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Last night I deleted my diary entry titled “Knitting A Special List” because it was stirring up a peculiar and unexpected response.

To those who inquired, let me say first that I am not a troller. I wrote about dreaming of Madame Defarge because I, unlike most of you, am very familiar with Newtown, Connecticut. Yes, we all grasp the grief, but through old and dear friends I now understand too well -- too horrifically well -- what those sweet children looked like after they were butchered by a weapon supported by the NRA.

And because of the NRA’s cruel and reckless response, and the support it has received from the tea baggers, I wanted to say something about what is really happening in our country. It is not a simple political debate now. We are confronted with a literal and violent assault on democracy.

Yes, I, too, abhor violence. I wish for honest, peaceful debate. But peaceful discourse is now being throttled, and it’s going to get worse. Petitions don’t halt madness.

To my first critic, the proud Texan: Your listing of my wonderful colleague, the late and brilliant Molly Ivins, as one of your inspirations was a bit of a surprise. She fervently believed in the First Amendment and would never have blocked anyone’s right to express an opinion, or recommend it, particularly if it was satiric.

To the critic who suggested that readers here should Google Madame Defarge to understand what I was saying, let me suggest this instead: Read the book (A Tale of Two Cities), particularly the ending when Charles Dickens belatedly explains who Therese Lefarge was, what had happened to her and her family, and why she felt the way she did. He waited too long to explain her, and, thus, he created the impression that she was a monster. He knew better.

To the critic who suggested that I speak plainly: I didn’t realize how correct you were before reading the comments on my satire. So here is the plain truth. Our country is being threatened again by violence from the ultra-right. And, as always, it will do little good to compromise with the obscene racism, selfishness, and lunacy that impels their assault on the things we hold most dear.

Now, to the knitters among us, I truly apologize. I added that tag as a joke, not realizing that there is such a community here. I am sorry I dragged you, your skill, and your pleasant, ongoing conversation into this idiotic debate.

What I tried to say, clearly without success, was simply that this is a deadly serious situation. To mistake it for anything less will be lethal – to us.

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  •  honest, peaceful debate (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, poppenjay

    One day, my dream will come true! (or at least, I hope so!)

  •  sorry you feel you had to withdraw it (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, poppenjay

    it sounds like it was a good diary. Kos is really broadening my knowledge base...I would surely have googled (and will now) Mme. I also humbly put forth the idea that you might entertain, if it ever were to happen again,  keeping a controversial diary up but writing another one like this also. Hate the idea that your speech was silenced.

  •  so I'm a fool. Okay. (0+ / 0-)

    I can live with that.
    You impugn my admiration for Molly Ivins? That's your right.
    Your speech was not silenced.
    You were not forced to take down your diary.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:41:37 PM PST

  •  I still think it is a rotten metaphor (0+ / 0-)

    to be using.  I said so in your first diary and will say so again.
    Madame Defarge is a symbol of blood-filled revenge.  She knits in the names of aristocrats to be killed.  To suggest that we, on the left, should be knitting in names (as I recall, you singled out a few..Glenn Beck among them) is to suggest that we make our own list and act upon it.  

    Forgive me for thinking that we have enough of veiled threats of violent reprisals right now without adding to it on these pages.  

    I have read the book.  Once in high school and once as an audiobook a few years back.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:56:51 AM PST

  •  Not sure how many comments you got (0+ / 0-)

    But it's interesting that your only comment in your own diary was the Tip Jar (in fact, Tip Jars are the only comments of any kind you've made in your short time here).  Did you consider responding to the critical comments right there in the now deleted diary? Clarifying where you were coming from?

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:36:20 AM PST

    •  I guess the author is too busy (1+ / 0-)
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      tending to his or her own knitting.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:51:00 AM PST

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    •  A Pathetic Short Timer (0+ / 0-)

      As you so carefully pointed out, for whatever purpose, I have only been here for a brief period. For that reason, I don't yet understand all the bells and whistles that you veterans employ, and my "comment" via the tip jar was an error.

      In fact, I didn't really notice the tip jar until you commented. I suppose that in my minuscule amount of time here I must have somehow hit the thing constantly.

      How many times have I done that? I haven't a clue, but you must know. Apparently the issue is of real interest to you.
      By the way, you can add this to the dossier: I didn't know that I could comment "right there," so I wrote another diary to explain part of what I meant.

      I am sorry to have been such a great disappointment to you in my short time here. Perhaps a bit of patience and support from experts like you would help me do better.

      •  Perhaps a little less defensive sarcasm would help (0+ / 0-)

        Might be more likely to encourage those of us who often take time to give newcomers some advice. Those who recognize the possibility of someone not understanding "how it works". Things like not knowing one could comment in one's own diary, for example. Now you've figured that out (apparently without any guidance from anybody), and will hopefully find it a beneficial way to carry on discussion in future.

        As for the Tip Jars - they are automatic anytime you post a diary, although you can customize them if you prefer something other than a simple "Tip Jar". Readers can recommend the tip jar as a "thank you" or "good job" on a diary. Same can be done for individual comments, to reflect appreciation that someone has read one's work, or made a good point, or added something useful to the general discussion.

        Both participating in discussion in one's diaries, and recommending other's comments, are usually seen as courteous behavior in the DKos community.

        "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

        by Catte Nappe on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 02:48:56 PM PST

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        •  Catte Nappe: I thought I was responding (1+ / 0-)
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          in kind. I interpreted your initial comment as a sarcastic put down. Apparently I misread your intent. Thank you for taking the time to give me some helpful information. I appreciate it.

          •  I think I was kind of confused by you (0+ / 0-)

            The pattern of no comments (other than the auto tip jars) looked like the pattern of a "hit and run" diarist, who posts their diary and then disappears without deigning to mingle with the hoi polloi, or reading or caring about the readers' responses. But this diary said you had read, and did care about, those responses.

            So, another newbie tip - to get up to speed on a whole range of bells and whistles, as well as meet some of the nicest people on the site, you may want to check out the action in the Cranky Users group.

            "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

            by Catte Nappe on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:22:08 PM PST

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      •  PS (0+ / 0-)

        You can see your comment history by going to your profile
        http://www.dailykos.com/...
        And clicking on the "comment" tab
        Or by clicking "comments" in the "welcome back" box on the upper right hand side of any page you are on.

        You can go to your profile (or anybody's, for that matter) by clicking on the orange user name of a diary or comment.

        "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

        by Catte Nappe on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 02:57:36 PM PST

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    •  I replied to this (0+ / 0-)

      a few lines down, just below my response to Radiowalla.

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