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(Sesame Street)   In a sign of the times, Sesame Street rolls out: "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," program explaining to children why mommy and daddy go to jail, what happens with the soap. Bonus: Video goodness   (sesamestreet.org) divider line 42
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2013-06-13 11:15:35 AM  
But when will they finally address homosexuality by outing Bert and Ernie?
 
2013-06-13 11:23:38 AM  
Bert's been in the slammer. He should tell his story

www.bertisevil.tv
 
2013-06-13 11:45:08 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Bert's been in the slammer. He should tell his story

[www.bertisevil.tv image 216x323]



Isn't he in Gitmo now?
 
2013-06-13 11:55:57 AM  
I'm glad i have a patent on "Prison Shower Ass Rape Me Elmo".

I'm gonna be rich!
 
2013-06-13 12:47:31 PM  
 
2013-06-13 01:01:13 PM  
Newsflash: Some kids have incredibly farked up home lives. Things like Sesame Street may be the *only* thing/person trying to help them understand what in gods name is going on.

That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.
 
2013-06-13 01:01:39 PM  

jaybeezey: I'm glad i have a patent on "Prison Shower Ass Rape Me Elmo".

I'm gonna be rich!


O.o
 
2013-06-13 01:04:38 PM  
 
2013-06-13 01:10:10 PM  

Felgraf: Newsflash: Some kids have incredibly farked up home lives. Things like Sesame Street may be the *only* thing/person trying to help them understand what in gods name is going on.

That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.


Came here looking for lulz with what you said sadly planted in my mind.  Damn it.
 
2013-06-13 01:11:31 PM  
This is a repeat, and the first was better because the headline made me think that Elmo had been busted for his underage shenanigans and was headed to the big house. I wanted to know how they were going to explain that one:

"J Jump Jailbait messing around..."
 
2013-06-13 01:12:39 PM  

namegoeshere: This is a repeat, and the first was better because the headline made me think that Elmo had been busted for his underage shenanigans and was headed to the big house. I wanted to know how they were going to explain that one:

"J Jump Jailbait messing around..."


Apparently I need Sesame Street to teach me about the Followup tag. Carry on.
 
2013-06-13 01:14:09 PM  

Felgraf: Newsflash: Some kids have incredibly farked up home lives. Things like Sesame Street may be the *only* thing/person trying to help them understand what in gods name is going on.

That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.


THIS^^^^^^^^^

I have tried until I was hoarse and exhausted to explain this to my right-wing relatives. It's not that they ARE too stupid to understand it. It's that they CHOOSE to be stupid so that they can feel better about their many shameful resentments.
 
2013-06-13 01:22:02 PM  
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-06-13 01:41:43 PM  

Felgraf: Newsflash: Some kids have incredibly farked up home lives. Things like Sesame Street may be the *only* thing/person trying to help them understand what in gods name is going on.

That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.


Sesame Street did some something similar for children of service members who are deploying, with a high risk of being killed or wounded.  They passed out some free DVDs to the spouses before we deployed to Iraq.
 
2013-06-13 01:49:10 PM  
This sounds like green monsters problems
 
2013-06-13 01:50:33 PM  
Ummm....none of the characters are black or hispanic......
 
2013-06-13 01:54:04 PM  
I've read the book about how Elmo goes to play with a little blue monster that he met, and then the little blue monster comes over to visit Elmo's red monster family. Although apparently Elmo has a friend who's orange, and a relative who's pink.
 
2013-06-13 02:02:35 PM  

ferretman: Ummm....none of the characters are black or hispanic......


Oscars a homeless vet though
 
2013-06-13 02:03:23 PM  
Our world leading incarceration rate has gone up 10 fold in 20 years. This makes sense, since we are firmly commited to our prison as profit society.
 
2013-06-13 02:33:24 PM  
I applaud their attempts to offer something to help kids facing things like this.

Sadly, I have had to see this very thing play out within my own family with my brother, his baby mama, their decision to become meth addicts and their son. Of course they was a massive train wreck that sent both of them to jail and my family (wife, daughter and yours truly) got drafted into doing six months of foster care with one shook up 18 month old and it was absolute hell. The kid was a wreck who didn't just cry when he got upset, he SCREAMED! We got the run around from the court system and a privatized foster care management agency (Fark You to anyone who advocates privatization of government services), got royally taken advantage of by them and my extended family, never got a single dime in compensation from anyone and never even got an apology for all the hell we were put through by the meth heads in question. It caused a rift in my family that persists to this day and is showing no signs of ever getting resolved.

Not sure where I was going with this, other than to reiterate my appreciation for some sort of outreach by Sesame Street on the subject.
 
2013-06-13 02:47:25 PM  
Bert drops a dime on Ernie to escape a minor charge and then gets what's coming to him?
 
2013-06-13 02:49:30 PM  
 
2013-06-13 02:50:30 PM  

gshepnyc: That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.

THIS^^^^^^^^^

I have tried until I was hoarse and exhausted to explain this to my right-wing relatives. It's not that they ARE too stupid to understand it. It's that they CHOOSE to be stupid so that they can feel better about their many shameful resentments.


There's nothing preventing you from calling that number and pledging to PBS. If your relatives don't want to pay for it then why is that stupid?
 
2013-06-13 03:15:48 PM  

peterthx: gshepnyc: That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.

THIS^^^^^^^^^

I have tried until I was hoarse and exhausted to explain this to my right-wing relatives. It's not that they ARE too stupid to understand it. It's that they CHOOSE to be stupid so that they can feel better about their many shameful resentments.

There's nothing preventing you from calling that number and pledging to PBS. If your relatives don't want to pay for it then why is that stupid?


So much this.

Letting people decide what they want to support is a million times better than other country's where they forcefully tax all televisions to pay for television shows nobody actually wants.
 
2013-06-13 03:19:45 PM  
cdn.ebaumsworld.com
 
2013-06-13 03:25:49 PM  
Interestingly, the program was funded by the philanthropic arm of BAE Systems, a British company "whose U.S. subsidiary is one of the largest suppliers to the Department of Defense, depends - like many other defense contractors - on the low-overhead labor of prisoners incarcerated at for-profit facilities." (Source)

Not that that negates the good that a little program like this can do - just mentioning this to draw attention to the grossness of for-profit prisons, blech.
 
2013-06-13 03:50:05 PM  

zappaisfrank: I applaud their attempts to offer something to help kids facing things like this.

Sadly, I have had to see this very thing play out within my own family with my brother, his baby mama, their decision to become meth addicts and their son. Of course they was a massive train wreck that sent both of them to jail and my family (wife, daughter and yours truly) got drafted into doing six months of foster care with one shook up 18 month old and it was absolute hell. The kid was a wreck who didn't just cry when he got upset, he SCREAMED! We got the run around from the court system and a privatized foster care management agency (Fark You to anyone who advocates privatization of government services), got royally taken advantage of by them and my extended family, never got a single dime in compensation from anyone and never even got an apology for all the hell we were put through by the meth heads in question. It caused a rift in my family that persists to this day and is showing no signs of ever getting resolved.

Not sure where I was going with this, other than to reiterate my appreciation for some sort of outreach by Sesame Street on the subject.


So eventually happened? Do you still have the child? Are the meth heads still in the slammer?
 
2013-06-13 04:08:39 PM  

tnpir: zappaisfrank: I applaud their attempts to offer something to help kids facing things like this.

Sadly, I have had to see this very thing play out within my own family with my brother, his baby mama, their decision to become meth addicts and their son. Of course they was a massive train wreck that sent both of them to jail and my family (wife, daughter and yours truly) got drafted into doing six months of foster care with one shook up 18 month old and it was absolute hell. The kid was a wreck who didn't just cry when he got upset, he SCREAMED! We got the run around from the court system and a privatized foster care management agency (Fark You to anyone who advocates privatization of government services), got royally taken advantage of by them and my extended family, never got a single dime in compensation from anyone and never even got an apology for all the hell we were put through by the meth heads in question. It caused a rift in my family that persists to this day and is showing no signs of ever getting resolved.

Not sure where I was going with this, other than to reiterate my appreciation for some sort of outreach by Sesame Street on the subject.

So eventually happened? Do you still have the child? Are the meth heads still in the slammer?


They cleaned up for a while, but it all fell apart again. He tried working with an enforcement team turning people in but went "off the reservation" so to speak trying to get one of the big guys and ended up selling an eight ball of meth to another undercover person. The kid ended up back in the system but with different people this time. We weren't even asked this time around to help out. The baby mama managed to get her act back together and is in the process of regaining custody. My brother has been in the slammer since October while his lawyers try to hammer out a deal with a prosecutor that hates his guts to keep him out of the big house. My parents have squandered about 25k of their retirement nesteggs on lawyers, phone bills and jail commissary for him. He almost cost them a home they still own that they were letting him live in (that he absolutely trashed) due to drug forfeiture laws. It's a f-ed up deal. I've pretty much turned my  back on him. I haven't visited him in jail or written to him because I'm so disgusted with the whole story. I do service work with addicts but have very little patience with relapses of this magnitude.
 
2013-06-13 05:04:54 PM  

Felgraf: Newsflash: Some kids have incredibly farked up home lives. Things like Sesame Street may be the *only* thing/person trying to help them understand what in gods name is going on.

That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.


I sometimes think that Jim Henson's humanity got kind of lost with him.  Figured that Henson's creations were treated as just one more line on the profit side of the spreadsheet.  Then I see something like this and I remember what Harry Belafonte said about him at his memorial, and I see things like this and I feel glad because somebody remembered.

zappaisfrank: <snip>

Dude, so sorry to hear that.  Kinda know how you feel, since I'm from Dysfunction Junction myself, and I know how it feels to disown family when they can't get their shiat together.  Wish I could say more than "best of luck to you", because I really have no idea what to say.
 
2013-06-13 05:25:01 PM  

Sybarite: Because People in power are Stupid: Bert's been in the slammer. He should tell his story

[www.bertisevil.tv image 216x323]

Isn't he in Gitmo now?


That's what you get for palling around with terrorists.

www.indymedia.org.uk
 
2013-06-13 05:47:22 PM  

zappaisfrank: tnpir: zappaisfrank: I applaud their attempts to offer something to help kids facing things like this.

Sadly, I have had to see this very thing play out within my own family with my brother, his baby mama, their decision to become meth addicts and their son. Of course they was a massive train wreck that sent both of them to jail and my family (wife, daughter and yours truly) got drafted into doing six months of foster care with one shook up 18 month old and it was absolute hell. The kid was a wreck who didn't just cry when he got upset, he SCREAMED! We got the run around from the court system and a privatized foster care management agency (Fark You to anyone who advocates privatization of government services), got royally taken advantage of by them and my extended family, never got a single dime in compensation from anyone and never even got an apology for all the hell we were put through by the meth heads in question. It caused a rift in my family that persists to this day and is showing no signs of ever getting resolved.

Not sure where I was going with this, other than to reiterate my appreciation for some sort of outreach by Sesame Street on the subject.

So eventually happened? Do you still have the child? Are the meth heads still in the slammer?

They cleaned up for a while, but it all fell apart again. He tried working with an enforcement team turning people in but went "off the reservation" so to speak trying to get one of the big guys and ended up selling an eight ball of meth to another undercover person. The kid ended up back in the system but with different people this time. We weren't even asked this time around to help out. The baby mama managed to get her act back together and is in the process of regaining custody. My brother has been in the slammer since October while his lawyers try to hammer out a deal with a prosecutor that hates his guts to keep him out of the big house. My parents have squandered about 25k of their retirement nesteggs on lawye ...


Well, that is tragic. Sorry to hear it.
 
2013-06-13 06:52:32 PM  

Six_By_Nine: Felgraf: Newsflash: Some kids have incredibly farked up home lives. Things like Sesame Street may be the *only* thing/person trying to help them understand what in gods name is going on.

That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.

I sometimes think that Jim Henson's humanity got kind of lost with him.  Figured that Henson's creations were treated as just one more line on the profit side of the spreadsheet.  Then I see something like this and I remember what Harry Belafonte said about him at his memorial, and I see things like this and I feel glad because somebody remembered.

zappaisfrank: <snip>

Dude, so sorry to hear that.  Kinda know how you feel, since I'm from Dysfunction Junction myself, and I know how it feels to disown family when they can't get their shiat together.  Wish I could say more than "best of luck to you", because I really have no idea what to say.


Thanks. There's not much else to say. I've had to emotionally distance myself from it as best I can. He's my only brother and we're a pretty small family otherwise because a bunch of my relatives told each other to fark off decades before I was even born, so it bothers me that the family circle is getting even smaller. But, it is what it is.

As I said, I've been active in service work with recovering addicts for a while and the thing they say over and over again is that sometimes you have to walk away and let them land where they fall and they either get it together on their own or they don't. There comes a time when you have to think about yourself and your sanity and self preservation. He and I had a major knock down-drag out a couple of Christmases ago. It totally ruined the holiday for everyone but I got a lot of things off of my chest during the altercation. It kills me that my parents still want to cushion the whole thing for him. They've already talked about how they're going to have to "get him an apartment when he gets out". I asked one of them "If I go to jail, can I get an apartment?"

As it stands right now, he's not welcome in my home. He has a lot of fences to mend before that can even be considered. He tried to blame a bunch of the problems his kid was having on us and to that I replied "Well, if you have any issues with your son's treatment in my home, let's look at the circumstances by which he came to BE in my home". That shuts him right up everytime.

Sorry to write a novel about the whole thing. I appreciate the good words as well from you and tnpir.
 
2013-06-13 07:12:29 PM  
Well, my dad went to jail for a year and a half for DUI.  But hey, he had disappeared after telling us he was going to kill himself, so we just figured he was rotting somewhere else.  Lucky for us, we found that out after he REALLY died, it we never actually had to confront him about it.  Yay, alcohol!

/yeah, not really a csb, but it's a true story, bro.
 
2013-06-13 07:28:14 PM  
 
2013-06-13 08:45:11 PM  

zappaisfrank: I applaud their attempts to offer something to help kids facing things like this.

Sadly, I have had to see this very thing play out within my own family with my brother, his baby mama, their decision to become meth addicts and their son. Of course they was a massive train wreck that sent both of them to jail and my family (wife, daughter and yours truly) got drafted into doing six months of foster care with one shook up 18 month old and it was absolute hell. The kid was a wreck who didn't just cry when he got upset, he SCREAMED! We got the run around from the court system and a privatized foster care management agency (Fark You to anyone who advocates privatization of government services), got royally taken advantage of by them and my extended family, never got a single dime in compensation from anyone and never even got an apology for all the hell we were put through by the meth heads in question. It caused a rift in my family that persists to this day and is showing no signs of ever getting resolved.

Not sure where I was going with this, other than to reiterate my appreciation for some sort of outreach by Sesame Street on the subject.


I guess you were just voting "present" like your hero Obama used to do.
 
2013-06-13 09:22:39 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Bert's been in the slammer. He should tell his story

[www.bertisevil.tv image 216x323]


catandsean.org

/recycled from the daily GoT thread
 
2013-06-13 09:39:25 PM  

zappaisfrank: Sorry to write a novel about the whole thing. I appreciate the good words as well from you and tnpir.


S'okay, I know it's cathartic when you get a chance to talk about it; not a lot of people understand, which makes this little thing from the Henson company all the more important.  Not everybody is in the right place or has the resources to talk to a therapist, and even if you find one, you might not even find one that can help more than scribble on a prescription pad.

And sometimes even your friends aren't helpful.  They mean well, but I personally want to punch people who snidely say "all families are dysfunctional" and laugh it off with a cutesy little "tee-hee".  They really aren't, and it minimizes those of us who have lived with physical, emotional, sexual and substance abuse.  Needless to say, you don't want to talk to those people.

I wish there were better support groups for people like us.
 
2013-06-13 09:56:37 PM  

armoredbulldozer: zappaisfrank: I applaud their attempts to offer something to help kids facing things like this.

Sadly, I have had to see this very thing play out within my own family with my brother, his baby mama, their decision to become meth addicts and their son. Of course they was a massive train wreck that sent both of them to jail and my family (wife, daughter and yours truly) got drafted into doing six months of foster care with one shook up 18 month old and it was absolute hell. The kid was a wreck who didn't just cry when he got upset, he SCREAMED! We got the run around from the court system and a privatized foster care management agency (Fark You to anyone who advocates privatization of government services), got royally taken advantage of by them and my extended family, never got a single dime in compensation from anyone and never even got an apology for all the hell we were put through by the meth heads in question. It caused a rift in my family that persists to this day and is showing no signs of ever getting resolved.

Not sure where I was going with this, other than to reiterate my appreciation for some sort of outreach by Sesame Street on the subject.

I guess you were just voting "present" like your hero Obama used to do.


He ain't my hero but he beat your party's ass...twice...so what does that say about you?

Keep letting the hair lip talk about rape and you'll get beat again! Guaranteed!
 
2013-06-13 11:13:47 PM  

Felgraf: Newsflash: Some kids have incredibly farked up home lives. Things like Sesame Street may be the *only* thing/person trying to help them understand what in gods name is going on.

That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.

 
2013-06-14 01:54:10 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Letting people decide what they want to support is a million times better than other country's where they forcefully tax all televisions to pay for television shows nobody actually wants.


www.bbcamerica.com
mark78130.files.wordpress.com
s1.jrnl.ie
static.guim.co.uk
static.guim.co.uk
I'm not saying that the free market hasn't produced some good TV also, but the world would be a poorer place without the BBC.
 
2013-06-14 08:10:36 AM  

flondrix: Fark_Guy_Rob: Letting people decide what they want to support is a million times better than other country's where they forcefully tax all televisions to pay for television shows nobody actually wants.

[www.bbcamerica.com image 460x300]
[mark78130.files.wordpress.com image 300x409]
[s1.jrnl.ie image 470x311]
[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]
[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]
I'm not saying that the free market hasn't produced some good TV also, but the world would be a poorer place without the BBC.


I would add at least two more to that already awesome list:

ichef.bbci.co.uk
images.starpulse.com

I'm an American and I find that we watch more British programming than American because we just like it better than 90% of the crap they produce here.  I also listen to a lot of the BBC's radio shows, which are free worldwide.
 
2013-06-14 12:01:29 PM  

peterthx: gshepnyc: That is very sad, but that is the reality of the world, and why shiat like PBS and Mr. Rogers are important.

THIS^^^^^^^^^

I have tried until I was hoarse and exhausted to explain this to my right-wing relatives. It's not that they ARE too stupid to understand it. It's that they CHOOSE to be stupid so that they can feel better about their many shameful resentments.

There's nothing preventing you from calling that number and pledging to PBS. If your relatives don't want to pay for it then why is that stupid?


It's not that THEY didn't want to - they didn't want ANYONE to. It's "socialism" to them. They resent the idea of anything being "public" because to them "public" means "poor people" and they honestly believe that poor people deserve to be punished for being poor. They don't put it in those words, but they resent any effort by anyone to improve the lot of people they believe are beneath them.
 
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