Sunday, June 30, 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.

Second up, we never had a true note last week.

If you missed Mike's "A new week," he explained that it hit the wall.  And then some.

Were we a band making an album, the easiest way to explain last week was Ava and C.I. walked out.  Elaine and Mike moved to Hawaii and that was among the things people were dealing with and I made the mistake of saying/demanding Ava and C.I. write an article about that.  I was told exactly where to go, told they had written their media piece and were not going to be emotionally exploited, and that they were done with the edition.

That left holes.  The editorial that we asked for suggestions on?  It'll go with our summer read edition which we had planned for this week but then realized we needed to do a real edition this week instead -- "real" as in usual, not meant as an insult to fiction or short stories.

So that's what we did.

And what did we come up with?

A veteran of truests.
And we believe a newcomer for the honor.
Iraq.  If we'd told you that after 'withdrawal' troops would go back into Iraq and no one would care, if we'd told you that in 2006, would you have believed us?
Ava and C.I. explore FAIR.  Had they more time, they would have noted the new FAIR TV -- a less than five minute segment that they note Peter Hart excells at but one that requires more charisma than the other CounterSpin hosts can pull off.
Reader Gilda e-mailed to ask what topics hadn't we roundtabled on?  That got us to thinking and is why we did this roundtable.
We just haven't been interested in comics of late and this article goes to why.

This is a piece on movie trailers which used to seem like such a treat but have become an endurance test.
The return of our popular feature.
Iraq piece.
C.I. brought this up and we all said, "Truest!"  But C.I. said, "It was June 20th."  We still wanted to use it.
Joan Wile's inviting you. 
Repost from Workers World.
This speech incorporates biography (Kerry's own life) and acknowledges that those 'serving' are not just the military.  We really enjoyed this speech.

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

As for the band?  We're back in the studio, for now.


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

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