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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
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2013-10-09 10:08:36 PM  
5 votes:

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 09:19:02 PM  
5 votes:

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 09:29:28 PM  
3 votes:
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 11:07:03 PM  
2 votes:

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 know what?  Even here on Fark- it's about time to call BS.  Those furloughed workers will get paid back pay- it's how our convoluted system works.  Work for free?  Is someone giving this guy fuel, supplies and expenses?  Is the brutal truth that he is paying himself to step up and take care of things?  In my humble opinion, he is demonstrating real heroism.  He isn't trying to be personal, just realistic.

All BS aside- this one man is quietly stepping up.  Many of us Americans who simply want a government for the people and by the people again- this guy found a way.  Find whatever fault you want to- the fact remains that with more people like him, those asshats leading this country will become obsolete.

Why should our leaders really care?  What is their motivation?  They get salaries FOR LIFE.  Shut down the country, cut 'non essential' services, (essential is such a relative word, after all) when the day ends- congress gets paid.  Federal workers will get back pay.  Why SHOULD they care if death benefits for Veterans are suspended and those who die in combat can't be properly buried?  They will all go to sleep tonight well fed, well housed and comfortable.

Call him what you will, mock him, and spout your crap.  It's a free country, right?  Oh, wait- those freedoms we believe we have?  Is anyone on duty to ensure them?  Or are those 'defending' us actually busy standing guard around those irresponsible asshats who can't get along?

*disgusted*
2013-10-09 10:10:20 PM  
2 votes:

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 09:40:47 PM  
2 votes:
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 09:38:45 PM  
2 votes:

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 09:22:18 PM  
2 votes:

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 08:12:43 PM  
2 votes:
and clean up what furloughed government workers won't

"CAN'T" you f*cking dickheads!
2013-10-10 02:04:55 AM  
1 vote:
Now if we had a few million more people who had this "personal responsibility to America" attitude, we wouldn't be having any shutdown in the first place, the forest service wouldn't have to close down access to rivers to keep them clean from "assholes", the country would be cleaner, people would share common goals to getting things repaired...

And Congress would not be full of criminals.
2013-10-09 11:48:08 PM  
1 vote:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: chaoticcrash: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Lot of fuss over TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.

You cannot be serious.  Veterans memorials are tourist attractions?  Silly me- all along I thought they were to HONOR VETERANS.  National Parks- tourist attractions?  Here I thought they were places US CITIZENS could travel to in order to revel in this place we call the US.

Exactly. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.


Or, you know, places set aside to preseve and protect our natural resources and wildlife. These are tourist attractions.
2013-10-09 11:45:19 PM  
1 vote:

chaoticcrash: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Lot of fuss over TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.

You cannot be serious.  Veterans memorials are tourist attractions?  Silly me- all along I thought they were to HONOR VETERANS.  National Parks- tourist attractions?  Here I thought they were places US CITIZENS could travel to in order to revel in this place we call the US.


Exactly. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.
2013-10-09 11:25:33 PM  
1 vote:

BSABSVR: TheTurtle: 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...

Largely it's a liability issue.  He empties a trash can, throws out his back and sues.


you can't sue for that. federal workers who are working and federal workers who are volunteering on department mission related shiat are covered by a federal workers comp system called FECA that mirrors the state ones you are probably more familiar with.

I imagine the issue is there is hypothetical possibility they won't get paid for this time off when they come back, and while that is an event incredibly unlikely to occur, it would create a massive problem if it did occur because many people *volunteering* would undoubtedly be promised by their supervisors and otherwise have a reasonable expectation they would be paid for their performance while volunteering.

an extremely unlikely event that would have devastating consequences if it occurred. like a 8 mile long asteroid hitting cape hatteras for government lawyers.
2013-10-09 11:25:30 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-10-09 11:20:28 PM  
1 vote:

formerfloozy: Sorry dude, the furlough paperwork I received was very explicit on thay point. No volunteering or showing up until recalled. I do work overtime without compensation sometimes, 8 hours just ain't enough to get it all done somedays.


I don't doubt this. However having some random citizen mow the lawn and take out the trash on their own dime  isn't the same thing. I recently watched the guys from a local halfway house weed the sidewalk next to the local high school. No issues at all and it looked better to boot, something that needed to be done but they never bothered with.

That YOU are prevented is not a point of issue. That regular citizens ARE is a point of issue. Unless you are saying that I cannot pick up litter when I visit federal property (and I am totally guilty of that on more than one occasion) then it's completely stupid to stop this person from doing it simply because the government is "Closed".

/apparently a part of their 12 step program involving giving back
//they weren't stopped from doing it
2013-10-09 11:16:04 PM  
1 vote:
Hey - this guy's great! I like the way he thinks! Perhaps when this shutdown's over we could create some sort of service department for our national parks. We can train people in the history of these treasures, and hire real professionals like him to keep and maintain them. Bet they'd be real tourist magnets too, and such a boon to the economy!

But aw, that's just crazy talk. There's no way the GOP would go for such a Big Gov't program like that.
2013-10-09 11:14:49 PM  
1 vote:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Lot of fuss over TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.


You cannot be serious.  Veterans memorials are tourist attractions?  Silly me- all along I thought they were to HONOR VETERANS.  National Parks- tourist attractions?  Here I thought they were places US CITIZENS could travel to in order to revel in this place we call the US.

These places represent our history, and what led us to where we are now.  I'm not proud of where we are now, but I sure as hell won't forget to honor our past before leaders screwed us up so badly.
2013-10-09 10:58:49 PM  
1 vote:

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.


It's because it highlights the petty and vindictive nature of this administrations policies who is doing their best to make it hurt when it doesn't have to. It's quite clear to most people that they will allow things that they want or like (immigration rally on the national mall which was supposed to be closed for example) while closing open air memorials. This is just another tic mark on a long list of petty closings and actions by the NPS and their desire to make it hurt by any means necessary and to make it as public as possible.

People understand museums closing, they understand large parks closing, what they don't understand is seemingly malicious closings of things that don't need to be closed. Take the Cliff House in San Francisco for example. It's a famous century and a half old restaurant that was forced to close by the NPS because they are considered a concession due to how the GGNRA was laid out. It is fronted by San Francisco streets, has parking owned by San Francisco (and the parking meters to prove it) is serviced by SFPD and SFFD, uses San Francisco water and power and is staffed by non-government employees. Zero reasons to close it down for any normal person looking at it objectively. Yet it was for no other reason than to fabricate inconvenience for the public by the NPS. Never before during these budget battles has it been closed, mainly because it's pointless to do so due to it having no reliance upon the NPS and through the concession, generates a lot of money for the NPS. It isn't a cheap restaurant to eat at, it's not a  hot dog, or corn dog if you're an Anne Hathaway fan, stand I can assure you if you're not dropping at least a bill there for a dinner for two at sunset then you're doing it wrong. Brunch on Sunday is for the cheap people but it still will cost you $25 per person.

Meanwhile the diner 50 yards away with almost the exact same view is open for business albeit without the white tablecloths (red and white plastic ones the last time I was there). My point here being that there is no reason for the NPS to close it unless they wanted to pass on the pain and for me that's just supremely petty on their part. I don't blame the rangers or even their immediate supervisors for this. I blame the people at the top who set policies that they have to follow.
2013-10-09 10:54:57 PM  
1 vote:
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You don't mow another man's lawn!
2013-10-09 10:53:17 PM  
1 vote:
I'm perfectly willing to make a deal here...

If private charity manages to take up for public programs and manages to cover them... Then by gum, I will never say another bad word about Compassionate Conservatism again.
So... Have at...
2013-10-09 10:52:30 PM  
1 vote:

ElLoco: 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?


So cute. I am essentially working for free right now. Know why? Because that promise of being paid eventually was enough for them to recall me. I don't WANT to get paid for sitting on my ass because I didn't earn it and I am glad I still have a job, but the promise doesn't feed my kids or pay my mortgage. So, in essence, eat a dick.
2013-10-09 10:50:54 PM  
1 vote:
Its embarrassing that our country is more concerned about cutting federal grass than they are donating formula and milk to needy infants.


Sometimes I really despise my countrymen.
2013-10-09 10:50:33 PM  
1 vote:
Pretty sure if you went to some random office complex that had a lawn they wouldn't react too kindly if you decided to mow it without the owner's permission.
2013-10-09 10:43:42 PM  
1 vote:

nickerj1: machodonkeywrestler: ArcadianRefugee: 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.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/31/subtitle-II/chapter-13/sub ch apter-III

Actually....

That law only says it's unlawful for an officer or employee to accept voluntary services.  It doesn't say it's unlawful for an employee to perform voluntary services for the agency.  Just that the agency's management can't "accept" the volunteered services.

Lots of feds can and do work voluntary overtime.


Just to further comment.  It'd be interesting to have a collaborative effort where every non-manager came in and volunteered and still worked.  And then every manager issued a memo stating "I hereby do not accept any volunteered work or services".

And then employees completely ignored it and kept volunteering.  No one would be breaking a law because management wasn't "accepting" the volunteering.
2013-10-09 10:37:55 PM  
1 vote:
This guy really has nothing better to do?
2013-10-09 10:37:37 PM  
1 vote:
BUT if he'd been an illegal Mexican with a lawn mower, protesting and a'mowin for amnesty....well, that's be perfectly okay.

/I hope the national park service remembers this when we pave yellow stone park and backfill that eyesore ditch in Arizona with worthless US currency.
2013-10-09 10:36:39 PM  
1 vote:
I see where the guy is coming from and it's a nice gesture, but really, just leave it alone..it isn't your property to mow. Let the grass grow a bit..it's better for the environment anyway. I'm also a bit frightened that a place goes into complete 'disrepair' after just 8 days....
2013-10-09 10:35:43 PM  
1 vote:

machodonkeywrestler: ArcadianRefugee: 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.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/31/subtitle-II/chapter-13/sub ch apter-III


Actually....

That law only says it's unlawful for an officer or employee to accept voluntary services.  It doesn't say it's unlawful for an employee to perform voluntary services for the agency.  Just that the agency's management can't "accept" the volunteered services.

Lots of feds can and do work voluntary overtime.
2013-10-09 10:31:52 PM  
1 vote:

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.


Umm, no.

NOBODY stands to be paid right now to do groundskeeping at national parks, etc. If I understand right, those people are furloughed. Your flippant and bombastic attack is seriously flawed.

Unless you're trolling, in which case you're not doing well at that either; troll posts aren't usually completely false-premised.
2013-10-09 10:05:10 PM  
1 vote:
2013-10-09 09:59:33 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:53:38 PM  
1 vote:

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 09:51:22 PM  
1 vote:

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 09:44:48 PM  
1 vote:

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 09:26:50 PM  
1 vote:

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 09:26:01 PM  
1 vote:
me thinks it's time for the million lawnmower march!

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2013-10-09 09:19:43 PM  
1 vote:

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 09:16:07 PM  
1 vote:
Also seen cutting that grass for free:

i.imgur.com
2013-10-09 09:04:45 PM  
1 vote:

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 08:13:50 PM  
1 vote:
Nice work. Would like to see more people out doing that.
2013-10-09 07:59:39 PM  
1 vote:
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