Sunday, February 15, 2009


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, Ruth of Ruth's Report, Marcia of SICKOFITRADLZ, Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends and Wally of The Daily Jot. Unless otherwise noted, we picked all highlights.

"Roundtable on Iraq," "IRAQ ROUNDTABLE," "Roundtable on Iraq," "roundtable on iraq," "Iraq Roundtable," "Iraq roundtable in the Kitchen," "Iraq roundtable" and "Iraq roundtable" -- This is an Iraq roundtable (which Jim and Dona say will be reposted here in this week's editiion). It wasn't planned ahead of time. The participants were Cedric, Betty, Rebecca, Mike, Wally, Kat, Trina, Ava and C.I. What happened was Rebecca and Kat couldn't find anything they wanted to blog about Friday night. They talked about a roundtable and Ruth, Elaine, Stan and Marcia had already started their blogging posts. So they asked to see if anyone else was having trouble with a topic? Trina was, Betty said she had a topic but if there was a roundtable, count her in, Cedric said it would be nice to have a non-humor post and "sit at the Grown Ups table" for a night. (Cedric and Wally do humorous joint-posts.) Rebecca roped in Ava and C.I. and we had a solid group for a roundtable. It was an intersting mix of topics and there were additional aspects we could have explored had time not run out. But when we read over it, what stands out the most to us is how much there is to talk about Iraq and how little attention it receives.

"Iraq" -- Ruth already had three Iraq related news items she wanted to highlight Friday night.

"Copacabana" -- Friday night for Stan is movie night and here he's discussing a Groucho Marx movie.

Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Little Dicky Breaks It Down" -- Isaiah's latest comic. Little Dicky the Libertarian posing as a Democrat that you love to hiss. :D

"I Hate The War" -- Most requested highlight of the week and here C.I.'s offering a look at Iraqi elections.

"Kat's Korner: Tracy Chapman's truly amazing Our Bright Future" and "Kat's Korner: Springsteen's serving up a dud" -- Kat's two amazing CD reviews on Tracy Chapman (went up last Sunday) and Springsteen (went up the day before Chapman).

"Fear monger Barack needs to dial it down" -- Trina states the obvious.

"Pathetic Michelle Obama" -- We agree with Betty's post 100%. We have NO respect for "Mrs. Obama."

"calling out the gaza posers" -- Rebecca notices how -- for yet another week -- our so-called brave left ignores Iraq to continue their Gaza gas bagging.

"Put a doctor in charge of HHS" -- Ruth advocates for a docter as Health and Human Services Secretary.

"Leahy's speech" -- Senator Patrick Leahy spoke out last week calling for a truth commission.

"Ass Kiss of the Week: Danny Schechter" -- Marcia spoke the truth. Not a one of us would slam her for it. Thank you, Marcia.

"E-mail responses" -- Marcia responding to e-mails (something we should all remember to do).

"The pretend press conference" -- Stan takes on Barack's play acting at open and communicative.

"Isaiah's comic, Heroes" -- Elaine offers her thoughts on Heroes (which she watched Monday). In doing so, if you're not catching it, she's making a critique of other Monday TV events and their importance or lack of it.

"Barry's latest farce," "Barack's farce, the US folly" and "THIS JUST IN! BARACK IS TARTUFFE!" -- Mike, Cedric and Wally and grouped together because of their use of the non-copyrighted term "farce." They received e-mails asking who ripped off who? Uh, no one. In fact, last Sunday, as we were discussing the then-upcoming press conference, a number of us were using farce. We think it was Kat or C.I. who first called it that (Kat doesn't remember which and says, "I can't believe you even think I might remember.").

"al-Maliki and the Baathists" -- Who enforced the black out on this topic in US outlets? C.I. got sick of the lying for al-Maliki Wednesday morning and wrote about the big topic in Iraqi newspapers on Monday and Tuesday, the one the US outlets weren't covering. The following evening, Trenton Daniels would offer a white wash of the topic at McClatchy.

"Barack's first public lie as president" -- C.I. again with an important catch.

"iraq" -- Rebecca writing about Iraq.

"Scholastic Books" -- Are Scholastic Books offering more toys than books? Ruth offers some thoughts.

"Vivian Gornick reminds us how little has changed" -- Stan passes on some stuff to Kat and Kat decides to open with a letter to Harper's that's still pertinent today.

"Oh those idiots at Democratic Underground" and "Barack's disgusting cult" -- Marcia and Stan on the SICK F**KS at Democratic Underground who wish Barack could be a dictator.

"Feminism and deranged David Sirota" -- Elaine also notes something Stan passed on to her and writes about wack-job Sirota.

"Schuyler Fisk (good) and other things (bad)" -- Mike offers up a mini-review of Schuyler Fisk's new album The Good Stuff.

"Robert Gates attacks presidents going back to FDR!" and "THIS JUST IN! GATES ATTACKS FORMER PRESIDENTS!" -- Cedric and Wally on Bobby Gates latest attack on the presidency.

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