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Elmo And Friends To Help Military Families (Elmo's dad goes off to war)
WRAL ^ | July 13, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 07/14/2006 6:36:08 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

WASHINGTON -- You know the deal: Your kid asks a question on a touchy subject. You squirm and dodge the issue.

With a little help from Elmo, Sesame Street is urging parents to level with their little ones _ especially those in military families trying to deal with Mom or Dad's lengthy deployment overseas.

"Our goal is to really get military families with young children ... to talk about the different stages of deployment with their children, not only talk about it but prepare them for it," said Jeanette Betancourt, vice president of content design at Sesame Workshop, which produces Sesame Street.

Sesame Workshop has produced a DVD, in both English and Spanish, that will be distributed free to military families next month. CEO Gary Knell was to announce details Friday in Houston, joined by officials of Wal-Mart, which has committed $1.5 million to the project.

(Excerpt) Read more at wral.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: elmo; military; sesamestreet

This undated photo provided by the Sesame Workshop shows Elmo and his father at a party. With a little help from Elmo, Sesame Street is urging parents to level with their little ones _ especially those in military families trying to deal with Mom or Dad's lengthy deployment overseas. Sesame Workshop has produced a DVD, in both English and Spanish, to help military families talk to kids about deployments that will be distributed free to military families next month. (AP Photo/Sesame Workshop, Marcus Castro)

1 posted on 07/14/2006 6:36:12 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Bert and Ernie, of course, fall under "don't ask, don't tell."


2 posted on 07/14/2006 6:37:52 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I see where this is going. In a little while, Sesame Street will feel the need to help kids comes to grips with the loss of a parent in the war.

The clock is ticking on Elmo's dad. He's a dead man.

3 posted on 07/14/2006 6:39:44 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("He hits me, he cries, he runs to the court and sues me.")
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Who but Elmo's Dad to go and join the task force charged with capturing Evil Bert?!


4 posted on 07/14/2006 6:41:58 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

This is the most retarded thing I have ever heard. Elmo should be sent off to war instead.

Coming from Sesame Street I don't doubt there is a leftist slant somewhere.


5 posted on 07/14/2006 6:43:23 AM PDT by mandingo republican (Libs are Moloch worshipers I tell ya! - FREE HK, CUBA & IRAN - SATAN was the first liberal!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I have no doubt that the reason his father is going off to war is because of the following article.

AP - Insurgents have captured a USO convoy en route to Tikrit in Iraq. Witnesses say an IED blew the first vehicle in the convoy, and insurgents on foot quickly swarmed the other military vehicles.

The convoy was carrying, among other entertainers, famed Sesame Street star Elmo.

Al-Jazeera has released this image which it says was anonymously slipped into their mailbox.



Terrorists say, quote "Give us what we want, or we will tickle him to death."

No word of military response yet, and no reaction from the Pentagon.



REUTERS - In a surprising move, America's favorite red monster has been released from the hold of insurgents in Iraq. Elmo was kidnapped two days ago in Iraq while en route to Tikrit to perform for the troops. Insurgents had threatened to torture or kill him, but he was found unharmed yesterday by a division of troops on patrol.



Elmo given a hero's welcome by Laura Bush:


6 posted on 07/14/2006 6:44:13 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

7 posted on 07/14/2006 6:46:21 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein(the moon is a harsh mistress))
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To: Incorrigible

I'm glad I reloaded the page before I posted my comment. I was going to say "How will Elmo's Dad explain to Elmo when he puts a few rounds into one of Osama's leading lieutenants?"


8 posted on 07/14/2006 6:47:53 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Loose lips sink ships - and the New York Times really doesn't have a problem with sinking ships.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"Elmo loves his M-16, his grenades too.."


9 posted on 07/14/2006 6:49:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mandingo republican

When he comes back home he will have to smoke pot to deal with the PTSD!


10 posted on 07/14/2006 7:02:35 AM PDT by Comstock1 (If it's a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer Henry point 45 caliber miracle.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Forget Elmo - who's the hottie in green with the First Lady?


11 posted on 07/14/2006 7:09:03 AM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity.)
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To: dfwgator
Is that what he calls them?
12 posted on 07/14/2006 7:19:42 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: Yossarian
Beats me. Elmo's already taken, though.


13 posted on 07/14/2006 7:22:03 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I thought Elmo was an asexual creature.

Is he a democrat? Is Elmo an atheist?
14 posted on 07/14/2006 7:42:46 AM PDT by mandingo republican (Libs are Moloch worshipers I tell ya! - FREE HK, CUBA & IRAN - SATAN was the first liberal!)
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To: mandingo republican

He's got a dad, but that's about as far as I'm going to take that. I know there are anatomical difficulties with most muppets, including Kermit, but I refuse to speculate.

I don't know about Elmo's political affiliation, but I know Elmo believes in his creator, because his creator usually has his hand inside his entire body.


15 posted on 07/14/2006 7:48:48 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

What a bunch of crudgemudges this morning! :)

Sesame Street is a daily occurrence in our home. I'm actually surprised at the lack of slant in the last year and half. I seem to recall that it had definitely tilted from when I was a kid (I'm first generation SS). Now, that doesn't mean that I appreciate Kofi, Rosie, or a lot of the guests. But I was quite surprised to see Israel as a place Grover visited (He travels the globe). Previously it had been several places in the middle east but not Israel. The few occassions it has gotten too one worldish, we just turn it off,

I could do without Elmo, but my daughter loves him.....


16 posted on 07/14/2006 9:10:51 AM PDT by justche (If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I'm suprised no one has posted this yet:


17 posted on 07/14/2006 9:43:14 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Loose lips sink ships - and the New York Times really doesn't have a problem with sinking ships.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Never seen that! That's hilarious!!


18 posted on 07/14/2006 10:23:15 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: Incorrigible
Ernies paratage is also suspect

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19 posted on 07/14/2006 10:26:34 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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