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It is hard to believe that the year is almost over. So much has happened, so much has changed, so much remains the same, that even though it seemed an eternity while we waited for each poll, this year has passed in the blink of an eye.

I knew it had passed when I read Meteor Blades article this morning, Put your ornament on the tree for our Official War on Christmas Fundraiser.

Anyone else remember the List of last year? I was one of the lucky ones who was able to donate a lifetime subscription to a fellow Kossack. I can't tell you how good it made me feel to support a community and a individual member of that community with my $100. That member still doesn't know that I was the donor, anonymity allowed me to feel that I was participating in a true community movement.

This year I am not in the financial position that I enjoyed during 2011, but still believe in this community and the work we accomplish together. From kos' polling accuracy (bar a miss or two) to the community quilts, a lot gets done around here that would never happen had not a bunch of like minded people found a place to work together.

And I get to make heads explode every time I post a link to Daily Kos on my Facebook page. But that is just for fun.

Our society desperately needs a counterpoint to the corporate interests who have bought up the conservative opinions in this nation. And of all of the left leaning websites, none fight as fiercely for our democracy as does this one. Nor do any of the others provide as welcoming a home for our diverse interests outside of politics, be they science, literature, music or Warcraft. We need to protect this site's independence from reliance on corporate or ad funding. There is only one way to do that and it consists of putting your money where your mouth is. Literally.

If the looney tunes on the right want a war on Christmas, shouldn't we finally take them up on it? With our dollars as well as our words?

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navajo will be posting a diary late this afternoon, Pacific Time, soliciting the names of those Kossacks who need or would simply like, subscriptions to Daily Kos. And I hope, organizing a new List.

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