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Pronunciation: gast-lē
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): ghast·li·er; ghast·li·est
Etymology: Middle English gastly, from gasten to terrify — more at gast
Date: 14th century

1 a : terrifyingly horrible to the senses : frightening (a ghastly crime) b : intensely unpleasant, disagreeable, or objectionable "such a life seems ghastly in its emptiness and sterility" — Aldous Huxley
2 : resembling a ghost
3 obsolete : filled with fear
4 : very great a ghastly mistake

ghast·li·ness noun

ghastly adverb

synonyms ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, lurid mean horrifying and repellent in appearance or aspect. ghastly suggests the terrifying aspects of corpses and ghosts (a ghastly accident). grisly and gruesome suggest additionally the results of extreme violence or cruelty (an unusually grisly murder) (suffered a gruesome death). macabre implies a morbid preoccupation with the physical aspects of death (a macabre tale of premature burial). lurid adds to gruesome the suggestion of shuddering fascination with violent death and especially with murder (the lurid details of a crime)

A hat tip to BenGoshi and his diary this AM; Ghastly Al Qaeda Plot Uncovered!

See definition here too.
If you missed BenGoshi's diary this morning you need to go back and read it. As of the writing of this diary it had yet to make the rec list and you may not have gotten down the recent list to see it. If it makes it before I publish, outstanding. IT DID!!!!
What the GOPpers are doing in general is repulsive, blocking more than 290 bills that have past in the House just so they can claim the Democrats have failed to do anything. If the roles where reversed imagine the shrillness we would be hearing from them and their buddies at Faux Noise. But their blocking of Health Care Reform (HCR), is indeed a ghastly act.

I have a quick commercial for NFTT and then it's on with the games.


Although we started our fundraising several months ago, we're about to kick it into high gear. Netroots For The Troops is introducing NFTT 2010 Personal/Team Fundraising Pages. The idea is to empower each of you to multiply your personal donations by creating a Personal NFTT 2010 Fundraising Page. Through this page you will be able to approach your friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and colleagues etc to donate to NFTT via your page. We're asking you to sign up to personally raise $1000.00. If you were a small donor last year but wanted to do more, this is a way for you to increase your donation via your contacts.  

While we're encouraging this to be individual efforts we're not going to discourage teams. For example; we have a mother/daughter pair who's last name is Hobbs and they're going to call the pairing "The Hobbettes". It was that or the Hobbitts and they liked the "ettes"  better than the "itts".

Getting Started
There are two ways you can help:  1)Make an individual donation by clicking on the Donate button and/or 2) Register to be a Personal Fundraiser by clicking the Register button to the left.   We're ready to help you get started by creating your own personal fundraising page! Once you've signed up, we will email (within 36 to 48 hrs.)to you a Fundraising Kit that includes sample solicitation letters, how to order business cards, and tips for how to ask people to support your cause.
Use your imagination to raise funds. Last year we had a kossack and her daughters raise funds at a neighborhood event by selling lemonade. Ask your church, temple, synagogue etc. to assist you in your effort. Approach a small retailer about "putting up a jar". Have fun with it. Make up a flier to put on every car you see with a "Support Our Troups" magnet on it.
What Can I Do On Daily Kos?
We're asking you not to post a diary for your personal pages on Daily Kos. Daily Kos is NFTT's home base and we'll still be posting general diaries for fundraising on Daily Kos. We're also asking that you refrain from posting comments within the general NFTT diaries promoting your personal page.
What you can do, is post a comment in Open Thread and other open forums requesting someone to go through your personal page to make a donation.You can also make your sig. line your donation page link. Just be courteous and polite in whatever you do for NFTT. People love supporting the troops, so you don't need to be overly aggressive in soliciting for their benefit. Your actions reflect upon all of us.

Netroots For The Troops mission is two-fold: annual shipment of CARE packages to US soldiers and Marines serving in hostile regions of Iraq and Afghanistan for the duration of their deployment, and on-going financial assistance for veterans and their families upon their return to the states.

All recurring donations that were set up at the old link have been canceled. Those donations were for NFTT and NAEI has had suspended them for us. If you want to continue to support NAEI you will have have to go to their link to continue to do so.


On with the games!!  

Mojo Friday Guidelines


  1.   If you comment you have to recommend all comments. (in order to receive mojo you have to give mojo. It's only good mojo manners.)
  1.  Everything you say may be taken as a joke (so if you ask a question, expect a silly answer)
  1.  You must recommend the diary (and pimp it unapologetically)
  1.  You don't have to comment to recommend.
  1.  You can't steal my idea (right, like that ain't goin' to happen)
  1.  Please, no pictures or YouTubes until after 300 comments. Now, after 300, use a little common courtesy and be responsible in the number.
  1.  Mojo mojo mojo mojo, mojo mojo mojo.
  1.  TexDem (that's me) is not bound by the guidelines. Heh

Mojo Friday Goals

A. At least 300 different commenters and 1000 comments by 1:30 PM EST and 1500 by 5:00 PM EST Friday Night that it's posted.

B. 100 recommends for each comment, at least.

C. Stay on Recommend List at least five hours (this requires some strategic planning by you guys, refer to guideline #3)

D. At least 200 diary recommends. 300 would be better, spread the word.

E. And always, fun fun fun.

F. Have at least 75% average participation rate as seen here in the Mojo Friday Postgame Show by Hedwig.

G. (New) Have at least 30 kossacks over 90% participation (see here for some tips).

H. Overload the servers with recommends, not to mention dominate Top Comments Mojo list. (we do tend to mess with the site with all of our recommends at one time)(also, to dominate the Top Comments Top Mojo we need at least 50 comments with over 200 recommends, see guideline B)

I. That's enough for now. (Have a suggestion? Post it.)    


 MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.    
For those of you new to MF (Mojo Friday) we have our own lingo about a few things. Thank's to MF'er Jez (the link will explain) go to this diary for a little more fun and explanation. Official Mojo Friday Snecktionary.

Originally posted to TexDem on Fri Mar 12, 2010 at 07:30 AM PST.

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