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The Five Hundred Puppet March

Ladies and gentlemen, I gave you the loneliest demonstrators in history:

It wasn’t nearly a million by the Count’s best standards, but hundreds gamely rallied in support of Big Bird and public funding for PBS in Washington, DC, yesterday with chants of “El-mo, we won’t go!” reports CNN. Many a Kermit, Cookie Monster, and other puppets joined the so-called Million Puppet March to the Reflecting Pool, taking aim at Mitt Romney’s threat to take Big Bird off the public dole. “We’re just making it clear that public media matters and it’s something that we want to see supported and we still want to see federal funding of,” a co-organizer of the march tells the AFP.

Hundreds of people is … nothing. In Washington, you can get several hundred protesters to show up in favor of anchovies. Surprisingly, no one is really terribly moved about an off-hand comment Romney made in the first debate about cutting PBS’s funding (which, just to repeat, will not endanger Big Bird as he is run by an independent studio).

I realize some people thought this would be a big deal. But for most sane people, PBS funding ranks about 847th on their political priority list.

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  1. Shiftuser says:

    Still I would like to see my tax money removed from subsidising liberal propaganda through PBS, NPR and the like. I would like to have deregulation of the air waves as well…the idea that broadcast waves belong to the government is an outdated and ignorant concept.

    While it may be true that particular broadcast frequinces need to be set aside so as to eliminate the potential of one station overriding another…there is no reason the government needs to go beyond that…yet , through technology all of this should become moot eventually since cable, DSL, fiber optics and proprietary satelite signals will make traditional broadcast obsolete.

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  2. Mississippi Yankee says:

    Dialogue from MY new movie “300 Electoral Votes:

    “A thousand paper-mache puppets will darken the skies!!”

    “Good! Then we shall vote in the shade!”

    “This is where we vote!! This is where they die!!”

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  3. Thrill says:

    Even Jon Stewart could get a couple of hundred thousand or so for his Hipster March Against Whatever.

    Still, I guess that when your march demands the involvement of parents whose kids are young enough to still be watching Sesame Street and are therefore usually unavailable for pointless demonstrations, you’re already handicapped.

    Sesame Street will survive with or without federal funding because it’s a great show. I was raised on it and I don’t mind my kids watching it despite the frequent P.C. nonsense.

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  4. Thrill says:

    M.Y., you better watch it. I may end up novelizing that idea on the front page here one of these days. The possibilities are wild.

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  5. Mississippi Yankee says:

    Thrill, anything that falls out of my mouth or keyboard has probably been said or done by some one else before me.
    Go for the gusto

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