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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Showing a little patriotism...

News Item from Associated Press: "Biden calls paying higher taxes a Patriotic act"

News Item from ABC News: "Obama Stops Wearing Flag Pin, Says He'll Show Patriotism Through Ideas"

This is enlightening, and I'm grateful to Senators Obama and Biden for their clear thinking and intellectual consistency on the topic of patriotism. These men are leaders indeed, as evidenced by the fact that their words have moved me, an average citizen, to action.

The IRS will soon notice that I'm no longer paying federal income taxes, and I'm sure they will ask me about it. When they do, I'll reply, "You know, the truth is that right after Senator Biden's admonition I paid some taxes. Shortly afterwards, particularly because we were talking about budget deficits, paying taxes became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't pay those taxes on my income; instead I'm gonna try to tell the American People what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:55 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
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Friday, September 19, 2008
The Great Regulator?
Obama blames the Financial Markets' current woes on the putative lack of government regulation of, among other things, "creative financing." Would that include the kind of creative financing deal in which a shady character buys an expensive residential property then sells it to a State Senator below market value?

Posted by larry_naselli at 12:18 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:30 PM CDT
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Executive Experience?
Barack Obama says that managing his own presidential campaign constitutes executive experience. Obama's chosen measuring stick should be remembered as more news emerges about how much money the Obama campaign has burned through, and the weak financial condition of the campaign, despite record-breaking revenues.

Posted by larry_naselli at 6:53 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:19 PM CDT
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The Other Woman

Of course, Hillary would not be the only woman who would have to swallow hard if Barack Obama wants her as VP.

Do you really think Comrade Michelle wants that #&*(@ haunting the White House? To say nothing of the overshadowing presence of a former President putting his feet up on her hubby’s desk, chasing interns, sticking his face in front of every TV camera and charging McDonald’s carryouts to the company credit card.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:21 PM CDT
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Stand By Somebody Else's Man?

Since last week we’ve heard rumors that Obama will dump Joe Biden from the Dem ticket (Biden will want to “spend more time with his family”) and replace him with Hillary Clinton. Now, try to think about this like a Feminist.

In 1992 Hillary stood by her man in the Gennifer Flowers and assorted other Bimbo Eruptions, so that Bill could make it to the White House and Hillary would be empowered to take over the Health Care Industry. She dutifully played her part, but the promised reward never materialized. Again in 1998-99 Hillary stood by her man when he “did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” dutifully portrayed the wronged but loyal wife to save Bill’s worthless hide from being kicked out of office, all in order to preserve her own Presidential ambitions for 2008.

Her moment came! She was the inevitable, anointed nominee-to-be of an ascendant Democrat Party. One problem, even though she won a nearly equal number of votes, she was cast aside by the Party Bosses (i.e. Superdelegates), and they gave the nomination to a man. Hillary clenched her teeth and supported the Party’s nominee, and was rewarded by not even being considered for the VP slot, which instead went to a good-old-boy white male. Then the Republicans, of all people, the racist-sexist-bigot-homophobe-warmongering-tax cuts for the rich Republicans choose a (alleged) woman as the VP candidate, and suddenly this arctic Jenny-come-lately is sucking up all the oxygen that should have belonged to Hillary.

And now, now after Hillary has given the best years of her life to unfaithful, unthankful, less-qualified men, to advance their careers, now that they are in trouble and can’t get across the finish line without her help, she is once again supposed to swallow her pride and let the men walk all over her again? And for what? Another promise to just be patient because her turn is coming? She can look in the mirror and see that new wrinkle and another gray hair, and the-smartest-woman-in-the-world can figure out that she won’t always look pleasant under the TV lights, certainly not in eight years.

She’s been used and abused by Democrat men over and over again. Why should she say, “yes” one more time? For years now, Hillary has danced to the tune of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," but I think another country song will be in order for Hillary if Obama asks her to run with him now. It's from "But I Will," by Faith Hill, “you always had a line to change my mind, so I guess you thought, I’d just let you break my heart again…” 

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:38 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:47 PM CDT
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Into the Lion's Den . . . and Out Again.

Some impressions from the Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson:

Palin was nervous, expecting Gibson to set her up for a “gotcha,” which was, of course, precisely what he tried to do. The questions on foreign policy were reasonable questions, asked in an unreasonable manner. Gibson’s framing of so many questions as a challenge to the nominee’s qualifications (as opposed to merely a quest to discover the candidate’s positions), coupled with the interviewer’s condescending tone, made it clear to the viewer that Gibson considers Governor Palin to be out of her league. So much for "unbiased."

For Media star, Charlie Gibson, to hold up his own head in the presence of his colleagues, he had to emerge from the interview with Sarah Palin’s severed head in hand. He did not. But, notwithstanding their frustration with Gibson’s failure to “kill the beast, spill its blood,” the Leftmedia machinery swung into action to concoct a “gotcha” moment from the “Bush Doctrine” Q&A. Aha! You see, this igloo-park-trash bimbo doesn’t even know what The Bush Doctrine is, never mind that the term could refer to any of four distinct Bush policy positions. This was the best they could come up with from the battle – er, I mean the interview? Palin passes the trial by fire.

As for Gibson’s assinine question about Palin’s remarks at her old church, i.e. “let’s pray that [our Armed Forces] are doing God’s will…” (a fairly unobjectionable prayer request to most Americans, I would think). The non-comprehending Gibson, assuming the default Leftist suspicion of religion, questioned the propriety of her remark as if he envisioned a glossalalia-spewing, snake-handling, future President Palin, supine on the Oval Office carpet, frothing in trembling ecstasy, with glassy eyes staring skyward, as she intones, “O Lord of Hosts, speak to me, shall I go up into battle against the North Koreans or shall I forbear?”

Palin provided her version of the reassuring answer that Christian candidates have felt obliged to offer a putatively post-Christian electorate for the last few decades, in her case alluding to Lincoln’s expressed concern that we be “on God’s side.” I had rather that she answered something like, “Charlie, I don’t know that God has revealed his will on any specific tactic in this conflict, but I do believe – and I think most Americans believe this too – that God is on the side of good against evil. I also believe that Islamo-Facist terrorism is pure evil, and the principle evil facing the world, and threatening freedom in this generation. I don’t know about you, Charlie, but I further believe that the United States is, and has been, the greatest worldly force for good in the history of mankind, and that although America hasn’t always perfectly lived up to our ideals, America has always strived to, always strived to do what is right, and strived to fight against evil – to be on God’s side against evil, and in this fight against Islamo-Facist terrorism I believe that America is the good guy, don’t you?”

Such an answer would have not only placed Palin’s earlier words in proper perspective, it would have seized back the initiative from her oh-so-smug inquisitor, begging the question, “do you think God is ambivilent about good and evil, Charlie, or are you just unable to distinguish who the good guys are between America and Al Qaeda?” Moreover, such an answer would position Sarah Palin in harmony with historic American civil religion (and with Biblical religion, for that matter), in the tradition of Benjamin Franklin (i.e. “the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see that God rules in the affairs of men…”), and highlight the philosophical disonance of Gibson and the Secularist Left, who scoff at the notion of America as the instrument of good, much less of God.

Oh well, that’s all Monday Morning Quarterbacking. Sarah was the one in the game, and she held her own against a hostile, high-profile interviewer, and at the least was more cogent in her answers than either Barack Obama or Joe Biden on their best day.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:44 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:56 PM CDT
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Uh-Uh-Uhbama
I’ll grant "bright and clean," but what does it say about Joe Biden’s judgment that he believed Barack Obama to be articulate? Def. Articulate: expressing oneself readily, clearly, or effectively. Does that describe Barack Uh-Uh-Uhbama without the teleprompter?

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:06 AM CDT
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Another Victim of the Bush Theocracy?

No doubt Mississippi State Senator Chuck Graham would have risen from his wheelchair on Joe Biden's command, and walked, if only George W. Bush hadn't outlawed stem-cell research.


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:02 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:13 PM CDT
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Monday, September 8, 2008
FACT CHECK
Sarah Palin claims God sent her out into the vocation of politics and government, but Barack Obama denies sending her.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:31 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, September 8, 2008 9:42 AM CDT
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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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