Posted by: wegottobefree | November 21, 2009

Romanian Orphans NEED your HELP! (17 yr old)

If you think of life as like a big pie, you can try to hold the whole pie and kill yourself trying to keep it, or you can slice it up and give some to the people around you, and you still have plenty left for yourself.

Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.My name is Zoë and I am seventeen. I live in New York but I have the undying need to get out there and help change this world! I will be going to Romania for a month or two (Depending on how much money I have..!) to care for orphans.

The orphan problem in Romania is rampant. Orphanages are very understaffed, and that’s where volunteers come in! Oftentimes an orphanage is just a building filled with hundreds of babies and children, who are forced to lie in cots all day and night because nobody is there to care for them. Please help me make a huge difference in their lives by bringing them the love and care they need to survive.

 

This is the exact program I will be doing, if you’d like more information.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

CLICK HERE TO HELP ME …Any little thing helps! I will send a personal thank you to everyone who helps (…If anyone helps!) and will keep you updated on my trip…When I will be leaving, and, if you want, I can send you pictures once I am back home from the adventure! (Of course if you don’t want to be bothered that’s fine too!)

Posted by: wegottobefree | November 20, 2009

Taking a stand…well…not literally.

For the past two weeks I haven’t been standing up for the pledge of allegiance every morning. I made the decision for several reasons:

1. There is certainly not ‘liberty and justice for all’ in this country. Just look at gay rights. I can’t believe we even still have to protest equal rights in the 21st century. It’s absolutely beyond me.

2. The whole ‘Under God’ thing…I don’t like them forcing that on me at all. That sort of stuff shouldn’t be in the classroom of a public school. It’s on the edge of prayer.

3. Kids don’t actually stand for the pledge because they believe in it. They do it because it’s what they’ve been told to do since age 5. It reminds me of Nazi Germany, the way children had to pledge to Hitler every morning. Everyone’s just robots…and I do not want to be a robot to America, to any country, or to anything, for that matter.

Of course, people take unkindly to what they see as unpatriotic, especially when it’s a kid whose supposedly breaking the rules. I’m sure there’s several adults who look at me and think I’m just some stupid kid trying to get attention by acting out…but it’s so far from the truth. The truth is I have strong beliefs and I want to do what I feel is right, whether it is accepted by society or not. Just because everyone does something doesn’t make it right, and vice versa.

My teacher didn’t even notice for three days. On the third day he came up to me and asked “What was that…A protest against America?” and I said yes. He was a bit shocked and taken aback and said “Oh..tell me more later.” This morning before class ended he came up to me again and asked me why I’m not standing. I gave my reasons and he agreed with me on them and told me it’s the “boldest act of defiance” he’s ever seen.

But then he went on to ask “Is this legal?” and proceeded to tell me he’s worried about what’s going to happen to HIM if he doesn’t order me to stand. He doesn’t want to make me do anything, but he also wants to save his ass and not get in trouble by higher authority if another teacher happens to see what’s going on. This angered me that he’s so scared. I lost a lot of respect for him after he said that. And no, I won’t stand up to save him from getting in trouble. I’m not going to compromise my beliefs for anyone, even if he is my favorite teacher.

Most of the people in my class don’t even notice that I don’t stand…shows you just how robotic they really are. It really upsets me. I want to just yell at them all to WAKE UP and start thinking for yourselves for once!

It gets me really upset knowing how scared people are of their reputations, and how quick they are to submit to the ‘norm’, regardless if they even agree with it or not. People are so willing to just keep their heads down and keep quiet about everything…and this is why nothing ever changes.

If people demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.

Posted by: wegottobefree | August 6, 2009

WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT!

Posted by: wegottobefree | August 4, 2009

Finland, Finland, Finland…The country where I quite like to be!

This summer I went off to a volunteer international workcamp in Helsinki, Finland, through Volunteers for Peace.

It WAS a life changing event, in a good way. I had an amazing time. I thought I was going to go there and come back feeling very thankful for all I have here in the US, but it was the exact opposite.I saw how wonderful the world is out there and I came back to New York going, “What’s wrong with this country?”

But most of all I made some lifelong friends. There were about 23 volunteers from all over the world. Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Madagascar, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, and one other girl from America, from Maryland.

I found myself hanging out with the Finns the most, for some reason. I just got along with them very well. We were just very similar. I still talk to three of the Finns, Pauli, Valtteri, and Maria, very often online. The internet is amazing! We made a Facebook group so everyone can stay in touch.

One thing that surprised me was their lack of ‘instant’ foods, which are so abundant here. They’ve never heard of Macaroni and Cheese before, or Ramen Noodles or frozen dinners. I sent a couple packages of Mac and Cheese to Maria and Valtteri when I got home, to show them true American culture! Haha! Valtteri replied “This is lazy people food.” I am going back to Finland next summer, to do another camp with Maria and Valtteri. There’s a big change that Pauli will be leading it, too, so I hope I see him as well! (Pauli was one of the leaders, meaning he oversaw the volunteers and was in charge along with about 5 other adults there. He was only 19 though and the rest of the leaders were in their 30s so he hung out with us more often than the leaders.)

It is true, however, that Scandanavians are a bit unemotional, especially the guys. Anna, one of the Finns, taught me how to say Good Night in Finnish (Hyvää yötä) and said “Say it to Pauli he will be so impressed!” So that night before we all went off to bed, I said, “Pauli, Hyvää yötä!” And he just nodded and said, “Yes.”

The Finnish sauna was really intense. They sauna every night there. They would make it get as hot as 120 C (250 F). I did it a lot, but Pauli and Valtteri would always make a ton of steam in the room when I would go in with them, I think to test me as an American how well I could handle a ‘real Finnish sauna’. On the third time of trying the sauna I passed out from the heat. (You try being in a 250 degree room for 15 minutes!) Valterri was so kind though, he sat with me for like 30 minutes making sure I was okay. “I just feel so damn bad. I have too much synth….symth…” “Sympathy.” “Right!”

The most fun was the language barriers. Because me and one other girl were the only ones completely fluent in English, they always came to us when they forgot how to say something. Lots of drawings and laughs as a result of this. The Finns would always get very embarassed when they said something wrong or couldn’t remember how to say something.They said they hated their accents but the Finns, by far, had the best english out of any of the others. The kid from Madagascar had the worst.

I learned a lot of Finnish while there, they would sometimes switch over to Finnish with eachother while I was hanging out with them, and then after like 5 minutes of talking in Finnish turn to me and say “Why are you being so quiet?” They would forget I couldn’t understand anything they were saying!

Here are some pictures from it. Enjoy!

Posted by: wegottobefree | July 14, 2009

A Letter to Believers

I take a slightly different approach to the whole atheism vs. theism debate than I believe most people do.

For me, all the bickering back and forth, production of various talking points, and going into painstaking detail over religious minutia is utterly pointless.

I am an atheist. The extent of my argument is this:

Do Christians (or any other members of religious organizations) ever take a step back and think “Wow, what the fuck is wrong with me?”

Heaven, hell, demons, angels, resurrections, transmutation, supernatural beings, miracles, prophecies.

Really? You really fucking think all this shit exists? That’s my argument. You’re a fucking moron.

BUT YOU CAN’T PROVE IT DOE- Shut up. Demons? Seriously? I don’t want to hear all this bullshit about how you were saved, and how God spoke to you, and how the world is too fucking perfect, and blah blah blah.

Heaven, hell, demons, angels, resurrections, transmutation, supernatural beings, miracles, prophecies.

It’s a fucking story. Grow the fuck up. In my opinion, atheists need to stop giving these deluded fucking idiots the time of day by nitpicking their holy book and pointing out small discrepencies in the text. Pointing out an inconsistency in the bible is like pointing out a water molecule in a fucking lake. The entire thing is complete, utter, inane, bullshit.

In conclusion:

Heaven, hell, demons, angels, resurrections, transmutation, supernatural beings, miracles, prophecies.

Grow a fucking brain. See the world for what it is. This isn’t Lord of the Rings you fucking children, this is real life. Fuck.

Posted by: wegottobefree | June 10, 2009

Really Hot Tea do WHO

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Tell your friends! Tell everyone! Be there.

Posted by: wegottobefree | May 27, 2009

Defenders

Posted by: wegottobefree | May 25, 2009

You can’t teach God anything.

“The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. stone crumbles. wood rots. people, well, they die. but things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.”

“The best way to waste your life, … is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don’t participate.”

“The lower you fall, the higher you’ll fly.”

“Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?”

“I’ve met God across his long walnut desk with his diplomas hanging on the wall behind him, and God asks me, “Why?” Why did I cause so much pain? Didn’t I realize that each of us is a sacred, unique snowflake of special unique specialness? Can’t I see how we’re all manifestations of love? I look at God behind his desk, taking notes on a pad, but God’s got this all wrong. We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens. And God says, “No, that’s not right.” Yeah. Well. Whatever. You can’t teach God anything.”


Posted by: wegottobefree | May 25, 2009

Teen sues school district over Confederate flag prom dress

“A Greenup County (KY) teenager is suing the school district for barring her from the prom for wearing a red dress styled as a large Confederate battle flag.

School officials kept Jacqueline Duty out of Russell High School’s May 1 prom for wearing the dress, calling it too controversial.”
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First off, let me say that I think this girl should have been able to wear whatever she wanted to prom. I am not a fan of the Confederate flag, but I am a fan of the First Amendment. School officials should have let her in, and then allowed the students to boo her or ride her out on a pole, or whatever. Or not.

That being said, I do have a few problems with this whole scenario.

First, this girl is from KENTUCKY. Kentucky was NOT part of the Confederacy. Yes, Kentucky had slaves, but it remained a part of the Union as the rest of the slave states seceded. So, YOU, missy, DO NOT HAVE A CONFEDERATE/SOUTHERN HERITAGE!

And, while we’re on it, exactly what is the “southern heritage” that folks wearing the rebel flag are clinging to? If it’s not slavery, what is it? Moonshine? Square dancing? Low test scores? What?

This leads me to my second point: you cannot separate the confederate flag and the confederacy from slavery. You cannot wear a rebel flag or hang one on your gi-normous pickup truck without invoking the ghosts of slavery. You just can’t. It would be like Gerhard Schroeder wearing a Nazi flag to signify pride in his “German heritage.”

Wasn’t the Nazi flag at one time the official flag of the German nation? Yes. And what do people think of when they see the Nazi flag? The holocaust. Just like you cannot separate the confederate flag from slavery, you cannot separate the Nazi flag from the holocaust. The world is still aghast at the sight of a swastika, and persons with IQs above 80 and the ability to empathize with others are still aghast at the sight of the confederate battle flag.

Here’s the third point, and it’s one that has been made a thousand times before: you fucking lost.
You lost the war. You’re a bunch of shit-stinking losers. Whether it was a war about slavery or a war about states’ rights (to have slaves) or a war of Nothern Aggression, you fucking lost. So take your fucking loser flag and put it a goddamn museum. There’s not a goddamn person alive who fought in that shit-stinking war, so it’s time to get over it and time to stop wearing your loser fucking flag. Same with the Nazis. Same with the Romanovs. Same with the Holy Roman Empire. It’s fucking over, you goddamn hicks. Move on.

My final point is this: I support your First Amendment right to be a dumbass, but you must accept responsibility for your actions.

At a press conference accompanying the filing of a lawsuit against the school system yesterday, this girl’s attorney claimed that his client lost out on several college scholarships, because she “was painted as a racist.” Well, young lady, if the shoe fits, wear it.

If you want to stroll around in a god-awful sequin monstrosity that looks like the Confederate flag, then you need to realize that certain people are going to be offended. That might include people who make decisions about college scholarships. (Although, something tells me that it’s going to be amazingly tough to prove this allegation.) If you love your goddamn “heritage” so much, then you can deal with the fact that a lot of people are hostile to your bullshit slave-holding heritage.

In the same way that you shouldn’t expect to win any scholarships from the NAACP, I don’t expect — as a result of my rants on this blog — to ever be offered a job at a Republican-owned firm, or a postion on the staff of a Republican member of Congress. To use another cliche, you made your bed, now lie in it.

Loser.

Posted by: wegottobefree | May 25, 2009

Who Toons!

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A friend of mine likes to draw Who cartoons…here’s some of my favorites!

They’re really only funny if you know how each member of The Who acted.

Her website: http://caseyrossplays.com/

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