Webster’s linktionary

—Mid L. Rhode

A: Well, color me red-white-and-blue, Mid, this is news to Ace! Ace thought that since the PATRIOT Act started allowing Baby Atkins’ weekly Frog and Toad selections to be monitored, librarians weren’t inclined to risk their tortoise-shell frames disseminating information of any sort. But first, a side note. It was recently announced that What-About-Poland (Ace’s new name for that “world powerhouse,” following Dubya’s lead) is pulling out of Iraq come 2005. Ace can’t help but chuckle.

 But about that website. With visions of Parker Posey in her Party Girl duds dancing in Ace’s head, Ace swiveled ’round to face the old AceMac and explore that wangled teb. A click here and a click there and Ace arrived at jmrl.org/on-election2004.htm.

 Courtesy of Central Library reference librarian Jackie Lichtman, the website, which went up about a month ago, provides all the Indecision 2004 links that are fit to print. “We thought that people would want to go to one place to learn what they wanted to know about the election,” says Lichtman.

 Done. From GOP and Democratic Party homepages to the Roper Center for Public Opinion and The Annenberg Political Fact Check, the site ensures that come November 2, the Johnnies B. Understood and Bush’s “strategery” are at the fingertips of those with some last-minute presidential shopping to do. And, dude, if you’re looking for some info on Goode-Weed…

 But that’s not all, folks! For years now, Ace has wondered about Henry Krajewski’s run for president on the Poor Man’s Party in 1952 (as he always does, the poor man lost that race to lead the free world). Ace’s curiosity, however, was finally satisfied: Lichtman’s website links to historic information on third party candidates, the history of party platforms, explanations regarding that hallowed electoral college, hayrides, face painting, live music and more!

 Balanced and nonpartisan, the site’s only requirements, Lichtman says, is that “whoever is putting out the [links] is a reliable source, and that things are kept up to date.”

 Moreover, she’s keeping the website up through the end of December, since “people might want to look back and see what happened.”

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