Archive for the ‘PBS’ Category

Puppet Radicals Run Riot in DC!

November 4, 2012

Puppet Radicals Run Riot in DC!

“The Million Puppet March — a political rally against Mitt Romney’s debate remarks about Big Bird and cutting funding to public television — may not have actually been a million puppets strong, but furry monsters came from far and near in a post-Halloween parade of support for PBS on Saturday.

The march to the Capitol set off from Lincoln Park shortly after 11 a.m., with the participants singing the “Sesame Street” theme song, and the Muppets’ “Mahna Mahna.” They were asked to keep to the sidewalk, but the hundreds of marchers soon spilled into the street, requiring a police escort. They chanted:

‘Power to the puppets! We can save the Muppets!’

‘Whose street? Sesame Street!’

‘What do we want? Cookies! When do we want them? Now!’

‘EL-MO! We won’t go!’

–“The Million Puppet March: Fighting for public broadcasting, with felt and fur,” Maura Judkis, Washington Post


Online Film Festival

March 4, 2012

Online Film Festival

The PBS Online Film Festival has begun, and new independent films will be added each Monday until there are 28 in all. Start watching here.


McCain and Palin Love Joe Six-Pack. You Betcha.

October 5, 2008

McCain and Palin Love Joe Six-Pack. You Betcha.

Gwen Ifill’s first question to the candidates at Thursday night’s Vice Presidential Debate concerned their thoughts about the $700 Billion Congressional rescue (or bailout) bill, which had not yet passed. Republican Governor Sarah Palin (net worth $1.2 Million; 2007 income $230,000) responded:

PALIN: One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let’s commit ourselves just every day American people, Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again . . . .

The Governor’s running mate, John McCain. really loves Joe Six-Pack. Senator McCain’s wife Cindy controls the third-largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the country. Joe Six-Pack bought multi-millionaires John and Cindy McCain all their houses, cars, a fat investment portfolio and a private jet, 12 ounces at a time.

Of course, Anheuser-Busch doesn’t just use those profits to make Cindy McCain rich. It creates thousands of jobs — in Belgium and Brazil, for Jan- and João– Six-Pack and new multi-national corporate owner InBev.

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The “A” logo is a registered trademark of Anheuser-Busch/InBev and is used here under the satire provisions of the Fair Use clause.

Veep Debate TV — Beyond Boffo!

October 4, 2008

Veep Debate TV -- Beyond Boffo!
Senator Biden and Governor Palin debate, Thursday, October 2, 2008.

70 million U.S. television viewers watched the 2008 Vice-Presidential debate last Thursday. Even PBS had 3.5 million viewers. The first Presidential debate got 34 percent fewer viewers, 52.4 million, including 2.6 million on PBS.

The Veeps reaped 45 percent of households in the top markets, said Nielsen, while the September 26th McCain-Obama presidential debate got 31.6 percent. The Veeps vied on Thursday, a popular TV-watching night, and McCain and Obama tangled on a date-night Friday, but still . . . .


Palin — Biden Debate is History

October 3, 2008

Palin -- Biden Debate is History

Republican Governor Sarah Palin and Democratic Senator Joe Biden debated on television last night, answering questions posed by journalist Gwen Ifill of PBS.

Actually, only Senator Biden answered questions asked by Ms. Ifill. Governor Palin answered questions posed by a moderator in some alternative debate universe.


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À la recherche des odeurs perdues

January 26, 2008

A la recherche des odeurs perdues

Young people of the 21st century: I salute you. My feeble Boomer claws poke the Big-Letter keyboard of my laptop, evoking evanescent specters of the obsolescent past. Geezer ramblings may pain and embarrass you but they are your heritage, perhaps your only legacy now that real estate prices suck. Maybe you can find some small thing of value, or funky stuff to sell on some existential eBay.

One winter evening, nodding off in our invalid chairs before the cathode ray tube as befits persons of our decrepitude, my Lovely Companion remarked that something was missing from the PBS Pioneers of Television documentary series. She didn’t mean the lack of authentic “ghosting,” “snow” or “vertical rolling,” or the mummified, waxy look of the black-and-white kinescopes and tapes after digital Botox treatments. It wasn’t the muting of sit-com laugh-tracks; if anything, the documentary’s pretentious narration deserved a laugh-track all its own. Yet the experience was missing a certain . . . something.