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2013-10-01 08:41:39 AM  

way south: I'm too busy cleaning my guns to read TFA, and now I gotta hit the store for more 3-in-one oil.
Should I go with the assless leather chaps and hocky mask or tee shirt and jeans?

/its amazing how armageddion really opens up people's fashion options.


why not both?
 
2013-10-01 08:45:10 AM  

Lernaeus: Democrats promised me an economic collapse, old and poor people dying in the streets, protest riots, cities burning to the ground ...

This FAQ sucks.



Did you not read the part about the ticket taker at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art?  NOT.  ON.  DUTY.

And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, dude.

We all had better double check our supplies of water purification tablets and machetes, people, because we're in for a bumpy ride.
 
2013-10-01 08:49:37 AM  

ElPresidente: Oblio13: I have a dream: that one day the White House and Air Force One will be shut down, and the Obama's will walk back to Chicago.

I also have a dream: That one day, ignorant people like you, however idiotic I find their opinions and arguments, will at least learn how to use apostrophes correctly, and not just insert them at random; and that they will also learn that words following a colon should be capitalised.

/Dumbass
//Or so you can understand it: dumbas's


There is only one sentence after the colon: perfectly proper not to capitalize: spelling capitalize wrong should not be forgiven.
 
2013-10-01 08:54:48 AM  
Happens every few years now.  Government shutdown threats are just part of the background noise now.
 
2013-10-01 08:56:30 AM  
Audits are suspended.......woohoo?
 
2013-10-01 08:59:03 AM  

MrBallou: I'm a non-essential Fed. I've got 4 hours tomorrow to tie down loose ends, then it's vacation time.

Assholes will probably settle it before I get any fishing in.


i feel your pain
i, too, am non-essential fed...i'm about 1.5 hours into my 4 right now. luckily i have a part-time 2nd job that almost always needs extra help, so i can get some extra hours in there. i'll STILL have lots of freetime, though, to the joy of my soon-to-be-4-year-old son
 
2013-10-01 09:03:12 AM  
This will be real funny when federal employees start applying for unemployment. Shutdown sounds like a Randian dream but all it does is bleed money and cripple industry for the duration. Libs actually promised money will be lost and this whole thing will look dumb.
 
2013-10-01 09:07:04 AM  
*sigh*

I enjoy working for the government, generally.  I like supporting the guys still on active duty.  Sure, the pay isn't as good, and there are bad days, frustrating days, and more stupid red tape than there seems to be in industry, but I usually feel like I am doing some good.  But gawddammit getting random days without pay is really starting to suck.  Might be time to start looking into non-defense related jobs...
 
2013-10-01 09:08:23 AM  

Phinn: Lernaeus: Democrats promised me an economic collapse, old and poor people dying in the streets, protest riots, cities burning to the ground ...

This FAQ sucks.

Did you not read the part about the ticket taker at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art?  NOT.  ON.  DUTY.

And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, dude.

We all had better double check our supplies of water purification tablets and machetes, people, because we're in for a bumpy ride.


I wish I didn't agree with your level of paranoia, but I fear you might be accurate.

This is like the proverbial sun exploding  --  we wouldn't feel the serious stuff right when it happens.
 
2013-10-01 09:12:33 AM  
It means we all have to endure libertarians using the shutdown of non essential services as an example that we don't need the gub'mint for anything.
 
2013-10-01 09:23:02 AM  
It means we should hang the entire freaking Tea Party (not the GoP as a whole, just the Tea Baggers) for treason.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/declare-tea-party-terroris t- organization/StzZGtNG
 
2013-10-01 09:26:15 AM  

cards fan by association: It means we all have to endure libertarians using the shutdown of non essential services as an example that we don't need the gub'mint for anything.



What do you call 600,000 non-essential government employees with nothing to do all day but surf the Internet?

Tuesday.
 
2013-10-01 09:26:58 AM  

UsikFark: This will be real funny when federal employees start applying for unemployment.


Huh? They still have jobs, they don't qualify for unemployment.

-3/10
 
2013-10-01 09:30:50 AM  

The_Six_Fingered_Man: UsikFark: This will be real funny when federal employees start applying for unemployment.

Huh? They still have jobs, they don't qualify for unemployment.

-3/10


Yes, they do qualify.
 
2013-10-01 09:32:45 AM  

UsikFark: The_Six_Fingered_Man: UsikFark: This will be real funny when federal employees start applying for unemployment.

Huh? They still have jobs, they don't qualify for unemployment.

-3/10

Yes, they do qualify.


you can qualify for unemployment benefits for temporary losses of pay, even if you do still technically have employment. you better believe i'm going to apply!
 
2013-10-01 09:35:31 AM  
The effect has been horrendous here. Chaos everywhere. Zombies walking about. Cats sleeping with dogs. Will this terrible curse ever end?
 
2013-10-01 09:37:18 AM  
For those involved with NIH grants, here is an email I received yesterday:

"Dear Grantee:
As you are aware, the Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ends on September 30, 2013 and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not yet been passed.  The Administration strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur, and that there is enough time for Congress to act to prevent a lapse.  However, prudent management requires that we prepare for an orderly execution of contingency plans in the unfortunate event of a lapse.  In the event a continuing resolution or a FY2014 budget is not passed and a lapse of funding occurs, I wanted to provide you with information related to our grant administration processes.
Your particular grant program is funded by appropriations that will be affected by a government shutdown.  As a result, if there is a lapse in funding, HHS' NIH staff will not be available to provide routine administrative support services.  HHS will, however, maintain the Payment Management System in an operational status to continue processing grant drawdown requests. Given that you have received your award prior to the gap in funding, you may  be able to continue drawing funds from prior awards during an appropriations lapse.  If you received your notice of grant award with restrictive terms and conditions, or if your drawdown request triggers one of the Payment Management System edit checks and/or the drawdown limit controls, you will not be able to drawdown funds.
If you are considering submitting an application for additional HHS federal assistance funding, please be advised that the Grants.gov system will be operational during a lapse in funding and will be accepting applications from prospective grantees.   However, for NIH applications the Grants.gov system will only accept and store applications. Applications will not be processed further until such time as the authority and funding to return to normal business operations are restored.
Please check the website at www.hhs.gov for updates.  Thank you for your assistance with this period of a potential government shut-down and your ongoing support of the NIH. "
 
2013-10-01 09:37:19 AM  
Lets put the debt crisis in the hands of who it really belongs too:

chartingtheeconomy.com

Now notice the decline over the years between WWII and 1980 - those were almost all Democratic governments.

Then in 1980 Reagan came along.  In the 8 years of Reagan, the debt more than tripled, and in the 4 years of Bush, Sr., it doubled once again. With neocon Republicans running things for 12 years, the debt sextupled. As a percent of GDP, the debt rose to more than 60%.

During the Clinton years the books were balanced and even a surplus occurred.  When he handed over control to Bush Jr the federal government was scheduled to run budget surpluses for at least the next ten years.

"...the GOP is responsible for at least 90% of the current national debt, including most of the deficits they like to blame on Obama, which consist largely of lost revenue from the Republican economic disaster and interest on the debt the GOP ran up. "

Simple maths says if you cut taxes then you get less money.  With what money they do have Republicans do not built up the community, invest in infrastructure, etc, they waste ... spending it all over the place on non-lasting, non-$-returning activities.    Basically they should never be allowed to get anywhere near the treasury of the USA!
 
2013-10-01 09:44:07 AM  

StaleCoffee: I don't think you actually understand why our government works the way it does if you're comparing prop 8 to the GOP throwing a fiscal tantrum.


No need to embellish here. It's no more a "tantrum" than what the opponents of Prop 8  threw. When you get down to its very essence, there is a group of people in the minority in both cases, with valid viewpoints, taking effective avenues to get their viewpoints acted upon. Nothing more; nothing less.
 
2013-10-01 09:46:26 AM  
And I most certainly do understand that this is exactly why our government works this way. "Tyranny of the majority" and all that. It's set up so that the states with the most population can't bully the states with fewer people.
 
2013-10-01 10:07:16 AM  

Ficoce: ElPresidente: Oblio13: I have a dream: that one day the White House and Air Force One will be shut down, and the Obama's will walk back to Chicago.

I also have a dream: That one day, ignorant people like you, however idiotic I find their opinions and arguments, will at least learn how to use apostrophes correctly, and not just insert them at random; and that they will also learn that words following a colon should be capitalised.

/Dumbass
//Or so you can understand it: dumbas's

There is only one sentence after the colon: perfectly proper not to capitalize: spelling capitalize wrong should not be forgiven.


Wrong; your sentence should be separated by either hyphens or semi-colons, not colons; and the spelling depends on where you live - it's with a "z" in uncouth backwater countries, and a "s" when spelled in the original variety, hence the reason the language is known as "English".
 
2013-10-01 10:09:20 AM  

HAMMERTOE: StaleCoffee: I don't think you actually understand why our government works the way it does if you're comparing prop 8 to the GOP throwing a fiscal tantrum.

No need to embellish here. It's no more a "tantrum" than what the opponents of Prop 8  threw. When you get down to its very essence, there is a group of people in the minority in both cases, with valid viewpoints, taking effective avenues to get their viewpoints acted upon. Nothing more; nothing less.


No, I think 'tantrum' is pretty accurate. The Prop 8 opponents addressed the issue through the court system. Guess what- the opponents of the ACA also took their fight to the court system. And lost. They also took the fight to arguably the highest power in the country: the American Voters. Guess what- also lost, and fairly handily as far as Presidential races go while failing to take the Senate.

Now, they're holding the country's economy and livelihood of nearly a million government workers and untold others who will be adversely affected by the shutdown hostage because they've lost every step of the way despite KNOWING that they're the ones in the right, and that THIS TIME the people (as in the whole country and not just their gerrymandered consituents) will see them for the shining paragons of righteousness that they know they are instead of as the obstructionalist asshats that they've proven themselves to be.

Both of my parents work for the military as civilian support staff (my Dad is retired Army). They're fortunate to be in Non-Appropriated Fund-supported positions so they're not immediately furloughed since the fund has enough to keep them on the job until mid-October. If the shutdown goes on beyond that, both will be furloughed and not getting paid.

The Tea Party can go throw themselves into Boston Harbor with stone tablet replicas of the Ten Commandments chained to their waists.
 
2013-10-01 10:12:26 AM  

ElPresidente: The way it affects me in Britain is that news about your weak-kneed political time-servers, who are more concerned with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government; who sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent; who are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today; and are crabby ulcerous little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive, is taking up an inordinate and preposterous amount of space in our newspaper, television and radio reports and thereby displacing news about our weak-kneed political time-servers, who are more concerned with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government; who sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent; who are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today; and are crabby ulcerous little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive.

So yeah, thanks for that, America - cheers.


As an American, I say thank you for this.

It's not the Republicans fault, it's not the Liberals fault, it's, sadly, not even the president's fault...it simply is the fault of all of them combined.

When one group, the House, is trying to get something going and the other, the Senate, says nope won't do, try again. And even worse is a person in charge that says he'll take action to not pass it if it isn't doesn't done a certain way.

It seems stupid to me that the people can't simply talk together and work it out.

Wish they could all be fired and replaced by people who care.
 
2013-10-01 10:13:37 AM  
I guess they were serious about a smaller government.
 
2013-10-01 10:29:50 AM  
Got up to take a hike around Long's Peak today.  I live outside the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park.

CLOSED!

Farking weasels.
 
2013-10-01 10:48:12 AM  

Chiquidin: It's not the Republicans fault, it's not the Liberals fault, it's, sadly, not even the president's fault...it simply is the fault of all of them combined.

When one group, the House, is trying to get something going and the other, the Senate, says nope won't do, try again. And even worse is a person in charge that says he'll take action to not pass it if it isn't doesn't done a certain way.

It seems stupid to me that the people can't simply talk together and work it out.


In case you're keeping score, here's the ping-pong that the Senate and House have played since Friday:
Sept. 20: The House passed a continuing resolution that funds the government through Dec. 15 - but strips funding for Obamacare.
Friday: The Senate passed a so-called "clean" continuing resolution that would have kept the government funded through Nov. 15. It stripped out the language defunding Obamacare.
Saturday: The House decided against passing the Senate's CR, instead attaching to it two "poison pill" amendments that fundamentally altered the Affordable Care Act. The first two House amendments delayed Obamacare by one year and repealed a tax on medical devices.
Monday afternoon: The Senate immediately tabled the two amendments, sending the CR back to the House.
Monday night: The House decided again to not pass a "clean" CR, adding two more Obamacare-related amendments. These amendments delayed just the individual mandate by one year, and added language that would bar lawmakers, Congressional staffers, and administration staffers from receiving federal subsidies for health insurance under Obamacare.
Less than an hour later, the Senate again rejected the House's amendments, putting the ball back in the House's court.


Republicans took Obamacare to the Supreme Court and lost. They took Obamacare to the voters and lost. Now they're refusing to take "NO!" for an answer and are holding the country hostage.
 
2013-10-01 11:06:51 AM  
Question 67: Can we still buy guns, or will the gun registry no longer function?
 
2013-10-01 11:13:27 AM  
It means in the next congressional election I am voting for the other guy.
 
2013-10-01 12:09:53 PM  

HAMMERTOE: StaleCoffee: I don't think you actually understand why our government works the way it does if you're comparing prop 8 to the GOP throwing a fiscal tantrum.

No need to embellish here. It's no more a "tantrum" than what the opponents of Prop 8  threw. When you get down to its very essence, there is a group of people in the minority in both cases, with valid viewpoints, taking effective avenues to get their viewpoints acted upon. Nothing more; nothing less.


No. One group is denied basic rights and the other is breaking down the legal process because spending programs didn't go they way they wanted.

It's the same reason that anti-miscegenation laws are unconstitutional whether or not a majority vote pushes it through.
 
2013-10-01 12:10:02 PM  

KellyX: Question 67: Can we still buy guns, or will the gun registry no longer function?


Right now is the best time to buy a gun because you can do so "under the radar".  The radars have been shut off.  So invest for success!
 
2013-10-01 12:11:37 PM  
But what about the Bears-Packers game? Priorities, people!
 
2013-10-01 12:55:40 PM  

Itstoearly: Yawn.  Farkers don't seem to realize that the government has been shut down about 2 dozen times in the last 40 years.  People always get their panties in a twist thinking it's going to destroy the country, and it never does.  On the plus side, watching all the die hard liberals freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious.



dumbass.. I don't think anyone is out there thinking the sky is falling nor people looting and pillaging their way from the chaos. However it doesn't mean that just because it has happened numerous times in the past means it's something that should be callously discounted and no biggie like what you're obviously doing.

Government shutdown do have real and significant impact on a LOT of things including the economy. You're probably just too dumb or ignorant to realize it.

Your flawed logic of equating government shutdown = 'doomsday apocalyptic' scenerio  is laughable if not so concerning since I assume you're a voting individual.
 
2013-10-01 01:06:24 PM  
Short term: Scheduled maintenance and repair for non-deployed military equipment will be curtailed unless the funding for it has already been approved. Military personnel will not get paid until this gymkhana ends, unless Congress passes separate legislation to permit it. Three-quarters of a million government workers for the Defense Department will not get paid (employees who are still at work may get reimbursed later). Contractors who provide support for those DoD workers may also be out of work (depends on how the contract is funded). All government dealings with private companies (unless already paid for) will be curtailed. Businesses which provide goods and services to Federal workplaces will therefore take a sudden hit in their cash flow. National parks and similar sites will be closed, and businesses which rely on tourist traffic to these government entities will likewise suffer.

Long term: Everyone doing business with the government or near a government installation will suffer during the shutdown. Critical maintenance and repairs will have to be rescheduled, causing logistical problems for all future scheduling. Military readiness will be reduced as a result. All levels of government will take in less money in taxes, due to the knock-on effects of curtailed spending by government workers, military personnel, and the businesses which provide goods and services for them (non-essential purchases will be postponed- perhaps permanently- when money is tight).

Many enlisted personnel live paycheck-to-paycheck even when the government has a "normal budget". Most of them are going to be hurting very badly if the shut-down lasts more than a few days. Some of those people are literally putting their lives on the line in service of an abstraction called the United States of America, believing that they have a contract to exchange part of their lives (and sometimes their actual lives) for set amounts of pay and support. That contract is being broken by a bunch of completely-out-of-touch-with-reality politicians more concerned with their own power and prestige than with doing the job they were elected to perform.

Those of you yammering about how all this is somehow a good thing are cordially invited to kiss my entire ass.
 
2013-10-01 03:27:29 PM  

ElPresidente: The way it affects me in Britain is that news about your weak-kneed political time-servers, who are more concerned with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government; who sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent; who are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today; and are crabby ulcerous little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive, is taking up an inordinate and preposterous amount of space in our newspaper, television and radio reports and thereby displacing news about our weak-kneed political time-servers, who are more concerned with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government; who sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent; who are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today; and are crabby ulcerous little self-seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addiction to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive.

So yeah, thanks for that, America - cheers.


Geez, can you repost that in English?
 
2013-10-01 04:18:14 PM  

the_rhino: Kid the Universe: the_rhino: Itstoearly: Yawn.  Farkers don't seem to realize that the government has been shut down about 2 dozen times in the last 40 years.  People always get their panties in a twist thinking it's going to destroy the country, and it never does.  On the plus side, watching all the die hard liberals freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious.

We aren't freaking out because the government shut down, we're freaking out because it was forced to by a bunch of tea party children.

awww aren't you precious. nanny will be back soon, don't worry

I hope my nanny is a large bossomed Swedish lady laddy.


Don't be sexist, nurse from the one that 0bamACAre sent you.

Open your mouth, and close your eyes, here comes the big surprise..........
 
2013-10-01 04:32:08 PM  

Evil Twin Skippy: iheartscotch: Is this the part where we start bashing in skulls and feasting on the sweet noggin meat?

These are Republicans. There's no meat in those noggins. But if you like fat...!


Well, to be fair, fat is better for you than shiat. But keep feasting, I'm adjusting for windage.
 
2013-10-01 06:22:56 PM  

ElPresidente: Ficoce: ElPresidente: Oblio13: I have a dream: that one day the White House and Air Force One will be shut down, and the Obama's will walk back to Chicago.

I also have a dream: That one day, ignorant people like you, however idiotic I find their opinions and arguments, will at least learn how to use apostrophes correctly, and not just insert them at random; and that they will also learn that words following a colon should be capitalised.

/Dumbass
//Or so you can understand it: dumbas's

There is only one sentence after the colon: perfectly proper not to capitalize: spelling capitalize wrong should not be forgiven.

Wrong; your sentence should be separated by either hyphens or semi-colons, not colons; and the spelling depends on where you live - it's with a "z" in uncouth backwater countries, and a "s" when spelled in the original variety, hence the reason the language is known as "English".


You must have been taught colons are only used as a way to title lists - sad. Don't forget that comma before your quotation mark.
 
2013-10-01 06:50:31 PM  

Slam1263: the_rhino: Kid the Universe: the_rhino: Itstoearly: Yawn.  Farkers don't seem to realize that the government has been shut down about 2 dozen times in the last 40 years.  People always get their panties in a twist thinking it's going to destroy the country, and it never does.  On the plus side, watching all the die hard liberals freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious.

We aren't freaking out because the government shut down, we're freaking out because it was forced to by a bunch of tea party children.

awww aren't you precious. nanny will be back soon, don't worry

I hope my nanny is a large bossomed Swedish lady laddy.

Don't be sexist, nurse from the one that 0bamACAre sent you.

Open your mouth, and close your eyes, here comes the big surprise..........


aren't you just precious? Bless your heart.
 
2013-10-01 09:28:42 PM  

the_rhino: Slam1263: the_rhino: Kid the Universe: the_rhino: Itstoearly: Yawn.  Farkers don't seem to realize that the government has been shut down about 2 dozen times in the last 40 years.  People always get their panties in a twist thinking it's going to destroy the country, and it never does.  On the plus side, watching all the die hard liberals freak the hell out because their precious government is shutdown is hilarious.

We aren't freaking out because the government shut down, we're freaking out because it was forced to by a bunch of tea party children.

awww aren't you precious. nanny will be back soon, don't worry

I hope my nanny is a large bossomed Swedish lady laddy.

Don't be sexist, nurse from the one that 0bamACAre sent you.

Open your mouth, and close your eyes, here comes the big surprise..........

aren't you just precious? Bless your heart.


I gets the medal just fer playing.
 
2013-10-02 06:33:15 AM  
still have to come in to work, but I can ban the irs from entering federal facilities
so..that's a good thing!

please stop blaming other people/politicians for what this administration is doing
and enjoy the government you put into office
they are apparently the best america has to offer
 
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