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2013-10-10 04:05:04 PM
LOL, no shopping here but check out the warning sign on the AA gun.
 
2013-10-10 04:05:12 PM
bp1.blogger.com
 
2013-10-10 04:06:02 PM
Yes, keep focusing on the tourist attractions that are closed, rather than the food/drug inspectors, cancer researchers, NASA scientists and such that are furloughed.
 
2013-10-10 04:07:47 PM
So this means Mr Ranger is no longer around to stop Yogi the Bear's stupid schemes, or does it not matter because no one can picnic in the forest anyways?
 
2013-10-10 04:08:06 PM
So the parents, knowing the zoo was closed, took the kid to the zoo to make a political statement and/or attention whore?
 
2013-10-10 04:08:21 PM
John Boehner could stop all this.  He has the votes.
 
2013-10-10 04:09:16 PM

Begoggle: So the parents, knowing the zoo was closed, took the kid to the zoo to make a political statement and/or attention whore?


Pretty Much
 
2013-10-10 04:09:23 PM
Apparently the federal sign-printers are essential and being kept very busy.
 
2013-10-10 04:09:24 PM
Welfare anchor babies. Taxed enough. No more government. All problems solved.
 
2013-10-10 04:09:42 PM

Begoggle: So the parents, knowing the zoo was closed, took the kid to the zoo to make a political statement and/or attention whore?


Journalists called up their friends and said, "hey, wanna help me write an article?"
 
2013-10-10 04:10:38 PM

LordJiro: Yes, keep focusing on the tourist attractions that are closed, rather than the food/drug inspectors, cancer researchers, NASA scientists and such that are furloughed.


I say we focus on ALL of it.  The more people understand how bad this shutdown is, the fewer Republicans who will get re-elected.  Assuming American voters are rational, that is.
 
2013-10-10 04:11:00 PM

LordJiro: Yes, keep focusing on the tourist attractions that are closed, rather than the food/drug inspectors, cancer researchers, NASA scientists and such that are furloughed.


Those are thing people don't ever begin to think about in the first place, why start now? It's only the things that, in their mind, are directly destroying their personal lives. It's much easier to tweet a sad picture of your kid in a bear hoodie standing on the gate of a closed zoo, that I'm sure you could have found out was closed before you went, than it is to talk about "food/drug inspectors, cancer researchers, NASA scientists ".


MURICA!
 
2013-10-10 04:11:35 PM
Lot of fuss over TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.
 
2013-10-10 04:13:15 PM
Funny how all the jobs associated with fines, fees and taxes are all essential.  This whole thing is a farking joke.  The Federal gubmint is 24/7... the only things being closed are the little diddlydoos around the edges that people actually notice.

I need to hear more stories about how someday I'm going to realize how much I need the federal government...  because so far everything is fine.  Wake me up when North Korea parks an aircraft carrier in the Chesapeake Bay.
 
2013-10-10 04:13:47 PM
This Sad Kid at the Zoo Is Now the Defining Image of the Shutdown

No, it isn't.

Begoggle: So the parents, knowing the zoo was closed, took the kid to the zoo to make a political statement and/or attention whore?


Let's give them the benefit of the doubt; they could just be stupid.
 
2013-10-10 04:14:18 PM
Doesn't it bother *anyone* that Obama's minions are going out of their way to be dicks? Closing attractions on government land that don't run on government funding, chasing people out of privately run hotels on government property? These the people you want running your medical care? Really?
 
2013-10-10 04:14:19 PM
Gotta love using your kid to stage a photo for a political statement. =)

/'murica
 
2013-10-10 04:16:00 PM

LordJiro: Yes, keep focusing on the tourist attractions that are closed, rather than the food/drug inspectors, cancer researchers, NASA scientists and such that are furloughed.


Yes, but those are completely necessary functions of the government, which the republicans have repeatedly demonstrated they don't care about.
 
2013-10-10 04:17:48 PM
How about we stop using children as political props
 
2013-10-10 04:19:12 PM

LordJiro: Yes, keep focusing on the tourist attractions that are closed, rather than the food/drug inspectors, cancer researchers, NASA scientists and such that are furloughed.


I doubt people will retweet the diarrhea from my salmonella-laced chicken.
 
2013-10-10 04:20:04 PM
There is (was) ? a bar across the street from the National Zoo called the Zoo Bar. Is that still open?
 
2013-10-10 04:20:18 PM

skylabdown: Funny how all the jobs associated with fines, fees and taxes are all essential.


It's not that they're essential: they pay for their own existence. They bring in money. They help pay for the actually essential services. They don't keep them on because they want to annoy the public. They keep them on because of common sense.
 
2013-10-10 04:21:54 PM

ToastTheRabbit: Gotta love using your kid to stage a photo for a political statement. =)

/'murica


My thoughts exactly. Thats the only thing that makes this photo ANY kind of 'sad.
 
2013-10-10 04:23:08 PM
I looked up John Candy on wiki not more than a week ago... did he really die all the way back in '94? It seems more recent than that.
 
2013-10-10 04:24:19 PM
i309.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-10 04:24:37 PM

Russ1642: Begoggle: So the parents, knowing the zoo was closed, took the kid to the zoo to make a political statement and/or attention whore?

Journalists called up their friends and said, "hey, wanna help me write an article?"


This is what I hate about modern journalism. So the above occurs, then all the journalists tweet and retweet it and it's published in the Atlantic Wire / Salon / Slate / HuffPo / ... as if it were authentic. And all the journalists go to the bar feeling smug and good about how they fight the good fight.
 
2013-10-10 04:26:40 PM
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2013-10-10 04:28:31 PM
Heres another good question...

I saw somewhere someone talking about not being able to afford to buy food because of the shut down because they were furloughed..
It stuck me as odd... were these people getting paid daily?
 
2013-10-10 04:32:33 PM

skylabdown: I need to hear more stories about how someday I'm going to realize how much I need the federal government... because so far everything is fine. Wake me up when North Korea parks an aircraft carrier in the Chesapeake Bay.


At which point it would be too late. I love how some people seem to think that the infrastructure (both physical and legal) of our country just sort of popped up out of nowhere, and maintains itself indefinitely and for free as we remove funding to cut taxes for the wealthiest among us.

I won't bother you with "more stories about how someday I'm going to realize how much I need the federal government " because you're clearly too stupid to understand them.
 
2013-10-10 04:33:43 PM

JRoo: Welfare anchor babies. Taxed enough. No more government. All problems solved.


You're the baddest of all the asses!
 
2013-10-10 04:35:02 PM
I'm also tired of the "oh no, some tourist place is closed, wah" stories.

As lovely as national parks and zoos are, people aren't gonna farking die if they don't get to visit one of them.

So, maybe all this energy going into biatching about how they can't go to the zoo or the monument or whatever should be directed at the assholes who are causing it: the Republicans.

And the realization that if your worst problem is your trip to the zoo or park is ruined, you're still doing pretty goddam good.
 
2013-10-10 04:37:25 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I'm also tired of the "oh no, some tourist place is closed, wah" stories.

As lovely as national parks and zoos are, people aren't gonna farking die if they don't get to visit one of them.

So, maybe all this energy going into biatching about how they can't go to the zoo or the monument or whatever should be directed at the assholes who are causing it: the Republicans.

And the realization that if your worst problem is your trip to the zoo or park is ruined, you're still doing pretty goddam good.


That isn't our biggest problem.  Our biggest problem is probably the CDC or NRC.  We're not doing "goddam good" at all.
 
2013-10-10 04:40:07 PM

Barricaded Gunman: skylabdown: I need to hear more stories about how someday I'm going to realize how much I need the federal government... because so far everything is fine. Wake me up when North Korea parks an aircraft carrier in the Chesapeake Bay.

At which point it would be too late. I love how some people seem to think that the infrastructure (both physical and legal) of our country just sort of popped up out of nowhere, and maintains itself indefinitely and for free as we remove funding to cut taxes for the wealthiest among us.

I won't bother you with "more stories about how someday I'm going to realize how much I need the federal government " because you're clearly too stupid to understand them.


You've obviously never been to Baltimore.  The North Korean military wouldn't stand a chance here... there'd be plenty time for me get to safety...that's why I said "wake me up."
 
GBB
2013-10-10 04:40:43 PM

LordJiro: Yes, keep focusing on the tourist attractions that are closed, rather than the food/drug inspectors, cancer researchers, NASA scientists and such that are furloughed.


And the FAA, apparently.  We were supposed to have an air show down here.  It was canceled because the FAA is not processing applications?
 
2013-10-10 04:42:52 PM
So the government owns the zoo...but who owns the government?
 
2013-10-10 04:47:08 PM
I am really enjoying the butthurt being displayed by Farkers over the concept of (possibly) staged photo-ops.

moelane.com
 
2013-10-10 04:53:00 PM
I don't think anyone can say for sure whether that photo was staged aside from the photographer, mostly because it's statistically unlikely that out of all the people that go visit the zoo, that nobody would be oblivious that the government shutdown closed the zoo. In fact, given how ignorant most Americans are to most the basic facts, about our country, I'm surprised that the photographer didn't catch more unaware patrons somehow surprised the zoo was closed.
 
2013-10-10 04:56:22 PM

Gwyrddu: I don't think anyone can say for sure whether that photo was staged aside from the photographer, mostly because it's statistically unlikely that out of all the people that go visit the zoo, that nobody would be oblivious that the government shutdown closed the zoo. In fact, given how ignorant most Americans are to most the basic facts, about our country, I'm surprised that the photographer didn't catch more unaware patrons somehow surprised the zoo was closed.


I guess it's hard for people to know when the criteria for deciding what's open and what's closed is so arbitrary... almost as if it's being done for show and not to actually save $$$.
 
2013-10-10 05:08:53 PM

skylabdown: I guess it's hard for people to know when the criteria for deciding what's open and what's closed is so arbitrary... almost as if it's being done for show and not to actually save $$$.


Yes and no. What is open and closed is determined by law and it is not like Obama is twirling his mustache and deciding arbitrarily to close the zoo to piss people off (you can say the law is arbitrary, but you can't say this was all decided recently). On the other hand, the government shutdown on the whole is a big show by the Republicans to impress their teatard base.
 
2013-10-10 05:10:09 PM

Gwyrddu: I don't think anyone can say for sure whether that photo was staged aside from the photographer, mostly because it's statistically unlikely that out of all the people that go visit the zoo, that nobody would be oblivious that the government shutdown closed the zoo. In fact, given how ignorant most Americans are to most the basic facts, about our country, I'm surprised that the photographer didn't catch more unaware patrons somehow surprised the zoo was closed.


Boy, this parking lot sure is empty. Let's get out of the car and walk up to that sign that says "closed"!
 
2013-10-10 05:18:14 PM

ToastTheRabbit: Heres another good question...

I saw somewhere someone talking about not being able to afford to buy food because of the shut down because they were furloughed..
It stuck me as odd... were these people getting paid daily?


Furloughed employees have no idea when they might next get a paycheck. Really hard to budget for anything when you have no idea when you will get paid.
 
2013-10-10 05:21:16 PM

Hoopy Frood: Boy, this parking lot sure is empty. Let's get out of the car and walk up to that sign that says "closed"!


Or, we drove all this way, let's walk up and find out why the park is closed and when they will reopen.
 
2013-10-10 05:29:29 PM
Staged photo ops always get me choked up.

Rule one of parenting, children are never too young to learn about disappointment.
 
2013-10-10 05:38:31 PM

the Mole of Production: skylabdown: Funny how all the jobs associated with fines, fees and taxes are all essential.

It's not that they're essential: they pay for their own existence. They bring in money. They help pay for the actually essential services. They don't keep them on because they want to annoy the public. They keep them on because of common sense.


Then why close the Cliff House? It more than pays for itself and uses no federal services in its day to day operation, hell it doesn't even use federal land to gain access or for parking and the employee's are not government workers. The only reasonable explanation is to "Make it hurt" and make that hurt as visible as possible. I have yet to hear any refutation of that.
 
2013-10-10 06:01:29 PM

Radioactive Ass: the Mole of Production: skylabdown: Funny how all the jobs associated with fines, fees and taxes are all essential.

It's not that they're essential: they pay for their own existence. They bring in money. They help pay for the actually essential services. They don't keep them on because they want to annoy the public. They keep them on because of common sense.

Then why close the Cliff House? It more than pays for itself and uses no federal services in its day to day operation, hell it doesn't even use federal land to gain access or for parking and the employee's are not government workers. The only reasonable explanation is to "Make it hurt" and make that hurt as visible as possible. I have yet to hear any refutation of that.


We even have one dude a few posts up that actually said the administration has had nothing to do with any closings or openings and that it's all "just based on the law."  Was it yesterday that Pelosi thanked Obama for opening the Mall for the immigration protest or was that earlier in the week?

The complete and utter dishonesty displayed by people here who give the Obama administration a cut card on all this is astounding even to me and I've been hanging around this tab for awhile.
 
2013-10-10 06:10:36 PM
Headline of the article: "This Sad Kid at the Zoo Is Now the Defining Image of the Shutdown"

A week in and this farking website is proclaiming the 'defining image' of the shutdown?

fark you headline writer for the Atlantic Wire!
 
2013-10-10 06:23:23 PM
Won't someone think of the animals...

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2013-10-10 06:33:31 PM

Hoopy Frood: Gwyrddu: I don't think anyone can say for sure whether that photo was staged aside from the photographer, mostly because it's statistically unlikely that out of all the people that go visit the zoo, that nobody would be oblivious that the government shutdown closed the zoo. In fact, given how ignorant most Americans are to most the basic facts, about our country, I'm surprised that the photographer didn't catch more unaware patrons somehow surprised the zoo was closed.

Boy, this parking lot sure is empty. Let's get out of the car and walk up to that sign that says "closed"!


The time I took my family to the Henry Ford, I wasn't sure of what to make of it when we got there just before opening.  We were the very first visitors there, and the place looked like a ghost town.  We got in at opening as I was wondering how could they afford to keep the place open with so few visitors, as I had the impression the place is always packed.  It was by the time we left.

/It was nice getting part of our tour without any crowds.
 
2013-10-10 06:43:32 PM
Staged? Like the vets at the WWII memorial were staged?
 
2013-10-10 06:54:28 PM

skylabdown: We even have one dude a few posts up that actually said the administration has had nothing to do with any closings or openings and that it's all "just based on the law." Was it yesterday that Pelosi thanked Obama for opening the Mall for the immigration protest or was that earlier in the week?

The complete and utter dishonesty displayed by people here who give the Obama administration a cut card on all this is astounding even to me and I've been hanging around this tab for awhile.


I didn't say that the Obama administration had no control over what gets shut down, but rather their decisions aren't arbitrary but instead an attempt to follow a 143 year old law. Besides, you can't claim on one hand that Obama is shutting things down to visibly hurt people for show and on the other hand that the shutdown isn't hurting anyone because North Korea hasn't anchored anything off your coast (you anchor or dock ships you park vehicles).
 
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