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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Is This A Joke?

The Irony Meter's Off The Scale

I found this gem over at Fark.

Leave it to some peabrained hick up in Conroe to reinforce the world's belief that all Texans are ignunt yay-hoos.

Get this... during Banned Books Week, this guy decides that Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' isn't suitable for the classroom, and needs to be removed from the school's curriculum.

Here's a snippet from the news article. I highlighted the best part.
Alton Verm, of Conroe, objects to the language and content in the book. His 15-year-old daughter Diana, a CCHS sophomore, came to him Sept. 21 with her reservations about reading the book because of its language.
"The book had a bunch of very bad language in it," Diana Verm said. "It shouldn't be in there because it's offending people. ... If they can't find a book that uses clean words, they shouldn't have a book at all."
Alton Verm filed a "Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials" Thursday with the district regarding "Fahrenheit 451," written by Ray Bradbury and published in 1953. He wants the district to remove the book from the curriculum.
"It's just all kinds of filth," said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read 'Fahrenheit 451.' "The words don't need to be brought out in class. I want to get the book taken out of the class."

Here's the highly-offended daughter and the doting dad. They look just *so* pleased with themselves, dont't they?

Mr. Verm, I'm gonna give you fifty cents worth of free advice. If you really & truly want to help your daughter in life, smack the bag of Cheesy Poofs out of her hand, get her up off of the couch and into some running shoes and a track suit, and chase her with your pickup truck until she runs 3 or 4 miles a day. Trust a fat guy on this, Mr. Verm. I was about that size in high school, and it only gets worse from there on out.

Your daughter's shattered nerves over a few unpleasant words in a freakin' book are a smidgen on the life of emotional misery and ostracization she's about to face. You and Jesus may love her, but damn few other people will.

Sigh. Trying to ban a book about burning banned books. Never underestimate the incredible dumbassery of stupid people....