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Worst Quote of the Week – September 27, 2019

“I want to know who’s the person that gave the whistle-blower the information, because that’s close to a spy.  You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart?  Right?  With spies and treason, right?  We used to handle them a little differently than we do now.”

– Donald Trump, in a speech to a select audience while at the United Nations on September 26, referring to the still-unidentified person who revealed details about his call with the president of the Ukraine

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Best Quote of the Week – September 27, 2019

“The actions of the Trump presidency have revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.  Therefore, today, I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”

– Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, initiating impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump

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Banned Books Week – September 22-28, 2019

Once again, it’s time for “Banned Books Week” – the annual event where we free speech advocates and other enlightened souls are forced to counter the anger of the holier-than-thou crowd who somehow feel imbued with the power to tell everyone else what they can read and see. Help support literacy and education. It’s they’re the best tools against ignorance and arrogance. This is a battle we’ll never win.  But it’s always worth fighting!

Here’s a list of the most frequently challenged books, categorized by year and by decade.

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Worst Quote of the Week – September 20, 2019

Trump signing his name to a portion of the “virtually impenetrable” border wall.

“As one of the folks just said, it really is virtually impenetrable.”

– Faux President Donald Trump commenting on a stretch of the border wall in San Diego, California.

So, in short, the “virtually impenetrable” wall is penetrable.  I can see it now: illegal immigrants taking selfies of themselves in front of the wall, before finding a way around or over it.

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Best Quote of the Week – September 20, 2019

“Words can come and go in a language, but those that show staying power and increasing use need to be recorded and described.”

– A post on the Merriam-Webster website announcing the nonbinary pronoun “they” as an entry in its dictionary.

Merriam-Webster acknowledges that “they” has been used a singular pronoun consistently since the late 1300s.  The organization also notes it has evidence of the nonbinary “they” dating back to 1950, and that it’s likely there are earlier uses of the nonbinary pronoun.  Merriam-Webster’s latest batch of updates includes 533 new words and meanings.

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In Memoriam – Eddie Money, 1949-2019

“To me, the glass is always half full – never half empty.”

Eddie Money (Edward Joseph Mahoney)

“Baby, Hold On”

“Shakin’”

“Think I’m in Love”

“Two Tickets to Paradise”

“Walk on Water”

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In Memoriam – Francisco López Toledo, 1940-2019

“We add our voice … to those who struggle for the recognition and protection for their rights and cultures, because to the extent that we respect our differences, we shall build a life with more justice.”

Francisco López Toledo

Cocodrilo Rojo (Red Crocodile), 2009
El Perro de Olga (Olga’s Dog), 1976
La Madre de los Alacranes (Mother of the Scorpions), 1976
Libertad-a-Victor-Yodo, (Freedom to Victor)
Mujer Toro (Bull Woman), 1987
Rabbit Goes to War, 1993
Vaca Mala (Bad Cow), undated
Venado con Zapatos (Deer with Shoes), 1970
Kites with images of 43 murdered students at Mexico City’s Memory and Tolerance Museum in 2015

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