• Student Busted for Saying ‘ISIS’ During Pledge of Allegiance

    March 19, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    Ho, ho, another brainiac goes down as stupidity is mistaken for a real threat, apparently our national pastime. And then, my new favorite phrase, “out of an abundance of caution.”

    The fun started after a Connecticut high school student was pulled out of class and reported to police for substituting “ISIS” for the “United States of America” during the Pledge of Allegiance.

    A policespokesnazi said the 15-year-old student at Ansonia High School wasn’t charged, but the case was turned over to the Das Department of Homeland Security. Police say there is no danger to the community. Federal officials declined to comment.

    The boy, who wasn’t identified because he is a minor terrorist, now attends classes alone, isolated in a Board of Education annex building.

    An attorney representing the school and Board of Education says the boy’s dismissal was “out of an abundance of caution.” The boy’s mother said at a board meeting that removing her son from school was an irrational decision.


    So:

    — What kind of fascist society requires school kids to pledge allegiance? Didn’t that kind of thing go out of favor in like the 19th century? Why don’t we substitute blood oaths or some Hunger Games thing instead?

    — Why did the cops report the case to the Department of Homeland Security? And what do they do with this information? What kind of file is now going to follow this kid around for how long?

    — What’s up with this “out of an abundance of caution” thing? Where did it come from? Houses catch fire from time to time, a real danger, but the fire department doesn’t drive around spraying water on everything “out of an abundance of caution.”

    — Where did our sense of balance go? High school kids have always said smart ass things. That just makes them smart asses, not terrorists.

    “Out of an abundance of caution,” America really need to get its act together.




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    • rich bauer said...

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      Yo, Conn-ecticut, words don’t kill. Bullets do. Shooting one’s mouth off never killed anyone in Newtown.

      03/19/16 9:34 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      03/19/16 9:59 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Sex kills too. Just ask McGurk.

      Peter, you got mentioned in one of Hillary’s emails

      https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/20469

      03/19/16 10:17 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      I’d seen that. The part that pissed me off is that while I basically broke the story, it only “mattered” after a larger outlet decided to feature it, after it had already spread. And it was obvious that Rogin sat on it, and had told State he was sitting on it as long as he could. That said, knowing I may in some small way made Hillary’s day worse is some satisfaction.

      03/19/16 10:35 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...

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      I refuse to pledge allegiance to symbols. Civic meetings here also include pledges to the Texas flag, imagine!!!

      This poor kid will be on the No Fly list for the rest of his life. Check a recent New Yorker article about kids who do stupid things like pulling down another kid’s pants being put on the sex offenders list…

      Hard not to believe we are doomed, just hope we don’t take the rest of the world with us.

      03/19/16 1:10 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...

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      I wish this was Satire but sadly is true.

      03/19/16 4:34 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Helen Marshall said…

      “I refuse to pledge allegiance to symbols. ”

      Some halfwits will pledge allegiance to anything…even pond scum…

      quote “Let’s do a pledge. Who likes me in this room?” Trump asked the crowd. “I’ve never done this before. Can I have a pledge? A swearing? Raise your right hand.”

      The Republican front-runner then had the audience repeat after him.

      “I do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there are hurricanes or whatever, will vote on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for President.” unquote

      http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/05/politics/donald-trump-florida-pledge-torture/

      Excuse me..I think I’m about to puke..

      03/20/16 2:07 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Ok, puking aside.. about this dumb kid. Here’s little story ..about dumb me.

      During my senior year of high school, which was a LONG LONG time ago, at the time, there was a certain “clic” of kids who took on a nickname known as “Frats”. Of course, you could NOT belong to this clic as it was comprised of kids who were economically privileged. They had new cars, the best clothing, were all “beautiful and hansom”, and as you might expect, were rude, arrogant, and smug as hell.
      Mostly, I ignored them, as I had been lucky enough to meet a couple of friends who, like me, were budding musicians, and we began our first rock&roll band together.
      It just so happened, our tastes in clothing, slang, mannerisms etc, ran along the lines of lower class street “rockers” of England, of which, both my friends had just moved from as our dads were all in the military. And I was a fan of the “Shadows”, which was an English instrumental band and inspired this kind of image.
      Anyway, as luck would have it, our first so called “gig”, was at the local military base “Teen Town”, which for me, was fabulous, as all the kids from school would go to on Saturday night for the weekly dance. Including the “Frats”. Unfortunately, they would group on one side of the room, with the rest of the kids on the other. Thing was though, the Frats would make fun of some of the kids while they were dancing.
      Over the night, tensions began to raise, until, mine and one of my band mates girlfriends were dancing together, which was common at the time. Just as we finished the song, I heard on of the Frats insult my girlfriend about her clothing. That was it for me. I sat my guitar down, and leaped from the stage and punched the dude right in the smacker. Needless to say, all hell broke loose, to the point the management called the MP’s. God did it feel great to punch that fucker. Nuff about that though.
      On Monday, I decided the Frat’s were going to get some of their own medicine. I asked about 20 guys who were of similar sentiments, if they would like to form some kind of ANTI-FRAT organization. You betcha they would. So, we decided to make up some kind of logo, and decided on a name.. The Anti-Frat League. But here’s where it gets weird. Being a dumb kid, I suggested we make up some “arm bands”, and a flag, with the logo and name on them. DUMB is a massive understatement.
      On Friday, at lunch, we all gathered at a central courtyard outside the cafeteria, stood in a line with our arms folded, and legs spread like a bunch of stupid Nazi wannabe’s. One of the guys even stepped up on a chair, and began chanting something I don’t remember. What I DO remember though, is within 30 seconds, the Principal, my councilor and a half dozen teachers running up us and grabbing us by the arm, and dragging us into a school room where, we got our due. Fuck. Did we ever.

      Needless to say, that was the moment I realized what a moron I was, and what that kind of activity represented. Unfortunately, my remorse didn’t save me and all the rest of the guys from being expelled for the year. Not to mention, having to publicly apologizing to the entire school in an auditorium that afternoon. I’ll never forget it. I’m sure, if it had happened today, we would all be in jail and our lives ruined forever.

      But what bothers me…is TRUMP doing basically the same thing, only worse. No wonder his rallies are becoming dangerous. I give it a month before someone is killed.

      03/20/16 3:07 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      BTW…the SECOND protester at a Trump rally was just sucker punched. He’s lucky. The next one just might die.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/protestors-block-ariz-road-stop-trump-rally-article-1.2570353

      You betcha. One month.

      03/20/16 3:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Links 20/3/2016: Clair 1.0, UbuntuBSD | Techrights said...

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      […] Student Busted for Saying ‘ISIS’ During Pledge of Allegiance […]

      03/20/16 6:12 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Peter,

      Is this a true story? Are you sure the source is accurate? My brain keeps insisting that this can’t be real.

      In any case, I was doing some research for an article weeks ago, and I can tell you the answer to your question, “What kind of fascist society requires school kids to pledge allegiance?” We are the only country that requires school children to pledge allegiance to anything, with the exception of North Korea, where the children start their day pledging devotion to the Dear Leader.

      And, by the way, when the Pledge of Allegiance was popularized by the pastor that started the whole idea (he wanted to make some coin by selling little American flags to schools), people would salute the flag while saying the pledge by raising their right hands upward and toward the flag. They changed the gesture after Hitler rose to prominence in Germany, because, duh, it looked too much like the Heil Hitler salute.

      03/20/16 6:45 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Is this a true story? Are you sure the source is accurate? My brain keeps insisting that this can’t be real.”

      There’s this great scene in “FALLEN” where the boy tells Denzel, “I’m going to sleep and when I wake -up everything is going to be okay.”

      http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176116/tomgram%3A_peter_van_buren%2C_candidates%2C_is_america_exceptional%2C_or_only_great/#more

      03/20/16 12:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      If God really wants to bless America, he should give US our own shock-and-awe show to smack some sense into our fearful pinheads.

      03/20/16 12:07 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      @ Rich

      “…he should give US our own shock-and-awe show to smack some sense into our fearful pinheads.”

      Yeah, like a massive coronal ejection EMP. The only thing that will stop the madness on this planet is to bring humanity to it’s knees, begging for mercy.

      03/21/16 5:50 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps..and I DO mean madness. Given it’s only a matter of a decade before autonomous AI driven droid robots and drones roam this planet deciding on it’s own who is going to die next. I only hope Murika gets a taste of it’s own insanity.

      03/21/16 5:54 AM | Comment Link

    • john poole said...

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      Pitch – you mean America- the province of Israel?

      03/21/16 7:33 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Since the Un-United States is suffering from a case of rabid paranoia, The Donald has a point: “until we can figure out what’s going on” the world should close its borders to Americans.

      03/21/16 12:27 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Just to clarify “the FLAG for which it stands,” the pledge has been modified several times, so here are some suggestions to make it up-to-date:

      I pledge allegiance to the WAR PARTY for which it stands, ONE WHITE NATION under GOD, with justice for those who can afford it.

      03/24/16 7:59 AM | Comment Link

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