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Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Early to Bed . . .

Things sure are different now when it comes to State of the Union speeches. In the 1990's I could go to Church on SOTUS night, and even if the meeting ran late, I could count on catching the last forty-five minutes of Bill Clinton reveling in the sound of his own voice.

With George W. Bush, I have to be in front of the TV at 8PM sharp -- and there's no coming home late to catch the tail end either; Bush says what he has to say, then gets home in time to have his milk and cookies, and climb into his own bed with his own wife before 10:00 PM.

In the fashionable spirit of international comity I say, Vive la difference!

Posted by larry_naselli at 11:21 AM CST
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Monday, January 31, 2005
A New Party Slogan?

In the wake of the successful Iraq Elections I've got a suggestion for a new Democrat Party Slogan: "Curses, foiled again!"



Posted by larry_naselli at 8:53 AM CST
Updated: Monday, January 31, 2005 12:31 PM CST
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Not a perfect world, but victory for liberty

Some very well respected Conservatives think President Bush's "Fire of Freedom" Inaugural Address bites off more than America can chew. William F. Buckley and David Gelertner call Bush's universal targeting of tyranny an "overreach," while Peggy Noonan cautions that "history is quite big enough right now, without taking on every tyranny on Earth." With all due respect, I believe the critics have missed the point.

For starters, President Bush made it clear that the tactics of spreading freedom must be diversified, and that the worldwide replacement of tyranny with freedom will be a work of generations. Furthermore, to announce a strategy, as Ms. Noonan suggests, restricted to stabilizing and fortifying functional democratic states in Iraq and Afghanistan, while increasing homeland defense, would throw away the "strategic capital" the United States gained by using our military might to change tyrannical regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Teddy Kennedy may still view America as a Paper Tiger, but Bin Laden no longer does, nor do the tyrants in Libya, Iran, Syria, North Korea, or for that matter, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The rulers of these oppressive states now must seriously consider what (pre-War on Terrorism) they could once safely scoff at, namely the possibility of the United States Armed Forces relegating them to the ash heap of history.

Indeed, it would be folly for the President to notify every tyrant on Earth that they have at least four years, during which they may tyrannize with impunity, because the United States will be pre-occupied with establishing liberty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and therefore unavailable for other tasks. Whether or not we actually have the resources in hand for other tasks, every tyrant, and especially those who harbor and support terrorists, should lie awake nights pondering whether he is America's next target for regime change.

Moreover, wise statesmen can form educated guesses concerning the key vulnerabilities of axes of evil or evil empires, just as Reagan rightly perceived that Poland was a tottering cornerstone of the Soviet edifice, and applied an extra push there. But, let's take the full lesson from the Genius of America's Cold War victory. Reagan did not limit the pressure to Poland, but thoroughly probed the Soviet armor for chinks: in Europe with missiles, in Afghanistan, Angola and Nicaragua with arms to freedom fighters, in El Salvador, Honduras and the Philippines with aid to governments fighting Communist rebels, in Grenada with military liberation, on land, sea and sky -- and beyond the skies -- with a military buildup, and everywhere with economic pressure.

Woven throughout the strategy that won the Cold War was the ideological battle, waged through Reagan's speeches declaring the superiority of free markets and democracy over Communism, the pro-freedom propaganda of Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and Radio Marti, the promotion of anti-Communist and religious dissidents, and diplomatic pressure to gain their liberty. Reagan understood that the very best hope of bringing down an Evil Empire was to rouse the captive citizens of its oppressed countries to rise up and claim their own liberty, confident that the United States of America would stand with them.

The War on Terrorism demands a no less comprehensive engagement than the Cold War did. America must press the enemy at every point, and by every means. Perhaps most importantly now, oppressed People's must know that America will stand with them when they demand their God-given liberty, and the tyrants who oppress them must know it too. There is no way of telling just where the dam may burst, so America must apply pressure wherever we can, probing for weaknesses in the Islamo-Facist-Jihadist axis, and exploiting every soft spot we find.

During the Cold War there was no shortage of naysayers, who complained that America did not have the resources to sustain such a struggle. They were wrong. The truth was, and is in this World War as well, that America can't afford to not wage war as if our survival depended on it, because it does. America has often been required by destiny to do more than we seemed capable of, but the words of Patrick Henry still brace us to action, "the battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." President Bush has rightly recognized the necessity of the moment, and has sounded a call to his countrymen worthy of the times.

Yes, Ms. Noonan is right that this is Earth, not Heaven; but America has been making things better on Earth for a long time by pursuing "the holy cause of liberty," without veering into utopian delusions. The object of President Bush's policy is not a perfect world, but victory for liberty. That is a hard task, but not a messianic one. It is a tall order, but a necessary one. The battle to spread freedom to all the nations seems daunting, which is why this may prove to be America's finest hour.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:52 AM CST
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2005 4:36 PM CST
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Thursday, January 27, 2005
Torture, abuse and humiliation in the U.S. Senate

Experts are still divided on whether Senator Barbara Boxer's questioning of Condoleeza Rice actually would qualify as torture under the Geneva Conventions' definition; however, most authorities agree that the embarrassment Boxer caused the voters of California does constitute abuse and humiliation, of the type which is considered reprehensible when practiced by military interrogators, but routinely passes for statesmanship when perpetrated by Leftist Senators.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:55 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2005 11:48 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005


WashingtonPost.com Headline: "Democrats Denounce Rice . . ."

Makes you wonder why Democrats feel so threatened by strong African American women.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:08 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 4:54 PM CST
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Monday, January 24, 2005
Geneva Convention-al Wisdom

ABCNews.com reports that "Authorities announced the arrest of an al-Qaida figure allegedly behind the vast majority of the car bombings in Baghdad. A top lieutenant of al-Zarqawi's terror group, Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf... [who] confessed to building approximately 75 percent of the car bombs used in attacks in Baghdad since March was arrested during a raid in Baghdad."

I want to join with Senator Kennedy et al. in demanding that Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf's jailers give him three square meals, a comfy bed, a cash allowance and a lawyer, in keeping with the Geneva Conventions' rules for treatment of POW's. Oh yes, and the Geneva Conventions also forbid the interrogation of prisoners, so it's name, rank and serial number, period. And that, my friends, is what is known as "a more sensitive War on Terrorism."




Posted by larry_naselli at 11:34 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 7:52 AM CST
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Friday, January 21, 2005
Look Who Needs a Crutch

All my life I've been told by people much "wiser" than myself, that Atheists are strong-minded people, and religion is merely a crutch for people who don't have the gumption to stand up on their own. But, as I've followed the recent hysteria by Atheists about prayers before high school football games, crosses on city seals, the ten commandments in a courtroom, "under God" in the pledge of allegiance, and prayer and the bible at the presidential inauguration, I find that the evidence doesn't reconcile with the strong-Atheist/weak-Christian conventional wisdom.

For two millennia, Christians have called upon their God, and received strength to endure the most awful torments and persecutions, yet it appears that Atheists are reduced to a quivering mass of gelatin at the mere sight of a bible, or the sound of the G-word.

If I was a young man, making life-choices about what course would bring me power for living, I would be loathe to embrace the Atheist's creed, seeing it fails so pitifully to bring succor in time of discomfort -- much less time of actual trial.

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:14 AM CST
Updated: Friday, January 21, 2005 2:26 PM CST
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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Two Anniversaries

This month marks two significant anniversaries, one which will make national news and one which won't. Thirty-two years ago the U.S. Supreme Court usurped the legislative powers of the People's elected representatives, declaring their acts restricting abortion unconstitutional.

A few years before that, a baby girl, born to an unwed young woman in Ohio the month before, was adopted by an infertile married couple. The relevant laws of the State of Ohio in those days gave priority to protecting the innocent human life in the womb, rather than to the convenience or wishes of the pregnant woman; therefore an "unwanted child" was brought into this world -- an event regarded as a tragedy by many advocates of abortion.

The life of that "unwanted child" illustrates the small-mindedness of the pro-abortion case. The barren couple desperately wanted her. Her adopted brother, aunts and uncles, cousins, classmates, teachers and friends all had their lives enriched by her. Since I married her twenty years ago, my life has been immeasurably enriched by her; and our eight healthy, happy children would not even exist had this "unwanted child" been subjected to Pro-Choice logic.

It would take a book to chronicle the ripples of Gail Naselli's life, and when our own children marry and have children, many volumes will not suffice. If the world is richer with Gail -- and it certainly is -- then the world would be poorer without her. The same is true for every "unwanted child."

The anniversary of Gail's adoption provides a reminder of the incalculable potential and the beauty of a human life, which can be seen both in what Gail has given to others, and in the opportunities her life has offered others to rise to acts of goodness, as Gene and Edith did when they brought an "unwanted" baby into their family. The other anniversary provides a reminder of the ugliness of that selfishness which indulges the convenience of the moment, at the expense of the potential of the future. It denies beauty, hope, and the redemptive power of doing what is right even when it is difficult.

I am so thankful that the People of Ohio had enacted laws to secure the inalienable right to life for that unborn baby who grew up to be my wife and the mother of our children, and I'm looking forward to the day when the tyranny of unelected activist judges is undone, so that the good People of all these United States can once again make wise laws, to protect the lives of the helpless from those who would "protect" them from being "unwanted."

Posted by larry_naselli at 10:28 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2005 10:35 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
George W. Tweakmeister

In an interview with the Washington Times, President Bush's said, "I don't see how someone can be President without having a relationship with the Lord." Besides being a perfectly reasonable remark, by someone who has such a relationship, and has held the job for four years, was this G.W.'s way of tweaking all those very high-strung Liberals, who are still confounded and exasperated by the idea that Christians provided President Bush with the winning margin of his re-election?


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:46 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 4:47 PM CST
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Nickname

You've heard that President Bush gives nicknames to everybody around him? I wonder what he calls Alberto Gonzalez. How about "Thumbscrews"?

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:36 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 9:37 AM CST
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Monday, January 10, 2005
Dems Brush Up

LarryNaselli.com has obtained a top-secret strategy memo from DNC Headquarters, in the form of the theme song for the 2008 Democrat National Convention. Party leaders are hoping the song will provide talking points for Democrat candidates trying to connect with those enigmatic "Values Voters," who swung overwhelmingly to Bush and the Republicans in the 2004 election.

(To the tune of "Brush up your Shakespeare")

Brush up your scripture, start quoting it now.
Brush up your scripture, and the voters you will wow.

If they view same sex pairs with disfavor, just resort to the old "Love your neighbor."
Brush up your scripture, `cause we're all pious now.

If they're hooked on that quaint "under God" phrase, see how "Don't take the Lord's Name in vain" plays.
Brush up your scripture, `cause we're all pious now.

Brush up your scripture, start quoting it now.
Brush up your scripture, and the voters you will wow.

If our spending is filling them with dread, say you think "faith without works is so dead."
Brush up your scripture, `cause we're all pious now.

If they don't think that porno is free speech, use the old "do not judge, lest you be..." speech.
Brush up your scripture, `cause we're all pious now.

Brush up your scripture, start quoting it now.
Brush up your scripture, and the voters you will wow.

If they don't like our activist judges, tell them James 5:9 says, "Don't hold grudges."
Brush up your scripture`cause we're all pious now.

If those Red States want prayer in the Classroom, just start talking like Balaam's dumb ass to `em.
Brush up your scripture, `cause we're all pious now.

Brush up your scripture, `cause we're all_____pi___ous now.




Lyrics Copyright 2005 by Larry Naselli

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:07 AM CST
Updated: Monday, January 10, 2005 8:34 AM CST
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Maybe a new Motto will help . . . with a Bible Verse!

Democrats are still struggling to connect with the "Values Voters," who handed George W. Bush and the Republican Party a decisive victory in the November elections. Leading Democrats have even resorted to quoting the Bible every time they come within ten feet of a microphone. It hasn't really helped, so perhaps a new Party Motto, incorporating a Bible Verse to communicate the heart and soul of the Democrat Party could win back some of those Red States. How about this one?

"We're Today's Democrat Party: Poisoned by bitterness - Bound by iniquity."

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:06 AM CST
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Of Fat Cats and Reform

"They are trying to destroy Social Security by giving the money to the fat cats on Wall Street" - Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV)

Excuse me Senator Reid, what happens to Social Security tax revenues today? They are "borrowed" by the Congress to pay for current Federal spending. It sounds like the Senator's complaint is a case of the fat cats in Congress worried about Wall Street fat cats cutting in on their territory.

But, the fat cat label rings pretty hollow in a nation in which more than half the working population has investments in the stock markets; and it is worth noting at this point that the fairly recent phenomenon of broad-based stock ownership was spawned by President Reagan's introduction of IRA's and other tax-deferred retirement savings accounts, and that Reagan was likewise accused by Liberal Democrats of pillaging working people to enrich the wealthy. Yet, Reagan's policies have done more to increase the net worth of working people than all the government handouts ever devised by "compassionate" Liberals.

A rise in the value of stock markets, brought on by the vastly increased demand for equity investments which would attend the creation of Personal Social Security Accounts, would cause an increase in the wealth of almost everyone invested in the stock markets (and certainly of small investors who tend to own lower risk diversified mutual funds). But, besides the benefit to middle-class investors, this rise in value would also mean a benefit to upper-class investors, and that is unacceptable to Liberal Purists, no matter how good it is for the working people they supposedly speak for.

Harry Reid, for his part, may not be a Liberal Purist; but he is a Democrat Partisan, who understands that the Social Security entitlement has been instrumental in maintaining his Party's electoral coalition for over half a century. One of the less sinister interpretations of Reid's knee-jerk opposition to reform is that it is motivated by fear of the unknown. But, Democrat political security in the status quo may be an illusion, judging by the demographic trend toward this becoming a nation of investors - what President Bush calls "an ownership society" - and Democrats are likely to pay a heavy political price for choosing the wrong side on Social Security reform.

So, will Democrat Party leaders see the wisdom of an alternate approach to the politics of Class Warfare, demonization and obstruction. Harry Reid's remarks suggest that no such fresh thinking will result from his ascension.

Posted by larry_naselli at 8:05 AM CST
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Friday, January 7, 2005
Socialism could hold key to making abortion rare

Pro Lifers won a huge victory last year, when President Bush placed his signature on legislation outlawing Partial Birth Abortion. Passed by large majorities of both House and Senate for the third time in less than a decade (Bill Clinton vetoed the Bill twice, and was sustained by a mere three Senate votes from being over-ridden), the ban finally became law, just as George W. Bush had promised in the 2000 Campaign, proving the wisdom of Pro Life voters' support for Bush at the polls.

Furthermore, the long-term effectiveness of the Pro Life side in winning the battle for hearts and minds was illustrated by this comical phrase widely adopted by Big Media: "the procedure opponents call `partial birth abortion.'" Try to imagine Dan Rather or Katie Couric saying, "the procedure opponents call `lynching,'" or "the agenda proponents call `Gay Rights.'" Such euphemizing reveals not only a transparent taking of sides by the "objective" Media, but also a tacit admission that the Pro Life side is getting through in the communication war, and a lack of confidence in substantive counter-arguments.

Bravo for our victory in the Partial Birth Abortion battle, but while we are riding high, I want to propose a change of Pro Life strategy.

The efforts of Pro Life Conservatives have for years been focused on restoring the Constitutional function of elected representative lawmaking bodies, which was usurped by the Federal Courts through Roe v. Wade, and it's various "offspring."

The fight against abortion has been a long, hard struggle, and a noble one, fought against a multi-billion dollar abortion industry, the overwhelming bias of cultural, academic and media elites, and the muscle of ever more assertive judicial tyranny by Federal and State Courts. It has often been a heartbreaking battle of one step forward, three steps back.

But, could this battle also be an unnecessary one? I think we've been fighting the hard way! It's time for Conseratives to combine what we know about economics with what Liberals fancy about government, to make abortions scarce. It's time to think outside the box. It's time to Nationalize abortion.

This approach would offer so many things Liberals love: taxpayer funding, price controls, Labor Unions. After all, didn't you feel much safer after Daschle's Senate Democrats succeeded in making all airport security workers unionized Federal Government employees? So too with Nationalized Abortion. Women who want their unborn offspring eliminated will feel much more confident with a unionized government employee doing the killing, rather than some profit-driven private practitioner. And with Nationalized Abortion will come the efficiency of the Post Office, the compassion of the IRS, the results of the Public Schools, and the cost-effectiveness of Medicare. What more could Liberals want? It will be easy to get them on board.

Ronald Reagan once observed, "if Socialism came to the Sahara, it wouldn't be long before they had a shortage of sand." Likewise, if we turned abortion into a government program, intended to provide the most abortions, at the lowest price, to the greatest number of people, we could count on socialism to do what socialism does best: screw things up. Which, in the case of abortion, would be the ideal oucome.

Keep in mind that the clock would always be ticking against the inevitable shortage of supply that attends a socialist "market." Young women queing-up for their turn at the Government Abortion Mill would have lots more time to consider the little human being alive inside their womb, and might even reach full term and give birth while waiting for some shiftless civil servant to call their number. The potential for saving millions of babies' lives is staggering; so I say to Nationalization: bring it on.

Posted by larry_naselli at 1:45 PM CST
Updated: Monday, January 10, 2005 11:13 AM CST
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Saturday, January 1, 2005
In My Pajamas?

The bloggers who exposed CBS 60 Minutes' use of forgeries to damage President Bush's re-election campaign were derisively described by CNN chief Jonathan Klein as "a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas." Well, it turned out that the guys in their pajamas got the facts straight, and CBS was peddling partisan lies.

It has often happened that a term originated to convey derision becomes a proudly and voluntarily borne identity. It is with that in mind that, as of 1 January 2005, I have re-named this weblog "InMyPajamasBlog."


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:01 AM CST
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Tuesday, December 21, 2004
1,000 Home Run Careers Coming Soon

If John McCain is half as successful at getting steroids out of Major League Baseball as he was at getting Soft Money out of Politics, baseball fans are likely to see many players achieve 1,000 career home runs during McCain's lifetime.

Posted by larry_naselli at 5:43 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, December 22, 2004 1:04 PM CST
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Thursday, December 16, 2004
Arm-Twisting

When President Bush leans on wobbly Republican Legislators to pass legislation making the Bush Tax Cuts permanent, I wonder if the network talking heads, Democrat Senators, and the 9/11 Victims (Leftist) Wives who castigated Bush for not applying enough pressure to pass the Intel Reform Bill, will applaud the President for arm-twisting to get an important Bill passed through the Congress.





Posted by larry_naselli at 1:13 PM CST
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Friday, December 10, 2004
Scandal Naming

The chattering class has dubbed every scandal and scandalet since Watergate as x-gate? Well, since the Left-Media is ever-so-slowly getting around to starting to commence to consider thinking about perhaps noticing that maybe they ought to notice that they really should probably get started acknowledging the existence of, if not actually covering, reporting upon, or investigating the U.N. Oil For Food Scandal, I want to (as a Bush voter) pre-empt the inevitable naming of this scandal "Oil for Food-gate." In that cause, I hereby offer the better scandal title of U.N.-RON



Posted by larry_naselli at 3:22 PM CST
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Gen-O

The current generation of American Youth should be known as Generation O, as in "Orphan"; because the dominant factor in the formation of their character is the absence and diminished influence of their parents.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:34 AM CST
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If I might paraphrase Reagan . . .

The United Nations is the focus of corruption in the modern World.


Posted by larry_naselli at 9:30 AM CST
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