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Touring and Fatigue

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 28, 2006

It’s time to come to grips with a very simple fact – the Rocker is tired.

The new project is happening slowly but surely, and I’ve returned to the service of a project I was involved with before as a guitar technician. This has been an exceptionally busy week, with the weather also affecting things.

I know there’s been stuff to write about, and stuff not to write about, but I still haven’t recovered from the end of the school year and there is much to do around the house in between shows and show prep.

Please forgive this stretch of down time. Anyone who knows me knows I won’t be silent for long. Maybe something will happen to bring about a rant that will have Ol’ BC standing at attention.

There are other, more blog-related things I’m working on as well. Townhall is talking about something really special happening on or around the 4th, and I’d really like to see what comes of it. They’ve said some things that will have me quite curious around that time. Definitely keep an eye on TownHall.com!

RWR

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A Little Linky Love for RantingFox

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 24, 2006

XR Ranting Fox has put up a “meandering thought” today that just puts the attitude of the true conservative into perspective:

There is lots of bad, but the good thats left should be fought for and protected. Even when its hard work and looks like a losing battle. Hope even when things look their darkest, we have hope.

Thanks for the words of wisdom, Alli!

RWR

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Sheehag Goes on Hunger Strike

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 22, 2006

This is rich. Count on Mr. Minority to find the funniest thing to put up on a blog.

I agree … Let’s set up a barbecue and hang out with burgers and franks right by where she’s “striking” – maybe have a little carnival – all proceeds sent to Sean Hannity’s Freedom Alliance.

Mr. M. is onto something!

RWR

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Free

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 20, 2006

Finally, the school year has ended.

This was in many ways a particularly stressful year, but in others quite pleasant.

I’m probably going to take a short break before I hit the blog with my usual vigor. Give me a few days … Say by Thursday or Friday we can have something up of worth? I antipate it will be sooner, though.

Of course the weather here is gorgeous!

RWR

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Making Preparations

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 16, 2006

Well, it’s June.

The dark days of the Iraqi civil war are nigh. It’s time to start preparing for the worst. There’s absolutely going to be no way in hell we can keep our troops there once war breaks out sometime between now and August 19. It’ll be a moment of disgrace for America and there just won’t be any way liberals both in the media and out of it can be blamed.

We all must be prepared to be ashamed of ourselves and our leaders for the way this war has been handled. The coming civil war in Iraq can only spell trouble for Americans at home and abroad. Nothing good can come of it.

Last August, I told Freder_Frederson over at RWN that even if a civil war would take place in Iraq, it couldn’t possibly happen that quickly. Now with the war looming I live in complete fear for our soldiers in Iraq. I even went out on a limb and said it wouldn’t.

Hardee har har har. Hopefully I can get together the things I want to for the Iraq Civil War edition of RightWingRocker.com. Armybryan will be keping up with all the intel reports and putting us in touch with a soldier or two on the ground. I’m also working on a couple of other things that could be pretty big if they work out.

For more information on what the hell I’m talking about, go here and here. Then make sure you get around here the 19th or soon thereafter (I’ll be in DC on the actual 19th for a show so I may have to post the next day or the day before). We’ll have us a little right-wing love-in to support the troops and all they do!

Let’s make it a great day of celebration.

RWR

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Allen on Illegal Aliens

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 14, 2006

Americans of all stripes should get behind Senator Allen on the subject of immigration and illegal aliens. The only shortcomng in his position is that he does not invoke his constitutional duty to secure and defend the borders as a Senator through the making of appropriate law. Some things that Allen stood up for would have best been solved through other means (like keeping illegals off of Socialist Security by simply doin away with the failed Socialist Security system), but these things were themselves not what was being debated, so his position to disqualify those in the country illegally from receiving those benefits is correct. Dismantling Socialist Security is a debate for another day.

Immigration
Securing Our Borders

I have long said that legal immigration has been and continues to be part of the fabric and lifeblood of our nation; my own mother legally immigrated to America after World War II. Unfortunately, illegal immigration is one of the biggest problems affecting our country today and it is undermining our economic and physical security.

First and foremost, I believe we need to secure our borders. We need more border agents and detention centers along the border and we ought to be using technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles and sensors to help with surveillance. Secondly, we must not reward illegal behavior because it will only encourage more illegal behavior. Thirdly, I believe that we must have a workable, legal and temporary worker program for seasonal and technology workers when entrepreneurs cannot find Americans to apply for job openings.

The only problem I have with Senator Allen’s position is that he refers to these people as “immigrants”. By definition, these people are not immigrants. They are aliens, and their practice is not immigration, it’s “presence”, “entry”, or “crossing”. Other than that, Allen is spot-on. Here are a few other quotes on the matter:

A country that can not control its border can not control its own destiny. – May 15, 2006

As I’ve advocated and voted in the past, we need more border security personnel, detention facilities, actual and virtual fences to stop the flow of unaccountable, illegal entry into our country. – May 15, 2006

President Bush is right to focus on better securing our border. However, that does not mean that the government should reward illegal behavior with amnesty. – May 15, 2006

We are a nation of laws and no one who breaks them should be rewarded with citizenship to this great country. – May 17, 2006

My mother came to this country legally after World War II from Tunisia. I personally realize that America is a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation of laws and should remain both. – May 17, 2006

If anyone who is here illegally desires the benefits of citizenship they should become citizens legally not through amnesty. – May 19, 2006

Mr. Allen’s positions are all derived from this basic philosophy:

First, I believe the American people deserve borders that are secure… Second, we should not reward illegal behavior. If the U.S. government rewards illegal behavior with amnesty, we’ll get more illegal behavior.

It’s all spot on.

In the recent debate on the Senate illegal alien entry bill, Senator Allen supported the following:

– Increasing the mileage of permanent fencing and barriers;
– Prohibiting felons and those convicted of 3 misdemeanors and illegal immigrants who overstay deportation orders from gaining legal citizenship;
– Protecting American workers by requiring the Department of Labor to attest that no American is able to take a job before a “guest worker” is eligible for a green card;
– Establishing English as national language of the United States;
– Improving integrity of Social Security by ensuring that illegal immigrants don’t receive Social Security benefits for work done while they were illegal;
– Codifying President Bush’s call for National Guardsmen to backup Border Patrol surveillance and operations.

Securing the borders and protecting people’s Second Amendment rights should be any candidate’s first priorities today, possibly behind fighting the terrorists. Without these two three items, there really aren’t any other rights to speak of. That’s why, despite the fact that we may have to remind and persuade Senator Allen of his responsibility to the Constitution, he’s by far the best candidate I’ve seen for the presidency this time around. Don’t forget what happens when the opposition gets elected.

RWR

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Blackspeak – What an Idiot

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 13, 2006

John Hawkins has an interesting (well, boring) troll over at his blog. I just found something from him (he calls himself “blackspeak”) on a post that brought to light the left’s hysterical reaction to the death of ZarQUEERi, whose death cannot be ruled a bad thing by any reasonable standard.

Reeking with his usual fetid stench of hypocrisy, on 6/8 Bush crowed:

“Zarqawi personally beheaded American hostages and other civilians in Iraq. Now Zarqawi has met his end and this violent man will never murder again.”

George Bush may have little interest in studying the complexities of humanity or the world, but he ranks as one of the foremost aficionados of murder and revenge. As governor of Texas, he presided over 36 of the 98 executions perpetrated by the entire United States in 1999. He demonstrated the depths of his sadistic depravity when he openly mocked Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman Texas had executed since the Civil War.

First of all, Blackspeak, everything in the statement you just quoted is absolutely TRUE. “AZ” DID personally cut off the heads of Americans and civilians – and with a knife and no anasthetic while his victims were wide awake and being videotaped. He has met his end (thanks to President Bush, the D.o.D., and the USAF), and he will never murder again.

Personally, I’m not finished avenging the deaths of those Zarqawi’s friends killed at Ground Zero and the Pentagon. I’m not finished avenging the death of my former student, and others like him, who was killed by Zarqawi and his goons. I’m not finished avenging the deaths of my countrymen whom Zarqawi and his people killed for taking on the dangerous task of helping those escaping terrorist regimes succeed in creating for themselves a better life. I guess wanting revenge against a ruthless murderer like AZ makes me an aficionado of murder and revenge. Oh well.

More of America’s violent criminals should be put to death. I wish Mr. Bush would have presided over more executions, but you and your moonbat friends have succeeded in disrespecting the rights of the victims to the point where the rights of the perpetrators seem to take precedent.

The rights of the victim mean nothing to you. You don’t seem to mind at all when countless innocent American children lose their lives every day to abortions, but God forbid we put to death a ruthless criminal like Karla Faye Tucker, who openly bragged about the “multiple orgasms” she experienced during the commission of her crimes. Many people on my side of the aisle supported clemency for her, and I respect that, but I would probably do the same thing. As for Danny Garrett and James Leibrant, neither was available for comment on this post.

In further remarks concerning Zarqawi’s death, Bush stated:

“The ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders. Zarqawi’s death is a severe blow to al Qaeda.”

Let’s take a moment to dissect the propaganda.

Note how Bush characterized terror as an ideology rather than a coercive means of achieving political change. Portraying terror as a sociopolitical system proliferated by adherents dedicated to usurping Capitalism and “democracy”, America’s sacred cows, keeps many Americans sold on a perpetual war.

Terrorism is an ideology. The only political change it seeks to achieve is the elimination of everyone in the world who will not succumb to its demands, including you, Blackspeak. Capitalism and democracy are America’s sacred cows for a reason – they are responsible for our prosperity and success as a nation. The only reason we are involved in a seemingly perpetual war is that there is no indication that the terrorists have any intention of stopping their shenanigans. None of that is propaganda. Not a word of it.

With the “threat” of the spread of Communism (a true ideology) virtually extinguished, the Machiavellian leaders of the United States crafted a “new and improved” amorphous and ubiquitous enemy. Virtually anyone opposing their ideologies of Capitalism, Fascism, and Zionism are cast as “terrorists”.

by blackspeak on 2006-06-13 09:37:40

The threat of communism was and is very real, Blackspeak. It’s as real today as it was in 1980 when President Reagan took the lead in beating the biggest communist menace we had at the time ever faced. Today, Communism is alive and well here in the United States, but a more sinister enemy has reared his ugly head. Our fight against Socialism and Communism has had to take the back seat to our fight against Terrorism.

The leaders in the US are right to defend Capitalism, as it is largely responsible for the prosperity even the poorest Americans enjoy today. There’s nothing wrong with supporting a government with the same governing philosophy as your own, so bitch about supporting Israel if you want, but they’re the only country in the Middle East that has its own fully-independent democratic system.

Our leaders are NOT fascists. Their acknowledgement that there will never be perpetual peace, that life must be respected, and that Socialism sucks are the only ways that they are similar.

Fascists also believe the following: Capitalism sucks, democracy sucks, the interests of the government overrule the rights of the individual, freedom is useless and potentially harmful, the state should determine what rights you and I should have. That sonds like part of a dissertation from one Dr. Howard Dean.

Sorry Blackspeak. You’ve been beaten again.

RWR

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Fidel Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 12, 2006

John Hawkins had this one in his daily news today. Time for a little “fiskamundo”.

Castro: Al-Zarqawi Killing a ‘Barbarity’

By Associated Press

June 10, 2006, 10:51 PM EDT

HAVANA — President Fidel Castro called the U.S. airstrike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a “barbarity,” saying he should have been put on trial.

Feeling a little nervous there, Fido?

The United States acted as “judge and jury” against the leader of the al-Qaida in Iraq, Castro said late Friday.

Yes … and???

“They bragged, they were practically drunk with happiness.”

Yes … and???

“The accused cannot just be eliminated,” he told a literacy conference. “This barbarity cannot be done.”

Hmm … looks like we just did. Care to make something of it, Mr. Castro?

The U.S. military has said al-Zarqawi initially survived the dropping of two 500-pound bombs on his hide-out Wednesday, but died a short time later.

Initially survived? Hmm … we must be losing our touch. Of course, why not let the bastard suffer a little like those people whose heads he sawed off on TV? Seems like a bit of poetic justice to me.

Castro said if Cuba used the same logic, it could bomb the United States to kill its No. 1 enemy, Luis Posada Carriles, who is being held in El Paso, Texas on immigration charges.

Now THAT’s rich. Cuba could bomb the US. Well, of course it could. Then again, I’m not sure ol’ Fido would be satisfied with the outcome.

The communist government accuses the Cuban-born Posada of masterminding numerous violent attacks against the island, including the bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people in 1976. Posada denies involvement in the bombing of the plane.

I have no idea why this was incuded in the article. This criminal has, to the best of my knowledge, nothing to do with Zarqawi or why we blew his sorry ass into oblivion. As far as what he’s accused of by Cuba, isn’t it convenient Mr. Castro suddenly gives a flying fuck about Cubans being killed?

I say we kill all of the terrorists, including Fido Castro.

RWR

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The Old Sage on American Education

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 11, 2006

When I came to my Blogger account today to set up for my next George Allen post, I saw that there had been an update over at Rocker and Sage. Expecting yet another commercial for the Libertarian Party from my good friend, I headed over to check it out.

Instead, I saw a very well-researched post on the state of education today, and why things are the way they are. It was quite enlightening, and made a lot of sense.

I strongly urge everyone to go over and read it. Leave a comment if you would to let us know you were there. We don’t track the traffic at that site so the only way we have of knowing is by looking at the comments. Get your friends to read it, too. This is one of Sage’s best posts ever, and by far one of the most relevant.

I’ll work on the Allen thing and try to get it up tomorrow.

RWR

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Busy Weekend Ahead

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 9, 2006

I’ll be spending a good portion of my weekend touring out of state. Not far out of state, mind you, but I’ll be out of state enough to most likely not be able to even think about blogging until at least Sunday (most likely I’ll do the next George Allen post then), and then there’s another week and a half of school. By the end of the month, I should be free to blog at will for most, if not all, of the summer.

In the meantime, another round of congratulations and thanks for the President, the D.o.D., the troops, and everyone that had a hand in making my last post possible.

Rock On!

RWR

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KABOOM Yet Again

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 8, 2006

I saved this post for the afternoon to give Eric Gregg some well-deserved time at the top of the blog.

Zarqawi. Dead. A small victory in a large war. Congratulations to our armed forces and the D.o.D. Martyrdom? Eh. I say martyr schmartyr. A dead terrorist is a good terrorist. Now on to the rest of them.

RWR

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In Memoriam: Eric Gregg

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 8, 2006


Eric Gregg
1951-2006

One of baseball’s greatest men, Eric Gregg, has passed.

Eric, may your spirit enjoy the benefits of heaven, and may your family and fans always remember you as the great man that you were.

RWR

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NOW we’re Talking!

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 7, 2006

Adults only on this one … but it’s definitely good news!

More on Senator Allen to come!

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Allen on Energy, Environment, Guns, and Security

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 5, 2006

In today’s look at Senator George Allen, I’ll be looking at his platforms on energy, environment, guns, and security.

Energy
Making America More Energy Independent

I believe it is imperative that America becomes less dependent on foreign sources of energy. In the Senate, we recently passed an energy bill which will benefit national security, jobs and competitiveness. This legislation will take advantage of the fact that America is the Saudi Arabia of coal by advancing clean coal technologies as well as advancing nuclear technology development. We must also look to 21st century innovations in biofuels, flexible fuel vehicles and solar photovoltaics to increase our energy independence.

In addition, I believe we should be exploring for oil and natural gas on the barren north slope of Alaska (ANWR). Alaskans from all walks of life support this exploration and understand it can be done in an environmentally sound way and that it would result in jobs and revenues. For America, it would mean energy security, lower natural gas and gasoline prices, jobs and economic competitiveness. And we could do it all without even harming a single mosquito.

Increasing America’s energy independence will help reduce the soaring prices at the gas pump and make our nation more secure by lessening our dependence on energy from unstable and hostile dictators around the world.

All very important things that absolutely MUST be done in order for the United States to successfully make it with today’s energy needs. Also, we should be drilling in Colorado, where there’s been a recent find which contains more oil than the entire Middle East. But why must this be done by the government? Why must the government be involved at all? Why not sell those government-owned resources to private industry, who would do a much better job, and get the government out of the energy business altogether??

The answer to my questions is a simple one: The US government, having disregarded its constitutional limitations for so long that those involved have become accustomed to having this power and will refuse to the utter death to let it go. We Americans must put their feet to the fire and force them to obey the law if it is going to happen.

Environment
Encouraging the Responsible Use of Our Lands

As one who loves being outdoors, I have a great appreciation for our natural resources and environment, especially here in Virginia. I believe it is possible to limit government intervention in private land ownership and still encourage responsible management of our lands and resources. In the Senate, I’ve advocated research and development of clean fuel technology to increase competitiveness while protecting the environment. Moreover, federal tax laws cause “sprawl” as forestry and agricultural land is sold to pay federal taxes. Such unfair, undesirable tax laws must be reformed. (my emphasis)

In doing what you have done in the Senate, Mr. Allen, you have violated the limitations placed upon you by the US Constitution. There are no provisions in that document that justify any US government official engaging in any such activity. You have a point in the idea of reforming the tax laws, which also needs to be done, but why are you bragging about breaking the law?

Guns
Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights

As a Governor and a Senator, I have a long and consistent record of supporting the rights of Americans to protect their families and themselves. I will remain committed to protecting our Second Amendment rights, including that of law-abiding citizens to own firearms. In the Senate, I voted against renewal of the toothless, cosmetic “Assault Weapons Ban” because facts have demonstrated that it has not reduced crime, but became a platform for taking away additional gun rights with more imagery. In addition, I have co-sponsored legislation to repeal the unconstitutional D.C. gun ban and an additional bill to allow pilots in the cockpit to be armed for the defense of the aircraft and their passengers.

So far, this looks like the single best reason to support Mr. Allen. Without this right, Americans cannot defend themselves against criminals of all stripes, including those in the US government. Support of the Second Amendment should be a prerequisite for all those who seek office. In fact, I wish there were a candidate who not only supported the Second Amendment, but all of the other Amendments in the Bill of Rights as well, along with the Constitution itself. Still, it is the Second Amendment that ultimately guarantees the rest of the rights that we so cherish.

Homeland Security
Safer at Home

In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, I have consistently advocated the clear need for better coordination and information sharing between law enforcement and intelligence agencies utilizing technology to assist in analysis and coherent action between federal and State agencies.

I also believe it is imperative that our intelligence community respects the privacy rights of individual citizens while aggressively investigating and prosecuting those who might seek to execute acts of terror in the U.S. and around the world.

So what exactly do you propose, Mr. Allen? It seems that on any number of things, you can come up with an item or two that you have supported in violation of the Constitution, yet you don’t point to a single specific item you have supported in an area where you, as a US Senator, have the clear constitutional authority to act. I gave you kudos on your support of the Second Amendment support, and would love to give the same here.

America needs a good leader. I believe Mr. Allen has what it takes to lead. I challenge him to read what I have written (and what I will write) and stand on the firm ground that is the US Constitution. He has obvious leadership skills, as much of what he has advocated has passed. Perhaps we conservatives could enlighten him to his real responsibility in governing the US, and persuade him to act more within the vision of the Founding Fathers. Given that any other candidate is most likely either a non-story or a socialist, we must work hard to bring Mr. Allen to the constitutional way of thinking. Remember that the first and most important characteristic of a candidate is the ability to win. George Allen is still our best hope.

RWR

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Allen on Agriculture, Budget, Competitiveness, and Education

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 4, 2006

From surfing about George Allen’s Senate website, I’ve found the following policy positions:

Agriculture
Fighting for Virginia’s Agriculture Community

Virginia has a rich agricultural history and our farming families make an outstanding contribution to both our Commonwealth and our nation. In the Senate, I’ve been a strong proponent of a market-based national farm policy that provides adequate income support, allows Virginia producers to compete in domestic and world markets, and provides flexibility in production decisions. (my emphasis)

Most of this is fine, such as the “market-based policy”, but when you get into a “national” policy that “provides income support” for something not provided for in the Constitution, you are working outside the boundaries set for you by that same Constitution. This is, of course, better than other socialist ideas, since they would remove the “market-based” portion of this and replace it with something more of a socialist nature, but this policy violates the Constitution, so I would not support it.

Budget
Restoring Fiscal Accountability

Having served as Governor of Virginia, I know that it is possible to both fund priorities (national defense, homeland security, education, energy, transportation and research) and balance the budget.

Three of the six “priorities” Mr. Allen lists (education, energy, and research) are completely outside the boundaries set forth in the Constitution. It would be easier still to balance the budget if these “priorities” were also eliminated.

I believe that it is vitally important that the President and Congress get control of frivolous spending and work to continue reducing our nation’s deficits.

The best way to do this is to follow the instructions (the Constitution). The reason we have these problems in the first place is the failure to do so by our elected officials.

To increase fiscal accountability, I’ve revived one of Ronald Reagan’s ideas by introducing a Constitutional amendment which will give the President line-item veto authority which is an important tool to cut wasteful government spending.

Good luck … and what good would it do anyway? The only president to have the line-item veto never used it, and the current president refused to veto even the most blatantly unconstitutional bills to come across his desk. Which president would even use the line-item veto? You only used it 17 times as Governor of Virginia. It would probably be needed that many times every day in your tenure as President. Are you prepared to use it that often?

I’ve also introduced a balanced budget requirement which is similar to 49 State requirements.

Good. Don’t expect it to pass – especially in the Senate, where Democrats are Democrats, and Republicans are Democrats.

And I’ve introduced a “paycheck penalty” which will withhold the salaries of members of Congress if appropriations bills are not passed by October 1st. I hope this will avoid having appropriations bills being passed in the dead of night, two or three months late, with un-scrutinized spending add-ons.

This sounds really good, except that what you will get is simply appropriations bills with unscrutinized add-ons passed before October 1st. The real solution is to put legislators’ feet to the fire and insist that the Constitution be obeyed.

Taken together, I believe that my 3-point plan for a line-item veto, a balanced budget amendment, and a paycheck penalty will restore fiscal accountability and common sense to Washington.

Nice plan. In practice, though, unless the Constituton is reinstated as the law of the land, none of it will be relevant anyway.

Competitiveness
Keeping America the World Capital of Innovation

To get us moving forward, I’ve created a Competitiveness Caucus in the Senate. In addition, I’ve co-sponsored The National Innovation Act, which provides tangible action items to increase America’s science and technology talent through grants, scholarships, and training. By implementing the recommendations made by the National Innovation Initiative Report, this bill will go a long way toward meeting America’s long-term need for highly-skilled workers, and preserving our global economic leadership.

How about this for a recommendation, Mr. Allen? Get the government out of it altogether. It worked before all this socialism was brought into our country, and will work again. Why does the solution always seem to have to come from Washington, especially now that it’s been proven that Washington causes more problems than it solves?

Education
Accountability in Our Schools

I want all students to have an equal opportunity to gain the education, knowledge and skills to compete and succeed in leading a fulfilling life. When I was Governor of Virginia, we launched one of the nation’s most innovative academic standards-based reforms. Ten years later, Virginia’s SOL program is clearly successful as students’ academic knowledge in English, math, science, history and economics is stronger and their scores on both State and national tests are improving. In fact, I believe Virginia has one of the very best educational systems in America.

Yet aspects of the federal No Child Left Behind law are confusing parents and undermining the progress of our high academic standards and accountability in Virginia. I’ve introduced the “Flexibility for Champion Schools Act” to ensure that unnecessary federal intrusion does not cause States, such as Virginia, with successful accountability programs in education to have to dumb down their higher academic standards to comply with the one-size-fits-all standards of federal bureaucrats. Successful States should be accorded flexibility in the way that they choose to educate their students without being tied down by federal bureaucrats.

I laughed out loud when I saw that Virginia’s education program was called “SOL”. Around here, SOL means “Shit Outa Luck”, and nothing could be more fitting to describe the situation with regard to America’s education system.

OF COURSE Virginia’s education program was successful. It was done at the STATE LEVEL, where it’s supposed to be done. The reason NCLB is not succeeding as it was intended isn’t that it’s underfunded or confusing. It’s because it’s a mistake in the first place. It’s not the federal government’s place to meddle in state affairs such as education. Instead of introducing your FCSA, repeal NCLB. Successful states should not be forced to dumb down their standards to comply with unconstitutional federal mandates, and unsuccessful states need to find their own way in succeeding, preferrably by modeling the programs of successful states. We do not need an act of Congress to follow the Constituton.

Will conservatives be able to support this man as President? We may have no better choice. The Democrat nominee will undoubtedly be many times worse, and there aren’t any better Republicans available that I know of. Third parties will be out of the question unless the Donks complete their demise by the 2008 election, which is doubtful given the Republicans’ lack of backbone on key issues such as border security. I’d run myself, save for my lack of funds and some crazy things in my past that the RepubliCrats and the media would destroy me over. Still, at some point, we will have to take back the country in the name of the Constitution, or lose it entirely.

I’ll cover the other items on Allen’s platform in future posts. It’s time to do some work around the house.

RWR

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TripleNeck Finds a Gem

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 4, 2006

Yeah, well TripleNeckSteel has been quiet for a while, but he’s still around.

He just sent me this link in an IM about the Clinton Legacy.

I’ll bet our returning communist troll comes up crying with some irrelevant bullshit trying to refute the irrefutable.

But, of course, ain’t that just like the Left?

RWR

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Templates and Side Content

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 3, 2006

I very rarely post about the philosophy of this blog or about the structure of what exactly you get to see here. A perfect example of this is the template that I use and the “side content” that I include.

Templates

When I first hit the blogosphere back in February of 2005, I used a Blogger template known as “Rounders”. It basically revolved around the color green, and all the side content was on the right side. One of my most loyal readers, Ol’ BC, still uses this template today. Click the link and you’ll get an idea what the original look of the RWRepublic was like.

The problem I had with “Rounders” was that on certain MAC machines, including several in the schools where I work, the code would create some pretty screwed up experiences, including the posts only putting one word per line. This was quite annoying, so I began looking for other templates to work with. Rocker and Sage was also originally on a “Rounders” template, and was changed for much the same reason.

The second template I used was a very patriotic red, white and blue. Side content was still on the right. The problem with it was that it was too plain. If you know me personally, I am often very plain, but when it comes to showmanship and/or making a presentation, I’m all about the flashy and neato.

I’ve had the “Parchment” template since about August of 2005 (side content on the left), and I haven’t had the slightest desire to make any kind of major change. I did add a right column in February 2006, which was going to be for advertising, but Hawkins was writing about his advertising philosophy around that time, and mentioned that the best place to put ads is at the top. This made a lot of sense, so I went with it.

Side Content

I’ve always been picky about what I put in the side content. Everything there has to be relevant to the philosophy of the blog, interesting and/or useful, attractive to look at, and above all, entertaining. I’ve always limited the number of blogs on the BlogRWRoll, and only gave in to posting a longer blogroll when I came across the “Fighting Keyboardists” BlogRoll, which is dedicated to a cause I strongly believe in, namely supporting the troops who put their asses on the line so that we Americans can sit back and enjoy life as a free people.

So here’s what you see today. First, ads at the top of each column. Hopefully, I’ll make a little cash-ola this way. I don’t blog nearly enough to make a living at it, but I guess every little bit helps, and you definitely have to walk before you can run.

On the left side, you see what has basically always been my “side content”, starting with a little activism. It’s important that the First Amendment rights of Bloggers are protected. The link highlights a case where a blogger was fired for blogging on his own time. “Boycott Blue” lets you know which companies are supporting socialists in America, and thereby supporting socialism. It’s important that Americans know when their money is going towards an effort to bring down the greatest nation in the world and replace our constitutional republic with a socialist state. These are two very important causes that MUST succeed in order for America to survive.

Everything else on the left side is about highlighting some of my more important work, such as calling out Freder_Frederson on his challenge on Iraq and the covert operations we conducted in the liberal blogosphere, calling attention to things that I think are important, such as President Reagan’s farewell address and the RWRules for posting comments, my regular reads, and a few things that I found to be interesting or fun.

The right side is mostly about good old honest-to-God fun. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the “Flips” that come up every now and then, usually at WuzzaDem, so I put them there. The 101st is there because there was room there for it.

I wonder how many people have actually seen the link all the way at the bottom. I put it there because it was really the only place it would fit. The only change I have in mind is trying to find out how to make some of the top content either cycle or change at random (such as the quotes). if anyone knows what kind of code I should use for that, please let me know!

OK. I’ve bored you with all this stuff and all, but I was just too lazy with this awful weather to come up with a real post. Hope you at least found this interesting.

RWR

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If It Warn’t for Bad Luck …

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 3, 2006

I’d have no luck at all.

On the way to work yesterday, my transmission stopped shifting. Not a good thing.

By the time I got it to the shop, the darned thing was rolling backwards downhill while in drive. New transmission required.

So now I’ve got to drive around in a little rollerskate of a subcompact until I can get my ass-kickin’ SUV back. No power windows, no power door locks, no power mirrors, no power, period. Gotta mash on the gas pedal to make the damned thing move at all. I actually heard, “You want me to WHAT??” when I first hit the gas on the highway coming from the engine compartment.

Next time someone asks me why I “need an SUV,” I’m telling them about this. Oh yeah. How about a little kudos in the RWReport Card in the left sidebar to make me feel better. HAHAHA!

RWR

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Haditha

Posted by RightWingRocker on June 2, 2006

By way of the Rottie, I got a chance to read this post by Kit Jarrell regarding Haditha. It’s another one of those situations where there are a lot of people throwing around accusations without pointing to any real facts. Kit has nailed it, and given some things pointed out by Michael Smerconish, I think it’s very important that these soldiers get the benefit of the doubt right up to the point where they are actually found guilty following a thorough investigation and trial.

People need to shut up until that point.

RWR

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