Banned Books Week, Checker’s Day, White Chocolate Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September 23, 2013

Too Hot To Handle

★~ Today’s Quote: I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it. ~Lee Maynard

★~ Banned Book Week:

banned books

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28. Read Good to know (below) for more information)

★~ Checker’s Day:

Senator Richard Nixon had to give the biggest speech of his political career on this date in 1952.  Nixon’s role as Dwight Eisenhower’s running mate in the presidential election was in jeopardy, because of questions about a fund used to help him pay campaign expenses.  In a live, televised address, Nixon claimed that he would keep just one gift to his family:  a dog named “Checkers.” The speech saved his spot on the Republican ticket.

Nixon speech quickly became known as the “Checkers” speech, and went on to be one considered one of best speeches in American political history. One might argue President Clinton topped him a time or two.

★~Dogs in Politics Day:

After “Checkers” the dog was included in Nixon’s “Checkers” speech, Prominent dogs in  American politics were recognized.: Abraham Lincoln’s dog, Fido; Franklin D. Roosevelt’s much-traveled terrier, Fala; Harry S. Truman’s dogs, Mike and Feller; Dwight D. Eisenhower’s dog, Heidi; Lyndon Johnson’s beagles, Him and Her; Ronald Reagan’s dogs, Lucky and Rex; George H.W. Bush’s dog, Millie; Bill Clinton’s dog, Buddy; and George Bush’s scottie, Barney. President Obama’s Portuguese Waterdog, Bo.

★~ White Chocolate Day:

White chocolate was invented by the Nestlé company in Switzerland. The first white chocolate bar debuted in 1930. Despite its long history, for many years the confection we know as “white chocolate” was not officially chocolate at all. White chocolate does not contain cocoa solids—one of the main ingredients in traditional chocolate. In 2004, ten years after chocolate manufacturers filed the first petition, the FDA finally relaxed its definition of “chocolate” and accepted white chocolate into the family.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1846 – Planet Neptune was discovered by German astronomer Johann Galle.

♥~ 1848 – John Curtis produced the first commercially available chewing gum, which he called ‘State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum’.

♥~ 1967 – The Box Tops from Memphis hit #1 with The Letter. The song was #1 for four weeks and remained on the charts for 13 weeks.

♥~1969 – Nixon went on to be elected president in 1968, the year that protesters rioted outside the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Eight organizers of the protests went on trial, starting on September 23rd, 1969.  When the judge ordered a separate trial for defendant Bobby Seale, the protesters became known as the “Chicago 7.”

♥~ 1971 – The Honey Cone scored their second gold record with Stick-Up on the Hot Wax label. It was a follow-up to their #1 smash, Want Ads(June 12, 1971).

♥~ 1983 –  Bobby Seale’s (Chicago 7 ^)  name was used in a punchline in the college-reunion movie “The Big Chill,” which opened the New York Film Festival on September 23rd, 1983.  That was the 36th birthday of “Big Chill” cast member Mary Kay Place, also known for her role as a country singer on ”Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”

★~Famous Birthdays:

♥~ 1800 – William Holmes McGuffy educator, author: McGuffy Readers [122 million copies sold as of 1999]; 4th president of Ohio University; died May 4, 1873

♥~ 1930 – Ray Charles (Robinson) ‘The Genius’: Grammy Award-winning singer: Georgia on My Mind [1960], Let the Good Times Roll [1960], Genius of Ray Charles [1960], Hit the Road Jack [1961], I Can’t Stop Loving You [1962], Busted [1963], Crying Time [1966], Living for the City [1975], Lifetime Achievement Award of 1986, I’ll be Good to You [w/Chaka Khan – 1990]; What’d I Say, One Mint Julep, Take These Chains from My Heart, You Don’t Know Me; actor: The Blues Brothers, Ballad in Blue, Limit Up; died June 10, 2004

♥~ 1943 – Julio Iglesias singer: To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before [w/Willie Nelson]; Guinness Book of Records: sales of more than 100 million copies of 60 LPs in five languages; soccer: professional goalie [Spain]

♥~ 1949 – Bruce Springsteen ‘The Boss’: singer: group: E-Street Band: Born in the U.S.A., Born to Run, Hungry Heart, Dancing in the Dark, Cover Me, I’m on Fire, Glory Days, My Hometown, War; songwriter: Blinded by the Light [Manfred Mann’s Earth Band], Fire [The Pointer Sisters]; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-99]

★~ Good to Know: 

Banned Books

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

The New York Times has a list of ways to celebrate our right to read.


People who want to censor other peoples reading. Interesting, isn’t it? Who are these people? I have a wildly diverse group of friends and I have never heard one of them suggest banning a book outside of their own family. It always amazes me that someone would have the nerve to stand up and insist a book be removed from a library based on their opinion. I would like to imagine they were laughed out of the room, but I guess not. And who knew, there was an Office of Intellectual Freedom?

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Wishing everyone a Merry Monday!

14 thoughts on “Banned Books Week, Checker’s Day, White Chocolate Day

  1. Morno,
    I don’t understand white chocolate.
    A friend of my ex-wife’s wanted a couple of books removed from our kids school library for content she deemed inappropriate. Even my ex was open minded enough to walk away from her when she started that battle. The kicker, I am pretty sure she never read the book. At least not all of it.
    Kids and dogs are hard to campaign against.
    Off to work, looking forward to a Merry Monday.

    • I think anyone who wants to take up a libraries time challenging a book should have to pass a simple but comprehensive test about what the book is about. If you can’t pass the test, no challenge.
      Funny but true the public does love kids and dogs! Nixon, knew how to play it.

  2. Guess I need to go read all of those challenged for 2012. I have read a few. I never personally ran into anyone that wanted to ban a book when I worked in libraries, but each library system had a procedure to follow, and each request was taken seriously, complete up to the library director, and then if the patron still disagreed it went to the board. I have to say I don’t remember any books actually getting pulled.

    • It’s probably a good thing that people opinions are taking seriously and reviewed. People need to be heard, stopping short at letting their voice be the deciding factor. It’s amazing how much is kept out of school curriculums because of “concerned parents” with their own agenda. Interesting insight from a librarians point of view.

  3. Loved the presidential dogs. Somehow, LBJ’s “Him” and “Her” seem the most memorable names!
    I’m not much on white chocolate. “Chocolate” just ought to have cocoa in it and be brown in color. Says Debbie!
    I haven’t read ANY of the 2012 banned books. While I can understand someone’s refusal to read a book (or let their little kids read it), I don’t get people who feel they should be the moral compass of their entire town, state, or country. Sure, plenty of books probably should never have been published, but that’s another story!

    • Says Debbie. Makes a good point. Everyone should just read what they want to read. So simple, isn’t it? Cole got a chuckle out of captain underpants and then dove into the Redwall series. I might have read one of the others book.
      Publishers have their own taste….

  4. Morno,
    i agree white chocolate just isn’t the read deal.
    I wanted to challenge the twilight series. I just thought the books gave girls a very distorted view of healthy relationships along with being poorly written. My daughter was too young to read the series but my niece was reading it and my friends of older kids were talking about it so I read it. My challenge would have been to my daughter to talk to me about the book and share her thoughts and I would have added mine. I wouldn’t have condemned the book, but certainly would have shared some of my thoughts. Banning something doesn’t make it go away it just pushes it out of the realm of conversation which I think it truly dangerous.

    • I agree! And agree again! The Twilight Zone was awful. A friend talked me into going to the movie. Ug. Becoming a vampire because your teen age heart throb is a vampire is just stupid. However, if a teen enjoys the read, why not. It’s fiction, hopefully most are smart enough to figure that out. And a little conversation could provide food for thought from both sides.

  5. My mom always says the moral majority is neither and I couldn’t agree more. I have a choice to read or not to read and that is all that matters.
    Dark chocolate would be my preference but I wouldn’t walk away from white chocolate.
    Hope your Monday is Merry!

    • LOL—I just quoted your quote below as belong to my dad. Well whoever said it first was right!
      My Monday wasn’t bad, thank you!

  6. never understood white chocolate. too sweet for my tastes.
    squeaky wheel gets the grease. i always wonder about the people in authority who bow down to these self important people & their causes.
    always enjoy hearing about the presidents & their dogs/critters.
    beautifully cool morning, warmer afternoon. expected to creep back into the 90s in a few days. oh well.
    good evening!

    • I’m not a fan of white chocolate either but in a pinch…
      In my opinion, although I could be quoting my dad (who quoted someone) the moral majority is neither.
      Sheesh, I so remember the heat. Go North, Go North!

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