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|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 5/1/15 - Dear Supremes
As everyone knows, the arguments about marriage equality were given before the Supreme Court this week. I haven't read any of the live blogs, and only a little of the coverage. And I know there ...
|Top Comments - Rumblings and Ramblings
A USA Today article today by Susan Page says that a USAToday/Suffolk University poll notes that a 51-35% ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 4/14/15 - Rand Paul
On April 10, Time dot com posted an article on Rand Paul , by Chris Moody, highlighting what it referred to as a ‘two-front war’ Paul is facing as a ...
|Top Comments - Time for Call Out
I guess we all tend to get into thematic patterns in our writing. We are drawn to things that interest us, that ‘capture’ us, after a fashion. We can learn a great deal about ourselves by ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 4/3/15 - Pence and 'Perception'
In one of his many press events trying to cope with the bigotry fiasco, Republican Indiana governor, Mike Pence, inadvertently provided astonishingly clear insight into the problem faced by every ...
|Top Comments - Elton John, Dolce & Gabbana
My dear brother (three years my junior) and I have been working on our relationship since childhood. As his ‘big brother,’ in those early years, I am sorry to say I made his life very hard, ...
|Top Comments - Writing for a Community Diary Series
Top Comments is exploring the idea of adding some new diarists, so I thought it might be a good time to discuss some of the aspects of writing for a community diary series. Most of my blogging ...
|Top Comments - Human Dignity and the Coordinated Assassination of a Single Indigenous Bird
We often talk about human dignity, and, regardless of one's political affiliation, that seems important to most human beings. I was struck this weekend by a picture I saw in an ad by a large (...
|Lindsey Graham offers Chuck Todd his TP
Lindsey Graham revealed on Meet the Press Sunday in an interview with Chuck Todd that he has never used toilet paper. Nope, never used it. 'You can have every piece of toilet paper I've ever used,' ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 3/6/15 - Spock and Otherness
Tara the Antisocial Social Worker wrote a marvelous diary for Top Comments two nights ago, with musings on the original Star Trek and Spock, ...
|Top Comments - When the Biggies Came to Community! h/t Carnacki
I’m going to write about community tonight, since it was my home when I first came to Daily Kos, and it’s my home now. Carnacki began Top Comments on June 14, 2006. He asked for diarists, I ...
|Top Comments - A Redstate Problem
I want to thank the community first, tonight, for truly incredible dialogue in my ‘step-out’ (ie. NON-TC!) diary last night on ways in which Redstate Democrats like me can best use your help. ...
|A Redstater Asks
This diary came about because of a comment thread with The Marti and Mopshell in my KTK diary on Friday. The Marti expressed sympathy with the challenges we face in red states, together with a ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: Feb. 20, 2015
Kathy told me yesterday that a local restaurant owner posted on Facebook that they were considering adding a dollar or slightly more to the average check to be able to pay for benefits for the ...
|Top Comments - What Difference Does It Make?
Often the most compelling political questions are the simplest, encountered in everyday life. Tonight’s question came from walking into a municipal office with an open door and lights left on. ...
|Top Comments - Making the Right Call
Maximum takeoff weight for an Airbus A320 is approximately 172,000 lbs. There are two main landing gear with 2 wheels each, and the nose gear, also two wheels, that takes a dramatically smaller ...
|Top Comments - Captchas for Really Human Humans
What might our world look like if bigotry, hatred of minorities and discrimination were self-ostracizing (as perhaps they should be!)? They are far worse than anything their discriminated-against ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 01/23/2015
On Martin Luther King Day the New York Times published an article on ways writing might have a therapeutic effect for people engaged in the enterprise. A friend told me ...
|Top Comments - Shocking Habit
Sherlock Holmes fans among us will recognize the words immediately, as two notes might suffice for others in ‘Name That Tune.’ The words were spoken by Holmes in ‘Sign of the Four,’ when ...
|Top Comments - Charlie, Identification and Einfühlungsvermögen
I identify as a proud Kossack on Daily Kos. I care, I am involved here, I am engaged here, I am invested here. I care about what happens here. I care about how we engage with the problems of our ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 01/09/2015
Like so many others, I have been following coverage of the terrorist attack on the staff of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. There are many striking aspects to the event, but the one I want ...
|Top Comments - Impossibility Boxes
A theme I have encountered throughout my life is what I call ‘impossibility boxes.’ Impossibility boxes are constructs - almost always human-made - that serve to direct us into physical or ...
|Top Comments - Rudolph, in Essence
Yes, I understand this diary is pre-mature. Christmas is a full 360 days away. So, writing about Christmas tonight, BeninSC?! WTF?! I don’t know why this is on my mind tonight, but there it is.
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing 12/26: K is For Kibitzing!
I’ve written about The West Wing on a number of occasions because it is my favorite television series ever. But it is also, for me, endlessly thought-provoking and topical. In the episode I am ...
|Top Comments - Cuba, the Pope and Rosa
It’s funny how life moves and evolves. I’ve thought for years about writing a diary about my favorite song from Kate Campbell’s terrific catalogue of creative brilliance, but never could ...
|Top Comments - Harry's Parting Gift of Love
Yesterday we had a death in the family. One of our beloved cats, Harry, died of advanced kidney disease. Harry was a special fellow. A rescue, he was happy with just about anything you did with ...
|Top Comments - Good Evening, Trusted User!
Relatively early in 2012 I wrote a Top Comments diary about ‘trusted users.’ On Daily Kos, the concept has a specific meaning: through site participation (...
|Top Comments - What Vonnegut omitted - Zog, RIP
In his book, Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut recounted what was ostensibly a fictional story about an alien creature, come to save the world. It turns out that what happened to Zog was quite ...
|Top Comments - November Honor Roll
I wanted to try something different tonight. Over the years we have written many times about comment search meta, about finding comments, about the importance of submitted comments. It often ...
|Top Comments Curfew 9:45 pm Eastern
Top Comments is closed tonight, due to breaking events in national news. All of the windows have been boarded up so they cannot be smashed and the comment threads re-spooled. The welcome mats have ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing 11/22: Smiles and What It’s All About
Good Saturday to you! This week the entire nation has followed the progress of marriage equality in the most unlikely of places: ...
|Top Comments - The West Wing, on Mediocrity
I have written about West Wing episodes in other diaries. It is the one identifiable catalyst leading to my personal re-politicization … the contrast it provided with … hideous political ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing 11/14/2014: Marriage Equality and Southern Spite
News coverage in this area this week focused on a remarkable development. Subject to appeal, the state of South Carolina's ban on marriage equality was overturned as unconstitutional. The judge ...
|Top Comments - An Eggplant Could Get Elected in South Carolina
Yes, an Eggplant Could Get Elected in South Carolina, as long as it goes on the ballot with an 'R' next to its name. Here you go, South Carolina! Your next Republican public 'servant!'
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing 10/31/2014: Fiction Edition
Anyone who peeked at the Top Comments diary I wrote on Monday saw a story about current junior Senator from my state, Tim Scott. He seems nice, if you don'...
|Top Comments - Tim Scott and the 'DNA of Hope"
As most of you know, I live in a very difficult state for Democrats. All the best possibilities for Democrats are elsewhere, this election cycle, so I have been surprised to see the level of ...
|Top Comments - On the Biblical Justification of Hatred and Hatefilled Behavior
I am no theologian. I never speak about my spiritual beliefs because, like many others, I fit into a category of one. I think of myself as deeply spiritual, but I don't believe my 'soul' will be '...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 10/17/2014
I thought for tonight I would take a few moments to look into what we’re doing in KTK: kibitzing. It has broader and narrower definitions, but is one more correct than another? More below ...
|Top Comments - Heating From Within
We had a shot of colder air this weekend. Not cold like many of you experience, I understand! But it required a small adjustment on our part all the same. My favorite time of year is autumn with ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing: 10/3/2014
I wrote a KTK diary a couple of weeks ago about one of my favorite topics: creativity. In that diary I wrote about dichotomy pairs, and of my admiration for Jonathan Larson’s thesis I use for ...
|Top Comments - Little Deaths
Little deaths ... The first time I recall the concept of 'little death' was in Frank Herbert's book, Dune. He had this marvelous convention of beginning his chapters with a pithy quotation. This ...
|Top Comments - Interviewing for Nurturance
I recently read a story about a young woman who was beginning a teaching career at a Charter school. I am sorry, I do not know many details, I do not know the name of the school or its location. I ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing 9/18/2014
It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry The sun so hot I froze to death, Susannah don't you cry Stephen Foster’s classic lyrics from Oh! Susannah made use ...
|Top Comments - German Words and Political Behavior
I have a friend (I’ll call him Alan (not his real name) ) who takes special joy in humorous accounts or situations that involve particularly difficult consequences for the butt of the joke, the ...
|Top Comments - ACLU Survey Time
I just received an ACLU 50-State Survey in the mail (due back by 9/30/14 - never fear, it mails tomorrow). They want ‘feedback’ about South Carolina. It was a pretty easy survey to take. All ...
|Top Comments - The Bigger I Are, the Harder I Fall
This is a second in an immediately ending series of diaries about my hiking excursions with my dear sister. In this one, we returned again to Jones Gap State Park, where we hiked last weekend. ...
|Top Comments - Not Yosemite, not Glacier, no ... Jones Gap!
Some of my favorite diaries are written by Ojibwa and others who visit some of the world's most beautiful places! I've 'travelled' with them to Yosemite, to Glacier Park, to other unfathomably ...
|Top Comments - No Day But Today
To being an us for once, instead of a them ... Man! Larson's lyrics give me chills! I first saw RENT when it came to my hometown well over a decade ago. It touched me very deeply, with its ...
|Top Comments - On ‘Topped-ness’ in Comments
The Top Comments community on Daily Kos began with Carnacki’s first Top Comments diary (he called it Commentary Central , then) on 6/14/2006. My first TC diary was on the ...
|Top Comments - Greg Maddux, the Diary I have run from for years
I have been running from this diary for years now. I mentioned it in a diary I wrote in April, about diaries I have to write, but the timestamps on some of ...
|Top Comments - Read Top Comments or another ‘community’ diary?! Forget that!
Yes, there are those who would not be ‘caught dead’ in a community diary. Some are here for the politics only, or for pure political information or commentary or ideas. Others may regard ...
|Kitchen Table Kibitzing 7/18/14
In remembrance’s fine April 3 Kitchen Table Kibitzing diary , there was a discussion of elephants off ...
|Top Comments - The Immutability of the Human Species
Usually to find topics for a Top Comments diary I do nothing more than get a copy of the current day’s paper and scan it for something that grabs my focus. Tonight I am going back to a Daily Kos ...
|Top Comments - Open Letter to a Homophobe
I was going to write about kos ’s fine ‘two sentences’ diary last Thursday, but a letter to the editor of our local paper today ...
|Top Comments - The New Kids
My brother and sister and I were always the ‘new kids’ growing up. My father was a manufacturer’s representative, which meant he traveled and sold products in an area of just a few nearby ...
|Top Comments - Young Republicans Filmed Without their Knowledge
… As they get the day’s ‘marching orders.’ Republicans have long been known for their adherence to a careful thought-out and planned ‘message,’ so that their practice of repetition, ...
|Top Comments - 'Reparative Therapy' My A$$.
Write what you know. The old, time-honored recommendation to those writing something others might read … I know it so well, and agree with it so unreservedly. Am I doing that tonight? You will ...
|The Two-Party System
I had a meeting the other day. Everyone else was busy with other things, so it was just me. That CAN mean that meetings are short, as, generally, I have a good idea how to conduct a meeting ...
|Top Comments - A Blueprint for the Reform of the Republican Party
Since the 2012 election I have been engaged with the scintillating analysis Rachel Maddow made on that evening, after Romney’s crushing defeat, after the staggering repudiation of Republican ...
|Top Comments - GOP Follows GM Example on Words to Never Use
I am sure most of you heard the story currently getting some play about guidelines GM has given regarding words employees use to describe 'problems' they found, in internal ...
|Top Comments - Marco Rubio Hits the Straw
Obviously Marco Rubio is getting a lot of attention because of his latest bs on global warming not being caused by human beings . I have only read ...
|Top Comments - CEO Out, Target Approaches Nikki Haley
In a fast-moving series of events, retail chain Target has seen the ouster of CEO Gregg Steinhafel while exploring the option of hiring South Carolina ...
|Top Comments - Verweile doch Momente
(Yes, the title is German! More about that in a moment!) We went last night to see the stage musical, “Flashdance.“ I wound up reconnecting with something I recognized as a lifelong ...
|Top Comments - On the Receiving End of Good
I want to apologize to all Top Commenteers tonight for diverging from TC’s tried and true formula of gloom and doom. I know people don’t come here for uplifting stories, but this one captured ...
|Top Comments - Diaries in the Hopper
One of the things I face when doing Top Comments diaries on a schedule is the challenge of finding things to write about. Usually my problem is simply narrowing it down to something I can do in a ...
|Top Comments - Apology to Scott WaIker, Mitt Ronmey, Rand PauI and Chris Christie
(Note to tonight's visitors. This diary actually published last night, when it was not ready, when it had no Top Comments or Top Mojo or Top Pictures. It self-published, apparently, and was ...
|Top Comments - Gerrymandering and My Graphics Fiasco
A picture is worth a thousand words. How often have we heard it? How often have we seen it confirmed? When working with graphics, I use a popular, commercially available graphics program. It ...
|Top Comments - Lindsey Graham, Yes Man
Oh the one dimensional world of Lindsey Graham. As most of you know, I am a resident of one of the most regressive states in the union. One of our Senators is up for re-election this year, and he'...
|Top Comments - I Love Dave
Okay, let me clarify, as I know we have a resident ‘Dave’ in Top Comments … I love Dave Kovic. Okay, not that person, either, so much as the 1993 Ivan Reitman film (starring Kevin Kline and ...
|Top Comments - The Birthdays of Zoo Animals
Our city employee newsletter announced the pregnancy of one of the zoo’s giraffes, saying that the “Zoo Announces Pregnancy Just in Time for Valentine’s Day.” It struck me because, well, ...
|Countdown to One Million Watch Party
Evening! Sometime in the next 6 hours (probably), the one millionth UID on Daily Kos will be created. Will it be the next Hunter? The next Meteor Blades? The next Laura Clawson? The next navajo? No,
|Top Comments - Republicans and Latter Day Saints
Wikipedia counts the emergence of ‘ latter day saints ’ as tracing to Joseph Smith in the 1820’s. Certainly the Mormons consider that time as the beginning of their group’s history. ...
|Top Comments - Sleeping Under Love
I have written about this before, but tonight I find there is more to say! In February of 2012 I had a very bad bicycle accident. On March 5 of that year, most graciously, Sara R , one of the ...
|Top Comments - Steel Magnolias, Weather and the Perfunctory Rules
One thing that always appealed to me about the movie Steel Magnolias was its intense Southern-ness, typified by the following exchange, in which Ouiser Boudreaux brings tomatoes to her friends. ...
|Top Comments - Tim Scott, Liar Liar
In the 1997 film, Jim Carrey’s character’s son makes a wish that his dad (Jim Carrey’s character, who has a penchant for making promises to his son that he never keeps) cannot lie for a 24 ...
|Top Comments - Clarence B. Jones and the Shoulders of Giants
To stand on shoulders of giants, what a fine concept! Much is written on it. Here is (some of) what a British phrases site says: Using the understanding gained by major thinkers who ...
|Top Comments - Freedom Rang in Every Step, II
Isn’t getting older the most remarkable thing?! I remember being much younger. I remember some of the thoughts I had, some of the issues, some of the emotions in all their glorious intensity. ...
|Top Comments - One of My First Great Loves - German
My antennae are always keenly attuned to diary possibilities. My list of diaries to write is in the hundreds, I suppose. Occasionally I go through that list to see if something ‘grabs’ me, ...
|Top Comments - Holding Hands
Many years ago during the elementary school days, my father occasionally gave me rides to or from school. He was a country music lover, and it was not uncommon for him to play the radio at volumes ...
|Top Comments - On Doing Better
Some time ago I wrote a diary intended (at least in part) as a tribute to Randy Pausch , the author of The Last Lecture. I think it is a stunning composition, with nuggets of his great wisdom ...
|Top Comments - Printing Humanity
I have a fascination for technology that I indulge with magazines like Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. The November 2013 issue of Popular Mechanics, for example, has two ads for 3D printers ...
|Top Comments - Boehner, Jake Spoon and Taking Leave
Ahh ... Best Laid Plans … You volunteer to take the Top Comments diary, planning on writing about a very long road trip following a difficult winter storm across the country, and events conspire ...
|Top Comments - sardonyx
One of my favorite Top Commenteers loved to do dKos historical diaries, diaries about the ‘old days,’ diaries about the ‘legends’ of those early days, the giants on whose shoulders we ...
|Top Comments - kos Emailed Me!
kos emailed me! Isn't that cool?! He wanted to give me some good information, which he did! I am honored! One of the things he told me was that Daily Kos has five MILLION unique readers! Isn’t ...
|Top Comments - You've Sold Me on the Magnitude of Your Victimhood
Good evening, Senators Alexander, Cruz, Graham, McCain, McConnell, Paul, et al. I know you think I have not been ‘listening’ to you, in these days of Obama, but I have. You have painted ...
|Top Comments - Republican Obsession over the ACA
(Yes, this is the REAL Top Comments diary tonight! Sorry for the mixup last night, and thank you for visiting ALL the Top Comments diaries we wound up posting!) There is a great deal of press ...
|On the Joys of Writing for Top Comments
I originally came to Top Comments (right at the very beginning of the series!) because I hoped to find a ‘community’ here, a ‘home,’ of sorts. A place like was described in the old ‘Cheers��
|Top Comments - Talking Mary Cheney
I have really enjoyed some of the diaries on the recent ‘tiff’ between Liz and Mary Cheney about Mary Cheney’s marriage. I applaud without reservation Mary Cheney’s right to marry, as well ...
|Top Comments - Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me
Of course, it is a Warren Zevon song, but many feel that Linda Ronstadt took the song to the next level. Here is a video of Linda R. performing Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me.
|Top Comments - Garbage In, Garbage Out
Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO) Computer geeks, particularly those who have worked with databases, will be familiar with the phrase. It pertains to the tautology (using the ...
|Top Comments - Put Away Childish Things
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (Available everywhere, but I copied it ...
|Top Comments - The Three R's - Rhetoric Rhetoric Rhetoric!
When I was in school we saw a film I always enjoyed and remembered. It was called Little Big Man , starring Dustin Hoffman, among others, unimaginably young in 1970, when the film came out. ...
|Top Comments - Will ‘Julie Valentine’ Ever Have a Name?
In 2007 I wrote a diary about a four year old boy who was killed by his father. Ja’Veion Mayes was jerked by his father in the bathroom, according to his father�
|Top Comments: Top Comments is Officially SHUTDOWN.
I originally had another diary planned tonight, but I won’t be able to post it due to the fact that Top Comments is officially shutdown, due to solidarity with our workers who cannot work given ...
|Top Comments - Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way?!
(Hat tip Thomas Paine for the quotation .) This is the quotation running through my mind in this bizarre time, where a major political party has suffered a meltdown in their ...
|Top Comments - More Correct Than I Knew
In February of 2009 Republicans were ramping up to fight against the Affordable Care Act. There was no limit to the levels they would stoop to in misrepresenting the legislation, no trick they ...
|Top Comments - Yo, kos! Help Me Help You!
(And US!) This diary is a reply to kos ’s fine FP diary earlier today, in which he laments (and emphasized the reality of) the challenge of getting ‘our’ voters to turn out, particularly in ...
|Top Comments - In South Carolina, It's Okay!
I have been doing some research about ldentity Theft. (First, a notice: I am not really typing the correct spelling of the word ‘ldentity.’ The first letter is a lower case L (yes, even in the ...
|Top Comments - On Picking Comments for Top Comments
Of course, there is no limit to the number of ways to find good comments on Daily Kos. Most of us probably just encounter them (or not) in the course of our daily 'travels' through the blog, in ...
|Top Comments - Purity Problem for Republicans
I was interested to note that a recent WaPo op-ed by William A. Galston and ...
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