AS we enter day #3 the sun has risen !
Q: what do you call the temporary "unemployment" of nearly a million federal govt employees?
A: A real good start!
Government Shutdown 2013: Kick Back and Enjoy a Bit Less Harassment, from Reason.com:
......."Seventeen percent of ATF employees are "not excepted" from furlough, 16 percent of FBI employees are similarly crowding Starbucks for a few days, and America will have to do without the services of 13 percent of DEA employees for the time being".........
......."The government shutdown has forced spy agencies to furlough 70 percent of their civilian employees..........EPA [says] only a skeleton staff is on the job at the moment, and available to raid mining camps in Alaska"........
And the best news yet:
........." the Internal Revenue Service is a bit short-staffed this week—an estimated 91 percent of the staff has been furloughed".........
Wow! Lets keep this going for a while!
This is becomming an environmental disasster; the leaves are falling off the trees! Just before you can see the sun, there is a bright band of orange in the sky! The green pumpkins in the garden are turning orange !
OMG ! IT'S RED OCTOBER !
Seriously; the republicans have offered to approve those essential department budgets that keep things going, but "O", Harry Reid and Pelosie refuse. "The all or nothing cry babies". Actually, you might even blame this on any five Democrat senators that haven't voted with the Republicans.
I lost out on two free tickets to visit Fort Sumter. Still, it was worth it.
Occasionally, i go to this site to see a live cam view of the earth from space. Found this message today
Is there a pool on the under over when Boehner is gonna cave because of all the terrible effects of the shutdown?
In your loss ,to compensate,drive to Fort Popham,visualize ,it is a fort and there is water,not much history except Brunswick High school
class of 60 ,surrendered a few senior class parties there ,to the State Police !!!
Many of you have read my posts about the DOL giving millions away to Morocco, Ghana, and other less notable among the 57 US states. Today I got this notice:
OPA News Release: [10/03/2013]
Contact Name: Steve Barr
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676
Release Number: 13-2030-NAT
Statement on release of September employment numbers
WASHINGTON — The Department of Labor issued the following statement about the September 2013 Employment Situation report:
"Due to the lapse in funding, the Employment Situation release which provides data on employment during the month of September, compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, will not be issued as scheduled on Friday, October 4, 2013. An alternative release date has not been scheduled. The Employment Situation release includes the unemployment rate (from the household survey) and payroll employment (from the business establishment survey)."
a) Somebody had to write it;
b) In light of the 'gimmes' to foreign lands to better FOREIGN workforces, won't the shutdown help us, net-net?
Glad to see the One still flying around campaigning, while many are shutout of the NP.
More important work delayed.
As the blame game goes on,,,,,,Harry Reid says the republicans are trying to pick and choose what they fund.
Now play close attention: That is exactly what representatives and senators are there to do.
You poor bastids won't be able to visit the Cesar Chavez national Monument!
Now you have done it!
It wan't enough to suffer your own loss ,you have to make the rest of us sad !!!
Really TJC was it just luck you found that there was one ???
Or sheer brilliance???
I'd go withthe second.
Are attempted visitors greeted with a sign that reads: "No, no se puede"?
Oh you bilingual guys!
Bar Harbor - When the main attraction "is" a federal park, and its shut down, tourism gets clobbered.
Acadia’s two most dramatic drives, Park Loop Road and the road to Cadillac Mountain, are closed. A 1,350-passenger ship, is scheduled to be in Bar Harbor on Friday and again on Sunday. Another, which holds more than 2,000 passengers, is supposed to arrive Saturday. 37 ships are scheduled to come to Barharbor through October. The company may re-route them to Portland because of the state park shutdown.
Amazing as it may seem, the rock bound coast of Portland and Islands along with trees looks the same !
There also is just as many expensive eateries and gift shops for passengers to go to ! If they haven't eaten on ship.
I remember a conversation with a restaurant owner on Commercial St. reference the cruisers , the impact minimal because they have already paid for food on board!
As a matter of style, what's going on in D.C. ought to be referred to as a partial government shutdown. There is plenty of government still operating -- even some things a reasonable person would consider non-essential. As a libertarian, I *still* think we have too much government. And I don't think blue-collar Mainers could give two **** about a partial shutdown of the Leviathan (unless it means less taxes coming out of their paychecks.)
Are you suggesting that the NPS had to shut down Acadia? I remember when it never was "shut down".
Are you suggesting that the NPS had to shut down Acadia? I remember when it never was "shut down".
I'm not suggesting they had to or did not have to shut down. Just reporting what's happening in Bar Harbor.
Q: What do you call a million government workers on furlough?
A: Not enough.
Looks like a great time to visit Bar Harbor, do some biking in the park etc. Should be able to get some great deals on a room etc.
Since the Andrews Air Force Base commissary was shut down, I wonder if the airman can get things at the Andrews Air Force Base golf course which of course remains open as it is essential to Obama being able to play golf
Matt, it's a National Park, not a state park.
Islander, it probably would be a nice time to ride the carriage trails, but you'd probably be trespassing, although it's unclear who would be there to enforce such a law.
As for cruise ships, I think as long as they dock in Bar Harbor, the town itself will still thrive on them, maybe more so because the passengers won't be hauled out of town on buses to the Park. And the meals comment rings true, we love the traffic from the smaller cruise ships that visit Belfast, but most of them don't dine here because they do get their meals on board.
Sorry, typo on my part.
I read the PPH version of Acadiageddon. Judging from it's impact on the cruise business, I'm left to wonder if it doesn't (or couldn't) collect enough fees to be self sufficient. There are probably thousands of examples .. the Grand Canyon comes to mind .. of genuinely attractive attractions that could do very nicely under private stewardship.
That the Park Service closed the privately operated, Philly tavern favored by the founders speaks volumes. The government says 'make it hurt'.
Count me among those who think 800,000 furloughs is a good start.
The Obama thugocracy is making sure that private stewardship is not left out of the shutdown shakedown.
The Coyote Blog has several great posts concerning sites where access is being denied even though they are operated with private money only. The purpose is to inflict as much unnecessary pain as possible on the American people.
...we pay all the bills, run the parks in an independent manner, have no USFS people stationed in the parks, but we have to shut down because the Forest Service can no longer "administer" the facilities. Huh? What day-to-day administration is necessary. Remember that the USFS itself did not think their presence was necessary, originally confirming on Tuesday that we would stay open as we had in all past shutdowns.
The American economy is a house of borrowed and printed dollars. Was watching the talking heads on Bloomberg and they are saying this shutdown will hurt our fragile economy, because it was 9% of our GDP.
The FED wouldn't taper QE because when they even suggested tapering QE interest rates went up. The only thing keeping this so-called economy going is the FED printing money (buying US bonds) and government spending money. If this is all that is needed for a vibrant economy then we should be doing quite well, free money here, free money there, no one should have to work as all they need is money.
America will not default on its debt the politicians say, no, you will just print more money until it costs more to print the dollar than what it is worth.
I fear that the Chinese who have invested in our country's debt will take extreme measures when they find out they are going to be paid with dollars that are worth five cents.
That is the war that I fear.
Obama to Park Service personnel........"Make it Hurt"!
From a Wes Pruden column:
......."The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II"........
One very put out park ranger found the courage to speak out publicly about what he thinks of this farce:
........"“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting"........
The miserable POS that is posing as our POTUS is blatantly using his elected position.........to throw the full power of government at his presumed political enemies.......and is very open and brazen about this entire enterprise, including of course, all the "officially approved" spying and the outrageous harassment of his enemies by bureaucracies such as the IRS and others.
Wes Pruden column
This was the same kind of "tyranny" that was used on our ancestors, that led directly to the American Revolution and the founding of our Republic. This man in the White House does NOT deserve the respect of any decent citizen, but rather deserves all the scorn that can be heaped upon him......and his band of thugs and gangsters! These antics, if continued, may lead to violence in America, unlike any seen here for a long time!
Today Sarah Palin has called for government workers to NOT follow orders to blockade the WWII museum, and other memorials to our heros. She says:
........."Obama employees, [you] know in your hearts and souls that punishing our veterans is wrong,” she said. “This simple act of civil disobedience will galvanize our nation against atrocious political games, and I promise you’ll sleep well tonight".........
Palin calls for "Civil Disobedience" from federal government workers!
Outraged American citizens should march on DC and make these thugs eat their miserable political schemes and shenanigans! Our founders would have tried, impeached and likely imprisoned a man like this for "high crimes and misdemeanors" against America and it's citizens. Surely, if we care about our nation, we have to do something pretty quick as the water is circling the bowl, faster and faster everyday now!