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DU jumps the shark

Democratic Underground can no longer be parodied. They've reached that level where a joke about them can't possibly be funnier than the reality. See, Bush fell off his bike today, ended up with a few cuts and bruises. Now, I knew the DU would be making fun of this and that's ok, because who among you didn't make a joke when Kerry fell off of his bike? But jokes are not enough for this crowd. They shook out their conspiracy banner for this story. I know, you're thinking that nobody could stretch this story into a conspiracy. Oh, but they have. See, Bush didn't really fall of his bike. In fact, he never even rides a bike at all. This is all something cooked up by his staff to make him look tough - or at least like he's smart enough to ride a bicycle, according to DU. And it doesn't stop there. The bruises we'll see on his face? Not from the "bike fall" at all. They're scars from having lesions (or legions as one bright light writes) removed, which were caused by too much sun exposure. Or....Laura hit him. Or....he crashed his truck into a tree (driving while drunk, of course). Or....Jenna threw something at him. They're even starting in with the fact checks. Clowns, I tell you. Crazy, out of touch with reality clowns. Pure comedy, folks. Unintentional, but comedic nonetheless.

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Look at the posting numbers of people there. They have chased everybody but the true moonbats away. They'll welcome a newby with ten or fifteen posts and then some 1000+ loon will push the freeper button on the newbie and they'll be gone. A closed system of nuts whispering in their own left ears.

gwb. hardest vacationing president. ever.

Yeah that free speech really sucks doesn't it?

Eric: No, free speech is a great thing. It lets the denizens of DU show their true feelings towards things, and lets other people comment on that.

Of course, the DU admins outright state that they will delete any remotely pro-Republican postings so maybe they don't believe the whole free speech thing is so hot.

I guess I can understand Jenna being angry with W, what with the way he ripped her top off in front of the whole nation during the inaugural ball. Of couse Kerry's daughter flashes herself willingly,
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004223099,00.html

"Of course, the DU admins outright state that they will delete any remotely pro-Republican postings so maybe they don't believe the whole free speech thing is so hot."

Kinda like those genocide supporting Freepers too. eh?

Well I don't like the Freepers much either, Eric, so you can scratch that mode of argument off your list.

Now, are you going to hang out here being snide all night and never address the fact that the DUers have gone off the deep end? Or are you sporting the tin foil beanie tonight?

Hey Eric, the free speech road isn't a one-way street.

I predict that Eric doesn't have a rejoinder to michele's last comment. We have most likely heard the last from him on this subject.

hungry valley

10 or 15 posts? Hell, I made one mild "Israel has the right to exist" post on a thread that featured the most anti-Semitic of DU rantings and was "banned" in two minutes.

Eric, who saltpetered your ice cream cone?

The real funny part of the DU is the "Equal Time with Bob Boudelang" column. Every week they try to write the most pathetic conservative strawman arguments (ie: "Who is not outraged and sick over the pictures in the news these days? Not the alleged pictures of alleged torture which is not alleged torture but only alleged abuse and anyway they cut off that guy's head, so stop saying that!") and it still ends up sounding about 10 times smarter than their average article (a very low bar, I admit).

Anyway, reading a political forum where there posters can't be challenged on their views is simply a waste of time. I do disagree, however, with the idea that the DU policy has anything to do with being against free speech. There is no free speech related principle implying an obligation to give your opponent a platform for their views.

I posted there politely but wasn't toeing the dogmatic line, so I got banned. Now I post on DU like a rude jackass, but I use the word 'repug' a lot and get lots of high-fives.

FreeRepublic will ban people, some trolls and some not, but I have gotten in hellacious fights on there and never gotten banned. I get comments or entire posts deleted sometimes, but they don't kick me out when I defend gays and potsmokers.

Neither site is obligated to let anyone post, btw.

Just so you know I think for myself:

I was fond of the hapless Gerald Ford and would have voted for McCain had he not been sabotaged in 2000.

Alls I can say about Dubya's unfortunate accidents is that I think his first fall (off the wagon) was unreported prior to the pretzel attack.

Maggie - Stop drinking bong water.

Maggie,

Just a piece of advice, a better way of "showing you can think for yourself" would be to avoid using Dowdisms to refer to President Bush. If you're worried that someone might think you are talking about the former President Bush, you could use "President George W. Bush" or even "The 43rd President of United States, George Bush." Using just the middle initial is not an appropriate form of address, and tends to be an identifying characteristic of a moonbat.

"Anyway, reading a political forum where there posters can't be challenged on their views is simply a waste of time."

Oh your views are challenged. Any regular Democrat, any moderate, anyone religious, anyone mildly supportive of any military action, anyone critical of Fidel or Chavez or Ararfat, will be brow beaten into following the party line which is America is sick, Bush is the anti-Christ and Democrats aren't socialist enough.

"Anyway, reading a political forum where there posters can't be challenged on their views is simply a waste of time."

Oh your views are challenged. Any regular Democrat, any moderate, anyone religious, anyone mildly supportive of any military action, anyone critical of Fidel or Chavez or Ararfat, will be brow beaten into following the party line which is America is sick, Bush is the anti-Christ and Democrats aren't socialist enough.

Ryan,

1) I wouldn't exactly call that challenged.
2) More likely they just ban you and your post (yes, you can literally get banned as "right wing" for posting a position -- any position -- directly from John Kerry's campaign site).