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October 24, 2013 - 11:00 am
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Well, it’s official. I’ve been sent to the Facebook “naughty chair” for 12 hours. As I write this I’m still not able to access either one of my pages, personal or writer page, and it’s 1:46 am and I calculate that there are 14 minutes left in my punishment. That Mark Zuckerberg means it when he says it’s going to be a whole 12 hours.

What did I do, pray tell, that sent me, head hanging, to the corner with all the hate speechers and porn-posters? I got into an argument with a librarian who hates censorship. So she did what any logically challenged person would do and reported me to Facebook so they would censor me.

Ah, irony.

Unfortunately for Brittany Staszak, children’s librarian at Glencoe Public Library, actual laws (you know, the ones Congress makes without Mark Zuckerberg’s input), allow a person to re-post statements made in a public forum like Facebook or YouTube or anywhere else on the internet! So welcome to your 15 minutes of fame, Ms. Staszak. I hope it’s exciting for you! (Or at least as exciting as pushing the “report” button all day.) Here’s the exchange that got me thrown out of social media.

And then she reported me and made sure I was not able to access all the information in the form of media and internet access for the next 12 hours (actually we’re at 14 and counting now). ¬†Staszak wants to have her cake and eat it too by posting her ridiculous ideas in a public forum but at the same time pretending no one else has a right to comment on how crazy her ideas are.

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I'm a recently retired librarian, and I regret to say that Megan Fox's experience is not surprising.

There are still many fine librarians and libraries in this country, but the vast majority of young and middle-aged librarians are left-wing activists who see little difference between their politics and their profession. Those who disagree -- whether they're other librarians or members of the public -- are treated with smug contempt. They will do all that they can to destroy the reputation of anyone who objects to their ideology.

In many places, the situation has deteriorated to the point that taxpayers should consider withdrawing funds from their public libraries. I'd recommend that Megan Fox consider organizing a group to add a library de-funding motion to the next local election ballot.
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There may be a few librarians left in the Country that aren't lesbian activists but I haven't seen one a long, long time, at least none younger than their sixties. They tend to be very nasty towards those who don't share their sexual and political predillections. Had I a teenaged daughter contemplating going to the library, I'd be more concerned about the librarian than the books.
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Wait a minute. A public employee comes after me in a personal way and inhibits my ability to do my job during a breaking story based on specious claims that I "harassed" her for reposting HER OWN WORDS...and I'm the one who is making it personal? I don't have a right to defend myself? That's Facebook's position and it's un-American.
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I had a friend who had his account suspended long-term for being too pro-Israel.

This will only stop when we do the same to them. Of course, we will be demonized and possibly prosecuted.
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A nice cut in funding will help. Of course, the press will make us out to be nuts, and even half of the Conservatives will back them.
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Another parent with the equivalent of "Baby on Board" sign on life, wanting the rest of us to pretzel ourselves into something that she perceives will somehow protect her spawn.

That's her job as a parent. Don't ask me to be part of it.

Equally, I can't believe that anyone would care one way or the other about the idiocy that is Facebook. It has exactly as much power as you choose to give it. For me, I give it none -- don't go there, don't post there, don't read it. And sort of think that anyone who would care about it one way or the other is probably the same sort of person who would want me to pretzel my life to protect her spawn.

Not my problem, neither issue.
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OK, so stop taking our money at the point of a gun to fund your idiocy.
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I'm a librarian, and once got in trouble when a patron came and asked for help researching the superiority of Cuban over US health care - and I burst out laughing. He complained to my supervisor ... who fortunately, while a Democrat, insists that we maintain a strict neutrality and MEANS IT. So I deserved that. Still recommend Bjorn Lomborg et al. to anyone asking about global warming, though.
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Nice.
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I was lucky enough to not have been viciously attacked during the last month or so that I have been blogging about this issue. I'm glad to see you are standing up to the bullying - don't let them get you down.
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I don't think Brittany Staszak should be rating books. It might make sense to establish several rating organizations (since a single rating organization can be take over by the Other Side) separate from libraries.

OTOH, it might make sense to emphasize the right of parents to know what their children are reading. You can even frame that as a fight against censorship. If information wants to be free that includes information on books taken out.
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Glad I live in an area where community standards are still vibrant enough that the library listens to concerned parents on these issues.
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Ms. Fox, This is a common practice for FB now apparently. I too have been blocked from commenting "Temporarily"... last for over a month, so far. In my case, I have no idea why or who complained and FB will not answer my inquires as to why or who or even acknowledge that I've inquired. I have always carefully avoided violating any of their mostly vague "policies", while witnessing multitudes of progressive hate-speakers spew incredibly vile and very personal insults towards anyone who disagrees with them. I can only suspect, because specifics regarding "charges" against me are apparently "state secrets", that I've been too effective in pointing out falsehoods and fallacies that embarrass their proponents in front of their fellow acolytes. The "show trial" and "summary execution" nature of FB's behavior makes me wonder if they're familiar with the "innocent until proven guilty" and "equal under the law" concepts. I hope you're time in FB gulags ends soon, and I'm starting to doubt whether mine ever will. Good luck and keep at it!
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So you want a rating system because you don't trust the ALA. I get that. But who sets the system? You're ticked at the librarian because you don't trust her--because she was trained to make porn accessible. Yet you are perfectly willing to trust someone else don't know. Publishers, whoever, are going to disappoint you at some point. After all, it's their job to sell books, not protect your kids from reading David Zimmerman. Too many of the posters here seem oblivious to that.

You want something for free from the government, you get what others have paid for. That's true of entitlements, health care, and . . . libraries.
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What a nonsensical comment. She never claimed she wanted anything for free. She is looking for a rating system to be implemented the same way video games are rated. Did you happen to read the article? If she discovers that the ratings are inadequate, she will appeal to the rating body.
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There are ways to make librarians to do as they ought. A friend of mine got nowhere when he complained about a quite graphic homosexual magazine placed out where it was very visible and accessible to children. So when he went to the library, he picked it up in the display area, wandering into a little visited section of the books and dropped it so it fell down between two sets of shelves. He hadn't taken the magazine. It was still in the library. It was just not accessible to children--just as it ought to be.

It wasn't long before the magazine became 'by request only' and held behind the counter. These librarians may not care what your kids see and read, but they get most unhappy when 'their' magazines and books start disappearing, only to turn up someplace odd.

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I'd like to offer another suggestion. Joined together, hundreds of families contributing just a little could make a difference. Find a sharp and articulate young woman and pay her way to a university, where she selects library science as her major. (Find perhaps the worst one in the country.) Every chance she gets, she objects to what is being taught.

Oooooh. The trouble that would create. If they don't silence her, the madness they are teaching is exposed to the next generation of librarians. If they kick her out, they become the censors and could quite likely face a very public lawsuit and bad publicity.

The best choice might be a young woman who'd not only view that as her mission field, but who'd turn the experience into a book and perhaps star in a documentary, one made covertly a little at a time as she goes through her travails.

We'd then see how eager librarians would be stock that book and video, particularly when lots of patrons begin to request it.

P.S. When I did some graduate work in medical ethics at the University of Washington, I had something similar happen. The instructor of a discussion group that had some fifty or so medical and nursing students became so upset with how well I took over the discussions and steered them in directions he didn't like, that he complained to my department head. Fortunately, he was just an instructor and my department head agreed with me. He got nowhere.

--Michael W. Perry, author of My Nights with Leukemia: Caring for Children with Cancer
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When I first moved back home (Portland) my local branch (Belmont) had a coffee table book of photographs illustrating lesbian fisting in the "new books" section. That is to say a tiered table the top of which any 5 year old might reach and leaf through the pages of truck drivers gals with keesters to the camera and .....It was a madly raunchy book. My remarking it to the librarians went nowhere.

Consequently, when they push a new hagiography of Che or have a book extolling the Rosenbergs as brave American "dissidents" I do as you've advised. Those books disappear in a remote part of the library behind the shelving.

By the way, I've noticed no complaints from the ALA about Obama admin spying, drone killings, or use of the IRS as a political lever.

The Multnomah County Library is now funded by a dedicated property tax. It is entirely a virulent left wing creature.

The problem is that Portland is the hippest town in the nation and consequently an "activist" (in Australian this is pronounced "f*ckwit") magnet. It is too expensive for normal families who move to surrounding counties.

We have a poorly educated heavily propagandized Portland population who think Chomsky and vote Zinn. And, they are passionate about their voting.

I grew up in a neighboring farm community and Portland used to be a practical town with a lot of blue collar folk or folk with university educations from blue collar backgrounds. It's a shame what's happened to this town.
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