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Public Pulse June 5th, 2008

The Editor



Editor’s Note: There was a gentleman in Escondido, who lives on Chestnut, who had written an excellent Letter to the Editor. We posted it and then had a computer crash. The letter and the original email was lost and not recoverable. If he reads this, we would ask him to resend his email. We really would like to publish it. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Bill is Pleased

Lyle:

Great article!! You really did your research. ( I learned alot). Have had alot of good comments on the article. Bhutan is special to me, and to share its beauty and kindness to others is remarkable. I am sending or referring this article to several friends I met in Bhutan. They will be well pleased.

The owner of the travel company I work with was asking me if I thought other Americans would like this country. Once again, thanks for the good article, and the kind words. The photos did project extremely well in The Paper.

/s/Bill Williams
Escondido, CA.

And Bhutan is Pleased

Hi Lyle,

Thanks for sending me the story - its a nice article on Bhutan. Just for your information - the concept of GNH (Gross Natinal Happiness) was propounded by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck the 4th King i.e. father of the present King who abdicated the throne in December 2006.

I would like to send you an invitation for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and a reception being hosted by our Ambassador should he be able to make it. Can you send me your postal address?

Best
/s/ Tshewang Dorji
Counselor
Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations,
New York, NY - 10017

Crossing the Border

"Court rulings regarding border searches”

Most Americans are aware of the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution’s fourth amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures. In general, this means that the government cannot search your person, home, vehicle, or computer without probable cause to believe that you’ve engaged in some criminal act.

What many don’t know is that there are quite a few circumstances that the Courts, over the years, have deemed to be exempt from this requirement. One of those occurs when you enter the United States at the border. In April of this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right of Customs officers to search laptops and other digital devices at the border (the definition of which extends to any international airport when you are coming into the country) without probable cause or even the lesser standard of reasonable suspicion. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other groups strongly disagree with the ruling. You can read more on the EFF Web site (http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/04/no-cause-needed-search-laptops-border).

Meanwhile, be aware that even though you’ve done nothing illegal and are not even suspected of such, the entire contents of your portable computer, PDA, or smart phone can be accessed by government agents when you enter the United States.
Copyright ©2008 CNET Networks"

For more information about the law and your computer go to URL: http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tr/downloads/home/dl_10_laws_computer.pdf

/s/Pat Mullen
San Antonio del Mar, Baja, Mexico

Kudos to the Social Butterfly

Thanks for printing the photo and story on our latest group of new DAR members. We always get inquires when you run a DAR story. It is surprising how many people are related to Revolutionary War patriots, but need help in proving it, which our members are glad to do.

/s/Henrietta Bilhorn
Rancho Bernardo

A Reader’s Observations

Just a comment or two:

Went to Baja once in 1970, on a surfing safari, never been back, never go again. I was pretty fluent in Spanish then, two years out of high school Spanish. I had four years of it. I had to talk the Federales out of arresting our whole group. These Americanos think they can go down there and raise hell, act real free and liberated. I had to argue for about two hours to get them to lay off of us.

I heard on KNX 1070am news radio out of Los Angeles, that in Ciudad Juarez and elsewhere in Mexico, policemen are being killed right and left. They are leaving wanted posters for policemen all over Mexico, as we would have for wanted criminals at the post office. DEA agents are rumored to be resigning right and left, especially in the San Diego division. Your whole analysis was absolutely correct.

The article on Bhutan was fun, the Chuckles really gave me a laugh too.

Ah, for the good old days! I remember in 1967 gasoline was 30 cents a gallon, a guy who made 600 dollars a month gross, was very well off, and a house selling for 100 thousand dollars was unheard of. If it did, it had to be in Bel-Air or Beverly Hills. Isn't that something?

/s/Terry Cordoba
San Marcos, Ca.

Love? Or Just Sex?

The Creator factored procreation into the nature of animals. Only humans of the animal kingdom have the capacity to elevate sex above and beyond a lustful, physical act into love, the catalyst of traditional marriage between a man and a woman. In today's culture, without love, recreational, casual sexual activity has become simply an animalistic exercise in self indulgence.

Heterosexuals now hook up and shack up, as premarital and extra marital sex are celebrated on TV screens, movie theaters and in novels. The frenzy and quest for Gay "marriage" is also a disruption in the scheme of nature, although two paired women can still give birth by a surrogate, whereas two paired men are lacking this option. Without emotion and self restraint, feeding the appetite for sex alone provides no food for the soul and is tearing the social fabric of America apart. The current threat to diminish the sanctity of traditional marriage and family is just another step in demoralizing society.

/s/Henry M. Sanford
San Marcos, CA 92078

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