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I was just foolin' around in my profile when I noticed I had originally joined on December 12th, 2004. Actually, I had joined a year earlier but was sidetracked starting a new business and by the time I was ready to participate again, I'd forgotten that previous login. So on this day seven years past I made a new one, Dave925 and haven't ever forgotten that one.

Seven years, wow, it seems longer actually in this modern age of instant information, floods of it that it seems more time has passed than actually has.

What has passed in those eight years, though I don't diary much, I do comment "frequently" (check my profile, I'm only repeating what it tells me) and that's what I like to do the most. Whether it's commiseration with my fellow progressives over the outrages committed against the people of this country by a venal and corrupt political and corporate class or celebrating the triumphs that sometimes come our way, I've made my feelings and opinions known, right here and often while an event is unfolding in real time.

I've been online for a long time now, I originally began my political commentary on old Usenet which was then the primary source for political interest groups and it was there I learned how to battle the right wing shills that were then as now paid for their nasty efforts. A couple years later I began posting among like minded folks on what was then the latest thing- message boards. In fact, I participated in a group that included both Digby and Atrios before this thing called "blogging" got off the ground. I remember the day Atrios (aka Duncan Black- we never knew Digby's true identity back then) announced he was going to start a blog and it was only a short time before Digby followed suit. I often wonder now what my life would have been like had I decided instead of starting my own IT business I would have started my own blog. I went with what I felt was the more in demand service and haven't looked back but one price I have paid for choosing IT is the loss of time to compose thoughtful articles that would have been the basic content of the blog I never started.  And that's why I post diaries so seldom, no time to meet my high personal standards, but every chance I get I do comment and a morning does not go by that I don't start it with a visit to the Daily Kos front page.

I will be forever grateful to Kos for creating this blog that has become such a wonderful and effective tool for hundreds of thousands of us to come together and have a real impact on the politics of this country. In fact, I am grateful enough that this year, I am going to give myself a Xmas present- a lifetime subscription though of course being a computer geek, I would have no trouble blocking ads if I chose to do so, that's no way to repay Kos for what he has provided me these past eight years- a place where I can get my opinions off my chest as often or not as time and mood allow. This is not to mention the incredible resource the site is for research, camaraderie, news and many more things too numerous to mention.

After eight years where we saw the wretched and probably corrupt results of the aftermath of the '04 election, through the horrible tragedy of Katrina, then the demise of Shitboy Bush brought on by an ill advised attack on Social Security and the ongoing failure of his grand middle eastern war crime. We saw the election of 2006 sweep in a new Democratic congress together and who could forget the elation and hope that produced in us all. Then there were the primary battles of '07-08 that were acrimonious to say the least but in the end and for the most part, we put aside our disappointments and got behind the nominee, Barack Obama. I'll never forget that election night in November, 2008 when he won the Presidency. I don't believe I have ever in my then 55 years felt such pride and hope as I did that night along with scores of thousands of my fellow Kossacks. We've certainly had our ups and downs and disappointments since that night but I've never doubted than when it comes down to it, the vast majority of us will pull together to keep this the most vibrant and effective progressive site on the 'net.

So here I am, after seven years, still commenting, still starting each day spending an hour or two as time allows reading devouring as much information as I possibly can while tossing in my 2 cents as well. Who could ask for more? Not I! It's more than I can absorb as it is and it is with gratitude and admiration for the effort I thank Markos from the bottom of my heart for all he and the staff do. Thanks so very much, I can only hope the next seven years will see DKos on the very cutting edge of returning this country to what it was and should always be, a nation dedicated to the welfare of all its citizens, not just those that can afford to buy corrupt influence in the people's houses of government. Between us and the millions more like us, we can and will see that done, I have no doubts at all.

And that's how it is for this one Kossack, UID 38047, Dave 925. Me. Thanks again!

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  •  Out of curiosity I checked my own profile... (10+ / 0-)

    User ID #3,620

    Joined: Nov 22, 2003

    714 diaries, 7,880 comments (well, 7,881 including this one...)

    My first comment, posted that same day, was (I'm a bit embarrassed to admit) a 9/11 Conspiracy one.

    My first diary, posted on Jan. 26, 2004 asked a simple question:

    Has Bush EVER apologized for ANYTHING?

    (just to save you the trouble, the answer turned out to be "No".)

    •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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      Brainwrap

      IIRC, the first log in I got and forgot was around the end of '03 or the beginning of '04. I believe my UID was in the low teens but you're a four digit user, very cool.

      "Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system." - Dorothy Day

      by Dave925 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 07:21:00 PM PST

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  •  2004 Was a Breakout Year. I Joined in Feb. (5+ / 0-)

    and am a decimal place lower number than yours.

    I too remember Usenet from back before the Web, especially one obnoxious a-logical twerp who now turns out to be a Very Important village voice and tank-thinker. I wasn't connected well enough to know about hired participants at that time but it certainly smelled like it. I'd lived through the turn of the 70's turmoil and seen provocateurs with my own eyes.

    I felt the comment rating feedback was the most important advance in online discussion since the creation of news groups.

    Which reminds me of an idea I just thought of: I wonder if a compromise between not being able to delete your own comment might be to allow hide-rating your own comment, with a subroutine that would always add a 2nd system HR when a person self HR'd such that it would be invisible to all but TU's.

    I'm glad we have this outlet at this point in history. The coming years are going to be a real seat-belt ride.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 06:28:07 PM PST

    •  That's the one weakness (0+ / 0-)

      The inability to edit one's comments after posting. Who among us, slapped palm to forehead, hasn't said "Doh!" and wanted to take back a typo that made us look somewhat less than educated.

      For that reason I am very forgiving of misspellings and errors of grammar with others if not so much myself. I am also less than tolerant of net nanny types who are seemingly never happy unless they are correcting someone. I've gotten into it more than once with such people. :)

      And yes, one of the great things for me right off the bat was the comment rating system. Who doesn't appreciate a little recognition and praise now and again?

      I used to write a lot of LTE's to the LA Times until their flirtation with wingnutism on the op-ed page led me to cancel a 40 year long subscription. I had many published between '00 and '04 but never was more gratified than I was when a comment of mine garnered a load of "4's"

      "Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system." - Dorothy Day

      by Dave925 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 07:18:40 PM PST

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      •  re: LA times (0+ / 0-)

        just curious - I have started subscribing to them online and today they have a great piece on Autism that I'm trying to do a diary on -- and it's wonderful for the approach as I read it - more questioning than answers --

        it's a series. Have you seen it?

         I was looking at their comments and as an Alabamian you cannot imagine how jealous I am that you have a paper that attracts more than the lowest common denominator...

        I have been silent for a long time because of some sensitivity to the situation here in my state (please don't go there....I'm too tired)  but have been around a long time as well - and seen so many changes, some growing pains, etc.

        but I truly do believe that this site will someday be discussed as one of the huge influences on a new world coming  into being -- or at the very least, one of the last great gasps of intelligence on the planet...

        another thought - how do you introduce friends to the site? How do you describe this place? I have a really hard time comparing it to anything else that someone might know about. It's not important really to have every idiot out there but there have been times when I'd love to be able to explain what I 've been doing for so many hours at a stretch...

        staying in bed all day just doesn't work as an explanation at my age...lol.

        Congrats!

        I can do everything but earn a living.

        by alabamaliberal on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 10:58:22 PM PST

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        •  LA Times (0+ / 0-)

          I haven't paid much attention to it to be honest, though there is still a vestige of the greatness it had found under the unexpected liberal aegis of owner/publisher Otis Chandler from the early 60's on to its demise under the ownership of the right wing Chicago Tribune.

          It was a stellar paper of great journalism in its 1960's and 70's heyday and I'm sure there is a legacy of excellence in its culture to this day despite the ferocious attack subsequent right wing publishers have subjected it to.

          I just no longer have time to deal with it but I'm sure there is some value still there.

          I can certainly understand the limitations of what you're exposed to in what passes for news media in Alabama. I lived in a suburb of New Orleans for three long years before returning to my native California. Though the NO Times - Picayune was not a bad paper, the LTE's were an eye-opener to the self destructive culture of southern conservatism. I have never understood how the majority of folks in the south have allowed themselves to be duped and enlisted in their own oppression by an aristocracy that despite wars and legions of assaults on their power over the decades, have managed to keep control over the deep south. It's really quite astonishing.

          FWIW, one of the most indefatigable liberal researchers and activists I know is a native Birminghamian. It just goes to show you can't judge an individual simply because of the geography he or she inhabits.  

          "Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system." - Dorothy Day

          by Dave925 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 06:03:05 AM PST

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    •  Dang good year...... (1+ / 0-)
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      Good year for Kos and of course the red wines.  Merlot, I might suggest.

      Oct 30 04 gave me a 28989 number.  

  •  Wow, has it been that long? (2+ / 0-)
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    Mother Mags, Dave925

    I just glanced at your UID... 38k!

    damn...

    I feel old.

    Ceterum Censeo: Veritas et Libertas Ultra Omnis Sunto

    by Victor on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 06:28:52 PM PST

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