I Can Haz Concern?

As a longtime member of the Democrat Party (since Reconstruction), I've been very concerned this election cycle.  I plan to vote for the Democrat nominee (whoever they may be) but feel the need to detail my many concerns.

I am concerned that Obama wants to raise more money than McCain.
I am not concerned that McCain cheated the FEC.

I am concerned that Obama is an Ivy-league over-educated elitist.
Real men marry heiresses.

I am concerned that Obama is not the saint I assume others think he is.
I am concerned that Obama will campaign outside Ohio and Florida.

I am concerned that McCain is being unfairly attacked.
I am concerned that Obama refuses to be swiftboated.

I am concerned that Obama is not the saint I assume others think he is.
I am concerned that Obama will campaign outside Ohio and Florida.

I am concerned that Obama is a centrist.
I am concerned that Obama is a Marxist.

I am concerned that the MyDD community doesn't share my concerns.

Tags: Concerns, mccain, MyDD, obama (all tags)



What Iz Ur Concerns?

Tips and flames go here.

by Can I Haz Moar Snark 2008-06-22 08:21PM | 0 recs

by dystopianfuturetoday 2008-06-23 03:19PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

Now that was funny!

by venician 2008-06-22 08:23PM | 0 recs
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And this comment from YOU VENICIAN who said when one expects Obama to Oppose Fisa  w/ a filibuster:

Venician said "I'm begining to think what alive is really concerned about is a black man having all the power that has usually been reserved for white men. White men from the south appear to be running scared these day of just what will a black man do with all that power, and will he use it to exact revenge against the slave states."

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-23 09:03AM | 0 recs
Lurk moar

by JJE 2008-06-22 08:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Lurk moar

They make you take a test to drive a car, build houses and to prescribe medicine, but there are no tests required to post a diary on MyDD.  I think we have our priorities a little out of order.

by Can I Haz Moar Snark 2008-06-22 09:07PM | 0 recs
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by mikeinsf 2008-06-22 08:41PM | 0 recs
I am concerned

by your concern. Are you quite certain you're alright? Because, you know, you sound really concerned, and that's a concerning issue.

by sricki 2008-06-22 08:45PM | 0 recs
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I am concerned this diary will not make the rec list but am rec'ing it in hopes it does.

by MJJLWolf 2008-06-22 08:46PM | 0 recs
I remain deeply troubled
For it requires heavy lifting, you may end up in a truss
When you red-bait Obama from beneath the bus
by redwoodsummer 2008-06-22 09:04PM | 0 recs
Re: I remain deeply troubled

I'm not sure what you just said, but I salute your mentions of medical concerns, buses, and concern.

by Can I Haz Moar Snark 2008-06-22 09:13PM | 0 recs
Re: I remain deeply troubled

I guess I meant concern trolls carry a heavy burden...I know I do.

by redwoodsummer 2008-06-22 09:18PM | 0 recs
i am concerned that some people....

spend more time bashing mydd and troll-hunting rather than actually... um - talking about the issues.

by canadian gal 2008-06-22 09:12PM | 0 recs

...issues like reading so intensely between the lines to manufacture inconsistencies regarding NAFTA?

by Casuist 2008-06-22 10:04PM | 0 recs

like those.

by canadian gal 2008-06-23 12:25PM | 0 recs
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I am concerned that you don't seem to be concerned by Obama's links concerning Farrakhan. I am also concerned that you don't seem to be as concerned as I am concerned about the concerning fact that he went to a madrassa. Aren't you the least bit concerned?

by MS01 Indie 2008-06-22 09:38PM | 0 recs
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Willful suspension of disbelief.  

by BPK80 2008-06-23 01:38AM | 0 recs
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Coming from a guy whose signature is the purest unadulterated bullshit, that's rich.  50%?  Really?

by username 2008-06-23 06:16AM | 0 recs
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Ok, over 50% of the party voted for Hillary Clinton, if you want to be technical about it.  

by BPK80 2008-06-26 05:05PM | 0 recs
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Well played.  But you assume that 100% of that 50% feels alienated.  I think it's closer to 50 than 50%.

by username 2008-06-27 04:34PM | 0 recs
Repost from another list

From someone from another list that I found interesting:

The following diary is my answer to the over 50 diaries and hundreds of comments that have littered this blog over the last few days and as I see no end in sight - I will speak my bit here, and then retreat.

I will only address this here.  It will be posted - scroll rapidly off the board and I will have said my piece.

Catharsis for me perhaps, but that is a diarist's privilege.

Black people who have an experience growing up in rough neighborhoods, or going to prison, or fighting in the long long series of struggles to gain status as 100% human in our dear home of America are familiar with the saying, "I got your back".  

Anyone who has ever fought in the military knows how dangerous it can be to leave your rear unprotected and how deadly such an opening can be.  
This is my story.  All of y'all have your own stories.  Reminds me of an old TV series that used to open up with "there are a thousand stories in the Naked City and this is just one of them..."

(Thanks for rec'ing my rant)

Deoliver47's diary :: ::
In June of 1973 early one morning before daybreak, the door to the apartment where I was staying was blown inwards by a pneumatic battering ram, and what looked like 100's (but was more like 15 or 20) helmeted, shielded, automatic weapons carrying men burst in on me, where I was asleep, naked in the hot summer heat of an un-air-conditioned apartment on New York's upper West Side.  Startled, terrified, but unnaturally cool as my life flashed before my eyes I calmly stood up - naked as a jay bird and said in a clear unwavering voice "Well officers, I am obviously not hiding any weapons between my legs so could you please hand me my panties and lower those guns".  

Much to my amazement I didn't die and behind the Plexiglas shields several of the men started to blush, and sheepishly a young Puerto Rican New York City cop stepped in front of the Fed Swat Team and handed me something to wrap around myself.  

Before they could move any further as the weapons lowered - I stated loudly that there were no weapons in my house and the men they were looking for were asleep; one seriously ill, in the next room.
The noise had attracted my neighbors and by that time they were out in the hallways, craning their necks to see what in the heck all the noise was about and two of my dear friends who lived upstairs came flying down the steps creating a loud diversion which made the cops even more uncomfortable.

You see ,  they were drag queens, and still in full regalia from a night out clubbing they rushed to my defense - Shouting loudly "we got your back sweetie".   I shouted quickly - call my lawyer and call my mom.  They flirted outrageously with the cops making remarks about their weapons and the size of other weapons they might be hiding.  The cops and Feds were now even more disconcerted and confused and the neighbors in the hallway all started to laugh and shout out catcalls, egging my darling Queens on.

These two events - my nakedness and the hasty intervention of two men - derided in the streets as "faggots and punks" (back in the days before political correctness) saved my life, and the lives of my two comrades.  They had my back and as I was led away in handcuffs, by this time clothed (thanks to another intervention by that young PR NYC cop), when I reached the outside where the sun was barely beginning to rise - I was hit by the lights of flashbulbs going off - there were reporters outside, one I knew well from years of working with NY area journalists and I repeated quickly to him - call my lawyer.  I looked up and saw snipers on the rooftops, the sound of a helicopter whirring away overhead was ominous, and as we sped away,  under arrest I realized that the neighborhood had been blocked off as well.

I will not detail the whys and wherefores of all of this - suffice it to say that in time all of the charges leveled at me, and the more serious ones against my 2 brothers  were dropped.  They spent a long time in jail fighting the trumped up government case against them - and ironically what they were charged with was finally disproved because they had proof that the crime they were accused of committing was one that they could not possibly have committed since the day it took place in NYC  they were in jail in Georgia - having been arrested for driving while black - and meeting the description of "male Negros - 5 feet 6 to 5'll " wanted for a liquor store hold up.  They were not the hold-up guys but it proved to be a fortuitous arrest since they could not have been in two places at the same time.

But for a twist of fate we would have been dead.  Dead like Fred Hampton - murdered in his bed.  Dead like my dear friends who were shot on sight by Federal agents and all of the bullet holes went in their backs, and out the front - giving a lie to stories concocted to call the assassination a "shoot-out"; dead like so many other black men and women in America the police have killed in cold blood.  Try to imagine how it feels to have your photo on the dashboard of cop cars roaming the city with orders of "shoot to kill".  

I am a lucky woman.  Yes I had a brilliant lawyer, and yes, I also had middle class privilege.   I got bail - lucky to have a family friend who worked for the Justice Department.   Others were not so lucky, they did hard jail time. Those whose luck ran out - died.  I have spent much of my adult life attending funerals.  The funerals of militants, funerals of neighborhood friends. Funerals of children, killed by stray bullets.  Death is a fact of life for me.  

The charges leveled against me were backed up by wiretaps.  False transcripts of said tapes were brought into court.  My life is documented in thousands of pages of government documents which I can't even afford to obtain through the Freedom of Information Act.  I have never been able to use a telephone without considering that the world is probably listening in.  The Feds have copies of poems some of us wrote in 2nd or 3rd grade.  My apartments have been bugged. An amusing digression - my girlfriend Janet and I live in another West Side apartment and we could leave the house and actually "tune in " on the far end of the radio dial and listen to conversations being held inside our house, where we did layout for a radical newspaper.  There was always an unmarked van parked outside on our block - the home base of the buggers.   We would wave gaily at the van with its blacked out windows as we would leave and return from our daily shopping.   For over a year I didn't have to pay a phone bill.  The Feds were afraid that if we didn't have a phone they couldn't listen.  I made weekly calls to France and to Algeria at that time.  Some days I would make calls and simply lay the phone next to the speakers of the stereo and play new records by the Temptations over the phone - to my dear friends in exile.  I hope that Interpol, the Feds, the CIA and other police state agencies enjoyed the music.  

I have been taken off of planes and strip searched, on my way to conferences.  I am always viewed as suspicious in airports.  I fit some profile just because of my skin color.  My name makes flags pop up on government computers.

I have never had privacy.  My parents had no privacy.  I grew up under the persecution of the McCarthy period, and watched family friends driven out of jobs, and some driven to suicide.  I watched my father watch the backs of his friends, and I have learned how to be a trooper since the day I could walk.  My father's lessons to me were: give the enemy no comfort, don't rat out your friends,  stay strong and committed to struggle.  Keep your eyes on the prize, no matter if they hose you, sic dogs on you, spit on you or kill you.  We shall overcome some day.    

The Constitution that has been bandied about here in hysterical FISA diaries of outrage in the last few days has very little meaning for me.  Oh yes - intellectually it is a nice piece of paper.  Much of it was contributed to by the Native Americans of the Iroquois Confederacy , a people who were robbed, displaced, and cast aside by the" Nation of leeches who conquered this land" (I love Buffy Saint Marie - she tells the  history many don't want to  hear) in the name of the same Constitution.  The privacy that you are so willing to throw Obama under the bus for has no meaning for me.  I've never had the luxury to have any.  

For me - the Constitution might as well be toilet paper.  It allowed slavery.  It allowed Jim Crow.  It allowed women to have no vote.  It allowed black people to be cast as not human,  not full men.  It allowed invasions of tiny Islands like Grenada,   Oh yes - it has been "amended from time to time" but where is the amendment for the dead.  Can't fix or patch the lives of those who died because that piece of paper did nothing to save them.  

We the people of the United States...in order to form a more perfect Union of some of the people, some of the time ;  same shit- different day.  

FISA - yeah, unconstitutional.  So have all of the actions  that have taken place over the years  against those of us who are the minorities of America been unconstitutional.  Now the majority folks are awake and ready to holler.  Your  government is out of control.  Welcome to my world.  Welcome to the world of all those people around the world who have died as a result of United States aggression.  

Do I believe in words?  No.  I believe in actions.  Show me.  Just as anti-Vietnam War activists who resisted the draft showed me.  Just as white people who joined hands with black and brown people in the battle of Civil Rights showed me.  Show me that my fellow Americans believe in Justice.  Show me how you are gonna get a huge chunk of members of my community out of prison - prisoners of a War on Drugs.  Show me that there is a difference between two political parties that dominate this nation.

So folks started to show me.  Wary, cynical, tired of struggling to stay outside of the political process that has been my oppressor, and my people's oppressor for so many long years I listened to some young people who had a glow in their eyes and a song on their lips and they dragged me out of my leftist isolation - they said "look...things are changing  ...look... a black man is running for office...look...he is post-racial...look...please join us.  It can change, it can be different... and so I looked.  I laughed. But I became interested.  Maybe they are right.  Maybe I am just too old and set in my ways.

I turned to my husband and said, "how long before he is dead too?"  We know death.  But there are many forms of death.  The death of a thousand cuts.  The death of his dream to be post racial - because America can't see him as anything but Black.  The death of the idealistic cadre of young hopefuls who think they can fix a broken system that is already gearing up for yet another war in Iran.  I sit here and watch the television and hear that his wife is called a Black Panther.  He is branded not black enough, too black, elitist, Muslim (and we sit back and allow that to be smear as well).

But the young people said - hold fast.  We have his back.  We will marshal our forces.  We are a mighty Netroots Nation - we have found a way to circumvent the Traditional Media - we will fight and get him elected.  We have his back.   Come join us.  And so cynicism set aside for a few months, I did.  Tuned on my computer and joined DailyKos.

I watched as my sister feminists castigated him, as the race card got played against him, and I despaired here openly that some of you seemed to be deaf to dog whistles but I had patience.  And many of you had his back.  I suffered over at MyDD and almost gave up hope but I retreated here where there were committed troops, and continued to wage a guerrilla war on other sites.  Cause we had his back.

I watched as the firestorm began - the Reverend Wright issue surfaced and was looped and looped and many of the mighty Netroots voices quivered and caviled screaming crucify the Rev. - throw him quickly under the bus - there was much wringing of hands and cries for John Edwards or Al Gore,  and the trolls surfaced,  and yet ...many stayed firm.  They began to open their eyes to the foreign phenomena of the Black church - to the militant voice of Rev. Wright and some were even able to sympathize a bit, but as the episode continued everyone breathed a sigh of relief - young Barack would leave his church and all would be better now.  We have his back.  Let's paint him a bit whiter - make him more palatable to the Average American - you know, those "white" people.   Hard working "white" people.

Let's give his wife a makeover - she's a bit too angry and we can't have that.  Since bleaching cream won't erase her obvious blackness, and "otherness" we'll forge ahead and let everyone see how perfectly normal she is (even if she is black).  I chuckled.  Shook my head.  She and her husband resemble not one black militant I've ever known.  Nice people - such ordinary Americans - and the fact that this has to be "sold" is proof that we aren't as close to change as my young friends believe but I'll be patient.  But somehow people got confused.  This Barack Obama was their secret Panther.  He would take on the House and the Senate with one hand tied behind his back.  He would be the Hero of Heroes.   He would be uncompromising in his stance - and he would win! Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.

Except those young people don't know history.  They haven't felt the yoke of history.  The Constitution was a series of compromises, and black folks got the worst of them.  Legislation is a series of compromises.  This country is a series of compromises. The young are impatient.  It makes them refreshing but it also makes them stupid.  They will throw themselves at the barricades and commit revolutionary suicide in the name of purity.  They are like Jonathan Jackson.  They do not live to fight another day.

Compromises have to be made and change takes many long years and Barack Obama is but one soldier in a long process of change that is slow to come in this land of mine.  He reveres that piece of toilet paper.  How naïve.  How refreshing.  How sad.  But then he hasn't lived a life of death.  He is not old, but he is learning.  

He is not yet tarnished and burdened with memories.  And so, it will be us older ones who will have his back.  Like mother birds and the baby chicks leave the shelter of their wings we will watch and protect when needed, and ward off danger of invading snakes and predators.  

We will watch.  I am watching.  What do I see?    I see a group of self-absorbed keyboard warriors pompously proclaiming their righteous indignation over a bill in Congress.  A bill that might let some corporations off the hook.  A bill that violates their understanding of a piece of toilet paper.  A bill that has no meaning.  Laws that have no meaning.  A system fatally flawed from its inception that over the years we try to fix - cut and paste - with amendments.  Howls of outrage take up bandwidth.  Crucify him, crucify him.  How dare he......he has failed us - quick ....let us turn our backs.  Quick let us cut off his money ...quick let us vomit up the kool aide ...quick let us do the job of the republicans.
We must maintain our principle they rant, brandishing words of scorn.  The Constitution they intone in solemnity ...has been violated!   To arms...the battle cry....lash Obama...false Obama...Obama - they gasp, "is a(hushed tones) politician!"  Oh My!!!  

And so they rant on...in diary after diary after diary...and I sit in wonder and wonder - where were you when we were dying?  Where are you when were crying?  Who among you challenged COINTELPRO? Who fought J Edgar Hoover? Who among you will go to jail for me? Will die for me, will call out the names of the dead killed by that piece of paper you now brandish like a sword to impale your former Hero?     Oh how your Champion has fallen and will you banish him from your side of this  game called politics?   For I see now that for you it is but a game.  

I don't play games.  Games are for children.  I'm not in a tournament.  Tournaments are for athletes and Knights of the Roundtable in fairy tales.   I'm in a war - and this is just one battle, one skirmish in a war that has gone on since Christopher Columbus got lost on his way to despoil India.  A war that I will not see the end of.  A war that requires a patience that transcends death.  A war that may determine if any human beings remain alive to carry on the struggle on this planet when I am turned to dust.  
But I know my role in that war.  I'm an aging foot soldier.  I'm a protective grandmother,   a woman,  a black woman.  I don't forget, and I don't forgive, but I do my duty and I stand as one among thousands.  I say proudly,   "Barack.  Young man.  I got your back."   I will fight all and any who have falsely claimed to be a part of this struggle, but turned tail at the sight of the first puff of smoke.  I will denounce them as cowards.  

So bring it on.   But before you do - you tell me what qualifies you to even open your mouth.  Give me your name rank and serial number in this war and show me the battles you've fought, the scars you've earned, tell me the names of your dead, your wounded, those friends and family you have in prison - and just maybe I will listen to you. Or just simply state that you sent a check this week to Barack Obama, and are reporting for duty.

If not - don't bother to comment.  Move on to another diary of masturbation.

I ain't got no time to waste on you.  We got a battle to win.  

I'm calling on the troops who got his back.

Who is with me?

by Grissom1001 2008-06-22 09:42PM | 0 recs
A bit off-topic

But I recommended this at Dkos, and I'll do the same here. And I don't see why in the world someone rated it a 1.

(Deoliver mentioned in her rant that she had an account at MyDD, so she should crosspost it as a diary here, in my opinion.)

by MILiberal 2008-06-23 06:10AM | 0 recs
what qualifies you to even open your mouth

"you tell me what qualifies you to even open your mouth"

I am a human being.

And if that's not sufficient "qualification" for you, than I have nearly as little regard for your opinion as you have for mine.

How dare you, especially with the experiences you describe, choose to make my right to "open my mouth" subject to your personal approval. How dare you demand I shut up and fall into line behind you as though I were the moral equivalent of some trained animal.

How. Dare. You.

by odum 2008-06-23 08:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Repost from another list

Short version:

I hate you SO MUCH that I really happy that other people will suffer because one of them might be you.

Nice unity pony, sweetie.

by redwagon 2008-06-23 02:34PM | 0 recs
I rec the post but disagree with the conclusion.

Everything else about it is remarkable.  But that does not explain away the FISA debacle.

I'm for Obama because I think (believe, hope) that he'll get us out of Iraq, or is more likely to than McCain.  But that doesn't change the fact that there is something wrong with the Democratic hierarchy as a whole that allowed this to take place.  I would be much more comfortable right now if he had fought against this.  As it is, we are left wondering, like we were in most of early 2007, just how much the new Democratic majority in Congress is actually participating voluntarily in the stripping of our rights and of the Constitution.  There were too many people who had it in their power to keep this from every coming to a vote, and yet they allowed it to, anyway, and the only conclusion that I can reach is that some important DEMOCRATS wanted this so badly that they didn't give a shit how mad it would make the rest of us.

I want Obama for president, but that is no excuse to close our eyes and deceive ourselves that we have a big problem, and electing Obama isn't going to be the whole solution.

by Dumbo 2008-06-23 04:14PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

George Carlin, one of my childhood heroes, someone who probably would have had very interesting things to say about the use of language on Blogs such as this one, just died.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/2 4carlin.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

by redwoodsummer 2008-06-22 09:42PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

Sorry, that one belonged on the open thread...

by redwoodsummer 2008-06-22 09:47PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

Why is this on the Rec List? This isnt even funny! Have the diaries become that bad in the last few days?

by bsavage 2008-06-22 10:05PM | 0 recs
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Yeah, I'm a little disappointed too.  There are a lot better-written and funnier and more thoughtful diaries that deserve to be on the rec list more than this one.

I think maybe people are just sick of the trolls.

by Can I Haz Moar Snark 2008-06-22 10:10PM | 0 recs
Last few days?

Why is this on the Rec List? This isnt even funny! Have the diaries become that bad in the last few days?

Think longer-term.

by Dumbo 2008-06-23 04:16PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?


But your mule can have a carrot.

It is pesticide free, I think.

I ate one & ain't dead yet.

Not as cute as a mule though

by wrb 2008-06-22 10:09PM | 0 recs
I'm concerned people rec'd this diary!

Why is this rec'd? How many of these snark diaries do we need.

by Chelsea in 2020 2008-06-22 10:42PM | 0 recs
Re: I'm concerned people rec'd this diary!

1) Why is this rec'd?

cuz it's funny and a direct response to a boring and persistent troll

2) How many of these snark diaries do we need.

one more than phony concern-troll diaries from lifelong members of the Democrat Party.

by BlueinColorado 2008-06-23 11:17AM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

Love it!

I Can Hazmat?

by catilinus 2008-06-23 03:12AM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

Well, that about wraps up anything the rightwing has to say.  We can move right to November now. ;)

by GFORD 2008-06-23 06:06AM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

Since Reconstruction?  Good genes.

by rfahey22 2008-06-23 07:18AM | 0 recs
We need moar.

Given my weighty, long-standing, oft-touted (if unsubstantiated) democratic credentials, I feel justified in airing the following additional concerns:

I'm concerned that Obama isn't actively championing my vague concerns to exactly the degree and with precisely the tone that I deem suitable.

I'm concerned that my obviously sterling character isn't sufficient proof of my obviously not manufactured outrage and my obviously not contrived conspiracies.

I'm concerned that the handful of GOP accomplishments over the past several decades aren't being highlighted and constantly simpered over.

I'm concerned that Obama might not have flossed yesterday morning.

I'm concerned by those on this site who believe that my concerns are largely directed at fostering negativity and ill-will towards the nominee.

I'm concerned that my Obama will lose in November, unless everyone on this site gets concerned with my concerns and ensures that he deservedly loses in November.

by Sumo Vita 2008-06-23 07:44AM | 0 recs
Re: We need moar.

I'm concerned for the folks being flooded out in Iowa. I'm concerned about the soldier in Afganistan and Irag being shot at. I'm concerned for the vet how comes back home after a tough fight. I'm concerned for folks who've lost their homes, their jobs, and their healthcare.

My only concern for the candidates running for president? What are you going to do about it?

Please. Isn't there enough to be concerned with without the snark. I like snark. Hey I've engaged in it. But not when it's meant in a mean spirited way.

You can hurl insults in 5 languages? So what, that's still being a jerk no matter what the language.

Sorry. It is.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-06-23 02:53PM | 0 recs
Re: We need moar.

Your concerns are legitimate and shared by all. So where were you during all the fabricated-concern-fests that have plagued this site for months? Are you aware that every one of the above snarks (save for the flossing) have been derived from frequent and repeated "concerns"?

by Sumo Vita 2008-06-23 09:39PM | 0 recs
Re: We need moar.

Being yelled at for being a concern troll.


I fully expect the resurrection of the phrase

"If you aren't part of the soluction, you're part of the problem."

Mercy I have been around a while.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-06-25 05:16PM | 0 recs
I've been participating in the soluction process!!


"aoluction"   that was a typo. The more I look at it the more I'm thinking it's one of those words that aren't word but shoulc be.

"soluction" noun  A merging of the words "solution" and thw word "selection". It is the process chosing a candidate in a presidential primary. Used in a sentence?

I'll try:

When I vote, I am part of the soluction process. I'm not just making a choice, I am chosing a solution.

Dibs on this word. "soluction" tm 12dogs and a blog

12 dogs.

To answer the question, "Where have I been?" I've been participating in the soluction process.

by 12 dogs and a blog 2008-06-25 05:28PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

I'm concerned that the slightest hint of criticism of my candidate will cost him the election this fall.

I'm concerned that random lurking Independents might visit MyDD, see a non-hagiographic diary on the rec list, and then and there decide to vote for McCain.

I'm concerned that any voice on this site calling for Obama to clarify, detail, or explain certain policy positions must actually be an enemy to me and everything I believe in.

I'm concerned that some people don't understand that this site is for talking points only, not substantive discussion of the merits of Democratic politics.

I'm concerned that mentioning or discussing any of Obama's weaknesses as a candidate will make them worse.

I'm concerned that longtime posters whose posting histories show them to be dedicated Democrats think they can destroy the Democratic nominee by disagreeing with him.

by Koan 2008-06-23 03:08PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

I think it's clearly possible to go to far in the other direction.  I sincerely hope this diary doesn't have the power to influence MyDD in that way.  Heck, I'm kind of embarrassed it made the Rec list (it's pretty poorly written).

This diary is in response to a handful of active trolls (we all know who they are) that like to post smears, half-truths and innuendo about Obama.   We don't know if they're Republicans trying to stir up trouble or folks that wandered over from Hillaryis44, but they don't offer honest debate.  When faced with refutation to their arguments (when there are arguments), they often run and hide.  I'm not offended by disagreement, just disagreement for its own sake (trolling) and ad hominem.

I'm looking forward to having more serious and substantive diaries on MyDD and a lot fewer ones that just fling poo.

by Can I Haz Moar Snark 2008-06-23 03:22PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

I feel ya.  I wasn't trying to be a pain in the ass (well, maybe just a little.)  I actually like this diary a lot, and get fed up with bullshit concern trolling.  There's a semi-prominent one pretty active now, and his/her diaries annoy me to no end.  My only point is that we one of our weaknesses on the left is a tendency toward purity purging and stridency of message.  Obama is our nominee, and I have supported him from the start, but like any candidate he has weaknesses and those weaknesses can't be made taboo to discuss.  The recent harassing of canadian gal in another diary raised my hackles.

But like I said, I like your diary, and am glad it's on the rec list.

by Koan 2008-06-23 03:28PM | 0 recs
Re: I Can Haz Concern?

If anything, I think the Left has a tendency towards too much introspection.  Every action, every position can lead to a round of navel-gazing ending in a circular firing squad.  There are ways to have discussion without disunity.

It seems like the trolls come out more on the weekends.  Maybe it's because other posters post less or just that I read MyDD more.

by Can I Haz Moar Snark 2008-06-23 03:41PM | 0 recs
I am concerned about the TROLL-SHORTAGE.

Forget about oil.  We may be in short supply of trolls.  What if they all shut up or go to FreeRepublic?  What then our fate as MyDDers?  Most of the converation will DIE without the usual back and forth pissy sniping about an over-and-done campaign!  

And I'm not just concerned about this diary driving them away.  What if they get a life?  What if the trolls stop coming here for other reasons, like addiction to Everquest or hydroponic home-grown herbs or selling vintage comics on Ebay or getting an on-line MBA from University of Phoenix or to join the PromiseKeepers or try out for American Idol or become part of a viral advertising campaign for Head-On or taking up home coffee roasting or patent a better toilet seat or  trading pornographic hacks for Sims 2.  

There are so many other paths they could take, it leaves me trembling with concern.

by Dumbo 2008-06-23 04:31PM | 0 recs
Re: I am concerned about the TROLL-SHORTAGE.

Now that was funny.

by Koan 2008-06-23 04:53PM | 0 recs


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