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Hawkins Defends the Rich

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 31, 2006

John Hawkins has done an excellent job showing and dismantling the liberal idea that rich people are evil simply because they are rich. There isn’t much to add to it. It’s right on.

RWR

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No News Today

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 30, 2006

A new Treasury Secretary? Not news. “Revolving doors” in the cabinet has been going on for months.

Harry Reid has ethics problems? Not news. He’s a politician after all.

Gore warns of the “end of civilization”? Please. We’ve been hearing that blithering idiot’s doom-and-gloom bullshit longer than I’ve been politically aware. Not news.

So, there’s nothing really to blog about except the awesome gig this past weekend. I’ll try to put that one out later on tonight.

In the meantime, check out the New Federalism in the left sidebar. It’s an important guide to what we Americans SHOULD be looking for in those we elect. Also, click an ad or two. Even we part-time bloggers have to eat.

RWR

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Memorial Day

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 28, 2006

Delftsman has said it better than any could.

I regret that loss of meaning. This is supposed to be a day of reflection, a day of honoring those that died in the defense of everything we hold dear; a day to realize that freedom isn’t free and that we are blessed that so many brave patriots in the past were willing to pay that ultimate price so that we may feel secure in our land.

Why is it that a foreign-born American has more of a clue than many of those born here? Too many people take this country for granted.

RWR

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CNN Lies – Big Surprise

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 27, 2006

This is sooo MSM.

CNN would like everyone to believe that there’s widespread support for Iran in the Middle East, so they take a speech and make up their own translation. Omar sets us straight.

These idiots will stop at nothing to bring down the US and American freedom. They undermine the war effort, support Kyoto and the UN, apologize for terrorists, aid and abet our enemies in China, Iran, France, and Mexico, encourage people to break our laws while interfering with those who enforce them … This list goes on and on.

The Hate America crowd is absolutely NUTS.

They can go fuck themselves.

RWR

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Consider this …

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 27, 2006

I’d LOVE to see this in Mexico City.

RWR

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RWRoll Call:Senate

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 26, 2006

Hawkins linked the roll call earlier.

Here’s how the Senate voted on legalizing lawbreaking:

YEAs —62
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Chafee (R-RI)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Craig (R-ID)
Dayton (D-MN)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Frist (R-TN)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs —36
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bond (R-MO)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Burr (R-NC)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lott (R-MS)
Nelson (D-NE)
Roberts (R-KS)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Sununu (R-NH)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)

Not Voting – 2

Take this into account next time you vote. I can honestly say I did not vote for either of my idiot Senators, so I don’t have to change a thing.

RWR

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Allergies Suck

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 26, 2006

Worse than liberals, and I mean it.

Seasonal allergies … ACK! First real opportunity for a good night’s sleep and what happens? The damned allergies wake me up at 3 am, and here I am nearly an hour later still fighting off a sneezing fit. My sinuses and ears are in pain, and there isn’t an open pharmacy anywhere at this hour in this part of suburbia. Not that anything really works …

Oh well …

Things aren’t slowing down any at the school, but I hope to see an opportunity for a “real” post over the long weekend. Hang in there!

RWR

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Patience

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 24, 2006

Yes. That’s what I hope you have if you’ve been trying to read around here. Recruitment season has commenced at the school, and there’s a lot to do.

Along with that, of course, is the new music project. It’s going really well, and we have a show this Saturday “down the shore”. Next show isn’t for two weeks, but I don’t see us sitting around much between now and then. We have a lot of work to do to improve upon the last show we did with that group. When you come out of the chute with a great performance, you raise people’s expectations of you, and you have to meet a higher standard.

Of course, down the road, that higher standard usually translates into bigger bucks. Ain’t America great?

RWR

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What a Riot

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 23, 2006

Made some great music earlier this evening.

Later on, while enjoying a relaxing drive and reflecting on just how well the new project has done (and wondering what ever possessed me to go on that silly weekend tour), I get a call from one of the bandleaders from that band. I just let it ring. I figured I had enough headaches over the weekend.

When the voicemail came up, I gave it a listen. It was something along the lines of Hey Rocker, we won’t be needing you for any more dates. Give me a call if you have a problem with that

All I could do was laugh. Not just because I was essentially being kicked out of a band I wasn’t even in, but I just got this hilarious visual of him sitting by his phone waiting for me to call him back to discuss the “problem” I would have with not being asked to play with them. Some people need to get over themselves.

Anyway, the new project is soaring. We haven’t even existed eight weeks, and we made as much on our first performance as a group as we did in five shows before. We got more bookings out of that show. Making more money and not working as hard – That’s real upward mobility, folks, and it’s what America is all about. Just imagine what’s going to be happening once we’re actually ESTABLISHED.

America – the greatest gift God ever gave mankind.

RWR

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Yikes!

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 21, 2006

I just watched in horror as the stein I had gotten as a gift about 15 years ago toppled off of the stool I had put it on. it was my favorite in my collection of about 7 special beer containers.

I visited the company’s website, and didn’t see anything that resembled it.

Anyway, the weekend tour was bull. The money was better than before, but the other headaches were all still there in full force. I will definitely think twice about doing much with that band again.

Meanwhile, I’ll be mourning my Rastal…

Hopefully I can put something up tomorrow. I do expect some great things to happen by around 8 or 9 pm …

And maybe even a post during the day. Stay tuned. I guess you never know.

RWR

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Glen is “Wide Awake”

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 19, 2006

What a great find. Glen at The Wide Awakes has posted a document that was siezed in a raid in Iraq. It gives a terrorist’s perspective on the status of the war, and who is winning it.

RWR

Update 2:30: Busy weekend tour starts today. Hopefuly I’ll be able to post a little over the weekend, but Monday afternoon is still the most realistic opportunity. In the meantime, read some of the older posts, especially those on the New FedeRWRalism, and be sure to click on some of the ads (I need to eat). – RWR

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Not Feeling Up To It

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 17, 2006

Not sick, just on the “blah” side. Disinterested in just about everything. Maybe it’s the end of the school year coming? Maybe it’s the upcoming weekend with the former band (ick)?

Nonetheless, I’m not really “feeling it” for much of anything, and that includes reading and writing blogs. My lawn is eight inches high … Maybe I should do something about that … eh.

RWR

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Hawkins has some Questions

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 16, 2006

Wow … I go quiet for a few days and all hell breaks loose. The President gives a speech (which I have yet to read), and the blogosphere seems to be all over it. Of course, one of my favorites is always John Hawkins, and he has posed a few questions that he doesn’t seem to be getting answers to. Of course, I’m up to the task of answering them …

Questions Not Answered By Bush’s Illegal Immigration Speech

Sometimes a speech can be important not just for what it says, but for what it doesn’t say. For example, Bush’s speech last night made no effort to address many of the thorniest issues surrounding illegal immigration.

Perhaps that’s understandable. After all, you can’t hit every high spot in an under twenty minute speech. However, there are a lot of very important questions that no one in the Bush Administration, no one in the Senate, and no pro-illegal pundit seems to be able to deal with in a straightforward and honest manner.

I’m not in the Bush Administration, the Senate, or the pro-illegal camp, but I’m an American, and I’m glad to take on these questions even if they won’t.

Consider these questions….

— If a guest worker/amnesty program is really worth doing, why does it have to be coupled with border enforcement, which almost everyone at least claims to support, in order to get passed? If it really represents what the majority of Americans want, as the pro-illegal crowd likes to claim, why can’t an “earned legalization”/guest worker bill stand on its own merits?

An “earned legalization” program would certainly stand on its own merits. It’s how most of our ancestors got here in the first place.

— According to some estimates, the Senate bill will increase the number of legal immigrants coming into the United States by 400-1000 percent per year. Why do we need to so dramatically increase the number of legal citizens coming into the United States?

The question shouldn’t be whether we need to, but whether we want to. We definitely don’t need to. Most of the jobs these illegals are holding could easily be filled by Americans in the entry-level market, incuding many people who are currently on welfare because they say they can’t find work. As to whether we want to, if we can streamline the process and only allow immigrants who are truly immigrants (desiring assimilation) and not just visitors looking for a paycheck into our to immigrate, then I’m all for it. These people waving Che signs have no place in American culture, as they advocate taking over a large portion of the country and claiming it in the name of Mexico or “Aztlan”, which is clearly an act of war.

— If we actually add a staggering and completely unprecedented 100 million plus legal immigrants to the United States over the next twenty years, which is something the Senate bill currently appears to do, what makes us think that we’ll be able to assimilate them all? What makes us think that we’ll be able to change them instead of their changing us?

In my opinion, if they are truly interested in assimilation, then there shouldn’t be a problem with their taking responsibility for their own assimilation. The problem then becomes how to know who is “for real” and who isn’t – and that may be too difficult a problem to solve.

— How can it be said that the illegals currently in the United States are truly going to the, “back of the line,” if they’re being allowed to stay here while they wait to be made citizens?

Realistically, it can’t.

— If illegal aliens are rewarded for breaking our laws, aren’t we just encouraging even more people to break the law in hopes of getting in on the next amnesty?

Yes. That’s exactly what they’re doing.

— If we don’t have the will to punish the illegals who are already here, why should anyone believe that we’re going to have the will to punish illegals in the future, particularly since we’ve already had a “one-time” amnesty back in 1986?

We shouldn’t.

Moreover, wouldn’t the politicians be even less willing to deport illegals in the future if we allow the 12 million illegals that are already here (along with their extended families) to become citizens?

If the politicians perceive themselves as relying upon these people for votes, then this is exactly what would happen.

— The Senate plan hands out amnesty to illegals based on how long they’ve been in the US. But, we’re talking about people who snuck into the country, they use fake documentation, and we don’t even have a reliable way to know their real names. So, how in the world can we really verify how long these illegal aliens have been in the US?

We can’t – not in the real world.

— Almost everyone acknowledges that the majority of illegal immigrants are coming here to get jobs. So, if we seriously crack down on employers of illegals (which is something the President claims he wants to do), why wouldn’t the majority of illegals self-deport after the jobs dry up?

The majority of them probably would. Of course you’d also have every liberal who can get media access calling Americans “cruel” for doing this.

— Even if we do a guest worker program, wouldn’t it make much more sense to have it made up of people who respect our laws and didn’t come to this country illegally? Wouldn’t that reward foreigners who have respected our laws and take them seriously?

Yup and yup.

— George Bush has been a do-nothing President on border security for his entire tenure, even though after 9/11, he knew leaving the border unguarded entailed huge security risks. So, why should anyone take him at his word now when he says he will secure the border and increase enforcement?

They shouldn’t.

Folks, George Bush and a lot of the Republicans in the Senate are pursuing a bill that could cost us the House in 2006, the presidency in 2008 — that has the potential to demographically destroy the GOP — and that could even dramatically and permanently change the character of this nation for the worse if we’re overwhelmed by 100 million plus, poor, uneducated foreigners over the next 20 years — and that’s not hyperbole or exaggeration.

Yet, the people who are most strongly behind this bill can’t even give a sensible answer to many of the most basic questions about it that I posed above. That’s why the brakes need to be applied on this bill…and fast.

I’m not so worried about the “character of this nation” if that means people from more diverse cultures being assimilated into our culture. That’s largely what the “melting pot” is all about. I do worry, however, about the hijacking of our culture from within by people who have neither desire nor intention of actually assimilating.

That’s why the real solution is to resolve to simply enforce existing laws, and follow through. If we need a wall to keep the illegals out, then so be it. If we need to crack down on those hiring them, then so be it. It’s already against our laws to enter the country without following the proper process, and it’s already illegal to hire illegal aliens.

How about THAT for a solution?

RWR

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 14, 2006

Sunda … a day of rest? HA!

A major highway that I needed to get home from the gig last night was CLOSED!

Using the back roads took FOREVER. I think my head finally hit the pillow at like 6 am. Then the dog had me up at 10, and I never made it back to sleep.

I did spend some time with my mother, and my dad was there and my brother and his family. Had a rehearsal with another new group this afternoon – one with a hit, but mostly new people now, ya know, trying for the comeback. Heck, if it’s bucks in my pocket, I’m all for it.

Now to organize the weekend’s work and prepare for this week’s tasks. Hopefully I’ll be in bed soon.

G’night.

RWR

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Thanks for Keeping Things Alive

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 12, 2006

This has truly been a hectic week, and the weekend isn’t shaping up to be any better. Hopefully I’ll be able to put something up some time Monday.

In the meantime, I noticed I haven’t had much of a drop in traffic during this time, so it’s good to know folks like it here enough to come by even though I put up a “vacation post”. I do watch my traffic, but only because I find it interesting … all those statistics you know …

Oh, and I can’t answer any “Ask Rocker” questions if no one asks any. Hint. Hint.

Thanks for keeping the RWRepublic alive.

RWR

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What Can I say but WOW

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 8, 2006

When I left the band I was playing with back in March, I knew things would be awesome with the new project some of us had planned. I had no clue.

Back when I started with this band, I guess I was just happy to be “gigging” again. The $$ wasn’t very good – three digits was considered “good money”. I was learning a bunch of tunes that I hadn’t played before, so things were always “new”.

Months later, the money hadn’t gotten any better, and despite the best efforts of some of the musicians, the same tunes were still on every show. Not even much in the way of quality from a production standpoint. This was really getting old – and fast.

Thinking back, it took over three years for a tech job with a tribute band to get that old. As a musician, I just knew I had to be worth more than this. In the band, there was one with considerably more experience and plenty of “celebrity” who agreed.

He and I set about the business of putting together our own project (can’t even really call it a “band”), and when the situation finally came around, we made our break. The tribute band took me back while we worked to get things started, but tonight, I’m declaring the new project a success. The first gig is coming up this Saturday (for money our old band only DREAMS of), and the interest we’ve had from potential clients has been absolutely STAGGERING. Plain old three digits is now considered “minimum wage”, and there’s talk of getting a LOT more.

Big-time celebrity performers (some with a GRAMMY or more) have expressed interest, and I’m wondering how I’m managing it all. I mean if you told me five years ago that I’d be performing on the remix of one of the most popular tunes of ALL TIME, I’d have told you you were nuts, yet that’s exactly what I’m being told now. If you told me a year ago when I got back into performing that in a year I’d be talking about making TEN TIMES what I was making with that band, I’d have told you you were NUTS … yet, again, that’s what some potential clients are talking about BEFORE even having to negotiate (yeah like Im going to negotiate with THAT offer …).

It’s an awful lot to digest at this point in my life (late 30’s … kids … tenured teacher …), but I’ve never been so excited about a GIG.

RWR

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Expect a Slow Week

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 8, 2006

I’ll be quite busy this week. Gig Saturday with a band we’ve never played with before – and a last-minute booking at that. School will be hectic as well, most likely, at least until Wednesday.

In the meantime, I’m really curious as to what exactly would be “new” in this letter from Mr. AhmaNutJob to President Bush, which supposedly proposes a “new solution” to tensions between the two nations.

I doubt it’s anything of substance, though. If he decides he’s going to lay off the threats on Israel, which I seriously doubt he’d even consider, I might take a look at the rest of it, but if peace with Iran’s neighbors and withdrawal of support for terrorists isn’t on the table, then the rest of the letter is just a wash, as far as I’m concerned.

I’ll try to get something up at some point. Please hang in there.

RWR

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Blogging Activities Cancelled

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 7, 2006

… for the weekend. The storms that were predicted in the weather forecasts did not make their way to this area. Nothing but sun and blue skies all weekend.

I’ll be watching a ballgame or two, and strongly recommend anyone with this kind of weather doing the same. What are you doing in front of that silly computer? Get a life already!

RWR

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Another Drunken Kennedy Car Wreck

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 5, 2006

This just in from Drudge:

KENNEDY CAR CRASH COVER-UP?
Thu May 04 2006 17:12:05 ET

Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

ROLL CALL reports: According to a letter sent by Officer Greg Baird, acting chairman of the USCP FOP, the wreck took place at approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday when Kennedy’s car, operating with its running lights turned off, narrowly missed colliding with a Capitol Police cruiser and smashed into a security barricade at First and C streets Southeast.

“The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering,” Baird’s letter states. Officers approached the driver, who “declared to them he was a Congressman and was late to a vote. The House had adjourned nearly three hours before this incident. It was Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy from Rhode Island.”

Baird wrote that Capitol Police Patrol Division units, who are trained in driving under the influence cases, were not allowed to perform basic field sobriety tests on the Congressman. Instead, two sergeants, who also responded to the accident, proceeded to confer with the Capitol Police watch commander on duty and then “ordered all of the Patrol Division Units to leave the scene and that they were taking over.

A source tells the DRUDGE REPORT: “It was apparent that the driver was intoxicated (stumbling) and claimed he was in a hurry to make a vote.

“When it became apparent who it was, instead of processing a normal DWI, the watch commander had the Patrol units clear the scene. The commander allowed other building officials drive Kennedy home.”

This morning’s incident comes just over two weeks after Kennedy was involved in a car accident in Rhode Island.

“I was involved in a traffic accident last night at First and C Street SE near the U.S. Capitol,” Kennedy said in a written statement released by his office. “I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake.”

Developing…

My question is this …

What is it with politicians named “Kennedy” and drunken car wrecks??

RWR

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This is a Hoot

Posted by RightWingRocker on May 3, 2006

I got a little chuckle today when I saw this article from just a week ago over at Watching America. Here’s an interesting quote (my emphasis):

Journalist Luis Costa Ribas, who for 22 years was a TV correspondent for SIC [Independent Society of Communication] in the United States, considers the series “to be realistic in terms of the American landscape.” In his opinion, this is due to the acceptance of women by “institutions,” and the series underscores the fact that the American president is the supreme commander of the armed forces – as in Commander in Chief, the original title of the series. Ribas says “a television series will not change the mentality of a country of 300 million people,” but “the fact that it’s on the air and garnering success reflects the open mind” of American society.

Garnering success, eh?

Check this out:

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) — ABC TV has put an abrupt term limit on its freshman drama, “Commander in Chief.”

The network Tuesday announced it was pulling the Geena Davis series for the rest of May sweeps and running the newsmagazine “Primetime” in its 10 p.m. Thursday slot for the final three weeks of the season, Zap2it.com reported.

Yeah, the show’s garnering lots of success, indeed.

I’m not saying American society isn’t open-minded enough to have a woman as President. The strong push we’re getting from many conservatives to have Condi Rice run is clear evidence that we are. I just found it interesting that a show so obviously meant to glorify Hitlery fell flat on its face less than a week after the talking heads in the media were praising its successes, ostensibly to show that we should all run out to vote for that nasty commie-socialist bitch at the very next opportunity.

In that regard, I’m glad the show flopped. You should be, too.

RWR

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