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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Where Did They Get all those "CLOSED" Signs so Fast?
From an e-mail I got earlier this week. Interesting hypothesis.
Storming the Barricades in Washington

I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years. During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc. It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months not days or hours.
I gotta believe that! Unless the Prez can cut all the red tape.
In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying-"this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown.

There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.

This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 month ago. Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process. There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.

People do not realize just what we are dealing with!
Some of at Rantburg do, Bub!
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2013 19:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I imagine if you did a FOIA on the RFP for the signs you'd be stonewalled "for national security issues"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/16/2013 21:17 Comments || Top||

#2  I asked this earlier this week. Then I watched the congressional hearing on the national parks. The parks started to prep for it late sept.
Posted by: 49 pan || 10/16/2013 23:24 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Foodstamp Program Shutdown Imminent?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 10/16/2013 06:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Foodstamp program shutdown Imminent?

I seriously doubt it. Here however, is what MIGHT be "imminent".
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2013 10:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Ever hear the term Prodrazvyorstka?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2013 10:20 Comments || Top||

#3  No, Grom, I guess I'll have to go look it up. The article does make me wonder if the mess last weekend was a (successful) trial for the outage - and outrage - to come.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2013 11:38 Comments || Top||

#4  a campaign of confiscation of grain and other agricultural produce from peasantry for a nominal fixed price

So all those stockpiled bullets would come in handy on the way to Obama's Marxist paradise.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2013 11:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Holodomor - literally means 'Death by hunger'. Millions died during the 'man made' famine in the Ukrane in 1933-34. Some claim it was a deliberate act of the Soviet Government to crush Ukrainian nationalism.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/16/2013 13:47 Comments || Top||

#6  That is why everyone should own their own shopping cart. Nobody can carry a weeks worth of groceries themselves. Homeless guys got it made.
Posted by: airandee || 10/16/2013 14:03 Comments || Top||

#7  You're right, wonder if I can get armour inserts for my new shopping cart and a whip antenna and a whip and perhaps a siren.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/16/2013 15:23 Comments || Top||

#8  D *** NG IT, I'M NOT SHOCKED, I TELL YA, I'M NOT SHOCKED!

As I'd said times before, one way to justify or validate the future OWG + NAU, etc. that no American = Amerikan voted for nor been asked to is having or forcing World Govts-States to rely + depend on one another just for the sake of simple survival - THE MORE ANARCHY + CHAOS, ETC, THE BETTER FOR OWG + "GLOBALISM".

Starting in 2015 thru 2047? [2020-2047]when the Sun will repor explode in the "Mother/GrandDaddy of all Solar Flares" causing Global temps to "go off the charts", I.E. WHEN "SEMI-INTEGRATED", SEMI-FEDERAL OWG GOES FULLY INTEGRATED + FULLY FEDERAL!

D *** NG IT, AMERIKA, AS GOOD GLOBALISTS YOU M-U-S-T STARVE YOUR KIDS FOR THE FUTURE BENEFIT OF THEIR KIDS!

Now wid RFID CHIPS for that Kindler, Gentler, DOMESTIC DRONE STRIKE - YEAH!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2013 20:21 Comments || Top||

#9  IMO #1's post is synonymous or complementary to mine.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2013 20:22 Comments || Top||


Economy
Dems Convinced Doom Awaits on Far Side of Default
On the Democratic side of the aisle, two thirds (67 percent) say it is absolutely essential to raise the debt limit by Thursday. These numbers show the Democrats under more pressure than Republicans to strike a deal: Democratic constituents think their leaders need to and must come to an agreement, Republican constituents feel less overall urgency about raising the debt limit in the next two days.
I don't think I believe that, or they are better actors than I give them credit for.
According to a Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday, 52 percent of self-identified "Tea Party Republicans" believe the debt limit does not need to be raised at all. More broadly, the poll found that just over half (51 percent) of the whole public believe raising the debt ceiling in the next two days is "essential" while 36 percent say nothing serious will happen if lawmakers fail to act.
I think it didn't need to be raised, if we had a Congress worth spit and a leader who was not intent on making the US a third-world country. But now, it is too late. The linked article, BTW, has a decidedly different slant, mocking the Tea Partiers - "arguing, falsely, that the United States will not default nor will economic catastrophe result if the debt ceiling is not raised." I have not been able to pay my bills before - not all of them. I paid the important ones and did not "default". Others got delayed until I could adjust. Too simple a concept for Congress and the media.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2013 06:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If your political power/influence is directly tied to dispersal from the public Treasury, you can understand the underlying belief of 'doom' by the Donks. Unfortunately, the reality is that the party does end either in a Wiemar inflation with worthless paper or a collapse of the ability of the central government to support the flagrant spending.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/16/2013 8:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Agree with Bobby. Dems don't really believe it. Just makes for easy headlines.
Posted by: Iblis || 10/16/2013 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  The debt interest can be repaid out of money the state taxes.

The 14th? amendment states this segment is first in spending priority above all others.

Therefore the Tea-Party types are correct and the sneering-smearing MSM is ignorant and helping their readers stay ignorant.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/16/2013 10:19 Comments || Top||

#4  The "doom" they speak of is actually their hoped for.... "doom" of the Republican party. Single party, unquestioned dominance is the key to socialism.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2013 10:20 Comments || Top||

#5  The "doom" they speak of is actually their hoped for.... "doom" of the Republican party. Single party, unquestioned dominance is the key to socialism.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2013 10:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Somebody's hands are shaking.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2013 10:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Too many of our politicians pander to the voters and don't base their actions on the principles embodied in the Constitution. Instead, they have engendered the "hungry baby robin" syndrome in a larger and larger segment of the voting population. The cry from this segment of the populace is "Where's my boodle?" The elitist politicians willingly trade government dispersed largesse for votes to continue their lifetime posh government jobs with all the perks and exclusions from the laws they pass. But then, I am probably being cynical today.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2013 10:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Not increasing the debt limit is the way to control spending. It will happen sooner or later. Either the market will say no more, or we can demonstrate self-discipline. This is a good tactic for the Republicans and they should wash, rinse and repeat every time the executive wants to run up more debt. They just need to do it in a more organized, unified fashion. I hope the post-Boehner leadership will find a way to bring the trunks together so they have a unified front, at least in the house. There's really no hope for senate rinos like McPain and Grahamnesty. But they are also unnecessary for the tactic to work.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 10/16/2013 11:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Why don't they say...

"The American People should owe less rather than owe more."

Stupid party.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/16/2013 12:01 Comments || Top||

#10  Meh, just make the shmucks an offer, 25 cents on the dollar or wait March and STFU. See what happens, hell, I'm bored and I've always wanted to see a Chinese Fire Drill.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/16/2013 12:05 Comments || Top||

#11  Raising the debt limit to help curb spending is like raising the blood alcohol level to reduce drunk driving.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/16/2013 15:01 Comments || Top||

#12  I'll drink to that Deacon Blues, here is mud in your eye
Posted by: Chuckles Glereting3257 || 10/16/2013 18:21 Comments || Top||

#13  The "DOOM" they fear is the mid-term elections, "VOTE FOR NOBODY, A CLEAN SLATE".
(No Democrats)they want to steal, well let them starve without a job.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/16/2013 19:11 Comments || Top||

#14  The 14th Amendment says the US m-u-s-t pay its debts, which IMO should not + never be interpreted to mean perennially having Gross or Net Debt > Revenues at any time, or an un-balanced Budget - THAT GOVT. IS BEST whICH GOVERNS [e.g. spends] LEAST, CORRECT???

As a general rule, the only reason to have a "Debt Ceiling" is to engage in PORK = EXCESSIVE SPENDING, WHERE THE DEBT BROADLY OR SEPCIFICALLY ALWAYS GOES UP, NOT-N-NEVAR DOWN.

The US will never be truly out of excessive or prohibitive debt - AT BEST YOU CAN ARGUE CURRENT-VS-FUTURE-DEFAULT.

What that you say - what happens when the above collides wid SNAFU + FUBAR, ETC. collides wid Special Interest collides wid anti-US Globalism + OWG-NWO ...

* FREEREPUBLIC > [CNS.com] 150 STRAIGHT DAYS [ + counting]: TREASURY SAYS DEBT STILL STANDS AT US$16,699,396,000 [Trilyuhn].

US$16.75-16.8-PLUS, + even higher, as per various select Pert Klakulators.

* TOPIX > ANALYSIS: NO REASON FOR US TO RAISE DEBT DEILING EXCEPT PORK SPENDING.

* PRAVDA > SHOULD RUSSIA FORGIVE USA'S DEBT OF US$315.0BILYUHN [US$157.0B - same], + SELL ARCTIC?

Ditto the US vee CHINA as per any + all Unincorporated Territories e.g. GUAM + AMERICAN SAMOA??? ONE-HALF OF CONUS-NORAM???

* DEFENCE FORUM INDIA > [Telegraph Blogs]WATCH WHAT CHINA DOES WID US DEBT, NOT WHAT IT SAYS!?

See above.

* BREAKING DEFENSE > CHINA'S FEAR OF US MAY TEMPT THEM TO STRIKE PREEMPTIVELY: SINOLOGISTS.

Up to or including engaging in LIMITED NUCLEAR WAR = LIMITED TACTICAL NUCLAR WAR [LTNW].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2013 19:59 Comments || Top||

#15  The USA giving up East Asia + 1/2 of the Pacific because it $$$ can't afford to do anymore - TRUTH? or PRE-PLANNED = INTENTIONAL?

GOOD GLOBALISM = GOOD 1990'S CLINTONISM = after all, POTUS BILL BACK IN THE DAY SAID HE RLY RELY REELY REALLYRRREEEEEAAAAAAALLLLLLYYYYYY, D **** YOU, TOLD THE TRUTH WHEN HE KNOWINGLY + WILFULLY LIED + DECEIVED EVERYBODY!

LEST WE FERGIT, IT TWAS THE CLINTON ADMIN,NOT THE BAMMER ADMIN, WHOM SAID OR ARGUED THAT THE US "MUST BE RESTRAINED OR CONTROLLED".

D *** NG IT, MUST, MUST - spelled M-U-S-S - MUST!

The Bammer may be a US Democrat, but he's also a Marxist-Globalist.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2013 20:09 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Dems Want Sequester Un-Done as Part of Deal
Never let a crisis go to waste.
Many conservatives view the past seven months of lower spending levels as one of their accomplishments in dealing with Obama and want to continue them.
However...
But GOP defense hawks complain that the next round of automatic cuts falls almost entirely on the Pentagon, and many Republicans want to shift that burden to domestic programs.

Obama and Democrats would do away with them altogether, substituting new taxes and maybe some spending cuts elsewhere in their place.
Let's get what we want into this package before Thursday, boys; we got 'em on the run!
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2013 06:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Spend! Spend! Spend!

In 2005, it cost the Treasury one dollar to produce 100 pennies. Today one dollar buys the Treasury about 42 pennies. That's why gas is not going to get cheaper. Commodities generally stay relative to each other. It's the paper funny money that loses value when the print it without backing. It's just another form of tax removing value from the product of your labor, skills, and entrepreneurship.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/16/2013 8:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course the Dems do. They do not want to make any compromises. They believe the President should have the power of the purse. The Pubs better be careful or they will get rolled again. I hope they don't cave. Unfortunately, many of the voters only watch Obama press conferences, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and are not well-informed regarding what's going really on. The left seems to be winning the blame game (although how can one really tell with all the lies, distortions and bought polls put out by the left).
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2013 10:46 Comments || Top||

#3  if the healthcare.gov site continues its non functioning for the next month or so, it will be a historic opportunity to call attention to the incompetence of leftism

even if the site is fixed, if it doesn't get the healthy people who don't need health insurance to buy it anyway, Obama care is in a world of difficulty and with it, the leftist worldview

even many leftists know this

how well the non leftists can make this point remains to be seen of course

and, in any event, the current Reid-McConnell bill leaves the sequester in place until Jan 2014
Posted by: lord garth || 10/16/2013 13:01 Comments || Top||

#4  The DemoLeft nearly always wins "The Blame Game" because the MSM = Left Medias never NOT blames the GOP-Right.

The only time a Democrat Donk is blamed is iff a GOP Trunk is right next to him being blamed also - anything else is all GOP Trunks.

THE ABOIVE IS CALLED "MEDIA ETHICS/
PROFESSIONALISM", "FAIR-N-BALANCED", ETC.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2013 20:39 Comments || Top||


Hearsay from Hillary Clinton: On Joe Biden and the Osama bin Laden raid
"I know she's running for president now, because toward the end, she was asked about the Osama bin Laden raid. She took 25 minutes to answer," Taylor said. "Without turning the knife too deeply, she put it to [Vice President Joe] Biden."
...OK, so my metric is to vote for the candidate who has bedded more women than myself. Therefore, allow me to say "Hillary in 2016!" /s...
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 10/16/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ok Joe, you know what park to avoid.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2013 9:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Brave Hillary who dodged live fire in Bosnia (and blame in Benghazi). There are far too many uninformed liberal voters out there who will vote for her because she would be the first female President. We know how well this went the last election. Can anyone name anything significant which she has accomplished as Secretary of State or the Senator from New York? Biden is being deep-sixed by the Party as a possible candidate. They must think he is too dim to be electable.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2013 10:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Summary: Joe was not in favor of the raid to wax OBL, brave Hilly was, so - therefore - she'd make a better prez.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2013 11:31 Comments || Top||

#4  They must think he is too dim to be electable.

If that's true then I've finally found some common ground with them. I don't think even the MSM can hide Biden's stupidity.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/16/2013 11:59 Comments || Top||

#5  But, OTOH, that probably makes him less dangerous that Hillary.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/16/2013 12:00 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't think even the MSM can hide Biden's stupidity.

They hide BHO's, don't they? It just depends on how motivated they are. Biden's primary qualification for VP was that he wouldn't steal Bozo's thunder. Chosen precisely for his blandness. Worked out well, except for the dementia, which will only get worse. By the time 2016 rolls around, poor Joe will probably insist that he was in Abottabad with the SEAL team.
Posted by: RandomJD || 10/16/2013 14:20 Comments || Top||

#7  RandomJD, personally, I think O picked Biden as a protective measure. I mean, do you think anyone would do something that would result in a Biden presidency?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/16/2013 14:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Say what you will, but I've always liked Joe, he's not to quick but he seems mostly honest.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/16/2013 15:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Prolly a fun guy to have a beer with after your President says something stupid. I bet he tells good jokes.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/16/2013 15:56 Comments || Top||

#10  I mean, do you think anyone would do something that would result in a Biden presidency?

I dunno, LOL. Certainly, the nation would be better off with Joey sitting on the White House steps in his underwear, making decisions by flipping a coin. At least he'd be right half the time; and the other times, the damage would be random rather than calculated and systematic.

I'd rather live in Biden's America, than the one we have now. Surely I'm not the only one who's had the same thought.
Posted by: RandomJD || 10/16/2013 17:18 Comments || Top||

#11  Hillary is not fit for public service of any kind.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2013 19:29 Comments || Top||


Government
Obamacare website firm's execs had White House access
[Wash Examiner] Senior executives from CGI Federal -- the company that won the Obamacare website contract -- enjoyed high-level access to top Obama administration officials, according to White House visitors' logs.
Shocking! Bring me the Captain Louis Renault graphic at once !
CGI Federal is the U.S. subsidiary of CGI Group, the Canadian company based in Montreal that won the $93 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services in December 2011 to build Healthcare.gov, the main Obamacare web site.

Prior to the official award, senior CGI executives met with top White House officials and attended a number of invitation-only addresses by President Obama.
So much for the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and competitive bids.
According to the logs, CGI Federal President Donna Ryan visited the White House six times prior to her company being selected to do the IT design work behind the high-profile website.
Bringing many gifts no doubt.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2013 10:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  wonder if the CGI pres bumped into all the IRS flunkies who were visiting the WH
Posted by: lord garth || 10/16/2013 14:14 Comments || Top||

#2  First requirement discussed: ensure all users have an opportunity to register to vote as democrat.
Posted by: Airandee || 10/16/2013 15:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Obamacare costs is so high because it is tantamount to a covert US Debt, Deficit reduction or payment plan, AKA A PUBLIC PSEUDO-TAX, OR A TAX-BY-ANY-OTHER-NAME/DESCRIPTION.

Obamacare = legally or formally committing the US Mainstream = Taxpayers to paying off BOTH the National Debt + the COMING "GLOBAL DEBT" UNDER POST-2015 OWG NAU.

Remember, I've argued that the anti-US Globies + aligned intend to transfer a large part of the National Debt to the OWG NAU + related come 2015 or ASAP after, under the guise that Amerika's fellow NAU,etal Member-States [e.g. Mexico, Canada] will help to pay off the debt - WHAT IS NOT BEING SAID IS THAT MAINSTREAM AMERIKANS WILL STILL HAVE TO PAY OFF THE BULK OF NOT ONLY OUR FUTURE NEW OWG "GLOBAL DEBT" BUT THAT OF THE OTHER NAU, ETC. MEMBERS AS WELL, + OUR OTHER POST-2015 NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AS WELL.

Obama care is not only immoral, but it is illegal + unconstitutinal because it commits americans = Amerikans to pay for a ...
> FUTURE TAX THAT HAS NOT BEEN SET OR MANDATED.
> VIOLATING NOT ONLY AMER SOVEREIGNTY BUT ALSO THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE NAU, ETC STATES BECAUSE NAU HAS NOT BEEN FORMALLY OR PUBLICLY VOTED ON IN POPULAR VOTER REFERENDUM, NOR THE CONGRESS AS ASLO APPORVED BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, BE IT IN 2013 OR AFTER JAN 2017.

America is once again being committed to anti-Constitutional, anti-Electoral, immoral + illegal "Globalism" + OWG-NWO widout being asked to vote on it, nor to explain why, nor to being given the truthful intentions.

E.G. INSTEAD OF BEING TOLD THAT THE US IS GIVING UP 1/2 OF THE PACIFIC AS DUE TO PRO-OWG, PRO-GLOBALIST WILFUL-N-DELIBERATE PRE-PLANNING, AMERIKANS WILL BE PCORRECTLY TOLD ITS BECAUSE THE USA IS GETTING WEAK + CAN'T ECONOMICALLY AFFORD TO BE A "SOLE" GLOBAL SUPERPOWER WID SAID "SUPERPOWER-STYLE" INTERESTS ANYMORE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2013 21:03 Comments || Top||



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Wed 2013-10-16
  Syria fighting rages on despite Muslim holiday
Tue 2013-10-15
  Boko Haram 'kills 24 Nigerian vigilantes in ambush'
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  Key Syria opposition group refuses Geneva peace talks
Sun 2013-10-13
  Tunisian Forces Clash with Jihadists
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  Libya PM 'Freed' after Several Hours Held by Militia, Calls for Calm
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  Libyan Prime Minister Zeidan kidnapped by gunmen
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  Egypt Strips Muslim Brotherhood of NGO Status
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