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Will Big Bird ever leave
the government nest?

Orange County Register [CA], by Mark Steyn

Original Article

Posted By:supersid, 10/5/2012 4:40:46 PM

Apparently, Frank Sinatra served as Mitt Romney's debate coach. As he put it about halfway through "That's Life": "I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly ... ." That's what Mitt did in Denver. Ten minutes in, he jumped right on Big Bird, and then he took off – and never looked back, while the other fellow, whose name escapes me, never got out of the gate. It takes a certain panache to clobber not just your opponent but also the moderator. Yet that's what the killer Mormon did

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 10/5/2012 4:44:04 PM     (No. 8912751)

In NYC the biggest ad, non ads are from chavez's oil company, Cuba 's national orchestra , .. Soros gave gazillions too .. They don't need our taxes for this red diaper indoctrinating...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Former lurker, 10/5/2012 4:51:21 PM     (No. 8912775)

Steyn outdoes himself....and that's not easy to do .

I nominate for tomorrow's lead must read!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 10/5/2012 4:59:02 PM     (No. 8912794)

Mr. Steyn, as to your last sentence and analogy: If someone had just put a stick up his backside as a puppeteer is sure to do, it might have been a more animated debate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: QRP, 10/5/2012 5:07:05 PM     (No. 8912807)

Mark make a really good point. If you do not have the will to tackle the little stuff, then how are you ever going to take on the big stuff.
Hey, at least Boehner got 2 billion in cuts the first debt extension negation, they kinda folded on the second.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: sinic, 10/5/2012 5:13:02 PM     (No. 8912820)

Mark, please tell us....where the hurl did you gain the intelligence to write this stuff. Is it the product of a severely twisted "in a nice way" mind? As we anxiously await more, please tell us the secret...many of us want to pass it on to our children!
This has to be one of the best Steyn columns I've ever read...I can't stop the tears from laughing so freakin' hard.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 10/5/2012 5:28:38 PM     (No. 8912849)

The Children's Television workshop, which produces Sesame Street, makes millions of dollars from licensing their characters for toys, trinkets, dolls, etc.
Not one dime goes back to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American Taxpayers, or the American Taxpayers themselves.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JAN, 10/5/2012 5:32:56 PM     (No. 8912859)

CTW has earned hundreds of millions of dollars over the years. They ought to be paying their own way.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 10/5/2012 5:35:42 PM     (No. 8912863)

We laughed so hard that tears began to flow!
Spot on!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mitzi, 10/5/2012 5:41:35 PM     (No. 8912873)

There's a Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania - all the Sesame Street characters appear on the website and in the advertisements.

Even if it's not run by the same folks who do Sesame Street on PBS ... they're probably getting quite a cut for licensing the characters, theme, etc.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Scribelus, 10/5/2012 6:11:05 PM     (No. 8912906)

Bright yellow Big Bird is, in reality, a large turkey buzzard chick. It will feast upon the carcass of what used to be America, and we are stupid enough to feed it!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TXknitter, 10/5/2012 6:36:44 PM     (No. 8912931)

Go Mark. So true about if GOP hasn't been able to gather the courage to even get PBS out of our pocketbooks, it's wishful thinking they will do half of what they now promise.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Daisymay, 10/5/2012 7:03:40 PM     (No. 8912958)

I have a feeling Mitt will cut a whole lot more sacred stuff than Big Bird. There is no way we should be borrowing money from China to pay for Sesame St. or the Arts or anything else that is not a necessity. Mitt's the MAN!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: janylou, 10/5/2012 7:50:34 PM     (No. 8913009)

Only puppets back government control of PBS and NPR. Time to cut the strings!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/5/2012 8:10:34 PM     (No. 8913053)

Mark Steyn is Canada's great gift to us.
Although, he seems to have kept that endearing accent.

PBS and NPR have said they do not need federal money. They have those telethon thingies anyway and the disguised corporate ads.
Why would we borrow money from China to give to super-rich Big Bird and Jim Lehrer anyway?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Fledrmaus, 10/5/2012 8:23:37 PM     (No. 8913080)

"...the listless sourpuss staring at his shoes." YES! Best description ever of Obama at the debate.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Coy860, 10/5/2012 9:20:31 PM     (No. 8913162)

I'm surprised that Moochelle hasn't attacked Cookie Monster yet!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 10/5/2012 9:48:05 PM     (No. 8913202)

I say, flip the bird off the public payroll. He's worth millions, maybe even billions.

Furthermore, PBS programs are NOT commercial-free: before and after there are the "Brought to you by..." spots. We see law firms, various very large companies/corporations and the like, bringing us a variety of programs. No doubt, they also help to pay the very large salaries the executives make.

I don't begrudge the salaries, just the fact that we are subsidizing them.

Time to let the Bird fly out of the Public Nest.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: ladymar, 10/5/2012 10:10:06 PM     (No. 8913235)

I love Mark Steyn even more for loathing SS. I do too. I NEVER let my children watch it and asked friends and family to NOT give them SS toys as gifts.

It appeals to short attention spans rather than helping to develop patience. It constantly rewards bad behavior ( a gluttonous cookie thief and a snotty, dirty sourpuss who lives in garbage are beloved characters that kids like to emulate.) Even Bert and Ernie played mean tricks on each other. The list goes on, but I won't.

A lot of folks have given me grief for hating on SS. It's very validating to know that one of the smartest, wittiest people in the world agrees with me!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Hamrman, 10/5/2012 10:15:33 PM     (No. 8913241)

Who gives a rats about big bird when you still really be worried about Bozo Barack the Clown!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 10/5/2012 10:18:05 PM     (No. 8913243)

Michael Medved, who worked at PBS during his movie critic days, said over a decade ago that PBS does a horrible job managing their $$ & could easily support themselves. Thank you Steyn!

Our LSM will harp on this Big Bird thing until the next gotcha/blooper/hidden-camera-at-a-fundraiser comes along. I'm grateful to have Steyn's headline for a comeback!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/5/2012 10:30:29 PM     (No. 8913267)

I know PBS is always crowing about how Big Bird and Sesame Street educate kids, but has anyone at SS noticed that the educational level of kids has dropped down a hole since SS came on TV? It has totally dumbed down our kids.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: realrep, 10/5/2012 10:44:57 PM     (No. 8913281)

Wow! 'And for the next debate, instead of a candidate slumped at the lectern like a muppet whose puppeteer has gone out for a smoke, maybe Elmo's guy could shove his arm up the back of the presidential suit.'

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Reply 23 - Posted by: MDConservative, 10/5/2012 11:47:10 PM     (No. 8913349)

Romney should pledge to cut at least 10% per year over his four from the White House operation budget. Cut the imperial extravagance that would make King Tut blush, starting with the imperial air fleet, imperial food preparation staff, floral, lawn care, right down the line, including the off budget "military" support.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/5/2012 11:58:19 PM     (No. 8913358)

Good reference to Zippy's muppets like ValJar.

It's not like this is the first time defunding PBS has come up. To hear the comments, it's like there is no one on PBS but Big Bird.

How about where those SS toys are made ? Taxpayers are not only paying the bird, but workers in China.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: danu, 10/6/2012 2:28:56 AM     (No. 8913483)

FTA:*Unlike Mitt, I loathe Sesame Street. .... That is not unrelated to the infantilization of our society. Marinate three generations of Americans in that pabulum, and it's no surprise you wind up with unprotected diplomats dragged to their deaths from their "safe house" in Benghazi.*

We weren't raised w/ any of this stuff. I found it rather shocking that other parents let their children learn from a garish yellow puppet that would scare me out of 3 years growth.
I learnt from my parents, and from the Great Books--editions printed at the turn of the century [the last century]--which Dad shoved under my nose for the learning of English: the Bible, Don Quijote, the Song of Roland, Irish fairytales, Russian fairytales, Yeats, Dickens, Lewis Carroll.
Celebrate diversity!
Thusly, I travelled in time, as well as space.
Biff! Bam! Take that, yellow bird!!


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Reply 26 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/6/2012 6:54:26 AM     (No. 8913622)

SS is a massive propaganda mechanism. We are fools.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 10/6/2012 7:57:59 AM     (No. 8913711)

Hilarious....One more important point...I learned way more about life watching Tom and Jerry than Bird.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 10/6/2012 8:12:57 AM     (No. 8913747)

We plan on giving the Choom Wagon Kid the 'big bird' in the voting booth this November.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 10/6/2012 8:32:14 AM     (No. 8913775)

Y'all don't understand: PBS licenses these characters and keeps the money because that's their money. Then they need more money from ''contributors'' (read: ''taxpayers'') because they won't spend their money, just ours.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: scottinoc, 10/6/2012 8:40:45 AM     (No. 8913794)

This is the best Steyn piece ever. Chock full of gut-busting laughs. Reading this in a hotel lobby, must maintain composure...

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Reply 31 - Posted by: LZK, 10/6/2012 8:46:32 AM     (No. 8913810)

Spot on Mark!!

You nailed it!!

LZK

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Reply 32 - Posted by: altura81, 10/6/2012 8:48:07 AM     (No. 8913813)

I love Mark Steyn. People (some) are jumping on Romney's Big Bird thing... some libs are pointing out that funding of this is a drop in the bucket. I've always resented PBS and NPR receiving federal funding. NPR is totally liberal and the announcers train by commenting on golf, using those soft serious voices. And a hundred or so drops might just fill a bucket.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: cake crumb, 10/6/2012 8:52:40 AM     (No. 8913826)

Steyn should be considered one of the wonders of the world.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 10/6/2012 9:23:52 AM     (No. 8913889)

Loved Styne's reference to ValJar's muppet Obama, the Empty Suit.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Marzipan, 10/6/2012 9:43:14 AM     (No. 8913935)

Made me cry cause he shouting reality at us, but will we hold the next President accountable to cutting waste? Haven't we "demanded" that from everybody since Reagan? I pray that the "teaparties" stay active for that is our hope and prayer for this country. Informed involvement sans Obama phones. What Mitt said, it's 2 idealisms and one is going to sink us. Big Bird, meet bus. Thank you Mark for consistantly speaking the truth.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: msts, 10/6/2012 9:58:43 AM     (No. 8913958)

I don't like Sesame Street because it pushes the idea that learning should be fun and that this message comes from television. Kids take their cues from TV at an early age and are hooked on its message, a message controlled by those who would later on ply your children and young adults with even more harmful messages.
Learning should not, as a condition, be fun. Its work, not play. Unfortunately, as kids grew up and became parents of next generation Sesame Street watchers, the expectation of fun has moved from the work of the classroom to the work of life. Now you have college graduates who sit in their own filth at OWS sites because they have $200K college debt for their graphic performance art degree and can't find work because the work they "studied for" isn't capable of paying them to continue to have fun.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: coldoc, 10/6/2012 10:05:14 AM     (No. 8913970)

I agree on the "little things". Something Boehner needs to learn. Great article from Mr Steyn, as usual.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: 6angels, 10/6/2012 10:21:13 AM     (No. 8914004)

man, Steyn is superb.
I also realized a long time ago that PBS, Sesame St, etc is a joke.
loved the comment about Garrison Keillor.

Go Mitt!!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: lil dotty, 10/6/2012 10:39:26 AM     (No. 8914030)

US tax dollars may be nothing more than a drop in the bucket.....BUT they helped to pay Juan Williams salary did they not? that was before he moved to Fox

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Reply 40 - Posted by: MattMusson, 10/6/2012 10:39:57 AM     (No. 8914032)

This Christmas' hotest toy: Subsidize me Elmo~

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 10/6/2012 10:49:56 AM     (No. 8914054)

Addt'l note, re: #36. What happens when the Congress/Government announces cuts to whatever? Often some and sometimes many of the People begin to squeal, "Oooch! Ouch! oh that hurts! Take that, but not this!"

The only way birds will fly out of the nest is when the ADULT bird pushes them out, and they're forced to spread their wings and fend for themselves.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: RancherJack, 10/6/2012 10:50:01 AM     (No. 8914055)

Big Bird's underbelly is full of sharp pinfeathers
of socialism. Who knew?

LDot mods. Ldotters. Most Republicans but not all.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: hicokid, 10/6/2012 10:58:28 AM     (No. 8914072)

Growing up, "channel 13" used to bring programming that we wouldn't get on the regular networks. Now, PBS and NPR are non-stop shills for liberals, democrats and global warming. My tax dollars are funding the opposition. Not only that, they are making tons of money on their own. It's high time to kick them off the government teat.

Romney's excellent test (worth borrowing money from China to pay for) is a test that all government programs and federal workers should take in 2013.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 10/6/2012 11:01:05 AM     (No. 8914077)

Big Bird OUGHT to be defunded. He's a multi-millionaire in his own right. After 30 years of Big Bird lunchboxes, Big Bird sippy cups, Big Bird Backpacks, Big Bird coloring books, Big Bird tee shirts, Big Bird jammies, Big Bird videos, and a Big Bird this, and a Big Bird that ... Let's face it -- that puppet has made more money than George Soros. Big Bird could underwrite PBS all on his own.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/6/2012 11:16:26 AM     (No. 8914105)

Why is it that the only corporation liberals love is the "Corporation for Public Broadcasting?"
Don't they understand that Socialist Street needs to pay back their 'student' loans now? It's time to end the subsidies and make them go on their own, especially since the CPB eviscerated a conservative Bush appointee and forced him to resign. CPB clearly has the extremely sharp teeth of a vicious unionista bureaucracy.


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Reply 46 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 10/6/2012 11:39:45 AM     (No. 8914165)

When I was growing up, there was no Sesame Street or Big Bird, and not much television either. We did watch "Mr. Ed" and "The Wonderful World of Disney", when Disney movies did not insult the intelligence of child or adult (who can ever forget "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh"?). My youngest brother did not watch Sesame Street either, and instead read the encyclopedia and dictionary.

What I do remember is listening to Ethel Barrett, the storyteller on the Christian radio station KTIS in MN, narrate Bible stories in her own, unique way. Look her up. You can still find a few recordings of her. Now I can say with all confidence that my definition of a deprived childhood is a childhood without Ethel Barrett. And that's the truth! :-)

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Reply 47 - Posted by: harleynyc, 10/6/2012 12:30:24 PM     (No. 8914272)

Sesame Street and Big Bird sell so much licensed crap, they could easily fund the entire PBS network. So, where's all that money ?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: peterfleming, 10/6/2012 1:02:07 PM     (No. 8914334)

Not often do Ldotters pay such high compliments to the writers of good ideas.
Mark Steyn, aggressive, funny, Valerie Jaret with body guards, gangster Panetta with a private jet each weekend, Garrison Keilor down the toilet, Socialist Street up ended, half million annual to small time public broadcasting employee, paid by Communists. Thanks to the old time Freedom Newspapers founder R.C Hoiles and the newer founder Lucianne Goldberg of lucianne.com, the New Media is bursting thru the dam of totalitarian Old Media. The good news is we're getting more bad news !!
The "back room" is turning into the sun room
Mark is marvelous, worth reading these stark images twice, AND passing on this article to all of each of our believers and non believers. THIS is the kind of writing that will get through to the knuckleheads who want big government to control their lives. Mark is a valiant warrior of words.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Jobe, 10/6/2012 1:08:16 PM     (No. 8914349)

While Sesame Street is not the most assinine piece of trash that PBS inflicts on the public (that distinction goes to anything done by Bill Moyers), it definitely deserves to be deleted from the public consciousness ASAP. I strenuously object to spending my hard earned money on this far left bastion of idiocy.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: larryp, 10/6/2012 2:27:46 PM     (No. 8914474)

The tax return for NPR was posted on line for '09. They had one interesting revenue line of $115,000,000. Thatws for radio sations sold iirc-I was looking thru the return.
So there wre a number of $300K salaries.
And I read that the universities systems pay 25-35% of NPR tab. It is really labyrhinthine how much dough is expended.
but I have an idea- the people that want it can PAY for it. Or they can sell ads.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: 4Justice, 10/6/2012 2:43:54 PM     (No. 8914494)

PBS used to have some excellent shows in the old days. There were concerts and documentaries you couldn't find anywhere else at the time. In the earlier days there was even more of ideological balance. However, over the years it turned more and more into a propaganda machine for leftist ideology only. Sesame Street was one of those shows that started on the left and moved even further left over time. I could see it even in my youth (though I was a bit older than the ones it was geared to). I guess it helped that I knew about ideological differences at a young age. Anyway, I LOVE Mark Steyn and always hated the androgynous and immature Big Bird.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: rc1776, 10/6/2012 2:59:02 PM     (No. 8914515)

The big yellow bird needs to go but my choice of the first to be drug whining and wimpering up the scaffold is the wh resident queen 0blo the bower.and it's dimfecal chi-thugs.
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Reply 53 - Posted by: conspicio, 10/6/2012 3:07:04 PM     (No. 8914527)

A navel gazing moment, but an awakening that indeed, if pushed, quite possibly, even maybe, they could survive, they hope. Tears were no doubt shed, massage circles, and group hugs, prayers to mother Gaia, and evil Republicans were cursed during the writing of the following June 2012 report...

http://cpb.org/aboutcpb/Alternative_Sources_of_Funding_for_Public_Broadcasting_Stations.pdf

There is a rich bank of self relevant back-patting throughout this drivel with quotes such as:

"The American public clearly believes that federal funding is an appropriate, effective and valued use of their tax dollars. Overwhelmingly, the public believes that federal funding for public broadcasting is money well spent and the best value for America‘s tax dollars, second only to national defense"

Ha. There's more, you just have to suffer through it...pablum for the NPR masses.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 10/6/2012 5:17:45 PM     (No. 8914720)

Liberals just never hear the words "debt" and "borrowing from china" the same way the grown ups do!

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Reply 55 - Posted by: MickTurn, 10/6/2012 6:49:37 PM     (No. 8914846)

BIG Bird and those that created it have been scamming the American taxpayer for years...a typical Lib shell game.

As soon as they were viable on their own they should have been forceably removed from the Teet!

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Reply 56 - Posted by: PLPointer67, 10/6/2012 7:08:19 PM     (No. 8914890)

Gosh - reading this Thread is as educational as reading Steyn's dense and thoughtful article. My recommendation: don't rush through it.

And Steyn's article is a Master's degree dissecting the corporation called the Public Broadcasting Service.

Double dittos to what #17 said: "Furthermore, PBS programs are NOT commercial-free: before and after there are the "Brought to you by..." spots. We see law firms, various very large companies/corporations and the like, bringing us a variety of programs."

My recommendation when Romney wins: Do a complete and PUBLIC audit of PBS - including all income from the sale of Big Bird (etc.) merchandise sales, salaries of all staff (since they work for We the People), and then expose all who have made donations, and how much they have given, and where the money has gone.

Methinks there is public tax $$$$ being frittered away.

PS: I love Masterpiece Theater, and all things British being aired on PBS.


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New York Times, by Lizette Alvarez    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 7/13/2013 10:12:43 PM     Post Reply
Sanford, Fla. - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty on Saturday of the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. He also was acquitted of manslaughter, a lesser charge. After three weeks of testimony, the six-woman jury rejected the prosecution’s contention that Mr. Zimmerman had deliberately pursued Mr. Martin because he viewed the hoodie-clad teenager as a criminal and instigated the fight that led to his death. Mr. Zimmerman said he shot

Zimmerman jury reaches a verdict
USA Today, by Yamiche Alcindor    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 7/13/2013 10:03:00 PM     Post Reply
SANFORD, Fla. — The jury deliberating George Zimmerman´s fate has reached a verdict. They reached the verdict after deliberating all day on Saturday. Late in the evening the jurors asked for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter. At about 6 p.m. ET lawyers for both sides appeared in court where Judge Debra Nelson conferred with them about the manslaughter question and then recessed court.

Zimmerman case´s legal
absurdities astound
Orange County Register [CA], by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 7/12/2013 4:47:29 PM     Post Reply
Just when I thought the George Zimmerman "trial" couldn´t sink any lower, the prosecutorial limbo dancers of the State of Florida magnificently lowered their own bar in the final moments of their cable-news celebrity. In real justice systems, the state decides what crime has been committed and charges somebody with it. In the Zimmerman trial, the state´s "theory of the case" is that it has no theory of the case: might be murder, might be manslaughter, might be aggravated assault, might be a zillion other things, but it´s something.

Rose Breaks 43-Year England
Drought, Wins US Open
Associated Press, by Joeph White    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 6/16/2013 7:52:49 PM     Post Reply
Justin Rose is the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open in 43 years. Rose shot a closing 70 Sunday at Merion Golf Club for a 1-over 281 total and his first major championship. He finished two shots ahead of Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old Rose overcame his share of misadventures on a challenging course. He took the solo lead for good when Mickelson and Mahan both dropped shots at No. 15.

Serena Beats Sharapova to
Win Second French Open Title
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 6/8/2013 11:24:03 AM     Post Reply
PARIS — World number one Serena Williams clinched her second French Open title when she beat defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4 6-4 in the final on Saturday. The 31-year-old American, who won her first Roland Garros title in 2002, became the oldest player since tennis turned professional in 1968 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup after overpowering the second seed on Court Philippe Chatrier.

What we do to Syria may
one day be done to us
Mail Online [UK], by Peter Hitchens    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 6/2/2013 5:49:55 PM     Post Reply
Imagine this: Newspapers and broadcasters in China suddenly start to denounce the British government. They call it a ‘regime’. They say that its treatment of its Muslim minority is cruel and unjust. (Snip) All the time, foreign media report in a wholly one-sided way, credulously trumpeting British government ‘atrocities’ without verification. And then all the major countries in the world agree to permit the direct supply of weapons to the rebels. Absurd? Wait and see. Something quite like this actually happened on a small scale in Northern Ireland, where American individuals helped buy guns and bombs

Don’t make fun of
renowned Dan Brown
The Telegraph [UK], by Michael Deacon    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 5/12/2013 1:20:34 PM     Post Reply
Renowned author Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. (snip) The critics said his writing was clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive. They said it was full of unnecessary tautology. They said his prose was swamped in a sea of mixed metaphors. For some reason they found something funny in sentences such as “His eyes went white, like a shark about to attack.”

Mark Sanford wins South
Carolina special election
Washington Post, by Rachel Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: supersid- 5/7/2013 8:55:20 PM     Post Reply
Mark Sanford has won the South Carolina special election in a competitive race for what in normal circumstances is a safe Republican seat. The former governor beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert Busch, for the state’s 1st congressional district. The AP called the race for Sanford early in the evening, with the Republican leading Colbert Busch 54 percent 46 percent.



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