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Archive for August 16th, 2012

Dean Cain: Todd Palin is soft-spoken but “a tough, tough guy”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 16, 2012

Dean Cain talked to HuffPo about ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ and his co-star Todd Palin:

Dean Cain and Todd Palin’s controversial new NBC show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” is getting a lot of criticism, but Cain says even if he doesn’t win the competition he’s a winner — because he and his co-star Todd Palin are raising money for military charities.

“The whole reason we were there was to say ‘thank you’ to our men and women in uniform. We are playing for charity and all the money goes to military charities, first responder charities and law enforcement charities,” Cain told me on the set of “New York Live.”

“Todd Palin is awesome. He is a very quiet, soft-spoken guy. But he is an all-Alaskan man. He’s an outdoors man. He’s won the Iron Dog race — a 2,000 mile snow mobile race — four times and taken second five times. He’s a tough, tough guy. We saw Sarah [Palin] and she’s wonderfully sweet. She’s smaller than I thought. She didn’t get in on the competition.”

Admitting that no one knew how tough the show would be, Dean says there were many times several cast members came close to death.

“There are no stunt people; there is no second take,” Cain said. “Mark Burnett [who created the show] was a former paratrooper. He’s a tough guy, so I knew they would make it pretty tough. It’s probably the most dangerous show ever produced in the history of television. And we signed away our lives, literally.”

Dolvett Quince also had positive things to say about Todd Palin, as reported in this article by Lisa Princ at Reality TV Magazine:

This week we watched the premiere of NBC’s new competition, Stars Earn Stripes, where eight celebrities were paired with a military operative in a charity battle, military style, of course. Unfortunately,Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince was the first competitor to be sent packing, but Dolvett enjoyed his short time on the show, and even dished about the friend he made in Todd Palin!

Stars Earn Stripes premiered this week on NBC, and if you thought it looked tough watching it, Dolvett Quince of The Biggest Loser actually called it “one of the toughest things I’ve ever done,” despite being very much in shape!

How did Dolvett enjoy his time on the show, even though it was short? Dolvett had a blast, but he admitted in an interview with The Atlanta Journal Constitution that his foot (he cracked a heel bone and ligament earlier this year) was not 100% healed when he competed on the show, but instead it was: “Maybe 75, 80 percent. But I did it anyway. I’ve worked with injuries before. I had to make the best of it. I gave it a shot. I’m proud of my performance.”

Dolvett added that since his time on the show, he has become good friends with Todd Palin, who showed impressive skills on the show’s premiere. “He invited me to his home in Alaska,” Quince said, adding that he also got to meet Sarah Palin while shooting for the show: “Politics aside. she’s a great person.”

 

 

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NYPD Officer Cortes on ‘Stars Earn Stripes’: “It’s all about giving back to our troops.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 16, 2012

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NYPD J. W. Cortes  and Andrew McLaren, the professional trainers for Todd Palin and Dolvett Quince on NBC’s ‘Stars Earn Stripes’, were on FOX and Friends this morning.  They discussed their respective celebrities, the importance of what the show was doing, and the recent attacks against the show.  Later in the day, McLaren revealed on his Facebook page that he and his family had received death threats as the result of his appearing on the show.

Officer Cortes had glowing words for Todd ‘Rambo’ Palin.  He said of Todd:  “He’s not a man of many words.  His actions speak so much louder than anything he could possibly say.”   There were a number of videoclips from the show, including Todd walking easily through the muck during Mission 1, which aired on Tuesday night.

Cortes’  response to the nobel laureates who have criticized the show was, “It’s ironic that the show you are criticizing is celebrating soldiers, the same soliders that have given you the right to criticize our show on their backs with their lives.”

Yesterday, Governor Palin Shared a link to this article on  her Facebook page:

Three Reasons Why Nobel Peace Prize Winners Are Wrong About “Stars Earn Stripes”

August 15, 2012 By  43 Comments

For the first time in human history, a collection of Nobel Peace Prize winners — led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu — issued a statement about a reality TV show.  They targeted Stars Earn Stripes, the new NBC series starring a collection of celebrities and veterans who raise money for military-themed charities by competing in a series of military-themed challenges.  The show is entertaining, but no reasonable person watching it could think that it truly simulates war.  It does, however, give you a tiny glimpse into the kinds of skills (and stamina) required to complete even the simplest tasks, and it’s full of tributes to men and women in uniform.  So what’s the problem?  Here’s the key paragraph from the Nobel laureates:

It is our belief that this program pays homage to no one anywhere and continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence. Military training is not to be compared, subtly or otherwise, with athletic competition by showing commercials throughout the Olympics. Preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining . . . Real war is down in the dirt deadly. People — military and civilians — die in ways that are anything but entertaining.

They go on to call the program “a massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent.”  While I share the laureates’ desire for peace, I disagree with their criticism of the show — for three reasons:

First, it is right and good to honor martial courage.  For eleven years, hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens have risked their lives for their country, tens of thousands have been horribly wounded, and thousands have died.  Yet aside from the obligatory “thank you” to the troops and the inevitable avalanche of anti-war movies from Hollywood, our pop culture has been remarkably devoid of a military presence.  This has not always been the case.  When Alvin C. York won the Medal of Honor in World War I, he was perhaps America’s most famous celebrity.  The heroes of “Flags of Our Fathers” — the men who hoisted the flag atop Iwo Jima — helped boost a nation’s flagging spirits in the midst of a bloody war.  Yet after more than a decade of war, is there a single soldier who’s a household name?  Until war ends, we need warriors, and how much better is it to honor men who laid down their lives for their country than it is to honor a football player who hustled for a sack or a celebrity who wore a particularly fetching dress to a premiere?

Second, it’s a mistake to assume that American pacifism means peace.  As a veteran of the Iraq war, I must admit that I’m puzzled by those who seem to insist that if only Americans were less militaristic, the world would be more peaceful.  Do they not understand that while war requires only one party, peace requires universal assent?  During the early morning hours of September 11, 2001, Americans thought we were at peace, but the war had already started — in fact, it had been underway for some time.  If we demilitarize our culture, we don’t foster peace, we make war more likely (and more terrible, once it arrives).  After the bloodbaths of the Twentieth Century (each started when America was weak), the new century has seen less war and less death — in large part because of American strength.

Third, if Americans saw the true face of war, we’d be more militaristic, not less.  The Nobel laureates accuse Stars Earn Stripes of sanitizing war, mistakenly believing that showing the reality of war would discourage militarism.  This is 180 degrees from the truth.  If Americans were to see the raw, bloody, horrifying truth of our war, they would be stoked — as many of us in Iraq were — to pure rage against our vile and vicious enemy.  The true face of our war includes our enemy shooting babies in the face, raping women to turn them into suicide bombers, putting bombs in the backpacks of handicapped children, beheading women and children on camera while screaming Allah akhbar like they’re at some kind of soccer match, creating medieval-style torture chambers so gruesome they make waterboarding look like a day at a water park, and generally killing, maiming, and terrorizing as many innocents as they can in an effort to plunge the world into the darkness of jihadist Islam.  Our media has sanitized our war in large part by sanitizing our enemy.  Show the “true face” of war, and the war will only intensify.

I enjoyed Stars Earn Stripes.  My family cheered when Todd Palin (a man who understands the pain of separation from a soldier son and the fears of the family left behind) carried his team and beat even the “operators” through the barbed wire obstacle. My son immediately identified each weapon and was thrilled to see them in action, but we were mostly happy to see some of our finest vets get a moment in the sun — a moment when they could showcase some tiny part of the skills they’ve learned, the skills they’ve used to make sure that days like September 11 never happen again.

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Sarah Palin to Give the Closing Address at New Orleans 2012 Investment Conference

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 16, 2012

Our friend Benyamin Korn at Jews For Sarah was the first to break this exciting news this morning.  From the promotional material for the New Orleans 2012 Investment Conference:

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Gov. Sarah Palin: America’s most inspiring conservative

From small-town mayor to governor of Alaska to vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin’s remarkable story of achievement has inspired millions of Americans. Her unswerving support of personal liberty and family values has earned her a loyal following and made her one of the most influential figures on the political scene.

In New Orleans, Gov. Palin will participate in our Summit on America’s Future panel with Charles Krauthammer and Rick Santelli, and give a rousing closing address. In the process, she will reveal the dire stakes in this year’s national election, and what you can do to prepare regardless of the outcome.

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