Sunday, October 27, 2013

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?

Only one truest this week?  Well at least Norman Pollack was deserving.  Why only one? We got distracted.  As we were publishing, we noted the error.  At which point, Ava hollered, "Oh, hell no!  We're not spending 30 minutes debating who gets the other truest."  So we didn't.
There was a section of this editorial that I (Jim)  really liked but we cut.  I was for the cut.  But I brought in the film St. Elmo's Fire, specifically when Judd Nelson is getting a blow torch and Andrew McCarthy says, "Do not give that man a blow torch!"   I liked it but it took the editorial in another direction.

They were pissed about the roundtable.  Ava and C.I. had written this and wanted to go straight into their TV piece.  They were tired and felt they didn't have a lot of  time to waste.  (Before they'd be too tired to write well.)  This is an outstanding piece on Linda Ronstadt's new book.  See the roundtable for more on this but it's not what they thought they were going to write about the book.  They really do debate and explore as they write.

I happen to like this piece by Ava and C.I.  They hate it.  'But they hate everything they write!'  You are correct.  And I pointed that out to them which caused them to reply, "We hate this one more than anything else we've ever written here."  Okay then.  For others, I think they'll enjoy Ava and C.I.'s look at Dracula and Charlie Rose.  
After the roundtable, I demanded we all immediately work on this piece before it went stale.  Ty and Jess fact checked the piece (thank you).  We think it's an important piece and we hope you like it.  We doubt many others -- if anyone -- has written about the assassination the way we do here. 
In the roundtable, Jess mentioned we were hoping to do a film article.  Didn't happen.  Couldn't pull it together.  We saw the Google and quickly thought this could sub for the missing article.

The roundtable.  Again, Ava and C.I. wanted to write their TV piece.  The up there is, when they're pissed, they apparently don't care about not speaking too much.  I'm not saying, "They spoke too much!"  But they've never spoken this much, have they?  They didn't want to take part and they just didn't care.  But that actually makes for a more informative roundtable.

Glenn Greenwald.
Can a kiss cause that much trouble?
We test a candy which was suggested by reader Paige.  Thank you, Paige.
Senator Patty Murray press release.
Senator Charles Schumer press release.

Repost from Great Britain's Socialist Worker.
C.I. repost.  And we're missing something so we need to stop the note and look.  Okay, a Workers World repost is not here.  We don't know what happened.  We had copied and pasted one.  Who knows.  We'll include them next week.  But this piece by Teresa Gutierrez is what we had planned to include this edition.

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

That's it for this week.


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

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