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Thursday, March 24, 2005
Kevorkian v. Jefferson

What does Congress have to do that is more important than the precise reason for which governments are instituted among men? Namely, to secure the God-given unalienable rights, which include life ? but do not include the right to kill your wife. The Terry Schiavo case is Kevorkian v. Jefferson, and the Courts have come down emphatically on the side of Kevorkian.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:01 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2005 3:19 PM CST
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To be a Liberal...

To be a liberal, you must be able to simultaneously believe that every elected official in the State of Florida, and the U.S. Congress is acting purely out of self-interest, and Michael Schiavo is acting purely out of altruism.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:26 AM CST
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No more tears for starving third-worldlings

Whenever I saw a TV Commercial for World Vision, Feed The Children, Compassion International, etc... ? you know the ones, with the little brown children with their Precious Moments eyes, flies on their face, and bellies bloated from starvation ? I would feel a pang of sorrow for these poor unfortunates; but, no more. This week I learned that starvation is a dignified AND pain-free way to die.

So, why can?t we just allow all those starving little third-worldlings to die? After all, what kind of quality of life do they have to look forward to? Why should we take such extreme, costly and inefficient measures to keep them alive?

I would like to hear the people so anxious to do away with Terri Schiavo provide a rational explanation for keeping these children alive, or for keeping anyone alive, when they become inconvenient to somebody.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:10 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2005 10:19 AM CST
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Breakthrough for Humane Executions

Over the years, concerns, protests and lawsuits about the manner in which the death penalty is inflicted on convicted murderers has led most States to replace the electric chair with lethal injection, as a means of administering death humanely.

It now turns out that the fuss and expense of lethal injection is unneccessary.

What we have learned from the Terry Schiavo case is that we can humanely rid ourselves of condemned prisoners without killing them. Instead of killing convicted murderers, we will simply "allow them to die" by denying them food until they starve to death.

See how easy that is?

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:37 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 12:40 PM CST
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Saturday, March 19, 2005
Bridge Building

What is one to make of the Democrats' reactionary -- almost idolatrous -- defense of the Social Security status quo? Perhaps today's Democrats are playing a variation on a Clinton theme; Harry and Nancy and Teddy and Howard are Building a Bridge to the Twentieth Century.

Posted by larry_naselli at 2:07 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:37 PM CST
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Friday, March 18, 2005
In the wrong place at the wrong time

How unfortunate for Terri Schiavo that she was not wounded on the battlefield, fighting against American Armed Forces. If she had been, the same people now clamouring for her death would be defending her rights to TLC and every creature comfort.

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:47 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 18, 2005 12:09 PM CST
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Friday, March 11, 2005
Is Affirmative Action a victimless crime?

What information do you suppose the Associated Press (and most other MSM) is SUPPRESSING about the shooting of a judge and several other victims in Georgia?

If the Public has a “right to know” that guards at Abu Ghraib were mistreating prisoners, why doesn’t the Public have a right to know that the sheriff’s deputy who’s gun was taken was . . . a woman !!!

Of course, it is heretical to notice that a 100 LB girl is an easy mark for a monster like this Brian Nichols. Once upon a time, you had to be six feet tall and 200 LBS to get hired on most police forces. But, that was when we were less enlightened (and the bad guys were afraid of the cops). Oh well, if we’re going to make “social progress,” sacrifices must be made, eh?

Is Affirmative Action a victimless crime? Ask the families of the dead and wounded in and around that Courtroom. Perhaps I will organize a protest march with signs reading “Feminists Lied, People Died.”

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:06 PM CST
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Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Say The "R" Word

As a public service, LarryNaselli.com will be offering free language classes for Liberals. During weeks 1 through 7 of the course, we work with students to teach them to pronounce the following three-word sentence: "Bush was right."

Of course, remedial courses will be available for pupils who flunk lessons 1 through 7, and grief counseling will be available for those pupils who pass.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:21 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2005 8:52 AM CST
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Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Re-Branding

It's been a tough few months . . . well, years . . . well, make that decade for the Democrat Party. My youngest daughter turns 12 next month, and when she entered the world Democrats controlled the White House, both Houses of Congress, a majority of Governorships and a majority of Houses in the State Legislatures. The Party of FDR, JFK, LBJ and WJC also enjoyed the distinction of being the Party that more Americans identified with than any other.

In just over a decade every one of those advantages has been reversed, and about all the Democrats have to show for it is that Bill and Hillary Clinton have escaped from Public Housing to join the swollen ranks of first-time homeowners. The Bush tax cuts have the U.S. Economy humming, and to add insult to injury, very few observers accept the notion that the rising tide of freedom and democracy in the Middle East is a result of chance or inevitability, so that even sophisticated European Newspapers are mulling the once-unthinkable possibility that perhaps "Bush was right."

Well, these are the times that try men's souls, and insofar as the abiding arrogance of Liberal elitism permits, Democrats have been searching their souls (or at least their Marketing Consultants' souls) to discover how they can better present their Party to appeal to a body politic in which Democrat marketshare has been steadily declining.

One possible approach is Re-Branding. Presumably, the traditional Donkey mascot once projected the desired image for the Democrat Party, but times have changed, and branding must change with the times -- although some might count it ironic that the change the Democrat Party has made is from the Party that changes with the times to the Party that refuses to change with the times, or even to acknowledge that the times are changing at all.

For example, the Democrats have now staked their Party Identity on the twin premises that all is well with Social Security, and that U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East is a catastrophe. To call this viewpoint mistaken would be generous to the point of dishonesty, because what the Democrats are really engaged in is self-deception; and whatever the pecadillos of Donkeys are, self-deception is not commonly acknowledged to be among them. Since I'm not aware of any animal that would (or even could) stick its head where the Democrats have chosen to stick theirs, the best mascot I can propose for the Party's re-branding is the Ostrich: a noble beast perhaps, but also one that, shall we say, lacks vision, and is peculiarly vulnerable to swift kicks from behind. Quite a good fit, in fact.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:45 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 4, 2005 9:02 AM CST
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Tuesday, March 1, 2005
They don't call it The Arab Street anymore

Ever since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October of 2001 Liberals have been predicting the imminent eruption of "The Arab Street."

Well, The Arab Street has finally erupted, demanding the withdrawal of the heavy-handed, unilateralist, imperialist occupiers who have kept Arabs down for so long. Unfortunately for America-hating Liberals, the object of The Arab Street's anger is the totalitarian Baathist regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

As the long-suffering People of Lebanon arise to claim the freedom they have watched the Afghans and Iraqis obtain, you can be sure that the tyrants now running Iran and Saudi Arabia are almost as uncomfortable with the eruption of The Arab Street as American Liberals are.


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:46 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:30 PM CST
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Saturday, February 12, 2005
Stale Clarke Memo Still Generating Misleading Headlines

The Chicago Tribune reports in a breathless headline today, "Pre 9/11 Memo to Rice Noted Al Qaeda Threat, Solutions." Breaking news? Hardly, it turns out to be Richard Clarke's much boasted-about Memo describing Osama Bin Laden's animus toward America and his Al Qaeda Training Camps in Afghanistan, and suggesting that the United States could inflict serious damage to Al Qaeda by attacking these camps from the air. Despite the alarming headline, Clarke's memo contains not a thing about the type of attack that stunned America on September 11, 2001.

In fact, Clarke had been offering the Clinton National Security team the same insight for years, with no effective action taken, despite Al Qaeda attacks between 1993 and 2000 against The World Trade Center, a U.S. Army barracks at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the Naval Destroyer U.S.S. Cole in the Gulf of Aden. Having made a late transition, following the disputed 2000 Presidential Election, President Bush had ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. Counterterrorism Policy. That review, completed on September 4, 2001, was already underway in February 2001 when Clarke sent his memo to NSA Rice, and Clarke's pique at the Bush Administration seems to center not around policy differences, but around his own loss of access to the President. Having grown accustomed to moving - as he perceived it - in the Clinton inner-circle, Clarke did not adjust well to being overlooked and underappreciated by the newcomers. Bill Clinton may have ignored Clarke's recommendations, but at least he flattered The Sage.

Clarke famously interpreted Condoleeza Rice's blank facial expression, as he one day delivered a soliloquy on the Al Qaeda threat, to indicate that Rice had never heard of Al Qaeda (a fact objectively refuted by Rice's public statements prior to the incident Clarke referred to); but anyone who watched the 9/11 Commission Hearings and saw Clarke's self-serving and sanctimonious testimony, or the grandstanding of his megalomaniacal "apology" for letting 9/11 happen, could easily deduce an alternate explanation for the National Security Adviser's facial expression, namely that Dr. Rice does not suffer pedants gladly.

Reading the story of Clarke's Memo, I had to wonder why the Tribune takes no interest in other National Security Memos that reached Dr. Rice. For example, the Clinton Administration had a National Security policy (endorsed by Congressional Resolution, with the concurrence of most current members of the Democrat House and Senate Leadership) which called for bringing about Regime Change in Iraq. This policy undoubtedly produced many memos, which Dr. Rice evidently did not act upon for at least two years, so why the selective indignation over Rice's supposed inaction on the Clarke memo? Why no ominous headlines from The Trib castigating the Bush Administration for dragging its feet two long years before acting on President Clinton's dire warnings about the WMD threat from Iraq?

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:57 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:31 PM CST
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Who's disingenuous?

While promoting Social Security Reform, President Bush has drawn outrage from Black so-called "Leaders" by pointing out that shorter Black life-spans make the current Social Security Program a transfer of dollars from Blacks to Whites. Black males presently subsidize the retirement of Whites, because Black workers who pay into the system all their working life, tend to die off after collecting only a few years of benefits. Black females fare only a little less badly, by living a few more years before becoming the benefactors of White retirees.

Blacks would benefit disproportionately from President Bush's proposal to level the playing field, by giving Americans ownership of their retirement savings, because Blacks are disproportionately penalized by the existing system. So, where do Black "Leaders" stand? Firmly, in defense of the status quo!

Hillary Shelton of the NAACP is typical of high-profile spokespersons for Black advocacy organizations. She charged President Bush with being "disingenuous" in his emphasis on the benefits of Social Security Reform to Black Americans. But it is George W. Bush whose talk of Black empowerment is matched by policy offering ownership and individual control of assets, while Black "Leaders" talk empowerment, but defend dependence on a Government Program that short-changes Blacks. So, exactly who is disingenuous?

Black "Leaders" will risk their credibility and can expect to have a hard time persuading other Black Americans that it is better for them to hang on tight to the short end of the Social Security stick, in order to protect the political futures of the heirs of FDR's legacy. Liberal interest groups like the NAACP rightly fear that many Black Americans will agree with President Bush that they should look out for the future of their own heirs.

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:56 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:32 PM CST
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Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Wither the Jersey Girls?

With tenured University of Colorado, Boulder professor, Ward Churchill, explaining to audiences that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were America's due comeuppance, one wonders why Big Media has failed to seek out "The Jersey Girls" as the anointed spokespersons for 9/11 Survivors, as they did during the 9/11 Commission Hearings and the 2004 Presidential Campaign. Why are the News Networks no longer interested in what these notoriously noisy women think?

Imagine the interview: "Ladies, a Colorado University Professor has described your deceased loved ones as `little Eichmans.' Precisely what was the relationship between your husbands and the Hitler regime? And would you agree with the professor's characterization of the 9/11 casualities?" "Do you feel that the Bush Administration is doing enough to help children of 9/11 victims gain admission and afford the tuition at U.C. Boulder?"





Posted by larry_naselli at 12:42 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:33 PM CST
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Father of his Country?

If Mamoud Abbas hopes to become the Father of an independent Palestinian nation, his biggest challenge -- among many big challenges -- will be to stay alive long enough to do it. Most of the Palestinians bearing arms against Israel, like their Iranian and Syrian puppet-masters, have zero interest in establishing a Palestinian State. Their goal has been, and remains, to exterminate the Jews.

Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Al Aqsa Martyrs, which of these groups has any interest (much less the necessary temperance) in not assassinating Abbas?

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:59 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:34 PM CST
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Friday, February 4, 2005
The Hug Heard 'Round The World



This image provides the context to all of our sacrifices in Iraq. A context which has been positively suppressed by Big Media and the anti-American Left (including the leadership of the Democrat Party).

Does anybody look back at WWII and merely say, "400,000 Americans dead"? No, it's "400,000 Americans gave their lives to rescue the world from facism." Likewise, merely saying, "1,400 Americans dead" does not tell the truth about the Iraq War. This picture does. Those Americans gave their lives to liberate a grateful People from tyranny and make America and the World safer.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:59 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:34 PM CST
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Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Early to Bed . . .

Things sure are different now when it comes to State of the Union speeches. In the 1990's I could go to Church on SOTUS night, and even if the meeting ran late, I could count on catching the last forty-five minutes of Bill Clinton reveling in the sound of his own voice.

With George W. Bush, I have to be in front of the TV at 8PM sharp -- and there's no coming home late to catch the tail end either; Bush says what he has to say, then gets home in time to have his milk and cookies, and climb into his own bed with his own wife before 10:00 PM.

In the fashionable spirit of international comity I say, Vive la difference!

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:21 AM CST
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Monday, January 31, 2005
A New Party Slogan?

In the wake of the successful Iraq Elections I've got a suggestion for a new Democrat Party Slogan: "Curses, foiled again!"



Posted by larry_naselli at 8:53 AM CST
Updated: Monday, January 31, 2005 12:31 PM CST
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Not a perfect world, but victory for liberty

Some very well respected Conservatives think President Bush's "Fire of Freedom" Inaugural Address bites off more than America can chew. William F. Buckley and David Gelertner call Bush's universal targeting of tyranny an "overreach," while Peggy Noonan cautions that "history is quite big enough right now, without taking on every tyranny on Earth." With all due respect, I believe the critics have missed the point.

For starters, President Bush made it clear that the tactics of spreading freedom must be diversified, and that the worldwide replacement of tyranny with freedom will be a work of generations. Furthermore, to announce a strategy, as Ms. Noonan suggests, restricted to stabilizing and fortifying functional democratic states in Iraq and Afghanistan, while increasing homeland defense, would throw away the "strategic capital" the United States gained by using our military might to change tyrannical regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Teddy Kennedy may still view America as a Paper Tiger, but Bin Laden no longer does, nor do the tyrants in Libya, Iran, Syria, North Korea, or for that matter, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The rulers of these oppressive states now must seriously consider what (pre-War on Terrorism) they could once safely scoff at, namely the possibility of the United States Armed Forces relegating them to the ash heap of history.

Indeed, it would be folly for the President to notify every tyrant on Earth that they have at least four years, during which they may tyrannize with impunity, because the United States will be pre-occupied with establishing liberty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and therefore unavailable for other tasks. Whether or not we actually have the resources in hand for other tasks, every tyrant, and especially those who harbor and support terrorists, should lie awake nights pondering whether he is America's next target for regime change.

Moreover, wise statesmen can form educated guesses concerning the key vulnerabilities of axes of evil or evil empires, just as Reagan rightly perceived that Poland was a tottering cornerstone of the Soviet edifice, and applied an extra push there. But, let's take the full lesson from the Genius of America's Cold War victory. Reagan did not limit the pressure to Poland, but thoroughly probed the Soviet armor for chinks: in Europe with missiles, in Afghanistan, Angola and Nicaragua with arms to freedom fighters, in El Salvador, Honduras and the Philippines with aid to governments fighting Communist rebels, in Grenada with military liberation, on land, sea and sky -- and beyond the skies -- with a military buildup, and everywhere with economic pressure.

Woven throughout the strategy that won the Cold War was the ideological battle, waged through Reagan's speeches declaring the superiority of free markets and democracy over Communism, the pro-freedom propaganda of Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and Radio Marti, the promotion of anti-Communist and religious dissidents, and diplomatic pressure to gain their liberty. Reagan understood that the very best hope of bringing down an Evil Empire was to rouse the captive citizens of its oppressed countries to rise up and claim their own liberty, confident that the United States of America would stand with them.

The War on Terrorism demands a no less comprehensive engagement than the Cold War did. America must press the enemy at every point, and by every means. Perhaps most importantly now, oppressed People's must know that America will stand with them when they demand their God-given liberty, and the tyrants who oppress them must know it too. There is no way of telling just where the dam may burst, so America must apply pressure wherever we can, probing for weaknesses in the Islamo-Facist-Jihadist axis, and exploiting every soft spot we find.

During the Cold War there was no shortage of naysayers, who complained that America did not have the resources to sustain such a struggle. They were wrong. The truth was, and is in this World War as well, that America can't afford to not wage war as if our survival depended on it, because it does. America has often been required by destiny to do more than we seemed capable of, but the words of Patrick Henry still brace us to action, "the battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." President Bush has rightly recognized the necessity of the moment, and has sounded a call to his countrymen worthy of the times.

Yes, Ms. Noonan is right that this is Earth, not Heaven; but America has been making things better on Earth for a long time by pursuing "the holy cause of liberty," without veering into utopian delusions. The object of President Bush's policy is not a perfect world, but victory for liberty. That is a hard task, but not a messianic one. It is a tall order, but a necessary one. The battle to spread freedom to all the nations seems daunting, which is why this may prove to be America's finest hour.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:52 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:36 PM CST
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Thursday, January 27, 2005
Torture, abuse and humiliation in the U.S. Senate

Experts are still divided on whether Senator Barbara Boxer's questioning of Condoleeza Rice actually would qualify as torture under the Geneva Conventions' definition; however, most authorities agree that the embarrassment Boxer caused the voters of California does constitute abuse and humiliation, of the type which is considered reprehensible when practiced by military interrogators, but routinely passes for statesmanship when perpetrated by Leftist Senators.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:55 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2005 11:48 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005


WashingtonPost.com Headline: "Democrats Denounce Rice . . ."

Makes you wonder why Democrats feel so threatened by strong African American women.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:08 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 4:54 PM CST
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