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As Student Loans Hit All Time Record, One High School Valedictorian "Gets It"

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Sun, 09/18/2011 - 13:47 | 1682209 GeneMarchbanks
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I know her! She owns silver. Astute observer this kid is!

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 13:54 | 1682230 Ahmeexnal
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Of course she gets it. She's not blonde.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 14:05 | 1682264 spiral_eyes
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Wow. She just owned that speech.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 14:25 | 1682320 Doña K
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She is unemployable. She talks like a valley girl.

Shows how America is declining everywhere.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 15:42 | 1682536 Lord Welligton
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I'm two minutes into this.

Now while I find the accent and cadence off putting I cannot believe you come to the conclusion ...

 Shows how America is declining everywhere.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:01 | 1682607 Doña K
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I am thinking that the pea brain TV shows influence behaviour and language, more than educators. Does one need to go to finishing school? Where are the parents? Where are the teachers? No one cares? Manners don't matter anymore?

I guess that was the reason of the generalization. Think about the message and how powerful could have been if she gave the speech with good diction, color in her voice and up and down intonation as necessary. Then it would definitely go viral.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:04 | 1682617 Lord Welligton
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And to the matter of substance.

What did you think of the speech?

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:38 | 1682731 Pladizow
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The American Public Fool System exists to produce two things: employess and soldiers!

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:49 | 1682762 Lord Welligton
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And do you think that she enunciated the point well?

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:00 | 1682803 Pladizow
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That, I dont care about!

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:23 | 1682864 Lord Welligton
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Then why do you care about the American public school system?

What do you "care" about?

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 19:09 | 1683121 clymer
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This kid is founding father material (in a female sense).


Don't stop there, the selfish boomers and most clueless gen-x ers have been powerless against the machine. Hopefully someone from gen-y will invent a corruption detection and obliteration machine

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 19:58 | 1683192 Bobbyrib
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Pfft..the Gen Yers where I work are trying to get promoted more often than Gen Xers like myself. It's not even close. Gen Y reminds me of the Boomers.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 20:03 | 1683205 Cathartes Aura
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This kid is founding father material (in a female sense).

the founding fathers denied her full citizen rights, so one would hope she would have helped right that wrong, maybe joining up with Elizabeth Cady Stanton to fight for her equal say in the nation of her birth. . .



Mon, 09/19/2011 - 10:09 | 1684340 chumbawamba
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Hey CA.

That idea ignores the founding history of this nation and the era in which it arose.  Women, like negroes, had their position in society, and it was all guided by aherence to Biblical principles.  I avoid judging these things as it was what it was, and this is now.

Speaking of now, the FF actually gave us everything we needed to right all wrongs, but first you need to re-discover the power:


I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 09/21/2011 - 03:05 | 1691416 geekgrrl
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Thanks for the link!!

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:44 | 1682922 Dan The Man
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she could have got into the use of students as a credit farm...but i liked it.  

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 18:25 | 1683017 Lord Welligton
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"Credit Farm"

Simple phrase much truth.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 22:07 | 1683485 FEDbuster
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I would use "Credit Plantation" gives it debt slave overtones.

Mon, 09/19/2011 - 00:05 | 1683661 redpill
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She's definitely a more coherent speaker than Michelle Bachmann.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:21 | 1682656 Fiat2Zero
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Elitest knee-jerk reaction. Style over substance, the true tragedy in this case. Your talking points are moot.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 18:17 | 1683004 CB
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it already IS viral. I've seen this video a bunch of times before now.


Sun, 09/18/2011 - 18:17 | 1683005 CB
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it already IS viral. I've seen this video a bunch of times before now.


Sun, 09/18/2011 - 19:14 | 1683132 clymer
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truly, you must be a douche

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 15:53 | 1682577 Lord Welligton
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I have now seen the entire.

Admit it. You didn't watch it.

You let your prejudice rule your mind.

Shows how America is declining everywhere.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:04 | 1682614 Doña K
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I watched it to the end. That is my opinion. What prejudice? I hate everyone equally/jk

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:21 | 1682639 Hephasteus
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She's a high school graduate. I'm pretty mean but I at least give a break to nervous high schoolers. She doesn't know if people are going to arrest her or shoot her or just what kind of stupid silly ass reaction she is going to get.

But she wears nearly the same robes as a judge. Everybody wears these robes on highschool and college graduation. It's because they are a small part of the judge system. People worry about judge dread but the real problem is judge idiot. And there's millions and million of judge idiots.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:43 | 1682740 MsCreant
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Excellent point Heph. I didn't even consider it, but in retrospect she had to be scared.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 20:33 | 1683276 mtomato2
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Ms, for some reason I was sure that you would show up somewhere in this thread. 

Was that speech not magnificent?

Mon, 09/19/2011 - 00:38 | 1683698 MsCreant
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She was great. See my reply to Rocky. I hope you are still teaching this year. Many of the people around me that teach in the school system, are not, or are under threat. Math is very much a fundamental need. But I have seen some crazy choices being made this year regarding who to cut. But yeah, if that is any one of our students, we are quite content.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 23:21 | 1683614 RockyRacoon
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Amazing courage in such a small package.   With truth like that, and the strength to come to her realizations early, she will hopefully work within whatever system she chooses to effect change.   I'd vote for her -- today.

Mon, 09/19/2011 - 00:35 | 1683693 MsCreant
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As I go through the threads here I see so much judgement. She is a kid. I wonder if folks remember or have kids of their own to know "who" dug up the courage/inspiration/smarts to do this. No it is not perfect, but few of us would be. Even folks who get paid, we can find a lot of fault with them.

I'd vote for her, with the caveat that I would want to see who she had around her, supporting her. I think that is good advice for all of us. I have leadership roles in other arenas far from anything that looks like politics and economy. Who I have around me, advising me, matters.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 20:06 | 1683211 Bobbyrib
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Also think of your High School's Valedictorian. Was he or she the most social individual in the whole school, or someone who mainly spoke to teachers and a small group of friends? To think that this girl would have the speaking ability of the liars/BS artists who run our country is beyond dumb. She probably barely speaks to people her own age beyond her small group of friends. In my school there were the popular people (sheeple) then everyone else.

That being said, I can't believe she worked her ass off to become Valedictorian then gave the speech she gave. I'm left wondering if someone put her up to it.

Wed, 09/21/2011 - 04:24 | 1691479 AmeliaV
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Private student loans are worse than mortgage and payday loan lenders. The loans are guaranteed by the goverm't, the lenders have no incentive to loan responsibly (i.e. the mortgage mess), and the loan obligation is immune to bankruptcy (even a mortgage has that option). The terms and conditions they are extending loans to students is a horrible . . And unlike mortgages the borrower can not refinance the rate, the student is stuck with the variable rate until it is paid off. . .

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:31 | 1682703 Lord Welligton
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Your predjudice against "Valley Girls".

Because they speak as they do what they have to say is not worth your consideration.

In short.

You are a snob.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:19 | 1682853 Doña K
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Her speech was brave and I enjoyed it. I wished it was more elegant so that it can go viral as I eluded to earlier. Great message no question about it.


Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:31 | 1682889 Lord Welligton
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Elegance indeed.


She was addressing her peers and her educators.

She wasn't thinking about YouTube like you.

Maybe that's a "Valley Girl" thing.

If you think that there was no question of the greatness of the speech maybe you could "put elegance on it".

That might satisfy the YouTube snobs.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:42 | 1682916 MsCreant
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Dona K capitulated. There is honor in that.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 18:27 | 1683020 Lord Welligton
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In that case I withdraw.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:44 | 1682923 AnonymousAnarchist
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Actually this video already went viral a little over a year ago when it first got posted to YouTube.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 18:28 | 1683023 Lord Welligton
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I didn't see it.

Maybe I don't have the virus.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 19:12 | 1683130 clymer
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hey - just cause you just saw it doesn't detract from the importance of hearing someone so young who is awake. Shit, I just saw the trololo vid a few weeks ago. We can't all troll all corners of web every waking moment

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 20:37 | 1683286 mtomato2
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Hey:  If you liked the Trololol vid as much as you should have, you should see Trololol "What he is REALLY saying!"



Sun, 09/18/2011 - 20:18 | 1683216 Bobbyrib
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Perhaps Dona can get a copy of the speech, dress in a HS graduate robe and read the speech more "eloquently."

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 21:59 | 1683468 Ahmeexnal
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Don't forget the dunce cap.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 16:27 | 1682682 DonnieD
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If her voice makes her unemployable in America, then I guess having Lil Wayne on your iPod makes you President.


Sun, 09/18/2011 - 22:03 | 1683472 Ahmeexnal
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Her diction might make her unemployable in the US, but she'd get a job at a Bangalore call center anytime.

She does have another option: becoming a community organizer.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:33 | 1682893 Spawn of Cagliostro
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-1 on your cynicism. She's f'n 17 or 18.  Get off your pessimistic high-horse and listen to WHAT she is saying. Not the 'accent' of this smart young woman.

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 19:48 | 1683175 Cathartes Aura
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She is unemployable. She talks like a valley girl.

did yer smart hubby tell you this Mrs. K?  Tad bitchy today, aren't you. . .

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 19:53 | 1683179 YouThePeople
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Get off the high horse weak sauce.

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