1) on teaparty.org: 'American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge' - posted by Diane L. Logan - article by Todd Starnes - Feb. 27
(A high school student in the south of Texas was punished by her Spanish Class teacher for refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance to Mexico as part of a class 'project'. She volunteered to recite the pledge of allegiance to America in Spanish, to demonstrate her linguistic ability; but the teacher refused to allow it.)
Comment by Stan Stanfield just now
We should all sign a petition to this teacher and school district Board thanking them for the heads-up on just how bad things have gotten in this country; and they can now leave their positions, go live across the border in the country that they are (in effect, if not in fact) pledging allegiance to, and don't come back, thank you very much.
Be nice. Some people have feelings that can be hurt. Hey - ask an American patriot about that.
2) email to my Congressman, who responded, to some petition I signed for Second Amendment rights, in a letter outlining his perspective on the issue, which was down-the-line liberal in orientation - "...it is my opinion that some weapons have no legitimate purpose outside of military applications;" the whole ball of wax.(I should have replied to his above comment: "Indeed, Congressman, that's the whole point.")
Dear Cong. Lowenthal,
Thank you for your letter of February 22 in response to my concerns about the level and degree of gun control measures being considered by the federal government.
We will have to agree to disagree on the basic issues. (For example, see the research of John Lott, Jr. on the basic issue of 'safety', with more safety appearing where the gun controls are the least.) But what I particularly wanted to address in this response was your comment about providing 'increased access to mental health services as part of a long-term, all-encompassing solution to the epidemic of gun violence". Access to such (mainstream) services is part of the problem, not part of the "solution" Psychotropic drugs are implicated in MANY of these outbursts of violence that characterize "the epidemic of gun violence" that we have been afflicted with for some years now. There are complementary/holistic approaches/alternatives to "mental health services" that we need to get to, and urgently. (See any good naturopath for details. Or allopathic Drs. Joseph Mercola or Mike Adams or Jonathan V. Wright, e.g.)
Other important points, of a preventive nature, are to have a major investigation into/Congressional hearings on Violence in the Media - films, Internet games, etc. Please don't overlook the importance of that factor in your determinations into gun violence, and violence of all kinds. (The dangerous side effects of the drugs are/can be triggered into one's emotional body by scenes of violence, e.g.) And Education is the other main factor that must be looked into.
The "solution" is multi-factoral. Not simplistic, knee-jerk reaction leading to taking guns away from law-abiding citizens for self-defense, of person, family, and property, not just from individuals, but from a rogue government. Think Hitler's Germany. Think Stalin's USSR. Think Mao's Red China. Think Pol Pot's 'Year One' Cambodia. The list goes on.
But to conclude, and emphasize: the adverse aspects of psychotropic drugs MUST be taken into consideration in all this attention being given to the problem, of violence in our society. There are alternatives to the drugs, for mental health. There are no alternatives to an individual triggered into committing mayhem, EXCEPT measures of self-defense. (For example, 'they' never strike at a school or movie theater that does NOT advertise itself as a 'Gun-Free Zone'.)
Thank you for your time and considerations,
So, all by way of being a good citizen...