September 24~October 1, 2011
American Library Association
Banned Books Week (BBW)
is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom–the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular–provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged–and possibly banned or restricted–if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
April 7, 2009
By Michael Collins
Michael Collins sits down with legendary LA County prosecutor and best selling
author Vincent Bugliosi in a one-on-one interview on the topic of murder. Specifically,
the prosecution of George W. Bush for the murder of 4,200 U.S. soldiers. While
large amounts of attention are paid to the also serious charges of torture and
illegal warrantless surveillance, Bugliosi sees the deliberate deceiving of
the nation into war as crime that easily trumps those in terms of the seriousness
— and body count.
Murder Trumps Torture Says Bugliosi
Photo: 2003 State of the Union, Jan. 29, 2003. WikiCommons
“If we prosecute those in America who only commit one murder,
under what theory don’t we prosecute a president who is criminally responsible
for over four thousand murders?” Vincent Bugliosi
(April 5, Wash. DC) The legendary Los Angeles County prosecutor and top selling
true crime author, Vincent Bugliosi, continues to make the case that he argued
in detail in his New York Times best seller, The
Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. His crime, according to the esteemed
former prosecutor: deliberately deceiving the United States into an illegal
war that resulted in the deaths of 4,200
U.S. soldiers and more than 1,000,000
He has the help of a citizens group called ABA Publishing headed by Arminda and Bob Alexander with Jude Morford. The all volunteer group recently sent Bugliosi’s cover letter and book to 2,200 local prosecutors across the country.… Continue reading
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.”
Do you remember what it was like to be a kid, and having to say those words? For me, it always seemed like a chore. Having to get up every morning, put your hand over your heart, and say the Pledge. A kid has better things to do with their time, don’t they?
That being said, there were times when I felt proud to say those words.
For instance, do you remember when the United States’ hockey team beat the Soviets in Lake Placid during the 1980 Olympics? WOW. I was only 8 years old when that happened, but I watched A LOT of TV as a kid, so I remember the coverage from Philadelphia’s Action News. I remember saying the pledge in 2nd grade, after my teacher reiterated what I had seen the night before, and thinking how proud I was to be an American. It didn’t bother me to say the pledge that day.
That was then, and here we are today.
If you follow the news, you’ll see that the United States is currently involved in two wars. One in Iraq, and one in Afghanistan. Both American soldiers, and civilians from that region are being killed. 1000′s of people on both sides are being wounded,… Continue reading