Saturday, April 01, 2006

Well, if you're going to put it that way ....


In 2001, Borders hosted events to highlight the tragedy of banned books: host(ing) a reading ..... in the Eau Claire area, nine (area) residents read excerpts from their favorite banned books.

(But in 2004) Borders and Waldenbooks stores will not stock the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine (because it contains cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad).


'Throwing down the gauntlet to Borders' (Samizdata)

(Regards:) Borders ... (I) have taken my own advice and notified them loudly of the downside to their actions:

The 'blogosphere' is alive with the recent announcement you will not stock the Free Inquiry issue with the Danish cartoons. We abhor your cowardice in the face of the enemy and your lack of moral fibre to stand up for the First Amendment.

'An Open Letter to Borders Books' (The Bidinotto blog)

Dear Borders representatives:

I have been a loyal Borders customer for quite a few years. I spend many hundreds of dollars annually in your store. However, I have just learned that Borders and its affiliated Waldenbooks have banned the next issue of Free Inquiry, from your shelves.

My personal outrage doesn't peg the meter quite as far, my comment that morning was: "WTF?". I 've been watching Europe's grovelling dhimmitude for the past number of months. A surprise yes, to see it puddle jump across the Atlantic so rapidly (though perhaps it shouldn't have been?). I try to see things in a greater context. I don't try to get involved in the outrage of the day. Which seems to propel many a first tier blog (occasionally seeming a little forced), a continuum of keeping the natives restless [LGF (amped, angry, outraged)].

Nonstop outrage isn't good for my own spirit. I try to relax each day, listen to some music and forget the world for a few moments. Militant radical Islamic scum won't take that away from me, forcing me to live in their same flat dimensionless world of hyperventilated hate.

If corporate America can make a buck doing the right thing, great .... they will proudly pat themselves on the back. But the insanely complex nature of the modern world, and subsequent business' and markets, demands they take a proactive defensive stance. If the blogosphere can educate them and make them see the error of their ways, great. But they themselves aren't Islam.

This is only one facet of the metered, measured, pounding lead boot advance of militant radical Islam, across the globe. And into the fabric of our lives. Yes, keep an eye out for some of em slipping under the gate, or over. But please ..... keep some dry powder in reserve, and don't forget about the gate.

Militant radical Islam approaches, and it comes for thee.

Oops, almost forgot ....


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