Sunday, July 18, 2010

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another week, another long edition. 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),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen
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 thank Isaiah and Betty's kids for the illustrations and Kat.

What did we come up with?

Cindy Sheehan.

We knew we were going to make Lynne the editorial especially after we saw Isaiah's black & white drawing of Lynne. Betty's kids added some color to it (red is Betty's daughter's favorite color) and some effects with Kat's help. We think this is the strongest editorial we've done in months.

And this is the article for the issue. We love it. Ava and C.I. turned out masterpiece here. I (Jim) informed them this would be the feature right after the editorial. It didn't make sense to bury this. It was too powerful and way too important. Read it and you will agree.

Normally, their TV article goes right below the editorial. Ava and C.I. wrote this and I planned to have it lower in the mix. They don't fight about credit but they did argue on the placement of this. How come? Read the article. They felt what they were writing (praising the work of someone they don't care for) would be erased if this wasn't high up in the mix. So we put it after their other piece.

Ty's Corner is our Iraq piece and we thank Ty for that. He went off and wrote this all on his own to ensure that we had one Iraq piece.

This was a fun piece. Dress up Carl Davidson. Isaiah did the illustrations

Our roundtable covering Carl Davidson and a number of other issues.
Ava and C.I. heard this in real time and planned to bring it here but they got saddled with so much that there wasn't time. Due to Rivers attacking someone (next), they decided to tackle it now. We're glad they did. They wrote this by themselves. They refused a credit saying the piece was just a transcript piece.

Linsday Loham. Would a man being going to jail in the same situation?

Katrina vanden Heuvel is the editor and published of The Nation magazine. And she wishes, really, really, that some progressive women would get highlighted. But what can littlle old her do? Except maybe see that those progressive women got highlighted.

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

And that's what we got. Hopefully something made you laugh or made you think or pissed you off. A long session. Even I'm falling asleep as I type.


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