Sunday, January 19, 2014

A note to our readers

Hey --

Yet 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:

We'd planned to be all Iraq in our truest this week.  But when the Bill of Rights Defense Committee makes a statement like that, we pretty much have to note it.
Iraqi activist and novelist Haifa Zangana gets a truest on Iraq . . .
In fact, she gets two truests on Iraq. 

When does the western press plan to notice that Iraq is populated with people -- or that these people have thoughts and ideas and can express and communicate them?

Ava and C.I.'s masterpiece that they finished at 6:00 am PST and thought we'd be posting shortly after.  Nope.  We didn't have our ducks in a row the way they did.  This is really a powerful piece and led to the scrapping of the strong piece I thought we were writing collectively -- when Ava and C.I. went off to do their TV piece, the rest of us began working on a piece about the spying.  We didn't know that was their topic.  Normally, I would have bothered them to cover this but they're both still recovering from the cold-flu thing that's going around so I (Jim) was biting my tongue for a change.  When I started reading this out loud to everyone, I knew about four paragraphs in that they'd nailed it and we no longer needed the piece the rest of us were working on.

This was a pretty interesting roundtable.  I like that we had something different to offer in some of it.

If you missed it, Ava and C.I. spent about five hours researching in C.I.'s library.  They read about the Pike Papers, they read about earlier spying, they drug down some old Ms. magazines and read about TV, and more.  


Ding Dongs.  They were my weakness from about third grade through junior year of college.  I really wanted to love their return.  I think we all wanted to.

Ava and C.I. gave us Barack's line from the speech and we turned it into a short feature.  Along with a photo, you may notice this piece includes a list of "new" books -- like Sons & Lovers.  I told you Ava and C.I. were in her library.  They pulled the Times Literary Supplements  from 1913 and got that list from that and that's also where the list that pops up in the roundtable came from as well.  We thought of it as curios and wanted to work them in.

A quote from the Pike Report.  And we padded it out with another 'found' ad.  C.I. says this was Harpers and probably either 1975 or 1976 because they were going through those years (for the Church and Pike Committees).  "Sofonisba Anguissola has been waiting five centuries for equal rights," the ad notes. 
Unlike some people, we like Faye Dunaway.  A look at 80s TV in Ms. magazine, led Ava and C.I. to check something so they pulled C.I.'s bound issues of Variety.  While flipping through, they passed this.  Ava noted it was a great photo of Faye -- and it is.  She also noted she never saw that movie.  C.I. explained there were script and other issues and Faye passed on the film which, when made, starred Julie Andrews instead.  At which point, they decided to bring it to the rest of us to see if we could use it from time to time for some-things-don't-go-as-planned stories.  Absolutely we can and we hope you all enjoy the photo in the ad as much as we do.  Faye Dunaway's an Academy Award winning actress and one of our favorites.  Jess, Ty and I used to watch The Champ on DVD in college over and over and would avoid looking at each other at the end when Ricky Schroeder would be telling the Champ to wake up -- but Jon Voight was dead. And, of course, we also loved her films like Chinatown, Network, Barfly, 3 Days of the Condor, The Three Muskateers, The Four Muskateers, The Wicked Lady, Eyes of Laura Mars,  Don Juan DeMarco, The Handmaid's Tale, Bonnie & Clyde, Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Mommie Dearest, Supergirl . . .

A repost from Workers World.
Michigan Greens never stop fighting for justice for all.
A repost from Workers World.

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

That's our edition.


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

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