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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Mentionable and Unmentionable

The Daily Herald ran a priceless headline, "FBI Arrests Christian Militia," over its copy & paste of the Associated Press story identifying arrested militia members as "Christian" and "Right-Wing."

I'm not quite sure what makes these particular militia-ists "Right-Wing" -- perhaps they favor cutting the federal budget, reducing marginal income-tax rates, or drilling in ANWR -- but the willingness of AP and The Daily Herald to label them as "Christian" reveals a transparent double standard that says more about the weasels in the news media, than it does about militiamen, Christian or otherwise.

When Muslim terrorists, open fire, torch cars, or blow up innocent civilians, while shouting "Allahu Akbar" AP routinely treats us to tortured euphemisms like "alleged gunmen," or "extremists," even though the perpetrators self-identify as adherents of Islam, quote from Islam's holy book, and are acknowledged as legitimate by vast numbers of Muslim leaders and followers. For some reason, AP, Rueters, and the news reports that parrot them, can't bring themselves to use the "M" Word.

But, AP has no such compunction when it comes to labeling militia wackos as "Christian." Certainly, these militia self-identify as Christians and quote from Christianity's holy book, but can any investigative reporter locate any significant support from Christian leaders and followers? Any prominent Christian to give credit to this militia's doctrines? To ask those questions is to answer them.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:45 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:41 AM CDT
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Christmas Morning

I heard a man on the news, who compared the passage of the Democrats' healthcare takeover to "Christmas Morning."

That's really not too far from the truth. What do so many people do between Thanksgiving and Christmas? They run up massive credit card charges so that Christmas Morning has a heap of goodies under the tree. Then Christmas is over. Then comes January, and the bills arrive. Then comes the sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, and the remorseful questions, "what have I done?" "why did I do it?"

Well, that's what Obamacare will be like for that man on the news report, but to most Americans it will be slightly different. We didn't run up our own credit cards. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and your Democrat U.S. Senator and Representative ran them up for us. Christmas will be over soon. The bills are in the mail. Merry Christmas...or not.


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:57 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 10:26 AM CDT
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Monday, March 22, 2010
What Now?

Democrats have rammed through a government takeover of American health care. What now? National Review Online's editorial aptly begins with the words, "Nil Desperandum," and that is the right attitude for Americans distressed by this unprecedented inroad on the private sector.

David Horowitz likes to say that "in politics, there are no lost causes, because there are no won causes." But, much will depend on the intrepidity of Republican legislators and candidates -- isn't that a scary thought? -- who are America's last best hope to repeal Obamacare. Is there a Republican leader out there who can lead this fight? Paul Ryan, perhaps?

Ultimately, however, the American People will decide at the ballot box whether to restore Constitutionally limited government, or accept the new order. Will our future be free markets and individual choice, or will it be, "Comrade, it has been noticed by the Ministry of Healthcare Cost Control that you frequently eat ice cream after 9pm. Surely you know, Comrade, that this kind of reckless behavior costs the taxpayers millions of dollars a year in medical expenses, that could be used to feed a hungry child, or pay the college tuition of a disadvantaged youth..." We'll have a pretty good idea on November 3rd.


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:44 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:51 AM CDT
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Friday, March 5, 2010
Cycle of Violence
Associated Press reports <Mar. 5, 2010 9:23 AM EST
Somali pirates, security personnel in 4 shootouts

(AP) — Swarms of Somali pirates are moving into the waters off East Africa, triggering four shootouts Friday...

The end of the monsoon season and the resulting calmer waters signal the beginning of the most dangerous period for ships traveling the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. Nearly half the 47 ships hijacked off Somalia last year were taken in March and April.

Cmdr. John Harbour of the European Union Naval Force said a spike in attacks was very likely in coming weeks. But this season, ship owners and sailors are more prepared to try to evade pirates, fight back, or have armed security onboard, raising the likelihood of violence.

"We know the monsoon is over. We know they're coming," Harbour said. "We're taking the fight to the pirates.">

Ships arming to fight pirates? What does this accomplish, other than to perpetuate the cycle of violence?

Instead of imitating the American Cowboy types, like those Navy Seal snipers, Europeans should take a lesson from American Universities and declare their ships as GUN-FREE ZONES. Problem solved.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:26 AM CST
Updated: Friday, March 5, 2010 10:55 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Breaking News

Breaking News: ILLITERATE GUNMAN AT LARGE ON NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

 

Evidently, the gunman could not read the “GUN-FREE ZONE” signs at the campus entrance.


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:04 PM CST
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Message

The message of Massachusetts voters to Barack Obama could be summed up in two words: YOU LIE !


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:23 AM CST
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Also...

Babe of the Year goes, hands down, to Sarah Palin.

Palin had many critics and made many supporters cringe, when she resigned the Governorship of Alaska, but at this stage of the game, the move looks both good and original (originality is always captivating, but it's especially welcome after two years of listening to Barack Obama regurgitate the well-learned nostrums of his many Leftist mentors), as Palin's name recognition and brand identity have become the envy of Fortune 500 marketers.

So, John McCain played Porter Waggoner to Sarah's Dolly Parton. i.e. once the old guy had escorted her to the stage, she didn't need his help anymore to get noticed.

In both cases, the success is due to a combination of form and substance. Sarah isn't merely vivacious, and she isn't merely Reaganite, she is us!  i.e. she's Middle-Class America, so the connection -- or disconnection, in the case of elitists (and you elitists out there know who you are) -- is visceral. Sarah Palin has become a litmus test for faith in the common American man/woman, and at least during 2009, no other woman has captured our attention, for more than a moment, to the extent that Sarah has. That makes her 2009's Babe of the Year.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:36 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, December 31, 2009 2:38 PM CST
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Monday, December 21, 2009
Man of the Year

How about Saul Alinsky?

Seriously, Obama has been the man of the year in 2009, nothwithstanding that his actions have been abominable. But you must admit, the guy has been inescapable in the national consciousness -- for cryin' out loud, little Johnny and Janie can't even get through day one of Kindergarten without a televised visit from Uncle Barry.

The damage that Obama has done to law, liberty and prosperity and national power in America, while the Earth has been taking a single turn around the Sun, will take decades to undo, if it can be undone at all, and if anyone has the vision and the fortitude to try.

In my book, that makes Obama Man of the Year, as well as Disgrace of the Year.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:20 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:36 AM CST
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Justice Predetermined

Now this is Change We Can Believe In. Some Americans are worried that Enemy Combatants held at GITMO will not receive justice before U.S. Military Tribunals, while other Americans fear that bringing KSM and other Al Qaeda terrorists into the U.S. to stand trial in civilian court will endanger our people's lives, publicly embarass the United States, compromise critical intelligence in the War on Terror, provide a world-wide podium for Jihadist rantings, demoralize our military and intelligence services, and risk acquittal due to procedural technicalities.

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have Hopeful news for both camps. For those fretting "civil libertarians" Obama promises KSM a fair trial, and for those worrying "national security-ists" Obama promises KSM a fair hangin'.

What else to make of both Holder and Obama assuring skeptics that a civilian court trial will not lead to acquittal?


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:08 PM CST
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Friday, October 9, 2009
Prince of Peace?

I just heard a report that President Obama ACCEPTED the Nobel Peace Prize.

Barack Obama is not merely a con-man, he is a megalomaniac con-man. The crucial difference being that the former does not believe his own propaganda, while the latter is blissfully unsuspecting of the disproportionately short distance between messiah and laughingstock.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:52 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 3:56 PM CDT
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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Dems and Generals, a Primer

Democrats like their Generals docile, unless of course those Generals are voicing disagreement with Bush policies (see McCaffery, Barry, et al).

Democrats think that Generals should enjoy limitless tenure, provided they were appointed by Bill Clinton and disagree with Don Rumsfeld's vision (see Shinseki, Eric).

Democrats think that a man's history of military service puts him above reproach and criticism (see Kerry, John F.), unless he is implementing a strategy to carry out a George W. Bush policy (see Petraeus, David, aka "General Betray-Us," see also Clinton, Senator Hillary R. "willing suspension of disbelief").

Democrats believe that any General's wisdom on matters military is always superior to that of the Commander in Chief (see Clark, Wesley), unless that General disagrees with CIC Obama (see McCrystal, Stanley).

Once you understand these simple axioms you won't be so confused when you watch the news.


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:59 PM CDT
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
A Gold Star for Obama

Are you old enough remember the Neutron Bomb? It was a battlefield artillery shell that employed low-grade radioactivity to offset the numerical advantage of Soviet Bloc troops to NATO forces in Central Europe. American technology designed to give the good guys an advantage in The Cold War. The Neutron "Bomb" was never deployed because a successful marketing campaign by Soviet Disinformatzia dubbed it as "the ultimate Capitalist weapon: it kills people, but leaves buildings standing." The craven Jimmy Carter withdrew plans to deploy the neutron artillery shell, succumbing to the PR pressure, initiated by America's mortal enemies without (i.e. USSR), and amplified by America's mortal enemies within (i.e. CBS, NBC, ABC, NY Times, AP). Champagn glasses could be heard clinking inside the Kremlin.

Fast-forward three decades. The U.S. is set to deploy ballistic missile defenses in Poland and Czechoslovakia. American Technology that would offset the Russian nuclear threat to former subject nations, and the Iranian nuclear threat to all of Europe. President Obama cancels the program.

What is the difference between Obama and Carter? Obama required no enemy propaganda campaign manufacturing the pressure to break his will. At least Jimmy Carter agonized before wimping out; Obama's unilateral disarmament was pro-active.

Well, it may not be quite true to say that Obama was not subjected to a propaganda campaign by America's enemies before throwing away a technological advantage vital to U.S. interests. It's just that the enemy propaganda campaign didn't occur during Obama's presidency; instead Barack Obama has been subjected to a lifetime of anti-American propaganda: from his Indonesian schooling, to his Ivy League lobotomization, to Saul Alinsky's writings, to William Ayers sponsorship, to ACORN hyjinx, to Jeremiah Wright's rantings and Van Jones' ravings.

For cutting the USA down to size by cancelling U.S. Missile Defense in Europe, Obama earns a Gold Star from his anti-American mentors. For all you Moderates who voted for Obama, how's that Hope-and-Change working out for you?


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:33 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2009 3:24 PM CDT
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Up From Strawmanning

President Obama is infamous for employing Straw Man tactics to win arguments, but as the Public has expressed its collective revulsion at his pet plan for a government takeover or the Healthcare/Insurance industry, Obama has modified the technique. Rather than his usual mischaracterization of opponents' policy positions, Obama now claims that his opponents have no policy positions.

The sound byte of the day on the news is Obama complaining that American healthcare is in crisis and opponents of his Healthcare takeover have no solutions to offer. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Republicans in Congress and the George W. Bush Administration have been pushing serious healthcare reform for at least 15 years, but most of those reforms have been thwarted by Democrats, with the assistance of various GOP "Moderates."

Republican proposals include Medical Liability Lawsuit Reform, Medical Savings Accounts, Insurance Portability, Interstate Commerce in Health Insurance, Individual Vouchers for Medicare Members (i.e. Medicare Advantage), full deductibility of health insurance purchased outside of employer group plans.

Those are reforms I can think of off the top of my head. Is it conceivable that President -- and former U.S. Senator -- Obama is unaware of these Republican Healthcare Reform proposals? That is what one must believe in order to believe that Obama is not attempting to deliberately mislead the American People when he claims that opponents of Obamacare have no alternative solutions.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:18 PM CDT
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Appropriate Response

Townhall meetings with angry citizens shouting at their elected representatives and government officials, because of policy proposals that these citizens perceive to threaten their liberty -- is this un-American?

On the contrary, it is consummately American, and very heartening to those of us who have wondered whether any substantial vestige survives of The Spirit of '76 in modern America.

The truth is that nothing could be more American than for free men to resist government inroads on liberty. Forget, if you wish, that just last year dissent was "the highest form of patriotism," and consider the appalled reaction of Washington elites to Commoners who lack the "civility" to defer to their Betters. The Liberal political and media elites chide the citizenry for excessive passion in opposition to a hated policy, but the Americans standing up with fierce passion to big-shot office holders are acting on flawless instinct.

To respond to a frontal assault on liberty and limited government -- such as Obamacare presents -- with docility, or even civility, rather than with fury and defiance would be to cheaply value the blood-bought free republic we have received from our forefathers. The conduct of the town hall dissenters both honors and carries on the legacy of the patriots of the American Revolution.


Posted by larry_naselli at 8:30 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009 9:13 AM CDT
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
"Stupidly"?

From the Associated Press:

NATICK, Mass. (AP) -- A white police sergeant who arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. said Thursday he's disappointed President Barack Obama said officers acted "stupidly," despite acknowledging he didn't know all the facts.

Sgt. James Crowley responded to Gates' home near Harvard University last week to investigate a report of a burglary and demanded Gates show him identification. Police say Gates at first refused and accused the officer of racism.

Gates was charged with disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped Tuesday, and Gates has since demanded an apology from Crowley.

Obama was asked about the arrest of Gates, who is his friend, at the end of a nationally televised news conference on health care Wednesday night.

"I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry," Obama said. "Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three - what I think we know separate and apart from this incident - is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."

Most people would conclude that it was not the police, but the subject who acted stupidly, by refusing to cooperate with law enforcement officers responding to a call.

Can somebody refresh my memory, are all “scholars” exempt from the normal exigencies of dealing with the authorities, or is it only “reknowned scholars”, or only Black-skinned “scholars,” reknowned or otherwise, or is it only Black-skinned Leftist “scholars,” or do the special rules apply to Leftist “scholars” of any skin color?

This all gets pretty complex for us mere Commoners to understand, but to our unenlightened ears it sounds an awful lot like “four legs good, two legs better.”

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:19 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 1:59 PM CDT
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Monday, July 20, 2009
And now, for my next act...

Having solved the crisis of health care for Veterans with V.A. Hospitals, the crisis of health care for the poor with Medicaid, and the crisis of health care for the elderly with Medicare, the U.S. Government, under the intrepid leadership of President Obama, proposes to apply the same formula that has made V.A. Hospitals, Medicaid and Medicare the envy of the World, to solving the crisis in health care for all Americans. 


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:22 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2009 2:23 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tough Choice?

Here's a "3 AM phone call" for the Leader of the Free World:

The Thug-ocratic Iranian Mullahs steal a national election so flagrantly that not a soul in the world, besides perhaps Jimmy Carter, believes the official results. In response, the longsuffering Iranian People take to the streets to protest their hated totalitarian government (which just coincidentally happens to be on the short list of America's most dangerous enemies), and that government predictably rolls out the shock troops to crack some heads, which they do with gusto, shooting dead several democracy protesters for good measure.

Now, Liberals never tire of reminding us of how complex the issues are, so if you are a Liberal this may seem like a tough call, but let's try a little thought experiment: imagine that you are the President of the United States of America -- that's the home of the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the longest-running government of, by and for the People in the world -- who do you side with, the pro-democracy protestors filling the streets of Tehran or the ruling Mullahs re-enacting Tianamen Square?

Barack Obama, whose idea of moral courage is to circle the globe apologizing for America at every lay-over, sizes up the situation and couragously votes "Present."

Americans were promised a post-partisan, post-racial presidency, but while the President has failed to deliver on either of those platitudes, Obama does seem to have what it takes to establish a Post-Leadership Presidency.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:15 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:21 PM CDT
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Friday, June 19, 2009
Lost or Destroyed

Barack Obama has promised that his policies will "save or create" five million jobs in three years. It's tempting to conclude that this "heads I win, tails you lose" metric of success or failure says much about Obama's low opinion of the intelligence of American voters, but I'd rather call President Obama's bet and raise him.

Measuring jobs created and lost is a fairly objective process, at least over the long term. But measureing jobs saved is considerably less scientific -- what is known in less polite circles as bullshit (please excuse the crudity, but it is the right word).

If we are going to measure the nebulous category of jobs "saved," (i.e. jobs that would have been lost, but for Obama's policies which prevented them from being lost), then we should just as well be able to measure jobs "destroyed," (i.e. jobs that would have been created, but for Obama's policies which prevented them from being created).

Policies of deficit spending and confiscatory taxation drain capital from the job-creating private sector, therefore every dollar increase in taxes and spending costs job creation at the margin -- these jobs that would have been created but aren't, are jobs destroyed.

Obama's sycophants celebrate a loss of 350,000 jobs in May as a net gain of "jobs saved or created," while every monthly gain of 150,000 or so jobs during George W. Bush's tenure was decried as a disappointment, because it "fell short of experts* expectations."

Applying my model to May's 350,000 lost jobs, we add to that number, all the jobs that would have been created but for the drain of capital from the private sector due to increased taxation and government spending. Taking a cue from Obama and company, we could claim that in May two million jobs were destroyed, for a net lost or destroyed job count of 2,350,000 in May alone.

If President Obama considers the Lost or Destroyed method fanciful, then, as Reagan taught us, we can offer him a "Zero Option." We will grant the point that it is impossible to calculate jobs destroyed, if he will stop claiming to be able to divine jobs saved.

 

*what is it, anyway, about being evidently incapable of making a solitary accurate prediction that qualifies one as an expert?


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:56 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, June 19, 2009 5:27 PM CDT
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Empathy, the key to GOP Electoral Comeback

It's time for Republicans to stop fighting the last war, and stop fighting among themselves, because President Obama has shown the Republican Party the path out of the political wilderness: Empathy.

With the appointment of Sonya Sotomayor, (all together now) the first latino nominated to the High Court, or more to the point, with Obama's rationale for the selection of Judge Sotomayor, the President has shown Republicans the key to redeeming their political fortunes. Obama says that Sotomayor is right for the Supreme Court, not because she will uphold the laws enacted by the People's elected Representatives, but because she has empathy -- not just any old empathy, mind you, but empathy with all the correct designated victim groups, women, people of color, diabetics, and the downtrodden and disadvantaged in general.

With 59 empathetic Democrats in the majority, Sotomayor's confirmation by the U.S. Senate is almost a foregone conclusion. So, what can the GOP learn from this? In 2010 there will be elections for the U.S. House and Senate, and for many State and Local Offices, and in 2012 all that plus a Presidential election. In an election, voters cast ballots, and those ballots must be counted by . . . that's right, JUDGES.

Now, in the bad old days of racism, sexism, capitalism, bigotry, homophobia, and general all-around American unfairness, mean old non-empathetic Judges were expected to apply the law with impartiality, showing no favoritism to any party before the court. But in The Age of Obama, the bad old days are just a bad memory, so now Judges are in the business of helping some people get even with other people, by looking at the law empathetically, and looking as hard and as empathetically as necessary to make the law come down on the side of the underdog. It's all so much fairer this way.

So, who is a bigger underdog today than Republicans? Instead of an internecine bloodletting, what the Republican Party needs is a united recruitment drive for empathetic Election Judges -- Judges who understand what it feels like to lose an election, judges whose life experience lets them bring a point of view to counting the ballots that will lead to wiser vote totals, than if they just counted the ballots the old-fashioned, theoretical 2+2=4 way.

I'd say those kind of empathetic Judges could help downtrodden Republicans get even in 2010 and even get even in 2012 against President Empathy himself.


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:00 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:54 AM CDT
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
CEO

Barack Obama certainly has outdone George W. Bush at being “The CEO President.” With Bush it was merely a metaphor.

Those who doubt automaking magnate Obama’s qualifications for running a corporation – you know, those basic fundamentals, like making a payroll -- should be reassured by the fact that since taking office Obama has consistently made a whole bunch of payrolls.

First he paid off the big-city Democrat Mayors with the “Stimulus” Bill -- and he didn’t forget ACORN’s commission check either. He paid off Democrat cronies by doubling-down on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He paid off the UAW by letting them cut in line in front of secured creditors at Chrysler’s bankruptcy. This week he is paying off the Trial Lawyers by opening vast acreage to exploration and drilling for new supplies of domestic lawsuits. That's "stimulus," of a sort.

Whose payday will be next? I’m not sure, but I know who will have to come up with the money.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:20 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, May 22, 2009 8:25 AM CDT
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