Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Stripe-shirted Men and the People Who Cannot Find Them

Reading about the various evils of the newly announced conservative corporate vice-lackey in running (I was going to write "to be" there and crack another joke about how people like me not voting are going to lose the upcoming election for the "good" guys (and gals), but Jack asked me to stop joking about my untenable quasi-apathetic stance on the whole issue, so I'm not going to (especially because I may finally be tipped towards, like, actually voting, or something)), I stumbled across the tid-bit that she once upon a time, when Mayor of some podunk dorf, she called her library to inquire about how she might, as mayor, go about banning books (okay, throw a book-banner on your ballot, I guess I have to go out and vote against you; see what I mean?), which led me to checking out the ALA's list of the most frequently challenged books of the 1990s. Pretty interesting.

I think we can all go ahead and assume that Ms. Jesus-is-my-CEO was, back as mayor, looking to ban #88 on the list: Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford. What did Waldo ever do to anyone? I mean, I'll admit, that last page where it's all people dressed like Waldo is tough, but do we really have to ban the book from our libraries just because it's challenging?



Blogger nate said...

Well, if I remember correctly there were a couple of slightly naughty changing-stall mishaps depicted in the beach scene. But I don't know that it's reasonable to blame Waldobama for, say, a lady's bikini top being plucked off by a seagull. And let's not forget that it has been extremely hard for his opponents to demonstrate that he was actually present in the first place. Wait, is that what this is about?

More seriously, it always interests me how many of the books on that list are popular children's books, plus Huckleberry Finn. Whatever the people asking to have these books banned are trying to accomplish (and I can't believe there are very many of them) it doesn't seem to have much to do with the grownup population.

9/03/2008 11:39 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Yeah it's either the beach one or the page where Waldo is seen escorting a woman into a Planned Parenthood.

9/04/2008 2:29 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Oh, and here's the article with the thing about Palin being a book-banner:,8599,1837918,00.html?imw=Y

9/04/2008 2:52 PM  

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