Over on Emperor Misha’s blog an apparent ├╝ber-moonbat is defending the righteousness (lefteousness?) of the Democratic Underground in a comment thread. “Barney Grumble” of the redundantly named “Media Whores Online Watch Watch Watch Watch” (I think I have the right number of “watch”es there) wrote:

DU is not a shouting board.

While I’m not certain exactly what he meant, I responded:


I was kicked off DU (Sep-03-02) after a little over 1800 posts and several months – for something I wrote on another site. Not only that, I was booted by Skinner himself – and this is what he said:

“This is a message board for liberals. We don’t expect people to vote straight-ticket Democratic, but we do expect our members to be generally supportive of liberal priorities. If that guy is a liberal, I will eat my firstborn.”

This was less than a week (Aug-27-02) after a moderator wrote to me in a post:

“Don’t shut up. I wildly disagree with most of your positions on this subject, but you are a damn fine advocate. And you make me think. And that is important.”

It would appear that making people think is an ejectable offense on Democratic Underground.

I cannot help but wonder why that is.

To which he responded:

Kevin: I don’t believe you.

When I offered to e-mail him the archived threads in question, he responded:

Kevin: It will be adequate to post it to your blog, liar.

He seems defensive, doesn’t he? Well, I tried posting the HTML code from the archived files here on Blogspot but it makes the system puke. Instead, I’ve got screenshots, but they won’t post here in full size, and reduced they’re illegible. You can view them here:

The image entitled “dear pita” is the one where moderator “Cappurr” encourages me to keep posting. Note the date. The image entitled “skinner 1” is where I am “outed” by the SysAdmin, and the image entitled “skinner 2” is where he explains his reasoning – and is the one I quoted. You have to register to see them. Sorry about that.

Interesting. After 1819 posts (none of which were objectionable enough to get me banned) he had to find something off-site to justify booting me – because I was making his poor little liberals think. And I was booted by the SysAdmin himself! I think I should be honored. Or I should have taken a shower immediately afterward.

Offer’s still open “Barney.” I’d be more than happy to send you the entire threads, and all the others I archived. They might make you think.

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