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Friday, February 27, 2004
This could get nasty
Democrats are predicting (and Media talking heads worry gravely) that, with the official start of the Bush campaign, the political rhetoric could "turn nasty."

Hmmmm, I wonder what kind of nastiness they have in mind. Perhaps Bush will call the other Party's candidate a deserter, AWOL, unpatriotic, a betrayer of his country, or equate his honorably discharged military service to dodging the draft. Might he even compare the other Party's candidate to Hitler, and accuse him of lying to the American People, manipulating and fabricating intelligence to start an unjust war, or knowing about the 9/11 attacks in advance but choosing, for political gain, to turn a blind eye?

Or maybe Bush will get really nasty and bring up John Kerry's voting record.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:01 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 5, 2004 7:28 AM CST
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Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Kerry Tormented By Phantom Accusers?
John Kerry is evidently being belabored by imaginary Republicans, who question his patriotism. Methinks he protesteth too much. Who are these Republican phantoms?

Kerry also claims that Republicans who didn't serve in Vietnam have something against those who served in Vietnam. Exactly which Republicans is Kerry referring to? I do know of a prominent Democrat, the poster boy for Vietnam Veterans Against The War and comrade of Jane Fonda, who has something against those who served in Vietnam. Kerry has tarred the American military men who served in Vietnam as "monsters," and war criminals. How then can Kerry reasonably tout his Vietnam service as a virtue, unless he is willing to renounce his slanders of our Vietnam veterans.

John Kerry is now attempting to invalidate all criticism of his unattractive congressional voting record by recourse to his Vietnam military service of thirty years ago; but it is awfully early in the campaign for this scoundrel to be resorting to his last refuge.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:59 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 5, 2004 7:28 AM CST
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Monday, February 23, 2004
Still Waiting to be Refuted

The comments of Colorado football coach, Gary Barnett, describing a former female placekicker as an inferior player, who "couldn't kick the ball through the uprights," has cost Barnett a suspension from his job.

The young woman is alleging she was raped by another player, whom she refuses to name (which is rather like demanding to be payed the lottery jackpot because you have the winning ticket, but refusing to show the ticket to anyone), therefore, Barnett's comments about her on-field abilities (or lack thereof) are considered outside the bounds of polite opinion; although one might speculate whether pointing out the gaping disparity in ability between males and a token female would ever be acceptable to the PC University administration.

Either way, the incident calls to my mind Labor Day of 2000, when presidential candidate George W. Bush, unaware of an open microphone, described Clinton-sycophant and NY Times reporter Adam Clymer, as "a major-league a--hole." In that case, as in the former, a firestorm of outrage was directed against the individual who made the remark, but in neither case has anyone stepped forward to deny the accuracy of what was said.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:48 AM CST
Updated: Monday, February 23, 2004 1:32 PM CST
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Of War Heroes and Patriotism
One thing voters are learning in this Presidential campaign is that a man's past military service, if heroic, places his subsequent ideas, words and actions respecting his Country, beyond reproach.

That's why it is so maddening to hear the denigration of a man whose military service to America cost him multiple wounds, and who was highly decorated and recognized by the Congress for his intrepidity and bravery in battle. Some have now stooped so low as to question the patriotism of this combat veteran, and in a recent campaign speech one went so far as to mockingly imply that the dissenting activities of this brave American, after he had won many honors on the battlefield, make his very name a byword for being un-American.

No, I'm not referring to John Kerry. The battlefield hero I have in mind is Benedict Arnold, and it was Kerry who brought him up. Railing against Corporate CEO's (Teresa Heinz Kerry presumably exempted) who outsource work internationally or move capital out of the United States, Kerry called them "Benedict Arnolds."

I found the comparison enlightening. The war record of Benedict Arnold, as an American soldier, makes Kerry's four-month, one firefight stint in Vietnam look like child's play (or for you Bush-hating Liberal Democrats out there, next to Arnold's record Kerry was no better than a National Guardsman). In 1775 Captain Arnold co-commanded the American capture of Fort Ticonderoga from the British. The same year Arnold suffered a broken leg in the American attack on Quebec, and he was promoted to brigadier general because of his courage in battle. In October of 1776 Arnold again distinguished himself in a naval battle on Lake Champlain. The following year Arnold led an American force into battle at Norwalk, Connecticut, led the relief of an American garrison at Fort Stanwix, which was besieged by a combined British and Indian force, and in the second battle of Saratoga Arnold fought courageously and was seriously wounded. He was recognized by Congress for his gallantry in that battle and promoted to major general.

That is an impressive war record, yet Kerry's conjuring of Benedict Arnold to illustrate disloyalty to America eloquently confirms that what a man does after his battlefield heroics counts as much and more than the battlefield heroics themselves. Using Kerry's own standard, his Vietnam heroics do not excuse his thirty-year record of Congressional votes against a strong American military and intelligence capability. Nor do his actions on the battlefield excuse him for his Vietnam Veterans Against The War betrayal of his supposed "band of brothers."

Despite his military heroics, nobody holds up Benedict Arnold as a paragon of virtue and leadership; to the contrary, Arnold is scorned for what he did after all those battlefield heroics. Likewise, John Kerry's words and actions since the Vietnam War are what matter now: Kerry has repeatedly opposed a dominant American military and an effective Central Intelligence Agency, simply because he does not consider America a force for good in the world. If, as Kerry tells us, we don't need "Benedict Arnolds" in Corporate Board Rooms, then we surely don't need "John Kerrys" in the Oval Office.

To be fair, there is no denying that John Kerry and Benedict Arnold are different. For example Arnold, having expressed his contempt for America, did not have the audacity to ask the voters to make him Commander in Chief of America's Armed Forces -- Kerry does.



Posted by larry_naselli at 10:15 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 5, 2004 7:11 AM CST
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Thursday, February 12, 2004
Kerry Infidelity a Risk to His Candidacy?
If charges of marital infidelity by Democrat Presidential frontrunner, John Kerry, damage his campaign, it will surely not be because Democrats have any aversion to philanderers in the Oval Office -- we know better than that by now.

The real danger to Kerry's Campaign is that if the charges ring true, Kerry's biggest money contributor may not be speaking to him!

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:13 AM CST
Updated: Friday, February 13, 2004 8:20 AM CST
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Friday, February 6, 2004
How Bad Is A $500 Billion Budget Deficit?
The 500 Billion dollar U.S. Government Budget Deficit promises to be a major issue in the upcoming Presidential election campaign. Is this deficit truly a crisis? The United States' Gross Domestic Product is about 11 Trillion dollars, so the annual budget deficit is about 4?% of National Income. Those Billions and Trillions are hard for most of us to get our arms around, so let's look at it this way: a family with an income of $50,000 and a 4?% annual budget deficit would be falling short by $43.27 each week. Is that a problem? Certainly. Is it a crisis? An insoluable emergency? Hardly.

One of the ways the Government's budget deficit is different is that a family with this shortfall would look first for ways to reduce expenses by $45 per week. This is a consummately good idea, but it's not part of the Washington D.C. culture; so let's look at a family's second option, namely to increase their income by at least $45 per week. How? Work more hours, get a part-time job, change jobs, start a side-business, send a spouse into the workforce, get a raise, etc...

Giving the Federal Treasury an increase in income is precisely what President Bush has done by pursuing a pro-growth tax policy. As the economy grows, Government revenues increase, and if spending doesn't outpace the growth of revenues the deficits go away. What is the Democrat solution to deficits? Every Candidate still in the race for the Democrat nomination would "solve" the budget deficit by raising taxes, and thereby stifling the economic growth that would bring the Treasury more income.

Following the logic of every Democrat Presidential hopeful, the Democrat's financial advice to our struggling family would be to solve their $43.27 per week shortfall by working less hours, and reducing their income. At home, most folks would recognize that as the wrong approach. In Democrat presidential politics, such nonsense is approved conventional wisdom.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:41 PM CST
Updated: Monday, February 9, 2004 5:04 PM CST
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Happy Birthday to a Great American
Ronald Reagan turns 93 years old today. Happy Birthday to The Greatest President of the Twentieth Century. He believed in the goodness and greatness of America to prevail over economic stagnation and our mortal enemy the Soviet Evil Empire. The elites thought he was a fool, but wisdom is justified of her children. The "wise men" were wrong and the "fool" was right.

For the best internet site about this great American go to www.Reagan2000.com

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:09 PM CST
Updated: Monday, February 9, 2004 5:08 PM CST
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Thursday, February 5, 2004
We've Come A Long Way, Baby
I have to marvel at how far we've come in a mere two years, from "Bush should have connected the dots," to "Bush actly rashly on faulty intelligence."

"We piped to you and you did not dance, we played a dirge and you did not mourn."

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:20 AM CST
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Monday, January 26, 2004
Time for Dean to tap into his greatest asset
With his once seemingly invincible campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination now in free fall, following a third-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses and a lunatic rant to disappointed supporters that has passed into the history books as the "I have a scream" speech, the time has come for Howard Dean to tap into his greatest asset.

The very lifeblood of Dean's movement has been the clinically psychotic paronoia of his followers (we'll leave the diagnosis of the candidate himself to practicing mental health professionals, but I trust that Dr. Dean's campaign appearances will provide grist to grind for hundreds of psychiatric seminars). The Deaniac base, after all, is composed of those Democrats who truly believe that President Bush is a crypto-Nazi, who was warned by the Saudis about 9/11 but took no action in order to reap political advantage, and that the liberation of Iraq was effected to fatten the portfolios of Halliburton executives.

Notwithstanding that anyone who actually believes such things (as contrasted with simply saying them) must be mentally unhinged, a disturbingly large percentage of Democrat Primary voters fit into this category. Therefore, if Dean has any hope of salvaging his foundering campaign, it would be to fan the flames of paronoia and conspiracy theory credulity among this looney, but motivated demographic. In short, Dean must find a way to blame Bush.

If Dean's supporters can be persuaded (and these folks can be persuaded of an awful lot) that George W. Bush, and his sinister puppet-meister, Karl Von Rove, orchestrated Dean's crack-up in Iowa, his devoted followers will, to a man, brave New Hampshire's daunting weather conditions, and by sheer force of turnout provide Dean at least with the respectable second place finish he needs tomorrow to remain a serious contender. If Dean's campaign can simply live to fight another day, his advantage in money may carry him through to the nomination. In fact, anything short of a disaster in New Hampshire may put the bloom back on Dean's rose in the eyes of the Political News Media, and breathe new life into Dean's hopes.

So the question is, "how can Dean's wackiness be blamed on George W. Bush?" For starters, we should not rule out any idea as too crazy - consider some of the things Dean's supporters already believe! So try this on for size (you can suggest your own ideas, and send them to www.deanforpresident.com), The most interesting theory - and it's only a theory - is that Dick Cheney, working through his contacts in the Pharmaceutical Industry (and it is well known that members of the Pharmaceutical Industry attended Cheney's secret Energy Policy Meeting in 2001. Need I say more?), conspired to lace Dean's iced tea with mind-altering drugs (Liberal Democrats are notoriously gullible when it comes to any alibi involving iced tea) which transformed the normally even-tempered doctor into a raving maniac on Caucus night.

All this, carried out on the instructions of Karl Rove, to save George W. Bush from facing the one Democrat who has what it takes to win the Bible-thumping, pick-up truck driving, Confederate flag-waving, Gay-hating, NASCAR-fan vote.

Does this sound crazy? Good, then Dean's supporters are sure to go for it.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:42 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 8:48 AM CST
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Friday, January 16, 2004
Tie-breaker

Carol Mosely-Braun has stepped down from the contest for the Democrat Presidential nomination, throwing her support to frontrunner Howard Dean.

As the race tightens in the final days before the January 19th Iowa Caucuses, Democrat insiders consider this endorsement a critical development, because if Monday's Caucus is a tie, Mosely-Braun's Iowa supporter will provide Dean with the tie-breaker.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:47 PM CST
Updated: Friday, January 16, 2004 5:25 PM CST
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A Few Fun Teaching Tools For My Growing Kids God's Way Friends...

First Time Obedience
Whatever Mom or Day may say,
My job is to First-time Obey.



The Interrupt Rule
To disrespect others would make me a fool,
So I always use the Interrupt Rule.



The Appeal Process
There's never cause to fuss or squeal,
it's "Yes Mom," or "May I appeal?"



Mealtime Etiquette
Whether dining in (your town) or Connecticut,*
We're a joy to be with, when we keep Mealtime Etiquette


*Connecticut families might try, "whether dining abroad, or here in Connecticut..."


Wait for the Hostess to Begin Eating
We always should wait for the one who serves,
To give her the honor that she deserves,
By waiting two minutes to eat your dessert,
You won't starve, and prob'ly it won't even hurt!



Quit Whining* (to the tune of Veggies Tales "Keep Walking")
Quit whining, or I'll beat your bottom red
Quit whining, and say "yes Mommy" instead
You must obey, whatever Mom has said,
So quit whining, or we'll visit the woodshed!


*This lighthearted ditty may not be suitable for more sensitive readers, or those who were born without a sense of humor.


All of the above, Copyright 1998 www.LarryNaselli.com

Permission is granted to reproduce with proper attribution.


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:48 AM CST
Updated: Friday, January 16, 2004 11:34 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 14, 2004
"How's your couch time?"
One of the most important lessons I've learned* as a husband of one wife and father of eight children, is that young children need to have a visible demonstration that Daddy loves Mommy, and Mommy loves Daddy. Moreover, children need to understand that the Husband-Wife love relationship takes top priority in the family.

I could literally graph the direct relationship between our young children sleeping soundly at night, and my wife and I spending 15 minutes face to face with one another, when I arrive home, before I spend time playing with our children.

When we fail to spend what some people call "Couch Time" (at our house it's known as "Mom and Dad Time") a late night rap at our bedroom door is a near certainty. The foregoing analysis prompted me to pen the following verses. If you've ever been dragged from a sound sleep by the need to attend to your young child's "bad dream" etc..., I hope you'll embrace the hard-learned wisdom that follows.



When late at night you hear the sound of little feet approaching
You know upon your sweet repose they soon will be encroaching

When little ones perceive that Mom and Daddy's love is slouching
Because they haven't seen you spending ample time a' couching
They may awake, traverse the house and climb into your bedding
Until you woefully lament the sleep you aren't getting

If by a simple recipe you could avert this poaching
Then would you at my word accept a bit of parent coaching?

Come home and first embrace your wife, then squeeze her like a melon
Ignore the kids, although they may be pestering and yellin'
For fifteen minutes let them wait, disdaining all their cries
Sit with your wife upon the couch and gaze into her eyes.



Copyright 2002 Larry Naselli

*We learned this lesson through the agency of Gary & Ann Marie Ezzo of Growing Families International, to whom we are immensely grateful for their positive influence on our family life.

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:39 PM CST
Updated: Friday, January 16, 2004 11:36 AM CST
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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Intercepted Memo
Our crack research staff intercepted the following, which is apparently a Dean for President Campaign Memo, prepping the candidate for the upcoming Super Tuesday Primaries in the South.

It's so exciting to be a whistle-blower. This is undoubtedly the biggest thing to hit the News since the startling revelation that Paul O'Neill bored President Bush out of his wits.

Here is the complete text of the Dean Campaign Memo:

"Top 36 Things You'll Never Hear From a Southern Man

36. I'll take Shakespeare for 1000, Alex.

35. Honey, I think we should sell the pickup and buy a family sedan.

34. Come to think of it, I'll have a Heineken.

33. We don't keep firearms in this house.

32. Has anybody seen the sideburns trimmer?

31. You can't feed that to the dog.

30. I thought Graceland was tacky.

29. No kids in the back of the pickup, it's just not safe.

28. Wrestling's fake.

27. Honey, did you mail that donation to Greenpeace?

26. We're vegetarians.

25. Do you think my gut is too big?

24. I'll have grapefruit and grapes instead of biscuits and gravy.

23. Honey, we don't need another dog.

22. Who gives a hoot who won the Civil War?

21. Give me the small bag of pork rinds.

20. Too many deer heads detract from the decor.

19. Spitting is such a nasty habit.

18. I just couldn't find a thing at Wal-Mart today.

17. Trim the fat off that steak.

16. Cappuccino tastes better than espresso.

15. The tires on that truck are too big.

14. I'll have the arugula and riadicchio salad.

13. I've got it all on the C: drive.

12. Unsweetened tea tastes better.

11. Would you like your fish poached or broiled?

10. My fiance, Bobbie Jo, is registered at Tiffany's.

9. I've got two cases of Zima for the Super Bowl.

8. Little Debbie snack cakes have too many fat grams.

7. Checkmate.

6. Does the salad bar have bean sprouts?

5. Hey, here's an episode of "Hee Haw" that we haven't seen.

4. I don't have a favorite college team.

3. Be sure to bring my salad dressing on the side.

2. You all.

And, the Number ONE thing you will never hear from a Southern Man is:
1. Duct tape won't fix that."




Top 36 was pilfered from GCFL.net


Posted by larry_naselli at 8:44 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 9:39 AM CST
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Thursday, January 8, 2004
A Man For All Seasons
TIME Magazine reportedly offered its Man of the Year distinction to Donald Rumsfeld, but Rumsfeld declined. I must admit that I mis-judged TIME Magazine in my December 31, 2003 Post, in which I speculated that TIME named "The American Soldier" as Man of the Year because TIME could not bear to credit Rumsfeld as the individual responsible for the most important World event of 2003. Apparently TIME was willing to give the credit, but Rumsfeld wasn't willing to take it. My apologies to TIME Magazine.

The incident gives some insight into what makes the man tick. Rummy did not decline the honor simply out of humility, although that may have been a factor. Rumsfeld exhibits an impressive lack of fear of Washington's ruling elites because he refuses to let them "make" him; therefore they do not have the power to "break" him either. The Secretary of War doesn't need the job, nor the applause of the media and political elites whose approbation is the coin of the realm for most public figures.

Rumsfeld has spent enough time in government to know how the game is played, but at some critical point in his career he must have decided to be his own man, no matter what. That's just the kind of man that can be trusted with leadership of the Defense Department in these perilous times. In fact, Man of the Year is too small a designation for Donald Rumsfeld, since he surely is a man for all seasons.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:56 AM CST
Updated: Friday, January 9, 2004 5:20 PM CST
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Wednesday, December 31, 2003
MAN OF THE YEAR
Following are the ten runners up, and the winner of the highly coveted LarryNaselli.com 2003 Man of the Year Award. The runners up are listed in no particular order.

The Runners Up:

Tony Blair - It had appeared that the last trace of Churchill's Britain had vanished with the retirement of Lady Thatcher -- not so. Tony Blair, defying his own Labor Party and his own image as a Clinton-style "third-way" politician, was truly courageous and eloquent (anything said with an English accent sounds eloquent, but Blair actually was!) in his support of the U.S. war to liberate Iraq, in particular, and the War on Terrorism generally. It may yet cost him his job to have done the right thing, but Blair's bracing of himself and standing to his duty was England's finest hour in a generation.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - For bursting upon the political scene to confound the ruling elites, by capturing the Governorship of the Nation's largest State, in the most significant "throw the bums out" election since 1994.

Saddam Hussein - The craven surrender of Saddam to Fourth Infantry Division GI's, who cornered the former dictator hiding in a spider hole, was the best war news since the overthrow of Hussein's despotic rule, yet the Western Media did not exhibit their usual exultation at the bringing low of the high and mighty when Saddam was at last rounded up. Although this monster certainly dominated headlines in 2003, Saddam lost his chance to be man of the year by choosing discretion over his own frequently offered exhortations to Iraqis to fight the Americans to the death.

The Suicide Bomber - These followers of that "Religion of Peace" grabbed plenty of headlines during 2003. Fortunately, the most virulent strain among them lost a major source of funding, when the United States brought long-overdue regime change to Iraq, thus drying up Saddam's subsidies to the families of Palestinian suicide terrorists.

The calculated mass slaughter of innocents is a crime so heinous that no civilized human being could approve it, which explains why Palestinian suicide bombers enjoy such high regard among the elites of Hollywood and Old Europe, and on the "Arab Street."

Judge Roy Moore - For fighting a nearly hopeless, but heroic, rearguard action against judicial tyranny and the subjugation of the States by the Central Government. If America one day recovers Constitutional representative self-government, Roy Moore should be remembered as the "Morning Star" of that revival, who not only recognized the Constitutional issues at stake, but took a courageous and costly stand on principle, so unusual that even his obvious natural allies mostly failed to grasp the point of Moore's defiance.

The American Fighting Man - TIME Magazine made a worthy choice, but mainly because they could not bear to acknowledge either Donald Rumsfeld or George W. Bush as the individual responsible for the most significant world event of 2003, the Liberation of Iraq.

George W. Bush - For dissing the so-called "International Community," i.e. The UN, France, Germany and the Democrat Party, and pursuing the War on Terror despite the treacherous interference of all of the above.

Donald Rumsfeld - The Secretary of War defied the experts with his Iraq invasion strategy, and achieved one of the signal military conquests of modern history.

The Queer - Speaking of signal conquests, the advances achieved by radical homosexuals during 2003 are stunning in their scope and depth. These gains have been made at the expense of America's moral fabric and of representative government. 2003 was a extraordinary year for homosexual activists to force their agenda forward, in spite of the will of The People, and their most effective weapon in so doing was my next runner up.

The Activist Judge - Judicial Activism flourished during 2003, in a raw exercise of power that calls to mind Lincoln's warning that if the Court can throw out the laws passed by The People's elected representatives, The People are not their own rulers.

Sodomy, Affirmative Action, Terrorists, The Pledge of Allegiance, Enemy Captives, Free Speech in Election Campaigns, Voting Machines and The Ten Commandments were prominent among the subjects on which Activist Judges rendered outrageous decisions, based on various combinations of bad constitutional law, their own opinions and foreign Constitutions. It was a dark year for the American Experiment in representative self-government, thanks to the domination of The Activist Judge.

And my choice for MAN OF THE YEAR 2003 is:

Howard Dean - The man who is likely to carry the Democrat Party to oblivion. I love this guy!

For forty years, the only effective strategy Democrats have found for winning the Presidency has been for their candidate to trick the electorate into believing he is some variety of Conservative/Moderate/Centrist. Whenever the Democrat has openly confessed to Liberalism, he has gone down in flames, usually with considerable collateral damage in Congress, Governorships and State Legislatures. Howard Dean is not only an unreconstructed Leftist, like Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, but like big-time losers Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale and George McGovern, Dean makes no serious effort to conceal it.

Dean has been a dominant figure in the news of 2003, and he is the embodiment of a movement that promises to be one of the most significant of this century, namely the movement of the once-great Democrat Party over the Left-most precipice of American Politics. Years from now we may look back on the nomination of Howard Dean as the crisis point in a seismic political re-alignment.

In honor of my Man of the Year, I herewith re-post a poem I composed when Dr. Dean claimed that he supports our troops more than President Bush does, which prompted me to throw my support to Howard Dean:


I'm supporting Howard Dean in his run for President
I'm behind his no-good candidacy one-hundred percent

Oh, I'd never send him money, plant a sign or knock on doors,
But I'm standing right beside the candidate you may be sure.

Well, I'll say and do just anything to see that Howard flops
And I'll vote against him cause I know that Howard must be stopped

But I truly do support him, yes I look on him with pride
And although I wish him failure, I still stand by Howard's side

No, I haven't got a single thing to say about him good
But I pray for Howard Dean and I support him as I should

Yes, I know you'll think I spoof or my endorsement is an "oops"
But I am supporting Dean the same way Dean supports our troops




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Updated: Monday, January 5, 2004 9:43 AM CST
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Monday, December 29, 2003
Whatever Happened to the G-Word?
John Kerry's sophomoric outburst of F-word profanity, apparently intended to woo the teenie-bopper vote, and Wesley Clark's braggertly use of the S-word, to cow imaginary impugners of his battlefield valour, both are interesting primarily as potential specimens for a psychiatric seminar; but, another candidate's speech patterns deserve far more political curiosity: Why doesn't Joe Lieberman use the G-word anymore?

Candidate Al Gore chose Lieberman as his 2000 running mate, amidst Democrat Strategists' fears that the Democrats had "lost God" to the Republicans, and the consequent felt need to reclaim the Party's affinity with voters of faith. So, America met a Vice Presidential Candidate who could scarcely complete a sentence without mentioning God. Lieberman's G-word profusion was comical to anyone who pays close attention to politics, but to the occasional and casual observer Lieberman seemed a soothing antidote to fears of Democrat hostility to religion.

Since I have no window to look into Senator Lieberman's soul, I won't attempt to ascertain whether he was sincere in his obsessive use of the G-word in 2000; but comparing Lieberman's current speech patterns to three and one-half years ago, I can pronounce the Senator completely cured of God-speak.

Now, is Lieberman's former God-consciousness a condition from which one should want to be cured? Evidently that depends on who one is trying to impress. In 2000, a God-fearing general electorate, suspicious of Democrats' attitude toward people of faith, might have been comforted by Lieberman's identification with them, but the Democrat Left-wing Activist Base that chooses the Party's Presidential Nominee would hardly be so accepting of a Candidate who professes that his actions are hedged by a sense of accountability to God.

While there is nothing reprehensible about a candidate emphasizing different issues before different audiences, the very point of Lieberman's G-word mania in the 2000 campaign was to illustrate to the American People that he is a man motivated and restrained by his faith in and accountability to God. This intimation had considerable success in winning the trust of religious voters, so since Lieberman has now lost his taste for the G-word, we may reasonably inquire whether he was being insincere in 2000 or now? A man who makes pretensions about his faith in God is a fraud, unworthy of anyone's confidence; on the other hand, if Lieberman was sincere then and now, we must conclude that the candidate no longer looks to Heaven for his guiding light, in which case Americans of faith have no particular reason to trust him.

Perhaps some day a reporter on the Lieberman campaign trail will get around to asking the Senator whatever happened to the G-word. The change in Lieberman's vocabulary from the 2000 campaign to this one is at least as telling as the more rigorously reported foul language of Kerry and Clark.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:32 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 8:27 AM CST
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Saturday, December 27, 2003
Caroling
This Christmas Eve, as is our custom, our family went from door to door in our neighborhood, singing Christmas Carols. We moved to a new home last year, so I especially savored the surprise of our new neighbors when they opened their front doors just as we burst into song. It is a time of broad smiles. In fact, whenever I hear the sound of Christmas Carols it stirs up wonderful memories of my childhood on the South Side of Chicago, when all the kids on my block would go from house to house singing Carols to our neighbors.

It hasn't been all that long since I was a little boy, but it appears to me that the times have changed, so that I rarely see or hear Christmas Carolers going door to door anymore. One thing has not changed, however, the words of these songs still carry the most powerful message of good news that has ever been told. That good news is that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

Let me encourage you to sing the Carols of Christmas with your family this season. Most of us are familiar with the tunes of these songs, having heard them all our lives at Christmas time, so let the music touch your heart, and listen carefully to the words of all the verses. Sometimes you have to keep going to the third or fourth verse to discover the message of the song; it's always worth the wait, because the message is good news -- the best news you could hear this Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:40 PM CST
Updated: Monday, December 29, 2003 8:07 AM CST
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Of Tax Cuts and Flak Jackets
Against the backdrop of continued deadly attacks on our troops in Iraq, a favorite talking point of Democrats is that tax cuts for the rich could have been used to buy flak jackets for our troops. Not that any Democrat is proposing a boost in military spending, but the specious association of tax cuts with American casualties is the best Democrats can come up with.

No bounty of flak jackets will make the American economy roar, but tax cuts are once again proving quite effective in that regard; and a thriving American economy provides an abundance of revenue for Congress to dispose. That being so, is there any reason to expect that the opponents of tax cuts would, if they had it in their power, allocate more dollars than the Bush Administration to improvements in military equipment?

In this, the disingenuousness of Democrats is too transparent to even be termed hypocricy. In it's unseriousness, the Democrats' petty gainsaying is no more than childish contrarianism, thoroughly unsuited to those who wish to wield power in the greatest nation on earth.

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Updated: Monday, December 29, 2003 8:07 AM CST
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Tuesday, December 23, 2003
What do you give to someone who has everything?
Have you ever found yourself at Christmas-time struggling to think of a gift for someone, because they already have "everything?" Of course, you eventually find something for them because nobody really has everything - well, almost nobody . . . what about God? If there is anybody who really does have everything, it would be God.

Just imagine trying to pick out that perfect gift for the Creator of the Universe and the "Possessor of Heaven and Earth." How about a cozy Christmas sweater? Not really appropriate since "our God is a consuming fire." Or maybe you could just slip a crisp twenty into a greeting card; except "all the silver and all the gold belong to Him;" so, it's unlikely that His heart will race at the sight of twenty bucks. Or hey, when all else fails, give Gift Certificates! But what good are those McDonald's Dollars to the One who "owns the cattle on a thousand hills" Even Marshall Fields Gift Certificates would be blas? because "the Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." And don't bother with the old-reliable Blockbuster Video Gift Certificates, since "He knows everything from beginning to end." This could be one exasperating shopping trip - but maybe it's not quite as hard as it seems. As every little boy who has ever wanted to buy his Mom a baseball mitt, and every little girl who has ever wanted to buy her Dad a doll has learned, the secret to effective gift selection is to choose something they would like to have, not something you would like to have.

But how can you know what that special person on your gift list wants? Well, there are two basic methods:
(1) you take a wild guess, or (2) you let them tell you what they want. Experience has taught most of us that the "wild guess" technique is a low-probability approach to finding the right gift; but the "let them tell you" method works quite well, and can be executed with varying degrees of stealth, as the circumstances warrant. Some gift-givers prefer explicit requests, while others discreetly compile a list throughout the year by carefully listening to the expressed or implied desires of the gift- givee.

Let's employ Method (2) to find out what you could give to God that He would really like. Here are some things He has said:

"without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."

"you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength."

"God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth...for the Father is seeking this kind of worshipers."

Now, there's the start of a pretty good gift list. God wants you to Trust Him, Love Him and Worship Him. Notice, that those are all things that (by God's design) He cannot take from you - no amount of power can force you to Love, to Trust, or to Worship - you must give your Love, your Trust and your Worship willingly; and that is precisely why God treasures those gifts.

So, What can you give to the God who has everything?
Trust Him. Love Him. Worship Him. He is sure to like it!



I adapted the above, with permission, from a teaching by my friend, Kristine Aikenhead.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2003
How silently, how silently...

For over twenty years I sang or heard those words in the familiar Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem: "How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given..." and I unthinkingly assumed that the phrase referred to the birth of baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

Then, when I was twenty-five years old, it was my privilege to observe the birth of our first child, Matthew; and it was that Christmas, as I sang those words, that I stopped and thought about them for the first time. Of all the possible adverbs I might choose to describe the birth of a baby, "silently" would definitely not be one of them.

It dawned on me that maybe I had been missing the point of the song; so I read the words carefully, and found that this old Christmas Carol had a lot more to teach me about the meaning of Christmas than I had ever imagined. Listen to the words:

"How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given; so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.

No ear may hear His coming; but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in."


These lyrics are not about the baby Jesus being born in Bethlehem; they are about the resurrected, life-giving Christ entering the human spirit of a person who puts their trust in Him. Although this supernatural entrance of Christ is invisible and silent, its effect is life-changing, because God comes to live in a human being. One of Jesus' names is Immanuel, which means God With Us. It is wondrous to realize that God wants to dwell in you! In fact, He created you with that very relationship in mind.

Jesus, by His death for us on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead, has already done all that is necessary to forgive your sins and bring you to God. Your part is simply to believe it, and surrender your life to Him. "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord; and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved" (Romans 10:9-10).

If you want Jesus Christ to do for you, and in you, that which He came to earth to do, namely, forgive your sins and come to live in your spirit as God With YOU, the last verse of the song makes an excellent prayer to receive God's "wondrous gift."

"O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray. Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas Angel the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Immanuel."


Merry Christmas!



Copyright 2003 by Larry Naselli




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