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'Jackass' gets book banned in Mass.
.upi ^ | Dec. 11, 2010

Posted on 12/11/2010 5:53:51 PM PST by JoeProBono

BOSTON, - Two Massachusetts school districts rejected a book meant to encourage youngsters to read because of its offending last line -- "It's a book, jackass."

Pat Earle, who operates a literacy program, the First R Foundation, told The Boston Globe people offended by the book, called "It's A Book," have been filling her in-box with offensive e-mails. Earle made "It's A Book" her choice for first-graders and offered copies to elementary schools in Gloucester and Rockport.

"This is the first time I have had people who don't know me say nasty things about me," Earle said. "I'm 'subversive.' I'm 'poisoning children's minds.' They feel they can say anything. This whole public discourse becomes so uncivil."

The characters in "It's A Book," include a donkey who has trouble understanding how anything without a wireless connection and batteries can be entertaining.

Lane Smith, the author and illustrator of "It's A Book," said the work has sold well across the country and been translated into 20 languages without offense.

"I can't say that I'm amused or excited by the controversy,'' Smith said. "Mostly this makes me uncomfortable.''


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Education
KEYWORDS: jackass


1 posted on 12/11/2010 5:53:57 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

JACKASS


Oops...wrong Jackass...
2 posted on 12/11/2010 5:56:19 PM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: JoeProBono

I spent most of my day on one of them there paper computers while I fixed the real one.


3 posted on 12/11/2010 5:59:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: FrankR

4 posted on 12/11/2010 6:13:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: cripplecreek

5 posted on 12/11/2010 6:15:36 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Some are still shocked when they find people that have any kind of standards at all aren’t they??

The no-class idiots like this always pretend to be the ones “offended” by decency.


6 posted on 12/11/2010 6:32:50 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: GeronL

Lane Smith, the author and illustrator of "It's A Book,"


7 posted on 12/11/2010 6:45:50 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

It’s a great book.

Jackass


8 posted on 12/11/2010 6:47:05 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: JoeProBono

It’s a jackass. What’s the problem?


9 posted on 12/11/2010 7:04:29 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: JoeProBono

Did they think it was about Obama??


10 posted on 12/11/2010 7:07:09 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: JoeProBono

Ach...I’m so embarrassed to live here.


11 posted on 12/11/2010 7:26:08 PM PST by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat. (AKA The Pope's Hat))
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To: GeronL

You’re offended by the word jackass?


12 posted on 12/11/2010 7:36:03 PM PST by Hildy
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To: JoeProBono
It's a book, jackass.

So...this is a book for democrats?

13 posted on 12/11/2010 7:40:53 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Hildy

“You’re offended by the word jackass?”
Maybe you missed the part about where they were giving it to first graders.
And yes I would be GREATLY offended if someone tried to give that to my 7 year old!


14 posted on 12/11/2010 8:31:13 PM PST by ConservativeChris
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While the phrase "Jackass" might be inappropriate for 1st graders, Lane Smith is one of the best kids' author/artists around. His stuff is screamingly funny, and his illustrations are creative. That said, I think even Oscar Leroy would be saddened if 6 year olds started calling each other "jackass".
15 posted on 12/11/2010 8:50:24 PM PST by Othniel (There is no god named Allah, and Mohammed is its false prophet.)
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To: JoeProBono
Read A Book

Not Safe For Work, but extremely funny.

16 posted on 12/12/2010 5:15:39 AM PST by LongElegantLegs (Use it up, wear it out, make it over or do without.)
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17 posted on 12/12/2010 6:04:42 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
"This is the first time I have had people who don't know me say nasty things about me," Earle said. "I'm 'subversive.' I'm 'poisoning children's minds.' They feel they can say anything. This whole public discourse becomes so uncivil."
The idea that the author didn't realize the word "jackass" is itself uncivil public discourse is laughable. Thanks JPB.


18 posted on 12/12/2010 7:19:49 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

19 posted on 12/12/2010 7:56:15 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Hildy

No, I’m offended that people want to shove it into the faces of elementary school kids.


20 posted on 12/12/2010 8:50:54 AM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: JoeProBono

How racist of you to call a black man racist. :-P


21 posted on 12/12/2010 3:24:22 PM PST by LongElegantLegs (Use it up, wear it out, make it over or do without.)
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