Shutdown 2013  (Page 2)

For Obama, negotiating with Republicans is tough, almost as tough as math

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:42pm 10/9/2013 at 8:42pm

So which will it be: catastrophe or no? And if it’s catastrophe, how soon will that happen?

People on the left are ramping up the fear, and people on the right trying to minimize it, both for obvious tactical purposes of their own. But failure to raise the debt ceiling is uncharted...

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We’re here, we’re Tea Party, get used to it!

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:12pm 10/9/2013 at 2:12pm

The demise of the Tea Party movement has been predicted since its inception in early 2009.  There has been a non-stop demonization of the movement led by Democrats and the media, but frequently joined by party Republicans.

There also have been many misleading headlines based on cherry-picked polling, as I demonstrated recently, ...

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“Don’t Barrycade me, bro!”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 12:50pm 10/9/2013 at 12:50pm

Great news for the mostly furloughed IRS, now mostly out of sight, out of mind.

The new rallying cry across the nation is “Don’t Barrycade me, bro!”

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Obama “No Negotiation” press conference – LIVE (Update – will not pay ransom to Republican extremist extortionists)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 1:30pm 10/8/2013 at 1:30pm

Press conference now over. If you missed it, you missed one of the most demeaning, pejorative performances I’ve ever seen by any President. I say “one of” because it’s possible there’s a more snide performance I’ve forgotten.

But today was memorable.

Just more of the eliminationist rhetoric about ransoms and extortion and so...

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Tour Guide accuses Yellowstone Park Rangers of “Gestapo tactics”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 12:14pm 10/8/2013 at 12:14pm

Yellowstone National Park is among a number of popular destination closed by the National Park Service as a result of the scale-back.

Some tourists and a tour guide are complaining about rough handling by park rangers of tourists in the park at the time of closure.

A New Hampshire tourist, along with many...

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Peasants storm Castillo de San Marcos, beaten back by trespass warnings

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 8:30am 10/8/2013 at 8:30am

A group of 40 tourists peasants stormed Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, as reported by First Coast News (h/t Amy):

A group of tourists didn’t let the government shutdown or the...

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Park Service allows pro-immigration reform rally on ‘closed’ National Mall

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 7, 2013 at 6:33pm 10/7/2013 at 6:33pm

The Washington Examiner reported earlier today that the Park Service will allow an immigration reform rally on the ‘closed’ National Mall in Washington DC tomorrow.

A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though...

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Mika Brzezinski No. 1 on list of MSM losing it over gov’t scale-back

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 7, 2013 at 2:56pm 10/7/2013 at 2:56pm

Laurel’s list of inflammatory schoolyard taunts by senior Democratic politicians and their spokesmen reflected the increasingly eliminationist rhetoric which is part of Democratic shut-down scale-back strategy.

Perhaps it’s time for a new list: Mainstream Media Gone Wild, or something similar.

I know...

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Obama demands FEMA funding even though Dems opposed House funding bill

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 7, 2013 at 12:51pm 10/7/2013 at 12:51pm

I guess this goes in either the “there he goes again” or “chutzpah” files.

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall later this week in the Gulf of Mexico.  FEMA started recalling workers several days ago to prepare for the storm, and in any event, most FEMA staff never even...

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“Scaled-Back” Weekend

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:30am 10/7/2013 at 11:30am

It was, as usual, a busy weekend.  We covered a number of “Barrycade” events.  John Nolte at Breitbart.com has an even more extensive list of petty and unnecessary closures and lock-outs..

Here are some of the shut-down scale-back related items we covered, in case you missed them:

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Don’t let a government scale-back go to waste

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 7, 2013 at 8:45am 10/7/2013 at 8:45am

Rahm Emanuel, speaking soon after Obama took office in 2009, famously suggested that the Obama administration would not let a serious crisis — the Fall 2008 credit crisis — go to waste:

Republicans would do well to heed that advice, advice which Obama used to his advantage to push through the failed...

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NBC Nightly News features children turned away from NIH, ignores Dem funding opposition

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:00am 10/7/2013 at 7:00am

After Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a funding bill for the National Institutes of Health, NBC Nightly News has run two feature stories about children and other patients who could not enroll in a cancer clinical trial at NIH because of the “shutdown.”

In neither story was the Republican funding...

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Battle Cry heard at Minute Man Park: “Can’t Keep Me Out”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 5:25pm 10/6/2013 at 5:25pm

They’ve chained the parking lot at the Minute Man* National Park in Lexington-Concord, MA.

A reader would not be stopped, and writes, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem about the “rude bridge”:

“By the rude bridge...

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Tuffy wasn’t a mean clown, unlike those barrycading WWII Vets

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2:01pm 10/6/2013 at 2:01pm

Remember Tuffy the Rodeo Clown?

Who earned the ire of Democratic politicians and a lifetime ban from the Missouri State Fair because he wore an Obama mask?

Tuffy never told other clowns to “make life as difficult for people as we can.”

Tuffy never tried to stop aging WWII Veterans from making pilgrimage to...

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Obama and financial markets: fear itself

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 11:00am 10/6/2013 at 11:00am

Instead of exerting a calming influence, Obama ramps up the fear connected with the shutdown and the debt limit.

Watch his demeanor, too; chilling:

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Now gov’t trying to block people from looking at Mt. Rushmore (seriously)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 8:30am 10/6/2013 at 8:30am

As bad as the Battle of the Barrycades is in Washington, D.C., forcing WWII Vets to have to push their way past barricades at the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial, what the feds did at Mount Rushmore has to be the most petty and insane of...

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WWII Vet – Removing Iwo Jima Memorial Barricades “Blew My Mind … It Was Great”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 1:21am 10/6/2013 at 1:21am

We wrote earlier today about the Vets on the Syracuse (NY) Honor Flight whose buses pushed through barricades at the Iwo Jima Memorial with the help of volunteers accompanying the group.

This is part of an ongoing Battle of the Barrycades that has taken place also at the WWII and Vietnam...

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