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    Really wanted to watch this show but signed off as soon as I saw Todd Palin. The Palins want to be taken seriously politically but do reality shows. Not Cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by law638 View Post
    Really wanted to watch this show but signed off as soon as I saw Todd Palin. The Palins want to be taken seriously politically but do reality shows. Not Cool!
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    And I watched it to see Todd Palin because I thought he'd do well, I was wrong...he did great!!
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    It's less about Clark (although I'm not a big fan) and more about the whole 'Commander-in-the-War-Room' thing. The fromage factor is off the chart! I like the look and the feel of the show. Cutting away to the 'Commander-in-the-War-Room' thing just takes away from the flow.

    My mention of Colby and Joe was not about them specifically, but someone like them. Someone who you might imagine as a credible contestant.

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    OK, gotcha Uncle David. You may be right about the Commander-in-the-War-Room taking away from the flow of the show, but good news. It seems that the premiere was 2 hours, but next week's episode is only 1 hour. Hopefully the CITWR part is cut.

    Samantha Harris is just an annoying presence. Maybe she would be better off on that Toddlers & Tiaras show or Honey Boo Boo? Why she was chosen for this is a total mystery. That would be one of the mistakes Mark Burnett made.

    There seems to be a lot of controversy going on with this show especially from veterans. I don't understand why. Just because it is a reality show does not lessen the value of those who sign up to fight for their country. War is not pretty, freedom is a right and there are those who are willing to die for us. If nothing else, many charities honoring/helping veterans is worthwhile. This show also put something into perspective. We glorify celebrities, movie stars, music stars and the likes of Kardashians or the Jersey Shore. Yet, I noticed the awe and respect these "celebs" had for their mentors, as it should be.
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    MrCoz, a veteran, had no problems at all with the show and thought it was done in a way to bring respect to veterans. I wonder if those complaining actually watched the show or just heard blurbs about it and decided it was bad.

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

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    Three Reasons Why Nobel Peace Prize Winners Are Wrong About “Stars Earn Stripes”
    August 15, 2012 By David French 101 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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    Episode 2 - Search and Destroy - August 20, 2012

    I am amazed at how quick the missions are and how many folks have a fear of heights. I like how the missions are part really fast action and then you have to be calm to focus and shoot accurately. I also like how the celebrities are depending on each other as teammates. Overall I think the entire process is a win win for everyone involved. Interesting to note while Laila Ali seems to have the killer instinct as a boxer as a soldier not so much. Picabo Street is really getting to be pretty gunho. I liked how both Dean Cain and Nick Lachey both faced their fears and did what had to be done. Very positive message.
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    This is an 8 episode series and with a double elimination due next week they are setting it up for a non-elimination episode sometime after that.
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    August 27, 2012 - episode 3 - Rapid Detonation

    Boo Hoo, Laila Ali got sent home. Still I don't think she was really into it except for handling the 50 caliper machine gun.

    I wonder if all the hoopla around the show caused it to be shorten cause I understood it to be an 8 episode series but the 2 hour series finale is next week starting at 8Pm , September 3, 2012. Next Monday is Labor Day so I wonder how many will watch?
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    Lachey is the 4th gal in the group of celebrities, and Torres is the 5th guy. And, best of all, she's HOT! My kinda gal!
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