Friday mornings, the gina & krista round-robin hits inboxes. That contains great columns by Gina, Krista, Beth, C.I. and many others. It also contains polls and, most importantly for this discussion, the roundtable. That roundtable is done Thursday night. Most of us participate in that roundtable. Doing so requires setting aside a minimum of one hour each Thursday night.
So most Thursday nights, when we get around to posting, we just want to be done with it. That's why my cousin grabbed TV last night. He wasn't in the mood for anything heavy (we'd done heavy in the roundtable). If you check, most Thursdays here are light posts. When they are something more, I've skipped the roundtable. I did that one Thursday recently to write about Riverdaughter. A number of e-mails wonder where my next piece on her is?
I don't go that site anymore. But, I will urge you to check in at Third Sunday. Ava and C.I. have two ideas -- that if we pursue -- you will enjoy very much, two strong features.
But anyway, I could blog on a topic here every day of the week and Thursday rolls around and I forget it because I'm so tired on Thursdays and just want to go to sleep.
Oh, one thing on Bob Somerby yesterday. If I had mentioned him, I was going to ask a question. He wrote of Michael Bloomberg (Mayor of NYC) sending employees to Arizona to buy guns to demonstrate how easy that is. Somerby covered the press angle. I'll get to the basic money issue: What the hell is the mayor of a city doing sending employees -- on paid business -- into another state to play 'detectives'? New York state itself is being urged to cut public services right now and Bloomberg has money to 'deploy' 'detectives'?
There is important news -- and, no, it's not Egypt -- via Jason Ditz (Antiwar.com):
Senators are split three ways on how to procede with the forthcoming extension of the most controversial portions of the Patriot Act, with questions over adding some nominal oversight to the process and length of the extension causing serious rifts.
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The fighting is all quite interesting (and ominous) but will likely be meaningless as the House version of the bill is seeking to avoid the sort of major political battle of the others and will simply extend the provisions, oversight-free of course, for 10 more months.
Remember when supporters of Barack parroted his claim that he'd end the Patriot Act? Where are they now?
And where is this story? Lost amid the frenzy of Egypt. When that story's over and all the dabblers move on to their next big Water Cooler topic, remember they were silent as the continuation of the Iraq War was debated in the Senate this week and as the Patriot Act headed for another extension. But damn, didn't they write about "the Beeb" and those great aerial shots of Egypt!!!!!
They have wasted two weeks on a story that does not involve them and one that they largely do not understand.
In the meantime, very important stories are going on.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"