Skip to main content

1884 - The Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, CA.

1962 - James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett.


"There are a score of great religions in the world. . . and each is a mighty fortress of graft."
--Upton Sinclair, 1918


a) Iraq war architect, Surge Cheerleader, NeoConMan Fred Kagan
In September and October, Kagan repeatedly lied to the public, claiming that there was no ethic cleansing in IraqNam, and that the only reason peace reigns is because of the surge.

As simple-minded as he obviously thinks we are, not even the GAO agrees with him.
Fact: The surge was not the cause to even a relative peace, rather our bribes to sectarian leaders did far more than the surge.
Fact: Ethnic cleansing in Baghdad alone displaced 35% of residents in some areas, and up to 60% in others. The million additional homeless do exist, without shelter, water, food, or jobs. Kinda like New Orleans or Galveston, but without the additional love and attention of FEMA.
Fact: Fred Kagan is a confirmed liar, a scoundrel, a cheat, and a jerk, a person of ill-repute who never lets a fact get in the way of his opinions.
Fact: the media, in their short-sighted, moronic efforts to appear even handed, give morons like Kagan way too much attention. Frankly, he earns about the same level of respect and consideration as Alan Keyes or Sarah Palin.

- - -

b) John Bush McCain
His solution to our growing medical problem, uninsured, underinsured, etc? Make it more like our financial markets. Paul Krugman says it like only he can:

OK, a correspondent directs me to John McCain's article, Better Health Care at Lower Cost for Every American, in the Sept./Oct. issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. You might want to be seated before reading this.

Here's what McCain has to say about the wonders of market-based health reform:

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.

- - -

c) The John Bush McCain Four-Step
No, not some new method to get his trophy spousette off the narcotics she stole. It is a brand new dance which is based on the GOP presidential nominee and his constantly changing positions on minor issues like the:
i) economy
ii) mortgage & credit collapse
iii) health care
iv) stem cells, woman's reproductive rights
v) Georgia, Ukraine, & Russia
vi) pretty much everything else.
vii) Pakistan, (which after today's horrific explosion, is even more ineffably stupid)

- - -

d) Condi Rice

Medvedev and Putin call for closer cooperation and communication with the US.
Condi Rice openly threatens Russia in a recent speech, as we start to built anti-missile missile stations in eastern Poland, seek to invite Georgia into NATO, and make really shortsighted demands of Russia.


- - -

e) Headline that says it all:

"President Bush heads to Texas; Residents urged to leave."

- - -

Sometimes, we need to celebate, er, celebrate those who have their heads on straight. America's Librarians will hold its annual Banned Books Week, from September 27 through to October 4, which celebrates the freedom to read.

Sarah Palin's purported list of which books to burn will be one of the major issues.

According to the American Library Association (ALA) the most challenged book of 2007 was And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. This book was challenged because of instances of sexism, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and anti-ethnic and anti-family reasons.

Several other books that made the ALA's top-ten in books that were challenged are The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou and The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. They were all challenged based on allegations of racism, sexuality and religion.

During Banned Books Week, various libraries throughout the States will have displays and events to celebrate the existence of freedom in reading. The ALA also encourages people to fight censorship in their community, which might keep book banning from being an issue in the 2008 presidential election.

There are few things that rub Pastor Ag the wrong way more than a the burning of a book, any book. Except those who seek to choose which books to burn or ban - like Sarah Palin.

There always is something to be learned from the Koran and the Torah, from Mao's little Red Book and Hitler's treatise Mein Kampf, even from J.K.L.M.N.O.P.Rowling's Harry Potter books. And by the mere fact that you can learn something from all of those books, it makes each and every one of those books precious.

In the case of Mao, you learn about duplicity of the highest order, what with the Great Leap Backward, and his Cultural Devolution. You learn how hundreds of millions of people can be subjugated, controlled by fear and strong government, and misled by its leaders. (Hey, George, wasn't  THAT your plan?)

In the case of Hitler, you can see his perceived need for liebenstrum, living space to the east, with lesser Russian critters to be replaced by Aryans. What a warning he gave humanity! only to see it ignored until it was too late.

In the case of Ben Gurion, the father of modern Zionism, you learn how he made his motto, "We shall never be forgiven for the sin of weakness, should we even act as angels. Woe to the weak. That is the philosophy of history." You learn about how his ideals and ideas led directly to the mess we now have in the Muddle East.

And, from JKLMNOP Rowling, you learn about the magic of your own imagination, about the power that words have to entertain, to entice, to savor.

"There was never a good war or a bad peace."

Benjamin Franklin

P.S.  ALA's top 100 banned  books, from 1990-2000
Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Originally posted to agnostic on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 08:02 AM PDT.


Which of the top 10 banned books is your favorite?

2%1 votes
0%0 votes
7%3 votes
0%0 votes
39%15 votes
23%9 votes
18%7 votes
0%0 votes
7%3 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes

| 38 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  tips for those who wish to ban or burn books: (11+ / 0-)

    IN order to make sure that you will be successful in your goal of burning books, first, take a cup full of gas, poor it carefully over your shirt and head. Next, take a lighter and ignite the fumes. This tests your equipment, and insures that your gas you are using is strong enough, fresh enough and powerful enough to do the right thing. As the flames grow make sure you do NOT roll around on the ground, as that will only force the flames closer to you. Trust me. the flames will die out real soon. Really.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 08:05:28 AM PDT

  •  Another excellent piece! Thanks! nt (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
  •  Book burning Vs Flag burning (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    I'm willing to outlaw flag burning if they're willing to outlaw book burning.

    What say you, conservatives?

    Which is more reprehensible? Burning the words of thoughtful, intelligent Americans or burning a piece of cloth that was most likely made in China?

    "Alaska is a strange place to go looking for a Vice President." -edscan

    by BoiseBlue on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 08:15:48 AM PDT

    •  I am in the midst of a highly charged (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Youffraita, BoiseBlue

      e-mail conversation with someone who truly believes that Obama is a closet muslim, and refuses to wear a flag pin because he hates america and is unpatriotic.

      I have to pick and choose my words carefully.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 08:27:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site