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Intellectual Book Burning in a Totalitarian Democracy

"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women’s Lib/Republican, Mattachine /Four Square Gospel feel it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.” —Ray Bradbury

In Ray Bradbury’s futuristic novel Fahrenheit 451, the state burned all books in order to hide the truth from the people. In the coda to a 1979 edition of the book, Bradbury wrote: “Fire-Captain Beatty, in my novel Fahrenheit 451, described how the books were burned first by minorities, each ripping a page or a paragraph from this book, until the day came when the books were empty and the minds shut and the libraries closed forever.”

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Larry Doby Baseball Hall of Famer honored on the 60th Anniversary of breaking the Color Barrier

On Friday August 10, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Indians Stadium, named Jacobs Field, Larry Doby was honored for his historical achievement.  A three game series was being played between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees when they celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Larry Doby becoming the first Black baseball player in the American League.  Doby made his Major League debut on July 5, 1947 two days after he was signed by the Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck.

For historical point of reference, Jackie Robinson was signed by the National League Brooklyn Dodgers eleven weeks before Larry Doby was signed by the American League Cleveland Indians.  In April of 2007, the Los Angeles Dodgers paid tribute to Jackie Robinson who was saluted by other Major League players wearing his number 42.  The Cleveland Indians players wore #14 Larry Doby’s number honoring his memory.

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Marching 101 to perform halftime show at Sept. 23 Atlanta Falcons game




ORANGEBURG – On Sunday, Sept. 23, the NFL Atlanta Falcons will host the Carolina Panthers for their 2007 home opener at the Georgia Dome, and SC State will definitely have a presence at the game.

SC State’s renowned Marching “101” Band will perform during halftime. The game begins at 4:15 p.m. and will air on the FOX network.

The Marching 101 could return to perform in the Georgia Dome in January 2008, if selected to participate in the annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. Vote for the SC State Marching 101’s inclusion as one of the nation’s Top 10 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) bands at Voting concludes on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at 12 a.m. EST.

Sec. Kempthorne to Help Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Desegregation of Little Rock Central

Dirk KempthorneWASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will attend events on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25 in Little Rock, Ark., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School.

On September 25, 1957, soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escorted a group of African American teenagers through the front doors of Little Rock Central High School. On that day those students, who we now know as the Little Rock Nine, took the first steps toward ending desegregation in little Rock public schools. That day brought our nation further along the path toward equality.

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Is Pro-Democracy Killing Moral?

During a recent Republican presidential debate, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took Texas Congressman Ron Paul to task for calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Huckabee suggested that it was irrelevant whether the United States should have invaded Iraq. The point, he stated, was that because the invasion had “broken” Iraq, the United States had the obligation to remain and fix it. As Huckabee put it, “We bought it because we broke it.”

Huckabee is wrong on several counts, and his reasoning only goes to show how far American conservatives have fallen in terms of conscience and morality.

Let’s assume that when Huckabee was a teenager, he broke into his local hardware store with the intent of stealing supplies to give to the poor. Let’s say that as he reached for the items, some of them fell to the floor and broke.

When the police arrived, would Huckabee have had the right to remain in the store to fix the items he had broken? Could he have told the police that this is what his mother taught him when he was a little boy? Of course not. The police would have taken him into custody and removed him from the store. While he would have been obligated to reimburse the store owner for the broken items, Huckabee would not have had any right, legal or moral, to remain in the store to fix them.


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The Liberal Temptation

In 2005, the Center for Vision and Values hosted a conference about poverty in the United States and different approaches to alleviating it. During the Q&A session after one of the presentations, a Grove City College student asked what actions the College was taking to help the poor. Good question. While the short answer is, “More than you realize,” I hope the student asked himself the far more important question, “What am I going to do about poverty?”

I don’t think there is anybody in America—liberal or conservative, atheist or Christian—who thinks that poverty is a good thing or wouldn’t like to see poverty vanquished. Differences of opinion emerge when the talk turns to strategies. Liberals tend to favor government programs that use tax dollars—monies that are taken by compulsion—to fund various government antipoverty programs. Libertarians favor, and most conservatives tend to favor, private-sector initiatives that are funded by voluntary contributions. Liberals are happy to give money to this, that, and the other cause, as long as it is other people’s money. I call this “the liberal temptation.” Conservatives and libertarians are more likely to acknowledge that they have a  personal responsibility to freely contribute time or money to work toward the desired goal. There’s a huge difference between compelling others to perform work you think is important and doing good deeds yourself.

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