Category Archives: Politics

2017 Isn’t ‘1984’

2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined John Broich, Case Western Reserve University A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on Amazon.com. The hearts of a thousand English teachers must be warmed as people flock to a novel published in 1949 for ways to think about […]

Banned Book Week 2015: Fahrenheit 451

Bad news: 451 degrees F is not, in fact, the temperature at which paper bursts into flame. (It’s actually between 440 and 470 degrees F depending on the type of paper). Good news: Ray Bradbury’s novel about censorship, mass media, and induced apathy in the modern world is as accessible and spooky as it was […]

Bill Moyers Talks About Karl Rove

Today, I can limit my post to three words: "Moyers on Rove." Watch the video here. After you’ve absorbed that–and only after that–watch what Stephen Colbert has to say about Daily Kos, hate groups, and librarians here. (All right, that was 39 words, shoot me.)

Memorial Day History Lesson

I’ve been away for a bit and it’s been amazingly busy at the Academy library, but in response to stuff like this and bits like this , I feel that I must respond by posting links to the full text of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence (in that order).  I chose […]

You Have Nothing to Fear From Islam

Charlie Reese—who is in my mind not exactly a bastion of liberal thought— explains why in this article.  One of the better points he makes is this one: If Muslims really desired to conquer the world, don’t you think it’s strange that we’ve been living in peace with them for nearly a millennium and a […]

Democrats Push 'Net Neutrality

From Variety, the most hopeful news I’ve heard all year (the whole 10 days): Democrats push ‘Net neutrality Internet Freedom Preservation Act is introduced By WILLIAM TRIPLETT WASHINGTON — Democrats, who all but sank major communications reform legislation in the previous congressional session over the issue of so-called ‘Net neutrality, marked the first day of […]

Electoral-Vote.com

From Andy’s website: "This terrific site is running again. It has tons of election data (click successively on all the icons below the map to see what is there) and a "nonpartisan" (but enlightened) blog about the state of the mid-term elections. Click on the "Previous report" link at the top of the page to […]

Politics Expressed in MARC

Here is a summary of a recent GAO report that should be getting much more media attention than it has. Even if you don’t come to the same conclusions as the authors, the GAO Report is (to put it lightly) extremely disturbing. But since this is a librarian blog (or, more importantly, since I keep […]

Update and Replies

Reply to Lisle:  No, I’m not in jail, and in all honesty, nothing happened last week. I sent the note from my cell phone for the coolness factor, intending to follow up later in the day.  When the incident took place, I was on my way to meet my boss to drive to New Rochelle […]