A Couple of (Only Slightly) Snarky Snippets …

Just a couple of things on my mind this afternoon …

Beau takes on book banning

A few days ago I wrote a post about the recent trend in some states of banning books that educators or parents felt made the children ‘uncomfortable’.  Such books as Ruby Bridges Goes to School and books about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King have been banned in addition to numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning and classic books like Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.  But the book that triggered my post was a comic book titled Maus, about the Holocaust.

Interestingly, I decided to purchase Maus, in part to support the book and its author, and in part because I want to read it now, to see if I can figure out what all the hoopla is about.  But, guess what?  Amazon and Barnes & Noble are both sold out of the book.  I found one through a private seller on Amazon, but could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the price tag starting at $199.99 (£147) … for the paperback edition!!!  Just goes to show that banning a book isn’t going to stop the sales of that book and is more than likely to encourage people to buy it!

At any rate, last night my friend Herb sent me this Beau of the Fifth Column video and as always, Beau hits the nail squarely on the head.  Take a look …

Some good news for a change …

From an OpEd in The Washington Post by conservative writer Henry Olsen …

“Fundraising reports for the fourth quarter of 2021 are in, and they don’t paint a pretty picture for candidates endorsed by former president Donald Trump. Combined with polling data suggesting a decline in Trump’s relevance to Republican voters, they might just indicate that Trump’s ice-like grip on the party is slowly thawing.”

Olsen claims this is bad news, but then he and I don’t look at U.S. politics through the same lens.  I see this as very good news.  He continues …

“… not a single Trump-backed federal candidate raised $1 million in the last three months of the year. Many raised abysmally pitiful totals. John Gibbs, Trump’s pick for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, raised only $51,000. Trump’s favorite in the Alabama Senate primary, Rep. Mo Brooks, raised only $386,000; both of his major competitors topped $1 million. Even Harriet Hageman, Trump’s favorite to take out Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, brought in only $443,000. If Team Trump can’t even raise money to beat Cheney, something’s going wrong.”

In contrast, Liz Cheney raised over $7 million last year!  Interestingly, Republican former president George W. Bush has donated to both Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski, both of whom defied the GOP and voted to convict Trump in his 2nd impeachment trial!  There’s hope yet that sanity will reign!

And let’s finish with a few ‘toons, shall we?

21 thoughts on “A Couple of (Only Slightly) Snarky Snippets …

  1. Jill, as I was listening to Beau, I was thinking of movies and books on the same subject that I guess this school board wants to ban next.

    – Schindler’s List – we cannot have knowledge about a man trying to save as many Jews as possible before they are gassed to death by the Nazis.
    – The Book Thief – we cannot have knowledge about a girl who likes to read being concerned about the Nazi’s banning/ burning books and her parents hiding a Jewish teen in their basement.
    – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – we cannot have knowledge about a Nazi boy befriending through a barbed wire fence a Jewish boy who wore striped prison clothes.
    – Life is Beautiful – we cannot have knowledge about a Jewish father trying to bemuse his son to distract him from knowing that they are in an Italian/ Nazi prison camp.
    – The Zookeeper’s Wife – we cannot have knowledge of a Polish zookeeper and his wife who saved multiple hundreds of Jews being rounded up to be gassed by the Nazis.

    And so on. The above books and movies are must sees – as they are excellent spotlights into bad behavior that is overcome by exceptional behavior. So, are “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Huckleberry Finn.” But, here is lesson for this school board – if you want someone to read something, tell them they can’t.


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    • Oh yes, you’re so right … we certainly don’t want to encourage young people to stand against authoritarianism or … GASP … to think for themselves!!! Sigh. We’re heading in the wrong direction, but I’m encouraged seeing that the banning of certain books has resulted in increased sales of those books! I love the five that you mentioned and have read all but one, “Life Is Beautiful”. I also saw “Schindler’s List” before reading the book and loved Liam Neeson in that role! I understand schools being concerned about age-appropriate books, but I will never support the banning of books, the closing of young people’s minds. Sigh.


      • Jill, these kids see more than we ever could online or even with TV commercials on ED, vaginal infections, down there care, new birth control pills and approaches, etc. Remember George Carlin’s routine the seven words you could not say on TV? We blew past that a while ago. Keith

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    • But that’s the point of banning them, isn’t it! The “Authoritarians” get to decide which authors to ban, so that the children don’t learn how to think for themselves. Like Beau said!

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    • I fully agree with you. That said, certainly schools should pick age-appropriate books for children in the lower grades, but by the time a young person reaches high school, I think they should be encouraged to read a wide variety of books and literature. Banning books … it’s just so WRONG! Certain groups, usually religious groups, want to control what people learn and thus what they think as they grow into adults. It’s a frightening thing.


  2. Well, this makes me quite happy that I already have the aforementioned copy of “The Complete Maus”! I suppose one should applaud the budding entrepreneur’s ability to seize the moment but price gouging and highway robbery seem more fitting! Then again, there are those who will gladly pay any price without a backward glance. I suggest waiting for the, sure to come, restocking by B&N or if possible mayhaps one of those e-books. A recent newsletter from Jodi Picoult, known by some as ‘the other Jodi’, begins with telling about one of her books also just being banned…due to the inclusion of naughty s*xual content…those are my words, not Jodi’s! I will forward it to you!
    Then allow me to comment on the Henry Olson opinion column. Just below the first paragraph that you included Olson wrote : “If money is the mother’s milk of politics, Trump’s acolytes are severely malnourished.” I laughed at that and then he ends with : “Many Republican candidates have hitched their wagon to Trump’s horse this cycle. So far, the data suggests that might be worth less than they originally thought. They wouldn’t be the first people to have lost big by believing Trump’s bluster. If most of them lose, they just might be the last.” Olson is a talented guy and a Conservative Republican of the Reagan branch, but undoubtedly he is not within Trump’s camp. If you have not read Olson’s column from January 31st “Mike Pence, this is your moment to rebuke Donald Trump”, you would enjoy it.
    Political cartoons are always a perfect fit any time of the day! Beau was a great addition too! WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • While I am thrilled to see that since the ban, the book sales are HOT!!! Like you, though, I am not pleased to see that some are using the opportunity to ‘get rich quick’ and only a fool would pay that much money for a paperback book! I will wait patiently … I have ordered one that the seller said was in stock and hopefully it will arrive next week, for only $13 instead of hundreds!

      After reading your forward containing Jodi Picoult’s newsletter, I ordered “Nineteen Minutes” for my kindle and am about a fifth of the way through it … THANKS!

      I did read all of Olsen’s column, but chose only those couple of sentences to use in my post. I’m not a huge fan of Henry Olsen, but thought he was spot on with this one. I haven’t yet read the one from January 31st yet, but I plan to tonight if I can just get caught up … puff, puff, puff. Seems like Pence took Olsen’s advice, for I understand that he did, indeed, say publicly that Donald Trump is wrong! Good for him. I’m also not a Pence fan, for I despise his homophobic ways, but he did indeed do the right thing on January 6th. WHAK!!!


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    • Scottie used to post Beau’s videos frequently, but since my illness and since he changed the name of his blog, I’ve been somewhat out of touch, so I don’t know if he still does, but I did see that he posted one today about “Republicans getting sue happy”. I haven’t checked it out yet, but plan to soon.

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    • Awwww … thank you so much, Suze, but I’ll find a copy somewhere. I did find one for $13 from another seller, but I left the order in my cart overnight and by this morning it was gone! Wow … turns out that banning a book is a boost for its sales, eh?

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