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Putting the cherry on top of his truly horrible European trip – ostensibly embarked up to shore up his foreign affairs bona fides – Mitt Romney’s traveling press secretary Rick Gorka told the traveling press corps to “Kiss my ass” in the breath before he berated them for uncouth behavior at a “Holy site for Polish people.” 

Seriously, even I couldn’t make up shit this good… er bad…



That came less than 24 hours after Romney, somehow managed to offend both the Israelis and the Palestinians with the same stupid statement!


NBC is still on my shit list for their horrible mangling of the London Olympics opening ceremony (see yesterday’s post), the stupid tape-delays, and Ryan Seacrest.  Today, they move up another notch on the tacky/horrific ladder as I learned about their newest “reality” show offering.

In anything but a show of reality, NBC will attempt to turn war into a game show with Stars Earn Stripes, beginning August 13. From its official website, with my snarky commentary in bolded italics:

Hosted by General Wesley Clark (retired) (seriously?) and Samantha Harris (who?), “Stars Earn Stripes” is an action-packed competition show that pays homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-responder services. The star-studded (or not) cast includes four-time undefeated world boxing champion Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain (“Out of Time,” Five Days of War”), actor and former National Football League player Terry Crews (“The Expendables 2,” “The Newsroom”), multi-platinum recording artist, actor, producer and television personality Nick Lachey (NBC’s “The Sing-Off”), Alaska businessman and four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion Todd Palin (WTF?), NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, and WWE diva, Eve Torres. (celebrities? Where?)

But even more disconcerting than the list of hosts and “celebrities” is this description of the point and entertainment value of the show:

In this fast-paced competition, the eight celebrities will gather at a remote training facility where they will be challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. From helicopter drops into water to long-range weapons fire, the contestants will be tested physically, mentally and emotionally. Each will be paired with a special operative from a military branch or one of our first-responder forces, including former U.S. Army Delta Force and Green Berets, U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Marines and police officers, who train alongside their partners and compete in the missions with them

 I’m sorry, but this is glorifying the horror of war. This vapid attempt to make killing fun and bring the war into our living rooms is nothing short of sadistic. 

I attempted to register for and post on their message board, but after attempting to navigate the site for 15 minutes, I just gave up. I’m sure they’re hoping you will too (but don’t let my lack of patience deter you). 

Better yet, visit – a site and petition put together by our friends at Roots Action.  They challenge NBC to do the right thing here…

 Dear NBC, 

Your entertainment show “Stars Earn Stripes” treats war as sport. This does us all a disservice. We ask that you air an in-depth segment showing the reality of civilian victims of recent U.S. wars, on any program, any time in the coming months. ( has provided a few resources to help you with your research.)

Please sign the petition!

It’s Tuesday, so GottaLaff brought us these stories and more from The Political Carnival

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 And finally, Mitt, this one’s for you..