The Rebel Son and the Half-Blood Prince


Bummer.  I didn’t really mean that.  It did make a catch title though.  Ron Reagan Jr. has always been the rebel son.  He always followed the beat of his own drummer.  As a younger man, he dropped out of college and joined the Joffrey Ballet.  He eloped and has been married to the same woman for 30 years.  At one point, he appeared on SNL in his skivvies in a skit.  In 2004, Reagan spoke at the Democratic Convention on behalf of stem cell research.  He supported Barack Obama for president.   He has not been the model of conservatism–not by any stretch. 



Ron Reagan Jr. is embroiled in quite a battle over his new book, My Father at 100.  Who could he possibly be at odds with?  His half brother Michael, adopted son of Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan,  has taken great issue with several comments Ron made in his book regarding his father’s Alzheimer’s.  Michael Reagan,   age 65, is a conservative commentator with a national reputation. 


Young Reagan relates that when his father was in the White House, he was concerned about little things.  He actually reports that he shadowed his dad and noticed some very subtle changes; changes only family members might pick up on.  He now feels that might have been the beginning of the disease that took his father’s life.

Michael Reagan has taken great exception to this point of view and responded accordingly via twitter: 

“Ron, my brother, was an embarrassment to my father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother,”

It might be interesting to note that the 2 Reagan brothers do not share the same mother.  Ron Reagan Jr. is Nancy Reagan’s son.   Furthermore, what a mean, nasty thing to say publically about anyone, especially a family member. 

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Too much Skin on MTV?

The new MTV hit series Skins has come under fire for showing too much skin and for dealing with underage sex, drinking, gay/lesbian themes and illegal drug use.  One group, Parents Television Council, in particular,  has asked for a Congressional investigation of the series. 

One advertiser, Taco Bell, has already pulled its advertising because of pressure from the conservative group, Parents Television Council.  According to Crain’s New York Business:

Taco Bell has pulled its advertising from MTV’s controversial new hit series following pressure from conservative advocacy group Parents Television Council. The company informed MTV of its decision on Tuesday.

The Council had been calling Skins “the most dangerous program ever foisted on your children,” citing its graphic depictions of sex and drug use, even before the show premiered on Jan. 17.

MTV had the following to say:

Skins is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. We are confident that the episodes of Skins will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.”

The targeted audience is 12 to 34 years.  That could be a problem right there.  There is a huge difference in maturity between most 12 and 34 year olds.  Congress is certain to complicate matters.  By the time they finish, everyone from 2 to 92 will be glued to their TV set, watching the next episode of 15 years olds being the horn dogs they generally are, all whilst shouting obscenities at the top of their lungs.

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