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wjmelements
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5/17/2010 6:38:39 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
For some reason, the school administration is feeling patriotic this week, so they decided to play American music over the intercoms during and between classes. In the spirit of Hate Week, we got to enjoy Miley Cyrus's "Party in the USA" and other inspirational garb, but what struck me most was when I heard over the intercom the following announcement:
The flag still stands for freedom, and they can't take that away.
Seeing the American Flag boasted in the classroom, I assumed that this meant I was free, so I got out my hat and put it on.
It wasn't but one minute when I was told to take it off. Expressing my newfound freedom, I chose not to, but my mind was quickly changed when I was threatened with detention.
Therefore, I've decided to amend the lyrics to that song that had so inspired me:

When tomorrow all my things are gone,
I've worked for all my life,
And I'll have to start again,
without my children and my wife.

I'll curse my bloody luck
that I'm livin here today.
' Cause the flag don't stand for freedom,
for they just took that away!

Yes it sucks to be an American
Where I never have been free
And I won't forget the men who tried
And took that right from me

And I'll gladly stand up
In my class and proclaim this truth today.
See, there ain't no doubt we are not free
Restore the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
They're taxing everything we've got,
and its time we stand and say

That it sucks to be an American
Where I never have been free
And I won't forget the men who tried
And took that right from me

And I'll gladly stand up
In my class and proclaim this truth today.
See, there ain't no doubt we are not free
Restore the USA.

Yes it sucks to be an American
Where I never have been free
And I won't forget the men who tried
And took that right from me

And I'll gladly stand up
In my class and proclaim this truth today.
See, there ain't no doubt we are not free
Restore the USA.
in the blink of an eye you finally see the light
Hurstman
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5/17/2010 6:41:18 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:38:39 PM, wjmelements wrote:
For some reason, the school administration is feeling patriotic this week, so they decided to play American music over the intercoms during and between classes. In the spirit of Hate Week, we got to enjoy Miley Cyrus's "Party in the USA" and other inspirational garb, but what struck me most was when I heard over the intercom the following announcement:
The flag still stands for freedom, and they can't take that away.
Seeing the American Flag boasted in the classroom, I assumed that this meant I was free, so I got out my hat and put it on.
It wasn't but one minute when I was told to take it off. Expressing my newfound freedom, I chose not to, but my mind was quickly changed when I was threatened with detention.
Therefore, I've decided to amend the lyrics to that song that had so inspired me:

When tomorrow all my things are gone,
I've worked for all my life,
And I'll have to start again,
without my children and my wife.

I'll curse my bloody luck
that I'm livin here today.
' Cause the flag don't stand for freedom,
for they just took that away!

Yes it sucks to be an American
Where I never have been free
And I won't forget the men who tried
And took that right from me

And I'll gladly stand up
In my class and proclaim this truth today.
See, there ain't no doubt we are not free
Restore the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
They're taxing everything we've got,
and its time we stand and say

That it sucks to be an American
Where I never have been free
And I won't forget the men who tried
And took that right from me

And I'll gladly stand up
In my class and proclaim this truth today.
See, there ain't no doubt we are not free
Restore the USA.

Yes it sucks to be an American
Where I never have been free
And I won't forget the men who tried
And took that right from me

And I'll gladly stand up
In my class and proclaim this truth today.
See, there ain't no doubt we are not free
Restore the USA.

Lol, how anti-patriotic
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Volkov
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5/17/2010 6:42:06 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Nice lyrics wjm, but come on - taking it a little too seriously, eh?

I mean, if you were told to take off your hat in a privately owned movie theatre, would you start singing this song? And don't tell me there's a difference - there isn't. You're in America and being told what to do by someone else, quel horreur!

However, I'd publish this (if its your own writing). It'll stir up some thought for sure.
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5/17/2010 6:44:05 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Omg! I was just telling Vi about this song the other day! She's never heard it lol and I walked around the apartment singing it haha. Anyway you'd be a horrible activist -- backing down for the threat of detention? Wow I'd hate to see you if you were being beaten by cops or had police dogs after you and mace and fire hoses :p Detention is awesome btw - You get to do your homework (I was allowed to) which was very convenient so I didn't have to carry my books home. I lived in NYC though and it was a b!tch and I had to take public transportation lol so I appreciated that and would sometimes go to detention (literally) just to do my work there in quiet. It's like the library. You're allowed to read, etc.
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wjmelements
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5/17/2010 6:45:31 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:42:06 PM, Volkov wrote:
However, I'd publish this (if its your own writing). It'll stir up some thought for sure.

No better place than the DDO forums. It's public and I have no intention to profit from it.
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5/17/2010 6:46:46 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:45:31 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:42:06 PM, Volkov wrote:
However, I'd publish this (if its your own writing). It'll stir up some thought for sure.

No better place than the DDO forums. It's public and I have no intention to profit from it.

Sing it in class, damnit. If you even meant it all.
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5/17/2010 6:47:29 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
These Eyes
I see the rejected,
the begotten,
the ignored.
I see the dejected,
the forgotten,
the scorned.
I see the afflicted,
the misgotten,
the uninformed.
I do not see the compassionate,
the leaders,
the activists.
I do not see the articulate,
the speakers,
the revivalists.
I do not see the fit,
the seekers,
the greatest.
I see the divided,
the separated,
the unjust and bias.
I need to see the beloved,
the devoted,
to get over life's crisis.
Volkov
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5/17/2010 6:47:30 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:41:18 PM, Hurstman wrote:
Lol, how anti-patriotic

I don't think its anti-patriotic at all, which is the problem. When ideologies like wjm's combine with patriotism, you end up with a weird mix where the individual is foremost... within the country. It boggles the mind a little, which is why when I see libertarians stand up and tell people to restore the USA to its former glory, I get confused.
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5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:44:05 PM, theLwerd wrote:
Omg! I was just telling Vi about this song the other day! She's never heard it lol and I walked around the apartment singing it haha. Anyway you'd be a horrible activist -- backing down for the threat of detention? Wow I'd hate to see you if you were being beaten by cops or had police dogs after you and mace and fire hoses :p

I have to conform for a few more years though to look all pretty for college admissions.
There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

Detention is awesome btw - You get to do your homework (I was allowed to) which was very convenient so I didn't have to carry my books home. I lived in NYC though and it was a b!tch and I had to take public transportation lol so I appreciated that and would sometimes go to detention (literally) just to do my work there in quiet. It's like the library. You're allowed to read, etc.

I loved ISS in Junior High for this reason. I got 3 days worth of classwork and homework done in 8 hours. It was peaceful and stuff, but solitude sucks.
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5/17/2010 6:49:03 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:

There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

That would be epic.
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5/17/2010 6:49:29 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:49:03 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:

There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

That would be epic.

You guys would have little to no power.
wjmelements
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5/17/2010 6:50:36 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:49:03 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:

There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

That would be epic.

Still speculating on whether or not our club will be recognized by the school. If not, we can't meet on the premises (in classrooms), but that shouldn't stop us from actually doing protests.
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wjmelements
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5/17/2010 6:51:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:49:29 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:49:03 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:

There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

That would be epic.

You guys would have little to no power.

A school-wide homework and standardized testing strike would be most effective.
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5/17/2010 6:52:04 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:50:36 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:49:03 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:

There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

That would be epic.

Still speculating on whether or not our club will be recognized by the school. If not, we can't meet on the premises (in classrooms), but that shouldn't stop us from actually doing protests.

You must do this! If I wasn't home-schooled I would have done it a long time ago.
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5/17/2010 6:53:31 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:

I have to conform for a few more years though to look all pretty for college admissions.

... You think that colleges look at detention records? Lol come on!

I loved ISS in Junior High for this reason. I got 3 days worth of classwork and homework done in 8 hours. It was peaceful and stuff, but solitude sucks.

You do your homework in groups? Solitude and quiet ftw :p
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5/17/2010 6:53:50 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:51:25 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:49:29 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:49:03 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:

There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

That would be epic.

You guys would have little to no power.

A school-wide homework and standardized testing strike would be most effective.

Homework? If you don't do it, teachers don't mind failing you and making you come back for summer school.

Standardized testing? Nice try. That's national stuff right there. You guys don't take it, they can do whatever the hell they want with you.

Wait until you're in college to pull stuff like this.
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5/17/2010 6:54:42 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:44:05 PM, theLwerd wrote:
Omg! I was just telling Vi about this song the other day! She's never heard it lol and I walked around the apartment singing it haha. Anyway you'd be a horrible activist -- backing down for the threat of detention? Wow I'd hate to see you if you were being beaten by cops or had police dogs after you and mace and fire hoses :p

I have to conform for a few more years though to look all pretty for college admissions.
There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

Detention is awesome btw - You get to do your homework (I was allowed to) which was very convenient so I didn't have to carry my books home. I lived in NYC though and it was a b!tch and I had to take public transportation lol so I appreciated that and would sometimes go to detention (literally) just to do my work there in quiet. It's like the library. You're allowed to read, etc.

I loved ISS in Junior High for this reason. I got 3 days worth of classwork and homework done in 8 hours. It was peaceful and stuff, but solitude sucks.

WJM, you're a bad-a$$ mofo! I thought you were a "good" kid at school?
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5/17/2010 6:54:50 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
When I move out I'm basically gonna go protesting every single day and write books in the mean time.
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5/17/2010 6:55:10 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:53:31 PM, theLwerd wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:
I loved ISS in Junior High for this reason. I got 3 days worth of classwork and homework done in 8 hours. It was peaceful and stuff, but solitude sucks.

You do your homework in groups? Solitude and quiet ftw :p

No, I do it in solitude, but I like to talk to people.
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5/17/2010 6:56:15 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:54:50 PM, FREEDO wrote:
When I move out I'm basically gonna go protesting every single day and write books in the mean time.

Good luck with that.
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5/17/2010 6:56:28 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
America won't be free until we are aloud to pee on the side walks, poop on policemen's heads, rob banks, and burn down people's house all without being punished!
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5/17/2010 6:56:32 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:54:50 PM, FREEDO wrote:
When I move out I'm basically gonna go protesting every single day and write books in the mean time.

I suspect you'll never be moving out with that plan.
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5/17/2010 6:56:50 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:53:50 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:51:25 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:49:29 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:49:03 PM, FREEDO wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:47:42 PM, wjmelements wrote:

There's talk at my school of starting a Student Labor Union to protest this kind of stuff.

That would be epic.

You guys would have little to no power.

A school-wide homework and standardized testing strike would be most effective.

Homework? If you don't do it, teachers don't mind failing you and making you come back for summer school.

This is meh.

Standardized testing? Nice try. That's national stuff right there. You guys don't take it, they can do whatever the hell they want with you.

Actually, our standardized testing is with the State, and the school's funding and teacher pensions are directly proportional to our scores. Standardized testing is probably our strongest weapon.
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5/17/2010 6:56:58 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 5/17/2010 6:56:15 PM, Nags wrote:
At 5/17/2010 6:54:50 PM, FREEDO wrote:
When I move out I'm basically gonna go protesting every single day and write books in the mean time.

Good luck with that.

I didn't say it was gonna be easy.
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