Talking Points

May 31, 2006

A Twofer from the Supreme Court

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Supreme Court rules that The First Amendment does not apply to government employees, and the Boy Scouts keep God in their pledge – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

In a whistle-blower case, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4, that public employees do not have carte blanche to disclose government secrets.  The majority concluded that the First Amendment does not protect every statement that a public employee makes in the course of his/her job.

Now, for the loosing side, the Liberal Justice, John Paul Stevens argued that there is no difference between Private Citizens Rights and those of Government Employees. 

Oh, but here is the glaring difference:  Ordinary citizens don’t have access to government secrets.  When you willingly take a job that requires you to shut up – you shut up.

And, by the way, the tie breaking vote came from Sam Alito. 

The second case involves the Boy Scouts.  A Michigan father, John Sclease, is a ‘proud atheist.’    In 1998, he and his son wanted to participate in the scout program at the boys elementary school.  Then it came time for the son and father to take the Boy Scout Pledge: ‘To do my duty to God and my country.’  (emphasis added)

Well, that was beyond the pale. That was outrageous.  Mr. Sclease has been in court ever since suing to stop public schools opening the doors to the Scouts, because they ‘discriminate against the non-religious.’

The Supreme Court just rejected Sclease’s  appeal – their way of saying “get  lost.”

Well, this court is going to be among us long after President Bush leaves office, and thanks to his judicial picks, the Bush-hating-left will have a thorn in their side for years to come – which I for one are here to celebrate.

And that’s the memo.

May 29, 2006

The “Short Rule of Law” for Sex-Offenders

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Being short gets you special treatment as a sex-offender – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

Richard W. Thompson, convicted of two felony charges of sexual assault of a 12-year old girl, faced 10 years behind bars.  But Christine Sucava, Nebraska District Judge, ruled that Thompson will serve 10 years probation.  Why? because at 5’1 – ‘he is too small to survive in state prison.’

Thompson will be monitored for the first four months.  That’s a tough break.

And he must not be alone with minors – he can’t date, or live with a woman who has a minor child.  And while he is at home, while he is on probation, he must get rid of his pornography.

Well,  predictably the sentence has outraged crime victim groups, and the State Attorney has vowed to appeal.  Even the local ACLU Director was confounded, because short people are not a constitutionally protected group.

And despite the judges overwhelming concern and compassion for the criminally short, a state prison spokesman said that short inmates are already in the system, and besides “there are protections available for inmates who feel threaten because their shrimps.”

Now, the Judge has defenders though.  Joe Magaino, the secretary of the ‘National Organization of Short Statue of Adults’, stands with the judges rulings.  “I’m assuming a short inmate would have a much more difficult time than a large inmate,” he said. “It’s good to see someone is looking out for somebody who is a short person.”

Yea?  Well, let me ask, who is looking out for somebody who is the victim!?  I’m going to save my compassion for the 12-year old.  Seems to me that this insane ruling has sold her a little short.

And that's the memo.

May 27, 2006

Flags Wave This Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day ceremonies will be held this year, and flags will fly in some neighborhoods – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

The Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer; but some of us are fortunate to remember a certain quiet reference that hushed quiet neighborhoods across the Nation to remember our fallen solders.

But as we move further into history from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the World Wars, it becomes more difficult to grasp their gravity, and why they effected our national consciousness. 

In those wars, causalities mounted in numbers that would astounded us today with the outcome in doubt.  It wasn’t a matter of loosing a war, it was a matter of loosing the country. 

In Korea, Vietnam and Gulf War I, there was no wide spread perception that our way of life hung in the balance, but the sacrifices were just as awe inspiring.

Right now, America, unjustly attacked, is admits in another global conflict.  As in every conflict and every pivotal moment in our history, a special breed of men and women have stepped up to protect each one of us against those who seek to destroy us.  Some have paid the ultimate price.  And as in the case of every war, their families continue to pay that price long after the ceremonies are over.

So, sometime over this holiday weekend as we celebrate summer, high gas prices, lets take a moment to remember, honor, thank, pray for, and be grateful for those who step up when called, and lay down their lives.

And that’s the memo.

May 26, 2006

The public school system in California.

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Having a Gay Time in School – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo. 

Here's some sobering information: According to a National Election Study, 25% of Americans aged 18 to 24 could not identify Dick Cheney as Vice President of the United States, and 63% of them could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.

That might be because 80% of the younger set in America do not own a world map and therefore 90% of them could not find Afghanistan either.

In the face of that depressing situation, the state of California is taking action. Earlier this month, the state senate voted 22-15 to prohibit textbooks or instructional materials that "contain any matter that reflects adversely" on persons because of their ethnicity, gender, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

In addition, the proposed law would mandate textbooks include the study of "people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, (and who have contributed) to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America …"

In other words, California kids might soon be studying Gay 101.

Even liberal newspapers like the LA Times and the Sacramento Bee think this legislation is dopey. The Times is lamenting that books would recount history, in part, through a gay and lesbian "prism."

The educational madness in California is part of a secular strategy to de-emphasize academic discipline in the classroom and replace it with an imposed worldview of tolerance and diversity. No longer are facts the primary focus in many public school lesson plans. Now, it's not what you know, it's how tolerant you are.

As a result, ten percent of California high school seniors cannot pass a statewide exit exam that requires just 60% of the questions be answered correctly. And the student gets six tries to pass the test. Talk about tolerance.

But don't fret. A California judge, Robert Freedman, ruled the test unconstitutional because all schools are not equal, and therefore, in Freedman's view, the test is unfair to some students.

Since it is impossible for schools to be equal, there always will be variables like the proficiency of teachers and principals; that would mean every standardized test would flunk constitutional muster. Thankfully, the California Supreme Court recognized Freedman's lunacy and overturned his decision this week.

But Judge Freedman and his supporters are not going to go quietly into the night. The future of America's public schools may well involve deep-sixing academics and creating a student body nourished on the achievements of homosexuals and other minorities. Was Columbus gay? If not, some California kids might never know who discovered America.

The left continues to scream about the great economic divide between wealthy Americans and everybody else. Do you think this insane school situation is going to cure that? Many affluent parents will take one look at the California public school landscape and immediately put their kid into private school. There, he or she will be forced to learn the three R's instead of the three T's: Tolerance, Totalitarianism and Total Failure.

Thus, ten years from now, we'll have adults who'll know all about Liberace, but can't count. Meantime, the private school graduates will be counting all their money.

I'm sorry if this column doesn't sound tolerant. I want all good people to be respected in America. But the "progressive" forces running California are creating an army of young Americans that will not be able to compete in the worldwide marketplace. And that is absolutely the straight story.

 And that’s the memo.

May 25, 2006

Supreme Court Throws out Long Standing Constitutional Right

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Last June, 5 un-elected Supreme Court Justices,; Stevens, Kennedy, Soutter, Bryer, Ginsburg, threw out a Constitutional guarantee, as old as our nation, it’s the infamous Keyload decision – that's the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

In less than a year, many Americans have had their private property seized, and handed over to a third party that the government deemed more worthy. 

Now, in Hercules California, a San Francisco suburb has taken this legal evil a step further.  This week, the city of Hercules voted to seize 17 acres from Wal-Mart to prevent them from building a store. 

This latest attack on Wal-Mart is of course a front in the Democrats war to destroy the company at the benefit of organized labor. 

But there is another element in this latest Blitzkrieg:  Bigotry has raised its ugly head here.  Listen here to this excerpt from a San Francisco Cronical story about the land seizer:

I don’t want to have anything ghetto around me and my family’ said Monique Howell, 25, who 18 months ago paid $652,000 for a two-story Craftsman style home.”  Unclear in the article is who or what Mrs. Howell considers ‘ghetto.’  Would it be the employees of Wal-Mart? Or those of different skin-tones?

Bigotry on display in this liberal suburb is over showed only by the brazen use of law to squash economic freedom.

Hercules actions mirror those of despites and tyrants – the town may as well be run by Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro or Robert Mugobbie. 

But blessings of course from the liberal wing of the Supreme Court.

 And that’s the memo.

May 24, 2006

It’s Vacation Time in California

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Well, were coming to the end of the school year – in present day America, that means no more classrooms, no more books, no more judges dirty looks – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo

In Oakland California, a judge ruled that failing students should graduate anyway.  The students couldn’t muster up the smarts to pass the required Exit Exam, which focuses on math and English.

About 11 percent of the senior class, 47,000 kids – failed.  But a group did muster up enough smarts to hire lawyers who argued that the kids were denied equal access to education and would be harmed if they were denied a diploma. 

Alameda County Superior Court  Judge, Robert Freedman, suspended the Exit Exam, on the grounds that it discriminated against poor students and those learning English.

California’s Attorney General is appealing the ruling.  Obviously he is a racist, anti-immigrant zina-phobe who hates the poor.

In Russell Springs Kentucky, a loan student, with help from the ACLU, convinced a Federal Judge to ban prayers from the local high school graduation ceremony.  But guess what?  The students interrupted their principals opening remarks with the Lords Prayer.

Some obviously misguided souls also put up a sign across the street that  read “We Believe In Prayer.”  A senior, Megan Chapman, told the graduates that God had guided her since childhood.  The crowd interrupted in cheers when she urged them to trust in God as they continue through life.

Imagine that.  Breaking the law at their graduation.  Why these little miscreants – maybe the Judge should order a mass round up and order these God loving kids deported to California where they belong.

And that’s the memo.

May 21, 2006

Mexico responds to Bush and his Border Policy

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Illegal Mexicans declare war on the U.S. – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

The Mexican Government has responded to the U.S. Immigration proposals, despite the amnesty, aka, ‘the Guest Worker Provisions’ in the bill – Mexican officials say that if it becomes law they will file suit in our courts.

Mexico’s threat to take us to our own courts over our laws in our own country, was issued before the Senate voted to build a new border fence.  That vote sent Mexican legislators loco (that’s Mexican for “out of their minds’)   They slammed the measure, and Mexico’s President Fox, for being conspicuously silent. 

The Drive-by-Media, sought reaction from the Mexican street, 21-year-old Juilo Sajiaiar Hoiliao Guiticharious, planning to swim across the Rio Grande to Texas, said ‘there is so many of us most with families with roots in the U.S., there never going to stop us from crossing.  We’ll dig under the wall.  We’ll go over the wall.  If the authorities want a war we will fight.’

And you liberals wonder why we need the Guard down there.

Well, here is the immigration story of the day.  No, probably the week:

From South Hampton, New York, a Honduran teenager faces deportation after being charged with steeling an anti-immigration protest sign.  Joel Martinez, 19 was arrested on charges he stole the sign outside a 7-11 store, where day-laborers seek work.  The store has been the scene of protests supporting stricter support of immigration laws.

While he was in custody, Immigration Authorities determined that he entered the country illegally last year through Texas.

So I guess, my Amigos, this really does mean war. 

And that’s the memo

May 19, 2006

Guarding the Borders

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Our Borders need to be protected – and the National Guard is one step forward – That's the subject to today's Talking Points memo.

Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, says the National Guard is not the right outfit to back up the Border Patrol on the Mexican border. So my question is a simple one: The organization is called the NATIONAL GUARD, is it not? Aren't they supposed to guard us if need be?

Well, need be is here.

Right now there are more than 100,000 illegal aliens imprisoned for committing felonies in the USA. The governmental cost of illegal immigration per year is north of $68 billion taxpayer dollars. While some companies are making money exploiting cheap illegal labor, legal workers, you and I, are paying fantastic sums of money because the federal government will not stop the flood of foreigners illegally entering the country.

So finally President Bush does something, ordering a few thousand National Guardsmen to the border, and the chorus of naysayers begins their extremely annoying bray.

When Hagel was asked what he would do in place of the National Guard, he said he wanted to hire 2,500 more Border Patrol agents a year for the next six years. With all due respect, Hagel needs to get a calculator. Millions of illegal aliens are trying to hop over the border. A few more Border Patrol people are not going to stem that rising tide.

So why doesn't Senator Hagel truly want to stop the invasion? I don't know. For Republicans like Hagel, law and order is usually a core issue.

On the left, the focus is more clear. On October 12, 1986, The New York Times editorial page celebrated the amnesty Ronald Reagan gave almost three million illegal aliens by writing: "The new law won't work miracles, but it will induce most employers to pay attention, to turn off the magnets, to slow the tide."

Of course, the Times editorial people turned out be completely wrong. The Reagan amnesty led to the chaos we have today.

But has the Times learned from their mistaken analysis? "Nooooooooooooooooo."

In response to the deployment of the National Guard to the border, The New York Times stated: "It was a victory for the fear-stricken fringe of the debate."

Interesting comment in light of a CNN poll showing 75% of Americans support the Guard deployment. Could it be The New York Times is on the fringe? Just asking.

I believe the Times and other committed left-wing organizations want as many foreign nationals as possible to become U.S. citizens. In my humble opinion, the left believes the white power structure that currently runs America is muy malo (very bad), and that the country can only be saved by a new "multi-cultural" power elite. But that can never happen unless America's demographics change. A massive influx of new citizens would precipitate that change.

Thus, the left's opposition to strict border controls. It was amusing to see the ACLU issue a press release opposing deployment of the Guard just minutes after President Bush's address.

And so it goes. In America today, hidden agendas are everywhere. Some believe the only reason President Bush did anything at all about the border was to shore up his falling poll numbers. And then there is the brave new world envisioned by hard core leftist Americans.

It's enough to make you want take a long vacation someplace warm. What's happening in Mexico, anyway?

And that's the memo

May 18, 2006

The Drive By Media strikes again.

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Rush Limbaugh  and ‘The Drive By Media’ accused for McCarthyism of the 50’s – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

Sometime last week, the media elates held a panel discussion at a Texas Christian University  – “Bob Sheifer School of Journalism.”   During the Q&A an angry student took the opportunity to accuse Rush Limbaugh of his objectivity of the TV media and newspapers of being the “Drive by Media.”  He suggested that what Rush as doing is the same thing that McCarthy did in the 50’s, causing incredible damage to the news.

Well flash forward to the recent US Today story of the NSA procuring tens of millions of phone records from three major companies; BellSouth, Verison and AT&T.  The implication is that the NSA is spying on you without warrants or legal authority. 

Well, BellSouth has now completed an investigation.  They found that there has been no contact with the NSA.  A spokesman said they are confident that they turned over no phone records. 

This announcement was followed by Verison, who said their company doesn’t provide any government agency unfettered access to customer records.

Now, these details did not make the US Today story.  The paper asked BellSouth to respond.  One day before the story ran.  One day.  On a story they admit they were working on for months.  It was released on the week that Michael Haden, who ran the NSA program, was nominated for CIA Director.

So it appears here that we do have a Drive-by-Hit gone bad.  Innocent reputations were sprayed by another McCarthy-like accusation which should cause incredible damage to the political assassins posing as journalists.

The Hate-Bush-Squad; the Drive-by Media strikes again – which is why they keep striking out.

And that’s the memo

May 16, 2006

The Presidents Border Speech

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Despite the Presidents speech, there is growing opposition to tighten control over the border – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.
 
Six states have joined a foreign government to oppose American law.  New rules take effect in 2008 to requiring that people who enter the U.S. from Canada have passports or high-tech ID cards. 
 
Congress passed a law two years ago, so nobody can say they didn’t know what was coming.  Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont,  New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine have joined five Canadian Providences in opposition. 
 
They  complain that passports cost one-hundred dollars, ID card cost fifty-dollars, they claim that requiring people to produce a passport or a ID card would create bureaucratic nightmares, damage trade, devastate life in border towns. 
 
The Canadians, along with six of our states, are demanding that Congress put the plan on hold and come up with some less disruptive way to manage the borders.
 
Now it was not all that long ago that the media drove some people (and you know who you are) into a literal frenzy when a Duebi Company was going to manage a few terminals at American ports – some of them in the Northeast. 
 
We got complaints that security will be tightened along the border, over 5,000 miles long, that 300,000 people cross every day – (it’s a pours border by-the-way) that terrorists try to penetrate in at least one unsuccessful attack that we know about.
 
So what gives here? 
 
Are you people serious?  You know who you are.  You serious about National Security or not? 
 
Never mind – we all know the answer…and you’re not.

And that’s the memo.

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