Banned in Chicago


Hattip to Allahpundit at Hotair.  Rebel Pundit went to the Printer Row’s Literature Festival in Chicago and asked festival goers which books they would like to ban.  To anyone who knows Chicago as well as I do, the results were predictable:

In June we attended the Printer’s Row Literature Festival in Chicago. City blocks were closed off for tents and booths full of all types of literature. We presented a board with a selection of well known book covers and asked visitors of the event if they could choose to ban any of the books on the board, which if any, they would in fact ban. They were allowed to choose any three of the eleven choices.

The authors of the books we offered to ban were Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Andrew Breitbart, Ayn Rand, Michael Savage, Bill Clinton, Michael Moore, Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler and Barack Obama. While there were in fact less than two handfuls of individuals who did tell us they don’t think any books should be banned, unfortunately there were a shocking amount of guests at this book fair who were quite open to the idea, and in fact lined up quite excited for the opportunity to voice their opinion.

Participants overwhelming chose Sarah Palin who received 53 votes putting her at 36% overall, Glenn Beck at 23% and Ann Coulter at 22%. All of the other choices received a very minimal amount of votes, with the next most popular to ban being Adolf Hitler at 0.5%. Ironically, Michael Savage, who has been banned from entering Britain over things he often says, did not receive one vote to have his words banned in Chicago.

Go here to read the rest at Rebel Pundit.  The itony of people attending a literature festival voting to ban books needs no comment from me, but perhaps the ghost of Carl Sandburg would like to throw in his two cents.  (Forgive me Carl!)


Bribe taker for the World,
Graft Maker, Stacker of Loot,
with Pension Funds and the Nation’s Open Palm;
Stormy, husky,
City of the Small Mind:

They tell me you are wicked and I believe
them, for I
have seen your sweating politicians under the tanning lamps

luring the graft givers.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes,
is true I have seen the aldermen steal and go free to
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the
of taxpayers I have seen the marks
of picked pockets.
having answered so I turn once more to those who
sneer at this my city,
and I give them back the sneer
and say to them:
Come and show me
another city with lifted palms
so proud to be bought
and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling theft
theft, here is a tall bold highwayman set vivid against the
petty criminal cities;


Fierce as a pig with tongue lapping for
garbage, cunning
as a politico pitted against the Feds,

Swiss Bank Accounts,
Phantom Employees,

Robbing, breaking and entering,
The ill-gotten gains in
his mouth, laughing with
white teeth,
Under the terrible
burden of wiretaps, laughing as a young
Blago laughed,
Laughing even as a
con artist laughs who has
never lost a sting,
Bragging and
laughing that under his wrist is the ace.
and under his ace the money
of the swindled,
Laughing the stormy, husky,
brawling laughter of
the politcian, conscience bereft, sweating, proud to be

Bribe taker for the World,
Graft Maker, Stacker of Loot,
with Pension Funds and the Nation’s Open Palm.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. I found this nugget from Hot Air on this topic particularly distressing:

    A 2005 survey of high school kids found more than one in three thought the text of the amendment goes “too far” in protecting civil liberties, with only 83 percent saying that people should be allowed to express unpopular views. Another poll of adults conducted last year by the First Amendment Center found that 49 percent(!) think the amendment goes “too far,” a 10-point increase since 2001.

    Free speech for me, but not for thee.

  2. Commies.. what else is new…

    I will vote for the person who the MSM hates the most, that is usually the best candidate. Right now thats Michelle Bachmann

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