American evagelicals, southern dimwits, and lock-step Republican robots may tout Sarah Palin's virtues, but the world, and any thinking person with more than two neurons making good contact, realizes that she is simply NOT mentally prepared for the position of being vice president of the U.S.
Two days ago Google News listed over 800 domestic and world wide news reports saying bascially the same thing. - John McCain may claim to put America first, but his selection of Alaska's govenor as a VP running mate proves those to be quite empty words and a campaign slogan completely without substance — just like Sarah Palin.
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds everyone not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2008, marks BBW's 27th anniversary (September 27 through October 4).
BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.
BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
The most frequently challenged books of 2007
1) "And Tango Makes Three," by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
2) "The Chocolate War," by Robert Cormier
3) "Olive's Ocean," by Kevin Henkes
4) "The Golden Compass," by Philip Pullman
5) "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain
6) "The Color Purple," by Alice Walker
7) "TTYL," by Lauren Myracle
8) "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou
9) "It's Perfectly Normal," by Robie Harris
10) "The Perks of Being A Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky
Top 100 Banned and/or Challenged Books of the 20th Century
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee The Color Purple, Alice Walker Ulysses, James Joyce Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison Beloved, Toni Morrison The Lord of the Flies, William Golding 1984, George Orwell Brave New World, Aldous Huxley Lolita, Vladmir Nabokov Catch-22, Joseph Heller The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison Native Son, Richard Wright Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut The Call of the Wild, Jack London Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien The Jungle, Upton Sinclair Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence Women in Love, DH Lawrence A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess In Cold Blood, Truman Capote Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie A Separate Peace, John Knowles Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser Rabbit, Run, John Updike
"The National Enquirer has the details of what the tabloid dubs its "exhaustive" and "extensive" probe of Sarah Palin's extramarital dalliance this week. It was not with that guy who had his divorce papers sealed, but with a city council member in nearby Palmer (pop: smaller than Wasilla) they say! And from the looks of his facial hair, he is a total Toddpelganger.* It went down in the nineties, .....and it involved: snowmobiles, remote cabins, polygraphs, declarations of love, small-town politics and another one of those wackjob ex-brothers-in-law that are such a rich natural resource in Alaska."
Must admit that I am not a fan of gossip-rags such as The National Enquirer, but even less enthusiastic about Sarah Palin as a person and choice for V.P., so any little bit of dirt is grist for the mill. Certainly sounds plausable since christian wackos and politicians seem especially adept at indulging in gossip worthy activity.
The so-called "mother of all bailouts," which will transfer $700 billion taxpayer dollars to purchase the distressed assets of several failed financial institutions, will be conducted in a manner unchallengeable by courts and ungovernable by the People's duly sworn representatives. ALL decision-making power will be consolidated into the Executive Branch, who will have the incentive to act upon this privilege as quickly as possible, before they leave office. The measure will run up the budget deficit by a significant amount, with no guarantee of recouping the outlay, and no fundamental means of holding those who fail to do so accountable.
"Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency."
The arrogance of this statement is absolutely stunning, and absolutely at odds with the spirit of the U.S. constitution. One man, empowered to spend 700 billion dollars? He should not even get serious consideration until he propses something reasonable.
Well, I hope congess is smarter than it was when Bush pulled this same crap, and got the U.S. into GWB's personal war with Iraq [in order to impress his papa and fill the deep, deep pockets of Cheney and the other Neocons].
And Jon Stewart explains the entire bailout thing:
..... No matter what source you read, from the Alaska Frontiersman to the newspaper of record to the library press, there is strong evidence that Palin is no friend to libraries or to the values they represent.
Take censorship. Many of you recall the campaigns in the mid-1990s to remove titles like Daddy’s Roommate (Alyson) and Heather Has Two Mommies (In Other Words) from libraries by groups like James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Both of those books sensitively and positively portray gay families in ways that children in either heterosexual or homosexual families can understand. As a Wasilla council member in 1995, Palin said Daddy’s Roommate didn’t belong in the local library, yet, according to a former campaign manager, Laura Chase, Palin not only never read it, she refused to do so. As a member in good standing of the Wasilla Bible Church, the wannabe VP presumably endorses the Focus on the Family conference that her church recently supported, "about how to help gays and lesbians ‘journey out’ of same-sex attraction" (New York Times, "Barbies for War," 9/17/08).
Though former Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Emmons (now Mary Ellen Baker) has been circumspect, friends and other Wasillans have been less so regarding Palin’s inquiries as mayor of Wasilla about library policy on removing books. Paul Stuart wrote in the Frontiersman (which recently posted the original article from 12/18/96) that "Emmons said Palin asked her outright [three times] if she could live with censorship of library books." One Wasilla resident, Anne Kilkenny, also a PTA mom like Palin, alleges that "people who fought [Palin’s] attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day." Throughout it all, Emmons/Baker remained the consummate professional.
Does Palin support libraries? According to a Washington Post report ("As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin Cut Own Duties, Left Trail of Bad Blood," 9/14/08), Palin rejected calls for a new library, instead "building a sports complex with an NHL-size rink." Current Wasilla librarian K.J. Martin-Albright commented on PublishersWeekly.com, "Wasilla outgrew the size of its library about 20 years ago." It also serves residents of a borough roughly the size of West Virginia, she says. The Post reports that financing for the hockey rink came from a voter-approved bond to be paid for by a half-cent sales tax increase. Palin is antitax, and antigovernment, apparently only when it serves her agenda. .....
Since its dramatic discovery in a Roman burial site, this silver cross was hailed as the earliest evidence of Christian worship in Britain. It quickly became an enduring symbol of the early faith, with religious figures queuing up to wear it. However, the silver pendant, once thought to be at least 1,600 years old, was yesterday revealed as a fake. Using a new technique to determine its age, scientists discovered it was made using 19th century silver.
Markings on the 1.75in disc are that of Chi Rho - an early Christian symbol incorporating the first two letters of Christ's name in Greek. They resemble the modern letters X and P in appearance.
The 'Chi Rho amulet', which was often worn by the Bishop of Canterbury, was believed to be the earliest evidence of Christian worship in Britain.