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You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. Kansas City MO library parking garage (note all the banned titles!)
pwoodford 05/30/2015 10 16 1 -
Memorium
Every Memorial Day I try to think of those who lost their lives in service to our country, but I can never focus on abstract deaths, nor on so many. I always end up thinking about fellow ...
pwoodford 05/25/2015 7 14 - -
Air-Minded: Dragons & Bolos
A friend visited the Pima Air & Space Museum (PASM) in Tucson a few weeks ago. I told her if any particular airplane spoke to her, I'd write an air-minded post on it. Well, you never know what's ...
pwoodford 05/08/2015 7 22 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Banned Book News I linked to an earlier story on this in a previous YCRT! diary, but here's more ...
pwoodford 05/02/2015 7 14 1 -
Air-Minded: Planes of Fame Photoblog
During a recent motorcycle trip, I visited the Planes of Fame Museum in Valle, Arizona . The main Planes of Fame Museum is located in Chino, California ; the Arizona adjunct is what I would describe ...
pwoodford 04/30/2015 17 15 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Science Fiction, Fiction, Nonfiction
“Hell is the absence of the people you long for.” — Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven �
pwoodford 04/04/2015 13 27 2 -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. Poor guy can't catch a break. Tintin's in Dutch again , this time in Canada, where, as in the USA and ...
pwoodford 03/28/2015 7 14 - -
Air-Minded: Letting the Team Down
I don't have any brilliant thoughts or insights about Germanwings Flight 9525 , where the co-pilot is suspected of committing mass murder by flying a plane full of passengers into a mountain in ...
pwoodford 03/27/2015 20 17 - -
Air-Minded: "I've Never Seen the Knife More Dull"
Institutionally, the military services have never forgotten the crippling constraints imposed upon the conduct of the air war in Vietnam : Target lists were reviewed at the White House in the ...
pwoodford 03/10/2015 25 20 - -
Air-Minded: Propellers of the Stars
I am the Nancy Grace of celebrity plane wrecks. When I saw the first photos of actor Harrison Ford's crashed airplane on the golf course in Santa Monica, I immediately zeroed in on the propeller. ...
pwoodford 03/07/2015 83 60 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. Great news! Instead of trying to preemptively ban controversial material in state schools, ...
pwoodford 02/28/2015 4 16 - -
Air-Minded: Heritage Flight Photoblog
Once a year, civilian warbird and USAF fighter pilots meet at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona, to practice close formation flying for the upcoming airshow season. The program, which features ...
pwoodford 02/27/2015 11 18 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction
"A low sound, barely audible at first, made him turn his head. For a moment he seemed almost puzzled. The sound was faint but growing and unmistakable, like distant thunder. It was engines, wide open.
pwoodford 02/14/2015 7 10 1 -
Air-Minded: Sabres & Horseshoes
The F-86 Sabre has been on my mind lately. The Sabre was a pure air-to-air jet fighter with a high-mounted seat and 360-degree visibility, father of the F-15 Eagle, grandfather of the F-22 Raptor.
pwoodford 02/03/2015 17 22 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news. Hacked traffic sign in Los Angeles (photo credit: unknown) YCRT! updates from Tucson, Arizona, where 80 textbooks, ...
pwoodford 01/31/2015 7 16 1 -
Paul's Book Reviews: Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Memoir, Mystery
"Unstuck her in time, day-sleeping in her bedroom. How old was she? Seven, seventeen, twenty-seven? Dusk or dawn? Couldn’t tell by the light outside. Checked her phone. Evening. The house silent, ...
pwoodford 01/10/2015 5 9 - -
Air-Minded: the Army & the A-10
Army A-10s? Not gonna happen, folks. USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II (photo credit: unknown) Here's something I ...
pwoodford 01/06/2015 112 71 1 -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. New York Underground Library (photo by Ourit Ben-Haim) YCRT! News ...
pwoodford 01/03/2015 12 15 2 -
Air-Minded: Taildragger Tales
I found some faded and blurry photos of the Great Lakes biplane I used to fly, and, as old photos always do, they brought back memories. Who's that behind those Ray-Bans? In ...
pwoodford 12/30/2014 42 60 1 -
Why Did They Do It? (Updated 12/17/14)
I published this to my personal blog on 12/15/14. I updated it today, 12/17/14, and decided to cross-post it to Daily Kos. Never mind there should be no debate over torture, any more than there ...
pwoodford 12/17/2014 7 15 - -
You Can’t Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. That's a photo of my grandson Quentin in the Greenspun Middle School library in Henderson, Nevada. ...
pwoodford 12/13/2014 15 42 - -
Been There, Done That
People keep saying torture can't be all that bad ... after all, we torture our own aviators and special operations forces at a super-secret training facility so they'll be able to stand up to it ...
pwoodford 12/11/2014 9 41 1 -
Air-Minded: PASM Photoblogging
I think it's time to post another batch of photos from the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, where I volunteer as a walking tour docent. As always, you can click on the individual photos ...
pwoodford 12/05/2014 24 38 - -
Thursday Bag o' Rage
It wasn't a date, exactly, but one of the first things Donna and I did together, shortly after we met in 1964, was to help other members of a local chapter of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating ...
pwoodford 12/04/2014 4 8 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news. Photo © Ruth Orkin YCRT! News I mentioned this Arizona story in a previous YCRT! diary . Conservative school ...
pwoodford 11/29/2014 16 55 - -
Bag o' Regrets
Can I say I regret what's going on with Bill Cosby without everyone interpreting it to mean I regret what's happening to Bill Cosby? What's in it for the women coming forward with their ...
pwoodford 11/22/2014 5 6 - -
Tuesday Bag o' Gotcha
Driving to the gym this morning another driver and I arrived at a four-way stop at the same time. Since I was to his right he waited for me to go first. The reason both of us knew what to do is ...
pwoodford 11/18/2014 20 12 - -
Paul's Book Reviews
“There's a link between bigotry and bad spelling.” — David Mitchell, The Bone ...
pwoodford 11/15/2014 10 12 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Mini-Rant In my previous YCRT! diary I ranted about a dangerous idea gaining momentum in ...
pwoodford 11/08/2014 14 38 - -
Air-Minded: US Military Aircraft Insignia (updated/corrected)
This all started when I posted a cool photo on Facebook: F-84F Thunderstreak air show low pass (photo: unknown) When I posted that photo I didn't bother to identify the ...
pwoodford 11/06/2014 18 39 - -
Tuesday Bag o' Ballots
Thank you, Google Images! Click on the inset image if you'd like to see it larger. I wasn't old enough to vote for JFK, but I remember watching the Nixon/Kennedy debates and talking up the ...
pwoodford 11/04/2014 3 3 - -
Air-Minded: Coffins
Enter the museum, if you dare ... bwa ha ha ha ha! Earlier this week the Pima Air & Space Museum stayed open late for its annual ...
pwoodford 10/30/2014 11 22 - -
Air-Minded: a Cars & Planes Photoblog
Back-to-back car shows this weekend. Saturday's show , an all-car affair I photoblogged on my personal site, was an annual event at Tucson's St Gregory Academy; Sunday's, which I'm sharing here, was ...
pwoodford 10/22/2014 9 13 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Rant Another school year has begun and we're in for a fresh round of book challenges and bannings.
pwoodford 10/11/2014 28 30 1 -
You Can't Read That! (Updated 9/25/14)
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic diary featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. This diary will go out on the first day of Banned Books Week , September 21-27, in honor of those who ...
pwoodford 09/21/2014 15 19 1 -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Banned Book Links Texas ministers will protect teens from demonic "reading" ...
pwoodford 09/13/2014 11 14 1 -
Strategery
The President spoke to the nation last night, outlining a strategy for dealing with the latest outbreak of Muslim fanaticism as embodied by the group called Islamic State. The speech was an obvious (...
pwoodford 09/11/2014 4 1 - -
Paul's Book Reviews
“And so it went, sand piling up to the heavens and homes sinking toward hell.” — Hugh Howey, Sand Omnibu ...
pwoodford 09/06/2014 9 11 - -
Air-Minded: Move Your Tail
A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo of Jacqueline Cochran to my Facebook page, along with a note explaining that she was the first woman to break the sound barrier when she flew an F-86 Sabre ...
pwoodford 08/16/2014 29 25 - -
Don't Go There
Don't go there. I hear that all the time. Over the weekend I read that Tony Stewart, a well-known NASCAR driver, ran over and killed another driver at a racetrack in upstate New York. I was a ...
pwoodford 08/12/2014 4 7 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic diary featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. Brunswick County NC school officials, in the wake of yet another parental challenge to Sherman Alexie's ...
pwoodford 08/09/2014 26 13 - -
Air-Minded: Women & Military Aviation
When I tell visitors about the Pima Air & Space Museum's F-14 Tomcat, I always work in a few words about women in military aviation. The Tomcat seems like the right place to introduce the topic: ...
pwoodford 08/04/2014 44 48 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Science Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction
“I hesitated for just a moment. Some part of me wanted to see the creature, after having heard it for so many days. Was it the remnants of the scientist in me, trying to regroup, trying to apply ...
pwoodford 07/26/2014 12 16 - -
Air-Minded: PASM Panoramas
I've been teaching myself to make panoramic montages from single photos. Lest you think this requires mastering some arcane art, I'll admit up front that it's actually easy. Helicopter row I'll ...
pwoodford 07/14/2014 7 13 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Arizona News: More on Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, an elected ...
pwoodford 07/12/2014 8 19 - -
Sanity Check
In my previous diary I revealed two aspects of my personality I'm not particularly proud of, but which I have come to accept: elitism and authoritarianism. I characterized the Murrieta, California ...
pwoodford 07/10/2014 4 8 - -
But, But ... They're ILLEGAL!
Elizabeth Eckford, age 15, pursued by a mob at Little Rock Central High School on the first day ...
pwoodford 07/08/2014 8 8 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Nonfiction, Science Fiction
In that instant they felt an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment. Though they had failed dismally even to come close to the expedition's original objective, they knew now that somehow ...
pwoodford 06/28/2014 4 11 - -
Air-Minded: Gust Locks & Horse Parts
I've been following news of the May 31 Gulfstream IV crash at Hanscomb Field in Bedford, Massachusetts. This was the executive jet carrying some VIP or other that reached a high speed on takeoff ...
pwoodford 06/26/2014 16 19 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. Street art by Escif* * Yeah, I thought it was Banksy too. Click the image to learn more about Spanish ...
pwoodford 06/21/2014 18 39 1 -
Air-Minded: Moving Day at the Museum
During most of the years I flew fighters and trainers for the USAF, I never paid much thought to the disposition of aircraft on the ramp. We parked them when we were through with them; if ...
pwoodford 06/05/2014 10 16 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Ethnic Fiction
"That Fan did not see any of this is not so ironic, for all along her journey we’ve observed more of her than she’ll ever know. She moves on, she pushes forward, this her guileless calling, and ...
pwoodford 05/31/2014 8 17 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. You Can't Read That! The photo is titled "Girl reading 'Mickey Mouse and the ...
pwoodford 05/24/2014 8 9 - -
What's Wrong with the VA?
I don't know. From what I hear on the news there are two main problems with the VA: a huge backlog of new veterans who have applied for VA medical care but who have not yet been enrolled, and ...
pwoodford 05/21/2014 12 5 - -
NPR Doesn't Often Outrage, but When It Does ...
NPR's Morning Edition news hour today featured a four-minute segment titled " Debate Endures Over Tax Exempt Status Of Crossroads GPS ." NPR correspondent Steve Innskeep introduced the piece with ...
pwoodford 05/09/2014 19 24 - -
Air-Minded: Define "Best"
Prominently featured on The Aviationist web site, one of the best cockpit videos ever. What video? This video:
pwoodford 05/06/2014 24 20 - -
Air-Minded: Flying Chainsaws
McCulloch: it's not the first name to spring to mind when you think of aviation, but it's not a name you should ignore, either. The McCulloch Motors Corporation was founded in 1943 to make ...
pwoodford 04/30/2014 13 27 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! News Whoa. In my last YCRT! diary  I mentioned pending legislation in Kansas that would make it ...
pwoodford 04/26/2014 13 16 - -
Air-Minded: PASM Photoblogging
It's time I posted more photos from the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. As a volunteer tour guide, I'm sometimes able to visit parts of the museum visitors don't get to see. There's ...
pwoodford 04/18/2014 8 18 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Rant Legislators in the Kansas Senate are considering a bill that will make it easy for parents and ...
pwoodford 04/05/2014 13 26 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Memoir, Mystery
"Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, dear man. In an imperfect world, I fear it’s the best we can manage." -- A Delicate Truth , John le Carré
pwoodford 03/22/2014 9 15 1 -
Air-Minded: a Shooting Star Photo Diary
The more time I spend at the Pima Air & Space Museum , the more I appreciate the thinking behind what they put on display there. Most air museums (and many municipal parks) will have an old Lockheed ...
pwoodford 03/21/2014 17 48 2 -
Air-Minded: Unidentified Object
Can anyone here identify this odd looking canopy? It's sitting next to the forward fuselage sections of a B-45 and B-47 in the restoration yard of the Pima Air & Space Museum. I've combed through ...
pwoodford 03/21/2014 21 13 - -
Air-Minded: Lost
So what do I know ...
pwoodford 03/18/2014 40 62 - -
Air-Minded: End of the Road (Updated)
3/17/14: I added some new information and corrected a couple of errors. Scroll to the bottom for the update. The end of the road, that is, for the A-10. And the U-2. Friends keep asking me what I ...
pwoodford 03/14/2014 24 25 - -
Air-Minded: Douglas F3D Skyknight
Dear Kossacks, I wrote this for my own blog, Paul's Thing , with the intention of cross-posting it here to reach a larger audience. Two days ago, while looking up additional information on the ...
pwoodford 03/08/2014 20 27 1 -
Air-Minded: Davis-Monthan AFB Photoblogging
Once a year the Air Force conducts Heritage Flight practice sessions at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. The purpose is to train private owners of WWII warbirds and current USAF fighter and ...
pwoodford 03/01/2014 16 29 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can't Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! News: The current textbooks being used in public schools today, that your children are reading, ...
pwoodford 03/01/2014 7 10 - -
Wednesday Bag o' Spam
I was at Anytime Fitness Tuesday morning and as always the wall-mounted flat screen TVs were set to various news channels, all of which were busy conflating Secretary of Defense Hagel's proposed ...
pwoodford 02/26/2014 17 12 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Nonfiction
"It was true that our hearts were swollen, our muscles were failing, our kidneys, stomachs, and other internal organs were not doing their jobs properly, our blood was too thick and ready to spawn ...
pwoodford 02/15/2014 28 28 - -
The Debate
I went shopping with Donna yesterday and there was a guy in the grocery store wearing the shirt you see on the left. It says "I'm an atheist, debate me." He was an older guy, about my age. While I ...
pwoodford 02/05/2014 43 36 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic diary featuring news about censorship and book banning. A Virginia consumer is being sued over a negative review she wrote on Yelp . These lines from the ...
pwoodford 02/01/2014 5 14 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! News: “Whether or not patterns like this are the result of co-ordination between would-be ...
pwoodford 01/11/2014 5 11 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Fiction, Fantasy, YA, SF
Transatlantic Colum ...
pwoodford 01/04/2014 11 9 - -
Lying Liars, Etc.
Couple of things. One, this screen grab from Google News. It was taken a few days ago, right after the New York Times published an investigative report on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US ...
pwoodford 12/31/2013 10 8 - -
Saturday Bag of Hereditary Dictator Chips
North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) website is, to be charitable, minimalist. To be less than charitable,
pwoodford 12/14/2013 9 7 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! News: Don't know how I managed to miss it all these years, but last night I finally caught South ...
pwoodford 12/14/2013 8 12 - -
Monday Bag o' Vapors
It's Monday, time for another mixed bag of topics I want to address before I forget about them, topics which, taken alone, wouldn't rate blog posts of their own. �  � Our 38-year-old daughter ...
pwoodford 12/09/2013 12 3 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic diary featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! News: Fascinating discussion about the key figures involved in comic book censorship in the 1950s.
pwoodford 11/23/2013 3 15 - -
Air-Minded: Giant Arrows
A few weeks ago I posted a diary about Lindy lights , the light beacons that helped airmail pilots in the 1920s and 30s navigate at night. A friend sent me a link ...
pwoodford 11/21/2013 33 37 - -
Tuesday Bag o' Gag
Dear readers, that sound you hear is not your cat coughing up a hairball. It's me trying to suppress my gag reflex. This first item ...
pwoodford 11/12/2013 4 5 - -
Paul's Movie Reviews: Gravity
Gravity (USA, 2013) The storyline, as summarized ...
pwoodford 11/09/2013 82 46 - -
Air-Minded: Formation Mid-Air
If you haven't been living under a rock, you will by now have seen yesterday's dramatic mid-air collision video.
pwoodford 11/05/2013 21 18 - -
Tuesday Bag o' Plagiarism
By now everyone has heard about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul plagiarizing  the work of other writers in his speeches, books, and op-ed columns. The senator's reaction to the story is evolving: it ...
pwoodford 11/05/2013 7 16 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Science Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Adult, Mystery
She is about to add, "I have scars, inside me," but she stops herself. What is a scar, Oh Toby? That would be the next question. Then she'd have to explain what a scar is. A scar is like writing on ...
pwoodford 11/02/2013 11 21 3 -
Air-Minded: Thundercraft (w/2 Updates)
Scroll to the bottom of this diary to see updates added on 10/29/13 and 10/30/13. I originally planned to put irony quotes around the word ...
pwoodford 10/25/2013 10 18 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups.
pwoodford 10/19/2013 11 16 - -
Tuesday Bag o' Soothing Slogans
One of the things I strive to do is to keep calm and carry on. But oh, it's hard, with all the stupidity and racism loose in the land. And I can't decide which is the chicken and which is the egg, ...
pwoodford 10/15/2013 2 2 - -
Air-Minded: F-15 Eagle Presentation
In previous diaries, I bored some of you by prating about a Powerpoint presentation on the F-15 Eagle I was building to give to Pima Air & Space Museum volunteers and staff. I gave my presentation ...
pwoodford 10/11/2013 8 9 - -
Air-Minded: Museum Updates
Yesterday was my day to volunteer at the Pima Air & Space Museum , where I lead back-to-back walking tours at 10:30 and 11:30 AM every Wednesday. There were no takers for the 10:30 tour, so I used ...
pwoodford 10/10/2013 34 40 - -
Wait and Ye Shall See
I don't know if there's an organized motorcyclist group on dKos (search didn't turn one up), so this diary is a bit of a feeler. I've posted diaries about aviation, books, and current events, but I'...
pwoodford 10/08/2013 2 - - -
Paul's Book Reviews: History, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
The Museum of Funeral Customs is on the edge of Oak Ridge Cemetery, a five-minute walk from the tomb. Supposedly the fellow who swoops over to greet me is the museum director, but he speaks in the ...
pwoodford 10/05/2013 4 6 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! News & Commentary: In Asheboro, North Carolina, all within the space of a fortnight, Ralph Ellison'...
pwoodford 09/28/2013 8 19 1 -
Wednesday Bag o' Wrongness
Amazon-Owned Goodreads Deleting Reviews Wholesale . So reads the scare headline at 
pwoodford 09/25/2013 2 - - -
Both Sides Know Gun Control Works
After every mass shooting in the USA, some journalist or concerned citizen makes a mistake and the gun nuts pounce, using the mistake as an excuse to dismiss all talk of gun control. Here's an ...
pwoodford 09/20/2013 24 14 1 -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! Editorial The American Library Association's Banned Books Week is Sep 22-28. Every year ...
pwoodford 09/14/2013 9 12 - -
Air-Minded: Going for Guns
I haven't posted an air-minded diary for more than a month. Why? Ironically, it's because I've been up to my eyes in a flying-related project, a presentation on the F-15 Eagle I'm giving to Pima Air &
pwoodford 09/10/2013 25 25 - -
Where is Al Sharpton Now?
Where's Al Sharpton now? That's what they want to know, the citizens of Fox Nation. Sharpton raised a stink when a white man killed a black boy in Florida. Why won't he apologize when blacks kill ...
pwoodford 08/25/2013 15 37 - -
Paul's Book Reviews: Fiction, Short Stories, Science Fiction, Memoir, Young Adult
"Nothing is more important mostly than a funeral," Violet said as they ate a noon lunch of soup and sandwiches. "The whole point of a person's life—or the lack of a point if it's more or less ...
pwoodford 08/24/2013 12 10 - -
You Can't Read That!
You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups. YCRT! banned book news The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  was removed from a New York ...
pwoodford 08/17/2013 22 17 - -
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