"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Thought, Not Stray

Just reading through the news, the thought pieces, the analyses, it occurs to me, once again, that Trump is a piece of shit. And so is (are?) his "administration."

I would hope that he would resign, but he doesn't have that much class.

As a footnote to that, see this article rebutting budget director Mick Mulvaney's justification for cutting funding to PBS:

Mulvaney was likely parroting the long-held conservative belief that PBS – with cultural programming like Masterpiece Theater and Antiques Roadshow – is too highbrow, and geared solely towards “coastal elites.”  Yet he may have seemed woefully out of touch with the needs and desires of economically struggling families to Vicenta Medina, an immigrant mother from Mexico. While she and her husband Gilbert struggled to raise their family on the South Side of Chicago forty years ago, she says Sesame Street helped teach English to their young son David. They watched him go on to collect degrees from both Harvard and the University of Chicago, and then work in the Obama White House—where I first heard his story from a mutual friend.

Via Bark Bark Woof Woof.

David Medina's story is not unique. And there is a mountain of evidence to back up the contention that PBS, especially PBS KIDS, is a valuable resource for all families, especially those on the lower end of the economic spectrum.

Oh, but that means paying attention to facts.

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