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dog whistle politicsCoded Racism

When you hear the phrase "welfare queen," what do you think of? Although technically speaking the phrase itself - welfare queen - isn't racist, I think we all know it actually is. Indeed, it was meant to be, by the politician who carefully created the myth. This book is about the history of such language. Specifically, it's about how politicians use this language to gain votes by creating fear, by focusing demographically, by dividing smaller groups from bigger ones. As for the three main targets, we are talking about African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims.Although the author mostly blames Republicans and Fox News for racial politics, he does blame the Democratic Party too (he is not too kind to Clinton, for example, and he criticises Obama's strategy when it comes to race). Turns out the insatiable thirst for votes is bipartisan. But the major theme throughout the book is how the Republican Party specifically and intentionally became the white man's party in the late 1960's, beginning with the so called "Southern Strategy," which was summarized rather brutally by Lee Atwater, a Republican strategist:...


An RCA Television? Posted by David, Jul 18, 2014 04:21:30 PM


Judging a book by its title... again! Posted by Eleanore, Jul 12, 2014 01:57:04 PM


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Throughout the history of cinema, many filmmakers have attempted to examine the nature of identity and the notion of the ‘self’ but few have made a film as visually rich and haunting as director Ingmar Bergman’s masterful Persona—a tour de force of a movie that when released in 1966 expanded the poetry of film and solidified Bergman as one of the great artists of the medium. For some critics, the film has been viewed as a hypnotic culmination of many of his themes and obsessions. For others, Persona was a confusing, unintelligible and pretentious mess. Time has been very friendly to this influential precursor to films like Mulholland Drive, 3 Women, Black Swan, Fight Club and other psychodramas that portray identity and self as an unfixed, transferable construct that modulates between states of being rather than as a permanent characteristic of the human psyche. This classic  is now on Blu-ray as well as DVD....


The Unknown Known Posted by Ryan, Jul 17, 2014 04:42:50 PM


Not Just a Sports Movie Posted by Ryan, Jul 16, 2014 02:02:59 PM


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Staff-recommended listening from the KPL catalog.

One More Time: the chess yearsAn Original Soul Singer

Singer Billy Stewart had chart success during the 1960's with hits like Fat Boy, Summertime, Sitting in the Park, Secret Love, and You Reap What You Sow and while he's not as well-known as the Motown label singers or James Brown, Stewart possessed and original style all his own that's worth checking out if you're a fan of old school rhythm and blues. His signature trademarks were improvising, scatting and rolling his tongue, all of which provided his vocal interpretations with a unique vitality. Tragically, Stewart died at 33 from an auto accident in 1970. For those new to his sound, try this excellent compilation that includes Stewart's recordings on the famous Chess Records label. ...


Classics from the 60's, 70's and 90's Posted by Ryan, Jul 3/, 2014 04:16:54 PM


A Rainy Day Playlist Posted by Ryan, Jun 4/, 2014 01:09:43 PM


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Where Have You Read?

I seldom leave home without something to read, usually a magazine, a book, or my e-reader in my purse. Although my phone is also in my purse, I don’t read on it to any substantial degree. Most times I don’t read when I am out and about, but unexpected waiting does occur and then I am glad to have reading materials with me....


A New Look, New Features Posted by Ann, Jul 3/, 2014 09:11:06 AM


Celebrations Posted by Ann, Jun 2/, 2014 12:22:08 PM


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Storyteller Chris Fascione at Oshtemo Library

Tickets are now available at Oshtemo Library for storyteller Chris Fascione’s performance onFriday, July 25 at 3pm. Fascione brings classic literature to life with storytelling, mime, juggling, and comedy. Don’t miss this crazy fun program! Come pick up a free ticket at Oshtemo Library today!...


DIY with the Kids Posted by Bill, Jul 3/, 2014 04:22:08 PM


Three Book Battle 2014 Winners! Posted by Jill, Jun 3/, 2014 11:57:41 AM


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Bookstore News July 9 - 12 Posted by Carol, Jul 8/, 2014 04:19:26 PM


Waldo is in the bookstore starting July 1 Posted by Carol, Jul 3/, 2014 04:35:37 PM


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Storms & SandMichigan’s Historic Lighthouses

On Monday evening, May 19th, the Southwest Michigan Postcard Club will present “Michigan Lighthouses: Past and Present,” a trip along Michigan’s shoreline with author Grace Truman at the Oshtemo Branch Library. Truman will illustrate her talk with a slideshow of photo postcards that she and her husband have collected over the course of their journeys....


Images of the Civil War Posted by Beth, Mar 20, 2014 03:09:28 PM


The New History Room Posted by Beth, Dec 5/, 2013 09:38:27 AM, 4 Comments


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Rashida Geeks Faith

I know that I am not in control but someONE greater is helping me along my path of righteousness. I love that He comes through when I feel all hope is lost. ...


Jim Geeks Battleships Posted by Geek, Dec 4/, 2013 09:05:57 AM


Chandler Geeks Music Posted by Geek, Jul 23, 2013 07:57:32 AM, 1 Comment


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Training humility

I’m on a quest. Since first reading Jim Collins’ (Good to Great) description of Level 5 Leadership as a paradoxical combination of personal humility and professional will, I’ve searched for the answer to one question:...


The B Side Posted by Thom, Jul 14, 2014 09:28:06 AM


Questioning leadership Posted by Thom, Jul 7/, 2014 08:47:10 AM


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That’s a Wrap!

Several weeks have passed since Novella Carpenter was in town as the final event of Reading Together 2014. During that time, we have been busy collecting statistics, photos, and feedback about this year’s program. ...


A Note from Novella Carpenter Posted by Karen, Apr 24, 2014 03:48:08 PM


The Enormity of Novella Carpenter’s Drive Posted by Steering, Apr 16, 2014 08:17:54 AM


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Computing : from the abacus to the iPad Computing and connecting in the 21st century Computing and connecting in the 21st centuryGoogle Glass

What is Google Glass? Google announced a little over a year ago that they were working on a wearable computing device. This device is a pair of glasses that has a small light-weight camera, GPS, wireless capabilities, and some type of transparent LCD or AMOLED display to put information right in front of your eyeballs. What can they do? This pair of specs can record video, take pictures, send messages, connect to your smartphone, communicate with the cloud, translate languages, show your friends exactly what you are currently seeing, give directions, check for heavy traffic, or if a subway is down, give the closest restaurant locations, and look up searches on the web. These glasses have a HUD (Heads up Display), it shows everything from the current time to messages sent or received. You will be able to scroll and click by tilting your head, according to testers, this is quite easy to master. ...