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MA public school blocks Free Republic, welcomes DU
10/31/08 | vanity

Posted on 10/31/2008 5:50:04 AM PDT by pabianice

Good friend is a teacher in Westborough, MA, public schools. Told me that when either student or staff tries to open Free Republic, you get "Site Contains Unsuitable Material. Contact IT Manager." But DumpsterUnderground, Slate, etc. come up just fine.

Westborough accepts both state and federal (your) money. Our tax dollars being used to censor conservative opinion.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biasineducation; endoctrination; massachusetts; nea; publiceducation; publisrewalls; schoolbias
POLITE remarks may be sent to masciars@westborough.k12.ma.us.
1 posted on 10/31/2008 5:50:04 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Which is remarkable considering how foul mouthed and vulgar the DUmp is compared to FreeRepublic.


2 posted on 10/31/2008 5:51:26 AM PDT by rom (Keep Senator Government from Spreading YOUR Wealth! McCain/Palin '08!)
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To: pabianice

Send Howie Carr a heads up about this.


3 posted on 10/31/2008 5:51:31 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee, Home of the Shamed)
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To: pabianice

Why am I not surprised?


4 posted on 10/31/2008 5:52:17 AM PDT by pnut22
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To: pabianice

They’re just practicing for when The Fairness Doctrine gets implemented.


5 posted on 10/31/2008 5:52:25 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I love liberty. I hate equality.)
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To: libertarian27

Excellent idea.


6 posted on 10/31/2008 5:52:35 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: pabianice

This is not a big deal. Most schools generally ban all websites which contain chat or postings (as we have). Whether they should or not is a worthwhile questions. But, I don’t think it is an issue specific to FR.


7 posted on 10/31/2008 5:52:37 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: pabianice

Chief Judge Anthony Lewis-Margaret Marshall:
"At the request of my Masters at the Boston Globe and my husband at the New York Times,
Free Republic, independent thought, and conservative opinion are hereby banned in Massachusetts."

8 posted on 10/31/2008 5:53:11 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: raccoonradio

Good topic for Howie?!?


9 posted on 10/31/2008 5:53:46 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Land of the Fee, Home of the Shamed)
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To: rom

Seriously, the F bomb is pretty common over there.


10 posted on 10/31/2008 5:54:39 AM PDT by icwhatudo (PALIN VID=========>>>>>http://www.overstream.net/view.php?oid=n1ronxelmtin<++++++++)
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To: pabianice

Big deal. They’ve just come out in the open about what they’ve been doing for the last few decades. Is there anyone who doesn’t know the Marxist schools have been aggressively pushing their Marxist agenda up until now? They’ve been steeling our money to do it all this time, why get angry about it now?

Abandon the Marxist schools and vote for people who will end all public funding for education.


11 posted on 10/31/2008 5:55:12 AM PDT by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: MrChips

But, I don’t think it is an issue specific to FR.


The whole point of the posting is that it is specific to FR. They don’t allow FR, while allowing the kids to get to DU, which is a forum also.


12 posted on 10/31/2008 5:56:23 AM PDT by kenth (Will Rogers never met Barack Obama.)
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To: pabianice
Websence will on occasion block FR for being an advocacy group, clearing out my cache and browsing history will normally let me back in.
13 posted on 10/31/2008 5:56:39 AM PDT by boxerblues
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To: pabianice
It might be simply how the "nanny" software is reading this site. My employer has such software. I can be blocked from web site A but allowed entry to web site B. They are both banks. One is classified as online shopping. Why the difference? Who knows. I'm blocked from certain newspapers. Others, I have full access to. Same with some search engines.

It could be specific or it could be related to some trigger in the software.

14 posted on 10/31/2008 6:01:18 AM PDT by joesbucks
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To: pabianice

Yes, but they have a legitimate reason: they are hard believers of the 1st Amendment and the right to free speech and against censorship of any kind. After all the right to free speech means upholding speech that is offensive to you.... oh wait... </sarc>

Seriously, why would you expect anything other than Leninist-Maoist censorship from these people. They will fight for people’s right to view porn on a public library computer but block, the essence of the Free Speech Clause, i.e., political speech, because it threatens them. Even more insidious is the fact the parents agree with the policy.


15 posted on 10/31/2008 6:05:09 AM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: pabianice

The smarter, more geeky kids can easily get around blocking. (depending on which system the school uses.)

Our school blocks FR, too, but this has never been a problem for my kids. (they gots skillz...actually they report it’s quite simple to get around the system.)


16 posted on 10/31/2008 6:09:05 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly ("The gloves are off, the heels are on."- Sarah Palin)
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To: pabianice

Just one more reason to vote “yes” on Question 1.


17 posted on 10/31/2008 6:19:17 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: pabianice

Call the school board.


18 posted on 10/31/2008 6:21:04 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: rom
Which is remarkable considering how foul mouthed and vulgar the DUmp is compared to FreeRepublic.

No surprise, foul mouthed and vulgar is who they are. They promote venom.

19 posted on 10/31/2008 6:35:42 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Is ACORN founder Wade Rathke, a Bill Ayers Weather Underground Associate)
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To: pabianice

So this is what we are all paying into the Universal Service Fund for?


20 posted on 10/31/2008 6:37:03 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: MrChips

They just said it is. They just said the DU is allowed. The DU allows postings, does it not?


21 posted on 10/31/2008 7:08:18 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: pabianice

What do you expect when you let liberals and leftists run the schools? When was the last time you met a liberal who was fair and open to opposing views?


22 posted on 10/31/2008 7:10:25 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Obama is a neo-Marxist)
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To: pabianice

Every once in a blue moon someone posts a very inappropriate image here on FR.

Of course, the every day language over at DU would make a sailor blush.


23 posted on 10/31/2008 11:24:52 PM PDT by Fichori (I believe in a Woman's right to choose, even if she hasn't been born yet.)
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