Sunday, February 20, 2011

A note to our readers

Hey --

Yeah, we're late. But it's still Sunday on the West Coast and that's where we live now . . . so . . .

We thank everyone who worked on this edition, 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 Betty's oldest son.

What did we come up with?

  • There wree many, many nominees this week. We thought we'd narrow it down to the Nir Rosen attack on Lara Logan. That still a lot to chose from.

  • This is Mary Elizabeth Williams' second truest this year.

  • Our Iraq feature. We had hoped to do at least three Iraq War features. Sadly, there wasn't time. We tried to plug as much into the editorial as we could.

  • Ava and C.I.'s hilarious take on the new CBS crime drama. When I (Jim) read this out lout to everyone, there was a lot of laughter. An e-mail came in noting that Ava and C.I. are promoting the DC protest next month in their TV pieces. The e-mailer wondered if they or we or anyone was being paid to do so? No. They're just attempting to get the word out.

  • As I write this, 79 people have already read it according to the site stats. At least 79, Dona points out. 79 have clicked on it specifically as opposed to reading it by scrolling down the home page. This is epic and says so much. This really is a defining piece and I congratulate Ava and C.I. on this one.

  • Dona did this piece to allow Ava and C.I. to touch on some aspects they tried to squeeze into the article or hoped to but just weren't able to. This is a strong feature all by itself. However, special credit needs to go to Kat, Isaiah and Betty's oldest son. Look at that illustration. I was asking what we'd use for this piece to illustrate it and Dona said to just use the thing Ava and C.I. were using. Which would mean two pieces in a row with the same illustration. That's when Kat and Isaiah were talking and Betty's son said that a drawing like in the comic book Scarlet would be interesting. So the three of them went to work attempting to create something similar to the panels in the comic book Scarlet. I think they achieved that. I love their illustration.

  • In the what? We were reminded it had been some time since we had done a comic piece. Please, remind us before Saturday night. We rushed over to a store one of C.I.'s friends owns and got permission to stay late to grab up comics. However, we didn't need to stay late because other patrons were very vocal about what comics with female leads needed attention and which ones didn't. This was a fun feature for those of us on the West Coast. Those participating by phone relied on scans to read the bulk of the comics.

  • Ray had a real pretty story. Too bad it wasn't true. And, for the record, stand in front of me at a concert, Ray, and your problem won't be security. In fact, you'll be screaming for security if you do that.

  • Workers' World had this very interesting article.

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


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