One the reasons we are here (in shutdown as I write this), these idiots don't know their asses from holes in the ground. Why was the WWII Memorial Closed? Because that's what a shutdown means. Why would they do that? Because no one is there to staff the memorial, and if someone should fall, there's no one to respond (I'm sure the ambulance sent from 911 dispatch would go onto the property, but they would be violating numerous agreements). So, Rep. Gomert, why don't we also open the parks to visitors? After all, nobody needs help to touch trees. And Rep. King once again shows his vast ignorance. It wasn't a personal decision by the President, he's following the operations manual on what is essential and what isn't. What isn't is closed. And once again the conservatives are going to try and roll back the uncomfortable ramifications of their own decisions. What a fucking bunch of clowns. Sad clowns.
BTW, I hope all those clowns show up tomorrow with some brooms and dust bins, not to mention garbage bags. They might also want to brush up on keeping water fountains running. But of course, these idiots have never seen the support that needs to happen to keep things running.
And now there's word that the GOP wants to fund all those parts that will affect them first. Okay, game over, screw the CR. Dear GOP, your homework is late. Partial work will no longer be accepted. Please deliver a full omnibus spending bill for FY2014. Every day it is late is another full letter grade. Think I'm being too harsh? This is Congress' actual Constitutional function. For people who like to carry the Constitution in their pockets, maybe it's time to actually read the blasted thing. When you learn how to act like adults we'll treat you like adults.
Jim Wright with a little perspective.
Mary Robinette Kowal shares an interesting photo link from her site.
Catherine Schaff-Stump interviews Jay Lake about his "story a week challenge."
So, all those fencing terms in the Princess Bride are from actual history. But I'm pretty sure all the scams named in Ocean's 11 (12, and 13) are still bogus. (Grokked from Tor.com)
So, it's almost Halloween and every castle is turning up haunted. Fortunately they won't make you run the haunted house gauntlet naked. (Grokked from Tor.com)
Vince shares a list of resources for depression, suicide, and other emergencies.