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Master of His Domain, But Little Else

By Greg L | 10 February 2009 | National Politics | 54 Comments

Gues Post by Sanford D. Horn

In his first prime time press conference Barack Obama was certainly master of his domain – holding court in a campaign-like speech interrupted by the occasional question.

Obama’s goal, clearly, was to remind the American people who won in November and who’s in charge today with his continued fear mongering imploring Congress to hurry up and pass the albatross of our grandchildren’s future – the so-called stimulus package. In that, he succeeded, however, the so-called stimulus package that he optioned out to Nancy Pelosi, Harry “I can smell the tourists” Reid and their merry band of liberals is still the same spending orgy.

Obama, creeping ever closer to socialism, said that only government can solve this crisis, yet in the same breath claimed that 90 percent of the jobs to be created are in private sector, with, of course, no explanation as to how. Flashback to earlier in the same day, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) pointed out that while small business creates 80 percent of the jobs in this country, only 3/10 of one percent of the so-called stimulus package is actually dedicated to small business.

More proof of the government boondoggle was presented by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) during the same afternoon. Inhofe noted, that of the roughly $1.2 trillion package, including interest – yes, the money is being borrowed, as the government ‘s cupboards are bare – a mere seven percent is actual stimulant and only $27 billion is being driven toward highway construction.

Yet, with enough pork to frighten all of Mecca, Obama had the audacity to say there wasn’t a single earmark in the so-called stimulus package. Inhofe pointed to trail improvements and federal building upgrades as examples of government excess spending that has no place in a real stimulus package. Just because no specific legislator’s name is attached to the various pork projects doesn’t mean their prints haven’t been found on the pen. Then Obama added that “I would love not to have to spend money right now.” This package was his idea.

Some of the money Obama wishes he did not have to spend is being designated for electric golf carts, decried Senator John Ensign (R-NV) on the Senate floor in a plea to “start over and get this right.”

Kyl, in his continued objections to the package indicated that it is a waste to spend $300 billion on government automobiles and another billion for Amtrak. Now that Joe Biden lives in the vice president’s residence, who else rides the beleaguered transportation system? “We are not being wise in the way we are spending this money,” said Kyl.

But to Obama, it’s all about control as he edges the nation closer to socialism. His blanket criticism during his press conference of the use of “corporate jets when it’s not necessary” is yet another example. Admittedly it is not the most prudent action for a financially strapped corporation to take, but if the company is not in Washington with its hand out, it is free to make whatever decision it chooses. However, don’t come begging for a bailout when stupidity catches up you. Free markets depend upon the people, not the government, causing the success or failure of corporate America. When government crosses that line and has a hand in the corporate world, that is one step closer toward socialism.

Obama also reiterated his mantra of “step number one” being the creation or saving of four million jobs. Economists, conservative and liberal alike determined that the cost of such job creating has a price tag of approximately $300,000 per. That’s outrageous. And how exactly does the government plan to save jobs? That’s a question that has neither been asked by the fawning sycophants in the so-called media nor explained by Obama.

Obama also added that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” during his press conference. Not surprisingly nobody had the temerity to ask what it is called when people who do not pay taxes are given a so-called tax rebate. Sure sounds like a free lunch.

But the topper of the press conference is a tie between that doddering fossil Helen Thomas referring to the “so-called terrorists” and Obama actually taking a question from the Huffington Post and granting that outlet legitimacy.

While the Obama halo has yet to tarnish in the eyes of the so-called mainstream media, the popularity of this reckless spending travesty continues to wane with each additional light shed upon its absurd recommendations.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and political consultant living in Alexandria, VA.

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  1. Jay said on 10 Feb 2009 at 9:49 am:
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    Where was one-tenth this kind of dissection, interest, and critical analysis when dubya was in office?

    We don’t know if the plan will work. However, listening to repubs. scream from the mountaintops about anything regarding fiscal issues elicits laughter from anyone who has been paying any kind of attention for the last eight years.

    Big-Ears Hussien went to the people- ya know, the people who picked him over the war hero and the batsh#t crazy ‘tard-breeder to sell the idea. This is no more or less shocking or negative behavior displayed by any leader pushing an agenda.

  2. I Bleed Obama Blue said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:14 am:
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    Spending money stimulates the economy, whether it’s spent by business or government or consumers. Spending creates jobs, spurs investment, and generates tax revenue.

    Many of the proposed expenditures decried by so-called conservatives have a legitimately stimulative economic impact, regardless the resulting product, be it a hiking trail, electric golf cart, new school, or improve government infrastucture. I just don’t understand the “end of days” prognostications this plan is generating from so-called conservatives.

  3. Prester John said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:15 am:
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    ” ‘tard breeder”?


  4. Howard the Duck said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:20 am:
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    He’s living in the past.

  5. Chopped Liver said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:25 am:
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    I really like Obama, considering the only thing standing in the way of a Joe Biden presidency is his bony black a$$.

    Chopped Liver is a crack head living in Old Town Alexandria.

  6. Groveton said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:39 am:
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    Congress is inherently evil. Pork is their heroin and they have been addicted for decades. Meanwhile, people in Fairfax and Prince William County elect “men” like Gerry Connolly and then we wonder why Congress is a mess.

    Obama is right. The bill is good enough. It will never be perfect. It will never be great. It will never even be good. But dealing with the people in Congress, it is good enough. When you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas. The Republicans can cry and shout but the bill would be no better if McCain were president. Congress is rotten to teh core and this is a good as they can be.

    I’d like to see the number a lot smaller. I’d like to see the focus on financial system liquidity. I’d like to see companies that have been failing for 30+ years taken off the list. I’d like to see spending cuts in wasterful, administrative parts of the federal government (as opposed to the Department of Defense). But more than all that - I’d like to see us move forward.

    Sometimes you just have to hold your nose with your left hand and raise your right hand to vote “yes” for another malodorous “work of art” from the US Congress.

    Obama is right. This bill is good enough.

  7. /\/\3|)iç 64 said on 10 Feb 2009 at 11:41 am:
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    The problem isn’t the projects in the package, it is the timing of those projects. We have to cut out the extra crap and get to the meat and potatoes of the issues at hand. Spending all the extra money that has been brought to light has to be stopped. The republicans are not whining, they are saying this bill has many extra spending items in it that do not directly help save jobs. The recent graphic in the WashPo was a good example of the places this money was being spent and who is getting the money. I was able to go through with a quick glance and gut almost 50 million dollars of spending that could be debated at a later date. If the Democrats pass this bill without the support of the republicans, they will pay in midterm elections. I feel it would be easier to pass this bill if they would go back to the drawing board and draw up a bill without the extra spending for pet projects. One of the reasons we are in this mess is because of the lack of financial spending restraint. Let’s start with this bill and show America that the Gov’t is going to lead by example and stop the careless spending and start making wiser spending decisions.

  8. /\/\3|)iç 64 said on 10 Feb 2009 at 11:44 am:
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    Graphic I referred to in previous post

  9. BattleCat said on 10 Feb 2009 at 12:00 pm:
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    ‘Tard Breeder.

    That’s how these people express themselves. That’s really all you need to know about Jay.

  10. Citizen12 said on 10 Feb 2009 at 12:51 pm:
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    If we were to take the new Presidents tactics about earmarks to heart, then by not calling the crazed maniacs dressed in tea towels and AK47’s terrorists, then terrorist would cease to exist.

    OB should remember that was tried by his predecessor, as Bush was fond of saying the economy is good, there is no recession.

    Perhaps King George left his ruby slippers behind.

  11. freedom said on 10 Feb 2009 at 4:02 pm:
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    Well, I don’t know what the “no earmarks” stimulus bill is stimulating, but it sure ain’t stimulating the stock market…well, actually that’s wrong, it IS stimulating the stock market but what we really need is a positive stimulus.

  12. KFD said on 10 Feb 2009 at 4:19 pm:
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    Jay, It makes me sick that people that would say something as ignorant and disgraceful as what you said are allowed to walk on the earth. It really saddens me that people like me try hard everyday to make a positive difference and we spend our time blogging to try and raise awareness on important issues, while people like you spew insulting, vile comments that ruin the very page they are typed on. Go to church and do some praying. You need help. I really hope you aren’t a parent. THAT would be seriously scary. I wonder, having read your comment, what kind of breader your mother would be described as by others who are on the same level as you?

  13. Emma said on 10 Feb 2009 at 5:15 pm:
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    We’ve heard little else but cries of “catastrophe!” and “ruin!” to try to manipulate us into support for this disgusting squander of money we don’t even have.

    And then we read that Michelle Obama is posing in Vogue magazine adorned in a designer dress and flashy diamond ring.

    Does this couple even talk to each other? Is she really that clueless, or is this just another example of in-your-face elitist liberalism? Michelle, we get it that the economic crisis hasn’t touched you and your children at all, what with all of your designer duds and $29,000/year private schools.

    Just please remember the little people who are paying your rent for the next four years.

  14. Emma said on 10 Feb 2009 at 5:19 pm:
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    Jay apparently is the epitome of liberal tolerance and concern for the less fortunate. I fully support his right to make a complete @ss out of himself and his fellow liberals, and I will consider him a representative of everything they stand for.

  15. citizenofmanassas said on 10 Feb 2009 at 5:49 pm:
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    Does it make sense to complain about spending then turn around and not only spend, but spend even more?

    Unlike now, those spending bills of the last eight years could not have been passed without the Dems voting for them. The Dems have controlled Congress since 2006. Did spending go down then? The Dems have a chance to show they are more fiscally responsible. Are they doing that now?

    People complained about Bush playing on the fears of people. Obama and the dems are doing the same thing right now.

    I will remind you that obama said he was a different type of politician who rejected the politics of old, and wanted to put the politics of usual behind him.

    Spending money on abortions does not spur the economy. Spending money on Acorn does not spur the economy. Spending money on helping people stop smoking does not spur the economy.

  16. CONVA said on 10 Feb 2009 at 7:41 pm:
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    Read some history. FDR tried the same “stimulus” and prolonged the depression. Of course that is what socialists do.

  17. Hooplehead said on 10 Feb 2009 at 8:38 pm:
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    Hey, Jay, you’ll like this one: What’s the difference between Palin’s mouth and her vagina?

    Only some of the stuff that comes out of her vagina is retarded.

    That being said, it was awesome watching a press conference where the president talked to Americans like they’re adults, and didn’t call the reporters silly frat-boy nicknames. “Next question, Li’l Stretch!”

  18. Emma said on 10 Feb 2009 at 9:05 pm:
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    Yeah, it’s always better when a press conference is completely scripted, when the President is looking down at a list when he calls out a reporter’s name. Heaven forbid he should have to actually think on his feet and provide an unscripted, unrehearsed answer to a spontaneous question.

  19. Hooplehead said on 10 Feb 2009 at 9:35 pm:
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    Yeah, right. Bush press conferences were completely unscripted. It’s not like they had gay male escorts throwing out softball questions like “How come you’re so awesome Mr. Bush.” Oh Jeff Gannon, how we miss your gay, gay questions.

  20. Emma said on 10 Feb 2009 at 9:57 pm:
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    Ever consider discussing Obama based on his own merits? Or does he only shine in comparison to Bush?

    It’s hilarious how any criticism of Obama degenerates into Bush-bashing from the left. There must not be much to look at behind that curtain….

  21. citizenofmanassas said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:09 pm:
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    It is pretty funny. The left is simply clueless. So far, obama has tried to use a window as a door. Bumped his head jumping into a helicopter. Asked his staff what he was signing. Has picked a number of tax cheats to be members of his Cabinet. So far, obama has shown exactly why he is only the fourth Dem to be elected President in the last forty four years.

    As for his press conference last night, how many reporters did he have to look for after calling their names? I think just all of them.

    But remember the left is peaceful and tolerant.

  22. Hooplehead said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:09 pm:
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    Are you kidding? Even a pile of dog crap shines in comparison to that alcoholic, lying, functionally illiterate, cocaine-snorting, AWOL-going, economy destroying, Constitution shredding, marble-mouthed, over-privileged, under-educated, sorry excuse for a Chief Executive we’ve had for the past year. We complain about Bush because it was so galling watching him and his band of retarded science-denying Jebus freaks run this country into the ground.

    I’ll quit bashing Bush when you give me those eight years of my life back. I want my rights back. I want back the respect we’ve lost. I want that stolen election that put that simian-faced twit into power for eight years back.

  23. BattleCat said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:23 pm:
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    You’re in luck! You got your pile of dog crap!


  24. Emma said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:27 pm:
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    Well, Hooplehead, your guy “won” (as he so graciously informed us), didn’t he? As far as I can tell, Bush no longer sits in the White House. So why the need for the continuous-loop rant? Waah-waah, Bush this; waah-waah, Bush that. It’s easier to whine about the past than to worry that the current POTUS might not meet up to your expectations.

    Maybe Obama really can’t deliver on his promises. Rather than comtemplate that possibility, you’ll drum your heels on the floor, turn all red and scream about how Bush took your candy away from you. Maybe you’ll even threaten to hold your breath until you get your eight years back.

  25. ChangeUCanDeceiveIn said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:37 pm:
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    What Constitutional rights did you lose, Hooplehead?

    Warrantless wiretapping has been upheld in court.

    Obama has not given up on “extraordinary renditions” just yet, and will not hold Americans who participated responsible.

    Next thing you know, Obama will be waterboarding the sh!t out of the next terrorist who threatens the U.S.

    Again, what Constitutional rights have YOU lost?


  26. citizenofmanassas said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:40 pm:
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    What does that say about Gore and Kerry? The election was not stolen. If you are so concerned about stolen elections, direct your anger at ACORN.

    Obama said he would not have lobbyist in his Administration, unless he made exceptions, up to about four at last count.

    Obama said he would end torture of captured terrorists, except for when it is needed.

    Obama said he would have the most open Administration in the history of the Country. Two days in the Press(his own) was complaining about the do over of the Oath he took behind closed doors.

    Obama said he would have the troops home from Iraq in 16 months, now it is 23 months.

    Obama has taken control of the Census from the Department of Commerce and placed it under control of the White House, no abusing of rights there.

    Obama’s Justice Department gave sealed documents regarding Michael Steele to the Washington Post. NO abuse of rights there.

    Remember what happened to Joe the plumber in Ohio? A Dem who supported obama released private information regarding Joe to the press. She was later fired. But the damage was done. No abuse of power there.

  27. Bridget said on 11 Feb 2009 at 7:12 am:
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    Glad someone else caught this one. I too was stunned by Obama’s reference to Japan’s Lost Decade being the result of NOT employing a stimulous.

    Japan had eight, 8, as in two less than ten, stimulous packages that helped create that lost decade.


  28. Johnson said on 11 Feb 2009 at 8:01 am:
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    This approach is wrong. This recession is the result of greed. The businesses that are in trouble should be allowed to fail. Tax money should benefit the taxpayers. It should never be given to private businesses unless a properly awarded contract is in place.

    Deport the illegals. There are plenty of jobs for legal residents. It may not be the job of your dreams, but you won’t starve. Our emergency rooms, schools and roads will empty out and cost us less. Our economy will regain it’s health. We have plenty of housing to last for a few years. We’ll figure it out.

  29. Advocator said on 11 Feb 2009 at 9:22 am:
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    As usual, Johnson, you’re right on point.

  30. Billy Bob said on 11 Feb 2009 at 12:23 pm:
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    Emma, don’t forget what Obama said about having been in all of the
    57 states.

  31. Johnson said on 11 Feb 2009 at 12:50 pm:
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    Billy Bob-

    Those extra states would be:
    1. Mexico
    2. Canada
    3. El Salvador
    4. Cube
    5. Puerto Rico
    6. Haiti
    7. Jamaica

  32. freedom said on 11 Feb 2009 at 1:02 pm:
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    It truly pains me to say this, but we’ve lost….not only the election, but as a result, we’ve lost our country.

    There’s nothing that can be done now; the socialists are in power and are going to make this country into what they want it to be…it’s unstopable, irreversible.

    Unfortunately, our children and grandchildren will not see the America that our Fathers, Grandfathers and in some cases, sons have worked for, fought for, and died for. It’s over. We have witnessed the greatest mistake in American history. I only hope that you liberals and “single-issue Republicans” that wouldn’t support the better of two choices are proud of yourselves.
    So sad!

  33. Emma said on 11 Feb 2009 at 1:41 pm:
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    Now, Billy Bob, be nice. That must have been an unscripted moment. You can’t actually have expected him to memorize ALL the facts.

  34. Johnson said on 11 Feb 2009 at 1:46 pm:
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    On the lighter side…

  35. Johnson said on 11 Feb 2009 at 1:56 pm:
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  36. Howard the Duck said on 11 Feb 2009 at 2:43 pm:
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    Do you know about the new healthcare laws included in this bill?

    Better read this:


  37. Bridget said on 11 Feb 2009 at 4:39 pm:
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    “There is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jumpstart the economy.”

    With all due respect Mr. President, that is not true.
    Notwithstanding reports that all economists are now Keynesians and that we all support a big increase in the burden of government, we do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance. More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1930s. More government spending did not solve Japan’s “lost decade” in the 1990s. As such, it is a triumph of hope over experience to believe that more government spending will help the U.S. today. To improve the economy, policy makers should focus on reforms that remove impediments to work, saving, investment and production. Lower tax rates and a reduction in the burden of government are the best ways of using fiscal policy to boost growth.

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  38. citizenofmanassas said on 11 Feb 2009 at 4:43 pm:
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    But the Dems care about the elderly. It is the GOP who do not like the elderly. The left hate HMO because they supposedly make decisions like the one in this article, yet, I guess the left is OK with the Government doing it. The only time the left does not want the Government involved in your life is when a baby has to be murdered.

  39. Bridget said on 11 Feb 2009 at 6:50 pm:
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  40. Anonymous said on 11 Feb 2009 at 7:42 pm:
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    God, this this post, and the anti-Obama response it generates, shows that the world of BVBL is little more than a play pen for the socially maladjusted. Nobody cares what you think. Republicans are irrelevant because they are the one’s that screwed up the war in Afaganistan — yes or troops did great, it was W and his friedns that screwed up, got us in a needless war in Iraq, tried to tear up the constitution, ignored global warning, and wrecked the economy. But people on this site some how think it was the Community Reinvestment Act, Acron, and FDR that are responsible for our current mess. As for the press conference, Obama showed a grasp of the facts and a level of emotional maturity that BVBL and his cadre of socially maladjusted facist racist wannabes could not, a million years, even begin to fathom, much less actually exhibit. Unless normal Republicans take back their party, they’ll have no choice but to become Democrats, or form a new party. Basically, a party that appeals to emoitionally unstable white men over the age of 55 doesn’t have much of a future.

  41. citizenofmanassas said on 11 Feb 2009 at 8:14 pm:
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    Hey Anon,

    Congress voted for the war, I don’t recall many who voted against it.

    The press and obama claimed he has the smoothest transition ever. Bush provided unprecedented access to the obama team. What did it get us? A guy who did not pay his taxes coming out in a press conference yesterday with no facts.

    Obama claims if we do nothing about the financial issue, we may risk never recovering. Now, that is stupid. Recessions are cyclical, they come and go every 12 to 15 years or so, and there is nothing we can do about it.

    Obama has used fear to push this pork filled bill. Why use fear if he is so smart and has such a grasp of facts?

    Funny, when obama spoke in Indiana yesterday, he mentioned the bill would create jobs and get people back to work, though, he did mention specific jobs, he did not mention jobs at the local RV plant or the nearby car plants. Why is that?

    Also, he now says he will save or create 3 million jobs(or whatever the number is today). Exactly how does one quantify saving a job?

  42. Emma said on 11 Feb 2009 at 8:32 pm:
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    Gosh, Anonymous, if “nobody cares,” then why did you take 5 minutes out of your precious time to write that barely literate rant of yours? You clearly care, or at least are crying for some kind of attention here.

    Exactly what is a “facist”? Would I find one in a day spa?

  43. Billy Bob said on 11 Feb 2009 at 8:58 pm:
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    Oh crap, Anonymous. You should be grateful to be sitting at the
    grown-up table with us. Looks like we have another slobbering
    Obamamaniac to contend with here.
    Since you have such a low opinion of all us “unstable” folks here, you
    might want to spend less time here and more time learning to spell.

  44. Johnson said on 12 Feb 2009 at 10:25 am:
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    Nice rant. Good name-calling. Way to debate.

  45. citizenofmanassas said on 12 Feb 2009 at 6:34 pm:
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    Another set back for the “one”.


  46. citizenofmanassas said on 12 Feb 2009 at 6:37 pm:
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    Obama also used preselected questions during his news conference the other day. Ha ha ha. He is not looking so smart now. Too bad the media did not do their job during the campaign. We truly have been served up another stupid Dem.

  47. citizenofmanassas said on 12 Feb 2009 at 6:43 pm:
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    And the good news keeps coming in for our “savior”


  48. Wolverine said on 13 Feb 2009 at 3:30 am:
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    Something doesn’t compute here with regard to that 11 February 7:42pm post by Anonymous. Out of curiosity I went back and looked at Anonymous posts in some threads immediately preceeding this one. It seemed like I was reading things written by a very different blogger … different outlook; different phraseology; better grammar; far fewer typos; much less vituperativeness in the previous posts. Anonymous, was that really you or did someone steal your identity? An inquiring “emoitionally (sic) unstable white (man) over the age of 55″ wants to know. No counterpunch here. Just asking.

  49. AWCheney said on 13 Feb 2009 at 10:07 am:
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    That’s the thing about “Anonymous,” I imagine…it is what it is, by definition. “Anonymous” could actually be a multitude of people who are just that.

  50. Wolverine said on 13 Feb 2009 at 3:08 pm:
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    Good point, AW. That was my first thought as well. One would think the blogs could somehow weed that kind of thing out by automatically blocking handle duplication and requesting a handle change before accepting a post.

    There is, however, a technical aspect to my query. On two occasions recently when I submitted a post, the final version appearing on the thread carried the blog handle “ANONYMOUS said” rather than “WOLVERINE said.” I hadn’t changed my blogging procedure in any way. The blanks below the draft text were properly filled in. Neither post was addressed to Anonymous or even mentioned that handle. None of the posts preceeding it or following it were from Anonymous as I recall. So, why the handle switch and why the particular handle “ANONYMOUS” on both occasions? A gremlin in my machine or something crossing wires within the blog itself? Does the receiving end sometimes fail to read the incoming handle and automatically substitute “ANONYMOUS”? Any of you computer tech wizards out there have an explanation for these anomalies? Webmaster?

  51. citizenofmanassas said on 13 Feb 2009 at 4:39 pm:
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    Did you run a virus scan? Or clean out the Cache? Sometimes when those two things happen, they will delete auto sign ins and “saved” information on blogs etc.

  52. citizenofmanassas said on 14 Feb 2009 at 7:48 am:
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    Here is another liberal claiming obama is the smartest President we have had in recent memory. Of course he provides no evidence to support that claim. I love how libs say everyone of their guys is smart. You never hear them talk about a dumb dem. it is amazing how libs have such an arrogant attitude.

    In two weeks, we have seen obama think a window was a door, and bang his head on a helicopter. Obama may give Ford a run for the money on being clumsy.


  53. fed up said on 16 Feb 2009 at 4:23 pm:
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    Hooplehead and Jay -
    Go crawl back into the toilet you crawled out of - what a couple of a$$wipes!

  54. citizenofmanassas said on 23 Feb 2009 at 12:43 pm:
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    Obama again follows what Bush was doing. Despite his pledge to have the most open and ethical administration in history, obama engaged in some of the usual Washington games when late Friday afternoon, the White House announced the Bagram Prison would remain open and that prisoners would be held indefinitely. Is President obama now a war criminal? Where is the outrage on the left?

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