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American Idol Top 4 Analysis: Put the “GO” in Gokey

Hopefully, Gokey packs his bags tonight.

Hopefully, Gokey packs his bags tonight.

Overall, last night was a great night for American Idol. Like last week, they weakest link was quite clear after all of the performances: Danny Gokey. He proved tonight that he is not at all a versitile artist (I cringe at that word thanks to Kara “artistry” DioGuardi, but it was necessary.).  And though his voice is probably stronger than Kris’s voice, Kris brings originality and relevancy that Danny does not and cannot bring.  As I’ve said before, when it all comes down to it, Kris is the most relevant vocalist in the competition.  The other 3 are more powerful than he is vocally, but Kris’s kind of music is very popular right now.  As for who’s going home,  it’s truly a toss-up.  The only certainty, though, is that Adam isn’t going anywhere this week.  His fans surely voted in huge numbers this week after last week’s bottom two scare, plus he earned a spot in the Top 3 with his great performances last night.  Danny definitely deserves to go, but he has a very large fan base for some reason, and the judges avoided any real harsh criticism last night, though deserved it, and instead chose to give him an “A for effort”.  If it comes down to Allison and Kris, then I believe Kris will be hitting the road.  Allison may have received mediocre reviews for her solo performance, but she got to close out the show with Adam and the duet was extremely well received by the judges, and surely America, while Kris received mediocre reviews for everything he did.  However, this surely resulted in his solid fans voting even harder for him.  If I had to make a prediction on who would go, I’d say Danny, though I have horrible feeling about Kris’s fate.

Hopefully, America made the right choice and we can finally put the “GO” in Gokey!

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Rick

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Poll of the (Yester)Day: Who Was Your Favorite on American Idol?

I know it’s a day late, but here is yesterday’s poll of the day:

To read the full recap of the episode, click here.

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American Idol Top 4 Recap

Sorry I couldn’t live blog last night as I usually do, I was extremely busy and didn’t get to watch until late last night. Anyway, without further ado, here is my (abbreviated) recap of last night’s episode of American Idol.

The highlight of the latter half of Season 8.

The highlight of the latter half of Season 8.

First up is..

Adam Lambert singing “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin.  This week is his week.  Even though I’m not a fan, there’s no denying he’s got the ability to really knock it out of the park.  Wow, this is quite a production!  Some seriously killer high notes throughout that whole thing.  Overall, it was probably my favorite Adam performance because it actually called for those (in)famous high notes.  Songs like “Ring of Fire” are not complimented by incessant wailing, this, however, worked.  The judges drool over and Simon says that no one can top it now.  Next up is..

Allison Iraheta singing “Cry Baby” by Janis Joplin.  Wow, Allison’s rocking a new hair do this week.  This fits her (and the theme) really well.  And the singing is outstanding on top of that!  Man she is truly an incredible singer.  This week, she not only showed off her always amazing vocals, but she had a confidence on the stage that she hasn’t really had so far this season.  Very, very impressive performance.  Of course, the judges have to be complicated and make comments about her song choice, arrangement, blah, blah, blah.  WHAT ABOUT THE SINGING?!  Why must they feel the need to hurl Allison under the bus?  Why not Gokey?  Oh, I’ll get to that in a mintue.  Allison finally speaks up in the end and there’s a really awkward little conversation between Allison and Simon.  Next up is..

THE SUPER EXTRA SPECIAL DUETS!  Seriously though, I really like this duet idea.  Allison and Adam couldn’t be better suited for a duet.  But I guess in order to hear that one, we have to go through Danny Gokey, who’s so smug 24 hours a day he makes David Cook look humble, and Kris Allen, whom I have no fault with at this point.  I actually like him second only to Allison.  Anyway, they’re singing “Renegade” by Styx.  Parts of this little number were really good, but many parts were horrendous, like when they engaged in a yelling match towards the end.  Now, seeing as I can’t stand Danny, he initiated and was the sole contender in the screech fest.  He was clearly trying to dominate the duet and Kris couldn’t keep up, but that’s not a bad thing.  Danny was not singing, he was yelling with all the strength him.  I was waiting on him to spontaneously combust (see, Fringe).  In the end though, the judges sided with Gokey (WHAT!?!?), which could spell trouble for Kris.  Next up is..

Kris Allen singing “Come Together” by The Beattles.  Kris did a great job picking his song this week; this one really suits him.  However, no one will match Carly Smithson’s showstopper of a rendition during the Top 12 last year.  Generally speaking, this performances was really good, and one of my favorite Kris performances.  There were a few janky notes in the middle-end, but it was overall a good job.  Kris, in my opinion, is the most relevant contestant left, if not from the whole season.  I could very easily see him having a hit on the radio.  The judges were not complimentary, however.  Why do they have such an agenda?  Is it that hard to trully give a critique?  I realize the producers are tyring to push for an Adam/Danny finale, but don’t they understand that regardless of whether they win, both Danny and Adam are under contract and 19 has first dibs?  Gosh.  Next up is..

Danny Gokey the Horrible” singing “Dream On” by Aerosmith.  Danny, you do not sing songs like this.  You do not have the range, control, or generally ability to pull of the original version of any Aerosmith song.  The beginning wasn’t horrible, but the end was absolutely atrocious.  I know I lose most of my credibility since I can’t stand Gokey to begin with, but this truly was a disaster of epic proportions.  The last few lines and the final screech/yell/wail/horrible noise were, quite possibly, the worst few seconds of any Idol performance in it’s 8 years on tv.  Those last few cringe-worthy notes will always haunt me, and the other 20-something million views forever.  WHAT THE HECK!?  After that horrid display of ignorance and arrogance, the judges refused to tell him it was terrible, but instead gave him an “A for effort”?  Only Simon spoke about the horrible last notes, but I don’t like him anymore so he still doesn’t get credit.  Next up is..

The most incredible moment of the night, Allison and Adam’s duet of “Slow Ride” by Foghat.  As I said above, Adam gets a pass for any and all screeching this week because that’s what he’s supposed to do.  I heard about the duets a few days ago, and the idea of this duet has had me excited all week.  There is no way this duet can be anything less than awesome.  And it was incredible!  They compliment eachother so well on the Idol stage it’s ridiculous.  They should make an album of duets; that’s the only chance I have of ever buying a cd with Adam Lambert’s name written across the bottom.  That was all that I’d been waiting for and more.  I feel kind of (really) stupid getting all worked about it, but that really was awesome.  Everyone deserves one of those moments every Idol season, and this is mine.  The judges loved it, and Simon said that the duet could be responsible for saving Allison’s future on American Idol, and I think he may be right.

That wraps up tonight’s awesome show (Did I really just say that?), I’m a little nervous for the results tonight, but hopefully we put the “Go” in Gokey and have an awesome Top 3.

What do you think of last night’s episode?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.
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Week In Review: April 26th-May 2nd

Top 10 Posts and Pages of the Week

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  1. Video of the Day: Hollie Steel from Britain’s Got Talent
  2. Week In Review: April 19th-25th
  3. Swine Flu: Never Fear, You Can Still Eat the Bacon
  4. Video of the Day: More From Susan Boyle
  5. Video of the Day: Susan Boyle
  6. Goodbye Arlen.
  7. What’s Everyone’s Beef with Megan McCain?
  8. Fringe “Midnight” Recap
  9. Top Sites
  10. Video of the Day: Carly Smithson

Posts and Pages from the Week

If you missed these posts the first time around, be sure to click the title and read it now!  They are in order from oldest to newest.

Poll Results

April 27th- What Do You Think of the Publicity Flight Through Manhattan?

  • 64% thought the photo-op flight through Manhattan was stupid and pointless, 23% weren’t sure, and the remaining 14% didn’t see the big deal.

April 28th- Who Was Your Favorite On American Idol Tonight?

  • Last week, Kris Allen took the title of “Favorite American Idol” away from Adam Lambert for the first time since polling began.  Well, this week Adam fans came out of the woodwork to vote because he received 39% of the vote this week, the highest margin of victory by anyone this season.  In second for the first time in a while is Allison Iraheta with 29% of the vote.  The rest of the idols stacked up like this: Kris Allen with 14% of the vote, Danny Gokey with 9% of the vote, and Matt Giraud with 7% of the vote.  The remaining percentage chose “I don’t watch”.

April 29th- Are You Concerned About the Swine Flu?

  • 47% of those that voted said that they are “a little bit concerned”, 29% said they are concerned, 18% are not at all concerned, and the remaining 6% said they are very concerned.

April 29th- Do You Think Matt Deserved to Leave American Idol?

  • 71% of those that voted said they it was Matt’s time to go, while a mere 13% think it should have been someone else.  The remaining 16% aren’t sure.

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Fringe “Midnight” Recap

Tonight’s episode begins with some guy in his apartment, with the news on in the background.  The newscaster is talking about a murder that was quite gruesome.  He then goes to a club, where he sees a girl that he likes.  So, they go back to his (or her) apartment and begin hooking up.  While their all over eachother, the woman slashes the guy across the face and he is dead.  His wife calls his phone, and it can be seen ringing next to where he is lying dead on the bed.  Apparently, the girl is the killer.

When the show returns, Olivia (Anna Torv) is at a little get together with some friends.  She meets an odd couple that are together but live completely separate lives.  Olivia’s sister then reveals her husband is filing for divorce.  Agent Dunham is then called away from the gathering to examine the murder that occured earlier.  In one of Walter’s hilarious remarks he compares the victim to a good shrimp cocktail because he is perfectly deveined.  Walter then suggests that someone ate his spine.  Well, that’s interesting.

Agent Dunham reports back to the office to give her boss the findings.  He also gives her a good divorce attorney for her sister.  Back at the lab, Walter is examining the body.  He finds that the lady that killed the man has an extinct form of syphilis.  The CDC explains that someone in a residential area requested a sample of that strain of syphilis, as well as other bacterium.  They make a trip to the house where the items were delivered and find a man named Dr. Boone.  They take him into custady for questioning.

They know Dr. Boone is associated with ZFT, the organization responsible for a lot of the craziness that goes on on the show.  Dr. Boone says he’ll give them all of the info as long as they get his wife back from ZFT, who has taken her hostage.  They find that the address Dr. Boone gives as the location of his wife is a restaurant in Chinatown that is using 5 times as much power as they should be.  They then go check it out.

Back at the lab where Dr. Boone was found, Walter believes he may have figured out what was going on in the house.  At the same time, Agent Dunham and the crew are on their way to the restaurant where Dr. Boone’s wife is allegedly being held.  His wife is nowhere to be found, so they call Dr. Boone.  He reveals that his wife, Valerie, was not kidnapped, but was infected with the virus that is being stored at the Chinese restuarant.  His wife is the killer.

We then see his wife in a car with another man.  They also start hooking up.  She gets very warm and starts shaking, apologizes to the guy, then forms sharp teeth and bites him in the neck.  The crew arrives to gather evidence for testing.  Back at the office, they show Dr. Boone the video of he and his wife in the park.  He is not in a wheelchair then, which he explains by saying that he fed his wife his spinal fluid as long as he could, which took away his ability to use his legs.  Dr. Boone reveals that ZFT creates these viruses in order to show off their skills to other scientists.  Dr. Boone says he can make an antidote as long as they bring his wife to him.

Back at Walter’s lab, he is discussing with Dr. Boone.  Charlie and the crew finds a victim’s vehicle, but it was stripped of all of it’s insides, including the GPS.  They go to one of Peter’s friend’s “chop shops” and he tells them where he found the vehicle.  At the lab, Walter and Dr. Boone are still talking.  Dr. Boone says he knows very well who Walter is, to which Walter replies, “That makes one of us”.  Once Peter and Agent Dunham arrive at the scene where the car was found, they discover another body that has been de-spined by Mrs. Boone.

Walter and Dr. Boone are still hard at work to make an antidote.  The authorities deliver the most recent victims to the lab.  Astrid (Jasika Nicole) finds that one of the bodies smells like alcohol.  Using a blacklight, she sees an entry stamp on one hand of each of the victims.  They now know that she is finding her victims in bars and clubs.  Peter makes a trip to a club in order to find Mrs. Boone.

The antidote is not working on the lab rats they are testing it on.  Dr. Boone says the antidote needs real spinal fluid to work properly, and says his own will be compatible.  He demands that Walter remove some of his spinal fluid to get the antidote working properly.  Astrid is strongly against it, but Walter knows it must be done.  Back at the club where Peter and Agent Dunham are, they locate Valerie but eventually lose her.  Charlie is standing guard at the door, and shoots Valerie with two tranquilizers.  They’ve got her now.

Back at the lab, Dr. Boone is suffering immensely from the missing spinal fluid.  Walter knows that he lied about having more spinal fluid to use.

Valerie wakes up slowly in the patrol car being driven by Peter and Olivia.  Peter and Olivia began discussing Dr. Boone’s sacrifice for his wife when Valerie wakes up completely and lunges forward on Olivia.  Peter shoots her with a tranquilizer again, which knocks her out of her violent state.  They arrive at the lab with Valerie to find that Dr. Boone has had a stroke due to the lack of spinal fluid.  They give Valerie the antidote, which causes her to scream and lash violently.  When she’s done, however, her frighteningly blue eyes fade to a more natural green.  Valerie is now cured, but Dr. Boone has died.  Walter gives Agent Dunham the tape that Dr. Boone made for her, complete with all of the answers regarding ZFT and his projects.  Agent Dunham meets with Phillip (Lance Reddick) and reveals that, according to Dr. Boone’s video, the cheif funder behind ZFT is William Bell.

That’s all for tonight’s episode!

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Parks and Recreation- “The Reporter” Recap

‘Parks and Recreation’ just keeps getting better and better.  Read the recap below if you missed tonight’s episode!  Also, look for a link to the full episode at the end of the recap.

Tonight’s episode kicks off with Leslie (Amy Poehler) on a “Pre-Teen Nature Walk”.  “For a while, it was a teenage nature hike, but we changed it because… a girl got pregnant,” said Leslie.  Leslie then eats the Pawnee huneysuckle, which is not your average huneysuckle.  This causes her tongue to swell, but, hey, “it has a sweet after taste!”.

Leslie informs Ann (Rashida Jones) that she will be getting an interview with the Pawnee Journal to promote their park idea.  According to Leslie, keeping your project in the press is the key to success.  She sites the Tucker Park Graffiti Removal Project as evidence of this.  After eliminating 5 graffitied penises (not even 10%!), the project ran out of steam.  So, somewhere in Pawnee, you can still find the penis wall.

Leslie takes Mark (Paul Schneider) to a meal at JJ’s Diner, which she says is the place where all of the political elite meet.  During their meeting, Leslie asks Mark to help her prepare for the interview.  He says the first question will probably be “How do you spell your name?”.  “Ahhh… of course!  Because of the silent ‘K’,” says Leslie.  Then Leslie reminds us that she and Mark “made love” once.

When the interviewer arrives at the office, Leslie insists she take her on a quick tour.  Leslie takes her back to the wall of murals, a familiar place for us viewers, to show her the mural of Cheif Wamapoe that apparently everyone seems to complain about.  Leslie then introduces her to Ron (Nick Offerman), who apparently hates the media as much as he hates the government because he offered up a simple “no comment” in return.  Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Ron have some friendly scrabble competition going, though Tom throws every round in an attempt to suck up to his boss, Ron.

Leslie takes the interviewer to the meeting room where she introduces everyone as follows:  Tom “boy genius, smooth like milk chocolate” Haverford, April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) “so cool she could be invited anywhere, but chooses to be here”, and Ann and Andy “the real heroes of this story”.  The interviewer wants to record the interview, but Leslie can’t handle the pressure.  Each time she has to answer a question, she has to pause the recorder because she doesn’t want to answer incorrectly.  We then find out that Andy was going after a toaster in the bottom of the pit, and he was “wasted” in the process.  Apparently, no one knew these details yet, which causes quite a stir.  “Ann, your so innocent and sweet and pretty.  The press are like sharks and you just dumped a bucket of chum in the water.”

There’s a hilarious little exchange between Tom and Ron about Tom’s “lack” of Scrabble skills, and about how much Ron thinks his ex-wife is a bi*** who can’t play Scrabble.  You have to see it to get the full effect.  The interviewer tells Leslie they will resume tomorrow at the pit, and she and Mark exit together.  Much to Leslie’s dismay, they are back together the next morning and Marks drops her off at the pit.  It takes Leslie a minute, but she eventually puts the peices together and discovers why Shauna (The interviewer) was with Mark.  The rest of the interview, Leslie is very upset, and cannot answer the questions very well.  This part was hilarious, and you just have to see it.

Leslie leaves the interview early to go talk to Ann about Mark and Shauna’s little fling.  She leaves from their home to confront Mark.  “It is unethical for a public servant to have sex with a member of the press corp, Mark; especially when it’s with some one so skanky.  Come on, Mark”.

Leslie calls Shauna to inform that she ate a bad burrito (but not a mexican burrito), and that caused her weird behavior at the pit.  She asks for a do-over and Shauna accepts.  For this interivew, Shauna gathered several quotes from people who are sure the park is not going to happen.  “You should write an article about unicorns, because unicorns are more likely to happen than this park”, and “You should write an article about the Pope getting married because that’s more likely to happen than this park”.  Apparently, Mark is also sure it’s not going to happen, or at least, that’s what he told Shauna.

Ann and Mark meet Shauna outside her office to ask that she please not print that article, and she agrees not to because she and Mark are “romantically involved”.  Mark disagrees with that, so she prints it anyway.  The article ends with, what Leslie calls a positive note with a “We’ll see”.

4 of 5 Elephants

4 of 5 Elephants

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Fringe “Bad Dreams” Recap

This week, I’m adding a new show to the list of shows that I recap, and it’s a good one: Fringe!  Fringe is one of my favorite shows that airs on Fox at 9 PM Eastern on Tuesdays following American Idol.

A young lady is strolling her child down the subway tunnel to catch the next train, while she is reaching for the balloon her daughter accidentally let go of, she is pushed into the oncoming train by one of the main characters of Fringe, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv).  Agent Dunham wakes up from her dream, but sees the young lady from her dream on the news while she is having breakfast.  Apparently, she had committed suicide by jumping out in front of an oncoming train.

Agent Dunham asks her superior at the FBI if she can have special privileges into the case because it’s of special interest to her.  While there Agent Dunham and her partner and friend Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) find the red balloon still floating in the ceiling.  The young lady’s husband tells Dunham there is no way it’s a suicide, though the video tape from the subway tunnel clearly shows the young lady throwing herself in front of the train without the help of Agent Dunham.  Dunham is still convinced she played a part in her death, and Walter, Peter’s father and a scientist (John Noble) assures her that if so, it will happen again.

That night, Agent Dunham dreams that while she is eating supper, a woman grows angry with her husband and holds a knife to him.  Agent Dunham walks up behind her, grabs her arm, and forces the knife into her husband’s stomach, dropping her glass in the process.  Dunham wakes up and alerts the authorities of the murder.  She talks to the woman the next day and finds out the details of her dreams were accurate once again.

On a trip to the restaurant where the crime occurred, Olivia finds the same cup broken on the floor and asks the manager who was sitting in that seat.  He describes a man with blonde hair and a scar on his face, who Dunham recognizes from the subway surveillance video.  Back at the lab, they find the man that was described in the subway video.  Walter thinks that Olivia is dreaming as if she were the scar-faced man, and that in reality she had nothing to do with the crimes.

When the head of her division of the FBI hears of the feud at the restaurant, Agent Dunham requests permission to investigate into the mysterious man.  Agent Dunham and Peter travel to the mental hospital where the man, named Nick, had been staying.  The director of the mental hospital tells the agents that Nick was convinced he had been recruited as a child for a battle against a paranormal universe.  Upon further analysis, they find that Nick has the same birthday as Agent Dunham.

Agent Dunham believes that Nick has a “contageous” mood.  For example, when he walked down the platform, he may have been feeling suicidal, which may have prompted the young woman to throw herself in front of the train.  Agent Dunham reveals that she may have been treated with Cortexiphan as a child, the drug that Walter believes has a lot do with the problems.

Agent Dunham is put into a machine induced sleep, where she is able to walk in Nick’s shoes.  Olivia (who is really Nick in the coming scenes) takes a dancer from the club into his apartment or hotel room.  His ability to transfer his feelings in an extreme way allows him to make the dancer feel miserable and depressed, just as he does.  This prompts her to break a glass and slit her throat with it.  Agent Dunham (who is still walking in Nick’s shoes), then walks home, which allows the FBI to know the location of his home.

The FBI visits his home, where they find a wall of articles about the testing of drugs on children.  At the same time, Nick is walking down the streets of the city.  People walking down the sidewalk are drawn in by his emotions, and they follow him as he walks.  Nick leads the pack of followers to the roof a building, where they will all jump to their deaths.  Since Olivia was also treated with the drug as a child, she is resistant to Nick’s extreme emotions.  On the rooftop, Nick expresses joy in seeing Olivia, or “Olive”, as he calls her, but she can’t remember her time with him.  Nick pulls a gun on Agent Dunham, but turns it around to face him.  He demands that she shoot him to end all of the deaths he is causing.  To show that he means it, he “pushes” (with his mind) a woman off the ledge where she lands on a car with a loud bang.  This prompts one of Walter’s signature, funny-in-a-weird-way lines, “I sure hope she meant to do that”.  Olivia shoots Nick at his request, which saves the lives of all those that followed him to the roof.

It is then revealed that Nick is in a drug induced coma “indefinitely”.  In the final scene, Walter is shown watching a video with his voice playing through the speakers.  In the video, there is a smll girl in the corner of the room.  Walter is trying to console her (but it’s all just creepy) and then addresses her as “Olive”.

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4 of 5 Elephants

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Amy Poehler Spruces Up Thursday Nights with ‘Parks’ Debut

Doesnt she look like shes got it all together.

Doesn't she look like she's got it all together.

First off, I know this is a political blog, but as I’ve said numorous times, there is more to life than politics.  Sticking with that theme, I plan to do more of these entertainment style posts throughout the week.  Never fear though faithful reader, there are no plans to eliminated the wildly popular (slight exaggeration) “No Politics Tuesday”.  Those days will simply be more in-depth on the nonpolitical scoop.  So without further ado, I present to you the first non-political post made outside of “No Politics Tuesday”:

When I saw the ‘Parks and Recreation’ commericial last Januray, I was thrilled.  Amy Poehler had just left SNL the month before, which left a hole in my heart that only she could fill.  Her Hillary Clinton impersonations, though baring little to no resemblence to real-life Hillary, summed up her personality perfectly and were always hilarious.  Her great sense of humor also added life to the Weekend Update segments, and subtracted from Seth Myers overal suck factor that really brought down the mood.  So naturally, a show that starred Amy was something I had dreamed of.

After much anticipation, when ‘Parks and Recreation’ finally aired last Thursday after The Office (personal favorite show) I was beyond pleased.  You can certainly tell that it was made by the genuisess behind The Office, but it still remained original.  Leslie Knope, Amy’s character, is in charge of the parks and recreation department for Pawnee, Indiana.  Her boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), is quite an intriguing character.  He hates government and dreams of privatizing everything, especially the parks and recreation department.  Leslie also reveals she slept with Mark Brendanawicz, a colleague that she finds all important for her work.  “If you want to get anything done, you gotta ask Mark Brendanawicz,” says Mrs. Knope.  Her partner Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) is lazy, creepy, and confusing all at the same time.  One minute he seems like a loyal employee, the next he is passing embarrasing images of Leslie around on the internet.  He’s like a sneakier, more evil Dwight Schrute.  The pilot episode set the groundwork for some hilarious character development.

In this episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) gets the ball rolling on a new park for the city after much discussion with her government hating boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).  The park is slated for development on a lot that was abandon after it’s developer went bankrupt.  The decrepit state of the lot causes one resident to fall in, breaking both legs in the process.  Poehler’s character is oozing with likeability.  Unlike The Office’s main character Michael Scott (Steve Carrell), she is less about the funny business and more about productivity.  That doesn’t mean, however, that she isn’t funny.  Her sincerity over even the slightest of issues gives plenty of humor, and her off-the-wall communication skills are even better.

Parks and Recreation is a true gem that you should definitly add to your Thursday night lineup.  Anyone that doubts the potentail of this series must remember that even the award winning series The Office started out slow, and got better with time.  I feel very confident that this series is going to be following in the footsteps of its predecessor to the top of the comedy television world.

Don’t miss next weeks Parks and Recreation when Leslie Knope sets out to bring her new park idea to the public via the local newspaper, set to air Thursday, April 16th at 8:30 on NBC.

Rating:

4.5 Elephants

4.5 Elephants

Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere

**This is a new thing that I want to start doing with posts about commong topics.  I will go around and find thoughts on topics similar to what the particular post is about and post the quote, as well as a link to the article.

Critics say it’s a little too close to The Office (mockumentary style, talking head interviews, naive protagonists you want to root for, etc.) While this critique may be valid, I’m not complaining. If three Law & Order’s, and three CSI’s can coexist (under the same title no less) than I am a-okay with a show with a similar format to The Office. edubTV.wordpress.com on critics’ comparisons to The Office.

But to be honest I laughed pretty hard whenever she said anything throughout the show.  Her character is a bit dopey, really optimistic and super cute.  readwatchbuy.com on Amy’s character, Leslie Knope.

Overall, I think that the show has great potential. It may never be The Office, but it could come close. stevenmiller2008.wordpress.com on Parks and Recreations prospects.

Did you watch Parks and Recreation?  If so, what do you think of the show?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Week In Review: April 5th- 11th

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  5. UPDATE: Levi Johnston Says His Family Isn’t “White Trash”
  6. What’s Everyone’s Beef With Meghan McCain?
  7. Video of the Day: Barack’s Got Some Skills!
  8. Top Sites
  9. Video of the Day: American Idol Performances
  10. PolitiPoll Site Rankings: Check This Out!

Posts from the Week

If you missed these posts over the past week, be sure to click the article links to check to them out!  The posts are in order from oldest to newest.

Poll of the Day Results

April 4th- What Do You Think of Levi Johnston’s Interivew with Tyra Banks?

  • 54% of those that voted felt that Levi lied throughout the interview to extend his time in the spotlight, 29% don’t care enought about Levi to even read the recap/watch the clips, and the remaining 17% actually thought it was a good interview.  Maybe they were confused about which interview I was talking about?

April 5th- No Poll

April 6th- What Do You Think of Barack’s Reliance on a Teleprompter?

  • After Barack’s mess up during a town hall last week, it was quite clear that he was relying to heavily on his teleprompter.  72% of those that voted agreed with me in saying that it’s ok to use a teleprompter, as long as you actually know what your saying.  17% think that he should never use a teleprompter, which is unrealistic in my eyes, and the remainging 11% said that we should leave him alone.

April 7th- Who Was Your Favorite On American Idol?

  • For the 3rd week in a row, Adam Lambert leads the favorite idol poll with 28% of those that voted chosing him as their favorite; up 11 percentage points from last week.  The rest of the Idols stacked up like this: Allison Iraheta received 14%, Danny Gokey recevied 12%, Kris Allen received 10%, Matt Giraud recevied 9%, Anoop Desai received 5%, Lil Rounds received 3%, and Scott MacIntyre received 2%.  Of the remaining 17%, 7% said they miss meghan, and 10% said they don’t watch.  **Fun Fact** The voters in this poll “predicted” not only the bottom 3, but also that Scott would be eliminated.

April 8th- Whose Side Are You On: Palin or Johnston?

  • 57% of voters said they are on the Palin’s side, 28% said they are on the Johnston’s side, and the remaining 15% said they can’t stand either.

April 9th- What Do You Think of the Obama Chia Pet?

  • With all of the outrage over the Obama chia pet, I had to see what everyone thought.  74% agreed with me that there is nothing wrong with and everyone needs to calm down.  14% think it’s racist and horrible, 9% don’t know what a chia pet is, and 3% don’t know who Barack Obama is.  I feel confident they were kidding.

April 10th- No Poll

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Poll of the Day: Who Was Your Favorite On American Idol?

If you missed the show, you can read the recap here.  Who did you enjoy the most on American Idol’s top 9 episode?  Don’t worry those that don’t watch, there’s a choice for you too.

Thanks for participating!

Rick

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Week In Review: March 22nd-28th

American Idol was the subject of our first No Politics Tuesday!

American Idol was the subject of our first "No Politics Tuesday"!

Site News

This week saw many additions to The Conservative Journal, including:

  • The “No Politics Tuesday” feature was added this week.  Each Tuesday we take a break from the politics and the economy and just focus on entertainment.  This week, we kicked off “No Politics Tuesday” a day late with an American Idol recap.
  • This was The Conservative Journal’s busiest week this ever, with over 10,800 pageviews.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Top 10 Posts and Pages of the Week

Be sure to check these out, everyone else seemed to like them!

  1. Possible Candidates for 2012
  2. The Chosen One Will Triumph in 2012 Again
  3. Mail Bag: A Vast Array of Textual Remarks
  4. More From the World of Meghan
  5. American Idol Top 10 Results Show
  6. Barack Obama Reads This Blog
  7. Charlie Rangel Can’t Read His Own Writing
  8. American Idol Top 10- Recap
  9. Top Sites
  10. Mail Bag: Ron on National Debt

Posts from the Week

These posts were posted during the last week.  If you missed them the first time, be sure and check them out by clicking the article below.

Poll of the Day Results

March 21st- Who Do You Think Changed the Wikipedia Page?

  • We presented the evidence, and you voted to find the culprit.  In the end, the person you all thought is the conspirator of WikiGate was clear.  And that person is………. Joy Behar!  Joy was my pick also, as the evidence against her was compelling.  Here are the details:  Joy Behar had 35% of the vote, Michael Moore had 19% of the vote, Nancy Pelosi had 17% of the vote, Barney Frank had 15% of the vote, and Al Gore had 14% of the vote.

March 22nd- What Do You Think of the 2012 Poll Results?

  • In a vote that remained close all week, readers of The Conservative Journal sided with the poll that predicted Barack Obama would beat Sarah Palin if they faced off in 2012.  42% of our readers think that the results were accurate, while 39% think Sarah Palin could take Barack down.  The remaining 19% don’t know.

March 23rd- What Do You Think of Charlie Rangel?

  • Looks like I’m in good company around here as a Charlie Rangel hater, as 81% of readers of the site voted that Charlie Rangel has got to go.  A mere 5% voted everyone should just back off, and the remaining 14% don’t care enough to form an opinion.

March 24th- What Do You Think of Meghan McCain’s Interview?

  • Looks like there isn’t much Meghan love here at The Conservative Journal, as 38% of our readers don’t care enough about her to read the recap of her Larry King interview, or to watch it back online.  34% of our readers thought it was horrible and boring, while the remaining 28% loved the interivew.

March 25th- Who Was Your Favorite on American Idol?

  • For our inaugural “No Politics Tuesday” day, we asked who our readers thought was the best on American Idol.  Our readers chose Adam Lambert as the best with 20% of the vote.  The remaining contestants stacked up like this: Allison Iraheta received 16%, Danny Gokey received 12%, Lil Rounds received 9%, Kris Allen received 8%, Anoop Desai received 7%, Megan Joy received 5%, Matt Giraud received 4%, Scott MacIntyre recieved 3%, and Michael Sarver recieved 1%.  The remaining 14% of readers don’t watch.  It’s also worth noting that our readers not only predicted the bottom 3 accurately, but predicted who was going home as well.

March 26th- Did Watch Obama’s Press Conference?

  • 53% of Conservative Journal readers watched the press conference, but fell asleep at some point through the itnerview, 24% of readers didn’t watch because they’d rather have been watching The Wheel of Fortune, 18% couldn’t work it into their schedule, and a mere 6% watched it and enjoyed it.

March 27th- No Poll

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Week In Review: Postponed

I let the weekend slip up on me and will be postponing the “extremely” popular “Week In Review”  post until tomorrow.  It usually takes quite a long time to put together, so I will be working on it tonight and tomorrow.  Check back in tomorrow afternoon in order to see the post!

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Rick

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