Bonfire of Liberties: Mayor Sarah Palin Tried To Ban 'Questionable' Books From Wasilla

Just in time for ALA's Banned Books Week later this month, Daily Kos just gave us a tip about the TIME magazine article on Presidential VP nominee Sarah Palin and how she tried to fire librarian Mary Ellen Baker for not banning questionable books.

Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor.

While most of her positions are far outside the mainstream, and her hypocrisy of talking small government and detesting federalism while expanding government and raking in pork may grate on people who look at her record, all most see is that she's a pretty, charming, upbeat and down-to-earth person. Perhaps it's her strong WE movie of the week biography; people see Palin as a compassionate person, and therefore they probably see her as a compassionate politician.

In the mean time enjoy some Palin satire:

The run-up to Palin's Republican National Convention debut provided a predictable feeding frenzy for the 24-hour cable channels and the pundits who populate them. What may not have been as foreseeable is the volume of simply brilliant satire that has surfaced online in the last few days. The best examples all follow a simple, similar motif: Sarah Palin blogs! The fake Palins are proliferating at a feverish pace. They've got accounts on YouTube, Twitter and Typepad. And they are using those outlets to take her fake message directly to the masses.

In the hours running up to her speech, Fake Sarah Palin tweeted: "I don't understand what your problem is with this vetting stuff. I DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY PETS! Ungh it is so pointless." She also blogged that she was thinking about writing her speech as a rap to appeal to the "urban" voter but was having trouble finding rhymes for "appropriations," "sectarian factions" and, uh, "dope." Oh, and she posted a video in which she marveled at life in the lower 48 to her campaign manager-cousin-personal stylist. "It seems there's a lot of different occupations. I'm used to, you know, cannery worker, fisherman, fish sales person, fish cultivator, Wal-Mart greeter. [And] everyone comes in Inuit or normal person."

Links, block quote and book lists via: Mediabistro.com, Newsweek & TIME

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