I am still in Thailand, and will be offering a full report shortly! But before I get into the details of the Isan Jurassic Park, Ifirst have to offer some lame politicized-self-aggrandizing-commentary like any respectable blogger.
Yesterday, I received two e-mails regarding Sarah Palin, the US Republican Candidate for Vice-President. One, forwarded from my mom, said the following about Palin:
“Palin is a straight shooting, hard charging, get it done gal. She knows when to listen, how to analyze the facts and how to make a decision, then implement the plan. She doesn’t do a poll before jumping in with both feet like too many of the Washington types. She has little legislative experience because she has always held the EXECUTIVE position; in private life, as mayor of Anchorage ‘s largest bedroom community or more recently as Governor of our State. She is a smart, attractive home grown Alaska girl with excellent moral and family values. She can see what needs to be done and does not hesitate to get it done.”
Another, forwarded from Mandy Speer, painted quite a different portrait of Ms. Palin:
“Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present or future daughters. To date, she is against sex education, birth control, the pro-choice platform, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor she wanted to ban books and attempted to fire the librarian who stood against her), gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar bears. To say nothing of her complete lack of real preparation to become the second-most-powerful person on the planet.”
Anyway, I’m sure you can guess which opinion I probably find more likely. However, I just wanted to say that I really appreciated the ALA(American Library Association)’s timely response to the issue:
Critics Revisit Library Incident that Paints Palin as Censor
June Pinnell-Stephens, chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Alaska Library Association, was quoted in the September 4 Daily News as saying she had no record of any books being censored in the Wasilla library nor any conversations about the issue with Emmons, who was president of the association at the time. But she did recall that Palin “essentially forced Mary Ellen out. She all but fired her.” Other librarians began criticizing Palin on the “Librarians Against Palin” blog, which was formed after the 1996 story resurfaced. Discussion also erupted on the electronic discussion list of the American Library Association’s governing Council and quickly turned into the kind of political debate that ALA’s 501(c)3 tax-exempt status prohibits. After the ALA executive office cried foul, the discussion was moved to the electronic list of the ALA–Allied Professional Association, whose 501(c)6 tax status permits arguing for or against a candidate for elective office. …
Thank you, ALA, for giving us the important library news we need!
Since it seems like you need hardly any credentials these days to be nominated for Vice President of the US (though I wouldn’t agree with the claim that it’s the “2nd most powerful person in the world”), I just want to say I am now endorsing Jenny Jirka for Vice President.