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There is a rec list diary here talking about the thousands of "new members" flooding into Daily Kos over the past few weeks. As pointed out in the diary, all of the members share a common characteristic: a user name that looks more or less legitimate, followed by some digits.

I decided to do a little more research, and discovered a few more common characteristics of these new accounts. Join me for a few more grafs below the fold for some interesting/potentially-alarming data.

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Tue May 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM PDT

Historic Day at a Baptist Church

by bmaples

Memorial Day Sunday 2012 was a historic day at our church, Highland Baptist of Louisville.

Why? We ordained someone to the ministry.

"So what?" you say. "Churches do that all the time."

True, they do. This was a little different, though. A local advocacy group (not the church) issues a press release; perhaps the headline will capture why it was historic:

"Highland Baptist Church Ordains Openly Gay Minister"

Yes we did, and gladly. Make the jump to learn more, and to celebrate with us.

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Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM PST

Congressman Donates Salary to Charity

by bmaples

For those of us in The Ville, this is not news. Our representative, when elected in 2006, promised to do this as long as he served, so this is the fifth year he has done this. Still, it's pretty cool, and I like to share any good news coming out of Washington, so here you are. More below the fold.

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There are headlines that are so jaw-dropping in their implications that they stop you cold in your tracks. Then, when you try to tell others about them, talking about them doesn't work. You just have to share them, and wait for the other person to stop cold in their tracks as well.

So, here you go:

Republican National Committee Files Brief Seeking To Allow Corporate Funding of Campaigns

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In the Christian Year, today is Reformation Sunday -- the Sunday when mainline Protestant churches celebrate Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.

Today's Gospel lesson was Matthew 23, an uncharacteristically scathing commentary by Jesus on the hypocrites of his day.

This morning's sermon combined these two items into a question that I thought might be a good thought for Brothers and Sisters: As we look around today, who needs reformation?

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Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 06:57 PM PDT

GOP Won't Pay for Ballots for Military

by bmaples

Just got this press release from our Congressman, John Yarmuth:

Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) offered an amendment to protect funding provided to the United States Postal Service for the delivery of ballots to American troops and military families currently serving overseas. Unfortunately, the amendment was defeated in Committee along party lines, 17 to 23.
More below the jump.
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So, this diary is going to be shorter than its title, I know ... but tonight I observed (again) an interesting phenomenon that on its own doesn't mean too much, but when added to other observable phenomena like thousands of people camping in city parks, may give us a clue to what's on people's minds. And it's on that wonderful sociological research tool -- Facebook.

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Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 04:51 AM PDT

Nice Straw Man, Mr. Cain

by bmaples

Heard Herman Cain this morning on NPR calling the Occupy Wall Street protestors "un-American." He continued to say that "to protest Wall Street is to protest capitalism. These people are anti-capitalism."

Nice straw man, Mr. Cain. Let me proceed to knock it down.

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Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 03:48 PM PDT

Congressman Calls for Use of 14th

by bmaples

Just a quick diary, to show that not every elected official has lost their mind.

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03), in an interview this morning, called on President Obama to just invoke the 14th Amendment and solve this problem quickly. He also called this a "politically-manufactured crisis" and noted that the Republicans could have included these cuts in their budget, but chose not to.

Video below the fold.

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As I type this, a group of 13 activists are holed up in the office of Kentucky's governor, Steve Beshear (D), and are planning on spending the weekend there.

Their purpose? To get the Governor to reconsider his pro-coal, anti-mountain position.

Pictures and more below the fold.

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This is a short and simple diary. I want to pose two questions:

How many hours of GOTV will you commit to between now and the election?

Which leads to the next question:

How many hours of GOTV can all of Daily Kos commit to?

Answers to both questions below the fold, along with a BIG number.

Poll

How many total hours of GOTV will you commit to do?

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 07:52 PM PDT

In Support of Jack Conway

by bmaples

This is going to be a short diary, but one I feel compelled to write.

I want to explain why I support Jack Conway for Senate. Even more important, I want to explain why YOU should, as well.

And I want to answer the critics from earlier today.

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