Tonight

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Four years ago on July 12th, RedState turned on the lights.

In August of 2006, we turned off scoop and turned on Drupal.

Tonight, between 10 - 11 p.m., we'll be turning off Drupal and turning on something new. Our official launch of RedState 3.0 will begin Monday and we have a lot of surprises in store for you.

Right now, the new site is at http://beta.redstate.com and your account works there.

If you have a space in your user name, you'll need to use the "_" in place of the space. Your password was transferred. If you are posting a diary here today, you might want to hop on over to the new site and post there too. Tonight, http://beta.redstate.com becomes http://www.redstate.com and this site goes to a read-only archive. Anything posted at the beta site today will transfer over as part of the new site tonight.

While I'm at it, let me extend a big thanks to Neil and Robert for their tremendously hard work under difficult and aggravating circumstances to get us here. Let me also thank Josh, Ben, Mike, Clayton, and everyone else here at RedState for one heck of a great four years.

It's been fun. I hope the new site will make it even more enjoyable and productive for all of us in the RedState Community.

See you tonight at the new site and, until then, I'll be hanging around here.


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Will there be cake?

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Happy Birthday!

Is this the kind of birthday where I buy the Rum?

Or is this the kind of birthday in which y'all buy the Rum?

Basically, where's the rum?

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Dependence is Slavery.

Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.85

I am sipping on a twelve year old Isle of Jura scotch right now.

as we speak.

/unemployment is not without it's benefits.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

disorno and coke?

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Dependence is Slavery.

Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.85

For some reason I thought it had been around for a while before I joined, 3 years and 51 weeks ago.

What a long strange trip it's been.

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Finrod's First Law of Bandwidth:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it takes the bandwidth of ten thousand.

I found Redstate by accident just a few months after they started. My username at the time was BlueGene2, which I kept for a few months and then changed because I believed then (and believe now, with exceptions) that rampant anonymity in the blogosphere was destructive. I also switched to using my real name because I figured that if Mike Krempasky, Josh TreviƱo, Ben Domenech, Erick Erickson, et. al., could use their real names to back up their writing, so should I. After more than a decade as a leftist who liked to wear dark sunglasses indoors, I decided enough was enough. I think it was the right decision, and even though I've had my share of scary hate spam, I've also always kept my real email address and contact form available.

I had a few posts debating that with Redstaters early on and I fully understand why some of the other longstanding contributors here have chosen (wisely) not to do as I did. But for myself, it was the right decision to make.

It hasn't been that long, and Redstate has a lot of great years ahead of it. It seems like a long time for people who have been in the trenches here every day, I suppose. Many people including myself read a great deal of what happens on RS every day, including the user blogs, RedHot, etc., whether they comment or not, or work themselves into a snit as I have on many occasions.

And of course, it is rumored that I now have a button and a posting habit named after me, for which I am eternally flattered, humble and grateful.

Can't wait to be there on RS 3.0.

Defend Liberty -- Join the NRA | Live in Massachusetts? Join GOAL

I found bluestate just shy of 2 months ago when I had been banned from another blog for taking issue with constant rants against people who believed in Creation and regular conspiracy theories regarding ID by the blogowner.

A friend pointed me in this direction. I'm not sure if they post here under a different name, because I haven't seen their screename here.

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Dependence is Slavery.

Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.85



McCain for POTUS so the left can't ruin SCOTUS.

Yup, a typo. Don't even know where it came from.

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Dependence is Slavery.

Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.85

Bluestate?

REDstate.

blue... pfft.

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Dependence is Slavery.

Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.85

I enjoy having someone who can make an argument, and who has a sense of humor.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

Heh. Thanks.

I'm able to have very intense arguments with folks, but not 'dislike' them for it.

Comes from 4 or so years of blogging on a site where I was to the Right of far too many. (and a year or so at another site where I was the Token Conservative)

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Dependence is Slavery.

Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.85

One other thing that I can state unequivocally about my personal blogging ethos, a tenet that I adopted right at the beginning and hold to this day, is that I do not troll. In fact I have never posted a message on any leftist/liberal blog or website in the entire time Redstate (and now TMR) has been my blogosphere outlet of choice. I have read them, and I've commented *here* on them, but I have never trolled any of them.

I made a firm decision not to do that because I thought it was a waste of people's valuable time and internet bandwith, and it's also a point of honor, and it's *unnecessary* and *twofaced*. If I was to do so, I would announce my presence very conspicuously, and in my own name, with my own affiliations appended. If you don't have the guts to stand behind what you're writing as yourself, find a job in used-car sales or timeshare rentals and leave the internet to the grown-ups.

Defend Liberty -- Join the NRA | Live in Massachusetts? Join GOAL.

man I LOVE to be a troll, but not on political sites.

I will go on any forum where there are a lot of musicians or they are talking about music, and hit them with one little sentence:

"Jimi Hendrix was the most overrated musician ever"

Then I just lean back and watch the fireworks, HILARIOUS!

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

Back in the earlier dial-up days of AOL, I used to go into Star Wars chat rooms and say that the star trek chat rooms were trashing The Force and calling Luke "Gay"

Then I'd go into Star Trek chatrooms and say the Star Wars chatrooms were ripping on phasers and how stupid Spok was.

Yes.... I was a nerd. But, I was an evil nerd.

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Dependence is Slavery.

Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.85

Back when I posted to Usenet regularly, there were lots more fun things to do than simple trolling. I used to regularly redirect heated discussions out of places like talk.politics.misc by crossposting to alt.flame and then redirecting followups to alt.flame only. If a discussion was already in alt.flame and I wanted to tweak someone, I'd redirect followups to misc.test, which not only made their reply not show up there, but also caused every computer that got their reply to send them email saying as such. 8-)

Even then, mundane trolling was looked at askance; really *creative* trolling would amuse people, though. Try reading about Mark V Shaney sometime, one of the very first Usenet robots that pretended to be a real person.

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Finrod's First Law of Bandwidth:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it takes the bandwidth of ten thousand.

I started out here posting under my initials (bee) because I'd been putting them on video games and pinball machines since the 1980s. But the trend here was towards usernames being more like names and less like ids (my standard Unix login has been bee on every system I was allowed to use it on), so I switched to an online name I've been using since 1990: Finrod. Technically, my full online name is Finrod F. Felagund (the middle initial to distinguish me from the Tolkien character I shamelessly stole the name from), but using the whole name just seems excessively long. I don't really think of it as anonymity as such (I have many friends that know me better as Finrod than as my real name), but more of a nom de plume in the tradition of Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll.

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Finrod's First Law of Bandwidth:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it takes the bandwidth of ten thousand.

I've always used my real name. First and Last.

I've said things that I haven't been proud of, in the past, online...

but I've always been of the mind that if I am going to say it, I'd better have my name by it so that I can be accountable for it.... even if it ends up biting me in the butt.

It also helps me resist the urge to engage in less than moral rants against people that, if I used an anonymous name, I might otherwise be tempted to do.

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Dependence is Slavery.

Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: 7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.85

BlueGene2, BTW, wasn't a reference to politics. I chose it offhandedly as a reference to IBM's Blue Gene petaflop supercomputing project. My Dad's an old-time IBMer.

Defend Liberty -- Join the NRA | Live in Massachusetts? Join GOAL.

Because having a "rumored" rule or button named BlueGene2 would have just confused the heck out of me...

I probably was here in the first week of the site being up then (got here from Daly Thoughts). I didn't register until after the election though, and then it was only to keep track of *NEW* comments. I didn't even notice the member diaries until later.

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Just like PayPal, except it's free and a $25 bonus to sign up!

That site was invaluable during the entire 2004 election, I was there several times a week at least. That must be where I found Redstate from.

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Finrod's First Law of Bandwidth:
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it takes the bandwidth of ten thousand.

I'm at the new site trying to post and I go to my diary, crate a blog and load everything in the boxes provided and click save but nothing goes to my Blog...am I missing something?

Maybe I'm being phased out of Read State with the transfer?

:>)


http://meandmyilk.blogtownhall.com/

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.--Ronald Wilson Reagan

Never mind...I wasn't clicking on the blog name I wanted it to go under. I didn't realize it had to be clicked since I only have one diary!


http://meandmyilk.blogtownhall.com/

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.--Ronald Wilson Reagan



 
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