Tuesday, August 30, 2005



What had happened down there was the wind had changed
Cloud rolled in from the north and it started to rain
It rained real hard and it rained for a real long time
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

The river rose all day, the river rose all night
Some got lost in the flood, some got away all right
The river busted through clear down to Plaquemine
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

Louisiana, Louisiana
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
Louisiana, Louisiana
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
They’re tryin’ to wash us away

President Coolidge come down in a railroad train
With a little fat man with a notepad in his hand.
President say, “Little fat man, isn’t it a shame
What the river has done to this poor cracker’s land?”

Louisiana, Louisiana
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
Louisiana, Louisiana
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
They’re tryin’ to wash us away

--Randy Newman
Good Old Boys, 1974

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The cold split that just occurred in the AFL-CIO has opened up a new page for US labor.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Operation Yellow Elephant on Campus

Monday, August 22, 2005

Keeping History safe-2000 election an open sore

Keeping history safe is what librarians should do. This is Why the effort by Jeb Bush to close the State Library of Florida and the betrayal of professional ethics by state librarian,Judith Ring--were such a horror.

"We aren't doing the country a favor when we present recent history in a way that makes our system look better than it is. Sometimes the public needs to
hear unpleasant truths, even if those truths make them feel worse about their country.

Don't Prettify Our History

Published: August 22, 2005

The 2000 election is still an open sore on the body politic.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Jeb Bush Buddies White Wash Reality

Bush's allies promote legacy.
Big GOP money raisers bring back the Foundation for Florida's Future to showcase the governor's education work.

like trying to close the state library?

Monday, August 15, 2005

"Dreaming of Joe Hill" sung by Paul Robeson; Joe Hill's, "Power in a Union" sung by Utah Phillips.

Paul Robeson sings "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night."--Peace Arch Concert May 18, 1952.

Hear "There is Power in a Union" written by Joe Hill and sung by Utah Phillips.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

George Bush the Second on vacation.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Jeb Bush and Native Americans

First take note of the work of The National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media which exists to fight the powerful influence of major media who choose to promulgate messages of oppression. The impetus which formed NCRSM was the clear case of media coupling imagery with widely held misconceptions of American Indians in the form of sports team identities resulting in racial, cultural, and spiritual stereotyping. NCRSM formed in October of 1991 at a meeting of American Indian dignitaries and activists held at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. NCRSM, while best known for its front-line demonstrations outside sports stadiums across America has been responsible for an educational effort which has made the issue of racial stereotyping a household discussion. NCRSM takes a long term view of the struggle against learned hatred and disrespect. We are in a fight for the very soul of the United States against long ingrained willful and self serving ignorance. Components of major media which from public and government opinion includes: film vido, sports entertainment, and educational institutions, publications, news organization, television, cable satellite, internet, retail practices and merchandising, marketing and radio.


J. Bush blasts NCAA



Count Gov. Jeb Bush among the Floridians outraged at the NCAA's recent announcement that it is banning the use of 18 Indian mascots and nicknames -- including the
Florida State Seminoles -- during NCAA-sanctioned events beginning next February.

''I think it's offensive to Native Americans . . . the Seminole Indian tribe who support the traditions of FSU,'' Bush said Tuesday. 'I think they insult those people by telling them, `No, no, you're not smart enough to understand this. You should be feeling really horrible about this.' It's ridiculous. How politically correct can we get? The folks that make these decisions need to get out more often.''

The FSU Board of Trustees called an ''emergency'' meeting for 1 p.m. today to discuss the issue and plan their appeal. Attorney Barry Richard, who represented George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential recount, has agreed to represent FSU in a lawsuit against the NCAA, if it comes to that.
In Whose Honor?

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Edward P. Jones-The Known World wins 2005 IMPAC Award

The 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award went to The Known World by Edward P. Jones.
It was nominated by the Richmond Public Library, the Lincoln Library, Springfield, the Multnomah County Library, Portland, and the Minneapolis Public Library.

The Known World was selected as a 2004 Notable Book by the American Library Association and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Troublemaker's Handbook

The Troublemaker's Handbook.
For workers who want to take control over their lives at work. In hundreds of first-person accounts, workers tell in their own words how they did just that.
The stories run from how to ridicule a pompous boss to a years-long campaign against a multinational corporation. The workplaces represented include factory and white collar, public and private, in the U.S. and Canada.

Labor Notes is a non-profit organization that has been the voice of union activists who want to "put the movement back in the labor movement" since 1979.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Katherine Harris-Florida State Library

Her new look

her "what me worry? look.

Katherine Harris used to be in charge of the Florida State Library. She used that position to end the scourge of adult literacy...no, seriously...see this old post to the Committe on Literacy/NIFL list now erased from the archives..Harris used her position to get her self on billboards...she was even on the state library directory cover...

Received: from ala1.ala.org (ala1.ala.org []) by literacy.nifl.gov (8.10.2/8.10.2) with ESMTP id i176QRI10598; Sat, 7 Feb 2004 01:26:27 -0500 (EST)

To: Adult Literacy Library Initiatives
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 08:18:42 -0500
Subject: [LIBRARY-LIT:2839] what can be done to move forward

I am hoping the COL will communicate with each state chapter.
At present I am not directly involved in adult literacy or adult
literacy delivery. This is philosophical. I have little faith in
working with my own state (Florida) as I feel that our governor, Jeb
Bush, has used literacy as a political banner and neither he nor his
fmr. sec. of state (Katherine Harris) who promised to 'wipe out the
scourge of adult literacy" (during their campaign--with billboards)
has seemed to me sincere. I include adult literacy as part of my
course in adult services and I serve on a community advisory council
for adult literacy. Does the ALA Literacy Committee communicate with
the 50 chapters and whatever literacy entity exists in each state? Is
there any sort of interaction?
I make these suggestions as a VERY long time participant in the
ALA literacy community. I am hopeful that having a Committee for
Literacy will be parallel to the Committee on Intellectual Freedom.
The COL will send out information on national issues to the states.
Please let me know if I have not interpreted this correctly.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Juliette Morgan-Montgomery Librarian who Protested Segregation

As the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in December approaches, the Montgomery City-County Library Board has a unique opportunity to commemorate the boycott in an appropriate way by naming a library for former city librarian Juliette Morgan.

Morgan was a white librarian whose public support for the black citizens who challenged the city's segregated bus system caused her to be the target of ridicule and abuse from many white citizens. Those attacks, including threats to boycott the library she loved, eventually led her to commit suicide.

Alabama Heritage gives background in "Juliette Hampton Morgan: From Socialite to Social Activist."

--thanks to LISNews-"Library May be Named for Activist Librarian."

Presidential Library Act-Celebration

Monday, August 01, 2005

Rove Scandal resources