Asshole of the Day – Sen. Jim DeMint


Crazed and confused Sen. JimBob DeMint is at it again

We saw within a few days that this President was going to be heavy-handed, he was going to implement his agenda and pay back his political allies, and it just went on from there to ObamaCare and then to Dodd-Frank. It has been the most anti-business and I consider anti-American administration in my lifetime. Things that are just so anathema to the principles of freedom, and everything he has come up with centralizes more power in Washington, creates more socialist-style, collectivist policies. This president is doing something that’s so far out of the realm of anything Republicans ever did wrong, it’s hard to even imagine.

Really,  Sen. DeMinted? Somehow I think if then Sen. Barack Obama had said back when that Dubya was the most “Anti-American” president in his lifetime, you’d be screaming in a very high voice in front of Congress “TREASON!”, FOX news would go fucking ballistic in criticizing his lack of respect for the President, and your fellow Congressmen would be banging on the doors of the Sergeant-At-Arms demanding Censure and expulsion.

Of course, in your sick little bigoted mind, the only real Americans are the rich, white guys, huh?

Best Wishes, Sugar!


I’ve been in the hospital and wasn’t able to post this earlier.  Our friend and former Survivor runner-up, Jessica “Sugar” Kiper will face a new challenge, one more daunting than being on an island eating bugs.

Sugar will be one of the participants in VH1’s Celebrity Rehab.

The upcoming fifth season of “Celebrity Rehab” will be inhabited by Michael Lohan, Bai Ling, “Blade Runner” star Sean Young, Amy Fisher and former “Baywatch” actor Jeremy Jackson, among others.

Lohan is best known as the controversial father of troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan and last year announced his intentions to open his own rehabilitation center. Chinese actress Ling, known for her big-screen work in “The Crow,” had an unfortunate turn in the spotlight in 2008, when she was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for shoplifting two magazines and a pack of batteries. Fisher, known in tabloid circles as the Long Island Lolita, grabbed headlines in 1992 when, at the age of 17, she shot the wife of her lover, Joey Buttafuoco. (Fisher more recently embarked on a career as a porn star.)

Rounding out this season of celebrity rehab will be former pro baseball player Dwight “Doc” Gooden, onetime Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler and “Survivor” contestant Jessica “Sugar” Kiper.

The fifth season of “Celebrity Rehab” will premiere June 26 at 9 p.m. on VH1.

Be sure to watch and send her love and support!

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Join up! We don’t bite! (Well, actually ekg has been known to chew a few…)

You might ask, “So what’s my reward for becoming a member of this fun crowd?”

Beginning today, and for the next ten days, the management team of Our Town, myself and ekg, will be perusing the posts on the forum for a. The most insightful post; and b. The funniest post.

Winners (See!) in each category will receive an autographed poster from the one and only

 Survivor Sweetheart, Jessica (Sugar) Kiper! (To be provided once she finishes her stint Here)

Now that’s how you can be a real Winner!

Bored?


Since the departure of our beloved LOST, my little forum has gone by the wayside. In the past week or so, however, I’ve updated it and taken it in a new direction…After a recent insurrection of the people (no, not Egypt!), we’ll be having an influx of new visitors and I’d like my friends who enjoy this blog to join us.

Welcome to Our Town!

We’re an eclectic group of friends connected through the years with similar interests, including LOST, but also pop culture in general, television (including Survivor), movies, food (everyone loves to eat!) an amazing collection of music videos, and politics. (Don’t let the politics scare ya!)

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Happy Birthday, Ronnie!


In celebration of the 100th birthday of former President Ronald Reagan, he who hath sowed so much love amongst todays conservatives Think Progress has presented a little expose’ of the Great Communicator’s heritage. Funny thing is these facts have been common knowledge among those of us intelligent enough to realize it. So…to refresh our conservative and teabagger friend’s here’s a history lesson:

“Tomorrow will mark the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth, and all week, conservatives have been trying to outdo each others’ remembrances of the great conservative icon. Senate Republicans spent much of Thursday singing Reagan’s praise from the Senate floor, while conservative publications have been running non-stop commemorations. Meanwhile the Republican National Committee and former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich are hoping to make few bucks off the Gipper’s centennial.

But Reagan was not the man conservatives claim he was. This image of Reagan as a conservative superhero is myth, created to untie the various factions of the right behind a common leader. In reality, Reagan was no conservative ideologue or flawless commander-in-chief. Reagan regularly strayed from conservative dogma — he raised taxes eleven times as president while tripling the deficit — and he often ended up on the wrong side of history, like when he vetoed an Anti-Apartheid bill.”

1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser. As governor of California, Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” “Reagan was never afraid to raise taxes,” said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is “false mythology,” Brinkley said.

2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit. During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion, “roughly three times as much as the first 80 years of the century had done altogether.” Reagan enacted a major tax cut his first year in office and government revenue dropped off precipitously. Despite the conservative myth that tax cuts somehow increase revenue, the government went deeper into debt and Reagan had to raise taxes just a year after he enacted his tax cut. Despite ten more tax hikes on everything from gasoline to corporate income, Reagan was never able to get the deficit under control.

3. Unemployment soared after Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts. Unemployment jumped to 10.8 percent after Reagan enacted his much-touted tax cut, and it took years for the rate to get back down to its previous level. Meanwhile, income inequality exploded. Despite the myth that Reagan presided over an era of unmatched economic boom for all Americans, Reagan disproportionately taxed the poor and middle class, but the economic growth of the 1980′s did little help them. “Since 1980, median household income has risen only 30 percent, adjusted for inflation, while average incomes at the top have tripled or quadrupled,” the New York Times’ David Leonhardt noted.

4. Reagan grew the size of the federal government tremendously. Reagan promised “to move boldly, decisively, and quickly to control the runaway growth of federal spending,” but federal spending “ballooned” under Reagan. He bailed out Social Security in 1983 after attempting to privatize it, and set up a progressive taxation system to keep it funded into the future. He promised to cut government agencies like the Department of Energy and Education but ended up adding one of the largest — the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which today has a budget of nearly $90 billion and close to 300,000 employees. He also hiked defense spending by over $100 billion a year to a level not seen since the height of the Vietnam war.

5. Reagan did little to fight a woman’s right to chose. As governor of California in 1967, Reagan signed a bill to liberalize the state’s abortion laws that “resulted in more than a million abortions.” When Reagan ran for president, he advocated a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited all abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother, but once in office, he “never seriously pursued” curbing choice.

6. Reagan was a “bellicose peacenik.” He wrote in his memoirs that “[m]y dream…became a world free of nuclear weapons.” “This vision stemmed from the president’s belief that the biblical account of Armageddon prophesied nuclear war — and that apocalypse could be averted if everyone, especially the Soviets, eliminated nuclear weapons,” the Washington Monthly noted. And Reagan’s military buildup was meant to crush the Soviet Union, but “also to put the United States in a stronger position from which to establish effective arms control” for the the entire world — a vision acted out by Regean’s vice president, George H.W. Bush, when he became president.

7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants. Reagan signed into law a bill that made any immigrant who had entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty. The bill was sold as a crackdown, but its tough sanctions on employers who hired undocumented immigrants were removed before final passage. The bill helped 3 million people and millions more family members gain American residency. It has since become a source of major embarrassment for conservatives.

8. Reagan illegally funneled weapons to Iran. Reagan and other senior U.S. officials secretly sold arms to officials in Iran, which was subject to a an arms embargo at the time, in exchange for American hostages. Some funds from the illegal arms sales also went to fund anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua — something Congress had already prohibited the administration from doing. When the deals went public, the Iran-Contra Affair, as it came to be know, was an enormous political scandal that forced several senior administration officials to resign.

9. Reagan vetoed a comprehensive anti-Apartheid act. which placed sanctions on South Africa and cut off all American trade with the country. Reagan’s veto was overridden by the Republican-controlled Senate. Reagan responded by saying “I deeply regret that Congress has seen fit to override my veto,” saying that the law “will not solve the serious problems that plague that country.”

10. Reagan helped create the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. Reagan fought a proxy war with the Soviet Union by training, arming, equipping, and funding Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan. Reagan funneled billions of dollars, along with top-secret intelligence and sophisticated weaponry to these fighters through the Pakistani intelligence service. The Talbian and Osama Bin Laden — a prominent mujahidin commander — emerged from these mujahidin groups Reagan helped create, and U.S. policy towards Pakistan remains strained because of the intelligence services’ close relations to these fighters. In fact, Reagan’s decision to continue the proxy war after the Soviets were willing to retreat played a direct role in Bin Laden’s ascendency.

“Conservatives seem to be in such denial about the less flattering aspects of Reagan; it sometimes appears as if they genuinely don’t know the truth of his legacy. Yesterday, when liberal activist Mike Stark challenged hate radio host Rush Limbaugh on why Reagan remains a conservative hero despite raising taxes so many times, Limbaugh flew into a tirade and demanded, Where did you get this silly notion that Reagan raised taxes?

The Dishonor of Capt Honors


The following is a video (from four years ago) of Capt. Owen Honors, a Navy Top Gun; made while he was the Executive Officer on the USS Enterprise, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier manned by over 6000 men and women.

Purporting to be funny and produced without the knowledge of Capt Honors’ commanding officers, the video is not funny and considering it was made with our tax dollars by the ship’s Public Affairs Office, I seriously doubt Honors’ commanding officers knew nothing about it.

Aside from being unfunny, the video is rampant with homophobic and sexist overtones; as well as simulated masturbation. Certainly not what is expected of the second-in-command on a world-class fighting vessel; and certainly not an example of leadership from a man expected to lead. One would hope this childish behavior has no place in today’s military.

With the misguided furor and protestations of a small number of military officers (including Capt. Honors) over the repeal of DADT, I would think that the military would have far larger concerns with bigots like this in it’s ranks.

From Wired:

Honors, an ex-Top Gun, made several “XO Movie Night” videos while serving as second-in-command on the aircraft carrier Enterprise from 2005 to 2007, presumably to entertain the crew. They’re like Funny or Die joins the Navy: a series of salty Late Night-style sketches, like Honors in his bathrobe, crossing his legs casually while a sign saying “Little XO” stops the viewer from seeing his privates. A clip about masturbation shows Honors vigorously jacking a rubber chicken doll, with gooey white paint splashing on a crewmate’s shoes. F-bombs are deployed with vigor.

And then there’s the material that’s causing the Navy to launch an investigation, as it told the Virginian-Pilot, which found the videos. Making fun of the ship’s Surface Warfare Officers, Honors refers to one as a “fag SWO-boy” and shows a sketch featuring what he calls his “favorite topic: two chicks in the shower.”

Today, Capt. Honors is the Commander of the USS Enterprise. With the impending Navy investigation of these videos, Capt Honors will be released from his duties prior to the planned deployment of the Enterprise in the coming weeks.

In the wake of the repeal of DADT, it’s obvious behavior such as this cannot and will not be tolerated.

UPDATE 6:35pm: Capt Honors has been relieved of his duties pending Navy investigation. Good!

UPDATE #2: I’ve just been informed that the same person who derided my service to the country as a gay man was an enlisted man on the Enterprise. What’s even funnier is that in his elitist little mind he felt my duties as a Personnel Technician didn’t qualify me as being a “real servicemember”. I guess I should have been an XO somewhere making silly little movies on the taxpayer’s dime. 🙂