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What was your worst mistake ever?

Mine was "agreeing" to participate in a lawsuit.

I got a call from one of my oldest friends. I'll call him 'Bizzle' here. Normally Bizzle calls whenever he has someone to complain about or is getting ready to launch some grandoise project that almost always peters out.

"Hey, catilinus, I'm thinking about putting a class action suit against corp D. I may need to have you as one of the folks involved."

Sure, that corporation has a lousy product. However I think to myself that it's another hare-brained idea that I'll never hear about again, like the 1000 prior ones since our days together on the barricades. I blow him off by saying,

"Yeah, Bizzle, let me know if you decide to do anything."

Oops. That there was taken as a green light to do fuq ever in my name.

Many months go by and I hear nothing of that proposed lawsuit. It doesn't exist in my consciousness at all. Suddenly, one day my ex calls, laughing hysterically, to tell me I'm being villified all over the internet for filing the most frivolous of lawsuits against corp "Z."

I did what?

I had no clue what she was talking about, never heard of corp "Z" and didn't recognize the corp brand she was talking about. I thought maybe because we all have the same first & last name that my son or my dad (recently deceased) had been up to something, or somehow there was some confusion.
 
I immediately went online and punched my name into google. Que la chingada (WTF)? There came back literally 1000s of results all branded with terms like, idiot, moron, bloodsucker, and various terms used to denote a wide variety of mental afflictions. People I didn't know existed were in a rage directed at me. I won't even get into the epithets I was reading by the 1000s. Scratching my head, I thought "Oh good, famous again. Isn't that nice...but what da fuq is all this about?"

I went to my FB page and wrote,
 

Apparently I or my son are suing corp Z
My son was underage, it couldn't have been my dad (recently deceased), & I had signed not a single document about suing anyone in 30 years as an adult. Then I saw the name of one of the attorneys on the case & connected it with the call of months prior with my life-long shoot-from-the-hip/mouth friend Bizzle. The target of corp "D" had been replaced by corp "Z" & the case had become real without my knowledge.

Anyone else would've sued Bizzle to hell & back, & they would've been absolutely justified in doing so. I could not. I more than once fought on the barricades with Bizzle in my youth, perhaps having had my life saved by him, and I wouldn't destroy his career to stop anonymous folks on the web from hurting my fee-fees. His career was based on his public name, & mine wasn't. I shrugged it off the way I was raised to. I talked with family members, and they agreed. And laughed. It was better to go forward wthout the rancor and waste of focus of a legal battle  against a friend.

So, ironically, after never suing anyone or ever wanting to, I'm most infamous for a frivolous lawsuit (& for which, to quote Nick Cave, "I'm nearly wholly innocent"). In the end, none of that (or any other) notoriety affected my life choices doodley.

Occasionally I still get hate mail about it, & the irony of it forces me to grin...as it does my friends. The same way my mom used to grin when she recalled being alternately villified as a Communist (which she was for a year or 2) or as a secret Nazi agent (which she never was) back in the '40s. That's part of the luck of my birth, that I can afford to laugh & let it roll off my back.

Other people cannot afford to be cavalier about it. They have too much at stake. Their jobs, livlihoods, or responsibilities to others demand they resist being slandered or misquoted. That's a hard burden to have to live under. That's why I support anyone who fights for their name...even if when it comes to my own name my only defense is often an inherited grin.

What about you? Did you ever have to say to yourself, "Ooooh, I shouldn't have done that. I should've paid closer attention."

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:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
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Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.


THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

Las Vegas Kossacks: Kosmail miracle11

Vermont Kossacks: Kosmail 4Freedom

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

Mexican Kossacks - Formed: Apr 14, 2013, Organizer: roberb7

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks - Formed: Oct 27, 2012, Organizer: boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kosmopolitans - Formed: Aug 2, 2013, Organizer: highacidity

Silicon Valley Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2013, Organizer: Glen The Plumber

Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2013, Organizer: EagleOfFreedom

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

New York City Founded by Eddie C - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks, Event Organizer: Azazello

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011

Nashville KosKats, Founded by ZenTrainer Formed: Jan 30, 2012

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente Formed: Aug 29, 2011

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

San Diego Kossacks Founded by La Gitane, Formed: Nov 18, 2011

Massachusetts Kosmopolitans Founded by mem from somerville, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

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:: Events Currently on the Books for Kossacks  ::
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Saturday, January 4th

Motor City Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Sweetwater Tavern
400 East Congress Street • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. peregrine kate
2. Brainwrap
3. BFSkinner
4. sydneyluv
5. ProvokingMeaning
Maybees:
mideedah
Amber6541
DoReMi
dkmich
Latest diary: Meetup for Motor City Kossacks! Saturday, Jan. 4, noon, Sweetwater Tavern, Detroit
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Thursday, January 9th

Motor City Kossacks Meet with NN14 Staff: Raven Brooks, Mary Rickles and Nolan Treadway

TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Sidetrack Bar & Grill
56 E Cross Street • Ypsilanti

ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Raven Brooks
2. Nolan Treadway
3. Mary Rickles
4. peregrine kate
5. Eclectablog
6. scenna
7. n8vtnn
8. maybeeso in michigan
Maybees:
MI Sooner
Latest diary: NN14 Host Committee Meetup--Th. Jan. 9--7:00 PM @ Sidetrack in Ypsi
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Saturday, January 11th

Houston Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Barry's Pizza
6003 Richmond Avenue • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. nomandates
3. Bree Davis
4. cosette
5. mister mustardhead
6. TDDVandy
7. Mary
8. Alan
Maybees:
Mr. cosette
Libby Shaw
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Sunday, January 12th
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NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC
Meet in the back room. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

ORGANIZER: Send sidnora a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. blue jersey mom
3. rubyr
4. kathny
5. joanbrooker
6. oxfdblue
7. mattc129
8. Bethesda1921
9. No Exit
Maybees:
mconvente
Ian Reifowitz
gchaucer2
Laura Clawson
Rosalie907
andgarden
wader
isabelle hayes
 
Latest diary: Coming In From The Cold: January 12, A NYC Meetup!
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Dkos Asheville
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Saturday, January 25th

Asheville Kossacks Meet-up with City Councilman Gordon Smith Speaking

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Cantina
10 Biltmore Plaza • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. davehouck
2. LamontCranston
3. randallt
4. joieau
5. Gordon20024
6. flwrightman
7. Otteray Scribe
8. emmasnacker
9. GordonNC (UID 5123 & City Councilman) GUEST SPEAKER!
10. cultjake
Maybees:
Munchkn
SteelerGrrl
One Pissed Off Liberal
people power granny
Burns Lass
Aviator Doc
stellaluna
eternallyvigilant
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread & January Meetup Planned
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Sunday, January 26th

SFKossacks Welcome matching mole to San Francisco!

TIME: TBD, daytime car trip to the Delta for birding with lineatus
LOCATION: Grizzly Island Wildlife Area
2548 Grizzly Island Road • Suisun City
lineatus will have a spotting scope and a few spare pairs of binoculars, so novices can have something to use.

ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. lineatus
2. matching mole
3. navajo
4. tgypsy
5. kimoconnor
Maybees:



TIME: TBD, evening event for city folk and to celebrate dharmasyd's and kimoconnor's birthdays!
LOCATION: TBD
[Address] • [City]

ORGANIZER: Send lineatus a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. lineatus
2. matching mole
3. navajo
4. dharmasyd
5. side pocket
6. norm
7. kimoconnor
8. Glen The Plumber
9. remembrance
10. TLO
Maybees:
Latest diary: Dawn Chorus: Preview of Coming Attractions
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Date Moving to January 2014

Connecticut Kossacks Meet-up!

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: The Shamrock Pub & Grill
210 Meadow St. • Waterbury

The Shamrock is a short walk from the MTA Metro North Station. If anyone wants to take Amtrak, thankgodforairamerica can pick you up in Meriden and drive you to the event.

ORGANIZER: Send thankgodforairamerica a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. thankgodforairamerica
2. gchaucer2
3.
Maybees:
annieli

Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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