Sunday, November 03, 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?

Spencer Ackerman.  C.I. championed him.  Loudly and strongly.  In part, our objection was over the fact that he'd been applauded earlier (I believe 2011) only to turn around and rewrite his strong writing, to weaken it.  But C.I. made her point and Ackerman got his truest.

This was an obvious choice and no objections were lodged.
We would have liked an entire Iraq edition.  Didn't do it.  We may do some more pieces next week.  We tried two pieces on Iraq that didn't get posted.  They just wouldn't come together.  It happens.
Ava and C.I. take on the helpers.  
This fell apart.  It fell apart over many of us wanting the Wilders of On The Wilder Side called out.  When they were added in at some point -- sixth draft?  seventh? -- C.I. said, "I'll go fact check and article.  I'm done with this piece."  She didn't want the Wilders named, she feels they're not the most egregious and that Kimberly Wilder's no longer playing point guard for Barack Obama.  She left.  Her leaving the article in progress meant Ava left.  Elaine also said she was tired and she walked.  At which point, we had to scale back the article because it was not getting better without them, it was getting worse. A lot worse.  Dona found a way to piece together a lot of what we'd come up with in drafts while Ava, C.I. and Elaine were working with us and the article works.  But I had wanted much more from it.  In the words of Kat, it is what it is.
We've been meaning to do this article forever.  We finally did it.  Spam?  Yahoo lets you report it.  But attempts to trick you into clicking on a link that will then compromise your laptop or tablet?  That's not spam.  

C.I. found this.
Betty, Ava and C.I. brought this to the table.  C.I. knows and like Henry Jaglom but she loathes Peter Biskind.  She even said we might need to take a pass because of her friendship with Henry or do a disclosure.  No.  Any love she has for Henry is tempered by the hate she feels for Peter B.
C.I. and Ava helped Kat steer this topic.

Wally and Cedric caught this.
C.I.'s not big on reprints here -- feels they should go to other sites.  But she did agree since the whole rationale Mike Rogers has for supporting spying is based on lies. 

Press release from Senator Patty Murray's office.

Six senators write Barack about Iraq.
Repost from Workers World.
Mike and the gang did this and we thank them for it.

That's what we've got to share this week.


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

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