BTW-Best of The Week 10/4/13

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | October 4, 2013 | 5:02 PM EDT

It's a government shutdown edition of Best of The Week.

Senate democrats continued to reject measures to fund the government this week resulting in the furloughs of government workers deemed non-essential.

Veterans from World War II, many in their 80s and 90s now, ignored the government “shutdown,” and swept past the barricades and police tape, and visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In the Capitol they continued to debate the funding of Obamacare, a bill with regulations that some Democratic lawmakers may have not read.

Debate on the issue resulted in some name calling as Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) blamed the government shutdown on politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), calling them “Cruzites.”

“They’re sort of anarchist, radical, libertarians who don’t believe in government,” DeFazio said on the House floor.

Some may say those types of insults should be taken out of the House. Maybe to an outhouse. The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently paid $98,670 for the purchase and installation of an outhouse at the Swede Park Trail Head in Alaska.

The toilet contract was finalized before the shutdown but the government shutdown did impact the “Panda Cam” at the National Zoo. This upset us at the office so much we decided we had to take matters into our own hands, so we created a Panda.

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Eric Scheiner
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