Recently I have been writing about the proposed closing of the Main Library here in Downtown Long Beach. I also have blogged extensively on the forced closing of several local bookstores most famously the Long Beach Landmark Acres of Books! So I feel it prudent to share this lil clip from Time magazine. http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1837918,00.html
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor. - Time Magazine
What kinda FAHRENHEIT 451 hoolabaloo is this? Since when do we Americans ban books? Since when does a Mayor dictate the public policy of the library? Oh! Yeah, right Alaska!
American's shouldn't tolerate talk of book banning. We should debate that issue, write, publish and meet supporters of oppression anywhere and everywhere! We are Big enough and Adult enough to allow the free flow and expression of ideas because we can fairly counter the them. What type of Salman Rushdie non sense is this!
It was only the 1930's since Hitler came to power and banned, jailed writers and disidents, burned and destroyed works of literture and art that he deemed offensive!
It was the 1950's as Joe Mccarthy exploited the fear of the Soviets and the IDEA of Communism. How many lives ruined? How many reputations libeled and slandered?
It was only the 1960's that Larry Farringhetti was arrested for publishing and selling Ginsburg's Howl in the City Lights Bookstore! It was not long ago that a little old librarian named Theodora Brewitt stood up to the Long Beach City Council when ordered to supress or ban books the council didn't like!
It was only 1987 that The Ayatollah Khomeni issued and edict ordering the Death of Salman Rushdie for writing the Satanic Verses! We stood tall here in America and sold that book! I bought my copy, read it and promptly pronounced it a complete piece of Crap! But I'll be damned if you think that you will limit or stop me from reading anything I get a hankerin to read or worse announcing to the world that I think it is a Piece of Crap!
See what you get when you let Tipper Gore speak? Darn You Tipper! Darn YOU!
Did I not say Palin was an interesting pick? I said it! I did! Finally, something to talk about around the dinner table instead of who won on So you think you can dance!
BE Mindful! BE Prayerful! BE Careful!