Fight Censorship and thank a Librarian

“We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.   –  E.M. Forster

 

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”   –  Henry Louis Gates

 

“Submitting to censorship is to enter the seductive world of ‘The Giver’: the world where there are no bad words and no bad deeds. But it is also the world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all.”   –  Lois Lowry

DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND READ:

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/statementspols/freedomreadstatement

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Fight Censorship and thank a Librarian

It’s banned books week

And if a book hasn’t

Made it on that list

I’m not sure it is

Worth my time

Reading

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It’s banned books week

If you care about

Making your own

Choices

If there is a book

You like that

Has made the list

Speak out

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It’s banned books week

Somewhere there is a

Librarian who has stuck

Her neck out

For your right to

Read what you choose

They are the hero’s of

The hour

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It’s banned books week

Celebrate

Read a book

From the list

Read the statement

Freedom to Read 1953

Celebrate

Then go to the independent

Book store and buy

Banned books

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Bisous,

Léa

À votre bon coeur

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  

–  Dalai Lama

 

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”   –  Lao Tzu

 

“Compassion is the basis of morality.”   –  Arthur Schopenhauer

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À votre bon coeur

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Because it is that season

You toss small coins

Into the open palm

Careful not to touch

Even more cautions

Eye contact not made

You who have so much

Fling a pittance at

The starving man,

Woman with child

Coat threadbare

Congratulate yourself on

Your generosity

“If only they would get a job”

Yet by definition

There is nothing charitable in

You

Or your act

A total absence of

Kindness in thought

And deed

Caring requires

Compassion

Not a quick fix

For a guilty

Conscience

Or is it all for

Show?

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Bisous,

Léa

Lies, Damned Lies and Politics

“Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.”  – Noam Chomsky

“The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned.”The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.
With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.”  – Henry A. Wallace

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”  – Sinclair Lewis

“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.”  – John F. Kennedy

Lies, Damned Lies and Politics

September 11, 2001

Every mother’s child is hit

Thousands of bodies

Crushed, shattered, incinerated

Folded, spindled, mutilated

And fifty states a wailing wall

Rescuers hurtled into overdrive

Choking down thick grey ash

Inhaling particles of death

Yeetgadal v’ yeetkadash sh’mey rabbah

Cover the mirrors

Wooden crates to rest the weary

Soggy with tears

Screams of the dead

Reverberate from the

Bronx

To the Battery

And sea to shining sea

Rivers swollen with blood

The malignant mouth

Of the media

Bombards airwaves and print

Inciting the masses

Loyalty to the lone star dictator’s

Final solution

Bisous,

Léa

GOP Psalms

Going into an election year, one quote will not do! While the poem is an older one, and the names may have changed, it is certainly relevant.

“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual.”

– Ayn Rand

And last but far from least:

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”

– Haile Selassie

GOP Psalms

Bush is my Shepard

I shall know want

He maketh me lie down

On park benches

He polluteth pristine waters

He eulogizes family values

For re-election sake

Yea-

Though I walk through the valley

Of unemployment

And education cutbacks

I fear no evil

Clarence Thomas art with me

He shields me with sailors

They hooketh my tail

He leadeth me past still photos

For Helms sake

He anointeth desert sands

With blood

For mid-east oil

He enriches elitist coffers

Surely embezzlement and fraud

Shall follow him

All the days of his incumbency

And I shall dwell in the kitchen

Barefoot and pregnant forever

Bisous,

Léa