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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-11 03:01 AM
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Tea Party projection/hatred lashes out at children's book author Jane Yolen
: What had you heard about our senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, before you read my piece and what concerns you about the idea of him reading one of your stories to children?

: He is a Republican junior senator associated with the Tea Party. And that makes me think that either he is 1. A True Believer in the Tea Party NoNothingness which frightens me or 2. Kowtowing to it for votes which possibly frightens me more. Since the Tea Party (and alas much of the Republican Party these days) are the ones behind the notions of breaking unions, throwing librarians out of their jobs, and defunding education, I think it is more than a tad bit disingenuous for such politicians to be out in libraries reading books to children who will have no libraries to visit if we listen to the Tea Party.

The book in question was How do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? Apparently, the answer is Only in a proper, progressive manner. Personally, if I was a childrens author I might be a little more careful about spewing out my elemental hatred of a demographic known for its relatively larger family sizes, but I suppose that Yolen has not yet realized that potential readers can find out about these petty little prejudices these days. Either that, or its simply more important to her that she remind the world that courtesy and politeness only be shown to what Yolen apparently considers real people: that is to say, non-conservatives.

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http://moelane.com/2011/08/21/jane-yolen-doesnt-want-yo...
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-11 03:15 AM
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1. The right suffers from low self esteem. So, they get real upset when even the people whom they hate
hate them back.
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-11 03:18 AM
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2. How do they spin that into her "spewing out... elemental hatred"
and being a "hateful bigot?"
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-11 08:58 AM
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3. Like I said.... lotta projection there!
n/t
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Trevin Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 10:09 AM
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9. I agree with you
There wasn't any apparent hate there. One can point out the hypocrisy of someone without hating them. She did that.

And, she is a great writer and nice person too!
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-11 10:06 AM
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4. Yolen writes beautifully.
A personal favorite of hers is "Briar Rose;" use of fairy tale as metaphor delivering a story of the holocaust.

I read it with a small group of students a couple of years ago in an after school book discussion group.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-11 04:41 PM
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5. Probably another reason she enrages Teabaggers -- she's an "artsy" type!
n/t
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 10:46 AM
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10. An artsy type...without a doubt.
She's one of those writers who can craft beautiful prose.

She also tends to include so many real issues in her stories that are hot-buttons for teabagging types.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 12:03 PM
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11. There's that, too. Can't have kids reading "The Devil's Arithmetic," now can we?
n/t
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 06:52 PM
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13. Any characters
who question themselves, their world, authority...that's really it. We must never question authority.
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SwissTony Donating Member (240 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-11 04:59 PM
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6. Should that be "KnowNothingness" rather than "NoNothingness"? nt
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norrinradd Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 08:56 AM
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8. It depends.
If you consider they can only say "no" it's a completely appropriate play on the Know Nothings.
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SwissTony Donating Member (240 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-23-11 04:15 PM
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12. Point taken. They get the best of both worlds, so to speak. nt
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-11 05:20 PM
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7. OMG Yolen is just a terrific children's author!!
Tea partiers are sooooo stoopid.
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