Saturday, January 29, 2005

Libraries in Maine and Colorado donate fines for Tsunami relief.

My big question is, since it has been proclaimed that my profession is filled to the gills with liberals and leftists, are we (liberals) going to get credit for this? Or, is it only important that we are liberals when things are "wrong"?

American Libraries Online

The DC Mayor and portests.

Yeah, we wouldn't want any "unplanned demonstrations".

"WASHINGTON, D.C. – The First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004, an ordinance the City Council passed handily in December with a 12-1 vote, will go to Congress without the endorsement of D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, who declined on Wednesday to sign the bill after it was forwarded to him on Jan. 7.

The move, his spokeswoman said, was meant "to put on record the mayor's opposition to elements of the bill that he would like fixed."

The bill, authored by Councilwoman Kathy Patterson, was written in response to arrests at street demonstrations surrounding the September 2002 International Monetary Fund/World Bank meetings. The police department later admitted the arrests, which included some student journalists, were "improper." The arrests led to litigation that has cost the city approximately half a million dollars. One lawsuit was settled with the city this week for $425,000; another class-action suit involving approximately 400 protesters and bystanders is ongoing."

Click on link for rest of the story: Student Press Law Center

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Return of the "Sex Closet"?

Back in the day, some libraries, if they had any, would keep their books locked up in a "sex closet" to keep the weak minded from falling prey to over stimulation. Over the years, along with the buns, we've loosened things up a bit. Not enough, in my opinion, but we've certainly been making progress. Now, in Houston, we may be seeing movement back to hiding sex. What on earth is so wrong with sex that we are afraid of it and we feel the need to hide it? We have all of Ann Rule's books on the shelves describing, in gory detail, the actions of socio- and psychopaths. But, we can't keep a book on the shelf that talks about sex. Go figure.

"Porn queen Jenna Jameson calls her autobiography a "cautionary tale," and Mayor Bill White is taking precautions about making it available to Houston library patrons.

White recently ordered that the library's dozen copies of Jameson's best-selling How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale be removed from open shelves.

In making his decision, White sidestepped the committee process that Houston's libraries typically use to evaluate complaints about items in their collections."

Houston Chronicle

Maybe campuses aren't as liberal as we thought

This little tidbit comes from the Daily Texan. My favorite part is where he accuses David Horowitz of being the ringleader of a campus Jihad. I wonder if the old insults that Conservatives are Nazis and Liberals are Communists will be replaced with a new paradigm: Jihadists. At least it will be fair if both sides accuse each other of being Jihadists, and certainly simplifies the process of insulting the other side.

"Arch-conservative activist and faux scholar David Horowitz is the ringleader of the campus jihad. For years, he has been calling attention to the modern plague of radical leftism in universities, but now, with the decline of leftist boogeymen in the halls of power, Republicans are starting to listen up."

The Daily Texan

Monday, January 24, 2005

A Good Example of How it Should Work

I think this is exactly the way it should work. I was especially gratified to see that all parties in this case were understanding and civil.

"Dane County Sheriff's Detective David Mahoney walked into the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library in Cross Plains on Dec. 30 and asked to see the library's Internet sign-in sheet for the day.

Assistant Library Director Sue Freedman said no.

There was no unpleasantness in the exchange. Freedman said Mahoney was "very understanding" and waited several hours while she called the village attorney for legal advice. When she eventually told Mahoney that she would not turn over the sheet without a warrant, he left."

The Capital Time (Madison, WI)

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Texas needs a Kinky Governor

I was mildly depressed because of today's festivities. No, not because I wasn't invited. But, I got some news that suddenly made everything so much better. Kinky Friedman is going to run for governor of Texas!! It almost makes me want to move to Texas. Almost.

Kinky Friedman for Governor!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Sex God remains on shelves in Montana School

Of course an unstable person could see a young girl reading the Little Women and take it as an inivitation. Thank God calmer heads prevailed in this case.

"A materials review committee for the Bozeman (Mont.) School District voted unanimously January 12 to retain Louise Rennison’s On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson in the district’s middle-school libraries. The book had been challenged by Pius Ruby, whose 12-year-old attends the Sacajawea Middle School. Ruby feared that an unstable person seeing a girl reading the book might think from the title that the girl was promiscuous and stalk her, according to the January 11 Bozeman Daily Chronicle."

American Libaries Online

Thursday, January 13, 2005

On the Eve of Destruction

Wow... being a police officer is difficult. I wasn't aware that they had to have an appreciation of fine art as well. Let's hope that the Vatican art collection never goes on display in Pilot Point, Texas.

"DALLAS—The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the city of Pilot Point and its police department, charging that police officers violated an art gallery owner’s freedom of expression by coercing him to remove a mural depicting the biblical story of Eve.

“It is unconstitutional for government officials to censor a work of art because it might offend a small group of people,” said ACLU of Texas Executive Director Will Harrell. “It is also a misuse of resources to have our law enforcement officials act as art critics.”

National Coalition Against Censorship

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Capitalism versus Free Speech

I have had conversations with people who are convinced that Free Speech, in particular, and Freedom, in general, are synonomous with Capitalism. That you cannot have one without the other. Stories like this one convince me otherwise. That Capitalism tolerates Free Speech and Freedom only as long as it does not threaten profits.

The Register

"Bookseller Waterstone's has sacked a long-serving employee for writing a blog. Joe Gordon from Edinburgh, who worked for the company for 11 years, says he was dismissed because he "brought the company into disrepute".

His Woolamaloo Gazette was started in 1992 and is a satirical diary that, in Gordon's own words, enables him "to vent steam on stories which are bugging me or amusing me and hopefully make people think at the same time".

While most of the material he covers does not involve his work, he does occasionally mention his time at Waterstone's. As he puts it: "Like many folk I am not always happy at work...and coin terms such as 'Bastardstone's' and have a character called 'Evil Boss' (my equivalent to Dilbert's Pointy Haired Boss - in fact I compared head office directives to being in a Dilbert cartoon)."

While many people have already judged these this to be harmless, Waterstone's appears to believe they provide sufficient grounds for dismissal. Now Mr Gordon is angry at the way he's been treated and believes that, if the company was so offended, the matter could have been dealt with just a "quiet word".

Wrote Gordon: "I am not a serf; I am not an indentured servant. I am a free man with the right of freedom of expression. The company does not own me, body and soul - conforming to their rules at work is to be expected, but in your own time and space? How can anyone be expected to go through their personal life in fear of saying the wrong thing? No-one should."

Joe Gordon's blog is here

Fox Blocker

Actually, I've always thought that Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity where a form of soft-core porn. Michael Savage would be hard-core pornography.

"Attention, blue-state parents. Are you worried about what your children are seeing on TV? Have you caught them ogling Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity as they engage in explicit acts of love with Bush administration policies?

Now you can protect your little liberals from hard-core right-wing positions the same way you censor cable porn. For $8.95, The FOXBlocker eliminates exposure to the Fox News Channel.

Sam Kimery and Joshua Montgomery, who are marketing the device, say it employs the technology already used to filter adult content.

And every time someone orders one of the gizmos from, Fox advertisers receive e-mail telling them that another consumer has just said no to Rupert Murdoch's brand of "fair and balanced news."

"We hope that companies will see people actually paying to block channels that won't offer alternative views, and then rethink how they spend their advertising dollars," Montgomery said."

Sunday, January 09, 2005

That wile ACLU strikes again

The ACLU is once again attempting to hide their total and complete contempt for religious liberty, by, well, protecting religious liberty.

"NEWARK, NJ-- The State Supreme Court ruled today that a prosecutor violated the New Jersey Constitution when he removed two jurors from a jury pool, one for wearing Muslim religious clothing and another for having engaged in missionary activity.

"In this country, people have a right to express their religious beliefs without fear of discrimination by the government," said ACLU of New Jersey Legal Director Ed Barocas. "Excluding people from jury pools based on their religious belief or expression violates the principles of freedom found in the Bill of Rights."

ACLU of New Jersey Successfully Defends Right of Religious Expression by Jurors

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Don Marquis on hard work and wealth

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: "Whose?"

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Bill Frist and honesty in politics

I just wish, for once, that either party could be honest and tell us the REAL reasons they are doing something. We all know that Republican outrage over potential "abuse" of the fillibuster is just a sham. They don't want the Dems doing to them what they did to Clinton. And what the Dems did to Bush and Reagan, and....

Please. Just how stupid do they think we all are?

"Documents obtained by American Progress show Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist participated in an effort to block one of Bill Clinton's judicial nominees via filibuster, then lied about it."

Center for American Progress