August 26, National Women's Equality--oops--Toilet Paper Day

"Another of those silly jokes she forwards to her whole list," I thought as I warily opened the e-mail from my friend and former U. S. Senate candidate, Claire Sargent.

But this was no joke. Claire had forwarded a message from another long time tiller of the women's equality fields, Paula Cullison, who reported that when she went to AOL's greeting cards seeking to send Women's Equality Day greeting cards in honor of the 87th anniversary of women's right to vote, August 26, she found instead a card honoring National Toilet Paper Day.http://greetings.aol.com/display.pd?path=62352&bfrom=3&prodnum=3079182

Not to disparage toilet paper, given its importance to human comfort and cleanliness, but I was, pardon me, wiped

"Mistakes Were Made"

| March 16, 2007 - 2:37 pm

Tags: Alberto Gonzales, Constitution, voter suppression

Poor Alberto Gonzales. After approving the illegal wiretapping of US citizens without a warrant, claiming the Constitution does not provide the right of Habeas Corpus and allowing the FBI to use the Patriot Act to obtain citizen's private information, I can't blame AG for thinking that a few politically motivated attorney firings would rank relatively low on the totem poll of Constitutional abuses. Once you defend torture and get away with it, you probably consider yourself to have a reasonable amount of job security. But it appears that the attorney purge may be Gonzales' last abuse of power, as the calls for resignation have grown louder.

I wouldn't be surprised if Gonzales attempted one last Constitutional infringement before a forced resignation--he is currently tied with former AG's John Ashcroft and John Mitchell (Watergate burglar) for the all-time lead in Constitutional violations. I'm sure Gonzales would certainly love to be the sole record-holder of Constitutional desecration when considering his legacy.

Think of the Children!

| February 23, 2007 - 3:53 pm

Tags: Bill of Rights, censorship, Constitution, scrotum

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There is a danger shelved within in our school libraries. Fortunately, a few brave librarians are willing to banish this danger to protect our children.

What is this danger? No--it's not the terrorists. It's not even the teacher's unions--though those unions are apparently more dangerous than Al Qaeda. The danger I speak of is more subtle and more popular and therefore even more perilous. Ready for the danger...drum roll...it's the word "scrotum."

The evil word appears in a children's book "The Higher Power of Lucky," by Susan Patron, this year's winner of the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children's literature. Thankfully, as the NYT reports, the book has been banned from many school libraries across the country.

I know what you're thinking--how could I write this evil word on the YP4 Blog? Some of the Fellows are barely 18 years old--what if they are exposed to the word? One angry librarian outlined the dangers of the word: "This book included what I call a Howard Stern-type shock treatment just to see how far they could push the envelope, but they didn't have the children in mind." If the word scrotum is as far as the envelope can be pushed, then this librarian has a lot of books to burn.