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Wed Nov 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM PST

Editing Comments.

by Pirogue

I just now responded to an existing comment but by mistake I placed it in the general comments instead of appending it to the original. In that context it was a bit confusing. In most internet comment sections one is given a short window (3 or so minutes) to correct any errors that go unnoticed before posting. Does anyone know why Daily Kos does not offer this possibility?

Surely I am not the only person who finds this an inconvenience given how often one glaring mistake or another is discovered only after hitting the post button.

With this in mind I am posting a poll to see how many people agree that this feature should be added.

(I am sure this topic has been covered amply in the past by diarists but I was unable to find any in a search, mainly because too many entries were returned.)


I feel that the Daily Kos experience would be enhanced if posters were given a short window to correct comment mistakes.

48%21 votes
51%22 votes

| 43 votes | Vote | Results


Thu Sep 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM PDT

It's Starting to Happen.

by Pirogue

(Please Note: I may take this diary down because it is being claimed that this story is a hoax, even if the Madison Wisconsin State Journal, where I first saw it, has been duped. For now I leave the original intact.)

It is not hyperbole to say that this is out and out Brownshirt thuggery. From the Wisconsin State Journal:

A self-described militia group claims to be checking names on the 2012 Scott Walker recall petition and plans to confront those found to have outstanding warrants or tax defaults at the polls on Nov. 4.

"We prefer our people be armed," reads a Facebook post by Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia, screen captured on a blog at "Some will be heading to some of Milwaukee, Racine, and Beloit's worst areas. We will be armed with a list of people to look for at each location."

My emphasis added.

All sane people, including Republicans, need to get behind nipping this in the bud. Democracy will not last long if armed intimidation of voters is allowed to continue.

Actually, this diary is more of an alert than an in-depth study. My time is very limited at the moment. If anyone wants to start a new diary expanding on this I would more than welcome it and would even take this one down if that would be helpful.


It seems that Dicky Joe Jackson is serving a life sentence in a Federal Correction Facility because 20 years ago he sold Meth in order to raise the money for a life-saving bone marrow transplant for his son. (Great work, War on Drugs. Wonderful priorities.). Please read and sign the petition for clemency on This is a wrong that cries out to righted.


Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM PDT

Boycott Donahue's Boycott

by Pirogue

On the Catholic League website, writing under his byline, Bill Donahue calls for a boycott of the three beer companies that withdrew support from a few Saint Patrick's Day Parades because they discriminate against gay marchers. In the piece he says:

The parade is quintessentially Catholic, beginning with a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is this Catholic element that angers those who are engaged in a bullying campaign against the St. Patrick’s Day parades. The bullies also have nothing but contempt for the constitutional rights of Irish Catholics.

In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 9-0 decision that the First Amendment guarantees the right of private parade organizers to determine its own rules for marching. It is this liberty that the makers of Guinness, Heineken, and Sam Adams want to squash.

So many conservatives never seem to fathom that the same First Amendment they whine about also guarantees the right of others to protest their bigoted pronouncements and actions, and that includes withdrawing support from events. Clearly feathers have been ruffled, but no one's First Amendment rights have been trampled.  

For the convenience of his readers, at the bottom of his lament he lists 3 emails for his followers to use to contact the beer companies that withdrew their commitment in order to inform them that the boycott has been joined.

Maybe we can make that backfire. Please visit the page and follow those same email links to let the companies know how much you are against the boycott and how much you approve of their decision. Wouldn't it be great if this went viral and instead of mainly negative responses they got overwhelmingly favorable ones? This could happen if enough people contact their friends (social media and otherwise) and asked them to do the same.

The URL of the page, written out for convenience, is:

ttp:/ (Please notice this url doesn't have the initial "h" which must be added. The software truncates it otherwise.)


Yesterday, 9/4, theRoosterMan published a very interesting diary which included a poll asking if readers favored keeping marijuana illegal. The result as of 2:20 CST, Thursday was that 27 percent were in favor of keeping it illegal.

While that might seem low for a poll of the general population, I can't shake the feeling that it is high for Daily Kos readers. What may have happened is that many respondants, I am one, just assumed "Yes" meant "Yes, legalize pot" and then moved on. At least one other person made the same mistake. Pehaps I am wrong about this but it can't hurt to try the poll again, this time with the "Yes" response meaning "Yes, make it legal".  So here goes.

It is requested that anyone who takes the poll takes a second to be sure that the "Yes" or "No" means what they think it means.


Should Marijuana be made legal in the U.S.?

87%275 votes
11%35 votes
0%2 votes

| 313 votes | Vote | Results


Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM PDT

Veronica Mars is Coming Back.

by Pirogue

Wednesday was a great day for all you Kossacks who are also fans of the diminutive sleuth. Thanks to crowd funding through the feature movie will now be a reality. The project was initiated by Rob Thomas the producer of the series with the enthusiastic support of  Kristen Bell who, for the edification of those not familiar with the edgy series, is the actor cast in the title role for its all-too-short run of 3 years. Thomas initially committed to producing the feature movie if the total on Kickstarter reached $2 million by the end of the 30 day pledge period. Turns out the goal was reached on the first day, Wednesday the 13th. As Friday morning 50,000 backers have committed just over $3,300,000. Of course the more money pledged the better the final product so any Veronica fans reading this should hasten over to Kickstarter to check it out.

This was supposed to be a last ditch effort to make the feature film a reality. Anyone following the saga knows that in spite of numerous attempts and in spite of a groundswell of fan support over the seven years since cancellation of the series, no projects have come to fruition, mainly because Warner Brothers hold the rights to the characters and have been been dragging their heels. They do not see it as a good commercial prospect. That has all changed and it looks like things will happen pretty quickly now with a summer 2013 shooting schedule and an early 2014 projected release date.

On a personal note I would like to recommend the series to anyone who prefers their dialogue crisp and intelligent and their heroines liberated and in-your-face. The series starts with Veronica showing up  at her high school one morning to find Wallace, her future sidekick, naked and duct-taped to the flagpole. Since she had been herself badly victimized in the past by the brutalities of secondary school social interaction they become friends and partners in following her central philosophy of getting even rather than getting mad. In the process they find themselves taking on the academic administration, the school cliques, motorcycle gangs, society at large and especially local law enforcement personified by the bumbling sheriff who quickly mounts a vendetta against Veronica because her perspicacity is a constant embarrassment to his unfailing incompetence. The action is mostly upbeat and fun although the continuing thread holding the episodes of the first year together is her determination to solve the murder of her best friend, a character seen only in flashback and played by the actress Amanda Seyfried who is becoming a star in her own right. But it's mostly just a lot of fun to watch. It is a case of an actress (Kristen Bell) being cast in a perfectly conceived role she was born to play. This is truly a rare combination. It should also be noted that the casting of the supporting roles is almost universally inspired with an especially amazing chemistry emerging between Veronica and her Father (Enrico Colantoni) the former local Sheriff who is now himself a private investigator.

Anyone who is already a fan should seriously check out the campaign. They offer various rewards at different levels of support starting with a pdf of the shooting script and proceeding through a DVD or digital download of the final product. These are at the lower end of the support levels. At the highest level an actual speaking part in the production is offered. Keep in mind that the more money raised, the better the final product so, if you are like me, a die-hard fan, give some thought to becoming a backer. Many of the regulars, of course including Kristen B. herself have committed to the project so it should be a lot of fun.


My attitude toward Veronica Mars is:

50%24 votes
27%13 votes
10%5 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes
12%6 votes

| 48 votes | Vote | Results


Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:39 PM PST

It seems so obvious.

by Pirogue

To me it seems so obvious that I am at al loss to explain why it is never mentioned. I am seeking the assistance of my fellow Kossacks to help me understand.

I am speaking of gun control and the notion that high capacity magazines* should be banned. That is well and good, and as long as you are allowing external magazines at all, that is a great idea. But what has me flummoxed is why isn't the conversation centered on banning external magazines altogether.

The reason for my consternation is that it seems so obvious to me that when you have magazines that can be changed in a matter 5 or 10 seconds then it is not a big issue whether it holds 10 rounds or 30 rounds. For a magazine that takes 10 seconds to load only 20 seconds is added to the time that it takes to squeeze off 30 rounds total, and just as importantly no pause in shooting of more than 10 seconds is required. This still leaves scant time for the potential victims to either escape or overwhelm the shooter.

So hunters and people who are in a position of protecting their homes would multi-round capability but those who are bent on killing as many people as they can in as short a time as possible would be hampered. (The only ones who might not find 5 or 10 rounds adequate for home defense are those whose fevered fantasies include being stormed by bands of marijuana-crazed Black Panthers toting AK47s)

But I have to be missing something, because I can't understand why no one is advocating limiting gun sales to those that are not configured to take an external magazine, ones that perhaps can load 5 or 10 rounds in an internal magazine and then, in order to continue firing each bullet must be loaded manually and individually. Then there would be time for victims to react, to either escape or attempt to overwhelm the perp, or at a minimum, drastically slow down his firing rate while waiting for first responders.

So my question to anyone who can help is why is this not an obviously better solution than limiting magazine size, and why is no one who is in a position of broad influence advocating for this standard? If it is some reason having to do with the mechanics of weaponry please explain. If it is political please try to explain why it is not at least part of the conversation on the national stage. Sure, it is obvious that the NRA would have fits, and they are a formidible roadblock to progress in this area, but should we waver and give up because the fight might be difficult?

To be entirely correct, I have heard a few people advocate for this measure but mostly on forums like DKos. I have not heard anyone with access to a national media audience ever mention this solution which seems so eminently reasonable. This is what I find frustrating every time I hear the discussion. I need someone to help me understand why the only thing being advocated seems like a half measure, when the time seems ripe to make significant changes in the gun laws and when taking the half measure would preclude adopting this better, fuller solution for years to come.

And I want to clarify. My question is not at all intended to be rhetorical. I am sincerely seeking to understand why something that seems so obvious to me appears to have been over-looked in favor of the less effective measure.

*Note to gun people. I am not up on the most precise terminology and nomenclature for guns so bear with me. If "clip" is a more appropriate term for this concept than "magazine" then please let's not quibble. I think that the idea is what matters and not the precise terminology. The same holds for any other terms like "bullets" or "rounds", etc.


Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM PST

How Many People Have Done This?

by Pirogue

You spend a half an hour on a comment, spell checking and dotting all the I's only to later experience one of those moments of head smacking despair when you come to the realization that you navigated away from the page before hitting the "post" button. I am seriously hesitant to admit how many times this has happened to me, the last instance being a few minutes ago.

Is There A Solution?

I am by no means a fully fledged expert on these matters but I do believe that it is not terribly difficult to have the browser warn you when you leave a page if there is a situation that merits such a warning, in this case having a "hanging" comment that is being previewed but not yet posted.

But I am not sure this is a solution because I don't know enough about the scripting that runs the site here. It would be interesting if anyone more knowledgeable would weigh in on whether it would be a feasible option to have a pop-up warning appear when the writer tries to exit the page before a comment is posted. (It happens often that when I leave other pages elsewhere a pop-up asks me if I am sure I want to navigate away from there, so it would appear possible to have this happen.)

In the meantime it would be useful to know if this kind of lapse is a problem unique to me or if it is a problem that a significant number of Kossacks experience often enough to warrant attention.

Therefore I am putting up a poll to see how many have been through this and how the possible solution is viewed.  


Have you lost comments in this way often enough to be a problem and does having a pop-up warning seem like a good solution if it can be worked out?

31%5 votes
50%8 votes
12%2 votes
6%1 votes

| 16 votes | Vote | Results


Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:55 PM PST

Of Sound and Fury

by Pirogue

Today I received a forwarded letter that put a focus on something I have been noticing of late. I was a list of corporations and their political donations intended as a guide for conservative voters. (Just for reference it is posted below the squiggle)

There is no doubt we are seeing a groundswell in this kind of advocacy and just as clearly it can't be a healthy development for mainstream companies concerned for their bottom lines when they are increasingly expected to take sides in the political wars. They can't be overjoyed at the prospect of giving up half of their maketing base after choosing sides knowing that because of the deepening polarization consumers are increasingly making purchasing choices based on political considerations.

I am starting to see hints that maybe the business community is waking up to the fact that the constant strident agit-prop coming out of the conservative echo chamber is not conducive to a healthy business environment. The endless PR dustups, the letter writing campaigns and petition drives, and the boycotts may be finally taking a toll and it might be that big business has had enough. This is my hope anyway.

But I don't have any research or hard evidence, only inklings of a possible sea change in the halls of business so the purpose of this diary is mainly to survey the thinking of other Kossacks, a famously insightful bunch who probably have a better grip on this question that I do. I am wondering if it is possible that the decline we have been witnessing in the influence of the likes of Beck and Limbaugh of late is more than just a result of desultory instances of sponsors canceling support to avoid PR problems. Can we hope it is a more directed effort, political and otherwise, of many businesses to use their influence to see that the rhetoric gets toned down given that they can see obviously that to continue in this direction will create a situation that is ever more dangerous for the future of their bottom-line interests.

Of couse I am not so naive to think that any such considerations will be of importance to such corporate rogues as Monsanto, Archer-Daniels and the Koch brothers as well as many others that don't market directly to the public, but I think most national businesses might tend to view the situation with some measure of alarm when it has deteriorated to the degree that we are even witnessing serious talk of secession in a number of states. One cannot imagine they can see such a depth of animus as a healthy development.

I am putting a poll below to see how many people think there may actually be a movement, or at least an awakening, among mainstream businesses to get the political rhetoric turned down. But I am really more interested in hearing Kossacks thoughts on this idea in the comments section if anyone is so inclined.


The speculation that mainstream business interests may be engaged in a concerted effort to tone down the rhetoric is:

9%1 votes
36%4 votes
36%4 votes
0%0 votes
18%2 votes

| 11 votes | Vote | Results

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Here is a table showing the weather prospects in key states. It is organized by state and city and shows the forecast for election day.

For a quick overview scan the precipitation percentages that appear on the far right of the forecast for each city.

This posting will be the last of the series although I may update it during the day if prospects change significantly.

The table is below the squiggle.

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Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:47 PM PST

Election Day Weather Outlook

by Pirogue

Here is a table showing the weather prospects in key states. It is organize by state and city and shows the forecast for election day. For a quick overview scan the precipitation percentages that appear on the far right of each forecast line.

I will post a new revised diary tomorrow morning and will update this one from time to time during the day.

The table is below the squiggle.

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Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 04:59 PM PST

Election Night Train

by Pirogue

Imagine yourself on a high-speed train barreling across the country on election night. You know you are coming to a junction where there are seven spurs and you know that the train is going to take one of them on a random basis. Six of them are fine, you will continue on your trip in safety. But you have been told that one has faulty rails that will result in the locomotive catastrophically jumping the tracks.

This is not a situation conducive to comfort and ease but it is exactly where we are with respect to Nate Silver's prognostication. He is giving Romney a one in seven chance of winning tomorrow. You can bet that if I were in that train I would be doing whatever I could to improve chances the train would take a good track, even to the last second. I wouldn't be sitting complacently in the club car congratulating myself on having avoided disaster.

The problem is that many people see an 86.3 to 13.7 percent advantage and because of the wide disparity of numbers underestimate the actual danger. But, provided Silver's numbers are right, there is still a one in seven chance that disaster will strike. We are quite far from a quaranteed victory so this is not the time for complacency.

I just wanted to take a moment off from making calls to remind people of the true situation. Now it's time to go back to work. Thanks.  

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