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(Daily Mail)   Government shutdown got your national monuments looking a little run down? Have no fear, Lawnmower man is here   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 163
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2013-10-09 07:59:39 PM
oi14.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-09 08:07:32 PM
If this guys sculpture wasn't selling before, it is now.
 
2013-10-09 08:09:05 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-09 08:12:43 PM
and clean up what furloughed government workers won't

"CAN'T" you f*cking dickheads!
 
2013-10-09 08:13:50 PM
Nice work. Would like to see more people out doing that.
 
2013-10-09 09:04:45 PM

Shostie: and clean up what furloughed government workers won't

"CAN'T" you f*cking dickheads!


If this guy could do it, then they could do it also,  thou fornicating penile-cephalitic.
 
2013-10-09 09:16:07 PM
Also seen cutting that grass for free:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-09 09:16:08 PM

timujin: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 284x248]


i24.photobucket.com

I AM GOD HERE!

/love that movie
 
2013-10-09 09:19:02 PM

dittybopper: If this guy could do it, then they could do it also


Sure, let's try and turn this into a gripe against those damn furloughed workers, refusing to work for free while an assload of Republican millionaires continue to draw pay for f#cking up the country.
 
2013-10-09 09:19:43 PM

dittybopper: Shostie: and clean up what furloughed government workers won't

"CAN'T" you f*cking dickheads!

If this guy could do it, then they could do it also,  thou fornicating penile-cephalitic.


It's hard to make a point when people are willing to do the job without compensation. We "CAN'T" have that happening, now can we?
 
2013-10-09 09:21:08 PM
Next Plumber Joe?
 
2013-10-09 09:22:18 PM

Barricaded Gunman: refusing to work for free


Really? For free? So you think they won't be getting back pay when the dust settles? You know... back pay for doing nothing the whole time?
 
2013-10-09 09:26:01 PM
me thinks it's time for the million lawnmower march!

farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-10-09 09:26:50 PM

dittybopper: Shostie: and clean up what furloughed government workers won't

"CAN'T" you f*cking dickheads!

If this guy could do it, then they could do it also,  thou fornicating penile-cephalitic.


i.imgur.com
When "anybody can do it" goes wrong.


Also, in an objectivist free market, only fools work for free.
 
2013-10-09 09:29:28 PM
Jeez, look up the laws, then talk. Furloughed feds are barred BY LAW from volunteering to work.

I am actually unsure what regs the National Park Service could cite as far as barring private citizens from voluntarily helping out, and personally, I think the cordoning-off of monuments in DC is a publicity move on the part of DOI execs, but...

In particular, I'm puzzled about the WWII Veterans Memorial.  It's a big open space.  It isn't staffed... it's not like there are curators or guides like the Smithsonian.  Why cordon it off?  Anyone can go there any time, day or night, except for during this furlough.  In fact, in the last furlough in 1996, they didn't do any of this stuff.  Yes, National Parks closed, but really, if they're cordoning off otherwise-unstaffed monuments in DC, they then end up having "essential" staff man those barricades, all without any guarantee of getting paid.

None of this is an excuse for any Park Police jugheads from getting all "Soy la Ley" on somebody who obviously just wants to help out.  The fact he may be hosing some subtle PR move by some DOI executive isn't up to said jughead to decide.
 
2013-10-09 09:38:45 PM

TheTurtle: Jeez, look up the laws, then talk. Furloughed feds are barred BY LAW from volunteering to work.

I am actually unsure what regs the National Park Service could cite as far as barring private citizens from voluntarily helping out, and personally, I think the cordoning-off of monuments in DC is a publicity move on the part of DOI execs, but...

In particular, I'm puzzled about the WWII Veterans Memorial.  It's a big open space.  It isn't staffed... it's not like there are curators or guides like the Smithsonian.  Why cordon it off?  Anyone can go there any time, day or night, except for during this furlough.  In fact, in the last furlough in 1996, they didn't do any of this stuff.  Yes, National Parks closed, but really, if they're cordoning off otherwise-unstaffed monuments in DC, they then end up having "essential" staff man those barricades, all without any guarantee of getting paid.

None of this is an excuse for any Park Police jugheads from getting all "Soy la Ley" on somebody who obviously just wants to help out.  The fact he may be hosing some subtle PR move by some DOI executive isn't up to said jughead to decide.


Washington Monument Syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
2013-10-09 09:40:47 PM
Now I wish I lived around DC... Awesome chance for a demonstration. Get a bunch of people out doing yardwork like this. Responsible citizens doing what their elected officials won't... Taking care of the country. No partisan message, no finger pointing any more specific than that. Just a general message that elected officials have failed by letting things get to this point.
 
2013-10-09 09:44:08 PM
Shutdown busting gardener tells how he was ordered off Lincoln Memorial by 'bully robocops'

Robocop vs Lawnmower Man. FIGHT!
 
2013-10-09 09:44:48 PM

TheTurtle: "In particular, I'm puzzled about the WWII Veterans Memorial.  It's a big open space.  It isn't staffed... it's not like there are curators or guides like the Smithsonian.  Why cordon it off?"



Because it's easier to get people to buy the narrative that evil Republicans are ruining their day if you first make sure their day is ruined.
 
2013-10-09 09:45:16 PM
pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-10-09 09:46:13 PM
I'm 91 miles from DC, I've got a Dixie Chopper, a leaf blower and a can of gas. It's dark out, and rainy...
 
2013-10-09 09:51:22 PM

NewportBarGuy: Nice work. Would like to see more people out doing that.


He's an aberration.  Regular people can never, ever do what a government employee can.  That's why this fluke had to be arrested.  People might start wondering why we need to hire non-essential government employees, ever.  Since they aren't, you know, essential.
 
2013-10-09 09:51:52 PM
 
2013-10-09 09:52:22 PM

fappomatic: I'm 91 miles from DC, I've got a Dixie Chopper, a leaf blower and a can of gas. It's dark out, and rainy...


Hit it?
 
2013-10-09 09:53:38 PM

Barricaded Gunman: dittybopper: If this guy could do it, then they could do it also

Sure, let's try and turn this into a gripe against those damn furloughed workers, refusing to work for free while an assload of Republican millionaires continue to draw pay for f#cking up the country.


However the furloughed workers will be paid for the time they were furloughed. Sure they will be without a paycheck for a while but in the end they have been given a paid holiday. I'm not sure about anyone else but if I was paying someone to do a job and they didn't and expected pay anyway I'd be pissed. Not at the workers but at the management, what is the point of the furlough if they will get paid anyway it doesn't save any money.
 
2013-10-09 09:56:29 PM
Maybe he was...recreating.
 
2013-10-09 09:59:17 PM
Not reported by Obama's quislings we call the American press.
 
2013-10-09 09:59:33 PM
Is it just me, or is the whole national parks/monuments aspect of the shutdown getting way too much attention? I don't understand the abundance of coverage on these things. Yeah, it sucks. But culture and aesthetics should be secondary concerns at best.
 
2013-10-09 10:00:01 PM

GORDON: NewportBarGuy: Nice work. Would like to see more people out doing that.

He's an aberration. Regular people can never, ever do what a government employee can. That's why this fluke had to be arrested. People might start wondering why we need to hire non-essential government employees, ever. Since they aren't, you know, essential.


I know Corporate America has the same mantra. The only reason they've been meeting quarterly numbers is because they are treating all their employees as non-essential. How the consumer hasn't buckled and broke under the strain only goes to show you how resilient we are when we're being shat upon.

I'm an essential govt. employee and I love my job. I'd do it if I wasn't being paid, but I do have bills to pay. That's the one really important thing the Republicans just don't factor in to these goddamn games of brinksmanship. These people need to make payments and the economy needs those payments.

This whole thing has to stop. It is childish, reckless and just batsh*t insane.

FlameDuck: Next Plumber Joe?


He doesn't sound like a jackass. He honestly seems like he's just trying to do the right thing. Though, if history is any gauge, I'm sure 10 stories will run tomorrow showing him to be some insane person or something.
 
2013-10-09 10:00:54 PM

asynchron: Now I wish I lived around DC... Awesome chance for a demonstration. Get a bunch of people out doing yardwork like this. Responsible citizens doing what their elected officials won't... Taking care of the country. No partisan message, no finger pointing any more specific than that. Just a general message that elected officials have failed by letting things get to this point.


You do have a message: I will work for free to hurt paid laborers.

You won't hurt the politicians, you will just be another talking point for them. You WILL hurt other people with jobs by giving up your free time with your family to work more for free.

Do you understand the free market? You work to get paid. You get paid for doing work. Pride is all nice, comrade, but free labor isn't going to create jobs or save this country.
 
2013-10-09 10:01:14 PM
At least Congress still has a place to workout. If their gym isn't essential I don't know what is.
 
2013-10-09 10:02:22 PM

johnperkins: Maybe he was...recreating.


Well, he did have a gas can.

coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com

/damn party liquor
 
2013-10-09 10:03:20 PM

fappomatic: I'm 91 miles from DC, I've got a Dixie Chopper, a leaf blower and a can of gas. It's dark out, and rainy...


Tommorrow's Headline:
"Mad Man Wielding Automatic Slingbade and Homemade Flamethrower Arrested in Nation's Capitol"
 
2013-10-09 10:03:25 PM
Now I have the compulsion to make a GOP  FW: FW: Fw: FW: Evil Obama email with this story....

\help...
 
2013-10-09 10:05:09 PM

Karma Chameleon: Is it just me, or is the whole national parks/monuments aspect of the shutdown getting way too much attention? I don't understand the abundance of coverage on these things. Yeah, it sucks. But culture and aesthetics should be secondary concerns at best.


Seeing all the parking along the GW Parkway blocked with barriers cracks me up.
 
2013-10-09 10:05:10 PM
 
2013-10-09 10:07:18 PM

dittybopper: Shostie: and clean up what furloughed government workers won't

"CAN'T" you f*cking dickheads!

If this guy could do it, then they could do it also, thou fornicating penile-cephalitic.


Except lt's a felony. for them to.
 
2013-10-09 10:08:36 PM

goatleggedfellow: asynchron: Now I wish I lived around DC... Awesome chance for a demonstration. Get a bunch of people out doing yardwork like this. Responsible citizens doing what their elected officials won't... Taking care of the country. No partisan message, no finger pointing any more specific than that. Just a general message that elected officials have failed by letting things get to this point.

You do have a message: I will work for free to hurt paid laborers.

You won't hurt the politicians, you will just be another talking point for them. You WILL hurt other people with jobs by giving up your free time with your family to work more for free.

Do you understand the free market? You work to get paid. You get paid for doing work. Pride is all nice, comrade, but free labor isn't going to create jobs or save this country.


You are what is wrong with America. The America I live in puts the country before the Free Market.

Doing something for your community is a bad thing to you? They are not REPLACING the workers, they are trying to do something good for America whilst two political parties fight.

You must be a truly horrible person.
 
2013-10-09 10:09:28 PM

gweilo8888: llevrok: Not reported by Obama's quislings we call the American press.

Yep, not at all:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/citizen-lawn-mower-at-lincoln-me mo rial-also-blows-leaves-and-cuts-up-downed-branches/2013/10/09/0383e710 -3120-11e3-89ae-16e186e117d8_story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/09/man-mows-lincoln-memorial_n _4 072665.html

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/09/231073855/to-help-dur in g-shutdown-man-mows-lawn-around-lincoln-memorial

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57606793/amid-government-shutdow n- one-man-memorial-militia-cleans-up-national-mall/

Ah, fark it. You know what? Do it yourself, you lazy SOB.

https://www.google.com/search?q="chris+cox"&oq="chris+cox"#q=%22chri s+ cox%22&safe=off&tbm=nws


You got that last URL wrong. Here: [Link]
 
2013-10-09 10:10:20 PM

machodonkeywrestler: dittybopper: Shostie: and clean up what furloughed government workers won't

"CAN'T" you f*cking dickheads!

If this guy could do it, then they could do it also, thou fornicating penile-cephalitic.

Except lt's a felony. for them to.


We really need "dumb" (and "unfunny") buttons.
 
2013-10-09 10:10:58 PM
The longer this *shutdown* goes on for, the more it looks like we had Tammany Hall running this nation all along.

If any other sector in the economy had one million people or one third of its workforce stop coming to work suddenly one day and never come back I think couple hundred million people would notice pretty quick.

But the federal government furloughs one million people and one third of its workforce and if the John Stewart wasn't vamping and if you didn't already have a trip planned to national monument that is roped off for no reason just like 98% of population you couldn't have a clue.

How about this, bring back the 20k parks people, the 1k FDA inspectors, and the few dozen that process passport applications and then fire the 975,000 others.
 
2013-10-09 10:12:59 PM

ArcadianRefugee: You got that last URL wrong. Here: [Link]


Actually, I got it right. (Add a www. to google.com/search?q="chris+cox"&oq="chris+cox"#q=%22chris+cox%22&sa fe=off&tbm=nws and see for yourself.) Just Fark's retarded filters stripped it on submit.

But thanks anyway.
 
2013-10-09 10:15:08 PM

relcec: The longer this *shutdown* goes on for, the more it looks like we had Tammany Hall running this nation all along.

If any other sector in the economy had one million people or one third of its workforce stop coming to work suddenly one day and never come back I think couple hundred million people would notice pretty quick.

But the federal government furloughs one million people and one third of its workforce and if the John Stewart wasn't vamping and if you didn't already have a trip planned to national monument that is roped off for no reason just like 98% of population you couldn't have a clue.

How about this, bring back the 20k parks people, the 1k FDA inspectors, and the few dozen that process passport applications and then fire the 975,000 others.


So we're on the "A government shutdown isn't that bad!" page, today?
 
2013-10-09 10:16:14 PM
Sure they will mow the lawn at the Lincoln Memorial, but where are the volunteers to trim back your mom's bush? I mean, srsly, is it 1978 up in there or what?
 
2013-10-09 10:18:37 PM

LordJiro: relcec: The longer this *shutdown* goes on for, the more it looks like we had Tammany Hall running this nation all along.

If any other sector in the economy had one million people or one third of its workforce stop coming to work suddenly one day and never come back I think couple hundred million people would notice pretty quick.

But the federal government furloughs one million people and one third of its workforce and if the John Stewart wasn't vamping and if you didn't already have a trip planned to national monument that is roped off for no reason just like 98% of population you couldn't have a clue.

How about this, bring back the 20k parks people, the 1k FDA inspectors, and the few dozen that process passport applications and then fire the 975,000 others.

So we're on the "A government shutdown isn't that bad!" page, today?


tell me what you are terrified of please. I'll try to help you throw this Apocalypse.
 
2013-10-09 10:24:01 PM

relcec: The longer this *shutdown* goes on for, the more it looks like we had Tammany Hall running this nation all along.

If any other sector in the economy had one million people or one third of its workforce stop coming to work suddenly one day and never come back I think couple hundred million people would notice pretty quick.

But the federal government furloughs one million people and one third of its workforce and if the John Stewart wasn't vamping and if you didn't already have a trip planned to national monument that is roped off for no reason just like 98% of population you couldn't have a clue.

How about this, bring back the 20k parks people, the 1k FDA inspectors, and the few dozen that process passport applications and then fire the 975,000 others.


There are quite a few federal agencies that are not shutdown that aren't "essential". They're generally agencies that break even (or make money) via some type of fee structure.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/afb27d42b8b243ee9b491a121319cd ea /US-Shutdown-Still-Working

- Passport offices run by the State Department, along with U.S. citizen services at foreign consulates. The State Department is also still accepting and processing visa applications for foreign travelers who want to visit the United States.

- The Health and Human Services Department offices that handle Medicare and Medicaid, along with the health insurance marketplaces under the new health care law.

- The Farm Credit Administration, which provides loans and other services for farmers and rural areas.

- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates truck and bus safety, and the Federal Highway Administration, which primarily directs federal highway aid to states. Both agencies are funded in large part with federal gasoline and diesel taxes, which are still available despite the government shutdown.

- The Federal Aviation Administration's airport improvements program, which mainly processes grants to airports; it operates on revenue from taxes on passengers.

- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is operating with fees authorized for spending in a prior year. That money is finite and may not last through an extended government shutdown.

- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is also using "carryover" funding from previous years. The agency expects to have enough money to keep operating at least through the middle of next week
.

My agency is still operating because upper management budgets in 1-2 months of operating expenses to carry over every FY, specifically in anticipation of government shutdowns.  How bad is Congress that management of entire agencies include "potential shutdown" into their annual budget?
 
2013-10-09 10:24:05 PM

relcec: tell me what you are terrified of please. I'll try to help you throw this Apocalypse.


I need help getting my import permits.  No import permits, no importing the stuff I need to sell.  My customers don't get the product they need to sell.  Their customers don't get the stuff they want.
 
2013-10-09 10:26:01 PM
Lot of fuss over TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.
 
2013-10-09 10:27:06 PM
This guy's a hero.

I hope there's a hundred people with lawn mowers and lawn equipment, doing the exact same thing.

And re: they're barred from law from volunteering: Do it anyway, let's see them enforce it. And then let's see it hold up in court.

"Shutting down" open air monuments? Telling a guy volunteering to leave (presumably under threat of arrest)? What a crock.
 
2013-10-09 10:27:24 PM

relcec: The longer this *shutdown* goes on for, the more it looks like we had Tammany Hall running this nation all along.

If any other sector in the economy had one million people or one third of its workforce stop coming to work suddenly one day and never come back I think couple hundred million people would notice pretty quick.

But the federal government furloughs one million people and one third of its workforce and if the John Stewart wasn't vamping and if you didn't already have a trip planned to national monument that is roped off for no reason just like 98% of population you couldn't have a clue.

How about this, bring back the 20k parks people, the 1k FDA inspectors, and the few dozen that process passport applications and then fire the 975,000 others.


Well we can't all be blissfully ignorant.
 
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