That's because it's on Fox. People are really pissed that Fox makes people wait 7 days to see an episode.
You're not going to see people pick up CW or Fox shows as a result (I mean bloggers in this community). For example, there are two women who love Ringer and would blog about it. They love it so much that they buy the episodes on Amazon. But they know other people can't and they're not in the mood to do what I do (which is blog about Fringe and Nikita seven days after they air).
And in 2011, you got lots of praise for Raising Hope at the community sites. This is a great show. We all love it. But people aren't into promoting this nonsense of wait 7 days to watch.
CBS has some good shows but if they didn't allow streaming online, we didn't blog about them. That was our rule. So when Fox started this nonsense last fall, Stan even blogged about how he was not going to write about any Fox show at all.
And that was stupid on Fox's part. But it's insane on the CW.
They are dead last with everything. They don't have any show that qualifies as a hit. They need all the talking up they can get.
But Raising Hope is a great show. I don't think I've caught more than one episode this year (I saw it when Sabrina finally found out Jimmy loved her because Tony called me and said, "Dude, you've got to watch! She's finally going to know!").
Mama wasn't on this episode. So I missed Cloris Leachman. Martha Plimpton was on and she was hilarious. I think she's even better this season. Bert definitely is. And this episode had flashbacks to when Jimmy was very little and holy terror. He broke windows and would ask Bert, "How do you like me now, son!"
That was so funny. Jimmy was a holy terror. So Virginia (Martha Plimpton) said he had to spank Jimmy. But, it turns out, he didn't spank Jimmy, he just pretended to and then Bert would do all the stuff Jimmy was supposed to do. And he and Jimmy had a pact that they wouldn't tell Virginia.
This was brought up because Hope is out of control. She's breaking Virginia's collection of pork-chesters (porcelian pigs) and drawing on walls and more. Virginia tells Jimmy, "Well her serial killer mother would be very proud, she slaughtered her first pork-chester."
But the laugh out loud funny moment? Because Virginia thought Bert spanked Jimmy, she agreed all those years ago to get rid of any and all rodents under the house (and pick up dog poo if Jimmy ever got a dog -- so she made sure Jimmy never got a dog). So there's a racoon under the house and she and Sabrina are trying to get it out.
Sabrina tries playing the guitar, she tries electronica music. Finally, Jimmy, Virginia and Bert are arguing and she tells them they're scaring the racoon. Keep it up! Then she says that the racoon looks upset. Then he looks aggressive. Then he comes charging. :D And Sabrina grabs her guitar and whacks it like it's a baseball. That was so hilarious. I had to go backwards to watch that again.
That was very hilarious.
And the end of the episode? Jimmy got spanked. And Hope walked in on that and immediately became the best little girl in the world.
It was a really funny episode.
(When Fringe and Nikita return -- on Hulu -- I'll go back to covering them. Until then, I'm grabbing two shows a week that readers are suggesting.)
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
John Rowan: The other issue and the problem is that this is spread across the different states and they all have different laws and applications. But it would be interesting I think if the DoD people looked at training manuals and things to see that often times they're just missing a little something extra that would give them the certification they need for that particular job. It's not really analogous but I was a linguist in the military and when I went back to college they gave me some credit for my college but told me I didn't take any reading courses so I couldn't get credit for the whole language. I mean, it was just something as simple as that. Now that's a bizarre thing but I'm sure that in some of the medics and things, there's probably just something not quite right that would equate to the equivalent of an education in the private sector and they need to figure that out and add it in.
"And what it shows is that since that unit was stood up in 2007 over 40% of those service members who walked int he door with a PTSD diagnosis had their diagnosis changed to something else or overturned entirely.
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MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: This is despite the fact for the past couple of days intensive searches at checkpoints have ground Baghdad to a halt. Security had been ramped up in preparation for a meeting of the Arab world's top leaders. It's the first time the Arab League have met in Baghdad in 20 years, and the government considers it the most important diplomatic event yet for post-Saddam Iraq. Officials had been hoping to use the summit to showcase the country's improved security since the sectarian fighting a few years ago that almost pulled the country into civil war.
Trend News Agency notes, "Holding the next summit of the League of Arab States in Iraq demonstrates the restoration of stability and resumption of its role in the Arab and regional areas, Iraqi ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sabir Abbud Al-Musaui told Trend today." It does no such thing. The Arab League Summit is two days. Al Rafidayn reports that the capital will be closed down for seven days. When you have to shut down the capital for seven days to hold a two day event, that's not a sign of success.
Sahar Issa (McClatchy Newspaers) reports, "Only Monday, Iraqi authorities began practicing security procedures for the summit, flooding existing checkpoints with large numbers of special forces troops and setting up new checkpoints, where they searched cars with dogs, looking for explosives." Al Mada notes that, this morning, it might take as much as three hours for someone living in Baghdad to get to their job in Baghdad and that might require them leaving their car at some point and continuing on foot. Does Nouri al-Maliki really think that if these measures are successful it says anything about Baghdad other than that they can put the city on crackdown for seven days? Does this enstill trust in foreign investors?
As for the summit, Middle East North Africa Financial Network doesn't expect much from the summit:
One thing is certain and that is that the Baghdad summit will be anything but remarkable. Egypt will be busy preparing for its presidential election, the first since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, Libya, Tunis and Yemen have enough domestic problems of their own. The Gulf countries will find it difficult to demonize Iran when the host has special relations with Tehran, while attempts to discuss the uprising in Bahrain will be foiled by the GCC group.
Meanwhile Al Rafidayn reports Nouri has called for all Iraqis to unite. Spreading love apparently means then launching into an attack on Ayad Allawi who, apparently, isn't included included in the call for uniting. Al Mada reports Nouri has declared Allawi is bad for the government of Iraq. Nouri's upset because Allawi's announced if the top four demands for the national conference aren't implemented in 72 hours Iraqiya will consider walking out. This would be highly embarrassing to Nouri with the Arab leaders visiting. Especially since most of the Arab leaders can't stand Nouri. (As most Iraqi press has noted, Saudi Arabia is only participating because the US has badgered and cajoled them non-stop.)
The reason is simple: although all of Maliki's rivals are "in one box" with Erbil as one Iraqiya MP said, they are only in that box until the moment comes that Maliki is removed and everyone backs off for a different reason.
For Maliki, although the conflict between the political groups is reaching a critical point again, just like all the previous times, nothing will happen. Meetings will take place, each bloc cuts a different deal with him and he will continue to stay.
He will get a period of calm and then a new crisis starts.
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