Sunday, November 02, 2008

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another Sunday. What have we got? Let's start with who helped. The list includes Dallas and:

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

And Isaiah. We thank them all.

Truest statement of the week I -- Joshua Frank. He deserves it and we wanted to do more with it but there wasn't time.

Truest statement of the week II -- Susan who is also deserving, Susan Nunes.

Truest statement of the week III -- RN Jr (I'll mispell if I try to spell it right, so initials will do) was part of a documentary Ava and C.I. wanted to note weeks ago but I begged and pleaded with them to cover something else. So he's earned a truest and more.

Editorial: Silence -- Syria was attacked last week and not many seemed to care. Syria was attacked by the US and no one forced the White House to answer as to why. For those who wonder what happens after the election, these are the sort of topics we've covered before and will return to covering.

TV: The Uglies -- I (Jim) begged and pleaded for Ava and C.I. to grab some stuff this week. What they wanted to do was cover SNL (as requested by SNL friends) and Tavis Smiley's PBS show -- the appearance by Labelle. They may grab it next week. I like the way this turned out but Ava and C.I. do not.

Robin Morgan: Troll (Ava and C.I.) -- Jess broke a tooth during the writing edition. How? He was eating but nothing with a bone. (Vegetables, he's a vegetarian.) He was in pain and the writing edition was placed on hold early this morning as we got him an emergency dentist visit. When we came back to the edition, Jess was doped up and we knew we didn't have time to argue about anything. So we quickly divided up. Ava and C.I. grabbed this topic and felt they had damn little to say (read it and disagree) but knew Isaiah was blocked for a cartoon idea so they called him with a few suggestions and he provided this one which will run at TCI and also appears here. Thank you to Isaiah.

Heroes and villains -- Kat and C.I. came up with the Beach Boys opening. Dona pieced together scraps from four features that were killed online. If it works for you, great. If it doesn't, it wasn't written as one piece.

Only Once (Ty, Betty, Cedric and Marcia) -- Ty, Betty, Cedric and Marcia wanted to cover this topic and when we resumed the writing edition, they knew there was no time for a roundtable so they decided to write about this topic themselves.

Film quotes -- Mike, Wally, Dona, Rebecca, Elaine, Ruth and I worked on this (with help from Ava and C.I.). We did this before and it was very popular so when we were pressed for time, Mike suggested we grab this for another feature.

Uh, WMC, something's hanging out -- Short item that Dona and Rebecca led and largely did. WMC, cover it up, your bias is showing!

Matt Gonzalez asks the big question -- This is a reprint from the Nader campaign and the only thing (and only campaign) we're specifically noting going into this week's election. Those of us who declared (all but Ava and C.I.) endorsed Nader. So we wanted to offer a strong reminder of why the Nader - Gonzalez campaign is one you should be thinking about as you vote and we couldn't have written anything any better than what Gonzalez produced for the campaign.

Highlights -- Kat, Mike, Wally, Elaine, Rebecca, Betty, Marcia, Cedric and Ruth wrote this and picked all highlights unless otherwise noted.

So that's what we've got and we'll see you next week.

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