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When I first started coming to the Top Comments diaries a couple of years ago, I mostly just stopped by to read the nominated comments and then quickly split. As I began to pay more attention, it became apparent that the topics the Top Comments diarists wrote about were as varied as they were interesting and well worth reading. Then I started to read the comment threads. It was obvious that an easy going and welcoming atmosphere had been carefully created here for anyone who took an interest in participating. I became a regular in the nightly discussions and it quickly became my favorite place to hang out. It is a wonderful place to kick off your shoes, relax and just chat with fellow Kossacks.

This is your community diary. It is a place that acknowledges the talent that exists within the entirety of Daily Kos. Anyone can nominate a great comment and anyone can be nominated for an outstanding comment. It is a space for everyone.

I know that I speak for all the Top Comment diarists when I say how much it is appreciated that there seems to be a basic respect for the notion of being respectful here. It is very rare that a disruptive or ill-intentioned comment gets posted to derail one of these diaries. When a nastygram does get posted here, wisdom and restraint prevail which in turn keeps this place largely a pie-free zone. Let's face it, Daily Kos can use a watering hole like this.

That is why I chose to write this invitation tonight. There is a core group of folks that play here, just as there is in all of the community diaries at Daily Kos. My mission tonight is to make it clear that this is a place that welcomes new voices to the discussions. You don't have to be a "regular" or even become one. If you see a particular diary that appeals to you, stop on in and grab a chair. You will not be ignored or marginalized for being a "newbie".

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If I've inspired just one person to come join us below for the first time, then I did what I set out to do tonight.

Now, on to Tops!

July 3, 2013

Thanks to tonight's Top Comments contributors! Let us hear from YOU
when you find that proficient comment.

From elfling:

What I love about this comment by voracious is the point that we're spending all this money on something we've never discussed or agreed to while we are told there's no money for stuff we really want, like bridges that won't fall down or air conditioning in schools. Found in Nashville fan's diary Not Comfortable With Snowden Hero Worship on DKos.
From Dogs are Fuzzy:  
Tom Seaview's comment explains the mindset of a group who gets little or no publicity, the gun owners who really do want to protect themselves and are not vigilantes looking for drama. Found in Meteor Blades' diary Prosecution likely to rest its case in Zimmerman trial today.
Two submissions from Nattiq:
In bink's diary Bolivian President Not Free to Move Around the World Without Permission from the U.S, Einsteinia gives us this pointed comment.
TJ earns a spot at Top Comments with this comment in LaFeminista's diary If I Was A Dictator I would Be Rubbing My Hands With Glee.
And from me, Steveningen:
I love a righteous rant, and MsPlasmodesmata doesn't disappoint with this fuming mad comment in Jed Lewison's diary Marco Rubio to reassure Republicans that he's still one of them by proposing abortion ban next week.

July 2, 2013

(excluding Tip Jars and first comments)

Got mik!

  1) Have you asked user by LieparDestin — 189
  2) This is how Chris Hedges puts it: by Ray Pensador — 182
  3) It's amazing that some people still need... by Meteor Blades — 150
  4) Seriously? by Empty Vessel — 142
  5) Pres. Obama needs to get a grip by joanneleon — 130
  6) Every time one of our drones kills by psychodrew — 123
  7) This is a good time in history for people by Dumbo — 114
  8) Excellent post. by TomP — 104
  9) Thanks so much! I'm honored to be included.. by VL Baker — 104
10) This by david mizner — 98
11) This is worth noting: by Dallasdoc — 98
12) Welcome them all! by Susan Gardner — 95
13) Phew. Thought you were leaving srs by Free Jazz at High Noon — 95
14) It's important to keep explaining in by TomP — 92
15) good deal by VelvetElvis — 92
16) As my dead dad told me for the millionth time by roseeriter — 88
17) That is nonsense by joanneleon — 86
18) Yawn. by Miggles — 83
19) I would like to know who it was... by dance you monster — 82
20) Stunning that France would be so cowardly by FishOutofWater — 81
21) Slaps Forehead. by David Harris Gershon — 81
22) i HATE the 10 commandments in government spaces! by Brian A — 80
23) Margaret of Margaret and Helen fame by loggersbrat — 78
24) I'd rather live a very modest and humble by Ray Pensador — 78
25) i especially like the diary which inspired by BlueDragon — 78
26) Yep and They're Obviously Not Pro-Life Either. by Gooserock — 77
27) So they caved in to all the corporate executives by Mario Sunshine — 73
28) I heard that Osama Bin Laden read the NSA website by LaFeminista — 70
29) The WaPo just can't understand why Snowden by Diana in NoVa — 69
30) My heart stopped for a moment by gulfgal98 — 69

July 2, 2013

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