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Thursday, December 16, 2004
Arm-Twisting

When President Bush leans on wobbly Republican Legislators to pass legislation making the Bush Tax Cuts permanent, I wonder if the network talking heads, Democrat Senators, and the 9/11 Victims (Leftist) Wives who castigated Bush for not applying enough pressure to pass the Intel Reform Bill, will applaud the President for arm-twisting to get an important Bill passed through the Congress.





Posted by larry_naselli at 1:13 PM CST
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Friday, December 10, 2004
Scandal Naming

The chattering class has dubbed every scandal and scandalet since Watergate as x-gate? Well, since the Left-Media is ever-so-slowly getting around to starting to commence to consider thinking about perhaps noticing that maybe they ought to notice that they really should probably get started acknowledging the existence of, if not actually covering, reporting upon, or investigating the U.N. Oil For Food Scandal, I want to (as a Bush voter) pre-empt the inevitable naming of this scandal "Oil for Food-gate." In that cause, I hereby offer the better scandal title of U.N.-RON



Posted by larry_naselli at 3:22 PM CST
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Gen-O

The current generation of American Youth should be known as Generation O, as in "Orphan"; because the dominant factor in the formation of their character is the absence and diminished influence of their parents.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:34 AM CST
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If I might paraphrase Reagan . . .

The United Nations is the focus of corruption in the modern World.


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:30 AM CST
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Monday, December 6, 2004
Lost Appetite for Divided Government

The clich? which routinely masquerades as wisdom in the world of punditry is that America needs "divided government" (i.e. Democrat Congress / Republican Executive, or Republican Congress / Democrat Executive) in order to prevent excessive concentration of power in any one political entity.

Not surprisingly, this revelation lay dormant among The Wise until the 1996 Presidential campaign, when the possibility presented itself of simultaneous Republican control of both Houses of Congress and The White House. More importantly, the "Divided Government" idea proceeds from a fundamental misunderstanding of the Constitutional separation of powers, which divides the legislative, judicial and executive powers among branches of government, not between political parties.

As the House-Senate Conference Committee debate over Intelligence Reform legislation has demonstrated, the Legislative branch with it's regional accountability, has distinct interests and leverage that balance the interests of the Executive branch as well as the exigencies of Party Unity. So, even though Republicans currently control both Houses of Congress and the Presidency, the brilliant Constitutional balance is working as a hedge against important legislation passing with critical flaws.

Remarkably, the purveyors of conventional wisdom who, pre-November 2nd, were proclaiming the glories of "Divided Government" have spent the past three or four weeks in a Chicken Little-panic because governmental power is not concentrated enough.

When Republican Members of Congress oppose a Republican President on matters dear to Liberal hearts, they are hailed as "Mavericks" (as in, "Maverick Pennsylvania Senator, Arlen Specter, has vowed to stand up to Mr. Bush's attempts to pack the Federal Courts with misogynistic, snake-handling, racist, Bible-thumpers."), but when Republican lawmakers James Sensenbrenner and Duncan Hunter put the brakes on the Intelligence Reform Bill, because of their concerns that provisions of the Bill might compromise military combat operations, the pundit community did not confer "Maverick" status on the dissenters.

Instead Hunter and Sensenbrenner have been impugned, misrepresented and vilified in the corridors of elite opinion, while yesterday's acolytes of "Divided Government" have railed on President Bush for failing to adequately twist the arms of GOP legislators.

Ironically, the loudest proponents of "Divided Government" have suddenly lost their taste for opposition between the Executive and the Legislature. It strains one's credulity to grant that such changeable appetites spring from sincere convictions.




Posted by larry_naselli at 7:46 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, December 8, 2004 12:19 PM CST
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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Powell Biography [Parody]

LarryNaselli.com has obtained an advance copy of Bob Woodward's new unauthorized biography of Colin Powell's tenure as Secretary of State, Odd Man Out, 396p. Simon & Schuster $29.95.

Here is an excerpt from page 116, in a chapter on the Cabinet debate over Operation Iraqi Freedom:

"as the Secretary of State presented his case that America must pass the Global Test, rather than rush into a war that was likely to leave millions of innocent Iraqis dead, homeless or without adequate health care, Rice and Rumsfeld shot down Powell's non-ideological Centrist approach, like a Marine shooting down a wounded Iraqi in a Mosque.

Despite such setbacks, Powell soldiered on, trying to bring some balance to an administration that had been almost wholly taken over by Dick Cheney and the Neo-Cons. During those days, Powell often confided to his wife that to leave his job at State would be to abandon American policy to the whims of Halliburton, The Mossad and The Weekly Standard."

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:37 PM CST
Updated: Monday, December 6, 2004 6:53 PM CST
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Justice For Treacherous Embeds

It will be a fitting irony when some terrorist - I mean some "insurgent," feigning he's dead, blows up an embedded Network News Crew, because the U.S. Marines hesitated an extra moment, out of concern that American Reporters might misrepresent their actions on the evening News.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:33 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 4:52 PM CST
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Know Thy Enemy

The U.S. Marine who shot a wounded terrorist in a Fallujah Mosque committed a critical error in judgement. If he had correctly identified the enemy, he would have first shot the embedded Network News Crew, then shot the terrorist scum.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:00 AM CST
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Monday, November 15, 2004
Statistical Sampling Makes a Comeback

The latest Bush-hating Democrat-Wacko delusion is that President Bush stole the election by hacking the voting computers in Ohio. This (ahem) "theory" would have been invested with credibility by ABC News' coverage of it -- if ABC News had any credibility to invest. Instead, ABC News has just lashed itself to the mast of the Democrat Paronoia ship.

Before examining the "evidence" for this latest charge of election stealing, permit me to bask in the irony that electronic voting machines have come into widespread use mainly in response to the Democrat-inspired hype that the "fatally flawed" punch-card balloting method cost Al Gore the 2000 Presidential Election. The fact that there was nothing flawed about the punch cards (although there were some hopelessly flawed Democrat voters, evidently lacking the elementary school mental prowess required to correctly cast a punch-card ballot, but nevertheless eminently qualified - we are assured -- to participate in the choice of our nation's chief executive), did not forestall the expenditure of untold millions of dollars to "upgrade" voting systems across the U.S.A. So far, no prominent Republican has been impolite enough to recommend to this year's bereaved Democrats that vote stealing by hacking could be prevented by getting rid of the computers, and using punch-card ballots. Perhaps Republicans are not wasting words because they realize that the only thing that will cause Democrat partisans to accept the election results is a Democrat victory.

Now as for the "evidence" ABC News has uncovered indicating that Republicans cheated: well, there is no evidence, just a plethora of emails from Democrats convinced that Bush stole the election (ABC has certainly come a long way from the old days - i.e. last month - when it studiously ignored Conservative Bloggers' rigorous exposure of CBS's use of forged documents to discredit President Bush's military service). The emails from Democrat partisans - er, I mean from non-partisan concerned citizens -- cite the disparity between the machine vote counts and the Network Exit Polls as prima facie proof that . . . the vote counts are wrong. In fact, it is the very absence of evidence that shows just how subtle this Republican scheme is, in acknowledgement of which Democrats exchange knowing glances, and confidently intone the words "Karl Rove," as if no further explanation or proof is necessary to pronounce the Bush victory a fraud.

While it may sound to you like these Democrats are un-hinged, their claims are actually consistent with mainstream Democrat "logic." Remember Bill Clinton's proposed Census Reform? The Great Prevaricator wanted to replace the current Census methodology of counting actual citizens, with a statistical sampling that would be extrapolated to calculate the population - Census Exit Polling you might say. Democrats apparently believe that if the educated guess differs from the actual count, go with the educated guess. The most generous interpretation I can put on that is impenetrable elitist arrogance, and that would be an educated guess consistent with the observable evidence.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:43 AM CST
Updated: Monday, November 15, 2004 3:12 PM CST
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Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Specter Verdict

Arlen Specter celebrated his re-election to the U.S. Senate by throwing down a gauntlet to President Bush, warning the President that Conservative Judicial Nominees need not apply at Specter's Senate Judiciary Committee. The reaction from Conservatives was swift and impressive, as Senate mailboxes were jammed and phone lines shut down, by a flood of demands to deny Specter the Judiciary Chairmanship. Specter quickly tried to tap dance out of his tactical error, denying that he ever said the things he was captured on tape saying, and assuring Republicans that he would support the President's nominees, more or less.

So how should President Bush's supporters judge wanna-be Chairman Specter's putative repentence? Well, Senator Specter, see if you can understand this: if we were under Scottish Law, Conservatives would vote "Case Not Proved."

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:56 AM CST
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Monday, November 8, 2004
Known by his enemies

I know many Christians who don't see that George W. Bush was the Presidential choice that honors Biblical values, but the other side has no problem seeing it . . . and they are mad as Hades about it too.





This map was published in Germany's Der Spiegel, following President Bush's election victory.

"in this regard the children of darkness are wiser than the children of light."

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:16 PM CST
Updated: Friday, December 10, 2004 9:35 AM CST
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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