Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stars Earn Stripes


So, the second I saw the cast of "Operatives" picked for the new reality show 'Stars Earn Stripes,' I knew Free and Jpck would have a bunch of crap to say. They'd come up with things like...his scarf isn't reg or his shoulder is dropped down too far when he shoots or his glasses are tinted too much...blah, blah. The real reason is this is an ensemble of some of the best looking, manliest, special forces men our military has to offer. They are the total package and when you're the total package...there are always gonna be haters. ;)

So, in one sense, I get the military guys busting some stones with the series. But, I didn't expect Desmond TuTu and a bunch of other Nobel Laureates to demand the show be taken off the air. They claim it glorifies war and makes military operations into sport. Do you receive an honorary FCC membership when you win the Peace Prize?

Now, to Free and Jpck I would argue that this show is meant to bring awareness to the risks the military is exposed to with every mission they execute AND to raise money for various military and first responder charities like Wounded Warrior and the Pat Tillman Scholarships. But, I am sure this argument would fall on deaf ears with the Laureates as they've demonstrated they have no care for veteran charities and seem to deem veterans so distasteful...

I'm sue it didn't help the shows chances with the MSM that all the Operatives and contestants earned a great respect for Todd Palin...

Well, NBC, for what it's worth I plan to watch each and every episode. Maybe twice.

OPERATIVES:
Dale Comstock: A retired Master Sergeant who spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, Comstock was twice decorated for valor and spent half his tenure as a Delta Force Operator and five years as a Green Beret. After his retirement, he spent nine years as a freelance soldier in support of the global war on terror.
J.W. Cortes: Cortes served in the U.S. Marines Corps for 13 years, rising to the level of Gunnery Sergeant. He is an Iraq war veteran, having served in the beginning phases of the war in 2003. Also during his time in the Marines Corps, he served at U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and in Canberra, Australia. He is currently an officer with the New York MTA Police Department
Brent Gleeson: A former U.S. Navy SEAL stationed at SEAL Team Five
Chris Kyle: Kyle is a decorated former U.S. Navy SEAL and author of The New York Times best-selling book "American Sniper," which details his experiences in Iraq. Kyle's expert marksmanship during his four tours of duty earned him the nickname "The Devil of Ramadi" from the Iraqi insurgent forces.
Andrew McLaren: Former U.S. Marine Sergeant. During his time in the Marines, he was with the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team and served in Iraq and Liberia.
Grady Powell: During his time as a Green Beret, Powell served as a Senior Detachment Weapons Sergeant in the U.S. Army Special Forces.
Tom Stroup: A current member of the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff's Department and a SWAT Commander, Stroup is a five-time world champion of international SWAT competitions.
Talon Smith: Currently a U.S. Navy Corpsman 1st Reconnaissance Bn, stationed in Camp Pendleton. He just returned from deployment in Afghanistan in April.

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