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Pair pursue plans to mount Million Muppet March on National Mall (Idaho)
Current.org ^ | October 10, 2012 | Dru Sefton

Posted on 10/13/2012 10:27:33 AM PDT by Drango

Two pubcasting fans in different cities who separately conceived plans for a “Million Muppet March” in support of public broadcasting have teamed up to try to organize the event on Nov. 3 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Michael Bellavia, 42, of Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, 46, of Boise, Idaho, were watching the presidential debate on Oct. 3 when Republican nominee Mitt Romney said that he would end subsidies to PBS if elected.

Even before the debate ended, Bellavia had secured the URL millionmuppetmarch.com, and Mecham created the Million Muppet March Facebook page.

“We just merged the two into one effort,” said Bellavia, president of Animax Entertainment, an animation production studio in Los Angeles. Bellavia said Animax created the “Elmo’s Potty Time” game for Sesame Workshop in 2006.

As of midday Wednesday, the Facebook page had more than 11,000 “Likes.” Some 415 people indicated on the event page that they planned to go, with 151 more listed as possible attendees.

On the Facebook page, Mecham also shared a letter he’d received from Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson, who said in part: “I am a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for the funding of CPB. Rest assured, I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Subcommittee to ensure CPB receives adequate funding.”

Bellavia said he invited PBS and Sesame Workshop to join the campaign, but each declined due to the political nature of the controversy. “We’d love it if all the people who work there could participate in some manner,” he said.

“We’re trying to stay as much out of politics as possible,” Bellavia added. “We’re just using the Muppets as opportunity to support public broadcasting.”

Mecham said that Sesame Street, Electric Company and Zoom were “a big part of my childhood.”

“The educational mission of public broadcasting is so important,” he said. “Everyone should have access to free educational TV over the air, without having to subscribe to cable. To me, it’s an issue of social justice and fairness.”

Mecham is pursuing a political science degree at Boise State University.

Neither of the two have event-planning experience. They’re in contact with the National Park Service to find out how to proceed.

The march has so far received some high-profile media attention, with mentions on HuffPost Live, NPR, CNN, TV Guide and the National Review.


TOPICS: Extended News; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: idaho; npr; pbs
Heads up Idaho. Please contact GOP Congressman Mike Simpson if you are a constituent. Politely let him and his staff know PBS/NPR is not his friend.

NPR/PBS survive 'cause the GOP supports it.

1 posted on 10/13/2012 10:27:41 AM PDT by Drango
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To: Drango

Puppet Wars - The 1% Strikes Back!


2 posted on 10/13/2012 10:30:40 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Sorry Algore. It was attitude, NOT altitude.)
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To: Drango

Obviously these Muppet marchers do not have jobs as they can just take off for this protest and one would assume someone is paying for the trip to DC. It would be interesting to know who is bankrolling this project... my bet is the DNC or one of its shills is paying for the trip.


3 posted on 10/13/2012 10:37:21 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Drango

Obviously these Muppet marchers do not have jobs as they can just take off for this protest and one would assume someone is paying for the trip to DC. It would be interesting to know who is bankrolling this project... my bet is the DNC or one of its shills is paying for the trip.


4 posted on 10/13/2012 10:37:34 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Drango

The crazy thing about this is that PBS would do just fine if it wasn’t latched onto the public teat. National People’s Radio could be as left as it wanted to be and obtain private funding accordingly WITHOUT worrying about trying to appease conservatives.


5 posted on 10/13/2012 10:38:18 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: Drango

If each of these million people really want to see PBS funded, they could each write an annual check for $445 to make it happen, right? Problem solved!

Dumbasses.


6 posted on 10/13/2012 10:38:35 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Alfred Hitchcock.....War of the Puppets....

There sure are a lot of ah's around....so do they get paid for the work day....Oh...what work you say???

7 posted on 10/13/2012 10:38:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Drango

Occupy Sesame Street!


8 posted on 10/13/2012 10:39:41 AM PDT by Edgar3 (Don't THREAD on me!)
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To: Drango

I thought Big Bird said he didn’t need government funds anyway.

We’re spending more than $1 trillion dollars per year we don’t have, and NPR/PBS thinks we don’t have enough information outlets without them getting government funds.

Talk about your clueless idiots...

Frankly, it has angered me for years to see the government fund the propaganda these agencies have been pumping out.

Good riddance...


9 posted on 10/13/2012 10:40:34 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Biden disrespect wasn't limited to Ryan. It was an insult to me and every other U. S. Citizen.)
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To: Drango

Is Soros’ puppet 0bama going to attend?


10 posted on 10/13/2012 10:42:01 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping, gay bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO!)
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To: Domandred; Disambiguator; dsc; RobinOfKingston; Myrddin; oneolcop; matchgirl; Dr. Thorne; ...

Bump to Idaho.


11 posted on 10/13/2012 10:42:32 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

12 posted on 10/13/2012 10:43:13 AM PDT by matt1234 (As Obama sowed in the Arab Spring, so he is reaping in the Arab Fall.)
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Big Bird is a 1%er.


13 posted on 10/13/2012 10:45:42 AM PDT by bhl
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To: Drango
I just thought of something during the Cavuto show this morning... I just realized a very simple way out of this whole CPB/NPR/PBS funding kerfuffle. Levy and "entertainment tax" to fund these groups. Go to the movies, pay a tax. Go to a play, pay a tax. Even better, include a special income tax on anyone working in the "entertainment industry." Put an extra tax on the incomes of Spielberg, Katezenbery, Howard, Ford, Travolta, etc...

Mark

14 posted on 10/13/2012 10:47:15 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Drango
If they want to muster a million muppets, they'll have to pull some from the picket lines.


15 posted on 10/13/2012 10:48:11 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: bhl

GARY KNELL - CEO SESAME ST. MADE $684,144 IN 2009 - 1% IN TAX PAYER FUNDED NON-PROFITS

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2943226/posts


16 posted on 10/13/2012 10:48:41 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Drango

It would be much easier for them to fork over 10 bucks apiece to PBS and keep their beloved big bird on the air for a while longer.

PBS is always having telethons, what do they do with that money? For a “network” that mainly shows only videos of pre-produced programs, maybe their a little heavy on employees.

Then I hear things like, “This program brought to you by the Exxon Corporation”, or whatever company...so, that means they are not only getting taxpayer money and viewer donations, but also are selling sponsorships.

How many folks does it take at PBS to run a DVD player?


17 posted on 10/13/2012 10:50:14 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Drango

If these million people would just go buy an Elmo toy, any funding cut by government would be replaced by their own contribution. But that would be private enterprise, we can’t have that.


18 posted on 10/13/2012 10:50:38 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: FrankR

At the public tv network I was at, you would be amazed at the effort it took to get tape or DVD to play back on time with the fortune spent on worthless Louth automation.

As for money on personnel, my organization was (still is from what I hear) absurdly lopsided with management. There was always money for a new mgt position that almost no one who worked there ever got. A favorite would once in a while.

As far as raises for working people, fat chance. After a long string of games and lies, I finally said lawsuit and veterans status. Most of the lowly engineering staff got upgraded. That was probably to appease the masses.


19 posted on 10/13/2012 11:14:39 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Drango

It’s “social justice and fairness” that we fleece taxpayers from here to Kingdom come to pay for an enterprise that could clearly prosper in the competitive marketplace. Where’s the justice for us that are forced to pay for “Children’s TV Workshop” against our will?

Typical skull full of mush talk. Get back to me, kid, when you are off Daddy’s payroll, earning a living on your own, and the biggest expense item in your budget by far is TAXES.


20 posted on 10/13/2012 11:26:15 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The nation would be better off without indoctrination TV.

Too many parents even 50 years ago used the TV as a babysitter without knowing or evening thinking about what the children were seeing.I was scolded as a child for changing the channel one Saturday morning because my friend’s mom thought it didn’t matter what cartoon show was on,and that i might like one more than another .


21 posted on 10/13/2012 11:44:29 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Drango

Big Bird is the one percent!


22 posted on 10/13/2012 12:27:33 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: The Great RJ

Muppets are Millionaires!

Muppets are on welfare!

Muppets don’t need no stinkin’ jobs!


23 posted on 10/13/2012 12:31:01 PM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: Red Steel; Salamander; Brandonmark; Da Coyote; Cowboy Bob; Dogbert41; yldstrk; Sacajaweau; ...

Bump


24 posted on 10/13/2012 12:44:24 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda; smokingfrog; Vision; Daveinyork; Sooth2222; mikrofon; tacticalogic; ...

The GOP is supporting PBS/NPR. ~sad


25 posted on 10/13/2012 12:48:06 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Is Soros’ puppet 0bama going to attend?

I wonder if it pisses Valerie Jarrett off that people call it "the Obama Administration", like he's the one doing it?

26 posted on 10/13/2012 12:49:56 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Drango

I say less than 10,000 show up, and half of them will be the usual “professional protestors” that you see at every event


27 posted on 10/13/2012 1:03:24 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Drango
I've always thought Obama voters were brainless puppets, this just confirms it.
28 posted on 10/13/2012 1:19:23 PM PDT by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: matt1234
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"Cookie, are we at the right Party??"

29 posted on 10/13/2012 2:19:42 PM PDT by mikrofon (Starring Paul Ryan as "The Count")
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To: SaraJohnson
The guy in the Big Bird suit makes 314,000 a year.

74,000 more than Obama.

30 posted on 10/13/2012 2:56:41 PM PDT by dancusa (Re-electing Obama is like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceburg again.)
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