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Dear Anonymous of 9/24/11 (and all future visitors),
Thanks for the visit, the link and your comments.
No tin foil hats here.
The original post was in 2009. At that time, the site was different. It was much thinner in content and there was no advertising. See older posts for details on the changes I've observed. My suspicion, then as now, could be called a "conspiracy theory", I suppose, if you as the reader want to read more into the post and the subsequent discussion than is really there.
Two years ago I was asking questions based upon what I saw as some suspicious observations I was making. To date, no one has really addressed those observations.
1. It seemed to me that the timing of when this site was brought to my attention by an ultraconservative friend was suspicious considering it was W's debt, not O's.
No one can dispute that fact.
2. To this day, no one has stepped forward to indicate ownership of the site beyond what I found by checking the web site name's registration. There is nothing of significance on http://www.usdebtclock.org/about.html to identify who started, owns, or operates this site.
No one can, as of today, dispute that fact.
3. Why did I never get a response from the firstname.lastname@example.org about any of these questions?
Unless someone wants to accuse me of lying, I did send that email 2 years ago and to this date I have never received a response.
So I ask you and all future visitors to please resist the temptation to jump to too many conclusions about me or anyone for that matter. Instead, I would ask that responses to the outstanding questions from the original post be the focus.
"Where was this site when W was running things into the ground at historic levels not seen since Reagen?"
"Did I just miss this site back then? Did no one think to send it to me back then? Why am I only getting it now?"
If anyone wants to address these issues, I'd very much like that. Thanks and have a nice day.
Ok, everyone has seen the usdebtclock.org link.
Well, you know me, the first thing I want to know is if this is verifiable?
The web site itself is very, very thin. It's the counting clocks page which some of us learned to program into 8086 microprocessors back in the day at PSU Lake Lehman, so I'm not impressed. They're freakin' counters, for chrissakes. I could probably still do the programming, and I haven't written a line of real code since 1984 in BASIC on a Radio Shack TRS-80.
There's no other web page except the About page. It has no information identifying who this dot-org is.
And, being the heathen that I am, I get immediately more suspicious any time I see the words "....and God Bless America!" preceded by "Thank you for your continued support..."What support? From whom? And for what nefarious purpose?
Where was this site when W was running things into the ground at historic levels not seen since Reagen? Did I just miss this site back then? Did no one think to send it to me back then? Why am I only getting it now?
Did someone wait until Obama came into this "inheritance" to try and make him look bad?
So, being the ever inquisitive liberal, I checked Snopes. Gasp! Nothing! Not to worry, I've sent them a note asking about it.
I then started searching all over the web trying to find out who this organization is and who owns the domain. Nothing. The domain is registered to a company called DomainsByProxy. (See http://www.networksolutions.com/whois-search/usdebtclock.org)
Hmmm.....wonder why someone would "hide" behind this sort of registration?
So I decided to ask using the only means offered on the web site; email@example.com. Again, no surprise that the only answer received so far is an auto response thanking me for my comments and for my support. What support?
You don't suppose that someone with an agenda might be making this site up just to try and create angst and anger, do you? You don't suppose it could be someone with a desire to try and make this mess look like it's the current administration's fault?
My email to them asked some really straight forward and simple questions. I'll let you know if I ever get a response.
If anyone knows anything more about this website, its origins and, most importantly, who is behind it I would like to know.