Sunday, January 17, 2010
Another Sunday. In fact, this is the fifth anniversary. Who would have guessed it could last this long? (Ava and C.I. swear we will not be here five years from now.)
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,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
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?
Truest statement of the week -- We weren't sure there was one and then we saw this article.
Editorial: The Haiti Distraction -- We did the editorial first. Sort of. The NPR link wasn't a part of it, for example. That was it's own story that we wrote later but could never get that article to work. So, at the last minute, we put in a sentence and link. The illustration is by Betty's kids and the only one of their latest illustrations used this edition. We had plans to use three more but the articles those would go with got scrapped.
TV: Counter-programming -- I (Jim) asked Ava and C.I. for two pieces. They said no. I wanted them to do a piece looking back at the last five years. Their argument against included the fact that this wasn't the 5 year anniversary for them. That comes in two weeks. Maybe we'll get the piece I wanted then. In the meantime, they wrote this which is a piece of reporting that you won't want to miss.
Iraq -- Our Iraq piece.
Race for the Senate -- This is a short piece done mainly because our big articles fell apart. We though polish would help them but each time we tried to make it better, it only got worse.
Pig Ritter and the friends who love him -- Yeah, we weren't going to let that slip by without comment.
Five Year Roundtable -- This is the fifth anniversary. It seemed like we should trip down memory lane. C.I. was against it and I see her point now. But the edition called for a piece like this.
The trade off -- Another short piece but you better grasp that this means no prosecution of Bush for his crimes.
Highlights -- Mike, Elaine, Wally, Cedric, Marcia, Stan, Ann, Ruth, Betty, Kat and Rebecca wrote this and we thank them for it.
And that's what we came up with. We'll see you next week and our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.
The military component of the US mission, however, tends to overshadow the civilian functions of rescuing a desperate and impoverished population. The overall humanitarian operation is not being led by civilian governmental agencies such as FEMA or USAID, but by the Pentagon.
Reality: The slashing of Social Security is being proposed (here for NPR's audio and transcript) and the left slept through that as they continued their drum beats for Haiti.
Everyone was trying to score points on the subject.
US President Barack Obama declared last week, "To the people of Haiti, we say clearly, and with conviction, you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need . . ." If you're an American whose lost their job or lost their home, how does that play to you. Maybe your response is: "Where were you in my family's hour of greatest need?"
FY 2010 HUMANITARIAN FUNDING PROVIDED TO DATE
Total FY 2010 USAID/OFDA Assistance to Haiti for the Earthquake
Total FY 2010 USAID/FFP2 Assistance to Haiti for the Earthquake
Total FY 2010 USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti for the Earthquake
John Hamilton: Also today an official Dutch investigation into the Iraq War concluded that the Hague government supported the war without legal backing, it did not fully inform Parliament about its plans. The committee's scathing report -- whose release was broadcast live on state television -- said the US led invasion probably targeted regime change in Iraq but military intervention for this reason was not supported by international law and the Dutch government was aware of that case.
Dona: And started flirting. At least you and I. And it was a pretty easy writing edition. Especially compared to the way things are today. We wanted to do group writing and we did that. And we only had two really obvious problems that night. There was a third but I'll let someone else grab that. Our worst problem was that we had a friend design a template during the edition and it was gorgeous and we all loved it. And then we go to publish our first story and somehow the thing crashes. And we spend forever trying to figure out why and can't get ahold of Paul, our friend who designed it, he's asleep and not answering his phone. I think we spent at least two hours tinkering with the template and finally C.I. and Jess said we needed to pick a standard template from Blogger/Blogspot or we were never going to get anything posted. So that's what we did. That took care of problem one. Problem two was our feature list. We were tossing out ideas and Jim said TV. He said TV plays too large of a part in college life for it to be ignored. Ava and C.I. both were against TV being included. And Ava wants to speak.