Politics

O'Connor Retires From Supreme Court

Sandra Day O'Connor has Announced Her Retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States. scotusblog.com has much more reading on the subject.

Trudeau donates book bucks to military charity

Garry Trudeau is donating his take from sales of the latest Doonesbury book, The Long Road Home, to Fisher House, a foundation that "offers family members of wounded troops temporary housing at little or no cost during their loved one’s hospitalization." In addition, publisher Andrews McMeel is donating 10% of its profits from the book to Fisher House. Story in Stars and Stripes.

The book is a collection of Doonesbury strips following the character B.D., who is wounded as a soldier in Iraq and has a leg amputated.

Neighbours See Red Over School Map Censorship

Anonymous Patron writes "The Times Online reports a blob of “wrongly� coloured ink, a controversial map of Asia and the seizure of 128 civics textbooks have plunged Japan and China into another round of bitterness and mutual distrust.

The latest incident in the troubled relationship between the two neighbours flared up yesterday when it emerged that books on their way by mail to a Japanese school in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian had been seized by customs authorities."

2 From The Culture War Front Lines

Anonymous Patron writes "Group sues library over meeting rulesA Florida organization led by a lawyer who has taken on gay marriage across the nation said it is suing a library district near Colorado Springs for denying the use of a room to discuss its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Attorney Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, which provides pro bono legal representation for religious liberty, anti-abortion and pro-family issues, said he sued the Rampart Library District Board of Trustees on Thursday in Colorado U.S. District Court.

Iorio challenges county after ban on gay pride. Tampa is a city that embraces diversity, including people who are gay, Mayor Pam Iorio said Thursday.

"Gays and lesbians are part of our diversity and deserve our respect. That is a value that I hold dear," Iorio said at a breakfast organized to promote public art in Tampa. "We should build on tolerance, not intolerance."

Iorio made her remarks the day after the Hillsborough County Commission voted 5-1 for a policy that bans county government from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride recognition and events."

House votes no on Patriot Act library records provision

The Reader's Shop writes "MSNBC Reports Despite a possible veto from President Bush, the House voted Wednesday to block
the FBI and the Justice Department from using the Patriot Act to search library
and bookstore records. The vote was 238-187."

Republicans Criticize PATRIOT Act

Daniel writes "The libertarian Cato Institute has an item on some conservative leaders who are speaking out against the PATRIOT Act renewal and the secret markup by the Senate Intelligence Committee.Moral of passing USAPA: "If you give a mouse a cookie...""

"Ohio libraries are too valuable to the education of all Ohio residents..."

AshtabulaGuy writes "The Editorial Board of The Post (the student newspaper of Ohio University in Athens) published an editorial this week decrying budget cuts to Ohio's libraries. The case made is necessary for review by librarians of all types as shown by this quote: "With Gov. Taft continually promoting the need for Ohio to compete in high-tech industries, the decision to cut library funding seems not only to contradict these economic goals, but also make them nearly impossible.""

Patriot Act: FBI director says, "we have had the cooperation of the libraries to date."

The CSMonitor
reported
that according to FBI director Robert Mueller the reason law
enforcement
officials haven't had to use the Patriot Act in accessing
library records is that ""we have had the cooperation of the libraries
to date,"" prompting the ALA's Washington office deputy director Patrice
McDermott to later respond, ""it's a core principle of our profession that
user records are confidential. If you're not free to read and research
and think, you don't have freedom of speech.""

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Library to show F-heit 9/11 -- And Probably Go to Court

Anonymous Patron writes "A hot-button film is getting multiple viewings at a local polling place the week before the election, NewsChannel5 reported. Some say the West River branch library should not be playing politics. Here's the first story and a follow-up story from today in which the library said it was just trying to accommodate all the patrons who had holds on the film.

Library Journal Choice for 2004 Politician of the Year

"Library Journal has announced their 2004 Politician of the Year:

"Building a 21st Century Library System for San Diego" was one of ten goals Mayor Dick Murphy issued when he took office in January 2001. The Mayor's purpose was "to create a city worthy of our affection" by 2020. Libraries ranked right up there with strengthening police and fire protection, reducing traffic congestion, building affordable housing, establishing energy independence, cleaning up the pollution of the city's beaches and bays, and even building a new baseball stadium. The rare combination of a mayor giving the city library system as high a priority as other crucial city services, articulating a long-term vision for the development of that plan, seeking allies to support it, and sticking with it even when it became a campaign issue attracted the attention of LJ's editors... [more]

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