The Story of the Waitress, the Homeless Man and Obama

Thu, 10/30/2008 - 5:20pm
By: Richard Hobbs

Yesterday's Chicago Tribune carries this "letter" from one A. Hart of Forest Park :

On my way to lunch recently, I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama; I need the money." I laughed. In a restaurant my server had on an "Obama 08" tie. Again I laughed. Just imagine the coincidence. When the bill came, I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Barack-Obama-redistribution-of-wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need—the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight. I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful. At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment, I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more. I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.


I spoke to another attorney today, while negotiating out a case, and he mentioned to me that Obama's and Socialists' greatest flaw is that Socialism takes away the RIGHT to FAIL. That sounds odd, but its true.

In Socialism, no one has to suffer, no one is denied any benefit given by the benevolence of a liberal politician.

My colleague reminded me of my trial on Monday. He said, if you knew you couldn't lose, would you be studying all weekend long, reading the law, depositions, drafting briefs, etc.?

Of course, I'd rather be watching the Bulldog Gater game, but instead, I know I can fail, so I'm going to be studying like crazy.

Well, when we lose the RIGHT TO FAIL, then we all lose the RIGHT to Succeed. Which means, we all become mediocre. And trust me, most of you liberals that opine away on this board, are . . . well, medicocre. So an Obama President might not raise you up, but it will lower some of us, down to where you are at.

Shared misery, the Obama way. Lowering the highest common denominator to the lowest of the low. Socialism, who needs success.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 7:40pm.

Remember all the fainting and whining about Sarah Palin and her $150,000 wardrobe??? Wonder why this was never brought up and given the same dissection???

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama paid a German company nearly $700,000 for staging, sound and lighting services at the time he delivered a speech this past summer in Berlin and declared himself a "citizen" of both the U.S. and the world.

The German company, whose Web page says it specializes in theater and event management, is listed as a disbursement recipient on Mr. Obama's most recent campaign expenditures report, filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.

The company was paid $667,082 by the Obama campaign in three disbursements in July and August, according to the FEC records. The campaign also paid $9,018 to the limousine service Bero Berlin, the records show.

Where has that been???.com

At least Sarah Palin says she is donating the clothes to charity. Wonder how many of our no-income-tax-paying Comrades could have used some of them benjamins????

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Submitted by JeffC on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 8:23pm.

Campaigns always pay for staging and lighting. The problem with Palin's clothes was that the campaign was screaming "elitist' at Obama while buying her $150,000 worth of clothes and spending $28,000 on her hair and makeup.

The other problem was that this would have been an illegal expenditure for the campaign, which they knew. That's why they got the RNC to foot the bill.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 11:33pm.

...for staging and lighting is not vetted to the public. I mean, think about that.....$700,000 for a place to make a speech?? Costs of speechmaking are not thrown out there for the public to consider when economic times are tough, but the clothes purchase was. That comparison might help put the clothing expenditure in somewhat of a different perspective. Especially since the controversy was in the amount spent.

Submitted by manofwar on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 12:28pm.

The story has been reported as a contrived story to push a point of a seperate mindset on ideologies. The mantra of its all about me forget your neighbor. Fourteen people that knew this guy spoke the next day of his contrived story trying to push forward the way he thinks. The sister of Mr. Hart stated that he is months behind in child support and uses his position to neglect any payment. Stories such as this should be followed up and I am glad this one was.
Selfish man trying to give Credence to his selfish agenda through a political message.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 4:59pm.

Lady, why do you hate kids?


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Submitted by Christian on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 7:58pm.

That lady didn't give candy to innocent kids, but how about this?

July 17, 2007: Barack Obama on the FOCA - "Well, the first thing I'd do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do."

Born Alive Truth Site

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 8:30pm.

Good for him! I hope he does sign the Freedom of Choice Act:

"FOCA: To protect, consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman’s freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.

One of the most private and difficult decisions an individual makes is whether to begin, prevent, continue, or terminate a pregnancy. Those reproductive health decisions are best made by women, in consultation with their loved ones and health care providers."


I'm curious, Christian, are you advocating that abortions be illegal and unavailable to women in our country?

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Submitted by Christian on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 8:56pm.

Tim's mother was actually counseled to abort him ...

Tim Tebow the Miracle Baby

Submitted by hi grover on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 9:23pm.

any other issues! Nice post Christian. Imagine how many other awesome people would be here now had they just been given the chance.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 6:36pm.

at their very best. Smiling

Obama Supporters

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 5:20pm.

This jewel is straight from ABC News. That long-standing conservative leaning news know, ABC.....All 'Bout Conservatives.

Obama's New Attack on Those Who Don't Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’

"John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic," Obama continued. "You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness."

It's unclear if this was a nod to the Ayn Rand book "The Virtue of Selfishness," with all that the invocation of Rand implies.

It would seem to be, given the themes of Rand's work, what happens when independent achievers are demonized.

Which would fit with this description of those who want to keep their hard-earned tax dollars as "selfish."

All 'Bout Conservatives

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 5:07pm.

First, Chairman MaO-Bama told us nobody making over $250,000 would be hit with a tax increase.

Then the Chairman told us anybody making under $200,000 is targeted for a tax cut.

But on Monday, Comrade Senator Biden told a Pennsylvania TV station that Chairman MaO-Bama's tax break "should go to middle class people -- people making under $150,000 a year."

Now of all things, Comrade Governor Bill Richardson this morning in New Mexico said on radio "What Obama wants to do is he is basically looking at $120,000 and under among those that are in the middle class, and there is a tax cut for those."

Would someone please help Comrade Citizen MOC out here???? Where is that old elusive definition of "middle class" going to land? Who is going to make so little money that they will get a tax cut? Is there an over/under line established in Las Vegas??? Remember, you can't include those who currently don't even pay income taxes.

Submitted by realwaitress on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 7:34am.

After reading the story about the McCain supporter that wanted to show his waiter the error of his ways I couldn't help but think how backwards his thinking is. Waiters and waitresses don't make much of an hourly wage as most people know. Tipping is a way to make up for their hard work and low pay. Obama's plan is like tipping the hard workers, the middle class, for a job well done. When the service is good we tip the waitress, NOT the CEO of Denny's! Does anyone really think that by tipping the waiter and not the CEO we're gonna punish that CEO or make anyone less likely to work hard? Ridiculous! Tip your waitress!

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Submitted by Fred Garvin on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 7:44am.

Real waitress,

The logic in your analogy is severly flawed. Tipping is optional based on a service provided. It is not mandatory.

What Barack wants to do is make it mandatory, and make it not based on a service provided, but on Marxism. (From each according to their ability, to each according to their need)

The CEO isn't getting a "tip", given to him/her based on a service provided. They merely get to keep money that they have EARNED.

Your confusing gratuity with earnings.

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Submitted by Mike King on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 7:56am.

Cannot speak to the up to date numbers, but apparently it's a mix bag of military versus civilian (apples to oranges), but I certainly hope that he intends to somewhat better in Washington.










Submitted by manofwar on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 12:37pm.

Lesser educated making less than 250,000 a year wanting to climb a ladder to millionaires and billionaires but not accepeted voter (Republicans) voted to keep guns available to ALL!
People that are lesser educated and have guns KILL.
While thinking they are protecting their interest they have left themselves open to be KILLED by others that are of like killer ability group think!

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 8:26am.

What a gruesome line-up. This is a nightmare that could last 4 years.

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Submitted by hersheybear88 on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 1:13pm.

I hope this does not last 8 years.

My reason for this post is to honor two of my favorite hero's.
Billy Graham and President George W. Bush.
Little does some know that on a beach Billy Graham led President George W. Bush to Christ.

Before you too hard on me, don't you all have that other guy that is running for office that goes to church also. Totally different, it's not a church it's a social gathering.

My turn now to honor these two incredible guys:

Billy Graham turns 90 in a few days. Thank you Billy Graham that my Mom who is in heaven now came at one of your crusades and accepted Christ. She passed that faith down to her kids.

Listen to Thank you Billy Graham

Let's never forget and be thankful for these two men who looked to God.

Listen to 9-11 Tribute

One of the many reasons I admire President George W. Bush. He is not to proud to bow his head to an almighty God he believes in.

Listen to The Prayer


My prayer is that we continue to have this great country to have freedom of speech and worship the way we choose.

These two video I do find disturbing:

Listen to Yes or No

That video speaks for itself.

This video we don't speak this way at my house. Maybe we all should do this and teach our kids to do this. I am surprised that Mr. Wright did this. I have never gone to a church and they say what he said.

Listen to What is wrong with these quotes from Obama

I will always pray for our Presidents. If Obama wins yes I will pray for him.

I just find it sad that so many are so deceived by this guy and that could be our Terror President Obama.

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Submitted by Fred Garvin on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 8:13am.

Mr. King,

Thank you for sharing. This is the political machine tha nurtured barack's rise to the Senate.


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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 8:09am.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Next question should be who is he going to put in his cabinet?

Secretary of Defense? State? Education?

The possibilities are mind boggling

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 8:26am.

Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harbouring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of “hope” and “change” are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.

One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair”.

In an interview with a Colorado radio station, Mr Obama appeared to be engaged already in expectation lowering. Asked about his goals for the first hundred days, he said he would need more time to tackle such big and costly issues as health care reform, global warming and Iraq. “The first hundred days is going to be important, but it’s probably going to be the first thousand days that makes the difference,” he said. He has also been reminding crowds in recent days how “hard” it will be to achieve his goals, and that it will take time.

Times of London link

Wonder why I couldn't find that on CNN??? Oh well, find the truth where you find it.....

Submitted by manofwar on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 12:46pm.

WOW, some of the created made up stuff I read on here is amazing! I know people want to vent BUT TRUTH is soooooooooo, IMPORTANT! Just writing or stating something does NOT make it so. Most that is printed on this site is Hyperbole. Do people read The NY Times The Washington Post The National Review or even watch CNN ????
Most of the truth can be located there, or in a library.

I do get some need the outlet of feeling impressive and important so they write on a small town newspaper, See, I get it. But TRUTH is still nice and the better option, to me at least!!!

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 4:18pm.

I'll start others can help.

Attorney General. Let's see we need a real law and order type. Clinton had Reno, but I don't think she is up to the task - how about Joe Lieberman? No, that's who McCain would pick. How about Bob Bennett - he was Clinton's lawyer, so he must be ok.

Secretary of State. Need someone who represents the new look of the country's leadership and can relate to the rest of the world. Colin Powell seems to be auditioning for the job and he endorsed Barry and he has experience. Works for me.

Treasury - his one's easy - Jesse Jackson. Has vast experience transferring wealth from corporations to ???? well we don't know where it goes, but he gets it and that's all that is important.

Defense - need somebody who hates the military and can dismantle it in keeping with the "Change we can believe in" How about Hillary? No, she's going to be appointed to the Supreme Court. I know - Al Gore.

Ok who else?

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 9:44am.

...the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair”.

This should be the plan for McCain as well, to bring our nation back down to earth and to expect hard times ahead, but I sure don't hear this dose of reality coming from the McCain campaign. I wonder why? Oh, that's right... he still believes the fundamentals of our economy are strong.

So, Obama is being upfront with American voters, letting them know that because of the nation's current economic condition, it will take longer to enact some of the policies he has advocated.... and his realism, and honesty, is a BAD thing??

Unlike Palin, who continues her "diarrhea of the mouth" blabbering, misleading voters by stating that McCain can "balance the budget" by 2013. Ummm, earth to Sarah...the McCain campaign has actually backpedaled on this promise.

LINK: McCain Campaign Backtracks On Balanced Budget Pledge, Admits It Might ‘Take Longer’ Than End Of First Term

"Senator John McCain’s current fiscal plan would create the largest federal deficits in 25 years, plunge the United States into the deepest debt since the second world war, and gut government revenues."


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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 10:22am.

So, Obama is being upfront with American voters, letting them know that because of the nation's current economic condition, it will take longer to enact some of the policies he has advocated.... and his realism, and honesty, is a BAD thing??

The "current economic condition" didn't just spring up during this election cycle. It has gotten worse no doubt, but the deficits existed while Barry was making all these promises. This is called "saying what you have to to get elected". Now, the reality has hit him. He might actually win this thing and be held accountable for all he has promised. So, the smart play is to say "I have been dealt a bad hand and I may not be able to deliver after all".

Make no mistake....Barry's own "diarrhea of the mouth" as you put it, got him here. He has blabbered and mislead a lot of voters into what he will do for them. He is just backpedaling before his coronation.

By the way Stream, there's one group of people who are very aware that harder times are ahead. The 55% of us who actually have to pay taxes......

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 10:07am.

You wants some reality?

Wasilla Rape Kit Infomercial

Make sure you watch it to the very end. Fred Garvin makes an appearance at 1:10.

Submitted by boo boo on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 2:01am.

Richard, wasn't it our current President who wanted the bailout so he could share it with his friends on Wall Street? The Republicans sure have changed the meaning of the word conservative in the Conservative Party.

I for one Richard welcome you to the real world, such as it is, now that the Republicans have almost destroyed it.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 5:46am.

Richard, please ignore these fools. Your point on socialism is right on and I really believe the open and candid discussion of socialism which started last week with Joe The Plumber will be the turning point in the election. Obama needs to have a huge lead in the polls next Tuesday to win and it looks like it will be about even - and the more real voters that think about what socialism means to them, McCain wins. Of course the reverse is true as well - if the layabouts think they can vote themselves a handout, they may get up on time Tuesday and turn out to vote. Of course if they have to wait more than 30 minutes they may leave. I saw this happen 4 times during early voting on Wednesday. 4 people who could not have possibly had a job decided they had to be somewhere else after waiting in line less than an hour.

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Submitted by Fred Garvin on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 7:38am.

"I am not running for president. I am not running for president in four years. I am not running for president in 2008."...--Barack Obama, Nov. 3, 2004

How can anyone believe a single word that comes out of barack's mouth? He can get in front of a podium and tell lie after lie, such as the "middle class" will get a tax cut. It's just words and speeches without a record to run on. In barack's case, it's all lies.

Obama in `08: O yes?

Submitted by manofwar on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 12:48pm.

You have NEVER changed your mind, WOW, and you base what on this is he the first to deny running and then run???

Most laugh and say when a politician denies he is running that certfies he is!!

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Submitted by Main Stream on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 8:18am.

My personal favorites:

"Well, basically, it's a Google." --on how he's conducting his VP search, Richmond, Virginia, June 9, 2008

"Our economy, I think, is still -- the fundamentals of our economy are strong." --Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 15, 2008 Puzzled

"The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should. I've got Greenspan's book."

"The fact is that I have agreed with President Bush far more than I have disagreed. And on the transcendent issues, the most important issues of our day, I've been totally in agreement and support of President Bush. --"Meet the Press" interview, June 19, 2005

"No one has supported President Bush on Iraq more than I have."

"I'm glad to have his endorsement..." regarding the endorsement of Evangelical pastor Rev. John Hagee

"F*** you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room." --to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), during a testy exchange about immigration legislation Shocked

"It's not social issues I care about." Shocked

"No, I'm calling you a f***ing jerk." --to fellow Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, when Grassley asked "Are you calling me stupid?"

"Don't touch me. Do you know who I am? Do you know who you're talking to?" –becoming enraged when a woman grabbed his arm during a game of craps at a Puerto Rico casino in 2005

"Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father." --at a 1998 Republican fundraiser

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Submitted by jonnycat on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 7:48am.

I recieved this email today from a teacher. Read this. "The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade in 2000. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.
The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia's mother. The day arrived when they were to make their speeches Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Every one applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise. She said, 'If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.' She sat down.

The class went wild. 'Yes!Yes! We want ice cream. ' She surely would say more. She did not have to. A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn't sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it. She didn't know. The class really didn't care. All they were thinking about was ice cream. Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a land slide.

Every time Barack Obama opens his mouth he offers ice cream, and 60% percent of America reacts like nine year olds. They want ice cream. The other 40% percent know they're going to have to feed the cow."

Submitted by USArmybrat on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 4:06pm.

Very simple and oh-so-true!! The vast majority of NObama's supporters are just like that! The old WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME crowd. Then there are the just plain "got my blinders on and don't care about facts" crowd that is usually on here. They like to turn and twist the facts around and ignore so much of the disgusting crap that surrounds Obama like a noxious cloud! All they can do is attack those of us that bring up those ugly tidbits of facts on him. Keep up the faith, Jon. I still have hope for a win.

Submitted by manofwar on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 12:52pm.

The venom and hold onto devisiveness is so evident. Wake up you will be left behind, Americans are coming together and caring for one another again. Maybe, just maybe, you have heard the expression "Love They Neighbor as They Self!"

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 8:34am.

It seems the majority want free money. For some reason they think they have a right to not work and still receive a paycheck. Where did people learn to expect a free lunch?

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Submitted by Mike King on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 9:06am.

For many, life's lessons do come hard, but fortunately many learn and go on to be most productive in the long run. Take the Depression of the 1930's and the generation that endured it. We don't refer to them as the "Greatest Generation" because of their timidity.

Soup lines abounded in major cities while Americans went without, employment was nearly nonexistent, and as my father pointed out to me having a cow or pig in a rural area was a luxury. Should this reoccur, this nation will truly suffer, those who have for decades been dependent upon government for their "check" whether as compensation or handout, may learn the hard way that the check did not come. As one of our nation's largest employers, the federal government may just have written a check that no one will (can) cash. Of course the mantra will be to raise taxes, but merely raising taxes on a population out of work will do little but inflate political egos. Make the rich pay for it, may well be a cry of desperation, but just how long can less than five percent of the population support the remaining ninety-five percent.

Irregardless of who wins on Tuesday, can we not all agree to take those steps necessary to both live and govern within our means. As average citizens, we are expected to balance our checkbooks else suffer the consequences. Corporations, Banks and Governments can certainly do the same all we have to do is to take the advice of our remaining octagenarians and use a little common sense.

To not do this will force this blogger to return to the countryside and revert to the vocation of my ancestors. Sadly, the exception being that the tools I use to enforce my Second Ammendment right are far more deadly.

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Submitted by JeffC on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 10:06am.

If you Republicans destroyed the economy and banking system and provoked this crisis to teach us a lesson then I think we've learned enough. Y'all can call it off now.

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Submitted by Mike King on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 10:13am.

I believe your pals Barney and Chris are "in the way" so to speak, so turning it off prior to election's outcome won't happen. Would that mean that your side has something to lose should the "shenanigans" of Wall Street be exposed?

I thought we were to be singing "Row, Row, Row the Boat" about now.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 5:49am.

Nicely done Robert!!!!
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