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Amanda Bowen is an unaverage high school student who hopes one day to pursue a life of study.

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How the Government Helped Me Today
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Amanda Bowen 2003-05-29 15:00
I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to do my usual round at the governmental indoctrination camp. Today was my last day there, at least for this cycle, but The Last Day Of School has ceased to mean much for a while now. I wouldn't have had to go to school today, but it seems I've bilked the place out of so much state money by being in the hospital for two weeks that they feel they need to punish me by making...
Sally Forth
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Amanda Bowen 2003-03-18 16:00
sally forth, brave soldiers your country is waiting the sacrifice of your blood shall appease the gods of war on to battle, young ones your brothers are dying in the fields and mother victory weeps for the fall of her sons how brave we were how proud, how true what intentions we had...
The PATRIOT Game Begins Again
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Amanda Bowen 2003-02-12 16:00
I got a letter from a friend just today which told me that there was something I should read. He included a link to this site, and I got an eyeful. When I got done staring angrily at the wall, I wrote him back. This is what I said. "Mate", First thought: Oh God, I'm moving to Canada . Second thought: OH, GOD!! I'm moving to Canada . Third thought: Batardes Stupides! (pardon my French) But...
Perpetual War
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Amanda Bowen 2002-09-23 02:00
Friday, President Bush made it known that he wishes to push military strategy away from a policy of deterrence and towards a policy of pre-emptive strikes against "terrorist" nations, even when faced with criticism from world leaders. He cites these measures as "common sense and self-defense....
The Way Out
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Amanda Bowen 2002-09-17 02:00
Experience and what wisdom I possess have shown me that if a person pretends to be something else for long enough, they end up becoming that thing in truth. What does this have to do with liberty? What has it to do with your life? And, honestly, is there anything that you can do in the real world to avoid this unwitting "character assimilation...
Ashcroft and the Crusader Mentality
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Amanda Bowen 2002-08-19 02:00
If using troops as cops was dipping our toes in the Rubicon, then surely the use of internment camps for dissidents qualifies as frolicking in the middle of it. Let us hope for all our sakes that we aren't swept under. Unfortunately, there is a precedent. During World War II, Japanese Americans were sent to one of several camps because of suspicions that they might be enemy spies. This...
Sulla Marches Into Rome
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Amanda Bowen 2002-07-23 02:00
I can hear Sulla marching through the streets of Rome. It was illegal to bring troops into the capitol city, back then. Unfortunately, a brilliant general named Lucius Cornelius Sulla had different ideas.   The conflict started simply. Sulla was returning from a campaign of conquest...
The Stasi Is Coming! The Stasi Is Coming!
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Amanda Bowen 2002-07-15 02:00
For those of you who need a history lesson, the Stasi was the secret police force of the East German government, active from 1950-1989 at the height of the Cold War. Their primary objective? Spying on the East German people. At the apex of their power, they had one informant for every 66 residents. If you add in the part-time snoops, the number becomes...
A Letter from the Front
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Amanda Bowen 2002-05-10 02:00
Since I moved to Texas in December 1997, I have become very well acquainted with the TAAS test. The test is bureaucratically equivalent to any other sort of standardized test in any state, but when compared in difficulty to standardized tests in my home state of New York, it falls laughably short of the mark.  Besides being...
When Callow Youth Meet BigBro
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Amanda Bowen 2002-05-09 02:00
A question on a standardized high school exit exam: 23. An “unalienable right” is: A)    A right to a government B)     A right denied to extraterrestrials C)    A right that cannot be taken away except by due process...