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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read!

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups--or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore the latest problems to classic and beloved works of American literature.

According to the American Library Association, more than 400 books were challenged in 2007. The 10 most challenged titles were:

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
3. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
7. TTYL by Lauren Myracle
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
9. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(Click here to see why these books were challenged.)

During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2008 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 27 through October 4.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.

Thank you for celebrating Banned Books Week!

My favorite banned book that i have read to completion:
Of mice and men -John Steinbeck

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Sarah Palin has picked out an All-American set of names for her children. There's Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper.

Ever wonder, What would your name would be if Sarah Palin was your mother? Well now you can find out!

Sarah Palin baby name generator

I used my LJ name: blujay_

now, aka

Clop Clutch Palin

I should post this on my own journal...

Here is a post I made to the astronomy community on July 1st, 2008:

"Daytime fireball

Wow. About 45 minutes ago I saw the biggest, brightest fireball I have ever seen. And this is daytime! It was at 10:43am pdt according to my clock. I was driving north on a canyon road and it appeared just a couple of inches above a mountain range. It was going almost straight down and a little easterly. From Southern California, it appeared to be NNE. I am certain it will make the news. It was amazingly bright and large. But, I haven't seen anything in the news yet or heard anything on local radio.

It disappeared quickly, but the image seemed to be seared into my vision for a few moments later. I wouldn't be surprised if this thing was as big as a house, or that it made an impact. It is hard to guess the distance. it could have been 500 miles or more. I am eager to hear some news. My heart is still racing. If anyone hears anything, please post more information here. Thank You."

It did make the news.

And here are reports from other eye-witnesses.

I am still buzzing about it.

Happy Fourth of July

"Oh, can't you see the morning after
It's waiting right outside the storm..."
~Maureen Mcgovern

-The Good

Sheriff’s deputies responded to 170 fireworks-related calls Friday night, issuing 8 citations and confiscating contraband fireworks at 11 locations.

Lt. Andy Rosso said that one felony arrest was made at approximately 4 p.m. in Newhall. Christopher Aguirre, 18, from Val Verde, was stopped on Newhall Avenue near 14th Street by traffic officers. Upon searching his vehicle, they discovered a cache of bottle rockets in the car.

Aguirre was booked at Santa Clarita Sheriff’ Station, where he remains in lieu of $20,000 bail

-The Bad

Authorities in Toledo, Ohio, say a fast-moving fire at an apartment complex has destroyed eight buildings and left more than 100 people homeless.

Fire officials say the blaze was reported at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Toledo fire assistant chief Luis Santiago says residents of the complex on the city's south side reported that fireworks had been set off in the area just before the fire.

-The Ugly

In Port Huron, Mich., a 51-year-old man was critically injured when he was struck in face by a mortar-type firework, the St. Clair County sheriff's department said. Officers said the man was placing the firework in a tube when it ignited.

Police in Riverside, Ohio, said a man lost part of his leg when fireworks went off inside his parked sport-utility vehicle, blowing the windows out.

A 6-year-old girl in Bayville, N.Y., suffered second-degree burns when fireworks landed in her lap, police said. Investigators said it wasn't immediately clear who launched the fireworks but said the child wasn't at a public pyrotechnics display.

A 3-year-old boy in Leominster, Mass., suffered serious burns after his father shot off fireworks that went awry, authorities said. The 37-year-old man will probably be charged with illegal possession of fireworks, police said.

See ya next year, fourth of july.
happy wag

Importance of Knowing Your Audience

"The following ad in The Atlanta Journal is reported to have received numerous calls:

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good looking girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. Rub me the right way and watch me respond. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me. Kiss me and I'm yours.
Call (xxx) xxx-6420 and ask for Daisy.

Over 15,000 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society about an 8-week old black Labrador retriever."

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I do not post much...

I use LJ for a news source basically. I am subscribed to many RSS feeds, quite a few communities and a few interesting blogs here.

But last week for some reason, I decided to make a post. I wrote a bit about a birds nest I noticed that day.
Well, the very next day, about 7 am, I saw the bird again. Beautiful, it flew right over me and I saw the rust color under its wing and a flash of white. I heard the chicks also and all was well.
Later, about 2 pm, I was in the area and I glanced back up there. I was some distance away, but I could see something peeking out. Oh, one of the chicks is having a look outside, I thought. So I approached to have a closer look.

I was shocked when I realized that it was'nt a chick. But a Snake! Wow! How in the hell did that get up there?! Oh Noo! The chicks! That bastard ate those chicks.
I was crushed. This is a species of bird I have'nt seen around here before.
Yeah but wow. I've never seen a snake that high up in a tree before. Except for National Geographic or Mutual of Omahas wild, wild kingdom. This is Southern California, not the Amazon Rain Forest.
I went home to get my camera. It usually takes about thirty minutes round trip, but i was back clicking pictures twenty minutes later.

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It struck me. The irony. I make my first post in 9 months, and its about these chicks. And the next day, disaster.


Still, at the same time, I had to admire the triumph of the snake.


Since then, this past week, Ive looked up there every time I am in that area.

Sadly, It is all quiet now.

I'm not a bird-watcher or anything but...

I saw an odd bird today. One like no other that I have seen around here before. I heard an odd sound, like sticks rubbing together. I looked up at a sycamore tree and caught a glimpse of this bird. He/she was peering into a hole in the tree. Evidentally the hole was a tree branch that had been cut off years ago and partially scabbed over, leaving a hole in the trunk. Then it occured to me that the noise was chicks, crying out to be fed. Interesting because the sound was so different from the ones made by other chicks in other nests around here. The bird was about the size of a dove or a little bigger, but slim like a scrub-jay. It was rust and brown colored and I saw a flash of white as it flew off. I may try to get a picture of it tommorow.

I cleaned out my work truck today. Hand tools, materials, barricades, trash and the like that has accumulated over the past few weeks.

I laid out and saw cut the concrete box that will go over the new water valves that frank the plumber put in, in front of Dumas's old house. I plan to set that in place tommorrow with the backhoe and then backfill.

All in all, a pretty good day. Not as hot as the previous couple of days.