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Friday, March 26, 2004
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Oxymoron: "Kerry Enthusiast"

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:07 PM CST
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Credulity Test

You might just be a Kerry supporter if . . . you believe that the President of the United States took America to war in Iraq in order to enrich Halliburton, but you consider it unthinkable that Richard Clarke might have a financial motive for authoring a book maligning the Bush Administration's national security policy, just in time for the 9/11 Commission hearings.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:51 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2004 7:45 AM CDT
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3 Minute Rice

The accompanying audio link is the last three minutes of an interview of Condoleeza Rice, conducted on October 4, 2000 by David Newman for WJR AM Radio in Detroit. At the time, Dr. Rice was campaigning for Governor George W. Bush, and her comments about Osama Bin Laden are quite enlightening, especially in the wake of Richard Clarke's assertion that during a briefing by Clarke in early 2001 National Security Adviser Rice's facial expressions reflected her ignorance about Al Quaeda.

If you have watched or listened to Mr. Clarke's 9/11 Commission testimony or his Book-hawking on TV, you already know -- irrespective of your thoughts about the merits of his criticisms -- that Clarke has a sanctimonious and self-important manner. Listen to the audio clip of Condoleeza Rice and draw your own conclusions about what Dr. Rice's facial expressions may have indicated.

To listen to the interview, click the link to the left of this post, or copy and paste the address below into your internet browser.

http://www.wjr.net/article.asp?pt=Past+Interviews&id=18733

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:44 AM CST
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Top Priority?

Perhaps the most audacious claim made by former Counter-terrorism staffer, Richard Clarke, is that Bill Clinton made combatting terrorism his top priority.

Reasonable people might wonder, if fighting terrorism was President Clinton's top priority, why from 1993 through 2000, when the United States suffered terrorist attacks at The World Trade Center, at our military barracks in Saudi Arabia, at two African embassies, and against the U.S.S. Cole, did Clinton take no effective action against terrorists? President Clinton did, on the other hand, send United States armed forces to fight in Bosnia and Kosovo, and to deliver humanitarian aid in Haiti.

He also pursued an aggressive, if unambitious, domestic agenda which, after the failure of his 1993 Universal Healthcare legislation to pass a Democrat House and Democrat Senate, consisted of scores of small initiatives to touch up The New Deal and The Great Society. And it's no secret that President Clinton found plenty of time for (ahem) other activities, not to be found in the Presidential job description.

What makes Clarke's assertion interesting is that it may be partially accurate. Bill Clinton may well have announced, "my top priority is fighting terrorism." That's because no President (or non-President, for that matter) has ever had so many "top" priorities as Bill Clinton did. Sometimes during his eight years Clinton would announce two differing "top" priorities within the space of a single week. Clinton's self-proclaimed "top" priorities ranged from Universal Healthcare to Regime Change in Iraq, and from "saving" Social Security to forcing insurance carriers to pay for breast-cancer screening.

How could one President have dozens of "top" priorities? Presumably, that would depend on what the definition of "top" is, or perhaps the definition of "priority." Who knows? Who even cares? The relevant point is that, over the course of eight years in office, Bill Clinton's actions to combat terrorism, when weighed in the balances, have been found wanting. So if Clinton would like to accept Mr. Clarke's compliment, Clinton will have to acknowledge that his presidency failed utterly in its own top priority.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:25 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 26, 2004 11:49 AM CST
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Kerry Could Give America Another First

Rebuffed by African American leaders in his bid to become The Second "Black" President, John Kerry can at least take solace in the assurance that, if he is elected, he will be America's First European President.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:17 PM CST
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Thursday, March 18, 2004
The Bonaparte Theory

A friend and I have developed a new theory to explain John Kerry's claim to the secret endoresment of anonymous foreign leaders. See if this sounds plausible.

As is well known, Democrats - caring and compassionate lot that they are - are very concerned with the issues surrounding our nation's growing mental health crisis. And in their concern, Democrats running for office sometimes pay goodwill visits to mental health care facilities, where they discuss the important "kitchen table" issues like Social Security, healthcare, unemployment and the Kyoto Treaty, with the residents of those facilities.

It must have been during one of these campaign stops that John Kerry was approached by Napoleon Bonaparte, and assured of the little corporal's fervent support in the upcoming presidential contest. It is still unclear whether the Senator acceded to Napoleon's request that, should he unseat President Bush this November, Kerry would intercede in favor of an International Criminal Court pardon for the former French leader.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:13 PM CST
Updated: Friday, March 19, 2004 5:26 PM CST
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Of Kerry's Conversations With Foreign Leaders

John Kerry is taking a lot of heat over his claims that he talked with foreign leaders who told him of their fervent hope that Kerry would defeat President Bush in November. Kerry's refusal to identify these foreign leaders makes his story seem akin to Dick Gephardt's imaginary billionaire friend, Bob Toricelli's in-utero recollections of the McCarthy hearings, and Al Gore's fancy that Erich Segal's "Love Story" was based on Tipper and himself. But these comparisons probably miss what is really going on with Senator Kerry.

To understand Kerry's remark, we should recall that certain prominent Democrats have admitted to the habit of communing with the dead. Perhaps Hillary Clinton prevailed upon Elanor Roosevelt to introduce Senator Kerry to Joseph Stalin; or Vietnam War Protestor Kerry could surely have obtained an interview with the late Ho Chi Mihn, even without an intermediary.

Let's give Kerry the benefit of the doubt on this one; if you had been hob-nobbing with the deceased, you too would be reluctant to name names; but admitting that the foreign leaders endorsing him are dead Communists would really be a tough sell, especially in the South, where the Confederate-Flag-on-the-pick-up-truck crowd just doesn't understand Kerry's "nuanced" approach to politics. So, rather than describing his seances with foreign leaders, it might be less harmful over all for Kerry to say that he lied.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:08 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 19, 2004 5:21 PM CST
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Traces of Fun
In Chicago last night, Winter made a curtain call. The snowfall didn't live up to the forecast of five inches, but the coverage was enough to make our wooded backyard picturesque this morning. I took a long, pleasurable look out the window, and noted the non-chalant acceptance of the situation by birds, who had recently returned to these parts with the expectation of prevailing Spring weather.

Our children will finish their school work in a few hours, then plunge into our backyard for an afternoon of tree climbing, playing soldiers, and collecting firewood for Dad, so that by the time I return home this evening the landscape will bear a quite different aspect from its present pristine beauty, the contemplation of which led me to pen the following verses.

Though few sights are so lovely as a coverlet of white,
so cold, so crisp and perfect, newly fallen from the heights,
the undisturb-ed beauty of that peaceful winter's yield,
that ornaments each tree and bush, and carpets silent fields,

there is one alteration which improves on such perfection,
that far excels the pleasure of this natural collection,
the evident fulfillment of divine intentions done,
found in little footprint traces of our children having fun.



Copyright 2004 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 7:39 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:43 PM CST
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Monday, March 15, 2004
Liberals forget to be Concerned

One of the favorite charges leveled at Conservative appointments for the federal courts and cabinet is the claim by Liberal Democrat Senators that because the "laws" [read: the decrees of courts] about abortion conflict with the nominee's personal beliefs, they cannot be trusted to enforce the laws. John Ashcroft, David Pryor, Priscilla Owen and others have been subjected to these accusations, notwithstanding that no evidence for the charge exists in any of their public records.

So, why do Liberals think that Conservatives will disregard the rule of law and use offices of trust to foist their own opinions upon an unwilling public? One explanation is that Liberals don't believe it, but the charge comprises an effective slander and excuse for blocking the nominations of Conservatives. The other explanation is that Liberals assume that Conservatives are just like them. For half a century Liberal judges - and most recently Liberal elected executive officials - have been ignoring the laws enacted by the People's elected representatives to force unpopular changes to society, such as legalizing abortion, purging prayer from the schools, forced busing, racial quotas, taxpayer funding of illegal immigrants' health and education, and lately same-sex marriage.

Now that a procession of mayors, county clerks and state courts are flouting the duly enacted laws of several states to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, it is interesting, though not surprising, that there is no outcry from the Liberal groups and their Senate Judiciary Committee Democrat lap-dogs who supposedly wring their hands over the prospect of a public official disdaining the laws in deference to contrary personal beliefs.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:14 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 19, 2004 5:28 PM CST
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Thursday, March 4, 2004
So that's what they meant
Bush rolls out his campaign commercials, and sure enough things turn nasty.

George W. Bush dares to suggest in his TV commercials that Americans should prefer him for President, and the Democrats go berserk, accusing Bush of exploiting 9/11; which tells us that the Democrats' announced expectation that when the Bush campaign got underway things would "turn nasty," was not a prediction, it was a threat!

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:34 PM CST
Updated: Friday, March 5, 2004 7:26 AM CST
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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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