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    the NWS employees are mostly "essential". That means the Rethugs wanted to cut services already deemed to be "essential" enough they can't be cut just by not passing a budget on time. So in that respect, allowing a CR with their cuts would have been worse than not passing the CR at all. I'm sure this isn't the only example of such a thing in their attempted CR.

    Last time there was a gov't shutdown, in 1995, I remember seeing the local forecast on the Weather Channel over breakfast, back in the days when they used NWS forecasts verbatim for everything up to 36 hours. (I also had just gotten on the Internet; might have seen it there too, but didn't tend to wake up to the web in those days.) Someone at the Sterling, VA (Dulles Airport) NWS office had added to the end of all of the zone forecasts something along the lines of "GOOD MORNING FROM YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. WE ARE STILL ON THE JOB 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK". (I'm guessing whoever was responsible for reviewing the final text going out from the office might not have been as "essential", lol.) All this is a bit hazy; I was pretty young then. But it brought a smile to my face then, along with the other resistance to the Republican budget bullshit (like, later that month, getting to visit the Liberty Bell when Rendell was replacing the federal funding to keep the exhibits open out of Philly's own coffers).

    "Right now, you have been convicted of as many counts of treason as Manning." -- wiscmass. (Yes, you.)

    by cville townie on Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 11:17:58 PM PDT

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