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Wow. I can't believe I still remember my password. But it came back as if by muscle memory. This place sure looks different from how it did back when I was a regular--if generally ignored--participant. I am really happy to see that it thrives even without me. (Because it's all about me). A few thoughts below the fold. I don't expect you to click the link. I'm mostly playing around. Some might classify what I'm doing as "wasting your time." And I'd not dispute that.

User 3111. Active back when Billmon had a website and a lot of people, including me, thought Digby was a dude. I think I was the first person at Daily Kos who had a diary that was picked up and published by someone who was writing a print book (Athenae published my diary called... from memory, "Feith and Company: Some Dots.") Not to brag, but I was proud of that shit. I even put it on my CV. I wrote it back when I had time to do deep research and make timelines and shit. Good times.

Then grad school ended with a degree, postdoc ended with a budget cut, and I found myself working for The Man every night and day. Glad they didn't read my CV. I don't think my current coworkers would be too pleased to know about my political sympathies. Assholes.

So as you can tell if you've read this far... I don't have much to say. I'm mostly just a cranky old guy dropping in on his old stomping ground--curious about what happens these days when a diary posts. The last time I did this, it pretty much scrolled off the main page unnoticed within a few reloads. Meh. I expect nothing more this time. The Soviets called it "writing for the drawer." Maybe an angry dickwad will slag me with a "donut" comment. Ideally, Kid Oakland or Wendell Gee comment. Or in a perfect world, Meteor Blades. But we're all either busy, or not paying attention, or otherwise absent.

I'm sad about this debt ceiling thing. A lot of people are going to suffer. It's bad policy enacted for bad reasons, and it's really going to hurt our country in the long run. I thought we didn't negotiate with terrorists. And I guess we technically didn't negotiate with them--we just accepted/welcomed their demands and that was that. Pathetic and sad.

But the capitulators have me figured out. I'll stick with shitty Democrats if the only alternative is cruel people like Bachman an Romney. My dad stopped voting many years ago. I always thought that was nuts. I think he resumed voting one last time just to cast one for President Obama. Then he died before I could confirm that he regretted it. But it's impossible that he didn't regret it. He was too smart to fall for this scam.

It's a great catch, that Catch 22. The best there is.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Raging in enthusiastic support of the machine since January, 2008

    by abw on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 09:44:04 PM PDT

  •  Wonderful Diary (4+ / 0-)
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    abw, blueoasis, jlms qkw, Bob Duck

    It's like finding a time capsule.

  •  Obama kicks ass (2+ / 0-)
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    abw, Bob Duck

    I can't wait to see him win in 2012 :)

    Especially if the pukes nominate Bachmann, so Obama is 100% guaranteed to win.

    Obama winning automatically by de-facto default is a great thing for democracy.

  •  Oh man (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Mnemosyne

    I'd forgotten about "trusted user status." Then I saw the (x+/0-) thing and it all came back to me. I used to cruise open threads and "__ Friday" threads (and cute animal photo threads) leaving praiseworthy comments just to get plusses so I could maintain my trusted user status.

    What was I smoking? (actually, I remember what I was smoking... but why was I doing this after smoking it?)

    Raging in enthusiastic support of the machine since January, 2008

    by abw on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 10:20:53 PM PDT

  •  old school (6+ / 0-)

    Hey there abw! My user profile tells me that this is my first dkos comment since Jan 24, 2008 (1,285 days, apparently).

    Like you, I haven't been around hardly at all in recent years, partially cuz life's rich pageant has had other distractions and demands, and also from a bone-deep exhaustion with the endless dkos rage-cycle scrum. Also, frankly, after Nov 2008, I sort of felt like I could relax a little and not obsessively follow the daily minutiae of all the various political dramas (TARP! Stimulus! Tea Party Townhalls! Health Care! Boehner Tax Deal!). With that election, it sort of felt like I no longer needed the psychological assurance that dkos preciously provided during the Bush years that I was not, in fact, insane and alone in my appalled response to what was happening to my country. I went to Obama's inauguration (holy crap, was that one cold--but festive--January day) and ratcheted back my internet politics consumption, secure in the knowledge that we finally had a president who reflected my hopes and ideals, and who wouldn't embarrass me every time I saw him on tv. I was grateful to have somebody so competent, so intelligent, so forward-looking in the White House, especially after all those years of Bush-horror. I figured that even if I didn't agree with every thing he did, at least I could be confident that he did it for reasons I could respect and defend. And I did a lot of defending over the last 2 years in various real-world (as opposed to online) arguments with friends about this or that moment when Obama seemed to surrender too quickly or pursue center-right compromise over fighting for progressive principle.

    Which is why it's kind of freaky, and also kind of perfect, that on a night when, really for the first time, I've come to see Obama as a serious failure, unequipped for the job of actually leading (as opposed to conciliating), that I should dial up dkos for the first time in months to check in on what the old neighborhood thinks about today's depressing events and find... your diary. Makes me feel all nostalgic for the old days. All those crazy fights! Ah, the Dean/Clark bloodfeuds of Aught-Three. I still remember Theoria's hilarious crack about Deaniacs and their "hafling messiah" (no offense to any Dean vets out there--we all love the good doctor still). And the pit-of-the-stomach despair the day after the 04 election. And the various dkos purges and splinterings, as the Judean Peoples' Front raged against the Peoples' Front of Judea turncoats...

    It all seems so ancient and kind of naive now. The internet has changed, and my sense of the internet's relation to politics has changed too. Back in the day, being on dkos felt like you were getting the newspaper a day or a week or even a year ahead of everybody else, like you were tuned into something bubbling just below the surface that was gonna burst into the open and change everything. It felt like what happened on dkos actually mattered, in the sense of rallying people to ideas and candidates, and filtering into the media narrative and helping to shape it in important ways. Jeez, the days I lost obsessively monitoring CNN/MSNBCetc, screaming at Judy Woodruff or Tweety or Bill Schneider or whatever other tv idiot and posting outraged diaries about various media lies and distortions. I have a hard time believing any of that stuff is, or ever was, really very important. I think online politics, and dkos's place within that ecosphere, obviously do play a notable role today, but it's more of an advocacy/pressure group with a fairly defined ideological identity, rather than as the more open-ended progressive Wild West it felt like back then. That's neither a good thing or a bad thing, but it's definitely a different thing, and not the kind of thing that keeps me coming back to visit very much anymore.

    Anyhow, it's great to "see" you again, and glad to hear that things are ok, if not exactly ideal. I see from the recommended diaries that Armando (that ol' Clarkie) is posting still (or again? I thought he and dkos had a furious parting of the ways some years back). Maybe Awol or Kid Oakland or A Gilas Girl or any of the oldtimers might stop by and say hello, for old time's sake, on this less than cheery night.

    •  More than kinda freaky (0+ / 0-)

      Seems like we both had similar neurons firing yesterday--and over the past several years. And I'll confess that yesterday I'd exhausted the "ADB" (abw's Daily Briefing") rss-feed folder and was dipping into the second tier. That was a major factor that landed me at Kos Lastertag*. Also my new baby had just been born and even the worst news in the world wasn't going to ruin my day, so I knew I could come here and read some depressing fever swamp stuff and still go to bed with a smile. Or something.

      [* It's fake German for "yesterday." I say it all the time, even to Very Serious People at work.]

      Yes, I've been absorbing through the rss feed some of my favorites in the Interwebs for these past few years, but not wasting my time engaging in... how did you put it? The "rage-cycle scrum." And given the reality of a life that is neither grad school, nor teaching grad students, I often find myself clicking "mark as read" and ignoring 2 weeks of stuff that probably would have been worth reading. The real world effectively walls me off from reality. "abw's Daily Briefing" = "what I can manage to read while gulping down lunch at the cafeteria."

      Maybe if the Major Global Conglomerate that employed me didn't monitor keystrokes and act all pissy whenever I clicked a link that hadn't already been vetted by The Man on my work computer. But I'm off on a tangent.

      Anyway. I think I am going to bump this site up a notch--out of "second tier" and into ADB. (I'll demote Matt Yglesias... who's starting to feel like the Internet equivalent of "Sad Bastard Music.") And now that it's possible to RSS-subscribe to individuals' diaries... I may go that route. There are clearly a lot of assholes here. But there are also clearly some of the rest of us.

      Maybe I'll "see" you around. I think you know (or can figure out) my real name. We have similar initials, if memory serves me right and the two of us didn't lie back in the days of the Cartel. We may have even exchanged e-mails somewhere back there. If you play facebook, I recently caved in and joined that shit, under my real name. Also in google+ as myself. I'd be happy to add you to my perfect circle of acquaintances and friends. There's also apparently some sort of "messages" function here within dKos now. What will they think of next?

      Raging in enthusiastic support of the machine since January, 2008

      by abw on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 07:31:33 PM PDT

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  •  Wekcome back. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    abw, navajo

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 08:50:45 AM PDT

    •  And it's a perfect world (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades

      Not just the MB comment and WendellGee showing up on basically the same whim that brought me back... but my 2nd baby was just born healthy and a-ok.

      Raging in enthusiastic support of the machine since January, 2008

      by abw on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 02:07:41 PM PDT

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