Banned books week is coming up. It seems like a good year to support it.
Check it out: http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/august2008/OIFbbwsite.cfm
The fog is here, a delightful wrap.
I am reading Joe Biden's book, Promises to Keep, and I highly recommend it. I had no idea. What the Democratic party offers with Obama and Joe is exactly what the country needs. May the people listen enough to know.
Roger Cohen begin his morning column, Real Wars and the U.S. Cultural War, with this:
The culture-war surge in the U.S election campaign has come at the expense of meaningful debate about the real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That’s dangerous because they stand at critical junctures.
We’ve had Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention setting a new low for foreign policy with her attempt to mock Barack Obama’s approach to international terrorists: “He’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights.”
I’m sorry, Ms. Palin, but out there in Alaska, between moose shoots, did you hear about Bagram, Abu Ghraib, renditions, waterboarding, Guantánamo and the rest?
John McCain knows what happens when those rights disappear. He described his Vietnamese nightmare the next night: “They worked me over harder than they ever had before. For a long time. And they broke me.”
A man remembers getting broken: that’s why McCain fought the use of torture by the Bush administration. His condoning of those words from his vice-presidential candidate is appalling. Foreign policy be damned if you can score a God-fearing-macho-versus-liberal-constit
May this day be fruitful for all, with gratitude for an opportunity to read from the banned list books we might have missed. Our winter reading list has been generously placed in our face.