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PC Schools Overreacting

A 7-year-old in Maryland was suspended from school for pointing a Pop Tart at another student and making gun noises. In Virginia Beach, Va., a 13-year-old boy and his friends were suspended from school for playing with toy guns on private property. And in New Jersey, a 13-year-old was suspended from school for twirling a pencil that other students say looked like a gun. Patrice Lee, of the Independent Women’s Forum, tells Liberty Pen’s John Stossel that the politically correct government school system’s reaction on these cases borders on nitwittery. “What we’re seeing here is an overreaction by school administrators and people who are trying to stop what could be harmful actions on the part of the young kids.”

Debating Crime in America

Urban Institute Senior Fellow John Ronan says crime in America has decreased significantly since exploding in the ’70s and ’80s. “Crime declined in the ’90s, sort of stayed the same in the last decade, and in the last six or seven years it’s declined again, and that story is just not getting told,” Ronan tells investigative reporter John Stossel. On the other side of the coin, Fox News Health.com managing editor Dr. Manny Alvarez chimes in that crime and drug use are on the rise. So what gives? Listen to the lively debate in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Our Future in Peril

Spending in our country has always spiked to exorbitant levels during wars, but settled in peacetime. But after dropping following World War II, spending has spiraled out of control. Political pundits are forcasting the destruction of our society, or worse yet, another depression. “We are going broke, and the response of our politicians is not to cut anything, it’s to double down on idiotic policies that will increase our debt,” consumer and investigative reporter John Stossel says. Stossel points out the culprits threatening our future, then focuses on the forces that have made life better in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Our Politically Correct Military

Investigative reporter John Stossel says he’s happy with our military keeping us safe from foreign attack and satisfied that we’re–for the most part–at peace in this ever-crazy world. But Stossel points out that it seems that our military is more preoccupied with environmentalism and political correctness. Afghanistan war veteran Aaron MacLean joins Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen to discuss if it’s appropriate for our military to pursue green energy schemes and whether it is the proper venue to conduct experiments on political correctness.

Defending the Frack Attack

Fracking protests from looney progressives have taken left-wing fanaticism to a ridiculous level. Among their refrains are that fracking is causing genetic mutation of our children and that is causes earthquakes. Their solution: fracking bans and more government intervention. Talk about delirious. In an interview with John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen, Steve Everley of Energy in Depth says, “Look at what the Obama Administration has said about this. EPA has said there is nothing inherently dangerous in fracking that sound engineering principles can’t fix.” He says the oil and gas boom has been great for workers and consumers, and bringing government into the mix is a big mistake.

The Great Weed Debate

The states of Colorado and Washington stunned the nation when citizens voted to legalize marijuana. The move was a bad one, says Kevin Sabet, professor of psychiatry and a former senior advisor for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He says time will tell whether we’ve replaced a system of minor arrests for possession of weed with a public health tragedy of legalization. Consumer and investigative reporter John Stossel engages Sabet in debate and takes a look at how the legalization of marijuana is working out in Colorado in this edition of LibertyPen.

Talking Drones and Privacy

Consumer journalist and investigative reporter John Stossel ponders a world where drones are mainstream. The tiny flying machines, equipped with a camera, can be bought as cheaply as $1,200, and are a boon to farmers and real-estate agents. But do they pose a serious problem of privacy when in devious hands? Stossel talks with Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul and others about the pending dilemma in this edition of Liberty Pen.

America’s Police State

The scenes are familiar ones. Police forces smashing down doors in early morning raids, single protestors surrounded by an army of cops in full military gear with assault rifles or deputies arresting members of the media just trying to do their jobs. Evidence of a rapidly evolving police state, or business as usual. Investigative journalist John Stossel calls it the militarization of America, which incidently came to the forefront at full throttle with the recent shooting of a young man in Ferguson, Missouri. Stossel delves deeper into the crisis along with Cheryl K. Chumley, author of Police State U.S.A. in this edition of LibertyPen.

Buried in Litigation

“Everything lawyers do takes too long” is consumer reporter John Stossel’s postscript to his personal opinion of the legal system in America. “We need law and lawyers to keep the peace,” he says. “But you should avoid using them.” Tune in to this edition of Liberty Pen as Stossel explains how the only benefactors in our legal system are lawyers.

Media Blabbermouths

Consumer reporter and Fox News contributor John Stossel says, “Sometimes media people say things that are so bizarre that if you didn’t see it or hear it you wouldn’t believe that someone actually said that.” Stossel joins Fox Business News contributors Charles Payne, Kate Rogers and moderator Kennedy in an episode of “Real or Fake.” Here’s a teaser: Hurricane Sandy killed more than 100 people, but a TV host allegedly said, “I’m so glad we had that storm. It brought in possibilities for good politics.” Was this an actual quote, or is it fake? Find out in the edition of LibertyPen.

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