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UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION: Librarian Wasn’t Fired!

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UPDATE: News to me tonight. James Taranto, wrote “Putting the Lie in Library” from the “Best of the Web,” the Wasilla librarian wasn’t fired. She made it through the employee interviews when former Mayor Sarah Palin brought in her own staff. The city librarian resigned two months [Edited: before] Mayor Palin began her second term.

Palin told the Daily News back then the letters were just a test of loyalty as she took on the mayor’s job, which she’d won from three-term mayor John Stein in a hard-fought election. Stein had hired many of the department heads. Both Emmons [i.e., Baker] and Stambaugh had publicly supported him against Palin.

Emmons survived the loyalty test and a second one a few months later. She resigned in August 1999, two months before Palin was voted in for a second mayoral term.

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Now any ignorant liberal repeating this piece of tripe really will look ‘left behind.’

“So Why Was The Librarian Fired?”

UPDATE: I’ve received several comments from readers with “Okay, T, so why was the Wasilla librarian fired?” and “So what books did Palin want banned?”

The answer is that there is no evidence that Palin wanted any books banned. It’s hearsay from the librarian and the Association of Dissed Librarians aka “Librarians Against Palin.”

Two city newspapers did not mention the book-banning incident at all when reporting the city resignations here and here.

So why was the librarian fired?

Using her gut instinct the new Mayor Palin felt (Who knows what happened with actual events, employees talking in the break room, whispers from citizens) that she was/would be undermined by the employees who vocally supported her opponent during the campaign. Just as with all new candidates, i.e. mayors, governors, presidents, chairmen of the boards, when a new person is elected, they have the prerogative to select who stays and who goes. It’s the downside but real aspect of politics. All presidents have done this, but when Bush did it when he came on board, the Democrats had the Department of Justice investigate him for firing nine state attorneys that had supported Clinton. But nobody said anything when Clinton had previously done the same thing with 93 attorneys when he came into office before Bush.

SARAH PALIN’S BANNED BOOK LIST

Thank goodness for the bloggersphere. Michelle Malkin has come up with P.D.S. alerts, an acronym for Palin Derangement Syndrome Alerts. These are for the conservative who needs to be able to refute the leftist hatemongering and deceitful rumors that desperate Obama liberals are spreading out in the bloggersphere. The latest are that Sarah Palin as Wasilla’s mayor wanted to ban books in the city library.

Upon being made mayor, Sarah Palin did ask for the resignation of the Wasilla city librarian who was a vocal supporter of other candidate running for mayor. Could that be the reason that a copy and paste [Edited: the actual] list of banned books [shown below] by the Evans Library Intellectual Freedom and Censorship group’s ‘Books Banned in the United States’ shows up as the same one Sarah Palin is supposed to have asked for? The trumped up, spurious list includes books that weren’t even published in 1996, i.e. Harry Potter which wasn’t published until 1998. You would think a librarian maven would know better. But leave it to the ignorant left who believes everything they are told or shown to think it’s true.

STACLU reported that it a ppeared that Obama’s website did help stoke the fires of Palin banning books but quickly took it down when it was reported to be false.

Honestly, folks… can anyone see any conservative trying to ban the books of Shakespeare, the Living Bible, Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, and Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary?

I don’t mind a different opinion as long as one can legitimately express why they have such beliefs without using ad hominem attacks and loony talking points. I expect veracious, straightforward debate and dialogue, with integrity from opponential politicial parties, not grasping at libelous, pathetic straws. The left needs to get a grip.

This is the list of books Palin is supposed to have tried to ban.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Blubber by Judy Blume

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

Carrie by Stephen King

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Christine by Stephen King

Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Cujo by Stephen King

Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen

Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite

Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Decameron by Boccaccio

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Fallen Angels by Walter Myers

Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Forever by Judy Blume

Grendel by John Champlin Gardner

Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Have to Go by Robert Munsch

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Impressions edited by Jack Booth

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein

Lysistrata by Aristophanes

More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

My House by Nikki GiovanniMy Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara

Night Chills by Dean Koontz

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Ordinary People by Judith Guest

Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective

Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz

Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Separate Peace by John KnowlesSilas Marner by George Eliot

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Bastard by John Jakes

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder

The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks

The Living Bible by William C. Bower

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders

The Shining by Stephen King

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder

Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff

Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

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Written by smalltalkwitht

September 10, 2008 at 12:28 am

6 Responses

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  1. wow lots of classics

    Rita

    September 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm

  2. T,
    Thought you would appreciate the email response my sister sent after I forwarded your latest email to her.

    “She must have read page 87 of Forever!”

    She is such a hoot….she’s determined to go to work tomorrow with a Sarah Palin hairdo and glasses. She’s been online all day looking for the glasses LOL
    Thanks for your continued posts. My family is really enjoying them too. Thanks to your blog, I am no longer content going about my business letting the rest of the country worry about politics. You’ve definitely inspired me to be a more educated voter.

    Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm

  3. **

    From the Anchorage Daily News story that inflamed P.D.S.:

    Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so.

    According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn’t fully support her and had to go.

    Emmons had been city librarian for seven years and was well liked. After a wave of public support for her, Palin relented and let Emmons keep her job.

    It all happened 12 years ago and the controversy long ago disappeared into musty files. Until this week. Under intense national scrutiny, the issue has returned to dog her. It has been mentioned in news stories in Time Magazine and The New York Times and is spreading like a virus through the blogosphere.

    The stories are all suggestive, but facts are hard to come by. Did Palin actually ban books at the Wasilla Public Library?

    …Were any books censored banned? June Pinell-Stephens, chairwoman of the Alaska Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee since 1984, checked her files Wednesday and came up empty-handed.

    Pinell-Stephens also had no record of any phone conversations with Emmons about the issue back then. Emmons was president of the Alaska Library Association at the time.

    Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm

  4. I don’t think she’s trying to banned these it’s what the obama gang is accusing her of. There are no books, that should be banned. “Fahrenheit 451” is about book burning. They said, first you burn the books, then you burn the ashes. I have read several of those books on that list.

    Mario

    September 7, 2008 at 4:48 pm

  5. It’s disgusting, people ought to take to the streets and riot. We are due for a good one. You wonder why I’m so damn cynical. LOLOLOL

    Mario

    September 7, 2008 at 7:25 pm

  6. “To the victors go the spoils”. The L.A.P. dogs (Librarians Against Palin) will have to learn to live with it.

    Grrand Wazoo

    September 7, 2008 at 7:52 pm


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