“Essential” employees at your service during the government shutdown:

Sadly, that’s not a Photoshop.

https://twitter.com/DevonDmiller/status/385402916557041664

Time to play “Name Those Barricades.” A couple of winning entries:

The Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering is reporting from the World War II Memorial in D.C. this morning where oh-so-essential government employees are hard at work deterring pesky veterans from visiting their memorial.

Related:

‘Unreal’: Check out the shutdown barricade and sign at the 2nd Infantry Division Memorial in DC [pics]

You’ll love the ‘trophy’ World War II vets took home from the government shutdown blockade [pic]

Honor Flight to bring more World War II vets to DC Memorial despite government shutdown

World War II veterans knock down police barriers to attend memorial on the National Mall; Update: Did a congressman lead the vets through the barricade?; Update: Congressman says Obama administration knew about veterans’ request and rejected it

  • Taco Boutit

    Park workers need to say “NO”

    not just obey orders. That’s how six million Jews died.

    • Richard J Sunkle

      Definitely time to serve the people through resistance.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        Hi Richard! I’m not Twitter savvy, so I can’t figure out if it was you or John McCormack who came up with Barry-cades. Just brilliant!

    • Roadster73

      They would definitely lose their jobs if they refuse, and do you think the media would report about park police officers being fired by the d-bag in chief for disobeying these douchy orders?

      • Bobthefirst

        No. However, if enough federal employees refuse to hold hostage the treasures paid for with taxpayer money, the media will have no choice to report on it. The resistance must not be from one level, but from all levels. Jennaz’s point is valid.

        Your point is valid, too… yes, the first few hundred (or thousand) people who openly resist will lose their jobs. At a certain point, it will become obvious that firing people is not going to compel them to commit atrocities at the behest of Dear Leader.

        • Joe W.

          Taxpayers did NOT pay for the WWII Memorial, my friend. It was privately funded.

          • Bobthefirst

            Fair enough, and thank you for the clarification. All the more reason to allow the veterans to view their memorial, in my opinion.

            That said, the other national parks were. Mt Rushmore, the walking paths in Yellowstone, the roads in Arches, etc. The basic premise of my post still holds.

          • Joe W.

            And I did not dispute your basic premise, Bob. I am in agreement with you.

          • Bobthefirst

            I know you didn’t – I was stating it for any who follow the thread so there would be no confusion. I’m usually a lurker, but I’ve followed your posts for quite some time! :)

            (edit) P.S. – I was sincere in my gratitude for the clarification. I appreciate accuracy in political discourse. If I said something that was inaccurate, I want to know so I don’t repeat it and look like a fool multiple times!

          • Joe W.

            Thanks Bob……….And believe me, I know all too well about looking like a fool. It ain’t fun, but it does happen when our passion gets the better of us……I can’t wait to see Barack send his flying monkeys out to arrest the vets today, as they visit their well earned memorial. Great optics for this piss poor excuse of a POTUS, eh??

          • Paul

            Right, but it was built on Barry Soetero’s Mall, and he is the King, so he decides who can see it and who can’t.

            They’ll probably have a Jay Z / Beyonce concert there for his bundlers this weekend.

          • David D

            Who funded it Joe? People in this country or other countries? The people that donated the money are, in fact, tax payers.

        • Roadster73

          I really hope so, but I just wonder who will be the first few brave souls in the government that will refuse to obey these (maybe illegal, though definitely douchy) orders, remember the nail that sticks out gets hammered, so I’m completely convinced that King Barry will deal harshly with the first few who dare to question his whims.

          So a message to those park police officers, those vets endured unimaginable hardship during their service, will any of you be willing to endure being out of work for a few weeks or months and stand up for them if needed?

        • Hiraghm

          Anybody remember Specialist Michael New? I didn’t think so.

          Footnote of History

          We should have rebelled THEN. We should have rebelled when they besieged Waco. But, we didn’t. And THAT is how the Holocaust happens.

    • spaceycakes

      well, WE as taxpayers pay everyone’s salary in DC–remember that. So, if the govt. is ‘shut’, why are they still taking taxes outta my paycheck?

      Gentlemen!

    • http://akazip.com/ unclezip

      More millions of Russians dying trumps your holohoax.

      • Hiraghm

        The Holocaust wasn’t a hoax; six million Jews plus another 12 million undesirables died in the death camps. That’s not hoax, that’s historic fact.

        It’s also historic fact that A) millions of Russians died in WWII because, typical of leftists, the Soviets did not value individual lives and threw lives at the Germans, while building opera houses with American land-lease money. And B) millions more Jews were murdered by the Soviets during their 80-odd year rule than died in the German death camps.

  • Carlos_Danger

    They want you to believe that they don’t have the money to open up a concrete sculpture but somehow they DO have to money to send more men, more barricades and more police tape to keep out some 90 year old veterans that served this country more than the politicians ever will. It’s really disgusting.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Storm the Barry-Cades!

  • Stephen L. Hall

    “Park workers . . . note that they would rather be cutting grass than putting up gate”

    So, why weren’t they?

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      The guy that gasses up the equipment was deemed non-essential.

      • Stephen L. Hall – #NeverTrump

        I could accept that theory, except for the diesel forklift.

  • QueenB ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    So park rangers need big machines to put up barricades. Disabled 90 year old vets take them down with their bare hands.

  • Kele Johnson

    These monuments belong to We the People. They’re not the political play toys of the left.

    I don’t recognize my country anymore.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Public Employee Union involvement, pray tell?
    They can’t all be management, can they?
    Trying to give the fellas a few more bucks on the public teat before the lay-offs take hold?
    Not that I blame any of the workers themselves– I’m sure they all have families, and could use the extra bread– but this is just busting chops, on the part of the Government bureaucracy hand-in-hand with the unions and hand-in-pocket of taxpayers.

  • Carlos_Danger

    They want you to believe that they don’t have the money to open up a concrete sculpture but somehow they DO have to money to send more men, more barricades and more police tape to keep out some 90 year old veterans that served this country more than the politicians ever will. It’s really disgraceful.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Don’t you get it? If they put up an ineffectual silly barricade, and you ignore it, if anything should happen to you while you’re there it’s YOUR fault– you’re “trespassing”– and they can wash their hands of it: “Well, we DID tell them not to enter, as there would be no employees there able to contact Police or Emergency Services in the event of the commission of a crime or an accident!” Therefore, making it your fault you wanted to enjoy something your tax dollars paid for.

      • Joe W.

        Actually, the WWII Memorial was financed through PRIVATE funding, with the production of Commemorative WWII Silver Coins providing the means to raise the cash. YOUR tax dollars had nothing to do with it, pal.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          The Federal land it sits on is owned by taxpayers and the staffing, such as it is, is paid by taxpayers– which is what I meant; and the /sarc tone, as evinced by the “ineffectual silly barrier” part of the comment, obviously eluded you.

          • Joe W.

            Nothing eluded me, Sonny. This is what you posted:

            “Therefore, making it your fault you wanted to enjoy something your tax dollars paid for.”

            I merely corrected you, and you had a hissy fit. You are a pompous jerk, pal, and your posts simply prove it every time. GFY.

      • Andy from Beaverton

        So you are saying the police, fire and ambulance services aren’t going to respond? You realize they aren’t part of the shutdown don’t you? Geezzzz!

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          “WHOOSH!”

          That’s the sound of humor flying over your head. Of course those services are going to be provided. But you’ll be blamed for them needing to have to show up. It’s all a lawyer-thing– the Government is looking to protect themselves against being sued if they do as they’re doing.

          That lobotomy worked a bit too well in your case, didn’t it? Left you unable to grasp the difference between the idea of Park Employees calling for those services, and the idea of a concerned member of the public doing so.

          • Joe W.

            You, Sonny, are a pompous blowhard. Why don’t you take your sanctimonious, self righteous arrogance somewhere where it will be appreciated? It certainly isn’t here, pal.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            And God bless you too, Buffalo Bill.

          • Joe W.

            Thank you, Douche. He has, and He blesses me every day. He would even Bless you, if you actually believed in Him.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            “…He blesses me every day…”
            Mmmkay. If you say so.

            Which is why you say things like that a person should perform an act of self-fornication.

          • Joe W.

            When did I do that, Sonny? GFY means “Good for you”, doesn’t it?? Do not attempt to shame me and mock my faith, Dickwad. I know I am a sinner. And I know how to repent of my sins. You, on the other hand, have ZERO faith at all. Hence this quote from you:

            “And just to clear things up, it is not atheism that I’m propounding, it’s disillusion and disaffection with the kind of belief system that says it, and only it, has the monopoly on all received wisdom. I say, find your bliss. Enjoy it. And take “no” for an answer, if someone else doesn’t care to go along with you. Persist in your own belief, till it’s proved false.

            But in such matters as are not of this world, no belief will be proved either false, or true– in this world.

            The Bible has been proven to be the Truth.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            “GFY means “Good for you”

            Yeah, that’s what it means– yeah, that’s the ticket!

            Well, anyway, that’s your story, and you’re going to stick to it, right?

            I was born on a Thursday– but it wasn’t LAST Thursday.

            And to your quoting me, I say, I DO stick to it– and guess what? You are entitled to find to find your comfort in the Lord, and by all means I encourage you to do so. Just don’t tell me you are such an innocent that you REALLY had no idea that GFY had any other meaning than Good For You– or that you didn’t mean it as one of those “Who, me?” wink-wink-nudge-nudge remarks if someone called you on it. I did think it a bit peculiar that someone of a seeming religious bent would respond with profane vituperation, and I said so.

            I do believe someone’s being less than candid here– and it ain’t me.

          • Joe W.

            So I use the same brand of “snarcasm” that you chronically do, and you get all bunged up?? You are a parody of yourself, chump, and I just hoisted you on your own petard. You are far too easy, Sonny. Go to hell…Yes, I really said that. Does that mean I am not a Christian?? GFY. Whatever you want that to mean. And we’re done, Junior.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            “And we’re done, Junior.”

            Said the self-important idiot, who needs to win so badly.
            OK, you win. You have the bigger snark johnson.
            Happy now?
            The only trouble with pissing contests, is that you end up all wet when you do it.

          • Joe W.

            So I use the same brand of “snarcasm” that you chronically do, and you get all bunged up?? You are a parody of yourself, chump, and I just hoisted you on your own petard. You are far too easy, Sonny. Go to hell…Yes, I really said that. Does that mean I am not a Christian?? GFY. Whatever you want that to mean. And we’re done, Junior.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            “GFY means “Good for you”

            Yeah, that’s what it means– yeah, that’s the ticket!

            Well, anyway, that’s your story, and you’re going to stick to it, right?

            I was born on a Thursday– but it wasn’t LAST Thursday.

            And to your quoting me, I say, I DO stick to it– and guess what? You are entitled to find to find your comfort in the Lord, and by all means I encourage you to do so. Just don’t tell me you are such an innocent that you REALLY had no idea that GFY had any other meaning than Good For You– or that you didn’t mean it as one of those “Who, me?” wink-wink-nudge-nudge remarks if someone called you on it. I did think it a bit peculiar that someone of a seeming religious bent would respond with profane vituperation, and I said so.

            I do believe someone’s being less than candid here– and it ain’t me.

          • Andy from Beaverton

            Wow, what childish name calling. It’s not my fault that your humor is not that obvious. No one else saw the sarcasm either. Try using some tags and maybe people would stop voting down your posts.

            “Left you unable to grasp the difference between the idea of Park Employees calling for those services, and the idea of a concerned member of the public doing so.”
            Yes, remembering what number you need to call when you need to dial 911 can only be left to gooberment employees.

          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            It amazes me that people cannot understand how the mind of a Government official, acting on lawyers’ advice, would react to the concept of closing down an open-air-no-gate-no-admission-charged attraction– rope it off and tell people to keep out! Hey friend, Res Ipsa Loquitor– I didn’t think I needed to “/sarc” discussing something that absurd to begin with.

          • Joe W.

            You didn’t think? First time I actually agree with you. You clearly rarely do think, Sonny.

          • micg

            “SWISH!” Fixed that for ya.

  • Karin_A

    The MSM is attempting to change the wording of “non-essential employee” to “furloughed employee” therby making everyone absolutely “essential.” Don’t let anyone get away with this out on the internets or IRL. Pass it along.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Maybe it is time for 1 million bikers to make a return trip to DC landmarks for another visit. Short of Marshall Law and a military blockade, those bikers would show the government who truly owns those monuments………… the people!

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Blocking off these Open-Air monuments is as ridiculous (if not more) than the outdoor anti-smoking laws implemented by Herr Bloomberg (SIEG HEIL!) in New York City…Places where you Can’t smoke (OUTSIDE!), but a bus or truck can spew a thousand times more monoxide in your face… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Maxx

    Three park rangers to hang a sign.

    One President to act like a petulant child.

  • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

    And then they will get reimbursement pay for the time they spent not working along with the time they spent mothballing the monuments and again the time they will spend unmothballing them. Obamanomics 101: “If you make us tighten our belts we will make it hurt you more and cost you more than it hurts or costs us.”

  • jukin

    Yes, Obama hates veterans.

    • Andy from Beaverton

      And white people

    • Guest

      Obama wasn’t manly enough to serve (in the military) himself, it is a jealousy thing.

      • Dave Ferro

        He has testicular envy… It takes man-balls to join the military regardless if there’s a war going on.

      • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/100002220220146/ Frances Chute Quinn

        yeah, let’s get back to his selective service paperwork, since he is a us citizen he says, why did he not serve his country.

  • TocksNedlog

    So . . . in response to the black eye they received yester- [I am sooooo sorry! That was totally racist of me. Please, let me make amends and begin again.] So . . . in response to the negative visual that reflected poorly upon them yesterday, the Executive Branch is responding today by doubling down on its stupidity?
    I’m truly beginning to believe that the last time President Footy-Stomp ‘took the high road’ there was choom involved.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    At what point will Obama and Reid denounce the guy in the scooter as a hostage-taking terrorist?

  • WhoMeToo

    Our Reps should go remove those barricades.

  • Martin Adamson

    What you need is organised civil disobedience. Everyday someone puts these barricades up, a group of Americans takes them down. Turn this into a daily civil rights/free speech spectacle. The Leftists love that. Get Congressmen and celebrities there to see if anyone dares arrest them. Organise drive-throughs in national parks that are closed. Suggested hashtags #thislandisourland. It’s from a song by noted leftist Woody Guthrie. It will drive leftists absolutely insane to see conservatives adopt it as a slogan. Stage a wreath-laying event for the birthday of one of the names commemorated on the memorial every day.

    • QueenB ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      That is exactly what is going on. Members of the greatest generation have also knocked down the barricades at the Vietnam War memorial as well. Go get ’em kids!!!!

    • Casca

      ” Occupy Memorials ” ?

  • Bill Phillips

    Can we have ALL Democrats classified as “non-essential employees”?

    • $64667656

      Weak

  • Paul

    It really begs the question… how many workers does it take to staff these facilities on a normal day? I bet you a cold beer that they’re burning way more man-hours barricading these facilities than on a normal day. Probably over-time too.

    Barry Soetero is a petulent little boy who needs to have his but spanked. Oh wait, Putin and the mullahs already did that. Spank it again, he didn’t learn his lesson.

  • TJ

    Too bad no one will do that at the Air Force One as that is non- essential to use now. It is only essential if it will be a flying bomb shelter not a taxi service to a vacation.

  • Guest

    When are ‘We the people’ going to storm the Bastille and take our country back?

    • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/100002220220146/ Frances Chute Quinn

      it is time….maybe we need to join the truckers….be the people inside the Trojan horse.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    “We the People” It’s our property. Exactly who has the authority above the US Constitution to keep us from our own property?

  • itookredpill

    These are public employee union members… Can’t have one worker alone, so send two. Two workers? That requires a supervisor. Three workers? I’m sure there was a safety expert close by….

  • Spinmamma

    Let’s see. Our “Commander in Chief” picks the elderly wheel-chaired -or- caned remnants of the Greatest Generation brave military as his targets. In public. With photos. God has heard our prayers.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    Barack. Hussein. Obama.

  • SaltySkroob

    When you encounter one of these park workers or law enforcement who are manning gates to keep visitors out, you need to discuss how pathetic what they are doing is. Shame needs to be cast upon them in order to soften their resolve. This farce needs to crumble from within, the most effective way that can happen is with low morale.

    • Casca

      Would that be like shaming the guards at Dachau ?

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Who’s throwing Grandpa off the cliff now?

    • truthequals9

      Tweeted it

      "Who's throwing Grandpa off the cliff now?" — nc http://t.co/Ec2NJY1nUM— Ain't Obvious 2 you? (@obvious2me) October 2, 2013

      • nc ✓s & balances

        Wow! Thank you so much, truthequals9! My “first” tweet.

        • truthequals9

          My pleasure. Why not join the fun on twitter yourself?

          • nc ✓s & balances

            I’m thinking, I’m thinking…

  • MarcusFenix

    How many park rangers does it take to c̶h̶a̶n̶g̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶l̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶b̶u̶l̶b̶ hang up a sign?

  • Magdalene51

    How about Barackades?

  • constitutionminded

    If you live near a National Park or Monument go there this weekend and defy them to keep it closed. They can’t arrest all of us. Time to start the protests to take our county back from these fascists.

    • Frustrated Teacher

      I have some redneck friends with pickup trucks who might enjoy picking up some barrycades…..

  • Frustrated Teacher

    What I want to know is, where are they getting the money to pay the guys that are putting up the barrycades? Isn’t the govt SHUT DOWN….so SHUT DOWN already!!

  • Misanthrope

    Just doin’ what they’re told, huh? The guards at Auschwitz said the same thing.
    I wonder what else those Park Service flunkies would do just because they were told to.

  • Jhn1

    can they legally put up “police” markings if not ordered by the police?
    Get someone with a good camera to ask them what Police ordered the police tape.