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Survivor 22: Survivor: Redemption Island


UPDATE – FOLLOWING THE BREAK

Only halfway into the current season of Survivor: Nicaragua, few details of the next exciting season are being leaked to the outside world. In a stunning reversal of the past two years (when spoilers were rampant but true – and according to rumor, came from the fingers of the wife of a certain two-time recent Survivor loser), little legitimate information about the new season has been spoiled*, although a few critical details appear to be true…

Filmed back-to-back with the current season in Nicaragua, the next season will, according to rumor, bring back two of the most hated, yet loved, players in the game. Actually, make that three.

SPOILER ALERT!

Hit the break for details…

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That Nasty, Nasty, Spill. It’s Becoming a Mess…


…and the nation’s greatest disaster to have befallen…

The Republican Party. (Update below)

What are we (normal) people supposed to think when we hear words like this come from our fine Republican members of Congress and Gulf States regarding the President’s agreement with BP to set up a 20 million dollar fund to assist those affected by the man-made disaster in the Gulf?

 “The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders, which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund,..And now it appears like we’ll be looking at one more gateway for more government control, more money to government.”

Michele Bachman, (R), Mn

…the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics…

Tom Price, (R), Ga

What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, you know, “I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.” I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business.

Dr. Rand Paul, (R) Kentucky Senatorial Candidate

Then there’s House Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, darling of the oil interests who today said this:

“I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize.”

Really? Before you think this is just a crazed minority of a few nutjobs, remember this…if the Republicans happen to succeed in winning a majority in the House in the upcoming elections…Mr. Barton will become the head of the House Energy Committee.

And his words have been echoed by the members of the House Republican Study Committee and it’s 112 members, which is nearly two-thirds of the Republican Caucus in the House:

“BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics.  These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration’s drive for greater power and control”

 

Finally…I thought I’d throw in this quote I found from uber-Right-Wing Wild and Crazy Guy lilMike, from over four years ago…

I’m trying to figure out this whole offshore drilling phobia the state has. If offshore oilrigs were the eco hazard that you imply, why didn’t they start gooshing out the black stuff during Katrina?

 UPDATE

A day later and the right wing media, particularly Fox News, rush to Barton’s defense:

The Rape of Florida Medicaid


The other day, in my post Without a Doctor, I claimed that the Medicare system here in Florida had been raped by the gubernatorial administrations of Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist; thus decimating their effectiveness as originally envisioned.

In the comments section of The VSJ, in ekg’s post They Really Will Stop at Nothing…our sparring partner lilMike, in a reply to me, asked:

Medicaid in Florida is trashed because Republicans have ruined it?

The short answer: YES! ABSOLUTELY!

In 1965, President Johnson signed the law establishing Medicare and Medicaid. The original purpose of the Medicaid program was:

The Medicaid program, authorized under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, was enacted to provide health care services to low-income children deprived of parental support, their caretaker relatives, the elderly, the blind, and individuals with disabilities.

Going way back to the days of Gov. Claude Kirk (whom I had the pleasure to know personally, regardless of his political leanings), Medicaid has been a prime target of Republican Death Squads.

Gov. Bob Martinez (whom I worked under while with the Florida Board of Nursing) cut, sliced, and pared Medicaid at an alarming rate, especially with regards to our elderly.

But it wasn’t until the reign of Jeb Bush (for whom I billed Medicaid and Medicare at a home health agency) that Medicaid in this state went under the greatest change.

One of Jeb’s first actions upon taking office was to kill his predecessor’s, Lawton Chiles (the only Florida governor in recent history to actually care about health care for children, the disabled and the poor) health care initiative for individuals and small businesses, the Florida Health Care Purchasing Alliance.

But that wasn’t Jeb’s first foray into the rape of Medicaid. In 2003:

Governor Bush is proposing to drop health care and long-term care coverage for about 26,000 seniors and people with disabilities, although they would retain prescription drug coverage.  The governor also is proposing steep increases in co-payments for prescription drugs, which likely would make it harder for some poor patients to afford their medications.  The state already implemented modest cuts in the Medicaid eligibility of elderly and disabled people last year.

In 2005, Jeb had the bright idea (not!) to be among the first to follow his brother George’s edict to make state Medicaid coverage over modeling it like (get this!) a health insurance company, complete with limits on coverage:

Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, both Republicans, have proposed radical changes intended to inject market forces and competition into Medicaid. Under their proposals, the state would give Medicaid recipients a fixed amount of money to buy health care or private insurance.

Under Governor Bush’s proposal, Florida would contribute a fixed amount toward coverage for each Medicaid beneficiary. Patients could use the money to “opt out of Medicaid altogether and purchase health care insurance in the private market,” Mr. Bush said.

(Ironically, today Jeb is on the board of Tenet Healthcare, the same company required to repay the government over 900 million dollars in Medicare and Medicaid overpayments and is plagued by scandal after scandal.)

Even today, Jeb Bush’s failed Medicaid managed care decisions are affecting the State negatively:

”We’ve done the experiment. It has failed,” said Durell Peaden, the Senate’s health care budget chief. “The reports are unsettling. People couldn’t get to specialists, couldn’t get adequate care. And they couldn’t do it cheaply.”

I’m sure Lawton Chiles, the only Florida governor in 40 years to care about it’s citizens, is rolling in his grave right now
 
The son of Gov. Lawton Chiles said today Gov. Charlie Crist has “betrayed” needy children and old people by raiding a tobacco-funded trust fund for $700 million needed to balance Florida’s budget.
 

An Interview with Jessica “Sugar” Kiper


Following her impressive debut on Survivor: Gabon, Jessica “Sugar” Kiper was an obvious choice to join Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians, which premiered last week on CBS. After multiple trips to Exile Island, a sound alliance, and a strategy that made us realize she was far more than just a pretty pin-up model, Sugar made it to the Top 3 of that competition with hopes of going even further this time around. 
That didn’t happen, but she did provide us with one of the most memorable scenes in Survivor history. 
After a grueling post-premiere schedule of interviews and auditions, Sugar was able to answer a few compelling questions submitted by her fans here and from the SpoilerTV forum: 
H: How long did it take you to decide to do the show again when you got the invite to come back? 

S: I thought about it for about a second… 

H: Do you have a lot of interaction with Jeff or is it as little as what we see on the show? 

S: We see Jeff before the challenges, he walks us through… 

H: Is Jeff really that much of a stud? 

S: I don’t really think so. He’s not my type. 

H: Who is the most villainous hero? 

S: J.T. 

H: Who is the most heroic villian? 

S: Boston Rob. 

H: Did you guys get any heads up about Russell? 

S: No. 

H: Is Russell really that obnoxious? 

S: Yes. 

H: Where did those damn chickens come from? 

S: The “all seeing eye”? It’s a mystery! 

H: Why do you think you were voted out first? 

S: I can only say…that this edit is just fine with me… 

The Colby thing. Was it real or “selective” editing? 

S: Selective. 

H: You’ve mentioned the “real story”. What is it? 

S: shhhhhhhhhhh….. 

 

Courtesy: CBS

H: Your “topless two finger salute” was a historical Survivor moment 

. Were there others we didn’t see?

S: Probably, but not from me. 

H: Who do you think would be a good host for Survivor if Jeff left? 

S: Steve Carell. 

H: Who are you rooting for to win the game at this point and why? 

S: I’ve been saying Tom, but honestly, I don’t care that much. I know who I DON’T want to win… 

H: Who DOESN’T deserve to win?

S: Who’s to say really? My views have changed in the last year.

H: Would you do it again? 

S: No, hahahaha…hell no. 

H: What are your current projects? 

S: I have a band “She Luvs Betty White”. We just got together and should be playing out soon in Los Angeles. I just got cast as Magenta in Rocky Horror Picture Show – coming in May/June. I just filmed a part in a video game, have a Coke Light commercial running overseas…other than that there’s reruns! You can see the UN-blurred version of “Sex and Death 101” on Blockbuster. And follow me on Twitter: sugarkiper

 You can also visit Sugar’s website, check out her pics, buy cool stuff and donate to her charities HERE.

LOST – LA X – Thoughts and Theories, Part 1


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Howey’s Lost Tribe

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 It’s over. The Season 6 Premiere of LOST. LA X, parts 1 & 2.

Did you see that? 

LA X

Something’s missing. There’s a space between “LA” and “X”. 

Let’s call it a Variable… 

The first hour clearly established two (for lack of a better word) realities. 

The island 2007 Post-Jughead and 2004 Post-Jughead. 

Both with subtle, yet significant, differences between what we saw in the Pilot episode of LOST and what we saw in Seasons 1 through 5 of LOST. 

Here’s some of my thoughts and theories: 

In 2004, Rose and Bernard are happy. Content. As if their trip to Uluru in Australia cured Rose’s cancer. 

Boone, returning without Shannon, unable to convince her to leave an unhealthy relationship but happy to have finally left the unhealthy relationship he had with her. 

Hurley is lucky. He never has bad luck. His Mr. Clucks franchise is successful. Kate is still in custody. Except not for what we thought. Remember the videos from ComicCon last summer? 

Jin and Sun haven’t changed much. Except Sun didn’t have an affair. Or, if she did, the guy didn’t teach her English. 

John Locke claims to have gone on a Walkabout. 

Jack is no longer a Man of Science…he’s not a Man of Faith, either. He is, however, confident…and relieved. 

Who, or what, is The Candidate? 

In the Season 5 finale, The Incident, Bram asks if Frank is “A Candidate”. 

Theory: There are six candidates. Each with a separate purpose, represented by a quality. Each with a Destiny

Jack – The Healer. 

Kate – Passion. 

Sawyer – Revenge. 

Hurley – Integrity. 

Sayid – The redeemed warrior. 

Sun and Jin – Love. 

The same people Jacob made sure to “touch” in his visits to them during various, formulative stages of their lives. Why? 

Jacob knew the Man in Black would someday find a loophole allowing his death. So he chose these people – one of whom, through their actions on and off the island – would be A Candidate. To fight the war between Good and Evil. 

One Candidate, would die, the first step allowing Jacob a body to take over to fight the War. 

Sayid.

In later episodes, I’m sure we’ll discover the role of each Candidate. 

But let’s go back to The Variable. What is the variable? The variable is that point – in time – where two separate incidents, on the island in 2007 and off the island in 2004, merge the two timelines into one. Represented by LA X

One of those is the successful spinal surgery Jack performs on Locke in 2004. 

The second is Jacob, as Sayid, once again banishing the Man in Black. 

In the foot of Tawaret deep, deep down on the ocean floor. Surrounded by a circle of volcanic ash – the remains of the island.

 

  

  

  

Here’s another fearless prediction: The final scene of LOST? The same scene we saw last night…with one, important change: Oceanic Flight 815 landing at LAX.

  

To Be Continued… 

A Special LOST: Untangled


With the final season of LOST coming up, I’m going to be busy, busy, busy over at DarkUFO and the SpoilerTV Forum as well as at Howey’s LOST Tribe. Unfortunately (or not :)), political posts on this thread will be at a minimum (unless something important happens – like passage of a decent health care bill).

In the meantime, I’ll be posting some goodies from LOST, including this new LOST: Untangled covering the first five seasons of LOST in 5 minutes. Enjoy and Namaste!