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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ursulafaw, i don’t know a lot about the inner workings of dk (nor do i want to), but i have always found your writing to be superb, relevant, and, as far as i can determine, trustworthy. plus anyone who has a picture of an animal as their icon or whatever you’d call it is basically ok with me. i’m sorry this happened, and i will try to follow you here. thank you for all of your dedicated reporting and take care.

sandbear75
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I’m in shock. Of all the writers that would be banned, you would have been on the bottom of the list. You could easily have been on the staff there. I have always enjoyed your posts and can’t think of one time that you would have run afoul of the powers that be. I didn’t see the cartoon.
Judging by all the familiar names in the comments here, you should know your loved. If anyone needs to be reinstated at DK. it’s you. Hopefully someone in charge will have a change of heart.

Caterina Sims
Guest

So happy to see everyone here supporting ursulafaw, and this site.

Errol Nelson
Guest

Sorry to hear about the result of your ‘transgression.’ I enjoyed your writing as I do Murfster. Glad that you found a home. I’ve been reluctant lately to post anything but rather bland comments on DKos. At 80 I’m slowing down and my writing is too. I’d like to participate here and will bookmark the site. Just finished an Op-Art that could be posted. E-mail me your physical address and I’ll mail you a copy.

anon
Guest

Honestly this sounds like not only a familiar story with DK but one that happens again and again. To call the system over at DK ‘moderation’ is a joke. It’s run by mobs and back room deals. I still read it since it’s mostly okay but I will no longer participate.

redheadedgammy
Member

I went to DK a little while ago, looking for your latest and found the info about your being booted. After reading a few comments and finding out you were over here now, I came right over to read what exactly happened. I’ve loved your writing for quite some time and am glad you’re going to be here. I will start supporting this site as of today.

BFSkinner
Guest

HUGS my friend…I had no idea about this until today. BFSkinner here…I for one will miss you a lot.

Judy
Member
I’m not only stunned to hear this, Ursula, but appalled that DKOS would do this to you. Every day when I open DK, I look for a post from you. You are one of my favorite writers there. I wondered why I hadn’t seen anything recently, but I know you have health challenges, so thought you were just taking a few days off to rest. After reading thebarrel7’s post, I came right over here. I became a patron a few months ago, and I’m so glad I did! DK has changed quite a bit over the past year or so;… Read more »
bethann
Guest

So sorry you have been banned from Daily KOS. I will so miss your writing, and your compassion on the PWB Peeps group. Unfortunately, I don’t have Twitter account. I don’t have a “smart” phone. I would like to follow your blogs, but am not sure how to do that from my desk top computer. If you have a link where I could follow your blogs, that would be nice.

kellyevans
Member

Can you bookmark this page? Or go to the Home page and bookmark that? That should get you easy access.

Lime Lite
Guest

I’ve enjoyed and admired many of your diaries on DK, and regret the error of judgment made there that resulted in your pirate flag. Think I’ll join this site. I like what I see.

Long long-timer Kossack

Alexis
Guest

Daily Kos is, quite simply, toxic. The (largely) male contingent who run it are quite happy to let truly awful people like TomP, WB Reeves, Bob Johnson, et al, rampage at will, while banning other, more positive contributors (often female and/or POC).

There’s a reason why they send us all begging emails every other day.

kellyevans
Member

I’ve noticed that too! There is a stricter standard for women and/or POC.

gettin too old for this shit
Member
gettin too old for this shit
(((((((My sweet fuzzy Ursula)))))) I haven’t even finished reading that diary and its comments, just hightailed it over here and my mind is still blown. WTF could you have possibly done? Christ on a cracker with Dijon mustard! I’m sure I won’t be anywhere near the only commenter on THAT one (hang on a sec), nope, already 450 and climbing. i will miss you there, but I’m sure I’m not the only new member of Politizoom, either. You know me as CaffeineInduced over there, and we’ll see if they let me pick a name here or if I have to… Read more »
NotNowNotEver
Guest

I think everyone with an extensive online presence has been the victim of an overly officious moderator at least once. There’s something about moderators needing to justify their existence that’s a part of their DNA.

While not agreeing with everything you’ve ever said, I never saw you cross a line into the kind of antisocial behavior that deserved a ban. Have you tried contacting any of the DKOS paid staff to ask them to look into the situation. At the absolute minimum you deserve a coherent explanation for what happened.

Roy "Point" Anderson
Guest
Nearly the same thing happened to me. I’d been on Daily Kos longer then nearly anybody, but mostly just lurked and read. But in 2016 I WAS a Bernie supporter. And in my opinion, Markos and the “Establishment” at Daily Kos was pushing Hillary and squashing anything about Bernie. I saw it turning into a dividing fight with a whole squadron of Left wing D Kos authoritarians, eager to enforce every suppressive “rule”. But I wasn’t willing to give up. So, I wrote some diaries and even though I tried to be careful about butthurt Fee-fees and I was careful… Read more »
petercarey aka senilebiker
Guest
petercarey aka senilebiker

Join the club.

ozsea1
Guest

Got your back on this one, Ursula.

Things have changed over at DK, it began to get worse after the DK5 “upgrade”.

Admins put up with a lot more trolling than is healthy.

reddpen
Guest

What’s your handle on Twitter? I tried to find it in the comments, but reading 115 is a bit daunting. I’m TWGD17, fwiw.

kalticada
Member

I’ll miss you on DKos, Ursula. Thank you for all you’ve contributed there and for bringing me here.

anon004
Guest
Very, very sad news, but I know what you mean about the moderators/management at DKos. I got a time out once for a comment on an article I hadn’t even commented on or read, and a time out for uprating a comment last fall. It was a comment I probably shouldn’t have uprated, but one of the reasons I was put in time out was for refusing to remove my uprating, and I had only been notified I should remove it after the time had passed to do so. So, I hadn’t “refused” at all! And the time out was… Read more »
waqaa
Guest
I am furious! Daily Kos punished me when I had the gall to suggest that 911 was a ruse. In an admonishing reply to a commenter on the subject, my tone was harsh, I admit; however, it was not the least bit profane, outlandish, or unreferenced. (From the day the bogus report was issued, AE911Truth has been fighting tooth and nail to expose the event for exactly what it was — pseudo justification for the greatest war-for-profit in human history.) Daily Kos blocked me and I remain blocked because I refuse to provide them a sufficient mea culpa; I will… Read more »
p j evans
Member

Please don’t start on that here.

Inkdreamer
Guest
Ursula, I’ve been thinking about you since your hip operation. I’ve had that too and it’s grueling. Glad to find you here, I’ve missed you at DKos. I will be coming here regularly now to find you, and others. While I value the daily APR at DKos, the pie fights and political correctness are getting old. I used to read comments to learn who to trust, because there were a few folks who I completely trusted, and you were (are) one of them. I notice a lot of DK usernames here in the comments so it seems I’m not alone.… Read more »
Caterina Sims
Guest

I just want to say how wonderful it is to see all of you here. Caterina Sims. (Cmae)

Jane
Member

Dearest Bojoed Bear Ursula, you are (😢were😢) one of the brightest lights on DKos, and I was always happy to see one of your posts. I read your posts without fail, and will now do so here. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s incredible that after all you endure, you still tried to correct what the enigmatic moderators insisted was “wrong.” You have amazing fortitude, even to post as often as you do, clearly and cogently enlightening your YUGE crowd of Ursula followers. Hopefully all our positive thoughts will help ease your pain. We DO care, very much!

pdxkelly
Member

This is very unfortunate, Ursula Faw. I fear that this is the beginning of a very ugly time for dkos. Worse than 2016 by far. I just signed up over here (am CJB at dkos, and – for whatever reason – reverted to my Blog for America name when I got here), and will come here to read you and Murf and durrati. Best to you.

David
Guest

I was unexpectedly bojo-ed too. I wrote to the help desk trying to find out why and didn’t get an answer but a couple days later, was told that my bojo was being rescinded but I would have to wait in T/0 for two weeks, and now I’m back, on probation. I don’t really know what’s going on, but someone’s cracking down.

Sissyphus
Guest

Could it be some kind of technical glitch? Why would they BOJO without explanation and then change their minds–again without explanation?

daisy
Member
I just want to say that I”ve come over from DailyKos today in support of you, and I will stay. I have now joined this site, and put this site’s web address as a bookmark icon on my desktop. I encourage other disgruntled DKos members to do the same. There are signs to me that DKos’ administration may have been infiltrated by one or more moles who do not have the Democratic party’s interests at heart. The recent implementation of a straw poll there that is inflating Sanders’ support by allowing people to vote more than once (and stuffing the… Read more »
Inland Jim
Guest

Yep, kangaroo court. I got a 3-day ban once for recommending someone’s comment. Piety police didn’t bother to tell me what the nasty comment I rec’d was so I had no idea how to atone for my grievous mistake.

Patrick Snyder
Guest

Hi Ursula,

Very sorry to hear this. I always looked forward to your stories and, far from being BOJOed, I figured you’d be on the DK staff before long. So, this is a shocker.

Hope your physical ailments heal quickly and with the least possible pain and discomfort.

domestic goddess
Guest

I’ve been reading kos since the early 2000’s. It’s not the same at all. They’ve gone blue dog. And I almost hate to comment because it’s gotten so petty. I know there is going to be major nastiness over the primary. So I just read a few articles, rarely if ever write a diary. I used to write them rather frequently.

Lil Blue Sock
Member

Hi Ursula…….did you by chance say something disparaging about B. Sanders?…..
Sounds like the work of his hit squad on KOS.

Regardless, I will continue to enjoy reading your informative articles here.

P.S. I hope you are feeling better! 🙂

sexy salamander
Member
I got bojoed in 2016 after the anti-Sanders movement became unbearable. I wrote an angry and incoherent rant, after deleting all my diaries. I was banned, as hoped. I have gone back on occasion, especially to read some of the science posts, but less and less with each passing month. With Ursula gone, there is one less reason to visit the echo chamber. I have noticed that the internet in general is becoming less a place to express and discuss topics and more and more a place dominated by groupthink. I have seen it at kos and reddit. The left… Read more »
Penelope Curtis
Guest

I recently read an expose’ on how Facebook puts users on “timeout”. The people doing the overseeing are underpaid by an outside consulting firm and have to make quotas. The article indicated many of the reviewers have forms of PTSD.
Most of them, in my opinion, are very unsophisticated and make interpretations based on their lack of knowledge of word nuances. My thoughts are that Daily Kos has gotten too big for its britches and is now doing the same thing utilizing outside consulting firms to review posts.

glinda
Member
Glinda from Dkos here. So deeply sorry to hear this. You were one of the very few diary posters that I could click on with the full confidence that I would be informed, entertained by great writing, and would be sent in one or two directions to have an educational read. Even the Front Pagers weren’t as reliable a source of provocative thought. I’ve noticed that ever since dKos went to an anonymous system of flagging and moderating, the arbitrariness and vindictiveness exploded. I had one NR time out in the past 2 months for a reason only the mods… Read more »
glinda
Member

Just to clarify. I’m no noobie to dKos. I joined in October of 2004. So I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs the pie fights and the changes, both good and bad.

fidelsghost
Guest
I was surprised to see you bounced but it seems a regular occurrence based on very flimsy pretexts. I think dkos sees this site as a threat precisely because the content suppliers have an opportunity to perhaps earn a few pennies from providing that content. It seems dkos has some paid staff these days but it was built on the same freeloading Silicon Valley screw the content providers model, which is how almost all “tech” entrepreneurs (from Google, Amazon, Facebook on down) work. People provide their information, data, content, labor, promotion, passsion, views, etc. for absolutely nothing while the owners… Read more »
Joe
Guest

Let me get this straight. As a longtime blogger who uploads digital images, you don’t understand the concept of cropping an image in such a way as to cut off the part of the image that shows the copyright/watermark?

ptalbert
Guest

I for one do not think of watermarks and copyrights as being the same thing at all, or of photographs as having watermarks, which I associate with see-through paper. I would not have understood the comment at all.

CKallen
Guest

Ursula – first of all really hope you are feeling better. Really hated hearing about all you’ve been put through. Don’t know what’s happening at KOS but I don’t have time for all the pettiness. Wish I could afford to become a patron here but it’s not in the cards right now. Very glad to know I haven’t lost you :^)

lila
Guest

I’m on DK and a diary by your friend there has alerted us to what has happened. I’m appalled at your treatment. I’m really sorry and will miss you there. I’ve enjoyed your writing very much!

Mirelle
Guest

I am so sorry Ursula. I had problems too at DK and a few months ago after being put in time out yet again I decided no more comments at DK. But I was a lowly commentor. You are a well know diarist and the explanation from the administrators sounds lame. This looks like a nice site and I have bookmarked it. Best of luck to you!

Steve Evans
Guest

DKOS banned one of its major contribtors????
Jealosy from the paid staff?

I’ll be reading you here Ursula.
And rethinking my involvement in DK.

–Saevans60

davekro
Guest

Ursula, I followed the link from DKos too an just wanted to give just one more voice of apprec iation for your writiting that I have followed at DKos. Like many others, when I saw your name on an article, I read it. I knew it would be useful and positive info. Love and blessings to you dear one and positive thoughts for further mending with the new hip, not to mention the TOOTH!
Namste,
Davekro

davekro
Guest

Ursula, I followed the link from DKos too an just wanted to give just one more voice of apprec iation for your writiting that I have followed at DKos. Like many others, when I saw your name on an article, I read it. I knew it would be useful and positive info. Love and blessings to you dear one and positive thoughts for further mending with the new hip, not to mention the TOOTH!
Namaste,
Davekro

Tom Dickerson
Guest

Thank you for all the wonderful articles which I have loved on Daily Kos. I will check you out on this site from now on.

Alice in Wonder
Guest

Ursula, I am so sadden by the actions of DK. You were my favorite writer over there. My DK name is LogicPlz. I have been increasingly unhappy with them and the nastiness between posters. I have just joined over here so that I may read your articles.
Blessings to you!

Angela Robinson
Guest

Ursula, I stopped posting on Kos a few years ago, but I popped in and saw the diary. You are a wonderful person and I’ve bookmarked this site. I’ll come back again. Deep peace to you.

Angela (capelza)

rmstar
Guest

There is still good and interesting writing on DK so I still go there, and as a lifetime member I see no advertising. I too was bojoed for whatever (not sure I really know), but my sense of humor is not a good match to the hall-monitor types. I was surprised and disappointed at first, but got over it, you will too.

Glad to have found a new site to visit, with good writers!

Thomas
Guest

Very sad to see this. Best wishes, Ursula! I’m sure you’re aware there’s tremendous support for you
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/3/5/1839678/-Should-ursulafaw-be-reinstated-With-poll

inkstainedwretch
Guest
I am very sorry all this went down. I agreed with 60-65% of your views and had minor quibbles with 30-35%. By my loosy goosy math, I might have disagreed with 0-10%, but suspect that I am undereducated and ignorant of many details. Therefore I grant a Very Large benefit of doubt that you are closer to objective reality than I am. Even those writings of yours that I thought slightly off were so well written that they helped me examine my ideas for misconceptions. I wish several dozen jerks had been BOJOed instead. I would gladly give up commenting… Read more »
charlatan
Guest
Moderation over there is terrible. High-level trolls can get away with running a long con over years and thousands of comments. Normal users get blasted because a mod wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. I got warned there once for flagging a Clinton Foundation arms-for-cash conspiracy comment lol. It’s only because content filters have started to hit the bottom line that Kos has finally found religion on “fake news”. But of course he and his team swing the hammer around blindly as always. DKos was every bit as responsible as Facebook and Twitter for poisoning the well… Read more »
Deb
Guest

I always loved your writing on DK, and am so disappointed what is happening now. I am glad to have subscribed to you before this. damn, hate seeing this happen. I don’t think you deserve it at all.

ptalbert
Guest
Ursula, I’m so sorry to see you gone from DK. It is hard to understand why anyone would do this, and I share your ignorance of what talk about cropping a watermark means. I thought watermarks were on legal documents, not photographs. I have only written a few diaries and as far as I know have been in trouble for none of my numerous comments, but I did have an unpleasant experience in my one and only contact with an administrator. I received an email action from an anti-GMO group that claimed it was endorsed by DK, and I wrote… Read more »
Retired from Kos
Guest

You think it’s bad now? Wait til a Dem wins the White House. They’ll attack him\her and run his\her supporters off the site. It happened during the early Obama years and it will happen again. Just ask Bondad and others who defended Obama. The purity trolls (including some of the front pagers — hi, MB!) are worse than Repubs.