Friday, October 12, 2012

Post-debate humor; censorship

Friday was always "Wear Your Best Hat to Court Day"
It was the Comtesse de Trop's favorite day of the week.
 The second election "dialogue" has again propelled me to escape into humor. Why can't they arrange it like a proper, old-fashioned debate? It becomes so incoherent!
Playing catch up, I added some Mary Chapin Carpenter videos to Wednesday's post in case you haven't heard her or have forgotten how great she is! I saw the Nashville Hall of Famer in DC in early days when she was playing at The Dubliner. Yahoos were yakking and clanking, yet she held her own.
I also wanted to piggyback on last week's focus on banned books with several apropos quotes, the first from Kurt Vonnegut.
And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.
 Go librarians! And from a fierce old curmudgeon, George Bernard Shaw:
All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.
Oh shucks, I thought it was 'Dress as What You'd Rather Be Day'!


  1. Mr. Vonnegut, you are missed. Also, the debate was such a freak show:( Glad that The Orioles were busy defeating the Evil Empire (New York Yankees)!!!

  2. Am I the only one who enjoyed the debate? I thought the moderator was excellent, at least compared to Jim Lehrer. She asked some good questions.

    Of course, I'm political by nature so perhaps I am more inclined to enjoy such things.

  3. Anon, you were not the only one who enjoyed last night's debate. I listened to it on NPR rather than watching it and I wasn't sure if I enjoyed it better when I paid more attention to their words rather than their body language, but I think I'll stick with just audio debates from now on. The moderator was really great, by being involved, and asking really great questions.

    I couldn't agree more with that George Bernard Shaw quote.

  4. I'm sure the judge will show those lovely ladies leniency!
    Molly has the right idea; I could've done without the funny faces and posturing.