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To Find a Screed to Read

I took Walt's advice.

Filtering - Redux

What side are you on?

For Collection Librarians

I dare you.

Something Amiss ...

with this Imus Biznuss.

If interested

Don't Rush to Judgment

"Recognizing that individuals will continue to behave responsibly and appropriately while in the library, the default should be maximum, unrestricted access to the valuable resources of the Internet." (Charles Rust-Tierney, past president ALCU Virginia chapter)

Now I suppose it would still be seen as reckless, perhaps even bigoted to some, to make any inference here with respect to personal agendas and the ACLU. No doubt this is just a blip. Unfortunate coincidence.

Now if we were talking about Iraq and Administration interests in defense contractors....

Chief Chopped

The University of Illinois has lost its mascot, Chief Illiniwek.(terrific LIS program btw) Any thoughts from students, alums, library types keeping vigilance with First Amendment issues?

Patron Non Grata

J.A. Avner had it right nearly twenty years ago when he wrote, Home schoolers: A forgotten clientele in School Library Journal. They still are.

Bias by Design

If interested. Bias by Design

Angst - Hidden

Keep your receipts.

ALA to fetch some wood

No doubt a knee-jerk, narrow minded control freak. Burn him!

"So, even though I have been waffling on this issue for years, and even though the solution is clunky and imperfect, yes, I think there should be filters on computers in the children's section"

Confessions of a fundamentalist librarian: Negotiating heresies

Mollifying by Modifying

This week's installment of liberal censorship involves a reparative therapy conference. <

Any takers here willing, or perhaps able, to discuss reparative therapy titles held in your library? If WorldCat is any indication, it will be a very cozy group.

Vigilant, Vociferous and Vexed

Just a Little Table Setting for our LISNews Censorship Vanguard.

"I strongly disagreed with both the creation and the publication [emphasis mine] of cartoons that were considered blasphemous to devout Muslims around the world because they depicted the Prophet. I thought it was a mistake"......"But do not do something that is blasphemous. And then give them a chance to say they regret, and to learn from you and learn with you. There may be a lot of things about my faith that you do not know."

("Remarks by Former President Clinton on Cartoon Issue During Press Availability with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz" States News Service, 2/17/06)

Note: The former President's remarks have been available via Lexis-Nexis for four days. I'm confident AlterNet, if not ALA, will follow soon.

And then this from the Times (London) ; )

Speech by Angela Merkel, about the convening of an international conference in Berlin to investigate Islam.

"We propose the following to the Muslims: if you are not lying, allow a group of neutral, honest researchers to come to Mecca, and to talk to people, examine documents and let people know the findings of their research about the Muhammad myth. You have even prevented your own scholars from researching this issue. They are allowed to study anything except for the Muhammad myth. Are these not medieval methods?"

Corporate Cash for Katrina

No need to look for; The New York Times Company, Soros Fund Management, Berkshire Hathaway or Cher.

You did notice the evil company heading the list?

"Organic" Grapes of Wrath

A little food for thought for the Wal-Mart haters.

Declaration of Independence Banned

Before the turkey, pies and football tomorrow, I gently suggest we Americans pause and consider the following story as we reflect upon the object of our thanksgiving.

The Author Responds to Me

Needless to say I was surprised to see McKenzie Wark's name sitting in my inbox today. Mr. Wark is the author of the book A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard Univ. Press), the subject of my piece Ctrl+X Ctrl+V Marxism.

Mr. Wark's Response

Just one last thing before leaving…

Alex Beam of the Boston Globe has compiled a short list of items our disaffected Liberians should consider before heading north.

Item number 4.

    How do you like your free speech -- well chilled? Canada has no First Amendment and adheres to primitive British-style libel laws.

    Here is a hilarious definition of defamation la Canadienne, from the Media Libel website: ''A defamatory statement exists if the publication tends to lower the plaintiff's reputation in the estimation of those who are commonly referred to as 'right thinking' members of society." Allow me to reiterate my widely known position: Celine Dion is the greatest singer who ever lived.

    Just this year, the Canadian Parliament passed what the religious right has branded a "Chill Bill," or "The Bible as Hate Speech Bill," effectively preventing churches from using the Bible to preach against homosexuality. "With the passage of Bill C-250, Canada has now embarked upon a course of criminalization of dissent," according to a statement released this spring by the Catholic Civil Rights League.

    Fine, you say. Enough gay-bashing by Bible-waving Christian loonies. But remember John Ashcroft's motto: Your rights are next.

No I don’t hate Canada or Canadians. Hospitable (thanks birdie)folks, wonderful scenery, terrific national anthem. (Any American hockey fan can sing this). That said, I not ashamed to say I prefer the U.S for living and Canada for visiting.

Only in Your OJ in Canada

One can only hope those disaffected Liberians haven’t crammed a few pulp fiction pieces in their JanSport. It seems this popular genre, legal in the United States, is seen as corrupting the morals of our Canadian friends and is expressly prohibited.

    Part V, Section 163 (b) of Canada’s Criminal Code:

    163. (1) Every one commits an offence who

    (a) makes, prints, publishes, distributes, circulates, or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation any obscene written matter, picture, model, phonograph record or other thing whatever; or

    (b) makes, prints, publishes, distributes, sells or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation a crime comic.

(emphasis mine)

One can only guess why our Canadian censorship champion has not heretofore found the passion to speak to this. Perhaps he is still mulling over another piece of Canadian knee jerk legislation? Regardless, he or anyone else interested may find the following article from the Ottawa Citizen interesting if not reason for U.S. appreciation.

� Pulp mags break the law� pg. c2Ottawa Citizen, October 31,2004.

Name that presidential candidate

I found the following while working on a response to a recent story submitted by Daniel. (No fair peeking)

......__________ is worried that America's "credibility as a world leader" is in jeopardy. Why? Because "Haiti's military rulers continue to thumb their noses at the United States." Washington has tried by peaceful means to make them release their illegitimate grip on power, "but nothing has worked--not diplomacy, not tougher sanctions, not a potential naval embargo."

This search for a negotiated solution has failed, says _____________, "because there was no believable threat of force" on our part. If the regime in Port au Prince does not relent, "we must be willing to seek international approval to use military force." This, proclaims the headline of __________ recent op-ed piece in the New York Times (May 16), will "Make Haiti's Thugs Tremble."

__________ challenges "those who supported Presidents Bush and Reagan" when "we intervened in Grenada, Panama, and Iraq" to explain "why the Haitian situation is different." He argues that "Every individual reason given for those previous interventions is present in the plural in Haiti--to protect innocent lives, to end chaos, to restore order, to root out drug traffickers."

____________ list, however, is not complete. One consideration he omits is the danger to American lives. Albeit in small numbers, Americans were in peril in Grenada and Panama; not so in Haiti...

"Hypocrisy on Haiti", Commentary, July 1994.

Thieves and Cowards

If I didn't know better, I'd swear the RNC was scripting this nonsense in exchange for
Springsteen tickets and clean underwear.



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