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Hello!  I'm a reader and occasional commenter on Daily Kos.  If you're coming to this site in response to comments made by Bill O'Reilly, or any other commentator, I want to take a minute to show you around.  Then, I'd like to briefly discuss the recent controversies.

First off, you'll notice that there's two lists of stories.  One is on the right; these stories (like mine) are written by readers.  If you'd like to write one, you can register, wait a day or two, and write your own.  If people like it, it will get recommended, and it will hang around for a while.  If people don't like it, or find it boring and dull, it will go away really fast.  People may also chime in with their opinions, in the form of "comments".  You can register and leave comments, too.  Your comments will be just as official as anything that I write, which means not at all.  That's the way it works.  

I don't speak for DailyKos.  I don't speak for the Obama campaign.  I speak for myself, and myself alone.  If someone agrees, then, I guess I might sort of speak for them in that particular case.  There's over 100 thousand readers (and contributors) to this site, so someone's bound to agree with me, and someone is bound to think I'm an idiot.  This is much like real life, where occasionally my family and friends agree with me, but usually they think I'm a dork.

Recently, rumors about the Republican VP candidate and her family were discussed on this and other sites on the internet.  While some of these rumors may have been off base, they were obviously not completely baseless: the McCain campaign has now announced that Sarah Palin's daughter is 5 months pregnant.
On the left, you'll see another list of stories.  These are written by people with a somewhat stronger affiliation with the site, sometimes including Markos (Kos) himself.  Sometimes I agree with them, and sometimes I don't.  This site is a place for discussions.

These rumors did not start with Daily Kos; they were apparently swirling about in Alaska, and on other political forums.  There are apparently other rumors swirling about too; some of these may be true and some false.  People like me will discuss these rumors.  Maybe they should be taken seriously, maybe they shouldn't.  These rumors will probably be discussed in barber shops and coffee shops and cafeterias around the country.  The conversations here have the same weight, and pretty much the same consequences as those conversations.

I don't wish Sarah Palin or her family any ill will.  I do think that the selection of Palin, and the complete obliviousness of the McCain campaign to these controversies, is symbolic of the half-assed campaign that John McCain is running.  Bringing a relative rookie into the national spotlight without vetting thoroughly is reckless.  With her and her family in front of the cameras as much as any movie star, thinking that a "minor detail" like her daughter's pregnancy could be kept under wraps seems silly.  Even if she were at home in Alaska, such a detail would have made the news eventually.

So, I hope my tour of Daily Kos helps explain things a bit.  If you agree with Bill O'Reilly's assessment, or anybody elses, then so be it.  You are certainly free to go elsewhere.  If you'd like to join the conversation, then stick around.  You may or may not agree, but you're free to join the conversation.

Originally posted to Sparky McGruff on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 06:53 PM PDT.

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