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at least that is what my daughter told me tonight.   She says it's hundreds--an exaggeration I am sure.   I told her I only sent out about half of what I wanted to.   She laughed.  

But she does have a point because a lot of those folks on the receiving end are quasi-innocent family and friends and have no interest in political thought, or even Unicorns--yeah I did a unicorn post earlier.

I know this is a political site, so let me just say that Christie is a bully, a dick, and not such a manly man as Britt Hume thinks.
When I weighed about a 100 pounds less than Christie, I was 'morbidly obese'.

So it's kind of a slow time of day--my OK State Cowboys just got jobbed by the homer refs in Kansas, but it was a good game.   They'll both be in the mix in March Madness.
So, I'm looking for something on the tv.   WTF is MSNBC doing running crappy 'reality' shows about prison when I could be watching a replay of Rachel and the other good guys I like on there?

Ah well, thanks for letting me vent a little here.  Time to cue up another episode of Eureka, Season 3.   I think I'm getting a bit of cabin fever, but at least it got above zero today.

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  •  I know what you mean. (3+ / 0-)
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    mama jo, Grubdnikk, theBreeze

    I feel obligated, but I"m really starting to think about who I"m reaching and the effectiveness of the effort.
    By now everyone I know already knows how I feel, and they're either accessing the information or not.
    So I try hard to filter it.
    My feeling is that DKos is generally a more respected and "shared" site (more broadly shared, not just shared more by the already progressive individuals.) than it was a couple of years ago.
    Penetration beyond the silos is very important if we want change.
    But you really need to get up and go for a walk. I'm assuming that because I did.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 05:57:38 PM PST

  •  I divided my FB 'friends' up into groups. (5+ / 0-)
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    VClib, coffeetalk, wu ming, theBreeze, Columba

    There are some things I post as "Public" which are not likely to raise anyone's hackles.  

    Then there are posts made to 'Friends' which is everyone except those on my 'Restricted' list.  

    My leftist rants are only seen by a select group within 'Friends'.  That way I can get 'em out but not cause an uproar.

  •  I post the occasional rant, but by now everyone (3+ / 0-)
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    Grubdnikk, theBreeze, Columba

    That would be offended has either Unfriended me or I've unfriended them. I might post the occasional rah rah for my Jayhawks too!

    There. Their. They're not the same.

    by Syoho on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 06:38:20 PM PST

  •  Facebook is an odd creature. (4+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Radiowalla, theBreeze, erush1345

    I neither post nor read political items there.  Frankly nobody I'm friends with want to see that stuff, that's what this site is for.

  •  A strategy on Facebook. (3+ / 0-)
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    BadKitties, theBreeze, RUNDOWN

    Start a separate Facebook account linked to a different email address.

    Post away... and only invite "like minded" people to friend and share political stuff.

    Because we can't pick our relatives and some are total douche-bags, we have to keep personal/family relationships separated from our need to be the Great Orange Satan.

    I keep 3 pages. One for personal level stuff, a second for politics, and a 3rd for my hobby.

    I am a Progressive. I believe in one simple phrase: "... with liberty, and justice for all."

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 07:44:08 PM PST

  •  it's a tricky balance (1+ / 0-)
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    theBreeze

    one gets used to a pretty politically-obsessed world here at dKos and on places like twitter, but a lot of people tend to take their politics in light doses if at all, and get overloaded on facebook. i try to choose my political posts fairly carefully, so that they resonate with the audience or get word out on something that i feel really needs airing.

  •  I have a separate "political" account on (1+ / 0-)
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    theBreeze

    FB that is tied to my Twitter account. I TRY to keep politics off my real FB, but some shit is soooo egregious, I simply can't. Since I registered as a Republican at 18, most of my friends are Republican. But since I discovered in 2010 that the GOP sucks ass, I have lost a few friends, gained many more.

    There is a group that I belong to called, "Not fit for News Feed." Send me a Kosmail and I will invite you to join =) It's either a closed or secret group. This where we can post stuff that we can't post on our pages, always political =)

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:51:23 PM PST

    •  NB: this group is NOT in any way connected (1+ / 0-)
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      theBreeze

      to DKos, and nobody knows that I am BadKitties. As far as. I know, no one else is a member of DKos. Some are members of FLAW (Fight Laws Against Women) of which I am an Admin.

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 09:58:09 PM PST

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    •  Logistics? (2+ / 0-)
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      Are your different FB accounts registered under your name, but just with different email addresses?

      I'm a novice at Facebook. So far, I have my one personal FB account under my name. I have accepted few friends. I limit circulation even within those until I get the hang of this.

      I'm a little reluctant to add another account: it seems like it would complicate life and suck up more time. But it might be worth it.

      •  Two different names, two different email (2+ / 0-)
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        accounts. One is Gmail, the other is Yahoo. The IP address, of course, is the same, but FB doesn't care.

        I think that it's worth it. You do have to log out of one account to log into the other. My political account is the one that got banned from the "Gyno Governors" pages, while my real one blithely sailed on.

        Having a second account allows me the freedom to say whatever I want. My kindergarten teacher friended me on my real account. Seriously. There were only 28 of us in the whole grade, and she found us through our class page. I have been exceedingly well-behaved ever since =( Friends of my mother are also on my real page =( And various relatives.

        There are about 25 people that I know IRL on my political account, all like-minded. They know never to use my real name. The other people on my political account only know me by my pseudonym. It works out well =) My Twitter feed, usually involving profanities, goes to my political FB. I have 3500+ Twitter followers, and I think 10 know me IRL. Lol. I think one aunt is on Twitter under a pseudonym, too.

        It's a lot of freedom =) You can join groups and like pages without worrying about disapproval.

        "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

        by BadKitties on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 12:00:28 AM PST

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        •  Also-- the only personal info on the (2+ / 0-)
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          political account is that I'm married. Nothing else. This served me well when Scott Walker's paid thugs went after us during the recall election. They had NOTHING on me, but the account was established in 2007, so haha. They posted one friend's parents' address because they went mad googling her. We got Anonymous to dox them. Ha.

          So, my advice is to make your second account impersonal. No location, no schools, no personal photos. Just a gathering place of sorts.

          "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

          by BadKitties on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 12:07:12 AM PST

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  •  Curious about Christie (1+ / 0-)
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    What is known to the public about Christie's weight, past or present? Weight tends to be a very private matter, but maybe it is different for politicians who want to run for president.

    He did have bariatric surgery. Did he lose weight?

    This is total curiosity on my part.

    If he did have the surgery so that he would look healthier/more attractive to voters who would judge him on that basis, then he must find it frustrating that he went to all that trouble for nothing.

    I am not very troubled by factors like weight or beauty. I want all presidential candidates to release full information on their health status. It seems to me that there are not all that many people who want to run for president who would actually be good, much less great, presidents. I don't care if that talent comes in a body that others consider not-beautiful. I do care if the candidate has health problems that may cut short their service in office.

    •  Good points, True North. (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't disagree with you, and I hope I have not offended any here who struggle with their own weight/beauty issues.   Ideas, integrity are far more important.   I've had my own struggles with physical conditions, so perhaps I felt empowered to lean too heavily on Gov. Christie's physical conditions in an effort to be snarky about a political figure.   Obviously his constituents don't mind, and he may go on to be a major player in the 2016 Presidential contest.

      Will trade sig line for beer or for rum and coke, if it is Friday.

      by theBreeze on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 02:55:39 AM PST

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    •  I would like to think (1+ / 0-)
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      theBreeze

      Christie had the surgery for himself and his family and not just political ambition - so certainly not for nothing.

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

      by RUNDOWN on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 03:53:24 AM PST

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      •  Timing of it (1+ / 0-)
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        Not that I've followed Christie's career for years, but he seems to have been a fairly stout guy for quite a long time.

        It just seemed to me that he might have timed the surgery so that he would be quite a bit thinner by the primaries.

        Good point about his motivation possibly being personal, and familial, as well as political.

        If he does feel that his health is better now than it was before, he should be happy about that--he's definitely heading into a time in his life when he he's going to want the best health he can manage.

  •  I don't worry about it too much (1+ / 0-)
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    theBreeze

    Most of my friends and family are either progressives or indifferent, but I suspect a few of being conservatives.  I don't worry about it--if something strikes me as politically important, I'll share it.  Everyone who knows me in person knows I'm a progressive.  I try to stick with articles that have at least a little intellectual value rather than just memes and brief rants that arouse a reaction but don't really add much.  

    As far as I'm concerned, my views are well-known among my Facebook friends and family, so if they don't like it they've already blocked me from their news feed, unfriended me, or just deal with it.  Of course, I don't go around friending every single stinkin' person I know and I don't have a problem ignoring friend requests from winger-y family members or former high school friends, so that eliminates some of the issues right off the bat.  I can think of 2 or 3 old classmates who have tried to friend me several times, but when I see a bunch of right-wing interests on their list of Likes, I just keep ignoring them.  It's better for everyone involved.  My friends and family know that if they reply to anything political I post that I will happily debate and debunk them and they better show up prepared, so most people don't bother.  

    If you think you're sharing too much political stuff, you might try hiding a few of the political pages you've liked from your news feed so you don't get so much to start with.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 03:46:05 AM PST

    •  I appreciate the comment, Mark. (1+ / 0-)
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      Mark Mywurtz

      I've been doing something like this thru email for about 15 years, and I initially sent everything to everyone.   Then I realized some just weren't interested or were actually offended, so I divvied up the email into a political group and a more philosophical group, with overlap between the groups.

      The odd thing about FB and the email groups is that some things resonate with a couple of people, and at other times one hears crickets in reply, and it can be completely different people who like this or that.

      I'm sure that I am on the ignore list for a few, but I've only had to unfriend one  person on the FB list.   Even though we shared a lot of the same interests/goals, I thought he was just rude.

      The big difference IMO between the two services is that I know personally all but one of the 75 or so people on email, but in FB I have 'friend of a friend of a friend', so I am more inclined to work things out with someone I know.  But if a bar owner in Ibiza doesn't care for what I say--hey, no problem.

      Will trade sig line for beer or for rum and coke, if it is Friday.

      by theBreeze on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 04:19:05 AM PST

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  •  My most recent................. (1+ / 0-)
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    theBreeze

    political post on FB was a picture of a pristine stream. The caption at the top of the page stated, "Al Qaeda has targeted America's water supplies" and at the bottom it said "but the coal industry beat them to it."

    I normally only post more nuanced, ironic and/humorous things on FB. I save my venting, rants and partisan rhetoric (such as calling Republicans "Rethugs") for here, Crooks and Liars, the Talking Points Memo and Addicting Info.

    However, I know I am not fooling anyone on FB (nor am I trying.) Anyone who knows me knows I am a progressive Democrat.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 07:15:11 AM PST

  •  My thoughts (1+ / 0-)
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    theBreeze

    I generally don't initiate the discussion, but I will respond to overt right wing craziness.  I will also comment in strong support to anyone posting a progressive stance ... 20-something nieces who post items related to women's reproductive rights for example.

  •  I've taken all my political social media (1+ / 0-)
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    theBreeze

    ranting to Twitter. It's way more challenging and I believe you reach more out there. And with less, too. It's tough to get your point across in 140 characters or less. Plus you don't have to debate, though God knows, people try. I don't get that and try hard not to get sucked into it myself...it gets really pedantic trying to keep up with a 30 tweet "conversation".

    I drop the occasional rant on FB, but it's not as good a fit between recipes, dogs, cats, babies and rock bands :)

    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 09:04:34 AM PST

  •  You need to pace your posts (1+ / 0-)
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    theBreeze

    for them to be most effective. I don't do more than 4 political posts a day.

    Eureka was great. I wish they hadn't ended it, but it was a very expensive show to make.

    Shop Liberally this holiday season at Kos Katalog

    by JamieG from Md on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 10:12:40 AM PST

    •  Thanks, JamieG (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm trying to keep it under two dozen. lol
      I hadn't thought of Eureka from a production cost angle, but I suppose that SyFi has only a slender share of cable market.   I like the main character, Jack, and the great support cast--Henry, Zoe, Allison, Nathan, Fargo and Tess.

      Will trade sig line for beer or for rum and coke, if it is Friday.

      by theBreeze on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 02:20:03 PM PST

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