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Name: David Allen
Gender: Male
Hometown: Washington, DC
Home country: USA
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 59,838

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Pic of the Moment: Scandal!

Pic Of The Moment: Romney Wins Six On Super Tuesday

Valentine Hearts Charity Drive: We raised $7,214 for Planned Parenthood!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Valentine Hearts Charity Drive, benefiting Planned Parenthood.

We raised a total of $7,214 from 435 donations, for an average donation of just under $17.

Your generous support will help Planned Parenthood in its mission to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.

Great job, everyone!

David Allen
Dave Allsopp
Brian Leitner
DU Administrators

Planned Parenthood and DU Valentine Hearts

I'm sure by now you have all heard that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has completely cut its support for Planned Parenthood, only a few months after a new anti-abortion vice president joined the organization. Sadly, this is only the latest attack against Planned Parenthood, an extremely important organization that has been at the forefront of the fight for Reproductive Rights.

You also probably remember that last year the DU Admins announced that we would no longer be doing quarterly fund drives for Democratic Underground.

With no quarterly DU fund drives, people have been asking whether our popular Valentine Hearts promotion would be back in 2012. Over the last week, the DU Admins have been discussing the issue, and trying to figure out if we should bring back the Valentine Hearts even if we are not doing a fund drive for DU. And one of the ideas that we have been discussing is to do the Valentine Hearts as a Charity Drive.

This latest news has convinced us that we need to do something to show our support for Planned Parenthood. So, I think we are going to do the Valentine Hearts this year. But instead of pocketing the money for Democratic Underground, we think it might be worthwhile to collect it all and donate it to Planned Parenthood.

After all, Planned Parenthood is a good fit with Valentine's Day.

What do you think?

Democratic Underground will go dark at 3am ET January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA

Democratic Underground will go dark for 18 hours on January 18, from 3am ET until 9pm ET, to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). During that time visitors will not be able to read or post on the site. We know that you depend on Democratic Underground to be there for you, and we did not take the decision to join this protest lightly.

Democratic Underground is an open, community-based website that depends on content provided by our visitors. That includes original content created by our members, and excerpts and links to content published elsewhere. Because of the work our members put into their posts here, and also because of our dependence on excerpts and links from elsewhere, we have a deep appreciation for content creators, and we understand the importance of protecting their work. The DU Administrators understand the importance of protecting copyrights -- we have always made a good faith effort to respect copyrights on this site, and we expect our members to do the same.

However, we here at Democratic Underground have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to be unfairly harassed in the name of copyright enforcement. Over the last year we have been a defendant in a high-profile copyright-trolling case in which we were threatened with tens of thousands of dollars of damages and the loss of our domain name, because one of our members posted a brief five-sentence excerpt of an article. The experience has made us extremely sensitive to the issue of out-of-control copyright enforcement, and we feel that we have a responsibility to add our voice to the protests taking place across the Internet.

During the downtime, we hope that you will take a moment and contact your representatives in Congress to let them know that you support an open Internet, and you oppose SOPA and PIPA. You can look up your representatives on the EFF website.

Thank you,

David Allen
Dave Allsopp
Brian Leitner
DU Administrators

You Asked For It: Automatic Post Formatting Buttons and Smilies

We have added post formatting buttons and smilies to the posting form, so you can more easily format your posts. Now, whenever you write a post on DU, you will see this list of buttons just above the area to type your message text.

Clicking each button will automatically write the appropriate code directly into your posting form, at the location of your cursor. For most HTML tags, clicking a particular button once will write the code to open the tag, and clicking a second time will automatically enter the code to close the tag.

You can also use the buttons to automatically write the appropriate codes around a portion of text you have selected. Type in the text you want, select the entire text, and then click the appropriate button to write HTML codes at the beginning and end of the selection.

Clicking the "smilies" button on the far right opens a list of smilies. Click the image you want to automatically enter the code into your message.

Two new Groups have been created: Asian Group and Buddhism Group

Asian Group: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1250

Buddhism Group: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1249

To subscribe to either of these groups, click the link to visit, and then click the big orange button that says "Subscribe to this group."

First civil union takes place in Delaware (And I have a family connection)

This is very exciting for me, because I am from Delaware, and also because Lisa Goodman (on the left in the picture below) is my sister's sister-in-law!

My two seven-year-old twin nieces were attendants in the ceremony. My parents and (of course) my sister and brother-in-law were also there.

First civil union takes place in Delaware

Two women became the first couple in Delaware joined in a same-sex civil union ceremony Sunday during a historic and emotional service at their Wilmington church.

Fellow Delaware attorneys, as well as judges, legislators, friends and family members witnessed the tearful exchange of vows between Lisa B. Goodman and Drewry N. Fennell at Trinity Episcopal Church on North Adams Street.

A friend of the couple, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, delivered the sermon. During the liturgy, Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn and Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden each read from the Bible. Both know the couple from their days at the law firm Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, Delaware's law adopting same-sex civil unions took effect. After years of debate and hours of testimony in Dover, the General Assembly adopted the measure in April 2011. Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill in May.

More: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120101/NEWS/120101002/First-civil-union-takes-place-Delaware

Happy Holidays from Democratic Underground

During the Holiday Season we make time for our family and friends, traveling across town, across the country, or around the world to visit with the people we care about.

Many of us consider the members of this online community to be our friends. Even though we may not have met in "real life," our fellow DUers are as much a part of our lives as our neighbors, co-workers, and even some of our friends and family. And so, this Holiday Season the DU Administrators want to take a moment to express our gratitude to all of you, our online virtual family.

2011 has been an extraordinary year for Democratic Underground. In January we celebrated 10 years online. We have been engaged in a high-profile legal fight, where we (with the help of EFF) helped stop a predatory copyright troll who has been harassing hundreds of websites with bogus lawsuits. And in December we unveiled an enormous overhaul of our website which we've been working on for well over a year. Through it all, you helped this community grow and thrive -- by visiting, by posting, by providing financial help, and by accepting big software changes with patience and good nature. We are extremely grateful.

Thanks to your support, this community is stronger than it as ever been. We have an amazing community of people, and we finally have the software you deserve. 2012 is a presidential election year, and we believe everything is in place so it will be our best year yet.

Happy Holidays. And thank you.

David Allen
Dave Allsopp
Brian Leitner
DU Administrators


At approximately 3:30 PM ET this afternoon, December 22, we had a glitch -- an unfortunate combination of software and human error -- which deleted the original post (OP) of every thread in the General Discussion forum. Replies were not affected.

The bug has been fixed so this will never happen again.

Fortunately we keep nightly backups, so we were able to recover every original post that was posted here up until approximately 3:30 AM ET this morning. Unfortunately, this leaves approximately 12 hours of OPs that we were unable to completely recover.

For the missing 12 hours of OPs, we were able to recover the thread titles, along with other data about the thread. But we were unable to recover the full message text. On these threads, the missing text has been replaced with the following notification:

The message body of this post was accidentally deleted due to an unexpected bug in our new software. The bug has been fixed, and most of the data was recovered. But unfortunately we were unable to recover the full text of this post. An older version of this post may be available in its edit history. Also, the author of the post may edit the post to replace the missing text, if they wish. The DU Administrators apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

So, if the message text of your OP is missing, you have options:

1) If you edited your OP at any time, then the most recent version is saved in the edit history of the post.

2) You can edit the OP to update the message text.

We understand that this situation is very disappointing, especially if you spent time and effort crafting an OP that is now gone forever. When you post on DU, you expect your post to be there, and you expect that something like this will not happen. The DU Administrators are very sorry for this catastrophic error, and we will do everything in our power to hopefully avoid repeating this mistake.

Again, we are very sorry. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

David Allen
DU Administrator
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