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'Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness'
BMJ Publishing Group
by Jeanne Lenzer
July 16, 2011
Bush established the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April 2002 to conduct a "comprehensive study of the United States mental health service delivery system."
The president's commission found that "despite their prevalence, mental disorders often go undiagnosed" and recommended comprehensive mental health screening for "consumers of all ages," including preschool children. According to the commission, "Each year, young children are expelled from preschools and childcare facilities for severely disruptive behaviours and emotional disorders." Schools, are in a "key position" to screen the 52 million students and 6 million adults who work at the schools.
'Campus Climate' Committees Preach Tolerance While Attacking Free Speech By Conservatives
by Ron Meyer
February 28, 2012
The tolerance and inclusiveness college campuses brag so much about aren't being extended to conservative students, former Young America's Foundation intern, and current UCLA student, Samantha Schutte explains.
Administrators and student leaders love to throw around buzzwords like 'diversity', 'unity', and 'inclusivity'. Many college campuses have entire advisory committees, or even chancellors, whose sole purpose is to promote a positive "campus climate." The stated goal is to maintain civility and mutual respect. But these committees have the unrealistic notion that every group on a campus can get along and never fight.
'Class Warfare' by Steven Brill - Book Review
by Sara Mosle
August 21, 2011
In "Class Warfare," Steven Brill brings a sharp legal mind to the world of education reform and mounts a zealous case against America's teachers' unions.
Like a dogged prosecutor, he mounts a zealous case against America's teachers' unions. From more than 200 interviews, he collects the testimony of idealistic educators, charter school founders, policy gurus, crusading school superintendents and billionaire philanthropists.
'Corporate Welfare' Costs Taxpayers Almost $100 Billion in FY 2012, Cato Report Finds
by Sabrina Gladstone
August 3, 2012
Subsidies to businesses in the federal budget in Fiscal Year 2012 cost taxpayers almost $100 billion, according to a new report from the Cato Institute.
"That includes direct and indirect subsidies to small businesses, large corporations, and industry organizations," the libertarian think-tank said in its latest policy analysis. The subsidies are handed out from programs in many federal departments, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development, the report noted. At the same time, the federal government will run its fourth consecutive deficit in excess of $1 trillion this year.
'Exhausted' honour student shown no mercy and jailed for truancy... Works two jobs to support family
by Hannah Rand
May 25, 2012
Since the parents of Diane Tran, 17, divorced out of the blue and left Texas, the honour student has worked two jobs as well as studying to support the family.
An eleventh grader in Texas was thrown in jail - just for missing school. However, honour student Diane Tran, 17, is no lazy truant. In fact, she's quite the opposite. Since her parents divorced and left her and her two siblings, she has been the sole breadwinner and works two jobs to keep the family afloat.
'First Amendment Cop' Stands Up for Protesters
by Andrew Lu
November 30, 2012
In a video that's gone viral, so-called "First Amendment cop" Stan Lenic lays down the (constitutional) law as protesters and airport officials argue over the right to hand out fliers.
The video shows a protester handing out fliers to passengers at the Albany International Airport in New York. She warns them of the health risks of going through full-body scanners and reminds them of their right to opt out, reports Albany's WNYT-TV. Then the airport's public relations guru Doug Myers approaches. He tells the young woman to turn off the camera and leave the area. Enter the "First Amendment cop" (actually, Sheriff's Deputy Lenic), who looks like he's going to back up Myers' cause. But what Lenic does next has made him a hero for free-speech advocates around the Internet.
'Fresh Prince' Voice Mail Alarms Schools
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Upi - United Press International, Inc.
March 5, 2013
A voice mail tune on a phone in Beaver County, Pa., was mistaken as a threat, and officials closed down schools for 20 minutes.
The voice mail actually played the theme from the 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," which contains a line, "And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school," the Beaver County Times reported. Officials thought the line was about "shooting people outside of the school," the newspaper said.
'Gay' groups: We have rights to your children!
October 6, 2007
A collection of 'gay' organizations has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a Massachusetts lawsuit, claiming they have every right to teach their doctrine to grade-school students.
Parental rights, according to the brief filed this week, "have never meant that a parent can demand prior notice and the right to opt a child out of mere exposure to ideas in the public schools that a parent disapproves of."
'GI Bill' Parody Draws Official Response
February 21, 2013
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office confirms it queried the Pentagon about a satirical report that Guantanamo detainees will get GI Bill benefits.
The parody appeared in The Duffel Blog, founded in 2012 by a Marine veteran and frequently described as a military version of the satirical news website, The Onion. It quoted a fictitious Defense Department spokesman as saying, "By allowing the detainees to use the Department of Veterans Affairs, we hope to completely crush their souls with bureaucracy" - and included a made-up quote attributed to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, saying his department is prepared to process detainees' GI Bill benefits claims "in 12-15 years as per standard operating procedure."
'Guns cause shootings like cameras cause pornography'
World Net Daily
by Dr. Ignatius Piazza
April 27, 2007
The mad homicidal rampages in American schools will halt when attackers find out that faculty and students sometimes are armed and trained to use those weapons effectively, so an expert in the defensive use of guns is offering free training to educators.
"The problem is not guns. Guns don't cause these incidents to occur any more than cameras cause child pornography or automobiles cause traffic fatalities," he said. "Society is safer when we train and arm our law abiding citizens."
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