Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for August 11, 2023

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    rmremail  7 months ago

    Who needs all those books? Go ahead and ban away. Now give me a good video game, like Grand Theft Auto – now that’s a masterpiece!

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    lalapalooza Premium Member 7 months ago

    i use the library, the thrift shop and ebay.

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    Superfrog  7 months ago

    You don’t need books if you’re happy to be told what to think.

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    Scorpio Premium Member 7 months ago

    Oh, the horror on being made to think about something.

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    keenanthelibrarian  7 months ago

    I remember reading of a religious student whose class was given, by their supervisor, a list of “undesirable” books concerning religion and philosophy that SHE SHOULD NEVER READ!! She took the list, bought some and borrowed others, and said she’d never had a better time in her life …

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    The dude from FL  Premium Member 7 months ago

    Welcome to DeSantis’s Florida, his idea of freedom

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    Bilan  7 months ago

    Who ever thought the U.S. would be the birthplace of the Christian version of the Taliban?

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    cmxx  7 months ago

    @Bilan Anybody who noticed the House UnAmerican Activities Committee’s McCarthyism and subsequent slip-sliding down similar slopes from then on.

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    Baarorso  7 months ago

    “Books are challenged and banned because they have new ideas, and new ideas scare people” – me

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    Isenthor1978  7 months ago

    My two cents: anyone offended with an idea is usually incapable of independent thinking. Everything I was ever told about god was a lie: EVERYTHING.

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    Denver Reader Premium Member 7 months ago

    Another warning: You may be offended

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    akachman Premium Member 7 months ago

    I certainly hope so.

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    tpcox928  7 months ago

    GOP does not like people to think.

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    DaBump Premium Member 7 months ago

    The real book banning is done by the people running our libraries, who quietly decide which books do NOT appear on their shelves, and then cover that up by screaming “BOOK BANNERS” if someone so much as suggests moving a book (full of stuff you can’t read in a public meeting) out of the children’s section.

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    ajr58(1)  7 months ago

    Anyone else notice the irony of Desantis saying he does not want indoctrination from the liberals?

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    Papakillamon  7 months ago

    The freedom seeking censorors, censoring freedom.

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    Redd Panda  7 months ago

    Literature can be a monkey on your back. When you feel the urge to read, just watch baseball on TV.

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    kunddog  7 months ago

    Just reading books and not using the information to gain real life experience just makes youa good player at trivial pursuit / pub quiz.

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    sandpiper  7 months ago

    @Superfrog: You don’t need books if you’re happy to be told what to think

    Agree. You also don’t need books if you believe what you are being told is the truth.

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    john_chubb  7 months ago

    Well, a really great book of short stories is titled “Trigger Warning”

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 7 months ago

    I suppose anyone can right a book and write anything in the book they please. It’s the readers who decide to read it, or not, that make it a success or a failure, not the critiques.

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    sleepyhead  7 months ago

    Whats really in those books Wiley? Come on and tell us. Would you put one in your comic strip?

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    BigDeal  7 months ago

    Personally, I hope to get my thoughts provoked. But, tangentially speaking, Whereas book stores are free (or should be) to market whatever they choose and reap or suffer the financial consequences, I feel sorry for beleaguered school boards who must decide how to allocate what funds the receive, and yet still have to answer for their choices to the public.

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    mindjob  7 months ago

    With ebooks you can adjust the font size and don’t need lights, so I don’t think I’ll be getting more printed books, unless they start redacting passages that somebody finds offensive.

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    David P. McLaughlin  7 months ago

    Wiley: Books that could be acceptable for 18 and up people AREN’T usually acceptable for 6 year old children. Only “teachers” who want to indoctrinate children to accept: sex WITH the “teacher”, and/or “same sex relationships” with their friends, or accept: “You People of Color will always be victims of White People; You White People need to feel shame for past treatment of People of Color.” Or California calling for reparations to Black People for slavery when California WASN’T a slave state, and no White person living today owned Black slaves. The only slave trade occurring TODAY is sex slavery of young girls trafficked across Biden’s open southern border. AND, Tuberculosis and Polio are making a comeback in the USA since Pedo Joe was sworn in!

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    ladykat  7 months ago

    I don’t mind my thoughts being provoked.

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    kathleenhicks62  7 months ago

    Banning books should be banned!

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 7 months ago

    The Motto of An Internet Troll. Told to The Count by a friend, of course. >;).

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    Can't Sleep  7 months ago

    Most of the people who want to ban books don’t even read books. Or magazines, or…

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    Teto85 Premium Member 7 months ago

    If you are afraid reading a book will change someone’s thinking, then you are not afraid of books, you are afraid of thinking.

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    Jml58  7 months ago

    You have the right to not read something you don´t want to. You don´t have the right to deny me to read something you don´t want me to.

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    lsnrchrd.1 Premium Member 7 months ago

    Christian Dominion nationalist MAGA better not be doin’ none a’ that there thinkin’. They get told, and then they do what they been told, and that there is how she’s done!

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    jimboklein  7 months ago

    One of the best books I’ve read is Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen.

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    T...  7 months ago

    Here in the C R of California the party line is to never provoke your thoughts, just do or die…

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    MartinPerry1  7 months ago

    I remember a woman who wanted to ban the “Chronicles of Narnia” since it has a sacrifice scene. She said it might give her kids some bad ideas and behaviour. I thought at the time, “I don’t want my kids anywhere around your kids, if you feel that is what your kids might get up to.”

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    AndrewSihler  7 months ago

    Just so you don’g go getting any ideas.

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    sisterea  7 months ago

    And God forbid we encourage children or anyone else to think.

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    eddi-TBH  7 months ago

    Read something.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  7 months ago

    People thinking on their own. Where would that lead?

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    Alverant  7 months ago

    We should all welcome the occasional thought being provoked. It builds character.

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    MFRXIM Premium Member 7 months ago

    But, I want my thoughts provoked!

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    bakana  6 months ago

    Here in Florida, a group has been “Fighting” the book bans by operating a “Banned Bookmobile” offering copies of banned books at Wholesale Costs.

    They’ve Sold Out at least twice.

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    Kveldulf  6 months ago

    Three days ago I commented on a post by strictures who said neither god nor the devil exists. My tongue-in-cheek reply was:

    The devil very definitely does exist. In fact over 8 000 000 000 devils are now destroying the only Heaven we know of.

    His reply to me was:

    Please get help, as you are obviously insane!

    I think he missed my meaning. The Heaven of which I spoke, obviously, is this world and the eight billion devils destroying it are, just as obviously, us.

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    cwg  6 months ago

    And in other news, ebooks may be censored, edited, and banned on your device without your knowledge.

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