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Hey Kos, get ready for an influx of readers of the Middle East edition of Stars and Stripes!

Please forgive me for not linking; I got this directly from my paper edition.
I transcribe from a printed story under the  heading "Blog It" on page 2 of the Friday Jan. 13th Middle East edition of Stars and Stripes.

Take a look.............

After introducing the readers to the basics of Daily Kos (Markos military background and education, blog hits per month-20 MILLION, etc.)the author goes on to describe some of the recent diarys.
Ford Mo.Co.'s support of  what she calls "gay organization", A ScAlito is an Extermist diary, and "Mr. Bush, Your Coalition Is Shrinking"

Wendy Zang's synopsis in her Knight Ridder/Tribune article:

THE BEST: Posts are very intellectual and informative, and I feel like I actually learned something from reading them. Not always the case in blog-land.

THE WORST: The site is overwhelming, and I don't think the double left-hand rail(HUH?)is helping matters. Tons of posts, tons of links, tons of comments add to the confusion. I always say "Nobody likes to eat in an empty restaurant".......

ULTIMATELY: If you're a political junkie of a particular persuasion(too difficult to say LIBERAL?) and have time to sort through the many posts and comments, dive on in.

Hey, I'm thrilled to see Kos widely written about, especially deep in the war zone. It can only help to spread the word about what is happenin' here and to show that we really are supporting the troops!
All in all a thumbs up rating of the Daily Kos and hopefully the S&S readers 95% Military will come over and see for themselves what's going on in this little ol' corner of BLOG LAND.

And may I be the first to welcome you, my fellow Soldiers and Sailors, to the Reality Based Community !

"rickeagle"
Camp Patriot Kuwait

[Update 2006-1-13 2119 PST by rickeagle] Thanks for all the recommends and the MOJO! I have officially crossed the border for the first time into Recommended Diaries Land! I am honored and humbled....

Originally posted to rickeagle on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:18 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar.............. (4.00)

    -5.13,-5.63 IMPEACH...IMPEACH...IMPEACH...

    by rickeagle on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:18:40 AM PST

    •  I assume you are currently (4.00)
      serving in Kuwait.  If that is the case, thank you so much for serving, even if the war was a mistake and even if we should be withdrawing as soon as is possible and practical.  

      And thanks for the heads up.

      What you should do, if this does not endanger you or your service in the military, is write a LTE to Stars and Stripes to describe your experience here at Daily Kos and to correct any misconceptions.  

      "The problem is that power corrupts, and we simply have too much of it." Rep. Jeff Flake (R- AZ) We Can Change That.

      by Delaware Dem on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:21:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  DelawareDem.......... (4.00)
        Yes, I am here in Kuwait (thank you for your support) and I will be returning home soon. I do feel that an article that points my brothers and sisters to this blog will find out for themselves what negative opinions they MAY be hearing about us are simply not true.

        -5.13,-5.63 IMPEACH...IMPEACH...IMPEACH...

        by rickeagle on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:29:49 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Echo DelawareDem - (4.00)
          I'd say ditto but.... come home safe.    Has Ed Schultz made it to Armed Froces Radio yet, and if so, does anyone listen?

          -4.63,-3.54 If the people will lead the leaders will follow

          by calebfaux on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:57:43 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  He is (none)
            not sure about listernership (is that a word?)

            Also, the first hour of the Al Franken show on AAR will be broadcast on Armed Services Radio.

            I hope they get Rachel Maddow on there. I like her.

            when a conservative needs an opinion on a subject he gets it by calling himself from another line and when needs multiple opinions shouts the question in a cave

            by agentcooper on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 05:51:30 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  Invading Iraq was a mistake. (none)
        But we will not withdraw from Kuwait or Afghanistan.

        To do so would be foolish.

        Let's not confuse missions.

        "I am not a crook" - The Honorable Richard M. Nixon

        by tricky dick on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 06:10:01 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Sounds like the same story (4.00)
      as appeared on the on-line Arizona Daily Star. Got a google-alert about it a couple of days ago.
      •  look below (4.00)
        We Mainers must be on the same wavelength ; )

        2nd Bn(Abn)/321st FA '81-'85..another veteran against Bushco's illegal war occupation of Iraq(-3.63,-5.44)

        by SheriffBart on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:31:20 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Where you located? (none)
          FYI, I'm glad there's at least one freelancer out there who can earn a few pennies selling a story to multiple outlets.

          And at least she might help keep a troll or two away. Other google alerts point to a number of stories which plucked the heartless Martha Alito bashing out as an example of the thought that goes on here.

          Seriously thinking of beginning to troll rate those kinds of comments.

          •  Wilton (near Farmington) (none)
            I moved here from CT a year-and-a half ago. My brother went to Bates('83) and has lived in Waterville ever since.

            2nd Bn(Abn)/321st FA '81-'85..another veteran against Bushco's illegal war occupation of Iraq(-3.63,-5.44)

            by SheriffBart on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:54:59 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I lived on Farmington and Wilton as a small child (none)
              spent the part of childhood I'm old enought to remember in Canton, live in Bethel now where I own a brand-spanking new internet cafe called Mouse & Bean.

              So welcome to Western Maine, one of the most beautiful and godforsaken places on earth.

      •  Happens a lot (4.00)
        The Stars and Stripes picks up loads of stories from papers back in the States, or at least the European edition does.

        They generally try to strike a balance, both in content and in the letters they publish. For example, Ann Coulter and Arianne Huffington are placed "head to head" once a week (which simply highlights how much more pleasant a person Ms. Huffington must be), and Doonesbury lines up opposite Mallard Fillmore (which simply highlights how much more pleasant a person Gary Trudeau must be than that other guy)

      •  Yes, it appeared as a post (none)
        in a Jan. 9 diary by emeraldmaiden, about yet another article from the Tucson paper. The dKos piece was pure USA Today journalism: very short, no real substance, and she wrote the piece after visiting dKos one time. Then her pros and cons (gotta have that or at least a pie chart): PRO: a lot of intelligent discussion on dKos. CON: too much intelligent discussion.

         

        "One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native land of hope." Wallace Stegner [-7.13 -6.97]

        by Mother Mags on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 12:09:25 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Sorry for hijacking the thread (4.00)
      met a neighbor here, so thanks for that.

      Please, spread the word about DailyKos, come home safe, and if you can, share your experiences with us.

    •  I like to eat in empty restaurants (none)
      personally. Especially if it is in the morning and I'm hungover ...

      A political fanzine containing random musings about politics, music, the media and modern times: Politizine

      by politizine2 on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 04:52:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  did a google (4.00)
    and found this. Looks like the same article.

    2nd Bn(Abn)/321st FA '81-'85..another veteran against Bushco's illegal war occupation of Iraq(-3.63,-5.44)

    by SheriffBart on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:25:43 AM PST

  •  Hope the soldiers won't just read (4.00)
    but will get id's and join the discussion.

    The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

    by SensibleShoes on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:30:25 AM PST

    •  Also, hopefully they WON'T (none)
      come here as trolls and compose flamebait diaries.
      •  I suspect (4.00)
        Even the ones who were inclined to do that don't really have time.  

        And they'd still be better than chickenhawks.  I can stomach a soldier actually IN danger saying he believes in the war, much better than some chickenshit who couldn't hump a ruck 3K nevermind how he shits himself at the possibility of having to face actual danger in defence of his stated beliefs.

        All-in-all I would be really glad to see Kos gaining a strong US military readership.  The US military has become overwhelmingly republican over the last 30 years, especially the officer corps and it is not proving healthy for either the military or democracy.

        Let the troops hear other perspectives a little more often.  If I were an 18yr old private and I admired my 35 year old company commander, I might take his political views to heart too.

        I am against the teaching of evolution in schools. I am also against widespread literacy and the refrigeration of food.

        by Scientician on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:31:01 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  one problem (none)
          with an all 'volunteer' army is that it creates a 'military class' and no longer reflects society at large...

          not that we should take on a swiss or israeli model.

          (-6.88, -8.31)-- "fuck your war... and your president."--Snake Plissken

          by binFranklin on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 12:27:50 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  I think (4.00)
          the view of the military as a repository for the Republican Party is overstated,possibly by the sight of obvious suckhole careerists. The military has an awful lot of thinking people,from all walks of society who quietly go about their business. No doubt perhaps a majority lean that way, but even that begs a question--the Democrats have a number of veterans running this year. Where are their gooper counterparts?

          it tastes like burning...

          by eastvan on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 02:26:29 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  asdf (none)
        We've shown we can handle trolls. Perhaps it'd be better to welcome some who would choose to be thoughtful yet contrary. A few of those minds might be open enough to see that which has never been shown to them before ...

        BushIsWeak.com ... somebody really ought to register this domain name ...

        by wystler on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 12:28:00 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Question for you rickeagle (4.00)
    Have you mentioned this to others who are serving with you? If so, what are their reactions? Do you ever mention that you read Daily Kos?

    And thanks SO much for this diary!

    Have you registered for YearlyKos yet?

    by BCO gal on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:35:24 AM PST

    •  Yes........... (4.00)
      I even wear my DailyKos T-shirt around camp. I have many like minded friends here who I send links to almost every day.
      I am also registered for the YEARLYKOS and will be going there with my girl.
      We already have rooms at the Riviera. I also bought the cocktail shaker that was auctioned off in support of YearlyKos.

      Ok Im addicted to this place!!!!!!!!

      And thanks for all your kind words of support.

      Gotta go get ready for watch(work).

      I'll check in in the morning.

      -5.13,-5.63 IMPEACH...IMPEACH...IMPEACH...

      by rickeagle on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:44:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks, (4.00)
    for the heads up and (to echo DD) for your service, come home safe.
  •  Tons of posts, tons of links, tons of comments (4.00)
    On most days, I skip directly to jotter's high impact diary list to avoid wading through all the diaries. I think if maybe it was more intergrated into the site, and the general default version of the site made more simple (less clutter), new users would be more easily attracted.
  •  Excellent (4.00)
    I look forward to hearing more input from the middle east.  I find first-hand accounts to be the most accurate and telling.

    There are bagels in the fridge

    by Sychotic1 on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:39:31 AM PST

  •  Need a diary (4.00)
    to welcome the readers of Stars and Stripes, with comments from us welcoming these new folks, as well explaining the site a bit more to them, and maybe also noting how many are military/former military here on Kos.

    Also, would be good to note that the readers/posters here at Kos support the troops (and are outraged at the lack of financial support for the troops by the GOP), note how many Iraq/Afghanistan Democratic Veterans are running for office and more.

    I could post it, or if someone else wants to do so post away.

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Benjamin Franklin

    by SanJoseLady on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:42:50 AM PST

  •  Welcome to the sane ones.. (none)
    Welcome..to the site that represents close to 60 per cent of americas views..The sane ones..
    •  welcome them all.. (none)
      The idea is to bring them on board.  Hopefully convince them we are right.

      Sure, realistically there is that cadre of unconvinceable, but I'm sure some of Bush's support, especially from serving members in Iraq is pretty soft.

      I am against the teaching of evolution in schools. I am also against widespread literacy and the refrigeration of food.

      by Scientician on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:35:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  we here (4.00)
    we here at Kos pull back the curtain. For many this is too frightening, for those who are brave enough to see oz for what he is, it is to understand that our country is in deep peril at this time in history and the danger resides from within. The real terrorist wear suits.
  •  Excellent! (4.00)
    I'll let you all know here...

    back when the Repubs were cutting Veteran's benefits I passed the links along to my boyfriend's brothers...both of whom voted for Bush (yuck) and who spouted the fact that they were conservative republicans everywhere...

    within ONE month of reading this site...the younger of the two (20 yrs. old) was at my house calling himself a "liberal"...and the older of the two (22 yrs. old) was calling himself an "independent" (he's definitely a tougher nut to crack...I think he just doesn't like to admit he's wrong).

    Anyway, the more readers...the better! But we should all try to keep the quality up!

  •  Would anyone know (none)
    if this article showed up in any other editions of Stars and Stripes?  Not knowing how this paper is put out, it sounds like each area gets their own version.  I'd be interested to know if other Stars & Strips in other areas have this article as well.
  •  When I first came here (4.00)
    I was admittedly a little intimidated.  There was a lot going on, a lot to take in, what with the front page diaries with big headlines screaming for attention, and the many orange links in the Recommended Diaries list, and then of course (before I subscribed) all the ads jostling for attention.

    However, it wasn't overwhelming, not at all.  I think it's a bit unfortunate to refer to something as "overwhelming" because it obviously isn't.  Doesn't the site automatically default to comments OFF at first, too?  I hope potential readers are not put off by the thought that it is hard work to get up to speed here!

    If you just jump in fearlessly, you can be quite at home here within minutes.

    •  Agreed. It doesn't matter if a newcomer (4.00)
      can't take in everything at the start--there is always so much worth reading from the front page alone, and if you've got a little more time, then you can check out the recommended diaries. We each eventually develop our own method of tracking what's important to us, and the ability to "subscribe" to individual diarists is a big plus there.

      A big welcome to new Stars and Stripes readers!

    •  and when people see a user name on a (4.00)
      regular basis, they become like a new found friend.

      I suppor the suggestion of a kos front page welcome. In the mean time, hope any new Stars and Stripes readers will take the time to join, read the dkosopedia, wait the reguired amount of time for posting, then jump right in. In no time they'll have trusted user status, and can troll rate a chickenhawk or 101st (non)fighting keyboardest with the best of us.

         

      Nothing short of an aroused public can change things, nothing less than democracy is at stake- Bill Moyers

      by maggiemae on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:31:54 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I didn't think this was overwhelming (none)
      Overwhelming is stupid popups that drive you nuts. Overwhelming is those idiotic ads that literally scream at you and overlay what you're trying to read.

      This isn't overwhelming. This is nothing compared to most gaming sites and/or having 15 IMs going on at once.

      Most of the troops do that all the time. This is nothing.

      However, if you're a newspaper editor who doesn't use the computer for much but word processing, EVERYTHING is overwhelming. ;-) I know people like that (not editors though).

      •  But it is massive ... (none)
        ... so much to read ... so little time ...

        I've been here a while. There are scant few websites that host the level of interactivity here. Compared to a single-author blog with others' activities restricted to comments or message-boards with extremely limited front-page content (like Freeperville), a newbie can find him-/herself intimidated.

        BushIsWeak.com ... somebody really ought to register this domain name ...

        by wystler on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 12:34:29 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Overwhelming (none)
        Laundry on Monday Morning.

        If 1 in 166 children were kidnapped in America we'd have a national emergency. We do... AUTISM.

        by Sleeps in Trees on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 01:46:55 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Kos Virgins (none)
      The author's comments are kind of condescending.  I mean yes, there is a lot of information but, our miliary does not consist of morans. (sic)

      Our soldiers can work multi million dollar machinery with IEDs going off, and sniper fire overhead... and she thinks a blog is too confusing?    

      If 1 in 166 children were kidnapped in America we'd have a national emergency. We do... AUTISM.

      by Sleeps in Trees on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 12:41:17 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Dems gaining ground, GOP losing... (none)
  •  A most hearty welcome to you all. (4.00)
    That political persuasion the article refers to?

    It's not conservative, moderate or liberal. It's sanity with a sidebar of feistiness.

    I hope you all will consider not just reading, but participating in the many lively discussions, whereever you fall on the arbitrary left/right political axis.

    Because one of the defenses of freedom is its exercise.

    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. - Edward Abbey

    WAtR

    by boadicea on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:34:24 AM PST

  •  Confusion or Content? (4.00)

     Tons of posts, tons of links, tons of comments add to the confusion

    Some say, that it adds to the depth of the site.  Rather than having comments that range from, "I smell bacon" to "Heh, heh, he said bacon", you find well reasoned arguments with links to source material, relevant documents and pictures, past posts and similar or complimentary diaries in the comments sections of many diaries and stories.

    This is what helps make the site so compelling - you can choose to only scratch the surface, or you can choose to immerse yourself in the subject at hand.

    Rather than just inane commentary by half-wits tryng to out-dumb each other at other, less reputable blog sites like this :

    "Intellegent design happened and no ateistic pinko meathead is going to convence me otherwise including babin and his putrid tastless cartoon that he ran in the usial birdcage linners"

    Someone wise once told me that you will either rise or fall to the level of the people that you surround yourself with.

    That's why I go to Daly Kos.

    "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

    by Bcre8ve on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:58:43 AM PST

  •  And the soldiers welcome you to their comments! (none)

    "Whether ours shall be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people."--Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox

    by lebkuchen on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:04:00 AM PST

  •  Break-in Procedure. (none)
    Dailykos is overwhelming at first, we all agree.  Start by just reading the front page posts.

    Then a couple of days later read the recommended diary.

    Then a little later join in discussion on either.

    Presto, full fledged Kossak in a week!

    Enjoy, and stay safe!

    "you tried to recreate normandy / but you made up the reason to fight" -State Radio

    by cjrasm on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:18:23 AM PST

  •  Thank you for your service... (4.00)
    ...and welcome to all new visitors still serving overseas or returning to us!

    This community is here for you. Please let us know what you need (by posting your request in comments, or write a diary!) and we'll jump right in and help in any way we can.

    I've continued to work on increasing awareness of the returning combat veteran PTSD situation in the hopes of helping the public to better understand the difficulty many of you returning to us face daily as you work on transitioning back into civilian life. I also hope my work helps any soldiers out there looking for help.

    Please see any of the following diaries for a list of readings, information, and links/resources, or check out the PTSD tag for all diaries on the subject:

    A selection of PTSD information and resources:

    -- #3 | Returning Vet PTSD: The Marlboro Marine
    -- Politics of PTSD: Hide It, Deride It, Bleed It Dry
    -- #2 | Returning Vet PTSD - One Wife's Story
    -- #1 | Returning Vet PTSD - One Soldier's Story
    -- 16,000+ Returning Combat Vets Need Our Help
    -- Take That, PTSD! Rep. Lane Evans Rocks
    -- Doonesbury this Week: One Vet's PTSD Struggle



    Thanks, again, for serving in our military.

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

    by ilona on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:23:28 AM PST

  •  Newies, I hope someone (none)
    writes a diary for new people highlighting the most influencial diaries from last year. I don't feel qualified, but I hope someone does it. So many diaries do not get read either by new people or people that do not spend day and night here!

    Spending out-of-control & massive debt, selling our public lands! How long before Bushco files for bankruptcy? Time for a Peace President!

    by mattes on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:38:45 AM PST

  •  "Particular persuasion"? Not necessarily (none)
    ULTIMATELY: If you're a political junkie of a particular persuasion(too difficult to say LIBERAL?) and have time to sort through the many posts and comments, dive on in.

    Hmm not necessary to be of "a particular persuasion" IMHO. I'm a libertarian myself. But I find the commentary and debate here to be interesting, generally well-informed, and far more civilized than almost any blog I've been on.

    If I worry about the future, will the future change?--Quai Chang Caine

    by Enjoy Every Sandwich on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:54:13 AM PST

  •  Formatting nitpick (none)
    Why all the italics and bolds?  What's it mean?  Most of them aren't quotes, you're just playing around with formatting, and it's confusing.  What's wrong with plain old straight text?
  •  Hugs to anyone in the military (none)
    My husband was active duty Air Force for 10 years, Vietnam era vet.  
    Thank you to everyone serving, everyone who has served, and welcome!

    War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

    by Margot on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 12:19:40 PM PST

  •  This feeds my hope (none)
    The paper of the US military still carries roadmaps to (lets face it) a site full of vehement dissent.  Unitary executive, indeed.  If incurious george had his way in all things, this would never have appeared.  Thank All@h for rugged individualists, American style.

    Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.--Thomas Paine

    by peterborocanuck on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 01:19:02 PM PST

  •  You might find surprising... (4.00)
    How many progressives are in the military and serving here in Kuwait. I wonder, at times, if Reservists have a higher percentage of liberals than exists on active duty. Although I have no data to back this up, my unit seems to have an inordinate amount of unabashed liberals throughout all levels of command.

    Rickeagle and I (we're in the same unit) have found it ironic that despite it's authoritarian bent, the military offers benefits similar to some labor unions: posted wages, super medical benefits, a sweet retirement plan at 20 years, and advancement--though not guaranteed--that often happens despite ourselves. And you have to seriously screw up to get fired! In fact, our benefits may even be better when it comes to guaranteed employment.

    Good job, Rickeagle. And thanks for introducing me to DailyKos.
     

    •  please tell your fellow soldiers (none)
      progressive and otherwise, that we are longing to hear their first person stories.  they do not have to agree with us on everything--we still want to hear from them.  Yes if they support R policies we may try to change their minds, but I think we have been mostly respectful of people who are respectful of us, even when there is disagreement.

      And, as we all know, there are a LOT of Dems serving who feel invisible and have no voice while the MSM pumps up the idea that everyone in the military is conservative and that only Rs support the troops.  We definitely want those guys to come here, know they are not alone, and find community among the many liberal vets and servicemembers that post here regularly.

      Welcome!  As you get the feel of the place I hope you'll let all your buddies know where to find us.  In the meantime, stay safe and come home in one piece.

      Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. IMPEACH

      by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 01:47:29 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Our Solders Have Surpased Everything..... (none)
    They were ordered to do by the chimp. Being the father of two fine solders I can tell ya they will stand tall and straight and make us proud.

    There's no other military in the world that can move the front lines from Kuwait to Baghdad in a few days. They did what they were ordered to do.

    The policies and politics not-withstanding. Such things are completely out of the control of a brave solder. They do the mission...no matter what it is.

    I'm a proud pappa of you'all....and you must know from reading that we support you guys 1000%....and we're looking out for your safety and rights. There have been many diaries written about military armour, pay, health care and benefits when you return. About the multiple tours you guys are pulling and how proffesional you solders are.

    We couldn't be more proud.

    And if you want to know what we think of the people who sent you over there to look around for WMD's that never existed keep on reading. Much of America is finding our first in here.

    "It's Hard Work!" George Bush..."He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." Bejamin Franklin

    by JellyPuddin on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 02:01:24 PM PST

  •  Daily Kos and S&S readers (none)
    never thought I'd see those words on the same line...  from one of many KosVets who are in your corner on the home front

    Somebody please, K.O. this Administration!

    by onp67 on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 02:11:42 PM PST

    •  S&S (none)
      was my paper while myhusband was statioend in Japan for 7 years.  All in all, it beats a lot f civilian papers--and actually published msot of letters to the editor.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 04:40:02 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  military families... (none)
        are the heart and soul of the military. My uncle served in the Army and retired after 30 years with action in WWII-Korea-and 2 tours in Nam. I have only respect for your commitment and strength.

        Somebody please, K.O. this Administration!

        by onp67 on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 06:37:27 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  15 out of our 17 1/2 years of my mariage (none)
          were as a Navy wife.  And two as a Navy girlfriend/fiancee. He was worth the sacrifices--haven't had  fulltime job since 91.

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 06:50:24 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  I have (none)
    always found the support and empathy for the troops exhibited on this site to very high. Very rarely is their some sort of wingnut comment. It is great to be able to come here,and feel comfterable about being both pro-soldier and open minded. There is no confusion between supporting the troops and supporting policys that abuse their service quicker than than congress can put a pork rider on a bill.I am truly impressed with how many current/former military pers post here.And add to the discussion.

    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 02:46:27 PM PST

  •  Soldiers and Sailors (none)
    can now join the "repatriated" Fightin' Dems Iraq vets who are running for office under their own monniker of Fightin' Kossacks perhaps.

    They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    by Limelite on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 03:28:30 PM PST

  •  The best part (none)
    I wish the review had pointed out what IMO is the best part of DKos (and why it has attracted such an awesome community of intellect and wit):

    You can post your own diaries.  Comments to other diaries are organized so that you can carry on (or just easily follow) an extended conversation.  The user's page and similar features makes it easy to see if you've gotten any responses to your comments, follow an interesting thread, etc.

    In short, you got something on your mind, or something you read here inspires a thought, you can put it out there, in a community of smart, informed, damned funny and very caring people, and hopefully strike up a dialogue.

    Very satisfying!

  •  I found DailyKos in Iraq. (4.00)
    I was bored out of my mind with an internet connection in a place where internet pornography is strictly banned.

    I got so frustrated by the retardedness of the MSM news pages I began to strike out into blog land.

    It was scary at first (lions and tigers and conspiracy theories, oh my!) but then I found Emerging Democratic Majority aka Donkey Rising and I was hooked.

    Before that I only knew about RealClearPolitics and Mystery Pollster, which are very good conservative sites. But EDM is more my flavor, if you know what I mean. EDM links to DailyKos and many other excellent sites, so it was only a matter of time before I was posting.

    Who would have ever thought I would become a blog nerd?

    "I am not a crook" - The Honorable Richard M. Nixon

    by tricky dick on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 05:58:14 PM PST

  •  Huh? (none)
    THE WORST: The site is overwhelming, and I don't think the double left-hand rail(HUH?)is helping matters. Tons of posts, tons of links, tons of comments add to the confusion.

    These soldiers are kids, and, I think, are far more adapt at using the Internet than I am (I am 40 years old now) - and being away from home for as long as they've been, and having Internet access, I am sure that they know how to navigate a website.

  •  Maybe some of the troops (none)
    will learn that they are over there because Bush lied them there.

    #1 Killer of US Troops:
    Presidential Lies

    2000+ and counting.

    Bush Wants Absolute Power To Run A War He Lied To Start.

    by bejammin075 on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 06:23:08 PM PST

  •  Kinda funny (none)
    Considering that DailyKos is blocked in many places in the AoR under the category "Politics and Religion".

    Somebody really needs to tell the White House that "1984" is a cautionary tale, not a political guidebook.

    by jabbausaf on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 06:59:51 PM PST

  •  hell yeh! (none)
    "All in all a thumbs up rating of the Daily Kos and hopefully the S&S readers 95% Military will come over and see for themselves what's going on in this little ol' corner of BLOG LAND."

    Welcome to all who serve!

    Thanks rickeagle!

    "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

    by shpilk on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:14:24 PM PST

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