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Saturday, April 15, 2006
Growing Wave?

I think the Drive-By Media may be "sexing up" the pre-resignation intel just a bit when they describe half-a-dozen former generals calling for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation as "a growing wave." "Growing" I'll grant, since the number has doubled in the past week from three to six. But six generals out of thousands is not exactly a tsunami.

Perhaps what is most fascinating is the sudden conversion the Bush-hating Media has toward military men whenever one disses President Bush. Any former general can be transformed from a tool of the military industrial complex to a heroic voice crying in the wilderness, if he cries the correct message. And the beauty of speaking out against Bush's Secretary of Defense is that you may do so with complete confidence that no one at the News Networks, the NY Times or the Washington Post, et al. will think to inquire into your motives.

The "growing wave" of generals may all have the purest of motives, but generals are human beings too, and they may not. Donald Rumsfeld has spent five years shaking things up at the Pentagon, trampling on convention, orthodoxy and turf with his reforms. It should come as no surprise that some adherents to the status quo ante don't like the changes, but the septagenarian Rumsfeld returned to Public service to make changes, not to make friends.

Carry on Mr. Secretary.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:55 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, April 17, 2006 8:07 AM CDT
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Thursday, March 30, 2006
A Recollection

March 30, 1981: As I approached my friends at a lunch table in the Student Center at DePaul University, one of my fraternity brothers (we'll call him MC) gleefully strode toward me, laughing as he told me that "somebody shot Reagan." I failed to see the humor, and assumed that MC was merely tweaking me, since his elitist Liberalism and my Conservatism were well known to all our aquaintances. Another friend (we'll call him TZ), one of the two fellow students I knew who openly supported Reagan in 1980, looked grave and invited me to his dorm room to watch the news, explaining on the way that the President had indeed been shot.

The story of Ronald Reagan's character and leadership following the assassination attempt is a tale worth teaching to our children and our children's children, but so is the tale of the mean-spirited reaction of my Liberal friend, who went on to Duke University and is now (I'm not making this up) a trial lawyer. But Ronald Reagan, with his genteel manners, optimism, good cheer and confidence in the rightness of his cause and the providence of God, was for all his career as a Conservative accustomed to rising above the MC's of this world. MC left a cautionary tale about the compassion of Liberals and Ronald Reagan left an example of class worth following and passing on to future generations.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:41 AM CST
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Questioning

OK, I know that we can't question the patriotism of Liberals when they root against America in the War on Terrorism, so does that rule also apply to Liberals who wave a foreign flag when protesting against the U.S. Congress?

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:22 AM CST
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Just when you thought they couldn't top that...

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Joshua Bolten, President Bush announced Tuesday."

You thought President Bush couldn't exceed the irony of threatening his first-ever veto to defend Arab ownership of American port terminals? Well, think again. The Republican President who has persistently annoyed his most loyal supporters through out-of-control federal spending, chooses as his new Chief of Staff . . . the Budget Director.


Posted by larry_naselli at 8:38 AM CST
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Thursday, March 23, 2006
Hillary Breaks with ACLU, et al.

Eyeing the 2008 Presidential Election Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) continued her lurch to the Right, telling reporters Wednesday that Republican-sponsored border security measures making it a federal crime to offer assistance to illegal immigrants would "criminalize" even Jesus. It is hard to believe that a Republican leadership that is constantly talking about values and faith would put forth such a mean-spirited piece of legislation," Clinton said during a news conference regarding a bill that was passed by the Republican controlled House of Representatives in December. "It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scripture because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself," she said.

Mrs. Clinton brushed off reporters’ questions about a joint statement from the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, groups which have abandoned traditional Party loyalties to support the GOP-sponsored Immigration Bill, precisely because it would criminalize Jesus. That noted that, “when it comes to outlawing Jesus, it is high time for American Immigration Law to catch up with American Public Schools.”

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:35 PM CST
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Thursday, March 16, 2006
SWARMER

Prediction: the Operation SWARMER will kill large numbers of innocent women, children, hospital patients and teenage girls on their way to school, while bagging ZERO terrorists.

I'm sure the AP already has the lead written:

As Polls showed President Bush's approval ratings sinking to another record low, the U.S. Military launched a major offensive aimed at insurgent strongholds in the Iraqi town of Samarra. The assault is the largest since President Bush proclaimed the end of major combat in April 2003, and according to observers has destroyed many buildings in the town, including the Children's Hospital and the Headquarters of the Ladies Garden Club. Casualties are in the hundreds, but a Pentagon spokesperson was unable to confirm whether any insurgents are among the dead.

In Washington, Scott McClennan, President Bush's Press Secretary, appeared irritated and defensive when questioned about the suspicious timing of the offensive...


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:29 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2006 11:35 AM CST
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Thursday, March 9, 2006
Approval Ratings

Why are we expected to believe that the low approval poll ratings of Islam demonstrate the intolerance, bigotry and closed-mindedness of the American People, while the low approval poll ratings of President Bush demonstrate their wisdom?


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:15 PM CST
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Thursday, March 2, 2006
Global War on Terrorism or Global Warming

Bill Clinton, in Davos, listed the most important issues facing the world as Global Warming, Inequality and Cultural Divides.

There you have it, the 2008 Election framework in a nutshell:

Vote Democrat if you want to be protected from Global Warming, Inequality and Cultural Divides, Vote Republican if you want to be protected from Islamist Terrorism and Axis of Evil Nuclear Weapons.

Never forget that Clinton’s first election in 1992 was made possible by the perception that, with the fall of the Soviet Union, the world was now safe and American could relax its vigilence and afford a feel-good domestic nanny-state dove in the White House.

When is the last time a Liberal won election to the Presidency in a time of perceived mortal danger to the USA? The answer is either never or only once (the latter, if you reject the idea that the aftermath of the nine-year Vietnam War was a time when a disillusioned American Public temporarily pooh-poohed the urgency of the Cold War).

Clinton still recognizes the importance of shifting the focus from national survival to anything else if he hopes to ever again bed-down at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted by larry_naselli at 3:02 PM CST
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Wake Me Up, This Must Be a Nightmare

The man who did not use his veto to stop the free-speech infringing McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform, the man who did not use his veto to stop the federal employees union takeover of the airport security industry, the man who did not use his veto to stop the asinine "anti-torture" amendment to the Defense Appropriation, the man who has never used his veto to stop out-of-control Congressional spending, the man whose presidency has been defined by his agressive leadership in the War on Terrorism, President Bush, is going to use his FIRST EVER veto to ensure the sale of U.S. ports to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates.

Is this comedy or tragedy? Somebody wake me from this nightmare.

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:09 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 8:33 AM CST
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Monday, February 20, 2006
Talking Points

CNS reports: "Osama bin Laden says the U.S. military has become as "barbaric" as Saddam Hussein, in an audiotape that's been re-posted on a militant Islamic Web site."

Open question: do John Kerry and Ted Kennedy get their talking points from Osama bin Laden, or is it the other way around?

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:42 AM CST
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2006 1:28 PM CST
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Cheney meets the press

I have it from reliable sources that the vice president, after extensive consultation with Hollywood drama coaches, will appear on Fox News Channel today, where he will gaze directly into the camera, jabbing his index finger in sync with each syllable for emphasis, as he intones the discussion-ending words, “I want you to listen to me, I’m going to say this again: I did not shoot birds with that man, Mr. Whittington.”


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:20 AM CST
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Here's a Headline for you

“Cheney fires first salvo in battle for lawsuit reform”

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:29 AM CST
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Summit Meeting

The Bush Administration today announced a change of tactics in the ongoing diplomacy aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. According to source close to the Vice President, a high-level summit meeting has been arranged between the recently elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, indicated that President Bush is counting on Cheney's reknowned powers of persuasion to pressure Iranian President Ahmadinejad to come around to the American point of view. A former State Department official with firsthand knowledge of Middle-East diplomacy told reporters that when the Vice President hosts the Iranian President all options will likely be on the table, but if diplomacy fails Cheney may invite Ahmadinejad on a little bird hunt.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:16 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:23 AM CST
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Monday, February 13, 2006
Suspicious Delay Explained

Media accounts are breathless with suspicions that Vice President Cheney delayed reporting his hunting accident for 24 hours because he was planning to cover up the incident. (Leaving aside the question of why all big media outlets delayed reporting the Swift Boat Vets accusations against Presidential Candidate John Kerry for two weeks) The truth is that Cheney stonewalled the public as long as he could, while he desperately attempted to contact Ted Kennedy’s lawyer. Unfortunately for the V.P., press reports of the mishap emerged before Cheney could reach the Massachuttsets attorney, who is considered the pre-eminent authority on how and when to report an accident.

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:39 PM CST
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Thursday, January 19, 2006
Another phrase you'll NEVER hear:

". . . the procedure that opponents call, 'domestic spying.'"

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:38 AM CST
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Thursday, January 5, 2006
Due Process is the reliable source of facts

The news that lobbyist Jack Abrahamoff has pled guilty to bribery charges and will testify for the Justice Department has sent tremors through Capitol Hill because a large number of Senators and Representatives from both political parties have accepted donations from Abrahamoff or his clients.

As the story unfolds, we should keep in mind that due process of law will provide Voters with a much more reliable account of who is at fault than sensationalist and partisan news media. Typically, as media enthusiasm for a scandal escalates the facts become less and less clear, so the Public should remember that merely accepting donations from lobbyists is not illegal or even unethical, and it would be unfair to ascribe blame to every member of Congress whose books list contributions from Abrahamoff. As for actual crimes committed, let the chips fall where they may, the Justice Department should prosecute everyone who has broken the law, irrespective of position or Party.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:16 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 4, 2006
The Real Bubble

George Bush is in a Bubble, for he thinks the New York Times
does not reflect the viewpoint of the average “little guy,”
He doesn’t see that Brokaw, Katie Couric, and the rest
are highly qualified to tell Americans what’s best.

While riding in his limo or when jetting near and far
he never tunes his radio to holy NPR.
And though he’s been elected by majority, we’re told,
he hasn’t got the sense to lead by checking Gallup Polls!

And when Jack Murtha rings him up (the wisest man of all),
can you believe that upstart, Bush, won’t take the wise man’s call?
And if the Democrats demand withdrawal from Iraq,
Bush not only refuses, but he dares to answer back!

This idiotic cowboy, who can barely even speak,
should listen to his betters in the Liberal elites.
Instead he’s in a Bubble, cut off from the wider World
of New York, Brussels, Davos, Washington and Hollywood.


Copyright 2005 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:05 AM CST
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It's Worse Than I Thought

When I saw TIME Magazine's choice of Bill & Melinda Gates (along with that great world-class statesman, Bono) as Persons of the Year, I foolishly assumed that Gates was selected for the unparalelled impact that his Microsoft Corporation has had on business efficiency and productivity, and indeed on all of our lives.

It turns out that TIME is even more shallow than I gave them credit for, since Mr. & Mrs. Gates were selected, not for the world-changing contributions of Microsoft, but for their trendy Africa-hopping goodwill mission.

TIME's Man of the Year may actually surpass the Nobel Prize as the world's pre-eminent elitist, "beautiful people" mutual admiration society -- priceless in its worthlessness.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:52 AM CST
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Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Who's in a Bubble?

TIME Magazine Persons of the Year 2005: Bono, and Bill & Melinda Gates. One hardly knows where to begin assessing the pathology.

Bono? Oh yes, when the histories are written, mankind will no doubt remember the great movers and shakers: Alexander, Caesar, Galileo, Luther, Washington, Napoleon, Lincoln, Lenin, Churchill, Stalin, FDR, Reagan, Bono. OK, maybe I'm making the "pond" too big, but how small of mud puddle do we have to narrow this down to in order to make Bono a big fish?

Then there is Melinda Gates. It seems TIME has leaked another big secret (for once with no damage to our national security), Melinda is actually the brains of the Microsoft operation, the great unsung hero of the computing revolution. And all these years we thought it was Bill. So, what's he even doing on the magazine cover?

And the elitist media tells us that it's George W. Bush who is "in a bubble."

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:38 AM CST
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Thursday, December 29, 2005
King Kong is no monkey...

Peter Jackson's first big production since The Lord of the Rings is now in theaters, and it turns out that King Kong is not a monkey after all, it's a turkey! Jackson manages to squeeze a one-hour forty-one minute movie into three excruciating hours, a feat probably reserved to Directors riding a wave of success so formidable that nobody around them is willing to say, "the emperor has no clothes."

Throughout, the story lacks focus, as Jackson constantly spends way too much time on what doesn't matter, obsessing interminably on spectacular special effects (and make no mistake, the effects are amazing, it's just that most of them are extraneous to the plot), grotesque monster fights and elaborate tribal costume and makeup scenes. Even the fighter plane attack on Kong atop an ersatz Empire State Building outwears its welcome. From the outset, I kept waiting for the well-known heart of the story to unfold, and I kept waiting for the movie to get better . . . I waited for three tedious hours – it never did get better, and by the time Jackson found the plot I couldn’t have cared less.

Naomi Watts is a little charming as Anne Darrow, the sometimes-comical object of Kong’s savage affections, but it wears thin looking into her eyes looking into Kong’s eyes -– I felt like an optometrist. If Anne had – quite plausibly – crumpled up dead at some point during her protracted rough handling by native idolaters, dinosaurs or King Kong himself, I would have gasped for a moment, then shrugged, “oh well.” The truth is that I could never bring myself to care much about any of the characters, so it was no big deal when any of them was snuffed out; and when King Kong finally took his famous high-rise swan dive it was a relief to know that I could go home. A better idea is to just stay home. It’s not so bad that I wasted fiftenn dollars, but I can never recover those three wasted hours.


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:26 PM CST
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