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LarryNaselli.com
Friday, August 29, 2008
Energized
By selecting Sarah Palin, John McCain did a great job of knocking Obama's speech and convention bounce out of the headlines, but most of all, McCain has energized the Conservative Base of the Republican Party. That is a factor without which he could not win the election. This wise VP choice positions Republicans to rally down the home stretch in an electoral cycle that looked dismal for the GOP. Republicans will do well to note that in McCain's campaign and in the selection of Governor Palin, it has been fidelity to Conservatism that has energized and united the Party. So far, so good.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:09 PM CDT
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Convert

John McCain was not my first (second, third or fourth) choice for President, but for the past two months I've been thinking of reasons to love him. That's not too difficult -- the challenge is to not think of reasons to detest him, but Barack Obama has been helping me with that.

I'm a pro-Life, pro-War, NR Conservative, who was prepared to hold my nose and punch McCain's name to vote against Obama, but four things have been bringing me around to voting for McCain. 1) my eldest son is on his way to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, so I have a personal stake in electing a CIC committed to American victory 2) McCain's ads ridiculing Obama's pretensions show that our guy is willing and able to hit Obama in his soft spot, unlike Bob Dole in '96, who agreed not to make character an issue when running against Bill Clinton, 3) McCain's Saddleback Forum answers indicated (generally) a good grasp and embrace of Conservatism, and 4) the selection of a pro-Life, pro-Drilling, limited government Conservative as his running mate, shows that McCain is at least willing to take a breather from vexing Conservatives.

With the selection of Sarah Palin, McCain has officially closed the deal with me. I just went to his website and made a donation.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:42 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, August 29, 2008 1:46 PM CDT
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Gender Gap?

I don't know what effect Sarah Palin will have on the Women's vote, but I bet she'll have the opposite effect that Hillary would have had on the Men's vote.

Even happily married men understand what Limbaugh means when he says that “Hillary Clinton reminds men of their first wife.” Well, Sarah Palin reminds men of the teacher that every guy had a crush on.

That surely won't hurt McCain among male voters.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:14 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, August 29, 2008 1:18 PM CDT
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McCain Showing Definite Signs of Sanity
I'm happy with this! It's kind of unusual for John McCain to create positive excitement among Republicans, rather than among Democrats, but he's on a roll with Saddleback and the selection of Sarah Palin as running mate. Who knows, if McCain keeps it up, pleasing the GOP base could become habit-forming.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:06 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, August 29, 2008 12:10 PM CDT
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
McCain's VP

Here's my prediction (i.e. wild-guess) list:

1) Pawlenty – I’m afraid McCain will pick him because of the hoopla factor of having a favorite son selected at the MN convention. A really dumb and bad reason to select a running mate; but just what you might expect from a candidate who has spent the last 10 years as a Media darling and may embrace the distorted Washington News Media view of reality. A lot of NR-type Conservatives won’t like Pawlenty, because of some economics transgressions, but I hear that he’s a solid pro-life Governor and the pro-life evangelicals are probably the most volatile (i.e. disposed to sit it out) faction in the party, so it’s a decent choice.

2) Tom Ridge. They say that McCain is at his best when the chips are down, and that he tends to stumble when things are going well. In the past few weeks Obama’s European glamour tour and inept performance in the Saddlesore Church Forum, coupled with McCain’s embrace of Conservative themes has given McCain the momentum in this campaign. In other words things are going well, which is why I’m afraid McCain may pick Ridge, a pro-abortion Catholic, thus taking the wind out of the pro-life GOP base. Could McCain be so myopic when it comes to the enthusiasm and energy of the Party Base, and the willingness of pro-lifers to close their wallets, hang up their walking shoes, take a pass on voting? Answer: Gang of Fourteen. McCain may have a spotless pro-life voting record, but he doesn’t share the passion of the movement (so says Rick Santorum), so he doesn’t grasp the emotional effect of undermining the cause.

3) Romney – has faithfully campaigned for McCain since conceding the nomination. Romney would do excellent service as VP, and of course that would position him as the 2012 front-runner for the GOP Presidential nomination. Romney is my favored choice, and would be pleasing to both NR-type Conservatives and most Pro-Life Republicans. No need to please the "Pragmatists," since they've already got the top of the ticket. Romney handles himself well from the stump and in debate, and the main complaint against him as a Presidential candidate -- his supposed willingness to change his position on any issue in order to win -- is a virtue in a Vice President.

4) Lieberman – the end of the Republican Party. A good rule of thumb is that when all your enemies are enthusiastically telling you it’s a great idea, what they mean is that it’s a great idea FOR THEM. The GOP in the Senate, on the other hand, should be ready with some committee plums and NRSC $’s if the Dems are bitter and foolish enough to punish Lieberman for endorsing McCain and speaking at the GOP Convention. We could accept WFB’s chosen Senate candidate (you will, of course, recall that Lieberman first came to the Senate with the support of WFB and other NR-type Republicans, ousting that festering pimple of a Liberal Republican, Lowell Weicker, from the U.S. Senate back in the 1980’s) into our Big Tent.

5) David Petraeus – tough transition from no political experience to high-end politics, but it has been done before. A great man, a brilliant man and a great general. America probably needs him more at CentCom than gaveling the U.S. Senate. Better to save Petraeus as the Ike-like Presidential Candidate circa 2016.

6) Lindsay Graham – God forbid. Lindsay Graham was a good U.S. Representative, but now he is simply proof of the validity of The Peter Principle.

7) Sarah Palin – good novelty pick, and it would mean that McCain was changing his stupid position against drilling in ANWR.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:47 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:48 PM CDT
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Monday, August 18, 2008
The Entry Level Candidate
From the Saddleback Debate we learned that Barack Obama's "most gut-wrenching decision" was "opposing the Iraq War"? I'll bet his Handlers breathed a sigh of relief that Barry didn't gush, "whether to vote for Syesha or Chikezie on American Idol." The question was not, "what was your most gut-wrenching vicarious experience?" Congress declares War, and Obama wasn't in Congress in 2002-2003.

C'mon Barack, is that the best you can do? How about throwing Jeremiah Wright under the bus, wasn't that gut-wrenching? Especially since you could "no more deny him than [you could] deny the Black Community or [your putatively racist] grandmother. Speaking of which, didn't you find the audacity of libeling granny a little gut-wrenching? Wasn't it gut-wrenching to ask your supporters to send cash to Hillary as quid pro quo for her conceding the nomination? Surely it must have been gut-wrenching for you to go against your peculiar brand of undercover patriotism by sticking on that American flag lapel pin for political cover.

And it gets better: Obama's "greatest moral failure" was Smokin' in the Boy's Room? I love it! And I hope that Debate/Townhall inquisitors continue asking those kind of "what was the most...you've ever had to...?" questions, because Obama comes off sounding like an applicant for CEO of a Fortune 500, whose Resume "Professional Accomplishments" lead off with "President of the Student Council and B-Honor Roll, Junoir Year."

OK, let me help with this moral failure business, since Obama's wife and grandmother probably won't offer this bit of wisdom, I will. Barack has already disowned Rev. Wright, so he might consider finally owning the gross moral failure of exposing his wife and daughters (to say nothing of his own impressionable mind) to the protracted ravings of a paranoid, anti-American, race pimp. Just say that, although you failed miserably in leading your family, that was not the Barack Obama you know. How would that headline read? "Obama distances himself from himself." Ah, it's a jungle -- I mean a Rainforest -- out there, young man.

Hearing Obama, the neophyte, makes me think of that old Armed Forces recruitment commercial, in which a wet-behind-the-ears high school grad, unable to land a job because he lacks experience, pleads, "but where do I get the experience?" The chorus answers, "Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, we don't ask for experience, we give it; you won't read it in a book, you'll live it." Memo to Obama: Consider enlisting in the military -- President of the United States is not an entry level position.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:01 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 12:26 PM CDT
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Time for a new masthead at the Trib

 

The front page of last Sunday’s Chicago Tribune offers readers a point-by-point refutation of Republicans’ linking of Barrack Obama’s performance as a State Senator to the rise in gang violence in Illinois (i.e. if he’s this soft on gang violence how can he handle Al Qaeda?). I counsel abundant patience for those readers still waiting for the Tribune’s front page point-by-point refutation of Democrat accusations that President Bush wanted to put arsenic in your drinking water and Salmonella in children’s hamburgers, or the “if Republicans are elected more Black churches will burn” Democrat ad, or the NAACP’s "It was like my father [James Byrd] was killed all over again" anti-Bush ad.

The Tribune left it to Republican campaigns to refute those (and countless other) absurd charges, so on the Tribune’s own terms, isn’t it the job of the Obama Campaign to answer Republican arguments against the Senator’s candidacy? Well, yes, and that’s why the Trib is answering them. The next logical step is to replace the comical tagline “World’s Greatest Newspaper” with “Obama ‘08” on the Tribune masthead.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:10 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, August 18, 2008 10:12 AM CDT
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Monday, August 11, 2008
Bumper Sticker

I spotted an interesting Obama bumper sticker this weekend, which read, "McCain: Bush's 3rd Term."

When I saw that I thought, "if only..." For all the complaints Conservatives could make about the Bush presidency (e.g. signing McCain-Feingold, Medicare Prescription Drug Entitlement, Lost Veto Pen for six budget-busting years,  No Child Left Behind, Farm Subsidies, Steel Tariffs and backing Arlen Specter in the 2008 GOP Primary...add your own pet peeve here _________), I'm guessing that six months into a McCain presidency Conservatives will be pining for the good old days of George W's tax cuts and judicial appointments. The same would be true six hours into an Obama presidency, along with a desperate nostalgia for a President determined to win the war against Islamo-facism.

Anyway, I'm willing to join with the Libs in a little wishful thinking and grant that a McCain presidency would be Bush's 3rd Term. So what would an Obama Presidency be? Well, let's see, military retreat from the international totalitarian threat, undermining our imperfect allies while lending credibility to our hideous enemies, proposed cure for a shortage of oil is for Americans to do with less, proposed cure for high gas prices is a windfall profits tax on oil companies, proposed cure for economic woes is to raise marginal tax rates, and increase government spending and regulation. Hmmmmm,  let's see, where have we seen these policies before?

A bumper sticker could answer that question: "Obama: Jimmy Carter's 2nd Term."


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:43 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, August 11, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
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Friday, August 8, 2008
Breaking News?

“Breaking News from ABC…John Edwards repeatedly lied during his campaign for the Democrat Presidential nomination…”

Today ABC interrupted Rush Limbaugh in mid-sentence to tell us that a Democrat politician is a serial liar. What’s next? Will ABC interrupt regular programming to tell us the Earth is rotating on its axis?


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:17 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, August 8, 2008 4:08 PM CDT
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Friday, July 25, 2008
The highest form...

The lead of the Associated Press story about Barrack Obama's anger at criticism of his wife reads, "What gets under Barack Obama's skin? Criticism of his wife, Michelle Obama."

Obama and his ilk claim that their criticism of our beloved Country is the highest form of Patriotism, right? So, why is criticism of Obama's wife a problem?

Doesn't Barrack (or the A.P. for that matter) understand that Michelle's critics are merely expressing their love and devotion? Just like Obama and his fellow Leftists are showing their Patriotism when they trash America.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:48 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, July 28, 2008 12:38 PM CDT
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Rope a Dope? We Can Only Hope.

Perhaps Barrack Obama’s self-infatuated “whirlwind tour” of the Middle East and Europe, where his Student Lounge nostrums and brilliantly stated non-insights display him as a naïve and arrogant fool, is merely a clever ruse to cause the tyrants in Tehren, Seoul, Bejing, Caracas and Moscow to underestimate him. If not, God help us, it will be almost impossible for them to do so.


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:49 AM CDT
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Four Years of Whining Ahead?

Obama “infuriated” by criticism of his wife

One of the best things my wife and I ever did was to train our children to not whine; but, as anyone can observe, whining children and the hapless parents who tolerate it are characteristic of family life in America in our times. That may help explain why Barrack Obama is able to maintain popularity and “likeability,” despite being the most persistent crybaby in national politics – maybe in the HISTORY of national politics.

Baby Boomers who permit their own children to whine may feel comfortable with a whining presidential aspirant as well. As for the rest of us, like diners at a restaurant who become collateral damage to the whining children of Boomer parents, we may be destined to endure the dispepsia of witnessing a protracted whining session, which will be known to history as the Obama Presidency. Even more disconcerting is the realization that our primary hope to escape this scenario rests with the grandfatherly John McCain, and everyone knows that grandparents are notorious enablers of whining children.


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:31 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2008 2:36 PM CDT
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Monday, June 30, 2008
Not to be outdone

Beneath the public façade of unity, the Democrat Party still has some rifts to heal, as was demonstrated yesterday when the Obama Campaign announced that the presumptive Democrat Presidential nominee planned to give a speech on patriotism today. Not to be outdone, Team Clinton swung into action, hastily scheduling speaking engagements for the recently discomfitted Candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

 A source close to the Clintons told reporters that the appearances would be comparable to Obama’s speech about Patriotism, with Bill Clinton speaking about the sacred duty of marital fidelity, and Hillary Clinton offering expert advice on how to win a Presidential Nomination.

The Obama campaign declined to comment on the Clintons' speaking schedule, but a spokesman did deny rumors that Obama had called on key supporters to give a series of similar speeches. Obama's campaign manager vehemently denied reports that the candidate had approached Ted Kennedy to give a speech on "moderation in the use of alcohol" or John Kerry to address the topic of "blending in with the common man," however he would neither confirm nor deny that Michelle Obama is planning a series of speeches titled, "Poor and Kept Down in America, My Story."


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:49 PM CDT
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Obama and Patriotism
What does Barrack Obama think of someone who overlooks racist remarks made by friends and associates, rather than speaking out in opposition? Is that person right on racism? Well, Obama overlooked (for decades) the unpatriotic remarks and actions of his friends and associates (to say nothing of his WIFE), rather than speaking out in opposition. How then is Obama not only right on patriotism, but also the guest lecturer, self-appointed to teach the rest of us the lessons of patriotism? Maybe Obama would do better to go on a "listening tour," to let average Americans, who are not so "conflicted" about patriotism, explain the concept to Obama.

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:38 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 30, 2008 2:10 PM CDT
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Indiana Jones

My wife and I went to see the new Indiana Jones movie last Thursday, and the first thing we noticed was (just like when we saw "Rocky Balboa") the theater was full of old fogies, like us. Rather pleasant, actually, compared to the usual rude teeny-boppers whispering and sending text messages throughout the feature.

As for the movie itself, it provided quite a few laughs and tense action sequences, as you would expect from Indiana Jones. We were pleasantly surprised by the new character who Indy takes along on this adventure. Considering the potential for a "sidekick" character to flop, the good chemistry between Indy and Mutt was a major accomplishment.

It was great fun to see many classic Indiana Jones gags shamelessly recycled. So much fun, in fact, that the experience wasn't ruined even by the indignant jabs at the 1950's "Red Scare." The irony of decrying Cold War era concerns about Communist infiltration in a movie that depicts Russian KGB agents freely operating in the American heartland apparently eluded the writer and director.

It was some relief that the filmmakers did not trot out the Nazis for another curtain call. But no commendation is in order, since they simply fell back on that unwritten Hollywood maxim: "When you're out of ideas, bring out the Nazis. When you've worn out the Nazis, bring out the Aliens." Too bad the Indiana Jones series concludes in such abject creative bankruptcy, but I suppose the makers' creative resources were just spent, and all in all it was a good run and a fun one.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:39 PM CDT
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Changing Sides?

When I saw this AP Headline: Obama Signaling He Will Fight for West I thought perhaps all the criticism of Obama’s tyrant-coddling foreign policy idiocy had persuaded the candidate to finally declare himself unequivocally on the side of America against our Islamo-Facist enemies. No such luck, it’s merely a story about Obama’s plans to campaign in Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado; his allegiance in the long war with the Jihadists remains an open question.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:42 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 12:43 PM CDT
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Thursday, May 22, 2008
Preview of Coming Attractions

Do you recall a visit to the White House by the Chi-Com thug de jour, during the Clinton Presidency? This bloody-handed Commie defended China’s menacing of Taiwan by comparing the Chi-Com's intimidation of its neighbor with President Lincoln using arms to supress the Confederate succession. Bubba’s response? “Well, I guess you’ve got a point there.”

So, how do you suppose Barack Obama’s Student-Lounge historical perspective will serve American interests when President Obama goes face-to-face to persuade the Iranians to forsake nuclear weapons, and a sandal-pounding Amedinijad launches the predictable tirade, upbraiding the U.S. for nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two-hundred years of slavery, denying women the vote for more than a century, wiping out the injuns and deliberately spreading the AIDS virus?

Actually, Obama should feel right at home – just like sittin’ in church.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:05 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 8:37 AM CDT
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Monday, May 19, 2008
Obama Brings About Real Change

Would-be President Barack Obama's brilliant ideas include a "windfall profits" tax, appeasing our nation's enemies, undermining our less-than-perfect authoritarian allies, snubbing the United States' strongest ally in Latin America, and finding fault with America.

Well, Obama has heralded himself as the agent of "change," and I'd have to say he is right. Obama's litany of bad ideas calls for a change to the definition of insanity, made famous by candidate Bill Clinton in a 1992 Presidential debate. Thanks to Barrack Obama, insanity can now be defined as "doing the same things Jimmy Carter did, and expecting different results."

That's change America could live without.


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:23 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, May 19, 2008 4:31 PM CDT
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sun-Times Tests New Layout

The Chicago Sun-Times has apparently moved the Funny Papers to the Front Page. In today's edition, the sub-head over a debate photo of Obama and Hillary reads, "Obama complains distractions keeping him from talking about real issues."

Presumably, the "real issues" would include serious policy prescriptions like, "Change," "Hope," "Yes, we can," and "We are the people we've been waiting for." The "distractions" would include unimportant things like Obama's elitist contempt for working-class rural Americans, Obama's wife's low opinion of the U.S.A., Obama's very close decades-long affiliation with a racist, America-hating spiritual advisor, Obama's close-ties to indicted political influence purchaser Tony Rezko, Obama's Socialist prescriptions for taxes and government spending, Obama's utter failure to understand the effect of capital gains tax policy on investor incentives, economic growth and tax revenues, Obama's promises to coddle and legitimize America's enemies Iran and North Korea coupled with his threat to invade America's ally Pakistan, Obama's snubbing of America's closest South American ally Columbia, or Obama's I-can-declare-defeat-in-Iraq-faster-than-you war strategy.

Congratulations to the Chicago Sun-Times. With daily newspaper subscriptions and ad sales in a seemingly irreversible tailspin, at least the publishers have found a way to give the remnant of readers a few laughs before the lights go out.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:20 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2008 2:09 PM CDT
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Quote of the Week

And the winner is . . . Ann Coulter:

"It is an article of faith with the Democrats that they must fool Americans by simulating agreement with normal people. The winner of the Democratic primary is always the candidate who does the best impersonation of an American."

 


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