Thursday, May 10, 2012

A new classic

How sad.

Have they looked on their Romance shelves lately? Or some "YA"? There is some seriously hot sex going on in those books. How is this any different? 

“It’s quite simple — it doesn’t meet our selection criteria,” said Cathy Schweinsberg, library services director.
“Nobody asked us to take it off the shelves. But we bought some copies before we realized what it was. We looked at it, because it’s been called ‘mommy porn’ and ‘soft porn.’ We don’t collect porn.”
They'd bought 19 copies already, so it met your selection criteria before, or are you in the habit of buying material before you know what it is? Now they won't stock them because some people called it "porn" (who? qualified reviewers? librarians? professional adult material selectors? jackasses who call everything with a sex scene "porn"? your selection committee, perhaps?)  

I haven't read these books, they're not really my thing. But 300+ people on hold for the first one at our library, and  probably more every day. 

They say they have other "porn" titles:

Copies of “The Complete Kama Sutra” are available through the Cocoa Beach, Mims/Scottsmoor, Palm Bay and Titusville branches. Also up for grabs countywide: “Fanny Hill,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” “Fear of Flying,” “Tropic of Cancer” and “Lolita.”
So what makes “Fifty Shades of Grey” different?
“I think because those other books were written years ago and became classics because of the quality of the writing,” Schweinsberg said. “This is not a classic.”

You know what makes something a classic? Standing the test of time. Getting a reputation as something everyone should read. You know what all these classics listed here have in common? Sex scenes, and having been banned somewhere.

We might just have a classic here, after all. 

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Damn proud to be an American

and to call this man my president. Especially in the wake of a pathetic vote in North Carolina.

We're Americans. We're all created equal. We should all have equal choice. We should have marriage equality.


Tuesday, November 08, 2011

2011 New Jersey Election Results

Local races by County:

Atlantic (look all the way to the right, in the box on top)
Bergen (about halfway down the page, at press time the link wasn't active yet)
Burlington (link at top)
Cape May County

General NJ results

NOT EVERY ONE WILL UPDATE FULLY TONIGHT. The polls close at 8 PM; some counties will start updating soon after that.

Go vote!

Polls are open in Our Fair State.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Don't forget to vote!

Tomorrow is election day in Our Fair State... don't forget to vote!

If you haven't made up your mind yet on how you should vote, check with the League of Women Voters, who have a lot of information for you.

See you at the polls tomorrow!

Friday, July 22, 2011

It's about time. Finally.

I feel safer knowing that we now acknowlege that military members have the same level of acceptance and behavior as the rest of us.

The end of Don't Ask, Don't tell.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

NJ Bike Exchange

Have a used bike cluttering up your garage? Or need a bike for yourself? I just found out about this program. It's a great idea.

The Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange accepts donated used bikes which are re-conditioned by volunteers and sold. Profits go to the Trenton Boys & Girls Club's after school programs.

Places to donate your bike can be found here.

The Exchange is located at 1500 N. Olden Ave, Ewing NJ. They're open Saturdays 10-5, and Thursdays 5-8. They say you can ride the bikes to try them out before purchase, too.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Ride, all for charity. What's not to love?

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Better than I could've said it: Jennifer Beck flip-flops edition

Jay Lassiter on State Senator Jennifer Beck's sudden change of heart regarding Marriage Equality:

New Jersey's new map added Asbury Park and Ocean grove to her district, transforming it overnight into (arguabley) the gayest district in New Jersey.

So, Beck's track record on equality: vote against Gay people when it matters (or when it suits her politically) but now that she wants to represent the gayest district in NJ, a sudden conversion. Go figure.

Ah, a fair weather friend. Just what everyone needs. Here in the former 12th, I say: good riddance, Senator Beck. And good luck to the folks in her new district. You're going to need it.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — George S. Patton

From the Times of Trenton:

On this Memorial Day, it is fitting to call the roll of the 145 service members
and two civilians with ties to New Jersey and Bucks County, Pa., who have died
in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We give thianks that such people lived, and remember them this Memorial Day.