They were on such a streak that I guess they had to break it a bit. It wasn't a bad episode but it wasn't a great one and it pointed to some problems in future episodes.
I noted last time I wrote about Chuck that Casey has new job of his own. The others don't know his NSC missions. Well this week, Morgan kind of noticed something was different. And that should have pulled Morgan into the story. It didn't.
You really can't afford to put Casey off in the garage. You need him mixing with everyone because he's one of the most reliably entertaining characters.
Jeff & Lester were on.
I hate those two to begin with.
But the creepy factor and the rape jokes? I'm just not into it.
Add on that they added nothing.
They wanted to pick up women -- at a medieval fair or a heroin clinic? They asked Morgan and Morgan told them the fair. Could they have two weeks off?
He left his office without shutting down his computer or finishing the ad he was trying to place (looking for a roommate). So they go over and the Buy More fills with all these people for a medieval fair. That was their entire storyline. And that added up to nothing. All those people? No big pay off or laugh.
Just get rid of Jeff and Lester already.
Ellie had some good scenes with Sarah and there was a really nice scene of Sarah picking out her wedding dress by herself and Casey and her sharing a moment right after.
But it just didn't add up.
Volkof's daughter is going to be a regular. That's good, she's an interesting character. But they should have done more with her. The cliff hanger ending is she's gone over to the bad guy. Why? Chuck promised her she could see her father.
The general shot Chuck down.
The bad guy had already told her that Chuck was a fake and she wouldn't meet her father.
The bad guy?
I know him from somewhere. He showed up this episode. She was at her father's plant in Moscow -- don't you jump a plane and do that all the time? -- when the bad guy shows up and tells her she has to take over the family business. She says no and he tries to kill her. (She defeats him and runs out.)
Kenneth P. Vogel (Politico) reports:
Liberals renewed their criticism of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Monday in response to a speech Thomas gave over the weekend in which he said he and his tea party activist wife, Virginia, “believe in the same things” and dismissed their critics as “bent on undermining” the court.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said it was Thomas’s speech that “undermines confidence in our highest court.”Bob Edgar, a former Democratic congressman and president of the left-leaning watchdog group Common Cause, said the speech did little to assuage concerns his group has raised about Thomas’s impartiality and said that his group’s “asking for more accountability and transparency from the nation’s highest court doesn’t undermine it.”Is it a surprise that Thomas would agree with his wife? From the article, I had no idea what was going on.
I went to Anthony Weiner's website and found the above video. That explains the issues much better than the Politico story did. So watch it and see. I'm still not sure I'm in agreement with him on this. (I like Anthony Weiner.) Watch the video and decide what you think.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Meanwhile with Ayad Allawi, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani and Moqtada al-Sadr weighing in on the protests Saturday, New Sabah reports that Jalal Talabani has now issued a statement in support of the Iraqi people -- what a brave move. Why is it that the President of Iraq is always the last to make a statement or take a position? Al Mada notes that Talabani declared that democracy is the aspiration which drives people.
Nouri's press conference yesterday was to again proclaim "reform." New Sabah reveals that among the issues he floated was reducing retirement age from 63-years-old to 61-years-old. Dar Addustour reports he declared the proposed change was necessary to provide young people with opportunities. He also pledged more construction projects. (Day laborers and construction workers were among the first to join the recent wave of protests in Iraq.)
Meanwhile, though the New York Times misses it, the Iraqi press is all over Moqtada al-Sadr's remarks. New Sabah reports that al-Sadr has declared Nouri is the one responsible for the conditions in Iraq nothing that Nouri "tops the pyramid" of power. Dar Addustour also leads with al-Sadr saying Nouri had full responsibility for the conditions in Iraq and that he's compared it to what has taken place in Egypt and calls for Nouri to address the issues. If Nouri seems a little on the ropes, that may explain why, when asked about a rumored cabinet post for Ahmed Chalabi at yesterday's press conference, he begged off.
Raman Brosk (Zawya) reports that al-Sadr announced yesterday the seven-day referendum he's calling "People's Voice Week." The referendum is a rather silly idea. But it does keep Moqtada's name before the public and does give the appearance that he is doing something which may be the whole point. Meanwhile Dar Addustour reports that Iraqiya is accusing State Of Law of blocking the appointment of heads for the security ministries -- Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of National Security. The posts have never been filled. Nouri appointed himself the minister of all three 'temporarily' but that's gone on for months now. New Sabah notes that Iraqiya reminded Nouri is the head of State Of Law.
Maryland Caller (on the GOP line): I wanted to know what your thoughts were on what sort of example and therefore role Iraqi government might play in the Middle East uprising as it continues to afford more and more democratic opportunties to its people. Thank you.
Bobby Ghosh: That's a great -- that's a great question. And what we're seeing in Iraq right now, unfortunately, does not -- does not lend itself to a lot of confidence in the Arab world. You're seeing a lot of instability in Iraq. This is a country that took more than 200 days to create a government after elections. Iraq's new government has already proven itself to be very corrupt and not very responsive to its people which is why Iraqis have also been inspired by what's happened in Egypt and Tunisia and over the last week there's been a lot of uprising all over Iraq -- from the north to the south -- against the government and there have been demonstrations demanding that the government respond to the needs of the people. I think if Iraq stands as an example to the Middle East, it is that Iraqis now have an opportunity to express themselves. That Iraqis have the ability now to go out and, without fear, and demonstrate and protest and make themselves heard. And every four years, they have the opportunity to elect their own leaders. They have the opportunity to kick out a government that is not responsive to them.
MURRAY TO CHAIR VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET
(Washington, D.C.) – Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, will chair a hearing on the President's budget. The Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Room 418 of the Russell Senate Office Building.
Witnesses will include:
The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Robert A. Petzel, MD, Under Secretary for Health
Michael Walcoff, Acting Under Secretary for Benefits
Steve L. Muro, Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
The Honorable Roger W. Baker, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology
W. Todd Grams, Acting Assistant Secretary for Management
Independent Budget Representatives
Carl Blake, National Legislative Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Joseph A. Violante, National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans
Christina M. Roof, National Acting Legislative Director, AMVETS
Raymond C. Kelley, National Legislative Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Tim Tetz, Director, National Legislative Commission, The American Legion
Maryann D. Hooker, MD, Lead Neurologist, Wilmington, Delaware VA Medical Center, representing American Federation of Government Employees