On several occasions during the life of this blog, people have made attempts to take over the place. The most obnoxious swarm occurred in 2008, when the Obama bots showed up. They couldn't stop me from expressing anti-Obama sentiments (and from defending Hillary against the smears of that era), so they tried to take over the comments section.
A rather heavy-handed comment moderation policy ensued. At one time, this blog eschewed moderation altogether -- but that was before certain political evildoers figured out that they could control online debates using bots and paid comment spammers.
I lost a number of friends in 2008. Progressives hated me when I told them that Obama would do nothing about NAFTA and that he would do little to leash the Wall Street malefactors. They hated me for not drinking from the same Kool-Aid cauldron they fancied.
A couple of years before, the 9/11 conspiracy clowns -- by which I mean the "controlled demolition" freakaziods -- tried to take over this blog. I don't know why they fixated on Cannonfire -- after all, this is but one small site, and the conspiratards have an entire internet in which to romp and scamper. Apparently, they considered me an important "get." For years, they waited outside my home, desperate for any chance to dash in through a cracked window or an opened door.
Are they still there? Probably. Whenever I think of them, I visualize the last scene of The Birds
-- if you replace the birds with conspiracy buffs.
Every so often, I run into one of those guys "in real life." They always insist that this time, this
time, they are going to wow me with some brand new
information -- as in NEW NEW NEW you-never-heard-this-before !!NEW!!
information, the sheer newness of which is going to blow my mind and change all of my thinking and toss my very soul into a hyperdimensional wormhole where I'll spend the next thousand years dancing with the pookas and sipping tea with Dr. Strange. Guess what? Invariably, this NEW NEW NEW info turns out to be the same old guff about the melting temperature of steel and Larry Silverstein saying "Pull it."
Back in 2007, I had to come down hard and completely disallow the 9/11 buffs from commenting. Sorry, but without that policy they'd still be filling the comments with "conspiracy cliches."
Now it's the BernieBots and the Clinton-Haters.
I don't care who you are or how long you've been reading this blog. My message to you is simple: FUCK OFF. You are my enemy.
I was right about Obama.
I was right about the "bombs in the buildings" myth.
I am right Bernie Sanders. He's just plain evil