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Vandalism or Free Speech?

So I was listening to Dr Laura again today on my way to the gym and I heard about a news story here in LA where a guy taped some swastikas to a Councilman’s office space. Basically from the news reports, this guy went and printed out some 8×11 papers with them on it and then taped them to the guy’s door.

So now, the guy is under arrest for vandalizing the guys office! WTF? Ok, is this wrong and disturbing? Yes!

But is this vandalizing the office? NO! Should he be arrested for it? NO!

It probably took them about 2 seconds to take them down and throw them away. Not a harm to anyone. If he had painted them on the building, or burned them into the yard, or caused some other sort of PHYSICAL destruction, then I think they would have a case to arrest the guy. But all this guy did was express his free speech, he didn’t like the councilman, he expressed it. They should hunt the guy down and warn him not to do it again. But to actually arrest him and charge him with vandalizing is a little much.

I really think it’s just the LAPD going overboard just like they did at the recent LA Immigration Rally (Aka, the illegal rally).

On that subject. I really thought Dr Laura was great about that. It should have been a HAVEN for the INS. Just go and round them up! I don’t agree with her that they were _ALL_ illegals, but come on. You know a large portion of them were. I know that this country is based on immigration and a melting pot of cultures and what not. I’m highly against the building of a fence between the US and Mexico, etc. But there’s a LEGAL way to get into this country for a reason. These rallys were for the most part for the fight to get illegal immigrants the rights that citizens have. Public schools, health care, etc. These people should not have any of these rights, they should go through the legal process to become citizens before getting these rights, etc. It’s more of our PC bull shit getting out of hand.

Again with the Dr. Laura. A caller the other day called in all up in a panic because her mother-in-law spanked her child for mis-behaving in a store while the mother-in-law was watching her. The mother-in-law gave the child ONE quick slap on the ass, fully clothed. From the description it was more of a swat then a hit. I realize this is a VERY VERY fine line, but I grew up being spanked. And I mean, SPANKED. I remember one day my dad took me into the church bathroom, I had to pull down my pants and he spanked me HARD, many times. I learned my lesson not to scream in church. (I also learned that I hate going to church! haha). Either way, Look at me. I don’t have any emotional problems, I’m not crazy, etc. Spanking is a way of disciplining your child, as long as it’s done correctly. Time-outs and sitting in the corner don’t work. It’s another part of this whole parents are trying to protect their children from the real world. You’re going to get “spanked” in the real world as an adult. Get over it.

Maybe if I had children I might feel a bit differently about this. But I’m so sick of going to the stores and seeing kids run all over hell like crazies, destroying things, opening packages and just throwing the contents on the floor, and having them SCREAM in the isles because mommy won’t buy them something. And instead of standing up to the child, the mother almost always gives in! Grow a backbone. YOU are the parent. Don’t let the child run your life! We as adults should protect our children, but at the same time you have to let them experience life. Get a scrape on the play ground, fall of the bike, learn that they don’t get EVERYTHING they want.

Omg, what’s happening to me? I’m starting to agree with Dr. Laura on more and more shit! She’s brainwashing me!

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