by NeciVelez, Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 06:24:48 AM EDT
I was born into a family that valued education above all else. Both of my parents were teachers.
One of my earliest memories was taking long walks with my mom, once a week, to the Brooklyn Public library main branch on Eastern Parkway. I was allowed to get a library card at age 4, because I learned to read by age 3. I still remember the astonishment of the librarian when she asked me to read her a bit from a book she selected, prior to granting me the right to my very own card. To some coming of age was a draft card. To me, the most important event in my life was that very first library card.
by msuskind, Sun Jun 18, 2006 at 10:30:11 PM EDT
by Michael Stearns Suskind
June 18, 2006
Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?
This is the question that I heard as a litany in my childhood. One by one I watched people of great integrity being nailed on this and other questions. They were given a choice, to out their friends, or lose their ability to live and work in the United States.
Lindsey Beyerstein of Majikthise agrees with Steven Spruiell of Nat.Review.Online that outing a prominent anonymous blogger was newsworthy. She says, "I'm sorry that Armando of Daily Kos got outed, but there was a real story there: Wal-Mart lawyer front pager at major liberal blog." However, Beyerstein notes that malicious outing is not cool: "Some bloggers, like T of M-C, have been outed for purely frivolous malicious reasons. Piss off the wrong person and put your career in jeopardy."