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Please keep tipping and recommending so as many people as possible will see this diary! We only have a day to accomplish our goal. THANK YOU!

Due to a situation far beyond our control, the Derby Day Party and Fundraiser for elenacarlena did not reach the goal we had set. Total amount collected is $220.00. The original diary is HERE if you would like to see how the party went.

Now Elena's situation is critical. She must make her rent payment of $750 TOMORROW and she is $530.00 short. I will start things off with $30.00 leaving only $500.00 to go. That can be 50 people sending $10.00 each! I know this Community can do that.

I know there have been many requests for help, all for very worthy causes, and stretching everyone to the limit; but I know we can do this one more time for Elena who is a valued member of our Community. Here is what JekyllnHyde wrote in the diary:

I am joining Most Awesome Nana and several others in the Community Fundraisers group in strongly supporting this community effort for elenacarlena.  Ever since she joined Daily Kos, Elena has been a strong and regular presence while participating very widely and quickly becoming a valued community member.  As an example of this commitment, we have worked closely together (along with JoanMar, 2thanks, Tortmaster, and others) behind the scenes for the past year in helping to finalize and post weekly diaries on police brutality and Medicaid expansion through the Support the Dream Defenders group.  As you know, she is also a regular diarist for the War on Women diary series.

Please help Elena through this difficult time for her as well as her beloved pooties and woozle.  On behalf of the entire CFs group, thank you.  JekyllnHyde

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Reposted from joedemocrat by joedemocrat
I've said this before in comments, but I am expanding it into a diary.

This diary is a thank you diary to many. But I also want to illustrate that I learned from kossacks who were different from myself. What would I have learned if everyone on Daily Kos thought like me?  

When I came to Daily Kos in 2006, I was a strong Democrat into economic populist issues such as universal health care, the minimum wage, fair trade, jobs, social security, and poverty. I didn't think much about climate change, race, police brutality, abortion rights, or foreign policy. At the time, if someone asked me if I thought climate change was real, I would have replied yes because that's what I thought Democrats believed. But I didn't think much about it and I had no sense of urgency.

Looking back, I had never met a strong environmentalist. The Democrats I knew were Democrats due to economic and/or social issues. If someone mentioned climate change, they would reply "What is that exactly?" or "That is in 100 years." The Republicans I knew would reply "God is not going to let that happen" or it was about liberals "trying to save the spotted owl so we can all pay more for gas." I didn't know anyone from the corporate class who knew it was real and urgent, but couldn't break his or her addiction to profit at any cost to humanity.

Why didn't I know much about climate change?  I don't remember a single question about climate change in any presidential debate from 1992 to present. I don't remember climate change being a significant issue in any presidential campaign. I don't remember it being a topic in any political books or magazines I read. I rarely read about climate change until I came to Daily Kos.

I learned about climate change because a lot of kossacks took the time to write about it. In 2006, the issue wasn't even on my political radar. Today it ranks a tie or near tie as my number one political issue along with all those economic populist issues dear to me. I've learned just how urgent and critical climate change is. I've learned our ability to solve the economic issues dear to me depends on a stable climate. In addition, doesn't world peace and an effective foreign policy also depend on a stable climate?  How much energy will political activists have for social issues and equality if climate change soaks up all our time and energy in 20 years?  If we don't solve the climate crisis, it will overwhelm us and we may not have the economic or other resources to address much else.

I'd really like to focus on a huge green energy infrastructure and jobs program to solve our environmental and economic crisis with the same dollars.

And since 2006, kossacks have written over 22,000 environmental diaries. These are highlighted every Saturday and Wednesday in Meteor Blades Spotlight on Green News and Views.

I've been told eco-writers sometimes feel discouraged because their diaries don't get a lot of comments. I understand - writers gauge interest by recommends, comments, and tips. But I'd like to explain why that doesn't necessarily indicate a lack of interest. The topic of climate change is more scientific and less ideological. For example, a diary about why the Arctic ice is melting, and the implications is complex and scientific. That means a poster needs more knowledge to participate meaningfully in the comments than on other topics.

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Thu Feb 19, 2015 at 08:20 PM PST

A Note to Old Time Kossacks

by rexymeteorite

Reposted from word. by Puddytat Editor's Note: A gentle reminder on how much help newbies need when they get here. -- Puddytat

Ya know, I have been here for a long time now. I know, to a lot of commenters, I do not have a particularly low user ID. I actually arrived here right after Barack Obama's election in November 2008. I had always heard of dailykos before that, and of course I had seen Markos before on Keith Olbermann and other shows on MSNBC (anyone remember when Kos regularly went on MSNBC? LOL that ended quickly. Fuck Joe Scarborough by the can never be said enough), and I had heard of dailykos before December 2008, but I never really bothered with the place until that December. I remember what originally brought me here was the promises of actual discussion, and not just shouting talking points past each other. Before I got here, I had been posting on and off at, fighting the good fight against the hundreds of right wing trolls that invade magazines websites. I remember, right after Obama's election in 08, on the article announcing his election I posted "SEE NO SOCIALISM! SKY ISNT FALLING! WERE NOT ALL MUSLIMS! WATER STILL WET" or something to that effect and got a ton of attention from it, both positive and, unfortunately, extremely negative. I tired of the hours I spent toiling against the idiots, and just wanted to talk to someone, anyone who got me.

I was 22 at the time, just starting at Chemeketa Community College, bright-eyed and hopeful about PRESIDENT Barack Obama's election. I wanted real discussion about the way forward, from a progressive perspective. And boy, did I fucking find what I was looking for, and so much more.

This place has been...I dunno, a godsend in my life. Throughout college, this place pretty much taught me how to write persuasive arguments. I had never really written anything political at all before, my writing had always been terrible attempts at Sci-Fi or Fantasy (I have gotten better, but god, some of my old shit is horbs), but my first attempts at substantive political writing have all happened here. Like I said, I was always a serial commenter, but I never produced any content of my own. This change pretty much immediately as soon as I discovered, and signed up for, dailykos. I am 100% sure that the 3.86 GPA and the summa cum laude honors I received with my bachelors degree is the direct result of sharpening my argumentative writing HERE first.

When I first got here, I thought that I was a pretty savvy liberal, but jesus was I wrong about that. I quickly learned how much I didn't know, how many blindspots I understanding race in the united states, holy god jesus was I turned around ass-backwards on race. I was a little "color blind" racist asshole, and I'll fully admit that up front right now. But slowly, and with the persistence of patient, insightful and awesome kossacks, I got better. Not saying I am no longer racist, I grew up in america with white skin and a penis, of course I am racist, but I came to realize it, accept it, and actively work against it with all my intellectual might. And that is just one example, there are plenty more. Slowly, I realized how much I didn't know and dedicated myself to understanding, to insight, to knowledge. All of it would have never actually happened had I never been here.

Jeez louise, I am rambling now. Long story short: without the help of old timers, the ones who came before me, I would not be the person I am right now. If I had made a mistake, or posted the wrong thing, I was usually pretty gently corrected. And there was a lot of patience as a learned, and grew, and began to understand the ins and outs of this place. Not always the case of course, there were plenty of assholes, but the community didn't ream me for not knowing something.

I think that sometimes, now-a-days, we have become used to the troll invasions, the constant noise of right wing assholes coming into our home and shitting on our floors. As an understandable result, I think our collective tolerance and patience of newbies who are still earnestly learning has gone way down. Look, I get it. I have a pretty low UID (199775, of course not as low as many old timers, but pretty low now that we have like bajillions of users), I have become pretty suspicious of newbies too. If they aren't trying to fucking sell me a rock crusher, they are trying to tell me about how much they hate vaccines, circumcision or Obama. Dkos can be rough and tumble, and a jaundiced eye is often turned on newbies.

But it is not incumbent on us, as regulars, to identify and notice the good newbs who are just here to learn? Seems to me that sometimes that goes under the radar and our automatic mode is to attack anyone whose name we don't really recognize, or it used to be. I have noticed that Welcome New Users has been out in force lately, identifying credible new users and tagging them, which is very useful for me as an old timer, because it signals I have to give this person patience. But I think we could all do more to welcome new diarists and commenters better than we have been, and giving them more leeway on not only stuff like typos and weak theses but also stuff like referring to the democratic party as the democrat party...shit like that. Look, fact of the matter is that is how the rest of america outside of politics refers to us, the right wing has been effective at framing our party the way they want to in the perceptions of non-political observers. I think it would be more effective to be patient with the new user who accidentally spouts a right wing talking point than to automatically throw them under the bus, hop on the hide-rate express and pile on the hr's.

Again, I am not saying this happens a lot, or even some of the time, but I think when it does happen, it deals a ton of harm to diversity of thought in the community. If we are to survive as a political forum, I think diversity of thought is extremely important so we don't become a fucking echo chamber. I hate just screaming talking points, thats why I came here. But if we eject newbies because they accidently do something society has taught them to automatically do, we are potentially excluding a person who might have been a fantastic diarist, a fantastic commenter, who the fuck knows, maybe the next big contributor to the front page. We can't just turf a person because they made a mistake that, honestly, so much of America believes.

YMMV of is incumbent upon every TU to deal informed HRs. In the past, I did not take that responsibility seriously. I have flung donuts like a Krispy Kreme employee more than a few times myself, but I take my power as a TU far more seriously now than I ever did back then. That includes copious research into the previous commenting and diarying history of the commenter. Of course, if its a clear and egregious case, and the comment remains unhidden I will add a hide to tip the comments into hidden territory. But if its a grey area, if the comment is already hidden, if there are already multiple admonishments and this is a new user, why pile on? Why turn them away? Why show them the worst of dailykos right up front? Killing them with kindness, patience and time, I think, is a far more effective strategy for the long term survival of our community than it is to show someone the door for a few small violations of community norms.

"But shouldn't they be lurking before they join the fray" is the usual refrain. True enough. But still, lurking could mean waiting a year to join up and make your first comment or waiting 48 hours to make your first comment. I made my first comment pretty much immediately. I wrote my first diary pretty soon after joining. And even though it was OBVIOUS I didn't lurk, people were still patient with me. And over time I became an "old timer"...I dunno when it happened, but eventually it did.

Again, not sure what triggered this. It wasn't any one particular thing. It wasn't a specific instance here, this isn't some backhanded response to some other diary that everyone missed today. It was just an idea I had.

Reposted from Wee Thoughts by Wee Mama

I sometimes say that I live in a mixed marriage: I'm an Episcopalian and my sweetie is a gardener. That joke is a light-hearted way to express a reality. My sweetie was an atheist when we met, and is still, and I was a Christian when we met, and am still. On this Valentine's day I'd like to share a few glimpses of those decades together. First, people here enjoy hearing happy stories. More broadly, perhaps some of the ways that we have found to live together may suggest strategies for how all of us here at Daily Kos can more than merely tolerate but actually enjoy each other in our diversity.

We met and married in our early thirties. We shared many things: we both had advanced degrees in a life science, we both were attracted to gardening (though he was much more experienced), we both enjoyed the outdoors and eating croissants, we both loved language and jokes. We both had midwestern parents, though we both grew up on the coasts (he on the west, I on the east). We both were unusual among our siblings in that we had gone to a preschool and to two final years of private high school.

There were differences too, of course. I don't remember when the question of religion rose, but it didn't leave a significant dent when it did. Tall Papa programs with flexibiity and deftness, using LaTex for his grants and LAMP to run a myriad of programs. I grow and dry herbs and vegetables for our cooking. He is more active, both spontaneously and as a matter of discipline, though I've joined in along the way. He's patient with my more limited physical strength. I am more social, and arrange most of our social engagements, though he enjoys them when we have guests.

Together we've raised two children to adulthood. Together we've passed through the tenure mill (sequentially). Together we have redecorated not one, but two, kitchens. Together we've seen National Parks from Isle Royale to Zion.

So how has that religion/atheism thing fit into all those years? Looking back I see several of the ways we have found to live amiably together.

Appreciating our different strengths

We do have different strengths (as well as some shared ones) and we are quick to appreciate those. Tall Papa will likely always be a far better programmer than I am, and that is something to relish and admire.

Enjoying our shared tastes

Not everyone would enjoy waking up with snow beside their sleeping bags in the Grand Tetons, but we did. Not everyone enjoys biking ten miles for lunch, but we do. Not everyone delights in a front yard vegetable garden, but we do.

Learning from each other

 I have learned far more about electronics and programming than I had before I met Tall Papa, and think it unlikely that I would have without him. On the other hand, the various bit and pieces of church history and theology Tall Papa has picked up over the years have been very handy in the New York Times crossword.


Some statements are true with quantification, but false without it. Tall Papa has a brother who was close to him when they were young but who fell in with a fundamentalist church as a young adult. This led to some estrangement, partly from beliefs that were incredible to Tall Papa (6000 year old earth? Really? From someone with a Stanford engineering degree?) and some of it from the avid connections that brother made to his church. In our early years I occasionally asked Tall Papa to quantify his statements. If he said, "Stupid Christians! How can they doubt evolution?" I would ask him, "Could you say "fundamentalist Christians? Because I'm a Christian, and I know that evolution happened and shaped our world."

Epistemic humility

Both of us believe that what we believe is true; that's why we believe it. But we both also know that we may be wrong. Given that, and trusting as we do that the other is acting in good faith, we feel no compulsion to force agreement when none arises so far. There is also a measure of personal engagement that springs from some mysterious well. At one point in my studies, I thought certain things were so well established in history that they might be a point of agreement. I walked point by point with Tall Papa, who agreed with one point after another. At the end, I asked him, "And, so,……?" He looked at me with gentle dismay and said, "But sweetie, it just doesn't matter to me." There are roots to truth that are deeper than reason, and prior to it.

Standing on common ground

Some fundamentals we share. My tradition says, "Love your neighbor as yourself," but there are many secular formulations of the ethic of reciprocity as well. As we share this underlying principle, we agree on a great deal.

I will leave applying some or all of these to our common life here at Daily Kos as an exercise for the reader. In the meanwhile, feel free to enjoy some of Tall Papa's garden, including the blueberries,  or our RAGBRAI ride.

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I value the free exchange of ideas between people with widely differing viewpoints. I also understand the fear that the free exchange of ideas can be stiffled by people who are nasty and even abusive toward other posters, even people with relatively thick skins, or overwhelmed by people posting the same thing over and over with only at most minor variations in expression. I have seen both of these problems occurring fairly frequently on this site, and I am glad to see that there are mechanisms in place to deal with both types of attacks. These mechanisms seem to work fairly well from what I have seen so far. They do however, have one presumably unintended consequence.

They scare me. I am reluctant to post comments or write diaries, especially ones that require a lot of thought and work.

I do not want to spend hours or days researching and writing a piece, only to have it disappear because I have inadvertently stepped over some line. I am relatively new. I am trying to learn the rules. I am trying to comply with the rules. I will get the hang of things here because I think that the free exchange of ideas here works well enough and is valuable enough that I am determined to be a contributing member, and not merely a lurker, although I lurked for quite a while before I made that decision.

So I have some idea of what to do, and how to do it, and I may never need to be censored. I am pretty good at communicating in person with people who do not always agree with me. But I am not an expert at this. I am not a professional journalist. I am not even an amateur journalist if there is such a thing. And I have strong views on a lot of subjects. I especially have strong views about subjects that I want to research and write about. So, I wish there were training wheels to help new members learn the ropes, and I suspect that in fact there may be training wheels to help new members. Each time a new member first comments, it seems like someone responds, welcoming them and telling them where to find guidelines for how things are done here. But now that I am ready to get started, I cannot find them.

So maybe, if this is a common problem, there needs to be a big button or something that is always conspicuous, that shows where to find the guidelines about appropriate conduct in this forum, and other particularly helpful sections for newcomers. It is easy to forget once you are comfortable someplace, what it felt like when you were new. And of course, some of you felt right away like you had come home, and had no concern or trepidation. Others were more concerned or fearful than I am, or less determined, and lurked forever or left or just slowly found their way step by step.

But I have never heard of someone leaving a group because it was too easy to find the information they needed. So even if it turns out that not that many people have a problem figuring out how to join in, does anyone know of a good reason to not make the rules and guidelines easier to find? Does anyone think that I have a good idea, but that there is a better way to do it? Where do I find what I am looking for?

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Normally, a queen sized quilt can take months to put together. Sara and Ann were hoping to do Cedwyn's quilt in two weeks. That was the initial time frame for getting the quilt made and to Cedwyn once the fabric was in hand. The cloth that she had chosen was ordered last mid-week.

Then, last Friday, it became apparent that the quilt had to be done as quickly as possible. Sara learned that the ordered fabric would not arrive until the 19th. That was too long to wait. Cedwyn needed the quilt, to be able to wrap herself in all of your love and good thoughts - now.

Sara and Ann hit the ground running. On Saturday they were able to purchase wonderful fabric locally. The cloth that spoke to them so much of Cedwyn was brought home, washed, and made color fast. Then the cutting began. Hundreds of fabric squares were cut. Sara transcribed 108 of your wonderful messages onto cloth. Squares began being sewn together.



Anne worked her magic on the curving lines of the center "butterfly garden" square.


Sunday, llbear brought over more supplies and good food so Sara and Anne could keep working.

And that is just what they did. Sara and Anne worked late into the wee hours of the morning stitching all your love and good thoughts together into something far more than cloth and thread.


Today, Sara is making prayer ties linking together the top, the fine wool center, and the butterfly backing. Each tie is a prayer. It is a ritual she does with each quilt. Especially, this quilt. Ann is just as caringly adding the binding and quilting.

Music that Cedwyn loves is accompanying each whispered prayer as thread joins cloth. With each passing moment - love, music, memory, hope, comfort, joy, and strength are being imbued into the quilt.

Because of all of you, because of Sara's and Ann's extraordinary efforts, Cedwyn will have her quilt this Wednesday, instead of weeks from now. She'll be able to read your heart felt messages. She'll be able to enjoy each carefully chosen pattern. The butterflies she loves, the messages from your caring hearts, will cocoon her in warmth and love.


The quilt is already working its' magic. When friends who had driven across seven states to be by her side told Cedwyn that the quilt would be with her this week, she was "excited" and absolutely "thrilled."  

What Sara and Ann are accomplishing is nothing short of wondrous.
And none of it would be possible without your generous hearts and caring.  

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Reposted from Wee Thoughts by Wee Mama

It is a truth universally acknowledged that unmoderated internet sites devolve into 4chan or worse. Daily Kos, like most sites that have continued to function for significant time, has rules for moderation. One of these rules permits comments with certain kinds of prejudice to be hidden, because they are inherently disruptive to the site and disrespectful to site members.

Some of the forms of prejudice that are open to such moderation are misogyny, antisemitism, racism, and homophobia. Does this mean that Daily Kos has no misogynists, racists, and so on? Ah, me, no. It just means that folks afflicted with these prejudices have mostly learned to share their other, more constructive interests with the site, and save their misogyny or whatever for sites that relish that sort of thing.

How do we distinguish between a negative opinion and prejudice? An example may help us tease out the important elements. Meet Joe, a very nice young man who learned early in his life that he doesn't like children. He is uncomfortable around them, he feels insecure interacting with them, and he doubts that he has the range of abilities needed to parent them. In short, Joe has the important self-knowledge that he does not want to be a parent, and doubts he ever will.

Now, understandably, Joe would like to make a long term relationship with a woman who also doesn't want to have children. This is a key point in a marriage, and Joe is a wise man to know this about himself. However, given how many women do want to have children at some point, Joe's pool of possible mates is seriously constrained.

How does Joe react to this? He might say, "Oh, man, this is so discouraging! I have a lot to offer as a husband, but I just can't find a woman who shares my desire for a child-free life. I wonder if there is some interest group that might be more likely to have them?"

That is an opinion, and a thoroughly understandable one at that. I sympathize with Joe and wish him the best.

But suppose Joe reacts this way? "Women! Selfish bitches! All they want a man for is to get kids and then force him to support them! To hell with them!"

Joe has reacted to his life experience by becoming prejudiced, a misogynist specifically. I wouldn't wish him on any woman. But this reaction shows two key elements in prejudice: over-generalization that is objectively false and contempt for the object of prejudice.

Some reflection will show that these two elements, over-generalization and contempt, are common to various forms of prejudice. Consider these examples: Jews run Hollywood to keep us dumb, blacks are all criminals or welfare cheats, gays are cowards, Muslims are terrorists. All share the over-generalization and contempt.

Two specific forms of prejudice against religions, anti-semitism and Islamophobia, are included in the list of prejudice that can be moderated at Daily Kos. However the general form of such prejudice, anti-theism, in which all religion is treated as contemptible, is not (yet) included in the list. I would like to propose that it should be, when anti-theistic statements include the two characteristics of over-generalization and contempt. I have written before about anti-theism as an attitude that is distinct from atheism per se.  The poll in that diary showed that perhaps a third of the atheists on site consider themselves to also be anti-theistic. Some commonly made over-generalizations have also been debunked.

Does having a prejudice make a person bad overall? Not necessarily, as I know from an example in my own family. My mother had a prejudice against Germans. Short, tall, fat, skinny, young, old - all Germans, all vile, all deprecated. Her aversion to Germans was so strong that during our European road trip, she arranged the route from Austria to Luxembourg through Germany in such a way that we did not spend a single night in Germany.

Now, to some extent, her prejudice was understandable. She had been a teen during the rise of the third Reich, her early married life was affected by WWII, and she had Jewish friends who had had family in the camps. But her aversion was not specific to Nazis, or extended to sympathizers and hangers on - it was all Germans, the illiterate Bavarian field hand who didn't know the government had changed, the babe in arms in Bamburg, the Berlin doctor trying to do the best thing for her patients. All Germans, all vile.

The prejudice went back to the unification of Germany. Her great-grandfather had an Iron Cross, "But before Bismarck! When they still meant something!" And the musical greats, Beethoven, Bach and the rest were too early to fall under the blanket condemnation.

She was aware it was a prejudice, and a few times she admitted that it was irrational. She tried hard not to pass it on to us and succeeded. Fortunately it was a very focal prejudice and the topic came up rarely enough that as a practical matter it made little difference.

Would moderating this kind of comment preclude all critiques of religion here? Of course not! Daily Kos already benefits greatly from people like Weinstein and Clarkson, with their work with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and exposés of the Dominionists. These critiques are focused on specific topics, thoroughly researched, and connected to the overall mission of the site.

Would moderating this kind of anti-theistic comment affect many people? Not large numbers. Although a third of the atheists in the poll mentioned above self-described as anti-theistic few of them make such comments here. Only six or seven names come to mind as doing so with any frequency. All but one of those kogs has other interests as well and make contributions on those topics.

However, it would be valuable to reduce these comments, just as we try to do with anti-semitism or racism. A cup of vinegar in a gallon punchbowl makes a poor addition.


Consider this proposal: when anti-theistic statements include over-generalization and contempt, they are expressions of prejudice and can reasonably be moderated as other expressions of prejudice are at Daily Kos.

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Sun Nov 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM PST

Not too late to give thanks, is it?

by TiaRachel

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It's so embarrassing to have to ask for help, especially when there's money involved. And it's more than a bit overwhelming to actually receive it.

About two weeks ago now, my bill-juggling failed & my electric was cut off. I got it turned back on with the promise of a check that I knew would bounce, but I figured since they always re-submit at least once, that'd be another week of lights and heat...

(And then I had to wait for the truck to come back to flip a switch, though it turns out the truck also had to be here between 8 & 4:30, when the lives-free-on-site building manager deems it suitable to attend to such petty details. Also turns out he'd ignored their first phone call, which was something less than a half hour past the time the lights went out. But that's a whole 'nother set of issues.)

So I sucked it up & posted...

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As many of you know, TiaRachel has been facing a rather difficult time of late.  A host of health issues have adversely affected her ability to work and put her in a serious financial bind. She needs our help to secure a stable future.  It is within her reach.  Let's collectively ensure that she starts anew in 2015.

Over two weeks ago, Tia reluctantly posted a diary because she had run out of other options. I happened to see it and messaged her that many of us had not only read the diary, but would try to assist her as best as we could. What followed over the next few days surprised me a bit.  It shouldn't have.  

Due to this community's incredible generosity and collective embrace of Tia, we have raised about $5,500.00 so far and are only $1,500.00 away from reaching our fundraising goal.  

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With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up this week, I've been thinking about how grateful I am to the Daily Kos community.  It's been a home away from home on the internet for me, a place where I can find people who share my ideals and interests, and who have provided me with a wealth of support and advice.  I've long known that cyber-friends & cyber-communities are just as real (if not more so) as the people we know in "real life", and it's been my pleasure and honor to be able to give back to this community in what ways I can.  This time, I'm asking for your help in supporting TiaRachel, a longtime member with over a thousand diaries and almost 20,000 comments.  Follow me below the orange cornucopia for details, if you will.  Or if you're ready to pitch in now, the info is:

1. Go to
2. Click Send Money to family or friends. You don't need an account to make the payment.
3. Enter TiaRachel's e-mail address which is and the amount you are sending.

Edit: Or follow the direct link in TiaRachel's comment here.

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You ever know how when you are in that hole, and nothing can seem to help you out, and with every action you take, or with every event that happens to you, you get deeper and deeper in that financial hole that's sucking the freedom out of you?

And you look up. The way out is a small blue expanse of sky at the very top of the hole, and you're all the way down in darkness. You feel suffocated, desperate, hungry, and your future doesn't look very bright. You hear people happily making plans about what to do for the holidays.

They're buying presents with the money they have. They can afford to drive. They can afford to take to the air and fly across the nation to see their loved ones. They can go to the store to pick up a plump turkey for their family, and pay their utilities to keep the fireplace going in their homes.

But you can't. You're so deep in that financial hole, and you feel like no one's listening to you asking for help.

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Community.   We talk about Community a lot on DailyKos, not as a function of getting out the message, but as a way to define who we are, as people.  When DailyKos began its Connect! Unite! Act!  Efforts, many thought of it as a means to get together activists for campaigns or to raise money, or any of the normal political activities we associate with a progressive website.

The first two words of the outreach isn’t about getting together a political operation – they are about defining who we are as people.  

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