You should grab Stevie Nicks' new In Your Dreams album -- as a download or the physical CD. It's a great album. If you don't believe me, go read Kat's "Kat's Korner: The vision and authenticity of Stevie Nicks."
And if you're needing a laugh, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Family Affair" went up yesterday.
David North has an article at WSWS that I love. Here's a sample:
For the past week, the Obama administration and the media have attempted to generate enthusiasm in the American public over the killing of Osama bin Laden. No sooner had Obama completed his speech announcing Bin Laden’s death than the media broadcast images of students outside the White House spontaneously celebrating the news. Though the presence of beer bottles and signs of public inebriation detracted seriously from the scene’s “iconic” value, it was intended, quite obviously, to serve as a demonstration of an outpouring of popular support for the assassination.
In fact, there has been little sign that Bin Laden’s killing has evoked among the broad mass of the American people anything approaching the wild enthusiasm of the media. Except for a small number of orchestrated events, the American people have during the past week gone about their increasingly difficult lives as they normally do. They did not regret Bin Laden’s death, but they saw no reason to participate in the media’s celebration of his killing. Despite all the efforts over the past 30 years to extinguish democratic consciousness among the people, it still exists. The practice of “targeted killings” is not a popular one.
The media, which seems to sense the public’s unease, has responded with increasing belligerence. In a column published Sunday in the New York Times entitled “Killing Evil Doesn’t Make Us Evil,” Maureen Dowd lashed out at expressions of public doubt about the legitimacy of Bin Laden’s assassination. She denounced the “inane debate” over the legality of the killing. “I want memory, and justice, and revenge,” she declaimed. Ms. Dowd does not recognize that there is a basic incompatibility between justice, which is an ideal embedded in democratic principles, and revenge, the pursuit of which has sent lynch mobs into action.
There's stuff in there I'm going to carry to Third next Sunday and try to get it a Truest statement of the Week. There are a lot in the essay that qualify for that honor.
It wrapped up the season.
I love the show.
I want it to come back.
But the season finale underwhelmed me.
I told you last time that we were ten years or so in the future at the end of the episode. We stayed there for all but the last ten or so minutes.
In the future, Walter is in prison for some awful thing he did. Peter and Olivia are married. Olivia's niece (Rachel's daughter) is both Juno (the Juno actress played her, I believe) and a Fringe agent. Astrid's an agent as well.
I know, I know, who died?
If someone died on that episode it was Peter.
In the future, Walternet shot Olivia. She was dead. Walter figured out how Peter could alter time and then realized (Walter did) that he (Walter) was the "first people" because he'd gone back in time to drop off the machine they were using.
So Peter gets back in time to the present and he's able to pull both worlds together to have both Olivias and both Walters facing one another and then he disappears mid-sentence. He's taken away. So apparently, he somehow got erased from present day.
I don't know, the whole thing was confusing.
And I didn't want 20 years in the future then worlds merging.
SO that's me.
Dallas and the following people helped on Third:
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),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
What did we come up with:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: The very fabric of Iraqi life
- TV: The show that keeps getting worse
- Ass of the Week
- Snipping Tool snapped
- You might be a Republican . . .
- Thankful for Liane Hansen
- Dear House Foreign Affairs Middle East Subcommitee...
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"