Friday Free-For All: Shutdown Theater Getting Poor Reviews

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Iconic and chilling photo of Obama Shutdown optics

Man, what is Obama even thinking with all the stupid Barrycades? Nobody’s buying it and his approval numbers are already tanking just like they did following all the hysteria and scare tactics following the Sequester.

I’ve been posting a lot on this at The Conversation, this week. Here’s my latest:

Shut-Down Theater: NPS ‘Barrycades’ Scenic Overlooks As Well As Memorials:

The scenic overlook pictured above is on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Washington, D.C.  and it’s considered one of the most scenic routes around the nation’s capital. But due to the government shut-down, it’s being “barrycaded” along with other scenic overlooks.

House Republicans Probe Parks and Monument ‘Shutdown Theater’ Closures:

Republicans on both the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee  are looking into the the Obama administration’s decision to shut down national parks and monuments unnecessarily, closures that are becoming known as “Shutdown Theater”.

Issa: Obama ‘Non-essential Personnel’ Because He Won’t Negotiate

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa answered with characteristic bluntness when asked by a reporter whether it was appropriate for Obama to head to Asia if the government remained shutdown.

Shut-Down Theater: NPS Reinforces WWII Memorial Barrycades

On Tuesday, the usually unguarded World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. was “barrycaded” with seven National Parks Service employees standing guard.  But since then, WWII veterans have easily breached the barriers with assistance from members of Congress.

Boehner Reacts To Obama Official’s ‘We’re Winning’ Comment: ‘This Isn’t Some Damn Game!’ (Video)

“This isn’t some damn game!” House Speaker John Boehner thundered  as he held up and then slammed down a copy of Friday’s Wall Street Journal.

Dems On Defense: Carney Disavows, Reid Apologizes – Are They Sure They’re Winning?

Are Democrats sure they’re winning?  Winners don’t usually have to disavow their own team members’ comments, or apologize for their own…..

Today in an exchange on Twitter with the Politico’s Ben White, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “POTUS wants the shutdown to end NOW. Speaker can do that NOW by putting a clean CR to a vote.”

When White asked Carney if he was disavowing the quote in the WSJ that the WH does not care how long shutdown lasts, Carney carefully responded that “we utterly disavow idea WH doesn’t care when it ends. House should act now, no strings attached.”

Note he disavowed the “idea” – not the actual quote. The White House is officially in damage control mode.

Meanwhile, via the Washington Times we have Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivering “a striking mea culpa” on the Senate floor as he opened the chamber, Friday, “apologizing for his nasty tone”.

Park Service Ranger: ‘We’ve Been Told to Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can’

This is how the Regime rolls. According to an anonymous Park Ranger, he and his fellow workers have been told to make life as difficult as possible for people.

Wesley Pruden of The Washington Times reported:

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. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“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.”

And Ace has been “bringing” the Chad Henderson story over at AoSHQ:

Chad Henderson, ObamaCare Success Story (and, Coincidentally Enough, Diehard OFA Volunteer), Hasn’t Signed Up For ObamaCare at All, Says Dad

 His dad says that he definitely didn’t enroll, or wasn’t enrolled by Chad, and that he doesn’t think Chad enrolled himself, either.

John Sexton reports that the media is very much downplaying how intensely partisan Chad Henderson is (and therefore, how unrepresentative he is of young people generally), which is part and parcel of their determination to portray every leftist activist as jus’ an ordinary American citizen.

Chad Henderson: Sure I Lied, But I Wasn’t Really Lying:

Let’s start at the bottom.

Tommy Christopher:

Shock and Awful: Conservatives Already Lying About Obamacare Enrollee Chad HendersonChad Henderson, the 21 year-old Flintstonian who has become the media’s go-to early example of an Obamacare exchange enrollee, has already become a talking point for conservatives, and the subject of conservative lies. Most glaringly, The Cato Institute‘s director of health policy studies Michael Cannon introduces Henderson with the lie that “Obamacare Increases Man’s Premiums 300%,” then backs it up with another lie that actually turns out to reveal that Republicans screwed poor Chad.

That headline is a self-evident lie, revealed in the Washington Post article that Cannon artfully cherry-picks. WaPo’s Sarah Kliff reveals that Chad Henderson hasn’t had health insurance for over 14 years, which means he had no health insurance premium to quadruple. That makes Cannon’s headline a complete and total lie, and Cannon never gets around to revealing Chad’s pre-Obamacare status one way or the other.

Ah, yeah whatever. The Cato Institute did not say Chad had coverage — it used the (this is a big word, Tommy, but write it down in your notebook) subjunctive mood or conditional mood to discuss what Chad would have paid pre-Obamacare.

“Something You Should Know About Me…”

Via genuine AoS Commenters Deety and Tasker, a great catch.

Chad Henderson actually disclosed that he was a partisan paid to post “advocacy” things on social media.

Click on the tweet and blow the picture up.

So who’s the bad guy here? Chad Henderson was not coy about his passionate support of Barack Obama, or his volunteer (???) position with OFA.

And here, he says “Something you should know about me…” and then discloses he’s paid to post advocacy stuff.

I’m often labeled “the guy who always talks about politics” and it normally has negative effects lol so I’m here to clear things up: If you were to hang out with me one night and you’ll see (sic) I’m not that obsessed with politics at all. Yes, I do post political stuff on here and other social networking sites. But it’s for a good reason. For one, I think it’s good if people get some insight into the world they live in. Secondly, I work for an organization that pays me quarterly to posts (sic) the political stuff as “advocacy” (so it’s kind of my job).
All emphases added. And the (sic)’s, of course.

WTF, MEDIA? Your big ObamaCare Poster Boy, who screamed to the world on social media he had “enrolled” in ObamaCare, actually admits he’s paid to post “political stuff” on social media as “advocacy” and it’s his fault you got punked?

Twitter users piled on via TwitchyObamacare poster boy mocked after story takes on Milli Vanilli vibe:

Yesterday, Twitchy reported that Chad Henderson, the media darling poster boy for Obamacare who the administration is using as living proof of how easy it is to sign up, is in fact an OFA volunteer.

The media rushed to report Henderson’s story, but many conveniently left out Henderson’s history as a Democratic activist, but the story got even more interesting. Henderson’s father is reported as saying that, to his knowledge, his son has yet to enroll in an Obamacare plan.

Twitchy: Flashback: Busted liar Chad Henderson enjoyed accusing conservatives of lying:

As Twitchy reported, the Obamacare poster boy’s been busted for falsely claiming that he successfully purchased health insurance for him and his father early this week. Now that he’s been put on the defensive, he’s trying to change his story. You might think he couldn’t look much worse than he already does … and you’d be wrong.

Henderson, you see, has a history of lazily accusing others of lying:


The Foundry: Another Obamacare Exception for Congress: Taxpayers Could Pay for Abortion Coverage:

According to the Obama Administration’s latest eleventh-hour purported rulemaking, Members of Congress and their staff will be able to enroll in taxpayer-subsidized health plans that include coverage of elective abortions.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a final rule this week that will allow Members of Congress and their staff to choose health care plans on Obamacare’s state health insurance exchanges while receiving generous federal premium support. It is clear that the OPM does not even have statutory authority to provide premium support for exchange plans. Further, the final rule disregards longstanding, bipartisan federal prohibitions on the use of taxpayer funds to pay for elective abortions.

For decades, Members of Congress and their staff have enrolled in health plans through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), receiving significant federal taxpayer contributions toward premium payments. In almost every year since 1983, Congress has attached an amendment, authored by Representative Chris Smith (R–NJ), to the Financial Services appropriations bill, which funds the FEHBP, prohibiting the expenditure of those federal dollars to pay for elective abortions or health plans that provide coverage of abortions.

Weasel Zippers: Military Chaplains Threatened With Arrest If They Celebrate Mass On Bases During Shutdown…

Via Daily Caller:

In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.

“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

We’ve officially entered Stalinist territory, now.

How The GOP Is Winning The Shut-Down Argument

Yesterday, Obama made the snort-worthy claim that throughout his presidency,  he’s “bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party and have purposely kept my rhetoric down.”

Obama in a campaign speech today: “You don’t negotiate by putting a gun to the other person’s head. Or worse yet, by putting a gun to the American peoples’ head.”

Those of us who have watched, appalled, at the Divider-in Chief’s  Chicago thug politics over the years can only shake our heads in disgust but not disbelief at his mendacity at this point.

Obama let slip his true feelings in an interview with NPR on Monday, when he said, he shouldn’t have to offer anything to Republicans in exchange for getting what he wants.

Obama stood with his party members in the Senate. Steve asked if that opportunity to avoid a shutdown exists, what was he willing to offer.

“Steve when you say what can I offer? I shouldn’t have to offer anything,” Obama said.

Hugh Hewitt found the Petulant One’s admission there to be no less than astonishing:

 Thus did the American public get a very candid glimpse of the president whose contempt for duly elected Republican opponents is exceeded only by his fecklessness in the face of America’s enemies abroad. To Putin and the Iranians come offers of all sorts. To the Speaker of the House, only ultimatums.

The President’s position is: – Do what I want, and if you don’t you’re to blame for whatever happens.

Including his decision to play the Social Security Trump Card. 

The president’s  no negotiations stance with Republicans is not polling well, but that hasn’t deterred him. He vowed once again today not To negotiate with Republican Hostage Takers…

And Dingy Blocked Funding For Veterans.

Via Washington Examiner:

Senate Democrats blocked four resolutions to fund government programs, including paying the National Guard and opening national parks, as Republicans offered the limited measures in an attempt to win the government shutdown fight by financing popular programs and leaving those they oppose untouched.

“Unbelievably, today Senate Democrats went on record to oppose funding for National Guard and Reserve salaries, veterans’ services, lifesaving medicine and cures, and national parks and museums,” Senate Republican Conference chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said in a release following the procedural battle.

They think America approves of this?

The Shut Down Theater featuring “the Barry-cades” has thus far been a public relations disaster for the Democrats. (The latest outrages, here.) And the divisive trash-talking and fear-mongering antics by Democrats and RINOs aren’t helping their cause, either.. 

With all that in mind, enjoy this “accidental” hot-mic moment from last evening between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul:

 “I Think We Can Win This Thing” 

“Yes We Can!”


Optics Fail: House Republicans Probe Parks and Monument ‘Shutdown Theater’ Closures


Video: WW II Vets Breach The Barriers, ‘Occupy’ The WWII Memorial

Via PJ media with Michelle Fields, this heartwarming video was at the WWII Memorial in Washington DC , yesterday –   the second of the US Government shutdown. Once again the WW II Veterans had to breech the barriers put up by the Obama Regime  in order to enjoy their memorial.

Louie Gohmert said, “for the first day, some bureaucrat said let’s spend money – send out barricades, prevent anyone from coming on.  They had to know they were inflicting harm on the WWII vets. They didn’t do it to some of the other parks. They knew that the Honor Flights were coming in, so you would figure – it’s pretty clear it was political to inflict hurt and say, ‘look what you’ve done.’

But once the barricades were removed,  and veterans came in yesterday, for them to then spend money to get  barricades back up, there is no question they intentionally meant to harm WWII veterans like you see so many of around here – the motivation is clear the second day, and we couldn’t let them be stopped, again.”

Gohmert concluded, “this administration welcomed and praised the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Washington movements, so I think it’s great to see these veterans have an ‘Occupy WWII Memorial.'”

Hat tip: White House Dossier.