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Friday, July 2, 2004
Jersey Girls MIA

A few months ago, when President Bush's re-election campaign included a fleeting image of Ground Zero in a TV ad promoting the President's "steady leadership in times of change," the news was dominated by the rapid-response outrage of a small group of women identified merely as "widows of 9/11 victims'" supposedly livid that images of 9/11 were being "exploited for political purposes."

Well, it turns out that these 9/11 widows, known as The Jersey Girls (who, upon closer examination, proved to also be talking point-spouting Democrat Party activists, neck-deep in Leftwing political causes), are not equal opportunity complainers. As Michael Moore's "Farenheit 911" sets box office records for a documentary, focusing extensively on the attacks at the World Trade Center for the rather transparent political purpose of defeating George W. Bush in the November election, the previously hyper-sensitive Jersey Girls are oddly silent about exploitation of the images of 9/11 for political purposes.

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:09 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, July 2, 2004 4:50 PM CDT
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Thursday, July 1, 2004
Big Tent?

I never realized how much Al Gore and Saddam Hussein have in common, beyond the cosmetic similarities of both recently having lost weight and re-groomed their facial hair, Gore and Saddam are also on the same page in their public pronouncements, e.g. "President Bush is a criminal." "I am the legitimate President."

The main difference between them is that Saddam makes his statements with immeasurably greater composure than Gore.



Posted by larry_naselli at 1:14 PM CDT
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A Little Friendly Advice

Matt Drudge reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be picked as Kerry's VP.

The DRUDGE REPORT: "All the signs point in [Hillary's] direction," said a top Washington insider, one of the most influential and well-placed in the nation's capital. "It is the solution to every Kerry problem."

Well, maybe every current Kerry problem; but, my advice to a President Kerry with Hillary Clinton "a heartbeat away from the Oval Office," would be this: hire a food taster.


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:00 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, July 6, 2004 5:09 PM CDT
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Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Heart's Desire

To come to Abba as a son
and boast of Him to everyone
to see myself, and others too
through Jesus' blood with vision true

To overcome the fear of failure
and have a passion for my Savior
to show my love so shamelessly
and talk to Him with honesty

To obey the words He daily gives me
and know that He is always with me
as my only source of power and direction
to let me see the rejects with pity and affection

I long for Jesus to express Himself
to the World and His Flock through me,
that I might daily experience His Love and Grace
and use the gifts He's put in me.

To fulfill the dreams that came from Him
and reach His heart each time I pray
to be so very full of Him
that I have enough Jesus to give away.



Copyright 2003 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:34 AM CDT
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Monday, June 28, 2004
Tribune Goes Fishing

The Chicago Tribune has succeeded in driving Jack Ryan out of the U.S. Senate race in Illinois, through an incredibly intrusive lawsuit demanding that the records of Jack and Jeri Ryan's divorce proceedings be made public. This may not be such bad political news for Illinois Republicans, since Ryan was trailing his opponent almost-hopelessly in the polls, but it is an awful destruction of a man's reputation, and has placed an utterly unneccessary burden on the Ryan's young son.

The Judge's decision was capricious, based on no legitimate election law, and the suit itself was not based on any accusation of wrongdoing against Jack Ryan, but on the entirely irrelevant fact that a candidate for the Democrat Party's nomination, Blair Hull, had some bad things from his divorce records come to light during the Primary and one or two of Ryan's Republican opponents clamoured for the release of Ryan's divorce records as well.

The Tribune's lawsuit was purely a "fishing expedition," and sure enough, they hauled in something sufficiently embarrassing to make any Democrat a folk-hero to his Party, or to force any Republican to withdraw his candidacy in disgrace.

Most adults understand that a custody battle in a divorce proceeding is a very unsavory event, in which one spouse tries to make the other spouse out to be an utterly unfit parent, by claiming the most awful faults and misdeeds they can recall or fabricate, and with the assistance of counsel, framing these failings in the most sinister sounding terms. Taking the filings in a typical custody battle at face value, you would conclude that the man was Jack The Ripper, and the woman was Jezebel.

Consider then, that the worst possible thing that can be said against Jack Ryan (and mind you, Ryan disputed the charge then, and disputes it now) is that some years ago he brought his own wife to some so-called "sex clubs," and once asked her to have sex with him in that club (where it was accepted practice), while other people were present. When Ryan's wife refused, he did not force her against her will, did not smear her to the press, did not bite her lips and tell her to "put some ice on that;" besides which Ryan's wife -- who, by the way, did not want the divorce records made public either -- now says of him that he is a fine man.

While what Jack Ryan is said to have done is not, shall we say, "mainstream" behavior, how many of us would wish that the worst that could be said about us, by those who know us best, was no worse than that?

It is predictable now, that about the first of November the Chicago Tribune will run the obligatory high-toned plaintive editorial, decrying the lack of good candidates to choose from, because capable people are unwilling to run for Public Office. Now, why might that be?

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:15 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 28, 2004 4:59 PM CDT
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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Mental Illness

As Clinton is in the news again, I'm hearing lots of Liberal Democrats complaining that Clinton was impeached for having sex with Monica Lewinsky. Liberals seem to be incapable of grasping the simple objective point that Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath in a federal court and obstructing justice, not for committing adultery. This reminded me that Liberalism is less of a political philosophy than it is a form of mental illness.

For instance, Liberals seem to have the same cognitive incapacity:
a. with the fact that President Bush has never drawn a connection between Iraq and 9/11
b. with numerous re-counts (including those conducted by Liberal newspapers) of the Florida votes
c. with the fact that our Constitution provides for the States to elect Presidents through the electoral college not the popular vote
d. with the fact that British Intelligence did tell us that Saddam attempted to purchase enriched uranium in Africa, just as President Bush said in his 2003 State of the Union Address
e. with the objectively verifiable fact that federal tax revenues increased dramatically following the Reagan tax cuts
f. with the fact that the Bush tax cuts can not possibly have caused increases in federal budget deficits, prior to their enactment

Well, you get the idea. This goes beyond ignorance, beyond stupidy, beyond myopia . . . what else can we conclude, besides that Liberalism causes brain damage.




Posted by larry_naselli at 5:11 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 5:12 PM CDT
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Friday, June 18, 2004
Dem talking points are a poor substitute for facts

The Media echo-chamber resounds with reports that the 9/11 Commission has refuted Bush Administration claims of an Iraq - 9/11 link; this despite the fact that the Public Record objectively shows that neither President Bush, nor any member of his administration, has ever made such a claim. One is therefore left to wonder whether the American News Media is disingenuous, or merely incompetent.

George W. Bush, like his predecessor Bill Clinton, has rightly linked Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda and to other terrorists, such as Abu Nidal, al-Zarqawi and Hezbollah; but over the past two years President Bush has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no intelligence tying Iraq to the 9/11 attacks. Among all the news reporting about the 9/11 Commission's report there is not a single quote from the President or any Executive Branch official claiming Iraqi involvement in 9/11, because no such quote exists.

Iraqi involvement in 9/11 was never part of the Bush Administration's case for regime change in Iraq (remember how Liberals wrung their hands about our "unprecedented" pre-emptive war?) President Bush was very clear that the war was necessary to prevent Saddam from providing WMD's to terrorists.

The idea of an Iraq - 9/11 connection - like the "imminent threat" mantra -- began as and remains a red herring, fabricated by Bush's domestic political opponents. I suppose we might expect as much from a Party embittered by the rejection of the electorate; but professional journalists ought to report facts, not the fevered talking points of political partisans.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:09 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 21, 2004 5:29 PM CDT
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Of Stem Cells and Prisoners

It is strikingly incongruous that Liberals demand the destruction of embryonic human children, in hopes of extracting a cure for Alzheimer's Disease, yet they can't stomach the thought of a few Jihadists being roughed up, in hopes of extracting vital military intelligence in the War on Terrorism.



Posted by larry_naselli at 11:07 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 21, 2004 5:24 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Troy could spark outbreak of "Tony Manero Syndrome"

If the Motion Picture Academy has an award for Best Missed Opportunity, Troy is surely the frontrunner to win it. As an entertainment experience Troy was worth the $15.00 I paid for my wife and I to see it; but, given such an epic subject, the producers fell woefully short of the potential to make a great film.

Visually and technically this is a fairly engaging film, but it suffers from terminal bad-casting in the lead role. I'm told by my more pop-culturally informed co-workers that Brad Pitt, who plays Achilles, is a big time box office draw for females, but I don't think I've seen a more annoying actor on screen since - well, since Pee-Wee Herman. Perhaps this was the Director's intent, but as the movie proceeded, I sensed a growing anticipation of the happy moment at which Achilles would finally be put out of my misery. It's a bad sign for any serious movie if members of the audience are rooting for the hero's death.

While I can't imagine that any tears were shed in theaters over the death of Brad Pitt's Achilles, it is entirely likely that this movie will produce another outbreak of "Tony Manero Syndrome." In the late 1970's when the movie Saturday Night Fever became a cultural phenomenon, millions of young males tried to emulate John Travolta's disco-dancing character, Tony Manero. Why was that a problem? Because the character, Tony Manero, was - by the movie's own terms - a total jerk. If Brad Pitt is indeed the "chick magnet" that my co-workers assure me he is, we may be facing a deluge of young males embracing the pouting, whining, self-centeredness, lawlessness and capricious violence of Troy's Achilles -- as if we were suffering from a shortage of total jerks - and we may even see young men shaving all their bodily hair from the shoulders downward. Yes, Troy has the potential to strike a worse blow to responsible masculinity than Saturday Night Fever ever did - and that's saying something.

My best hope for Troy is that it will earn enough money at the box office to finance a high-quality production of Homer's Odessey, starring Sean Bean, who is thoroughly likeable as the persuasive and almost-earnest intermediary between King Agememnon and Achilles. He may be getting a little old for the kind of acrobatic battle sequences that Brad Pitt's Achilles performs, but at least Bean would have a positive influence on the manliness of the young males in the audience, and I wouldn't find myself missing John Wayne as desperately as I did while watching Brad Pitt's juvenile strutting in Troy.


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:24 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2004 11:25 AM CDT
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Justice For Bonzo

"Bedtime for Bonzo" is routinely used as a byword to indicate a humiliating chapter in Ronald Reagan's cinematic career. It's an unfair rap. "Bonzo" may not be "Gone With The Wind," but it's a fun movie, well produced, and ten times better than most of the product Hollywood currently vomits on the movie-going public. My kids love "Bedtime for Bonzo," and I don't have to stand by with the Pause button ready to edit out foul language. In fact, the only thing I have to worry about is my teenaged daughters swooning over a heart-stoppingly handsome Ronald Reagan.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:47 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 11:50 AM CDT
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Monday, June 14, 2004
Platform Changes Show Democrat Sincerity [PARODY]

On Saturday, John Kerry called for expanded acquisition of stem-cells from human embryos, as a means to advance research for a cure of Alzheimer's Disease. Some cynics have accused Kerry and the Democrats of exploiting Nancy Reagan's grief and loss to drive a wedge between the Bush Administration, which favors research only on existing stem-cell lines, and the millions of Americans mourning the death of the former President, who may sympathize with Mrs. Reagan's support for more stem-cell research. But, proving partisan critics wrong, Democrats have demonstrated the sincerity of their call to honor Nancy Reagan and the memory of President Ronald Reagan by obtaining from Mrs. Reagan a list of policy prescriptions on a broad range of issues, which Democrats plan to adopt into their 2004 Party Platform.

According to DNC Chairman, Terry MacAuliff, the Democrat Party has so far embraced deep across-the-board cuts in marginal income tax rates, eliminating the corporate income tax, a military buildup, including increased funding for missile defense, the elimination of the Departments of Education and Energy, and an aggressive foreign and military policy aimed at bringing America's mortal enemies to their knees.

There is, however, still minor disagreement among Party Leaders about the best way to explain to core Democrat constituencies the planned adoption of a Platform Plank condemning abortion as the immoral killing of unborn human beings. "Sure there are still a few wrinkles to iron out," said MacAuliff, "but the Democrat Party is committed to honoring Mrs. Reagan and the memory of former President Reagan, and we are certainly not about to restrict that honor to issues that could serve as a political wedge against our esteemed opposition."

MacAuliff went on to explain to reporters that Democrats want the American People to know that Kerry's conjuring of Mrs. Reagan on behalf of stem-cell policy was not an act of transparent political opportunism, as some critics have charged. "John Kerry is as sincere as the day is long," MacAuliff said, "when it comes to honoring the Reagans. And we're not going to stand by while the Republican Attack Machine trashes our candidate." The Republican Attack Machine could not be reached for comment.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:10 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 10:22 AM CDT
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Reagan as victim is laughably bad casting

Seeing that everyone else was paying tribute to Ronald Reagan, John Kerry used the Democrats' weekly radio address to get in on the action. Predictably, Kerry got it exactly wrong.

Always alert for a political opportunity, Democrats have seized upon the grieving Nancy Reagan's support for stem cell research as the way to leverage President Reagan's death into a political advantage. The Media has dutifully lent a hand, by mis-reporting the Bush Administration policy as "anti-stem cell research," and by assuming a childlike credulity toward the fantastic assertion that such research is a short-cut to a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.

In his remarks, Kerry appealed (putatively on behalf of Mrs. Reagan, the memory of a beloved President, and that unassailable argument-ender "Science") for government authorized harvesting of new stem cells from human children whose life is ended during the embryonic stage, in order to perform research that will, according to Kerry, save millions of people from suffering Alzheimer's Disease, as Ronald Reagan did.

But creating a market for traffic in human parts -- no matter who may benefit thereby -- is no way to honor Ronald Reagan, whose entire moral perspective was opposed to sacrificing unborn children to our conveniences. In his book, "Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation," President Reagan inveighed against just such "a social ethic where some human lives are valued and others are not."

Moreover, it is telling that Kerry's Liberalism is so systematic that he views even Ronald Reagan as a victim. But Reagan's entire life, including his brave sunset struggle with Alzheimer's, belies the premise of victimhood. Whether rising above a childhood in the home of an alchoholic father, or bringing down the Berlin Wall, Reagan's was a life characterized by the overcoming of obstacles. When the former President learned of his affliction with Alzheimer's Disease, he bore it with consummate grace and optimism, believing that everything happens for a purpose, and that God would use this circumstance for good. Reagan took the occasion of his 1994 farewell to the Public to encourage Americans about their bright future, and express his gratitude for their having given him the opportunity to serve them. Evidently, Reagan hadn't gotten the word that he was a victim.

Sorry Monsieur Kerry, but Ronald Reagan as Victim is laughably implausible casting. Nevertheless, John Kerry's cluelessness about the meaning of Ronald Reagan's life and Presidency should come as no surprise. Elitists who pride themselves on their nuanced views have never grasped The Gipper's simple and true understanding of right and wrong, good and evil. Living in a moral fog that never afflicted Ronald Reagan, nuanced elitists like John Kerry bask in the applause of other nuanced elitists, while simple and noble men like Ronald Reagan inspire nations, tear down walls, defeat evil empires and make the World better by what they give, not by what they strip from the corpses of the helpless.

Yes, when it comes to misunderstanding America and great Americans, John Kerry has something akin to perfect pitch: as with his attempt to cast Ronald Reagan as a victim, Kerry is almost infallible at getting it wrong.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:12 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 14, 2004 3:49 PM CDT
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Friday, June 11, 2004
Shining City? You ain't seen nothin' yet

Ronald Reagan frequently spoke of America as "a shining city on a hill," but when it comes to shining cities, as great as America is, Ronald Reagan hadn't seen anything yet, now he has.

In the presence of the Lord there is fulness of joy

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:12 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 14, 2004 1:38 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 9, 2004
Why I love him so much

Over the past few days I've tried to place my finger on why I love this man, Ronald Reagan, so much. My children have grown up with Ronald Reagan as a regular guest at our dinner table - not in person, of course, but in the recounting of his words and deeds. I guess that I quote Ronald Reagan second only to the Bible.

But my affection for Ronald Reagan goes beyond his historic accomplishments of reviving the American economy and vanquishing the Soviet Evil Empire. President Reagan made me feel excited about being an American, and he let me know that it was OK to express my love of Country.

I was eighteen years old when I first heard Ronald Reagan, the politician, and I was just forming firm ideas about many things in the wide World. Ronald Reagan taught me what kind of country America is: a country with a special mission from God, to bear high the torch of freedom; a country whose people would do the things others considered impossible; and a country whose best days lie ahead.

God bless America, and God bless Ronald Reagan - his best days also lie ahead.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:13 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 2004 3:46 PM CDT
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Monday, June 7, 2004
The World That Reagan Shaped

Do we live today in a World shaped by Ronald Reagan's leadership? At this hour, my eldest son is with the U.S. Army in Poland, participating in joint military exercises with the Polish and Russian Armies.

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:04 PM CDT
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Once in a Century

In the context of Ronald Reagan's passing I did think about Bill Clinton -- by way of contrast, that is. Clinton once said, with his trademark modesty, "a President like me only comes around about once a century." I'm sure I wasn't the only American who, upon learning this, sent up a prayer of gratitude for The Almighty's parsimony. And I'm sure that many more Americans, like me, thank God for His generosity in sending America a leader like Ronald Reagan in a century that most desperately needed him.

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:03 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2004 5:17 PM CDT
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God Used Him To Change My Life

I finished my dinner and climbed into my 1974 Buick LaSabre, to drive to an evening ensemble rehearsal. The DePaul University Music Campus was a five minute walk from the cafeteria, or a three minute drive for the indolent or the overburdened with books and musical instruments. I usually fell into one of the two driving categories, and that night it was fortuitous that I did. On the car radio a man was speaking, addressing what sounded to be an enthusiastic crowd. What he was saying captured my interest so much that I spent the next thirty to forty minutes parked in the Music Campus Student Lot, with the key turned to accessory, listening to the radio, and missed my class.

I had tuned in after the introduction, so I didn't know who was speaking; what I did know was that this man was talking about public policy, and making more sense than anybody I had ever heard. When he finished, a radio announcer cut into the applause of the audience, to say that the speaker was Ronald Reagan, announcing that he would seek the Republican nomination for President. The year was 1979. I was 18 years old. I was astonished. All I knew about Ronald Reagan up to that point was that I used watch him on TV hosting Death Valley Days, and that he was "a right-wing war monger." I decided that I had better learn about the real man. From that day, I began devouring any information I could find about Ronald Reagan, and the more I learned, the more I liked him. I was proud to cast my first vote in a Presidential Election for Ronald Reagan.

Reagan's faith in the goodness of America and in the power of human liberty, spawned policies that changed America and changed the World, in ways that few believed possible when he ran for President with a vision of reviving the stagnant U.S. economy by cutting taxes and reducing regulation, and rolling back the Soviet evil empire by building up our military and confronting the Soviet threat in Europe and Communist expansion around the world. Reagan's fabulous success in both of these goals has earned him a place among America's greatest Presidents, and made him one of my personal heroes (our third son, Isaac Reagan Naselli, is named in honor of President Reagan); but there is another special way in which this great man affected my life, and I'd like to tell you about it.

As I sought out information about Ronald Reagan, beginning in 1979, one thing that surprised me was his faith in God. As a thoroughly secular young man myself, I had no hostility to religion, but I didn't think it much mattered in real life either. Reagan, a man whose character and leadership I was coming to admire, confessed a constant dependence on God, and specifically a personal faith in Jesus Christ, and this made a deep impression on me. If a great leader like Ronald Reagan took God seriously, perhaps I wasn't quite as wise as I thought I was to ignore Him.

I began asking questions about God of everybody I knew, and I found that although many of my friends and acquaintances attended church, none of them had a personal relationship with God. Instead, help came to me from the most unlikely quarter, the Liberal Media. Through Reagan's first year as President I found the Network TV News broadcasts so revoltingly biased against the President that I went searching elsewhere for news and information. This was before Rush Limbaugh, before the rise of cable news networks, and before Al Gore invented the Internet. On my brother's recommendation I tuned in CBN (The Christian Broadcasting Network) News on The 700 Club, and found high quality news programming without the supercilious Liberal bias of the major Networks.

Along with CBN's News broadcasts, I soon found myself getting interested in the testimonies of people who claimed that their lives had been changed by an encounter with God. I began staying tuned after the news to hear these stories, and the message of salvation from sin through Jesus Christ. During those same years, 1981-1983, I watched President Reagan stand like a rock against the tides of political pressure that assailed him over the Air Traffic Controllers' strike, the deployment of intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Western Europe, and his income-tax rate cuts. Reagan's steadfastness against the kind of pressure calculated to make politicians fold, made me concede that there must be a special power at work in his life. Knowing that he confessed faith in Christ helped me to open my theretofore closed mind to my own need for Jesus. In September of 1983 I gave my life to Christ and received forgiveness of sins and a new life in Him. That transformation is, without rival, the best thing that ever happened to me, and has shaped the whole course of my life since then.

While Ronald Reagan was saving America from malaise and Stagflation, and saving the World from Soviet Communism, God was also using Reagan's simple testimony of faith in Christ to change the life of an obscure young man, and by extension, the lives of my wife and children, and generations to come in our family (God only knows how many others could tell a similar tale). So, my deepest appreciation goes to a great man, for his heroic leadership of a great nation, and for his unashamed testimony that turned my attention to Jesus Christ and helped change my life for eternity. I look forward to shaking Ronald Reagan's hand in heaven one day, and telling him "thanks" in person.

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:23 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, July 1, 2005 12:06 PM CDT
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Friday, June 4, 2004
Campbell Hits The Bullseye

Colorado Senator, Ben Campbell's Denver Post Guest Commentary (see link below) is not a fabulous piece of writing, but it is a great distillation of the moment of truth in which America now finds itself.

John Kerry called the Iraq War a moment of truth, and he was right -- for all the wrong reasons. This moment of truth is not about whether the United States will kiss ass at the United Nations Security Council, as Kerry would have it, but about whether Americans will realize that our nation is at war, and unite accordingly. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Unfortunately, the Democrat Party Leadership has made -- what is the phrase? -- "a quality decision" to divide America over the War on Terrorism, because Democrats are out of power, and the Party Leadership will pay any price, bear any burden, to get that power back.

In a way, George W. Bush probably brought this division upon us 1) by his "new tone" trust of the Democrats' brief pretensions to be with him in the WOT, and 2) by denying the Dems their signature election year bludgeons of Education, Healthcare and Social Security. After all, the only real way to get Liberal Democrats to go in for national unity is to let them win.


Read Sen. Campbell's Guest Commentary at http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E158%257E2190738,00.html

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:09 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 14, 2004 1:39 PM CDT
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Tuesday, June 1, 2004
The Final Mostaccioli

Like a sword of Damocles above a crimson lake,
the final mostaccioli dangles high above my plate;
though hardly superstitious, still I'm tempted to believe
that this doughy delectation has some mischief up its sleeve.

So tenuously skewered on my fork, that noodle writhes,
unwilling, like his fellows, to be swallowed up alive.
I might have seen it coming, had I been on the alert,
and parried this assault by putting on a darker shirt.

But that reluctant pasta has escaped my forked grasp;
I watch it (like slow-motion) plummet toward a saucy splash.
There isn't time to dodge it, nor to move aside the platter
as, to my horror, marinara on my shirt is splattered.

I ought to know by now to take appropriate precaution;
aware it's hopeless such a stain will come out in the washin',
O' how many speckled garments will it take to demonstrate
that the final mostaccioli's better left upon my plate?



Copyright 2004 by Larry Naselli, All rights reserved.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:01 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 28, 2004 5:02 PM CDT
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Mr. Excitement

I was languishing in the Atlanta Airport last Friday, waiting for the storms in Chicago to abate sufficiently to permit our plane to take off, when the following remark distinguished itself to my ears, amid the continuous droning of CNN on the waiting room television: "If Kerry decides not to make his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention, it could rob what little excitement is left to political Conventions these days..." I couldn't help but laugh aloud at the idea that anybody's excitement would be diminished by John Kerry not making a speech.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:41 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 11:50 AM CDT
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