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What a concept: Raise the bar and students do better:

Last year, Bell Multicultural became the first public high school in the Washington area to require all students to take college-level AP courses and exams. The mandate is all the more remarkable because its two required AP courses are both in English, and most of Bell’s students are, like Ventura, from low-income families in which English is not the first language…

They might struggle on the AP exams, the Bell educators say, but they learn more critical reading and writing skills than they would from the remedial classes such students usually get. At Bell, the students and their families heartily endorse this view, saying the demands of AP have made them feel better prepared for the next stage of their lives.

“I really think it is a great opportunity for people like me,” Ventura said. “I feel proud of myself, and I thank all my teachers.”

Maybe when the final FY08 financial report for Loudoun County Public Schools is released, and we get to find out exactly how much Loudoun’s mushrooming ESL boondoggle currently costs, there will begin some public sentiment to revisit the issue.

La Raza already receives millions of dollars each year in taxpayer funds, and thanks to Rep. Barney Frank they are now going to receive even more.

An extremist Mexican “La Raza” group that annually gets millions of U.S. federal grant dollars will receive even more taxpayer money in the next few years thanks to a Massachusetts congressman’s multi million-dollar earmark to counsel Hispanics about housing.

The National Council of La Raza already got $1.3 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development this year to conduct “comprehensive housing counseling’’ for Hispanics, whether they are in the country legally or not. Now the radical group that advocates the return of the American Southwest to Mexico, will get an additional $15 million thanks to an earmark inserted by Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank in a housing bill.

Frank, the House Financial Services Chairman, is giving the National Council of La Raza $5 million this year and $10 million in each of the next two years. The new law (FHA Housing Stabilization and Homeownership Retention Act of 2008) includes $100 million for mortgage counseling to be administered by non-profit groups like the National Council of La Raza, which has raked in millions of taxpayer dollars over the year. In fiscal 2006 alone, the group got $15.2 million in federal grants.

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If you are outraged and wondering what to do about this travesty, here are your marching orders:

Find yourself a time machine, go back 8 months, give $100 to Tom Tancredo’s presidential campaign, and volunteer to help him win the Republican nomination.

UPDATE: Since I got challenged on this in the comments, here is my proposition: Once La Raza changes their name to La Gente, and introduces a new program of job placement for all disadvantaged Americans – who might happen to be whites or blacks – I will get off their case and send them a check.

Somehow the talk of John McCain’s VP pick going on in this thread feels like a discussion of Manchester United or the Tampa Bay Devil Rays – something that other people care about – but ok, I’ll bite.

I think he has to pick a famous, America-loving, gun-toting white person. He can forget the black vote. With Juan Hernandez as his outreach director he can forget the serious immigration enforcement vote. But the Bubba vote is totally up for grabs, along with all the Democrats who will be unexcited about Obama.

What McCain needs to capitalize on is the fact there is still a big swath of America that is not yet alarmed about illegal immigration (judging by how Tancredo and Hunter polled) but will be alarmed by the fact that Barack Obama hangs with America haters such as his pastor. And his wife.

I’m thinking maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger. He may not actually be good on the second amendment, but you would not know that from his movies, and he is definitely pro-America. There is the technicality of his being born in another country. So maybe Jeff Foxworthy. Hey, if Al Franken can run for office, so can Jeff.

But if it’s deemed necessary to counterbalance Barack Obama’s two years of high level government experience, another choice might be John Bolton with the “Robot with Gatling Guns for Arms” the plausible fall back position if Bolton’s lack of name recognition is a problem.

Ollie North? Nope, probably too military. But jeez, if the situation in Iraq would get a little closer to promising, it would be a possibility to consider.

Ron Paul? Well, I can tell you I would wake up by 5:00 pm to go out and vote for that ticket, but you’d have a couple of really old guys on the campaign poster. Possible tagline: “Continue to enjoy your youth in recreation: We’ll run the country.”

George Allen? “Macaca, f*ck yeah!” It just might play in Peoria.

I’m out of ideas. I think the only one left is Mitt Romney, who could lend the campaign a billion dollars, which would be nice. It’s only May, folks, and there is plenty of time for Mitt to become established in public opinion as the conservative balance on the ticket. And boy oh boy would Mitt pull off a good public appearance with his wife at his side in Branson, Missouri. Mormonism has had it’s challenges lately, but the guy can give an awesome speech when he has to. He could borrow my pistol for photo ops.

McCain-Romney would project an image of competence that Obama would have a hard time matching.

Why are country folk, who are from my personal experience by and large the salt of the earth, often depicted in popular culture as embittered losers who do not understand that their interests lie with the benighted liberal Democrat party? The label used is Redneck. It is the only politically correct racial epitaph, whitey turns red when working in the sun. Even when not used expressly you can still here it echoing of the walls of the room. Barak Hussein Obama, when he addressed his elite fellow travelers in San Fransisco, said:

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said. “And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Pennsylvania has been described as Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west and Alabama up the middle. For those living under a rock the past 50 years Alabama is synonymous with Redneck-Land. Obama’s view of Rednecks is not unusual. Barak is not the first liberal to not get it. It is a common blindness. For instance Thomas Franks in “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” stumbles in the same way:

In its implacable bitterness Kansas holds up a mirror to the rest of us. If this is the place where America goes looking for its national soul, then this is where America finds that its soul, after stewing in the primal resentment of the backlash, has gone all sour and wrong. If Kansas is the concentrated essence of normality, then here is where we can see the deranged gradually become normal, where we look into that handsome, confident, reassuring, all-American face . . . and realize that we are staring into the eyes of a lunatic.

That Rednecks do not vote for the left is, in the minds of Franks and Obama, prima facie evidence that they are ignorant, bitter, and crazy. I can only wonder if there is any projection going on.

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“Cathymac is right, it is way too early to look into a crystal ball and empathically state what will happen.”

Nonsense. This looks to be a great year for Democrats. The Republican margin in the house will slip some more, thank you GW, McCain and Graham. The Democrat party could wind up with over 60 senators.

The Republican party has lost membership, and money because it has alienated the conservative base, not the moderates. Are you listening Dan? Unless something is done to mend the fences with conservatives the Republican party will return to perpetual minority status, AND, they richly deserve it. The big squishy middle is not the place to hunt for Republicans.

What happened in 2006 is the base stayed home, and the stupid party still does not get it. Well boys, even more are going to stay home now. Note the money dried up when the scamnesty bill got spawned. Why? Because the squishy moderates in the middle stopped giving?! No, the party faithful got the shaft once too often.

Now the party needs to earn the vote, they need to court the conservatives, with red meat issues like a fence, low taxes, earmark elimination, spending reduction. Telling me that the socialists are coming, while true is no longer enough. The result is the same.

We voted for them and they got busy courting the rest of the country. Phooey!! They had all three branches for 6 years and nothing got done. Now, show me the money because your credit and your word aint worth spit.

The entire pro-immigration enforcement town council in Herndon, Virginia was re-elected. Mayor Steve DeBenedittis was re-elected over challenger and former council member Harlan Reece by about 1300-900 votes. Reece’s seat will be filled by Richard Downer (no friend of the current council) so the status quo is precisely maintained.

A good day for the good guys.

UPDATE: View complete results here.

A few photos, maybe some more coming tonight along with some more commentary …

Former council member Ann Null (l), local grassroots political maestro Butch Baughan, and new Vice Mayor Connie Hutchinson.

Herndon, meet your newly re-elected Town Council – well, four of ‘em anyway (minus Dave Kirby): from left, Tirrell, Hutchinson, Waddell, Husch.

Re-elected Council Member Charlie Waddell with our man in Richmond, Tom Rust.

And … drumroll please … the man who truly had the coattails tonight, en route to a blistering 40% victory

MAYOR STEVE!

The non-politician, graduate of Herndon High School, improbable victor two years ago (to say the least), has cemented the citizens’ victory of 2006.

The entire Herndon Town Council w/ significant others. Newcomer Jim Vickory (4th in from right) did not make it in, but in his remarks tonight he noted that his entire goal in running was to help re-elect the current Council which has done so much good work, and since the majority was maintained he has no regrets. It was a very touching and uplifting speech, apropos to the occasion.

Reading More McCain Troubles, I realize the Republicans managed to give the nod to a candidate who will be worse for the country than Obama. I am staying home. Lets have a party on election day. I think getting blind drunk is the only proper response to my country shooting itself in the foot.

Hopefully, Limabaugh’s operation chaos does not land “Her Thighness” in the white house. An Obama presidency is what we deserve and need. Just as only Nixon could go to China, without Carter we would not have gotten Reagan. We need a new Reagan. The current crop of Republican candidates had its good and bad points. McCain was the worst in the lot with the exception of Huckabee. So who did we get? McCain and Huckabee as the last two men standing.

McCain is the result of independents and Democrats voting in our primary elections. Huckabee is the result of my fellow evangelicals voting for a guy, just because he is an evangelical; this is akin to women voting for Hillary just because she is a woman. In short, grow up people; Huckabee is a populist big government big spender who would have sunk us even further into debt.

I think one of the good things that will come out of this election cycle will be closed primaries. The party should choose its own candidate. Having the other side do it for you makes NO sense at all. Also, allowing the other party to come into your primaries and keep the contest going also makes no sense. We are in a very real sense subverting the process. What we got in McCain was a vindictive old coot who hates his own party more than he does the opposition. In the Democrat party the result was a war of grievance groups who, despite what the dreamers think, will more than likely stay home when their candidate loses the party nod.

Neither party is more important than the country. The left wing of the Republican party has hijacked the ticket this year. It is time for conservatives to give these elites the proper response and stay home, get plastered, and weep for the country. I will see it as a good old fashioned Irish Wake, we will raise a toast to the dearly departed, and hope for better days, and the glory to come.

UPDATE I:

To all who think we need to go grave robbing, I am not looking for Reagan reincarnate, I am looking for someone who will take up the conservative mantle and do it his own way. McCain is not the man by any stretch, he hates conservatives because they preferred GWB in 2000. Furthermore, I am looking for someone who is not just conservative, but someone who IS A conservative. There is a world of difference.

I am not measuring them by the Reagan Yardstick but by the Buckley Test. To have conservative instincts is not enough. One must have a conservative frame of mind, and understand what does it mean to be conservative and most importantly formulate conservative solutions to the problems of the day. Being pro-life or pro-gun or anti-tax is not enough. One must have a framework through which one then formulates solutions to problems. GWB is right on the three issues above but his solutions to problems are not conservative in nature.

McCain is even worse, his solutions to issues will be based on getting adulation from the left and to stroke his “Mr Maverick” image. The dolt has come to believe his own press. He may have a conservative fiscal instinct, but he is not A conservative, and I am done supporting ersatz conservatives and RINO Republicans.