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Friday, October 10, 2003
Recall
A Recall Election is despised and feared by political elites because it denies them the benefit of the voters' notoriously short memories.

Posted by larry_naselli at 7:50 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 27, 2003 12:32 PM CST
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Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Presidential Poetry
Yesterday, Michael Medved read from a Canadian news article which mocked George W. Bush for a "roses are red, violets are blue" poem he wrote to the First Lady while she was traveling in Europe without him. W's poem to Laura was corny, unpretentious and sweet. The kind of rhyming that sets elitist eyes rolling, but which most wives would love to receive from their husband. The article quoted a University Professor, who acerbically assured the reader that Bush would not be receiving a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

The previous occupant of the Oval Office was very much the favorite of our cultural elites, so I began wondering what kind of poems he may have sent to his wife. I did some asking among anonymous sources close to the Clintons, and obtained a super-secret copy of one of Bill's recent poems to Hillary. I share it with you on condition that you do not weep while reading it.

Roses are red, violets are blue
if you throw one more ashtray at me I may sue!
don't wait dinner for me, I won't be home yet,
I'm stopping for Big Macs with a bimbo I met.

If you hop on your broomstick and run in `08
I'm quite sure we'll get back through that 16 Penn gate,
then like a fox in the hen-house I'll be on the prowl
`cause you'll be too darn busy to flash me your scowl.

We'll need damage control for each Bubba-esque stunt
'cause you bet as First Stud I'll be back on The Hunt,
oh, but being in charge you'll have so much distraction
that you can't interfere with my intern-ing action.


Late night TV comedians may miss the dysfunctional Clintons, but I am happy and relieved to have a conventional, loving married couple in the White House again, even at the risk of offending Canadian Professors of Poetic Studies.




Copyright 2003 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:58 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 9:26 AM CST
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Sunday, October 5, 2003
Clark's Middle
General Wesley Clark says that, if elected President, he would nominate Supreme Court Justices who are "in the middle, like Stephen Breyer."

Justice Breyer is "in the middle"? In the middle between what, Sandra Day O'Connor and Karl Marx?


Posted by larry_naselli at 8:37 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2003 9:16 PM CDT
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The Wrong Genocidal Dictator
California Recall: With an assist from the L.A. Times, Davis reaches out to the anti-Hitler vote???

The long-anticipated dirty tricks of the Gray Davis Campaign (delivered to the voters courtesy of The L.A. Times) have reached a new low, which should surprise no one familiar with Gray Davis. But, one wonders just what constituency Davis is hoping to reach by smearing Arnold as a crypto-Nazi.

Presumably, the entire statistically significant portion of the California electorate is anti-Hitler, so I would guess that Davis is hoping to win the votes of the hopelessly credulous. Bad news, Mr. Soon-to-be Ex-Governor, by definition you already had a lock on that voting block!

Moreover, let's suppose, for argument's sake, that Mr. Schwarzenegger has very secretly harbored Nazi sympathies all these years (he is, after all, an actor; although such a convincing performance as a non-Nazi should garner a Lifetime Achievement Oscar), and let's further grant that it is noxious to admire genocidal dictators. How is it that neither The L.A. Times, nor any other Liberal organ, including the modern Democrat Party, has ever been scandalized by high-profile Liberal Democrats who have oozed admiration for the likes of Chairman Mao, Ho Chi Mihn, Daniel Ortega, or Fidel Castro?

I guess that, unlike Hitler, these heroes of the Left are the "good" genocidal dictators.

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:15 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 5:20 PM CST
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Yellow-cake Journalism
Substance-free accusation against Tony Blair illustrates a repulsive trend in journalism

"Blair Knew Iraq WMD Claim Wrong, Says Ex-Aide." Thus reads the CNN.com News Headline today, and so the story passes into the public record. The only problem is that the headline and the entire point of the article is grossly misleading.

It turns out that the WMD Claim referred to is not the claim that Saddam indeed had Weapons of Mass Destruction, but merely the analysis by British Intelligence that speculated that Iraq could launch a WMD attack within 45 minutes. But to find that out you will have to read down to paragraph twelve, and then "connect the dots" for yourself.

The CNN story is drawn from a book by the former Labor Party Leader of the House of Commons, Robin Cook, and the conversation with Blair, which Cook refers to, is as innocuous as can be, and indicates no deception on Blair's part. "[Cook] said he asked the prime minister if he was concerned that Saddam might use chemical munitions against British troops...Blair's response was: 'Yes, but all the effort he has had to put into concealment makes it difficult for him to assemble them quickly for use.' Cook said the prime minister's response left him 'deeply troubled.'"

What may have "troubled" Cook was the realization of how torturously he would have to re-contextualize Blair's words in order to cast them in a sinister light. For CNN the important thing about the accusation against Blair is not the relevance or veracity of the information, nor the credibility of the source, but the opportunity to perpetuate the myth -- now a Leftist article of faith -- that the Liberation of Iraq was justified by false pretenses.

The same technique was attempted without effect in The Observer's absurd, "Bush Knew" headline last year, but has since been employed quite effectively respecting the now infamous "Sixteen Words" from President Bush's 2003 State of the Union Message about British intelligence reports that Saddam attempted to obtain enriched uranium from Africa. The only reason those 16 words are infamous is that the Media and Bush's political enemies have persistently mis-represented their content -- and because Bush imprudently apologized for including them in his case for war (see my post 10/3/03 "Lessons From Nixon").

Anyone can read what The President actually said and ascertain that his statement was true, then as now (just GOOGLE "State of the Union Address" and you will be reading Bush's unfiltered words within sixty seconds), but tens of millions of voters will not look up the State of Union text, but will hear News reports refer matter-of-factly to Bush's "false" statement, or hear Democrats say "Bush lied," so eventually the truth will be completely replaced by a fabrication which, because of its constant and widespread dissemination, is effectively impossible to refute.

The reporting of both these episodes illustrates a repulsive trend in Media. Both American and British Media are stating facts in a way that is grossly misleading, and presenting analysis in the guise of fact. The journalistic dishonesty would be reprehensible enough in itself, but in these instances the results of successful journalistic deception may be catastrophic for the journalists' own Country. One could be excused for wondering whose side the BBC, CNN, AP, NY Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. are on.

The most generous construction one can put on such acts is that our News Media are copiously supplied with blind fools. The alternative is more unpleasant to contemplate, especially since it is considered bad form these days to question anyone's patriotism.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:30 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 5:54 PM CST
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C.S. Lewis Move Over
coming soon at Amazon.com

My upcoming book is a look at how Bill and Hillary Clinton, and their team of "spin doctors" elevated political scandal-control to a science. The working title is, The Liar, The Witch And The War Room.TM

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:27 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2003 9:28 PM CDT
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Learning Curve
I composed the following verses to impart wisdom to my six year old son, Isaac Reagan.

there are two ways of learning a lesson my son,
both an easy and hard way and you'll always choose one

the hard way's most popular, common and tried
it is learning through pain till the lesson's applied

a rod's for the back of the fool, it's been said
`cause a beating is all that can get through his head

now the easy way's easy and quicker beside
but it means you must listen and swallow your pride

the words of your father and mother are key
to learning the easy way, take it from me

take heed to the words of your Mother and Dad
their teaching will guide you and light up your path

for God gave you parents so you would grow wise
without all the pain that the hard way supplies

why this very lesson is one that you'll get
either the easy or hard way...have you chosen yet?



Copyright 2003 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:53 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2003 9:35 PM CDT
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Friday, October 3, 2003
A Lesson From Nixon
The only route to the good graces of the Left is betrayal of other Republicans

Republicans could learn a thing or two from the example of Richard Nixon. President Nixon is responsible for the EPA, Revenue Sharing, banning TV & Radio advertising of Cigarettes, and ending the Vietnam War. These are all celebrated Liberal causes, yet Nixon is one of the most vilified and despised political figures toward whom Liberals have ever focused their unremitting hatred.

When will Republicans learn that no amount of compromise, "statesmanship," "bi-partisanship," "growing in office" or "new tone" will ever cause Liberals to like a Republican, or say nice things about him? The only acceptable route to "rehabilitation" and the good graces of the Left is an outright denunciation or betrayal of the Republican Party or a Republican President. Jim Jeffords and John McCain currently maintain this favored status, but is that really the road Republican office-holders wish to travel?

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:24 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2003 9:38 PM CDT
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Coyotes
The howls of coyotes heard through an open window led me to reflect on the uniqueness of Man, created in the image of God.

out under the stars of the crisp autumn sky
I hear the coyotes' lamentable cry
a solo, a duet, a trio at times,
that pierces the quiet,
sends chills up my spine

sounding awfully mournful, as if they regret
the ravenous deeds that await them, and yet,
like ghosts driven on by a curse, they proceed
to stalk the unwary, to pounce and to feed

in the daylight they skulk in their dens, where I guess
all the sounds of our day simply fail to impress
on the mind of those canines, that cunningest brand,
a single poetic or fanciful strand



Copyright 2003 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:54 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2003 9:40 PM CDT
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Anything To Win
Arnold smears gives the lie to Liberal justification for Politics of Personal Destruction

Whether the target is Rush Limbaugh, William Bennett, Bob Livingston, Bob Barr or Henry Hyde, Liberals have routinely justified their glee at the smearing of political enemies, by appealing to the putative hypocricy of the person being attacked.

The Liberal perspective is that anyone who speaks up for standards of traditional morality is by definition judgemental, as well as hypocritical, unless they themselves have never transgressed the moral code they espouse. In this regard, political Liberals are more insightful than theological Liberals, in that the former recognize (without crediting) the Biblical truth that "all have sinned."

Because this is so, no one is qualified to defend moral standards (make that traditional moral standards), ever. This certainly takes the heat off of moral reprobates, so long as they themselves never take a stand for traditional moral standards.

So, taking Liberals at their word, how does one account for the Left's enthusiam for the October Surprise smear campaign against Arnold Schwarzenegger? Arnold certainly does not fit the Puritanical Moralizing Scold profile that Liberals claim justifies the politics of personal destruction, so could it be that the Left is simply willing to do anything -- anything, to win?

In a word, "YES".

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:43 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 5:29 PM CST
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Thursday, October 2, 2003
"Watt-ing" Rush
The Left Media does not want to understand Rush's point, they want to destroy an enemy.

In the early 1980's there was no man more loathed and vilified by the American Left than President Reagan's Secretary of the Interior, James Watt. Watt was a Conservationist, i.e. he believed in the wise stewardship of God's creation, for the enjoyment and benefit of mankind. That philosophy, though pretty mainstream throughout the "red states," was and is anathema to Environmentalist extremists, and the Media, Government and Cultural elites who give them credence.

Watt was marked for destruction by the Left from the outset, and the opportune moment came when Watt aimed his dry wit at Liberals and Liberalism (the unpardonable sin). Speaking about a committee or commission he had formed for some task of the Interior Department, Watt skewered the Left's trademark tokenism by pointing out that Liberals should be really happy about this particular commission, because it was comprised of "a woman, a black, two Jews and a cripple."

The audience laughed, but the Liberal Media smelled blood in the water and stubbornly refused to "get" the joke -- which was directed at them -- insisting that Watt had bashed women, blacks, Jews and the handicapped.

It was an incident that hinted at how bloodthirsty the Left is, willing as they were to appear as complete dunces, unable to fathom the sarcasm of Watt's comment, in order to run a political nemesis out of Washington. The lie was repeated often enough, until the utter nonsense that James Watt was a sexist, racist, anti-semitic, handicapped-hater, had become the "authorized version" of events, and Watt resigned to avoid being an albatross to the Reagan presidency.

It should be no surprise then that when the man most loathed and vilified by the American Left in the 21st Century, Rush Limbaugh, provides an opportune moment, the Left-Media intentionally misunderstands his remarks, in a way that conveniently allows them an opportunity to destroy Rush's career.

Consider the substance of Limbaugh's remark about the great desire of Sports Media to see Black quarterbacks succeed. Imagine if "The Reverend" Jesse Jackson had accused, "You Honky Sportswriters, don't really care if African American Quarterbacks succeed." Can you doubt that the Sports Media would be trampling one another to get to a microphone and declare their passionate devotion to seeing Black quarterbacks excel? Would it then be terribly unreasonable to suggest, as Rush did, that such a desire might distort the perception, or at least the reporting of sportswriters thus impassioned?

Ah, but there's the rub, the Left Media does not want to understand Rush's point, any more than they wanted to understand James Watt's barb about Liberal tokenism. They want to destroy an enemy, and any excuse, no matter how fatuous, will do. So, gleeful Leftists will play-act that they are offended and scandalized by Rush's comment, when the very thinly veiled fact is they are thrilled at the chance to "Watt" Rush.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:10 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 5:31 PM CST
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Dixie Chicks Speak Out In Defense of Limbaugh
What ever happened to that "chilling effect?"

NASHVILLE - While Democrat Presidential Candidates joined an ebullient Liberal Media in piling on Rush Limbaugh, the beleaguered Titan of Talk Radio found support from an unexpected source.

Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Country-Pop Dixie Chicks, called a press conference in which she defended Limbaugh's Constitutionally protected right of free speech, and criticized those who have called for his removal from ESPN's NFL broadcasts.

Maines warned that the attacks against Rush for expressing his opinion could have "a chilling effect" on free speech, freedom of the press, and the very future of democracy in America.

Maines comments were interrupted by the sound of my alarm clock going off, which terminated an incident that will only ever happen in my dreams, namely a Liberal applying the same standard and rationale to a Conservative that they demand for themself.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:17 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 5:24 PM CST
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Unfit To Wield Power
America will either win the War on Terrorism, or resign to living in fear and an ever-diminishing influence in the world.

The Democrat's Weekly Radio Address last weekend illustrates why their Party is currently unfit to wield power or set policy affecting National Security. The Democrats called for concentrating spending in the War on Terrorism on "preparedness" at home. Leaving aside the argument that this is a cynical ploy to create more government employees union jobs, thus empowering one of the Democrat's most faithful constituencies, let's take the suggestion at face value, as the Party's sincerely held viewpoint on how to win this war.

Democrats have drawn the policy distinction between themselves and President Bush. Their answer to terrorism is to stop going to war around the globe and beef up "preparedness" to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks in the U.S. A "catch the raindrops" approach, if you will. Moreover, Democrats routinely inveigh against the Patriot Act (for which they voted overwhelmingly), so their policy prescription is really "catch the raindrops with one hand tied behind our back."

The Bush Doctrine, which Democrats have never truly embraced, and acquiesced to at first only to avert electoral catastrophe, calls for the U.S. to hunt down, destroy and disable terrorist networks and the governments who sponsor and harbor them, thus taking the war to them, to prevent the terrorists from bringing the war to us. A simple truth that the President understands (and Democrats are clueless about) is that either you are moving the ball on your opponent, or they are moving the ball on you.

In the 2004 elections Americans will either agree with President Bush that the best defense against terrorism is a good offense, or with the Democrat's strategy of lay-low-and-maybe-the-terrorists-won't-bother-us. That choice will determine whether America proceeds to win the War on Terrorism, or resigns to living in fear, and to an ever-dwindling influence in the world.

A generation ago, Americans faced a similar choice. On the one hand was Jimmy Carter's worldwide retreat from Communist aggression, economic "stagflation," and dial-down-the-thermostat malaise, and on the other hand Ronald Reagan's "rendezvous with destiny" for the "shining city on a hill," that promised to restore America's economic greatness, and defeat our mortal enemy, the Soviet Evil Empire.

The right choice by the voters in 1980 led to unprecedented economic expansion, and a rising tide of freedom, democracy and American influence that transformed America and the world into a safer and better place. The stakes in the 2004 Elections are at least as great.

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:25 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 5:22 PM CST
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Thursday, September 11, 2003
Requiem For A Once-Great Party
This is not your father's Democrat Party

it's hard to believe it's been only two years
since that horrible morning of terror and tears
when at last Dems of that Vietnam generation
gave first place to defending our vulnerable nation

when they stood by the side of the Commander in Chief
did you know that their act would be shallow and brief?
from the moment they sensed it was safe to resume
they reverted to gloom and they forecasted doom

yes, they've seized on each charge that might sever the bond
between People and President united so fond
first "he's moving too slow," then "he's rushing to war,"
from "connecting the dots," to "Bush Knew!" and there's more:

there was "No Blood For Oil," and "the French won't approve,"
and "without the U.N. we must not make a move."
"It's a quagmire," they claimed, and "the looting's too great,"
"the Museum's been emptied," (correction on page 48)

they bewailed "no food," and bemoaned "lack of water,"
scarcely noting Saddam no more rapes wives and daughters.
sixteen words caused such outrage and feigned indignation
by that same crowd that shilled for Slick's prevarications

yes, the Party of Truman and young JFK
now appears to have totally vanished away
like a stampede of lemmings, gone over a ledge
Dems have taken our politics beyond water's edge
though they saw how our enemies viciously kill
the Dems just do not get it, and they just never will.



Copyright September 11, 2003 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2004 5:24 PM CDT
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