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Markos,

As I head to NV to GOTV for the next four days, I felt there should be a thread where people (or at least me) could post their deep thanks to you and everything you have done to save our country. I saw bits and pieces on several threads today, but felt there should be one dedicated exclusively to thanking you (and your wonderful wife) for your efforts.

We may not win on Tuesday, but the fact that we even have a chance to is due, in no small part, to what you (and we) have built here. Words cannot express how thankful I personally am to you. You are one of the true heroes of the 21st Century, for you are living proof that one person can still make a difference in this great country.

Just in the past couple of weeks, we headed off the Sinclair train wreck (and knocked $100-million off its market value) and exposed a doctored Presidential re-election ad, both of which were covered extensively in the media. But, of course, it goes much deeper than that.

This site has given us hope, refuge, a place to call home during a very difficult time in this country's history. It literally kept me sane. This site held us together, and now a large part of the country seems to be moving our way.

Several years ago, many of hacked away at Salon Table Talk wondering what had happened to our country. Who could have guessed then that one free internet site would have such a big role in saving our country? It's a bit hard to believe.

So, Markos, a sincere thanks to you for everything you have done. No matter what happens on Tuesday, you are a great American.

Now, GOTV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Originally posted to Volvo Liberal on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 02:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Please Recommend! (3.96)
    Dear dKos community:

    I don't mean to take the thunder away from the other "You make me Proud" which has some great posts, but I felt there should be post dedicated exlusively to Markos (I know his wife would appreciate it!).

    Thank you....

    •  This has to be one of the best designed... (4.00)
      ... most superbly hosted, most user friendly, engaging and addictive places in the universe.

      I am impressed by the skill with which our host has managed to make this site interactive, purposeful and brilliantly sensible!

      Thanks for making this place happen!

      "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

      by SteinL on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:36:29 PM PDT

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    •  Technology Rules (none)
      How infantile do I sound?  I don't care.  I love the app that is being used on this site.  I love the ease of checking on threads, diaries and all the other goodies.  I like, for the most part, the supportive and proactive people that make this community.  

      Thank you Kos, for making it all possible.  My only regret is that I didn't register sooner.

      "...Bush could kiss Osama bin Laden on national television and Karl Rove could spin it into a punch in the face." - Jim Hoover of Huntington Beach

      by fabooj on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 07:00:42 PM PDT

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    •  VL, you owe me; (none)
      this damn tribute thread made me sprain my 4finger...

      "Never mind the trick, what the hell's the point?" Joseph Heller, Catch-22

      by wozzle on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:34:05 PM PDT

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    •  You have probably saved my sanity (for now) (none)
      All I can say is thank you, thank you!
      I was actually thinking of a similar thread earlier today, but I didn't have much computer time at all. Jeez, I'd love to meet most of you in person. (I don't do Trolls.)

      I thank you because when I found you, I didn't feel like I was spitting into the wind anymore.
      I thank you because when I hear FOX or any of the disgusting, lying pieces of crap who call themselves 'experts'or reporters and have wanted to throw something at my TV, you have brought my blood pressure down, some sanity to my actions and more laughs than I ever thought would be on a fairly serious site.

      So, not only huge thanks to KOS, but thanks to everyone else who has brightened my days when things look dark, calmed my nerves and made me laugh along with all of you.

      THANK YOU!

    •  Markos is Da Man (none)
      I've been reading Atrios, My DD, Josh Marshall, Kevin Drum and Dkos compulsively since Dean made his glorious run last winter.  The Internet is an opportunithy to establish a community that speaks truth to power.  Without Markos, it would be unthinkable.  Thanks for all you have done. . . Now, let's send Shrub packing for Crawford on Tuesday.  The country's gain will be Texas' loss.  Forgeive me for sounding alittlechauvanistic but I'm tarred of hearin' my state (home of the World Champeens of baseball, mind you) besmirched by that hateful prick.  

      Let's get ready to celebrate Tuesday night . . .but there is work to do, first.

    •  ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS... (none)
      Here's one great way to thank Markos...

      You don't have to live in a battleground state to make all-important get-out-the-vote calls. You can do it from wherever you live, starting now. Here's how...

      America Coming Together has partnered with Party For America to enlist people like YOU to make GOTV calls to registered Democrats in the battleground states.

      As of 1 a.m. this morning, 134,000 calls have already gone out. Help from people like YOU can up that number into the millions. And it's amazingly easy to do (only 3 steps necessary)...

      1. Go to Party For America. Here's what you'll see...

      photo hosting and image hosting by ImageVenue.com

      2. Click 'Start Here' and you're taken to the sign-up page (which includes a sample phone script)...

      photo hosting and image hosting by ImageVenue.com

      Fill in your name, email, zip code and phone number (the phone number will only be used if there are questions about your calls). Then click 'Next' and you'll be signed up and taken to a 'thank you' page...

      photo hosting and image hosting by ImageVenue.com
      THAT'S ALL IT TAKES! You will be sent a phone list of 50 registered Democrats from a battle ground state. Mine was Ohio and the list arrived in my email within minutes.

      PLUS you can get up to two lists per day, and have an impact on 100 voters! That means you could reach up to 300 people in vital battleground states over the next three days.

      If you're wondering why calling registered Democrats would make a difference on people showing up at the polls, it's because person-to-person contact DOES make a huge difference in getting out the vote.

      And here's an example of why. Say for instance that I asked you to RECOMMEND THIS DIARY so that it would end up on the Recommended Diaries list and help spur thousands or even tens of thousands more GOTV calls. That simple request from one caring person to another is likely to have an effect.

      So, do you want to thank Markos in a meaningful way? Just click on the link to sign up and get started.

  •  Agreed (none)
    Other then telling anyone I know about dKos (which I do), it's a good way to thank him.
  •  re (3.75)
    Hi, I thought we'd wait until after the election, but what the heck.

    Thank you so much.

    This victory will be in no small part to you.

    Your child will live in a better world thanks to you and all the rest of the folks that GOTV this year.

    Please consider putting up fund raising post after the election so we can contribute.

    Kerry in a Landslide.
     

    •  In case we lost some folks on Wed... (4.00)
      Who knows what will happen on Wed...There is just such a good feeling around here right now, especially with ther new polls. I wanted to try to direct some of it to Markos, in addition to each other..Tomorrow is Halloween and Monday will be nuts...I felt there was a moment in time to do this today..

      Again, thanks. I hope you all don't mind..

      This is also a great thread:

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/30/145145/57

      Folks, we changed the world...it's good to take a moment and recognize that...

  •  My life has changed (3.90)
    because of dKos.
    I feel I have a community-- and living here in central conservative Ohio, that means a LOT.
    I feel I have a voice, and that my voice is made stronger by everyone's voices on this site.  I am helped to get clearer in my thoughts, to find greater fire in my belly, and to speak my mind with more firmness after checking in and reading diaries and comments by all the fine people here.

    I am so inspired by your energy and your dedication and your generosity to all of us, and there aren't enough words to thank you, Markos.  So here's one way to thank you:  I'm about to head out the door to do GOTV in my neighborhood-- 23 houses slated for this evening.  Thanks!

  •  light in the wildernest (none)
    for me that is what this has been
    no doubt about it

    now quit looking around online and go gotv

  •  Seconded! (none)
    I will second that, big time.

    This site has been a godsend to me.

    Whatever happens, I want to be a part of whatever Markos has in mind for it after the election. It has been one of our most important tools for recapturing this country from the SOBs that have stolen it. And I'm sure it'll continue to be.

    From www.bushcentral.com

    by bcamarda on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 02:52:29 PM PDT

  •  Thanks Markos (none)
    my favorite "terrorist".

    'It's hard work. Really hard work. And ...err... yeah... it's hard work, you know...'

    by Euroliberal on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 02:52:38 PM PDT

  •  We've changed the world (none)
    Incredible!
  •  Kudos to Markos (4.00)
    .....and we WILL win! Don't beleive the polls - it's not that close. If all of us vote, we will offset the votes that the GOP will throw out because there is only so much that they can do.

    Please GOTV.

  •  Inspiration, Sanity, Purpose, Direction (4.00)
    and so much more has been given to me here.  The amazing insight I've gained, the laughter, the warmth. I will never go back!!!!

    I was so drained, so disappointed in this country after 2000.  I kept giving money, kept voting my conscience, but I felt kind of helpless.  I have my own business and struggle to keep it going, so getting out physically to do something is not always easy.  

    Markos, this community that you have built has made me hopeful and active!  It is all that people like me have sometimes, I depend on all of you and I promise to keep working hard.  Thanks to online phone-banking and the amazing LTE's that you savvy old school Kossacks help us draft--I can do more than I ever thought I could.

  •  Thanks, man (4.00)
    I really feared for my mental health this election season, but between Zoloft and dKos, I've managed way better than I had hoped. Thank you, Markos, for making this community happen.

    Semper ubi sub ubi.

    by gp39m on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:01:55 PM PDT

  •  I posted my thanks a few days ago... (4.00)
    in this comment, but it bears repeating:  

    Thank you for a fantastic site that has changed my life. I live in a small town in a safe Democratic district. Two years ago, I gave up a $40K/year job to return to graduate school and -- having burnt through my savings -- the financial pinch is beginning to hurt.  

    I could have easily sat out this season, thinking that my contribution was unnecessary because my county is already blue. Instead -- thanks to this site: I've learned about other races that needed my support -- and somehow I've scrounged up $700 of turkee this year for them. I've learned about ways I can contribute my time even in a safe district. And I've learned of the importance and effectiveness of talking with friends and relatives about the election and not taking anyone's votes for granted. And I've been humbled by the energy, creativeness, and dedication of this community -- and the extent to which they've made this newcomer feel welcome.

    I can honestly say that I feel better about this country now than I did back in May. For that matter, I feel better about myself, too. And though I don't presume to speak for anyone besides myself, I'd bet another $700 that I'm not the only person on here that feels this way.  

    So thank you for dealing with the headaches of increased traffic. You're making a profound difference that leaves me just slack-jawed in admiration.

    "The guy is such an ass, he should be called George W. Tush!"

    by osterizer on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:03:46 PM PDT

  •  Man, talk about sucking up! (none)
    I mean, really...Markos is way too modest to want this type of thread. Or is he? Maybe he loves this stuff...maybe he just eats it up, and that's why he started this site in the first place. Nothing to do with politics, just fluffing his own ego!! The bastard!!

    Heh, just kidding (before markos deletes my ID). I, too, love this site, and would have gone insane many months ago were it not for this community.

    "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson

    by byoungbl on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:06:34 PM PDT

    •  His wife likes it... (4.00)
      I met her and she likes to hear this stuff....
    •  I do hope everyone know I was joking... (none)
      Heh, just tryin' a little humor. As I've said before in other threads, this site has been a godsend. I used to just read liberal articles on sites like Common Dreams and AlterNet. While those can be informative, after a while they can kinda drag you down. The greatest thing about this site is Kos's continual optimism and confidence, which has had a great rallying effect. Just three more days until party time!

      "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson

      by byoungbl on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:17:52 PM PDT

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      •  agreed! (none)
        This site is an oasis in an arid political desert.  It's not just a source of valuable articles and information.  It's a a culture which sustains (provides) a high energy level that was missing from liberal/progressive politics for decades.

        We'll need even more of that in the years ahead.  Whether they win lose or steal the election, the right will be coming after us and Kerry with a vengence.

  •  Tasteful and sensible, yet cutting (4.00)
    This site is the #1 political blogsite for all the obvious reasons.  It's tasteful, and sensible, yet cutting.  The wiki, the mojo system, and most importantly, the core of people Mr. Moulitsas has attracted, kept, and synergized with to set the tone and culture are all very impressive.  

    Most impressive of all is the reawakening of the progressive dragon, that had become complacent due to its stunning victories starting in the 30's and climaxing in the late 60's and 70's.  To the extent the site holds the press accountable as well as the pols they process, gives the people a voice and organizes the wonderfully organic chaos of the left, the reality-based community is in good stead.

    •  One thing I've noticed.. (3.91)
      ..is how relatively invisible Markos actually is! When there are spats between folks here, I don't see his heavy hand descend out of the sky to "fix" things. Very rarely will he step in to address a problem. This is one big reason why this site is so great. His personality and his beliefs are not the iron rule, but instead they are a guiding force.

      President Kerry President Kerry President Kerry

      by wunderwood on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:07:45 PM PDT

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    •  This old dragon-rider... (4.00)
      ...salutes Markos and all the Kossians for strapping on the spurs and grabbing the reins of the dragon once again!  You are all carrying the work of the twentieth century, the New Deal and the Great Society, rising up to stop the counter-revolution that has been fomented for decades by those who have opposed justice for the working people and the oppressed of America.  I have had a faith, all through these last few years, that, bleak as it has all looked at times, the Americans were going to get it together and get it right for once.

      That great WHOOOOOOSH you will hear Wednesday morning will be the entire world breathing a sigh of relief that the hope of America had not died.

      don't always believe what you think

      by claude on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 07:07:48 PM PDT

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      •  C;mon everyone...some mojo for claude (none)
        That is an outstanding and inspiring post, claude!
        •  Thank you, peeder (4.00)
          That's the synergy of dKos; we all inspire each other.  

          The key dynamic of the sixties was the coming together of people, and in coming together, realizing how many of them there are, they are empowered.  DKos recreates that dynamic over the net, which wasn't around then, and it  took years for the energy level to grow to critical mass; this time around it took 18 months.  The speed at which stuff now moves, info, memes, ideas, is nothing short of phenomenal to those of us who used to crank mimeos. I have been priviledged to live in "interesting times" twice.  Thanks for making it more interesting.

          don't always believe what you think

          by claude on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:34:24 PM PDT

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  •  Some bill, but Haiku: (4.00)
    Light in the darkness;
    Lovely web site of Markos
    Shone through the void.

    November 2: We're hacking up a hairball.

    by perro amarillo on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:12:18 PM PDT

  •  truffles (4.00)
    Dear Markos,

    You have touched my life in all the ways that other folks have already written. I would love to show my appreciation to you in some way more solid than these electrons. You've already said that the web ads pay the way for dKos, so this is just for you. Do you like chocolate? Iowa CIty has some of the best truffles in the world and if you like chocolate, let me help you celebrate our triumph.

    George "W is for weak" Bush - He's not my pet goat!

    by Wee Mama on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:12:49 PM PDT

  •  One if by land... (3.96)
    What is a patriot? A person who stands up for our country to make a difference in a time of crisis. I think Markos is a modern patriot no different that Paul Revere or John Paul Jones.

    He has helped give the country back to WE THE PEOPLE. By providing a forum for both commentary and action, he has helped us take the country bck from the spinmeisters and TV hacks.  Corporate media has failed the American public. Sites like DailyKos have given us a battleground to fight back en-masse.  Massive movement within moments...POWER to the PEOPLE.

    "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

    Look at GOTV coordination, public opinion polling, information sharing.

    Lets just look at Sinclair.  Within hours, effective action was taken to counteract one man's misuse of the public airwaves. Like the founding fathers who dumped tea in the harbor to protest unfair taxes, we dumped on Sinclair keeping it in the national spotlight.

    On Tuesday we will write history and define the start of the millenia. I believe Kerry will win due to valiant efforts by independent citizens to fight for the freedom of thought, speech and vote via the "internets". When the history books are written, I hope Markos and others are remembered. But if by some grand oversite they are not, they will march the road with the numerous unsung heros who took a stand for their country and thereby changed the world.

    "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

    by digital drano on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:16:48 PM PDT

    •  I 2nd that, and 3rd, and 4th, and on and on and on (none)
      AND let me add a deeply emotional second to the comments above by Digital Drano.  Extremely well put, good person.
    •  Don't think I could say it better (4.00)
      (Particularly after helping supervise an especially lively small kids' Halloween party.  Brain is fried but am happy.  Even the little ones have got the spirit!)

      Thank you, Markos, and thank you to your family.  You've given so many of us hope that we're not alone - that in fact we are the majority, as we always have been.  It's been too easy in recent years to feel overwhelmed by the venality and bottom-feeding and downright evil.  

      And those of us living in New York have had the additional burden of trying to go on in a city that had its heart ripped out - and then having to watch the worst miscreants in the country take our pain and use it for their own ends. (And then hold their convention here, for Christ's sake.)

      You've been consistently positive and forward-looking, and that has made all the difference.

      •  My thoughts exactly (4.00)
        To have lived through that horrible fall here in NY, day after day, seeing the unavoidable "missing" pictures in bank windows; firefighters and police funeral after funeral at S. Patricks, and on and on -- and then to see opportunistic, cynical thugs take their greatest failure and exploit it by stoking the fears of people nowhere near here. --

        and Daily Kos stepped in as the living breathing voice of rebuke to all that -- a multidimensional refuge and energizer -- it's exciting in too many ways to count.

        (and don't forget the Kos alumni -- Steve Gilliard in particular has been a bracing beacon of optimism and passion, especially at supposedly low points.)

    •  How beautiful (none)
      I hope you write this up as an essay when this is all over, because the comparison is apt.  Markos and the rest of us here are not the politicians or the signers of the Declaration--we've played a different role in this struggle.  The minute-men, the riders, those who sent signals and carried the messages and warnings--that's who we find on the dailykos.

      If you don't write the essay, I will steal shamelessly from you, so write write.  And thank you :)

  •  you've empowered the people (none)
  •  yep (none)

    Markos for Prez in 2012!!!!

    "What difference does it make to the dead.....whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or.....liberty and democracy?" - Gandhi

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:20:37 PM PDT

  •  markos, without this site (none)
    i would be out of my everlovin' mind by now. i live in a deep red state, and i'm in costa rica for the duration of the election. i have felt powerless and frustrated by the media. without sane like-minded people here on dailykos to talk with and hear the real news, i would have aged 5 years jsut from this single campaign cycle.

    thankyou, markos.

    No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn. Lyndon B. Johnson

    by maskling11 on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:21:39 PM PDT

  •  Daily Kos Rocks! (none)
    Markos doubly so...

    Visit The Blog Roundup - the Best of Politics on the Web.

    by Trendar on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:25:11 PM PDT

  •  Kos, thank you... (4.00)
    ... Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin.

    And thanks for creating the space to share the last year with so many of other patriots and progressives.

    Fellow kossians, I should add that it has been a source of strength and comfort, knowing that you are out there trying to get our country back on track.

  •  Keeping the faith (4.00)
    I just spent much of the afternoon on the phone convincing various friends and family NOT to believe the conventional polling wisdom from the SCLM. I could do this, and be convincing about it, because of DailyKos.

    I first visited this site last March, registered as a user last July, but this is my first post. I'm a recent transplant to southern Indiana and a long time lefty, and in the midst of some culture shock this site has saved me from despair, helped revivfy my hopes, and motivated me on more occasions over the past months than I can count. This site in now my #1 source of news and commentary--and I routinely push it as such. So thanks, Markos, the team of tech guys, and all those smart, funny, incisive, inspiring diarists out there. You've kept me sane, and made me laugh during some of the darkest days of politics in my lifetime. I'll be sticking around after we win on Tuesday.  

  •  My vote of gratitude! (4.00)
    I found this site about a year or so ago from a link from the Altercation site.  When I first saw the name, I thought "Geez, that's a funny name....what's a 'Kos'?...wonder what this site is about...."  Since then, this site has become my primary source of political news.  With readers and posters across the country, collectively we are able to bring together far more news than any one of us individually could, and in the process we often learn of stories well before they are on CNN or MSNBC's radar.  Because of what I read on this site, I volunteered to be a Dem committeeman, having learned to my horror when I moved here ("here" being Philly 'burbs) that there was none in my precinct. Because of this site I'll be working the polls on Election Day, for the first time in my life.  Because of this site I've written more letters to more news organizations this year than I have in the preceding 42 years of my life combined, and even got published a few times!  As a gay man with vivid memories of the "bad old days" (and they aren't fully behind us yet) I "closet" my opinions as a matter of course, as an automatic reflex.  Reading this site gave me the courage to be able to speak my mind about Bush's failings in some very uncomfortable settings.

    So, thank you, thank you, thank you for this site, and for all you've done to save America.

  •  Thanks Kos - you made me an activist (4.00)
    Not only has this site turned me into the most politically informed person I know, it's made me, for the first time, a volunteer and an activist.  On November 2., I'll be at the phones in Indiana, getting out the vote.

    Thanks Kos - you woke me up from my political stupor!

    A lot of people don't have much food on their tables, but they got a lot of forks and knives, and they gotta cut something. - Bob Dylan

    by ShadowRunning on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:32:10 PM PDT

  •  My Thanks As Well (none)
    I had also planned to post something like this on Wed!
  •  I would like to pay a tribute to the entire Kos (4.00)
    community. As an old timer who lives in France who can't do much to regain our country, other than give as much money as I can) I would like to pay tribute to the generations of young people from their late teens to their 40's and 50's, whom I have had the privilege of conversing with and learning from on this web site. I am astounded that so many young people are aware of what the U.S.A. should be about and are willing to put their time, energy and money to fight for this idea. Perhaps we have George Bush to thank for this awakening since we often don't appreciate what we had until it's lost. So I take my hat off to all of you in this community. Keep fighting.
  •  What An Impact! (4.00)
    Wherever I've gone, I've run into people looking to get involved. I've pointed them all to this site, and every single one has thanked me. I'm thinking this is over a hundred folks -- and I'm betting every one of them turned ten others onto DailyKos.

    During the Revolutionary War, Tom Paine wrote a pamphlet called "Common Sense" that galvanized the American people against the Brit oppressors. This site the 2004 equivalent of "Common Sense." God bless Kos for his work, his laser-like focus, his positive attitude, and his absolute dedication to creating this movement.

  •  Thank you. (none)
    Dkos has been a safe harbor in the midst of a raging storm.  Words alone cannot express my gratitude to witness grass-roots democracy in action. It has been awe-inspiring. Thank you Markos and family.
  •  Kudos! (4.00)
    No matter what happens on Tuesday night, my sanity has been preserved because of Markos and this blog.  I have been a regular reader and reticent about posting until lately, but truly, I am more grateful that words can say.  Anytime Markos wants to run for public office, I would happily work to get him elected.  That's a promise!  

    Never underestimate the ability of a small group of people to change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

    by Delilah on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:40:05 PM PDT

  •  Thanks (none)
    dKos - a site, forum, town hall, sympathy zone, you name it, it's kept us all going.  Thanks, Kos.
  •  I am home at dKos (3.66)
    Living abroad as I do, I don't have the opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of US politics in my daily interactions with people - with the exception of here at dKos.  I feel up-to-date and up-to-speed with what's happening on the ground South of the Border thanks to this community.

    I look forward to debating exactly how we should focus our energies in a Kerry administration.

    Thanks Kos!

    "Democracy is coming ... to the U - S - A." - Leonard Cohen

    by Gearhead on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:44:46 PM PDT

  •  Thanks (4.00)
    Now when I talk about the issues of the day with friends and co-workers I have solid truth and knowledge to back me up. I have never gone to a site where everyone is such a vital contributor. Thanks Markos and thanks to all those that put in hard work to put out such great diaries.
  •  Thank you Markos (4.00)
    This community has really given me a lot of courage and peace and inspiration. It's certainly kept me well informed. These are oriceless things.
    •  Here Here! (4.00)
      Between Kos and the Daily Show I have managed to control my anger and not drive my car through the store front Republican Party Headquarters on my way to work.  Life-changing stuff going on here (I could be in jail by now!)
      :-)
  •  I fully concur (none)
    This is the best blog out there. I've been surfing everything and settled on this site.

    Keep it up!

    Now for a stupid question from a newbie....

    I've read the FAQ and everything else related but I can't figure out how to get a diary "recommended"!!

    How do you do that? I know I have to wait a week in order to post diaries, does that rule follow for recommending diaries?

    Canadians care too...

    by jbalazs on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 03:49:52 PM PDT

    •  When you are looking at someone's diary (none)
      There should be a button in the right hand column that says "Recommend this diary."
    •  You have to wait the week (none)
      to write or recommend a diary. Once the week is past, there will be a "Recommend this Diary" button in the right-hand column of every diary you look at (or a box that says "You have recommended this diary" if you've already pushed that button).

      Michael
      11/2: We're mad as hell and we're taking our country back!

      by musing85 on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:59:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  thanks are in order (none)
    Thanks,  Markos,

    It's not often that something new gets created.    Congratulations for pulling it off with competence and style.  

    Granted, mydd and orvetti were there first (i was actually around for that stuff,  handicapping '04 in '02 - it was fun, if useless....)

    And yes, even if somehow we lose on Tues, we will not lose the longer game - and this site will be a key part of that.

    Question for anybody: is NV saturated with CA volunteers - or just for the weekend?

    •  Thanks following a day in Nevada (none)
      We just came back from a day trip to Carson City, where we were doing some precinct canvassing. We came from Davis, California. My sense is that Reno is getting pretty saturated with volunteers coming in from Northern California, but Carson City could definitely use more help, and so could any of the towns further east (Fallon, Winnemucca, etc.)

      Thanks Markos for the amazing work you've done here. I wouldn't have even contemplated doing this small bit of GOTV work if it weren't for reading Kos. I am basically a lurker here, but we keep our own blog (Feathers of Hope). Though it is only a little bit about politics, we started it shortly after the war began, and Kos was one of the sites that inspired it.

      There's great power here: it makes me very hopeful.

  •  Who put the Kos... (from behind an Orange Curtain) (4.00)
    (this is a repost of something I wrote that no one saw, I think)


    Who put the "Kos" in Kudos?

    Hi, Kos!

    Congratulations on your huge success.  

    I am nearly 50, and have always been part of the left.  Friends and I talked this evening about what the single common denomonator is for Democrats, and we concluded it was emapathy.

    Through your empathy (and artistry, more on that later), you have helped accomplish, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest achievements in the preservation of democracy that history may ever see.  I am proud to have been a somewhat casual, if addicted, observer.  And, yes, I have become much more vocal and active as a direct result.  (I am trying to GOTV in NV on Tuesday, to my surprise)

    I live in Orange County, California - a harshly conservative neighborhood to say the least.  I work with others to produce one of the most intensive music/cultural programs anywhere.  Because we're non-profit, we cannot have a political agenda, but our goal is to promote cross-cultural understanding...empathy?  Hmm.

    I say this as a backdrop to something I know about you:  I first met you in Chicago in May of last year, when you played piano for a wedding of some friends of yours.  I know music, and I must admit that I was really taken that day by both your playing and skilled composition; they were brilliant.  As an artist, you were thoughtful, passionate and generous.  The already splendid day was made that much better by your gift.

    It was soon afterwards (from those friends) that I learned about this site.  It is that very unique, first experience of you that filters my view of your work here.  I have only this to say:

    You administer this website with the same thoughtfulness, passion and generosity that I witnessed on that memorable afternoon.  It is reflected in the incredible sense of an empowered community which extends far beyond even the borders of this country.  You are a man of integrity, genius and courage.

    The world is changing fast.  But for the first time in a long, long time, I feel hopeful again.  As I drive to work (and remember where I live), I am regularly seeing Kerry bumper stickers outnumber Bush stickers three to one.  And that's not including mine.

    I'm still a little afraid of what may happen come November, because we've been duped before.  But every day I come here, and every day I feel that much better.

    When I was nine years old, I met Robert Kennedy on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building.  I will never forget that moment.  I feel as proud having met you as having met him that day.

    Thank you, thank you, for what you have given the world.  You are truly an artist.

    Now GOTV!

    •  I read it (none)
      I thought that was so beautiful that I think I started checking my email for my user info just so I could tell what a great sentiment that was.

      "...Bush could kiss Osama bin Laden on national television and Karl Rove could spin it into a punch in the face." - Jim Hoover of Huntington Beach

      by fabooj on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 07:06:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  How are you getting to NV? (none)
      I'm in OC too, and if my work schedule can permit it, I'm hoping to go to NV too for GOTV on Tuesday.  Perhaps share driving and gas?  Or if you know of a bus trip that leaves no earlier than Monday afternoon?  Pls if you can, reply here or email me at InVestig@wongfaye.com.  Thanks.  I'm doing GOTV phone calls, but hope to do some ground work too.

      CivSib

      Immune system recovery! American body politic rallies to reject the NeoCon-tagion.

      by Civil Sibyl on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:10:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  thanks as well (4.00)
    Since finding dkos, my sleeping habits have changed...always checking in at night and staying up way too late.  
    btw
    I hope everyone has hit the poll on CNN and MSNBC.COM
    GOTV
  •  What we ought to do... (4.00)
    After the election, we need to make T-Shirts with a solid light-orange background, with, in black thin lines, Markos Moulitsas Zúniga's face in an inspirational pose.  Reminiscent of the Che Guevara shirt, but symbolic of a New Left for a New Century, a democratic left which is interested in the future and freedom, not the dry dogmatism of the past (Laws of History?  Das Kapital?  Meaningless squabbles over silly irrelevant semantics?  Gone).  They have accused us since 1917 of being pawns of foreign powers, traitors, and cowards.  We are, however, Americans who want America to stand for what it claims to stand for, the principles we are founded on!  We are, step by step, supplanting the traditional structure of the Democratic Party (ACT, DFA, Moveon, and the lefty blogosphere), and kos is a symbol for our new freedom and power, and, God willing, we shall take back America!  Viva kos!

    Who says young people are apathetic?

    by teenagedallasdeaniac on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 04:05:50 PM PDT

  •  A mini anecdote (4.00)
    to the power of Kos.
    After the first Presidential debate, a thread was posted here regarding the Bush Bulge. I had been watching the CSpan stream, so it was pretty easy (5 minutes work) to grab a still, fiddle with it in Photoshop and post it on the thread.
    24 hours later, I got an automated email telling me that I had used up 3Gb of transfer on my account. I bought some more. Then some more. Then some more. Then I made a more compressed version of the image (should have done that first!) Then bought some more.
    By the time things had calmed down a bit, it had been downloaded about 8 million times, copied to a whole bunch of other sites and cached by proxy servers all over the internet.
    The story exploded out of the blogosphere about a week later, so much so that an Economist survey found that 88% of Americans thought that GWB was wearing something under his jacket that day.


    Click to enlarge

    My proudest moment was seeing my image on Channel 4 news in the UK as part of a 6 1/2 minute report on the bulge. DailyKos, and of course other weblog sites are a big part of the reason why the Republicans have been unable to steal this election like they did in 2000.
    The way in which Kossacks have challenged, debunked and researched Republican lies has been nothing short of inspiring.

    "It's not your goddamned planet, monkey-boy" - Emilio Lizardo AKA Lord John Worfin

    by jeno mules on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 04:08:56 PM PDT

  •  I have been coming (4.00)
    to this site since a Dean staffer turned me onto it last summer. It became my main site even before we lost in Iowa. I love it for many of the same reasons I loved the Dean campaign, just like Dean, kos empowers us. Here, readers do most of the writing, and generate most of the scoops.

    And kos truely has been a community for me in these evil days. Thank you kos, that you Marisicat, Jumbo, Tealveal, Maryscott, Armando, and you too JamesB3!

    I am going to see Kerry in Manchester tommorow (his last rally in NH), first time I have ever seen him in person. I have Tuesday and Wednesday off - will be a poll checker in my district. See you guys afterwords, as we watch the results come in together.

    Love you all!

    We are all wearing the blue dress now.

    by PLS on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 04:17:21 PM PDT

  •  Hi Markos (none)
    This is the most badass political site a nerd could find.

    My boyfriend told me about it and now I can't stop hitting "refresh"!

    Anyway, I'm really bad at wording right now (need beer, canvassed forever today), but I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    If you're ever in New Mexico, please e-mail me... or if you're in Amsterdam, same thing.  My boyfriend lives there, so I'm there a lot, and will be moving there in a year, so you'd have a place to stay.

    I never lie. I willfully engage in a campaign of misinformation. -- Fox Mulder

    by Page van der Linden on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 04:17:39 PM PDT

  •  It's true (none)
    this site really has kept me sane and hopeful for the future of the country and the world.

    In fact, it will almost be sad to see Bush go - after all, no one has ever united the left wing like this

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    My thanks.  Without Kos I wouldn't have nearly the hope I have... because there would be far less hope to have.

    This is the first step - the first days of a better nation.

    Think about what this is -- citizen participation in democracy. Peaceable assembly, virtual though it is, community leaders convincing and guiding others through the power of ideas and the validity of argument -- you are exactly what the Founders had in mind.

    People over power.  Might in the service of right.

    IT'S DEMOCRACY, BABY!

    Now -- let us keep it.  GOTV!

    You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably. - Jon Stewart to Tucker Carlson

    by eyelessgame on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 04:26:01 PM PDT

  •  Kos (4.00)
    I hope to shake your hand someday.  It would be a an honor. As I have said before, you are a true patriot.  Thank you.

    and ps. to Volvo Liberal: We ARE GOING TO WIN!

  •  You are a true American Hero (none)
    As the build up to war continued, I was so discouraged and felt that my husband and I were so alone in calling out for reason. I happened to stumble onto this site, and now I visit almost daily. I feel like you have given me hope, a place to get information to pass on to others and I know that we will never go back. If the unthinkable happens Tuesday, Bush will never get a free ride like he did for the first 4 years. You have truly been instrumental in changing the direction of this country.
  •  A New Hope (4.00)
    We've come a long way.  Years ago, I sat in front of cable news, glued to any mention of positive progress in the Florida recount and cursing the passiveness of Warren Christopher.  I found small comfort in the rain that poured on Bush's inauguration and even less in the "muffler" stunt of Daschle and Gephardt and found myself having recurring nightmares about the specter of a blue Gore Florida.

    I felt like I was going crazy.

    Jim Jeffords brought temporary respite, but then the world came crashing down and paid no attention to my rants of the uselessness of ballistic missile defense.  I cheered at the long-overdue fall of the Taliban but couldn't shake the nagging dread of our next action.  A pulsing doubt in my head repeated Iraq, Iraq, IRAQ, Oh my God they're going to take us to Iraq.  I knew, I KNEW what they would do, what they would say, how the media would surrender, and for the first time in my life I truly felt like a member of a paranoid, helpless, paralyzed minority.

    I felt like I was going crazy.

    But something kept my hope alive, something gave me faith that my country would right itself.  A book by Michael Moore, an online diary by some guy named Kos, the longshot candidacy of a doctor from Vermont...  But who would have thought?  Who would have thought that we'd be here days before an election where the Good Guys have a real shot at winning in a country that swoons over Southern accents and believes that everyone deserves a second term?  Even if we fail, we've united and tried our damnedest, and that's worth something.  But we won't.

    I feel part of a movement, I can feel the ground rumbling, I can hear the crescendo...

  •  I've said this before but... (4.00)
    On November 3 I want us to start a campaign to make Kos the Time Magazine "Man of the Year."

    After the Kerry landslide becomes clear, the headline of that issue will read "The Year of the Blog." And there will be Kos, smiling (I hope) beside the President-elect.

    I'm serious. This site, following on the lead of the Dean campaign, has been the most important story of the year. It has made the difference in this election, and it has made an enormous difference for the world.

    No bows until Wednesday, of course.

  •  Love (4.00)
    love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love
  •  I'm reminded of a movie... (4.00)
    It was the original of "The Bishop's Wife," with Cary Grant as the angel, Loretta Young as the wife and David Niven as the bishop.

    James Gleason had a small role as a taxi driver. He drove the angel and the bishop's wife around town all day, and would accept nothing for it.

    As they were getting out of the cab, the wife remarked how kind the cabbie was. And this was what the angel said (with a twinkly smile Grant perfected for the role):

    "His children and his childrens' children will rise up to call him blessed."

    As bloggers we all feel alone. I know I do at my blog, www.corante.com/mooreslore. As an Internet journalist I also know the challenge that comes when everyone "rushes to the rail," as they have to this site over the last two months.

    Kos has handled every challenge and become a master of the medium. This site now has the audience of a great metropolitan newspaper.

    While acting as a mild-mannered reporter, Kos has performed as Superman.

    More (from Thursday) here -- http://www.corante.com/mooreslore/archives/026771.html

  •  GOD I hate suck ups!!! (4.00)
    ..unless they are clearly called for, which, in this case, it obviously is. That's why I recommended this diary.

    I wonder if this site has saved anyone from suicide? Seriously.

    I am not a suicidal person (not terribly homicidal either, I guess).. but I was pretty depressed before discovering that there actually are a LARGE number of intelligent and normal people living on this planet, and SOME of them are even in my part of it.

    I wonder if this site has saved anyone from despair. Actually I don't wonder THAT at all, of course. I am a clear example. I was beginning to really dislike what I saw going on in America.

    True story: my first experience at political blogs occurred on freerepublic. I had googled for some essay that was critical of the Bush administration. The top hit on google took me to freerepublic.com and the essay was there. I didn't read the comments following it which ridiculed the essay. I instead concluded wrongly that freerepublic was open to free thought.

    I guess I confused the concept of free and republic and thought of the "New Republic" magazines that used to sit on the coffee table when I was a kid growing up in Johnson County, Kansas (I am amazed my mom and dad put them there, come to think of it, since my dad was a public figure (a local minister), but I guess that's a different story). Anyway, so I created an account on the freeper site and asked about (oh NOW I remember) the "texans for truth" commercial. Just asked a question, and I didn't come out in support of the commercial at all.

    Guess what!?!? Yep, I got banned immediately with no comment, and no chance for appeal. Sounds right up their alley. I was amazed. I think I was still on their site, sulking and reading comments that lead me to the dailykos.com! I naturally figured that, if these pricks hated the dailykos.com so much, it had a good chance of being a decent place to check out. I don't subscribe to "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" schick, but I was worth a mouse click.

    So, not only should I be thanking Markos, but I also want to extend a hearty "Thank You" to the jerks over at freerepublic.com for guiding me over here!

    This place has been a terrific find. My heart goes out to all of those folks still out there, going to work at conservative and close-minded offices, trying to deal with the "water cooler" talking points continually spewed and then echoed from FOX "news". I hope they find there way here soon.

    President Kerry President Kerry President Kerry

    by wunderwood on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 04:43:56 PM PDT

    •  Yes. (none)
      I wonder if this site has saved anyone from suicide? Seriously.

      Yes. It has. At least one. Me.

      Well -- this site, Zoloft, the love of my husband and child, and an indefatigable commitment to doing something positive before I go.

      Clinical depression is a mysterious and insidious thing. I've had it since early childhood, spent time in psychiatric institutions, self-medicated with alcohol and drugs. It's difficult in the best of circumstances, but when George W. Bush and his cabal of criminals pulled off their coup, the depression was compounded. The fact that I have a beautiful little son was the only thing keeping me from killing myself, but even that might not have been enough had the depression been allowed to flourish unchecked. Fortunately, I have a slightly stronger will to live than I have to die, so I always manage to find a way back from the edge of the abyss.

      Daily Kos, I am convinced, has played an integral part in my recovery this year. I have never functioned so well for so long without a relapse. It is one thing to understand, intellectually, that one is not alone. But to have a place like this to visit regularly, where one can interact with kindred spirits and truly grasp in a visceral way that one is not alone -- that makes al the difference.

      Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

      by Maryscott OConnor on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 08:06:56 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I wanted to post my thanks, also (4.00)
    Dear Markos,

    You've really inspired--you've cajoled, informed, advised, educated, and turned out a huge number of people who were looking for a way to make a difference but couldn't figure out how.  And, I'd like to remind people, you did it all while others on the center/left were throwing up their hands and saying nothing could be done. And, I'd like to point out, you did it all while becoming a new father. As we near bebe markos' birthday I'm thinking hard about what you said when he was born. Lets give him the best birthday present a child could have--the end of the Bush presidency and the end of the Bush dynasty.

    many, many thanks from one of your thousands of admirers.

    aimai

  •  Thank you (none)
    Thanks and blessings on Kos, and on the dailyKos community for allowing me to become an activist in this campaign. Very new member, but already impressed by the level of discourse and also respect for differences of opinion.
  •  the strength of community (4.00)
    "The key to wisdom is this -- constant and frequent questioning ... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth."  -- Peter Abelard

    Thanks Kos, for giving us a place to doubt, and question (both events and each other), and ultimately arrive at truth.

    You've given us the gift of community and inspired us to put our truth into action. A wise and righteous (but not self-righteous) community is a force that will make ripples in the pond beyond what even you could possibly imagine.

    Gracias, amigo mio.

    grover

     

  •  Vitality, passion, reason, outcome (4.00)
    Dear Markos,

    You have created a vital, adaptive system with Daily Kos.

    Today, on dKos, in a particularly acute manner we've seen the raw passion of those who share one very big idea in common -- America is a place of freedom, not fear. They may express themselves in very different ways [whiner, who me, no you, ....], but they are about as 'bonded' as any two or more people can be.

    Eventually, reason prevails -- it is particularly simple in the case of the obl tape and I think Kerry showed all of us the way he will lead, yesterday. Facts, focus, done.

    The combination of a vital, adaptive, reasoned and focused network of impassioned, informed citizens and a leader of Kerry's stature, intelligence and ethics provides the opportunity to have America be a place of freedom and not fear -- we all will have to put our shoulders to the wheel, as never before, to overcome the vast damage done by Bush and the neocons, but we will prevail.

    Thank you for Your Leadership, Markos, and we all look forward to staying with you as we do whatever it takes to protect our democracy -- the ongoing 'outcome' of the community you and your colleagues have created.

  •  Latecomer's thanks (none)
    I only "discovered" dailykos in the last month or two and have since shared it with others.  In moments of darkness, it has been a beacon of hope.  When some idiot Bush defender comes up with some "argument" or "facts" about why he is remotely defensible, I can turn to kos as a resource for FACTS (lith links) and argument to send him/her whimpering back under their rock.  (Not that I was a slouch myself, but great to know you guys got my back.)  And I am heartened and take strength from the knowledge that there are so many of us that want our country back.

    Markos, thank you . . . for the time, energy, work, dedication and heart that makes this little/huge community exist.  I suspect that not just Tom Delay, but also Karl Rove himself, hate your guts and would like to destroy you.  I can't think of higher praise for someone that loves democracy.  All the best to you!

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

    by foolrex on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:10:38 PM PDT

  •  Thanks to Markos (none)
    We are an Army.

    This is the first election that I've participated in where I haven't been incredibly frustrated with my Party's disorganization.  I give full credit to this transformation to this site.

    "I know!" thought George, "I'll ask the magic box!"

    by DreamOfPeace on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:11:07 PM PDT

  •  Absolutely Agree! (none)
    I agree with many that this site brings together a wonderful group of sentiments that should make our country proud - but even if everyone here contributed 100% more than each do today, Kos is definitely the catalyst and every entry of his takes the Democratic argument forward without egotism or self-aggrandisement.
    The other day I just wondered what would happen 11/3 when I'm sure Kerry will rock to victory! I have a sneaking suspicion Kos is going to get drafted to DC for something more than DKos, big as it is! And I for one do not want to see this site disappear! I want it - small fry as I am on the totem pole - to be an instrument that can keep the conscience straight of the Dems and all elected officials! so I hope Kos reads this and doesn't let this group disappear!
    I did not want to raise this subject before 11/3, and distract Kos and the rest!
  •  Come on Markos... (none)
    ...post a tip jar so we can give you what you're due.  Oh, yeah...that's right...you own the site, so you don't actually NEED any mojo...

    We love you, Kos, and thank you so much for making this the center-left of the blogosphere.

    Proud Member, Controversial Daily Kos Extremist Group

    by DC Pol Sci on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:19:49 PM PDT

  •  I found a home (4.00)
    Kos,
    This is truly a wonderful welcoming place to hang out -
    • chat with some friends -
    • when you are wigging out - they will set you    straight
    • when you need to find something about the latest outrage on TV - you'll find here - that it is not.
    • the place where my blood-pressure gets a chance to calm down
    • the place that make you spray coffee all over your keyboard over something beyond funny
    • the place where news-items are CREATED

    all thanks to you.
  •  Don't get a case (none)
    of the big head, Markos, but you have had a huge positive impact on lots of lives with this site.  This place has become the main hub around which the Dem message machine revolves.  Really.

    The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

    by mikepridmore on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:23:03 PM PDT

  •  Thanks Kos and Kossacks! (4.00)
    Everybody GOTV!
  •  Amen ! (none)
    It is something special that has been built here.

    And i think its only going to get better too. Just saw a poll...I am sure you have seen similar...

    Thirty-four percent of all respondents got news via e-mail or the Web, but the figure increases to 43 percent for dial-up Internet users and 64 percent for those with high-speed connections at home.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-TechBits-Curious-Voters.html

    So as broadband grows, people like kos, creating sites like this are going to have even greater influence.

  •  Vielen Dank! (none)
    The language center of my brain is totally nonfunctional today, so no witty or even cogent thank yous. Just a heartfelt one. Thank you Markos, and the rest of dKos, for making such a great community. Without it, I would be utterly BALD from pullin' out my hair from stress for this election.

    4 days to go, and then our work will really get going, taking this country back and putting it onto a more progressive track!!

    Ask Copernicus about pushing limits.

    by Xray the Enforcer on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:29:57 PM PDT

  •  Amazing Thing You Have Created Kos (none)
    A rapid response rhetorical army. The Presidency And Senate In 2004!. The House in 2006!
  •  Thank you, thank you (none)
    You are a god.

    I have learned so much here.

    Thank you everyone!

  •  Gracias Markos y Familia! (none)
    As a liberal D from Seattle who has relocated to San Diego, I have long felt alone in the land of right-wing wacko's.  This site has given me a community to feel part of, drained thousands from my bank account for political donations and made me proud once again to be part of a grassroots activist movement that is changing our country, and the world.  In 1989, I joined ACT UP Seattle, we grew from 8 people to 180 in six months.  We mobilized, protested, screamed, yelled...anything to help stop the nightmare of AIDS.  Today, I feel equally compelled, although, much older.  This site, and the incredible passion, energy, brains and humor that is woven in these threads have helped me feel sane in a world that is insane.  On Tuesday, we will win.  John Kerry will be our next President.  And our work will continue as the rabid right attempt to destroy his presidency.

    In the words that still guide my passion: Act Up, Fight Back, Fight AIDS.....and of course, Silence=Death.  

    I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart and soul!

    San Diego Steve WE ARE Winning!

    by SanDiegoSteve on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:39:59 PM PDT

  •  Thank you to Kos and Everyone Else Here! (4.00)
    This is syncronicity at work.  I was driving home about 45 minutes ago and thinking about how amazing everyone here is.  No matter what happens on Tuesday (we will win!) everyone here can be justly proud of themselves.  We are working every day to make the world safe for democracy and our descendents.  In a way this makes us real life superheros, and that is just amazing!  So thank you Kos for giving us this opportunity, and thank you so much everyone for making it such an incrediblely powerful resource.  We are changing the world!
    Now GOTV!!!
  •  My thanks (none)
    to Kos and his long suffering wife and to the dKos community.  Thanks to all for the incredible information which is so beautifully researched and cited--sure wish I could get the same from my students!  I don't think I've ever been so well informed of current events.  It is so comforting to find community, to not be afraid, to be proud to be a liberal.  I'm addicted!  Thanks to Chris--my cute book rep--you know who you are--for recommending this site to me! We shall overcome.  Excuse me, gotta go put on my black hoodie.
  •  This reporter loves blogs (4.00)
    Especially yours. Thanks for helping me do my job. I appreciate all you've done to facilitate--and shape--the national conversation about politics and civic duty. Earlier this year, everyone said the big story of this election was Howard Dean and his internet campaign. Thanks to your diligence, Dean will be seen as only the beginning.
  •  thank you Kos! (none)
    590,000 visits a day? what an impact. Democracy in action!!

    There IS strength in numbers. I AM proud to be a Liberal (with a capital 'L'). We WILL get out the vote!

    We ARE going to win this thing!!

  •  Hear, hear! (none)
    I'm a newbie to this community but I am ever so glad to have found DailyKos after a decade of wandering in cyberspace.

    Kos has created a home for many of us, and a well-run, well-organized one at that.  I thank you, Kos, and the progressive crowd, the take-back-America crowd, the Democratic party and its candidates, and the good decent liberty-loving folks around the country owe you a debt of gratitude.

    Long live DailyKos and all the Kossians!

  •  A Poli-sci grad course a la Socrates (none)
    I consider this site to be an essential part of my continuing education. Thanks! I hope the family is doing well, and for Jeebus' sake, go on vacation after the winner is announced!
  •  Thank you, Markos (3.83)
    (And you, Volvo Liberal, for reminding us)

    This place is usually the first site I check in the morning and the last at night. This is the place to come when you want the latest information, the inside scoop, a place to vent, someone to commiserate with, or a community of like-minded progressive folk who truly care about this country and what happens to it.

    There have been rough patches along the way. We all get a little cranky at times, and especially when we're at the home stretch of a long, nasty, tight election campaign. But we've come out of each meltdown a little stronger than before. And every time I look at the donation totals in the left-hand column, I get goose bumps. One web site, half a million dollars collected--and my bet is that most of that total came in donations of $100 or less. Power to the people, indeed!

    We'll probably see traffic slack off after the election. But I hope it won't disappear altogether: there will be plenty still to do no matter what the outcome of the election. A Kerry win will just be the start of things: and I know just the bunch of folks I want to have at my back while we work on them. That would be my fellow Kossacks.

    You do a great job here, Kos. Be sure to take some time out to hug Mrs. Kos and to play with Ari. (When are we going to see more baby pictures, huh?)

    Michael
    11/2: We're mad as hell and we're taking our country back!

    by musing85 on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:48:12 PM PDT

  •  thanks for the memories... (4.00)
    of play-by-play debates and
    poll-watching obsessions

    of funding goads and GOTVs
    the funny links and sad ones

    of community and knowledge,
    an unbeatable combination

    of humor and integrity
    sheer dedication, motivation

    of letting us feel the way
    beltway insiders feel

    yes THANK YOU... so much!

    Liberals are conservatives who have been through treatment.

    by marjo on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:49:50 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, Markos & Family and the ... (4.00)
    Kosian Community in general.

    To Markos - for your willingness to keep up with the exploding growth of the demand for site management and bandwidth, for your insight and keen ability to discern the correct path in the growth of the site's options and limitations, and mostly, for staying with it, month after month.  You the man.  Seriously.

    To your family - Thank you for your support of Markos and the work that he has done, and continues to do here on the Daily Kos, his new column in the Guardian UK, and elsewhere (Blogger on panels, at events, and as guest on televised programs).

    To the Kosian Community - as we sow, so shall we reap, and the harvest this year will be nothing less than the saving of our country, our democracy, and the restoration of the civilized world to a course that includes rational international relations between ourselves and the rest of the world.

    I fully expect history to record that the Daily Kos played an integral and necessary part in the Great Restoration (of the American Democracy) in the beginning years of the 21st Century.  Hope I live long enough to read that history!

    Bad bananas are easy to spot, those nasty rotten spots really stand out. Bad men are harder to identify by just looking at them.

    by Angie in WA State on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:56:17 PM PDT

  •  His name is Markos (none)

    It rhymes with god.

    (Okay, a minor god, but a god nonetheless.)

    We need a better president.

    by GOTV on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:58:19 PM PDT

  •  Oh, one more thing . . . (none)
    You kosa nostrans make me sick.  ;)

    We need a better president.

    by GOTV on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 05:59:56 PM PDT

  •  Markos, those who are about to vote (4.00)
    Salute you. Between Howard Dean and DailyKos, you both have saved my sanity during this election season.

    If we win this thing, WHEN we win this thing, the really hard part begins.  Helping create a succesful Kerry-Edwards administration and more importantly, creating a long term effective progressive movement.

    It is time to march out onto the sands of the coliseum....

    Another Hunter Thompson Deanocrat

    by Ed in Montana on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:00:51 PM PDT

  •  Someday students will study Election '04.... (4.00)
    ...and they'll learn about the end of traditional media and the dawn of personal media.  And they'll learn about how the internet changed the 2004 Election.  And their textbooks will mention Daily Kos and Markos as the prime example of how new media changed America.  

    ...And then they'll go out and sell those textbooks for beer money.  :-)

    Thanks for all of this Markos!

  •  Thanks. (4.00)
    I don't post much, but this site is the first thing I read in the morning and the last thing I read at night.  Like many others, my wife and I were frustrated that we were so powerless to do anything.  But here we were energized. We've phone banked, my wife will be a poll watcher and I'll be driving senior citizens to the polls next week.  These are things we wouldn't have even conceived of doing four years ago.  It took seeing this community at work, hearing the stories, seeing HOW to do it and how easy it was, to take that first step to get us off our butts.  Multiply us by tens or hundreds of thousands, and that's why we're going to win next week.
  •  another (none)
    Markos,

    Thank you for all you've done.  Your good work has helped us all come together to sustain each other in the effort required of us, now and in the years to come, to save and protect our great nation.  You have a place in history.

    Cheers!

    Susan

  •  Markos,Best Regards (none)
    Thanks for setting up the Hamster treadmill for my brain. I don't know what I would have done without it.
    I look foward to many years of vigorious discussion and organizing.
    To the start of something special-a new progressive movement!!!

    I remain,
    in Solidarity,

    Boyd McCamish

  •  Thank You Markos! (none)
    I agree with the above comments.  You have enhanced my life and my belief in democracy.  I read that you are in California, so if you are anywhere near the 5 Freeway in So CA, please come to the traditional Democratic VICTORY celebration Tuesday night at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim (sponsered by service unions, Dem Party etc.).  I will buy you a drink - meet me in front of the band stand at 10:00 PM!  Just pay for parking and come to the ballroom for fellowship with DEMs, food, entertainment and to cheer when Kerry/Edwards win on the TV screens all around the ballroom.

    Visit and volunteer at the Dem Club of West OC Campaign Office at 18912 Beach Blvd in Huntington Beach, CA to help elect Kerry, Boxer and Jim Brandt! 714 965-4121 and 965-4550
     

  •  Yes, thanks (4.00)
    I am a Canadian, but I am addicted to this site both because I care about the world and because I think that on it I am seeing in action how a revolution happens. I am fairly convinced from what I have folowed here that Kerry will win on Tuesday and that his win will owe more than a little to the work that has been done here.

    Best of luck to us all...

  •  Thanks, Markos and everyone... (4.00)
    in this community.  It really seems like a second family to me.

    I first got hope for our country over a year ago through Howard Dean.  Then that hope was kept alive by everyone on here.  Now we have John Kerry and John Edwards to right our ship of state.

    Markos, you've truly been an inspiration and a place of refuge even for this senior citizen in a blue area of a state that is DEFINITELY  changing from red to blue on Tuesday.

    Our work isn't over. We have roughly sixty-five hours to complete this second American revolution! Our adversaries are working hard to prolong our agony for four more years! We have to continue to outwork them!

    We have miles to go before we sleep - and miles to go before we sleep!

    GOTV!

  •  Thanks Markos! (none)
    Up until I found this site I did not have where to take information and talking points from. Thanks to you I always had something to take along during this election cycle. You are a great American!

    They (the Republicans) remind me of teenagers who got their inheritance too soon and couldn't wait to blow it. -- Bill Clinton Democratic Unity Dinner 3/25/04

    by brooklyndem on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:06:59 PM PDT

  •  Voted Of Course, of course (none)
    Kos, I look forward to looking at this site every day.  You have created one of the few things that has kept me sane for the past year+.  Thank you for everything.
  •  asdf (4.00)
    our goal:  a future
    for our children.  Daily Kos:
    the wind at our back.
  •  Keeping me sane (4.00)
    Various online communities used to be my only connection with any reasonable people.  But then, you just don't bother talking politics around here.  Everyone's on the same team, right?

    From MoveOn during Clinton's impeachment, through Tbogg, Altercation and others, it's been amazing the impact that "blogs" have finally acquired.  And Kos's has the most depth and breadth, especially with the highlighted Recommended diaries.

    Howard Dean help jumpstart this very willing community, one that was already angry and fed up. But his challenge and Kos's guidance have helped us focus many efforts.  Our rapid response has finally offset, a bit more each day, the Republican frames on every issue.

    I have done many things in this election I have never done before:  contributing and volunteering when I can.  Because, even if my vote is lost in my red state, I know I've done my part to help elect John Kerry and I'm proud to stand up against Bush.  And I know I'm not alone.

  •  Wow (none)
    how cool is it to know that you have made such a positive impact in the world, Markos? Other than having your kids turn out responsibly, there aren't many other ways to see such a visible impact that you have personally created. Congratulations, and thank you.
  •  Thanks, Man. (none)
    I went out GOTVing today.  I would never have done it if not for this inspirational site.  I check in several times a day.  And will continue to do so after our victory in another couple days. The battle for the Democratic Party and the heart and soul of our nation has only just begun.  This election is only the first battle;  there are many more to be fought, and Markos will lead the charge.  Gracias.
  •  Thanks to you both. (none)
    My family is pretty apolitical, though not apathetic and dutiful voters, but I wear them down with my constant political talk, so I'm very grateful to have a place to learn/discuss.

    There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by otis704 on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:21:24 PM PDT

  •  absofuckinglutely! (none)
    THANK YOU MARKOS!!!!

    as a newcomer to this community, what I especially appreciate was reading and learning about all the positive actions people could take.  But also, the positive outlook and counter to the SCLM saved my sanity through the dark days behind us.

    Even today, I was driving home listening to the report of some new bad-sounding poll.  And signing on, I see all the "reasons for hope".

    DailyKos is a wonderful place.

  •  My thanks for saving my life. (4.00)
    Most probably literally.

    Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:25:47 PM PDT

  •  A True Inspiration (none)
    I was referred to dailyKos several months ago by one of the OutFoxed producers.  In this insane world, this site has given me hope, inspiration, and amazing information.  It has moved me to take action.  I am so pleased to have found this community and site, and hope that our efforts and contributions will one day produce the type of changes for which we strive.  We have something very special here... keep up the amazing work, Kos.  Thank you.
  •  I Was Going to Wait Until After the Election (none)
    but what the heck. Markos, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your tireless effort is helping to change the history of our country for the better. Your site is superbly constructed and is the ideal setting for building a powerful online community. You deserve a major share of the credit for leading the Internet campaign for the Democrats. Way to go, Kos. We love you, brother.

    "George W. Bush is not only the worst president in American history, he is the worst man who has been President."--J. Miller

    by Yosef 52 on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:33:58 PM PDT

  •  Liberal in Georgia (none)
    Thank you for this site. With my views I have often felt very unsupported and alone in my home and work community.You have given me hope and support and help with my vision that we can make a difference and that there are many who are willing to work for this.Thank you again
  •  Add my thanks to the pile (4.00)
    I have always been a committed Dem, but this site gave me focus this year.

    Markos, your website is incredible and unique: it is run with a gentle but steady hand, with you emphasizing the stories that matter most, yet mechanisms for new stories to break through. And there's still a place for us all to praise the Red Sox.

    Before I found DKos, I had nowhere to send people I met who were morose and lost and wondering where they could fight the good fight. Now it's easy; I send 'em all here, where they're sucked into the wonderful vortex of progressive, people-driven energy that drips from this site in abundance. Now many of them, like me, are experiencing a series of firsts...

    Because of you, Markos:

    • I have donated money to a campaign for the first time
    • I've been able to convince others to change their votes (or at the very least, to sit this one out) for the first time....because I am organized and well-informed with topical facts which I have at my fingertips
    • I have traveled to a swing state to canvass, phone bank, drive voters to polls and generally GOTV for the first time (as are my wife and several friends)

    But aside from firsts, my most grateful thanks goes to you for one simple reason:  
         because of YOU, Markos, we will WIN on Tuesday!

    Time's "Man of the Year" is a good start for you, yes; but let me just say that I have no doubt that you saved this election with your work (and the work of those who visit this site); and I await with awe, eagerness and anticipation to see where we all go next.  :)

    Many, many thanks.

    Zach in Brooklyn
     

    "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert F. Kennedy

    by zknower on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:39:09 PM PDT

  •  In Boston, there is a statue of a minuteman (4.00)
    ....a citizen soldier, moved to action by the love of his country, and inspired by Adams, Jefferson and Franklin.

    Thank you for your inspiration, on behalf of 25,000 citizens moved to action by your talent, your leadership and your patriotism.

    We can change the world.....rearrange the world.  It's dying....to get better.
                           - Graham Nash

    A proud member of the reality-based community!

    by roxtar on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:43:05 PM PDT

  •  There's a short sci-fi story by Gregory Benford (4.00)
    where he has Joan of Arc and Voltaire argue in a cybernetic cafe called "Aux deux maggots."

    Just like in the Enlightement the cafés were a place of tremendous intellectual exchange that propelled the encyclopedists, this cybernetic space has spawned a net of concerned citizens of the planet Earth. You have created and nurtured the cybernetic "Aux deux maggots," and it is a great feat. Just like those people fought against the Bourbon dynasty, we try to control the Bush dynasty. Who would've thought the wheel of history would revolve thus?

    Against the most powerful man in the world and his cabal, only the American people can prevail. Y'all are a great part of the movement that will restore democracy and reason.

    We who live abroad must needs watch the battle as it happens, we have no powerful lobbyists like the Saudi royal family, but we have something much more powerful: the goodwill, the patience and the energy of the volunteers who GOTV, canvass, man the telephone banks, and get the vote out, one by one. This army will win democracy back for the American people and will forge a better world for all of us.

    Nosotros Kerrymos a John, porque George nos aBusha

    by sersan on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:45:19 PM PDT

  •  Here's to You (none)
    MarKOS!

    This site has been a Godsend!
    After listening to those cable idiots, thank God this place was here to restore a sense of sanity!

    Also a special thanks to Jeanene and Sam of Majority Repr=ort for leading me here in the first place!

  •  I feel like I'm among friends when I'm here... (4.00)
    This is not typical of me at all. I am a parent, husband, lawyer, and kossack.  The last one was a very welcomed, and surprising addition. I work many long days (and nights) at my Washington, DC law firm. I am often isolated in my thoughts about politics, culture, and society.  I come here to be among friends. I'll never meet you in person, but that's okay, because I feel your presence when I read what you write. You make me think, smile, (and  frown)-- but mostly, I SMILE. To put simply, you people inspire me.  
    Thank you for that.  

    Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism. -- Thomas Jefferson

    by Cranston Dem on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 06:50:10 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for pulling us together! (none)
  •  Feels like home to me. . . (none)
    Markos,

    I stumbled across this website via a hyperlink and never left.  When I want to know what is going on out there in the world, I come here first.

    I am addicted to the thoughtful, often well-versed, political dissertations that I have not found anywhere else.

    Thank you for making this possible.  And thank you to your family for the many hours I am sure they have done without your care and attention this long election season.

    Keep fightin' the good fight!  We've got your back!

    "Give me liberty, or give me death." - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

  •  I do not know what I did before I discovered (none)
    Kos and the beautiful and courageous and smart people you inspire. I too have become addicted to reading and sharing and this site is a miracle for us in the world dominated by the SCLM. Marcos thank you for giving us the info and the place to exchange ideas. Namaste
  •  Markos and all the DKos family - thank you! (4.00)
    Thanks for taking me from a bitching, brooding, frustrated progressive who saw nothing but hopeless continuation of the Bush neo-con cabal to someone who has stood up for change.

    Making GOTV calls, writing LTEs, and building up a huge email list to keep people informed about what was happening - I hope I've been able to help K/E-04 take back our country for democracy in some small way.

    I owe it to this community.  Thank you all for debunking the crap that came down from BushCo and the RNC, for letting me see a way of working through/past the media, and for helping me keep my sanity.

    Now let's GOTV and take this country back from the fraudulent bastards that currently inhabit it!

  •  Yeah (none)
    After the election we should all send Kos 10 bux to pay for his time and effort over the past year. To pay for his wife's patience over the past year. And to ensure the cutest baby of all time gets to pick whichever college... Well, you get the point.


    I figure, if there's 100,000 of us who come here regularly that are willing to donate, that adds up to a million bux! To kos, the millionaire!

  •  Thanks (none)
    I am a newcomer.  I know a good thing when I see it.  I'll be staying, thank-you.
  •  Without Daily Kos... (none)
    where would we be on Nov 3?  I'm pretty sure I would be wondering what else I could have done. I've done more and given more in the last two months than ever before. Without the information, support, and encouragement of this site I wouldn't have found the courage.

    Thank you Kos, thank you Kos' wife, and baby too. As my daughter would say "We rock!" and will continue long after Nov 3.

  •  Just another voice in the chorus (none)
    saying, "Thank You Markos and the entire Kossack community." First and last site I visit every day. The site design is impeccable & so friendly. The writing (kos, kid oakland, many many others) first-rate.

    I appreciate the discipline, the closing of ranks that will put us over the top Nov. 2 that this site has encouraged AND I look forward to seeing more dissent & wayout viewpoints come Nov. 3. Both are important.

    Thank you Markos.

  •  You're all crazy (4.00)
    If you want someone to thank, look in the mirror.

    I'm not out walking precincts. I'm not cold calling people in phone banks. I'm not doing the real hard work to lead us to victory.

    You guys are. It is me that owes you guys a big thank you, not the other way around.

    And I'm being fucking serious.

    •  Great leaders inspire (4.00)
      others to go out and do their best work. They don't necessarily do all the work themselves :-)

      I've written more letters, donated more money and freeped more polls than I would have otherwise, because of the inspiration I found here. Because there was a place where I could channel my anger over what's happened to America, and get ideas on what I could do to help in this election.

      Looking forward to enjoying the fruits of EVERYONE'S efforts on Tuesday.

      GOTV!!!

    •  I Appreciate your modesty... (4.00)
      But you picked up the torch after it fell from Dean's hands. You changed the software to something that could scale. You kept the site going when everyone rushed to the rail.

      You kept the Dean revolution going from February to now.

      And when Time does surprise you with the "Man of the Year" designation, stay just as modest as you are now.

      One of the true definitions of a Great Man is he doesn't admit to greatness. It's you, he says. You have the power. I was just the conduit.

      But no conduit, no circuit. No circuit, no movement. No movement, no victory. No victory, no hope.

      You gave all these people hope. You gave the Democratic Party a clubhouse after the Kerry people and the DNC people decided to "take back control" of the online apparatus.

      You did all that, because it needed to be done, simple as that. It was nothing, really.

      And yet, at the same time, it was everything.

      How many stories did these people break over the last two months, right here, on your "blog?" Dozens of stories, large and small. Stories that would not have seen the light of day if you weren't willing to, as Joe Trippi said, "let go."

      OK. Until Wednesday I shut up. Because like everyone else here...

      <center>I have promises to keep
      And miles to go before I sleep
      And miles to go before I sleep.
      </center>

    •  While you certainly didn't do it alone (none)
      (And I have been energized by all of the brilliant, passionate, pain-in-the-ass stubborn Kossacks. Thanks to you one and all.)

      You clearly were a catalyst for huge growth. Don't sell yourself short, and we won't sell ourselves short.

      For example, I contributed more money to Congressional races out of state than I would have ever been able to consider if I weren't able to use the Kos Dozen as a guide-same with the folks Atrios is supporting.

      And after feeling politically rootless and left behind by the mainstream parties, I have found that I do have a place filled with like minds after all. Y'all are crazy, but you're now family.

      Kerry in a freakin' landslide.

      And at least one Dem Majority House in Congress.

      Then, on to the next battle.

      A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are for. Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

      by boadicea on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:43:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yes Thanks For All You Do, And All You Don't Do (none)

    One reason I like this thread is that it bespeaks how you let this community do its thing without having to insert your voice at every turn. Your patience and discretion makes it possible for all of us at this site to focus together our loud public activity.

    Thank you Kos.

  •  Thanks, Volvo (none)
    for giving us all a place to express our thanks to Kos, who is, no doubt, to liberal American politics what Steve Jobs is to computing.

    May Kos long continue sticking his finger in the eyes of those who deserve it!

  •  This is a flawed poll! (none)
    My vote would be HELL YES!

    Kos is everything right about blogging, Democratic action, responsibility, courage, and speaking truth to power.

    I'm absolutely blown away by what he says, what we all say, and what we achieve.

    Kos for Secretary of the...Somethin'. Whatever he wants.

  •  Kudos (none)
    For the first three months I suffered Kos, I called him "cos" -- But I still think of him as my cos, even though he (you) have no idea who I am. Your site has been a lifesaver -- from the ravages of corporate media whoredom, that is. Shit, I feel so grateful for Kos and this site, I don't really no how to think him. Here's how I've tried:

    -- told everyone I know about Dkos, enlisted 6-7 daily peeps.

    -- gave money

    -- phone banked for Moveon

    -- canvased on Saturdays in Iowa City for the Dems

    -- sent countless letters, had two published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen

    -- freeped polls, mass-mailed friends, etc.

    But it's not enough. Kos is the man, and this is the most important blog on the web. I'll be here after November 2nd, fighting still.

    Thanks Kos.

    Let's talk about polls. I saw a poll where the right track/wrong track in Iraq was better than it is here in America! -- George W. Bush

    by godotnut on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 07:58:09 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for keeping me plugged in (none)
    I love this place.  Thanks Markos for all your hard work in making this blog the best around.
  •  Bless you (4.00)
    for giving us our voice back.
    •  that's it (none)
      exactly. and beautifully put.
      Add my thanks to the pile. I've been inspired by this site every day for the last umpteen months. It's the place I come to find the faith, to keep the faith, and then charge out into the rest of the world to try and make a difference. To steal their phrase, it's the mother of all battery re-chargers, when we need it most. Thanks Kos, for making it possible.

      "You Be the Judge (Oh Yeah)" - a mash-up of Debate 3, featuring drums, keys, and horse clops -- now playing at http://monkeyvortex.com

      by cecil vortex on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:09:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I cannot imagine life without this site Kos! (none)
    After election 2000, The Daily Show kept me from shooting myself or from moving to Europe.

    In 2002-2003, MoveOn made me realize that I could make a difference while Bush was in office.

    In early 2004, Howard Dean made me realize there was indeed hope for the Dems and progressives yet.

    But this summer it was DailyKos - and secondarily the entire political blogosphere - that made me realize that we progressives really can change America for the better, RIGHT NOW.

    One blog entry at a time.  One LTE at a time.  One tweaked meme at a time.  One call to a swing state voter at a time.  One black hoodie at a time.

    To Senor Kos and all my fellow Kosa Nostrans: you are true patriots, you are all the things already listed above...I am not sure what my life would have been like this year if this site was not there for me.

    VISUALIZE WINNING - we're doing it folks.

    "If anybody ever tells you that one vote doesn't count, you tell them to come talk to me." - Al Gore

    by Prog Grrl 68 on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:01:58 PM PDT

  •  Many , many thanks! (none)
    I can't thank you enough for this wonderful community upon which I stumbled mid-summer. It's become my "go to" news site for opinion and information.

    Through your site, I am regularly linked to op-ed and LTE's published in major newspapers across the country. Important fact and opinion, published in journals I don't have access to, are often linked here.

    I have learned so much in the space of a few months about polling, GOTV technique and the recognized, but not understood cynicism and corruption of the  Republican right-wing.

    Your site has been a god-send in the depths of my despair at the extemity of the Gingrich pendulum swing.

    You, and all my fellow Kossacks, give me hope.

       

  •  Although it's been said... (none)
    ...many times, many ways, etc.

    Words just aren't adequate enough.

    I agree with, endorse, amplify, and second the many fine comments above and below.

    This site rocks. The technology rocks. The implementation rocks. The people here rock. Kos rocks.

    Rock on, and on, and on.

    I love this place, I love what we've done, I love what we're doing and what we're gonna do. I love you.

    Peace, RubDMC

    "I really loved watching John Kerry kick FratBoy's ass three times on national television, and now we're all gonna help him rip Bush a whole new asshole on November 2nd. After that, the hard work starts." Moi

  •  Thank You Kos! (none)
    I feel a bit unempowered. I work for a wage that barely pays the bills. I cannot afford to donate to campaigns. I work so much and spend my free time looking for better jobs that the only GOTV effort I have participated in is talking with friend and family. I know I have ensured a handful of Ohio votes for Kerry, but that is nothing in comparison to other members of dKos.

    There are some of us whose only real power lies in our vote. Otherwise, we empower ourselves vicariously through those in a better position.

    This blog has given me so much hope after the past 3+ years of fear. Thank you.

  •  Another, Thank You Kos (4.00)
    It's always darkest before the dawn...

    I'm a life-long Liberal. And believe it or not, was always proud to be one. Mom & Dad were Liberals, grandparents were Liberals, and most all of our relatives were Liberals. (Being such, we didn't talk much with the relatives who weren't) I came of age during Watergate, so ever since I was a child I truly believed that Republicans were a corrupt bunch of assholes. Ford and Carter came and went, then Ray-Gun and his 2nd banana Bush one. I'm sure many here will identify when I say that I felt as if I was living on another planet during those 12 long years. I just kept asking myself, how the fuck could all these people vote for these bad, bad men?

    Then Big Dog came along (love that moniker, another thing I learned here) and although our democracy had been damaged badly, my faith in humanity was restored for eight wonderful years. As we all know, the bastards did everything they could to throw Bubba's presidency off track. (OK, ok he pulled a few less than stellar moves himself, but unlike this preznit, at least he admitted to being human) From 1992 on, the Repukes were scheming and planning on how to put another one of their puppets back in office. (contract with America my ass!) But they couldn't do it legitimately so in 2000 they went and STOLE the fucking election. Man it was a dark period.

    Oh how much we have learned since that vile moment in time. And now, this year, thanks to a coalescing of forces, not the least of which is this wacky blog phenomenon and a guy named Kos, we are going to kick some sorry Repuklican ass.

    As a community we owe a great debit of gratitude to Kos. He has provided us with ideas, news, information and insight, but most importantly, he's provided a forum to share our passion and love of Democracy. A place where we can be patriots! Personally I have learned so freaking much since I starting frequenting this place it just blows my mind.

    The skies are starting to clear. Bless you Kos, you came along just when we needed you the most.

    "Power to the people right on". - John Lennon

    by jordanl on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:13:28 PM PDT

  •  Thanks (none)
    This is one of my all time favorite political blogs.  Kos has managed to attract individuals who are not only brilliant analyst but witty as well.  I found more news on this blog than I have through other venues. Keep up the good work everyone.  
  •  Thank you, KOS! (none)
    You rock! I am so addicted to this site! Are you taking suggestions on evolution after the victory?
  •  What Dailykos means to us ... it is our heart (none)
    The train wreck of the radical right turned a corner and became the evangelical right which broke the meter on fear.  The RR was successful largely because they had a place to congregate, the organizing tool of the churches.  Some of us have been fighting the RR, evangelicals, for 30 years wondering when and where that organizational place was going to rear it's illuminated head for the Dems.  We dreamed, we had visions, we prayed but never did we imagine our miracle would be the home of Kos.

    Along the way, Liberal became a dirty word.  Some shrunk from the label but there were stalwarts that never did, Paul Wellstone, Howard Dean, Barbara Boxer are but a few.  Kos has given us our country back but it has done more ... it has given us the pride, the unadultered joy of calling ourselves liberals once again.  It has also given us the courage to redefine what the Hell the Democratic Party stands for.  

    Cheers to the progressives, the liberals, the moderates and newly registered Democrats that don't yet know where they fit in.  Together we will discover who we are once again.  None of these words would have been possible without Markos.  All of our collective hats off to you.

    "Winning the war is the military's job, winning the peace is the president's job." John Kerry October 8, 2004

    by caliberal on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:18:32 PM PDT

  •  Markos Tribute (none)
    About 6 months ago I started noticing that the SCLM of CNN, MSNBC,etc.were starting to sound as
    conservatively biased as FOX. I don't remember
    how I learned about blogsites and Daily Kos in
    particular, but they were like oasises in a
    searing desert. I come to the Daily Kos for
    daily enlightenment and reinforcement of my belief in our country's Democratic ideals.
    If John Kerry wins on Tuesday,(and I believe that he will), we all owe Markos a debt of gratitude for the next 4 years and many more if you consider the Supreme Court vacancies that the next President will fill. I'm proud to call myself a Kossak, a true reality based community, even if I'm an atypical member, female in my late 50's.  
    •  Thank you Markos (none)
      and everybody who belongs to the family. Found dKos about a month ago, glad to belong to this great community, though I am also from another generation (late 60, German, experienced WWII as a kid).
      Very seldom do I add because my written English is not the best.
      I am very proud having been able to fight against Sinclair day and night and get the real news out by contacting the media (of course, always mentioning dailykos.
      Thanks again to "our new media".
      Ingrid
  •  You and other bloggers changed the dynamics (none)
    Thank you Markos.  Thank you Atrios. Thank you Dean.

    I really believe you have shaken the populace up and forced them to pay attention. If it hadn't been for you. I believe that Bush, the media and their lies would have had a run away with this election.
    We now at least have a chance.

  •  A tip of the hat... (none)
    Everything everyone's said and more. Thank you for motivating a two decades-long political junkie to actually get out there and write letters, and canvass -- even speak on stage with future IL Senator Barack Obama when called upon following all of that 'being active'. Wouldn't have done it without you...literally.

    Your wonderful blog (I'm hugging my monitor right now) has led me down so many avenues the past year. I was a lurker for some 9 months before I actually signed up to post. Once I began, I was always learning something new and fascinating. dKos has been the best political reference library and team of researchers a girl could ever wish for.

    This community is valuable beyond compare. I am so happy whenever I can participate and enjoy the 'company' of the others online in this little corner of the Internets.

    Bravo to you Kos, and to your whole family and team.

    Long may you type! :o)

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Meade

    by ilona on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:28:14 PM PDT

  •  Good on yer, kos (none)
    Thank you for hosting our discourse and providing the mechanisms by which the information is crunched and the community built.

    Proud Member of the Reality-Based Community

    by Loquatrix on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 08:31:22 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    This is my first post - so appropos that it is thank you - I became profoundly deaf just prior to the last election. I live in a repressed area of western NC - I have been losing my mind trying to find people of the same mind as myself and be able to have total communication. Your site and format have been a life saver for me. Thank you!!!

    GOTV

  •  You Rock... (none)
    Thank you kos.......and you all kossacks here, for giving all of us a voice.  I finally find the kindred spirit that I long for the past 4  years.  I no longer feel alone, no longer feel small and helpless.  The energy, the passion, the kind words...and most of all, the needs of wood on the internets jokes had guided me through many difficult paths in this journey as an activist.  You have trully shown what democracy and grassroot movement is all about.  
    Now, two more days... lets GOTV and work our tails off.
  •  Thank you for all you've done for us Markos (none)
    4 years ago, all I could do was stare at my computer screen in passive horror.  There was nothing that I felt that I could do.  But through this medium, I have been energized to write letters to the editor that have been published, to contact advertisers and news media to complain and get results and to send information out to my friends and acquaintances across to world to try to be a part of the movement to get rid of the illegal resident of the WH.

    Thanks to you and your loyal brand of Kossacks, we have made a difference in our world.

  •  My fire's lit! (none)
    Thank you Markos for lighting my fire!

    My first two "political" memories are 1) being at band camp and being forced to watch Nixon resign. I defended him to the bitter end and then couldn't believe that the PRESIDENT would do such things. 2) The second one was the much sillier in that my favorite dog was killed out on a dark highway the night Reagan was elected. I took that as the second sign that I was no Republican!

    I pretty much sailed through the '80's and '90's being single, traveling, studying,  getting married and having kids, but didnt' start paying attention again until the Clinton "troubles."

    I start my morning each and every day looking at your site and it never fails to educate me, make me laugh or remotivate me!

    I have since encouraged my friends, written letters, made phone calls, attended rallies (Moms for Kerry today in Indy) and maintained a list of 20 or so other interested Dem friends that I regularly forward items of interest to.

    I think you and your site are mahvelous!

    Thanks again,
    tripletma

  •  To Kos and all Kossacks, (none)
    All of you rock! Thank you for all of the positive energy you all so freely share. Being able to participate in this community has become so important to me - kudos to its builders and maintainers! I have been blown away by the magnitude of the impact that the Daily Kos has had on our nation, and I am so excited about all the positive contributions we'll make in the future!
  •  Thank you, Kos (none)
    You're right up there with Howard Dean in my estimation.  Perilous times call for great men, and you are one.  

    I can't imagine life without this community.

  •  I was going to vote Kerry anyway (none)

    but now I'm an informed voter, and an active volunteer.

    thanks everyone.

  •  This site (none)
    I am a lurker, and have been been, addictively for about 8 weeks.  I am posting my first comment as a sincere appreciation for this site, and for ALL those who contribute to it.  

    I have been thinking that I would become an active contributer AFTER the election -- whichever way it goes, we must continue this work.  There is so much at stake.

    Cheers to you all,

    lindiana0

  •  the Kos forum is a major asset (none)
    to this election.
  •  Here's to Markos! (none)
    ((raising a glass in his honor))

    Blogs have made their mark on history in this election, and Kos has made his mark among blogs.

  •  since mydd two years ago (none)
    it has felt vital to connect with each other during the reality challenged W. administration.  I've lurked and occasionally posted since Markos got the sight up.  It was great as a community and as a pressure release.

    But never did I anticipate that the fundraising, fact checking, electoral vote strategizing, LTE motivating, GOTV preaching, kosopedia referencing could take place in this quick a time.

    Markos deserves credit for sticking to it, for allowing the site to change several times without feeling reactionary. The implementation of Scoop of course has made so much difference in keeping some the red herring arguements of Freepers from taking to much of our bandwidth.  

    Mostly he deserves credit for towing a line of being a partisan Dem, who is willing to criticize stupidity and acknowledge that understanding the DNC, DLC, etc... is someting we need to do if we want to know why we are doing what we are doing.  Then we can hash out tactics and strategy.  It makes it easier to debate ideas but not have to pussy-foot around wanting the Dems to win (this cycle).  

    I also agree that having a site like this to refer people to is invaluable.  I hope we can usually realize that we are always conducting ourselves in a glass house, where everything is visible to the curious but silent.  Not that we should refrain from any type of posting per se:  just that we should try to post our best efforts.  Always striving for more signal to less noise.

    But the site does this remarkably well, and I hope that we develop a good way to convey that understanding as people cycle through.

    Thanks kos,  and double thanks for helping blez get Athleticsnation to the next level.  Go A's.

  •  How do you spell patriot? (none)
    Markos Moulitsas Zúniga
  •  Visionary (none)
    Markos -- you are a true visionary.  This site is an amazing community.  But your vision -- and your relentless motivation and ability to motivate are extraorinary.  Tuesday is just the beginning!
  •  Longtime reader, firstime poster (none)
    says thanks, kos.  Well done!
  •  Thanks (none)
    A true human being you have made a differance
  •  To you, Markos (none)
    And to all the Kossacks.

    A heartfelt THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

    What can I say that hasn't already been said so eloquently?

    You have done something truely amazing. It's so simple and yet so remarkable - we haven't seen its full potential yet.  

    You have put together a platform for democracy. Real democracy. That puts the power back in the hands of the people.

    I see the people here - intelligent, wise, funny, vital, vibrant - and I know it is in good hands.

    When I'm feeling down and out, this site restores my faith in people.

  •  Thanks Kos (none)
    Here's to November 3rd

    "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry

    by alxt on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 09:59:50 PM PDT

  •  Can't agree more (none)
    I found this site through the Dean blog and it has been my conduit to the campaign and to all the wonderful progressives out there who want to take back the county. I never gave money to a political candidate before this election and from this point forward I will never give to a political candidate without adding $0.01 to the end. It's the penny revolution and Kos has done so much more than his fair share.
  •  Glad this site is here, (none)
    and very glad someone told me about it.  It is my favorite.  Thank you Markos, for your time, your talent, and your perseverence.  
    You have helped us take our country back, DUDE.
  •  dKos (none)
    ...is the future of media.

    Spectacularly well-implemented site, terrific community.

    Markos, what you've created is most exceedingly worthy.

    Profound thanks.

  •  Thank you, Kos! (none)
    And many thanks to Elissa.
    May Ari have the very best, most joyful first birthday any child could ask for! Somehow I think he will ..
  •  Thanks to Markos and the community (none)
    Without this blog, I'm not sure I would have done the things I have this year.  Long ago, I was very involved in Democrat politics--a precinct chair, a ward chair, a township chair, a statewide coordinator for a presidential candidate.  But when Reagan got elected, I turned to grad school and I haven't been involved since.  Thanks to this group, I have contributed, written letters to single moms, organized a tech crew, and used my academic credentials as I never have in the past to force editors and writers to do the right thing, from correcting websites to including other voices.  It had never occurred to me--until I started reading here--that my complaints could actually do some good. Markos, thanks for making this possible and all the rest of you for inspiring those of us who have been out of politics for a long time.  GOTV!
  •  Lets take a collection (none)
    and buy Kos and his family a trip, here!

    Ever been to Kos, Kos?

    Any travel agents want to set up a contribution site?

    = = =

    But I won't contribute to this until after the swearing in ceremonies. First we win.

    10 Why ain't OBL dead?
    20 GOTO 10
    RUN

  •  Everything has changed, Thanks ... (4.00)
    ... in part to sites like this.  Post-mortems may show that KOS and others had an integral role in coordinating and aligning strategy and flow of information.  History might also show that this is when major media lost its vise grip on the "truth" and the real conversation started.  Paris had its salons - this is where the new thought is coming from.

    On a personal note; because of this site I got off my ass, went to my embattled Democratic Party HQ (um... Houston, Texas?) and started doing anything I could.  I quit obsessing on CNN and (to a lesser extent) KOS and donated computer equipment, time, and consulting support.  I helped them upgrade their network and got out my credit card and bought the equipment they needed to set up a wireless hotspot for their legal teams to monitor polls and GOTV support on Tuesday (I'll finish setup tomorrow morning, hopefully).

    It's too early to know for sure, but there's a real excitement and hope for the first time in many years.  Bush's home town may have a 50-50 chance of breaking for Kerry and Democrats are even talking seriously about taking some local judicial elections.  I've also been privileged to watch people separated by up to 40 years of age talk excitedly about promoting ideas like an "activist incubator" based in the office among other things.  Very cool.

    Seriously, thank you to Markos and all KOS community for the inspiration and a touch of sanity amid the chaos.  Thanks, also, to his tech support team for the Herculean efforts needed to keep this site going under unbelievable pressure!
    Enough of that - back to work!  We're not done yet...

  •  More than thanks (none)
    What I see in your site is hope for the future of democracy.  This has been the darkest time since the early 30's in Germany.  It has seemed that there is little hope of our democracy surviving the coup of 2000, but the power of what you have created (the best manifestation of the possibility of a community on the internet) is what gives me the most faith in our power to rescue our country.  I am constantly impressed by the thoughtfulness and knowledge of the contributions as well as by the immediacy of information.  The fact that this site is designed to involve everyone just blows me away.  I know I am just gushing here, but what you have created can change the world...for the better. This site has helped us all to feel like we are not alone and powerless against the darkness that has overtaken our country.  Thank you

    Hg

  •  Thanks KOS (none)
    We couldn't do it without you and the people that visit you.
  •  Thanks Kos (none)
    This site has meant so much to me and inspired me to work and donate to what I believe in. It also has provided great conversation. Thanks again.

    GDoyle

    "Deserves got nothing to do with it"-William Munny, "Unforgiven"

    by GDoyle on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:18:28 PM PDT

  •  Inspiration not motivation. (none)
    Motivation is temporary.  This site is an inspiration to me.  Inspiration last a lifetime.  Inspiration drives me.  So many told me to not waste my time paying attention to politics because "we" couldn't change anything.  I never agreed with that person, and this site is a great reason not to.  One person can change the world.  Kos is a great example.  All of the people who post here and debunk are great examples.

    One of my favorite quotes is from Michael Jordan.  "I listen, I am aware of my success, but I never stop trying to get better."  
    That applies to all of us.  We will get better.  We will make this country better, no matter what.  Thanks Kos!!!!

  •  I'm not a historian (none)
    So I'm not sure about these comparisons.  Maybe Kos is the Benjamin Franklin of our times?  Or the Thomas Paine?

    What you have given to so many of us, Markos, is a safe haven where we could find each other, share ideas, find inspiration, plan strategies, and report on our unique experiences.  It's amazing to read all of the above comments, to see how diverse we are in ages, backgrounds, and locations-- and yet we all feel completely at home in the Kingdom of Kos.

    Thank you for being our benevolent ruler!

    (Now I can tell it's late-- way too many mixed metaphors!  But you know what I mean, right?)

    "Kerry by a landslide!"

    by Sandia Blanca on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:24:15 PM PDT

  •  This is what democracy looks like! (none)
    Markos--

    Everyone's already said it for me, but thank you for all that you do!

    wOOt!

    (They're slogans, sure, but heartfelt.)

    Dean Democrat for Kerry

    by Rita in DC on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:34:28 PM PDT

  •  A small group ..... (none)
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens               
    Can change the world;   indeed it's the only thing that ever has.  
    --Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American Anthropologist
           

    Last year I ran for the school board, I lost by 1 vote (small town) but when asked "Why I wanted the position" ... my answer was fairly simple.

    A community is defined by those who participate, I believe in community, I believe in our youth, and our schools.
    Thanks KOS for this community.

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by badgerette on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:37:40 PM PDT

  •  Thank you so much (none)
    This venue has been a source of inspiration and joy for me. To know that I am connecting with other like minded folks from everywhere has been great.

    During the highs and lows of the campaign, I was able to come here and share my feelings. As a person involved in the social services field, I can tell you that a sense of connection is important.

    So honored to be with everyone here and so proud to be a democrat.  

  •  This site kicked my ass.. (none)
    into gear!  For democracy!

    Woo hoo!!!

    I love anything that provides me with a realistically positive window to the future.  Thanks, kos.

    Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. - Albert Einstein

    by smugbug on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:41:43 PM PDT

  •  Thank you KOS (none)
    I have been lurking at this site since 2002, coming from talking points memo & media whores online.  This site has continued to be the "light in dark places" for many of us.  When the other side has what seems a devastating story or spin I can come here to find a clue to the truth, and pass it on to off-line folk.
    Thank you and blessings on you and your family.
  •  I bookmarked dKos... (none)
    the day I found it. As a non-American living abroad, I had the belief that most Americans were, unfortunately, kool-aid drinking Bush apologists who weren't aware of just how fucked up things were.

    dKos sure knocked that thought right outta my head! ;) Now when people say 'They'll re-elect Bush; the Americans don't know any better', I have the solid grounding of dailykos.com to fall back on and hit back with.

    Thanks for proving to me that there is hope yet. My wife and I want to visit the US, but wouldn't until there was regime change. Looks like we have a trip to book for next year :)

    (And, FWIW, I've even convinced an American or two living in the UK to get their shit together, and they've since voted absentee - for Kerry!)

  •  How Markos Changed My Life (none)
    The Cave
    I used to believe that voting, paying your taxes, and showing up for jury duty were all that was really required of you to be a good citizen.

    Then came Bush v. Gore. I was one of the many lawyers who railed on the Supreme Court in the aftermath. That case, more than anything else, sealed my exit from the legal profession for good.

    After 9/11, I started to wonder if I'd gone mad. Having been a centrist all my life, I suddenly found that my opinions were considered out-of-the-mainstream even though they hadn't changed one whit. I barely recognized my country.

    Coming Out of the Cave
    Then I found the DailyKos. For the longest time, I just lurked--this was Dean Country, I was an Edwards supporter, and I couldn't figure out how to post anyway. By the time I learned, I was hooked.

    2004 was already a unique year for me in that I was willing to make donations and volunteer for campaigns. I thought I was doing a lot, since it was a lot more than I'd ever done before. But as my anger about the direction of our country literally sickened me--John Ashcroft, Abu Graib, and Swiftboats--I realized that the only thing that eased the pain was to take action. Helplessness is the real mind-killer.

    I took a pledge in August to write one letter a day until the election and asked others to join me. I didn't know how much that pledge on the DailyKos would change me.

    At first I wrote a few letters a day, just in case I got tired later and needed some leeway. I joined the Media Corp at the Kerry campaign, but they asked too little of me. I needed to exhaust myself to get the toxin out of my system. So I joined ACT and the Rapid Response Network.

    A subtle shift was at work in my thinking. This community helped me believe that although we can't outbuy our foes or even necessarily outsmart them, we can out-work them. It's the one thing that is entirely under our control.

    So I volunteered to be the Maryland State Coordinator for the Rapid Response Network, I registered voters, I recruited volunteers, raised money, compiled information, and otherwise ramped up my activity. My life has changed quite a bit.

    The Philosophers
    I can't see past November 3rd--I joke with my husband that after Kerry wins I never want to have anything to do with politics again.

    But Markos himself has disabused me of that notion by hammering the point that Democracy is a participatory sport. It shocked me to find that Republicans ran unopposed and that our party was in such bad need of infrastructure and people power. If you're not willing to run things, someone else will. It's a paradigm shift that I wish I wasn't making, but I'm making it. I wonder if you are too.

    I'm too focused now to make any promises past election day, but I can tell you this much: I now know that civic duty is more than just voting, paying your taxes, and showing up for jury duty.

    When we win this election it will be due, in large part, to Markos and people like him. He is a patriot and has my thanks.

  •  Thanks from me too (none)
    I'm relatively new to this site but I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to hear like-minded voices in the world. This web site has been a source of comfort and a spur to activism for me.

    I  was this active last in the late 60's when I was in college and went on many a peace march. At that point many of us felt that we had changed the world for the future. Little did we know that the dark forces would rise again and become so powerful.

    It is really incredible that we are able to go to this website and organize, take action, and read about the important issues. I have been ragging on my teenage son for a long time to get off the internet and do a few other things. Now the tables are turned and he says to me, "Mom, when are you going to get off the computer?"

    The daily Kos site is amazingly organized from the glossary, to the diaries, to the really great writing about the issues. I check in at least two times a day. Thank you Kos and thank extra much because I know how hard this must be at the same time that you have a small child. You must be a great Dad.

    Have you made phone calls today at www.calls.johnkerry.com? GOTV

    by marysk on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:48:53 PM PDT

  •  hail the mighty kos! (none)
    this site has been wonderful.  i have had a serious political passion but never knew about this kind of site... until the wonderful Dean campaign.  i could still tear up just a little ... those were fun times when dean was tearing up the democratic party late last year!  

    in any event... i have been like a political camel seeing the oasis of daily kos... lapping up this stuff like mad.  hmmm.  not the best simile but the best i could do on a midnight shift.  many many thanks... it is great to have a place to put news.. political activism... and really an open forum for people to share.  

    now i will be canvassing mon cuz of all of you... and i pray that the site will be able to take 2 katrillion hits tue night!  comments only?  no ads?  i will be interested to see what it looks like!

    thanks again,
    eric

    Bush must not be elected in '04!

    by esherard8 on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:49:46 PM PDT

  •  Thank you, KOS (none)
    for giving everyone out here in blogosphere (did skippy coin that phrase by the way?) a way to voice up and intelligently (well, most of the time anyway) discuss the issues that are not covered anymore in the "media" (and, I use that term...loosely.)

    You have inspired us to start our own little cyber soap boxes...but we always come back to drink from the well of knowledge and companionship.

    Because of your inspiration, perhaps NOW everyday "jack and jillian" voices will be finally heard in the halls of DC and in our own City Halls and State Governments. Perhaps NOW the media will start actually covering the important topics. Perhaps NOW people will have the strength to stand up and say that the Emperor has no clothes, because they know that there is a community of people who know it too. Perhaps NOW this will start to be a land of the people, for the people and by the people. One voice can be blotted out....but when the cacophony of voices asking the same questions can not be drowned out, then perhaps we will finally be heard.

    KOS....Thank you for this wonderful (and sometimes exhasperating) community of thinkers and DOERS.

    Namaste.

    "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - JFK

    by jillian on Sat Oct 30, 2004 at 10:55:10 PM PDT

  •  Kos (none)
    You are wrong so often. You pissed me off in the primary season many, many times. But all is forgiven, man. Your site is a force for good. You have us energized and believing. I know so many Dems whose modus operandi is to mess their diaper at the first sign of trouble. I think you beat that out of many of them. You provided tools for us to give, to believe, to hope. You've moved the culture.

    I think you're full of crap about the relevance of the party system--if the blogosphere or something else supplants parties, it's just basic Adorno and Horkheimer that the new entity will morph in to the party system. But we can certainly keep the party honest. We can get e-mails in the next cycle that won't refer to us as the "on-line community" as if we're toons in a MMORPG but instead as living, breathing voters who happen to connect through the Internet(s). It won't quite add up to a smart mob like you seem to think. But it will move the chains so freaking far downfield towards democracy.

    Thank you!

  •  Thanks, Kos (none)
    I haven't always agreed with every call you've made about this site, but the sheer impact you've had on American politics is nothing short of astounding.

    You are amazing.  I'll say it again.  You are amazing.

    Keep up the good work.

    I like Paul Babbitt. After you read this, so will you.

    by Nonpartisan on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 12:05:21 AM PDT

  •  Mad props to Kos! (none)
    This was probably one of the first blogs that I started reading on a regular basis, and has inspired me to 1) blog as well and 2) give the Democrats another chance after years of being an unabashed liberal independent.

    Here's to your hard work, and to hope.

    Slainte.

  •  For everything (none)
    I agree... thanks kos... your site is the device, even if, as you say, we drive it.

    That said, I want to give big ups to the Kos community, who took a good blog site and made it the best site.

    To maryscottoconner:
    i read everything you write.  you express the emotion of the everyday activist in a way that is so true that it should probably be the official record for the mood swings of 2004.

    To pastordan:
    sometimes you are irreverant, letting me take my mind off my outrage fatigue.  sometimes you challenge me, force me to marinate on a thought... like a zen master (or maybe just like no pastor i ever met ;)

    To Bill in Portland Maine:
    The daily show of blogsphere... you rule

    To TealVeal:
    just for the haikus.

    To PBJDiddy:
    sometimes controversial, usually hillarious, always thought provoking, a joy to read.

    I am sure i am leaving a million kossacks off, and i do apologize to those who slipped my mind at the moment.  Use this post as a jumping off point to thank your favorite kossacks, and let the community know just how important they are.

    And as i have said at least 50 times befor Kos:

    THANKS FOR LETTING US PLAY IN YOUR POOL!

  •  Mille Grazie from my Grandfather, long dead (none)
    Night after night, kids finally asleep, exhausted, should turn in, but not during a crisis this sweeping & dire. I'm doing this for them, for me, for the future. Everything I learn only adding to the sense of urgency, of disbelief & incredulousness that again & again solidify into a driven, almost manic resolve: scan news, cut, copy, paste, forward, bcc, inform, keep trying to get the real news stories out to my extended network...nothing in the mainstream press exists that is saying anything like what must be said & heard & comprehended so we can shift the course of our country, confront the horrific, vicious travesty unfolding behind the veil.

    Last month, a friend emails me in shock "You sent all those last night at 3-am? Get some sleep, man!"

    I said I can make three more weeks with 4-5hrs or less. I don't know what else to do. I have to do something. Finding the pertinent & persuasive stories & sending them along. Is it having any effect?

    Then at one point last month, I get an email from a female expat living in Japan, who is feeling disconnected, asking "Have you heard about that book Stolen Honor?" I think--how the heck did one of my forwards get all the way there? And then, how the heck do I handle this conversation...but somehow it carries on for several weeks of correspondence, trying as carefully as possible to break through to just one more voter, one more citizen, who is surrounded by the propaganda, asking simple questions in isolation...

    Truthout; Intel Dump; GNN; Kos...

    Kos.

    Thanks for recovering our spirit with us, being the fourth estate when the press had abdicated almost universally, for providing the framework & culture ("copyright 2004, Steal what you want."--love it). This community, my heart swells, overwhelmed with gratitude. I'm first generation, father left fascist Italy, grandfather's legacy was in part to teach all of us the signs, so we would know it if it ever came to our shores. The alarm has been buzzing in my head for several years now, and yet I didn't know where or how to find a group to carry the fight with, how to take on the project of substantive, significant change.

    Then I found Kos.

    The evening I read the diary of kid oakland, and in the middle, someone asked, "KO, are you Van Jones?" and I knew I'd found my people.

    Registered & de-cloaking after far too long standing outside the door.

    My father said in darkest tones, over & over this year: "Good thing Babbo is dead, to see his America become like this..." Yet lately I've been able to counter: yes, but look at what's building momentum and energy. The activism that spans deep chasms of origin/preferences/background/culture-- finding an urgent priority in common, and working within a system that was structured to include antibodies against just these sorts of abuses and deadly mutations...there's hope again, and it's a tremendous validation of why grandfather brought us here, and what he loved most about our country. I think he would be so proud, right now, to see us here.

    GOTV

  •  Amen! (none)
    Markos;

    As an old anti-Vietnam War activist, I felt like I had finally come home when I found this site after years of giving up on American politics. I have raged, rejoiced, cried, hoped, prayed, and worked day and night for our shared ideals since I read the first post.

    DKos has become a rallying place for true American patriots who want to make a difference; for a cause we believe in enough to give our brains, blood, sweat, and tears, without hesitation or pause.

    Your dedication has inspired us all, and the work will go on no matter the result Tuesday, because we finally believe we CAN make a difference, we CAN stop the madness, we CAN heal the divisions, and change the direction of our beloved country.

    Please accept my thanks and my gratitude, and hold your head high. Whether you feel like one or not, you're a genuine hero.

    God bless you, and the many, many others who work here for the betterment of America, instead of their own selfish agendas. I'm proud to be among the Kossacks, no matter how small my part!!!

    Theory is when we know everything and nothing works. Practice is when everything works and nobody knows why. (Einstein)

    by CodeTalker on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 01:08:12 AM PST

  •  Thanks Kos (none)
    This is a great site. For political junkies out there who needed a forum to discuss the latest news and strategies and media lies, this is a great site. I will be doing my first volunteer work in Nevada on Mon. and Tues., in no small part because of the motivation given to me by this site and the GOTV stories told by others.

    Also, thanks for recommending my Florida diary yesterday. There's nothing greater than to achieve the blessing of the site master for my little diary.

    Of course, I would also like to thank everyone who contributes to this site. A few notables off the top of my head include Meteor Blades, DemfromCT, ctkeith, Maryscott, JamesB3, Rimjob, Armando, pontificator, Bill in Portland, matt2b and of course all the others I'm forgetting because it is so late.  This site has been my refuge from the storm for the past six months. Hopefully if the election goes well I can take a break from politics for a while and get back to my life.

  •  Thank you, Kos (4.00)
    As an interloper from outside the USA, DKos has been incredibly informative and has given me a unique insight unavailable elsewhere.

    As a mechanism for mobilising and inspiring supporters, for influencing the media and for clearing the fog of electioneering, it offers lessons to all of us in our support of liberals in our own country.

    But in thanking Kos for making this possible, I need to thank all the participants here.

    Firstly, you have all been kind in accepting the stumbling questions of someone from Old Europe.

    Secondly, and most importantly, as someone who loves your country and has many friends in it, you have allowed me to overcome a growing distaste for what it represents. You have reminded me that it can be both intelligent and compassionate. After the last four years, the world needs to be reminded of this and, if there is a single reason for the election of John Kerry, it is that he represents this intelligence and compassion.

    Thank you Kos for this site and for your Guardian articles and thank you everyone.  

  •  Thank you (none)
    for keeping me sane, keeping me moving, giving me hope, giving me ideas, making me part of a community.
  •  The best. (none)
    This site keeps me tethered to reason.

    It's also great bekos it's the bellweather of mainstream media's slow, sure collapse.

    (I will be happy to dance on that grave.)

    Thank you Markos. I truly would have been despairinf without the warmth and intelligence of the community you have fostered here.

    DailyKos, my Anti-Drudge

    by joojooluv on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 03:03:00 AM PST

  •  Thank you Kos! (none)
    Here's to Bush's November 3rd one-fingered "victory" salute...

    I'm going on a hunger strike until you put up a tip jar as well

  •  I've lived in red states my whole life (none)
    and had to keep my opinions to myself, but here I find people who have the same wonderful perspective.
    I'm sooo grateful to dailykos and airamericaradio
    for empowering me to GOTV cause there are lots of people that agree w/me even here in NC.  I am working to make NC a blue state in 2004!!

    Thanks for a sane refuge from the neo con "fairy tale" ?

  •  Welcome little Millennial Seedling (none)
     All of us boomers have been waiting for you. And we are VERY proud of you. You are an example of our very best work.
  •  <b>To Kos and all Kossarians</b> (none)
    I'm a foreigner and I was sceptically about the political engagement of Americans. Now I know that I underestimated you completely. Dailykos gave me back the hope of human intellect and the hope, that hearts can be more powerful than politics. Human beings can be powerful - and you are.
    I know that you will win (after looking at the polls from Sunday)and I'm glad that I am able to watch your winning.
    I got so many good informations and insights, so that my hope changed to certainness.
    I wish you all the best and thank you Markos for this excellent site.
    Juergen, Germany

       

  •  Thanks Kos (none)
    I was late getting here, but thanks to the Horse I made it.  I love it that there's a place where I can hear the ideals and policys dear to me supported and encouraged.  I love it that I have become a font of knowledge suitable for debunking neocon lies and deceptions.  And I love it when I can buck up a phone bank volunteer by sharing the scoop on what the polls are really saying.
    Couldn't have done it without all your work.  You will always be a hero to me.
  •  You have blown away the cobwebs of apathy (none)
    Thanks from Upstate New York for at truly brilliant site.

    Please don't rest on you laurels yet! We need you for about another 40 years!

    "The Dream of reason did not take power into account." Paul Starr The Social Transformation of American Medicine

    by donag on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 04:34:14 AM PST

  •  Thank you so much (none)
    What you've done is mobilize and energize a pretty downtrodden group. This is far more than winning this election (although it's a damn good start). It's a way to begin to return this nation to reason. I think the work is only starting on Tuesday. The real wolves will be popping out of the "bushes" before Kerry's inaugeration. This is a powerful weapon and for the first time in a few decades, I have hope. Thank you so much for bringing us together.
  •  How can we thank you best? (none)
    I can't say it as well as some have, but anyway feel the need to add my comment.  You are truly a great American, I hope you get the acknowledgment, praise, love, and rewards that you deserve.
  •  Thank you (none)
    for providing a venue that inspires one to seek knowledge outside the mainstream and revolutionize newsgathering for years to come. Once we get our country back on November 2, 2004, we can then work on getting our news media back!

    Thank you again.

  •  Here's to the Kos-master! (none)
    I couldn't agree more. The Daily Kos has literally been a refuge for me over the past year. But more than that, it's spurred me on to different kinds of political action than I had engaged in before. It's very heartwarming to know there are so many good, mutually supportive people who visit. Lastly, THANKS for the Diaries capability! What a treat for most of us computer novices.
  •  Just add my voice... (none)
    to the potential multitude here.

    As many have mentioned, the three most powerful contributions that Markos created with this site are: a community, optimism, confidence and a clear sense of the goal in sight. Four! Four most powerful contributions that Markos created with this site are: a community, optimism, confidence, a clear sense of the goal in sight, and a dedication to the truth. Five! The Five most powerful contributions that Markos created with this site...

    Thanks, Markos. And thanks to all of the amazing community of bloggers, commentators, and various perumtations of the same who have kept me informed, sane and positive through this trying time. The reason this country is going to finally leave this nightmare of pseudo-fascism is, in large part, because of the parts you have played to counter a failed press. Thank you. Thank you all.

    Plane Crazy

    "It is hard to fight anger, for a man will buy revenge with his soul." Heracleitus, 500 BCE

    by PlaneCrazy on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 05:01:58 AM PST

    •  Applause from across the Atlantic (none)
      This seems like the perfect place to make my first Daily Kos posting. I may not be American but I have been obsessing over this election, because it is so important for the whole world and the right choice seems so obvious. Who do we want to be the most powerful person on the planet: this intelligent, inspiring, internationalist statesman, or this stupid, warmongering, lying, corrupt bigot?

      Thank you, Kos, for giving me the chance to see what the many Americans who are fighting for the right choice are feeling, and what it's like being there as the good fight goes on. I enjoy your Guardian column too, and I wasn't dumb enough to write to any Ohio voters; but joining in with the freeping of Yahoo! and the polls has given me the chance to feel as if I'm helping in some small way.

      And the very best of luck to everyone who's helping to GOTV. You guys see off Chimpy, and we'll get to work on Blair next year.  

  •  for about a Yr. 1/2 to 2 Yrs. (none)
    I would scour the online newspapers looking for articles that represented what I felt like-betrayed by the Bush Admin.  Nothing---they all seemed to be glowing portraits of a fiction I did not see or feel.  Alone-thats how many of us felt. Like we were the only ones to feel that way and somehow it was unpatriotic to feel differently.  Then I found DKOS!!! O the sheer joy of finding like minded people who saw Bushco as I did. The Bushies were turning our country into something I did not like. Thanks DKOS for helping all of us that at one time thought we were the only ones (ha) into a real force for good.
  •  Absolutely agree (none)
    I wake up every morning and the first thing I turn to, even before my coffee, is DailyKos! You all are my people and I know that most of what I hear on this site is the word.

    When I  am here, I am informed, envigorated and most of all optimistic that there is hope for sanity, mostly my own!

    Anyway . . . it has been a privilege to be a part of Kos and air some of my thoughts and mostly sit back and learn from all of you!

    Thank you!

    THE BUCK STOPS AT BUSH!

    by jhewett on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 05:29:15 AM PST

  •  Best. Site. Ever. (none)
    How would I survive work without going to DailyKos three times a day?

    And then learning about GOTV.

    And then doing it.

    And then winning in November.

    Many thanks!

  •  I'm addicted... (none)
    And I'm not even a US citizen.  Never even been there for a visit.  But there's something compelling about this site that makes me spend so much time reading all the posts and diaries.

    Kos, thank you so much for a truly wonderful resource.  This site has made the run-up to the November 2 election a much more bearable, interesting and enlightening experience for me.  Bravo!

    "War is an option whose time has passed. Peace is the only option for the future." (Richard M. Nixon, 1983)

    by VincentVega on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 06:30:58 AM PST

  •  Kos - A Sincere Thanks (none)
    I've blogged as one, and came to you to diary with my fellow patriots. This is a community where we have become true family. As we know, family members do not always think alike and they disagree often, but I see a spirit here that started as a pebble and worked its way, UPHILL, toward becoming a planet.

    Markos, dear, you are the sun around whom we orbit. You have my respect, appreciation, admiration, and sincere thanks.

    I look forward to being here to set a vision for our future.
    I'm hopeful.

    Here's to a Kerry/Edwards win this Tuesday!

    Sincerely,
    Jude Nagurney Camwell
    aka Iddybud

  •  without a doubt (none)
    this site has renewed my faith in people's ability to discuss issues and to mobilize for a common cause.  It is nothing less than an antidote to the gibberish from SCLM.
  •  My thanks (none)
    I think my first visit here was facilitated by a story link at Smirking Chimp, and I've been hooked from day 1. It's Kos, and Josh Marshall, and Atrios, and others that helped show me there was a resistance movement when I felt that the whole country was uniting around a war criminal.

    If for nothing else, I have Kos to that for providing a safe place to exercise my right to free speech, as our alleged leader and his goons work to infringe it in ways large and small.

    We are the resistance, and Kos is one of many leaders.

  •  4 More Years!! (none)
    for Daily Kos!!
  •  thanks from northern idaho (none)

    you have helped to instil a new ethos

    "It's not enough to think the right way, the virtuous and the good get off their asses and work for change."  

  •  This has been... (none)
    This has been a place I could come to for supporting arguments, for breaking news, for keen insight and analysis.  It has made a difference to me, and I think I have made a difference to the people I have talked to, thanks to what I have read here.

    Thanks.

  •  Markos brings Tome DeLay to his knees (none)
    You know you're drawing blood when the Hammer says you support terrorists.

    I really think that during the debates in particular, this site knocked the Rethug/SCLM spin machine on its ass.

    Thank you Kos.

  •  Newby Tuesday (none)
    After a year of creeping our distance from Kos for fear of becoming addicted, we finally registered here about two weeks ago. A new dimension to our life has been opened.

    We are not sure yet how we'll fit in amongst the crowded crowdiness of Kos, but we are happy to have this haven nonetheless. Of all the places we visit, this is by far the most thoughtful and considerate. True, there are occasional diatribes and rants, but the self-policing seems to work well.

    Once we get Mr. Kerry elected, we would like to turn our attention to attracting at least one traditional news channel away from the Dark Side.

    May be horse -- er, the Donkey -- be with you.

    `

    Do good. Be nice. Have fun.

    by ElizabethJames on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 09:11:01 AM PST

  •  For more than a year (none)
    ...the dKos experience is what I wake up to and what I end the day with. Thank you Markos from the bottom of my heart. And thank you dKos community for helping energize me, sustain me and inspire me. Each day you remind me of my personal call to action and insist I do my part to defend our democracy. Each day you help point me in the direction of America's better future and ask me to speak the core values that make our Progressive Party so vital. I've taken all this to heart. I've worked hard, but it isn't hard work.  It's the easy work of doing what's right. It's the exciting work of shoulder-to-shoulder effort, building momentum with so many others.  

    Knowing that I stand with you, sharing a common sense of justice, I am stronger in my determination to use whatever specific talent I have to promote our geater good.  And did I mention that it's a kick being here?  I so appreciate all this free and quirky entertainment!  

    All this is possible because one person had a dream and acted on it. Markos lives by example. The result is the remarkable community that is dKos. Here is the best of bookends for the days of my life. I hope and plan to be with you for many, many years to come.

    Thank you Markos and dKos.

    Gina

  •  Geat work - thanks! n/t (none)
  •  Thanks from Iowa (none)
    dKos is an incredible resource - not just for information and insights, but also for action.  I've felt infinitely more empowered since someone at a Kerry meeting recommended this to me over the summer.  And whenever my friends go for the classic freakout over some poll or headline, I direct them to dKos to get the information they need to calm down and take action.  Markos, dKos has really changed my days for the better as this campaign has worn on.  

    I'm grateful to all of you all, too, for posting such up-to-the-minute news and thoughtful analyses.  It's awesome!  And it's truly wonderful to hear the tributes from the international contingent - I'm glad that you've been able to get a glimpse inside our minds and this process.

    DailyKos rocks!
    A big fan in Iowa City, IA

  •  Thank you, Markos (none)
      Really.  For everything.

    Now I'm off to do some more canvassing...

    "I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."~Charles De Gaulle *CHEERS to blogs!*

    by spyral on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 09:46:28 AM PST

  •  *Applause* (none)
    Gracias Markos!

    This site, and this community has been a light in the darkness...

    If our republic is to have a future it will be in part due to such strenuous efforts as your own.

    Bravo!

    Conservatives worship dead liberals

    by Tripleg on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 09:47:00 AM PST

  •  <b>The revolution has begun!</b> (none)
    No matter who wins on Tuesday, the revolution has begun to take back our country from lies, hate and ignorance and the movement got its start right here at Daily Kos. Who says the pen (okay... computer keyboard) is NOT mightier than the sword? Rock on Kossacks, we're just getting started!
  •  thank you Markos! (none)
    and all kossacks and Volvo Liberal for this thread. community building is a rare gift, Markos,
    the kos community has saved my sanity and made me feel like a citizen again

    hope is on the way!

    by Errol on Sun Oct 31, 2004 at 10:25:54 AM PST

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