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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sun-Times Runs Cover for Obama

Front page of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The speech of his life.” Doesn’t this beg the question, why he hasn’t made this speech sooner? I’m sure any Republican would get the same fawning treatment if he was renouncing ties to a radical church, right? Does anybody recall a Pat Buchanan campaign staffer in 2006, who  was invited to the same event where some white supremacist whackos had rented an expo booth? There were no speeches, just "off with his head." No one tried to understand anyone's rage. It did not matter that the Buchanan aide had no affiliation with the white supremacist. No newspaper attempted to place it in a good light. Contrast with Obama and his America-hating, race-baiting Pastor of twenty years.

The Sun-Times sub-headline goes on to add this gloss-over:

“his former Pastor’s fiery sermons”

Pu-uh-leeeeeese, give me a break.

“former” ? Obama still belongs to the church and the pastor just retired. The new pastor is the same breed and Obama still belongs to the Church.

“pastor” ? not only was J. Wright Obama’s pastor, he was/is his spiritual counselor and for some time a campaign advisor for faith matters.

“fiery sermons” ? I'll say. How about anti-American rants and hatred-towards-whites tirades?

This is spin at its finest. Obama is exposed as either an afro-centric whacko, or an obsequeious member of the mob, who doesn’t have the sense or the fortitude to remove himself and his family from the spiritual leadership of a raving Louis Farrakhan knock-off with a cross on the wall. So, what does Obama do? He changes the subject. He calls for racial healing, blah, blah, blah. A little late, don’t you think? About 20 years too late.

Moreover, Obama does nothing to explain how a patriotic American could sit in the pews and listen to the most vile anti-American vituperations, and the most unhinged conspiracy theories, without dissenting, UNTIL his political aspirations required a dissent. Would you lead your wife and children to sit under the tutelage of Jeremiah Wright’s frothings against the Nation you love?

Of course the drive-by media is only too quick to pick up Obama’s spin and run with it. So, if you or I don’t swallow Obama’s load of excrement -- which the media is comparing to Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech (talk about the lowering of standards) – then we are the ones prolonging the agony of racial strife. This would be funny if it didn’t fool so many people. Obama is like the cartoon character being chased, who when his pursuer catches him says, “quick, he went that-a-way.” And we’re supposed to go running that-a-way?

You cannot participate in racial division, and for that matter national division for twenty years, then when you’re caught red-handed at it, declare yourself the agent of racial and national reconciliation. Or maybe you can, if good-hearted people want badly enough to believe you. We’ll soon see how gullible people are in the age of feelings uber-alles.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:54 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 12:18 PM CDT
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Shell Game

Barrack Obama’s Philadelphia speech attempts to shift the focus from Rev. Wright’s America-hating tirades to Rev. Wright’s over-the-top race baiting, because Obama can appeal to White Guilt on the racial issue, but not on hatred of the Nation that Obama is asking to make him its leader.

Don't fall for Obama's misdirection. Racial divisiveness is part of the problem with Rev. Wright, but the bigger question is, "why would a man who wants to be President of the United States maintain a decades-long close association with an foaming-at-the-mouth America-hater like Jeremiah Wright?"

In his speech, Obama effectively says, "the matter is closed, and anyone who continues talking about it is part of the problem, so everybody just shut up." Now that is audacious.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:59 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 1:59 PM CDT
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Monday, March 17, 2008
Sleeping in Church?

Barrack Obama never heard his Pastor, Jeremiah Wright, frothing and fulminating against the U.S.A., and it is true that lots of people sleep in church, but having heard the fiery Rev. Wright, and the congregation going wild in response, you would have to believe that Obama is a singularly heavy sleeper.

It reminds me of an old Dick VanDyke Show episode in which Rob Petrie is suspected of committing a crime, and his alibi to the police detective is that he was at a movie, asleep. The incredulous detective wants to know which movie, and Rob answers, “The Guns of Navarrone.” More suspicious than ever, the detective demands rhetorically, “you slept through The Guns of Navarrone?”

I think voters could be excused for being similarly skeptical of Obama's plea of ignorance. The kindest interpretation we can grant Obama is that he is afflicted with an appalling lack of alertness. If you want to be President of the United States, not only do you need to answer the phone at 3:00 AM, you need to pay attention in Church.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:54 AM CDT
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With Friends Like This...
Senator Obama, why were the people you go to church with CHEERING when Rev. Wright was spewing his vile anti-American racial paranoia?

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:37 AM CDT
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A Simple Question for the Senator

 

Senator Obama, would you classify your Pastor’s invectives against America as the words of a Patriot?


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:11 AM CDT
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008
His and Hers Shame

Barack Obama isn't doing a very good job of allaying the concerns about his attitude towards America, which were raised by his wife's confession that she has not been proud of the U.S.A. for the last quarter of a century.

Demonstrating that he conforms to every detail of Liberal orthodoxy, Obama indicated his thralldom to the opinions of Euro-elites, by vowing something to the effect that when he is President his policies will make it possible for an American traveling abroad to be proud to say, "I'm an American."

In other words, Obama thinks that, as of today, we cannot proudly declare ourselves Americans when in foreign lands. Maybe Mr. & Mrs. Obama and their friends are ashamed to let foreigners identify them with this greatest nation on God's green Earth, but I'm not, are you?


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:07 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 3:08 PM CST
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Gravitas Anyone?

Have you heard any Drive-by Media types, reporting on Barack Obama's substance-free campaign for President of the United States, utter the word, "GRAVITAS"? I didn't think so.

Concerns about a lack of "gravitas" are reserved for a successful two-term Governor of one of the largest States in the Union, a successful entrepreneur in professional sports and the energy industry, a Harvard MBA, an insider in two presidential campaigns, and a confidant of a former President, Vice President and CIA Director, NOT for a first-term Senator with no legislation bearing his name, no private-sector accomplishments on his resume, and no significant policy idea that was not minted decades ago by LBJ or FDR.


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:47 AM CST
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
WFB RIP

I heard on Laura Ingraham’s broadcast this morning that William F. Buckley, Jr. passed away. I am indebted to that great man, as are legions of Conservatives, for helping to teach me how to think clearly about Public Policy, and for improving my mind with his brilliant and delicious mastery of the English language. William F. Buckley Jr. helped me gain a great treasure in my life, namely the love of thinking.

He also helped me gain another greater treasure. Buckley’s unabashed testimony to his faith in Christ (along with Ronald Reagan’s testimony) helped pry open my mind to considering the Gospel, which I did not then take seriously. Knowing that no less an intellect than WFB confessed Jesus Christ, I could no longer summarily dismiss Christianity and the Bible, and began seeking the truth.

Thank you Mr. Buckley, RIP.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:01 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 11:04 AM CST
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Texas Obamacans?

A few minutes ago Rush read a story from a Texas newspaper, which reported a supposed movement of Republican voters planning to take a Democrat ballot in the upcoming Texas Primary, and vote for Obama, in order to drive a stake through Hillary's heart.

Just as Gore 2000/DNC telemarketers prospected for complaints of vote fraud/ballot-confusion in Florida in 2000, then parlayed a handful of solicited complaints into a national “crisis’ of a “stolen election,” so the Texas “Republicans voting for Obama” news story may be a launching point for Hillary’s Convention appeal for uncommitted delegates, i.e. the vast right-wing conspiracy stole the nomination from me, by sending Republican voters into the Democrat Primary. A spiteful act of Republican Clinton-hatred – they couldn’t remove Bill from office, so they are corrupting the electoral process to deny Hillary the nomination, etc. etc…

It doesn’t matter whether wild-eyed delegates believe this line, or whether craven super-delegates choose to “believe” it as cover, in order to avoid having the Clintons fax the delegate’s FBI files to the Washington Post.

I may be guilty of wishful thinking, but surely experience has taught us never to accept a news story about the Clintons at face value.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:33 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 2:02 PM CST
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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.


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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.

 


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