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I posted a comment to BWD's diary of PresO and Michelle in India, my first since the elections here at the Big Orange, and decided i wanted to expand it into a diary, the first in quite a while here.

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Do you think PresO got the central message of the election, and will stand up stronger for progressive causes in the coming months?

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Update:  I noticed several people are leaving comments for Helen below because they didn't see the original diary -- i will also collate these, and take them to her when i next go (which again, will only be in several months, at this point).  So i welcome all further comments.

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Well there good Kossacks -- so i did go and have a little talk a few days ago with Helen, and delivered the selected comments from this diary (of mine), from  2 weeks ago, as i'd promised to do in that diary.  

Helen was very, very touched by them, said they warmed her enormously, and it made me happy to have put in the effort to collate, print, and deliver them.

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Are you happy that some Kossack words of support were delivered to Helen?

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I know Helen -- she is the nextdoor neighbor of close extended family i have in Wash. DC, and i got to talk to her at some length several times when I last visited them in February of this year (though i suppose her address is publically findable, i still won't announce where that is, just for some measure of privacy).

I'm returning there in about 10 days, and as i was leaving earlier versions of this diary as comments in this other currently reclisted diary  i realized i could carry some direct messages of support to Helen from Kossacks.

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Helen's remarks, in their full context:

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I've made a couple of extensive comments the last couple of days to some diaries that i was esp. inspired by, and i copy them here (with small edits), to let folks who won't wade down to the 500th or 700th comment in a thread also read them if so inclined.. :->

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How are you feeling about the midterm elections?

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Others have been defending BWD here quite vocally, in comments in related diaries by Olympia , and  one by CatM.  

I commented extensively in one those and in one of BWD's recent diaries, and am editing and posting those comments up here because i also feel that strongly about defending BWD's work on this site.

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Are BWD's diaries the ones you would pick to read, if you could read just one a day at DKos?

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I wrote the below to my friends just this eve, and am also curious about what others thought of the speech, and what you're going to do in response, so i attached a poll..

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What actions will you take in the coming days, post-SOTU?

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I'm a little surprised that this appears to not have been diaried all day today, when i know that there are some strong anti-MTR activistas on this site (it was sent out to the DK Greenroots newsletter, at least) -- i got the email from a friend this morn (that press release referenced the URL: http://www.climategroundzero.org/ ), and am cheered that young people are taking up the cause seriously -- history (and my personal experience) says that serious social change always requires direct action as part of the overall campaign, and often nothing will get done without it.  

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Will you take some kind of action (signing a petition, sending an email, donating to a legal defense fund, going to support these young people in person etc.) in support of this treesit?

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Update: at 12.20pm -- My God, i have to say -- watching a debate like this, you can get inspired again about our govt.  i'd just forgotten a bit that we have such eloquent and caring lawmakers up there.  not the Repubs (oh no) -- their legalese, and lies, and repetitive talking points just nauseate anyone, i do feel (including their own people, no?!), but man, so many of the Dems speak from the heart, show that they are up there for all the right reasons (specifically, i just watched Connolly of VA).  sometimes, we can just be reminded that we do have a decently functional govt, we did elect Barack Obama as Pres last year -- and his words of caring about each other in the society, taking care of each other, his being a role model though serving the homeless at shelters -- are being echoed, and taken to heart.  yes, it is good to be reminded, sometimes.  

I started writing the below to friends, and decided to diary it -- i won't be able to do this all day, hope others will take it up:

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Repub stall tactics -- reasonable objections?

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Other than the CEO's of the massive coal companies, of course.

I posted the below as a comment to a current story on the frontpage by DarkSyde -- but it is long enough that i wanted to repost it here, and ask this question of everyone on DKos -- does anyone support MTR?  

If so, perhaps you can help me with my attempt at understanding the Admin's position on this.

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Do you support totally banning MTR mining?

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This is an extensive comment I posted last eve to this reclist diary by buhdydharma:

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How much time do you spend on citizen activism per week currently on average, and do you think it's enough?

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Suhweet -- most excellent to see this right there in the Grey Lady.  (and a quick search hasn't turned up any other recent diaries on the NYT piece).

There's a great diary on the reclist right now saying the BBC is reporting this, and a few comments in it asking why US corporate media isn't saying it -- but apparently, they were just a little slow, and they're right on it now.  good to see -- not that i trust corp. media much (never will after their obsequiousness during the buildup to the Iraq Invasion), but it is what most Americans see, and they generally do have to cover their rear to some minimal degree.

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When will we all be able to say honestly that the Obama Admin is *not* overseeing any torture?

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Update:  was heartened by all the interesting comments, esp. the ones hailing T. Harkin, P. Murray, M. Cantwell, C. Levin, S. Whitehouse, C. Schumer as some of the other heroic stalwarts of the current Senate.  People also had other strong opinions in the comments, mostly positive and some negative, on J. Webb, C. McCaskill, T. Kennedy, R. Wyden, S. Brown among others (and Barnie Frank, though he's a Rep!).  I note also that out of 230-odd votes, Kerry got just one, and C. Dodd none..  

At the current time, Sanders is the clear 'winner' with 36% of the vote, Webb and Feingold tie for second at 12%, and Boxer comes in third at 9%.

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There's a diary on the reclist currently that praises Bernie Sanders as a rockstar for facing down Judd Gregg on his anti-Obama comments which i definitely recommend esp for those who are not familiar with Sanders and his very fine socialist (woohoo!!) history.  

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Your "hero" of the current Senate, if you had to pick just one?

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