Sunday, October 02, 2011

A note to our readers

Hey --

For a change, an early Sunday.

First up, we thank all who participated this edition which includes 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 week we have three truests and they all focus on the same issue. This is Michael Ratner.
This is Mary Ellen O'Connell who teaches law at Notre Dame.
This is Vince Warren.

And the editorial is on the same topic as the truest statements. This really is one of the most important issues today. A major shift takes place if we accept that the president of the United States can assassinate anyone he wants, that he's judge and jury.

I (Jim) came up with the title. Ava and C.I. asked, after they heard my title, that I explain in the note that I'm referring to adult males who see Shirley Temple as the ideal woman. In this piece, Ava and C.I. tackle three new sitcoms featuring women. This is what they planned to cover last week but got sucked into Saturday Night Live instead. I actually asked them to cover something else but they made it very clear to me that this would be the topic. Reading it, I see why. This is one of those pieces that they write that is immediately popular and then, a year from now, becomes one of those pieces people just can't stop reading. Currently, their three most popular pieces are "TV: Cougar Town Roars," "TV: Aftermath leaves an aftertaste" and "TV: Why bad TV happens to good viewers" -- all three have over 35,000 views according to the "stats" section of Blogger/Blogspot.

We continue to pick ten books of the last ten years that you should look for in your local library.

C.I. brought a wonderful idea into this edition. It was poorly executed and didn't work. "Oh for ___," C.I. finally groaned. "Put it on hold until next week and we'll write it as a short story." We loved that idea. (This is the pitch that Marcia mentioned in a post last week, by the way.) But we were going to be short for the edition. Ava and C.I. wrote this to fill it out.

This was the idea C.I. said at The Common Ills that she would be bringing here. Yes, we finished this one.

A repost from Workers World.
A repost from Socialist Worker (UK).

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

That's what we came up with. And we are earlier than we've been in months.


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