April 25, 2015

Should Teachers Pack Heat?

I recently came across this article about a private Christian school in Arkansas that not only arms some of their teachers, but openly promotes this fact with signs posted at the school’s entrance.

With the recent school shooting at a Georgia elementary school which happened less than a week ago — and Congress’ failure to pass legislation requiring expanded background checks back in April — could this be a viable option for protecting kids in school?  What do you think?

— Alex Polishuk

P.S.  Check out this video by VICE where the team travels to a school that is not only arming the teachers but teaching the kids to fight back against intruders!


Although this is a slight departure from the typical content of this blog, the message that is communicated in this video is powerful and widely relatable.  Basically, life is short and time is precious:  take risks, and do things you love with the people you love as often as you can.  I’m sure you’ve all heard some form of this before, but the creators’ clever use of jellybeans really puts things in perspective.  This video struck a serious chord with me and really got me thinking about the ways I spend my time and possible changes I can make to lead a more meaningful existence.  Who knew jellybeans could have such an impact?

— Alex Polishuk

Slaughter in Egypt

Q: How do you make people more sympathetic to religious fundamentalists?

A: Make martyrs of the religious fundamentalists by slaughtering them in broad daylight.

Question of the Day: Supreme Asian Am Candidates

If a US Supreme Court retires in President Obama’s second term, which Asian American leaders could be among the leading contenders for the seat? (Hint: two of them live in California.)

— Gautam Dutta

Question of the Week: Medical Marijuana

Should it be legal for people in chronic pain to use marijuana?  Please share your thoughts below.

— Gautam Dutta

The Meaning of Patriotism: Edward Snowden

Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?  It’s only fitting to bring this up over the July 4 weekend.

As for myself, I’m not sold that he’s in either category.  On the one hand, it takes guts to reveal that our government (specifically, the NSA) has been illegally spying on us.  On the other hand, why did Snowden reveal some embarrassing information that had nothing to do with our civil liberties?  What good did it accomplish to reveal that our country has spied on both our competitors and allies?

Personally, I wish Snowden would return to the US to stand trial.  Given that a lot of people have already volunteered to fund his defense, he would receive a fair hearing.

What do you think about Edward Snowden?

— Gautam Dutta

AAA-Fund Endorses Aneesh Chopra for VA Lt. Gov.

Editor’s Note: Aneesh lost 54-45. Aneesh looks forward to working with Sen. Northram in November.

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AAA-Fund Endorses Aneesh Chopra for Lieutenant Governor

Asian Pacific American PAC Touts Unprecedented Opportunity to Elect First Asian American to Statewide Office in Virginia History

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Asian American Action Fund today endorsed Aneesh Chopra for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. If elected, Chopra would be the first Asian American elected statewide in Virginia.

AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta said, “Virginia has become a battleground state due to an influx of minority communities now making their home there. Aneesh’s background as the secretary of technology to Governor Tim Kaine and as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer under President Obama makes him an ideal candidate to strengthen Virginia’s middle class through his emphasis on innovation, technology and education. AAA-Fund is pleased to lend our strong support to his historic candidacy.”


AAA-Fund is a Democratic PAC with local chapters across the country devoted to strengthening the participation of Asian Pacific Americans in the political process.




The AAA-Fund is a Democratic political action committee whose goal is to increase the voice of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) on every level of local, state and federal government in America. To achieve this goal, we address the chronic under-representation of APAs as campaign volunteers, campaign contributors, and candidates for political office. The AAA-Fund has endorsed candidates across the country. For more information, go to aaa-fund.org and read our award-winning blog.

Question of the Week: Return of the Tea Party?

Will the IRS’s “Tea Party” scandal help the Tea Party regain some of its lost influence?  Here’s what Fox News has to say.

— Gautam Dutta

Should Immigrants Have the Right to Vote?

Should you have to be a US citizen to be able to vote?

NYC is now considering allowing any resident to vote if he or she”s been living in the US legally for over 6 months.

What do you think?   My view:  because they have established ties to the community, it makes sense to allow committed, long-term immigrants (i.e., greencard holders) to vote in local elections, but we should be careful about going further than that.

— Gautam Dutta

Question of the Week: the Boston Bomber

Will accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plead not guilty based on insanity?

— Gautam Dutta