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Free Republic still blocked in Massachusetts Public Schools
Massachusetts Public Schools | 5/25/12

Posted on 05/25/2012 6:23:55 AM PDT by pabianice

A friend who is a long-suffering teacher at a Massachusetts public school called to let me know that the state's schools remain proudly moronic and bigoted. She notes that when one tries to open Free Republic on any school computer, they get a message warning them that the site is blocked for being unsuitable for viewing. However, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Huffington Post, Obama for Re-election, and other "balanced" sites can be opened at the click of a few keys.

My friend mentors a club at her school. She says the kids are bright and inquisitive but filled with total crap about conservative thought and achievement. Fortunately, they are open to this information once someone tells them about it.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: censorship; democrats; education; fear; noaccountability; nointegrity; notruth; publicschools; rats; scaredoftruth; teacherunions; unions; vanity
Like public schools? You'll LOVE Obama's second term.
1 posted on 05/25/2012 6:24:05 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

They know who she is and her job could be in jeopardy, especially if she says anything about FR to the students.

They treat this site is something like ‘Alice does Dallas’.

They are afraid to lose their captive audience before it is indoctrinated beyond the point of no return.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 6:31:48 AM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: pabianice

Just this week, I didscovered that FR is blocked at the Applebees on Whitney Way in Madison. The franchisees use something called “The Wisconsin Hospitality Group” to decide what gets blocked. Keyword abortion was the trip wire. To be fair, NARAL and Planned Parenthood (including local affiliates) were also blocked.

I did complain. I doubt anything will change. I won’t be going to that Applebees again. I’ll get my cheeseburgers at Culvers.


3 posted on 05/25/2012 6:46:27 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: pabianice

This proves that the people of MASS are in great favor of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression......


4 posted on 05/25/2012 6:47:19 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: pabianice

Obligatory anti-government school rant that must accompany all “public” school articles.


The “public school”, including the “charter school”, is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school”, including the “charter school”, is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is communist.

Any child that comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and common sense intact does so in spite of the government school indoctrination, not because of it.

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

Nobody loves your children more than you do.

Nobody can teach your children like you can.

Your children would love nothing better than to be taught by you, if you start doing so before they are corrupted by the government school collective.

It is hypocritical for you to submit your children to an authority with whom you fundamentally disagree. And your children will know it.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.

DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!

Especially not with your own children.

And DO NOT TAKE GOVERNMENT “EDUCATION” MONEY!

He that pays the piper calls the tune, and that’s especially true for any government “education” program.


5 posted on 05/25/2012 6:47:45 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: pabianice

“‘It’s good to be King.’”

6 posted on 05/25/2012 6:49:17 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Westbrook

The Truth will out. These asshat moonbat libs will try with all their might to censor...but the truth will out. Justice is approaching.


7 posted on 05/25/2012 6:50:44 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: pabianice
Sorry, but with comments like...

"The only good queer is a dead queer"

"All black kids are suspiscious"

"I am now a full-blown racist"

...all by different long-time, 'respected' freepers, it is not hard to figure out why any school would take this position.

8 posted on 05/25/2012 6:58:56 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Surrounded_too
They treat this site is something like ‘Alice does Dallas’.

Are you sure about that? I wouldn't be surprised if they can view Alice Does Dallas.

Although I think the name of the movie is actually Debbie Does Dallas.

Unless Alice Does Dallas is the sequel.

9 posted on 05/25/2012 7:00:05 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: pabianice
To bypass this block, try typing https.www.freerepublic.com
Don't forget the "s".
10 posted on 05/25/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT by Pfesser (I miss President Reagan.)
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To: pabianice
Meet Soros-Funded Domestic Terrorist Brett Kimberlin Whose ‘Job’ Is Terrorizing Bloggers Into Silence
11 posted on 05/25/2012 7:03:06 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: pabianice

I think a better question is why they let kids spend their schooltime looking at Kos, Huffington or Democrat Underground. I’d rather that they spend their time with math and science. If they have extra time for some reason, I’d rather that they use it to learn something about religion and morality instead of partisan politics.


12 posted on 05/25/2012 7:09:47 AM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: wtc911
Sorry, but with comments like...
"The only good queer is a dead queer"
"All black kids are suspiscious"
"I am now a full-blown racist"
...all by different long-time, 'respected' freepers, it is not hard to figure out why any school would take this position.


BS. You ever seen the stuff posted over at DU or Huffington Post? Far worse - only the hatred is directed toward the "correct" people. If the school were taking this position based on the nature of postings, they would block ALL of these sites, not just FR.
13 posted on 05/25/2012 7:10:24 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: pabianice
Most folks here have no idea what a socialist merde'-hole Mass is, you have to have lived their or have affairs their and still be a Freeper to get it...

Hint, hope you never have to deal with a zoning board or bldg inspector their...

Those indoctrinated kids won't know that what they will put them through when they grow up is wrong and will "deal" with them. just because they are ignorant, sad...

14 posted on 05/25/2012 7:10:55 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: fr_freak

Which of the comments would you like to defend?


15 posted on 05/25/2012 7:20:29 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: pabianice

May I first state I am not a computer person, but this was my experience when I was a lurker on FR back in ’97 or soon after the Lewinsky scandal was starting up...’96? (I found FR through the Drudge Report.)

Anyway, I was working for DOD at the time. (What an awful, crapy, moronic, unorganized, organization for which to work.)

One day my direct entrance to FR was blocked stating that FR was not authorized. Since DOD is not the brightest, I went around it and went through Google.

Bingo. It worked. I don’t know if it would work today. Your friend could at least try it.


16 posted on 05/25/2012 7:20:59 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: pabianice

This is not a state wide thing. It could differ from town to town and most likely does. I’ll have my son try it next week.


17 posted on 05/25/2012 7:22:39 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: wtc911
Government schools are big government and are socialism.

Anyone who supports the existence of government schools is a socialist.

Is it any wonder government schools do all of these tyrannical things and so many of their graduates can't even read after 12 years of indoctrination. socialism doesn't work.

18 posted on 05/25/2012 7:37:10 AM PDT by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: pabianice

Tell your friend to become buddies with the IT guy.


19 posted on 05/25/2012 7:54:14 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: Pfesser

“To bypass this block, try typing https.www.freerepublic.com”

What you just said in your post #10 could be my small attempt to suggested something similar in my post #16.

Your advice is sound, but I don’t know if my case/advice is sound since many years have passed. But they can’t be that bright today either.


20 posted on 05/25/2012 7:55:36 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: wtc911
it is not hard to figure out why any school would take this position.
Soooo, some nasty stuff gets posted at FR once in a blue moon and they block FR.
But really vile stuff gets posted 24/7 over at DU and they don't get blocked?
Guess again ...
21 posted on 05/25/2012 7:57:53 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: pabianice

They’re concerned about all the ABR ideologues?


22 posted on 05/25/2012 7:58:23 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: dagogo redux

Several years ago, a compnay I worked for blocked the Free Republic saying it was a “Militia Site”. Even when the head of the IT Department browsed the site, he still said it seemed to promote “militia type thinking”. I quit the next day. they went bankrupt within the next 2 years due to fraud and mismanagement.


23 posted on 05/25/2012 8:12:04 AM PDT by Widows Son (Semper Fi!)
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To: pabianice
She notes that when one tries to open Free Republic on any school computer, they get a message warning them that the site is blocked for being unsuitable for viewing. However, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Huffington Post, Obama for Re-election, and other "balanced" sites can be opened at the click of a few keys.

Make an "instructional" clip by videoing the sequence: 1) Try to get on FR - blocked; 2) try Daily Kos - accepted; 3) try DU - accepted; 4) another Lefty outlet, etc., etc.

Post it on YouTube as an example of selective censorship and at some point, somebody higher up will fold once the light is on them. This is the Internet age, i.e. instant widespread exposure. Use it to make these roaches run.

24 posted on 05/25/2012 8:36:55 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: wtc911

Defending comments made here is not the point. We were discussing why a school would block FR and not DU, and you insinuated that it was because somehow FR was so much more controversial and hateful. I say that is BS because comments at the non-blocked sites are just as bad if not far worse. Hopefully, you’ll understand the point now.


25 posted on 05/25/2012 8:39:08 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: pabianice

Are Romney election sites blocked too?


26 posted on 05/25/2012 8:40:47 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: pabianice
The free exchange of ideas: Anathema to The Left!

Those who deviate from Leftist Dogma: Heretics!

Massachusetts hasn't changed much since old scarlet letter days.

27 posted on 05/25/2012 8:43:09 AM PDT by Savage Beast ("You can, in fact must, shout fire in a crowded theatre. It just has to be the truth. " J. Goldberg)
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To: pabianice
The free exchange of ideas: Anathema to The Left!

Those who deviate from Leftist Dogma: Heretics!

Massachusetts hasn't changed much since old scarlet letter days.

28 posted on 05/25/2012 8:43:16 AM PDT by Savage Beast ("You can, in fact must, shout fire in a crowded theatre. It just has to be the truth. " J. Goldberg)
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To: pabianice

Hey, pabianice.

It would be a matter of manners if you acknowledged those who are trying to help you and your stupid friend out.

But then, you have no knowledge of Emily Post or Miss Manners.


29 posted on 05/25/2012 11:10:21 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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>>Sorry, but with comments like... “The only good queer is a dead queer” “All black kids are suspiscious” “I am now a full-blown racist” ...all by different long-time, ‘respected’ freepers, it is not hard to figure out why any school would take this position.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s a joke, right. Have you ever waded into the Kos or DU swamp? No, you haven’t, have you. They throw-around all the words you can’t say on TV, urge the murders of conservatives they don’t like, and pray for the deaths of Republicans. Are you a troll, by any chance?


30 posted on 05/25/2012 11:44:05 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice
FreeRepublic has been blocked at my work for the last few years and just recently opened back up. I have found most places block access to web sites by their names through the DNS name server. You can bypass this by entering the web sites IP address (209.157.64.200 for FreeRepublic) into the address bar instead of the name and therefore skip the DNS name server.

If you can access through this method, you will be able to read but not log-in or post due to FreeRepublic substituting the name back in when you click the log-in button.

31 posted on 05/25/2012 12:42:38 PM PDT by Just Another Lurker (I'll go back to sitting in my corner now)
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To: Fresh Wind

Left-wing sites aren’t blocked.


32 posted on 05/25/2012 3:40:05 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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