Sunday, May 24, 2009

A note to our readers

Hey --
Another Sunday. A Memorial Day weekend and, yes, we're late.

Along with Dallas, the following participated in writing this week's edition:

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 Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends.

And what did we come up with?

Truest statement of the week -- We caught this in an e-mail from World Can't Wait this morning and otherwise would have no Truest. Debra Sweet wins hands down.

Editorial: Destructive and Deadly -- We have so many of the illustrations used in this feature. And this was probably the editorial just because last week we weren't able to use those illustrations.

TV: The weird week that was -- Ava and C.I. tackle the weirdos in TV and zoom in on three. This has humor and a lot to make you angry. Vinnie Warren needs to go bye-bye.

Little Matthew Rothschild steps out of the closet -- Short feature to make Dona proud. We actually will return to this topic next week. We had a lengthy feature planned and possibly as an editorial. It was on this topic but we didn't have time for it this weekend.

Roundtable -- A roundtable. So loved by readers, so loathed by us (because they take so much time).

The Nation attacks history again -- This wasn't planned. I'd mentioned this to C.I. throughout the week as I read the e-mails from the one guy. C.I. would listen and explain what I needed to link to for him to get the point. At some point, it became an article. I think when I (Jim, sorry) was telling everyone Saturday night about it. In some form or another, every thing in this was noted in my e-mails to the crank. C.I. would direct me over the phone to various journals (C.I.'s journals) and tell me to check such and such date. Doing that and reading those journal entries and letters to and from C.I. (including some to and from James Aronson -- C.I. and Elaine both knew him) allowed me to reply to the e-mails. This became a major feature and took up a lot of time. We considered making it the editorial but decided against it.

Jim's World -- We really didn't have a great deal when I wrote this. The illustration, as I explain, is a porn mag of Ty's and I explain who bought it for him.

The Iraq War Crimes coverage (or lack of) -- This is a repost and we couldn't spell check. It wasn't working and we don't have time to wait all day. So enjoy. C.I.'s breaking down who covered and didn't cover the War Crimes.

The digital divide -- Short feature that Ava and C.I. have been saying must be done for three weeks now. Dona sided with them this week.

The People Need To Sue AP -- We'd planned this in some form for a while. When AP grabbed another public domain photo last week, we'd already decided to do it.

Truth Talker of the Month -- Dennis didn't get a Truest last Sunday and that upset some community members. So we're noting his remarks here and giving him Truth Talker of the Month. Created just for Dennis.

Box Office Poison -- If we had an illustration, this would be higher up. If we had an illustration that was dry. Betty's kids and Wally painted one but it's never dried. So we put this down lower.

Rights Lawyers File Motion for Activists Indicted ... -- CCR press release.

Highlights -- Mike, Elaine, Kat, Betty, Wally, Cedric, Stan, Rebecca, Marcia and Ruth wrote this and we thank them for it.

And that's what we have. Finally up. Enjoy.

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