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05/05/2005 02:04 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Augusten Burroughs-- cancel that flight to Birmingham

Its getting clearer that the Right-- drunk with the bloodlust of victory and ever thirsty for more power-- is slowly losing its collective mind. But, the question is, is this the bad news or the good news? Assuming for our purposes that there's at least a potential upside for us to have the Republican Party crossing over into insanity, I'd like to offer up for our collective amusement and/or horror, the Huffington Post "Now why didn't we think of that?" Quote of the Week. Please feel free, fellow bloggers, to submit your own nominations for this dubious honor. Here's my first entry to get things started.

Republican Alabama lawmaker Gerald Allen is sponsoring a bill in which public school libraries could no longer buy new copies of plays or books by gay authors, or about gay characters. "I don't look at it as censorship," says State Representative Gerald Allen. "I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children."

Books by any gay author would have to go: Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Gore Vidal. Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" has lesbian characters. Allen originally wanted to ban even some Shakespeare, but he narrowed his bill to exempt the classics, although he still can't define what a classic is... Walt Whitman, beware.