I don’t have enough comments to require registration. Maybe someday, but not now. It didn’t take long for the trolls to drag me into Haloscan-Land, but there are times when I don’t really feel I need it. I don’t mind moderating the comments, really. Haloscan lets me play with them anyway, so it’s actually fun sometimes.

13) Don’t post your actual email address on the net or you may end up being deluged with spam. Instead, put your email address up in a way that people can interpret, but spammer bots can’t. For example, abc-at-aol.com.

This is exactly why I do not post my email address anywhere on this blog, or anywhere easily accessible from this blog. In the few places I have been leaving it, there doesn’t seem to be much problem SO FAR.

14) Create your posts somewhere besides your content management system (like Blogger, Movable Type, etc). It may save you having to rewrite the entire post from scratch if you hit an errant button (like refresh or if you click on a link and your previous post isn’t saved in cache).

While I have had few problems with this, I definitely see the benefit. Advice noted.

15) Make it clear somewhere on your blog that any emails that are sent to you may be published. You will probably need to point it out to someone one of these days after you publish his email.

Another reason I don’t put my email address out there for all the world to see.

16) Set a minimum level of acceptable content on your page each day and make sure you meet it (barring unusual circumstances) each day. Once you start slacking off, it gets easier and easier to continue.

Actually, I have already done this, and I usually post a message explaining the circumstances if I detract from the plan. For those who don’t know, I post here usually every other day, more often if possible, less often if necessary. I usually do a pretty good job of sticking to this, and it gives commentors time to get involved between posts. On that same note, it gives me ample time to moderate comments as well.

17) Even if you only have 7 people reading, work like you have 7000 readers. Because if you don’t work hard when you have almost no readers, you’re never going to get to 7000.

Makes sense. Any outlet with a high level goal should be putting forth a high level product. That way, the product doesn’t need to be upgraded to attract more consumers (or readers, in this case).

18) Take a look at the really popular blogs and ask yourself why those blogs have been able to build up a readership. If you understand why they’ve been able to build up an audience, then hopefully it’ll help you do the same.

The blogs I read are the blogs I emulate. Big ones like The Rott and John Hawkins’ own blog are models that I try to include in my style. Hawkins’ blog does get a little cluttery, though, so I try to avoid that. Content-wise, these guys are right on.

19) Don’t spend too much time in your comments section. The time spent there writing things that only a small percentage of your audience will see would be better spent making posts for your blog.

Someday, I’ll likely have enough people leaving comments to worry about this, but in the meantime, there’s nothing I can see that’s as much fun as ClueBatting a troll in the comments section, especially if the RWRmy get’s kicking on the poor slob. For now, the comments section is a huge part of the fun of blogging.

20) If you’re going to be successful, you have got to consistently put out a lot of links or a lot of material day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year (unless you’re as good as Mickey Kaus). If you’re not pumping out either 10-15 links per day or 1000 words plus then you’re probably not doing enough to ever get really big.

I’m big enough for now. One thing Hawkins left out, though, is the importance of commenting on other blogs. It’s how people know you’re out there. Not everyone knows how to use a search engine.

21) Before you respond to criticism aimed at you by another blogger, think twice. Unless you think you can get some traffic out if it, you feel the criticism merits a reply, or unless you believe it would entertain your readers to talk about it, why waste your time? You’re just rewarding them with traffic for criticizing you.

The only time I bit my tongue for a troll was some sicko over at blogsforterri.com. And I did so for the very reason Hawkins cites. Bottom line: If I can’t clobber a critic’s argument, i don’t belong here. If they can’t present a coherent, thoughtful argument, they don’t belong here. I’ve been very nice to the trolls lately, though, I must say. (patting self on back)

22) Remember that a lot of bloggers tend to be very sensitive to criticism and even if you’re trying to be very gentle about it (which is certainly something I don’t always do), don’t be surprised by bruised egos if you criticize another blogger in any way, shape, or form. I’m not saying don’t do it, I’m just saying that you should understand that there may be hard feelings.

Eh … I don’t get hard feelings over my own bruised ego. If someone gets hard feelings over what I have to say, well they can kiss my ass. Of course, since George Washington, et. al. and the Constitution are the basis for my philosophy, said person can kiss all their asses as well.

23) Avoid blogging angry. It may save you a lot of grief.

Bullshit. I do some of my best work when I’m angry ;).

24) Everybody on the net with an opinion gets hate mail. Don’t sweat it.

This advice may as well have come from God. I don’t get hate mail in my email box, but I do get quite a bit in my comment section. Sometimes it’s fun, though. Let’s face it, folks. ClueBatting a troll or a commie is one of the most rewarding experiences a blogger can have. Ask the RWRmy!

25) Given that there are plenty of people who’ve been fired or disciplined at work either for blogging on the job or for something they said on their blog, the fewer people at your job who know about your blog, the better.

Amen to that, especially if your philosophy is opposite most of those you work with. Conservative bloggers who work in education, such as myself, are the prime example.

On the whole, Hawkins did a nice job of this. I do love reading his page, despite my criticism of the clutter I find there. Nice job, John!


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Paul Jacob … Has he been reading RWR?

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 8, 2005

I took a break from my break today and I saw this …

Paul Jacob posted a great article on TownHall.com.

Interestingly enough, it seemed like a written-for-townhall version of a post I put up a couple of weeks ago.

No, it’s not plagiarism, and I’m not complaining. After all, I did put my stuff up there first. Besides, a big name columnist like Paul Jacob is backing me up. Time to pat myself on the old back. It’s about time someone got to the root of the problem with McCain Feingold and the so-called “Online Freedom of Speech Act”.

Once again, just so any trolls out there who may need to be reminded have accurate information, the First Amendment says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I’m not sure whether Mr. Jacob said it better than I did or not. It really doesn’t matter, because, after all, he is right. McCain-Feingold is, as I have said before, a blatant repeal of the First Amendment.


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Just Got In from the Weekend Tour

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 8, 2005

Just got in from the weekend tour, folks!

Friday’s show was weak, at best. It was an outdoor thing with a DEAD crowd. There were probably about two people there with a temperature over 95 degrees, other than those of us in the production. There were other issues, but im not getting into them. We got through it, and at this point, that’s all that matters.

Tonight … wow. A loud, lively crowd that just couldn’t quit. We had to extend the second show about fifteen minutes just to make it fair. Some really amazing things happened musically tonight, and wow. I am definitely looking forward to next weekend’s (mostly very light) schedule.

Anyway, I have tried to keep up with comments and stuff in the meantime, but I don’t see a post coming on here for a few days, as I’m REALLY tired, and I will be spending some quality time with the fam. I also want to get some extra time with some musical stuff. My instruments haven’t seen a lot of action while I have been out working as a tech.

At any rate, Happy Mother’s Day to any moms out there that read here, and anyone who isn’t a mom, please make sure you don’t forget this very important person in your life. Even if you can’t visit, at least place a call or pray for her soul if she has passed.

Also keep HS Delftsman and HS Mamamontezz in your prayers. Seems there’s been a pretty bad accident. Everyone seems to be ok, but the cars are pretty much kaputt. These things can be pretty tedious. Hopefully everything will be ok.

My eyes grow heavy. It’s after 4 am and I still stink of smoke. Yuck! Time for a shower and some shut-eye.


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More Hypocrisy from the Donks

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 5, 2005

I love calling these losers “Donks”. It’s just sooooo apropos!

Check this out, by way of Sworn Enemy and the Rott …

It’s amazing how these people’s opinions change when their people aren’t running the show. Of course, what do you expect from the Left. I’m not sure I’ve seen this kind of blatant flip-flopping from the Right.

With this kind of flip-flopping, it’s not surprising these people nominated John Kerry. Thank God for modern technology!


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Here’s One Way to Deal With It

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 4, 2005

Not sure exactly how I found my way to this, but here is a great story where someone in law enforcement actually DID SOMETHING about illegal immigration.

My hat is off to Chief Chamberlain. These people need to be shown by SOMEONE, whether it’s the Border Patrol, the Minuteman Project, or good people like Chief Chamberlain, that Americans don’t want these people in our country if they aren’t going to follow our laws.

This guy (the police Chief in New Ipswich, NH) pulled over to check on a stopped vehicle and, upon finding that the driver was in the US illegally, charged him with criminal trespassing and operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. The “undocumented alien” pleaded guilty to both and agreed to report to immigration officials by Friday (we’ll see if that happens).

At any rate, Chief Chamberlain should be awarded a medal for doing his part to enforce the law (which happens to be his job) even when others won’t or can’t. It would be nice if more of our law enforcement officers would participate in this important national security task. Even something simple like misdemeanor charges along the lines of criminal trespass can send a message to the illegals and those who would aid and abet them.

No. It isn’t going to stop them. But it WILL send a message. That cannot be a bad thing.


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Greer to be Honored … Welcome to Fascist America

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 3, 2005

Surfing over at BlogsForTerri this afternoon, I found a post refereincing this article. Apparently Judge Greer, who declined to do his Constitutional duty to intervene and save a life, is going to be honored as “a consistent judge who followed the law”.

Followed the law? Which law would that be? Under the authority of which federal or state law did Judge Greer allow this woman to be put to death? Under the authority of which federal or state law did he refuse to intervene, when called upon to do so, in a case where another judge did the same?

Certainly not the Fifth Amendment. In order to legally deprive this person of her life, due process of law would have included having Mrs. Schiavo face trial for a capital offense, found guilty by a jury, and sentenced to death by the same. When did all this happen? This woman was forced to dehydrate to death on March 31. I still haven’t seen a story anywhere outlining what exactly her crime was, or exactly what the jurors had to say about the merits of the case. In fact, I haven’t heard anything about a victim’s body being found in the case or a weapon or even a motive for the crime she allegedly committed. The first and most important right granted by God and guaranteed by the Constitution is the right to life. Without life, no other rights can be asserted.

His professionalism and integrity was punctuated by the way he handled the Schiavo case, said Alan Scott Miller, a New Port Richey lawyer and member of the West Pasco Bar Association.

Disregarding or defying the constitution and state laws protecting people’s basic right to live is neither professional nor deserving of the word integrity. This man is a snake and should be impeached.

“He’s getting this award for all of his contributions on the bench, not just the Schiavo case,” Miller said. “It’s like a lifetime achievement award for an actor.”

Who was it that made the case for “moral bank accounts”? You know, a guy is married 50 years and is an otherwise good husband and father and has a one-night fling on a business trip … forgive the guy on the basis of all the good he has done in the rest of his married life? Hitler was an awesome artist, but with all the horrible things he did … don’t forgive him because of the magnitude of the horrible things he did?

No matter how hard I try, I cannot see how being a murderous judicial tyrant can be offset by anything positive this jackweed may have done. His handling of the Schiavo case is reason enough to seek his immediate impeachment. He can shove his award up his ass.

I don’t think anyone could ever say his decisions were unlawful,” said Joan Nelson Hook, president of the West Pasco Bar Association. “They were very thoughtful. His decisions were meticulous.

“We admired his ability to sustain the pressure not to follow the law. … I think that shows his character.”

I can and do say his decisions in the Schiavo case were unlawful. In fact, I am calling (hopefully pretty loudly) for his immediate impeachment for his failure to follow and uphold applicable law, pursuant to:

The Constitution of the United States, Amendment V: “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;”,

The Florida Constitution, Article 1, section 2: “All natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law and have inalienable rights, among which are the right to enjoy and defend life and liberty … No person shall be deprived of any right because of race, religion, national origin, or physical disability.”

The Florida Constitution, Article 1, section 9: “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law …”

Steve Doran, association president-elect, echoed Hook’s thoughts on Greer’s handling of the Schiavo case.

“His decisions in that unfortunate case withstood the test of every appellate court in the country,” Doran said. “Those who are criticizing him are not seeing the big picture.”

What am I missing, Mr. Doran? It seems to me you may actually be the one missing the “big picture”. How about you take a moment to read this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

This is the driving philosophy behind American government, not your mamby-pamby anti-life agenda. Judges are part of the government, in case you hadn’t noticed. And they have only those powers that are granted by the people. Nothing in the US Constitution or the Florida Constitution gives this or any judge the authority to put an innocent woman to death. So what is it I’m missing from the so-called “big picture”? Hmm???

If you people want to give this sicko an award, go right ahead. I won’t be party to it. Sadly, I doubt anyone will be paying much attention to my calls for this tyrant’s impeachment.


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