Sunday, January 30, 2011

A note to our readers

Hey --

What happened? Personal plans. We started this edition at 3:00 p.m. (PST) so we actually did it very quickly. We may do that again in the near future because so many of us loved being able to sleep Saturday night. We'll see.

But we thank everyone for their help. The credits for it are 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.

And what did we come up with?

Another truest from Cindy Sheehan.
And another from John Walsh. This week was difficult on truest because we ended up with 12 strong nominees. These were the two we went with.

I (Jim) doubt we worked as long on any other feature and the primary time consumer was adding up the tolls for dead and wounded. That's why, in fact, we avoid doing that on a weekly basis as we used to. But it was important for this editorial. This editorial actually has two topics and, for a bit, we toyed with the second half and making that the focus of the edition.

Had we done what I was talking about in the above paragraph, we would have fit in nicely with this piece by Ava and C.I. We copied them in our editorial by pasting in the flier for the March event. As they've done before in the lead up to the big protests, Ava and C.I. will be running that flier in every TV article they write between now and the big day. You can find more information on the protest at A.N.S.W.E.R.
This is a piece on the State of the Union. I asked Ava and C.I. to cover it because it is TV. They said, "In a four hour session, you're expecting us to participate on an editorial and other features and also write two pieces all by ourselves?" Okay, so not happening. Instead we did this roundup of viewpoints from various points on the political spectrum.

This piece is Mike's credit. He brought this in asking who the heck this guy was? Elaine and C.I. know him and were more than eager to tackle the topic.

Egypt. This is on the ground reporting from England's Socialist Worker.
And we get another take on it via Workers World. So those are the two Egypt pieces. Had we more than four hours this week we might have offered something on Egypt ourselves. We would have, for sure, tackled Dandelion Salad (we're grabbing it next week) and the last time a certain magazine was worth reading.

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

And that's what we ended up with.


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