To Those Who Know Me From Daily Kos, I’m Now Ursula The Bojo’d Bear

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Friends, the great majority of you who read me here on PolitiZoom, probably met me first on Daily Kos. I’ve been posting both places, since PolitiZoom was founded March 1, 2018. I will no longer be posting on Daily Kos, because at 10:00 a.m. today the ban hammer fell and I am persona non gratis over there.

I’m not going to go into a lengthy defense of what I did or didn’t do wrong. Years ago I read the aphorism, “the argumentative defense of any proposition is inversely proportionate to the amount of truth contained therein.” That translates as, if the defense is complicated, it’s probably bullshit. I don’t have a complicated defense. My defense is this: there is a difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, and on that basis I was forced out.

In fairness, so you can get some context, this is briefly what happened:

In November, 2018 I posted a cartoon with a diary that was controversial. It depicted Elizabeth Warren scalping Trump. I was asked to take the image down, and I would have done so, but for the fact that I posted the piece early morning and I went back to sleep. When I got back on line, I was timed out for two weeks. That was a legitimate time out. I concede that totally. No foul on Daily Kos’ part at that point.

The next thing I heard from management was a warning about “cropping a watermark.” I don’t even know what that is or how to do that. I inquired further and I got an angry reply — and still the issue of how one goes about cropping a watermark was not addressed. So, I wrote back an email saying that the angry tone saddened me and I would endeavor to do better in the future.

Now here’s where it gets dicey. The next time out was in January. This was because I alleged in a headline that Jerry Falwell owns the computer company that Michael Cohen paid $50K to, to fabricate false polling results showing Trump ahead. I got a two week time out for that, being told that I was “wrecking the credibility of the site by publishing fake news” — or words to that effect.

Now I believe that Falwell DOES in fact own that company. I’ve done some research on it and won’t bore you with the details at this time, but I have made inquiry with reporters at two websites who are up on this story, and I will write on this matter conclusively, later. I can’t dig up all the facts all at once. Point being, that this was not the first time somebody had put up a false statement in a headline at Daily Kos. Just a few weeks ago, Bob Johnson published a piece on Jussie Smollett, saying he was faking his attack. At that time, that was a supposition on Johnson’s part, he did not know it. But he didn’t get rebuked for a headline that was technically fake news at that time. It turned out later that he was right, and I believe that it will turn out later that I am right, too, about Falwell, but that’s not the point. The point is, I was under extreme scrutiny and somebody was looking to find fault with me — and when you look for fault, you’ll generally find it.

This last time out, late on Friday, March 1, was totally bogus. There was a problem with a tweet of Roger Stone’s. The minute it was called to my attention that it was on a closed Twitter account, I did two updates, and changed the headline, i.e., a retraction. That’s not good enough, apparently. Prompt retractions are standard journalistic procedure last I knew. But this is not the first time that my knowledge of journalistic procedure has been challenged. I was also accused of plagiarism at one point, which is nonsense, because the words I used were IN QUOTES! I pointed that out, crickets.

What I will say Daily Kos did totally wrong, was last Friday when the final time out was posted, I got no notice of it and no explanation. I found out about it from a friend who emailed me. I deserved notice and an explanation, like everybody else. This part was not handled professionally at all.

So, clearly, I did something to piss somebody in power off. That is nothing short of tragic because nobody, but no body ever loved Daily Kos more than I do. People who know my story, know that I’ve had egregious health problems the past few years. I came to the site very sick, and started lurking when I realized Trump would get the nomination. After the election, I became thoroughly dedicated to taking Trump down and getting America back, and I wrote many passionate, heartfelt pieces. A lot of these pieces ended up getting reblogged all over the internet, in very respectable sites like Bill Moyers’ PBS site, Alternet, once on Crooks & Liars. I will be eternally grateful to Daily Kos for giving me a platform that allowed my work to be read and subsequently shared by so many.

Nobody but nobody is more on the side of Daily Kos and the work it does than I am, and I will continue that work over here, with your help.  When I saw the skull and crossbones under my name, I burst into tears and sobbed uncontrollably for about an hour. Then I pulled myself together to write this piece.

I sincerely regret any errors that I made, and I honestly don’t feel that this punishment fits any “crime” that was done. I reached out in a good faith effort to communicate with management when I was accused of plagiarism and cropping a watermark and the reply was hostility. Perhaps they had already decided what the end result would be, and didn’t want to iron things out with me. I can only speculate.

What I can say, conclusively, and this is not speculation, is that this site you’re on now, PolitiZoom, is apparently perceived as a threat to Daily Kos. Maymebarth, who posts on this site occasionally, and posts on our sister site, Daily Sound and Fury, has also been bojoed. A Daily Kos user named “thetrumpimpeachment” whose blog was The Trump Impeachment, which then became Daily Sound and Fury, has been bojoed. I just found out these facts a half hour ago, because the topic of bojo is in the air. I have no idea why these users were banned, your guess is as good as mine.

So little PolitiZoom, which is to Daily Kos what an amoeba is to an elephant is a threat, evidently. This is such a wrong, wrong perception on the part of Daily Kos management, I swear by all that is holy. We are all decent, ethical people here, passionately concerned democrats. Murf and durrati and myself have serious health problems and posting on PolitiZoom gets us a few bucks for groceries and small bills. That’s what is really going on here. That’s all. I swear to God. There is no plot to harm Daily Kos, and never has been, on anybody’s part. I got into this, and got Murf and durrati into it, so that we could monetize our passion, political blogging, a little. That’s it.

To add insult to injury, I had a full hip replacement five weeks ago and I had emergency oral surgery on Friday, the date of the last time out, for a root canal. The tooth literally exploded in a geyser of pus, when I was in the chair.

I so deeply regret that this matter took this turn and I was unable to stop it. Again, any kossack friends reading this, I loved being a part of the Daily Kos community more than I have loved any community in my entire life, with the possible exception of high school. I was very happy, indeed, at Daily Kos.

But the silver lining is, I’m here at PolitiZoom and I will continue to rally the Democrats here and fight the good fight. Any DK friends reading this post, this is where to find me. I’m not going anywhere. I’m still a staunch Democrat and my commitment to our cause is still passionate and 100%. And I am not anti-Daily Kos. I’m sure they won’t reinstate me, they never do, but I bear no ill will or rancor, whatsoever. I’ll miss my friends, and on that basis, I hope you’ll join me over here, or on Twitter.

One last thought: as we go towards the 2020 election, which is the most profound election in the entire history of the Republic, it behooves us to stress unity above all things. This is not a time for Democrats to be eating other Democrats. I have said it before, and I will say it again, our purity issues in this party are going to render us extinct. Mine is a “powerful and persuasive voice,” according to the very management who just banned me. Yes, it is, in favor of the only cause in America which means anything right now, and that is taking back our government before democracy circles the drain. But the decision was made to still this voice — which they can, on their site. Not on my site, and not on Twitter, and we’ll see where it goes from here. I.Am.Still.In.The.Fight.

To paraphrase Douglas Adams, “So long, and thanks for all the recs.”

My friends, join me here on PolitiZoom. I’ll be here 24/7, 365 days a year. We never close.

Now, enough of this bullshit, let’s get back to work and get rid of Trump.

 

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anastasjoy
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Boy, I am sorry to hear this, but I can’t say I am surprised. I have been on DailyKos for I think 14 years — I’d have to check; I think I started reading it when Kerry was running. That was my first campaign. And there have always been fights and factions, but since 2015 there’s been a cadre of bullies who seem to have it out for people it singles out, and it will flag and report them for trivial reasons. When I was skeptical about Bernie in mid 2015, the people appointed me a “Hillarista,” put thoughts into… Read more »
miketheliberal
Member

I know what you mean about recs. I have to be very careful about them.

redheadedgammy
Member

I to was put on warning for up voting someone who called Mitch McConnell Mitch the bitch. I was not allowed to up vote a comment after that. I’ve gone back a few times to see what they are doing at the Kos, but now I am done. The folks running the site are a little to high and mighty for me.

MostEvilAngel
Guest

MostEvilAngel
Sorry to hear about the banning Ursulafaw. DKos more and more seems to be in a decaying orbit around a shithole. Far cry from the passion and sanity that made it such a draw for me in the Dubya years. I’ll read you here, but I hope you get reinstated there too – I think DKos needs your voice.

Siberian
Guest
I joined DailyKos back in the early days, I believe the user id’s are sequential still so I was within the first 25k in 2004. In the last year, I’ve had a crew of people who seem to delight in following my comments and flagging them if they stray anywhere near violating the rules. Some of which are pretty frustrated I’m still not BOGO’d. I think back last fall when I mentioned I voted third party in 2016 simply on the hope that the Libertarian Party would earn enough votes for Federal funding. They didn’t but I felt like that… Read more »
steveannie
Guest
Wow … Anastasia, you sure had a different experience there than I did! It’s hard for me to believe that you got harassed by “the Bernie mob that has run the place since 2015.” I got jumped all over for being a Sanders supporter! I was accused of being a traitor to my gender and any number of other silly things. I never was a diarist, but I don’t visit nearly as often as I used to. The tone is just too nasty a lot of the time; it does seem as if people are just looking for something they… Read more »
kellyevans
Member

It’s funny because I have friends there and they think the Hillary folks are running the place!

If everybody thinks you hate them, are you doing a really good job or a really bad one?

Darrel
Member
You have been nothing but respectful to Kos and the commentators, you have many REAL friends, my hope is they find their way here or on Twitter, because I know I will be here to see your works and it’s very sad to see how one of the most appreciated by a couple hundred followers has been shown the door … the reasons being so unclear and appear, at least to me, with their stuttering responses to your inquiries with an angry tone that there may have been some kind of vendetta involved so sad and wrong, but as you… Read more »
I can't risk it
Guest

In reality this is what happens when people have anonymous power, unaccountable and absolute: call out someone favored by those mods with an accurate name for what they’re doing? Time out. Heaven forbid question a mod…you are on a shit list for life.

I’d pay good money for the list of Kos mods to be released so these power tripping jackasses would finally face some accountability.

p j evans
Member

I quit commenting there because I kept getting warnings about comments that someone else didn’t like. I’ve been more and more unhappy there because of the lurkers, newbies, and trolls who should be getting warnings for the cr*p they’re posting, and are apparently welcomed by many.

djMikulec
Guest

You’re not alone. I’ve decided to cease my commenting as well. For the first time since I created my account there in 2004, I feel very unwelcome.

LeAnn
Guest

Another long timer here. Been reading kos since 2004, but didn’t create an account until later.

I used to check in several times a day, for over a decade, and in the last 6 months I have drifted away. I feel unwelcome and can’t seem to connect with the community any longer. Thankfully I checked in today and got the link here where names I recognize and appreciate are.

Maybe the goals of kos membership and management have gotten out of sync? Whatever it is dkos is not a similar place to what it once was.

lila
Guest

I literally have noted a big change in the last 6 months or so, since the election really. The diaries even rec’d ones are much lower quality. Some are super short. They aren’t really diaries at all. It is a big change. I used to be on there commenting a few times a day and now half the time I can’t bear to be there so it’s getting less and less.

LeAnn
Guest
For me, what made me drift away was the constant drumbeat of “look at how Trump sucks now omg look at it”. I get it. He sucks. What are we going to do about it besides bitch into the void and create our own echochamber? On kos not much. Remember when kos used to be a place for organizing and getting updates on protests, finding out who was involved in what action and what you could do to help boost that message to get it routed to the people who could act on it? I’ve had my fill of outrage.… Read more »
Vegan Chick
Guest

So sorry about this Ursula, loved reading you on kos, I’ll make a point to read you here. I agree that we have to stick together, it is the only way we can win. If we fight amongst ourselves we are no better than Republicans and are doomed.

Quellist
Guest

I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been banned for such nonsensical reasons. More and more I am losing faith that DKos is ever going to live up to its ideals. Every time this happens, and it has happened so often the last few years, I wonder why I stay.
Thank you for everything you’ve ever written. I always looked for your name on bylines, your writing has been excellent.
I will be back here again to read your work. That is a promise.

SuzC
Guest
I have stayed for Dawn Chorus and Daily Bucket and the few names I’d come to trust as bringing something useful to the table, like ursalafaw! After reading the headlines. I stopped writing a long time ago and have mostly stopped commenting because it seems a free-for-all for some and the axe for others without any obvious guidelines. I admire Markos’ mission but I do not think it is being carried out well. I had thought DK to be a place of civil disagreement and dialogue. Not bullying and censorship. But not since 2016 it seems! I suspect it is… Read more »
cml039
Guest

I’ve been on Dkos about as long as you – I’ll come over to keep following you!

bkamr
Guest

I am so sorry. I’ve bookmarked you, here. Crying. bkamr

Andrew Cockburn
Guest

Wow. I just saw a diary on DK about this and I couldn’t believe it. I will be following this site now.

matt
Guest

seems unfair

llywrch
Guest

Sorry to hear what happened to you. This sucks.

KM Wehrstein
Guest

Just shaking my head. Even if you did do these things you’re accused of, they’re just mistakes, forgivable ones. Your contributions to DK vastly outweigh them in my mind… I mean, you’ve been writing stories every day, pretty much, except when in surgery, interesting and relevant enough to make the rec list all the time. I’m surprised they’d want to get rid of someone who has been such an asset. I’m really sorry this has happened.

Brubs
Guest
This is what bothers me a great deal about the heavy-handedness in this case. Writers make errors. Goodness knows I have. The probability of it happening only increases with the volume of writing. Why doesn’t DKos do what major news outlets do: Let writers know there have been errors found and allow for the writer in question to write a retraction or correction within a codified (in the rules) amount of time? There was an admin that popped into the diary that brought the reason for the banning to the attention of the community, and made mention that part of… Read more »
lila
Guest

It’s so bizarre that don’t seem to do a cost/benefit analysis when they ban a prolific and loyal contributor. They need not to be so anonymous about it, such power corrupts. They diminish themselves/us. I’ve wanted to be there less and less` as diary quality (rec’d diaries-I’m lazy ) seems to have tanked. IDK what is going on there.

Pogoatty
Guest

I just came over here from a diary on DKos. What a crying shame Ursula! I’ve loved reading your diaries, your comments, etc. You have a very good writing style, you cite to your sources, etc. And you know we fellow attorneys are always scrutinizing writing, etc. I’ll be following your work over here. Right now, we all need to be united to defeat the fascism that has become popular under Our Dear Leader.

Michael
Guest

Really sorry to hear about this. I always read and valued ursalafaw when I saw her diaries.

Michael
Guest

Meant to say “your” diaries.

Bareshark
Guest

I’m a longtime lurker on Kos, never even posted a message. I’m also a ghostwriter who is just barely getting by most weeks, so I understand your situation quite well. What was done to you was inexcusable, particularly when one contrasts that with the Smullet situation you mentioned. I will therefore be following you here for as long as this site is operational. Here’s to Politizoom growing into another mighty oak!

Nick Sullivan
Member
Sorry to hear this, Ursula. I share your status … I was ‘Tuffie’ on the DK but banned after 15 years for daring to opine too strongly that our beloved country might not be ready for a woman President. What’s been done to you stinks, and the DK is PC gone mad. And … I hate saying that, because most folks railing against PC are Trumpian low-lifes. I have to add: I also got in trouble for saying David Gregory would ‘rub GOP groin’ on Meet the Press. This was considered to be … anti-LGBTQ. Had I said ‘kiss GOP… Read more »
lila
Guest

Rub groin is anti-LGBTQ? Everyone has a groin to rub-all genders all sexual orientations…even dogs do. It’s like an arm or leg. Unless this is some term used in the LGBTQ community that I’m unaware of (doubt it), it seems incredibly broad.

Nick Sullivan
Member

Yeah that was quite a thing. I mean, what? But it’s past though it still bugs me. I got in trouble in 2016 for ripping Bernie and that set it all in motion; no one will convince me there isn’t a ‘watch list’ of sorts over there. It took two years but … I must move on.

gharlane
Guest

“for daring to opine too strongly that our beloved country might not be ready for a woman President.”

Yeah, no, that wasn’t why.

Nick Sullivan
Member

Yes … you’re right … I countered the rampant virtue-signaling over there a bit too strongly. Whatever.

gharlane
Guest

0 for 2!

I know, of course, that the last thing you’d ever admit to is being **wrong** about anything.

Wanna try for 3?

beadecked
Guest

I’m sorry. Dkos user since 2005. I followed you. Things have changed. Trolls abound and are not getting their comeuppance. You get bojoed!? I don’t like what is going on over there with no communication and discussion between Dkos “higher ups” and you. Again, I’m sorry but so glad you’re still writing and in the fight.

Michael Tuck
Guest

Ursula, I am so sorry you got kicked. I write on the site under “Black Max,” and I’ve had my own encounters with the clown car that passes itself off as a group of upstanding and impartial admins. It’s a wonder I haven’t been banned — and I might be, after they read this comment. My participation on that site has dwindled in response to my treatment there, and after learning about what happened to you, I’m even less inclined to be a participant. I’ll come find your work here and we’ll all move forward.

tobyo
Guest
I see a name I recognize! I’m very sorry to read this about you Black Max as well as the banning of Ursula. I should have quit dkos when BFitz in AR got banned. But for some reason, I can’t quit dkos. There are too many writers there that I still enjoy. And I’m not going to reveal my dkos user name here since I still want to be able to participate, what little comments I do make…..but I am a long time member there, starting reading I think in 2003 or 2004, joined in 2006. So, yea a long… Read more »
Michael Tuck
Guest

I haven’t been kicked off DK just yet. The day is still young, though. 🙂

Kay
Guest

I’m upset over this too. I’ve been following you since you began writing Dkos. I’ve noticed the favorites can say anything and the rest good luck. It’s not right.
Ursula, I’ll be here.

Frederick W. Moncrief
Guest
Frederick W. Moncrief

Whatever is kos becoming??!!! So sorry LittleBear.

azrolator
Member

They’ve been becoming it. I’ve noticed this shit going on for 3 years now. Anyone that disagrees publicly with the “party line” is in for trouble. I’d take a guess that this time would have to do with someone having a rising website and someone else does not appreciate a place where others are free to be critical outside of their control to censor.

gharlane
Guest

Which “party line” is that? Some folks here (and there) are claiming Bernie fans run the place. Others are claiming that Hillary fans run the place. And they each bring their examples. Getting pretty hard to keep track.

Bareshark
Guest
At a guess? DK is becoming irrelevant, as harsh as that may sound. One of the more distressing tendencies I’ve noticed is the mirroring of Tea Party tribalism in terms of what is allowed and believed. After a certain point, I haven’t trusted Bernie any further than I could throw him. I admit to my distrust being irrational. But when my alarm bells are screaming THIS loud, there’s a reason. Yet he gets the same kind of adoration too many on DK used to give Wikileaks. Got a feeling that it’s going to work out the same way…doubt that I’d… Read more »
gharlane
Guest
Are you claiming that DK is becoming a hotbed of Bernie-promotion, and that this is somehow official (or unofficial official) **policy**?? Like on most political sites, there’s factions. There’s a strong faction of Bernie-haters, and they’re still there and prolific posters. There’s another faction of Bernie-lovers who, to put it kindly, don’t seem to have much of a filter. As for me, I supported him in ’16. This year less so, with a large field of good candidates that we really should also have had in ’16 but didn’t. I don’t go in for BDS much with him being accused… Read more »
Bareshark
Guest
Technically, I’m no Kossack, so my perspective is a bit different by necessity. I used the Bernie example simply because I found it reflective of the kind of uncritical thought that seems to be permeating too much of the site’s thinking. When you stop questioning whether or not this person you once adored is actually worth it (see Julian Assange), you start opening yourself up to being taken for a ride. How can that end in anything BUT tears? I DID say my distrust of Bernie has no rational basis, you may recall. And I would argue that Bernie faction… Read more »
Michael Tuck
Guest
You get your ass handed to you if you bring up the entirely relevant fact that Bernie is 77 NOW, he’ll be 78 in 2020, and he will be 82 when his first term ends, if he wins it. I don’t care if his name is Sanders, Clinton, or Little Red Hen, that’s too old for four years of the hardest job of its kind on the planet. But on DK you get hammered for being “ageist.” What a load of shit. I’m 59 and I think I might be too old. Am I “ageist” towards myself? Should I do… Read more »
nonsequitur
Member

It doesn’t surprise me at all. DK is becoming exactly what it professes to hate, run by politically correct control freaks who can’t tolerate anyone having an opinion differing from the mainstream “progressive” bible. It will eventually become completely irrelevant because all the best thinkers will go elsewhere, just as you have. Don’t feel sad. It’s not your loss, it’s theirs.

djMikulec
Guest

I concur!

Bareshark
Guest

That’s the true danger of fanaticism of any kind. It’s NOT that they have a different opinion but that they profess that no other opinions should exist. How does anyone learn under such conditions?

VA6thDem
Guest

Some posters/commenters are more equal than others (with a nod to Animal House).

Bareshark
Guest

Don’t you mean Animal Farm, VA?

VA6thDem
Guest

Why yes, I do!

SuzC
Guest

I’m grateful to thebarrel7 for a diary on DK telling us you’ve been banned. I’m stunned. I thought you were paid staff there. You’re one of the names I looked for each day. You seem to have the DK mission figured out and doing it. How sad DK doesn’t realize it. As DK censors more and more and shouts down those with whom they disagree, it becomes less and less relevant and given what kos has built over the years that is a real shame and a real loss.

Please don’t cry, UrsulaFaw! Consider the messenger, so to speak.

SuzC
Guest

PS thebarrel7 just hit top of Rec list at DK

Bareshark
Guest

That very diary is the reason why I’m here now, in fact.

p j evans
Member

There’s a newer one askign for Ursula to be unbanned. Despite one of the admins giving their side in both diaries, the sentiment isn’t with the admins.

Cmae
Guest

The fact that an admin is even there replying to comments tells me that they know they did the wrong thing. I agree completely, PJ Evans.

gharlane
Guest

Not necessarily. I went in to the diary believing as you did (and a reply comment I have to you there from a good hour ago demonstrates that.) Having read elfling’s comments, there’s some reason to them as well. I’ve asked Ursula for her take here, but it’s not quite so simple as you’re making it out.

Michael Tuck
Guest

Read the post above. That’s her take.

gharlane
Guest

I asked her specific questions that the post didn’t address. Try again.

gharlane
Guest

I will add to my reply that I don’t think it’s the least bit fair to infer that merely because an admin’s commenting in a diary, it means they “know they did the wrong thing.”

elfling has posted defenses of the action that appear to have some basis. I haven’t made up my mind yet. As I’ve said, I’ve asked Ursula here for clarification. I’d ask elfling for same over there but others have already covered that territory. But it’s manifestly unfair to infer consciousness of guilt from the fact that an admin is speaking up.

Bareshark
Guest

Guilt, no. But it certainly has turned into a problem the admin cannot sweep under the rug.

Bareshark
Guest

What can you say, P J? When you screw up THIS bad, there are no good options, just slightly less terrible ones.

Eric Vormelker
Guest
I’m sorry to see this. I got warned once for something, and I have no idea what it was. I tried to find out, but the reporting and response system is so obscure (I’m at least somewhat web capable, as I’ve done this for a living for 20 years!) that I never got any explanation for the warning. I’ve been a DKos member for 15 years. It’s disturbing to see this. Here’s hoping it’s just that it’s gotten so big that there’s management issues and we’re just a few abberations. Glad you found a new home, and hope it’ll earn… Read more »
p j evans
Member

The reportign system is such that if you don’t do a screenshot and open a link to whatever the offending comment is, in a new tab, you’ll never be able to find out what you said that set off whoever flagged you. And even then, it’s probably not something that should have been flag. (Last time, for me, it was telling someone to cool it, when they were starting to accuse someone else of attacking them. The person who was getting mad is one of those with a short fuse and a tendency to go fter everyone they don’t like.)

miketheliberal
Member

Well, that sucks. Actually, that super-sucks. I’ve been there a long time as well. I’m fortunate that I don’t have to write for a living, because I write well, but no often enough. 😉 I will miss your voice; it’s always interesting.

Just remember to update your bio to “was” a top-rated writer… 🙁

Nick Sullivan
Member

I received zero replies from the ‘moderators’ after several time-outs and my eventual banning with their silly skull-thing.

gharlane
Guest

This reads like a C99% post, and it would be except for the difference in political preferences.

carroll robinson
Guest

Ohmigosh. Well, now I will be bookmarking this site so I can read all the work here. Gosh but I hate bullying–it’s so beneath us, you know? And I agree–we must stop eating our own. We must allow room for folks to be human; to have different voices; and to make mistakes every once in awhile–because, redux, we’re human.

Brubs
Guest
This stuns me. Having been part of DKos for over 13 years, I have witnessed a shocking number of writers bojo’d for seemingly minor or correctable infractions while others seem to skate by with little consequence despite obvious issues that they generate. DKos has lost so many voices that once made it so unique and important but now seems to be groaning under its own weight. All things on the inter tubes have a shelf life it seems, and I am beginning to believe that DailyKos is lurching toward it’s own expiration date. Ursula I am so sorry this happened.… Read more »
llywrch
Guest

Years ago I came up with an observation about the life-cycles of websites on the Internet: birth; growth; maturity; the owner writes a book about the website (or it’s topic); senescence; death.

I note that Kos has written several books since DKos matured.

Bareshark
Guest

In all honesty, Ilwrch, that is the inevitable lifecycle of all things. The only varying metrics I’ve seen is just the time scale.

llywrch
Guest

You have a point there. But senescence of a web site or forum always follows the book publishing. I can’t help but wonder if the two are connected, viz. the person running the site has grown bored/tired of the activity & is ready to bail on his/her audience.

Brubs
Guest

Well, Kos certainly hasn’t been about the site a great deal over the past year or so, so there is certainly veracity to that point about becoming tired/bored perhaps.

Longtime Reader, Longtime Fan
Guest
Longtime Reader, Longtime Fan
This is extremely distressing. If this can happen to you, littlebear, it can happen to anyone. The fact that it happened as you were going through so much is just appalling. Talk about kicking someone who is already down. I’m going to search for you on PayPal; can’t reliably subscribe but can share when I have extra, and would like to. If you have a link there, share, please? Of course, when we lefties decide to destroy one another (and especially when we can be manipulated into doing so) the wingnuts point and laugh and rejoice at our lack of… Read more »
Diana in NoVa
Guest

Ursula, so sorry to hear this! I LOVE your diaries and think you rock mightily! I will start coming here because I do NOT want to miss anything you say.

Hope you’re feeling better physically. Please be assured there are people out there who adore you and want you to succeed. And you will.

keepiru
Guest

Another long time DK user (2004) disappointed to hear this. So I’ll keep coming back here so that I don’t miss anything – I usually love your take on things 🙂

djMikulec
Guest

I’ve been there since 2004. And there’s something going on that stinks to high heavens. I’m really sorry that this crap has hit you too.

Julie Siegel
Guest

Ursula, I’m so sorry this happened to you. You were one of the writers I learned to trust. I’m currently on NR status there since last week. No warning. The explanation I received was that I had rec’d comments “that would have otherwise been hidden.” Except the comments weren’t hidden or even warned. Silliness.

Su puckett
Guest

Same thing happened to me

mittenstheunrulykitten
Guest
mittenstheunrulykitten

Wow. Bad wow. Just saw this in a diary at the dk. You were one of the best writers. Bookmarked this page. Good luck and thanks for fighting the good fight. >^,,^<

desposiblehuman
Guest

I am so sorry this happened to you. I was hoping to blog at DK about the intersection between health/mental health and our policy, but alas, it seems that every time I do, I’m either told I’m wrong or not going about it the right way and apparently comments about being in a very red state are met with “that’s not how it’s done here” (on the east coast, for example). /sigh. I really liked your diaries and will endeavor to keep up with you here. And I shall find a new place to post my diaries, I think….

US Blues
Guest

I just read the news over there about you being banned. I am so sorry this has happened to you, in an egregiously unprofessional and political manner. I’ve been reading there for 15+ years and have seen the Shadow side of that site, through a few short personal bans (because random people shout I was promoting a CT), and also in larger community actions like your removal. I am glad you have a new home, and I will be here to read your good words.

Colleen
Guest

this is so sad, and so unnecessary. For me, familiarity with a person adds some confidence in what I’m reading, and is really the whole point in my choosing a site to visit. Sounds like someone with an agenda has it out for you…but I’m glad I read the diary about you and now have a new site to visit.

Denis Elliott
Member
I’m incredulous. In fact I’m fighting the urge to go off on a ShowerCap like rant that’s entirely angry but with no humor. I look forward to reading what you have to say and almost every day (when you’ve been able to) you provide multiple chances, all of which are worth the time to read. Hell, I’ve wondered why the Kos site didn’t put you on staff! I guess now I’ll have to come here to read your work, but man am I pissed that your voice on Kos has been silenced. You’ve taken the time and effort to help… Read more »
Pogoatty
Guest

You really said what I’ve been thinking. I know that you have backed some of my posts on military issues when I have caught the “your husband was a baby killer in Nam” bullshit. I have always appreciated that. I regret that you and I and others do not feel safe to offer your thought on some matters at DKos. Glad to see you are still around though!!

kellyevans
Member

Oh my. That IS some bullshit! Comments like that are why I’d rather comment over here!

daisy
Member

I am following you here from DailyKos, Ursulafaw. If they are going to ban my favorite writer, I’ll go where I can read her!

I speak as one who has been flagged twice at DailyKos, not because I broke the rules but because someone apparently did not agree with what I was saying,

Murf is another of my favorite writers. I’m sort of hoping he is ditching Daily Kos, too, and like you, will be writing here instead. If enough members shuck off DailyKos and come here instead, maybe the powers that be at DKos will realize their mistake.

coffeenotkoolaid
Member

Looks like Politizone just got some new members. Your voice is one of the kindest on the Daily Kos. I will miss you there. I look forward to reading your posts here. Just signed up. Happy to still be able to recommend your posts wherever they may be.

waltzingrattilda
Guest

Just saw article on Kos and as a long lurker ,recent poster am so very disheartened to lose you there,but have found you here and am supporting you 100% The lack of communication/explanation resulting in your current situation is the antithesis of community to the detriment of us all.You are not lost to us.

kaja
Guest

I too read the diary by thebarrel17 that sent me here. I am stunned that this happened to you. I read everything that had your name on it and enjoyed your diaries. I will bookmark this site so I can continue to follow you. I see a lot of names I recognize in the comments as I’m a long time reader at DK. It will be interesting to explore PolitiZoom, but sorry to have to discover it this way. Keep up your good writing.

Letitia Sokoll
Guest

I’m mainly a lurker on DailyKos but there are several authors who’s writing I read automatically no matter what the subject and you were one of those. I will now read your postings here. Best of Luck!

Arel1
Guest

Hi! Judging by the comment log on the diary on DKos which blew the whistle, they’re finding out that they may have stirred up the wrong mob, and the torches and pitchforks are circling them, not you! Hugs 2u, and all the best!

oruacat2
Guest

As one who was BoJo’ed long ago after a long run at DK, I’m not surprised.
It’s gotten pretty bad over there – basically all the cool kids gang up on anyone who dares disagree with one of them.

Bareshark
Guest

And can I just say how stupid that is? It’s like certain people learned all the wrong lessons from the bullies that beat them up in high school.

kellyevans
Member

I haven’t even seen Ursula disagreeing with anyone over there! Much of her stuff is anti-Trump, what’s to dislike?

This is crazy. What kind of business plan is it to bojo your longest, best writers?

ProgressiveBoomer
Guest
U… Just saw the diary on DKos, and immediately came here to see what happened… …I am, to put it mildly, shocked and disappointed at finding out that you have been banned… Of course I will continue to follow you on Twitter, and will be here even more so, as I had missed seeing your comments over the last couple of days – including my 1st diary on DKos over the weekend ! – and was wondering if it was a health issue again… You. Will. Be. Missed. There. But, I’m glad we can still get & read your thoughts… Read more »
nontradgrad
Guest

Longtime lurker over at Dkos who finally joined in 2016, and as many people have said, your diaries were among the five or six I always opened, no matter the subject, because I enjoyed your writing style and the light you shed on any topic. So sorry this has happened, and will follow you here at Politizoom.

aka Delphine
Guest

Welcome to the club. At least you had something to point to, however dicey and ridiculous, as a reason you were bojo’d. It’s better away from there.

fladem
Guest

Hi Delphine.
I still miss you.

Brought here by another banning that makes little sense.

I have been at DKOS since 2002.

Sad to see what it has become.

HollyB.
Guest
I address this to ursulafaw, with sympathy based on my own experience. I would like to communicate with her, if it is possible. What happened to ursulafaw happened to me two years ago. Something blocked my access to comment or reply at DK, even when logged on. When I tried to contact Dkos, I was blocked. Unlike ursulafaw, I was given no notice of any kind. I am still helpless to do more than reading on the site, but I still do, because there are some seriously intelligent people there, and I need a respite from all the lunacy. Often,… Read more »
kellyevans
Member

Have you tried the Opera browser? It operates similar to Google Chrome. You can set it to ad block and to use their VPN. I have had ZERO problems with my computer since switching to it! (Watch, now I’ll get a virus tomorrow!)

I also use Windows Defender. It’s free and seems to work as well as or better than the expensive security services. Maybe that’d clean up your computer?

You could try the DK help desk from the VPN mode or incognito mode, you should be able to leave a message as a guest.

Milret2
Guest
It is very very irritating to me to lose your wonderful compilations and thouhts on them at Daily Kos. I am not very sophisticated at moving around the information highway but I did just sign up for the newsletter here and will be quite happy to spend time here reading and enjoying the pleasure of you, Murf, and I suspect many other great writers and members of the resistance. Probably good to not spend so much time on Daily Kos, even though I am old and set in my ways I think it will agree with me and I know… Read more »
ReaderRay
Guest

Ursula I am upset about your banishment from daily Kos. I’m a faithful reader and I’m now subscribing to this site to follow you. I’m also sorry you have been experiencing so many health issues. Wishing you health, peace and blessings.