Sunday, September 05, 2010

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another Sunday. And we are late.

Thank you to all who worked 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.

And what did we come up with?

Tom Kent of AP earned it with this memo.
Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan continues to call out the lies of War Hawks.
Ruth brought this one over and we agreed it was a truest. Too bad it couldn't be said in 2008, however. (Yes, we said it in 2008 here.)

I (Jim) would have liked to have smoothed this over but there was no time. We were trucking along fine and dandy this morning and then Ava and C.I. both got sick (projectile vomiting) and we called a halt to the writing to let everyone get some rest. This editorial was planned and, where it works, that's because of the planning ahead of time.

Ava and C.I.'s piece that makes this edition. This is wonderful. They got sick just as they were finishing this. And you might have briefly seen it early this morning (5:00 a.m. PST) because Dona thought she was hitting save but accidentally published it. (She realized that 15 minutes after the fact and then pulled it offline.) If you saw the early version, you missed the last four paragraphs because they hadn't finished the piece yet (and you also may have seen some of the notes they'd written to themselves about the conclusion they were going for). This really is everything we could want from this edition, if you ask me. I thank them for this and especially when they were both so sick.
This is more or less their scraps. They wrote this and wrote it around left over pieces from the previous piece.

Ty mentioned the e-mail on Russell Crowe and Ava and C.I. and Rebecca were talking about the problems. Jess took notes and then we all worked on turning it into an article. The original plan was to have four pieces having nothing to do with Barack this week. We managed two.

This was supposed to be an indepth piece. Instead we made it a short feature when we regrouped this evening.

Our other non-Iraq, non-Barack piece. This is fiction and, as I promised several of you in e-mails and as I put into an earlier note, we are trying to do fiction throughout the year and not just during our yearly summer fiction read.

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

And that's what we got.


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