Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I was going to watch THE CROSSING . . . but

Do endorsements help?

ABC's advertising THE CROSSING with a Tweet from Stephen King "jaw-dropping."

Am I supposed to be impressed?

Has any book of King's really mattered in over 20 years?

He was never a great writer.  Dean Koontz writes circles around him.  But King could come up with interesting ideas.  Could.  That's what carried his career.  But it's forever since CARRIE and IT.  Forever.  He's not someone I look to for guidance.


I've been on the fence about even watching.

It looks like 20 other shows that failed -- they usually lasted about one season.  The commercials make it look like RESURRECTION, for example, an ABC failure that lasted two seasons (really one and a half) but should never have made it to the air.

Right now, I have more than enough TV to watch.  Basketball alone nearly left me burnt out.  But in terms of entertainment: ROSEANNE, DYNASTY (when I can remember -- my girlfriend loves it, I really like it but I sometimes forget that we need to stream together because we went to a movie the night it aired new episodes -- Fridays), DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, BLIND SPOT, THE BLACK LIST, KEVIN CAN WAIT, KILLING EVE (Ava and C.I. reviewed it here), MARVEL AGENTS OF SHIELD, WILL & GRACE (which has wrapped up its season but I like re-watching this new season), BLACK-ISH, MODERN FAMILY, EMPIRE, etc.  NETFLIX's SANTA CLARITA DIET and GRACE AND FRANKIE are shows I binge when the new seasons post.  I'd love to have the time to go back and watch them again but I don't have that much time.  It wouldn't cost me anything to watch THE CROSSING -- financially.  But I'm just not interested in investing my time into another failed show that's the same theme/topic of about seven or eight shows that have already come and gone.

Reminder, the second to last episode of SCANDAL airs Thursday night.  After that, there's only one episode left.  (And then QUANTICO will take over its spot.)

Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  War Hawk down as Mad Maddie faces pushback for her War Crimes

Courts may not hold War Criminals accountable, but the people can.

We’re going to surprise Madam Secretary at her Brooklyn appearance. Follow this thread for the action 👇🏾
First disruption: 500,000 children were killed by ’s sanctions on Iraq 🇮🇶
Second disruption: is a war criminal. She helped destroy Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
Third disruption: Our comrade stepped up and told she should go to jail for murdering 500,000 Iraqi children.
  • Fourth disruption of ’s book tour. War criminals ought to be tried in the .
  • Fifth and final disruption of ’s atrocious talk! Ask her why she bombed innocent Yugoslavians in the 1990s.
  • Feel free to organize your own disruption! We can't let these warmongers have a platform or peace of mind! Call these criminals out where you see them!

    "You killed half a million Iraqi children!" someone screams at Mad Maddie Albright.  "You have blood on your hands!"

    "I do actually believe in free speech," Mad Maddie declares as the first protester is led away.  That's a War Criminal for you, speak up for free speech only after your security team has removed anyone you think might speak freely.  She gives up that supposed belief once she realizes more than one protester remains present.

    The second clip shows a protester declaring, "Madeline Albright is a War Criminal.  A War Criminal."

    To this protester, Mad Maddie says, "I respect your right to talk.  I would like you to respect mine."  But what of the half a million Iraqis who can't respond, who can't speak because you killed them Madeline with your sanctions?  Sanctions you later insisted were appropriate.  When questioned by Lesley Stahl for 60 MINUTES, you infamously said, "We think the price was worth it."

    She goes on to insist that "people came here to listen to me and not you."

    No one should listen to Mad Maddie except the guard who slides her meals through the opening in her cell.

    "You're a War Criminal who should be in jail!" insist the protester in the third clip.  Some of the assembled whine, "Get out!  Get out!" because they're Team Maggie which means there's a special place in hell for them right to next to Mad Maddie.

    These disgusting people get even more upset in the fourth video and steal the banner from the protester who insist "You're a War Criminal."

    In the next clip, a protester calls her out for the 500,000 Iraqi kids she's killed.

    "I could spend a lot of time explaining what happened in Iraq," Maddie says in a bored tone.  Really?  Why don't you start off by explaining how you made money off of the Iraq War in 2003?  It wasn't just James Baker that Naomi Klein was reporting on.   You're a whore Maddie, you always have been, you always will be.  Get back to your brothel, you public menace.

    The disgusting trash assembled goes on to giggle with Maddie.

    The blood of 500,000 children is funny to them.

    They're probably the same type that is outraged when an American child is killed.

    Excuse me, they're probably the same type that is outraged when a White American child is killed.

    But they think the deaths of 500,000 children is a funny joke as long as those children were Iraqi.

    Shame on them.

    She was part of the 2003 war effort, the effort that continues to this day, the war that continues to this day.

    Mohammed Ebraheem (IRAQI NEWS) reports a Ramadi car bombing left two people injured.  ALSUMARIA notes 1 person was shot dead in Baghdad.  Last night, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) reported 93 killed across Iraq.  With little comment or attention from the US press, violence continues (and increases) in Iraq.

    It's campaign season ahead of the May 12 elections and, if you doubted that, enter Zainab Arif Basri.  ALSUMARIA reports Basri has castigated Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi for not realizing elements of ISIS and the Ba'ath Party are both working in jobs with the Iraqi national intelligence.  The proof?  No proof, just more baseless charges from Basri.  Basri is demanding that Hayder immediately address this situation.  Not noted in the report, Basri belongs with who?  That's right, it's a Nouri al-Maliki flunky.  Basri is a member of former prime minister and forever thug Nouri's State of Law.  Basri last got major attention in Iraq last year by insisting Nouri would return as prime minister.  These baseless charges are part of Bari's efforts to ensure that happens.

    'Many Iraqis now see corruption as just as bad as terrorism, and the gap between elite and citizen has become more important than the gap between Sunni, Shia, and Kurd' - Iraq's allies must question status quo ahead of elections in May, says

    The Iraqi people are concerned about real issues and the fact that, despite repeated elections, their government has failed to improve their lives.  This is not what they have been promised with this system and it is not what they have been promised in each round of elections since the 2003 US-led invasion.

    Mina Aldroubi (THE NATIONAL) reports that Iraq's Vice Presdient Ayad Allawi stated that the crises (plural) in Iraq will not be resolved by the elections, that Iraq has to go beyond sectarian division and move towards inclusion as well as step away from foreign interference.

     SYNDIGATE INFO reports:

    Prominent Iraqi Shia cleric and opposition leader Muqtada al-Sadr has declared his willingness to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran with a view to mitigating tensions between the two regional powerhouses.
    The offer came in a Tuesday statement issued by al-Sadr's office in response to questions regarding the possibility of an Iraq-brokered “reconciliation” process between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    Moqtada is the Shi'ite cleric and movement leader whose party will most likely elect MPs in the double digits this election if past elections are any indication.  THE NATIONAL reports that he has also declared that Iraq is not be working with Turkey to confront the PKK despite the claim of the Turkish government that they have an agreement with the government of Iraq on this.

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