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Stop Sarah Palin! The Books She Wanted BANNED!

September 3, 2008

Update to the Update: Apparently reading skills are so deficient among my fellow Americans that they cannot parse an update. Therefore this Update to the Update, to tell you I am now going to use strikethrough to emphasize that the list has been discredited. But what has not been discredited is Sarah Palin’s ominous questioning of the town public librarian about removing books. And that she shortly thereafter fired the public librarian says more than a list of banned books ever could. Don’t you get it? She wound up banning the librarian! All Comments have been moderated. None were removed.

Update: This list might not in fact reflect the books Sarah Palin wanted banned. As more than one person in Comments has pointed out, some of them were not published when Palin was in office. It is my hope that the mainstream media will not let this story drop and that at some point an actual list will surface. The very thought of having someone who once advocated book-banning possibly occupying one of the highest offices of our land fills me with profound dread. It should fill you with dread too.

Via Twitter from aboutbooks: Sarah Palin and the Case of the Banned Books — which links to where a Commenter has left a very long list of the books Sarah Palin wanted banned. Go there for the full list. I just want to highlight a few:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff

I think that makes it pretty much official that Palin is a very, very dangerous moron.

Do you really want her within a heartbeat of the Presidency?

Previously here:

Stop Sarah Palin: Part Four
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Three
Christopher Fowler Re: Sarah Palin
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Two
Stop Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch!
Revelation 17:1-5

Stop Sarah Palin: Part Four

September 3, 2008

Noonan and Murphy on Palin

Transcript swiped from reddit:

Chuck Todd: Mike Murphy, lots of free advice, we’ll see if Steve Schmidt and the boys were watching. We’ll find out on your blackberry. Tonight voters will get their chance to hear from Sarah Palin and she will get the chance to show voters she’s the right woman for the job Up next, one man who’s already convinced and he’ll us why Gov. Jon Huntsman. (cut away)

Peggy Noonan: Yeah.

Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys — this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it’s not gonna work. And —

Peggy Noonan: It’s over.

Mike Murphy: Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.

Chuck Todd: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.

Peggy Noonan: Saw Kay this morning.

Chuck Todd: Yeah, she’s never looked comfortable about this —

Mike Murphy: They’re all bummed out.

Chuck Todd: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

Peggy Noonan: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this — excuse me– political bullshit about narratives —

Chuck Todd: Yeah they went to a narrative.

Mike Murphy: I totally agree.

Peggy Noonan: Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.

Mike Murphy: You know what’ sreally the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.

Chuck Todd: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.

Mike Murphy: Yeah.

As for the source:

Probably satellite feed … there’s sort of a professional courtesy in TV that you can’t use this stuff. The Internet is buggering that all up.

And finally, what did Peggy Noonan have published just today? This from her Wall Street Journal column:

More immediately and seriously on Palin:

Because she jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing — who is really one of them and who is not — and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy.

So on the one hand, the choice of Sarah Palin is “political bullshit” — yet in print she’s a game-changer. Thus does Peggy Noonan lose the aura she has had in my eyes.

Previously here:

Stop Sarah Palin: Part Three
Christopher Fowler Re: Sarah Palin
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Two
Stop Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch!
Revelation 17:1-5

New WordPress Theme: Albeo

September 3, 2008

Wow! I really like the look of this!

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It’s been a real chore finding good themes here at WordPress. Aside from less than five of them, they suck! They’re ugly or clunky or have other deficiencies. This one is just pretty as all hell.

Tomorrow Is U.K. D-Day For Sony Reader

September 3, 2008

Waterstones will be selling the Sony Reader beginning tomorrow, the official launch day.

This is what the pre-order page looks like:

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It looks like a single color is being offered: Silver. I always thought that, paradoxical as it sounds, Silver offered better contrast to the eInk screen than the Deep Blue color.

Pre-orders have apparently been going very well:

This is Sony UK touting it on their site:

The fine print says it will have a tan cover — as in the U.S. — not the black one shown (which is an additional purchase).

This is interesting:

1. When you buy a Reader, install the supplied software on your computer, connect Reader to it with the cable provided and voila! Create and manage your eBook library on your PC and transfer your eBooks to Reader exactly like you do with your music on your mp3 player.

2. Need a new book? Thousands of titles will be available from the online store of Britain’s best-loved bookseller. Simply buy the ones you want and import them into your PC’s Reader library.

Emphasis added by me.

This brings up some interesting questions:

1) What file format will be the file format of the eBooks sold by Waterstones? Sony’s BroadBand eBook (BBeB)? ePub?

2) If ePub, will Adobe Digital Editions be part of the software included with the Reader?

The one false step I see is that “Windows-only” is not prominent anywhere. It’s not until someone goes to the Sony Reader FAQ that we see:

18. Can I use Reader with an Apple Mac?

Reader is only supported on Microsoft® Windows® XP and Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ operating systems. If you are not sure whether Reader will work on your PC or laptop please check out the system requirements.

That lack of Mac compatibility is just stupid and stubborn on Sony’s part. And I can envision some people opening their brand new Reader and only then discovering it won’t work with their Mac!

Here’s an idea for Sony. With the introduction yesterday of the Google Chrome browser, why not think Cloud Library? Why not ditch your current Windows-only software and find a way to make it cross-platform via the Chrome browser? There will be a Mac version of Chrome. I’m sure the plug-in architecture for it will be cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux). This could be a great big opportunity, particularly with Google already having a ton of eBooks online. A Google-Sony eBook alliance could stand up against both Amazon as well as Apple. It would also be huge leverage against print publishers and could help lower eBook prices faster as well as garner big press attention for eBooks.

Six Free eBook Excerpts From Penguin Books

September 3, 2008

What a shock came through via Twitter today:

Penguin Books using Twitter to announce something that’s actually book-related (unlike last time!).

Penguin eBook Tasters

eBooks are Back!
Welcome to the relaunch of Penguin eBooks. By the end of this year we’ll have thousands of titles available in the shiny new ePub format for you to buy and read on your Sony eReader, your PC or Mac and other devices soon to launch. Penguin’s own eBooks area will also be opening its doors in a few weeks, but if you can’t wait until then, we’ve got some eBooks Tasters for you to try right now.

Simply click on the title you want to read and download the file to your computer. You’ll need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer to read the sampler on your PC or Mac.

If you’d like to read it on your eReader, connect your device and add the .ePub file to your library, more information here.

Happy reading

The following are available:

God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin – 10 pages

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope – 11 pages

The Stories of English by David Crystal – 18 pages

King Dork by Frank Portman – 17 pages

King of Swords by Nick Stone – 10 pages

Things I Want My Daughter To Know by Elizabeth Noble – 38 pages

All in glorious device-independent ePub file format!

Note: If you want to sample these on your PC or Mac using Adobe Digital Editions, I hope you have some heavy-duty hardware. It’s a bear to use on my decrepit PC (which, I’ll repeat, sings when using Google’s Chrome browser, so not everything can be attributed to my hardware!).

Anyone with a Sony Reader should be able to drop them in to read just fine. Leave a Comment and let me know how the operation went.

Click for them.

Christine Glanville Video Interview

September 3, 2008

Christine Glanville was lead puppeteer for Gerry Anderson for decades. YouTube has a very rare video interview with her that has disabled embedding. Click to see it. She is very charming and funny.

Stop Sarah Palin: Part Three

September 3, 2008

The Sarah Palin Church Video Part One

I’m not looking for this stuff. I figure there has to be a ton of it out there. This came to me via Twitter from Fark.

This woman is just as dumb as a rock. The idea of her possibly becoming the President sends me into a whirlpool of despair. It also puts me one step closer to voting for Obama.

Previously here:

Christopher Fowler Re: Sarah Palin
Stop Sarah Palin: Part Two
Stop Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch!
Revelation 17:1-5

The Photos NYPD Tried To Stop

September 3, 2008

Photos taken Wednesday September 2, 2008 on Satan Island with the Philips crapcam:

See the tow truck on right?

Apparently this van came loose from it …

… and rolled alllll the way down the hill …

… until it met this car …

… and did all this damage.

Now when I took this final picture, you can see the cop coming into frame at right. He actually made body contact with me and told me to “Keep walking.” A real Nazi attitude. Let me repeat: He made physical contact with me. Assault.

There are many other ways he could have handled this. But he chose to be a Nazi. So instead of these photos being all private like, here they are.

NYPD, teach your troopers how to handle the law-abiding public.

This is still America.

And if none of you like that, get the fuck out of this country!

I hate Nazis!

Christopher Fowler Re: Sarah Palin

September 3, 2008

Hear Bryant & May now…

In which Christopher announces the availability of an unabridged audiobook of the latest Bryant & May mystery and then veers off with …

These audio books are ideal to listen to while doing the ironing or simply siting there with a cup of tea, wondering how someone as frightening as Sarah Palin got to be Sen. John McCain’s running mate…(and while we’re on that subject, have you noticed how the mooseburger-eating book-banning rifle-toting former beauty queen’s eyes follow you round the room?)

And tops even that with this:

I trust Chris’s instinct about that!

Stop Sarah Palin: Part Two

September 3, 2008

Palin’s “Christian Heritage” Declaration

Makes me wonder, should she wind up as President, what her stance towards Muslims will be.

McCain picked someone to energize the Right. What I don’t think he considered is the effect it’d have on people who aren’t on the Right. I’m getting right energized against her.

Previously here:

Stop Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin: Book-Banning Bitch!
Revelation 17:1-5