July 18, 2007

Question of the Day

Posted in Government, Politics at 11:07 am by The Lizard Queen

This is actually yesterday’s QotD from Shakesville, but I’m still curious as to people’s answers:

We’re looking at thirty hours of Senate debate on the Iraq war, during which everyone on the right side of the aisle is going to have to find something to say, lest they actually be forced to cast a decisive vote on the matter. Traditionally, that means by about four a.m. tomorrow, the junior senator from your state will be reduced to reading from the phone book, or Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, or God forbid, The Weekly Standard. So here’s my question: if you were a senator who needed something to read to the audience on C-Span in order to kill time, what would you read?

Here’s my initial response:

1. Howard Zinn: People’s History of the U.S.
2. Leslie Marmon Silko: Almanac of the Dead
3. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath (first mentioned by NameChanged)
4. George Orwell: 1984 (first mentioned by Kathy)

Other thoughts include the Constitution plus amendments, a list of U.S citizens killed in Iraq since the declaration of “mission accomplished,” and/or other banned books (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Bluest Eye, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Handmaid’s Tale, To Kill A Mockingbird…).

Your thoughts?



  1. Dave Regan said,

    “Reconstructing Iraq: Insights, Challenges, and Missions for Military Forces in a Post-Conflict Scenario” by Dr. Conrad C. Crane, Dr. W. Andrew Terrill. Though, this is really one that they should have read BEFORE the invasion. Oh well, better late than never I guess… Seriously though, it’s like the author’s were psychic. Why can’t those in power just listen to people who are smart and know what they are talking about?

    Also, I didn’t realize that “Slaughterhouse-Five” was banned. Great book though, one of the few classics who’s title could easily be mistaken for a B-rate horror movie 😉

  2. Yeah, Slaughterhouse-Five is on the ALA’s list of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990-2000. It’s, like, got teh sex in it or something! (I’ve read and enjoyed it, I just can’t remember exactly why it generally gets challenged.) It does have a sort of B-rate horror title, doesn’t it? I’m going to write scripts for a series of five movies, starting with Slaughterhouse, and then I’m gonna be rich, just like the person or people who wrote the scripts to all the Friday the 13th movies! It’s gonna be sweet!

    Er, wait… 😉

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