Righton, I honestly don't know what you mean by "downloading" on ABC. If your old handle isn't working just create a new one, but it's still the same simple procedure.
Here's where we've been posting: http://forums.go.com/abclocal/KTRK/forum?start=0&forumID=86&byThread=false
Simply click the "not a member?" link, create a new nic and you should be good to go. Other than accepting a cookie, I don't think anything gets downloaded. Further, if I recall correctly, I think some time in the past I had used a computer still running '98 to access the boards.
Oh, and if you possibly did get banned, make sure to dump all your old cookies first before doing any of this and make sure you're not on an ABC page when you do that.
If they took it further than banning your nic and banned your IP address, there are ways around that, too, but give my other suggestions a chance first.
The board has been somewhat quiet as of late, so maybe you'll be just the perfect person to stir things up. ;)
Anyway, it's good to hear that even you have gotten fed up with Bush and the Republicans. You're in growing company. Inasmuch as I'm not in favor of the conservative agenda in general, I wouldn't even characterize this president and Congress as conservative. A real conservative agenda would actually be a breath of fresh air compared to these corrupt barons. They're opportunists without principle for the most part. And the administration isn't merely power-hungry, they're inept at governance to boot. They are running this country, its principles and its reputation into the ground.