John Lennon

Today ( December 8th ) in 1980 John Lennon was shot to death by a mentally disturbed man.

All my life I’ve heard people talk about where they were when JFK was shot. I could never relate to that, not having been born at the time.

I do remember where I was when John Lennon was shot. I was a sophomore in high school. I remember talking about it in an English class with Mr. Truit and the “cool older kids”. At the time John Lennon had just released his “Double Fantasy” solo album which made me aware of his existence separate from The Beatles.

I remember a discussion about “Imagine” on an old sitcom called “WKRP In Cincinnati” . One of the DJ’s explained how the lyrics meant hope for the future. Lennon, having been influenced by Eastern meditation thought that visualizing such a future might help bring it about and he wrote that song. A station executive in the story read the lyrics and dismissed “Imagine” as communism.

That is always how I liked to think of “Imagine”, as a vision for a future we are all hungry for and how imaging it may bring it about, or a few minutes of joy at that vision.

Why Not Hillary?

I originally made this post in 2008.  I am updating it today with this article written by Ralph Nader on 2013 Novemer 09, about why democrats might want to think twice about supporting Hilliary Clinton in 2016:

The Dynastic Hillary Bandwagon: Bad for America
by Ralph Nader

Like it or not, Hilary Clinton was a board member of Walmart while that company was earning an onus to attach to its name. Walmart Board Member Hilliary Clinton did nothing to fight for the health care, protection from gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and low wages of Walmart workers. So why are these suddenly her issues as presidential candidate Hilliary Clinton?

Other reasons why you may want to vote for Senator Obama instead of voting for Hilliary Clinton:

20 or so minutes on why I am 4Barack

100 New York City Feminists endorse Obama over Clinton

Lastly, there is this case of her egregious lying. During the 2008 Presidential election she claimed she had experience with military situations because she landed in Bosnia under fire. Unfortunately for Clinton the CBS news crew that accompanied her had videos of what really happened. Her answer to the dichotomy? She “misremembered”

Banned Books Week 2013

This year read a banned book week falls on:
Sunday 2013 September 22 – Saturday 2011 September 28

Every year for the past 31 years the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week: The Freedom To Read

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

The American Library Association maintains a list of The Top 100 Banned Novels Of The 20th Century for your reading pleasure.

There is even a web site and a domain dedicated to Banned Books Week called

Lastly here is a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books Of 2012:

Please read or talk about a book from one of these lists during Banned Books Week 2013.

All freedom and all progress is ultimately rooted in the free flow of ideas.