Sunday, August 16, 2009

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another Sunday. A number are returning home after a week of us all being together.

Along with Dallas, the following helped write this 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),
Trina of Trina's Kitchen
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

We thank them all and it was a real treat to all be in the same location together.

We wrapped up an edition and would have been done sooner were we all not exhausted. From life more than this edition. Ava, C.I. and I (Jim) typed everything. We were the only ones with any energy left. Dona, Ty and Jess took a nap and got back up for breakfast and for the note. Here's what we came up with.

  • Truest statement of the week-- Cindy Sheehan earned it hands down. It's great that she spoke out and it's a shame that others didn't join her. (In this community, Kat and C.I. called it out last week.)

  • Editorial: It can start all over again-- This is where we all call it out. This was the last thing written and I made a point to apologize to C.I. I asked that the topic be pulled from a snapshot so we could address it here. We did an okay job but C.I. was stronger in the snapshot. We were really tired when we got to the editorial.

  • TV: How a dud became watchable-- How tired? We planned an American Dad roundtable. We tried to do it last week but it was impossible. Finally, Stan said, "You know Ava and C.I. can write this and cover it in a way that has us all agreeing." We agreed with that and farmed it out to them.

  • The Joni Roundtable-- This was the roundtable from hell. It was great while it was going on but then we started noticing the time. If Mike seems brief, it's because he's going at the end and knows how many hours we've already spent. (Fortunately, he spoke early on as well.) This was hell to edit because it was so long. Hell to type for the same reason. But we love Joni Mitchell and enjoy this roundtable.

  • The Flim Flam Man (Ava and C.I.) -- Ava and C.I. wrote this one when we had worries that we didn't have enough content. When was that? After the editorial. I was the only other person awake and I worked on editing and typing while they worked on cursing. I'm not joking, they were tired and they were not in the mood for another article. (I actually didn't suggest that. It was suggested after the editorial was finished and if the man or woman who suggested it wants to come forward, that's fine. Otherwise, I'll remain silent.)

  • News from Iraq -- Dona suggested this mid-way through and did so because "We don't have anything on Iraq!" We actually did, but she was so tired she'd forgotten.

  • Amy Goodman doesn't give a damn about Iraq -- If there's anyone on the left who pretends to care more about Iraq and actually does less, we haven't come across them.

  • FSRN covers Camp Ashraf -- this is a transcription piece. We're noting FSRN which we don't do enough of.

  • Klibur Solidaridade Timor-Leste -- From ETAN.

  • ETAN to Gather in Timor-Leste -- From ETAN.

  • Nourish yourself -- A DVD and two CDs that are coming out shortly. Music's to be trusted more than politics. Especially these days.

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

And that's it. We'll see you next week.

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