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Friday, November 5, 2004
Voice of Reason

If somebody had told me in 1994 that in ten years Hillary Rodam Clinton would represent the voice of reason and moderation in the Democrat Party, I would have scoffed -- as you would have too -- but, against the backdrop of the Democrat Party lashing out and melting down in the aftermath of an electoral thrashing, Hillary seems the very soul of temperance among Democrats.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:49 PM CST
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Going It Alone



This map is what Democrats might describe as "the State of Texas going it alone."

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:17 PM CST
Updated: Friday, November 5, 2004 5:53 PM CST
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Brain Dead?

Network newsreaders breathlessly report on the condition of Palestinian "Leader," Yassar Arafat, sounding worried and grave, as if the World were about to lose a revered paternal figure in the quest for human freedom, rather than the bloodstained piece of human debris who initiated the current era of Islamist terrorism.

Since the death of tyrants is typically attended by disinformation and deception, we don't know for certain whether Arafat is brain dead or not. What we do know for certain is that the Leftist Media is.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:10 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, November 9, 2004 8:46 AM CST
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Specter of Opposition

A star is about to be born. Emerging from the shadows of a re-election that came entirely due to the intervention of George W. Bush and Rick Santorum, Senator Arlen Specter is poised to become the latest darling of the Old Media (in fact, we may soon be subjected to John McCain crooning another Streisand standard: "You don't send me flowers anymore").

Specter, without waiting for the dust to settle from the election, has served notice that, as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he will oppose President Bush's Conservative Judicial appointments.

To describe Specter's action as ungrateful understates the case. Specter is a world-class jerk. But surely Bush and Rove knew that before they statergerized to help him fend off Conservative challenger, Pat Toomey, in the GOP Primary Election. If they didn't know, it was not for want of Conservatives telling them so.

Now, Specter has the opportunity to bask in the adulation of the Old Media, and to be sought after by Liberal news shows as a font of sage pronouncements. Specter's Sunday Morning schedule won't have been this full since his days as an Altar Boy.

But, there is one more election that Specter has to win, before being coronated as "the conscience of the Republican Party." In the next few weeks the GOP Senators will meet to choose their leadership. If the Republicans have finally pinched themselves and realized that they are actually in the majority, they will behave like it and smack down Senator Specter from the Judiciary Chairmanship he covets. If Specter promises not to make too big a fuss, the Republicans should let him keep his Veterans Affairs Committee Chairmanship.

Enforcing some Party Discipline with Specter would not only serve the immediate interest of moving the President's Judicial nominations to confirmation, but remind renegades like Collins, Snow and Chaffee, that there's a new sheriff in town.

I long to see the following press release issued by Bill Frist, after the Republicans meet to choose their leadership:

"the Republican Senate caucus, recognizing the need to bring a divided nation together, has decided on a plan of Power-Sharing in the upcoming session. Our Republican Senators have chosen Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama to Chair the Judiciary Committee, so that power in the national government will henceforward be shared as follows: federal judges will decide cases, based on the laws passed by the People's elected representatives, who will in turn have the sole authority to pass laws. The People's elected representatives will refrain from deciding court cases, and the judges will refrain from making laws. Our caucus feels that this novel arrangement will help to heal the wounds of a divisive and sometimes bitter election campaign."




Posted by larry_naselli at 7:58 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, November 9, 2004 8:48 AM CST
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Thursday, November 4, 2004
How Do I Feel?

Once the concession and victory speeches were done, and the re-election of George W. Bush was a certainty, I tried to articulate my feelings, and a passage from The Return of the King came to mind.

Frodo and Sam have destroyed the Ring, and Sam awakens on the celebratory Field of Cormallen, surprised to find Gandalf alive and well, Frodo alive and well, and (most astonishingly) himself alive and well. Gandalf inquires as to how Sam feels, and Samwise perfectly captures my post-Bush victory sentiments: "How do I feel?" he cried, "Well, I don't know how to say it. I feel, I feel" -- he waved his arms in the air - "I feel like spring after winter, and sun on the leaves; and like trumpets and harps and all the songs I have ever heard!"

Exactly.

The Return of the King, page 931, J.R.R. Tolkein


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:01 AM CST
Updated: Monday, November 15, 2004 11:46 AM CST
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Wednesday, November 3, 2004
DIVIDED NATION???



2004 Presidential Election Results, By Counties. Red = Bush, Blue = Kerry,
Gray = Bush won, but Old Media can't yet bring themselves to call it for him.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:36 PM CST
Updated: Monday, November 8, 2004 2:42 PM CST
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Retirement Party

With Republicans gaining four seats in the Senate (or three if Lincoln Chafee takes the NRSC money and runs to the other side of the aisle) and picking up two or more seats in the House of Representatives, look for a rash of Democrat Retirements from the Congress, just as we witnessed after Republicans won control of both the House and Senate in 1994.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:21 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, November 9, 2004 8:49 AM CST
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The Final Battle of the Vietnam War

The American People owe a debt of gratitude to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. These warriors engaged and won what should be known as the final battle of the Vietnam War.

How sweet it must be for these brave men, whose due honor was stolen by war protester John Kerry and his ilk, to play such a critical role in burying the man who betrayed them. As the scripture saith, "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him" (Proverbs 26:27).

Posted by larry_naselli at 7:02 AM CST
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Aftermath

Reflecting upon the re-election of President George W. Bush, what I feel is a sense of profound gratitude to God, and encouragement about the sound instincts of the American People.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:46 AM CST
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Morning in America

I got in my car about 5:00 AM to head for work, and tuned in the radio, feeling like Francis Scott Key may have felt when he wrote, "O' say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave? It does!

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:45 AM CST
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Troubled and concerned no more!

I hereby nominate South Dakota for the State-of-the-Month award, to honor South Dakotans for turning out Tom Daschle from the U.S. Senate.

Unlike Tim Johnson in 2002, Daschle was unable to conjure enough votes from dead Indians to surmount John Thune's statewide popularity. Now, the People of South Dakota have one Senator who reflects their values, the U.S. Senate has lost its Obstructionist in Chief.

Daschle, who was always "troubled," "troubled and concerned," about everything and anything Republicans said, did or thought, played the self-appointed nemesis to President Bush -- until his Senate re-election campaign rolled around in a State that voted 2 to 1 for Bush in 2000, at which point Daschle attempted to present himself to the South Dakota voters as George W. Bush's most stalwart ally. The People of South Dakota were not as stupid as Daschle thought, bravo!

Now, look for the Dems to choose somebody with a very safe seat as their next Minority Leader, maybe Harry Reid or Evan Bayh; but we can always pray that they will manifest the usual Democrat self-destructive tendencies and choose someone like Chuck Schumer or Barbara Boxer.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:56 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, November 3, 2004 6:54 AM CST
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Reading the Signs

I was with my wife and children at the regular home meeting of our church last night, and before we headed home we clicked on the TV for a few minutes to see the returns. It was about 9:45 PM, and Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings both looked like they had just taken a phone call informing him that their best friend had died.

On the basis of that reliable indicator I went home and slept soundly, confident of a Bush victory.

Thanks be to God!

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:40 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, November 3, 2004 6:48 AM CST
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A flip flop in the family?

My son called last night from Ft. Polk, and told us that their NCO's have denied the rumor that their brigade is headed to Iraq in May. Knowing that President Bush will remain at the helm, I have no qualms if Matt does get deployed to a combat zone; because his risk is for the great, good and noble cause of winning our war to destroy Jihadist terrorism against America.

Matt may have phoned me with that rumor in the first place, in order to move me off the fence. Up until November 2nd I was one of those undecided voters -- I was undecided whether to vote for President Bush on the way to work, or on the way home. Matt's call got me to the polls just after 6:00 AM.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:39 AM CST
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Monday, November 1, 2004
The stakes have just been raised for me

The stakes of this presidential election just got higher for me. I just listened to a voice mail from my son, stationed at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, saying that their commanders have notified his brigade that they may be deployed to Iraq.

Matt called to ask me to pray that the chain of command would make the right decision, and that his brigade would be ready if they receive orders to deploy to Iraq.

If my son goes to Iraq, I want to know that he is there fighting for an American victory in the War on Terrorism. I don't want him there or anywhere as part of a John Kerry retreat.

This brings the urgency of re-electing George W. Bush right to our kitchen table, and brings me to my knees praying for a Bush victory.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:07 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, November 3, 2004 5:42 AM CST
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An election that really matters

While I've long held passionate political convictions, this election is the first Presidential choice since 1984 in which I am genuinely concerned for the survival of our way of life. It's no secret that on domestic policy, I think George W. Bush is mostly right, and John Kerry is completely wrong; but domestic policy, important as it is, does not hold the potential for the near-term destruction of our way of life. Why? Because our democratic processes can correct most of what goes wrong, even if that takes a long time.

The issue at stake in this election, however, is not something America can afford to get wrong, then fix up later. America today is faced with mortal enemies, bent on visiting destruction on our way of life, and our very lives. These Jihadists are driven by a bloodthirsty ideology, and command the allegiance of thousands of killers, willing to sacrifice their own lives to the cause. This is not an enemy who can be reasoned or negotiated with, nor one who will voluntarily give up the fight. Our enemy is resourceful, technologically sophisticated, and has enjoyed the safe haven and support of nation-states who would like bad things to happen to America, but wouldn't dare engage the United States directly. Having the support of nation-states has allowed these outlaws a safe base of operations to plot, train, cache weapons, and launch acts of terrorism against America.

Prior to September 11, 2004, American policy toward these enemies was generally to treat each act of terrorism as a distinct incident, and pursue the perpetrators thereof for arrest, trial, conviction and imprisonment. This not only persuaded our enemies that America would not fight back, but it allowed al Qaeda to grow strong and prepare for the attacks that shocked the World. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, President Bush clearly outlined the nature of the threat, and a new strategy for confronting it.

As he explained in his January 2002 State of the Union message (by which time the U.S. had already toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan and put al Qaeda on the run), the danger to America comes from an Axis of Evil, comprised of terrorist groups with global reach, and nation states who support them and are developing weapons of mass destruction. President Bush included in that axis al Qaeda, Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

The President argued that if a terrorist group, like al Qaeda were to obtain chemical, biological or nuclear weapons they would not hesitate to use them against the United States, or against our interests in the World. In light of this threat, the U.S. must use whatever resources we have to actively prevent WMD from reaching the hands of terrorist groups. The President was crystal clear in telling us that different circumstances would call for different tactics, but all the threats would have to be addressed, if Americans are to live in safety.

After an agonizingly long thirteen months of trying to persuade the United Nations Security Council to enforce its own multiple Resolutions demanding that Saddam Hussein account for and give up his WMD and WMD Programs -- weapons and weapons programs that the U.N. and every national intelligence service in the World believed Saddam had -- President Bush acted to protect America, even though the French, Germans and Russians didn't like it.

I would say, "and you know the rest of the story," but if you've been getting your information from the network news and the major wire services, you don't know the rest of the story at all. You only know the bad news. Operation Iraqi Freedom has been costly, but it has been a costly success, so far. Besides the liberation of 25 million human beings from the most unspeakable brutality and tyranny, America is establishing a second self-governing democracy (along with Afghanistan) in the heart of the Middle East, where until recently we had an enemy destabilizing the region. When our news media reports only the costs, and not the successes, it's no wonder people start to view the mission as a disaster.

While sometimes unable to vie with the continuous disinformation served up by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, AP, the NY Times, etc..., President Bush has been absolutely stalwart in his determination to see the War against Jihadist Terrorism to victory. This in the face of very loud and very virulent opposition, both at home and abroad.

Bush has proven himself to be a leader who will press on to victory, no matter what. Is John Kerry the kind of man who will make the hard choices, and put America's interests first, even when doing so brings the catcalls of Europe's elites? This much everybody knows by now, John Kerry has a Plan to win the War on Terrorism. What nobody can tell you is what that plan is! Even Kerry's staunchest supporters cannot say whether Kerry would withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq or put more troops in.

And that is merely one illustration of Kerry's fence-straddling. A man who either doesn't know his own mind, or conceals it for political motives is not the man to lead America in a time of war. Kerry wants us to believe it would be safe to return to the strategy of behaving as if we are not at war, while our Jihadist enemies are still at war with us. We tried that strategy during the 1990's and the end-result was that we were all minding our own business one beautiful September morning three years ago, when we were hit with the biggest sucker punch in our nation's history.

Contrary to John Kerry's assertion, America cannot return to a time when terrorism was just a nuisance, because no such time ever really existed in the first place, even though previous administrations responded to terrorist attacks as if they were a mere nuisance. Moreover, we live in an age when technology has raised the stakes of a defensive posture toward terrorism to an unbearable level.

The possibility of a terrorist attack against American cities involving WMD's demands that the United States take an offensive strategy to defeating terrorism. George W. Bush has pursued just such an offensive strategy, denying al Qaeda safe-haven in Afghanistan, putting Saddam Hussein out of business in Iraq, turning Pakistan from an al Qaeda supporter into an ally in the War on Terrorism, curtailing the Saudi's official support of radical Islamism and busting up both the Pakistani nuclear technology black market and Libya's nuclear weapons program. All this in addition to the capture or killing, by U.S. forces and our allies, of 75% of al Qaeda's senior leadership.

John Kerry is offering America self-doubt, retreat, global tests, and burying our head in the sand, in hopes that the bad guys will see that we mean them no harm and leave us alone. In short Kerry is offering us defeat in the War on Terrorism. George W. Bush is offering a hard fight, a relentless fight, and perserverance unto victory.

America must win the worldwide War on Terrorism, not merely capture Osama Bin Laden, as Kerry seems to think. If our children are going to grow up in an America that really is safe, then the United States has some heavy lifting to do today, and it won't necessarily be popular in the effete salons of Europe, or in the U.N. Security Council. That is why it really matters that George W. Bush be re-elected tommorrow.

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:59 PM CST
Updated: Monday, November 1, 2004 5:27 PM CST
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Not a moment too soon

Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Laura Ingraham, Bill Bennett and others will finally be on the air in Chicago, beginning Monday November 1st, when Salem Broadcasting takes over WIND AM 560 with a Conservative Talk format.

This will constitute very stiff competition for WLS. Outside of Rush and Hannity, WLS has nothing to keep Conservative Listeners tuned in. The only downside is that WIND will also air the idiotic rabble-rouser, Michael Savage. Alas, nothing is perfect under the Sun.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:08 AM CDT
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Monday, October 11, 2004
Columbus should just admit he was wrong, and apologize

Speaking at Columbus Day festivities in Ohio, Presidential candidate, John Kerry, continued today to press Christopher Columbus to apologize for misleading the government of Spain, failing to consult the United Nations, and unilaterally rushing to exploration.

Kerry told reporters, "Columbus was wrong when he promised to find China on his voyage westward, and he broke that promise." Kerry continued, "The simple fact is, there was no westward route to China, and now Columbus' supporters are trying to divert attention from that fact by focusing on the discovery of the new world, which was never a part of Columbus original justification for going to sea."

Kerry continued, "I was at the Court in Madrid in '92 (it is seared, seared in me), and I spoke with the people over there, and I can tell you that Spanish leaders -- and they can't say this themselves publicly, of course, but people close to Ferdinand and Isabella told me, "we need you in there. We need somebody who knows how to get this done -- someone who can command these ships -- if we're going to keep those trade routes to the Orient from being outsourced to Halliburton and Jen-jiss [sic] Kahn."

"I know what it is to command a ship," Kerry continued, "unlike the President, I defended my country as the commander of a ship in Vietnam. When I see the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, I'm reminded of those days in the Mekong, when I was doing my duty while the President was using his privileged position to avoid his duty. And when I came home from serving my country in Vietnam, I was the one person who understood the right way to command a ship in a way that will pass the global test.

I'm proud that, because I saw that America was wrong in Vietnam, I came home and stood up against imperialism, including Columbus' practice of cutting off heads, cutting off ears, and cutting off noses, and I called for then -- as I do now -- a more sensitive exploration, in which we work together with our allies, instead of going it alone, as Columbus -- and I daresay, as this President has done."

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:27 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 11, 2004 12:25 PM CDT
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Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Straddler

After watching the first Presidential debate I have come to the conclusion that John Kerry is not a Flip-Flopper. Kerry says the Iraq War was a mistake, and he says our troops are not dying for a mistake. Kerry says the world is safer with Saddam Hussein out of power, and he says the invasion of Iraq has made the world more dangerous. Kerry says he would be tougher than President Bush on Iran's quest for nukes, and he says the U.S. should provide nuclear fuel to Iran in exchange for the Mullahs' promise to stop developing nuclear weapons. Kerry says the U.S. should not confront rogue states unilaterally, and he insists that the U.S. should negotiate unilaterally with North Korea. Kerry says the Iraq War is a diversion from the War on Terrorism, and he says he will persuade more nations to send troops there. Kerry says he would use pre-emptive war, and he says he would submit America's defense to a "Global Test."

John Kerry is certainly no Flip-Flopper. That would mean Kerry changes his positions. What John Kerry actually does is hold contradictory positions simultaneously. Kerry is a Fence-Straddler, and on November 2nd John Kerry richly deserves the logical fate of a man who straddles fences.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, October 11, 2004 8:49 AM CDT
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Friday, September 24, 2004
Teresa -vs- John

Teresa H. Kerry believes the U.S.A. has already captured Osama Bin Laden, and President Bush is waiting to trot him out as an October surprise.

On the same day Teresa issued this "insight" John F. Kerry charged President Bush with dereliction as Commander in Chief, because he has not concentrated enough on capturing Osama Bin Laden.

Does John Kerry think his wife is wrong? If Bush already has Osama in the hopper, why on earth would he waste time and resources hunting for him? If Kerry thinks his wife is right, why would he want Bush to chase around an enemy whom we have already captured?

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:46 PM CDT
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004
How do you spell CBS? "L-a-u-g-h-i-n-g-s-t-o-c-k"

Obstinately standing by the now discredited National Guard memo forgeries that CBS/60 Minutes II used to smear President Bush, Dan Rather is beginning to sound like that knight in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," who has every limb sheared off by the Black Knight, but continues hopping on his stumps, insisting "it's just a flesh wound."

When our family prays for President Bush, we often pray that "no weapon formed against him will prosper, and every tongue that rises against him in judgement will be condemned. For this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is [from God]." The past four years have been a continual fulfillment of that Word from God. The Leftmedia calls this phenomenon "teflon," because they can't (and don't want to) see the hand of God at work, especially in the life of a hayseed like George W. Bush, who doesn't even read The Holy Scriptures (i.e. The New York Times), and speaks in such a non-nuanced way about archaic concepts like "good and evil."

Conventional wisdom claimed that Clinton was a teflon president, too; but it's not so. As Slick Willie's personal approval ratings consistently demonstrated, most Americans despised him, but figured he was doing a good job, so why rock the boat? Clinton is a laughingstock to this day, except among the Democrat hardcore that worships his "success." Of course, the Democrats should be careful what they ask for, another eight years of "success" like Clinton brought to his Party, and you might have to visit the Field Museum to see a Democrat -- that exhibit could be appropriately placed beside the upcoming exhibit titled TV Network News.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:36 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 11:13 AM CDT
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