In case there´s any doubt as to who´s to blame for this outrage, a spokesman for National Park Service said the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered up the blockades.Even Bill Clinton didn´t have the audacity to try such a thing during the 1995 government shutdown.As the AP reported at the time, "tourists were free to wander the halls of the Capitol, touch the walls of the Vietnam Memorial and climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to read the Gettysburg Address — those and other similar sites don´t require supervision of federal employees." This isn´t the first time
If the Republicans win this showdown (which I am beginning to think they might), it will not be because they fought so well. It will be because the Democrats were so foolish as to do what the Republicans usually do and "read the stage directions".
@2 I haven´t heard the news this morning but driving home last night around 8:45 Mark Levin was talking about the moderate pubbies caving and doing some horse trading with amnesty. I hope not, but by now, know better.
The game is completely rigged. The Democrats can do whatever they want and if any of it is objectionable they just blame Republicans. The slavish media takes the baton and dutifully reports that it is all the fault of Republicans and the Republicans go to Fox to plead their case. Meanwhile the Democrats have ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Washington Post, The N.Y. Times, Time, Newsweek, AP, etc. and overwhelm every news cycle. And even on Fox we have to hear from Juan Williams, Tamara Holder and Bob Beckel. As long as the media is corrupt, we will have very few wins, I´m afraid.
It is clear to me Obama especially wants to cause pain to patriotic Americans, people who truly appreciate the goodness of our country. He has closed memorials to our warriors both here and abroad. Who is hurt most by the barricades he orders erected, (spending more to barricade than to keep open)? He is a disgustingly small, evil man.
Washington (AP) – Federal agents raided a House Republican caucus last evening, arresting all 232 members. In a news conference shortly afterward, Attorney General Eric Holder said the entire caucus will be held indefinitely for violating the Sedition Act of 1918. The charge: reckless disregard of the president’s agenda.
Q Ed Henry, Fox News. The Sedition Act of 1918 was repealed in 1921, sir.
HOLDER: Hearsay, Ed. Rumors. Go try to find the original signed bill repealing the act. You won’t, because it doesn’t exist.
HENRY: (to himself) Yeah. Anymore.
Q: Art Shapiro, NPR. Was it really necessary to use dogs and fire hoses, sir?
HOLDER: I’ll let my newly appointed second-in-command answer that. He was in charge of the operation. Reverend Al?
SHARPTON: Resiskance was antipiquated, Art. We just took a pigeon outta Bull Connor’s book, is all. Payback is sweet. The dogs didn’t bite but three people. Vets immediately attended the animals as Harry Reid advised us some of those Republicans are rabid.
Q. Where are the detainees now, Mr. Attorney General?
HOLDER: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium/Holding Pen, along with members of their staffs.
Q: David Jackson, USA Today: Were those people read their rights, sir?
HOLDER: Yes, FBI agent Felipe Miranda addressed the group. He warned them that unless they sent a clean CR to the Senate, their immediate families would be picked up as well.
Q: That was their Miranda warning?
HOLDER: Spirit of the law, David.
Q: Mike Allen, Politico. What happens if Boehner doesn’t budge? How long are you prepared to hold the detainees?
HOLDER: Until the D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo on the 27th, Mike. After that, Guantanamo. We’re implementing early release of the jihadists there now so we’ll have room to house the Republican terrorists if they don’t come to their senses.
Am I the only one who thinks it´s beyond coincidence that a mentally ill man just happened to be able to make his way into the Navy Yard with a sawed off shotgun last week when the Budget Battle was heating up, and kill a half dozen people?
Am I the only one who thinks that it´s beyond coincidence that a mentally ill woman from Connecticut just happened to be in Washington ,D C. yesterday, 300+ miles from home with a baby in the car, outside the gates to the White House, and managed to get herself shot and killed by the Secret Service/Capitol Police?
Am I the only one who believes we´re beyond the "Look! It´s a squirrel" scenario now?
Should I shop for new head ware? Perhaps one with less tin foil?
Here´s an idea, Republicans should point out the fact that although Obama has closed the memorials both here and abroad, he has managed to keep the golf course open at Andrews Air Force Base. Nothing must interrupt the boy king´s recreation.
#12 He kept the golf course open at Andrews but closed the grocery stores the military families use. If people can´t see what this evil little man is doing they are dumber than I thought. Although I did read yesterday that the media are withholding the poll results that are unfavorable to Obama. Now there´s a shocker.
Obama is losing this one. Fox reported last night that in the LSM, out of 21 stories on the shutdown, all 21 were blaming it on Republicans. Then they showed a poll in which 25% blamed republicans and 24% blamed zippy. Despite the media blitz, zippy is almost even with Republicans. Zippy didn´t win on the sequester either, despite the LSM hysteria.
Even the Lowfo´s use the internet. If they can´t login to get their "free healthcare" or actually are successful logging in and find out what it really costs, they may actually understand why the Republicans are fighting this fight.
The timing of the rollout of Obamacare and the shutdown could not be better for us.
Golf course at Andrews AFB open, grocery stores at army bases closed, national parks closed, Debbie Wasserman Schultz still getting paid.
And this FTA: Obama is expending more resources to close these monuments than they require to stay open.
Republicans need to hammer Harry Reid with these facts. Quote the little jackass at every opportunity: "Why would we want to" help one child with cancer? He´s refusing to consider bills that will keep parts of the government open. His motives are transparent and are detrimental to our country. Bombard the American people with these truths. And don´t back down.
If you´re not working today, why not take some friends and hold up posters with "Obama closed our park!" or "Obama is a tyrant!" at every shutdown national park or monument. I would be there if I could!
Petty is not one of my favorite adjectives for Obama, but it fits beautifully. I´m beginning to run out of them with this guy. Too many to mention here...and some you wouldn´t/shouldn´t/couldn´t print anyway. Certainly, at the very least, he is the most extraordinarily un-presidential character we´ve had sitting in the Oval Office - our Oval Office, by the way - not his or any other president´s.
He reminds me of my 15 month old grandson. When he can´t get his own way, he pumps his tiny hands up and down and stamps his tiny feet. His mother tells him to take his tantrum to another room. Obama and his dems are throwing a huge tantrum right now because they can´t get their own way right now. Obama has no history with this country. He doesn´t really understand what being an American is all about. One doesn´t close the Veterans parks out of spite because of what the veterans gave to the country.
I have a question (statement) a bit off the subject but somewhat connected.
Why is it an imposition/hardship for an individual to sign up for Voter Registration but is quite convenient for everyone to sign up for Obama Health Care??? One is a reliable program and cost nothing and the other is dysfunctional and the cost (s) are unclear and open to abuse?
Will you join our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Somewhere beyond the barricades Is a world you long to see. Do you hear the people sing? Do you hear the distant drum? It is future that we bring, When tomorrow comes! from Les Miserables
Sometimes a cartoon says it best like the one on the Lucianne home page showing Helicopters flying 24/7 to hold up a giant sheet to block the view of Mt Rushmore during the shutdown. Obama overplays his hand showing everyone he can pick and choose what money gets spent on while denying any say in this to the branch of government that has the power of the purse under the constitution gets the blame for shutting down funds for cancer research for the children while they try to get money past Obama to do that very thing. How can even Lofo´s not understand that Obama overplays his shutdown hand?
What we are seeing is the difference in a president who had experience as a governor and one whose only experience was as a "community organizer".
Governors have experience working with state legislatures and compromising and negotiating. Obama´s only skill set is to demand and not give in until he gets his way...and make everyone as miserable as possible to add pressure.
Obama is a nasty piece of work. Look how he shamed the Supreme Court with them right there (though that didn´t stop John Roberts from tying himself in knots to save Obamacare) and dump both Bernake and our allies in Eastern Europe who were depending on our defense system, right there to their anger and humiliation. He lies constantly and is never called out by the Press. For this reason he can never overplay a hand or be recognized for his lying and pettiness. He gets a free pass!
And the poster who noted that the President´s golf club has stayed open......as has Camp David-----hit the nail on the head!!!!!!!!!!!!! As Reid said yesterday about children with cancer being deprived via the shutdown: "Why would we care about that!" They care about themselves---PERIOD!
One bright side to this, when the money runs out to pay the brownshirts who are holding all of our national parks and monuments hostage, they will re-open and will run without government assistance. I think both parties are terrified that a longer shutdown will expose them all as useless and irrelevant, that´s why the desperation is showing to end this. I´m sorry that some good people are being hurt by this shutdown but I am enjoying the heck out of their childish circus and watching the DIC rant, threaten and sweat his way through a situation over which he has no control.
Martial Law is his only recourse if congress can´t resolve this. Watch for it and be ready.
Picky/choosey 0bama deemed funding for FEMA to go back to work but he selectively refuses to fund cancer patients immediate requirements, American History Memorials & National Parks, televised football games for our troops and on & on?!!! Now he is threatening to withhold SS checks? Look how he is targeting things and people with his wrath right now!
If 0bama is already picking & choosing which previously legislated laws he will enforce while ignoring those he doesn´t like, such as existing Immigration Law, border security & the fence, etc., IMAGINE what he could do under the umbrella, ´´0bamacare!´´
This current blatant preferential abuse of power in order to hurt/´herd´ American citizens is but a glimpse into what he, Sebelius and the nuevo socialistic hippie/dem party have in store for every American forced under the BIG Government thumb of 0bamacare! And they expect us to pay for such abuses!! ...Imagine how they can & will play favorites if 0bamacare is funded and fully implemented!!! Soylent Green/death panels?!!
The shifty sands of statist dem politics is what 0bamacare is built upon, which is totally contrary to the American Declaration of INDEPENDENCE, the U.S Constitution and American history. The dem party is trying to take the ´´IN´ out of each American citizen´s Declaration of, ´´Independence,´´ as an EQUAL individual U.S.A. citizen, rendering everyone DEPENDENT on BIG Governmental ´top down´ preferences. -YIKES!!! That´s called quite a Ponzi Scheme!
You have to remember #33 that Fox News is full of ex-Bushies. Big government Republicans who hate this and back stabbed President Reagan from the get go. They hate Cruz and Lee. It is a nest of ´rabbit´ ex-Republicans. With Karl Rover leading.
TV radio propagandist fear mongers love saying "government shutdown", when all it really means is nonnproductive bureaucrats are getting A PAID VACATION. Communist Barry Nero loves golfing while Rome burns, wants more chaos for him to continue his puppet like insanity. Ted Cruz and Mark Levin are heroes and we need more of them, a chorus of them to win out over the Muslim Marxist and all of his Communist Czars
One thing I did notice from this excellent article and the comments, no trolls hopped on to dispel the truth of the petty preezy´s policies. Glad to escape their propaganda spin for a day or so. They must be busy manufacturing hysteria over the partial shutdown.
If civil war breaks out in D.C., it will be between generals, Roman style.
The country lost its bearings with the misuse of legislative process when AFA-O-Care was not originated in the House. Reverse order on that vote. Plus, of course, the corrupt vote itself.
The legislation encodes tyranny in various forms. The people running the system have fill-in-the-blank privileges whereby the rules can be altered to suit the political moment, or any moment, without any overview by an ombudsman or House committee.
On and on it is going, the country is in a tightening spiral. If civil war breaks out it will be between generals in D.C.
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