Sunday, October 14, 2007


This piece is written by Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude, Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix, Kat of Kat's Korner, Betty of Thomas Friedman is a Great Man, Mike of Mikey Likes It!, Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz and Wally of The Daily Jot. Unless otherwise noted, we picked all highlights.

Ruth's Report -- Ruth's latest addresses the issue of why, after you've informed online listeners of how important to you they are, you then attempt to 'beef up' your online presence.

"Disasters in the Kitchen" -- Trina didn't offer a recipe this week. Mainly because she was having difficulty posting C.I.'s Saturday morning entry (C.I., Ava and Kat were already on a plane headed home -- and the problem was with Blogger/Blogspot, Rebecca, Mike and Elaine all tried to post it as well with no success.). But also because she really wanted to emphasize that when something tastes bad, adding other ingredients to it will not strip away the bad taste.

"Friend or foe?" -- Betty's latest chapter finds Cathy Pollitt assuming the high profile position she will in Betinna's story over the next few months. This results from Betty plugging her into the storyline that was planned for Gail Collins back in 2005 when Betty wrote her outline for the site. Back then, Collins was an editor at The New York Times and it made sense for her to play the role she would. With Collins no longer an editorial, the role she was to play in the drama is being split between Pollitt and another (who Betty won't tell us!). She says Pollitt is the gateway to further "darkness."

"THIS JUST IN! BAMBI HAS TRUST ISSUES!" & "Can you trust Obama?" -- Wally and Cedric tackle Obama's latest nonsense.

Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Bully Mama Interrupts Playtime" -- You had to know it was coming. Since Jenna announced her engagement, Bully Boy's been playing dress up by wearing wedding dresses. Condi and Dick have noticed but ignored it. It was only a matter of time before Big Babs Bush found out and hit the roof.

"the horse race coverage" -- Rebecca on how uninformed the media keeps us despite the fact that they waste ink and hours providing alleged coverage of the 2008 presidential candidates.

"Robert Parry, Carl Bernstein" -- Elaine shares some thoughts on journalism then and now. (And asks some questions.)

"Iraq snapshot" -- Last weekend's edition was a nightmare. It could have been a free for all. Kat reports (and Jim confirms) that he asked Ava and C.I. (who had already written their TV commentary) at noon (on Sunday! when everyone was trying to get the damn edition done) if they could tackle Washington Week? No, they could not. There was no time to start a new feature, the point was to post what was ready and for everyone to get some sleep. C.I. addressed Washington Week on Monday. Jim asked that we note this snapshot and also says that C.I. and Ava could have done that here together on Sunday. (Ava and C.I. replied, "No comment.")

"Center for Constitutional Rights, Marjorie Cohn" -- This is a talking entry by Mike. Jim asked that it be noted and asked that it be noted it was "a talking entry." Mike was blogging at Elaine's office Thursday night while she was doing her group session. He was in a talkative mood and not watching the clock. He says when the session was over, he rushed to include the highlighted things in the title and get the post up at his site.

"the cowardly pelosi & the strong marjorie cohn" -- Rebecca says it all and then some in this post about Nancy Pelosi.

"Najad Abdullahi, Danny Schechter" -- Mike reports on the groups he, Kat, Elaine, Ruth, Rebecca, Ava and C.I. spoke with about Iraq on Friday.

"Thoughts" -- Kat explaining a piece and why she disagrees with the points of it (which, we agree, undercut the entire point of the piece being written and posted at Common Dreams).

"Some names can wait and wait and wait" -- Community member Lynda picked this as "the one to note from C.I. this week." It's addressing the issue of rendering the victim invisible, something we've seen happen repeatedly in this illegal war.
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