Monthly Archives: August 2009

Scaring Our Seniors to Death


The biggest group of supporters of the Republican Party isn’t the evangelical Christians, the rich white businessmen, or the white southern redneck.

It’s the elderly. Those over  65 years of age or so who were raised during times fardeathvalleydays more conservative than even those of the Bush years…people who fought hard for the future of their children in Europe, North Africa, Japan and Korea. People who respected Dwight Eisenhower as a military leader and people who watched Death Valley Days and it’s host with the calming, authoritative voice – Ronald Reagan. Of course, back then Reagan was a Democrat who championed the New Deal and the plight of less-fortunate Americans, especially the elderly.

Because these people worked so hard for their future and that of their children, they instinctively have become protective of such a legacy. The first mass departure of the elderly from the Republican Party was the result of the man whom they once respected so dearly – Ronald Reagan. When Reagan switched parties in 1962 he cited his fear of the takeover of our government by citing the fear of the government itself having too much control over our lives. The decline of the integrity of the words of Reagan began at the time when he proclaimed the proposed Medicare program was socialist. When Medicare became fact, the fears were proven unfounded as it substantially improved access to health care, allowed seniors to live longer, healthier lives, led to the desegregation of southern hospitals, and became one of the most popular government programs our nation’s ever seen.

The fears incited by the Republican Party of the day were soothed away by a new war and the turmoil of the 1960’s and older Americans began returning to the comforting fold of the Republican Party and Ronald Reagan as America returned to it’s conservative roots with the election of Richard Nixon.

Thus began the greatest shame of America – the paranoia of the Republican Party. Through the years of Nixon, Reagan and the Bush father and son, fear and the concept of fear grew to be the talking point of the party. Rather than intelligently debate alternatives to proposed legislation, the Republicans would rather return to the tactics of Reagan by instilling fear in the eyes of the American public to ramrod their paranoid policies through Congress and upon the freedoms we’ve always shared.

This fear brought us Gingrich’s “Contract with America”, wars in Kuwait, Iraq and Aghanistan, and the erosion of the world view of our country thanks to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the neocons of the world.

Today, the concept of fear has grown to a whole new level of shame. Our seniors need real answers on health care reform, and they’re not getting those answers from the Republican Party.

Rather than respond intelligently or cohesively to the President’s health care reform proposal, the Republican Party has dusted off the tried-and-true fear tactics in their response to health care reform – not by proposing an alternative but by attempting gop_republican-and-ashamedto scare others into thinking what’s proposed will drive the country to socialism, Marxism, or worse. Using tactics such as disrupting town halls, using the words of conservative bloggers, inane has beens such as Sarah Palin and her “death squad”, and Fox News to spread outright lies and misconceptions, the Republican Party is concentrating on confusing the message of health care reform by confusing and inciting fear into it’s supporters. Bombarding the internet with hateful, racist messages and images directed towards our President, the Republican Party has become a sham that would even make Ronald Reagan shake his head in shame.

If allowed to continue, this and this alone will result in the downfall of our country and it’s freedom.

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Survivor: Samoa – First Look!


Here’s the first preview of the upcoming Survivor: Samoa season:

aggiegreysAlthough I’m usually excited about any new season of Survivor, this one looks to be special in more ways than one. With promises of the “biggest villian ever”, another lush tropical venue, and the ever-present scheming we’re in for a lot of fun. In fact, according to a relative of mine in the country, one of the reasons for the selection of Samoa for this destination is the proximity to full-on luxury accomodations for Jeff Probst and the crew just a few feet away at Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort, at Satuimalufilufi.

Of course, Jeff Probst’s announcement of the new location back in May could have foretold a greater Survivor moment than any we’ve seen before:

“Deep in the exotic waters of the South Pacific, 18 strangers will be abandoned on the rugged islands of Samoa, a tropical paradise straight from Robert Louis Stevenson’s legendary tale, Treasure Island,”

“This majestic land of towering waterfalls, mysterious rainforests, and a fierce warrior culture will be the castaways’ home for 39 days.  Forced to work together, they must learn to adapt or they will be voted out.”

Here’s another side story we won’t hear about: The people of Samoa are now facing an edict to drive on the other side of the road, ala Australia and New Zealand:

“Sometime in the early morning hours of Sept. 7, residents of this small Pacific island nation will stop their cars, take a deep breath, and do something most people would think is suicidal: Start driving on the other side of the road.
Samoa is about to become what’s believed to be the first nation since the 1970s to order its drivers to switch from one side of the road to the other. That’s spawned an islandwide case of road rage.”

Perhaps our American castaways are better off secluded from the “fierce warrior culture” for a few months as they are “Forced to work together” and “must learn to adapt”.

I think I’d rather be with the American castaways in this case. Might be a lot safer.

Hurricane Charlie Strikes Again!


Seems like our famously flamboyant Governor (at the moment) Charlie Lisp Crist is at it again!

After apparently having done absolutely nothing for the State of Florida during his reign, Her Majesty can now claim his first accomplishment as Governor before heading off into the sunset better known as the U.S. Senate.

charlieYesiree, folks, Charlie has parted the Atlantic Sea and prevented us from being struck by hurricanes since he took office!

“Dear God, please protect our Florida from storms and other difficulties. Charlie.”

Yup. That’s what Charlie reportedly affirms was written on a note he inserted into Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall in 2007 and instructed others to repeat in the two years since. BTW – I’m glad to See Charlie’s dispatched others to…umm…stick his thing into a crack – seeing as how he’s so busy running the state campaigning for the Senate.

Now if that doesn’t get Charlie back in the good graces of the Religious Right, I don’t know what will.

Things haven’t been going well for Charlie the past six months or so. Especially in his relationship with the extreme right of the Republican Party. Seems they weren’t too pleased when Charlie stood alongside President Obama and declared the stimulus bill a God-Given boost the State needs. Or when a movie came to within a camel’s hair of rightfully outing the Governor. (By the way, Gov. Lisp Crist…just when will the First Beard be moving into the Governor’s Mansion?)

Of course, now Charlie’s running for the Senate, I’m sure he’ll change his mind on the stimulus funds…much like he’s done this week on health care reform. Just the other day he called President Obama’s health care reform “cockamamie” and that “what’s going on in Washington is nuts.”

Hmmm….Looks like the Gov’s got a one track mind lately using those homolicious words…perhaps it’s time for a trip to Fire Island?

Howey’s LOST Tribe – An Invitation


I’d like to extend a special invitation to LOST fans to join me in a new forum:

Howey’s LOST Tribe!

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A forum  dedicated to all things LOST, but to enjoy LOST from a different perspective…a core group of friends sharing spoilers, theories, and discussions of previous and upcoming episodes in a unique and thoroughly laid back manner.

Our goal is not to replace other forums, but to supplement them by creating a little home away from home…a more intimate setting where the craziest no-way-in-hell theories exist along with spot-on you-might-have-something-there! theories, off-topic humor, and the shared love for LOST all make for a fun place to be!

With the last season beginning shooting next week, you’ll be sure to find all the latest information from Dark UFO, The ODI, Lostpedia, and our course Doc Arzt right here!

We’ll also be visited occasionally by celebrities in the LOST universe, sharing their own ideas and questions with us.

You’ll also be able to enjoy access to TVOvermind and discuss topics covered there and interact with our writers. Depending on demand, we’ll also throw in other Pop Culture topics, including (but not limited to) music, video, television, and the movies.

And…What’s a forum without heated political discussions? Maybe, maybe not!

Sign up and join Jacob (see!) and I and have fun! Namaste!

(Disclaimer: Due to the nature of spoilers, the LOST section of the forum can only be accessed by forum members, not guests. So be sure to sign up!)

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An Important Announcement from Paul Scheer


There’s been an interesting and intriguing update for those of you following the adventures of comedian Paul Scheer and his encounters with the mysterious Ronie Midfew, not to mention the new LOST ARG.

Paul just posted on his blog, Damon, Carlton and a Polar Bear, that he has reached an agreement with Ronie Midfew:

DAMONCARLTONANDAPOLARBEAR.COM&

RONIE MIDFEW ARTS

JOIN FORCES FOR

THE ULTIMATE LOST EVENT

partnership1This probably doesn’t make much sense to any of you. If you were to tell me I would team up with Ronie Midfew Arts a week ago, I’d say, “I’d rather let Keamy execute my daughter right in front of me, than join with them.” But let’s just say “Ronie” was very persuasive.

I can’t get into the full details of our agreement at this time. However I can say that I agreed to TEMPORARILY stop production and promotion of my LOST inspired velvet artistry for an undisclosed reason in lieu of a new opportunity which I ultimately think will blow your mind. Wow, that was a mouthful.

This new endeavor is an idea I’ve had for quite some time but never had the resources to produce myself but my partnership with this group is finally going to make it possible. Case in point, after I pitched my idea to Ronie we were able to take the concept to Damon and Carlton at their offices in Los Angeles and include them in on it as well. Which means this project is going to be done with the full support of the LOST team.

I used to think Ronie Midfew Arts was the devil but if the devil loves Lost as much as I do how bad of a guy can he be? If we are able to pull off this idea, which we will, this will be much better than anything that I could put on velvet. This is truly for all of us fans of LOST.

Unfortunately to support this endeavor fully DAMONCARLTONANDAPOLARBEAR will change it’s focus and direction and this might be the last time your hear from me for quite some time. But know that I’ll be behind the scenes working hard to pull this off.

LET THE HUNT BEGIN!

SEE YOU HERE

TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT (PST)

Over at the Ronie Midfew Arts website is the following announcement:

After weeks of miscommunication, my company, Ronie Midfew Arts is proud to announce a partnership with Paul Scheer and his website, DamonCarltonAndAPolarBear.com. After I met with Mr. Scheer, and my two hand selected mediators, we were able to compromise and move foward with an idea that is in both of our best interests, while simultaneously celebrating “the fan,” which in the end, coincidentally, was a motivation and a goal we both shared. Our newly formed team worked together to create what is sure to be an unforgettable 2nd half of 2009. A LOST celebration of fine art fit for a final season, masterminded by pioneers in this field. We look forward to moving forward with this new relationship, starting tonight at Midnight PST. And for the record, Mr. Scheer, my name is pronounced “Ro-knee”.

Ronie Midfew

This obviously means a new LOST ARG will begin in a few hours. Considering the frequent use of the word “Hunt”, could this be a scavager hunt? Didn’t ABC have a similar type of hunt the first season (?) with a panaroma of a beach where we could find things hidden? Or (lol) was that in an alternate universe?

Either way, I’m stoked.

20 Questions for Paul Scheer: An Interview


lostpict32 Following the exclusive and insightful podcast interview Doc Arzt (You can listen HERE)  had with Paul Scheer, the Picasso of Black Velvet, I was able to “sit down” with Paul and field a few important questions of my own. Here’s 20 Questions for Paul Scheer:

H: What other television show you’ve seen, other than one you’ve been involved in, has elicited such a fervor as LOST?

P: The Suite Life with Zach and Cody.

H: If you were a number…4, 8, 15, 16, 23, or 42…which would you be and why?

P: 42 cause I like my numbers like my beer. Actually I like my numbers 2 digits higher than I like my beer. I guess what I’m really saying is that I’m an alcoholic.

H: If today’s the 16th in Hawaii, what day is it in California?

P: Trick question. There is no such place as Hawaii.

H: Your medium is black velvet. How would you depict the smoke monster?

P: With pieces of the actual smoke monster of course but everytime I get it into my house, it always tries to drag me back to its hole.

H: Who would convey better on black velvet, Kate or Juliet?

P: Juliet because I haven’t figured out how to do freckles yet.

H: Who’s the biggest nerd, Damon or Carlton?

P: Darlton when combined their power is greater like Voltron.

H: What LOST characters are you considering for your future paintings?

P: Rose and Bernard and a Polar Bear.

H: Have you thought of using flourescent paint on black velvet?

P: You’ve read my mind. Aaaah please stop doing that. (H: oops!)

H: Who’s your hero?

P: Arsenio Hall

H: If Damon and Carlton offered you a role on LOST five years ago, who would you have wanted to be?

P: The guy who gets sucked into the engine.

H: If Damon and Carlton offered you a role on it’s final season, who would you want to be?

P: Aaron.

H: If you painted Elvis in Hawaii on black velvet, would Ronie Midfew accuse you of violating “intellectual property”?

P: No because America owns Elvis.

H: Why does Damon always wear white and Carlton always wear black?

P: Because they are trying to get people to nickname them oreo.

H: If you were a survivor of a plane crash on an island, which LOST character would you want to be with?

P: Shannon because we could use her inhalers to catch a quick buzz.

H: If you were a survivor of a plane crash on an island, which LOST character would you not want to be with?

P: Boone because he seems like he smells like axe body spray.

H: What’s your favorite item on the Mr. Cluck’s menu?

P: I don’t eat at Mr. Cluck after I saw SuperCluck Me.

H: If Mr. Eko was a frontman for a rap group, which would it be?

P: Positive K. H: Would you advise Rose and Bernard to leave the island?

P: No because I owe them money.

H: Is Ben good or bad?

P: Ben is neither. He’s like the island’s Simon Cowell. He just says what you need to hear.

H: Where the eff’s my painting?

P: Ronie Midfew must have intercepted the Fedex delivery to your house. (H: Damn, foiled again!)

Be sure to keep up with Paul’s blog at Damon, Carlton and a Polar Bear for more about his battle with Ronie Midfew Arts, and stay tuned for an important unveiling on his site this Saturday, August 15th, at Midnight PST!

Paul Scheer Invades the LOST Studio!


In his latest installment on Damon, Carlton, and a Polar Bear; Paul Scheer has posted a funny and informing video:

And we learn the title of  Episode 6.01 will be:

LA  X

Notice the space? Wonder what it means? Does it indicate LAX, as in the airport? Or LA X as in “Not LA”? Any other ideas?

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