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2013-10-02 11:42:39 AM
Hey cool, I live down the street from the Philip's Collection and have never been.
 
2013-10-02 11:45:02 AM
FTA: An estimated 800,000 government employees have been furloughed... Dozens of businesses in and around Washington are showing their solidarity by offering furloughed employees free or discounted food, drinks and activities to keep their spirits high during the shutdown.

Well it's a nice thought at least.
 
2013-10-02 11:45:21 AM
If you live in the DC area.
 
2013-10-02 11:46:02 AM
 
2013-10-02 11:46:47 AM
It's nice to see private businesses step up.  But folks in the D.C. area also need to step up for private businesses.  For example, a lot of restaurants that cater to Federal workers are going to start hurting badly.  Small shops are going to be hurting too.  Those of us who are still employed need to make it a point to get out and spend money!
 
2013-10-02 11:48:21 AM
Lucky Ducky!!!
 
2013-10-02 11:48:25 AM
Did the 47% just go up a tick
 
2013-10-02 11:49:07 AM
I read that Bank of America is letting them skip their mortgage and car loan payments for the duration of the shutdown.
 
2013-10-02 11:49:14 AM
First off, why are there so many non-essential government employees in the first place?  Its out of control.

Secondly, do I get to prorate my taxes now?
 
2013-10-02 11:50:22 AM

Warthog: It's nice to see private businesses step up.  But folks in the D.C. area also need to step up for private businesses.  For example, a lot of restaurants that cater to Federal workers are going to start hurting badly.  Small shops are going to be hurting too.  Those of us who are still employed need to make it a point to get out and spend money!


s' a good point, my commute in on the Loudoun county bus wasn;t quite the Solo experience I expected but It's clear from parking spaces  and traffic that at least 1/3 of the working population of DC didn;t come to work today, and that stings up and down the economic ladder.   A Wapo report suggests that the shutdown will cost the region alone $200 million a day, and the brunt of that will be borne by the small businesses the GOP claims to so revere
 
2013-10-02 11:51:30 AM
The only thing they deserve is nothing, and in abundance.
 
2013-10-02 11:51:31 AM
Here's my favorite part FTFA:

Pork Barrel BBQ is also offering free food for the duration of the shutdown to all government employees -- well, every government employee except for members of Congress

Good.  Fark YOU a-holes!
 
2013-10-02 11:51:32 AM
 
2013-10-02 11:51:33 AM
Why do they think it's a good idea to advertise that you're giving free stuff to government employees? That's called bribery in my books.
 
2013-10-02 11:52:11 AM
Although they don't appear to show it, I bet those federal workers in Sacramento are happy to know that there are businesses  in Washington DC willing to help them.
 
2013-10-02 11:52:46 AM

Wellon Dowd: I read that Bank of America is letting them skip their mortgage and car loan payments for the duration of the shutdown.

I am willing to bet that they will still accrue interest charges from the skipped payments
 
2013-10-02 11:53:31 AM

95629: First off, why are there so many non-essential government employees in the first place?  Its out of control.

Secondly, do I get to prorate my taxes now?


because like every other right wing DERP'er you misunderstand the term "non-essential"   Its a clunky bureaucratic phrase meant tot distinguish the people that need to be on the job no matter what to prevent choas anarchy etc like the police, military, customs, air traffic control, from thos ewho do valable work but will not cause the country immediate harm if they don;t happen to do it TODAY

You may not care whether the EPA inspectors test the emissions from power plants or whether my dinking water is safe, but I sure as hell do
 
2013-10-02 11:54:09 AM
Free pole dancing classes?!?!?!?

Obviously I'm in the wrong business is being a furloughed gov't employee can nab me free pole dancing classes.

//what the coitus?
 
2013-10-02 11:54:17 AM
I seem to recall that every time there has been a shutdown congress ends up paying back-pay to all of the employees affected.  That is no to say that they will this time, but prior shutdowns have simply amounted to free paid vacations.
 
2013-10-02 11:54:25 AM
Some of us get the awesome joy of working...without actually getting paid until Congress grows up!  I know I'm excited about it.
 
2013-10-02 11:54:28 AM

Dimensio: Lucky Ducky!!!


Gotcha!
 
2013-10-02 11:54:37 AM
Obama is probably having a cow that it isn't the government that is handing out the stuff.. he is missing taking advantage of a crisis!  (he is probably secretly scheming to somehow penalize these businesses once the shutdown is over).

Community > Government every day of the week.
 
2013-10-02 11:56:01 AM
Shutdown should escalate. Government too big. Debt is too massive.

Hurt now, or really hurt later.
 
GBB
2013-10-02 11:56:17 AM

Wellon Dowd: I read that Bank of America is letting them skip their mortgage and car loan payments for the duration of the shutdown.


Sure they can skip payments.  House and car will still be repossessed just the same, right?
 
2013-10-02 11:56:24 AM
they need thier free gourmet cupcake to get by.....     giggle, snort !
 
2013-10-02 11:56:33 AM

Cold_Sassy: Here's my favorite part FTFA:

Pork Barrel BBQ is also offering free food for the duration of the shutdown to all government employees -- well, every government employee except for members of Congress

Good.  Fark YOU a-holes!


Even better:
The Daily Dish: Feeling thirsty but not trying to get your drink on? The Daily Dish, located in Silver Springs, is offering a free cup of coffee without additional purchase to all government workers for the duration of the shutdown. Members of Congress pay double.


msnbcmedia1.msn.com
 
2013-10-02 11:56:37 AM

Cold_Sassy: Here's my favorite part FTFA:

Pork Barrel BBQ is also offering free food for the duration of the shutdown to all government employees -- well, every government employee except for members of Congress

Good.  Fark YOU a-holes!


"One pulled pork sandwich with fries...it's for a Congressman."

/Hrrrrrrrrrrrrrkhkhkhhkh...snnnrrrxkl, pthhewww!
//"And don't forget your free packet of Stevia."
 
2013-10-02 11:58:57 AM

Wellon Dowd: I read that Bank of America is letting them skip their mortgage and car loan payments for the duration of the shutdown.


durbnpoisn.comli.com Oh, man, that's a good one!!!
 
2013-10-02 11:59:07 AM
a.abcnews.com Off to pole-dancing class?
 
2013-10-02 12:01:11 PM
I thought this was going to be theonion.com or similar.  Sadly, it's not.
 
2013-10-02 12:01:15 PM
In past shutdowns, federal workers received retroactive pay. Like an extra paid vacation.

Will they this time? Probably.
 
2013-10-02 12:02:50 PM

dustman81: Cold_Sassy: Here's my favorite part FTFA:

Pork Barrel BBQ is also offering free food for the duration of the shutdown to all government employees -- well, every government employee except for members of Congress

Good.  Fark YOU a-holes!

Even better:
The Daily Dish: Feeling thirsty but not trying to get your drink on? The Daily Dish, located in Silver Springs, is offering a free cup of coffee without additional purchase to all government workers for the duration of the shutdown. Members of Congress pay double.


[msnbcmedia1.msn.com image 560x560]


LOL, love it!
 
2013-10-02 12:05:27 PM

Dadoody: Shutdown should escalate. Government too big. Debt is too massive.

Hurt now, or really hurt later.


And yet the Shutdown isn;t about saving the government any money.  Or reducing the Debt or even spending.  In fact it all about killing a program that  will save the government BUCKETS of money- nearly $1TRILLION over 10 years, Something even the GOP's own Budget proposal admits will happen

Seriously, if you want to call youself a citizen, at least have a basic grasp of the issues
 
2013-10-02 12:05:28 PM

Russ1642: Why do they think it's a good idea to advertise that you're giving free stuff to government employees? That's called bribery in my books.


Do those happen to be coloring books, by chance?
 
2013-10-02 12:05:50 PM

dustman81: Cold_Sassy: Here's my favorite part FTFA:

Pork Barrel BBQ is also offering free food for the duration of the shutdown to all government employees -- well, every government employee except for members of Congress

Good.  Fark YOU a-holes!

Even better:
The Daily Dish: Feeling thirsty but not trying to get your drink on? The Daily Dish, located in Silver Springs, is offering a free cup of coffee without additional purchase to all government workers for the duration of the shutdown. Members of Congress pay double.


[msnbcmedia1.msn.com image 560x560]


I should note that sign is for Soupergirl, not The Daily Dish. Funny, nonetheless.
 
2013-10-02 12:07:04 PM
Hey, now would be the perfect time for Washington workers to get Obama to personally campaign for 2 free gourmet cupcakes each !!!      He has time.

...he sure as hell isn't governing.

/loves campaigning
//total disinterest in governing
 
2013-10-02 12:12:25 PM

netcentric: /loves campaigning
//total disinterest in governing


Funny, that's exactly how we've described the Republicans since Jan 20, 2009.
 
2013-10-02 12:12:56 PM

Cletus C.: In past shutdowns, federal workers received retroactive pay. Like an extra paid vacation.

Will they this time? Probably.


Still waiting on my retroactive pay from this summer's furlough...
 
2013-10-02 12:15:22 PM

VoodooTaco: Cletus C.: In past shutdowns, federal workers received retroactive pay. Like an extra paid vacation.

Will they this time? Probably.

Still waiting on my retroactive pay from this summer's furlough...


That wasn't a shutdown. Lots of Americans wish they'd get paid back for furloughs, though, so you're not alone.
 
2013-10-02 12:15:29 PM
gocomics.typepad.com
 
2013-10-02 12:17:03 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Russ1642: Why do they think it's a good idea to advertise that you're giving free stuff to government employees? That's called bribery in my books.

Do those happen to be coloring books, by chance?


Well, when it comes to the crap like allowing mortgage payment vacations it's only ok if they offer this to non-government workers in similar situations.
 
2013-10-02 12:21:22 PM

Wellon Dowd: I read that Bank of America is letting them skip their mortgage and car loan payments for the duration of the shutdown.


That will probably actually read "postpone" the payments while interest continues to accrue.
 
2013-10-02 12:21:25 PM
Such hostility towards your fellow american worker who happens to work for the government.  I find this truly bizarre.  I think it might be a sign of mental illness to be so upset at people you've never even met and know nothing about.
 
2013-10-02 12:23:33 PM

Dadoody: Shutdown should escalate. Government too big. Debt is too massive.

Hurt now, or really hurt later.


I always find it fascinating how the Tea Party message has been crafted to fit into sentences of as few words as possible, to make it easier for simple people to remember and repeat endlessly.
 
2013-10-02 12:26:22 PM

Dadoody: Shutdown should escalate. Government too big. Debt is too massive.



Burma Shave!
 
2013-10-02 12:28:07 PM
Same with the banks and 'too big to fail' industrial giants too, right? Guys? Good to see local businesses still know what humanity is, at least until they're forced to shut their doors because they can't pay rent
 
2013-10-02 12:33:20 PM

Feel_the_velvet: Although they don't appear to show it, I bet those federal workers in Sacramento are happy to know that there are businesses  in Washington DC willing to help them.


They'll perk right up when they get their back pay.
 
2013-10-02 12:35:42 PM

EmmaLou: Some of us get the awesome joy of working...without actually getting paid until Congress grows up!  I know I'm excited about it.


Right there with you, sister.  I'm on the skeleton crew  too.  Sure, we will get paid eventually (paid vacation my ass) but between now and then, bills have to be paid.  It's going to get pretty rough if this lasts long. I lost $1800 during the last furlough and only kept my head above water because I'm in the Air National Guard and requested to be put on orders.

Last Friday I renewed my satellite radio.  Today I called to cancel it and ask for a refund.  They ended up offering me two months free, then I can decide if I can afford to renew or not.  No money for any luxuries right now.
 
2013-10-02 12:37:18 PM
I hope they can trade a free pulled pork sammich for their mortgage payment.

And FWIW, you know how they said the military is getting paid?
Not all of the military.  They've basically shut down all of the Reserves/National Guard.
 
2013-10-02 12:38:13 PM

Russ1642: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Russ1642: Why do they think it's a good idea to advertise that you're giving free stuff to government employees? That's called bribery in my books.

Do those happen to be coloring books, by chance?

Well, when it comes to the crap like allowing mortgage payment vacations it's only ok if they offer this to non-government workers in similar situations.


I've heard a fair amount of public sector workers getting furloughed or having paychecks delayed. I don't hear much about this in the private sector. Both sectors have reported job losses, though.
 
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