Talking Points

June 25, 2006

Never forget the reason…

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One hundred and forty-six years ago, President Lincoln gave an address that has long been rendered into the minds, heart and soul of the American People – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo. 

Today we are faced with a global war – a War on Terror that began long before that faithful day of September 11, 2000.  A hundred and forty-six years ago, the United States was in a different kind of ‘war on terror’ – the War Between the States.  Though fought for different reasons, the underlying theme was the same – freedom. 

 Lest we never forget the enduring words of President Lincoln, as he addressed the nation at Gettysburg – these words could also be said by President Bush today speaking of the brave men and women who volunteered to give their lives for a country they love. Edward Everett, former president of Harvard, former U.S. secretary of sate had been the vice presidential running mate on the constitutional Union ticket in 1860 with John Bell.  In effect, event organizers had invited one of the president’s opponents and had given him star billing.  They also invited New York’s Democratic Governor Horatio Seymour, whose state had contributed so much to the victory.  Lincoln’s “remarks” were never thought of as an address before he delivered them.  Now, when it is recognized as one of the greatest speeches ever delivered in the English language, it is the Gettysburg Address that comes to mind whenever the word address is used: 

“Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.   Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whenever that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.  We are met on a great battlefield of that war.  We have come to  dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.  It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.   But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicated, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.  The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.  It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vein, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” 

Here, Lincoln speaks of no North, no South, impugns no man’s motives, makes no charges, sounds no note of triumph.  But he explains in 266 spare words the meaning of the war.  And his words will live as long as the idea of America lives. 

What Lincoln faced 146 years ago, is what President Bush and the American people face today – the fight for freedom. Lest we never loose sight, least we never forget. 

And that’s the memo


June 24, 2006

US fighting for our lives

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Once again, the terrorists have given President Bush an opportunity to defeat them, but this could be the last time that happens for quite some time – that's the subject of today's Talking Points memo.

The brutal torture-murders of Privates Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker in Iraq have angered Americans and put the country in a vengeful mood. On the heels of the demise of al-Zarqawi comes a call by many for the U.S. military to take the fight to the enemy.

But what does that mean?

There can be no victory in Iraq without security. Coalition forces are fighting a counter-insurgency campaign that requires a strict discipline to succeed. First, the chaos must be stopped and the only way to do that is by imposing martial law, where authorities have the right to intern anyone and impose shoot-on-sight curfews. The new Iraqi government should do this immediately in cities like Ramadi that harbor terrorists.

Now, critics of tough anti-insurgency methods will say that if they are implemented, then we are no different than Saddam. And those critics have a small point. For almost 25 years, Saddam managed to control insurgencies against him by using brutal totalitarian methods. So we know those work in Iraq. The difference is that Saddam used murder and torture, while the coalition would not. Martial law is a legitimate tool of social control in any dangerous situation; it is a short-term strategy to allow the new government to curtail violence.

Truthfully, there is no other solution in Iraq. The terrorists understand that if they are defeated in that country, the cause of Islamo-fascism will be greatly damaged. So they are going to continue to commit atrocities in the hope of breaking our will. Either the Bush administration okays tough methods to root those people out, or we should get out of Iraq altogether.

No American wants another Vietnam, where the military is exposed to death but cannot use its full force to protect itself. I mean, how ridiculous was it to allow the North Vietnamese sanctuaries in Laos and Cambodia? How many Americans died because Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon would not confront the enemy using the full power of the US military?

The Sunni triangle in Iraq and certain parts of Baghdad are sanctuaries for terrorists. These places should be totally inundated with Iraqi and Coalition forces conducting house-to-house searches and imposing dusk-to-dawn curfews. No insurgency can exist without the cooperation of the civilian population. All Iraqis should get the message that cooperating with terrorists will no longer be tolerated.

Presently, there are more than 400,000 Iraqi and Coalition troops in Iraq. Most provinces are pacified. Everybody knows which areas are dangerous. This is not a jungle-covered country where the enemy is supported by Russia and China. These insurgents can be defeated, but only a fierce determination will do that.

I believe the Bush administration has been intimidated somewhat by the anti-war media and the lack of support from our allies abroad. Public opinion for the war has been falling steadily throughout the past two years. But now Americans are in a payback mood-now the public wants to see these savage terrorists in Iraq killed.

That feeling will not last long unless more victories like Zarqawi are forthcoming. Most Americans will walk away from a stalemate and simply will not tolerate an administration that allows its soldiers to be brutalized one by one.

So if we are truly in it to win it, this is the time to strike hard against an enemy that hacks our soldiers up with knives and blows up women and children. If not now, it could be never.

And that's the memo.

June 23, 2006

The U.S. House of Representatives kills the Immigration Bill

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On Tuesday Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, made an unusual announcement:  This August the House will hold herrings on the Senate Immigration Bill – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

Off the record, House leaders let it be known that the Immigration Bill is dead – at least this year.  All AP reported is that the bill was a victim of election year concerns and the House, and Conservatives impeccable opposition of citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

Which is totally wrong.

It was a victim senate pandering.  Senators watched the drive-by coverage of immigrant rallies, absorbed misguided punditry from hot-dog belt-way intellectuals, and sacrificed their principals.

The American people want their borders secure.  It’s that simple.  Post 9/11; this is not rocket-science – its not debatable.  The American people want their legislators to act on their will and their courts from stopping their will.  Americans don’t want a so-called ‘compressive’ bill that repeats the mistakes of past immigration bills, including no enforcement mechanisms.

They want document fraud, identity theft behavior punished. They want illegal aliens deported. Now!  And they want their neighborhoods back.

They want to stop paying taxes for law breaker who demand every social service available while waving foreign flags on U.S. streets.

But most of all, Americans want their politicians to stop calculating how to win the illegal immigrant vote, and do right by citizens who voted them into office in the first place!

No bill is better than a bad bill.  The U.S. House of Representatives derives an applause for killing this turkey.

And that’s the memo.

June 21, 2006

Bring back the good ‘ol days when those in Government had respect for the U.S.

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You know there was a time when government officials, current or former, avoided criticizing US policy overseas – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

Everybody understood that besides being classless, it provided aid and comfort to the enemy.  Thus the common saying: “politics stop at the waters edge.” 

But that was then.

On Monday former Clinton Secretary of State, Madelyn Albright, in Russia, attacked the war effort. 

She said the war in Iraq sent the wrong message to Iran and North Korea.  She said “if you don’t have nuclear weapons, you get invaded.  If you do have nuclear weapons, you don’t get invaded.”

Give me a break.  That is ridiculous!

But it was Madelyn Albright, along with Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton who provided North Korea with the means to go nuclear. They believe giving a nuclear plant to a American hating –pot belly-dog eating – nutzoid – communist – dictator thug, would result in him making electricity; and liking us.

Instead he made nukes.

Zhazamm!  And who sent the wrong message to Iran?  Two words – Jimmy Carter.

With his inept policy of appeasement, Carter created the Iran problem himself which resulted in Islamic fanatics taking over that government.

Now, we are winning the war on terror.  Saddam is gone.  40% percent of the terrorist we  faced in Iraq are dead.  Yea, we have to deal with Iran and North Korea, but thank God, that the Clinton ‘s, the Carters, the Albright’s, the Pelosi’s, the Murtha’s, the Kerry’s and the rest of the linguini-spine party are on the side lines.

How in the world this woman got the word ‘bright’ in her name, let alone become the secretary of stats, is a cosmic joke.

The right message that should be made is – she is dangerous.

And that’s the memo.

June 18, 2006

Back to American Conference

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Rose vs. Wade, Planned Parenthood and Family Planning will be the power to bring back Democratic power…or so its thought – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

The president of Planned Parenthood, Cecilia Richards, daughter of Texas Governor Ma Richards, spoke to the fake ‘Back to America Conference’ to liberal bloggers the other day. 

She claims that Rose vs. Wade, and Family Planning, are threatened.  Little Ma says that the debate is driven by a bunch of “ideologs who have not done a single thing in their lives to help children, or to help improve woman’s health-care access.”

Ok, this is a little red meat in front of the kooks in the audience. That’s no surprise.  But then little Ma vowed that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion factory, would help Liberals win elections.

“Planned Parenthood has 860 centers in 50 states with more members and employees and staff than all State Democrat parties combined”, said little Ma.

She said “we have the potential to swing the vote in ’06, ’08 and 2010, and that is a lot of power.” 

She proclaimed “we are going to use it!”  She promised Planned Parenthood that it will be ‘the biggest kick-ass organization in this country.’

Now, Planned Parenthood takes federal tax dollars – over $ 200 million last year.  They are not supposed to be political advocates. 

So let’s just see if the Campaign Finance Reform and Election Reform crowd jumps on this.  Let’s see if the IRS revokes Planned Parenthood’s tax exempt status now that they are a declared subsidiary of the Democratic party.

Or, if Little Ma Richards has to back track and blames her choice of words on the silver foot stuck on her mouth.

And that’s the memo

June 16, 2006

California voters go against the Liberal Mindset

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When voters go against the Liberal mind set, they are dismayed and shocked – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo. 

Washington Post columnist, E.J. Dionne Jr. – who sits on a perch of moral indignation, is dismayed that California voters rejected two big ballot initiatives.

Prop 82 – the Rob (The meat-head) Ryner initiative would have created a universal pre-school program for every 4-year old crumb cruncher in California.

Now, no one knows how much money this would have cost, but we do know The Meat-Head spent $23 Million of tax payers dollars promoting it.  With much of the money going into his Hollywood ad agencies bodies pockets, which was supposed to be paid for by raising taxes on the rich, and 61% of the California voters voted it down.

To Mr. Dionne’s astonishment, 53% of voters also kicked a $600 million dollar library bond issue to the curb.  Mr. Dionne clearly flummoxed – said “progressives have a lot to think about. But one thing that remains, a deep skepticism about government spending even for the best purposes.”

Voters in five California counties also rejected sales tax increases.  Which were mostly funded to pay  transportation projects.  “The tax-on-tax spend may be old and tired,” says Dionne, “but they still have force.”

Dionne advises Liberals to target programs to the poor instead of creating universal entitlement. 

Typical.  Refuse to learn – belt way elitists garbage.

Tax-n-spend doesn’t sound old and tired to those that pay the taxes E.J.  Goliath government programs never work, and they always cost more than Liberals say they will.

Here is a good rule of thumb for you E.J, and all of the rest of the Liberals out there:  When you’re dismayed about election outcomes. You can bet the voters did the right thing.

And that’s the memo

June 13, 2006

An Object Lesson

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An objection lesson in liberal fairness – that’s that subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

In the June 1 L.A. Times, columnist Thomas Freedman, executed a hit on General Motors.  In a 800-word column Freedman said American would be better off if Toyota took over GM. 

He accused GM of buying votes in Congress and supporting terrorists.  Freedman claimed the company was a serious threat to America’s future.  And labeled GM as a ‘Cooperate Crack Dealer.’ 

In response to this slander, General Motors V.P., submitted a letter to the editor totaling 490 words.  It was rejected.  The Times said it was too long – that they only except 175 words. That’s after the newspaper ran several letters agreeing with Freedman of close to 500 words.

After a lot of back and forth, the Times finally offered GM 200 words. 

Now in the letter, GM extended an invitation to Freedman to visit.  To learn how the company was working to reduce America’s oil consumption.  The Times chopped that out.

Also cut was GMs assertion that falsely accused the cooperation of buying votes was irresponsible. 

But the biggest argument came over GM calling Thomas Freedman’s accusations  rubbish.

The Times editor said the word “rubbish” didn’t fit the tone of letters the paper excepts.

Well, accusing GM of helping terrorists, bribery, and calling them Crack dealers, yea that’s fair. But GM calling those accusations rubbish, well that’s not allowed.

Maybe America will be better off if al Jazeria just bought the Times and made it official.

And that’s the memo.

June 11, 2006

Environmentalists vs. Eminent Domain

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When Hollywood celebrities get involved with environmentalists – the law takes a back seat – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo. 

In the 1980’s Los Angeles, using eminent domain, seized 14 acres owned by developer Ralph Horwitz.  They paid him $ 4.8 million dollars.

Plans to build a trash incinerator fell through when the largely black (that’s African-American to you politically correct people) community objected.

So the city turned the property over to the regional food bank, which allowed people to set up plots for gardens.

Now, in 2003 Horwits sued the city to get his property back.  He got it back after paying $5 million dollars.  Now he wants to put a large warehouse on the site, which has 350 garden plots on it, or sell it for $16 million dollars.

That decision has set off a confrontation between the gardeners who were described in the press as “newly arrived Hispanics,” (that’s Mexicans for you politically correct) the developer and busy-body Hollywood celebrities. 

They are all battling over this now.  The gardeners went to court to fight eviction – they lost; the fund raiser did not generate enough money so Hollywood elites are taking up the cause.

Danny Clover showed up, urged the gardeners to stay put.  Daryl Hanna, Joan Baez,   Martin Sheen, Ed Begley Jr. bicycled up.  A bunch of environmental wackos are camping out as well.  The newly arrived gardeners are vowing to ignore the eviction order.

Now, these Hollywood types could invite these newly arrived gardeners to set up gardens at their houses, their big plantations.  Or they can just pay the asking price.  Perfect  lesson on compassion.

From liberal elites – help the little guy by encouraging him to break the law again.

And that’s the memo

June 10, 2006

Followup up to al-Zarqawi is DEAD!

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Ask a question to the far left wackos and you get an answer – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

In my last blog I reviewed the anti-war positions that the elected Democrats expressed and noted their muted reactions when justice finally caught up with Abu al Zarqawi.

I said that Democrats should be calling for hearings to determine if terrorists rights were violated, were they spied on without warrants?  Was the bombed house an atrocity committed by the U.S. Military?  Did we obtain information from torture?  Or mistreated captured terrorists? 

If the Democrats won’t stand up for terrorists and their moment of loss, I asked who will?

Well, it didn’t take long for the answer to come.  According to representative Pete Snark of California, ‘we took out Zarqawi just to cover Bush’s rear end so that he doesn’t have to answer for Americans killing innocent Iraqi’s and Bush’s sagging poll numbers.’

Zarqawi the be-header, murdered hundreds of Americans and Iraqi’s which Stark dismissed his demise at the hands of the U.S. Military as a ‘cheep stunt.’ 

According to Stark “Iraq is still as mess, we need to get out!” 

Then former Democrat presidential contender Dennis Cocentish of Ohio said that Zarqawi was a ‘small part of a growing anti-American insurgency’ and he repeated the often herd Democrat cry for us to ‘cut and run.’

Both John Kerry (which by the way, he served in Vietnam), and Jack Murtha, joined in the call for us to get out of Iraq – exactly what the terrorists want.

So, ask the question and get the answer.  For the record, terrorists can count on elected Democrats after all. 

I just wonder which of these guys will go to the Zarqawi funeral.

And that’s the memo

June 9, 2006

al-Zarqawi is DEAD!

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 2:16 am

When al-Zarqawi was taken out with the help of  two 500lb American bombs, there was celebration in many quarters, but maybe you noticed, as I did, the absence of familiar themes from Democrat party leaders – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo

I was expecting to see some consistency from these Democrats and their fringe-kook base.  For instance, John Murtha, the de-facto leader of the anti-war House Democrats, praised this effort.  That’s News!

If he were consistent, he should have reminded us we have already lost this war in Iraq.  Our Military is broken.  Our weapons are in shotty shape – as he has done until now.

Nancy Poloci should have praised Murtha for speaking ‘truth to power.’ 

Ted Kennedy called his vote against going to Iraq  ‘his best vote of his carrier’ – where was he?

Pat  Lahey, John Kerry, Dick Durban, – they should be calling for an investigation right now!

In the most troubling aspect of this operation – the Intelligence.  Was it obtained from torture, mistreatment from captured terrorists?  Did we violate terrorists ‘rights’ by wire tapping them without warrants? 

A woman and child were in that house with Zarqawi – was this another atrocity committed by our troops?

Michael Burg, father of Nick Burg be-headed by Zarqawi; he blamed Bush not Zarqawi.

And where was Cindy Sheanan and the rest of the kook-fringe left?

This is simple – if elected Democrats won’t stand up for the terrorists and their moment of grief – who will?

And that’s the memo

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