Sunday, December 30, 2012

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another 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),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
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?

It's a two-fer: Liz Sly and Prashant Rao.

Nouri, Barack's tyrant that keeps on killing -- no wonder Barack backed him.
If you don't like the focus of this edition, blame Ava and C.I.  We were planning a roundtable.  We'd written the editorial and the Matt Damon piece and were wondering what else to do when Ava and C.i. finished this report on fall 2012.  As I (Jim) read it outloud to everyone, we were convinced that we needed to make it a 2012 year of edition.  So that's what we did.
At last, Barack wins an award he's earned!

Shonda Rhimes did bust her ass and Scandal has become a great show.

To clear something up, all involved in the writing of this edition had a vote on film of the year -- including Ann and Stan.  21 Jump Street was the obvious choice because it had something for everyone.

Betty's post needed to be amplified.  It says a great deal about science, about the press, about the country.

If Rita Moreno is not honored in 2013, people should egg Caroline Kennedy's home.

We were tossing around various books that came out this year when Ty said, "If we let our readers pick, it would be the Elizabeth Taylor book."  How come?  Their e-mails.  And Ty backed it up.  So this is the readers pick.
This was not a 2012 story.  It wasn't planned as one.  As we got our other pieces and were getting closer to publishing, I said, "Do we just toss aside the Damon piece?"  Donna said she could change the headline and make it work.  She did.
A repost of a press release from the US Embassy in Baghdad.

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

We also thank Ava and C.I. for last week's amazing edition -- they handled that by themselves, the rest of us took off for the holiday.  So great job and thank you to Ava and C.I. for last week's edition.


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

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