The Lafourche Louisiana Parish Public Library is facing the most offensive opposition I’ve ever seen in a library election: “ ‘They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,’ the council chairman said in reference to Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of thesegment of the Golden Meadow library branch. ‘Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.’ ”
That’s a quote from Mr. Lindel Toups, chair of the Parish Council in Lafourche, LA. Mr. Toups is orchestrating a “special election” this Saturday to take money away from the library to build a new jail. Yes, literally taking money from the library to build a new jail. He wants to redirect money already dedicated to the library – an institution that educates all ages, helps people find jobs, connects them to social services, and is a place of self-discovery and community identity – to build a new jail. And he’s running a Saturday election to try and do it.
W. Vrolik. 19th century
He missed his opportunity! Don’t miss yours, reader.
From: The Referee & cycle trade journal - vols. 9-10 (1892-93)
The Discovery of Witchcraft is the short title for Reginald Scot’s 1584 work on magical things. The long title gives you an idea of what Scot was trying to educate the reader about:
The Discouerie of witchcraft, Wherein the lewde dealings of witches and witchmongers is notablie detected, the knauerie of coniurors, the impietie of inchantors, the follie of soothsaiers, the impudent falsehood of cousenors, the infidelitie of atheists, the pestilent practices of Pythonists, the curiostie of figurecasters, the vanitie of dreamers, the beggerlie art of Alcumystrie, The abhomination of iodlatrie, the horrible art of poisonings, the virtue and power of natural magike, and the cnueiances of Legierdemain and iuggling are deciphered: and many other things opened, which have long lien hidden, howbeit verie necessarie to be knowne.
The 560 page work includes several woodcuts and a table of contents. During his lifetime, Scot wrote one other book on hop-gardens.
(London: William Brome, 1584)
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This was meant as a book to disprove the current witch ideas, but it ended up being used as a grimoire by practicing witches because it contained so many spells, potions, and incantations.
What I love about Tumblr is how things can suddenly spring back to life. A post is never forgotten, only dormant. This one has suddenly sprung to life again today, so I too will repost it. Enjoy.
Wikipedia states that its ultimate mission is to collect all the knowledge in the world. The biases of its users may earn the site a few jabs, but if a number of studies which compare the site’s articles to those of professional encyclopedias are reliable indicators, its content is accurate enough to satisfy the needs of most users. But now the whole project may be in trouble for a simple and very odd reason — it’s apparently done so well that most of its contributors have gone home.
The New York Times Book Review has announced its annual 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013.
The Book Review’s 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books for 2013 are:
- “My Brother’s Book,” written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
- “Ballad,” written and illustrated by Blexbolex, translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick
- “Jemmy Button,” written and illustrated by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali
- “The Dark,” written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
- “Holland,” written and illustrated by Charlotte Dematons
- “Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
- “Fog Island,” written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
- “Jane, The Fox and Me,” written by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou
- “Locomotive,” written and illustrated by Brian Floca
- “Nelson Mandela,” written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Librarything’s “Early Reviewers” program.
This book is an important step in our understanding of the development of baseball, and in our understanding of how the long-accepted “official version” of that history came to be. The book is about that “official version,” but unfortunately can provide no definitive answers. It does, however, raise many more questions, and is a starting point for a reconsideration of the truth.
The circumstantial evidence provided is strong, and this book is fabulously researched. The stories of Ford and Graves alone make fabulous biographies in themselves. However, the heart of his thesis - that Abner Graves, the man who supplied the story, adapted a story told by Adam Ford about his hometown in Ontario, to his own hometown of Cooperstown, NY - remains only circumstantial, and he cannot provide Graves’s motivation or how on earth such a blatantly fabricated story held on for as long as it did.
Martin seems to be frustrated by this as well, and mentions several times that he can’t say for sure whether Graves and Ford even were aware of each other, but that it seems likely. I believe that Martin is on to the right pathway to the truth, but questions remain, and the truth remains a mystery. Further research may provide more answers.
I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in baseball history, or even as a fine example of microhistory. Just be aware that you may come out more befuddled than you were before.
Farewell to the bus that no one will miss . . .
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