I appreciate this, so much, for a few reasons. One is that I enjoy it when Catholicism is associated with pacifism, which is something that isn't talked about very much in light of all the other stuff there is to pick on. If we'd focus more on charity and giving, instead of what women aren't allowed to do and who can and can't be a priest, maybe more people would stick around (not that I did, which should be duly noted. However, I'm not a bitter lapsed person...just non-participatory. Can't help it.) Secondly, I think it's a good thing when hypocrisy is illuminated in places where it's usually left dark. Third of all, I think this woman, and the people she shills for, are so scary.
"A House panel has voted to eliminate all public funding for NPR and PBS, starting with "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and other commercial-free children's shows. If approved, this would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull the plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch."
No Child Left Behind, my ass. How about we leave them all behind? Rich, poor, every race, location, shoe size - let's put 'em all in a barge the size of TEXAS and just leave 'em behind, all at once. It will save lots of time and press releases, and then we can just get on with baseball, and avoiding the war. At least, let's be honest about it.
Please consider signing this petition. Even if you don't think your individual actions make any difference in this "through the looking glass" society we live in, which I'm guilty of myself, I know that's no excuse, really. It's so important to be aware of and engaged with these issues. The past ten years have been full of this madness - the Clear Channelization and reality television-ifying of America. I feel a little dumber, a little tackier by association sometimes. Don't you?
It's frightening, because you know, even though I love my share of trashy tv (not radio - I long since gave up on commercial radio) I can't imagine the public stations getting by on much LESS than they already do. It's hard enough for people who want to go into this line of work to survive on the salaries, especially in major metro areas - not to mention the costs of keeping the stations open period.
Here's more from pbs.org, and if you have any question about the value of NPR, check out their home page. Therein resides the most beautifully random assortment of ideas, events, people and places, all collected in one place. I really hope it's still there for another generation, along with the Cookie Monster (even IF cookies are - you know - a "sometimes food" these days. And don't even GET me started on that.)