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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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How Obama could win over the public in 30 seconds

How Obama could win over the public in 30 seconds

What will Obama say in tonight’s State of the Union speech?
If history is any guide, nothing particularly surprising or interesting.
Nothing that will change the public’s very low opinion of government, according a recent Gallup Poll.
Thomas Frank and his colleagues at Harpers have an idea:  can the long speeches, stick to a 30-second spot, and run [...]

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Basehor, Kansas screening, Monday, Feb 21, 2011

Basehor, Kansas screening, Monday, Feb 21, 2011

Before appearing in Emporia, KS the following day, director Joe Winston will take “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” to screen in Basehor, KS (in the Kansas City area) for one night only.
Here are the details:
Monday, February 21, 2011
6:30 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION
Basehor Community Library
1400 158th Street
Basehor, KS  66007
(913) 724-2828
www.basehorlibrary.org
After the screening, director Joe Winston will talk about [...]

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Special Screening in Emporia, KS February 22, 2011

Special Screening in Emporia, KS February 22, 2011

On Tuesday, February 22 at 6:30 pm, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will have a special, free screening at the historic Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St., in Emporia, Kansas.
Emporia State University is one of the main sponsors of the event, part of a series of discussions which honor Kansas’ 150th year of statehood.
Pulitzer Prize-winning [...]

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Review: no better time for this movie than right now

Review: no better time for this movie than right now

John Ott, film reviewer and native Kansan, weighs in on the new Special Edition DVD of the “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, debuting Jan 25, 2011:
What’s the matter with Kansas? As a Kansan, born and raised, one who has lived on both coasts, I’m often asked this question. Usually the question [...]

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Special Edition DVD – coming Jan 25, 2011

On Wed, January 25, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will debut a Special Edition DVD of the film. Sporting a crisp new wide screen transfer, the disc offers a host of extras which add richness and depth  to the movie itself.
EXTRA FEATURES:
Audio Commentaries – with filmmakers Joe Winston and Laura Cohen, and author Thomas [...]

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U.S. House Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)

Gabrielle Giffords shooting and political violence

When Jared Loughner shot and very nearly killed Arizona Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the U.S. media had an overwhelming, immediate response:  fiery right-wing anti-government rhetoric has finally prompted a political murder.  Paul Krugman stated it most succinctly in the New York Times, two days after the shooting:
When you heard the terrible news from Arizona, were [...]

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Thomas Frank:  One cheer for the Tea Party

Thomas Frank: One cheer for the Tea Party

In his regular “Easy Chair” column for Harper’s, Thomas Frank says liberals should appreciate at least one thing about the Tea Party movement:
It has been three years now since the statistical beginning of the recession, and the tide of unemployment is still near full flood. Business investors have taken shelter on higher ground. The housing [...]

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Hitchens on “White washing” the Tea Party

Hitchens on “White washing” the Tea Party

Christopher Hitchens: “Does anybody believe that unemployment would have gone down if the hated bailout had not occurred and GM had been permitted to go bankrupt? Why not avoid the question altogether and mutter about a secret plan to proclaim a socialist (or Nazi, or Jew-controlled: take your pick) dictatorship?”

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