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10/5/2013

GOVERNMENT SLOWDOWN, DAY FIVE

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:44 pm



I almost forgot there was a government slowdown. How can this be?

120 Responses to “GOVERNMENT SLOWDOWN, DAY FIVE”

  1. The incredible shrinking Preezy. Has there ever been a more petty man in the WH?

    Gazzer (b9f085)

  2. Hard for me to tell, too.

    Of course, if it keeps up, my grandchildren may have a lot more of their own money to spend…

    WarEagle82 (2b7355)

  3. Since it’s my job and there’s a new thread:

    http://www.usdebtclock.org/

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  4. Gazzer, no.

    He’s long past making Carter look good. Obama is now burnishing Nixon’s teputation.

    SPQR (768505)

  5. Is it day 5 or day 6? How do we know without the guvmnt around to tell us?

    Did President Petulance go golfing today?

    paul (cb5e3f)

  6. helpful tip: I think it was Paula Deen I heard saying that during the shutdown you can substitute 2 egg whites and a teaspoon of mayonnaise for any recipe calling for a dollop of Fascist Incompetent American Federal Government

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  7. I went to check the President’s schedule. Unfortunately, it is a victim of the slowdown:

    “Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries.

    Since the press is no more than a propaganda arm of the President, I guess we will never know.

    If I were a betting man, I would bet golf is in the President’s future. As mine.

    Has anyone else noticed how this whole slowdown thing seems to benefit one political side over another? That’s a joke.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  8. The incredible shrinking Preezy. Has there ever been a more petty man in the WH?

    I have a feeling that Woodrow Wilson might have been as petty, but it certainly isn’t possible for anyone to exceed the level achieved by Dear Leader.

    JVW (93c84b)

  9. Family Feud was a major story last season I think it moved from like 6th to 2nd place in daytime behind that acerbic judge woman

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  10. I think they got a new host or something

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  11. Here’s the not funny thing about the official White House response to my query about the President’s schedule:

    It said: “Due to Congress’s failure…”

    So much for the People’s House.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  12. that was a gutsy call Food Stamp made to kick Joyce Spencer’s geriatric ass out of her house

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  13. happy:

    I think that was W’s fault. You see, because they lived there before the current President.

    The President makes the rules now. If something bad happens, it’s always somebody else’s fault.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  14. can you even imagine Mr. Bush doing anything so classless Mr. 80?

    You can’t cause it’s unimaginable is why

    Food Stamp’s mama flat out just didn’t raise him right

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  15. No, happy, I can’t. President food stamp didn’t have a mama and we have to pay the price.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  16. yes but really it’s Joyce that has to pay the price the Government Shutdown doesn’t affect me personally even a little bit

    out where the corn rows grow row row my boat we’re not feeling this whole Government Shutdown thing so Carol Costello you might as well just wipe that phony angst off your rapidly aging puss

    you’re not selling it sweetie

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  17. Astronaut diapers

    pdbuttons (1d6e96)

  18. Mr. buttons! I’m really glad you could be here for Government Shutdown it’s been really boring mostly they just keep dragging out traffic cones and blocking off memorials

    me I’m just not really a memorial person to where I really give a crap if you block them off

    ohnoes they blocked off the memorial!

    oh well shucky darn and call me sally. I guess we’ll just have to go get tacos instead of going to see the magnificent and stately memorial. We can try again next week I guess. Memorial ain’t going nowheres leastaways. So… okay then. Can’t let the day get away from us can we? Nope no we can’t so let’s just carry on best we can is what I would say.

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  19. National Soros Radio says morale is low among the flunkies what work for the government.

    http://www.npr.org/2013/10/05/229301173/morale-plummets-for-federal-workers-facing-unending-furlough

    They should’ve studied harder in school to where they could have gotten real jobs I think. But NPR glosses over that part. It’s cause they have an agenda is why.

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  20. not to be king of the obvious or anything but good lord that flunky looks ridiculous with that dollar bill taped to his face with a band aid

    you can tell he’s a momo cause he put his cap on the wrong way

    plus he has a dollar bill taped to his face with a band aid

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  21. President Heavy Hand is pretty shrewd. First he audits anyone that might be against his policies. Then he closes public lands, lakes, bays, memorials, roads, campgrounds, leasehold cabins, etc, ( four of which have directly affected me just this week ) and knows that most people will choose to ignore the temporary inconvenience, and look the other way at the taking of citizen’s rights – because frankly we fear an audit, or worse. If you are in business (like I am) you also fear repercussions from his legion of fanatical takers. I guess I have grown complacent and comfortable, and don’t want harm coming to my family. How stinking sad is that ?

    BuilderDoug (727fd6)

  22. if oturdler goes golfing, the people should start boiling tar and collect feathers. The feathers can be found around any wind turbine.

    mg (31009b)

  23. i now live in a foreign country/and i just keep up to speed on us bullshit scaremonger news thru the internets[ i admit-righty sites]
    pero..fer instance..i’m in the 2nd poorest country in the western hemisphere..[guess/no google] where i live.i tell them about divide n conquer etc etc etc…abortion is NOT an issue..btw/HF/email me/so we can privately convo-don’t want to be a bother/ok

    pdbuttons (1d6e96)

  24. Statist is as statist does.

    GUS (70b624)

  25. in HBO’s not-hit series Carnivale starring a younger Nick Stahl who hadn’t yet managed to hoover his entire career up his nose they have a scene where someone gets tarred and also feathered

    it’s very barbaric I wouldn’t even wish that on a government flunky

    unless they were the IRS ones

    or the NSA ones

    or those stupid wankers at the FBI

    you know what I’m not gonna make a fuss y’all just use your best judgment

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  26. The word barbaric makes me think of dead senator Byrd.

    mg (31009b)

  27. those are my favorite senators

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  28. My favorite at the moment is Ted Cruz.

    mg (31009b)

  29. 26. Peerless deadpan.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  30. that was a gutsy call Food Stamp made to kick Joyce Spencer’s geriatric ass out of her house

    And here is how the Spencers’ handled it:

    Regardless, the Spencers said it’s their property and they should be allowed in, shutdown or not.

    Well, for Heaven’s sake, woman, tell the government agents to go pound sand, you aren’t leaving. Call in a news crew and see if the government dares come along to handcuff you and drag out out of there. But for Heaven’s sake, don’t just meekly comply with orders.

    Dear Leader knows how easily cowed his subjects are, and that’s why he thinks he can get away with this garbage.

    JVW (93c84b)

  31. 24. I’m not thinking this fellow will improve with age and posterity, like Bunny Bane is reputed, among those embarrassed to be Americans, to have done.

    Under duress he is losing it and they’re be a very public and nasty crackup.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  32. 33. [there’ll be] Doh.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  33. Mr. Feets, I forgot to tell you how sorry I am that Burbank is being invaded by big cats.

    But look on the bright side. You don’t have to deal with gators.

    http://media.khou.com/images/470*261/texas-gator-3.jpg

    Or Hogzillas

    http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/Archive/fn2/660/371/2_21_052507_MonsterPig.jpg?ve=1

    Perhaps your more better plan should involve an F350. This one was killed in Arizona with an F350.

    http://graphics1.snopes.com/photos/animals/graphics/garagelion1.jpg

    If you go the F350 route I recommend investing in skidplates because, I don’t know about you, when I run over cats that big I worry about them putting a hole in my oil pan or something with their claws.

    Anyway, as an honorary Hormel Hawg I am uniquely qualified to bring you this message of solidarity from the carrier airborne early warning community.

    The Black Eagles say you should keep it strong and move along.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMMceEx72sE

    And the Sun Kings think you should just pump it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DqaWdkdFb3Y

    You don’t stand alone in this fight against our wabbabe felid overlords.

    [released from moderation — Stashiu]

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  34. So, now they’re rooting folks out of their houses if they are on leased federal land. Bet you if a landlord tried to evict his tenants for such a silly reason, Obama would be first to try to jil him.

    Barack better have a pile of pardons ready as he leaves office, that’s all I gotta say.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  35. I think the clinical name for these absurd closures is “passive aggressive.” “Sociopathic” is too harsh a word.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  36. I believe the technical term is “Anti-Social Personality Disorder.”

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  37. Actually I thought it was “asshole”, but maybe that’s gone the way of cretin.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  38. expatriated buttons?

    may you live in interesting times

    we been cursed!

    I’ll email you tomorrow from the office for sure

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  39. 39. Actually I thought it was “asshole”, but maybe that’s gone the way of cretin.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 10/6/2013 @ 1:10 am

    The authors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders seem to want to avoid that term for reasons that escape me.

    Sometimes the best medicine might include telling someone they’re an a**hole and they need to cut that s*** out.

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  40. Mr. Feets, I don’t know if you saw my previous message about your big cat invasion of Burbank noting that on the bright side at least you’re not dealing with gators or Hogzillas, too.

    It seems to be in moderation.

    But the Sun Kings send you this message of cheer in your time of need.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S4ALykxj68

    Your baby loves you. Best of luck with the Beasts Of Burbank.

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  41. that is cheering Mr. Steve

    I can confuzzle the ravenous beast with my inspired twerkings!

    at long last I have a Plan.

    Not unlike the lamented Steve Irwin I will stand fearlessly astride the wilderness of Burbank!

    At least til I encounter an itinerant hogzilla anyways.

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  42. I’m glad you found cheer in my last comment, Mr. Feets, in your contest with the felidae for control of Burbank.

    In case it never comes out of moderation the Black Eagles want you to stay strong when all hopi is gone and move alone just to make it through.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMMceEx72sE

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  43. hopi is gone and move alone

    hope is gone and move along

    Himiny Christmas!

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  44. The media and the people that believe the trash they write need to be relieved of duty.
    Tools needed for extraction-
    Boiling pot, tar and feathers.

    mg (31009b)

  45. at long last I have a Plan.

    Does the plan involve an F350 and skidplates?

    And maybe dogs? I forgot to mention the dogs.

    But sled dogs will kill the cougar and could unstick the F350 if you run out of gas. The plan needs to involve tow hooks.

    “How do I hitch up the dogs to the truck?”

    Just looking out for your safety. Like Obamacare, only better.

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  46. Sometimes the best medicine might include telling someone they’re an a**hole and they need to cut that s*** out.
    Comment by Steve57 (234b9e) — 10/6/2013 @ 1:42 am

    Steve57,

    You have summed up about 75% of my over 20 years experience in psychiatric nursing. That, plus the new DSM-V, have directly contributed to my leaving psych completely and I now work happily in an ICU.

    Stashiu3 (e7ebd8)

  47. Stash, you have my highest respect. I didn’t spend 20 years in psychiatric nursing but I did spend 20 years working with 18 year olds while at the same time being charged with making the boat operate.

    Perhaps that creates a bond between us.

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  48. Thank you, and I agree. I noticed you said “include” rather than “be” which let me know we were on exactly the same page. Hard to admit to a swabbie.

    😉

    Stashiu3 (e7ebd8)

  49. Please. Call me Squid. Don’t be shy.

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  50. Steve57,

    As an addendum, I’m pretty sure I mentioned my respect for you previously, but let me repeat it here in case you missed it. We agree far more than we disagree and I have great respect for you and your service.

    Stashiu3 (e7ebd8)

  51. You’ll be happy to hear that I ran into a zoomie the other day and told him, “Well, that’s almost the military!” He zinged me back with, “And yet we get paid the same with much better living conditions.”

    Well-played flyboy… well-played. 😉

    Stashiu3 (e7ebd8)

  52. Stash, If I upset you it’s unintended. I’m not trying to win points for my service.

    When I mention the fact I served it’s only incidental to the fact that this country was once and should be again worth fighting for.

    I come from a long line of hair dressers that wouldn’t lift a finger to defend Italy.

    But I have my great uncle’s Great War discharge posted prominently in my living room. My dad is a WWII vet. So are my uncles.

    Then there’s my own meager contribution.

    To finally have a country worth fighting for is beyond price.

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  53. Not at all. I know you’ve taken heat recently and are being cautious trying not to cause offense, but we’re cool brother. Honest. Just some interservice ribbing, all in fun.

    Re-read what I wrote with that in mind and I’m sure you’ll see that you have my respect. My service wasn’t anything special. I just did the best I could wherever I was at.

    Stashiu3 (e7ebd8)

  54. Shutdown Checklist:
    Barrycades around open-air memorials in DC….check!
    Post security to keep visitors from Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials….check!
    Cone-off entrances to parking lots at Mt. Vernon….check!
    Cone-off view-points at Mr. Rushmore….check!
    Ban civilian boats from Bay of Florida….check!
    Close hiking and bike trails through Great Smokies….check!
    Close Interstates….(TBD)
    Play Golf….check, check, check, and check!!!!

    askeptic (2bb434)

  55. Hey, you Legal Eagles (can we shorten that to “Leagles”?) out there:
    Is it not a violation of a contract (lease) to evict someone from their home without finding a violation of the terms of the lease?
    How much litigation will the moves of the Petulant One bring down upon the Government, and the taxpayers in general?

    But, if you’re the Sovereign, you do get to make, and break, the law don’t you!

    askeptic (2bb434)

  56. Bloody Hell, just get on with it…

    Sir Bob Gelding (4cc7f2)

  57. Bah… except for his criminal tendencies, Dick Nixon was a mighty fine president…

    Colonel Haiku (4cc7f2)

  58. I received an email from Dick Durbin (yes, he’s my senator–God help us) stating that all of this pain was caused by the GOP, and we all just need to contact them to make them do their jobs, and pass the resolutions. I guess his email hasn’t been affected by the shutdown.

    rochf (f3fbb0)

  59. Off-topic, for elissa.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  60. Keith Koffler says Obama isn’t golfing, presumably because it looks bad during the shutdown. Obama may be willing to make concessions if he goes into golf withdrawal, but my guess is he will relocate to Camp David next weekend so he can play there.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  61. Is it not a violation of a contract (lease) to evict someone from their home without finding a violation of the terms of the lease?

    The federal legislation that authorizes these “leases” controls; legislation in derogation of the common law still overrides common law; and the backdrop is that the landowner’s right are always supreme except where limited by statute or contract. If these “leases” are authorized to be written like the “lease” for your parking spot at the self-park ….

    nk (dbc370)

  62. “*He stamps his feet like a petulant child, As around the world he is laughingly reviled.”
    – CFP

    * President This Effing Jug-Eared Guy

    Colonel Haiku (9fe4d9)

  63. Local news article on Mt Rushmore blockage.

    “The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument. “

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  64. We don’t know the terms of the Lake Mead lease agreements, so it’s hard to know whether this is an actionable eviction or something contemplated by the lease. For instance, the Lake Mead also has an RV and trailer facility that allows RV and trailer owners to lease land for vacation use. The terms of those agreements appear to provide for 30 days notice before a lease can be terminated. Of course, that isn’t what this is about. Instead, my guess is it falls under a force majeure clause that allows the government to move out tenants in certain events — like fires, floods, etc., and it may also apply in the event of government shutdown.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  65. They don’t let the facts get in the way of the narrative, and they almost always win;

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/10/obama-and-financial-markets-fear-itself/#comments

    narciso (3fec35)

  66. The Lake Mead RV/Trailer leases also provide that the RVs and trailers can’t be the tenants’ primary residences, that the tenants can’t live there more than 180 days of each year, and they can’t stay more than 30 days in a row without permission from the federal government. These are clearly intended to be secondary/vacation homes, and the reports about the Lake Mead vacation homes suggest there are similar provisions in those agreements. If so, I think it’s going to be difficult for the Lake Mead tenants to make a legal claim, or even to prove hardship, unless the government violated a notice period for vacating the premises

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  67. DRJ,

    I believe Obama will golf as one of his favorite courses has been spared and the optics of the shutdown do not seem to really concern him. He is utterly impervious to any negative reactions…in his own eyes, anyway.

    One of Obama’s preferred golf courses, the course on Andrews Airforce Base remains open during the government shutdown. The grocery stores on the base, where troops get discounted groceries for their families are, however, closed. They will shop “at local stores that cost about 30 percent more, Lieutenant General Raymond Mason, the service’s deputy chief of staff for logistics, said yesterday at a House hearing.”

    The Andrews Air Force Base golf course is funded through user fees and that’s why it remains open, said Air Force Captain Lindy Singleton, chief of public affairs for the 11th Wing at Andrews.

    Obama hit the links last weekend for a round, on the eve of the possible shutdown. Last week the President played his 35th round of golf this year.

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/10/06/Obama-s-Golf-Course-Has-Been-Spared-from-the-Shutdown

    What is particularly troubling about this is, Gov. Jan Brewer and local businesses offered to keep the Grand Canyon open with private funds/business groups contributing but was denied with the Government saying that was unacceptable. Why was it unacceptable for the Grand Canyon but not for Andrews Airforce Base Golf Course?

    Dana (6178d5)

  68. eh…*were denied*

    Dana (6178d5)

  69. Maybe so, Dana, but apparently he didn’t golf yesterday. Maybe he will today.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  70. I’m curious what people here think about Cong Peter King’s comments today?

    House Republicans are on a “kamikaze” crusade, led by a “suicide caucus” within the GOP, to extend the shutdown and force a White House showdown over the debt ceiling, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday.

    “Don’t take the dramatic step of shutting down the government unless you have a real strategy, and a chance of working,” King said.

    “This never had a chance to work . . . and people are still out of work, and the government is still shut down,” King said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

    King has been one of the few GOP voices in the House to opposed the party’s efforts to leverage the shutdown as a means of drawing concessions from the White House on ObamaCare.

    “I don’t want to continue to be a facilitator for both a disastrous process and plan,” King told reporters shortly before the shutdown.

    “There are too many who are living in their own echo chamber,” King said at the time, regarding Tea Party plans in the House to force massive changes or outright repeal of ObamaCare.

    Is this helpful to the GOP because it needs to be said? Or is it not helpful because it promotes division?

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  71. Where does King see compromise, what in the last five years gives him hope;

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/10/obama-and-financial-markets-fear-itself/#comments

    narciso (3fec35)

  72. Dana,

    I agree there is a double standard and the only explanation is the Andrews golf course is being left open because Obama may want to golf there. That this is so obviously and clearly the case says a lot about Obama and what we expect from him based on the past 5 years. Too bad Obama doesn’t care about anyone but himself or he would apply the same standards to user-fee-funded parks, memorials, and facilities.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  73. I know there have been many here who throw out psychiatric theories about Obama. I have no idea what his problems are but I wonder if he might be ADHD since he seems to have problems with focus and social skills.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  74. And empathy.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  75. On one hand, I don’t think King’s comments are helpful to anyone in that he offers no viable alternatives but basically just whines. What does he suggest regarding Obamacare, the shutdown, unemployment? If you have solutions, stop wasting your time whining and hand-wringing and grab your constituency’s attention and support by offering more substantive and viable alternatives. Otherwise, you’re a whining mosquito and I’m going to slap you away.

    On the other hand, to hear him naysay and call Cruz names only serves to remind me how pessimistic the old guard R’s are and how they swirl around the drain these days in defeat. Who needs them? What has he (or they) brought us in five years? Are conservatives better off, more united as a political group, and more viable as a party? I don’t think so.

    Dana (6178d5)

  76. He doesn’t believe in the system, that’s why he doesn’t feel bound by it,

    narciso (3fec35)

  77. Is this helpful to the GOP because it needs to be said?

    King is merely being a big squish and — since no better word fits right here — wussy. But opinion polls indicate his sentiment (regrettably) is not exactly uncommon out there among the populace. If any of us get upset at politicians like King, etc, we have to remember their behavior does not exist in a vacuum.

    I theorize that President “Goddamn America” is even more arrogant, dishonest and irresponsible than he’d otherwise be due to opinion polls that indicate a large majority of Americans — even as of 2013 — still don’t hold him accountable for today’s economic mediocrity and anomie. That’s crucial to remember when dealing with current issues and controversies. Most tellingly, it’s therefore a lot easier for the person in the White House to be the sociopath that he is when too many people throughout this nation continue to have his back.

    If the US is going through a dark period, and many of its people want to know who’s most responsible for that, they need to look in the mirror.

    Mark (58ea35)

  78. King thinks his words is new, it’s just part of the echo chamber, from the Journal to the Examiner
    to Fox News on balance,

    narciso (3fec35)

  79. I’m also curious what people here think about this Daily Caller report that Senate Republicans attacked Senators Cruz and Lee behind closed doors and then selectively leaked what happened, against their customs/rules, to damage Lee and Cruz.

    For my part, I don’t mind disagreements among Republicans. I don’t think we should paper over problems just for unity’s sake, but it does bother me to see people claim conservative Republicans should shut up for the sake of unity and then I see stories like this.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  80. I have no idea what his problems are but I wonder if he might be ADHD

    DRJ, you give him more latitude than I would, since evoking a relatively benign-sounding behavioral characteristic like that ends up downplaying the truly vindictive, extremist nature of Obama. IOW, I wish ADHD were his biggest deficiency.

    Mark (58ea35)

  81. What is new about that, we get the same carp from our Dubai traveler, Johnson who seems to be major player, did try to backtrack,

    narciso (3fec35)

  82. I watched Rep. Peter King on FNS this morning and he and his ilk do a disservice to ALL Republicans. He may be good on WOT issues, but he’s an idiot on nearly everything else.

    Colonel Haiku (9fe4d9)

  83. Kelly Ayotte aspires to be the same sort of useless trash as Meghan’s coward daddy, but she’s doing it without the benefit of having been brainwashed to undermine America

    i bet that makes her feel dirty

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  84. Ayotte is consistently in agreement with Graham and McCain. Enough said. I read there is a concerted effort being made to vote her out next election.

    Dana (6178d5)

  85. Watching this video makes me gag and feel nothing but disgust. That’s because I know full well that the ridiculous restrictions and idiotic signs (“shutdown” in capital letters!) are due to the leftwing extremist sitting in the White House. But too many Americans, for any number of reasons, don’t care to realize or understand that. If they did, Obama’s positive ratings would be lower — much lower — and Republicans positive ratings would be higher.

    If we’re becoming a banana republic, it’s because we the people allowed it to end up that way.

    Mark (58ea35)

  86. In honor of Col Haiku:

    I am the very model of a modern major imbecile,
    I’ve made mistakes theoretical, fanciful, and actual,
    I hate my land and people, and I grudge the slights historical
    From Plymouth Rock to Watergate, in order categorical;
    I falsely claim acquaintance, though, with matters arithmetical,
    but cannot grasp equations, either simple or quadratical,
    Yet with insurance medical I’m forcing a new regimen,
    With many new controls atop the wreck of modern medicine.

    I’m very good at radical and demagogial politics;
    I mime all fashionable beliefs whether real or cosmetic.
    In short, in matters theoretical, fanciful, or actual,
    I am the very model of a modern imbecile.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  87. I work here are dun…

    Colonel Haiku (9fe4d9)

  88. I’m not sure who it was among us who had mentioned that the governments of other nations had worked up psychological profiles of Teh One… nothing new there, but in his case, I suspect it is a case study in mega-narcissism.

    They ALL have his number, especially our enemies. He’s ripe for manipulation, this “smartest man who has ever held the office of POTUS”.

    Colonel Haiku (9fe4d9)

  89. Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 10/6/2013 @ 10:17 am

    I heard a brief interview of Lee on Hewitt Fri. night. He said that usually what happens at such meetings is not discussed publicly, but since somebody else had already broken that rule he was willing to go on the record.
    He said indeed a number of senators attacked Cruz and himself, enough that he “lost count” of how many were involved. He said no one spoke up on their behalf except each of them for the other. he also said there were a number of people “uncomfortably looking down at their shoes and saying nothing”.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  90. The Andrews Air Force Base golf course is funded through user fees and that’s why it remains open, said Air Force Captain Lindy Singleton, chief of public affairs for the 11th Wing at Andrews.
    Obama hit the links last weekend for a round, on the eve of the possible shutdown. Last week the President played his 35th round of golf this year.

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/10/06/Obama-s-Golf-Course-Has-Been-Spared-from-the-Shutdown

    What is particularly troubling about this is, Gov. Jan Brewer and local businesses offered to keep the Grand Canyon open with private funds/business groups contributing but was denied with the Government saying that was unacceptable. Why was it unacceptable for the Grand Canyon but not for Andrews Airforce Base Golf Course?
    Comment by Dana (6178d5) — 10/6/2013 @ 9:48 am

    Nothing but a bunch of BS, that is. The manager of the City Tavern here in Philly was quoted that they had always stayed open during previous govt. shutdowns, as they are privately owned and run under their own income, but were told to shut down this time anyway.

    As said by BuilderDoug above, no one wants to say no to the chain of command for fear of reprisal, except those who have the stomach for it, like Gov. Walker of Wisconsin, who actually even opened something the feds closed, citing some agreement from 1961 or some such.

    Cruz/Lee/Walker in 2016, whoever wants to put their family through h***.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  91. He’s ripe for manipulation, this “smartest man who has ever held the office of POTUS”.

    We’d be better off with Merkin Muffley.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  92. MD–

    Quite a few national parks are privately operated, using only entrance fees and/or concession revenue. Yet they, too, have been closed.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  93. Kevin- But I think in some places they are counting on local and state police to enforce the closing, not always NPS people, and so in WI Walker said we the people of Wisconsin will not comply.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  94. I* would like to see Walker run in 2016. He had consistently shown backbone and an adherence to conservativism.

    *while I would like to see him run, clearly his determination and consistency will not play well with the old guard R’s and money men, therefore his options are limited. This is where we are and why we so desperately need to see a big shift on the party… Or a third party.

    Dana (6178d5)

  95. #97 Yes, Dana, I agree!

    felipe (6100bc)

  96. Someone said that there were three parties already: The D, the R, and the TP.

    felipe (6100bc)

  97. It doesn’t really seem like a slowdown. In fact, it seems like they are increasing their efforts at inflicting as much pain as possible of the American people – just like they have done with the IRS, DOJ, sequester, etc ….

    JD (5c1832)

  98. I think it’s becoming the D, the TP and the Whigs.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  99. Maybe we should be selling some of this federal property that we don’t have the funds to manage let sit there.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  100. We’d be better off with Merkin Muffley.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7)

    Yep.

    Colonel Haiku (48d9b4)

  101. Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 10/6/2013 @ 7:24 am

    Need to add:
    Throw lease-holders out of their homes, the older the better….check!

    askeptic (2bb434)

  102. Comment by Dana (6178d5) — 10/6/2013 @ 9:48 am

    But, shouldn’t they close off access to the parking lots….in the interest of fairness (Mt. Vernon, anyone)?

    askeptic (2bb434)

  103. I think Cruz is interested in running for President, and his wife is already accepting speaking engagements of the type a Presidential nominee’s wife would do.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  104. the presidency has become such a whore magnet there’s really no reason to wait to run til you’re actually ready to be president anymore

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  105. What’s fascinating about this Byron York article and, frankly, almost all of York’s article is how clueless and unprepared the Beltway Republicans seem to be about what tactics. It’s also amazing to see how everyone treats the unnamed Congressman as an informed expert, even though he admitted he didn’t see any of this coming. But because that Congressman is willing to talk off the record and give reporters a glimpse of how the sausage is made, they act like he’s brilliant.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  106. happyfeet,

    Read my last link. Long-term service in Washington used to be the path to knowledge and experience that would prepare someone to be President. No more. Now it’s an excuse to play video poker, leak to your favorite reporter, and enjoy the good life. Give me a newcomer over that any day.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  107. It sounds about right, even though it’s unnamed, Dennis Ross has said practically the same thing on camera,

    narciso (3fec35)

  108. i agree DRJ but I don’t think newcomers are effective

    Food Stamp has a completely supine media and even with that he’s a joke

    I’m inclined to think Walker is probably the best bet

    but y’all need to decide among yourselves there’s very very little likelihood I’ll lift a finger politically anymores

    at least not til I move

    voting just lands you on jury duty here and I’m not in the mood to be of service to these fascist california whoremonkeys beyond my reluctant participation in their confiscatory tax schemes

    as we’ve seen with Peter King and Meghan’s coward daddy and John Cornyn and et cetera ad nauseum, fascism has in large part triumphed in all quarters

    it’s time to start flying under the radar

    our government is getting really nasty and they will mess a lil pikachu up

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  109. My $.02… the malady that York writes about is true about society, in general. The business community is suffering from apprehension and unease about this new generation of employees. Much weaker work ethic than those that have come before them, more of a feeling of self-entitlement. Much less focused on the business at hand and they don’t seem to look to accomplishment or place as much value in their own personal contributions or tie that to self-esteem.

    Colonel Haiku (48d9b4)

  110. No he’s not a joke, look how much damage he has caused, because of who he is, anyone who is truly effective, whether it be Walker, Cruz, Paul, is demonized, those who think they can softpedal the nature of the regime, get the buzzsaw just the same.

    narciso (3fec35)

  111. I’m eager to learn more about Mr. button’s adventures in expatriation

    I’m thinking maybe Brazil at first?

    they don’t seem very welcoming to Americans especially after our piggy piggy NSA spypoofters got busted spying on their oil company (which is, ironically, a more or less transparent operation as far as these state-owned sorts of enterprises go) but there’s lots of opportunity for a pikachu to be of service there

    I don’t speak Brazilian though and I have no…

    I hate learning other people’s languages

    especially third world ones

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  112. It’s a generalization, and it’s not helping when so much of the “leadership” appears to be clueless, as well.

    Colonel Haiku (48d9b4)

  113. Actually Dilma Rousseff is just the same kind of rank leftist, who likely Obama wasn’t watching, but someone concerned about her radicalism is, and likely one of the next to fall

    narciso (3fec35)

  114. I will have to move to a state where my vote matters.
    Mass. is full of insanity.

    mg (31009b)

  115. Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 10/6/2013 @ 12:46 pm

    York column is first-rate; but, even better, are the Comments (well, except for Diane, who self-describes as in (I) independent – I’m surprised she didn’t include that she’s fiscally conservative, but socially moderate) where the Unknown Congressman (must have a paper bag over his head, sans holes) was completely blind-sided – as was the GOP Leadership – by the attitude of the base toward government health-care, spending, and debt.
    They get comfortable in that bubble, and don’t you dare try pricking it.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  116. Looks like it’s Nicaragua, HF.

    PatAZ (7cc529)


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