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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:32 PM

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Hi everyone,

If you haven't seen Skinner's announcement yet, I suggest you check it out before reading this. But here's the bottom line: I'm the new owner of Democratic Underground.

Back in the summer of 2000, David Allen was running a one-man design shop for local small businesses and the occasional Democratic Congressperson who needed one of those new-fangled "websites" that everybody was talking about. Having picked up more work than he could handle alone, he hired me to help out. Just a few short months later -- inspired by the Bush coup of 2000 and our discovery of FreeRepublic.com -- we came up with the crazy idea of trying to build an online home for folks on the left; a place to get away from the conservative propaganda and trolls that infested the message boards of the era, and fight back against the right-wing media machine. David and I launched Democratic Underground on January 20, 2001. He called himself "Skinner," I called myself "EarlG," and a few months later "Elad" joined the team, first as a volunteer programmer and later as a full-time employee.

I remember well a sneering post on Free Republic at the time they first discovered the new DU. A Freeper wrote, "Whatever. Go back in eight months time and they won't even be there."

Twenty years later, we're still here.

Sometimes it's hard to believe that DU has been around since before Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. DU was even around before "blogs" were a thing -- heck, we're only two-and-a-bit years younger than Google! Many, many sites have come and gone over the last twenty years, but DU is still going strong. And that is all thanks to David's efforts.

I understand and respect David's decision to move on, and I know for a fact that he has never wanted anything but the best for DU. I have personally witnessed him agonizing over difficult, sometimes impossible decisions on how to run the place. He is literally the most fair-minded person I have ever met, and he always wanted to do his best for everyone who posted here -- even the people who hated his guts. He didn't make much money doing this, and a lot of people spread a lot of nasty stuff around the Internet about him over the years. Speaking as someone who watched him work every day, I can tell you that it was 100% garbage. David always had my back, and never let me down, and if I can do just one thing for DU, it will be to do my best to keep running this place the way he would want it to be run -- as fairly and equitably as possible. And I'm deeply grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to do that.

I'm going to miss working with David. He's taken me to some amazing places -- I'm sure you recall our reports from past Democratic National Conventions -- and he gave me the freedom to be creative in a way that I can't imagine any other boss would have. Honestly, if I wasn't doing this, I don't know what else I could do.

Hopefully, I'll be able to build on his legacy. Next year will be our twentieth year in operation, and I think that DU is due for a new coat of paint. So next week we're going to run a Summer membership drive -- one which old-time DUers may get a kick out of! -- and once we get past the election, our next project will be a visual refresh that, if all goes well, will keep in place all the things you love about DU, while making it a little easier to read and navigate -- and maybe even add in a few new features.

In case you're worried about any of that stuff, please don't be. Like you, I love DU -- it's the first place I go in the morning, and the last place I go at night, and I'm here all day in between. This is our home on the Internet, and my goal is to keep it that way. I hope you'll stick with Elad and I as we move forward.

Here's to Skinner, and to DU.



-- EarlG

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:34 PM

1. I'm good with it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:36 PM

2. You got the key to the executive washroom, right?



Best of luck to you.


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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:39 PM

5. And the parking spot.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:38 PM

3. As long as it's you

I FREAKED when I read Skinner's words "I've sold DU." But if it's you, we'll be okay.

Getting ready to donate next week.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:44 PM

76. Me too..a little heart flutter there..

thank goodness we're still here.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:51 PM

84. Right?!

Brief period of panic...

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:41 PM

118. Yep. Me, too.

Glad one of our original "mid-husbands"* is sticking around!





* not sure "midwives" is the proper operative term here...

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:14 PM

128. I'm still feeling the shock, but as long as it's EarG

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:55 PM

138. My heart just dropped at first, and then... "Whew! That's okay then!"

Congrats, EarlG! DU is in good hands. Looking forward to seeing your new plans and ideas when the time comes.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:06 AM

169. Exactly my spot today. Whew! We're in good hands.

Ready to donate.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:40 AM

181. Same here.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:39 PM

4. So...where do I send my next donation? DU is my homepage

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Response to irisblue (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:40 PM

6. 😆

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Response to underpants (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:54 PM

24. LOL

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Response to underpants (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:49 PM

82. As long as Grovelbot rejects any ties to Russian bots

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Response to underpants (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:54 PM

162. Grovelbot!

I've missed him.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:40 PM

7. Robb is a Dingbat

Going to get my star back next week

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Response to jpak (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:14 PM

46. Made me laugh out loud!

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Response to jpak (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:50 PM

123. Oh my gay stars!

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Response to jpak (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:20 AM

173. Kudzu - it's going places.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #173)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 02:47 AM

198. Don't tutch the butt.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #198)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 07:21 AM

199. Breastfeeding pitbulls with children in Olive Garden eating fried chicken with cornflakes.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #199)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 12:20 PM

203. Where is the door buzzard?

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #203)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 04:40 PM

204. He's owed expenses and beer money!

Or I am due beer and travel money and many experiences.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #204)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 04:41 PM

205. OMG

I forgot that one.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #205)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 04:42 PM

206. The door buzzard told me that it was important.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #206)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 04:46 PM

208. Call Congress

right fucking now!

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #208)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 04:47 PM

209. I'm SERIES!!111!!!

This could turn into the 'Thread That Never Dies'.

If we keep going.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #209)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 04:50 PM

210. We had kudzu already.

I stopped going there. It crashed my computer.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #210)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 04:55 PM

211. I remember waiting for 20 minutes for that thread to load completely.

Plus the fan on my PowerBook sounding like a jet taking off.

What ever happened to Charlie and Algernon?

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Response to jpak (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 04:44 PM

207. You have to release the duck before you get your star back.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:42 PM

8. Congratulations, EarlG!

Good luck and keep up the good works!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:42 PM

9. Here's to the next 20 years, Cheers! n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:42 PM

10. Wishing you all the best!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:43 PM

11. Congratulations!

Can't wait for the future, I am sure it will be awesome!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:43 PM

12. Congrats, EarlG

And thanks to David, Elad & All!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:44 PM

13. That's funny because I learned of DU on FreeRepublic

I was looking for someplace to discuss the news of the day and stumbled onto the Freepers.
There was a discussion (ridicule) of a writer who used to be on DU. THere was a link. I clicked on it and either saw Auntie Pinko responding to a question about whether voting republican would make you richer OR Bob Boudelang. I knew I’d found the place for me.

Thanks for everything and we will be making a nice donation soon. Pandemic money.

Is this guy still in the office?


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Response to underpants (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:59 PM

34. Fellow old-timer

I also recall Bob Booudelang and Auntie Pinko. They were great. Also enjoyed the Top 10 Conservative Idiots.

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Response to bluescribbler (Reply #34)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:37 PM

194. Loved the top 10, that's what brought me to DU

I would love to see it back!

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Response to mdbl (Reply #194)

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 11:32 PM

217. That's how I found DU also - someone posted the top 10 in a music forum

I posted in a lot back at that time

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Response to underpants (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:09 PM

103. A cherry on top would be a return of the Duzys



As I was typing the above, Middle Finger Mom popped into my head.
He would be pleased we are carrying on..

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Response to underpants (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 08:32 AM

200. Me as well, someone there gave me the URL.

Joined a few weeks after 9/11.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:45 PM

14. Hear, hear, and congratulations.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:47 PM

15. Looking forward to another 20 years and beyond.

Been my #1 for 16 years. Thanks for your hard work and good luck with any changes you make.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:47 PM

16. We're in good hands with our new Captain!

I know you'll be a great success in your new position, EarlG. Just remember to reserve some time and mental space for yourself and your family -- and to pay yourself!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

17. I'm looking forward to the fund drive!

I’m actually gonna spend some of that $1,200 stimulus money right here!

Love ya!

Let’s get to work!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

18. congrats EarlG

We all love this place and would be lost without it.

thank you! and good luck!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

19. Good LuckK Thank you for all you do!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:51 PM

20. Good Luck! Thank you for all you do!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:52 PM

21. Glad the site will continue and still have

You and Elad to keep it DU and all.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:53 PM

22. We're in good hands

I've been around since the early days. I remember the Top 10 Conservative Idiots, Auntie Pinko's advice column, and Equal Time with Bob Boudelang. You, Skinner and Elad have created a wonderful community.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:54 PM

23. Keep on keepin' on.

~PEACE~

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:54 PM

25. Here's to you, to Skinner and to DU!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:55 PM

26. :) Here's to the next 20 years. Thank you for taking on the future.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:55 PM

27. That's definitely news.

I am flattered that you thought my 20,000+ posts were worth buying.

I wish you the best, financially, with this endeavor, and I thank you for sustaining DU for all of us who enjoy it so very much.

Cheers!



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #27)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:39 PM

72. Bwaaaahaha!

Damn that post buying comment was wicked funny, Laelth!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:55 PM

28. Congrats, EarlG!

Looking forward to many more years of DU.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:56 PM

29. So glad you stuck with us! Will be glad to donate for that new coat of paint.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:56 PM

30. Well now you know

you were always "da boss Admin" and super political cartoonist.

Congrats on the promotion and don't compromise on the courage of your conviction. Go get 'em!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:56 PM

31. Thank you

I’m glad DU will be around hopefully for the next 20 years or more I LOVE IT and I will donate

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:57 PM

32. Good Luck!

Thank you for maintaining this space!

All the best.


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 03:58 PM

33. All Hail EarlG!!!

Proud to have you as our new leader.
Thank You Skinner for all you've done and Thank You EarlG for all you're gonna do.
The masses here will love and support you.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:00 PM

35. OMG you just made me cry damn it!

I've been here with you since the beginning, granted I lurked the first five years before joining for real in 2006.

I wish you all the best and I know you'll do great.

I can't wait for the new fund drive and I'll be as generous as I can.



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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:02 PM

36. Hey, EarlG, even as Skinner is a hard act to follow, you have shown your mettle ...

... each and every single time you've been or are at bat here!

Rots of luck, steady our DU ship and tons of

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:03 PM

37. Congratulations on becoming the new boss of DU, my dear EarlG!

I hope you haven't bitten off more than you can chew.........the two will have your hands full!

Best of luck for today and all our tomorrows!



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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:04 PM

38. I read Skinner's. Now this. Already feeling a pang.

So, well.

Damn.

Thank you guys for everything.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #38)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:20 PM

51. I know, right?!

All will be well.

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #51)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:20 PM

107. I know.



Still feels like an empty place at the table though.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #38)

Fri Aug 14, 2020, 11:46 PM

213. OMG. I was in my forties when I joined DU.

Time marches on, but I'm not worried about DU as it is still in great hands.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:06 PM

39. I joined in 2016.

I lurked for a awhile during the election season the became a Star Member. I found DU through a Montana blog and the name got me curious. I was hooked immediately. I will financially contribute as long as I am alive. It is because of this community that has kept my sanity over the last 3 and a half years.

Thank you EarlG and everyone else who has posted and contributed.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:06 PM

40. Congratulations on your new(ish) roll here!

You're a great person and I'm sure you'll make Skinner proud. You've always been very fair in MIRT.

I'm hoping for a Gravelbot appearance next week!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:08 PM

41. Congrats and best of luck.

Hope you can have a mortgage burning party real soon.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:09 PM

42. "Many Years In Health and Happiness!" eom

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:10 PM

43. Don't change it too much, too fast! You got a lot of geezers here. I'm still trying to get DU3 ...

down pat!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:12 PM

44. Thank you EarlG. A few minutes ago my wife told me DU was sold but all was ok. As you said,

this is our first stop in the morning and last stop at night. She has been here since the beginning and we both love this site. Thanks for all your hard work...Long Live DU!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:14 PM

45. Does this mean Discussionist is coming back?



Congrats and good luck! I'm sure you'll do great.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:17 PM

47. Huzzah, Huzzah, Huzzah!!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:17 PM

48. Congrats EarlG and I have idea about new members

But I will wait to see the new design features as I have a whole load of progressive friends from a previous site who was put off by some of the more clunky *cough* tracking of comments etc. Very well done boss man!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:17 PM

49. I'm going to finis this paragraph for you

I remember well a sneering post on Free Republic at the time they first discovered the new DU. A Freeper wrote, "Whatever. Go back in eight months time and they won't even be there."...

DU is stronger than ever and FR is still spinning their hamster wheel.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #49)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 08:36 AM

201. Because freeperville is a money farm for RJ.

Spend donation money on your site? That's anti-capitalist socialism.

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Response to Throckmorton (Reply #201)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 08:40 AM

202. True dat

Wouldn't it be a shame if the youngins on Tic Tok found that site on election night? (just kidding)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:18 PM

50. Way to go!!

I’m so happy for you

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:23 PM

52. Congrats Earl G!

I have been here for almost the entire ride. Shit! I remember carlos jacinto!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:23 PM

53. Congratulations!!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:23 PM

54. My phone and inbox are filled with the demands for money. I am pledging 100 bucks for the fundraiser

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:23 PM

55. Nice. Good. Happy.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:24 PM

56. Let's keep this long strange trip going!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:24 PM

57. I know EarlG and Elad will continue do a great job. I'm here to stay.

Been here since 2000 when that debacle started and am here, also, first thing in the morning, last thing at night and intermittently throughout the day. It's kept me very well informed and sane. Thank you very much for all you do. You'll do great!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:25 PM

58. Congratulations, EarlG!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:25 PM

59. Aye Aye EarlG

To DU To Skinner

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:27 PM

60. Godspeed, my friend.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:27 PM

61. Glad DU stayed in the "family"...

Two words “sold DU“ little panic.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:28 PM

62. Good luck, EarlG! Thanks for everything you do!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:28 PM

63. Sorry to see Skinner go.

Excited to hear you are the new boss.

Congratulations 🍾 EarlG!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:29 PM

64. Looking forward to it!

Love this place!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:29 PM

65. ONWARD AND FORWARD!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:32 PM

66. very cool. best wishes to you as you embark on ownership of this site

 

let us know if there are things which we might be able to do to help

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:33 PM

67. Congratulations! I'm excited for you

As you begin this (kinda) new venture! Can’t wait to see how everything unfolds! Gonna be fun!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:34 PM

68. Congrats!

Best wishes for a promising future for you and the rest of us. DU has been instrumental in keeping many of us sane in dark, troubling times. While I'm sure your workload will likely increase, we'll try to hold up our end so that the board remains relevant and inspiring. With as little food-fighting as possible.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:35 PM

69. EarlG

Far as I am concerned YOU DA MAN! for taking over and keeping this community alive.

Best wishes to the new boss!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:37 PM

70. Thanks for all you do!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:39 PM

71. Wow time marchs on...good luck

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:40 PM

73. Re: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...


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Response to chwaliszewski (Reply #73)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:21 PM

131. This would be a more meaningful song by changing these four lines


“Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again”
To

Then I’ll stand on my feet and say
We won’t get fooled again.

And
“Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss”
To

“Meet the new boss”
We are the new boss.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:43 PM

74. Thank you and Skinner for loving Democrats and this space where we love you back.

All best wishes for your work and leadership. I look forward to the membership drive.

Yes, here's to the next twenty years.

Long may you run.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:44 PM

75. I really like the current look and feel of DU.

Please don't turn the visual design of DU into a "mobile-friendly" look.

It looks horrible.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:44 PM

77. We're with you all the way. Best of luck to you and Elad!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:46 PM

78. I will be donating to Summer Drive on Sept. 3rd, when my next SS check comes.

I very reassured knowing that you will be at the helm.
Thanks to all three of you and all the best to each.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:46 PM

79. Glad we're still here. I'll be donating

because fuck those Freepers.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #79)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:48 PM

81. i will donate also

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:47 PM

80. Nice send off to Skinner

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:50 PM

83. You're bringing back Grovelbot next week, aren't you?

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Response to ms liberty (Reply #83)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:58 PM

89. The return of Grovelbot would be the icing on the cake!

I have missed that li'l critter.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:52 PM

85. Congrats, and thanks for keeping this place going!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:53 PM

86. On we go....

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:53 PM

87. Pic of DU's first server



Best of luck! And thanks for keeping the lights on!! I look forward to seeing the new wrinkles.

In the meantime, as you start your regime, enjoy the parade.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:56 PM

88. Congrats, EarlG, on your acquisition of DU! Wishing you many happy (and not too contentious) years

as you administrate and guide DU into the future!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:58 PM

90. El pueblo unido



De pie, cantar
que vamos a triunfar.
Avanzan ya
banderas de unidad.
Y tú vendrás
marchando junto a mí
y así verás
tu canto y tu bandera florecer,
la luz
de un rojo amanecer
anuncia ya
la vida que vendrá.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 04:58 PM

91. Congratulations, EarlG!

And thank you.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:00 PM

92. Wow. I feel the earth move under my feet. Sorry Skinner is going. Thankfull

it will be left in good hands I can donate in Sept.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:01 PM

93. Thank you EarlG! I for one am grateful that DU is in such capable hands.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:01 PM

94. Here's to you both...

... and good luck to you both!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:01 PM

95. Congratulations, EarlG!

I have been a DU'er almost since the beginning (I had to take a few months' break for mourning after the 2004 "election" .) DU has kept me sane during hard times. I can't even imagine life without it!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:01 PM

96. Thank you for taking over, EarlG, and keeping this placed going

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:02 PM

97. DU has been my refuge

I remember those dark days of the Bush coup and stumbled across DU somehow.


Peace

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:03 PM

98. Good luck!

I'm not worried though... you guys have done a bang-up job over the years, and I see no evidence that will change. I may not know you from Adam, but your administrative talents have had few peers.

Every decision and innovation you guys have made for DU that I disagreed with for whatever reason have proven me wrong and your judgement right.

Keepin' the faith.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:03 PM

99. Hey Boss.

About that raise...



We forum hosts always appreciate your check-ins and your and Elad’s creative efforts at making our job easier. both of you. Congrats and very best of luck as you take the reins!
Long live DU! More important now than ever!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:08 PM

100. Happy to support you and I love DU.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:08 PM

101. Welcome, Boss!

Best of luck to you. We're here. We're family.

And hey, Elad ... don't let him get too full of himself, k?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:09 PM

102. Congrats EarlG & big thanks Skinner. A great home, DU's the best!

Here's to 20 more years!

Terrific photo..


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:11 PM

104. Thank you, EarlG, for all of your hard work!

I am sorry to see Skinner go, but I am glad that DU will still be in safe hands!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:12 PM

105. Love this place

Ans I have been here since the beginning

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:19 PM

106. My first stop in the morning, & off & on all day.

I get my headlines from DU, always. My membership comes up in a few months, & I'll definitely renew.

I joined on 2008, so cannot claim to be an original member, but thank you, Skinner & ELAD for your dedication to DU. I'm confident we will carry on under your new leadership.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:21 PM

108. Thanks for continuing this refuge from the insanity.

I know its hard work, and a great challenge. You are continuing a much needed repose and information source for so many internet wanderers searching for answers and idea exchanges.

I will be happy to donate to help with the transition.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:22 PM

109. Thank you for the past, and thank you for the future

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:22 PM

110. Congratulations, EarlG. So glad for you and that both you & Elad are staying!

Not sure if you'll see this, but is DU2 now finally defunct? I was looking at a link I'd saved for Walt Starr's infamous send-off and only get a massive error message.


Just curious.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:24 PM

111. K&R

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:25 PM

112. Cheers to you, Skinner, and DU!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:25 PM

113. Congratulations

I’m glad DU will continue. I laugh when my adult children try to tell me I don’t do social media and then I tell them how long I’ve been around DU. Crazy to think it was before the others and only a few years after Google. Things have changed

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:26 PM

114. ...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:35 PM

115. I found you guys in 2004 when the John Kerry chat board shut down and I've been

here ever since. It's like a port in the storm. So glad you've assumed the "official boss" role and can't wait to see the touches you add to it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:37 PM

116. Pretty sure I don't have to say this, but...

What you need?

If I got it, just ask.

As always.

Since that cold January day in 2001.

You got this, we got you.

helpfully,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #116)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:07 AM

184. +1...nt

Sid

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:39 PM

117. Thank you, EarlG.

I will always support this very important site. I too wake up to DU and it is the last site for me at bedtime. Wishing Skinner all the best.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:42 PM

119. Thank you for continuing the hard work that is running the DU. I look forward to

seeing your creativity in action.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:44 PM

120. Congrats!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:45 PM

121. In this case, it's a really good thing. Welcome Boss Man!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:47 PM

122. Let us know how to help

From support to $$. This place is everything for many if us. ✌🏻

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:58 PM

124. Carry on.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:58 PM

125. I for one welcome our new EarlG overlord.

We could use a new coat of paint, maybe some new pillows and throw rugs. How about a popcorn machine in the lounge?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:04 PM

126. Congrats and looking forward to the next chapter of DU

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:08 PM

127. Good luck EarlG and Elad, and long live DU!

And thanks for stepping up!



You all 3 rock!





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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:17 PM

129. Hard to believe it has been twenty years already

I have been reading Democratic Underground almost from day one. Good luck and thanks for all you do!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:18 PM

130. We knew you were the power behind the scenes all along

I kid of course. Sort of....
Skinner knows he's leaving the site in good hands.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:26 PM

132. Congratulations & all the best! DU is in capable hands & what you do is important

Never doubt it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:29 PM

133. Congratulations!

Been here 18 years now. I hope I can live another 18 years and still call this home. It took a while to learn where and what I could do to stay in good shape so on we go. If I live for another 18 years I will be 84. This place has been a big part of almost every day. I know it will keep on getting better.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:40 PM

134. Skinner?

Just who is this Skinner.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:43 PM

135. Keep Calm and Carry On!

Seriously, you've got this now, EarlG!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:44 PM

136. Good luck with your new endeavor.

Great site, btw.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:48 PM

137. Congrats! Wish you good things

and more with years to come.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 06:55 PM

139. Congratulations EarlG!

Now it's onward and upward!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:16 PM

140. CONGRATULATIONS to the New Boss! 👍🙂 nt

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:17 PM

141. You rock!

DU is so so very important-- I am here as a supporter and donor and congratulate you on this amazing transition

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:25 PM

142. Cheers to you!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:28 PM

143. Congrats Earl

If it were not for DU, I would have gone nuts, a long time ago. I was living in Texas, for a few years and u guys, were my life line to sanity. I have recommended DU to many of my friends and a few people, that weren't. I did tell the latter group, I would help them with the big words. May have converted a couple. Anyway, Earl thanks for your hard work. Good luck and please keep up the high standards, you guys have spoiled us with.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:42 PM

144. And cheers to you as well, EarlG.

I am not going anywhere.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:43 PM

145. Carry on!

So glad to know DU will be here for a long time!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 07:46 PM

146. Wishing you all the best!

I've been a member of DU since about 3 weeks after Sept. 11 As Skinner said, first place in the morning, on and off to check headlines through the day, last stop at night.

I was with my grand kids today when I read Skinner moving on. I really had to hold back tears. I know D.U. has been around a long time, but I didn't realize it was almost a third of my life. Being able to come to this site has been a comfort to me, for everything from politics to the death of my husband.

I wish Skinner good luck as you and Elad move us forward. And I wish you good luck as you carry onI don't think I'm alone saying that DU is not just a lifeline for us, but an IV for our country.

I'll watch for the fund raiser and be glad to kick in on it.

Thank you for choosing to keep on keeping on.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:03 PM

147. Ya know skinner is due beer and travel money and many experiences.

Just some Random Thoughts
(Insert Burgess Meredith's picture here).

Congrats EarlG. As with you, DU has changed my life in many, many ways. I would not be where I am, or who I am without DU.

Those first days I was scared to death to post. I'm no longer shy, or intimidated. Funny how that is. I grew up here, even though I was no youngster. I listened to (read) the arguments and learned. I thank many posters for that. Many of whom are no longer posting, or sadly, have passed on.

A lot of people have come and gone since January 20, 2000 - so to them, you, elad and skinner, I thank you. I love my DU!

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Response to dmr (Reply #147)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:13 PM

148. +1

This place is my whole world. Glad it’s still here!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:30 PM

149. thank GOD you were all able to keep it in the family

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:35 PM

150. You guys have both been great to me for 14 years running.

You're both awesome.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:45 PM

151. Thanks!!

Looking forward to the next 20 ... but please don't do a Kos-like makeover, they just look like a generic news aggregator now. I come here to see what fellow DUers have to say, and we should keep it that way!

Thanks and I'll be tossing in my nickel when the hat goes around

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:47 PM

152. Welcome aboard newb



So happy this stayed in the family.

So I went and stole some "best wishes" off the web, enjoy.

Good luck to you as you move onto the next stage in your life. Without a doubt, you will continue to have success in all areas!

Moving on to a new stage in life can be a challenging process. We wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors, you will be great!

Life is filled with unexpected adventures. As you continue to move on in life and face new events, adventures, and challenges, we all wish you the best of luck.

Good luck to you as you continue to learn and grow as an adult. We have no doubt that you will make all of us proud in your new role!

You have proven yourself to be a very skilled individual who has the capacity to do great things with their life. Continue to make us proud as you face new challenges and adventures!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 08:58 PM

153. Congratulations!

I look forward to many more years at DU with you in charge.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:03 PM

154. I'm a late comer ( Dec 2004)

I may not have the post totals that some here do but I've always thought this place as my special home when times got tough. Nice to know there are some very sane and thoughtful people still in this country. Wish there were more people like that outside these walls. Thanks to all the Mods

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 09:08 PM

155. Cheers, EarlG!

Thank you!
P.S. Will donate.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:02 PM

156. Congratulations and good luck going forward!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:18 PM

157. Thank god, when I saw David's OP I thought the board was done. Carry onward and upward!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:26 PM

158. We should never fear change....and I am delighted this big change went the way it did!

DU has been my primary news source and mental lifeline since 2004 (those who know me of course may question the effectiveness of that strategy) - but congrats - delighted for you...and on we go into the future!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:30 PM

159. I'm right here, big guy.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:39 PM

160. Thank you both for being here

since I found you as Godsent, after the 2004 debacle!
Wish you luck and love in everything.
Will always support DU.
Be safe and thanks again for all your good work!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 10:41 PM

161. Thank you both for being here

since I found you as Godsent, after the 2004 debacle!
Wish you luck and love in everything.
Will always support DU.
Be safe and thanks again for all your good work!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:01 PM

163. EarlG, congratulations on your new acquisition!

You are the proud owner of the best website on the entire internet!

And I promise to do my part in donating money to keep this place going! I can't live without it.

I read this news hours ago, while at the dentist. Couldn't reply until now. When I read the first part of Skinner's post, I thought it meant that he sold the place out from under us. That was worse than hearing I had to have a root canal!

Then I kept reading. WHEW! EarlG is in charge.
Life is okay, I can start breathing again.

And as an old-timer, along with other DU'ers, I think I know what you are talking about when you say you're going to bring something back for the membership drive.

It has to be GROVELBOT!

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:10 PM

164. You and Elad are going to be great, EarlG!

You always have been great. I am so pleased to see both of you will be here for us. Thank you.

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Mon Aug 10, 2020, 11:31 PM

165. Thanks for sticking around, Earl G!

It still feels like home.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:19 AM

166. I, for one, welcome our new Overlord.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:25 AM

167. Good luck EarlG



Now don't you guys leave ;-/. Because there is no way I am joining turdbook!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:45 AM

168. Congrats, EarlG and Elad. I came here from the Horse and Bartcop. That was a looooong time ago.

I think I'll stay!

Kidding aside, I wish you guys the very best!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 02:21 AM

170. Best of Luck !

I think I got here from the old BARTCOP web page. In my first of three incarnations on this page. Haha.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 02:38 AM

171. Congratulations and Best of Luck!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:20 AM

172. Thanks, EarlG;

looking forward to the future together.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:40 AM

174. I am so pleased that you are willing to continue DU . Thank you. I am on board and will do my best

to help.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 05:58 AM

175. Thank you! Looking forward to the new adventure. All the best. ❤ lmsp

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 07:26 AM

176. EarlG, a HUGE THANK YOU for taking over the reins! Also feel like this is my home & tribe!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 08:53 AM

177. Cool. n/t

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:03 AM

178. We know that we are in good, safe hands with you and Brian, so we rest easy on that score,

ass we watch the insanity around us.

Here's to the next twenty!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:06 AM

179. I've been here since it was DCForum and we traded hacks with Dave Choi

as that was one of the slicker forums at the time. Good memories.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:39 AM

180. Congrats, Dave! And thank you for taking on this responsibility and keeping this

treasured site going for us.

We all owe you so much.

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:01 AM

182. Congratulations EarlG!....

I'm so glad that DU will continue to be there for us.

In my opinion, it is - hands down - the best messageboard interface that I've ever used. People have come and gone over the long history, but the purpose has always been the same.

And when you need a bump to keep running, send Grovelbot. We'll be here to help.



Sid

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:01 AM

183. Thank you, Captain Earlg.

Been lurking since Obama was named the nominee. Signed on because the vitriol is so bad at other sites with no logical reasoning at those sites. This place helps to keep me sane and have great people with answers to help see us through the times. Thank you for taking over the helm of this great ship.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:56 AM

185. Wow, I just read Skinner's post....

when that terrifying yellow notice showed up and looked like DU was going to shut down. For some reason, whether I was here posting, just checking in to read or, sometimes taking a complete break from all politics for my own sanity, I always assumed DU would be here if or when I would want to come back and that notice made me realize that was not necessarily the case!

Thank you for choosing to continue DU as I am sure it is a big undertaking to purchase it from Skinner!

I will be kicking in during your fund raising next week, renew my membership as I now realize DU will not always be here without all of us doing our small part to help with the cost, etc.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:39 PM

186. Congrats!

I am certain that you will be able to do justice to what you and Skinner created. Not a high post count but I was around reading before the 2004 election and joined right afterwards. Like you, this is the first place I go in the morning (even before getting out of bed) and the last place I check in before closing my eyes. Through DU, I've found fellow Delawareans, UD grads, like-minded (and some not-so-like-minded) online friends. It's a place I go to when I have questions of all sorts - political, general knowledge, kids homework, cooking, gardening, when I needed support going to the loss of my mother, or my cancer surgery, etc., or even if I just need a laugh or to find a feel-good story.

DU is a true community - thanks to you all for building this online village!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:00 PM

187. Carry on, wayward soldier.

We're behind you 85%.

-- Mal

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:00 PM

188. I am so glad that you are the new owner of DU.

It would have been very unnerving had someone from the outside purchased DU. We still have someone we trust and who will not let DU be changed so much that we would not recognize it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:01 PM

189. What I want to know

What happened to that signed card I had Stan Lee send to DU 11 years ago?

I hope it is still hanging on someone‘s wall back there!

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Tue Aug 11, 2020, 01:16 PM

190. To Skinner, Earl G., and Elad. Thank, thank you, thank you.

DU was such a refuge from the nightmare Bush years. And now things are even worse.

But they will and are fixing to get better, much better. I love DU. Been lurking from the beginning when I first heard of the place from the righteous Okie blogger Bartcop. RIP, Terry Coppage, aka Bartcop.

And is Free Republic still around? And if they are has RimJob spent so much as a dime to upgrade his cesspool? It was primitive way back in the early '00's.

And this place has continued to evolve and grow. Some of the most eloquent and incisive writing I've ever read has come from people who post their brilliant insights on DU.

I've never vowed to stay away from DU if the infighting starts to get nasty. There are days I don't check DU but they are few and far between.

I have only one request to Earl G. How's about a heaping, steaming bag of Hate Mail on a regular basis. We can handle it. After all, " We are the smart."

And thank you so much Skinner for the incredible work that has gone into constructing this wonderful community.

You'll be around, even if not as an owner. And please continue to post. Your insights, how things are going. Hell, if you take your dog to the vet and are worried about your critter.

Dear sir, the organization you owned, helped found, and put so much work into is flourishing.

So many thanks.
Gary Stover, aka argyl.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 03:19 PM

191. Congrats!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 08:21 PM

192. been here since almost the beginning..

Good luck to you..I'm sure you'll do fine..

Looking at David's pic, I remember him when he was just a kid..no gray hair, no wife, no kids

God, I'm old

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 08:54 PM

193. Sorry to hear you're losing a partner but glad we're not losing you.

This is a tough time everywhere and many organizations are getting leaner. It's never pleasant but it is business.
Please let Skinner have some unemployment or severance or whatever.

Seriously, it's great being here. Maybe you could have a sort of Grand Re-Opening/Re-Introduction thread somewhere.
Maybe the Lounge?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2020, 10:30 PM

195. Wise decision for all! Cheers!

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Wed Aug 12, 2020, 01:03 PM

196. Are you still going to post?

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Hope you won't stop, but I personally will miss Skinner. He's helped me out more times than I will ever admit.
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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 02:53 PM

197. Congrats on taking over the lead. Fancier digs than I thought...I pictured wooden crates, barrel

chairs and coffee mugs everywhere.

I wish you much success. We'd be nowhere without DU.

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Fri Aug 14, 2020, 10:21 PM

212. Cheers

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Mon Aug 17, 2020, 01:37 PM

214. Best Wishes to you and Skinner..Today and Everyday!!

Thank You...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 12:57 PM

215. When my fist clenches, crack it open

before I use it to lose my cool.

If I smile, tell me some bad news before I laugh
and act like a fool.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Aug 23, 2020, 04:07 PM

216. Congratulations to you, EarlG for taking over DU.

A friend of mine recommended I check out Top Ten Conservatives Idiots a few years after DU started. I still miss that weekly item of yours.

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