Random ramblings from my beer soaked melon about politics, religion, sex, stupidities, nature, and any other subject that penetrates the haze. Sometimes crude and not for the faint of heart or people with normal intelligence, or an abundance of common sense.
Thursday, February 23, 2006

Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
Potter Stewart

David Martin a CBS Pentagon correspondent admitted that he killed a report on how the military disarm bombs in Iraq. A senior military officer complained that it contained information useful to the enemy. That seems to be the second most used excuse in this government, right after you don’t support the troops. The people setting off the bombs are very experienced and don’t have much trouble figuring out how to make them go boom. Mr. Martin says he has killed other stories after objections. I wonder what they were about and who objected?

More serious in my mind is the actions of the school board voted not to buy 23 books for Southern California’s Vista San Gabriel Elementary School Library.
Some were: three bilingual Clifford the Big Red Dog books, Disney’s Christmas Storybook, two books from the Artemis Fowl series, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The Harry Potter books are now in the top 10 percent of banned books in the United States along with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
In 2000 Sharon Toyne a school board member warned against the Harry Potter books. She’s now board president. She said the book’s wizards and magic all falls in the line of witchcraft. In our district we are trying to promote character with programs like Character Counts, and don’t see how the book promotes that. I think (the books) could arouse a child’s imagination and curiosity of the unknown, of the dark side.
This is one of the most ignorant statements I think I have ever read including what comes out of Washington D.C. I have read all the Potter books several times and the Clifford books too. They are filled with character building examples and have done more to get kids to read than anything the government has tried. Wouldn’t want to arouse that curiosity and imagination.

Something else I consider censorship is the plan by AOL to start allowing bulk e-mailers to bypass the spam filters for a fee. Not much use in having the filters then as the big spam senders can afford a fee while the small newsletters can’t. If it works look for Yahoo, Google and all the other e-mail systems to follow suit. Say goodbye to the free flow of information on the net.

I would like to have one day go by without reading or hearing about all the stupid, ignorant things that happen in this country.

posted by Nit Wit at 6:19 AM | Permalink |


  • At 1:29 AM, Blogger yellowdog granny

    me too..i get so enraged sometimes reading the paper or watching the news i just want to kick someone's ass....bib them into a coma....books are for reading..not banning.

  • At 1:30 AM, Blogger yellowdog granny

    ps..i really appreciate your comment on my blogs....makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

  • At 7:37 AM, Blogger Babs

    If it were 28 degrees here, the allergens would be dead!! That's why I felt better for a little while. Now they are back! Bastards. I stick with over the counter sinus meds too. I get too many side effects from anything labeled with a "D" for decognestant. Makes me feel like I'm on speed or something.
    Ohh...back to work... yuck. You were being so productive with your reading!! That's not a waste of time!
    And yes, the roaches will get whipped into shape soon. Lazy bums.

  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger leo myshkin

    in our district they can't afford meals for poor kids and have cancelled several programs but they're spending a fortune arguing over what books they can have in the library. it's hard to figure out who's crazier, the school board or the civil liberties people.

    i can go to the public library and get my kids whatever books i want. i don't need the civil liberties people fighting my battles and it only takes one nut on the school board to start banning books.

  • At 2:52 AM, Blogger Babs

    You know, I have thought about asking delivery drivers to take out my trash before and giving them an extra tip to do so, but then I figure they would just drop it on the way down the stairs or leave it on the sidewalk or something. They already have my money...
    I have a humidifier. It's just a pain to get it out and clean it. It's been raining for about 8 hours now anyway. So, I think this is helping the old sinuses. Plus taking the meds every 4 hours like it says on the box really helps! :)

  • At 12:46 AM, Blogger Scottish Toodler

    WOW!! That was way too much depressing information. Our society really is just going downhill!! But thanks for this informative blog.

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