Credit: Leon Farrant
|—||Elizabeth Warren, speaking at a town hall in Massachusetts (via newshook)|
For us, this old voiceover brings back wholesome childhood memories: “Funding for this program was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and viewers like you.” But thanks to Republicans and people like David Koch, only 12% of PBS’s funding comes from the federal government. “Viewers like you” can barely pay their rent, let alone donate sizable amounts to PBS. So the public’s network is forced to “create content that educates, informs and inspires,” so long as it does not offend the plutocrats who keep it alive—even if that means censoring documentary filmmakers.
According to a deeply depressing report in this week’s New Yorker, David Koch withheld a “seven-figure” donation to New York’s cash-starved PBS affiliate, WNET, after a documentary critical of the Kochs aired in November. Jane Mayer, somewhat of an authority on the Kochs, reports that Koch’s influence essentially killed the airing of another film on PBS entitled Citizen Koch.
Choice quotes from the American Rifleman article linked to here by Talking Points Memo:
- From the slideshow intro: “Many of these movies… take us back to simpler times, when dreaming of saving the day got us through that oh-so boring class.”
- From a review of Red Dawn: “Up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, many folks prepared for a possible invasion by what Ronald Reagan called the ‘Evil Empire.’” Man, gun nuts were delusional even back then.
- On The Terminator, which, remember, is a science fiction film: “This movie made shooters realize the importance of firepower, and that preparedness might be needed in the future.” You know, just in case a time-travelling killer android comes looking for you.
- On The Godfather: “That (Michael Corleone) built his empire through violence is only that much more alluring.” Oh really.
- On The Matrix, the film contains “a line that could easily be the catchphrase of many gun owners when asked what they need: ‘Guns. Lots of guns.’”
- On The Road Warrior: ”This movie made some people realize that ammunition is a commodity, and would be useful if the world ever does hit the fan.”
Most folks recognize the movies are fiction, meant as a form of escape.
The NRA apparently takes them at face value.
Charles Pierce. (via quickhits)
Best quote of the day, but what do you expect from a man (Coburn) who was supported openly by the Grand Dragon of the KKK in Oklahoma and didn’t denounce the support, when he was first running for election in 2004.
George Zimmer, the owner and founder of The Men’s Wearhouse, does not background check his employees. “I don’t trust the U.S. justice system to get it right,” says Zimmer, who is himself a recovering alcoholic. “I’d rather make my own decisions, and I believe in giving people a second chance.”
Good to know some people with money and power get shit right.
Via The Everlasting GOP Stoppers