This year’s Banned Books List included a few surprises.
The American Library Association's annual report highlights those books saddled with censorious complaints from parents, educators and assorted bureaucrats. Mom and Dad understandably would be horrified to find Fifty Shades of Grey in the elementary school stacks, but some administrators objected to Dav Pilkey's popular Captain Underpants kid-lit series.
It appears some paper-shufflers found the silly superhero too disrespectful of their efforts. "I don't see these books as encouraging disrespect for authority. Perhaps they demonstrate the value of questioning authority," Pilkey said. "Some of the authority figures in the Captain Underpants books are villains. They are bullies and they do vicious things."
We learned over the weekend that school office bullies aren’t restricted to the K-12 world. Two California university professors seem to be creating their own list of books to ban, including any titles that dare question their disintegrating theory of apocalyptic climate change.
The secret is out.
Unable to maintain the storied façade of Senate collegiality, Majority Leader Harry Reid reluctantly spoke a dark truth about newly minted Senator Ted Cruz. “My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully,” Reid said from the Senate floor, more in sadness than in anger.
It took the most powerful man in Congress to say publicly what many nervous senators have said privately about the “very junior senator from Texas." I have cataloged the most shocking allegations of bullying, intimidation and alpha-male unseemliness from the tumultuous first months of Senator Ted Cruz:
It happened again. A peaceful gathering of truth-seeking progressives was marred by a small group of violent anarchists. These politically unaffiliated youths unexpectedly took over a polite May Day celebration in Seattle, to the horror of the placid, tolerant majority.
Odd, isn’t it, that these so-called “anarchists” only seem break windows and attack cops at leftist events. Even stranger since they tend to shout leftist slogans as they rampage. Why do you never see these completely non-partisan rioters hurling rocks at a county/western bar in the midst of an Amarillo Tea Party rally?
The media tirelessly warns America of potential violence from the right, while ignoring or minimizing actual violence from the left. Whether it’s vandalism at anti-globalization protests, assaults at political conventions or rapes at occupy rallies, the MSM is quick to pin the leftist crimes on a few anarchists if they bother mentioning the violence at all.