Some bad craziness went down on dKos recently and I admit I was one who was suckered in, though I think my diary in response MOSTLY was still is worthwhile. But it WAS based on false information. And in the course of the whole thing , if I dissed anyone who in the end was clearly a victim, I apologize, as do many around here, I think.
But this isn't another meta diary about what went down. What I want to say is this: the vast majority of folks around here did what they thought was right as they always do. That came from the heart and we shouldn't be ashamed of it. We try to be good folk around here and we should feel good about that.
And that is also what we are all about. We are a community and so we are bound to care about eachother, which means if someone REALLY wants to spend some INSANE amount of time creating a persona or three to dupe us, they may well succeed. But that doesn't mean we should stop caring about eachother and MOSTLY trusting eachother.
Though we should all also remember to keep some healthy skepticism...and we should all remember to cut eachother some slack when things get hot.
But also we need to remember we are here not for drama that would make a great TV show...we are here because we care and we want to make a difference. So below I try to remind us all of what should count...
First off, I personally appreciate what the Admins do here. Kos himself and the Big Wigs like Meteor Blades and Armando have created something we all should appreciate. We may not always be happy with it, but it MEANS something to us and they created it. I THANK them!
I also want to say I personally appreciate that throughout the bad craziness, I could still count on the wit and, can I say it, WISDOM of Jbou who throws some pretty funny shit at us on a regular basis. If I had the ability to change one thing around here, it would be to require jbou to post at LEAST once a day every day to keep us entertained and on our toes. So when things get tough at dKos, the tough should look for a jbou diary...or so I think. Bet I am not alone.
Now why do we come here, other than OF COURSE Jbou's wit and wisdom?
Well LOTS of reasons.
Of course there is the politics. That is a bottom line we should never ignore. Damn the meta, let's remember that we have a lot of right wing extremist teabaggers to defeat. Let's get the ball rolling and WIN some shit in November. That's what we are here for. Last night I raised some $300 for Congressional candidates across the country (including some offline donations people ell me they made). That is worth more than any other blogging I did that day.
And there is more LOCAL politics, because ALL politics is local and electing amazing progressives on the local level creates the next generation of politicians running for higher office.
But we also need to remember we ARE a community. And there are SO many things we can do TOGETHER.
There is the coffee diary that can save a nascent Jewish community in Uganda and unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in that community.
There's music too. I learned some time ago that music is a big part of this community.
Maybe it's Warren Zevon's ode to Vera Cruz (showing far more knowledge of Mexican history than most Americans have)
Maybe it's some killer Jewish music from Israel:
Or Jewish kids in Uganda!
Or maybe the Big Man of Hawai'i
Or one of the most amazingly beautiful songs from any Japanese Anime ever
Or maybe a kick ass union song:
We love music as much as politics around here...
My point is this. Stay focused. Stay inspired. Humor, politics, musics...science...all of this is as much a part of this site as the meta that sometimes sucks us all in, myself as much as anyone.
When it gets out of hand, sit back, enjoy, and re-focus on what really matters...
Winning against the right wing fanatics who have hijacked our country.
And since it is now technically Friday, though I still need to drag my ass home and get to bed, let me leave you with Woza Friday:
We're all in this together, so let's not forget to come back together whenever we have or differences.