Sunday, December 27, 2009

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another Sunday, a long one. There was talk of some of us taking the weekend off; however, the problem (you know the one) developed. So we turned out in full force.

Along with Dallas, the following helped on 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,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

We thank them all. We also thank Betty's kids for the illustration for the roundtable. But let's get there bit by bit. What did we come up with?

Truest statement of the week -- Kat led the charge mid-week for this to be a Truest. Even so, this might not have been picked if the writing edition hadn't lasted over sixteen hours. C.I. didn't even care at the end, "Let's just finish it."

Truest statement of the week II -- Helen Redmond on the 'progressive' Demcorats.

Editorial: 'Universal' health care -- There's no universal health care but when insurance companies pay your bills, we guess you'd be inclined to call it that.

TV: That fall season -- Ava and C.I. We had one big request (Dona and I), that Ava and C.I. write long. We wanted a major essay. We knew there was a lot to tackle and hoped to do as many short pieces as possible. Ava and C.I. tackled the fall season and so much more. This is epic.

Barack and Bush: Separated at Birth -- A short feature. As one of the very few sites to call out -- and to strongly and repeatedly -- call out Barack's broken pledge on public financing, we found it very interesting just how 'tight' Bush and Barry are.

Must see film for 2010 -- Stan and Ann are going to do some sort of a DVD feature this week which we may repost here. As a result of that, I (Jim) started saying we should kill our planned movie feature for the end of the year. Jess pointed out that it didn't have to be what we usually did. Which stuck in my head when Dona and I watched More America Graffiti.

Iraq: The War Continues -- A very short feature.

The Best Actress of the 20th Century -- We've been talking about this feature for weeks. Generally when another woman mentions, "Hepburn, she came on to me too!" We're not sure how successful she was, but she was certainly the pitcher. Sadly that doesn't come across onscreen where she's the eternal virgin and just gets worse year after year. The best actress in films? Not Hepburn. And we're serious that Joan Crawford was a better actress than Hepburn.

Ty's Corner -- Ty's mega piece that we all love. Except Ty. He'd planned to go back in and put in various links. Why spoon feed? And that last sentence? I thought it qualified for a "Truest" of the week.

Roundtable -- We roundtable the week's big issue.

Idiot of the Week -- He really is an idiot.

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

And that's what we came up with. If you found something that made you laugh, great, ditto if made you mad. But, if you're not getting it, we don't support sexism. And we don't support silence in the face of sexism. And we don't support attacking your own readers (or erasing them) because they won't go along with sexism. See you next week.

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