Open Thread

Seeing an open thread diary reminded me just how long it has been since we had one of these. So, use this space to tell the world what's on your mind.

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I thought this was called MyDD
not My due diligence... sometimes.

Chris, you introduced Rosenberg's corporate lobbying firm that vows to renounce ideologies... where is the "die diligence". Just because some one floats millions of dollars for corporations in front of "librul" noses... sounds like the time to make sure that these people are who they say they are.

I would like to see the same "diligence" given "DA" as was given to the Politus group.

by Parker 2005-08-09 03:20AM | 0 recs
Re: I thought this was called MyDD

Why is Rosenberg so important to you?

by SocialNetworker 2005-08-09 11:21AM | 0 recs
Re: I thought this was called MyDD
Because he part and parcel of the DLC. It is ridiculous to rant about the DLC then hop into bed with the NDN... since they are the same shit.

It is finally clear to everyone the enormous damage the DLC "policies" has wrech havoc on the Democratic party. One of which has been the NDN who funded candidates that would bow down to Al From and his cronies. Yes, they are not as bad as the Blue dogs but they are not good either.

What I find most dishonest about Rosenberg is the way he operates. He is basically a pimp that pimps Democratic politicians to corporate johns. Now he is taking the same MO and plans on pimping democratic organizations to corporate john aka Rich Liberals.

Even more dispicable is that he is pimping Al Froms "ideology-less" ideology which is a load of crap. And the fact that they are willing to enslave women just so that they can keep eating from the same trough as the fascist fundies is beyond the pale.

Because in the end Rosenberg and From do have a clear ideology which so far does not differ very much from the Republican ideology of corporate greed and christo-facsism.

This new out crop of NDN applications is just the DLC shedding it's reptilian skin...

Who does Rosenberg think is going to help with the GOTV, phonebanking and fundraising if he so willingly screws over the unions in favor of a dew pieces of silver...

by Parker 2005-08-09 12:11PM | 0 recs
Re: I thought this was called MyDD
SEIU is working with NDN.  What does that suggest to you?
by SocialNetworker 2005-08-10 07:12AM | 0 recs
No longer a lurker: a new guy looks at the blogs
   I have been reading blogs since last fall a couple of months before the elections. At first I just wanted to read what other people had to say, and to get used to the style and substance of blogs. IIRC it took me a while to figure out what some of the different abbreviations mean. I knew right away about the SCLM or MSM and also the VRWC came soon after. IMHO I think that too much jargon can get in the way of people understanding what is being said. Maybe it is just about learning the secret handshake to be in the club. Then again, if you type as slowly as I do a few shortcuts can be a good thing, I suppose. Maybe there should be a glossary somewhere (maybe there is but I haven't found it?). All subcultures have their own lingo. I'm a tax geek by profession and we have as much or more as any. How do you tell the difference between a tax professional and a politician? Tax people talk about the EIC--politicians talk about the EITC. Now I've lost most of you there but I can explain later if anyone cares...
by Zack from the SFV 2005-08-09 03:51AM | 0 recs
No longer a lurker- part two
   My two favorite blogs are MyDD and Dailykos (or is that dailyKos?). I feel that both provide a great service to the progressive political community but I find myself more attracted to this one for one big reason--this one is a lot less crowded. Today I read and commented on a diary on kos about midafternoon and by tonight that diary was somewhere on page ten of the diaries. It is great that so many people have something to say there, but because it moves so fast that you wonder if anyone gets to read what you write. Here there is a bit more time and maybe more time for things to sink in. Also you can read a lot of what is on this one whereas the other one has so much material that you really have to skip most of it. I do thank all of you for reading what I have to say--ultimately this site is about communicating and building a community (also kicking the Greedy Old Party out of power, and truth, justice and the North American Way...)
   As a political junkie, I most appreciate hearing what is going on in other places--I feel like we all have to take this country back together, and I want to hear different voices about what is important, without some of the filters of the media or the party establishment. I'm pleased that some people outside of California are taking an interest in our politics and not just looking to us for campaign contributions...
by Zack from the SFV 2005-08-09 04:10AM | 0 recs
Re: No longer a lurker- part two
sometimes objective, sometimes complete - sometimes worth it. mydd.
by turnerbroadcasting 2005-08-09 06:48AM | 0 recs
Re: No longer a lurker- part two
I agree.  It's very difficult to hold  long  discussions or follow things throughout the day  if they are not front-paged or bumped up to the recommended diaries.

I also like that this blog is so much more focused than dailykos.  Over at kos,things get much more "newsy," and a lot of the energy seemsto come from outrage at the latest travesty from the administration.  

Here at MyDD, I like the strategic focus and the focus on local initiatives.  It feels much more productive over here.

by prank monkey 2005-08-09 10:45AM | 0 recs
Re: No longer a lurker: a new guy looks at the blo
I'd like to second the call for some kind of list of explanations for jargon and/or often used abbreviations on this site...  The abbreviation for Republican noise machine one does figure out after a while, but I'm still mystified by 'trifecta', and the explanation of that one at didn't help much...
by tive 2005-08-09 06:49AM | 0 recs
Re: No longer a lurker: a new guy looks at the blo
Here you go.
by cscs 2005-08-09 07:01AM | 0 recs
Re: No longer a lurker: a new guy looks at the blo
Glossary here.
by cscs 2005-08-09 07:02AM | 0 recs
Re: No longer a lurker: a new guy looks at the blo
   Thanks!  and some of those definitions are so funny that I LMAO. (See that the way to learn new vocabulary is to use it in a sentence.)
    Also thanks for the other comments from you all about our online community here.
by Zack from the SFV 2005-08-09 03:38PM | 0 recs
Cindy Sheehan
Now a Gold Star mother has finally spoken the truth: we need to get out of Vietnam  ---oops, I mean Iraq --- NOW, IMMEDIATELY. When will one of the spineless Democratic politicans have the courage to follow this wonderful woman's lead?

Oh, Howard Dean --- that is, the FORMER Howard Dean--- Where are you, now that we need you so desperately?

by Jolly frog 2005-08-09 04:10AM | 0 recs
goin' to crawford
in three weekends.  =)
by annatopia 2005-08-09 12:06PM | 0 recs
Gold Star Mom
 Cindy Sheehan is a one-woman antiwar movement

Here is a little update on the "Gold Star Mom for Peace" via .... and you know I think the President misread this one ... he truly thinks everyday people are unimportant ... that they are just "Workers and Staff" and that have no say in the world .... this is a man of privilege who has never had to interface with regular working people with out a filter of staff to keep them at bay....and he just can not understand why she would be so upset with him ...

Steve Cobble: Casey's Mom at the Bat

by thealguy 2005-08-09 08:19AM | 0 recs
Young Voter Organizing
Chris and Jerome - kudos to you on all the coverage of "young voter organizing" you've bumped to the front page recently.   This is a discussion that needs to be front and center. As  I noted in a post a few weeks ago, over 17  million kids will turn 18 between now and 2008, and there's millions more between 18 and 24.  As Trippi noted in the WSJ, those kids saved Kerry from a blowout.  We've got to keep them - which means we need to completely retool the way we reach them.

On that note, (and in a fit of shameless self promotion), please check out my diary on this weekend's IndyVoter conference ifyou haven't yet.    Despite their reputation, it  was  extremely productive  and I  think they are onto  something.  

At the very least they're about 10 steps ahead of the Young Democrats of America.

by prank monkey 2005-08-09 10:46AM | 0 recs
The Religious Left
I could really use some help with something.

Go to Google and type in "religious left". You will notice that the first thing that comes up after the sponsored site is a site with the address religiousleft dot blogspot dot com. The description of the site startes out "Detailing the misadventures of the religious left ... His insights come from years of experience observing the religious left up close. .." If you were to actually click on that link, you would find a blog that only went up at the end of July. Now go to the Wayback Machine. If you type in that url I spelled out above, here is what you find. The archives you find there go back to 2003, and what you find there is a very different sort of blog than the one this thieving johnny-come-lately says he is creating. MY blog. That url used to point to my Religious Left blog. It was also my blog that Deidre Pike wrote about in the Reno News and Review in August of 2003. To find  out why that is no longer the url of my blog, see my diary here.

In case you haven't noticed, every time I typed Religious Left in this entry, a link goes to this url

The more people I can get to do that, the sooner I can take away S.B.'s unearned Google ranking with a url that was mine for two years.

by Renee in Ohio 2005-08-09 10:48AM | 0 recs
Re: The Religious Left
I read your DailyKos diary, and if I understand correctly, you never officially registered your URL, correct? If that is the case, you really have no recourse and shouldn't even be that surprised that someone grabbed the URL for themselves. If the URL is not registered, it's not yours. It's perfectly acceptable for someone else to register it. Once that happened, Blogger/Google had no choice but to dump your blog. Harsh, but true.

Actually, it is entirely possible that the person who registered the URL didn't even know your blog existed. If they searched the list of registered URLs they would have found that "yours" was available and they grabbed it. Don't know if that's what happened, but it's certainly possible.

Even if they did know of your blog's existence, there was still nothing wrong or illegal with what they did, so don't waste your time complaining to Google or sending your story to legal blogs, as some Kos readers suggested. There is really nothing you can do. You could always try to steal it back when their registration runs out in a year, but they probably have it set up to auto re-register, so that most likely won't help.

Registering your URL is about the only thing you can do to prevent this from happening again. Blame Al Gore - after all, he invented this whole Internet thingy, right?

by RepTroll 2005-08-09 11:29AM | 0 recs
Missing the point:
She logged in to her Blogger account to find all her blogs had been deleted, then somebody "just happened to" grab the subdomain she'd just mysteriously lost, and use it for a blog which essentially represents the opposite of her own. Get it?

The potential misdeed here is that somebody may have hacked her account and deleted her blogs, but at the very least Blogger (Google) had some kind of major f@ck-up that has cost her a URL she's used since 2003, and the top Google rating that attached to it.

"Blame Al Gore - after all, he invented this whole Internet thingy, right?"

And as long as you Reeps are clinging to fabrications like that invented Al Gore quote, why shouldn't we assume that events like this like malicious?

by catastrophile 2005-08-09 04:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Missing the point:
So does that mean Google is part of the VRWC? Man, that's scary!

All I was trying to point out is that if you don't own a domain, you really have no control over what happens to it. The BlogSpot terms of service agreement specifically states that they can "remove and discard any Content within the Service, for any reason" (emphasis mine) and that they "may immediately deactivate or delete your BlogSpot Site and all related information and files in your BlogSpot Site and/or bar any further access to such files or the Service". Now I know no one actually reads these things, but it is in there for a reason.

I agree that it is lame that they don't respond to Renee's queries on what happened, but it doesn't have to mean there is a conspiracy involved. It could have happened due to any number of reasons, including someone just simply screwing something up.

BTW, my "Blame Al Gore" line was a poor attempt at humor! I am sorry that was lost on you. I don't actually believe he claimed he created the Internet. He obviously misspoke, phrased it poorly, whatever. But hey, when W. does something like that, everyone jumps all over him, so why not a bit of turnabout? Sure George butchers the English language a lot more than Al ever did, but come on, have a little fun with it. Sheesh!

by RepTroll 2005-08-09 05:36PM | 0 recs
Still missing the point:
Snark and alleged attempts at humor aside, it's a suspicious chain of events.

No, it doesn't have to be a conspiracy, but if Blogger is in the habit of deleting blogs without notifying the owners, well, that's something we should know about.

If Blogger accidentally fried every one of her blogs somehow, that's something we should know about.

If their logs indicate that the commands to delete all her blogs came from somebody logged into her account, that's something she should to know about, and take action over.

And, regardless of what happened, she's perfectly entitled to let everybody who's posted links to her old URL know that that URL now points to something else entirely. Which is what she was doing.

So: What's your point?

by catastrophile 2005-08-09 06:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Still missing the point:
(Deep breath)... Well, I have tried to make my point twice now, but I will try a third time:

Since Renee did not own the domain she was using, things like this can and do happen, and there is nothing she can really do about it now that it has happened (in terms of getting back the domain; I don't mean she shouldn't be trying to find out what happened; perhaps that's where we had a disconnect???).

I agree that it is suspicious; I agree it sucks that this happened. If this was a hacking attack, then yes, that should be exposed. I agree Renee should be told what happened and why, but the fact that that has not occurred can be blamed on crappy customer service. And, I don't think I ever said anything in my previous posts to the contrary.

And yes, I absolutely agree that she should be informing everyone of her new link (did I ever say she shouldn't?) - that's exactly what she should do; resurrect whatever you can find and move on to another domain. Oh, that and register a domain this time around to prevent such things from happening again, which of course, is and has been my point from the beginning.

by RepTroll 2005-08-10 12:13AM | 0 recs
(Deep guffaw) . . .
With respect, your initial response to Renee upthread indicates you had absolutely no idea what was going on. Go back and read it again, and note comments like "Blogger had no choice but to dump your blog" and "try to steal it back when registration runs out," et cetera. None of it was the least bit relevant to her situation.

If your advice in the first place had been something like "next time register a .com or .org URL" I'd be more inclined to believe you were following the plot, but this is gibberish. So I think you were missing the point. (Then you turned around and tried to argue that Blogger's ToS mean we shouldn't be surprised if all our blogs simply vanish without explanation, thus muddying the waters further.)

Anyway, take care.

by catastrophile 2005-08-10 09:43AM | 0 recs
Re: (Deep guffaw) . . .
Screw it! I had another post all ready to go to once again try to explain myself, but I just ain't getting through to you, so I am gonna stop trying. If you can't see that I did try to advise her to register a domain in my initial post, there isn't much more that I can say.

Either you're just dense, I am stupid, or you're just trying to string me along to see what reaction you can get next. Whatever the reason, I don't much care any longer, as this thread is growing quite tiresome.

by RepTroll 2005-08-10 12:52PM | 0 recs
For future reference,
if I'm f@cking with you, I'll adopt a much friendlier tone. I'm simply pointing out that, if your initial point was what you say it was, it was very poorly made.
by catastrophile 2005-08-10 02:35PM | 0 recs
completely off topic
i'm quitting smoking.  any moral support and/or advice yall can give would be great.
by annatopia 2005-08-09 12:06PM | 0 recs
It just so happens over at Kos they have a recommended diary titled "For Peter: Dallasdoc's Stop Smoking Guide"

If you haven't seen it, check it out. Here's the first couple of paragraphs:

[Like many of you, I've been surprisingly saddened by Peter Jennings' passing.  Not that it was unexpected... the good ones tend to go fast with cancer.  This diary is my attempt to deal with those feelings, and offer some experience to Kossacks who are struggling with smoking.  Give us your ideas too.]

"Did you ever smoke?"

That's the common response when I challenge my patients to quit smoking.  No, I answer, but I've been trying to get people to quit for the past 20 years or so: probably about as long as you've been trying to quit.  In those decades, I've evolved an approach to the subject which is slightly different than the usual.  I've gotten quite a few smokers to quit who haven't been able to any other way.  

Read this.  Check out other resources.  It doesn't matter how you quit, it matters that you quit.  Don't give up.  You can do it.  Millions already have.

Good luck!

by Curt Matlock 2005-08-09 02:05PM | 0 recs
oh yea
been all over that diary today.

it helped put me over the edge.

i'm not looking forward to the next 72 hours, but hell, better to suffer through it and live a nice, long life.

thank you for your good wishes.

by annatopia 2005-08-09 04:42PM | 0 recs
Campaign 2006
My name is Justin Sowa.  I am a Democrat running for Congress in the first Congressional District of Wisconsin.  While taking back the White House in 2008 is extremely important, winning back the House and Senate is equally so.

We all learned a lesson last Tuesday evening.  Major Hackett showed us all what we need to do to win.  We must stand up and fight.  I, for one, will follow his exemplary example, and fight Paul Ryan on the issues we all care about: education, national defense, Social Security, and the environment.

I would invite all of you to visit my website,  For the next 15 months, our focus must be on Congress, not the White House.

Thank you for reading.

by sowaforcongress 2005-08-09 03:13PM | 0 recs
Nixon bitch pushing Kennedy conspiracy theory
That Nixon slut Monica Crowley is on a 10 minute segment right now pushing the theory with another nutcase that Bobby Kennedy had Marylyn Monroe assassinated because she was going to break up with him. This is the same bitch that to this day defends Nixon's Watergate scandal and says Nixon should never have been impeached.
by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-08-09 05:50PM | 0 recs


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