Skip to main content

 photo Connect-Unit-Act_zpsfeca3c17.jpg
A daily series, Connect! Unite! Act! seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups regularly socialize but also get out the vote, support candidates and engage in other local political actions that help our progressive movement grow and exert influence on the powers-that-be. Visit us every morning at 7:30 A.M. Pacific Time to see how you can get involved. The comment thread is fun and light-hearted, but we're serious about moving the progressive political agenda forward.

The orange pinpoints are the location of each organized group of Kossacks.
If you'd like to join a group, click on a point and a box will pop up showing contact links.
If you'd like to start a group, contact navajo for instructions.

View Interactive Map of Daily Kos Regional Communities in a full screen version.

Do You Like Knives ?

      I do. I like knives. No, I love knives, especially well-made, quality knives. Please, don't think I'm some sort of blood-thirsty loon who sits around fantasizing about murder. To me knives aren't weapons at all. They're tools. I think it's the steady diet of violence that we get in movies and on TV that makes people associate knives with murder and mayhem. One time I gave a friend a knife, a little Victorinox Classic with one blade, a nail file, scissors, tweezers and a tooth-pick. He asks me, "Who am I gonna' kill with that ?"  Well, no one. That's not what a pocket knife is for. It's sad really. People don't flag their memories to remind themselves which are from something they saw on TV and which are from "real" life, so that, eventually it's all in their brains as experience, even if it's fiction. It's the same with some of these open-carry whackos. They've seen all these violent movies and so it seems perfectly reasonable to them that, one day, they might have to open fire with an AR-15. It could happen right ? They've seen it hundreds of times.

      I carry a pocket knife all the time. The one in my pocket right now is a little pen knife, a Schrade Old-Timer with one locking blade. I'm not a serious collector, but I've got a few different pocket knives and I change the one I'm carrying every now and then. There are many different types of pocket knives and each pattern has a name and a story. (Wikipedia) The knife at the top in this picture is called a Barlow. It's named for Joel Barlow, a cutler in Sheffield, England, who invented this simple pattern to be sold in "the colonies." The extra-long bolster was intended add strength to the design. The one below that might be familiar to some of you. It's a U.S. Navy issue TL-29 electricians knife. They were issued to Marines also. This one was made by Camillus in New York. These are pretty handy to have around, or they used to be, back before all the screws were Phillip's head. It has a locking mechanism but it's not the blade that locks, it's the screwdriver. Nothing worse than having the thing collapse on your hand while you're pushing it into a stubborn screw. Below that are three examples of a pattern called the Sodbuster. These are simple, sturdy, single-blade knives made for farmers. They have no bolsters and a large, brass "bird's eye" pin. The one with the black handle is a Case, American-made and fairly expensive. The one below that is made in Pakistan. I got it from a guy at the Swap Meet who had a box of 'em; $1.50 each. The quality of these knives varied widely, horrible quality control, but after trying out a dozen or so, I found a good one and was able to get a sturdy, serviceable knife for next to nothing. The smaller one at the bottom is Kissing Crane brand, made in China. Kissing Crane is a German company that has been outsourcing some of their manufacturing. I think the best knives are made in Germany.

      I cook a lot too, which means ... more knives. The ones in this picture are some of my kitchen knives. The one on the right is my learning-to-cook knife. It's American-made, Chicago Cutlery. It used to have a pretty full blade, you can see what 20 or 25 years of daily use and frequent sharpenings have done to it. It's retired now. The other two are my favorites. They're the ones I use every day and they're about the only ones I use. I don't have a knife block with seven different kinds of kitchen knives. I don't use a chef's knife. I never learned the proper rocking technique that those knives are made for. All you Foodies would probably laugh to see my clumsy knife work. These are both German, from J.A. Henckels of Solingen, Germany. The larger one has a 6½" blade and does most everything. The blade is quite thin and I can slice a ripe tomato as thin as any mandolin with it. The little one is the best paring knife I've ever used. I love the shape of the blade and the way the handle keeps my knuckles off the chopping surface. I use it for garlic, chiles and other fine work.

      Well that's all I got this morning. Do you like knives ? Hate knives ? Got a favorite kitchen knife or a trusty, well-worn pocket knife that you carry all the time ? Anything else on your mind today ? Talk to me ...

Photobucket
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Can Be Found Below the Orange Group Hug.

 photo Community-Building-Updates_zps6b6019ef.jpg
Let's Build Communities!

Our team is here to provide support and guidance to new and existing volunteer leaders of each regional and state group, helping them with recruiting, organizing and executing social and action events.
We invite you to join in this effort to build our community. There are many ways to pitch in.
If there isn't a group to join near you, please start one.

Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP

List of All Existing Meatspace Groups

Where the Kogs Are: Index/Directory of the 130+ Localized Daily Kos Groups





THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

 photo Event-Reporting_zps1057752d.jpg
 photo KansasMissouriKossacks banner

Uniting Kansas: Recap of Meetup, Hutchinson (Video)


by tmservo433for Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

tmservo433 organized a successful event featuring 3 candidates and a AFL-CIO endorsement.

Despite 100+ degree temperature, and a normal size crowd (about 50/60) the event in Hutchinson quickly went viral, with a few thousand watching the streams online, thanks to agressive sharing, emailing and people encouraging others to spread the live stream of the video.
Please visit tmservo433's diary for the videos of this event. You can still REC it. You can join Kansas & Missouri Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to tmservo433.
Photobucket
 photo KansasMissouriKossacks banner

Connecting Kansas:
Democrats Unite in Emporia


by tmservo433for Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

So our latest hero, tmservo433 provides a great re-cap to the event we promoted here for him.

At the time Paul Davis spoke, I had an in room headcount of 166, which is a heck of a turnout.   Sam Brownback couldn't bring in 200 in the Kansas City Metro when Rick Santorum came to town.

Kossacks showed up.  Several Kossacks were in the hall, as well as individuals who noticed I still had on my Netroots gear, and were happy to come and tell us how they are working for change in our communities.
tmservo433 is doing great work seeking out Kossacks and moving his state's progressive agenda forward.

Please visit tmservo433's diary for more photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join Kansas & Missouri Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to tmservo433.

Photobucket
Photobucket

Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup Report


by susansfor Los Angeles Kossacks

The Los Angeles Kossacks ranks have increased by 40% in the last few months. New members attended the latest recreational field trip to see the retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles.

 photo LA_Kossacks_at_the_Space_Shuttle_015_zps18e7c5c9.jpg
Back Row L-R: Vyan, Chiwere, susans, Otoelbc, mommyp00ka, Ducktape
Front Row L-R: Robin, 714day, Little Loner, Moody Loner, jakedog42 and grandaughter, SanFernandoValleyMom

Please visit susans's diary for details on the Space Shuttle. You can still REC it. You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to susans.

Photobucket
 photo Events-Currently-Scheduled_zpse0594a2a.jpg
 photo netrootsradiologo_zps648697f6.jpg

Event Organizers! Please contact wink from Netrootsradio.com by KosMail to schedule airtime with them to live broadcast the date of your Event. Wink & Justice will then promote it on The After Show radio program!

Photobucket
North & Central Florida Kossacks
Saturday, August 9th

Northern & Central Florida Kossacks Meet-up
with (D) DC Koller who is running for House Representative against Rich Nugent

TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Vetwife's Home
Kosmail Vetwife for address • Inverness

ORGANIZER: Send Vetwife a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Vetwife
2. Vet
3. Gordon20024
4. nancyjones
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Fl Meetup update.. Short diary..lots of Info
Photobucket
Photobucket
Saturday, August 9th

LA Kossacks Meet-up with Meteor Blades and navajo
Regional Planning Session for Potential Southern California Groups

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Guild Restaurant
611 W. 7th St • Downtown Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send susans a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. susans
2. Shockwave
3. navajo
4. Meteor Blades
5. Knucklehead
6. SanFernandoValleyMom
7. Otoelbc
8. Chiwere
9. Vyan
10. 714day
11. Ducktape
12. Mugwump Blues
13. Just Saying
14. Just Saying's friend
15. Panorama City Chick
16. jakedog42
17. Santa Susanna Kid
18. La Gitane
19. Susan from 29
20. gmats
21. Dave in Northridge
22. KatSkahnne
Maybees:
Joe Bacon
Bruin Kid
Cany
Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup Report
Photobucket
Photobucket
 photo KansasMissouriKossacks banner
Sunday, August 10th

Lawrence, Kansas Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Rudy's Pizza
704 Massachusetts St • Lawrence

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Photobucket
Photobucket
 photo Nashville-KosKats-banner-wTEXT_zps27b135a0.jpg
Saturday, August 16th

Nashville KosKats Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Shipwreck Cove at the Elm Hill Marina
3361 Bell Road • Nashville

ORGANIZER: Send ZenTrainer a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. ZenTrainer
2. Jon Sitzman
3. Sow Hat
4. oh4thelove
Maybees:
Patrick is Lucky
Latest diary: Nashville KosKats Meet-up. August 16th
Photobucket
Photobucket
DC Kossacks banner
Saturday, August 16th

DC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: National Mall
at the Smithsonian Metro stop • Washington DC

ORGANIZER: Send NinthElegy a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. NinthElegy
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Photobucket
Photobucket
 photo Animated-Flag-Maryland_zpse3b3574e.gif

Maryland Kossacks
DC Kossacks banner
Saturday, August 23rd

VA/DC/MD Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 12:30 - 4:40 PM
LOCATION: Union Station
Food Court • Washington, DC

ORGANIZER: Send JamieG from Md a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. JamieG from Md
2. mollyd
3. Diana in NoVa
4. NinthElegy
5. mimi
Maybees:
BDA in VA
dadadata
Uncle Cosmo
Latest diary: VA/DC/MD Meetup, August 23rd!
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Sunday, August 24th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. kathny
2. belinda ridgewood
3. rubyr
4. joanbrooker
5. mconvente
6. ericlewis0
7. No Exit
8. sidnora
9. gchaucer2
Maybees:
BaritoneWoman
jfdunphy
David Nir
Lysis
Latest diary: NYC Meetup Sunday August 24 at Spitzer's
Photobucket
Photobucket
Sacramento Kossacks ID Banner
Saturday, September 6th

Sacramento Kossacks Meet-up
Potluck with BYOB

TIME: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Kestrel's home
Address given privately to RSVPs • Sacramento

ORGANIZER: Send cooper888 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned
4. Kestrel
5. shigeru
6. TrevizOlga
7. paradise50
Maybees:
navajo
Meteor Blades
Latest diary: Sacramento (area) Kossacks Meetup With Featured Guest!
Join the Sacramento Kossacks Google Group to receive invites for future events.
Photobucket
 photo KansasMissouriKossacks banner
Saturday, September 6th

Kansas Missouri Kossacks Picnic - Local Candidate Speaks
Meet at the Hays city park to enjoy a free hamburger/hotdog/watermelon feed. Jim Sherow along with other local candidates will be speaking.

TIME: NOON
LOCATION: Municipal Park
1st and Main • Hays, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. Skohays
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
Photobucket
Photobucket
Saturday, September 13th

Pikes Peak Region Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up!

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Panera Bread
7344 North Academy Boulevard (general address) or 7351 Atlas Walk Way (mall address) • Colorado Springs

ORGANIZER: Send thanatokephaloides a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. thanatokephaloides
2. tmservo433 (visiting from Kansas)
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Our First Meeting: An Announcement
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Sunday, October 19th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up with navajo

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2.
3.
Maybees:
Photobucket
navajo maintains the above event list. Kosmail her if you have any diaries
about your event or if you have changes or additions.
 photo BuildCommunityDKosteeshirtgraphicbanner_zps11a478b5.jpg

EVERYONE is welcome, tell us what you're working on,
share your show and tell, vent, whatever you want.
This is an open thread. Nothing is off topic.
EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site