Archive for 2011

 
Ambivalent about “Occupy”

Ambivalent about “Occupy”

Roger Ebert, one the country’s most respected film critics, is a prolific writer with many interests, including politics (he is an outspoken liberal.)  Today, he weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street Movement which swept the country this fall. Whereas many liberals and progressives are relieved that a leftist movement has finally captured the public’s [...]

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Republican pollster: don’t say “capitalism!”

Republican pollster: don’t say “capitalism!”

“I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death…They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”
Those were the words of Frank Lunz, a master Republican pollster and strategist, when he spoke recently to the Republican Governors Association meeting.  Apparently, the popularity of Occupy Wall Street is a big [...]

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Emma Sullivan vs. Sam Brownback

Emma Sullivan vs. Sam Brownback

On November 21, Emma Sullivan, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School, was on a field trip to the Kansas state capitol with Youth in Government.  Listening to Governor Sam Brownback, whose conservative politics clash with her own, Emma tweeted to her 60 followers: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he [...]

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“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” honored by POV

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” honored by POV

We were pleased to discover that POV, the acclaimed and reliable outlet for independently produced documentaries on PBS television, included “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” when compiling a United States of Documentaries, a list of the best documentaries covering each of the 50 states.
As the POV bloggers write,
The United States of Documentaries is a representation [...]

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Kansas Tea Party convention CANCELLED

Kansas Tea Party convention CANCELLED

In the wake of the Iowa Republican Straw Poll, we’ve learned that “Freedomfest 2011,” the Tea Party Straw Poll planned for Kansas City, Kansas in October 2011 has been cancelled.
The organizers cited financial difficulties, and an alarming lack of interest from those who should have been the backbone of the event – Tea Party groups [...]

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“Not in Kan… oh, wait, yes we are”

“Not in Kan… oh, wait, yes we are”

Michael Charney of the blog “Chasing Glenn Beck” was inspired to review “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” and his full post follows.  You can read the original on his blog.
Kansas has long served as a powerful metaphor for our country.  When L. Frank Baum first wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, he chose Kansas [...]

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“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” is a Netflix favorite!

“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” is a Netflix favorite!

We recently came across a map of Netflix “local favorites” across the country, generated by the good folks at Slacktory… we’ve altered it to highlight the finding that “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” is a favorite in, yes, Kansas (along with “Ducktales, Volume One.”)
From WebProNews:
Some highlights include the southern portion of Texas liking The Alamo, while the [...]

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Special Screening in Pittsburg, KS – Sunday, June 26

Special Screening in Pittsburg, KS – Sunday, June 26

Democratic Party activists in Southeastern Kansas – once home to the Socialist newspaper “Appeal to Reason,” – have organized a FREE screening of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”
From their announcement:
A video showing of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” has been scheduled promptly for 3 P.M., Sunday, June 26, Memorial Auditorium, Fifth & Pine, Pittsburg, KS.
Following [...]

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Kansas to host 2011 National Tea Party Convention

Kansas to host 2011 National Tea Party Convention

In October, Kansas City, KS will host “Freedom Fest 2011,” a National Tea Party Nominating Convention, which organizers are billing as “a Tea Party Woodstock.” But without all the “hippies, drugs and trash.”
The Kansas Health Institute reports on the announcment, held in Topeka:
The activists were greeted by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and State Rep. [...]

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What’s right with Kansas

What’s right with Kansas

After completing the documentary “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” director Joe Winston got what he least expected – a government contract.
After seeing the documentary, a representative of the U.S. Department of Education offered Winston a chance to bid on production of a short documentary on the Walton Rural Life Center, an elementary school in the [...]

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DVD review:  “I was better for having watched it.”

DVD review: “I was better for having watched it.”

Dan Deevey of The BlueRaySource.com rode an emotional roller-coaster on the way to giving “What’s the Matter with Kansas?“ a very favorable review:
He opens his review, dangling over of a cliff of despair:
I watched this movie with my mouth agape for most of it. The monumental level of ignorance and the power that it holds [...]

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