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I've spent the last eight months locked up in the Old Bailey, listening to the most expensive defense in British legal history, argue against the prosecuting authorities in the the Phone Hacking trial

So I've seen 21 bewigged barristers, paid enormous sums of money per diem, argue out one of the most important cases in decades: often billed as the Trial of the Century.

So forgive me my first and last ever 'highly recc'ed' comments diary. Having known the frontpager in question for several years, and knowing she's risked life, livelihood and freedom for being far to the radical left of any person I've ever known, I thought I just had to paste this takedown.

Thankyou Qveris

Many of the self-described lefties on DKos (15+ / 0-)

seem to be mostly about creating lurid backdrops in front of which they eventually strike self-valorizing poses.


Ironically, the warriors guarding their 'besieged' left-wing outpost here, who often form up into a nightmare conga line behind any member of their tribe who makes a noise, who centipedinously follow each other from thread to thread, throwing recs, up-rates and hide-rates around like shuriken, are actually evacuating DKos of left-leaning discussion, left-leaning participation, left-leaning possibility.

If I sound harsh, and I guess I do, it's because I've suggested DKos to a number of out-of-network lefties. They drop by, note the pathologically defensive posture of many of their likely stalwarts, the bunker mentality, the reflexive, often simple-minded tribal behavior, and they back out carefully, taking their ideas, words and enthusiasm elsewhere - or nowhere.

A shame, really.

There does seem to be slight improvement lately. A purge? My mojo disqualifies my opinion, but I've got one anyway. I really doubt that DKos is trying to purge lefties, but I do think that it's entirely possible that Those-Whose-Reputations-This-Site-Most-Affects might be trying to encourage a renovated, more presentable left wing.

As for Denise, well c'mon FFS - for like a thousand years she's been pushing real-world molecules in the direction most of us want them to go. Her resumé features sweat and bone accomplishment. And her writing is clearly an asset to this site. It's going to take more than the blurry indictments I've seen so far to send me on a soul-crushing search through recent combat archives. And even if I were to discover something disappointing, it would fade in... well hell, it'd be gone already.

It's an opinion diluted by lurkiness, but if we could quit rolling around in ego-driven, agenda-driven meta-comment, or at least cut our rolling-around time in half, why then we would appear to be almost as cool as... Markos. And meta-comments like this one wouldn't exist.

And the world would chortle more often, in that cute way she has.

Gotta go. Supper today is steamed earwigs and a hearty mug of stump water!

1:07 PM PT: Effing Hell my fellow Kossacks. You were supposed to ignore this diary - not put it on the bloody rec list. OK: if that's your game, I'm gonna come back at you with book plugs and shit. So unrec me now! Ya hear me! Don't leave my meta dangling in rec space

OK you asked for it! 500,000 words from Murdochs phone hacking trial and get the censored background story  and LISTEN next time


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