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Tue May 22, 2012, 12:25 PM

Hello, I'm EarlG

Last edited Tue May 22, 2012, 05:59 PM - Edit history (2)

My real name is Dave and I'm one of the administrators and co-founders of DU. I live in the Washington DC area and work in the DU office with Skinner. We were the guys holding up the original Democratic Underground banner at the protests in DC the day that George W. Bush was inaugurated for the first time -- if you'd asked me then, I never would have guessed that DU would still be going strong 11 years later!

I used to write the Top 10 Conservative Idiots but found that after the birth of my son three years ago I no longer had the time to write such an in-depth weekly article. (Maybe it will come back for the 2012 election -- you never know.) My main role these days is general site administration and front-end HTML coding, and I create DU's daily Pic Of The Moment (with able assistance from Skinner). Now we've settled into the new DU3 software I've even found time to post the occasional Hate Mailbag, which is good news.

In my spare time -- what little there is of it -- I enjoy action movies and video games.

On edit: since Skinner has busted out the family pics I thought I'd post one of my son too. He is currently interested in becoming an astronaut...

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Reply Hello, I'm EarlG (Original post)
EarlG May 2012 OP
broiles May 2012 #1
ellisonz May 2012 #4
mlevans May 2012 #12
Fearless May 2012 #21
William769 May 2012 #2
Neoma May 2012 #3
EarlG May 2012 #15
Neoma May 2012 #17
lumberjack_jeff May 2012 #5
dmr May 2012 #6
Maeve May 2012 #7
TBF May 2012 #8
Kali May 2012 #9
sinkingfeeling May 2012 #10
abelenkpe May 2012 #11
zeemike May 2012 #13
EarlG May 2012 #20
zeemike May 2012 #35
AverageJoe90 May 2012 #14
October May 2012 #16
xxqqqzme May 2012 #18
Scuba May 2012 #19
AsahinaKimi May 2012 #22
MrScorpio May 2012 #23
EarlG May 2012 #25
ProfessionalLeftist May 2012 #24
EarlG May 2012 #26
EarlG May 2012 #27
ProfessionalLeftist May 2012 #30
EarlG May 2012 #34
ProfessionalLeftist May 2012 #36
Vanje May 2012 #28
Autumn May 2012 #29
grantcart May 2012 #31
pacalo May 2012 #32
Warren DeMontague May 2012 #33
maddezmom May 2012 #37
lovemydog May 2012 #38
Generic Other May 2012 #39
SunsetDreams May 2012 #40

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:31 PM

1. I miss the top ten

Hope it comes back soon. That's how I first got hooked on DU.

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Response to broiles (Reply #1)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:10 PM

4. Agreed.

That used to be a riot! It's what brought me here too.

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Response to broiles (Reply #1)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:02 PM

12. ditto

It made Mondays worthwhile.

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Response to broiles (Reply #1)

Tue May 22, 2012, 05:37 PM

21. +3!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:34 PM

2. Nice to formally meet you after all these years.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:01 PM

3. Oooh, what video games?

Female gamer on the loose. <----

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Response to Neoma (Reply #3)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:22 PM

15. Right now I'm playing

Assassins Creed: Revelations, once I've wrapped that up I'm going to move on to Dark Souls (gulp).

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Response to EarlG (Reply #15)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:33 PM

17. I have the game.

But it seems to take time and effort to learn all the moves, so I left it for a later date.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:17 PM

5. The pic of the moment is a major highlight.

It's right up there with Bob Beaudelang, Oscar and the first couple of years of the hate mailbag.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:55 PM

6. Hi EarlG



I love the Pic of the Moment!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:05 PM

7. The Top Ten brought me to DU, EarlG! Saw it linked...somewhere, can't recall

And the chance to chat with like-minded people without the nastiness soooooo many other boards had is why I stayed. Even an occasional "special edition" of the Top Ten would be a treat!! (hint, hint, thud)

For those who don't know me, my real name is Cathy but took the name Maeve from the Irish mythical queen of Connacht. I've been here since the summer of 2001, spent some time moderating off and on and now mainly lurk--real life work keeps interfering!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:14 PM

8. It was the top 10 idiots that brought me to DU from a music board

in 2008. I had just signed up to volunteer for Obama after a long time away from DC/politics.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:19 PM

9. nice to meet you, Dave!

As I am on sucky slow dial-up and recently had some problems with even that, I had occasion to go to the local wifi-enabled library and spent a pleasant half hour or so laughing my ass off going through your journal of all the Pics of the Moment.

Home page loads slow for me normally so my bookmark is on the Latest page and I miss them most of the time.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:41 PM

10. Hi EarlG. Wish you or someone else would revive the Top 10 .

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:47 PM

11. Hello!

I found DU through the top ten. Loved it! Totally understand though. Kids can do that.

I'm from the DC area, too. Well was...

Los Angeles has no humidity.

DC has no animation studios.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:09 PM

13. I found DU through that banner.

That was the best marketing tool ever ....I really think that and the fact you called it underground attracted people...
I know it worked for me because the Bush inauguration was a sad day for me...and I was looking for relief.
And I remember you best because you participated in a thread I started about Limericks...and you blew me away with your skill in making them up...But the top 10 was good too.

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Response to zeemike (Reply #13)

Tue May 22, 2012, 04:14 PM

20. I found the limericks thread!

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Response to EarlG (Reply #20)

Wed May 23, 2012, 09:29 AM

35. Thanks for finding that

It was fun reading that again...there were so many good ones in it...including yours.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:19 PM

14. Hey there, Dave/Earl.

I've been a member for only about a year now but I'm not going away anytime soon, and I love it here.

Cheers, man.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:25 PM

16. Nice to "meet" you. I'm grateful for all you've done and continue to do.

Seriously -- DU made me feel SANE after the GWB/Gore fiasco. Unfortunately, I continue to feel out of step with my own country as we've since endured Palin, Teabaggers, and too many other ultra-right extremists.

Thank you for providing "virtual" refuge.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:48 PM

18. A very good friend sent

me an email telling me about DU. So I've been coming here for over 10 years. It was a stress reliever at first but it is now so much more.




BTW


I'm still pissed about 2000 and I will NOT get over it - EVER!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:52 PM

19. Thanks for your hard work EarlG!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 05:41 PM

22. Keep up the great work!

Ganbatte ne!! (Do your best!)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 06:21 PM

23. You and I met at that march in '05

Cute kid!

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #23)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:05 PM

25. Yes we did

I remember walking and talking with you for a while, on the way to the White House.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 06:27 PM

24. What a cute photo!

I hope NASA and the space program is somehow reconstituted so his dreams can come true. He's already dressed for the part!

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #24)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:18 PM

27. Yeah, he's a big fan



(Sorry about the deleted message above, I screwed up trying to edit.)

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Response to EarlG (Reply #27)

Wed May 23, 2012, 03:37 AM

30. Awwww..

What a cutie! I love his "Commander" patch. How did he get the cool little spacesuit?

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #30)

Wed May 23, 2012, 09:27 AM

34. It was a gift from his grandparents

when they were here visiting recently. We got it from the National Air & Space museum out near Dulles airport. He loves going there to see the Shuttle.

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Response to EarlG (Reply #34)

Wed May 23, 2012, 03:41 PM

36. Oh heck I'd love to go there. Lucky kid! n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 09:22 PM

28. I miss the top ten idiots ,..but...

I am enjoying Pic of the moment.
Creative and funny.
Carry on!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 11:19 PM

29. Yes, I remember that day. I was so devastated and stunned . I saw

your banner and about a week later I was at work and had finished my lunch and got on my computer and came to DU. I lurked from work for a year or so and then quit for a few months. Then one day I saw a post by Will at some site and came back and never left. Thank you for creating a beacon of light in a dark world.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 03:58 AM

31. great job on the new DU3

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 04:39 AM

32. That uniform is awesome!

He sure looks studious enough to follow through on his ambition.

One of my sons wanted to be a "blocker" when he was around 3 or 4, due to the fact that he was very impressed with the road workers wearing the orange vests, who evidently were "important" enough to block traffic.

And the Ghostbusters phase was a blast. I bought two beige, toddler-sized utility uniforms & I painted the logo on the back of each, along with arm patches. They had the proton packs, ghost-traps, & ghost meters. My sister once caught a glimpse of my sons using the toilet, side by side, with my younger son saying, "Don't cross the streams!"

My next favorite phase was Dragnet, the Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks version. Yes, they wore suits, but very inexpensive ones. I made the badges & id cards, which were crucial.

Savor your son's age, Dave, because time goes by too quickly.

Thanks for all that you guys do to make everything nice for us! Please check in more often; we like to know that you care. Plus, we like chatting with you & getting your points of view.









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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:59 AM

33. That a britax, earl? Im thinking maybe roundabout or marathon.

Good car seats.

I could probably get a job professionally installing car seats, at this point.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 04:31 PM

37. He's gotten huge and so cute looking in the uni

Hope you'll find the time to do some more top tens and hate mailbag...but love the pic of the day!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 09:28 PM

38. thank you EarlG

for a fantastic site!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 10:31 PM

39. You always make me laugh EarlG...in the morning with my tea

A pioneer. You have made making a mockery of the right an artform.


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:08 PM

40. Cute kid!

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into making this a great place to be

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