Texas Rainmaker
July 29th, 2005 9:01 am
Raising Standards… What a Concept…

It’s been a while since we heard the Democrat campaign rhetoric about “No Child Left Behind” being a miserable failure and how Democrat vote-buying programs would solve the “crisis” of illiteracy. Part of Bush’s solution was to raise standards and test every year to see whether those standards were being met or not. This places accountability on schools to actually perform the services for which they exist to perform.

But there’s a reason we’re not hearing the continuous chant of anti-NCLB mantra these days…

Because it appears to be working! Imagine that.

In Arkansas, “Fort Smith elementary and junior high school students scored above the national average in most categories of a nationwide standardized test administered last spring.”

In Wisconisn, “…results for the latest test, which were recently released, showed almost all students in third grade could read at a proficient or advanced level.”

In Louisiana, “Students in the River Parishes continued to make strides in standardized tests taken in March, according to data released Tuesday by the state.”

In New Jersey, “…students in grades 3, 4, 8 and 11 took the state-standardized exams in March and, in most cases, academically bested the district’s 2004 scores, prompting administrators to applaud their scholarly strides.”

Of course, some people are still unhappy with NCLB…

The latest results for the federal “No Child Left Behind” law are proof that making the grade is not easy for some local school systems.

“We were not extremely happy about our results,” said Associate Superintendent Dr. Carl Harris.

Of course, the schools that are the most unhappy with NCLB are those who failed to meet the minimum standards. NCLB is making examples of those schools that fail our children and the happy-go-lucky administrators who’ve maintained the status quo and job security for decades are now exposed for their real achievements.

And what does Mr. Harris say he’ll do in response to the failing report card?

“So, we’ll go back and review our strategy, implement additional strategy and hope for better results next year,” Harris said.

So it does work. No longer can these folks sit back and let kids slip through… now they have to actually work hard in their jobs to insure their task is completed successfully. You know… like every other worker in America.

It shouldn’t be surprising either that all of the links I provided above about school successes in standardized testing are coming from local and homegrown newspapers.

How does MSM view this story?

Blame the law. It’s the law’s fault that school aren’t achieving. Even in this very article, a school official is quoted as saying:

“This year’s results will serve to assist us as we renew and strengthen our focus around the delivery of high-quality instruction for all students,” Superintendent Ann T. Denlinger said in a statement.

You see, the law isn’t the problem. It’s the solution. Without the law in place and the standards set, these administrators would have no incentive to go back and “renew and strengthen [their] focus around the delivery of high-quality instruction for all students” or “review our strategy, implement additional strategy” to achieve the very result they’re hired to achieve… educating children.

Just like other areas of this “victim mentality“, those on the Left, including MSM, view the schools as victims, rather than the students. They view rising standards as an evil and those who fail to meet the standards as victims. Instead of bettering the student-consumer’s choice, they want to reduce everything to the lowest common denominator so that, on paper, everyone gets a passing grade. Which coincidentally appears to fall in line with the Left’s political strategy.

Keep ‘em stupid, they’ll vote Democrat.
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July 18th, 2005 6:15 pm
My Absence - UPDATED 07/25/05

I will be undergoing neck surgery tomorrow morning, so I apologize in advance to the 3 people that actually visit my site that I won’t be posting for a couple of weeks. I am also turning the comments function to “moderate” to avoid troll abuse in my absence.

For my friends on the Left who doubted, I can confirm that the MRI reflected the existence of a brain.

Take care and see you soon.


UPDATE 07/25/05: The surgery went well and recovery is coming slowly, but surely. Turns out that in addition to herniated discs in my neck, the doctor also found a shattered vertebrae. Someone upstairs was looking out for me. I’m dealing better with the soreness in my neck than I am with my computer withdrawals. Maybe it’s the Vicodin. I want to thank everyone for the kind words and prayers. I’ll be back soon.

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July 18th, 2005 8:46 am
AIDS Babies as a Terrorist Threat?

Let’s hope Bill Clinton is more effective against the threat of AIDS then he was against the threat of terrorism. Clinton, in his “look-at-me-parade” around Africa is saying:

“Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Tuesday AIDS should be considered a security issue…”

In an interview I saw this morning on television, Clinton actually said the threat was significant that with so many people infected, they could come to the U.S. and cause more harm than terrorists.

Our government officials are more than happy to leave the borders open when it comes to terrorists who have the resources, ability and desire to cross our borders to harm us… but when we’re talking about babies with AIDS in the poorest of poor regions, unable to even scrounge enough money to buy a single shoe (much less an airline ticket) to cross the African desert, swim the Atlantic Ocean and treck thousands of miles into America’s heartlands and then have sex with hundred of citizens, it’s a “security threat”.

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July 14th, 2005 11:50 pm
How’s the Koolaid?

Democrats have been chugging Joe Wilson’s koolaid like it’s going out of style. Now they’re finally learning the koolaid was a Jonestown Special… poisoned with lies, blind hatred and mainstream media cooperation.

It is ironic, isn’t it?
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July 14th, 2005 6:56 am
Republicans & Blacks: A MSM View

An example of how MSM views political speeches to minority groups differently depending on the speaker’s political affiliation…

  • Sen. John Kerry began his speech before the NAACP’s conventioneers yesterday…”
  • Gore Speaks to NAACP Convention”
  • U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., was the keynote speaker of the [49th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner]…”

So what happens when a Republican speaks, addresses or presents to a group like the NAACP?

  • President Bush set out to woo black voters in Indiana on Thursday…”
Wouldn’t have anything to do with this, would it?
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July 13th, 2005 6:38 pm
All the News That’s Fit to Manufacture…

Sick of the truth, Mainstream Media is now creating stories to report on. The headline that keeps getting repeated throughout the news outlets today is: Bush Passes on Public Endorsement of Rove

So is Bush really pulling back support for his trusted advisor? Of course not. But MSM wants you to think so…

President Bush passed up a chance Wednesday to express confidence in senior aide Karl Rove in a political fight over a news leak that exposed a CIA officer’s identity. The lack of endorsement surprised some White House officials who had been told Bush would back his embattled friend.

Passed up a chance? MSM is reporting that Bush did something… because he didn’t do something.

McClellan said Bush had not expressed confidence in Rove in the Cabinet session because no one had asked him...

Bush also didn’t comment on Brad Pitt’s hospitalization, the launch delay of Discovery or Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. I suppose this will lead MSM to opine tomorrow that George W. Bush passed on such opportunities to express interest because he doesn’t like movies, astronauts or the designated hitter.
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Let Them Eat YellowCake…
July 13th, 2005 9:13 am

I find it funny and sad at the same time to watch so many on the Left drool over the prospect of “getting Karl Rove”.

This story had its genesis in an attempt to undermine the Bush administration and will have its death in an attempt to undermine the Bush administration.

Here’s a good summary of the whole sorry episode.

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July 11th, 2005 2:44 pm
And in other breaking news, the sun is hot…

Those of us in touch with reality will file this under “O” for obvious. Those on the Left will revert to their parallel universe where they’ll continue to deny the leftist leanings of mainstream media.

More than two-thirds of the news stories on ABC, NBC and CBS covering the first 100 days of Mr. Bush’s second term were negative, according to an analysis released today by the District-based Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA). It’s actually a slight improvement: During the first 100 days of his initial term in office, the coverage was 71 percent negative, according to a similar CMPA study conducted in 2001.

So much for fair and balanced. It’s no doubt the mostly liberal population of journalists personally dislike Bush, but it’s pretty sad when it interferes with neutral reporting of the news:

78 percent of stories about Mr. Bush’s Social Security reforms were negative.

But conveniently, the same media didn’t criticize Democrats for not having a plan at all. Much less question why the very same Democrats who earlier claimed that Social Security was in trouble, were now claiming it is “the most successful program in the history of the world”. Apparently the left thinks a journalist’s opinion on the President’s policy is more newsworthy than reporting the inconsistency and hypocrisy of elected officials using a social program to advance their own personal political careers.

77 percent of stories on his domestic policy were negative.

Despite the fact that the average monthly job growth is about 183,000, the unemployment rate is hovering around historic lows, GDP growth is almost 4%, average hourly earnings keep increasing, Consumer Confidence is high and the economy has grown for 14 consecutive quarters.

71 percent of stories on Iraq policy were negative.

Despite continued good news from Iraq.

But maybe it’s just because Bush is at the apex of political coverage, right? Wrong. When the political landscape included John Kerry at the top with Bush, the Media gave Kerry a virtual pass, comparatively:

Overall, 59 percent of Bush-dominated stories were clearly negative in nature while just 25 percent of Kerry stories were decidedly negative.

So what does this new study reveal? Nothing new to those of us in touch with reality. It’s just more facts the Left will readily ignore as it doesn’t suit their agenda.

Correction, apparently it’s filed under “Duh“…

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Is none other than her husband, Joseph Wilson. While the Left continues to pound the theory that Karl Rove “intentionally outed an undercover operative” as revenge on Wilson’s opposition to the Iraq war, the real story is that Wilson initiated the involvement of his wife in the story.

A story from exactly one year ago showed that a Senate Intelligence Committee panel investigating the story found that Valerie Plame had written a memo recommending Wilson for the trip to Niger, explaining that her husband “has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity.”

An article in Newsweek, due out next week, reveals this little tidbit:

The controversy arose when Wilson wrote an op-ed column in The New York Times saying that he had been sent by the CIA in February 2002 to investigate charges that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from the African country of Niger.

Joe Wilson went public first with the fact that the CIA had sent him. Combine that with the Senate investigation that found that his wife, Valerie Plame was the person at the CIA recommending his trip, and you have the source of the leak as to her employment at the CIA - Wilson himself.

Although he didn’t mention her by name in his op-ed, he was playing the odds that his story couldn’t be refuted without mentioning her and thus figured his bogus claims would go unchallenged. What he didn’t count on was that anyone responding to his bogus claims by raising her name and mentioning the memo she authored, wouldn’t be “knowingly identifying an undercover CIA officer” but rather identifying a source of a memo that contradicted his bogus claims… which is not illegal.

This wasn’t about outing an agent for revenge, this was simply about refuting bogus claims by a partisan hack. Wilson brought the CIA into the story, and with the law of unintended consequences, brought his wife in as well since she was the source for the recommendation of his Niger trip.

Wilson asserted that his wife was not involved in the decision to send him to Niger. But in addition to finding the memo where she specifically recommended him, the Senate Committee also found that Wilson had made an earlier trip to Niger in 1999 for the CIA, also at his wife’s suggestion.

I suspect the tinfoil-hat crowd will keep clinging to this story like MIchael Moore to the last Krispy Kreme in the box.

Dafydd is on the same wavelength. Exact same posting time too, weird.
JustOneMinute has a nice timeline review.
Michelle has a blogsummary.

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July 9th, 2005 11:01 pm
Rangel’s Birthday Wish List…

Charlie Rangel, the man who said, “the clouds of corruption are not just on the Republicans but the entire House” regarding the Tom Delay investigation, must’ve been referring to himself in that statement as well, considering this:

Rep. Charles Rangel has written to lobbyists who represent corporate interests before the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, where he is the ranking Democrat, asking for contributions from $1,000 to $10,000 “to underwrite” his 75th birthday party… He admonished the lobbyists to “fax the attached response sheet back to my office as soon as possible.”

Reminds me of the guy on the street corner holding the sign that reads, “Why lie? I need the money for beer!”. At least he skips the formalities of trips and gifts and goes straight for the cash. Afterall, how questionable can it really be for a politician to actively solicit cash from lobbyists representing interests before his committee? No “clouds of corruption” there, right?

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