Sunday, September 10, 2006

A Note to Our Readers

Hey --
Another Sunday. What have we got?

Highlights? We got 'em:

Music Spotlight: Kat on Michael Franti & Spearhead's Yell Music!
Humor Spotlight: Wally on the Closed Caption Scandal!
Blog Spotlight: Rebecca on the GOP's "Dirty Depends"
C.I. on the little noted death toll
Blog Spotlight: Mike, tired but standing
Blog Spotlight: Elaine on the progress
Ruth's Report
Humor: Bully Boy Press & Cedric's Big Mix cover the Senate Intel Report
Humor Spotlight: Betty's "The Central Proof"
Blog Spotlight: Cedric wonders who was it that was in bed with the Nazis?
Blog Spotlight: Kat walks you through the al-Maliki Shuffle
Blog Spotlight: Rebecca's "the mouse that purred for the bully boy"
Cooking Spotlight: Mac & Cheese in the Kitchen

We thank everyone for their permission to repost. We thank Dallas for the links and sounding board. And we thank the following for their contributions to this edition. The following worked on this edition:

The Third Estate Sunday Review's Dona, Jess, Ty, Ava and, me, Jim;
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude;
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man;
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ils);
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix;
Mike of Mikey Likes It!;
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz;
and Wally of The Daily Jot

New content? We got it.

We were going to make this a visual heavy edition (and did in the print edition) but went a different way with the online edition.

"MyTV's Fascist House" -- visual.

"Iraq War Vets hold press conference Sunday 9:30 am in DC at Camp Democracy" -- this was up two hours before the press conference began.

"Last Week In Iraq" -- is it new content? C.I. says no. We say yes. We did a whopping single paragraph, granted. But when Iraq coverage is so little covered . . .

"Listened to while working on this edition: Michae..." -- we forgot to title this in our haste.

"The People Speak September 15-17" -- PSA for an event you should go to if you're in the NYC area. (We relocated to the West coast, we won't be there.)

"No Link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda -- none" -- we tried to be clear in this, realizing how hard headed some are and how some enable the administration.

"Hint, hint" -- our essay. We have no problem calling The Nation out (and have before) but we focused on it due to its reach (and we noted they did offer some coverage of Iraq this summer and that they wouldn't make our top ten lists of indeymedia resources that forgot about the war). Betty's line in a roundtable gave us the title.

"The Real 9-11 Moment for Bully Boy" -- a reminder in a time of myth.

'RadioNation with Laura Flanders asked: "Are you ready?"' -- are you ready? Do you know what the 'long war' is about and what are you willing to sacrifice? (Juan Gonzalez is on Flanders' show today).

"Editorial: Troops Home Now" -- our relocation touched on the Sammy Powers for one reason, we'd addressed it before. We heard from regular readers, we heard from new readers, we heard from people attempting to address Darfur through peaceful means who agreed with us that the War Hawks on the issue (the ones wanting the US military sent in) are giving the effort a bad name. All the e-mails except one (noted in this editorial) asked us to please address this issue.
So we did.

"TV: Bo provides the B.O. stinking up Fashion House" -- along with the Darfur issue, we got notes regarding the relocation. In fact that was the biggest response to anything other than our editorial "War Got Your Tongue?" and . . . well any TV commentary Ava and C.I. write. That was the big thing last week (Ava and C.I. didn't believe it, they judged their review a piece of ___"). This one, the one they wrote for today's edition is probably our favorite of recent months. (Possibly the year.) It's funny, it's pointed and it's got a point (as you'd expect from them). We didn't write a line. We did send them back for additions by saying, "Wait, now, during the week, you had a great line about . . ." Because they were bouncing lines off one another all week. We think they were trying to be kind in earlier versions. (I, Jim, still think they were much kinder in print than they were trading lines during the week.) But it's hilarious.

And that's it for us this week. See you next week.

--Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.
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