Sunday, September 14, 2014

A note to our readers

Hey --

Yet another Sunday.

First, 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?

Last week, we never noted that.

It was a busy and tense time -- as noted at other community sites.

But reader Fran e-mailed to say, "You've got to do a real note this week because that Justin Rainmondo at is ripping you off."

Yes, Fran, I (Jim) created this note back in 2005 as a way to talk to the readers.

And our "A note to our readers" clearly influenced Justin's recently created "A note to my readers" which he also feels the need to publish on Sundays though with no hat tip to us, with no acknowledgment at all.

It goes to ethics, it goes to manners.

He's not a very good walking advertisement for his parents, is he?

But sometimes, we just don't have time for a real note.

Margaret Kimberley earned another truest this week.
As did Glen Ford.  When this feature first started, Dalia Hashad was the most often named for truest.  These days, it's Glen Ford.
Though it was supposed to end, it continues.  Many can note that.  Including, C.I. points out,'s Margaret Griffis  and Jason Ditz (see how that's done, Justin, just a quick shout and link).   Many can note that.  Why are we the only ones asking did the new PM lie about ordering an end to these assaults on civilian targets or is the military refusing to follow his orders?

Ava and C.I. take on Medea Benjamin and the harem of whores who rush to shield Barack from any and all criticism.  Isaiah loved this so much, his latest comic is inspired by it.
No, he doesn't.  He will spit on the families which using their dead loved ones to promote more war.

What we listened to. 
A quick piece to note Marcia and Rebecca's book reviews.
Goes to Mike Prysner.
Short feature.

And we just realized we didn't title this one.  We'll put a title to it. 
From Great Britain's Socialist Worker. 
From Workers World.

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

And for Fran who wished last week's edition had a note with commentary, I'll weigh in on Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The mob attacks Mindy."  I was 100% against this topic.  I wanted Iraq and demanded it.  They said they couldn't do it, they said they didn't have it in them.  They said Mindy and art needed defending and that's what they were going to do.  I said, "I'm telling you, readers want to hear about Iraq."  Ava replied, "I'm telling you, our readers will very much care about this topic."

A week later, who was right?


I wish.

This became an insta-classic with over 2,00 reads in less than 12 hours.  It only continued to increase in number as the week went on until, finally, early Saturday, it became the 10th most popular article of all time at this site (the nine ahead of it are also written by Ava and C.I.).

Ava and C.I. were correct to cover this topic.  And Ava was right that their readers would care about the topic.


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

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