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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Is This Cool Or What?

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Oh Please - Anybody read the Book of Genesis Lately? - LOCAL NEWS
Denver libraries put in a bind
Officials of the city's system, which this month pulled 6,000 racy Spanish-language picture books from its shelves, are worried that a full review of its 2.5 million books, CDs and videos may follow: The city's chief librarian ordered the books' removal from all libraries, pending a review of each book's content. A few hundred of the novellas so far have been stored in four cardboard boxes inside the library's main offices downtown.

"Racy, adult-oriented Spanish-language novellas stripped from shelves of Denver's public libraries are hardly the only picture books with strong sexual content available to children in the city's 22 branches.

A Denver Post review of English-language illustrated novels and comics taken from a handful of libraries citywide shows books containing nudity, sexual acts and violence against women.

Under library policy, the books - most of which were found in juvenile reading sections - are available to everyone. "

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Oh Look... More Good News

Families' fears grow after latest cross burning: "A weak economy can sometimes contribute to upswings in hate crimes, said Shanna Smith, a national civil rights expert. In recent months, Michigan has posted one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
Smith, president of the National Fair Housing Alliance, said in an interview last month that when white people are financially unable to leave racially changing neighborhoods, some may lash out with hate. The alliance released a report in July that indicated some real estate agents in metro Detroit were steering black housing applicants away from mostly white neighborhoods, further dividing a region that is already one of the most segregated in the United States."

Monday, August 08, 2005

Camille Paglia Let's Me Off The Hook...Bless Her Heart

The Morning News - Camille Paglia, by Robert Birnbaum: "There are pressures on unknowns, people just starting out, to like, "Publish, publish, publish, get it out there, you gotta make a mark." And I am saying that that is terrible for our culture and we need examples of people holding work back, working with it for quality. "