Talking Points

September 28, 2006

New Futuristic Position at the New York Times

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A great idea for the New York Times and their readers – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

Last year, in the mitts of a national booming economy, the New York Times laid of about 50 journalists. 

You may find them working at fast food restaurants, with no health insurance and barley earning a living – no doubt doing jobs that Americans won’t do – just as the illegal Mexicans are doing.

But back at the Times, the hiring freeze has been lifted – the paper that should be convicted of treason, has hired a perfume critic – probably to give readers a guide to read all the skink that they print.

And now they have announced another position.  The New York Times has created a Futuristic Residence position, which will be filled by former Washington Post executive, Michael Rodgers.

The new position, according to the Times, has unique insights in the confluence of digital technology, consumer behavior and journalism.  His duties will be to help the New York Times to continuously deliver the innovative information products and service their readers expect.

Now, there is a fun job.  You look around at new technology and gizmos, developing cutting-edge products that meet the expectation of loyal New York Times readers.

Well, Mr. Rodgers, I have a great idea to get the ball rolling.  Why don’t you use the confluence of digital technology to provide national security leaks to the terrorists – Americas enemies in real time and coded over their cell phones.  Your terrorist readers expect innovation.

The Times won’t disappoint, now that were in the future.  Don’t make them wait for the paper!  Let them have it first, on their phones!

And that’s the memo.

September 16, 2006

Torture by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 2:53 am

Thanks to the New York Times, we now know the dreaded torture methods the sadistic CIA used on captured al-Qaeda big shots shortly after the 9/11 attack –  That’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

WARNING!!: Reading this memo may subject you to unvarnished brutality.

According to a front page article in the Times on Sunday, September 10th, Pakistani authorities captured Abu Zubaydah, al-Qaeda’s personnel director, a few months after the terror attack five years ago. Zubaydah, wounded in the confrontation, was turned over to American authorities and whisked away to Bangkok, Thailand, where FBI interrogators began questioning him.

According to unnamed sources in the Times article, the FBI and CIA clashed over whether to use soft or tough questioning methods on the captured terrorist. Because it had jurisdiction, the CIA took over, and the inquisition began. Agency interrogators stripped Zubaydah, put him in a freezing room, and subjected him to Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Not the vegetables, the rock group.

Apparently, the CIA sadists cranked up the volume on some Red Hot Chili Peppers recordings and Zubaydah broke. Wouldn’t you?

Now, I am not making this up. The dreaded torture machine that is the Bush administration unleashed the Red Hot Chili Peppers on an al-Qaeda big shot.

How could they?

According to the article, Zubaydah gave up a number of his fellow killers, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11. But come on, the ends do not justify the means. Using the Chili Peppers is beyond the pale.

Somewhere, Attila the Hun is weeping with laughter.

But this whole thing is deadly serious. Thanks to the American thugs at Abu Ghraib and the hysterical left-wing press, the entire world thinks the USA is a nation of brutes who torture for pleasure. Human rights groups can’t condemn us fast enough for our terrible treatment of people captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Guantanamo Bay is a Gulag, Dick Cheney is Henrich Himmler. And the beat goes on.

But amidst all the hew and cry, there are few specifics. As far as I can determine, waterboarding—that is, submerging a suspect in water —was used a couple of times, but is now banned*. Stress positions and sleep deprivation have been used in limited situations. And now we know the Peppers were in play.

Of course, in reporting the interrogation story, the Times played up the conflict between the FBI and the CIA big, but buried the lead. In the final two paragraphs of the lengthy report, the importance of the Chili Pepper story emerges. Times reporter David Johnston quotes yet another anonymous “government official” as saying, “The fact of the matter is that Abu Zubaydah was defiant and evasive until the approved procedures were used. He soon began to provide information on key Al Qaeda operators to help us find and capture those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.”

That sounds like a good thing to me, but I do have some advice for the CIA the next time around: Use Ludacris, and you’ll get bin Laden.

And that’s the memo.

*Studies have shown that more people have died at Chappaquiddick, than by warterbording.

September 7, 2006

IRS Tax Data is Out

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 5:27 am

The Wall Street Journal gets IRS report out early – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

The Wall Street got an early look at IRS data laying who pays what in income taxes.  So lets examine how struggling Americans were treated by Bush Tax Policies in 2004 as opposed to Clinton’s Tax Policies in 2000, his last year in office.

Turns out the bottom 50% of tax payers paid a smaller share of taxes in ’04 than they paid in  2000. 

Under Clinton (a dangerous place to be) the bottom half paid 3.9 percent of Federal Income Taxes and during the Bush administration only 3.3 percent.  That’s the lowest total share they paid in 30 years! 

And that’s not making me happy!

With Bush in the Oval Office, the majority of house holds making under $40,000 a year didn’t pay any income taxes, and that is just not right!  Everybody should pay their fair share!

Thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit, most of the poor payroll taxes were off set. 

Now, to the top 10% of the wage earners.

In the Bush years, they paid over 57% of all income taxes – up from the Clinton years where they paid some 56%.  If you round off the numbers, it looks like this:

The bottom half of tax payers paid 3% of all income taxes –those ingrates.

The top 1% forked over nearly 40% , the top 10%, almost 60%.  I am in the top 1%, I’m in the top 60% – and I’m getting the shaft!

Now, Liberals wine about Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, but the rich are paying more than they did under Clinton and the poor are paying less, or nothing at all, which does not make me happy.

The Rich get poorer and the poor get a freebie. 

Fairness demands it.  Its time to tax the poor!

And that’s the memo.

September 3, 2006

Education Update

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 2:41 pm

A new study can help the children to reach their full intellectual potential – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

The problem with this study is, that if parents inquire about it, educators will look upon them with contempt with a guarantee that there will be absolutely no effort to put the findings of this study into effect.

How can I guarantee this?  Easy.  The study’s conclusion is certain to enrage liberals, and that means the majority of educators.

Ready?  Let’s go.

Boys learn better when taught by men and girls learn better when taught by women.

Thomas Dee, a scholar at Stanford University conducted the research, which was approved by his peers. It appears in Education Next, a quarterly published by the Hoover Institution.

But the very notion that a female teacher might hurt a boys education and vise versa, has leading education advocates disputing the study’s conclusion and methodology. 

Mr. Deed is not suggesting schools turn into single sex education or any other policy shift.  What he wants is more research in the role gender plays in learning.

HA!  Fat chance my friend.

Pointy-heads will support junk science like global warming because it fits their agenda.  But to an education establishment, run by girly-men, and radically feminized women, the mere suggestion that boys might learn best from men or girl from women is just plain Neanderthal

Nobody – But Nobody is going to challenge their views.  No matter how much commonsense the research makes.

And that’s the memo.

September 1, 2006

Joe Lieberman

Filed under: Talking Points memo — talkingpoints @ 2:36 am

Joe Lieberman is facing home state legal attacks – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.

Connecticut Piece-nicks want the Democrat Registrar to kick Lieberman out of the party.  One lefty, Henry Lowendorf, says “the law is pretty clear that he is no longer a member of the Democrat party in good standing. There was an open vote – he was voted out.”

To avoid being banished, Lieberman may have to attend a re-education camp, which is a hearing to prove he is loyal to the party principals.

Democrat John Orman, who challenged Lieberman last year, filed a complaint with the state accusing Lieberman of creating a ‘fake political party.’  He’s demanding that Lieberman’s name be removed from the November ballot. 

These guys know their going to loose. And Lieberman is going to win.

In Washington, the belt way newspaper, The Hill, reports some Democrats are agitating to strip Lieberman of his seniority and kick him off committees. 

An un-named Democrat said “at this point Lieberman can not expect to just keep his seniority.  He can’t run against a Democrat and expect to waltz back to the caucus with the same seniority as before.  It would give the view that this is a country club rather than a  representative of a political party and a political movement.”

Well, the best view of today’s Democrats come directly from Democrats: The fringe-kook grass roots.  The activists judges.  The elected-the-rejected – they are driven by hate. 

Not long ago, Democrats called Joe Lieberman the ‘conscious of the senate.’  They elevated him as their vice-presidential nominee.  

Now, if they can do this to him, just imagine what they would do to you, if given the chance.

And that’s the memo.

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