A Blog is Born: Announcing ~ Docudharma!

In the beginning there was nothing, not even nothingness, but nothing. An absence of thought, energy and matter, an absence even of darkness. The abyss………..the Void.

Then a whole bunch of other stuff happened.


And then…Docudharma was born!



Graphics by OPOL!….and carpunder.

In the long line of phenomena that has followed the Big Bang, the emergence of thought, energy and matter…and Paris Hilton…there has always been an underlying, or perhaps overarching pattern….too complex and immense for  simple beings such as us to grasp. Now the culmination (for the moment) of that pattern has emerged. Docudharma! (Trumpets) A new entry into the blogosphere! (OK, it is possible that that is just a tad overstated and overdramatic. Sue me! I’m excited!)

So…um a bit more calmly…Let us just say a few of us kids have gotten together to put on a blog. Our ‘official’ Front Pagers are Armando, One Pissed Off Liberal, Turkana, ek hornbeck and yours truly. But we also have a new concept for the FP, which I will discuss below. Docudharma is a political blog whose focus is not JUST electoral politics. And though it is a it is a good concept for Daily Kos, Docudharma is certainly not just about ‘Electing Democrats.’ It is a blog that was created to be the next step, we hope, in political blogging. A more conceptual and policy based place. A place to explore what is next for progressives and for the blogosphere. That is why our motto is…Blogging the Future.

While our focus is still looking at and analyzing politics, (all political essays are welcome!)it is also about looking beyond politics. About trying to understand more deeply and perhaps, if we are lucky, find some new approaches to the many problems of the world that are discussed and debated on political blogs. It is our hope that it will be a place to not JUST post and discuss what is happening right now, but also a place to look at, and discuss, and to try to bring into a clearer definition, the Big Picture.

AS Lithium Cola very ably put it, we are approaching…one way or the other…The End of the End of the World.  When Bush is gone…and we have nothing unifying to fight against, what will we be fighting for? And how? And in the meantime….how can we fight more effectively against Republicanism, Climate Crisis…and ….War.

Our Mission Statement:

Passion, politics, poetry, prose and ponies. Silliness, snark and a serious effort to frame the future. A river of words, thought, philosophy and action that nourishes and transforms the political cultural and social landscape through which it passes. That is the spirit behind this “place.”

In practice…write whatever the hell you want! There are no rigid restrictions here, it is a salon and a laboratory and a place to create a new reality. A reality based on compassion, empathy and caring for the people and the planet, while acknowledging the harsh realities of the world we live in and the difficulty of the tasks ahead. The complexities of greed, corruption and the petty politics of ‘human nature’ in the face of climate crisis and seven billion souls …will not be overcome by black and white solutions or electoral processes, but by becoming the change we wish to see and helping others to do the same. Not through top down enforcement, but through people working together, a model of cooperation, not competition.

In other words…Hey Kids! Let’s put on an evolution! This is a place for each of us to do our 1/seven billionth of that together, and hopefully speed the process of change along through a synergy of our ideas, intentions and actions. Now let’s get out there and change the world!

One thing we are very much NOT, is a Daily Kos bashing site! All of us will be continuing to post here and we think our format will allow folks to post original content at Docudharma while not diluting the content at DK much at all.

But as the elections near and Daily Kos turns more and more towards the Horse Races it does so well, Docudharma will be there as a more intimate place to think about the issues of the day more deeply, to express our selves more creatively, and to have a little fun! Plus with Armando and some of our other more raucous and opinionated posters…a place for good spirited conflict and energetic debate as well…one thing it will not be…is staid and boring.

Why We Are Here, by Armando

Something we do all agree on at Docudharma is that the combination of We The People and the Internet is a powerful one indeed, and just on the verge of really finding the power that is possible within it.  At Docudharma, community comes first, for we believe that communities…and networks of communities …are a real part of solving the many, many problems our world is facing. With our ‘leaders failing us once again, it is becoming obvious that we need new ways and new forms to flex and apply the Power Of The People. We hope to envision, discover and enact some of those new forms. To at the very least, have a conversation about them, a conversation that ideally, leads to their creation. We do not know where these new forms will lead, whether they will succeed or fail, we know only one thing. Their way does not work. And we know now that we have an opportunity to try another way!

They might not be fully cognizant of the nature of their mission. They’d contemplate it to be sure, and argue over it, but it would be dynamic, a work in progress, ever subject to change. Only the weak and dull of the world knew where they were going, and it was rarely worth the trip. Tom Robbins, Fierce invalids home from hot climates

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

When you head over to Docudharma, you will see that it is already quite active! This activity is the result of the unique (as far as we know) concept we are using to create our Front Page content. When the blog was created I selected, strictly by my subjective choice, a group SOME of those I thought of as the most creative and best writers on the net. I then contacted them privately and offered them space on the Front Page in exchange for creating one original non-crossposted (to the Big Blogs) essay a week! We call them Contributing Editors.

* 73rd virgin

* breathingstill

* Cronesense

* exmearden

* Jay Elias

* jillian

* ksh01

* LithiumCola

* LoE

* Magnifico

* melvin

* Nightprowlkitty

* noweasels

* occams hatchet

* pfiore8

* pico

* pinche tejano

* pyrrho

* Robyn

* srkp23

* theevolutionarysieve

* Unitary Moonbat

With Jerome a Paris and kestrel9000 as special guest bloggers as their schedule allows!

Some you will recognize…others not so much, but they are a top notch crew! What you see at Docudharma today is the product of those folks excitement at having unfettered creative freedom in a new venue. It is pretty exhilarating! There are also some old friends who have heard about the project and, with this many people involved some who have wandered across us by accident or by having the Top Secret info leak out a bit. We are at last count already up to 124 members, lol….all while being Top Secret!

Now I know I have left out a lot of folks and that some people will be pissed at me! If you were not invited or informed or did not stumble upon us, please do not be angry and do not despair! Docudharma was never intentioned to exclude, but before opening I wanted to make sure we had a truly great lineup to create our unique content. There are still opportunities to be had to contribute in many ways…even as a contributing editor once everything shakes out, schedule-wise. 

Which brings us too our short and sweet FAQ, which I encourage you to read when you sign up. There are only two things specifically discouraged, Assholery and Daily Kos bashing. There are plenty of other places on the net to find both of those! You will find it is far less formal than you are perhaps used to! We encourage you to drop the limitations on creativity that are found elsewhere, while not dropping your comportment and responsible posting practices. Oh yeah…one thing that WILL get you banned is stealing someone else’s UID/handle. We value honesty.

Above all we want Docudharma to be fun, creative and a joyful expression of community, for we believe that it is in this atmosphere and environment that breakthroughs of thought and ideas are most likely to happen. We are not by any means frivolous…just…fun!

Ok enough blathering! Come on over and sign up….before the line gets too long!

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  1. Champagne corks and fizziness on your ponies, Buhdy!

    Pour yourself a celebratory glass, everone.  You all deserve it.  The new digs look beautiful, and the ponies are plentiful and ubiquitous.


  2. wheee, lookit it go !!

    <  insert clinking glass noises here  >

    congrats, and thanks, to buhdy and the editorial crew on taking the wraps off officially. y’all look great in blue!

    • Armando on September 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    first in peace, first one mentioned in buhdy’s post.

    Ha! Take that you other front pagers!!!

  3. Congratulations – your new digs are looking very spiffy!

    • LT on September 12, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    I looked. Honest.

    • Robyn on September 12, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Pull up an appaloosa and set a spell.

    • srkp23 on September 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    All good wishes for this new space. Glad to be here.
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  4. And best wishes for great success.

  5. May your tubes be fast, free and clear.
    May your snark be audacious, bodacious,  and salacious.
    May your words be eloquent, truthful, and wise.
    May your pictures be witty, imaginative, and inspirational.
    May your energy be a source of activism, encouragement, and transformation.
    May your spirit be transmitted with peace, compassion, and cosmic awareness.
    May your blog sparkle with insight, justice, and freedom.

    • Robyn on September 12, 2007 at 9:34 pm
  6. Looks like a great reaction on DKos and a great launch.

    • wu ming on September 12, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    let a hundred flowers bloom!

  7. You’re into it now!!


  8. or as we say in French up here (takes one look round, puts feet up and makes self at home)… BRRRAVOOO!!!!!

    • on September 12, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    mazel tov to all and sundry.

    BTW, I couldn’t post until I remembered my  firefox ‘noscripts’ add-on…

  9. You can’t be in two places at once!

    I’m torn.

    But at least I am not Rip Torn!

    Howdy everybody and WELCOME!

    • Timroff on September 12, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Hmmmm… I believe my time will now totally be divided.

    You may now start calling me a kossadharmist.

  10. Relax, that’s how I christen all new blogs.

    Armando?  Really????  [sigh]

    Although I am a denizen of the Great Orange Satan, I’ll be staring through the bathroom shutters of your new home as often as I can.  (Don’t bother trying to shut them—it’s infrared so I can still watch you guys poop and pee—you’ll just be orange blobs emitting little red blobs.)

    Welcome to the blogosphere.  Now I just have to figure how to take you down, as I do all grave and gathering threats.  “How ’bout a little fire, scarecrow?”


  11. Try to keep the membership below 1 million.

    Good luck, looking forward to hours of lurking!

  12. Ponies! 🙂

    • mango on September 12, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    Congratulations.  This is nice.  I just joined up.  Salud!

  13. Congrats and ponys for everyone!  Yippieeeee!!!!!

    • Alma on September 12, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Looks like its going to be a big success!

  14. I got a pretty low one now.  Does that make me special?

  15. Congrats to all for a job well done. I’m very pleased with the premise of this blog and look forward to many great conversations.


    • mattes on September 12, 2007 at 10:01 pm
    • FrankieB on September 12, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    with this line up!?! It’s like a wet dream! Pinch me I must be asleep. Thanks for this you make this grown old woman happy!!!!

      • SallyCat on September 12, 2007 at 9:19 pm

      from you?

      Damn I’ve missed your rants – glad you’re over here!

    1. A certain something has been missing at Daily Kos since you left though I did read your posts at Talk Left from time to time.

      And congrats to buhdy and all of you — 73rd virgin, breathingstill, Cronesense, exmearden, Jay Elias, jillian, ksh01, LithiumCola, LoE, Magnifico, melvin, Nightprowlkitty, noweasels, occams hatchet, pfiore8, pico, pinche tejano, pyrrho, Robyn, srkp23, theevolutionarysieve, and Unitary Moonbat.

      Excellent graphics in this blog which makes it come really alive!  Thanks OPOL.

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    • arsenic on September 12, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    To defray pie expenses.

      • SallyCat on September 12, 2007 at 9:24 pm
      • srkp23 on September 12, 2007 at 9:25 pm
      • DEFuning on September 12, 2007 at 10:25 pm

      It is called Preaching in church, not ranting.  To rant, one must first pull one’s dress up over one’s head and shout LOOK AT ME.  Otherwise it fails the rant test. Now preaching, that just takes passion and powerful language and some rhythm.

  16. It’s the color of the sky on a sunny day.

  17. Feeding back on yourself, metamorphosing, meta-Jesus-ing, bifurcating, preparing for weird emanations into the chaos.  Carry on!

      • Armando on September 12, 2007 at 9:30 pm

      at daily kos . . .

  18. Maybe one of these days I’ll screw up my courage and write an actual diary, instead of lurking. In the meantime, all best wishes. I count on folks like you to keep me invigorated, and that you certainly do!

    • YetiMonk on September 12, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    ek, or other admin…

    Is the animated gif in the sig line a problem or ok?

  19. we can all yell louder!

    • lori on September 12, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    on the web.  D’oh!  Love you all!  BEST of luck! 
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      • melvin on September 12, 2007 at 9:51 pm
      • pfiore8 on September 12, 2007 at 9:51 pm

      and here you are!!!

      i’m glad to see you…

    1. glad to see you.

    2. My hometown is getting the treatment today btw, in Texas.

      Flooding and such. Humberto has come acalling.

    3. How’s your house?  Dry out yet?

    4. So I went through the Hurricano…but you got flooded?

      That just ain’t fair! Good luck with the clean up!

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    • Sansouci on September 12, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    I look forward to reading a bunch of great s*** and getting involved in balls on debates and strategies. I am on board because there are a lotta great writers on here whose work I love from Dailykos.

    1. but SOMEONE must be sending everyone their confirmation emails…

      i hope its not too much for him…

        • Robyn on September 12, 2007 at 9:50 pm

        not competing with you. 🙂

        unless you post at 6am

        • pfiore8 on September 12, 2007 at 9:51 pm

        be still my beating heart!!!

        great to see you here Bill… and tell Michael please visit cause we need to see Molly!!! and Vegas!!!! and hear from both of you…

        and anytime you need to cause a stir… do it here!

      1. as a BiPM repeat offender, I guess we’ll just have to put up with you.  But remember – 1000 feet away from the school.

        • Armando on September 12, 2007 at 10:06 pm
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    • pfiore8 on September 12, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    tee hee… is this our first one over 100?

    • BarbinMD on September 12, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Best wishes and all that. 

    One question though…who’s this Armando fellow?  😉

  20. congratulations on the birth of a new blog. I look forward to reading, participating, ranting and raving. So much so, in fact, I’ll start….

    What message does it send when you have such a plethora of time zone choices in the profiles section, including individual choices for Ensenada and Tijuana (same time zone, 60 miles apart). But nary a choice for most of the central US, including Texas, the 2nd biggest state. I mean, there are some blue people down here. How about letting us sign up for the central time zone?

    • jibbly on September 12, 2007 at 10:48 pm


      • TexDem on September 12, 2007 at 10:05 pm
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    • nocatz on September 12, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

      • mango on September 12, 2007 at 10:30 pm

      still cleaning up eight days later.
      I may get to move back into my house in a week.
      Good luck to you.

        • Armando on September 12, 2007 at 9:57 pm
  21. on opening day! Congratulations, bhudy and fp’ers familiar and unfamiliar!

    Do you guys realize how palpable it is, how much fun you’re having? It feels like a kids’ birthday party in here.

    The good kind. Not the kind where everyone’s crying.

    –not lois on dkos, trying a new handle

  22. Let’s drink some tekillya in celebration!

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    • Shahryar on September 12, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    That’s it! I can’t take any more! Sadly I must leave now.

    oh…just practicing for a post in 2009.

      • pfiore8 on September 12, 2007 at 10:37 pm

      do it now, while still relatively intimate group… most of us are a pleasure to have in your essay…

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    • ANKOSS on September 12, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    DKos without Kos! It’s like Civic Christianity without the Democratic Party Jesus. What a wonderful idea!

    Thank you a thousand times.

  23. Overwhelmed!

    The ponies are on their way I promise….but it might take a while!

    Many many thanks everyone! This is truly heartwarming!

    • loonesta on September 12, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    as soon as I saw the list of contributing editors and FPers, I had to come on over and get an account.

    Congrats and best of luck!

    1. I’ll need my playing cards (I’m the King of Hearts, of course), contingency tables, probability calculator, mojo bag, and Turkish coffee.  And a forked willow branch.  Or a coat hanger.  Works either way.  No, really, it DOES!

    • lulu57 on September 12, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    I’ll be here every day, you betcha. Ponies, ponies, ponies!

    • Lahdee on September 12, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    looking forward to many hours of great reading and posting.

  24. for the wonderful new site….

    this is going to be even more fun!!!

  25. It’s nice to have a low UID round these here parts. 😉

    1. I like the feel of this place already.

      Very nice.


        • Robyn on September 12, 2007 at 11:05 pm
      • labradog on September 13, 2007 at 2:34 am

      I’ll start the grill!

  26. An exciting day.
    Baby looks just like it’s daddy!

    Old Dob is burnin daylight, and there are ponies to feed, dogs to walk, and work to go to. But time taken to congratulate the crew of this wonderful new blog is not counted against my life span. And no, I don’t have a link for that. It is just something that I know.

  27. Now my UID does seem pretty low.

    Congrats Buhdy!

    1. stomp, stomp, stomp.

  28. Congrats!

    Go Dennis!
    Choose Peace!

    • benthos on September 13, 2007 at 2:13 am

    I was happy to have a 5 digit ID over at kos.

    I’ll sleep with a smile on my face tonight!

    Congrats on a good looking site.  I’ll be back.

    • auntdeen on September 13, 2007 at 2:17 am

    What a great group of bloggers you’ve brought on board, great content already, and welcoming “rules”.

    And it sounds as if a tinfoil barette might not be so totally out of place here on the rare occasions one may wish to wear one, either.

    I can see that I’ll be spending far too much time here lurking…and possibly commenting…and maybe even finally writing those diaries that I’ve thought about but have never written, not wanting to subject myself to the occasional viciousness that I’ve seen elsewhere…

    • labradog on September 13, 2007 at 2:31 am

    Doesn’t this look tasty – I’ll be back!

  29. As you well know, I hate to complain but, my rater thingie is not showing and I want to give out some ponies.  What to do, what to do?  Oh yeah, congradulations on the shinney new blog.

    • MTmofo on September 13, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Congrats buhdy buddy.  Best of luck with this to you and all your unindicted co-conspirators.

    • fatdave on September 13, 2007 at 3:00 am

    Congratulations and a happy new blog!

    I have (sniff) no pony. But soft! Here is another beast……

    ((youtube ChQ2yFCiXj8))

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  30. Man, buhdy, never took you for someone who would celebrate Rosh Hashanah (all right, the day before) with a new blog.

    They say that what you happens on Rosh Hashanah will be typical of your year.  You’re starting out with lots of members and hugs, let that continue!

  31. but at least we’ll always have it.  🙂

    Congrats on unveiling the new blog!

  32. please do a recap diary of from whence the ponies came in honor of the launch.

  33. Is there a waiting period?  FAQs don’t mention this as fas as I can see.


  34. So busy learning my way around and asking questions that I forgot to say that.

    • BruceMcF on September 14, 2007 at 1:26 am

    And did I mention that, unless its a new brand of bike that I haven’t yet heard about, I do not want a pony.

    Oh, wait, yes I did. Never mind.

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