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(Deadline)   Group plans "Million Muppet March" in Washington D.C. to protest Mitt Romney's threats to take funding away from PBS   (deadline.com) divider line 253
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2012-10-13 08:40:07 AM  
This is just getting silly now.
 
2012-10-13 09:58:55 AM  
thesignalinthenoise.files.wordpress.com

What happened to Romney just looking like a dumbass with the "Big Bird" comment? Is this really what we want to pounce on? Pick what ridiculous fabrication from a punk-ass mouth you're above harping on, Obama camp.
 
2012-10-13 10:09:06 AM  
I smell a publicity stunt. Plus this "group" consists of only two people, Subby.
 
2012-10-13 10:20:27 AM  
This story has no legs.
 
2012-10-13 10:34:42 AM  
It was my understanding that Sesame Street is sponsored by the letter Q and the number 6
 
2012-10-13 10:43:13 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Approves
 
2012-10-13 11:14:23 AM  
If it's tied to a broader movement for something, I'd support it. But please, no more of these "fight for sanity" waste-of-time protests. We have so many real issues to protest and it's so hard to get Americans in the streets. I love PBS but it would be a waste to protest just for that.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-10-13 11:16:38 AM  
blogs.denverpost.com 

It certainly symbolizes what he thinks about education and spending money to help the non-wealthy.
 
2012-10-13 11:22:25 AM  
It obscures the larger issue that you can't pay for his tax plan by fishing through the national couch cushions for loose change.
 
2012-10-13 11:23:11 AM  

coco ebert: If it's tied to a broader movement for something, I'd support it. But please, no more of these "fight for sanity" waste-of-time protests. We have so many real issues to protest and it's so hard to get Americans in the streets. I love PBS but it would be a waste to protest just for that.


I was at the rally for sanity. It was huge and it was positive and fun. Its only purpose, if the name didn't tip you off, was to show just how common not being a shrieking cretin is, despite the news media's insistence of the opposite.
 
2012-10-13 11:35:59 AM  

thamike: coco ebert: If it's tied to a broader movement for something, I'd support it. But please, no more of these "fight for sanity" waste-of-time protests. We have so many real issues to protest and it's so hard to get Americans in the streets. I love PBS but it would be a waste to protest just for that.

I was at the rally for sanity. It was huge and it was positive and fun. Its only purpose, if the name didn't tip you off, was to show just how common not being a shrieking cretin is, despite the news media's insistence of the opposite.


I understand that, but what has been the long-term effect of such a protest? It didn't spark a movement, it didn't help make politics more level-headed (wasn't that the broader critique?)- ok, I guess it was just an opportunity to have fun. I guess that's cool, but it's so hard to get feet on the ground, I wish we were out there protesting austerity, the militarization of our police force, our f*cked-up foreign policy, or widespread attempts to disenfranchise voters, but I'm just a libtard anyway, what do I know...
 
2012-10-13 11:40:14 AM  

coco ebert: I understand that, but what has been the long-term effect of such a protest? It didn't spark a movement, it didn't help make politics more level-headed (wasn't that the broader critique?)- ok, I guess it was just an opportunity to have fun. I guess that's cool, but it's so hard to get feet on the ground, I wish we were out there protesting austerity, the militarization of our police force, our f*cked-up foreign policy, or widespread attempts to disenfranchise voters, but I'm just a libtard anyway, what do I know...


Protests aren't immediately significant unless they are specific. The rally for sanity was not about protesting anything. It was just a reminder that most of the country is not actually made up of psychotic blowhards who want to shoot anything with a question mark.
 
2012-10-13 11:57:37 AM  

thamike: coco ebert: I understand that, but what has been the long-term effect of such a protest? It didn't spark a movement, it didn't help make politics more level-headed (wasn't that the broader critique?)- ok, I guess it was just an opportunity to have fun. I guess that's cool, but it's so hard to get feet on the ground, I wish we were out there protesting austerity, the militarization of our police force, our f*cked-up foreign policy, or widespread attempts to disenfranchise voters, but I'm just a libtard anyway, what do I know...

Protests aren't immediately significant unless they are specific. The rally for sanity was not about protesting anything. It was just a reminder that most of the country is not actually made up of psychotic blowhards who want to shoot anything with a question mark.


I think I just have to accept the fact that people in this country don't feel things are bad enough to leave their homes and gather together to petition their government. They will get together for a large celebration like that rally, but not to protest. *shrugs*
 
2012-10-13 12:05:34 PM  
Obama's performance was so bad that this is all they have now.
 
2012-10-13 12:05:54 PM  

coco ebert: thamike: coco ebert: I understand that, but what has been the long-term effect of such a protest? It didn't spark a movement, it didn't help make politics more level-headed (wasn't that the broader critique?)- ok, I guess it was just an opportunity to have fun. I guess that's cool, but it's so hard to get feet on the ground, I wish we were out there protesting austerity, the militarization of our police force, our f*cked-up foreign policy, or widespread attempts to disenfranchise voters, but I'm just a libtard anyway, what do I know...

Protests aren't immediately significant unless they are specific. The rally for sanity was not about protesting anything. It was just a reminder that most of the country is not actually made up of psychotic blowhards who want to shoot anything with a question mark.

I think I just have to accept the fact that people in this country don't feel things are bad enough to leave their homes and gather together to petition their government. They will get together for a large celebration like that rally, but not to protest. *shrugs*


Not trying to be a dick but are you doing anything to spread your message and get people into the streets? Or just lamenting the fact that we don't on the Internet?
 
2012-10-13 12:06:09 PM  

coco ebert: I think I just have to accept the fact that people in this country don't feel things are bad enough to leave their homes and gather together to petition their government. They will get together for a large celebration like that rally, but not to protest. *shrugs*


OWS was a protest. Not sure what it meant, but it was a protest.
 
2012-10-13 12:06:19 PM  
Close down all PBS TV stations and auction the spectrum to the cell phone companies.
 
2012-10-13 12:06:22 PM  
I'm about the biggest anti-government-spending person there is (a Libertarian mostly), but I like PBS. I consider it like schools-- these are things I'm OK with.

Bailing out banks (Quantitative Easing, currently QE3) like Obama and the Fed is rubber-stamping? That is what has already taken down the United States economy.
 
2012-10-13 12:06:50 PM  

coco ebert: If it's tied to a broader movement for something, I'd support it. But please, no more of these "fight for sanity" waste-of-time protests. We have so many real issues to protest and it's so hard to get Americans in the streets. I love PBS but it would be a waste to protest just for that.


Actually, it's one of the very few channels worth the funding... that and NPR.
 
2012-10-13 12:07:25 PM  

notmtwain: This story has no legs.


I feel some manipulation going here of an invisible hand of the market place.
 
2012-10-13 12:07:52 PM  
They do realize that sales from "Tickle me Elmo" alone far outstrip any public funding Sesame Street gets, right?
 
2012-10-13 12:08:52 PM  

Nemo's Brother: Obama's performance was so bad that this is all they have now.


Your nose is so far up Romney's butt, you can smell what he had for breakfast
 
2012-10-13 12:09:01 PM  

Nemo's Brother: Obama's performance was so bad that this is all they have now.


1.bp.blogspot.com

TUESDAY.
 
2012-10-13 12:10:17 PM  
If PBS can't live of the licensing of the Sesame Street characters etc. they have horrible business sense. BTW, Caroll Spinney makes about $314000 a year. Big Bird is very close to being a "1%er".
 
2012-10-13 12:10:46 PM  

Nemo's Brother: Obama's performance was so bad that this is all they have now.


That's not what the fact checkers are saying.
 
2012-10-13 12:11:08 PM  

limboslam: They do realize that sales from "Tickle me Elmo" alone far outstrip any public funding Sesame Street gets, right?


PBS gets profits from Tickle Me Elmos sales? Color Me Dubious.
 
2012-10-13 12:11:09 PM  
Didn't Sesame Street explicitly ask that Democrats stop using Big Bird in a partisan way? Because doubling down like this undercuts all the criticism about "Republicans using Musician X's music".
 
2012-10-13 12:12:57 PM  

Whodat: If PBS can't live of the licensing of the Sesame Street characters etc. they have horrible business sense. BTW, Caroll Spinney makes about $314000 a year. Big Bird is very close to being a "1%er".


Good Lord, is he still alive?
 
2012-10-13 12:13:03 PM  
I don't care who you vote for - but I honestly do question the value of government funding going to something like PBS.

If people really love crap that is on PBS then it doesn't need government funding. People will support it or they'll sell ads or do whatever else.
If people don't really love crap that is on PBS that we shouldn't waste government funding on it.

I know, I know, there are lots of things more serious on the budget than this; but that doesn't change my opinion on it. Guys are making 300k a year to move their hands inside a puppet. That may or may not be a fair wage for such things; but I sure as don't see any need to fund it with public dollars. Let the market decide.

I went overseas and saw the crap they produce here with funds extorted from people with the 'TV License Tax'. Absolute crap TV with the crappy publicly funded actors making many, many times the normal wage. If they're really worth that amount of money there is no need to forcefully collect it from tax payers.

There are ENDLESS numbers of TV shows for children that are also educational that are don't funded with tax payer dollars.
It's a waste.
 
2012-10-13 12:13:08 PM  

Whodat: If PBS can't live of the licensing of the Sesame Street characters etc. they have horrible business sense. BTW, Caroll Spinney makes about $314000 a year. Big Bird is very close to being a "1%er".


You're getting Above Middle Class confused with the Wealthy 1%. Having to follow a faulty narrative out of an inexplicable sycophantic sense of duty has its disadvantages.
 
2012-10-13 12:14:12 PM  
"it does seem like we might get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington," says Bellavia.

Not counting, of course, when members of Congress enter the chambers.
 
2012-10-13 12:14:42 PM  
Do the protesters really think the only thing keeping Big Bird on the air is the PBS subsidy?
 
2012-10-13 12:15:04 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Guys are making 300k a year to move their hands inside a puppet.


media.salon.com

And some are making a hell of a lot more.
 
2012-10-13 12:15:11 PM  
"Four years ago, President Obama said that if you don't have a record to run on, 'you make a big election about small things.' With 23 million people struggling for work, incomes falling, and gas prices soaring, Americans deserve more from their president."
 
2012-10-13 12:15:37 PM  
Let it go you dumb farks.

If you want to focus on the debate then focus on how Romney lied throughout the entire debate or how he flip flopped on pretty much every position he's held so who knows what they'll get if they vote for Romney.

Move on to some farking content and focus on the farking issues.
 
2012-10-13 12:15:43 PM  
 
2012-10-13 12:18:09 PM  
Oh the puppeteer for Big Bird makes 314k a year? If you have a problem with it, go be a puppeteer for 40 years as a giant bird.
 
2012-10-13 12:20:13 PM  

Gunny Highway: coco ebert: thamike: coco ebert: I understand that, but what has been the long-term effect of such a protest? It didn't spark a movement, it didn't help make politics more level-headed (wasn't that the broader critique?)- ok, I guess it was just an opportunity to have fun. I guess that's cool, but it's so hard to get feet on the ground, I wish we were out there protesting austerity, the militarization of our police force, our f*cked-up foreign policy, or widespread attempts to disenfranchise voters, but I'm just a libtard anyway, what do I know...

Protests aren't immediately significant unless they are specific. The rally for sanity was not about protesting anything. It was just a reminder that most of the country is not actually made up of psychotic blowhards who want to shoot anything with a question mark.

I think I just have to accept the fact that people in this country don't feel things are bad enough to leave their homes and gather together to petition their government. They will get together for a large celebration like that rally, but not to protest. *shrugs*

Not trying to be a dick but are you doing anything to spread your message and get people into the streets? Or just lamenting the fact that we don't on the Internet?


I've been involved in various protest activities, yeah, such as Occupy and my union. It is possible to do both, you know- be involved and b*tch on the interwebs.
 
2012-10-13 12:21:10 PM  

Obama4Life: coco ebert: If it's tied to a broader movement for something, I'd support it. But please, no more of these "fight for sanity" waste-of-time protests. We have so many real issues to protest and it's so hard to get Americans in the streets. I love PBS but it would be a waste to protest just for that.

Actually, it's one of the very few channels worth the funding... that and NPR.


I agree. I shouldn't say it would be a waste. If it wins back proper funding for PBS, then I guess I would support that.
 
2012-10-13 12:21:31 PM  

thamike: Whodat: If PBS can't live of the licensing of the Sesame Street characters etc. they have horrible business sense. BTW, Caroll Spinney makes about $314000 a year. Big Bird is very close to being a "1%er".

You're getting Above Middle Class confused with the Wealthy 1%. Having to follow a faulty narrative out of an inexplicable sycophantic sense of duty has its disadvantages.


To make the top 1 percent, a household must have AGI of $343,927 or more.

Read more: Top 1 Percent: How Much Do They Earn? | Bankrate.com http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/top-1-percent-earn.aspx#ixzz29CF Vd7tk

Facts are messy things.
 
2012-10-13 12:21:35 PM  
So now we can conflate Obama supporters with Muppet's that have hands up their bottoms?

This will end well.

/Muahahaha
 
2012-10-13 12:22:08 PM  
Does Sesame Street receive that money? or does the corporation for public broadcasting?

All the reseach I have done shows that in 1981, the federal government withdrew its funding and the CTW turned to, and expanded, other revenue sources, including its magazine division, book royalties, product licensing, and foreign broadcast income.

Article is misleading. That money goes to public broadcasting as a whole. In fact it costs the CTW many millions more to produce the show than they charge to PBS to broadcast it. It is one of those win / win situations for the public and the producers of the show. The ROI on education that it provides is unmatched.

Not to mention this isn't about the budget, it's about shutting down PBS and NPR because republicans don't like science, education and the arts. Those are liberal things...
 
2012-10-13 12:23:03 PM  

bonefish: Oh the puppeteer for Big Bird makes 314k a year? If you have a problem with it, go be a puppeteer for 40 years as a giant bird.


I don't have a problem with what anyone can earn so long as they are doing it....

1.) Legally
2.) Not with my tax dollars

I'm not against having public workers. We need them for certain things. But we need to be vigilant that we are paying them a fair wage and we need to be certain that we need them. Individual people can spend their money on whatever they want. The government should be very efficient and only pay for things it needs (and only at a fair wage).

I have seen little evidence than the American people benefit from having public funding go towards paying a puppeteer. I also suspect that 314k is well above the median pay for a puppeteer, but I'm unconvinced that, even if we as a society need public funding to hire puppeteers, benefit from having high paid puppeteers over moderately paid ones.
 
2012-10-13 12:24:45 PM  

coco ebert: Gunny Highway: coco ebert: thamike: coco ebert: I understand that, but what has been the long-term effect of such a protest? It didn't spark a movement, it didn't help make politics more level-headed (wasn't that the broader critique?)- ok, I guess it was just an opportunity to have fun. I guess that's cool, but it's so hard to get feet on the ground, I wish we were out there protesting austerity, the militarization of our police force, our f*cked-up foreign policy, or widespread attempts to disenfranchise voters, but I'm just a libtard anyway, what do I know...

Protests aren't immediately significant unless they are specific. The rally for sanity was not about protesting anything. It was just a reminder that most of the country is not actually made up of psychotic blowhards who want to shoot anything with a question mark.

I think I just have to accept the fact that people in this country don't feel things are bad enough to leave their homes and gather together to petition their government. They will get together for a large celebration like that rally, but not to protest. *shrugs*

Not trying to be a dick but are you doing anything to spread your message and get people into the streets? Or just lamenting the fact that we don't on the Internet?

I've been involved in various protest activities, yeah, such as Occupy and my union. It is possible to do both, you know- be involved and b*tch on the interwebs.


Right on.
 
2012-10-13 12:25:36 PM  

smitty04: "Four years ago, President Obama said that if you don't have a record to run on, 'you make a big election about small things.' With 23 million people struggling for work, incomes falling, and gas prices soaring, Americans deserve more from their president."


So vote for the guy famous for leeching his acquisitions dry!

/later on we'll have a pity party and say no one could have seen it coming
//just like 1987 and 2008.
 
2012-10-13 12:26:08 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Guys are making 300k a year to move their hands inside a puppet


Lobbyists are a discussion for another thread.
 
2012-10-13 12:27:32 PM  
Just balance the budget and lower the United States national debt, Democrats and/or Republicans. Enough on this big bird and gay marriage trivia.

Oh, you can't, especially since 2008?

Let's try the Libertarian approach, since the Democrats and Republicans have joined forces to tank the economy.
 
2012-10-13 12:28:20 PM  
static.ddmcdn.com

How Obama supporters work

/Hot like sweaty palms
 
2012-10-13 12:28:32 PM  

Gunny Highway: coco ebert: Gunny Highway: coco ebert: thamike: coco ebert: I understand that, but what has been the long-term effect of such a protest? It didn't spark a movement, it didn't help make politics more level-headed (wasn't that the broader critique?)- ok, I guess it was just an opportunity to have fun. I guess that's cool, but it's so hard to get feet on the ground, I wish we were out there protesting austerity, the militarization of our police force, our f*cked-up foreign policy, or widespread attempts to disenfranchise voters, but I'm just a libtard anyway, what do I know...

Protests aren't immediately significant unless they are specific. The rally for sanity was not about protesting anything. It was just a reminder that most of the country is not actually made up of psychotic blowhards who want to shoot anything with a question mark.

I think I just have to accept the fact that people in this country don't feel things are bad enough to leave their homes and gather together to petition their government. They will get together for a large celebration like that rally, but not to protest. *shrugs*

Not trying to be a dick but are you doing anything to spread your message and get people into the streets? Or just lamenting the fact that we don't on the Internet?

I've been involved in various protest activities, yeah, such as Occupy and my union. It is possible to do both, you know- be involved and b*tch on the interwebs.

Right on.


The world needs another "Drum Circle".
 
2012-10-13 12:28:50 PM  
 
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