Sunday, June 29, 2014

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another Sunday.  And look how early we are!  We've never been this early since our first year all those years ago.

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?

Peter Beinart wrote an important piece for The Atlantic and earned his first truest here ever.
Ajamu Baraka also earned his first truest for some strong truth telling.
And back to Peter Beinart.
We had thought we would have a brief editorial.   The more we discussed it, the more we knew it had to be a longer one.  I (Jim) think this is our best editorial of the month.

Ava and C.I. offer another masterpiece.  After rejecting my request for something on Iraq.  They said there was nothing to cover that they hadn't already.  I pressed.  They came back with, 'Maybe an update using Young Turks?'  They went to work on that and ended up with what I think is the best piece that's run here all month.  I was stuck for a headline (I write most of the headlines) but Ava and C.I. were listening to music (not on the playlist) when they went off to write this.  It included Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns and that title inspired the one I gave to their piece. 
Elaine wrote about this topic in "Waste of our tax dollars"  and brought it to this edition.  We thank her for that and I love this piece.

Short feature.

A major Supreme Court decision.  (You should also see "Barry gets spanked" and "THIS JUST IN! BAD BARRY GETS SPANKED!" by Cedric and Wally.)

As requested by many e-mails, we offer the second instalmment in this feature.  Betty and C.I. were adament that the choice by Diana Ross -- longterm readers will know why -- and we all agreed and then voted this album our top pick.  (Betty and C.I. voted for another album which we will include at a later date.)

What we listened to while we worked on this edition.
From Senator Patty Murray's office. 
From Workers World.

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

See you next week.


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

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