Sunday, February 13, 2011

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another Sunday. It was a long one. We'll probably have a few more like that in the coming weeks, just FYI. We thank everyone who worked on this edition. The credit goes to Dallas and the following:

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.

What did we come up with?

  • This statement.

  • And this one are both by Cindy Sheehan. There was a chance of making this a radio thing ("short feature!" Dona cried out). However, we really felt these were the strongest statements of the week and went with "Truests" instead.

  • First, the photo. Jess just looked at it and said to me (Jim), people are going to think it's a UFO. That flashing colored light is the reflection of a squad car's flashing light. This is an editorial about the silences. They need to be called out and they need to end and the US left needs to be informed of the demonstration next month. Thus far, very few domestic left outlets have bothered to note the US, let alone that there's a demonstration being organized.

  • Ava and C.I. tackle a new sitcom. Brendan e-mailed to say he's guessing Ava and C.I. will tackle entertainment programming between "now and March 19th because they'll guess that they'll reach more people about the demonstration that way." They're including the poster for the March demonstration in their TV articles these days to help get the word out. As for Brendan's guess, Ava says, "It is true that, with an entertainment program piece, we will reach people that might not otherwise hear about the demonstration. But we have no big plans. Nothing's mapped out. We may review a Fox entertainment show next week, but Sunday's so far ahead it'll depend on what we have to watch and read over if we do an entertainment show."

  • This is a piece I think is important and one that I think goes to how much time the left wasted in the last weeks. This is the sort of the story that has all the elements. It made a blip in the MSM. It could have done more than that if the so-called left media had bothered to cover it. But The Nation, The Progressive, Pacifica Radio, et al had other things to do.

  • Our music magazine survey.

  • And our political magazine survey. We started with just a political magazine survey a long, long time ago. Then one of our regular readers learned she was deploying to Iraq. The survey articles are among her favorite. So, at her request, we have continued the political magazine ones and expanded to include the music mags. We try to do these at least once amonth.

  • Our roundtable. It's a grab bag.

  • From Etan.

  • And Mike and the gang wrote this and we thank them for it.

That's what we ended up with. Hopefully something in the mix appealed to (or enraged) you.


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