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Thursday, February 21, 2008

The U.S. Navy scored a direct hit in a "live" test of U.S. Missile Defenses, shooting down a damaged American satellite in space.

It's almost enough to make Michelle Obama proud of America -- or maybe not; but it makes me proud of America, and particularly of a great American President.

This Saturday marks 25 years since President Ronald Reagan gave heartburn to the Soviet Politburo and Liberal Democrats alike, by calling for America to build the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Despite the Clinton Administration choke hold on funding, the ABM program has plodded forward, getting a huge boost in 2002, when President Bush scrapped the ABM Treaty with the non-existent USSR. Congratulations are due to President Bush for seeing this project through in the face of persistent opposition from the usual suspects. Last year the U.S. quietly began deploying operational Missile Defenses -- quietly not because the deployment was a secret, but because you could have heard a pin drop over the sound of news coverage of this momentous event.

Seeing Missile Defense becoming a reality (however slowly) adds to the stature of Ronald Reagan in the eyes of history. He was indeed a leader of singular vision.

Yes, we've come a long way since Liberals shrieked their self-contradictory complaints that SDI would never work, and that it would antagonize the Soviets. A long way since Teddy Kennedy lampooned SDI as "Star Wars."

As of this writing, no apology to Reagan has been issued from Hyannisport.


Posted by larry_naselli at 8:11 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2008 9:29 AM CST
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Cutting Slack
We should cut a little slack to Michelle Obama for her recent not-proud-of-America remark. I'm thinking that a fair measure would be about the same amount of slack the Democrats cut George Allen for "Macaca."

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:57 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2008 7:32 AM CST
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
In Defense of Michelle Obama's Patriotism...sort of
I wonder if Michelle Obama's revelation of non-pride in America is the type of "patriotic" dissent that Hillary Clinton was so memorably screeching in defense of back in 2006.
 
Honestly, I don't think the Obamas are any less patriotic than any other dyed-in-the-wool Leftist who thinks America is part of the problem, rather than part of the solution. After all trying to measure which Leftist is less patriotic than the next gets into a sort of microscopic Xeno's Paradox that is impossible to follow with the naked eye; but what I'm trying to say is that the Obamas loathe America just about the same as any other Democrat Presidential Candidate, its just that Michelle and/or her speech writers got so carried away with Obamamania that they cast off caution, a potentially mortal sin for Democrats, whose success in nation-wide elections always depends on deceiving the American People in general, as to the candidate's true beliefs and agenda.
 
Obama is no exception, but in this case the "it-was-my-spouse-not-me" discount, along with the Affirmative Action discount, and the Liberal Media whitewash should contain the damage to merely a wake-up call to some Conservative Republicans who are casually considering sitting out a McCain -vs- anyone election.

Posted by larry_naselli at 4:34 PM CST
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Obama Faults Iraq War
I heard Barak Obama say that the U.S. invasion of Iraq has "fanned the flames of anti-Americanism." I must admit that it's a genuine change for a candidate to share so transparently the contents his pillow talk.

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:08 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2008 7:32 AM CST
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Cancel that Dinner Party

Now that her husband is running for President, for the first time in her adult life Michelle Obama is proud of America. I’ve said on several occassions that Barak Obama is likeable man with a beautiful family, the kind of people I’d enjoy having dinner with. Well, cancel that dinner party. I can’t hold down my food in the company of America-loathing, self-consumed Leftist ideologues like Michelle Obama.

Why has Mrs. Obama waited until now to reveal her decades-long lack of pride in America? Since she is campaigning for her husband, wouldn’t it be an obvious question whether the candidate agrees with her view of America? Didn’t the voters of Illinois deserve to know, before casting their ballots, that a candidate for U.S. Senate was married to a woman who was not proud of their Country? Are there any other countries that the would-be First Lady has admired prior to this week? Which ones?

At this point, would it be a moot point to question Michelle Obama’s Patriotism?


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:58 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2008 7:35 AM CST
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Thursday, February 14, 2008
Protest Vote Reveals the Heart of the Problem

For the record, I’ll vote for John McCain in November. I’ll learn to love him. It won’t be easy.

McCain has explained that he voted aginst the Bush tax cuts because Congress failed to cut spending, but that is precisely the problem with McCain and taxes: he does not understand pro-growth tax-cutting. If he did, he wouldn’t counter-balance cutting marginal income-tax rates and accelerating capital depreciation against spending cuts.

The simple fact is that the GOP did not have the political muscle to force both tax and spending cuts in 2003, so they chose pro-growth tax cuts. These tax cuts were highly effective at promoting economic growth, which increased tax revenues and reduced the federal budget deficit in each growth year. If the Congress had gone along with McCain on the Bush tax cuts, we would have neither enjoyed the economic growth of 2003-2007, nor reduced the budget deficit.

I’m as disgusted as anyone at the Republican Party’s abandonment of “limiting the size and scope of government” as a guiding principle, but I don’t believe I’m suffering from "McCain Derangement Syndrome” just because I refuse to recant the contention that McCain’s vote against President Bush’s tax cuts was not a Conservative position.

If The Gipper had taken the same “principled” stand as McCain did, refusing to cut taxes because Congress refused to cut spending, the Reagan tax cuts and all the good that resulted would have never happened. That's something that any Reagan Revolution “foot soldier” ought to understand.


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:44 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2008 7:36 AM CST
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Friday, February 8, 2008
McCain's VP Choice

Mike Huckabee certainly is not the VP choice to assauge disaffected Conservatives, but the GOP's presumptive nominee will want to repay Huckabee for all the bouquets he sent McCain over the past month, while posing for the VP job. Perhaps President McCain could appoint Huckabee to chair a Bi-Partisan Blue Ribbon Panel to formulate a national ban on smoking.

Club for Growth president Pat Toomey has an interesting column up today over at the WSJ, where he recommends some good VP picks to help McCain mend fences with Conservatives.  According to Toomey, here's the order:

1.  South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
2.  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint
3.  Indiania Rep. Mike Pence
4.  Former TX Sen. Phil Gramm
5.  Forbes, Inc., CEO Steve Forbes

Mark Sanford for me.

I can’t see mike Pence -- good guy though he be -- tipping the election to the GOP. For one thing, the round-‘em-up-and-deport-‘em, Security & Prosperity Initiative-North American Union-NAFTA Superhighway conspiracy theory Right was accusing him of being the puppet of Vicente Fox et al. when Pence proposed a mechanism to identify and legalize Guest Workers. So, irrespective of the veracity of that charge, let’s just say Pence wouldn’t ease the minds of Conservatives suspicious of McCain’s foxhole conversion to border enforcement.

Steve Forbes bet on the wrong horse (i.e. Guiliani), but would make a good choice for Secretary of the Treasury if McCain wishes to persuade Conservatives that he truly has seen the Supply-side light at last.

Jim Demint? Would McCain snub his Soulmate, Lindsay Graham, passing him over for South Carolina's other Senator, just to appease Conservatives? That would be turning over a new leaf, wouldn't it?

Phil Gramm? Wasn’t there some stupid comedy movie in the last few years about a pair of old codgers? The late-night TV comics won’t need Writers!

I have great admiration for Phil Gramm, a quintessential Reagan Democrat, who if I recall correctly, switched to the GOP and was re-elected in a Texas Congressional District that had never elected a Republican. He distinguished himself in the House and Senate as a supply-sider, a passionate advocate of limited government and a National Security Hawk.

All that aside, can you picture McCain and Gramm puttering around the campaign trail, patting themselves down before each speech and muttering, “now where the hades did I put my spectacles this time?” as an anguished aide surreptitiously points a finger to direct the candidate's attention to the top of his own head, where the misplaced eyeglasses reside. Meanwhile a virile Barak Obama, athletically leaps onto the stage and bops convincingly to the music before an adoring throng of 20-something supporters. Arghh, that contrast would even out-do the imagery of a tanned and towering Reagan bounding coatless down the the icy steps at Raikovic to overwhelm a short, swaddled and shivering Gorbachev with a carpal-crushing handshake and shoulder-dislocating slap on the back.

McCain would do far better to reward Gramm’s early support with an Ambassadorship to some friendly foreign country, perhaps Texas.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:42 AM CST
Updated: Friday, February 8, 2008 10:51 AM CST
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008
John McCain: Anti-Immigration Hawk

McCain’s pre-Super Tuesday radio ad, touting the candidate's hawkish support of secure borders, approaches the audacity of Bill Clinton’s 1996 anti-Partial Birth Abortion ads, which he ran on Christian radio stations in the days before the election. In courting the GOP Base McCain seems to have adopted the old Clinton motto: "how can we fool 'em today?"


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:39 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2008 12:22 PM CST
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Friday, January 25, 2008
McCain and Pandering

It’s conventional pundit-wisdom (pardon the oxymoron) that John McCain does not pander. McCain’s supporters contrast the Senator who doesn’t mind ticking off constituencies with Romney, who changed his mind about abortion, Guiliani who has recently found his inner gun-toting redneck, or Huckabee who surely must have done something Faustian to gain the endorsement of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Education Association. McCain has demonstrated his willingness to stick it to Republican Party interest groups, from Iowa Ethanol producers to Border Security voters, to enthusiasts of the Nuclear Option to end judicial filibusters, to Free Speech advocates, to Supply-side tax cutters, to Global Warming skeptics; but does this mean that McCain is no panderer?

The truth is that McCain does his pandering at the WHOLESALE level. He panders to the image-making Media, which rewards him with glowing adulation and the “Maverick” brand. This is an electoral strategy that trades-off some support from attentive voters, in order to win the votes of the uninformed, undecided – well, let’s just say it: the ignorant swath of voters who will reach the last week of October and still not know the substantive differences between the major party candidates for President. These voters are most suceptible to suasion by the Media image of a candidate, and McCain-Feingold restrictions on pre-election TV issue ads assure minimal interference from the previously offended Party interest groups. So, I’ll grant that McCain is willing to rub constituents the wrong way on issues, but he has rarely shown the same indifference to his Media groupies, because pandering to them has earned him an image glossing that money could never buy.

When the contest is McCain against any other Republican the image-makers will be McCain’s best buddy; but once it’s down to McCain against any Democrat, he’ll be John McCain of the Keating Five Scandal, John McCain who can’t get along with others, John McCain who flip-flopped on this, that and the other thing, John McCain who is too old to serve in the most stressful job in the world (and after the break, a special medical update on the increase in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease among senior citizens, and now a word from our sponsors). So, in the end the joke will be on McCain, and on Republicans, if we choose him as our candidate.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:15 PM CST
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
McCain's Principles and the "Stimulus" Rebates

Do you suppose John McCain will make “a principled stand” against the Bush-Pelosi-FDR, deficit-increasing “stimulus” rebates, the way he did against Bush’s 2003 pro-growth, supply-side tax cuts, “because there are no corresponding spending cuts”? Fat chance right? McCain’s vaunted “principles” are typically in evidence only when they serve to attract adoring media attention. His staunch insistence on victory in Iraq is an exception, but as such, it’s the exception that proves the rule.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:10 PM CST
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Friday, January 4, 2008
Don't Bet Against The Clintons

I am delighted that Hillary lost in Iowa, not because I don’t want her to be the Democrat candidate, but because I want her to win the Democrat nomination in about July. The GOP is down on cash, down on motivation, and probably facing an extended and bloody primary. Democrats need to bleed! Democrats need to spend up their millions. Hillary needs to be exposed for the corrupt, strident, socialist, phony that she is. The other Democrat candidates need to dredge up the Clinton scandals of the 90’s (not to mention the 80’s) and thus incur the wrath and retribution of the Clinton War Room.

But after all that, don’t bet against the Clintons. Make no mistake, they will do anything – ANYTHING – to anyone, to regain power and they’ve spent fifteen years accumulating obligations (and FBI files), which they will cash in this year. Bill Richardson, who knows all this from the inside, will back out of the race and throw his support to Hillary, once he has done all he can toward building name recognition, and privately secured his spot as her running mate. Obama and Edwards will step into the crosshairs of the Clinton Attack Machine, and may it be a long and vicious battle royale, with Hillary emerging as the nominee of an embittered and divided Party, the one figure with the potential to unite the fractured Republican coalition. I consider that scenario all the more possible after Obama and Edwards bested Ms. Inevitable in Iowa, and a good thing too, because the Republicans are going to need a few hometown bounces.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 8:24 AM CST
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Thursday, December 27, 2007
Commander in Chief Material?
Have any reporters asked Barak Obama whether the Bhutto assassination makes the would-be Commander in Chief's idea for a U.S. invasion of Pakistan a "Go"?

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:19 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2007 11:22 AM CST
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Who Done It?

I’m guessing that Islamists assassinated Bhutto. Not because Musharref is incapable of political murder, but because destabilizing Pakistan plays into the hands of Islamists trying to get their hands on Nukes.

This is similar to the Al Qaeda in Iraq strategy of  bombing of the Shia mosque in Sammara to touch off vendettas between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq.

Count on Western Media and Islamist communication networks (i.e. Al Jazeera, the Madrassas, CNN, etc…) to cooperate in placing the blame on Musharref in an attempt to accomplish a Shah of Iran redux.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:18 AM CST
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Monday, December 3, 2007
Henry Hyde

My wife and I were returning home Saturday night from a business trip in Ohio, when she noticed the Stars and Stripes flying at half-mast at an Illinois Tollway Plaza. I asked the toll attendant why, and he replied, “a congressman died,” then asked his colleague whether they knew the name of the congressman, and she answered, “Henry Hyde.” The attendant was clearly surprised at our emotional response. When I told him that Henry Hyde was a great man; his only response was a bemused facial expression suggesting incredulity that a couple driving along the Tollway would actually care about the passing of some politician.

Our fourth son, Asa Hyde Naselli, born in 1999, is named in honor of this great and good man? Gail and I had the privilege of being invited to introduce eight-month old Asa to Henry Hyde in person. We talked with the Congressman in his Addison, Illinois office for about fifteen minutes, while important-looking men in expensive suits tapped their feet impatiently on the waiting room tiles. The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee listened attentively as we answered his questions about home schooling and raising a large family, and answered our questions, crediting his mother for instilling moral backbone in him, to stand up for what is right no matter the consequences. He also spoke of his generation of Americans’ answer to the threat of Fascist imperialism, describing how he and all his friends eagerly joined the military (the U.S. Navy in his case), and would have felt ashamed to do otherwise.

He seemed in no hurry to wrap up the conversation, but I wanted to be considerate of his time, so I asked if, before we left, we could pray for him. This Catholic gentleman rose and hobbled out from behind his desk, standing before us with head bowed reverently, permitting my wife and I to lay hands on him and entreat the blessings of God upon him.

We were on our way out when he called after us, “wait, I have something for Asa.” He brought out an engraved silver cup, bearing the inscription, “To my namesake, Asa Hyde Naselli, from Chairman Henry Hyde.” Then he asked if we would stay a moment while his secretary shot a photo of the three of us with him. I confess that I relished the indignant sniffs as we passed by the “suits” who had been watching through the waiting room window as a peculiarly humane public servant demonstrated his priorities.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:13 AM CST
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Memo to Wolf
From the Clinton War Room, some suggested appropriate questions for Wolf Blitzer to ask the Candidates:

Senator Obama: having recently threatened a U.S. invasion of Pakistan, do you feel you would be in a better or worse position than President Bush to apply diplomatic pressure on President Musharref? And why?

Senator Edwards: a recent Treaury report showed that, contrary to your “Two Americas” scenario, America today enjoys the most robust social mobility since such statistics have been computed. In light of this information, how is your campaign theme relevant to what is really happening economically in our country?

Governor Richardson: during your watch as Energy Secretary, National Secrets were stolen from the Los Alamos Laboratories – secrets fyou were responsible to protect. When the espionage was finally discovered, your Department allowed an apparently innocent employee to be accused of the crime and have his character assassinated by the Justice Department and the Media. How does that episode help qualify you to take charge of America’s National Security?

Senator Clinton: uh, um . . . my but you look lovely this evening; what’s that scent you’re wearing?

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:02 AM CST
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Thursday, November 8, 2007
Empathy Deficit?

Michelle Obama, like a good Left Wing Elitist, scolded America for having “a deep empathy deficit.” What country does she live in? Her smug comments are reminicient of Bill Clinton’s “Volunteerism Summit,” and the U.N. Official who chided the USA for our supposed parsimony in helping Tsunami victims. Democrats are still and always the people who “Blame America First.”

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 8:38 AM CST
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Hillary's Baby Bonus is Unfair

I have a question for Candidate Clinton: “Mrs. Clinton, as is well known, the Republican Party is all about helping the rich get richer and grinding the faces of the poor and middle-class into the dirt, while the Democrat Party is about FAIRNESS. My wife and I have eight children, the eldest is 22 and the youngest is 5 years old. Your Baby Bonus Program will tax the rich to give a $5000 IRA to every child born after the program goes into effect.

How is that fair? We’ve got eight kids and we get nothing? Why should these Johnny-come-lately reproducers get to soak the rich, while we populating pioneers are left out in the cold? Madam, have you no decency? Basic fairness demands that our kids, and ALL The Children should receive IRA accounts, with interest and adjusted for inflation" (after all, our first child was born back when five-thousand bucks was worth something).

If I’m going to sell my vote to a panderer, I want it to be an equal opportunity panderer.


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:35 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2007 2:48 PM CDT
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Monday, October 1, 2007
Time is Right for Amnesty Now

Recent events have made this the ideal time for Congress to offer Amnesty. No, not to illegal aliens, to Democrats.

With the Troop Surge and General Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency strategy bearing fruit in Iraq, the prospects for an American victory have brightened, and this is very gloomy news indeed for Democrat politicians who have invested their political future in American failure in Iraq.

Democrats face a serious conflict of interest: if the U.S. wins, Democrats lose; if the U.S. loses, Democrats win. This is bad for Democrats, and it’s bad for America. But, if Democrats were to change course and suddenly begin rooting for America to win in Iraq, they rightly fear that Republicans would bludgeon them with this flip-flop in the upcoming election campaign.

But, what if Congress – which jumped headlong into the restriction of political speech with the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act – were to grant a full Amnesty from political repercussions, to any Democrat willing to stop helping our enemies, and support America’s war effort?

The legislation could shield repentant Democrat candidates from negative GOP campaign ads pointing out for how many years and in how many ways Democrats have undermined the efforts of our military and taken up the interests of America’s enemies, and Left wing 527 organizations could be forced to continue contributing to Democrat election campaigns at a rate equal to the previous election cycle, plus a specified cost-of-living increase.

I know it would be tempting for Republicans to oppose such legislation, both on Constitutional grounds, and because it would deny them the target-rich environment of campaigning against Democrat candidates who have rooted against the U.S. and for our enemies in this war. But, times like these call for sacrifices, and Republicans should be willing to lead the way by supporting Amnesty now for every Democrat who wants to come in from the cold.


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:07 PM CDT
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Friday, September 14, 2007
Victory is not an option

In his speech to the nation following the Petraeus Report, President Bush announced that the success of the Troop Surge so far has made possible U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq this year, thereby re-casting the debate with Democrats from "you want the troops to come and I want the troops to stay," to "we all want the troops to come home, and the Surge has demonstrated that victory in arms will bring them home."

That leaves Democrats to stomp their foot and say in effect, "no dammit, we don't just want the troops home, we want them home defeated!"


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:53 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, September 14, 2007 1:13 PM CDT
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JCS

During the Congressional testimony of General David Petraeus, Democrat Party leaders (and flunkies) exhibited their military command expertise so impressively that I will hereafter refer to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Jack Murtha and Barak Obama as the Joint Chiefs of Surrender, with Pelosi earning the title of Chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Surrender.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:47 PM CDT
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