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West Coast Tiger
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posted 29 September 2005 10:46 AM      Profile for West Coast Tiger     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Three of the 10 most challenged books were cited for homosexual themes, which is the highest number in a decade. Sexual content and offensive language remain the most frequent reasons for seeking removal of books from schools and public libraries.

For the complete list, click here.

*Also at the link, a list of top ten "challenged" authors from 1990 to 2004.


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brebis noire
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posted 29 September 2005 10:51 AM      Profile for brebis noire     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
7. "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak, for nudity and offensive language.

Nudity, ok. But offensive language?


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ronb
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posted 29 September 2005 11:01 AM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Maya Angelou = racist.


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B_Nichol
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posted 29 September 2005 01:22 PM      Profile for B_Nichol   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Of Mice and Men": when my niece and her boyfriend told me some group in Beaumont, AB were targeting that particular book this year, I nearly fell off my chair. That novel was read to us in Grade 8 by an inspiring English teacher, and prompted me to seek out other Steinbeck works.
Who are these people, and WTF is their major malfunction?

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America is Behind
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posted 29 September 2005 01:27 PM      Profile for America is Behind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We beat Hitler's Reich in World War 2 and we can beat America's today.
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Tommy Shanks
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posted 29 September 2005 01:40 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Do the people who compile these lists always get to 9 and then decide, because they can't think of anything else, to toss in "Of Mice and Men"?

Has there ever been a list like this it wasn't on?


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B_Nichol
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posted 29 September 2005 01:59 PM      Profile for B_Nichol   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The one that they seem to have missed is Twain's "Huckleberry Finn"; I've seen that on many a list, although my niece said the group in Beaumont went after that one as well.
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posted 29 September 2005 05:36 PM      Profile for Andrew_Jay        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I recall Bridge to Terabithia is often on the list . . . a book we read in the third grade.
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MartinArendt
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posted 29 September 2005 11:55 PM      Profile for MartinArendt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I remember the "Chocolate War", I read it when I was young...I think I quite liked it, too! Of course, I was a pretty gay little boy, so...you know, no wonder.

Steinbeck, eh? Angelou, eh? What kind of f***ing parent would write to the school, enraged that their child was reading those authors? A bad parent, that's what kind.


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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 29 September 2005 11:55 PM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Try finding The Hoax of the 20th Century any time soon in your library. That is actually a banned book, unlike the shit mentioned here.

Some homo can't get his book about the benefits of buggery into a kindergarten library, and he claims it's "banned"


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MartinArendt
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posted 30 September 2005 12:10 AM      Profile for MartinArendt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey Audra, here's a big homophobe to be banned! Hellooo! Ban this homophobe, if you don't mind! Hola!

While you're here, though, Gaetan, you intellectual genius, I may as well have some fun, since it's late, and I've got a bit of time before I lay me down to sleep.

So, Mr. Bastard, I've always wanted to know what it was like to work for the famed Mr. Fred Phelps himself? Is it fun? How's the payscale? Are there perks? Knowing what a randy fella that Phelps is, I bet there are some perks, eh Gaetan? You know what I'm talking about, wink, wink, nudge nudge! Alright!

So, you're sitting around at home, you've got nothing but time on your hands, and you decide to...what? You decide to read (which, in and of itself, is a surprise) a thread on a random website, go to all this trouble to create an identity, just to post something moronic. Think of all the time you took out of your dreary life to do this.

And you're thinking "Yes! Score! Somebody is reacting to me! I'm a success! I'm a provocateur (sorry, big word)! Look at me, I got what I wanted!"

The thing is, I'm really just writing for myself. I don't expect anybody to read this, it's just a little, as they say, mental masturbation. It's a good way to exercise my muse, I suppose. Yes, it's a creative endeavor. Your post is the catharis to bring out my Homeric talents; I am as Milton, embarking on a literary journey, and for that, I thank you, Mr. Bigot. You have helped to get my creative juices a'flowin'. I tip my hat to you, you poor, poor, deluded piece of garbage, and wish you the best as you will soon disappear from here, back into the nether regions of the cavernous sewer from which you emerged.

Adieu...


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WingNut
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posted 30 September 2005 12:12 AM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
He's a Nazi too. Pig.
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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 30 September 2005 12:17 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Gaetan Dugas:
Try finding The Hoax of the 20th Century any time soon in your library. That is actually a banned book, unlike the shit mentioned here.

Some homo can't get his book about the benefits of buggery into a kindergarten library, and he claims it's "banned"


Hey Nazi asswipe, even Hitler said Rosenberg's book was unreadable. Goebbels thought it was the product of a deluded mind. Even in Nazi Germany nobody took it seriously.

But you do apparently, you sad, sad, little man.


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Bacchus
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posted 30 September 2005 12:20 AM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
AE Ive got a book for you Hitlers Inner Circle

Fascinating reading and well poised for a repeat today in the U.S.


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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 30 September 2005 12:20 AM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Children.

The thing is, there are actually some banned books in Canada. But do you diseased of mind ever spend a second worrying about them?

Of course not. You instead scour the internet to see if someone objects to a homo telling their 5 year old that he should stick his dick in his friend's behind the first time he gets a boner.

You people are sick freaks.


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'lance
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posted 30 September 2005 12:21 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sigh.

Here again, we have our old friend Archimedes 2000, aka ... ah, why bother.

Subtle "handle," Archie. Subtle as all your other trolling here.

Gaetan Dugas wasn't even "patient zero."


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 30 September 2005 12:23 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Its nice for once to work for a company I can honestly say I'm proud of.

Half Price Books - Banned Book Week 2005

quote:
"It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers." — Judy Blume

And just this week some idiot parent wants the Cedar Rapids Public Schools to take "Go Ask Alice" off the shelves. Remember that scene in "Field of Dreams." So Iowa, unfortunately.


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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 30 September 2005 12:23 AM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Hey Nazi asswipe, even Hitler said Rosenberg's book was unreadable

LOL.

Good lord, you're stupid.

The Hoax of the 20th Century was written by a professor in an American university in 1978. It has nothing to do with what Hitler thought about Rosenburg.

But, wannabe American journalists aren't bright enough to know anything, ket alone WWII history. Why would you be an exception?


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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 30 September 2005 12:25 AM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Subtle "handle," Archie. Subtle as all your other trolling here.

Gaetan Dugas wasn't even "patient zero."


Of course he was. Some shitstabber who cared so much about his fellow homo, that even when the CDC doctors identified and interviewed him, he told the doctors he "felt fine" and anticipating having many anonymous sexual contacts on his next flight.

Homo prick.


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WingNut
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posted 30 September 2005 12:26 AM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cowardly Nazi scum. Imagine having nothing in life worth valuing besides skin pigment. Poor sick bastard. There are many ways to off yourself you know. Need help picking one?
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MartinArendt
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posted 30 September 2005 12:30 AM      Profile for MartinArendt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"LOL, which means that I'm actually laughing out loud to myself in my lonely room!

God you're stupid! You don't even know the year that some bullshit racist book was written! You are clearly a "Homo prick"!

Look at me! I'm awesome! I'm so bitter and lonely I sit around and post my prejudices all over town! Oh, aren't I just the queen of the ball! I'm tossing out these great insults! Oh, I'm fabulous! My name is Gaetan! How terribly clever!

I wish I could write a newspaper, all about how incredible I am! I would call it the Third Reich Daily..."


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lagatta
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posted 30 September 2005 12:30 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I hope everyone has written to the moderator. This Nazi has infected the Weisenthal thread as well...
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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 30 September 2005 12:32 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
your hateful book

quote:
The Case Against The Presumed
Extermination Of European Jewry

Holocaust denial.

Rosenberg's tripe

Virulent racism in both cases.

Begone Nazi

[ 30 September 2005: Message edited by: Américain Égalitaire ]


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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 30 September 2005 12:36 AM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Begone Nazi

I'm not a Nazi. I hate all Nazi's.

Nazi's were, for the most part, homo socialist scum, who believed in the eglatarianism of their fellow German.

I know you're too ignorant to understand this, but this fact i will post, as I compose my next.


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WingNut
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posted 30 September 2005 12:38 AM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You are one of those sick pricks who are homophobic becuase you haven't come to terms with your own homosexuality, eh?

[ 30 September 2005: Message edited by: WingNut ]


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Transplant
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posted 30 September 2005 12:40 AM      Profile for Transplant     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OK people, it's just a sick, twisted little troll.

Nothing to see here.

Move along.


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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 30 September 2005 12:41 AM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What "race" are Jews, for you to claim 'virulent racism'?

Unless you agree with Hitler that Jews are a 'race of the mind', Jews are not a race.

Instead, as it pertains to the HollowHoax, Jews are a collective of opportunists, lining up for a gravy train. Whether it be financial, like today's 25.5 mil award for the "gold train" hoax, or enthnic, like the expulsion of Ernst Zundel for non-existant crimes, Jews use the Hollowhoax to achieve their desied results.

Jews and Muslims deserve one another. But they shoudl keep their demented shit overseas, not in Canada.


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MartinArendt
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posted 30 September 2005 12:41 AM      Profile for MartinArendt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:

but this fact i will post, as I compose my next.

He he! "fact"! "compose"! Yes! I will compose my next fact, shortly. Ahem...

"it's a fact that I am a troll and a virulent bigot. Composed by Gaetan whatever"

Edited to add: so...where are you from? Because, you just said Jews and Muslims shouldn't be in Canada...but I thought you were from the States...

But, it was a lovely little post you made. Quite eloquent. You should really try to get a book deal, because you're such a great writer! Really, no seriously, I think you should try! I know a lot of university press' which would be scrambling to print your incredibly enlightened thoughts. All I need is your real name and address, and I'll send some university officials straight to your house! Oh, won't you be in for a surprise!

Sorry, Transplant, sorry! Oh...gosh! Ok, last one, I promise!

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WingNut
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posted 30 September 2005 12:42 AM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think he might be gay and is really really conflicted about it.
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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 30 September 2005 12:53 AM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Further to Américain Égalitaire


This is what offends me about American 'journalists'. So appalllingly ignorant of fact. From Canadians, it would be somewhat excusable, as their education system is controlled. From Americans, it is not.

the Nazi's were socialists. They opposed the Marxists/ Bolshevicks, as they felt Marxism was a Jewish movement, which is true.

Were they nice people? NO. Where they 'Égalitairians'? Yes, in their minds, and in their programs.

You really need an education. And you won't get it here, hanging around with halfwits.


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clersal
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posted 30 September 2005 12:59 AM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Not working with a full deck that is for sure.
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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 30 September 2005 01:01 AM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Right, and you are.

If you were, you would actually be able to debate issues, instead of sobbing to a fake titted "feminist" whenever anyone says anything that displeases you shit-tossers.

Diaper filled children.


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N.Beltov
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posted 30 September 2005 01:14 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The troll should be minced and then boiled. But if you have no water, then you should probably just sit on them until they are squashed flat. Then they can be boiled at a later date.
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clersal
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posted 30 September 2005 01:21 AM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
If you were, you would actually be able to debate issues, instead of sobbing to a fake titted "feminist" whenever anyone says anything that displeases you shit-tossers.


You are coming apart at the seams.

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Suzette
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posted 30 September 2005 01:24 AM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Fake titted "feminists"???

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

No, I'm not laughing with you....


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clersal
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Sven
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posted 30 September 2005 01:47 AM      Profile for Sven     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Why, went a poster is simply trying to piss people off (that is his SOLE goal), do babblers even respond?

Here's an idea: When a guy like that is just spewing crap out of his mouth...and then throwing it all over the board...if anyone responds, they get a "time out"...and the crap spewer gets banned.

Having a lively debate about something (particularly when people disagree vehemently) is entertaining and often educational.

This jerk is neither.


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posted 30 September 2005 02:00 AM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
But Martin was having such fun! True, arguing with this particular person is the intellectual equivalent of trying to have a conversation with a rottweiler that's barking hysterically at you (hopefully from behind a fence). But if he's trying to piss people off, I'm kind of curious how he feels about people making lemonade out of the lemons he lobs at us.

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Gaetan Dugas
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posted 30 September 2005 02:07 AM      Profile for Gaetan Dugas   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Fake titted "feminists"???
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

No, I'm not laughing with you....


You may want to introduce yourself to the moderator of this board, before you go too far along that line, there, Suzette.

Ask her how the silicone's hanging these days.....


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Albireo
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posted 30 September 2005 02:41 AM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No need to reply to the vermin. I think he's already banned, or if not, then soon.
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Michelle
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posted 30 September 2005 02:43 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yup.
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posted 30 September 2005 08:05 AM      Profile for West Coast Tiger     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
WOW! You guys have been busy while I've been gone! I can't believe this guy started a troll-fest on this of all threads. ??? WTF?

Anyhow... getting back on topic, I haven't read *any* of these books yet and I'm just wondering if anyone else has, and what they thought of the ones they've read. I've certainly read some of the authors at the bottom of the link, but none in the list of 2004. Any thoughts? Are any of these books worth reading?


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posted 30 September 2005 04:21 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
... and for the RECORD, my breast implant is SALINE.
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Left Turn
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Apparently the Learned Elders of Zion tends to be oft banned because of its anti-semitic content.
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posted 02 October 2005 05:55 AM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, now we know what kind of lunatic is writing these complaints. KOO-KOO KOO-KOO!

quote:
Nudity, ok. But offensive language?

Well, Mickey does say "Cock-a-doodle-doo!". And maybe they thought "Milk in the batter" was a euphemism for something?


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Stargazer
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posted 02 October 2005 10:08 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some people on here may remember all the hoopla over Judy Blume's 'Are you There God, It's Me Margaret?"

I remember my mom had no issues with me reading this book but a shit load of parents were very upset that their daughters might actually be exposed to the 'horrors' of menstration.

Oh and Audra, you rock! Great come back!


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posted 02 October 2005 11:42 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I remember HEARING that there was a huge hoopla about that book, but maybe I'm too young to have experienced it directly.

There was no problem, from my parents or school, or parent advisory committees, with me reading that or any other Judy Blume book. (I think another of her really controversial ones were, "Then Again Maybe I Won't" and "Deenie" which was about kids (a boy and girl respectively) dealing with sexual issues like masturbation and such. Come to think of it, Tiger Eyes was also about sexuality too, as a side issue to her father dying.

Man, I have to re-read the Judy Blume books. I know they're for tweens and adolescents, but they were so darn good.


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In my Catholic school all the hoopla made us want to read Judy Blume that much more. We passed the books around like they were underground Soviet literature. You were cool if you had read 'Forever'. And you try to tell that to young people these.....
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Jacob Two-Two
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I remember reading "Then Again Maybe I Won't" at eleven. Quite the eye-opener I can tell you.
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I always did like The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff. It's an interesting look at some of the inner workings and maneuverings by right-wing politicians with their eyes on school boards. The book being "Arrested", so to speak, is Huckleberry Finn, which as many people here probably know, has been a target in the past both by conservative organizations (because of the usual - swearing, nudity, and so on) and, oddly, by some liberal organizations (because of the way Huck talks - it's unconsciously racist which is what you would expect from a boy who never learned anything different).

Upon re-reading some of the books I used to read when I was younger, I've been surprised at how "subversive" they would be in today's conservative-dominated context.

One book openly blames teacher job losses on tax cuts in California in the late 1970s. (The Computer That Said Steal Me)

Another book shows, in stark relief, the racism and sexism inherent in American society and how the "rule-enforcers" in a system can reinforce class divisions. (The War Between The Classes, Gloria Miklowitz)

Another book by her reveals how rich people sometimes believe themselves to be above the law and sponsor or take part in vigilante acts, in the process revealing racist attitudes. (The Emerson High Vigilantes)

This one I haven't re-read yet... Another book shows how school authorities sometimes use the Trojan horse of disease testing to do illegal tests for drugs among the student population. (I don't remember the title, but the book followed a teenage boy's life in this new "bubble city" which had been constructed specifically to keep all the rain out. One scene I can remember stands out - a Congressman comes down to highlight the differences between the US and Soviet systems, and in doing so, unintentionally creates a disaster, when the soldiers he has brought in to play the parts of the men hauling the boy away for asking questions of the "Comissar" end up overenthusiastically acting the part.)

Another I haven't re-read yet is called the Flight of the Cassowary. It's an interesting look at how alternative points of view tend to be quashed by people uncomfortable with the concept. There's an amusing subtext between a Jewish boy and a fundamentalist Christian, where the Jewish kid openly mocks the fundie by saying "Yeah, we're all Christ-killers. Get out before I re-enact it on you," or something to that effect.

Anyway, I'm sure one or another of those books may well get banned at some point.


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